Worthy cause of the day: “Safer buildings save lives. We can't have another 9/11.”
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- “Indian girl commits suicide over 'Big Bang' fear” (hat tip to Bad Astronomy): Summary: Fearing that the Large Hadron Collider will destroy the Earth, a girl in India killed herself by drinking pesticide; thousands of others in India fasted and prayed to avert the alleged coming disaster. This incident underscores the need for obtaining accurate information and critical thinking. Anybody smart enough to build a particle collider is not going to be stupid enough to do anything potentially disastrous. Chances for disaster are further reduced by their being lots of people working on this project, making it more likely that any errors that are made will be caught by someone. As the late Douglas Adams wrote, don’t panic!
- An excellent question is why superstition (such as panic over the Large Hadron Collider) exists in the first place. “Superstitions evolved to help us survive” is a rather intriging answer.
- “Dutch Movie”: The movie under discussion is Fitna, which is highly critical of the Qur’an and Islam. Note the Muslim tendency to threaten, attempt to silence, and even murder anyone with good PR skills who criticizes their religion. That trying to supress criticism does not make it any less correct should be obvious. One also has to wonder about what someone is thinking when they threaten someone who claims they are intolerant.
- “John McCain's ads are LIES. Here's the video proof.”
- “Palin adviser warned that firing raised 'grave' concern”, “Story of banned books is murky”, and “Alaska pols: Wasilla charged victims for rape kits” (Will the stories of what is wrong with this woman never end?)
- “UK-DMC satellite first to transfer sensor data from space using 'bundle' protocol” (The Interplanetary Internet is coming!)
- “Detergents That Keep a House Clean--And Are Nontoxic”
- “Was the Dinosaurs' Long Reign on Earth a Fluke?”
- “Lottery Tickets and Credit Cards: The Dangers of an Irrational Brain”
- “House Criticizes VA for Destroying Specimens” (Trust the Bush administration to do whatever it can to impede medical research.)
- “Woman fends off burglars with musical instrument”
- “Australian researchers discover elusive frog”
- “Congo's rare okapi photographed first time in wild”
- “Lose your house, lose your vote” (Apparently certain Republican politicians still do not know what “democracy” means.)