Jewish date: 12 ’Elul 5769.
Today’s holidays: Tuesday of the Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time, Beginning of the Indiction.
Worthy causes of the day: “No snowmobiles in Yellowstone!” and “Tell Verizon Wireless: Get out of bed with anti-environment extremists.”
Relevant to Divine Misconceptions:
- “Band shirts hit wrong note with parents”: Parents in Missouri complained about band shirts which lightheartedly reference evolution. (Go to the article and see the picture. The graphic used is nowhere near serious.) Creationist parents were not happy. The shirts were then pulled, with people treating it as an issue of separation of church and state. This overlooks the fact that whether evolution is true is not a religious issue any more than any other scientific fact, and the public schools are not supposed to be a free-for-all when it comes to science.
- “Swedish Blood Libel: The Aftermath”: More on the latest anti-Semitic scandal, including correctly noting that organ-harvesting is logistically unworkable. Whenever someone makes a controversial claim, one has to ask whether it is true. Falling for a lie which is not even halfway credible is a very bad sign.
- See today’s weird thing below.
- “Conspiracy theory: Could the president take over the Internet?”: Do not believe everything pundits claim.
- “Mariachis set world record in Mexican city”
- ““There must be a reason,” or how we support our own false beliefs”
- “'Plasmobot': Scientists To Design First Robot Using Mould”: I cannot make something like this up. If it were April 1, I would think this was a joke.
- “W.Va. dad makes son cannon to fulfill birthday wish”: I am not making this up either.
- Mandelbrot Screensaver: Not news or commentary, really. Just something every computer needs.
- “Prisoner Release (1999)”
Enjoy and share the weirdness.