Bill Donohue interviewed on The Last Word with Matt Cooper, in which Donohue yells at rape victim Colm O'Gorman to "shut up" (audio only)
Other articles on the topic:
Swimming and flying penguins created by German engineering company Festo
. Video also shows other robotic devices, including a 3d printing device.
0:20 - Aquapenguin - underwater robot.1:07
- AirPenguin - balloons that fly around a large hangar.1:47
- Bionic tripod - flexible arm. 2:05 - "bionic fin-ray effect."2:50
- Interactive wall. Uses interactive technology. Can interact with people via sensors.3:17
, 3D printer for rapid prototyping. 3:41
- interlocking cubes for educational purposesBionic Learning Network
- link to descriptions of engineering projects on Festo website.
|Arguments from Global Warming Skeptics
Interesting site offering counterpoints to common arguments against anthropic global warming.
From the About page
Skeptical Science was created by John Cook, an ex-physicist (majoring in solar physics at the University of Queensland). My interest in global warming began when I got into some discussions with a skeptical family member who handed me a speech by Senator Inhofe. It took little research to show his arguments were misleading and lacking in science.
Since then, I've scoured peer reviewed scientific literature in an attempt to penetrate the political agendas and cherry picking. I've noticed two patterns in global warming skepticism. Firstly, many reasons for disbelieving in anthropogenic global warming (AGW) seem to be political rather than scientific. Eg - it's all a liberal plot to spread socialism and destroy capitalism (or sometimes just plain dislike for Al Gore). As one person put it, "the cheerleaders for doing something about global warming seem to be largely the cheerleaders for many causes of which I disapprove".
Russell Glasser of the Atheist Community of Austin (ACA)
gives an informative lecture about the importance of being able to discuss and defend atheism. The video is in 7 parts (playlist)
See also the Atheist Experience Youtube channel
Some interesting insight into the purpose of the "god" concept in the human brain:Brain Differences Found Between Believers In God And Non-believers
Studies performed at the University of Toronto seemed to show that religious belief has a calming effect, making them less likely to feel anxious about making errors or facing the unknown.
On the other hand, that anxiety serves a useful function - religious people may have less of an impetus to stop repeating the same mistakes.
NPR has provided a useful interactive gadget which follows events in the Obama presidency. The widget below links to the full Obama Tracker timeline
Terrific video on how the concept of "god" is defined. Videos by Youtube user ProfMTH
are, from what I've seen, on par with creationist debunker Thunderf00t
7:29 - "There is no coherent, positive ontology
for this being that believers call "god."
8:05 - ...These debates and discussions are about god. What is god? No one knows. Then there's nothing to debate. If the subject can't be defined, that's the end of it.
|The Fix blog: Is Rush Limbaugh the New Face of the GOP?
by Chris Cillizza
- The Washington Post
Limbaugh drew huge coverage in the days leading up to Obama's inauguration when he declared that he hoped the new president would fail
-- part of a broader condemnation of liberalism in the country.On the Media: "Out on a Limb-augh"
Interview with conservative columnist Byron York
. Think Progress blog: Limbaugh: ‘I Hope Obama Fails’
Barack Obama has not yet taken office, and Rush Limbaugh is already rooting for his failure
. On his radio show last Friday, Limbaugh said, “I disagree fervently
with the people on our [Republican] side of the aisle who have caved and who say, ‘Well, I hope he succeeds.’”
It hasn’t taken long for Limbaugh to reveal his core hypocrisy. In July 2006, with conservatives in power, Limbaugh offered one of his common screeds against the left. “I’m getting so sick and tired of people rooting for the defeat
of the good guys,” he complained. Full Transcript on Rushlimbaugh.com
Story from November 25, 2008 - NPR's News and Notes
: Obama Win Sparks Rise In Hate Crimes, Violence
Communities around the country have seen a spike in racial violence since the presidential election of Barack Obama.
In the few weeks since Election Day, cross burnings, racist graffiti and other alleged hate crimes have been reported.
For more, NPR's Tony Cox talks with Mark Potok — Director of the Intelligence Projectat the Southern Poverty Law Center — and writer Erik Ose, publisher of The Latest Outrage blog and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post about the post-election violence.
The Biggest Science Stories of 2008
- Talk of the Nation Interview
, science columnist, Newsweek, New York, N.Y.KC Cole
, author, The Universe and the Teacup: The Mathematics of Truth and Beauty
, professor, Annenberg School of Journalism, University of Southern California
, Los Angeles, Calif.Steve Mirsky
, staff editor and writer for Scientific American, host of Scientific American's "Science Talk" podcastPaul Raeburn
, journalist, author, Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children
, author, "About Fathers" blog for Psychology Today
, New York, N.Y.