the argument for Creationism

A 2012 Gallup poll interviewed a random sample of 1,012 American adults, aged 18 and older. …

Forty six percent Americans believed in creationism, 32 percent believed in theistic evolution and 15 percent believed in evolution without any divine intervention. …

As an Agnostic, I believe creationism is wrong. Flabbergasted that so many thinking adults could overlook the inconsistencies between what their eyes see and the possibility that the Earth is only something less than 10,000yrs-old

Click PLAY or watch a Creationism pitch on YouTube.

I agree with National Geographic.

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

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An overwhelming majority of the scientific community accepts evolution as the dominant scientific theory of biological diversity.

Nearly every scientific society, representing hundreds of thousands of scientists, has issued statements rejecting intelligent design …

61% of Canadians believe that humans evolved from less advanced life forms, while 22% believe that God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years …

According to a 2008 Norstat poll for NRK, 59% of the Norwegian population fully accept evolution, 24% somewhat agree with the theory, 4% somewhat disagree with the theory while 8% do not accept evolution. …

The US has one of the highest levels of public belief in biblical or other religious accounts of the origins of life on earth among industrialized countries. …

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Of the 2016 Republican candidates for President, so far, Huckabee, Perry, Santorum and Ben Carson are creationists. None of the others will admit they believe in evolution. They try to duck the issue often claiming: “I’m not a scientist.”

The GOP is an anti-science Party. :-(

related – A Creationist Campaign – Louisiana students are suffering for Bobby Jindal’s presidential ambitions.

Click through to see Stephen Colbert’s hilarious slap down of Jindal’s creationist “retreat from knowledge”. :-)

Elon Musk’s proposed Hyperloop

The Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system put forward by entrepreneur Elon Musk incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion that is driven by a combination of linear induction motors and air compressors.

The conceptual route runs from the Los Angeles region to the San Francisco Bay Area, paralleling the Interstate 5 corridor for most of its length, with an expected journey time of 35 minutes, meaning that passengers would traverse the 354-mile (570 km) route at an average speed of around 598 mph (962 km/h), with a top speed of 760 mph (1,220 km/h). …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The first crowdsourced 7 km long track will be built in 2016 in Quay Valley (California), a town that calls itself the “100% solar powered, self-sustaining residential model town for the 21st century“. Around 200 people (from scientists to students) are working on this project right now in exchange for equity in the transportation company that will eventually emerge. …

Hyperloop

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farewell David Letterman

Late Show with David Letterman debuted on August 30, 1993

I was an early fan.

Click PLAY or watch his Velcro Suit on YouTube.

Ron Shewchuk and I liked how he revered the trivial. And trivialized the famous.

Jessica Winter was a bigger fan:

David Letterman Raised Me

His subversive comedy transformed the entertainment landscape—and made me who I am today.

But it’s been decades since I’ve been able to muster enough interest to watch more than a Top 10 list.

I’ll certainly be following the Late Show with Stephen Colbert starting September 8, 2015. But I’m assuming my interest will dwindle quickly. Unscripted celebrity interviews are like torture.

“leave behind smoking ruins and crying widows”

When Bill O’Reilly asked Lt. Col. Ralph Peters what his strategy would be to defeat the jihad, he said:

“You go wherever in the world the terrorists are and you kill them, you do your best to exterminate them, and then you leave behind smoking ruins and crying widows.”

FOX News

The lifeless bodies of Afghan children lay on the ground before their funeral ceremony, after a NATO airstrike killed several Afghan civilians, including ten children during a fierce gun battle with Taliban militants in Shultan, Shigal district, Kunar, eastern Afghanistan, Sunday, April 7, 2013. The U.S.-led coalition confirms that airstrikes were called in by international forces during the Afghan-led operation in a remote area of Kunar province near the Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Naimatullah Karyab)

The lifeless bodies of Afghan children lay on the ground before their funeral ceremony, after a NATO airstrike killed several Afghan civilians, including ten children during a fierce gun battle with Taliban militants in Shultan, Shigal district, Kunar, eastern Afghanistan, Sunday, April 7, 2013. The U.S.-led coalition confirms that airstrikes were called in by international forces during the Afghan-led operation in a remote area of Kunar province near the Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Naimatullah Karyab)

Scientific American – How Can We Condemn Boston Murders But Excuse U.S. Bombing of Civilians?

Though I totally disagree with Ralph Peters, I respect his honesty. He admits innocents will be killed.

IF the USA wants to fight terrorists overseas, with drones or smart bombs, that’s probably the best way. Boots on the ground is the worst way.

Instead, foreign nations should isolate Islamic nations. Close embassies. Enforce boycotts. Freeze bank assets. Stop giving them an excuse for terrorism.

If you leave Islamic hotheads alone, it won’t be long before they are fighting each other.

Homeland security should be security within your own borders.

India hates tourists … less

New. Announced November 2014 for tourists wanting to travel to India.

e-Tourist Visa. Online. US$60. Good for 1 month. Single entry.

Here’s the application page (I hope). I’ll try it for a trip September 2015. Wish me luck.

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I’m in Nepal. Visa on arrival. No hassles. Nepal loves tourists.

India still requires a visa in advance for Canadians, a stupid and time consuming process from the days of the Raj.

Though open-for-business Modi promised Obama it was coming, it’s not yet here.

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India is working on a proposal for visa on arrival (VoA) facility for US tourists, one of the big-ticket announcements expected to be made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s high-profile visit to the US beginning September 26. …

Times of India

Since 2010 visa on arrival was available for citizens of these nations: Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia and South Korea.

Yet they cannot bloody add more nations to that list? :-(

UPDATE – The list has been expanded to 43 nations including the USA. … But NOT Canada. NOT U.K.

related – India hates tourists (2013)

What Young Kids Do With Guns When Parents Aren’t Around

3yr-old shoots and kills 1yr-old sister. :-(

I see stories like this at least once a week.

No word yet whether the parents will be charged. I believe they should.

An experiment run by an Eckerd College professor … for ABC’s 20/20 on children and guns …

Doctor Marjorie Sanfilippo specializes in child psychology and her curiosity turned her to what children would do when adults are not around and they were told to not play with a clearly visible gun. …

Almost every kid went for the guns, waved them around and even pointed them at each other. …

Click PLAY or watch ABC News 20/20’s Young Guns on YouTube.

Gundamentalist National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent denies American statistics that there were at least 88 incidents just this year “in which a child 17 or under fired a gun unintentionally and someone was harmed as a result” …

EX_MACHINA

There’s much talk of when the first computer will gain consciousness. And supersede mankind.

EX_MACHINA is a 2015 British science fiction thriller film written and directed by author and screenwriter Alex Garland, making his directorial debut. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac. …

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

Ex Machina has received widespread critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 91%, based on 174 reviews, with an average rating of 8.1/10. …

On Metacritic, the film has a score of 78 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

Garland is the guy who wrote that terrible 1996 novel – The Beach. :-(

Here’s the state of the art in 2015, a Toshiba humanoid named Aiko Chihira.Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. Humans have a few years left, obviously. :-)

related – Uncanny valley