Well we all know that god placed that fossil there to test our faith. What I didn’t know was that the Creation Museum was built on one of the richest fossil beds in the world.
The Creation Museum, to those of you who might be blissfully unaware, depicts the biblical creation story as literal truth. Did you know the universe is about 6,000 years old? Created in six days you say! Dinosaurs drinking from the rivers of Eden? Tell me moreâ€”over a burger at the Noahâ€™s cafe, of course.
In a delicious bit of irony, the Creation Museum is built on top of one of the richest fossil beds in the world and near the birthplace of vertebrate paleontology. Want to find an at least 500-million-year-old fossil? Head over to the nearby Wal-Mart parking lot.
From The Independent:
Richard Dawkins’ best-selling atheist manifesto The God Delusion was at the centre of a growing row over religious tolerance yesterday after the Turkish publishers of his book were threatened with legal action by prosecutors who accuse it of ‘insulting believers’.
Erol Karaaslan, the founder of the small publishing house Kuzey Publications, could face between six months and a year in jail for “inciting hatred and enmity” if Istanbul prosecutors decide to press charges over the book, which has sold 6000 copies in Turkey since it was published this summer.
“A reader complained, saying that he wanted the book banned and the publishers punished”, said Mr Karaaslan after talks with the Istanbul state prosecutor. Mr Karaaslan, whose company specialises in self-help books and children’s literature, has been given a few days to prepare a written statement of defence.
This is not the first time Dawkins has come up against the wrath of the Turkish authorities. Published here in the mid-1990s, his less confrontational book The Selfish Gene also faced problems, with the Islamist government then in power trying to get it banned from bookshops. The God Delusion, the fourth of Dawkins’ books to be published in Turkish, sparked controversy with its damning approach to religion and unashamed avowal of atheism. While some appreciated his frankness, many questioned the book’s relevance to Turkish readers.
“It aims to explain atheism from the perspective of Christianity”, one amateur reviewer wrote, “and I don’t think that’s of much use in a Muslim country, because Muslims are already aware of the contradictions and oddities of Christianity as it is.” Another writing on a popular blogging website was more direct: “If I were God, I’d give Dawkins a good smacking” they wrote.
From The Smoking Gun:
NOVEMBER 30–Been wondering about the identity of the auteur behind the “2 Girls, 1 Cup” video that has been making millions of Internet users gag? Well, the repulsive video–which has become such an online sensation that it has been knocked off by John Mayer, Perez Hilton, and has launched tons of hilarious “reaction” videos–can be blamed on Marco Fiorito, a Brazilian man who describes himself as a “compulsive fetishist” and “an artist in the art of movie making.” The 36-year-old Sao Paulo resident became interested in cinema in 1994 and, two years later, began a fetish film business with his wife. “When we started, the only films that we made were about feet fetishes,” Firotio recalled in a court declaration, a copy of which you’ll find below. Fiorito would move on to more revolting fare, with his videos often involving excrement (as the “2 Girls, 1 Cup” video shows). That film was produced by MFX-Video, one of several Fiorito firms that included his initials in their name (an exception, of course, was the firm Vomit Brazil). While Fiorito contends that his revolting films are not illegal in Brazil, some of his works have been branded obscene by U.S. prosecutors and led last year to the indictment of Danilo Croce, a Brazilian lawyer who lived in Florida and was listed on corporate documents as an officer of a company distributing Fiorito’s films.
And someone on Flickr came up with a design for a 2 Girls 1 Cup T shirt which should be coming to you on a CafePress account in 3..2..1…
In lieu of Friday Cat Blogging:
In the early 1950â€™s, the Dayak people of Borneo suffered a malarial outbreak. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had a solution: to spray large amounts of DDT to kill the mosquitoes that carried the malaria. The mosquitoes died; the malaria declined; so far so good. But there were unexpected side effects. Amongst the first was that the roofs of the peopleâ€™s houses began to fall down on their heads. It seemed that the DDT had also killed a parasitic wasp which had previously controlled thatch-eating caterpillars. Worse, the DDT-poisoned insects were eaten by geckoes, which were eaten by cats. The cats started to die, the rats flourished, and the people were threatened by outbreaks of typhus and plague. To cope with these problems, which it had itself created, the WHO was obliged to parachute 14 000 live cats into Borneo. Operation Cat Drop, now almost forgotten at the WHO, is a graphic illustration of the interconnectedness of life, and of the fact that the root of problems often stems from their purported solutions.
It seems that the actual number of cats dropped may have been exaggerated slightly:
I should note here that there was an error in a previous version of this article. Accounts of this story across the internet cite the number of cats dropped as 14,000(!), a number that boggles the mind when you consider the logistics involved in pulling off such a maneuver. Even the New York Times, in a 1969 story, cited incorrect numbers. In fact, it appears that the number was in fact on the order of 10′s of cats. Specifically a British Royal Air Force Operations Record Book from March 13, 1960 lists an RAF flight out of Changi, Singapore that parachute-dropped various stores (seeds, stout for a chieftain) and “over 20 cats to wage war on rats that were threatening crops.”
Interesting concept but in the end it sounds like an out of tune bagpipe.
WTF? No caning? Just a light prison sentence? She named an inanimate but cute stuffed bear after the prophet Muhammad for Christsakes! Is there no justice?
Yesterday British teacher, Gillian Gibbons, was convicted by a Sudanese court for insulting Islam and sentenced to 15 days in prison. She was convicted for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Mohammed. Gibbons wept in court saying that she never meant to bring any offense.
The trial lasted for seven hours and was focused on resolving the case. This case had put Sudan in a difficult position between the angered Britain and the Islamic hard-liners.
According to the defense, the case started due to a school secretary with a grudge.
Muslim clerics demanded that Gibbons should be punished because they think that she is part of a Western plot to insult Islamâ€™s Prophet Mohammed.
Abdel-Khaliq Abdallah, a member of the defense team said that Gibbons was in tears on Thursday when she testified in court.
Abdallah, said that â€œShe said that she never wanted to insult Islamâ€ when she allowed the pupils to name the teddy bear Mohammed.
Gibbons was found guilty for “insulting the faith of Muslims” and received 15 days of jail. After the sentence is served she will be deported to Britain, according to Ali Mohammed Ajab, a human rights lawyer on the defense team, the Associated Press reports.
She escaped the heavier punishment of 40 lashes, a fine and six months in jail.
Prosecutors tried to obtain the heavier punishment inciting religious hatred.
Luckily, Sudan is filled with more rational people who understand that naming a Teddy Bear is a serious crime that carries stiff penalties…. Like death.
Thousands of Sudanese men, many armed with clubs and knives, protested in Khartoum today calling for the execution of the British teacher who allowed a teddy bear to be called Mohamed.
The protesters emerged from Khartoumâ€™s mosques after Friday prayers and gathered outside the presidential palace shouting slogans against Gillian Gibbons as riot police looked on.
The rowdy scenes took place as it emerged that a senior Labour peer was launching a private rescue mission to try to secure the early release of the 54-year-old teacher.
Ms Gibbons was sentenced to 15 days in jail after being convicted of inciting religious hatred for letting her pupils at one of the cityâ€™s schools name a toy bear Mohamed.
Lord Ahmed, Britain’s first Muslim peer, is due to fly out to Khartoum this afternoon, raising hopes that the mother of two, from Liverpool, could be freed soon.
Some protesters taunted Western journalists by drawing a finger across their throats while others burnt newspapers that carried pictures of Ms Gibbons on the front page. The scenes in Martyrs Square, outside the palace, were becoming increasingly ugly.
And some infidel just signed their death warrant by creating the Flying Spaghetti Bear. How many heretics must we kill before we achieve peace and harmony?
In those days the cross and rack were inseparable companions. Across the open Bible lay the sword and fagot. Not content with burning such heretics as were alive, they even tried the dead, in order that the church might rob their wives and children. The property of all heretics was confiscated, and on this account they charged the dead with being heretical — indicted, as it were, their dust — to the end that the church might clutch the bread of orphans. Learned divines discussed the propriety of tearing out the tongues of heretics before they were burned, and the general opinion was, that this ought to be done so that the heretics should not be able, by uttering blasphemies, to shock the Christians who were burning them. With a mixture of ferocity and Christianity, the priests insisted that heretics ought to be burned at a slow fire, giving as a reason that more time was given them for repentance.
No wonder that Jesus Christ said, “I came not to bring peace, but a sword.”
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Heretics and Hericies”(1874)
“The Sounds of Silence” is the song that propelled the 1960s folk music duo Simon and Garfunkel to popularity. It was written by Paul Simon in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Simon conceived of the song as a way of capturing the emotional trauma felt by many Americans left by the sudden death of a vigorous and visionary leader. It was originally recorded as an acoustic piece for their first album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. but was later overdubbed with electric instruments and released as a single. The single slowly climbed the charts until it reached number one on New Year’s Day 1966. The song was included in the 1966 album Sounds of Silence.
The song features Simon on acoustic guitar and both Simon and Garfunkel singing.
The song was originally called “The Sounds of Silence”, and is titled that way on the early albums in which it appeared and on the single. In later compilations, it was retitled “The Sound of Silence”. Both the singular and the plural form of the word appear in the lyrics.