razzleccentric: (Scream)
2007-08-07 10:14 am


From [livejournal.com profile] peradouro:

Famous fossil Lucy starts US tour - (they snuck it out in the middle of the night)

Because it's a good idea to box up irreplacable, 3.2 million year old A. afarensis remains and ship them all over the freakin' United States. Aaaaaaaaaa! AAAAAAAAAAAAA!

The situation is so complex. The Smithsonian has refused to participate in this tour. But evangelicals in other African countries want to censor fossil displays there and African museums certainly need better funding. So for the world to see and care about these treasures, must they be removed from their countries of origin?

How great is the potential for Creationist terrorism on such a priceless display in the United States...?
razzleccentric: (Penn: Shut The Fuck Up)
2007-05-02 08:47 pm

The Republican War on (Social) Science

The American Anthropological Association reports that the National Science Foundation's authorization bill for FY2008 is imminently scheduled to come up for debate on the House floor. Two proposed amendments – introduced by Reps. John Campbell (R-CA) and Scott Garrett (R-NJ) – would prohibit further funding of nine currently funded NSF grants in the Social, Behavioral and Economics Science Division, based on their quote "silly titles" unquote. Not surprisingly, five of the nine grants targeted fall under the research realms of anthropology or archaeology (the others appear to be behavioral psych and primatology).


Offered by Mr. Garrett of New Jersey
At the end of section 3, add the following new subsection;
(h) LIMITATION.-None of the funds authorized under this section may be used for research related to

(1) The reproductive aging and symptom experience at midlife among Bangladeshi Immigrants, Sedentees, and White London Neighbors

(2) The diet and social stratification in ancient Puerto Rico

Offered by Mr. Campbell of California
At the end of section 3, add the following new subsection;
(h) LIMITATION.-None of the funds authorized under this section may be used for research related to

(1) archives of Andean Knotted-String Records

(2) the accuracy in the cross-cultural understanding of others’ emotions;

(3) bison hunting on the late prehistoric Great Plains;

(4) team versus individual play;

(5) sexual politics of waste in Dakar, Senegal;

(6) social relationships and reproductive strategies of Phayre’s Leaf Monkeys; and

(7) cognitive model of superstitious belief. [!!!!!!!!!]



Whatever anyone may or may not think of knotted-string records, since when is it the job of a couple asshat politicians to decide what is worthy of scientific research and what is not? I think the National SCIENCE Foundation should keep making that call. SCIENCE. That's their JOB.

What I'd really like to do is take a hardcopy of these republicans' cognitive model of superstitious belief and stick it up their asses. Sideways.

razzleccentric: (Whaaaaaaaaaa?)
2007-02-16 12:37 pm

Oh for the love o' natural selection...

Have you seen this? I mean, seriously, this jackass jerkwad really believes what he wrote??? No. It's got to be some kind of horrible, horrible joke.

A Georgia state representative (yes, Republican, how predictable), sent out THIS MEMO to a bunch of other Repub reps (including one in Texas) stating that he has "Indisputable evidence — long hidden but now available to everyone — demonstrates conclusively that so-called ‘secular evolution science’ is the Big-Bang 15-billion-year alternate ‘creation scenario’ of the Pharisee Religion... This scenario is derived concept-for-concept from Rabbinic writings in the mystic ‘holy book’ Kabbala dating back at least two millennia.”

So, yeah. Evolution is actually a religious teaching whipped up by the Jews that run the world. THAT'S how we can stop it from being taught in schools. Halleluijah!

But look - added bonus codswallop! "[T]he earth is not rotating … nor is it going around the sun." (This is the part that tipped somebody off that the memo might not be 100% factual.)

In case you're wondering where these paid political representatives of the people got this amazing revelation, it would be from this incredibly professional and obviously wrought-with-truth website. HORK.

For reference, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about this horseshit and J.M. Marshall's Talking Points Memo on the subject.

My anger overwhelms my phlegm.

PS - Chisum is not at all apologetic for spreading this crap.

Mr. Chisum said all he thought he was doing was "a Good Samaritan" deed for a fellow legislator. "If that's a sin, well, shoot me."

Not enough heads, not enough desks.