Some random thoughts from perusin’ the web…
Our feathered Dinosaurs Friends – Feathers preserved in amber from the end of the Cretaceous period show that at least some dinosaurs were indeed feathered. “Feathers” & Folly is going to have to expand scope, and I’m going to have to start talking about dinosaurs as well as birds.
Obama – Be prepared to pay “your fair share” to cut deficit – In his Saturday radio address, Obama said Americans must be prepared to pay their fair share to cut the deficit. That’s called REALITY. On the other hand, we have John Boehner announcing this week that any new tax increases are off the table for the debt committee. That’s called DELUSIONAL. The fight over the debt committee’s work is shaping up to be just as painful as was the fight to raise thte debt limit, as the GOP refuses to acknowledge reality, and refuses to negotiate.
Pat Robertson – Divorce your spouse with Alzheimer’s – Pat Robertson gave advice this week that it’s justifiable to divorce your spouse if they have Alzheimer’s. So much for Christian values and “till death do us part”. It’s a horrible situation when a spouse gets Alzheimer’s, but I don’t care if it’s “like death” or not, divorcing a spouse because of an illness sure doesn’t sound “Christian” to me.
U.S. to Veto Palestine State Recognition in U.N. – The Palestinian president is taking his case for recognition of a Palestinian state to the U.N. For reasons I won’t even pretend to understand, the Obama administration says the U.S. will veto that recognition in the Security Council. The U.S. has been involved in peace talks between Israel and Palestinians for 20 years, and where has it gotten things? A U.S. veto will spark Muslim outrage in the Middle East, and further strengthen the Muslim view of the U.S. as a villain and an obstacle to a Palestinian state.
Husker prediction – My prediction for today’s Nebraska game against Washington…After a rather pathetic defensive showing last week, a more fired up defense plays well, slowing down the run enough to be effective, and rattling a young Washington QB making his first start on the road. On offense, Nebraska again struggles, but makes a few big plays. Close game going into the fourth quarter, but Nebraska wins by a touchdown. Nebraska 23, Washington 16
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Some random thoughts from perusin’ the web…
Warming related to clouds? Think again… – In case you haven’t followed it, climate change
idiots skeptics crowed when the peer-reviewed journal “Remote Sensing” recently published a paper by Roy Spencer that Fox News (of course), Forbes (of course), and other conservative “media” outlets touted as proof that climate change was a scam. Uh-oh, idiots skeptics. The paper was widely panned by REAL climate change scientists, and the journal’s editor has now resigned, admitting his journal shouldn’t have published it. I wonder if Fox or Forbes will report on THIS side of the story with the same fervor that they reported on the paper’s publication?
Photographer Fakes Nature Photos — Not a surprise that an award-winning nature photographer was caught digitally faking photos. It’s hard not to be cynical about “nature” photography after you’ve been involved in it for a while. It’s gotten to the point where more often than not when posting my photos for critique on nature photography websites, I’ll get comments saying I should “clone out” distracting branches or other photo elements. You know, “distracting” things like actual habitat. The saying “if it sounds to good to be true” can be altered to “if it looks to good to be true”, when it comes to nature photography. There are some truly amazing “nature” photos out there. There are also a heck of a lot of them that are either staged shots, or are digitally altered.
Divorce Rates High in Bible Belt — What?!?! How can this BE?!?!? How can divorce rates be so low in the godless, liberal Northeast, and so high in the morally superior Bible belt?!!? I like how the religious spokesmen in the article somehow take the facts and totally turn them around to come up with the conclusion that the “key to a divorce-proof marriage is strong faith”. If there’s one thing you QUICKLY learn from “perusin” the headlines, it’s that there’s no correlation between supposed religious belief and morality.
Republicans Skipping Obama’s Speech to Congress – How nice. Let’s not even PRETEND to have any respect for what a non-Republican has to say now. Let’s not even PRETEND to have any respect for the office of the presidency. The “my way or the highway” approach of the GOP, putting politics before the good of the country, is a hell of a good way to run us further into the ground.
Photo from iPhone 5 May have Surfaced! – WHO FLIPPIN’ CARES!?!?! I wonder what percentage of television or web ads are for cell phones/electronic devices? Am I the ONLY one who is perfectly happy with a cell phone that just makes calls? Am I the ONLY one who couldn’t care less that a photo of the next iPhone “may have surfaced”? Does this “story” REALLY deserve front page coverage on the Washington Post website?
Huskers Win! Fans in a Panic!! – Such is the nature of being a Nebraska Cornhusker fan! Nebraska beat a hopelessly outmanned UT-Chattanooga team last Saturday, 40-7, but the win has had many fans worried about how “bad” our offense looked. I’m a scientist! I’m a logical man!! But as a born and bred Husker, EVEN I am not immune to the dangers of Husker paranoia! It’s not enough that we win by 33 points! We must win every game! We must win impressively, or we Husker fans will worry! It’s in our blood!!!
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