#268 Jan 29, 2014
[QUOTE who="Psycho SusieQ Troll Post# 666"]
This study really says the warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere."[/QUOTE]
-ppffffffffffftttt, yeah let the nuts keep on talking and discrediting themselves all the more!
#269 Jan 29, 2014
It is here, but the whole lot of them are out to use GW as the excuse to make you poorer.
#270 Jan 30, 2014
High IQ turns academics into atheists
12 June 2008 | By Rebecca Attwood
"Belief in God is much lower among academics than among the general population because scholars have higher IQs, a controversial academic claimed this week.
In a forthcoming paper for the journal Intelligence, Richard Lynn, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Ulster, will argue that there is a strong correlation between high IQ and lack of religious belief and that average intelligence predicts atheism rates across 137 countries.
In the paper, Professor Lynn - who has previously caused controversy with research linking intelligence to race and sex - says evidence points to lower proportions of people holding religious beliefs among intellectual elites.
The paper - which was co-written with John Harvey, who does not report a university affiliation, and Helmuth Nyborg, of the University of Aarhus, Denmark - cites studies including a 1990s survey that found that only 7 per cent of members of the American National Academy of Sciences believed in God. A survey of fellows of the Royal Society found that only 3.3 per cent believed in God at a time when a poll reported that 68.5 per cent of the general UK population were believers.
Professor Lynn told Times Higher Education:Why should fewer academics believe in God than the general population? I believe it is simply a matter of the IQ. Academics have higher IQs than the general population. Several Gallup poll studies of the general population have shown that those with higher IQs tend not to believe in God.
He said that most primary school children believed in God, but as they entered adolescence - and their intelligence increased - many began to have doubts and became agnostics.
He added that most Western countries had seen a decline of religious belief in the 20th century at the same time as their populations had become more intelligent." ...
read the rest:
#271 Jan 30, 2014
Knock off this crap of pitting one against the other.
#272 Jan 30, 2014
I'm not the one making false claims which have no basis in reality.
If you make extraordinary superstitious claims without any good empirical evidence to back them up then you should expect a swift and righteous retribution from those who believe that the truth is not just merely a matter of opinion.
If you are an enemy of knowledge, reason and truth, you are an enemy of all mankind.
As long as people try to assault knowledge with superstition, I will not refrain from defending the good and moral objective reality which is the only real path to true understanding, cooperation, love and harmony.
#273 Jan 30, 2014
Studies find Neanderthal genes in modern humans
By Meeri Kim January 30, 2014
"WASHINGTON Neanderthal genes lurk among us. Small traces of Neanderthal DNA have been confirmed in the areas of the genome that affect skin and hair of modern humans, according to two new studies that also give clues as to which Neanderthal traits may have been helpful - or harmful - to the survival of our species.
The studies, published online Wednesday in the journals Nature and Science, came to similar conclusions despite using vastly different methods of genomic analysis.
For East Asian and European populations, genes that provide the physical characteristics of skin and hair have a high incidence of Neanderthal DNA - possibly lending toughness and insulation to weather the cold as early man emerged from Africa, the studies conclude. Neanderthals were thought to have already been adapted to a chillier, more northern environment.
Perhaps most notably, Neanderthal DNA was not found in genes that influence testicles, according to the Nature study, hinting that when the Neanderthal ventured outside his own species for sex, the introduction of his DNA may have reduced male fertility in early humans.
"There's strong evidence that when the two met and mixed, they were at the edge of biological compatibility," said Nature study author and Harvard University geneticist David Reich. "The people who eventually survived and thrived had quite a bit of hurdles to overcome."
This is consistent with what is seen in nature: When two species mate that are sufficiently far away biologically, the resulting hybrids tend to have lowered fertility. Early humans and Neanderthals interbred about 40,000 to 80,000 years ago around the Middle East, during man's migration out of Africa.
And the last Neanderthals died off some 30,000 years ago.
Reich's team used an ancient genome his lab had sequenced last year - as high-quality as any modern DNA data set - from a 130,000-year-old female Neanderthal's toe bone found in a Siberian cave. They compared her data with 1,004 genomes of present-day humans, including those of sub-Saharan Africans. The Science study, led by University of Washington geneticist Joshua Akey, only used East Asian and European sequences, because indigenous Africans possess little or no traces of Neanderthal.
Because Neanderthals occupied Europe and Asia, African ancestors did not have the opportunity to interbreed with them. Reich and his colleagues used the African sequences as a sort of negative control; if parts of the ancient genome were found in East Asians and Europeans, but not in Africans, then those parts may have carried over from Neanderthals.
"Although it's true that each individual has only a small percentage of Neanderthal DNA, the small sequence that I carry might be different than the amount that you carry," Akey said. Non-African humans inherit about 1 to 3 percent of their genomes from Neanderthal ancestors, with East Asians tending to have a slightly larger proportion than Europeans. " ...
read the rest: http://www.niagara-gazette.com/webextra/x7147...
#274 Jan 31, 2014
Violent crime in the US has actually dropped 15% in the past 10 years:
#275 Feb 1, 2014
yup, gun crimes have been down too according to FBI stats but don't tell the knee-jerk reactionary libtards who want all guns banned, they have their own 'stats' that claim otherwise, like that Becca Balint who actually gets $ for her BS in the libscum lying Bratt paper
and some nuts like mikey say only cops should have the guns!
see how that's doing ->
Now that guns are banned in England the violent crime rates went UP, for instance burglars come in the houses when the owners are home without worry since they don't have gun owners to shoot them there
Ever see one of those idiotic bumper stickers that say "Troopers Are Your Best Protection" ?
Many unarmed sheeple have died after calling 911 cuz the cops will show up sometime between death and rigamortis
women with a freakin clue-
The Second Amendment Sisters
The group that the few Good cops join-
#277 Feb 2, 2014
#278 Feb 2, 2014
Abortion are back to 1973 levels
#279 Feb 2, 2014
Half of Americans Believe God Will Decide the Superbowl Winner
By CJ Werleman January 31, 2014
"That more Americans believe God will influence the Superbowl than the fact the earth is dangerously overheating should deeply trouble us.
A new study conducted by the Public Research Institute found that 50 percent of Americans think God will determine the winner of Sundays Super Bowl.
The NFL and Jesus have become practically synonymous in this country. Teams hold prayer circles before, during, and after games. The NFL is among the most fervently religious sectors of American life. On any given Sunday youll hear players claiming,God was with me today or I give thanks to God for our victory. Prayer and praise of the Lord Almighty is not confined to the games participants, either. PRRI found that more than 25% http://publicreligion.org/site/wp-content/upl... of Americans pray to God specifically to help their team.
Some highlights from the survey include:
One-in-four (25%) Americans who report being a fan of a particular team believe that their team has been cursed at some point in time.
Roughly 1-in-5 (21%) American sports fans report performing a ritual before or while watching their favorite team.
The best finding in the study was that,One fan reports that he wears a dirty pair of underwear over my pants and then I put my jersey on. While thats not specifically a ritual tied to Christianity, it is no less absurd than praying for divine intervention.
Itd be easier to digest the fact half of the country believed a supernatural force was the puppeteer behind a football game if more than half of the country could name their congressmember, the country America declared its independence from, more than two Constitutional Amendments, and the location of the two countries we have been at war with during the previous decade on a map. Its when you couple the nations third world level hyper-religiosity with pandemic anti-intellectualism that many free thinkers suffer heartburn.
The Bible says,For everyone who asks receives, and according to the PRRI study, half of all Americans believe athletes of faith are rewarded with good health and success. This extraordinary level of belief is based, evidently, on not thinking about things, which is again why 50% of the country continues to vote against its own self-economic interests, but thats a whole other peccadillo.
So are truly faithful NFL players rewarded with success on the field? Football is a data driven pursuit, so lets breakdown the stats:
The Broncos and Seahawks teams have an equal number of Christians.
50% of all NFL players playing on Sunday will win the Super Bowl.
In conclusion, the number of rewarded NFL players on Sunday will be exactly equal to the number of unrewarded NFL players on Sunday.
So are truly faithful NFL players rewarded off the field? Lets breakdown the numbers:
The average life expectancy of the American male is 78 years.
The NFL players association says the average life expectancy of an NFL player is 58 years old.
The suicide rate of NFL players is 6-times the national average.
So theres that." ...
#280 Feb 2, 2014
continued from: http://www.alternet.org/belief/half-americans...
..."Prayer and football are considered traditional American values,(its a pity education and ending poverty is not), and thats the problem. The problem being that when prayer is synonymous with football, and by extension America, then, by inference, to not engage in football related religious rituals becomes un-American itself, and that would really piss off the Founding Fathers. David Niose, author of Nonbeliever Nation, writes,The belief that Americans are a religious people is one of the key reasons that politicians typically ignore the Secular American demographic. Another is the fact that many non-believing Americans chose not to identify openly as secular because of popular attitudes that vilify nonreligious people, particularly atheists, as bad and undesirable.
Americans are down with the whole prayer in NFL thing until the game becomes increasingly popular with men of other faiths. Last year, the Jets signed a Palestinian Muslim to a 4-year deal. One can only imagine how America (Fox News) will react the day when Oday Aboushi plants his prayer rug on the sidelines and points it towards Mecca. Theres a reason the Supreme Court determined organized prayer in the public square to be unconstitutional.
Last week American Atheists launched a new billboard right next to the venue of Sundays Super Bowl MetLife Stadium that takes a swipe at prayer in football. The billboard features a priest cradling a football with text reading,A Hail Mary only works in football. Enjoy the game. American Atheists President David Silverman says,Prayer is superstition, plain and simple. It trivializes the dedication of the players and takes away from their achievements. A third of football fans pray in hopes of helping their team. These are adults were talking aboutpeople with children, people with careers, people who vote. Its 2014; its time to stop believing that prayer works. Give credit where credit is due and celebrate what this is really aboutcoming together to cheer on hard-working athletes doing what they do best.
Hes right. Not only does prayer trivialize the accomplishments of the athletes, it trivializes every problem we face as a nation. It says we dont need to actually think about things like climate change, poverty, and whatever else because God has our best interests in mind at all times. That more Americans believe God will influence a sporting contest than in the scientifically proven fact the earth is dangerously overheating should deeply trouble us. That Americans live in a state of insecurity that is largely unknown in other developed countries, with no guaranteed health care, almost non-existent social safety nets, and the highest rates of incarceration in world suggests either God has blessed someone else or he doesnt exist.$100 says its the latter.
ts a historical fact Jesus didnt know what the NFL and America is, so enjoy the Super Bowl for what it is: highly paid, steroid filled, super-human athletes colliding at high-speed with no regard for their life expectancy."
#281 Feb 3, 2014
The kooks are coming out on the wood work!
#282 Feb 3, 2014
ACLU Sues Scott Walker, Challenges Wisconsin's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
By Shadee Ashtari 02/03/2014
"Four same-sex couples represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and other state top administration officials on Monday, challenging Wisconsins seven-year-old ban on gay marriage.
In addition to attempting to overturn the states constitutional amendment barring marriage equality, the lawsuit also seeks to repeal Wisconsins "marriage evasion" law, which criminalizes leaving the state to contract a marriage that is prohibited or void in Wisconsin. Couples violating the marriage evasion statute can be fined up to $10,000 or imprisoned for not more than 9 months or both.
Wisconsin is unique in that sense, and so we think that argument particularly exemplifies the harm or the animus toward same-sex couples in some parts of the country, John Knight, director of ACLU's LGBT and AIDS Project, told the Washington Blade on Monday.
The couples in the lawsuit are Roy Badger and Garth Wangemann; Charvonne Kemp and Marie Carlson; Judith Trampf and Katharina Heyning; and Virginia Wolf and Carol Schumacher, the lead plaintiffs in the case.
Virginia Wolf et al. v. Scott Walker et al., which was filed by the ACLU, the ACLU of Wisconsin and Mayer Brown LLP, argues that Wisconsins gay marriage ban violates the couples due process and equal protection rights under the 14th Amendment.
Wisconsin, a historic leader in marriage equality, maintains one of the most restrictive bans on marriage for same-sex couples in the nation, the lawsuit reads. http://media.jrn.com/documents/aclulawsuit.pd... The State deprives same-sex couples of these rights and freedoms for no other reason than their sexual orientation and their sex.
Were completely in love, and wed like to be married in the state that we live in, Kemp, one of the plaintiffs, told the Washington Blade on Monday.Im willing to go to the Supreme Court to fight for the right for everyone to be able to get married if thats what they choose to do. Its about marriage equality for all, not marriage equality for some, or for just us.
The lawsuit is pending before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin while numerous states, including Kentucky, Utah, Florida and Virginia, are facing dozens of similar lawsuits seeking marriage equality."
Read the full complaint here. http://media.jrn.com/documents/aclulawsuit.pd...
#283 Feb 4, 2014
Got more important things to do.
#284 Feb 4, 2014
Judge in Cocke County baby name case terminated
Posted: Feb 03, 2014
"NEWPORT (WATE)- The judge who ordered a Cocke County baby's name to be changed from Messiah has been removed from the bench.
An order from the Fourth Judicial District states Judge Lu Ann Ballew was terminated as the Child Support Magistrate for the district as of midnight, January 31.
Ballew ordered http://www.wate.com/story/23117239/parents-in... Jaleesa Martin and Jawaan McCullough to rename their son Messiah last August, saying he should be named Martin.
The judge wrote in her opinion it is not in the child's best interest to have the name Messiah, explaining that Messiah means Savior, Deliverer, the One who will restore God's kingdom. She said the title is "held only by Jesus Christ."
Another judge reversed http://www.wate.com/story/23463878/judge-reve... Ballew's order the following month, saying Ballew had acted unconstitutionally.
In October, Ballew was charged http://www.wate.com/story/23788248/judge-char... with judicial code violations by a three-member investigative panel associated with Tennessee's Board of Judicial Conduct.
The formal charges said she failed to promote confidence in the judiciary or uphold the law without bias or partiality."
#285 Feb 4, 2014
What a waste?
#286 Feb 4, 2014
Yes, an unconstitutional ruling because of an inappropriate religious bias in violation of the state judicial code of conduct wastes everyone's time and money.
#287 Feb 4, 2014
Watch it, they are coming to get you.
#288 Feb 4, 2014
I do not doubt that there might be a few irrational people out there who would like to shut me up permanently for confronting their religious delusions, people who speak the truth like me get death threats quite regularly.
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