Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Evolution of Creationism: Part I

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Malena Ernman & Martin Fröst in Flight of the Bumblebee

Thursday, June 10, 2010

What Happens When You Die? Babbling Idiot Suggests Time Simply Reboots


I think this article was GREAT! I printed it up and now I'll have all the manure I need to fertilize my garden this weekend. I think it's hilarious how the author engages in some scientifically illiterate naval gazing and calls it "evidence." Is ALL the "news" on the Huffington Post this shoddy and incompetent or is Robert Lanza an aberration?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

AOL News gives mentally challenged man reporting gig!

The article Stanton Friedman: A Scientist Searches for the Truth of UFOs - AOL News was written by Lee Speigel The article itself is a testament to shoddy, incompetent reporting. Instead of actually asking any challenging questions, Lee Speigel bends over backwards to lend creditability to the wild, unsupported claims of a well known UFO crank. Instead of actually asking for evidence, Lee Speigel bends over backwards to make his subject seem more reliable. This is known as an "Argument for Authority" and its a common, and shoddy form of argument used primarily by people who have no actual evidence to back up their assertions.

Fascinated by the extreme incompetence of Lee Speigel's "reporting" I decided to see what else he had written for AOL News. His bio says:

Lee Speigel
Contributor

Writer, reporter, and paranormal expert Lee Speigel is the former host of NBC Radio's "The Edge of Reality." He's hosted nearly 1,500 programs on unexplained phenomena, and previously worked at Westwood One Radio and ABCNews.com. He is the only person to produce a presentation at the United Nations on the subject of UFOs.


This explains a lot. Lee Speigel is happy to ignore the lack of evidence not for a single interview, but as a fundamental, core facet of his very existence. Let's look at some of his other stories:


Netherlands Town Claims Tallest Lego Tower
Nuclear Physicist Describes Vast UFO Cover-Up
Octopus Tree: Ancient Indian Burial Ground or ... Just a Tree?
No Sea Serpents Here, Says UK's Royal Navy
Russian Governor Says He Made Friends With ETs
Science Embraces Time Travel, Once Stuff of Sci-Fi
Jersey Devil: Horrific Fantasy or Genetic Mutant?
Police Tried to Protect 'Nessie' From Hunters
ET Debate: To Speak or Not to Speak?
Mr. Spock Beams Into Retirement



Lee Speigel's publication history seems to contain mostly nonsense like this. The most hard-hitting, fact based articles I saw was the one about the Leggo tower and Leonard Nimoy's retirement. Most of his writing deals with fringe nonsense with no real evidence to support it.

Lee Speigel would benefit from an introduction to the Skeptoid Podcast. Perhaps he'll learn a thing or two about critical thinking skills.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Eivind Berge's Blog: Fighting with monsters

Eivind Berge's Blog: Fighting with monsters

The nutbar who claimed that rape was a rational response to feminism has asked "Have I become a monster?"

Personally I suspect he's really a deep-cover feminist out to make anyone who opposes feminism look a psychotic, sociopathic, amoral sub-human. Let's be honest here, no sane mind capable of empathizing with other people would honestly think rape could be a rational reaction to difficulty getting a date.

The kind of outright hostility to his fellow human beings portrayed in Eivind's posts depicts not a rational human mind, but a marginally controlled predator. If the posts on his blog honesty reflected his real views, then the question readers should ask is not "if" Eivind has a collection of trophies from animals he's tortured and murdered, but how large that collection is. If this blog reflected Eivind's true beliefs then it would only be a matter of time before he went out to rape a woman, possibly torturing and murdering his victim, if he hasn't done so already.

Eivind is either an uber-feminist troll or a serial killer in training. I think all of us would rather Eivind be a deep cover feminist than the next BTK.