Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fetuses and Cows Jumping Over the Moon

This may not be the dumbest thing I ever heard, but it ranks right up there: Oklahoma State GOP Senator Ralph Shortey wants to outlaw use of fetuses in in food production.

While he's at it, why don't doesn't he waste even more time banning the use of fetuses in research related to cows jumping over the moon?

Oh, yeah, I realize they aren't doing that now: But they aren't using fetuses for food now either, so either law has just as much value.

You elected him folks: Aren't you proud?

UPDATE MAY 13, 2012
I have to "eat crow" on this one.

It appears that someone in China has been using fetal remains to create supplement pills.

I didn't think anyone in the world had nerve to do that, but I guess anything is possible. So I guess a ban is needed.

Friday, January 20, 2012

What Will Republicans Do?

One of the news items that came out during the New Hampshire election discussed voters who voted in the Republican primary. The question was, "Why did you vote for [Republican candidate for president]?"

Of the voters who responded, 33% said that their primary criterion for choosing the candidate was, "He can beat Obama."


Would they vote for Charles Manson if he could beat Obama?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Guantanamo: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The results are finally in: 92% of the individuals kept at Guantanamo are innocent of involvement with al-Quaeda. Of the grand total of 779 individuals kept there, that means that we unnecessarily destroyed 721 lives.

All you people who were so enthusiastic about Guantanamo: How do you feel about this? Are you satisfied now that you've had your pound of flesh (including that obtained by torture) from 721 innocent people?

Is that enough blood?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Just How Fast is c?

There's currently a controversy in physics circles, caused by a group in Italy that were measuring the speed of arrival of neutrinos from Cern.

To the consternation of almost everyone in the physics community, they have reported (twice now) that neutrinos travel faster than the speed of light: By the miniscule amount of 0.0000025% (approximately).

Okay, that's pretty small. But the speed of light, c, is supposed to be exactly 299,792,458 meters per second (in our terms, 186,282.397 miles per second). Also in our terms, the neutrinos are 0.0047 miles per second too fast.