Roedy

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I see stories of this form in the news all the time. American Christians believe their religion trumps the constitution. Therefore they should be allowed to do something clearly unconstitutional, like put Christian monuments on public land, teach Christian doctrine in schools, force non-Christians to pray to Yahweh, deny children medical care or…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    If their goal is to have a cross, as long as they want, for the least amount of money, they should simply move it to private land.

    If their goal is to force the cross down the unwilling throats of non-believers, because they won’t like it, and because it would be good for them, they are going about it the right way.

    The cross is an instrument of…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    It has gotten ridiculous. If you feel hurt simply because I disagree with you, you are behaving like a petulant toddler. I have no obligation to indulge you. Some religions train adherents to feel insulted if others do not agree. That pain they brought completely on themselves.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    On 2017-06-01 Trump announced the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Change Accord. The USA is the only major country that does not belong to it. According to Environment Canada, climate change is second only to nuclear war as a planetary peril. Mad Trump has declared ecological war on the entire planet including his own country. Oddly,…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 8 months ago

    I suppose people could protest by going to the meetings and refusing to participate in the prayers, or speak over them with some flaky prayer. I doubt any court would tell them they could not.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 8 months ago

    Facebook should relocate any servers outside Pakistan and tell them to get stuffed.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 8 months ago

    I have HIV. In the early days, friends and acquaintances pressed all manner of crazy cures on me that did not work. There was no official treatment. This could be justified rationally were it not for the negative side effects.

    When there is a recognised treatment, you can only justify pushing an alternative treatment if it works. Persisting when…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 8 months ago

    There are thousands of commandments in the bible. Yet the only one Christians concern themselves with is killing gay people. Yet oddly, most of them are willing to refrain from murder; they just want to indulge in non-lethal acts of spite, such as denying cake. Why? To avoid hypocrisy. This is about the only sin they do not indulge in personally…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 8 months, 1 week ago

    I would think what you would have to do is create millions of individuals, automate the process of determining their characteristics, then sequences them. You then could use raw computer power to figure out what gene does what.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Live birth is not that hard to pull off. All you need is the eggs to hatch internally. Everything else can remain the same. There are some frogs that do it. Swordtail fish Xiphophorus helleri also do it.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    It is a bit much expecting beavers to understand
    climate change.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    I can understand being highly sceptical of any science that came out of Monsanto, Nestle, Merck, or Exxon Mobil, but what replaces it? anonymous internet posters? Supermarket tabloids? Oprah? Dr. Oz? religious texts?

    There are various science educators whom I trust if they tell me some now science is legit. They have built up a reputation with…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    So much for the bible being a source of morality.
    So much for the bible being a good influence on behaviour.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    Other good news. Google announced today they will reach 100% renewable power some time in 2017.

    What I am hoping for is the economics for clean energy will reach some tipping point and the fossil fuel industry will tank overnight. How I want to see those anti-environmentalists lose their shirts.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    Sessions does not believe in freedom of religion. He believes in majority take all like the endlessly warring Europeans in the 1700s. But why? What advantage accrues if the minority is forced to pretend to worship a god or worship in a way they believe is bogus? It is forcing people to lie. It does nothing for the majority. Sessions is just a…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    I would go for insistence on labelling all laws that essentially religious superstition. I would not insist they be nullified, at least not yet

    for example abortion laws that depend on the existence of a soul inserted at conception
    anti-euthanasia laws because there is a sky fairy who owns you.
    anti-gay laws because the bible said to kill all…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    I think the answer is simpler. If bats receive more dilute nectar, they will have to make more visits to get the same amount of sugar. That means more pollination.

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    How do you tell dark matter apart from low-temperature matter?

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 10 months, 2 weeks ago

    Except for some very stupid people, there are no true climate change deniers. The Koch brothers, for example, are well aware of the climate change mechanism. It is just they are old. What matters to them is marginal profits from sunset fossil fuel investments. What happens 10 years plus from now does not matter. They will be dead.

    Trump took…[Read more]

  • Roedy posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Trump said “I love war, including nuclear war”. He called for nuclear proliferation and massive spending on nukes. He also appointed climate change deniers to his cabinet. As I see it, unless Trump is impeached, resigns in disgrace, or dies, we have very little chance of surviving the next four years. Pinker is looking at stats about tiny cat…[Read more]

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