The Daily Jokelahoman

Stupid Title. Interesting Mission.
October 6, 2009, 5:40 pm
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NASA is continuing its search for water on the moon using a very interesting method:  Hitting the moon with a very large, fast moving projectile.  Unfortunately the HuffPo chose their words poorly when they wrote the title to the article.  If I’m reading this right, NASA is not actually bombing the moon with explosives, but just hitting it really hard with a solid projectile.

The comments on this article are absolutely ridiculous.  If people honestly think that this is going to have some effect on the lunar environment, lunar orbit, or the earth, then they are morons.  The moon is massive, especially compared to the projectile, and there is no way that this could somehow push it out of its orbit and have ill effects on the Earth.   It would take a considerably larger object to actually change the orbit of the moon.

There is also no environment on the moon to hurt.  It is a lifeless rock with no atmosphere that is hit by space debris all the time.  Were it not for our atmosphere, erosion, plate tectonics, etc, the Earth would look very similar to the moon.  The moon has survived countless impacts from larger objects than this one and I think it can easily survive this.

This just proves the sad state of scientific literacy in our country.  We have fallen far behind most of the developed world in education.  People are just unable to grasp how this mission could be important.  They think NASA is basically just going to fly a plane over the moon and drop a few bombs on it just because they can.  We need to go back to the days where NASA was popular and when people would gather around the TV just to watch the launch of a rocket or the Space Shuttle.  I fear America has lost its fascination with space exploration, and that is a sad thing to lose.

Origin of Species Campaign Enrages Atheists….?
October 5, 2009, 4:20 pm
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Ray Comfort in his infinite knowledge of absolutely nothing, apparently because a few forum posts have been critical of his giving away copies of Charles Dariwn’s “Origin of Species” now all atheists are super mad that he is doing this.

Here is the post of Comfort’s website.

Should atheists be angry that Comfort is giving away copies of “Origin” with his own tripe printed before the science?  Not in the least.  It’s the same tired old arguments against evolution that have been debunked time and time again.  Complexity, complexity, what good is half an eye?  Complete unscientific dribble.  He also goes we the traditional creationist tactic of trying to set up Mr. Darwin as a straw man because he thinks evolution caused Hitler to kill six million Jews (the church help considerably more than evolution).  Even if Darwin was an anti-Semite or a racist, it doesn’t make his theory of natural selection invalid.  It has continually been upheld by the scientific evidence over the past 150 years.

We should also be happy that anyone near one of the college campuses involved can go get themselves a free copy of “Origin of Species”  with a little comedy at the beginning.  I plan on going to the University of Florida down the street from my house and getting myself another copy.  I don’t think Ray Comfort’s “genius” is going to persuade me away from hard science.

Unfortunately it seems that the PDF file of the introduction seems to be removed from Comfort’s website, but I can assure you that there is nothing new in it.

The Daily JokelaFloridian?
October 5, 2009, 4:19 pm
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Well, I have finally escaped the not-so-great state of Oklahoma for sunny Florida.  I hope that all of you still stuck in the conservative buckle of the bible belt escape someday too.  I was thinking about changing the name of my blog, but I decided that would be far too much work and just confusing.  And I do plan to continue to make fun of the right wing lunacy in Oklahoma every chance I get, because there is just way more of it there than here in Florida (especially Gainesville, the Austin of Florida, Go Gators!).  Hopefully I will have more free time to actually post more often on here, at least until I actually find a job.