Ramblings about what I encounter within the realm of the geosciences, as well as the occasional rant about nonsense.

21 April 2010

"Amazing" TED Talk

I saw this through the JREF page on Facebook. James “The Amazing” Randi talks about psychics and homeopathy. It is a quick introduction to why psychics are frauds and homeopathy is a waste of money.


I like what Randi is saying, but I wish he would be more clear in his presentation. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fine talk, but it felt rather scattered. I highly recommend people visit his website to learn more about what the JREF is all about.

14 April 2010

Fear of Science will Kill Us

Just a quick post. This has been going around on Facebook, probably on the blogosphere as well, but I wanted to add it to this blog as well.

Last year Michael Specter wrote a very good book about the growing trend of denialism in this country. I don't know when the paperback version is due to be released (or if it already has), but I recommend reading it. Recently, Michael gave a TED talk on the same subject (available through CNN). The video, and an accompanying article, is also available here.

07 April 2010

Two Steps Closer Toward Becoming a Misnomer

Just a quick post since I am working on my final revisions. I logged onto my reader today to try and clear out some of the stories. It is a losing battle. I can't seem to read all the stories I would like to these days. But this Headline caught my attention:

This was the most depressing quote in this brief article:
Warmer temperatures have reduced the number of named glaciers in the northwestern Montana park to 25, said Dan Fagre, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He warned the rest of the glaciers may be gone by the end of the decade.
I would suggest making plans to visit the park sooner rather than later. I also have some posts from when I visited the park a couple summers ago.

01 April 2010

Capsize Tectonics Theory

I really hope that Hank Johnson releases a press statement that says "April Fools", but I don't think that will happen. The real "gem" comes after Rep. Hank Johnson (D. GA) is done talking about the approximate dimensions of Guam. If you can make it to the 1:30 mark, get ready for a grand example of Epic Fail.



Also, that Admiral deserves a cookie. I don't know how he could calmly state "We don't anticipate that". I would have been yelling about how stupid the Rep. from Georgia is. Then again, maybe the Admiral doesn't deserve a cookie if you feel the respectful insolence approach is the correct way to go in this situation.

Disclaimer

All the Latin on this page is from my vague recollections from High School. There are mistakes in the text. I just was trying to get the point across

Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM

Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM
The photo of the travertine spring was taken in the small opening in the center of the image.

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