Jon Stewart Blows It – Well Kind Of

The Daily Show just did a segment on the Bosnian pyramid! Coturnix would spin in his grave if he saw that – except he’s not really in his grave, but if he was, he would!

Global Warming: Unintended Consequences

A lot has been written about the impact of global warming, but an article on ABC News discusses an aspect I had never thought about before. The article discusses the public health aspects of global warming. The article mentions a number of cases that can be directly or indirectly linked to global warming. For example, what was thought to be an outbreak of the Norfolk virus, on an Alaskan cruise ship, turned out to be due to “…a type of cholera-like bacteria, Vibrio parahaemolyticus…” How is this possible?

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Politics: More Republican Corruption and a Bad Sex Education Bill

The St. Louis Post Dispatch has another fine example of Republican corruption:

A prominent attorney pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he defrauded the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District out of $45,190 when he was its lawyer, and that he failed to pay taxes on about $540,000 of income 2002.
Charles E. Polk Jr., 45, of the 3400 block of Tiverton Drive in St. Charles, made the pleas in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to one count of interstate transportation of funds obtained by fraud and one count of tax evasion.
In so doing, Polk avoided trial on the other 21 counts of the indictment, which alleged several fraud schemes as well as four other tax counts claiming he failed to pay taxes on an additional $1.4 million in income over four years.

Here are some of Polk’s other activities:

Prosecutors said Polk’s 2002 income included $382,000 paid to him by James Helenthal, a former Quincy, Ill., newspaper publisher who paid Polk the sum as an investment in a plan to file suit or lobby for benefits on behalf of victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Polk’s activities in Oklahoma City prompted criticism, as some survivors claimed he had thrown around his connections to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to try to convince people to hire him. Polk was emcee at Ashcroft’s swearing-in ceremony in Washington in March 2001.
After the Oklahoma City effort collapsed, Helenthal filed a suit claiming that Polk had defrauded him. Last month a St. Louis County judge ruled that Polk must pay Helenthal $3.6 million.

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Kambiz has a great video over at Anthropology.Net – one everybody needs to see! So good that I’ll overlook the fact that chimps are not monkeys!

Luskin’s Latest

Ed sent me this link Casey Luskin’s latest bashing of paleoanthropology. I have responed with a post over on Anthropology.Net – which can be found here.
Note to Doubleday: I would be more than happy to review The First Human on my blog – just send me a review copy…

More Poetry: Celebrating National Poetry Month

Since Stochastic is making a big deal of it and all, here is another. This time from Percy Bysshe Shelley, rather than Poe (didn’t want to depress anyone)…

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ID Arguments from Creationist Sources

Ed at Dispatches from the Culture Wars has a post aboutID Arguments from Creationist Sources. Apparently, the UD people are whining:

If ID really is just repackaged Creationism, why not just expose the arguments for what they are and be done with it?

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