Sarah Palin comes out on Larry King against the teaching of gravity in our classrooms and for the teaching of Intelligent Denial:

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nicole473
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Adlib, truly great video! Not gonna mention scary. 🙂

Did you create these vids? Wow.

KQµårk 死神
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bravo

Bravo! a grand slam on this one Adlib. The characters with spot in in appearance and attitude.

It covered my favorite reason for never voting GOP as well. There is a reason only 6% of scientists identify themselves as Republicans. Not excepting scientific progress is probably my biggest complaint with the right. Because if you don’t except a fact based system to come up with your personal ideology you will almost always be wrong.

I had a troll actually argue with me that science has laws, like Newton’s law of gravity. I tried to enlighten him and say 100% of science was theory because to be a law you would not only have to be 100% accurate with your predictions, you would have to observe 100% of physical interactions throughout all time to prove a scientific law. He just could not comprehend that science has progressed past Newton’s so called laws at least 5 fold from Einstein’s theory or Special Relativity, to Quantum Gravity and now there is evidence that gravity is not even a constant.

I blame some fundamentalists religions for this anti-science attitude but I think it goes far beyond that. Many people of faith are scientists and accept the theories like evolution and climate change. It’s more about people who want to control not only other people but the world around them by putting limitations on science just because anything they cannot understand cannot possibly be true in their minds. In that way I think ego-centrism is at the root of their problems.

On the flip side probably the thing I like most so far about Obama’s presidency is how he embraces science like no other president since Carter. If we had listened to Carter instead of Reagan we would not have half the domestic energy problems we have today. Besides healthcare costs the biggest drag on the US economy including wage stagnation is dependence on foreign energy sources.

nellie
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I’m not nearly as charitable as you are. I think some people just refuse to believe anything they can’t understand — especially if it means they have to change their minds about anything.

Of course, they’re very willing to watch television every day without understanding a thing about it.

KQµårk 死神
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I don’t think I am being that charitable at all because control is far from a benevolent motive. They are not intellectually curious because they know dumbing down even something as complicated as the natural world is an easier way to control people from the GOP trying to control the orthodoxy of their base to a conservative mother homeschooling her children to make sure they are indoctrinated to not question the beliefs they are taught.

kesmarn
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A quick good afternoon to all. Couldn’t leave for the day without sending a hearty congrats to AdLib on more wonderful wit regarding The Palinator. Some of those lines would be even more hilarious if we could sort of “humanize” the vocalization, but I realize not all things are possible in animation. 😀 Nevertheless, it was so funny and so directly to the point! Keep ’em coming!

Question on Sarah’s latest phony outrage outburst: Has she resigned from Fox now, since they are the perps of this gross insult to her family? After all, Family Guy IS a Fox production, isn’t it!? How can she work for the very same company that committed this heinous deed? (Somehow, I doubt the question has even occurred to her.) As usual, she paints herself into a corner.

Hope to get back to more regular posting soon. Suddenly there’s so much going on on the home front. Some of it is even good! Like the son getting an invitation from a MAJOR university to come, spend the weekend and check out their graduate program for PhD Mathematics studies….yaaaaaaay. I may have someone to “be a burden to” in my old age!!

KQµårk 死神
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Awesome I love maths freaks!

kesmarn
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Wow! Just got home to find your note of approval for the math freak son. I wish you and he could meet sometime, KQuark. You have so much in common! He donates computer power to scientific projects just as you do, loves music and astronomy and–most of all–rationality. Which is why he is–to the chagrin of some other family members–a Lib! Thanks for your kind words, on his behalf.

Now–just rationalize me out of the way I’m gonna miss him after he’s off to grad school. I know, I know…loving someone means being able to let him go….sigh…

Chernynkaya
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KES! That is wonderful news!! Thanks for giving me hope that one day, I too can become a “burden.” 🙂

kesmarn
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Cher, thanks so much. And, yes, you too can someday be a burden!! (Just what we all aspire to, no?…or at least the Repugs want the world to think that.)

Seriously, though, Cher, I have learned so much from these children of mine! Don’t you find that to be the case? They are so smart–both of them–and they are good people, too. I guess it’s every parent’s dream to have kids who are better in every way that they themselves are; and I (who am soooo objective) feel as though my dream is coming true.

bito
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Hey k’es good to see you. PhD!! woohoo ❗

kesmarn
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Good to see you, b’ito!
D’you think I’ll have to get used to saying: “Put your dishes in the sink, Doctor Son?”

BTW, you have another lengthy tome in your email inbox, you poor thing… Hope to catch up later…

Ta ta for now…

Chernynkaya
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Ok guys, the last skater is finishing his program and I must finish mine too. The Japanese men dominated, IMO, but my homie–the guy from LA– rocked! Too many quadruple lutzes or salkows failed, too much tippie-toe footworks, and overall, generally meh. Oh, and way too much with the jazz hands. Double meh. See ya!

Pepe Lepew
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I’m sorry, if no slashing is allowed, in my book, it just ain’t sport….

Khirad
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I caught myself watching curling. It’s one of those novelty things.

Pepe Lepew
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You know gravity is just a theory…

My kid, after we moved to our new neighbourhood, we took a tour of the elementary school that someone somewhere claimed was the best elementary school in Montana, and the first question she asked the principal and vice-principal during the tour, “so do you teach evolution or not at your school…?”

KQµårk 死神
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You should have seen me arguing that with a troll on HP. He was convince gravity was a law.

choicelady
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And the answer was…????

Khirad
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Whelp, I watched the Family Guy (@16:00) Sarah is complaining about after giving Rush carte blanche on the issue in the interest of satire – hypocritical wench.

Guess what? She obviously didn’t watch it. What’s even better, I saw an ad for Parkinson’s by Michael J. Fox during a break.

This parody nails her fauxrage. Deny reality when it is convenient. Abandon self-claimed “core principles” when they don’t serve your interests.

escribacat
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Words are failing me. 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

Tried to post a link over yonder but it went to pending — even with a space in the link. Must be some way around that — assuming you want us to send this around, do you, Adlib? I hope so.

Chernynkaya
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😆 That was masterful! Intelligent denial– exactly! And the beauty of it is, there is no arguing with it. It’s the perfect catch 22. It’s “when did you stop beating your wife?” It’s the continuous non-sequiter loop. It’s jabberwocky, and all the oatmeal brains who love that bitch don’t recognize the inanity. Maybe because they are not paying attention or maybe because that’s the way they “think.” Egads! nailed it, Adlib.

Kalima
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😆 Maybe Sister Sarah could burn her bras to learn a little about gravity. As for the rest, I would shake my head all day long if it didn’t make me feel terribly dizzy and nauseous.

Chernynkaya
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Kalima– I just finished the Thanksgiving thread. It was awesome and your description of New Years at your in-laws was a trip. I was right there, with you! More, More, MORE!!

Kalima
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The thread was fun right?

Thanks, I’ve only missed two family get-together’s since I came here 30 years ago, not bad really and one was this year.

About stories from Japan, I had been planning since before we opened the Planet, to write about the culture shock and some of my embarrassing and often hilarious adventures in the land of the rising sun. Even had a title picked out, “The Adventures of Calamity Kalima.”

I had been taking notes for years shortly after each experience and after promising AdLib that I wanted to do this, searched the whole house for those notes and couldn’t find them. They are here somewhere, I know that I would never have thrown them out, I’m still looking.

I wasn’t all that sure if it would interest more than a few people, so I have just shared a few comparisons now and then in comment as I’m still not sure what people would like to hear about. I’ll certainly think about it.

Khirad
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Well, I’m amongst those ‘few’ people.

escribacat
Member

Me too!!

Kalima
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Hi there, you are twisting my arm. 🙂

Kalima
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Oh, ok *standingtoattention* Aye aye Captain! 🙂

Chernynkaya
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Oh Kalima, I do hope you find those notes but even if they are buried in the attic, I am still interested in daily, mundane life in Tokyo. You say you are not sure it would interest more than a few people; well, that can be said of any of our posts! It shouldn’t matter, it’s all content and I think that makes the site more interesting.

And yes, that thread, with the jokes, and the gossip, and even some things I learned about people –nothing earth shaking, just some factoids–was big fun. I wonder where some of those folks have gotten too. We need to get them back here!

Kalima
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Ok Cher, I’ll see if I can include a few stories or observations in MB now and then and hope that you will understand Japan, it’s people and their sometimes odd idiosyncrasies a little better through these “gaijin” foreign eyes. I’m a bit of a loon, I admit. 🙂

Chernynkaya
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That’s what we love about you, Lady K.!

Kalima
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I’ll bear that in mind for future story reference. 🙂

I also love your posts but tend not to comment much if I feel I either don’t know too much about an issue in your country or have had no experience with it myself, but I do read each one.