Funny old world. Right after watching your "no news" video, in the wee small hours of this morning, I watched an old episode of the splendid TV show QI and one of the quite interesting facts up for discussion was that on the 18th of April 1930 there really was no news.
The BBC radio service couldn't find anything to report, so they simply announced "Ladies and gentlemen, there is no news this evening, so here is some music."! It seems that nothing much happened that day. There was the "Chittagong Rebellion" in India, but that didn't happen until 10pm, too late for the UK news.
If you've not come across QI before, I recommend giving it a watch. It's a comedy panel game, where the questions are fiendishly difficult, the contestants are awarded points for being quite interesting and penalised for being unoriginal or for uttering popular misconceptions. You can watch them here.
Love the previous clip, Dylan Moran is fantastic. Anyone who enjoyed that should track down more of his stand-up or the excellent sitcom Black Books, in which he stars.
Alternatively, anyone who's not previously encountered the sublime Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain really, really ought to check this out. It's a half hour show from Radio 4, hosted by Phil Jupitus.
The following is a splendidly funny rant against the three Abrahamic religions, delivered by Marcus Brigstocke, of BBC Radio 4's The Now Show. Theists be warned; he's not being especially tactful here. In fact, this little diatribe received quite a few complaints when it went out...
Funny though :)
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"The Bible is like a person, and if you torture it long enough, you can get it to say almost anything you'd like it to say." -- Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade
OK, I've been trying to resist posting these for ages. I thought I would save them for Christmas. The following is written by the HP Lovecraft Historical society and performed by the Dagon Tabernacle Choir. For those who like a little sanity-busting cosmic horror with their Yuletide festivities, I give you The Carol of the Old Ones!
Skeptics believe that the human body has no ability to defend itself against invading microorganism and that the only things that can save people from viral infections are vaccines.
I'd really love to see Adams provide evidence that "skeptics" believe that the body has "no ability to defend itself." The truly hilarious thing about this bit is that Adams is too clueless to realize that the very principle upon which vaccines work depends upon the body's ability to defend itself from invading microorganisms. They don't work (or don't work as well) in patients who are immunosuppressed, whose immune systems don't work, for whatever reason. Truly, the cluelessness of Mike Adams knows no bounds.
Here's a clip from Robin Ince's atheist Christmas extravaganza Nine Carols for Godless People. It starts with Mark Steel, who's pretty good (and a musical act that I strongly recommend skipping), but the bit that I thought would interest members here is Ince's monologue on the depiction of science as a dry, dull, boring subject. It starts about 7 minutes in.
Boo! Boring science!
The whole thing can be found on Youtube. The next section, featuring Simon Singh doing a humorous take-down of the Bible Code is pretty good as well.
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"A curious aspect of the theory of evolution is that everybody thinks he understands it." - Jacques Monod
I didn't find it , so I've no idea which paper it came from. I got it via Ed Brayton's blog, Dispatches From the Culture Wars, which is worth a look and can be found here; http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/