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Message 5 of 603 (717398)
01-27-2014 6:41 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Dr Adequate
01-26-2014 12:25 PM


Here's my first loony:
Doesn't anyone else find him reminiscent of Brad McFall? I think it's the arbitrary name-dropping of biologists and philosophers that does it.

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Message 6 of 603 (717399)
01-27-2014 7:01 AM
Reply to: Message 4 by nwr
01-26-2014 9:40 PM


Re: Encyclopedia of American Loons
Whilst browsing through the Encyclopedia of American Loons, I came across a baraminologist who's actually willing to put her money where her mouth is and identify the kinds. She's only done the mammals so far, but estimates that there are 137 extant mammal kinds (excluding cetaceans and sirenians, since they wouldn't need to go on the ark so aren't being considered), with maybe as many extinct kinds represented in the fossil record.
So, there is indeed a single cat kind and a single dog kind, but she gives some actual notice to taxonomy, and settles on 18 different bat kinds. Looking at the primate kinds, it seems that 'kind' corresponds exactly with 'family'. She hasn't, apparently, been informed that the Callitrichidae family has recently been resurrected, so marmosets are the same kind as capuchins. Oh, and she doesn't buy humans being placed with the other great apes, because "given the significant differences between us and apes compared to some of the differences between other families, this seems ludicrous."

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Message 165 of 603 (747403)
01-15-2015 7:28 AM
Reply to: Message 164 by Tanypteryx
01-14-2015 4:43 PM


Re: Loonies Unlimited
These guys are going to provide us with more loonies than we can count.
Yup, a Climate Change Denier Will Oversee NASA. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
This seems to be a theme. Allow me to introduce Aldo Rebelo:
Mr. Rebelo is a deputy for the Communist Party of Brazil, and is of the school of thought that climate change is a nefarious conspiracy cooked up by neo-colonialists in Washington and Brussels to keep emerging economies in subjection. he had this to say on the evidence:
quote:
Science is not an oracle. In fact, there is no scientific proof of the projections of global warming, much less that it is occurring because of human action and not because of natural phenomena. It is a construct based on computer simulations.
In all its wisdom, the Brazillian government has decided that this is the man they want to serve as the new Minister for Science and Technology. The mind boggles.

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Message 201 of 603 (751058)
02-26-2015 4:29 PM
Reply to: Message 198 by Dr Adequate
02-25-2015 10:14 AM


Re: David Tredinnick
The most worrying thing about Tredinnick is that this isn't a sudden odd statement of his. Here's him speaking in Parliament in 2009:
quote:
In 2001 I raised in the House the influence of the moon, on the basis of the evidence then that at certain phases of the moon there are more accidents. Surgeons will not operate because blood clotting is not effective and the police have to put more people on the street.
Note that he refers back to saying the same things in 2001. He has won a seat in every election since 1987, despite not only spouting this nonsense continually, but having to resign from government in 1994 for having accepted payment from an undercover journalist to ask questions in Parliament. Sad reflection on the electorate.

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Message 202 of 603 (751060)
02-26-2015 4:35 PM
Reply to: Message 200 by RAZD
02-25-2015 10:47 AM


Re: Republican state Rep. Vito Barbieri
Or the uterus for that matter. The fetus does not grow in the "tummy" ...
I wonder if you can get a degree in "republican science" ... ?
Reluctantly, I have to come to this chap's defence. Look at the context. He is arguing in favour of a law prohibiting doctors from prescribing the morning after pill without seeing a patient face-to-face. A doctor makes a point about remote colonoscopies. He asks 'can you do that with a pregnancy', to which the answer is no. His point being that therefore this is not the same situation.
It's not that difficult to understand if you look past the urge to paint your political opponents as scientific illiterates.

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Message 294 of 603 (775260)
12-30-2015 3:38 PM
Reply to: Message 292 by Dr Adequate
12-30-2015 12:12 PM


Re: Kevin Swanson
The pedant in me is less offended by the bigoted screed than by the misplaced 'sic'. What's wrong with 'pussy' as an adjective derived from 'pus'? Dictionary.com is satisfied with the word, and claim it's been about since the 16th century.
sic is a weapon one should wield with care. Nothing worse than being pedantically critical and wrong at the same time.

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caffeine
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Message 298 of 603 (775267)
12-30-2015 4:57 PM
Reply to: Message 297 by AZPaul3
12-30-2015 4:48 PM


Re: Kevin Swanson
The spelling is correctly used. No (sic) should be used for any reason. What would matter is the pronunciation.
puhs-ee v poo s-ee
You've lost me here. The adjectival form of 'pus' and the slang for female genitalia (or a cat) would be pronounced identically where I'm from.

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caffeine
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Message 307 of 603 (775532)
01-02-2016 12:50 PM
Reply to: Message 299 by AZPaul3
12-30-2015 5:06 PM


Re: Kevin Swanson
That's kus yor a forinner.
In the following there are little blue symbols like a speaker. Hit them and hear the difference between 1 and 2.
Here.
But it's OK to pronounce them the same if that's your social norm. Kinda like pussy poop in a cat box and an English poop in the Vatican.
I'm actually fascinated to discover that American English distinguishes these two sounds - I never knew that. In British English they wouldn't be considered separate sounds. Not that we don't hear the difference, but which 'u' sound you use depends on where you grew up rather than which word you're trying to say.

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caffeine
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Message 311 of 603 (775729)
01-04-2016 1:38 PM
Reply to: Message 309 by ringo
01-04-2016 11:22 AM


Re: Kevin Swanson
And yet "British English" itself doesn't have universal pronunciation standards. "Mom" , pronounced "mawm" in the US, is often pronounced "mum" in Britain (and spelled that way too) but it can also be pronounced "Moom" (rhymes with "book").
But that's just what I said - in the north of England it's pronounced 'mum' (which you spell 'moom' because of the silly way you think 'u' should be pronounced); whereas in the south it's pronounced the way you think 'mum' should sound.

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caffeine
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Message 312 of 603 (775730)
01-04-2016 1:38 PM
Reply to: Message 310 by Dr Adequate
01-04-2016 11:47 AM


Re: Kevin Swanson
I'm fairly sure that whereas Northerners may conflate ʌ and ʊ into ʊ, no-one conflates them into ʌ.
I was about to argue, but then I thought about how a southerner would say 'book' and realised that I didn't think this one through!

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Message 378 of 603 (791869)
09-24-2016 10:50 AM
Reply to: Message 377 by jar
09-24-2016 9:40 AM


Re: Pastor Ernest
You really need to wonder about the utter incompetence of NASA and the people that they hire when they have not been able to ever find the edge of the flat earth when they orbit in either an equatorial or polar plane and even those airline pilots who fly long distance flights to locations on both sides of the flat earth.
It's not incompetence. The astro-Jews and Nas-holes are all in on the atheistic-communist conspiracy. Who knew?

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Message 414 of 603 (793394)
10-27-2016 5:14 PM
Reply to: Message 412 by vimesey
10-27-2016 4:23 AM


Re: the new Don Quixote attacking windmills ...
Funnily enough I was back in the UK on a brief business trip last week and bought a Viz (as I tend to do when I visit). Letterbocks included this delight:
quote:
I can't be the only person to have noticed that the 2016 tidal-wave of British 'national treasure' deaths has somewhat dried up following the Brexit vote? Looks like those mealy-mouthed EU bureaucrats will have to find some other poor country upon which to impose their fascist celebrity death quotas.

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Message 465 of 603 (803071)
03-23-2017 2:08 PM
Reply to: Message 464 by Dr Adequate
03-22-2017 11:33 PM


Re: Philip Stallings
This guy's conspiracy theory involves the Illuminati, gay marriage, the Zika virus, geo-engineering, "chemtrails", abortion, wars in the Middle East, GMO's, multiculturalism, vaccines and the flat Earth, because why not?
I like this guy. Far too many nutters will ally themselves with any other nutter who questions the 'official story'; even when their ideas are clearly in flat contradiction to one another. Not Stallings. A lot of his blog is dedicated to criticising geocentrists, creationists and biblical literalists who, nevertheless, believe the lie of the round earth. Uncompromising commitment to the cause.
ABE: My respect is slightly lessened after reading some of the comments. He spends his time focusing on fundamentalists not because of a rigorous commitment to truth, but because he sees talking to anyone else as a waste of time.
quote:
You obviously are now arguing from outside the authority of the Bible which has led to this problem in the first place. I will not waste my time with someone that is rejecting the very standard by which we determine truth.
Edited by caffeine, : No reason given.

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Message 521 of 603 (824259)
11-25-2017 4:08 PM
Reply to: Message 513 by Phat
11-24-2017 1:56 PM


Re: Flat Earther "Mad" Mike Hughes ...
Re: Flat Earther "Mad" Mike Hughes ...
I wouldn't trust that thing to fly anywhere! Reminds me of those old-time videos where early attempts of aviation blew up and crashed again and again! This loon obviously seeks publicity...but for what reason?
Is Flat Earthism for real? How could anybody seriously believe that? Thats worse than believing that the planet is 6000 years old!
I suspect he doesn't believe all this flat earth silliness either. Apparently he launched a fundraising campaign for his rocket launch a few years ago with no mention of this, and only got a couple of hundred dollars. He didn't say anything about proving the earth flat when he did his last rocket flight, either (the one that landed him in hospital).
After appearing on a radio program and talking about his attempt to get funding and prove that NASA's round earth lies are all an NWO conspiracy, however, he's raised thousands. Basically, he likes to play with his home-made rockets, and has figured out a way to get gullible people to pay for it.

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Message 532 of 603 (833746)
05-26-2018 6:04 AM
Reply to: Message 529 by Rrhain
04-17-2018 6:30 PM


Re: It's all them saved daylight hours....
This appears to be what we call, in English, "a joke".

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