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by mattsciple
Mon Jan 14, 2008 10:47 am
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Looking for Normal
Replies: 4
Views: 2002

She did. This show is beautiful, thought provoking and hilarious. Yes, a hilarious story about a sex change, without at all going for cheap or obvious laughs. A great cast well directed in a sweet, perceptive script. Kudos all.
by mattsciple
Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Jokes, Humor, Something Interesting ...
Topic: Funniest Thing I've Read All Morning
Replies: 1
Views: 2313

Funniest Thing I've Read All Morning

In Who's Up Today in the Strib by Colin Covert: Following the example of producer/star David Letterman, studio chief/star Tom Cruise has struck a deal with striking writers, giving Anited Artists a competitive advantage over its rivals. Unlike Letterman, who shed his beard to celebrate the settlemen...
by mattsciple
Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:40 am
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Looking for Normal
Replies: 4
Views: 2002

I can't wait to see it! Break one for me tonight, Dora.
by mattsciple
Mon Jan 07, 2008 8:51 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

Nope.
by mattsciple
Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

I was merely suggesting that if you're going to be as reductively sarcastic as is your habit in mocking the thoughts, opinions, grammar and spelling of others, you need to be right more often than you are. My other point was that it is not stupid to believe in God. I don't happen to, myself, but sin...
by mattsciple
Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:26 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Pastor Melissa Scott - Not Your Ordinary Televangelist
Replies: 116
Views: 231834

No non sequitor.

I thought you were using what he wrote in his post, which contained spelling errors, to question his ability to earn a doctorate. If not, my bad.
by mattsciple
Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:35 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Avenue Q--Cheap Raffle and Student Rush
Replies: 0
Views: 3193

Avenue Q--Cheap Raffle and Student Rush

We just got back from the show and it's really terrific. Not only is it not sold out, there is a student rush 1 hour before the show (bring ID) and a raffle for everyone 1 1/2 hours before showtime. NOTE: It does no good to get to the raffle more than 5 minutes early. That's when tix are handed out....
by mattsciple
Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Pastor Melissa Scott - Not Your Ordinary Televangelist
Replies: 116
Views: 231834

She just reaks of hypocracy and ignorance to me ... I can't stand people whom feign expertise, but do little else than fill unwitting students with ignorant principles. *I have a Post Doc. in History with a specialization in 20th Century Scandinavian History (from Brown University - 2003). As all o...
by mattsciple
Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

thrice wrote: And I should have included the "possible" in there versus "acknowledgement" as a fact.
It was implied. I knew what you meant.
by mattsciple
Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:42 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

"Wrong on a couple of points. A lot of children believe in the Jolly Old Elf and the Santa workshop story, so "nobody" isn't true." --Wow. You nailed me. I hadn't thought of children. My logical rebuttal is in shreds. "There are also probably children (and some adults) who believe in fairies and lep...
by mattsciple
Sun Jan 06, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

Was explaining. Thrice did it. See above.
by mattsciple
Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Capital Punishment Puts China In Spotlight
Replies: 1
Views: 532

"in 2006, a judge "beat and choked" a lawyer for filing a case. "I am the court, the court is me, If I say the case will not be filed, the case will not be filed," the report quoted the judge as saying." And this is a regular occurrence. "Progress" from 1 million executed in the 1950s, sure, but it ...
by mattsciple
Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:52 am
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: SAG Actors Won't Cross Golden Globe Picket Line
Replies: 1
Views: 935

SAG Actors Won't Cross Golden Globe Picket Line

http://www.salon.com/wires/ap/entertainment/2008/01/04/D8TVCHVG0_hollywood_labor/index.html They also won't go on any late night show but Letterman and Ferguson, who have made special deals with their writers. Taken together, these decisions could well be the visible one-two punch at the studios' PR...
by mattsciple
Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:51 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

"Is he also perfectly willing to acknowledge that fairies and elves and leprachauns exist?" Odin

Since nobody believes in them, probably not. But if billions of people believed in them, he'd probably be respectful enough to acknowledge the possibility.

He could probably also spell leprechaun.
by mattsciple
Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

This book certainly isn't alone, and I know several of us have asserted the point here. The exciting part is that the book is short (88 pp), seems well organized, and is specifically designed to give easy to comprehend, comprehensible ammunition to the rational side of the argument. For too long, sc...
by mattsciple
Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:08 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap
Replies: 16
Views: 3470

Evolution Book Sees No Science/Religion Gap

This article talks about a new book, published by the National Academies Press, that aims to re-educate the American public about the basic, overwhelmingly agreed upon facts about Evolution. It also aims to suggest, as Stephen Jay Gould before, that there is nothing in science precluding religious b...
by mattsciple
Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Another Prisoner Uses Sick Scam To Escape
Replies: 4
Views: 878

I guess I was responding to the "murdering bastards" line. It seemed as though you were lumping all of the inmates together, and you weren't. I apologize. I don't like murderers either, but there are plenty of people out there who are already "enraged" by them, already "demonizing" them. I don't fee...
by mattsciple
Thu Jan 03, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Another Prisoner Uses Sick Scam To Escape
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Deep Breath

Having visited prisons regularly with 10,000 Things Theatre, I have been impressed with the treatment of the inmates, I have seen behavior by guards that raised my hackles, and I have walked right by conditions that were just appalling. And if I walked right by them, when they knew we were coming, I...
by mattsciple
Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:31 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: More Women Getting Drunk Driving Arrests
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

"I don't know if the results of that 1983 study would still be accurate. The machines used now are of a completely different type than that era, although they may still be based on the same concentration assumptions. thrice" I'm curious about that, too, but I'd be surprised if the new test was any d...
by mattsciple
Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:37 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: More Women Getting Drunk Driving Arrests
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Well, I don't think the test should be blamed. The results that it produces are accurate. Actually no. As I understand from the article, the test measures a ratio of breath to amount of alcohol and extrapolates from that the % of alcohol in the blood. For women using oral contraceptives or pregnant...
by mattsciple
Sun Dec 30, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: More Women Getting Drunk Driving Arrests
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

Re: Interesting Studies

http://www.losangelesduilaw.com/los_angeles_dui/female_metabolism.html Controlled studies contain some interesting clues to the gender differences in metabolizing alcohol. Thanks for posting this. Especially interesting is the breathalizer disparity. Yet another health related test designed for men...
by mattsciple
Sat Dec 29, 2007 12:40 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: More Women Getting Drunk Driving Arrests
Replies: 8
Views: 1508

I'd believe that at least a large part of the increased number is the .08 definition. Because alcohol affects people differently based in part on body weight, women generally get drunk faster than men. With a lower level, some reach the "drunk" definition after one drink. If they don't sit long enou...
by mattsciple
Fri Dec 28, 2007 7:57 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Krauss, Plant and TBone: Raising Sand
Replies: 0
Views: 882

Krauss, Plant and TBone: Raising Sand

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/21/arts/music/21pare.html?pagewanted=all This is a very cool CD. It made several critic's Best of the Year lists...partly because the idea of pairing Robert Plant and Alison Krauss is so damn strange it MUST be genius. But mostly because it actually is. According to th...
by mattsciple
Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Maplewood Woman "Back in Saddle" After Beating
Replies: 0
Views: 528

Maplewood Woman "Back in Saddle" After Beating

http://www.startribune.com/local/east/12817337.html This is an inspirational story about a woman who was beaten, almost to death, by a still-unknown assailant. But, rather than dwell on the crime, she is using her equestrian training to "just go." She says that once you have the confidence to guide ...
by mattsciple
Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: Everyday Tips
Topic: Driving Tips for Saving Gas
Replies: 0
Views: 957

Driving Tips for Saving Gas

http://www.salon.com/mwt/good_life/2007/12/24/save_gas/ Lots of these add up to, "Buy a hybrid," which takes care of many of them automatically. F'rinstance, if I stop my car for more than 10 seconds, it turns "off," switching to battery power. But this story has some great additional tips, many com...
by mattsciple
Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Dead Man Sends Christmas Cards from Heaven
Replies: 0
Views: 819

Dead Man Sends Christmas Cards from Heaven

Dead Oregon man sends Christmas cards ASSOCIATED PRESS ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Even in death, Chet Fitch is a card. Fitch, known for his sense of humor, died in October at age 88 but gave his friends and family a start recently: Christmas cards, 34 of them, began arriving — written in his hand with a r...
by mattsciple
Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Atonement by Ian McEwan
Replies: 0
Views: 876

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Like The Kite Runner, this is a novel about living life in payment for a childhood sin. More flashy but no less heartfelt than that book, Atonement sustains page after page of shimmering prose, revisiting individual moments from multiple perspectives like finely rotating crystal. Framing this novel ...
by mattsciple
Sat Dec 22, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Replies: 3
Views: 1401

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

I read this book in tiny bursts for a week or so, and today I finished it in a 300 page marathon because I just couldn't stop. I haven't seen the movie yet, so I can't say whether or not it captures the power of this story, but I don't really see how it could. From the first time I saw the line, "Th...
by mattsciple
Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:35 am
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Juno
Replies: 0
Views: 931

Juno

This is the sweetest, funniest, most genuinely heart warming movie I've seen in awhile. The screenplay's directness and facade of cynical detachment leaves room for pockets of genuine emotion to sprout in strange, unexpected corners. Without an ounce of mawkishness, without playing for the audience'...
by mattsciple
Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:39 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Did Simulated Drowning Really Work?
Replies: 0
Views: 495

Did Simulated Drowning Really Work?

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/?last_story=/politics/war_room/2007/12/18/zubaydah/ The CIA has again trotted out the case of Abu Zubaydah, who allegedly revealed important information as a direct result of being waterboarded. However, according to an FBI agent who was also involved with the ...
by mattsciple
Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:32 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Flicks
Replies: 2
Views: 863

I've seen some amazing movies recently, too different to choose between:
Atonement, a beautiful love story that vibrates with emotion, seamlessly adapted from a very difficult book to film.
Into the Wild and No Country for Old Men, which I've discussed elsewhere.

And I can't wait to see Juno!
by mattsciple
Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:25 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Into the Wild
Replies: 2
Views: 1094

Your boyfriend would LOVE this movie. Honest to God. Tell him talk to me. Honest.

Or offer a trade. Go see, I don't know, Hitman, if he'll go with you to this. Really. And you must see it in a theater. It's a big movie that needs to LOOK big.
by mattsciple
Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:29 am
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Into the Wild
Replies: 2
Views: 1094

Into the Wild

Sean Penn's new movie, which he wrote and directed but doesn't appear in, is one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. First, the literal beauty of the land and the cinematography in capturing it, is breathtaking. But without a compelling story, it would be a long IMAX adventure. The film's tr...
by mattsciple
Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:15 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Sopranos State Near to Abolishing Death Penalty
Replies: 0
Views: 370

Sopranos State Near to Abolishing Death Penalty

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/14/nyregion/14death.html Life in prison without parole is the common sense solution to all of the inequities, wrongful convictions, and on the other side, criminals not convicted or given less severe punishment because the death penalty was the only alternative given. ...
by mattsciple
Mon Dec 10, 2007 6:18 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Germany To Ban Scientology
Replies: 6
Views: 1673

I think the line a religious group must cross in the US to be made illegal is to be considered, not just a cult, which Scientology pretty clearly is--expensive fees, rewards for recruitmen, theology based on a science ficiton novel--, but a dangerous cult. The government stepped in at Waco, Jonestow...
by mattsciple
Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:47 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Turning of an Atheist
Replies: 32
Views: 6909

"What an excellent acknowledgement of the certainty of our uncertainty." I liked it, too. I often think of the impossibility of proving anything. Of being certain, even when physically present, that something happened beyond the most basic of facts. It seems to me that the ability to give trust to o...
by mattsciple
Thu Dec 06, 2007 2:36 am
Forum: Jokes, Humor, Something Interesting ...
Topic: 1898 National League swearing memo is f______ amazing
Replies: 0
Views: 2126

1898 National League swearing memo is f______ amazing

King Kaufman's Sports Daily Holy s___! An 1898 National League memo about swearing is a f______ amazing artifact. Or a G______ hoax. Dec. 06, 2007 | A New Jersey auction house specializing in 19th-century baseball memorabilia has made a hell of a find, if you'll pardon the language. It's a document ...
by mattsciple
Sat Dec 01, 2007 5:01 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: For A Beloved Companion
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Our other cat, Suzy, died early this morning while we were sleeping. We had already decided today was going to be the day, and we sat up late with her until she went to sleep. When we woke up this morning, she was gone. Suzy lived with diabetes and twice daily insulin shots for several years, and at...
by mattsciple
Fri Nov 30, 2007 12:21 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Internet Hoax Ends in Suicide
Replies: 7
Views: 1060

"And you know this . . . how?" The same way you know this : "...probably drove her to suicide as deliberately as if she'd purposefully run her over." It's a guess, based on my experience of the world. I just don't think anyone would possibly think an email exchange would cause someone to commit suic...
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Internet Hoax Ends in Suicide
Replies: 7
Views: 1060

Odin, while I agree that what she did was despicable, I don't think you could even call it negligent homicide, or involuntary manslaughter. Her intention, while undeniably criminal, was not to make the girl commit suicide. And I don't think the "Talk Show Murder" cases went anywhere in blaming the h...
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:44 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Minneapolis Detectives Apologize Over Victim Drug Allegation
Replies: 6
Views: 1031

I wondered about this when I saw the original report. They have, as far as I can tell, only the word of the accused murderers as evidence. And reassigning the guy because he apologized is pretty...well, stupid. It turns out he's also a really good officer with strong ties to the community. You don't...
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Internet Hoax Ends in Suicide
Replies: 7
Views: 1060

Internet Hoax Ends in Suicide

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/28/us/28hoax.html?em&ex=1196485200&en=9a2ec5851f9a17ca&ei=5087%0A This is a sad, twisted story about a mom, neighbor, and close family friend going online disguised as a boy to lure a young girl into a relationship, learn her secrets, and break her heart. It worked all...
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Inside Creationism: PHD's Try to Squeeze Science In
Replies: 0
Views: 845

Inside Creationism: PHD's Try to Squeeze Science In

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/magazine/25wwln-geologists-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&ref=science&pagewanted=print This is an interesting NYTimes article about the growth in "Young Earth" belief among educated Evangelicals, and the contortions the "scientists" among them have to undertake to squeeze ...
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Turning of an Atheist
Replies: 32
Views: 6909

Dora, I like your explanation better and agree with it substantially more than the one in the article. The op ed, to my mind, simplifies the argument on both sides to their extreme voices. Good science, like good religion, embraces the mystery instead of pretending to shrink it down to bite sized ch...
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:41 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Turning of an Atheist
Replies: 32
Views: 6909

"All science proceeds on the assumption that nature is ordered in a rational and intelligible way. You couldn’t be a scientist if you thought the universe was a meaningless jumble of odds and ends haphazardly juxtaposed." The article seems pretty dated to me. Actually, current science has found quit...
by mattsciple
Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:44 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: The Mist
Replies: 3
Views: 1325

I'm alll for suspension of disbelief. One thing that really helps the suspension is when the character interactions with and reactions to the implausible are recognizably human. In other words, I'll happily grant you the tentacles, time space hole or whatever and prehistoric bugs. Part of my problem...
by mattsciple
Sat Nov 24, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: For A Beloved Companion
Replies: 7
Views: 1758

Me too. We had to put one of our cats to sleep earlier this year, and it's devastating.
by mattsciple
Sat Nov 24, 2007 6:22 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: The Mist
Replies: 3
Views: 1325

spoilers

I loved those things about it, too, Dora. But I didn't ever buy the three big group moments: the Scully-like disbelief in danger even with blood on the floor, part of a living tentacle and a missing person; the religious group's moves to murder; the ending. The first of these was just too much, and ...
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:35 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Saudi Rape Victim Sentenced To Prison, Whipping
Replies: 13
Views: 3835

It's not about conspiracy. It seems that in most cases, they took pics because they thought they weren't doing anything wrong, because the techniques were approved.
And how is quoting the military's own investigation "agenda journalism?"
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:17 pm
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: No Country for Old Men
Replies: 2
Views: 1238

No Country for Old Men

Holy crap this is a good movie, maybe even a great one. Mesmerizing, disturbing, violent, thought provoking and even funny. Don't go expecting a comedy in even the Fargo sense, but I and the rest of the audience laughed many, many times, despite and even because of the grim subject matter. This is a...
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: Question of the Day
Topic: Giving Thanks
Replies: 2
Views: 948

George Bush only has 424 days left in office. See http://www.backwardsbush.com/links.php for updates.

It's amazing the effect someone I've never met has on my daily mental well being.
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:02 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: The Road to Abu Ghraib
Replies: 0
Views: 387

The Road to Abu Ghraib

I was going to post this as part of the discussion in religion, but it's too big and off topic to stay there. Enough people still agree with Thrice's point that it's an important one to rebut. "It seems pretty clear that what happened at (Abu Ghraib) was sadistic entertainment for a couple of kinky ...
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Saudi Rape Victim Sentenced To Prison, Whipping
Replies: 13
Views: 3835

The Road to Abu Ghraib

I moved my response to Crime and Non-Punishment as a new topic.
by mattsciple
Tue Nov 20, 2007 1:04 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Saudi Rape Victim Sentenced To Prison, Whipping
Replies: 13
Views: 3835

"It's simply a base point to show how figures can be manipulated to either make or dispute a point. thrice" As I said, these were just the first articles that popped up. I enclosed them because you suggested that the cases were prosecuted "fairly regularly," and major newspaper stories, from Tailhoo...
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:35 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Does Death Penalty Prevent Murder?
Replies: 1
Views: 489

I read this, too. One criticism I read of these studies is that their assumptions about reward- and deterrent- based behavior is based on economic, not criminal science, models. I'll be curious to see what the non-economists make of them.
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:32 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Saudi Rape Victim Sentenced To Prison, Whipping
Replies: 13
Views: 3835

My point is that we're not half as civilized as we pretend to be. I wasn't able to find specific cases of lynching reprisals for reporting crimes because African Americans were generally, and rightly, too scared to report the crimes in the first place. Which makes the point just as well. When people...
by mattsciple
Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:37 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Saudi Rape Victim Sentenced To Prison, Whipping
Replies: 13
Views: 3835

"And this is the kind of cultural diversity that we are supposed to respect? This is what the kiddies sing about at Disneyworld, when they warble "It's A Small World, After All" and try to show how we're all the same? No. We're not. thrice" Are you serious? People are people, my friend, and people a...
by mattsciple
Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:43 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Turning of an Atheist
Replies: 32
Views: 6909

"I'd like to see you think more and use flowery phrases less. odin"

How's this: You. Wear. Me. Out.
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 15, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Turning of an Atheist
Replies: 32
Views: 6909

God v Werewolves

I suppose even werewolves are a possibility, and given proof, I'd have to concede their existence. But I think this is pretty unlikely. Given other empirical evidence, I'd say that most animals, in my experience, don't become other animals during a full moon. Given other empirical evidence, includin...
by mattsciple
Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Turning of an Atheist
Replies: 32
Views: 6909

Odin, if science had empirically proven that God doesn't exist, you'd be on firmer ground claiming this is a "with us or against us," true/false argument. It hasn't proven that, it can't, and it never will. Beyond a certain, debatable point, science is a prose description of the universe and religio...
by mattsciple
Wed Nov 14, 2007 12:01 am
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Stone Age Feminism?
Replies: 0
Views: 727

Stone Age Feminism?

Stone Age feminism? Females joining hunt may explain Neanderthals' end By Colin Nickerson in the Boston Globe Globe Staff / November 10, 2007 The Neanderthal extinction some 30,000 years ago remains one of the great riddles of evolution, with rival theories blaming everything from genocide committed...
by mattsciple
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: 16 Year Old Suspect In Multiple Rapes
Replies: 3
Views: 604

Whether or not he can be reformed, he's 16. I don't understand why we have laws treating people under 18 as children if we make exceptions to it whenever the crime is objectionable. We can still lock them up, we jsut lock them up with people their own age.
by mattsciple
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:44 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Man Killed by Gator While Fleeing Police
Replies: 0
Views: 336

Man Killed by Gator While Fleeing Police

The title kinda says it all. Man Killed by Gator While Fleeing Police Nov 13th, 2007 | MICCOSUKEE TRIBE INDIAN RESERVATION, Fla. -- A man who jumped into a lake to flee police was killed by an alligator more than 9-feet long, officials said Tuesday. The man, whose name has not been released, was all...
by mattsciple
Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:20 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Why Ants (and People) Swarm
Replies: 1
Views: 862

Why Ants (and People) Swarm

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/13/science/13traff.html?_r=1&oref=slogin This is a cool article about the ways individuals in nature link to larger group behavior, how they alter or support the group dynamic, and how simple computer models with a few programmed rules can predict it. When it comes to ...
by mattsciple
Tue Nov 13, 2007 7:03 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Evolution of Creationism
Replies: 0
Views: 793

The Evolution of Creationism

http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/11/13/intelligent_design/ Bobbing and weaving to stay on their feet, creationists have changed labels and strategies faster than a Moderate Republican in primary season. Now, it seems they've been using a rope-a-dopestrategy all along, wearing out their opponen...
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 12, 2007 10:40 am
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Kremlin Spy in the Manhattan Project Dies at 92, 93 or 94
Replies: 0
Views: 350

Kremlin Spy in the Manhattan Project Dies at 92, 93 or 94

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/12/us/12 ... wanted=all

I've always wondered how the Soviets got A Bomb capability so much more quickly than other nations. Turns out a lot of the answer is this guy.
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:51 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Televangelists Under Investigation
Replies: 4
Views: 1438

Oh, the Feds don't care about the gullible, unless it's them. The whole point, or most of it anyway, is that these multi billion dollar enterprises still count as churches, even though they are nakedly partisan, political entities that pass out voting guides telling their members whom to vote for.
by mattsciple
Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:10 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Twins, 8, invent 'wedgie-proof' underpants
Replies: 3
Views: 586

UN BE FREAKING LIEVABLE. A FoxNEws interview with the twins. I never thought Fox News would produce anything of value.

http://www.geekologie.com/2007/11/kids_ ... derwea.php
by mattsciple
Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Billy Wilder: A God Among Film Directors
Replies: 1
Views: 1027

Ace in the Hole on TCM Tonight!

Here's your chance to see a great flick for free, if you have cable. I don't anymore, and I don't miss it a bit. But if you do, this is well worth the watch.
by mattsciple
Tue Nov 06, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: What's on Your Mind
Topic: Eva McDonald Valesh- Minnesota Labor Pioneer
Replies: 1
Views: 867

Thanks Thrice! Always looking for good stories.
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:19 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Turning of an Atheist
Replies: 32
Views: 6909

I don't really have a word for what I am. "Humanist" probably comes closest, because it explains what I DO believe in instead of what I don't. I believe in the mystery of existence, from the smallest particles to the largest universe, and that anybody who tells you they know definitively why we're h...
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:19 am
Forum: Entertainment, Arts & Culture
Topic: Beyond the Universe
Replies: 0
Views: 883

Beyond the Universe

If you buy into this movie's premise, and that will be much more difficult for some than for others, it's a lot of fun, even moving, and the music is terrific. The spine is a love story, but it uses that love story to tell the story of the 60's, Viet Nam, the protest movement, flower power and rock ...
by mattsciple
Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:11 am
Forum: Health, Fitness, Beauty ...
Topic: Back Pain
Replies: 4
Views: 1997

I'd steer clear of jogging. Lots of jostling to the body. Gentle stretching, muscle relaxants, and deeeeep breathing work best for me. And sleeping on my back with a pillow under my knees.

Good luck!
by mattsciple
Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:39 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: The Turning of an Atheist
Replies: 32
Views: 6909

The Turning of an Atheist

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/magazine/04Flew-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&ref=magazine&pagewanted=all Anthony Flew was one of the most famous atheists in the world, his work used as support for their arguments for decades. Now, in his final years, he has recanted, a fact which believers are using to...
by mattsciple
Sat Nov 03, 2007 12:16 pm
Forum: Crime & Punishment
Topic: Twins, 8, invent 'wedgie-proof' underpants
Replies: 3
Views: 586

Twins, 8, invent 'wedgie-proof' underpants

This is more "crime and avoidance, than "crime and non-punishment," but I thought it was oddly appropriate. Twins, 8, invent 'wedgie-proof' underpants Ohio boys gain fame for anti-bully design that just rips away updated 1:33 p.m. CT, Fri., Nov. 2, 2007 COLUMBUS, Ohio - Bully-proof underwear earned ...