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Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos' 667

Posted by timothy
from the 13-or-so-billion-years-then? dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Travis Gettys reports that creationist Danny Falkner appeared Thursday on "The Janet Mefford Show" to complain that the Fox television series and its host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, had marginalized those with dissenting views on accepted scientific truths. "I don't recall seeing any interviews with people – that may yet come – but it's based upon the narration from the host and then various types of little video clips of various things, cartoons and things like that," said Falkner of Answers In Genesis who also complained that Tyson showed life arose from simple organic compounds without mentioning that some believe that's not possible. "I was struck in the first episode where he talked about science and how, you know, all ideas are discussed, you know, everything is up for discussion – it's all on the table – and I thought to myself, 'No, consideration of special creation is definitely not open for discussion, it would seem." To be fair, there aren't a ton of shows on TV specifically about creationism says William Hamby. "However, there are entire networks devoted to Christianity, and legions of preachers with all the airtime they need to denounce evolution. Oh, and there was that major movie from a few years back. And there's a giant tax-payer subsidized theme park in Kentucky. And the movie about Noah. And entire catalogs of creationist movies and textbooks you can own for the low low price of $13.92.""

Comment: Re:From the actuall trademark document (Score 1) 653

by MoFoQ (#46527203) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

this IS from one of the sub-departments of DHS; I'm not surprised that they didn't really bother to read the line that says "Color is not claimed as a feature of the mark."

Customs agents aren't lawyers, let alone trademark lawyers or even paralegals.

This just highlights the need for adding an appeals process to the whole thing.
(that and perhaps ICE needs some basic legalese comprehension requirements for their agents)

Comment: Re:Price !!! (Score 1) 810

by MoFoQ (#45498045) Attached to: Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

amen!

if I could afford it, I'd get myself a Tesla Model S

Range is a concern too.

also, some of the other electric cars....are just ugly.
If Tesla can make an electric car that looks as nice and sexy as the Model S, why can't the other manufacturers?
Perhaps, they don't want to or think it won't sell.
Of course, if you make something that people want and at a reasonable price, it wouldn't be a problem.

Comment: Re:History rewritten (Score 2) 599

by MoFoQ (#45333331) Attached to: Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

Comment: Re:History rewritten (Score 4, Interesting) 599

by MoFoQ (#45333277) Attached to: Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

His lack of finesse and social skills coupled by the complete (technical) incompetence of those at city hall definitely contributed to his downfall.
If I recall, didn't Kamala Harris put the passwords into public record, thus forcing the city IT department to go around and changing passwords on all devices to prevent from someone from "f*cking sh*t up"?

The funny thing is that the statute (California Penal Code Sec. 502(c)(5)) mentions "disrupts or causes the disruption of computer services or denies or causes the denial of computer services" yet....during this whole fiasco, the network was rock-f-ing-solid (at least until the passwords were put into public record without seal).

Not sure why the attorney didn't bring this point up.
If I was Terry Childs, I'd fire the attorney and then sue the city for breach of contract (oddly, for at least the same amount).

Comment: Kettle and teapot (Score 1) 394

by MoFoQ (#45135377) Attached to: Oracle Attacks Open Source; Says Community-Developed Code Is Inferior

Very strange and hypocritical.

Especially since Oracle owns several products that are open-source (some that started off as open source as well).

Let's see....

VirtualBox (it has an open source edition)
MySQL
OpenSolaris
Java
Oracle Linux (Oracle repackaged version of RHEL and not started from a company they bought out)
And Oracle Linux is used as a base for the following product lines from Oracle:
        Oracle Exadata
        Oracle Exalogic
        Oracle Big Data Appliance
        Oracle Exalytics
        Oracle Database Appliance

I'm sure there's more that people can list....but for me....I don't give a rat's arse about Oracle...shoot, I was rooting for the Kiwi's in the America's Cup and I live in the Bay Area.

Comment: 800 tickets...1000 by year's end? (Score 1) 1440

by MoFoQ (#44940311) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

Interesting, 800 tickets...1000 by year's end.

Now if every one of those people who got a ticket does a written declaration, the cop would have to write that may written answers to the court or the ticket will be dismissed.
Effectively, eliminating him from writing tickets that stick since he is either spending his time writing responses and not issuing new tickets OR his tickets get easily dismissed.

At least in California, you can do a written declaration first and if that doesn't work, you still have the option of going to court in person.
The citing officer does not get overtime pay for responding to written declarations but does receive overtime for appearing in court.
Depending on the workload of the citing officer, tickets can be dismissed pretty easily.

Comment: Re:Foxit Reader? (Score 3, Informative) 238

by MoFoQ (#44314167) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Automatically Sanitize PDF Email Attachments?

dang...I was about to say the same...

but yea...best way to sanitize is by not using Adobe Acrobat (or Acrobat Reader).

on OSX and many Linux distros have their own builtin viewer ("Preview" in OSX, and "Display" at least on Ubuntu).

Also, you can probably use Google Apps to do the same as well.

Comment: Re:Buying a blog...? (Score 1) 62

by MoFoQ (#44289529) Attached to: Hackaday For Sale, Editors Seek Crowd Funding To Buy It

Because it does roughly $14K a month right now without much "pimping out to advertisers" (http://hackaday.com/2013/07/01/hackaday-looking-for-a-good-home/)

It is interesting that I mentioned the crowdfunding aspect a few weeks ago when the owner posted that he was looking to sell: http://hackaday.com/2013/07/01/hackaday-looking-for-a-good-home/#comment-1021672

*sigh*....it's before pay-day so I'll have to wait.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.

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