Friday Roundup: Science 1-Mythology 0, Gay Divorcees, Nosy Census Workers & More

  • Memo to the “Free Market Foundation” — Come on. Be honest. Are you equally as insistent that science texts teach the “strengths and weaknesses” of other scientific theories, like gravity? No, it’s just code. Also, please change your group’s name; there’s nothing “free market” about trying to use government schools to force your creation stories on students. Preach your beliefs in church or in your home. I mean, I don’t come to your chapel and try to force math on you, do I? Thanks. Best, Trey. PS — Hail C’thulu.
  • Ugh. Census time is coming up again in North Texas. A bunch of people you wouldn’t give the time of day are about to start asking you nosy, intrusive questions. If you get the long form, you will get questions on everything from what time you leave for work (you really want to tell that to someone who can’t do better than a part-time Census job?) to what kind of money you make. But in reality, the only question they are Constitutionally authorized to ask — and that you are legally required to answer — is how many people are in your household. Answer that question and then tell them to sod off. Is this just another privacy pet peeve of mine? No, data gathered by the Census has been used time and again for nefarious purposes, like rounding up Americans of Japanese descent, or harassing Americans of Arab descent.
  • Check this video of a fight outside Wish Ultra Lounge.

Quote of the day: “Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” - Jules Renard

Comments

  1. Peterk says:

    okay who pulled the gun? the passenger? and if he wasn’t getting beat up, why was he getting attacked? if being attacked isn’t pulling a gun appropriate?

  2. Hard to tell the details from the vid, but the rule of thumb is you shouldn’t draw unless you believe you are in serious danger and cannot flee.

  3. Matt says:

    Interesting quote. It could be that writers are considered ridiculous regardless of whether they make money. But that’s just a theory, and unproven.

    At any rate, leaving the whole creationism thing aside — a theory, even a generally accepted one, is still just a theory, not a fact. It’s legitimate, and a good exercise for students, to examine the strengths and weaknesses of theories. They’d surely find that the Theory of Evolution weighs very strongly on the strengths, and not so much on the weaknesses. Evolution remains a theory since it’s been very difficult in the last 150 years to test whether something actually occurs over a span of millions of years. Mutation can be observed, evolution not as much.

    Gravity, not a theory. Every time I see one of those “man on the street” interviews with someone who doesn’t understand what it means for something to be a scientific theory, I’m more convinced that schools should be teaching kids to question the “strengths and weaknesses” of theories. But then, those interviews help me identify the liberal arts majors, so I guess they serve a purpose.

  4. Matt says:

    As far as the video goes — it looks like those guys (if it was, in fact, the passenger that pulled the gun) followed your rule of thumb. They were being assaulted, and (it looked like) dragged out of the car. Pulled a gun, which gave them the space to get back in the car and get the hell out of there. I hope for their sake that they weren’t drunk, and called the police themselves immediately after getting to a safer place.