Abbas’s condemnation of rabbi slaughter turns out to be a political ploy

I am just starting to come on again . There will be a few more comments and posts but this post by Jerry Coyne is important. I do not believe that Netanyahu is the greatest peacemaker or warrior for Israel but the other side is impossible to deal with anyway as the reaction to the terrorists who slaughtered the Rabbis . There are no moderates on the other side at this point and Israel must do what it must to survive within civil law and I stress civil law. If however it is provoked then war is necessary and everything that comes with it. Thank you again Jerry.

Why Evolution Is True

I don’t hold out any hope that, on the Palestinian side, Hamas can play a meaningful role in solving the eternal Israel/Palestine dilemma. Given that their charter calls for the wiping out of Israel, and cites the forged and anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion, they don’t exactly look like great peace partners.

I looked instead to Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah Party, which are supposed to be more moderate. And indeed they are, but “moderation” is relative. When four rabbis and a policeman were slaughtered by terrorists in a synagogue in East Jerusalem last week, much of Gaza erupted in joy. There were sickening scenes of Gazans celebrating those murders and handing out sweets. Here are two photos. The first shows Palestinians celebrating the two murderers (themselves killed) and wielding axes:

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The second shows the obligatory handing out of sweets. I’m not sure whether the woman with four fingers up is…

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Where did life come from: God or naturalism? The data from the U.S. vs. the U.K.

Dumb and Dumber is the hottest movie in the U.S right now and we can see why. U.S citizens believe God over the truth that chemicals on comets created life on earth while the U.K took the comet route. Dumb and Dumber . Thank you Farrelly Brothers for the Three Stooges also. Thank you, for this post Jerry Coyne, brilliant biologist and wonderful human being. You can tell one of my idols.

 

Why Evolution Is True

This disparity between our two related and Anglophonic lands is even worse than I expected. U.S. and U.K. citizens were polled just last wee about how they think life on Earth began. The question and choices were virtually identical for the two countries.

First the good news:

YouGov poll on the origin of life taken in the U.K. (2003 adults), Nov. 12-13 of this year. Figures are percentages:

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If you lump the third and fourth answers as “naturalistic origin,” then 59% of the respondents think life occurred as an outcome of the laws of chemistry and physics.  And if you go to the page, you’ll see the results don’t vary much with age, gender, region, or political affiliation.

Before you look below, guess what the answer is for the U.S.

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Here’s the bad news, then: the YouGov poll from the U.S., taken Nov. 12-14:
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November 11, Slender Man, Bob Dylan and the Beatles and my first excerpt .

November 11 and Remembrance Day.

I always think about World War Two because it liberated Jews from concentration camps and kept Germany from indulging in a ubiquitous campaign that would have destroyed freedom and democracy. Tens of thousands civilians and soldiers died to protected us from the wrath of the Fuhrer. It also reminds me how easily the average population is manipulated and directed , like puppets, to accept ideology set up by our leaders. Germany was the ultimate example but we are also struggling to protect our civil liberties from those leaders who would tell us that ends justifies the means when it comes to protecting our democracy. It seems we believe our leaders when they state that the only way to protect democracy is to whittle it down. On this Remembrance Day let us not just remember the soldiers but also why they are fighting. The fought for FREEDOM.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/24/conservatives-new-anti-terror-laws-likely-to-mirror-immensely-controversial-u-k-legislation/

I watched an episode on Law and Order SVU that mirrored a real day situation where two girls conspired to kill another based on a graphic novel. Slender Man walks again.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/slender-man-attack-girl-12-3951264

In the history of pop and rock , the Beatles and the Stones turned down a chance to be on a Dylan record.

http://www.rttnews.com/2413344/bob-dylan-wanted-to-make-an-album-with-beatles-and-stones.aspx?type=ent

For Science, My First excerpt from Congratulations you are a Science Nerd.

“. When and how was the earth created?

The earth is the third planet from the sun, and at this point the only planet that we are aware of that has life. The earth is about the same age as the sun which is 4.7 billion years old. Earth is the only planet to have liquid water on its surface. In March 2014, it was discovered that Jupiter appears to have water vapor in the atmosphere. “The planet, named tau Boo b, orbits the nearby star tau Boötis and belongs to a class of exotic planets called “hot Jupiter’s” that are not found in our solar system. A hot Jupiter is a massive extra solar (outside our Solar system) planet that orbits very close to its parent star. Unlike our Jupiter, which is fairly cold and has an orbital period of about 12 years, tau Boo b orbits its star every 3.3 days and is heated to extreme temperatures by its proximity to the star.”1 There is no evidence that there is water on the surface of the planet but somewhere, in the history, there is a great possibility that there was water on the planet. We think Mars may have had water 3 to 4 billion years ago. Late in January 2013, evidence was found that showed that there may have been a substantial amount of water on Mars. “Strong geological evidence that Mars once had liquid water on its surface has been revealed this week. Scientists analyzing data sent back from NASA and ESA Mars orbiters say that the McLoughlin Crater, caused by a meteor impact millions of years ago, was probably once filled with water.”

(http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0139wlj)

Mars seems to have 2 percent water, by weight, as found by the Mars Rover Curiosity in September, 2013. http://www.space.com/22949-mars-water-discovery-curiosity-rover.html. Liquid water covers 71% of the surface of the earth. The atmosphere is 77% nitrogen and 21% oxygen, with traces of other gases. The tilting of the earth towards the sun gives us the seasons. White clouds of water vapor hide much of the Earth” surface. The moon is our natural satellite with no atmosphere but many discerning features like craters, ridges, mountain ranges and[…]”

Excerpt From: Ian Liberman. “Congratulations You Are A Science Nerd.” iBooks.

Excerpt From: Ian Liberman. “Congratulations You Are A Science Nerd.” iBooks.

Let us look at the latest movie called The Theory of Everything on Stephen Hawking. The stars talk about the movie.

http://www.iamrogue.com/news/interviews/item/12382-iar-interview-eddie-redmayne-and-felicity-jones-talk-the-theory-of-everything.html

 

Man of Peace Bob Dylan

Quicky comment on the New Slipknot cd and preview on Loudwire

Loudwire and Revolver Magazine gave Slipknot great reviews. These sites cater to the genre and enjoy the musical artists that appear. There is always a mixture of good and bad reviews. Now they both had excellent reviews that explained why the music rated so highly. Now let us look at establishment Rolling Stone Magazine which rarely has a metal band on its cover and has many times shown distaste for even classical metal cds . They rated the new cd with 2 and half stars inferring that the band were still mourning their band member Paul Grey. Very nice analysis for looking a new cd. Not only that but higher ratings went to Neil Diamond`s best of tracks. Not mention how hard it was to find the review while the review for cool Weezer was featured. Do not get me wrong, I love Weezer but a music magazine should not just feature old rock bands, pop and alt. groups with breadcrumbs to other rock genres. Oh I know you are going to say that pop music sells more than hard rock and metal. Actually not , check figures for BMIs for consistent by genre and you will find that pop actually sells way less than even country but they know how to peddle themselves and are safe listening. The genre fits a conservative and religious population and thereby is perfect for the media. Hard rock and metal have the numbers but cost too much money to bleep . Why bother reading reviews anymore that come from magazines that are still have reviewers that originate from the sixties. Wait till Rolling Stones hears about a new Who cd. If you are looking for a metal review on Slipknot do not tread over to Rolling Stone Mag. Here is also Loudwire`s exclusive preview to the cd.

http://loudwire.com/obituary-inked-in-blood-exclusive-album-stream/

https://ianlib.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/quicky-comment…ew-slipknot-cd/

Pink Floyd, Twin Peaks,Nobel Prizes, Nothing More and Harper

I want to talk about a few themes today. Let`s talk ISIS. Is it worth Canada and the U.S investing huge military contributions to eradicate this terrorist group? No it is not. ISIS is another small terrorist group that has risen to the media because of its beheadings in public. We must take into consideration that this group is no more effective than the Hamas or Hezbollah when it comes to war except that the fear mongering has erupted because of their violent tendencies. Destroying this group will take at least a decade if indeed they are ever destroyed. We will lose plenty of Canadians for nothing because if they are eventually eradicated another group will come in its place. Let the groups in the Middle East fight it out. Contributions of food and guns is reasonable to fight off these groups but actuallyu offering our soldiers is outrageous. Another reason for voting out Harper. Talking about Harper, today I learned that Harper is the only head of state to reject a U.N statute protecting the rights of the indigenous people while he has destroyed the environmental laws in Canada. However, there is a good chance the illiterates of Canada will vote him back in as they did for Rob Ford even though he is a blatant racist and exhibits other weird behavior. Vote out Harper and put pressure on Obama to stop the madness.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-on-the-verge-of-victory-in-kobani-as-us-strategy-lies-in-ruins-jihadists-close-to-taking-city-near-turkish-border-9778532.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/05/air-strikes-isis-not-working-syrian-kurds

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/10/17/stephen_harper_ignores_canadas_first_nations_at_own_peril_walkom.html

The Nobel Prizes are coming up and we have some interesting concepts being awarded especially in the area of dark energy and fermions and bosons. These women may have a good chance . Let us hope it is not just males getting the prize.

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/10/women_and_the_nobel_prize_these_female_physicists_deserve_a_physics_nobel.2.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/nobel-prize-in-medicine-awarded-for-brain-gps-research-1.2788593

The physics prizes are coming up next week.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/06/nobel-prizes-2014-when-will-they-be-announced

Lets talk Science and pop culture . Remember that Congratulaions, you are a Science Nerd is available at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. The ultimate book in pop culture, cosmology and physics for young adults and adults that are young at heart.

Here is the hard rock video countdown by Loudwire.

http://loudwire.com/battle-royale-nickelback-best-mushroomhead-five-finger-death-punch-video-countdown/

Malcolm Young , from AC/DC has dementia.

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/10/02/acdcs-brian-johnson-talks-about-malcolm-youngs-dementia

Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders is dead at 76. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP8G4clUJBY 

David Lynch`s Twin Peaks is coming back in 2016. I can only hope it never happens. You can not repeat the creativity in the script again and a decent followup is unlikely.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29503952

New Who track planned and another last tour probably planned also.

http://classicrock.teamrock.com/news/2014-10-06/the-who-release-promo-for-be-lucky

Pink Floyd previews their new cd.

http://www.antimusic.com/news/14/October/06Pink_Floyd_Continue_To_Preview_New_Album_The_Endless_River.shtml

Finally another piece of science with a look at gaming.

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/09/18/getting-back-into-pc-gaming

I will be back again . I think. Maybe. More new hot bands Nothing More Live long and prosper. Ian Liberman ianlib@rogers.com