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Victor Ganata
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are right and God isn't 'a magician with a magic wand' - The Independent
While I realize that there are lot of Christian sects that are indeed very anti-science, the stance of the Roman Catholic Church is the reason why that argument has always felt like a strawman to me. And Pope Francis isn't the first pope to state this. - Victor Ganata
And the Big Bang theory was first posited by an astronomer and physicist who was also a Jesuit priest. - Victor Ganata
He has his own astrophysicist. - Ken Morley
It seems to me like he describes an ascent of man type directed evolution. Divine artificial selection? May just be that the pope doesn't really understand the mechanisms of evolution, poor choice of words, or bad translation, of course. But it's not really compatible with the science, is it, if man is believed to be the inevitable end product, the pinnacle, of evolution? I agree it's... more... - Eivind
It's really just a version of the strong anthropic principle, though. The strong anthropic principle and the fine tuning problem make some scientists unhappy precisely because they give intelligent design an opening but they're perfectly compatible with existing evidence. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
It's also a version of creationism :) - Eivind from Android
Sure, but it's a version of creationism that isn't at odds with current observations. - Victor Ganata
“Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation, because evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve.” - Eivind from Android
Well, one way to summarize the strong anthropic principle is that the initial conditions of our universe inevitably lead to the evolution of intelligent life—the physical constants that define our universe make it inevitable that matter will develop into living organisms and which then inevitably evolve into sophonts. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Where, exactly, can intelligent life be found, though? - Uli
Friendfeed. - bentley
LOL, well, yeah, then we end up having to finely parse words like "intelligence", "life", "matter", "existence". - Victor Ganata
I view his remarks as political. One more effort to dislodge his American Bishops from their Republican coalition with evangelicals... - WarLord
Here's what it really is: The tooth and nail adherence to "Creation Science" was making the church looking fucking dumb. Lots of dumb things were trying to be done in the name of the church and ultimately that is turning people off. This is a bridge to sideline those people but still have an explainable way to have Genisis. - Johnny from iPhone
The thing is, the Roman Catholic Church's stance on evolution has been essentially unchanged for the last 64 years. It was really only Benedict who was trying to change things. And it was a Jesuit priest who came up with the Big Bang Theory in the first place. - Victor Ganata
But given the rise/size of other strains of Christianity who are big on Creation Science, this is a pretty clear marker to step away from them. - Johnny from iPhone
Oh, for sure. Francis definitely wants to distance himself from Benedict. But it's more like Francis is turning the wheel back to the direction it was in the first place, rather than setting off in an entirely new direction. - Victor Ganata
Pope Declares There is No Conflict Between Big Bang, Evolution and The Catholic Faith... In 1951 - uCatholic - Victor Ganata
The God of the gaps approach is probably wise, but maybe he should use the Norwegian church as an case study to see what /can/ happen to a church if it is too eager to adjust its dogma according to the demands of the secular world. - Eivind
This file I’m downloading for work says it’s going to take 2 BILLION DAYS to dl. I might have to pass this project down a few generations.
I hope it's all billable time..... - WarLord
So K. already knows what she's going to do when she grows up. - Spidra Webster
"Do not take Farxiga if you are allergic to Farxiga or any of its ingredients." Thanks for that sage advice, big pharma.
the brand name and the chemical name are both quite difficult to imagine pronouncing - dapagliflozin is the drug name. - ellbeecee
I think it's named after a character in Babylon 5 - WarLord
"Additionally, if you develop allergic reactions to Farxiga after you have begun taking Farxiga, cease taking Farxiga. Furthermore, if you phase shift so that you are no longer able to take Farxiga in this plane of existence, consult your doctor before gradually reducing your Farxiga dosage." - Stephen Mack
This is a #mustread I’m not “that creepy guy from the Internet”: How Gamergate gave the geek community a bad name via @Salon
"...Trust me, I know what it’s like to have the most important moments of your life take place behind a glowing screen, to lose yourself in the dramas and quests of the game world when the real world seems hopeless. When the rest of your day — the fruitless job searches, the awkward attempts at socializing, the grinding sameness of being another Victim of the Recession — is dull gray and tastes like ashes. ..." - WarLord
Stephen Colbert gives #Gamergate the smack down it so desperately needed via @Salon
“Gamergate involves some male gamers harassing women who are speaking out about the portrayal of women in video games. Presumably, after the initial shock that women were speaking to them at all.” - WarLord
Democratic Candidates Are Paying the Price for Meddling With Social Security | Bob Cesca -
Democratic Candidates Are Paying the Price for Meddling With Social Security | Bob Cesca
It seems so obvious even Tea Party LOVES their Social Security and Medicare. Obama and his Simpson Bowles Grand Bargain were stupid and DOA both remarkably bad politics from DNC a wholly owned subsidiary of Wall Street - WarLord
Amit Patel
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite -
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite
"The Hemingwrite is-a single purpose, distraction-free writing composition device. It combines the simplicity of a 90s era word processor with the modern tech we all require like cloud backups and integration into our favorite document editors like Google docs and Evernote." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Sadly, my distraction-free writing now requires Zotero integration :( But I love this idea! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Everything old is new again Now we are back to Typewriters - all dressed up but pretty much typewriters - WarLord
This could be a good concept -- but the proof of the pudding is in the eating -- one needs to give it an actual workout. - Sean McBride
Clothes without pockets is one of those things about being a girl which isn't necessarily oppression, but seriously annoy me. The relative lack of professional gear options for women in manual fields (e.g. chef pants, plumber pants, etc) sucks too. AND THEN I FOUND (see comments) WOOHOO! HOUSTON WE HAVE POCKETS - Lo
My lengthy google hunts for "technical women's cargo pants" turned up these badass-named pants, like Taclite B-class, which I ultimately deduced were for lady cops. This sentence had me laughing for like 20 minutes: "Teflon® coated to repel stains, liquid, and soil, the Women's PDU Class B Taclite Cargo Pant features a professional flat front design with permanent military creases and an internal gripper panel to keep your shirt securely in place, ensuring a professional profile in any setting." - Lo
Teflon coating would actually be great for a kitchen, but it doesn't sound very comfortable, and I'm afraid the "military creases" would be confusing/frightening in the kitchen world. Also, tucking in my shirt? HAHAHAHAHA - Lo
Girls are also born with what is known in Norway as the "plumber's pocket." I suspect health codes would bar you from utilizing that in your field, though. - Eivind from Android
Damn, nice, bentley... I dunno how I missed those. I'm still happier with scrubs, they have petite sizes so I don't have to have them tailored (and more pockets!). - Lo
Morgan, that's... interesting. It's always nice to learn more weird Norway facts! - Lo
I only know about ChefWear because there must be a culinary school near work. I see students wearing ChefWear pants (which very conveniently have the logo in a nicely visible spot). - bentley
I wore hospital-issue scrubs when I temped at the hospital in the early 90's. These you found look much nicer, sturdier, and have loads more pockets. I like. - bentley
If you are interested in 3/4 sleeve length versus the short sleeved scrub tops - I fell in love with this style! - Janet
I have no idea but Duluth trading for women might have something for you - WarLord
Don't dismiss the 511 Taclite pants. I'm a guy, but 511 stuff is really comfortable and extremely durable. - David Lounsbury
Gamergate’s fickle hero: The dark opportunism of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos via @Salon
In other words, he seemed to be saying: Yes, I once thought gamers were losers. But now I hate feminists more. And so with each breathless column Yiannopoulos wrote, gamergaters cheered on his missiles against the feminist bullies supposedly taking over gaming. When confronted with his past, by me and by progressive journalists Matt Binder and Jesse Singal, gamergaters were quick to forgive him - WarLord
Jason Toney
‘God is not a magician’: Pope says Christians should believe in evolution and Big Bang
‘God is not a magician’: Pope says Christians should believe in evolution and Big Bang
Jesuits are intellectual rigor of Catholic Church - WarLord
I love this pope. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
In Search of Uber’s Unicorn 483 426 79 The ride-sharing service says its median driver makes close to six figures. But the math just doesn’t add up.
Uber says its drivers make great money. But the math doesn’t add up: via @slate - WarLord
Of all of Uber’s numbers, one is particularly important: $90,766. In a late-May post on its blog, Uber cited $90,766 as the median annual income of a driver for UberX in New York City. “UberX driver partners are small business entrepreneurs demonstrating across the country that being a driver is sustainable and profitable,” the company wrote. “In contrast, the nation’s taxi drivers are... more... - WarLord
It’s great for Uber that he believes that, but it’s also odd that these $90,766 drivers are so hard to come by. After all, that’s the median according to Uber’s data, which means that by definition half of its thousands of drivers in New York City should be earning that much or more. And I was desperate to speak with one of these drivers. I wanted to see the true Uber dream. So I asked Kasselman to find me just one. Find me Uber’s unicorn. Last I heard, they’re still looking - WarLord
Looks like "sharing economy" (pat pending ) is a lie #shocked - WarLord
Sarah G.
Can anyone tell me what this one is, because all I got is female genitalia.
Can anyone tell me what this one is, because all I got is female genitalia.
sloth, I think - RepoRat
I thought tooth, then I thought this tooth - Micah
Walrus, flippers and tusks. - Shannon - GlassMistress
It's those nope nope nope alien phone guys from sesame street. - Joe
i'm seeing Edvard Munch's "The Vagina Chicken Scream" here, i need to call my shrink now. - Big Joe Silence
I thought walrus too. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
#FFSaturday rode the brand new Green Line from end to end today for War Ladies Birthday. Rode light rail from Union Depot to Target Field then backtracked to Minneapolis Warehouse District to dine at Sneaky Petes then home. The route along University Avenue WAS the main link between the Twin Cities and
WAS pre suburban mall tone commercial main street for two cities. The promise of light rail is that it will be revival along the route - number of for sale and for lease sign indicate somebody is planning to cash in - WarLord
All in all n interesting ride down memory lane into future - WarLord
Pictures soon as I download - WarLord
Victor Ganata
I feel like there should be an ICD-9 code for "history of health insurance coverage problems"
Too large a pool of people you'sd have to have subsidiary codes - WarLord
File under hereditary deceases. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
LIAR! "You're all I ever wanted." Same goes for Tim, Louis, Chris, Paul, and others. You are an idiot. - Joe
Everyone step back, give Victor operating room - Greg GuitarBuster
Took my 3-hour third year electrician exam this morning. School's out, yo!
Results come out in a week now, apparently. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Good luck - WarLord
Silicon Valley will destroy your job: Amazon, Facebook and our sick new economy via @Salon
The monopoly strategy is the tech industry’s deep, dark secret. And the amount of time, money and anguish it extracts from everyone else is ours. - WarLord
Now a new generation of would-be monopolies is on the move. The most aggressive of them is the martially named “Uber,” which recently distinguished itself by earning an “F” rating from the Better Business Bureau. Uber is following the path laid down by its forebears: First, identify a core market. Second, establish a monopoly position. Then capitalize on that position, either by squeezing customers and/or vendors or by using it to expand into additional markets. - WarLord
Still, Silicon Valley represents a set of values that is amoral by commonly held standards. It’s rapidly taking control of the distribution systems for music, literature and arts. And it’s increasingly manipulating our access to information, even as it absorbs an ever-increasing share of our economy. - WarLord
Scoff at the word “monopoly” if you like. But if these developments don’t concern you, you’re not paying attention. - WarLord
Mike Nencetti
We may have reached the point where she stays in bed. The Hospice nurse recommended no more commode. She is experiencing pain. May need to start the morphine drip. Our plan is to keep her here. She still has her smile
What a tough thing. Thinking of you.. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Sending you both prayers of comfort. - Janet from FFHound!
Sending good thoughts to you both. - Galadriel C.
Keeping you both in my thoughts. - vicster: full-bodied
Mike, I have been praying for you and your wife and will continue to do so. - Jim: with more caffeine!
Much love, Mike. Praying for y'all. :( - LB: Water Witch
I'm glad you have the hospice to support you all ((hugs)) you are in our thoughts - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Love and prayers to you both. - Mary Carmen
My thoughts are with you. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Strength and peace. - J. Marie B
Thinking of you guys... Praying for peace and comfort for both of you. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I am so sorry :( - Monaca di V.le Monza from iPhone
Much strength. - Wicked Bat Catcher
Be well - WarLord
Wishing you both peace. *hugs* - Anne Bouey
Peace and blessings to both of you. - Corinne L
Thinking of you both. - Me
Lots of prayers and comfort to you both. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
*hugs* - bentley
Thinking of you and Beverly. Peace for both of you. - Greg GuitarBuster
having been through this so recently with my father, my thoughts are very much with you all. - ellbeecee from Android
I'm glad that, despite her pain, she is still smiling. You're both in my thoughts. - Jenny H. from Android
definitely keeping you both in my thoughts - Mr. The Jason Fleming
may you all be peaceful: you, your wife, your family, and the hospice workers. may you all be free of suffering. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
thank you everyone. FF is a special place. y'all rock. - Mike Nencetti
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
Well, I wondered how long it might take and it appears that my wife is ready to return to sunnier climes. At the beginning of the new year, I'll be looking for new employment in a state well south of VA. (Right now, Florida is our #1 with Texas right behind due to both not taxing my retirement pay.) times ahead! :)
My next move is either retirement community/care facility or 6 feet under. I envy people who relocate. - Janet from FFHound!
If you look at Texas, I suggest Austin. - Kristin
Austin and San Antonio are the cities we're focusing on in Texas, actually. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Janet, I don't know if you should envy us. It's an extreme PITA while it's happening. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
You get on house hunters international and go to some exotic place. That might be fun :-) - Todd Hoff
There was a brief period where we evaluated if we could live out of the US on just my military retirement. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
I suggest SoCal! - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
My father loved the Canyon Lake region just north of San Antonio, New Braunfuls - surrounding lake seemed very retiree friendly plus pretty at least to me - WarLord
Tampa / Winterpark area in FLA is a booming tech biz region. I would caution you to really dig into the cost of living in FL though. no state tax is nice, but sales tax is 9% and property taxes are INSANE if you own a home (and fed tax deduction doesn't cover the difference) not to mention the special homeowner's insurance situation for storm coverage which WILL NEVER cover flood damage... more... - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Sorry, Tamara with a J. SoCal is probably out but never say never. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Some of the places north of San Antonio are beautiful, so I'd definitely agree with you, Warlord. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
T-ra, thanks for the heads up. We briefly looked at the Tampa area before moving back to DC but jobs were hard all over just a few years ago. And you're definitely right about storm coverage. When we moved down we couldn't get renter's insurance because Hurricane Ike was headed our way. :) - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Of course, the funnest part of all will be job searching in another state. Meh. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Republican Governors Just Might Save the Democratic Senate via @intelligencer
North Carolina and Kansas are the two states where Democrats seem to be dramatically over-performing the fundamentals. (They have a chance to pull a surprise win in Georgia, but that would be attributable to the state’s rapid growth of Democratic voters.) North Carolina and Kansas have in common Republican governors who have enacted sweeping, controversial agendas that have turned their party’s Senate candidates into quasi-incumbents - WarLord
In McConnell’s case, the Republican is bedeviled by a popular Democratic governor who has thrown himself fully behind implementing Obamacare, with impressive results. In many of the other states, the general pro-Republican thrust of the election is running up against a localized backlash against Republican policies. If Obama were the only incumbent, Republicans would have locked up the... more... - WarLord
A Science-Fiction Classic Still Smolders via @newyorker
Within the cathedral of post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature, there ought to be a small sanctum reserved for books produced out of the author’s personal experience with cataclysmic events. Other works that fit into this niche include Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five,” which was inspired by the writer having witnessed the fire-bombing of Dresden, and “The Forever War,” Joe Haldeman’s 1974 novel, which drew directly on his tour of duty in Vietnam - WarLord
What In The Damn Hell, Paula Deen
SURFACE - Paula Deen.jpg
"...Above, via Eater, is a recent advertisement for Paula Deen's Lady & Sons restaurant. It features a black employee of Deen's restaurant, whose job, in our estimation, is to pretend to be a slave. This is her job because Paula Deen wants to sell food to people who will take pleasure from playacting the fantasy that slavery never was abolished. Yeah, Paula Deen is still racist as hell, you guys. ..." - WarLord
Just looking at the picture itself I think that's a bit of a stretch. I will now proceed to read the article and see if my opinion changes. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Doctor in New York Tests Positive for Ebola
From Comments: "... If you do not want to contract ebola, then: 1) Do not have sex with Dr. Spencer until such time as he is no longer contagious. 2) Do not ask Dr. Spencer to spit into your mouth or eyes. 3) Do not drink Dr. Spencer's blood or rub your open wounds on Dr. Spencer. 4) Do not lick sweat off of Dr. Spencer or drink his urine. 5) Do not ingest any of Dr. Spencer's vomit or feces. If you refrain from any of these things, you should be able to avoid contracting ebola from Dr. Spencer. Ebola has been studied extensively for several decades and its transmission vectors are well-known. Ebola is transmittable through direct bodily fluids only and only when the viral load is high enough. At that level, the patient displays symptoms of infection. If the patient is asymptomatic, then the viral load is insufficient to be generally transmissible. Ebola is not airborne and cannot be contracted merely by breathing the same air as someone with Ebola, even if that person is symptomatic.... more... - WarLord
#Gamergate is really about terrorism: Why Bill Maher should be vilifying the gaming community, too via @Salon
"...Imagine for a second, though, if the speaker had been a visiting scholar who was a prominent defender of Israel. Before their scheduled talk, an anonymous email is sent by someone identifying themselves as a Muslim threatening to indiscriminately kill all Jews and supporters of Israel at the event with a cache of guns and pipe bombs in the name of Jihad. Would the school and the Utah state government be as insistent on citizens’ inalienable gun rights in this situation? Perhaps. But given the fact that the U.S. has already launched numerous constitutionally dubious programs as a response to Islamic terrorism – along with regularly curtailing the right of free speech at national political conventions out of a concern for security – there’s serious reason to doubt this. ..." - WarLord
“Gamergate is now irredeemably toxic”: The top 10 takeaways from Chris Kluwe’s Reddit AMA via @Salon
“Badly. In terms of branding, the hashtag is toxic now, and it’s starting to pick up steam in the mainstream media. Don’t be surprised to see John Stewart, John Oliver, or Colbert rip it apart in the next couple weeks.” - WarLord
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Gentlemen, if you can't be bothered to give a woman your undivided attention, then don't expect hers either. #datingtips
Good preview though: Is this the man you want to spend the rest of your life watching the top of his head as he gazes at his cell phone - WarLord
непростые коротышки
"...But not always. Scott Heydt, director of marketing at Horizon Signal Technologies, says his company routinely sets up its portable traffic signals at road construction sites. Frequently, they are simply towed to a site and turned on. "We just set one up like that in New Jersey," said Heydt. "You can be driving to work and everything is normal, but on your way home, discover a new traffic light." (Of this possibility, a Google spokesperson said, “We will have to be ready for that.”) ... - WarLord
#nanowrimo Pre-Nov 1 nano novel musing or it's only October 22 which story idea do I like better. The story I want to tell is modern day magic mixed with coming of age in suburbia. One idea is of course our young protagonist trained by modern day wizard. I have a "meets cute" so it starts nicely BUT of course the older wiser mentor
Can sorta kinda take over story from our young hero. Plus of course rules are boring - WarLord
Second idea, the protagonist finds a Grimoire and teaches himself to be wizard. This has advantages of more mistakes and hapless experiments as he works his "painful" way into competence. Plus maybe nice conflicts with wizards and any wizard ruling council as he blunders about. I kinda like "B" better BUT - WarLord
The Grimoire the wizard cook book is essential and how I get that book into his hands is driving me nuts. I'm thinking a book sale maybe a box of books for $10- $20 bucks but again how to make the Grimoire be ignored by all until Dylan finds it??? - WarLord
I like the idea of stumbling on a book. Dylan could be cleaning someone's attic/basement/garage and find it, the person doesn't know what it is so they let him keep it. Could be at a book sale, tucked away behind some other things, maybe planted there for him to find? Box lot at an auction that he sees something he wants and the book is at the bottom with a few others. The cover could be grimy and indistinct, which is why people ignore it. - Heather
^ that one's easy. It looks like an ordinary book to everyone except that kid. He has the "gift" so he can read it. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I thought about "ordinary book" thing... I like cleaning out the trash.... Dylan does good deed adventure ensues. I thought about box of books also containing enclosed book stand that concealed this book... I dunno taking out the trash maybe with a side of ordinary looking book - WarLord
Of course maybe I need to expand my "palette of colors" I mean kid discovers magic, adventures ensue - where have we read that before? If I go with "taking out the trash" literally anyone could discover the book. An adult, not necessarily an orphan or sullen loner etc etc That makes an accidental wizard a very different story - WarLord
Yvonne Renee
$65 to find out if we have $1700 or $2900 in repairs. Time to move on?
'99 Chevy Venture 119,000 miles. Is this repair the beginning of the end? - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I've got a '97 minivan. I asked the mech before pouring money in it. It was his opinion that if I did the repairs, there were still years of good life left in it. If you like your car, if a reputable mech tells you the repairs will take care of things for a good while, that it has life left in it, then it's certainly cheaper than buying another car. - Spidra Webster
How many monthly payments in a new (or newer) ride is the repair and will repair give you that much useful life out of your old ride. - WarLord
'99 Chevy Venture 119,000 miles. We got it for $1 about 6 years ago. I can't roll down the windows, no cup holders for the front passengers, radio only (cassette player stopped working last spring), windshield cracked... I think we're ready to move on. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
$1400 blue book value. Ugh. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @cmaue: So they doxxed Felicia Day for saying GG was bad. Didn't dox Will Wheaton. Please, tell me more about how this isn't about misogyny.
Nor Chris Kluwe #waronwomen - WarLord
Victor Ganata
Funny how the people who keep saying voting is a waste of time only talk about how all the candidates and parties are the same. They never mention the fact that you're also voting on state, county, and city measures that will totally affect your life in very concrete ways.
That's because they're simple-minded. It's too hard for them to think that much. - Anika
Plus of course the parties and candidates are NOT the same but hey simple minded - WarLord
I assume they've never voted and have no idea that there are things like ballot questions. - Heather
People who "choose" not to vote come up with the most remarkable reasons. And it's SOOOOOO difficult to register and vote (esp. in states with permanent absentee ballots, like California). Thus us aged and, unfortunately, them extremists take over the gummint because we'll take the time to be part of it. - Walt Crawford
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