“Intelligent design” creationism advocate Michael J. Behe is once again an expert witness in a court case, this time appearing on behalf of Wendell Bird’s side in ACSI v Stearns. So far, there are two documents available detailing his participation, his expert report, and his deposition by opposing counsel. I haven’t had a look yet;… Read More »
Moth study backs classic ‘test case’ for Darwin’s theory – Independent Online Edition > Sci_Tech The news article reports that Michael Majerus is now presenting data from his own seven-year study of peppered moths. His study site: his backyard in Cambridge, UK. His methodology: fix all the issues that have been raised about Kettlewell’s research… Read More »
I’ve just come inside from watching the lunar eclipse. It was approaching totality as my sightline dropped below the treeline. I did have the telescope and camera out, but I don’t know yet whether I’ve got anything usable. I’ll put something up later if so. Those night owls or early risers in the western USA,… Read More »
Back when I was, oh, about ten years old, my parents got me a telescope for Christmas. It was a 60mm Tasco refractor with a zooming eyepiece and a tripod with one of those U-mounts for the telescope itself. This was fine for my astronomical endeavors at the time, checking out the moon, seeing (barely)… Read More »
I received a copy of an open letter from Peter Irons to Stuart Pivar concerning the Pivar v. SMG and Myers defamation lawsuit. It sounds like Pivar has opened himself up to significant liability by pursuing the lawsuit. Dear Mr. Pivar: I don’t know if this is a current email address for you; I obtained… Read More »
State board members oppose teaching intelligent design in schools | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle 10 of the 15 Texas state board of education members told the Houston Chronicle that they did not favor requiring “intelligent design” in science classes. That sounds good, but there are a couple of problems. First off, there’s the “requiring” language.… Read More »
In 2003, we went out for a walk with Rusty, Beater, and Biter at Tierra Santa near San Diego. Fuji S2 Pro, Nikkor G 70-300mm lens.
Over at Seed Media’s Scienceblogs, PZ Myers of the immensely popular Pharyngula weblog has been named as a defendant with Seed Media in a libel lawsuit brought by Stuart Pivar, a New York art collector and author. Pivar wrote books stating his ideas about biological development; Myers, a developmental biologist, wrote scathing reviews of those… Read More »
Whale beached in Galveston fighting to stay alive | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network has a live stranding once again, this time a dwarf sperm whale calf. Both the mother and calf came ashore as a tropical storm hit Galveston on Saturday, but the mother died. Diane and I did… Read More »
Here’s a falcon on a block perch in the weathering yard at the 2001 California Hawking Club meet in Bakersfield. Canon Pro 90 IS camera used here. This was one of the second generation super-zoom compact digital cameras, featuring image stabilization and 2.6 megapixels. Contrast touched up in Corel PhotoPaint.
The server software is being upgraded, and my weblog doesn’t like it. Photopress is the most notable casualty among the plugins. Since most of the photos I’ve posted here have been entered via Photopress, that means most of the photos now have silently disappeared. I’ll be working on this, but a few other things still… Read More »
While Diane is visiting her parents in Florida, I’m taking care of the various critters. After I finished the rounds this evening, I took a walk down to the pond. The day has been overcast, and we got some sprinkled rain earlier. Down where we had sand put in next to the dock, I could… Read More »
I’m going to describe an atomic theory of antievolution. Antievolution, I assert, is comprised of a large number of elemental arguments. The set of arguments can be arranged and deployed in a number of different ways, just as chemical compounds can be described in terms of atomic constituents. In the beginning, there was naive creationism.… Read More »
Here’s another view of the mantis from a couple of weeks ago: And here is a picture taken yesterday down at the pond: I briefly saw the ducks, too; a group of about eight ducks flew off as soon as I approached the pond. The geese hung around until Diane and Ritka arrived, then decided… Read More »
Shelby comes to the glove. Notice that his feet have not quite made contact. Also, you can see from the photo that he has very long legs. It is hard to appreciate just how long a reach a Harris’s hawk has from looking at it perched somewhere. Another thing you can see is that Shelby… Read More »
Texas Freedom Network: SBOE Chair Don McLeroy The Texas Freedom Network, the pro-science folks on the ground in Texas, managed to locate and transcribe a talk given by Don McLeroy to his church back in 2005. This is relevant today because McLeroy now chairs the Texas State Board of Education. Within the talk, McLeroy goes… Read More »
Judge Limits Navy Sonar, Citing a Threat to Wildlife – New York Times The US Navy has been barred from using its mid-frequency sonar systems in naval exercises off of southern California. The Natural Resources Defense Council sought the injunction. The reporting on this issue has improved over time. It used to be that reporters… Read More »
Michael Behe made an appearance on the “Colbert Report” last night. There’s a handy YouTube video for those who weren’t able to tune in. Once you’ve seen that, go have a look at Abbie Smith’s ripping of mistakes Behe made in his book pontificating about HIV evolution.
It’s pretty easy, actually. Real humane societies and shelters are affiliated with animal welfare organizations, like the 130-year-old American Humane Association, whose mission statement reads: Mission The mission of the American Humane Association, as a network of individuals and organizations, is to prevent cruelty, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children and animals and to assure… Read More »
Over on “Men’s News Daily”, the “Nobody’s Opinion” column goes on and on interminably about how falconry is practiced by the rich and “environmental nut” control freaks. It takes a while to find what has set off this guy, but eventually he gets around to it: Bobby Kennedy I was reading today…absolutely loves this sport.… Read More »