The inconvenient truth

“Allow me for one to say that I am sick of the ‘Christians are anti-science’ bullshit that the left loves to harp on while giving the environmental movement a free pass. You will notice, if you are honest, that the areas where even the most fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible conflict with modern scientific work are in areas that Christians have an ethical objection to the way that life is manipulated or ended or in how things came to be on some level. The environmental movement on the other hand is generally wildly antagonistic to everything from GM foods to many promising alternative energy sources to nanotechnology.” Slashdot comment by MikeRT

Testing your skills

“When Salar Abdul-Baki won one of the 20 weekly prizes in Microsoft’s Xbox Live Plug-in & Win contest last week, he wasn’t home free. Like all winners who live in Canada, the 17-year-old resident of Mississauga, Ontario, had to answer a math question to claim his prize. The question — ostensibly a test of the winner’s mathematical skills — was typical of today’s Canadian product sweepstakes: Multiply 90 by 2, divide by 6 and multiply by 12… In reality, the test is a hack of Canada’s legal code by the promotions business. Canadian anti-gambling law makes it illegal to sell chances to win a prize, so promoters always offer a free method of entering each contest, and task every winner with a skill-testing question. By doing the latter, they argue, the game is no longer one merely of chance but a contest requiring some skill.” Robert Lemos, Wired News

Gnarled

“They’re criticizing a guy who can’t run again, who can’t get fired. So they spent the last two years criticizing him instead of saying, ‘Some things aren’t right. This is our game plan.’ And now we’re two years away from the election, and we have no solutions and no front-runner.” Former NBA MVP Charles Barkley, on Democrats who have concentrated too much on President Bush

The inconvenient truth

“Gore’s circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention.” Professor Bob Carter of the Marine Geophysical Laboratory at James Cook University, on Al Gore’s warnings of climate catastrophe in his film “An Inconvenient Truth”

Al Gore

Global warming… it’s the Sun that’s to blame

“Global warming - at least the modern nightmare version - is a myth. I am sure of it and so are a growing number of scientists. But what is really worrying is that the world’s politicians and policy-makers are not. Instead, they have an unshakeable faith in what has, unfortunately, become one of the central credos of the environmental movement: humans burn fossil fuels, which release increased levels of carbon dioxide - the principal so-called greenhouse gas - into the atmosphere, causing the atmosphere to heat up. They say this is global warming: I say this is poppycock.” Conservationist David Bellamy

This debate is a hoax

“‘Anytime you say you want to have a debate about military prisons, secret interrogations, or the general reduction of freedom in the name of public safety and security, you’re coming down against it. The very idea of debating in order to decide which is right takes the side that democratic processes and freedoms are more important than strict safety and security…” menace3society, on Marvel Comic’s Civil War, a storyline that debates homeland security and tighter government controls in the name of public safety.

Civil War

Harper doesn’t eat babies

“I worked with Stephen Harper for five years and never once did he in that time eat a baby.” Gerry Nicholls, vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

A Jewish vocalist drawn to gospel

“The Christian thing freaks out my Jewish friends, who know me as a know-it-all, self-educated Marxist intellectual with leftist tendencies. My response to them is that throughout history, potent political force comes when spiritual fervour is mixed with the struggle for social justice. That’s the essence of Jewish and African-American traditional music. This is a dark time in human history. In the face of fear and oppression we can find joy in spiritual music. It reaches for transcendence. It’s about trying to break out of the present and reaching a universal place.” Jewish vocalist David Wall, on singing traditional gospel music

Horrific mass slaughter

“What I find ‘horrific’ about your country is the daily killing of innocent people in Iraq, the execution of mainly black prisoners in U.S., the massive sale of guns to U.S. citizens every day, the destabilization of the whole world by the aggressive foreign policy of U.S. government, etc.” Senator Celine Hervieux-Payette, in reponse to an American family considering cancelling a vacation because they are opposed to Canada’s “horrific” annual seal hunt

Anarchy and fascism

“As far I’m concerned, the two poles of politics were not Left Wing or Right Wing. In fact they’re just two ways of ordering an industrial society and we’re fast moving beyond the industrial societies of the 19th and 20th centuries. It seemed to me the two more absolute extremes were anarchy and fascism. This was one of the things I objected to in the recent film, where it seems to be, from the script that I read, sort of recasting it as current American neo-conservatism vs. current American liberalism. There wasn’t a mention of anarchy as far as I could see. The fascism had been completely defanged.” Writer Alan Moore, on the V for Vendetta movie

V for Vendetta