A little bird told me that today is PZ Myers‘ birthday and instigated a little blog birthday party for him among various science bloggers. I wondered how I might send my wishes to him for a happy birthday or whom I might invite. Then it came to me. There was only one entity, one creature appropriate to the task, one being who hasn’t been heard from on this blog in a while. Indeed, he hasn’t been heard from since I made the move to ScienceBlogs. Yes, you have to look below the fold to see it:
After all the violence and controversy over the Danish cartoons about the Prophet Mohammed, why is nobody protesting this real blasphemy?
I’m a bit burned out from spending far more time than they deserve debunking the Geiers’ bad science and even worse statistics; so today’s blogging will tend towards lighter fare (and shorter posts). One thing I found recently via PharmaGossip is some rather compelling evidence in support of global warming. Just check below the fold.
So, what do you do when those pesky scientific facts won’t line up with your beliefs, be they beliefs that evolution doesn’t explain the diversity of life, that mercury causes autism, that global warming isn’t happening, or whatever your faith-based scientific belief might be? Click on the image, and White House Situational Science Advisor tells you exactly how to avoid such annoying conflicts. Best quote: “Situational science is about respecting both sides of a scientific argument, not just the one supported by facts.” Heh.
Although the images used are a bit out of date (for one thing, that looks like a first generation iPod on the box), this video is spot on hilarious. Pray this never happens…
Nonmedical people always seem to have a conception of surgery as being a particularly glamorous profession. So did I to some extent before I entered medical school, although my surgical rotations quickly disabused me of that impression. Somehow, working from 5 AM to 11 PM every day and several hours each day on the weekends, combined with the grunt work that had to be done, just didn’t seem as all those medical shows. All one has to do is to spend a night in the emergency room draining perirectal abscesses to know how unglamorous surgery can be. Not that it …
Sent via e-mail: Paris Hilton prepares for Mother Theresa role. I almost choked on my ice tea when I read that. Please tell me this is a sick joke. It sure sounds like one, and certainly the source doesn’t look particularly reliable. Even so… (OK, OK, I know. Enough with the fluff. I’ll start posting more about medicine–surgery, actually– tomorrow and science after that.)
I’ve always kind of liked Spongebob Squarepants, although I had always wondered about his relationship with Patrick Star. Here’s evidence that my suspicions may have been correct.
Today, while I’m making fun of anti-Semitic idiocy coming out of Iran, perhaps I should stop being so upset over the free speech infringement that I’ve railed about regarding David Irving’s three year sentence for Holocaust denial in Austria. It turns out that he isn’t really in prison, and his name isn’t even David Irving. (Hat tip to Andrew Mathis!)
You can’t make stuff like this up. You really can’t. Did you know that Tom and Jerry are in reality a clever secret nefarious plot by the Jews? That’s what Professor Hassan Bolkhari, who teaches philosophy of art at Tabatabaei and Al-Zahra Universities in Iran and is a member of the Film Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran and a cultural advisor to the Iranian Education Ministry, asserts (if you understand the language, feel free to check out the original video here):