1. says

    From Paul Krugman’s Monday NYT column :

    “So the right-wing coalition is showing signs of coming apart. It seems that we’re not in Kansas anymore. In fact, Kansas itself doesn’t seem to be in Kansas anymore. Kathleen Sebelius, the state’s Democratic governor, has achieved a sky-high favorability rating by focusing on good governance rather than culture wars, and her party believes it will win big this year.

    And nine former Kansas Republicans, including Mark Parkinson, the former state G.O.P. chairman, are now running for state office as Democrats. Why did Mr. Parkinson change parties? Because he “got tired of the theological debate over whether Charles Darwin was right.” “

  2. says

    Krugman was probably referring to this Salon story

    Parkinson, the chairman of the Kansas Republican Party from 1999 to 2003, was planning to come out of the closet that Wednesday — as a Democrat. At the request of incumbent Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, Parkinson would be switching his party registration and running as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

    “There’s been a long series of Republican infighting over issues that do not affect people’s daily lives,” Parkinson explains. “I’m 49. I got tired of fighting about whether Charles Darwin was right when I was 14 or 15. I’m not spending the rest of my life on that issue.”

  3. says

    Have you seen the Moon capture theory?

    Basically, the idea is this: 600 million years ago, God tore the Moon up from Mercury and directed it to Earth’s route in order to help the intelligent life it would design a few hundred million years later.

    It’s that ridiculous.

  4. bernarda says

    Here is an example of “useless” research which seems to have become useful.

    “There’s another kind of important little ending that is why I bring this up. The attitude towards biology research in this country is: “What can it do for me?” That is what NIH wants to know when it funds a grant, that is what Congress wants to know when they fund NIH, and that is what taxpayers want to know when they elect their Congressman. “I’m paying for this research, what disease are you going to cure?” Here’s how the Times described the discovery of telomerase:

    Telomerase is an enzyme that replenishes the tips of chromosomes. Discovery of the enzyme emerged after Dr. Gall and Dr. Blackburn studied two organisms, a pond-dwelling parasite and baker’s yeast. The scientists were driven by curiosity, not because they thought their research was related to human disease, said Dr. Goldstein, who works at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

    In fact, Blackburn told me once that when she entered the field no one thought it was interesting. She was not setting out to cure cancer or to learn to make cells divide forever, like stem cells. She just had a simple question — if a chromosome gets shorter every time it’s replicated, what happens to the ends? — and she and several others have been able, in just a couple of decades of very successful experiments, to get a pretty good answer to that question. It turns out that little ending provided the foundation for tremendous advances in medical fields.”

  5. 386sx says

    Intelligent design does not deny that there is randomness in the world,” Behe told about 120 doctors, scientists, parents and students who attended Saturday’s three-hour discussion of “Darwin or Design?” at the Radisson Hotel. “It says not everything in biology is a result of chance and accidents.”

    They just keep going… and going… and going…

    By the way, I wonder what he means by “It says not everything in biology is a result of chance and accidents.” Hmm, I don’t know.

    Yours In “Poof”,