News Briefs 20-10-2005

Begin that slide into the weekend a bit early with TDG news.

  • The tracks of a previously unknown, two-legged swimming dinosaur have been identified along the shoreline of an ancient inland sea that covered Wyoming 165 million years ago.
  • Been there, done that. A small early Chinese dinosaur called Microraptor gui used a two-level, biplane wing configuration to fly from tree to tree in the early Cretaceous.
  • Pompeii’s ruins rise to tell tale of horror.
  • Astonishing ruins lurk in the dense rain forest of Guatemala.
  • An ophthalmologist will examine the windows to the souls of ancient Chilean mummies.
  • Peru’s Nazca lines are being threatened by scribblers and squatters.
  • Go check your storage room. A 5,000-year-old treasure has been rediscovered in a library storage room.
  • A fugitive rat outsmarts pursuers for 4-months, evaded traps, baits and sniffer dogs, then swims across 400-meters of open sea as it evades capture by chasing New Zealand scientists. Savor the mental image we just created.
  • Cats may be allergic to humans. That’s fair.
  • Tuberculosis and infertility may have influenced George Orwell’s gloomy visions of the future.
  • U. S. lawmakers are urging the Bush administration to resist a push from other countries to shift control of the Internet to the United Nations.
  • Forced underground, cold fusion research lives on as a cult, certain that Dick Cheney and Big Oil are thwarting their efforts.
  • What UK garden would be complete this Halloween without Baby’s Toes, Blood Lily, Devil’s Fig, and other spooky plants?
  • The EU and the US: a declaration of interdependence.
  • Newfound undersea rocks explode when hauled to the surface and could hold a treasure trove of information about Earth’s insides. They’re great for parties, too.
  • The Intelligent Designer could be someone other than God. The plot thickens.
  • There’s a $1-million bounty for evidence leading to the live capture of Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman or the Loch Ness Monster. Hey, just kidding.
  • The U.S.-European Cassini spacecraft reveals Saturn’s grayish moon Dione, a mature, frigid world with hints of tectonic activity.
  • An attempt by scientists to raise the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) by some 10 kilometers (six miles) failed. Stay indoors for a while.
  • Hubble takes a look at the Moon for possible mining sites.
  • Call for British astronauts.
  • Scotty’s going to ride a rocket to the final frontier.
  • We live in a big galaxy with billions of stars. So, where is everybody?

Quote of the Day

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

President Dwight David Eisenhower

    1. Hi earthling
      You been away?
      I missed you.

      I think you are more or less right in what you say.My idea of Intelligent Design constitutes a design without an entity.Now that’s a difficult concept to get ahold of.


    2. Alternatives
      Hi Lee,

      Although I agree with you about the intent, I think this testimony opened the door wide enough for Zecharia Sitchin, Erich Von Daniken, Lloyd Pye, or even the mutterings of Edgar Cayce to slip through. This trial could be a lot more fun if they were to subpoena Sitchin, Von Daniken, Pye, or someone from ARE and discuss alternative concepts of human origins. Their testimonies would probably shock fundamentalists and scientists alike. It would be fun to watch.


    3. Darwinism VS Intelligent Design
      It would seem to me they were unwise to not call their concept ‘Evolution’ and have it more directly compete with Darwinism.

      For one, refusing the principle of evolution seems just plain silly.

      Secondly, evolution as it has been presented does have flaws. What is needed is a better theory, not an anti-theory.

      Evolution could not be the result of chance, random mutations. These mutations must be directed by a degree of consciousness that already exists at the cellular level, even if it is not the kind of consciousness that we recognize via our own impression of ourselves.

      That would better explain why complex organs can appear while having such popping out of nowhere ‘by chance’ and randomly is far fetched, especially in view of the number of complex components that all must be perfectly attuned to each other and the overal system to have a functional entity.

      The problem they are facing is that they have started with the necessity of a designer and bypassed the possibility that matter and eventually organic compounds may already have a degree of consciousness that allows it to ‘self-organize’.

      Once this established, it would have been easier to go that step further.

    4. On the front lines…
      Hello all,
      While to a certain degree I think the idea of Intellegent Design does hold some weight I would have to agree with what Lee said.

      I live here in Dover and my oldest is in High School. Unforunately the school board is using ID as a front for Creationism. The former head of the school board said as much when he proposed the whole idea.
      It caused quite a stir and as a result of the shcool board’s “my way or the highway” approach three board members quit because they opposed what the board was doing.

      Whether the Dover school board wins or the ACLU wins unfortunately it will be us citizens here in Dover that will have to pick up the tab for this fiasco.

      1. That is the problem
        And I am certain that creationists are more than happy to use that carriage while keeping low. Likewise, politicians have been hiding within the Religious form and thieves behind capitalism and all other system forms.

        Honesty is unfortunately not universal and certainly not integral.

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