Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oldest Piece Of Earth Found Near Perth, Australia

Scientists have discovered the oldest known piece of Earth—a crystal estimated to be 4.4 billion years old. A relatively new dating technology was used to estimate the age of the zircon crystal found north of Perth. The ratio of oxygen isotopes within the crystal indicates that the Earth of 4.4 billion years ago may have cooled much sooner than had been previously suspected. This might also mean that crust formed and condensed steam may have allowed for ocean waters—and possibly life. If life appeared just 200 million years after the Earth came into existence, this would be a stunning new finding.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Greatest Monty Python Bit Ever: 'The Romans'

Doomsday Wacko Camping Is Finally Right

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His ludicrous rantings back in 2011 turned into a cable news frenzy. Harold Camping, a completely loony radio evangelist, predicted that the world would end on May 21, 2011. When the universe didn't go boom that day, he amended the doomsday forecast to October 21st (apparently he was previously working on Moonbat Central Time). He also had previously predicted Armageddon on May 21, 1988. Anyway, Camping died at the age of 92 on Sunday—so his forecast finally came true (for him, anyway). Camping was a sad, pathetic man—but we should mourn any death. Let's hope his spectacular doomsday failures will finally convince his "followers" that the rapture just ain't happenin'.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pope Uses 50,000 Words To Trash Capitalism

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It's too bad that Pope Francis doesn't follow the writing advice of the late Elmore Leonard. Essentially, the great author of such masterpieces as "Rum Punch" and "Get Shorty" used to tell aspiring writers to keep it pithy. The Pope, however, went on a 50,000 word collectivist rampage ('Evangelii Gaudium') recently that basically blamed "unfettered" capitalism for every ill on Earth. Here's part of His Holiness' screed: "Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacra­lized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile the excluded are still waiting." In fact, capitalism (particularly America's variant of it) has been responsible for more human happiness than any other economic system in history—or any religion for that matter. In a way, the Pope's statement is a good thing. It reminds us that for all the PR the new pontiff spun out over the last several months, he's nothing more than another theist bully.