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The Morning Grumpy – 11/1/12

1 Nov

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1. As an atheist, I find all religion to be bizarre in some way and I typically keep my opinions on the matter of people’s faith to myself. However, this video of mormon temple rituals is beyond the pale.

Andrew Sullivan neatly summarizes why Romney’s mormonism is a non-starter for a sizable number of born again christians. It won’t matter in many of the deep red states where Romney’s Republican enrollment advantage guarantees victory, but in swing states (OH, NC, VA, FL) where there are many deeply red rural and christianist counties, Romney’s faith could have a depressive effect on turnout.

2. In WNY, we were spared any serious damage from Hurricane Sandy, but we like to be prepared for the worst, right? I know I do. Which is why this list of emergency gear from WireCutter has me buying some new supplies. Years ago, you only needed to have a lantern, some beer, and some batteries for your flashlights/transistor radios to ride out a storm. Now? You need to be able to charge cell phones, computers, and other “essential” gadgets and that can be tough when the power is out for a few days.  I’ve already bought the power inverter for my car and the crank battery charger.

3. Does the the mere act of watching television make us more passive and accepting of authority? New evidence suggests that it does.

In a truly democratic society, one is gaining knowledge directly through one’s own experience with the world, not through the filter of an authority or what Mander calls a mediated experience. TV-dominated people ultimately accept others’ mediated version of the world rather than discovering their own version based on their own experiences.

Add in the time we spend online and playing with our smartphones and tablets and we start reaching epidemic levels of passivity.

4. Here’s a list of the nine most anti-science candidates for elected office in America. The crazy here is at a very serious level.

The candidate: Rep. Paul Broun (R, GA)

The race: Republican candidate for US Representative of Georgia’s 10th congressional district (incumbent)

The issues: Evolution, astronomy, geology

Why he makes the list: It’s pretty easy to figure out where Broun stands on the whole evolution issue. He said recently that “all that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang Theory—all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.” Broun also thinks there is a scientific plot to hide the true age of Earth, which he believes is “9,000 years old.” He serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Men rode on dinosaurs and fossils are just things God put in place to test our faith.

5. Politifact rounds up all of Mitt Romney’s statements, ads, and claims that have been designated as “Pants On Fire” lies. What does a “Pants On Fire” lie mean? The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim.

Notice how many of these claims are still central to Romney’s campaign, absolutely disgusting.

Fact Of The Day: There is a theory that states that our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe. And that all the black holes found so far in our universe may be doorways into alternate realities. Boom, mind blown.

Quote Of The Day: “Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.” – Jimmy Carter

Springsteen Of The Day: “Thundercrack” – Live at the Ahmanson Theater in LA  in 1973, Bruce opened for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.

Song Of The Day: “Crackity Jones” – The Pixies

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