"the South Dakota House of Representatives passed a resolution to "urge" public schools to teach astrology. By a 36-30 vote, the legislators passed House Concurrent Resolution 1009, "Calling for balanced teaching of global warming in the public schools of South Dakota."
They further legislate that: "there are a variety of climatological, meteorogical, astrological, thermological, cosmological and ecological dynamics that can effect (sic) world weather phenomena.
I went to school in South Dakota - in 8th grade I took Space Science, and in 10th I took Advanced Biology, which is where I learned about Evolution!! We had Sex Education at school AND at church! How things have changed in four decades! (I think it's called De-Evolution.)
Energy map coming off Chile - entire Pacific Coast is under warning - sirens sounding across Hawaiian islands - it's a 400 mile long fault off Chile, normally 40 miles for quakes. Hawaii is due for some big waves. (1st graphic from NOAA, 2nd from der Spiegel, 3rd from a French geology book, 4th from US Geologic survey) The Pacific Plate is huge! The Chilean earthquake is 100x stronger than Haiti's, since it measured on a logarithmic scale. 1/4 of the globe is under tsunami warning.
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More intelligent people are more likely to exhibit social values and religious and political preferences that are novel to the human species in evolutionary history. Specifically, liberalism and atheism, and for men (but not women), preference for sexual exclusivity correlate with higher intelligence.
Wow - let's pick that apart now! It's a study published in Social Psychology Quarterly, March 2010.ears." If you read the fine print (and there is lots), down at the bottom, it says that the more intelligent people also value family, marriage, children and friends. They aren't freaks. The scientists conclude that the novel ideas of the intelligent may be adaptive for survival. Nonmonogamy isn't a novel idea for men, but for women - so that may explain the discrepant findings by gender on that issue.
The White House has hung out with Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists so now it's time to hear what nonbelievers have to say. This is in the spirit of religious tolerance that this country was founded on. (The President is a Christian.) Secular humanists will be represented at a morning meeting at the Eisenhower Building. They will discuss child medical neglect, military proselytizing and faith-based inititiatives. The coalition meeting there has a board that includes Salman Rushdie and Christopher Hitchens. It is a lobby group.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found in 2008 that 52% of Americans think that churches should stay out of politics. In 1996, the figure was 54%. 75% of Americans attend religious services at least some time during a year. Americans told Pew that the Republicans seemed friendlier toward religion but that Obama seemed more religion-friendly than most Democrats. He did include "nonbelievers" in his inaugural address. (I was standing right there.)
Obama: "Would you be satisfied if every member of Congress just had catastrophic care - you think we'd be better health care purchasers?"
Barrasso: "I think actually we would ... We'd really focus on it. We'd have more, as you say, skin in the game. And especially if they had a savings account - a health savings account - they could put their money into that, and they'd be spending the money out of that."
Obama: "Would you feel the same way if you were making $40,000. Or if that was your income? Because that's the reality for a lot of folks."