Ted and The Dildo

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In 2008, Ted Cruz tried to ban the sale of sex toys in Texas. This was his rationale:

“There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.” – Ted Cruz

How the hell could you enforce this kind of law? Force everyone to be chemically castrated and have to apply for permission from the government to in order to have sexual feelings? What a nutcase.

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Rubio 3000 Malfunction

During the last Republican debate, the Marco Rubio unit has a series of malfunctions. This particular model has been malfunctioning lately, repeating the same talking points over and over. Take a look at the source code (in the comments to the article in Jezebel). But I think there is an error in the speculation about the source code that runs the Rubio 3000. Looking at the behavior of the unit, this is probably what is actually running:

while(active) {
    if(under_attack) {
       run(focus_shift_protocol)
       run(scripted_answer)
       run(bash_obama)
    }
    else if (questioned) {
       run(scripted_answer)
       run(bash_obama)
    }
    else {
       run(talking_point)
       run(scripted_answer)
       run(bash_obama)
    }
}

See the problem with the source code, the unit keeps repeating the same set of scripted answers and keeps running the same bash_obama routine. Perhaps the scriped_answer and bash_obama functions need a random input to prompt a varied output, instead of the same outputs over and over. Here is a much better version of the subroutine, perhaps the maintenance staff can update the Rubio 3000 with the following:

while(active) {
    random_answer = random()
    random_bash = random()
    if(under_attack) {
       run(focus_shift_protocol)
       run(scripted_answer(random_answer))
       run(bash_obama(random_bash))
    }
    else if (questioned) {
       run(scripted_answer(random_answer))
       run(bash_obama(random_bash))
    }
    else {
       run(talking_point)
       run(scripted_answer(random_answer))
       run(bash_obama(random(bash))
    }
}

See, much better.

Rapture Ready Local Mom

A local woman tried to kill her two daughters and herself because she thought that the “Tribulation” was starting. Perhaps someone should ask these people if this is the message they really mean to tell people.

We visited family in Louisiana at the end of last year and ran across two signs along Interstate 10. One sign was located in Orange, Texas and the other near Laccasine, Louisiana. The WeCanKnow people have a donation link on their web page. Why? If the world is ending, why do they need donations? I hope the the people who follow them (like this mom) don’t try to end their lives and those of their families before this date.

Expelled Reviews are in from SciAm

Well the reviews from Scientific American for the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, are located here and they are not exactly flattering. John Rennie says in his review:

The most conspicuous absence from the movie, however—and you would think it was impossible in a movie about evolution and ID—is any real science. Anyone looking for scientific reasons or even detailed arguments for why scientists maintained either position would go away unsatisfied. A half hour or so passes before anyone in the film offers even simplistic definitions for evolution and ID. Nor is there any discussion of evolution’s accomplishments in illuminating the history of life and problems in fields as diverse as medicine and astrophysics, and its applications to technology such as combinatorial chemistry.

Instead, various Discovery Institute fellows intone that evolution is a “slippery,” hard-to-pin-down theory. No such criticism is made of ID, a notion which firmly states that at one or more unspecified times in the past, an unidentified designer who might or might not be God somehow created whole organisms, or maybe just cells, or maybe just certain parts of cells—they’re still deciding and will get back to you on that.

The creationists who have produced Expelled are really against all of science, not only biology and evolution. They are only attacking evolution right now because it directly conflicts with their 6000 year old earth. They are also starting to attack the other hard sciences as well. Astronomy and cosmology also show an old universe and earth which directly conflict with the creationist literal biblical view. The crew at Scientific American bring this up with a conversation with the weaselly Mark Mathis after a private showing of Expelled.

Science Talk and Skepticality (Epsiode 074) also interview some of the scientists tricked into interviews by the Expelled producers. Michael Shermer is also unflattering in his review. I love the story Shermer tells in the Skepticality interview. During the interview, Ben Stein abruptly leaves and goes out to pout in his car for a half hour. Shermer asks the other interviewer “Is Stein out there snorting a line of coke or something?” Apparently, Stein and company were making a practice of behaving rudely in order to get a rude response from the scientists to put on film.

Over at Richard Dawkins site, there is a discussion of their experience at the Expelled showing at the Mall of America. And PZ Myers has an ongoing series of posts at Pharyngula. What’s nice and extra special about all of this is the letter that Peter Irons that is posted over at Pharyngula. The Expelled producers have almost directly copied a Harvard video about cell biology with their own text and music. And it looks like they also have ripped off music for their “documentary”.

All Your Sciences Are Belong To Us

Over at Pharyngula, PZ Myers has been discussing how the anti-science cranks have been trying to revise as many sciences as they can or seem to be unacceptable to them.

You’ve got to appreciate an honest kook. He knows that, in order to support biblical creationism, it’s not enough to critique biology — you’ve got to get right down to the roots and revise all of physics, chemistry, geology, and astronomy to take down the perfidious lies of the League of Scientists.

Oh and over at Good Math, Bad Math Mark Chu-Carroll has come across nutcases who think that Math will drive one to godlessness. I’ve not seen this before.

After seeing my recent post about a relativity denier, a reader sent me a link to another extremely amusing anti-relativity site. (In fact, I’ve received a bunch of links to anti-relativity sites; I’m only posting the most amusing ones.) This one has several particularly amusing properties, but from my point of view what makes it such a great target is that it uses the mathematical precision of relativity as part of its argument against it. You see, math is ultimately the basis of a grand anti-religious conspiracy to replace god with randomness and evolution!

All right, now you’re talking. I didn’t get a degree in Applied Math for nothing. Now, I can apply my evil math skills to bring across the innocent godly youth and have them worshiping at the bloody altar of calculus and optimization theory. Soon, we will overtake all of society. All will be praising the glories of complex analysis as they chant. All hail pi and e. All hail our evolved master Cthulhu, Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. Let us glory in his holy randomness.

What really tops this, was the license plate I saw one the way home from work today. It said BLYND and the surrounding plate holder had a bible verse about ignoring what you see, but using faith instead. This attitude is why some people prefer to remain in a world wholly of their own devising, totally ignoring the reality that surrounds them.

Update:

Looks like The Count has been corrupted by the evil maths. Courtesy of Cectic, hat tip to Hement Mehta of Friendly Atheist.