PBS has the 2013 documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali up on its website for around the next 2 weeks. It’s set to expire on May 5, 2014.

I watched it last Sunday night on the local PBS station. It was really interesting, especially with all the archive footage it shows.

Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans
April 21, 2014.
WASHINGTON (AP) — While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.
Yet when it comes to smoking causing cancer or that a genetic code determines who we are, the doubts disappear.
When considering concepts scientists consider truths, Americans have more skepticism than confidence in those that are farther away from our bodies in scope and time: global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and especially the Big Bang from 13.8 billion years ago.
Rather than quizzing scientific knowledge, the survey asked people to rate their confidence in several statements about science and medicine.
On some, there’s broad acceptance. Just 4 percent doubt that smoking causes cancer, 6 percent question whether mental illness is a medical condition that affects the brain and 8 percent are skeptical there’s a genetic code inside our cells. More — 15 percent — have doubts about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines.
About 4 in 10 say they are not too confident or outright disbelieve that the earth is warming, mostly a result of man-made heat-trapping gases, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old or that life on Earth evolved through a process of natural selection, though most were at least somewhat confident in each of those concepts. But a narrow majority — 51 percent — questions the Big Bang theory.
Those results depress and upset some of America’s top scientists, including several Nobel Prize winners, who vouched for the science in the statements tested, calling them settled scientific facts.
"Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts," said 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine winner Randy Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley.
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Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

April 21, 2014.

WASHINGTON (AP) — While scientists believe the universe began with a Big Bang, most Americans put a big question mark on the concept, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

Yet when it comes to smoking causing cancer or that a genetic code determines who we are, the doubts disappear.

When considering concepts scientists consider truths, Americans have more skepticism than confidence in those that are farther away from our bodies in scope and time: global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and especially the Big Bang from 13.8 billion years ago.

Rather than quizzing scientific knowledge, the survey asked people to rate their confidence in several statements about science and medicine.

On some, there’s broad acceptance. Just 4 percent doubt that smoking causes cancer, 6 percent question whether mental illness is a medical condition that affects the brain and 8 percent are skeptical there’s a genetic code inside our cells. More — 15 percent — have doubts about the safety and efficacy of childhood vaccines.

About 4 in 10 say they are not too confident or outright disbelieve that the earth is warming, mostly a result of man-made heat-trapping gases, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old or that life on Earth evolved through a process of natural selection, though most were at least somewhat confident in each of those concepts. But a narrow majority — 51 percent — questions the Big Bang theory.

Those results depress and upset some of America’s top scientists, including several Nobel Prize winners, who vouched for the science in the statements tested, calling them settled scientific facts.

"Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts," said 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine winner Randy Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley.

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A question for my followers

I’m thinking about buying some books & DVDs.

So I was wondering: Do you all have any recommendations?

It’s not that I couldn’t make my own long list of things to get….But I’m interested in what else might be out there that I don’t know about.

So please send them to my ask box, and I’ll at least look into them. Thanks!

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Demonstrators destroy the banner of a bank during the protest. Juan Barreto / AFP / Getty Images. (Caracas, Venezuela. April 20, 2014). (Source)

Here are some “peaceful” opposition protesters vandalizing a bank in Caracas.

Demonstrators destroy the banner of a bank during the protest. Juan Barreto / AFP / Getty Images. (Caracas, Venezuela. April 20, 2014). (Source)

Here are some “peaceful” opposition protesters vandalizing a bank in Caracas.


Anti-government protesters burn an effigy of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, part of a rally to demand the “resurrection” of Venezuelan democracy. Jorge Silva / Reuters. (Source)

Here’s an example of what happens during Venezuela’s so-called “peaceful” protests. How disgusting.

Anti-government protesters burn an effigy of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, part of a rally to demand the “resurrection” of Venezuelan democracy. Jorge Silva / Reuters. (Source)

Here’s an example of what happens during Venezuela’s so-called “peaceful” protests. How disgusting.

Boy Scouts revokes group charter over gay leader
The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a scouting group at a church in the US state of Washington after learning its leader is gay.
Geoff McGrath was ejected from the scouts last month and the group’s charter was revoked on 17 April.
The Boy Scouts voted last year to allow gay boys within their ranks but barred gay men from adult leadership roles.
The Reverend Monica Corsaro of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church said she hoped the Scouts would reconsider.
"I would really like them to honour their own bylaws, to respect the religious beliefs of their chartering partners," she told the BBC. "Our religious beliefs include being accepting of all people."
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Boy Scouts revokes group charter over gay leader

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a scouting group at a church in the US state of Washington after learning its leader is gay.

Geoff McGrath was ejected from the scouts last month and the group’s charter was revoked on 17 April.

The Boy Scouts voted last year to allow gay boys within their ranks but barred gay men from adult leadership roles.

The Reverend Monica Corsaro of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church said she hoped the Scouts would reconsider.

"I would really like them to honour their own bylaws, to respect the religious beliefs of their chartering partners," she told the BBC. "Our religious beliefs include being accepting of all people."

(Read more)

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Should I or should I not get an OKC account…

Fuck that Thomas guy’s passive aggressive, backhanded bullshit insult. OKC is just a fast way to get dates in an age that depends on technology for social interaction. Try it out, tons of people will message you…

Sorry if I offended you gay-bondage69…wasn’t trying to insult anyone either. I don’t really know a whole lot about OkCupid except that it’s a dating site.

But yeah, it can probably be used for general social networking as well. Go for it Lujaite! (8

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hellyeahfernando:

while people are out celebrating easter, we are watching formula 1.

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The world could be ending and we would still be watching Formula 1

*earthquake happening*

as longs as the electric power remains still I’m gonna stay here watching the race thanks

I kept up with an F1 race entirely on Timing & Scoring once because the power (and the cable TV along with it) were knocked out during a hurricane. lol.

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Four years after the BP disaster, experts say it could happen again

Four years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers and spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, experts are warning that similar disasters could happen again.
They say government regulations and companies’ safety cultures have not kept pace with increases in global offshore oil production and rapid changes in the technology used to capture that oil. Without more regulations and changes at the top of multinational corporations, experts believe that another disaster like the Deepwater Horizon explosion is imminent.

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aljazeeraamerica:

Four years after the BP disaster, experts say it could happen again

Four years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers and spewing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, experts are warning that similar disasters could happen again.

They say government regulations and companies’ safety cultures have not kept pace with increases in global offshore oil production and rapid changes in the technology used to capture that oil. Without more regulations and changes at the top of multinational corporations, experts believe that another disaster like the Deepwater Horizon explosion is imminent.

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