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by Mentarch … 23:20 EDT

(The following constitutes the last part of a short three-part series on evolution)

So far, I have endeavored to disassemble two of the favorite (non)arguments of fundamentalists and denialists against the reality of the process of evolution – namely, A) that humans have remained essentially unchanged since Creation; and B) that the science underlying evolution is wrong/invalid.

Mind you – notwithstanding that I so endeavored by using a tongue-in-cheek-with-a-wink approach, the facts provided in these two previous entries of mine remain soundly grounded in reality and scientific accuracy (taking into account that I have to vulgarize the science at the same time).

It is therefore with the same approach that I intend today to disassemble a third favorite myth of the fundamentalists and denialists typically used in their (intellectual sloth-driven and ignorance-based) attempt at “disproving” evolution: there is no randomness and no natural selection in life.

Now, I’ve already discussed one recent example of random mutations followed by selection so as to provide an evolutionary advantage in humans – therefore, I will not dwell again on this.

Rather, I will focus on randomness. To whit (one zany example among so many – emphasis mine):

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Evening Jukebox… Hard Times Come Easy

by- Suzie-Q @ 8:03 PM MST
Richie Sambora – Hard Times Come Easy

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by GEF @ 8:05 PM EDT

Our Leaders are Blackmailed. Our Democracy Subverted, Our Courts and the Justice Dept is made a Mockery of. Now the Final Treason is being put together in order to Subvert our National Sovereignty! Are you ready to live in the Third world version of the USA?!
It’s almost here! – GEF

ILLEGALS/NORTH AMERICAN UNION:
A HOT SUMMER COMING

By: Devvy
June 11, 2007

© 2007 – NewsWithViews.com

“The true barriers of our liberty in this country are our State governments; and the wisest conservative power ever contrived by man is that of which our Revolution and present government found us possessed.” –Thomas Jefferson to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy, 1811. ME 13:19

Americans who are following the rapid and calculated destruction of these sovereign united states of America are fully aware of what the North American Union means along with it’s enforcement maze deceptively titled the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.

Go See—>

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by- Mentarch … 20:00 EDT

(The following entry constitutes the second part of a short three-part series on evolution, with a tongue-in-cheek approach. Part one can be read here)

Fundamentalists and other denialists of the process of evolution are fond of arguing that it is an invalid science, seeking to undermine it with either theological, ideological or philosophical (non)arguments (three examples among so many here, here and here), or outright non-science, pseudo-science and quackery – like intelligent design or creationism science.

As I put it before: only science is science.

Interestingly, it is a truism that all scientific disciplines are related in various degrees (and I should know, considering what I do for a living – nonetheless, see these two examples here and here, in case you do not believe me). Hence, that is why the fundamentalist/denialist (non)argument that evolution science is invalid, or wrong, is the most ludicrous of them all – not only for its (ahem) fundamental fallacious nature but also for its grave implications.

Not sure? Then allow me to make a list of the scientific disciplines (and/or subdisciplines) which underlie the science of evolution:

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by GEF @ 6:00 PM EDT

HOT BUTTON ISSUES LIKE THE IRAQ WAR, THE NORTH AMERICAN UNION AND IMMIGRATION THREATENING TO SINK THE REPUBLICAN PARTY COMPLETELY BY THE NEXT ELECTION!

The Public is Clearly and Overwhelmingly against the War in Iraq and on Giving Illegals Amnesty and yet G.W. Bush is forcing his GOP party to follow his stubborn lead into Political Oblivion! – GEF


GOP senators getting visit from boss on immigration

With more Republican allies, Bush could help revive the stalled reform proposal.

WASHINGTON — For just the second time in his presidency, President Bush will travel up to Capitol Hill today to meet with Republican senators at their weekly policy luncheon — a visit designed to underscore his commitment to legislation that is increasingly important to his legacy, particularly immigration reform.

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The Bombed Bridges of Baghdad

by- Suzie-Q @ 1:19 PM MST

HuffPo

by- Larry C. Johnson

Unlike the film, The Bridges of Madison County, the bombed bridges of Baghdad are not a quaint romantic tale, but a warning sign of potential disaster for U.S. forces in Iraq. The ongoing attacks on bridges in and around Baghdad creates significant risks and logistical obstacles for U.S. forces in Iraq. In my opinion these attacks are part of deliberate strategy to create ambush chokepoints, degrade the capability of U.S. Quick Reaction Forces, and enhance the ability of insurgent forces to cut the U.S. lines of communication.

Juan Cole summarizes the latest activity:

Guerrillas blew up another bridge in Iraq on Monday, this time over the Euphrates in Diyala province. Its destruction will make drivers from northeastern Diyala who want to go to Baghdad take a route through Baquba, among the more violent cities in Iraq. Guerrillas are attempting to cause Iraqi society and government to collapse by hitting the infrastructure, and the bridge demolitions are part of that strategy. Late on Sunday, an overpass leading to a bridge south of Baghdad was destroyed, and 3 American soldiers were killed and 6 wounded.

These attacks continue a trend that started in April, with the attack on the Sarafiya Bridge in central Baghdad (see U.S. Policy in the Drink). The loss of these bridges represent more than increased inconvenience for commuters and travelers.

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by Geezer Power …11:47 AM PDT

Consider the source here. Has this educated pawn of the Corporate Government been truthful to “We The People” or has she parroted the agenda of Bush & Co. since her first day in office. What we have here is a crony of “The Commander Guy”, kinda like a cartoon character that we are supposed to believe is a benevolent leader… Glargh… puke… And a bunch of ideologues who support him and are telling us he is above the law, as well as whomever is serving him. It took years and untold amounts of money and energy to finally prosecute one of these evil crooks, and Condosleazy has the gall to ask for sympathy for Scooter. Why in the hell is he still out of jail? Because our installed Faux Republican White house is above the law, and answers to nobody, especially the American People. They have no honor, pride, or redeeming qualities, and will be there until they are drug from their dark corners kicking and screaming in a frenzy of disharmonious self righteousness like the world has never seen.

Editor and Publisher

Condoleezza Rice, Meeting With ‘WSJ’ Editorial Board, Gives Props to Scooter Libby

By E&P Staff

Published: June 11, 2007 4:00 PM ET

NEW YORK Meeting with the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who promoted the invasion of Iraq, disclosed the name of a cover CIA agent then was convicted of four counts of perjury and obstruction of justice, had “served the country really well.” She hinted that a presidential pardon was in order.

Asked for her views on a pardon, Rice demurred but then came to the strong defense of Libby, stating that he should be treated “in accordance” with his public service. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison last week, convicted on four felony counts, despite letters of support from many highly-placed figures ranging from Henry Kissinger to Gen. Peter Pace.

The transcript of that part of the Friday interview follows. It has been posted at the Online Journal.

QUESTION: In today’s Wall Street Journal there’s an article by Fouad Ajami making the analogy that — basically saying that the President’s reluctance to pardon Scooter Libby is akin to leaving a wounded soldier on the battlefield. What do you think of that analogy?

SECRETARY RICE: Look, I’m not going to get involved in trying to give the President advice on how he ought to think about this. You know, he has to think about what he wants to do.

QUESTION: What’s your own opinion?

SECRETARY RICE: You know that…

QUESTION: You think he should go to jail?

SECRETARY RICE: Look, let me tell you what I think about Scooter Libby. I think he’s served the country really well. I think he did it to the best of his ability. I think that he is going through an extremely difficult time with his family and for him. And you know, I’m just desperately sorry that it’s happening to him and I — you know, the legal system has spoken, but I tell you, this is a really good guy who is a good public servant and ought to be treated in accordance with that.

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