“Notably, Darwin himself suggested that objections to his theory were most justifiable when reviewing the lack of transitional forms in the fossil record or the array of new species that exist in the fossil record relating to the Cambrian explosion. However, transitional forms have been discovered for many species in the fossil record and, notably, the fossil record is simply too skimpy a resource to base either the defense or the objections to the theory, especially when evolutionary processes can be observed today in action. Those observations cannot be duplicated when looking for examples of spontaneous species appearance that would be required to support a creationist perspective.
Jobelin, I have no interest in attacking the foundations of your religious belief. So, I will leave this thread now and wish you well.”
“You would be wrong Jopeli. I have what I believe is a workable understanding of both the theory and its ultimate expression through natural selection. I have enjoyed the following two books in the last twelve months that I would offer you as worthwhile explorations on the subject:
The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
The Fragile Species by Lewis Thomas
I also had time enough on my hands recently to slog through Darwin's Origin of Species. Not a page turner, admittedly.
What I have not done is help myself to the work product of Intelligent Design enthusiasts. That may be unfair of me, but I instinctively distrust those who start with the notion that a God must exist and then form-fit facts to support that theory. Notably, however, well reasoned men in the field like Stephen Myers seem to focus on mysteries surrounding the origin of life and are less likely to attack the precepts of natural selection.
All the best, ATCOT”
Jopeli on Nov 7, 2013 at 14:46:41
“The modern theory of evolution is based on random genetic drift .Natural selection occurs,when the environment makes it possible for some heritable mutations to endure . But that is not a rational or feasible mechanism. The unfit also survives,a chimera looking creature would also survive.
Darwin staked his theory on the eventual finding of an array of fossils that would illustrate his theory.
According to top paleontologists ,no such array has ever been found.Therefore ,Darwin was wrong.”
“HH, You may disagree with the accounting system used under Clinton, but it hasn't changed since then and, apples to apples, spending under Clinton matched revenues much more closely than it did under Bush or Obama. Bush's tax cuts were great for the few but, with two wars and Medicare Part D, sunk us quickly. And Obama's continuation of the Afghanistan folly, his stimulus package and his failure to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire for everyone, kept us heading south. The question is, if we are to get out of this unsustainable economic model, do we crash it by defaulting, or do we wean the drug addict slowly. Any cure which kills the patient is a poor one.”
high horse on Oct 7, 2013 at 22:17:47
“The wars had a tiny effect on deficits which were a fraction of what has followed. Clinton benefited from a cut in capital gains couple that fed the dot com bubble which led to a recession. He also cut some entitlements under pressure. Yes, Bush was a poor conservative. No argument here, though his deficits were tiny in comparison though he too benefited from artificial stimulation leading to a bubble. That has been the game plane for the last 5 administrations. Until now, it worked to some extent. Trillions don't even produce a buzz at this point. This patient can't be weaned from the deficit drug. There is no realistic way in can be sustained and reversed without major upheaval that will make this seem like child's play. When and how far it falls is only a matter of how long it's delayed. The withdrawals are not going to be pretty.”
“High idiocy, high horse. You assume \the Treasury can prioritize payments. Even if that kind of surgical cash disbursement is feasible, how long will political will survive when accused of paying off foreign investors ahead of our military and elderly. Assume that such will does exist, technically a default occurs when an entity can't meet any of its financial obligations, not just interest on the debt. So default either way.
When I hear or read comments like yours, I am convinced that people who make them are smart enough to express political judgments clearly, but have no wealth at risk. Because if they did, they would know that asset devaluations and economic disruptions following a default would make them much poorer. If they have no wealth, it's because they've earned a middle-class wage, which in today's America, doesn't leave room for a healthy savings rate. But while they have little net worth to lose, they risk significant harm because they depend on a steady income. We saw what happened when one bank (Lehman) collapsed. You really want to risk more.
Regaining control of our deficit is important. Would be nice to have the surplus we had under Clinton. But supporting fiscal Armageddon, even in an offhanded way, is dangerous. The argument that it will happen one day so let's get it over with reflects a kind of defeatist fatalism that we should not embrace.”
high horse on Oct 6, 2013 at 16:16:25
“You confuse pragmatism with defeatism. Your confusion is also evident in your acceptance of the myth that there was really a surplus even in the fat years under Clinton as investors took advantage of lower capital gains to drive up the internet bubble. There was no surplus in any accounting method outside of the one used in the federal government.
True wealth is under threat in a system that is contrived and constructed on paper money backed only by a willingness of future citizens to absorb and service the indebtedness of past citizens. You may not have noticed, but that willingness is dissipating rapidly already. It will only get worse as the charade becomes harder to disguise. This naked emperor gets harder to ignore as he expands.”
“What's with these pictures of Ted Cruz with a faux halo courtesy of the Capitol Rotunda? Is this Huffpost making a subtle jibe that Teddy think's he's the second coming? If so, I wish they'd stop. Imagery is a powerful thing to the benighted and having Huffpost put things into the heads of the republican base that make them more intractable and more likely to favor this loon is irresponsible.”
“The left objected to their elected leader's plans forcefully enough that it got him to back down. The right drank the Kool-Aid and led us straight into a trillion-dollar, decade long war that weakened us financially and militarily and all of it based on fabrications. I gotta say, the left wins this one on points.”
morepapa1 on Sep 14, 2013 at 17:09:17
“Tell me., who on the left complained so much, I must have missed something.”
“raatcc36, I have always wondered if you need perfect pitch to read music. That is, I can puzzle notes on sheet music, but I would need to hear them before I can sing them. I can't say see a G and sing a G. I wonder if this can be acquired through practice.”
“When you limit the number of providers to close to nil, and when you don't cover the procedure, you are making the procedure unobtainable. Your focus on the word "illegal" is a cute semantic trick that doesn't work for anyone with half a brain. So, yes, save yourself the time and don't waste mine.”
rebeccadh on Jul 4, 2013 at 10:15:32
“You responded to my post mouth, you are wasting your own damn time trying to argue with me.
They are not closing facilities, stop fussing”
“Oh give me a break. The State is not concerned with women's health here. There is no study showing that current abortion services harm women's health. This is simply about making abortion de facto illegal in the state by making the provision of this particular medical service impossible under the current infrastructure. If you wish to deny other women the right to make decisions regarding their own bodies based upon some medieval moral code that is ridiculously outdated and based upon the writings of people who thought the earth was flat and that it stood at the center of the universe, etc., etc., then please have the fortitude to make your ridiculous contentions clear. And if the state is so worried about the health of women undertaking this procedure, then why isn't it subsidizing its providers as it does other health-care service providers. And what's with limiting health care coverage of this procedure specifically. If you're so worried about women's health, you shouldn't force them into having back-alley abortions.”
rebeccadh on Jul 4, 2013 at 13:29:45
“#1 I am not anti-choice I am pro-life.
#2 I am against abortion as a form of Birth Control , not against abortion period
#3 Abortion is legal in every state, guidelines and some restrictions are necessary for any medical procedure, even abortion.
#4 I am not and do not have the ability, need or want to force anyone to do anything, so your accusations are without facts or merit where I am concerned. I am not a politician or a law maker.
#5 The fact that we have opposing opinions regarding abortions doesn't make my opinion any less or more than yours so your ranting, accusations and b8tching are unwarranted.”
Abortion has some of the same risks as having a D&C, it is in facts a medical procedure and there are risks involved so do not preach to me if you aren't willing to consider the HEALTH of the women as you say, or are you a hypocrite”
rebeccadh on Jul 3, 2013 at 18:00:14
“Where in this article or bill does it make abortion illegal???And yes, there are women who die from complications after an abortion.Have you bothered to research that or are you just wanting to fight and defend.Maybe I'll enlighten you on some facts unless you want to be credible and save me the time.”
“Ohh, I was just being a bit glib and having a bit of fun with a play on RINO. In truth, I agree that no politician should vote for the narrow interests of his or her ethnic group. The case against the Senator is much more broad than his disinclination to shepherd a more rational immigration policy into law. It is his political grandstanding, utter mendacity, McCarthyistic attacks on political opponents, and reactionary and retrograde positions on everything from gun control to women's reproductive rights that call for blowing a raspberry and wagging a finger.”
mlambush on Jun 17, 2013 at 20:25:56
“I hate Ted Cruz with a passion; I just wasn't digging the underlying reasoning behind your post. It's all good.”
“Why is Huffpost giving this guy any airtime? I know the editorial staff likes to dredge up news stories that stoke the outrage of its readers. That's ok. All part of participatory/comment-driving journalism. But this is just silly.”
RosencrantzisDead on Jun 2, 2013 at 15:16:34
“I'd rather read about that killer beaver in Belarus, which was reported months ago, but came to light as fresh news about a week ago AGAIN. The beaver at least has more brain cells than West, since he was smart enough to never be seen from again.”
“I have always found this defense of religious thought quite weak. The idea that God must be forever unknowable and that science can have no truck with faith seems like a handy bit of sophistry to me that is designed to help people maintain the comfortable fabrications reinforced by religious indoctrination.
But, be that as it may, Mr. Hawking is simply positing that in his scientific model of the Big Bang, there is a spontaneous element which negates the need for a being, whether a bearded, white old man or an "infinite consciousness," to have set things in motion. Uncomfortable as it may be, creation may need no "Creator."”
zvibenyosef2030 on Apr 18, 2013 at 13:35:12
“I am not defending religious thought, just presenting one possibility. You ridicule the idea of an "infinite consciousness" by comparing it with the "bearded white man" to make them appear equally improbable. Science does not admit that consciousness has an independent existence, but is derived from the physical brain. I think it is possible that the physical universe is derived from consciousness.
There are many things which science cannot explain, precognition, telepathy, out of body experiences. The origins of our Universe and of life, the reason for our existence, have no satisfactory explanation. Whether these things are unknowable remains to be seen.
It is not uncomfortable to contemplate a creation without a creator, it is illogical. A Universe that created itself somehow?. How could the Universe spring into existence without the intervention of a conscious intelligence? The thing that people find uncomfortable is not knowing everything. That is why Religion is still so popular.
I don't pretend to have any answers, and I am convinced that nobody else does either. You may try and turn Science into a religion, but it does not have all the answers. Atheism is the belief there is no creator, which is a belief system which is a form of religion. Albert Einstein was a religious non believer. Although he was one of our most brilliant scientists, he did not close his mind against the idea of a creator, I admire his philosophy”
“That little sidebar of a thought - that delaying marriage may be detrimental - also caught my eye. It highlights the likelihood that this article is an poorly-disguised editorial exercise by a traditionalist who is selling a proposition that may simply be out of date. I cannot imagine how much more detrimental it would be to marry someone before you are a more fully-formed individual; with a career that has at least begun; with a philosophy of life that has congealed to some degree; and with an opportunity to have an economic life independent of your spouse.”
syds180turn on Apr 14, 2013 at 22:01:41
“I agree. It's as though some people are afraid of others who actually think for themselves and decide what's really best regarding their lives. I'm married but I was also happily single and I didn't get married thinking that marriage was the end all cure all. I have friends and family who love being single and some plan on not changing their status. It would be nice if people stop pushing their agendas on what constitutes a happy life.”
“According to this study - http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/social-security-medicare-benefits-over-lifetime.pdf - most average earners continue to receive more in benefits than they pay into the system - assuming a 2% return over inflation. This difference has narrowed significantly in recent decades, but the point stands. Someone is subsidizing the retirement of most average earners. Low earners are getting subsidized even more heavily according to these figures. I don't know what the effect is of a chained CPI, but if it reduces your expected benefits to something equal to a 2% adjusted rate of return, seems to me that's only fair. Be interesting to see if any studies have come out which extrapolate the effects of a chained CPI.”
“Name calling? Really? I understand what she said. I simply disagreed with her contention that broader policy policy goals of reducing income inequality and poverty - while worthwhile - should be pursued to the exclusion of a message to teen parents that offers them uncomfortable facts. Facts that, if internalized, may result in better life choices.
Feel free to reply jrsleuth, but expect no further comment from me. I don't parlay with those who lack the skills to articulate their positions without resorting to ad hominem attacks. All the best. . .”
jrsleuth on Mar 10, 2013 at 05:31:35
“Why should a teenager be ashamed that she's pregnant? She may have made a mistake, like all of us do at sometime in our lives, but she doesn't have to be ashamed of herself. For you to say she should is SHAME ON YOU!!!”
“You're right kacey, what's good for the goose is good for the gander . . . but that makes it no less good for the goose. Let's add a campaign to urge male teens to be as careful of unintended consequences as their paramours. All for that.”
“Even if a handful of teens take heed of these ads, they have served their purpose. They spell out harsh truths that should be aired. If they shame teen mothers, they should. They had children they could ill afford, subjecting them to a statistically significant higher likelihood of poverty and misery. That ain't a good thing. The value of sex education, making condoms and other forms of birth control available to teens, and other support services are valuable. They complement this attempt to make teens aware of the consequences of their actions. I, for one, applaud the campaign and believe the misguided sensitivity of Ms. Harris-Perry harms the very constituents whose dignity she proclaims to defend.”
Comfy on Mar 10, 2013 at 04:19:29
“Yup, I agree.”
jrsleuth on Mar 10, 2013 at 03:52:37
“And you, my friend, didn't listen to a darn thing Mellissa just said. I guess she's too deep for your small brain with its narrow thinking.”