Science Suffers Again

Seems the Bush Administration is still trying to kill science. After all, Christian Funamentalists would have a coniption if we found other worlds capable of supporting life. What happens to their God then?

The two points that support my argument are these:

• Delayed indefinitely – the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF), a mission to detect and study Earth-like planets

• Delayed by about three years – the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM), designed to map stars with unprecedented accuracy and search for planets slightly larger than Earth will now launch no earlier than 2015

I do hope that there is still work going on with regard to propulsion. We need to get as close to the speed of light as possible. My greatest disappointment is that we will only get to about 5% the speed of light in my lifetime.

But NASA is still funding it’s FTL group.

Lets hope that it is true

HIV/AIDS has destroyed many lives. Maybe a cure is within reach this time. Seems some scientists have discovered a compound that stops the virus cold.

What I find more interesting is that this compound also kills herpes. So in essence, should this actually work in human trials you’ll probably see the 2nd sexual revolution.

I knew it would only be a matter of time. Granted it took too long and I lost too many friends to AIDS but at least it looks like a light at the end of the tunnel.

Rove the Enforcer tells Repubs not to find on NSA wiretaps

This is beyond despicable. Someone tell me, does a staff puke have the same protection that a President does? Because if not, I wish someone would meet up with Rove in a dark alley.

The Bush Administration KNOWS it did wrong in ordering the NSA wire taps. Now it’s trying to stack the deck. Of course the carrot being offered is that Bush will give money and do photo ops for the ’06 election campaigns.

Were I a Republican I’d find Bush a liability and not an asset.

Author of The Atheist Manifesto Answers his Critics

Sam Harris, author of “The Atheist Manifesto” has written a piece on TruthDig refuting critics who posit that morality has it’s foundation in religion. It doesn’t.

As someone who took a short path to atheism I can appreciate people who put it out there for the world to see. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to completely shuck the whole religious thing as yet, it’ll be many years before automatic responses are caught and corrected. But my belief in an unseen, unproven boogeyman is over.

That being said I find Kissing Hanks Ass and the Flying Spaghetti Monster to be as valid as the mainstream monotheistic churches.

NOTE – An exploration of fellow Minister James Huger’s site is prerequisite for reading this blog.