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  • Why Darwin was wrong about the tree of life (Creationists have been saying this for decades!)

    02/24/2009 6:37:38 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 201 replies · 4,647+ views
    New Scientist ^ | January 21, 2009 | Graham Lawton
    ... The tree-of-life concept was absolutely central to Darwin's thinking, equal in importance to natural selection...Without it the theory of evolution would never have happened. The tree also helped carry the day for evolution. ... For much of the past 150 years, biology has largely concerned itself with filling in the details of the tree. "For a long time the holy grail was to build a tree of life," says Eric Bapteste, an evolutionary biologist at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France. A few years ago it looked as though the grail was within reach. But today...
  • The Lincoln Myths

    02/12/2009 8:37:08 AM PST · by curth · 4 replies · 862+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Allen C. Guelzo
    Every time a newspaper or magazine announces that it is taking a survey to determine who Americans regard as their greatest president, it is almost a foregone conclusion that Abraham Lincoln will wind up at the top, perhaps sharing space with George Washington. Oddly, Lincoln was probably one of the least-well-prepared presidents we have ever elected: he had no administrative or managerial experience whatsoever. He had served one term as a Representative in Congress in 1848, but he had never been a cabinet officer or a governor or even mayor of Springfield. And to the dismay of those who tried...
  • Michael Medved and “White Women”

    01/30/2009 5:04:16 PM PST · by Sioux-san · 35 replies · 3,337+ views ^ | 1/29/2009 | David Yeagley
    It’s happened again. My most quoted article, “What’s Up With White Women?” has been cited in another new book: Michael Medved’s The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation (Crown, 2008). I was tipped off by a friend who was reading the book. Here is what Medved wrote: An American Indian academic and musician named David A. Yeagley (an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation) tells a sobering story about one of his students at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. A “tall and pretty” girl with amber hair and brown eyes, she spoke out in a class...
  • Myths and Facts About the Real Bush Record

    12/22/2008 6:02:55 AM PST · by Dawebman · 18 replies · 2,514+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 22, 2008 | Ed Gillespie
    As the year draws to an end and President Bush enters his final month in office, there is much commentary about the Administration's record over the past eight years. Unsurprisingly, many of these stories assail and distort the President's record and recycle myths and unfounded allegations that have been leveled for the better part of his two terms. Historical accuracy requires a response to the litany of attacks leveled against President Bush, and while there's not enough space to respond to all of them, here are five of the most egregious:
  • 5 Surprising Holiday Health Myths

    12/17/2008 9:25:27 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 27 replies · 1,640+ views
    Live Science ^ | 17 December 2008 | Robin Nixon
    Many supposed holiday hazards are as innocuous as a tepid mug of apple cider. A review article in the current issue of the British Medical Journal cites five fears that can officially be crossed off the holiday worry list.
  • ****The Official Friday Silliness Thread****

    11/21/2008 4:54:47 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 96 replies · 3,733+ views
    My parents used to tell me many ouvroustories to scare me into doing as I am told.  And I’m not alone; almost all of us have heard some of these myths. Who knows, perhaps some of us still believe in them. Some of these myths may have some truth to them; some may be total hogwash. What is surprising, is that so many have survived until today.I spent a while reading up on the more common myths, and found seven with which to entertain you.Myth: Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death Fact: Spooky, yes, but it is not...
  • 5 Myths About an Election of Mythic Proportions

    11/16/2008 10:24:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 1,404+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Nov 16,2008 | Chris Cillizza
    The 2008 presidential election ended less than two weeks ago, but the mythmaking machine has already begun to churn. President-elect Barack Obama transformed the face of the electorate! The Republican Party will be a miserable minority in Congress for the next century! Cats and dogs are now living together! Below we explode the five biggest myths that have already sprung up around the election that was. 1. The Republican Party suffered a death blow. SNIP 2. A wave of black voters and young people was the key to Obama's victory. SNIP 3. Now that they control the White House and...
  • 5 Myths About Obama's Win

    11/16/2008 7:39:41 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 53 replies · 2,134+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | November 16, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    There Something About Sarah.
  • MSNBC retracts false Palin story; others duped

    11/12/2008 8:40:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 104 replies · 4,752+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/12/8 | DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
    NEW YORK, (AP) -- MSNBC was the victim of a hoax when it reported that an adviser to John McCain had identified himself as the source of an embarrassing story about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, the network said Wednesday. David Shuster, an anchor for the cable news network, said on air Monday that Martin Eisenstadt, a McCain policy adviser, had come forth and identified himself as the source of a Fox News Channel story saying Palin had mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent. Eisenstadt identifies himself on a blog as a senior fellow at...
  • Five Myths About the Great Depression

    11/11/2008 4:26:40 PM PST · by Ronzo · 51 replies · 1,386+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/4/2008 | Andrew B. Wilson
    The current financial crisis has revived powerful misconceptions about the Great Depression. Those who misinterpret the past are all too likely to repeat the exact same mistakes that made the Great Depression so deep and devastating. Here are five interrelated and durable myths about the 1929-39 Depression:
  • In America, Anyone Can be President or Vice President

    09/17/2008 2:02:25 PM PDT · by ancientart · 12 replies · 487+ views
    Aberdeen American News ^ | September 14, 2008 | Donna Marmorstein
    One of the great things about America is that you don't have to come from a royal house to be a leader. You don't have to be born to a wealthy dynasty. We like to say that anyone can become president. When we consider candidates for high office, we look to see how their lives link to the sweat and hardship, difficulty and victory, struggle and overcoming that formed our nation. If some candidates have led a soft life, we'll listen politely when they describe their parents' or ancestors' struggles. If they have no relatives with stirring stories of triumph,...
  • Palin asked librarian about removing books(barf alert!)

    09/06/2008 12:09:12 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 39 replies · 537+ views
    Lewiston Sunjournal ^ | Rindi White
    WASILLA, Alaska- Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so. According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn't fully support her and...
  • Energy Myths

    07/06/2008 12:13:17 PM PDT · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 63 replies · 183+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | 7/3/2008 | IBD Editorial
    • "Even if drilling works, it'll take a decade or more for the oil to flow." This is quite an argument coming from the Democratic Party, which has made keeping oil off the market a linchpin of its energy policy for decades. If President Clinton hadn't vetoed the idea of drilling in ANWR back in 1995, we'd have that oil on the market today. Ditto if Congress had approved ANWR drilling in 2002, when President Bush requested it. Even so, the larger point is false anyway. New oil will be flowing in some cases within three to four years, according...
  • Gun Facts version 5.0 is now available

    06/23/2008 10:25:22 AM PDT · by guyshomenet · 43 replies · 343+ views
    Gun Facts ^ | 6/23/2008 | Guy Smith
    Gun Facts version 5.0 is now available A new version of Gun Facts is now available, both as a free e-book and as a printed version. Gun Facts debunks all common gun control myths. Organized by gun control myths and with over 480 detailed citations, firearm policy wonks can rapidly refute the Brady Campaign, the Violence Policy Center, the Legal Community Against Violence, and other cauldrons of canards. Gun Facts 5.0 has 94 packed pages of information. Gun Facts is grouped into chapters on common gun control topics (assault weapons, ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, international, etc.) which make finding...
  • Cold War myths

    06/13/2008 10:16:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 57 replies · 735+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | June 13, 2008 | Paul Steege
    VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania: As the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift approaches, recycled myths about its accomplishments drop from the sky like candy into the waiting arms of Americans hungry for a foreign policy alternative to endless war and secret torture. But politicians and pundits looking for a humanitarian policy to win the world's hearts and minds should look back to the airlift with caution. Sixty years after British and American planes began to fly supplies to West Berliners facing a Soviet blockade, even the faux news program "Colbert Report" has reprised the Cold War refrain that the airlift saved the...
  • 5 Myths About the Vice Presidency

    06/02/2008 4:48:34 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 14 replies · 146+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1 June 2008 | David Greenberg
    1. A vice presidential candidate should win his or her home state for the party. It probably hasn't made much difference to the outcome since 1960, when Lyndon B. Johnson helped put Texas in John F. Kennedy's column 2. Ideological and regional balance are vital to a ticket. This assumption, too, was once valid but no longer holds. In the 19th century, the heyday of political machines, voters felt a strong allegiance to one party or the other, and a race's outcome was determined by how well the 3. Reaching across the aisle to form a bipartisan ticket would be...
  • Ten Top Medical Myths

    05/11/2008 7:23:14 AM PDT · by kellynla · 25 replies · 251+ views ^ | May 9, 2008 | Sylvia Booth Hubbard
    Everyone’s heard these medical myths, and your mom (and maybe even your doctor!) may have been guilty of spreading a few of them: High blood pressure causes headaches. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. Neither does it cause dizziness, although dizziness is a common side effect of treatments for high blood pressure. Women should examine their breasts. Research shows that routine breast self-examinations aren’t sensitive enough to detect many lumps, and may subject women to increased anxiety. It’s dangerous to mix alcohol and antibiotics. Alcohol doesn’t interact with antibiotics. Metronidazole (Flagyl) is an exception, however, and can cause vomiting....
  • The Unreal Ronald Kessler

    05/06/2008 10:39:46 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 171+ views
    Campus Report ^ | May 06, 2008 | M. Stanton Evans
    The Unreal Ronald Kessler by: M. Stanton Evans, May 06, 2008 Herewith a letter sent to The Wall Street Journal a week ago in response to the recent anti-McCarthy article by Ronald Kessler....(snip)I have held off on circulating this letter until The Wall Street Journal had ample chance to run it....(snip) Like many other critics of Joe McCarthy, Ronald Kessler would be more persuasive if he knew something of the subject. Kessler’s Journal essay ("The Real Joe McCarthy," April 22), attacking the Wisconsin senator and taking a sidewise shot at my recent book about him, is an odd amalgam of...
  • What's next for Texas' superhighway?

    04/20/2008 1:26:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 822+ views ^ | April 20, 2008 | Nolan Clay
    For years, Texas has been planning a privately financed super turnpike from Mexico to the Oklahoma border. But like rush-hour traffic, the plan for a Trans-Texas Corridor is only inching along. "It ran into a firestorm of controversy in Texas,” said Neal McCaleb, a former Oklahoma transportation secretary. Critics have a wide range of concerns about the corridor, which has a key stretch that would parallel Interstate 35. (Another stretch would extend from the Texarkana/Shreveport area to Mexico.) Particularly upset are landowners who may be in the corridor's path. The Texas Transportation Department calls many concerns myths. The department says,...
  • Some Myths About Airline Mergers

    04/16/2008 8:17:50 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 7 replies · 177+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 16th, 2008 | RICHARD ANDERSON and DOUG STEENLAND
    Myth One: Airline mergers cause big job losses. Reality: Bankruptcies and high oil prices have caused significantly more job losses than mergers. Record fuel prices have led to the shutdown or bankruptcy filings of five U.S. carriers. Myth Two: This deal will jeopardize employees' benefits.Reality: The merger will create a financially stronger airline, better positioned to protect jobs, compensation and benefits. The transaction will make employee pensions and benefits more secure. Myth Three: Prices will go up as a result of the merger.Reality: In this industry, prices are set by market forces and competition. There is very little overlap between...