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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
    badeagle.com ^ | 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
    newsmax.com ^ | 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
    NewsOK.com ^ | 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...
  • Secret "closed door" meeting with Congress (3/14/08)

    03/31/2008 3:40:27 PM PDT · by RobRoy · 269 replies · 22,259+ views
    Liveleak.com ^ | March 14th, 2008 | Liveleak
    Sent: Friday, March 14, 2008 4:20 PM Subject: CLOSED Congress Session Last Night: Only 4th Time In 176 Years ! SPECIAL "CLOSED SESSION" OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISCUSSED A LOT MORE THAN THE PENDING SECURITY SURVEILLANCE PROVISIONS! This was only the fourth time in 176 years that Congress has closed its doors to the public. What was it that they were discussing that they do NOT want us to know about? Word has begun leaking from last nights special, closed-door session of the United States House of Representatives. Not only did members discuss new surveillance provisions as was the...
  • Towers of Babble: 911 Conspiracists Are Organized

    02/21/2008 5:14:10 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 20 replies · 210+ views
    Utne Reader ^ | 21 February 2008 | Paul Constant
    Three months ago, at a birthday party, I met a dour young man wearing a “9/11 was an inside job” T-shirt. I’d already been noticing a lot of “inside job” stickers and graffiti around town, and now, faced with a real-life Truther, I found that I couldn’t stop staring at him: He was at a celebration of a friend’s life and he was wearing a shirt announcing that nearly 3,000 American citizens were killed by our own government. It’s easy to dismiss a guy like this as a lone wolf, but he’s actually not alone: A 2006 Scripps Survey Research...
  • 5 Myths About Those Nefarious Neocons

    02/11/2008 12:13:41 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 46 replies · 163+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 10, 2008 | Jacob Heilbrunn
    As the Bush administration winds down, neoconservatism has become the most feared and reviled intellectual movement in American history. The neoconservatives have become the subject of numerous myths, mostly spread by their numerous detractors. They're seen as dangerous heretics by livid liberals as well as by traditional conservatives such as William F. Buckley Jr. and Patrick Buchanan. So "neocon" has become a handy term of condemnation, routinely deployed to try to silence liberal hawks such as Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut or right-wing interventionists such as former deputy secretary of defense Paul D. Wolfowitz and the former Pentagon official Richard...
  • The Recycling Myth

    02/05/2008 12:53:26 AM PST · by newbie2008 · 51 replies · 479+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | February 4, 2008 | Per Bylund
    As a Swede I get to hear a lot of the myths of how wonderful a country Sweden supposedly is — the "prosperous socialism" it stands for, a role model for the rest of the world. For instance, quite a few friends from around the world have commended me on Swedish recycling polices and the Swedish government's take on coercive environmentalism. The way it has been presented to me, Sweden has succeeded with what most other governments at best dream about: creating an efficient and profitable national system for saving the environment through large-scale recycling. And the people are all...
  • America still works

    01/30/2008 4:58:14 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 183+ views
    Prospect Magazine ^ | February 2008 | Michael Lind
    The US economy is slowing down, but the long-term trends for the country are more favourable than many think. There has also been a sharp improvement in many of America's social pathologies, such as violent crime and drug abuse Anyone who reads the serious press about the condition of the US might be excused for believing that the country is headed towards a series of deep crises. This impression is exacerbated by economic slowdown and by the presidential primaries, in which candidates announce bold plans to rescue the country from disaster. But even in more normal times there are three...
  • 5 Myths About Our Ballot-Box Behavior

    01/08/2008 12:15:45 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 128+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2008 | Bryan Caplan
    We haven't even made it to the New Hampshire primary, but millions of Americans are already sick of hearing about the 2008 race. Bad as the torrent of news is, I find the repetition of myths about voters and voting even more galling. Whether you're arguing with friends or watching the news, you hear many claims about how American democracy works that just aren't true. 1. People vote their self-interest. In fact, there is only the tiniest correlation between income and party. The country is not divided into two camps: the poor, who vote Democrat, and the rich, who vote...
  • The Myths & Facts According To Juan Cole

    12/26/2007 7:54:48 PM PST · by Starman417 · 1 replies · 131+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-26-07 | Curt
    Juan Cole has written a embarrassing post which just proves to me that liberals are so invested in the defeat of our country that they will ignore reality and instead pawn off myths as some kind of facts, and facts as myths.  This time he lists the "top 10 myths" about Iraq.  Some of his doozies are that there really is no reconciliation going on in Iraq between the rival factions.  Of course this ignores recent studies that show a majority of Sunni's and Shia describing themselves as Iraqi's above all else and almost no one inside Iraq believe separating...
  • Medical myths debunked

    12/21/2007 3:47:00 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies · 292+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 12/21/07 | Caroline Gammell and Laura Clout
    Teenage girls have long been warned by their mothers that shaving their legs will make the hair grow back thicker and faster. However, this conventional wisdom is just a myth, according to researchers in the US who say the thickening is just an optical illusion. Scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine trawled through numerous scientific studies to debunk this, and six other commonly held beliefs which have no basis in truth. They discovered hair did not grow back faster and darker if shaven, contrary to what most people believe. The illusion of thicker locks is created because the...
  • 7 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe

    12/21/2007 7:24:50 AM PST · by Watershed · 87 replies · 577+ views
    livescience.com ^ | December 20, 2007 | Robert Roy Britt
    Popular culture is loaded with myths and half-truths. Most are harmless. But when doctors start believing medical myths, perhaps it's time to worry. In the British Medical Journal this week, researchers looked into several common misconceptions, from the belief that a person should drink eight glasses of water per day to the notion that reading in low light ruins your eyesight. "We got fired up about this because we knew that physicians accepted these beliefs and were passing this information along to their patients," said Dr. Aaron Carroll, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. "And...
  • The Health Cost Myth

    11/13/2007 7:42:13 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 40 replies · 194+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 13 November 2007 | JOHN R. GRAHAM
    ...Several American business leaders have come to believe that the American health-care system is not only bad for our health but also for national competitiveness. In the automotive industry, General Motors claims that it spends about $1,600 per car on health care. In Japan, according to GM, Toyota's per automobile healthcare expenditure is just $110. Health coverage is indeed becoming more expensive for businesses. Over the past eight years, the percentage of firms offering health benefits to employees has dropped significantly, to 60% from 69%. This decline, however, is almost completely accounted for by businesses with fewer than 10 employees....
  • 5 Myths About Sick Old Europe

    10/07/2007 10:40:57 PM PDT · by srotaG adirolF · 62 replies · 1,815+ views
    WaPo ^ | October 7, 2007 | Steven Hill
    In the global economy, today's winners can become tomorrow's losers in a twinkling, and vice versa. Not so long ago, American pundits and economic analysts were snidely touting U.S. economic superiority to the "sick old man" of Europe. What a difference a few months can make. Today, with the stock market jittery over Iraq, the mortgage crisis, huge budget and trade deficits, and declining growth in productivity, investors are wringing their hands about the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, analysts point to the roaring economies of China and India as the only bright spots on the global horizon. But what about Europe?...
  • Researchers spread liberal mythology

    09/22/2007 10:47:07 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies · 322+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 21, 2007 | Editorial
    To reassure themselves that liberals are smart, left-wing social scientists periodically conduct research that proves conservatives are Neanderthals. Their latest foray, by New York University researchers squandering $1.2 million in federal grants, concluded the usual stuff — conservatives are simpleminded, less adaptive to change, etc. — plus Ronald Reagan's brain worked like Adolf Hitler's and conservative drivers have difficulty finding their way home when faced with a detour. Their conclusions were based on research subjects' responses to reflexive tests, as if their ability to answer an either-or question correctly in a fraction of a second is predictive of their ability...
  • Third Party Myths; or, Why You'd Be Nuts to Leave the GOP

    08/25/2007 5:45:03 PM PDT · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 158 replies · 1,866+ views
    TheVanguard.org ^ | April 16, 2002 | Rod D. Martin
    Every so often, someone decides that the world is too corrupt to reform. And they start a political party. Sometimes this makes sense. More often, though, it's just foolishness, and bad stewardship to boot. And for Christians today, that's exactly where things stand. Third party advocates will sputter and fume at this. They'll talk about conscience, as though there are no issues of conscience concerning the second-order consequences of their actions when they help a leftist win. They'll pontificate about how God could sovereignly raise up an army of believers for their new party, as if He cannot do the...
  • The choice is ours: Big Oil or Chavez?

    07/29/2007 8:11:31 AM PDT · by NRG1973 · 22 replies · 1,872+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 29, 2007 | Scott Tinker
    The choice is ours: Big Oil or Chavez? As we wait for emerging energy forms to develop, we should create policies that support oil companies In the coming century, the world will transition from cars that run on liquid fuels to cars that run on something else, perhaps electricity or hydrogen. Until then, we have a choice. Either support the "Big Oil" companies that are SEC and IRS regulated, traded on the major stock exchanges, contribute to our economy and national security, and whose employees are our neighbors, or butt into energy myths and stand by idly (gleefully?) while Hugo...
  • Blind To Reality

    06/15/2007 5:54:13 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 7 replies · 439+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 14 June 2007 | Staff
    Journalism: The Dow had just pierced 13,000, but TV news anchors couldn't fathom why. All the data, they noted, showed the economy doing worse, not better. But therein lies a problem with media market analysis. Now, we'll gladly stipulate that knowing why the stock market is acting the way it is on any given day is difficult, if not impossible. Yes, you can guess, as many do, but no one knows for sure. The real reason doesn't usually become clear until months later. But that's the point. Daily market action usually doesn't reflect current conditions, let alone old government data....
  • Illegal Aliens Facts

    05/31/2007 11:30:31 PM PDT · by Exton1 · 27 replies · 3,691+ views
    Email | David J. Stoddard - U.S. Border Patrol (RET)
    There is a huge amount of propaganda and myths circulating about illegal aliens, particularly illegal Mexican, Salvadorian, Guatemalan and Honduran aliens. #1. Illegal aliens generally do NOT want U.S. citizenship. Americans are very vain thinking that everybody in the world wants to be a U.S. citizen. Mexicans, and other nationalities want to remain citizens of their home countries while obtaining the benefits offered by the United States such as employment, medical care, instate tuition, government subsidized housing and free education for their offspring. Their main attraction is employment and their loyalty usually remains at home. They want benefits earned and...
  • General Works to Dispel Myths About Iraq

    05/30/2007 4:41:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 459+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 30, 2007 – A U.S. general serving with Multinational Force Iraq recently took time out of his mid-deployment leave to let the American public know that the situation in Iraq is different from what they might think. Army Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson, deputy chief of staff for resources and sustainment, today spoke with representatives of veterans service organizations, outlining a speech he gave earlier at James Madison University about what he believes are 10 myths about the conflict in Iraq. “There are some signs that our new strategy is working,” Anderson said in a teleconference from Baghdad....
  • The 20 Greatest Historical Myths

    03/24/2007 10:26:05 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies · 693+ views
    Write Spirit ^ | 3/24/2007 | Noivedya Juddery
    20. Eve ate a bad apple An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but they have still had bad publicity as the "forbidden fruit" that Eve tasted in the Garden of Eden, thereby making life difficult for all of us. Yet nowhere in the biblical story of Adam and Eve is an apple mentioned. It is simply called "the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden" (Genesis 3:3). OK, it COULD have been an apple, but it might just as well have been an apricot, a mango, or any other sort of fruit....
  • Some Vitamin Supplements Increase Death Risk Say Researchers

    02/28/2007 2:45:16 AM PST · by XR7 · 86 replies · 3,342+ views
    MedicalNewsToday ^ | 2/28/07 | Catharine Paddock
    Vitamin supplements taken by millions of people every day for their health could be increasing their risk of death a new Danish-led study suggests. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The international research team reviewed the published evidence on beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, Vitamin C and selenium. The team was led by Dr Goran Bjelakovic, from Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. These dietary supplements are marketed as antioxidants and people take them in the hope they will improve health and guard against diseases like cancer and heart disease by eliminating the free radicals...
  • Dispelling the Myths in James White's Legends: A Response

    02/13/2007 11:57:37 AM PST · by Titanites · 33 replies · 439+ views
    American Catholic Truth Society ^ | May 31, 2000 | Scott Windsor
    Catholic Legends Windsor's Response The large gap that exists between Roman Catholic historical scholarship and Roman Catholic apologists is a large one indeed. One often finds the historians admitting what the apologists will not regarding the truths of history that are so often utterly contradictory to later Roman dogmatic claims. This is especially true regarding such modern doctrinal developments as the Marian dogmas and the infallible Papacy. Over the past few years Roman Catholic apologists have been producing a great deal of written material of varying levels of quality. Books and magazines of this nature gain a wide audience....
  • Answering 9/11 "Moonbat" Myths (Video)

    02/07/2007 2:17:33 PM PST · by Audvizi · 9 replies · 844+ views
    Video that explains why 9/11 myths are wrong. It's good to review if you have a conspiracy theorist in your life. The Day America Stood Still
  • Myths of the Teachers Unions

    01/09/2007 8:12:11 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 130 replies · 2,506+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 9 January 2007
    ...This is the most widely held myth about education in America--and the one most directly at odds with the available evidence. Few people are aware that our education spending per pupil has been growing steadily for 50 years. At the end of World War II, public schools in the United States spent a total of $1,214 per student in inflation-adjusted 2002 dollars. By the middle of the 1950s that figure had roughly doubled to $2,345. By 1972 it had almost doubled again, reaching $4,479. And since then, it has doubled a third time, climbing to $8,745 in 2002. Since the...
  • The TRUTH About the Holy Beautiful Ethical Great Peace ful Talmud

    01/02/2007 10:56:20 PM PST · by rt66 · 3 replies · 486+ views
    The TRUTH About the Holy Beautiful Ethical Great Talmud Interesting  Sites  True Quotes 'An Eye for an Eye' Literally? Not according to Holy Talmud FACTS!  What Is?  Talmud = Peace!  Ethics  More Samples "Receive - Embrace All Human Beings with Cheer and Joy." - Talmud --- "Do not do unto others that which you dislike." - Talmud How interesting it is that Haters from the Islamo Militant Propaganda Camp, that claim to have a 'beef' with Zionism only, mix the Old Lies on Talmud (already exposed) with their Political Agenda. 1) (Even if one disagrees with A. Sharon's Defense Policies),...
  • French troops had bin Laden in sights: documentary

    12/19/2006 5:23:46 PM PST · by advance_copy · 33 replies · 1,330+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 12/19/06 | Francois Murphy
    A documentary says French special forces had Osama bin Laden in their sights twice about three years ago but their U.S. superiors never ordered them to fire. The French military, however, said that the incidents never happened and the report was "erroneous information." The documentary, due to air next year and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, says the troops could have killed the al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan but the order to shoot never came, possibly because it took too long to request it. "In 2003 and 2004 we had bin Laden in our sights. The sniper said 'I have...
  • The Media’s Top 10 Economic Myths of 2006

    12/10/2006 2:16:39 PM PST · by seowulf · 35 replies · 1,150+ views
    10. American manufacturing is obsolete Media myth: All the manufacturing jobs have been shipped overseas, and the only ones left are in the almost empty plants of the Big Three automakers. The media turned to manufacturing layoffs to illustrate worker woes, though The Economist magazine explained in its July 1, 2006, issue that the American manufacturing sector was flourishing – even with the much-publicized problems at General Motors and Ford. “Net profits have risen by nearly 9 percent a year since the recession in 2001 and productivity has been growing even more rapidly than is usual during economic expansions,” stated...
  • Home-schooling special: Preach your children well

    12/04/2006 8:31:37 AM PST · by Sopater · 64 replies · 1,488+ views
    NewScientist.com ^ | 11 November 2006 | Amanda Gefter
    TO THE unsuspecting visitor, Patrick Henry College looks like a typical American liberal-arts college tucked away amidst the rolling green farmlands of Virginia. Its curriculum is far from typical, however, and anything but liberal. Witness this lecture on faith and reason in an idyllic red-brick college building reminiscent of colonial America. As the speaker takes to the podium, several students silence their cellphones. One puts down his copy of The Wall Street Journal and takes out his Bible. They bow their heads and pray to Jesus, then stand up and sing a hymn, belting out "Holy, holy, holy" with gusto....
  • Myths V. Facts: Debunking Newsweek's Article Afghanistan: “The Rise of Jihadistan” (October 2, 2006)

    10/12/2006 9:55:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 304+ views
    INCORRECT NEWSWEEK CLAIM: “The 2003 invasion of Iraq did more than divert essential resources from Afghanistan; it created a test lab for new insurgent weapons and tactics that have since been adopted by the Taliban.”RESPONSE: The assertion that the Iraq invasion “diverted” resources from Afghanistan is a talking point of critics of the Bush administration. It is an opinion, not a fact.Resources to Afghanistan have increased since Operation Iraqi Freedom began. In March 2003, the United States had about 9,500 troops in Afghanistan. Today, there are more than 21,000 U.S. forces either under U.S. or NATO command in Afghanistan...
  • Myths V. Facts: Debunking Washington Post's Editorial on Iraq, How To Lose A War,” (Oct. 4, 2006)

    10/12/2006 9:48:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 401+ views
    Defense News ^ | Oct 6, 2006
    In an Oct. 4, 2006 editorial, “How to Lose a War,” the Washington Post makes a series of unfounded accusations, based largely on three books on Iraq written by its reporters. A few of the most egregious errors of fact are corrected below:INCORRECT WASHINGTON POST CLAIM:  “President Bush and his most senior aides meanwhile stubbornly refused to listen to advisers who warned of the consequences of their policies.”RESPONSE:  The president listened to the advice and recommendations of a broad range of people with differing views on how to approach the situation in Iraq. The suggestion that he may have...
  • Legislating Morality

    10/12/2006 2:28:26 AM PDT · by nancyvideo · 27 replies · 1,095+ views
    Townhall ^ | 10-12-06 | Mike S. Adams
    Dear Students: First of all, I would like to thank each of you for signing up for my class this semester at UNC-Wilmington. Part of my job as your professor is to dispel certain myths you learn in your other classes, especially sociology. If you decide to question these myths in Sociology 101, your professor is likely to assign you to sensitivity training sessions. Because our university faculty is so overwhelmingly liberal, many of these myths constitute arrogant dismissals of conservative ideas – ideas that your professors would take more seriously if they had a little more experience interacting with...
  • Don't worry, men: Evolution shows you're still needed

    10/02/2006 6:31:09 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 77 replies · 1,436+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 2, 2006 | Faye Flam
    Science may have found an answer to that question made famous by Maureen Dowd: Are men necessary? If other creatures are anything to go by, men are essential to keeping our species healthy, and would still be necessary even if women started making their own sperm. That's more or less what happened to the male clam shrimp, a puddle and pond dweller that thrives in all continents except Antarctica. One day millions of years ago a mutant female started producing both sperm and eggs; that mutation spread until all the females were replaced by hermaphrodites. You'd think that would spell...