Republicans: Lying Bullshiters

February 20, 2011

And the Republicans are still lying. This time, the House of Representative voted to defund Planned Parenthood with statements that are plain untrue:

What is wrong with those people?! This organization provides valuable reproductive health care services. Of course, they can’t have that because it provides abortion because abortion is the same as killing a fully conscious human being, isn’t it? Who cares about the women, all that matters is that they baby producing machines, ripe for brainwashing them into the next generation of hateful human beings, just like them.  Isn’t that wonderful? Isn’t that heartwarming? And all of these started because of a heavily edited video by another right wing nutjob whose goal is to see institutions like these fail because they have the need to tell everyone else what to do. They always talk about how they are against big government, how they are pro life, but as you can see, they are a bunch of lying sack of shit. The Republican party is the party of big government, and the party of death.

If anyone reading this wants to see these monsters fail at defunding this great organization, please, go here and sign a letter for congress. They need as much help as they can get.

(hat tip: Pharyngula)

Edit: If you think those are the only Republican attacks on women, think again. Here is a decent small list. After reading that, if you tell me that the Republicans are good for the country, my opinion of you will surely diminish into negative one hundred.

Hosni Mubarak Goes Down!

February 11, 2011

It looks like Egypt’s revolution, fueled by gatherings through the internet and Tunisia’s success, succeeded. It ended in the removal of Hosni Mubarak, president of Egypt for around 30 years. I give congratulations for Egyptians, for they have taken their first step towards democracy, and the lives of 300 people were not wasted in vain.  Now, things aren’t 100% safe because what matters the most is that Mubarak is not replaced by another egomaniacal dictator during the transition, which has happened to so many other revolutions. The eighteen straight days of mass protests were one of the bravest things I have seen people do in my life. I hope that when it comes to it, I hope the rest of us can be that brave.

In a way, this kind of reminds of Europe’s revolution of 1848. Many protests, inspired by the French February revolution, spread throughout Europe. Unlike the European revolutions that happened back then, though, the Arab revolution is actually pretty successful, and people had modern telecommunication technology on their side.

The Universe Out of Nothing

February 4, 2011

Okay, recently, I found a new lecture on cosmology, the origin and property of the universe, and what our future universe would look like in a hundred billion years’ time. The lecture is done by professor Lawrence Krauss. He is an amazing lecturer, and I love his injection of humor into it. Trust me when I say you will learn a lot of amazing things about the universe. Some of it may be speculation, but a lot of it is experimentally verified. Check it out:

Hat tip: Pharyngula commenter Lewelly

Good Kepler News

February 4, 2011

Firstly, the Kepler space telescope discovered a weird, compact planetary system composed of six planets, which you can read about it in here.

Secondly, and this is the best of all news, they have discovered over a thousand candidates of stars harboring planets. Over the next few years, expect the number of planets discovered to increase dramatically.

hat tip: badastronomy and io9

American Doublespeak

February 2, 2011

Have you ever wanted to know what American politicians are really saying behind all those nice words they say when they talk about Egypt’s revolution? Do they always seem to try to avoid issues like how Mubarak should leave now? Here is a translation of what those things mean:

Do You Want to Hunt Planets?

February 2, 2011

Recently, I don’t know how long ago, though, the Zoo Universe project, which tries to involve citizens in helping out the professional astronomers sort through data, have added a new project to its list. It is called Planet Hunters. What it does is, it gathers the light curve data of stars (basically, the star’s brightness through time) from the space telescope Kepler and allows us to look at them. The basic premise is that stars have planets (well, duh), and some of those stars might have planets that orbit right in front of the star from our point of view. Those planets block some of the light from the star, thereby dimming it. By looking at the change in brightness in the curve, mainly the dipping of brightness at certain moments in time, one can detect planets, as shown in the picture below:

Of course, things aren’t as simple as that. As you will find out from checking out the web page and the tutorial, data is full of noise. The team behind this project, though, believe that because the human brain is so effective at noticing patterns, that we might be better at detecting these dips in between all of the noise than the machines. Maybe.

Anyways, go ahead and try! Who knows, maybe you might discover a planet.