Wednesday, August 27, 2014

9-year-old Girl KILLS Shooting Instructor With Uzi at Arizona Shooting Range

Police: Child firing Uzi at Arizona shooting range accidentally kills instructor
Girl was with her parents at Bullets and Burgers shooting range on vacation from ...

Fischer Wants To End Muslim Immigration Because Islam Is Like The Ebola Virus

Bryan Fischer calls for banning all Muslim immigration to the US because Islam is like the Ebola Virus.

Video by Focal Point at AFA Channel, 2014

Joyner Recommends Stocking Up On Water Filters That Will Make You Immune To Cancer

Rick Joyner says a global pandemic is coming, so people should stockpile supplies - especially water filters that will make them immune to cancer.

MorningStar Ministries, 2014

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto

Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for
themselves. The world's entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries
in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of
private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the
sciences? You'll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.

There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought
valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure
their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But
even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future.
Everything up until now will have been lost.

That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their
colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them?
Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to
children in the Global South? It's outrageous and unacceptable.

"I agree," many say, "but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they
make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it's perfectly legal —
there's nothing we can do to stop them." But there is something we can, something that's
already being done: we can fight back.

Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been
given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world
is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for
yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords
with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.

Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been
sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by
the publishers and sharing them with your friends.

But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It's called stealing or
piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a
ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn't immoral — it's a moral imperative. Only
those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.

Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate
require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they
have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who
can make copies.

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It's time to come into the light and, in the
grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public

We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with
the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need
to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific
journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open

With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the
privatization of knowledge — we'll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?

Aaron Swartz

July 2008, Eremo, Italy

Massimo Polidoro - Why James Randi Deserves a Biography

Massimo Polidoro is one of the best known investigators of anomalous phenomena, claimed psychic powers and mysterious happenings. The only full-time student of James The Amazing Randi, Massimo later was a co-founder of CICAP (the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal) and the first Professor of Anomalistic Psychology in Italy, at the University of Milano. He is now the Executive Director of CICAP, a Research Fellow for CSI (Committee for Skeptical Inquiry), a TV personality and a prolific author. He has published 27 books, including Final Séance. The Strange Friendship between Houdini and Conan Doyle and Secrets of the Psychics (both with Prometheus Books).

He is preparing to write the biography of James 'The Amazing' Randi.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bill Nye - Keynote talk

Bill Nye (The Science Guy) gives the Keynote talk and lets us in on his preparation for the "Ham on Nye" Creation Museum debate that took place in February 2014 in Kentucky.

TAM 2014 - Bill Nye - Keynote talk

Jesus - Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

What was Jesus - Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

Hemant Mehta, 2014

Measles: Lessons From the Past


Paul A. Offit, M.D., is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Offit is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Paul Offit is a recipient of many awards including Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Paul A.Offit has published more than 140 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety. Paul A.Offit is the author of five books including Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure; Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All; and and Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine.

TAM 2014 - Paul Offit - Lessons From the Past
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