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Greydon Square – The Kardashev Scale

15th Aug 10 (Sun) Leave a comment

About two years after The CPT Theorem, atheist rapper Greydon Square comes roaring back with his third opus… The Kardashev Scale.  I ordered the CD and got the digital immediately for free.  If you only want the digital, it’s priced right at only $8.99.  It’s excellent – gonna be in my best of 2010 list!

http://greydonsquare.bandcamp.com/

“Its title comes from the Russian Scientist, Nikolai Kardashev, who in 1963 Kardashev upon examining cosmos came up with the idea that some galactic civilizations would be perhaps millions or billions of years ahead of us, and created the Kardashev classification scheme to rank such civilizations. With the Kardashev Scale, Greydon employs creative samples from respected astrophysicists like Michio Kaku and Carl Sagan, a feature track with Canibus, and 19 new songs to add to his expanding catalogue of music.”

~Dan – np: Greydon SquareThe Kardashev Scale

Expelled: No Intelligence At All

19th Apr 08 (Sat) 9 comments

OK. Horrible bad propaganda film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, is horribly bad propaganda. Don’t bother seeing it. If you do bother seeing it (like me), don’t bother paying for it. I didn’t.

Ben Stein: wow… he’s a bad interviewer / main guy in a documentary film. Let’s just say that he could take some “be captivating” tips from Morgan Spurlock, or some “how to ask interesting questions” tips from Michael Moore, or some “get a clue” tips from Colonel Mustard… in the study… with the candlestick. Boring guy. I guess I shouldn’t have expected more from him… Bueller… Bueller… Bueller?

Oh, but a personal friend from Cincinnati was spotted twice. Let’s call her J.S. She was in the picket line in front of the Creation Museum opening (in N.Ky). I spotted her twice, and it was cool to see a friend on the big screen while being 2,600 miles way. Her husband (let’s call him G.K.), also at the “event,” wasn’t spotted by me. He was likely inside giving face time to BBC and CityBeat about how this museum isn’t really science.

Anyway, back to the movie. It was a heavily ID-backed movie. It was trying to claim how “cdesign proponentsists” are losing out in academia due to their views on ID and science. They are “losing their freedom.” Um… ok. ID is fine if you want to believe it, but it’s religion and not science. Why should it be taught in governmentally-funded schools? It’s religion, not science. Believe it, fine. Use government money to teach it? Um, no.

As Richard Dawkins posted in his review of the film (entitled “Lying for Jesus?“), it’s full of “lord privy seals.” They are painfully all over the place. They talk about something, then cut to stock footage of it. It was painful, I tell ya. They also butchered the interview with Richard… taking one of his statements out of context, making him sound like he believes in aliens who may have first seeded life on this planet. Most of what they got of Dan Dennett, P.Z. Myers, Eugenie Scott, et cetera didn’t seem too much out of context, but definitely from an “us versus them” stance and likely not the forefront of their taped discussion(s).

Worst part of the movie… linking Darwin to Hitler… as if Hitler wouldn’t have done what he did were it not for The Origin of the Species. Ben Stein took over 30 minutes (easy) making that link, not including the “lord privy seals” inferring it earlier in the movie. Um… there was racism before Darwin. There was hatred of other races, and slavery of other races, way back in The Bible (endorsed by God even). Hmmm…

Oh, and (per the movie) Planned Parenthood is evil… it’s all about eugenics. ::sigh::

I don’t know. If you want to know more about the film, go here: Expelled (the link is… http://www.expelledexposed.com/)

Expelled, the movie, equals A COMPLETE & UTTER FAIL.

In a similar religion and movie theme… I am looking forward to Bill Maher & (Curb Your Enthusiasm/Seinfeld/Borat writer-director) Larry Charles movie this summer… Religulous. The topic is interesting, but I also really dig Bill Maher & Larry Charles.

~Dan – np: TurtleBarking at Some People Walking By

PS- here’s a parody video put out by the Richard Dawkins Foundation…

Addendum (post review)

This “Dawkins Rap video” was made by the Expelled folks, alas, it’s funny nonetheless…

Apparently the Anti-Defamation League, which fights anti-Semitism, renounces Expelled‘s connection between Hitler and Darwin as being an inaccurate connection that the movie made…

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HolNa_52/5277_52.htm

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