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Eric Pianka Wants To Eat Your Children With Ebola And French Fries [Apr. 7th, 2006|12:01 am]
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So there's been a lot of internet traffic circulating recently about a speech Dr. Eric Pianka gave on March 5th in Beaumont, Texas:
Top Scientist Advocates Mass Culling 90% of Human Population [prisonplanet.com]

I was there. You were not. Nor was anyone at Drudge Report, Prison Planet, Citizen Scientist or wherever else you might've heard the hearsay from.

The story is a lie. Forrest Mims, the writer, with a BA in Government and a fellowship at the Discovery Institute [discovery.org] (creationist think-tank), had a problem with the subject matter and so he wrote a completely dishonest mischaracterization of it. It got in the news, it got in the Drudge Report, and now it's propagated through the internet like it was human-virulent airborne Ebola (which doesn't exist).

Pianka gave a speech saying that we shouldn't keep heedlessly expanding our population- we need to control it before it's too late. Taking a cue from Jonathan Swift [wikipedia.org], he took the tone that "I'm rooting for airborne ebola". The speech was broadcast in part later that night on KFDM Channel Six, the local CBS affiliate, and Pianka was given the Distinguished Scientist Award for 2006, from the respected Texas Academy of Sciences.
Texas is a big place, folks, with lots of universities and a thing called NASA. Science is indeed an export.

Mims wrote that he wants to use Ebola to kill everyone, the cameras were sent away, and the leering elitists cheered like some freakish occult death-cult.

It was a speech about what we need to do in order to avoid mass plague death (which is already happening): we need to quit increasing the population. And the main point of the speech was, what we need to do if we want there to still be an environment to study in 100 years- we need to stop destroying it.

If you're interested in discussion on the topic or further details, I've got a writeup of everything I saw, know, and have learned from being here in the continuing aftermath of it over here [livejournal.com].
If you're not interested in future details, let it be sufficient to know- this is one creationist's vendetta against the concept that humans, too, are subject to extinction, and the entire internet's failure to apply critical thinking to even the most ludicrous of stories.


Edit- HTML fixed. How do I leave the quote out of a hyperlink, I don't know.
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Spring Break is finally here! [Mar. 11th, 2006|12:39 am]
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Finally I can relax! Really relax. I'm leaving for Panama City in exactly 2 hours!
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Dr. Wright's daughter, Jenna R. Wright passed away.... [Mar. 9th, 2006|08:06 pm]
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Jenna R. Wright

Jenna R. Wright of Northampton, Massachusetts, died February 26. A native and longtime resident of Beaumont, she had lived in Northampton for four years. Jenna is survived by her parents, Dr. Stuart A. and Nancy H. Wright; sister, Sarah K. Wright; and brother, Jared M. Wright all of Beaumont; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John G. Heard of Houston; and her paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Wright of Bellingham, Washington. Jenna attended Holyoke Community College in Hadley, Massachusetts, majoring in biology with a special interest in primates. Jenna was named to the National Dean's List in 2005 and was selected to serve as collegiate scholar in the 2006 International Scholar Laureate Program Delegation on Medicine in Australia. Jenna was active in animal care and animal rights and was always rescuing abandoned dogs, cats and a various array of God's creatures. She served as administrative assistant at the Dakin Animal Shelter in Leverett, Massachusetts. Jenna hoped to work one day in the field of inter species communication with Dr. Penny Paterson and Koko the gorilla at The Gorilla Foundation in California. Those wishing to honor the memory of Jenna Wright may do so by sending a contribution in her name to The Gorilla Foundation, 1733 Woodside Road, Suite 330, Redwood, California 94061 (www.koko.org). The Foundation is currently developing a project called the Gorilla Villa, a habitat designed to encourage Koko to mate and teach her offspring sign language. A gathering of family and friends will be from 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Saturday, March 11, 2006 at Broussard's, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont.
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Reminder -- Feb. 22nd [Feb. 15th, 2006|07:50 am]
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[Current Mood |okayokay]

Hey! This is just a quick reminder for anyone who may need it -- February 22 is the last day you can drop or withdraw from a class without a penalty/petition for No Grade.

Just wanted to give you a heads up.
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lots of questions about lamar. [Feb. 1st, 2006|03:53 pm]
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hey! i was thinking of going to lamar this fall. i'm 20 years old and i recently decided to switch to nursing. anyone know about the nursing program? is it hard to get into? i only have about 3 more pre-req nursing classes to take before i can actually apply to the school of nursing (in the spring). do you think my odds are better since i will be finishing up my prereqs at lamar this fall and then applying to the nursing program in the spring? my preq nursing gpa is around 3.2 right now, though my overall gpa is about a 2.2 (yes, low i know, i had a bad freshman year plus some personal stuff).

also, i really wouldn't like to live in the dorms b/c they seem so small. what apts would anyone recommend? is there a bus/shuttle from the apts to the campus or would i have to drive? are there any fun things to do in beaumont?

oh yeah if anyone knows anything about the cs dept do tell...my boyfriend is considering going to lamar.

i hope people respond to this...and if you do, thanks! :)
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POLS 2301 [Jan. 31st, 2006|08:24 am]
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[Current Mood |awake]

Hey, does anyone have Beggan for political science 2301? I missed friday's class & was wondering if we had a journal & what it was? Thanks a bunch!
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Spring 2006 [Jan. 11th, 2006|08:13 am]
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[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]

...The start of a new semester...Good Luck everyone!
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(no subject) [Dec. 22nd, 2005|10:57 am]
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I'm graduating today!

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SIS Online [Dec. 14th, 2005|05:57 pm]
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[Current Mood |irritatedirritated]

Hey! Has anyone else had trouble logging into SIS Online today? For some reason SIS will not recognize my student ID. It gave me an error to go to the Administrative office to be reset? I have never had any trouble logging in before, just wondering if anyone else was having trouble. Thanks!
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(no subject) [Dec. 9th, 2005|11:23 am]
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A story about my movie is in this weeks Examiner (although theres an al misquote in the story)

and Im scheduled to be on the 5 oclock news, kfdm, today.

Tune in folks!
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