Thursday, 28 May 2015

Prominent Alberta Creationist Makes Most Important Alberta Fossil Discovery In Years

Sixty million year old fish fossil found by creationist. (Photo: University of Calgary)
Alberta creationist, Edgar Nernberg operates a backhoe and he sits on the Board of Directors at the Big Valley’s Creation Science Museum which is likely the Creationist Ground Zero of all of Canada! Yes, Alberta is living up to its reputation.
The "Dinosaurs and Humans" display shows considerable evidence that not only did dinosaurs exist recently, but that humans existed with them.  This evidence is fatal to the evolutionary dogma which has dinosaurs extinct at least 60 million years before humans evolved.
Big Valley Creation Science Museum (source)
I need to go! I need to go right now!

So anyway, Edgar was busy operating his backhoe -- digging a basement, a typical thing for a fossil expert to be doing -- and runs into one of the oldest and most important fossil finds ever in Alberta!
"When the five fish fossils presented themselves to me in the excavator bucket, the first thing I said was you’re coming home with me, the second thing was I better call a paleontologist," Nernberg said in a statement.
You can read all about Nernberg's find over at the University of Calgary news site.  Darla Zelenitsky is pretty excited by the pristine condition of the fish. They also come from a period right before the asteroid impact that toasted off the dinosaurs.
“Because complete fossils are relatively rare from this time period in Alberta, any such discoveries are significant as they shed light on the nature and diversity of animals that lived not long after the extinction of the dinosaurs,” says Zelenitsky. “These fossil fish are important because they are very primitive representatives of a large group of bony fish known today.”
You won't find mention of Nernberg's wacky creationist views at this U of C website though. They think this fossil is 60 million years old. Nernberg's pretty positive they're under 6,000 years old, because: BIBLE. Dinos and humans and the fish and everything were all together -- how else would the ark thing have worked, right?

Big Valley Creation Science Museum (source)
As Nerberg puts it, them fish don't have best before dates on them, or something.
It's hard work in a world where evolution and a timeline measured in the billions of years is widely accepted -- but Nernberg says he doesn't mind, knowing his point of view is the right one.

"There's no dates stamped on these things," he says, sharing a good-humoured chuckle about a discovery that has him working alongside the ideological enemy, so to speak.
Is it a miracle or was the Devil in control of that backhoe?

Denver Archdiocese: Get Them While They're Young

There was a clear message sent to the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland with the recent referendum there on same-sex marriage: the rights and freedoms of people -- regardless of their sexualilty or gender trump the dusty outdated dogma of an increasingly more irrelevant religious institution.

I wonder how the Catholic Church took the message?
“I was deeply saddened by the result,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.”
Alright then. Not so well, I suppose. So now more evangelization will be necessary to counteract this. Perhaps at a younger age, since it seems like it's the younger generations who don't have any problems with LGBT people getting married or living their lives in peace. Better tell them how wrong that is at an early age -- before their brains are developed enough to actually think about anything you're telling them, right?

Wash them brains and make them nice and clean and shiney real early.

The Archdiocese of Denver's got something to say about this 
"In an increasingly secular world, the reality is this: The souls of our children are the battleground," he wrote. "As the shepherd of the Archdiocese of Denver, I must do everything I can to help those who form children win that battle."
When I was younger, I didn't get confirmation until I was into my early teens. I can still remember the priest talking about how I had to go to battle for the Church and then he smacked me on the cheek. It was beautiful. The idea now is to get them all confirmed before they can even think for themselves -- because teens are starting to seriously question an institution which calls their gay friends -- or them! -- sinful.
Currently, baptized Catholic children receive their first communion in the second grade, with confirmation following in their teens. The so-called "restored order" will have children receiving both confirmation and first Eucharist in third grade at the same Mass.
The reasoning behind this is to allow children to grow their faith. Isn't that what unicorns, superheros, faeries and dragons are for?
"The idea is that if we make this available earlier, it allows children the ability to grow their faith as they grow up," Elmer said.
My five year old is starting to ask some pretty heavy questions and watches Bill Nye the Science Guy daily. I suppose the Church should have gotten to him in utero.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ottawa Keeping Details of Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia Secret -- Hint: 'Human Rights'

Canadian designed and built LAV III by General Dynamics (source)
Last year around this time, I wrote about the Harper Government(tm) keeping really quiet about human rights violations in Saudi Arabia so they can sell them light armoured vehicles... which can be used for crowd control (aka. human rights violations) by the Saudi government.
So perhaps by next Valentines Day, the Saudi religious police can use these vehicles to dramatically crash into florist shops and wrench flowers and chocolates away from terrified people who wish to make gifts to their loved ones -- or perhaps just use the guns to blow them to pieces? The LAV III -- brochure here -- comes with a M242 Bushmaster 25mm cannon, a secondary C6 7.62mm co-axial machine gun along with supplementary Mag58 turret top MG in swing mount and 76mm smoke grenade dischargers. That last item seems like it would be great for riot dispersal and the brochure promises great Supportability and affordability.
Well, next Valentines Day happened and now Ottawa has chosen to keep the deal with Saudi Arabia totally secret, because: $15,000,000,000.
The Department of Foreign Affairs argues it must keep deliberations secret regarding this deal – by far the largest export contract ever brokered by Ottawa – citing the need to protect the “commercial confidentiality” of General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, which makes the light armoured vehicles.

Ottawa maintains this despite the fact that Foreign Affairs, by its own stated rules, is required to screen requests to export military goods to countries “whose governments have a persistent record of serious violations of the human rights of their citizens.” Among other things, it must obtain assurances “there is no reasonable risk that the goods might be used against the civilian population.”

The $15-billion sale of fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia, first announced in 2014, represents a big win for the Harper government’s efforts to build up Canada’s role as a global arms dealer by championing weapons exports. But Ottawa is not going to share its analysis of how this transaction will pass muster with the federal export controls regime.
Exactly what I want Canada to be known for: a global arms dealer.

Remember, we're talking about Saudi Arabia, who threw Raif Badawi into jail for 10 years and torture him with whips for blogging stuff. His own wife and children are now in refuge here in Quebec. They have religious police who roam the streets and you can easily get beheaded for any number of reasons -- just read about it.

What could drive a Conservative government to completely ignore such vile and abhorrent violations of human rights? What drives a Conservative government -- Stephen Harper that is? Fifteen billion dollars, of course.
As an example of how light armoured vehicles (LAVs) might enable human-rights abuses, rights activists allege it was Canadian-made fighting vehicles that Saudi Arabia sent into Bahrain in 2011 to help quell a democratic uprising. Asked if it believes the Saudis used made-in-Canada LAVs when they went into Bahrain, the Canadian government doesn’t deny this happened. It only says it doesn’t believe the vehicles were used to beat back protests.
Honestly, it makes my stomach turn that Canada will be giving the Saudi kingdom -- an insane theocratic dictatorship which considers atheists to be terrorists -- the means to beat down and oppress their own people and the people of neighbouring countries.

Of course any suggestion that Saudi Arabia knows anything at all about human rights is an absolute farce and that's why the government is keeping this information under wraps. It makes me want to ralph.

So what about all this business about human rights the Conservatives went on and on about? Oh, sorry, I meant religious rights and the religion of fundamentalist Islam is doing just fine in Saudi Arabia, thanks. That must be why Andrew Bennett has nothing whatsoever to say about the House of Saud.
The Conservative government, trying to boost arms sales by Canadian companies overseas as defence budgets are trimmed in the United States and Europe, has nevertheless styled itself as a champion of human rights during its latest term in office. It created an Office of Religious Freedom with an ambassador-level appointment, Andrew Bennett.

This week, however, Foreign Affairs refused The Globe and Mail’s request for an interview with Mr. Bennett on the arms sale to Saudi Arabia. “An interview cannot be arranged but please send your questions for Ambassador Bennett and we will have answers prepared,” the department said.
Well, I guess everyone has a price -- the conservatives, so-called offices in support of human rights, and of course the innocent and beaten down people of Saudi Arabia.

It's nice to see how religion can truly rise above worldly matters like trade deals, right? It's great to see such lofty Christian principles. Verily, the brotherhood of man.

Completely despicable.

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