Thursday, August 17, 2006

Please shoot me. Ann Coulter and I have agreed on something.

Her recent editorial is titled, Terrorists Win: Deodorant Banned from Airplanes.

It's what I've been saying for some time. We are doing exactly what the terrorists want us to do by succumbing to the vague threat of someday being attacked in some unpredictable way. We are surrendering our sanity, and our leadership is aiding and abetting the terrorists by creating rules and restrictions that don't make us any safer.

Mind you, after the headline, it's all downhill for Ann. In addition to her blatant racism (implying Arabs don't use deodorants), her completely fact free writing is all vintage Coulter.

So I guess you don't have to shoot me. Even a stopped clock is right twice in a day.

Friday, August 11, 2006

So in what category would you suppose the USA is worse than former Soviet client states or extremely conservative religious cultures? Visit this graph on the National Geographic website.

When it comes to evolution, folks in the USA are less likely to accept it as correct than folks from most other Western nations. Only Turkey is worse, and the others that are near the bottom of the list are former Soviet client states or countries distinguished by very conservative religious cultures.

However, liberalism vs conservatism isn't a universal predictor. The Netherlands, a country which is notorious in the USA for its liberal drugs policy, has about 1/3 indicating they either don't accept evolution or don't know about it. On the other hand the UK, a country that in many respects echos USAn conservative values, ranks 6th highest as accepting evolution.

Curiously, Japan was included in the list. Since when is that a Western country? Not surprisingly, evolution is accepted by more people in Japan than in all but four Western countries in the list. Which kinda makes me think that the predictor for this result might be effective public education. I bet if you lined up test scores for science and engineering with this chart, they'd be a pretty close match. has another article about this situation.