Monthly Archives: November 2009

More evidence that Christians tend to be batshit insane.

Not all of them, of course. But I really am getting annoyed that the supposedly “normal” Christians are not doing a better job at taking down people like “Amber” at “Christwire” who tells us that she is “Extremely Terrified Of Chinese People … but I’m not a racist.”

The article in question is painful to read. Very very painful. Eric Michael Johnson addresses it quite nicely here. Right now I lack the patience to do what Eric has done. Please check out his overview.

The motto of this blog … Christwire.org … is “Conservative Values for an Unsaved World.”

That says it all.

Evolution’s Path May Lead To Shorter, Stouter Women Who Give Birth Earlier

From a Yale press release:

Yale University researchers have detected the effects of natural selection among two generations of contemporary women and predict their descendents will be slightly shorter and chubbier, have lower cholesterol and blood pressure and have their first children earlier in life.

The predictions, which were made in the Oct. 19 online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, were based on an analysis of women who have participated in the famous Framingham Heart Study, that began in 1948. The results illustrate the medical value of evolutionary biology principles, 150 years after Darwin published The Origin of the Species, the authors say.

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Go Green Expo: Minneapolis

The Go Green Expo is, according to its organizers, the nation’s leading eco-focused, interactive and educational showcase. It will debut at the Minneapolis Convention Center this coming weekend, including talks, presentations, and exhibits from a variety of sources including “green businesses”. The idea is to promote energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products and services. The Expo will include interactive seminars featuring leaders in the green industry, local politics, and community organizations.

I’m going to be officially blogging it, so if you are going send me an email, maybe we can hook up. More on this later!

vaccinating many more people could slow the seasonal influenza virus’s ability to evade vaccines

The seasonal influenza virus is extremely adaptable: each year, it evolves ways to evade vaccines, forcing vaccine makers to come up with new formulations.

That evolution, known as antigenic drift, occurs when viruses change the sequence of their major surface protein, known as hemagglutinin (HA). HA is one of the primary targets of the natural immune response and key to eliciting an effective vaccine response.

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