NatGeo Article: “New “Super Earth” Found at Right Distance for Life”

We have made amazing progress in just the last few years!

Stopping sex traffickers in the US

STOP THE TEACHING OF CREATIONISM IN OUR SCHOOLS

This is a petition to the Indiana Senate to stop the passage of a bill that undermines the value of our education system. It is vital to our standing in the world to maintain a high standard of education within our schools. Lets keep religion and creationism out of our science classrooms and out of our public schools. Let’s uphold the constitution and give our children a brighter more intelligent future.

“Researchers at Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies have released their annual analysis of global temperatures

 

This graph is an eye-opener:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/picture/2012/feb/01/nasa-global-temperature-big-picture?fb=optOut

 

As I understand it, some researchers have shown that in the course of earth’s history we are experiencing one of the most rapid increases in global temperatures ever. The increase that we are experiencing in just a few decades should have taken millennia if compared to similar increases in the past. Even with a million years to adapt many species could not cope with such changes in global temperature.

But don’t take my word for it – do some digging!

Think not only of the rights granted you as a citizen of your country and a citizen of the world, but the obligations and duties that you can fulfill to be deserving of those rights. Do your part to earn those privileges bestowed on you for good conduct and contribution to the common good. Think not only of yourself but of the generations that shall come after you and afford them the same possibilities that you now enjoy. Remember that change is constant and the only question is whether or not that change will have a positive effect on our future and our children’s future…

Equality Now!

www.equalitynow.org

An organization fighting for basic human rights, education, and equality for women and girls around the world; and fighting against their mutilation, subjugation, and exploitation…

Population Connection

www.populationconnection.org

An organization dedicated to promoting sustainability and population stabilization for our children’s future…

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services

www.gems-girls.org

An organization that empowers young women and fights their exploitation in the US…

Wildlife Conservation Network

www.wildnet.org

An organization that promotes the conservation of our incredible variety of wildlife and ecosystems around the world…

Parents Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

www.pflag.org

An organization for the friends and families of the LGBT community that are committed to equal rights…

National Center for Science Education

www.ncse.org 

An organization working to ensure that science is taught in the science classroom and that key elements are not left out based on religious legislation…

Paraphrasing:
“If your reason for avoiding evil is a fear of a god’s wrath or your reason for being good is to please him to earn some reward than neither of those are noble reasons at all.”

To further elaborate:
Even if you believe in a god, it seems to me a very shallow set of morals if you cannot see any reason to avoid hurting others or doing good without that god’s express command…
Perhaps one should consider how one would act without religious guidance or belief in order to measure their level of ethics, and I think most would find that much of what they hold to be good or worth doing is, to some degree, innate in their character.
There are as many natural explanations for ethical behavior as supernatural. And I perceive that it is better to have or develop some standard of ethical behavior that you would adhere to without supernatural beliefs, should the time come that your belief system no longer holds any relevance to you…

I haven’t slept much today as I have been thoroughly absorbed in some research. It’s late nights like this that seem to bring out my motivation. The creative juices flow and the sense of urgency and purpose within me grows. If only I could share the passion I feel, the desire to do some good in the world.

There is so much to be done and I am honest with myself; the effects of what I or we do now may not accumulate for many decades. But we must start NOW. There is so much work to be done and so little time within each of our lives to influence the future of our fellow beings and the world at large.

Take action. Stand up for something. Find honor in what you do. Fight for and inspire those who aren’t ready to fight for themselves.
Fight the men that exploit and abuse women and girls. Stand up for science education. Take action every day to preserve the natural wonders of our world. Make it matter…

Mike

Science-Based Life

The voice of the anti-vaccination movement is growing louder by the day; therefore we have to do our part in presenting the scientific evidence which clearly shows that vaccines are safe, effective, prevent terrible childhood diseases, do not cause autism, and are not given to children too fast or in too large of an amount.

Here are a number of resources that are helping people out (with a number of my own additions) in the autism-vaccine discussion. Better yet, if you have any resources that you have found helpful in the vaccines and autism debate (or any other debate about vaccines), make sure to share them in the comments below so we can develop a resource for everyone to use.

[I will keep an eye on the suggestions and update the page accordingly.]

Informational Resources on Vaccines, Autism, and Safety

Vaccines for Measles, Mumps and Rubella in Children

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A great summary of the myths being perpetuated about the “dangers” of childhood vaccination

Science-Based Life

Thanks to the great work of our skeptical sympathizers in Australia, we have another science-based refutation of anti-vaccinationist claims by Dr. Rachael Dunlop. You can find the full story here, but allow me to summarize some excerpts of each myth and response below. Keep in mind that these are only summaries, and much more information on this “immunization cheat sheet” can be found at the source.

The Myths Surrounding Vaccination

Myth 1: Vaccines cause autism.

“The theory that vaccines cause autism was first suggested by Andrew Wakefield in 1998. Since then, Wakefield’s paper has been discredited and withdrawn from The Lancet and Wakefield has lost his medical licence for showing ‘callous disregard’ for children’s welfare.

Since 1998 there have been countless large and comprehensive studies looking for a link between vaccines and autism, but the evidence keeps coming up negative.”

[Many more studies showing that there is no link…

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