On Monday’s Fox and Friends , Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade reported on the “all out assault on Halloween.” “Schools across the country are doing everything from banning costumes to even removing the holiday because it may offend immigrants,” Kilmeade exclaimed. Carlson lamented the fact that schools were “cracking down” on Halloween. “I’m sad, I have two little kids and I’m wondering if they’re not going to ever see the American traditions that all of us had.”Guest Jamie Weinstein argued that if schools had a good excuse for banning costumes (i.e. it interrupted school work) he would be okay with such “Halloween bans”, but explained they were giving asinine excuses like “student exclusion”. Weinstein also blasted bans on candy. “I have never once encountered during my years going treat-or-treating someone who overdosed on candy because of one day of enjoying it!” The … [Read more...] about War On Halloween?
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New Horizon is about to do the first flyby of Pluto. It is a historic moment for the Kuiper belt object that was discovered over eighty years ago. Engineers placed the ashes of Pluto’s discover, Clyde W. Tombaugh, on board New Horizon. (His family donated the remains.) Here’s some of the coolest stuff we know so far.Because of New Horizon, we now have a much better sense of Pluto’s geography. Scientists have confirmed that Pluto does have ice caps. Whereas before it was just a good educated guess, given how far away Pluto was from the Sun, now there are pictures. We also now have proof that Pluto has at least one large impact crater and cliffs. NASA insiders are predicting that the best image of Pluto will be released to the public tomorrow.Additionally, there are no sign of rings, yet. It is possible that the rings do not just encompass Pluto, but Pluto and Charon, or even Pluto, Charon, and Pluto’s four other moons. The lack of rings is odd, … [Read more...] about Some of the Coolest Things We’ve Learned So Far from the New Horizons Pluto Mission
There’s nothing better than watching a television show or film try and fail miserably at getting the technicalities behind a profession correct. Many members of my extended family are in the medical profession, and they all tease me for loving House because the science of the medicine is quite frequently wrong. As a meteorologist I understand where they’re coming from, because I do the exact same thing to meteorology movies. That’s why I’ve decided to look into some of the worst of the bunch. The movies themselves aren’t necessarily bad (although they are in some cases—I’m looking at you, Into the Storm!), but the science behind them tends to be absolute garbage. So here we go into the scientific debunking of a few of my favorite bad weather films, in order from most (relatively speaking) to least accurate. 5) Absolute ZeroLet’s just take a second to focus on the title of this movie. Absolute Zero. You know a movie whose title … [Read more...] about Ripping Apart the Science Behind Weather Movies
An Inconvenient Truth and therefore less likely to reach the unconverted, it is still a treasure trove of fascinating facts and ideas.The 11th Hour bombards you with imagery, facts, and that most insistent of all fact-spewing images: the talking head. Make that talking heads, more than 50 of them. If it takes a village to raise a child, clearly it takes scores of experts to educate and activate a complacent public about the lethal dangers to our planet and ourselves, especially, as the title indicates, when time is running out. Co-produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, who has very little face time, the documentary seeks to show the interconnectedness of various assaults on our ecosystems. Rather than focus on a single topic, the film tackles a range of environmental issues: deforestation, air and water pollution, over-fishing, global warming, fossil fuel dependency, etc., slowly weaving a toxic tapestry before offering (some) hope for reclamation.The 11th Hour with at least two … [Read more...] about THE 11TH HOUR