Apr. 7th, 2006

oneirophrenia: (Mad Scientist 1)
Now, how 'bout this, folks? Bill Nye the Science Guy pissed off a bunch of Christians by--get this--

anger[ing] a few audience members when he criticized literal interpretation of the biblical verse Genesis 1:16, which reads: “God made two great lights — the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.”

He pointed out that the sun, the “greater light,” is but one of countless stars and that the “lesser light” is the moon, which really is not a light at all, rather a reflector of light.

A number of audience members left the room at that point, visibly angered by what some perceived as irreverence.

“We believe in a God!” exclaimed one woman as she left the room with three young children.

This is just disgusting. The man was only using a Biblical statement as a jumping-off point to explain how certain astronomical phenomena work. Scientists, many of whom believe in God, have been doing so for hundreds of years. The fact that something like this could happen in the United States of America, in the YEAR 2006, is absolutely sickening to me. I pity those three children whose mother dragged them from the auditorium. They're going to grow up to be Bible-thumping idiots just like their mother, who probably believes the "greater light" and the "lesser light" actually revolve around the earth.

I think it's time for Christians who support science to start coming forward and reigning in their fundamentalist insanity that is spreading like cholera through this nation. As an atheist, I can yell until I'm blue in the face about the validity of science, but remember, folks: You can't trust an atheist. But Christian idiots will trust non-idiotic Christians...as long as Christians committed to the validity and utility of science are willing to take a stand and set aside issues of faith and just try to set the dummies straight.
oneirophrenia: (Brain Surgery)
Also, I'm thinking of covering the Birthday Massacre's "Lover's End" for my next live show. I never realized how creepy the lyrics are until I looked them up this evening. Witness:

Hands cover whispers of the lovers' fright
Fear-cloaked renditions of that autumn night
Digging up rumours of the kids in the park
What awful things happened in the dark?

Take, just one last dare
Pretend you don't care
Till twilight falls
Wait, is someone else here?
And I can't stop my tears
I've never been so scared

In the cellar buried 6 feet deep
The lover's shaken from a dreamless sleep
Nails clawing splinters from the ceiling and floor
Shrieking like the witches til his stitches are sore

Take, just one last dare
Pretend you don't care
Till twilight falls
Wait, is someone else here?
And I can't stop my tears
I've never been so scared

Calling for the other, searching for her lover
Secrets she discovers drain her face of color

1.. 2.. 3.. 4 Underneath the cellar floor
5.. 6..7..8 Lover will suffocate

I know it's not exactly "medical" in nature--save the "Shrieking like the witches 'til the stitches are sore" line--but...burying your ex alive under your cellar floor and then, a la "The Black Cat" by Monsieur Poe, going mad with guilt and starting an urban legend? You can't get anymore Pegritzian than that! :)

Also, what do y'all think of this photo I took last night as a standard "Derek C. F. Pegritz" promotional pic:

oneirophrenia: (New Year's Eve)
A lot of cool shit happened on June 26th, throughout the ages....

363 - Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield.
684 - Benedict II becomes Pope.
1284 - According to legend, the Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away.
1409 - Western Schism: The Catholic church is led into a double schism as Petros Philargos is crowned Pope Alexander V after the Council of Pisa, joining Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon.
1483 - Richard III becomes king of England.
1807 - Lightning hits a warehouse in Luxembourg, killing 230 people.
1819 - The bicycle is patented.
1857 - The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.
1924 - American occupying forces leave the Dominican Republic.
1934 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Federal Credit Union Act, which establishes credit unions.
1934 - Initial flight of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first practical helicopter.
1940 - World War II: Under the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the Soviet Union presents an ultimatum to Romania requiring it to cede Bessarabia and northern part of Bukovina.
1945 - The United Nations Charter is signed.
1948 - The Western allies start an airlift to Berlin after the Soviet Union has blockaded West Berlin.
1959 - The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America's Great Lakes to ocean-going ships.
1960 - Former British Protectorate of Somaliland British Somaliland gains its independence
1963 - John F. Kennedy speaks the famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner" on a visit to West Berlin.
1964 - The Beatles release the album A Hard Day's Night.
1973 - On Plesetsk Cosmodrome 9 persons are killed in an explosion of a Cosmos 3-M rocket.
1974 - The first retail product (a pack of chewing gum) was sold using a barcode reader.
1975 - Indira Gandhi establishes authoritarian rule in India.
1977 - Elvis Presley gives his last concert.
1978 - Air Canada Flight 189 to Winnipeg overran the runway and crashed into the Etobicoke Creek ravine. Two of 107 passengers onboard died.
1979 - Muhammad Ali retires.
1993 - The U.S. launches a missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait.
1997 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment.
1997 - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), the first book in J.K. Rowling's hugely popular Harry Potter series, is published.
2003 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas.

The only cool person born on June 26th--other than me--is Chris Isaak. I love Chris Isaak, too, so that is awesome.

And no one interesting at all died on my birthday.

The end.


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