Quick note about Dr. Bill Lucas. His resume still has not changed to remedy the situation presented here. No word on how many other people have been conned by him, but I’m curious.
Jerry Bergman has apparently dropped off the face of the Earth, as his book The Long War by Darwinists Against Darwin Skeptics has yet to make an appearance. Maybe it was just another figment of his very active imagination.
I love honeybees. I have for years. I’ve studied a lot about bee biology and bee society. I’ve had my hand in a few hives. Whenever I can, I advocate bee tolerance and appreciation, because, as pollinators, they’re better friends to us than dogs have ever been.
Naturally, I was excited when Jerry Seinfeld’s punnily* titled Bee Movie came out. The movie is beautifully colored, and several giants of the entertainment industry were involved. But sadly, major deviations this film makes from reality cause the pun of its title work on a different level. Namely, the one about quality.
First of all, and the most obvious, the bees in the movie only have four legs. I suppose the midlegs of real bees are hidden under the movie bee’s sweater. There are many problems with the anatomy of bees in the movie from real bees, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to get the number of legs right. Also, never would you find a real beehive with so many males.
It’s unfortunate that such all this effort was made to make this film as attractive as it is, and that this film is a commercial success. Overall, the film’s story would not have been sacrificed if it mirrored reality a little more closely, and instead we have a generation of children who think that bees only have four legs. That may not seem like a big deal, but these things mount.
I don’t understand why reality loses out so often with projects like these. If it didn’t then maybe we all wouldn’t be brainwashed by the bullshit that assaults us from all angles.
* Neologism. Mix between pun and funny.
This was easily the most bizarre meeting I’ve been to.
At the last minute, the venue was changed from Sunrise Academy to Immanuel, a truly impressive mega-church in Wichita. I have to admit, the change of venue to a church itself, and the odd way in which the meeting progressed had me raise the bar on my tolerance level before I’d say anything. Honestly, Ham has gotten rich off this for a good reason, he’s really slick about it, and the whole thing was such an odd mess that observing it was a lot to handle.
What was billed as a Christian rally for “reclaiming the culture,” was little more than a live infomercial.
Not only were all sorts of books available for sale in the lobby, which is normal, but so were DVDs, software, and a few other products like lotion made partially out of mud from the Dead Sea – which the president for Sunrise Academy claimed was for charity to benefit Myanmar.
Then, during the presentation, there were pitches for several different promotional offers during Brannon Howse’s presentation, which started with a lot of seemingly bizarre talk about current events in US politics.
As Howse was wrapping up, he introduced someone named Landon who gave a 15-minute sales pitch on Bible software, that he presented on each of the mega-church’s 2 giant screens.
Then Ham took the stage and made a series of juvenile comments, but I have to give credit where credit is due. He’s a bullshit artist like none I’ve seen. He really is funny and charming, and in his misinformation presentations in person, his delivery is of such a nature that he makes it hard to bust him in front of an audience who is there to buy what he’s selling. And I can tell that he’s scientifically literate, he’s just telling people lies that they want to hear.
After about 30-45 minutes, Ham started using the big screens to promote several of his own books and DVDs for sale in the lobby that were for sale at prices well below his claimed value.
Most of the products available had a value versus the night’s sale price. It was an infomercial. A really, really strange informercial for me, because I was actually there.
I could tell that a lot of the audience was uncomfortable as the product assault progressed, and several of them left as Ham went through product after product after product. And really, out of the crowd of, I think, about 2000, it seemed as though many of them were looking at each other puzzled as Ham spoke out against searching for objective historical truths.
This meeting gave me hope. It seemed for being an audience of die hards, they weren’t as lively or even interested as I’ve seen at most of the other meetings.
I have some audio of it which I will post soon.
I received this email today:
Please note: Ken Ham and Brannon Howse are the speakers for the Wichita Code Blue Rally and the event starts at 5:30pm and will be held at:
Immanuel Baptist Church
1415 S. Topeka
Wichita, KS 67211
Here is a link to the rally workbook.
Please print this out and bring it with you. We don’t have workbooks available at the rally because of the cost of printing.
Please note that the rally starts at 5:30pm and concludes at 9:00pm and will be held at:
We had to move it due to the large response. Please let your friends know so no one goes to the wrong location.
What a strange day brewing for Wichita, KS.
On the same day (Louis) Leakey’s Angel Jane Goodall is speaking at Wichita State University, Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham is speaking at Sunrise Academy. One of the most visible and well-respected scientists alive today at a public university at 2PM, and one of the leaders of the anti-science movement that has made Kansas a laughing stock to the rest of the civilized world at a private school at 6PM.
I’ll be attending both events.
Ken Ham, founder and president/CEO of Answers in Genesis, will present to Sunrise Christian Academy on Saturday, October 13th 2007 from 6PM – 9:30PM. This Worldview Weekend event lists the topics to be:
Answering The Ten Most Common Questions on Creation and Evolution; Sorry Not Saved; Why Are So Many Students Leaving the Church and What Can Be Done; Why I am A Christian; The Key To Reclaiming The Culture; Answering the Most Common Worldview Questions and more!”
I already have my ticket and will be attending this event. I’ll also pass on more information as it becomes available.
Specials thanks to my friends at KCFS for notifying me of this event.
Steve Irwin February 22, 1962 – September 4, 2006
On the Thursday, August 30th, 2007 broadcast of the Late Show with David Letterman, Dave was in the audience for what appeared to me to be the infamous, “Stupid Human Tricks.” He called a name when I tuned in, and a man in shorts close to the isle rose. In the usual small talk chit-chat before each little showtime, Dave asked the man what he does. He said he’s a scientist. Dave seemed to be thrilled, a little bit more than usual showbiz thrilled. He shook the man’s hand and said, “Wow, I don’t believe I’ve ever met a scientist.” And they talked about it a bit. The man said he works at North Carolina, etc. but that’s all kind of moot in the light of Dave’s confession.
David Letterman has been one of the highest profile media figures for a generation, and, whether it’s true or not, said that may be the first time he’s ever met a scientist. Perhaps if something had happened to where he felt he had met one earlier, maybe more of us would feel like we have met one ever. I feel like I’ve met Biff Henderson, Mujibur and Sirajul, and a huge assortment of actors, actresses, models, and musicians because of his show, and judging by what passes as news these days, many others have as well.
That’s not a soapbox rant. That’s an observation.