Re: Making Sense of It All

Creation by evolution.  God said, "Let there be light" and 50 billion years later, here we are.  This is not the vengeful God of the Old Testament, nor the kinder, gentler face of the New Testament's God the Father, nor is it Allah. I do not believe that one person in the entire history of people can know how it all began, why it all began, or how it will end.  For one group of people to believe that they have exclusive rights to God and Heaven is arrogant and sanctimonious. My southern Baptist upbringing would have me believe that Ghandi, Siddhartha Gautama, all native Americans, and the still remote tribes of South America and Africa are all going to hell with Hitler, Charles Manson, and me.  Rabbinical scholars that study only with the Old Testament agree that the seven day creation tale was created indeed, by its authors, yet Fundamentalist Christians (& GWB) hold it to be true. Wake up and smell the fossil fuel, ya'll.

Why a federal judge ordered White House to restore Jim Acosta's press badge

A federal judge ruled that the Trump administration likely violated the reporter's Fifth Amendment rights when it stripped his press credentials earlier this month.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 16: CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta (R) returns to the White House with CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist after Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the White House to reinstate his press pass November 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. CNN has filed a lawsuit against the White House after Acosta's press pass was revoked after a dispute involving a news conference last week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Acosta will be allowed to return to the White House on Friday.
  • The judge described the ruling as narrow, and didn't rule one way or the other on violations of the First Amendment.
  • The case is still open, and the administration may choose to appeal the ruling.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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Water may be an inevitable result of the process that forms rocky planets

New research identifies an unexpected source for some of earth's water.

Surprising Science
  • A lot of Earth's water is asteroidal in origin, but some of it may come from dissolved solar nebula gas.
  • Our planet hides majority of its water inside: two oceans in the mantle and 4–5 in the core.
  • New reason to suspect that water is abundant throughout the universe.
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