As NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft drew closer to Mercury for its historic first flyby, the spacecraft acquired this image showing a variety of surface textures, including smooth plains at the center of the image, numerous impact craters and rough material that appears to have been ejected from the large crater to the lower left.
A few months ago we reported how Richard Dawkins had been tricked into recording interviews for Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a documentary film intended to promote the Intelligent Design agenda to the American public.
Now, as the film approaches its April release date, it seems its creators are so confident in the quality of their product that they are willing to pay people to go and see it in order to ensure a successful opening weekend.
Christian schools are being offered cash “donations” for every child they deliver to showings of Expelled, which it is hoped they will do by organising compulsory school trips. Parents would be expected to stump up for the price of a ticket, while the school receives at least $5 for every ticket stub they hand back to the filmmakers. The film gets more viewers, the school gets more cash, the kids get intellectually misled, and everyone’s a winner. Except for human progress, obviously.
The White House possesses no archived e-mail messages for many of its component offices, including the Executive Office of the President and the Office of the Vice President, for hundreds of days between 2003 and 2005, according to the summary of an internal White House study that was disclosed yesterday by a congressional Democrat.
The 2005 study — whose credibility the White House attacked this week — identified 473 separate days in which no electronic messages were stored for one or more White House offices, said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.).
I found my car laughing and pointing at the USA.
Congress passed a new energy law in December 2007 that requires automakers to increase fuel economy across the industry to 35 miles per gallon by 2020 — up 40 percent from current levels.
“We’ve done the research and it’s going to cost us $4,000 on some vehicles and $10,000 on others, with an average of about $6,000,” Bob Lutz told reporters at the North American International Auto Show.
I drink your milkshake, even though I opposed drinking your milkshake four years ago. -Mitt Romney
I drink your milkshake, but only if the Bible says it’s allowed. -Mike Huckabee
I may drink your milkshake for another 100 years, if that’s what it takes. -John McCain
I drank a milkshake on 9/11. -Rudy Giuliani
I drink your milkshake, but I’m paying for it with gold. -Ron Paul
America deserves a new milkshake. -Barack Obama
I will fight the corporations so that you can drink your own milkshake. -John Edwards
I have 35 years of milkshake-drinking experience. *sob* -Hillary Clinton
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