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Peters Denounces Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling; DeMaio Responds

MattthewCScallon: Apparently you and Hobby Lobby both agree that Plan B pills are abortifacients. If so that makes both of you anti-science. How so? Science has long known that the plan b pills are not abortifacients, but simply prevent ovulation just like regular birth control pills do. Get it? Plan B is not an abortifacient, no matter what you, Hobby Lobby and other junk science lovers call it.

Hobby Lobby is OK with birth control pills but wants to draw the line with plan B. Why? Because they harbor a false belief that plan B causes abortions in spite of the scientific evidence that it does not. Sadly, the Catholic supremes allowed a falsely held belief to deprive women of safe emergency contraception. Bummer!

July 3, 2014 at 5:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

SDSU Basketball Wasn't Always A Hot Ticket But It Is Now

As a former North County Times subscriber, I really missed the hot and saucy columns that Jay Paris used to write for the Times. I am so glad to see that he can continue to do his thing at KPBS.

March 24, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Creation Museum Denied Membership By San Diego Museum Council

MrsGrundy: All humans possess a pseudogene for tails. Pseudogenes are mutated remnants of genes that used to function in our ancestors. Occasionally humans are born with tails - i.e. the pseudogene mutated and became partially functional - and these human tails are surgically removed in all "civilized" societies soon after birth.

Stop and think about it: pseudogenes like those that build tails and the pseudogene that we possess that used to code for an enzyme that makes vitamin C are pieces of evidence for evolution. Creationism can not explain human tails or why humans and guinea pigs are the only mammals that cannot synthesize vitamin C and therefore suffer from scurvy.

If you don't accept the evidence for evolution, why do you opt to receive a novel flu vaccine each year? If creationism were true, viruses could not evolve and there would be no need for vaccinating against the newly evolved flu virus each and every year.

November 30, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Creation Museum Denied Membership By San Diego Museum Council

The argument that only godless humans accept the overwhelming evidence for the theory of evolution via natural selection is totally wrong. During the Dover Intelligent Design trial a few years back, ten thousand ministers of the gospel signed the "Clergy Letter Project" revealing their acceptance of the theory of evolution and its compatibility in their minds with their religious practice.

Ken Miller, a stout defender of evolution and science teaching in general, is a practicing Catholic. Miller teaches Biology at Brown University. He testified against the Intelligent Design Creationists at the Dover trial. Check out his book, "Finding Darwin's God. if you are interested in a scientific discussion of the evidence of evolution, and how accepting that theory can be compatible with Christianity I recommend his book.

November 13, 2013 at 6:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Creation Museum Denied Membership By San Diego Museum Council

Including the Santee Creationist Museum in the San Diego Museum Council would be a big mistake. It would confer a legitimate museum label on a museum based on pseudoscience and faith-based reasoning. There is no scientific basis for creationism, which completely lacks explanatory and predictive power. On the other hand, the theory of evolution readily explains the unity and diversity of life on earth.

Museums, especially museums dealing with scientific phenomena should provide consensus science to the public. Creationism and its more recent offspring, Intelligent Design creationism, have no place in a scientific museum setting. Taking children to such museums is similar to the indoctrination provided by dictatorships, and, I believe, is a form of mental torture.

November 13, 2013 at 8:27 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Backyard Trees Might Spell Doom For San Diego's Citrus Industry

My wife and I have around 16 producing citrus trees on our 5 acres in north san diego county. The fruit they produce is very important to us. Recently a state agency found the asian citrus psyllid on citrus trees in our neighborhood. The agency posted notices with a scheduled spraying of two different pesticides designed to eliminate the psyllid pests.

Knowing of the damage done to the Florida citrus industry, I was very pleased that the state was both monitoring our area and willing to proactively spray to prevent the spread of this pest.

Unfortunately, our neighbor declined the offer to spray from the state and said that he would "inspect" their citrus trees.

If the state had the freedom to spray every citrus tree in my neighborhood as well as in other neighborhoods, we might be able to avoid HLB infections. However, with some folks avoiding the free CA state spray program I fear for the worst. Did I mention that currently there is no organic method to avoid this terrible disease?

October 23, 2013 at 7:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lilac Hills Ranch Proposal Challenges County General Plan

My wife and I have lived nearby for over two years.

Accessing the site from either Interstate 15 or Old Highway 395 involves traversing very narrow, winding - sometimes very tight winding - roads that include some blind curves. It will be very expensive to remedy this road issue.

Additionally, the developers plan to utilize lots of groundwater pumping in order to satisfy the water needs of this project. They claim that using well water is sustainable. How is it sustainable to use fossil water for this purpose? Hello! We are entering climate change & global weirding that will result in a serious reduction in the snowpack that most of California depends on for water. Additionally, water from the Colorado river is oversubscribed, and can't rationally be considered sustainable.

In the final analysis, should the potential profits of the developers take priority over the needs of neighbors for safe travel on existing roads and the neighbors use of current wells to irrigate small avocado and citrus orchards?

July 3, 2013 at 1:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Review: 'Greedy Lying Bastards'

Where in San Diego it is playing?

March 14, 2013 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why The Young Are Not Leading The Fight Against Climate Change

The natural world disconnect in the young is sad but true. When I was young, my friends and I collected insects and spiders. While my son was growing up, his friends were wild about video games. They spent much time indoors watching TV and video gaming, and this was before the internet.

My hope is that their teachers, especially the science teachers of the world, can re-engage our youth. Unfortunately many K-12 teachers deny climate change themselves, and so they are no help at all.

November 28, 2012 at 7:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )