Uh, about those light bulbs the government is forcing you to convert to . . .

See CFDB: Compact Fluorescent Death Bulbs | Verum Serum.

Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on.

Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin’s Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.”

The bulbs are already widely used in the UK following EU direction to phase out traditional incandescent lighting by the end of this year.

We use some of these bulbs.  I like them for lights that are on a lot of the time, such as porch lights.  In theory, it saves money and they don’t have to be replaced as often.

But if they are truly better, then let the market decide!  Our government reduced jobs by killing production on the regular bulbs.

Roundup

Are Tea party conservatives more racist than liberal socialist Democrats? Short answer: No.  Read it all.

Thus, in 2008 Republicans who believe that the government in Washington does too much have 10 times higher odds of not expressing racist views on the in-born ability question than the rest of the population (79-to-1 odds v. 7.9-to-1 odds).

Don’t donate money to Japan – Some provocative points about wise giving.  If discernment isn’t used then funds accumulate in the wrong places and can’t be spent on greater needs.  Organizations like World Vision do a great job of getting to tragedies right away with help, but they can do that because they had the money ahead of time.  I think it is better to give funds to organizations you trust and let them decide where to spend it.  Otherwise you end up with people just giving based on emotions, such as with 9/11, and it causes problems.

Pro-lifers / Christians who support Obama really disappoint me.  As I noted on a Facebook thread, Obama is the most pro-abortion President ever. He is pro-legalized abortion, pro-legalized partial-birth abortion, pro-legalized-if-the-baby-survives-the-abortion-it-is-OK-to-let-her-die and even pro-taxpayer-funded abortion (so pro-lifers will have no choice but to pay for abortions). Christians should oppose every one of those positions.

Why Does Mainstream Media Leave George Soros Alone? – I see lots of protests about the Koch brothers, whom I’d never heard of until recently.  But nothing in the MSM about Soros.  Soros even contributes to false teachers Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistributionWallis, though Wallis pretended he didn’t know about it.  Yeah, most leaders aren’t aware of multi-hundred thousand dollar donations to their organizations.

Wisconsin’s battle over the union label continues to resonate nationwide. Lefties complain about conservative funders David and Charles Koch in often obscene fashion, making juvenile plays on their last name and prank calls like troublesome children. The so-called mainstream media are heavily invested in that strategy, calling the Koch brothers some of the “biggest bankrollers” for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

It’s a theme that almost defies reason. The Kochs openly support things they believe in – especially free markets and limited government. To media types, those beliefs are suspect or even audacious. To the left, they’re criminal or anti-American. Both groups claim to question everything.

Everything, that is, except who funds the left. When that gets mentioned, there is either complete silence or cries of conspiracy at the mere mention of the name George Soros. Yet Soros has given billions around the globe for decades to push his own beliefs. His impact on liberal politics here in the U.S. is unparalleled.

CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulbs are good for some applications, such as outdoor lights that stay on a long time.  But they don’t save nearly as much energy if you have turn them on and off often.  And they are costly and potentially very dangerous.  The instructions for cleaning up after a break are ridiculous.  I doubt that anyone will follow them.

So why is the government forcing us to convert to them?  If they are so much better, why not trust the market to meet the needs of informed consumers?  Why kill jobs at plants making the regular light bulbs?

Michael Behe Hasn’t Been Refuted on the Flagellum – It is hard to believe that those who study the workings of the bacterial flagellum in detail still insist that it evolved.

Planned Parenthood helped abort my siblings: Pro-life video contest winner

I didn’t realize that disgraced womanizer Bob Packwood was an abortion rights champion.  How sad that the pro-legalized abortion women don’t see how people like Packwood use them.  If they can’t see that he cared about himself and not women, they are blind.

A good response to the “Intelligent Design is just religion in disguise” claim:

ID theory posits that some observations are best explained as the result of the acts of an intelligent agent.  The theory does not posit any particular agent and the agent need not be a deity.  It could, for example, be the aliens Dawkins speculated about in his interview with Ben Stein.

To be sure, many ID proponents believe the intelligent agent is God.  But that is a possible implication of the theory, not part of the theory itself.

Neo-Darwinian evolution (NDE) posits that unguided material forces are sufficient to produce all that we see and thus there is no need for a designer.  The obvious implication of the theory is that atheism is a valid scientific conclusion.  Again, Dawkins:  “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”

Many proponents of NDE are atheists.  But atheism is a possible implication of the theory, not part of the theory itself.

You ask if we can declare ID to be religious because some people take ID and run with its implications in theological directions.  Well, a lot of people take NDE and run with its implications in theological directions.  (Atheism is nothing if not a “religous” position)

Tell you what, I am happy to call ID religious if you will also call NDE religious to the same extent.  Deal?