The Trans Panic Epidemic: The Daily Show

The Trans Panic Epidemic: The Daily Show


So, what is it
that scares so many people about transgender communities? And what’s it like to live
as the focus of that fear? Jessica Williams finds out. WILLIAMS:Iowa’s most famous
for its cornfields,
butter sculptures, and butter
sculptures of cornfields.
Until last summer, when
transgender woman Meagan Taylor
tried to check in to the Drury
Inn in the city of Des Moines.
We sat down with Taylor herself
for an exclusive tell-all.
I could tell when I checked in to the hotel that it was…
it was…Shh. I got this,
real Meagan Taylor.
It was July 12, 2015.You presented your I.D.
to the hotel manager.
Hi. I have a reservation.But she was onto you.Fearing for her life,
she took immediate action.
WOMAN:And that’s when the cops came
and all hell broke loose.
But let’s rewind here.What triggered the cops
to respond?
You pull out a gun,
and then the cops come
and you’re arrested? None of that happened. Well, did you pull out a knife? ♪ ♪ No.Well, did you do drugs?Nothing of the sort. Well, then why the hell
were you arrested? Um, I got arrested because
I was a black transgender woman.Specifically, cops held her
because she didn’t have
a prescription
for her hormone pills.
And this is 2016.What were you doing in Iowa? I was there going to a funeral. -You were there for a funeral?
-Yeah. And did you get to attend
the funeral, -at least? -I didn’t get
to make the funeral at all. How long were you in jail for? I was in jail for eight days. I’m sorry. I… It’s terrible. Take your time.Ugh, I thought it was tough
being a black woman.
But compared
to a black transgender woman,
I might as well be
a white frat dude
at a Dave Matthews concert.Transgender women get arrested
all the time, especially
black transgender women, just by walking down the street
or anything.And by anything,
she means literally anything.
Because of discrimination
and profiling,
at least 47%
of black trans people
will have at some point in
their lives been incarcerated.
Let’s underline, bold, and set
fire to that
(bleep)graphic,because it’s 47%.You think there’d be laws
to correct this.
But instead, this year alone,state legislatures
have introduced
175 anti-trans bills.Many make it legal
to discriminate based solely
on religious beliefs.And then you have
these bathroom bills.
REPORTER:It would fine
and imprison transgender people
who use public restrooms
that don’t match
the gender
on their birth certificate. WILLIAMS:That’s what’s really
triggering this trans panic.
Just listen
to Colorado representative
and Elmer Fudd look-alike
Gordon Klingenschmitt.
Should we fear
the transgender community? Well, they not only want
to be confused about their own identity, but they want the rest of us
to be confused with them. Now they want the government
to join them in that pretense. -They’re making us into liars.
-Wow.Okay. I met
with these so-called liars
to find out
what their evil intentions are.
There’s a notion that
trans people are perpetrators in some way, that we’re sneaking
and trying to trick you for the purposes
of having sex with you. And that’s not the case at all. People just want
to see male and female, like it has to fit in one
of those two boxes, and if it doesn’t,
it makes people uncomfortable. -And it’s surely not a choice.
-That’s all you need to know.Well, not according
to Klingenschmitt, who thinks
that we’re all going to
get attacked in the bathroom.
A man can go into a ladies’ room and assault you
and your little girl.Especially in
our most important bathrooms.
Next time, ladies,
you go out to Olive Garden, watch out who’s gonna be
in the bathroom. There’s no reported incidences
of any trans person ever raping or assaulting anyone
in any bathroom ever. If anything, trans people
are the ones getting assaulted.These people are up against
some bull(bleep).
There must be some small way
I can help them out.
Give me some offensive comments
or questions, and I’ll give you
some good answers that you can use
in your day-to-day life. Why are your feet so small? Oh. You think my feet are small? -You have a (bleep).
-Wow. Whew! Okay, that’s guns a-blazing
on that question. Um, I don’t currently
have a (bleep), so… -How much?
-How much for…? -Sex.
-Oh, (bleep). Uh… -How do you have sex? -So,
are your parents ashamed of you? -What’s the gender mark on your
ID? -When do you tell them that -you’re really a man?
-I don’t know. When it’s appropriate? Do you have cadaver tits? -Don’t tell me what that is.
-What’s your real name? -Yeah. I just want to know.
-Yeah. What’s your name? -Tell us.
-Did you chop it off? Do straight women date you, -or gay women?
-How much would it cost? -(overlapping chatter)
-Do you like to suck (bleep)? -(overlapping chatter)
-What’s your real name? WILLIAMS:The transgender
community is more oppressed
than I could have ever
imagined,
so why does Gordon feel
so threatened?
Have you ever been attacked
by a transgender person? Is that why this is happening? No. Have you ever had a traumatic
experience with a trans person? I wouldn’t call it
traumatic, no. I-I… -Devastating?
-Yeah. No. You haven’t?So why does he feel this way?Dressing like a woman,
and he’s not a woman. WILLIAMS:Wait a second.
This guy’s a preacher, too?
And he thinks what?It’s not just
a psychological disorder. It’s actually a demonic spirit. WILLIAMS:
Okay, so now they’re possessed?
Go on.I would be comfortable talking
about religious freedom, but I’d have to change
into my alter ego if you’re okay with that. You have to change
into your alter ego? Who are you, Lady Gaga?
Go on ahead and change.Okay, hold up.
Is everybody seeing this?
I am actually waiting
for this man to transition
so that he can feel
more comfortable
during our interview.Oh, and also, hey, heads up.I am not judging him
for his personal choice.
Until he took out his phoneto judge others
for their personal choices.
And Deuteronomy 22:5 says, “A woman must not wear
men’s clothing, “nor a man wear women’s clothing for the Lord your God detests
anyone who does this.” I don’t remember that part, -but there is a part
about shellfish… -Mm-hmm. -…or stoning people to death.
-Mm-hmm. Getting tattoos. But what about their sincerely held
religious beliefs? They can go (bleep)
in their (bleep) hand, -because we have separation
of church and state. -Mm. Because we believe
in our constitution. WILLIAMS:Nevertheless,
these bathroom bills
are being passed,and Gordon is doing everything
he can to make it happen.
Get used to the idea of having your women
and children share bathrooms with cross-dressing men who are going to expose
themselves to you. Do you, for whatever reason, associate being transgender
with being a pervert? I mean, that is perversion. It’s people who label themselves as transgender for the purpose
of getting that access to violate the rights of others. Is it fair to say
that because you’re a priest that you’re a pedophile? Well, of course not. Why is it, “of course not.”?
Why? Because some people
are criminals, and some people
are not criminals. Could you take that logic and apply that
to the transgender community? They’re apples and oranges.
I think… By apples and oranges,
do you mean apples and apples?Unfortunately, a lot of people
think like Gordon.
So how can we end
this transphobic epidemic?
Hopefully, they can understand
that we are striving towards becoming a more
authentic version of ourselves, after a lot of soul-searching
and a lot of thought, and sometimes a lot of trauma
and tragedy. Passing these bills is
absolutely going to just add fuel to the fire
and ignite trans panic.Trans panic, panic, panic.WILLIAMS:They’ve existed
since the beginning of time.
They are not
who people think they are.
Girl, you know
we need to elevate that leg. WILLIAMS:
They come out at night.
-Stop! No!-Or during the day
depending on their schedule.
You forgot your hat. WILLIAMS:
They have an appetite.
When they’re hungry.You’re really gonna love
this salad! WILLIAMS:
This summer, get ready for…
the most boring movie everwhere transgender people
cause… transpanic!
(yelling) Lights went out again. WILLIAMS:Even though they’re
just like the rest of us.
What else is on Netflix?

How do you stop a drug epidemic? | The Uncertain Hour

How do you stop a drug epidemic? | The Uncertain Hour


We live in a great country. You can do anything, you know? You can grow up from a guy on a farm struggling to make ends meet to be president one day. Anything is possible. That same kind of hope is not available for everybody. You have to first acknowledge that we have a drug epidemic and that it’s out of control. It’s going to take a village, it’s going to take a community to stop the drug epidemic, but it’s going to take that first step. It really takes a change in the mindset of the person. Either pull yourself out or hang yourself. I mean, it’s up to you, really. You can’t do it for them, and if you do, then they’re just going to fall right back in to what they were doing. I think it’s always going to be there. If the people want to do it, they’re going to do it, no matter what it is — pain pills, meth, heroine. It’s not all touchy-feely, let’s fix the problem for the person who’s the addict. It’s also punishing the person who is getting those individuals addicted. Jesus is the answer. Not only will he deliver you, but he will make your heart whole. He will give you new life. I think to stop a drug epidemic, you’ve got to help the people who are already in trouble, and you’ve got to keep people from starting the path that gets them into trouble. So you’ve got to educate on one side, keep them from starting, and you’ve got to give people hope on the other end. Maybe work in the middle with doctors and pharmaceutical companies to try to reduce the usage.

Emotional support animals: has America’s ‘epidemic’ gone too far?

Emotional support animals: has America’s ‘epidemic’ gone too far?


Right, should I shut this before
he tries to get out? Emotional support animals, known as ESAs,
have exploded across America in recent years. With controversy never far away. Dexter the peacock, an emotional support animal, had a ticket but United wouldn’t get him on board. Every time a peacock appears in an airport
or a hamster gets flushed down the toilet, the row around their use ignites again. I’m not going to let them take my goat. ESAs are protected by law but critics
argue the system is being exploited by pet owners without genuine mental health problems. That’s just a bit of velcro, right? Now with airlines and stores across the US drawing up their own rules around animal access, has the rise of the emotional
support animal gone too far? So Wally is going to be this long. Or are the more exotic animals sensationalising and diluting a growing
solution to mental health conditions? The real epidemic is the mental health
problem in America. Joe Henney’s ESA is one such animal. Hello Joe. How you doing? A four-year-old American
alligator rescued from Disney World in 2016, months after a bigger gator had attacked
and killed a two-year-old boy. That’s about his meal size. When was the last time he ate? About three months ago. Three months? Well, he’s eaten once in three months. What did he eat? A cow? No, he just ate two chicks. Well, you’ll never gonna grow to be 15ft
without a better appetite. I really thought I would be more nervous but because he’s so calm… That’s how we started tv shows back then. Joe is no stranger to the camera, having presented his own hunting and fishing show 20 years ago on local TV. I would not recognise you. Back then, it was all about me. I was always into animals,
I loved hunting, I loved fishing. I wasn’t an emotional person back then,
I was a very selfish, ‘all for me’ type of a person. I never thought I’d ever go to heaven… You know, it didn’t take much
to push me off the edge to fight. We were walking down the street and I said:
‘I’m gonna knock out ten people with ten shots.’ the third or fourth person out
came through and I reached up and I hit him…
when I hit him, I knew the sound was different because I broke his neck. He lived but he is now today even a paraplegic What I did … I destroyed
his life, I destroyed him. Just because I was cocky. And I went into a real bad depression. I went to the doctor about it and they wanted to give me
antidepressant pills and when I took one pill and I hated how it made me feel. So I didn’t take more, I called them and said,
‘I am not taking this pill’. Stroking him is kind of addictive. While he is a little more exceptional
than most gators, he’s really super laid back, but I guess because the way we’ve
handled him, he knows when somebody needs a hug. Buddy you are cold, ain’t you? When I went to the doctors, they said, How are you getting on with depression? Wally the gator. They said, ‘are you serious?
OK, that’s better than any pill that I can give you.’ Why don’t you get Wally registered
as a support alligator? I said, are you nuts? An alligator? How’s going to register
Wally as an alligator? ‘Hey, didn’t he help you through depression?’ Yeah. ‘Well, that’s emotional support.’ He loves being petted,
he loves giving hugs. Because he’s a wild animal, it only takes
one moment where he is misbehaving and something really potentially quite
serious could happen. He literally could tear a foot off me. Yeah. People have been
bitten by service dogs. Yeah. Service dogs!
Very well-trained! Most ESAs are neither as unusual
or as placid as Wally and their presence on university campuses
has been at the frontline of the debate, with critics arguing they are nothing
more than a crutch for young people at a time when they should be outside
their comfort zone. Hello! Hi! When I registered my emotional support animals,
they said I was their first guinea pig, so I was kind of their
trial for guinea pigs… You were the guinea pig guinea pig. Do you worry at all that, because
your guinea pigs are at home that you are not pushing
yourself outside of your house enough, to battle against the anxiety issues you have? I have so much schoolwork
that I am a lot of the times in here, but what I do is, the people that I know,
I offer: ‘Hey, why don’t you come over, we can work on school work together’. It can also help them because I do have
another friend who has anxiety and she loves the guinea pigs. Is it working? I definitely think so, absolutely. If I am having a really bad day, I’ll just hold
her and her squeaks just make me smile, like things like this, it just calms you down. Hi. How’s it going? Oh, there we go. It was inevitable really, wasn’t it? Thank you, yeah. I’ve just been urinated upon
by a guinea pig… Oh, that’s fun! Would Corvo like that?
Will he be upset? OK, hi Corvo. Are you aware of the sort of controversies
around emotional support animals? There’s a lot of people that will fake
paperwork in order to have an animal with them because
there’s a lot of apartments around here that don’t allow any form of animals. I am going to need you to move, sweetie. Oh my goodness! Yeah… Oh Corvo! Me managed to find the corner. Problems like this are exactly the reason
why a lot of housing doesn’t allow animals in it. Yeah, most universities don’t want to risk it either. Damage like this seems a small
price to pay for your mental wellbeing. Yeah, it’s … I am more than willing to cover that
at the end of the semester, it was honestly a mistake. Naughty Corvo. Despite the potential for animal-related accidents, a recently opened pet-friendly dorm means even non-ESA animals have a place on the Lock Haven campus. We have three hamsters, one cat
and five rabbits. Wow, OK. If you asked me 10 years ago,
I would have been absolutely, ‘there’s no way!’ Everybody’s vying for the same group of
students to get into higher education. Anything you can do to make your college
attractive to students is going to work. Right, yeah. Do you know, I’ve not handled
a hamster for a number of years… Has anybody dropped her? What’s the greatest height she’s fallen from? As of right now, she hasn’t really fallen yet. OK, right, so the pressure is on for it not to happen. I wanted to get an emotional
support animal but then we got this pet policy. It’s basically the same thing,
it’s just less of an inconvenience to get it all sorted with the disability
services and all that stuff. Do you feel that a pet can be as good as a drug in
treating mental health problems? I think so. I mean, with me having these animals,
it makes me think about taking care of them, and I can’t take care of them if
I can’t take care of myself, so this is a more natural way of having
those happy hormones around. It’s not just in the US where ESAs are triggering debate. We’ve had newlyweds in here spending their night… Wow! In this one here. OK, I might not have this room. Is it haunted? Absolutely, yeah. In Canada, Toronto native Bill Steel ran into trouble when he relocated to a former jail in New Brunswick which he now runs as an Airbnb. I mean, they say prison’s
a bit like a hotel but this one isn’t, is it? Yeah. Although it is! It is. Princess! This is Mama. This is Deputy, Deputy goat,
and this is Princess. Hey Princess! Hey Princess! Why goats? It was always my dream,
with my son, to have goats and I got the goats. There is a need for them, which is to deal
with my depression. Part of that is obviously losing my son. He’s with me all the time, yeah. I had to make funeral arrangements
three or four times for my son… Before he died? …they said,
‘we don’t know if he’s going to make it to the next day, you have to talk to him about
where he wants to be buried.’ Where do you want to be buried, Billy? You want to be buried here,
you want to be buried there? Do you want to be cremated? Do you want to be … whatever. No parent should ever have to do that. I feel I died the day my son died. Does that thing work? You know, when people ask that,
they get an automatic drive in it, that’s my rule. Bill took me on a tour of
Dorchester, the village he now calls home but with which he has an ongoing legal dispute. They say his goats are farm animals
and as such, are banned from the village. I’ve had a lot of support in the
community for the goats, I haven’t had anybody that lives
here ever say anything bad about them. Really, nobody? Nobody, nobody ever. That’s the municipal office right there. So the problem is stemming from that office there? Right there. Which is very close to your property. It’s right in my parking lot. Have you read these documents? I agree with most of these documents.
Basically, it says, he’s got three goats. This was served to me in person
by a sheriff. Oh, right. Is this piece of paper all you feel you
need to win the court case? Yes. It says: Mr. Steele has been suffering from
resistant major depression for the past two years, his goats have been beneficial
to his mental health and I recommend that he keeps them as emotional support animals. And that’s signed by your physician. My physician, yeah. I am not giving up my goats. And I think the doctors
and the people in society are saying, hey, if it helps him, why not? same with cannabis and stuff like that, does it help? I don’t know but a lot of
people say they are better, that’s good enough for me. That’s good enough for me. Much of the anger around the explosion
of ESAs has been directed online, where multiple companies have sprung up
offering certification that critics suggest is nothing more than a
money-making scam. I travelled to Wisconsin to meet Prairie Conlan. He’s good for an emotional support dog. Clinical manager for one such company,
CertaPet. So I am going to go through the process of registering my mythical emotional support animal, So you can definitely see what it looks like. Straight away you have to give your
payment information… Just like when services are rendered, when you go to the therapist office or the doctor,
you pay right when you start. If I am trying to get my pet certified,
it’s quite easy to know which type of answer will get the response you’re after. Absolutely. You’re going to have people trying to game the system, they try to game every system. How many pets has CertaPet certified? We average about 1.2 million users per month,
less than half a percent of that actually get an emotional support animal letter. There is no doubt that emotional support
animals have exploded in recent years, some have labelled it an epidemic. Are there people making money from it? Is there something uncomfortable
about the two things there? Well, for sure. Not only is it horrible for the clients that actually need it,
it’s horrible for me when I’ve been threatened ‘we’re going to get your license,
you’re a terrible person’, I mean … terrible things. And I’ve thought, do I want
to continue to do this? And the thing is, every single time the
answer for me has come back yes. Prarie took me up to meet her horse, True, at a stables nearby. Look horses scan you,
they see what you really have and they’re reading you
because you know we have different energies. Don’t stand behind a horse,
I know that much. Can you tell me why mental health
is so important to you? I’ve always had an advocate’s heart,
I like to stand up for people that are different. You know, being an adopted kid
in a small town and then siblings of different races
that were adopted. We were always different. For me, I always
felt like I could stand up for myself. People that have mental disabilities, anxiety, depression, they can’t stand up for themselves a lot of times. We don’t need to cheat them out of an experience just by quickly getting them in and out
of an office and adding to the opioid addiction. Something as ‘silly’ as being able to sit with
your dog and take your dog on a plane. I see it change lives
everyday. That’s a pretty amazing feeling so… There may be limited scientific
evidence that animal-assisted therapy actually works. But the anecdotal
evidence is firmly in their favour. He was only that long when we got him. I want our kids to see me hold that alligator. With the stigma around mental health
finally being confronted and emotional support animals offering many people a
genuine alternative to medication, a compromise needs to be struck between
the rights of the individual, those of society as a whole
and the animals themselves. Oh my gosh. Oh, he’s just so adorable. We need something like this to give us
attention and that was huge to me. He puts a smile on your face, doesn’t he? Yes, he does.

Holy Hallucinations 22: Termites and Tosspots

Holy Hallucinations 22: Termites and Tosspots


This is a response to BereanBeacon’s video,
“Termites Place Hex on Evolution.” But before I begin, I’d like to correct
a couple of gross oversights from Holy Hallucinations 21 where I neglected to mention a pair of
great Youtubers who produce material in the areas of philosophy and theology. So if you
haven’t yet been exposed to the fascinating and educational videos of philosophy professor
SisyphusRedeemed, or the eloquent and beautiful deconversion and theological productions of
Evid3nc3, then you really should head over to their channels and click the yellow button.
So now, back to the subject of this episode and that’s the user BereanBeacon and one
particular example of the seemingly endless feast televisual craptitude that you can find
on his channel. I’ll be referring to you as BB for the purposes
of this response, so I hope you don’t take offense, but if you do feel so inclined then
I’d hold off until you see the rest of the video because I can assure that my little
nickname for you is going to be the least of your worries.
Like many of your videos, this one features an episode of the anti-science radio show
“Creation Moments” featuring a feeble-minded, geriatric creationist named Ian Taylor. It
seems Mister Taylor’s sole qualifications for disparaging evolutionary biology are an
undergraduate degree in metallurgy and the willingness and ability to lie like the pope
at an HIV prevention workshop. But lest I be accused of indulging in baseless
ad hominem attacks, let’s take a look at what the old fossil had to say about the evolution
of termites, and then ‘ll explain exactly why he’s either talking straight out of
his arse or has his head stuck up it. “The nest was discovered in in fossilized
wood from Big Bend National Park in Texas. Other scientists examined the grains under
a microscope and found that they were hexagonal in shape. That distictive shape told them
that the grains were termite droppings, and these droppings were identical to those made
by modern termites. With this discovery, they holes in the fossilized wood suddenly made
sense.” It’s hardly surprising of course to hear
a creationist talking crap, because it sometimes seems that that’s all they’re capable
of doing when placed in front of a microphone. The discovery that your rationally challenged
colleague’s referring to was published by David Rohr and colleagues in the peer-reviewed
journal Geology in January, 1987. The fact that this particular episode of “Creation
Moments” was broadcast in March of 2011 is a testament to the breathtakingly fast
pace at the cutting edge of modern Creation Research.
Now on the whole, Taylor makes a reasonable summary of this part of the paper apart from
his description of the fossilized frass as being “identical” to that of modern termites.
The authors of the actual paper do make an argument that the droppings are termitic in
origin because among extant insects only termites and roaches produce hexagonal droppings. They
argue against the possibility that the frass was produced by roaches, firstly because the
pellets were too small; secondly, because modern wood boring roaches prefer to live
in rotting wood and the petrified specimen in question appeared to be sound; and finally
because of the similarity of the distribution of the fossilized frass within the wood and
that of modern origin. At no point, however, do the authors state
that the frass is identical to extant termite fecal pellets, which begs the question as
to why this shriveled old fart said they did. I suspect that what he was doing was opening
the gate to prepare the way for him to drive through his muck-spreader and really start
spraying his shite. But before we see him completely lying his
nuts of for Jesus, let’s watch him as he starts up his tractor.
“The wood had been tunneled out in the same way that modern termites tunnel wood. the
nest was in the centre of the wood, just like modern termite build their nests. These ancient
termites had placed their droppings around the edge of the nest. Modern termites do the
same thing to plug any air leaks and to prevent draughts. In short, every evidence says that
termites from the time of the dinosaurs were built just like modern termites and that they
behaved in the same was as modern termites.” Once again, our budding manure magnate deliberately
overstates the case. Nothing in the paper in any way says, implicitly or explicitly,
that the insects in questions were, ”built just like modern termites.” In fact in their
conclusions the authors clearly state, and I quote, “Because the material reported
here is in the form of trace fossils, and no termites were preserved with the frass,
it is impossible to definitely prove that termites were responsible.
Now, the authors do indeed argue that termites were responsible for both the nest and frass,
and that this fossil is the oldest known example of both. And they also contend that this specimen
represents one of the earliest pieces of evidence of social behavior in insects. However arguing
and contending are very much different to stating as fact, and while these authors do
point to similarities between various aspects of these remains and their extant counterparts,
they never claim that they’re identical because they don’t have the evidence to
justify doing so. In fact, it’s very interesting to just compare
the language used by this creationist cretin and the scientists whose words he’s mining
like a dung beetle that’s just discovered an elephant’s outhouse. While Rohr and colleagues,
like all good scientists, use more circumspect and intellectually honest language when putting
forward their interpretations of the evidence, Taylor resorts to the dogmatic absolutism
of the religious zealot who, certain of the infallible truth of his scripture, can’t
even conceive of the possibility of being wrong.
So at no stage did the paper say anything about the morphology of these animals themselves,
but it appears that this wrinkled old prune doesn’t feel in any way restrained by such
trivialities as common decency or the facts. It seems that Mister Taylor is either demonstrating
the true value of his metallurgy degree in the area of evolutionary paleobiology, or
merely being a compulsive liar. Of course he is a creationist apologist, so perhaps
I shouldn’t be surprised. So with all that said. I’d love to ask this
stupid old bastard exactly which of the more than 2000 species of extant termites he thinks
these invisible fossils are “just like?” That comment alone speaks volumes about the
childish and simplistic mind that we’re dealing with here.
And now we get back to the question of why Farmer Taylor is so insistent on misrepresenting
this physical evidence. So now that he’s fired up his John Deere, let’s take at look
at what he’s been planning to do with it. “That there is no evidence of termite evolution
in this nest agrees perfectly with the Bible’s claim that all things reproduce after their
kind.” And there we have it. With this devious sleight
of hand the creatard claims that these ancient termites that weren’t actually in the fossil,
that produced similar fecal pellets and that behaved in a similar manner, are in fact the
same as the termites that are alive today, and so evolution must not occur. One can only
wonder whether he read the same paper I did. Or whether he read it at all.
And so a 65-million year-old fossil that was found in a late Cretaceous formation and in
itself conclusively negates biblical creation and a young earth is, with a generous dollop
of dishonestly, a liberal sprinkling of sophistry and a side dish of reprehensible lies is served
up as proof positive for the Abrahamic creation myth. And here I’ve been for the past year
arguing that there’s no such thing as magic. Of course, there’s nothing new here, just
a rehashing the same dismal failed arguments we’ve heard time and time again with organisms
such as crinoids, various mollusks, shrimp and plants and, of course, coelacanths, otherwise
colloquially known as living fossils. All your deceptive little muck-raker’s done
is substitute the word “termite” as an excuse to spew out the same old pathetically
unconvincing bullshit. This argument of course completely ignores
the well-documented concept of evolutionary stasis. It’s been clearly understood for
decades that evolutionary lineages can and do remain relatively stable morphologically
over periods of millions of years in the absence of dramatic changes in selective pressures.
This stasis is maintained, at least in part, by the statistical stabilization of gene pools
in large populations by allele dilution and gene flow, although the exact contributions
of these and other factors are the subject of active debate and research by today’s
evolutionary biologists. Thus, given a sufficiently large breeding population and a sufficiently
stable environment evolutionary theory easily accounts for phenotypic persistence, be it
in snails, or shrimp or fish or termites. However, over longer periods of time even
this persistence of phenotypes begins to apply only to gross morphology. Zoologists and paleontologists
with the appropriate training and experience are able to easily distinguish similar species
within the fossil record and to differentiate extant species from their extinct relatives,
even creating mathematical algorithms to quantify these differences.
Of course none of this matters to the fatuous creatards who try to propound this stunted
and sickly runt of an argument in its many forms. The fact that this concept has been
explained countless times does nothing to prevent them from gleefully interpreting stasis
as an absence of any evolutionary process at all, presumably by conceitedly using a
maxim along the lines of “it looks the same to my ignorant and untrained eye, so it is
the same.” By way of an example, let me quote from a
random paper I selected on trilobite morphology that demonstrates the detail and precision
used by a trained professional: “Granulation is coarsest on the posterior half of the axial
rings, on the glabella and cheeks, and on the pleural ribs of thorax and pygidium (pahy-jid-ee-uhm);
furrows are finely granulated to smooth.” In contrast the creationists who make these
arguments about living fossils essentially simply assert the lack of any evolutionary
change with no evidence or argument and no reference to any specific specimens or morphological
features. Essentially they best they can do is: “sure looks the same, don’t it? Hyuk,
hyuk.” That might impress you, BB, but it elicits an entirely different response from
anyone who can tell the difference between a laboratory and a lobotomy.
Now, before I wrap up this section, let’s get back to the subject of termites so I can
show you what a little real research can do. Based on morphological analyses of extant
species and on the fossil record it’s been long accepted that termites and cockroaches
are descended from a common roach-like ancestor. Unsurprisingly more recent DNA analysis has
confirmed this to be the case, providing three independent verifications of the evolutionary
relationships of these insects. Additionally, Mastotermes darwiniensis, the
most roach-like of the termites is the only one that carries an endosymbiotic bacterium
that’s common to all cockroaches. Researchers predicted that these Blattabacteria should
have co-evolved their hosts and recently conducted a molecular analysis of a number of roaches
and termite and their respective microbial symbionts. The resulting phylogenies of both
insects and bacteria were almost identical, and provided a breathtaking validation of
evolutionary theory, for only evolution both predicted and provides an explanation for
the convergence of these cladograms. This is just one example of the countless
equally impressive pieces of evidence that all converge inexorably to the same conclusion:
that evolution is a fact that is beautifully explained by the theory of the same name regardless
of what cretins like Ian Taylor have to say about it. And if he doesn’t like it – then
he can stick it up his compost heap. So now that I’ve dealt with that, it’s
time to turn my attention back to you BB. I have to say that I initially found the second
half of your video a little surreal as it was, to put it mildly, a bit of a non-sequitur.
I’m not sure whether this was an editing error on your part or merely a sign of a short
attention span, but you changed the subject faster than William Lane Craig after an honest
question. So, let’s do the same and take a look at
what you had to say about that stale and rancid puddle of Creationist vomit known as the Life
Science Prize. “They could easily shut down us creationists
by simply taking doctor Mastropaulo’s challenge and defeat him. If they have any evidence
they could bring us to an embarrassing halt as creationists. They could silence out voice.
They could make us look like morons.” Of course it wouldn’t take a scientist accepting
this challenge to make creationists look like morons because they’ve been doing a bang-up
job of that themselves for over a century. And if you don’t believe me then just take
a look at some of the many fine examples of stupendous fuckwittery from your fellow mentally
castrated intellectual eunuchs right here on Youtube.
So now let’s get back to the challenge. Firstly, let me point out that your faith
in your apparent hero, Joseph Mastropaolo, is as misplaced as your faith in your pitifully
childish and patently fallacious fairy tales. You see, it seems that the good doctor is
a kinesiologist with a PhD in the field, although, according to his entry in creationwiki, not
a particularly good one since his record of 6 peer-reviewed publications in an academic
career of over 26 years is about as impressive as a pair of hamster testicles dangling off
of a bull elephant. So while this may qualify him to comment on
the correct posture for a creationist to adopt while talking endless wank to avoid a case
of terminal brain-strain, it hardly fosters confidence in his ability to debate the veracity
of evolutionary theory with even a moderately qualified biologist. I strongly suspect that
if such a debate ever took place he’d be picking the shrapnel out of his arse for a
year afterwards. Secondly, it took just five minutes for me
to find two published accounts of exactly how Mastropaulo and his slimy henchmen reacted
when Biology Professors Michael Zimmerman and non-other than Richard Dawkins probed
them by pretending to be interested in a debate. It was more than amusing to read how their
enthusiasm dried up faster than a suspicious stain on a priest’s trousers after choir
practice when anyone even vaguely resembling an unbiased and/or qualified adjudicator was
suggested. The desperation in their frenzied attempts to extricate themselves from the
possibility of being called on their bullshit was nothing short of palpable despite the
liberal seasoning of false bravado. From just these two accounts it should, be
more than blindingly obvious to anyone whose brain isn’t seeping out of their anal sphincter
that Mastropaulo has no intention in participating in a debate. This particularly odious and
dishonest little reptile uses the façade of a genuine challenge to publicize his intellectually
indefensible position, and this is no more evident than the fact that anyone who declines
to participate in his charade is automatically adjudged to have lost the debate by default.
As a result he’s collected more so-called victories than an evangelical preacher has
venereal diseases and proudly displays his dishonesty on his web page, presumably either
because he’s too stupid to realize exactly how big a douchebag this makes look like or
because he thinks it’s OK to be a lying tosspot as long as you’re doing it for Jesus.
So, aside from this being a tactic that I might expect from a fifth grader that takes
the “short bus” to school, it’s one of the most underhanded and reprehensible
kinds of behavior imaginable. If this is the kind of lying pustule you need to fall back
on to cling to your primitive superstitions, BB, then perhaps you need to ask yourself
whether they’re really worth clinging to. Because from where I’m standing it appears
that you’re tossing very things your religion is supposed to stand for into the same cesspit
that Joseph Mastropaulo’s wallowing in. “They don’t do it because the rules for
Life Science Prize restrict them to real science. Not propaganda. Not the power of the pulpit.
They also have many pulpits in their favor. Not the power of that headlines. They’re restricted
to science and that’s why they won’t contend for the Life Science Prize.”
So presumably it was this fear of debating “real” science that compelled Michael
Zimmerman to suggest that the judge be at least a member of the National Academy of
Science? Presumably this is also why he suggested a definition of evolution (that is, “change
in allele frequency over time”) that has been in virtually, and I quote, “every biology
textbook for the past half century.” Scared of science, BB? Really?
If your Doctor Douchbag was so keen to debate science, then can you explain why he wouldn’t
accept these quite reasonable terms? Why he insisted that this scientific debate could
only be adjudicated by a superior court judge? Better still, can you explain why he wouldn’t
even accept Zimmerman’s suggestion of using an ordained priest, Dr Francisco Ayala as
a judge? Could it be that it was because Ayala is a past president of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Science? Could
it be that Mastropaulo didn’t explain why Ayala was unacceptable because he was too
busy browning his kecks at the prospect of being shown up for what he really is?
So you see, BB, if by “science” you mean what every sane and rational human being on
the planet understands by that word, then it’s pretty clear that the only one avoiding
a debate on it is your Doctor Dickhead. If, on the other hand, by “science” you mean
that hazy, ill-defined concept that seems to roughly approximate to “anything that
conflicts with my delusional belief system”, (you know,the same usage that I’ve heard
coming from such monumental Youtube fucktards such as Nephilimfree and Eye2EyeIIIV?), then
you might have a point. Because at the end of the day, working scientists
have much better and much more productive things to be doing with their time than pandering
to the hallucinations of a bunch of feeble-minded, deceitful simpletons.
So quite frankly, BB, you and Joseph Mastropaulo can take your pathetic and transparently dishonest
little challenge and stick it back up where it belongs to keep it safe and warm. Because
all you’re doing by parading it around so proudly in public is demonstrating quite clearly
how your Beacon is running on only a 5-watt bulb.