Barack Obama Says Mitt Romney Is A Bullshitter

Where was this guy in the first presidential debate? In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Barack Obama says Mitt Romney is “bullshitter”.

There are some things about this presidential debate that has most people baffled. First, everybody who’s not a voter registered with the state of Ohio feels left out of the actual campaign, whereas Barack Obama’s politeness had many ask what happened to the guy that promised change four years ago. But just several days to go before the actual election, it seems Obama took off his gloves and called Romney a “bullshitter”.

The first presidential debate was boring, polite and had people wondering what is going on with Obama. Whereas Mitt Romney isn’t a strong debater, Obama could have sealed the deal weeks ago, but he didn’t. He seemed so fascinated by something on his desk that he seemed oblivious to Mitt Romney’s controversial claims. LIAR would have yelled Jon Stewart and millions others at home.

But in a recent interview with Rolling Stones, Obama finally called Mitt Romney as so many people see him “a bullshitter”. Oh, yes he did. Douglas Brinkley, the Rolling Stone writer who took the interview, told Obama about a story the magazine’s executive editor Eric Bates had about his daughter. The kid wanted him to tell the president “you can do it”.

Obama liked what he heard and gushed: “That’s the only advice I need. I do very well, by the way, in that demographic. Ages six to 12? I’m a killer”. He then added: “You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, ‘Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell”.

Obviously, their moms will have a mild heart attack hearing their daughters and sons using profanity like that, but you’ve got to hand it to the president: he kept it clean for a year, while Mitt Romney had it coming so many, many times.

Spokesman Dan Pfeiffer later asked reporters not to get “distracted” by the president calling Mitt Romney a “bullshitter”. “The president is someone who says what he means and does what he says” the spokesman added.

But, in the end, Obama is still that polite politician who knows how to use the right words at the right time. It’s nice to finally have him voice out what so many Americans believe of his rival.

Largest Milky Way Photo Depicts 84 Million Stars

Ever tried to count the stars above your head? So have researchers in Chile who took the largest photo of the Milky Way. The stunning 9 giga-pixel Milky Way photo depicts 84 million stars!

Remember when as a child you’d try to count the stars in the night sky? Always it’d be a thrilling experience in the beginning, until several dozen later you’d give up crushed by the immensity of the task. Researchers in Chile gazed at the sky too, looking to count the stars, but through the “eyes” of a powerful observatory. The result is the largest photo of the Milky Way galaxy, showing 84 million stars.

The largest Milky Way photo was taken by the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA), a tool used by researchers with the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. The amazing photo of the Milky Way has 10 times more stars than any other image before.

The 9 giga-pixel picture of the Milky Way is zoomable and if it would ever be printed it would be 30 feet long by 23 feet tall, or 9 by 7 meters. The picture of the 84 million stars looks at the one of the most challenging areas in our galaxy, the cluster of ancient stars that thrive around the core of spiral galaxies.

“Observations of the bulge of the Milky Way are very hard because it is obscured by dust” said Dante Minniti, researcher with Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and part of the team that took the stunning photo of the Milky Way. “To peer into the heart of the galaxy, we need to observe in infrared light, which is less affected by the dust” Minniti added.

The spectacular photo of the Milky Way isn’t just for aesthetic purposes. It should give researchers a better understanding of the stars that live at the core of spiral galaxies. “By observing in detail the myriads of stars surrounding the center of the Milky Way we can learn a lot more about the information and evolution of not only our galaxy, but also spiral galaxies in general” said Roberto Saito, lead author and expert with The Milky Way Millennium Nucleus.

Researchers managed to identify 84 million stars in the stunning photo of the Milky Way. “Each star occupies a particular spot in this diagram at any moment during its lifetime” explained Minniti. “Where it falls depends on how bright it is and how hot it is” but the new data will help experts “make a census of all the stars in this part of the Milky Way”.

Meteorite Space Buddha Statue Likely Fake

When it first made the news, the space Buddha statue drew a lot of attention. Obviously it caught experts’ eye and one expert says that the meteorite space Buddha statue is likely fake. It is still made from a meteorite, but it’s not the original statue.

It wasn’t necessarily the fact that the statues was carved from a rare meteorite, but its association with Nazi Tibet expeditions that put it under the spotlight. It was the same reason that had researchers take a second look at the space Buddha statue, that one expert says it’s not as ancient as people seem to believe.

According to Achim Bayer, Buddhism expert, the Buddha statue said to have been carved from a rare iron meteorite a 1,000 years ago is likely a fake. It’s not the authenticity of the meteorite that the Buddhism expert is challenging, but the statue’s origins. According to his expertise, we’re most likely looking at a 20th-century fake.

Achim Bayer is an expert in Buddhism with the Dongguk University in South Korea and claims that the meteorite space Buddha statue is not that ancient. The expert made a report about the statue, that he believes it was carved sometime between 1910 and 1970, labeling it an European reproduction.

The expert bases his claims on several features that he calls “pseudo-Tibetan”. In other words, Achim Bayer found little details in the carving that don’t exactly pan out with how Tibetans saw the world some 1,000 years ago. As a matter of fact, the details in shoes, trousers, sleeves and even the beard are more similar to what Europeans envisioned about Tibet and Buddhism.

On the overall, the expert found “thirteen most salient points” such as the fact that “the lama is neither barefoot nor does he wear traditional boots” and that “the shoes cover the feet, like European shoes, up to the ankles and no further”. “The single earring is extremely unusual and the ears are not symmetrical”, while “the curved shape of the eyes quite certainly goes back to a failed attempt to copy the distinctive curving of eyes in Tibetan art” the expert adds.

The Buddhism expert also challenges the idea that the space Buddha statue was actually brought in Germany following a Nazi expedition in Tibet. The theory is that the statue was linked to the controversial Nazi expeditions to help make it more valuable in the memorabilia market.

WikiLeaks Releases Guantanamo Detention Rules

WikiLeaks began publishing this Thursday more than 100 secret documents about the Guantanamo detention rules following September 11 attacks.

Earlier today, WikiLeaks began publishing the first batch of a collection of U.S. secret military guidelines on prisoner policies that were applied from Guantanamo to Iraq since 2002. WikiLeaks plans to release the secret files chronologically and the first batch of hacked documents includes the 2002 Guantanamo Camp Delta standard operating procedure manual.

“This document is of significant historical importance. Guantanamo Bay has become the symbol for systematized human rights abuse in the West with good reason” Julian Assange said of the Guantanamo Bay prison – Standing Operating Procedure manuals.

“The ‘Detainee Policies’ show the anatomy of the beast that is post-9/11 detention, the carving out of a dark space where law and rights do not apply, where persons can be detained without a tract at the convenience of the U.S. Department of Defense” reads WikiLeaks’ statement about its newest addition to the website.

The website adds that the detainee policies U.S. military used since 2001 show “the excesses of the early days of war against an unknown ‘enemy’ and how these policies matured and evolved, ultimately deriving into the permanent state of exception that the United States now finds itself, in a decade later”.

“We call upon lawyers, NGOs, human rights activists and the public to mine the ‘Detainee Policies’ and investigate important issues…to help us better understand the evolution in these policies and why they have occurred” Julian Assange added in a statement to the press.

One of the military documents that weren’t published yet is also one of the most controversial in the collection. The “Policy on Assigning Detainee Internment Serial Numbers” is according to WikiLeaks a 2005 manual that made detainees disappear.

“This document is concerned with discreetly ‘disappearing’ detainees into the custody of other U.S. government agencies while keeping their names out of U.S. military central records – by systematically holding off from assigning a prisoner record number” explained WikiLeaks on its website.

Other documents that WikiLeaks plans to publish are said to detail torture methods that detainees were subjected to in prisons from Guantanamo to Iraq and “black sites” in friendly Europe countries.

Richard Mourdock Says Rape Pregnancy Is What God Wants

Controversy never worked as imagined for political candidates. Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock sparks controversy saying rape pregnancy is what God wants.

Whenever GOP politicians talk about abortion, it is mind-boggling there still are women who’d vote for them. In a debate Tuesday night, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that rape pregnancy is “something that God intended to happen”. After his comment sparked controversy, Mourdock denied it, saying it is “twisted” to imply he believes God wants women to be raped.

“I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen” Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said during a debate on Tuesday. It was his way of slamming down opponent Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, who backs abortion in situations of rape and incest.

But Mourdock’s attempt to score popularity points against his opponent, fired back. The next day, after his controversial comment went viral, Mourdock explained he did not believe that God wants some women to be raped. “Are you trying to suggest somehow that God preordained rape, no I don’t think that. Anyone who would suggest that is just sick and twisted. No, that’s not even close to what I said” the Indiana senate candidate defended himself.

Democrats immediately took the opportunity to put the entire GOP under the spotlight. “Richard Mourdock’s rape comments are outrageous and demeaning to women” said Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Unfortunately, they’ve become part and parcel of the modern Republican Party’s platform toward women’s health, as Congressional Republicans like Paul Ryan have worked to outlaw all abortions and even narrow the definition of rape” she added.

Mitt Romney’s campaign people tried to minimize the damage as fast as possible, but the harm has already been done. Spokeswoman Andrea Saul said that “Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views”. Obama strategist David Axelrod’s tweet explains it best: “Mitt’s man Mourdock apes Akin, reflecting a GOP that is way out of mainstream”.

In August, Todd Akin, Senate Republican candidate for Missouri, said in an interview that “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”. Comments like these make us think Republicans need an update on sex education.

This Is How McDonald’s Makes Its Fries… In Canada

The discontent customers have with McDonald’s ads and actual product isn’t new, but the chain in Canada tries its best to change that. So, Scott Gibson, supply chain manager shows how McDonald’s makes its fries, well, at least in Canada anyway.

A few months ago, McDonald’s Canada was explaining why the actual hamburger you buy is so different from the one in ads and in menu photos. The chain also released a video that was supposed to prove that all the burgers are made with 100 percent beef. Now, Scott Gibson, McDonald’s Canada supply chain manager, decided to show us how McDonald’s fries are made.

It’s obviously McDonald’s Canada is all about transparency this year. The fast food chain has been having a hard time lately as customers would rather choose a competitor or avoid their products over concerns of obesity and dubious ingredients in their product. On Friday, McDonald’s Corp posted its worst growth performance in nine years, missing Wall Street earnings estimates for the second time.

So, McDonald’s Canada’s transparency policy is an attempt to show customers how the food is actually made and avert the suspicions some people might have about their product. So, explaining how McDonald’s makes its popular fries is a good attempt, but not one that will actually convince people that is healthy food.

In fact, the disclosure on McDonald’s French fries recipe isn’t even the whole thing. The video looks like it aims to show customers that the potatoes used come from farms, not powder bags. It’s the “behind-the-scene tour from the farm all the way to the fryer” the supply chain manager promises. And whereas he tells us the fries are “cut and they’re never formed” he forgets to mention how the company makes all the fries uniform in color.

It is also interesting, writes Fox News, to learn that McDonald’s uses preservatives on French fries which are then “deep fried for about a minute before they’re freeze dried, bagged and shipped out”. So your French fries from McDonald’s might be made from real potatoes, but the colorizing and the 1 tablespoon of salt per four orders of medium fries is another thing.

Skeptic Philosopher, Paul Kurtz, Dies At 86

The skeptic philosopher who founded the Center for Inquiry, Paul Kurtz, died at 86 years old on Saturday. His demise was publicly announced by the members of the center on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Paul Kurtz, the secular humanist philosopher who inspired many people to embrace a rationalist view in the 21st Century passed away of natural causes on Saturday. His friends at the international Center for Inquiry, which was created by Paul Kurtz in 1991 and has numerous branches worldwide, were the first to announce his demise.

The American philosopher has spent great part of his life debunking religious myths and trying to convince people that they should not lend an ear to rumors about UFOs and psychics. He was one of the biggest promoters of science and reason having published numerous books throughout his career.

The not-profit Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and Council for Secular Humanism smoothed the way for the creation of two secular humanist magazines, namely, Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer. Most of the articles that were published in these international magazines reflected Paul’s lack of trust in those who claimed to have seen aliens or to have been through some sort of paranormal experience. The most recent foundation he created was the Institute for Science and Human Values.

Nathan Bupp of the Institute for Science and Human Values declared that Paul Kurtz was a “remarkable visionary” who succeeded in making numerous career accomplishments during his life. He will be forever remembered as a “builder of institutions and purveyor of ideas”. In fact, Kurtz believed that ideas have the power to shape people, societies and cultures at large.

One of the most important theories present by Kurtz was the theory of eupraxsophy, which was thoroughly explained in a recently published collection of essays written by Nathan Bupp. The theory is a secular moral alternative to religion which meets the social needs of religion, but does away with the supernaturalism and authoritarianism of traditional faiths.

School Bans Boy For Cystic Fibrosis Gene

It looks like bad genes are enough to get you transferred to another school. A school in California banned an 11-year-old boy for carrying the cystic fibrosis gene.

Cystic fibrosis is a disorder that isn’t contagious, however for the patient it is life-threatening and incurable. Colman Chadam, an 11-year-old student banned from school, only has the gene, not the health condition in itself or any symptoms. However, just because of his genes carrying the cystic fibrosis mutations, a Palo Alto school banned him from class.

The Jordan Middle School decided to send home the 11-year-old to protect other students with the disease. School officials explained the boy will have to transfer to another school to avoid cross-contamination. Although not contagious, to people who already have the disease the bacteria is dangerous.

“I was sad but at the same time I was mad because I understood that I hadn’t done anything wrong” the 11-year-old confessed for TODAY. “It feels like I’m being bullied in a way that is not right” said the student barred from school seven weeks into the year.

The boy’s parents are furious and want to take the matter in court. “They made this decision without seeing one medical record on my son” said Jennifer Chadam. “Honestly if I felt Colman was a risk to others, I would move him. I don’t want anyone to get sick” the mother told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Why take a child who’s new to the district, who’s just making friends, who’s just building a support network, who’s just getting to know his teachers, who’s been well his whole life… why stigmatize him?” asked Jaimy Chadam, the boy’s father.

School officials explain they banned the student because it was the only “zero risk option”. District assistant superintendent Charles Young told NBC News that the school asked for experts’ advice who said “a literal physical distance must be maintained”. Dr. Thomas Keens, the head of cystic fibrosis center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, agrees. “In general, we would prefer that there not be more than one cystic fibrosis patient in a school” he told TODAY.

But information from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation reads that cystic fibrosis gene carriers and patients can go to the same school as long as they’re not in the same class and keep at least a three-foot distance.

Woman In Tennessee Has Revelations After Living Biblically For One Year

A woman in Tennessee has had several revelations after living biblically for almost one year. The feminist Christian started “The Womanhood Project” because she wanted to see whether the teachings preached by the Bible are logical or not, Reuters reports.

Rachel Held Evans is a convinced feminist, but religion plays an important part in her life, as well. Since many of the biblical precepts are most of the times in opposition with the convictions of the feminist groups, Rachel decided to perform an experiment. She set out to live according to the rules of the Bible for almost one year to see whether these are applicable or not. At the end of “The Womanhood Project”, as she entitled it, the woman wrote a book “A Year Of Biblical Womanhood” and shared her experience with the rest of the world.

During the past 12 months, Rachel observed the Bible by making her own clothes, growing her hair out and even living in a tent set in front of the house during menstruation.  Moreover, Evans called her husband “Master” and sat alone on the roof of the home whenever she had been gossiping or nagging someone else. Despite this, Rachel was unable to identify the correct blueprint of how to be a woman. In fact, she understood that the examples set forth by the Bible were contradictory as some verses suggested to “submit to your husband”, whereas others said “submit to one another”.

Feminist groups initially criticized Rachel’s initiative as they all thought the experiment was demeaning to women. Evans, on the other hand, explained that she wanted to prove that “the more women know about the Bible, the more they can respond when people try to silence them”.

Her book “A Year Of Biblical Womanhood” may not see the light of day very soon as the novel contains the word “vagina” and Christian publishers found it offensive.  Evans refused to remove the word from the book and instead chose to continue her search for a new publisher.

Artist Kills 9000 Butterflies For Exhibit

Others have done a lot more in the name of art than Damien Hirst. The artist killed 9,000 butterflies for an exhibit. Animal groups are now furious, prompting a new debate about what people can escape with in the name of art.

Earlier this week the Huffington Post was writing about Damien Hirst, an artist who killed 9,000 butterflies for an art exhibit called “In and Out of Love”. The way the artist killed the butterflies has animal groups enraged.  The controversial exhibit is at The Tate Modern museum.

Damien Hirst’s installation at the Tate modern included two large rooms without any windows where 9,000 butterflies were left to die. The artist explained that he used a butterfly expert to make sure the environment he had created for them at The Tate Modern was perfect. So, whereas PETA and other animal groups are criticizing him, the artist says his exhibit “resulted in many butterflies enjoying longer lifespans due to the high quality of the environment and food provided”.

The Tate Modern had a similar explanation as they stood by artist Damien Hirst. “The butterflies used in this work were all…selected from varieties known to thrive in the condition created. The butterflies lived out the final stage of their natural life cycle inside the room” the museum said of the 9,000 butterflies in the exhibit.

But animal groups starting with PETA are furious the artist killed so many butterflies in such an unjustifiable way. “Damien Hirst’s quest to be edgy is as boring as it is callous. It does not matter whether Hirst killed the animals himself or sat by while thousands of them were massacred for his own unjustifiable amusement” reads PETA’s critique.

“Butterflies are beautiful parts of nature and should be enjoyed in the wild instead of destroyed for something predictable and unimaginative” a PETA representative added.

This isn’t the first time artist Damien Hirst sparks controversy for his use of animals in artworks. In the past he used a dead shark and a cow’s severed head in a similar exhibit as that of the butterflies. Called “A Thousand Years” the exhibit of 1990 included not only a cow’s head but also everything from blood to maggots.

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