Bay Area Skeptics

The San Francisco Bay Area's skeptical organization since 1982

by Herb Masters

At least if you can vote legally!!!

Have you voted yet?  If you read the SciSchmooze, I like to think you are an informed and thoughtful voter.  Granted for many of us it won’t take a lot of thought to decide on some issues but there are some that really do need some careful analysis, especially if you are trying to make a decision based on what’s best for all rather than just for you and me.  (Thanks if you were really thinking about me!)
This has been a rough week for the country.  I’m not even going to comment on the hate that some folks have for others.  I will only say that those that think their rights supersede those of others, really missed something in school and growing up.   As Jim Jeffries closes every show with “I think we can all do better”, I just wish we could all be better sooner. 
As always climate change is stimulating discussions and interest everywhere.  Here’s an interesting story… How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Its Farmers   Remember, that’s our food to a large extent.  In a completely different realm…  Here’s how that weird, rectangular-looking iceberg came to be
Take note that the Bay Area Science Festival is now underway.  Be sure to check and see what events they have that we might have missed. 
I find myself constantly amazed by the wealth of opportunities in the area that we can learn from.  For instance this week as I try to just choose three…   Consider these. 

  1. Habitarium and CA Trail Tour Mon 2:45 Oakland
  2. Exploring the Path of Cancer in Human Cells Thu 5:30 San Francisco
  3. Mini-Med School: Using Design to Make Healthcare Better  Thu 7:00 San Francisco 

History has some great lessons for us to learn from as we move forwards with new challenges and opportunities.  When you hear about the wonders of launching new and very big rockets consider what we got to the moon with…
Apollo 11’s journey to the moon, annotated
Here on our own blue marble consider what is at stake…   Photo Ark: Dazzling images of the world’s most ambitious animal photo shoot

Of course most people have some thought of the fun to be had in a week like this.  Here’s What Happens When NASA Has a Pumpkin-Carving Contest
Have a frightful week of fun and hope no real threat interferes.
herb a. masters
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“From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”  Edgar MitcheLl, Apollo 14 astronaut, speaking in People magazine on 8 April 1974

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