Remains of the weekend 18-19 January 2014

There was a ton of news this past weekend. I try to lay off the internet to do other things but I caught many stories this weekend to throw into this post for your enjoyment.

Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue damaged by lightning strike – Telegraph.

View of lightning that strikes next to the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 January 2014.  EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA (Note the streamer also on the other hand.)

View of lightning that strikes next to the statue Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 16 January 2014. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA (Note the faint streamer also on the other hand.)

Haunted Dornoch Castle on sale for £2.25m – The Scotsman.

BBC News – UKIP councillor blames storms and floods on gay marriage. And a followup: Ukip suspends Oxfordshire councillor David Silvester who blamed floods on David Cameron passing gay marriage bill – The Independent.

San Jose woman loses $500,000 in online dating scam

Noah’s Ark: the facts behind the Flood – Telegraph.

Book review: OCU professor’s new book takes skeptical look at paranormal claims | News OK.

VIDEO: What’s Inside This House On Wade Avenue? | WUNC.

Study Explains Cognitive Illusion of Psychic Powers : Discovery News.

Lights, camera, hell! Movie devil is coming to Jersey City | Page Six.

The battle for medicine’s soul: A century of alternative remedies – Salon.com.

Book by leading biologist Lewis Wolpert withdrawn from sale for plagiarism | Retraction Watch.

  7 comments for “Remains of the weekend 18-19 January 2014

  1. Lagaya1
    January 20, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    The clay tablet that tells the story of the great flood was featured on the BBC podcast “A History of the World in 100 Objects”. The 100 objects are all selected from the British Museum. The interesting thing about the flood story on the clay tablet is that it definitely preceded the supposed time of the Noah story. I guess “Thou shalt not plagiarize” was not one of the 10.

    • John Nowak
      January 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM

      Flood stories aren’t all that unusual. I believe the Mesoamericans had several “And the human race was almost wiped out” stories, one of which involved a flood, and another huge jaguars.

    • spookyparadigm
      January 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Reading the Ark article now

      1.) “The story of a flood that destroyed the world, in which human and animal life was saved from extinction by a hero with a boat, is almost universal in the world’s treasury of traditional literature.”

      Maybe in the region around the Middle East and affected by it, sure. But not in Mesoamerica (hence the “the broadest sense”), where the flood was one one of several different destructions of previous people who were not sufficiently well-made by the gods. And while it is not impossible, I am not aware of any “guy in a boat saves a breeding population of animals in a boat” stories in the Americas, other than those influenced by Christians after 1492.

      2.) “study of the circumstances in which the Judaeans exiled to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar II found themselves answers many crucial questions”

      I am no expert on the Near East, but isn’t this the primary suggestion that’s been given by scholars for a century, that the story entered the Old Testament during the Babylonian Captivity?

      3.) Something tells me all the scammers and pseudoarchaeologists who keep claiming to find remnants of the ark will continue to find rectangular formations, and not round ones.

      • John Nowak
        January 21, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        Thanks for the clarification,

  2. Blargh
    January 20, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Well, that Salon article was awful. An overly long “regular medicine is bureaucratic, and doctors used to be kinda prejudiced” screed that never acknowledges that the alternative medicine it keeps going on about is wholly ineffective.

    • January 20, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      I didn’t get through it, actually…

  3. Chris Howard
    January 21, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    “Zeus calling Jesus! Come-in Jesus!”

    If hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and the like are all acts of Gods wrath, inflicted upon us for our wickedness, then I’m wondering what His message is here?

    Idol worship?

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