Gods don’t kill people – people who believe in gods kill people

Gods don’t kill people – people who believe in gods kill people.

From the site Irish Hunger Martyrsmother with children

MANY PEOPLE ARE AWARE OF THE GREAT HUNGER IN IRELAND THAT CAUSED WIDESPREAD STARVATION FROM 1845-1852.

HOWEVER, MANY PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THAT, AT THE SAME TIME, IRISH FARMS WERE PRODUCING PLENTY OF OTHERFOODS INCLUDING CORN, WHEAT, BARLEY, AND BEEF. THIS FOOD WAS CARTED AWAY, PAST THE STARVING MILLIONS, AND TAKEN TO ENGLAND.

SOME PROTESTANT CHURCH MISSIONS IN ENGLAND SOUGHT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION BY TRYING TO “PROSELYTIZE” THE STARVING CATHOLICS.

THE STARVING VICTIMS WERE OFFERED FOOD IN RETURN FOR RENOUNCING THEIR CATHOLIC FAITH AND CONVERTING. DURING THE FAMINE THERE WERE MORE THAN 125 MISSIONS IN IRELAND FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONVERTING CATHOLICS.

WE HAVE REQUESTED THAT THE VATICAN BEATIFY THE IRISH HUNGER MARTYRS WHO REFUSED FOOD AND EVENTUALLY STARVED TO DEATH IN SUPPORT OF THEIR FAITH. OUR REQUEST IS BEING CONSIDERED BY THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CAUSES OF THE SAINTS AT THIS TIME.

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Platypus genome, the paper

swimming platypus by Peter Arnold

Nature 453, 175-183 (8 May 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06936; Received 14 September 2007; Accepted 25 March 2008.

We present a draft genome sequence of the platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus. This monotreme exhibits a fascinating combination of reptilian and mammalian characters. For example, platypuses have a coat of fur adapted to an aquatic lifestyle; platypus females lactate, yet lay eggs; and males are equipped with venom similar to that of reptiles. Analysis of the first monotreme genome aligned these features with genetic innovations. We find that reptile and platypus venom proteins have been co-opted independently from the same gene families; milk protein genes are conserved despite platypuses laying eggs; and immune gene family expansions are directly related to platypus biology. Expansions of protein, non-protein-coding RNA and microRNA families, as well as repeat elements, are identified. Sequencing of this genome now provides a valuable resource for deep mammalian comparative analyses, as well as for monotreme biology and conservation.

Fossils photo pool

I found this beautiful trilobite image and many more lovely fossils at the Flickr site.

fossil trilobite, Thysanopeltis

It looks almost ready to walk off the page.

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