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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"We have studied the Earth," he assured anybody who would listen, "and found it flat." That plane Earth, he insisted, is of unknown dimensions, a disc with the North Pole in the center and impenetrable Arctic ice 150 feet high all the way around. The sun and moon, each 32 miles in diameter, circle the disc at a steady height of 3,000 miles, with so-called rising or setting only an optical illusion. Charles K.
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March 15, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama coined a new campaign line on Thursday when he said Republican presidential candidates' views on energy policy qualifies them as members of the "Flat Earth Society. " Speaking to a crowd in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, Obama charged that the GOP contenders are dismissive of alternative energy and compared them to those who thought Columbus shouldn't set sail. "We've heard these folks in the past," Obama said. "'Television won't last. It's a flash in the pan.' ... 'The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a fad.'" While the president riffed on the idea in a joking tone, his speech at Prince George's Community College revealed a very serious undercurrent running through his White House right now. The president has few tools to check the rising cost of gasoline in the short term, and his advisors are acutely aware of the effect this could have on voters.
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MAGAZINE
November 15, 1987 | JACK SMITH
KNOWING THAT I doubt the reality of telepathy, reincarnation, precognition, clairvoyance, channeling and the presence among us of extraterrestrials, a reader wonders why I have never questioned the beliefs of the Flat Earth Society. "Hey, you missed one" writes Jack Findlater.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"We have studied the Earth," he assured anybody who would listen, "and found it flat." That plane Earth, he insisted, is of unknown dimensions, a disc with the North Pole in the center and impenetrable Arctic ice 150 feet high all the way around. The sun and moon, each 32 miles in diameter, circle the disc at a steady height of 3,000 miles, with so-called rising or setting only an optical illusion. Charles K.
MAGAZINE
June 30, 1991 | Steven Kane, Edited by Mary McNamara
Although it's still a year away, the 500th anniversary celebration of Christopher Columbus's myth-shattering voyage is shrouded in controversy. One group in particular has a bone to pick with the captain they blame for instigating one of history's greatest lies. They are the International Flat Earth Society. Headquartered in Lancaster, the society has 3,500 members across the, er, plane, dedicated to furthering the "fact" that Earth is "Flat, Level, a PlaneWorld."
NEWS
January 25, 1988 | JACK SMITH
When the big windstorm cleared the skies last week, I saw my chance to find out once and for all whether the Earth is round or flat. Recently I had expressed my belief that the Earth is round, but a reader, Jack Findlater, asked why I had never questioned that belief as I have so many others. I agreed I could not prove the Earth was round. My belief was based on faith. "So it's easy for me to reject the notion that it's flat. . . ."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1991
The article, "O.C. Teacher Files $5-Million Evolution Suit" (Oct. 1), has given me a great idea. First, I secure a job teaching geography in the Capistrano Unified School District. Never mind that my college degree is not in geography--the district let a PE major teach biology. Of course, in teaching geography, I cannot in good conscience teach the "theory" that the Earth is round without giving equal time to a competing theory that it is flat. I admit I share the philosophical beliefs of the Flat Earth Society, but I assure you my philosophical beliefs will not be forced upon my students.
NEWS
October 11, 1992 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man is right. The Earth is flat. This corner of the Earth anyway--a moonscape of scrubby desert and gnarly trees that has just sprung up rather disconcertingly around my quasi-antique Toyota. The man who gave me the directions said he lived in Lancaster, which, to my understanding, has the requisite number of fast-food joints to qualify as civilization and its discontents. But this place is to beautiful downtown Lancaster as the Solomon Islands are to the Continent.
OPINION
July 16, 1995 | Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan is the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He is the 1994 recipient of the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences
There is a crisis in science funding in America. The GOP-dominated Congress is even contemplating the dissolution of the Office of Technology Assessment--its only source of advice on science and technology. If present trends in the House and Senate budget committees materialize, overall funding for civilian science and technology may be cut about 35% by the turn of the millennium. American science may never be the same. We spend money on science today so that the benefits accrue later.
NEWS
October 11, 1992 | IRENE LACHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man is right. The Earth is flat. This corner of the Earth anyway--a moonscape of scrubby desert and gnarly trees that has just sprung up rather disconcertingly around my quasi-antique Toyota. The man who gave me the directions said he lived in Lancaster, which, to my understanding, has the requisite number of fast-food joints to qualify as civilization and its discontents. But this place is to beautiful downtown Lancaster as the Solomon Islands are to the Continent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1991
The article, "O.C. Teacher Files $5-Million Evolution Suit" (Oct. 1), has given me a great idea. First, I secure a job teaching geography in the Capistrano Unified School District. Never mind that my college degree is not in geography--the district let a PE major teach biology. Of course, in teaching geography, I cannot in good conscience teach the "theory" that the Earth is round without giving equal time to a competing theory that it is flat. I admit I share the philosophical beliefs of the Flat Earth Society, but I assure you my philosophical beliefs will not be forced upon my students.
MAGAZINE
June 30, 1991 | Steven Kane, Edited by Mary McNamara
Although it's still a year away, the 500th anniversary celebration of Christopher Columbus's myth-shattering voyage is shrouded in controversy. One group in particular has a bone to pick with the captain they blame for instigating one of history's greatest lies. They are the International Flat Earth Society. Headquartered in Lancaster, the society has 3,500 members across the, er, plane, dedicated to furthering the "fact" that Earth is "Flat, Level, a PlaneWorld."
NEWS
March 15, 2012 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama coined a new campaign line on Thursday when he said Republican presidential candidates' views on energy policy qualifies them as members of the "Flat Earth Society. " Speaking to a crowd in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, Obama charged that the GOP contenders are dismissive of alternative energy and compared them to those who thought Columbus shouldn't set sail. "We've heard these folks in the past," Obama said. "'Television won't last. It's a flash in the pan.' ... 'The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a fad.'" While the president riffed on the idea in a joking tone, his speech at Prince George's Community College revealed a very serious undercurrent running through his White House right now. The president has few tools to check the rising cost of gasoline in the short term, and his advisors are acutely aware of the effect this could have on voters.
OPINION
July 16, 1995 | Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan is the David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at Cornell University. He is the 1994 recipient of the Public Welfare Medal, the highest award of the National Academy of Sciences
There is a crisis in science funding in America. The GOP-dominated Congress is even contemplating the dissolution of the Office of Technology Assessment--its only source of advice on science and technology. If present trends in the House and Senate budget committees materialize, overall funding for civilian science and technology may be cut about 35% by the turn of the millennium. American science may never be the same. We spend money on science today so that the benefits accrue later.
NEWS
January 25, 1988 | JACK SMITH
When the big windstorm cleared the skies last week, I saw my chance to find out once and for all whether the Earth is round or flat. Recently I had expressed my belief that the Earth is round, but a reader, Jack Findlater, asked why I had never questioned that belief as I have so many others. I agreed I could not prove the Earth was round. My belief was based on faith. "So it's easy for me to reject the notion that it's flat. . . ."
MAGAZINE
November 15, 1987 | JACK SMITH
KNOWING THAT I doubt the reality of telepathy, reincarnation, precognition, clairvoyance, channeling and the presence among us of extraterrestrials, a reader wonders why I have never questioned the beliefs of the Flat Earth Society. "Hey, you missed one" writes Jack Findlater.
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