THE SKEPTIC ARENA


7/28/15

With each new discovery, human origins get more complicated ...

but better defined



Family tree of the four groups of early humans
living in Eurasia 50,000 years ago
and the gene flow between the groups due to interbreeding.
(The tree is easier to understand if you read it upwards from the root)



7/27/15

Big Tobacco is still at it



This reminds me of the Big Oil companies and the global warming debate.
They too are more than willing to sacrifice countless lives in pursuit of profits.

But in a democracy, it is the people who are ultimately to blame.
As long as we keep electing the politicians of The Greedy Rich ...

they will keep killing us



7/26/15

This week's show was:

"Is religious belief a mental disorder?"

Featuring: Euphemism Treadmill

The Science Segment was:

"Scientists discover exactly when we begin to die"

Listen (15:19)
OR
Read (7 pages)

If you would like to participate in a live debate
contact me at "neo@theskepticarena.com"
to set up the date and time.



7/25/15

"Religious Freedom" (translation: "Freedom to impose religion") ...

Takes a hit in court



7/24/15

The European court of human rights rules
that same-sex marriage is a human right



This is now law in most of the advanced nations of the world.
Backward nations are still fighting it.

And so is the backward half ...

of one advanced nation



7/23/15

The fear of certain smells is passed on by mice to their offspring

Maybe science shouldn't have been so harsh to Lamarck

Lamarckism



7/22/15

Texas Conservatives infect the nation

In order to save money, many smaller states rely on Texas
to provide their textbooks.

Show of hands:
how many of you prefer using single-ply toilet paper?
(you can put those smelly hands down now)

Buying textbooks from Texas is like buying single-ply toilet paper:
It's cheaper - but you will regret it.

Look, all you smaller states,
pay a little more money and get a decent product; or make your own.
Your kids deserve better than single-ply textbooks.

But if you choose to go the cheap route and buy Texas textbooks,
it won't be your children's hands ...

that end up full of shit



7/21/15

This handsome devil is Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh.
He has 50 million followers and is a millionaire, many times over.
He is known as "The Guru in Bling"
Guess what he talked 400 morons into doing?



Darwin Awards are given to those individuals who contribute most to humanity
by removing themselves from the gene pool in the most stupid ways imaginable.
This year they have announced that there is a tie for the award ...

to be shared equally among the 400 winners



7/20/15

Christian bigots pay off like a broken slot machine ...

just like church has trained them to do for thousands of years

The world's longest-running scam is still going strong



7/18/15

Classic Emails (3 pages)

Is being gay is a choice?

Neither the author of the video "Counter Arguments"
nor those on the CC list responded ... as usual



7/17/15

For those of you who may have gotten confused
by the recent announcement that scientists have discovered
that solar activity will greatly decrease in the 2030's
leading to a mini-ice age;

here is the straight dope ...

Decrease in solar activity will barely make a dent
in global warming predictions


A truthful, accurate report would have stated
that the sun, itself, will be experiencing conditions
last seen during the Earth's mini-ice age.
But how many people would bother to read that story?

Sensational, misleading headlines are also known as ...

Clickbait



7/16/15

Many of us already knew this (including most scientists),
but this story makes it clear ... even for the morons

Exxon has been lying to us for years
just like the tobacco industry did


The saddest part is that
we aren't even close to being rid of these people yet,
nor their legions of "useful idiots."



7/15/15

Most people are unaware that the vast majority of Islam's victims ...

are other Muslims

And that observation is just as true for Christians.
African-Americans have the highest rate of Christianity in America.
But that didn't seem to carry much weight
when wonderful white Southern Christians,
filled with the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ ...

were putting a rope around some poor victim's neck



7/14/15

Confederate Bastards who make up a large portion of Conservative America ...

have been lying to us for years



It's time we put an end to the Civil War ...

once and for all



7/13/15

Euthanasia bill in California killed by Catholics

Catholics continue to bring misery
to everyone they come into contact with ...

just as they have for the last 2,000 years



7/11/15

Warning!

Smartphones can interfere with cardiac devices



7/10/15

Scientists say that the Earth is being endangered
by a new strain of fact-resistant humans
By Andy Borowitz

A sobering new study reports that ...
"Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans
who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota,
identifies a virulent strain of humans
who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge,
leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.
"

Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said ...
"These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary
to receive and process information, and yet, somehow,
they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes,
have rendered those faculties totally inactive.
More worryingly, as facts have multiplied,
their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.
"

My Reply to Andy Borowitz:

Unfortunately Mr. Borowitz, it seems as though nearly every one of them ...

has been given my email address



7/9/15

Here's a solution to the Greek financial crisis
from one of the leading economists in the world.

Thomas Piketty interviewed by a German journalist (5 pages)

And here's an opinion by Economic Nobel Laureate, Paul Krugman
who discusses the possibility that America may follow the path of Greece ...

if Republicans are able to have their way

Back on 7/4/15 (see below) the culprits were identified
and they turned out to be the 'usual suspects' ... The Greedy Rich



7/8/15

Classic Emails (1 page)

TO: The web site: MEDICAL NEWS TODAY
and author HONOR WHITEMAN

Study identifies barriers to abortion services in developed countries

That was one of the most gutless, cowardly articles I have ever read.
Everyone already knows what the biggest barrier to abortion is.
Everyone already knows WHO is behind the attacks on abortion.

But neither Honor Whiteman nor the researchers
had the courage to stand up and identify religious bigots,
who murder doctors and bomb abortion clinics,
and the politicians who promote the religious agenda,
as the ones who are the biggest barriers to abortion.

Shame on you and the researchers for your cowardice.
Gutless displays like this ensure that the horror for women
will continue for a long, long time.

Nice goin'

(I can't imagine why they never wrote back)



7/7/15

Awhile back, Markos Zuniga (Kos)
made the eternally hilarious claim:
"The Daily Kos is a reality-based community"

Then The Daily Kos posted this by Kerry Eleveld

Charlie Cook says what everyone except the GOP knows:
Republicans are the party of the past


Kerry obviously lives in an alternate universe
where Republicans don't control BOTH houses of Congress.
She lives in a fairy tale land
where Conservatives don't control the Supreme Court.
She floats through fantasyland
where Conservatives don't control most state governors,
most state legislatures, and most state attorneys general.
The America that Kerry believes she lives in,
is not the same one, that rational people have to endure.
It must be nice to pretend that reality
is whatever you wish it to be ...

Sounds like church

She wrote:
"It [sic] some ways, it's hard to believe
that Republicans live in a such a massive bubble of self deception
that they haven't caught on yet.
"

I think the word "ironic" is appropriate here.
Kerry has no clue that she has just described herself.

She continued:
"Then again, they were convinced based on internal polling
that Mittens was going to win in 2012.
"

In 2012, the Koch Brothers learned the hard way
that the White House costs a lot more than 400 million dollars.
That's why they've pledged 1-2 BILLION this time.
The Presidency is the last piece of the puzzle
that Conservatives need to gain complete control of government.
But Kerry just floats in her little "bubble of self-deception"
because she hasn't "caught on yet."

She concludes by writing:
"Perhaps, gerrymandering has misled them into believing
that their ideas actually have broad appeal.
"

Kerry is seriously underestimating her opponents, and that ...

is never a wise thing to do



7/6/15

The Republican party tries very hard to convince everyone
that they are not a party of racists.
And then Donald Trump comes along and provides the proof ...
that they are:

Donald Trump's poll numbers skyrocket

Donald Trump was so low in the polls a month ago
that he would have had to work overtime just to crawl into last place.
Then Trump went all Aryan Brotherhood, and now we find him ...
near the top of the heap.

So what made Republicans change their minds overnight?
Was it Trump's economic plan?
Was it his stand on Healthcare?
Did he change his position on gay marriage?
Did he swap out his wig for one with a more hip style?

Or did his ranking skyrocket when he smeared Hispanics?

If you need any more proof of the rampant racism
in the Confederacy Republican Party
then you are probably beyond hope.



7/4/15

In 2010 and 2011, mainly German and French banks in pursuit of high profits made massive loans to Greek firms. When the banks recognized that this was a high risk, they were bailed out (not Greece) by transferring the debt from the banks to the public institutions like the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Now the ECB and the IMF are trying to force the Greek government to cut pensions, education, salaries, and health care to pay for the bail out of the banks.

DEJA VU!

Is that not what happened to America in 2008?

The Greedy Rich always find a way
to transfer wealth from the masses ... to themselves


The greatest enemy that humans have ever had, still have,
and will likely continue to have for a long, long time is ...

The Greedy Rich



7/3/15

Colorado Supreme Court strikes down school vouchers

This decision in Colorado was a razor-thin victory for our Secular Democracy.
The Wall of Separation has just withstood another barrage ... but only barely.
It's just a matter of time before Christians gain control
of the Colorado Supreme Court as they have the United States Supreme Court.
When they do, it is clear exactly what they have in mind:
the demise of public education,
and the return of all children into private religious schools
(that would be "Christian" religious schools)

Welcome ... to Saudi America



7/2/15

Supreme Court upholds Arizona's independent redistricting commission

HERE is the court's opinion

And here is my opinion:

Another 5-4 decision.
Another case of Conservatives attempting to destroy Democracy
and take over the government.

Check out how the justices voted:
straight down party lines ... except for one.

The 4 Liberal justices attempted to save Democracy.
4 of the Conservative judges voted to allow Gerrymandering to continue
which would ensure Conservative control for years to come.
Only one man switched sides.
One man had the courage and integrity to stand up for Democracy
against his Conservative masters.

That man was Justice Anthony Kennedy

All the Conservative justices are really being paid to do,
is to come up with rationalizations
to justify what the rich want them to do.
It really is that simple.

America has no idea how close it came to disaster.
If (I mean "When") the Conservatives win the presidency next year,
and gain complete control of government,
they will replace, at least Liberal Judge Ginsburg, and maybe others,
with judges whom they can count on
to "interpret" the Constitution
the way The Greedy Rich want them to interpret it.

Then we will really be screwed



7/1/15

Justice Kennedy again sides with Liberal judges ...

postponing the shutdown of Texas abortion clinics

Nearly all Supreme Court decisions are now 5-4.
You couldn't ask for stronger evidence that we don't have
9 free-thinking, fair-minded individuals enforcing our laws.
If we did, you could still see 5-4 decisions
but they wouldn't always break down along strict party lines ...

but they do

What we do have is a group of political hacks dressed in robes
who are promoting Conservative ideology
at the expense of the American people and the American Constitution.

Two of those Conservatives, Roberts and Kennedy,
have proven on multiple occasions
that they do possess some sense of integrity.
So even when they side with their Conservative cohorts,
their opinions deserve inspection.

As for the other three: Alito, Scalia, and Thomas ...
we would be better off replacing them with girl scouts.

The next president may be able to replace several Supreme Court justices.
The Koch Brothers have made it clear that they will spend
whatever it takes to buy the White House (1-2 billion dollars).

So we may not have to worry much longer about all these 5-4 decisions.
Nor will there be any more "swing" votes from those with conscience.

In a Democracy ... it is the people who are ultimately to blame



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