THE SKEPTIC ARENA



This web site is dedicated to the eradication of irrational thinking.
Rationalists are those, whose thinking is strictly guided by the laws of logic.
Rationalists only accept as true, that which has been proven to be true,
through the application of the scientific method.




Neo's Daily Blog
(politics, religion, and science)



7/18/19

New York City is investing in a 5-mile-long seawall
to protect it from rising oceans (resulting from Climate Change)
that Republicans refuse to admit is happening.




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7/16/19

It turns out that the Bible's supposed "anti-homosexual" verses
weren't about homosexuals at all, until ...

1946


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7/15/19

As global temperatures climb ...

the risk of armed conflict is expected to increase substantially

The Oligarchs are driving humans over the cliff ...
and the masses still can't figure out how to defend themselves.


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7/14/19

The US lags behind the European Union, Brazil, and China in banning ...

harmful pesticides

Oligarchs kill humans (in large numbers) for nothing more than profit.
Always have ... still do ... and will continue to do so ...

until humans learn to fight back


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7/11/19

Stephen Frye presents the argument ...

against Brexit (11:14)

Pat Condell now gives the counterargument ...

for Brexit (10:23)


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7/8/19

David Pakman video (8:49) on Republican obstruction and Russian collusion:

McConnell blocks bill to protect American elections

UPDATE

Farron Cousins video (4:37) giving another reason why McConnell
is preventing America from defending itself against election hacking ...

Voting machine makers fund him

Like Trump, McConnell should be dressed in an orange jumpsuit
and given no more than 1 hour outdoors, daily, in the exercise yard.


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7/6/19

Trump is just a symptom of ...

deeper, more disturbing issues within the electorate (8:05)

Trump, an obese septuagenarian, will be dead soon.
But we will be stuck with the tens of millions of gullible minions
whose minds are owned by the Oligarchs ...

for a long long time to come


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7/5/19

Here is a great reply to Conservative Christians who ask atheists

Why don't you stay quiet and remain in the closet?

The best part ...

"Many Christians accuse atheists of having a hidden agenda,
which I think takes a special blend of nerve and insanity,
considering that their highest priority is to convert the entire world.
"

Can I get an "Amen!"


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7/3/19

According to the Federal Reserve, the economy is doing great …

provided that you’re a member of the wealthy elite (5:03)


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7/2/19

Why is the far side of the moon (the side that always faces away from Earth)
so different from the near side that we are familiar with?

Simulations indicate that the moon was struck by a dwarf planet early in its history


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7/1/19

15 states have signed on to give all their electoral votes to ...

the national popular vote winner (5:10)

Since Republicans will never support the abolition of the Electoral College
Democrats have developed an ingenious workaround to restore Democracy.


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6/30/19

Video (5:02) explaining how Trump's packing of the courts
is already affecting justice in America ...

Conservative Trump judges nearly block Flint, Michigan water poisoning case

The big prize in the 2016 election wasn't the presidency -
it was control over the Judicial branch ... for decades.


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6/29/19

40% of Americans lack the cash to cover ...

a $400 emergency

We are constantly being told
how well the economy is doing.
What they are leaving out is ...

it is only going great for the rich


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6/28/19

Look at these 2 Supreme Court decisions that both came down on 6/27/19
involving Republican attempts to gain a voting advantage:

Chief Justice John Roberts joins Liberals in big census ruling
saying that the Trump administration's explanation isn't good enough


and ...

Justices decide that federal judges can't play a role
in voting maps drawn for partisan gain


All Liberal judges voted against both of these issues.
All Conservative judges (except the Chief Justice) voted for both of these issues.
Obviously, the system is badly broken and purely partisan.

There is no way to morally justify gerrymandering in a Democracy.
It is specifically designed to defeat Democracy.
So Conservative judges made up a pathetic excuse which allows it to continue
since there was no way they could rule in favor of it ... and they knew it.

The interesting question is why did Roberts vote against Republicans in the census case?
You almost get the sense that they chose to give Republicans the more important case
(the one that would best insure their continued domination
of an electorate in which they are outnumbered)
and in return, threw Liberals a bone (the less important case).

This is eerily reminiscent of 2010
when Roberts switched sides to give Americans Obamacare
but sold our Democracy out to the rich in the Citizens United case.

UPDATE 6/28

I just saw this great quote from John Fugelsang:
β€œ4 out of 5 SCOTUS judges
who just legalized rigging democracy via gerrymandering
were appointed by presidents ... who had lost the popular vote.
”


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6/27/19

The mitochondria's electron transport chain (7:44)




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6/26/19

Idaho Republicans vote to keep their state in the Dark Ages.

They prevent progressives from outlawing child marriages

I'm guessin' those congressmen have a few little girl brides of their own.


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6/25/19

When conservative Clapping Seals try to spread the lie about a "Liberal" media
confront them with this fact, which completely refutes that propaganda ...

Trump got 23 times the coverage given to Sanders

If we had a Liberal media ... the exact opposite would have been true.


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6/23/19

Comparison: buying v. renting a home (8:33)

Keep in mind that this was only a financial comparison.
But there are a multitude of other factors to consider.
Some will favor buying - others renting.
And those factors will weigh differently on everyone.


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6/22/19

Scientists Find Another Kind of Dementia.
It's called "LATE" (limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy) ...

and it erodes memory

Great. Something else to look forward to when we get old.


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6/21/19

How far will Republicans go to protect the profits of Big Oil?

This far ...

Governor forced to send police after GOP lawmakers who went into hiding

Since Trump, the rule of law in America has become non-existent.
Democracy has essentially been defeated in America
just as it is being sent into full retreat all around the world.

UPDATE - 6/22/19

GOP rallies allies and threatens violence

Welcome to Trump's America ... and it's only going to get worse


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6/20/19

"EPA chief Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist,
signed a replacement rule that gives states leeway in deciding
what level of emissions cuts to require at existing coal plants.
"

Translation ... There will be no more emission cuts required

And what does the data show?

Pollution gains in America are being reversed


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6/19/19



Newbie Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
betrays big business and sides with ...

liberal judges ... and the people

Uh oh. Someone is going to be taken out to the woodshed.
Don't count on this happening again any time soon.


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