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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)



8/17/18

Devin Nunes' obstruction of justice exposed ... by his own words (5:24)



The money quote ...

"Or else all this goes away! "

(and there's your motive)


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8/16/18

"Secularization precedes economic development and not the other way around.
Although this does not demonstrate a causal pathway, it does rule out the reverse.
Furthermore, secularization only predicts future economic development when ...


it is accompanied by a respect and tolerance for individual rights "


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8/14/18

Sinclair Broadcasting is "the top US television broadcast group"
and they actively work to promote the conservative agenda.
They are attempting to increase their influence by acquiring Tribune Media.

But in a move that has left me puzzled, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai,
who in the past has labored in the service of Sinclair Broadcasting,
surprised everyone by proposing that the matter be referred to an administrative law judge.
The move could result in a lengthy delay and could effectively kill the deal.

Sinclair - Tribune deal is dead ... for now

Time will reveal what's really going on; but my spider-senses ...

are tingling


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8/13/18

EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, did a lot of damage to America in a very short time

His successor, Andrew Wheeler, is expected to continue giving away the farm to the rich.


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8/12/18

Trump couldn't get his party to dump the Affordable Care Act ...

so now Trump is whittling away at the Affordable Care Act

To all you millions of Americans who are going to lose your insurance (and who voted Republican):
Drop'em, bend over, and grab your ankles. And don't forget to squeal like a pig ...

it'll hurt a little less that way


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8/10/18

The Trump administration continues to bully world organizations
which are engaged in efforts to help people ...

wherever those efforts threaten corporate profits

"the US position aligned with infant formula manufacturers."

Right/Wrong no longer has any meaning in modern-day America.

There is only ... greed


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8/9/18

Conservative political commentator George Will warned Republicans about Trump in April of 2017 (7:02)



Since that video was made, everything George Will said has been magnified a hundred times.
Yet Republicans continue to sell out their country ... for power.


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8/8/18

Even God says life (human soul) begins with ...

the first breath

Notice: that was from a Christian source.


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8/7/18

When did fish first begin to breath air?

Video - 9:07

We've come a long way, baby.


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8/5/18

Governor Rick Snyder celebrates 8 years of transferring wealth from the people ...

to the big corporations

Now Trump is doing to America, what Snyder did to Michigan.


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8/4/18

Apple just became the first Trillion-dollar company.
How did they do it?

By selling out Americans

Keep voting Republican. The rich sure do appreciate ... your support!


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8/3/18

The missing third of ordinary matter has been found ...

million-degree filaments of oxygen between galaxies

Now we just need to find that dark matter.


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8/2/18

Facebook is trying to protect American elections from Russian influence

So the Republicans fight back in the House!

And Republicans fight back in the Senate!

When even Facebook is more patriotic than our elected congressmen
it is clear that these Republicans need to be tried for treason.

Keep voting Republican. The rich sure do appreciate ... Your Support!


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7/31/18

Panspermia (the theory that life began on Earth after arriving from outer space)

Another classic Novella take-down

It is definitely worth the time (great training) to watch how Novella destroys this guy's argument.
This guy wasn't some religious nut or political "useful idiot" - but a well-qualified scientist;
which is what makes this dissection all that much more impressive.

Even scientists are vulnerable to irrationality when they allow their egos to outgrow their brains.


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7/30/18

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are the founders of "The Giving Pledge."
Members of The Giving Pledge have promised, that when they die,
they will contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
Click on Bill's picture to see the list of rich people who have pledged to donate.


Bill Gates Warren Buffett


I would like to see a breakdown by political affiliation.
I am curious to see if there are ANY Republicans on the list.


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7/29/18

U.S. productivity v. wages (since WW2)

Productivity has continued to increase.
But all the benefits from that productivity ...

now go to the rich


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7/28/18

If you've been involved in the skeptical movement
then you are probably familiar with the phrase:

"Correlation does not imply causation."

Here is a web site that does a fantastic job
of teaching this concept to others:

Spurious Correlations


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7/26/18

On the same day that Russian agent Maria Butina was indicted,
the NRA pressured Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to ...

legalize 'dark money'

Republicans no longer even bother to try to hide their treason.
The only explanation for that, is that they know ...

that they OWN their base of idiots


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7/24/18

Medicaid expansion produces significant health benefits

Yet Republicans are doing everything in their power to take it away from the people

And the most amazing part of all, is that many of these people ... still vote Republican.

In related news ...

Worldwide, 8 million largely preventable deaths from treatable diseases
cost $6 trillion in lost economic welfare in low and middle-income countries in 2015
due to insufficient access to high-quality medical care.

But 8 million deaths mean nothing to the wealthy


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7/23/18

A writer believes that former Supreme Court Justice Stevens is wrong about ...

repealing the Second Amendment (6 pages)


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7/21/18

Some scientists think they have proof that God exists ...

like Robert Nelson (9 pages)

It's amazing what counts as proof ... to the desperately delusional.


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7/20/18

Here is a comparison (13 pages) between
the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights v.

The Republican Party platform

Human rights don't even register as an issue in the Republican party;
which is not surprising once you understand
that their singular purpose is to transfer as much wealth as possible
from the masses ... into the pockets of the rich.


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7/19/18

Rare alignment of planets on one side of the Sun
means that the barycenter of our Solar System
is the farthest it can be from the Sun's surface.
Unfortunately, this guy didn't seem to be aware of it (3:14):




Explanation


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