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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)



2/21/18

The Koch Brothers have demonstrated that they own Trump's ass.
They made that clear when they blocked Trump's attempt to destroy Obamacare.
So now their little lap dog (Trump) is dancing to their tune ...

Trump attacks solar power while retaining subsidies for Big Oil


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2/20/18

Why reaching Absolute Zero is impossible (10:40)




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2/19/18

Check out the Republican's latest victims ...



Every single governmental action that conservatives have taken
has benefitted the wealthy and big business at the expense of everyone else.
If you think you can name one Republican bill that has benefitted the masses
at the expense of the wealthy and big business ...

feel free to exercise your freedom of speech


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2/18/18

You had better think twice before calling someone a "Bird Brain"

Pigeons are as fast, and sometimes faster than humans at multitasking

While their brains are smaller, that disadvantage is offset by the fact
that their neurons are packed more tightly.


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2/17/18

Why are Conservatives so much more gullible than Liberals and Independents?

psychology

I would take the analysis deeper
and add that Plutocrats control conservatives
by playing on their emotions and egos.
Plutocrats count on conservatives being more likely
to go to any lengths necessary to avoid admitting that they are wrong.

One last note: the author correctly pointed out
that many Liberals are wrong about vaccines and GMO's.
But he also added "fracking" to those two.
I'm not sure the jury is in on that one yet ...

fracking

Yeah, I thought fracking was bad too
but now I will withhold judgment until the science is clear.


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2/16/18

Does the Earth orbit the Sun?

Better think carefully before answering that one

Is there nothing sacred anymore?
So what else were we misled about?

Better set down for this one ...

Is the Earth flat?
It all depends on how you define "flat"


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2/14/18

Scientists are still hunting for the source of cosmic rays

But they are pretty sure they come from outside our Milky Way galaxy


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2/13/18

When I saw that this video ran 3 1/2 hours, I hesitated,
then decided to just watch the beginning.
Within minutes I was hooked and watched the whole thing ... twice.

The Money Masters (1996)

I would strongly recommend that you watch the video before reading ...

My Analysis (2 pages)

And here is a historical look at ...

the U.S. national debt vs. GDP


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2/12/18

Scientists may have discovered what caused The Great Oxygenation Event
and initiated plate tectonics around 2.5 billion years ago.
The story revolves around the most abundant element in the Earth's mantle ...

olivine


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2/11/18

What is the most dangerous job in America?

The Presidency


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2/10/18

How did scientists first figure out the speed of light?

They were able to calculate it, pretty accurately,
by using the discrepancy between the time it took light to arrive from Jupiter's moons.

Feynman can explain it far better than I can ...

(the explanation begins at 3:33 into the video)


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2/9/18

To pay for all the gifts to the rich,
Trump has to take it from everyone else.
The Centers for Disease Control has had their budget
for global epidemic programs slashed.
That means we'll have to fight these epidemics ...

right here in America

#MAGA !


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2/7/18

With the tax giveaway to the rich complete,
Trump's goons (like Paul Ryan) turn their attention to the poor.
No, I didn't mean they turned their attention to the poor
with the intention of helping them.
I meant that they are turning their attention to the poor
in order to pay for all the gifts that they have lavished on the wealthy.



You asked for this America ... so bend over


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2/6/18

Amazing discovery:
The Babylonians beat the Greeks to the discovery of trigonometry by about ...

1,500 years



Time to rewrite the history books boys.


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2/5/18

Time Magazine is now in the back pocket of ...

The Koch Brothers


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2/3/18

California Republicans sell out their own state, putting party over state;
the same way Republicans in Washington constantly put party over country.
And Conservative voters simply ... don't care.

California Democrats defy FCC by approving Net Neutrality law

Same old story. Nothing new to see here folks ... move along.


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2/2/18

Researchers have discovered that unaffected neighbor cells
are not helplessly awaiting the invasion of cancer cells,
but rather, helping to fight the cancer cells.




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2/1/18

This Month's Podcast:
Disabled man gives his reasons for opposing euthanasia

Featuring: Ben Mattlin
(and my replies to him)

The Science Segment:
The most massive brown dwarf ever found: 90 Jupiters

Listen (16:08)
OR
Read (7 pages)



1/30/18

New underwear can help reduce back stress




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1/29/18

This is how American government works:
After passage of the Republican tax bill ...

The Koch Brothers thank Paul Ryan with a half-million dollar "donation"

"Donation" sounds so much better than calling it what it really is.


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1/28/18

Starbucks, Disney, and other beneficiaries of the Republican sellout of America
are using their best public relations tactics to try to distract everyone from their windfall.

Raises & Stock Options promised to employees

Stock options cost the companies nothing:
If the stock goes up, they all share in the profits.
If it goes down, the companies gave them nothing.

As for the raises ("the check is in the mail"):
The companies have stolen a dollar from taxpayers
and are now screaming and jumping up and down
as they throw a nickel back to them.
(the saddest part is - they always find a way to get that nickel back)

The article downplayed (one tiny little reference near the end) the main point:
"One financial analyst tells the Orlando Sentinel the bonuses are a "drop in the bucket"
compared to the hundreds of millions Disney will save in the tax cut.
"

That was the point of my diatribe above;
and I didn't have to be a financial analyst to figure that one out.

Jaime Dimon is doing his best imitation of Trump.
He knows full well that his promise will never happen. Why?

Because it never has

Trickle-Down Economics has never worked, anywhere, any time.
You have been raped Conservatives ... and you did this to yourselves.
Half of America screamed at you, begging you not to do it.
But you sure showed us all right.

Now you can just bend over and grab your ankles like everyone else ...

You are going to get exactly what you asked for


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1/27/18

Toys R Us is closing 182 U.S. stores ...

MAGA!

I just can't take all of this "winning."


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1/26/18

The Mediterranean Diet works great ...

but only if you are rich or well-educated

In other words: it isn't the diet.


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1/25/18

Republicans are always screaming "Capitalism!" "Let the market decide!" "Get government out of Business!"
But like conservative Christians who pretend to worship Jesus but reject all of His teachings,
Republicans prove to everyone that everything they say is a lie, by doing things like this ...

Trump regime taxes solar energy with tariffs while subsidizing Big Oil

It doesn't matter how obvious they make it. They know their base simply doesn't care.
That's why they keep doing it. All the rhetorical examples above were simply ...

propaganda for the morons


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1/24/18

Bank of America begins sticking it to the poor

The only thing that surprises me is that they waited a whole year after Trump's election.
Either they didn't want to appear too obvious and greedy,
or the Trump administration may have asked them to wait until attention was diverted elsewhere.


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1/23/18

It was only 8 years ago that income inequality had become so bad
that the 388 richest people owned as much as HALF the world's citizens.
As we begin 2018, Trump has assembled a government
poised to strip away as much wealth as possible from Americans
and transfer it into the pockets of the wealthy.
As this process begins, where does wealth inequality stand right now?

Half the world's population now have as much wealth as the richest ...

42 people


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1/22/18

John Fugelsang comes up with another gem.
This one is about the results of Trump's physical exam:

What Dr. Ronny Jackson said:
"I have absolutely no concern about his cognitive ability or neurological function."

What Trump's lawyers heard:
"Well, there goes the insanity defense."


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