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Neo's Daily Blog


7/24/17


POLITICS

Democracy in Poland is in serious trouble
as the government brings its Supreme Court ...

under its direct control

Fascism is rising all over the world as Democracy takes hit after hit.
The people have the power, but not the know-how, to stop it.

The same thing has been happening in the U.S.
The Plutocracy blocked a record number of judicial appointments
during Obama's presidency (more than all the previous 43 presidents combined)
and are now appointing ultra-conservative, ultra-young judges at a record-setting rate.

UPDATE

European Union may sanction Poland

(that is - if they can pressure Hungary to quit supporting "Democracide")


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RELIGION

Nuns around the world keep an ancient Medieval tradition alive ...

by spending zillions of hours sitting and talking to themselves (praying)

Here are a few choice excerpts:

"Flooding, snowstorms, a flu outbreak, even a fire —
any of those might have slowed a group of Wisconsin nuns
who say none of it has kept their order from praying nonstop
for hundreds of thousands of people over the last 137 years.
"

Think about that for a moment.
While fire is burning down their building,
instead of helping those people who desperatately need help fighting the fire,
or warning others, they instead, sit there talking to themselves.
But in a Country dominated by Christians with a long, bloody history,
the newspaper would be out of business if they pointed that fact out.

"In La Crosse, the nuns estimate
they've prayed for hundreds of thousands of people,
including 150,000 in the last decade.
"

Congratulations on pissing your lives down the toilet.

"The prayer sustained me in ways I haven't been able to articulate.
I felt warm and loved and cared about by strangers
and that's an incredible feeling.
"

That's the whole purpose of delusion ... ain't it?


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SCIENCE

What is the real #1 killer in the world today?

People unable to access life-saving surgeries

I don't see that one on the C.D.C.'s list of top causes of death.


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7/23/17


POLITICS

Fox News is now supporting collusion

Tired of banging your head against a wall, trying to reason with Trump supporters?
Wish you could smash them over the head and make it explode?

Try this one ...

Get them to admit that Bill Clinton was rightfully impeached for lying.
(that will be very easy to do)
Now point out that Trump isn't being threatened with impeachment for collusion,
he is being threatened with impeachment for lying about it
and for conspiring with others to hide the truth.

When I tried this with a "Trump Lady"
her nuclear meltdown was absolutely spectacular.
I was called every name in the book.

PRICELESS!


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RELIGION


"Religion is what allows people
to legally engage in thoughts and acts,
which if attempted outside the protection of religion,
would justify institutionalization."

neo, 2006


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SCIENCE

The evolution from inorganic elements to organic chemical molecules
has been shown to be feasible in the environment of ...

undersea hydrothermal vents


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7/22/17


POLITICS

If you recall, I warned you that the Conservative takeover of America in 2016
gave them a much bigger prize than just the Presidency for one term.

Remember how Conservatives blocked more of Obama's judicial nominees
than all of the other presidents in history ... combined?
That was the real prize: control of the judiciary for decades to come.
As we have seen over and over, Conservative judges interpret law
the way the Plutocrats NEED it to be interpreted.
One example (out of many) - Corporations are now people.
Trump is loading the judiciary with unusually young, ultra-conservative judges;
and Americans will pay the price for that electoral mistake in 2016 ...

for a long, long time to come


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RELIGION

North Carolina goes too far in its interpretation of the "Greece v. Galloway" case ...

and gets slapped down in court


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SCIENCE

7/21/17


POLITICS

Public Policy Polling just released the results of a 61-question survey

The only result you need to read is the one to ... question #5

This guy hasn't just been caught telling one little white lie

And that is why America is in far deeper shit than we realize.
Donald Trump is an obese 70-year-old man who will be dead soon.
But we have a far greater enemy that is destroying America from within
and will continue to do so for the forseeable future.

Either we figure out how to free people
who are being controlled by the Plutocracy
or their vast numbers will enable Plutocrats to put an end
to our great, but brief, experiment in Democracy.


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RELIGION

Think televangelists are evil?

Well, many of them are. But Ken Ham could give them a run for their money ...



I guess Ken Ham never read the part in the Bible about

"Render unto Caesar ...."


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SCIENCE

Scientists discover the largest structure ever found in the universe ...

A "void" 1.3 billion light years across


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7/20/17


POLITICS

More kids are living in poverty in 2017
than during The Great Recession in 2008


The greatest increase was among non-Hispanic White kids.
This helps explain Trump's election by rural white America.

What all those poor white people didn't understand was,
they were fooled into placing their trust in the hands of the wolves;
and that's why things are getting ... a whole lot worse.


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RELIGION

Betty Bowers is affectionately known as "American's Best Christian."
It only took her 4 minutes to destroy ... "Goodwill Industries"




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SCIENCE

As if it weren't already difficult enough to study the distant past
now we find out that we also have to contend with ...

bone-eating worms


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7/19/17


POLITICS

For those of you who refuse to see the totalitarian police state coming into view ...

Jeff Sessions makes it a little easier for you

I often get a kick from reading the comments that follow these news articles.
Here is one that pulls no punches ...

"Sessions is taking his playbook straight from the Gestapo.
This little Goebbels clone is a OBVIOUS threat to our civil liberties.
So when does he start taking assets from Trump and Kushner?
This must be stopped. It is a clear attack on our freedom.
Confiscation of private property without due process is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
F this racist creep HARD! And NOW! 
"

(I couldn't have said it better myself)


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RELIGION

A Reverend explains the difference between
the freedom to practice your religion vs ...

your freedom to impose your religion on others


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SCIENCE

7/18/17


POLITICS

Here is the difference between greedy Conservative Christians

and what Christians are supposed to be like

Barber represents modern, progressive Christians
like those typically found in the Democratic party.
Those are the Christians who actually kept on reading
when they got to the red print.


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RELIGION

Tell me if this definition taken from Wikipedia
reminds you of any particular group of people:

"Schizophrenia is a mental disorder
often characterized by abnormal social behavior
and failure to recognize what is real.
Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking,
auditory hallucinations, lack of motivation,
and reduced social engagement and emotional expression.
Diagnosis is based on observed behavior and the person's reported experiences.
"

Let's analyze that definition and see how it fits religious believers.

Schizophrenia (2 pages)

Conclusion

So, about 90% of the human race is schizophrenic ... by definition.
But if you dare to point that out,
you might become acquainted with the definition of another word ...

incineration


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SCIENCE

Organic molecules have been discovered in a nascent solar system
indicating that the elements of life may be universal.

We are NOT alone ... probably




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7/17/17


POLITICS

Big Tobacco at war with humanity

Plutocrats kill humans for money.
It's what they do.
It's what they've always done.
And likely what they will always do ...

Unless humans figure out how to protect themselves


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RELIGION

According to the Bible:

"In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth."

According to Stanley Miller (1930-2007):

"In the beginning were simple chemicals;
these chemicals combined into chains of amino acids
which eventually evolved into lifeforms.
"

Okay ... I'm going to have to go with Miller on this one.


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SCIENCE

The current impact theory of lunar formation just got a lot stronger




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7/16/17


POLITICS

Bob McDonnell's corruption reversal by the Supreme Court ...

is now a get-out-of-jail-free card for all the crooks

By the time Trump finishes packing the courts
we might as well just stop printing the Penal Code
since we won't be using it anymore.


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RELIGION

The "Prosperity Gospel" is the newest big thing in Christianity.

Jeffrey Taylor in Salon Magazine writes about The Prosperity Gospel

"In a country that constantly proclaims itself humanity’s last and best hope,
the mere presence of multitudes so incapable of rational thought
that they ransack their own bank accounts to support the faith industry
disproves any assertion of American exceptionalism.
"

But our government wouldn't dare to begin taxing churches
because they know that religious leaders
would incite their multitudes of followers to violent revolt.


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SCIENCE

The end of humans using animals for their meat ...

would seem to finally be coming into view

Now for a reality check:
When their livelihood and profits were threatened ...
Remember how the tobacco companies responded in the 1980's?
Remember how the oil, coal, and power companies responded in the 2000's?
Remember all the stories about drug traffickers protecting their business?

There is no limit to the depths that people will stoop to ...

to keep the money rolling in


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7/15/17


POLITICS

If you recall, right before Trump's inauguration,
anticipating the pillaging of America's wealth,
the House of Representatives tried to bring
the Office of Government Ethics under its direct supervision.
Republicans had to scuttle that idea due to the loud public outcry.
But as the recent resignation of its director, Walter Schaub, demonstrated
Republicans haven't let that small setback slow them down
from opening the vault doors and looting America's wealth.

Corruption now running rampant in Washington

I love this line from the article:

"With the United States under Trump devolving into a Putin-esque kleptocracy,
the stink of corruption has apparently become so normalized in Republican ranks
that they’ve become completely desensitized to it.
"


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RELIGION

Let's put Christian claims of moral superiority to the test, shall we?

Okay, here's the test: Find A Christian and an atheist who each own a lamborghini
(approximate cost brand new ~ a quarter of a million dollars)

The atheist must attach a metallic IXOYE fish where it is plainly visible.
The Christian must attach a metallic Darwin fish where it is plainly visible.
Both must drive around town and then leave their cars parked for hours.
They may go to the Mall, a Bar, a Movie, or wherever they choose,
just as long as they don't return for at least a couple of hours.

If you can find one Christian in America who will accept this challenge ...

please let me know


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SCIENCE

Scientists are learning how to control the gene enhancers and promoters ...

that make up our epigenetics


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7/14/17


POLITICS

In the election, California voted against Trump by a 2-1 margin.
California's earthquake early warning system has been cut from Trump's budget.

Payback is a bitch

This could have saved many lives.
But then again, so could health care.
Republicans simply don't care.


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RELIGION

This guy tells you how to handle the arguments from ...

Muslim Apologists


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SCIENCE

7/13/17


POLITICS

Turkey takes a giant step backwards into the Middle Ages
by removing evolution from the teaching curriculum.

American Conservative Christians are salivating at the thought ...

and taking copious notes

This has been the goal of Conservative Christians
ever since their fairy tales got booted out of the public school system in the 1960's.
And now that they have control of the U.S. government
there is little that we can do to stop them.

Just ask Turkey


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RELIGION

SCIENCE

The largest moon in our solar system
Ganymede (orbits Jupiter)
has a gigantic subsurface ocean.



Even the top of that ocean is under 95 miles of ice.
The pressure must be enormous.
If there is any life in that ocean - it must be pretty bad-ass


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7/12/17


POLITICS

Remember the last 8 years when you couldn't pay Congressmen to do their jobs?

Remember all the vacations?

And when they did show up, they accomplished less than any congress in U.S. history.

Remember the 60-some-odd votes to repeal Health Care?
Remember the government shutdown?
Remember them blocking more judicial appointments than all previous presidents ...

COMBINED?

Well now look at these industrious little beavers

The sooner they unburden the rich from paying for health care
the sooner they can move on to other important things,
like eliminating taxes for the rich and the big corporations.
Now we get to see what it takes to get these guys to actually work.

But the greatest line from the story was this one from McConnell ...

"and tackle the backlog of critical nominations
that have been mindlessly stalled by Democrats.
"

Sometimes even I ... am at a loss for words


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RELIGION

Southern Baptists finally get around to apologizing for supporting slavery ...

150 years later

Look on the bright side: it took the Catholics over 350 years to apologize to ...

Galileo


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SCIENCE

7/11/17


POLITICS

Play with snakes long enough ...

and you are bound to get bitten
(make sure you read the ending)

James Comey already learned this lesson the hard way.
Hillary Clinton admitted that Comey may have handed the election to Trump.
But Comey didn't get to bask in his victory very long before the snake bit him.
Now Comey has to email his resume to Wal-Mart's security department
as he hunts for a new employer.

CNN raked in huge sums of money with their coverage of Trump
and probably thought they had bought themselves an ally.
Now, like Comey, they too are in the emergency room waiting for ...

anti-venom


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RELIGION

SCIENCE