THE SKEPTIC ARENA
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The more science delves into the intelligence of animals ...
the smarter we find that they are.
What's the latest animal to be removed from the moron list?
This week's show was:
"Failed ex-cop freaks out over Salon article demeaning his university"
Featuring: Matt Barber and Jeffrey Tayler
The Science Segment was:
"Having a purpose in life increases life expectancy"
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If you would like to participate in a live debate
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to set up the date and time.
Canada demonstrates the courage that America doesn't have ...
by ending government-sponsored prayer
How bad are things getting for 99% of the human race?
We are rapidly returning to a primitive social system
in which life is brutal for those who aren't born lucky ...
but Heaven for those who are
Registered quack (Dr. Oz) will fight back to preserve his empire ...
and keep the flow of money from fools ... rolling in
Quote from Oz: "We provide multiple points of view, including mine
which is offered without
conflict of interest
That doesn’t sit well with certain agendas which
distort the facts
That quote from Oz reminds me of the old story
about the wife who comes home from work, unexpectedly,
and catches her husband in bed, having sex with their hot, young neighbor.
When the wife protests, her husband simply denies that they are having sex.
The wife says "But I just saw you - I mean, I can see you!"
Her husband continues to deny they are having sex.
Confused and befuddled, the wife leaves the room and returns to work.
THAT, my friends ... is Dr. Oz
Muslims and Christians have been killing each other
since Muslims first split from Christianity in the early 7th century.
But the horror of this story distracts from the fact that ...
most ISIS killing - targets their fellow Muslims
We've already seen global warming deniers move the goalposts before.
As the masses slowly begin to figure out that they are being played,
what position will the deniers retreat to next?
Australia gives us a preview
"Solar Sail" to launch in May (1:50)
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The Daily KOS couldn't take it. So ...
They banned me
This was no different (nor any more difficult)
than beating up on defenseless Creationists
Here is a petition to remove Scientology's tax-exempt status
Do whatever you think is right (ends 4/22/15)
I have a question:
If the petition succeeds and Scientology loses its tax-exempt status,
do all those Congressmen who took bribes
and then voted to grant Scientology tax-exempt status ...
have to give the money back?
Classic Emails (4 pages)
After one of the top scientists who testifies for the global warming deniers
was discovered to have taken about a million dollars from the oil industry,
I sent the following email to a bunch of global warming deniers:
Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance ... responds
Does it get any better than that?
The world's first "head" transplant has been scheduled for a Russian man
Approximately 25% of Americans are religiously unaffiliated.
How much are they underrepresented in Congress?
They are underrepresented by a factor of ...
more than 100
(instead of 1 - there should be over 130)
If we assume that the "don't know/refuse" members are unaffiliated,
and are simply afraid to say so,
then unaffiliated Americans are "only" underrepresented by a factor of ...
more than 10
(there are only 10 - where there should be more than 130)
But what is most telling, is that 9 out of those 10 are afraid to even admit
that they do NOT belong to a group that worships an invisible magic ghost.
(Let's hope that in the future, humans will look back at this story
and be utterly amazed that the word NOT was in there)
That gives you a pretty good idea
of where America stands in the 21st century;
pretty much the same place
where most of the other backward nations of the world stand.
The Daily KOS promotes GMO pseudoscience, then, laughably,
calls itself a "reality-based" community.
Here is a picture of Kos holding all the scientific evidence he has ... against GMO's
(click on it to read a 1-page email)
They found water IN Mars: there are thousands of glaciers located underground.
I contacted researcher Nanna Karlsson to find out how deep the glaciers were.
She replied "The glaciers are covered by dust that is less than 10 meters thick.
So they are not very far underground."
Classic Emails (1 page)
Winchester, Alabama is no longer part of the United States.
By the power granted unto them (by themselves) the City Council ...
has ceded the city to God
I sent the mayor and council members this email
I waited months but never did get a reply.
I guess they're pretty busy,
what with setting up a whole new town and everything.
Canada shows America ... how it's done
That is what America could be like
if only Conservatives could be removed from power.
In the quest to unravel ancient human history, scientists examine ...
300,000-400,000 year-old DNA
According to the "Traditional Values Coalition"
(that's code for the "Christian Values Lobby") ...
The Boy Scouts of America Betrays Its Own Oath (2 pages)
It's just killing Christian Fundamentalists
that their religious freedom to persecute others
keeps getting taken away from them.
In the backwards Bizarro world in which they live ...
THAT is persecution.
The tentacles of the Bible Belt
and its vile morality
extend throughout America ...
To wherever Republicans are in power
Think about what you just read:
They want the right to refuse emergency medical aid to gay people.
That is a hundred times worse than what just happened in Indiana.
And wasn't the part about Muslims precious?
(as if they would ever do anything to benefit Muslims)
But this proves that they will use Muslims
if it helps them push through more Christian privilege.
If there is a test for being human ...
These lawmakers, and their supporters, just failed it.
Snopes weighs in: "Partly True - Partly False"
The House Speaker's assertion
that it could not be used as a blanket refusal
relies on the good nature of Christians.
The ACLU's assertions sound much more realistic
based on the proven nature of "some" Christians.
The Founding Fathers would be turning over in their graves
if they saw what religion was doing
to the country that they worked so hard to protect ...
from religious influence
As some recent studies have suggested,
it has now been proven that ...
DNA is not responsible for ALL inherited traits
Kowtowing to Islam continues in the United Kingdom
20 states, and the Federal Government,
have recently passed "religious freedom" laws.
These are NOT religious freedom laws.
We already have a religious freedom law
(it is called The First Amendment).
What these laws really are, are religious privilege laws.
They extend religious freedom (which we already have)
by legalizing religious discrimination.
But you can bet your bottom dollar
that these privileges only apply to Christians.
Let Muslims try to exercise their "sincerely held" beliefs (like Sharia) ...
and watch what happens.
America is rapidly returning to the Dark Ages
when Christianity turned the Western world into a Hell hole.
With that in mind, Florida realized that it had better legalize adultery fast
or half a million of its citizens might find themselves ...
If you would like to get a preview of the direction America is heading ...
just google: "Saudi Arabia" or "Iran"
Contrary to what we have always been told ...
Height is not solely determined by genetics
Remember the horror stories about ultra-orthodox Jewish kids
dying from being infected with herpes by penis-sucking rabbis?
Orthodox Jewish traditions claim more innocent lives
Ah: religious freedom ...
bringing joy and happiness to all for over 2,000 years now
The people in China walk around in surgical masks
as if they are all on a lunch break from the E.R.
NOW ... they are finally admitting that they may have a problem.
Really? Ya think?
Comedian Bill Maher's anti-science bullshit is completely demolished ...
Euthanasia opponent dies
The argument isn't over Euthanasia.
The argument is over religious freaks
being allowed to force rational people to suffer.
(sound monotonously familiar?)
If someone like Tippetts wants to drag out her agony
because that's what she believes her invisible ghost wants ...
then more power to her - that is her right.
But they should not have the right to force others to suffer
because of their screwy beliefs.
Canada finally got their religious idiots under control and legalized Euthanasia;
it's long past time, that we in America ... do the same
Thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision of 2010
this is what the 2016 election primaries look like:
Jimmy Kimmel's attack on anti-vax loons
(with the help of some doctors) ...
is hysterical (4:57)
Classic Emails (4 pages)
Prophet Walker tries throwing scripture at me ...
Florida is sinking into the ocean
Rumor has it that Florida Governor Rick Scott
has threatened to punish state employees
who even utter the phrase "climate change"
Scott's people are denying it - but this guy got punished
Reality cares little for what delusional humans want to believe.
"The oceans aren't rising and Jesus is coming back."
The longer those two delusions persist ... the more humanity will suffer
Finally ... a blunt, no-nonsense verdict on homeopathy
I guess the "blunt, no-nonsense" part must have given away the fact, that ...
this was outside the United States
This is what religion does to the brain ...
They are arguing over whether or not this guy will reincarnate
So don't be so quick to laugh at all those religious leaders centuries ago who spent entire lifetimes arguing over how many angels could dance on the head of a pin ...
We haven't come all that far
How do you know if you are living in the Fox News Bubble?
If your intestines are tied in knots over Hillary Clinton using a private email server, that may or may not contain evidence of some unstated crime, but think it is no big deal that 47 seditious Senators sent a letter to Iran that undermines peace talks and threatens to push us closer to war ...
then you are deeply embedded in "The Bubble"
Classic Emails (9 pages)
My attack on anti-vaxxers
(and by mistake - one anti-anti-vaxxer)
And just when we were all getting to know one another
and I thought I could almost feel real bonds being formed ...
they all went silent
Major breakthrough in the war on Alzheimer's
Just how bad are things in Egypt?
While the Senate admitted that they've been lying about global warming
and that it is real and not a hoax ...
the House of Representatives is still holding out
Blocking the speech of scientists proves that they know they are wrong -
but they just don't care: their only concern is shilling for the rich.
And sadly, they also know that their constituents will support them
because a majority of the voters who make up their base are ...
dumber than dogshit
The picture we all had of the Milky Way Galaxy has been refined.
It is now defined, not as a smooth disk, but as "corrugated."
That also means that the Milky Way is 50% larger than previous estimates.
Christians continue to defy America's laws.
Now you know why they wave the flag so furiously ...
it's to distract you from what they are really doing
The religious objection to gay marriage
(on the grounds that it cannot result in childbirth)
may soon have to be discarded.
Two-dad babies may soon become a reality
Then they will be forced to object on truthful grounds:
that they are simply hate-filled bigots
whose discrimination is based on ancient, violent scriptures
written by ancient, violent people.
This story might make you puke. But don't feel bad ... you won't be alone.
Of all the people in the world,
who do you think has made the most money off quantum physics?
Niels Bohr? Paul Dirac? Richard Feynman? Werner Heisenberg?
or maybe John von Neumann? Max Planck? or Erwin Schrodinger?
Not even close. That honor belongs to a mind far more powerful than any of those listed above: Deepak Chopra. Here is a picture of him when he was young and he wrote a book which claimed that aging is not inevitable.
And here is a picture of Deepak as he looks today
Oh well, I guess the anti-aging thing didn't work out so well for him,
but quantum physics has made him filthy rich,
so at least he won't go away empty-handed ...
(I just wish he would go away)
Brigitte Gabriel shows us how to deal with those who resort to the tactic,
"Not all Muslims are violent - most are peaceful" (4:51)
Now let's take a look at the other side ...
Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks questioned Gabriel's claims and sources (8:47)
So, who's got their facts straight?
And who's playing loose with the data?
(Evaluation of this data by J.T. Eberhard)
It looks like Gabriel is the one who knows what she is talking about.
Cenk Uygur managed to demonstrate just about every logical fallacy in Wikipedia
in that 9-minute hack job. His best line was:
"It's amazing what happens when facts run up against prejudice"
That was a classic example of being completely oblivious to the fact that,
Cenk wasn't describing Gabriel ... he was describing himself.
Elliot Spitzer also took Gabriel to task (11:54)
When Spitzer asked, where Gabriel got her information about radical Muslim infiltration in the U.S., Gabriel gave him a detailed answer, including several names. Spitzer ignored the names she gave, and then tried to make it appear as though she had evaded the question. So Gabriel then gave him another name, and all Spitzer could do was say "we will follow up on that."
So, all that line of questioning got Spitzer was egg on his face,
since Gabriel provided a name and he had no reply.
Next Spitzer shows tape of Gabriel speaking.
He then takes her words out of context
and spouts the usual "are you saying all Muslims are evil" Straw Man argument.
Gabriel immediately set him straight about whom she was referring to
(and it wasn't
Her reply to Spitzer about the Arab Spring events proved prophetic as the Egyptian military would soon have to remove the democratically-elected Muslim Brotherhood leaders when they tried to destroy Egypt's fledgling democracy and replace it with a Muslim theocracy. I loved it when Spitzer said "history will tell us 10 years from now who is right."
Well Mr. Spitzer we only had to wait 2 years to get the answer ...
and it was Gabriel who was right - not you.
Gabriel then specifically differentiated between radical Muslims and moderates,
making it clear to everyone (except those like Spitzer)
that she does not consider all Muslims terrorists.
Since this contradicted the picture that Spitzer was trying to paint of Gabriel,
he defended his mischaracterizations of Gabriel's comments
by claiming that he was judging her by "the entirety of her comments."
So since Spitzer couldn't defeat her on an actual point-by-point basis,
and her replies disproved his Straw Man argument,
Spitzer was forced to throw his hands up and refer to a vague generalization
in a desperate attempt to save face.
Spitzer closes by again accusing Gabriel
of painting all Muslims with one broad brush,
basically ignoring her detailed explanations to the contrary.
So Spitzer has failed as a governor
(forced out over a prostitution scandal while married)
and now he has failed as an objective journalist.
Hopefully, Elliot will someday find ...
something that he is good at
Alabama Supreme Court bans gay marriage, defying the Federal government
I wonder why Judge Roy Moore is standing in front of an American flag
instead of the flag he actually honors and supports ... the Confederate flag.
Fundamentalist Christians continue to prove that
"hypocrisy" is a synonym for "Christianity"
Cell type changed in a single process.
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Republican representative from Idaho fights to protect religious parents who ...
let their children die from preventable diseases
Finally we have found a Republican woman dumber than Sarah Palin. My proof?
"Reformers want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not - it’s a way of life."
Death is a way of life.
Even Sarah Palin would be rolling on the floor in hysterics from that one.
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