HOT TOPICS QUEUE




5/31/18

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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6/11/18.RECORD DATE POSTED!

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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5/23/17

Professor promotes the pseudoscience of determinism

Robert Sapolsky denies the existence of free will (6 pages)

I never did get a reply from either Sapolsky or the interviewer, Illing.


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5/30/18

Visual acuity in the animal kingdom ...

humans did pretty well


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5/28/18

The fairy tale about storks delivering babies ... may be true after all.

The eggs of pregnant insects can survive the trip through a bird's intestines

Betcha didn't know that one.


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12/30/15

Intro

The Nearsightedness Epidemic (8:58)

Conclusion: don't live your whole life indoors.


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5/21/18

2015 BZ509 is the first permanent body in our solar system ...

that came from another solar system


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7/11/18.RECORD CORRECT MONTH

The Limits Of Mathematics

The limits of mathematics can be illustrated by this paradox:

A lion wants to catch and eat a zebra, but before she can do that, she must first travel halfway to the zebra.
That is a mathematical fact. Therefore, the lion can never catch the zebra.
In reality, we know this is wrong.
Sometimes the lion does catch the zebra despite it being mathematically impossible.
This proves that, as powerful a tool as mathematics is,
it must be tempered with knowledge and logic before being applied to reality.


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XSCIENCE

6/15/18.RECORD DATE POSTED!

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are the founders of "The Giving Pledge."
Members 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



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6/4/18

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.

But 8 million deaths mean nothing to the wealthy


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3/28/18

Writer believes that former Supreme Court Justice Stevens is wrong about ...

repealing the Second Amendment


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5/11/18.RECORD DATE WHEN POSTED!

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

by Robert Nelson (9 pages)

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


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5/11/18.RECORD DATE POSTED!

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.


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1/23/16

Trump insults crowd right to their face ... and they cheered him!



People that stupid should not be allowed out in public ... without guards.

For those of you who still don't get it, I will explain:
He tricked them by acting like he was praising their loyalty,
but in reality, he was telling them that they were so incredibly stupid,
that he could do anything he wanted (even shoot someone) ...
and they would still support him.

And sadly ... time would prove him right


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7/11/18.RECORD DATE PUBLISHED

The evolution of the Republican party can be divided into 3 periods:
They began as the "Party of Lincoln" and were responsible ending slavery;
which had been supported mainly by Southern Democrats (the South was completely "Blue").

But when Democratic President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964
and the Voting Rights Act in 1965, racist elements within the Southern Democrats felt betrayed
and switched their allegiance to the Republican party (that's why the South is now "Red").
Nixon took advantage of this to win the presidency in 1968 by instituting the "Southern Strategy."

About 40 years later, the Republican party continued its voyage to "The Dark Side"
as the Plutocrats concentrated their efforts on America's most gullible and easily manipulated faction ... "Evangelicals."
Evangelicals are Christians in name only. They stand against everything that Jesus stood for ...
but they can't get enough of Jesus' Old Man: you know, the Guy who never met a living creature, animal or human ...

that He didn't want dead.

The Plutocrats molded the Republican party into a cohesive voting unit built around a party platform
that catered to its various factions: Evangelicals, Racists, and Greedy Capitalists
(those are Capitalists who are cursed with an uncontrollable greed).

That was a brief, general overview of the moral degradation that has turned a once-proud political party
into an enemy of the people: the greatest enemy America has faced ... since the Civil War.

To quote President Trump ... #SAD


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5/23/18

How does America, the world's richest country by far,
rank in healthcare when compared to the other 195 countries?

29th

That is a disgrace.


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6/?/18.CHANGE RECORD TO CURRENT DATE

Remember how Trump pandered to all those coal miners?
You'll never believe what I just dug up from a few years ago ...

Republican Lawmakers Seek To Block Funding On Black Lung Regulation

Republicans were counting on coal miners having Alzheimers ... and they were right.
So I guess black lung disease isn't the only health issue they have to worry about.


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5/11/18

Harley-Davidson took its tax cut, closed a factory, and rewarded shareholders.

Harley-Davidson is also expanding overseas

#MAGA!


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5/22/18

Trump has been caught lying hundreds of times.
Many of these lies are easy to detect.
So why does his base continue to believe him? How does he do it?

Here is scientific evidence that points to an answer

Our country is going down the toilet
because the rich have learned how to control
the large number of autistic Americans.
And the numbers are far larger than anyone imagined.


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5/16/18

In order for the 1% to be able to plunder the masses
they are forced to include enablers, whom they reward:

The Top 10% (3:04)

Without the aid of the 10%,
the 1% would be unable to retain their huge share of the wealth.


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5/21/18

Republicans continue to undue decades of progress.
This time they scrapped safeguards ...

that had prevented auto lenders from discriminating based on race

Now that Trump is president - hoods are acceptable fashion wear once again.


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5/16/18

For-Profit scam schools are back in business thanks to ...

Betsy DeVos (5:13)

#MAGA!


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5/13/18

Aron Ra debunks the Christian lie about ...

atheist states (12:30)


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XPOLITICS / RELIGION

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1/29/07

The two videos below provide a perfect analogy to the human condition.
In the first video, 30 hornets kill 30,000 bees in only 3 hours.
It reminded me of bad karate movies
where villains attack the hero ... one at a time.
In the second video, hornets encounter a different species of bee.
This species has evolved a defense against the much larger hornets.
They work together to encase the intruder,
and using their vibrating wings ... they cook it to death.

See the analogy?

For 10,000 years humans have been preyed upon by predators (Plutocrats)
who get them to die by the millions in wars so that Plutocrats can enrich themselves.
The Plutocrats control the resources and wealth, and therefore, dictate living conditions.
Humans are like the bees in this first video ... sitting ducks (4:19)



But someday, hopefully before it is too late,
we will discover how to work together (Socialism)
and rid ourselves of the predators who have been making this world ...
a living hell (3:42)




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1991

Here is a method I developed for computing square roots
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I guess God is still mad at me
for all the mean things I said about Him in my book,
so He snuck a vulnerability into my method
(it affects about 10% of the numbers)

Fortunately for me, I discovered this vulnerability
and constructed the following tables
to help me correct for those numbers when they appear.

Square Root Variation Tables


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