THE SKEPTIC ARENA



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)



5/30/17



Homosexuality has been found in more than a thousand species.

Homosexual hate has only been found ...

in one


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5/30/17

Yes, it's that time again ...
time to check your gag reflex to make sure it is working properly.

Tapeworms


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5/29/17

Another voter suppression law bites the dust

I got this from the comments following the story:

"This is not about voter ID.
It's about voter suppression which Republicans have taken to a new level.
For years, black congregations would vote together after Sunday services.
To stop that, NC did away with Sunday voting.
Many minorities were taking mass transportation to vote.
To stop that, Republicans moved the voting away from transportation lines (buses/trains).
Most minority voters voted before work.
To stop that, Republicans did away with early voting.
Older residents got robo calls telling them the voting location had suddenly changed.
No, it had not.
Other calls told them the dates had changed.
No, it had not.
College kids were voting on campus.
So Republicans stopped on campus voting
and also told them they could not use their college IDs to vote anymore.
We have all seen the photos of long lines stretched around the block, waiting to vote.
That's because other locations with shade were closed during the elections.
Older residents who were waiting and waiting
sometimes had someone step in for them so they could sit and rest.
Nope ... Republicans said no-can-do. They said that could cause fights.
And on and on and on.
"


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5/29/17

It appears as though the theory
that comets brought water to the early Earth

is unlikely to be true


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5/28/17

What does religion have in common with drug lords and Plutocrats?

For every dollar you give them,
they throw back a shiny nickel
and then strut around trumpeting their generosity,
and point out that without them -
you wouldn't have that shiny nickel.

What you need to realize is, that without them ...

you would still have the dollar


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5/27/17

No sound in space?

Before buying into that claim, you might want to listen to this recording
made by Voyager 1 as it travelled into interstellar space (1:02)




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5/27/17

One of the most important goals of any Fascist government ...

is to gain control over the media

You did this to yourselves, America


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5/27/17

The most abundant mineral on Earth
accounts for 38% of our planet's volume ...

and now we have a name for it


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5/26/17

Christian Conservatives look at scientific discoveries
in the opposite way that rational people look at them:
they see every achievement as proof that science had been "wrong."

Well technically speaking, science is always wrong ...
but not in the same way that the Ghost Worshipers mean wrong.

When science makes a discovery, it's like adding another digit to pi:
sure the previous number for pi was wrong, and so is the new number;
it will always be wrong, but ...

Every discovery science makes, like every digit that gets added to pi,
brings humanity closer to the truth.


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5/26/17

And the discoveries of science just keep getting weirder and weirder

Evolution ... in reverse


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5/25/17

Since the Plutocrats returned to power in 1980
(after being deposed for almost 50 years)
the life expectancy gap in the U.S. has gotten a whole lot worse.

And those who suffer the most are those people trapped in the "Red States"

I know it's tempting to say those people deserve it
for being stupid enough to keep in power, the same people who are killing them.
But we must find a way to help these people, in spite of themselves.
They don't possess the rational thinking skills to protect themselves ... but we do.

Battle Stations!


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5/25/17

A war that has been raging for 40 million years




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5/24/17

Christian John Fugelsang destroys literal Fundamentalists (3:07)




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5/23/17

The Los Angeles Times has sold out to Trump/Devos
by endorsing candidates who will continue ...

the destruction of our public school system

Thanks in large part to this endorsement,
the Trump/Devos candidates were able to eke out narrow victories.

The Conservative cancer is spreading like an uncontrolled wildfire

In an attempt to appear fair, the article tries to give the impression
that the Trump/DeVos candidates hate Trump.
Whether that is true or false is irrelevant.
What is relevant is that they are promoting
the Trump/DeVos destruction of public education
in one of the largest school systems in the nation.

I sent the following email to the L.A. Times editorial staff:

"I wish someone could explain to me why the L.A. Times editorial board
sold out to the Trump/DeVos agenda by endorsing their candidates.

The excuse I read from the board was that public schools are underperforming.

Well of course they are underperforming.
What else can you expect when millions of dollars are being diverted
from public education into for-profit schools?

Is there any other possible outcome?

Can anyone at the Times explain this sell-out to me and my readers 
?"

No. They did not reply. Maybe I should have said "Please."

This writer makes a great point

I had missed that connection between school choice and segregation.
But considering who is promoting vouchers and charter schools ...

it makes perfect sense

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5/22/17

P.Z. Myers writes on "What If Christianity Were True" (3 pages)




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5/21/17

You will never find a better example of hypocrisy
than this expose of Paul Ryan's position on health care.



Ryan has proven himself to be one of the most dishonest men who has ever lived.


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5/21/17

Both the aging process and traumatic brain injuries ...

damage the brain's ability to rid itself of waste


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5/20/17

Vaccine for breast cancer shows promise



(You guys owe me big time for that one)


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5/19/17

Republicans pass a bill allowing employers to decide ...

whether to pay overtime or give time off

Republicans - pimping exclusively for the rich since 1980

From our second president, John Adams:
"Government is instituted for the common good;
for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people;
and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men
"

My, my ... how times have changed


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5/19/17

Click "full screen," then sit back and relax for 3:50
while Carl Sagan takes your mind on a fantastic journey




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5/18/17

After "The Great Dying" (252 million years ago)
life may have recovered sooner than we thought.




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5/17/17

In the past, we could count on the Feds to enforce equal justice
in places where it rarely exists (like in the South).
But now that White Supremicists are running the government ...

this is the kind of justice we might as well get used to

Jeff Sessions, ensuring that the superior race ... remains that way.


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5/17/17

Scientists see, for the first time, DNA being damaged by oxidative stress.




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5/16/17

A brutal religious debate (7:32) between ...

Atheist Jamie Kilstein and Christian John Fugelsang

Sucked you in with the sensational title, didn't I?


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5/16/17

I thought humans were the only creatures depraved enough
to attempt to have sex outside of their biological class.

But apparently ... we are not alone in our depravity


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5/15/17

90% of the things that Trump and the Republicans do
are designed to distract the masses while they pick our pockets clean.

Here is one of the reasons for those distractions

Summary


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5/14/17

Trump spoke at Liberty University
where they teach Young-Earth Creationism as scientific fact.
It is a university where a diploma carries less prestige
than a roll of toilet paper (and isn't anywhere near as useful).

In 2016, Forbes' list of America's Top Colleges ranked Liberty University ...

651th out of 660 rated colleges

Here's an article on Trump's speech

Trump said:
"America is a nation of true believers …
When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they prayed ....
"

(and then they promptly went out and stole two continents from weaker people
murdering tens of millions of them in the process.
Trump kinda left that part out)

The article also said:
"The address also appeared to connect religion
to the president’s willingness to increase military action in the Middle East,
such as dropping the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan.
Falwell in particular praised Trump for
'bomb[ing] those … who were persecuting Christians,'
and the president noted during his speech that Americans will be
'hearing a lot about [military actions] next week from our generals'.
"

Jesus must be so proud of how well His Christians have followed His teachings.


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5/14/17

So many studies come out, urging me to take up drinking if I want to live longer.

That advice is now being re-evaluated

and they weren't the only ones who were questioning ...

the "benefits" of moderate drinking


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5/13/17

The purge of the scientists continues ...

They will be replaced by "businessmen"

"Scientists have conflicts due to government grants they're showered with."

But apparently businessmen, unlike scientists, are more trustworthy
because they are never showered with gifts and bribes from other ...

"businessmen"

UPDATE

Now Trump's stooge has removed 12 scientists


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5/13/17

Mutations in the KRAS protein successfully targeted by RNA

resulting in huge reductions in tumor size and metastasis


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5/12/17

My replies to God in "The Lord's Prayer"




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5/11/17

In a slap to the face of the March for Science
Attorney General Jeff Sessions refuses to renew ...

The Charter For The National Commission on Forensic Science


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5/10/17

In order to rid themselves of a Christian governor,
Muslim fanatics in Jakarta, Indonesia claimed that a verse in the Koran
forbids electing a non-Muslim leader.

During his campaign for reelection, the governor claimed
that this verse, used against him, was being misinterpreted.

Sura 5:51
"O ye who believe! take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends:
They are but friends to each other.
And he amongst you that turns to them is of them.
Verily Allah guideth not a people unjust.
"

The fanatics were able to defeat his reelection bid,
but that wasn't enough for them ...

Now he is going to prison for 2 years for blasphemy

Fascism is rising all over the world, and wherever you look,
religion continues to be ... the tool of choice.


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5/10/17

Dopamine cells (from embryonic stem cells)

have been transplanted into the brain to fight Parkinson's

But ...

placebo worked just as well

Why does everything have to be so difficult?


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5/9/17

How strong was the Christian support for Donald Trump?



Proving that for Conservative Christians,
God comes in a distant second to ...

Greed


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5/9/17

The evolution of multicellularity

How utterly embarrassing for humans:
even single cells figured it out (working together) ...

but we can't


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5/8/17

Republicans - the "Watch Dogs" of State's Rights ...

Watch Jeff Sessions give away the truth - by speaking without thinking

"State's Rights" are only used by Conservatives
when they want to brutalize their own people (as in slavery).
But look how quick the "Watch Dogs" are to trample State's Rights
when the States work to protect their own people.

File this one under ... lying hypocrites


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5/6/17

Our King (Trump) who rules by decree,
has decreed that churches can engage in politics ...

effectively eliminating the (Lyndon) Johnson Amendment

But like all Trump's decrees, he didn't accomplish a thing because ...

they were already doing it, and have been for the last 9 years


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5/5/17

Canadian Physics professor was able to get a respected scientific journal
to publish his pseudoscientific bullshit theory
which supposedly proved that time travel ...

is mathematically possible (9 pages)

He seems like a nice guy.
Maybe he would have been better suited ... to a career in sales.


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5/4/17

Bill Nye debates climate change with denialist William Happer on CNN (9:48)



Neither Nye nor Happer are climatologists.
Why do the networks put non-experts on to entertain their audiences
instead of putting on the experts in that field?

Because if they did - there wouldn't be a debate

and therefore ... nothing to bring in the audiences


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5/3/17

Do you remember this interview between
journalist Wolf Blitzer and an atheist tornado victim?

Do ya thank the Lord? (1:55)

I love this guy.
Especially at the end when he talks about
all those smug, selfish Ghost Worshipers eating off FEMA trucks ...

PRICELESS!


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5/2/17

How the brain chooses to remember or forget




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5/1/17

This month's podcast:

The New Deal
(part 3 of 3: The New Deal's Legacy)

The Science Segment was:
New Fillings Can Repair Teeth From The Inside

Listen (24:03)
OR
Read (10 pages)