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)



4/19/18

Gun ownership in America is at its lowest level in ...

40 years


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4/18/18

Nanorobots seek out and destroy tumors ...

without side effects


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4/17/18

Trump won't enforce his own administration's sanctions on Russia

And still, his Commie-Pinko conservative base remains quiet and loyal.


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4/16/18

Promising cancer vaccine in rats. That means ...

we're next (6:56)


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4/15/18

Neandertals provided healthcare for others

Even Neandertals were more humane than Republicans ...

How embarrassing is that?


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4/14/18

Giant viruses share a set of genes with eukaryotes called "core histones," indicating ...

a common ancestor

It's bad enough that we are related to jellyfish ... but viruses?
I don't know how much more of this "humbling" I can take.


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4/13/18

In light of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook's founder) being called on the carpet in front of Congress,
this TED TALK (22:55) by Zeynep Tufekci on the selling of personal data by big corps is extremely pertinent and timely.



In the eternal arms race between predator and prey ...

we (the prey) are losing


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4/12/18

Who are those brave insects who pollinate the dangerous "Venus Fly Trap?"



Here's what happens when you come to visit ... but don't pollinate




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4/11/18

Betty Bowers debate on gun control (7:15)




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4/10/18

Interesting study on mice indicates that not getting enough light ...

affects cognitive ability


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4/9/18

Why do so many police officers oppose gun control?

This is related to another enigma in today's America:
Why do so many people vote against their own self-interests?

One group likely to benefit greatly from the banning of guns would be police officers.
Approximately 100 are murdered every year.
This is not the case in countries with strong gun control laws.
So why would ANY police officer be against legislation
that would give them a much greater chance to make it home safely each night?

This conundrum displays the full power that political ideology has over many people.
I used to believe that religion was more powerful than political ideology.
But Donald Trump's election, supported heavily by conservative Christians, proved me wrong.
The awesome power of political ideology
explains why people will sacrifice themselves for what they believe is right.
And what they believe is right, is too often, what Plutocrats have convinced them is right.
But what is right for the Plutocrats, is rarely right ...

for anyone else


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4/8/18

Alex O'Connor (the cosmic skeptic) promotes the pseudoscience of Determinism
by trying to explain why free will is just an illusion. Why is it an illusion?

"Because it just is"

Here are my replies to his video (4 pages)

Lesson ...

If you are going to try to pass yourself off as a skeptic,
it would really be worthwhile to first learn the basic principles of ...

The Scientific Method, Skepticism, and Logic.


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4/5/18

California Governor Jerry Brown inherited a $27 billion deficit in 2011.
He raised taxes, and in 2018, he will leave California ... with a $6 billion surplus.



Plutocrats and Republicans are going into overdrive trying to figure out how to spin this one.


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4/4/18

When competing with neighbors for light ...

plants reveal decision-making abilities


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4/3/18

Is anyone surprised that the humane treatment of farm animals
that Obama was trying to institute ...

would be rescinded under Trump?

I'm not


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4/2/18

Life expectancy in the U.S. drops for the second year in a row.
That hasn't happened since 1963.
2017 is on track to be the third year in a row ...

That hasn't happened since WW1 (Spanish Flu)


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4/1/18

This Month's Podcast:
The "N" word

Featuring: Ta-Nehisi Coates and German Lopez
(and my replies to them)

The Science Segment:
The clock has been turned back on a key component of aging

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OR
Read (6 pages)



3/31/18

Trump using office to exact personal revenge on opponents at the people's expense.

Trump denies funding for the NY-NJ infrastructure rail project

#MAGA !


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3/30/18

We often complain about attacks on freedom of speech here in America (and rightly so).
But there are many places where it is far, far worse.
Like in Egypt where they just imprisoned a celebrity for insulting ...

a river


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3/29/18

Here is a great example of the sheep mentality
that conservatives require of all members of their flock ...

Speaker booed and escorted out by security for criticizing Trump

These sheep will defend misogony, treason, and theft
in order to remain loyal to their team.
And the fact that this conservative woman required 3 security guards
to ensure her safety from Trump's zombies
tells you everything you need to know about these people.


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3/28/18

Trump thinks Scientology should lose its tax-exempt status

Conservatives are always screaming "Religious Freedom!"
But Trump has exposed their true hypocritical beliefs: they abhor religious freedom.
The religious far right is only interested in one thing ...

Christian Supremacy


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3/27/18

Why wages aren't growing despite increased productivity

Wages have risen 0.2% per year over the last 45 years.
Inflation has averaged about 4% per year during that same period.
Most Americans don't realize that the rich have been cutting their pay drastically
while reaping the benefits of increased productivity and record-setting profits.

You are being hosed America ... and yet you keep reelecting the wolves.
To quote our current president (the top wolf) ...

#SAD

Now here is a quote from a truly great thinker (Cicero)
A man who was WAY ahead of his time:

" A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.
But it cannot survive treason from within.
An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely,
his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys,
heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor;
he speaks in accents familiar to his victims,
and he wears their face and their arguments,
he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night
to undermine the pillars of the city,
he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
A murderer is less to fear.
"


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3/26/18

Here is a fact that you will NEVER hear on Fox News ...

No school shootings in UK since 1996 gun ban

Anonymous Quote (I wonder if that means I can claim this one?)

" Our duty to the Constitution is to improve it for our posterity,
not to preserve it in honor of our ancestors.
"

(I should be allowed to claim it without being accused of plagiarism.
After all, I did capitalize "constitution" and I removed one adverb)


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3/25/18

Big Pharma is grabbing all the cash it can and ...

running like hell

Has the Republican-controlled government made any attempt to stop the pillaging?

Well, if any of them tried, they would find out how quickly they could be replaced.


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3/24/18

Ocean rise predictions doubled

We are being herded to the cliff ... at an ever-accelerating speed.


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3/23/18

Red-state Democratic Senators sell out Americans ...

to keep their jobs

I feel sorry for the brave, honest Senators who are trying to help Americans.
Sadly, they are badly outnumbered.


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3/22/18

Vanessa is divorcing Donald Trump Junior.
Where the Trumps are concerned ...

nothing is ever the way it appears

Like the Conservative Christians who adore them,
the Trumps will sacrifice the sanctity of marriage in a heartbeat ...

for money


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