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Neo's Daily Blog


8/19/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Democrats often accuse Republicans of "Fearmongering."

In return, Republicans accuse Democrats of fearmongering
about issues like Global Warming.
So both sides play upon the fears of the people.

The difference is that Democrats are warning of a very real danger,
while Republicans are using their warnings
(of things that are not real dangers, like gay marriage)
to distract the public from the fact that they are lifting their wallets.


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SCIENCE

Okay, because it is so tiny, maybe you weren't all that impressed
when I told you about an animal that could theoretically live forever
(the hydra)

But how about one that could live forever, and ...

grow to the size of a whale




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8/18/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Why do Americans vote against their own self-interests?

(2 pages)




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SCIENCE

8/17/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

"America is a Christian Nation."



Since nearly everyone in early America was Christian, then it was Christians who:

Killed millions of Indians, stole their land, and put them on reservations.
Enslaved millions of Africans, often beating and killing them.
Allowed the murder of thousands of women for witchcraft to go unpunished.
And refused to allow women the right to vote.

What a wonderful Christian heritage we have.

Now try to imagine American history ...
if its government had actually been a Christian government.

(now you know where the word "nightmare" came from)


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SCIENCE

8/16/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Trump brags that the economy has added a million jobs
during his first half-year in office, which is true,
but it’s a slower pace of job creation than we enjoyed in ...

2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, or 2012

(he kinda leaves that part out)


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SCIENCE

T-Rex had the most powerful bite of any animal in history




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8/15/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

This article does an excellent job of explaining "The Great Distraction," aka ...

The Trump Administration


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SCIENCE

The Large Hadron Collider follows up its victory (The Higgs Boson)
by making a second huge discovery ...

The Pentaquark




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8/14/17


POLITICS

RELIGION

"America's Constitution is based on the 10 Commandments."

Then why are almost none of God's commandments followed?

The First Amendment allows the worship of other gods.
Making images and idols is not a crime.
In fact, Christians wear them all the time.
Taking God's name in vain is not a crime.
Millions of people work on weekends.
There is no penalty for failing to honor one's parents.
There is no law against envy.
In the Bible adultery is a capital offense.
Our laws don't even classify it as a misdemeanor.
Killing is allowed for executing criminals,
or people in other lands who are deemed enemies.

The only commandment we follow is the prohibition against stealing;
and even then we allow exceptions for stealing
if you are a member of the clergy or a politician.

God may have demanded that our new nation be based on His 10 Commandments,
but based on the Constitution written by our Founding Fathers,
it seems they chose instead, to kick Him right in His invisible nuts.

Oh, and one more thing that Christians won't like:
If the Constitution were based on the 10 Commandments,
that wouldn't make us a Christian nation ... but a Jewish nation.

(I don't think that one is going to go over very well ... in the South)


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SCIENCE

8/13/17


POLITICS

Question ...

"We have waited for "Trickle Down Economics" to trickle down for almost 40 years.
But be patient. The same people who brought you trickle down economics
are also the same people who, on a daily basis, bring you Jesus ...
and they've been waiting for Him for almost 2,000 years.

Any bets on which one will arrive first?"


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RELIGION

How can we be a Christian nation
when Conservative Christians do everything
exactly opposite to the teachings of Jesus Christ?

The poor (welfare)
The sick (health care)
The elderly (social security)
The gays (marriage equality)
atheists (freedom of religion)
Worldwide Warfare (military-industrial complex)
Biggest prison population (mercy)
Idols (10 commandments)
Public Prayer (Matthew 6:5)
Murdering doctors and bombing clinics (commandment #6)

Perhaps you could explain in what way ... we are a "Christian" nation?

The only way we might have ever been considered a Christian nation
was when we had slavery ... but we got rid of that.


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SCIENCE

Researchers now understand the world's #1 killer much better

Heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis


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8/12/17


POLITICS



American women who vote Republican
remind me of Muslim women who march in support of Sharia Law:
women so stupid that allowing them any carnal pleasure
beyond engaging in oral sex should be a felony,
as our species simply cannot afford the risk of allowing them to breed.


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RELIGION


Ghost Worshipers and atheists differ in how their minds work

So how do you explain people who renounce religion?

That requires learning how to put your analytical mind in control of your emotions.

Or in more simple terms ... growing up


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SCIENCE

8/11/17


POLITICS

Economic Inequality ... straight from the horse's mouth (20:26)




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RELIGION

"Religious Freedom" comes back to bite Louisiana ...

in the ass

People who are too stupid to understand The Constitution
have no business serving in government;
and idiots like her wouldn't be serving in government
were it not for the ignorance of American voters.


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SCIENCE

Why do toilets drain clockwise or counterclockwise ...

depending on which hemisphere you are in?

Hint: when they tell you to "unsync" - then pause one of the videos
(it doesn't matter which one; just pause one so you can hear the other)

The Coriolis Effect (8:01)


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8/10/17


POLITICS

RELIGION

Hollywood's most famous nonbelievers

F.Y.I. - "Agnostics" and "Non-Religious" do not believe in God.
They are atheists who are wise enough about American culture to choose other labels.


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SCIENCE

Chemical evolution (9:14)




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8/9/17


POLITICS

If you don't fully understand what the big deal is about Trump and Russia ...

this should make things a lot clearer

Plutocrats have controlled the world ever since
humans first transitioned from hunter-gatherers (10,000 years ago)
until the present time.

And it doesn't look like they plan on giving it up ... anytime soon.


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RELIGION

SCIENCE

Researchers find the first direct experimental evidence
for how primordial proteins developed the ability
to accelerate the central chemical reaction necessary to synthesize proteins ...

and thus allow life to arise


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8/8/17


POLITICS

Here is the best example that you will ever see
of what we are up against here in America.
This guy's island is 2/3 underwater
and the other 1/3 will be gone soon.

and yet ... he's still in denial (2:25)

Never underestimate the power of brainwashing.
As this guy just proved, it can make the real world utterly vanish ...

even as his house sinks beneath the waves


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RELIGION

I didn't know Ireland was this backward ...

Baptism required before students are allowed to attend school

Let's hope these progressives can move Ireland into the 21st century


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SCIENCE

8/7/17


POLITICS

Here is a short video of the Koch twins (David and Bill) settling their differences.



What every kid needs to learn:
how to punch your twin brother in the back of the head while he is down.

A recipe for destroying children

Our country has paid a terrible price for the failure of Fred Koch ... to raise his kids.
Here is a man who never should have been allowed to breed:

Frederick Koch

Now that I think about it, I would like to amend my previous statement.
It was Frederick Koch's father
who never should have been allowed to breed.


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RELIGION

President George H.W. Bush (1989-1992) was infamous for this quote:

"I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens,
nor should they be considered patriots.
This is one nation under God.
"

Wikiquote discussion on reliability of the quote

If George Bush senior did feel that way about atheists ...

then his son George Bush junior has made remarkable progress


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SCIENCE

Methylation reprograms our epigenetic switches ...

and can be passed on to our offspring


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8/6/17


POLITICS

Have you ever wondered why Conservative components
like The Confederacy and Bible Belt Ghost Worshipers
hate the "gubbermint" so much?



Now you know why.

The Civil War and the enforcing of integration by Federal troops,
has forced them to stop their barbaric practices (slavery and murder);
and they have never forgiven America for that interference.


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RELIGION

Videos like this one boil my blood ...

The thousand-year Muslim domination of India (20:20)

I'm in the mood to find me some Muslim Apologists


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SCIENCE

Your viral history can now be read from a single drop of your blood

I sent an email to one of the scientists, Jim Keeley, and asked him:

I have a question about the article:
What is the difference between these 2 sentences from the article?

"VirScan works by screening the blood for antibodies
against any of the 206 species of viruses known to infect humans."

"As a group, the bacteriophage displayed all of the protein sequences found
in the more than 1,000 known strains of human viruses.
"

What is the difference between strains of human viruses
and species of viruses known to infect humans?

Are there strains of human viruses that don't "infect" humans?
Or, are there multiple strains within a "species" of virus?

Thank you for your patience with my ignorance.

His reply affirmed my second guess:

"There can be multiple subtypes (strains) of viruses in a viral species.
So while there are 206 species, most of those species have multiple strains;
hence the '1,000 known' number.
"


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