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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


10/17/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

I took this quote off of an obscure comment thread ...

"Every time we have a mass shooting,
how about showing pictures of all the NRA bribe takers in congress ...
instead of the shooters? 
"

If we truly had a Liberal mainstream media
you would see similar sentiments everywhere in the news.

If we had a Conservative media controlled by the rich
you would only find comments like that in ...

obscure comment threads


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SCIENCE

Scientific study disproves the myth
that bullies attack others because they have low self-esteem.

The truth is that they feel superior to their victims, and ...

they are rewarded for their aggression by their brains


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10/16/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Political polarization in America skyrocketed with the ...

deregulation of television news in 1996


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SCIENCE

It's amazing how smart fish can be ... even without a cerebral cortex




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10/15/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Social Security benefits to increase by 2% in 2018

When I read the last sentence of that article,
cerebrospinal fluid began spurting from my ears
and I still haven't managed to clean it all up yet.


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SCIENCE

10/14/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"The Bible is the literal word of God."

Even most Jewish scholars no longer believe that ...
and the Jews are the ones who wrote the damn thing.




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SCIENCE

Rogue waves



Second-order bound nonlinearities.
Of course ... why didn't I think of that?


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10/13/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

I've often railed against the Conservative takeover of the Judiciary.
Their purpose is to interpret the law in the way that the rich need them to interpret the law.

Here is a perfect example of what I've been warning you about

Roberts, and other Conservatives, owe their jobs to their political benefactors.
Gerrymandering has been instrumental in maintaining control of the government.
Roberts is giving you a preview of the kinds of justifications
that he and other judges plan to use to maintain that control.

Democracy always has been, still is, and will always be
one of the greatest enemies that Plutocrats have;
and they will continue to do everything in their power to defeat it.


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SCIENCE

Next time you submit a resume, you might want to tone down the bragging ...

about what a workaholic you are


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10/12/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"There can be no charity without God."

First, point out that their faith "instructs" them to give. Then ask them:
"Without an invisible ghost to threaten you for disobeying, would you still give?

If they say "yes" - then ask "Then why does one need God to be charitable?"
If they say "no" - then they are only giving out of self-interest.

Or you could just send them this ...




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SCIENCE

A key gene, responsible for multicellularity in all creatures,
has been identified in algae




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10/11/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

SCIENCE

10/10/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Was Edith Wilson America's first female president?



You'll have to decide yourself on that one.

But what never ceases to amaze me is how utterly non-proactive humans are.
I mean, how could you NOT provide for a mechanism
to run the country in case the president became disabled?
What did they say to themselves?
"Oh that'll never happen"


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SCIENCE

10/9/17


POLITICS/RELIGION


Bad Christian arguments:
"There are no Atheists in foxholes."

It's true that you won't find many,
but what you would find, if you could look ...

is millions of dead Christians.


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SCIENCE

The structure of the cell's DNA gatekeeper has been solved




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10/8/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Confederates refuse to admit that their ancestors were fighting to defend slavery.
That proves that at least they now know that their ancestors were morally wrong.
Send this video to your Conservative friends who are still ...

"in denial" (5:51)


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SCIENCE

10/7/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Since the 1980's, America can best be described by the popular board game "Monopoly."



Players start off with equal chances to win.
But eventually only one survives ...

That would be the one who took everyone else's money


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SCIENCE

10/6/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Bad Christian arguments:
"How can Atheists be moral without God?"

Ask any Christian if they have done something wrong,
for which Jesus did not forgive them.

When they answer "No" - as they most surely will,
point out that, by their own admission, their morality
allows them to commit any crime, no matter how heinous,
yet they will always be forgiven.
So the ones who are free to commit any immorality are not atheists ...

but Christians


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SCIENCE

Multiple sclerosis coming into target range

Human tests to begin soon


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10/5/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

Conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
tries to come up with an excuse to protect
the anti-democratic practice of gerrymandering.

After all, without it, Republicans would not be in power

Money quote from the article:

"he worried that the court itself would be seen as partisan
if it started striking down voting districts.
That would "cause very serious harm to the status and integrity
of the decisions of this court in the eyes of the country.
"

Roberts, it's a little late for that.
Only the most naive Americans could fail to see
that the slew of 5-4 decisions right down party lines proves
that you guys are nothing more than political hacks ... in robes.

Oh, and Roberts, don't think you fooled everyone with your spin about a "partisan court"
when what you were really obfuscating, is the fact that Conservative judges are planning to justify
an anti-democratic practice to maintain power for those who put them in robes.


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SCIENCE

Scientists have breeched the blood-brain barrier



Many diseases are now coming into target range


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10/4/17


POLITICS/RELIGION

African-American woman teacher tries to play the race card on Melania Trump
and gets her ass handed to her by her employer and an embarrassing historical fact ...

The Obamas were big Dr. Seuss fans too



The only racist in this story was the disgraced teacher.

Does it get any better than that?


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SCIENCE

While it is true that overexposure to the sun's rays can be harmful,
the importance of getting enough sunshine cannot be overstated.
In addition to providing needed vitamin D (to avoid Rickets),
it is also necessary to prevent the myopic future of ...

the human race


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