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)





2/24/17

Conservatives are always trumpeting
"Capitalism - Unrestrained Free Market Capitalism!"

So in Wyoming where coal is king
how do Republicans respond to free market capitalism
when their side is losing?

like this

Shame?

Republicans don't know the meaning of the word.
Now "hypocrite" - that's a word they understand.


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2/23/17

The only people in America who were gullible enough
to actually fall for the con that Trump is a Christian ...

were Evangelicals (Conservative Christians)

These are the same people who believe that Noah's Flood was a real event
so this shouldn't come as all that big of a shock.


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2/21/17

You asked for this America ...

Draining the swamp ... is expensive

The amount New York City has to pay every day for security ($500,000)
is more than Trump's salary as president for the whole year.
So even if Trump does refuse his salary, as he promised,

it still wouldn't cover 1 day of security for Melania


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2/20/17

In case you were thinking
that Republicans can't be as inhuman as they seem to be ...

this should settle the issue

"... with the support of the National Rifle Association (NRA)
and Safari Club International ....
"

Now there are 2 groups of wonderful people
whose sole purpose in life is to make money
by profiting from the death of animals and people.

We are locked in a battle with pure evil ... and we're losing


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2/19/17

If you are in the mood to enjoy one of the worst ass-whoopins in history,
see what happens when some dude tried to tangle with Isaac Asimov ...

The relativity of wrong


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2/18/17

Here's a preview of where America is headed

Cut off the head and the body will drop. Basic military strategy.
Our new government is already attacking
freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
The phrase (or variation) you will hear when the ax comes down is ...

"In the interests of national security ...."


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2/17/17

Trump is keeping America safe

If the mentally ill can't get access to firearms
how are they supposed to protect themselves?


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2/15/17

All distractions aside (like Melania, crazy Flynn, and Kellyanne Conway)
here's what's really going on ...



What do you people need transparency for?
You know you can trust Big Oil to do what's best for you.
So what is really going on?

It's all about the money. That is all it has ever been about.
Everything else is just distraction.
Now that the Plutocracy controls the government
they will transfer as much money as they can
from the pockets of the masses into the offshore bank accounts of the rich.

Bend over America - this is exactly what you asked for.
And be sure to keep voting Republican - the rich sure do appreciate your support


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2/14/17

The insanity of the Trump cabinet imitates (on a daily basis)
what one might expect, if you were you to travel to Bizarro World

Jeff Sessions, our new attorney general, actually holds the view
that the First Amendment is unconstitutional ...



You thought I was kidding didn't you?


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2/13/17

I would like to dedicate this song to all you Muslim Apologists out there

in the "Regressive Left" (2:42)



Like the man said ... piss off


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2/12/17

Want to know why Trump and his cronies chose Neil Gorsuch
to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court?

Here's why

"Before graduating, Gorsuch appended a seemingly unbecoming quote
from ex-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to his yearbook photo:

'The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a little longer' 
"

Is this guy perfect, or what?

Here's another excerpt which shows that Gorsuch actually thought
that Kissinger's statement was morally acceptable:

"while lauding President Ronald Reagan
for secretly funding the right-wing Contras group in Nicaragua
despite Congress prohibiting such a move.
"

Before Trump was even inaugurated,
Republicans tried to take over the Ethics Committee and bring it under their control,
giving their game away prematurely.
Embarrassingly, they had to walk it back
and will have to wait until attention is centered elsewhere
before actually taking control of the committee.

I told you that the presidency wasn't the main prize.
The main prize in the 2016 election
was control of the Supreme Court for the next few decades.
Gorsuch is the youngest nominee in a quarter century and not by accident.
When judge Ginsburg croaks or retires,
Conservatives will secure domination for the foreseeable future.
Only the most naive among us believe that "Conservative" justices are impartial
and place integrity and honesty over party loyalty.
Their job is to interpret the Constitution
the way the rich need them to interpret the Constitution.
That's why corporations no longer simply contain people ...
but actually ARE people.

Hang on America - every single day since election night,
without let up, the news has only gotten worse.
The plundering has already begun and it is only going to get worse.

You asked for this America

UPDATE

Trump's immigration ban has been halted by the 9th Circuit Court.
Trump is vowing to appeal "See you in court! "
(Weren't we already in court? And didn't Trump lose?)

Anyway, now you should be able to understand what I told you before:
The big prize in this election wasn't the presidency for the next 4 years ...
it was control of the Supreme Court over the next few decades.

Since a divided Supreme Court would leave the 9th Circuit Court decision intact,
Republicans must rush Gorsuch through the process as quickly as possible;
hopefully in time to sit for this case.


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2/11/17

Republicans brazenly lie about their true agenda
because they know that most Americans would never support them
if they knew what Republicans were really up to.
Once they secured power, Republicans shed the pretenses
and proceeded to begin dismantling the United States;
selling it off, piece by piece, to the rich.
They have already begun executing a plan
to give huge chunks of taxpayer-owned land to the wealthy,
and now that DeVos has been confirmed as Education Secretary,
the dismantling of the public school system can begin ...

with the proceeds going to their cronies

Well let's look at the bright side:
We didn't need all that science and history anyway.
Our kids will all be a lot better off being raised
the same way kids are raised in Muslim countries:
on a massive diet of ancient Holy Scriptures,
in place of all that useless science and rational thinking nonsense.

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2/10/17

Why are conservative Christian congregations growing
while modern, progressive Christian congregations continue to shrink?


They didn't attempt to explain why ... but I will.

There is a gigantic intellectual gap
between Conservative Christians (found mostly in the Republican party)
and modern, progressive Christians (found mostly in the Democratic party).

It is nearly impossible to reason with conservative Christians.
Facts and truth mean nothing to them.
They cannot be educated and they will not change.
They follow the God of the Old Testament and ignore all of Jesus' teachings.

But progressive Christians tend to accept science.
Facts and truth do matter to them.
They try other religions and even no religion.
These Christians follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

For most of the positive changes we see in American society
we can thank, mainly, progressive Christians.
(for example: gay marriage and abortion services)

Most the horrors we see in American society
can be laid at the feet of conservative Christians.
(like white supremacy and the attempts to theocratize our democracy)

Since the Conservative mind refuses to reason,
our best bet is to join modern, progressive Christians in prayer ...

and pray that Fox News accidentally transmits a fatal brain virus to its viewers


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2/9/17

Republicans continue to shut down freedom of speech across the country,
including in the Senate itself ...



Now that Trump, Pence, and Bannon are in power
speech against the Klan is forbidden.

Warren is probably lucky that they didn't ship her off to Guantanamo.


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2/8/17

I hope all you Trump voters are bending over
(it's a lot less painful that way)

Wall Street cheers their new hero

"Trump also signed a memorandum instructing the Labor Department
to delay an Obama-era rule
that requires financial professionals who charge commissions
to put their clients' best interests first
when giving advice on retirement investments.
"

You asked for this America.
So start squealin' like a pig and don't complain.

But wait - it gets better:

"Trump's presidential memorandum on financial advisers
delayed implementation of the past administration's 'fiduciary rule',
aimed at blocking consultants from steering clients
toward investments with higher commissions and fees
that can eat away at retirement savings.
"

How's that hopey-changey thing workin' out for all you small-town Rubes now?

But look at the bright side:
now you don't have to worry about what to do
with all that extra retirement money lying around.

Now it will be put to much better use by the rich,
collecting tax-free interest in an offshore bank account.

Keep voting Republican ... the rich sure do appreciate your support


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2/7/17

I challenged a Ghost Worshiper to explain why he worships a hideous monster
who bragged about murdering countless innocent Egyptian babies
and then created a holiday (Passover) to celebrate the slaughter.
When his distraction technique failed - he ran away to his "Safe Space."

Classic Emails (3 pages)


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2/6/17

At the National Prayer Breakfast,
Trump distracted the easily-distracted Conservatives
with tripe like the Schwarzenegger nonsense.

But here is the real nitty-gritty

Yeah, these Conservatives are real strict Constitutionalists aren't they?

The Johnson Amendment is perfectly compatible with the Constitution.
The Tea Party is ripping our Constitution to shreds
and they are doing it for the rich.


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2/5/17

It's only the second week of Trump's administration
and every day has seen another attack against Americans by the rich.

Republicans repeal 2 protections

#1
"A regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris
from being dumped into nearby streams.
"

#2
Rescind a separate rule requiring companies to disclose payments
made to foreign governments relating to mining and drilling.
"

Hell, you people didn't need those protections anyway, didja?
I think clean air and water are both vastly overrated.
Especially if they stand in the way of making America great again.

It's true that Trump is well on his way to becoming
the greatest president in American history ... for the rich.

Keep voting Republican ... the rich sure do appreciate your support

UPDATE

India and China have the world's worst air pollution

Unfortunately, the article failed to take into account
the new conservative government in the U.S.
which is removing regulations so that the big oil boys can become ...

even bigger


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2/4/17

"Thou Shalt Not Kill "

The most meaningless of all God's Commandments

It took the Church hundreds of years to admit wrongdoing in the Galileo affair.
This time it only took them 20 years to confess their guilt in Rwanda.
Now, if we could just convince them to stop protecting their child rapists
we might someday see Conservative Catholics
take their place among civilized human beings.

(which means that they would no longer be "Conservative" Catholics)


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2/3/17

Nothing pisses me off more than having to defend Conservatives.
Whenever that happens, my anger is directed at those who put me in this position.

U.C. Berkeley cancels speech by Conservative Milo Yiannopoulos

This is why people call them "The Regressive Left" (and with good reason).
They give in to their emotions and abandon their own principles.
They demand free speech for themselves
but find excuses to deny that freedom to those with whom they disagree.

Every one of those students should have their "I'm a Liberal" beany cap revoked.

What a fucking embarrassment


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2/1/17

This month's podcast:

50 far-right proposals from the 2016 GOP platform (part 2 of 2)
(and my replies to it)

The Science Segment was:

"Smoking can damage DNA permanently"

Listen (29:36)
OR
Read (13 pages)



1/31/17

Control over the press and all communications
is one of the primary goals of any fascist regime

The internet is goin' down

Hang on America ... this is just the beginning

UPDATE

The wolves are wasting no time.
First the press and now the internet ...

The Plutocrats are taking control over communications

As all military leaders are taught:
cut off the head ... and the body will drop.


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1/30/17

If you consume "energy drinks" ...

you should probably read this


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1/29/17

The first stable semisynthetic organism has been created.

Can you spot the error in this story?
(hint: it's right at the beginning)


The first paragraph ignores the fact
that 5methylcytosine is part of the genetic code.
So now we're up to 5 bases.
They also ignored the fact
that RNA is also part of the genetic code.
RNA substitutes uracil in place of thymine.
So that is a 6th base that they ignored.


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1/28/17

Trump's election has added to the rise of fascism around the globe.
I've noticed that leaders are finally beginning to realize
that the world is moving closer to war.
Now, I have none other than Gorbachev himself in agreement with me;
not to mention the scientists who moved the "Doomsday" clock
to 2 minutes before midnight (the closest it's been since 1953).



Where my narrative differs from everyone else's,
is that I identify, what I consider to be, the true culprits ... the Plutocrats.
Without understanding the real motivation behind the push to worldwide war,
our ability to stop it shrinks to almost nil.

It is the uncontrollable greed of Plutocrats, worldwide,
that I see driving humanity toward the cliff.
The thin line of defenders braced at the edge (the Rationalists)
cannot withstand the assault alone.
We must find a way to get the herd to understand
what is really going on, who is behind it, and why.
But even then, we still have to find a way to convince them to turn around.
And the tragic reality of that is ...

that is something that has never been done


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1/27/17

Hey you small town Rubes and Hicks who elected Trump,
guess who's gonna be payin' for that wall?

(hint: it ain't Mexico)

Aren't the Rubes precious?

Republicans play the small town Rubes
the same way we tease cats with laser pens.


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1/26/17

Here's why Republicans are rushing to destroy Obamacare as fast as they can ...

It is costing their true  constituents a fortune

In case you haven't figured it out by now,
Republicans work for the rich ... and only  for the rich.


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1/25/17

Psychologists are joining in the battle
to confront the insanity now gripping humanity.

The attack on enlightenment values

Whenever you are searching for an answer
the surest way to find the correct solution is to follow the money.

The masses are being manipulated,
and by the same group that has manipulated them
since the beginning of modern civilization 10,000 years ago ... the Plutocrats.

Plutocrats use well-understood techniques of brainwashing and mind control
to achieve the transfer of as much wealth as possible
from the masses, into their offshore bank accounts.

And science, logic, facts, and scientists ... are not good for business


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