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)



5/26/17

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)



4/30/17

Here is evidence to support the accusation
that indoctrinating children with religion is child abuse.



However, it should be noted that not all child abuse is equivalent.
These parents are not intending to abuse their children
and that is a huge difference between this, and other forms of abuse.


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4/29/17

Fascism has been rising all over the world.

The United States

Macedonia

We are being prepped for war.

By whom?

By whom else ... The Plutocrats.

They kill humans for profit ... it's what they do


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4/28/17

Dietary supplements are designed to relieve you of one thing,
and one thing only ...

that annoying wad of cash in your wallet


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4/27/17

And here, in all its glory, is the embarrassment known as ...

The Regressive Left

The Regressive Left includes those Liberals who hypocritically betray
the very principles they claim to stand for ... such as free speech.

UPDATE

Congratulations Regressives - you won!

Your bullying and threats have paid off for you.
Enjoy your celebrations while you can.
Only when it is done to you
will you begin to understand what you have really done.

(These morons remind me of Trump supporters going nuts when they won,
only to cry their little eyes out a few months later when Trump and Ryan
did exactly what they said they were going to do - kill Obamacare).

Be careful what you ask for ... you may just get it


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4/26/17

After 100 days of accomplishing nothing
Trump's base is thrilled with the job he is doing.

They refuse to admit that they got played

This poll is extremely important because it shows us where the real problem lies ...
it lies with the tens of millions of "useful idiots"
upon whom the Plutocracy relies in order to remain in power.

This points us in the direction we must go
if we are ever to have any hope of defeating The Plutocracy.

The Plutocracy has complete control over the minds of millions of people.
That is why they don't even have to hide their intentions.
Trump can lie 24/7, and as the poll showed, many will still consider him honest.
You don't even have to expose Trump's never-ending stream of lies.
Every time he contradicts himself, he exposes his own lies.
He is provably  one of the most dishonest men who has ever lived.

And if you ask all those puppets what Trump has accomplished,
the fact that they can't reply with anything
has no effect on their belief that he is succeeding.

Now you should begin to see just how big a problem we have.
How do you fix psychologically broken people?

These people are being played by experts (The Plutocrats)
who know how to appeal to their emotions and egos,
effectively bypassing their rational defenses.
The Plutocrats know that these people will never, EVER, admit they are wrong.
That is why they don't even have to make a pretense of hiding their agenda.

The Plutocrats own them and can make them do whatever they want them to do.
Even after killing thousands of their own people
when Republican governors refused the Medicaid expansion in the Red States,
The Plutocrats were rewarded in the election with total control over the U.S. government.

We are in deep - DEEP shit.

BATTLE STATIONS!


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