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Ben C. O. Grimm
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Comments in my Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics collection consisting of religious proselytizing, tinfoil hat / chemtrail / 'there was no moon landing' / 'vaccination leads to autism' and other unsubstantiated conspiracy nonsense will be deleted on sight. I block enthusiastically. Unfollow this collection if you don't agree, or are being probed by aliens or microwaved by NASA (or the other way around).
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She knew you would say that.
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~ Jongeren: Canal Parade werkt averechts ~ [Telegraaf] :: Een kwart van de jongeren vindt dat de Canal Parade tijdens Gay Pride hun beeld van homo's eerder negatief dan positief beïnvloedt. Dat blijkt uit een onderzoek van het EenVandaag Jongerenpanel. Van de jongens gaat het zelfs om 34 procent. Ook dertig procent van de homojongeren deelt dit idee. Van alle 1200 ondervraagde jongeren vindt 63 procent dat de Canal Parade geen verschil maakt voor hun perceptie van homo's. Slechts zeven procent vindt dat de jaarlijke botentocht in Amsterdam hun een positiever beeld geeft van homo's. :: #canalpride

Ik moet toegeven dat de Gay Pride parades, waar dan ook, me nogal onlogisch voorkomen: "Kijk ons eens extreem anders zijn dan jullie, zodat jullie ons accepteren als jullie gelijken!", lijkt het achterliggende idee. Het verbaast me ook niet dat 30% van homojongeren er zo over denkt. Waarom de verschillen zo enorm benadrukken? En waarom je identiteit zo nadrukkelijk koppelen aan je geaardheid; alsof dat je karakter bepaalt? Is dat niet juist iets dat je wordt nagedragen, iets dat je onderuit wilt halen als stereotypisch? Of is het een beetje als de veganist of de modieuze glutenvermijder, die meestal minder dan twee minuten nodig heeft om dat feit zonder context te melden? Mij is het verder om het even, maar het wringt met mijn gevoel voor logica. Welk doel wil men voorbijschieten?
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Een kwart van de jongeren vindt dat de Canal Parade tijdens Gay Pride hun beeld van homo's eerder negatief dan positief beïnvloedt.
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In the face of people who would rather shove us back in the closet or even incarcerate and kill us, pride parades celebrate our right to fucking exist at all, and live our lives the way we want. Now that this right to exist is not questioned anymore pride parades lose a lot of their meaning and get de-politicized. They still are a celebration of humanity in all its colours and all its forms of expression. Or rather they should be.
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~ Good Thinking Investigates: Palmistry (Part 3) ~ :: In our previous readings with a palm reader, our volunteers from the Merseyside Skeptics Society were given advice they felt was misleading and irresponsible. Perhaps even worse, each of our readings began to sound eerily familiar, as demonstrated by this compilation of our clips from the three visits to the same psychic by different investigators… Clearly it seemed our volunteers’ lives were alarmingly similar. What would happen if a fourth investigator visited a second palmist in the same booth – the daughter of the previous palmist? :: #woo #superstition
In our previous readings with a palm reader, our volunteers from the Merseyside Skeptics Society were given advice they felt was misleading and irresponsible. Perhaps even worse, each of our readin...
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~ Good Thinking Investigates: Palmistry (Part 1) ~ :: Palm readers have operated in seaside towns across the country for many years. Many people put their trust (and hand over considerable amounts of money) to psychics – especially in times of need. In the absence of any proof that palmists have any ability to accurately advise on the future, we wanted to find out whether that trust was well-placed, so we visited a palm reader in Blackpool… We feel our investigator was pressured into paying for a more expensive reading than he was comfortable with, paying £30 for a reading which lasted just 5 minutes. Other readings on offer cost as much as £50 and even £100. The reading we received was inaccurate, vague and included 22 questions in under 5 minutes. The palmist showed no sign of the supernatural insight she claimed to be able to provide, and left us concerned that a vulnerable customer could be exploited. We contacted the psychic to share our investigations and our concerns, but she declined to comment. :: #woo #superstition
Palm readers have operated in seaside towns across the country for many years. Many people put their trust (and hand over considerable amounts of money) to psychics - especially in times of need. I...
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~ Trump’s presidential bid draws scorn and bemusement in Europe ~ [The Raw Story] :: With his distressed hairstyle, voluptuous female companions and love of the media spotlight, U.S. tycoon Donald Trump is no stranger to people on this side of the Atlantic. But his bid to become president of the United States has got people scratching their heads. Seen by many as a kind of cartoon character despite his business successes, “The Donald” has baffled and angered in equal measure with a series of controversial comments. The fact that polls show him leading the race to be the Republican Party’s nominee for the U.S. presidential election in November 2016 only adds to the bafflement. Writing in the Times, columnist Justin Webb described Trump’s presidential bid as a “madcap entry”: "Americans are deeply angry with politics and politicians and Donald Trump is one of the results. He cannot be opposed successfully – he has to be carefully negotiated around, as if he were a motorway accident.” :: #politics
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Anecdotally, I've heard (read? can't recall) somewhere that some think Trump has no expectations whatsoever to become president and that the entire purpose of him running for President is, as was very, very evident at his announcement speech, to establish to everyone that he really is rich.

Trump makes a lot of his money selling his name. Prior to all this election hoopla, people have long been questioning whether or not Trump actually has any significant amounts of money. What better public stage to demonstrate that he is rich than via an announcement that he is running for president?

The thought is that he never expected to win the presidency (or even the RNC candidate race) from the outset, but that he will come out of it in a much better position to make more money.

The only fatal flaw with this plan is Trump's mouth. Maybe his hair.
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~ Queen Bees Vaccinate All of Their Babies ~ [Discovery  News] :: Bee babies enter the world naturally vaccinated, according to a new study that found queen bees inoculate all of their young. The scientists learned how queen bees manage this feat, and plan to replicate it in future with the hope of boosting bee immunity even more. The findings appear today in the journal PLOS Pathogens. The researchers explained that, in a honeybee colony, the queen rarely leaves the nest, so worker bees must bring food to her. Forager bees gather pollen and nectar, but in doing so, gather pathogens in the environment too. The whole mix, bacteria and all, is used back at the hive to create royal jelly, which the queen ingests. Once consumed, the bacteria are digested in her gut and wind up stored in the queen’s “fat body,” which is an organ similar to a liver. Pieces of the bacteria are then bound to a protein called vitellogenin, and are carried via blood to the developing eggs. Because of this, bee babies enter the world vaccinated. The simple brilliance of the process is that the bees are specifically safeguarded against diseases present in their own environment. :: #biology #vaccination
The first ever manmade edible vaccines for beneficial insects are in the works, thanks to new findings about how queen bees vaccinate their progeny.
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~ Firefighters Pay it Forward Big Time After Waitress With Heart of Gold Picks Up Tab ~ [Good News Network] :: A waitress who did a good deed for a pair of firefighters was overwhelmed when they returned the favor—for her father. Instead of a bill for their breakfast, Liz Woodward brought a pair of New Jersey firefighters a thank you note—they’d just spent the night battling a blaze at a warehouse. “Your breakfast is on me today,” the note read, along with little drawings of a fire ax and helmet. “Thank you for all that you do.”  Firefighter Tim Young posted the story and a photo of the note to Facebook, urging people to eat at the diner where she worked. Then, he found out the waitress had a GoFundMe page, which she was using to try and raise $17,000 to buy her father a wheelchair accessible van. “Turns out, the young lady who gave us a free meal is really the one that could use the help,” Young wrote in another post. ::
A waitress who did a good deed for a pair of New Jersey firefighters was overwhelmed when they returned the favor—big time—by helping her father.
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~ Good Thinking Investigates: Palmistry (Part 2) ~ :: In our last investigation, we visited a palmist in Blackpool, and were disappointed with the accuracy and the high cost of the reading that we received. Having visited our chosen palmist once, we partnered with the Merseyside Skeptics Society to find out how the palm reader would deal with clients in a genuinely serious situation. Our investigator Alice suffers from Hypermobility Syndrome (a chronic and highly-painful disability), but she responds to the palmist as she would have done prior to receiving her diagnosis. Everything Alice tells the palmist about her symptoms is true. Our investigator agreed to a £30 reading. After a little general information, the reading turned to the topic of health. :: #woo #superstition
In our last investigation, we visited a palmist in Blackpool, and were disappointed with the accuracy and the high cost of the reading that we received. Having visited our chosen palmist once, we p...
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it's frustrating when woo-peddlers hijack scientific terms to forward their intellectually dishonest notions to those who are unequipped to see through the bs...
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~ Jimmy Carter Says United States Is Now An 'Oligarchy With Unlimited Bribery' ~ [ThinkProgress] :: Former President Jimmy Carter believes the United States’ campaign finance system is so broken that the country is no longer a functional democracy. Appearing on the Thom Hartmann show this week, Carter said that “unlimited political bribery” is “the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president.” He said the same problems are present in elections for “U.S. senators and congress members.” Carter’s comments mirror the conclusions of a Princeton University study released last year. Author Martin Gilens found that “ordinary citizens have virtually no influence over what their government does in the United States.” Meanwhile, “economic elites and interest groups, especially those representing business, have a substantial degree of influence.” Giles study, which he conducted with Northwestern’s Benjamin I. Page, found the United States was more of a system of “Economic Elite Domination” than a majoritarian democracy. :: #politics
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Divided we fall, united we stand.
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~ Former PA pastor sentenced after sexually abusing child for 10 years while HIV positive ~ [The Raw Story] :: A former Pennsylvania pastor has been sentenced to up to 15 years in state prison for sexually molesting a 9-year-old while plying the boy with drugs, WNEP reports.
Norman (Ted) Faux started abusing the child at age 9 and continued to do so for years, even though Faux was HIV-positive, according to reports. During most of that time, he was pastor at Lake Ariel United Methodist Church. The boy, now a young adult, told police the abuse continued up until Faux was arrested last year, according to CitizensVoice. It was discovered by his girlfriend, who checked his cell phone and found an obscene message from Faux in which he asked to perform oral sex on the victim. It happened so frequently he was unable to tell police the number of times he was abused, according to CitizensVoice. :: #atheism
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one of jesus's teachers.  how appropriate
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Read my full profile ('About') before you decide to circle me! Married, Dutch, FreeBSD Geek/Forums Mod, a(nti)theist, science lover, and stable male person. If you decide to circle me for commercial or proselytizing reasons: fuck you very much. Note: I own my posts and all comments under them. I actively delete comments from trolls and throwaway accounts (no avatar, no or few followers, nonsensical/fake profiles, etc.).
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Topics I post about include: atheism, political activism, progressive politicsphysics, maths, cosmology, astronomy, biology, evolution, genetics, philosophy, sociology, neuroscience

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If you're interested in rationalityscienceatheism (the disbelief in gods), anti-theism (the position that belief in deities is actually harmful), anti-religionism (the position that all supernatural/irrational/spiritual belief systems are actually harmful), skepticism (within reason, some issues are beyond questioning by now), secularism (freedom of and from religion, church/state separation), social/political activism, and social progress: by all means, be my guest. 

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I'm informed, educated, and old enough by now to know what view of society I feel most comfortable with. You will need empirical evidence and solid reasoning to convince me of the contrary. I'm a typical European secular and rational left-winger. I don't hide that. I tend to share a lot of information and ideas about the "Circle Me" topics, and I welcome constructive comments. 

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“There is no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.” 
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I actively discourage people who push their +1 activity into other people's timelines. See here how to stop doing that: https://plus.google.com/106166434029666510237/posts/QsH5eYQ7MMu

I actively mute or even block people who push notifications for their posts my way. I have circles to follow people; I don't need them shouting in my ear.
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My girl calls me the love of her life. She is the love of my life. We are now married. Beat that.
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  • Leiden University
    Political Science, 1988 - 1995
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Communication Science, 1989 - 1993
  • Erasmus University
    Politics & Business, 1992 - 1995
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