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I think Luna likes her new bed.
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Everything on this list is accurate, and we as a nation should be ashamed that we let this keep happening. I know all of this is true, and that's why I get so upset when I see other white people ignorantly saying they don't believe in white privilege.
America is teaching us not to expect justice for our deaths.
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Happy Saturnalia everyone!
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Merry Christmas, everyone!
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What? No, I haven't been time travelling. That's crazy talk.
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The article and the flowchart make for some useful advice. Still, it can be hard to know when to disengage because it's not likely to be worth the effort to correct someone's misconceptions about scientific topics. It certainly felt familiar when I read that Timmer wrote that:

"You’re never going to get anywhere with the individual, and nobody is going to benefit from the time you will spend trying.

If an audience is present, then you have to be ready for the discussion to happen on the denialist’s terms. They’re going to nitpick every bit of evidence you have and throw out badly misinterpreted science faster than you can clarify it. Your opponent's goal isn’t to help the audience to understand the science; it’s to make you look bad and, therefore, to make people less likely to accept what you understand."

I've seen that firsthand, when a science denier steers a conversation from "I don't like these scientific facts" to "you're a bad person." It doesn't help that there's such an overlap in a Venn Diagram of science deniers and political kooks, which makes it even harder to have productive discussions about science and how it affects education and public policy.
People don’t accept scientific information for a lot of different reasons.
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For fuck's sake, people, at an absolute minimum can we at least try not to be like the Nazis?
The state has taken 42 Syrian refugees since 2011, but state Rep. Glen Casada says they should be removed and prevented from re-entering Tennessee for safety reasons.
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I've been reading Bill Nye's book Undeniable, which breaks down the science behind our understanding of the facts of evolution, and it's a really good read. It's a pleasant coincidence that I stumbled on this BBC article about the highlights of evolutionary history at the same time.
From leaps forward in evolution to devastating asteroid impacts, these were the turning points that shaped our world.
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So this bugs me a lot, because an important but sometimes overlooked function of Freedom of Religion is Freedom from Religion. These kids shouldn't have this stuff forced on them by school staff who are entrusted with providing them a quality education. Compromising that education and these kids' understanding of the world around them is illegal, and it's immoral because it does them such a disservice. Of course that isn't to say that the kids should be forbidden from any exposure to religion, but public institutions like school aren't the right place for it.

Beyond that, this is the kind of thing that makes it really hard to believe claims that there is a "war on Christianity" here in the US. When people abuse the power and authority of their official positions to force Christianity on others like this calls into question the narrative of the helpless, oppressed faithful people oppressed by some evil, godless bureaucracy. 
During health class, students at Airline High, a public school in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, read Bible passages, and their teacher asks them to identify t
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This is fantastic. Why couldn't we have had this when I was in school?
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Our first stop after we saw The Force Awakens last weekend was to get Luna this BB-8 toy at Petco.
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Desert Bus is a video game that lets you drive a bus from Tuscon to Las Vegas in real time (8 hours). If playing that as a video game sounds super boring, that's because it is. This makes it all the more impressive - and amusing - that Loading Ready Run and some of the folks from Penny Arcade have turned it into a yearly charity telethon to benefit Child's Play Charity. In its ninth year, Desert Bus for Hope is a great chance to be entertained while a bunch of people goof around and play a torturously boring game to raise money for sick kids.
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This is the kind of incredibly stupid decision making that encourages people to pirate media. It's like these executives don't understand that if you want more people to watch your shows you shouldn't make it harder to gain access to.
Fans May Have To Wait Years For New DC Comics Shows To Hit Netflix, Hulu - Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is considering holding shows like "Flash" and "Arrow" from streaming in favor of traditional cable.
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