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Well written and a good discussion about science. I like the way he pulled the humanities into the orbit.
 
I confront folks on the US right with a simple fact: that their once-intellectual, but now lobotomized cult is in full tilt war against science. And not just science! Name one profession of high knowledge and skill that’s not under attack by Fox & its cohorts?  Teachers, medical doctors, journalists, civil servants, law professionals, economists, skilled labor, professors… oh, yes and science.

They never even try to name one! Instead, they almost always blather something like (recently): "I'm amaze at how often the experts are wrong yet people are willing to call them experts."
 
OK then. Let's start by admitting a truth... that not all smart people who know stuff are wise.  We all know that's true. We've all known smart people who know stuff who weren't all that wise.

But that truism has been mutated by propaganda into something quite different, the Fox-confederate incantation that: * "ALL smart folks who know stuff are therefore - automatically and naturally - far less wise than people who are dumb and don't know stuff."*

It's a propaganda stretch that should never have worked... but it has! That is the confederate catechism - their core article of faith.  They HAVE to swear allegiance to that mantra!  Because all the smart people who know stuff are fleeing the gone-mad American right as fast as they can run.

 Including those who are conservative by nature, or capitalists or libertarians.  All of them!  Oh, you might fish for a few Koch-paid denialist cultists or Young Earthers with PhDs.  But it will just make you look ridiculous.

Let's reiterate: This is what these guys now rant and rave. They are NOT saying "not all smart people who know stuff are wise."

They are raving "ALL smart folks who know stuff are therefore - automatically and naturally - far less wise that people who are dumb and don't know stuff."

There is no squirming out of this. That's the core belief.

(Oh, just because today's mad right CONSISTS of that message, don't think I am unaware that the far-far left CONTAINS some people like that. But I know which cult threatens my planet and children and nation, right now.)

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In 1974, conservatives with college degrees had the highest level of trust in science and the scientific community. Today, they have the lowest. And scientific folks have noticed where they are unwelcome. Thirty years ago, 40% of US scientists called themselves Republican, now it is 5% and plummeting. They are voting with their feet, the smartest, wisest, most logical and by far the most competitive humans our species ever produced.
http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-mistrust-of-science?linkId=25842187
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Trump just doesn't care about the truth if it gets in the way of a story.
It’s not a matter of fact vs. fiction: The GOP nominee has lost all touch with reality.
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Crazy narcissist clown ,white trash idiot
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It feels odd agreeing with Erik Erickson but he hit this one out of the park. Trump thinks we are the mob telling European leaders "nice country you got there, would be unfortunate if something were to happen to it."
 
Erick Erickson takes off his gloves to hit Trump squarely in his mouth and stomp on his supporters. I applaud Erickson. Truth be told this should have been said the first time Trump mentioned the lack of support of NATO. 
I must apologize, but I have reached that point with this news and it now pushes me beyond contempt into outright hatred and moral indignation against those of you continuing to defend this monster. Trump on defending NATO allies from Russian attack: "Well, let me ask you: Have they paid?
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The White House was gutted and reconstructed during the 50s. The photos depicting the reconstruction are pretty amazing.
 
The White House is mostly a reconstruction of the original
After a piano literally fell through a White House floor, engineers assessed the 150-year-old structure and found it was rotten and "in imminent danger of collapse." It would have been cheaper to tear it down and build something better, maybe even on a larger tract of land. But President Harry S Truman was appalled by the symbolism. Instead, he shored up the outer walls, ripped out everything inside those walls, and had it rebuilt to "skyscraper strength." The oldest section was "a mere shell," with two new wings added, and concrete and steel beams replacing wooden joists. Later, Jacqueline Kennedy oversaw detailed restoration of the interior.
The mansion may have been built over 200 years ago, but its skeleton was redone in the early 1950s
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Vaccines are not the only thing Jill Stein is dubious about. She disapproves of wifi as well.
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"it’s very hard to study this stuff."

No, no it isn't. It's VERY easy to study it. Twenty years ago there were zero wireless devices. Today there are more wireless devices in the developed world than there are people. If radio waves caused cancer there would be an increase in cancer rates over the past 20 years that correleated with the increase in number of devices.

There is no increase in cancer rates, therefore wifi does not cause cancer.

The saying goes "correlation does not equal causation". It is not "negative correlation implies causation."
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There is consistent evidence that economic progress requires government involvement in the economy.
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The party insiders want Trump out now! They also want him humiliated.
“I’d rather take our chances with nearly anyone else than continue with this certain loser who will likely cost the Senate and much more,” said a New Hampshire Republican.
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In honor of the Olympics, the overlooked but important man.
Sometimes photographs deceive. Take this one, for example. It represents John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s rebellious gesture the day they won medals for the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer...
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I saw a bit on this on a news program. Of course, I saw the original, and it gave me chills in a good way. But the revelation of Peter Norman making his own kind of stand in 1968 is equally commendable.
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I find the insanity of the Trump people astonishing. Do they really think making these types of arguments help them?
 
TPM gets it backward as usual.

"Surrogate defends Trump attacks on Khan family, says he sacrificed marriages to create jobs."

He sacrificed jobs to create marriages. <-- correct
As Donald Trump's supporters defended the candidate following his repeated attacks on the parents of a deceased Muslim American soldier, one Trump surrogate went as far as saying that Trump sacrificed two of his marriages to create jobs. Khizr Khan, the father of the Muslim soldier, said in his speech at the Democratic convention last week that Trump had "sacrificed nothing." And Trump hit back over the weekend, saying that he's "made a lot of s...
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They have no choice. They're running a charade campaign. None of them know what they're talking about. All they do is lie. 
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The President delivers the same message he delivered when he first spoke to the Democratic Convention in 2004, we are stronger United and that diversity is what makes us strong. He also delivered by painting Donald Trump (accurately I might add) as a home grown demagogue.

I'll miss this President.
Obama steals the show with a methodical takedown of Donald Trump’s dystopian worldview.
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Adam Smith has always been been more nuanced than portrayed.
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Bats Right, Throws Left.  

I tend to post about antitrust, science fiction, technology, android and android phones, science and politics.    

I am an antitrust attorney on the government side.

I am a devoted and long term Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners fan. Yes I'm a Masochist.  The NBA is dead to me (after the departure of the Sonics).

My interest include Jazz (from swing to post bebop and cool school).  Coltrane, Rollins, Gillespie, Bird, McCoy Tyner and Wayne Shorter are among my favorites.  However, I've learned to appreciate music of all types as I get older. 
 
Politically, definitely left of what is now considered to be the center of this country.  In earlier times I would have been called a slightly left of center democrat.

I have a long time love affair with gadgets and technology.  I find platform wars interesting, starting with the battle between OS/2 and Windows, to the current hot platform war between IOS and Android.  I'm definitely in the Android camp.  

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