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Daniel Woodworth
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A Brief Note on Debates and Bad Statistics
      The first major Republican presidential primary debate takes place in only three days. In an attempt to avoid hosting a circus, the debate’s sponsor, Fox News, capped the number of participants at ten, to be selected using an aggregate of the fiv...
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This may be disturbing, but you need to see it. This is what we coexist with in our culture, and it is unprecedented in human history in its depravity. 
The Center for Medical Progress has released a fourth video exposing more of Planned Parenthood's organ trafficking scheme.
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Given the history and track record of Planned Parenthood, how anyone who is not a complete reprobate would tolerate, much less support that organization is beyond me.
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Written and performed by a friend of mine, with a message worth hearing.
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Indeed, +Amanda Gesi.
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This is an old article (April of last year), but it's extremely interesting. I've been following the development of thorium reactors in India (and to some extent China), with excitement, as a scientist watching the newest great invention, and dismay, as an American watching my country fiddling away its leadership.
WELL begun; half done. That proverb—or, rather, its obverse—encapsulates the problems which have dogged civil nuclear power since its inception. Atomic energy is...
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Ach, I should have done this Friday, but I'm going to plead graduate school.

Please welcome our newest member, +Patrick Lauser! Patrick, when you get a chance, leave a post introducing yourself here.
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Thank you!
Yes, I was working on one and it got lost, so I will get a new one up soon.
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Call Me Ichabod
     Slight of build, his once-dark hair first tinged with gray, then snow white, a Republican representative from the 14th Congressional District - Galveston and its environs - once walked the halls of the Capitol unbowed. Where others followed party loyal...
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What's interesting is not the findings of this study--that's been obvious for some time--but that the conclusion has not been common knowledge. The actual cause of seismicity in the Fort Worth-Dallas area fell between the cracks of the political battle, and thus was ignored: those who are opposed to the oil and gas industry wanted to attribute it to fracking, the industry didn't want to admit that it was responsible for causing earthquakes, and no one else cared.
It's important to recognize the potential pitfalls when scientific problems are presented to the general public by sides with an express agenda.
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I am an unabashed supporter of Ted Cruz. He is articulate, principled, conservative, and nothing less than brilliant. His near-successes against the odds (for example, nearly defunding Obamacare over the objections of all the Democrat majority and even the Republican leadership) are well-known, but the rest of his legislative record is equally impressive.

As a Republican freshman in a Democrat Senate, he ranked 18th in laws enacted. That put him solidly in 1st in that category among Senate freshmen. He ranked 4th in the entire Senate in bills brought out of committee, putting him in 1st among Senate freshmen and Senate Republicans. He was also 3rd among Senate freshmen in his ability to garner support for his bills, despite his disagreements with both the Republican and Democrat leadership.

In other words, although getting things done isn't everything (you need to be doing the right things), it is something that Cruz is remarkably good at. He isn't someone who voted present every time; he was willing to take real positions on real issues, and he has the talent to advance those positions. That's something that sometimes gets forgotten by those who want to paint him as an ideologue. 
Year-end 2014 legislative statistics for Sen. Ted Cruz [R-TX], the Senator from Texas
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+Esteban Valiente You seem to assume that if government doesn't act, no one will. I know that to be false: I've seen churches and communities step up to provide care for those who can't afford healthcare. You crave the certainty of government promise, of course, but in reality there is nothing behind that promise but the good will of the majority, and that is the same thing that backs every communal act of charity.

I think you misunderstood me when I said that health insurance is overused. I do not refer to the frequency of medical care at all, rather, to the frequency with which health insurance is used to cover routine practices. It wasn't designed for that, and it can't be used for that efficiently, and yet we continue to use it for perfectly routine and predictable payments. The practice of providing lavish health insurance plans, designed for routine use and driven by government interference, created a monopoly for the insurance companies and allowed the price of healthcare to rise dramatically.

That's why healthcare is so onerous now. It's always been expensive, of course, but we've drive the cost of even relatively routine procedures to unprecedented levels. We could solve that by introducing a single-payer system - but that would introduce its own problems - or we could solve it by fixing the problem that caused it. We in the US are in the nearly unique position in the world of neither taking the second-best option and using a government program to fix the problems created by our government programs, nor removing the programs that caused the original problem.
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"The candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the government upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation between parties, in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal." - Abraham Lincoln 
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+Samuel Marinov And if the courts decide they aren't subject to impeachment? Again, you haven't grasped the implications of making the courts the final arbiter of constitutionality.
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Anatomy of a Failure: Andrew Wakefield and the Limits of Peer Review
     One could argue that few, if any, medical studies have had the same impact as Andrew Wakefield's study, published in the British journal  Lancet , attempting to establish a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Certainly, no study has had the same i...
One could argue that few, if any, medical studies have had the same impact as Andrew Wakefield's study, published in the British journal Lancet, attempting to establish a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Certainly, no study has had the same impact with as small a dataset - Wakefield's ...
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We have another new member! Please welcome +Michael English. Michael, when you get a chance, leave a post in this section introducing yourself.
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Thank you for letting me join this group. I look forward to the opportunity to learn and grow in my faith. A little about myself, I'm a long haul truck driver and have been doing this for almost 24 years. Married to a very forgiving and understanding wife for 21 years. Together we have 3 amazing kids. I've grown up in the church but that doesn't that I've led a Christian life. I'm ashamed to say that over the years I've made a mockery of Christianity. I'm a sinner, I've fallen short of God's glory and if I get what I deserve I will spend eternity separated from God. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us". I'm so thankful for that promise and that sacrifice. His Grace is so amazing! I look forward to being a part of this community. 
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Please welcome our newest member, +Brendan The Writer! It's good to have you here. When you get a chance, please introduce yourself here (a little bit about yourself and your doctrinal background - nothing too formal).
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It's actually a British phrase. It means 'wonderful person to be around'. Did I mention that I'm humble? 
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  • TCU School of Geology, Energy, and the Environment
    Student Researcher, 2013 - 2014
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    Student Researcher, 2011 - 2012
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I am a scientist, a writer, and an occasional would-be philosopher, but I am a Christian before all else. I am working toward a doctorate in geoscience, with an emphasis on geophysics, with the eventual goal of teaching at the university level and furthering our understanding of the Earth's systems through research. For now, though, I study and pontificate on whatever happens to interest me.
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  • Rice University
    Geophysics, 2014 - present
  • Texas Christian University
    Geology, 2010 - 2014
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