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Andrew C (✔)
Scientists’ depressing new discovery about the brain -
"Nyan and his collaborators have been running experiments trying to answer this terrifying question about American voters: Do facts matter? The answer, basically, is no. When people are misinformed, giving them facts to correct those errors only makes them cling to their beliefs more tenaciously." - Andrew C (✔)
"People who thought WMDs were found in Iraq believed that misinformation even more strongly when they were shown a news story correcting it. People who thought George W. Bush banned all stem cell research kept thinking he did that even after they were shown an article saying that only some federally funded stem cell work was stopped. People who said the economy was the most important... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"In Kahan’s experiment, some people were asked to interpret a table of numbers about whether a skin cream reduced rashes, and some people were asked to interpret a different table – containing the same numbers – about whether a law banning private citizens from carrying concealed handguns reduced crime. Kahan found that when the numbers in the table conflicted with people’s positions on... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I don't believe that you posted this. - Greg GuitarBuster
Why would silly facts get in the way when people believe what their emotions tell them to believe. - Joe
Andrew C (✔)
Antonin Scalia Doesn't Believe in Separating Church and State - The Other 98% -
[Scalia:] "I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of church and state means that the government cannot favor religion over nonreligion… Our [the court‘s] latest take on the subject, which is quite different from previous takes, is that the state must be neutral, not only between religions, but between religion and nonreligion. That’s just a lie.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
[Other 98:] "If Scalia is confused about what that means, he can look to Thomas Jefferson for clarification: "I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state. ~Thomas Jefferson, to Danbury Baptists, 1802" " - Andrew C (✔)
Steven Perez
Explains some of the wordiest arguers on FF... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
[via The Toast] Kalief Browder was arrested ten days before he turned 17, spent three years in jail -- not prison! -- and eventually it never even went to trial because the DA didn't even have a witness to testify. - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Brainy Braininess Of Bobby Jindal - Esquire -
""Bobby" Jindal, the battered bit of old presidential timber presently warping out behind the bait shoppe, put on his National Political Figure drag again and went to Washington to talk about energy policy. Most of the energy in the plan is to get people talking about what a serious person Jindal is, and not to notice that his state is falling apart, his education plan there is a whopping side dish of theocratic corruption, and that his constituents would be bitterly divided should Jindal be eaten by alligators." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
While On A Seven Week Paid Vacation John Boehner Calls The Unemployed Lazy -
"I think this idea that’s been born over the last – maybe out of the economy, over the last couple of years that, you know, I really don’t have to work. You know, I don’t really want to do this; I think I’d just rather sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Senator To Try Submitting Rejected Bill To Canadian Parliament | The Onion - America's Finest News Source -
Senator To Try Submitting Rejected Bill To Canadian Parliament | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
The Salaita case and the Big Money takeover of state universities - LA Times -
The Salaita case and the Big Money takeover of state universities - LA Times
They voted 8 to 1 to uphold the firing. This can rightly be seen as a blow to the very concept of academic freedom, but there's another sinister undercurrent to the case: there's evidence that major donors put pressure on the board and the university administration to dump the professor, Steven Salaita. If so, it wouldn't be the first time that financial donors have tried to manipulate university administrations into doing their bidding, but it's certainly one of the most disturbing examples of a bad trend. - Halil from Bookmarklet
For any university, but especially a public institution such as Illinois, the encroachment of donor pressure on the administration is a harbinger of the destruction of academic freedom. Wealthy donors are able to step in and exert strong influence because public funding sources, such as the state legislature, have systematically withdrawn support for public universities. - Halil
Money talks,(you know) money talks (ah-hah)/Dirty cash I want you, dirty cash I need you, woh-oh - Halil
Andrew C (✔)
Bush's Press Secretary is Live-Tweeting 9/11 From His Perspective -
"Former President George W. Bush's press secretary Ari Fleischer is live-tweeting his experiences from Sept. 11, 2001, on the 13th anniversary of the day planes taken over by al-Qaeda terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, ending thousands of lives and igniting America's "war on terror."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I still can't read through that without remembering how angry I was that nobody was communicating from the administration for hours and hours and hours. - Jennifer Dittrich
I was mostly numb that whole day, if memory serves. I was a lot angrier about the Katrina non-response. - Andrew C (✔)
I think part of it was jumping every time the fighter jets flew overhead, and it got more tense as the day wore on and we didn't really know what was going to happen in the city (other than the tanks/machine gun lockdown they'd ordered for the core around the White House.) - Jennifer Dittrich
I mean, I also think Ari Fleischer is a tool, and that's not a new sentiment. - Jennifer Dittrich
Oh, well, I was all the way across the continent at the time. I've almost entirely lived on the West Coast. I didn't know you were in DC at the time, but yeah, I can see how that was a lot worse. - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, it was definitely driven by location (I remember my mom telling me I needed to 'simmer down' after I'd written her some sort of hot-headed email that day, which she usually would just let pass.) - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
John McCain Votes To Preserve A Supreme Court Case He Called The 'Worst Decision Ever' | ThinkProgress -
"A proposed constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial 2010 Citizens United ruling and give lawmakers greater ability to prevent large donors from corrupting government failed in the United States Senate on Thursday on a party-line vote. Among the 42 Republicans voting no was Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who in the past had been a campaign finance reform advocate." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Bar Sinks Ever Lower - Esquire -
"It is almost universally accepted among our political elite that, love him or hate him, Ted Cruz is a very smart guy and a genuine intellect. Some of the reviews follow:" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"[...] Over the last two days, the Tailgunner has put his off-the-charts intellect to interesting use. First, he argued that repealing the Citizens United ruling would enable the federal government to take Saturday Night Live off the air and declare political satire to be illegal, which is just nutty. Then he went before an audience of Christians of Middle East origins and got booed off the stage. I shudder to think what he might have done had he not been so off-the-charts brilliant." - Andrew C (✔)
Professor fired for Israel criticism urges University of Illinois to reinstate him -
Professor fired for Israel criticism urges University of Illinois to reinstate him
Salaita, a former tenured professor of English at Virginia Tech, accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Illinois in October 2013 to teach in the American Indian Studies program starting January 2014. But his appointment was revoked in early August, after Salaita posted to Twitter several messages criticising Israel. “Only Israel can murder around 300 children in the span of a few weeks and insist that it is the victim,” said one. “If Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised,” asked another. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Salaita wrote several angry tweets last month referencing the conflict in Gaza. At a press conference on Tuesday held at the university YMCA, he did not apologise for the tweets, but said that his “messages are no doubt passionate and unfiltered” and “reflect my deep dismay at the deaths of more than 2,000 innocent Palestinians”. - Halil
Academia is now required to march in step with the regime. - Eivind
Eric Logan
Free Speech Now! | We must stop bowing to this censorious army of offence-takers | Free speech | spiked
Free Speech Now! | We must stop bowing to this censorious army of offence-takers | Free speech | spiked
This is editorial cowardice. If editors at The Economist really thought the review was wrong and wicked, then they should never have published it in the first place. That would have been a straightforward and legitimate editorial decision. If, post-publication, they decided upon reflection that the review was rubbish, then they should have left it where it was – in the review section – and let commenters pass judgement on it. In withdrawing it, in doing that oh-so-Orwellian thing of effectively ‘unpublishing’ an article that shocked some readers (while keeping it online in ‘the interests of transparency’), they have signalled their unwillingness to publish and be damned, to defend the right of publications to say both erudite things and also outright offensive things. They have essentially said: ‘From now on, we will only publish things that people find inoffensive. So if any of our stuff offends you, scream at us as loudly as you can and we will withdraw it.’ This sets a very dangerous precedent. - Eric Logan
Andrew C (✔)
Georgia Lawmaker Vows to End Early Voting Because Blacks Vote That Way -
Georgia Lawmaker Vows to End Early Voting Because Blacks Vote That Way
"Georgia Sen. Fran Millar, Republican of Dunwoody, has vowed to fight a plan to allow voting on Sunday because precincts will be "dominated by African American shoppers and... several large African American mega churches," and he "would prefer more educated voters."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Considering how much the GOP adores our Founding Fathers, I think they fail to see how ashamed and appalled those same men would be at the people who are selected to represent our country. - Chris Topher
Dislike. - Brian Johns
Unbelievable. - Anne Bouey
Wow - Amit Patel
White man jaywalks with gun...guess what happens? -
I don't have sound on my pc, think sound board is broken, so can't watch video :( - Halil from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
The modern satellite record of sea ice goes back only to 1979. In the Arctic, sea ice extent was larger in the 1960s than it is these days, on average. “It was colder, so we expected that,” Gallaher said. What the researchers didn’t expect were “enormous holes” in the sea ice, currently under investigation. “We can’t explain them yet,” Gallaher said. “And the Antarctic blew us away,” he said. In 1964, sea ice extent in the Antarctic was the largest ever recorded, according to Nimbus image analysis. Two years later, there was a record low for sea ice in the Antarctic, and in 1969 Nimbus imagery, sea ice appears to have reached its maximum extent earliest on record. - Eric Logan
Most of the fish and birds that she's studied have come from Lake Erie. Mason and her students began collecting fish in January by going to local ice fisherman; Mason wound up with a lot of perch, since that's what they were catching. Through the spring, Mason and her student assistants examined 75 perch and 17 cormorants, a type of water bird. In both cases, a high percentage of the subjects had plastics in their gastrointestinal tracts, Mason says. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson, the friend who witnessed his shooting
Sort the nearly 700 comments by Most Liked and browse. Wow. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
Sean McBride
Facebook users self-censor on controversial topics -
There are a lot of things I'm willing to say in person that I'm not willing to say online. - Brian Johns
Online remarks can be forever, globally. - Sean McBride
From what I've seen on my feed, some users don't self-censor or if they do, we are in hella trouble. - Greg GuitarBuster
It's probably one of the few places I do self censor because I don't know enough about people I respect who are friends, family, business partners etc. and lots of people read without ever engaging in conversation so you don't know what their perception is of views on topics that often need more complete explanations to fully grasp then just the snippets of conversation we leave on a thread. - Eric Logan
I always advise everyone around me -- don't post sensitive personal data on the Internet -- you will regret it. You don't know who is reading those posts, how they will react to them and how they will use them. - Sean McBride
Steven Perez
Steven Perez
Eric Logan
ABC invites BOM and Marohasy to speak — BOM decline, Marohasy accepts, but is cut off ? -
ABC invites BOM and Marohasy to speak — BOM decline, Marohasy accepts, but is cut off ?
Hm, curious event on the ABC today. Credit to Bronwen O’Shea, host of the ABC morning radio program for the Goulburn Murray, for asking both Jennifer Marohasy and the BOM to discuss the Rutherglen temperature adjustments. Good-o, I say – public debate and answers! But everything worked against the ABC. First the BOM chose not to even try to answer. (Hm?) Then not long after the interview started, the line suddenly went dead and Marohasy was abruptly cut off. She waited for the call back, but it never came. What bad luck eh? Even more unlucky – when the ABC tried to call her back they got John Cook on the phone instead. Then, things got even worse for poor ABC listeners — because Cook mistakenly thought Rutherglen was different to the surrounding stations, but the BOM raw records say otherwise (see the graph below). I’m sure the ABC wouldn’t want to mislead its listeners and hide serious questions about the BOM’s record of our temperatures. They are concerned about climate change after... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
The ABC of Rutherglen | Jennifer Marohasy -
The ABC of Rutherglen | Jennifer Marohasy
IF global warming is the greatest moral issue of our time, then the truth really does matter. But this morning, I felt that I had been shut outside, or at least cut-off, without having a chance to tell the whole story. Bronwen O’Shea the host of an ABC radio program for the Goulburn Murray, a region that includes the town of Rutherglen, was interviewing me. Bronwen invited me on to her program, and also someone from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to discuss the temperature record for Rutherglen. The Bureau declined. Bronwen began the interview by suggesting that Bureau have only tweaked the figures for Rutherglen. I disagreed. I explained that the Bureau has actually completely trashed the temperature record by changing what had been a slight cooling trend into warming of 1.73 degree C for the last 100 years. I also explained that this had been achieved by progressively dropping down the original temperatures from 1973. I wanted to explain that the largest change was back in 1913, with the difference between the actual recorded temperature, and the new official temperature a massive 1.8 degree C. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Parable of the Unjust Judge or: Fear of a N*gger Nation -
"If we fail to name the battleground being fought upon, this fight over what narrative to impose on the details of Brown’s life might seem oddly tangential to the argument over the circumstances of his death. So let’s be clear about the stakes of this conflict: we are trying to decide whether or not Michael Brown was a nigger. A dead human being is a tragedy that needs to be investigated and accounted for. A dead nigger doesn’t even need to be mourned, much less its death justified." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"And this, ultimately, is the logic of respectability politics. That respectability politics is the narrative of the oppressor digested and regurgitated by the oppressed is obvious. But we shouldn’t dismiss it without understanding its allure and durability: it reframes the terms of power, restoring agency into black hands. [...] Respectability politics is a false narrative, but it... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"When you recognize this essential truth, it becomes uncomfortably clear that an alliance with whites newly uncomfortable with police militarization and misconduct is not an answer. I agree that we should take steps to demilitarize the police, and I agree that that we should require police officers to wear cameras and install them on their dashboards. But let’s not pretend that these measures would constitute a solution to the problem of state violence done to blacks. " - Andrew C (✔)
"Jesus told the Parable of the Unjust Judge, the writer of Luke tells us, to teach us about prayer, but I think it can tell us something about justice as well. [...] the judge does not repent or reform. He does not become a righteous man. He renders justice to the widow out of pure self-interest, but this does not make him anymore inclined to be just in the next case the widow might... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Eric Logan
The Myth of Republican Racism
The Myth of Republican Racism
I responded emotionally to the title of this post, in a negative way, but when I read the article I found that I couldn't rebut the facts Charen presents. Perhaps other people can. - Sean McBride
One could, of course, compile a collection of racist remarks made by Republicans during the last few decades. Perhaps someone has. - Sean McBride
I live in Georgia. I talk to racists everyday, but they are not smart and articulate people and they are doing themselves a disservice more than they are oppressing anyone from my vantage point. We are NEVER going to eliminate racism we can minimize people who feel victimized by empowering them with rich habits and the welfare state is not empowering to anyone. It's a trap in my... more... - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Sean McBride
Two competing narratives on the Michael Brown shooting
1. Michael Brown, a gentle giant, was gunned down in cold blood by a white racist cop, Darren Wilson, for jaywalking and because he was black. - Sean McBride
2. Darren Wilson, an honorable cop, shot Michael Brown, a strong-arm robber and thug, in justifiable self-defense after Brown assaulted him and tried to grab his gun. - Sean McBride
Some people, with political agendas, believed that one or the other narrative was true without waiting for all the facts and evidence to come together. Most of us are still waiting for that to happen, regardless of our political agendas. - Sean McBride
The star witness for the first narrative is Dorian Johnson: His claim that Wilson shot Brown in the back has already been proven false by the autopsy report. - Sean McBride
Might the first narrative be the true story? -- of course. But not necessarily at this point. That is why a grand jury investigation is underway -- to look at all the evidence. - Sean McBride
If this is the wrong way to frame this controversy, what is the right way? I am frankly curious. Should we skip the grand jury proceedings and immediately arrest Wilson? - Sean McBride
Regarding the relative importance of news stories: should this story be receiving more attention than the James Foley execution by ISIS -- an incident that could trigger another major American war in the Mideast? - Sean McBride
A current summary of the contrasting narratives: [What happened when Michael Brown met Officer Darren Wilson] - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
Who’s going to be sacked for making-up global warming at Rutherglen? - Jennifer Marohasy -
Who’s going to be sacked for making-up global warming at Rutherglen? - Jennifer Marohasy
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HEADS need to start rolling at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The senior management have tried to cover-up serious tampering that has occurred with the temperatures at an experimental farm near Rutherglen in Victoria. Retired scientist Dr Bill Johnston used to run experiments there. He, and many others, can vouch for the fact that the weather station at Rutherglen, providing data to the Bureau of Meteorology since November 1912, has never been moved. Senior management at the Bureau are claiming the weather station could have been moved in 1966 and/or 1974 and that this could be a justification for artificially dropping the temperatures by 1.8 degree Celsius back in 1913. Surely its time for heads to roll! - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The Fire This Time: America's Withdrawal From the Fight Against Racism Guarantees More Fergusons -
The Fire This Time: America's Withdrawal From the Fight Against Racism Guarantees More Fergusons
The precipitating events that cause these periodic national spasms can vary widely—the flooding of New Orleans, the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the beating of Rodney King. But these tragedies all emerge from the same fetid source—the racism embedded in the very foundation of America. - Halil from Bookmarklet
What is needed right now is a national gathering of some of the brightest and most committed African-American men and women to begin devising strategies to fight back in a coherent and sustained way against the racial injustice that still permeates this society. Let that be the first step toward the development of a new cadre of black leadership to carry this fight forward. - Halil
It's BS to put the onus on black people to end racism in this country. That's all white supremacy's doing. It would be easier if those people would stop being dicks. - Anika
I was going to say that if more white people dealt seriously with racism, or were even willing to admit that it's still extant, we could make better progress. But yeah, "stop being dicks" works too. #LordILoveAnika - MoTO Boychick Devil
Well, it's basically saying that victims of any injustice need to end the injustice leaving the perpetrators, in this case racist people, to wash their hands free of any responsibility. - Halil
White supremacy is so deeply entrenched here that it's hard to see it getting dislodged without substantial commitment from white people to end it. It's not for lack of trying by African-Americans. - John (bird whisperer)
And the biggest hurdle to that is getting white people to even understand racism and white supremacy in the first place. There are too many who don't realize that it's not just one guy hating another, but truly systemic and can't be fixed by merely asking people to play nice. The system is designed to keep whites elevated and everyone else down, and the only ones who have the power to fix that system are the ones who built it in the first place. - Hookuh Tinypants
Steven Perez
"I keep coming back to what seems to me to be the most inhumane thing of all, the inhumane thing that happened before the rage began to rise, and before the backlash began to build, and before the cameras and television lights, and before the tear gas and the stun grenades and the chants and the prayers. I keep coming back to the one image that was there before the international event began, before it became a television show and a symbol in flames and something beyond what it was in the first place. I keep coming back to one simple moment, one ghastly fact. One image, from which all the other images have flowed. They left the body in the street." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
"Dictators leave bodies in the street. Petty local satraps leave bodies in the street. Warlords leave bodies in the street." - Steven Perez
"A police officer shot Michael Brown to death. And they left his body in the street. For four hours. Bodies do not lie in the street for four hours. Not in an advanced society. Bodies lie in the street for four hours in small countries where they have perpetual civil war. Bodies lie in the street for four hours on back roads where people fight over the bare necessities of simple living,... more... - Steven Perez
"Bodies are not left in the streets of the leafy suburbs. The bodies of dogs and cats, or squirrels and raccoons, let alone the bodies of children, are not left in the streets of the leafy suburbs. No bodies are left in the streets of the financial districts. Freeze to death on a bench in the financial districts and you are whisked away before your inconvenient body can disturb the... more... - Steven Perez
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