Bertrand Russell: Quote of the Day (On the Irrational Animal & Other Human Bullshit)

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“Man is a rational animal — so at least I have been told. Throughout a long life, I have looked diligently for evidence in favor of this statement, but so far I have not had the good fortune to come across it, though I have searched in many countries spread over three continents. On the… [Read More]

Republicans Hate Science: Why is this News?

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Republicans are doing a bang-up job of destroying their relevance to modern society and the vast majority of Americans. Every election they become more and more entrenched as the party of fundamentalism. This isn’t news. “I’m not a scientist,” or a close variation, has become the go-to talking point for Republicans questioned about climate change… [Read More]

Bertrand Russell: Quote of the Day on Protestants (Fundamentalism vs Science & America)

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“In practice, most protestants, when they acquired the government, merely substituted the King for the Pope, and thus secured neither liberty of private judgement nor a democratic method of deciding doctrinal questions.” — Bertrand Russell There are many flavors of “protestant”, and they all hate each other. Not surprisingly, Protestants, for centuries, were horribly violent… [Read More]

Paul Krugman: “Sorry Japan, We’re Even Worse”

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Paul Krugman apologizes to Japan for lambasting them during their own economic crisis for their policy decisions. Of course, it’s a fake apology. “Now, I’m not saying that our economic analysis was wrong. The paper I published in 1998 about Japan’s “liquidity trap,” or the paper Mr. Bernanke published in 2000 urging Japanese policy makers… [Read More]

Natural Disasters, Weather Infrastructure, Climate Change, & Funding

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from the NY Times: “For years, congressional allocations to the National Weather Service have all but flatlined. Meanwhile, the cost of storm recovery has skyrocketed. In the 20 years leading up to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the United States suffered 133 weather disasters that exceeded \$1 billion in damages, for a total of over \$875… [Read More]