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Philosophy (News/Activism)

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  • This is the alt-right: Richard Spencer’s horrifying abortion rant

    04/25/2017 6:19:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 64 replies
    LifeSite ^ | Mar 21, 2017 | Jonathon van Maren
    For those of you wondering why I’m writing another column about the alt-right, the reason is simple: Every time I do, people comment to explain why I’m wrong. Those people, some of whom I used to know, are starting to buy what the alt-right is peddling. Some of them are brazen enough to inform me that I, as an active social conservative, should be “smart enough” to realize that “the Jews,” whom they somehow believe to be a homogenous and monolithic group, are responsible for all of the evils Western civilization faces. One of these people even wrote that Richard...
  • Former Obama Official Says Bureaucrats Manipulate Climate Stats to Influence Policy

    04/25/2017 11:17:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 24, 2017 | Chris White
    A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington, D.C., often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion. Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data. He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has...
  • Apple Wins Free Speech Award After China Censorship | China Uncensored

    04/25/2017 12:16:14 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 5 replies
    China Uncensored via YouTube ^ | April 24, 2017 | Chris Chapel
    Video at link.
  • City ranks 16th best place for families

    04/25/2017 12:15:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Eric Petermann
    SIERRA VISTA — Sierra Vista and its surrounding region are the 16th best place to raise a family in Arizona, offering affordable housing, a better education and a lower cost of living, an online financial services survey shows. compared 65 cities across the state in 21 different categories, measuring factors that have the most impact on Arizona families. “Our data set ranges from median family income to school-system quality to housing affordability,” said Diana Popa, WalletHub communications manager. The city ranked second in housing affordability and third for its high school graduation rate. While other comparison categories were outside...
  • Radiocarbon Dating Can't Prove an Old Earth

    04/25/2017 10:41:08 AM PDT · by fishtank · 43 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | April 2017 | Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D.
    Radiocarbon Dating Can't Prove an Old Earth by Vernon R. Cupps, Ph.D. * Evidence for Creation Recently, I conversed with an educated man who maintained Earth must be millions of years old because radiocarbon dating proved it. Although this argument is common, it’s simply inaccurate. Even evolutionary scientists acknowledge that radiocarbon dating cannot prove ages of millions or billions of years. Why? Radiocarbon (14C) is an unstable form of carbon that spontaneously decays into nitrogen over time.1 The best instrument for detecting radiocarbon is an accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS),2 which can typically detect one radiocarbon atom per quadrillion (1015) carbon...
  • Third Man on Daily PrEP Regimen Contracts HIV

    04/25/2017 8:12:55 AM PDT · by fwdude · 15 replies
    Jezebel ^ | 2/17/17 | Rich Juzwiak
    In 2012, the FDA approved Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. An antiretroviral drug used to treat HIV (in combination with other drugs) to the point of suppressing viral loads to undetectable levels in the bloodstream of HIV-positive individuals, Truvada was discovered to be effective in preventing transmission in non-infected individuals if taken everyday. From then until last year (and in the trials that preceded its FDA approval), no known transmissions of HIV had occurred in people who were adhering to a daily PrEP regimen. Many experts warned against deeming the drug 100 percent effective in preventing HIV, but...
  • A Poorly Armed America Would Last as Long as a Candle in a Hurricane

    04/25/2017 7:26:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies ^ | 4/25/2017 | Charlie Daniels
    While Democrats and Republicans go for each other’s throats on domestic problems, the nation's defense is one thing they absolutely have to get together on and allocate whatever funds it will take to recruit the best and the brightest, and bring defensive hardware up to and past anything any other nation on the planet has in their arsenal.
  • Bill Nye Freaks Out After Scientist Schools Him On Climate Change

    04/25/2017 6:11:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 4/23/2017 | Chris White
    Comedian Bill Nye accused CNN of doing a “disservice” to its viewers for inviting a well-respected physicist on Earth Day to argue about the legitimacy of man-made global warming. Nye, who is well known for hosting a children’s TV show in the 1990s, scolded CNN’s “New Day Saturday” panel Saturday for pitting his environmentalist pedigree against the climate skepticism of physicist William Happer. He also suggested the 24-news channel should instead drown out people like Happer with 98 scientists who believe in man-made global warming. “And I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by...
  • Shots Fired at Climate Skeptic’s Office During March for Science

    04/25/2017 5:35:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 4/24/2017 | James Delingpole
    A leading skeptical scientist has reported that seven shots were fired at his workplace during the weekend’s Earth Day and March for Science events — likely as a threat and warning. Dr Roy Spencer, meteorologist and noted climate skeptic at the University of Huntsville, Alabama, reports at his website that the shots were aimed at the office of his colleague and fellow sceptic, Dr John Christy: A total of seven shots were fired into our National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) building here at UAH over the weekend. All bullets hit the 4th floor, which is where John Christy’s...
  • Trump Admin Unloads Block of 271 Sanctions on Assad Regime for Chemical Weapons Attack

    04/25/2017 5:27:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies ^ | 4/24/2017 | penny star
    The U.S. Treasury announced on Monday that it is putting into place 271 new sanctions in Syria following a chemical weapons attack on April 4 that killed dozens of people, including many children. Treasury said in a press release that the sanctions are “in response to the attack on innocent civilians in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria, by the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” calling the move one of the largest blocks of sanctions in the history of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
  • The Bundy verdict, the government, and American justice(Bundyisms)

    04/25/2017 5:18:50 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies ^ | 4/25/2017 | Leesa K. Donner
    At its core, this story is about land rights, ownership, and power. It is a long, complicated, and winding tale that began back in 1989 over a desert tortoise. Designated as an "endangered species," the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated "hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land" for conservation, as reported by The Washington Post. This did not sit well with Cliven Bundy, whose family homesteaded his ranch back in 1877 and called the move a government land grab. As well, others were upset and felt the heavy hand of the federal government on their backs. But it...
  • In Defense of Sean Hannity (debbie schlussel accuser?!)

    04/25/2017 5:09:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 4/25/2017 | Mealnie Morgan
    The left-wing media is engaged in attempted character assassination against Sean Hannity as part of their effort to try and destroy the Fox News Channel. Let me speak unequivocally to this point: I stand with Sean Hannity 100%, and these terrible, awful accusations are completely malicious, reprehensible smears by the left-wing media to try and bring down a good and decent man.
  • This May Be Venezuela’s Tiananmen Square Moment

    04/24/2017 8:27:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 21, 2017 | Ana Quintana
    Venezuela is no stranger to protests, but the recent uprisings have rocked the country and stirred questions about the nation’s future.This past week, the “mother of all protests” has seen upward of 2 million Venezuelans take to the streets demanding an end to the notoriously corrupt Maduro regime.Beginning on what would be the 207th anniversary of the country’s independence from Spain, frustrated Venezuelans have taken to the streets demanding change. So far, three Venezuelans have been killed in the marches, hundreds have been injured, and 500 have been arrested.In the span of just over 20 years, President Nicolás Maduro, his...
  • THIS Is The Smartest Kid In The World And He Thinks CERN Destroyed Our Universe…

    04/24/2017 2:12:25 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 183 replies
    Life Coach Code ^ | April 22, 2017
    We are living inside a Universe that’s so complex that if we can grasp what’s happening for a moment, we’ll fall down on our knees and cry in surrender to its marvelous beauty! Science just barely starts to scratch the surface to the nature of reality and still, its discoveries are more shocking than we were able to imagine. It proves of quantum entanglement, unified field of consciousness, free energy, superhuman abilities, singularity, parallel universes and alternate realities. All of this is so mind boggling that you would never think a kid can understand. But maybe we need a kid,...
  • Professor So Triggered by Male's Paper, She Couldn't Distinguish Him from Her Rapist

    04/24/2017 8:26:24 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 47 replies ^ | 4-24-2017 | M.J. Randolph
    There's probably a reason why this teacher wrote her article in Inside Higher Ed anonymously. She discusses how she had been teaching her class about "rape culture," because... well, what else is there to learn about at college? Anyway, she was in the middle of this series when one of her male students pushed back at her line of reasoning. He questioned the existence of "rape culture," talked about how men are sometimes raped as well, and -- worst of all -- he described feminism as "pointless." Let's first take a moment and marvel that universities aren't already wired for...
  • Remember when personal conduct did not affect your job?

    04/24/2017 6:29:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 4/24/2017 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    Back in 1998-99, many Democrats and liberals defended President Clinton. My favorite defense was that President Clinton's private behavior did not affect his job, i.e. “look at your 401-K!” and the unemployment rate was something I heard about on TV back then! I find this interesting because Bill O'Reilly’s alleged personal conduct did not affect his job either. After all, his ratings never dropped. This is why I've grown so skeptical of any public figure accused of sexual harassment, specially when we hear about them on The New York Times. Back in the summer of 1998, when many of us...
  • Prof at The Nation: CO2 'A Far More Deadly Gas' in Syria Than Assad's Chemical Weapons

    04/24/2017 6:16:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 4/23/2017 | Tom Blumer
    On the day after Earth Day's "March for Science," it seems appropriate to point to a column by University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole in The Nation, a far-far-left publication considered a credible and authoritative go-to-source by the liberal intelligentsia. On April 18, Cole, echoing statements made during their final years by Barack Obama and his administration's officials with establishment press acquiescence, nonsensically claimed that Syria's biggest problem during the past decade has been ... carbon dioxide. Hardly. According to Cole, CO2 is "a far more deadly gas" than what was used in "the gas attack in Syria on...
  • Film Review: "Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock," is Full Scaremongering Claims and No Evidence

    04/24/2017 5:57:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 4/24/2017 | Phelim McAleer
    AWAKE, a Dream from Standing Rock is a new documentary from controversial filmmaker Josh Fox. And I'm using the “truthful” definition of “controversial filmmaker”—which apparently means that the ends justify the means and lies and omissions are acceptable as long as it helps promote the cause. I first came across Josh Fox's “controversial” (read: unethical) style of filmmaking in Gasland, the film that started the international anti-fracking movement. In Gasland, Fox claimed fracking led to people being able to light their water on fire. He promoted the shocking scene of a flaming household faucet and frightened millions in the process....
  • New Orleans Starts Tearing Down Confederate Monuments, Sparking Protest

    04/24/2017 5:49:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 227 replies ^ | 4/24/2017 | unknown
    New Orleans officials removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy. The first memorial to come down was the Liberty Monument, an 1891 obelisk honoring the Crescent City White League. Workers arrived to begin removing the statue, which commemorates whites who tried to topple a biracial post-Civil War government in New Orleans, around 1:25 a.m. in an attempt to avoid disruption from supporters who want the monuments to stay, some of whom city officials said have made death threats.
  • State University Investigates White Supremacist Who Punched Social Justice Warriorette

    04/23/2017 9:16:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies ^ | 4/22/2017 | Eric Owens
    Officials at California State University, Stanislaus are investigating after video surfaced showing Nathan Damigo, a 30-year-old white supremacist student at the school, violently punching a far-left, female social justice warrior right in the face. The altercation occurred last weekend at a free speech rally in Berkeley, California — about 100 miles away — as various factions of the far-right violently squared off against various factions of the far-left (for the third time this year).