Help Get Pruitt Out

Polluted EPA

Pruitt is head of the  Environmental Protection Administration. He is not a scientist and has fired most of the scientists that were in the department. He denies that climate change is a problem, and has said in the past that he wants to abolish the EPA.

Pruitt needs to be OUT before he does even more damage.

FFRF Is 40 Years Old

FFRF 40th Birthday Ad
FFRF’s Full-Page 40th Birthday Ad in the New York Times

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been fighting for 40 years to  keep religion and government separate throughout the United States, and no other organization is nearly as effective. You can join and help support their work for just $40.00 a year. $25.00, if you’re a student. You’ll get a subscription to their great, information-packed newspaper.

Tell them I sent you.*

*It won’t earn me any money, but tell them anyway.

My Two Favorite Books

Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-born American cognitive scientist, psychologist, linguist, and popular science author. He is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind. This guy is a genuine big-brained hominid, one of the smartest people you’ll ever know, and he writes to convince his readers that our world is getting steadily better, century after century. And he proves it with facts!

Changes can be either good or bad. However, contrary to popular opinion, cultural changes around the world tend, on average, to be good, in the sense that they bring greater happiness, freedom, health, and prosperity to more ad more people.

His two latest books are possibly the two most important books I have ever read.:

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
  • Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

Pinker shows that all down through history, for the past several thousand years, the world has been slowly  getting safer from violence of all kinds including muggings, rape, murder, and war, freer from disease, poverty, and superstition, more prosperous, better fed, and happier. These are real cultural changes that usually happen so slowly that most of us are not even aware of them. But our lives are much better now than they were back in the “good old days” when you might have had to get your appendix cut out by candlelight at 3 AM. With no anesthetic.

I recommend you read both books.

She’s the Secretary of Whaaat?!

Betsy DeVos never attended a public school.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a “world-class Christian college” that offers a courageous and comprehensive Christ-centered education.”  It doesn’t mention anything that would qualify her for this position, for which surely a Ph.D. and a few courses in education should be helpful.

She has four grown children of her own.

In 2001, she listed education reform as a means to “advance God’s Kingdom.” Secretary of Education is not a religious title. If it were, it would be unconstitutional, and using it for the purpose of advancing God’s kingdom is strictly illegal.

Her nomination as Secretary of Education and confirmation by a 51-50 vote on February 7, 2017, was generally criticized by teachers’ unions. It was the first time in history that a vice president broke the tie in the Senate to confirm a cabinet member.

Detroit Free Press editor Stephen Henderson claimed DeVos isn’t an educator or an education leader.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, called DeVos “the most ideological, anti-public education nominee” since the position became a cabinet position.

The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Michigan Democratic Party opposed DeVos’s nomination.

As Secretary of Education, she admitted she did not know how schools in her home state of Michigan were doing (Not well at all!) until told by an interviewer.

In March 2016, Betsy DeVos described Donald Trump as an “interloper” and said that he “does not represent the Republican Party.” At least, she got that right. Donald Trump represents nothing but himself.

She wants the government to pay for church schools.

But she’s a multi-billionaire and President Trump likes her!

 

Parts of this post are taken from Wikipedia.