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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.

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.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain
Mark Twain

Strange…a God who could make good children as easily as bad,
yet preferred to make bad ones;
who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short;
mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness
multiplied seventy times seven and invented Hell;
who mouths morals to other people and has none himself;
who frowns upon crimes yet commits them all;
who created man without invitation,
then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man,
instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself;
and finally with altogether divine obtuseness,
invites this poor, abused slave to worship him!
— Mark Twain

But He Loves You

I miss George Carlin. Nobody could tell it like it was  better than he.

Carlin could be vulgar, but this short video is entirely clean. It’s one more example of how a vulgar funny man can still be funny without being vulgar. But even more than that, it’s one more example how somebody like him or Bill Maher can just state the obvious and make it hilarious.

A cousin of mine recently sent me this. (Thanks, Johnny.) Watch as George once again demolishes our favorite adult fairy tale.

First Santa Clause; now Him.

Here’s Harvey.

Golden retriever mix Otis in survival mode, carrying a bag of dog food in Corpus Christi after Hurricane Harvey
Golden retriever mix Otis in survival mode, carrying a bag of dog food in Corpus Christi after Hurricane Harvey

Otis, a golden retriever mix, was apparently in survival mode yesterday morning in Corpus Christi, after hurricane Harvey tore through the city, when he was seen carrying a large bag of dog food down the street.

“Must be a Texas dog, cause he can survive without help,” one commenter wrote. I’m not sure who the commenter was, but he must not have been a Texan. Even in Texas, the home of the Lone Ranger, this is not the lesson to be learned. Texans do what we can for ourselves, as Otis is doing; but we also help each other, as plenty of other Texans are doing.

The La Quinta Inn in Victoria, for example, sheltered about 70 people plus a collection of dogs, cats, and at least one rabbit Saturday afternoon, after the storm hit the city with winds of over 100 mph. That’s what Texans really do. Even the Lone Ranger had to depend on Tonto sometimes.

It’s not over yet by any means. “It’s going to last four to five days,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who urged drivers to stay off the road. “This is Day One.” That was yesterday.

Take care of yourself, and remember to help somebody. And don’t forget the animals.

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666 Users? Significant?

2017-08-25 666 Users. Significant? Nah. Probably not.
2017-08-25 666 Users. Significant? Nah. Probably not.

Am I really seeing that number right? 666 subscribers? I think so.

What does it mean? Nothing, of course. It’s just an interesting number for superstitious reasons, which means nothing here. I’m not even sure it’s accurate, but it’s what the system tells me. So add your email address to receive each new post in your email account, as 666 other people have already chosen to do.

Wrong for 5,500 years? And wrong about that!

Anthony Scaramucci - Trump’s New Communications Chief Anti-Science Climate Change Denier
Anthony Scaramucci – Trump’s New Communications Chief Anti-Science Climate Change Denier

Anthony Scaramucci, Pres. Trump’s new appointee for White House communications director, is the very epitome of ignorance. He claims civilization on earth is only 5500 years old. It is far older. I don’t know for sure where this number came from, but I assume it came from the approximate 6000 year figure calculated by students of the Bible, based on adding up all the “begats” in the Old Testament. This implies a religious reason for his willful ignorance.

He thinks science cannot be trusted because, “People have gotten things wrong throughout the 5500 year history of our planet.” And because of “overwhelming scientific consensus that the earth was flat and that we were at the center of the world.” Even assuming he meant to say universe, instead of world, this is still amazing Ignorance. It was never scientists who claimed the earth was flat and that it was the center of the universe. It was religion. It was the Church. More specifically, it was the Papacy. Remember Galileo?

Scaramucci repeatedly questioned anthropogenic — man made — climate change with the excuse, “I honestly don’t know. I’m not a scientist.” He claims to have no idea whether or not climate change Is real. This is possibly the most important question we face about the long-term future of our planet. (Assuming we don’t blow ourselves up or succumb to chemicals or biological weapons.) For the President’s spokesman not to have  even an opinion — much less genuine knowledge of the truth — about climate change is inexcusable!

More than 97% of scientists polled recently said anthropogenic climate change is real. If we limit our poll to scientists actually involved in studying climate, the number climbs to way over 99%. There is no longer any serious question among scientists that anthropogenic climate change is both real and deadly serious. The argument is among laymen who do not understand the science. For the President spokesman to say, “I don’t know. I’m not a scientist,” is embarrassing. Scientists are still studying the details, but they agree that climate change is real. Everybody on earth should know that.

Pres. Trump recently named Scaramucci to be the White House communications director. It is obsurd that the greatest country in the world — the most powerful scientific force on earth — should have such an ignorant man In such a high office for communication. From this position, he’ll undoubtedly spread his ignorance to the world.

In the short video below alone, he makes several incorrect statements and Indicates his disdain for science.

There were several other mistakes In the video. For example, interviewer Chris Cuomo said “science” one time when he evidently meant to say “climate.” Scaramucci referred to somebody — presumably Pres. Trump — as the President-elect. These were obviously slips of the tongue, not indications of ignorance. But when did we start governing our country from from the Trump Tower?

This grossly ignorant man wants the names of those who worked on global warming at the Department of Energy, and refuses to say why, claiming “it’s about intellectual curiosity.” Well, I agree he seems pretty curious, But I wouldn’t want him knowing anything about me. I wouldn’t feel safe.

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Aiden: Future Zoologist

This young man’s name is Aiden. I don’t know anything else about him except the very little I was able to glean from Yotube and Go Fund Me. I just found the video on Youtube a few hours ago.

According to his Go  Fund Me page, his older sister is accepting contributions for his college fund. I cannot vouch for this. I have no  idea whether or not it is legitimate. For what it’s worth, here’s the text from there.

Aiden has a passion for animals and nature and dreams of being a zoologist in the future. I noticed all the support and love he’s getting from the video, so I decided to start a college fund for him early so that he can be set in the future and choose from whatever college he dreams of attending! This is a college fund for Aiden being raised by his older sister, donors are those he has inspired with his nature videos on YouTube and Twitter.

It mentions Miramar, Florida,  so I assume that’s where he lives.

Aiden’s knowledge of backyard wildlife is phenomenal, as well as his language skills and vocabulary and the ease with which he shows us the things most of us always missed in our own backyards.

He wants to be a zoologist. He might be the Richard Dawkins of his generation. In fact, now that I think of it. Dawkins says he wasn’t even unusually Interested in nature until he was in college, so this young man has a big head start on him.

With George Bush’s awesome sounding No Child Left Behind Program, we’ve spent so many resources trying to educate kids that will wear diapers all their lives and never learn to read–kids who perhaps should indeed have been left behind–that we have little left for  kids like Aiden. Our public school system can’t even begin to meet their educational needs. (And now our President and his Education Secretary want to gut the system instead of improving it. But that’s another story for another day.)

I hope, for the future of humanity, that Aiden is able to get the education he needs. It is young people like him who will build our tomorrows.

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