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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.

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.

9-11-2001

9-11On September 11, 2001, I watched with the rest of the world as our nation was attacked and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center came down. Only I watched from my mother’s hospital room.

She had had back surgery earlier that morning, and was under the influence of so much medicine that I’m not sure she knew what was going on. The noise from the TV bothered her, but my siblings and I could not turn it off. We had to learn what was happening to our nation.

Almost 3000 people died that day In the worst single attack on American soil since World War II. We must always be ready to defend ourselves from aggressors and make certain that such a thing never happens again.

Rick Perry and Al Franken on Cimate Change


I think this short video demonstrates the current situation in climate science better than anything else I’ve seen: “Get the politicians out of the room and let the scientists (do their jobs).” At least, I think that’s what Rick Perry was trying to say.  Good idea, Rick.  But it’s already been done. As Al Franken says, “That’s what scientists do all the time.”

Anthropocentric climate change is real. Climate scientists agree on it almost hundred percent. The only question now is, what are we going to do about it? And that’s the truth.

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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