It’s time for these 101 ridiculous science ‘facts’ to die

It’s time for these 101 ridiculous science ‘facts’ to die

Jennifer Welsh and Dave Mosher on TruthOut Jan. 30, 2016, 9:55 AM

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Who hasn’t shared an amazing science fact only to feel embarrassed later on, when you find out the information was wrong?No more.

It’s time to put an end to the […]

JFK Speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Assoc Meeting: April 1961

The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961

1st Nixon-Kennedy Debate, 9/26/602nd Nixon-Kennedy Debate, 10/7/603rd Nixon-Kennedy Debate, 10/13/604th Nixon-Kennedy Debate, 10/21/60Aberdeen, SD, 6/18/60AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades, D.C., 3/2/59AFL-CIO Unemployment Conference, D.C., 3/12/58AFL National Legislative Council, 2/16/54African Diplomatic Corps, D.C., 6/24/60Akron, OH, 9/27/60Albany, GA, 2/7/57Albany, […]

The Pilgrim;Chapter 33 Lyrics

The Pilgrim;Chapter 33 Lyrics from the album: “The Silver Tongued Devil and I”

by Kris Kristofferson

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See him wasted on the sidewalk in his jacket and his jeans Wearin’ yesterday’s misfortunes like a smile Once he had a future full of money, love, and dreams Which he spent like […]

Fermi’s paradox and the Gaian bottleneck


Dead Aliens Tell No Tales

29 January 2016/in Life /by Brian Koberlein

By some estimates there could be more than 100 billion potentially habitable planets in our galaxy alone. While “potentially habitable” does not mean a planet is inhabited, if life arose on even a fraction of those worlds […]

Political quote of the day – (continued)

“I can’t decipher what your comments are about, and just listening to them sapped ten points off my IQ.” –Anon.

“I don’t want to hear all this talk about dying for your country. You’re supposed to make the sons of bitches on the other side die for their country!” –Gen. George Patton

“I can’t really […]

The angry-white-man syndrome explained

The paranoid style in American politics

Excerpts from Harper’s Magazine Article – Nov. 1964 – By Richard Hofstadter

“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds. In recent years we have seen angry minds at work mainly among extreme right-wingers, who have now demonstrated in the Goldwater movement how much political leverage […]

A few reminders for step-parents

Healing the Stepfamily from the inside out.

The StepFamily Life Newsletter is our free monthly e-newsletter linking you to the latest goings on at The StepFamily Center. Subscribe to be kept up-to-date on the latest articles, meetings and events, as well as book reviews and current events affecting stepfamilies.

The 6 […]

Nobel Laureate In Economics Joseph Stiglitz: The New Geo-Economics

Last year was a memorable one for the global economy. Not only was overall performance disappointing, but profound changes – both for better and for worse – occurred in the global economic system.

Most notable was the Paris climate agreement reached last month. By itself, the agreement is far from enough to limit the increase […]

Cries for Gov. Snyder’s head appear to be based on nebulous factoids

Ex-emergency manager says he’s not to blame for Flint River water switch

Former Flint EM Darnell Earley: Water switch was local decision By Ron Fonger | – on October 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM, updated October 27, 2015 at 1:54 PM (Note: We recommend using Wikipedia for updated information on this disaster.) FLINT, MI […]

What political changes do we need?

by Richard – Jan. 22nd 2016

The U.S. Constitution spells out the process by which formal changes can be made to it via amendments, and at least two have been proposed since the last, the 27th was ratified in 1992. Many commentators have suggested specific changes that are necessary to keep the Constitution up […]

Projecting political outcome for the 2016 General Election

According to a variety of projections, data from previous elections, and existing trends it is safe to assert the 2016 General Election will feature the following:

Total voting age population: 240,000,000 Anticipated voters participating: 132,000,000 or 55% of available voting age citizens Anticipated votes by party: 48% Republican, 52% Democratic

Thus in any discussion […]

The 114th Congress Passed 115 Bills…so let’s look at them

Bills Passed by the 114th Congress Jan 20015 – Jan 2016 and enacted into law.

For a rough idea of what actually happens in Washington, a simple declining balance perspective might help in evaluating the performance of Congress. The 114th Congress considered a total of 7,993 bills. Of these 6,732 were referred to committee, […]

What you can’t say?

by Paul Graham – January 2004

Have you ever seen an old photo of yourself and been embarrassed at the way you looked? Did we actually dress like that? We did. And we had no idea how silly we looked. It’s the nature of fashion to be invisible, in the same way the […]

Too big to fail…timeline…37 down to 4

Note: Please review the above chart to see when these mergers/acquisitions got going…1998…so what happened then…see my earlier post about GLBA, and the demise of Glass-Steagall. It is also instructive to see what happened to community banks following the 2008-2009 Depression -a large percentage basically disappeared to be replaced by one of the four […]

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t

by Richard – Jan. 17th, 2016


Some people say that “Obama hasn’t done anything about XYZ” – completely ignoring the fact that we have a constitutional republic where the Legislature is charged with coming up with ‘big-picture’ legislation and controlling the flow of money into and out of the Government. The executive branch […]

The Glass-Steagall Law was destroyed by the GLBA enacted by Congress in 1999

Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Other short titles Federal Home Loan Bank System Modernization Act of 1999 Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 Prime Act Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act of 1999 Long title An Act to enhance competition in the financial services industry by providing a prudential framework for […]

Confidence men in Art & Literature

The best known example in film is the classic movie: “The Sting” with Robert Redford and Paul Newman set in 1936; but in literature a much earlier exploration of the confidence game can be read in Herman Melville’s ” The Confidence Man” written in 1857.

Two recent additions to the literature are Stephen Mihm’s […]

Do Americans have a right to bear arms?

via Quora – Dec. 2015

Stephen Lee, PhD, Modern European History, specialist in imperialism and revolutions.

There are two ways to interpret this question, beyond the metaphysical one. The first is, what do the courts have to say about it, and what was the content of the historical debate at the time of […]

Can You Spot a Liar?

Probably not. But here are some techniques grifters use, courtesy of Maria Konnikova and her new book about con artists.

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OLGA KHAZAN JAN 12, 2016 SCIENCE In November, I came across a story that made absolutely no sense to me. A 33-year-old […]

The end of the bitcoin experiment

The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment

by Mike Hearn – Jan. 14th, 2016


“I’ve spent more than 5 years being a Bitcoin developer. The software I’ve written has been used by millions of users, hundreds of developers, and the talks I’ve given have led directly to the […]