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Month: January 2018

President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union Address January 30, 2018 – Full Text

Trump State of the Union
Remarks as prepared for delivery TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than 1 year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American People — and to address their concerns, their hopes, and their drea...
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Science is about truth, not fear or convenience or policy 

Photo of cracked cement
This is an example of science that isn't very scientific. Though they laud the scientist for her one word abstract they admit that it was more of a political stunt than actual science. Once the science is explored it becomes clear that a more standard abstract was called for. "The work itself is more nuanced than a simple yes or no, though. Hough isn’t really disproving a relationship between t...
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Socialism and Democracy Murdered Venezuela and Money is Meaningless.

There is so much about Venezuela that is instructive. First and foremost is that Socialism, every time it is tried, doesn't work. The second is why Libertarians are always on about fiat currency and the Federal Reserve. Paper money, while useful, is nothing if not backed by something of actual value. As long as things move along nicely and we all agree on certain things un-backed currency does oka...
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The state takes children from parents with low IQ’s

The short of this story seems to be that the state took the children away from these parents because the parents each had IQ's that were too low. They are both high school graduates, have held jobs, and have driver licenses. "Among the reasons stated as support for the state's removal of their children were not reading to them, failing to put sunscreen on them, and providing fried chicken nuggets ...
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Trump and his s**t hole comment

Crap hole
It was reported that, during a meeting, Trump called certain countries S**T Holes. He says that he didn't say that. It wasn't recorded and wasn't on the record as far as we currently know. This is just someone who was in the meeting reporting that this comment was said. Trump wanted to know why we are so intent on importing people from these countries. If he did say that, he might be undiplomatic,...
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Sexual Harassment and the Gender Pay Gap

Female executive looking out window
In part, I take exception to the phrase, "a growing body of research" because one single study in addition to zero is "growing". So that's a meaningless phrase. They let on that they know this with phrases like, "...In one of the only studies that looks at the ..." Though it may be a growing body of research it's not much of a body to begin with. That said, the article does two things that I th...
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Is the Problem with the Jedi Manliness?

Yoda and Anikin
I recently watched the below video and made a rather lengthy comment on it. It was nice to find a place where people see Star Wars as something more than just laser swords and space cowboys. Here is the comment and the link. For me the video gets a lot right and a lot wrong and sometimes seems to just stumble upon it with the explanations not matching the conclusions even when the conclusions are ...
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