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Life Begins at Conception and Roe vs Wade

Life Magazine
With the retirement of Justice Kennedy from the Supreme Court of the United States of America the left has gone into a panic mode over who the choice might be. If Trump picks a conservative - they say fearfully - he might choose someone who will overturn Roe vs Wade. That is the case that suddenly made abortion legal all across the country. Because the people never had a chance to vote on the issu...
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mind-body problem

Transgenderbread man
You are a trim and healthy 19-year-old girl. You have good friends, do well in college courses you've just started, you have a job that pays the bills. But for some reason when you look in the mirror all you see is a chubby body and that makes any success you have vanish and you are miserable. If only you were thinner you would be happy. You are an 84-year-old man. When you see a young and beau...
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The Evolution of Flight – From Dinosaurs to Birds

Feathered Raptor
It is now thought that all of the theropods had feathers. This video tanks an interesting view on how dinosaurs evolved into birds with the focus on explaining how a useless, basically half wing possessed by theropods, evolved into a full will capable of flight. The two prevailing theories are: One, dinosaurs climbed trees and glided down eventually developing flight. Two, dinosaurs ran faster ...
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Words Mean Things & Always Define Your Terms

No man can slay him
The term "FAKE NEWS" is a hard term for many people due to the way we use the word "fake". We often confuse it for being the opposite of genuine or real. For example I have some fossils and some replica fossils. I will show them off and sometimes someone will ask, "Is that real?" What they mean is "is that genuine". Of course it's "real", you're holding it aren't you? But fake doesn't mean not r...
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This Country isn’t the Problem – You Are

We use the term mental illness in several ways. There is the clinical way and then there is the common everyday way. The latter is where we all know something isn't quite right with a person's thinking but they seem to otherwise function in society. Sometimes that term is used in a very legitimate way and others it is used to define a difference of opinion. It's common to say that leftists have a...
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Do you like to kiss? If you don’t – would you know why not?

Kissing Couple
When it comes to the author's opinion in this article my point of view is something I will admit right up front is entirely speculative. Not unfounded mind you, it's based on experience. But I can't say if that experience applies here or not. First off is the author's point that kissing is overrated. As I read my opinion of the author's opinion became "It isn't that kissing is overrated, it's just...
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Climate Change: 2 Million Years of Rain

Noah's Ark during the flood with people dying
This is an interesting video on ancient climate and the changes it has undergone. It tells of a climatic scenario I actually hadn't heard about before. At one point the earth was a very dry place. Animals were lower to the ground as that is where their food was. What caused the dryness? In this case one of the main factors was the fact the earth had a single super continent. Depending on the coast...
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Humans need stories and stories make us human

Ancient story tellers
I don't believe this only applies to fiction. I think it applies to stories of all kinds when told a certain way. When I read John Adams by David McCullough I had an emotion reaction even though it was not a fictional account. The Monuments Men is another example of this. It's not fiction, it story. It is making that connection that is important. That's why I include a library section on this blog...
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A new plastic eating bacteria teaches us that life will find a way

Pile of Plastic Garbage
Technology can do and has done some amazing things. Just a few days ago we talked about some kids to created a way to turn Styrofoam into activated carbon. We have discovered bacteria that consume oil. There are also bacteria that consume plastics. "In a report published in the journal Science, a team of Japanese researchers described a species of bacteria that can break the molecular bonds of ...
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Gun Control is About Destroying Males

Soldiers on a Boat looking really manly.
As I read the below linked article it made me think about the gun control issue. Why is there a "gun culture" and why are so many so dead set against gun control? We often say it is the Second Amendment but this article makes me think it might be something much deeper. Something the left has been fighting hard to destroy - masculinity or what they call "toxic masculinity". It talks about the very ...
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Don’t Kill People With Down Syndrome

A little girl with down syndrome
I've brought this subject up a few times before, the subject of people with Down Syndrome being aborted out of existence. I don't know if you have ever gotten to know people with Down Syndrome or not. I have been fortunate to. In some places when a child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb the mother aborts the child. Why she does that will likely differ from woman to woman. Some do not wi...
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Guns and the Mentally Ill: What do we do?

Florida Shooter
So, I realized I need to be consistent in my criticisms. I often say that those who call for "common sense gun laws" never give any specifics. I've made my specifics clear on what I think should be done in the short term - remove gun free school zones and allow teachers to carry concealed weapons. I personally think that what we have is a mental health crisis but what are the specifics of fixin...
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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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Regeneration of the entire human epidermis!

Genes
This is just incredible. This poor child had a rare disease that causes the skin to become weak and grow sores that are very painful. Doctors were able to use genetic therapy to basically give him a new skin. It won't be long before there is a cure for most things that ail us. Our teeth won't rot, our eyes won't dim, and our minds will stay sharp until the end of our very long lives. "The you...
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It’s Time to Take the Gaia Hypothesis Seriously

Gaia
Can a planet be alive? That's the question the author of the below article is asking. The answer is no. If it were alive then it wouldn't be a planet. It would be an organism rather than a planet which simply hosts organisms. The below linked article talks about a hypothesis, known as Gaia, which basically does posit that the earth is an organism. This hypothesis has been around for a while now an...
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