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Do Violent Video Games and Movies Cause Violence?

Grand Theft Auto
Rights don't take away morality or ethics - nor do morality and ethics take away rights. Oddly enough the long discussion we've had as a society about violence, video games, drugs and pornography is a fertile setting for understanding how we can live in a rights based society and still find it okay to "protect" others from bad moral decisions. I've heard of the movie "Faces of Death". It's a ...
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Creator of World Wide Web Has a New Plan

Facebook Knows You
Tim Berners-Lee is worried about how tightly the Internet is controlled and wants to do something about it. “The intent is world domination,” Berners-Lee says with a wry smile. The British-born scientist is known for his dry sense of humor. But in this case, he is not joking." In our modern world, he's right. Cyber-wars could devastate a nation but leave every building standing. As time has gon...
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Kids Given Assignment, Parents Mad – Should they Be?

Who to take thumbnail
Depending on the age group, the class, and how this was presented I don't really have a problem with this assignment. In this case it was a middle school. If it were the older kids, getting ready to go into high school this kind of critical thinking could be good for them. The one issue I really have with the assignment is that it doesn't provide enough information. For example one of the people ...
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Sarah Jeong & James Gunn: Guilty or Innocent?

I am sure by now you have heard of Sarah Jeong but more than likely you never knew she existed just a short time ago. She's a journalist hired by the New York Times and she's under fire for racist tweets. The New York Times isn't going to fire her though because she says the tweets do not express her actual beliefs but were sent in response to real racial tweets, sort of a fight fire with fire kin...
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Is it sexism to use only male mice in your experiment?

"The search for a dementia cure is leaving millions of women behind because research into the condition focuses on men, say campaigners." How are they doing that? By using only male mice in the experiments. The article doesn't say why that is so I hit Google for some possible answers. It seems that there are quite a few differences between the sexes in mice that can actually impact the outcomes. ...
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James Gunn Gets Fired for His Sexual Orientation?

I remember my first NAMBLA meeting. It was the first time I felt ok being who I am.
Director James Gunn has been fired from Guardians of the Galaxy III for some tweets he made about 10 years ago, a few a little sooner. They were dug up by a conservative group who released them as a means to expose the hypocrisy of Hollywood. Then the Internet got involved and dug up many more. We've talked a few times about the "MeToo" movement and this seems like part of it. My general take on...
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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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