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From the New Scientist: “Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth”

May 25, 2010 by  
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From the New Scientist: “Living in denial: Why sensible people reject the truth”

There was a very interesting article on Denialism in the New Scientist that dissects the mindset and psychological underpinnings that motivate people, despite evidence to the contrary, to reject certain truths grounded in hard facts and real evidence. “HEARD the latest? The swine flu pandemic was a hoax: scientists, governments and the World... [Read more]

Tea Partier Prayed for Sen. Byrd’s Death (Video)

December 23, 2009 by  
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Tea Partier Prayed for Sen. Byrd’s Death (Video)

Think Progress recently documented a distraught tea partier that called into CSPAN. Apparently, he and some of the members of his local tea party chapter prayed for the death of Senator Byrd in order to thwart the passage of the Senate version of the health care bill. His bemoanment over Byrd’s survival was only magnified by the additional insult... [Read more]

Economics Seen Through The Right-Wing Kaleidoscope

December 2, 2009 by  
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Economics Seen Through The Right-Wing Kaleidoscope

We have seen this played out over and over again. As soon as Liberals take majorities in the Legislative Branch and control the Executive; the Conservative Movement, like an octopus stalking its pray, camouflages itself as the exemplar of fiscal responsibility and political incorruptibility. While squids feed upon hapless shell-fish, the conservative,... [Read more]

Global Warming and the Distortions of Inhofe and Climategate

November 29, 2009 by  
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Global Warming and the Distortions of Inhofe and Climategate

Currently, the World consumes at least 84 million barrels of oil daily with the U.S. contributing to a quarter of that consumption. In 2006, the World burned 6,743,786,000 short tons of coal and that is expected to increase 48% to 9.98 billion short tons by 2030.[11] These are extremely large numbers and, if current consumption rates continue and World... [Read more]

Bruce Handy & Sam Tanenhaus: The Death of Conservatism (Video)

November 29, 2009 by  
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Bruce Handy & Sam Tanenhaus: The Death of Conservatism (Video)

“Bruce Handy, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, is a senior articles editor and writer at Vanity Fair.  Sam Tanenhaus – Sam Tanenhaus is the editor of both The New York Times Book Review and the “Week in Review” section of the Times.From 1999 to 2004 he was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where... [Read more]

Conservative Corporatism, the Health Care Debate, and Who Serves the People?

November 22, 2009 by  
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Conservative Corporatism, the Health Care Debate, and Who Serves the People?

Alan Grayson on CNN offered a poignantly inflammatory description of the Republican plan for health care. The Orlando congressman claims they want people who don’t have health care coverage to die quickly. A pretty rich statement.  While the use of such language may seem crass and uncivil, it does ignite controversy and shifts the debate in a... [Read more]

Right-Wing Punditry’s Disturbing Obsession with Rape

November 22, 2009 by  
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Right-Wing Punditry’s Disturbing Obsession with Rape

Look, any rational person knows that right-wing pundits have serious flaws and gaps in the arguments they make. They rather play to emotion, use provocative language and  often resort to ad-homonym attacks. By themselves, they are the hallmark of somebody who lacks  the facts and evidence to support their claims. As a point of self-admission, we... [Read more]

Rep. Alan Grayson (D): pwnage

September 26, 2009 by  
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Rep. Alan Grayson (D): pwnage

Here is democratic representative Alan Grayson making the case for the audit of the federal reserve concerning the handling of public money bestowed to private finacial firms. I do not see this is as another case against a broken government (as some conservative spin doctors might suggest). Rather, I see it as an exemplar of the way our politicians... [Read more]