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Scientists Celebrate Century of Ice Age Fossils Unearthed in La Brea Tar Pits

Why are apes more genetically diverse than we are? — More ancestors?

New Titan Photos Showcase Lakes and Salt-Flats — Home by the sea.

What the Pollen Says — Death by climate change. See, even history is contributing its “facts” and “data” to the liberal hoax that is climate change.

10 Failed Climate Change Denial Arguments — Given the current overwhelming preponderance of evidence, no one comes to climate change denial based on the merits of the position. It always starts as an ideological stance in search of justification. (See the BEST project, which was the last stand of putatively evidence-based denialism, and wound up with completely the opposite conclusion even after a hostile review of the data.) As such, climate change denialism has all the credibility of evolution denialism, without even the dubious imprimatur of faith to cloak its intellectual bankruptcy. Much like evolution denialism, the only reason we are even having this discussion as a society at all is in service of the short term political interests of a failing minority party that somehow still dominates the media cycle. It’s ridiculous.

Few Problems With Cannabis for CaliforniaCalifornia’s 17-year experience as the first state to legalize medical marijuana offers surprising lessons, experts say. Warnings voiced against partial legalization — of civic disorder, increased lawlessness and a drastic rise in other drug use — have proved unfounded. Conservative hysteria on every major social issue of our time has proven unfounded over and over and over. Yet there’s never any accountability in Your Liberal Media or in the minds of voters. The fear-based, scarcity-driven conservative mindset simply rushes on to the next set of sky-is-falling lies and hysteria.

America’s Secret 4th Branch of Government: The NSA kept even Obama in the Dark — This is Osama bin Laden’s true victory over America: the year’s long, trillion-dollar panic over terrorism while we knowingly gave away our civil rights wholesale in exchange for nothing much at all.

Public support for GOP continues to collapseBy a nearly four-to-one margin, Americans believe GOP lawmakers in Congress aren’t concerned with the nation’s best interests. That’s just astounding. Well, duh. They’re Republicans. They’ve always placed short term political self-interest over the national interest. When your answer to every problem is either “round up the usual Muslims” or “tax cuts”, you’re not serious about fixing anything except your donors’ bank balances. Especially given the utter failure of supply side economics to succeed in any way, shape or form over the past thirty years — recognizing that little issue would require evidence-based thinking, which is impossible for modern conservatives. Glad to see the general public is finally waking up to what’s been obvious to some of us for decades.

?otD: Is this just another manic Monday?


10/28/2013
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 6.5 hours (fitful)
Body movement:30 minute stationary bike ride
Weight: 238.4
Number of FEMA troops on my block forcing children to learn critical thinking skills: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)

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