One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Thought that I would reblog this. It is sad that those in government have reached this low level. Yet, voters could demand better.

Downriver Activism & Empathy

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(AP) “House Minority Leader pictured standing, far right, speaks while colleagues play solitaire Monday night as the House convened to vote on a new budget. The guy sitting in the row in front of these two….he’s on Facebook, and the guy behind Hennessy is checking out the baseball scores. These are the folks that couldn’t get the budget out by Oct. 1,  and are about to control your health care, cap and  trade, and the  list goes on and on.
          
Should  we buy them larger screen computers – or  –a ticket  home, permanently? 

This  is one of their 
3-DAY WORK WEEKS that we all pay for (salary is about $179,000 per year).”   We can stop this waste of money and time, but to do so, we have to take the time to voice our opinions…

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Why Bad Science Is Like Bad Religion

Some good insights in this short piece from another blog.

God does not believe in atheists

Angry funny guy reproaching somebody

In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings. My concern here is with the bigger picture.

I have been a scientist for more than 40 years, having studied at Cambridge and Harvard. I researched and taught at Cambridge University, was a research fellow of the Royal Society, and have more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals. I am strongly pro-science. But I am more and more convinced that the spirit of free inquiry is being repressed within the scientific community by fear-based conformity. Institutional science is being crippled by dogmas and taboos. Increasingly expensive research is yielding diminishing returns.

Bad religion is arrogant, self-righteous, dogmatic and intolerant. And so is bad science. But unlike religious fundamentalists, scientific fundamentalists do not realize that their opinions are based on faith. They think they know the truth. They believe that science has already solved the…

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When God is Absent—Power is God

Here is a thought provoking post from another blog.

God does not believe in atheists

oppression11So long as the Self is temporal in space and time, nothing preceding birth, nothing beyond the grave, it follows quite necessarily that the perpetuation of the best possible state of being is the only end worthy of pursuit in an otherwise brief and brutish existence. And this ultimate purpose consists, unequivocally, of a fourfold pursuit:

1. To prolong existence
2. To maximize pleasure;
3. To minimize pain; and finally
4. To ensure by any means necessary that nothing may compromise the pursuit.

It is only too easy to see why the pursuit of power is logically inexorable to this purpose. Power is, by definition, the means by which one’s interests are secured, which applies as much to the Self as it does to the State. And if Ultimate Power does not reside in the Kingdom of Heaven, it falls upon the Self to claim it on Earth, which is…

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