Quietly Thinking Out Loud
Just one guy thinking out loud on the issues in religion, atheism, politics & science.
We are constantly told that “everyone has a right to their opinion” and “there are two sides to every story.” Our entire news system is predicated on the notion that we need to give fair time to both sides of every situation. The problem with this type of thinking is that it leads to the…
In the previous post, I explained what we mean by “settled science” and why there often aren’t two legitimate sides to a story. Nevertheless, despite a massive scientific consensus on issues like climate change, there is still widespread disagreement among the general public. A fascinating recent survey showed just how massive the disconnect between the…
It’s hard to grapple with where the conservative movement is today without understanding Breitbart.com. The publication has long had a huge audience, but its larger influence became clear last week after Donald Trump appointed Breitbart’s longtime chair, Steve Bannon, to be his campaign’s CEO.
I believe in a relatively equal society, supported by institutions that limit extremes of wealth and poverty.
In his critically acclaimed book ‘The Conscience of a Liberal‘ Paul Krugman wrote:
In this “clear, provocative” (Boston Globe) New York Times bestseller, Paul Krugman, today’s most widely read economist, examines the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age and the 1920s to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a “new New Deal,” Krugman has created his finest book to date, a “stimulating manifesto” offering “a compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny” (Publishers Weekly).
Pity the poor farmer who saves seeds. According to anti-GMO activists, the hapless seed saver who’s simply trying to raise crops more cheaply by not paying for new seeds each year, is being oppressed by evil “Big Ag” – companies that only want to sell their hybrid and patented seeds (often, but not always, genetically modified) every year.
If your only source of information were Fox News, what would it teach you about women? If this supercut from the liberal-leaning watchdog group Media Matters for America is anything to go by, nothing good. In this six-minute video, Fox hosts and guests repeatedly belittle, insult, harass, and objectify women – including women Fox anchors themselves.
The Upshot’s elections model suggests that the Democrats are slight favorites to win the Senate, based on the latest state and national polls. From now until Election Day, we’ll update our estimates with each new poll, as well as collect the ratings of other news organizations.