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Why Dr. Oz’s astrology tweet was so disappointing – Vox

Why Dr. Oz’s astrology tweet was so disappointing

We’re used to Dr. Oz broadcasting outrageous, pseudoscientific ideas on his hugely popular daytime TV show, The Dr. Oz Show . The cardiac surgeon has for years devoted large amounts of airtime to peddling all sorts of suspect detoxes, diets, and other health misinformation. (He does sometimes offer good health information too.)

Opinion | Are Republicans Covering for Trump, or for Themselves? – The New York Times

Opinion | Are Republicans Covering for Trump, or for Themselves?

If the N.R.A. was compromised by Russia, the whole party’s in trouble. Of all the interlocking mysteries of the Trump-Russia scandal, one that I’ve found particularly perplexing is the utter servility of congressional Republicans before a president many of them hate and believe to be compromised by a foreign power.

Why I Don’t Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either | Forbes

I fully appreciate the contribution that the organic movement made in the early 20th century when it highlighted the importance of fostering soil health. My problems with institutional organic are not at all about its founding ideals or about organic farmers, but rather about organic’s self-imposed limitations and about the ethics of a sub-set of its promoters.

Why I Don’t Buy Organic, And Why You Might Not Want To Either

By all rights I should be an enthusiastic advocate of organic. I grew up helping my beloved grandfather in his organic garden in the 1960s. Some of our best friends in the late 1970s were pioneers in the development of the commercial organic industry.

Inflation hits 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American – Chicago Tribune

Inflation hits 6-year high, wiping out wage gains for the average American

Prices rose at their highest clip since 2012 over the past year, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The 2.9 percent inflation for the 12-month period ending in June is a sign of a growing economy, but it’s also a painful development for workers, whose tepid wage gains have failed to keep pace with the rising prices.

Donald Trump promised American workers that his massive tax giveaway to the rich and large corporations would likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise. He was lying. According to a recent report, since Trump signed his tax plan into law, wage growth for full-time private sector workers has gone down, not up, by 0.9 percent. Over this time period, manufacturing workers experienced the biggest reduction in wages down 5 percent, followed by a 4.7 percent reduction in pay for construction workers, 3.4 percent for restaurant workers and 0.7 percent for retail workers.

The Trump tax plan was never meant to help the middle class. It was always designed to reward billionaire campaign contributors. Our job: Repeal the Trump tax breaks for the rich and powerful and use this revenue to rebuild the disappearing middle class.

The Trump tax cuts still aren’t helping regular folks

Seven months after they went into effect, the Trump tax cuts are sharply boosting corporate earnings. Ordinary Americans are still waiting. A quarterly wage index administered by Payscale, the compensation-analytics firm, found that income actually fell by 0.9% from the first quarter to the second quarter of this year.

What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987? | NYMag Jonathan Chait

What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?

On June 14, 2016, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its research on Donald Trump. A political world already numbed by Trump’s astonishing rise barely took notice. News reports quoted experts who suggested the Russians merely wanted more information about Trump to inform their foreign-policy dealings.

Republicans & Conservatives who are critical of the Republican Party under Tump or have in some cases “walked away”.

David Frum – is a Canadian-American political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush and currently a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine as well as an MSNBC contributor. In 2018, Frum has been critical of Donald Trump and has stated that he voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. On May 15, 2017, he called on Trump to resign. Frum published Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, about the dangers posed by the Trump presidency to American democracy.

David Jolly once served as the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 13th congressional district from 2014 to 2017

Mike Murphy is a Republican political consultant who at times advised Republicans including John McCain, Jeb Bush, John Engler, Tommy Thompson, Spencer Abraham, Christie Whitman, Lamar Alexander, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Murphy is a vocal Republican critic of current U.S. President Donald Trump.

Steve Schmidt – is an American communications and public affairs strategist best known for strategic roles on Republican political campaigns including those of George W. Bush, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and U.S. Senator John McCain. In June 2018, Schmidt renounced the Republican Party as “fully the party of Trump.”

Jennifer Rubin – is an American journalist who writes the “Right Turn” blog for The Washington Post. Rubin has been one of the most vocal conservative-leaning writers to frequently criticize the Presidency of Donald Trump, as well as the overall behavior of the Republican Party during Trump’s term in office. (Twitter)

Elise Jordan – (on Twitter) Was was a speechwriter for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a campaign advisor to Rand Paul campaign. She is now a political analyst for MSNBC and contributor for Time magazine. In her January 15th 2018 Time magazine op-ed ms. Jordan wrote:

“I am a Republican in the era of Donald Trump, and I am emotionally depleted by the constant cruelty of the President of the United States. I’ve told myself repeatedly that I am done being shocked by a degenerate of such magnitude that I wouldn’t want to invite him to a family gathering for fear of what he might say in front of my mother…[link]

Bruce Bartlett – is an American historian whose area of expertise is supply-side economics. He served as a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and as a Treasury official under George H. W. Bush. He is a well known Trump critic on FaceBook and Twitter and has said famously that: “Trump is clearly the most incompetent president we’ve ever had” and “The Republican Party needs to die,”

David Evan McMullin is a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations officer who ran as an independent during the 2016 United States presidential election. McMullin served as a chief policy director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives and a senior adviser on national security issues for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. McMullin received support in his election bid from some members of the “Never Trump” movement and has emerged as a vocal critic of the Trump Administration. (on Twitter)

Rick Wilson – Rick Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant based in Florida who has produced televised political commercials for governors, U.S. Senate candidates, super PACs, and corporations…Wilson became well known during the 2016 United States presidential election for his denunciations of Donald Trump and supporters of Trump. (Twitter)

George Will 

Richard Haas

Jeff Flake

John McCain

Bret Stephens

More to come….

The Republican Platform Of 1956

For more on that 1956 Republican platform…

Republican Platform of 1956

Republican Platform of 1956 by Dave Speck How much has the political landscape changed in the past 50 years? You would be horrified if you knew it was going to change that much in the next 50 years.What if I was to inform you that the health plan that Nixon proposed is very similar to Obama’s, yet hardly a single Republican voted for it.

Eisenhower and Nixon 1956 Acceptance Speeches

President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon accept their nominations to be the 1956 Republican candidates for president and vice president

1956 Republican Convention Retrospective

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Prager – the Left, Right and Wrong – YouTube

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Dennis Prager demonizes the left, showing how little he understands about science, politics or religion. No wonder he’s a creationist. Here are a number of quizzes to help you figure out where you are on the political compass. The most in-depth is this one.

You can and should increase that depth wherever you can expand or extend it. That will make your results much more precise. There are also similar quizzes here:

Although this last one has the compass literally upside-down and backwards: They have Authoritarianism on bottom and the left is shown on the right. Don’t ask me why. None of these however will tell you whether you’re a Democrat or Republican. For that, I guess you’ll just have to decide which one you think represents whatever you want to get furthest away from or don’t want to be associated with.

Here is the link to my classroom supplement video on abiogenesis.


Here are the referenced videos where I deal with Dennis Prager. The Damn Commandments


Theism is Not Rational


So who is this guy Aron Ra?

There is nothing wrong with MSG. It’s the Umami, the fifth taste. Nothing wrong with it at all and there never has been.

MSG myth – debunked with real science

Food additives are one of the most passionate issues amongst people who eat (which would be everyone). Aspartame. High fructose corn syrup. GMO ‘s. Salt. Sugar. Trans fats. Polysorbate 80. But the MSG myth is one of the most pervasive. Of course, these additives cause angst in people because of their scary chemical names.

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