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Just one guy thinking out loud on the issues in religion, atheism, politics & science.

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats – POLITICO Magazine

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

Memo: From Nick Hanauer To: My Fellow Zillionaires You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries-from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in my 20s to giant ones like, for which I was the first nonfamily investor.

On The Healing Properties of Crystals…

There aren’t any…

via David McAffee on Facebook


Crystals really don’t do shit. Except for dilithium crystals. They can power starships across the universe. I learned this watching Stat Trek. No really, I was joshing ya’,…crystals really don’t do shit.

crystal power – The Skeptic’s Dictionary –

feeling of protection. This, and their aesthetic qualities, seem to be the only virtues of crystal jewelry.

(From the Skeptic article on crystals the emphasis is mine…)

….For centuries, crystals and other gems have been desired for their alleged magical healing and mystical paranormal powers. This belief continues today among occultists and New Age healers, even though it is based on nothing more than testimonials, the placebo effect, selective thinking, wishful thinking, subjective validation, sympathetic magic, and communal reinforcement. There is no scientific evidence that crystals are conduits of magical energies useful for healing and protection, or for telling the future.

We can dismiss the pre-scientific belief in the magical powers of crystals and gemstones as due to the lack of scientific  knowledge. Modern occultists, however, distort and falsify scientific knowledge in order to promote belief in their crystal products. According to the purveyors of this crystalline pseudoscience, crystals channel good “energy” and ward off bad “energy.” They carry “vibrations” that resonate with healing “frequencies,” work with the chakras and help balance yin and yang. Crystals allegedly affect the emotions and can be used not only for physical healing, but for emotional problems as well. Crystals can not only help with emotional healing, but with self-expression, creativity, meditation, and the immune system. None of these claims is backed by any scientific evidence.

Crystal Healing: Magical Cure or Just a Rock?

The news Scientists may have shattered one of the fundamental beliefs of the New Age movement: that dangling a crystal around the neck raises personal energy levels and uplifts the spirit. A study has shown that the sensations reported by believers in crystals – such as tingling, warmth and feelings of well-being – come instead…


Can You Trust Trump’s Approval Rating Polls? | FiveThirtyEight

Can You Trust Polling In The Age Of Trump?

For perhaps the first time since last November’s election, polls are making headlines again. Surveys from CNN, Gallup, ABC News and The Washington Post, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal and Quinnipiac University all have Donald Trump with net-negative numbers on handling his presidential transition and duties as president-elect.

The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump The Election Is In Plain Sight | The Huffington Post

The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump the Election Has Been Revealed

This post is hosted on the Huffington Post’s Contributor platform. Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you need to flag this entry as abusive, send us an email. Information presently public and available confirms that Erik Prince, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump conspired to intimidate FBI Director James Comey into interfering in, and thus directly affecting, the 2016 presidential election.

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