Quietly Thinking Out Loud
Just one guy thinking out loud on the issues in religion, atheism, politics & science.
The political events of the last 15 months have ruined my confidence in my own ability to predict how the electorate will react to events. So here are a few pieces of evidence, aside from my own impressions from watching, that Clinton got the best of Trump at Monday’s debate.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton go head-to-head Monday night in the first presidential debate. NPR’s politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are underlined in yellow, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are facing off in the first presidential debate tonight, hitting familiar notes on the economy. Clinton repeated criticized Trump’s economic plan, calling it “trumped up, trickle down economics” while Trump criticized U.S. trade policies and represented Clinton as holding up the status quo.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has unleashed a torrent of falsehoods during his campaign, spanning a wide range of issues. His disregard for the facts is again on display during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, and journalists and media outlets are calling him out on Twitter: Trump On Ford Leaving The U.S.
A few times the GOP presidential candidate struggled with the truth.
Half an hour into the first presidential debate, it appeared that N.B.C. News anchor Lester Holt, who is moderating the debate, isn’t planning to call out false statements made by either candidate. In fact, he wasn’t saying much at all, letting Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton exchange verbal jabs for minutes-long stretches at a time.
FACT CHECK: US manufacturing output has risen by 50% since NAFTA was signed in 1994.
US manufacturing output has risen by 50 percent since NAFTA was signed in 1994.
And he kept going from there.
Professor Peter Wadhams says peers are failing in their duty through timidity, and warns China is planning huge land grabs as warming hits crop production China is protecting itself against future food supply problems caused by climate change by buying or leasing large tracts of land in Africa and South America, a leading UK climate scientist says.
This is one of the reasons I dismiss religion and religions that see man (i.e. homo sapiens) as god’s special creation and focus.
As I’ve written elsewhere before,…Francis Crick the great molecular biologist, physicist, and neuroscientist who was one of the co-discoverers of the structure of the DNA molecule wrote in his book Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature :
“To me it is remarkable that this astonishing discovery, the vastness and emptiness of space, has not attracted the imaginative attention of poets and religious thinkers. People are happy to contemplate the limitless powers of God––a doubtful proposition at best––but quite unwilling to meditate creatively on the size of this extraordinary universe in which, through no virtue of their own, they find themselves.”
Science shows that most of today’s “traditional Chinese medicine” is simple quackery. But another consequence of the global “traditional medicine” industry that has not been as widely discussed is the enormous destructive effect it has had on some of the most endangered species on the planet.
Why did the U.S. Senate unwittingly endorse 1950s Chinese Communist Party propaganda? In case you missed it, Oct. 7-13 was designated Naturopathic Medicine Week, according to a Senate resolution sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski and passed by the Senate with unanimous consent.
I spend a lot of time debating people on the internet, and, unsurprisingly, I frequently encounter people who make outlandish claims without providing any evidence to support those claims. In such situations, I typically ask them to present their sources, at which point they usually respond indignantly with something along the lines of, “just Google…
“Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, / As, to be hated, needs but to be seen,” the poet Alexander Pope wrote, in lines that were once, as they said back in the day, imprinted on the mind of every schoolboy.