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Evangelical Christian Climate Scientist Interviewed on Christian Broadcasting Network. Ruckus Ensues.


Via Climate Crock of the Week:

Evangelical Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe was interviewed, along with her Pastor husband on a popular Christian broadcasting news program.  The comment storm is ongoing…

CBN News:

WASHINGTON — Climate change is one of the most contentious issues of our time. Many conservative Christians don’t agree that humans help cause it or that people can affect the Earth’s warming or cooling.

They might be surprised to find, however, that two of the more respected believers in climate change are evangelical Christians with conservative leanings.

Pastor Andrew Farley leads Ecclesia: Church Without Religion in Lubbock, Texas, and heads up Network 220, a national association of counseling, discipleship, and training ministries.

His wife, associate professor Katharine Hayhoe, is a climate scientist that in 2014 TIME magazine named one of the most influential people in the world.

26,500 Points of Proof

And that influence is growing with audiences both religious and secular because Hayhoe’s job adds weight to her contention there’s overwhelming evidence of climate change.

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When the President Goes to Prison

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Andrew Cohen writes at the Brennan Center for Justice:

When President Barack Obama goes to Oklahoma Thursday and enters the medium-security federal prison FCI-El Reno he will be entering the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Prisons, part of the Justice Department, a bureaucratic fiefdom that is nearly as sprawling as the Department of Defense and in many ways as secret and unaccountable to the public and lawmakers as the CIA or the NSA. This even though 168,139 men and women (not counting 40,000 or so prisoners held in federal custody in private prisons) are incarcerated daily in a system staffed by approximately 40,000 federal employees.

When he walks through the doors of the prison, on his way to his inevitable photo opportunity with corrections officers and nonviolent drug offenders, the President will be entering the domain of officials in Washington who for decades have sanctioned the widespread use of solitary confinement, the systemic abuse and neglect of mentally ill prisoners, and deplorable shortages of properly trained corrections staff and medical professionals, to name just three of the systemic problems identified in recent reviews of the Bureau of Prisons.

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The Dangers of Religious Primitivism

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his entourage arrive to greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

King Salman of Saudi Arabia and his entourage arrive to greet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Lawrence Davidson writes at Consortiumnews:

Prior to the Eighteenth Century – that is prior to the Enlightenment – if you had asked a literate Westerner when he or she thought the most ideal of human societies did or would exist, most of them would have located that society in the past.

The religious majority might have placed it in the biblical age of Solomon or the early Christian communities of the First Century after Christ. Both would have been considered divinely inspired times.

Now, come forward a hundred years, say to the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, and ask the same question. You would notice that the answer was beginning to change.

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10 of the Most Deceptive Scientific Frauds

Galileo

Josh Epstein writes at OMNI Reboot:

Charges of cheating, corner cutting, and deception are not new. Many great scientists, including Galileo, Mendel, Newton, and Dalton, have fudged or concocted data to make their theories more compelling or to demolish the arguments of their rivals. But on the whole, science used to resemble the priesthood; individuals were called to the profession, which operated on the honor system. Scientists were, says one Congressional aide, “the white-coated guardians of truth searching after the grail of knowledge.” Researchers chafed at outside intrusions and insisted their self-correcting system of internal checks was enough to catch any miscreants. Research has proved that the following 10 facts were based on scientific frauds.

10. Galileo

Galileo or Gali-liar? Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) is considered the founder of the modern scientific method. But he wrote about experiments that were so difficult to reproduce that many doubt he actually conducted them.
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Anarcho-“Capitalism” is Impossible

Flag used by the Swedish AnarkoKapitalistisk Front.

Flag used by the Swedish AnarkoKapitalistisk Front.

Anna Morgenstern writes at the Center for a Stateless Society:

Many anarchists of various stripes have made the claim that anarcho-capitalists aren’t really anarchists because anarchism entails anti-capitalism. I happen to think this is actually backwards. If they genuinely wish to eliminate the state, they are anarchists, but they aren’t really capitalists, no matter how much they want to claim they are.

People calling themselves “anarcho-capitalists” usually want to define “capitalism” as the same thing as a free market, and “socialism” as state intervention against such. But what then is a free market? If you mean simply all voluntary transactions that occur without state interference, then it’s a circular and redundant definition.  In that case, all anarchists are “anarcho-capitalists”, even the most die-hard anarcho-syndicalist.

Defining capitalism as a system of private property is equally problematic, because where would you draw the line between private and public?

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Is There a Human Right to Kill?

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tai chang hsien (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Nicola Perugini and Neve Gordon write at CounterPunch:

On a cool spring day in May 2012, the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) met in McCormick Place, Chicago. The 28 heads of state comprising the military alliance had come to the Windy City to discuss the withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan, among other strategic matters. Nearly a decade before, in August 2003, NATO had assumed control of the International Security Assistance Force, a coalition of more than 30 countries that had sent soldiers to occupy the most troubled regions in Afghanistan. Not long before the Chicago summit, President Barack Obama had publicly declared that the United States would begin pulling out its troops from Afghanistan and that a complete withdrawal would be achieved by 2014. NATO was therefore set to decide on the details of a potential exit strategy.

A few days before the summit, placards appeared in bus stops around downtown Chicago urging NATO not to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.

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“Brain Study Confirms Gender Stereotypes”: How Science Communication Can Fuel Modern Sexism

Figure from the PNAS study mentioned below. br/> Representative regions of the brain that have a higher PC at a significance level of P  males) are listed in Table 3. These tests revealed that although multiple regions have higher PCs in females, the cerebellum has a higher PC in males. L, left; R, right.

Figure from the PNAS study mentioned below.

Cliodhna O’Connor writes at LSE’s Impact Blog:

“Brain Study Confirms Gender Stereotypes”, “Why Men Are Better at Map Reading”, “Women Wired to Multitask”, “Women Crap at Parking” – such were the headlines that hailed the publication of a recent neuroscience study, which claimed to reveal marked differences between the brains of men and women. This study, published in late 2013 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), applied a brain imaging technique called Diffusion Tensor Imaging to model the neural connectivity of the brains of 949 young people. Statistical analysis suggested that males showed greater neural connectivity within each brain hemisphere, while female brains demonstrated greater connectivity across hemispheres. Here, apparently, was scientific proof of the fundamentally dichotomous nature of human gender. A storm of media attention ensued.

In many respects, the PNAS paper is emblematic of a renewed interest in neuroscience research on sexual dimorphism – that is, research examining how men’s and women’s brains differ in structure and function.

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Tom Cruise Weighs Family Against Scientology

Tom Cruise at San Diego Comic Con 2013. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC BY 2.0)

Tom Cruise at San Diego Comic Con 2013. Photo: Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Esther Kim writes at OMNI Reboot:

The world must be ending because Tom Cruise is reportedly leaving the Church of Scientology. Multiple news outlets have been saying that Cruise is poised to leave the organization after three decades in order to salvage his relationship with youngest daughter Suri. Cruise stated in 2013 that his wife Katie Holmes divorced him in order to save their daughter from Scientology and Hollywood Life reports that he has not seen the 9-year-old since then. For this reason, Cruise might be getting ready to leave the church even though it might have major consequences for him. If you leave the Church of Scientology, you are no longer allowed to contact any members and this might be a problem since Cruise’s older children are still members.

Scientology has long been criticized as a brainwashing cult but it has attracted the likes of actors, musicians, and artists such as John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, Beck, Laura Prepon, Juliette Lewis, and Sonny Bono.
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Rape Culture…or Rape DNA?

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Jim Goad writes at Taki’s Magazine:

The April edition of International Journal of Epidemiology contains an article called “Sexual offending runs in families: A 37-year nationwide study.” A summary of the article runs as follows:

Close relatives of men convicted of sexual offenses commit similar offenses themselves more frequently than comparison subjects. This is due to genetic factors rather than shared family environment….

The study scrutinized the records of all 20,000+ convicted sex offenders in Sweden from 1973-2009. It concluded that compared to males in the general population, brothers of convicted sex offenders are roughly five times more likely to also commit sex crimes. Sons of convicted sex offenders are about four times as likely to follow in daddy’s skeevy footsteps. Researchers reportedly teased out variables such as family environment to reach their conclusions. For example, half-brothers raised under the same roof proved far less likely to both be sexual predators than full blood brothers raised under the same roof.

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