In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

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And here’s Victoria Jackson, waving frantically at Trump’s crazymobile to pick her up.

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And here’s Victoria Jackson, waving frantically at Trump’s crazymobile to pick her up.

10 Reasons I’m Voting Obama

-climate change is not a hoax.
-women should make their own moral decisions regarding their bodies.
-gay is not a choice but discrimination is.
-I believe separation of church and state is the ONLY guarantee of religious liberty.
-I’d prefer not getting into another ground war in the middle east.
-economies grow from the middle out, not the top down, consumers are the job creators.
-oil is a finite resource under rapidly growing demand and our future depends on getting off of it, sooner than later.
-I want investment in education and infrastructure.
-there is ZERO discernible difference between George W Bush and Mitt Romney, except maybe their vocabularies.
-most attacks on Obama are based in demented conspiracy theories or a completely willful misunderstanding of words like “socialism”.

-bonus: I’d like every racist in the country to be bummed out on Wednesday.

Dear Young Conservative,

…if you agree that women should have control over their own bodies and gay people should be able to marry, yet you begrudgingly accept that your party must appeal to people who virulently despise the notion of reproductive freedom and gay marriage in order to get them to vote for their economic policies, that is condescending nihilism, pure and simple, and I don’t understand how you walk around with that leaden hypocrisy in your chest all day.

I wonder how history will view people who readily accepted that devil’s bargain, using closed-mindedness as a wedge to force people to accept their own poverty in the name of someone else’s profit…

Marijuana’s Recreational, Medical Use On The Ballot In Six States.

VOTE! This is our time to force a change in the drug war discussion! If you live in Colorado, Oregon, or Washington I implore you to get out and vote and make sure your friends do too! 

This is real change, act on it! It’s not just about letting pot heads be pot heads. This is about a system of mass incarceration, police militarization and social casting. A rare occasion to reduce government power while improving it’s fiscal health at the same time as it would save/earn states billions.
Marijuana’s Recreational, Medical Use On The Ballot In Six States.

VOTE! This is our time to force a change in the drug war discussion! If you live in Colorado, Oregon, or Washington I implore you to get out and vote and make sure your friends do too!

This is real change, act on it! It’s not just about letting pot heads be pot heads. This is about a system of mass incarceration, police militarization and social casting. A rare occasion to reduce government power while improving it’s fiscal health at the same time as it would save/earn states billions.

My prediction for Tuesday: Obama will win with 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 235

My prediction for Tuesday: Obama will win with 303 electoral votes to Romney’s 235

There’s a fundamental difference between the lunatic fringe elements on the Left and Right. On the Left they run websites and on the Right, they run congress.

I think it would do us well to remember that for the first 200 years, the motto of the United States was ‘E Pluribus Unum’.

Which incidentally is the exact opposite sentiment of the new motto, ‘In God We Trust’. We went from ‘out of many, one' to 'out of one, many’.

David Attenborough Has Had It With Romney and Obama's Dithering on Climate Change

Speaking a few days after the final presidential debate, in which the candidates (and moderator) once again ignored the issue entirely, Attenborough told The Guardian, "[It] does worry me that most powerful nation in the world… denies what the rest of us can see very clearly. I don’t know what you do about that. It’s easier to deny."

The beloved 86-year-old British naturalist hypothesized that some U.S. politicians prefer to question the science on climate change because acknowledging the problem could mean having to spend a lot of money to deal with it. So instead they say, “‘Don’t worry about that, we’re not going to increase your taxes.’”

Attenborough, who has hosted such acclaimed nature documentaries as The Life of Mammals, Planet Earth, and the superior (sorry, Oprah) U.K. version of Life, was asked what he thought it would take for Americans to wake up to the issue. His response:

"Disaster. It’s a terrible thing to say, isn’t it? Even disaster doesn’t do it. There have been disasters in North America, with hurricanes and floods, yet still people deny and say ‘oh, it has nothing to do with climate change.’ It visibly has got [something] to do with climate change."

He speculated that the America’s pioneer mythology might be clouding its vision, noting that his fellow Brits had grown up instead with “a mythology of black industry and wrecking the countryside.”

His long-term prescription: Get global population growth under control “by giving women the rights to control their own bodies and control how many children they have. In every circumstance where women have that right, where they have the vote, where they are proper medical facilities, where they are literate, where they are given the choice, the birth rate falls. … That is a good start, if it could be spread.”