I don’t know why I gave even a wry chuckle at this. There is no reason, no logic, no sense in what the republicans proclaim.

If you truly despise big government, then what are you taking money for?

http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/archive/575.jpg

I’m not sure about this. It’s not that I always face reality. I have been known, probably far too frequently, to willfully ignore (as best I can) things that I don’t want to think about. I wonder if anyone truly can live in total reality.

I suspect all of us make our own accommodations. A rough analogy: if I have $100 to give, and gave to every cause I value, each would get a fraction of a cent. So I have to choose between needs.

Similarly, I have a day, and I have things to do and to think about. I have to choose which are done and which are left. And if there are things I cannot do anything about, but that worry or frighten, or even things that interest me, I still have to ration my time.

And, to be honest, there are things I don’t want to think about because they are so horrible.

A crucial distinction: this is not the same thing as denying them. I face facts, I just don’t always want to think about them. They are there, they are real, but I do not focus on them.

Even more crucial: I never try to force others to live in my willfully ignorant interpretation of reality.  I wish politicians would have that integrity. However much they have to pick and choose what to address in the real world, facing reality and respecting the diverse world of reality would be better for everyone than imposing their fantasies on others.

I wonder, how do you choose what will occupy your mind and what is set aside?

 

http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/archive/568.jpg

 

Gotta love it.

Wish people could figure out belief has nothing to do with it. Facts, people. They are not beliefs.

Hypocrisy Reigns

June 24, 2011

This speaks for itself.

Moral values. Yeah, right. (click to enlarge)

http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/archive/550.jpg

I wish this didn’t seem probable. After all, they’ve already declared global warming false – in defiance of all evidence. Jokes about them repealing the law of gravity may yet come true.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ian-squires/republicans-introduce-leg_b_837828.html?ref=fb&src=sp

I found /  this video / entertaining and informative. I know far more about carbon than I used to.

I’ve read research about this before. People automatically disbelieve someone they perceive as their ‘opposition’. As /  this article / mentions, the trick is finding a perceived ‘like me’ person for an argument that’s already polarized.

On the topic of research, how did /  this / ever get published? Maths prove that spirituality and science both come from space? What?

And now /  an illusion /. Even after they show how it’s done, I couldn’t make my eyes see it.

Hubris

March 17, 2011

The king ruled the land and all who dwelt in it. As he walked the golden sands at the edge of his realm, he saw the ocean was creeping ever closer. “You cannot have my land,” he shouted. “I am ruler here. What I say is law. Even the beasts of the fields and the birds of the air must bow to my judgment. Cease your motion. Come no nearer.”

The king stood in fury and might. He had ordained that nature should follow his decree.

And nature… Did Not.

The king got wet feet.

The republicans sat in the house and decreed “There is no global warming. Nature herself must bow to our decree.”

And the republicans, and all who dwelt under their arrogant, stupid rule…

Got hot.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/03/15/next-up-for-congress-repeal-the-law-of-gravity/

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2011/03/17/u-s-public-on-global-warming-been-there-done-that-no-big-issue/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/mar/17/deadly-heatwaves-europe?CMP=twt_fd

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I occasionally just have to read comments on blogs. Probably not a good idea. But I have learned wondrous things this evening.

Apparently the Japanese will suddenly realize they are living in a tectonically dangerous place. No suggestions as to why it has taken them this long to figure it out, but now that they know, they’ll begin a mass migration. Every man, woman, and child; with cats, dogs, sheep, probably cockroaches, too; will flee their homeland and invade other countries.

This will, of course, trigger wars. Which will trigger global war. But, thank god, after all this, the US will still be on top.

It may be that they will leave because for some unknown reason, every single nuclear plant in Japan is going to melt down in the next few days. Of course, if that happened, there wouldn’t be many people alive to flee, but hey – we obviously aren’t going to let facts get in the way of our right to ideas, are we?

(oops – did I say ideas? I meant insane, ignorant fantasies)

And we all know the earthquake, like the one in Haiti, was caused by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program  (HAARP). Those naughty little cusses. They’ve been shooting those lethal beams all over the place.

They are also causing global warming. Not sure why, but darn them, they really ought to stop playing about with them gol-dern fancy machines of theirs.

My personal theory (idiocy) is that the meteorologists have gotten fed up with being mocked for their less than stellar predictions of rain or shine, and this is their revenge.

Oh dear oh dear.

But after all, what does any of this matter, since the world is going to end in 2012 – if not this May.

This is what ignorance, agnotologic and personal; and disinformational use of the internet does to people.  Ooo! I know fancy words. That must make me an expert, right?

Funny – yes. Tragic – beyond words. We have to discriminate between reasonable uncertainty and irrational mind-games. But without any systematic instruction in critical thinking, statistics, probability – let alone any understanding of science and its methodologies, well, this is what the fundamentalists and extreme republicans, and teaparty-ists want. Much easier to manipulate people who fall for any idiocy, isn’t it? Just send out a hare and they all run barking after it while you get on with dismantling freedoms, laws for equality and environment, and any semblance of fair taxation.

Oh dear. I’ve gone serious. Time to stop before I scream. Or cry.

Just for the record – meteorologists, aka the weathermen – or women do a very good job. There is a clear sliding scale of accuracy as you extend out from the present, and you have to factor in all sorts of variables. Weather is fascinating – both in how we experience it, and in the over arching interplay of all the systems involved in its formation. And we all know that weather is NOT the same as climate, right?

Not ‘Destroy those who disagree with me’.

Not ‘My way is the right way’.

No. These church leaders have put human condition ahead of religious affiliation. I have the greatest respect for any leader, any person who puts humanity ahead of personal bias. I only wish our religious vendetta – terrorists had half this genuine ‘christian’ love for their fellow humans.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2011/mar/09/church-leaders-pray-for-victims-of-cuts

Follow up: This statement issued by Muslim leaders in the UK:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/10/freedom-of-speech-for-muslims?CMP=twt_fd

Religion is contentious, but it needn’t be, if its public face is as these. Support, honor, respect – and religion is not forced on anyone. anywhere. At any time.

Cherish the minds and ideas that make us human. Cherish our creativity and our visions. Do not lock them into narrow cells of hate and ignorance.

Had a wonderful lunch today with my sister. Even sampled a few local brews (Oregon for good beer, folks. So they tell me. I’m not a beer drinker)

This question came up: why do people vote for and actively seek politicians who want to cut funding for eduction, welfare, heath care? I can’t figure it out. Surely self-interest would make a poor person in a low-level job with no benefits want healthcare, right?

Came home, and through a serendipitous series of links discovered /  this article / . Wow.

No – not an answer to a prayer 🙂 . This is a perfect example of a statistically probable coincidence.  I was predisposed to follow the links. Statistics should be required at all grade levels. But I digress. Sorry. Bad habit.

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