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?

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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?

 

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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)

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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

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