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Going to make you hear me

Feeling: Determined


I'm heading to Washington D.C. tonight to be part of the Million Woman March protesting the inauguration of an admitted sex-offender president.

In the Wall Street Journal there is a nitpicking of Edward Snowden where the author claims that Snowden took many secret military documents from the NSA unrelated to surveillance. I'm fine with that--do you expect a whistleblower to hang around for months painstakingly teasing out proof of unconstitutional surveillance?--this had to be a smash and grab job. The author explains just how dangerous it would be for these documents to fall into the wrong hands. First of all, how poor is security at the NSA when a junior-level employee has access to millions of secret documents and can just walk out the door with them? Second, if the NSA wasn't lying to Americans, they wouldn't be in this mess. The author critiques Snowden's information of the events that happened while fleeing the US government. I'm fine with that--if you were afraid an unscrupulous government agency was trying to make you disappear, do you really think you'd know when your passport was revoked? And would you simply give up when they did? Finally, the author claims Snowden lied that he didn't give any secret documents to the Russians, but he fails to offer any hard evidence. The best he can manage is testimony from two Russian "insiders," who apparently are just as bad at keeping secrets as the NSA. Bottom line, while I fear for the damage caused to our nation's security, it was the corrupt and unethical practices of NSA that is ultimately responsible.

Indiana Republicans are trying to pass a law that gives police the legal right to kill protesters.

Aron Ra finishes up his critiques of the so-called Irrefutable Proof of God with parts 17, 18, and 19.

Finally! Someone made a robot that will serve you beer.

Religious barbarians continue to destroy their own history.

Kiss your class good-bye

Feeling: Determined


Well, this should squelch those rumors about me being gay, a Time Line of Musicals.

Before it was an estimate, but now it's official, 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded. The Chinese are really good at making hoaxes. Do you know what the hottest year ever recorded was before 2016? 2015. The hottest year ever recorded before that? 2014! Climate scientists are trying to capture as much data as possible before Trump shuts them all down.

How Bitcoin works and why Luigi is the richest man in the Mushroom Kingdom.

White men help teach us what MLK Day is all about, like preacher Franklin Graham who re-purposes an MLK quote about racism to say American Christians should fight their horrible persecution, and Rob Schneider, who already knows more about vaccinations than a doctor, now he knows more about civil rights than a civil rights hero.

Just a reminder, Flint, Michigan is on its 1,000th day with water poisoned by Republican politicians.

What's the deal with Spain's border, and what is the hottest thing ever?

It's a bit late, but Adam Ruins Everything did a pretty good election lecture.

Kiss education good-bye

Feeling: Determined

  • Betsy DeVos's hearings were just as bad as expected. It was moderated by Republican Lamar Alexander who purposely held the meeting before the investigating ethics committee could find all of DeVos's conflict of interests and only let people question DeVos for five minutes before cutting them off. When asked if she would work to cut funding to public schools and privatize them, her non-answer indicates that she will. She advocated for guns in school because students need to protect themselves from grizzly bears. When reminded of her millions of dollars of donations to Christian hate groups that torture gay people to turn them straight, she explained that she embraces equality in people, "no matter their age." Tim Kaine kept asking her a simple question about whether she believed that same standards should apply to public and private schools, and she just kept chanting, "I support accountability." Elizabeth Warren grilled DeVos about her knowledge of higher education, especially the handling and distribution of all of money used in government loans and grants, and for every question, DeVos answered that she had no experience whatsoever. But probably the most infuriating comment came from Joe Lieberman who said DeVos's most important qualification is that she doesn't know anything about the politics of public education. Of course, there are billions of people in the world who similarly don't know anything about the public school system, but unlike DeVos, they didn't give Trump $2,700,000.
  • An accurate portrayal of Trump's sham of a press conference.
  • The repeal of the Affordable Care Act will leave millions of Americans without insurance and cost more for those who still have it.
  • With every intelligence agency in the US in agreement that Russia hacked America, probably to help Trump get elected, there is one lone voice arguing that it is Obama who is trying to negate Trump's legitimacy. That lone voice is from dictator Vlaimir Putin. Well, him, and the Republicans who think Mexican TV stars endorsing Clinton was just as bad as Russians hacking US government computers.
  • Trump lies that it is only reporters who care about the tax returns he promised to released but hasn't, when in fact, it's 74% of all Americans.
  • While they're in control, Republicans plan on destroying any law that keeps American clean or beautiful. Next on the chopping block, the Endangered Species Act.

I would totally follow youth pastor Nick Thune.

Despite the Arab Spring, Egypt is still a dangerous place if you're not a Muslim.

Epic Rap Battles between Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, Wonder Woman and Stevie Wonder, and Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd.

Tomorrow there'll be more of us

Feeling: Determined

  • Republican ethics solution: when the ethics board points out all your ethics violations, don't eliminate the violations, eliminate the ethics board.
  • Trump's pick to head the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos, has a goal. To use the American public school system to promote her ideal of Christianity, a Dutch Calvinist Reformed ideal. As she explained at a Christian meeting, "Our desire is to confront the culture in ways that will continue to advance God's Kingdom."
  • Just before introducing legislation that would increase the Zimmer Biomet corporation stock dramatically, Republican Tom Price bough several thousands of dollars worth of stock in the company. Rather than be punished for this shady practice, Price is now Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Republicans claim to be tough on crime and like chanting "blue lives matter," but it's a Republican billionaire family who is cutting the retirement of Michigan police officers.

Thanks in part to the Obama administration and groups like Planned Parenthood, abortion has fallen to it's lowest level since Roe v. Wade. However, with the changing of the guard, we should expect to see more abortions as Trump and his cronies work to dismantle women's reproductive rights and affordable access to birth control.

As the rate of rape increases, New York Police Captain Peter Rose explains that, unlike being raped by a total stranger, most women are raped while on a date or by an acquaintance, so he's not too worried about the increase.

Do you think a Conservative would be okay if their tax dollars were used to repair a mosque? No? So why are they fine using everyone else's tax dollars to repair a church?

Alex Dainis gives a 2017 check-in, how to stack 24 dimensional spheres, detecting antimatter light, a thermal camera over a Bunsen burner, and a beautiful map of physics.

Coal is a very dirty and (hopefully) dying form of energy production, but as long as politicians are more concerned with their bank account than their children, they will continue trying to outlaw green energy production.

This country is going down a series of tubes

Feeling: Frustrated

  • Our president-elect likens US government intelligence to the Nazis while at the same time praising a Russian dictator. Now Israel is afraid to share military information with the US because they fear Trump will share it with Russia. With tensions this high, now is probably not a good time for C-SPAN to accidentally replace a Russia-critical speech with Russian state-controlled television. And speaking of Russia, they just decriminalized beating your wife. Expecting Trump's praise in 3... 2... 1...
  • NATO is a military alliance between 28 nations (most of Europe and North America) which not only helps member countries maintain peaceful relations, but also prevents violent nations like Russia and North Korea from invading their neighbors. NATO was instrumental in preventing North Korea from conquering South Korea, they kept the USSR at bay during the Cold War, and, more recently, have been protecting nations against ISIS and Russia. Part of what makes NATO such a powerful force is the agreement that, if you invade any NATO nation, all NATO nations will come after you. Naturally, NATO is instrumental in keeping a peaceful world, so, naturally, Donald Trump opposes it. He also opposes the European Union and is expected to purposely make poor trade deals with the UK in order to help them out now that they left the EU.
  • How does Trump celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? By insulting one of MLK's right-hand men, John Lewis, a Civil Rights leader, by saying he's "All talk... no action or results." Meanwhile, a Mississippi city is changing MLK Day to Great Americans Day so they can also honor Confederate General Robert E. Lee. You can bet these are the same racists who tell Democrats to get over their loss for the presidency.
  • Some Americans do get universal health care paid in full by the US taxpayer. These are the same people are in the process of eliminating health care for everyone else in the country. Why would they take the only health care option available away from 23 million Americans? Because they stand to personally make millions doing so. Most Americans want to keep the Affordable Care Act, and protests are occurring all over the country and you can see why by reading this Reddit of people who are expected to lose their coverage without any chance of getting any more.
  • The Trump administration is a bunch of dishonest bullies and cannot be trusted. Now they're threatening the ethics committee in charge of keeping them honest, exactly they type of behavior you expect from corrupt politicians.
  • Before Trump chose Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education, a woman with no experience in education whatsoever, she belonged to a Conservative Religious organization called the Acton Institute which in an article called, "Bring Back Child Labor," extols the virtues of eliminating protective child labor laws and minimum wages so children can honor God with labor.
  • Sure, when Trump brags that he grabs women by the pussy, it's not big deal, but when Republican Christopher von Keyserling does it, he gets arrested for sexual assault!
  • Trump and his picks are racist, incompetent, and corrupt. Really, really corrupt.

Another victory for the Constitution as a giant Christian cross is removed from public land.

The Oliver Twins are famous British game programmers, but not to the level of Shigeru Miyamoto. Either way, they both had to design their first games in assembly.

David and Collet Stephan, who don't believe in medicine refused to treat their one-year-old son's meningitis (a disease he never would have acquired had he been vaccinated), even after being warned by a medical professional, and instead tried curing him with fruit juice and maple syrup. As expected, their homemade concoction didn't work, and their son died a painful death. The couple was found guilty of negligence, with a maximum of five years, but the father was only given four months in jail and the mother three months of house arrest. So, what did they learn from their child's death? That they should be spokespeople and tell other parents about the wonderful health benefits of all-natural medicine!

Skiing Ostriches aren't real, and YouTube algorithms aren't out to get you. Although, this one might be.

You always hear Christians talking about the importance of religious freedom, but to them "freedom" means being able to force other people to abide by their Christian restrictions. Case in point, Mike Dunn is trying to stop everyone from learning about LGBT families because, even though they're not Catholic, he is. Interestingly, while the number of religious people in America who have come out as LGBT has remained stagnant for the past five years, the number has increased among the non-religious, probably because, despite Christians assuring everyone that they love gay people, it is the non-religious who are actually compassionate toward them.

A black man wearing a hooded sweatshirt was seen using what appeared to be a metal bar on a car which prompted someone to report him to the police as a suspected carjacker. The man, Lawrence Crosby, was pulled over and, with his hands over his head, several police officers pointed their guns at him, violently tackled him to the ground, and beat him while he was down. There was just one tiny problem, Crosby was driving his own car, and the bar he had was just a piece of his car's molding that Crosby was fixing. While the police were holding his face to the pavement, Crosby tried explaining to the police that he had the registration of ownership. When the cops finally realized how bad it was going to look when it came out that they had just arrested and beaten an unarmed innocent black man while he was heading to Northwestern University for his graduate engineering classes, they decided they needed to devise some phony charges quick to make him look guilty. They hauled him in for disobeying an officer and resisting arrest, but he was eventually acquitted. Unfortunately for police, but fortunately for law-abiding citizens everywhere, the video of the police brutality has been made public. The Evanston Police Department assures us that the abuse was done in compliance with police procedure.


Feeling: Angry

  • Trump's press conference was a train wreck. In addition to not taking any important questions, his showcased plans of moving his business into a blind trust turned out to be unmarked folders containing blank pages.
  • In addition to being a racist, Trump's pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, continues to believe that only religious people can be truthful, and that only evil people smoke marijuana. This man is awful.
  • Less than a decade ago, it was perfectly legal for medical insurance companies to deny coverage to people who were sick. They could also accept your monthly payments for years until you became sick, and drop your coverage once you started needing it. These vile tactics were practiced by most companies, but the Affordable Care Act put a stop to them. When Republicans repeal Obamacare, they're not just going to take away the insurance of 23 million people who rely on it, they're going to eliminate these benefits and many others from everyone, whether you use Obamacare or not. The repeal is also expected to eliminate about 3 million jobs. No wonder why most Americans want to keep the ACA.
  • There are millions of Native Americans who could be hired to lead the Senate's Indian Affairs Committee, but instead, Trump picked John Hoeven, a Republican who opposes the Standing Rock protest of the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • As Trump continues to praise Putin, NATO forces are deploying tanks to prevent him from invading Europe. Meanwhile, Trump continues to claim he has never had any dealings with Russia, but he has, for the past 30 years.
  • Trump is surrounding himself with Christians who preach the importance of being wealthy, just like Jesus.
  • Trump probably couldn't have picked a worse cabinet if he tried. He chose people who are actively trying to ruin the organization they will now lead. Despite this fact, even they think Trump's ideas are too crazy to be followed.
  • Trump continues to be a sore winner saying Clinton is, "guilty as hell," even though there is no evidence against her.
  • The problem with Trump uses the "people are saying" tactic (that is, saying any unsubstantiated claim and citing "people" as evidence), it will get used against you.
  • Obama didn't do a very good job when it came to dealing with immigrants, and Trump plans to make it worse.
  • Trump is using his government position to advertise for the companies that backed him and attack those that fought him.

Bo Bice is a racist whiny brat, and Fox "News" is racist.

What it's like for a Muslim woman to de-convert.

An elementary school in Utah is now home to an After School Satan club.

If you're going to be judged based on your moral behavior, you'll probably want an atheist on the bench.

Republican Bill Sanderson is so insecure about his religion that he feels obligated to force everyone in his state to pretend to believe it too.

The Thinking Atheist's 300th podcast.


Feeling: Angry

  • During his press conference, Donald Trump refused to take any questions from CNN calling them "fake news" because they reported on a report which shows deep ties with Russian crime bosses. Actually, while less reputable outlets reported the details of the report, CNN did not because they haven't been substantiated. Even Fox News agreed that CNN followed journalistic standards. So, to punish CNN for good journalism, Trump took a softball question from the white-supremacist website, Breitbart.
  • Trump's pick for Attorney General, known racist Jeff Sessions, has claimed to work on as many as 30 civil rights cases, but when pressed for evidence, he can only find three with his name on them. Upon further investigation, all he did was sign his name, he wasn't involved in the slightest. Also, for the first time since 1986, you can read the letter written by Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., which pointed out his racism and contributed to Sessions not being allowed to become a federal judge.
  • Trump claims that, by handing his businesses over to his children, he's avoiding a conflict of interest, but the ethics panel disagrees. And for good reason, the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution, though vaguely worded, was specifically written to protect the nation from people like Trump.
  • I'm glad to hear that the Tennessee woman Republicans tried to imprison for giving herself an abortion is set free, but in Trump's America, this sort of this is going to happen a lot more.
  • Even without a plan in place, Republicans have taken the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Trump's pick for Secretary of State, former CEO of ExxonMobil Rex Tillerson, he does not believe the scientific consensus that humans are causing global climate change.
  • Obama's totally real farewell speech.

No taxpayer money is used to pay for abortion at Planned Parenthood. In fact, abortion only accounts for 3% of what the organization does. The vast majority of Planned Parenthood includes teaching women about their reproductive organs, giving them pregnancy and STD tests, performing medical health examinations, and selling women affordable birth control. Despite these truths, Republicans have been trying to defund Planned Parenthood for decades.

If you believe Conservative pundits, American Christians are constantly under attack and in need of protection, but when the Christian non-profit group Open Doors ranked countries based on their level of Christian persecution, they discovered that the USA isn't even in the top 50!

Is the United States a country? It depends on how you define "country."

Mississippi has a law requiring public schools to lead their students in a morning loyalty prayer, but that isn't enough for the state's Republicans who are demanding that they do it at the beginning of the school day, or be fined $1,500. Once again, Republicans show that they are the party of forced nationalism, not small government.

Why do we shorten the name Richard to Dick?

Stupidity at home and abroad

Feeling: Angry

  • Now that Trump is under the microscope of the press, more information is coming out about his shady business practices, and evidence for some rather shocking deals are coming to light. Was one of his six bankruptcies settled by a Russian crime syndicate? The document in question hasn't been verified, but it would certainly explain his constant praise for their dictator. The FBI also spoke with Trump about compromising personal and financial documents held by the Russians and collected by British intelligence.
  • Senator Cory Booker Making sure Trump's pick of known-racist Jeff Sessions doesn't go unopposed. And these protesters are forcing Sessions to remember just how racist he is.
  • Trump is anti-science and an anti-vaxxer, so naturally he picked another anti-vaxxer to lead a commission on vaccine safety.
  • Despite lying about wanting to eliminate debt, the hypocritical Republicans are trying to raise the debt ceiling by $10 trillion in their budget.
  • Trump is gaslighting America.
  • NPR puts together some important questions that Trump won't answer because he doesn't answer questions from the press, he prefers Twitter.
  • Trump continues to be an ethical nightmare.
  • Trump often brags about his projects being finished under-budget, but he never explains that they're under budget because he doesn't pay his contractors.
  • Democrats don't have much governmental power left, but they did enjoy forcing most of Trump's picks to disagree with pretty much all of his beliefs. Trump says he wants to water board, his picks admit it's illegal. Trump doesn't think grabbing a woman's genitals without consent is sexual assault, his attorney general does. Trump wants to ban an entire religion from entering the country, his cabinet says it's wrong. Trump doesn't think Russia hack America to try and help him win, his staff says they did. At the end of the day, these are all words, and I don't expect any of his scum to be honest, but at least it's now a matter of public record that even Trump's own staff thinks he's full of shit.

If we used milestones of human history as a basis of the common era instead of magical religious events that never happened.

Christianity continues to devolve into a religion of hate.

Rebecca Watson, psychic extraordinaire.


Feeling: Exhausted

  • During the Obama Administration, Republican Mitch McConnell demanded full background checks for everyone in Obama's cabinet, even from the most open and qualified people. Now, because Trump waited until the last minute to put together his cabinet (because he was too ignorant to know he even needed one), McConnell is demanding we skip background checks entirely for Trump's incompetent staff. It's great to quote him his own words to show just hypocritical he is. The scary part is, Democrats won't be able to stop them now that Republicans have a majority and can ruin the nation without any sane checks or balances.
  • Appointing your relatives to areas of government has been such a problem that the US created laws to stop nepotism, but will that stop Trump from appointing his unqualified son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to a senior adviser in the White House?
  • Just a reminder, Betsy DeVos, who Trump put in charge of US education, has no experience as a teacher, never attended public schools, never let her children attend public schools, is hated by teachers, and made a huge mess of Michigan public schools. She still has yet to be appointed because she her ethics review is taking a long time because she has so many potential conflicts of interest.
  • When you're too stupid to know that the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare are the same thing, so you celebrate the repeal of Obamacare even though you rely on the Affordable Care Act.
  • Trump's cabinet gets yet another racist blogger.
  • In Trump's America, transgendered people are barred and harassed at public restroom, but in reality Republican politicians are more likely to sexually assault you.

If there is a god, it is the god of cancer.

Although the US is not officially at war, we still dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016 alone, almost entirely in the Middle East. I wonder how many innocent people were murdered by the US?

Matt Dillahunty and Richard Dawkins have a chat.

Aron Ra and The Thinking Atheist's 300th episode.

Sail past reality

Feeling: Exhausted


MAG Fest 2017 was wonderful, but incredibly exhausting. I only slept about 16 hours total from Thursday to Monday. Watched a lot of great panels on videogames and music, bought a lot of new audio, and made some new friends. Looking forward to next year!

  • If your companies are always on the verge of bankruptcy due to crippling debt the way Trump's are, you're not a good businessman. No wonder Trump is still in trouble with the Office of Government Ethics.
  • Though I doubt Trump will bite, most Americans want a single-payer health care plan like that promoted by Bernie Sanders.
  • Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, has ruined the Michigan school system, and now she gets to ruin the nation's school system.
  • Much of the US has a crumbling infrastructure, roads are full of potholes, and bridges are collapsing, but, by all means, keep out the brown people by building a giant wall.
  • The Trump cabinet thinks people shouldn't try to vet his picks. To them, if Trump picked them, they must be trustworthy, and can't possibly have conflicts of interest. Never mind that, just like the liar Trump, they refuse to release their financial records to the public, even though Republicans demanded that from Obama's picks. Of course, for the information that is available, we know that Trump's picks are largely dishonest. Take his national communication security pick, Monica Crowley, whose book is filled with plagiarism.
  • Artists around the world continue to point out Donald Trump's bullying, and he responds by bullying them further.
  • I admire people who can change their mind when they're presented with new evidence. I despise people who change their mind for political gain; people like Trump. Thankfully, in this era, the evidence is here to stay.
  • Why did so many white Christians vote for Trump? Because they long for the good old days AKA racism.

When Republicans were voted into power in all areas of Kentucky's government, they didn't waste any time creating new laws to fix the state's problem. No, not by reducing debt, transferring to green energy, or eliminating bureaucracy, that's not what it means to be a Republican. Their first order of business is stripping women of their rights.

A great comic about why Planned Parenthood is so important.

It's important to point out how often movies or TV shows depict a character uses a lot of drugs as someone who has lost their way and is in need of saving when they're white, but when they're black they're a criminal.

Adam talks about how we're already ruining the world with climate change, why electric cars won't solve the problem, and why corporations try to trick you into think trash is an individual's problem.

It may be cold where you are right now, but it's not nearly cold enough to prevent a massive crack in the Antarctic ice that will drift into the ocean, melt, and cause sea levels to rise.

Epic Rap Battles of History presents Tony Hawk versus Wayne Gretzky and Teddy Roosevelt versus Winston Churchill.

Poor Simone Giertz is losing her sponsors because they don't like her saying things like shit and fuck.

Sometimes it's difficult to stop Christians from using tax-payer dollars to proselytize because they do it behind closed doors, like when an audit revealed that Republican Micah Neal accepted bribes in exchange for giving $600,000 in tax money to Christian colleges. That's why it's so refreshing when they create YouTube videos where they admit to breaking the law.

If the British Empire were still intact today, they'd be crazy rich.

Timothy and Sarah Johnson let their 7-year-old son die of pancreatitis because they preferred to pray for a miracle cure rather than take him to a doctor.

Flight of dragons soar in a purple sky

Feeling: Overwhelmed


I begin my journey to MAG Fest tonight to submerse myself in videogame music for 96-hours straight. Catch you nerds on Monday!

  • More of this. Protest everything Trump does so people never forget that the majority of Americans do not want him.
  • In addition to being a racist, misogynist, and bigot, Trump is also a bully. Much like a schoolboy, Trump insults people with far less power. And now, Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, asks America to stop mocking him. Trump deserves ridicule because he is ridiculous. His ideas are stupid and his behavior is crude, he has no redeeming qualities, and things he does deserve scorn.
  • Neo-Nazis are planning an armed march through a small town in Montana, the home of white supremacist Richard Spencer, the same man who led the "Heil Trump" protest in D.C. The purpose of the march is to protest is to create a show of force to terrorize Jewish families so much that they'll leave their homes.
  • China's state media is trying to explain to Trump why Twitter is not a useful platform for international diplomacy.
  • Even George W. Bush's EPA head, Republican Christine Todd Whitman, is afraid of Trump's environmental recklessness.
  • Rather than try and repeal Obamacare directly, which would just result in filibusterer after filibusterer, Republicans are trying to defund Obamacare by stripping out every part that helps the low and middle class.
  • The Washington Post has a great article on Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. It recounts his inability to join a Senate committee because of his liberal use of the N-word, his opposition to even legal forms of immigration, as well as his anti-science approach to environmentalism. The one thing the article is missing is his anti-woman stance. For example, Sessions explained that Trump's claim that he had grabbed women's vagina's without their consent should not be considered sexual assault and he voted against the bi-partisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.
  • Just a quick recap of the awfulness of the 2016 election.
  • When Trump lies, the media needs to call him out on it!

Minute Physics did a great video series with Sean Carroll about Big Picture physics: 1.) Why doesn't time flow backwards?, 2.) Do cause and effect really exist?, 3.) Where does complexity come from?, 4.) How entropy powers the Earth, and What is the purpose of life?.

The Detroit Free Press makes a good point, maybe if we renamed the city of Flint to Benghazi, Congress would re-open the case!

All popular Christmas songs have one thing in common, their music.

Philomena Cunk is the queen of deadpan.

Doom and gloom

Feeling: Overwhelmed


Over the weekend, I had a great New Year's with friends, got a lot of preparation done for MAG Fest, finished reading Amy Poehler's autobiography "Yes Please," and I beat, "You Have to Win the Game."

  • After it became clear that the Russian government was responsible for infiltrating the US and influencing the presidential election, Obama rightly kicked Russian intelligence agents out of the country. US officials have even found Russian spy-ware on computers in control of the US electrical grid. Putin decided to hold off on kicking American intelligence agents in Russia until Trump took office, probably because he expects Trump to be a pushover. This led Trump to once again praise the Russian dictator.
  • Republicans voted to eliminate the Congressional House Ethics Committee, and put themselves in charge of whether they were doing anything illegal. However, after receiving a lot of negative press, insults from Democrats, and even some Republicans, they decided to reverse their decision. It does let us know what they truly want though.
  • A brief run down of when Donald Trump declared bankruptcy, six times.
  • Paul Ryan, and the Republican Party are working to eliminate Medicare and Obamacare, and since the programs have been successful, the only way they can convince people to accept their destruction is to outright lie about them.
  • And just another reminder, vaccines do not cause autism, but a third of Trump supporters wrongfully believe they do. Likewise, Trump is equally as misinformed, and I'm not going to be shocked if he appoints Jenny McCarthy to head the CDC.
  • What could change your mind about Trump? A look at what he's done, and what he'd have to do to become less of a harbinger of doom.
  • Obama's New Year's posts were inspiring showcasing all of the progress that was made in the past eight years. Trump's was yet another divisive post of hate and insult.
  • Donald Trump believes, quite wrongfully, that "torture works," and he's not alone.
  • Trump's Twitter account is a national embarrassment.
  • American coal miners who voted for Trump to bring back the coal industry are afraid that he won't be able to deliver, and they should be. He really won't be able to deliver. And it's not just because natural gas has been replacing coal for several decades now, but also because green energy like solar continues to be cheaper and more effective.

Texas lost it's "Most backward state in the Union" trophy to Indiana, but have not fear, they're working on their own discriminatory bathroom bill.

No, computer screens are not breaking your child.

Michigan Republicans once again show that they are the exact opposite of small government, using state authority to ban cities from making their own laws to help combat pollution and litter.

An honest look at your New Year's party.

Turns out Richard Nixon purposely ruined the Vietnam peace talks for political gain, a maneuver which cost countless American and Vietnamese lives.

The problem with all maps.

Father Andrea Contin is a priest and an orgy pimp. Police seized an assortment of sex toys and pornographic videos from the priest's personal belongings and numerous allegations of him acting as a pimp have been brought up. Worse yet, the church explained that they have known about this for half a year, but hid it from the police.

Not with a bang, but with a whimper

Feeling: Overwhelmed

  • Some of the technical details of the Russian hack of the Democratic National Convention computers is being made available. Obama said, "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions," and the FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, and 14 other national security agencies are in agreement. The only person who is still ignoring this threat is Donald Trump who still doesn't believe the Russians are involved, but said he will finally meet with government intelligence next week if it will placate America. He dismissed Obama's sanctions against Russia with an almost coherent sentence, saying, "I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole, you know, age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I'm not sure we have the kind the security that we need." He will be our leader.
  • Trump inaugural party has been having a lot of trouble finding artists willing to perform for them, but they were able to secure the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. However, one singer in the choir explained that performing for Trump would not only severely damage the choir's image, but she wouldn't be able to look herself in the mirror anymore if she had to perform for such an immoral man. So, she bravely decided to resign from the choir. Hopefully, other Mormons in the choir will realize their morality is more important than their political affiliation and do the same.
  • Speaking of a lack of morals, Trump has chosen a "prosperity gospel" preacher, one of those people who says the best way to prove your love to God is to give them lots of money. Two peas in a pod, really.
  • Sprint recently announced that the company is creating 5,000 new jobs, but this doesn't mean much considering they laid off 8,000 people in the past couple years. Either way, Donald Trump is taking credit for it, even though he had nothing to do with it.
  • Trump's advisor, Anthony Scaramucci, not only denies climate change, but believes the Earth is 6,000-years-old.

Vera Ruben, the scientist who discovered dark matter has died. She never did win a Nobel Prize for her discovery because the committee was too busy awarding the prize to more important discoveries like, blue LEDs.

Why do men have such a hard time understanding consent? Probably because nearly every movie they've ever seen shows a man sexually assaulting a woman to make her fall in love with him.

Wanna melt something? Check out the strongest acids in the world.

Why is it so important that governments do not control the Internet? Because in 2016, governments around the world shut down access to the Internet for their citizens over 50 times, often to hide evidence of their human rights violations and prevent people from protesting.

What's the deal with Fahrenheit?

Aron Ra fails to get good at street epistemology.

And all that jazz

Feeling: Exhausted

  • Not that I expect him to answer, but US Senators are asking General Scott Pruitt (Trump's pick for the head of the EPA) to disclose his connections to the energy industry. Why? Because when the man in charge of our clean air and water is paid by the highly polluting coal industry, that's a big problem! The same is true with Rex Tillerson (Trump's pick for Secretary of State) who is the current CEO of Exxon, one of the most environmentally destructive companies in history.
  • Obama has kicked several Russian operatives out of the country and has cut back on the amount of intelligence the US is willing to share with the country as punishment for their interference with our election. I wonder if Trump will welcome his friends back with open arms when he takes office?
  • Obamacare has been on the Republican chopping block ever since it was announced, and now that they're in charge, you can bet they'll axe it as soon as possible. The only problem is, in their several wasted years of trying to kill it, they never bothered to come up with anything better. And now, it looks like it will be eliminated (along with Medicare) long before anything new is created to take its place. So, all of Trump's poorly educated and poor in finance voters who have been relying on Medicare and Obamacare are going to have their insurance taken away, including the type of coverage they need the most, and if they're sick, they will have no option to get more. I can't be too upset for them because they did this to themselves, but I'm very upset about all the sane Hillary voters who will also lose their insurance because of the stupidity of Trump supporters.

You should learn a second language, even if it's only to understand the hidden jokes in movies.

End of year list of the top ten most popular pages at The Friendly Atheist.

Rebecca Watson calls bullshit on the "studies" that claim Facebook makes you depressed.

Secular politics in Utah have increased enough to warrant a Secular Caucus.

To honor Carrie Fisher, here is one of her Star Wars audition tapes.

Entering the world of ruin

Feeling: Annoyed

  • You're probably just as shocked as me about this, but Trump's "charity" is currently under investigation for corruption, as he may have been siphoning money out of it illegally to cover the costs of his lawsuits, contribute to his political campaign, and to buy sports memorabilia and paintings of himself. Under the guise of eliminating conflicts of interest (now he cares?), Trump tried and dissolve the charity to prevent the investigation, but this same tactic has been used by many criminals before him and is protected against by law enforcement. To try and cover his ass, Trump took to Twitter and claimed to have donated millions to his charity, but the charity's own records show that Trump didn't donate a cent from 2009-2014. In fact, the largest donation came from pro-wrestling's Linda McMahon, a donation which bought her a place on Trump staff.
  • Republican and Trump Supporter, Carl Paladino, responded to Artvoice's 2017 survey by saying he hoped Michelle Obama would, "return to being a male and [be] let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla," and also said that hoped Barack Obama would die from mad cow disease. In his apology, Paladino explained that he had only meant to write that for his (equally racist) friends, and not to share it with Artvoice!
  • Donald Trump thinks he can make his own Internet meme. Nope!

What Neoliberalism is, and how it helped ruin America.

Creationists argue that they are scientific, but the way they conduct themselves is entirely non-scientific. In science, you start with observations, make hypotheses, then create and conduct falsifiable tests to see if the hypothesis is correct. From there you create theories and forever update them as new information is presented. Creationism, on the other hand, starts with a conclusion which is regarded as unquestionable truth and then looks for evidence to support that truth, while ignoring all evidence to the contrary. You can see just how non-scientific this is by looking at a list of Creationist achievements for 2016; they're all about preaching, none are about science.

Adam ruins the McDonalds coffee lawsuit and the public defender system.

Naughty church sign.

Ironically, the holy day of Christmas is mostly about greed and lying.

You should know about Murasaki Shikibu.

CAT scan prep doesn't taste good.

Feeling: Annoyed


Had a CAT scan yesterday regarding the pain in my lower-right abdomen that hasn't gone away in over a year. They're not as fun as people make it out to be. Also finished reading Richard Feynman's "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" and Sam Harris's "Free Will."

  • Republican tantrums shut down all areas of the government, not just when they officially shut it down, but also by obstructing the president from appointing judges. And I'm sorry to say, but these tantrums worked. By preventing democrats from being able to do their jobs and crying big crocodile tears of failed promises, ignorant Americans fell for the Republican trap. But we're not just losing a Supreme Court judge, Republicans also prevented Obama from appointing over 100 other judges around the country at various levels of authority. Now Trump gets to fill them all. No doubt Trump will apply the same clarity and foresight he used when assembling his crack team of billionaire cronies to head organizations they know nothing about, so America can expect to be punished by white Christian male voters long after the radioactive orange turd gets flushed.
  • The United Nations is the largest political organization in the world with 193 nations as members (including the USA which is a founding member). It includes the General Assembly which allows all nations to speak to each other, the International Court of Justice which has peacefully ended disputes that would otherwise have lead to wars, the World Bank which has prevented global economic depressions, the World Health Organization which and has successfully stamped out smallpox, polio, and leprosy from most of the world, the World Food Programme which has saved millions of lives from starvation, the UN Committee on Decolonization which has helped many colonies become independent nations, and many many other organizations. While it's not without its problems, the UN has been a strong force for good in the world. And then there is Trump, ever the ignorant prat, who says the UN "is just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time. So sad!" Trump is human garbage.
  • When Mussolini became the fascist dictator for life over Italy, the US media seemed okay with it. When Hitler rose to power in Germany, the US media said he was a silly barker, but now that he was in government, he'd have to tone himself down. Dorothy Thompson explained in 1935, "no people ever recognize their dictator in advance," but we can learn from their mistakes and not let Trump become a dictator. Thankfully, Trump's incompetence may keep him from becoming a tyrant, as he keeps mocking the nation's intelligence agencies.
  • The USA has the most expensive health care in the world, but it's also one of the worst. Obama made things a lot better with the Affordable Care Act, but Republican obstructionists blocked it at every turn and prevented it from being the force it needed to be to succeed. Unfortunately, with Republicans in charge, things are only going to get worse, and for many people, they already have.
  • How can Trump be a hero of the working class when he has a long history of not paying his employees?

Ada Lovelace was a genius who created the first computer program.

Tucker Carlson is either a genuine dishonest sexist moron or offers a flawless impersonation of a dishonest sexist moron.

Mississippi Christians fight for legal protection claiming Jesus requires them to discriminate against the LGBT, but they had no problem voting for the guy who loves money more than his third wife and can't name a single bible passage.

Cheetah numbers are dropping toward extinction.

Aron Ra discusses the fundamental fallacies of faith.

Mr. Deity explains the Mormon Church's racist history.

Happy boxing day

Feeling: Okay

  • Trump doubles down on nuclear proliferation telling the world, "Let the arms race begin!" Cue end of the world music.
  • Senator Joseph McCarthy, a Republican Catholic, will forever live on in history as an American villain. His life was spent on a witch hunt, labeling homosexuals and Liberal politicians as enemies of the state, often leading to their wrongful arrest and imprisonment. In many ways Trump is taking his lead from this American villain, working in secret, creating lists of enemies whom he feels aren't "American" enough because they don't hate Muslims or Mexicans as much as he, and those scientists who don't share his idiotic views on climate change. And now, he's refusing to say why he wants the names of everyone who was been working to counter violent extremists.
  • Our upcoming president has some very wrong beliefs about climate change.
  • Trump has been having a lot of trouble getting performance artists to show up at his inauguration party. His star-filled lineup consists of household names such as some oldies cover band, someone who calls himself "DJ Freedom," and the Rockettes, whose boss had to be reminded them that boycotting the event is invalid. I'll bet it's going to be off the hook!
  • It's not a good sign when you and your teams have several sex scandals begin before you can even take office.
  • Mr. Deity talks about the election results.

What it feels like to get stung by a bullet ant.

A spoken-word poem about the importance of science and the problem of religion; Gravity.

In a time that Conservatives call post-truth and claim that any news that isn't Conservative news must be fake, fact-checking web sites like Snopes are a candle in the dark.

Feminist Frequency reviews Rouge One.

A pretty cool look at what goes on behind the scenes on SNL during the opening credits.

Another one of Reza Aslan's terrible arguments shot down.

God, I hate him

Feeling: Blah

  • In the Cold War Era, the nuclear capabilities of the USA and USSR led to a long painful standoff, each constantly in fear of a nuclear holocaust from the other. After wasting billions building up arsenals, the two finally started to wise up and began dismantling their bombs and after reaching a peak of 77,000 nuclear warheads in the late 1980s (enough to vaporize the entire surface of the planet), we've finally reduced the amount back down to a 1965 level (still around 15,000). Enter Donald Trump, who can't be trusted with a pointy stick, let alone a nuclear bomb; unable to learn from historical mistakes, his goal is to increase up our nuclear stockpile not comprehending the irony of his statement, "The US must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes." But this is not the 1950s anymore, there are now eight nations with nuclear bombs including Russia, China, Pakistan, and possibly North Korea, and the more players involved, the less likely a war will remain cold.
  • The new Ebola vaccine is extremely effective. Too bad Trump is an anti-vaxxer.
  • This explains Trumps terrible picks. He's not interested in experience or competence, he's interested in looks.
  • Breitbart News (once run by Trump's new chief strategist, and known white nationalist, Steve Bannon), The Blaze, and Fox News, each misinformation factories, have been spreading a lie that a Jewish family canceled a Christmas play. This shoddy reporting will only add fuel to the growing Neo-Nazi threat emboldened by Trump's election.
  • Horrible events like Brexit, the fall of Allepo, and Trump's presidency have caused a huge drop in the belief in gods.

Adam Ruins Christmas from buying gifts, to It's a Wonderful Life, and especially its Pagan roots.

Responding to street harassers by making them feel uncomfortable is hilarious and empowering.

What happens when you drop a watermelon off a tower when it's coated in a truck bed-liner?

Nebraska has a pretty impressive promotion of atheism and Humanism at their state capitol.

Captain Disillusion debunks another fake Internet video.

More of the same

Feeling: Blah

  • White Supremacists of Montana, motivated by Trump's election, have published the names and personal information of local Jews requiring the police to step up their patrols.
  • Hillary Clinton's popular vote has now surpassed 2%. She should have won. There is no excuse.
  • An interesting primer on how republics end, not with a bang, but with a whimper.
  • Trump may think he's bulletproof from corruption charges now that he's going to be president, but laws will still apply to him.

For the first time in US history, non-religious people are given government protected from discrimination. Thanks Obama!

Republican Rick Synder has increased his legal budget to protect him from all the Flint who are trying to sue him for poisoning their drinking water. Ironically, because Snyder is Governor, the citizens of Flint are in part paying to defend him from their own lawsuit.

Texas Republicans have officially defunded Planned Parenthood. Not a very wise choice for the state with the highest rate of teen pregnancy, and the highest rate of repeat teen pregnancy!

Two of my favorite scrappy STEM females hav new videos, Simone Giertz and Alex Dainis.

All I want for Christmas is a new president elect

Feeling: Frustrated

  • If a foreign power takes a military vehicle while it is in an agreed upon international area, the correct response is to demand its immediate return. But, if you're incompetent, you might tell them to just go ahead keep your property, even if it means losing state secrets. Sounds like something Trump would do.
  • When we look at how dictators rise to power throughout history, we find that they look just like Donald Trump.
  • Trump's new budget director, Republican Mick Mulvaney, isn't so sure the government should be spending money on such frivolous things as scientific research.
  • Although there are some prominent Republicans who don't think Russia's cyber-attacks are important enough to even believe, the majority of Congress is in agreement that we need to investigate this problem thoroughly. So, Republican leader Mitch McConnell responds by refusing to create a special investigative committee.
  • Despite its shortcomings, the Affordable Care Act is a success. No wonder Trump wants to eliminate it.
  • The Washington Post is calling it now, Trump's presidency will be a new low for government corruption.
  • Obama, along with Canada, is banning off-shore drilling for the northern coasts. This is good news, although, I'm sure Trump will reverse the progress.
  • If your advisor believes the Earth is only 6,000-years-old, you probably shouldn't trust his position on global warming.
  • Oh great, now look who Trump is appointing!
  • Christian leaders continue to destroy their own religion by tying it to Donald Trump.

Samantha Bee covers North Carolina's Republican's abuse of democracy, confronts the Conservative argument of helping veterans before helping immigrants, and talks to a recently apologetic Glenn Beck.

Flint's water crisis investigation is over. The Republican team concluded that blame should not fall on the Republican Governor who usurped Flint's elected officials or his appointed Republican who forced the city to use water that caused a toxic increase in lead. No, the Republicans point the finger at the EPA, and suggest fixing the problem by taking away research money that is supposed to be used to study climate change.

Why your mass doesn't come from the Higgs boson.

Rebecca Thering's interesting journey out of religion.

Vsauce talks about centripetal force.

Forcing victims of sex trafficking to become Christian does not help them.

Simon's Cat enjoys bed sheets.

Oklahoma Republicans are trying to use taxpayer money to put up anti-abortion advertisements in public bathrooms.

Things did not improve while I was away

Feeling: Annoyed

  • Probably the scariest thing that happened while I was on vacation is that now both the FBI and CIA are in agreement that Russia is actively involved in cyber-warfare against the USA, that they succeeded in helping get Donald Trump elected, and that the hacks point to the highest levels of Russian government, specifically Putin, a dictator whom Trump refuses to denounce and has even complimented. In 2014, Trump thought Russian hacking was a big problem, but now that it's helping him, he and several other prominent Republicans are refusing to believe the existence of this clear and present danger. To add some much-needed levity to our country's dwindling cyber-security, Stephen Colbert interviews Trump.
  • Although it had the largest number of detractors in over 100 years, the Electoral College electors still voted in favor of Trump proving wrong one of the main arguments in the College's favor (that it can prevent a demagogue from seizing control). Meanwhile, Trump continues to lie claiming his Electoral College victory was a historic landslide victory, when, it fact, it ranks near the bottom (46th out of 58 presidential elections). But what can expect from a man who, before he won due to the Electoral College said it was a "disaster," but after it allowed him to win, called it, "genius."
  • If you still haven't wet your pants, just a quick reminder, you know that massive surveillance state that Obama has spent the past eight years strengthening? Well, in a month, it will be under the control of Donald Trump.
  • Trump claims that other rich people don't like him because he's all about the working man, so why did he appoint to his cabinet so many billionaires who ruin blue-collar jobs.
  • Trump has been demanding the names of scientists and officials who have been working with the Department of Energy to help solve the world's climate change problem. Since Trump is so anti-science, specifically anti-climate change, he probably wants the names so he can fire/punish them, but the Department of Energy has thankfully refused to hand them over. Although, Trump may get those names anyway now that he chose Rick Perry, the guy who couldn't even remember the Department of Energy when he was listing off which departments he would eliminate, to be its leader.
  • Trump's Carrier failure continues to get worse, and how many other companies will get special treatment?
  • Even the US government is telling Trump he needs to divest himself from his businesses to avoid corruption. Of course, he won't, because he is corrupt. But Newt Gingrich has a way to solve that problem, simply change US laws to allow for corruption!

Seth Meyers weighs in on the despicable destruction of democracy at the hands of North Carolina Republicans, and the ignorance of the climate at the hands of Republicans, and good old fashioned American racism.

Ohio's insane abortion bill was not signed into law, but the state Republicans still passed a law banning all abortion after 20 weeks.

A lot of reporters, and even some politicians, are trying to figure out why Democrats lost the election, and one of their arguments (though they don't word it this way) is, "calling racists racist means they're less likely to vote for you, so we should stop calling racists racist." To be fair, there are a lot of racists in the US, and their voter block made the biggest contribution to Trump's election, but should we really stop calling racists racist? Shouldn't we address some of the known problems first? Problems like gerrymandering, low minority turn out, the Electoral College, and Russian hackers? Samantha Bee explains it well. Rather than ignore racism, why not learn about it? Why not realize that you're racist, and educate yourself on what you can do to change? You can do this by watching, Jane Elliot's blue-eyed experiment.

Get me outta here!

Feeling: Annoyed


Between work, this election, and the snow, I'm in much need of a vacation, and I will be enjoying the next six days in Sunny California. See you all on Tuesday.

  • Trump has a press conference scheduled for Thursday to talk about his many... MANY conflicts of interest and massive debts, and I'm sure he will assuage our fears of corruption, but then, aw, screw America! Turns out, Trump's so busy filling his new cabinet, he doesn't have time to talk about his rampant corruption. And why didn't he have a cabinet ready in the first place? Oh right, because nobody on his team, including Trump, knew they needed to hire a cabinet!
  • Trump's pick for Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson. For the past 41 years Tillerson has worked for ExxonMobil. Tillerson has strong ties with Russia. Tillerson has never worked in politics. He will now be the country's chief diplomat.
  • Presidents have been having daily intelligence briefings for the past 50 years so they can understand the most important matters of national security. Trump has decided that these matters are not worth his time and has delegated these briefs to his underlings so he can focus on more important matters, like producing the Celebrity Apprentice.
  • Trump claims, unless you catch a hacker in the act, you can't know what nation they were hacking from, showing that he knows as much about computers as he does being a president. He then asked, why didn't anyone talk about Russian hacking before the election? So, Buzzfeed compiled several months worth of reports of Russian election hacking, including the time Trump begged Russians to hack Americans, when his own VP acknowledged Russian hacking, and when Clinton brought it up to him during the presidential the debates. Has trump just been sleeping this whole time?
  • How did Clinton lose her huge lead in the polls before the election? One event that coincides well with her drop in popularity is when the FBI director and Trump supporter, James Comey, falsely claimed the FBI had new information about her non-existent email scandal.
  • Republicans have been dead set on repealing the Affordable Care Act for nearly a decade, and now, with a government run entirely by Republicans, that's going to happen. There's just one tiny problem, in all these years they've been trying to repeal Obamacare, they never thought to come up with a plan to replace it. Now, 20 million people rely on Obamacare, and when Trump gets his way, they will all lose their health insurance. How do they plan on avoiding this catastrophe? Republican's are betting that it will take two years to repeal Obamacare, and, in that time, they hope they will have come up with a solution.
  • Tips on how you can criticize the women in Trump's cabinet without being sexist explained through Goofus and Gallant comics.

Pew Forum published the results of an interesting poll which shows education levels among various religious groups including the gaps between the sexes which have been closing, and in some cases, women are surpassing men. A not-so-shocking result shows that, although Christians are well educated world-wide, they are the least educated religious group in the USA. Hey, they're also the most hateful.

Pamela Ramsey Taylor, the racist who lives in a 98% white county, was fired after calling Michelle Obama an "ape in heels." Taylor later apologized for the comment and explained that what she said had nothing to do with race insisting she was only trying to say that, compared to how classy and attractive Melania Trump looks, Michelle Obama looks like an ape in heels. Well, after that heart-felt apology, Taylor was rehired by the Clay County Development Corporation!

More songs from the new season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) is one of the largest accounting companies in the world, and since they deal with other people's money all day, you would think security would be high on their list. Well, a security firm was investigating PwC's software and found a gaping hole that could allow a hacker to essentially steal their client's investments. As security companies are wont to do, they gave a detailed report of the flaw to PwC and explained that they would make the flaw public in three months. This gives PwC enough time to fix the problem, but also prevents them from ignoring their responsibility to their customers who trust them. PwC took a very Microsoft style approach. Rather than rush to fix the problem, they instead slapped the security firm with a lawsuit telling them never to tell anyone about the PwC security flaw. When that didn't work, PwC tried a second lawsuit, but in this age of information, news spreads fast, and now the whole Internet knows that PwC has no inclination to fix its own security holes or even to find them in the first place, but instead attacks the people who help their incompetent security team.

If you're thinking of weathering the Trump presidency with drugs, be warned, here's what happens to your body when you're drunk and stoned at the same time.

Swirling down the drain...

Feeling: Aggravated

  • During his presidential campaign, Trump begged Russians to hack an American politician, and sure enough, the CIA is now stating that Russia did indeed hack various US computers for what is presumed to be to help get Trump elected. Traditional Republicans are denouncing Russia, like Lindsey Graham who said every American should be alarmed and John McCain even went as far as to call their hacking a "form of warfare." Even ten of the electors of the Electoral College are demanding to see intelligence reports before they cast their vote for president on the 19th. Meanwhile, Trump refuses to believe any of it, which is probably related to his refusal to even listen to intelligence reports prepared by the CIA, FBI, and US military. Why? Because, in the fantasy kingdom where he lives, he's, like, a smart person.
  • Melania Trump has said her project as First Lady will be to fight against bullying, so I guess she'll have to fight her husband every day because he's a huge bully who doesn't speak out against his followers who send death threats to teenage girls.
  • Trump is still lying that he won in a landslide even though Clinton took the majority of the popular vote 48.0% to Trump's mere 46.3%.
  • Here's a sentence that I expect to use a lot over the next four years: Donald Trump is a petulant, thin-skinned, and vindictive man-child.
  • Gary Cohn, COO of Goldman Sachs and one of the bankers directly responsible for the 2008 economic depression was picked by Trump to direct his Economic Council.
  • The media has a long history of normalizing fascist dictators in their rise to power, and we see the same thing with Trump. They make him out to be a silly clown who will be forced to fall in line once he's elected, but don't call him out as the dangerous monster he really is.
  • The number of coal miners has diminished, not because of immigrants or Democrats, partially because traditional mining has been replaced by fracking and strip-mining (which require far-fewer jobs), and partially because of green energy like solar and wind. The only way Trump can get back mining jobs is to either outlaw solar energy or to outlaw fracking and strip-mining, and I doubt he can do either. Which means, like all of the rest of his promises, it was a lie that the angry ignorant white man bought hook, line, and sinker.
  • Actual quotes of Trump on naked women's bodies.

This nurse claims she was fired for being a Christian, but really, she was fired because she kept trying to force her religion down her patient's throats. Kind of like Todd Starnes saying this school had their first amendment rights violated by taking down a student's poster which promoted a bible verse (it's actually all the students of the school who had their first amendment rights violated. Why is it

Kellogg stopped displaying advertisements on the anti-Semitic white nationalist website Breitbart (where one of Trump's cabinet members worked), to which the racists running Breitbart complained somehow violated their freedom of speech.

This Christian Pastor went into his mall where children were lined up to meet Santa and began preaching that parents shouldn't lie to their children about Santa, they should lie to them about Jesus.

What happens when you shake up a pop can and open it on the ocean floor?

Adam explains why the Internet is good for society and how Facebook uses intrusive marketing.

Why is it so many Christians pretend they have degrees?

It was bound to happen, we elected a reality TV star to the presidency

Feeling: Aggravated

  • Trump has no experience or background in government, foreign policy, national security, or counter-terrorism, and yet he still skips 6 out of 7 of the intelligence briefings prepared for him.
  • After the head of the union at Carrier called Trump out on his lies, Trump took to Twitter to attack him directly, and the entire workers union for being too lazy to keep their jobs in America. A true cyberbully of the people.
  • Tom Price, Trump's pick for the Department of Health and Human Services, has worked to criminalize abortion and eliminate access to birth control. I doubt the majority of the women who voted for Trump are following his politics, but they really shot themselves in the groin with this one.
  • Thanks to Trump, racism has become fresh and bold.
  • After Obama described what being president entails, Trump said it was more work than he had expected (it's always good when your new boss doesn't know what they have to do). The new president could put our apprehension at ease by pledging to focus on his career, but instead, Trump has decided to continue being the producer of his lame TV show, Celebrity Apprentice. When asked about his moonlighting, his advisor explained that Trump will work on the television show during all the copious amounts of free time that come with the job.
  • Stephen Colbert comments on how Trump is a whining child as well as the dangers of morons like him spreading fake news.

Conservatives who cry about having to be politically correct have their own form of political correctness where they aren't ever allowed to criticize the USA or Republicans, and they must speak ill of all their perceived enemies like Mexicans or Muslims, the term has been dubbed patriotic correctness.

In addition to outlawing abortion, Ohio is trying to ban minimum wage increase laws at the city level. Can we call Ohio a Southern State now?

Bohemian Rhapsody, the gritty melodrama.

Republican Sid Miller of Texas has been using his government Facebook page to post lies from fake news sites. When confronted by this, he said he doesn't see a problem with posting false statements from his government page because he's not a news outlet, and that his Facebook page is like Fox News, he reports, and his readers decide if his post is true or not. Well, I guess I have to agree that his his journalistic rigor is on par with Fox "News." Speaking of Fox, a survey from the Morning Consult shows that Americans think Fox "New" is one of the most dishonest media sources, just slightly less than the purposely satire news of The Onion.

An actual tail of a dinosaur has been found preserved in amber for almost 100,000,000 years. As expected, it's covered in feathers.

Some of the more interesting maps.

Daryl Davis is a black man who talks one-on-one with KKK members in an effort to get them to give up their hatred.

Russia is so corrupt, they can't even play sports without cheating.

Another Christian group claims that a giant cross is not a symbol of Christianity.

Ex-Muslim Sarah Haider critiques Islam.

I wish this were fantasy

Feeling: Aggravated

  • Trump is Time's "person of the year," which doesn't mean they're saying he's a good person, since Trump is sharing a stage with other dictators like Joseph Stalin, Ayatollah Khomeini, and, of course, Adolf Hitler. And it is from the photo of Hitler that the photographer seems to have taken inspiration for the photo of Trump.
  • Trump and other Republicans continue to lie about voter fraud, and yesterday, Michigan Republicans approved a new law to help combat voter fraud. This must come as a shock to them, because on the very same day they won their argument to stop the Michigan election recount because there was no evidence of voter fraud.
  • Samanthaa Bee points out more of Trump's corruption and lies.
  • Trump's VP, Mike Pence thinks that if a mother has a career, she is damaging her child's emotional growth. Funny, he didn't say anything about working fathers damaging their children. And even though Trump lost to Clinton by a huge margin of votes, Pence repeats Trump's lie that he was mandated by the people.
  • Trump's pick for head of the Environmental Protection Agency is Scott Pruitt, is a Christian lawyer and climate change denier with strong ties to the oil and gas industry. But at least he's picking more military leaders in his cabinet, I hope Trump supporters are looking forward to another war. But wait, there's more! He also picked a professional wrestling founder to lead Small Business Administration, because we need more WWE in America.
  • The Weather Channel calls out Breitbart and the whole Trump circus for misusing their data to mislead readers saying, the "Earth is not cooling, climate change is real and please stop using our video to mislead Americans."
  • Edward Snowden talks about the importance of privacy in the era of Trump.

Ohio Republicans have passed a bill that outlaws abortion after 6 weeks, often before women even know they're pregnant, even for women who became pregnant after being raped by their fathers. Conservatives are calling this the Heartbeat Bill because six weeks signifies around the point in gestation when the fetus's heart starts pumping blood. Of course, this is entirely meaningless, as your heart has nothing to do with your personality or identity, and it's only ignorant people who believe they "love with their heart."

Adam ruins the Wild West.

Samantha Bee addresses the problems with fake news.

Pointing out all the racism in Mormonism.

A woman teaches one of her critics how to make a sandwich.

Is this real life?

Feeling: Frustrated

  • Trump promised to bring back blue-collar jobs to the Rust Belt, but this isn't going to happen, and it's not just because so many business owners like Trump buy their products from overseas, it's also because automation has made the factory worker as relevant as the travel agent. In order to succeed with his promises, Trump not only has to convince businesses to relocate and pay drastically more for production costs, but he also has to convince them to trash their robots and replace them with people.
  • It's shocking, I know, but Republican politicians are unprincipled sellouts. They pretty much universally panned Trump during the election, but now they're kowtowing.
  • Racist Tomi Lahren defends Trump's racism with more racism.
  • We are going to have a president who is citing teenagers and random Americans as proof that the media is conspiring against him.
  • This is precisely why sane presidents don't go on the radio shows of mentally unstable conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones.
  • Who would have thought that most dishonest president in recent history would lie about his election? No, his election was not a mandate from the people, and he certainly didn't win in a landslide, but rather lost the popular vote by a substantial margin.
  • A little late now, but Trump's scam of a university was definitely a scam.
  • The president has the ability to send an unblockable text message to all Americans, and soon Trump will have that technology.

What if computer languages had personalities?

When we talk about female genital mutilation we usually think of places like Africa, but it was only a few decades ago when the practice was used in the USA by Christian doctors to prevent little girls from touching themselves.

With the pipeline on hold, the Standing Rock protesters are asked by their tribe chairman to go home.

Michael Shermer makes an anti-woman Tweet. Not really surprising considering his past involving several allegations of sexual assault.

At least one positive thing came out of 2016

Feeling: Relieved


Emily's surgery went well!

  • Trump claimed to save jobs by giving Carrier a huge tax break, and it turns out that Trump has commercial ties to Carrier and stands to profit from their success. Yay, corruption! So what is Carrier going to do with that extra money? Well, they're going to replace humans with automation and drop the jobs anyway! And what about all the other companies that are itching for tax breaks? Can't they just say they're going to move jobs out of the country to have their taxes lowered? And what about all the companies who can't move jobs overseas? Will they still have to pay higher taxes? Like of of his deals, Trump really botched this one.
  • Well, it looks like we can all relax, Trump has chosen a brain surgeon who has never held any form of public office or any job even related to housing to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but not just any brain surgeon, we're talking about the same man who thought the Egyptian pyramids were built to house grain, Ben Carson!
  • In 1996, Jeff Sessions, Trump's new Attorney General, tried to ban an LGBT conference from the University of Alabama because he believed it violated Alabama's anti-sodomy law which the state barbarically passed in 1992.
  • The North Carolina head of the KKK was going to attend the Trump rally, but he was arrested for stabbing someone during a pre-Trump white power rally.
  • Trump's pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, a woman who made her riches from pyramid schemes and is trying to eliminate public schools, said that her goal for education reform is to advance belief in her god.
  • Securing Trump Tower is costing the state of New York $500,000 a day, a bill that the state is trying to push on the entire country.
  • One of the things that pundits talked about after Clinton's loss was that she didn't address the working class, and that Democrats have lost touch with blue-collar workers. The reality is, Clinton addressed middle-class issues all the time during her campaign, so what excuses are we left with? The one thing I see with Republicans is that they have a very powerful fear and hate machine like Fox "News" and there really are still that many bigoted white people who just can't stand the idea of peeing in the same bathroom as a transgendered person, having a woman with authority over them, or not being allowed to make racist jokes in public.

There has been a temporary stay on the Dakota Access Pipeline. Many rags are calling this a victory, but the pipeline hasn't been canceled, or even re-routed yet, it has just been put on pause. People standing with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe can't afford to let their guard down now.

If you read fake news sites and think they're real, you may wind up in a pizzeria firing an assault rifle.

Seattle raised its local minimum wage and, while the Conservatives and Libertarians predicted the end of civilization, but two years later, unemployment is down, wages are up, and the city is doing just fine.

A Moroccan TV program shows women how to cover up bruises with makeup after their husbands beat them, because why address domestic abuse when you can pretend it doesn't exist?

A black man portraying Santa is enough out online racists.

Republican Paul Ryan, and actual piece of human garbage, explained how government assistance that feeds poor children gives them a "full stomach," but an, "empty soul."

If the US can't make progress, at least other countries can. Australia voted against their racist bigot of a candidate.

Oh no, from where will I steal my bibles?

Trump is a blowhard... and a suckhard

Feeling: Angry

  • Trump is turning the American presidency into a commercial for the businesses that kiss his ass the most.
  • Trump and his Republican cronies are doing their best to destroy the Affordable Care Act, which is odd, considering most Americans are in favor of it.
  • Trump's lead strategist, Kellyanne Conway is shocked, I repeat shocked that the Trump campaign is being accused of catering to white supremacists.
  • Despite losing the popular vote by a wide margin, Trump is doing a series of victory rallies. Is it normal for a presidential leader to hold victory rallies? Well, yes, if you live in Germany just before World War II.
  • Trump keeps blaming Clinton's huge popular vote lead on voter fraud, but there continues to be absolutely no evidence for his assertion.

Global warming is getting worse, the rain forests are being depleted at an increasing rate, the top ten hottest years ever recorded have all occurred since 1998, but the Republicans in charge of setting regulations on controlling the climate believe it's a vast conspiracy and the planet is actually getting colder. Hooray, we're doomed!

The mathematical problems with a Secret Santa, and how to solve them.

Gamergate is just a microcosm of alt-right terrorism.

Alex Dainis vlogs about being a scientist at conventions.

There is no Patient Zero when it comes to HIV, and the media was wrong to pin the blame on a single person.

The Courageous Life of Ida B. Wells.

Dr. Oz is once again being sued for making false claims on his show, this time about olive oil being magical.

Well, here we are again

Feeling: Upset

  • With the counts still coming in, Clinton is almost a full 2% above Trump, but he still feels the need to do a victory tour to show how much America loves him, even though most of us don't.
  • Awhile ago Trump Tweeted about how awful Pakistan was, and now he's sucking up to their Prime Minister.
  • Post-election Trump is really just horrifying.
  • Much of what Conservatives read and watch is a false reality created by Republican billionaires, many of whom are now in Trump's cabinet.
  • More details about Trump's many many conflicts of interest.
  • Trump is expected do devastate US water and wildlife by pushing forward on fracking.
  • Just a reminder, Trump's "charity" once donated $10,000 to an antivax group.
  • Samantha Bee has a hard time suggesting that Mike Pense will run the White House.

If you're a teacher living in Michigan, you may want to move to another state. Republicans are actively working to eliminate teacher Pensions.

Texas has always been an embarrassment of a state, and now the Republicans there are pushing the envelope by forcing women who have lost a pregnancy for any reason, even having a miscarriage, to buy a funeral for their fetus, as early as 1 day after conception. By punishing all women, they hope to decrease abortion, but all the evidence says this won't work.

Politics doesn't need any more liberal white men telling people of color what they're doing wrong.

Turning Point USA, a wretched hive of Republicans and villainy, has put together The Professor Watchlist where professors who teach their students real history and political science are named so Conservative students can remain ignorant to topics like climate change, racism, and LGBT issues. If you're a teacher, and you find yourself on this list, well done!

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