Creationist Dr. Ben Carson Posits That Scientific Beliefs Might Just Be Propaganda (VIDEO)

Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson

By Elaine Magliaro

Dr. Ben Carson, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is a retired neurosurgeon. He is reportedly the first surgeon to have successfully separated conjoined twins that were joined at the head. When he was thirty-three-years-old, “he became the youngest major division director in Johns Hopkins history, as director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.” Dr. Carson was educated at Yale and at the University of Michigan Medical School. Carson is, obviously, an intelligent, well-educated, accomplished individual.

This weekend, Dr. Carson suggested “that religion was necessary for testing scientific theories because the science could be ‘propaganda.’” In an appearance earlier today on Meet the Press, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Carson “how science could coexist with his conservative Christian principles.” Carson responded, “A person’s religious beliefs are the things that make them who they are, gives them a direction in their life. But I do not believe that religious beliefs should dictate one’s public policies and stances.”

Carson continued by saying, “I find, a very good measure of correlation between my religious beliefs and my scientific beliefs — people say, how can you be a scientist, how can you be a surgeon if you don’t believe in certain things?” he continued. “Maybe those things aren’t scientific. Maybe it’s just propaganda.”

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The United States Is Not a Democracy: Michael Gould-Wartofsky on How the 1% Has Rigged the Game

mister-moneybagsBy Elaine Magliaro

Michael Gould-Wartofsky is the author of the book THE OCCUPIERS: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement, which was recently released by Oxford Press. Gould-Wartofsky is a PhD candidate in Sociology at New York University, holds a BA in Government from Harvard University–and was one of the first social scientists on the ground at Occupy Wall Street on Sept 17, 2011. He has written for The Nation, Monthly Review, Salon, and Mother Jones.

This morning, Gould-Wartofsky published an article at Salon title This is not a democracy: How the 1 percent rigged the game. The subtitle of his piece is Money is speech, dollars have more influence than people — it’s time to be honest about the plutocracy we live in. I think many people who frequent Flowers for Socrates will be interested in reading the article.

Gould-Wartofsky said there are no easy fixes within the framework of our present political system, “in which the market is king, money is speech and dollars speak louder than words.”

NOTE: I’ve posted a couple of excerpts from and a link to the article below the fold.

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Climate Change: The Pigs and the Morons


The “Pigs” in the battle to deny climate change are people like the disgusting Koch Brothers, who see a general public alarm about climate change as being bad for business. 800px-Fryxellsee_OptThese are people who are willing to put their short-term personal goals against the long term future of human life on this planet. Were they decent human beings, rather than pigs at the economic trough, they might even be able to protect their economic interests rather than putting the people of the world at risk with their propaganda and with their bought pundits.  The morons of course are those in our human population who believe this self serving propaganda despite mounting evidence that humanity is in danger. What has been done in the name of dealing with this problem is that the basic point of the danger has been subsumed in a side argument as to why it is happening, rather than what we can do about it. The most important human questions in life are “what”, “how” and “who”, rather than “why” which is always open to conjecture that solves little.

We know from the various earth sciences that climate change has been plaguing the Earth throughout its entire history. About 10,000 years ago the sea level began to rise and overran coastlines throughout the world. During medieval times there were periods of mini Ice Ages that put the world in a deep freeze causing untold human agony. A year ago I wrote about this problem here as I discussed how rising see levels would inundate many of humanities coastal settlements. A year later further evidence of this coming sea level rise, which I’ll present below, has been reported. This alone is a problem that if not dealt with soon will bring devastation upon all of humanity, except perhaps for the pigs whose wealth insulates them from the problems of the common human. We must take steps to devise solutions for this issue. With humanity though, just as settlements beneath active volcanoes continue to be rebuilt after the lava flow has subsided, economic selfishness will probably prevent humans from planning to ameliorate the coming disaster.

“CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth.

Water is eating away at the Antarctic ice, melting it where it hits the oceans. As the ice sheets slowly thaw, water pours into the sea — 130 billion tons of ice (118 billion metric tons) per year for the past decade, according to NASA satellite calculations. That’s the weight of more than 356,000 Empire State Buildings, enough ice melt to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools. And the melting is accelerating.

In the worst case scenario, Antarctica’s melt could push sea levels up 10 feet (3 meters) worldwide in a century or two, recurving heavily populated coastlines. Parts of Antarctica are melting so rapidly it has become “ground zero of global climate change without a doubt,” said Harvard geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica.

Here on the Antarctic peninsula, where the continent is warming the fastest because the land sticks out in the warmer ocean, 49 billion tons of ice (nearly 45 billion metric tons) are lost each year, according to NASA. The water warms from below, causing the ice to retreat on to land, and then the warmer air takes over. Temperatures rose 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit (3 degrees Celsius) in the last half century, much faster than Earth’s average, said Ricardo Jana, a glaciologist for the Chilean Antarctic Institute.” You can read the rest of “Glacial Melting In Antartica Makes the Continent ‘Ground Zero’ in Climate Change” here.

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Presidential Hopeful Scott Walker Compares Taking on Peaceful Wisconsin Protesters to Fighting ISIS

Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin)

Governor Scott Walker

By Elaine Magliaro

The “goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin”—aka Scott Walker—made quite a splash last Thursday during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone) said that Walker was surging in popularity thanks to his performance at CPAC, “where the union-busting governor inspired raucous applause with his ‘I was a dick in Wisconsin, and I can be one in Washington, too!’ stump speech.”

Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman (New York Times) reported that the governor of Wisconsin “spoke before a standing-room-only crowd, was repeatedly bathed in loud ovations, received only a handful of softball questions after his remarks, and avoided any direct criticism of his potential Republican rivals.”

Taibbi described Walker’s address as “a broadside against a litany of conservative bugbears, from Planned Parenthood to the media to tax day to the subversive act of voting without a photo ID, etc.” He noted that Walker’s “money line” came during a Q&A session when the “goggle-eyed homunculus” was asked how he would take on radical Islamist terrorists. That’s when the tough-talking governor compared fighting ISIS to standing up to pro-union protesters who demonstrated at the state Capital in Wisconsin in 2011. Walker spouted with pride, “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

Right, Scotty, “taking on” protesting teachers, nurses, and other public employees is akin to fighting the bloodthirsty members of ISIS who go around beheading people. OY!

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UPDATE in the Case of Tamir Rice: The City of Cleveland Claims That the Twelve-Year-Old’s Death Was Caused by His Own Actions

Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice

By Elaine Magliaro

Eric Helsig (Northeast Media Group) reported yesterday that the city of Cleveland had responded to a lawsuit filed by Tamir Rice’s family “with several defenses, including that the 12-year-old died and his family members suffered because of their own actions.” In its response, the city said that Rice’s shooting death by a Cleveland police officer last November and “all of the injuries his family claims in the suit ‘were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant.'” Helsig said that the city also claimed that the 12-year-old’s shooting death was caused “by the failure … to exercise due care to avoid injury.”

Helsig said the lawsuit, which was first filed last December, was amended in January after Tamir’s family hired new attorneys.

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Songs for Saturday: Traveling Songs


I’ll be doing some traveling today and so I thought these traveling songs would be appropriate. Probably you have some of your own to share. To start off, whenever I begin a long road trip I invariably play the following song:

However, “On the Road Again” was done with the same title, but different lyrics in 1968: Continue reading

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Dumbass Politician from Oklahoma Throws Snowball on the Senate Floor in an Effort to Prove That Climate Change Is a Hoax (VIDEOS)

Sen. James Inhofe R-Oklahoma

Sen. James Inhofe

By Elaine Magliaro

In January, climate change denier Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) officially took the gavel as chairman of the Senate’s Environment Committee. Later in the day, “he took the Senate floor for a long speech about how human-caused climate change is fake.”

Emily Atkin (ThinkProgress):

In sum, the speech has everything. References to the oft-debunked “ClimateGate” stolen e-mail “scandal”, a poster of a Time Magazine cover from 1974 claiming an ice age is coming, and multiple references to former Vice President Al Gore. It has a mention of a survey of weather-casters who think global warming is caused by natural variation, but does not mention that weather-casters are not climate scientists. It even includes the claim that the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “started” the whole idea that climate change is happening, even though the idea was conceived about 200 years ago.

Inhofe was back at it again this week–trying to debunk the fact that climate change is real by throwing a snowball on the Senate floor.

Philip Bump (Washington Post) sarcastically claimed that Inhofe had, “once and for all, disproven climate change.” Bump wrote, “While ‘eggheads’ at ‘science laboratories’ were busy worrying about how the increase in heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere was leading to a long-term upward shift in temperatures and increased atmospheric moisture, Inhofe happened to notice that it was cold outside. Weirdly cold outside. So cold, in fact, that water falling from the sky had frozen solid.” Bump added, “So he brought some of this frozen water into the Capitol and onto the Senate floor to show everyone, but mostly to show the eggheads.”

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