Why do political and religious discussions become heated?

Dialog on most topics tends to not result in heated verbal exchanges, but move on to either strongly embraced politics or religion ideas and you may find that verbal a whiplash is soon being deployed. What is going on here, why is it like this? What is even more fascinating is that even when faced with mountains of … Read moreWhy do political and religious discussions become heated?

Building walls instead of bridges

In these “interesting” times, I do wonder if I need to send a thank you note to Mr Trump because if he was not around I might have nothing to write about. OK, so let’s ponder over Mr Trumps latest folly, a wall that will cost billions. Why is it being built? It is basically a con … Read moreBuilding walls instead of bridges

@SenSchumer bounces McConnell’s 2009 letter back at him.

Back last September when Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was on his way out and retiring, he gave a speech in which he laid out the preceding eight years of GOP Obstructionism in detail … “History will look back and note that Republicans in Congress treated President Obama with unprecedented disrespect,” Reid said, arguing that … Read more@SenSchumer bounces McConnell’s 2009 letter back at him.

Scientists launching anonymous hotline for NOAA workers

We have already had a small taste of what might come with the Trump administration. Within the scientific community there is a considerable climate of fear building up, and it is not un-warrented. Why? Data Point 1 – Trumps’ appointments We have seen the appointment of wholly inappropriate individuals and there is real fear of more of … Read moreScientists launching anonymous hotline for NOAA workers

Why is there a ‘reality gap’?

Much is being written about fake news and so there has been a dawning realisation that we live in an age where there is a very distinct reality gap. Steve Benen writes on MSNBC about how disconnected some are from reality. He describes it as follows … what struck me as especially notable about the … Read moreWhy is there a ‘reality gap’?

Climate Change: What will happen if we do nothing?

The official position of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is that the “Do Nothing” approach will led to an increase in Global temperatures of something in the range of 2.6 and 4.8 degrees above pre-industrial numbers by about 2100. However, there is now some emerging evidence via an analysis of palo-climatology data that this may … Read moreClimate Change: What will happen if we do nothing?