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October 30, 2016

Hillary Goes To Church in Fla.: "We Are Not Going To Back Down" (X-posted from GD)


Monica Alba ?@albamonica 13m13 minutes ago
HRC at New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Florida: "Suffering produces endurance & endurance produces character & character produces hope"

Monica Alba ?@albamonica 12m12 minutes ago
"No matter what is thrown at us, we need to stay focused on our goal," Hillary Clinton says at church in FL. "We are not going to back down"

October 30, 2016

Mathematics and Religion

Roundtable discussion with Dominic Balestra, Loren Graham, Edward Nelson, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, and Max Tegmark.

October 28, 2016

So, who are the smartest scientists? (since we're on the topic...)

My question is, where do mathematicians fit in here?

So, who are the smartest scientists?

Inside Higher Ed |
February 14, 2014 12:00PM


In an interview, Dutton said social scientists aren’t stupid, or necessarily extreme in their politics or overly religious. But, statistically speaking, they have lower IQs than their colleagues in biological and physical sciences and are likelier to be extremely conservative or liberal or religious, or both.

Dutton said that there are many similarities between political extremism and religious fundamentalism; in other research, he uses the term “replacement religions” to describe the phenomenon.

“[Physical] scientists are overwhelmingly atheist,” Dutton said. “This is predicted by their high IQ, which allows you to rise above emotion and see through the fallacious, emotional arguments.” Arguments about God are all emotional arguments, he added.

The paper is a meta-analysis of existing data showing several things: that natural scientists have higher IQs than social scientists; that low intelligence “predicts” political extremism and religiosity; and that physical scientists at elite institutions are less likely to believe in God or be politically extreme than their counterparts in the social sciences.



October 26, 2016

NRA Shows Its Support for Donald Trump With Big Ad Spending

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump, who has seen the Republican establishment’s support for his presidential candidacy deteriorate in recent weeks, has found a stalwart in one conservative institution: the National Rifle Association.

The group has spent more than $26.8 million on ads promoting Mr. Trump and attacking Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. That’s more than twice what it spent at this point in the 2012 election and more than any other outside group backing the GOP ticket in 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records. The next biggest spending pro-Trump group, Rebuilding America Now, has spent less than $17 million on advertising.

“No other outside group committed the necessary resources to defeat Hillary Clinton so the NRA had to fill the holes,” said Jennifer Baker, spokeswoman for the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action.

The pro-gun-rights group endorsed Mr. Trump earlier than it had with any other presidential candidate—a fact he mentions frequently on the campaign trail. And the GOP convention speech by Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s political and lobbying arm, was the group’s first appearance at a national party convention.

Read more: http://www.wsj.com/articles/nra-shows-its-support-for-donald-trump-with-big-ad-spending-1477431363

October 23, 2016

If it's Sunday, Hillary Clinton is making a stop at church (X-posted from GD)


Monica Alba ?@albamonica 11m11 minutes ago
If it's Sunday, Hillary Clinton is making a stop at church. This morning, she's accompanied by 5 "Mothers of the Movement" in North Carolina

Dan Merica ?@danmericaCNN 16m16 minutes ago
Hillary Clinton is going to church this morning at Union Baptist Church in Durham, NC with the Mothers of the Movement.

Gitt ?@tamaragitt 15m15 minutes ago
The Mothers of the Movement joining Hillary Clinton at Union Baptist Church this morning in Durham, NC

Tamara Gitt ?@tamaragitt 4m4 minutes ago
another Sunday on the campaign trail: Hillary Clinton addressing congregates at Union Baptist Church in Durham, NC

Hannah Chanpong ?@hannahfc 27m27 minutes ago
@HillaryClinton at Union Baptist Church in Durham, NC: "We are asked to love one another. We’re not encouraged....We are commanded."

October 23, 2016

Sam Harris: Donald Trump would be our first atheist president

Republican Donald Trump could become the first atheist president of the United States, according to neuroscience author Sam Harris.

“The one thing that is surprising and actually hopeful in Trump’s candidacy is the fact that he has dissected out the religious, social conservative component of the Republican Party,” Harris said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

“Evangelicals, for the most part, were going for Trump over Cruz when it was pretty clear to them that Trump was just pretending to be religious.”

Harris, who is associated with the “New Atheism” movement, mocked Trump for referring to “Second Corinthians” as “Corinthians Two” during a speech at the evangelical Liberty University.

“It is clear to them that he is just miming the language or impersonating a person of faith, but they don’t care really, as long as he does it,” he explained. “And that — if you look for a silver lining to this – it shows they just want a space where their religious convictions are not under attack. They don’t really care that the person in charge share them. If you pretend to share them, that’s good enough.”


“He might be our first atheist president.”



October 20, 2016

Open Carry and Election Law

ByJosh MarshallPublishedOctober 16, 2016, 3:20 PM EDT

Here's one topic I've been thinking about and which we're going to be talking about next week. Where do state laws on voter suppression and open-carry intersect with federal laws on voter intimidation and voting rights?

You saw this incident last week where two Trumpers stood outside a Democratic campaign office in Virginia for twelve hours holding firearms. This was obviously menacing behavior. And this takes on a new dimension, both substantively and in terms of federal law, when it's tied to elections. But it was also completely legal under state firearms laws.

We know Donald Trump now repeatedly asks his supporters to go to minority precincts on election day to search for signs of voter fraud and attempts to steal the election. Today his chief surrogate Rudy Giuliani told Jake Tapper that Democrats are able to steal elections because they "control the inner cities." So there's no longer much attempt to be subtle about warning that black people are going to steal the election for Hillary Clinton.

Voting officials in a number of open-carry states say it wouldn't necessarily be against the law if Trumpers did some version of what happened in Virginia outside polling places. It wouldn't necessarily be protected either. It would be up to the local election official to decide if it amounted to intimidation or interference.


October 20, 2016

"I'll keep you in suspense, OK?": The NRA needs to drop Trump TODAY and end the suspense.

Every hour that passes since this sentence was uttered by the NRA's officially endorsed candidate is another hour of NRA-induced and NRA-sponsored suspense.

The NRA needs to end the suspense and clarify where it stands on the US Constitution, now.

October 20, 2016

The NRA Has Aired 1 in 6 of All Pro-Trump TV Ads

The gun lobby has launched a $22 million ad-blitz to defeat Clinton.

Oct 19, 2016

As more Republicans abandon their support for Donald Trump, the National Rifle Association has launched a more than $22 million ad blitz to help elect him and defeat Hillary Clinton. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity, the gun lobby is responsible for 16 percent of all pro-Trump television ads aired during this election cycle.

The NRA ads mostly target residents in the swing states of Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and and are tailored to court women—a demographic that's expected to largely vote against Trump. According to CPI, the NRA has been behind about 1 of every 8 presidential TV ads aired in Ohio in October. (It's aired about 1 in 9 presidential ads in North Carolina and about 1 in 20 ads in Pennsylvania during the month.)</p>



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