Millions of People Will Suffer

November 11, 2016

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Eddie Tabash, Chair of CFI's Board of Directors, and a man who could crush your bones just by looking at you askance, tells the CFI community that in a Trump presidency, "We will face the greatest threats to our freedoms and our values that many of us have ever seen":

The path forward is clear to me. Under a Trump presidency, the Center for Inquiry must display unmatched resolve in resisting harmful Trump initiatives – in defending and advancing our shared ideals of reason, science, and secular values. We need to double down. ... To stave off possible futures like these, CFI needs to be in the vanguard among the national organizations resisting anti-secular, anti-freedom, and anti-science initiatives from a Trump White House. To do that, we will need the resources to get the job done in educational, legal, advocacy, and public-policy work. 

Trump is blocking access for journalists as he gets ready to take over. 

LiveScience looks at what a Trump presidency will mean for science: "Some of Trump's statements are at odds with science." You don't say.

David Roberts at Vox:

The story of US leadership on climate is dead. ... The chance of limiting temperature to 1.5 or 2 degrees is, for all intents and purposes, gone. There’s going to be severe, dangerous climate change. Millions of people will suffer. 

Sam Harris discusses the election on his podcast, with an episode titled "The Most Powerful Clown." I will not listen to it until I've secured the sharp objects and pills. 

Max Read: Facebook, and the fake news it allows to flourish, gave us Trump

Uri Geller gloats that he psychically/numerologically predicted Trump's victory. There is no end to the idiocy this election will validate. 

James Croft thinks about what to do next

Included in a variety of designs for Starbucks' red holiday season cups (yes, we actually are talking about this) is one with a nativity scene. Hemant says:

If there’s one thing conservative Christians hate more than being ignored, it’s being treated as equals with people who think differently, so expect those complaints soon. 

It sure seems like Jakarta's governor, a Christian accused of blasphemy, is about to endure a show trial. 

Speaking of show trials, Edzard Ernst explains how alt-med peddlers mislead people with cooked clinical trials.

It is Veterans' Day, and there are and always have been atheists in foxholes

Quote of the Day:

I don't have one. 

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#1 Old Rockin' Dave (Guest) on Friday November 11, 2016 at 10:07am

Let’s not forget Mike Pence’s own understanding of science.
“Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill.”
“Two out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and nine out of 10 smokers do not contract lung cancer.”
I’d love to see him at the roulette table.

#2 Mario (Guest) on Friday November 11, 2016 at 1:14pm

“...a man who could crush your bones just by looking at you…”

Yeah, we get it—you guys are bad-asses.

#3 Randy (Guest) on Friday November 11, 2016 at 3:03pm

Quote of the Day”

“they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn’t bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it’s not okay because if they take my stapler then I’ll set the building on fire”

Never underestimate a man’s attachment to a really good stapler.  (Mine’s not a Swingline, it’s an Arrow Fastener.  It’s beautiful.)  I took it about 20 years ago when I was screwed by my then-employer.

#4 Randy (Guest) on Friday November 11, 2016 at 3:11pm

“Millions of people will suffer”

But, think of the real estate opportunities!  (You know that’s Trump’s angle…)

I don’t believe for a second that we were ever going to limit temperature rise.  This species is too stupid, and too greedy, and won’t stop reproducing.  What do you think the Mars mission is all about?  People really think they’re just going to move to a frozen desert world after killing this one.

But at least now that it’s obvious we’re doing nothing, we can start reacting to it.  What ARE we going to do to handle the coming disaster?

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