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Are those on the Right overly skeptical of science?

CBS did a report on the need to secure the border. (Yes, that CBS.) There was concern over the number of illegals crossing it, as well as coverage of the threat of terrorists entering that way. Really.

It’s often said that those on the Right are skeptical of science, but a new study clarifies that, and also shows that no matter your politics, your worldview often decides whether you believe the latest study or not. (Which means that most on the Left will not believe this study, I suppose.)

Some US cities are going to be experimenting with Universal Basic Income. However, a recently concluded experiment in Canada should give us food for thought.

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CBS Exposes Danger of Illegal Border Crossings… From Canada

Study finds conservatives ‘right to be skeptical of scientists’

Canadian experiment quickly shows failures of universal basic income

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The March for Settled Science

On April 22nd, people took to the streets in what was called the March for Science! It’s not really explained who would be against science; that was just a convenient straw man. In fact, there was a good representation of anti-Trump signs, so that it seemed this was equal parts scientific and political. And many folks would agree that science has become too politicized, though the marchers probably couldn’t see that it’s being done by both sides, including theirs.

Republicans are continuing to work on their repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. Well, it’s more like a “repeal and rename” strategy. Much of the failures of ObamaCare remain, but now Republicans will be blamed when the train wreck happens; a pre-existing condition that would have happened anyway, but now that the GOP will claim to have “fixed” it without actually fixing it, they’ll bring the blame on themselves.

Mentioned links:

20 Funniest Signs at the March for Science

Science vs. Science™!

The March for … What?

House Freedom Caucus endorses Republicans’ revised health care plan; centrists still wary

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Does the science prove this is true?

Does the science prove this is true?

We’ve been told various things about human sexuality in the 21st century, and it’s what those activists who have been trying to get laws changed and policies made have said was the absolute truth. They’ve presented it, however, without much evidence at all, if any. But now, an examination of over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences, done by two of the nation’s leading scholars on mental health and sexuality, have determined that these claims are just not backed up by the science.

We need more information, but in the meantime, we’re making public policy based on very incomplete data.

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Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong

Sexuality and Gender – Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences

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Works on paper, but does it work in the lab?

Works on paper, but does it work in the lab?

If evolution works, it has to work, not just at the macro level, but even down to the smallest level; proteins. The Institute of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon, has been investigating this, and their findings have given them pause. Or should have.

Venezuela raised its minimum wage. Again. For the 4th time just this year. Can we look to that country to show how raising it here would be good for their economy? (Hint: No. Bernie Sanders supporters, beware.)

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Oops! Evolutionists Disproving Evolution

Venezuelan President Announces 30% Minimum Wage Increase

Clashes in Venezuela as economic shortages continue to bite

10 Most Dangerous Cities in the World 2014

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Three years old!

Three years old!

This is the Consider This podcast, which recently passed its third anniversary, bringing you conservative commentary, and your feedback, in 10-minute-or-less chunks, since June 14th of 2012. I’ve left the terrible twos and am entering the thrilling threes! And just like the 1st and 2nd anniversaries, the time limit might just take a holiday for this episode.

I’ve got kind of a general topic for this anniversary. I’m going to explain, not why I’m conservative, but why I’m not a liberal. The launching point for this will be what seems to me the Liberal Utopia society would be, and why it doesn’t really work or why I believe that some features are really problems.

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List of countries by energy consumption per capita

Consumption by the United States

The top 1% and what they pay

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Do more guns mean more murders and suicides? A Harvard study of European countries may surprise you. Or cause you to yawn in recognition of something we’ve long understood.

Is the stem cell debate — embryonic vs adult — now over with the discovery in Israel? It may just be. Some may still want to debate it, of course, but the results suggest that the fat lady has sung. (And she is a great source of stem cells!)

And places are being shut down that have never been shut down during this government shutdown. Gee, why would that be?

The 9th annual People’s Podcast Awards are open for nominations! Now, you’re people, and I’m a podcast, so it only makes sense that you nominate me, right? Just go to PodcastAwards.com. Please vote for me in the Politics / News category. Where it asks for the URL, just enter considerthis.ctpodcasting.com. You can only submit the nomination page once for this year, so if you have other podcasts you like, nominate them as well. But don’t wait too late. Nominations close at midnight, October 15th. I would really appreciate a nomination in this rather prestigious award.

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Harvard gun study concludes gun bans don’t reduce the murder rate

‘CAN LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS WITH GUNS COMBAT MASS SHOOTINGS?’ – THIS LIST ANSWERS THAT QUESTION

Stem cells made with near-perfect efficiency

PRUDEN: The cheap tricks of the game

A list of unnecessary things shutdown by Obama to inflict public pain

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Would you support a baker who refused to bake a cake with a Swastika on it celebrating a pair of loving neo-Nazis who were getting married? Would the ACLU come down on the side of the baker, or the couple? Now, listen as I make one small change to the situation and see if all of a sudden, things change drastically.

Would you believe that there is media bias in how the same-sex marriage issue is portrayed and reported? Well, a Pew Research study proves it, and the NY Times reports it as actual news. (Which it is, but it may really be news to NY Times readers.)

George W. Bush, far from being the anti-science neanderthal he was portrayed as, believed science could research its way out of the ethical dilemma of using already-frozen embryonic cells as a source for stem cells. Now we’re producing embryonic cells from skin.

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TVTalk – Under the Dome

Colo. gay discrimination alleged over wedding cake

Florist sued again for refusing to provide flowers for gay wedding

Christian Photographer Who Refused Gay Wedding Lost Lawsuit

Study Finds Supportive Tilt to Gay Marriage Coverage

Researchers make embryonic stem cells from skin

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