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Bio--the discipline, that is.

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  1. about 2 hours ago on Gary Markstein

    charlie, do you realize that none of us replying to you have made any mention of racism? We are speaking only of what we see as Trump’s incompetence in governmental functions, particularly with regard to his destruction of US foreign policy that is likely to result in major international and economic disasters. But you can’t see that and thus do not believe that we have grounds for concern. You only can focus on an imagined insult to you.

  2. about 3 hours ago on Henry Payne

    It’s not just the Supreme Court per se but a court that will be sexually regressive, outlaw abortion, only recognize heterosexual relationships, etc. They can rationalize Trump by saying God chose him to be the vessel of their program.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/07/21/feature/god-trump-and-the-meaning-of-morality/

  3. about 3 hours ago on Tim Eagan

    Yes, that too. Also, campaign for automatic registration and push states to repair their gerrymandered districts. Our best hope at this time is at the state level.

  4. about 5 hours ago on Michael Ramirez

    Opinions from European sources:

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/17/republicans-donald-trump-russia-treachery

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/16/trump-putin-orwell-moscow-agent-orange

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/how-europe-can-survive-the-donald-trump-era-a-1219447.html

  5. about 6 hours ago on Henry Payne

    Been thinking about those poll numbers. Republicans make up 29% of the electorate and evangelicals make up 25.4% of the total population. Assuming evangelicals are strongly motivated to register and vote and are most likely to register as Republicans, they would thus constitute the majority of the Republican opinion and also of Trump supporters. I’d bet they are more likely to see Putin as a supporter of their values (which they would define as true Christian values) than to see secular US gov’t institutions supporting their theocracy.

  6. about 6 hours ago on Mike Luckovich

    A chilling book review:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-a-hypernationalist-crafty-liar-exploited-political-divisions-in-1930s-germany/2018/07/19/fedb41c8-8475-11e8-8553-a3ce89036c78_story.html

  7. about 6 hours ago on Tim Eagan

    A disturbing article in the WashPost today:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2018/07/21/feature/god-trump-and-the-meaning-of-morality/

    Given that evangelicals make up 25.4%, 80% of whom support Trump (Pew), that gives us 20% of the population who think this way. They will undoubtedly be more likely to vote than many other groups, so the answer to ending rule by the theocratic minority is getting more eligible voters registered and getting them to the polls.

  8. 1 day ago on Mike Lester

    I think you are right about his dismissal of the effects of inequality. I have read a fair amount on those studies and thought he was a bit too casual in his attitude (more like grinding an ax), but I also found his complacency in our ability to conquer health problems to be naive with respect to the constant and unpredictable change in all biological systems.

  9. 1 day ago on Gary Markstein

    charlie, you are asking me to imagine a fairy tale. I can imagine Clinton doing many things I wouldn’t agree with, but not the kinds of things Trump has done in the past few weeks. Therefore, your question becomes meaningless in the broad sense. To be brutally honest, I cannot imagine any previous president in my lifetime (and I’m in the mid-70’s) who would have done what Trump did.

  10. 1 day ago on Mike Lester

    Thanks, lonecat. Our library has several of his books, and I now have a hold in both for his Vietnam book and for his study of the history of guerrilla warfare. Also, I have almost finished “Enlightenment Now”. I have found it very interesting and thought-provoking, although I have some disagreements with some of his biological interpretations. The one thing I do think is that he would have benefited from a tougher editor. I found myself wishing he would not go on and on so much and tended to skip over what I found to be wordy without adding to the conclusion.