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scientists or rational thought need not apply

Conservatism in the United States has hitched its wagon to two things: religious fundamentalism and unbridled free market capitalism; both of which conspire against what science is trying to do in this world.

The first belief hinges on literal creationism spelled out in the Biblical story and hence leaves many things in the hands of a benevolent or vengeful God. Some of these conservatives are evangelicals who believe in things like the rapture.

The second dogma is based on open markets where the realities of climate change will not be allowed to deter the amassing of profits. Hence they will simply block their ears when scientists warn of a warming planet thanks to our addiction to fossil fuels.

The current sitting American president is not only a moron but is also highly volatile and can change political stances like a weather vane. What drives him is profound immaturity coupled with an almost psychopathic zeal to appear competent and powerful; which is precisely the reverse of reality. He got where he is thanks to marketing skills, the lack of knowledge of many voters and because the Democrats ran a disastrous candidate.

So as scientists marched this week to advertise the need for rational policies that try and balance economic health with sustainable development this White House has decimated the support staff that used to advise the president on all matters scientific down to one sole person. But who needs science with this bunch of radicals in charge.

Needless to say, a lot of harm can be done in 4 years.

Meanwhile, as the media focuses on Russian interference in the US election and Trump continues to distract from his incompetence by blaming immigrants and other countries for what ails the US, Noam Chomsky states the obvious. The country to be most concerned about according to the rest of the world is the one currently being run by a lunatic.....


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