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Inside The Mind Of An Evangelical Trump-Supporter

This is a page from a Donald Trump coloring book on sale for $8 at Sam’s Club in Killeen, Texas. Remember that there are people in our country who bought this intentionally and unironically. (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Raised in a politically conservative religious household, I typically have a good understanding of[…]

Wealth And Income Inequality: What Are We Really Talking About?

Wealth inequality in Europe and the U.S., 1810-2010 (Source — .pdf, 1.2MB) The more I learn about wealth and income inequality, the more I realize I didn’t know — and still don’t know — and the more it’s obvious that many other people don’t know. Rampant confusion reigns. In my observation, most laypersons don’t understand[…]

Million Vs. Billion

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Published on: 2017.02.12

“Million” and “billion” get thrown around a lot in science and economics. It can be difficult to grasp the difference. “Just add three more zeroes” doesn’t quite get the gist of it. Here are a few concrete examples to keep in mind, to help picture the difference between a million and a billion: 1 million[…]

Mean Vs. Median

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Published on: 2017.02.12

Not everyone deals with math every day, and that’s fine. Most people don’t need to know the following in their day-to-day lives. However, I write this entry so I can link to it from other entries that mention “mean”, “average”, or “median”. Most of us see these terms only in news stories about the economy:[…]

Those Pesky Facts: The #MuslimBan Edition (UPDATED)

While President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order on immigration isn’t technically a “Muslim Ban”, it does bar entry into the U.S. for citizens of Muslim-majority nations. Specifically: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The ban is 90 days, except for “indefinitely” in the case of Syria. Trump’s stated purpose in this order[…]

A Poor Start To My War On Misinformation

Note the “I don’t care” response after I pointed out the quote was fake. As I said in my previous entry: If someone else posts fake news, I’ll let them know. This hasn’t won me many friends, but I’m not in life to have a bunch of friends who share fake news. It just so[…]

The Fake News Epidemic

(Click to see it full size) Someone — I wish I knew who, so I could attribute — made this helpful chart showing where various news agencies fall on the left/right political spectrum, as well as on the worth-reading spectrum. Note that this chart doesn’t actually include “fake news” sites — sites that invent stories[…]

Vague, Tautological Meme Is Vague And Tautological

This week’s silly meme I bring up this meme only because I’ve seen it so often on social media. Apparently, about a third of the people in my online circles think this is true. For searchability reasons, I include the text (correcting for the ALL-CAPS issue): “Am I the only one around here who thinks[…]

We Need To Stop Disagreeing On Facts And Start Arguing Solutions

Oddly, too many arguments between the left and right in our country have shifted into arguments about whether facts are true. Evolution is real! — No it’s not! Climate change is real! — No it’s not! Racial bias in policing! — Doesn’t exist! Guns are dangerous! — Second Amendment! Tax the wealthy! — Taxation is[…]

All Politicians Lie. But Why?

Donald J. Trump, 2015 “All politicians lie”, it is said. It’s a political extension of “everyone lies”. While it might not be entirely true, the cliché exists because the behavior is common. And most of the time, it’s easy to see why they lie. Not so with Donald Trump.

No, You’re Probably Not Being Persecuted

I only bring this up because this morning I ran across yet another Christian online who claimed to be “persecuted” — his own words, yet offered no specifics. The persecution complex is strong among certain Christians. I know it’s real because I was one of them; I experienced the very real feelings. We were told[…]

When Trump Voters Deny The Racism

Killeen, Texas: a local business flies the Trump-Pence flag just underneath the U.S. flag, including the slogan “Make American Great Again” (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Several times in the past few week, I’ve watched as conservatives denied the inherent racism in Donald Trump’s campaign. Here are two examples, copied and pasted from[…]

Do The Math

The meme insinuates we should be able to pay for health care with $2 billion This meme popped into my Facebook timeline three separate times this weekend. It says (I’ve fixed the all-caps issue): “Welcome to America where we will spend $2 billion on an election, but we can’t afford to give everyone free healthcare.”[…]

I Just Realized Earth’s Orbit Is Not Elliptical

(This one won’t look good on mobile platforms, at least in my tests. I apologize for that, but can’t think of a good way to fix it. If you’re viewing this on a phone, scroll past the long vertical image to see the text.) Earth’s position in the Universe View larger (2953 x 23,624 —[…]

Your Toddler Can Operate A Major Appliance According To Memes

This week’s Stupid Meme says your “child” (no age listed) should be operating major appliances and dealing with dangerous chemicals. This entry should be short. The only problem with it is the word “child”. “If your child can operate a smartphone, they can use any one of these.” (I added the punctuation and fixed the[…]

Debunking The “We Survived It” Memes

One of several memes with similar themes I’ve been seeing internet memes along this theme for a few years now — not to mention hearing these ideas expressed via conversation. The implication is always: “these stupid modern rules are unnecessary”, the “proof” being that “we survived without those rules”. Some of the memes are more[…]

Is Obama Planning Another Pearl Harbor?

In light of recent shocking revelations that Barack Obama is the “founder of ISIS” (source: Trump) and that “successful radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the United States… all started when Clinton and Obama got into office” (source: Giuliani*), there are more “facts” to recognize. Hawaii was admitted to the union in ’59. Barack Obama was[…]

‘If There Are Gods’ : A Bogus Quote From Marcus

Often attributed to Marcus Aurelius The quotation embedded in the image at right is often attributed to Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161-180 CE, the words said to come from Meditations, a series of private writings by Aurelius which he likely never intended to be public. For searchability reasons, the quote is as follows: “Live[…]

‘The Paradox Of Our Time’ Isn’t A Paradox And Isn’t True

A poorly copied version found on Facebook View it larger You’ve probably heard or read one version or another of the short essay “The Paradox Of Our Age” (or “Paradox Of Our Time”), and — depending on the context in which you heard it — it might have seemed poignant. It’s often attributed to the[…]

Video Edit Debunking: The Couric Edition

SVHS cheerleader with sign Odessa, Texas (Copyright © 2011 by Wil C. Fry.) Last year, when the heavily-edited anti-Planned Parenthood videos were debunked, liberals cried foul, as well they should have. In a true democratic republic, we shouldn’t have voters and their representatives depending on deliberately false information when making decisions that affect the citizenry.[…]

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