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Study: Some people lose faith in democracy when the candidate they expect to win doesn’t

For lack of a better name, I would call THIS the Spoiled Brat Syndrome: When asked who is going to win an election, people tend to predict their own candidate will come out on top. When that doesn’t happen, according to a new study from the University of Georgia, these “surprised losers” often have less trust in government and democracy. And the news media may be partly to blame, according to Barry Hollander, author of the study and UGA professor in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. “You need the...

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Science journal: Climate change is spurring a mass extinction

Don’t tell your Republican friends about THIS.  They’ll only respond with shrugs or feeble jokes about Al Gore: The loss and decline of animals around the world — caused by habitat loss and global climate disruption — mean we’re in the midst of a sixth “mass extinction” of life on Earth, according to several studies out Thursday in the journal Science. One study found that although human population has doubled in the past 35 years, the number of invertebrate animals – such as beetles, butterflies, spiders and...

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Poll: Americans overwhelmingly reject the idea of impeaching Obama

Impeachment of an American president and removal of him or her from office is a political process, not a criminal proceeding. That’s one of the reasons why Bill Clinton served out his second term in the White House. The public wanted it that way. And that’s why Barack Obama almost certainly will serve out his second term as well. The American people, by a wide margin, don’t want him removed from office. Nor do they support House Speaker John Boehner’s cockamamie lawsuit against Obama. Check THIS, for example: There’s...

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Republican lawmaker wants Google investigated for its liberal bias

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, a California Republican,  is not widely known as the sharpest knife in the drawer — and with good reason. For example, Rohrbacher seems to think that Congress has nothing better to do than investigate why his Google search for information on a certain right-wing was somehow unsatisfactory. The story is...

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Two years ago this week, solar storms nearly caused a catastrophe here on Earth

I’m guessing that millions of people would have freaked out if there had been advance notice of THIS POTENTIAL DISASTER: On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.  These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most powerful in at least 150 years. “If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces,” physicist Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado tells NASA. Fortunately, the...

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Some right-wingers love to cite the role of Democrats in the segregationist South of yore

Every once in a while, I get a comment on my blog from some conservative who thinks a clever point is made by recalling the days when the Democratic Party was dominated to a certain extent by Southern segregationists. Such comments seem oblivious to the fact that the Democrats long ago cut their ties with segregationists. When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he privately said to an aide: “We have lost the South for a generation.” LBJ’s prediction was borne out in part by the extent to which the Democratic and Republican...

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