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With the election seemingly returning us to mixed government with razor-thin majorities in battle ground states, you gotta wonder, how the fuck did we get here and how the fuck do we break this impasse? Here’s part 1 of my explainer.
Reading time: 9 minutes!?! OUCH! There are lots of heading, though, so you can skip around and find the juiciest most interesting parts.
Climate change news just keeps getting worse. And, until we reach some kind of happy equilibrium — that’s a population of about 500,00 human beings, BTW — with planet earth, it probably will just keep getting worse, too. I mean, as bad as it is right now, when billions of people begin dying, that will be worse. So, what happens when the worst happens? Unfortunately, even more bad stuff: violence and cruelty
Why does the appeal to racism work so often in politics? Why are so many people vulnerable to the racist appeal? Terror Management Theory gives us insight into the politics of racism and hope in countering it.
Human beings evolved to work best in groups. And, like all other mental disorders, we can take that group effort into the realms of madness. The GOP and conservatives have done just that. Luckily, the counter-weight to their madness is also rests in our efforts as a group.
Social Dominance Theory diagnoses our political divide and it offers a solution. Let’s try it out on our gun violence problem to see how it works!
We can’t seem to erase white supremacy from white culture! Find out how we made white supremacists. Share your ideas about getting rid of this scourge.
With the death of Roger Ailes, we are focused on the contributions of news to political polarization. Now we have liberal fake news to contend with. Here we examine the role of perception in our polarized politics.
Bickering Dems to the left of us! Bickering progressives to the right of us! Bickering leftists all around us! So, let’s focus that bickering on the GOP and the 2018 elections instead, hunh?
Tired of arguing with your favorite drunk uncle and getting no where? Wonder what is going on in that inebriated head of his? An fMRI study sheds some light on why political beliefs are so difficult to change. But, there are some recommendations that may help!
We live in an extraordinarily stupid era. Where does the stupid come from? Why are we being governed by such stupidity?
Trump is a racist! Clinton is a bigot! Whatever Kaepernick is doing! Race and racism is seemingly every where right now, but where does it come from? What drives whites to be racist?
My thoughts on Solution Sundays an idea that two Republican senators are promoting to overcome the racial divide in the country. Spoiler: the idea needs to be tweaked. Find out how.
The massacre in Orlando, the anniversary of Newtown, the sit-in on the floor of the House: why does the pro-gun lobby have such a strangle hold on government? Science can explain it and recommend some actions to take.
How did Trump become a thing? Read about how Daniel Kahneman and risk assessment can be used to explain how Obama made Trump possible. Thanks Obama!
Ever wonder why the GOP seems to be perpetually at odds with everyone? Groupthink explains it all.
Once a falsehood or an honest mistake has been introduced into the electorate, it can take on a life of its own. It can be very difficult to scrub this from the consciousness of the population. This post explores the reasons behind people clinging to a disproved lie or errors like death panels in the ACA.