Republicans Say We Should Just Laugh Off Donald Trump’s Assassination “Joke.” No.

Bottom line: don’t accept “just joking” as excuse for what Trump said today. The in-group for that joke should be tiny. Like his hands.

Source: Republicans Say We Should Just Laugh Off Donald Trump’s Assassination “Joke.” No. | Mother Jones

An interesting take-down of Trump’s crass remark by a Texas attorney.

Musings on Fordidden Fruits: Science vs Religion

Chris Mooney writing for Mother Jones, the American non-profit news organisation, published an article this week, Study: Science and Religion Really Are Enemies After All discussing a recent paper, Forbidden Fruits: The Political Economy of Science, Religion, and Growth by Roland Bénabou et al.

As part of our motivating evidence, we also uncover a new fact: in both international and cross-state U.S. data, there is a signicant negative relationship between religiosity and innovativeness (patents per capita), even after controlling for the standard empirical determinants of the latter.

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