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  • To Get All Kansas legislators on the Record

    April 27, 2016

    David Burress

    Even if this legislature by some miracle reverses Brownback’s witless abolition of income taxes on the bourgeoisie, Brownback’s veto will not be overridden. Nevertheless making the attempt to repeal the tax exemptions for the many thousands of businesses that do not need them is important in order to get all Kansas legislators on the record ...

  • The Right Wing’s Meaning of “life”

    April 26, 2016

    David Burress

    Right wing thinking is especially obtuse about metaphor, in several different ways.   Consider the “right to life,” a wonderful slogan which comes from the most important line in our most important founding document, the Declaration of Independence. In right wing hands the “right to life” does NOT have the literal meanings you would expect: they are ...

  • Climate Change Denier Logic–Hint: Something to Do With Protecting Large Oil Companies

    April 26, 2016

    David Burress

    George Will, a post-modern climate denier, is accusing Democratic Attorney Generals of censorship and authoritarianism because they are suing Exxon-mobile over its climate-change speech.   Actually, they are suing Exxon-mobile for censoring its own scientific research and then lying about it.   In Will’s post-modern universe: 1. It is not “climate change denial” if you merely raise a series of ...

  • Fiscal irresponsibility of Nuclear Power

    April 26, 2016

    David Burress

    According to a standard center-right meme leftists are antiscience because they oppose nuclear power as a cure for climate change. In reality, that meme is itself based on social science denial. Nuclear power is just not economically competitive. Moreover, what makes it even remotely affordable is the immense value of the unfair and unwarranted Price-Anderson ...