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Leading from Imperiled Ego: Professor Nina Kruscheva on Maddow, On Putin

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Leave it to Maddow to do the research. And find actual experts. On someone as complex an individual as Vladimir Putin.

There are few scholars, particularly teaching in New York City that can speak to the USSR and Putin and His Russia with credulity, never mind credibility.

Rachel had one on air by 9:30 last night. Now teaching at The New School in NYC, Nina Kruscheva and Maddow had a worthy discussion of both background and possible paths forward.

Following Kruscheva's interview, Maddow pivoted to some superb and factual reporting about the Fvx Nation Revered Reagan response to the 1983 Soviet shoot down. Have a gander.

The zombie plane of corpses conspiracy was worthy of Hannity ... wait a minute ... is there a Russian Hannity feeding him bullshite blintzes and vice versa?!?

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Her next block brought the well-crafted story home.

Image, The Daily Mail UK

Image, The Daily Mail UK

That photo of rows and rows of sunflowers being searched by off-duty Ukranian coal miners ... for bodies from the downed airliner. Chilling.

Until the "crime scene" was shut down by the separatists thought responsible for the crash ... leaving the bodies to lie in those Eastern Ukrainian fields for a second night. Unrefrigerated.

It's already midday in Eastern Ukraine, being about 7:30 a.m. EST - here's hoping the families and victims find more justice amidst the political machination as day three of this human tragedy of a search and recovery operation continues.

Image, Daily Mail UK

Image, Daily Mail UK

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GOP Are Not Climate Control Scientists, But Play One On TV

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When I have a medical problem, I seek out a doctor.

When I have a plumbing problem, I seek out a plumber.

When I have a tax problem, I seek out an accountant.

Crazy, no? So when the world has a scientific problem -- global warming and climate change -- who do we seek out? Scientists?

Hell no. Those lab coat wearing geeks never agree on anything. They're still too hung up on totally unproven theories of things like gravity,  radiation is bad for us, and that whopper of whoppers, we're a product of evolution, not creationism.  The answers lie not in our stars (sorry Nancy and Ronald Reagan) but in faith-based ideologues who can be trusted. Seers. Prophets. Clairvoyants. We need to seek the truth from our elected officials -- GOP congressmen and GOP senators. If anyone understands ancient history, it's those who still live in it.

According to their right-wing, conservative agenda and their political party planks, we know that even God comes to them for guidance, and not the other way around. These climate guys in the GOP (sorry ladies, you're really only tokens under their tent) aren't like those crazy whacked out communist Democratic liberal egg-heads. Republicans don't waste their time with evidence, facts or even scientific theory. The GOP just plain knows. And when you know something comes from the GOP, that trumps every other form of evidence. Period.

So, grab your bible and your gun, sit down and listen to the real pros. Here's the true geniuses and guardians of our future, all in one video, assuring us we can relax. We're not in any danger. Nothing needs to be done. Phhhw. Damn, those scientists had me scared there for a minute:

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Rick Perry Isn't Stupid -- He's Just Ignorant Of The Facts

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CPAC is going on this week and wraps on Sunday. You all know what CPAC really stands for: Conservative Pinocchio Activists Convention. It's where lies are your friends and truth is your fiend. Longest nose at the end of the week wins and so far, it's a tight race but one of the leading candidates is Texas Republican, Gov. Rick Perry.

This year, in addition to his garbled rhetoric came new packaging. He's got glasses. Someone might have warned him that wearing big oversize spectacles doesn't make you smart, or even look smart, they just bring more attention the ever-growing proboscis.

Rick Perry seems to have really made a popular comeback this week while addressing the crowd, tossing them one piece of raw meat after another. Not that his bon-mots had any relevancy to fact, but he sure got that good ol' time religion feeling going. He stoked the crowd more than anyone else.

So I was interested in doing a little fact-checking on one of his claims. It seemed to fly right into the face of what I had been reading. I live in California now and pay great attention to our fiscal outlook here in my adopted state. According the Perry and reported by YAHOO NEWS:

Perry said Democratic governors lead states with higher taxes, more regulations and fewer jobs. He singled out New York and California as egregious examples.

The Los Angeles Times reported this, recently:

"We now find that California’s state budget situation is even more promising than we projected one year ago," said the report from the Legislative Analyst's Office. "The state’s budgetary condition is stronger than at any point in the past decade."

The state is on track to end the current fiscal year next June with a reserve of $2.4 billion, more than twice the original estimate of $1.1 billion, thanks to higher-than-expected tax revenue, the report said. California's school funding formula is also expected to send $3.1 billion more to schools.

Schools could see an additional $3.1 billion sent to them? Education? Gov. Perry, aren't you the one who wants to eliminate the department of education altogether?

Oh, and according to your own Texas Medical Association, doesn't Texas leads the country in uninsured residents? I know you strive to be number 1, but you do it in the worst possible way.

Governor Perry, how do truth and official reports jibe with your statement condemning Democratic run states? Not so much. Suffering, are we, from the big hat, little cattle syndrome, Gov. Rick? Or is it little brain?

But while you're at the Pinocchio convention, maybe you should talk to your fellow governor from New Jersey, who like you aspires to be elected President in 2016. Governor Chris Christie's state ranks dead last in fiscal solvency, according to the US Economy Report reported by NBC.

Do you really think either of you has a chance to run a nation when you can't even run your own states?

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Bill Nye Makes Ham Sandwich Out Of Creationism Whole Cloth

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Tuesday night there was a live debate on creationism vs. evolution between best-selling Christian author Ken Ham and Emmy Award-winning educator Bill Nye ("the Science Guy"). Any doubts on who won?

Hint: Sliced ham on Nye.

Here's a few highlights. The entire (and it's long) debate is below, but here's some nuggets you will surely enjoy. These are from NPR:

To the argument that the creationists' theory is that the earth is only about 4000 years old Nye states:

"I encourage you to explain to us why we should accept your word for it that natural law changed just 4,000 years ago — completely — and there's no record of it.

"You know, there are pyramids that are older than that. There are human populations that are far older than that — with traditions that go back farther than that. And it's just not reasonable to me that everything changed 4,000 years ago."

The story of Noah's ark:

"Then, as far as Noah being an extraordinary shipwright, I'm extraordinarily skeptical," Nye says. He cites his own family's background in New England, where people spent their lives learning how to build ships.

"It's very reasonable, perhaps, to you that Noah had superpowers and was able to build this extraordinary craft with seven family members," Nye says. "But to me, this is just not reasonable."

That's not to say that Ken Ham was a pushover. No, he got his licks in too. Here's his response to the Noah's ark argument above.

Ham defends Noah's ship-building ability, saying he hasn't met him — and neither has Nye.

Nye was at the top of his game for this debate. One of the testier moments came when Ham argued that you can't take the past and project the future. You must believe only in what it says in the bible.

He [Nye] says Ham takes the Bible — "as written in English" and translated many times — as more accurate and reasonable than "what I and everybody in here can observe."

"As far as, 'You can't observe the past,' I have to stop you right there," Nye says. "That's what we do in astronomy. All we can do in astronomy is look at the past.

"By the way, you're looking at the past right now," he tells the audience, "because the speed of light bounces off of me and then gets to your eyes. And I'm delighted to see that the people in the back appear just that much younger than the people in the front."

One final argument to share with you that puts some mustard on this Ham sandwich is this:

Nye discusses layers of ancient stone and sediment in places such as the Grand Canyon, and the various animals you'll see there. He says there is no evidence of intense churning and bubbling that an epic flood would bring.

"And by the way, if this great flood drained through the Grand Canyon, wouldn't there have been a Grand Canyon on every continent?" Nye asks.

He then discusses the layers of animal fossils in the layers — from rudimentary sea animals to "the famous trilobites" and clams, oysters, and mammals. "You never, ever, find a higher animal mixed in with a lower one," he says. "You never find a lower one trying to swim its way to the higher one."

So here's the entire debate. Like I cautioned, it's a bit long. Each of the two combatants got 30 minutes to start off with for statements. Then it becomes Q & A from the audience. That comes around the one hour and 50 minute mark, if you want to fast forward. Enjoy this epic battle.

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