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The Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street

Based on Richard A. Epstein’s new Broadside, this video outlines the differences between the classical liberalism of the Tea Parties and the progressive agenda advanced by the OWS movement, and reveals that the painful performance of the American economy in the past decade is not a function of bad luck, but the product of flawed institutional design….

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Maddow on NRA, Obama and Fox

OMG, this is so funny:

On Friday’s edition of her MSNBC program Rachel Maddow highlighted a variety of right-wing extremist activities on gun related issues, including National Rifle Association (NRA) executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre’s increasingly infamous suggestion that because President Obama hasn’t pursued gun control he must be secretly plotting to “erase the Second Amendment.”

It gets better:

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Does Reuters proves that Fox News Viewers are Dumbasses?

Ninety percent of Fox News viewers believe that all of the founding fathers were born in the very country they founded, as post-embryos. Ninety four percent believe that Reagan lowered the National Debt and nearly 100% who receive Medicare oppose “socialized medicine.”

But you knew that. What you didn’t know and never suspected is that 15% of Fox News Viewers believe that George Washington defeated King George of England in a duel. Also, 70 percent believe that President Obama was born in Keny, and 38% believe that he was born in Indonesia, which means that -8% believe that he was born in the US.

And then, then it says “100% of Fox News viewers said they wouldn’t care if the entire country fell apart as long as Barack Obama isn’t elected to a second term.”

Oh wait, wait, this is satire. It’s not real

Or is it?

The Tea Party and The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Dan Satterfield further analyzes the recent Yale survey which shows a) if you remove Teabaggers form the Republican Party you get a more sensible group of Republicans and b) if you look just at the teabaggers you get, well, something rather scary.

Read about it here. The bottom line is this: When asked, in reference to evaluating relevant policy and science and stuff, if you “need any more information” to make an informed choice, the teabaggers say “no” in the majority, while other groups, even Republicans, are much more likely to desire to know more.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The Party of T Gets an F

In a very recent poll related to science, climate, and technology, “… all four political groups, which broke down in the poll as 39% Democrats, 25% Independents, 24% traditional Republicans, and 12% Teaparty Republicans, favored more research into renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power and providing tax rebates for people who purchase energy efficient vehicles or solar panels.” The most interesting thing about this poll is that the Tea Party is the most anti science group, and the formation of this group has actually increased the respect for science found among the remaining Republicans. Tea Party members were the most wrong on science, AND the most convinced that they were right. And there’s more, much more. Go here and read about all of it: Teaparty at odds with reality and electorate on climate change