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Why Trump’s Refugee Ban is Stupid

In short, it’s stupid because refugees are the safest of all immigrants to the country and it creates animosity where relationships most need development. Once again, Trump is building walls where he should be building bridges. Trump’s Executive Order During the election, Donald Trump made all sorts of promises that appealed to a certain constituency. They had had a fear of Muslims whipped... read more

Jim Bakker: “Trump’s Critics Look Demon-Possessed”

Televangelist Jim Bakker has had a chequered history. His career started with the dreadful Pat Robertson, and he had a lot to do with making him so popular. Originally, he was a strong proponent of the prosperity gospel and at one point was said to be receiving US$1 million/day. He then had a dramatic fall from grace which ended with him in prison and his first wife, the well-known (late) Tammy Bakker... read more

Trump Formally Withdraws the United States from TPP

On Monday, Donald Trump signed three memoranda. As a result of the first, the US is no longer part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The second imposes a freeze on hiring federal employees, except for the military. The third order pulls funding from international organisations that discuss or perform abortions. All three policies are damaging to the United States. Imposing a freeze on federal... read more

Huge Crack in Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica Grows

Today, the Washington Post reports the Antarctic ice shelf crack has grown by almost ten kilometres (six miles) in the last two weeks. Another extension of almost eighteen kilometres (11 miles) was also reported in the last two weeks of December. It’s now more than 160 kilometres (100 miles) long. The map below shows that the rift runs parallel with the sea-edge of the shelf. The gap between the top... read more

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Inspire Confidence in the Future of US Education

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary. I concluded K-12 education in the United States was going to get worse. (K = kindergarten; 12 = year 12.) DeVos’s confirmation hearing occurred this week, and I’m now even more concerned about the situation in that country than before. Full questioning of DeVos was prevented by the Republican... read more

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