In a filing with the Supreme Court, the Trump administration has reaffirmed its position that the Affordable Care Act in its entirety is illegal because Congress eliminated the individual tax penalty for failing to purchase medical insurance. read more
Didn't have enough characters to post the actual title: mashable.com ""Florida residents protesting mandatory masks is like a 'Parks and Rec' fever dream" "A handful of folks in Palm Beach County, Florida have some... ideas... about not wearing masks. And those ideas touch on everything from "devil love," to the constitution, to Bill Gates needing to be jailed for entirely unclear reasons. The anti-mask crusaders made their voices heard on Tuesday ahead of a vote where the county's board of commissioners would ultimately pass a measure requiring people to wear masks in public." Perhaps the craziest display of "Florida Dumb Ass Syndrome" I've ever seen. I'm going to have to leave this state to avoid further embarrassment.
The Trump administration has approved the transfer of nuclear technical expertise to Saudi Arabia seven times -- including twice since the Saudi-orchestrated murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Democratic senator said on Tuesday. read more
Why aren't there more people studying the science behind stupidity? On this past International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I reread a bit of Bertrand Russell. In 1933, dismayed at the Nazification of Germany, the philosopher wrote "The Triumph of Stupidity," attributing the rise of Adolf Hitler to the organized fervor of stupid and brutal people"two qualities, he noted, that "usually go together." He went on to make one of his most famous observations, that the "fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."