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    The last time we checked in with Bill Nye, "The Science Guy", he was indicating that jail might be an appropriate place for climate change skeptics in an interview referencing the targeting of Exxon Mobil:
    ..Was it appropriate to jail people from the cigarette industry who insisted that this addictive product was not addictive, and so on?” “In these cases, for me, as a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen,” Mr. Nye said. “So I can see where people are very concerned about this, and they’re pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussions like this.”

    You have got to be kidding me. The British Medical Association (BMA) has told people to stop calling pregnant people expectant mothers because it could offend transgender people. Instead, call those females "pregnant people." From The Telegraph:
    On pregnancy and maternity, it says: "Gender inequality is reflected in traditional ideas about the roles of women and men. Though they have shifted over time, the assumptions and stereotypes that underpin those ideas are often deeply-rooted."

    Mental health scientists will surely add a new term the next time they gather: Trumpophobia, the fear of all things pertaining to America's new president. Trumpophobia is not confined to the usual set of social justice warriors, either. Supposedly reasoned and experienced scientists have become unhinged over the past week, as Trump vigorously began fulfilling campaign promises.

    In reference to Election 2016, I have recently observed that the best proof of intelligent extraterrestrial life is the fact that none of it has wanted to actually contact us, yet. However, a new scientific report theorizes that strange modulations among a small star cluster may be be coming from extraterrestrial intelligence that is looking to alert us to their existence.
    The new study reports the finding of specific modulations in just 234 out of the 2.5 million stars that have been observed during a survey of the sky. The work found that a tiny fraction of them seemed to be behaving strangely.

    Alzheimer's disease is a scourge that's so common that most of us know at least one person who has had it, and often considerably more than one. It's a tragedy and an ordeal both for the afflicted and for those who love them and care for them. I probably don't have to describe the details of the terrible and progressive dementia it causes in many elderly people and a few not-so-elderly; you all almost certainly know quite a bit about it from bitter personal experience, or from reading articles or watching documentaries and movies. That's why this is very heartening news. There have been reports of effective treatments before that haven't panned out, but this one seems a bit more promising:
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