Twitter Digest: August 16, 2011

  1. Twitter Digest: August 15, 2011 August 15, 2011 @ 17:06

  2. I'm "Attending: "24 Hours of Reality" August 16, 2011 @ 01:59

  3. It's too bad so many people don't understand climate scientists didn't fudge the Hockey Stick graph. ...Climate Reality August 16, 2011 @ 02:01

  4. @thefreedomguy Your position is insisting people prove God exists when it's God's sole choice whether or not to reveal to you: unworthy. August 16, 2011 @ 03:58

  5. This may be a Retweet record for me: Single-payer: . Thanks to all who join(ed) in. August 16, 2011 @ 04:03

  6. @thefreedomguy You said I used logical fallacies. Look back at the thread & point out one. There're aren't any. August 16, 2011 @ 04:23

  7. @thefreedomguy You can't read my mind, but you say I know God (invisible or visible as God sees fit) doesn't exist. You don't know. August 16, 2011 @ 04:30

  8. @thefreedomguy "It's...insane...cowardly to say it's my fault I cannot see...[God]. That is an ad hominem logical fallacy." You're wrong. August 16, 2011 @ 05:20

  9. @thefreedomguy A logic fallacy is predicated on premises. My conclusions are not illogical based upon my premises. Do you understand yet? August 16, 2011 @ 05:23

  10. @thefreedomguy As for ad hominem arguments, under what authority do you claim they are logically fallacious? August 16, 2011 @ 05:26

  11. I favorited a @YouTube video from @TheYoungTurks Rich Ask Obama To Raise Their Taxes! - MSN August 16, 2011 @ 08:33

  12. "Pregnant woman killed by pit bull died from blood loss, shock" It's not the dogs' fault so much as humans' who've bred them into existence. August 16, 2011 @ 08:39

  13. Addiction a Brain Disorder, Not Just Bad Behavior [what?] - ABC News August 16, 2011 @ 09:29

  14. "The Turanor PlanetSolar, the first solar-powered boat to travel around the world" . August 16, 2011 @ 09:56

  15. Social Security Critic Rick Perry Cites Constitution in Attack - TIME August 16, 2011 @ 10:23

  16. The judge for Mubarak's trial halted live TV coverage because lawyers were very unruly in court. I can't say that I blame him. August 16, 2011 @ 11:16

  17. Assad, listen to Turkey because Turkey is sending signals from NATO & somewhat the EU about what will otherwise happen post-Qaddaffi. August 16, 2011 @ 11:20

  18. The US State Department calls the new, illegal Israeli West Bank building "deeply troubling." Try "unacceptable and will not stand"? August 16, 2011 @ 11:27

  19. If you want to get rid of slums & help the poor, the first thing you do isn't bulldoze their homes, especially without notice. That's evil. August 16, 2011 @ 11:59

  20. How evil is it to steal food-aid headed to starving children and sell that food in local markets? It's alleged to have happened in Somalia. August 16, 2011 @ 12:04

  21. Tea Partiers keep calling Obama a socialist, but none of the socialists I know think Obama is anywhere close to being one. August 16, 2011 @ 12:29

  22. The Han Chinese are beating up the Uighurs again. If the Han want the Uighurs' territory or Tibet, they just take it by force. Who's next? August 16, 2011 @ 12:39

  23. Shell Oil's North Sea oil rig leaks: "...oil sheen covered an area 19 miles wide by 2.7 miles long (31 kilometers by 4.3 kilometers)" Bad! August 16, 2011 @ 12:53

  24. Germany is finally shaking the WWII stigma, and they should. August 16, 2011 @ 13:14

  25. Polite Like A Cactus: A Tale Of Manners In Modern Israel - Worldcrunch August 16, 2011 @ 14:00

  26. @thefreedomguy "As for ad hominem arguments, under what authority do you claim they are logically fallacious?" You didn't answer: authority. August 17, 2011 @ 05:57

  27. @thefreedomguy "Based on the definition of an ad hominem logical fallacy, duh." Cite your source / authority. August 17, 2011 @ 06:03


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