Endless mysteries lurk in the depths of space. To pare the list down to eight—now, there’s a challenge


• Call their views “mainstream”. (Bandwagon, Euphemism, Either-Or Fallacy)



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• Call their views “mainstream”. (Bandwagon, Euphemism, Either-Or Fallacy)



• Give the opposition a statement but no chance to explain what he means. (Card Stacking)

  • • Give the opposition a statement but no chance to explain what he means. (Card Stacking)

  • • Quote the “moderate” party member as the one promoting “common sense”. (Euphemism)

  • • Present the “conservative” party as the one inviting ridicule. (Scare-mongering)

  • • Appeal to the views of the National Research Council. (Appeal to Authority)



Darwinism is one of the most successful, longest-running propaganda scams in the history of science.  Its mandarins and publicists rule through simple, easy-to-understand, cute, fallacious catch-phrases that stop thinking and put their opponents in clown suits.  Now, they want to nationalize their power, taking control from local school boards and deferring to the Darwin Oligarchy to impose nationwide authoritarian rule over what students are allowed to hear.

  • Darwinism is one of the most successful, longest-running propaganda scams in the history of science.  Its mandarins and publicists rule through simple, easy-to-understand, cute, fallacious catch-phrases that stop thinking and put their opponents in clown suits.  Now, they want to nationalize their power, taking control from local school boards and deferring to the Darwin Oligarchy to impose nationwide authoritarian rule over what students are allowed to hear.



Only by understanding their rhetorical tricks and calling them on the carpet for self-serving talking points can opposition leaders hope to level the playing field and return the debate back to where it should be: the evidence.

  • Only by understanding their rhetorical tricks and calling them on the carpet for self-serving talking points can opposition leaders hope to level the playing field and return the debate back to where it should be: the evidence.



Stalin, who read Darwin in divinity school and turned atheist, became a ruthless dictator whose reign of terror killed multiple millions more than Hitler.  One of his evil deeds is being remembered: a railroad project in Siberia that was never completed despite causing the deaths of at least 100,000 people.

  • Stalin, who read Darwin in divinity school and turned atheist, became a ruthless dictator whose reign of terror killed multiple millions more than Hitler.  One of his evil deeds is being remembered: a railroad project in Siberia that was never completed despite causing the deaths of at least 100,000 people.



The BBC News told the story through an eyewitness, Lyudmila Lipatova, who survived the brutal years 1947–1953 when a third of the 300,000 slave laborers sentenced to work on the railroad perished due to weather, starvation, or brutality of the guards.

  • The BBC News told the story through an eyewitness, Lyudmila Lipatova, who survived the brutal years 1947–1953 when a third of the 300,000 slave laborers sentenced to work on the railroad perished due to weather, starvation, or brutality of the guards.



The story is horrific in the Stalin style.  The same dictator who ordered soldiers into minefields to clear them for the motherland certainly had no conscience when rounding up bodies to work his grand scheme for a thousand-mile railway to link eastern and western Siberia.  Russian men and women could be accused of crimes for the flimsiest of reasons, or no reason whatsoever, their fate doomed to hard labor in camps in temperatures of –50°C in winter, continuing the work in deep snow, and insufferable heat and mosquitoes in summer. 

  • The story is horrific in the Stalin style.  The same dictator who ordered soldiers into minefields to clear them for the motherland certainly had no conscience when rounding up bodies to work his grand scheme for a thousand-mile railway to link eastern and western Siberia.  Russian men and women could be accused of crimes for the flimsiest of reasons, or no reason whatsoever, their fate doomed to hard labor in camps in temperatures of –50°C in winter, continuing the work in deep snow, and insufferable heat and mosquitoes in summer. 



Merciless guards would sometimes strip naked workers who were less than cooperative and tie them to posts to leave them to the onslaught of the mosquitoes, a torment Lipatova called “worse than any torture instrument.”  The article includes rare photographs.  One  haunting portrait is of a beautiful young woman who was sentenced to the railroad when she was accused of embezzlement for no fault of her own: rats had eaten bank notes in her employer’s safe.

  • Merciless guards would sometimes strip naked workers who were less than cooperative and tie them to posts to leave them to the onslaught of the mosquitoes, a torment Lipatova called “worse than any torture instrument.”  The article includes rare photographs.  One  haunting portrait is of a beautiful young woman who was sentenced to the railroad when she was accused of embezzlement for no fault of her own: rats had eaten bank notes in her employer’s safe.



The railroad was never finished, and the fate of the prisoners was largely forgotten–till now.  Lipatova, now in her 70s, is determined to keep their story alive.  Sixty years later, the current regime is considering reviving the “Railroad of Bones” project, hopefully, this time, more leniently for the construction workers.

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