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Neil deGrasse Tyson PhD invoked the fact he had a PhD and Tchiya Amet El Maat  did not have a PhD  to imply that he is necessarily more credible than her.   Furthermore, he used her beliefs against her.   His explanation was pure argumentum ad verecundiam, appeal to authority a logical fallacy and that it protected him for so long is part of this story.  A conclusion reached from a flawed premise, that he is an authoritative scientist and therefore he must be correct, is itself flawed.     He is not the only one scientist, or nonscientist, who makes that mistake. In the words of Richard Feynman a scientist is just as dumb as the next guy when working outside his/her field.

These allegations are NOT a conspiracy to “get a left wing man” or punish Neil D Tyson for his stance of climate change.  Allow me to fill in the blank of how this story got to press.   Many media outlets have thought it worth mentioning that Patheos, which focuses on spirituality host the blog of David G McAfee pursued these allegations.

Fox and National Geographic are investigating the allegations made against Neil DeGrasse Tyson of sexual misconduct reported on by David G McAfee. In an AP story, which does not mention the rape allegation, that she had no idea there were any allegations at all.   If one uses Google, and sets the search parameters for certain dates one can prove that MANY MANY SOURCES had written about Tchiya Amet’s allegation.   I will not use any …. card but it is very very interesting that this only gets coverage when the right kind of victim arises.   

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, accused of rape, accused of groping, accused of sexual misconduct …. (UPDATE: He has made a formal statement on this on his facebook page ).

More Mars landing attempts have failed than on any other planet or moon due to one fundamental physical property of Mars. That property is the atmosphere. This is the reality NASA will face Monday November 26th 2018 and every time they land on Mars. The Martian atmosphere is just thick enough to burn up a space craft but too thin to slow it down for a soft landing. For landing a space craft it is the opposite of a Goldilocks zone. Let us compare Mars to the planets and moons we have landed on to see why that is the case.

22 transgender people on the list of those killed by violence.  Most of whom are transgender women of color.  Transgender visibility week is underway and last from November 13 to 19th every year.  The day of remembrance, November 20th, has been observed by the trans community since a localize of anime into US English choose to accurately translate a character as transgender rather than applying the word trap to them as done in the past. A number of us made them aware of the issue and the effect of that word and they listened.