"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it."
"The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish"
'We' insist on double blind experiments because they're more stringent and exacting... not a matter of whether or not you trust the scientist
About AGW etc most of us (at least on slashdot and to a great extent anyone willing to devote some spare time) to understand the data. Instead of trusting what you read in the media (liberal, conservative, neutral whatever) go and read the papers and the data directly and based on those figure out what is going on. Yes it'll require a bit more time but will give you a better idea
From another source, the top 10% control 70% of the wealth while only paying 55% (from your figures) while those holding 30% of the wealth pay 45%
Link to Original Source
Go through a list of major scientific figures from the dark ages. They rapidly accelerate till around 1100AD followed by a sharp falloff. Science had all but stopped centuries (1300AD) before the renaissance began. Can't find anything better put together googling @ the moment but - this should give you an idea
Also read up on the mutazilah who dominated the scientific (scholar) community until Ghazali gained popularity resulting in them dying out (including many being killed outright) and the asherite (conservative) school attaining dominance
Personal anecdote: A friend of mine that was pulled over, passed all the roadside sobriety tests, passed the field breathalyzer and was arrested anyways, he then passed the test at the detention center which resulted in them calling immigration on him (I'd presume because he looked middle eastern
FWIW He was not on a visa and the judge threw out the case and had his record expunged.