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Month: April 2014

Number 346

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 346 26 April 2014 The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown. The Whining Has Started Here’s a long, plodding, yawn-inducing article that tries to explain how it is that AGW “deniers” seem to be gaining on “warmers”. A point-by-point refutation would be possible, but you would never read it — for it would be less tolerable than its target. Do consider just two questionable contentions: Deniers will claim in the same breath (or within a few minutes) that (a) temperatures cannot be measured reliably, (b) there is definitely no warming, (c) the warming isn’t caused by humans, and (d) we are doing ourselves a favor by warming the planet. The four propositions are incoherent because they cannot all be simultaneously true — and yet deniers will utter all those in close succession all the time. If you believe this newsletter has been guilty of such silly argumentation, please report the instance to Second, here’s a quote from the article that could be pondered at length: It’s a fact that the typical scientist already knows intuitively: Uncertainty grows with risk, exposure and potential loss, especially with complex nonlinear systems, like the global climate system. That’s obfuscation pretending to be rational discourse. The reader can only guess at what the author of...

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The New Terrapin Gazette Number 345 19 April 2014 Violence by the defenders will be used by the putschists to justify overwhelming repression which they want to use anyhow. It will be used to CLAIM that the putschists are saving the country from terrorism or civil war, and are preserving “law and order”. Targeted? Call up this web page and listen to the commentary. (Note: cache, a word that means “to store, to archive”, is pronounced “cash”, as this indicates.) It could be that the US federal government is planning to smash Nevada rancher Bundy. Fact: if Obama orders the assault, that will suggest that he has realized his agenda cannot be peacefully imposed in his final term. An assault on the Bundy ranch would also indicate that The One believes he must crush all of his most intransigent enemies (the militias) before they capture the imagination of a large minority of the population. To put it plainly, attacking Bundy would probably be followed by raids in many other states. Federal forces could and just might kill a lot of people, and round up and imprison more. If it went that far, Obama would tell the US populace that the promised Utopia is being built on the corpses of racists and fascists who had to be disposed of to make the future safe for the New People’s Democratic Republic. One can only hope that...

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The New Terrapin Gazette Number 344 17 April 2014 (Thomas) Jefferson understood that allowing Congress to levy taxes for any purpose would essentially be a grant of a “distinct and independent power to do any act [Congress] pleased.” Such a grant of power “would reduce the [Constitution] to a single phrase, that of instituting a congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and, as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would also be a power to do whatever evil they pleased.” Mongolia: A Huntress With A Golden Eagle More. A Harbinger Of Catastrophe An insane tactic is foiled by ghosts from the nineteenth century It’s beyond bizarre: a Nevada rancher has a long-standing financial dispute with a federal agency, and for some incredible reason, the government stages a literal military invasion of his property. The federal force is then driven away by cowboys on horseback. How could this happen? To be sure, informed speculation is available, but the rational observer remains incredulous. (Note: the claim about the solar energy farm promoted by Senator Reid’s son is probably not true. Whether you believe it seems to depend on your political orientation. In any event, Reid will come under pressure to prove he has no links to impropriety.) Why in the world did the federal government deploy soldier-cops, snipers,...

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The New Terrapin Gazette Number 343 7 April 2014 If you can just convince the dope people that the gun people are right and the gun people that the dope people are right, we could actually live in a lot more freedom. Obamacare: Premiums And Prevarications   What the Powers That Be are saying First, be very clear about Valerie Jarrett’s status as an Obama familiar: she is the quintessential adviser to The One. She impresses, that’s certain; in fact, she seems to be capable of doing almost literally everything. Her curriculum vitae is stunningly broad, creating the impression that if one could earn money by being interviewed for all sorts of jobs and drawing offers of employment, Valerie could make a good living. People of her sort are preternaturally clever, or, to put it plainly, sly; they are convincing, pragmatic, hard-working fast learners. Note that the above list of admirable traits does not include “ethical”. Whatever her strengths or weaknesses, Valerie certainly has the ear of The One. Cynics will of course be quick to add that Jeremiah Wright, pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, also made a long-lasting and very favorable impression on Obama. You recall Wright’s “God damn America” sermon; if not, it’s easy to find on the internet. Recall as well Obama’s appointments to high offices in his administration: they include Holder, Hillary, and Kerry. And...

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