Even when government means well, it tends to impose one-size-fits-all solutions to problems that are better addressed through individual initiative, creativity, and compassion. Regrettably, government does not always mean well, and it is not always candid about its true ends or the means used to achieve them.
He’s leaving, but the stink will linger. If that’s insufficient commentary for you, read this.
The Tramp Abroad Provides Links To Interesting Items On The Internet
Radicalization on both sides…maybe on three sides. The radical Islamists are also radicalizing those who are neither Muslim nor Yesidi nor Kurdish; rather just German. The lunchtime conversations are getting more radical. The people are careful not to blame the “silent majority” of Muslims living in Germany, but they are getting fed up with the radicals. Something is going to happen, sooner or later.
Miniskirts in the Middle East…of yesteryear.
Common Core bullshit in the USA. I am sure glad that I did not have to learn my three Rs under this regime.
Here’s a good op-ed on the rise of ISIL/IS.
How many English words do you know?
Sometimes there is a genius mind locked up inside of a so-called handicapped body. At least Paul found a way to get out.
This short film just came out; it’s very provocative. There’s no need to translate anything except the title: “Do you really want to be(come) a doctor?”
Here’s Turkish editorial comment on Obama’s strategy to fight ISIL/IS.
I am sure that the Germans are the only ones who are trying to protect themselves.
Once a Turk, always a Turk.
This is the shit that Obamacare should have cleaned out of the closet. If these “doctors” (they should be called hyenas) were not allowed to charge these exorbitant fees and the insurance companies did not pay them, then I am sure that medical insurance coverage could be affordable for nearly all.
I wonder whether anyone today could design and construct anything like this 200 year-old Meisterwerk. (Ed.: engrossing, unique!)
Here they are, the results of The Lexophile Contest. This year’s winning submission is posted at the very end.
.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
.. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
.. The batteries were given out free of charge.
.. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
.. A will is a dead giveaway.
.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
.. When you’ve seen one shopping Center you’ve seen a mall.
.. Police were called to a day care Center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
.. Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now.
.. A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.
.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
.. When she saw her first strands of gray hair she thought she’d dye.
.. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That’s the point of it.
And the cream of the wretched crop: Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.
How wolves change rivers. Everything in nature is in balance. Take away one thing and everything falls apart. Put that one thing back and the balance returns.
And what is Sarah Palin up to these days? (Ed.: She’s just like Joe Biden — irrelevant.)
Well, five or ten years ago this would have not only been unheard of, it would have also gotten you arrested and thrown in the hoosegow for ten years. (Ed.: great news!)
The Hoax And Its Believers
Temperature data for the world’s climate have been manipulated in order to promote climate alarmism. Of course they have; that’s what happens when a faith-based hypothesis claims scientific authenticity.
True science does not begin with predetermined answers — it begins with questions, and it proceeds where the facts lead (and one of those facts is that there is no “hidden heat” deep in the oceans; that goofy notion was supposed to explain why there has been no statistically significant global warming for almost two decades (there’s more information here). Nor does genuine research distort statistical practice, as Mike Mann did when he fabricated his infamous hockey stick graph; he tinkered with “centering” as he performed his principal component analysis of carefully-selected proxies (read Montford’s book (ISBN 978-1-906768-35-5), chapter 2 in particular).
From Al Gore’s deceitful film An Inconvenient Truth to the present day, doing honest work in climate science has largely been a matter of exposing and correcting incompetent, often fraudulent, scholarship.
Thus spake the intellectually consistent skeptic.
Note well, however: some skeptics are not genuine. A few of these people are members of the Gore-Hansen AGW cult, as this publication demonstrates. Consider, for example, Figure 1 in the linked paper, and compare it to the graph found in Number 337 of this newsletter (scroll down to the item “Causes And Their Claimed Effects”). Note that the “skeptical” article omits temperature from its graph. The implication, of course, is that one need only document carbon dioxide’s rise to prove AGW is a fact. As the graph published in this newsletter shows clearly, there is a disconnect between levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperature. If you recognize the existence of that disconnect, you cannot demonstrate AGW simply by reporting on how much carbon dioxide there is in the air. The “skeptic” who wrote for the article posted at www.skeptic.com is actually a doctrinaire climate alarmist.
Next, consider how climate alarmism proceeds:
…for many conservatives (and liberals), the current debate about climate change isn’t really about competing piles of evidence or about facts at all–it’s about identity. Climate change has come to serve as shorthand for which side you’re on, and conservatives tend to be deeply averse to what climate crusaders represent (or what they think they represent).
That’s from this essay.
There are several aspects of the author’s contentions that should set off alarms. First, of course, is his false claim that objective science has nothing to do with the dispute; from the first (in Nr. 11, published May 16, 2008, and available upon request), this newsletter opposed climate alarmism because it does violence to the truth. Four facts led the attack on what that commentary denounced as “…the distortions and lies of terror-mongers like Al Gore….” Time and again, this newsletter has resorted to science, hard facts, and rationality. “Identity” had nothing to do with it in 2008, and that is still the case.
But faith was involved. Here are snippets copied from the eleventh issue of this newsletter:
Well, sooner or later, someone is going to ask, “Why has this become such an emotional topic? The denunciations of Al Gore are scathing, but the man is getting rich off his crusade; the feud between warmers and skeptics is bitter, with the skeptics eager to absolve CO2 of its guilt…what is going on, really?”
The answer is definitely not that this is an issue about data analysis, or how best to conduct research. This is a religious dispute.
That has not quite been noticed yet. …the point is that Gore is telling us that we humans are sinners. We are defiling the Goddess — Gaia. We have been sinning for a long time, and now we must pay the price: we must don hair shirts, do penance, and try to redeem ourselves. The End Times are upon us, but if we strive boldly and sacrifice mightily, we may survive.
The parallels with Christian doctrine are remarkable. We can be saved by following the teachings of a savior who was condemned by an evil cabal (the federal supreme court), suffered a political death for us (“I used to be the next president of the USA”), has undergone (financial and social) resurrection and now reigns in (solar-powered) glory. He teaches that the meek (those with a tiny carbon footprint) shall inherit the earth, and demands that we render unto Caesar (as he gave in to the harebrained Supremes who denied him the top job). After catastrophic events brought about by our ancestors and us, he will presumably lead us to eventual redemption — which is what? “Every home off the grid”?
In this dispute, solid science will not drive out junk science. Effective propaganda will and already does matter more than reason, as Gore’s deceitful prattle about “consensus” shows; the warmers are not trying to demonstrate facts, they are assembling their minions to vote on truth. The absurdity reminds one of legislation to give the constant pi a new value: exactly three.
Regarding weather and climate, we can’t predict. But regarding foolishness, conceit, the ego-mania of men on white horses, the gullibility of a propagandized public and the block-headed determination of a moronic bureaucracy, we have to know that we are in trouble. However disgusted Gaia may be with us, we are the enemy we should fear the most.
The dispute is heretical science versus a superstitious orthodoxy.
Consider, for example, the piety described by James Taranto in this recent (03OCT14) commentary:
Slate features a rather amusing piece by Eric Holthaus, who announces that “This week marks one year since I last flew on an airplane.” He immediately goes on the defensive: “To the likely dismay of Fox News, which called me a ‘sniveling beta male,’ my decision didn’t result in a dramatic tailspin of self-loathing or suicide, the ultimate carbon footprint reducer. Quite the contrary: It’s been an amazing year.” Whoopee.
“My decision,” Holthaus explains, “was prompted by a science report that brought me to tears.” (So Fox was right about ‘sniveling.’) “For the first time, I realized that my daily actions were powerful enough to make a meaningful change. . . . As a scientist and a journalist, society tells me I’m not supposed to have emotions. . . . But climate change is different. There’s no way you can be on the fence after seeing the data the way I’ve seen it.”
What Holthaus describes is a religious experience, which led him to engage in ritualistic self-denial. “For me, quitting flying is just another choice that brings me closer to living a life that’s in line with what I believe,” he writes. This is the language of spirituality, not science.
Of course Holthaus has a right to pursue spiritual fulfillment in whatever way suits him, at least as long as it does not harm others. But there’s no denying that his spiritual practices–in Year 2, he says, he may “move into a smaller house”–are highly eccentric. Even professional global warmists like Al Gore and Thomas Friedman are happy to live large irrespective of their professed beliefs.
The genuine divide is between those whose guilt and zeal make them True Believers, and those who trust in objective science.
By the way, in the event you need information on how carbon dioxide relates to climate, do visit this website and/or this one. They both present a lot of hard science that clarifies the current state of meteorology and climatology. Not all of it is easy to understand, but then scientists can’t always dumb things down as efficiently as Al Gore can…and does.
Meanwhile, here’s a paper for folks who fret about rising sea levels. Then there’s a fascinating discussion of the effects of large amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide; it will be fastidiously ignored by the world press.
This collection of videos deserves wide circulation. Here one can learn what is happening, what is not happening, and what drives climate change. This information is solid (but not difficult) science. Do watch at least some of these videos, and please consider passing the link to the entire collection along to your correspondents.
Meet the rightful king of England.
A tip of the hat to reader JW for safety information of great interest to those in the USA who purchase automobile tires.
Christopher Hitchens explains religion in a brief, technically wretched video that has horrible audio-video synchronization — and powerful commentary. This will offend some folks and inspire others.
Recall the bloodbath that was the struggle between Hitler and Stalin; there is no more bitter conflict than that between rabidly authoritarian regimes.
Cartography put to a new purpose. Ouch!
Germany and the “green” movement are having an “oops moment”. Coal is back!
Beat this, Bozo!
Information — some of it probably reliable — on ISIS/ISIL is available here.
Islamists in the USA. You will hear from them….
A federal court does not agree with Holder on F&F.
Face facts: if Obama had been protected by the outfit that used to be called Blackwater, that nutcase who ran into the White House would be dead, and the know-it-alls would be howling for the blood of the “mercenaries”. It’s a crazy world, and the only lesson that seems to emerge from the insanity is that the US federal government has a really hard time doing everything well. Who doesn’t? — In case you care, here’s commentary from a “progressive” news outlet that tries hard to appear objective.
Examine a “fringe” hypothesis in science that appears to make more sense than the conventional explanation.
You have heard of “black holes”, of course — but can they exist? This paper insists they simply cannot form, so they are not present in the universe. There is more information on the author here, as well as here. The issue of whether Hawking was correct has not been headlined by the news media — yet.
This is a cautionary note for you skeptics who claim to refute the Bible by asking, “Where are the unicorns?”. Well, here they are. By the way, in heraldry (which is, of course, an excellent source of zoological detail), unicorns are not portrayed as horses with horns — because they are closely related to the caprovids (sheep and goats, sometimes referred to as caprids). Unicorns have goatees and cloven hooves, and their tails are definitely not of the equine variety.