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The own goal of Okcupid

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The ousting of Brendan Eich from his post as CEO of the Mozilla Foundation is seen by many as a blow against intolerance. It is in fact the opposite, and if gay rights groups expand such ‘outings’ as a tool to suppress opposition, they risk deepening the antagonism and resistance by people who view them as a threat to our culture.

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On The Empire State Building Shooting

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

The news that all the wounded bystanders were injured as a result of police gun-fire will prompt many to condemn the officers who confronted Mr Jeffrey Johnson yesterday morning on a sidewalk in Manhattan. I write in their defence. As facts dribble out, we have an increasingly complete picture of what actually occurred.  Mr Johnson […]

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Reinventing Newspeak – The Fatal Error at the Heart of The Little Blue Book

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The Little Blue Book is billed as helping progressives convince non-progressives to see things their way. But rather than facilitating building rapport and understanding, the book instructs the reader to ignore and shout down non-progressive arguments – ensuring that the reader can neither convince nor be convinced by his opponent.

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Protecting and Serving Whom?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Today, I had the joy of observing an officer of the Newton Police force take a bad situation and make it worse.  The incident showed much that is wrong in the relationship between the common citizen and the government that is there to protect him or her. An elderly person had fallen and a police […]

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Rest in Peace: Siobhan Reynolds

Monday, December 26th, 2011

On Saturday Dec 24th, an important voice in the cause of freedom was silenced. Siobhan Reynolds, founder of the Pain Relief Network, tireless foe of the monsters promoting the War on (Some) Drugs, and the financially ruined victim of secret court proceedings that outrage the conscience and will rightly be held in infamy in coming […]

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Climate Gate 2.0 – What is it, why does it matter?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The hacker or whistle-blower who leaked a tranche of emails several years ago has struck again, releasing 5,500 emails and an encrypted set of 22,000 emails into the Internet. The emails are worth studying in full, because they raise very serious questions about the credibility of the IPCC, the journals publishing papers on climatology, the government scientific bodies commissioning research into climate and the news organizations covering them. Moreover, the emails call into disrepute the assertion, frequently made, that the warming of the climate over the past century is known to be “unprecedented”. While it is possible that it is unprecedented, we do not know this for certain, since the proofs advanced are provably flawed.

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Warren makes a persuasive argument to redistribute sex with hot women

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

  H/T Facebook user I bet Ludwig von Mises can get more fans than John Maynard Keynes’s

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SP Lowers the U.S. Debt Rating

Friday, August 5th, 2011

The Standards and Poor rating service has downgraded the U.S. Federal Government’s bonds to AA+ status. This action long overdue does not go far enough. To understand the meaning of this, we should first understand the meaning of the S&P ratings. The ratings indicate several things: 1) The likelihood of a default – the debtor […]

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Which Superstition Would You Sacrifice?

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I highly recommend XKCD, a webcomic devoted to romance, sarcasm, math and language. Today’s comic forces people to choose between attacking capitalism and their favorite superstition. Enjoy!

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Outrage Over Corrupt Government Funded Science Prompts Resignation

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Hal Lewis has resigned from the American Physical Society, disgusted by their embrace of the lucrative fraud that underlays much of the research into Anthropogenic Global Warming. His resignation  letter is worth reading in full:

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Kathleen Sebellius Blames Insurance Companies For The Effects of Obama’s Stimulus Program

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Like her ideological forebears from the last century, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is angry that businessmen who are eager to avoid a loss are raising prices. From the LA Times, Anthem Blue Cross asked to justify controversial rate hikes : The Obama administration called on Anthem Blue Cross on Monday to […]

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A doctor calls for a kinder gentler war

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

I regularly read the Science Based Medicine Blog since it is an interesting combination of intelligent, rational examination of medicine and the naive monstrous morals of a toddler. This week’s column by Dr Steven Novella does not disappoint. The good doctor reviews the medical impact of modern sodium consumption and states: As usual, the medical […]

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The Importance of Being an Adult

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

One of the most pernicious effects of the Bismarkian Welfare State is the infantilization of society, the destruction of adulthood. This infantilization renders people incapable of caring for themselves. It places them in a state of permanent dependence. Unable to live without the state, people are put in a position where resistance to the rulers, […]

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Obama Has Failed in Copenhagen, Minorities and Women Will Benefit the Most

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Fortunately for humanity and the civilization that sustains it, Barack Obama stayed true to his record of incompetence and failure, messing up the talks at Copenhagen.  The talks have ended with nothing more than yet another agreement to meet again in a few years’ time. His last ditch instructions to Hillary Clinton, which led to […]

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Cargo Cult Science and the State

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

We will probably never know precisely why the senior staff at the Climate Research Unit decided to quit being scientists in order to take up the profession of Cargo Cult Scientist. It could be the celebrity of being known as leading researchers. It could be a genuine fear that if they didn’t lie, humanity would make the “wrong” decision and render the Earth uninhabitable. It could be a totalitarian desire to rework society according to blue-prints that were pleasing to them. It could be because they wanted the lucrative grant money. It could be that they feared being viewed as has-been or never-were hacks.

What we can tell, though, is that their fraud was predicated on their inexhaustible supply of grants from governments, grants that transferred an uninterruptible stream of taxes into their coffers. The system was such that these Cargo Cult scientists were able to establish themselves as authorities, and suborn the skeptical review of and replication of their work, and, for a time, act in an environment that lacked negative consequences for their misconduct. That is, until someone blew the whistle.

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The Death of Language: Terrorist Edition

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

But the special function of certain Newspeak words, of which oldthink was one, was not so much to express meanings as to destroy them. These words, necessarily few in number, had had their meanings extended until they contained within themselves whole batteries of words which, as they were sufficiently covered by a single comprehensive term, […]

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The Soldier Pays the Biggest Part of the Bill: an Excerpt from a Speech by Maj Gen Smedley Butler, USMC

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Excerpt from War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler USMC [The] soldier pays the biggest part of the bill. If you don’t believe this, visit the American cemeteries on the battlefields abroad. Or visit any of the veteran’s hospitals in the United States. On a tour of the country, in the midst of […]

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A symbolic victory in a sea of defeats

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The governator sent a letter to the California State Assembly where he, er, told them he would “strike” them. Carnally. To the Members of the California State Assembly: I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature. For some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while manyunnecessary bills come […]

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When the Government Controls Medical Care …

Monday, October 19th, 2009

… patients are an expense or liability to be gotten rid of rather than a source of profit who must be served. Much of the problems with government supplied health care can be traced to this truth concerning incentives.  A hospital is not paid more if they treat people well.  They don’t lose money if […]

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Nobel Committee Insults America

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Yesterday the Nobel Prize Committee insulted the Great Helmsman, President Barack Obama by awarding yet another prize to an unworthy second rater while ignoring the Great Helmsman’s dramatic contributions in every field.  Our dear leader wrote the two greatest books in modern civilization. These books are an inspiration to all of us who are his […]

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