The "Science" Trap

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:53:23 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Francis W. Porretto's screed today is about the extreme danger of state-funded "science":

Allow me to be maximally plain about the matter:

Government science is NOT LEGITIMATE SCIENCE.

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Put Your Malignant Diagnosis Where the Sun Don't Shine

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:06:59 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

A friend of mine informed me that John D. Gartner, "a practicing psychotherapist who taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins University Medical School," has branded Donald J. Trump with "malignant narcissism."

This Google search finds many echoes of this story, but it appears that Susan Milligan's article, Temperament Tantrum, in the January 27 edition of The Report, by US News, is the seminal story. It Is Time to Say It: Trump Is Mentally Ill, by Jeff Jarvis on Medium, is also popular.

It's telling that Gartner himself says that he's violated the "Goldwater Rule," part of the ethics code of his profession, but then excuses himself because this is so important. To me, that admission invalidates everything else he says.

Not that I like Mr. Trump. He's crude. But is he actually dangerous to the country? I don't know. I consider any government to be a danger to the world, so I'm not the one to ask.

I think it's EXTREMELY dangerous to use the opinions of psychologists to control people. I don't consider psychology to be an actual science. Experiments aren't repeatable, and it matters hugely who does them, what they're looking for, and which model of psychology they believe in. There's no way to separate experimenter from experiment. This is also true of particle physics, but less so. Much less.

Psychologists can help people, but only if they want help, and ask for it, and work hard on it, for a long time (cue lightbulb joke). Psychologists should have no input into public policy (not that there should be such a thing as public policy, but that's a deeper issue).

Taxation is extortion, a heinous crime. End it.

Lightbulb joke: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb? Only one, but it takes a long time, and the lightbulb has to really want to change.

[This short essay is also posted on Medium]

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Hillary's New TV Show

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 29 Jan 2017 13:46:34 GMT  <== Humor ==>   <== Politics ==> 

Will Hillary Clinton's new TV show be called "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"?

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Bill of Rights Enforcement!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:32:46 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

I made a meme image for todays quote:

Bill of Rights Enforcement

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Dakota Access Pipeline: The Rest of the Story

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:59:50 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Shawn McCoy at the Orlando Sentinel - What those Dakota Access Pipeline protesters dont tell you - Apparently, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, spent lots of time and attempted to have lots of meetings with native American tribes concerning the pipeline. The tribes mostly refused comment and didn't show up at the meetings.

But that Orlando Sentinel op-ed has no background information. I noticed that underneath Shawn McCoy's byline it said So I went there, and found his original article.

The Orlando Sentinel article is a copy of this one but with the two outgoing links removed. He links "record shows" in the third paragraph to another InsideSources article, which has no outgoing links. In other words, no record at all.

But he also links from "the federal court system" in the second to last paragraph, to a PDF of a court document providing a 58-page denial, by United States District Judge James E. Boasberg, dated September 9, 2016, of a preliminary injunction request by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. It contains a huge amount of background material, and is likely the source of most of Mr. McCoy's article. That background material's references are in a form that would require a lot of work, and likely access to a legal library, to find (no web links).

The PDF is on the web site of the Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now, a pro-pipeline organization, so I suppose it could be fake, but Google finds a lot of other copies, including this one at Earth Justice. I saved my own copy here.

I skimmed it, enough to see that it likely supports Mr. McCoy's claims, but not enough to convince all the skeptics in the audience. If you're still skeptical, I urge you to chase the references from Judge Boasberg's ruling.

I don't really care about Standing Rock. It's a protest by a small group in the middle of nowhere concerning a pipeline that crosses rivers a half a mile from their land. Yes, those pipes may break, and polute the waters. More likely, though, they'll just provide lots of oil to fuel the cars of millions of Americans, including the protesters, for many years to come.

I also noticed that the project is already 3/4 done with $3 billion spent. It's no wonder that ETP wants to get on with it. They have thousands of highly-paid workers standing idle, waiting to resume work on a project for which ETP spent years getting all the necessary approvals.

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Alt Right for Dummies

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:26:00 GMT  <== Humor ==>   <== Politics ==> 

Somebody posted an "Alt Right for Dummies" image, containing IQ 90 translations of Vox Day's 16-point description of the Alt Right. I put the two side-by-side in a handy-dandy table: at

Alt Right Simplified

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Racism Is A Right

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:38:43 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

I consider racism to be a right denied. I want two changes to restore it to its proper place:

  1. Recognition that entitlements are not rights.

  2. Repeal of Title II of The Civil Rights Act of 1964

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"Nobody" Won in 2016

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:18:04 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

I've seen a bunch of complaints about Hillary winning the popular vote. This is my take on that.

Votes for Hillary and Donald from:

Eligible voters and number who voted from the top line of the table at:

Total eligible voters: 231,556,622
Number who voted: 134,760,705
Didn't vote: 96,795,917 (41.8%)
Hillary: 61,324,576 (26.4%)
Donald: 60,526,852 (26.1%)

So if it's the popular vote that you're focused on, "nobody" won, by a large margin.

If I were to add in all the people who were too young or otherwise ineligible to vote, 330 million minus 134.8 million, "nobody" got 59.1% of the vote, and Hillary and Donald 18.6% and 18.3%, respectively.

Hillary won by a small margin of the popular votes counted, but we'll never know the numbers for the absentee ballots. They don't bother to count them unless there are enough to change the outcome.

But popular vote is not the rules of the game. The Electoral College chooses the US president. I consider this a good thing, since it prevents a handful of large liberal cities from governing the entire country.

If popular vote were the name of the game, the candidates would have focused on the big cities, and the results would have been different. Different how? I don't know. Neither do you.

If you don't like this, you can try to get a Constitutional Amendment passed to change it, but you'll have to convince a large majority of states to go along. Good luck with that.

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My Response to a Liberal

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 07:11:55 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

A friend of mine sent out an essay to her email list, bemoaning Donald Trump's Electoral College win. Here is my late-night reply to her. Pretty much an unfiltered dump of my subconscious.

I've been amazed at the wailing over yet another banker's puppet in the White House. Trump is crude, but Hillary is evil, a killer, and an equal liar. At least her husband's lies were fun to listen to.

Bernie is a commie, but he would have beaten Mr. Trump. And would have been mostly harmless in the White House.

My fear is that the bankers will use Trump as the fall guy for the collapse of the US economy.

Alternative energy is not yet economically viable. I don't know if it ever will be. Global warming is a criminal hoax to establish a global tax.

Dance and sing and love your family. That's all I know to do about any of it.

A slightly different perspective for your morning.



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Free Trade

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 13 Nov 2016 07:30:29 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

There's been some discussion of late about whether President Trump will manage to eliminate NAFTA and TPP, two so-called "free trade agreements". Each is thousands of pages of legalese. Well, I hope so, because actual free trade is very simple.

Free trade is mostly certainly NOT thousands of pages of regulation.

Free trade: Trade whatever you want with whomever you want in any currency you want any time you want any place you want.

Free trade: Refuse to trade with anyone you want for any reason.

Free trade: If you trade fraudulently, expect to suffer serious consequences.

That about does it.

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