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51  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The Oil Companies' Role in Paris Attack? on: November 14, 2015, 03:43:12 PM
Over the years I've watched all sorts of alarmists blame nefarious oil companies for any number of ills, always neglecting to note that oil companies contribute to green causes also and then failing to suggest a commensurate level of evil influences on the alarmist side of the house that they forever rattle on about where "deniers" are concerned.

Well here sits those hypocritical habits taken to their illogical extreme:

http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986288/paris_attacks_cop21_and_the_war_on_terror.html

52  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Drug Production Falls after Booting the DEA on: November 08, 2015, 09:24:01 AM
Another example where failed policy produced the problem it was putatively created to address, with solutions emerging when the policy was abandoned and prohibition no longer embraced:

http://en.institutomanquehue.org/countries/bolivia/with-no-dea-in-sight,-bolivia-keeps-reducing-coca-crops.html
53  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / A Wee Bit Off Message on: November 06, 2015, 11:32:40 AM
I guess she didn't get the weeping mom of slain Palestinian memo:

https://twitter.com/Yair_Rosenberg/status/662390177252380672
54  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Snow is and Sky ain't Falling in Antartica on: October 26, 2015, 11:37:07 AM
Another panic mongering trope laid to rest:

http://www.cato.org/blog/two-millennia-snowfall-accumulation-antarctica?utm_content=buffer85ea6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
55  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Lurch Laments on: October 24, 2015, 04:39:10 PM
As though there weren't already enough reasons to loathe the SS:

http://news.investors.com/blogs-capital-hill/102115-776750-john-kerry-climate-change-deniers-should-be-barred-from-office.htm
56  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Brookings Think Tanker Challenges Putin on: October 22, 2015, 07:35:00 PM
Brooking Institute desk jockey call Vald Putin out on his supposed martial arts skills via twitter. Things snowball from there:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/ill-fight-putin-any-time-any-place-he-cant-have-me-arrested
57  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Unintelligence Agencies on: October 18, 2015, 10:30:27 AM
This piece argues that, despite all its myriad civil intrusions, American intelligence agencies are unwieldy behemoths that rarely produce actionable intelligence. Last two paras follow:

My own suspicion: you could get rid of most of the 17 agencies and outfits in the U.S. Intelligence Community and dump just about all the secret and classified information that is the heart and soul of the national security state. Then you could let a small group of independently minded analysts and critics loose on open-source material, and you would be far more likely to get intelligent, actionable, inventive analyses of our global situation, our wars, and our beleaguered path into the future.

The evidence, after all, is largely in. In these years, for what now must be approaching three-quarters of a trillion dollars, the national security state and the military seem to have created an un-intelligence system. Welcome to the fog of everything.


http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-fog-of-intelligence/
58  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Vegan Democrat Recants . . . on: October 16, 2015, 07:50:38 PM
. . . and writes a long piece about why climate panic is unwarranted:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/10/16/how-a-liberal-vegan-environmentalist-made-the-switch-from-climate-proponent-to-climate-skeptic/
59  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Bias in Social Cost of Carbon Assumptions on: October 13, 2015, 08:48:15 PM
This is very interesting, albeit mathematically intensive stuff: This paper looks at the likelihood of confirmation bias in papers estimating the social cost of carbon (an important "estimate [self serving fantasy] used to calculate just how far back into the Stone Age we must be cast to appease the climate gods or some such) using statistical techniques including regression analysis that reveal the presence of confirmation bias. Basically, if you show the root cost assumptions are deeply flawed by wishful, if it can be called that, thinking then much of the "science" associated with those assumption are likely deeply biased, too.

http://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=822120120111024006081068077007088101052045036029007018028086098122126080069022088096017052125052057022012005125081068106119026118059005053080005028008000127087091019058062072114125065080030123093098002080000021124066000064066101108068016114083031083&EXT=pdf

Abstract
We examine potential selective reporting in the literature on the social cost of carbon (SCC) by conducting a meta-analysis of 809 estimates of the SCC reported in 101 studies. Our results indicate that estimates for which the 95% confidence interval includes zero are less likely to be reported than estimates excluding negative values of the SCC, which might create an upward bias in the literature. The evidence for selective reporting is stronger for studies published in peer-reviewed journals than for unpublished papers. We show that the findings are not driven by the asymmetry of the confidence intervals surrounding the SCC and are robust to controlling for various characteristics of study design and to alternative definitions of confidence intervals. Our estimates of the mean reported SCC corrected for the selective reporting bias are imprecise and range between USD 0 and 130 per ton of carbon at 2010 prices for emission year 2015.
60  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Subsidizing Poor Decision Making . . . on: October 12, 2015, 10:29:30 PM
. . . Of well off folks:

http://www.cato.org/blog/governments-subsidize-disaster-wealthy
61  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Armed Inmates Arise, Death Camps Destroyed on: October 12, 2015, 09:44:47 PM
Several death camps shut down by armed Jews:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/10/12/unarmed-jews-defeat-mass-murder-revolts-at-the-extermination-camps/
62  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Looting 101 Now Offered at Yale on: October 11, 2015, 12:02:19 PM
From the no feces file:

http://offgridsurvival.com/yale-ethics-of-looting/
63  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Warsaw Uprising, the Arm, & Lack Thereof on: October 11, 2015, 11:32:11 AM
Lessons of the Warsaw uprising.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/10/10/the-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-armed-jews-vs-nazis/
64  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Amicus Popcorn on: October 10, 2015, 11:33:39 AM
I amuses me to know end to see this published in the WaPo--blood vessels are surely contending with spiking pressure in sundry "progressive" craniums--and the team assembled for this amicus has stellar second amendment credentials. Pardon me while I purchase a truck load of popcorn:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/10/09/amicus-brief-on-history-of-right-to-carry-in-wrenn-v-dc/
65  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Potty Pants for Equality on: October 08, 2015, 10:23:40 PM
You know, I hope this isn't true, but I've run into enough knee jerk, crowd following feminists and progressives that I can't help but suspect many fell for this 4chan prank:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2015/10/feminists-fall-for-pissforequality-hoax/
66  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Volokh on Trump on Eminent Domain on: October 08, 2015, 09:05:04 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/10/07/donald-trump-claims-taking-of-property-for-private-development-is-not-taking-property/
67  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / How to Enact Gun Control . . . on: October 08, 2015, 08:53:58 PM
. . . In a constitutional manner that will likely lead to far more gun deaths:

https://reason.com/reasontv/2015/10/07/how-to-create-a-gun-free-america-in-5-ea
68  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / What Police Patrol Patterns Tell You on: October 08, 2015, 11:43:59 AM
Don't see much empiric data in this piece, but it does reflect some of my observations, particularly when I have to contend with trips to DC or Baltimore. Note how the War on Drugs is the gift that keep on giving:

http://www.singledudetravel.com/2015/10/the-single-dudes-guide-to-survival-volume-3/
69  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Recycling Myths on: October 05, 2015, 01:32:39 PM
Something I've long believed is that global warming hyperventilation amounts to an appeal to authority with which political class micromanagers demand adherence to their often times extra-constitutional dictates. I think much of the recycling scam is founded on a similar foundation: demanding people sift through and clean their trash for a higher good that is never realized:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/opinion/sunday/the-reign-of-recycling.html
70  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Trump's Ascendence: Voter Ignorance in Action on: October 04, 2015, 08:21:07 PM
Somin nails it:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/10/04/trump-polls-immigration-taxes-column/72755896/
71  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / When the Data Doesn't Fit the Theory, it Proves the Null Hypothesis on: October 03, 2015, 02:06:51 PM
Second post.

Haven't followed all the links yet, but this appears to be a brilliant piece of null hypothesis jiu jitsu.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/10/03/did-james-hansen-unwittingly-prove-the-null-hypothesis-of-agw/
72  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / More on Isoprene on: October 03, 2015, 01:29:28 PM
Follow up to my previous post. The comments are well worth perusing.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/09/30/new-discovery-surface-of-the-oceans-affects-climate-more-than-thought/
73  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Another Uncharted Variable Heard From on: October 02, 2015, 09:42:19 PM
Oh dear, a newly understood aerosol producing volatile organic compound process thought to have a cooling effect hasn't been accounted for in any of the settled science models. Lay explanation here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/30/massive_global_cooling_factor_discovered_ahead_of_paris_climate_talks/

Published paper here:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.est.5b02388
74  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Congress Weighs In on: October 02, 2015, 01:05:54 AM
The RICO instigators are reaping all sorts of fun:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/10/01/uh-oh-jagdish-shukla-and-the-rico20-has-captured-the-attention-of-congress-and-foia-documents-are-coming-out/
75  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / China's Looming Depression on: October 02, 2015, 12:45:06 AM
http://thefederalist.com/2015/09/28/chinas-coming-great-depression/
76  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / RICO Boomerang on: September 30, 2015, 09:34:22 PM
Heh, the gent who authored the letter asking Obama to use RICO laws against climate "deniers" has been shown to have played fast and loose with various payroll policies, including padding a grant with family members. Said letter has since mysteriously disappeared, the Streisand Effect is in full swing, and yet another panic monger has been given hoist on his own petard. More info here:

http://climateaudit.org/2015/09/28/shuklas-gold/
77  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Well this Ought to Make . . . on: September 30, 2015, 09:09:35 PM
. . . feminist heads explode:

http://captaincapitalism.blogspot.com/2015/09/blame-women-disproportionately-for.html
78  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pay No Attention to the Pedophile Behind the Curtain on: September 20, 2015, 04:22:23 PM
This is disturbing:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies’-abuse-of-boys

79  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / US Glaciers Growing on: September 20, 2015, 02:13:02 PM
No doubt caused be global warming/climate change/something else unfalsifiable:

http://iceagenow.info/2015/09/glaciers-advancing-on-mt-baker-washington-says-renowned-geologist/
80  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Plastic Fantastic Prostitutes? on: September 15, 2015, 09:39:22 PM
Oh noes, robot sex workers may upset gender paradigms. Or something.

Cue Gracey Slick.

https://reason.com/blog/2015/09/15/campaign-against-sex-robots-launches
81  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Nobel Winning Physicist on AGW on: September 13, 2015, 12:59:17 PM
Does a nice job of deconstructing AGW silliness.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/TCy_UOjEir0
82  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación on: September 11, 2015, 12:20:08 PM
In-depth look at a rising cartel and the dynamics impacting the region:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/operation-jalisco-the-rise-of-the-jalisco-new-generation-cartel-and-peña-nieto’s-militarise
83  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hope Orange is Your Color, Girl on: September 10, 2015, 08:25:36 PM
If the standards are consistently enforced. . . .

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/senior-intelligence-officials-said
84  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Rose Colored Intelligence on: September 10, 2015, 08:18:25 PM
ISIL intel being massaged:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/09/09/exclusive-50-spies-say-isis-intelligence-was-cooked.html?via=mobile&source=twitter
85  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Gander, Meet Goose on: September 10, 2015, 08:01:51 PM
Bwahahahahahaha:

http://popehat.com/2015/09/09/omg-broad-flexible-plaintiff-friendly-law-used-in-unanticipated-manner/
86  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / "46 Percent, Plus or Minus 100 on: September 04, 2015, 11:49:38 AM
Miscount the number of carbon sinks by nearly 2.6 "settled science" trillion? Just when you think you've seen the acme of arrogance and ignorance:

http://joannenova.com.au/2015/09/news-2-6-billion-lost-trees-found-whole-world-owes-carbon-credits-to-whole-world/
87  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Selective Indignation and Enforcement on: September 04, 2015, 11:30:02 AM
Situational outrage:

http://reason.com/archives/2015/09/04/remember-the-law-is-only-sacred-when-it
88  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Fiction is Truth, Hot is Cold on: September 01, 2015, 08:26:01 PM
More icebreakers for a warming planet:

http://iceagenow.info/2015/09/obama-seeking-more-icebreakers-for-arctic-ice-that-is-supposedly-disappearing/
89  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Fake but True on: September 01, 2015, 08:21:27 PM
An ex-spook's amusing "intercept" transcript concerning Hillary's server:

http://20committee.com/2015/09/01/what-russian-intelligence-knows-about-hillary-clinton/
90  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Wikileaks an Organ of Russian Spooks? on: August 31, 2015, 09:58:49 PM
Moved to Intel Matters thread
91  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / It Should be Called the "Bill of Lefts" on: August 31, 2015, 09:27:29 PM
Consistent constitutional standards are simply not progressive.

http://reason.com/archives/2015/08/31/for-progressives-first-amendment-comes-i
92  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Point Pistol at Foot and Press Trigger on: August 31, 2015, 01:57:23 PM
DC is again facing a rising murder rate, blamed on guns, which for some odd reason isn't replicated on the west side of the Potomac, Virginia, which permits concealed carry and whose citizens own a lot of firearms. Rather than deduce that sundry social pathologies are responsible for this turn of affairs--having a large, poor, unarmed class of citizens being primary among them--DC mavens have again decided that the guns that aren't jumping out of holsters and indiscriminately killing people a few miles to the west are responsible for what is occurring in the District.

Which makes this piece all the more ironic. This is not the first time DC has legislated itself into a ballistic corner:

http://www.jngibson.com/militia-files.html
93  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Disgraced Demagogue on: August 28, 2015, 06:16:39 PM
Another amusing review of Steyn's book about Mann:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/28/a-detailed-review-of-the-book-a-disgrace-to-the-profession-by-mark-steyn/
94  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Uncooking the Books on: August 27, 2015, 08:14:04 PM
Scientists reexamine tree ring proxy data sans "adjustments" and find the resulting measurements do not support the doomstruck anthropomorphic global warming narrative:

http://www.cato.org/blog/tree-ring-temperature-reconstructions-may-have-masked-prior-warmth
95  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Thinking About When the Bad Guys have UAVs on: August 27, 2015, 07:43:19 PM
Some interesting forward thinking:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/terrorist-and-insurgent-unmanned-aerial-vehicles-use-potentials-and-military-implication
96  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Quote Worth Noting on: August 27, 2015, 06:57:40 PM
It's a bad idea, even posthumously, to give suicide murderers exactly what they want:

Quote
A suicide-homicide is an act of ultimate rage. People who do these kinds of things feel like they’re the victims. Their acts of suicide and homicide are a way to make a point. Although they don’t live to see the results, they would probably like what they see: Millions of people not only being momentarily horrified, but agreeing with the murderer’s classification of him- or herself as a victim. Whatever the President and the Pope have to say about this, rest assured that the killer — if he were alive to hear — would be happily applauding.

Michael Hurd.

97  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Wake Up and Smell the CACA on: August 26, 2015, 09:01:19 PM
The Church of Anthropomorphic Climate Apocalypse gets outed once again:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/26/the-cult-of-climate-change-nee-global-warming/
98  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The Flip Side on: August 24, 2015, 08:48:23 PM
A universal flu vacine?

http://www.wired.com/2015/08/scientists-get-one-step-closer-universal-flu-vaccine/
99  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Unsettled Magnitude of Settled Science on: August 22, 2015, 09:03:46 PM
Second post.

How folks can speak with authority while basic parameters have yet to be established continues to mystify me.

http://joannenova.com.au/2015/08/carbon-accounting-error-reduces-chinas-emissions-tally-by-twice-australias-entire-output/
100  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 1.5 Trillion Exerts no Influence, Eh? on: August 22, 2015, 08:39:02 PM
Where, pray tell, did those who claim the tangential peanuts some "deniers" are said to have been paid for their skepticism gone? And how would they respond to this:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/08/22/climate-crisis-inc/
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