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51  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Refugee Victory Garden? on: November 22, 2015, 03:57:54 PM
More thoughts on winning the war culturally.

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/syrian-refugees-and-good-strategy
52  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Jazz Jihad on: November 21, 2015, 11:06:24 AM
I'm no fan of the American political dynamic where a perplexing event is picked up by the 24/7 news cycle, framed in a linear left/right light which ignores complexities and subtleties, then gummed to death by talking head hacks who make a living casting events in stark terms congruent with their monolithic political affect, with all sides of the issue embracing the notion that we must Do Something Now creating eternal excuses for ever growing government to step in and fill whatever vacuum the clamor is castigating, whether it makes any damn sense or not.

Here's a tale of a gent who made a big impact an hour a day that few know about. As we contemplate how best to move forward where the current existential threat the media has embraced as a two-dimensional passion play is concerned,  I think it is prudent to reflect on the cultural aspects of the current conflict, understand that freedom is easier to sell than theocratic bondage, and hence make sure an element of our response involves leveraging our cultural assests:

https://reason.com/archives/2015/11/21/the-dj-who-helped-win-the-cold
53  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Pinheads for Prior Restraint on: November 20, 2015, 06:30:28 PM
Clearly Smith college needs to add some new courses: Irony 101, Remedial Oblivious Ignorance, and so on:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/11/19/smith-college-bars-reporters-from-sit-in-unless-they-agree-to-explicitly-state-they-support-the-movement-in-their-articles/
54  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Of Papists and Pistols on: November 20, 2015, 06:23:40 PM
David Kopel has done some great work digging into the constitutional origins of the second amendment, following threads that that first appeared in 1600s England, for example. Might be too inside baseball for some, and it makes me giggle that this appeared in the WaPo, doubtless causing heads to explode, but those interested in the genesis of the second tenth of the Bill of Rights will likely enjoy this piece:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/11/20/the-second-amendment-versus-anti-catholicism/
55  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / NOAA's Climate Arc on: November 19, 2015, 08:47:55 PM
Oh dear, a NOAA paper rushed through to dispute "the pause" in global warming is being outed by whistleblowers, with Senate subpoenas to follow:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/11/19/is-noaa-about-to-crack/
56  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / 2015 Terrorism Index on: November 18, 2015, 12:48:59 PM
A little light reading:

http://economicsandpeace.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/2015-Global-Terrorism-Index-Report.pdf
57  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / And the Award for the Best Filing Title Goes to . . . on: November 17, 2015, 08:21:53 PM
JOAQUIN IRWIN FOY, Appellant
v.
THE SUPER-RICH MEMBERS OF THE ILLUMINATI, (Bilderberg Group); B.R. JETT, Hon. Warden, et al.;
POPE; OBAMA; BIDEN

http://www2.ca3.uscourts.gov/opinarch/152174np.pdf
58  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Atlantic on ISIL on: November 17, 2015, 01:42:30 PM
Older piece from The Atlantic that speaks to current events:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/03/what-isis-really-wants/384980/
59  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Russian Non-Linear Warfare on: November 15, 2015, 10:31:44 AM
A good dissection of current Russian tactics in Europe and the Baltics:

http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-inauguration-of-21st-century-political-warfare-a-strategy-for-countering-russian-non-li
60  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

61  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
62  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
63  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
64  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
65  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
66  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/
67  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/
68  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.
69  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
70  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/
71  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/
72  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/
73  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/
74  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/
75  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/
76  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
77  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/
78  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
79  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/
80  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/
81  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/
82  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
83  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/
84  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/
85  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/
86  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
87  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

88  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/
89  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
90  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
91  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
92  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
93  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
94  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/
95  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/
96  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
97  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/
98  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/
99  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
100  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
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