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Snowflake society?

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Have we all become wimps,  or do we now have proof that being liberal or progressive makes people deeply unhappy and unable to cope?  I suggest the latter,  since we have decades of observing the self-torture those on the Left must suffer in order to hold to an ideology which demands that one eschew reason and logic.  That is one reason our liberal and progressive kin so often resort to violence  —  they simply can not cope with the strains of having to lie to themselves and everyone else.

So count me supremely unsurprised that Talkspace,  the online counseling service,  has seen a  big uptick  in usage,  especially by millennials,  who are true snowflakes,  having spent their lives receiving participation trophies and being coached to have superior self-esteem even when they had attempted little and accomplished nothing.   If you have spent your entire life avoiding reality,  the reality of President Trump is bound to be a severe  shock leading  to all sorts of unhinged behavior.

 

 

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May 23, 2017 at 5:42 pm

Twitter flu tracking…

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The genius scientists at the Centers for Disease Control are reduced to mining Twitter to  track flu  cases.   Will it reduce the number of cases the U.S. sees this year?  Will seeing where the illness moves to and at what speed result in a flu vaccine which actually works?   I very much doubt it.

 

 

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May 11, 2017 at 9:34 am

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Underwater waterfall?

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Not really,  but it’s certainly a striking  optical illusion,  isn’t it?   You can find it on  Mauritius,  an altogether fascinating nation on an island in the Indian Ocean.

 

 

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April 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm

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Earth Day 2017…

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Today is Earth Day if you’ve somehow managed to escape the eruption of doom and gloom and pending warming apocalypse  the media  has been spewing at  you for weeks now.   John Stossel correctly characterizes the warming hysterics as dopes and  refuses to follow  along,  God bless him.

Despite there being worldwide “March for Science” events,  there is very little science to back up any of the warming crowds claims.  My number one piece of evidence has long been that if Al Gore had ever actually believed there would soon be a 20 foot rise in sea levels,  why would he have purchased a house on the West coast which sat only a few feet above the current seal level.   I think Mr. Gore is not very intelligent,  but I am willing to credit him for being smart enough not to sink that much money into something which will be underwater in his expected lifetime.

In fact many of the climate warriors are quite clever, but the best they can offer is  junk science  and outright lies.    The U.S. government participates in those lies.  Having a temperature station in the middle of an asphalt parking lot in full sun with an air conditioning exhaust blowing on it qualifies as propaganda,  not science.

First of all,  I learned in my  7th Grade science class that a 99% probability of anything still means a 100% uncertainty.  I also learned that if the experiment isn’t repeatable, it means almost nothing.  You should know that most of the greenies and folks who sign various petitions and testify before Congress are,  at best, social scientists,  not engineers or physicists.  In contrast,  those who signed the Oregon Accords mostly held advanced degrees in hard sciences.  Wikipedia doesn’t get it all right, but it has a mostly fair  view of the Accords.   I find it embarrassing that an astrophysicist is  willing to ignore scientific standards in order to participate in the religion of his choice and gain recognition and popularity.

Big media,  ever obedient to the would-be destroyers of America conveniently omits many important facts.   Some organizations completely change their focus,  which makes me wonder what core principles they had to begin with.   Ann Coulter gives us a  good example in the Sierra Club.

I think I’ll just use my energy resources and follow Patrice Lewis’s  sage advice,  which is far more useful than the  inconvenient truths  the marchers so happily ignore while shrieking  that you are an environment-destroying witch.   By the way, note the size of the plants the marchers carry in the photo in the previous link  —  that is the largest plot of land most of them have ever managed in their lives.  I grow more citrus and produce in pots on my back patio than they could cope with if that’s all they did.   I run two compost bins year-round,  which is one reason my several dozen pots provide enough good stuff for 5 families.

UPDATE:  Joe Bastardi  puts  a professional  meteorologist’s spin on the whole eco-mad mentality.  Sen. Tim Kaine,  along with  many of  his liberal/progressive colleagues,  proves he doesn’t  know what  science is.

UPDATE:  The March for Science has almost nothing to do with actual science, and almost everything to do with politics and the grievance industry.   If you actually believe in science,  you don’t  cherry-pick the samples and results to suit your convenience.   I find it astonishing that many of the marchers are protesting against  “an assault  on facts” by populist politicians when the marchers are almost entirely bereft of facts.

Come on   —  real scientists  are aware  that such nonsense does not advance the reputation of their chosen fields of endeavors,  especially when the protesters are not actually  supporting science  but cheapening it to the point of parody.

It is instructive to recall  18 of the  prophecies  of doom delivered at and around the first Earth Day.   Most have been spectacular flops, which may be why so few people remember them.  You should so that you are better equipped to deal with the climate whores in the future.

UPDATE:  47 years ago,  our air  wasn’t nearly  as clean as it is now,  but you’d never know that if you listened to those supposedly marching for science,  would you?

 

 

 

 

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April 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Smiley sun…

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NASA has released a photo of the sun with active spots and plasma which look  like a smile.   There’s a scientific explanation for all the features,  but a smile will suffice for me.

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December 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Chocolate lovers rejoice!

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If your favorite chocolate had only half as much sugar,  yet tasted the same,  would you be happy?   I’d do cartwheels,  and the Nestle company has found a way  to achieve  just that by altering the structure of the sugar.   My taste buds and I will enjoy every extra morsel in a little more than a year,  but we will be the final arbiters as to whether the promise of the claims is met.

 

 

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December 3, 2016 at 10:09 am

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Was Einstein wrong?

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About  the speed  of light,  perhaps,  if this new theory pans out.  Einstein has  been wrong  before,  but none of this makes him any less of a genius.

Once again I should remind you that consensus is NOT science.   The more fervently you hear someone say “consensus says”  the more you can be sure that no actual,  provable,  repeatable,  evidence-based science stands behind the claim.   The entire rationale for climate science is based on consensus and outright lies so atrocious they can’t even qualify as junk science.

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November 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm