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Thursday, October 6. 2011
Depressed brains may hate differently
ADHD in Adults: How to Recognize—and Treat
Re Steve Jobs:
That's the way it was with Jobs' creations.
Increased Science Literacy Correlated To Less Worry About Climate Change
That's us! Good comments on that post.
The French have some sauce to ban tomato ketchup
How Organic Activists Spread Misinformation
Poor people are fatter
Spengler on Euroland: A Beautiful Mess
Five Truths About Climate Change - During the decade that Al Gore dominated the environmental debate, global carbon-dioxide emissions rose by 28.5%
Energy Fact of the Week: Why Wind Power Blows
An interview with Rep. Allen West
Obamacare will put patients' records at risk
Andy Rooney admitted it - and got in trouble
Related: Is CBS News Covering Up Fast and Furious for White House?
Occupy Wall Street, Powered by Big Labor
Stossel: How government makes us poor
Dems rally behind ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protest movement
Ever more obvious: Opposition to Obama grows and solidifies
Push for President Obama’s jobs bill illustrates the art of beating a dead horse
Book Review: A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism
Carpe: What comes first - growth or jobs?
Canadian oil: Who burns it? It's either us or the Chinese
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So the French are worried about losing their culture to ketchup.
Meanwhile their birthrate is low, immigration rate high, and their ghettos are filled with foreign nationals determined to remake the country in some other image.
We used to have a lot of French speaking Cajun welders, riggers and laborers when I worked for Texaco. I was at the Main Shipyard (next to the Lykes yard on the Mississippi) working on control valves for a refurbished rig when one of my LSU professors called and asked if I would mind an "observer". I said an "observer of what?". He said it a professor from the Sorbonne who was in the States studying Acadian French - I was supposed to let him listen to my crew speak and work. I got clearance from my boss and the professor arrived the next day.
Huh - ok fine with me. Turns out that the good professor was studying original French and the only place in the world that still spoke original country French was in Louisiana. There were dialect differences as the Cajuns developed some on the own, but in large part the French spoken by Cajuns was very close to the original French language.
Turns out that French as spoken now bears little or no resemblance to original French - so it would appear that France has lost a large part of it's heritage anyway. :>)
I was concerned when I saw that men are in trouble. But I feel better after reading the article. There is no threat but they are being scolded for not doing what women and, apparently, some others want.
We may need to say to a number of our twenty-something men, "Get off the video games five hours a day, get yourself together, get a challenging job and get married." It's time for men to man up.
So other than it would stop the nagging, what's in it for the men? Turns out, if you take away all the upside for men to work themselves into an early grave for their family, they do something besides have a family. Stupid incentives.
I definitely think all the guys who think it's a great life to play video games five hours a day, avoid getting it together, stay in a job that's not challenging (or live off their parents), and forgo marriage should definitely keep it up. More for the rest of us. I only pray they don't make movies about their resulting lives.
Thanks for the link to Thomas Sowell's column. He is probably the best thinker we have. I also noticed an ad for the Hoover Institute's Uncommon Knowledge series (http://www.hoover.org/multimedia/uncommon-knowledge). It has in depth interviews with very interesting people (including Thomas Sowell). They are wonderful!
Stossel is doing great work. There is no one more intelligently subverting systemic stupidity and corruption.
I'm a big fan of Stossel as well. Glad to see he's out from under the thumb of ABC.
For sure. Someday history will have to have a whole chapter on what Fox News is doing in its long-distance swim against the dismal tide.
Re the book review on Israeli counterterrorism work, take a look at this --it's the wiki on Ehud Barak, the harmless-looking little guy serving currently as Defense Minister. Read the 'military service' section. What the Israelis have been having to fry, is a whole different kettle of fish, seems to me like.
Reference: "Canadian oil: Who burns it? It's either us or the Chinese"
Just one quibble with the article, we are the Chinese. We are all part of the global oil market. If we send the Canadian oil to the Chinese, it just frees up oil somewhere else to ship to us. The only way for the eco's to win is to put them in total control of the oil market so they can ration it as they want, especially their demand to leave it in the ground. Canada has already said they won't do that and I believe the rest of the world will follow. Oil shale has been found in places as diverse as Colorado, Pennsylvania. northern England, Israel and China. Energy is such a basic commodity that having an energy surplus will cause economies and technology to boom. It will enrich everyone, especially the poorest in the world. It will take a generation for all of this to come on line, but be prepared for a golden age, unless we screw it up for some other reason. Well there I go again, being optimistic.
to "Increased Science Literacy Correlated To Less Worry About Climate Change" add the somewhat older article "Were Republicans Smart All Along? They Accept Climate Change But Not Global Warming" By Hank Campbell, March 4th 2011
Well. I am not a scientist on the level of the meteorology professor who came up with the "butterfly effect," or the "climate scientists." And I accept Climate Change - but I also accept Global Warming. But not at the level of or for the reasons given by the "IPCC for [Politicians and Other] Dummies" political output from that organisation. Yeah, it has been warming - since about 1800, not starting about 1920... Our CO2 output has increased in total - and probably even enough to have an effect on climate local and global - it certainly was a large factor in the famous "London Pea Soup Fogs" though not totally responsible.
So my problem is that these articles both eventually conclude that "climate science" and its promulgator's insistence on humans as the "only" cause of change is the way to go, because "climate scientists" say so, though the wierdo extremists may be dismissed. So we should congratulate ourselves for not blindly joining Al Gore - yet we must accept James Hansen. Oh, and dismiss "meteorological scientists" along with Gore - they know nothing about "climate science."
Nope, not gonna do that, sorry. As far as I am concerned, Hansen is even worse than Gore. Just one minor example, he was willing to destroy an enlarged "fossil fuel" energy plant being built by E.On - which was necessary to support the wind farm E.On was putting up at the same site and of which he approved.
Or Professor Jones of EMail fame, who admits the Hockey Stick ("climate science" first major "proof" and "victory") deletion of the Medieval Warm (and Little Ice Age) was bunkum from the get-go - but only for the Northern Hemisphere, he clings to it as "true" since there is not (yet) enough data to "deny" that the Southern Hemisphere always had an equal-but-opposite variation of temperature until the Twentieth Century.
There are people in "climate science" doing good work. I do not throw out evolution because "Piltdown Man" was supported by some scientists, nor do I want this new field destroyed by some who seem to hide/destroy/cherrypick/ignore data.
Heck, Einstein is famous for disliking - vehemently - Quantum Mechanics implications in the 1920s and later. This, though his Nobel was for his 1905 theoretical and experimental work in proving one of its foundations, that light could knock electrons about (no, not for his Theory of Relativity). But he never stooped to denying the newer work was of any value, or should be ignored solely because he did not like what his colleagues were coming up with.
I often feel like am am floating in two worlds on this website....A Sowell piece about "fake" government-defined hunger for folks getting fat....along with the "Why govt. makes us poor type of thing" which puts into conflict my small govt preference but belief in safety nets (which argues against the former). My preference is this some of this "poverty stuff" gets done privately, to the extent possible through charity, but my spending preference is for the safety net if we are going to spend money on subsidies (along with a few other gvmt things, like military and roads). Forget the middle class and rich, let the market determine that (get rid of tax breaks, mortgage breaks, etc.), but keep out of the way of business with excessive regulation and taxes. I have been involved with varying folks from Wall Street to soup kitchens. There are hungry people out there, sorry Sowell.
You know - there is a story in those headlines some where.
ADHD in Adults Correlated To Less Worry About Climate Change.
With Rep. Allen West: Five Truths About Climate Change - Why Wind Power Blows.
The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism: growth or jobs, It's either us or the Chinese
Yeah yeah - I'm bored - I'm sorry. :>)
...about Allen West's wind-power, i bet Rep. Debbie Washerwoman-Sulks would agree wit chew.