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Wednesday, December 1. 2021
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The comic cries of climate apocalypse — 50 years of spurious scaremongering
The Science of Mind Reading. Researchers are pursuing age-old questions about the nature of thoughts—and learning how to read them.
Alumni Withhold Donations, Demand Colleges Enforce Free Speech. Some baby boomers push back against what they see as liberal indoctrination at their schools
CNN indefinitely suspends Chris Cuomo over damning AG documents
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At Chronicle, Bait and Switch - How the physicist Alan Sokal hoodwinked a group of humanists and why, 20 years later, it still matters.
And there might be another one
Several sharp-eyed commenters at PL noted the paper's 'authors' initials result in SOKAL III.
At its base, 'wokeism' is the plea for sympathy as received from tyrants. It can't and won't stand for very long because it has nothing to offer to those being exhorted to make way. And its tyrants are the weakest, most unsympathetic creatures that society has in its ranks, who themselves have nothing to offer that furthers society or makes life better for anyone but themselves.
Once they get over their sympathetic reaction, people don't generally favor weak people as leaders. Weak people are a poor choice for any responsible position, as we are seeing at the present time. Eventually the market will speak and strength and purpose will come back into the vanguard. I hope it's sooner rather than later.
Antifa Activist Who Attacked GOP Senator’s Office With An Axe Gets Probation
Wonder if they kept him in isolation for say, um, 10 months.
I have never understood the college and alumni connection. For me it was an economic transaction. I paid for the education and degree. Once I graduated, the deal was done and no obligations remained. Why should I donate to them any more than I should donate to charity? Especially, since the colleges don't need my money and charity does. Convince me otherwise.
" The Science of Mind Reading. Researchers are pursuing age-old questions about the nature of thoughts—and learning how to read them." This is why I have a lead-lined cap over my head.
The comic cries of climate apocalypse — 50 years of spurious scaremongering: As I keep saying, the CLIMATE has been changing ever since our planet has had an atmosphere. (Not to mention, summer, winter, spring, and fall...)
Climate change is needed so evolution can proceed. Stopping climate change will deny animal species their opportunity to evolve. Evolutionary adaptation needs the challenge of change. Extinction happens when a species no longer adapts to the changing environment. The species is no longer flexible and adaptable. Evolution has no rule that a species must continue to exist. It is: Species adapt or species die out. If the environment changes catastrophically (as in mass extinction events) some Life survives and evolves. If the environment changes slowly, Life can adapt thru competition and cooperation. The Universe or Nature does not care about Life forms. Life is just a certain set of chemicals (star dust) forming into self-actuating combinations acquisitive of raw materials for survival.
Who put Mankind in charge of operating the universe/nature? Who decided what climate was optimum and for whom? -- mankind or cockroaches? Mankind the animal manipulates the environment as part of mankind's survival techniques. If mankind is changing the environment, it is a natural evolutionary response. Whatever mankind does is natural and neither good or bad.
Mankind, as a thinking species and one that has somewhat mastered environmental manipulation for survival, can observe the negative results of his manipulations and can correct for those negative results. That does not make Mankind responsible for the rest of the biosphere but thinking does allow mankind to consider all the impacts of his activities and include the biosphere in his calculations for corrections. With accumulated wealth, Humans can offset the extra costs of ameliorating his environmental manipulation. Without this wealth, these costs cannot be considered. Survival is paramount.
Re: The comic cries of climate apocalypse — 50 years of spurious scaremongering
Scaremongering about climate change is a lot older than 50 years!
The UN Makes It Official: Global Warming Hysteria Is All About Redistributing Wealth (FNC, March 27, 2009): A United Nations document on "climate change" that will be distributed to a major environmental conclave next week envisions a huge reordering of the world economy, likely involving trillions of dollars in wealth transfer, millions of job losses and gains, new taxes, industrial relocations, new tariffs and subsidies, and complicated payments for greenhouse gas abatement schemes and carbon taxes -- all under the supervision of the world body.
U.N. Official Reveals Real Reason Behind Warming Scare (IBD, February 10, 2015): The alarmists keep telling us their concern about global warming is all about man's stewardship of the environment. But we know that's not true. A United Nations official has now confirmed this. At a news conference last week in Brussels, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.'s Framework Convention on Climate Change, admitted that the goal of environmental activists is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism. "This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution," she said.
"This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution..."
Except "the World" isn't a sovereign state. The UN can bloviate forever but, unlike even San Marino - teeny-tiny as it is! - they have no authority to enact a single binding law.
And what shall replace it, you ask?
Unicorns shitting skittles all over the place - just like the good old USSR.
But THEY shall have everything they desire, because THEY have brought us to the unbounded prosperity of a carbon-free world.
THEY shall have jets, mansions, electricity.
WE shall have feet, huts, and the good feeling you get from being told by the elite that you're 'doing the right things'.
With sky high lumber prices, Biden doubles tariff on Canadian lumber.
This makes absolutely no economic sense. I can only speculate that by making houses even more unafforable, it is part of the long term plan to crowd everyone into apartments, thus lowering the carbon footprint.
...Bronisław Malinowski argued that when people face uncertainty, they turn to magic to propitiate the capricious spirits responsible for their incomprehensible misfortune. Being ever-so-sophisticated people who attended business school, corporate executives don’t hire shamans to replenish fisheries or to avoid a storm. Instead, they bring in consultants to help the firm embrace best practices.
Where's Martin Luther when we really need him?
Idea: the conservative two-step.
1. Cancel donation to your alma mater.
2. Donate to the Republican Party.
Perhaps, instead of the Republican Party, consider donating to Hillsdale, or some other such conservative college? And, most importantly, let your alma mater know why.
No! Hey, I dig what they are doing at Hillsdale, I receive the Imprimus, but...give the monies to yo honies! Seriously. If there is no one in your family that could use a bank boost, then sure, find a patriotic place to plant it, otherwise, MakeYourFamilyGratefulAgain.
How's about setting up our own scholarship to the new University of Austin, and selecting Kyle Rittenhouse as the first recipient?
Sokal proved too much. I've read about six shelf feet of Derrida for pleasure. That you have to read slowly and think about it does not prove it's worthless. It helps if he's writing about a problem that interests you already, of course, in maintaining your interest. Jordan Peterson dismisses Derrida out of hand. Gee, I thought, can't he read?
I don't get much out of the academic competition though.