Ignorance never settles a question.
Ignorance never settles a question.
Rock salt is not an organism. Unless it is contaminated, it contains no DNA. It has no genes to be modified.
But non-GMO rock salt is available. Click here to buy some through Amazon.
So far, we’ve manage one goal in spite of him.
A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?
—C. P. Snow
Ah, the politicization of Science … Both the Left and the Right do it, but the worst abuses of the past couple of decades have been on the Left. If asked to name an example of Progressive Pseudoscience, many conservative would point to the global warming scam. My pet peeve is something else, the alleged differences between the brains of Republicans and Democrats.
Supposedly, the difference is that Republicans are inherently more fearful, and the “scholars” behind the study used “science” in the form of MRIs to “prove” it.
Hank Campbell has a post over at Science 2.0 that explores the defects in this bit of Pseudoscience. Their methodology was poor, and their interpretation of their data worse. As Campbell points out,
Prior papers said everyone is motivated by fear, not just Republicans, and a later one determined that liberals are just being politically correct – when they get drunk and lose their inhibitions, they become more conservative.
Read the whole thing.
And the next time you try to convince a Progressive of something rational, buy him a beer.
The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
I think so, Brain … but couldn’t those “Evolve” bumper stickers just as easily read “Mutate!”
I think so, Brain … but couldn’t a lot of people emit significantly less CO2 by simply keeping their mouths shut?
Well, you see, wire telegraphy is like a very long cat. You yank his tail in New York and he meows in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? Now, radio is exactly the same, except that there is no cat.
The sexual revolution is over, and the microbes won.
—P. J. O’Rourke
Stacy McCain has a post up tracing his version of the history of the Sexual Revolution. He has a somewhat different take on the current situation from Mr. O’Rourke.
Read the whole thing.
Sure, understanding today’s complex world of the future is a little like having bees live in your head. But, there they are.
—The Honorable Chester Cadaver
Brett Kimberlin’s “charity,” Justice Through Music Project has had a petition up for more than a month at Change dot org asking President Obama to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
He’s trying to get 100,000 signatures. As of 3 pm ET on 26 May, 2013, he has only 99,828 to go.
Given the current rate of progress, he should have his 100,000 signatures by the middle of 2061. Perhaps that explains why he didn’t post the petition at the White House site. According to the White House,
[t]o cross the first threshold and be searchable within WhiteHouse.gov, a petition must reach 150 signatures within 30 days.
To cross the second threshold and require a response, a petition must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
He probably didn’t even make the first cut.
With apologies to CCR—
Long as I remember, the rain been comin’ down,
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground.
Politicians through the ages tryin’ to raise their funds;
And I wonder, still I wonder: Who’ll tax the rain?
Homo sapiens generally likes being at the top of the food chain. In some natural settings we are not—think about going one-on-one with a crocodile or a grizzly—but in the civilized world we rule.
Not every creature is designed to be at or even near the top of a food chain. Some critters are prey animals. Deer are an example, and when deer move into an environment with no predators, their population will explode until they overgraze the area, destroy its ecology, and then die of starvation. A healthy deer population requires predation.
Of course, the idea that culling a deer herd is a good thing offends that special group of humaniacs called bambiists. A group of them is now protesting a National Park Service hunt in Rock Creek Park in DC. (WaPo story here.) They think that the deer can be put on birth control.
No, what works is predation. The practical choices are hunters, wolves, or mountain lions. Considering that the hunters can be expected to limit their predation to the deer, they strike me as the best choice for an urban environment such as DC.
BTW, a deer ate that crocus I photographed yesterday.
Yet another bit a climate change fear mongering is being exposed as bogus at best. Powerline has the story. (H/T, Instapundit) Apparently, folks working in that region of pseudoscience believe that it is OK to “adjust” data that does not fit their preconceived “conclusions.”
Overheated rhetoric shouldn’t be a part of Science. It’s better to keep your stick on the ice.
Stacy McCain has a post up about the danger of cheating by scientists who report manufactured data. He notes that there has been a ten-fold increase in withdrawn papers since 1975.
I was on the editorial review board of a journal during the ’70s, and while our peer reviewers occasionally spotted errors, I don’t remember ever seeing fabricated data. Now, we have whole branches of so-called science that rely on data massaged to fit preselected conclusions.
I am telecommuting today because Goddard Space Flight Center is closed to everyone except emergency personnel.
The Congressional hearing on global warming has been canceled. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has postponed the hearing on “Policy Relevant Climate Issues in Context.”
Say, is Al Gore in town?
Glenn Reynolds has a review of Al Gore’s new book The Future at WSJ. He finds the book useful, if flawed, in presenting both sides of Al Gore–technophobe and technophile.
The government sterilized Carrie Buck, not a corporation, and in the name of “progress,” not profit. Pondering this might have encouraged Mr. Gore to broaden his focus where abuses of power are concerned. His narrow focus—on capitalism and private depredations—doesn’t rob Mr. Gore’s book of usefulness, but it does say something about the worldview that produced it.
Read the whole thing.
There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.
Nov. 2: For Romney to Win, State Polls Must Be Statistically Biased
Polls are susceptible to all sorts of bias caused by poor design. Sometimes the error is an honest mistake. Liberty magazine predicted that FDR would lose in 1936 based on the results of a telephone poll. Their sample was skewed because a significant percentage of voters couldn’t afford a phone. Other polls aren’t really honest but are designed to show momentum for a candidate.
The polls this year simply don’t appear to reflect the real world sentiments one hears around the office coffee pot or in the checkout line at WalMart.
I suspect that Mr. Silver’s model is a bit buggy. We will see how well it does on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I expect that I’ll be able to say:
You smell that? That charred smell? That’s Nate Silver, son. I love the smell burnt out Nate Silver in the morning. It’s the smell … of victory.
The Other McCain has a story up about a Virginia town that can’t expand it’s airport because some of the earth moving will involve digging up a bit of coal. You see, the town plans to sell the coal to help offset the cost of the airport improvements, and that makes the project a coal mine in the eyes of the Feds. The project is bogged down in the permitting process and the President’s War on Coal.
Would it speed things along if they just burn the coal on site as scrap? Or does that have even worse EPA air pollution problems?
Is it November yet?
The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth. 198 co-authors (all with Ph.Ds) (H/T, Debbie Witt)