Eric Florack on August 11th, 2017

The sad part of this is how predictable all of this was.

In 2013, Obama not only downplayed the Defense Intelligence Agency’s intelligence report about Korea’s mini nukes — he attempted to discredit it. The White House media echo chamber was — as always — happy to go along with the ruse.

And lest we forget, this whole thing was started several years ago with Bill Clinton providing his communist Brothers in North Korea two nuclear reactors and the pile of cash.

And then there is a Iran as well.

What we’re seeing here is the result of a concerted effort on the part of Democrats to make America weaker and our enemies stronger. And longtime readers will remember that I said so at the time.

Eric Florack on August 11th, 2017

Sure sure all the screaming about the Russians, it turns out that the source of the data leaks was one of their own.

Gee, big shock.

See also.

Now, is anyone surprised?

Moreover, is anyone surprised that the mainstream press is spending so little time on this story?

“But, the damn Russians….”

Eric Florack on August 11th, 2017

Why is the Trump justice department still fighting the release of documents indicating the harassment by the IRS against conservative groups?

Because Trump isn’t a conservative.

Eric Florack on August 11th, 2017

Gotta keep the storyline intact…

“What the discovery of Alesi shows is that this group was close to the origin of living apes and humans and that this origin was African.”

Well, no.

What it shows, is that evolutionary biology is the old global warming.

Eric Florack on August 10th, 2017

The year 1968. Traveling through the South with my family. All you could hear was Wichita Lineman. They played it on every station and every format.

Glen singing and on guitar… Including that famous middle break on that song… Carol Kaye playing bass in her rather distinctive Style and Jim Gordon on drums… And of course Al delor y who did so much to develop Glens recording sound, particularly his early solo work. But I think today of the B side of that single. And I think you’ll see why.

davidl on August 8th, 2017

As Jeff Foxworthy might has said: You might be neurotic is you are neurotic about being thought of as neurotic. Google CEO Sundar Pichai needs to fires himself.   Pichai fired the heretofore Unknown Male Engineer, one James Damore, for the sin of arguing “by advancing harmful gender stereotypes”, from Verge:

The memo has clearly impacted our co-workers, some of whom are hurting and feel judged based on their gender. Our co-workers shouldn’t have to worry that each time they open their mouths to speak in a meeting, they have to prove that they are not like the memo states, being “agreeable” rather than “assertive,” showing a “lower stress tolerance,” or being “neurotic.”

Evidently Pichai argues wymen are ton neurotic to handle being thought of a being a member of a neurotic class, thus Pichai advances a harmful sexual stereotype, and therefore Pichai needs to fire himself, now.

Reax, Professor Jacobson, Legal Insurrection:

This is a pretty chilling development. It completely proves the Senior Engineers point about the shaming and shut-down culture that surrounds discussions of discrimination and diversity.

Pichai fired Damore for suggesting the men and women are different, telling males that their perceptions of unfair treatment do not matter because some wymen would be offended by Damore’s essay. Protect wymen. Tell men to suck it up.

davidl on August 6th, 2017

An unknown male engineer(UME) for Google (soon to be former engineer?) wrote a letter, from Gizmodo:

I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes. When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions. If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem.

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UME then proceeds to write a long, nuanced, detailed and supported memo questioning Google’s current concept of diversity. It is above my pay grade as a mere radar technician so distill UME’s point to a few sweet words. So let me be blunt, UME seems to saying, at length that Google should not concoct a number out thin air and then proceed to call it gospel. Maybe fifty percent Google’s payrole should go to members of the fifty-three percent of the population which is genuine(Bruce Jenner need not apply) female? If so why and how would promote the company? In tepid response, Google’s Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance one Danielle Brown, wrote:

Many of you have read an internal document shared by someone in our engineering organization, expressing views on the natural abilities and characteristics of different genders, as well as whether one can speak freely of these things at Google. And like many of you, I found that it advanced incorrect assumptions about gender. I’m not going to link to it here as it’s not a viewpoint that I or this company endorses, promotes or encourages.

Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate. We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company, and we’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul. As Ari Balogh said in his internal G+ post, “Building an open, inclusive environment is core to who we are, and the right thing to do. ‘Nuff said. “

Brown seems to be saying, we have made up our minds, please do not bother us with any facts to the contrary, now shut up and toe the company line.

When the moron reporter Jim Acosta attempted to ambush Stephan Miller, off the top his head, Miller decimated Acosta’s argument that poetry ought to conflated with policy. For her part, Brown offers to Miller like rebuttal. Brown refuses to attempt to explain Google’s personnel policy but simply demands it be enforce. So why did Google hire a vice president that doesn’t known her own job?

davidl on August 4th, 2017

Author’s note: this article is not about felines.

Female researcher calls women catty. Cat fight breaks out, from Atlantic:

In 2011, Kim Elsesser, a lecturer at UCLA, analyzed responses from more than 60,000 people and found that women—even those who were managers themselves—were more likely to want a male boss than a female one. The participants explained that female bosses are “emotional,” “catty,” or “bitchy.” (Men preferred male bosses too, but by a smaller margin than the female participants did.)

Hat tip and loads of reax, Professor Althouse.

Personally, I find the concept of evolutionary biology useful.  That is say that biologically we are still cavemen and cave women.    Men and women are different, not better or worse just different, because each sex has adapted to different roles.  Men are hunters.  Women gather and nurture.  Each role is essential.   The professor’s thread does nothing to shake my theory, but does provide plenty of amusement.

Never let it be said that CNN bothers to hire reporters who were sober in high school.  Jim Acosta demonstrates the depth of his ignorance by assuming legal immigration policy should be governed by a poem; by forgetting that people from the Philippines, the Republic of Ireland and India speak English; and that he has no clue of the difference between legal and illegal immigration, video:

Will Lord and Master Acosta mandate a press one for Sharia law.  Remember back when the networks used to assign their best and brightest to the White House beat.

Eric Florack on August 3rd, 2017

Here we have a case of a railroad CEO mouthung precisely what the left wants to hear…

The CEO of freight railroad CSX Corp., one of the largest U.S. haulers of coal, warns that the days of transporting and burning coal are numbered.

“Fossil fuels are dead,” Hunter Harrison told analysts Wednesday, according to media reports. “That’s a long-term view. It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s not going to be two or three years, but it’s going away in my view.”

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And of course the left is press is all over this remark… And, just as obviously they’re treating it like gospel. But as I say it’s not going to happen that way. Reality keeps rearing its head.
The issue is that Harrison is mouthing exactly what the entrenched State wants to hear. Of course by the time he gets done sacrificing the railroad to the environmentalists we are going to have another case of “too big to fail” on our hands…. And we’ll have CSX being taken over by Conrail again. Isn’t that how it happened the first time around?

And by the way Mr. Harrison, if fossil fuels are dead, what are you going to run your locomotives with? Unicorn farts?

Are you seriously considering converting the entire CSX system to electricity? Even leaving aside the installation and maintenance costs of such a system you are aware aren’t you that there’s no way in hell that our national electric grid will even Supply for your minimal needs much less any room for growth. How many nuclear power plants do you propose installing so that you can run your trains?

It seems clear to me that you haven’t thought through your statement but instead are mouthing what your governmental benefactors want to hear.

Personally Ive withdrawn all my investment in CSX. With this kind of leadership there’s only one direction to go.

 Down.

In watching all of this I only have one more comment. Does anyone think that the conservatives are really in control here? That we don’t have a lot of work to do on the cultural side of things?

Eric Florack on July 31st, 2017

What if I told you that the increases in the rates of heart disease that we have seen over the last 50 years and continue to see, are the direct result of the government recommended low fat diet?

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart diseasestroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

This goes directly to what I’ve been saying for a generation now. Everything that government gets its hands on, it screws up.
Tell me again how you want the government to run your Healthcare System.

davidl on July 27th, 2017

Climate change alarmists pretend their alarmism is based on real science, yet they refuse to treat their so-called science as real science. For example there is no scientific principle of consensus. In order to scientific a theory must be testable. Further no test can prove a theory true. However one test that does not collaborate the theory proves it false. Those any particular theory can either unconfirmed or falsified. Test a particular theory one hundred time, and get ninety nine confirmation and one falsification. The Al Gore’s, and other mental midgets, would claim the theory to true based on ninety-nine percent consensus. On the the other hand, a scientist would consider the theory falsified. The climate alarmist do not accept the idea of falsification: from Watts Up with That:

President Barack Obama’s chief science adviser compared the Trump administration’s use of “red teams” to debate climate science to a “kangaroo court” meant to “create a sense of continuing uncertainty about the science of climate change.”

“But I suspect that most of the advocates of the scheme are disingenuous, aiming to get hand-picked non-experts from federal agencies to dispute the key findings of mainstream climate science and then assert that the verdict of this kangaroo court has equal standing with the findings of the most competent bodies in the national and international scientific communities,” former President Barack Obama’s science czar John Holdren wrote in a Boston Globe op-ed published Monday.

John Holdren meet Karl Popper, from Stanford Enclyclopedia:

[Karl] Popper accordingly repudiates induction and rejects the view that it is the characteristic method of scientific investigation and inference, substituting falsifiability in its place. It is easy, he argues, to obtain evidence in favour of virtually any theory, and he consequently holds that such ‘corroboration’, as he terms it, should count scientifically only if it is the positive result of a genuinely ‘risky’ prediction, which might conceivably have been false. For Popper, a theory is scientific only if it is refutable by a conceivable event. Every genuine test of a scientific theory, then, is logically an attempt to refute or to falsify it, and one genuine counter-instance falsifies the whole theory. In a critical sense

A Swiss patent clerk once challenged Sir Isaac Newton’s consensus Laws of Mechanics.  Newton lost.  So why does Holden thing his pet theory is exempt from critical Analysis when Newton’s(and Albert Eisenstein’s) was not? 

davidl on July 24th, 2017

The late Justine Damond thought she heard an intruder.   She called 9111, and one of the responding Minneapolis police officers hot Damond dead, from Useless Toady:

“We have a tragedy at hand, and we have a community that’s frightened. That’s what I want to highlight and that’s the reason we’re here,” said Minneapolis City Councilman Abdi Warsame.

Officer Mohamed Noor, who pulled the trigger and killed Justine Damond, is Somali-American. Damond was white.

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Noor, who has received recognition from the city’s mayor, also has two open complaints against him.

Warsame is calling for an end to racism and Islamaphobia that he said has targeted their community since the July 15 shooting — mostly through online and social media comments.

But he specifically called out former U.S. representative Michele Bachmann, for insinuating in a speech last week that Noor may have shot Damond for “cultural reasons.” The former Republican congresswoman and one-time presidential candidate, represented Minnesota’s 6th District.

When a police officer is singled out by the mayor for the mere fact that he was hired, and appears to a loose canon, it is appropriate to find out why the mayor hired Noor. How many police officers did Mayor Betsy Hodges hire for cultural reasons and how many standards did she bend or waive to get them on the office?

If Councilman Warsame wants to end the perception that the Minneapolis Police Department is racist, he should opposed the  Minneapolis of hiring police officers based on their race.   Till  Minneapolis remedies their racist hiring practices. the good citizens of Minneapolis should weigh the risks calling their police department.

And to think some used to complain about too many Irish and Italian cops.

davidl on July 21st, 2017

According to the recently discovered papers of the late Robert Byrd (Klu Klux Klan)  it is a waste of time to even attempt to teach black students math, NPR.   Byrd argues rather than educating blacks or other inferior minorities, we should simply dumb down their education, and then give them a diploma based on attendance.   Hey, it worked for Obama.

It is a smart man who know the limits of his own knowledge.   It is a fool who claims to know what is not knowable.   Bill Nye, the mechanical engineer turn entertainer, is the latter, from Daily Caller:

Comedian Bill Nye “The Science Guy” said Wednesday that the climate change movement can only move forward once the older generation begins to die off.

“Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It’s generational,” Nye told the Los Angeles Times in an interview. Nye added that he shouldn’t be too hard on older citizens, however, because he is “now one of them.”

“We’re just going to have to wait for those people to ‘age out,’ as they say,” Nye said, adding that “age out” is a euphemism for dying. “But it’ll happen, I guarantee you — that’ll happen.”

All the blabber mouths who claim to see the perils of climate, and seek to save World that neither wants nor needs to be saved,all afraid of open debate.   Real meteorologists have real trouble predicting the weather tomorrow.   Yet this mechanical engineer claims to be able to predict the climate in decades to come, proclaims it dangerous and professes to be able to change it.    You could say that denying Nye’s bunk makes me a skeptic, true.   However, I would say it makes me a realist.

Oh by the way Daily Caller, where are the trigger warnings?   The mechanical engineering guy said that I need to die.   What to stop the self-proclaimed social justice warriors from attacking senior living centers?