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Be better, Do something

Great advice as you write out your New Year’s resolutions:

Name five impressive things about yourself. Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room. But here’s the catch — you’re not allowed to list anything you are (i.e., I’m a nice guy, I’m honest), but instead can only list things that you do (i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts). If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are going to fucking hate hearing it. My only defense is that this is what I wish somebody had said to me around 1995 or so.

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Environmentalism nearly claims another victim

From the StarPhoenix:

Following their investigation, police determined icy roads contributed to the driver’s loss of control and ensuing collision with the centre barrier on the bridge. The grey Acura then skidded across the bridge’s eastbound lanes and on top of the guardrail before crashing off the bridge and into the river. Investigators determined that a build-up of snow and ice along the guardrail contributed to the vehicle going over the bridge.

Well done, environmentalists. Well done.

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Letter to the Editor: Rusty’s Revenge

I’ve been gone so long, been gone so long, g-gone so long, I’ve been gone. Kids’ ‘ll do that to you. We can never find a time to sit down and blog. That, and I’ve been on the iPad/iPhone so much but the WordPress blogging platform apps are pretty crappy. This has resulted in my being a media consumer and not much of a media producer as of late.

Oh well. Excuses, excuses …

“Red” Rusty Chartier is a well-known hard-core socialist on the west side of Saskatoon. His prolific letter-writing to the StarPhoenix puts my efforts to shame, as does his politics.

Here’s his latest.

And here’s my response:

In his February 21 letter, Rusty Chartier points us toward a recent psychology study which “linked low intelligence, socially conservative beliefs and prejudice.” Of course, Chartier admits that these results do not mean “that all conservatives are dumb or that all liberals are smart.” How gracious of him, especially as he notes that he is “just happy being a socialist since 1933.”

Keep in mind, however, that socialists were responsible for some 150 million deaths worldwide in the last century. Socialist policies also resulted in economic stagnation and curtailing of freedoms whenever they were implemented, including here in Saskatchewan, which had been a “have-not” province for many years. In fact, it was only when the socialist New Democrats — due to public pressure — began scaling back their defeatist ideology that Saskatchewan began to turn around its backwater status.

If conservatives are marked by “low intelligence”, what does that say about socialists who continue to cling to their ideology despite reams of evidence of its consistently disastrous nature?

Incidentally, this study is just another bullshit way for academics to justify their exorbitant tuition fees in order to credentialize prospective members of the upper-middle class. However, at least it gave me another opportunity to bash dyed-in-the-wool socialists in a public forum.

Because they deserve it.

UPDATE: My letter was published in record time. This one prompted a few emails and even a phone call in support. Good.

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Science v Pseudoscience

Beauty.

Does it matter? Suppose I am right that much of what passes for mainstream climate science is now infested with pseudoscience, buttressed by a bad case of confirmation bias, reliant on wishful thinking, given a free pass by biased reporting and dogmatically intolerant of dissent. So what?

After all there’s pseudoscience and confirmation bias among the climate heretics too.

Well here’s why it matters. The alarmists have been handed power over our lives; the heretics have not. Remember Britain’s unilateral climate act is officially expected to cost the hard-pressed UK economy £18.3 billion a year for the next 39 years and achieve an unmeasurably small change in carbon dioxide levels.

At least* sceptics do not cover the hills of Scotland with useless, expensive, duke-subsidising wind turbines whose manufacture causes pollution in Inner Mongolia and which kill rare raptors such as this griffon vulture.

At least crop circle believers cannot almost double your electricity bills and increase fuel poverty while driving jobs to Asia, to support their fetish.

At least creationists have not persuaded the BBC that balanced reporting is no longer necessary.

At least homeopaths have not made expensive condensing boilers, which shut down in cold weather, compulsory, as John Prescott did in 2005.

At least astrologers have not driven millions of people into real hunger, perhaps killing 192,000 last year according to one conservative estimate, by diverting 5% of the world’s grain crop into motor fuel*.

That’s why it matters. We’ve been asked to take some very painful cures. So we need to be sure the patient has a brain tumour rather than a nosebleed.

h/t sda

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