Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

With Open Gates

Posted: November 25, 2015 by ShortTimer in Bill Whittle, Culture, Europe, islam, Middle East, Philosophy, Science

Via Jawa Report, from Breitbart:

‘With Open Gates: The forced collective suicide of European nations’, a slick, hard-hitting film about the European migrant crisis is going viral in Europe, already watched at least half a million times.

Although the 19-minute film may feel like a dispatch from the future, it is cut entirely from recent news reports, police camera footage, and interviews.

Breitbart notes that the original video was taken down by youtube.  It’s been copied and reposted (mirrored) several times now, as is the standard response to youtube censorship.  As noted in the story:

UPDATE 13/11/15: After gaining a million and a half views in less than five days, the Open Gates video was taken down by YouTube following a copyright infringement. Although the rights company involved in the claim has been named in allegedly spurious claims in the past, there is no reason to suggest that is the case with this video.

The video itself is made by somebody who claims to be from /pol/, which is the name for the politically incorrect board on a handful of popular message boards – most notably 4chan and 8chan – though relative popularity may be very different after the effects of censorship about Gamergate drove a lot of people from pol from the first site to the latter.

It should be noted that /pol/ is a place full of intentionally inflammatory, often racist, purposeless posts (shitposting), either seriously made or in jest.  While the intent of the maker certainly sets the tone, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily completely wrong or inaccurate, either.  The video is, after all, a collection of news reports, camera footage, and interviews that speak for themselves.  (Edit: Except the last minute or two, which is an interview that seems to be being used to a specific anti-semitic end, and is about 5 years out of date.)

The video is a sharp reminder that, as Mark Steyn says, demography is destiny, and that there are parts of the world that understand that r strategists can defeat K strategists.

Bill Whittle and Stefan Molyneux had a conversation about r vs K selection recently as well.  I do agree with Whittle’s contention at one point that r vs K is learned as humans can choose either reproductive strategy, and how they are a result of relative success or failure.

It’s long, but a very good conversation.

Thinking about how the r vs K that Whittle and Molyneux talk about as it applies to the Open Gates video is enlightening, but also tragic.

Solaris Games On The Horizon

Posted: December 22, 2013 by ShortTimer in Science


Washington: Scientists have developed a new robotic ‘muscle’, thousand times more powerful than a human muscle, which can catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself – faster than the blink of an eye.

Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in US demonstrated a micro-sized robotic torsional muscle/motor made from vanadium dioxide that is able to catapult very heavy objects over a distance five times its length within 60 milliseconds.

“We’ve created a micro-bimorph dual coil that functions as a powerful torsional muscle, driven thermally or electro-thermally by the phase transition of vanadium dioxide,” said study leader, Junqiao Wu.

Now just take it from very, very small to big and we’ll have myomers.

And soon:

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Via FOX:

The Los Angeles Times is giving the cold shoulder to global warming skeptics.

Paul Thornton, editor of the paper’s letters section, recently wrote a letter of his own, stating flatly that he won’t publish some letters from those skeptical of man’s role in our planet’s warming climate. In Thornton’s eyes, those people are often wrong — and he doesn’t print obviously wrong statements.

“Simply put, I do my best to keep errors of fact off the letters page; when one does run, a correction is published,” Thornton wrote. “Saying ‘there’s no sign humans have caused climate change’ is not stating an opinion, it’s asserting a factual inaccuracy.”

They’ve shown Andrew Klavan’s dissection of leftist debate to be correct again:

Anthropogenic global warming advocates and watermelon environmentalists pushing their own agenda lieIt happens over and over, and those who oppose “the consensus” are mocked and compared to holocaust deniers?

Manbearpig proven to be fake again and again?

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The solution?  Muzzle dissent!  Block out all observations that are contrary!  It’s what science demands!  Observation that disproves the theory are heretical lies that go against science!  Death to the unbelieversDeath to those who question Manbearpig!

What amounts to a ban on discourse about climate change stirred outrage among scientists who have written exactly that sort of letter.

“In a word, the LA Times should be ashamed of itself,” William Happer, a physics professor at Princeton, told

“There was an effective embargo on alternative opinions, so making it official really does not change things,” said Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism at The Rockefeller University in New York.

“The free press in the U.S. is trying to move the likelihood of presenting evidence on this issue from very low to impossible,” J. Scott Armstrong, co-founder of the Journal of Forecasting and a professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, told

In short: shut up.

All the arctic ice has melted!  Oh, wait, no, that’s totally wrong.  Manbearpig is totally not showing up in the arctic.

Because global warming anthropogenic climate change peddled by Al “Super Serial” Gore, the UN IPCC, and all the other watermelon environmentalists is a scam.

Via HotAir, from UK Daily Mail:

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The 1970s were all about global cooling.  Wattsupwiththat has an extensive catalog of articles on global cooling from the 1970s.  For those who either weren’t alive yet or didn’t notice it, as Levar Burton used to say on Reading Rainbow, don’t take my word for it.  Take Leonard Nimoy’s:

Keep in mind that the people who were telling you the ice is gone and the earth will melt are the same ones who want you to be forced to buy carbon offsets from the carbon exchange they set up – taxing you for your output, production, and existence as though your “carbon footprint” is original sin that can only be paid off with indulgences to the Church of Manbearpig.

Or it could be that plants like carbon dioxide, the earth is a very resilient system, and maybe we should just listen to Woodsy Owl and not outright pollute; rather than going to Al Gore for confessional and paying “sin” taxes to a global wealth and production destruction/redistribution scheme.

Manbearpig busted.  Again.

John Lott is famous for his book “More Guns, Less Crime”.  Its conclusions and point are summed up succintly with its title.

Now Harvard found the same thing, via HotAir:

The Harvard study attempts to answer the question of whether or not banning firearms would reduce murders and suicides.  Researchers looked at crime data from several European countries and found that countries with HIGHER gun ownership often had LOWER murder rates.

Russia, for example, enforces very strict gun control on its people, but its murder rate remains quite high.  In fact, the murder rate in Russia is four times higher than in the “gun-ridden” United States, cites the study. ”Homicide results suggest that where guns are scarce other weapons are substituted in killings.” In other words, the elimination of guns does not eliminate murder, and in the case of gun-controlled Russia, murder rates are quite high.

The study revealed several European countries with significant gun ownership, like Norway, Finland, Germany and France – had remarkably low murder rates. Contrast that with Luxembourg, “where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, had a murder rate nine times higher than Germany in 2002.

The study found no evidence to suggest that the availability of guns contributes to higher murder rates anywhere in the world.  ”Of course, it may be speculated that murder rates around the world would be higher if guns were more available. But there is simply no evidence to support this.”

And, as the study points out, where guns are banned, murderers still find weapons with which to do their dirty work.  The difference is that the victims potential means of self-defense.  With guns available, one would assume their deterrent effect if not outright effectiveness in the self-defense realm would predictably knock the murder rate down.  Criminals and murderers are less likely to attack if the possibility the potential victim is armed exists.  Common sense 101.

This is news only to people who refuse to accept it.

Heinlein said it well decades ago: An armed society is a polite society.

Link to the full Harvard study.

The study starts off noting that the former Soviet Union, with miniscule gun ownership, had a vastly higher murder rate.  And, of course, because they’re academics and it would radically change the study and obliterate counterarguments, they omit that the government of the Soviet Union committed millions of murders which would’ve been stopped by an armed populace.

Fists/A World Without Guns by Oleg Volk

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government murder (photo by Oleg Volk)

More stuff has piled up in my “to blog about” folder.

Putin: West arming Syrian rebels who eat human flesh!

AMMAN/LONDON — Russian President Vladimir Putin, arriving in Britain ahead of an international summit set to be dominated by disagreement over the U.S. decision to send weapons to Syria’s rebels, said the West must not arm fighters who eat human flesh.  …

“One does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras,” Putin said.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say Putin has a point.

Liveleak has the video.  It’s blurry enough to not be as graphic as you’d think.  The audio is good, so the chorus of “Allahu akbar!” as he takes a bite is pretty clear.

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Considering Putin is a KGB thug who’s probably murdered several men by his own hand, that’s the cutest thing I could find to offset the Syrian wendigo-wannabe that would still kinda tie in with the story.  It’s Russian squee propaganda.

In Houston, a free gun initiative has kicked off:

Strain’s northwest Houston community of Oak Forest is the first neighborhood in the country being trained and equipped by the Armed Citizen Project, a Houston nonprofit that is giving away free shotguns to single women and residents of neighborhoods with high crime rates.


Actually, it’s 20 gauge shotguns.

And of course, some ivy league blueblood professor who knows how everyone else has to live has to chime in.  It’s almost parody:

David Hemenway, a professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health who has written about firearms and health, said studies suggesting gun ownership deters crime have been refuted by many others that say the opposite.

“Mostly what guns seem to do is make situations more lethal because most crime has nothing to do with guns,” he said. “When there is a gun in the mix, there is much more likely to be somebody dying or somebody incredibly hurt.”

Professor Hemenway, a professor of telling-you-how-to-live, would prefer that innocent people not be allowed to defend themselves and instead act as passive crime victims, which ultimately keeps violence down.  He’s that guy from the Road Warrior who tells the other members of the refinery to just give the Humungus what they want.

Armed victims tend to create a bigger threat to attackers, though.  They tend to make it so attackers might get incredibly hurt or die.

The omitted part is that some violence is justified and necessary, and ultimately violence to defend the innocent is righteous, while surrendering the innocent to predators is not.

In New Mexico, brain scans have replaced phrenology as predictors of criminal behavior:

ALBUQUERQUE — It began with a casual question that neuroscientist Kent Kiehl posed to a postdoctoral fellow in his laboratory who had been conducting brain scans on New Mexico prison inmates.

“I asked, ‘Does ACC activity predict the risk of reoffending?'” Kiehl recalls, using the scientific shorthand for the anterior cingulate cortex, a brain structure associated with error processing.

The postdoctoral fellow, Eyal Aharoni, decided to find out. When he compared 96 inmates whose brains had been monitored while they performed a test that measures impulsiveness, he discovered a stark contrast: Those with low ACC activity were about twice as likely to commit crimes within four years of being released as those with high ACC activity.

While this may prove to be more accurate than phrenology, brain scans to predict behavior ultimately ignore a lot of other factors.

“We cannot say with certainty that all who are in the high-risk category will reoffend — just that most will,” Kiehl says. “It has very big implications for how we think about treatment and rehabilitation.”

It also has very big implications if you want to reduce the sum of man to a chemical interaction, rather than look at external factors that lead to behavior, and decisions on the part of the individual.

Saying someone has a mental predisposition to impulsiveness or certain areas of the brain that are under or overdeveloped doesn’t mean that’s the sum of the person.

Abu Sakkar, the cannibal rebel (which sounds like a badass name for a Southern horrorbilly/horrorpunk/gothabilly band that would open for Ghoultown) warlord in Syria, probably isn’t eating the hearts of his dead foes because of a deficiency of gray matter.  His environment might have something to do with it.  Just maybe.

This one’s from today, from Gateway Pundit:

A photo from the Houston pro-Zimmerman counter-rally of the NBPP anti-Zimmerman rally picked up by the AP shows a woman holding a sign that read, “Racist & Proud.”

That looked incongruent with the other reports from the pro-Zimmerman side.
The Houston Chronicle identified her as Renee Vaughan:

One woman in the Zimmerman group held a sign that said, “We’re racist & proud.”

Austin resident Renee Vaughan echoed the sign’s ugly sentiments by yelling, “We’re racist. We’re proud. We’re better because we’re white,” at the Martin group as they passed, according to the Chronicle.

The act to smear the Zimmerman supporters as racists with a leftist plant worked as the photo and comment was picked up and spread worldwide.

Scanning the internet we found that a “Renee Vaughn” from Austin worked for a far left environmental group, the Texas Campaign for the Environment.

racist and proud fake leftistWell, that’s Austin leftists for you.

I can imagine her confronting some Martin supporters.  “No, really, I’m one of you!  I’m just carrying this sign that says I’m racist so you’ll attack those other people over there that I hate!  I’m not racist!  They are!  I’m just carrying the sign, but they really are!”

Really, if you’re carrying around a sign that says “racist and proud”, something has gone wrong at some point.  You’re not being ironic, you’re not being clever, you’re not impersonating anyone.  You’re just a failure at life.

Update:  Via Jawa Report:

JBH is much nicer to the guy.  Frankly, Jim Carrey is an idiot who should not be listened to aside from when he’s making funny faces to entertain us.  He should stick to that.

Over at HotAir, they note that Ann Coulter is slamming Carrey for being a rich ivory tower liberal, and they throw out some more criticisms of his unfunniness, and that’s all well and good.  Let’s not forget, though, that Jim Carrey is scientificaly speaking, an idiot. But as Levar Burton says, don’t take my word for it…

I’ll go to one of the first responses from Google when you type in “Jim Carrey vaccines” (and it’s by a doofus Manbearpig believer, no less):

Living with Jenny McCarthy must have infected Jim Carrey’s brain, because yesterday he posted an astonishingly fallacious antivaccination propaganda piece for the Huffington Post screed.

Carrey is the boyfriend of Public Health Threat Jenny McCarthy and has been an antivaccination advocate for some time. He is a funny guy and a movie star, but I don’t think either of those things should give him a public voice wherein he can mislead people about vaccinations.

The article Carrey wrote has so much wrong in it that it almost qualifies as self-satirizing. His very first paragraph is a textbook example of spin. Basically, a few months ago a special court looked at three cases of potential damage due to vaccinations, and found no evidence of any connection.

Though the same author may have plenty of blind faith in Manbearpig, he’s right when it comes to criticizing Jim Carrey and his belief in vaccines being some alchemical elixir that poisons the body’s humour.

Remember that this new anti-gun Jim Carrey is the same pro-polio, pro-measles Jim Carrey:

His case gets worse from there, and in fact contains this whopper: “We have never argued that people shouldn’t be immunized for the most serious threats including measles and polio.” I suppose that all depends on who he means by “we”; if it includes Jenny McCarthy and their autism organization, well then it’s not exactly the truth, as that is precisely and exactly what they been advocating.

Frankly, the Canadian Jim Carrey really doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on.  He mocks things he doesn’t understand, and seeks to explain things away with his own warped reasoning – both in the case of medical science and in the case of firearms ownership.

Jim Carrey’s own crusade (shared with Jenny McCarthy) has led to some 40 times the deaths at Sandy Hook.  The Anti-Vaccine Body Count site, which keeps track of preventable diseases that weren’t prevented, notes that there have been over 1121 preventable deaths due to lack of vaccination since 2007, when celebrities like Jim Carrey went on their anti-vaccination campaign.

Jim Carrey’s anti-vaccine propaganda has killed more kids than any murderers in schools.

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Jim Carrey has no excuse.

Jenny McCarthy, to her credit, has at least two excuses.

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