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The Laffer Curve - by Mark | February 05, 2008, 09:54:01 AM
For a great discussion of the Laffer curve and supply-side economics, check out the following YouTube video hosted by Cato’s Dan Mitchell:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fIqyCpCPrvU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/fIqyCpCPrvU</a>
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Still think Flying is safe? - by Mark | January 20, 2008, 10:22:38 PM
The danger of Binary Explosives....every government in the world is wondering how to protect themselves from attack.  After watching this video, I am resigned to conclude there is no protection....sigh.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/vWh7Ij4Uhss" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/vWh7Ij4Uhss</a>
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500 MPG Car? - by Mark | January 08, 2008, 10:24:02 PM
Fascinating discussion here.

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On Dec. 30, former CIA Director James Woolsey plugged (heh!) rechargeable electric cars.

    [L]ast month General Motors joined Toyota and perhaps other auto makers in a race to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles, hugely reducing the demand for oil. ...

    ... dozens of vehicle prototypes are now demonstrating that these “plug-in hybrids” can more than double hybrids’ overall (gasoline) mileage. With a plug-in, charging your car overnight from an ordinary 110-volt socket in your garage lets you drive 20 miles or more on the electricity stored in the topped-up battery before the car lapses into its normal hybrid mode. If you forget to charge or exceed 20 miles, no problem, you then just have a regular hybrid with the insurance of liquid fuel in the tank. And during those 20 all-electric miles you will be driving at a cost of between a penny and three cents a mile instead of the current 10-cent-a-mile cost of gasoline.
    […]A 50 mpg hybrid, once it becomes a plug-in, will likely get solidly over 100 mpg of gasoline (call it “mpgg”); if it is also a flexible fuel vehicle using 85% ethanol, E-85, its mpgg rises to around 500.

BRING IT ON!!!!  Starve the terrorist exporting oil countries of their revenue and win the war on terror and save money and resources at the same time.
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Stem Cell Breakthrough! - by Mark | November 30, 2007, 10:15:31 PM
Now I can have my cake and eat it to! All thanks to brilliant scientists who felt uncomfortable with destroying one human life to "possibly" save another.  Once again science triumphs over questionable ethical and moral dilemmas...but you have to give science time to overcome its own problem set.  Thankfully the evil, science hating George W Bush drew a line and held it while science pushed through the breakthrough needed to satisfy the scientific and moral imperatives of stem cell research.  I love it when a plan comes together.

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"If human embryonic stem cell research does not make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, you have not thought about it enough."

-- James A. Thomson


A decade ago, Thomson was the first to isolate human embryonic stem cells. Last week, he (and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka) announced one of the great scientific breakthroughs since the discovery of DNA: an embryo-free way to produce genetically matched stem cells.

Even a scientist who cares not a whit about the morality of embryo destruction will adopt this technique because it is so simple and powerful. The embryonic stem cell debate is over.
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Universities are no longer teaching basic Physics? - by Mark | May 19, 2007, 08:17:11 AM
I have had serious concerns regarding the ability of our modern educators to teach basic science and math to our children.  I never guessed that the problem extends all the way to the university level.   Frank Tipler is a professor of physics at Tulane University, and he has serious concerns about modern undergraduate and graduate level Physics education across all Universities.

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Similarly, a degree in physics from an American university is no guarantee that the student with this degree understands basic physics. The physics faculty’s increasing ignorance of basic physics is starting to show up in their research, as I describe at length in my recent book, The Physics of Christianity (Doubleday, 2007). I show that, across all disciplines, a collapse of belief in Christianity over the past several decades among university faculty has been accompanied by a collapse in the belief that there is fundamental truth which should be imparted to students.

I am not sure I am convinced about his attempt to tie the decline of education to a general decline of belief in Christianity.  But his other points are well on target.

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I fear that in the very near future, education in physics will have to be obtained from some source other than a university. It is becoming increasingly clear that this corruption of education is probably universal across all disciplines. If so, then all advanced education will have to be obtained outside of the university. And if that is the case, then why should universities exist at all?

The more and more I think about education, the more I am convinced that in the very near future, schools and education will be radically transformed.  I seriously doubt my children will attend a "university".  At least not in the traditional sense.  The rise of the Internet and machine based learning tools in the near future will likely mean that a "brick and mortar" university will probably no longer be necessary to learn the skills needed to excel in life.  In the very near future, I suspect that 98% of most learning will occur over the Internet, and it will most likely be self paced and directed education.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  I wish I had the thousands of hours of life returned to me in my childhood when I was forced to sit through an entire semester of some stupid course taught by some ignorant overpaid snob.
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Deleting Far Left Rich Asshat carbon credits - by Mark | May 16, 2007, 08:07:33 PM
http://www.carboncreditkillers.com/default.asp

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This is the funniest thing I have run across regarding Global Warming in some time.
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House of Cards, continues to fall apart - by Mark | April 22, 2007, 08:08:09 PM
The Great Global Warming swindle continues to fall apart nearly as fast as a child's house of cards.  Now the climate scientist skeptical of global cooling fears in 1970's, calls current warming scare 'massively political'.

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In the 1970s as a young scientist at the Geophysical Institute I wrote passionate letters complaining that for the first time in the geologic era man was changing the atmosphere of the planet. I argued that continued dumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere would be associated with a warming of the entire Earth and pled for attention to this matter. The letters were ignored.

They were ignored because in the 1970’s Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times and countless books and articles were warning of the dangers of global cooling.

Things have changed. Global warming is now being noted, and I in the meantime have become a little skeptical about some of the claims being put forth. I’m skeptical despite the fact that “everybody knows that the science is in.” The science isn’t even close to being in.

Global warming is a religious farce executed upon the mass of society from individuals who worship the Earth instead of God.  We should be cleaning up our environment because it is the right and healthy thing to do.  Conservation of Energy is the moral thing to do, belief in Global Warming/Cooling and other Chicken Little scare tactics will not solve any of humanity's energy problems or help the environment.  Instead, a detailed scientific cost/benefit analysis is urgently needed to take money out of barbarians pockets and protect our ecosystem.  Socialistic "greenies" are part of the problem, not the solution.  Do not fall for their siren call.

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There is much more in climate science that we simply do not understand. Believe it or not, nobody has any sustainable theory, other than a few clues, about the causes of the ice ages. They are resonant with some of the orbital movements of the planets, but only roughly so and other things are going on that cause and end these spectacular events. We do not know.
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Fear Mongering in Overdrive! - by Mark | March 18, 2007, 01:02:00 PM
Global Warming fear mongering is reaching cataclysmic purportions.  Here is one of the current headlins on the drudgereport, "Environmental Guru Predicts Climate Doom: 'Billions of us will die; few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in Arctic'..."

"few breeding pairs of people will survive in the artic"?  Sounds good to me....less insane people predicting the end of the world all the time.  Here is a longer quote from the article:

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At the leading edge of climate pessimism, the prognoses were frankly apocalyptic. "Before this century is over, billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic," predicted James Lovelock, a renowned environmental scientist.

In his book The Weather Makers, Tim Flannery puts aside his essential optimism for long enough to write: "If humans pursue a business-as-usual course for the first half of this century, I believe the collapse of civilisation due to climate change becomes inevitable."

We shouldn't be surprised that when planetary destruction is on the mind, we start seeing nukes again. Climate change has stirred the lees of old fears.

It makes sense that the mushroom cloud, the great spectre of the 20th century, would return to spook the 21st. Bill McKibben, author of a foundation text of the climate change era, The End of Nature (1990), explicitly links the last great fright to the new one. Climate change is "the single biggest challenge facing the planet, the equal in every way to the nuclear threat that transfixed us during the past half-century", he wrote last year.

The State of Fear is palpable....the apocolypse is here....except this time it is not the Pope or the caliphate predicting the end of times....but supposed "scientists".  And that my friends is how environmentalism has morphed into worship of Gaia.  Mother Earth is angry....and she will smite the pathetic humans and their "technology".

Environmental "science" is nothing but modern day nature worship.....which by the way, is not inherantly wrong or evil, but it is NOT science.  It never was and it never will be.
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UPDATE: Global Warming Skeptics Threatened - by Mark | March 12, 2007, 02:57:28 PM
On the heels of my last post about global warming immediately following this post.  Some of the world's leading global warming skeptics are being threatened.  What are the greenies so worried about, if their science is rock solid?  If it is so accurate that we are experiencing man-made global warming, the rest of the scientific community should welcome challenges not call people "deniers".

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Scientists who questioned mankind’s impact on climate change have received death threats and claim to have been shunned by the scientific community.

They say the debate on global warming has been “hijacked” by a powerful alliance of politicians, scientists and environmentalists who have stifled all questioning about the true environmental impact of carbon dioxide emissions.

Timothy Ball, a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Canada, has received five deaths threats by email since raising concerns about the degree to which man was affecting climate change.

One of the emails warned that, if he continued to speak out, he would not live to see further global warming.

“Western governments have pumped billions of dollars into careers and institutes and they feel threatened,” said the professor.
“I can tolerate being called a sceptic because all scientists should be sceptics, but then they started calling us deniers, with all the connotations of the Holocaust. That is an obscenity. It has got really nasty and personal.”

When you question a religion's dogma....you will be threatened.  Just like the Islamic fanatics of today and the Roman Catholic pursuit of midevil scientiests in the past.  Science is always about being skeptical, not towing the line of theocratic thought.
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The Great Global Warming Swindle - by Mark | March 10, 2007, 12:28:10 PM
The Greatest Swindle pulled on the world is in its death throws.  Global Warming was picked apart on UK’s Channel Four’s production, “The Great Global Warming Swindle” last Thursday.

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What was absolutely fascinating, though, was to see so clearly demonstrated the simple unalterable facts that, while there is no direct correlation between CO2 levels in the atmosphere, solar activity very precisely matches the plot of temperature change over the last 100 years. It correlates well with the anomalous post-war temperature dip, when global carbon dioxide levels were rising.

Read that part in RED one more time...."solar activity very precisely matches the plot of temperature change over the last 100 years"....gee....ya think.  This is basic science....third grader level.  I mean come on....people need to try and use common sense.

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Furthermore, over a longer time-span, the correlation between sunspot activity and temperature survives, while here is some evidence to suggest that the rise in carbon dioxide lags behind the temperature rise by 800 years. On that basis, higher CO2 levels are a response to temperature increases, and cannot be a cause of them.

The problem for the man-made warming advocates is that, while they rely on computer models of every increasing sophistication and complexity, all of them assume that man-made CO2 is the main cause of climate change rather than the sun or the clouds.”

Yep...and to question the global warming advocates, is flat out heresy.  And will not be tolerated.  And do you know why?  It is because of the following truth:

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Inevitably, the message offered by the programme will be a “slow burn”, not least because – as the programme points out – global warming is now a major industry, with tens of thousands of people relying for their incomes on the scam.

I have said it before and I will say it again.  There is no such thing as "human caused" global warming.  It is an invention by certain scientists and the environmental industry to secure grant money and tax dollars.  The heart of science is to always question the prevailing theories....global warming has become a religion.
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