Tuesday, July 05, 2005


I have known for years that psychologists are not really interested in the evidence for or against their theories and in recent years I have had to add most climate scientists to the league of the evidence ignorers. But yesterday's collision with comet Tempel 1 finally forces me to add astrophysicists to that list. In astronomical circles the description of comets as "dirty snowballs" is as regular as "global warming" talk is among research-grant-seeking climate scientists. So what happened to the dirty snowball when NASA flung a lump of metal at it? Did the lump sail right through the snowball without missing a beat? Far from it! It crashed into a big lump of rock, not a snowball. Rebel scientists have been producing evidence for years (e.g. here) proving that comets are electrically charged lumps of rock but the evidence keeps getting ignored. In the latest commentary, the orthodox crowd say of the blast triggered by the Tempel 1 impact that "Geez, and we thought it was going to be subtle... How a washing-machine sized impactor could produce such a large disturbance is going to take some explanation". It sure is -- for them. But they are STILL calling it a dirty snowball! I give up! Science and Voodoo have a lot in common. They both have fixed beliefs that are almost impossible to change.

Great news: "American troops on the Syrian border are enjoying a battle they have long waited to see - a clash between foreign al-Qa'eda fighters and Iraqi insurgents. Tribal leaders in Husaybah are attacking followers of Abu Musab Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born terrorist who established the town as an entry point for al-Qa'eda jihadists being smuggled into the country. The reason, the US military believes, is frustration at the heavy-handed approach of the foreigners, who have kidnapped and assassinated local leaders and imposed a strict Islamic code. Shops selling music and satellite dishes had been closed. Women were ordered to wear all-enveloping clothing and men forbidden from wearing western clothes. Anyone considered to be aiding coalition forces was being killed or kidnapped. That included those with links to the government - seen as a US puppet - such as water or electricity officials. As a result local services had collapsed."

LOL: "Bush should nominate Ann Coulter [to SCOTUS]. She is constitutional scholar with a J.D. from a respectable law school. That's more than most of our Justices have had, historically. I'm serious. Either they confirm her, or they raise hell. Assuming they raise hell enough to block the nomination, anyone else Bush puts up as a replacement looks moderate by comparison. Then, he can name someone in the mold of Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas, and the opposition will have to give in, since the replacement will be soooooo much better than Ann Coulter. Heh".

Good post on poverty from Samizdata: "Next time you see a starving African child on the television, remember the culpability of Make Poverty History. MPH's will cause more poverty and more deaths than would otherwise have occurred. Socialism is killing the third world and Make Poverty History is going to make it worse. In a report by the Globalization Institute called More Aid, Less Growth, we learn that "for every 1% increase in aid received by a developing country, there is a 3.65% drop in real GDP growth per person. Contrary to the conventional wisdom in the aid industry, the study finds that even where recipients have good governance, the effect is also negative." So there you have it. The increase in aid prompted by Make Poverty History is going make things worse, not better."

More media fakery in Israel: "A young Palestinian boy lynched by Jewish rock-throwers is in mortal condition." So repeated public Israeli news reports late last week - while in fact, the entire affair was staged by reporters.... Israeli television stations showed footage of an Arab lying on the ground and then two Jewish boys running towards him and throwing rocks at him. "That's not the story!" said A.D. "I saw this same Arab get hit in the head with a rock - and yet he continued to throw rocks, like a tiger, for the next 15 minutes! And then I saw some reporters go over to him and tell him to lie down and act as if he was unconscious. Later on, he was taken out walking on his own, holding on to a soldier; all this talk of his being mortally wounded is total nonsense."

For more postings, see EDUCATION WATCH, GREENIE WATCH, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WATCH, GUN WATCH, SOCIALIZED MEDICINE and LEFTISTS AS ELITISTS. Mirror sites here, here, here, here and here. And on Social Security see Dick McDonald


That power only, not principles, is what matters to Leftist movers and shakers is perfectly shown by the 2004 Kerry campaign. They put up a man whose policies seemed to be 99% the same as George Bush's even though the Left have previously disagreed violently with those policies. "Whatever it takes" is their rule.

Leftist ideologues are phonies. For most of them all that they want is to sound good. They don't care about doing good. That's why they do so much harm. They don't really care what the results of their policies are as long as they are seen as having good intentions and can con "the masses" into giving them power.

The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word "Nazi" is a German abbreviation for "National Socialist"

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