Monday, August 31, 2015

Dark Matter and Gravity, Continued

Dark Matter and Dark Energy are both fantasy creations which cosmologists have produced in order to explain the failure of gravitational calculations to explain observations of visible physical masses in space.

Dark matter is supposed to explain the failure of gravitational calculations to explain observations of galaxies not behaving according to calculatons, and similar effects.

Dark energy is supposed to take effect at the outer edge of the universe where the most distant objects are increasing speed rather than being slowed by the gravity which is behind them.

Gravity, it is admitted, is not understood. Still, the erroneous effects are not blamed on not comprehending gravity, instead they are blamed on fantasy substances which cannot be seen, cannot be measured, and apparently cannot be proven to even exist.

The problem is so bad that it is now said that the universe is made up of >95% darks - dark matter and dark energy. Which leaves less than 5% of the universe to be visible and knowable with materialist technology and science.

But in rational actuality, if the full characteristics of gravity, its cause and source as well as all of its effects were to become fully known and actually extend to the effects now attributed to the darks, then like epicycles, the darks would disappear. So why not study gravity (spooky action at a distance) more completely?

I don't know.

Quote of the Day

"AND HOW WOULD WE BE ABLE TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE: A rejection of the nuclear deal could lead to radicalism in Iran."
Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit

PC = Pathological Cognition

To appreciate the following, it has to be read in full; I'll just give the source.
The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
This is a technically correct blow to the government-driven campus culture. But the problem is not technical at its base. The problem is ideological: cultural Marxism, when in control, will not relent to mere logic, not even the logic which reveals the destruction which is the natural consequence of Marxist Classism. The ideology is rooted in the pathology of the Marxist Class Warriors, now in control of both government and education systems. That they inflict cognitive pathology on others is of no concern to the Politically Correct - Social Marxist if the result is conversion to Social Justice Warriors.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Quote of the Day

Traitor to His Class
Nothing is more terrifying to the elite than Trump’s embrace of a tangible American nationalism

"Trump’s popularity, while beyond doubt, is treated not as a legitimate expression of popular will but as a mass psychosis to be diagnosed. It would seem to be the duty of every American pundit today to explain the inexplicable and problematic rise of Donald Trump. The critical question, however, is not the source of Trump’s popularity but rather the reason his popularity is so shocking to our political culture. Perhaps Trump’s candidacy threatens a larger consensus that governs our political and social life, and perhaps his popularity signifies a profound challenge to elite opinion."
Speak directly and carry a big wallet.

Friday, August 28, 2015

More Bogus Science

Study delivers bleak verdict on validity of psychology experiment results
"Bleak" is too generous.
"In the investigation, a whopping 75% of the social psychology experiments were not replicated, meaning that the originally reported findings vanished when other scientists repeated the experiments. Half of the cognitive psychology studies failed the same test. Details are published in the journal Science.

Even when scientists could replicate original findings, the sizes of the effects they found were on average half as big as reported first time around. That could be due to scientists leaving out data that undermined their hypotheses, and by journals accepting only the strongest claims for publication."
Every finding should be replicated before publication. And falsifications should be published as well: a falsified experiment is as valuable a piece of knowledge as a supportive experiment.

Peer review and professional journals are still being found to be rife with bogus science. Dependence upon science for use as a source of Truth for use in a worldview is irrational. Scientism can never produce a true view of all reality. Moreover, this problem is already well known, and there is no sign of its abatement. Science is money driven and is always suspect, at least until it is too well empirically validated to warrant further questioning. Even then it is subject to further knowledge becoming available which negates the most trusted principles.

I Self-Identify As Anglo-Hun-Nordic-Franco-Latino-Sapien-Sapien-Neanderthal-Cro-Magnon-American-Legal Parentage.

Hm. Did you know that there is a “FOX News – Latino”? I didn’t, until today. Today’s Latino complaint is that Trump actually used a brand new secret code word, “Univision”, which Latinos actually know means “Mexico”. So Trump was telling Jorge Ramos to go back to Mexico when he told Ramos to “go back to Univision”, which is where Ramos is from and represents.

Every sentence Trump utters (if “utters” can be used to describe Trump’s style) is re-interpreted within the racist context of “Latino” cultural diktat. When Trump said that there are criminals amongst the illegals, he actually declared that “all Latinos are criminals”, and so is declared xenophobic and racist. That is Leftist-speak for tarring the truth speaker to avoid the spoken truths. Some things, and some classes, are sacrosanct, which means that any defects which the class might have cannot be spoken of.

Here’s the fact regarding Ramos: he was being a complete ass. He intended to produce exactly what happened – a firm, civil response by removing the ass from the group – so that he could claim discrimination and racism. Which he promptly did.

If Latinos are buying into this, then shame on them. Responding to incivility is rational and is, in fact, civil. That means that objecting to it is to endorse and promote incivility and in the case of illegals, lawlessness. That is the logical conclusion; but logic in not in play here.

This is reminiscent of the phobic Leftist anti-Semitic attacks on Israel, whenever Israel finally responds to being suicide bombed, shelled and rocketed by Palestinians and other Islamics. Party A is free to abuse Party B, but party B had better not respond to that abuse.

Party A in this case clearly is Mexico, the government of which published a pamphlet telling illegals how to behave when illegally entering the USA. Now the Mexican government is threatening its relationship with Texas, because Texas is fighting the waves of anchor babies produced by lawbreaking illegals, which abuse is promoted by Mexico.

So it is racist and xenophobic to object to illegal activities by whoever wants to violate US laws. This is the mentality of the era.

If some Americans insist on self-identifying as Latino, then I feel obligated to also self-identify as Anglo-Hun-Nordic-Franco-Latino-Sapien-Sapien-Neanderthal-Cro-Magnon-American-Legal Parentage. I have the documentation to prove it, except for the Cro-Magnon; I just feel Cro-Magnon, so that’s how I self-identify. I also self-identify with Red-Deer-Cave-People; but just on weekends.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

SJW Ramos Invokes His Victimhood

If you missed it, the star Univision "journalist", Jorge Ramos, tried to steal the floor from other journalists and demand that Trump address himself. He would not stop his shouting, even when Trump told him that it was not his turn, he had not been called on. Ramos refused to stop shouting, even as security escorted him out the door. It was a demonstration of a Leftist tyrant assuming that it was his right to dominate the event.

Now Ramos plays the victim:
Ramos: Trump ‘Tried to Silence Me’ Like In ‘A Dictatorship’
No, actually Ramos was allowed back in, and Trump engaged him in due time.

To paraphrase Vox Day, the Left always lies. It's an artifact of valuing the Social Justice narrative over Truth. Ramos had no conceivable justification for his behavior, other than his self-perceived status as an SJW. That status, Messiahism, gives him the "right" to violate all rules, laws and common courtesies.

Trump handled it properly; Ramos was given the opportunity to behave well and he chose not to do so. Security removed him temporarily.

What would Jeb have done?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Proof of the non-existence of God

"`The Babel fish,' said The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy quietly, `is small, yellow and leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy not from its carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.

`Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mindboggingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as the final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.

`The argument goes something like this: `I refuse to prove that I exist,' says God, `for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.'

`But,' says Man, `The Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don't. QED.'

`Oh dear,' says God, `I hadn't thought of that,' and promptly vanished in a puff of logic.

`Oh, that was easy,' says Man, and for an encore goes on to prove that black is white and gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing.

`Most leading theologians claim that this argument is a load of dingo's kidneys, but that didn't stop Oolon Colluphid making a small fortune when he used it as the central theme of his best-selling book Well That About Wraps It Up For God."

When Ike Solved The Problem

How Eisenhower solved illegal border crossings from Mexico
Well, Ike defeated Hitler; securing a border was nothing for him. These days we can't even refer to the invaders by their illegal status, much less secure the border.

It's best to read the whole thing at the source.

The Connection Between Atheism and Social Justice

Atheism starts with rejection: “there is no deity”. It sometimes quickly progresses to denial: “I have no beliefs regarding a deity”. Atheism becomes a moral and intellectual VOID.

The Atheist VOID is highly conducive to the self-creation of personal moral principles. It is common for those moral principles to apply to others, rather than to the Atheist self. This, in turn, produces a highly “moral” Atheist self, and also a highly “immoral” Other. This engenders eliteness for the Atheist, who has done nothing of merit to produce such eliteness.

Atheists have tended to aggregate into moral groups. This allows the Atheist-Leftists to identify common elitist morals for the Other, and those become the Class designations for placing the entirety of humanity into tribes or classes. The three classes start with themselves, the elites, who they designate as the saviors of the “downtrodden”. They become the Messiah Class. Since they need someone to “save”, they designate “Victimhood” Classes which are determined by their own criteria. And there needs to be someone to save the Victimhood classes from: those are everyone else – the Oppressor Class.

This is Cultural Marxism, which is Atheist to the core.

The Messiah Class is self-anointed (in Thomas Sowell’s words) to attack and destroy the Oppressor Class. The methodology is moot; whatever works is the motto of Atheist Consequentialism, under which the only immoral tactic is the one not used (Alinsky).

Not all Atheists become Leftists and Social Justice Warriors. Christopher Hitchens was a conservative. But Hitchens also used the Class System. He merely defined the classes differently from the Left. The Marxist tendencies to destroy the Oppressor Class in order to save the Victimhood Class were still in play and strong in Hitchens.

However, the majority of Atheists do tend toward Leftism. They have granted themselves superiority in logic and evidence and intellect, despite having no evidence of any superiority in any of those things. But having granted themselves this superiority places them directly in the elitist class, with the self-granted responsibility to save the world from their lessors.

In the western nations, the Atheist Social Justice war is against Christians, straights and males, as well as any who hold to moral principles which are not Social Justice principles.

Atheist Social Justice Warriors cannot be negotiated with; they view themselves as morally superior, intellectually superior, logical and evidence-based. Thus they are "right" in every subjective sense. The Atheist Social Justice Warrior has joined a group which is socially narcissistic, and can see no defect in himself and considers all criticism to be due to defects in the Other. The phenomenon of the Atheist Social Justice Warrior, then, is one of psychological defect, a mental state of delusion - a delusion which cannot be removed even by logic, rational argumentation, blatant objective evidence, or common sense.

It can only be contained. It must be; it's intent and objective is to destroy the rest of us.

Social Justice, The Hugo Awards, and the War on Non-SJWs

The Hugo Awards: Why The #WaronNerds Is A War on Art

"What’s the difference between ISIS and social justice warriors? Well, one recruits its members from the most pathetic, disaffected, pathological members of society, claims to stand against shadowy conspiracies and bullying by the West, and destroys revered cultural institutions in fits of fanaticism.

The others are unhinged terrorists in the Middle East?

Over the past year, the social justice movement, which at one point had set itself up as an insurmountable cultural juggernaut, bent on remaking every art form or subculture in its own image, has degenerated into a farce. That farce reached new heights this past Saturday night, when the voters of the prestigious Hugo Awards, in a fit of ideologically-motivated pique, refused to give any awards at all in no less than five different categories – including Best Short Story and Best Novella. As context, the Hugos had only refused to offer an award in any category five times in the award’s 60 year history.

How The “Sad Puppies” Got Their Name

The reason was that a group of disaffected science fiction fans calling themselves collectively the “Sad Puppies” (along with a more radical submovement calling itself the “Rabid Puppies”) had actually forced the Hugos to include works on the voting ballot that were popular with fans, rather than simply works by authors with acceptable politics, or connections to the right publishing house.

“And the award goes to…no one?”

To put this in perspective, imagine that the Academy Awards voters had refused to pick a winner for “Best Director” or “Best Picture” at all because none of the films were about gay rights or personally endorsed by Harvey Weinstein. And imagine a very flummoxed presenter standing onstage at the Academy Awards having to say, “And the award goes to…no one?”

In the interest of evenhandedness, I should note that the Sad Puppies employed controversial tactics in trying to force consideration of authors and works they saw as underappreciated. Many claimed that the sort of organized voter drive employed by the Puppies ran contrary to the spirit of how the Hugo Awards were supposed to work."
I don't read science fiction: not enough time. I'd never heard of the Hugos until perhaps a year ago. But the Hugos have become a symbol, like Gettysburg or Dresden or Wounded Knee, a place of a battle which is significant in a place that is remote but historic in the context of the war. It is now clear that the SJWs did, in fact, control the award process and gave the awards to SJW-approved social justice works, only. And it is clear that they would destroy the award system to prevent outsiders from receiving one, because that is what they did. Note this from Phil Sandifer:
"Phil Sandifer @PhilSandifer

I admit to voting exclusively authors whose politics do not utterly repel me. #HugoAwards …
2:30 AM - 23 Aug 2015 "
And back to the article:
"I think it’s fair to say that if people like Sandifer are the people in charge of picking who gets to be the heir of Robert Heinlein or Ursula K. LeGuin, then the Sad Puppies had every reason to be concerned that quality had been eclipsed by politics. Sandifer, for his part, didn’t bother denying this, saying only that “Politics is a form of quality” before calling his critics “effing morons.”"
It's not just a war on art; it's a war on the politics of common sense and decency. I plan to make time to read some science fiction and vote next year. It's the least that I can do.
"The Social Justice Left Is A Schoolyard Bully

In the past, I have written extensively about the degree to which the Social Justice Left, rather like a schoolyard bully, began its fanatical crusade by targeting art forms and subcultures most often enjoyed by nerds, seeing them as a low status, easy target. If nerds are the “sad puppies,” then the Left saw them as proverbial Chihuahuas. Unfortunately, as the rise of the actual Sad Puppies and the year-long counter-crusade known as #Gamergate shows, these “puppies” are more like abused Dobermans that have been backed into a corner, and who are now mauling their tormentors. The Left’s #WaronNerds was supposed to be a blitzkrieg. It has become an overwhelming rout for those who instigated it.

However, perhaps due to war weariness or simple desire to avoid politics, many members of the gaming or Sci-Fi communities have tried to adopt a “why can’t we all just get along?” approach. They’ve tried to argue that the best solution is for their communities to have room for both social justice warriors and old school nerd traditionalists.

The Hugo Awards have shown us that this is impossible. The Social Justice Left will not be satisfied unless it has complete control over the spaces it infiltrates. If it cannot control a space, it will burn it down and salt the earth. If they could, they would probably torch every script of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew for being anti-feminist, every score of Mozart’s The Magic Flute for its unflattering depiction of its one mulatto character, every print of Apelles’ Venus Anadyomene for catering to the male gaze, and every other work that portrays, or was written by, someone with objectionable politics. This book burning bonfire of the vacuous would be large enough to be seen from space, if the satellites weren’t taken down for being too phallic."
The similarity between SJWs and ISIS' destruction of historic monuments is astounding.

Read it all at the source.