I'm old enough to have experienced major paradigm shifts in many areas. And so I wonder, which theoretical models make predictions most in line with future events?
Climate Change Models?
And for each model, there have been people who claim "It's settled science!"
Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly “settled” conclusions of climate science. ...
“The debate is settled,” says Obama. “Climate change is a fact.” Indeed. The epithet “climate change deniers,” obviously coined to stigmatize skeptics as akin to Holocaust deniers, is designed to obscure something obvious: Of course the climate is changing; it never is not changing — neither before nor after theMedieval Warm Period (end of the 9th century to the 13th century) and the Little Ice Age (1640s to 1690s), neither of which was caused by fossil fuels. ...
And of course, it's all for own good.
Fair-use of someone's published works means that it's okay to quote sections for review or research purposes. It does not mean it is okay to copy their works holus bolus.
My experience with Google Books and with Amazon has always been that that is precisely what they provide. In other words, they were making snippets or brief sections available for review or research purposes.
Finally, today the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed this finding (from WaPo):
When the case reached the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit last year, a panel of three judges sided with Google -- finding that the tech giant's efforts amounted to a "transformative" use of the material and that snippets from searching the database don't amount to a "substantial substitute" for an original book.
I generally like plastic bags for many uses, and I have written about them before.
But it disturbs me that so many people are so careless and/or thoughtless about using and disposing of plastic bags.
Today Ms Eclectic and I walked down to listen to the birds along the river and had a delightful stroll. One jarring note, though, was all the plastic bags that had been trapped by the weeds and bushes as the river subsided after its spring highs:
Quoted from the Elder of Ziyon [EE: emphasis added]:
Khaled Abu Toameh: Palestinians: Erasing Christian HistoryFor Palestinian Christians, the destruction of the ancient Byzantine church ruins is yet a further attempt by Palestinian Muslim leaders to efface both Christian history and signs of any Christian presence in the West Bank and Gaza, under the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas. A growing number of Christians feel they are being systematically targeted by both the PA and Hamas for being Christians.
Bulldozers were used to destroy some of the church artifacts; some Palestinian Christians accused both Hamas and the PA of copying ISIS tactics to demolish historic sites.
"Where are the heads of the churches in Jerusalem and the world?... Where are the Vatican and UNESCO? Where are the leaders and politicians who talk, talk, talk about national unity and the preservation of holy sites? Or is this a collective conspiracy to end our existence and history in the East?" — Sami Khalil, a Christian from the West Bank city of Nablus.
The plight of Palestinian Christians does not interest the international community. That is because Israel cannot be blamed for demolishing the antiquities. If the current policy against Christians persists, the day will come when no Christians will be left in Bethlehem.
Everyone thinks I'm upset because it snowed here again today.
I'm upset because the forecast says it's going to rain tonight and my latest snow stomp art will be washed away soon.
Links to most of my previous snow-stomp art (in reverse chronological order):
Special Weather Statement (this post)
Yesterday Jack sent me this piece. Everyone who holds up Scandinavian countries as some sort of big-gubmnt ideal needs to think about these points.
I have written before that if you care about the potentially poor of the future as well as the poor of today, you tend to favour economic policies that promote economic growth. As Tyler Cowen once opined, "Economic growth is the best anti-poverty programme there is."
There is a long-standing story in Princeton, Ontario (yes, there is such a town), that after the failed Northfield Minnesota bank robbery, Jesse James found his way to Princeton, Ontario.
Jason Rip has written a play about what might have happened while he was there, "Mr. Richardson Was Jesse James."
The play will be performed as one of the productions during the 2016 London Fringe Festival.
At the Palace Theatre:
Wed June 1 6:30
Fri June 3 8:00
Sun June 5 1:30
Tues June 7 9:30
Thurs June 9 6:30
Sat June 11 2:00
It stars Rob Faust and Chris McAuley, along with Sarah Abbott and Matthew Stewart. Also I'm in it (a small role).
There are LOTS of plays to see during the Fringe Festival, but this one will be worth seeing.
I woke up to see snow on the ground this morning! Yea!!!!! More opportunities for snow-stomp art!
This one was far less complex than my previous work (Qubix) but somehow seemed appropriate:
Rum! Palms! A hammock! No wonder it also looks like a stylized happy face!
Links to most of my previous snow-stomp art:
My granddaughter and I are going to see Titus Andronicus tomorrow evening at The Arts Project in London. If I didn't know the producer/director, and if I didn't know and respect the actors playing the leading roles, and if I didn't enjoy supporting local theatre, I probably wouldn't go to see this play.
Murder, rape, dismemberment, mutilation, torture, fratricide, sacrificial death -- you name it. This play has all that gruesome stuff. I'm not keen on it. From Wikipaedia,
In his 1998 book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, Harold Bloom attacked the play on numerous occasions, calling it "a howler", "a poetic atrocity", "an exploitative parody, with the inner purpose of destroying the ghost of Christopher Marlowe" and "a blowup, an explosion of rancid irony." Bloom summates his views by declaring "I can concede no intrinsic value to Titus Andronicus." Citing the 1955 Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production, directed by Peter Brook and starring Laurence Olivier, which is generally agreed to have provided the impetus for the 20th century revaluation of the play, Bloom said that the audience laughed several times in scenes which were supposed to be tragic, and he sees this as evidence for its failure as Tragedy. He particularly focuses his criticism on the line when Lavinia is told to carry Titus' severed hand in her mouth (3.1.281), arguing that no play which contains such a scene could possibly be serious. He thus concludes the best director to tackle the play would be Mel Brooks.
Say, now there's an idea! I'm going to laugh all the way through the play. Maybe I'll have a few glasses of wine before I go, too.
If not prepared properly, red kidney beans (and many other members of the lentil family) can cause food poisoning. Or at least might contain some toxins. [via Jack]
Causes of red kidney bean poisoning
Symptoms of red kidney bean poisoning
I was so excited by the snow we had last night, I had trouble sleeping! I wanted to get out on the lawn this morning to try my latest snow-stomp art idea.
If I'd walk straighter, it would look better, but I'm pretty happy with it anyway.
By mid-afternoon, there had been some melting and the sun was shining. The contrast made the patterns much more striking:
Previous examples of my snow stomp art:
I have no idea how reliable this source is, but I love the examples posted there, most likely as humour submissions.
My own three stupid stories from interviews. They're nowhere near as funny as the ones in the link though.
Unfortunately the great, brief questions and answers at the Buzzfeed site are screen captures from tweets, so you'll have to follow the link to see them. Believe me, it's worth it. They're funny.
Former student, Gerry Nicholls, is very witty. I've enjoyed reading things he writes for years. Here's a brilliant example. The conclusion:
Sure, I get the concept in theory: government-subsidized companies will invent something amazingly innovative and environmentally friendly, such as machines that run on the warmth generated by Trudeau’s “Sunny ways”.
Yet, the sad truth of economics is that companies which rely on government handouts are usually only good at innovating one thing: new ways to get government hand outs. [emphasis added]
So you see, for all our sakes we better hope the climate change alarmists are wrong or else we’ve had it.
It’s not that I’m not a “climate change denier” so much as I’m a “government competence denier.”
Too bad Gerry hasn't learned that the correct spelling is "gubmnt".