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On “Adventures in Epistemic Opening – Manzi vs Levin and the Fate of Everything

I had forgotten all about that aspect of that book, actually quite nearly that book, she went on to the Rome series but then careened
of course since then

On “The obligatory “problem with the problem with the Palin problem” post

http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/04/sarah-palin-im-sick-tired-of-gov-coming-out-with-new-crisis-to-stick-it-to-the-people/#comments

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As opposed to Al Gore who brainwashes the next generation with garbage, only one stepped removed from the Day after Tomorrow, who
makes tens and hundreds of millions, with the latter day indulgences
that we call carbon credits. His actions have ramifications on every single one of us, and they happen to be noxious to society

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That's the irony isn't it, they'll vote for someone else, probably hold their nose, and wait to be disappointed by him or her.

On “Adventures in Epistemic Opening – Manzi vs Levin and the Fate of Everything

We have seen that the real epistemic closure is in institutions like the IPCC, buttressed by the Soros org, despite the dog food they've been serving up for 20 years, from the classroom to the congressional hearing, the dogs won't bite. This in turn supports another huge
confidence game, called cap n trade, whose windfall for connected parties are in the trillions of dollars, based on constructs not real products. All the while, making the life of the average citizen, 'nasty, brutish and short'

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What ranckles is that Manzi seems to be too charitable to what appears to be a fraud of collossal proportion, that looks to be a
toxic assault on the American economy, for no good purpose

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No, my dear Kate, it would seem Obama is the Nyarlathop in the equation. It can't be his work at the CAC, the results of which were
seen at Altgeld Gardens, while the Olympics selection was going on, they chose Rio, a tropical Dantesque landscape instead, He fixed his first state house race, and did the same for his Senate bid. He did nothing of note there, except a whistleblower bill that he has proceeded to violate, all the while was in the pocket of all the culprits of the subprime crisis, all the while acting as the champion of the people, while creating the grounds for yet another sham,
the socalled financial reform and cap n trade bill. All the while serving as the model of the modern American idiot, to paraphrase
Montaner, Mendoza, and Vargas Llosa

By contrast Palin has been all about reform, and she has the scars
to prove it, from her fights with the party establishment up there
above the lower 48, to the Alinskyite machine that took over the
Democratic apparatus, who have heaped no end of slurs and slanders upon her family, her status as a wife and mother. And yet she persists fighting for the issues that matter, in ethics, economy
and defense

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In Britain, they had the odious Stern Review, based on the same cooked data, it was even the subtext for an episode of their version
of '24, which took it for a fact,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stern_Review

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Really CK , you've deleted Kermit's comments for a far less vicious diatribe than Kate,the wannabe Quellist, there were some comments
that were somewhat adhominem but Joe's really doesn't qualify. She
shows the same courtesy af Jeff Goldstein's shop by the way

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I've been in contact with someone on another blog, who for most of last year, mostly by linking from Anthony Watts, and other sources,
was giving me all the data on Yamal Briffa, decadal oscillations, maunder minimums and all the other fluctuations, that comprise what could be considered 'a travesty of two mockeries of a sham" long before I heard on Climategate, they went cold in the monthes before
the East Anglia revelations came to light, and reappeared shortly
after

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This of course, is the problem with this whole notion, we live and breath these notions, it maybe we react against the mind numbing
notions that theirs, and by that I mean the usual suspects view are
the only ones that matters. Hence the post hires more with these
notionshttp://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/04/epistemic_closure.html, and it becomes a scandal when anyone
on the right, who has a strong position, Gerson doesn't count, ends
up on the editorial board, like Thiessen who gives our dear webbed
friend, all sorts of gas

On “Limbaugh over the line

I've been following him for 20 years, since I first read his "Mortal Splendor" which was a naive leftwing treatise on American decline,
filled with the kind of conspiratorial thinking that now dominates
the Sinosphere through his obsession with having the Russians
sell us Siberia, which would have put an interesting spin on the last election, to his focus on Jacksonianism since 9/11. It's been quite
an evolution, toward the positive side of things

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No, Sfrog, Bibi did set a high bar, but Oren really does do justice to his position.

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It does kind of beg the question, back in the mid 70s, the left was forecasting global cooling, the horrible film "Zardoz" is one of the
relics of that period, why didn't they pick up on the trend before.
just a dozen years later.

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But as I've pointed out earlier, ad infinitum, we can't help but encounter the left's statist arguments they are everywhere. It is
they who either are ignorant or misrepresent ours, and that link to American Scene, a nominally conservative outfit, which is spouting
'dead left meme' as Keynes would say if he were alive today, after
being very surprised

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My skepticism was really sparked by Lomborg, who does believe in AGW
but is not a sufficient problem to be concerned with, at least with the solutions being presented. McKibben is being interviewed in my local fishwrap and Moses has less adoring press. Stephen Chu, our illustrious
energy vizier wants any bill, we can find out what's in it later, much like
Madame Alessandri says

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Pronoun trouble, I refer in this case to the above figures, who have been caught in various and sundry misrepresentations, and they silence
any critic as an oil company stooge, puppet of big carbon, a very Stalinist way of doing things, or in my native land, la coletilla, the little tail, that was put on 'running dog lackies' like the Diario de La Marina'. There maybe a silent majority of scientists, but everybody
who really diverts from the norm is Alinskied, their imput doesn't get
into the textbooks, or the audiovisual supplements, are scrubbed from Wikipedia. The Climate gate inquiry has now been directed against the skeptics at last observation

On “Limbaugh over the line

It is disturbing, it would suggest that their is an attempt to in Bertold
Brecht's (the fellow who went to East Germany, to find artistic freedom!) words, to 'elect a new people'

On “Adventures in Epistemic Opening – Manzi vs Levin and the Fate of Everything

Levin, makes it quite clear that Liberty and Tyranny is polemical, the
AGW alarmists like Gore, McKibben, Pachauri, Jones, state it as incontrovertable fact, what if they are wrong as this would indicate:

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://de.rian.ru/science/20100423/126040500.html&ei=XMXUS-mFKYGK8wTdooDMDw&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAcQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3DGlobale%2BAbk%25C3%25BChlung%2Bwird%2BArktis-Rohstoffe%2Bunzug%25C3%25A4nglich%2Bmachen%2B-%2BForscher%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dopera%26hs%3Dl8%26rls%3Den

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They would seem to be problem solvers, but not really, when you examine their premises, we need more food to feed the world, but between objection of GM foods, pesticides, and more conversion of grain to ethanol, they are doing the opposite. We need energy in roughly the same proportion, but they are foreclosing the whole panoply of really effective resources, from nuclear to oil and gas, vs
the alternatives we abandoned centuries ago, because they were
insufficient. There is less focus on learning of basic subjects than the right societal attitude, They focus on the embryonic/adult stem cells, they put roadblocks to the development of new and more
effective drugs. It seems a very bizarre application of science

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That may be so about Huckabee, who I do find as cloyingly insincere as all out, who beside his Carteresque mien, wanted to reenact the sad history of Mormon/Christian relations to win the
primary

but that's not really true about Palin, She has a deep some would even say naive faith in this country and what it is capable of.
Hence the three planks of her platform, energy, and the idea of progress, defense of our soldiers and sailors efforts abroad, and the renewal of the American spirit, which she does see in part rooted in faith. This is what drives her to ultimately become Obama's foil, his learned contempt is antithetical Nixon, who came from similar lower middle class roots, hence the attempt to pigeonhole in that slot, was too wracked with bitterness and ultimately it showed through.

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Science has taken a downgrade in the estimation of some, with the favoring of embryonic over adult stem cells, and the whole AGW kerfluffle, which really misapprehends the cyclical nature of climate
patterns, the fact that they had to edit part of the climate record,
including the medieval warming period, is instructive. The fact the IPCC was until recently run by a rail road engineer with no meteorological experience, but plenty of interests in this boondoggle
is also instructive. Conservatives are as supportive of technology
and chemistry as any one else, so it seems epistimological blindness
from those imputing it upon us

On “Limbaugh over the line

They are still wrong, in substantial ways, CK, the problem is that 50 years ago, they didn't have quite an echo chamber in the media, in the academy, in the corporate world

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Ah yes, Rex, but the context of the era when the Narodnya Volya, people's Will is critical, and why they as the Social Revolutionaries like the Weather Underground ultimately failed in their objective, yet Lenin
succeeded because he saw how 'direct action' was a pointless act, Dostoyevski I have been given to understand was a good friend of Arch
czarist Pobestndenev, in fact the latter might have taken the Grand
Inquisitor as his role model.

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