Perhaps I’ll receive feedback and write more in response, but for the moment, I will simply state that Dr. Webb’s articles are arguments, not proofs. He is hoping we can discuss, have a conversation, and not fight over it.

He first compares the Civil Rights movement to the gay marriage activist strategies.

http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/07/why-gay-rights-are-not-the-new-civil-rights

Then he responds to a critic with some thorough and thoughtful reasoning.

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/07/can-gay-love-really-be-straight-2

These articles are worthy of thorough reading, and perhaps we can all learn more together.

I generally find Dr. Webb quite worth reading. He makes me think.

http://www.firstthings.com/featured-author/stephen-h-webb

Lonnie E. Schubert:

Lomborg is not my favorite person to quote, but he is always fact-based. Hard to argue with facts.

Originally posted on STOP THESE THINGS:

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Bjørn Lomborg: the Skeptical Environmentalist.

When it comes to assessing the costs, risks and benefits of environmental policy Bjørn Lomborg has always tried to provide balanced, detailed analysis supported by facts and evidence. The economic choices we make – about allocating scarce resources to unlimited wants – should – as Lomborg consistently points out – be made taking into account all of the costs weighed against properly measured benefits (see our post here).

When it comes to renewable energy policy, however, fundamental economic doctrine has been simply thrown to the wind.

The wind industry and its parasites tout spurious and unproven benefits in terms of CO2 emissions reductions – reductions which cannot and will never be delivered by a generation source delivered at crazy, random intervals that adds nothing to the entire Eastern Australian Grid hundreds of times each year – and which, therefore, requires 100% of its…

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I spotted this article on Facebook:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140720204633.htm

It indicates that most of the factors that contribute to autism can be attributed to our common genetic factors. Some seem to kind of stack up, and then one or two of other key factors can add up to something significant and result in being on the autism scale. There is significant information there, but the article is at Nature, here:

http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ng.3039.html

As usual, Nature is very proud of their articles. You’ll have to fork over some big bucks if you want to read it. (Well, you can rent it on Read Cube for less, but I haven’t spent any time figuring out what that means.)

HOWEVER, note that there is a list of references and lots of supplemental information for those interested in digging in and figuring out exactly what these researchers are on to.

I’m not digging in, so I cannot suggest how many of the references are also behind paywalls versus freely available. Keep in mind that many libraries, particularly university libraries, will have subscriptions, and these articles and resources will be available for taking the time to visit the library and determining their requirements for checkout and research.

Anyway, it shows progress, even if it doesn’t show hope of a quick fix.

I agree with Dr. Shughart, but he misses the point.

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5027

The alternative to coil, oil, natural gas, and nuclear is not wind and solar. Heaven knows it is not wind! Despite the assurances of prominent science communicators, solar cannot and never will provide significant amounts of the power we need to survive.

See, the alternative to coil, oil, natural gas, and nuclear is slavery and death.

Before the energy era, primarily based on fossil fuel, life was hard, brutish, and short. Those who lived in a poor semblance of affluence did so at the direct expense of others: slaves, serfs, vassals, subjects, whatever the name, culture, and time. Note, we pretend that is still the case, but that is a lie. Everyman in the developed world is free to own his own stuff and work for his own benefit, not his lord’s. The liberals and progressives are working diligently to make us a feudal system again, but most of the time I don’t believe they are succeeding.

Regardless, energy for machines and technology have freed us from the misery that was life for most of human history.

The only alternative to coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear is misery. There will always be powerful people. Our current system of politics and readily available, reasonably inexpensive energy is the only attainable way to keep the powerful from enslaving and killing the rest of us.

Our collective history skews us to fear the powerful. Our recent history of the success (to a poor extent, but the illusion is powerful) of the masses, the labor movement, and some of the popular uprisings make us think we can collectively control the powerful. We cannot.

Our only defense against the powerful is readily, reliably available energy (fuel, power, electricity) at affordable prices for the people. Then the individual is empowered to defend himself. (Ladies, you are included. Don’t get political over grammar rules.)

Dr. Shughart suggests that CO2 is problematic. It is not.

Carbon dioxide is plant food. Anyone against feeding plants is also against feeding people. More plant food means more plants. More plants means more to eat and fewer people starving. The other factor in ending starvation is readily available fuel and electricity to get the food to the starving and refrigerate it until they get to eat it.

Again, being against coal especially, but coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear collectively, is to be for slavery, starvation, and death. This goes for oil infrastructure too, like the Keystone Pipeline.

Got it? If you act against coal, you are acting in favor of enslaving and starving people, your brothers, your fellow-man.

Power to the people means coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear.

Lonnie E. Schubert:

Public education in Oklahoma.

Originally posted on okeducationtruths:

Tonight on the way home from Vision 2020, I tried to wrap the conference up in my mind. I have so many thoughts about the week, the conference, and Oklahoma education in general, that I’m struggling to get them coalesced into something that fits. I wanted to stick with the vision puns I’ve so enjoyed this week, but there are too many out there.

Then the magic of my iTunes library came through in the clutch for me, in the form of Mr. Joe Walsh. The song is a great one, but the lyrics really fit how I feel about where we are right now.

Sometimes I can’t help the feeling that I’m
Living a life of illusion
And oh, why can’t we let it be
And see through the hole in this wall of confusion
I just can’t help the feeling I’m
Living a life of illusion

This morning…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

Pointman has such a way with words. He is so effective at grasping and conveying emotion.
My Irish lasses just might appreciate this. I suspect the Isle runs in their blood despite never having set a foot upon it.
(Don’t miss the Blade Runner reference. One of the great statements of that generation.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fn9a6T_jL4

Originally posted on Pointman's:

It’s an Irish wedding in the far end of nowhere. Nowhere is on the rugged west coast of Ireland and is so heartbreakingly beautiful, it twists a bone inside of you which you never knew you had. It almost hurts. You take a breath every time you pause to look around, because you know you’re going to get it taken away.

Brutal jagged granite rocks you could cut your hands open on, young pointy mountains so new that ole man deep time hasn’t yet had a chance to chaw down on them, cold freezing waters with small but great fighting fish, a huge sky sent from God that changes from minute to microsecond, green rain-drenched grass but the warmth within it all is the people who carved a home out of the alternative to hell which was supposed to be Connaught.

We’re in the local tiny church and in a…

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Lonnie E. Schubert:

For the record, I am moderately convinced we humans and our burning of so much carbon-containing fuel are responsible for a significant part of the increase in CO2 of the last few decades. However, if we try to stop burning, we will be killing and enslaving our fellow humans in the process. We must continue to produce more and cheaper fuel and electricity. Otherwise we are killing people today. Consider well. “Green” thinking pretends it will save people in the future, but it kills people today. We must continue to drill, frack, and burn while we can, today.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

climate_engineerGuest essay by Ronald D Voisin

For quite some time we have known that atmospheric CO2 lags Earthly temperature in both directions. This fact has been repeatedly and internationally validated at both ends of the Earth. It is, frankly and simply, a known fact. But here is the rub. Very few ever speak to why this would be so obviously true. Is it not painfully obvious? How big does the picture have to be and how many brilliant colors does it need to be painted with before it becomes widely recognized?

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Roger states it quite well:

http://sowellslawblog.blogspot.com/2014/06/hydrogen-from-nuclear-power-plants.html

 

Lonnie E. Schubert:

Yes, I know who wrote this.

Originally posted on The Daily Mush:

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These are two Obama graphs that I got from Facebook. They are interesting because they obviously say completely different things. I don’t know which came first, though obviously they are parodies of each other. And so, which is true? Well, they both are, in a way … but it’s the reasons they are both different and true that is the fascinating part. Let’s take a look.

The Dow is indeed up above 16,000 – why? Well, one reason is inflation – for with a steady growth of the money supply by the Federal Reserve Banks shoveling between $40 and $80 billion a month to “stimulate” the economy – it has done that by simply inflating all the numbers. So, a good percentage of the 16,000 is merely extra numbers with no real value. That is, if the Dow as near 8,000 in 2009, with inflation, even if the Dow hadn’t…

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Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Dr. Spencer asks the question: What do we really know about Global Warming?

This is from Wednesday morning July 9th.

This is well worth watching, and I get a mention. Some of the graphs he presents are not only hilarious for their satire of the issue, but are valuable in demonstrating that correlation is not causation.

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From Facebook:

One of my favorite founding fathers, Samuel Adams, wrote the following in the Boston Gazette in October 1772. It could have been written in any major newspaper in our nation July 2014: “Is it not High Time for the People of this Country explicitly to declare, whether they will be Freemen or Slaves? It is an important Question which ought to be decided. It concerns us more than any Thing in this Life. The Salvation of our Souls is interested in the Event: For wherever Tyranny is establish’d, Immorality of every Kind comes on like a Torrent. It is in the interest of Tyrants to reduce the people to Ignorance and Vice. For they cannot live in any Country where Virtue and Knowledge prevail. The Religion and public Liberty of a People are intimately connected; their Interests are interwoven, they cannot subsist separately; and therefore they rise and fall together. For this Reason, it is always observable, that those who are combined to destroy the People’s Liberties, practice every Art to poison their Morals. How greatly then does it concern us, at all Events, to put a Stop to the Progress of Tyranny.”
From the book, Samuel Adams A Life by Ira Stoll

I confirmed the reference from The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams
By William Wells, which I found on Google Books. The excerpt is much longer there. Google book reference, assuming it works.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Samuel_Adams

“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man. We must not conclude merely upon a man’s haranguing upon liberty, and using the charming sound, that he is fit to be trusted with the liberties of his country. It is not unfrequent to hear men declaim loudly upon liberty, who, if we may judge by the whole tenor of their actions, mean nothing else by it but their own liberty, — to oppress without control or the restraint of laws all who are poorer or weaker than themselves. It is not, I say, unfrequent to see such instances, though at the same time I esteem it a justice due to my country to say that it is not without shining examples of the contrary kind;”

I’m glad we had such a man speaking for us back then. We need more like him now.

Lonnie E. Schubert:

Excellent article worth digesting, and some even more valuable comments. Worth some reading time.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

Anthony has posted a story about a laughable analysis of the cost of propping up renewables through subsidies. And long-time WUWT contributor KD helpfully pointed me to the document itself. Now that I have the actual document, here’s what they say about subsidies (all emphasis mine).

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While it is tempting to assume Janet Barresi is throwing a fit after being trounced at the poles for her failures as Superintendent, it really is just a push from the money behind CCSS and the national organizations who are being empowered by CCSS implementation.

The OK Board is claiming our legislators are not qualified to have any say in our education standards. While that is absurd on its face in a republic with democratically elected representatives, I’ve hardly seen a worse case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Amy Anne Ford seems to be the spokesman for the suit. Here is her official resume from Barresi:

http://www.ok.gov/sde/about/amy-anne-ford

So, is the operator of a temp service better qualified than my elected representatives?

Contact the Governor and your own representatives. Contact the Board. They are wrong. Our students are currently suffering because of them, not because of HB3399.

It amazes me how much money national organizations want to expend fighting Oklahoma.

http://www.jasonnelson.org/2014/06/lawsuit-filed-challenging-common-core.html

I suppose being so red makes us a target of the progressivists and statists no matter what.

Honestly, I think we need to change the Oklahoma Constitution to disband the State Board of Education. We need basics, not bureaucrats.

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