Ultimately, this incident is an example of the haves lording over the have-nots. The elites of the airline ordered the guys with the guns to enforce their privilege. I don’t see regulation and more government control as the answer. I do see respect for private property, private contracts (which the airline violated), and respect and honor for every individual as essential. If our police do more than protect the little guy, bully airlines and beaten plebeians are all we can expect.

Stand up for individual rights and liberty.

Fabius Maximus website

Summary: Yesterday’s incident at United reveals much about the changes happening to America. First, let’s sort through the stories to see what really happened. Then let’s skip the cheap hand-waving and draw conclusions that can help us understand events and so begin to retake control of this nation.

The Friendly Skies of United Airlines

The New York Times tells the story, somewhat incoherently. United Express loaded a plane with passengers. Then four employees arrived, needed seats. United was unwilling to offer sufficient money to induce passengers to leave, and so ordered four to leave the craft. Three left, but a doctor refused — saying he had to be in Louisville to treat patients. United officials decided to call the Department of Aviation police (not the airline’s security) to remove him.

The man was sitting in a window seat. Officers grabbed his arms, dragged him screaming across the armrests and along the floor  — unconscious — off the aircraft. Later the passenger…

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And we call this science? We call it medicine?

It truly is hard to see the truth when your livelihood depends on not seeing it. Thus, checks and balances, replication and scrutiny, even adversarial debate and open challenge. It is unbelievably easy to fool ones self. Take pains to double check and seek out review, especially form reputable experts of differing views.

For most things it all matters little, but sometimes, consequences are grave. Be faithful in the little things, so you are strong when great things try you.

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Whether it’s climate science or medical science, a fake crisis leads to bad decisions that harm real people.

US-News-and-World-Report-February-15-1999-Weight-Loss-Wars_pdf 2Mary Linnen. Photo appeared in this 1999 news story. Reproduced here in a fair use context.

Athletic Mary Linnen had been on the swim team in high school, and on the tennis team in college. At age 29, wanting to slim down prior to her wedding, her doctor prescribed Fen-phen, a combination of two diet pills (fenfluramine and phentermine) approved by the US government 14 years apart.

The Boston, Massachusetts woman stopped taking the appetite-suppressing drugs after 23 days, due to breathing problems. Six months later she was told she had a fatal lung disease, might survive as long as four years, and that having children was out of the question.

Mary spent the remainder of her life with a tube running from a portable pump into her chest, at constant risk of…

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Sadly, Scott Adams is mostly correct when he says facts don’t matter. Of course, for those committed to facts, those determined to not stay wrong, those willing to be corrected no matter how painful, for them facts do matter, and these are verifiable facts indeed.

The Rugged Individualist

Global Warming: It is a hoax. It is bad science. It is high jacking public policy. It is the greatest scam in history.

John Coleman (Co-Founder of The Weather Channel)

It is easier to believe a lie one has heard a thousand times than to believe a fact that no one has heard before.


Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable.

Laurence J. Peter

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.

Jawaharial Nehru

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don’t, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.

Jessamyn West

I have posted many times about Global Warming and said that I am not a believer. When it comes to global warming, every “fact” seems to have a “counter-fact.” Having been a scientist for 40 years, I know that this is not true. As…

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Watts Up With That?

Guest Opinion: Dr. Tim Ball

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” Lee Iacocca

In his essay, “Reflections on Mark Steyn’s ‘A Disgrace to the Profession’ about Dr. Michael Mann” Rick Wallace wrote,

Tim Ball, Fred Singer and others have been countering the AGW meme for a few decades, but to little avail.

He is correct. Yes, there is a slight increase in the number of skeptics as evidenced by the increased readership at WUWT, but it is a fraction of even total Internet users. Even those who read and comment on WUWT articles on the site often say they are not scientists or don’t fully understand the topic. Others demonstrate their lack of knowledge and understanding without the caveats.

Wallace continues,

But why is this? Why haven’t their voices carried? And, conversely, why was The Team so successful…

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I think this one worth duplicating.

Watts Up With That?

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The Science and Environmental Policy Project

THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President

Science or Dogma: In the 30 years between the 1979 Charney report to the National Academy of Sciences on an investigation of the possible effects of increased carbon dioxide on the earth’s temperatures to the 2009 EPA’s finding that carbon dioxide, and other greenhouse gases, endanger human health and welfare; government-funded Climate Studies have largely turned from empirical science to dogma – a belief system unsubstantiated by physical evidence.

The Charney report included some of the nation’s best meteorologists and climate researchers and the report recognized that laboratory tests demonstrated that the direct influence on global temperatures from doubling carbon dioxide would be minor – possibly unmeasurable.

The report also identified educated guesses – estimates – that the CO2 influence might be greatly enhanced by increases in water vapor –…

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Watts Up With That?

Bill Stoltzfus leaves this comment on the post Hump Day Hilarity: Mann-o-War at the House Climate Science Hearing

I thought it was worth elevating for the general readership.

Bill Stoltzfus 2017/03/31 at 9:01 am

I listened to the entire hearing yesterday, and while I don’t have any individual experience with any of the people on the panel, I can now understand why Dr. Mann is not liked, and globally not liked at that. For a scientist he speaks very well, very little equivocation that one would normally associate with having personal or professional doubts about the subject, seems to transition smoothly from one topic to the next, almost glib, which is strange for a profession that should be characterized by caution and hesitancy to over-reach. I saw those qualities in the other 3 panelists, but not Dr. Mann.

He seemed to have no problem veering off into innuendo and personal…

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Carbon dioxide is an essential ingredient for life. Oxygen and water are as important but much more dangerous claiming lives, even children’s lives, every day. Oxygen and water are also responsible for billions of dollars in damages every year. CO2 gives us all our fruits and veggies and grains for our animals.

Science Matters

My university degree is a Bachelors in Organic Chemistry from Stanford. For that and other reasons, it always annoyed me that some lawyers decided CO2 can be called a “pollutant”, all the while exhaling the toxic gas themselves.

This nonsense forms the root of all the ridiculous regulations that POTUS ordered reviewed and rescinded yesterday. Thus I agree completely with this Wall Street Journal article by Paul Tice Trump’s Next Step on Climate Change. Full text below.

Reconsider the EPA’s labeling of carbon dioxide as a pollutant, based on now-outdated science.

March 28, 2017 6:41 p.m. ET

The executive orders on climate change President Trump signed this week represent a step in the right direction for U.S. energy policy and, importantly, deliver on Mr. Trump’s campaign promise to roll back burdensome regulations affecting American companies. But it will take more than the stroke of a…

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Spot on! Can’t be said often enough.

Watts Up With That?

Guest Post By Willis Eschenbach

Bizarrely, and unlike almost every other industrialized country, the US has fuel efficiency standards for cars. Each corporation (Ford, Chevy, etc.) has to meet certain fuel economy standards called the CAFE standards.

Let me start by saying that I think that this is governmental over-reach. In virtually every other part of life we let the market decide the required efficiency. We don’t have required efficiencies for gas-fired power plants. More efficient plants occur as a result of the market. We also don’t have required efficiencies for cell phones. If they burn through the batteries, they don’t sell. The market has always handled efficiency quite … well … efficiently.

So I object to ANY automotive fuel standards as both totally un-necessary, and worse, market distorting.

Here’s one important way it distorts the market. “Fuel Economy” is measured in a very curious way. Work efficiencies are usually…

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Again, what is there to show for $10-trillion over the last 8 years? Not to mention those trillions actually paid with taxpayer dollars!

Skating Under The Ice

On the outskirts of Las Vegas there’s a mid-range trailer park that grandiosely styles itself the “Orchard Mobile Home Estates”. There is no orchard in sight. It’s not the bottom of the pond for trailer parks, but it’s a ways from the top. A 41-year-old waitress lives there in a double-wide trailer, with her two kids who are eleven and nine. She’s single, but she wasn’t always single. She was married to a lawyer when she had the kids. In fact, it was her waitressing job that put him through law school. They had a happy family until he said he wanted “space to find himself”.

Apparently, said “space” involved a shocking proportion of the law firm’s escrow account as well as a twenty year old legal assistant whose “assistance” seems to have been mostly horizontal. In any case, she hasn’t heard from the bum and his slut for seven years. She…

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Renewables = starvation, enslavement, and death to millions.

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

The Telegraph, a major UK Newspaper, has investigated a scandalous waste of British taxpayer’s money on expensive renewables projects which deliver very little return for the money invested.

Hundreds of millions of British aid ‘wasted’ on overseas climate change projects

Robert Mendick, chief reporter
12 MARCH 2017 • 10:00PM

Serious questions are raised today over hundreds of millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money being ‘wasted’ on climate change projects such as an Ethiopian wind farm and Kenyan solar power plant.

A Telegraph investigation shows little benefit so far from a £2 billion foreign aid programme to tackle climate change that was established eight years ago.

One scheme, costing £260m of UK taxpayers’ money, has produced only enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of just 100 British households – about the size of a typical street.

Projects including solar parks in Kenya and Mali…

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If windmills aren’t stopped soon enough, several species of bats may be the first extinctions due to man’s fears of global warming.

Bats are capable enough to miss the blades, but as they dart past, the extreme air pressure changes near the blades blast the bats lungs. They shortly thereafter succumb by drowning as their lungs fill will fluid.

For the record, I’ll take people over bats any day, but windmills are bad for us all.



The rampant slaughter of birds and bats by wind turbines is just another inconvenient truth for the wind cult. In this peer reviewed scientific paper, the scale of the destruction was spelled out loud and clear: wind turbines are now the leading cause of bat mortality.

Multiple mortality events in bats: a global review
Mammal Review
Thomas J. O’Shea, Paul M. Cryan, David T.S. Hayman, Raina K. Plowright, Daniel G. Streicker
18 January 2016



  1. Despite conservation concerns for many species of bats, factors causing mortality in bats have not been reviewed since 1970. Here, we review and qualitatively describe trends in the occurrence and apparent causes of multiple mortality events (MMEs) in bats around the world.
  2. We compiled a database of MMEs, defined as cases in which ≥ 10 dead bats were counted or estimated at a specific location within a maximum timescale of a year, and more typically within a…

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Separating yourself from cognitive dissonance is hard. It requires acknowledging something higher than yourself, something even higher than your own ideals.

Watts Up With That?

In case you missed it, our friends at americanthinker.com had a fantastic column (which won’t load now due to internal server error, but is cached by Google, so I repeat it here) by Dr. Danusha V. Goska in 2014. She was a life-long leftist and wrote that she has abandoned that philosophy. Here, she gives her top ten reasons. It parallels many if the trials and tribulations climate skeptics suffer at the hands of [climate activists]. I highly recommend it, and I recommend sending it to every activist who calls you a “climate denier”. There may be hope yet for those who value spewing hate over rational debate. – Anthony

danusha-goshka Dr. Danusha V. Goska

by Dr. Danusha V. Goska

How far left was I? So far left my beloved uncle was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party in a Communist country. When I returned to his Slovak village…

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Science is in dire straights, but truth will out. Keep trying.

Watts Up With That?

Edward Ferrara writes:

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, you may have recently heard about how Bill Nye–the Science Guy himself–“slammed” Tucker Carlson on the latter’s evening show on Fox. THIS. (If you live somewhere else you may have been treated to an equally smug reaction from people claiming that Carlson “won.”)

However you feel about it, the timing, coupled with Nye’s reliance on scientific consensus as a proxy for objective correctness, is somewhat serendipitous. Mounting evidence that the results of scientific studies are often not replicable has caused Nature, one of the most prolific scientific journals, to very publicly tighten its standards for submissions as of its latest issue.

In May of 2016, a survey by Nature revealed that over two thirds of researchers surveyed had tried and failed to reproduce the results of another scientist’s study. Over half of them had been unable to reproduce their…

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Skating Under The Ice

As usual, watching the Tweeter-In-Chief is quite hilarious. His latest blast from last night has well and truly set the media’s hair on fire.


Now, you have to understand something about the President’s tweets, famously expressed by Salena Zito: The media took Trump literally but not seriously, and his supporters took him seriously but not literally. In this case, when he says “Obama” he means “the Obama Administration”, he’s used that shorthand lots of times.

This lack of understanding of Trump TweetSpeak led Comrade Obama to issue an appropriately lawyerly denial, since he is a lawyer. Well, actually, he had his spokesdude issue a denial, he’s far too busy with really really important stuff to actually talk to people himself. Apparently Comrade Obama believes that all people are equal, but some are more equal than others. In any case, from the NY Post:

A spokesman for former President Barack Obama…

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