Friday, October 30, 2015

Note for Charlie Rose

That Hillary lied about Benghazi is true, despite Charlie Rose's ignorance: DEBUNKING THE MEDIA LIES ABOUT HILLARY’S BENGHAZI VIDEO LIE

Charlie Rose doesn't, as Marco Rubio pointed out to him, get it.

Hillary's "great week" last week fundamentally depends on support from low information journalists like Charlie Rose and lying debate moderators like John Harwood. Democrat operatives with bylines, as Glenn Reynolds would say.

EVERYBODY knew instantly that the American Ambassador was killed during a premeditated Islamist terrorist attack. Not a "spontaneous protest" caused by an anti-Muslim video.

Still, Mrs. Bill stood over the coffins of the dead and repeated the lie.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Ecclesiastic Economics

Global bishops call for 'complete decarbonisation' by 2050
Bishops launched a global appeal Monday for a break-through at upcoming Paris climate talks, including a "complete decarbonisation" of the world's economy and more help for poor countries battling the effects of climate change.
They propose eliminating 95% of reliable energy in 35 years.

What we will depend on as the basis for generating the wealth needed to help poor countries during, and after, the transition is left to God. In this scenario, absent a Miracle, poor countries will be grateful the Bishops and the green fantasists kept them poor. They'll fare an order of magnitude better than will developed economies.

The Bishops' understanding of economics fits right in with Bernie Sanders'. He should hire them as spiritual advisors. He does need a Miracle.
The bishops said any agreement "should limit global temperature increases to avoid catastrophic climatic impacts, especially on the most vulnerable communities…

Those responsible for climate change have responsibilities to assist the most vulnerable in adapting and managing loss and damage and to share the necessary technology and knowhow," they said in a statement.
They're hiring some bureaucrats to do God's work: An "agreement" is going to "limit global temperature increases." The religious fervor is settled.

This ritual invocation has already been attempted, unsuccessfully, by an individual vastly more charismatic and more widely viewed as messianic than these Bishops: "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

Beyond all this, there's this other carbon based energy thing called wood. Sans miracle, that's what the survivors in what used to be known as developed countries will be burning when they are not occupied shoveling horse manure from the decaying streets. They'll care nothing for poor countries, nor for the Bishops mistaken humanist pieties.

Theoretically, robbing Peter to pay Paul can only work if Peter has something left to rob. There are always Miracles, though.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Idiots think the herd is a pack

I don't mean Kevin Williamson thinks that, but there's a dark side to the disruptive principle he describes: The Case of Uber v. San Antonio.

To have Facebook, Google, Uber, et. al. making the rules is not at all demonstrably better than having San Antonio do it. One could argue the exact opposite. The market isn't free if either San Antonio squashes it or Google seizes it. Thinking citizens are a foundational requirement for a free market. We have a shortage.

Uber could lead a renaissance of individual freedom. It could represent a suffocating corporate-populist hegemony: And I’m ever more convinced a huge number of people are short-sighted idiots. They have Facebook accounts, for example.

Google and Facebook, maybe Uber, are in the business of creating herds who believe they are the pack.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Protecting the flank

Bernie is not a Democratic Presidential candidate. His role is protecting Mrs. Bill's left flank.

The Clintons couldn't have invented a better way to suck the oxygen away from, for example, an Elizabeth Warren.

Bernie is triangulation raised to the next level. An old, white, crazy-uncle-in-the-attic - who isn't even a Democrat - from a electoral vote poor State who floats all the socialist utopian canards: He makes Hillary look presidential by comparison. He lets her selectively navigate the memes that poll well with the economically ignorant.

You can't yet run left of Bernie in this country and win, but he defends a vast space to Hillary's left. They'll have to get through him to get to her.

Bernie proved he knows his place last night when, on behalf of all Americans, he apologized to Mrs. Bill for inquiries into her obfuscation of corrupt co-ordination between the Department of State and the Clinton Foundation, and for her flippant disregard for basic national security considerations: "For convenience." She accepted the apology. He accepted a reported $1.4 million in donations for his helpfulness.

You have to scroll down slightly for this clip (the first of two), to get the full-frontal cackling, bobble-head experience (watch Mrs. Bill, just listen to Bernie).

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

None dare call it reason

I've been in IT for 47 years. I've been responsible for protecting computer networks as CIO. I've been extensively involved on both sides of penetration testing and auditing of computer networks. I've performed forensic analysis of suspected breaches of computer security.

Any CEO who asked me to do what Hillary Clinton asked her "IT staff" to do would have found my resignation on their desk in less than 60 seconds. Any client would have been fired in less time than that.

Since it's the Associated Press telling us one of their favored politicians invited hackers, ranging from kiddie scripters to foreign intelligence agencies, to freely peruse the clintonemail.com server: I tend to believe it is true that Hillary Clinton ran a jawdroppingly inept IT operation when she decided to keep her email secret from the Department of which she was head.

She did succeed in keeping her personal email a secret from the Department of State for a long time, which is why they eventually had to ask her to cough up Official Business emails, but it's mindbogglingly doubtful she kept it secret from anyone else.

She said, at one point, that our government knew she had her own server because they got email addressed from the clintonemail server. Unexplained is how the invitation to invade the server known to be used for official business by SecState was kept from hackers employed by Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping or Ali Khamenei. Or, for that matter, the thugs who killed four Americans in Benghazi. Or, for that matter, President Obama, who found out from the newspapers.

Even if no foreign government, or terrorist cell, read Department of State email during Mrs. Bill's tenure, can we afford to assume that to be true? As it stands, we have to assume everything was leaked. That's worse than if we knew what was leaked: And we don't know because she deleted 30,000 or so emails on her own recognizance, quite a number of which contradict her claim that she knew what was classified and never sent anything that was. The timing of classification doesn't even matter.

The guy who set the server up for her is taking the 5th Amendment. Mrs. Bill left all her email in the care of a third party administrator who did not possess the necessary security clearance. She left a copy with her lawyer, another uncleared recipient. She ignored directives from her own department outlawing the use of remote access software as she used it.

And she did this, she claims (or did, at one point), for "convenience."

Her rash and unconscionable sense of privilege, her toying with classified information at the highest levels of our government, her continual flat out lies about it... All make her unfit for the office she seeks.

Someone should ask her in tonight's debate, "If you are elected President, do you promise not to use a home brew server for official business?"

The Sorting Hat

…is a magical hat in the Harry Potter stories. When placed on a student’s head it divines that person's aptitudes, intelligence, interests, moral disposition, etc.. The Hat then decides to which “house” (dorm/tribe) the student will be assigned. The primary objective seems to be maximizing the students’ opportunities to develop within the cultural characteristics - supportive and conflicting - of each distinct “house.” This doesn’t necessitate uniformity; challenges contribute to development.

The Sorting Hat may be heard to mutter things like “keen mind,” “ambitious,” “has courage,” or “seeks answers” during its analysis. The Hat is omniscient in its role. It’s MAGIC. Even so, it may struggle in a decision where a student possesses qualities associated with more than one “house.” It also may take a student’s desires into account.

UC Berkeley School of Law administrators are neither omniscient, nor do they consider individuals’ talents or desires. They sort on the basis of race and ethnicity.

The primary objective seems to be enforcing an identical skin pigmentation average across all cohorts, or “mods.” In their sorting hat role UC Berkeley administrators may not speak out loud, but if they did you’d hear things like “alumni-caucasian,” “economically deprived african-american,” “overachieving-oriental,” and “Elizabeth Warren type-amerind.”

They may sort on the basis of skin color, but they’re not even able to get that right:
“In an effort to create a more positive experience for underrepresented minority students, the UC Berkeley School of Law has implemented a new “critical mass” policy, which has resulted in some racial divisions in the first-year classes.”
UC Berkeley administrators can’t plead ignorance of the consequences of their segregationism. It had to be obvious from their spreadsheets that one of their “super-mod” diversity silos wouldn’t have any blacks in it. What I don’t understand is how they failed to take gender identity into account. If only they added a factor for the explosively expanding gender-identity categories it would work. Right?

Here’s another idea. Give each student a score for what they are and an equal score for what they are not. Then, since the scores would all be identical, toss the names into a hat and get the most mixed-race, thoroughly gender-confused individual they can find to draw them out randomly.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Adults in the room

Not in University of Toronto bathrooms, though.

One of the things that most distinguishes adults from children is the ability to anticipate the results of an action; to think ahead. Children can be reckless because they can't imagine an obvious bad outcome. Adults who suffer from this lack of imagination are known as "university administrators."

University of Toronto Dumps Transgender Bathrooms After Peeping Incidents

But, don't worry, gender-warriors,
The University concluded that while the changes were made in the specific residence hall of the voyeurism incidents, “there has been no change to the designation of gender-neutral washrooms in the other University College Residences or elsewhere on campus as a result of these incidents.”
Children further frequently fail to acknowledge causality, and repeat the action that created a bad outcome. Much like administrators at the University of Toronto.

Under the "yes means yes" definitions U.S. University administrators are pursuing, these UoT incidents would all be counted as rapes.

And these are the smart people?

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

"If only there was a 'coon of the year' award"

University of Pennsylvania Professor Anthea Butler called Presidential Candidate Ben Carson a “coon” for claiming that people have the right to display Confederate flags on private property.

The First Amendment protects her right to say this, as it does the rights of those she describes in racist vitriol.

It does not protect her continued employment. Tenure does that. She brags about her tenure.

She needs to 'check her privilege.'

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The applied fungibility of taxpayer subsidies for abortion

I was looking for data to quantify abortion subsidies derived from taxation, especially for Planned Parenthood. The money is inarguably fungible, but just how much of it actually goes to abortions?

At Forbes I found this - which far exceeded my ambitions.

The article is an overview of all tax dollars going to abortionists, and there is a specific bit on Planned Parenthood. It is a thoughtful and thorough analysis. The discussion of a PP Michigan clinic is instructive as to creative accounting practices.

Cecile Richards lied, yet again, when she told Congress PP makes no profit from federal subsidies. And no one asked about State contributions to her eugenics project.

Update: Oct 7, 504PM
The link above appears to be redirected to Forbes home page. Try copying and pasting this:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2015/10/02/are-american-taxpayers-paying-for-abortion/

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Funding the immanentization of CAGW

I’m not sure when we accepted the idea that government funding is non-ideological, even apolitical. But, today, when an idea is discredited because of its funding source it’s almost always the evil corporation(s) said to be at fault. It’s the Koch brothers or George Soros taking the heat. When government funds something that proves to be disastrous, idiotic or even evil, government gets a pass. As if government has no agenda and always has good intentions.

We've become blasé about Federal pecuniary feasance, mis-, mal- and non-, in many areas: Medicare, where periodically someone is arrested for multi-million dollar fraud; Corporate welfare, where billions are shoveled into the furnace, but those responsible are rarely held accountable; Federal grants promoting cowboy poetry, about which most merely shake their heads in wonder; Planned Parenthood, where we pretend money isn't fungible.

Nowhere, however, is the damage worse than in funding science research. Especially in the case of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW).

We’re told that anyone skeptical of CAGW is bought and paid for by Big Oil - their opinions should therefore be dismissed. Fully half the arguments from CAGW proponents would disappear if they couldn’t argue ad hominem. Well, turnabout is fair play.

In CAGW huckster Professor Jagadish Shukla, who urges the President to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) against CAGW skeptics we have an excellent example.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Can you say "fungible?"

"Over the past five years Planned Parenthood has funneled $22 million to its political affiliate, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund."

And, over the past 5 years, they've received $2.5 billion in Federal funding. If I were a Democrat in the House or Senate, I'd be wondering why I didn't get more back.

Dear Consumers Energy,

Why asking me for $1.50 per month to help you build more windmills is ridiculous:
A new study from Utah State University found that, as of 2013, Michigan’s renewable energy mandate, enacted in 2008, has cost families and businesses here a bundle: $15.1 billion overall, or $3,830 per family, compared to what we would have experienced without the mandate.

According to the study, the economies of all states with a renewable portfolio standard, or RPS, have suffered harm. Among the negative effects are a nearly 14 percent decrease in industrial electricity sales, plus losses in both personal income and employment. A key finding was that an estimated 24,369 jobs have been lost in Michigan because of the mandate, which is in effect a mandate for wind energy.
And, just for a bit of juxtapositioning on the "science is settled" front this morning:
MASSIVE GLOBAL COOLING process discovered as Paris climate deal looms

Update: 5:54PM
More unsettling science - WELL RATS: OCEANS NOT DYING AFTER ALL