Category Archives: thought

Lord Christopher Monckton Speaking in St. Paul

Just before visiting Copenhagen (and taking a serious beating while visiting Copenhagen) Lord Christopher Monckton made this fantastic speech in Minnesota. He was up dere talkin’ eh?

More Viscount Monckton on Climategate: ‘They Are Criminals’

Related posts:
The Great Global Warming Swindle

DDT about to be reintroduced as pesticide

Challenging the Hypothesis of Man-Made Global Warming

Heritical Thoughts About Science and Society

Speaking Truth to Moral Adolescence

Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives.

For a nutshell account of Haidt’s work and its various detailed implications click here: Compromising with Moral Adolescence: A Losing Strategy

A Nanomechanical Computer

In an article from The Institute of Psysics:

A nanomechanical computer—exploring new avenues of computing
A Nanomechanical Computer
Here is the abstract:

We propose a fully mechanical computer based on nano-electromechanical elements. Our aim is to combine this classical approach with modern nanotechnology to build a nanomechanical computer (NMC) based on nanomechanical transistors. The main motivation behind constructing such a computer is threefold: (i) mechanical elements are more robust to electromagnetic shocks than current dynamic random access memory (DRAM) based purely on complimentary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technology, (ii) the power dissipated can be orders of magnitude below CMOS and (iii) the operating temperature of such an NMC can be an order of magnitude above that of conventional CMOS.

Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature

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Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature

Why most suicide bombers are Muslim, beautiful people have more daughters, humans are naturally polygamous, sexual harassment isn’t sexist, and blonds are more attractive.

The implications of some of the ideas in this article may seem immoral, contrary to our ideals, or offensive. We state them because they are true, supported by documented scientific evidence. Like it or not, human nature is simply not politically correct.

Read it all…

Thanks to Cinematic Intelligence Agency for the image.

Profile: America’s worst president

Let’s take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?.

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Profile in Incompetence; A Ten Part Series on the worst President in American History.

In this exclusive 10-part series, Investors Business Daily takes a hard look at Jimmy Carter’s administration and compares it to that of George W. Bush, which Carter has called the worst ever.

Installments will cover the economy, foreign policy, human rights, dealing with dictators, fighting Communism and the Democratic leadership in general during times of war.

The Republicans recent habit of adopting Democrat positions will not reflect well on them 30 years from now.

But as bad as the spending spree of the Republican controlled House, Senate, and Executive Branch may have seemed just a few short months ago (and make no mistake there was more pork than you can shake a stick at!), and as bad as George Bush’s poll ratings are currently (also really, really bad … in the proverbial tank so to speak!), I highly doubt that Carter will soon lose his much deserved title of the worst President in American History.

If ever.

Net Neutrality

save the internet

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License Launched

The latest version of the Creative Commons licenses — Version 3.0 — are now available. Read more here. Via: /. & BoingBoing.

Professor Lawrence “RW” Lessig’s “The Withering of the Net”

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Professor Lawrence “RW” Lessig’s “The Withering of the Net”

On June 16, 2006, Professor Lawrence Lessig gave a talk at the Center for American Progress entitled “The Withering of the Net: How DC Pathologies are Undermining the Growth and Wealth of the Net.” This talk was the second in a series of three. The first talk was Professor Yochai Benkler, the third featured Dave Farber and Vint Cerf.

In just under 40 minutes, Lessig delivered a stunning performance, documenting his assertion that the Internet was created by Republicans and discussing the Read Only (RO) and Read Write (RW) Internet(s). In those less than 40 minutes, Lessig hit the mark precisely on 457 slides. In the spirit of the RW Internet, we taped his performance and then mashed that up with his presentation materials.

The transcript for this talk is here.

Now here is where this get’s fun…

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If you would like to try your own remix, there is also a 39 Mbyte tarball with 590 TIFF images from each state transition in the presentation.

The QuickTime file available here is 800×600 H.264 video. At only 236 Mbytes for 39:04 of video, looks great and less filling too!

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

So using all of my artistic skill, I uploaded the quicktime file to GooTube (Google Version).

Image Credit: Maritimes

Stockholm Syndrome For Millions

Via discarded lies and Dances With Typos
An excellent article by James Lewis…

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The Left’s identification with murderous aggressors

Look at the behavior of the Left since 9/11, both in this country, Europe, and even Israel. Rather than feel righteously angered by the terrorist mass murder of 3,000 innocent people, large parts of the Left have adopted the aggressors’ point of view.

They keep telling us that the Islamic fascists were right to blow up innocent people who had done them no harm; some of them have taken on conspiracy theories, claiming that Bush or Israel really committed the atrocities.

At the same time they are in deep denial about the danger of future terrorist attacks on American soil, and blindly refuse to see the rising threat of nuclear proliferation by stateless terror groups.

Instead, they “displace” their fear and anger on George W. Bush. To the Left, once Bush is gone, the terror problem will simply and magically go away.

Twisting reality is the hallmark of mental pathology.

I cherry picked the quote, but the whole article is worth reading.

Web 2.0: Explained in just under 5 minutes

Web 2.0 Explained … in just under 5 minutes.

Hattip: BoingBoing by way of Wonderland

In My Language


From Amanda Baggs, the author of the video posting on YouTube…

The first part is in my “native language,” and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.

The following is also from the author on the Google Video posting…

I start out in my “native language,” and provide a translation, or at least an explanation. Then I discuss how thought, language, communication, interaction, awareness, and personhood are defined by people in general, to the detriment of many people, particularly cognitively disabled people, who don’t fit the narrow definitions. Although I’m autistic, this is not an “autism zoo exhibit” or a generalization about all autistic people, but rather a statement about who gets considered a person and who doesn’t, what gets considered communication and what doesn’t, and on what basis.

Here is the google video version (better resolution).

Here is a link to Amanda’s video profile on YouTube

and here is the link to the Ballastexistenz website

I also think that the About Ballastexistenz page is important reading…

UPDATE: Here is an absolutely fascinating Metafilter thread with provocative discussion, and in which Amanda participates under the screen name silentmiaow
Hattip: MemeMachineGo!

Hattip: BoingBoing