Oct 132016
 

Just the facts daily researches extensively various topics in debates, on websites etc. and presents the truth or falsity of each one complete with the evidence as to why the item or claim or statement is wrong or right.

  • Media Bias Fact Check: Incompetent or Dishonest?
    by justfacts on 2017-04-24 at 15:11

    By James D Agresti April 24, 2017 As Just Facts grows in prominence and reputation, an increasing number of scholars, major organizations, and eminent people have cited and recognized the quality work of Just Facts. With this higher profile, Just … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Is the Earth Warming Catastrophically Fast?
    by justfacts on 2017-03-15 at 17:36

    By James D. Agresti March 15, 2017 In a recent appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Bill Nye, the celebrity “Science Guy,” declared the “scientific evidence” is “overwhelming” that humans are causing the earth to warm “catastrophically fast.” He insisted this … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Myths about School Choice and Betsy DeVos
    by justfacts on 2017-02-07 at 16:10

    By James D. Agresti February 7, 2017 In an op-ed for the New York Times, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) alleges that she is voting against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education because: DeVos opposes policies that allow “our young … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • New Treasury Data Shows Federal Shortfall of $670,000 Per U.S. Household
    by justfacts on 2017-01-19 at 02:23

    By James D. Agresti January 18, 2017 Newly published data from the U.S. Treasury shows that the federal government has amassed $84.3 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations. This amounts to $670,000 for every household … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A Factual Look at Obama’s Presidency
    by justfacts on 2017-01-11 at 22:52

    By James D. Agresti January 11, 2017 Correction appended In the closing weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama instructed the members of his cabinet to “prepare a detailed report on the progress we’ve made” since he became president. He then … Continue reading &rarr […]

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Jul 312016
 

Brave New World was published in 1932, depression times …
Do you see any familiar themes in this brief explanation of the plot?
You may download the FREE ebook in any of 3 formats for your own personal reading and comparing to our society today. Any similarities? Or not? Huxley’s world is set in the 2540’s…

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“Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley 

The Plot

 

Huxley is a thinker with complex imagination and a writer bold enough to use it without any restrictions. “Brave New World” is a good example for this. It reveals a future where people are made believe that they are flourishing in the utopia of The World State. This mega-country spreads across the whole globe, leaving only small bits of territory – “savage reservations”, for those who refuse to submit to the new world order. This “Brave New World” emerged under the dictatorship of the 10 World Controllers. The social order that has been established predefines the lives of every single citizen before they were even born. People are actually not even born anymore, they are bred in laboratories and genetically prepared for one of the five castes of which society consists. The embryos destined for the more inferior classes get intellectually stunned to ensure they acceptance of faith. In this world children are educated and taught who they are through sleeping-hypnosis. Parenting, emotional bounds and fear of death are eradicated from people’s minds with hallucinogen drugs and by restraining them from intellectual activities.

 

The main character of the book Bernard Marx is from the highest caste “Alpha”. Unfortunately for him a laboratory error slowed down the physical development of his embryo, leaving him shorter than the average Alphas. This caused him an inferiority-complex making him more distant and alienated from the others. On top of that his director is planing on exiling him, which he is desperate to prevent.

 

On a holiday with the breeding nurse Lenina Crowne, he finds out that his director has in fact an illegal child called John. He was naturally born and raised in the “savage” lands. Bernard decides to bring him back to The World State and to expose the dirty secret of his boss. He doesn’t expect however, that John who grew up with Shakespeare’s idea of the world, won’t be able to handle the cold and artificial world mankind has created….

Or a shorter plot from http://www.globalgreyebooks.com/Pages/aldous-huxley.html

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World is set in London of AD 2540 (632 A.F.—”After Ford”—in the book). The novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine profoundly to change society. Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress.

Editor: Do you notice any similarities or differences with our world in the 2000’s?

 

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May 022016
 
What Are the Top Three Flaws in Darwinian Evolution, as Taught Today in Public Schools?

Casey Luskin May 17, 2012 3:11 PM | Permalink

We often receive e-mails from students seeking information on evolution. Recently a university student posed this question: “What are the top three flaws in evolutionary theory being taught in public schools today?” My response was as follows:

Unfortunately most public schools do NOT teach about the flaws in evolutionary theory. Instead, they censor this information, hiding from students all of the science that challenges Darwinian evolution. But in a perfect world, if the evidence against Darwinian theory were taught, these would be my top three choices:

    • (2) Tell students that many scientists have challenged the ability of random mutation and natural selection to produce complex biological features.
    • (3) Tell students that many lines of evidence for Darwinian evolution and common descent are weak:
          a. Vertebrate embryos start out

developing very differently

        , in contrast with the drawings of embryos often found in textbooks which mostly appear similar.

b. DNA evidence paints conflicting pictures of the “tree of life”. There is no such single “tree.”

c. Evidence of small-scale changes, such as the modest changes in the size of finch-beaks or slight changes in thecolor frequencies in the wings of “peppered moths”, shows microevolution, NOT macroevolution.

Of course, in a perfect world, I’d also prefer that more than merely “three flaws in evolutionary theory” be taught to students.

I also referred the student to a resource that we regularly send out to college students, The College Student’s Back-to-School Guide to Intelligent Design, which contains lots of helpful answers to common objections to ID.

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Jan 212016
 
  • Media Bias Fact Check: Incompetent or Dishonest?
    by justfacts on 2017-04-24 at 15:11

    By James D Agresti April 24, 2017 As Just Facts grows in prominence and reputation, an increasing number of scholars, major organizations, and eminent people have cited and recognized the quality work of Just Facts. With this higher profile, Just … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Is the Earth Warming Catastrophically Fast?
    by justfacts on 2017-03-15 at 17:36

    By James D. Agresti March 15, 2017 In a recent appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Bill Nye, the celebrity “Science Guy,” declared the “scientific evidence” is “overwhelming” that humans are causing the earth to warm “catastrophically fast.” He insisted this … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Myths about School Choice and Betsy DeVos
    by justfacts on 2017-02-07 at 16:10

    By James D. Agresti February 7, 2017 In an op-ed for the New York Times, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) alleges that she is voting against Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education because: DeVos opposes policies that allow “our young … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • New Treasury Data Shows Federal Shortfall of $670,000 Per U.S. Household
    by justfacts on 2017-01-19 at 02:23

    By James D. Agresti January 18, 2017 Newly published data from the U.S. Treasury shows that the federal government has amassed $84.3 trillion in debts, liabilities, and unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations. This amounts to $670,000 for every household … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • A Factual Look at Obama’s Presidency
    by justfacts on 2017-01-11 at 22:52

    By James D. Agresti January 11, 2017 Correction appended In the closing weeks of his presidency, Barack Obama instructed the members of his cabinet to “prepare a detailed report on the progress we’ve made” since he became president. He then … Continue reading &rarr […]

 Posted by at 06:33
Jan 132016
 

“In the realm of ideas there has been no better publication in Australia over the last fifty years than Quadrant magazine.”
— Former Prime Minister John Howard

Quadrant Online » Opinion The leading general intellectual journal of ideas, literature, poetry and historical and political debate published in Australia.

  • Trump and Russia: The Endless Beat-up
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-22 at 03:34

    Probes, spurious confections, bogus dossiers ... and all in regard to what exactly? No one really knows, other than what should be obvious to all who have watched the Left and its media auxiliaries in action: their trade is lies and distortions in which no conservative should invest an ounce of credenceThe post Trump and Russia: The Endless Beat-up appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • An Autoerotic Exercise in Aboriginal Art
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-20 at 05:36

    Surprisingly, two companies are competing to take on the burden of restoring Fairfax Media to good health, with one declaring it will eschew board supervision and leave inmates in charge of the publisher's newsroom asylums. The Age demonstrates why that would be the height of follyThe post An Autoerotic Exercise in Aboriginal Art appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • A Vitally Important Evening
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-19 at 04:07

    Twelve Aboriginal-only Constitutional Conventions have deliberately excluded the majority of the population. On May 24, at the next Quadrant dinner, speakers Gary Johns, Keith Windschuttle, Chris Kenny, Anthony Dillon and David Flint address both sides of RecognitionThe post A Vitally Important Evening appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Shredded credibility
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-19 at 03:35

    It is nice to know the eager and dedicated public servants in the Australian Taxation Office are working tirelessly to bring in the revenue so desperately needed to fund such worthwhile undertakings as the Australia Council, a fleet of overly expensive South Australian submarines and ARC-grant nest-featherers, not to mention the ever-ludicrous Gillian Triggs and her HRC grievance-mongers. Still, even the most conscientious stewards of the public good can blot their copy books from time to time. Zeg extends his sympathies and suggests how the ATOs embarrassing little problems might best be handled in future ...The post Shredded credibility appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • A Policemans’ Plot is not a Happy One
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-05-17 at 05:09

    There is angst among the shiniest police brass in the state of Gardenia, where the Department of Righteous Prosecutions has declined -- for the second time, no less -- to take up the case against the Reverend Rock-Spider, despite the overwhelming advantage of preparatory smears, slurs, leaks and slandersThe post A Policemans’ Plot is not a Happy One appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

 Posted by at 06:56
Jan 052016
 

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    on 2017-05-24 at 21:20

    By William F. Shughart II; Should utility bills and taxes be used to subsidize money-losing nuclear power plants so they can compete with renewable energy and low-cost natural gas? New York and Illinois, bo... […]

  • Sanctuary Cities Are Not the New Nullification Crisis
    on 2017-05-23 at 21:20

    By William J. Watkins Jr.; Conservatives describe President Donald Trump's fight with so-called sanctuary cities the new nullification crisis. Commentator Mark Levin avers that "[w]e have a massive null... […]

  • Santa Fe's Rejection of Soda Tax a Win for Public Health
    on 2017-05-22 at 21:20

    By William F. Shughart II, Josh T. Smith; Record numbers of voters turned out on May 2 to say no to a a href="https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-mexico/articles/2017-05-01/soda-tax-rivals-spend-to-influence-final-vote-i... […]

  • An Economic Winning Streak Through Tax Reform
    on 2017-05-22 at 21:20

    By William F. Shughart II; My home state of Utah is famous for its picturesque scenery, world-renowned ski resorts, the annual Sundance Film Festival, and more. And if current trends are any indication, the Beehive... […]

 Posted by at 11:25
Jan 052016
 
  • The Mekong and the Battle for the ‘Mother of Rivers’

    In Thai and Lao languages, Mekong roughly translates as ‘mother of rivers.’ As one of the world’s largest waterways it stretches more than 4,000 kilometers thrusting through China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam before emptying into the South China Sea. […]

  • Nato – A Dangerous Alliance

    When the Warsaw Pact ended, after the collapse of communism, some optimists might have expected Nato to be broken up too. After all, the Labour Party in Britain had been opposed to Nato in the mid-1980s. But that was not […]

  • The Assassination of Seth Rich, the DNC Emails and the Russia Probe

    A statement purportedly authored by Seth Rich’s parents has been published in the CIA-funded Washington Post titled “We’re Seth Rich’s parents. Stop politicizing our son’s murder.” I don’t really know what is meant by this slogan about “politicizing” Seth […]

  • Never Mind the Real Russia, This Is All About Trump

    In American politics, Donald Trump has been so effectively identified with Russia that hostility or friendship toward Russia is now driven by feelings about Trump. David Swanson, founder of World Beyond War and author of “War is a Lie” […]

  • Selected Articles: The Manchester Bombing: Unanswered Questions

    Following the blast at the Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester last Monday, the MSM reported of an alleged terrorist attack which leads to heightened police security in the area. Global Research News has a collection of incisive articles that provide […]

 Posted by at 10:38
Jan 052016
 
  • Can Canada Survive Climate Change Policy – Time to Talk and Stop Climate Bullying

    Friends of Science Society’s recent event featured Ottawa energy policy consultant Robert Lyman who explained that without breakthrough technology, Canada’s economy cannot meet unattainable climate change GHG reduction targets; the very future of Canada is at stake as it celebrates 150 years. One Alberta politician, Drew Barnes, MLA Cypress-Medicine Hat, is demanding open discussions on the topic and says that the NDP government must walk their talk and stop climate bullying in the house. […]

  • Friends of Science Newsletter March 2017

      MARCH 2017 FOS MEMBERSHIP QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER No. 53 The PDF version of this newsletter is here. “FoS is dedicated to providing the public with insight into Climate Science&rdquo […]

  • Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea and their Relationship with Sunspots

    This study gives an analysis of the relationship between hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and sunspots occurring from 1749 to 2010. The authors compiled a database of hurricanes by combining the results of several studies. The abstract says “the total number of hurricanes is declining. This decline is related to an increase in sunspot activity. Spectral analysis shows a relationship between hurricane oscillation periods and sunspot activity.&rdquo […]

  • Examining the Social Cost and Benefit of Carbon Dioxide; Dr. Michaels

    Climate scientist Patrick Michaels provided testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology on February 28, 2017 about the Social Cost and Benefit of Carbon Dioxide (SCC). His testimony shows that the US Interagency Working Group (IWG) used too high and outdated estimates of climate sensitivity despite at least 16 new studies that show much lower values. Using more current values from empirical studies, the SCC in the DICE model falls by 30-50% and in the FUND model it falls by over 80%. The climate models over-warm the bulk atmosphere by a factor of 2.5. Two of the models used by the IWG do not contain the any significant benefits of CO2 fertilization or benefits of warming. The SCC would likely be negative if the models used parameters from the current scientific literature. […]

  • Climate Change Insights For Pension Fund Trustees and Beneficiaries

    This document responds to September 2015 “Climate Change and Fiduciary Duties of Pension Fund Trustees in Canada” by lawyers Murray Gold and Adrian Scotchmer of Koskie Minsky LLP, issued by SHARE - Shareholder Association for Research and Education. Since the advent of climate change activism in the early 1990’s, some investment fund managers became concerned with the impact of investment in terms of ethical/environmental issues related to climate change. However, Anthropogenic Global Warming science theories of the 1990’s have weakened as there had been 15 years of a ‘hiatus’ in global warming despite a significant rise in CO2. Natural forces are more influential. Today, institutional investors are swaying public policy in Alberta and Canada toward implementing wind and solar farms that are unsuited to this latitude and climate, and that will irresponsibly damage our economy, as is the case in Ontario. […]

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Sep 212015
 

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