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.

  • Four Fabrications About Firearms
    by justfacts on 2017-10-19 at 20:16

    By James D. Agresti October 19, 2017 According to two recent op-eds published by the New York Times: “more guns means more murder.” “more guns means less safety.” “a gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Ginsburg Sexism Charge Undercut By Scientific Poll
    by justfacts on 2017-09-28 at 18:06

    By James D. Agresti September 28, 2017 In a recent interview on CBS This Morning, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spurred the audience to applause by saying she had “no doubt” that sexism played a role in Hillary Clinton’s … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • What the $20 Trillion National Debt Means to You
    by justfacts on 2017-09-14 at 18:07

    By James D. Agresti September 14, 2017 On September 8, 2017—the same day that Congress and President Trump passed a law suspending the federal debt limit until December—the official debt of the U.S. government surpassed the milestone of $20 trillion, … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Hurricanes, Rainfall, and Climate Change
    by justfacts on 2017-09-12 at 15:49

    By James D. Agresti September 12, 2017 In the midst of a severe hurricane season and the destruction wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many people are claiming that man-made global warming has intensified rainfall and hurricanes. However, comprehensive facts … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Media and Politicians Twist Trump’s Words About Charlottesville
    by justfacts on 2017-08-22 at 20:12

    By James D. Agresti August 22, 2017 In the wake of President Trump’s comments about the killing and mass violence in Charlottesville, media outlets and politicians have alleged that Trump said some of the white supremacists are “very fine people” … 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
 
  • Four Fabrications About Firearms
    by justfacts on 2017-10-19 at 20:16

    By James D. Agresti October 19, 2017 According to two recent op-eds published by the New York Times: “more guns means more murder.” “more guns means less safety.” “a gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Ginsburg Sexism Charge Undercut By Scientific Poll
    by justfacts on 2017-09-28 at 18:06

    By James D. Agresti September 28, 2017 In a recent interview on CBS This Morning, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spurred the audience to applause by saying she had “no doubt” that sexism played a role in Hillary Clinton’s … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • What the $20 Trillion National Debt Means to You
    by justfacts on 2017-09-14 at 18:07

    By James D. Agresti September 14, 2017 On September 8, 2017—the same day that Congress and President Trump passed a law suspending the federal debt limit until December—the official debt of the U.S. government surpassed the milestone of $20 trillion, … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Hurricanes, Rainfall, and Climate Change
    by justfacts on 2017-09-12 at 15:49

    By James D. Agresti September 12, 2017 In the midst of a severe hurricane season and the destruction wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many people are claiming that man-made global warming has intensified rainfall and hurricanes. However, comprehensive facts … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Media and Politicians Twist Trump’s Words About Charlottesville
    by justfacts on 2017-08-22 at 20:12

    By James D. Agresti August 22, 2017 In the wake of President Trump’s comments about the killing and mass violence in Charlottesville, media outlets and politicians have alleged that Trump said some of the white supremacists are “very fine people” … 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.

  • The Original Power Couple
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-16 at 04:09

    Nicolae Ceaucescu and wife Elena were dispatched with extreme prejudice when the Romania people finally rid themselves of a duo so brazen in their greed and tyranny no writer of fiction would have dared invent them. It's quite a story, not least the gullibility of leaders in the WestThe post The Original Power Couple appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Keating’s Distorted, Disgraceful ‘History’
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-15 at 01:45

    When hostilities erupted in September, 1939, the Labor Party attacked the war effort on all fronts, from unionised wharves to the floor of parliament. If Paul Keating wishes to find a villain, he should drop his scurrilous assault on Sir Robert Menzies and look instead at his own partyThe post Keating’s Distorted, Disgraceful ‘History’ appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • XX Marks the Blot
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-15 at 01:04

    If we "must believe" women who assert they have been sexually harassed, as the current meme demands, then the most basic logic says any man attempting to defend his reputation must be disbelieved. Can anything be sillier than adjudicating truth  on the basis of chromosomes?The post XX Marks the Blot appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Caesar’s Wife and the Modern Bench
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-14 at 04:11

    Courts that claim a right to vet reporters copy, demands that journalists "register" in order to report proceedings that always have been open to public scrutiny, a judge re-tweeting an obscene appraisal of a minor but mainstream political party -- welcome to justice, Victoria-styleThe post Caesar’s Wife and the Modern Bench appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Religious Liberty vs Truck Bombs
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-12-13 at 02:12

    The PM swore he valued nothing higher than freedom of belief and would protect it at all costs. Like his pledged loyalty to Tony Abbott, the truth proved otherwise. Smart move! His office risks no harassment or damage, like the ACL's blown-up HQ, and that Mardi Gras invitation won't be withdrawnThe post Religious Liberty vs Truck Bombs appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

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Jan 052016
 

Independent Institute Articles Recent Articles and op-eds from the Independent Institute

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Jan 052016
 
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Jan 052016
 
  • How America Can Dominate the World Energy Market

    Tom Harris, executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition, writes about America First Energy Conference on Nov. 9, organized by the Heartland Institute, contrasting its message to that from the recent UN climate conference in Bonn. Craig Idso told the audience that the whole biosphere is reaping incredible benefits from increasing CO2. Energy dominance is achievable if current development plans continue. One speaker said America could become a net exporter of oil within five years. America has the world’s largest coal reserves, but exports are hampered due to lack of export terminals. […]

  • Climate Sensitivity from the Bulk Troposphere

    A new study by John Christy and Richard McNider used the warming of the bulk troposphere from satellite data to calculate an upper limit on transient climate sensitivity. The study removed ocean effect like El Nino and effect to two major volcanoes to determine a temperature trend attributable to only greenhouse gasses and natural forcing. If natural forcing contributed nothing, which is extremely unlikely, the temperature trend is 0.069 °C, giving a climate response of 1.1 °C, which is about one-half of the value estimate by climate models. A link to the paper is at the end of the article. […]

  • A Veneer of Certainty Stoking Climate Alarm

    In Private, Climate Scientists Are Much Less Certain than They Tell the Public. This article by Rupert Darwall, forward by Judith Curry, explores the expressions of public certainty by climate scientists versus the private expressions of uncertainty, in context of a small Workshop on Climate organized by the American Physical Society (APS). It provides a cogent argument for a red/blue team assessment of climate change. The manufacture and enforcement of a “consensus” on human-caused climate change is a fundamentally anti-scientific process when debate, disagreement, and uncertainty are suppressed. […]

  • Tide Gauge Records to Infer Global Sea-Level Acceleration

    Long records of sea level show decadal and multi-decadal oscillations of synchronous and asynchronous phases, which cannot be detected in short-term records. It is clear from the analyses of the tide gauges of long datasets that the sea level has been oscillating about the same almost perfectly linear trend line all over the 20th century and the first 17 years of this century. The tide gauge information does not support any claim of rapidly changing ice mass in Greenland and Antarctica. The average of four long global datasets gives a sea level rise of 1.3 mm/yr with an acceleration of 0.005 mm/yr, which is statistically insignificant. […]

  • CLOUD Experiment Reduces Climate Sensitivity to CO2

    The CLOUD experiments at the nuclear facility CERN showed that the ionization of the atmosphere by cosmic rays account for nearly one-third of all particles formed. The experiments also shows the aerosol particle formed from biogenic nucleation from naturally produce organic vapour “was the dominant source of particles in the pristine pre-industrial atmosphere”, and that the amount of aerosol was much higher than previously assumed. That means that pre-industrial atmosphere was cloudier than previously assumed, as the aerosols seed cloud formation, and that greenhouse gases caused a much smaller portion of the warming since pre-industrial times. The climate sensitivity in climate models must be reduced for them to match past aerosol amounts and the temperature record. […]

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Sep 212015
 

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