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.

  • 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 […]

  • Substantial Numbers of Non-Citizens Vote Illegally in U.S. Elections
    by justfacts on 2016-12-15 at 17:39

    By James D. Agresti December 15, 2016 The issue of voter fraud was one of the most heated sources of controversy during the 2016 presidential election, and it continues to be so. After Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that it was … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Poll Suggests Clinton’s Sex Not Responsible for Her Loss
    by justfacts on 2016-11-10 at 14:02

    By James D. Agresti November 10, 2016 As the vote counts of the 2016 presidential contest began pouring in on election night, supporters of Hillary Clinton offered a simple explanation for the results: sexism. This has become one of the … 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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Jul 302016
 

Uncommon Descent Serving The Intelligent Design Community

  • Origin of life: Do L-form bacteria hint at origin of primordial cells?
    by News on 2017-02-23 at 21:42

    From Suzan Mazur at Huffington Post, a chat with molecular biologist Jeffrey Errington about L-form bacteria, which lack a strong cell wall: Jeffery Errington: I became interested in the problem because I was aware of L-forms from the scientific literature of the 1950s and 60s. Curiously, however, right around the end of the 1970s or […]

  • Marchin,’ marchin’: Most scientists can’t replicate peers’ studies?
    by News on 2017-02-23 at 19:51

    From Tom Feilden at at BBC: From his lab at the University of Virginia’s Centre for Open Science, immunologist Dr Tim Errington runs The Reproducibility Project, which attempted to repeat the findings reported in five landmark cancer studies. … After meticulous research involving painstaking attention to detail over several years (the project was launched in […]

  • Rob Sheldon: Are the seven new planets, three “habitable,” just hype? Read the fine print.
    by News on 2017-02-23 at 16:57

    Yesterday, NASA reported a record-breaking discovery of seven new Earth-size planets around a single star, three in the habitable zone: The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system [TRAPPIST-1]. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life […]

  • Vid: Tom Bethell on authoritarian science
    by News on 2017-02-23 at 16:24

    From David Klinghoffer at Evolution News and Views: We’re looking forward to the March for Science this coming April 22, planned for Washington, DC, and with satellite marches across the country. If you’ve read about it, it promises to be a screechy and politicized protest against questioning orthodox scientific views or criticizing scientists. Scientists, as […]

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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
 
  • 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 […]

  • Substantial Numbers of Non-Citizens Vote Illegally in U.S. Elections
    by justfacts on 2016-12-15 at 17:39

    By James D. Agresti December 15, 2016 The issue of voter fraud was one of the most heated sources of controversy during the 2016 presidential election, and it continues to be so. After Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that it was … Continue reading &rarr […]

  • Poll Suggests Clinton’s Sex Not Responsible for Her Loss
    by justfacts on 2016-11-10 at 14:02

    By James D. Agresti November 10, 2016 As the vote counts of the 2016 presidential contest began pouring in on election night, supporters of Hillary Clinton offered a simple explanation for the results: sexism. This has become one of the … Continue reading &rarr […]

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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.

  • Fabricating Disenfranchised Aborigines
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-02-24 at 00:51

    Reviewer Brian Galligan took to task my recent book -- or rather, attempted to do so, as his purported analysis is selective, freighted with pre-conception and laughably at odds with fact. His editor, Peter Browne, refused to publish my response to such slipshod scholarship, so read it hereThe post Fabricating Disenfranchised Aborigines appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Can’t Trust ‘em with the Lights off…
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-02-22 at 01:33

    and they won't be on for much longer, not with a mandated increase in renewable energy's contribution to the national grid slated to increase by fifty per cent in just three short years. If your electricity charges are outrageously high already, just wait until you see the green ink on 2020's billsThe post Can’t Trust ‘em with the Lights off… appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Muslim Boys, Shaken and Stirred
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-02-21 at 05:12

    A little backbone on the part of educators might go a long way toward promoting Islamic integration. Of course,  before they do that, the initial step would be to recognise that gender equality is a rather more valuable concept than the fashionable exaltation of identity politicsThe post Muslim Boys, Shaken and Stirred appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The Climate Cult’s Blackout Brigade
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-02-21 at 01:55

    They perch and preen atop their grants, sinecures and self-regard, forever predicting planetary doom unless their addled sermons are heeded and the carbon-spewing sins of our modern world are expiated. When your lights next go out, blame them and the politicians on whose teats they suckleThe post The Climate Cult’s Blackout Brigade appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Trump Must Change, They Say. Really?
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-02-20 at 03:16

    Chaos reigns in the White House, according to the mainstream press. Well, it may be that the new administration isn’t yet a 'fine-tuned machine', but it is getting runs on the board nevertheless. That explains why journalists are doing what they do best -- peddling misrepresentations and outright liesThe post Trump Must Change, They Say. Really? appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

 Posted by at 06:56
Jan 052016
 

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

  • The Downside of a Trump Tariff
    on 2017-02-22 at 21:20

    By Benjamin Powell; When word got out in January 1848 that gold had been discovered at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California, near Sacramento, it triggered the famous California Gold Rush, which in a few ... […]

  • Do Republicans Have a Death Wish?
    on 2017-02-22 at 21:20

    By John C. Goodman; Just when you thought things couldn't possibly get better for the Republican party, a startling thought is cropping up on Capitol Hill and on K Street. It's being reinforced by ... […]

  • Let Trump Be Trump with North Korea
    on 2017-02-20 at 21:20

    By Ivan Eland; The overhyped reaction to the firing of a missile that had insufficient range to hit the United States is just another episode in what is North Korea's slapdash "Wile E. Coyote... […]

  • Tax Fairness Critical to Sustaining Growth of Energy Sector
    on 2017-02-20 at 21:20

    By William F. Shughart II; The term subsidy was heard repeatedly during recent confirmation hearings for President Trump's Energy secretary pick, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It wasn't Perry, of course, ... […]

  • Five Ways Trump Can Improve Environmental Policy
    on 2017-02-20 at 21:20

    By Ryan M. Yonk; The advent of a new administration in Washington, DC, offers the opportunity to reconsider stale approaches to federal environmental policy and to implement innovative new strategies that... […]

 Posted by at 11:25
Jan 052016
 
  • Iraqi War Report: ISIS Combat Drones in Battle for Mosul

    Global Research Editor’s Note: The ISIS is an instrument of US intelligence. it is not an autonomous force. The Combat UAV drones analyzed in this report were supplied to the ISIS by the Western military alliance and its Gulf partners. […]

  • Fidel Castro: Political Power and the New Culture of Communication

    Among his many other achievements, Fidel’s accomplishments as the constructor of the new Cuban society include: overthrowing capitalism in favour of socialism and its related principles of equality and solidarity; defeating U.S. neo-colonialist domination to attain sovereignty, independence and dignity […]

  • Francis Picabia: A Painter for This Moment

    New York’s Museum of Modern Art is currently exhibiting Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction, an exuberant and sometimes disquieting retrospective of an artist who consistently defied expectations. Marcel Duchamp said of Picabia: &ldquo […]

  • Gallup: Americans’ Hostility to Russia Soared after Obama’s 2012 Re-Election

    The Gallup organization samples Americans’ approval-disapproval of Russia in February of each year, and the approval-figure for this year is only slightly more than half as high as it had been back in 2012 when Obama publicly mocked his Presidential-campaign […]

  • Artificial Intelligence: ‘Frankenstein’ or Capitalist Money Machine

    The Financial Times’ Special Report (2/16/2017) published a four-page spread on the ‘use and possible dangers of artificial intelligence (AI)’.  Unlike the usual trash journalists who serve as Washington ’s megaphones on the editorial pages and political columns, the Specia […]

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Sep 212015
 

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