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?

 

 Posted by at 08:53
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.

  • Unplug the Privatised Power Market
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-10-20 at 03:36

    The wan initiatives Turnbull & Co attempted have painted as solutions to our domestic energy crisis are a chimera. Nor will any measures be effective until power producers and green-schemers are brought to heel, which neither of our chief political parties is ever likely to doThe post Unplug the Privatised Power Market appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The ‘Hybrid Vigour’ of True Diversity
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-10-19 at 23:29

    The urgers of Multiculti Inc promote a society of hermetic communities, each honouring its heritage while declining to share and adopt those of others. They could learn a thing or two from sheep breeders, who grasp that integrating lineages fosters strength and resilienceThe post The ‘Hybrid Vigour’ of True Diversity appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • A Low-Wattage PM’s Useless ‘Guarantee’
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-10-19 at 01:09

    According to Malcolm Turnbull, his National Energy Guarantee 'will lower electricity prices, make the system more reliable, encourage the right investment and reduce emissions without subsidies, taxes or trading schemes.' Every word is a lieThe post A Low-Wattage PM’s Useless ‘Guarantee’ appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • Dear Minister Frydenberg…
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-10-19 at 00:20

    This complex 'green energy' mess you refuse to correct is costing Australians a wholly unnecessary $30Bn to $50Bn a year.  Yes, you read that right: tens of billions of dollars squandered to pleasure rent-seekers and destroy thousands of jobs-- your political career among themThe post Dear Minister Frydenberg… appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

  • The Energy Minister’s Slip Is Showing
    by Roger Franklin on 2017-10-18 at 06:35

    Having scoffed at power-market modelling, Josh Frydenberg drew comfort from 'expert'  projections he finds more useful in extolling the latest,  the very latest, clever scheme to keep the lights on, rent-seekers prosperous and electricity bills no higher than in 97% of the developed worldThe post The Energy Minister’s Slip Is Showing appeared first on Quadrant Online. […]

 Posted by at 06:56
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
 
  • 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. […]

  • Empirically Constrained Climate Sensitivity and the Social Cost of Carbon Dioxide

    The authors applied the 2015 Lewis and Curry equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) distribution to the widely-used DICE and FUND Integrated Assessment Models. Previously the developers of these models (and others) have relied on model-simulated distribution of ECS values. using the empirical ECS distribution, the estimated SCC drops substantially in both the DICE and FUND models, and in the latter there is a large probability it is no longer even positive. The FUND model calculates that emissions in 2010 using a 5% discount rate have a SCC of -$0.65/tCO2, that is, emissions are beneficial. The ECS used however, is too high because it fails to account for urban contamination of the surface temperature record nor natural long-term climate change. […]

  • Calculating the “Social Cost” of CO2 Emissions Using FUND

    The social cost of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions (SCCO2) is defined as the social worldwide costs (net of benefits) of emitting one tonne of CO2 into the atmosphere. The estimated SCCO2 is used for doing cost-benefit calculations for proposed government regulations. Integrated assessment models are used to estimate the SCCO2 considering demographic and economic variables in addition to the physical climate system. The temperature responses in IAM approximately match complex climate models. One of the IAMs, FUND, is freely available. This article presents plots and tables that give some idea of what FUND does. Using a 3% discount rate FUND calculates net damages of US$30/tCO2 if the climate sensitivity is 3.5 °C, and US$16/tCO2 of net benefits if the climate sensitivity is 1.0 °C for emissions in 2010, in constant US$2016. […]

  • The Economic Impact of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Integrated Assessment Models (IAM) are used to determine the social costs and benefits of greenhouse gas emissions for making climate policies. The most important parameter in determining the economic impact of climate change is the sensitivity of the climate to greenhouse gas emissions. The transient climate response to CO2 emissions at the time of a doubling of CO2 using an empirical energy balance method was estimated at 0.85 °C, using the newest aerosol estimates, and accounting for urban warming contamination of the surface temperature record and the natural warming from the Little Ice Age. The equilibrium climate sensitivity was estimated at 1.02 °C. Using the FUND integrated assessment model results, the mean estimate of the social cost of carbon on a global basis is determined to be -16.6 US$/tonne of CO2, and is extremely likely to be less than -4.3 US$/tonne of CO2. The calculations assume emissions in 2020, a 3% discount rate and constant US$2007. […]

  • The Cost-Benefit Question on City of Calgary Climate Change Plans

    The City of Calgary has been actively engaged in incorporating climate change planning into almost every level of municipal culture. But has anyone stopped to ask questions about the Cost-Benefit of some of these proposals and initiatives? Do citizens even know what some aspects of ‘going green’ will cost them? Is ‘climate change’ too often a diversion of funds and attention from more serious municipal needs like flood mitigation, infrastructure, or homelessness? Friends of Science Society has issued two reports responding to the City of Calgary’s Climate Change Plan. […]

 Posted by at 10:16
Sep 212015
 

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  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Three Things To Check Out
    on 2017-10-18 at 21:29

    As you have seen throughout our Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review content there are a lot of new features and enhancements in Microsoft's latest update for their flagship operating system. So where should you begin exploring? read mor […]

  • GE Joins With Apple to Make Industrial Apps for Mobile Devices
    on 2017-10-18 at 18:08

    Alex Webb |Bloomberg General Electric Co. is teaming up with Apple Inc. to develop mobile apps for managing machinery, factories and power plants as the industrial giant steps up efforts to sell software and services. read mor […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Where are my OneDrive Files On-Demand?
    on 2017-10-18 at 01:53

    One of the key features of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is the return of OneDrive Placeholders, now known as OneDrive Files On-Demand but they are not showing up right after the upgrade. read mor […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Screenshot Gallery
    on 2017-10-17 at 13:13

    Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released to the public on 17 October 2017. These screenshots accompany our full review of the fourth feature update for the operating system. read mor […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Accessibility
    on 2017-10-17 at 13:12

    Microsoft has demonstrated a consistent commitment to accessible computing with its Windows 10 features, and the Fall Creators Update showcases several new tweaks to increase access for all users. read mor […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Productivity
    on 2017-10-17 at 13:11

    Spread across the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update are new features, both large and small, that can improve your productivity. read mor […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Security
    on 2017-10-17 at 13:10

    From improved controls to keep your system from becoming the victim of a malware attack like WannaCry and providing new tools to reset your PIN or recover your account on a Windows 10 Device, the security profile of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update continues to improve. read mor […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: PC Gaming
    on 2017-10-17 at 13:09

    Microsoft is making gaming a first class citizen on Windows 10 and that continues with the Fall Creators Update with a couple of tweaks and more Xbox Play Anywhere games being released. read mor […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Microsoft Edge
    on 2017-10-17 at 13:08

    Microsoft's Windows 10-specific browser gets its next set of enhancements as part of the Fall Creators Update. read mor […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Your People
    on 2017-10-17 at 13:07

    Creativity can sometimes be a team activity so quick and easy access to your top contacts can save you time during projects. The Your People toolbar on the Windows 10 Fall Creator Update taskbar can put those contacts right at your fingertips. read mor […]

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