Monday, September 29, 2014

The Theocracy of the Ayatollahs of the Progressive Dinner Party.

Atheists often post about the specter of Christian repression, while ignoring where the real intolerance is coming from in modern society.

Indeed, the most troubling issue in this case is not Schneider’s views on vaccinations; it is the response from his opponents. Rather than argue against his position, this vocal minority has called for Schneider to be cast out for his heretical views. As with many other recent cases where a celebrity figure breaks from the ‘progressive dinner-party position’ (think of former Mozilla boss Brendan Eich’s opposition to gay marriage), this intolerant reaction is far more concerning than the supposedly abhorrent views being attacked.

Rather than face the anti-vaccination brigade head-on, with vigorous arguments making a reasoned case for vaccinations, this loud and intolerant mob have demanded Schneider’s image be removed from our TV screens for fear that even a glimpse of him may convince the masses that the US government is trying to poison us all with autism-laced flu jabs. It is this infantilising and patronising outlook that is creating a situation in which debate is painted as something to be feared, and scientifically determined ‘truth’ cannot be questioned.

Now more than ever, as more and more ideas are marked as ‘off the table’ and dissident ideas are casually silenced, we need to reinvigorate public debate. This will, of course, mean that quackery and nonsensical ideas will get an airing, but this will also provide a platform in which these ideas can be challenged and confronted. The last thing we need today is to inoculate ourselves from the free exchange of ideas.//

It is a good thing that we have that smart Nobel Prize winner instead of that stupid cowboy!

Instapundit writes:

//WHEN EXCUSES DON’T WASH: On “60 Minutes,” the president faulted his spies for failing to predict the rise of ISIS. There’s one problem with that statement: The intelligence analysts did warn about the group. Says one former Intel officer: “Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bullshitting.” Or both.//

Sunday, September 28, 2014


Saturday, September 27, 2014

So. Totally. Cool!

The first issue of The Sci Phi Journal is out on Amazon. 

You should stop reading this and go there and buy the first issue ASAP.

Ignore the fact that I have a book review in Sci Phi Journal #1, but who can resist an article entitled "I am Groot: An Aristotelian reflection on space aliens and substance."!!!!!

Aristotle + Space Aliens = Total Science Fiction/Philosophical Nerd Heaven.

Or "Personhood in H.Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy," the prospective enjoyment of which requires knowledge of 1950s Science Fiction.

Or for the Star Trek fans out there - and you know who you are - Philosophy prof Jim Druley pens "Star Trek's Prime Directive: Moral Guidelines, Exceptions and Absolutes"....for which, I'm guessing, the only absolute is "don't get caught violating it."

Oh....and there are science fiction stories, including one by John C. Wright.

This journal grows out of Jason Rennie's Sci Phi podcast. Over the years, Jason has analyzed some fascinating philosophical issues through the perspective of science fiction, or, if you prefer, analyzed some fascinating science fiction stories through the perspective of philosophy. He has also interviewed science fiction writers including Mike Resnick and Robert Sawyer and philosophers including Alvin Plantinga (who seemed like a real nice guy.) It makes for a fun melange of science fiction/philosophical chewy goodness.

Check out the Sci Phi Journal and expand your mind.
Bill Maher is an anti-science idiot, and his "politically correct" schtick is mostly hypocritical since he never offends his amen corner...

...until maybe now.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Culture of Death, part 2.

Useless eaters should self-liquidate for their own good, says the designer of Obamacare.

In other news, that "rightwing panic" about Death Panels is just nonsense.

//Emanuel also addressed the social aspects that come along with an increase in longevity. Longer lives mean that children end up caring for their parents for extended periods of time, possibly creating some social and familial issues in the process.

“Living parents also occupy the role of head of the family. They make it hard for grown children to become the patriarch or matriarch. When parents routinely live to 95, children must caretake into their own retirement,” Emanuel wrote. “That doesn’t leave them much time on their own — and it is all old age. When parents live to 75, children have had the joys of a rich relationship with their parents, but also have enough time for their own lives, out of their parents’ shadows.”

As for his own health, Emanuel, 57, said he plans to stop taking major efforts to prolong it once he inches toward the 75 mark.

At 65, he said he’ll stop having colonoscopies and, at 75, he said he will refuse treatment if he falls ill with cancer; he’ll also stop having stress tests, will refuse pacemakers, won’t have reparative heart surgery — and will even stop taking antibiotics.

“At 75 and beyond, I will need a good reason to even visit the doctor and take any medical test or treatment, no matter how routine and painless,” he said. “And that good reason is not ‘It will prolong your life.’”

Emanuel, a well-respected doctor whose views on health and patient care have been scrutinized by some critics, was careful to note that he isn’t judging those who wish to live as long as possible and that he, as a physical, has regularly helped the elderly find resources that enable them to do so.//

Dr. Emanuel sounds like the medical professionals who were advising the sterilization of the "feeble minded" and "socially inept" at the beginning of the 20th century.

Culture of Death...

...or it's a pity that the Nazis won that war that happened 75 years ago.

//We have here a peculiar inversion of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. In the novel, a self-diagnosis of insanity demonstrated sanity; in Van Den Bleeken’s case, though he was declared insane and therefore not responsible for his actions, his wish to kill himself is somehow seen as sensible and reasoned. This is despite the fact that he himself argues that he is too mentally ill ever to be freed from prison. Carine Brochier, a project manager with the Brussels-based European Institute of Bioethics, is surely right to say that if the original sentence was correct, Van Den Bleeken should not be allowed to die but should instead receive proper treatment.

Of course, some might think ‘good riddance’. It is very difficult to sympathise with Van Den Bleeken’s existential angst or his whining about his ‘inhumane’ treatment. He is a prisoner because he committed horrific crimes. His feelings were not pre-eminent when he was tried and sentenced; nor should they be now. The sisters of one of Van Den Bleeken’s victims, a woman he raped and killed while being temporarily out of prison in 1989, seemed appalled by the decision. ‘Let him rot in his cell’, the sisters told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. What does it say about the Belgian justice system when prisoners may singlehandedly overturn the will of parliament, which has decided that particular sentences fit particular crimes?

The motivation behind supporting Van Den Bleeken is ostensibly compassion, but the outcome of Belgium’s liberal experiment is death on demand – for anyone, and for any reason. Even if you’re clinically insane! Because once you admit that death is an appropriate treatment for some, how can you deny it to others? Jaqueline Herremans, president of Belgium’s right-to-die association and government-appointed member of Belgium’s euthanasia commission, said of Van Den Bleeken’s request: ‘Regardless, he’s a human being; a human being who has the right to demand euthanasia.’  So slippery is the slope, it seems, that euthanasia has become a right to be extended to all human beings.//

Interesting that the libertarians at Spiked are on the side of restraining the choice of suicide.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

We are so boned.

It is amazing what you can get away with when you trot out muzzy liberal slogans like "Coexist."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

If only women teachers could marry...

Female teacher, two 17 year old boys, New York.

If you have a large enough population, you can run these stories every day, because crazies are everywhere.

But you still have to wonder what's wrong with these ladies.

If only women teachers could marry...

Female teacher, female student, Utah.

It is a good thing we have that smart Nobel Prize winner as president instead of that stupid cowboy!

Leon Panetta blames Obama's total withdrawal of America troops as reason for rise of ISIS.

Friday, September 19, 2014

It would take a person with a heart of stone not to enjoy the destruction of Debbie Wasserman Schultz by the leftist machine.

And kudos to the Hillary Clinton machine for such early pay-back and battle space preparation!


That's really the only way to describe Politico's piece on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

(I hereby nominate her for Worst Week in Washington.) (Editor's note: Three words -- Joseph. Robinette. Biden.)

Based on interviews with DNC staffers -- both former and current -- the piece described Wasserman Schultz as something of a modern-day Tracy Flick: over-eager, disloyal and not shy about promoting her ambitions. It would be fair to say that she sounds like, well, a lot like other politicians. And this would be accurate. But the wholesale bashing of Wasserman Schultz at every level of the party -- White House, Congress, donors, aides in her own shop -- is especially rough, even given the reality of Beltway politics.

She comes across as a woman without a party, holding a job that could be a stepping stone, but now seems more like a trap door. (As Philip Bump notes, it might be a stepping stone no matter how it ends.) This is a public firing, Washington-style.//

Buh-bye, DWS.

Enjoy your brief guest-hosting stint on MSNBC.

America - Now with even more Hope and Change.

Minnesota's biggest Obamacare insurer leaves Obamacare exchange.

A statement from the company indicated that support costs for the exchange plan were too high. "Continuing on MNsure [the state exchange] was not sustainable," the statement said
The basic health plans were supposed to mitigate "churn" in the health insurance market, where income changes throughout the year often mean that low-income individuals end up switching back and forth between various forms of insurance as their incomes move up and down across eligibility borders. But they may end up turning off insurers from participating by limiting the number of people who end up looking to buy private insurance. 

But is there a connection between Obama and federal shutdown of highways and federal facilities during the government shutdown?


Federal report on bridge scandal finds no connection to Christie.

Who links to me?