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DR WATSON IN ROOM 101

By Pete Moore On January 13th, 2019 at 2:57 pm

In our supposedly free societies, even great scientists must bend to extreme political dogma. They must not go where the evidence leads. They must not say what the evidence suggests. They must moderate their findings. through political filters.

This is what totalitarian regimes do.

Nobel Prize-winning DNA scientist James Watson has been stripped of several honorary titles by the laboratory he once headed over his views about intelligence and race.

The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory said it was acting in response to remarks he made in a television documentary which aired earlier this month […]

He had told a magazine in 2007 he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” as “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – where all the testing says not really”.

His view has been described as “racist”. That’s a value judgement. If the evidence justifies his opinion than that is a value-free judgement. Enlightenment values are rapidly disappearing. Galileo remains rehabilitated while scientists today have to watch what they say.

On this Day

By Patrick Van Roy On January 12th, 2019 at 10:12 pm

January 12 1992

In Arthur C. Clarke’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ the fictional HAL Lab debuts the HAL 9000, a supercomputer created to control the Discovery One spacecraft. Although polite, HAL’s operation of the pod bay door will prove to be unreliable.

A GOOD QUESTION

By Pete Moore On January 12th, 2019 at 5:59 pm

When did left wingery become associated with being pro-EU? It’s a good question.

It might just be in the UK that being pro-EU is associated with being Left Wing. What is seen as left or right often flips when we cross the Channel, but it’s definitely the case here that being pro-EU has become more associated with leftism. Labour MP Chuka Umunna said exactly that this week, but he doesn’t know his history. As well as Foot, Benn and Castle, post-war Labour giants such as Hugh Gaitskell and Clement Attlee were firmly opposed to any UK involvement with European integration. Labour contested the 1983 General Election on a promise to take us out of the then EEC.

For some leftists it’s simply favouring what people you dislike happen to dislike. They associate being anti-EU with being white and patriotic, therefore they support the EU. It was during the 1980s that anti-patriotism began to take root across the left. But this still doesn’t explain it all. I’ve always thought that being anti-EU is naturally left wing. Criticisms laid out by Brendan O’Neill sit at the heart of the leftist tradition, but such arguments seem to be ignored.

Anyone?

WHAT POPULATION REPLACEMENT?

By Pete Moore On January 12th, 2019 at 12:27 pm

How can anyone claim that that the British people are not being replaced, or that it’s “just a white nationalist conspiracy theory”, when the evidence that it’s happening is irrefutable?

Answer: They don’t want us to know.

CNN’s Jim Acosta reports

By Patty On January 11th, 2019 at 8:19 pm

As Pete points out below, CNN did not rely on local reporters on the US southern border for news about the existing border wall.

Instead, CNN sent one of their brightest reporters, Jim Acosta, down to the border and as Jim stood next to a tall steel barrier wall, he reported back:

“no sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about” and it was “tranquil” near him. He captioned the video, “I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today.”

 

HOW CNN MAKES SAUSAGES

By Pete Moore On January 11th, 2019 at 6:42 pm

We’re not supposed to peek behind the curtain. CNN asked San Diego station KUSI News for a local view of the border wall. CNN didn’t like what they heard. They couldn’t use KUSI for propaganda, so KUSI was dropped.

STAND DOWN, MEN

By Pete Moore On January 11th, 2019 at 4:51 pm

The American Psychological Association (APA) has released guidelines that teach psychologists working with men and boys that “traditional masculinity is psychologically harmful.”

The same bunch of cranks that came up with thousands of reasons why crime is supposedly not the fault of criminals have concluded that men should look and behave like Liberace. Courage, aggressiveness, risk taking, determined problem solving, and masculinity in general, they say, is toxic and “harmful” to us all.

I can’t wait for them to discover that they only exist because their forebears were more masculine than the competitors they killed along the way.

#longmarchthroughtheinstitutions

Friday Music

By Patrick Van Roy On January 11th, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Something old but good

Well worth the time

By Patrick Van Roy On January 10th, 2019 at 7:45 pm

The most Brutal of the Netflix mini series the Punisher is about to drop. They are calling it Season 2, but it’s really season 3. The first season was combined with a second half of DareDevil.

Frank Castle is unique in the genre he has no special powers, just training, anger and a good view of Right and Wrong. If you haven’t seen the series do yourself a favor and binge it. Start with where he appears in DareDevil.

Season 2 (parental discretion advised)

THIS HAS WRECKED MY WEEKEND

By Pete Moore On January 10th, 2019 at 4:37 pm

The North of England editor of The Guardian (I kid you not) tweets:

It appears that I can’t have that beef in black bean sauce on Saturday unless we have political union with the Communist Party of China. That is the implication here.

It’s not only how the metropolitans see us Brexiteers, it’s an insight into the extraordinarily parochial mind of the Remainer. She thinks it’s literally remarkable that someone who wants to live in a self-governing nation would consider eating foreign food (whatever Polish doughnuts* are).

And they think that they’re the open-minded ones?

* It’s “doughnuts”, because they are made with “dough”, not “do”.