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Daily Archives: November 29, 2013
In Sweden, where you can be arrested for child endangerment if caught driving while drinking coffee, sex is still “just sex”
Convicted pedophile and suspected rapist given permission to adopt his 10-year-old stepson. What could possibly go wrong?
Uh oh – science journal forced to retract article linking Monsanto’ genetically-modified corn with rat tumors
Because – duh – it didn’t stand up to scientific scrutiny. Not to worry; the discredited researcher can alwys get a job in the global warming industry where faith, rather than reason rules.
LONDON (Reuters) – The publisher of a controversial and much-criticized study suggesting genetically modified corn caused tumors in rats has withdrawn the paper after a year-long investigation found it did not meet scientific standards.
Reed Elsevier’s Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT)journal, which published the study by the French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini in September 2012, said the retraction was because the study’s small sample size meant no definitive conclusions could be reached.
At the time of its original publication, hundreds of scientists across the world questioned Seralini’s research, which said rats fed Monsanto’s GM corn had suffered tumors and multiple organ failure.
The journal said that, while it had received many letters expressing concerns about the validity of the findings, the proper use of animals and even allegations of fraud, its own investigation found “no evidence of fraud or intentional misrepresentation of the data”.
“However, there is a legitimate cause for concern regarding both the number of animals in each study group and the particular strain selected,” it said.
“The major flaws in this paper make its retraction the right thing to do,” said Cathie Martin, a professor at John Innes Centre. “The strain of rats used is highly susceptible to tumors after 18 months with or withoutGMO (genetically modified organisms) in their diets.”
David Spiegelhalter, a professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, said it was “clear from even a superficial reading that this paper was not fit for publication”. In this instance, he said, the peer review process had not worked properly.
When Bush was president, liberals (including the guy who replaced him) all demanded an end to “the politicization of science”. They’ve achieved that: they’ve eliminated the science.
“This was a crucial time in evolutionary history. The first mammals were there, living alongside the grandfather of dinosaurs.
“Maybe with these fossils we can glimpse into the lost environment which gave rise to the dinosaurs.”
Like it or not, the free market economy is the only show in town. Britain is competing in an increasingly impatient and globalised economy, in which the competition is getting ever stiffer.
No one can ignore the harshness of that competition, or the inequality that it inevitably accentuates; and I am afraid that violent economic centrifuge is operating on human beings who are already very far from equal in raw ability, if not spiritual worth.
Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130. [According to the Guardian, Johnson then asked whether anyone in the audience had a low IQ. To muted laughter he asked: “Over 16% anyone? Put up your hands.”] The harder you shake the pack, the easier it will be for some cornflakes to get to the top.
And for one reason or another – boardroom greed or, as I am assured, the natural and god-given talent of boardroom inhabitants – the income gap between the top cornflakes and the bottom cornflakes is getting wider than ever. I stress: I don’t believe that economic equality is possible; indeed, some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity.
Johnson nonetheless called for a more meritocratic society that may lead to some reduction in economic inequality. He announced his support of plans for a return of selective state schools and more state-funded scholarships for academically successful students to attend private schools.
Johnson’s assertion that IQ was linked with success and his implication that economic inequality could act as a spur to the talented prompted the biggest response amongst the British left. The left-wing tabloid the Daily Mirror quotes a Labour Party source in an article titled “Boris Johnson: Millions of people too STUPID to get on in life”:
“This shows how out of touch the Conservatives if they think it is acceptable to write off the life chances of millions of their fellow citizens.”
Here’s one white man’s view of the act of rebellion: “It does not take a code talker to crack this particular code,” columnist Dave Zirin wrote in The Nation. [Team owner] Dan Snyder is on the wrong side of history.”
Zirin has also published Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports, and A People’s History of Sports in the United States
The whole “Redskins” controversy is a made-up media campaign created and kept alive by non-Indian libtards but hey, who ya gonna believe, a bunch of befuddled old native American war veterans or white academics and sports reporters?
If two Connecticut Democrats had their way, such cruelty would be illegal – they want to forbid any work on the Sabbath, or holidays. “It worked for the Puritans”, said one, “and what is Progressivism if not neo-Puritanism?” One can’t argue with religious faith, whatever its guise, but there’s this to chew on:
“We would oppose that (the proposed law),” said Timothy Phelan, president of theConnecticut Retail Merchants Association. “It’s a choice the retailer makes. They look for volunteers who want to make a little more money.”
That’s the case at Old Navy, according to Angela Grammatico, the market leader for 20 Old Navy stores in the region.
“We don’t have a hard time finding employees willing to work,” Grammatico said. “In fact, we had to turn people away.”
She said those who do work Thanksgiving are paid time and a half, given a turkey dinner and work four-hour shifts. The stores closed from 4 to 7 p.m. to prepare for the Black Friday sale.
Amster, who has worked past Thanksgivings but now gets the day off employed by her family’sRedline Restorations on Bridgeport’s Fairfield Avenue, believes the choice should be left with the employee.
“Some people need the money,” she said. “So the extra pay is nice for them.”
Progressives believe in Santa Claus, but not in the ability of individual adults to decide what’s best for them : “that’s what wise leaders are for”, say our Hartford saviors.
British pols demand a price freeze on energy prices until after elections. Sounds like something that’s happening here with Obamacare?
It is believed that the Government has made the plea for prices to be held last night to avoid blame before the next election for price hikes caused by green energy levies.
If the move is approved, tariffs could be kept on hold for 18 months if there was no major rise in wholesale prices of energy – meaning bills would not rise before the next election.
A source at one of the big six energy suppliers told the BBC they wanted to make the prices freeze happen, but needed the Government to change their obligations on energy efficiency under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to make this possible.
It is understood that the government is seeking to extend the cost of the ECO from the current 27 months to four years.
But others have said increasing costs as a result of government policies on the carbon price floor and renewables made freezing prices impossible for energy firms.
He said this was an example of the government “deferring costs, not getting rid of them.”
Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping carts! Christmas retail season opens with a bang, a knife fight and general bedlam.
(Not just in America, by the way, but in England too.).
What rough beast,
its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?