Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Climate Change and Geologic Boundaries

Climate Change Linked to Continental Geological Faults

In a broad theoretical sense, the NASA study shows that the climate influence of Earth’s major oceanic and continental fault boundaries is greatly underappreciated.
Well, certainly all those software models take this effect into account... right?

Monday, January 15, 2018

History of Democrat Racism for Over 200 Years

The Damore vs Google Lawsuit

The Lawsuit of the year? Decade? Century? Whatever, we need more popcorn.
Silicon Valley Will Pay the Price for Its Lefty Leanings
A lawsuit alleges that Google discriminated against conservatives. It won't end well for Google.


Google, for its part, says that it is eager to defend the lawsuit. But lawyers always announce that they have a sterling case that is certain to prevail, even if they know they are doomed. And unless they can present strong evidence that there were legions of conservatives happily frolicking away on their internal message boards while enjoying the esteem of their colleagues and the adulation of their managers, there is no way that this suit ends well for Google. If the company and its lawyers think otherwise, they are guilty of a sin known to the media as “reading your own press releases,” and to drug policy experts as being “high on your own supply.”

There are expensive, time-consuming, exasperating lawsuits, and then there are radioactive lawsuits that poison everyone who comes within a mile of them. And this lawsuit almost certainly falls into the latter category.

And from Glenn Reynolds:
David Brooks is right. In the wake of his atrocious mishandling of the James Damore matter, Google CEO Sundar Pichai must go. Damore authored a moderate proposal, stressing that he supported diversity and thought that people should be treated as individuals, while offering some suggestions as to why Google’s efforts to recruit more women techies had failed. Various people (most of whom, as The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf noted, seem not to have read Damore’s actual memo, but rather to have been responding to an imaginary document instead) demanded that Damore be fired. CEO Sundar Pichai complied and gave Damore the boot. For this egregious piece of mob-induced misjudgment, Pichai must go. But that’s the least of the problems for Google, and Silicon Valley.

The Damore firing, and Pichai’s disgraceful handling of it, represents colossal damage to Google’s brand. In essence, it’s an announcement — by a company that has access to everyone’s data — that it endorses the notion of thought-crime.

As Brooks says: “(Pichai) could have wrestled with the tension between population-level research and individual experience. He could have stood up for the free flow of information. Instead he joined the mob. He fired Damore and wrote, ‘To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.’ That is a blatantly dishonest characterization of the memo. Damore wrote nothing like that about his Google colleagues. Either Pichai is unprepared to understand the research (unlikely), is not capable of handling complex data flows (a bad trait in a C.E.O.) or was simply too afraid to stand up to a mob.”

Or, worst of all, Pichai didn’t stand up to the mob because he agreed with the mob. But whatever, it’s a big problem for Google, and by extension for Silicon Valley in general.

Since its 1990s heyday, Silicon Valley has transformed from an unruly collection of aggressive upstarts disrupting existing industries to a flabby collection of near-monopolies, now busy enforcing gentry-liberal norms on their employees and customers. Whether it’s censoring right-leaning political figures, or firing employees who dare say something truthful but politically incorrect, there’s not much of the old startup spirit there. These are flabby overstaffed Big Business corporations, run by their HR departments. You might find more dynamism at General Motors, these days.

More: Congrats, Google, you found the worst way to build diversity

POLICING THE USA: A look at race, justice, media

But worse yet, they exercise tremendous power and require tremendous trust. When you use Facebook or Google (or Twitter, or Amazon, or Netflix) you’re sharing a lot of data with a company that you have to trust won’t abuse that. It’s much harder to trust a company that has decided to aggressively pursue thoughtcrime. And it doesn’t matter where you are on the political spectrum – Damore describes himself as a centrist. But it only takes one politically incorrect utterance, as so many in academia have learned, to achieve Enemy Of The People status. And then, apparently, you’re fair game.

Can you trust a self-driving car from Google, if some new company policy might reprogram it to avoid events Google doesn’t approve? Can you trust Google to prevent its (apparently many) “social-justice warrior” employees from trawling through your personal data looking for dirt, and then leaking it?

As Robert Tracinski writes, this is the big danger for Google: “The most dangerous part is that they are now beginning to be seen by the public (or revealed, depending on how you look at it) as politicized entities. Politicized entities to whom we are giving enormous amounts of data on our lives, thoughts and interests.”

People were already agitating for stricter antitrust scrutiny of Google, Facebook and other Internet giants. One of the main protections those companies enjoyed against such scrutiny was their general image as benign and – aside from a vague sort of libertarianism – nonpolitical. Pichai’s handling of the Damore matter destroyed that image. Now Silicon Valley looks political, partisan and maybe even a bit sinister. It’s not a good look.
I think James Damore will wind up in the history books, if the books are honestly written (not guaranteed).

The Children's Climate Lawsuit

The Children's Climate Lawsuit Against The Children
Actually this lawsuit is James Hansen's attempt to regain the spotlight for himself. Hansen has declared himself the "guardian of future generations", bringing this suit in their behalf. Hansen was the Chicken Little of NASA infamy. On top of unprovable claims for the year 2100, Hansen will have no standing in terms of harms, which are unprovable software models and not materially real. When he loses this frivolous court case he should be forced to pay court costs, attorney fees, etc. so that the taxpayer doesn't have to pay for his windmill tilting.

Chris Matthews' Sexual Assault

Chris Matthews Misses ‘Meet The Press’ Appearance Amid Harassment Scandals [VIDEO]

NBC Made Payment To Staffer After Sexual Harassment Claim Against Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews Made Bill Cosby Pill Joke Before Interviewing Hillary Clinton
Chris seems to have a severe rape fetish, along with abuse of women.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Logic of the Ninth

Economy Anyone?

What? They don't have... Well, then, What DO they have?

Women’s March ditching ‘pussyhats’ because they exclude trans women: Report

Women's March organizers are moving away from the iconic “pussyhat” because it may be offensive to trans women who don’t have female genitalia.
What about those full body-suit vagina outfits? Those were pretty cute. What will replace all that costumery?
Can't they just "identify" with/as a vagina even if they haven't got one?

The Lasting Stench of the FBI-CIA-DOJ-NSA

Woke Urban Mathematics: Meritocracy is Racist and Other Whines

Getting published requires attacking "Whiteness", including all traits that offend minorities, such as competently doing the work which merits the acknowledgement of having mastered a skill.
A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent academic article that “meritocracy” in math classes is a “tool of whiteness.”

Laurie Rubel implicates both meritocracy and “color-blindness” as ideological precepts that hold back racial minorities from succeeding in math classes in an article for the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Mathematics Education.

"Teachers who claim color-blindness...are, in effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial stratification on students and their families." Tweet This

[RELATED: Prof: ‘Meritocracy’ is a ‘whiteness ideology’]

Rubel, who taught high school math for nine years before becoming a professor, argues that while meritocracy is commonly linked to hard work and talent, it also “functions as a tool of whiteness” because it “ignores systemic barriers and institutional structures that prevent opportunity and success.”

Color-blindness, too, can be an issue for math teachers, according to Rubel, who asserts that “Teachers who claim color-blindness—that is, they claim to not notice the race of their students—are, in effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial stratification on students and their families.

“By claiming not to notice, the teacher is saying that she is dismissing one of the most salient features of the child’s identity and that she does not account for it in her curricular planning and instruction,” Rubel adds, citing education theorist Gloria Ladson-Billings.

[RELATED: Profs say classroom ‘civility’ promotes ‘white racial power’]

Even math teachers who acknowledge race, such as those who indicate that they “can’t relate” in certain ways to students who are of a different race, are called out in Rubel’s paper.

If math teachers notice racial differences between themselves and their students, Rubel elaborates, “those differences are typically cast in terms of deficit constructions about students, their places, and their families.”

To mediate this, Rubel recommends that math teachers incorporate more social justice issues into math lessons, but warns that even “teaching for social justice” can be a “tool of whiteness” if teachers are not sufficiently attuned to the experiences of minority students.

This is because even social justice-minded professors may inadvertently hold the “belief that effort is always rewarded, [which corresponds] to various tools of whiteness, like the myths of meritocracy and colorblindness,” Rubel writes.
There is no possible way for a non-minority teacher to qualify for being woke enough to satisfy these requirements. This paper is racist to the core, pretending that minorities can't be expected to achieve competence, so competence is a white racist requirement.

Apparently INcompetence in mathematics is the new standard, as that "attunes to the experiences of minority students". Demanding the installation of INcompetence, as opposed to merit, serves as a death knell to the student body which these SJWs teach. Because minorities "are incompetent" within a white/western context, their INcompetence changes the objective to sustaining the INcompetence, and disavowing merit/competence.

I suspect that the goal of installing INcompetence has already been achieved in the generation of these "educators" of mathematics. No competent mathematician would take the anti-merit position.

Here's the Journal:
Vol 10, No 2 (2017)
Journal of Urban Mathematics Education
The Journal of Urban Mathematics Education (JUME) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, academic journal published twice a year. The mission of the journal is to foster a transformative global academic space in mathematics that embraces critical research, emancipatory pedagogy, and scholarship of engagement in urban communities. Here, the view of the urban domain extends beyond the geographical context, into the lives of people within the multitude of
cultural, social, and political spaces
in which mathematics teaching and learning takes place.


Vol 10, No 2 (2017)
Table of Contents
EDITORIAL
Beyond White Privilege: Toward White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism in Mathematics Education
David W. Stinson

PDF
COMMENTARY
Why Mathematics (Education) was Late to the Backlash Party: The Need for a Revolution
Rochelle GutiƩrrez

PDF
Calling for Research Collaborations and the Use of Dis/ability Studies in Mathematics Education
Paulo Tan, Signe Kastberg

PDF
Separate and Unequal: Students with HIV/AIDS and Mathematics Education
Megan Nickels

PDF
PUBLIC STORIES OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATORS
“Its Influence Taints All”: Urban Mathematics Teachers Resisting Performativity through Engagement with the Past
Hilary Povey, Gill Adams

PDF
RESEARCH ARTICLES
Equity-Directed Instructional Practices: Beyond the Dominant Perspective
Laurie H. Rubel

It's Different If They Do It

Speaking of Shit Holes...

Top 10 Shi*holes Nobody Wants to Visit

It All Adds Up


Truth and honesty cannot proceed from the corrupted heart, soul and mind. Corruption breeds only corruption, and rot engenders rot.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Oh My! Whose Fault Is This?

Economic growth under Trump has been strongest in 13 years

In the year since President Donald Trump has been in office, the economy has done something it has been unable to do since 2005: maintain 3 percent growth for three quarters in a row.

For The Record

Senator Lindsey Graham , who attacked Trump for "s***hole" comment, in 2013: "The people coming across the southern border live in HELLHOLES. They don’t like that. They want to come here. Our problem is we can’t have everybody in the world who lives in a HELLHOLE come to America."
Graham is a RINO.

Challenge: Attach Correct Cause to Each Effect

First Effect:
Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field
Unrest over food shortages spreads through the country

SAN CRISTOBAL/BARINAS, Venezuela, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Hungry mobs ransacked a food collection center, and a supermarket in Venezuela's western Andean state of Merida on Thursday and reportedly even slaughtered cattle grazing in a field as unrest over food shortages spread through the country.

An opposition lawmaker from Merida, Carlos Paparoni, said four people had died and 10 were injured in the chaos over the last two days, but he did not specify the circumstances.

Four years of recession and the world's highest inflation have plunged millions of Venezuelans into poverty, and President Nicolas Maduro's authoritarian socialist regime faces mounting unrest.

Possible causes:
a. Donald Trump
b. Nicolas Maduro

_______________________________
Second Effect:
90% Of Workers Likely To See More Money In Paycheck Next Month
and
Strongest holiday sales since Great Recession, up 5.5%, topping industry's forecast

Possible causes:
a. Donald Trump
b. Nicolas Maduro

"Critical Race" Professors: Numbers are Constructs; Statistics are Racist

Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests'

Three British professors recently promulgated the theory that statistics "serve white racial interests" because "numbers are neither objective nor color-blind."

The "QuantCrit" approach has since attracted adherents among professors in the United States, several of whom have written their own articles suggesting ways of "disrupting racism in research."
Here's a taste:
These ‘QuantCrit’ ideas concern (1) the centrality of racism as a complex and deeply rooted aspect of society that is not readily amenable to quantification; (2) numbers are not neutral and should be interrogated for their role in promoting deficit analyses that serve White racial interests; (3) categories are neither ‘natural’ nor given and so the units and forms of analysis must be critically evaluated; (4) voice and insight are vital: data cannot ‘speak for itself’ and critical analyses should be informed by the experiential knowledge of marginalized groups; (5) statistical analyses have no inherent value but can play a role in struggles for social justice.

In other words, according to #5 the useless data can be shaped, formed, gerrymandered into use for SJWs.

The three authors are these:
Paul WarmingtonThe University of Warwick · Centre for Education Studies
· BA (English Lit), PGCE, PhD (Education)


Sean Demack, Sheffield Hallam University | SHU
Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Sheffield [UK]

David Gillborn
School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Professor of Critical Race Studies
Director of Research, Director of the Centre for Research in Race & Education (CRRE) and Editor-in-Chief, Race Ethnicity and Education
Let's see. Education; Psychology; Sociology; Politics; English Lit.; Critical Race Studies. Well. At least one of them has a background in statistics (Demack) although his focus is in "QuantCrit" and Critical Race Theory for Statistics.

If you first define everything - EVERYTHIING - as racist, you will with perfect certainty find racism in EVERYTHING, even poor li'l ol' defenseless numbers. I think that the number four (4) is especially racist, but I do know that the number 42 explains everything.

One might suspect that using their "secondary" analysis of large public data bases, they might, just possibly, find a measurable difference between races: hence, "NUMBER RAAACISM!" On the other hand it might just be possible that there actually exists a genetic reason for the racial differential, rather than a devilish plot of Race B to suppress Race K.

But genetics is not their game. Nope, not at all. I suspect that statistics also is not. Critical Theory is.

Twitter's Secret Shadow Ban Program

Quick Visit to Haiti and Norway

Residual Sanity in Europe

Haiti and the Clintons

Nightmare of the Dreamers

The Democrats call them "Dreamers", those not born in the USA, but brought to the USA as children and who, ostensibly, know no other home. That is the emotional case. The law, however, declares them to be illegal aliens just as are their parents - not undocumented immigrants, but aliens illegally in this nation which is not their own.

The Left has always used minority groups, not to help the minority but to keep it in its place by giving it bare subsistence and promises never fulfilled. The Democrat party was formed to protect slavery and slavers, and after the Republican Union freed the blacks from their slavery, the southern Democrats invented Jim Crow Law, segregation and the Ku Kux Klan terrorists. For 100 years blacks were suppressed by the Democrats.

After the Democrats lost their fight against the 1964 Civil Rights Law, Lyndon B. Johnson invented the welfare fishhook: give, promise, keep in thrall, and reel in the votes. "I'll have niggers voting Democrat for the next hundred years", Johnson exclaimed. Welfare is the new form of Democrat slavery, widely known as the Leftist plantation.

To an extent, it worked. But now the post-Obama Democrats have radicalized to the point that "whitness" (code for western society and its creators) is the designated Oppressor Class, and the minorities not only are the Victimhood Class but also run the Democrat Party. White male Democrats are either self-effacing Feministas, or are perverts awaiting their public disclosure. White female Democrats have stood on the podium and declared that they must be silent and have no voice while the minorities take over. The party is openly neo-Marxist and Post Modernist anti-truth.

They are losing ground, as Trump demonstrated. They have consequently gone berserk. They need votes. And those would come from illegal aliens - i.e., the "DACA Dreamers".

To support this theory there is the letter from Clintonista Jennifer Palmieri. This documents the Dreamer issue in plain language:
The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success.
Of course it is. The Left must have its captured votes, because it cannot sell its product - pure Marxism - to rational, productive Americans. The Dreamers would be a vast source of votes which would be captured by the welfare fishhook: give and promise, keep in thrall. The Dreamers will find themselves on the Leftist Plantation where they must beg Democrats for sustenance while living in the Democrat ghettos.

The Dreamers are merely the Democrats' next shipment of slaves.

Friday, January 12, 2018

CSI Is A Lie

I missed this first time around. From the Atlantic in 2015:

CSI Is a Lie

America's forensic-investigation system is overdue for sweeping reform.
Undoubtedly this contributes to prosecutorial misbehavior and the rail-roading of defendants in order to get the "win". The FBI has a long history of misbehavior here. The FBI should be disbanded and an all new system with an all new structure and all new players put into action. Undoubtedly the CIA and NSA are similarly corrupted.

Can't Stop Saying "Shit hole"

CNN's Chris Cuomo on Donald Trump: 'This Is Who He Is: SH*THOLE'
The leaker from the closed door meeting gave them permission to say "Shit Hole" thousands of times on world wide TV. They wallow in it like pigs... in a shit hole. If you're interested in such wallowing, go THERE.

Et Tu, Mars?

A new culprit for climate change is found, but it’s not of this Earth
OK. Short form. Planetary gravities interfere with one another, thereby changing their positions and orientations. Changes in orientation change insolation on individual planets and therefore heating: climate change.

But don't worry because: software models, doncha know.

And build a gravity wall between us and Mars... a wall Lefties can believe in.

TrumpTrumpTrumpTrumpTrump....

How DOES he do it? Trump places the logic squarely on the table, and the "immigrationistas" lose.


Much more at the SOURCE.