Intellectual dishonesty

potus sotuPresident Obama’s stance, expressed in his 2014 State of the Union address, is that the debate is settled, and climate change is a fact.

Obama is by no means unique in that view. Former Vice President Al Gore declared that “the science is settled.”

This “settled science” vision about climate is held by many, including those in academia.

To call any science settled is sheer idiocy.

Had mankind acted as though any science could possibly be settled, we’d be living in caves as opposed to having the standard of living we enjoy today. That higher standard of living stems from challenges to what might have been seen as “scientific fact.”

According to mathematician Samuel Arbesman’s book, “The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date,” many ideas taken as facts today will be shown to be wrong as early as five years from now. Arbesman argues that a study published in a physics journal will lose half its value in 10 years.

Many academics know that to call any science settled is nonsense.

But their leftist political sentiments and lack of academic integrity prevent them from criticizing public officials and the media for misleading a gullible public about global warming.

The concept of white privilege, along with diversity and multiculturalism, is part of today’s campus craze.

Millions of dollars are spent on conferences and other forums teaching students about the horrors of white privilege.

A Vanderbilt University sociology professor said white privilege is to blame for the Baltimore riots and looting.

I wonder how one goes about determining whether a person is privileged. White privilege can’t be based on median income.


It turns out that Asian-American households had the highest median income ($68,636) in 2012. Median income for white households was $57,000.

Maybe our academic elite should condemn Asian privilege instead of white privilege.

But there’s another problem.

My income puts me in America’s top 5 percent.

If those who condemn white privilege could not see my dark brown skin color, they would also condemn me for white privilege.

The bottom line to this campus nonsense is that “privilege” has become the new word for “personal achievement.”

President Obama has often said the wealthiest Americans must make sacrifices to better the lives of poor people.

At Georgetown University’s May 12 poverty summit, Obama said, “If we can’t ask from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then really this conversation is for show.”

Let’s look at this “lottery winner” nonsense.

A lottery is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a process or thing whose success or outcome is governed by chance.”

The question before us is whether wealth is something that is obtained by chance.

Did Bill Gates acquire his wealth by luck or chance? Or did he produce something that benefited his fellow man causing people to voluntarily reach in their pockets to pay?

Gayle Cook and her late husband, William Cook, founded a medical device company using a spare bedroom in their apartment as a factory. Their company specializes in stents and antibiotic catheters.

Now Gayle Cook has a net worth in the billions of dollars.

Was she a winner in the lottery of life, or did she have to do something like serve her fellow man?

Are those who work hard, take risks, make life better for others and become wealthy in the process the people who should be held up to ridicule and scorn? And should we make mascots out of social parasites?

Obama talked about asking “from society’s lottery winners to just make that modest investment.”

Congress doesn’t ask people for money. Through intimidation, threats and coercion, it takes people’s earnings.

If people don’t comply, the agents of Congress will imprison them.

Most instructive for us is that Obama’s remarks were made at a university.

Not a single professor has said anything about his suggestion that people accumulate great wealth by winning life’s lottery.

That is just more evidence about the level of corruption among today’s academics.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.


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    Is it intellectual dishonesty or delusional thinking?

    After all, he dropped this little gem at a press conference on Tuesday: [i]”People don’t remember, when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China, barely above Russia,” Obama said. “And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth”[/i]

    I think the case can be made that after being awarded the Nobel prize for no accomplishment whatsoever, and after receiving unwavering adulation of the MSM, Obama believes that anything he says simply becomes fact.

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      I just returned from a trip to the Netherlands, France and Switzerland, and I can tell you that they in [b]fact[/b] do not respect the United States. They once admired the United States, and at one time did in fact “respect” the United States, but now they are angry at the United States. Not the people, but the government. They see our once great country, the once bright beacon of freedom in the world, slipping away into a socialist hell hole. They are genuinely saddened by this. I had many conversations with several people to these facts. Obama and his administration are POS and destroying this nation. Even people aboard absolutely hate Obama and believe he is single handedly destroying this once great country. Obama can kiss my rosy ass.

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    More recent delusion. This from Breitbart:

    [i]”On Tuesday, former Obama advisor David Axelrod informed an Israeli television channel that President [b]Obama considers himself “the closet thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office.”[/b] Obama’s deep and abiding connection to Jewish identity is obviously rooted in his ethnic background, connected to Jews via (?); his ideological ties to Jews, such as (?); and a profound connection with the state of Israel as evidenced by (?).”[/i]

    It just gets better…

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    Is Obama counting on scary global warming to be his lottery ? It won’t take long to find out will it ?
    He refers to conversations for show, a subject he is all to familiar with in Washington .

    Most wealthy people earned it and don’t need to be demeaned by Obama for their talent and drive or sent some guilt trip
    because they didn’t choose to smoke and shovel snow up their nose .

    Obama was the one who told the world that energy prices must rise significantly
    and we all know who was going to be most negatively effected by that view of the world . It sure isn’t his pals at the top of the scary global warming hustle is it ?

    The people the Democrats claim to have
    protect are exactly the ones which will be most harmed by socialist intervention and rapid escalation of the energy prices he advocated raising .

    is there any doubt he will formally join the global warming lottery team ?

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      It would take much more than 60 seconds for Skeeter to sum up his failed unpresidency. It will take more than 60 years to undo the damage he has done, [i]if[/i] we ever manage.

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    So much for “Consensus” and “Appeals to Authority”…

    [i]If you are reading this before breakfast, please consider having an egg. Any day now, the US government will officially accept the advice to drop cholesterol from its list of “nutrients of concern” altogether. It wants also to “de-emphasise” saturated fat, given “the lack of evidence connecting it with cardiovascular disease”.

    This is a mighty U-turn, albeit hedged about in caveats, and long overdue. The evidence has been building for years that eating cholesterol does not cause high blood cholesterol. A 2013 review by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology found “no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum [blood] cholesterol”.

    Cholesterol is not some vile poison but an essential ingredient of life, which makes animal cell membranes flexible and is the raw material for making hormones, like testosterone and oestrogen. Your liver manufactures most of the cholesterol found in your blood from scratch, and adjusts for what you ingest, which is why diet does not determine blood cholesterol levels. Lowering blood cholesterol by changing diet is all but impossible.

    Nor is there any good evidence that high blood cholesterol causes atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease or shorter life. It is not even a risk factor in people who have already had heart attacks. In elderly people — ie, those who have the most heart attacks — the lower your blood cholesterol, the greater your risk of death. Likewise in children.
    From the very first, the studies that linked the ingestion of cholesterol and saturated animal fats to cardiovascular disease were not just flawed, but tinged with scandal.

    In the 1950s, an upsurge in heart disease in American men (probably caused mostly by smoking) led the physiologist Ancel Keys to guess that dietary cholesterol was to blame. When that seemed not to fit, he switched to saturated fat as a cause of high blood cholesterol. To make his case he did things like leave out contradictory data, shift points on graphs and skate over inconvenient facts. He then got big charities and state agencies on side and bullied his critics into silence.

    His most famous study, the seven-country study, started out much larger; he dropped 16 countries from the sample to get a significant correlation. Add them back in and it vanishes. Hidden in his data is the fact that people in Corfu and Crete (in the same country) ate the same amounts of saturated fats, but the Cretans died 17 times more frequently of heart attacks.[/i]

    A friend of mine was put on statins for his “high cholesterol” and wound up with severe neuropathy. One of the possible side effects of statins is neuropathy, but it took three years for him to find a doctor who recognized this, and by then it was too late to correct. Even after he stopped taking his statin drug, his condition continued to worsen, and he now has difficulty speaking. From his waist up his body is withering away, leaving him with the appearance of a holocaust survivor, and we fear it may eventually paralyze him so severly that he will no longer be able to breathe on his own. He has not had use of his hands for over two years now.

    Dishonest scientists, fudged data, ill gotten monetary gains, and a cure that is worse than the disease. Does any of this sound familiar?

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      The takeaway from your story is right-on. It really illustrates how data can be culled to fit a predetermined outcome, as with AWG.

      I’m not sure that your anecdote about your friend is related cause-and-effect however. As stated earlier:

      [i]A 2013 review by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology found “no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum [blood] cholesterol”.[/i]

      Your friend’s hypercholesterolemia was still a very real finding and something that likely needed to be medically addressed, regardless of how he acquired the condition. Neuropathy is a very generalized condition that can describe an very wide range of symptoms and causes. Neuropathy as you describe is very uncommon with statins and his condition may have had another etiology altogether – which could explain his lack of response when the drug was DC’d.

      All drugs have potential side effects but statins when properly administered and monitored (especially early in the course of treatment) have enormous potential to save and improve lives with minimal risk. I believe that as morbidity and mortality data build the statin drugs are emerging as an overall boon for public health. (I just wanted to offer that as counterpoint… )

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        Cholesterol, like obesity and diabetes, has been trumped up over the years to sell drugs. According to the latest standards I am obese because I am 6’1″ and 220 pounds. I weight lift, and have broad shoulders and chest, I am not fat. Likewise blood sugar levels have been constantly fudged to place more people at risk of diabetes in order to sell more drugs.

        My friend is of asian descent and had no health problems before he was placed on a statin drug, no history of heart conditions in his family. His doctor should have advised him on his diet, but instead poisoned him, because of scientific consensus.

        The drug industry is much like the climate industry.

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          Cholesterol is but one of several lipid factors that affect cardiovascular health. I agree that cholesterol itself has been over-hyped as the be-all culprit. In fact, HDL, LDL, and triglyceride (TG) is much more important overall, and cholesterol is being downgraded in relative significance.

          The TG/HDL ratio is perhaps the best overall prognosticator of risk and LDL subtypes- small/dense verses light/fluffy are also an oft overlooked risk factor. (Other inflammatory factors and hyperinsulinemia also add to risk.) Nevertheless, statins play a key role in improving these ratios and levels for many patients and I’ll have to disagree that statins are “poison” based on evidence.

          OTOH, that’s what I love about medicine. Occasionally a rogue researcher or interest group will attempt to cook the books, but there remains a strong evidence-based scientific focus that discourages politics or other influences trumping the truth. In short, there are functional internal safeguards still in place.

          In the case of AGW however, I feel that the level of corruption has infiltrated all the way to the core, and nothing short of an exposed national scandal will ever set the record straight.

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            Statin was definitely poison for my friend, and again, unnecessary. Doctors today are so overwhelmed with patients that they have little time to read new studies and they rely on “authority”, which places them in the same position as scientists in the climate industry, they trust and do not verify.

            I had a sleep issue about 10 years ago, and my doctor just wanted to give me medication. I live alone out on the boonies and need to be alert in the middle of the night, in case there is an issue (fire, intruders, severe weather, etc…), plus I do not like taking unnecessary drugs. So I did my own homework and discovered I was vitamin D deficient. I started taking extra vitamin D and my sleep issues went away. I also improved my blood sugar numbers, and a few other items. Once my doctor saw my improvements and heard I was able to sleep through the night, he became a vitamin D fanatic with all his patients.

            Think for yourself, the experts are not all that.

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            Glad the vitamin D worked and there [i]is[/i] science to support your choice. As for thinking for myself, I assure you that I know a thing or two on this subject if you get my drift…

            Likewise, I am truly impressed by your factually supported scientific approach to the AGW issue. Since I don’t have the time or inclination to get that deep into the data I tend to limit my observations to logic, history, and the undeniable political components of the issue.

            Keep up the good work!

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    Back to the Obama delusions…

    Here’s another sweet whopper:

    [i]“[b]This is the most transparent administration in history[/b],” Obama said during a Google Plus “Fireside” Hangout.[/i]

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