Net Neutrality Realism

Quotes from dissenting opinions on the Federal Communication Commission “Open Internet Order” (FCC-15-24).

Commissioner Ajit Pai (now FCC Chairman):

Americans love the free and open Internet.  We relish our freedom to speak, to post, to rally, to learn, to listen, to watch, and to connect online.  The Internet has become a powerful force for freedom, both at home and abroad.  So it is sad to witness the FCC’s unprecedented attempt to replace that freedom with government control.

It shouldn’t be this way.  For twenty years, there’s been a bipartisan consensus in favor of a free and open Internet.  A Republican Congress and a Democratic President enshrined in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 the principle that the Internet should be a ‘vibrant and competitive free market . . . unfettered by Federal or State regulation.’ And dating back to the Clinton Administration, every FCC Chairman—Republican and Democrat—has let the Internet grow free from utility-style regulation.”

But today, the FCC abandons those policies.  …  It seizes unilateral authority to regulate Internet conduct … . So why is the FCC changing course?  Why is the FCC turning its back on Internet freedom?  …  We are flip-flopping for one reason and one reason alone.  President Obama told us to do so.

The Commission’s decision to adopt President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet.  It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.”  Continue reading Net Neutrality Realism

Notes 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the American decision to scrap the Paris agreement “deplorable”.  She repeated the same word that Hillary had used in reference to the Trump voters.  Why did not Merkel call us untermensch, as her predecessor used to do when most of the today’s European Union had been “united” under Germany?

06/25/2017

We live in the time of a media bubble, and an academic bubble.  They are going to burst like stock market bubbles do. Continue reading Notes 2017

The NY Times’ Scientific Ignorance is on Display

The New York Times has exhibited its scientific ignorance again.  This time, it republished a tweet from DPRK News Service accusing the American military of “near total ignorance of ballistic science.”  Fortunately, DPRK News Service is a parody Twitter account, so this case received some publicity.

This case is not just funny.  It demonstrates that the New York Times cannot distinguish a fake news service from a real one.  Not surprisingly, it regularly publishes fake news.  This case also shows the scientific illiteracy and obscurantism of the formerly mainstream media and its readiness to repeat any claims about science, as long as they fulfill their ideological needs.  Their claims of the Trump administration’s “ignorance of climate science” are similarly based on a hoax (fraud, to be accurate).

Self-Excitation Mechanisms in Leftist Echo Chamber

A new article The Leftist Echo Chamber in the Digital Age is published on this site.  It is about the social dynamics inside of the liberal public sphere that have let it slide so low and so far to the left.

It is hard to dispute that today’s political polarization is unprecedented since the Civil War. I think it has been caused by three tightly linked developments: a) the radical Left takeover of the liberal establishment and Democratic party; b) the radicalized lib/Dem establishment takeover of the media, academia, government, nonprofit sector, and most academic institutions; and c) foreign interference aiding and egging on the lib/Dem establishment.  Continue reading >

The 9th Circus is Back with Another Ban on the Travel Ban

From today’s 9th Circuit Appeals Court decision: “We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.

The president’s authority is defined in the Constitution.  It is not delegated by Congress.

In suspending the entry of more than 180 million nationals from six countries, suspending the entry of all refugees, and reducing the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, the President did not meet the essential precondition to exercising his delegated authority …

The president exercises authority he has under the Constitution.  And does the Court really want the entry of 180 million nationals from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen?

Executive Order 13780 is a softened version of Executive Order 13769, which had been illegally stricken down by the same Court.

2017-06-26 Update: the Supreme Court unanimously confirms the Travel Ban.

Governors of States “fight climate change” – Rebel Alliance, Treason, or What?

This development is described completely differently in the different media:

The rebel alliance begins: Governors of New York, California, Washington form a coalition to fight climate change – according to FastCompany.

THE TREASONOUS SECESSION OF CLIMATE CONFEDERACY STATES . Prosecute Governor Brown for treason – according to FrontPageMag.

I find myself in the middle between these extremes. It is just another act of sedition by demonrats.

William Buckley on Liberals’ Facts Avoidance Habit

Some things don’t change. Buckley Jr., William. Up From Liberalism (1959):

“A second marked characteristic of the Liberal in debate with the conservative is the tacit premise that debate is ridiculous because there is nothing whatever to debate about . Arguments based on fact are especially to be avoided. Many people shrink from arguments over facts because facts are tedious , because they require a formal familiarity with the subject under discussion , and because they can be ideologically dislocative . Many Liberals accept their opinions , ideas , and evaluations as others accept revealed truths , and the facts are presumed to conform to the doctrines , as any dutiful fact will ; so why discuss the fact?” (Kindle Locations 522-527).

I think that anybody who attempted to engage a Liberal in a climate debate would wholeheartedly endorse this statement.  Continue reading William Buckley on Liberals’ Facts Avoidance Habit

Reddit Debate about Brief SOS

A Reddit post linking to the Brief Summary of Science for the Climate Debate received an intelligent reply.  I thank its author.  The following is a complete rebuttal of this reply.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a plant food.

Intentionally misleading. Water is human drink, but people still die in floods.

You drown when concentration of water around you is 100%.  Atmospheric concentration of CO2 is less than 0.05%.  Everything becomes harmful when there is too much of it, but the current and foreseeable concentrations of CO2 are beneficial, not harmful. Continue reading Reddit Debate about Brief SOS

Ezra Klein, an Icon of Liberal Ignorance

Ezra Klein is the Editor-in-Chief of Vox, founder of JournoList, contributor to WaPo, Bloomberg News, and MSNBC, and an all-around liberal icon.  A few years ago he said and wrote that the Constitution was written 100 years ago.  This level of ignorance is expected from modern libs.  What is surprising is that Mr. Klein has graduated from the University of California with a major in Political Science!  If the lib icons have no idea about the subjects they supposedly studied, is it any surprise that they know nothing about physics, biology, and engineering?

Amazon and The Washington Post

In September 2015, Amazon.com, controlled by Jeff Bezos, added to its Amazon Prime package free subscription(*) to the The Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos (1).  Thus, The Washington Post officially became an integral part of Amazon. This kind of arrangement between a national newspaper and a monopoly in multiple retail segments is unprecedented.

The Washington Post is one of the most rabid fakestream media outlets.  Amazon is one of The Dirty 129, having served as a “witness” in a lawsuit, filed by the corrupt Washington State Attorney General Ferguson against the Executive Order No. 13769. Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.

Even before the elections, Donald Trump hinted that Amazon was a monopoly, and later The Washington Post assigned a special reporter’s team to dig dirt on him.

(*) Free subscription for 6 months and 60% discount for unlimited time after that.

Thoughts on Handling Conflicts of Interest

Following the popular refutation of the false analogy between the medical doctors and “climate science communicators”, this post addresses another favorite subject of the climate alarmists.

The conflict of interest.  Like it or not, real experts do typically have conflicts of interest, or at least an appearance of one.  For example, medical doctors diagnose illness, recommend treatment, and perform the recommended treatment.  This creates a real and strong conflict of interest. As patients, many of us are aware of that and address it by one or more of the following: trust the doctor’s integrity, rely on the doctor’s accountability, or seek a second opinion.  Continue reading Thoughts on Handling Conflicts of Interest

Andrew Revkin of NYT Admitted Alarmism

Hiring a lukewarmer Bret Stephens by The NY Times to cover the climate debate is too little, too late.  But he referred to an article by Andrew Revkin who had been a regular NYT climate alarmist.  In this article My Climate Change, published in a small website issues.org more than a year ago, Revkin admitted to the alarmism, organized pressure, and more.

The main quotes:

“I saw a widening gap between what scientists had been learning about global warming and what advocates were claiming as they pushed ever harder to pass climate legislation or strengthen the faltering 1992 climate change treaty.”

“In 2006, I was part of a team of reporters at The Times that undertook a multi-year series called “The Energy Challenge” (nytimes.com/energychallenge), examining what it would take to deeply cut reliance on coal, oil, and gas, and move to climate-friendly technologies. The deeper we dug, the more we ran into enormous disconnects between the data and the claims. It was very clear that any transition to clean energy would be neither simple nor quick—and it wasn’t only for lack of political will.”

In the article, Revkin did not apologize and did not stop blaming the “fossil fuels” but revealed more about the corruption of journalism. Continue reading Andrew Revkin of NYT Admitted Alarmism

BBC Pisses on the Public, Kisses up to Warmists

A WUWT reader ( ptolemy2,  ) wrote:

“In a radio interview I heard some years ago a BBC employee recalls his first day of work at the media establishment. An experienced colleague-mentor led him upstairs and out onto the roof. The two of them then stood together on the edge of the roof and urinated down on the people many floors below at ground level. (They were both male BTW.) This, the mentor explained was an important rite of passage impressing on a new employee the correct BBC attitude to hold towards the general public.” Continue reading BBC Pisses on the Public, Kisses up to Warmists

The New York Lies: All the Lies that are Left to Print

Parody on the NY Times logo: The New York Lies: All the Lies that are Left to Print
The New York Lies: All the Lies that are Left to Print

Co-written with H.J.

Following the main article in WattsUpWithThat about the New York Times shamelessly revising already published articles, we added a few more observations and examples of inappropriate revisions.  These cases are outside the topic of climate debate. The revisions are substantial, undisclosed, and Continue reading The New York Lies: All the Lies that are Left to Print

More Media Caught Stealthily Altering Published Articles

Co-written with H.J.

It’s no secret that formerly respectable and mainstream media outlets became fake news purveyors.  Whatever it is that drove journalists to lie and manipulate, the evidence is there to prove their intent to deceive.

Much like television commercials and print advertisements, news stories are written to sell the reader something. Many times, what the news outlets are selling is politically motivated. On almost any given topic they choose to cover, they’ve been seen to cherry pick quotes that are in line with their interests and agendas, to omit relevant information that may harm their stand on something, and to use language that falsely imputes guilt on Republicans and conservatives.

The list below includes several examples of stealthy and manipulative alterations of already published  news articles by the Washington Post and CNN. Continue reading More Media Caught Stealthily Altering Published Articles

Attempt to Conceal Funding of the “March for Science”

The local investigation into the shooting continues, according to Dr. Roy Spencer.

Notably, the “March For Science” organizers removed from their website evidence of “financial support” to their satellite marches, either on the day of the March or immediately after it.  This screenshot was taken on April 25:

MfS Financial Support promise removed from website

The promise of “financial and legal resources” was already removed from the site on that day, and remained only in the Google snapshot.

The Washington Post against the First Amendment

In September 2016, WaPo published an article with the title: “Scientists published climate research under fake names. Then they were caught.” The subject of the article was one of the lesser known cases of suppression of climate dissent in formerly respectable peer-reviewed journals; suppression that’s supported by a formerly respectable media.  That case clearly shows the impossibility for dissenters from climate alarmism orthodoxy to publish in scientific journals.

The Washington Post’s reaction is an expression of its contempt for free speech, which includes the use of pseudonyms.   Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote The Federalist Papers under the pseudonym (or the “fake name” according to WaPo) Publius.  In The Federalist Papers they advocated ratification of the Constitution, seemingly another object of the WaPo contempt.

Media Blackout of Climate Terrorism News

The media blackout of what looks like an act of climate terrorism, continues.  

Following the ridiculous “March for Science,” at which third-rate performers and copywriters pretended to be scientists, unidentified shooters opened fire at the office of Dr. John Christy.  Dr. John Christy and Dr. Roy Spencer (who both work in the same building) are two of the prominent scientists who developed measurement methodology and have been maintaining the only truly global temperatures record — the satellite temperatures dataset.

Dr. Roy Spencer commented after the shooting:

“When I was at NASA, my boss was personally told by Al Gore that Gore blamed our satellite temperature dataset for the failure of carbon tax legislation to pass.”

Ignored by the FSM, this news was reported by Breitbart, Daily Caller, Washington Times, and WUWT.

Offices of Real Scientists were Shot at after the March of Fake Ones

Seven shots  were fired at the office of Dr. John Christy in the University of Alabama after the “March for Science.”

Dr. Roy Spencer, another climate realist working in the same building, writes:

“Given that this was Earth Day weekend, with a March for Science passing right past our building on Saturday afternoon, I think this is more than coincidence.”

“Local news reports that UAH police have classified this as a ‘random shooting’. So, the seven Belgian 5.7 millimeter bullets which hit windows and bricks around John Christy’s office from 70 yards away were apparently deemed to be ‘random’ occurrence.”

Belgian 5.7 millimeter cartridges can be only Continue reading Offices of Real Scientists were Shot at after the March of Fake Ones

Putative Scientists Call to Persecute Dissenters, again

A new letter (1) from putative scientists calling for the persecution of climate dissenters is posted (2) by the Union of Concerned Scientists, and is addressed to the NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  The letter is titled “Pursue ExxonMobil Investigation to the Fullest Extent of the Law,” but the word “investigation” in it stands for “punishment,” as seen from the following quote:

We encourage you to pursue your investigation to the fullest extent of the law in order to uncover any past wrongdoing and deter future misconduct.

A “March for Science” on Lenin’s Birthday

The morons who organized the “March for Science” listed the ‘United States’ and ‘USA’ as two different countries on their website:

Morons & Clowns to March for Science; shows duplicate entries for the US

They also put the United States at the end of the list, but we are used to that.  Of course, Bill Nye the Clown will participate, although he won’t be leading the march.  Expect fawning coverage by the fakestream media.

Update (2017-04-21 7am): they removed USA and added Vietnam below the United States in the list of countries.  Still morons.  I especially recommend the viewing of the list of their shameless partners.

Update (2017-04-23 8am): the fawning coverage by the fakestream media was as predicted: NY Times (plenty of photos), Washington Post, CBS News, The Atlantic etc.

NY Times Modifies the Phrase “Climate Change Denier”

Update (Apr 19, 2017): The NY Times switched from the “denier” to the “denialist“. newsdiffs.org shows six post-publication revisions in this single article, and highlights the changes.

Update (an hour after the first publication): NY Times keeps tinkering with the terminology and the article headline.  Now it is “climate change denialist” (8 Dec 2016 20:50:53 EST) Continue reading NY Times Modifies the Phrase “Climate Change Denier”

How many Lies can one New York Times Article Contain?

Listed below are 15 lies in this NYT article .  This is after the article was corrected on March 4, 2017, two days after it was originally published.

The article’s title is: “Top Trump Advisers Are Split on Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Lie #1. Trump advisors are not split on the Paris agreement.  The U.S. is not a part of the Paris agreement, because this agreement has not been ratified by the Senate.  All parties of the Paris agreement knew that Obama’s signature did not bind the U.S.  Whether the Trump administration repudiates or just ignores that agreement is hairsplitting.  Besides, having different opinions is normal.  Only Obama’s administration was a single-opinion government.  Next: Continue reading How many Lies can one New York Times Article Contain?