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March for science, not politicization of science

April 20th, 2017 No comments

I found Maria Gutzeit’s April 18 column “Marching because facts matter” rational and readable.

Regarding the “March for Science,” I’d expand her definition by noting that science is a process that should inform policy but is not a policy itself. Policies are formulated by participating individuals and organizations and they should be based on facts and reason rather than impulse and emotions.

Then the respective polities in our republic evaluate and vote on these policies as communicated and ultimately legislated by our representatives.

Realizing that humans are involved, rational, reasonable and well-intentioned people may disagree on what the most efficacious and cost-effective approaches are to solving problems that are informed by the scientific process. Disparities on policy solutions are therefore not a pro-science/anti-science binary.

As an engineer, Maria no doubt does not find this expansion revelatory. I thought it important to illuminate, as some are wont to politicize science itself.

Published in The Signal 4/20/17

https://signalscv.com/2017/04/20/ron-bischof-march-science-not-politicization-science/

The root cause is misuse of state power

December 9th, 2014 No comments

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Heretic!

May 20th, 2014 No comments

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For The Benighted Souls Who Believe The NRA Proposal Of Armed Security In Schools To Protect Children

December 24th, 2012 No comments

 

COPS in Schools (CIS)

 

The COPS in Schools (CIS) grant program is designed to help law enforcement agencies hire new, additional school resource officers (SROs) to engage in community policing in and around primary and secondary schools. CIS provides an incentive for law enforcement agencies to build collaborative partnerships with the school community and to use community policing efforts to combat school violence.


http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/default.asp?Item=54

Rational Thought Regarding Natural Rights Via The WSJ Comments

December 17th, 2012 No comments

Phillip Hubbell Wrote:

A few things need to be clear. First, the Founders of this nation did not put the 2nd Amendment in place to protect deer hunting. Second, the Bill of Rights is not a list of rights granted us by the government. The rights listed exist sans government. This document points them out lest the people in government forget. Third, when you hear that this is a republic and not a democracy that is not merely rhetoric. There is a stark difference between the two forms of governance. In a Constitutional Republic, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and may not be altered by a mere vote of the government. The majority does not have the power to remove rights from the minority…and some rights are unalienable, meaning they are not in the purview of governments.

The 2nd Amendment is there to ensure the other ones are not usurped. It is there to make certain that any government we elect doesn’t become tyrannical or dictatorial. It is not there for hunters or even self-defense of our home from crime. It is there to provide protection from government seeking to take away freedom and liberty from the people. The Bill of Rights in its entirety will be protected by whatever means become necessary. That there are forces within our nation who have decided that our rights no longer serve them is immaterial to the existence of my right to bear arms. This is not a debate.

I am not interested in the give and take of opinions about basic rights. Another’s opinion of my basic rights doesn’t matter to me. You don’t have a say in whether I have free speech or the right of self-determination. It was a violent revolution that put the government out of the “granting rights” business. It will take another such action to change that.

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USA Corporate Taxation Infographic by Mint.com

October 26th, 2011 No comments

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What is a “Feminist Economist”?

July 15th, 2011 No comments

Over at Ms. Magazine blog you’ll find an article entitled “A Feminist Economist Speaks Out: Deficits are a Grrrl’s Best Friend” that’s unintentionally hilarious in its absurdity. Be sure to read the comments.

I too responded with a comment but apparently the moderator found it too offensive to post. I’ve reproduced it here:

The magical thinking behind this article is breathtaking. It is the inflationary currency devaluation insanity that most advanced economies learned not to engage in decades ago. Recall the stagflation, price controls, astronomical interest rates, gas rationing and general malaise of the ’70s under Nixon and Carter? You don’t because you’re too young? Educate yourself and you’ll see why responsible people wish to avoid it.

The premise of this article is a non sequitur. Think printing. A mouse click in the Treasury is NO different than printing Dollars to increase the money supply when it isn’t supported by growth in the economy. Issuing Treasury Bonds is selling debt and is exactly like a national credit card. The global economy buys these bonds which must be paid back by USA taxpayers WITH INTEREST. Failure to make scheduled payments is called Sovereign Debt Default. If you wish to understand how the inability to print dollars makes a difference, read about any state that’s in financial trouble due to abysmal bond ratings (think California, Illinois, etc.). The low credit rating means less interest and more risk in buying their bonds because of mismanagement of state economies, i.e. structural deficits (spending more than your revenues). These states have higher borrowing costs. There’s a reason many states have balanced budget amendments.

Want to see the future this “feminist economist” (what the heck is that?) would produce? Look at Greece, who spent 115% of their annual GDP (Gross Domestic Product) for years. They’re being bailed out by the EU (really, the frugal Germans, Europe’s largest economy). Point being, no entity is large enough to rescue the USA if we continue on this unsustainable path. The USA, with 5% of the global population produces 25% of global GDP.

Bottom line: Spending does not create economic growth. It’s exactly the inverse. Also, don’t source your information from ideologues who bend facts to suit their world view. Anyone who places “feminist” before their job title falls into this category.

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Force Fed Up

November 6th, 2010 No comments

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Avatar for Greens

January 3rd, 2010 No comments
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Copenhagen Theater

December 7th, 2009 No comments

“With 20,000 delegates, advocates and journalists jetting to Copenhagen for planet Earth’s last chance, the carbon footprint of the global warming summit will be the only impressive consequence of the climate change meeting. Its organizers had hoped it would produce binding caps on emissions, global taxation to redistribute trillions of dollars, and micromanagement of everyone’s choices. China, nimble at the politics of pretending that is characteristic of climate change theater, promises only to reduce its ‘carbon intensity’ — carbon emissions per unit of production. So China’s emissions will rise. Barack Obama, understanding the histrionics required in climate change debates, promises that U.S. emissions in 2050 will be 83 percent below 2005 levels. If so, 2050 emissions will equal those in 1910, when there were 92 million Americans. But there will be 420 million in 2050, so Obama’s promise means that per capita emissions then will be about what they were in 1875. That. Will. Not. Happen.” –columnist George Will