Why is it that any unseasonably warm weather is proof of global warming, but unseasonably cold weather isn't evidence of the past six years of global cooling?
Since 1895, the media has alternated between global cooling and warming scares during four separate and sometimes overlapping time periods.
- From 1895 until the 1930’s the media peddled a coming ice age.
- From the late 1920’s until the 1960’s they warned of global warming.
- From the 1950’s until the 1970’s they warned us again of a coming ice age.
- This makes modern global warming the fourth estate’s fourth attempt to promote opposing climate change fears during the last 100 years.
~Senator James Inhofe, Senate Floor speech (2006)
Click here for the entire timeline of Global Warming / Ice Age scares
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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.
— Philip K. Dick, How To Build A Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later (1978)
Each little blurry light in this picture is a galaxy, full of billions of stars. This is just from one tiny square of the sky. It goes on endlessly, even if we don't know about it.
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Makework "stimulus" jobs are welfare, not employment
A private job pays for itself and more, a form of wealth creation that is self-sustaining;
But a government job only sucks at taxes, burdening the economy, until the money runs out.
— Kaz Vorpal
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It is beyond belief that we know so little about how people get rich or poor, about how it is they come to dwell in comfort and health or die in penury and disease.
Financial markets are the machines in which much of human welfare is decided; yet we know more about how our car engines work than about how our global financial system functions. We lurch from crisis to crisis. In a networked world, mayhem in one market spreads instantaneously to all others—and we have only the vaguest of notions how this happens, or how to regulate it.
So limited is our knowledge that we resort, not to science, but to shamans. We place control of the world’s largest economy in the hands of a few elderly men, the central bankers.
— Benoît Mandelbrot, The (Mis)Behavior of Markets (2004)
Mandelbrot was also a brilliant mathematician, the father of Fractal Geometry
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