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  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Disturbing number of people who believe in science ignore it

    2015-01-30 16:20:25View | Delete

    “I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.

    Let’s be clear: The work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

    There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period. . . .

    I would remind you to notice where the claim of consensus is invoked. Consensus is invoked only in situations where the science is not solid enough. Nobody says the consensus of scientists agrees that E=mc2. Nobody says the consensus is that the sun is 93 million miles away. It would never occur to anyone to speak that way. . . .

    Michael Crichton, excerpt from lecture delivered at California Institute of Technology Jan. 17, 2003

  • Glad to know you read it. Hope others will too.

  • Is this the article you are thinking of on Russian character? It’s Dmitry Orlov’s blog.

  • It sounded too good to be true so I dug further to find what might have been omitted. Sure enough. Looks like somebody took the time to translate & read the NUIS document in its entirety.

    “After training, the student will begin his activities. The student will do the activities in the comfort of his home, where every week he will be obligated to about 5 hours of activities for a period of one calendar year (not academic year). Students will be paid a total of NIS 7,500 [$2,000] to perform the tasks of the project, at least 5 hours weekly for a total of 240 hours of activities under the project umbrella.”

    So now we’re in minimum wage range, $ 8.33/hr. Great example of how omissions often result in distortions.

  • Here’s something more recent. Also addresses BSBB’s question about compensation.

    “Israel has announced it will pay university students to circulate pro-Israeli information on social media networks, without having to identify themselves as working for the government.

    The move was publicised in a statement from Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, the Associated Press reported. Students will receive scholarships to “engage international audiences online” and combat anti-Semitism and calls to boycott Israel, it was alleged.

    In 2012, a Palestinian-run blog reported similar arrangements between the National Union of Israeli Students and the Israeli government. Students would be paid $2,000 to post pro-Israel messages online for five hours a week.”

  • “Israel has begun effectively using a new weapon in its public diplomacy arsenal to fight the media war on the Web – a locally-developed computer software tool called the “Internet Megaphone.” The Foreign Ministry itself is now pushing the idea, urging supporters of Israel everywhere to become cyberspace soldiers “in the new battleground for Israel’s image.” The Megaphone, which was first reported on in The Jerusalem Post when it made its debut in July during the Lebanon war, alerts activists about polls and articles about Israel on the Internet and enables them to express their support or opposition”


    “An Israeli company developed a type of software that functions like a beeper from one central place. They send alerts and anyone who downloads the software gets a pop-up with links to an activity. It can be to vote for Israel in a CNN survey or react to an especially nasty article.”


    “Please go to, download the Megaphone, and you will receive daily updates with instant links to important Internet polls, problematic articles that require a talkback, etc.”

    It’s been reported that the Megaphone software is no longer in use. Perhaps something newer & more effective has replaced it.

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Over Easy: Monday Science

    2015-01-12 08:14:14View | Delete

    Thanks for info.

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Over Easy: Monday Science

    2015-01-12 07:59:04View | Delete

    Unfortunately, many of these rules & regs adversely impact those who can least afford it.

    The WH has 28 fireplaces. Do they have chimney sweeps regularly inspect the dampers? Does the EPA monitor their carbon emissions? Or, are they merely part of the decor?

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Over Easy: Monday Science

    2015-01-12 07:14:58View | Delete

    “The EPA has recently banned the production and sale of 80 percent of America’s current wood-burning stoves, the oldest heating method known to mankind and mainstay of rural homes and many of our nation’s poorest residents.

    While EPA’s most recent regulations aren’t altogether new, their impacts will nonetheless be severe. Whereas restrictions had previously banned wood-burning stoves that didn’t limit fine airborne particulate emissions to 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air, the change will impose a maximum 12 microgram limit. To put this amount in context, EPA estimates that secondhand tobacco smoke in a closed car can expose a person to 3,000-4,000 micrograms of particulates per cubic meter.”

  • “There are more than 1.5 million crashes involving deer each year which cause over one billion in damage, 150 of the deer collisions are fatal, and there are more than 10,000 people injured by the, has been gathering deer car collision photos and stories for several years and our site was featured on the CBS evening news on this issue.”

    # 1 cause of auto accidents is distracted driver.

  • We do. Locals call them Q-Tips.

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Over Easy: Around the World

    2015-01-08 07:35:04View | Delete

    Thomas Drake has addressed this. NSA doesn’t play well with others. Doesn’t share even the most critical intelligence data with other agencies or governments. Others have stated that ubiquitous surveillance and the massive volume of data collected reduces the ability to focus on real terrorism suspects.

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

    2015-01-07 18:27:32View | Delete

    Speaking of Dzhokhar:

    FBI: Agents died in fall from helicopter off Va. coast

    “Two members of the FBI’s elite counterterrorism unit died Friday while practicing how to quickly drop from a helicopter to a ship using a rope, the FBI announced Monday in a statement.

    The statement gave few details regarding the deaths of Special Agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, other than to say the helicopter encountered unspecified difficulties and the agents fell a “significant distance.”


    “Last month, the team was involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.”

    It doesn’t state whether or not these 2 agents were personally involved in the arrest.

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

    2015-01-07 18:00:37View | Delete

    Media coverage is also getting interesting.

    NBC, 1 dead (identified as Cherif Couachi) & 2 in custody. ABC hasn’t moved past suspects identified. Same with CBS & CNN. RT, 1 arrested, relative of one of the suspects. Presstv is quoting NBC. Their own coverage only states youngest of suspects has surrendered.

    NBC has now revised to state: It couldn’t immediately be determined which of the suspects was killed or whether the two others were wounded.

    You’d think if the 2 were in custody, as previously reported, they would know whether or not they had been wounded.

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

    2015-01-07 16:18:12View | Delete

    Cherif Kouchai was first arrested in 2005. Article states he was arrested the day before he planned to leave for Syria & then Iraq.

    He was later arrested in 2008. Sentenced to 3 year, 18 months of which were suspended. Article states he was arrested days before he planned to travel to Syria, allegedly to train for Iraq.


  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

    2015-01-07 11:36:32View | Delete

    Telegraph is reporting this:

    “According to one witness, the terrorists shouted that they were from “al-Qaeda in Yemen”. Cédric Le Béchec, a 33-year-old estate agent, told a French news website that the attackers approached another man in the street saying: “Tell the media that this is al-Qaeda in Yemen”. Yemen is the base of one affiliate of the terrorist network usually known as “al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”.

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

    2015-01-07 11:20:28View | Delete

    Your mention of Jeb’s PAC reminded me of PNAC. Lest we forget, JEB was signator to their policy document, Rebuilding America’s Defenses in which they lay out an aggressive military plan for world domination.

    “The Cold War world was a bipolar world; the 21st century world is – for the moment, at least – decidedly unipolar, with America as the world’s ‘sole superpower.’ America’s strategic goal used to be containment of the Soviet Union; today the task is to preserve an international security environment conducive to American interests and ideals. The military’s job during the Cold War was to deter Soviet expansionism. Today its task is to secure and expand the ‘zones of democratic peace;’ to deter the rise of a new great-power competitor; defend key regions of Europe, East Asia and the Middle East; and to preserve American preeminence through the coming transformation of war made possible by new technologies” (p. 2).

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

    2015-01-07 09:38:57View | Delete

    FBI organizes almost all terror plots in the US.

    “A recent report put together by Mother Jones and the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California-Berkley analyses some striking statistics about the role of FBI informants in terrorism cases that the Bureau has targeted in the decade since the September 11 attacks.

    The report reveals that the FBI regularly infiltrates communities where they suspect terrorist-minded individuals to be engaging with others. Regardless of their intentions, agents are sent in to converse within the community, find suspects that could potentially carry out “lone wolf” attacks and then, more or less, encourage them to do so. By providing weaponry, funds and a plan, FBI-directed agents will encourage otherwise-unwilling participants to plot out terrorist attacks, only to bust them before any events fully materialize.

    Additionally, one former high-level FBI officials speaking to Mother Jones says that, for every informant officially employed by the bureau, up to three unofficial agents are working undercover.

    The FBI has used those informants to set-up and thus shut-down several of the more high profile would-be attacks in recent years. The report reveals that the Washington DC Metro bombing plot, the New York City subway plot, the attempt to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower and dozens more were all orchestrated by FBI agents.”

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

    2015-01-07 08:47:15View | Delete

    Something off in this video. Why don’t gunmen get in car and flee rather than run around & risk getting caught. Watch guy on sidewalk roll over, re-position himself.

  • gigi3 commented on the blog post Alan Dershowitz Denies Claims By Former Underage Prostitute

    2015-01-05 19:20:53View | Delete

    Here’s how Epstein got his reduced charge plea deal. It illustrates tactics used by elite to protect their own.

    “An ‘army of legal superstars’ persuaded prosecutors to sign a controversial agreement which may have given Prince Andrew protection from prosecution, it is claimed.

    Highly-paid lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein – some of whom had links to the White House – secured an extraordinary deal which guaranteed ‘potential co-conspirators’ would not face criminal charges relating to his activities.
    They had spent months delving into the private lives of state prosecutors to establish if they had any ‘personal peccadilloes’, in a desperate bid to defend Epstein against claims of abusing scores of under-age girls at his Florida mansion.

    Many serious charges against Epstein and any ‘co-conspirators’ were wiped out, in return for the billionaire pleading guilty to the relatively minor charge of soliciting an under-age girl for prostitution. After the accord had been signed, his lawyers fought to ensure it remained secret.”

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