“Einstein, We Have a Problem” – The problem with so much science today is it isn’t true

How science is structured when it works, and what we have been doing for the past 50 years, and maybe why so much of it is trash. Saving Science – The New Atlantis

The referenced article is long, but worth your attention. Or I think so anyway. What we have been doing for the past 50 years isn’t working in a lot ways. We haven’t cured cancer. We are losing our ability to fight disease. And spending a lot of money – taxpayer and otherwise – and not seeing much return on investment. Not in a lot of places.

The science world has been buffeted for nearly a decade by growing revelations that major bodies of scientific knowledge, published in peer-reviewed papers, may simply be wrong. Among recent instances: a cancer cell line used as the basis for over a thousand published breast cancer research studies was revealed to be actually a skin cancer cell line; a biotechnology company was able to replicate only six out of fifty-three “landmark” published studies it sought to validate; a test of more than one hundred potential drugs for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in mice was unable to reproduce any of the positive findings that had been reported from previous studies; Continue reading

News Flash: Crooked Chicago Politician Sent to Jail

OK, so it isn’t too much in the way of news. (If you look-up “crooked politics” in the dictionary, you might just find a map of Chicago. Or Illinois.) Figure in traffic cameras scandal admits ‘immoral’ acts, gets 10 years – Chicago Tribune So he’s an ex-politician. Still applies.

Guess which city in America has the LARGEST red-light-camera system. You got it. Chicago. It has to be big, to pay all the bribes.

According to testimony, [John] Bills began scheming almost immediately after he was handed the responsibility of overseeing the red-light camera pilot project, hatching a plot to steer traffic camera contracts to Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., an Arizona-based firm.

Bills manipulated the process to ensure Redflex won the contract, orchestrated votes and met with Daley and Madigan in his efforts to promote the company’s agenda. He coached the company’s executives before their meetings with other city officials and advised them about which lobbyists to hire, what politicians to court and to whom to make political contributions.

He was convicted of accepting something like $2million in bribes and kickbacks. He admits to taking only about $42,000.

Bills, 55, who rose through City Hall as part of the political patronage army of longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan, faced up to 30 years in prison for personally profiting in exchange for helping grow the city’s $600 million red-light camera program into the largest in the nation.

Scheming to fleece the public is the Chicago way.

Off the Ground

The Record Company is a fairly traditional rock trio – guitar, bass, and drums. Though a couple of the members grab a keyboard from time to time, and lap steel (slide) guitar is found on a few songs. Like this one.

This is “Off the Ground” from the first album by The Record Company, released in February of 2016.

Although this sounds like fairly classic-styled rock and roll to me, “Off the Ground” could only make it up the “adult alternative chart” from Billboard, where it hit #1.

They Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

The walked around the neighborhood a couple of times before settling on a father and son to rob. Teen shot, another hurt after attempted robbery in east Houston

According to investigators, it appeared the teens were trying to rob the two. One of the teens raised a gun at the residents, causing the son to pull out his gun and open fire.

Both were hit. One died at the hospital. The other ran home, where his parents called 911 when they realized he’d been shot.

Texans are pretty heavily armed. So this outcome is not really all that surprising. And, as we have been reminded recently, Texas is a state that applies the felony-murder laws.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Someone Old Enough to be Charged as Adult, Shot While Committing Felony

But that headline isn’t as sexy as “teen killed.” Teen burglary suspect shot, killed by homeowner, Union Co. deputies say. This story is 2 days old, but because it is of a “teen tragically shot” the media can’t get enough.

The man who lives at the home on Happy Hollow Lane said he woke up to noises before 4 a.m. Monday and knew someone broke in. He told detectives with the Union County Sheriff’s Office he yelled and saw burglars jump out of a window.

Authorities said a few minutes later, at least two teenagers came back for what investigators believe was to get a book bag they left behind.

The homeowner said he saw Marquies Waters on the back porch, confronted him and shot him

The homeowner has not been charged with a crime, because however the press likes to twist things, defending yourself from attack on your own property is your right.

The two miscreants who were not shot, are in police custody charged with first-degree burglary and felony conspiracy. Don’t know if the felony murder thing applies in this state or not, but they could be charged with that in a state like Texas.

Self-defense is a human-right.

The Next Phase of the War on (Some) Drugs™?

Extrajudicial deaths – weasel-wording for police executing people without bothering with things like evidence and courts and all that nonsense. US ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Philippines Drug Crackdown as Extrajudicial Deaths Mount – ABC News

It is the Philippines today. Where will it be tomorrow? Nearly 1800 dead.

The US and the UN are upset, and have given the President of the Philippines a stern talking-to.

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the U.N. on Sunday in response to statements from top U.N. officials over the country’s extrajudicial killings, according The Associated Press.

What exactly do these “leaders” expect? The tactics that they have been promoting for several decades have not worked. They won’t discuss legalization. “Continuing to do the same thing, and expecting different results is one definition of insanity.” But that is what the powers-that-be advocate. More of the same War on (Some) Drugs™. Do they just want the current situation to continue forever?

I don’t think it is surprising that some countries have been pushed into this position. If the alternative is to be a failed state, I am not surprised that people do things like this.

What Democrats Have Done to Our Cities

Detroit. Baltimore. Chicago. And more besides have one thing in common: decades of Democratic Party control. Road to urban despair paved by Democrats – Chicago Tribune

This is from a few days ago, but I thought it was worth some time.

We’ve created government systems that maintain human beings in poverty and ignorance so that politicians can count on their votes.

And that is a crime against morality.

Strange to see this in any media outlet, even a right-leaning one like the Tribune.

Schools that put unions first. Bankrupted budgets because some people think the bill will never come due. And more.

It isn’t long. Go take a look.