The End of Doom

Ronald Bailey Talks About The End of Doom on C-SPAN Book TV

The anti-doomsaying book for this decade*

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First, Happy New Year to you all! I am finally getting around to posting my C-SPAN Book TV interview about The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century below. The book has been described as "one of the year's best science books" and as the anti-doomsaying book of this decade.

From The End of Doom:

THE END OF THE WORLD IS NOT NIGH. Far from it. Humanity does face big environmental challenges over the course of the coming century, but the bulk of the scientific and economic evidence shows that most of the trends are positive or can be turned in a positive direction by further enhancing human ingenuity….

New technologies and wealth produced by human creativity will spark a vast environmental renewal in this century. Most global trends suggest that by the end of this century, the world will be populated with fewer and much wealthier people living mostly in cities fueled by cheap no-carbon energy sources. As the amount of land and sea needed to supply human needs decreases, both cities and wild nature will expand, with nature occupying or reoccupying the bulk of the land and sea freed up by human ingenuity. Nature will become chiefly an arena for human pleasure and instruction, not a source of raw materials. I don't fear for future generations; instead, I rejoice for them.

Click here to see the interview.

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*Mitch Daniels in the Wall Street Journal

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  1. “Error Loading Media – File Could Not Be Displayed”

    We’re Doomed!!!

    1. PM: Really? I click on the link to Book TV and it goes right to it and starts to play. Hmmm.

      1. The C-SPAN link worked on the 4th refresh. Watching now.

  2. How do you expect to sell a book that doesn’t instill fear?

    No wonder you need to write for this rag.

    1. FdA: True story told in the book:

      When I presented my book proposal [for my first book Eco-Scam] to my editor, Thomas Dunne,
      at St. Martin’s Press back in 1992, he actually told me: “Ron, we’ll
      publish your book and we’ll both make some money. But I want to tell
      you that if you’d brought me a book predicting the end of the world, I
      could have made you a rich man.” Human beings do have a psychological
      bias toward believing bad news and discounting good news.
      But besides that, the sciences surrounding environmental issues have
      been politicized from top to bottom.

      Sigh.

      1. if you’d brought me a book predicting the end of the world, I could have made you a rich man.

        See? It’s the capitalists’ fault we’re ignorant!

      2. Eco-Scam: How the Environmental Lobby Will Destroy the World

        You can thank me from your yacht, Ron. Make sure it’s at least 60 feet.

      3. When you grew up around religious fundies who have been telling you the world is going to end tomorrow from the time that you were able to understand what the end of the world means, at some point you just stop believing it and everyone else who does it just looks silly to you since you stopped paying attention to the doom mongers long ago. That’s where I’m at, have been for a couple of decades at least.

        Now the world could end tomorrow, but worrying about that is useless. The real threats are things like comets, a super caldera eruption, or nuclear war.

        1. Personally I’m rooting for the Grey Goo scenario.

        2. “The future’s uncertain and The End is always near.”

          1. I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer!

            1. Sunday morning coming down.

              Kris.

            2. Sunday morning coming down.

              Kris.

        3. “The real threats are things like comets, a super caldera eruption, or nuclear war.”

          There are also probably many threats we don’t know about (or at least the general public doesn’t)

          But instead, we’ll spend huge amounts of money, resources and effort on ‘threats’ which are enormously visible, glacial in rate of change, and likely completely meaningless, a la “climate change”.

          The more one studies economics, the greater you realize the enormity of the impact of ‘opportunity cost’ on how things evolve and develop. The amount of capital flushed down the toilet as a consequence of purely-political bullshit is so staggering that its almost impossible to conceive… and then when you try and calculate what the long-term ‘cost’ of all that diverted capital is, its like an entire civilization gone to waste every year.

          I think this is basically one of the great insights of the Copenhagen Consensus people, which seems entirely lost on everyone else. If we just *wasted less* on stupid, pointless things… we’d probably cure cancer in our own lifetimes.

          1. That is very well put, GILMORE. The problem is that everyone thinks how other people want to spend money is wasteful. So when the government wastes money on some bullshit project, many times it is pressure from a special interest group, but many times it is a reflection of what the populace considers important. We may think it is wiser to spend money on cancer research, but millions of fundies think it is wiser to send money to Israel (for example). Who is right? If the money weren’t collected coercively through taxes, chances are high that people would spend it in similar ways. In other words, rather than donating money for cancer research, people would send it to Israel or to a televangelist. So while I agree that government spending is wasteful, it is also a reflection of the population’s values, and until that changes, complaining about government waste is rather fruitless.

            1. ” If the money weren’t collected coercively through taxes, chances are high that people would spend it in similar ways”

              Hugely doubtful

              No one would be buying small-arms for Egypt and mailing it to their pen-pals.

              Its a ‘tragedy of the commons’ type situation. Money that people spend collectively is often stuff they’d never put a dime behind themselves.

        4. I thought the point was that you start telling people that BEFORE they really understood what the end of the world means. That way it has more impact.

      4. Human beings do have a psychological bias toward believing bad news and discounting good news.

        My experience with actual human beings leads me to believe it’s not that simple. Nearly everybody lives in denial of unpleasant realities.

        1. …in denial of unpleasant realities…like the world NOT ending. People seriously want it to end just to prove that they were *right*. People really do carry on like bratty children.

          1. The world ends for everybody sooner or later.

            1. I like to believe that, when it ends for me, it ends for everybody.

            2. The world will end for everyone sooner or later. In 600 million years, the sun will be too hot to support plant life on Earth. Looking at it from that perspective, life on Earth may be 85% played out.

        2. People like to deny the unpleasant realities that actually directly affect them and believe and embrace the big ones that they can’t possibly do anything about.

      5. That book with the Apocalypse chapter has done well for centuries, so it’s true, I guess.

        1. Its interesting how little Revelation is covered in all the churches I have attended.

          1. Good grief man, I see you didn’t have to attend any of the fundie southern demoninations. I was constantly terrified by that shit when I was a kid. Between the Russians nuking us and the moon turning to blood and some beast with 7 heads, I was traumatized constantly.

            1. Southern baptist followed by non-denominational slightly pentecostal with a former AOG pstor.

              In KY.

              1. Methodist until I was about 11.

                1. Southern Baptist who’s granfathers on both sides founded Baptist Churches which still thrive today some 70 years later.

                  One of which is a very large church today.

                  I’m a New Testament Christian with no angst about it.

              2. Ok, I guess you’re a lot younger than me. Those type churches never let up on fire and brimstone when I was a kid.

                  1. Southern Baptist from 1980-2014, Pentecostal 2014-present.

                  2. You’re a little younger than me.

                1. Well,, let me retract that a bit. The Southern Baptists never let up on it. The Pentecostals were just crazy period. They called them Holy Rollers because they would go into a state where you would think they’re on acid or something. It scared the shit out of me, but they seemed to be enjoying it enough.

                  1. Like I said, slightly pentecostal, none of that shit, just lots of interjections and sometimes attendees will go into mini-sermons.

                  2. I remember one time, this guy just went seemingly insane. He was running around yelling some unintelligible non-sense (they called that ‘speaking in tongues’). He was jumping over stuff and he ran right up to me and got in my face and said ‘boy, the devil is in you!’ and he looked to be batshit insane. I was fucking terrified. He then let out some type of war hoop and just went running right out of the door screaming like an insane person.

                    1. Wow.

                      I ahve to admit I never had any of that.

                      Just preaching about sin and not drinking and don’t dance because it leads to sex.

                      I can’t imagine how that would have affected a young mind.

                    2. Man, I’m telling you, my parents could not force me to go back to that church again, I just refused. I was forced to go, but at least it was the less crazy Southern Baptist church where they just told me every time that I’m going to hell and burn forever, if I didn’t repent, and that would probably happen tomorrow because Jesus was coming back.

  3. Happy New Year, Ron.

  4. I like Ron. In spite of his optimism.

    😉

    1. You should buy Ron’s book, “The End of Doom,” to absorb even more of his optimism.

      1. Wait, Bailey publishes? I’d heard rumors, of course, but I wrote them off as the mad scribbles of lunatic bloggers.

  5. Lots of Doomsday Prepper types here, Ron. You might want to tweak that title a bit.

      1. Let’s have a bet with a $100,000 in an investment account. Whoever is down on market close 1/29/16 pays Reason $20. Three position max. No trading. Easy to follow.

        1. I’ve proposed exactly this, and you pussed out.

          I don’t believe you’d actually donate to Reason.

          If 100k is your benchmark, I used my Chipotle shorts to buy about 60k shares of CLVLY in the last five days. Check the volume, most of that is me. It might not pay off by 1/29, but I’m long on it.

          It’s trading at 1.80 a share. Mark your calendar.

          1. I donated to Reason in the December drive, asshole.

            We’re on for $20.

            I am spending half my 100k on CNX in the money calls (Jan) $7 strike. The ask is $1.18 right now.

            The other half I will spend on SGY calls (Jan) $2 strike. The ask is $2.50 (my paid price).

            You’re in for that biotech then. You can change anytime today in this thread only.

            1. The difference between you and me is that I actually made these transactions. I own about $5k worth of CNX calls at a strike of 8, but it’s speculative. It’s not a bet if you don’t actually have the money at stake.

              You’d have to be literally retarded to drop 100k on depreciating assets like January calls… Oh… never mind.

              1. I do own these positions you dickhead.

                My purchase price was different but we have a bet as of today’s prices. I totally expect you to welch on it though.

                SGY has a tiny market cap and is flush with cash. They got thrown out with all E&P small caps that are going under (11).

                1. Oh, I won’t welch. Remind me on the 29th. And let’s make it a hundred for Reason. I’m not making a tax deductible donation if it’s under a c-note, that’s just tacky.

                  You attribute your successes to your intelligence, and your failures to bad luck. You might want to reexamine that; it’s something that a person 30 years younger than you should have grown out of by now.

                  If you were actually as smart as you think you are, you wouldn’t need to gamble.

          2. Chipotle shorts are useless until laundered and disinfected.

            1. I found them to be very useful. The IRS and I made a lot of money on that idiocy.

              1. It is true – I heard Playa’s laughter all the way out here in IL…

                He was bearish on them for some time, and his schadenfreude at their smug being turned into literal shit (helllllo, bloody flux!) was crowned by sweet, sweet profit.

                Shriek is still playing with his CNBC KIDZ STOCK SIMULATOR.

                1. My short position pre-dated that. It was just icing on the cake.

                  Their growth rate was absolutely unsustainable. The projections were asinine. I came to that conclusion after eating there exactly once. The food is fat, greasy, salty, and not even remotely delicious. I’m pretty sure that the food doesn’t even have chipotle in it at all (and this is coming from a guy who has 5 kinds of chipotle powder in the easy reach cabinet alone).

                  If you look at where they opened locations (college towns, affluent parts of Western Europe), it’s pretty clear that they are in the ideology business as much as the food business. And at some point, you run out of true believers. That time was 2015.

                  To be honest, I feel grateful for the opportunity. It covered my wife’s buy in when she made partner.

                  Still bearish, for the record, but not as cock sure about it.

                  1. Well done.

                  2. Unfortunately, food has become an ideology business.

    1. So many straw men. So little time. It must make you sad. So very sad. Here, have a dictionary. You can find sympathy between shit and syphilis.

  6. Again, thanks Ron.

    This book went a long way to cheering up my wife. The constant doom n’ gloom predictions had began to get her down.

    Your book was a sound reality check.

    1. Quit being cheap and buy her some Prozac.

      1. Quit being a fuckass and shut the fuck up about how a guy should help his wife.

        Seriously, PB, that shit crosses the line. I’d slink back to your little hole, and I’d do it soon.

        1. Yuk-yuk.

          If a poster offers up the fact that his wife is all addle-headed and gamey in the head then the same poster is asking for some type of advice.

          It be the TUBES Man! (channeling GOP Senate idiot Ted Stevens)

          1. You have a lot of experience with wives, eh?

            Fortunately, your genetic line is at an end.

    2. Hm. I may consider getting it for my wife then. She’s gotten so depressed about current events that she’s pretty much boycotted the news, other than the derp she gets on derpbook. Which doesn’t help of course.

      1. That was the situation here. Ron’s book helped her see the big picture, that things are generally progressing in the right direction in spite of the progs, luddites, buttplugs and watermelons.

        Things are getting better, not worse.

        1. If your wife wants a heavy dose of optimism, just let her read some Peter Diamandis. Compared to that guy, Ron is a pessimist. Ron’s also a lot less full of shit and grounded in reality most of the time, so there’s that.

          1. On a scale from Bailey to Ridley, where is that guy?

  7. Happy New Years Ron! Even though it’s our last one:)

  8. I’m not going to start worrying about the end if the world as long as Bruce Willis is still around.

  9. It’s not nature I’m worried about causing our doom.

    1. It’s me, isn’t it. It is.

      Look, guys, it’s just a name!

      1. Not everything is about you, Tim.

        1. He IS the hamster of doom. At some point everything will be.

          Wait a minute…a fuckin’ hamster? Where is my BB gun?

            1. Sure Pl?ya, a female libertarian doom-hamster named Tim. Pull the other one.

              1. In Virginia. Get it right. Although, not Naw-fuk. Booo. Naw-fuk is much more fun to say than Manasses.

                1. Hey, we already have a female libertarian from Texas – Banjos.

                  Maybe you could move up and be our Reason Oklahoma liaison, Tim.

                  1. She’s got New Mexico covered. Hide yo wife, hide yo kids.

                    1. A libertarian woman in New Mexico? Admittedly, I keep a small circle, but I think I’d have heard of her. If nothing else my dog Blood would have alerted me.

              2. Tim is her rapper name.

                1. Ok. A female libertarian doom-hamster whose rapper name is Tim.

                  I’m like so believing this.

                  1. F’ it. I am going to go with it.

                  2. Wait, isn’t there some TV cartoon series like that?

    2. It’s not nature I’m worried about causing our doom.

      You appear to be trying really hard to say something without saying it.

      1. Perhaps you should listen harder, supposing you have the right kind of ear.

        1. This is all your fault, Fd’A. You’re not trying hard enough, and you’re not the right kind of person.

          1. Games.

            I think I’ll not play.

          2. You’re not ready. None of you are.

              1. The least he could do is share. Hey, Bogart, it’s “puff, puff, pass”.

  10. No trolling this time, but what about the North Pole temperature thing?

    1. The thing that they projected happened because they couldn’t actually measure it? The thing that’s already over? That thing?

    2. This isnt the first time that has happened and it won’t be the last.

      This ice age is ending.

      1. We’re currently still in an ice age, in a warm period between glaciations. More glaciation periods could occur before the ice age actually ends.

    3. If you’re going to worry about temperatures, worry about how much they’re going to drop and for how long during the upcoming minimum solar cycle. There’s something that’s actually worth worrying about. The last time this happened it triggered what was referred to as a mini ice age.

      1. Like solar cycles have anything to do with global temperatures. Yokelz.

    4. The North Pole is a sheet of ice floating on an ocean. When ice floating in a body of water melts the water level of that body of water does not change.

      The South Pole is miles of ice piled on top of a continent. But the temperatures there have been getting colder and the ice is getting thicker.

      1. Well duh, since the heat is rising to top of the planet

        1. Which way is the top?

    5. Probably just weird El Ni?o related weather.

  11. Another episode in the saga of Immigrants Who Want to Work Hard and Be Treated Like Everybody Else.

    Dispute Over Prayer Leads To Firing Of Nearly 200 Muslims At Meat Plant

    On Dec. 18 a group of 11 Somalis working in one particular area of the plant wanted to go pray at the same time. Their supervisor asked that they go in smaller numbers to keep production going. They went anyway, and that’s when the trouble began.

    “It doesn’t matter if I don’t have a job, my religion is more important,” fired worker Tony Aden told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger.

    News of the dispute led nearly 200 Somalis to not show up for work for three days in protest. Now fired by Cargill Meat Solutions, they are receiving help applying for unemployment compensation with the help of a fellow Somali, Qadar Ducaale, who is upset with the firings.

    “It’s got things to do with Donald Trump, it’s got things to do with (Ben) Carson and all these guys who are rhetorically talking bad about Islam,” said Ducaale, a school district employee.

    Model citizens. Let’s bring more in!

    1. At my old church, oh, so very long ago, there were two men up for deacon. Both independent businessmen. One worked on Sundays so his employees could have the day off. The other would never dream of violating the Sabbath himself – he had employees for that.

      Guess which one got the title.

    2. Religion poisons everything.

      Islam is the worst by far but Christianity is #2.

      You seem to be a new poster. Even though this is a site touting “Free Minds and Free Markets” many in the Peanut Gallery ignore the “Free Minds” part. They tend to be the orthodox ‘War with Iran’ conservatives.

      1. A site touting “Free Minds” allows mind that disagree to post comments? That’s tyranny!

        1. *minds*

        2. Referring to shreek as a mind is a bit of a stretch.

          1. I was referring to the “orthodox ‘War with Iran’ conservatives” that PB was talking about.

      2. Muslim Meat Plant is a decent band name.

    3. When you post things like this, what do you think you’re proving? “Oh noes some Muslims were stupid at managing religion at work. This is bad because______”.

      Yes, bring more in. That, and bomb the fuckers who want to hurt us for our freedoms, is the only rational answer.

      1. ” what do you think you’re proving? ”

        That your disconnect is obvious ?

      2. I’m proving that they are not willing to assimilate into our society, but expect to be given special privileges to enable them to hold on to their accustomed ways of life. You can’t make an American out of that kind of timber. If their prayer habits are in conflict with their ability to work, they should have stayed in Somalia.

        1. In America, worshipping as you want is not a “special privilege”. OTOH it sounds to me like the company’s compromise was good enough already.

          1. …expect to be given special privileges to enable them to hold on to their accustomed ways of life. You can’t make an American out of that kind of timber.

            You’re not going to go very far until you learn irony.

        2. “I’m proving that they are not willing to assimilate into our society, but expect to be given special privileges to enable them to hold on to their accustomed ways of life.”

          You’ve proven this for a total of eleven (11) individuals.

          1. Twelve. You forgot to count Orange Yoda.

  12. I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to the most lovable band of cunts on the internet. Thanks for a another great year of lulz.

    1. Fuck all of y’all very much also. By that I mean that I wish everyone a very prosperous new year.

      *raises glass*

      1. Fuck you too, SB. I ‘d buy you a beer if I ever met you.

        I may hate conservatism but I like a lot of conservatives.

        1. I kinda think SuthenBoy might just slap your face Turd rather than accept a beer from the likes of you.

          What kind of low down prick hides behind a username and insults a man’s wife ?

          Buttplug….. that’s who

          I know Suthenboy enough to know that he probably doesn’t give a shit whether you like him or not asshole so I feel comfortable telling you to take you beer and stick it up your ass for him, just in case he doesn’t get to read your comment.

          Suthenboy if I have over stepped here I apologize. It’s just that after reading this prick telling someone up above they should buy their wife Prozac I’m a little pissed.

          Just imagine. A little leftist turd who probably can’t even get a wife, male or female, telling a man how he should treat his wife.

          You disgust me you little turd.

          1. Its the agonizing loneliness, mixed in with a cocaine habit and being a lefty in a righty area. He knows he will die alone and unmourned and is bitter.

            1. What kind of sicktwist makes you want people to mourn for you?

              If you love someone, you should hope that they don’t even notice you’re dead.

              1. I guess dementia could solve that one…

                “Where is that guy…you know, the one who lived here….? Dead you say?”

  13. On the menu tomorrow:
    http://amazingribs.com/recipes….._legs.html

    I’m just starting out with curing salts. They’re very delicious and bad for you.

    1. That’s neat and everything but being a Gulf Coast kinda guy I’m more into variations of this.

      Crab and oysters can be ued too with care.

      http://playingwithfireandsmoke…..ut-or.html

      1. Crab and lobster is abundant here. Oysters, I’m not so sure about.

        A childhood friend of mine is the owner of this place. I try to find a balance between value and deliciousness.

        There was a duomic acid outbreak here, so not much seafood lately. Turf, not surf.

    2. Are you hot-smoking the turkey or just grilling with indirect heat?

      1. Smoking. With hickory, I think.

  14. Stealth Bomber flyover at the Rose Bowl. How about don’t do that, and give me back some of my tax dollars?

    1. You didn’t pay any extra for it.

        1. No. They combined it with a training sortie, I’m sure. Almost always do. The flying hours are already bought and paid for so they would’ve flown that sortie anyway.

          1. Piolits have to maintai so many hours of flight time trainig regardless of what they fly over.

            Might as well rally the taxpayers than fly over ther ocean.

            1. I’m not drunk but my keyboard needs blowing out. Keys are stuck.

              Seriously, I mean that

              Hickup……

    2. How would they know if it didn’t show up?

      1. Well, it didn’t show up on radar, so they’re good there. Maybe it was masked by the Goodyear blimp.

    3. Like there would have been a federal budget surplus if they hadn’t done that flight.

      While the media loves to throw about the phrase “cost/saved taxpayers”, the only effect of government spending more or less money is to change T-bill interest rates.

      1. …Which has a massive impact on the economy.

        1. Yeah, I’m thinking she’s missing a ‘golden’ business opportunity.

    1. O lucky woman… I have to buy the stuff.

    2. That’s pretty wild

    3. Imagine being charged with a DUI when it’s been hours since you’ve had a drink

      Umm, yeah, that would totally depend upon how much you drank ‘hours’ ago. If you drank 12 beers, you could still very well be over the limit hours later.

      1. I certainly would.

    4. “I’m in touch with about 30 people who believe they have this same syndrome, about 10 of them are diagnosed with it,” said Panola College Dean of Nursing Barbara Cordell, who has studied the syndrome for years. “They can function at alcohol levels such as 0.30 and 0.40 when the average person would be comatose or dying. Part of the mystery of this syndrome is how they can have these extremely high levels and still be walking around and talking.”

      No kidding. It’s hard to believe that the brain would be altered in just the right way to tolerate those BAC levels in people with this condition. Sounds like a bullshit story to me.

      1. 0.40 is an insane BAC level. An average sized guy would have to drink like 2 fifths of 80 proof whiskey in an hour. Most people would pass out long before that point.

        1. While it appears to be a real, legitimate medical condition from what I can tell on the net, every other case of the “auto brewery syndrome” the sufferer experiences symptoms of drunkenness and/or hangover after eating carbs. Nothing I’m finding indicates that this condition allows one to tolerate a high BAC without ill effects.

          Methinks this lawyer is pulling a fast one. Plus, impaired driving is a crime regardless of whether impairment was caused by voluntary activity — you can be charged with impaired driving for being sleepy, for example.

          1. I don’t know, it’s hard for me to believe that anyone could drive a car at all at 0.40 BAC. And for someone to act even remotely sober. It’s very strange. But if a person has been like that their entire life, maybe their system just adjusted to the high alcohol levels.

            1. We see chronic alcoholics in the ER all the time that ‘live’ above .20, some above .30 — and they’re walking, talking, acting pretty normal. There is definitely a tolerance that develops for these folks at levels that would schnocker the average person.

              1. How many have you seen acting pretty normal at 0.40?

                1. There is the occasional super-alky who can be holding it together at that level, but it’s pretty rare. 0.50 is often considered to be a potentially lethal level, but we definitely see people even above that from time to time (but they’re definitely not candidates to drive a car).

          2. Plus, impaired driving is a crime regardless of whether impairment

            The story says she wasn’t acting impaired.

            1. That’s what her lawyer said.

              Surprise: it turns out to be bullshit.

              The woman, a Hamburg resident, was stopped at around 7:15 p.m. on Route 5, near the Ford plant. Hamburg Officer Daniel Gallardo reported that he pulled the woman over after another driver called 911 to report that the driver’s 2010 Toyota Corolla was “weaving all over” the road.

              Gallardo reported that he noticed the Corolla’s right front passenger tire was flat and the vehicle was producing “a large amount of smoke and a noticeable smell of burning rubber.”

              The driver had alcohol on her breath and “exhibited glassy-bloodshot eyes and slurred speech,” Gallardo reported. The officer said the driver told him she had about three cocktails earlier in the day while visiting her parents in Buffalo.

              Although the driver was able to recite the alphabet at the officer’s request, she had trouble with several other sobriety tests, including standing on one foot and talking and turning heel-to-toe, Gallardo reported.

              All the “evidence” of the auto-brewery condition is stated by her lawyer, and was produced by persons sought out by the defense team.

              1. Oh and about that doctor, Anup Kanodia:

                Asked if he thinks a person suffering from auto brewery syndrome could safely drive a car with a .33 percent BAC, Kanodia said: “I would say it is not safe to drive a car if you are in an auto brewery syndrome flare ? But it’s a brand new disease and we’re still trying to understand it. Kanodia said he is working with five other attorneys in the United States and Canada whose clients are using auto-brewery syndrome as a defense against DWI charges. [emph mine]

                [Marusak] said proving that a client suffers from the rare syndrome is difficult and expensive to achieve. He said he has spent about 40 hours on the case and about $7,000 on medical evidence ? far more than most DWI defendants can afford.

                One wonders how much of the $7k went to the heavily self-promoting Dr. Kanodia? A doctor can earn a good living with paid testimony if he plays his cards right.

                1. That last line, BTW, indicates that the defendant is probably fairly wealthy, which combined with the lawyer’s request to have her name withheld makes me wonder about some unseemly possibilities.

                2. Alternately, it could be that as a foremost research scientist in regards to alcohol, he would be a damned valuable expert witness and is sought out as such.

                  No. No, you’re right, I’m sure it’s a conspiracy.

          3. “Methinks this lawyer is pulling a fast one”

            When my lawyers pull a fst one I feel as though my money was well spent.

            When the other guy’s lawyer does it I feel as though justice has not been served.

            /OneOut circa 2016

      2. Auto-brewery Syndrome is a real thing.

        1. Yes, but does it lead to tolerance of high BAC?

          1. Constant high BAC leads to a high tolerance to BAC.

            1. That depends. Constant high BAC can damage the liver, which will slow the metabolism of alcohol. Plus the cases I’ve seen on the net while researching this condition indicate that sufferers have to maintain an extreme low-carb diet to function normally.

          2. *tunes guitar*

            I DON’T KNOW, IT’S ALL SO TULPICAL

            YEAH YEAH YEAH

            1. I get that vibe as well.

  15. Soooooooooooo – just got back from seeing EpVII, here’s my review.

    What

    The

    Fuck

    Man.

    *facepalm*

    You know what, I have a headache from all the stupidity and nonsense in this movie. I’ll be back later.

      1. Alright, who hasn’t seen the movie yet?

        1. Me. My kids saw it yesterday, but I was too busy.

          1. GO SEE IT SO WE CAN CRITIQUE ALL THE REHASHED PLOT DEVICES.

          2. I didn’t think I’d seen it either. About 30 minutes in, it was pretty clear that I had seen it, several times starting in 1977.

            1. That’s like saying a cat is the same as a doge.

              1. Head of the Venetian Republic?!

        2. Me. I plan to see it early next week.

          1. If people expect me to hold in 15 year old spoilers because they havent read the book before the tv show starts, others can avoid spoiling star wars for a few months.

            1. The difference is that GOT doesn’t always follow the book plot.

              Not sure if it’s a spoiler to say that this is basically the same plot as a movie you’ve seen before.

              1. Season 1 did. I stopped watching as it veered off the books, I might catch up some day. I think I have first 3 seadons.

                1. It gets bad after S4 and arguably S3.

    1. It was about what I expected. JJ Abrams is as good as he can be at directing without having an artistic or original bone in his body. So the masses love him.

      1. Couldn’t the team have at least made Jakku something besides Tatooine II?

    2. The fanbois are saying that all the apparent plot holes and unbelievable coincidences will be explained in the next two movies (conveniently after JJ Abrams has left). Reminds me of “Lost”.

      1. Unlike the OT, which had no plot holes or coincidences /sarcasm

        1. At least the OT had an original, emotionally-involving story to make you forgive the plot holes.

          Even the much-lauded PC casting of yet another StrongFemaleCharacter with a BlackLoveInterest is a carbon copy of Leia and Lando.

          1. “At least the OT had an original, emotionally-involving story to make you forgive the plot holes.”

            And so does this one, along with better acting.

          2. “Even the much-lauded PC casting of yet another StrongFemaleCharacter with a BlackLoveInterest is a carbon copy of Leia and Lando.”

            That is just stupid. “The earlier movie had a love interest and so does this one. ERMAGERD THEY R THE SAME”

            Facepalm.

            1. Do you know what the word “Even” means in that sentence?

              The gender/race distribution was one of the things the fanboys claim to be original. They don’t even bother denying that several scenes were lifted whole cloth from the OT movies, along with basically the entire plot.

              1. I think you’re changing the goalposts a little. I don’t care what the fanboys claim.

                Yes, there was lifting, but it was done super well so it’s okay.

          3. Those fucking SJWs. We can’t have any woman dating non-whites in a story now without someone sneering that it’s a sop to political correctness.

            Generally speaking, this sourpussing is a good indication that I would shag the actor in question absolutely rotten.

            1. Except here it really is.

              When BET first meets Rey, and they come under attack, he keeps grabbing her hand and pulling her to safety and she keeps loudly protesting that she doesn’t need him to protect her.

              And that’s certainly true.

              But they decided to not just *show* her as competent and tough (which they sort of had been doing up to this point) but had to hammer that message home in the most unsubtle way possible.

              1. Someone should fully own that trope, ad abdurdium.To wit: BAMFess is required (by law, trick of biology, lost a bet, I mean whatevs y/n?) to become emotionally involved with a random male selected purely based on skin color. Hijinks and madcap hilarity ensues.

                1. s/abdurdium/absurdium

              2. It really wasn’t that bad.

            2. Sorry, when a female character is physically beating up gangs of hardened criminal scavenger males all by her lonesome, that’s a sop to PC. It’s the opposite end of the pendulum from the fainting damsel in distress so popular in film 50 years ago, and just as unrealistic.

              What disturbs me about the StrongFemaleCharacter trend is that they’re measuring female strength by a male yardstick — the ability to physically kick ass. On average women are not as physically strong as men. Sorry, that’s the way nature is. But women are miles ahead of men when it comes to understanding other people’s motivations and manipulating them emotionally — why not have a female character who uses that to defeat her opponents? Probably because modern feminism paradoxically values male strengths more than female ones.

              1. Add to that the fact that Rey is completely duped by Finn’s claim of being in the Resistance, despite him obviously being a terrible liar when they meet, and doesn’t seem aware of his motivations at all between the time they meet and the time he tries to escape.

          4. “Original.” This may be your weakest trolling yet, Tulpa.

    3. Thanks for letting us know you have shitty taste.

    4. You were one of those “people” that thinks old ST was better than the 2009 ST right?

      1. Dude, *every single one* of the OST movies (including *1* – but maybe not 5) stands up to repeated viewings. Especially the holy trinity of 2/3/4.

        ST:2009 – was a fun movie to watch.

        ONCE.

        I think I almost threw up on leaving the theater though when my mind re-engaged and I start asking what . . . why . . . who?

        Its not worth a second viewing – I’ve tried.

        Star Trek 2009: 2: The Wrath of Harrison Bergeron wasn’t worth even a single viewing. Horrible from start to finish.

        1. “Its not worth a second viewing – I’ve tried.”

          Again, this just indicates shitty taste on your part.

          I tried watching a bit of TOS. Terrible show.

    5. I dug the movie. I read it as a (very) explicit getting back to all the things everyone liked about Star Wars and ditching all the crap that they didn’t. And as it was full of things I loved I enjoyed it. It was a good story then, it’s a good story again. Hopefully the next one will be a lot more original or Abrams’ stock will crash fast. Analogously, I loved LOTR, but one Hobbit movie and I was gone for good.

      1. This. Completely agree with everything you said.

      2. Abrams will not be involved in the next two movies.

        Agreed about the Hobbit. There was only enough material in that book for one movie, if that. If they wanted to do six Hobbit/LOTR movies, there was plenty of stuff cut out of LOTR for two more movies.

        1. The Hobbit should have been two movies. One would have been too rushed.

      3. The Hobbit would’ve been better as one movie. That said, I’m a big Tolkien fan and I saw all of them anyway. But unlike certain geeks I wouldn’t call them great movies, because I can be objective.

      4. But its *not* a good story – it *could* have been.

        I get (though don’t really *agree* with) the idea that this is a ‘proof’ film. That he could make something Star Warsy enough to be deserving of taking over this legacy. Which is why you get all these callbacks, the inclusion of several members of the older cast – even though in practice they bring nothing to the table here.

        BUt its pretty obvious that this movie is, like ST 2009, aimed laser-straight at the 8 year olds without even the pretense of including the older fans of the series. We don’t count anymore.

        1. “BUt its pretty obvious that this movie is, like ST 2009, aimed laser-straight at the 8 year olds without even the pretense of including the older fans of the series. We don’t count anymore.”

          You’re just projecting your lousy taste onto a mass of people. You haven’t even listed a single real problem with it.

          1. OK – here’s the real problem.

            Every scene is a mish-mash of poorly connected threads. The transitions between scenes and the main driver for the plot is ‘conveniently’. As in everyone is always ‘conveniently’ finding the piece of the puzzle to move on (such as R2-D2 ‘conveniently’ waking up at the end of the movie to supply the last piece of a map – which, in and of itself, makes no fucking sense whatsoever. That’s simply not how maps work) with the villains ‘conveniently’ ignoring danger signs or outright jumping for the idiot ball.

            The movie is built on a foundation of ‘how can I finish this script as quickly as possible and get my paycheck’.

        2. The 8 year olds and the Chinese.

          Big budget movies are going to be insipid going forward because the audience they’re after is the international market. You can’t have good dialogue because it will suffer in translation, and anything with an intellectual or cultural basis will not be understood the same way by other cultures (assuming it doesn’t get banned by their govt as subversive).

    6. OK, *SPOILERS* – and screw you guys, the movie’s been out two weeks already.

      There’s only one thing in it that could possibly be a spoiler anyway.

      SCENE: Night scene on Tattoi . . .

      1. As they come in, all the exterior lights on these raiders are on, alerting the campsite early.

        There’s not a single TIE fighter there for aircover. Neither do the dropships move to drop troopers around the perimeter of the camp to prevent people (LIKE THEIR TARGET) from escaping into the desert. Like they do IRL.

        This super-important raid uses less-than-overwhelming-force-and-surprise

        So: Black Stormtrooper (BT – We’ll call him BET) freaks the fuck out and no one notices. Mainly because these guys aren’t fighting as a team, they’re just a bunch of rednecks running around shooting wildy at people.

        Well, not quite ‘no one notices’. BBEG (Big Bad *EMO* Guy) notices, shrugs and says ‘its not my problem’. So does Captain Fantasia. Apparently in this Star Wars the Stormtroopers are kidnapped children indoctrinated. But no one seems to be concerned that maybe the brainwashing is faulty here. Who the fuck knows.

        1. Which leaves the door open for BET to rescue WFCWHNI.

          Our heroin is ripping random stuff out of the inside of a crashed STAR DESTROYER. She finishes up climbing out of one of the engine bells. Then she gets on her USB stick to ride away with her haul. Now, keep in mind that she’s on a hovercraft at the very back of the wreck with nothing but open desert in the direction she needs to go. The NEXT SCENE cuts to her at the *front* of the SD, driving towards the rear and away. She drove all the way around it for no reason at all.

          Then she gets ‘home. Parks the USB stick, then *drags* her heavy haul (because its heavy) a couple hundred feet to the place where she’s going to sell it. Its all sand there. Nothing is in the way. WHY THE FUCK NOT PARK NEXT TO THE DOOR?

          Later that afternoon, she prepares dinner and then wanders out into the desert to eat it leaning against the wreckage of an AT-AT. Why? WTFK.

          CONVENIENTLY BB is just over the sand dune she’s staring at (yeah, the closeups have her looking off into the distance – which is blocked by a dune 50 feet away) and finds the droid everyone is looking for.

          1. SCENE – back to BET and Friends. They steal a Tie Fighter. Which have had no FTL capability before this. Doesn’t matter though, they don’t get far enough for this to be a problem. They crash-land on JAKKA get separated and somehow BET, with no familiartirty with the terrain, wanders across the desert and ends up right in the town with the droid and our heroine – who have conveniently met already and become fast friends in a single day

            CONVENIENTLY the FO have also tracked the droid here and attack. This time *with* air support.

            BET and Heron escape.

            CONVENIENTLY the Millenium Falcon is right there.

            CONVENIENTLY no one in this fucking galaxy ever locks their vehicles.

            CONVENIENTLY she manages to fly it. But keeps HITTING THE GROUND. Like over and over. Yet somehow the MF is never damaged from this.

            CONVENIENTLY the SD in orbit doesn’t chase them.

            CONVENIENTLY, Han Solo and Chewbacca show up right at this moment.

            CONVENIENTLY the Star Destroyer, which knows they’ve escaped off planet in a ship, knows which ship it is, just sort of . . . gives up looking for them long enough for them to leave the system.

            This is something like a bare bones overview of the first 30 minutes. And I left out most of the slapstick.

            Fantasia is the new Boba Fett. KR is a pussy who gets *nothing* done throughout the whole movie. Accomplishes not a single thing. I literally think he kills *one* person, who was unarmed at the time.

            1. The Big BBEG – is another dude in robes with a fucked up head.

              The final scene with Skywalker made me *laugh* – it drug on so long and so pretentiously.

              CYTO man – I love you like an embarrassing uncle. But if you think Abrams does good movies, you’re insane.

              1. He made Star Drek watchable, so your argument is invalid.

                1. So – that’s your rebuttal?

                  Look, you like the guy you like the guy. The things I’m talking about you might consider as unimportant and so don’t lessen your enjoyment = but you certainly aren’t able to say that those flaws *aren’t there*.

                  Only that you don’t think I should prioritize them as highly as I do.

                2. He made Star Trek more of a cartoon than the Animated Series was.

                3. …watchable if you like lens flares.

            2. The MF crashes into things the entire movie and is undamaged (including sliding all over the ground but the belly turret is somehow not ripped off).

              Ren is very god at killing unarmed stuff. Control consoles mostly.

              1. Yeah, Darth Platypus was pretty inconsistent in his powers. He displays powers that no Jedi or Sith we’ve ever seen had (holding a blaster bolt in midair while simultaneously force-moving things) but then gets beat in a lightsaber duel by a person who’s never fought with a lightsaber before. (The fanboys say “he was wounded” but that’s a bullshit excuse — Vader had basically the same wound when he pwned Luke in ESB)

                He’s also able to use the force to forcibly extract information from people’s minds, which Vader clearly had no ability to do, since he used indirect methods to interrogate people.

                1. Oh, let’s add that he uses his mind-reading powers *after* leaving WGASWHNI to be interrogated conventionally. Because time is off the essence he felt a better use of his time was rubbing his dick against Vader’s mask.

  16. Ep VII was excellent by the way everyone should see it. Happy New Year’s.

    1. Excellent? NO FUCKING SPOILERS

      1. [spoiler]If you’re seeing this picture for Brienne’s appearance as the Chrome Trooper, don’t bother. She has three scenes where she does basically nothing, and could have been played by The Hound voiced by Cersei Lannister for all I can tell.[/spoiler]

        1. “She has three scenes where she does basically nothing”

          That’s either a lie or you have brain damage.

          1. Scene 1: two (monotone) sentences giving orders to a guy
            Scene 2: 3-4 sentences reporting to Darth Platypus
            Scene 3: 1-2 sentences where she caves in and pisses away any smidgen of StrongFemaleCharacter cred she had earned

            Oh yeah, there were a couple of scenes where she didn’t speak but was walking around in the background doing nothing. Not counting those.

            1. With Scene 3, further evidence that the First Order’s indoctrination techniques do not get you to “fanatical” level loyalty.

          2. How is he wrong? Because that’s exactly what she does.

            1. In Scene 3 she lowers the shields which is kind of a huge deal. Did you even watch the movie? With your brain on? See this is why I’m better at this than you.

              1. Yes – the hard-core soldier who is so disciplined caves in and lowers the shields rather than die denying the enemy.

                She

                Does

                Less

                Than

                Boba

                Fett.

      2. Spoiler alert: it borrows heavily from ANH but it does it so well that it works real well.

    2. I was looking forward to seeing it, then you went and gave it an endorsement. Now I’m not so sure…

      1. Stop that.

  17. If not for JJ Abrams 2015 would have a hard time justifying its existence.

    1. My life is defined by nerd entertainment.

        1. I want to say that only raises more questions, like what is that weird rock next to him and what’s with pronouncing it “kuzmus” and why the spinning shape playing on an infinite loop, but it’s probably just because my intellect is too inferior to even begin to grasp it.

          1. Also, it would be awesome if it ended with “Here’s Tom with the weather”, but somehow I doubt it

          2. I have no idea about the rock, but the spinning shape is how UNICOM appears to our feeble 4-D minds.

  18. Hey Sci-fi movie nerds, Is Interstellar worth watching? Its on Amazon Prime but I don’t know if I wanna spend the better part of three hours on a so-so flick.

    1. Yes, it’s a pretty good flick. Definitely worth watching.

      1. Just don’t expect too much, it doesn’t live up to the hype.

    2. Unfortunately it’s not as good as I wanted to believe it was. The ending is pretty much ass and so is the rational for leaving Earth in the first place. Watch Ex Machina or the new Star Wars movie instead.

      1. The newest Star Wars movie is Revenge of the Sith; not sure where that is available for free.

        1. The trolling is weak with this Tulpa.

      2. Interstellar leaves Ex Machina in it’s dust.

        It get’s better as it ges along.

        1. Wow you have even worse taste than Aggammnon. Seriously, Interstellar makes no fucking sense.

    3. I was disappointed with it watching it in the theater, but that’s probably because Christopher Nolan had had a streak of great movies. There were a lot of plot holes, but it’s visually very well made and the story is good enough to watch for free. I especially liked the design of the robots.

    4. Yes.

      Watch it.

    5. Only if you like movies that bill themselves as ‘serious sci-fi’, then ignore science and end with ‘love is the most powerful force in the universe’ bullshit.

      1. So… all of them?

        1. NOT EVENT HORIZON!!!!!

      2. Yeah, I have a hard time watching “hard” sci-fi movies because of that. They always fuck it up. It’s gotten to where I just don’t bother. I’d rather watch a soft sci-fi or even a space opera where I know they aren’t even trying; at least they aren’t lying to me about what they are.

      3. “ignore science and end with ‘love is the most powerful force in the universe’ bullshit.”

        They didn’t really do that though. She was just being silly ie a woman.

        1. No, they really did that. Silly woman or not.

    6. We watched Europa Report last night. It was ok if you have nothing else to do. Can’t say I recommend though.

      1. I liked it. Wasn’t great, but it was pretty plausible and reasonably well done.

    1. “We know that we can’t stop every act of violence,” the president said. “But what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something – anything – to protect our kids from gun violence?”

      Who needs progressive caricatures when when we have the real deal?

      1. Being lectured by the BBC gives this story an extra bit of panache.

      2. What if Congress did something – anything – to protect our kids from gun violence?

        Like actually demand the Justice Department prosecute and convict cops? That kind of anything?

        1. Nice burn.

        2. In case you haven’t noticed, the feds ARE trying to second-guess, villify, and prosecute local cops. With cheering from the likes of Reason, who don’t seem to notice that this is a step toward further centralizing and federalizing law enforcement.

          Everything the Democrats do at this point is geared toward concentrating more power in the hands of the president and the executive branch of the federal govt, because they have that office locked down for the foreseeable future due to Electoral College demographics.

          1. because they have that office locked down for the foreseeable future due to Electoral College demographics.

            You don’t think Trump has a shot?

            1. I rarely ask myself what Tulpa thinks.

              1. Why would you ask yourself what someone else thinks? Unless you actually are that person. Hmmm…..

                1. Why would you ask yourself what someone else thinks? Unless you actually are that person.

                  What?

                  1. That was directed at the guy calling himself a playa.

                  2. HM: Orange Yoda is Tulpa’s latest handle.

            2. Hildog needs only to win the blue states plus Florida to get a majority of the EC. (I’m including PA, VA, and CO as blue states here because they have been in presidential years) Even if she loses Florida, she just needs to win an equivalent combination of swing states to do the job.

              1. I see where you’re coming from. I disagree that PA and VA are inherently Blue, they seem more like key battleground states this time around. I can see Trump doing well in both PA and VA.

                1. VA went Dem in 2014, the best election cycle for the GOP in recent memory. It’s a blue state. Don’t see Trump appealing to federal employees or federal-dependent workers like defense contractors and NGOs, who form the biggest bloc in Virginia politics at this point.

                  There are enough pissed-off people in PA that Trump’s vapid schtick might work on, but I don’t see it being enough.

            3. Trump has as much chance as a turnip.

          2. How DARE Reason criticize cops for murdering people!

      3. 100% politics. Look, I’m doing something.

        I’m not sure the left wants to touch the 3rd rail in an election year, however. Stupid move.

      4. “We know that we can’t stop every act of violence,” the president said. “But what if we tried to stop even one?”

        Huh? Ok, I’ll make a deal with you prez. I will promise to not engage in at least one act of violence (but not necessarily all – not sure how that works but it’s your logic) if you STFU. See you did something, now you’re done.

      5. “What if Congress did something – anything – to protect our kids from gun violence?”

        Like what? There are already gun regs in place, so they’ve done something. And what you keep asking them to do would have no effect on protecting our kids from gun violence.

        You twat! Grrrarghbargle!!

      6. He tried this shit back in 2013 when the gun control bill failed the same week as the Boston Marathon bombing.

        When he wailed about if we can save even one life don’t we have an obligation to try, I thought, “If we can save only one child by concentrating the children in camps where only responsible adults can look after them, don’t we have an obligation to try?”

    2. Weird. About 12 years ago, “unilateral” used to be a bad word.

      1. Well depending on what happens in November it may be again come 2017.

        1. Along with the homeless problem.

    3. He said he was using his executive powers as president because the US Congress has failed to address the problem.

      . . .

      He has admitted that his inability to win Congressional backing for what he called “common sense gun laws” was the greatest frustration of his presidency.

      Oh, poor baby. His biggest frustration is that he didn’t completely get his way in everything.

      So, if the president can legislate by executive order, then what’s the *point* of the legislative branch?

      1. So, if the president can legislate by executive order, then what’s the *point* of the legislative branch?

        Leave the people their “traditions”.

        1. Obama’s already got a line for this. “The country is stronger when the Congress approves what the president is doing.” Stalin would be proud.

      2. So anybody else have anything planned around say March 13 through the 16th? (Note to any humorless feds, that was an allusion made in jest.)

  19. Let’s cut down on the nerd talk, guys.

    1. do you even turbolift bro?

      1. do you even lifter bro?

        1. Briefly. Math major, geology minor.

          I don’t remember any of it.

          1. Surely, you must remember that subduction leads to orogeny?

            1. Well, I still read geo books and hike. It’s the FFTs and signal processing that I’m a little fuzzy on. What good has math ever done anyone?

    2. You guys are triggering Playa.

  20. OK, how about sexy nerd pics?

    1. Meant for Pl?ya.

      1. Nothing nerd about that. I like lady parts.

        1. P.S. I hope that phone is on vibrate. Call incoming.

  21. I haven’t seen Ep VII yet. But I did see The Hateful Eight.

    Tarantino makes a good movie. Not as great as Inglourious Basterds, but few films are. Sam Jackson, Tim Roth and Walton Goggins are fantastic.

    1. You have good taste, unlike some people. I’ll have to see that later.

  22. The only thing I shine harder at in this place than foreign policy is movies.

    1. This is the first self-damning with faint praise I’ve ever seen.

      1. He could have bragged of his military prowess too?

  23. The science is settled, haters!

    “GrubHub, an online delivery ordering service, released a list of meals users ordered at a much higher rate on New Year’s Day than on a typical day, according to its report.

    “Users were 3,252-percent more likely to order deep-dish pizza on Jan. 1st, based on the survey. Coming in a far second place at 290-percent, hash browns.”

    1. An online delivery service in Chicago. Try again.

      1. and in Upland Ca

  24. More science: An African-American Studies professor and an “assistant professor of diversity and urban schooling” have coauthored an article about black college students in STEM fields. I’m sure you’ll agree with the results, unless you’re a RACIST:

    “”We have witnessed black students work themselves to the point of extreme illness in attempting to escape the constant threat … of perceived intellectual inferiority,” McGee and Stovall wrote in the study.

    “McGee said in an interview that students she has interviewed have reported panic attacks, seizures, hospitalization and hair loss tied with race-related stresses. She said that, too often, when the students she talked to sought help or tried to report incidents of racism, they were told to “suck it up and survive.”

    “”It is a consistent message that black students hear,” McGee said. “Something is wrong with the system, and we just can’t put the onus on the student.””

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNFMPhKIZXg

      Going nuts is a standard reaction for people some people going after STEM degrees. I don’t see how it’s suddenly becomes a huge issue just because some African Americans can’t hack it.

      1. Stress is racist

      2. “African-American Studies professor and an “assistant professor of diversity and urban schooling””

        That’s all you really need to know. Everything has to be about race.

        1. I feel like the attack on STEM has picked up in the last few weeks alone. Admins will have to choose between making their STEM grads less competitive and kowtowing to the Jacobins.

          1. I had not noticed that but have been distracted the last few weeks. That’s unfortunate because we’re not going to survive in the global marketplace on liberal arts degrees for very long.

    2. “Suck it up and survive” is an important life lesson that everyone needs to be told frequently.

  25. “Oregon Ranching Case Sparks Anti-Government Sentiment”
    […]
    ” The father and son of a prominent Oregon ranching family plan to surrender at a California prison next week after a judge ruled they served too little time for setting fires that spread to government lands they leased to graze cattle.
    […]
    The two were convicted of the arsons three years ago and served time ? the father three months, the son one year. But a judge ruled their terms were too short under federal law and ordered them back to prison for about four years each.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireS…..t-36048971

    Not a slam-dunk, since it involved leased land, but ordering them back to jail smacks of revenge to me.

    1. “It’s the climax of the government’s efforts to take their land ”

      Sounds like more likely more government theft to me. The US Government is just the modern mob and US Attorneys are no more than mob enforcers.

    2. How does this not violate double jeopardy? They were already sentenced for that crime.

      I understand that it’s not exactly being tried twice for the same offense, but if the government can just change their minds and increase the sentence for a previously-sentenced offense, then all sorts of heinous abuses are possible. For example, they could set the maximum sentence of speeding to life in prison, then throw anybody who’s ever been convicted for speeding in jail for arbitrary lengths of time.

  26. Reason has really slowed down on posting articles and now the holidays have made it even worse.

    Saturday morning and I am bored.

    I just noticed that pic of Obumbles shooting what appears to be a Browning Citori. I am not buying it. I think he is shooting blanks there. How apt is that?

    From the awkward way he is holding the gun and the angle of his head it just doesnt look like there is any recoil. Also, the smoke looks funny.

    1. Shameless atrempt at making him look like he’s totally down with guns in light of his upcoming assault on the 2nd amendment.

    2. That photo has been around for a while and I agree; no human holds a rifle like that.

    3. If I recall the story correctly, he happened upon some Army dudes shooting skeet at Camp David and they asked him to take a shot with one of their guns. After that shot, he handed the shotgun back to the Army guy and looked very uncomfortable, like he never wanted to do it in the first place and never wanted to do it again.

      The trees in the background look like they’re leaning left, so I think either the camera was tilted or the image was cropped diagonally to make it look like he was standing up straight after the shot rather than reeling backward.

  27. Just in case you still haven’t seen “Star Wars VII: A New Beginning”, go see it.

    Yes, it’s basically a reboot of the first movie because it intends to be the first of many Disney Presents: Star Wars so they’re clearing the decks and re-setting the stage.

    Yes, it’s aimed at eight-year olds, because most of today’s eight-year olds probably weren’t around in 1977 to see the original.

    Yes, there seems to be a lot of plot holes and unexplained stuff, but this is just Chapter 1 and there will be many more chapters.

    And yes, there are a lot of “convenient coincidences” to move the plot along, almost if there were some sort of cosmic “force” (to coin a phrase and for lack of a better word) pushing people toward certain pre-ordained actions despite their belief that they are committing acts of their own free will whether based on whimsy or rationality. Perhaps in future movies, Disney might even invent this “force” thing and incorporate it as a plot device to explain away all these weird coincidences, sell them as a feature rather than a bug. (I’m sure Disney won’t just call it something as mundane as “A Force”, they’ll come up with some cool name for it.)

    The movie isn’t steak, it’s popcorn, but it’s pretty damn good popcorn and it promises that the next and the next and the next ones will meet fairly high standards and expectations.

    1. Popcorn is just as good as a goddamn fire-grilled ribeye when the moons slip behind the violet vapor giants and the shadows under the clawing oaks melt into each others organic angst and that fucking shit film from 1956 suddenly trumps the moment for, well, a moment. Popcorn is pleasure’s moment. Juicy steak is pleasure’s minute.

    2. Yes, it’s basically a reboot of the first movie because it intends to be the first of many Disney Presents: Star Wars so they’re clearing the decks and re-setting the stage.

      It’s not a reboot, it’s a remake. Reboots don’t borrow the same plot from the original, they present an alternative plot that replaces the original.

      Yes, it’s aimed at eight-year olds, because most of today’s eight-year olds probably weren’t around in 1977 to see the original.

      I wasn’t around in 1977, but have seen the original. It shouldn’t be hard to imagine how. And indeed have seen the original IN A MOVIE THEATER, so don’t try that excuse either.

      Yes, there seems to be a lot of plot holes and unexplained stuff, but this is just Chapter 1 and there will be many more chapters.

      This has to be my favorite fanboy explanation. The writers were just hiding their originality and creativity during this first movie, but will display it during the subsequent ones! Hint: the next two are going to be carbon copies of ESB and ROTJ, at least the parts that weren’t used up in this carbon copy of ANH.

    3. Yes, it’s basically a reboot of the first movie because it intends to be the first of many Disney Presents: Star Wars so they’re clearing the decks and re-setting the stage.

      It’s not a reboot, it’s a remake. Reboots don’t borrow the same plot from the original, they present an alternative plot that replaces the original.

      Yes, it’s aimed at eight-year olds, because most of today’s eight-year olds probably weren’t around in 1977 to see the original.

      I wasn’t around in 1977, but have seen the original. It shouldn’t be hard to imagine how. And indeed have seen the original IN A MOVIE THEATER, so don’t try that excuse either.

      Yes, there seems to be a lot of plot holes and unexplained stuff, but this is just Chapter 1 and there will be many more chapters.

      This has to be my favorite fanboy explanation. The writers were just hiding their originality and creativity during this first movie, but will display it during the subsequent ones! Hint: the next two are going to be carbon copies of ESB and ROTJ, at least the parts that weren’t used up in this carbon copy of ANH.

      1. And yes, there are a lot of “convenient coincidences” to move the plot along, almost if there were some sort of cosmic “force” (to coin a phrase and for lack of a better word) pushing people toward certain pre-ordained actions despite their belief that they are committing acts of their own free will whether based on whimsy or rationality.

        Sounds like a terrible plot. Why would I be interested in following the events and characters in a story where events have no consequences and characters have no free will, and the outcome is preordained by an inanimate “force”. That’s NOT what the OT was. Abrams/Disney are pulling a George Costanza here, and it appears to be working for them. (“They’ll watch it because it’s on TV” vs “They’ll watch it because it’s called Star Wars”)

        The movie isn’t steak, it’s popcorn, but it’s pretty damn good popcorn and it promises that the next and the next and the next ones will meet fairly high standards and expectations.

        Why do you think the next ones will be better? There is absolutely NO justification for that.

  28. Doom will never be doomed, love. It has only trickled into the amorphous and exceedingly clever so that it may prance glibly betwixt the inquisitive optimisms of nomadic reason.

    But, since we all wish that Reason writers live gainfully employed so that they may enjoy the lively fruits of laborious intention may your script sell super fucking well, sir.

  29. Who knew that war and ethnic strife could have such potentially positive side-effects?

    “Ukraine, which marks Christmas on 7 January in accordance with Orthodox Christian tradition, has begun a national debate about whether it should also celebrate on 25 December, a step that would bring it into line with western Europe.

    “The debate, reflecting the country’s re-examination of national identity under the impact of the falling-out with Russia, could sharply divide opinion and comes amid a heightened battle for influence between the Russian and Ukrainian branches of the Orthodox church….

    “Activists in favour of making 25 December, an ordinary working day in Ukraine, an official holiday have launched two petitions that have appeared on the presidential website.

    “If they garner enough support, the president, Petro Poroshenko, will have to consider the matter, though the Ukrainian parliament would have the final word.

    “Oleksandr Turchynov, the secretary of Ukraine’s security council, has backed the idea, saying he favours a transition period during which Ukrainians could celebrate Christmas on both 25 December and 7 January.”

    1. Yep – so positive when the peons feel they must have the approval of ‘Top Men’ to celebrate a religious holiday.

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