WhoWhatWhy is Not as Good as I thought

November 27, 2015

Over the years I’ve enjoyed reading WhoWhatWhy.org, especially Russ Baker’s books. I considered them insightful, interesting, intriguing, and educational. I learned more about critical thinking by reading those books. Sometimes unbelievable, but I gave him a lot of slack as the cases he presented case seemed solid and logical. It was easy to jump to the conclusion that he had a head on his shoulders that worked.

Recently he posted an article “Expert Panel Flunks Republicans on Climate Science” which was a commentary on the recent AP posting of same. The eight scientists were are “Mann, Dessler, Elsner, McCarthy, Bradtmiller, Vincent, William Easterling at Pennsylvania State University and Matthew Huber at the University of New Hampshire.”

Humm. Illustrious list, I guess. I only know of a couple of the names and I wouldn’t call them particularly credible.

I put in a comment, with the best of all intentions that said “Suggest you do a little more research on this “climate change problem”. Start with all the scandals and posted a working link to the list recently posted at Scottish Sceptic. A little bit of learning would go a long way. They kept the start of the comment, but deleted the link.

That immediately got “News Nag” to say back to me: “Hahaha. Scandals. You WISH. But I guess that’s all you’ve got. That and the bogus consensus denial.”

Gosh. Says nothing. Clearly lacking in education or ability to learn.

Later Russ Baker himself provided a rant which clearly does not share my understanding of the situation (which is why I suggested he do a little more research). To that rant I replied that he “Get Prof Judith Curry of Georgia Tech on the phone and discuss. Use in your podcast. Perhaps also consider Prof Richard Lindzen of MIT. There are so many others.”.

Gosh, but they “deleted” that comment!!!!

Can’t stand the heat, I guess. Clearly align themselves with how Fascists think.


WhoWhatWhy.org is now deleted from my podcast list, and my daily RSS reading list. As are Russ Baker’s book on the Bush family from my Kindle. I was going to read it again. Clearly he has a soft mind and I can’t take anything he says or writes with any authority. Slack and credibility destroyed.

“Being Nixon”

November 19, 2015

I am really enjoying “Being Nixon” by Evan Thomas. I had first heard about the books on more than one podcast I listen to. I’m very much reminded how effective Mr. Nixon was throughout his career. It is a pity he succumbed to the shenanigans we now call Watergate.

Too bad he isn’t around now as President.

BBC is Ecstatic about America “finally taking steps to combat climate change”

August 3, 2015

Today the US Government announced what I believe are malformed and illogical new plans for “combating climate change.” The BBC can’t contain themselves. They love it. The BBC is part of the world movement to drive back to Medieval times.

They used most of the propaganda tricks of the trade in their 6 p.m. television news cast this evening with visual and audio clues, including using the word “carbon” to suggest that “black icky pollutant” rather than that trace gas, carbon-dioxide which is essential for live on earth. We probably need more of it and not less.

The worst visual was their representation was that “back icky stuff” pouring out of a power plant.

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Actually it’s probably steam and water vapour with back-lighting from the sun to make it appear to be that “black icky stuff”.



July 30, 2015

Leo Laporte recently reminded me on his excellent Podcast Triangulation of the site Mashable.

Mashable is good. Better than good. It’s great. It’s going to go into my “read every day” list.

I’m also pleased that successful reading Mashable involves pressing the PgDn key. I’ve been a dabbler in building and publishing simple content-focused web pages since the mid 1990’s. Most of the time my designs expected the user to PgDn and PgUp as part of the navigation. Over and over I was advised by “real” web designers that relying on PgDn and PgUp was not good web design. Their expectations were that the web site should be more like what people see on televisions.

I’m glad the world has caught up to me.

Great Show on Large Hadron Collider

July 11, 2015

A few years ago, due to me taking a hard fall, my son and I stopped our skiing early in the week and on the way home through Geneva we stopped and toured the Large Hadron Collider. Fascinating place.

I ran across the recent show on YouTube about the re-start. Recommended viewing.

Privacy of Account Transactions at Big UK Bank

June 30, 2015

My bank–let’s call it The Big Bank–recently let me know of a future new service called “CashBack” where they offer 3% cash back per month on utilities and household bills, e.g. Council Tax, gas, electricity, TV packages, water bills, phone, broadband, and mobile contracts. This “benefit” costs £2 per month.

The bank told me that their calculation for me indicates that I would get approximately £17 per month back. So … the idea is give the bank £2 per month and they give me back £17. Humm. As an “investment” looks to be a no-brainer. Better look more closely.

  • Who is paying the delta between £17 and £2?
  • I can’t imagine The Big Bank taking the hit. So the service provider is probably subsidising this partially or whole? Why can’t the service providers simply reduce their costs instead of this scheme?
  • Use a now-favourite term, this doesn’t seem sustainable. Doesn’t taste well.

Most importantly, why did The Big Bank feel the right to inspect my banking transactions to determine the £17 savings I could incur? They could not compute this possible savings without looking at my banking transactions. Is this proper and in conformance with banking privacy rules, regulations, and law?

Seems as if The Big Bank has a lot of time on their hands to shuffle money around to no benefit to society. I wonder who benefits by how much?

I declined this “benefit”.

MySQL on MySQLWorkbench on OS X Yosemite

April 1, 2015

I upgraded my laptop to Yosemite (Mac OS X Version 10.10.2). It’s good. I like the simpler graphics. Far as I can tell so far, all my applications work properly but I had problems with MySQLWorkbench which was crashing when I attempted to start the local MySQL server. I didn’t know if the problem was MySQLWorkbench or with MySQL.

I used Google to find out if others reported the same problem with solutions and didn’t get very far. The solutions were for other problems.

Here’s what I did and I hope it helps others who see this.

1. From https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/workbench/ downloaded and installed version 6.3

2. From http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/downloaded and installed version 5.6.23

3. Launched MySQLWorkbench and was disappointed that it still crashed.

4. In the Terminal, started MySQL Server with the command: “sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start”

5. This start command worked and apparently had the affect of creating the files needed for MySQL to configure itself and and start properly.

6. Re-lauched MySQLWorkbench and connected to the Local server. It detected that MySQL was running. I tested further by starting and stoping the server via MySQLWorkBench.

All now seems to be ok for my needs.


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