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Romm Sophistry: Claims Luddhunter’s source is “not germane” – see for yourself

September 2, 2008

Joe Romm is rattled.  If my cite on Joe’s Echo Chamber blog is not germane, then my farts can cure lupus.
My response to minion Benson-mum (which may indeed be spiked this time, by the appeals of his minions): (more…)

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Joe Romm spikes Luddhunter, then issues a spike-recantation combined with “debunk” brushoff

September 2, 2008

Ludd Joe Romm on his climateprogress Gustav alarmist post tried to brush me off as a troll and called my citations “long-debunked”.  Here’s my response:

Joe,

OK forget CEI. I noticed you didn’t mention my second source for claiming Non-Consensus: the Geophysical Research Letters science that came out last year, so if you’ve debunked it, it’s not “long-debunked”, and I’d like to see the debunk.  If you spike this one, I’ll know I’m on to something.  I’ll take your debunk at face value and promise not to troll again (on this thread). (more…)

Mandated Livestock Exercise? What’s Next, Unlimited Death Row Appeals to the Governator?

August 27, 2008

My take on Prop 2, posted on orangejuiceblog about animal exercise reg.

 

I’m for animal exercise for a totally utilitarian reason, but I’m not for prop 2 if it requires animal exercise.

A better muscled, leaner animal will have a higher quality meat than a sedentary one, and whenever I could afford exercised livestock meat products, I would buy them.

So it’s a win-win, if you can say that the animal has a higher quality life through exercise before it is slaughtered.

But I don’t support mandating exercise, because if a livestock company wants to try for a price/quality point that is lower quality-lower price, they should be able to go for it.  Mandating exercise will drive the price up for all animals that are affected by the regulation.

The sabre-cats never let our ancestors run around for a while before catching us for the evening feast, so now that we’re on top of the food chain, we (individually) should get to make the choice of what food we hunt and gather and how we prepare it.

Chairman Mao makes an appearance in the NBC Olympic Opening Ceremony Montage

August 8, 2008

Replay your TiVo, the worst genocide perpetrator in Asian history gets many flashes (5 by my count) in the intro montage.  I think I speak for many when I say that Mao represents the opposite of meritorious competition.  He was a piece of shit dictator that needs condemnation, not a promo by NBC. Fuck you Mao and fuck NBC for showing your image.

Busting the chops of the doc who says your phone can kill you

July 24, 2008

CELL PHONE SCARE! THROW IT AWAY OR DIE!

Prominent Cancer Doctor Warns About Cellphones

The head of a prominent cancer research institute has warned his faculty and staff to limit cellphone use because of a possible cancer risk, The Associated Press reports.

Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, the director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, notes that while the evidence about a cellphone-cancer link remains unclear, people should take precautions, particularly for children….

 

MY RESPONSE

Classic headline hunting by Herberman.

The precautionary principle can be used rationally (no science needed to avoid obvious causes of harm), or irrationally (no evidence exists for X causing harm, but there are some correlations, no matter how weak, so you should avoid X).

Starstruck scientsts like Herberman love the precautionary principle (PP) because it allows them to get attention without doing real work.

Anti-technology statists (Ludds) also love the PP because it’s so easy to spin vague correlations into full-blown technology scares. In this way, they motivate irrational bans, and further their agenda of stopping technical progress and economic growth.

AZ above is an obvious Ludd:
“There is no harm created by lessening or discontinuing cell phone use.”

This statement is economically absurd. He/she sees no downside to not using a device which by any account improves productivity greatly for mobile business users.

Herberman making this kind of public statement is like yelling fire in the proverbial crowded theater. There ought to be legal consequences if some Ludd-loaded city council bans cell phone use in any way due to this junk science.

Joey Panto

— Posted by Luddhunter

Arguments “Stuffed” with Socialist Dreams and “Starved” of Economic Logic

July 20, 2008

Here’s my response to Raj Patel’s post on his blog named after his collectivist work on food shortages “Stuffed and Starved”:

Raj,
Your incessant indignant demonization of capitalism as the cause of food shortages does not distract me or anyone else who understands markets from the fact that your economic arguments are Marxist drivel, and your cultural food practice critiques are statist utopian fantasies:

1. This propagandistic documentary you embed was produced by Al-Jazeera, not exactly a credible journal for discovering economic root causes of shortages. No surprise they blame the U.S. for the majority of the problem. However I agree that protectionism and subsidies damage economies, including Haiti’s, and I think the US should eliminate farm subsidies.

2. On the CSPAN interview with Evan Kleiman (another collectivist with masturbatory polyannic visions), you imply that India was better off with a feudal system of food production and distribution, you concur with Kleiman that “corporate greed” is the reason for current shortages, you imply that we are worse off because people are “forced” to spend less time preparing food, because they don’t get paid enough or don’t have a 2-hr lunchbreak….that we are “joyless” when we eat now…no surprise you advocate “living wages”, universal healthcare, mandatory 2 hour lunches, and other ridiculous radical leftist dreams.

Let me help you out:

1. Food shortages are caused by either actual crop failure or natural barriers restricting distibution, or centralized economic policy: intentional restriction of supply, or price controls (3rd party pricing, subsidies, tariffs, taxes, or excessive regulations). You know that the Haitian shortages are caused by bad central policy that includes Haitian bad policy, not just bad US policy).

2. India has 1 billion people now and a fast growing economy because of capitalism, and only needing 8 minutes to prepare a meal. People CHOOSE to prepare food for 8 minutes, they’re not “forced”, they simply want to build their wealth, health, and security by doing what they are good at. No shocker that your “Slow Food” program you advocate was born out of socialism, as you admit. Old ideology, discredited, and rightfully derided.

3. Your admitted anger over the food situation is not an argument for the economic sense of your analysis. If people are angry about it, maybe they should work to get rid of illiberal policies which create artificial shortages and surpluses.

Why don’t you read a little of “Wealth of Nations” and compare it logically and historically to the promise of “The Communist Manifesto”, as ask yourself if you want to teach your kids be latched mentally and physically to the big tits of government for their whole lives, or would you perhaps be prouder if they were independent self-starters?

Stop being a parasite, get off the wagon, and grab a rope and start pulling your weight.

If you want to debate, I’m inviting you to come on my podcast show on joeypanto.com.
Email me on joey@joeypanto.com if you are interested.

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Home Schooling and Intellectual Freedom

April 25, 2008

Check out joeypanto.com for a new recording of a speech by home schooling activist Alexandra Goldburt at the San Pedro LP dinner meeting on April 17.  Alexandra warns of government plans to remove the freedom for citizens to homeschool your kids, relates horror stories experienced by home schoolers, and advises us how to defend this freedom, which is one of our principal defenses against government propaganda and statist indoctrination.  Raised in the former USSR, Alexandra knows about indoctrination.

The left loves to protect their tenured collectivist hacks in universities by claiming the right of intellectual freedom. Yet they have no problem with public schools teaching radical environmentalist propoaganda to kids without even a hint that the information may be controversial.

This happened in my 14-year old daughter’s science class the other day. The teacher showed a part of Al Gore’s propaganda blockbuster, An Inconvenient Truth, presenting is as cold fact.

Obviously this hits home with the Luddhunter. Such indoctrination is unacceptable. The tempting solution is to grab the teacher by the neck and inform he or she that the next time that piece of shit flick is showed to a child by him/her, he/she will be digging the DVD out of his/her totalitarian ass.

But the legal way to do it is by a letter campaign. Write the school, addressign the teacher, copy the principal, complain clearly, and say you expect an answer within a week, and if you don’t get it, you will forward the letter to the superintendent of the school board and the State dept of education. Then do it if you get no answer. If you get no answer from above, publish the letters on a blog like this one (wordpress has a free blog service), and write your newspaper with the story of the propaganda and the non-response.

I have done step one of the above, but prefer to keep the actual letter private for now, until I get my answer.

Go Tech!

Conserve This

April 18, 2008

Here’s a letter I just wrote to the Nature Conservancy.  I’ll reprint the response if I get one.

Dear Ludds at the Nature Conservancy 

Your radio ad now running in Washington State about climate change destroying habitats which implies that humans are causing animal extinctions is a propagandistic crock of horse hockey.  Your apocalytic wailings are the product of ideological groupthink that disregards reasonable probabilities and advocates return to a pre-industrial utopian wet dream.  What you forget is that “nature” has almost rendered us extinct a few times in early human history, and will do so again if we do not fortify our habitats with walls and heat and supply chains and stores of food.  This takes industrial capacity.  De-industrialize, and we shall certainly become extinct by cataclysm.   I’m for Industrial Conservancy, and I suspect you are for yourselves, but not for others.

Luddhunter

Ludd Refuted on Capitalism and Humanity

March 20, 2008

 Here’s a Ludd diatribe the Luddhunter found on the Village Voice comments to David Mamet’s coming-out article declaring his conservatism.  It’s by a real pure Ludd named Mitchell.  Hope he responds, it’s fun to read the screeds of such devout anti-capitalists.

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