Over-reliance on models, misapplication of statistical methods, and lack of repeatability are the hallmarks of the new pseudoscience that is replacing the traditional practice of science, real science. Has science entered a death spiral, as indifferent, inept scientists raise up new generations of even poorer researchers? The facts look grim.
Now perhaps the contention that science might have entered a “death spiral” is a bit of an overstatement, but there is no question that it has, in a way I’ve not noticed before, begun serving politics in many areas. Agenda driven science – the money dictates the outcome – is clearly upon us. And in that regard, it is apparent a significant portion of “science” is “for sale”.
Economic ignorance has struck again as the Obama Administration has unilaterally decided that the overtime rules need to be revamped and expanded to include overtime pay for higher wage workers. As usual, they seem completely unfamiliar with the concept that labor is a cost to business. And therefore, increasing costs usually means less profit. So since businesses are all about profit (not paying higher and higher wages or providing jobs), business will do what is necessary to allay these costs. The White House is sure it has hit on a means of making the middle class “stronger”.
Increasing overtime protections is another step in the President’s effort to grow and strengthen the middle class by raising Americans’ wages. This extra income will not only mean a better life for American families impacted by overtime protections, but will boost our economy across the board as these families spend their hard-earned wages.
Yup, they’ll spend their hard earned increased wages on products with now higher prices, because, you know, labor is a cost to business and there are only so many ways you can lay off that increased cost. One of them, of course, is automation. What the administration is doing, by this economically ignorant move, is making automation more attractive.
Oh, and as Reason points out, how smart is it to make labor cost more in a struggling economy (2% growth). Not very.
Yes … the outcome of this sort of nonsense is completely predictable, as usual. Damn those laws of economics!
If you’re interested in the latest in uncritical thinking from the SJWs of the left, try this:
“How am I a white supremacist?” self-described “white ally” Emily Pothast asks in a piece for The Establishment titled “True Confessions Of A White Supremacist.”
“Well, I was born and raised in the United States of America, a country built by slave labor on stolen land, and every privilege I’ve ever enjoyed has come at the expense of someone else’s oppression,” she answers.
“The very foundations of my way of life are in white supremacy, and the list of microaggressions I have committed, and will no doubt continue to commit in spite of my ‘good intentions’ for as long as I’m alive, is virtually endless,” she writes.
Everything she is, has or ever will be has “come at the expense of someone else’s oppression”. What a absurd take this misguided youth has on her life. This is purely the result of combining uncritical thinking with a single point of view from which one isn’t allowed to deviate. I say uncritical thinking because it wouldn’t take much in terms of basic reasoning to know how badly flawed this premise is. She undoubtedly thinks she has penned something brilliant because her echo chamber (and mentors in this silliness) have made approving noises about her groveling bit of self-criticism and apparent “enlightenment”.
I call them The New Red Guard for a reason.
You remember the Rolling Stone story about “Jackie” at the University of Virginia who claimed to have been raped at a fraternity party by five guys? Well, that story fell apart quickly when people, other than the Rolling Stone author, actually started to look into the details. Of course plenty of damage had been done by then, but it pretty much discredited “Jackie” and Rolling Stone (not a first for them).
Well, there are civil suits going on now and apparently, the plaintiff’s lawyers in the case may have found a “smoking gun” in reference to “Jackie” and her false charges:
New evidence shows that a University of Virginia student who alleged that she was gang raped at a campus fraternity created the fake persona of the alleged ringleader of the attack, according to lawyers representing a U-Va. official who is suing Rolling Stone magazine for defamation. …
The data from Yahoo that Eramo’s lawyers acquired via subpoena shows that the e-mail account “Haven.firstname.lastname@example.org” was created on Oct. 2, 2012 while connected to U-Va.’s computer network. The next day, Duffin received an e-mail from “Haven” passing on a letter Jackie had written to “Haven” about Duffin. In the letter, Jackie confesses her love for Duffin.
If you’ve followed the case you know the “fake persona” was key to Jackie’s claims. Now, it appears, it was Jackie who created Mr. Monahan.
Rape and rape allegations should be taken seriously, got that … we all have got that. But there isn’t anything lower than someone who sets out to fabricate a felony offense against others for whatever stupid reason. And they should have their lives ruined … just like they attempted to ruin the life or lives of others. Rape charges should be taken seriously. But not anymore seriously, in my opinion, that false rape charges. As someone said once after being falsely charged, “where do I go to get my reputation back?” And, in the age of the internet, we all know the answer.
For the latest chapter in the ongoing academic Theater of the Absurd, starring the special snowflakes of the millennial generation, we have to travel to California State University – Los Angeles, where a special batch of SJWs are having one heck of a time getting over their trauma of two months ago:
“On February 25th, our campus experienced immense hurt and trauma,” states the description for the event, which will take place on Tuesday night.
“Almost two months later, students are still feeling the emotional, mental, and physical effects that this event posed, and nothing has been done to facilitate our healing,” it continues. “How can we help each other heal and move forward? How were you affected emotionally, physically, psychologically?”
Thankfully there’s been a “healing space” set up for these poor traumatized and abused children.
Of course the fact that most of them didn’t even attend the speech in question isn’t important here … it’s how they “feel” in relation to it.
Ack, I can’t take anymore of this.
Have a great weekend!