Monthly Archives: May 2018

Jordan Peterson is Still Evolving

Attempts to Take Peterson Down Make Him Stronger Public attacks in the media against Jordan Peterson have become more frequent and are taking on a level of viciousness seldom leveled against mild-mannered scholars of psychology and human archetypes. Oddly, Peterson … Continue reading

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Dawn of a New Space Age

Elon Musk is planning to build a city of one million humans on Mars over the next few decades. Jeff Bezos wants to put between one million and one trillion humans into space to live and work. Robert Zubrin has … Continue reading

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The Attempted Honour Killing of Jordan B. Peterson

In some traditions, fathers are expected to murder any offspring who have brought dishonour upon the family. This homicidal tradition comes to light most commonly when a Muslim father murders a daughter who has been indiscreet in a sexual way. … Continue reading

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Can Women Really Think?

Clearly, yes, women can really think. But on a statistical basis at the highest levels where progress is made, can elite women perform at the same levels as elite men? Only 48 of 900 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to … Continue reading

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Xi Jinping’s Extreme Makeover: Marxism that Really Works!

China’s president-for-life Xi Jinping has turned to “born-again Marxism” in an effort to revise history and to re-shape national consciousness around a more malleable model that suits his purposes. … Xi and his supporters [are] now trying to use [Marx] … Continue reading

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Wind Power’s Limits to Growth

Every technology contains an innate “economy of scale” for the system within which it operates. As seen in the graph below, grid-scale wind energy is beginning to run into inherent limits of applicability in US power grids: The amount of … Continue reading

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Support Your Local Brewer

American Craft Beer Week 2018: May 14 to May 20 Americans begin celebrating the 2018 American Craft Beer Week today. I am not certain why the celebration is for only one week of the year, but perhaps that will be … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: Alone Against the Apocalypse?

Fighting Chaos with Chaos? Trump as “Chaos-Master” Faces Down Forces of Doom From its start, the Trump administration has been plagued by charges of “chaos.” From the revolving door of senior staffers — including two secretaries of state, three national … Continue reading

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Cyborgs and Longevity: Simplification and Redundancy

Simplification, Functionality, and Redundancy Altering man’s bodily functions to meet the requirements of extraterrestrial environments would be more logical than providing an earthly environment for him in space . . . Artifact-organism systems which would extend man’s unconscious, self-regulatory controls … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson and the Rise of the New Chautauqua

The Return of Public Lectures Useful to the Public Back in late 19th and early 20th century America, “Chautauqua circuits” of public lectures swept across the states. This was long before radio and television — and a hundred years before … Continue reading

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Russians are Celebrating More Putin and Victory Over Nazis

More Years of Putin, More Celebrations of Past Glories On 9 May, Russians will again celebrate a WWII victory over Nazi Germany. And they will also celebrate yet more years of Putin to come. The two things amount to the … Continue reading

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China’s Marshmallow Days

China Economic Blockbuster Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain __ The Wizard of Oz (1939) Despite appreciable slowing of China’s economic growth rates, the Middle Kingdom is riding a glittering wave of apparent wealth. The dragon maintains … Continue reading

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What’s Holding Blacks Back?

It Feels Good to Be a Victim … blacks, inevitably, suffer from a classic post-colonial inferiority complex. Like insecure people everywhere, they are driven by a private sense of personal inadequacy to seeing imaginary obstacles to their success supposedly planted … Continue reading

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A Future in Space

World’s Richest Man Dreams of Vast Numbers Living in Space Jeff Bezos — worth about $130 billion — dreams of a future where a trillion people live in outer space. The more room that is made for bright humans to … Continue reading

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US Nuclear Power Industry Starts Waking Up

NuScale Power’s small modular fission reactor for producing both electricity and industrial process heat has completed an extensive and rigorous review by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The process required 115,000 hours of scrupulous review, and was carried out quite … Continue reading

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