Monthly Archives: December 2019

The Slow Death from Smoldering Inflammation

Acute, short-term inflammation is important to fight infections and to heal from injuries. But smoldering, chronic inflammation will eventually kill you. Slow, chronic inflammation is linked to several diseases of ageing including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint diseases, COPD, and inflammatory … Continue reading

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In California You Must Have Solar Panels

As of January 1, 2020, all new houses built in California must incorporate photovoltaic panels in the construction. This government mandate is expected to add between $9,000 and $20,000 to the cost of each new home. Median home prices in … Continue reading

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Where Electric Power is in Short Supply

In sub Saharan Africa, across MENA, and in large parts of Asia, many millions of people must live without reliable access to electric power. For most of these countries the problem is that the humans who live in these countries … Continue reading

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Global Economic Foreshocks

Anglospheric Economies Set to Grow Anglospheric countries such as the UK, Canada, and the US are expected to experience economic growth. The UK is expected to benefit from a new trade agreement with the US, perhaps similar to the one … Continue reading

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A Long List of Top Science Websites in 2019

Here are a few dozen of the best-rated science websites this past year: Science News Sites Science News Live Science EurekAlert! Sciencemag PopSci The Scientist Nature Science Daily Discover Quanta Ars Technica Smithsonian Cosmos Scientific American Space Chemistry World … Continue reading

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A Key Ingredient of Europe’s Decline

We already know about the demographic meltdown of Europe. With fewer and fewer young people, Europe is slowly evolving into the world’s largest and most expensive retirement home. We already know about the flood of violent immigrants rushing to take … Continue reading

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Christmas Present for Wifeless Chinese Men

Thank you, Santa! Resourceful communist party officials in Beijing have uncovered a hidden treasure trove of women that it can use to help satisfy its growing masses of surplus young men. Han Chinese men had been assigned to monitor the … Continue reading

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Things are Getting Less Expensive

Consider the modern television set: The last TV I bought was a 43-inch smart TV that cost me roughly $500 in 2016; it’s no longer in my possession, but my old roommate is still using it to his great joy. … Continue reading

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Ending Your Life So As to Live a Better One

“The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not.” __ Albert Camus Most of the questions we entertain are frivolous. It is the work of family, schools, employers, advertisers, friends, media, governments, and almost everyone else … Continue reading

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Stories for Heretics and Social Ruffians

Common Biases in Science that Slow Progress to a Crawl A look at some psychological handicaps shared by even the most intelligent scientists, by physicist Sabine Hossenfelder: Take for example loss aversion. This is more commonly known as “throwing good … Continue reading

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The Swamp Doesn’t Want to Be Drained

What is the Swamp? “The Swamp” is a metaphor for the corrupt overgrowth of parasites and leeches that live and operate in and around Washington DC — sucking the productivity and prosperity out the people of America who work for … Continue reading

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Science: What it Is

Science is a Verb Science is an active and systematic way of building knowledge upon knowledge. We call it “the scientific method:” The steps of the scientific method go something like this: Make an observation or observations. Ask questions about … Continue reading

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Oil: For Every Barrel Consumed, Two Are Discovered

“For every barrel of oil consumed over the past 35 years, two new barrels have been discovered.” In other words, technology has increased the available oil despite the fact that humans have been using it at an increasing rate for … Continue reading

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You’ll Always Have “Racism”

Young girls and boys like to dream big dreams. As they grow older, the real world often encourages them to compromise — to scale down their dreams. How people react to the bruising of their childhood dreams tells you a … Continue reading

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If This is the Best they Can Do . . .

… And it probably is. Joe Rogan’s congenial interview with presidential candidate Andrew Yang brought more attention to the former entrepreneur than any advertising his campaign may have bought. He is clearly at or near the top of the field … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Drugs for PTSD, Depression, Addiction

First Medical Marijuana, Next Medical Psychedelics? Western societies are marching toward a world where the use of psychedelic drugs in medicine will be commonplace. Some of the applications for these drugs are discussed below: In March, the U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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Three Years You May Want to Hibernate

Years 34, 60, and 78: When Bad Things Happen Scientists working at Stanford University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and institutions in Germany and Italy, have determined that protein markers for human ageing change significantly during three years of a … Continue reading

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Surprising Survival Food: Acorns

Acorns are good food Acorns can have a taste anywhere between hazel nuts and sunflower seeds, depending upon the type of oak and the growing conditions for a particular year. Acorns have been tested and found to be possibly the … Continue reading

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Genetic Load, Deleterious Genes, Gene Therapy

Genetic Load We are all mutants We all know things about ourselves that we would like to change. But if we only knew more about our genes — good and bad — we would probably know a lot more things … Continue reading

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Very Cute; But Can they Think?

Only 9% of OECD Youth Can Interpret What They Read They are cute. They have lots of self esteem. But they can’t read a complex narrative and interpret the ideas. They cannot “distinguish between fact and opinion.” In the US, … Continue reading

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Inside the “China Model”

The “China Model” of government is being promoted widely in political circles as an explanation for China’s economic rise over the past 40 years. US billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is among the latest to advocate this system. But … Continue reading

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Selling the Rope to be Hanged By: Then and Now

This is a tale of two suicides — one averted in the 1980s, the other in progress with an uncertain fate. The subject of both suicides is the same: western civilisation. The means of both suicides is the same: selling … Continue reading

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Not as Bad as Africa

Russian HIV incidence rates are not nearly as high as in sub Saharan Africa. But Russia accounts for roughly 2/3 of new HIV cases in Europe. Almost 1% of all Russians have HIV. And the numbers continue to grow. Why … Continue reading

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Europe in the Middle: “Gotta Serve Somebody”

Europe is excessively dependent upon outsiders for its defence, for its energy, for its technology, and increasingly for its workforce. Without a change in direction, the “foundations of Europe’s society and its values will come under increasing strain, as relying … Continue reading

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