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How Reality is Like a Circle, and Not Politically Correct

Reality as it is incorporated into the brain is neither tame nor sequential. It is cyclical and wild. The sooner we learn to equip our young to deal with the evolving world as it is — rather than an idealised … Continue reading

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This’ll Kill Ya: They’re Coming For Your Electric Power

Up to 90% of the inhabitants of advanced nations would die within one year, if all electrical power were lost. No, I Am Not Talking About Electromagnetic Pulse Although both North Korea and Iran are steadily working to build the … Continue reading

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Even in Gas-Rich USA, Nuclear Energy is the Future

Nuclear demand is high where air pollution is at its worst and where economic activity is fast and furious — in Asia generally, and in China and India in particular… China and India are building half of the 60 new … Continue reading

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Astounding Ghost Towers of Shanghai

A dangerous proportion of China’s vaunted GDP is based upon capital misallocation, overproduction, and “broken window” style investments. The “demolish and build” cycle so prominent in many Chinese cities is only one case in point. Human “Monkey Brains” are Easily … Continue reading

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For the Good of the Species: Older Men Mating with Younger Babes

Re-published from the “Al Fin, You Sexy Thing!” blog Research published in PNAS reveals that the sperm of older men tends to have longer telomeres, conferring an advantage in longevity to offspring. Dr Dan Eisenberg and colleagues from the Department … Continue reading

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Emerging Ghost Malls, Hotels, Office Buildings and Cities of Africa

We usually think of China when contemplating “ghost cities” and other ghost real estate properties. But the Chinese propensity to build infrastructure far in advance of actual demand is not limited to the Middle Kingdom. The Chinese Communist Party wants … Continue reading

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Why College Students & Recent Grads Can’t Think

Freshmen and seniors at about 200 colleges across the U.S. take a little-known test every year to measure how much better they get at learning to think. The results are discouraging . From a report: At more than half of … Continue reading

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On the Verge of an AI-pocalypse?

For 70 years we have been told that we are on the verge of a machine apocalypse — the near-total replacement of humans by machines across society. But the gap between the reality and the hype remains wide. Artificial Intelligence: … Continue reading

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The 3 Empires of the 21st Century

Just over 100 years ago at the dawn of the 20th century, the world was awash in empires. Once strong empires such as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire, the Tsarist Russian Empire, The British Empire, The German Empire, The … Continue reading

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The Importance of Versatility

A Dangerous Child will master at least three means of financial independence by the age of 18 years. And that is just the beginning. Dangerous Children continue to learn and master new skills and competencies their entire lives, in order … Continue reading

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Is “Image” Really Everything?

Note: In an age when most of mainstream international media is united in prosecuting an “image war” against an unconventional but accomplished US president — using unnamed sources, innuendo, and all the weapons of propaganda — we must remember the … Continue reading

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How to Think Better

1. Understand deeply 2. Make mistakes 3. Raise questions 4. Follow the flow of ideas 5. Change __ Burger and Starbird, quoted here Note: The following article is adapted from a piece previously published on The Dangerous Child blog How … Continue reading

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Looking at Trump as if He Were Not Crazy

Some of President Trump’s tweets and actions — such as the abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey — seem almost nonsensical. The media and general punditry certainly want to paint Trump in all shades of crazy, but what if … Continue reading

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Climate Change Hurrah! CO2 and the Greening Earth

More CO2 Leads to More Forests! Greenhouse operators have long known that enhancing CO2 levels enhances plant growth. Research scientists are discovering that higher atmospheric CO2 levels boost biological growth on land (and sea). We show a persistent and widespread … Continue reading

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High Tax / Low Opportunity States Losing People

States that voted for Hillary are going broke and losing the people and businesses they cannot afford to lose. High-tax states are losing human capital and financial wealth to low-tax states with more personal and regulatory freedom. When people leave … Continue reading

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Russia: Saving the Country; Losing the Empire

Things can get messy when an empire devolves and fragments, as they always do. It has been a traumatic 100 years for Russia, and it looks like it may get a lot worse. The Rise of the Russian Empire and … Continue reading

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China Road to World Domination Hits Snags

… it’s almost certain that the amount of money that makes its way into Belt-and-Road projects will be significantly lower than advertised. Grand in ambition but short on details, Xi’s sweeping initiative may be better thought of as a “philosophy” … Continue reading

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Everything You Believe is a Lie

None of it is your fault. It is just the way the human brain is made. The brain tries to resolve ambiguities in the best way it can, using all the innate quirks of our senses, emotions, and rational thought … Continue reading

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Three Mechanisms Helping to Create a Dumber World

How Dysgenics Might Come About Physicist and Population Geneticist Greg Cochran: There are three main ways in which IQ could decrease: I. Selection could favor lower IQ within a group. How fast? [AF Example: Biased government supports to less qualified … Continue reading

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Is the George Soros Gang Trying to Incite a US Civil War?

Shortly after the 2016 US elections which placed Donald Trump in the White House, George Soros met with a cabal of like-minded disaffected dementors to devise a path of destruction for the incoming Trump administration. It is not that these … Continue reading

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“Chinese [and World] Financial Flaws Leading to War”

War is Coming Discussion of China’s multi-faceted predicament begins near the 33 minute mark in the video below. The speaker anticipates a cascading war encompassing most regions of the globe as a result of economic constraints in China (poor supply … Continue reading

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US Murder Map: Looking for Visual Correlations

US Murder Map 2014 Most of the murders in the US are committed within a particular set of locations. The map above helps to highlight the US counties where most homicides take place. In 2014, the most recent year that … Continue reading

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Good, Bad, and Ugly in Putin’s Russia

Incomes are up, but only because government workers’ wages are rising so fast. Bank deposits and the national reserve fund are at their lowest. “… missile factories are almost at a standstill because of shortages of parts and problems with … Continue reading

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Why are Today’s Young So Juvenile?

Update: The fantasies of today’s young speak ill of their upbringing and education. Earlier generations took on responsibility at young ages. Benjamin Franklin left school and began his working career at age 10. His writing career began at age 12 … Continue reading

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Making Your Home Self Sufficient in Power and Heat

Making Your Own Heat and Electricity In Any Climate or Location Suddenly it is becoming possible to make all the electricity and heat for your home that you could need — no matter your latitude or weather conditions. Using “micro … Continue reading

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