Sunday, August 30, 2015

Is It Paranoia or Is It Real?


For John, BLUFProbably Both, in Ms Clinton is involved.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Reporter Bradford Richardson of The Hill gives us "Sanders:  DNC using debates to rig primary".

The Instapundit notes "Hillary performs badly in debates, so the process was structured to protect her."  Then he excerpts:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) believes the Democratic Party is using its meager primary debate line-up to rig the nomination process.

“I do,” Sanders reportedly responded when asked Friday whether he agrees with former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s assertion that the debate schedule is “rigged.”

The two Democratic presidential candidates were speaking at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Summer Meeting in Minneapolis on Friday.

“This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before,” O’Malley said in his speech earlier Friday.

The DNC has drawn criticism for scheduling only four debates before the early primary states cast their votes, and six total throughout the election cycle.

At least the Republicans are having a free for all that is interesting and exciting.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Science Proves [Something]


For John, BLUFI have confidence in science.  I have even more when it appears as engineering.  But even that isn't a guarantee.  Remember Galloping Gertie?  (Video)  Nothing to see here; just move along.



In the Science section of The International New York Times, Reporter Benedict Carey gives us Many Psychology Findings Not as Strong as Claimed, Study Says

From the lede:

The past several years have been bruising ones for the credibility of the social sciences.  A star social psychologist was caught fabricating data, leading to more than 50 retracted papers.  A top journal published a study supporting the existence of ESP that was widely criticized.  The journal Science pulled a political science paper on the effect of gay canvassers on voters’ behavior because of concerns about faked data.

Now, a painstaking yearslong effort to reproduce 100 studies published in three leading psychology journals has found that more than half of the findings did not hold up when retested.  The analysis was done by research psychologists, many of whom volunteered their time to double-check what they considered important work.  Their conclusions, reported Thursday in the journal Science, have confirmed the worst fears of scientists who have long worried that the field needed a strong correction.

The vetted studies were considered part of the core knowledge by which scientists understand the dynamics of personality, relationships, learning and memory.  Therapists and educators rely on such findings to help guide decisions, and the fact that so many of the studies were called into question could sow doubt in the scientific underpinnings of their work.

This is a follow-up to a 15 June 2015 article by the same Reporter, Benedict Carey, "Science, Now Under Scrutiny Itself".

Science needs to do better.  These days, when I hear that this or that is bad for you I always project ahead 15 or 20 years and ask if the findings will have been reversed by then.

Of course, climate change is "proven science".

Regards  —  Cliff

Lost Data


For John, BLUFAs good an explanation as any.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From the InstaPundit himself a discussion of what happens when a star collapses into a black hole and then further decays.  The question is, is all that "information" that existed, lost?  Here is the crux of the problem as reported in The Washington Post.
[Stephen] Hawking focused on something called the information paradox, which continues to puzzle scientists who study black holes.  In a nutshell, the paradox involves the fact that information about the star that formed a black hole seems to be lost inside it, presumably disappearing when the black hole inevitably disappears.  These things cannot be lost, according to the way we think the universe works, and physicists generally believe that they aren't really lost.  But where does the information go when the black hole that's absorbed it goes kaput?
Stephen Hawking, believes he’s solved a huge mystery about black holes. But, the InstaPundit has his own view:
ACTUALLY, WHEN A STAR BECOMES A BLACK HOLE, THE “LOST” INFORMATION APPEARS ON A THUMB DRIVE IN HILLARY CLINTON’S LAWYER’S OFFICE.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Friday, August 28, 2015

Death by Bureaucracy


For John, BLUFI wonder if there was some "not my responsibility" thinking in the system.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



It is The [Manchester] Guardian, so it is Progressive sensationalism, but Reporter Jon Swaine gives us Young black man jailed since April for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell.  The sub-headline is "Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, had been held in Virginia jail without bail for nearly four months, accused of stealing a Mountain Dew, Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake."  Turns out there was no bed available in the local mental health facility.

A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth, Virginia, on the same day that one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, has been found dead in jail after spending almost four months behind bars without bail for stealing groceries worth $5.

Jamycheal Mitchell, who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell by guards early last Wednesday, according to authorities. While his body is still awaiting an autopsy, senior prison officials said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

This should not pass for justice no matter the findings of the autopsy.

Per a comment in Professor Althouse's post, "It sounds like Mr. Mitchell died of bureaucracy."

Too right.  The laws and the process needs to be improved.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Boxcars?


For John, BLUFThis isn't just micro aggression, this is prejudice.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From Hot Air Writer ALLAHPUNDIT leads us to Mediaite, which has this paragraph:
She continued, saying it was “the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort—including perhaps National Guard and others—to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them, I don’t know, in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border.”
For its headline to an article by Reporter Alex Griswold, Mediaite titrates this down to "Clinton:  Republicans Want to Round Up Illegal Immigrants, Shove Them in Boxcars".

Thus, Godwin's Law has been fulfilled, and very early in the campaign.  Ms Clinton appears to be the winner.

Sometimes we get our historical metaphors mixed up.  Neither Donald Trump or any other Republican Candidate is advocating rounding up American Citizens and deporting them a strange land, there to be gassed and cremated.  There are some who say that illegal immigrants should be returned to their current homeland.  There is a difference.  To not recognize this distinction is to suffer from Invincible Ignorance

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Brazile on Bush re New Orleans


For John, BLUFJust a nice story.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From The Hill Reporter Benedict Carey gives us "Donna Brazile praises Bush’s Katrina response on flight with Obama".  There are the parts The InstaPundit quoted:
Donna Brazile, a prominent Democratic political operative, praised President George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina on Thursday, just hours before President Obama’s speech in New Orleans marking the storm’s 10th anniversary.

Brazile, a Louisiana native, has applauded Bush’s Katrina response before. But she made her latest comments on board Air Force One while flying to the Big Easy with Obama, who has previously criticized’s his predecessor’s handling of the storm recovery.

“Under President Bush’s leadership, we got it right,” she told reporters.

Brazile said Bush’s initial response to the storm was “slow,” but chalked that up to chaos plaguing state and local governments along the Gulf Coast.

There is no doubt in my mind that Ms Donna Brazile is a Democrat, but I have thought of her as a straight shooter, and still do.

It is nice when someone from one side says something nice about someone from the other side.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Civilians Must Be Ready to React


For John, BLUFWe are now the "First Responders".  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Some thoughts from Jane the Actuary on the train takedown over in Europe.  Here headline is “First Responders” or “Second Responders”? “Heroes” or “Role Models”? Reflecting on the train attack.

Her point is that after 9/11 we talked about Police and Fire Fighters as being the First Responder.  As she notes, on that train ordinary citizens, a French Banker, an American College Professor at Le Sorbonne, a Brit and three relative young Americans were the First Responders.

From our time when an aircraft hijacking meant a quick trip to Cuba, we have been accustomed to letting the "authorities" handle it.  Since 9/11 we have more and more had to make do as civilians.  For example, it was a civilian who initially dealt with the "underwear bomber".

We must face up to the fact that we are now the first responders.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff