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Science is a methodology to find or approximate reliable information. It is not something you “believe in” as though it were a religion.

Science can inform decision making. Science cannot make a decision.

Based on the best available data (-which is always subject to new observation), science can suggest that the novel coronavirus is more deadly than most influenza viruses. Science can suggest methods of reducing propagation of the virus among the population. Science can suggest probable outcomes from various policies.

Science cannot decide the relative importance of allowing greater economic activity versus suppressing activity in order to reduce the rate of viral infection. Science cannot balance the number of deaths from infection against the loss of livelihood due to unemployment, depression and suicide due to social isolation, or unintended consequences of delaying “elective” medical procedures. Science cannot assign moral value.

Take the classic “trolley problem” and its variants. In the trolley problem, science will tell you that if you flip the switch, a certain set of individuals will die, and that if you do nothing, a different set of individuals will die. Science does not tell you whether to flip the switch.

When a politician of any party tells you that they are making a policy decision based on science, they are implying a value. That implied value might be reasonable. You may agree with that value. But be aware that they sneaked in the value through the back door.

Donald Trump is a despicable human being. He’s not a conservative. His policies, to the extent that they have any consistency, stand no chance making America great again. I would not trust him alone in a room with any woman I cared about.

And yet, I am voting for Trump. Simply put, a Hillary Clinton presidency would signify the end of the republic as we know it.

This sort of talk gets dismissed as hyperbolic. I can understand why. Surely similar things were said of Reagan, Bill Clinton, Dubya, Obama, and probably most previous Presidents going all the way back. But I don’t think the negativity around this election can be dismissed as bombast. Things have fundamentally changed in America.

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We’re Back Baby!

Posted: September 2, 2016 by veeshir in funniest end of, Hotassery, Lame, PEBKAC

 

So what got DPUD nuked?

Did Word Press go crazy and start nuking blogs for politics?

Was it the “Justice” Dept. trying to get rid of an influential blog before the election?

Was it Teh Racism inherent in the Blazing Saddles clip?

 

No, it was freaking Kathy Ireland pictures.

Seriously.

You’d think she’d be happy someone still wanted to look at her.

 

Here’s hoping that Mila and Kate Upton don’t decide to do that shit, we’d just have to shut ‘er down.

Myth: If you aren’t for Trump, you’re in favor of the Establishment.
FACT: A lot of us have been working against the Establishment for years. Also, the Establishment hates Cruz more than Trump.

Myth: Trump is the only reason we’re talking about immigration.
FACT: Would that be why John McCain was forced to lie about supporting a fence back in 2010? Because nobody was riding him about that?

Myth: Trump is the best bet to beat Hillary Clinton.
FACT: Hillary may have defeated herself with this email stuff, but Trump has absurdly high negative ratings. (And yes, I would still vote for Trump over Hillary and/or Sanders. As a long-time GOP voter I am very familiar with voting for the lesser evil.)

Myth: Trump’s previous positions don’t matter.
FACT: Somebody who doesn’t understand conservatism and feel it viscerally is unlikely to be able to defend or promote conservative positions on an ongoing basis. (See Romney, McCain, etc.)

Myth: Trump is conservative.
FACT: Anybody who has been in the conservative movement for more than five seconds knows Trump isn’t conservative. Trump has a history of actively undermining conservative causes.

Myth: Trump will get things done to fix our problems.
FACT: This is the new version of Obama’s “Hope and Change”. Long on rhetoric, short on substance. Trump is almost certainly a stronger and better deal-maker than Obama, but so is a head of cabbage.

Given my lack of posting at all I hope I can be forgiven for double-posting on the Palin endorsement of Trump.

Consider me officially out of the Sarah Palin fan club. It’s been a long time coming, but here it is.

Up until yesterday you might have gotten me to be a Palin apologist.  She was treated poorly by McCain’s stooges, Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, who did not even remotely understand the great gift that they had squandered. This gave license (-as if they needed it) for the major media to crucify her.

When properly prepared, she could give a damn good speech.  Once upon a time even her off the cuff stuff wasn’t too bad.  Obama had in fact palled around with terrorists, namely Ayres. “Drill baby, drill” was not only right, but downright prescient.  In stark contrast to Obama and the progressive movement generally, she once displayed a healthy epistemological humility that folks like me appreciate in a politician — the kind of humility that keeps a person from trying to half-assedly socialize a fifth of the economy with some slap-dash legislation that nobody ever bothered to read.

Naturally, after her career as an office-holder was clearly over, she got lazy. I get it. I’m lazy too.  If I could be paid to crack-wise at CPAC with Big Gulp in hand I’d do it in a heartbeat.

But this Trump endorsement… dang.  I just can’t wrap my head around that one.

Even when stipulated that less revenues will come in, he wants higher taxes for purposes of “fairness”.

In attempting to write about the Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice incidents, the apparent futility of conservative blogging has once again caused me overwhelming despair.

As it concerns the death-by-cop incidents, the post-factual nature of our political discourse becomes palpable. “Hands up, don’t shoot!” is an utter fabrication, exposed as a lie by overwhelming physical evidence and the preponderance of eye-witness testimony, such that no charges were brought by a grand jury against the officer.

There’s much more room for concern in the Garner and Rice cases, but the public backlash in these three cases seems inversely proportionate to the evidence of police wrongdoing. (How many of you are going to Google “Tamir Rice” now?) But the incident drawing the most ire, the Michael Brown shooting, is the one with the least genuine merit – nil by my reckoning.

Presented with the futility of attempting to dislodge an erroneous belief from the public consciousness, one recalls the many other instances of valiant but Sisyphean work by conservative and libertarian bloggers. Whether it is the exposure of the IRS criminality, or the Gosnell little abortion shop of horrors, or the Jonathan Gruber recordings, nothing seems to stick or matter. Obama’s even back to funding ACORN as health insurance navigators.

I will from time to time find cause to write, but for now I expect the sparseness of my motivation to continue. In a world where facts don’t matter, there’s little reason to discuss facts.