Biden’s magic vote

J.B. Shurk: … Candidate Joe Biden was so effective at animating voters in 2020 that he received a record number of votes, more than 15 million more than Barack Obama received in his re-election of 2012. Amazingly, he managed to secure victory while also losing in almost every bellwether county across the country.

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Education: Covid Policing

Stately McDaniel Manor

I’ve not carried a badge, and the public trust that accompanying it, for more than two decades, but I stay abreast of the law and issues important to effective and professional policing.  We all should, for we all have an intimate and personal stake in law and order and the rule of law.  I normally post a more conventionally education-focused article on Mondays, but in light of recent developments and the upcoming holiday, I’ll seek to educate in a slightly different way.

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Here Are Just 10 of the Wild Conspiracy Theories the Left (and Media) Have Tarred Trump With for More Than 4 Years

1. Trump Is a Russian Spy 

2. Trump ‘Colluded’ With the Russians to Win Trump the White House

3.Trump Was Not Legally Elected and He Never Plans to Leave

4. Trump Told Putin to ‘Hack’ Hillary’s Email to Win the Election

5. Donald Trump Paid Hookers to Urinate on a Bed Because … Obama

6. Trump Sent His Attorney to Prague to Meet With Kremlin Officials

7. Trump Called White Supremacists ‘Very Fine People’

8. Trump Told People to Drink Bleach to Get Rid of Coronavirus

9. Trump Initiatives Had Nothing To Do With COVID Vaccines

10. Trump Was Not Spied on And He’s Crazy for Thinking So

 

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Trump is right about reopening schools

Fox News: New York Times op-ed admits ‘Trump was right,’ Democrats ‘wrong,’ about keeping schools open “Some things are true even though President Trump says them,”

Times opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote … “Some things are true even though President Trump says them,” Kristof began. “Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right.

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Survey Results: Where Are All the Sick People? — Watts Up With That?

The “Where Are All the Sick People?” survey has had nearly 3000 participants since its inception at 10 a.m. EST. Three questions were posed to illuminate the issue of the effects of the SARS-CoV-2, which is causing the current Covid-19 Pandemic, on the readers of this blog, WUWT.

Survey Results: Where Are All the Sick People? — Watts Up With That?

BOTTOM LINES:

  1. If you don’t know any people sick with/from Covid-19 you having the same Covid-19 experience as the vast majority of other people – at least according to this somewhat unscientific survey.
  2. If you don’t know anyone who has died, or only one or maybe two, you are again having the same experience as almost everyone else.
  3. While most of us don’t know anyone who has died from/with Covid-19, we probably know someone who does know someone who has sadly lost a family member or acquaintance during the ongoing pandemic.
  4. Opinions vary wildly on the subject of Governmental Responses to the pandemic.  It will be years before the historians, sociologists, medial researchers, and others sort out the quagmire of mistakes that have been made at all levels of governance.

Safe and Effective

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet I’m sure that someone must have already posed this question, but, if so, I’ve not yet seen it: Why do not the Covid-19 lockdowns and other nonpharmaceutical interventions have to meet the same strict standard in the United States that the FDA requires new drugs and medical devices to meet?

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I think the question has been posed, just not in those exact words.

JIM TREACHER: Buffalo, NY: Yet Another Hate-Crime Hoax. The owner of a BMW that was spray-painted w…

For the PMS files (Political Munchausen Syndrome):

JIM TREACHER: Buffalo, NY: Yet Another Hate-Crime Hoax . The owner of a BMW that was spray-painted with racist and homophobic graffiti in October is now facing insurance fraud charges. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced Tuesday that, Clifton Eutsey, 18, allegedly spray-painted messages of hate on his own car in North Buffalo.

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Flashback: Here’s A [2019] List Of Hoax ‘Hate Crimes’ In The Trump Era.

As Science Frauds Go, Haeckel Beats Piltdown Man — Lord Buckbeak

by David Klinghoffer@d_klinghoffer November 9, 2020, 4:13 PM – for Evolution News & Science Today My cmnt: see my post Ernst Haeckel: Social Darwinist, Racist & Fraud. Ecologist Jeremy Fox at the University of Calgary offers a list of scientific frauds, with Piltdown Man at the top of the list. Writing at his blog Dynamic […]

As Science Frauds Go, Haeckel Beats Piltdown Man — Lord Buckbeak

This piece basically rehashes the legend that Haeckel’s notions about embryo development are wrong, and that no one has corrected his illustrations because to do so would poke holes on Darwinian evolution.

I wound up writing a comment on this piece referencing rebuttals from the Talk Origins website, just to present the other side of the discussion.

The owner of the blog rejected my comment, as is his perfect right.

However, I have the perfect right to link to his piece and post my comment here.

You might find this to be interesting reading: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/wells/haeckel.html

And from the same site:

1) Haeckel’s pictures are irrelevant to the question of whether the embryos are similar. What matters are the embryos themselves. Within a group, early embryos do show many similarities. For example, all vertebrates develop a notochord, body segments, pharyngeal gill pouches, and a post-anal tail. These fundamental similarities indicate a common evolutionary history. Other embryological similarities are found in other lineages, such as mollusks, arthropods, and annelids. These similarities have been long known. Professor Agassiz in 1849, for example, said, “We find, too, that the young bat, or bird, or the young serpent, in certain periods of their growth, resemble one another so much that he would defy any one to tell one from the other–or distinguish between a bat and a snake.” (Scientific American 1849)

2) The embryos also show some differences, which Haeckel glossed over. However, differences should also be expected, since the animals are not all equally related. It is the pattern of both similarities and differences that displays patterns of descent. Organisms that are less closely related are expected to look less similar.

3) When Haeckel’s inaccuracies were exposed, authors started using corrected versions. Science tends to be self-correcting.

http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/CB/CB701.html

A longer response can be found here. One brief excerpt:

Wells is particularly incensed at the authors of introductory textbooks who, he claims, are misleading their students. I agree that he can reasonably argue that textbooks should not use the obsolete and inaccurate drawings done after Haeckel’s work, but, in what I consider the most amusing line in this entire chapter, Wells expresses indignation that “Some textbooks, instead of reproducing or redrawing Haeckel’s embryos, use actual photos.” How dare those nefarious textbook authors use photographic data to support their ideas!

Note: not drawings, but photographs. So if the photographs show what Haeckel was trying to illustrate in his drawings, maybe there’s something there after all.

Anyway, in response to his email, I added the following:

Hi,

I’ve actually read quite a bit of the Creationist material, including exhibits from the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial in which it was shown that “Of Pandas and People”, one of the major books supporting Intelligent Design, was originally a book supporting “Scientific Creationism”, after having been run through a search-and-replace function to replace “Scientific Creationism” with “Intelligent Design”.  

One recurring theme I’ve noticed in the Creationist literature is the casual assumption that the objections raised to evolution are items biologists have never considered, nor ever tried to answer. For example, in Darwin’s Black Box, Michael Behe raises numerous alleged problems with evolution. He spends a lot of time on the blood clotting cascade, describing it as an example of “irreducible complexity”. Despite having consulted with biologists in the field, he somehow manages to miss the fact that the evolutionary pathway of this cascade has been traced from simple, and not “irreducibly complex” origins. 

In a similar fashion, the Haeckel illustrations are presented as if they have been enshrined as Holy Writ, never to be questioned once they were revealed. The text and links I provided were intended to show that’s not the case. The illustrations are not treated as needing to be shielded from all possibility of contradiction, and in fact have been refuted by scientists. This is in contradistinction with people like Wells who have their story and will stick to it, no matter what contrary facts may come their way. 

How much influence will Kamala Harris have?

(Paul Mirengoff) There are two kinds of vice presidents, those who enter the office with chops and those who don’t. For purposes of the vice presidency, chops can be earned by high level service, by having mounted a credible presidential campaign, or by being the leader of a wing of the president’s party.

Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Dick Cheney are probably the best examples in my lifetime of vice presidents who took office with chops. Spiro Agnew and Dan Quayle are good examples of ones who didn’t.

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