Unsettled, the book, and one more interview

Unsettled” is a book by Steven E. Koonin, former science advisor in the Obama administration. That last part, following “former”, means nothing to me other than such a title offers credibility to normies who might then read the book.

Koonin writes, in the first nine chapters, a devastating critique of so-called “Climate Science”, which he capitalizes to distinguish it from real science. In short order he destroys current propaganda concerning emissions, the role of carbon dioxide (called “carbon” by alarmists), global warming, storms and forest fires, floods, sea levels, and the pending apocalypse.

Then he pulls his punches. He uses the word “hoax” but once, and places it in quotation marks, as if such a thing were not happening as we speak. He speaks of the science surrounding climate as if it is peopled by honest blokes who are mistaken in their alarmist views. True enough, however, he does concede that those scientists who do not go along with the consensus are severely punished.

Here are three quotes he highlights at the outset. offering more promise to the substance of the book than he musters in the end:

“[Inaction will cause] … by the turn of the century [2000], an ecological catastrophe which will witness devastation as complete, as irreversible as any nuclear holocaust.” (Mostafa Tolba, former executive directions of the United Nation Environmental Program, 1982)

[Within a few years] winter snowfall [in the UK] will become a very rare and exciting event. Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”(David Viner, Senior Research Scientist, 2000)

“European cities will be plunged beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a Siberian climate by 2020.” (Mark Townsend and Paul Harris, quoting a Pentagon report in The Guardian, 2004)

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Sunday stuff

Taylor Tomlinson’s imaginary illness

I watched a performance by comedian Taylor Tomlinson last night. She is young (currently 28) and having lots of success. She’s also blue, that is, quite a big of her act involves sexual experiences and attitudes about sex and guys in general. I suppose part of that is that she is very attractive, so as with, say, Iliza Shlesinger, there is an element of imagined accessibility for guys. Neither are stunners, but both exude raw sex appeal. Most guys would fantasize that they perhaps have a shot with her. That type of fantasy does not happen with true knockouts, where guys realize they have no shot.

That’s not why I am writing about her (them). Both are very funny, and I wish them both long and prosperous careers. During Tomlinson’s act, she talked about being “manic depressive”. For anyone who does not know, that condition, sometimes referred to as a “disease” and treated with antidepressants and antispychotics, probably doesn’t exist. It is like the hundreds of disorders promoted by the DSM-5, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition. There is no physical or blood or urine test that would give any indication of illness, no medical test of any kind. Like so many of the “disorders” promoted by the psychiatric profession, they are voted up or down. It’s based on symptoms, things like bouts of depression or spells of anxiety, erratic behaviors, or substance abuse.

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A book review, Poisoning for Profits, by Commenter TimR

Click to access PoisoningForProfits.pdf

A few comments on Genereaux’s Vit. A toxicity hypothesis, after reading the eBook linked above (looks like I mispelled his name throughout, sorry bout that):

“Poisoning for Profit” is overall very compelling and persuasive, though of course it also raises new questions and areas where, as they say in the mainstream, “more research is needed.”

His critique of the early Vit A studies claiming to prove the dangers of Vit A deficiency is excellent. However, one of his arguments, that it doesn’t even fit with common sense or observation – animal species would rapidly go extinct if 4 to 8 weeks of Vit A deficiency led to rapid vision deterioration and all sorts of organ failure – seems like it could be applied to his own contention of Vit A toxicity.
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Trojan horse here, Trojan horse there, Trojan horses everywhere

Nearly everyone knows the epic tale of the Trojan horse. As I grew up without a classical education, I did not learn about this tale of deception until I was an adult. In fact, I experienced and observed this phenomenon in my own life . . . LONG before I ever knew the literary reference. 

Switching to more recent and relevant context, from malwarebytes.com, Trojans are defined as “programs that claim to perform one function but actually do another, typically malicious. Trojans can take the form of attachments, downloads and fake videos/programs.” 

The Coronavirus paradigm reflects the iconic Trojan horse tale, but has been inverted. It’s a virus of paradox — a Trojan virus, if you will. So, whereas Trojan computer viruses are seemingly benign programs that hide more malicious intent, this novel virus has been portrayed as malicious, but may be more of an exaggeration, and potentially even a misrepresentation of a threat. Whether or not you believe that there is a manufactured pandemic, or subscribe to the notion, “Never let a crisis go to waste,” both perspectives are consistent with a Trojan virus, as it has hacked the minds of nearly the entire global population. It’s the epitome of malware, whether conceived in a computer lab, or as a thought-form, or otherwise. It has been brought to life, and has brought the world to its knees — at the behest of the “scientific” elite. It has even affected those of us who seem immune to its mind-altering impact. 

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Killers of the Flower Moon

I just finished reading a book, recommended to me by friends and my wife, called Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by journalist David Grann.  I thought it might be a nice break from Cononahoax.

The book is set in the early 20th century in Oklahoma on allotted lands owned by the Osage Tribe (they purchased the lands, so technically it is not a “reservation”).  It is apparently (I’ve never been to Oklahoma but imagine it like the West Texas backdrop in No Country for Old Men) some of the most godforsaken land in North America. It has one redeeming feature – oil was discovered underneath at that time. Lots of it. The Osage became some of the richest people in the country.

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The Tychos …

B. Müller gave me permission to reprint his comment from a post down below regarding Simon Shack and his new book, The TYCHOS, The True Model of Our Solar System. I am curious the discussion this book will draw, and am keeping my distance, that is, I do not trust Simon Shack, but have never been vocal about it. It is my view that he has drawn interest from some of the very best thinkers in our community, but that his high-profile and the fact that he was able to make a major motion picture* make him at least suspect.

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Fall book review

We are in Portland for a wedding, my son and his girlfriend of several years. It’s a happy event, they are both so worthy of each other. We have time on our hands, and not wanting to drown in the events around a wedding, have had time to just hang out. Yesterday we were in a coffee shop with book shelves, and so reviewed books for the grandchildren. Thus do I present my first annual review of that genre. These are the best we found in the age 1-2 category.

imageBoo! has a surprise ending, and I will not spoil it for the reader. Children love to be frightened, safely. They need to know it is all pretend, but that still OK to be scared. Author Jonathon Litton knows the mind of a child well, and so as we pass from one suspect to another to learn who it was not, we finally learn in the end who it is. Imagine squeals of delight as the child finds out that facing one’s fears need not be a frightening experience!

imageDaDa, purportedly by Jimmy Fallon, but most likely ghost written, has publicity agency written all over it. The book has been heavily promoted in the Tonight Show, and Fallon tells us that he came up with the concept. More likely he was approached by an ambitious publisher to promote a project, and seeing image enhancement potential, jumped on board. As a dad, I know that even as moms do most of the heavy lifting, a child’s first words are usually “dada,” as the d-sound is easier to make than the m-sound. It’s part of the injustice visited on moms by life. Fallon, a new dad, will soon enough see his nannied child go through the same ritual. In the meantime, avoid this book. It is highly stylized but devoid of real meaning or purpose.

imageChug Chug Tractor claims to be the best tractor book ever. Indeed it might be. Author Dawn Sirett delights the reader with both visual and auditory stimulation. Open the book, flip open a cover on the first page, and a tractor starts up! We hear the engine. On other pages we hear a horse winnie, a teddy bear honk a horn to scare rabbits, and a duck quack. A word of warning: The last page, a hooting owl indicating that it is night time now and time for bed, does not work! The child, stimulated by this fascinating read, does not want bed. More likely you will hear “Let’s read it again!” Also, the batteries tend to wear out right away and are not easy to replace. Still, this book is a top shelf purchase for any parent or grandparent wanting to spend some qt with a youngster. It does grab them.

imageKilling Lincoln – this latest book in the new series by children’s author Bill O’Reilly does not disappoint. Bill and “co” author Martin Degard  know the mind of a child as well as Sirett or any other in the genre, and so delight us with fanciful tales. Follow them in this episode as they solve a murder that has perplexed serious researchers for over a century. Read aloud to a child, this book has the cadence of a children’s mystery.  Bill and company take us to burned out barns, old buildings full of carefully preserved documents. From there they spin a mighty tale of intrigue designed for the American child. Unlike Chug Chug Tractor, the book is indeed an effective sedative, and children are fast asleep within minutes. Few will ever finish this wonderful work of childhood fantasy fiction, but a movie will soon follow.

imageLadybug Girl Says Good Night, by Jackie Davis is highly attuned to the fantasies of a young girl. She’s wearing a fly away costume as she prepares for bed, and so has to take a bubble bath, brush her teeth, but then when those rituals are performed, she re-enters her real life. Back in her Lady Bug clothing, she lays down with all her other animal friends, hoping that as she sleeps she will really, really fly. The book is a delight, guaranteed slumber fare for a young child, making her want to sleep to be able to travel in her dreams.

Most children’s book are written to delight, intrigue, and capture the imagination of youth. This one has but one purpose, to help a child drift into slumber.