Monday, November 30, 2009
"do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping with a girl pupil?"
Gee, I thought, you know, before the law at least, we were all, like, you know, equal. But, I guess not. Some of us are more equal than others (hello, Caledonia?!)
"And there lies the rub – should the law be treating male and female pupil victims equally when male and female teenagers are so different?"
So. Different. Rock my world!
Another feminist bites the dust.
Today he is defending the scientist-fraudsters and accusing the whistle-blower.
"I really think people should be discreet … in this day and age anything you write, even privately, could become public and to put anything down in writing is, to say the least, indiscreet … It is another matter to talk about this to your friends on the telephone or person to person but to put it down in writing was indiscreet."
So, you've had sex with your neighbor's wife, and then chatted about it in an email. The real indiscretion is not the er, indiscretion, it was being indiscreet about it. Chatty Cathyism, not scientific fraud, is the real threat to the planet!
This is the intellectual world that the man from UNcle lives in: "He said an independent inquiry into the emails would achieve little, but there should be a criminal investigation into how the emails came to light." Read that one again slowly. Right. This time, let's say you've slaughtered the family next door, but someone slipped into your house and shipped the bloody knives to the police. Let's investigate that person -- thief!!!
Pachauri said he doubts that trust in the IPCC will be damaged by the affair. What planet is he living on? Oh yeah, Planet Gore.
Right. Just repeat these words three times as needed: "peer review!". And don't cancel your first-class tickets to Copenhagen.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Something about the need to shrink bloated feet: "Their controversial plan would see GPs and nurses give out advice to their patients on how to lower their carbon footprint."
I'm a size fourteen.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
"Ms. May, co-author of Global Warming for Dummies, is presumably unlikely to revise her work with the new title of “We Were the Dummies,” but she and Mr. Monbiot will now doubtless be concentrating on damage control."
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
"Meanwhile, fellow Settled Scientist Tim Flannery is sounding ...kinda unsettled:
We’re dealing with an incomplete understanding of the way the earth system works… When we come to the last few years when we haven’t seen a continuation of that (warming) trend we don’t understand all of the factors that create earth’s climate...We just don’t understand the way the whole system works… See, these people work with models, computer modelling. So when the computer modelling and the real world data disagree you’ve got a very interesting problem… Sure for the last 10 years we’ve gone through a slight cooling trend.
Really? Golly, when I said as much a few months back, the excitable lads in the George Soros typing pool at Media Matters denounced it as a "false claim". Apparently, it's now safe to say it in polite society."
In other words, when the right expresses something, it's just wacko discardable opinion.
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Another example occurred a few years back. The right in Canada had been saying for years that we should look at fresh options in healthcare. The left kept insisting that any tinkering with the publicly funded system was unthinkable. Better to let Canadians suffer than tinker with healthcare. If we're going to do anything, just pour more and more unending funds into this heavily unionized, special-interest laden maw. Want to see an interesting YouTube? Just watch Jack Layton spitting out the words "for-profit healthcare". The guy practically needs healthcare after he says it, he gets so worked up.
Until the Supreme Court of Canada (!) issued a ruling that waiting times were unconscionable and that it was OK for Canadians to consider other options. Yes, my American friends, in Canada the Supreme Court tells us what is socially acceptable to think. And the Supreme Court is, in case you missed it, and almost exclusively left-wing ideologue camp.
So, this is the way the world works.
It's not true until the left says it's true.
And that's the way the Ball bounces.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Human beings may suffer various degrees of mental impairment, but they remain human beings. They do not become "vegetables". Ever. And it is wrong and dehumanizing, to suggest they do and to label them as such -- just like we get around the inconvenient fact of the unborn child by using the impersonal term "fetus" and we disassociate ourselves from evil human beings by referring to them as "animals". All are human beings created in the image of God, however undeveloped, marred, or damaged this image may be.
Update May 2011:
Spelling errors corrected. h/t Canadian Cynic -- thank you.
Regarding the linked article,
Laureys later concluded that messages attributed to Houben through Wouters' facilitation were not, in fact, coming from Houben after all.... Dr. Novella attributed Dr. Laureys's prior error to likely insufficient experience with facilitated communication. Source: Wiki.This does not negate the thrust of this post; people never become vegetables, and it is de-humanizing to refer to them as such.
Update July 2011:
‘Brain dead’ Quebec woman wakes up after family refuses organ donation
‘Brain dead’ woman recovers after husband refuses to withdraw life support
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Just got the above in a Google-placed ad.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I headed downtown this morning. Dropped in on the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) /Evangelical Philosophical Society (EPS) conference being held at the Sheraton and the JW Marriott. Memo to self: must look into membership.
The Come, Let Us Reason Apologetics Conference is taking place on the campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. What a magnificent campus it is! Spacious southern-style grounds and buildings. A magnificent chapel. NOBTS -- I've got a new acronym!
It's Friday morning; I'll be commenting on the presentations, but, for now, I just want to show you a few pictures, including the Jeep rental SUV I got -- how did that happen?! Travel tip: book your rental cars on Travelocity. Trust me.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Having been born, raised, and educated in Ontario and as a consequence committed all my life to the peaceful rule of law, I can only say that this story fills me with something that feels more like fury than anger.
And that's the way the Ontario-born Ball bounces.
Monday, November 16, 2009
To which I offer the following insightful commentary on rampant and wanton US, Canadian, European etc. stimulus spending:
Here's the question: are we skillfully recovering the car from a skid, or are we fish-tailing towards the cliff??!!
And that's the way the are-we-gonna-get-out-of-this-alive? Ball bounces.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Apparently I wasn't the only one who was struck by the sheer incongruity and inappropriateness of President Obama's speech.
He's a young man; he'll mature. Let's hope he does so while he's still in office. And, in the interim, let's hope he surrounds himself with a higher grade of advisors going forward. (Come to think of it, Obama's ill-choiced advisors is probably another post for another day.)
Meanwhile, for Christians reading this, let's remember the apostle's admonition, "Pray for those in authority".
"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"