Archive for April, 2014

The Scarlet Letter

Protests erupted this week when Dropbox announced it was adding Condi Rice to its Board.

She’s been a professor at Stanford, head of the NSA, and Secretary of State. She is a wonderful role model for black women. She’s a wonderful role model for women. She’s a wonderful role model for blacks. She’s a wonderful role model for anyone.

But the left hates her and would like to drive her out of public life, burning a flaming scarlet letter B on her. Why? Because she worked in the Bush Administration, and Bush Derangement Syndrome lives strong, still 6 years beyond the time he left office.

This is the Politics of Personal Destruction that Hillary defined and decried in the mid-90’s. Of course, the unspoken end of her sentence was ‘when it’s directed at us.’ Because even as she said it she was participating in the destruction of her own foes.

If a conservative group were to pillory a black woman, their complaints, no matter how valid, would be dismissed with claims that the group is racist. In fact, remove the ‘if’ in that statement. Every complaint against President Obama has been dismissed with accusations of racism aimed at the speaker. Way to end racial tension in the country, dude. Oh, that wasn’t actually your goal, was it?

This is the primary weapon the tolerant left uses to silence anyone whose voice they don’t want heard. It is a bludgeoning, bullying tyranny.

Will you succumb?

Or will you risk wearing a Scarlet Letter?

Scientific Thinking is Extinct

Yesterday a number of news sites posted a summary related to this article about a bacteria that consumes nickel and produces methane.

Headlines touted that a cause for the greatest mass extinction was found, but at least in one case added a question mark to indicate it was just speculation. Yeah, the average US news consumer is going to grok that nuance,

So I find myself wondering, what was this guy doing the day before his great discovery? Do you suppose he was:

a) investigating the digestive properties of a prehistoric microbe,

b) examining the dispersion of nickel deposits from active volcanos, or

c) trying to find a way to blame greenhouse gasses for a mass extinction?

I’m guessing the answer is ‘c’, and that isn’t science. It is starting with a conclusion, rather than ending there. It would be like the police pursuing a murder investigation looking for a .38 caliber weapon that produces particular rifling marks…before the autopsy even confirms the victim was shot.