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Goodbye & Thanks for Reading :)

Posted in Admin on April 27th, 2013

I created this blog in 2007 after having been recalled from civilian life for a third combat tour, this one to Afghanistan’s Kunar Project. I created it because with a few notable exceptions, the counter-narrative to our government’s propaganda was largely unknown. I felt alone in my skepticism, and wanted to cry out, if only into the void.

This blog was my outlet. I’ve been posting 2-3 stories a day for over six years. Since I started tracking in 2009, I’ve had over 80,000. Lately, it’s been about 40-50 per day.

I knew what I was against before I knew what I was for — before I discovered the Austrian School of Economics, a definition of liberty. Curiously, my intellectual journey started and ended with security. (Perhaps culminated is a better word than ended, because I’m still traveling.)

In any case, it started with a skepticism about our wars, passed through the Constitution, to Austrian Economics, and culminated with Hoppe’s obliteration of the idea of the state as a monopolistic provider of security.

I will leave this blog in place, a monument to the passing of the pro-government, pro-war conception of world I had been indoctrinated with long, long ago, and a celebration of my libertarian awakening.

It’s mostly bad news here. Mostly the stuff I found shocking, disturbing, the stuff I couldn’t square with what my teachers told me in school. But once the illusions are broken, then behind this bad news there is great hope and happiness. The bad news is the vanquishing of false gods.

So it’s a monument, and an archive of my intellectual journey from 2007 until 2013. Perhaps I’ll still add a post occasionally.

I have two reasons for leaving this project: 1) I am absolutely thrilled to have discovered the vast numbers of people who still believe in liberty, strive for a deep understanding, and live their lives by their beliefs. I am overjoyed. The excellence of their proselytizing makes this blog much less important that it seemed in 2007. 2) I need time to write and pursue other projects. I’ll maintain a big presence on the internet with my own writing, reviewing books and more. You can connect to me here: http://screamingatthemountains.com.

Thanks for reading.

book: Israeli PM tried to blackmail Bill Clinton with Lewinsky sex recording

Posted in Israel Lobby on July 22nd, 2014

Explosive new book claims Bill Clinton’s steamy phone sex calls with Monica were intercepted by Russia and the UK and used in a ‘blackmail’ attempt by Israeli Prime Minister according to ex-intern’s secret dossier on the President

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2696336/Explosive-new-book-claims-Bill-Clintons-steamy-phone-sex-calls-Monica-intercepted-Russia-UK-used-blackmail-attempt-Israeli-Prime-Minister-according-ex-interns-secret-dossier-President.html

NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

Posted in Big Media, Israel/Palestine on July 18th, 2014

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/17/nbc-removes-ayman-mohyeldin-gaza-coverage-witnesses-israeli-beach-killing-four-boys/

This chart shows every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict since 2000

Posted in Israel/Palestine on July 15th, 2014

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/14/5898581/chart-israel-palestine-conflict-deaths

Yet another gun study reaching the same conclusion.

Posted in Gun Ownership on July 8th, 2014

“Defensive uses of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence, although the exact number remains disputed. Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.”

. . . It was also discovered that when guns are used in self-defense the victims consistently have lower injury rates than those who are unarmed, even compared with those who used other forms of self-defense.

http://www.guns.com/2013/06/27/cdc-releases-study-on-gun-violence-with-shocking-results/

My Global Warming Skepticism

Posted in Science / Environment on July 8th, 2014

It seems that climate change has become a leftist secular religion, and like all secular, leftist religions, they doctor data and intimidate dissent.

INTIMIDATING DISSENT
“Climate McCarthyism has claimed another victim. Dr Caleb Rossiter – an adjunct professor at American University, Washington DC – has been fired by a progressive think tank after publicly expressing doubt about man-made global warming.” http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/06/13/Climate-McCarthyism-claims-yet-another-victim

Global Warming Skeptics compared to Holocaust deniers: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/02/09/no_change_in_political_climate/?s_campaign=8315

DOCTORING DATA
Evidence that the oft repeated 97%-consensus figure is nonsense:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2012/07/17/that-scientific-global-warming-consensus-not/

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303480304579578462813553136

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/18/about-that-overwhelming-98-number-of-scientists-consensus/

I’m sure you’re also aware of Climate Gate and Climate Gate 2.0.

THE INCREASING DIFFICULTY OF MAINTAINING A LIE
The Forbes article (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2014/06/25/government-data-show-u-s-in-decade-long-cooling/) quotes a very, very simple set of data The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s most accurate, up-to-date temperature data from 114 carefully located and maintained temperature stations. Maintaining the global warming myth seems to increasingly require very complex ideas in order to ignore simple data.

This is evident even in the rhetorical move from Global Warming to Climate Change.

Soon they’re going to have to revise their climate models b/c measured temperatures aren’t matching the predictions: http://climatism.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/97-of-climate-models-say-that-97-of-climate-scientists-are-wrong/

All specific, easily-measurable claims seem to be the bane of the Global Warming Alarmists. From 2007 — “Arctic summers ice-free ‘by 2013′ – BBC News”

IT IS, SELF-CONSCIOUSLY A LEFTIST IDEOLOGY
See Rudolf Bahro’s book “From Red to Green,” written in reaction to one of the left’s many identity crises. (As reality fails to conform to the left’s world view, over and over, they are repeatedly forced to find other justifications for a powerful state and an all-consuming ideology.)

WHAT SCIENTISTS HAVE SAID ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING
Read these people’s credentials. And get a sense of the environment of intimidation that exists around this issue.

“I am a skeptic. . . Global warming has become a new religion.” – Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Ivar Giaever.

“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly. . . .As a scientist I remain skeptical.” – Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology and formerly of NASA who has authored more than 190 studies and has been called “among the most preeminent scientists of the last 100 years.”

Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history. . . When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” – UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist.

“The IPCC has actually become a closed circuit; it doesn’t listen to others. It doesn’t have open minds. . . I am really amazed that the Nobel Peace Prize has been given on scientifically incorrect conclusions by people who are not geologists,” – Indian geologist Dr. Arun D. Ahluwalia at Punjab University and a board member of the UN-supported International Year of the Planet.

“The models and forecasts of the UN IPCC “are incorrect because they only are based on mathematical models and presented results at scenarios that do not include, for example, solar activity.” – Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera, a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico

“It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that makes it seem there is only a fringe of scientists who don’t buy into anthropogenic global warming.” – U.S Government Atmospheric Scientist Stanley B. Goldenberg of the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA.

“Even doubling or tripling the amount of carbon dioxide will virtually have little impact, as water vapour and water condensed on particles as clouds dominate the worldwide scene and always will.” ” . Geoffrey G. Duffy, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of the University of Auckland, NZ.

“After reading [UN IPCC chairman] Pachauri’s asinine comment [comparing skeptics to] Flat Earthers, it’s hard to remain quiet.” – Climate statistician Dr. William M. Briggs, who specializes in the statistics of forecast evaluation, serves on the American Meteorological Society’s Probability and Statistics Committee and is an Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review.

“For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming? For how many years must cooling go on?” – Geologist Dr. David Gee the chairman of the science committee of the 2008 International Geological Congress who has authored 130 plus peer reviewed papers, and is currently at Uppsala University in Sweden.

“Gore prompted me to start delving into the science again and I quickly found myself solidly in the skeptic camp. . . Climate models can at best be useful for explaining climate changes after the fact.” – Meteorologist Hajo Smit of Holland, who reversed his belief in man-made warming to become a skeptic, is a former member of the Dutch UN IPCC committee.

“Many [scientists] are now searching for a way to back out quietly (from promoting warming fears), without having their professional careers ruined.” – Atmospheric physicist James A. Peden, formerly of the Space Research and Coordination Center in Pittsburgh.

“Creating an ideology pegged to carbon dioxide is a dangerous nonsense. . . The present alarm on climate change is an instrument of social control, a pretext for major businesses and political battle. It became an ideology, which is concerning.” – Environmental Scientist Professor Delgado Domingos of Portugal, the founder of the Numerical Weather Forecast group, has more than 150 published articles.

97% of climate models say that 97% of climate scientists are wrong

Posted in Science / Environment on July 8th, 2014

http://climatism.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/97-of-climate-models-say-that-97-of-climate-scientists-are-wrong/

Government Data Show U.S. in Decade-Long Cooling

Posted in Science / Environment on July 6th, 2014

Responding to widespread criticism that its temperature station readings were corrupted by poor citing issues and suspect adjustments, NOAA established a network of 114 pristinely cited temperature stations spread out fairly uniformly throughout the United States. Because the network, known as the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN), is so uniformly and pristinely situated, the temperature data require no adjustments to provide an accurate nationwide temperature record. USCRN began compiling temperature data in January 2005. Now, nearly a decade later, NOAA has finally made the USCRN temperature readings available.

According to the USCRN temperature readings, U.S. temperatures are not rising at all – at least not since the network became operational 10 years ago. Instead, the United States has cooled by approximately 0.4 degrees Celsius, which is more than half of the claimed global warming of the twentieth century.

www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2014/06/25/government-data-show-u-s-in-decade-long-cooling/

Inglehart Welzel Culture Map

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on July 4th, 2014

http://www.businessinsider.com/inglehart-welzel-culture-map-2014-7

On the y-axis, traditional values emphasize the importance of religion, parent-child relationships, and authority, according to WVS. People who embrace these tend to reject divorce, abortion, euthanasia, and suicide. These societies usually exhibit high levels of nationalism and national pride, too. In the U.S., these values would likely align more with conservative ideologies. Oppositely, secular-rational values represent the other extreme and tend to relate to liberal ways of thinking.

On the x-axis, survival values revere economic and physical security and safety and are linked to low levels of trust and tolerance. On the other side, self-expression values give high priority to protecting the environment, promoting gender equality, and tolerating foreigners and gays and lesbians.

No white may own land in Zimbabwe

Posted in Africa, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on July 3rd, 2014

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2014/0703/Robert-Mugabe-says-no-whites-may-own-land-in-Zimbabwe

Somehow, I don’t see the racism / diversity police noticing this.

On the culture that creates wealthy people

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory, Egalitarianism / Culture Wars on July 3rd, 2014

Well, as a former member of that set, the thrill of the competition in one’s field, despite that much of it is a lottery effect, is exceeded only by the excitement of meeting and working with increasingly interesting rather than tedious and mundane people, on projects and ideas that are increasingly interesting rather than tedious and mundane.

Nassim dealt with the (exasperating and epistemically challenged) financial sector, but engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists, athletes and artists tend to be fairly interesting – and they fill you with awe and humility. And that experience is as awe inspiring on a daily basis as is the feeling of revelation one experienced from one’s most profound professors.

So we tend to forget that what separates the west from the rest is heroism. Egalitarian heroism. And the absurd excesses of the upper economic classes are a minor side effect of the cultural processes that create them. And that cultural process is what produces, when not suppresses by authority or mysticism, the rapid evolution of western civilization, despite its status as a small, poor, backward people on the margins of the bronze age.

Be glad we produce such extremes, because of the benefits we obtain from the cultural process that creates them.

Revel in it. If there is anything in man that approaches the divine, that is it

On Rationality vs Post Modernism (from a Facebook discussion about the correlation of IQ and upward mobility)

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory on July 3rd, 2014

And Pavel, this isn’t about me. It’s not personal. It’s a question of how we treat the world. Does truth/reality exist? Will we face it courageously or succumb to the secular religion of post-modernism, which follows in the Zoroastrian / Abrahamic tradition of attempting to create reality by chanting desirable lies? Universities are the churches and academics are the priests — bitterly denouncing heretics as they’ve always done. It is mysticism threatening to overturn the Enlightenment. It is poison.

Let’s not abandon empiricism, logic, rationality, but “strive to seek to find and not to yield.” We’ll all be better off this way.

Weakness is strength. Failure is success. The hideous is beautiful.

Posted in Election / Politicians on June 30th, 2014

Grovel! Seek power only through weakness! Seek power through misery! Through failure. Weakness is strength. Failure is success. The hideous is beautiful.

Algerian football fans in France after win: “France is ours! France is ours!” (video)

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, European Union on June 30th, 2014

https://www.vdare.com/posts/france-marine-le-pen-angered-at-algerian-immigrants-soccer-riots

‘For National Security, Keep Foreign Terrorists Out’ – Dutch MP needs 24/7 security, faces two trials for hate speech

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, European Union on June 30th, 2014

Brenda Walker: Member of the Dutch Parliament Geert Wilders has paid a high price for his courage in speaking out about the threat from Muslim immigration, Not only does he need 24/7 security, but he has had two trials for hate speech in the Netherlands. In this Gatestone Institute speech, he proposes “Ten concrete measures to prevent Islamic terrorism in the Netherlands.”

Curt on I. Science-> II. Philosophy-> III. Ideology -> IV. Religion

Posted in Austrian School / Libertarian Theory on June 28th, 2014

PHILOSOPHY AND IDEOLOGY: TRUTH IS ENOUGH.
The Job of Scientists, Philosophers, Ideologists, Activists and Priests.

I. Science-> II. Philosophy-> III. Ideology -> IV. Religion

Science is a purely descriptive discipline. Philosophy consists of constructing true statements that assist us in ethical action. ideology consists of inspirations to act to obtain power, and requires only the minimum truth necessary to obtain power. Religion consists of rituals and myths that bind us together pre-cognitively, and in religion, true propositions are unnecessary – and largely undesirable.

Therefore, truth content of each discipline: science, philosophy, ideology and religion – varies significantly.

***Now, if we merely sought discretionary power as do most, then it wouldn’t matter if our arguments were constructed scientifically. But since we are proposing an order that lacks discretionary authority, and where discretionary authority is prohibited, and where economic prosperity is the promised common good, then ideas and actions must correspond with objective reality rather than subjective command, law must be rationally calculable, and truth (correspondence with reality) is required of us. Truth is the only ‘rule’ that we can ‘rule’ by.***

This does put us at an ideological disadvantage: our messages are harder to convey. We promise no free rides. Offer no eternity. No certainty.

But that said, for some minority of us, truth, liberty, prosperity, and reality are desirable enough for us to act, and act with the threat of violence, to obtain them.

Our ideology then, consists of the truth, the promise of liberty and prosperity, the organized application of violence to obtain them, and the moral justification whereby moral men feel that their actions are morally sanctioned.

Therefore, the job of a philosopher, like myself, is to produce the truth. The job of ideologists, is to provide moral sanction. The job of activists, is to distribute moral sanctions. The job of shamans is to bind us together through shared experience, ritual and myth.

Curt Doolittle
The Philosophy of Aristocracy
The Propertarian Institute
Kiev, Ukraine (writing from L’viv)

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