‘An age of mineral eclecticism’

“Wind power generation requires dysprosium. Dysprosium? Sound too chemistry-major? Here’s the skinny: symbol “Dy,” atomic number 66. Almost all of it is found in clay ores in southern China or in deposits in western Australia. Based on what I could find, about 100 tons of dysprosium are produced a year, and 98 of those tons are produced in China. In 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy concluded dysprosium was the “most critical element for emerging clean energy technologies.”

Do you like your clean energy depending on the whims of the Communist Party in Beijing? That’s the mob that approved the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre of 2,000 pro-democracy demonstrators.”

Some of this is that enviro-nazis wont let us mine our own deposits… some is that… well apparently 85% of niobium comes from one mine… in Brazil.

New Battlefronts

While conservative Christians focus on the near stalemate on evolution, this is happening. This is coming hard and fast. It’s like a heavy cavalry charge where all of us will be trampled to death if we refuse to face the changing threats… and everyone seems happy to argue about the interior volume of the ark…

WATCH: Leftist Students Freak Out When Panel Agrees Men And Women Are Different

The Democrat 2020 Totem-pole

I think Elizabeth Warren (Figure 1) is massively afraid of being upstaged on the diversity totem pole by Oprah (Figure 2) in the 2020 Democrat primary. (heh… totem pole) She is afraid that she will lose all political oxygen like the regular GOP candidates did… Since the diversity and progress cultists require ever renewed highs, (like addicts) I think Oprah would be formidable or even unbeatable in the Democrat 2020 primary. See, I think part of Hillary’s problem was that she wasn’t a step up the totem pole from Obama. Going from a black President to a white one is unacceptably regressive for Democrats. Oprah, being black and female, has more diversity points even than Obama, and therefore represents ‘progress’. (Eventually anyone who isn’t minority, female, LGBTetc, and diagnosed with PTSD will be unacceptable to democrats as they will be regressive…) Since the majority of the Democrats in power are white and/or male, I expect the Dems to launch preemptive strikes to keep Oprah out of the 2020 business. And Warren leads the way:

“I don’t know” if America is ready for another celebrity billionaire president, she said. “Here’s what I do know. We are right now in the middle of fights that will determine our future for generations to come.”

Figure 1: ‘Native American’

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Figure 2: ‘Cares about Sexual Harassment’

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Oh… look at that a few preliminary preemptive strikes…

www.washingtonpost.com

www.reviewjournal.com/opinion

www.chicagotribune.com

 

 

Christians in a SciFi world

Just a few days ago one of my student brought this up at our faith and science discussion. I had never heard of it, but the story is so tragic and yet God used the Gibsons to do something incredible. It is so odd and yet such a powerful story that it is hard to place the emotion it produces.

The Gibsons had Emma through the National Embryo Donation Center, a faith-based embryo adoption program in which couples hoping to conceive are paired with embryos that will not be used by their genetic parents. The NEDC said in a news release that it has received donated embryos from all 50 states, as well as foreign countries.

A “baby counter” on the NEDC website tallies its live births at 686 babies.

Emma was frozen in October 1992, when Tina Gibson, 26, was 18 months old. The embryo was thawed in March of this year and implanted two days later. “Emma is such a sweet miracle,” Benjamin Gibson said, according to the news release. “I think she looks pretty perfect to have been frozen all those years ago.”

Science Fiction almost never includes believing Christians but here we get a weird, uncanny view into how Christians behave in a Science Fiction wor

Some ‘Debunked’ Conspiracy Theories May Be True…

A few links here… I thought I’d share… (Which makes me think that although Comet Ping Pong may not be the place, Pizzagate in essence is real…) I don’t have any energy to write about such a gruesome topic, but I will mention that I continue to think (as I told my wife some days ago) that this whole ‘Sexual Harassment Apocalypse‘, the whole media/democrat #MeToo thing, is largely to burn everyone out on hearing about sexual harassment before the really horrible people (the ones that make Brian Singer look humane and moral) get found out. (Also, it makes me wonder if these kinds of rumors (like in the blind item) are what got Andrew Klavan going on A Killer in the Wind…

The Hollywood Rape Machine

Blind Item – The Church

The Last Closet

Today’s Exhibit on Communism

Thanks Daily Wire

And, oh yeah, read about his parasite problem

I’m (slightly) above average!

Professors usually spend about 3-6 months (sometimes longer) researching and writing a 25-page article to submit an article to an academic journal. And most experience a twinge of excitement when, months later, they open a letter informing them that their article has been accepted for publication, and will therefore be read by…

an average of ten people.

Yes, you read that correctly. The numbers reported by recent studies are pretty bleak:

– 82 percent of articles published in the humanities are not even cited once.

– Of those articles that are cited, only 20 percent have actually been read.

– Half of academic papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors.

That’s rough, and definitely a problem…

I’m cheating a bit since I’m in chemistry… but… its nice to be in the top half, not the bottom half.

14 cites on one paper and 5 on the other (my third paper is much closer to the average… with 2 cites…) Its not like these are great high-impact papers… but at least one or two people not in my research group and not the editors/reviewers has read them, and that’s fun…

Good Riddance

Looks like Trump and real republicans might be winning some kind of internal campaign. Jeff Flake joins Bob Corker in not running for reelection. Now if we could only convince every Senator over the age of… say 80 to retire and let their governors appoint successors we might get a few more gallons of swamp drained…

(Although like Corker, he probably is not running for reelection so he is free to unleash the full fury of his previously somewhat hidden leftism for the next year and a half. Bearing this in mind, everyone who says that the Republican 52 seat majority is in jeopardy is spewing BS… the Republicans actually have a minority in the senate, maybe 45 senators… )

Emotional Contagion

Everyone is a propagandist… and cognitive science is scary.

Also, these things seem to be able to be actively encouraged and fomented: Transgender Social Contagion Reminds School Counselor of Salem in 1692

 

Whose Coup?

This analysis I thought was really thorough and fascinating. With entirely wrong conclusions. It really does show you a great example of what Scott Adams calls ‘two movies on one screen‘.

Trial Balloon for a Coup?

I think you ought to read it. But before you go, think about this: what is a coup? A coup in the context of a Republic like ours would the overthrow of the legitimate government by illegitimate forces. The timescale and the bloodiness of the coup are irrelevant. What really matters is this: what is the legitimate government of the United States of America? Is it:

A) The President, elected via the electoral college as laid out in the constitution, along with (and checked by) the Senate and House, elected by their individual States, with an independent Judiciary?

B) The layers on layers of administrators in, say the State Department…

The article cites the Guardian in this quote, but it is indicative of what the author believes the answer to that question is.

… another point worth highlighting: “In the past, the state department has been asked to set up early foreign contacts for an incoming administration. This time however it has been bypassed, and Trump’s immediate circle of Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Reince Priebus are making their own calls.”

Well… I suppose the power that the administrators have had in the past must always be honored! You shouldn’t dare bypass them! And the President, you know, the commander in chief, has to kowtow to their wishes. (Definitely not fire them… heh…)

Which brings me to my final point. I’m not sure that many Trump voters would disagree with the analysis here. Trump appears to be actively taking power and authority from the administrators. So the question is, is Trump the coup? Or is the long (but exponential) growth of the administrative class; who make laws without being elected by calling them ‘regulations’, impose punishments without due process or trial by jury (looking right at the EPA fine system and the Title IX kangaroo courts), and otherwise usurp the power given in our constitution to the President and congress and courts alone, is that the coup? If the answer is the second, then indeed, we are living through a second American civil war, one that hopefully will remain in the political sphere alone. And that would mean that Trump is the people’s response to their government being overthrown by a tyrannical oligarchy of administers.

(Almost all of these links were found, over time, on Instapundit…)