Saturday, November 21, 2009

More 'scientific' kookery

Dr. Jones awaits the global-warming gotterdammerung:
If anything, I would like to see the climate change happen, so the science could be proved right, regardless of the consequences.
Via Tim Blair, who observes, "Of course, if change doesn’t happen, it won't prove that science was wrong. It'll prove that certain scientists were."

Fanatical certainty among misguided experts is by no means limited to the global-warming cultists. The field of psychology, for example, has been whipsawed by successive eruptions of the "expert consensus." There was the whole Freudian analytical couch-trip trend, pre-frontal lobotomies and eletroshock treatments, deinstitutionalization and so on, until today everything is attributed to neurochemistry. This latest consensus is probably wrong, too.

I'm eagerly awaiting the day when psychiatric practice comes full circle and the expert consensus declares that all mental illness is caused by masturbation, demon possession or both: "Nurse, bring the holy water, it's time for Mr. Sullivan's exorcism."


  1. But Algore can still keep his prizes (Nobel and Oscar) and the millions of bucks he made from peddling this snake oil, right? I mean, it's not like he's a small time con man that gets arrested and stuff. He's an IMPORTANT con man... i.e. a liberal politician.

  2. Stacy don't forget medicine too. Wine is bad for you, then it's good, now it's bad again. I don't know why anyone still listens to these people. They change their mind every other month.

  3. The level of fanatical, juvenile nihilism expressed in Jones statement is certifiable and probably requires institutionalization.
    This is the type of person who wishes hundreds of millions deaths in vindication of his religious beliefs.
    And Allahpundit thinks Christianity is a problem?

  4. Dr. Utopia says he might not run again in 2012.

    Meanwhile Darleen at PW has the agenda for "health care" and it is a wee bit broader than signing up the uninsured:

    •An income surtax on taxpayers earning more than $500,000 a year,[1]
    •An excise tax on high-cost “Cadillac” health insurance plans that cost more than $8,500 a year for individuals or $21,000 for families,[2]
    •An excise tax on medical devices such as wheelchairs, breast pumps, and syringes used by diabetics for insulin injections,[3]
    •A cap on the exclusion of employer-provided health insurance without offsetting tax cuts,[4]
    •A limit on itemized deductions for taxpayers with a top income tax rate greater than 28 percent,[5]
    •A windfall profits tax on health insurance companies,[6]
    •A value-added tax, which would tax the value added to a product at each stage of production,[7]
    •An increase in the Medicare portion of the payroll tax to 3.4 percent for incomes great than $200,000 a year ($250,000 for married filers),[8]
    •An excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages including non-diet soda and sports drinks,[9]
    •Higher taxes on alcoholic beverages including beer, wine, and spirits,[10]
    •A tax on individuals without acceptable health care coverage of up to 2.5 percent of their adjusted gross income,[11]
    •A limit on contributions to health savings accounts,[12]
    •An 8 percent tax on all wages paid by employers that do not provide their employees health insurance that satisfies the requirements defined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services,[13]
    •A limit on contributions to flexible spending arrangements,[14]
    •Elimination of the deduction for expenses associated with Medicare Part D subsidies,[15]
    •An increase in taxes on international businesses,[16]
    •Elimination of the tax credits paper companies take for biofuels they create in their production process–the so-called “Black Liquor credit,”[17]
    •Fees on insured and self-insured health plans,[18]
    •A limit or repeal of the itemized deduction for medical expenses,[19]
    •A limit on the Qualified Medical Expense definition,[20]
    •An increase in the payroll taxes on students,[21]
    •An extension of the Medicare payroll tax to all state and local government employees,[22]
    •An increase in taxes on hospitals,[23]
    •An increase in the estate tax,[24]
    •Increased efforts to close the mythical “tax gap,”[25]
    •A 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery and similar procedures such as Botox treatments, tummy tucks, and face lifts,[26]
    •A tax on drug companies,[27]
    •An increase in the corporate tax on providers of health insurance,[28] and
    •A $500,000 deduction limitation for the compensation paid by health insurance companies to their officers, employees, and directors.[29]

  5. I can safely say I have never masturbated a demon. I got this way through good wholesome pornography.

  6. look, these new scientsts that are being turned out by te universities in the thousands need work, they deserve jobs for being students for so long.

    Nice little effete students with bitchy personalities and nasty attitudes, after testing the adolescent waters of college, searcing for purchase on the rocky cliffs of tenure.

    Knowing the people I know, I'm not sympathetic. They have not been nice people.