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George Rebane
Naturalized Citizen, Entrepreneur, Professional Engineer and Systems Scientist formally trained in Physics, Complex Dynamic Systems, and Computer Science.
Interests: music, history, friends, community, science/cosmology, future of man, avid reader, camping/canoeing, and family, philosophy, politics, investing, flying, shooting
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In the foreseeable future, IMHO we have Pr(Nobel to skeptical physicist) << Pr(snowball's chance in hell)
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re GeorgeB's 1117am - then there's the snootfull from googling 'nate silver's missed predictions' (especially about Trump).
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JonD 1036am - I know you've been doing the best you can, but do you think that taking a deep breath and giving it another go would help with your attempted contributions of wit and wisdom?
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BillT 941am - Quite a dissertation Mr Tozer, and with good points. Build a wall on our northern border? Perhaps, but not without a goodly number of Americans killed again (recall 9/11) by Muslims coming through Canada. But your important point is that all Muslims are not created equal. While longtime resident Muslims will be radicalized at a higher rate than non-Muslims, it is the ragheads hiding among the Muslim refugees that are most worrisome (also to people like Brennan). And if Canada becomes an existential conduit to their entry, then things will change with out northern neighbor until they do a better job vetting their Muslim immigrants.
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Gregory 902am - While all you say is correct, I continue concerned about the non-impact that our citing science and reason has on cynical/calcified collectivists bent on reshaping global society. I've had this discussion for years with our fellow skeptics practicing a similar approach - Russ Steele and Anthony Watts come to mind - and none of us can improve on the futile approach to which we all seem to revert. Without effect, reason washes off the un- and pre-reasonable. Perhaps the best we can hope for with such arguments is the slow accretion of the reasonable undecideds into the ranks of the skeptics.
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BradC 744am - Mr Croul, yours is the latest attempt by frustrated liberals on these pages to put my most revealed ideology and belief system into one of the two or three buckets that your background has provided you (and your fellow travelers). There is little I can say in response to anyone who always simplistically stereotypes a person based on his misunderstanding of their most recent communication. Opposing the reconfirmation of one egregious and specific status quo about gerrymandering, or anything else for that matter, does not reveal enough information about a person to affix on him any political label. In your case, I would challenge you to provide a cogent definition of an "extreme" right-winger that would give third parties a reliable discriminant to separate out 'extreme right-wingers' from everyone else. And then you could make yourself look even more ridiculous by attempting to cite material from 10 years of RR and my credo that conform to your discriminant.
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My position on gerrymandering in general has been made clear on these pages for years. And yes, the illegals are here, but that in no way implies that they are to be counted for congressional representation along with American citizens. The lame point that “intellectual honesty” caused the justices to find in the Constitution that Congress represented all residents is beyond the pale, as is the reciprocal claim that the Constitution contains the explicit restriction that Congress represents only citizens. Those are cheap red herrings introduced for lack of a defendable position on the matter. On points on which the Constitution is silent/moot, then according to my lights it should be interpreted restrictively in the spirit it was written. For students missing US history, the Founders’ seminal principle in crafting a constitution for this democratic republic was that it should always be interpreted to constrain the federal government’s powers. And yes indeed, RR is not a rubber stamp for SCOTUS, or its so-called conservative justices, or even Republicans. I have before, will do again, and am now disagreeing with the court’s 4apr16 ruling on the reasonable basis outlined above. Live with it.
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Interesting that both Messrs Emery and Dozer missed the critical point of my post on modern gerrymandering - the kind that includes all residents, legal and illegal.
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George Rebane The AGW hysteria has become very hard to maintain in circles that still participate in scientific debate and within the public forum that follows such debate. The hysteria is unaffected by such debate within the community of grant-funded... Continue reading
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"This “Jon Dozer” has the clowns on the hard-right blog tied up in knots!" Is "tied up in knots" what debate looks like to the 'Debates Forbidden!' progressive websites?
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¬¬¬¬The dust up in Sacramento consisted of 30 protesters with permit belonging to the Traditionalist Workers Party peacefully demonstrating on the steps of the Capitol until they were attacked by a couple of hundred radical leftwingers who had come to shut them down. Then a melee started and continued with TWP members shown on video being beaten and stabbed by the Bolsheviks. And then we get the lamestream reports of the event wherein we read that a group of “anti-fascists” (obviously the good guys) showed up to protest the presence of the “neo-fascists” (obviously the bad guys), and then things turned ugly. Blood flowed, knives and clubs came out, and then members of Sacramento’s finest who were there in force remarkably had no better idea of what happened than did the good people at home watching the lamestream telecasts. Imagine that. I’ve never heard of the TWP nor their being identified as a “new hate group” (by whom on the basis of what???). So I dug into it a bit, and guess what? The reporting was nothing short of the usual progressive propaganda bullshit that gets dished out when another group frustrated with socialism’s advance tries to peacefully make its feelings known. The best I can tell is that the TWP are a bunch of Christians who want to promote and salvage the remains of their “European-American” culture and identity without any attempt to limit what other cultures and ‘identities’ seek in our homeland. Their claim is to be “ethno-pluralists”. Anything beyond that seems to have been fabricated out of whole cloth by the natural and abundant foes of traditional European-American cultures long practiced on these shores. Before lambasting them further, it would pay for the lambasters (or is it lambastards?) to go to their website and pick out what in their doctrine is so offensive as to require their being physically attacked by leftwing vigilantes during a sanctioned protest at our state capitol.
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RussS 116pm - One of RR's tenets is that 'when something goes wrong, government is guilty until proven innocent.' Here we note the loud sound of crickets again when another *massive* and much-foreseen government failure again materializes. Their big problem with the country is the "GOP Evangelicals"; now if we could only get rid of them ...
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For those wishing to to more relevant issues, it seems they should also cease fabricating Trump's pre-candidacy personal and business histories. But of course, that is too much to ask of the Asymmetrical Left. And did everyone note who physically attacked whom at the state capitol yesterday to prevent them from exercising their First Amendment rights? No fair peeking at the answer.
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RussS 830am - Must read it. Hillary claimed to have been present; did she do/say anything besides impersonating a potted plant?
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BillT 904pm - Excellent thought Mr Tozer; again the humanitarian in you makes itself known. Now here's a little mind bender for all you thinkers out there. Ms Pelosi immortalized herself with "We have to pass it before we can find out what's in it." Being a woman of wit and humor, she was obviously referring to something very similar to a stool sample. Only later did we discover the dear lady's wry sense of humor, and that the joke was on us.
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Walt 606pm - That pig would have been ready for the butcher at my house. You can do a lot of things if you can plausibly claim that you or your family's "health and safety" were being threatened.
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With the constant arrival of reports like the 1059am and 1114am above, it is clear that the Left and their religion of peace allies can hardly wait for the time when they will be able to march us to the wall. And you can bet the ranch that they will - it is in their nature.
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fish 1103am - Good pick up Mr fish. Our central planners always know what's best for us and do all possible to insulate themselves from our wrongheaded desires. We read these sentiments right here as progressive neighbors tell to just grin and bear it with Sacramento, after all, anything else would just be lèse majesté.
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[The Brexit discussions have their own posts, but we can't just let the election be confined to a sandbox that is already overfilled. Here is fresh sand. gjr] Continue reading
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George Rebane The ripples from Brexit will travel far and wide, and in their turn give rise to more of what happened in the UK. Brexit and its aftermath will once again confirm what we have here argued for years... Continue reading
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BradC 916am - Please don't confuse candidates who are private citizens and can spend their money as they please with elected officials who have to play by other rules.
Can anyone cite a credible source claiming that a majority of the Brits now expect Brexit to abolish their unsustainable socialism? What I've seen reported is that all they want is their own running room, their own self-determination. Nothing more.
fish 427pm - Now consistency and coherence has never been a strong suit in leftwing apologetics, and we witness demonstrations galore of this in these pages. Looking at some of the above, we also see that the Left does not share a common history with most Americans who have studied history. Since until fairly recently America did have a common culture as the one into which immigrants assimilated and exhibited in the public square. Now since that common culture has become politically incorrect, every other culture cum 'behavior pattern' is celebrated and encouraged equally within our shores. Saul Alinsky and his mentors foresaw all this, and put into numerous 'how to' manuals to destroy America - a most prominent one is his 'Rules for Radicals'. Among one of their prescriptions is not to worry too much about logic and/or consistency in your arguments, the sheeple will neither remember nor parse them.
Walt 357pm - good catch Mr Branson. With every passing day it is harder to support the Republican Party. The Repubs should put the undoing of unconstitutional executive acts on the front burner, and pass other legislation only as time allows. But to let this travesty pass without even a murmur is unfathomable. I would vehemently disagree that they have 'more important' matters to attend.