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Dave Cohen
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
Interests: evolution, energy, the economy, climate, astrobiology, music, paleontology, culture
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I just ran across an article in The Atlantic called A Famous Argument Against Free Will Has Been Debunked. I accept the result. What Benjamin Libet thought he was measuring was something else (he had found reliable brain activity prior to a subject's conscious decision to lift a finger, called the unconscious "readiness potential"). Read the article for details. That said, the new study does not make a case for free will. It merely debunks an argument that was meant to support the position that free will does not exist. In the Flatland model, I hypothesized that when there is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Once in a while I check in to see how humans are progressing toward their own extinction. I did so yesterday, which was fortunate because we've gotten some climate data updates lately. Humans are making excellent progress in this regard. NOAA updated the global temperature record. July was the hottest month ever recorded on Earth (since 1880), coming in at +1.71°F with respect to the 20th century average. But what caught my eye was this illuminating data point— The year-to-date globally averaged land surface temperature was 2.63°F above the 20th century average of 46.8°F. This value was the third highest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Clueless idealists aside, all of those who support Tulsi Gabbard have known that the Democratic National Committee would find a way to fuck Tulsi over well before the first primary next year. And so the inevitable screwing will happen about 10 days from now. As Kim Iverson explains in the video below, the DNC is desperately trying to keep Tulsi off the debate stage before she does any more damage to their corrupt plans. After the first debate, in which Tulsi destroyed Tim Ryan, the most googled name in the country was ... Tulsi Gabbard. After the second debate, in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
I'm truly sorry. I literally couldn't help myself. Like you, I lack free will. Not my fault! Meanwhile, the New York Times, without evidence, claims that they are journalists (see here). I mean, in 2019 evidence is so passé, right? You win. No Mas. Proud to be an American! Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Independent journalist and youtuber Tim Pool is the first person I know of to wake up and smell the coffee. In the video below, Tim explains that those in the authoritarian "woke left" are tools of globalist elites, including the Big Tech oligopoly and the corporate-owned mainstream media. For example, Vox editor Ezra Klein and his "woke" staff don't speak for "social justice" as they claim. They speak for their biggest investor NBC-Universal. Identity politics is merely a ruse enabling an ongoing war on the nationalist working class by globalist elites. That's the main reason Trump won—he appealed to working... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Fascist Antifa thugs beat up journalist Andy Ngo at a protest in Portland, Oregon, a city which is becoming a shithole due to the enlightened leadership of it's "woke" mayor. Andy was hospitalized because of brain trauma (bleeding) after the attack. Our "woke" mainstream media didn't cover it much because the narrative isn't politically correct. But CBS did put a small report out. Here is the paragraph discussing the attack on Ngo. I have annotated it to reflect reality (the italicized text between dashes). Andy Ngo, who describes himself as—he is—an editor at the conservative website Quillette—the website is not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Update — Senator Josh Hawley will introduce legislation "requiring companies to prove they are politically "neutral" before they receive protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which largely gives internet platforms legal immunity over content posted on their sites by third parties." If passed this legislation would end the repeal of our free speech rights on giant social media platforms. Of course billionaire fuckheads in Silicon Valley will fight this. Their evil representatives, like Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, are distorting the facts and lying like crazy to prevent effective regulation of Facebook,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
John R. MacArthur is the publisher of Harpers Magazine. He is interviewed by Brendan O'Neill, the editor of Spiked. If you are unfamiliar with the Salem witch trials, or the post-WW II McCarthy era, or the fatwah against Salmon Rushdie as well as with other subjects discussed in this interview, then this would be excellent time for you to fucking learn something instead of simply expressing your groundless but oh-so-sacred opinion about shit you nothing about. Those familiar with these historical events and their significance can ignore the statement above. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Watch this hour-long interview with American ex-pat and writer Lionel Shriver. Consider watching this video a prerequisite for my next post. I recommend making the time to watch the whole thing. Shriver is a highly aware human being. She's about as good as it gets. You might learn something. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
I see that comments have not been posted due to internal Typepad settings I created but forgot about entirely. Anyway, the last comment I got, about 3 hours ago, was this-- We need to defend the dark money and Saudi royal family backed Steven Crowder from the elites. Great work, Dave. You see, this very-low-awareness human is confused and has got it completely backwards. We want to defend free speech because otherwise a totalitarian society, especially in the age of mass media, becomes so much easier to create. Powerful corporate elites are trying really hard to create such a society.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Sometime ago I issued a Warning To Humanity about the absolute necessity of preserving free speech rights. Last year I abandoned all mainstream media and started getting all my political news from sources I came to trust on YouTube. I had to filter out various biases in each case of course. All human sources of information on political matters are inherently biased in one way or another due to their loaded nature—social status, power and control are always in play, i.e., who will have it and who will not. Thus all of our baser social instincts are on display when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Recently Facebook announced they would be "standing against hate" in the future. And that future started last week when they banned, among others, Paul Joseph Watson, who used to hang out with Alex Jones ("Infowars"). He no longer does as far as I know. Once a liberal bastion of free speech and other human rights, The Atlantic Magazine heartily endorsed Facebook's embrace of regressive neo-facism. Material related to Infowars is subject to the most severe restrictions. Infowars is subject to the strictest ban. Facebook and Instagram will remove any content containing Infowars videos, radio segments, or articles (unless the post... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
I intend to do some serious writing again. I will be posting something along those lines very soon (like maybe tomorrow). At my advancing age (66), I need to do something to give my days the proper rhythm. When I recently referred to the EU as an authoritarian (incipient fascist) organization, I was not kidding, though getting a sufficient number of people to take an interest in protecting their freedoms remains an intractable problem. Well, in a world in which all 16 felony charges against Jussie Smollett can be dropped at the whim of a corrupt prosecutor, and the evidence... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Poor Tim Pool — he's a sane person in the United States in 2019. He's trying to talk to the nut cases, but knows in his heart there's no point. Eventually, as Tim's said in the past, he will give up, go skateboarding, or maybe he'll go sit on the beach and drink margaritas. Either way, Tim, I'll respect you. I mean, he's the god-damned King in the North! And as Tim knows full well, the headlong flight from reality and evil's ascendancy in America can only get worse as time goes on. I feel for you, Tim, I really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
David Cameron made a "mistake" some years ago by allowing U.K. voters to determine their own future. The issue at hand was whether to leave or remain in the EU. They voted to leave. This result infuriated the London and EU (Brussels) elites, who have worked ceaselessly to thwart the will of the people and overturn the result. Now it appears in 2019 that these elites have won. Listen to the first 10 minutes of the Spiked podcast below. Make no mistake, recent political events mark the death of democracy in the United Kingdom. Whether it will ever be revived... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Every other candidate, with the exception of Andrew Wang, is just fucking with you. I am kind of hoping they will find each other and good things might result. What is the goal? To minimize human suffering before The End. I assume you know what I mean. Heaven help you if you don't. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
So, Bernie is off and running. Here's the beginning of Bernie's CBS This Morning interview. You don't have to watch beyond the 1:30 mark unless you care to. Let me quote the relevant part in case you missed it (just after 1:05). Bernie asserts— We have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who's doing what no president in our lifetimes has come close to doing, and that is trying to divide us up. I certainly remember Nixon dividing us up, but never mind. What Bernie just did there, in effect, was to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
OK, we learned today that delusional, geriatric democratic socialist—not socialist democrat— Bernie Sanders has entered the presidential fray. He would be 79 years old upon taking office if he wins the election. That is not likely. Perhaps Bernie is simply too senile to realize that Tulsi, who resigned as Democratic party vice-chair in 2016 to support Sanders, is already running for president. She quit because she saw that the Democrats were screwing Bernie, who has now repaid her integrity and support by screwing her in 2019 (figuratively speaking of course). All we need now is for Uncle Joe Biden to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Politically speaking, the next two years in America, from today until November 3, 2020 to be precise, is going to be like living through the biggest dumpster fire you've ever experienced. Or like living through the biggest train wreck that ever happened. Choose your own analogy or metaphor. Hell, we Americans may not even have a country by November of 2020. Or, if we do, it certainly won't be a place where a sane person would want to live. It isn't now either, but there's no bottom to the human barrel. You would be wise to remember that. So a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Today I went over to Google News to check out today's elite-sponsored fake news. I was not disappointed. Today we were inundated with news of a proposed "Green New Deal." I clicked on the NPR link because I like my fake news straight up, no chaser. I've added some emphasis so you don't have to do much work. In fact, I whipped out the red font because I know that making an effort to understand the world is not generally speaking a human characteristic. Whether it's a deadly cold snap or a hole in an Antarctic glacier or a terrifying... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
The agenda-filled lamestream media believes Jussie ... of course. Welcome to Fake News Land, 2019 edition. But YouTubers recognize pathological bullshit when they see it Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
Heather MacDonald tells you how bad it is in the video below. Remember, these are elite schools she's talking about, schools training those who will become the elite leaders of American society in the future. Already, many of these trainees have graduated and moved on to jobs in the media and in large corporations. See, for example, the New York Times or Proctor and Gamble. The only good news as far as I can see is that Homo sapiens is moving steadily toward its own extinction, a fate our species so richly deserves. But until that happens, and our suffering... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2019 at Decline of the Empire
If you are unfamiliar with the form of satire in the 2nd video below, watch the Steely Dan video before you watch it. The New York Times lied its ass off about the Patreon banning of Carl Benjamin and others, even going so far as to say, quoting Patreon CEO Jack Conte, that— “You can use a press debacle like this to drum up your community and rile people up and get them to support a cause,” Mr. Conte said. “We welcome competition.” In short, Jack Conte claimed that those opposing censorship on his platform got upset in order to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2019 at Decline of the Empire