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The value of scientific journals and the incorruptibility of scientists

 So Juul makes "e-cigarettes".  A term that annoys me because it feels like a marketing name to make something sound better than it is but I suppose its not inaccurate.  That said, they are looking down at a serious drop in market share and sales are slumping very rapidly.  What do do?  Well, first you rent a scientific journal and have them publish a special issue with all the scientific studies you funded that say that your product helps people quit smoking.   Original article here .  To be fair, three editors resigned in protest.  Three.  The issue, however, went to print and we're only hearing about it now.  How much does integrity cost at a science journal?  Not much it turns out.  For $51K and a further $6500 to make it available to the public.  Quite a bargain.  Now they can point to the American Journal of Health Behavior as the source of their claims and they won't be lying.  It won't be completely truthful but that probably doesn't matter.   This sho

On Antifa as an idea

 One thing that the left has done very well is to float this idea that antifa is somehow just an idea, not an organization.  They did so once they learned the feds were looking at hitting them with racketeering charges.  Suddenly they went from "I'm a member of antifa" to "antifa is just an idea" very quickly.  I know people, personally, who shifted from one to another without a second thought.  The cognitive dissonance is remarkable to behold.  There is (was?) a documentary on Netflix about the Alt Right on Neflix called Days of Rage.  They have an antifa guy there who talks about why he joined antifa.  If he "joined" anything, it means that thing is not merely an idea.   Since the left believes the left believes that the Mainstream Media is the arbiters of truth, I submit the following clip for your review:   <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/af5o-4eI9PA" title="YouTube video pla

Seneca

  “If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca Circa: 41 AD Seneca is one of my favorite Stoics.  The quote above is only one of countless bits of wisdom that have withstood two thousand words of experience.        An ill informed man might see the above as an advocation of violence or mob justice.  Not at all.  Seneca advocated moderation in all things.  Moderation, after all, is one of the four cardinal virtues of Stoicism.  The other three are justice, wisdom and courage.  Putting this firmly in the overlap of Justice and Wisdom in the Venn Diagram of stoicism.  Its the same argument that advocates of the Second Amendment have been talking about for decades.  On this matter Seneca also said: “A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand.” ―  Seneca The truth never changes. 

On Stoicism

Part of the reason I stopped blogging was due to serious personal difficulties which I'll not catalog here other than to say I have been through harder times than I thought possible and its not really over but I think I'm better able to manage it now. I have had a crisis of faith in the midst of all this and I'm still not sure where I am with that.  I think that's something that's kind of running in the background as I try to work that out.  Sort of like a resident process on your task manager that you have to kill manually or else it just keeps running. I probably have a lot more to say about that but I have more thinking to do before I can put something here. That said, one of the things few people know about me is my love of the ancients.  When I was a nerdling I found a book about Greek and Roman myths.  Something about the stories fascinated me.  They were heroic, tragic, fantasitical, often illogical and the gods were capricious and frequently cruel.  Th

A few quick things

 Here's an interesting breakdown of how advertising works and the psychology behind it. This one by Dennis Prager, explains why we're all becoming " Good Germans ".   American Thinker has a very long piece from eyewitnesses that describe what happened at the capitol .  I'm sure the article is truthful but there's no way it can be comprehensive of definitive.   Short post.  Hope to have more soon.

Thought for the day

  When I was 15, I spent a month working on archaeological dig. I was talking with one of the archaeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those "getting to know you" questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What's your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don't play sports. I do theater, I'm in choir,  I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes. And he went WOW. That's amazing! And I said, "Oh no, but I'm not good at ANY of them." And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: "I don't think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you've got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them."  And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who h

Nothing to see here, move along...

 The US Postal Worker's union endorses Joe Biden .  And we're supposed to allow the people who want Biden to win to control the ballots for his election?  Welcome to clown world.  Honk Honk.