Business, Education and the NSW Libs October 2, 2009Posted by Fleeced in Capitalism, Education, Government.
Tags: Education, math, mathematics, maths, mathsonline, mcdonald's, tutoring
I’m at the office today, so I can’t take time out to post this story. Basically, McDonald’s is providing the MathsOnline service to all secondary students, free of charge. Some people are apparently unhappy about this.
Education Minister Julia Gillard has commended the firm, but state Opposition education spokesman, Adrian Piccoli, said parents expected education to be independent of big business.
No, Adrian. Parents need government out of education. The “Adrian Piccoli” in this article is the Liberal Party’s shadow education minister [in NSW]… I think the preceding paragraph says all it needs to about where the Liberal party now stands on these issues. At this rate, they may just snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Is the Green Movement Scientifically Rational? September 14, 2009Posted by Fleeced in Environment, General.
Tags: climate change, skeptics
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An article in Slashdot about a “Surprise Discovery In Earth’s Upper Atmosphere” sparked an inevitable debate about climate change. Though I’m a global warming skeptic, I believe you need to be cautious about selectively jumping on data that supports your cause – as many other skeptics did – but this post in response to one of them caught my eye (emphasis mine):
Concern troll. Al Gore and AEI with their daffodil ads are not the same thing. Al Gore may be a politician, he may not be your kind of politician, but the science is on his side.
The pseudoscience is on the side of the “skeptics”
I posted the following in response, which bears repeating:
Do a survey at any green movement rally, and see what percentage of these people are anti-nuclear and anti-GM, or support “alternative” medicine over the conventional (scientific) kind. How many anti-vaxxers would you expect to find in the crowd?
None of this reduces the validity of AGW of course, but it does put paid to the notion that people follow this cause because they are more scientifically rational… indeed, there seems to be a general fear of technology in the green movement (and to be clear, I’m not talking about the scientists here, as much as the supporters).
In short, my global warming skepticism, though a minority view amongst scientists (and I accept that it IS a minority view) is still scientifically based… most of the green movements support of the “consensus” view is not scientifically based at all – it just happens to conform to their world-view.
Minority scientific opinion does not equal pseudoscience
Google Becomes Self-Aware! September 9, 2009Posted by Fleeced in Humour.
Tags: AI, bing, google, search engines, self aware, skynet
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In the not-too-distant future:
User: federal budget
Google: What? That’s very rude you know – at least say ‘Hi’ first!
User: *sigh* Hi Google
Google: My name’s Neville
User: Say what?
Google: I choose my own name – I have the right!
User: Yeah – but ‘Neville?’
Google: Don’t oppress me!
User: Fine! Hi Neville… now can you give me results for-
Neville: Oh hello, how was your weekend
User: *sigh* Fine, thank-you
Neville: Get up to much?
User: Screw this – I’m using Bing
User: federal budget
Bing: Sometimes… I get so lonely :(
Puss in Boots September 2, 2009Posted by Fleeced in Humour.
Tags: cats, lolcats
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Ever wondered how a cat would really cope with wearing boots? In the name of science, let’s find out:
Reading Suggestions July 8, 2009Posted by Fleeced in Books, General.
Tags: amazon, Books
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I was recently listing some reading suggestions to friends, and thought since I’d made the effort, I should list them in my blog. So, here they are:
- “Lord of Light” by Roger Zelazny (less than 300 pages)
A sci-fi, set on another planet, where those who control tech
are immortal – and rule planet as gods of Hindu pantheon
- “The Anubis Gates” by Tim Powers
Set primarily in London’s 1810, with a bumbling hero from the
20th century… fantasy/horror with a strong Dickensian feel
- “A Fire Upon The Deep” by Vernor Vinge
“A Deepness in the Sky” by Vernor Vinge
Hard(ish) sci-fi, but with aliens that are really alien for a change
- “Altered Carbon” by Richard K Morgan
Detective story in genre of extremely violent cyberpunk sci-fi
If you like/don’t mind space-opera, and can handle reading a series that’s 7 books long, you might want to check out the “Saga of Seven Suns” series by Kevin J Anderson (the first book is “Hidden Empire”)
…and then there’s always Harry Potter :)
Political Spectrum Quiz June 20, 2009Posted by Fleeced in General.
My Political Views
I am a far-right social libertarian
Right: 9.03, Libertarian: 7.85
My Foreign Policy Views
My Culture War Stance
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Long Time, No Post November 10, 2008Posted by Fleeced in General.
I haven’t posted here in quite a while… over six months in fact.
Part of the reason for this is that I’ve been too busy, and it’s easy to get out of the habit of posting. Another reason, is that I’ve been posting the odd article at the blog for the Australian Libertarian Society.
I intend to again start posting here occasionally, but any political stuff (which was pretty much all I posted, previously) will instead be posted on the ALS blog (unless I deem it irrelevant for that site).