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One in Three

“Not only did 30% of the 23-38 age cohort have a ‘favorable’ view of communism, 70% said they’d be happy to vote for socialism.” Stephen Green

“Under socialism everything is free but speech.” Anon

“The goal of socialism is communism.” V.I. Lenin

“It’s a slippery slope from voting yourself the contents of your neighbor’s wallet to finding yourself singing ‘”The Internationale’ with the other happy forced-laborers in a Siberian goldmine.” Green

One in Three Millennials Says OK to Communism

Stephen Green, PJMedia, October 28, 2019

Labor camps, ecological ruin, shortages of everything from aspirin to toilet paper, and the ever-present risk of that midnight knock on the door — what’s not to love about communism? At least, that’s what one out of three Millennials must think, according to a new survey conducted by Victims of Communism and YouGov.

But it gets better… er, worse. Not only did 30% of the 23-38 age cohort have a “favorable” view of communism, 70% said they’d be happy to vote for socialism. What they don’t know — actually, you’re gonna need a longer list — is what Lenin himself said: “The goal of socialism is communism.” And, it probably needs to be said, the goal of democratic socialism is socialism. It’s a slippery slope from voting yourself the contents of your neighbor’s wallet to finding yourself singing “The Internationale” with the other happy forced-laborers in a Siberian goldmine.

My first thought was that these young Americans are merely the victims of a bad education. They probably know nothing of the brutalities of Lenin’s secret police, or of the millions of Ukrainians purposely starved to death so that Stalin could have his collectivized farms. Millennials have never been taught that Cambodia’s energetic communists killed no less than a quarter of their own people. They might not know about the retributions and “re-education” camps that North Vietnam brought to the South after American forces left. Semi-capitalist China is today a wealthy country, but Millennials know little of the tens of millions of random deaths in Mao’s attempt to fully communize the country. They’ve been taught nothing, at best, about the approximately 100 million deaths attributable directly to communism.

But then I had a second thought.

We’re seeing the results of another one of Lenin’s quotes: “The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.” The press, the universities, and even the dominant popular culture have all been co-opted by the progressive left, after a decades-long march through the institutions.

So if you’ve been taught that your victimhood group has rights superior to your own… If you’ve been told your whole life that economic progress is killing the planet… If you believe in your heart that needs and wants trump economic reality…

…well, then what’s wrong with a little communism? Hell, a lot of communism? They’ve been taught this; no wonder they believe it. Or as Lenin also said, “Give me your four-year-olds, and in a generation I will build a socialist state.”

One malinformed Millennial, one vote… one time.

Darwin Sinking

“Dr. Marcos Eberlin, a physical chemist, runs through a wonderful series of discussions that make his case for design and not chance (Darwin’s theory is built on chance and random events).” John Dale Dunn

Editor’s Note:  Dr. Eberlin’s latest work entitled Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose is available at Discovery Institute Press, 2019.

Another scientist challenges Darwin’s theory

By John Dale Dunn;; November 4, 2019

Foresight: How the Chemistry of Life Reveals Planning and Purpose, by Marcos Eberlin 170 pp; softcover, $11.96; ISBN 13-978-1-936599-65-3 (Discovery Institute Press: Seattle); 2019

Dr. Marcos Eberlin, a physical chemist who specializes in spectrometry and supervises a large lab in Brazil that has produced hundreds of doctoral-level scientists, is former president of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation and author of more than 1,000 research papers.  He has written a book that makes a strong case for another nail in the coffin of Darwin’s theory of evolution of species.

In the late 1960s, when I went to medical school, the histologists (cellular-level anatomists) had received a great new instrument, the electron microscope, that provided an order of magnitude’s improvement on studying and recording the microanatomy of living cells.  I still have on my shelf my electron microscopy book, published in 1966, a big picture and text book, Ultrastructural Aspects of Disease: The First Atlas of Fine Structure on Pathology, edited by King (1966) — 22 authors, 100 contributors, an amazing exposition on the ultrastructure of normal and pathological specialized cells of the human body, bone, liver, kidney, brain, muscle, heart, lung.  You get the picture.  The detail showed that cells of the body are not only diverse, but internally exceptionally complex — much more complex than anything man-made.  It’s complex anatomy supporting complex functionality.

Dr. Eberlin is involved in spectrometry.  He studies the molecules that make up those really small things — one more level down into the make-up of cells, to the biochemical level of anatomy and the level at which atoms and molecules combine to make more complex molecules that have biochemical roles in the physiology of the cell.  Is that a mouthful? Continue reading

Climatologist Judith Curry

Judith_Curry“Curry is scholar, not a pundit.” Guy Sorman

“Sea level is rising, but this has been gradually happening since the 1860s.” Judith Curry

“Scientific research should be based on skepticism, on the constant reconsideration of accepted ideas: at least, this is what I learned from my mentor, the ultimate scientific philosopher of our time, Karl Popper.” Judith Curry

Climate Science’s Myth-Buster

It’s time to be scientific about global warming, says climatologist Judith Curry.

Guy Sorman, City Journal, Winter 2019

We’ve all come across the images of polar bears drifting on ice floes: emblematic victims of the global warming that’s melting the polar ice caps, symbols of the threat to the earth posed by our ceaseless energy production—above all, the carbon dioxide that factories and automobiles emit. We hear louder and louder demands to impose limits, to change our wasteful ways, so as to save not only the bears but also the planet and ourselves.

In political discourse and in the media, major storms and floods typically get presented as signs of impending doom, accompanied by invocations to the environment and calls to respect Mother Nature. Only catastrophes seem to grab our attention, though, and it’s rarely mentioned that warming would also bring some benefits, such as expanded production of grains in previously frozen regions of Canada and Russia. Nor do we hear that people die more often of cold weather than of hot weather. Isolated voices criticize the alarm over global warming, considering it a pseudoscientific thesis, the true aim of which is to thwart economic modernization and free-market growth and to extend the power of states over individual choices. Continue reading