Thursday, January 13, 2022

Liberal Journalist Quits: Thought-Mugged by the Woke

 

A distinguished journalist rejects the blinkered ideology of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation—and strikes out on her own. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Monday, January 3, 2022

COMPETITION: FOR EXCELLENCE OR EGO?

Pro-capitalist, I tend to favor competition, but I do have some reservations.  Here, I’ll discuss some concerns about being a competitive person.

If you are a competitive person, this can help you improve by setting goals shown to be achieved by others. You can choose to strive to meet or exceed these. I’m fine with that, unless your motive is to prove you are better than these people, rather than to perform better than the limits. Pursue excellence. Extinguish the ego. Never stoop to harming your rivals.

Ambitious goals can help raise efficacy and efficiency.

If we are striving to do better than we did before or better than a set goal, we are likely to benefit. If we are comparing ourselves with others, this is an ego trip, rather than the pursuit of excellence, and ego trips are to be avoided, as they are shallow and doomed to disappointment.

Compete with yourself, pay little attention to what the others are doing, except to learn from them.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, January 2, 2022

RATIONAL OPTIMISM AND HALF A CUP

 It is said that the optimist may view a cup of fluid as half-full, and the pessimist may view it as half-empty. Both may be correct, but there is more to this.

As a rational optimist, I believe in reason and the attempt to get at what is true, but I believe in choosing the more optimistic interpretation when there is room for choice.


First, there are data and definitional uncertainties: there is some uncertainty as to the percentage of a “full” cup that is occupied by the fluid.

What is “full”? Do we measure from the top (the rim) of the cup to the bottom or from the usual height when we consider the cup effectively full? An eight-ounce cup has eight ounces of fluid at a level somewhat below the rim.

Would 51% of capacity warrant “half-full” and 49% warrant “half-empty”? How about “nearly full” and “nearly empty”? And how well do we know that 51% is the right measurement? Perhaps the truth is 55% or 45%, for example.


In some circumstances, not knowing the truth can be dangerous (think of dispensing powerful medicines), so a rational optimist wants to know what is true, when it can be known with reasonable effort.

In other circumstances, the impact on the perceiver may be important, and “half-full” may be more or less encouraging than “half-empty,” and encouragement (or discouragement) might be better.

I choose to be optimistic where the data allow it and confidence is beneficial. Even so, over-confidence is by definition mistaken and can be dangerous.

 

 

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Red and Yellow, Black and White

When I hear charges of White racism, I think of the hymn that we children sang often in the early 1950s in the Sunday School I attended in Manhattan at the Protestant, Dutch Reformed Church, Ft. Washington Collegiate Church, affiliated with a group of churches headed by Rev. Norman Vincent Peale.

We were less than a mile (20 city blocks) from then-nearly-all-Black Harlem, and we did not have, to my recollection, any Blacks in the congregation, nor any who were “Red” or “Yellow,” if you’ll excuse me, and yet we were taught “all are precious in His sight.”

That lesson stuck with some of us, at least.   

Jesus Loves the Little Children Lyrics

 

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow,
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow,
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow,
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

Red and yellow,
Black and white
They are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children
Of the world.

 

[http://www.songlyrics.com/the-christian-children-s-choir/jesus-loves-the-little-children-lyrics/]

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

"You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby!"

 That old song could be Leo Cooper Chiang's song. Proof:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNHzMgaQUP1Klbk--L0pRd4r5NIPAATrwH67aDsxUxcSvvZER5cJ2T88Dt5z9_lyA?key=ZnhxZDZtSWY2THBvZHpiU1VMaXNmRmpzZlp3aGZR

At five months of age, Leo has become progressively even more adorable, soon to be unleashed on the vast expanse of the floor of the Stuppler-Chiang apartment in Manhattan. Watch out, world!

"Brother" Luke will be nearby, don't doubt it. 

Luke was probably a beautiful puppy.

Monday, December 20, 2021

REVIEW of WORD WARS by Morgan Moore

 Safety vs. Freedom of Speech

REVIEW of WORD WARS: How Attacks on Meaning Rob You of Free Speech

 

This well-written, well-argued, well-documented short book discusses the importance of being able to speak our minds without excessive concern about the feelings of others who disagree with us.


P.S. I have submitted this review to Amazon (without post-script), keeping it short so as to be able to defend it from possible Amazon rejection. My much longer recent review of VIRAL received an Amazon rejection with the formulaic response that I should check their guidelines and resubmit if I wished. I saw no guideline I had violated. Their rejection seemed added evidence of this author's thesis.

To Amazon's credit, they have run this review:

Saturday, December 11, 2021

REVIEW of VIRAL: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19

 Wuhan Institute of Virology: China’s Ft. Detrick?

 

Review of Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19,  by Chan and Ridley

This scholarly work presents an avalanche of evidence to allow its readers to decide whether the COVID-19 virus escaped from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (or a nearby lab) or worked its way naturally 2000 kilometers (1200 miles) from bats in mines near Kunming to people in Wuhan. Its narrative, timeline, and notes are almost encyclopedic. It ends by presenting the arguments for a "natural" escape from the mines that are home to the bats harboring the disease's closest relative versus escape from the laboratories in Wuhan.

Having spent 1965 and 1966 as an army draftee at the U.S. biological warfare and defense laboratories at Ft. Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, I learned a bit about the relevant biology and epidemiology and the difficulty of confining biological agents to the labs. If an epidemic today were to have Frederick, MD, as its epicenter, I would be unlikely to believe that the infection traveled from bat caves in our Southwest to Frederick, home of Ft. Detrick, home of the relatively few labs doing such work.

The authors expertly present a wealth of information to educate their readers and develop more informed views about this important topic.

Douglas Winslow Cooper, PhD

https://www.amazon.com/Viral-Search-COVID-19-Matt-Ridley/dp/006313912X/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=QWO5ZJ49QW7M&keywords=viral+the+search+for+the+origin+of+covid-19&qid=1639243794&s=books&sprefix=VIRAL%2Caps%2C795&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExUjVMVldGMEExQ1BNJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMzY3Njc0MVFGQjFKM0lST1NUTyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMjcxNTI2MkpMN0tCMlUxQTZJMSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

 

 

A more politically charged presentation, one skeptical of the prevailing media “narrative,” about the Covid-19 pandemic is Pandemia, an excellent and highly readable book by Alex Berenson:

https://www.amazon.com/Pandemia-Coronavirus-Hysteria-Government-Rights-ebook/dp/B08XJRRZJP/ref=sr_1_1?crid=L2MHZGPS13S3&keywords=pandemia+alex+berenson&qid=1639244072&s=books&sprefix=pandemia%2Cstripbooks%2C226&sr=1-1

 

 

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