Chicago income distribution.

Restoring Reason in Public Life

by Lewis Loflin

See Why Climate Isn't About Science But Political Power.

Chicago is a typical Democrat controlled (for decades) community. The result is 64% poor (red), 16% middle class (yellow), and 20% affluent (blue). Notice how the wealth is concentrated along the North Shore.

Progressives gain power with an alliance of Red and Blue that outvotes the entire rest of the state.

See How Progressives Utilize Race.

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Is Liberal Boston Racist?

Definition of racism: holding differing standards or treating people differently due to race, that like gender and species, is a product of biology. Examples of racism today are affirmative action, pretending one's value is based on race and not merit or individual achievement, etc.

Claiming non-whites can't be racist due to "lack of power" is irrational nonsense. Attributing characteristics to entire groups of people and not individuals is RACISM. Claiming merit and equal treatment is racist is irrational because whites and Asians achieve while non-Asian minorities fail at the same task.

It is also a racist claim implying non-whites somehow can't achieve what whites can - yes they can. Unequal outcome is normal and part of the human condition. Denial of this basic fact is irrational.

Racism has nothing to do with criticism of culture, politics, religion, behavior, etc. Islamic politics-religion or Latino Culture, for example, is not a race nor is Hinduism or Christianity.

Filth and Homelessness in San Jose.

Knowledge and intelligence leads to success in the new economy. Lower-skilled workers compete with automation. Plus the economy is flooded with unskilled immigrants. This leaves us with serious social problems.

Ability varies and it varies a lot and can't be social engineered away. Many attending four-year colleges shouldn't be. They often end up with worthless paper and mountains of debt.

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With science and reason under attack we must learn to speak out.

Definition empiricism: "the theory that all knowledge is derived from sense-experience. Stimulated by the rise of experimental science, it developed in 17th and 18th centuries" in Europe and America. That means one must present physical, verifiable proof not vote, conjecture, authority, or mere opinion. John Locke and David Hume are two of it's early leaders. Science without empiricism is not science. Empiricism has nothing to do with faith, feelings, or popular vote.

Consensus is about politics, not science. As a Deist I'm in a constant fight with religious mystics pushing pantheism and other New Age style beliefs. So compromised are ecology and environmentalism they are have little to do with science - if they ever did.

I advocate the unpopular subjects of earth science, chemistry, and physics. For an example of earth science see the graphic Climate Change over 5 million years and the graphic Make Global Warming Great Again.

A group of aircraft are ditched in Greenland in 1942. Glacier Girl was recovered in 1992 50 years later. Under 265 ft. of snow and ice. See the graphic on Glacier Girl. Greenland was far warmer 1000 years ago when trees grew there and Viking settlers grew crops and raised sheep.

Peak oil was a myth. When I was growing up in the 1970s they said we would exhaust most metals by 1990. Didn't happen. Millions would starve by 2000. Record wheat and grain harvests no end in sight. I can buy a 50-pound bag of feed for my chickens for $10.

I can buy a 2 lb. bag of carrots for 79 cents. 50 lbs. of potatoes for $13. Gasoline is a little over $2 a gallon. Yet people whine and bitch endlessly over the end of the world. Not happening.

I've heard this Armageddon clap-trap from religious fundamentalists and environmentalists for 50 years. Enough! Let's return to reason!

Jesus isn't coming and Antarctica is getting colder. Melting sea ice doesn't raise ocean levels! 90% of the world's ice is in Antarctica, 8% in Greenland. They are not melting away! See the graphic Arctic Sea Ice whose melt "official" record goes back to only 1980! It began melting about 1800 when the Little Ice Age Ended!

They prefer to go back to 1880 when the climate began warming in 1800! See the graphic Ice core data from Greenland.

If the entire atmosphere was 1 gallon of water it would weigh 128 oz. Total CO2 is 0.04% or 0.0512 oz. Of that from all sources including human since ~1900 is 0.0128 oz. or 300 milligrams has been added.

Definition of rationalism: "a belief or theory that opinions and actions should be based on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response."

Definition irrationalism: "a system emphasizing intuition, instinct, feeling, or faith rather than reason or holding that the universe is governed by irrational forces." (Merriam-Webster).

Communist Party USA People and Planet before Profits

Why have so many Marxists hitched a ride on the climate change bandwagon? They even offer college degrees that combine ecology with religion!

The following nonsense of offered at Yale "Religion and Ecology":

The concentration in Religion and Ecology is an interdisciplinary program based in the YDS curriculum and draws on faculty resources in biblical studies, ethics, liturgical studies, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, and world religions and ecology. It spans the study of eco-theology; eco-spirituality; eco-feminism; theologies of embodiment, place, land, race, and indigeneity; environmental ethics; liturgy and creation; and cosmology and ecology.

What rubbish. Eco-theology??? Eco-spirituality??? That along with Marxism are an influence in the Green New Deal some are pushing. To quote,

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has championed the "Green New Deal," an idea rapidly gaining traction in Democratic Party circles.

The "democratic socialist" from New York has pushed for the policy in alarmist terms: "People are going to die," she says, unless it becomes law. Or perhaps "Americans are dying" already. Either way, we face "cataclysmic climate disaster" unless Congress can "plan and implement a Green New Deal" in ten years.

But the "Green New Deal" has little to do with the environment. It is the latest incarnation of a "red-green" strategy, developed decades ago, which seeks to achieve socialist economic policy through the ruse of environmental crisis.

The "Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology" is an absurdity. Science and technology have NOTHING to do with faith.

To quote Virginia Tech and its "Executive Master of Natural Resources":

...Today’s environmental management and sustainable development challenges require more than scientific and technical knowledge...

Again it's a fusion of science, religion, leftwing politics, etc. These are the whack jobs pushing the climate agenda for more than "scientific and technical knowledge".

Do we want this nonsense at the EPA? Hell no! There is an issue of separation of religion and state. Science mixed with any form of religion is religion, period. notes the following "The Link Between Environmentalism & New Age:

The basic theory behind eco-spirituality is that the divine is present in all creation – which is known as panentheism - and that we are to expand our love of 'neighbor' to include the entire cosmos and all creatures, plants, trees, etc.

Eco-theologians hold that because humans are so intimately interconnected with the organic cosmos, they cannot come to completion without the cosmos, and that the universe is a single dynamic whole into which humans are imbedded...

The New Age version of eco-spirituality fosters a religious worship of nature known as pantheism, which is based on the belief that the cosmos is animated by one spirit or is guided by a universal consciousness of which man is merely one more participant.

Total rubbish. No thank you I'll stick to reason and science. Environmentalism is poisoned by this New Age garbage. Many scientists hold somewhat similar views. Pantheism amounts to feel-good atheism.

The present warming hysteria starting in 1997 was due to natural causes and ended in January 2017 with a lull in solar output. See Some general science facts they won't discuss.

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ACT Scores Slip Due to Diversity

Liberals preach that there's no difference in cultures and one is "racist" to believe otherwise. Instead of giving poor non-white children the real tools they need to succeed - white culture, literacy, and a work ethic - they choose victimization indoctrination. This is what relegates by design low-achieving non-Asian minorities to the very failure liberals attack as racism.

Nowhere does this show up than ACT scores.

August 21, 2013 By Allie Grasgreen

With a 20.9 composite average, the 2013 ACT scores are the lowest they've been in five years, with the biggest drops occurring in the English and reading sections.

The high school class of 2013's composite average is down 0.2 points from 21.1 last year, and English and reading scores (averaging 20.2 and 21.1) are down 0.3 and 0.2 points, respectively.

"The diversity of students in the pool continues to grow, which is a good thing. The aspirations of those students continues to rise, which is a good thing," ACT President Jon Erickson said. "But the performance of the students still leaves something to be desired."

More students are taking the exam -- some of whom are required by schools to do so but have no collegiate aspirations -- which accounts in part for the lower scores, Erickson said. ACT also made some logistical changes this year: updating the reading and science benchmarks, and including scores of students who were accommodated with extra time.

"I'm kind of looking at this as a new normal," he said, "a new baseline."

The score decline in composite average as well as for each individual benchmark - English, reading, mathematics and science - was steeper among students who did not complete a high school core curriculum comprising four years of English and three years of each other benchmark subject.

Twenty-six percent of tested students - one percentage point higher than last year - met all four subject benchmarks, which indicate a 50 percent chance of making a B grade or 75 percent chance of a C grade in corresponding college courses. The majority of students (64 percent) met the English benchmark, while 44 percent met reading and/or math benchmarks and 36 percent made it in science.