Study Finds Treated Fracking Wastewater Still Too Toxic

One of the biggest concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is that the vast amount of wastewater produced by the process of extracting oil and gas from shale rock deep underground is incredibly toxic.
Most often, the wastewater is injected into disposal wells deep underground. But a process does exist to convert contaminated water into drinking water that involves running it through wastewater treatment plants and into rivers.
Now a new report says that treated wastewater could be fouling drinking water supplies.
In an article published in Environmental Science & Technology — the journal of the American Chemical

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/29/2014.

‘Dark zones’ in GMO technology research allow secret development of deadly bioweapons

(NaturalNews) New evidence has emerged to suggest that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a key factor in the spread of deadly pathogens like Ebola. The current Ebola outbreak appears to be a direct product of what former Soviet microbiologist Dr. Ken Alibekov calls “dark zones” in GMO technology that allow pathogens to be deliberately weaponized to harm humans. Dating back to the 1970s, the U. S. government has been involved in covert bioweaponry programs that involved deliberately creating “AIDS-like viruses” to be used during warfare, according to a prominent professor of plant pathology. One such virus is Ebola, a manufactured bioweapon patented and owned by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the vaccine license rights of which are owned by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The CDC patent for Ebola can be viewed here:Google.com. Dr. Cyril Broderick, formerly of the University of Liberia’s College of Agriculture and Forestry but now teaching at Delaware State University, cites Dr. Leonard Horowitz’s book Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola — Nature, Accident or Intentional? to make the claim that the U. S. government has actually been testing its manufactured bioweapons on Africans for many decades, under the guise of promoting vaccines and “public health.”

This post was published at Natural News on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Syria, Neo-Cons, And The Attempted Infiltration Of The Liberty Movement

There is nothing worse than a die-hard neoconservative. Of all the socialist horrors wrought against the American public by the Obama administration and its small but impressively insane group of followers, the neoliberals are at least relatively open about their disdain for the Constitution as well as their intentions to reduce our country to a Third World communist enclave. Neoconservatives, on the other hand, have the audacity to pretend as if they adore the Bill of Rights, posing as freedom fighters and champions of liberty while working intently to administer the same exact despotic policies and socialist infrastructure.
As most readers are aware, the false left/right paradigm has been the primary control mechanism used against the American people for decades. The idea being that in order for establishment elites to maintain control of a population with a heritage of independence, a facade of choice must be created to placate the dim-witted masses while the system itself is dominated from behind the scenes. The people of a republic must be conned into participating in the process of their own enslavement, at least until the oligarchs are ready to unleash full-blown totalitarianism. The concept of free elections becomes a grand theatrical display when most candidates, regardless of party affiliation, are bought, bribed, blackmailed or philosophically allied with the elite. The actions of these candidates speak far louder than their rhetoric for those with the sense to pay attention. But for many people, the attachment to the sports team mentality of politics is just too much to resist. For them, the circus is reality.
The birth of neoconservatism is clouded by what some claim to be the ‘incidental’ relationship between neocon adherents like Irving and William Kristol, Abram Shulsky, Paul Wolfowitz, John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush, among others, and a little-known political science professor by the name of Leo Strauss. Strauss’ work culminated in the University Of Chicago as many of his students and followers went on to engineer the rise of an insidious bureaucratic machine that gave us the Patriot Acts, the fake War on Terror, rationalized torture procedures and numerous other constitutional disgraces.

This post was published at Alt-Market on 25 September 2014.

Obama’s Long Battle to Cut Social Security Benefits

On 12 November 2007, the great blogger ‘Mike the Mad Biologist’ headlined ‘Obama Has Lost My Vote’ and gave as his reason Obama’s having used the phrase ‘the Social Security crisis’ when there was no ‘crisis’ except in the rhetoric of Republican politicians and their aristocratic stooges who want to reduce government benefits for everyone but aristocrats.
President Obama’s plan to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, predated his becoming President, though he didn’t talk about it when he campaigned for the job. (If he had talked about it, he wouldn’t have won the Democratic nomination; and he might not even have beaten the Republican candidate, John McCain, in 2008, since no Republican Presidential candidate has ever publicly campaigned to weaken what his Party nonetheless routinely contemptuously refers to as ‘entitlements.’) Everyone had simply assumed that no Democrat would want to weaken or reduce the crowning achievements of Democratic Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson, not to mention of the Democratic Party itself. But Barack Obama wanted to do it; and he remains committed to doing it.
On 16 January 2009, four days before Obama became President, Michael D. Shear headlined in theWashington Post, ‘Obama Pledges Entitlement Reform,’ and he reported about ‘a wide-ranging 70 minute interview with Washington Post reporters and editors,’ in which Obama endorsed efforts by congressional Republicans, and ‘the Blue Dog Coalition of fiscally conservative Democrats,’ to cut Social Security and Medicare. Progressives were already disturbed at what their friends in Congress were leaking to them about Obama’s strong commitment to doing this, and so a few blog posts were issued to ring alarm bells publicly about it. Paul Rosenberg at openleft.com headlined on January 17th (three days before Obama’s Inauguration), regarding ‘Obama’s ‘Mandate’ To Slash Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security,’ and he presented polls showing that the public not only didn’t want to cut any of these programs, but that 74% wanted Medicare and Medicare spending increased, and 62% wanted SS spending increased. Even 65% of self-declared ‘conservative’ Americans wanted the medical programs increased, and 62% of them wanted SS spending increased. To Obama, his plan to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, so as to fund the Wall Street bailout, was an act of political courage. (In his interview with the Washington Post, he ‘pledged to expend political capital on the issue.’) It was his long-term plan, even though the polls showed widespread opposition to it by the public. This was a matter not of expediency, but of conscience, for him: he needed to find some way to fund both theongoing Wall Street bailouts, and the massive federal debt that would be caused by the 2008 Wall Street crash and its resulting plunge in federal tax-collections; and this ‘balanced approach,’ of tax hikes and spending cuts, would be his solution to both problems.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 24, 2014.

Global Climate Hysteria

Leftists on the March The crazies are evidently everywhere. After 18 years of zero global warming, global climate hysterians have decided that we should no longer debate the finer points of all those climate models that have so completely failed to predict any of this. While scientists have by now forwarded altogether 52 different ‘explanations’ (read: guesses, or rather excuses) about where the ‘missing heat has disappeared to’, a great many people seem to have made up their minds already and don’t want to wait for any progress in what appears to be a science that produces an ample amount of papers, but seems to actually not really certain about a great many things just yet.
Instead they are demanding action, and they want it now. What action? That is not 100% clear, but most of the organizations taking part in worldwide demonstrations over the weekend had the term ‘justice’ in their name, asByron York points out in the Washington Examiner. That is usually not a good sign – your wallet and your liberty are likely to suffer in order for others to be able to properly provide all this justice in your name.
Supported by a cast of usual suspects – various deluded Hollywood celebrities, Al Gore (usually the guarantor of cold weather wherever he shows up, in spite of his giant carbon footprint), socialist NY mayor Bill de Blasio, and a platitudes-spouting Ban Ki-Moon (who apparently heads the UN at present), every leftist issue one can think of was apparently promoted. The ‘climate change’ banner, which they say is the defining issue of our times, apparently manages to unite quite a disparate group of would-be planners.
As York writes:
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This post was published at Acting-Man on September 24, 2014.

Scientist calls for government permission before humans can ‘breed’

He admits that his suggestion “sounds blatantly authoritarian,” and that it “violates just about every core value we possess in a free society.” But noted transhumanist author Zoltan Istvan believes that a transnational world government body should have the power to forcibly sterilize anyone “deemed unworthy” of parenthood through the use of an implanted microchip. In a guest post for Wired magazine online, Istvan wrote that future technology will change everything about the human experience — including how babies are born:The transhumanist age — where radical science and technology will revolutionise the human being and experience — will eventually bring us indefinite lifespans, cyborgization, cloning, and even ectogenesis, where people use artificial wombs outside of their bodies to raise foetuses. But, as LifeSiteNews‘ Ben Johnson writes, some experts have seen the writing on the wall:Constitutional attorney and civil liberties expert John W. Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute, warned LifeSiteNews earlier this year that political officials would long to use this seminal technology.

This post was published at Natural News on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Rapidly mutating Ebola virus would kill 1.2 million people if it goes airborne, expert predicts

(NaturalNews) There’s a chance that the currently circulating Ebola virus could go rogue and become airborne, and a scientist from Michigan State University warns that more than one million people could die as a result. If Francis Smart’s econometric simulation model is accurate, as many as 1.2 million people could lose their lives from an airborne mutation of the disease, the latest in the ongoing outbreak saga sweeping west Africa. According to Smart, the World Health Organization (WHO) failed to take into account that Ebola could turn airborne when it came up with a prediction of 20,000 infections in six months. The United Nations organization also assumed that massive international aid would arrive in the region back in early August, which never occurred. Today, the rate of disease spread is escalating rapidly, and a number of different predictive models say Ebola has reached exponential growth. It is anyone’s guess, in other words, how many people will become infected, especially if anything should change in terms of how the disease is spreading.

This post was published at Natural News on Monday, September 22, 2014.

Scientific Evidence Proves Ebola Is Airborne and Our Liberian Bound Troops Are Walking Into a Death Trap

On the surface, the Presidential order to send 3,000 military personnel to Ebola-ridden is nothing but sheer lunacy. This 3 day old order have left people scratching their heads and wondering if Obama has lost his mind.
This article will shed light on the fact that Obama is acting with depraved indifference and the evidence is clear, Ebola is much more contagious than the government is telling the people and the available science speaks clearly to this fact.
Doctors Are Condemning the Sending of US Troops to Liberia Dr. Lee Hieb, former president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has stated that ‘You can see that these doctors, who are highly trained people, got themselves infected… So sending troops into an area, if they’re dealing one-on-one with a patient, they’re not going to be able to protect themselves very well. It’s not easy to [prevent transmission], because you get tired and you get careless and you make some simple mistakes. All it takes is one virus particle.’
Elaine Donelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, has stated that, ‘I’m just appalled. Judging from this, the United States seems to have a very confused vision of what ‘national security’ means.’ Donelly went on to state that Obama is putting both our troops and their families at risk.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 20, 2014.

Nowhere To Hide As Minority Report-Style Facial Recognition Technology Spreads Across America

What is our society going to look like when our faces are being tracked literally everywhere that we go? As part of the FBI’s new Next Generation Identification System, a facial recognition database known as the Interstate Photo System will have collected 52 million of our faces by the end of 2015. But that is only a small part of the story. According to Edward Snowden, the NSA has been using advanced facial recognition technology for years. In addition, as you will see below, advertising companies are starting to use Minority Report-style face scanners in their billboards and many large corporations see facial recognition technology as a tool that they can use to serve their customers better. Someday soon it may become virtually impossible to go out in public in a major U. S. city without having your face recorded. Is that the kind of society that we want?
To the FBI, this technology does not represent an invasion of privacy. Rather, they are very proud of the fact that they are not going to be so dependent on fingerprinting any longer. The FBI has been developing the Next Generation Identification System for years, and this month it was announced that it is finally fully operational…

This post was published at The Economic Collapse Blog on September 17th, 2014.

The FBI Unveils its Controversial Facial Recognition Database with 52 Million Photos to be Stored

In April of this year, I highlighted the FBI’s disturbing and Orwellian plan to launch a massive biometric database known as the Next Generation Identification (NGI) System in the post, FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in Facial Recognition Database by 2015. In that piece I noted that:
The latest article from the EFF that caught my attention was published a couple of days ago, and shines light on the disturbing push by the FBI to create an extensive facial recognition database, which will include criminal and non-criminal photos alike. The information received by the EFF via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, demonstrates that the feds may have a mugshot database with up to 52 million photos by 2015.
The program is called Next Generation Identification (NGI), and the aspect of it that bothers the EFF most is the fact that non-criminal and criminal photos will be combined in the same database. So someone who has no criminal record can suddenly be flagged as a suspect just because an algorithm says so. What’s worst, research shows that the potential for false positive identification increases as the dataset increases.
The Verge reports that:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 16, 2014.

President Obama Explains Why He Is Sending 10x More Troops To Fight Ebola Than ISIS – Live Feed

As we discussed earlier, President Obama is sending 3,000 US combat troops into Ebola-fighting danger in West Africa (almost 10 times the number of non-combat troops being sent to Iraq and Syria to fight that other epidemic – ISIS). Speaking from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, we wonder if the President will stick to the line that the USA is “safe” (despite scientists predicting a 20% chance of infection here by year-end), that it is contained (despite scientists proclaiming this unprecedented and out of control), and why is the CDC telling US health-workers “now is the time to prepare.”
One can only assume the reason to send “troops” is to monitor and mind ‘stability’ in these nations as The IMF steps up its bailout funding…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/16/2014.

Airborne military craft to conduct facial recognition from the sky

The era of privacy — or, at least, the era of the expectation of privacy in the U. S., the first nation in history to even recognize it as an inherent right — appears to officially be over. And of course, it’s all for our own protection. The Washington Post reported recently that military surveillance craft that were set to be placed over suburban Baltimore sometime this year were initially being designed to carry video surveillance cameras that are able to distinguish between humans and wheeled vehicles from a distance of some five kilometers, say documents released by the Army to a pro-privacy organization. The Post said the documents, which were dated 2009, are very heavily redacted — so much so that now it remains unclear how precise the resolution on the cameras was to be. The cameras would be contained aboard blimp-like aircraft that are tethered to the ground with heavy cables; similar aircraft were deployed to Afghanistan to help troops at nearby NATO bases spot Taliban insurgents approaching the base or attempting to plant roadside bombs. The North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, which will monitor the surveillance systems for the three-year duration of the Maryland “exercise,” will oversee the project. At least, that was the original plan; following disclosure of the mission, NORAD officials have now said that video cameras will not be carried on the airborne vehicles during that time period.

This post was published at Natural News on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Is the Terminator Coming? Reflections on Moore’s Law

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Moore’s law: the number of transistors per square inch on a chip doubles every [??] months. The number of months gets shorter, decade by decade. The pace has accelerated since 1965, when Moore made his observation. It may be as low as 12 today.
The cost of information keeps dropping. It gets less, decade by decade. This has been continual since at least the U. S. census of 1890 — the first punch card census.
“When the price drops, more is demanded”: the law of demand. It is the foundation of economic science.
A constant rate of growth eventually produces an exponential curve. As I described in 1970, continuity produces discontinuity.
As I also argued in 1970, every exponential upward curve has always slowed, then stopped. It has become S-shaped. It runs out of resources. This is the law of diminishing returns. Economists have declared this for almost two centuries. But the West has had compound growth for over two centuries. The curve has not stopped. It has extended to the whole world, as free markets have extended through price competition. Liberty is getting less expensive. More of it is demanded. Price competition works. This is a very good thing.
Then there is the one irreplaceable resource: time. Time is an arrow. It does not run backward. The second law of thermodynamics is a law. Things run down. They run out. Above all, time runs out. The world is running down.
This raises the ultimate question of our era: Is Moore’s law really a law, or is it an observation of a temporary phenomenon? Moore thinks it is the latter.
Some observers don’t.
SUPERINTELLIGENCE
Reason published a favorable review of Nick Bostrom’s book, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. It was published by Oxford University Press.
Should humanity sanction the creation of intelligent machines? That’s the pressing issue at the heart of the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom’s fascinating new book, Superintelligence. Bostrom cogently argues that the prospect of superintelligent machines is “the most important and most daunting challenge humanity has ever faced.” If we fail to meet this challenge, he concludes, malevolent or indifferent artificial intelligence (AI) will likely destroy us all.
If accurate, this summary is by far the most apolcalyptic I have seen in a book published by a major university press. I think it is an accurate summary. But is the assessment accurate? I don’t think so, but I base this on theology, not technology.

This post was published at Gary North on September 15, 2014.

Two innocent men spend 30 years in prison for murder they didn’t commit

ROBESON COUNTY, NC – Following three decades in prison, two brothers – one being North Carolina’s longest-serving death row inmate – have been exonerated of a murder conviction using DNA evidence.
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In 1984, two half-brothers, Henry Lee ‘Buddy’ McCollum and Leon Brown, were tried and convicted of a rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Robeson County. Both were initially sentenced to death, but Brown received a life sentence after a second trial.
After thirty years of appeals, DNA evidence has finally revealed that the men who were convicted were not actually Sabrina Buie’s murderers. A reexamination of the case suggests that the two young defendants faced coercive and malicious prosecution.
McCollum, who was 19 years old at the time of the murder, is ‘mentally retarded,’ as court records acknowledged, with an IQ between 60 and 69, illiterate, with the mental faculties of a 9-year-old.
Brown was 15 years old at the time of his arrest, was also illiterate, with an IQ as low as 49.
Dubious ‘Confessions’ The entire case against the two young defendants relied solely on two confessions – the only ‘evidence’ tying the brothers to the crime. The two were implicated in Sabrina Buie’s murder when a 17-year-old female high school student pointed to McCollum and Brown as possible suspects.

This post was published at Police State USA on September 14, 2014.

ISIS’ Next Target: The Suez Canal

Following ISIS blitzkrieg in which it took over nearly half of Iraq and a third of Syria in the blink of an eye, at which point it created its own Islamic State Caliphate resulting in Obama’s own personal war against the jihadists, some have wondered what is ISIS’ next step: surely its leadership will not merely stagnatte as one after another US predator drone bomb away the capital Reqqa until ISIS figurehead leader al-Baghdadi is killed or gravely wounded. To be sure, the one thing ISIS, which stunned the world with the speed of its ascent, can not afford is to stand still.
So what is next on the strategic timeline for the Islamic State?
According to one source, Al Arabiya, which cites Egyptian experts, the answer is none other than the Suez Canal, and the country it is located in: Egypt.
‘There is definitely a threat from ISIS to Egypt,’ Mohammed Badr, a professor of political science at the University of Germany told Al Arabiya News, adding that the group has the country in its ‘line of sight.’
‘All extremist groups represent a danger for Egypt,’ Badr said, adding that ‘ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis [an Islamist militant group] are all dangerous for Egypt but the level of their threat is different.’
More details from Al-Arabiya:
One alleged ISIS militant took to social media to warn Egypt that it should be expecting a ‘surprise’ soon. ‘Except a surprise in Egypt within days,’ alleged ISIS member Abu Siyaf al-Masry wrote on his personal Twitter account, according to the Cairo-based daily al-Masry al-Youm.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/14/2014.

Containment Is Not Possible, Ebola Is Already Airborne

Health experts continue to dispute the question of whether or not the Ebola virus disease could mutate to spread in an airborne manner. These experts are dead wrong and this article will demonstrate that Ebola has breached any hope of containment and the virus is indeed airborne and that these facts have been known for sometime.
The Best Case Scenario This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a stern warning that there may be thousands of new and presently undiagnosed cases of Ebola, each week in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, which will surface by early October of 2014. A total of 15 countries could be involved in the outbreak and this could put the lives of 22 million people at risk. These projections by WHO are based on the fact that the present strain of Ebola will remain transmissible through only direct physical contact with bodily fluids and exposure to an infected food supply.
The Quiet Voices of Science Express Concern About the Spread of Ebola Some of the nation’s top infectious disease experts worry that one of the deadliest viruses on the planet could mutate and be transmitted just by a mere cough or a sneeze. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy a the University of Minnesota, writing for the New York Times stated that ‘The second possibility is one that virologists are loath to discuss openly but are definitely considering in private: that an Ebola virus could mutate to become transmissible through the air’.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 13, 2014.

Obama’s ISIS War is Not Only Illegal, it Makes George W. Bush Look Like a Constitutional Scholar

Rudderless and without a compass, the American ship of state continues to drift, guns blazing.
– Andrew J. Bacevich, the Boston University political science professor and former Army colonel who lost his son in the Iraq war in 2007, in a recent Reuters article.
I have spent the past several days outlining my deep concerns about the ‘ISIS crisis’ and Obama’s willingness to employ extreme propaganda in order to once again embark on another poorly thought out military campaign here and here. What I have also come to realize is that his latest war plan is brazenly illegal and unconstitutional.
While critics have been questioning the legality of U. S. military campaigns consistently since the end of World War II, one trend has become increasingly clear. With each new President and each new war, we have witnessed those who hold the office act more and more like dictators, and less and less like constitutional executives.
One very important, and up until recently, overlooked point about Obama’s latest ‘war on ISIS’ is that this is not at all just more of the same. This crosses yet another very important line of shadiness, and if we as as American public allow him to do so, we will suffer grave long-term consequences to our economic future as well as our liberties. This is very serious stuff.
No one has outlined this point better than Bruce Ackerman, a professor of law and political science at Yale, in yesterday’s New York Times op-ed: Obama’s Betrayal of the Constitution. He writes:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 12, 2014.

TransTech Digest: Apple’s Smartwatch May put Biotech on Silicon Valley Time

Tech sites are buzzing right now about the new Apple smartwatch and iPhone. Having been a part of or close to the tech industry for a long time, the excitement that builds over new products doesn’t normally move me much. This time, though, it’s a little different because of reports that the phone and watch will be integrated to support healthcare apps.
The technological convergence was never just about bringing entertainment to mobile devices. Finally, we’re seeing the convergence expand into areas that directly impact health. The timing is perfect.
The history of medicine is as old as the history of humankind. Even prior to the rise of Egyptian and Indian civilizations, humans were treating medical ailments with varying success. If you haven’t looked at the research regarding tzi the Iceman, I recommend it. In 1991, the mummified and frozen body of a man who died approximately 5,300 years ago was found in the mountainous border between Austria and Italy.
The objects on his body have inspired extensive research and surprise, but several things stand out to me. One is that his weapons and clothing, especially his shoes, required skills and materials that couldn’t have been available to every individual at the time. They were, therefore, constructed by skilled specialists and traded across considerable distances.
Clearly, commerce and trade were not only common among prehistoric humans, the practice of voluntary trade clearly gave practitioners enormous advantages in the struggle to survive and raise their families. Trading is not something outside of human nature, as antibusiness forces want us to believe. It is ingrained in our DNA.

This post was published at GoldSeek on Sept 11, 2014.

The Psychological Reasons Why American Soldiers Would Fire On American Citizens

We live in chaotic times. Many feel that our fragile economy could come crashing down at any time. One devastating terrorist attack, false flag attack or natural disaster could lead to an unprecedented disaster and martial law would be declared. Some Americans would take to the streets and the only remaining question is whether or not American soldiers, called to the scene, would restore order by firing upon American citizens when ordered to do so?
This scenario and the resulting public execution of American citizens for engaging in protesting has happened many times in our past. For those old enough to remember, the 1970 Kent State massacre should come to mind as the Ohio National Guard opened fire on protesting college students on the campus of Kent State University. But for those who believe that this was merely an anomaly, let’s examine what the field of psychology has discovered about the answer to this question.
The Oath Keepers Cannot Save Protesters
Some our citizens are deluded into a false sense of security by the group known as Oath Keepers. It is a well-intentioned effort to remind both law enforcement and the military to uphold the Constitution and to disobey unlawful orders which would bring harm to American citizens. Under this false sense of security, many in the American public really believe that American troops will not fire upon American citizens. Unfortunately, the field of psychology demonstrates why only a minority of soldiers will actually resist committing atrocities against the American people.
Conformity to Group Norms: The Solomon Asch Experiment
Do you think of yourself as a conformist or a non-conformist? If you ask most people the same question, you would find that most people consider themselves to be a non-conformist and would be able to stand up to a group when they know they are right. However, can nonconformists actually resist the peer pressure to blend in with the rest of their peers?
In the 1950′s, Polish born psychologist, Solomon Asch, conducted a conformity study. The participants signed up to participate in a psychology experiment in which they are asked to complete a vision test. This was a deception. The real experiment attempted to answer the question, can people resist peer pressure to conform to a false belief?
Seated in a room with the other participants, the research participants are shown a line segment and then asked to choose the matching line from a group three segments of different lengths.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 9, 2014.

The ‘Inconvenient Pause’

The WSJ Asks: Whatever Happened to Global Warming? It’s A Good Question The WSJ has been one of the few mainstream publications that has given a bit of room to skeptical reporting on global warming, which has been rechristened ‘climate change’ for by now painfully obvious reasons. So it is not a big surprise to find an article about the ‘long hiatus’ in the WSJ. It is however worth quoting a few passages from it, not least because the author himself has been surprised by the ‘pause’:
‘The U. N. no longer claims that there will be dangerous or rapid climate change in the next two decades. Last September, between the second and final draft of its fifth assessment report, the U. N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change quietly downgraded the warming it expected in the 30 years following 1995, to about 0.5 degrees Celsius from 0.7 (or, in Fahrenheit, to about 0.9 degrees, from 1.3).
Even that is likely to be too high. The climate-research establishment has finally admitted openly what skeptic scientists have been saying for nearly a decade: Global warming has stopped since shortly before this century began.
First the climate-research establishment denied that a pause existed, noting that if there was a pause, it would invalidate their theories. Now they say there is a pause (or ‘hiatus’), but that it doesn’t after all invalidate their theories.
Alas, their explanations have made their predicament worse by implying that man-made climate change is so slow and tentative that it can be easily overwhelmed by natural variation in temperature – a possibility that they had previously all but ruled out.
[…]when David Whitehouse of the Global Warming Policy Foundation in London made the same point, the environmentalist and journalist Mark Lynas said in the New Statesman that Mr. Whitehouse was ‘wrong, completely wrong,’ and was ‘deliberately, or otherwise, misleading the public.’
We know now that it was Mr. Lynas who was wrong. Two years before Mr. Whitehouse’s article, climate scientists were already admitting in emails among themselves that there had been no warming since the late 1990s. ‘The scientific community would come down on me in no uncertain terms if I said the world had cooled from 1998,’ wrote Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia in Britain in 2005. He went on: ‘Okay it has but it is only seven years of data and it isn’t statistically significant.’
If the pause lasted 15 years, they conceded, then it would be so significant that it would invalidate the climate-change models upon which policy was being built. A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) written in 2008 made this clear: ‘The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more.’
Well, the pause has now lasted for 16, 19 or 26 years – depending on whether you choose the surface temperature record or one of two satellite records of the lower atmosphere. That’s according to a new statistical calculation by Ross McKitrick, a professor of economics at the University of Guelph in Canada.
It has been roughly two decades since there was a trend in temperature significantly different from zero. The burst of warming that preceded the millennium lasted about 20 years and was preceded by 30 years of slight cooling after 1940. This has taken me by surprise. I was among those who thought the pause was a blip.’

This post was published at Acting-Man on September 9, 2014.