Are YOU a Science Denier?

Take this simple test and find out!

There is much concern these days about the current scourge of “science deniers,” people who refuse to accept factual truth as defined by a consensus of scientists. Of course, you don’t think you are one of “those people”. But can you be  sure?

Take this simple test and find out.


Section 1:   Organic Food

Scientific consensus, as reflected by the US Department of Agriculture findings, says that organic foods are not safer or healthier than those grown conventionally. In the biggest meta-study to date, researchers at Stanford University conducted a systematic review to determine if organically produced foods are safer or healthier than conventionally produced foods. Overall, the published literature does not suggest health benefits from consuming organic rather than conventional foods.

Organic agriculture does, however, use far more of earth’s precious land and water resources than conventional farming.

Do you AGREE with this consensus? (no points)

Are you skeptical or unsure about this consensus? (1 point)


Section 2: Vitamins

Scientific consensus, as reflected in the US Food and Drug Administration, finds that “There are many good reasons to consider taking vitamin supplements, such as over-the-counter multivitamins. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a doctor may recommend that you take them for certain health problems, or if you eat a vegetarian or vegan diet, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.” Otherwise, multivitamins are not needed by anyone eating a balanced diet.

Do you AGREE with this consensus? (no points)

Do you take a multivitamins without having been advised by your doctor to do so? (1 point)


Section 3:  GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms)

The scientific consensus has resulted in determinations by the FDA: “Nutritional assessments for foods from genetically engineered plants that have been evaluated by FDA through the consultation process have shown that such foods are generally as nutritious as foods from comparable traditionally bred plants.” And “Foods from genetically engineered plants must meet the same requirements, including safety requirements, as foods from traditionally bred plants.” No GMO foods go to market without FDA approval.

In addition, the EPA requires verification that the GMO is safe for the environment and conduct a food-safety analysis to ensure that it is not allergenic.

GMO foods are also essential for addressing the issues of world food production, especially in the famine-prone Third World where the “Green Revolution has radically increased crops.

Do you AGREE with this consensus? (no points)

Or do you prefer to buy foods that are certified non-GMO, “just in case,” even if they cost a little more? (1 point)

Extra points: Do you think GMO foods should be labelled to assist science deniers when shopping? (2 points)


Section 4: Global Warming

Scientific consensus has determined that potentially disastrous Global Warming is resulting from human use of hydrocarbon fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. The two fuels that provide the bulk of the industrialized nations’ energy production are nuclear power plants (10%) and hydroelectric dams (2.3%).  All other non-carbon fuels (wind, solar, and geothermal) together add up to less energy than is produced by hydroelectric dams.

France alone provides 80% of its total electricity needs by nuclear power plants. Worldwide 69 new plants are under construction, a third of them in China, only 5 in the US.

Only nuclear power has the potential economically to replace fossil fuel use in the near future. Al Gore (voice of the scientific consensus) says ”The future of human civilization is at stake.”

Do you AGREE with the scientific consensus that only the rapid expansion of nuclear power generation can replace fossil fuels in the near- to mid-term? (no points)

Or do you think nuclear power is too dangerous (even more dangerous than global warming which puts the future of human civilization at stake)? (1 point)

Bonus Questions:

Do you think hydroelectric power dams should be built wherever possible, to increase our supply of clean, renewable energy? (no points)

Or do you think hydroelectric power dams are too environmentally harmful (even more harmful than global warming which puts the future of human civilization is at stake)? (1 point)

Extra Points: Do you think existing hydropower dams should be dismantled, so rivers can run free? (2 points)


TEST OVER:  How Did You Do?

Add up your score to see how scientifically inclined you are.

0 points? Congratulations! You are a good scientific-consensus follower! Tell all your friends. Give them the test and see how THEY do.

1 or more points? You are a SCIENCE DENIER! SHAME ON YOU! You might as well skulk off to a trailer in backwoods Alabama, since you are unfit for enlightened society.

24 Days? Secret Side Agreements? What the Hell?

Two things are most definitely WRONG with the proposed Iran Nuclear Deal.

First, the “inspection regime” is ludicrous. A 24-day delay before an inspection? Whatever happened to Obama’s insistence on “anywhere any time” inspections?

As comedian Jackie Mason puts it, “New York restaurants face tougher inspections than Iran. We’re not protected from a bomb, but we’re protected from bad quality tuna fish!

Envision the situation if food inspections in your town were run on the “Obama/Iran trust” basis.

Food Inspector: “We’ve had reports of unsanitary conditions and spoiled food, specifically bad tuna salad. I’m here to inspect your kitchen.”

Restaurant owner: “Show me the evidence, and I’ll consider your request for inspection.”

Food Inspector: “All right, here is the signed complaint.”

Restaurant owner: “Very well. I will analyze the complaint. Stop by in 24 days and I’ll let you inspect.”

Food Inspector (returning after 24 days): I’m here to inspect your kitchen.”

Restaurant owner: All right. I can’t let you into the kitchen, but here are some random samples of my tuna. As you can see, it is very fresh.”

Food Inspector: “OK. You have satisfied the inspection requirements of the ‘Montana Restaurant Inspection Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.’ Thank you for your compliance.”

NOTE: These inspection rules are contained in “Side Agreements” which are confidential, according to our government. The question is from whom are they being kept secret? The Iranians (and Chinese and Russians) know about them, and (presumably) the Obama Administration knows about them. The only folks who can’t see them are the citizens, press, and Congress of the United States. Why the secrecy?  Why 24 days?  What the hell is going on?

The other thing wrong is the whole absurd idea of Iran pursuing peaceful uses of nuclear power, or any Iranian nuclear program that is NOT military. Consider these facts. Iran is a significant exporter of oil and gas. Car gas sells for under a dollar a gallon. Their electricity costs a tenth of US rates. And yet Iran has spent hundreds of billions of dollars building nuclear infrastructure. Why? Are the Mullahs that worried about global warming? Are they planning for widespread use of electric cars?

Or could it have something to do with their bizarre vision of an anti-Western Islamic Apocalypse?  Their “Death to America” thing?

This thing looks so bad that Neville Chamberlain wouldn’t have bought it.

Senators: This deal should be opposed until we have a lot more satisfactory answers.

Herr Nietzsche and Mr. Finiti

My philosophical friend Ben Finiti has some interesting thoughts on the corruption of science by power. In “It Starts an Ends with Nietzsche“, he blames the famous German philosopher/nutcase for unleashing and legitimizing the pursuit of power over truth and morality.  Like Danton’s head, it is worth a look.

The “Higher Education” Bubble: An Update

Many have written about the scandalous rate of inflation in college and university tuition. Tuition has risen faster than overall inflation. Total higher ed costs (including state support) have risen even faster than medical costs, and medical care has gotten much better even as higher education has gotten much worse! Now, a remarkable proposal has arisen from a remarkable man: Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and current President of Purdue University. This fellow (who was passed over for serious consideration as GOP presidential nominee in 2012 because of his charisma deficiency) has not only suggested, but actually implemented this amazing concept: Freeze tuition and require administrators to cut costs! Continue reading ‘The “Higher Education” Bubble: An Update’

Not “Mothers’ Day” Again?

[Note: I first posted this piece a year (or two?) ago, when it first dawned on me that “Mothers’ Day” is an abhorrent, anachronistic vestige… Well, here it is again. I will keep posting it as a yearly reminder, until enlightened thinking progresses to the point that my satire comes true.]


It is time to put an end to this outrage. “Mother’s” Day is an abhorrent, anachronistic vestige of heterosexist oppression. In barely concealed homophobic code, it implies that a child needs and/or benefits from having a mother, and that motherhood is something other than an outdated social construct.

Sure, motherhood may have been revered in the Dark Ages. But as Enlightenment has spread across the land in recent years, social scientists and learned judges have patiently explained to us that “mothers” are now quite redundant.

Wise judges such as Vaughn Walker, ruling that the voters of California have no right to decide so important a question, wrote:

“The gender of a child’s parent is not a factor in a child’s adjustment… The research supporting this conclusion is accepted beyond serious debate in the field of developmental psychology…Children do not need to be raised by a male parent and a female parent to be well-adjusted, and having both a male and a female parent does not increase the likelihood that a child will be well-adjusted.”

See? It is “accepted beyond serious debate”. As Al Gore likes to say, the debate is over, we know all we need to know.

The judge did admit that things were different in the Dark Ages: “When California became a state in 1850, marriage was understood to require a husband and a wife.” But, as they say in California, that was then and this is now. (On retiring soon after ruling against Prop 8 (and coming out as gay), Judge Walker said ““I have done my part.” Indeed he has.)

The Iowa Supreme Court was equally patient in dismissing the folly of mother-fixation.

“The research appears to strongly support the conclusion that same-sex couples foster the same wholesome environment as opposite-sex couples and suggests that the traditional notion that children need a mother and father to be raised into healthy, well-adjusted adults is based more on stereotype than anything else.”

There you have it. This whole motherhood thing is just a stereotype.

And think of the emotional pain inflicted. Every “M-word” Day is a gross offense to the self-esteem of gay male couples who are thinking about raising children.

It reminds one of a heart-breaking episode from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Stan, a young rebel with gender issues, announces that he wants to have a baby:

Stan (also known as Loretta): It’s every man’s right to have babies if he wants them.

Reg: But you can’t have babies.

Stan: Don’t you oppress me.

Reg: Where’s the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?

Well, Reg, modern science has finally come up with effective gestation boxes, so Stan’s dream (actually Loretta’s dream) can now come true. And the courts have said that gay adoption is OK, because all that a child needs is “parents”.

So we can leave this motherhood fetish back in ancient Judea where it belongs.

The obvious thing to do is to rename the holiday. Federal and state governments are quickly replacing the anachronistic “Mother” and “Father” lines on government forms and birth certificates with the more sensitive “Parent #1” and “Parent #2”.

The calendar can and should do the same thing. May 11 is Parent #1 Day, with Parent #2 to be celebrated later. (Don’t get me started on the whole “Fatherhood” outrage. That can wait until P2 Day.) Boycott Hallmark until they correct this archaic macro-aggression against the differently gendered parent!

Reminder: Did you call your Parent #1 today?

Not Giving Up Yet!

I was ready to give up this morning. How often can you say the same things over again?

The elites of America and Europe are so hostile to their own history and values that they bow their heads obediently to every challenge, even as the most barbaric form of Islam advances on every front.  Our president leads the way by refusing to name or acknowledge those waging war against us. Europe cowers in fear before the attackers, hoping the Islamist crocodile will be satisfied with devouring the Jews.  Antisemitism, appeasement, and denial rule the day.

Some commentators are consistently able to shed new light on this awful betrayal of everything good in us. I must speak especially of MARK STEYN. This guy is the most perceptive observer of our daily decline writing today. His Blog,, provides the best commentary around, and he manages to deliver the worst news in the funniest way; I laugh and cry at the same time (not out loud, of course, but you know what I mean) while reading it. I am tempted to turn my blog into a simple re-posting site for his stuff. Today, he writes “Living History”, about leftists who would rather talk (confusedly) about past history while ignoring the poor schnooks who are on the receiving end of Islamist butchers who are Making History today. In the past week he wrote “Who Would Be an American Ally” (when all we give our allies is criticism) and “Who Ya Gonna Believe? Us or your Own Severed Head?” (about our elites responding to beheadings and burnings-alive and sexual slavery with pious clichés and pouty hashtags).

I should also mention his books, in which he goes into detail about such things as the collapse of Europe (America Alone: 2008); he is undoubtedly the only writer to make a tale of demographic catastrophe both readable and funny. His sequel, After America, 2011, is also excellent, demonstrating how quickly America (the Brokest Nation in History) is catching up. Needless to say, his gloomy predictions were and are dismissed out-of-hand by the elites, when they aren’t simply ignored (hard to do with books that top the Best-Seller lists). But then, “Quem tum vates Cassandra moveret”, as Virgil put it: “Who ever listened to Cassandra?”

Anyway, I was on the verge of giving up blogging altogether when I happened to check my readership statistics. I was surprised to see that in one day I had 13 visits from readers in China! Now this could mean one of several different things.

  1. An English teacher in China had assigned her class to google some American cartoon characters, and that accidentally led them to me; or
  2. The Chinese government has decided that I am safe for their citizens to read (???); or
  3. I’ve been hacked. Unlikely, but, as the Oscar losers say, “It’s an honor just to be nominated.”

Anyway, to my new readers, Huanying!  And visit Mark Steyn NOW.

Me and My Pal Ben

Two recent posts from my colleague and friend Ben Finiti have gotten me thinking, even more than he usually does.

First, he posted a rebuttal (Dec. 13) to my post The “BDS” Movement: A 3-Question Test for Antisemitism ).  In it, I proved (to my own satisfaction) that the BDS Movement folks, while claiming to be unbiased human rights advocates, are nothing but a gang of Jew-haters.  Ben agreed in part but dissented in part, as the jurists say.  He noted that the uniqueness of Israel’s West Bank occupation is not just that it is being done by Jews, but also that it is being done by…an ally of the United States!  As he writes, Russia’s occupation of Ukraine and Crimea, like Turkey’s of Cyprus and China’s of Tibet, are conducted by nations distinctly unfriendly to us.  Therefore, he concludes that anti-Americanism is at least equal motivation for Western leftists to oppose Israel.  Now I don’t like being rebutted any more than anyone else, but Mr. Finiti once again has hit the target. Acu rem tetigisti, as Jeeves would say.

So we have the wonderful situation where Arabs hate America for supporting Israel, and the left hating Israel for supporting America. 

The other recent post by Ben is a philosophical reflection on the collapse of Western civilization (“Sophists, Therapists, and Politicians, Oh My…God!”).  My resolution, after reading it, is to read up on philosophy. Fortunately, Ben has supplied an excellent reading list which is sure to enlighten and depress me at the same time.

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