Like many things the media tells us, the case for petroleum is murky. Like Chicken Little, they tell us the world is ending, and one of the means of its destruction is that we will run out of oil. The author makes the case, the while yes, eventually we will run out of oil (just like eventually the sun will run out of hydrogen and burn out) we will not do so in the foreseeable future and compiles a large amount of evidence to support his case.
The mainstream media likes for us to think of them as watchdogs protecting us from the abuses of power. In reality, they are proponents and cheerleaders of government abuse as long as the story fits their anti-capitalist template. This article summarizes and illustrates some of the abuses.
Synopsis: Describes a scientific paper debunking Global Warming. The paper is linked in the article, but sometimes things disappear from the internet, so the paper is also attached to this page for posterity.
Well, we're at the end of yet another year. As our parents always told us, time speeds up as you get older. I still think things that happened three years ago happened only a few months ago. It's been a while, since we have sent out an official newsletter/update, so it's about time. (This newsletter will only cover 2009, but I'll go back and retroactively add in some past newsletters later.)
God has continued to bless us this past year with our continued health, steady jobs, good friends, our loyal doggy...and we're having a baby!!!!! Jen is seven months pregnant with our firstborn who we're told will be a boy. His tentative name is Logan Matthew Heyman. Jen's due date is March 24. We have a wishlist/registry available if you would like to contribute to the welfare of a minor.
Synopsis: One of the things that has lead me back to the libertarian position is the realization that mainstream Conservatives don't really advocate small government at all. Not even bastions of Conservative thought like William F. Buckley, Jr. Most normal people who identify themselves as Conservative do so, I think, because they know that they are not Liberal so they must then be Conservative. I now believe this is a false dilemma illustrated by P.J. O'Rourke's line, "Republicans are the party that says big government doesn't work and then gets elected and proves it."
The last eight years under Bush and the Republican Congress only serve to underline O'Rourke's point—and illustrate Dr. Hoppe's argument in this article. Dr Hoppe synthesizes Conservative rhetoric supporting government all the while pretending not to—much like the pigs in Animal Farm. It's time we either stop being conservative or kick the "conservatives" out.
Synopsis: Henry Bauer describes what happens when scientists dare to take a non-mainstream view. Despite scientists' invoking of the condemnation of Galileo, they participate in a censorship program far more severe than the Catholic church ever did. (The Catholic church only condemned Galileo's philosophical and theological statements, not his scientific statements.)
As I remind my students, 25 years ago, bacteria didn't cause ulcers.
Synopsis: Henry Bauer explains why science as we know it is dying. For the past four hundred years, it has been a growth industry on an exponential scale, but there is just not enough money to increase the funding of science. Moreover, as governments have become the primary funders of science, it has lost its impartiality and become an instrument of policymaking. Something has to give.
Alistair Sooke explains why Saint Nicholas is more interesting than Santa Claus. Truth is always more interesting than fiction. And the best part is you don't have to ruin your children's trust forever to tell them the truth.
I saw Avatar yesterday. It is one of the most hyped and promoted movies of the year, yet many of the ads neglect to let you know that the movie is in 3-D. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the movie.
Avatar certainly stands as a breakthrough in 3D technology and movie making, as the movie was shot and designed as a 3D movie from the ground up. The 3D takes a meh movie and turns it into something spectacular. There are moments in the movie where I thought, "If I were seeing this on the regular screen, I would be bored out of my mind, but because it's 3D, I don't mind so much." Think of how the 12 minute podracing scene in the Phantom Menace bogged down the whole middle section of the movie. Well if George Lucas had made it in 3D, it wouldn't have done so.