Israel and Pakistan
Here is a good article by Dennis Prager pointing out that if Israel doesn’t deserve to exist, neither does Pakistan. Pakistan was created about the same time Israel was, its creation produced lots of Hindu refugees, historically there never was a Pakistan, while Israel existed in the distance past as its own country, and finally Pakistan is the result of Muslim imperialism. Let me add that, as I noted the other day (here), some of the theological elite in the new Pakistan wanted to allow slavery.
97% of Scientists Agree on Global Warming, But Who Are These Scientists?
A letter to the editor in the local paper the other day mentioned this figure in support of global warming. The writer did not mention the pause in warming, but was mighty impressed by this consensus. However, we have to ask about these scientists. After all, I’m sure the writer would not approve of oil-company scientists because they are not disinterested, but then the scientists who agree on global warming may not be disinterested observers of nature, either. If they come to science with the belief that humans are destroying planet earth, then they are predisposed to look at the evidence so as to find something like global warming. They may be blind to their own biases.
Another point is that there was a little item in today’s Wall Street Journal on the op-ed page quoting from Time magazine back in the mid-1970s on the coming ice age. For today’s believers in global warming, what was the mistake that scientists made back then? If the evidence back then showed global cooling, how could it show steadily increasing warming just a dozen years later?
Violence in Baltimore
I’m not going to say much about this episode other than this: it will hurt the people at the bottom. That’s what happened in the 1960s when blacks rioted. The neighborhoods were destroyed as businesses left, property values went down, etc. But it makes rich liberals and leftists feel good as these people supposedly strike a blow against the power system. Therefore, leftist approval deserves to be called Rich People’s Leftism, that is, leftism whose main goal is not so much to help the poor as to help assuage the guilt of rich leftists.