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  1. Christopher Hitchens, New Atheist

    Christopher Hitchens, who died in 2011, started out as a correspondent of The International Socialist and went on to write for publications like The New Statesman, Nation, and The Daily Express and published a number of books besides, is a frustrating case for me. On one hand he displayed enormous strength of character and honesty when he split with much of the left over the Salman Rushdie affair and went on to criticize the left rightly on a number of points including their stance on the Iraq ...
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  2. Rethinking My Position on Drug Legalization

    While I've generally been in favor of drug legalization I've always felt that some drugs are too dangerous to legalize. These are the stimulants like cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, etc. This is because habitual use basically destroys the human body, resulting in brain damage, kidney failure, malnutrition, open skin sores, etc. If you'd like to see what I mean, look here.

    I had thought that narcotics were a lesser danger and that legalization could lead to a tolerable situation, ...
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  3. Marquis de Sade

    The Marquis de Sade (Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade) was a sexual deviant, to be sure. A wealthy French aristocrat, he was frequently accused of sexually abusing his employees or random people he lured in from the streets. He was a person who made no apology for his deviancy. When faced with criticism by the Church he called for the Church’s end. When faced with arrest and imprisonment he doubled down, continuing his sexual exploits in prison and calling for the government’s end. ...
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  4. Alternatives to the Standard Climate Theory

    Several scientists have published work that provides an alternative to the idea that man made CO2 is the cause of global warming.

    Prof. Ole Humlum:

    1. [Observations show] The temperature rise begins at sea level and spreads gradually to the land and atmosphere several months later. This is contrary to the IPCC CO2 hypothesis that atmospheric CO2 controls land and ocean temperature.

    2. The geographical distribution of a CO2 increase doesn't start at 30-50 ...
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  5. No Improvement of Climate Models

    Climate models are being run on ever faster supercomputers, but they don't seem to be getting any better.

    Most people are interested in one output of climate models, which are predictions of average global temperatures. But models also have results for several other critical variables such as precipitation and regional or local temperatures. It is these latter things that require the spacial information that costs so much in computer time to determine.

    Annual anomalies ...
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