It’s All Over For UK Science: University Professors Afraid To Teach Controversial Subjects For Fear Of Being Sacked | Watts Up With That?

There’s a great deal of fear going around these days if you do something that is either considered politically incorrect or against what liberal minded groups want. The LGBT crowd has been doing this for quite some time, which is why they exert such a strong influence despite their very small numbers. Those promoting climate change also have been successful for the same reason. 

 There seems to be a great impatience with trying to use reason and logic in arguing one’s point in winning over those who oppose you. It’s astounding that students are now able to force professors to be afraid to teach something they don’t like. 

 Eventually, truth always wins out . This is what happened to communism even after decades of an educational system in countries that denounced capitalism. But when truth is not allowed to speak, great damage is done until it finds its voice. 

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/07/03/its-all-over-for-uk-science-university-professors-afraid-to-teach-controversial-subjects-for-fear-of-being-sacked/

California Dems decry ‘bullying,’ death threats from the left after shelving health bill | Fox News

Moral blackmailing, vilification, and intimidation appears to be primary tactics of many liberal groups these days. It is interesting to see what they do when they turn on themselves, as happens currently in the California legislature. 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/03/california-dems-decry-bullying-death-threats-from-left-after-shelving-health-bill.html

Scientists Criticize Stephen Hawking’s ‘Bizarre’ Claim Trump Will Push Earth ‘Over the Brink’ | The Stream

Stephen Hawkins extreme prediction of the earth becoming like Venus is interesting. Scientists have already indicated that this is not what is expected to happen if CO2 continues to climb. First, there is the scientism worldview that believes that anything that someone of science says must be true. That is a naïve worldview because science is sometimes wrong, and scientists sometimes have nonscientific bones to chew. For instance, scientist sometimes just want money for their pet projects. And they may exaggerate just to get funding. Not to say that all of them do, but it is a motivation for some. 

 Second, here’s the question of Hawkins reason for making such an extreme prediction. Most of us hold him in high regard simply because of his credentials. Recently, Hawkins changed his prediction that we have thousand years before the extinction of mankind to a new prediction that we only have 100 years. He gave no scientific basis for that, he simply made a prediction. Why 1000 years? Why 100 years? That is incredible rounding . Why not 1236? Why not 73? It makes you wonder if he’s just simply shooting from the hip based on a feeling he has. That’s not science. 

https://stream.org/scientists-criticize-stephen-hawkings-bizarre-claim-trump-will-push-earth-brink/

Study finds teen pregnancy rates drop as government funding of sex ed decreases | Fox News

Let’s get beyond the politics of this one. What do you think goes on in the minds of teens if they are not taught sex education that would bring about this decrease? 

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/06/08/study-finds-teen-pregnancy-rates-drop-as-government-funding-sex-ed-decreases.html

New Christopher Nolan WWII Movie ‘Dunkirk’ Portrays White People as White, Runs Afoul of Diversity Police | Heat Street

Because only black people do anything interesting…

https://heatst.com/culture-wars/dunkirk-so-white-new-christopher-nolan-wwii-blockbuster-falls-foul-of-social-media-diversity-police/

What will happen when states begin to produce too much renewable energy?

For those of you who are unaware of the effects of renewable energy, this story talks about something that actually has happened in California. It doesn’t matter if you are a climate alarmist for climate skeptic, this story is important because it will affect our thinking about renewable energy for a long time. I typically don’t post articles about climate change, but this definitely will affect worldviews. 

 California is heavily invested in renewable energy. So much so, that they sometimes produce too much energy. Traditional energy sources such as coal or natural gas produce a steady stream of constant energy. Renewable energy fluctuates and goes up and down over time. Many people want to let the renewables generate as much energy as possible, but it is difficult to predict when that will happen. And it is difficult to scale up or scale back traditional energy sources. It is difficult to get them started or bring them down quickly. As a result, renewables will often either overproduce or underproduce. 

 If you overproduced energy, you could be in danger of damaging your electrical infrastructure. So some utilities will try to send the energy to other states. That is what California did several times early in 2017. They ended up sending their extra electricity to the state of Arizona. They actually had to pay Arizona to take it during that time. 

 Again, I’m not trying to make a case for or against renewable energy. These are simply the facts. So how does this affect our thinking ? 

 If you are in a state like Arizona, you are probably glad to get this very cheap energy from another state. You could obtain that without even having to invest in any renewable infrastructure. Plus, you’re getting green energy , and you’re getting it very cheaply. Some states may actually make this part of their energy plan. They would simply count on other states like California providing them with green energy without having to pay for themselves. 

 Then what will happen to states like California? Will they feel cheated? Will they eventually demand that renewable energy be scaled-back? 

 It’s probably too early to tell what will happen. The renewable energy infrastructure most states is still being ramped up. Most people are unaware that this type of scenario is not just possible but probable. 

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/06/26/california-dumps-millions-of-dollars-of-unusable-renewable-electricity-to-other-states/