I am going out this morning to photograph my itty bitty, hammered by global world trade deals, town of Berlin, NY. Slowly our town which voted for Trump this last year, is coming out of the depression imposed on it under Clinton’s NAFTA deals. We have a vigorous parade that is very patriotic each year and I am very proud of my neighbors who do this. Above it a headline about last winter which was very long and hard. Today, it will be only 75F here where I live and all week it will be below that in temperature and it will rain a lot which it has been doing for all spring and so far, summer. No ‘global’ warming locally.
Yes he actually says this every day, Stephen Hawking: President Trump’s Paris Agreement Decision Might Destroy the World. He isn’t a climate expert. He isn’t even an expert in Venus climate conditions…we know a bit about Venus but not everything about Venus. For example, Venus is much nearer that thing we call ‘the sun’ which astronomers (I grew up at observatories) call ‘the local star.’
I am not a climatologist but at least I can read thermometers and the planet isn’t heating up compared to any warm cycle in history. It is at best, at a neutral state that helps humans quite a bit compared to say, the Little Ice Age or god help us all, the multiple and very dangerous Ice Ages.
Mars is colder than the earth due to the same obvious reason Venus is warmer: it is further from the local star than the Earth. No one talking about global warming mentions Mercury which is the hottest planet surface entity. Why is that?
It is so ravaged by the star, it has no atmosphere! Even Mars has an atmosphere. Jupiter and beyond are all giant planets which are mostly atmosphere. What saves life on our small planet is the fact that we have oceans.
This is the birthplace of all living things here. Oxygen: this comes from plants eating CO2. Plants love CO2. Hawkings, I am now assuming, hates plants. He probably doesn’t even know how digesting CO2 is why we have oxygen. The plants take the carbon out and leave oxygen behind. How simple is this!
As viperous religious/political fanatics take over university due to low wages and the elimination of tenure, we see students entering school and being turned into violent, raging maniacs who can’t figure out the obvious: University professors afraid to teach controversial subjects for fear of being sacked, conference hears
Students are now so powerful that university professors are afraid to teach controversial subjects for fear of being sacked, an academic conference was told on Thursday.
This entire Brit article is full of insanity. The students aren’t sacking teachers, the new upper class of the schools, ‘administrators’ who have grown greatly in power over the last 60 years, are eliminating any professor who irritates CLIENTS. That is, students paying very high fees to ‘go to school’ and the administrators have only one goal: to keep them as long as possible until their student loans max out.
Professor Dennis Hayes, a co-founder of “Academics for Academic Freedom” said that universities were now ruled by a “culture of censorious quietude” where academics were not able to discuss “anything difficult.”
And pray tell, who is imposing this? I would suggest the ‘administrators’ who delight in scaring the professors. ‘Difficult’ stuff means students give up and leave taking student loan money with them. Keeping them as long as possible is the main goal of ‘teaching’.
Speaking at the University of Buckingham yesterday, Prof Hayes added: “There’s an interesting turn today, it’s not that people are abusive, it’s just that they don’t say anything at all in universities.
In the US, there are huge hunks of staff who are very, very loud. They teach what I call ‘the garbage courses.’ These fake teachers spend a lot of time radicalizing students and encouraging them to be violent. These teachers are very poorly paid and have great hostility towards the schools.
Also, the teachers of courses that are hard sciences cost a lot more to hire and get tenure frequently or if they teach part time after retirement from industry, for example, they are rewarded heavily to keep them coming back. Not so for the Marxist/anarchist teachers. They get starvation wages. And the degrees they grant are worthless.
“There’s so many things that could be discussed that you dare not say. And the consequences of arguing anything difficult is potentially that you could be sacked.
Teaching students to be smart is dangerous. Once upon a time, I used to excel in debates. The entire point of a debate is one person has an opposing position to the proposition, whatever it may be. Just devising a proposition to debate requires debate and I loved doing that part of the process greatly for how you lob a question around depends on whether it is a ball properly inflated or a flat tire.
Debate is not a one way street. Any censorship is fatal to debate. Anything can be a debate. Once, the ‘debate question’ for a debate I joyfully did, was ‘How long will it take for everyone to yell at Elaine?’ The professor said it wouldn’t ever happen. Within ten minutes, even he was yelling at me. The challenge was not to say nasty things to them all but to simply challenge their ideas and do this with a calm, level voice.
Debates are raging on campus but not as words but as thug actions. That is, people bearing signs and shouting slogans are screaming at everyone else and threatening them physically and the administrators allow this and never arrest them all and kick them all out of the school.
Why? The money! These insane, manipulated students are money in the bank so long as they hang out at the school and go deep into debt. Too stupid to riot over this, they continue to self destruct. It is amusing to watch, when the university system began to degrade back in the 1970’s, they eliminated my major so I didn’t change my degree program, I told them to go to hell and left.
“These are mainstream views, of the state, institutions and particularly universities. Gay rights, feminism, gender fluidity, fear of Islamaphobia, the belief that we are all unwell, identity-based politics, are not views that challenge conventional thinking in the way that every university has in its charter.
‘These are conventional thinking. You dare not say you’re against gay marriage. Just discussing any of these things can get you in serious trouble if not the sack. What exists in universities is a culture of censorious quietude.
It is not quiet. It is extremely noisy. The leftists are so loud, they bust ear drums. They are ‘in your face’ big time. Campuses are becoming traps! Like quicksand. Students get sucked in and die.
“Things are simply not discussed. Academics and student… they go silent. They may even take delight in people who stand up and get beaten for their views.”
What planet is this professor on? ‘Students go silent’? Eh? I see them screaming mad. The ‘silent students’ are the conservative kids who are mainly in the STEM courses and thus, seldom see the screamers in class.
The Maoist students in the sixties hated my guts and would threaten me physically and I still debated them and pushed back and they hated this greatly. They now rule the roost because the only people who went all the way to get degrees in the Humanities for the last 40 years are people who don’t want to make money, have children, own homes and so forth.
They have been replaced with bitter childless, spinsters (of all sexes, of course) who hate civilization and humanity and want to destroy both. They, not the students, are the cause of this problem and this problem has grown thanks to university administrators turning liberal arts professors into cheap, part time labor.
And the universities are collapsing due to never flunking students. When I went to school, you had to fight tooth and nail to continue classes. Now, if a professor flunks anyone, he or she or it is punished.