Archive for December, 2009

Ben Stein v. Ron Paul

Posted: December 30, 2009 in Politics

Ben Stein has an encounter with Ron Paul, and yes, Ben, Ron and his crew are as nutty as you think they are:

http://spectator.org/archives/2009/12/30/a-ron-paul-moment

Vern

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Recession

Posted: December 27, 2009 in Economics

Excellent discussion of the problems leading to our current economic downturn:

http://www.claremont.org/publications/crb/id.1662/article_detail.asp

One important thing Keller failed to mention was the inherent dangers of fractional reserve banking for our economy.  While it’s unlikely we will ever go to full reserves, we definitely need to move to higher reserve requirements for banks.

Vern

Ron Paulism

Posted: December 26, 2009 in Government, Politics

Here’s a good example of why many of us consider Ron Paul and his followers to be just short of having all their accounts balanced.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul627.html

Vern

Climate-gate

Posted: December 21, 2009 in Archaeology, Politics

Steve McIntyre is in the news recently for having undermined the “hockey-stick” graph that supposedly showed a spike in temperatures in the 20th century.  His site is here:

http://climateaudit.org/

I debated with McIntyre on the archaeology of Shechem a few years ago on the David Rohl New Chronology List.

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/NewChronology/

He was a tough critic and I think I did well in my discussion with him.  It actually gave me the confidence to write many more essays on archaeology from the New Courville perspective.

McIntyre caused a real headache for Rohl’s interpretation of the archaeology of the Amarna age vis-a-vis the Middle Assyrian kings.  (See below.)

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that McIntyre is now giving headaches to the global warming crowd.  You can’t fudge data with McIntyre.  He may or may not be right in his conclusions, but he won’t let you get away with hiding or manipulating or over-interpreting your data.

For the advancement of knowledge, you need imaginative risk-taking people to drive the wagon of new theories, but you also need people like McIntyre to grab the reins of the horses before the wagon goes over the cliff.

From my essay “Alternative Chronologies”: 

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6.  DID THE MIDDLE ASSYRIAN KINGS LIVE BEFORE THE AMARNA AGE?

I don’t plan on spending a lot of time on this.  Steve McIntyre is to be credited for showing that Rohl has made a major mistake in his chronology on this issue.  Basically, Rohl placed Shalmaneser 1, a Middle Assyrian king, before the Amarna period in Egypt.  McIntyre has shown, convincingly, that the mA1 kings are located in strata that are at least in part on top of Amarna strata, thus showing the mA1 kings were later or overlapped in time than the Amarna pharaohs, thus disproving a major contention of Rohl’s theory.   Anyone who wants to follow up on this can do so by going to the “New Chronology” Yahoo list and simply typing in the name “McIntyre” and you should (hopefully) call up most of the emails pointing to this problem in Rohl’s chronology.

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Vern

On Christmas Haters

Posted: December 17, 2009 in Culture, Theology

It’s too bad that during the Christmas season we have the usual cranks and crackpots coming out of the woodwork to bash Christmas, Christmas carols, and all the jingle and jangle of the holiday season.  It seems as though it never ends.  I don’t necessarily agree with the following two writers on everything, but they provide a good defense of the Advent celebration:

http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/miscellaneous/the-menace-of-chinese-food/

http://www.prpc-stl.org/auto_images/1071243331Defense_of_Xmas.htm

Vern

The Trouble with Lew Rockwell

Posted: December 16, 2009 in Military

The Lew Rockwell website is very good if you want to learn about economics:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/

But it cannot be trusted on any anything else, whether on Abraham Lincoln or foreign policy.  Here’s a critique of the anti-war libertarians that I might have worded differently, but I agree with the substance of the essay.

http://www.politicalbyline.com/2009/12/14/lew-rockwell-slanders-the-military%e2%80%a6-again/

Someone should take it upon themselves to write a comprehensive critique of purist, anarchist libertarians.  Someone needs to read them out of polite political conversation in this country in the way that Whittaker Chambers read Ayn Rand out of the conservative movement.

Vern

Quick Freeze

Posted: December 1, 2009 in Archaeology, Genesis Flood

Evidence that “Ice Age” phenomena can develop quickly, in a matter of months….

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091130112421.htm

Vern