Thursday, February 22, 2018

Nothing new here. Move along.


When Michael A. Bellesiles published in 2000 his "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture," it was a progressive's prayer answered.  Columbia University awarded him its prestigious Bancroft Prize, and  gun nuts everywhere gushed  like a teen age boy on his first petting experience.  Alas, it was soon proved that Bellesiles had made it up.

FT goes on to say that "there are transcription errors from the original sources and incorrect formulas" in Piketty's spreadsheets. Worse, the paper charges that some of the data was "cherry-picked or constructed without an original source." The latter is a dire accusation if proven accurate.
Columbia revoked its prize, and his employer, Emory University, fired him. A rare thing for a puppet master wannabe.  Not rare that he was found out, but that there was a penalty imposed.  Others, like climate gurus Paul R. Ehrlich and Al Gore, et. al.,  have been proved wrong, and guilty of making stuff up so many times that rational thought can no longer explain why they are still academically alive.

It falls to  understanding that we are actually living in an Orwellian world, where government and allied media "firstly create the problem; then secondly fan the flames  to get a reaction; then thirdly (like Johnny-on-the-spot)  provide  a solution.  The solution is what they wanted to achieve in the first place, but wouldn't have been able to achieve under normal circumstances."  

Does it matter when people discover they've been lied to?  No, because it's now the law, either through farcial legislative process (see Obamacare), or  "stroke of the pen" (Exec. Order) by a "Dear Leader."



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