You Shall Know the Truth

All the troubles in the world are coming, but most never get to you if you just stand still. Unfortunately, by the time the truth comes out, the searchlight of the media has moved on to a new dreadful threat to civilization. Some sites specialize in calling attention to the foibles of the media and the culture.

Factcheck.org is probably the most famous. We all benefit from a look at facts about polling in Iraq, or claims that Bush lied. They also carry some stories that are less supportive of my positions.

JunkScience.com carries articles about the misuse of scientific data. It started to debunk junk science used offensively in civil court cases and has since expanded to cover statistical fallacies, for example, debunking some accusations of racism during Katrina.

If you just are looking for numbers, a good site on dubious data is Stats.org.

The good thing about all these sites is that everybody can find things to like and not like. If the truth will set you free, it is liberating to read and compare. It is also good to look at the news after it is news. Muddy water let stand will clear.

Please share your similar links.

Posted by Jack at January 17, 2006 9:15 PM
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Comment #114191

http://www.cjrdaily.org/ which is the Columbia Journalism Review site in addition to the ones you listed above. I also still use snopes for alot of the rumor type things I come across from time to time.

Posted by: Lisa Renee at January 17, 2006 10:59 PM
Comment #114193

I find “The Daily Show” to be the best news site ever.

Posted by: Aldous at January 17, 2006 11:07 PM
Comment #114201

I have some more very bad news for you Jack, Did you know that WE LOST AS OF NOVEMBER, WE LOST the arms race to Russia? They have built an unstoppable missile called the SS-28 I believe (I’ll see if I can find the stats on it, online at Christian Science Monitor—Commented on by Scott Ritter). It does over ten thousand miles per hour (10,800 mph roughly, completely unjammable unless it is done before full launch) where ours only come close to eight thousand MPH and the SS is mobile on the back of a truck. This is what we lost under Bush and under his quagmires abroad. Imagine that making it’s way into the mideast, North Korea, China or Iran.

That is the problem of having dummies, cronies and old cold warriors/grey tigers in charge such as with the Bush appointees. Do you think Condi the woman who dropped the 9-11 ball is on it? Do you think the republicans at large even know we are lagging in the arms race behind a broken-down ex-communist nation?

It was a small article in several papers and barely a blip on the media at large. Never made it’s way into televised MSM but it is a big big story. How “on it” is Bush or his crony appointees do ya’ think?

Posted by: Novenge at January 18, 2006 1:01 AM
Comment #114212

Novenge, did you see how Pluto is the only planet named by an American? Well, it turns out that the rest of the world — all those America haters — question whether Pluto is actually a planet. As if Americans don’t know the difference between a planet and a rock!

It’s crazy how much their hate of all things American blinds them to the truth. I haven’t heard Cindy Sheehan weigh in on this incredibly important story yet, but you can b e sure Eric Simonson will let us know what she thinks. I look forward to it.

Posted by: American Pundit at January 18, 2006 2:09 AM
Comment #114213

Jack, I like the Congressional Budget Office and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

RealClimate, “a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists,” is a good place to see many of your “JunkScience” articles debunked.

Oh, and GovTrack is a really good place to keep tabs on legislation you’re interested in.

Posted by: American Pundit at January 18, 2006 2:16 AM
Comment #114214

FYI, the WatchBlog software only allows two or three links per post to stop spam, so if you’re having trouble posting a long list of links, spread ‘em out more than one post.

Posted by: American Pundit at January 18, 2006 2:20 AM
Comment #114223

Jack, standing water becomes algae filled and mosquito infested. It clears only very briefly, if at all, before the spinning or rewriting of history begins.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 18, 2006 5:51 AM
Comment #114228

Jack et all
The best way to keep up with what is going on in politics is to learn how to read between the lines. In this manner you can get it from the horses mouth so to speak. As the women have an advantage over the men in this area of expertise, I can only say it is not what is said but how it is stated that matters.

Senator Clinton’s comment about the plantation is a good example of how the Democrats can use the economic divide in America to their politic advantage. Just like President Bush stating that America will stay in Iraq until the Mission is Accomplished, yet the Leadership of Congress moving to end rebuilding funding from the budget. Can anyone say that this wasn’t done so that blame can be placed on those citizens like Representative Martha for America’s failure to complete the mission?

Yes, I like web sites like FactCheck.org; however, the best thing I like and respect about our system is that it rests squarely on the Natural Course of Human Events. Say “Boo!” in Washington and watch both the Democrats and Republicans to react to the sound. What I would like to see from one of the political parties in America is a “Proactive Debate” instead of this deadbeat negative “Reactive Debate” over our economy, security, and the million other issues left on the political table of our parents attempt at building a “Better World.”

Red, White, and Blue does anyone really want to tell me that “We the People” can not should not and will not (CNSNWN)intelligently design, create, and evolve into Individuals, Nations, and Societies that can learn how to live in an “Unlimited Sustainable Society” where a room full of Grandma’s still hold all males over the age of 10 to be found Right by Nature

Posted by: Henry Schlatman at January 18, 2006 7:18 AM
Comment #114232

Novenge

That sounds like one of those troubles coming at us that wont get here. We have “lost” the arms race hundreds of times. It is interesting the vitriol you have to heap on the Administration. Even if your worst fears were justified, what do you suggest the Administration should have done about it?

AP

I would have thought we would blame the Bush Administration for losing America’s only planet.

David

I would have thought you would like the saying from the book of the Tao.

Henry

Stuff happens. Politicians react because they can make headlines or fear their opponents could use information against them. It is one of the problems with politics and one of the reason we should limit the reach of political behavior and not call for political solutions to all of life’s setbacks.

My experience indicates that most of the big fears are never realized. When I was a kid, the media was full of stories about how TV was going to burn off our retinas. I can still see, even after years of TV viewing. High power electrical lines were supposed to cause cancer. In the 1970s experts worried about global cooling. That was followed in the 1980s by nuclear winter. Swine flu was going to wipe out our populations. Many of the foods I eat are supposed to have killed me by now.

I have to add my anecdote. I drink about two liters of Coca Cola every day and have done since I was about eleven years old (that is for about forty years). When I was in college, I had a couple hippie roommates who were into health food. Problem was, they weren’t very robust. I would drink my Coke and they would tell me that I was going to get sick and die. I asked, “when?” Eventually they will be right. But I do recall a time we went to the organic food shop and one of them held up a limp carrot. You are what you eat, they always told me.

Posted by: Jack at January 18, 2006 7:49 AM
Comment #114239

Jack,
Now I have a question for you. Given the floor of the House of Representatives, how would you design and build an economy and society that could operate at a 100% emploment? Or is it inpossible?

Posted by: Henry Schlatman at January 18, 2006 8:12 AM
Comment #114240

Jack, its a great phrase, just not particularly applicable to American politics. I didn’t know it was Taoist - Cool!. Taoism, while it has some philosophical precepts I find particularly illuminating, is not Buddhism. Taoism is external looking, Buddhism is internal looking. I prefer the latter for a personal philosophy.

But nothing about human culture in the world could be further from Taoist or Buddhist prescriptions than American politics founded upon concepts like self-interest, greed, and egocentrism.

Posted by: David R. Remer at January 18, 2006 8:37 AM
Comment #114244
The best way to keep up with what is going on in politics is to learn how to read between the lines. … America will stay in Iraq until the Mission is Accomplished, yet the Leadership of Congress moving to end rebuilding funding from the budget… Posted by: Henry Schlatman at January 18, 2006 07:18 AM
Henry, great advice, but perhaps you need to take your own lesson? The probable reason they’re moving reconstruction off the budget is to put it into supplemental spending. Therefore, it, like the costs of the war itself, are not reported as part of the deficit until it’s actually spent the following year, when the wingnuts can blame it on Clinton, the CEOs can hide the windfall profits from DickCo, and Jack can talk some more about his limp carrot. Posted by: Dave at January 18, 2006 8:47 AM
Comment #114252

I would like to look these things up but I am paralyzed by the fear of a comet stiking me while surfing not to mention that a big tsunamai might wash me away and of course my computer has to be shut down every ten minutes cause it might overheat from global warming and then a Yellowstone volcanoe might explode with one big bang …………..

yet we could solve all of these problems - all we have to do is get Bush out of the White House and get a hold of the Republicans hurricane, tornadoe, volcano, tsunamai, global warming machine and destroy it I say - destroy it forever! and we will all live happily ever after!!

Posted by: MIke at January 18, 2006 9:42 AM
Comment #114258

MIke,

That sounds like a good start. Let us know how it goes, eh?

Posted by: Dave at January 18, 2006 10:23 AM
Comment #114259

Dave we are expecting you to do it for us - go guy go!!

Posted by: mike at January 18, 2006 10:27 AM
Comment #114335

Not necessary mike, that’s what the trolls are for.

Posted by: Dave at January 18, 2006 1:14 PM
Comment #114369

Novenge, do you actually think the Russians developed this weapon within the past 5 years? Having a reletive in the USAF, I know that we test new planes, missiles etc for as many as 20 years before production.

Posted by: Mark at January 18, 2006 2:55 PM
Comment #114397

Mark:

The answer to your question about the SS-28 Topol-M missile is below. It is Bush’s fault, because he was alive during the missile’s planning. During 1991, Bush was involved in baseball, owning the Texas Rangers. Had he not been dilly-dallying with that venture, he could have been working to prevent the missile from being planned.

In 1994, when the missile was tested, Bush was governor of the state of Texas. As governor, he should have overseen the US spying of foreign weapons installations, and should have prevented any test flights from occurring.


“The missile’s development started in 1991 at the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology and confirmed by a decree from President Boris Yeltsin in February 1993. The design team was headed by Boris Lagutin and Yuri Solomonov. The first launch test took place on December 20, 1994.”

Posted by: joebagodonuts at January 18, 2006 5:21 PM
Comment #114450

Dave,
I am not always mean; however, didn’t Powell tell President Bush that if he broke it that he would have to pay for it? Even at $400,000/yr that should keep the President broke for at least a few years or should America pay for his mistakes? Especially, considering the fact that the Republicans don’t think that they should have to pay for the mistakes of other Americans? Talk about a Catch 22.

Posted by: Henry Schlatman at January 18, 2006 7:30 PM
Comment #114475

Henry

I don’t think 100% employment is possible. Even if everyone was able and willing to work, some people will be in training, others moving between jobs, still others just statistically redundant. I don’t know (and neither does anyone else) exactly what full employment percentage would be, but it is above zero. In the imperfect world, my guess is that it is about 4.5%. In the real world too even with full employment, some people won’t find work. In my region we have a labor shortage, but some people are still unemployed.

David

As I understood it, Chang Buddhism borrowed from Taoism and Zen borrowed from Chang.

Posted by: Jack at January 18, 2006 9:42 PM
Comment #114532

I went to the site supposedly debunking the accusation of racism in the Katrina releif efforts. It doesn’t. The statistic that mentioned that 56% of victims in one parish were black when that parish had a 60% black populace do NOTHING whatsoever to show the decisionmaking processes involved in where to focus releif efforts. I have read many stories of busses being commandeered and parked rather than being used to go in and rescue people in the porrest areas. Also, medical releif being sent in was comandeered and diverted to areas where people who had DRIVEN themselves out were assembled, rather than sent in to areas where people were without food water or aid of any kind and ALSO had way to get out and get the help they needed.

The racism accusations about Katrina releif, therefore, were NOT debunked at all. Nice try.

RGF

Posted by: RGF at January 19, 2006 3:38 AM
Comment #114746

Jack,

Actually I had the name wrong it’s called the Topol SS-27. It was put out as a press release as a result of pressure placed on Iran in November. The testing of it was earlier, but we do not, if claims about it are true (could be some propaganda but it hasn’t been derided as such) we do not have a defense for it.

The Russians want to sell Iran those materials bad, that’s what I gather. They (the Russians) are willing to wave that in our faces to get the arms sales. This is a dangerous situation with Iran, all left/right partisan vitriol aside. What it says is that Russia backs Iran and that is scary, whether the stats on this missile are correct, doesn’t it?

I thought I’d throw this into a post somewhere.

Posted by: Novenge at January 19, 2006 8:25 PM
Comment #114760

The Russians AND the Chinese support the Iranians and the Europeans are only now showing some backbone. The world is dangerous.

The Russians, however, would not be enthusastic about a Iran that was too well armed. THey are closer and have a less stable country.

We never have had a defense against Russian nukes. Safety from that was/is a goal of missile defense, but it has yet to be achieved. Our strategy was/is retaliation, not defense.

Posted by: Jack at January 19, 2006 9:49 PM
Comment #114892

Just to clarify a little bit, the Russian’s and Chinese do NOT support the Iranian’s bid to develop nuclear weapons. But they are afraid that any action taken against Iran could be used as a precedent against them at some point.

BTW, I like the idea of missile defense. But I think it’s a bad idea to spend money deploying it — as it’s being deployed now — before we get it working.

Spending money to deploy a missile defense that doesn’t work can only make sense to a Republican…

Posted by: American Pundit at January 20, 2006 11:53 AM
Comment #114914

Jack,
Now I have a question for you. Given the floor of the House of Representatives, how would you design and build an economy and society that could operate at a 100% emploment? Or is it inpossible?

Posted by: Henry Schlatman at January 18, 2006 08:12 AM

I’m not Jack and don’t know if he’s answered or not. But I’ll throw in my nichols (inflation) worth anyway.
I don’t think it’s possible to have 100% employement. And I really don’t think it would be good for the economy either.
A small percentage of unemployment means that folks are looking for work (hopefully) and gives employers a pool of potential employees to draw from. Without this business growth would stagnate and cause a stagnant if not recessional economy.
Like I said just my nichols worth.

Posted by: Ron Brown at January 20, 2006 1:27 PM
Comment #115001

I think its time to impeach this president and I will never vote for a republican again.

Posted by: Manuel Ochoa at January 20, 2006 8:10 PM
Comment #115598

Manuel

I bet you never voted Republican before. This is the kind of thing parties do. They ask their people to post or call public sites. The script goes like this:

As a lifelong Republican …

This administration has …

Now I will never vote Republican again.

Posted by: Jack at January 22, 2006 12:28 PM
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