Saturday, May 30, 2020

Dave's soil mix for growing succulent and desert plants

My seed raising mix, essentially identical to Mesa Garden's recipe
My seed raising mix, similar to Mesa Garden's recipe
Here is my soil mix for succulent and desert plants. The mix should be mostly mineral materials with minimal organic matter so that it mimics the low oragnic content of desert soils. This doesn't mean the soil is necessarily poor in nutrients. Mineral materials contain the inorganic salts that plants combine with water and carbon dioxide to create organic molecules using photosynthesis. A mineral soil is suitable for most plants. Think about a hydroponic system, there are no organic components in the system other than the plants. Most plants do not require an organic component in their soil.

Main mix. This is what I use for almost all my succulents and desert plants.

1 part decomposed granite (DG)
1 part coconut coir
1 part perlite
1 part red scoria

You can substitute different items depending on what's available in your area.  If you live in an arid or semi-arid area and have good desert soil, e.g. "sandy loam", you can substitute it for decomposed granite (DG).  Pool filter sand can also be used to replace the DG component, but it doesn't have the fine particles and soluble nutrients of DG and I personally don't like it. Coconut coir can be substituted with peat or commerically available "cactus potting soil". Coconut coir is best obtained as dehydrated compressed bricks for easy storage and transportation, and it's fairly sterile. Perlite can be substituted with pumice. Do not use vermiculite as it holds too much water. Red scoria can be substituted with black scoria. Some components can also be left out and the mix made from only two or three of the components.  The aim is to create a well draining soil with little organic matter.  You can also vary the ratio of the components for different ypes of tplants.

Seedling mix
Use Mesa Garden's germination tips and follow them to the letter.

2 parts coir (replaces Coconut blend potting mix)
2 part decomposed granite (replaces sandy loam)
1 part perlite (for aeration and drainage)
1 part vermiculite. (to hold water, young seedlings require constant moisture for the first year or so)


- Dave Bad Person

In defense of science, for science's sake







In my previous blog I mentioned this letter from Brazilian scientists, who were speaking out against those who profess to speak for science.  I put a similar post on Facebook as well, and someone shared my post, which resulted in the thread below.  



Tim shared a post
May 28
    Dave Bad Person added a post
    May 26
Some scientists in Brazil decided to speak out against anyone who professes to speak for science with regard to the pandemic. And how did they do this? By speaking for science!
At the end of the article each scientist who contributed to it is measured by how many citations they have, not by what contribution they've made to society. This is a perfect example of how academia has become a self-referential system where researchers chase citations and kudos from fellow researchers, rather than trying to solve real world problems. And don't you dare "dishonestly usurp science's prestige", because these children of the wealthy, these glorified hobbyists, these unqualified educators, they want to keep science for themselves, to be conducted only at universities, only by people with PhDs, to be hidden away in obscure academic journals that hardly anyone reads. They know science belongs to everyone, but they want to keep a monopoly on it, solely for their own benefit. Wankers.

Nelly
This post is bullshit Tim. Why would you put this out in the world? Are you anti-science now? Have you always been? Citations tell us that researchers are published and do peer-reviewed science.

Tim
By no means anti-science.
I like diverse opinion.
Dave is a very cynical and smart dude who has been deep inside academia, intelligentsia, and corporate science when he isn't blowing himself up in the desert.
He could probably be a speaker for Science On Tap for any number of topics. BTW, he makes a mean curry.
I posted the original article and he reposted into his timeline (you see top level here) and thought this was an interesting take.
Personally this was the first time I had seen an academic touting how many citations they had. Didn't realize that was a badge of honor of sorts which makes sense.
But I also see how it can be like a circle jerk of instagram influencers liking each other's work.
An interesting counter to my initial post.


This sub thread between Tim and Nelly went on further but veered off the topic.


Raymon
The interwebs distruption bots are strong with this one.



My response to Nelly


Dave Bad Person
I'm not anti-science, I'm anti-academia. I had a 17 year career studying and working in universities around the world as a biomedical researcher, and for the last 14 years I've worked in corporate research & development in the electronics engineering industry in San Diego, California. There is much I could say about academia, more than can be said here, but the core of it is in that post. The fact is that most of the research going on in the world doesn't happen at universities, nor is it conducted by people with PhDs (I have a PhD). University academics tend to think they have the monopoly on science and scientific research. They don't. I understand that universities are important educational institutions which produce highly trained professionals for society, but that is an entirely separate enterprise from the scientific research conducted at universities. Actually, most universities don't require their faculty to even have qualifications in teaching, which really just makes them hobbyist educators, amateurs. As for the research, there are currently about 2.5 million scholarly articles published each year in over 28,000 academic journals, most of them with a tiny readership. Most scientific journal articles are read in full by no more than 10 people. We currently produce more scientific data than we can ever use. Meanwhile, most of the progress in the last 25 years has come not from science, but from engineering. Science needs to be put to work for society, not hoarded away in the musty halls of academia, to be conducted only by those who've paid their dues to be part of the system. In the mid-20th century the investment in university research clearly resulted in a good return for society, but that's not so certain anymore.

Sean
Do you think this quantity-over-quality trend has anything to do with the move away from publicly funded basic science to corporate work that focuses on niches and profit opportunities?

Sean
My biggest concerns about this article are 1. It doesn't really suggest an opposing viewpoint, but rather undermines the credibility of science in general while 2. supporting the political views of the ruling administration of Brazil, which has a hard-right stance bordering on authoritarianism and has been seen to spread propaganda and silence opposing voices.

Dave Bad Person
Sean, firstly, you seem to embrace the false dichotomy of basic vs. applied research. You can do both. As for corporate niche research, academic research is even more niche, fringe, and offbeat. And if it's not profitable or at least useful then it adds no value to society. If that leads to quantity over quality then it's just producing more of something we can't use.

Dave Bad Person
Sean, it d
oes not undermine the credibility of science at all. Science still works, it just doesn't have to be owned and controlled by university academics simply because they consider themselves the only people who should be conducting and speaking for science. Acadmics don't "own" science, it doesn't "belong" to them, it belongs to everyone. Questioning the authority and control of science by academics is something I'll never stop doing.
I'm not supporting the Brazilian political system with my post, not in any way.
And in the end, what did the Brazilian scientist's letter achieve? Nothing. Nothing except another tally mark on the citation count for those involved in writing it. "Publish or perish", the old adage of academia, as if reaching an annual quota of publications and getting kudos from your fellow reseachers is more important than solving real world problems. Society does not allow academics enormous freedoms just so they can engage in frivolous nonsense, while society gets nothing in return.

Sean
Dave Bad Person, 
I understand that basic and applied research are both important and not necessarily distinct. What I mean is that basic research with public accountability and no specific commercial application is on the decline while applied research is being done primarily by corporations with a profit motive. That doesn't necessarily lead to bad science, but it does select what kinds of science get done.
As for the article itself, it reads like an ad hominem attack on the researchers behind the current understanding of this pandemic and the recommendations being issued and not a refutation of the science with better science.

Sean
Dave Bad Person, 
I also disagree with the idea that science with no commercial application isn't valuable. Not much money can be made at this point from the discoveries in astrophysics over recent decades, but the understanding of our universe has huge value, especially over the arc of history. Medicines that cure chronic conditions rapidly would be less profitable than ones made to treat symptoms for long periods of time but I think we, as a species, are better served in the long term by the former.

Dave Bad Person
Basic research with public accountability. What kind of accountability are we talking about, citation counts?
Well I have a "whole" four publications in biomedical research that have been cited hundreds of times. Does anyone care? Did they make a difference in the world? No.
I also helped invent the LTE technology that billions of people around the world use everyday on their cell phones to communicate, interact, entertain themselves, and be productive. Does it make a difference in he world? Hell yes. I'm also currently working to help invent the various technologies that will make 5G work. Do you think it will it make a difference too?
But I guess astrophysics is going to be super valuable some day, because the goals and utility of astrophysics is...??? How many times a day do you use your smart phone's high speed wireless data connection to the internet, and how many times a day do you use astrophysics? Maybe you should get to work on those disease cures, you could solve important problems AND make profit.

Sean
Dave Bad Person, 
Public accountability meaning research that's funded by and conducted primarily for the good of the public, not a private entity. I don't quite understand the hostility coming through in your comments here. I guess your commitment to the deeply important field of consumer electronics is commendable? I don't deny that communication is an important tool for society, but really man? Science without a big payout isn't worth it?

Raymon
Dave Bad Person, 
you had me, until you said profit. One day, far far in the future, profit, money even won't be needed. Collective efforts, for the common good will become the norm. Maybe I'm a delusional snowflake, but name one time that star-trek ever showed the exchange of money?

Raymon
Oh, except the foriengi, but they were dicks.

Dave Bad Person
Sure. Science without a payout isn't worth it to me. I did that career for 17 years and at the end of all those years of study, hard work, and dedication I was getting paid barely more than minimum wage, had crappy benefits, and lived on the brink of poverty, same as I'd grown up. It was completely unrewarding both financially and intellectually. Meanwhile most of the PhDs I worked with were from fairly wealthy families, and thus money and employment had never been major concerns in their lives, and so they'd had the luxury of being able to chase their frivolous dreams and bizarre interests without concern for where it may lead. You both seem to have the same mental illness as most academics:  a belief that basking in the glory of science is more noble than making a meaningful contributing to society, that science should be purely for academics, and that being coddled and isolated in the university system is better than having to go out in the real world and adapt and compete in the workforce. Maybe your naive idealistic moneyless utopia will materialize one day? Be ready for the disappointment when you realize it's not coming and you based your life philosophy on a stupid science fiction TV show for nerds.



That's all for now.
- Dave Bad Person


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Academic Wanker Scum





Some scientists in Brazil decided to speak out against anyone who professes to speak for science with regard to the coronavirus pandemic. And how did they do this? By speaking for science!

As you can see at the end of the article, each scientist's worth is measured by how many citations they have, not by what contribution they've made to society, which in my experience is little-to-nothing for most of them. This letter is actually a perfect example of how academia has become a self-referential system where researchers chase citations and kudos from fellow researchers, rather than trying to solve real world problems. And don't you dare "dishonestly usurp science's prestige", because these children of the wealthy, these glorified hobbyists, these unqualified educators, they want to keep science for themselves, to be conducted only at universities, only by people with PhDs, to be hidden away in obscure academic journals that hardly anyone reads.

The letter even goes further to say that "no one can speak for science". Yet here they are speaking for science because they think they own it. Science belongs to everyone, not just university assholes who want to keep the monopoly on science for their own benefit and hide it away from the public. These people have the delusional notion that they're "changing the world" with their irrelevant publications. And what did they change with this letter? Nothing. It was merely a matter of "publish or perish". They simply have to say something because that's what they do, they talk a lot and change nothing. Academic wanker scum. 

- Dave Bad Person

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Media bias again


January 27th, the day after Kobe Bryant's death. Look at the article on the left, it reports on the first 5 cases of Coronavirus in the US.
https://www.pressreader.com/usa/usa-today-us-edition/20200127/281496458256509

In a January 21st interview with Newsmax, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the epidemiologist who is leading the charge against the virus said "this is not a major threat for the people of the United States, and this is not something that the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about."


February 17th, Dr. Fauci says the risk from Coronavirus is miniscule and to skip the masks unless you're contagious (how would you know you're contagious?) 

By early March, Fauci had changed his tune, saying the virus “could be really, really bad,” but still said he believed the situation could be mitigated
https://www.businessinsider.com/anthony-fauci-coronavirus-could-be-really-really-bad-2020-3

March 27th, CDC Director Robert Redfield told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that he agreed with Fauci’s assessment at the time, and said that nobody could have predicted the outbreak that would eventually occur in the U.S.  “Obviously that became corrected as they saw in the first three, four weeks in January that human to human spread was not only occurring it’s actually, as I said, more infectious and I think that led to the situation that we’re in today. I think no one could have predicted how transmissible, how infectious this virus really is,” Redfield said.
https://radio.foxnews.com/2020/03/27/cdc-director-reacts-to-resurfaced-tape-of-dr-anthony-fauci-downplaying-virus-threat/

Those are verifiable statements from the country's top epidemiologists.

But yeah, it's all the Big Bad Orange Man's fault for not listening to his top experts and acting sooner, or at least that's what the liberal media wants you to think. The media does this because they've decided who they do and don't want for president, and they're using their power to sway public opinion to that end. Is that news, the simple reporting of information, or is it something else that has another name? Who do the liberal media work for, because it's clearly not us.

-Dave Bad Person


Sunday, March 22, 2020

My love of university academics knows no bounds.


Well looky there university acadmics, I just landed my first job with a six figure salary:  as a Senior Test Engineer at a large electronics engineering company. We're going to be doing research and development on that 5G thingy that will be going into those new-fangled micro-computers you have in your pockets. 

Meanwhile I'm still waiting for the day when I might get a job in academia in Australia. Almost 30 years later and still waiting for the career that goes nowhere to go somewhere. Like waiting for a train that never comes:  standing on a drab empty railway platform, looking at the clock apprehensively while your life ebbs away. 

Imagine if I was still back there in Canberra, Australia, the city with no industries or reason for existing, other than the indecisiveness of some aristocrats who couldn't decide on Sydney or Melbourne as the capital.  I'd probably be volunteering at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, hopeful that some day someone might notice me and throw me a dollar. I'd probably still be a poor, ignorant, smelly, working-class yobbo with long hair, dirty clothes, and an Australian drawl - I'd still be the same Dave that I was 20 years ago. I might still be living with my mum and dad, except that my dad's been dead for more than a decade and my mum moved away years ago.

Do you know why California is the industrial powerhouse of America and one of the wealthiest places in the world? Because they don't futz around at their universities making bits of paper in obscure academic journals that hardly anyone reads. They apply science and they commercialize it.  I know, it must seem incredible to you.

Well don't worry if those fires didn't take you out, there's still hope that this Coronavirus might do the job. In the meantime maybe you can make a difference by writing some journal articles, because we're going to need more toilet paper.

Haaahahahahaaaa!
- Dave Bad Person




Friday, March 20, 2020

Hindsight is 2020


Don't worry kids, here comes.....

CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT TO THE RESCUE!

"Captain Hindsight here. See that outbreak kids, we should have seen that coming sooner, and we should have done more about it, and..... and of course it's the Big Bad Orange Man's fault, I was writing to the Whitehouse and calling my representative in congress long before anyone else saw this coming, that's how smart I am, but no one wouldn't listen to me...."

That's all for today's episode kids. Tune in again tomorrow when we'll find out if Captain Hindsight is actually Dave Trollpants in disguise, or if he's an entirely new online alter-ego of Dave Bad Person. Until then, remember that Hindsight is 2020, especially in the year 2020!





CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT TO THE RESCUE!

This particular Coronavirus can be genetically traced to a population of cave-dwelling horseshoe bats in Yunnan province. However, it's now believed the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan is where the epidemic started. Around the time the outbreak began the market was seen selling wild, exotic, and farmed animals in cages, and all in close proximity to each other. Such conditions are known to cause recombination of viruses and allows them to hop between species and eventually to humans. This is exactly how the closely related SARS virus started in Guangdong province back in 2002. Among the live animals photographed for sale at Huanan Market just before its closure were:  rats, snakes, wolf puppies, porcupines, foxes, crocodiles, giant salamanders, beavers, deer, pangolins, and badgers, as well as the usual poultry and pigs.

We should have seen this coming and we should have done something about it sooner.

CAPTAIN HINDSIGHT!


- Dave Bad Person







Thursday, March 12, 2020

Evidence that the media hysteria about Coronavirus is politically motivated


Here's a little lesson for you in how powerful the media is for controlling public opinion and manipulating crowd psychology.... 

Obama era, June 2009 to August 2010:  the CDC estimates that about 61 million people in the US were infected by H1N1, also known as Swine flu, resulting in 274,000 hospitalizations and 12,500 deaths.

Media response:  pretty chill. A Google search for "H1N1 toilet paper" finds no past articles about bulk toilet paper purchases or shelves emptied of toilet paper. A Google image search for the same words returns no images of bulk toilet paper purchases or shelves emptied of toilet paper. 


Trump era, 2020:  as of 4pm EST yesterday, the CDC has confirmed 1215 cases of Coronavirus and 36 deaths in the US.

Media response:  attempt to induce public mass hysteria. A Google search for "Coronavirus toilet paper" yields dozens if not hundreds of articles about bulk toilet paper purchases and shelves emptied of toilet paper. A Google image search for the same words reveals similar coverage of the topic.

If you're you think this epidemic isn't being politicized because this is an election year, I would say that based on that data alone, you're wrong. Is the liberal media pushing an agenda because they've decided who they want (or don't want) for president? I'll leave that up to you to decide. We've already seen what they've done with trying to suppress Bernie. Do you really think the liberal media works for you? 



- Dave Bad Person


Epilogue:  after talking to friends overseas whose countries are not having election years, but still have media hysteria and mass toilet paper buying, I have to conclude that the news coverage of the virus isn't entirely political at all. So there you go.



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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Why we need to completely abandon usage of the Latin language


I wish we'd give up on Latin. Other than its use by monks and nuns in monastic and cathedral schools during the Middle Ages, it's a language that's been dead for 1500 years.

When these religious schools eventually evolved into the first universities around the time of the Renaissance, Latin continued to be used because it was a common language of learning that allowed communication between people from different regions of Europe.  So that's why we have this dead language clinging to existence more than 1500 years after the fall of Rome.

Let's look a little deeper into how pointless it is to continue using this dead language that hardly anyone in the world is able to write, understand, or speak.


Singulars and Plurals
It used to be annoying having to remember obscure Latin singulars and plurals like antennae, vortices, criterion, matrices, addenda, cacti, and so on. As if English spelling isn't enough of a disaster already, then we had these plurals from a dead language to deal with as well.  Fortunately these have now been largely abandoned in favor of simple English plurals with an '-s' or '-es' on the end of the word.

Anatomy
Every body part of every animal is named in Latin. The 16th century scholar Andreas Vesalius is considered the father of modern anatomy and can be credited for expanding the use of Latin in naming body parts. Vesalius was actually born in Brussels and spoke Flemish, a dialect of Dutch, and his name was actually Andries van Wesel. However it was common and often necessary for scholars of his time to Latinize their names so they would be seen as recognized university academics, and could publish in scholarly journals, and cite the works of other people who had also Latinized their names.

As a former neuroscientist and someone who knows a little Latin, I know that the parts of the brain are given Latin names. Some examples of brain anatomical structures are:

  • amygdala
  • caudate
  • putamen
  • hippocampus
  • cortex
  • corpus striatum
  • locus coeruleus

Why did early anatomists give these parts those names?  Well the simple answer is they did it because they had no idea what these structures were for or what they did, so they simply named them after their shape or appearance. That's right!  Those Latin names are actually just names for the shape or appearance of the parts they describe.  Here are those words again in English:

  • almond
  • tail
  • husk
  • sea horse
  • bark
  • striped body
  • blue spot

Clearly the people who named these parts didn't have the faintest clue about them, so to hide their ignorance from ordinary people, they named them in Latin so they could appear intelligent and knowledgeable when talking about them. Like I said earlier, universities are derived from monastic and cathedral schools, and if you've ever spent even the smallest amount of time talking to people in a monastery, convent, or purely academic research, you'll know that they're extremely ignorant, mostly because of the isolated life they lead, which shelters them from the general population and the dynamic world of culture, industry, and commerce going on around them. If you want to appear intelligent and educated, it helps to use words that ordinary people can't understand.


Binomial Nomenclature
The term "binomial nomenclature" is another Latin term which literally means "two-name name-calling".  Binomial nomenclature is the system of naming all living things using two Latin words to uniquely identify that living thing.  It was invented by an 18th century Swedish professor with a German name called Karl von Linne.  Linne was like other scholars of his time in that he Latinized his name. Thus he's always referred to as Carolus Linnaeus. He was the first and most well known taxonomist:  a classifier and namer of biological organisms.  Most biologists don't even know that his real name was not Linnaeus.


Why not English?
Today in the early 21st century the language of learning and science is English. It's certainly not stupid old Latin.  So why are we still using this old Latin crap?  Well obviously the main reason is historical. The other reason is that university academics are actually not the forefront of all that's new and great in the world, and due to their isolation from society, and the traditionalist system in which they're embedded, they're stuck in these old ways.  Like I've said earlier, if you've ever talked to monks or nuns you'll quickly find they're very ignorant people due to their sheltered life and isolation from the outside world.  From my 17 years experience in academia, I found that the same thing can be said of university academics, and it's true that I myself was kept ignorant by the isolation of academic life.  Academics like to think they're at the forefront of change and progress, but in reality the sheltered academic lifestyle has coddled them and turned them into ignoramuses (or is it ignorami?). Their academic freedom means they aren't required to adapt and compete in response to external cultural and economic forces. So progress at universities tends to happen only at glacial speeds:  for example, they're still using Latin from the Renaissance period for fuck's sake!  Most of the research that happens in the world today doesn't happen in universities, even though most academics seem to think that universities have the monopoly on research, but that's only because most of them have never worked outside of one.


The solution?
The solution is simple.  Stop using Latin altogether.  Abandon Latin plurals. Make a new binomial system using English words.  Start naming parts of anatomy using English words.  Once we do this, the names of things will actually make sense, rather than being some jargon in a dead language that no one understands, and that people simply repeat like parrots with no idea what they really mean. Stop this idiotic monopoly of university academics naming things in Latin.  In fact, most academics don't even know any Latin, they just mouth the words, often mispronouncing them, just so they can fit in and give the appearance of being intelligent and educated, when in fact the opposite is more likely to be true.  Often they take Greek words, or words from other languages, or even the names of their research buddies that they want to impress, and they Latinize them for use in naming things, such is the ongoing insanity of this academic Latin craze. 

It's time to let Latin die for good. The sooner we can wrench education and scholarship out of the restrictive hands of university academics, the sooner we can get rid of Latin, and the sooner we can make better and more meaningful progress in the world.


- Dave Bad Person









Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Why doesn't California have the permanent daylight savings we voted for?


So how come California still has the switch to daylight savings if we voted back in the 2018 midterm election to stay on daylight savings permanently? 
Because the bill stalled in the state senate because they were concerned over how it would be implemented.

Well I have a fucking clue about that implementation for you, you worthless procrastinating masturbating state senate knob-jockeys:  you spring forward an hour and then you never change your clocks back ever again!  It's called "change" and it requires you to hop off that dick that's up your ass for a moment and actually do something.


https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Whatever-happened-to-year-round-daylight-saving-15111665.php


- Dave Bad Person

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

President Trump is very popular in India



Welcome again to Troll Time, with your host, Dave Trollpants.

So how about all that news coverage of the Big Bad Orange Man's (BBOM) visit to India at the moment? I mean shit, wow, here we are in the middle of the sensory saturation coverage of an almost meaningless bullshit primary election of billionaires, and all of a sudden we're getting bombarded with news of India's love of BBOM!

One of the largest educated populations on Earth packed 120,000 people into the world's largest cricket stadium to see BBOM. At the rally many people wore red "Namaste Trump" hats as a sign of support. Who would have thought India had so many white supremacists? And there we were with the kooky far-left doomsayers telling us BBOM has no appeal in other countries, but now it turns out they were completely wrong again, and again, and again, and again. Does the kooky far-left actually know anything at all or do they just like making wild predictions and statements that keep being proven unequivocally WRONG!!

"President Trump is very popular in India, according to a recent poll. A Pew Research survey released last month showed that the percentage of Indians that disapprove of Mr. Trump’s foreign policy is 15%, the lowest of 32 countries surveyed. Meanwhile, India had the fifth highest approval rating for Trump’s foreign policy, at 56%, double its approval ratings for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron."

It also turns out India shares our concern for Islamic terrorism, which is not surprising considering how close they are to the Middle East and that 1/7th of their population is Muslim. India and the US are looking to become close partners in defense, and during the rally BBOM announced a $3 billion deal to sell military helicopters to India. Well fuck, there goes the economy and world peace.




- Dave Bad Person



P.S. from the poll stats you can figure that 29% of Indians don't give a crap about his foreign policy, which is over 400 million people, significantly more than the entire population of the United States 🤣




Thursday, February 20, 2020

Quick Dick McDick explains how vegan diets combat climate change

In this video the Canadian agriculturist and YouTuber Quick Dick McDick explains how a vegan diet combats climate change. He uses the example of margarine, which is a substitute for animal-derived butter.

https://youtu.be/aIG9ozEDPVg







-Dave Bad Person




Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The race for the battle for the nomination for the fight to potentially become president

Welcome again to Troll Time, with your host Dave Trollpants.

Welcome back to our non-stop coverage of the race for the battle for the nomination for the fight to potentially become president. In the unrepresentative state of Iowa, a Byzantine selection process has maybe chosen Buttgeek, or maybe Sanders, we're not sure. Meanwhile in New Hampshire, Buttgeek came second and Klobuchar came third, which is important because second and third place are the lead stories.

Now all the Democrats need to worry about is how they'll select an electable candidate if Sanders keeps getting more votes. Fortunately Mike Bloomberg is here to save the day with $400 million in advertising to saturate the airwaves. All Bloomberg needs now is an actual message and some popular support, and he's absolutely guaranteed to win!

Tune in next week when we'll discuss how Bernie's plan for universal health care will lead to gulags and mass executions. Socialism is a slippery slope folks!

And now these message from Mike Bloomberg....


-Dave Trollpants


Credit to This Modern World



Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Attorney General Barr and people's short memories


The morning Trollpants, with host Dave Trollpants.

Funny how Attorney General Barr is facing departmental rebellion and a media hailstorm for "weaponizing the Department of Justice against the political opponents of the big bad orange man".

Where were these critics during operation "Crossfire Hurricane", the Clinton-campaign funded Steele dossier's unsupported allegations, the fraudulent FISA warrants, the Mueller Probe, the use of an ancient and never-before-enforced law to interrogate Flynn, the highly publicized leaks from the FBI, the corrupt and leaky FBI that Comey and McCabe ran?

And now McCabe is indignant about being dragged through the mud, and criticizes the length and cost of the investigation into his lying under oath.

Yet now Barr seeks to shine a light on how all these investigations started and it's suddenly an absolute outrage.

People have very short memories.



-Dave Trollpants

Michael Avennati is going to prison



It's been a while, but welcome again to Troll Time, with your favorite host, Dave Trollpants.

Michael Avenatti, remember that guy, Stormy Daniel's lawyer? Two years ago he was a daily face in the news and was considered a human Excalibur that could vanquish Trump once and for all. The liberal media loved his aggressive style, his promises to take down Trump, and his prediction that Trump wouldn't complete his first term. He was lauded as a "beast", "the savior of the republic", and "saving the country". They said Trump was "terrified" of him, that he was "Trump's worst nightmare", that he was a "folk hero", and an "existential threat to the Trump presidency".

Here's a video montage of the media's fawning over Avenatti.
https://streamable.com/qde1b




All that ego-stroking even had him considering a run for president himself, which made the liberal media froth at the mouth with excitement. They said if Democrats wanted a fighter they "would be foolish to underestimate Avenatti", and that he "stands out" among other candidates, and many liberal talking-heads showed their support.

Today however Americans look like a bunch of suckers ripped off by a grifter. Yesterday Avenatti was convicted of extortion, wire fraud and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort. His crimes were so serious and numerous that he was hauled from the courtroom in the middle of a separate embezzlement trial, booked into jail, and refused bail. At his sentencing he faces up to 42 years in prison.


Just as they did for two years with the Mueller Report, just as they do every day, the liberal media played to the mentality of people who consider themselves more knowledgeable and sophisticated than average Americans, and once again those people got suckered and had their asses handed to them. Their ego-vanity complexes won't allow them to believe they're wrong. Walls don't work, tariffs don't work, this doesn't work, that doesn't work, nothing can be made to work, and Trump is an anti-Christ akin to Hitler, because the liberal media told them so.


SUCKERS!!


Of course, the main group of people suckered by Avenatti were the inner city social climbers. Meanwhile, the flyover forgotten Americans, those with no social status because they were deplorables, because they don't obsess over virtue signalling identity politics and coat themselves in white guilt, they saw through him. These are the same people 
who are attacked for their social status and portrayed as ignorant toothless working-class hillbillies that know nothing. Yet once again they turned out to be right.

https://freebeacon.com/politics/that-time-the-media-dubbed-michael-avenatti-savior-of-the-republic/



-Dave Trollpants





Friday, February 14, 2020

Lupercalia and a possible origin of Valentine's Day?


Lupercalia was an ancient, possibly pre-Roman festival observed in the city of Rome between February 13 and February 15, to repel evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. 

The name Lupercalia means "wolf festival" and is associated with the worship of Pan, who the Romans called Lupercus, and he was depicted as a naked man wearing a goatskin. A statue of Lupercus stood in the Lupercal, which was the name of the cave where it was believed Romulus and Remus were suckled by the she-wolf, Lupa. The Lupercal cave lay at the foot of the Palatine Hill on which Romulus was thought to have founded Rome. Near the cave stood the sanctuary of Rumina, goddess of breastfeeding, as well as a wild fig tree where Romulus and Remus supposedly landed on the banks of the Tiber River in their makeshift cradle. Some Roman sources call the wild fig tree "caprificus", literally "goat fig", and like the cultivated fig, the tree exudes a milky sap if cut, which made it appropriate for a celebration of breastfeeding.

The Lupercalia had its own priesthood, the Luperci ("brothers of the wolf"). During the Lupercalia, at the altar in the Lupercal cave, a male goat and a dog were sacrificed by the Luperci. An offering was also made of salted meal cakes prepared by the Vestal Virgins. 

After the blood sacrifice, two Luperci approached the altar. Their foreheads were first anointed with blood from the sacrificial knife, and then they were wiped clean with wool soaked in milk, after which they were expected to smile and laugh. The sacrificial feast followed, after which the Luperci cut strips of hide (known as februa, the origin of word "February") from the flayed skin of the sacrificial animals and ran with these, naked or near-naked, along the old Palatine boundary in an anticlockwise direction, laughing and striking those they met with their shaggy bloody strips of animal hide. Many women would purposely get in their way, and would present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant would be helped in delivery and the barren to conceive. The Luperci completed their circuit of the Palatine hill then returned to the Lupercal cave. 

Despite the banning in the year 391 of all non-Christian cults and festivals, the Lupercalia was celebrated by the nominally Christian populace of Rome on a regular basis as late as the reign of the emperor Anastasius, which ended in the year 515.

Around the year 495, Pope Gelasius sought to abolish the festival but the Senate protested that the Lupercalia was essential to Rome's safety and well-being. The following year in 496, Pope Gelasius in his attempts to Christianize the Lupercalia, added Saint Valentine of Rome to the calendar of saints. Saint Valentine was a priest and bishop in Rome who ministered to Christians that were persecuted there. He was executed by the Romans and buried at a Christian cemetery to the north of Rome on February 14 in the year 269.

So, ever since the year 496, February 14th has been observed as the Feast of Saint Valentine.




-Dave Bad Person


Rebuttal
According to the following Time article, people in the Middle Ages did not celebrate anything in the middle of February, and there is no evidence of Pope Gelasius having replaced the Lupercalia with Valentine's Day, but rather with the feast of the Purification.  Still, I've made a good story out of it.
https://time.com/5527259/valentines-day-lupercalia/
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Gelasius-I

More articles rebutting the idea of Valentine's Day originating with Lupercalia.
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Lupercalia.html

https://www.thoughtco.com/the-roman-festival-of-lupercalia-121029

And another that doesn't rebut the idea.
https://www.npr.org/2011/02/14/133693152/the-dark-origins-of-valentines-day



Further references

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupercalia

https://www.history.com/topics/ancient-rome/lupercalia

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/572191/lupercalia-ancient-roman-festival-facts

https://time.com/5527259/valentines-day-lupercalia/







Pseudo-scientific American's attempts a Jedi mind trick about lift


This is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen. Pseudo-scientific American magazine attempts some sort of Jedi mind trick to make us think that we don't understand what creates lift in an aircraft. They even explain it perfectly and then do some sort of mental and verbal sleight-of-hand to say they haven't explained it. Probably there are some spindly goggle-eyed pallid-faced scientists in a dark basement at a university somewhere whose molecular flow simulations aren't working right and would believe this article. The kind of people who've never seen or done anything in life and contribute nothing to society, but say with confidence, "That can't work".


Fortunately such people don't work at NASA, or Boeing, or Airbus, or Lockheed-Martin, or Northrop Grumman, or General Dynamics, or 2nd grade classrooms where children make paper planes.





-Dave Bad Person







Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How scientists lie about the goals and utility of their research


This is currently only a prototype post and is part of an ongoing series of blog posts exposing the mistruths that academia uses to fool the public, so they can continue to garner funding to continue their low-effort, low-productivity academic lifestyle and frivolous dream-chasing.  I will be adding more examples to it as time goes on.  Come back later for further updates.
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Have you ever been watching some scientific news or reading an article about some sort of scientific research, and at the end of the article the goals and purpose of the research is given? I've seen this many hundreds of times in my life. After a 17 year career in academia and 14 years working in commerical R&D, it's completely transparent to me how this works.  

Take for example this article recently sent to me by a friend.  The important part here is to read the last two sentences.

https://www.zerohedge.com/health/fungi-absorbs-radiation-has-been-growing-all-over-chernobyl-power-plant

Those last two sentences again:
If this study is successful, experts hope that the knowledge gained can be used to produce drugs that could protect astronauts from radiation on long-term missions.
It has also been suggested that the results of this study could lead to the development of fungi-based cancer treatments.

Of course in the final sentences of the article the scientists always have to dream up some grand reason for why they're doing their completely useless and obscure research, "Um ah, it might help develop drugs for astronauts to survive long space missions? Um ah, it could lead to fungal cures for cancer?". 


What a crock of shit. They embark on the research first because they work in some obscure field and have a personal fascination with it, but they also have a need to "publish or perish".  Scientists need at least two publications a year to maintain their careers. So they conduct some research, and then they dream up some possible use for it.

Are the researchers above actually doing research on fungal cancer cures or radiation in long term space missions? Nope, they never were, that was never the goal of their research. The purpose of the research is dreamed up after the research is started. You'll see this all the time in scientific articles and news pieces, the final sentences are some sort of concocted possibility of what the research might be useful for.  In reality however, most scientists have absolutely no idea what utility their research might have. Often they don't even know what the long term goal of their research is.

Currently we have about 2.5 million scholarly scientific articles published each year in over 28,000 scholarly peer-reviewed journals. Many of those journals are very obscure, you're not going to find them on the magazine stands at your local newspaper shop. They also have extremely low readership, and many of them require a paid subscription to read the articles in them.  So more than likely, the research of these scientists will be lost and forgotten in the pages of some obscure scientific journal, to be read by only a handful of people.  However the scientists that publish their research article will appear to have met their minimal level of productivity based on the "two publications per year" rule.  This will allow them to continue to get funding and be able to continue their academic lifestyle of frivolous dream chasing and non-contribution to society. 

Meanwhile, in the world of industry and commerce, there are numerous research projects being done for specific purposes, to solve specific problems, so that specific goals can be achieved. There's an obvious contrast between goal-directed research versus research done to discover things simply because there are things out there to be discovered. The contrast between practical problem solving and frivolous knowledge collecting.



That's all for now. I'll be adding more examples here as I come across them, which would be a daily thing if I was chasing citations like a scientist.  

If you want to read another one of my articles that criticizes the goals and utility of academic research, check out this link.



-Dave Bad Person, PhD wanker




More reading on this topic



Here's another one of my blog posts about why a non-professional college degree is useless.
https://www.badperson.net/2019/10/why-non-professional-college-degree-is.html

Here's my blog post about how academics have become detached from the reality of what society needs from them.
https://www.badperson.net/2020/02/academics-have-become-detached-from-reality.html

If you want to read another thread about my shitty university experiences, check this out:
https://boredofstudies.org/threads/the-australian-national-university-anu-is-a-terrible-university-and-will-ruin-your-future.387681/
https://www.badperson.net/2019/11/the-australian-national-university-anu.html

Here's my parody of the media release by the President of the Australian Academy of Science regarding the recent mega-fires in Australia.
https://www.badperson.net/2020/01/a-message-from-president-of-australian.html



References

https://www.zerohedge.com/health/fungi-absorbs-radiation-has-been-growing-all-over-chernobyl-power-plant

https://sciencenordic.com/academia-basic-research-basic-research-crisis/crisis-in-basic-research-scientists-publish-too-much/1442296

https://www.businessinsider.com/fungi-from-chernobyl-were-launched-into-space-2016-7

https://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2020/02/04/fungi_that_eat_radiation_are_growing_on_the_walls_of_chernobyls_ruined_nuclear_reactor.html

https://pharmacy-nutrition.usask.ca/research/spotlight-profiles/spotlight-on-dr.-ekaterina-dadachova.php

https://www.nature.com/news/2007/070521/full/news070521-5.html#B1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2677413/

https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/284273main_Radiation_HS_Mod1.pdf