Rafe’s Roundup 25 July

Update. Re electric cars, don’t miss the outstanding contribution from bemused in the comments!

Special. Courtesy of hzhousewife an interview with Candace Owens that almost disappeared due to a rising tide of political correctness inside the once-unrestrained and uncensored Playboy magazine. Candace Owens is the founder of Blexit and the “Red Pill Black” YouTube Channel. She currently hosts “The Candace Owens Show” on PragerU.

On the 18th of August, 2018, Playboy magazine flew me out to Washington D.C. to interview Candace Owens; it was to be an interview conducted in the time-honored tradition of Hugh Hefner’s libertarian philosophy. But for the next nine months, the interview was placed in a state of limbo. After nearly a year of confusion and obstruction, I began to ask questions: one source inside Playboy told me that the suppression of the interview was timed with a politically-motivated purge by the President of Media and other executives; other sources alerted me to the fact that archived articles were being expunged from the website, while columnists were being replaced and interviews with conservatives were suddenly being cancelled. This was the same publication that had contracted me as a conservative columnist. This was the same publication that once published William F. Buckley Jr. With over a decade of media experience, I’ve never once lobbed a protest relating to editorial malpractice, but what troubles me is that while my editor wanted to publish the interview (which Playboy had commissioned and paid for), pressure groups from within Playboy did not. Upon investigation, it seemed the same censorious executives who had been rewriting the Playboy philosophy since 2017 were now at odds with the editors and readers of Playboy…..With the Bunny Empire being pulled in different directions by repressive ideologues, which one source described to me as “Gloria Steinem feminists,” I asked to publish the interview independently. On May 16th, I was given the legal right to do so. It’s being published as an indelible protest of ideological discrimination and unofficial forms of censorship.

Back to the 1970s. How people were talking about the climate crises of the previous 100 years before Clinton and Gore boosted funding 15fold and made climate science into a disaster area. As Karl Popper predicted in the 1950s, Big Science would create a situation where too much money is chasing too few ideas, good work gets buried under bad and half-baked proposals get funded.

Don Aitkin meditates on electric cars with some interesting comments. You couldn’t make it up. But wait, it’s California. Berkeley bans natural gas connections.

Cold weather undermines crop yields in the N Hemisphere. Worse to come? Jo Nova on the latest twist in alarmism published in Nature (once a leading science journal.) A decade without any global warming is more likely to happen if the climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide emissions, new research has revealed.

More nonsense, US public health authorities including the AMA call for climate action. Last month, 74 US medical and public health groups released a “U.S. Call to Action,” declaring climate change a “true public health emergency” that can be solved by “urgent action.” The statement calls for a transition away from hydrocarbon energy and a move to a low carbon economy. “The statement was endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Physicians. These and other organizations pronounced climate change the “greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.” Talk about calling “wolf“. Do they expect people to take any notice when a real health crisis turns up?

Ramping up the war of words. How to speak correctly about climate issues.

In their book Ending the Fossil Fuel Era, Thomas Princen, Jack Manno and Pamela Martin explore U.S. philosopher Richard Rorty’s provocative idea that major social change is in part dependent on “speaking differently” to the problem of climate change. Making the fossil fuel world strange and negative in our thoughts, speech and labels is part of pursuing the transformation that we need to stave off the worst implications of climate change.
Feminist and critical race scholars taught us this lesson in other realms. Language matters because it helps us to construct our reality. Adjectives or the lack thereof can signal the dominant and non-dominant entities.

The Portal to a collection of fellow-travellers

In no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks. On Line Opinion.

Overseas. Spiked, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dan Mitchell, The Last Refuge.

Education and Culture. Quillette. Heterodox Academy. Accuracy in Academia, Intellectual Takeout, Institute for Humane Studies.

For Nerds. Rafe’s website, Critical Rationalist Blog, My bookstore.

Looking for a book? Try here!

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18 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 25 July

  1. Jim Rose says:

    Electric cars take too long to fill up.

  2. Crossie says:

    Playboy going woke means it will soon go broke. Even if they didn’t go woke they were marked for extinction as soon as free porn appeared on the internet.

  3. Mark M says:

    If you’re riding your pushbike to work or glueing yourself to something to save the planet from Adani, you might want to consider failure as your KPI …

    Menghua Railway, China’s LONGEST coal transporting railway line, is expected to be put in operation in Oct. The 1,837-km railway will carry 200 million tonnes of coal annually from N China’s Inner Mongolia to E China’s Jiangxi.


    The largest railway viaduct in the world——Fenhe Railway Bridge Menghua


    Coal building more coal.

    Rumours about the death of Ole King Coal are greatly exaggerated.

  4. Rafe Champion says:

    Coal and oil will rule until nuclear takes over. Wind and solar are ruinousy expensive impediments attached to the grid. When enough punters realise a party will win power on the promise to level the playing field and the unreliables will be stranded assets.
    In my dreams☺

  5. bemused says:

    With Bob Brown already cursing windmills and even protests in my ‘Green Utopia’ against these eco-crucifixes, things are starting to look somewhat grim for renewables. But with enough subsidies they can bounce back.

  6. bemused says:

    I just saw the addition. Thanks for the recommendation.

    But further to my first post, I also only managed to scratch the surface in my story.

  7. Muddy says:

    Rafe Champion
    #3115761, posted on July 26, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Coal and oil will rule until nuclear takes over.

    One suspects we will see a rise in ‘flexible accounting’ regarding the true source of the energy we are being extorted for.

  8. bemused says:

    One suspects we will see a rise in ‘flexible accounting’ regarding the true source of the energy we are being extorted for.

    In the same way that renewable energy is now ‘cheaper’ than fossil fuel.

  9. Muddy says:

    In the same way that renewable energy is now ‘cheaper’ than fossil fuel.

    Exactly. However, this fraud will become legal. I don’t know how, as I don’t have a legal mind, but I suspect that the differentiation between sources of entortergy (extorted energy) will become irrelevant.

  10. bemused says:

    When you boil it all down, so-called renewable energy is entirely fossil fuel derived. There is not one solar panel, windmill, hydro dam or anything else that could exist or continue to exist without fossil fuel. Even nuclear requires fossil fuel to exist.

  11. Frank Walker from National Tiles says:

    Nuke; it’s all nuclear power really.


  12. Leo G says:

    Nuke; it’s all nuclear power really.

    But, for fuels, fissionable is unfashionable, fossil eschewable- leaving only foolish, futile whoknewables.

  13. Iampeter says:

    Don Aitkin meditates on electric cars with some interesting comments. You couldn’t make it up.

    What you actually couldn’t make up, is someone supporting leftists like Howard, Abbott and Australian conservatives in general, who created the environmentalist mess in this country in the first place, while claiming to oppose environmentalism at the same time.

    But you’re a Popper fan so glaring contradictions aren’t really a problem are they?
    This explains how you claim to support free speech, but want tech companies censored, or claim to oppose identity politics only to push identity politics when Folau was fired, etc.
    It certainly explains how you can support someone like Popper and Mises at the same time, when you should be supporting Keynes.

    Also, did you really write a book about Popper and objective knowledge? You do realize to the extent Popper said anything of substance it was in an effort to oppose objective knowledge?

    Also, why do you list economists like Mises on a page of Philosophers? You realize economists are not philosophers and vice versa, dontcha?
    Also, why would you list Popper as a philosopher? At no point did he ever demonstrate any understanding of the subject of philosophy.

    Also…oh never mind…I don’t really want to be rude to you.

    So, Candace Owen? Really? She’s an even more obvious shyster than Milo. Just like Milo, she was
    an SJW not two days ago but then realized she could make easier money shaking down MAGAtards instead.

    At this rate you exceptional individuals will be turning to Baked Alaska for political insight.

    This seems to be the level.

  14. Frank Walker from National Tiles says:

    Also, why do you list economists like Mises on a page of Philosophers? You realize economists are not philosophers and vice versa, dontcha?

    Have you read Human Action? It probably can be considered philosophy. It is a masterpiece.

    At this rate you exceptional individuals will be turning to Baked Alaska for political insight.

    That hurt, man. There is no need for that.

  15. Jonesy says:

    We will never rid ourselves of this stupid carbon induced destruction until we gut the publuc service. Frank and fearless does not mean Baseless and biased. Today Martin Parkinson said as much on his retirement announcement. Our power would be cheaper today if we introduced a timely effective price on carbon.!!!!

    How many more of his ilk hide within the labyrinth? The BoM is obvious but every department, state and federal is questionable.

  16. Rafe Champion says:

    For WindWatchers, here is the British counterpart to our AEMO information source.

    That is one of the very large number of references cited in this extended exchange between a well-briefed wind enthusiast and others,

  17. Rafe Champion says:

    This is the link that Iampeter was talking about, a number of philosophers briefly profiled on my website.

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