Ever read something so stupid, that it makes you wonder if the so called author stole their third grade kids homework and submitted it on a day when their editor was so hungover that they couldn’t see straight? Yea, me too, usually when I read an article published in on of the Liberal left’s so called intellgienca publications. Here’s an example.
By Laura Helmuth|Posted Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at 5:18 AM
The most important difference between the world today and 150 years ago isn’t airplane flight or nuclear weapons or the Internet. It’s lifespan. We used to live 35 or 40 years on average in the United States, but now we live almost 80. We used to get one life. Now we get two.
You may well be living your second life already. Have you ever had some health problem that could have killed you if you’d been born in an earlier era? Leave aside for a minute the probabilistic ways you would have died in the past—the smallpox that didn’t kill you because it was eradicated by a massive global vaccine drive, the cholera you never contracted because you drink filtered and chemically treated water. Did some specific medical treatment save your life? It’s a fun conversation starter: Why are you not dead yet? It turns out almost everybody has a story, but we rarely hear them; life-saving treatments have become routine. I asked around, and here is a small sample of what would have killed my friends and acquaintances:
This is a perfect example of a writer who has clearly never developed any critical thinking skills. The premises of this work of fiction, is an abstract taken from an actuary table. Let’s clarify something, at no point in the history of the United States of America has the average life span ever been 35 to 40 years. This range comes off an actuary table that makes that calculation based exclusively on the age of the individual at the time of their death.
This is where the capacity for critical thinking comes in, or in Laura Helmuth case, utterly fail to come in. Actuary tables for aggregate mean averages do not take into consideration the cause of death. Statistical analysis is a complex science, anyone who has ever gotten past second year statistics can testify to this. It’s incredibly easy to read a raw statistical table and draw a fallacious conclusion from it. The entire Global Warming Ponzi scheme is a perfect example of that.
Reality apparently did not fit this authors narrative, therefore it needed to be “Nudged” in the proper direction. To do so, she throws in a simple logic fallacy (Cum Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc; “With this, therefore because of this”).
“Leave aside for a minute the probabilistic ways you would have died in the past—the smallpox that didn’t kill you because it was eradicated by a massive global vaccine drive, the cholera you never contracted because you drink filtered and chemically treated water.”
No, there is a simple and brutal causation relationship between the actuary table aggregate mean averages and actual life spans. A causality dismissed out of hand by the author because it did not suit her narrative. What is that causality? It’s called WAR. That very same concept that Barack Insane Obama is attempting to throw America into in the Middle East yet again, this time with Syria.
During the 1860’s the United States of America fought it’s most brutal and in the terms of human life’s lost, costly war in our entire history. Keep in mind, that during America’s Civil War, all of the casualties were American’s. 364,511 Union troops, 299,524 Confederate troops and depending on which historian you read, perhaps upward of 750,000 civilians were killed during the American Civil War. The mean average age of the Union and Confederate soldiers, was 22 years of age. By WWI and WWII that mean average age for American soldiers killed in action had dropped to 20 years of age.
Add the total casualties of America’s various military conflicts together and subtract them from America’s general population as represented on the life expectancy actuary tables and you discover that the life expectancy rate for a citizen of the United States has pretty much always been around 65 to 70 years. Yes, medical advances have resulted in an increase in average life expectancy, a male American citizen can now reasonably expect to live to approximately 78 years of age, while an American woman can likewise reasonably expect to live to the age of approximately 82. While this is an increase from the 65 to 70 year range, it is a far cry from the doubling of average life span that this author is suggesting. Yes, their really is a difference between the actual 15% increase and the authors fictional 100% increase.
One of the articles I wrote here at the Wilderness of Mirrors is entitled “What you cannot do.” It is by no means an academic or scholarly paper, but it does deal with the subject of logic and critical thinking as applied to problem solving. The fact that the editors at Slate published this feel good fluff article is not the issue here, nor even are the numerous logic fallacies upon which Laura Helmuth predicated this article. What is at issue here is, that this particular article is symbolic of the systemic failure of the liberal left to engage in logic and critical thinking, rather across the board they resort to emotive diatribes and demonstrative logic fallacies to sway their followers on a wide range of ideological narratives.
The Keystone Pipeline is another perfect example of this fallacious emotion driven ideological agenda. The Enviro-Nazi’s want the Keystone Pipeline shut down before it is even constructed, as if somehow by doing this America’s dependency on crude oil as an energy source will magically disappear. News Flash: That simply is not going to happen. First of all, the “Evil Capitalist” Energy Corporations will develop alternative means of crude oil transportation.
The Obama administration has managed to dither and delay to a truly amazing degree on the still-pending approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, the TransCanada project that was supposed to transport upwards of 800,000 barrels of heavy crude a day from Canada, as well as oil from the North Dakota shale fields, to U.S. refineries in the Gulf Coast. Their most recent estimate kicked the relatively innocuous project’s decision date back to early 2014, and if they make even that arbitrary deadline, I’ll be shocked. As the Obama administration has attempted to downplay it, the issue has only ballooned in public notic as the eco-radical contingent looking to kill the pipeline is fighting an entirely symbolic and misguided battle against the oil-and-gas industry — but meanwhile, the oil-and-gas industry is busy actually being a productive player in society and creating wealth in the economy.
Energy companies have long since tired of watching the Obama administration pretend that they’re sincerely still debating the merits of the project, and if the eco-radicals want to crush Keystone, then fine — let them have their completely hollow victory. The WSJ reports that U.S. oil refiners are increasingly doubting that the Keystone pipeline will ever be built — and that they don’t particularly care anymore. Full steam ahead, boys:
“Keystone XL has been back-burnered for so long that any relevant parties have been able to make plans as though the project never even existed in the first place,” says Sam Margolin, an analyst at Cowen & Co. …
But refiners are moving ahead with other plans. Valero Energy Corp. had signed to receive oil from Keystone XL when the project was first announced…
But it says it no longer considers the pipeline critical to its business. The company is now expanding rail terminals at its refineries in Benicia, Calif.; St. James, La.; and Quebec to receive more crude oil shipments, including heavy Canadian crude. Part of the reason is the long wait for Keystone. “If we just sat around and waited for Washington, we’d never get anything done,” Valero spokesman Bill Day said. …
Nearly 200,000 rail cars in Canada carried crude oil or fuel during the first seven months of 2013, up 20% from the year before, according to the latest data from the American Association of Railroads.
Enbridge, TransCanada’s cross-town rival, plans to spend $2.4 billion to expand several pipelines in its Lakehead system by 2014. Such an expansion would bring 1.2 million barrels a day of crude oil from Canada and North Dakota to the Midwest…
Groups of so-called environmentalist zealots have made it their business to depict the Keystone pipeline as something novel and very dangerous, but in reality, it will be a lot like the thousands of miles of pipelines already crisscrossing the United States — and what’s more, the U.S. is shortly going to need even more pipeline and a whole lotta’ infrastructure updates to cope with the still-burgeoning oil-and-gas boom. The eco-radicals’ ostensible main objection to the project is the Canadian oil sands that the project will help transport, but Canada and energy companies have now exasperatedly told them many times that they will find a way to develop their resources with or without Keystone — and lo and behold, they are.
Evil Capitalist is in bold and italics here for a reason. To quote Dr. Patrick Moore, one of the founding members of Greenpeace; “The collapse of world communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall during the 1980s added to the trend toward extremism. The Cold War was over and the peace movement was largely disbanded. The peace movement had been mainly Western-based and anti-American in its leanings. Many of its members moved into the environmental movement, bringing with them their neo-Marxist, far-left agendas. To a considerable extent the environmental movement was hijacked by political and social activists who learned to use green language to cloak agendas that had more to do with anti-capitalism and anti-globalization than with science or ecology. I remember visiting our Toronto office in 1985 and being surprised at how many of the new recruits were sporting army fatigues and red berets in support of the Sandinistas.”
There you have it right there, the environmental movement was hijacked by supporters of (army fatigues and red berets) mass murder Che Guevara, perhaps the worlds single most prolific serial killer, with some 800 plus executions said to have taken place by his hand and another 4000 that he personally ordered.
Take a couple of minutes to think about this, these are the people setting the environmentalist agenda (and thereby attempting to set American energy policy and the economic conditions for America), people who support a political ideology (Marxism) that over the last 100 years is directly responsible for the murder of between one half and three quarters of a BILLION innocent human beings. These are people who have made one of the most prolific serial killers in human history their role model and hero.
Marxism has as its core ideological foundation, the premise that, “The End Justifies the Means”. So, yes, because it would be utterly impossible to convince a majority of any nation or people that they should voluntarily commit suicide so that another unrelated group of individuals can prosper, it has become mandatory that logic and critical thinking skills be eliminated from the public education system curriculum, and instead replaced with emotive logic fallacy dependent propaganda.
Thus the endemic and systemic failure seen throughout the liberal left’s media outlets. When feelings trump logical rational thinking, their can, in the end, be only one possible outcome, that outcome might as well be expressed as a quote from the Book of Revelation.
8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over a fourth part of the earth to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
No, it honestly does not matter whether you are a Christian, Atheist, Muslim or even a Buddhist, the metaphorical imagery here cannot be argued against as not being applicable to the hundreds of millions of innocent people murdered by individuals like Stalin or Mao or even Che Guevara as they applied their ideological maxim that the end justifies the means in their quest to establish their own Marxist Utopia’s. To those hundreds of millions of people, yes, death came riding for them on a pale horse, and hell was indeed following.
Yes, the self inflicted stupidity does indeed burn…