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I’ve decided that cats are way cuter than dogs

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After looking at many cat and dog pictures on Instagram, the cat pictures almost always strike me as being cuter than the dog pictures, and I am more inclined to “like” them.

Now, it’s possible that this is because I’m infected with toxoplasmosis because I touched cat doody when I was a kid, but I’m going to go with the theory that cats self-domesticated themselves to be cute, because the cute cats received more food gifts from humans and thus were more successful at surviving and passing on their genes to future generations of cute cats.

Because dogs were domesticated by humans for practical reasons like guard duty and assistance in hunting, they didn’t have to be cute to get fed.

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I also have come to the conclusion that cats are stupid animals, but their instinctive behaviors make us humans think they are smarter than they really are. Cat may even be less intelligent than the rats they prey upon!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 24, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Biology, Science

Is cat man’s best friend, not dog?

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https://www.livescience.com/18294-cats-world-died.html

A study in New Zealand in 1979 found that, when cats were nearly eradicated from a small island, the local rat population quickly quadrupled.

Without cats, there would be a massive increase in rats and other rodents which would eat food stores and crops, resulting in mass starvation among the world’s poorer nations.

Man needs cats to live!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 16, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Science, Uncategorized

UFO encounter?

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/01/02/fighter-pilot-chases-ufo-urges-world-leaders-to-take-threat-aliens-seriously.html

The pilot said that no human would withstand the acceleration of the UFO, so that likely means that it’s a robot-ship with no biological lifeforms aboard. Unless they have anti-grav/artificial-grav/inertial-dampening technology (which they must have on Star Trek otherwise the impulse engines would crush everyone when they accelerate).

And assuming it’s really a physical craft and not just some natural phenomenon.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 10, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Science

UFO sightings by state

https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/california-led-u-s-ufo-sightings-490-2017/

One would expect sightings to closely track population, assuming that UFO sightings can be attributed to random drunkenness or something like that.

But we see that there are surprisingly few sightings in Texas compared to states with much smaller populations such as Arizona

One possibility is that UFOs are less likely to be spotted in cities because there is too much light pollution in cities to notice strange lights in the sky. But I don’t know that Texas is any more urban than Arizona (where most of the population lives in the Phoenix metropolitan area).

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 30, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Science

Snowing again in NYC

Third snow in six days. Very unusual cold weather for early December in NYC. Global warming is hereby disproven!

Also, long-range forecast shows possibility of small snowfall on the night of Christmas Eve, possibly a mythical white Christmas which rarely happens in NYC.

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A commenter will write: “Lion, you are STUPID, don’t you know that the weather in a particular place on a single week has nothing to do with the CLIMATE?”

If there was an unusual warm weather event somewhere, you can bet your behind that liberals would be proclaiming that it’s caused by global warming, why can’t I do the same thing?

Another commenter will write: “Lion, you’ve already made this point before, enough is enough.”

The liberal MSM never stops making points about global warming, so why should I stop when they don’t?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 15, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Science, Uncategorized

Economic transcendence and the singularity

The singularity is the time in the future when computer intelligence becomes more capable than human intelligence. By definition, this means that computers would be able to do any work that humans normally do, and robots powered by singularity-level computing power would make human labor superfluous and there would be an infinite amount of goods and services for humans to consume (because robot would build more robots), limited only by the planet’s available resources.

However, economic transcendence could also happen before the singularity happens. Computer automation could still make most human jobs unnecessary even if the computers aren’t more intelligent than humans. For example, self-driving cars will put the 3 million people (1% of the population) who work as drivers out of work, even though the self-driving cars themselves aren’t as smart as humans.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 12, 2017 at EDT am

Global cooling?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/12/08/south-texas-snow/933790001/

Snow in southern Texas. Some areas of Texas seeing first snow since 1987. Global warming is proven false!

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A commenter will write: “Lion, you are STUPID, don’t you know that the weather in a particular place on a single day has nothing to do with the CLIMATE?”

If there was an unusual warm weather event somewhere, you can bet your behind that liberals would be proclaiming that it’s caused by global warming, why can’t I do the same thing?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 8, 2017 at EDT am

Posted in Science

Thoughts on Jonny Anomaly’s article at Quillette

http://quillette.com/2017/11/29/politics-science-scientists-might-not-say-evidence-supports/

1. If James Damore (the guy from Google) was surprised that he got fired, it’s because he was stupid. Socially stupid, not intellectually stupid. He has probably become socially smarter as the result of destroying his career.

2. I think the author is afraid to come out and say that he believes in HBD, so he’s beating around the bush. However, I suppose the world needs articles like that in order to change minds.

3. This quote:

But the case for deferring to scientific consensus on politically contentious topics is much weaker. This is true because what scientists publicly say may differ from what they privately believe. It is also true because, as Nathan Cofnas argues, some of the research that bears on a topic might not get done due to the fact that those who authorize or accept funding for it might incur reputational costs for working on a topic that is likely to produce results that most people don’t want to believe.

That’s why you shouldn’t believe the “consensus” on “climate change.” It’s the same as the consensus that there’s no genetic difference in intelligence between blacks and whites, or no biological difference in interest in computer programming between men and women.

4. Quillette still seems like an alt-right website where the articles have a higher reading level and sophisticated plausible deniability.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 30, 2017 at EDT pm

Posted in Science

Wild Turkeys

No, it’s not bourbon.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/11/22/heres-the-deal-with-all-those-turkeys-terrorizing-the-suburbs/

It’s a big problem, with huge aggressive birds terrorizing America’s suburbs.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 22, 2017 at EDT am

Posted in Science

Reponse to a comment about climate change

Commenter Tarjei V writes:

I read this blog a lot. It’s levelheaded, sane, HBD-realistic, the works. Earth’s atmosphere is accumulating energy equivalent to the power of four Hiroshima bombs per second. This is something we measure, it is, as they say, a fact. The globe is getting warmer, the co2-levels are rising, humans are digging up fossil carbon, burning it, increasing co2-levels, and co2 is a greenhouse gas, letting short waved sunlight energy through on the way in, blocking the long waved (after losing energy through hitting the earth and being reflected) energy on the way out. All basic physics and basic facts. Human caused activities with dire consequences.

Why oh why must you sane people joke about this?

Heinz Hug did that experiment and discovered/demonstrated that basic physics shows that the IPCC position is fake.

In fact, I first became suspicious of global warming AFTER I read an IPCC report and discovered that there was absolutely no physics explanation of why scientists suddenly started believing in global warming when they used to not believe in it. No new discoveries in physics or chemistry of gases to explain it. It was all about measuring the temperature and measuring how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere, and then saying “temperatures are increasing, carbon dioxide is increasing, duh!!!!”

You believe in global warming not because you understand the science, but because everyone else believes in it and you are afraid of looking stupid by going against the crowd. “Climate change” is a classic case of people believing in the emperor’s invisible clothes.

My special area of expertise is in calling out bullshit that everyone believes in, whether it be Jesus, all races have exactly equal intelligence, or climate change.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 11, 2017 at EDT am

Posted in Science

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