Today: 15.Nov.2018

Ben Johnson, Historic UK: By the late 1800s, large cities all around the world were “drowning in horse manure”. In order for these cities to function, they were dependent on thousands of horses for the transport of both people and goods. The manure on London’s streets also attracted huge numbers of flies which then spread typhoid fever and other diseases. Similar issues of waste from low energy density energy sources like wind and solar apply, without the stench and disease spreading flies.

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Paul 't Hart, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences Research Fellow: Irving Janis' study of Groupthink has had a major influence on students of group processes, decision-making, and management. It has influenced international-relations analysts in their efforts to understand the dynamics of the occurrence and resolution of international crises (including regional wars on up to world wars).

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Global Warming Policy Forum, GWPF, Christopher Booker, British newspaper columnist, Irving Janis, psychologist: The bizarre issue of climate catastrophism has been around sufficiently long that it has become possible to trace its history in detail. This new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) shows that both the science and policy of the climate debate are shaped and driven by an almost flawless example of classical Groupthink. This is invariably what happens when human beings get carried along by the crowd, simply because they have lost the urge or ability to think for themselves.”

Shawn Ritenour: Professor of Economics, Fellow of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation: Realism Necessary - The idea that any economist can predict the quantitative effect of an action today on the economy three hundred years from now would be laughable if not taken so seriously by politicians seeking excuses for policies to which they’re already committed on other grounds.

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