Wednesday, November 6, 2013
The movement, religion, political philosphy and science of what use to be called "Global Warming" but is now usually referred to as "Climate Change" is summarized by what can be called "The Quintessence of Warmerism", which appears below.
1. The earth is getting warmer. Minor deviations from this trend are meaningless anomalies used by the enemies of climate science to stir up trouble and slow down the implementation of “solutions” —see item #2.
2. The principal cause of warming is human activity, especially the creation of “greenhouse” gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. To suggests that solar activity or long and short weather cycles can explain this is dangerous and subversive since man made global warming is “established science”.
a. The scientists who study this are honest, infallible and only care about the people of the earth. After all, their conclusions are based on carefully crafted computer models.
b. The politicians and others who pay climate scientists care only about the people of the earth and are not attracted to or influenced by the immense increases in their power associated with “solutions”.
3. For the earth to get warmer is a bad thing that will ultimately lead to catastrophic results.
a. The earth was perfect around 1975, being blessed with perfect year round temperatures from Siberia to Sri Lanka.
b. It is senseless to discuss how large the temperature increase need be to create catastrophe. Any increase is quite dangerous.
c. To suggest that some places might benefit from warming is naïve and dangerous. The fact that Vikings once grew grapes in Greenland is a myth.
4. Changes in human activity can abate or mitigate this warming.
a. These changes in human behavior will require an immense increase in state power and the scope of bureaucratic control of human activity, hence forth known as expert control.
i. Expert control means the creation of less energy and energy at a higher cost.
ii. Energy is the ability to do work — that is, expert control will lead to lesser quantities of goods and services being created, higher prices, and sacrifice by the masses.
iii. The masses would never behave this new way without expert “advice” since they are ignorant and fail to grasp the big picture. For that reason the costs of the solutions mandated by experts should never be explicitly brought to the attention of the masses. They are easily confused.
iv. Past experience in the Soviet Union and Communist China show how effective expert control can be.
b. It is senseless to discuss the tradeoffs between the loss of freedom and wealth and the effects of warming since the alternative is catastrophe.
c. Pointing out that previous periods of warming did not produce catastrophe is irresponsible and dangerous.
5. Listen to the climate scientists, experts, and politicians who know exactly what you need.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
The war on terrorism is over. The Islamists have won. The Islamists’ enemy is what used to be called “the American Way of Life” —essentially freedom from government control and intrusion, liberty, the protection of privacy and other rare and profound rights associated with a constitutional republic. The U.S. government (most especially the current regime and its apparatchiks) has basically agreed with the Islamic terrorists that this way of life is disposable. Why?
The only credible, consistent, and truly dangerous terrorist threat to the U.S. and its interest is posed by Islamists. Everyone knows this. Sure, there will be an occasional uni-bomber with Al Gore’s book on his nightstand, a Tim McVeigh motivated by who knows what, or other widely dispersed in time nut jobs engaged in senseless acts of violence. These characters pose no real threat to the U.S. or our once cherished way of life. In a country in which 92 people are shot over Fourth of July weekend in Chicago they are merely a nuisance.
So why, instead of focusing on Islamists, is every American treated as if he were a terrorist? Why is everyone’s mail photographed? Why is everyone’s email read and saved? Why is everyone’s cell phone tapped and listened to? Why does the government have to know and identify who has boarded every plane that takes off? Since the Islamists are the only credible threat to our national interest, why are these extraordinary intrusions made? In a phrase: why has American been turned into an Orwellian surveillance state an old line Soviet would enjoy?
Why has America and have Americans surrendered to the terrorists? On the immediate level, the answer to the question is: the elites who preach political correctness and multiculturalism have from the beginning insisted that the attacks against U.S. interest, persons, and way of life have nothing to do with Islam or Islamist. In spite of the fact that Islamists announce to everyone who will listen that they hate America, what it stands for and anything remotely connected to individual freedom the PC elites insist that all varieties of terrorists abound AND EVERY AMERICAN MUST BE TREATED AS A CRIMINAL —actually worse since criminals have constitutional rights.
The PC fifth column is the wedge used to pry Americans’ freedoms from their grasp. In place of selective surveillance and prudent efforts to thwart Islamists a huge and complex Orwellian monster has been created since anything short of that would be unfair and discriminatory. Succinctly: it might make some Muslims feel bad to say or act on the truth. It is not my fault or any American’s fault that virtually every act of terrorism committed anywhere is committed by Muslims. Sticking one’s head in the sand will not change that. Islamo-terror is here to stay for a very long time. Giving up every American freedom except the right of Muslim’s to never feel offended will not end the terrorist threat. It only makes it worse by distracting those that are “protecting” us. But the PC elites have made a rational defense policy impossible.
Even the wise (many of whom I respect) seem to think an Orwellian surveillance state is “essential to our safety”. This is apparently necessary in spite of the fact that terrorists have killed on U.S. soil fewer American’s than were slaughtered on one day at Omaha beach? Have we become such cowards that a few thousand American’s killed means we must cease being Americans?
Perhaps all of this is merely a smokescreen. The statist use the PC elites to justify the surveillance state — a state in which the Attorney General was reluctant to categorically say that the regime could not use drones to kill Americans on American soil. What will happen when the Orwellian surveillance state is in the wrong hands? Will the people always be wise enough to select leaders not inclined to use this apparatus for their own purposes? They will know where the guns are. They will know the names of those who oppose them. Or maybe it will be enough to just data mine these troves of information to ensure winning enough elections to control the state?
Monday, February 18, 2013
The MacArthur Fellows Program, nicknamed the “MacArthur Genius Awards", currently awards each recipient $500,000, paid as quarterly installments over five years. That is $100,000 per year. The average U.S. welfare family receives over $50,000 per year in total benefits. In a nutshell: for every two welfare families taken off the rolls, one MacArthur Genius Award could be funded. So, if we kick two million families off welfare we can create one million MacArthur Genius Awards.
The logic behind subsidizing the laziest, least educated, least intelligent in the U.S. — paying them to have babies, vote for Obama, and watch Oprah —is the most irrational social policy one could dream up. If someone arrived here from outer space (or 300 BC Athens) they would be dumbfounded.
As the nation gets dumber and dumbed down we wonder why. What could be achieved with one million MacArthur Genius Awards per year? Who knows? And how would they be selected? At random would be a huge improvement over the current policy. At least that way you could count on some geniuses being selected. Some creators. What might they accomplish? We will never know. Even though we know what the present system produces.
Of course this dream of funding one million Genius Awards is Alice-in-Wonderland backwards. The current policy would not exist unless we were dumb and dumbed down already to a point from which there is no return. Just a relentless downward spiral into ….