Fine round-up on Liberal Warming hypocrisy. . . April 30, 2007Posted by Administrator in Global Warming, Humor, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy.
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. . .again from the Anchoress.
Look, if we’re going to be urged – relentlessly – to accept that global warming is “the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced”, the unrelenting “crisis” of our time, if it’s as urgent a matter as these preening moralists insist it is, then we need to explore concrete, measurable means of conservation that – unlike “sparing the square” – may actually matter. Let’s start with Sheryl Crow’s medium, the rock concert, shall we?
I recall U2’s fun, splendidly ironic “Zoo TV” Tour of the early 1990’s. The band spent over 18 months traveling the globe in support of their fantastic album, “Achtung, Baby”, hitting all the stadiums and large venues on every continent. 157 shows. The tour boasted:
The stage…featured vidi walls, 36 video monitors, numerous television cameras, two separate mix positions, 26 on stage microphones, 176 speakers, and 11 elaborately painted Trabants, several of which were suspended over the stage with spotlights inserted into headlights, which all required 1 million watts of power to operate: enough to run 2,000 homes.
A total of 52 trucks were required to transport the 1,200 tons of equipment, 3 miles of cabling, 200 labourers, 12 forklifts and one 40-ton crane, required to construct the stage. And that was for every show.
That’s a pretty impressive bit of consumption, but let’s add into it the luxury jets (and non-luxurious staff planes) that carted U2 and their handlers, techies, roadies, belly-dancers, make-up, costumers, etc all around. Add to it the air-conditioning at the indoor venues. Add into it the trains, planes and automobiles used to transport hundreds of thousands of people to the shows. Add to it the klieg lights used for every televised interview, the trees killed to print every magazine promo and to print the $30.00 posters sold at all 157 shows. And consider if you will the souvenir teeshirts – probably stitched together in some hellish Indonesian sweatshop – that weren’t even made out of bamboo fiber!
Good heavens, if only U2 had not run the ZooTV tour, the planet may not be in its death throes, today! If only, when Al Gore was writing Earth in the Balance he had alerted us to this sort of hoggish consumption (by these supporters of the Clinton/Gore campaign) and what it could mean for the planet, the icecaps wouldn’t be melting in 2007!
Now, I grant you, Sheryl Crow is unlikely to mount such a tour, but that noted environmentalist Sting will be keening with The Police through at least 40 venues in North America and who knows where else, worldwide. Already the tour rehearsals are being taped and disseminated – lots of energy being used up – and the posters are being printed. The spotlights, amps, mics etc are being loaded into 18 wheelers. So is all the bottled water that performers, crew and patrons will consume.
Yep. OF delicious irony, though, is the link provided at the end. You must check it yourself; a vicious and hilarious take-down from the otherwise liberal Daily Show. Matt Damon, an actor I have always liked from the Bourne films, gets singularly well-deserved attention. Watch for the “if your house is anything like mine” line. Classic.
Global Warming and Spinal Tap April 5, 2007Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Global Warming, Liberal Hypocrisy, Liberal self-loathing.
The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is a wonderful place. Though it does raise some interesting issues:
- My kids are a tad too bright for this place. While they appreciate the opportunity to observe animals they might not otherwise get the chance to see, they are troubled by the captive environment the animals are forced to live in.
- Liberal guilt suffuses the zoo. Some examples:
- CONSTANT reminders of the place’s enviro-friendly stance, from their no-flush toilets to the “100% Compostible” cups and spoons.
- Equally constant reminders that the Zoo is committed to protecting wildlife habitat still extant worldwide.
But my favorite example comes from a display found in the reptile/amphibian habitat. The displays describes itself as the primary reasons that amphibians, particularly frogs, are disappearing at such an astonishing rate. The List:
- Pollution from factories and mines
- Acid Rain
- Unusally cold winters
- Draining and filling of wetlands
- Logging of forests
- Introduced species as predators and competitors
- Declining ozone layer, ultraviolet radiation
- Air pollution from volcanoes
- Global warming
Note, out of 11 cited reasons, 8 of them are anthropogenic causes for species reduction.
But note #11. That baby was added recently, as it appears that it was put on the display after it was originally formed. After all, it directly contradicts #3.
Pause for a moment of reflection:
Nigel Tufnel: [pointing to a customized Marshall amplifier head unit] This is a top, to, uh, you know, what we use on stage, but it’s very, very special, because, if you can see…
Marty DiBergi: Yeah…
Nigel Tufnel: [pointing to the control dials] …the numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven…
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it’s louder? Is that any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most… most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up… you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don’t know…
Nigel Tufnel: …nowhere! Exactly! What we do is if we need that extra… push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: …Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don’t you just make ten louder, and make ten be the top… number, and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause, blank look and snapping chewing gum] These go to eleven.
Yes indeed. The argument for liberal self-loathing does indeed go to eleven.
Things not working right in the natural order of things? Used to be that you blamed God (or gods, as the case may have been). Now that Man is God in the current cosmology, man is now to blame for all the world’s ills.
Sorry, Publius. But to me the current craze on global warming is simply a variant on the Man is God complex, and frankly, we simply aren’t that significant.
My prediction is that we will continue to pursue this flawed paradigm on global warming, and as the expected horrors fail to materialize, the Chicken Littles will simply mumble into their caviar and espresso that they “didn’t have enough data at the time.”
Damned straight there isn’t enough data.
And I’ll say it again: We need to be better stewards of the environment. We need to replace the IC engine. We need to find less invasive means of power production. If not tabletop fusion or fuel cells, then let’s at least build more nuclear power plants and wind farms. Especially wind farms off the coast of Nantucket, so limousine liberals like Fat Ted Kennedy can walk the walk as well as bloviate the bloviation.
But let’s stop with the delusion already that we can control the environment. That’s a long way from being a steward. . .and in the end a mindset that is counterproductive to real environmentalism.
Mars heating up as well April 4, 2007Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Global Warming, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, MSM.
CNN reports here.
Earth’s dusty neighbor Mars is grappling with its own form of climate change as fluctuating solar radiation is kicking up dust and winds that may be melting the planet’s southern polar ice cap, scientists said Wednesday.
On Earth, carbon dioxide traps infrared radiation which can affect global climate. This a phenomenon is known as the greenhouse effect. Fossil fuel emissions add to the problem.
On Mars, it’s the red-tinged dust.
Wouldn’t it be nice if people could see the correlation that is staring them right in the face that it just might be solar radiation that is causing global warming, and that it just might NOT be anthropogenic in nature?
Naw. Too much to ask. We MUST terrorize the people into making the correct decisions that we, the liberal MSM and adjuncts of the Goracle, must make for a population too dim-witted to know better.
Sad, really. If the Goracle and the rest of his crew get their way, the democratic experiment is over. They wish to go back to feudal times when the aristocracy really knew what was best for the commoners, who were then kept ignorant so that they could slave away at maintaining the estates of the aristocracy.
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. . .at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle.
Any climatologists out there that can participate in this without being beholden to some nefarious Party Line?
If they can pull this off, I will strive to take work off to attend it.
Liberal Morality and Global Warming March 24, 2007Posted by Administrator in Global Warming.
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The message of these pseudo-moralists is that “good” people must start by accepting the pre-ordained orthodox conclusion and then work backwards through the claimed facts, making not an intellectual assessment of whether they are indeed true, but rather a “moral” assessment of whether or not they agree with the conclusion. Things claimed as facts which are “good” (in this moral sense) should be embraced and those which are “bad” (in this same moral sense) should be discarded, not because they are factually false, but because they are “immoral”.
In all honesty, this should scare the heck out of everyone. This is an atmosphere in which scientific inquiry is steered not by factual truth, but by a pre-ordained “moral” position. What is at work here is exactly what the liberals have always claimed to condemn. How is this any different from the decree of a radical theocratic dictator who will allow only those scientific conclusions which are approved by his church?
The liberals always claimed that such behavior – allowing moral considerations to trump factual ones – was the ultimate evil. But apparently, even this “ultimate evil” becomes “acceptable strategy” if the cause is justified. This is “liberal moral relativism” taken to a whole new level.
As always, read the whole thing, as “them’s gooooood readin’.”
Fine send-up on the Bloviator March 23, 2007Posted by Administrator in Global Warming, Humor, Idiots.
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. . .can be found here.
How is it that when the Goracle states this is the warmest winter ever, we also have one of the coldest Februarys on record.
Two (scratch that) THREE more on the Goracle. . . March 22, 2007Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Global Warming, Humor, Idiots.
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. . .just for hoots and hollers.
We have Sister Toldjah showing how the Bloviator gets special treatment on the Hill.
Meanwhile, Doug Ross has cracked the Goracle’s Code.
Read them both in their nifty entireties. Them’s goooooood readin’.
THEN we have the inestimable Rick Moran, who has simply NAILED IT this time.
You see, Gore and I are not scientists but we both share a passion for the subject. The difference between us is that I gather information from both skeptics (the serious kind, not including Senator Inhofe) and advocates who, surprisingly, are in close agreement on a few facts about climate change:
1. The climate is changing.
2. It is getting warmer.
3. Humans have had an as yet undetermined impact on these facts. (Still a matter of some dispute although the evidence has become pretty compelling over the last 2 or three years.)
4. No one knows what the hell to do about it.
For Al Gore to recommend the absolutely most catastrophic “solutions” – measures that would finish the United States as an economic power in the world – is not only irresponsible but silly. An “immediate freeze” on emissions from power plants would mean a helluva lot less electricity. Although I’m sure there would be enough to light up and heat Mr. Gore’s estate, as for the rest of us, I’m not so sure.
And a freeze in car emissions? How do we do that without shutting down the assembly lines and throwing tens of thousands out of work? Well, at least Al will still have a job. He could always latch on to a carnival somewhere as a barker.
Read ALL OF THEM!!!!!! Them’s REAL good readin’.
Goracle Bloviates in front of Congresscritters. . . March 21, 2007Posted by Administrator in Cultural Pessimism, Global Warming, Idiots.
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. . .and this is news?
It’s the same old tired hype. An obese, squint-eyed and very hypocritical Chicken Little in an expensive suit babbling in front of his smoke-filled-room compatriots about how the sky IS falling.
Just once, if the brute would say, “might be falling”, I’d have something nice to say about him.
But he won’t. He’s a manipulative shyster hoping to ride the wave of environmentalism into the White House.
Oh trust me. He’s interested, all right. He’s hoping that Hillary is too wavery and Obama too nebulous to amount to much; then he can come in and save a brokered convention.
Rick Moran at it again on global warming. . . March 21, 2007Posted by Administrator in Global Warming.
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. . .right here.
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Why IowaHawk is utterly brilliant. March 16, 2007Posted by Administrator in Blogging, Global Warming, Humor, Idiots, Liberal Hypocrisy, Smart People.
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Among other reasons, this post.
You must read the whole thing, but I reproduce for your amusement a series of bumper stickers for those readers out there who feel that the Goracle is justified in leaving a carbon footprint on the landscape that Godzilla and his entire brood of enemies could get lost in. (more…)