This is a brilliant video. I can’t recommend it highly enough. The only quarrel I would have is when Alex Epstein agrees that fossil fuel contributes to global warming. I won’t even concede that. Anyone, watch this video and share it. Whoever watches it will be smarter for having seen it.
IFLScience has enough interesting actual science posts that I subscribe to it on Facebook despite the hard Leftism that infuses its worldview. This Leftism is especially apparent when the subject is climate change. IFLScience treats as gospel the fact that human activity is destroying the earth by making it too hot, too cold, too wet, and too dry; as well as increasing and decreasing the number of hurricanes and other extreme weather conditions; and, of course, causing oceans to rise and glaciers to retreat, although none of them in a really noticeable way yet even though we were supposed to be drowning in our homes by now, except that it’s all still super, super bad.
Given IFLScience’s hard-core, doctrinaire Leftism, I was incredibly surprised to see it take a stand on a law in Britain that could stifle scientists, a stand, moreover, that is predicated upon the fact that science is predicated upon constantly testing hypotheses and challenging assumptions:
Science is, by its very nature, objective. It uses data, backed up by demonstrable, empirical evidence, to try and explain as much of life, the universe, and everything as possible.
“Wow!” I thought to myself after reading that splendid opening sentence. The sentence immediately after, though, got me a bit worried:
Yes, it’s tax day, and what better day could there be to talk about all the distressing, expensive, and scary foolishness in the world?
Ripping off taxpayers with climate change craziness. Today has been a “suffer the climate change” day for me, so it’s appropriate to open with a riff about California’s infamous — and incredibly expensive — high-speed train to nowhere. The Independent Institute, a great libertarian think-tank located right here in the Bay Area, has this to say:
California’s “bullet train” is nowhere near completion, but already the high-speed rail system is taking the state’s voters and taxpayers for a ride. The gulf between the glowing promise and the gloomy reality is gargantuan. For this reason, the agency that manages the voter-approved project, which lacks transparency but not arrogance, has just won the California Golden Fleece Award, a prize Independent Institute gives each quarter to a state or local agency, official, or program guilty of egregiously fleecing taxpayers, consumers, and/or businesses.
When voters approved a $9.95 billion bond measure in 2008 to help fund a high-speed bullet train connecting the San Francisco Bay Area with Southern California, they were promised nonstop service from S.F. to L.A. in 2 hours and 40 minutes, at a total cost of $45 billion—all without taxpayer subsidies. Since then the California High-Speed Rail Authority has planned on dropping nonstop service, changing to non-dedicated tracks, and raising the travel time to almost four hours—changes that would cut ridership and revenue while raising total costs, now estimated at $64 billion.
Read more here and do think about subscribing to the Independent Institute’s newsletter.
And while I’m on the subject of climate change. A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that a bunch of kids can continue their climate change lawsuit against the United States government and the Fossil Fuel Industry. If this insanity is not nipped in the bud, the Fossil Fuel Industry will be bankrupted, and all of us will be re-living the wonders of the pre-industrial era, complete with windmill power, Hobbesian mass starvation, and life expectancies in the 30s.
The gift of an “imperfect” child. This segment probably deserves its own post, but I’ll try to pack it in here. I was in a restaurant the other day and saw something one never sees any more in Marin, or anywhere in the Bay Area for that matter: a young child who had clearly been born with Down Syndrome.
There are certainly older people around with Down Syndrome. That the young people are missing isn’t because they’re being cured; it’s because, thanks to amniocentesis testing, they’re being destroyed in utero.
It’s five o’clock and I’m only now sitting down at my computer, which is very unusual for me, because I usually hit my computer first thing in the morning. The reason for the endless delay is that I was assisting someone who couldn’t believe that, despite doing all the right things — solar panels, electric cars, a cold house in the winter and a hot one in the summer, and all of the other lifestyle changes necessary to protect the planet — his electricity bill had skyrocketed. PG&E, rather than being grateful for his sacrifices, saw him as a profit-center.
My single thought this whole dreary day was “I cannot believe how stupid [yes, a harsh word, but a true one] the climate change believers are.”
I actually need very little data to prove this. I don’t need to track NOAA’s history of constantly adjusting data, always in a direction that shows increased heat, nor do I need the articles saying that climate change is causing more hurricane activity, unless it’s causing less hurricane activity; that it’s increasing prostitution even as people will have less sex; or that more heat and more cold result from it, just as more rain and more drought do, never mind that heat and cold and rain and drought are following patterns that have been present for centuries.
That kind of intellectual . . . uh, fluidity, for want of a better word when it comes to the *ahem* results of *cough* the dreaded climate change, is consistent, not with science, but with faith. In faith, the deity is infallible and whatever the outcome is, the deity always intended it. Nothing disproves the deity. Instead, everything, no matter how contradictory, confirms him.
As I said, though, I don’t need to get into complicated details to prove that the climate changistas are dead wrong. Instead, I need to cite to only three facts:
I got an email from PG&E. I’ve made a few changes and interlineations:
A Message from the California Public Utilities Commission
This month* your utility bill will include a credit identified as the “California Climate Credit.” Your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your utility bills. [Couldn’t they just lower my taxes — which goes up to 13/3% — and not use my money for Leftist propaganda? Oh, wait! They can’t. The state is broke.]
This payment comes from a California program that is fighting climate change. [Hello! Idiots! The climate has been changing since the earth’s first birthday. PBS’s Nova had a great episode on the Vikings and the announcer didn’t even choke when he noted that part of their ability to colonize Iceland and Greenland was because it was much warmer back then.] Your Climate Credit is designed to help you join in these efforts. You can use the bill savings from your Climate Credit however you choose [at least they’re not mandating how we spend it . . . yet], but you can save even more money by investing the savings in energy-saving home upgrades, including more efficient lights and appliances. You can find more information and receive rebates for these and many other energy-efficient choices for your home at www.EnergyUpgradeCA.org/credit. [I’m going to use it to offset state, federal, and local gasoline taxes, which add $0.61 to the cost of every gallon of gas sold in California.]
The Climate Credit is one of many programs resulting from landmark legislation called the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Together, these programs are cutting pollution [good], creating jobs [hah!], and investing in cleaner energy and transportation [with transportation bills benefitting the politicians who passed the Global Warming Solutions Act because they get donations from the unions that benefit from the surprisingly few jobs that are created.]. For more information about climate change science and programs to reduce carbon pollution, visit
With California promoting ideology in emails to consumers, I’d like to quote former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, from The Case For Democracy: The Power Of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny And Terror (2004 hardback edition):
If you haven’t read Jerome K. Jerome’s charming Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, first published in 1886, I recommend it. It is a pleasant antidote to today’s Sturm und Drang. But if you like to be mentally perturbed, you can’t do better than to read this post.
All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others. During a Private Facebook discussion, a British graduate student quoted the Bible to support Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk. When this private discussion got publicized, the university decided it might have offended people, and immediately expelled him from its Master’s program:
Ngole’s future at the university was then subjected to the “Fitness to Practice” committee, which ruled that his conservative Christian beliefs about marriage would negatively impact his “ability to carry out a role as a social worker” and that his post “transgressed boundaries which are not deemed appropriate for someone entering the social work profession.”
The committee ruled that Ngole was to be “excluded from further study on a program leading to a professional qualification.” In late February, the school informed Ngole that he would no longer be recognized as a university student.
“Your student record will be terminated shortly and your library membership and university computer account withdrawn,” Ngole was told. “You may wish to contact your funding body for advice on your financial position.”
Ngole appealed the committee’s decision . . . and lost:
He was told by the university’s appeals office that his post was “inappropriate” and went against outlined conduct. The appeals committee determined that the expulsion was a “proportionate” punishment.
George Orwell published Animal Farm in 1945 and 1984 in 1948. He was prophetic, with 1984 becoming a reality only 32 years after he first predicted an all-controlling government.
Meanwhile, suffer the little children…. There’s not a speck of blood to be seen in this video, there are no bombs exploding, body parts flying, or knives flashing, yet it is one of the scariest videos I’ve ever watched:
Think of this as a bonus edition in the “Leftists always get it wrong” series, because I’m sure that I don’t need to explain at length what’s wrong with this poster. I include it because it so perfectly illustrates the way in which Leftists believe that they can change human nature.
As far as I can tell, this poster is kind of the apex of the irrational “kumbaya” thinking that drives so much Leftist policy. The useful idiots truly believe that, if you create the perfect national governments, followed by the perfect world government, all humans will be wonderful.
I so wish I could get the often well-intentioned useful idiots to understand that, if you’re hitching your wagon to a star that promises perfect human harmony, you’ve taken a deep dive into fantasy land. Moreover, those same useful idiots always believe that, rather than using enlightened self-interest to achieve prosperity and stable within and across nations, the only way to make this perfect system happen is to use the government to force the fantasy into reality. Once you go down that road, rather than having world peace, you are invariably putting one part of the globe or another (or potentially the whole globe, and all 7 billion humans) on the path to deadly totalitarianism.
It’s a good thing I don’t regularly need mind-altering medicines. I took a single Ativan yesterday for a small procedure, and I’m still v-e-r-y s-l-o-w today. Part of speeding up is to share posters with you. This is the “crazy Leftists” edition, with a variety of images showing the insanity — the completely bizarre logic — that infects Leftist thought at every level of society:
Sorry for the limited blogging yesterday, which will continue for the first part of today. One of the unexpected benefits flowing from a death in the family is that people come to town whom one hasn’t seen in a long time. Yesterday was a cousin reunion for the first time in more than twenty years and it was lovely. Cousins are great because they’re closer than friends, but not as abrasively closely as siblings can be.
Anyway, that intro has nothing to do with Bill Whittle’s powerful video about American fascism, which I highly recommend you watch.
Bush didn’t, Obama wouldn’t, but the next president should: Call into the Oval Office the leaders of Muslim communities throughout America to say, “Because of the First Amendment, the fact that you and the people in your community practice Islam is irrelevant to us in America. Your faith is your business. What is relevant to me as leader of this nation is whether you support America or not. When all of you leave this office, you need to carry a single message to your communities: ‘You are either supportive of America or working to undermine America. If you’re in the latter category, you are on notice here and now that my administration will use every constitutional means available to track you, capture you, prosecute you, and imprison or deport you.’ End of story. Thank you for coming. Goodbye.”
Having got that off my chest, I’m about to engage in a speed round-up, because I’ve got about 40 articles — really good articles — to share with you.
A Cruz convert explains why. The most interesting point is that Trump started with something no other Republican has had since Reagan — vast name recognition.
Slowly catching on to the fact that Trump is the Republican Obama. I’ve been saying from Day 1 that Trump is a white Obama. He promises hope and change by using government power to shape America to his will. And let me say, that is my sole problem with Trump: That he’s all about big government, precisely as Obama is. I find that unacceptable. Jonathan Tobin is another one who’s finally figured out the whole Obama Doppelgänger thing.
Trump is a special interest candidate. And that special interest is Donald Trump.
Is the media sitting on big Trump stories? Ted Cruz thinks that there are some horrible stories to be told about Trump, which wouldn’t surprise me given his sordid personal life and . . . ah . . . colorful business life. Once Trump is the candidate, says Cruz, the media will “suddenly” discover stories that make Trump unelectable. I think Cruz is right because we all know the media, don’t we?
Trump’s enemy list makes me like him. George Soros has given money to 187 different special interest groups that are attacking Trump. (To be honest, a lot of them are attacking Cruz too. Indeed, on Sunday, I heard a New Yorker news hour on NPR during which the speakers agreed that Cruz is the more dangerous of the two leading Republican candidates because he actually believes in the Constitution.) In other words, here’s a list of 187 Soros-funded organizations that try to destroy anything conservative.
Will Trump win the nomination? Scott Elliott, an extremely astute election watcher and a man with a history of accurate election predictions, is not a Trump fan. He’s therefore created the “Stop-Trump-O-Meter,” which tracks the outcomes of state primaries and projects the outcome at the convention. Even if you’re a Trump fan, you’ll like Scott’s meter, because, if you ignore the name, it tells in a clear way where the candidates stand in the Republican primary.
If you destroy the polite people, you create room for the impolite ones. Glenn Reynolds points out that the GOP, RINOS, and the Leftist media establishment did everything possible to destroy the happy, tidy, law-abiding Tea Party. Now they’re horrified that destroying the Tea Party left rage in its place.
USA Today editors question Hillary’s fitness for office. USA Today, in its quest to be “America’s newspaper,” the one read in more hotel lobbies than any other paper, is careful about taking strong partisan stands. That’s why it’s impressive that the editors see Hillary’s penchant for secrecy, and the security-evading steps she took in pursuit of her paranoia, as a serious impediment to the presidency.
Why are any of these people allowed to vote? I assume it’s supposed to be a joke, but it’s tawdry, stupid, vapid and, of course, sexist.
Between Sanders’ dictator worship and economic illiteracy, Hillary’s gross criminality and disregard for the national security entrusted to her, Trump’s demagoguery, Rubio’s bitchiness, Kasich’s crass self-interest, and on and on, I think that we, as a nation, haven’t just fallen into an abyss, we’ve dived into it with rocks tied to our clothes so that we can plummet downwards even faster.
This is a 2012 video from Australia. It’s completely pertinent today, especially with Jerry Brown looking to further bankrupt California by attacking carbon dioxide output: