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Science Denial 101

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2017 by cavalier973

This is derived from something I wrote on Twitter. It includes ideas that I have discussed on this blog before.

It doesn’t matter if the leftist-progressives are hypocrites when it comes to “man-made climate change”, if climate change is true. Their hypocrisy, however, shows that they do not actually believe in “man-made climate change”.

It’s no good shouting “Science Denier!”, when by your actions you also deny “Climate Change”. There are people who are true believers in the idea that man’s activities are causing drastic changes in the earth’s climate, and which outweigh such natural phenomena as the Sun, but there are many, many people who only promote the “Climate Change” theory for personal gain.

Included in this latter group are extremely wealthy people who like to lecture others about “Carbon footprints” and “renewable energy”, but who are not themselves willing to forgo even a little of their luxurious comforts to “save the environment”. I am describing people like Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Hillary Clinton (these people are usually leftist-progressives, for some reason). They live in extravagantly large homes, have multiple automobiles, fly in private jets around the world AND I AM HAPPY FOR THEM!!! “The prettiest sight in this fine, pretty world is the privileged class enjoying its privileges.” ~McCauley Conner, from The Philadelphia Story.

I would like to be wealthy, too, and enjoy such luxury; I made other choices. But I digress.

The problem with people like Al Gore, DiCaprio, and their ilk is that they cannot be content with being wealthy. They suffer from a strange form of narcissism, which prevents them from enjoying their “privileges” if they think that too many other people have access to said privileges. It’s not enough to enjoy a big bowl of ice cream if the guy at the next table is also enjoying a bowl of ice cream. As an aside, the agitation that some in the media showed at President Trump getting “two scoops of ice cream” when everyone else only got one scoop is strange when considering their disinterest in the size of Al Gore’s house. Anyway, these wealthy narcissists seem to have a primal need to be seen as a “Very Important Person”. It is life and breath to them. One of the marks of the VIP is that he enjoys stuff that most people can’t–the luxury hotel room, the SUV limousine, the private jet–even though using these things create an outsized “carbon footprint”. THEY get to enjoy these things because they’re Important People. Again, I do not begrudge them their lifestyle; I wish (sometimes) that I moved in the same strata. I would not, however, work to keep other people out.

This need for being perceived as aristocracy explains, I think, their opposition to Free Market Capitalism. Capitalism does a tremendous job in raising people from poverty, and further, satisfying wants as well as needs. Capitalism commodifies luxuries, and the Wealthy Narcissist VIPs hate that. So, they try to circumvent the benefits of the Free Market through government regulation–with this “Paris Climate Agreement” being a fine example.

The U.S. doesn’t need an international treaty to lower its “Carbon Emissions” or CO2, or whatever it’s supposed to do to “save the environment”. The nation can, and has, lowered it’s pollution levels dramatically over the past few decades. Treaties, such as the Paris one, are there, not to do anything about man-made climate change, but to rig the system against those who might benefit from Capitalism. The treaty is there to provide cover to the Wealthy Narcissists who want to make themselves seem important by destroying people’s livelihoods and the ability to acquire a modicum of economic comfort.

“No, no; you can’t enjoy the things I enjoy. It’s the law! Now shut up, and eat your beans. After you watch me eat this steak.”

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Stuff Going On — 06/02/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 2, 2017 by cavalier973

One down, two to go. The opinion piece discusses three actions taken by President Obama that just oozes authoritarianism: The Paris Accords/Agreement/Treaty, Illegal Surveillance of American Citizens, and the “Iran deal”. President Trump has now relegated the first item to File 13. However, as Allahpundit noted on Twitter, Trump is as likely to change his mind and throw his support to the Paris Agreement as he is to stay firm in righteous action. He’s already talking about “renegotiating” the deal. Not necessary, at all.

California lawmakers have taken a huge step toward creating a state “single payer” system. This means that, in California, anyone going to the doctor or hospital will have their visit paid for by the government. This is different from a “public option”, where the government provides alternatives to traditional private health insurance. The single payer system is proposed to cost $400 billion, which is more than the California government can afford, at present. Governor Jerry Brown is reportedly “cool” to the idea.

I hope they get it passed. It would be interesting to see how quickly the state goes bankrupt, the access to, and quality of, medical services deteriorates, and the population of California fluctuates. I imagine that a lot of people will initially immigrate to California to get their “free health care”, only to abandon the poor husk of a state after all the doctors have retired or left, the hospitals are boarded up, and people have to travel to neighboring states to get routine procedures done. because medical services in California are rationed.

♥ So, Lansing Michigan elevates people’s feelings over other people’s right to own and use property.

I get it; the Supreme Court has ruled that people don’t have property rights, anymore. Well, they’re wrong. Anyone who opens a business has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. This includes hotels, gas stations, grocery stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and other businesses offering services “to the public”. If a restaurant’s owner does not want to serve Christians, he has every right to ban them from his privately owned business, while at the same time serving everyone else of whatever creed. Forcing this restaurant owner to use his property to serve Christians when he prefers not to is a form of theft, which God forbids.

Honestly, though, it’s not like the farmer who is being banned from the farmer’s market for his absolutely correct stance on “same-sex marriage” has an actual right to participate in the farmer’s market. If he wishes, he should purchase some land and start his own farmer’s market. It would probably be superior in every way to the public market.

♦ Fox News reported the other day that over 250,000 jobs were created in May. I don’t know where they got their numbers. The most recent news is that a mere 138,000 jobs were created in May, versus an estimate of 185,000. Unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in 16 years, to a rate of 4.3%.

President Trump may want to claim credit for this; some small part of the drop in unemployment may be attributed to him, but the economy today is a function of the policies that President Obama had been pursuing for eight years–primarily the policy of “easy money” by the Federal Reserve. We are in the “Boom” phase of the “Boom-Bust” cycle, where all the nonsense occurs that must be corrected in the next “Bust” phase.

Speaking of jobs, and the Paris Agreement that Trump thankfully withdrew from, I’ve been seeing tweets on Twitter that say something along the lines of: “You can’t say that Trump saved jobs by pulling the US from the Paris Agreement; the coal industry only employs 50,000 people, while the renewable energy firms employ several times that number of people.”

This is correct; coal, which once employed over 800,000 Americans, only employs around 50,000 people these days (70,000, if you include ancillary businesses). The renewable energy companies employ several times that number of people. Looking at the amount of energy each subindustry produces, however, shows that coal–by itself–produces around twice the amount of energy that every renewable energy company (solar, wind, etc.) produces.

Relying on Renewable Energy for our energy needs is suboptimal. Paying more to produce less is wasteful, and inefficient. And that’s assuming that the Renewable Energy industry is economically viable. Most renewable energy companies rely heavily on government subsidies to stay afloat. Traditional “fossil fuel” companies also receive subsidies that are exponentially greater than those doled out to the Renewable Energy Firms. These subsidies should be eliminated, but the “fossil fuel companies” would probably be profitable without the subsidies, just not as much. Renewable Energy companies would go bankrupt without government assistance.

A U.S. agency is being investigated for providing loans to solar companies that were on the verge of bankruptcy.

Stuff Going On — 05/31/2017

Posted in For Free Trade, For God with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2017 by cavalier973

President Trump plans to send U.S. arms to Kurdish fighters in Syria. The Turks are not happy, because they claim that these Kurds are terrorist separatists, but this is something that even President Obama promised to do. Trump is actually doing it.

President Trump is also planning to pull out of the Paris Agreement on Climate change. Even though I am not a Trump supporter, I am happily in agreement with this decision. The Earth is about to enter a cooling phase, anyway, due to the cycle of the Sun, and there’s nothing that world-spanning legislation can do about it. Here is Erick Erickson on this story.

♥ Somebody at CNN named Kathy Griffon did a little skit in which she chopped off President Trump’s head. Likely you’ve seen the gruesome pictures plastered all over the news sites. Whatever; leftists are inherently violent and hate-filled, and they will excuse themselves for this unacceptable performance “art”. However, there are consequences; Kathy should expect a visit from the Secret Service (if she hasn’t already had one), and CNN has lost its first advertiser — ADT.

Aside from all that, however, antics like this can affect people in a real and unfortunate way. It turns out Barron Trump, the President’s son, saw the image, and thought that something terrible actually happened. Way to go, Griffin, you freak.

John Stossel discusses the refusal of socialists to accept the real-world failures of actual socialism.