Sunday, December 21, 2014

The roots of cultural decline - liberal intellectualism

Theodore Dalrymple, in his essay "Seeing is Not Believing",  traces the roots of cultural decline in British society:
... Violence, vulgarity, and educational failure: three aspects of modern English life that are so obvious and evident that it requires little observational power to discern them. Indeed, it requires far more mental effort and agility not to discern them, to screen them out of one's consciousness ...

It is worth examining the mental mechanisms that liberal intellectuals use to disguise the truth from themselves and others, and to ask why they do so.

First, there is outright denial. ...

Second, there is the tendentious historical comparison or precedent. ...

 Third, once the facts are finally admitted under the duress of accumulated evidence, their moral significance is denied or perverted....

Every liberal prescription worsened the problem that it was ostensibly designed to solve. But every liberal intellectual had to deny that obvious consequence or lose his [deeply ingrained world view] ...
A little long but well worth the read.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The truth about Big Oil

Kelly McParland:
... Environmental zealots like to pretend B.O. is some massive corporate conspiracy run by a few fat cat plutocrats with cigars and evil laughs, but if that was the case they’d hardly have engineered a massive collapse in their wealth just before Christmas. B.O. is more like the weather: just because it’s sunny and warm today doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way. And what autocrat would bet their economy on the weather?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Obama's appeasement of Cuba

Krauthammer: "Is there no tyrant or anti-American centre in the world Obama will not appease for nothing in return?"

Marco Rubio: "[Rand Paul] has no idea what he's talking about". What's hurting the Cuban people isn't the embargo, it's the corrupt, incompetent, repressive, radically socialist policies of the Castro dictatorship:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New York State to ban fracking

The anti-fracking scaremongers score another win.  And it's all political:
... Fracking, as it is known, was heavily promoted as a source of economic revival for depressed communities along New York’s border with Pennsylvania, and Mr. Cuomo had once been poised to embrace it.

... For Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, the decision on fracking — which was immediately hailed by environmental and liberal groups — seemed likely to help repair his ties to his party’s left wing.

...  the acting state health commissioner, Dr. Howard A. Zucker, said the examination had found “significant public health risks” associated with fracking.  “We cannot afford to make a mistake,” he said. “The potential risks are too great. In fact, they are not even fully known.” [Risks too great? Not fully known? In spite of a million plus fracked wells across the country, over 60 years, with no significant adverse environmental effects?]

... As he traveled around the state, Mr. Cuomo was hounded by protesters opposed to fracking, who showed up at his events and pressed him to impose a statewide ban. Opponents were also aided by celebrities who drew attention to their cause. ...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I can breathe

...Tweets AdolfJoeBiden:

Climate fascism

From the Vancouver Observer**:

... a curious ad denying fossil fuel-driven climate change appeared on the Tinseltown marquee downtown Vancouver on a Pattison Outdoor sign.

... Friends of Science, a Calgary-based nonprofit group that disputes climate change, bought the ad.

Richard Littlemore, co-author of 'Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming' and former journalist: 
 "There ought to be an instrument that punishes companies that profit from the imminent destruction of humankind. You would hope for some level of corporate responsibility that would have spared us from this", he said.
Littlemore said he can't understand why skeptics still want to keep the debate open on climate change.

... Jimmy Pattison (owner of the Jim Pattison Group) should be ashamed of himself...he should be accountable for what’s up on his sign."

You'd hope Littlemore, as a "former journalist", would have a higher regard for free speech and that he'd think what is really hard to understand is why anyone would want "to keep the debate" closed.  But, being a typical lefty demagogue, his fascist tendencies override any possibility of clear thought.

** a "news" journal infested with green activists.

Lima climate talks: The same old farce

Christopher Booker, The Telegraph:
... 9,000 delegates have spent two weeks trying to agree on that “universal climate treaty” they hope to see signed in Paris next year. In trampling over the 1,500-year-old “Nazca Lines” etched in the desert earth, the “environmentalists” can little have thought this would so enrage the Peruvians that they are now being threatened with six years in prison. 

... Lima is just yet another re-enactment of the three-stage ritual that has become only too familiar over the past 20 years. ... So the dreary farce will continue until the crack of doom ...

 Marc Morano and Walt Cunningham on UN Climate TV at the Lima Summit:

Marc Morano: "The UN is first and foremost political and they have bastardized science to achieve a political end ..."