Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Doofus -- they walk amongst us

Conservatives give the doofus a bad name. People with hard hearts just don’t think straight. Consider global warming. The right wing (read big business) denies the possibility of global warming. Think about the consequences. No global warming, no bikinis. That’s right, nokinis.

The first bikini, by the way, was found on Minoan cave paintings dating around 1600 B.C. Prudery was born with the fall of the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, conservatives would tell you swimming was unhealthy. To this day, the right wing is opposed to health care reform.

Speaking of global warming, some 4,500 climate studies were published in 2007, more than triple the total from a decade earlier. Yet the scientists have been unable to convince the captains of industry to reduce emissions. Sigh (but not too deeply – unhealthy).

Recall the sweet canard about how a Kansas butterfly flapping its wings can cause a typhoon on the other side of the world. Now comes the notion that seawater flowing around and through a jellyfish can affect ocean currents. A guy named Charles Darwin came up with that one. He’s the grandson of the earlier trouble-maker.

Where was I? Oh yes, conservatives are such doofuses …

(If you are still reading, take note: this post marks my 500th. Clink!)


Ken Martin said...

Congratulations on making your 500th post, George. Your writing just keeps getting better, so keep it up!

Climate change is real, of course, and only the lemmings marching blindly toward destruction would deny it. Climate change is the latest and most horrific example of the Tragedy of the Commons. This from Wikipedia:

" 'The Tragedy of the Commons' is an influential article written by Garrett Hardin and first published in the journal Science in 1968. The article describes a dilemma in which multiple individuals acting independently in their own self-interest can ultimately destroy a shared limited resource even when it is clear that it is not in anyone's long term interest for this to happen.

"Central to Hardin's article is a hypothetical example of herders sharing a common parcel of land (the commons), on which they are all entitled to let their cows graze. In Hardin's view, it is in each herder's interest to put as many cows as possible onto the land, even if the commons are damaged as a result. The herder receives all of the benefits from the additional cows, while the damage to the commons is shared by the entire group. If all herders make this individually rational decision, however, the commons are destroyed and all herders suffer."

Now the tragedy is playing out on the entire planet, as each business and each nation maximizes its gains at the expense of life itself.

We would do well to recall the words of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-80): "That which is not good for the bee-hive cannot be good for the bees."

JohnSBoles said...

Yes, congratulations on your 500th. I can't wait to hear the Objectivist Neocon response to Ken's comment. It really can't be anything but "So we all die, at least I die rich." Or maybe, "Hive! See, I told you they are all Socialists."

The South Plainsman said...

Dang it, George, I am trying to get on the highway to Austin, and here you post something that cries out for a response from someone sensible.

Congrats on your 500th. I am just above 100, but gaining on you.

Ken, I would be delighted for you to live in your own hive. Just don't make me live in it against my will.

What you are saying is that private property is not right, that the land and everything else belongs to everyone.

Of course, I am sure you intend that someone will be in charge of saying how it will be managed.

Lenin started somethng like that. It failed miserably.

Didn't take into consideration human nature, you see. We are imperfect beings. Because of that, Utopia is unattainable.

George, the entire "science" of "global warming" ( I note you have gone to "climate change" instead now)was based upon initial observations that the globe started warming back up after the "Little Ice Age" caused by the Maunder Minimum just about the same time as the Industrial Revolution began. Then they tortured the data to "prove" that the warming was anthropogenic instead of a natural occurrence.

So in spite of the fact that the globe was several degrees warmer during the 13th Century than it is projected to be in this one, liberals panicked as if the sky was falling, and want to use that as an excuse to do all sorts of dastardly things to the world economy, or at least to ours. Even in the middle of a deep recession.

I note that a different term is being used now, as noted above. I suspect this is because were are in the midst of another solar minimum, as yet unnamed, and the globe has been cooling since 1998.

This cooling, which has brought temps down to levels in the 1970s, was not predicted by all the so-called models upon which the global warming panic was predicated.

But the Luddites of the world are undeterred, so now they call it climate change.

The climate has been changing thoughout the billions of years of earth's history. It has always either been getting warmer or cooler. It will continue that way for infinity.

Humans in the past have adapted to such changes.

Only now have some become so smart that they think that rather than adapting to change, we should try to change the change. LOL

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