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Monday, July 16, 2012

The World Is Stuck On Stupid

The latest rage among government-growth-by-any-means-necessary types is the carbon tax.  A tax on emissions.  The stuff you exhale.  A tax that has been adopted by liberal governments around the globe whose sole purpose is to reduce the amount of CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere raise bucketloads of cash for cash-strapped bureaucrats who require ever increasing amounts of revenue in order to refashion the world.  A tax that came perilously close to being passed by Congress in this country in 2009/10.

It all stems from the theory that CO2 is somehow a pollutant. Something that is detrimental to our health.  An implausible concoction by leftists that even the United States Supreme Court has bought into.

A theory that is now generally accepted around the world as fact.

CO2 is bad.

But is it?

Not even:
'Abrupt increase' in CO2 absorption slowed global warming
By Kieran Campbell, New Zealand Herald

The earth would have warmed faster in the last two decades had there not been an unexplained rise in the amount of carbon dioxide being absorbed on land, scientists believe.

Scientists have discovered an "abrupt increase'' since 1988 in the uptake of carbon dioxide (CO2) by the land biosphere, which comprises all of the planet's plant and animal ecosystems.

Wellington-based scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, was part of the global research team investigating the distribution of CO2 emissions.

Ms Mikaloff-Fletcher said the breakthrough had taken scientists "completely by surprise''.

Ms Mikaloff-Fletcher said there had been some theories about what had caused the increased uptake by the land, but so far no answer has been found.

"What it does mean is that the climate change has been a lot slower than it would have been otherwise (because) less of the CO2 we're producing is staying in the atmosphere.''

Ms Mikaloff-Fletcher said scientists were now trying to establish what caused the increase in CO2 being absorbed by the land and whether that might change in the future.

"While the increase was shown to be significant, the physical processes driving it remain a mystery. It poses big questions for us. What caused this shift? What can it tell us about how land's ability to take up CO2 is going to change in the future? How is that going to feed back into climate conditions in the future?'' [link]
What does this mean?

At minimum, it means we don't know enough about what's going on.  But it seems CO2 works to retard the expansion of global warming.

At minimum, the rise in CO2 levels is potentially a boon to the Earth's health.

At minimum, we shouldn't be discouraging its growth until we know more about its effect on the biosphere. It may be a good thing.

At minimum, we sure as hell shouldn't allow politicians to tax it.

When we - and they - know enough about it, then we can have that discussion.

Until then? They need to keep their filthy hands off our wallets.

We're Racist & Anti-Woman?

Then why do we applaud this?

Black women with guns.

You feminists out there need to wrap your brains around this:

"For women, part of the tension around this topic is that women with guns are marginalized in a feminist culture that promotes unarmed resistance and “clean” fighting techniques. These send the message that as long as a woman does not have a lethal means of protecting herself, she is still feminine and worthy of “real” protection—either from a man, or from the police. To be a gun-owning feminist, to prepare to protect oneself against two of the most frightening enemies of female-identified people—rape and/or domestic violence—still strikes at the heart of what could be described as a feminist identity crisis, wherein women oppress each other with our inability to make room for alternative models of self-protection."

I would have worded that last sentence differently.  In truth, feminists oppress each other by demanding that women be unarmed and totally dependent on a man with a badge to be there to safeguard them.  (Good luck with that.)  The feminist ideal?  Really?

Anyway, black feminists are loadin' up on slug chuckers.

Here's to ya.

Do You Suppose They Really Believe This Nonsense?

PBS, NPR Boost NAACP Speech By 'Very Engaging' 'Middle-Class Emblem' Joe Biden

Joe Biden is a buffoon.

And speaking for that "middle-class," a group of Americans the cloistered monks at NPR and PBS know nothing about, I wouldn't let the senile old twit babysit our cats, much less be one heartbeat away from launching our nuclear weapons toward enemies real or imagined.

And I resent the thought that this East Coast liberal Democrat represents us in any way.

Joe Biden.  The "emblem" of the middle class.

Gimme a break.

Out of the mouth of ... a Journalist?

Chrystia Freeland:
You know I think American Democrats are still very much in this end of fossil fuel era and there was this notion that the world was running out of fossil fuel, that America was running out of fossil fuel and you could make a case for renewable energy ...

They weren't unhappy about it and you could make a case for renewable energy that dove-tailed also with national security. That era is over. It turns out there's a huge amount of fossil fuel in the United States and in the North American continent if you want to talk about the Canadian oil sands.

That is the new reality and I don't think the Democratic Party overall and, in particular, environmentalists have dealt with it. Fossil fuel is here to stay and I think that if you see real opposition from environmentalists to any sort of fossil fuel, as you saw with the pipeline from Canada, that was purely about saying you know what, we just don't want more oil. It's not going to play because people will say, you know what, actually oil and natural gas are pretty great sources of energy and if we have them here, they're a lot cheaper than the other stuff. [source]
Wow.

In case you're wondering, this Chrystia Freeland is no different from the rest of the liberals in the press.  Except on the issue of fossil fuels, perhaps.

Hmm.

The Tentacles of That Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy

... reach Egypt:

Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade Sunday and shouted, "Monica, Monica, Monica" as she left the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria.

She didn't deserve that.

Maybe now she and her boss will reconsider giving the savages $1.5 billion of our hard-earned tax dollars each year.

If not?

"Monica.  Monica.  Monica."

American Gothic

What is with this family?

Mary Kennedy reburied away from Kennedy family

Why the ostracism?

Ask the Baskervilles.