Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Global Warming is Pure Corn.
Whenever I hear Climate Change and Global Warming, I check my gun rack.
P.J O’Rourke in his wonderful book ‘Give War a Chance’ does a ‘Logical Fallacy’ breakdown of the hideous, fatuous celebrity masturbation song of the 1980’s, ‘We are the World’. A song so vacuous, stupid and plain bad, that Andy Williams never did a version of it.
“We are the world [solipsism], we are the children [average age forty].
We are the ones to make a brighter day [unproven], so let’s start giving [logical inference supplied without argument].
There’s a choice we’re making, so let’s start giving [true as far as it goes].
We’re saving our own lives [absurd].
It’s true we’ll make a better day [see line 2 above],
Just you and me [statistically unlikely].
That’s three palpable untruths, two dubious assertions, and nine uses of a first person pro-noun, not a single reference to trouble and anybody in it and no facts. The verse contains, literally, neither rhyme nor reason. And these musical riots of philanthropy address themselves to the wrong problems”.
“Death is the result of bad politics”. P.J O’Rourke.
As per usual, P.J is, thanks to his innate sense of ridicule and surgical eye for the phony, is entirely correct. There is no shortage of food, merely a surplus of activists, various ideologues and of totalitarian incompetent freaks. Grind all the cavalcade of Leftard Liberals into manure and by default, the many destroyers of humanity that they help in many real ways to keep in power, and hey presto! Things are actually much better than the Africa wide and artificially enforced and sustained status quo's of utter failure. That's whether they're a Communist, Socialist, Nationalist or Theocratic Islamist vortex of outsourced and foreign funded despair or diseased variant spore.
In the modern world, most economic and governmental incompetence is created and a fraud. Put in real economies and civil authority, and the natural result is mostly of success and especially of the kind that most people can live with, instead of die by.
"Most people assume linearity in environmental processes, but the world is largely non-linear: it's a complex system. An important feature of complex systems is that we don’t know how they work. We don’t understand them except in a general way; we simply interact with them. Whenever we think we understand them, we learn we don’t. Sometimes spectacularly." Michael Crichton.
Every Left Liberal non-idea is discredited if only you wait long enough. The trouble is there are so many new ones bursting pustule-like from the Frankenstein corpse of a century long idiocy of Leftist experiments and now from eco-imperialism.
For example, thanks in part to the massive scam and gravy train of Global Warming, all of the rise in the major food staple of corn for 2004 to 2007, has been diverted into the production of the bio fuel ethanol. It takes 240 kilos of corn, or enough to feed a person for a year, to make 100 litres of fuel, or enough to fill an SUV. But er, when did Leftist ideology care about unintended consequences? The never arriving Utopia of Communism and Socialism murdered 100 million people, but it was er, “necessary”, and wasn’t um, “real Communism!” anyway.
Nope, for the Left, killing people for ideology is fun and de rigueur! It’s funny how “trying” Communism never can seem to include total failure, while conversely, any alleged “failing” of Capitalist Democracy seems for such folks, to disprove its viability completely.
Funny how Left Socialist er, "solutions" are the problem. Here is a neat article on why Green Power also means Black Death.
Thus Bono the tax shelter King never appears to make a single effort at any empirical research on the root causes of Africa’s misery. They are in order not the lack of food, but the lack of civil, Democratic and accountable governments, the lack of viable and working Capitalist economic systems, the vast dominance of corruption, tribalism, superstition, warlordism, voodoo and misogyny. Add to this delightfully demonic stew, the artificial propping up of such horrors by obligation free donations from countries that are wealthy due to the dominance of the empirically proven, and there ya have it.
"Science is nothing more than a method of inquiry. The method says an assertion is valid-and merits universal acceptance-only if it can be independently verified. The impersonal rigor of the method means it is utterly apolitical....Thus, when adhered to, the scientific method can transcend politics. And the converse may also be true." Michael Crichton.
Hey, another unintended result of pushing the pure shite of Glow Ball Warning is the increase in the murder of witches in said Hell holes. Yep, any prolonged natural phenomena of drought or flood or a light breeze, results in shouts of “Burn the witch, but with solar power!” The fact is, when a society’s mindless set is influenced heavily by the mediocre thought processes and clichéd sub-high school default positions of celebrities, failed F average politicians and eternally public tenured academics, well, kids, that’s not my definition of Quality Control.
Celebrities are great fun, but you should never take them home with you, nor make most of their bog standard juvenilia non-ideas on board. Musicians and actors are almost to a man and woman, twerps. That’s what makes them so lovable and amusing.
"Our approach to global warming exemplifies everything that is wrong with our approach to the environment. We are basing our decisions on speculation, not evidence. Proponents are pressing their views with more PR than scientific data. Indeed, we have allowed the whole issue to be politicized-red vs blue, Republican vs Democrat. This is absurd." Michael Crichton.
Global Warming = Global Socialism.
And it will have exactly the same effect on the poor, ordinary and the deliberately powerless as Communist collectivism and Central Planning had and is still having in North Korea and Cuba etc. The forcing of bogus Climate Change priorities by Western hypocrites onto the third and developing worlds will result in sickness, poverty, oppression, an enormous and brutal lack of choice and mass death. In fact, it’s doing it now. This is as per usual, the natural and logical end result of ALL Leftist Liberal Socialist junk.
"Increasingly it seems facts aren't necessary, because the tenets of environmentalism are all about belief. It's about whether you are going to be a sinner, or saved. Whether you are going to be one of the people on the side of salvation, or on the side of doom. Whether you are going to be one of us, or one of them." Michael Crichton.
It seems to never occur to Bono, Madonna or Sean Penn et al, that what has made their whacko lives possible and so Midas and King Croesus-like, is exactly what would work for Africans.
Namely civil government, good economic systems, private property rights, the rule of law and the free exchange of ideas. Nope, the opposite ‘occurs’ to them. To a celebrity or activist, what Africans need is to be treated as eternal and unique victim pets and merely given vast amounts of cash that almost invariably go straight to the local cannibal King and his pals. The same with flooding the local economy such as it is with free and cheap food etc. The local farmers and producers cannot compete and are reduced to beggary and so on ad nauseum.
Imagine a store opening up next to Saks Fifth Avenue that gave away Gucci, Armani and so on for free. Imagine a supermarket giving away free food in your local town. I imagine there may be some unfortunate side effects that may just destabilise the local environment, know what I mean Guvna’?
“Socialist ideas infest Africa like malaria or dengue fever. African leaders, lost in the frippery of centrist thinking, fail to deal with market forces or any other natural phenomena. Leave it to a Marxist to see the world as the world is not. It’s not unusual for African intellectuals to receive their education at the Patrice Lumumba U. in Moscow. That is, they are trained by a nation who intentionally starved millions of its citizens in order to collectivise farming”. P.J O’Rourke in ‘Fiddling while Africa burns’, from his book ‘Give War a Chance’.
P.J's article slices and dices precisely, the fraud and wilful lazy ignorance of the Live Aid concerts, and the appalling pantomime of its often hubristic and ridiculous‘stars’.
I remember reading about a journalist who travelled with a food convoy through a portion of a classic African idiot fiefdom. They were stopped a total of 47 times and at each ‘checkpoint’ bandit station, they had to pay a bribe. Why? Well, because no one sane could or would trust the local government or the economy, because in the end there were neither, and thus, no working society.
Any open society like ours, works and ends on trust. You know that it’s far more likely that if you pay for existing and freely available goods or services, that you will get pretty much what you expect, and if not, there are generally real forms of redress.
When the opposite is true and the most simple transaction or daily activity is a crap shoot with the more likely outcome involving coming home empty handed, hungry, forced to pay a bribe, diseased or not arriving home at all because you’re beaten, kidnapped, raped, tortured, arrested or dead, well, the local culture tends to make the required adjustments to survive. And it’s the hardest and meanest that most often does.
For many there is no-one to turn to, not even Sting and Bob Geldolf. Hey, Bob and Sting are not so stupid that they would ever want for themselves the vagaries of living in a charity based neo-Socialist UN supervised non-economy. Nope. Bob is rich because he knows, understands and relies on the facts of Capitalist Democracy and free markets for his business and personal success and freedom to er, choose.
Now there’s a revolutionary idea. Let the mass of ordinary, voiceless, powerless and anonymous non-pop star African’s choose what they want and need.
“Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had". Michael Crichton.