“Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Eppur si muove"

Did you turn off all your lights last night for “Earth Hour?”

If not, Gawker’s Adam Weinstein wants you arrested. In the spirit of Cardinal Bellarmine, he even invokes Italian courts as precedent.

Oh, he makes exceptions for “[Idiots,] ...too stupid to do anything other than choke the earth's atmosphere a little more with …[their] Mr. Pibb burps and …[their] F-150's gassy exhaust.” No, he won’t arrest those fools. At least not at first, but their crimes are the only ones he specifies.

I, for one, am happy I do not drink Mr. Pibb, and I'm putting off any purchase of an F-150.

Weinstein proposes arrest and punishment (inquisition goes unmentioned) only for “the body of purulent pundits, paid sponsors, and corporate grifters who exploit the smallest uncertainty at the edges of a settled science.” I suppose he will decide who those miscreants are by carefully identifying the most minuscule uncertainties in a science rife with uncertainty (just ask the IPCC). He doesn't mention any particular uncertainties, so we are left to wonder what might get us arrested. Maybe he will propose setting up a federal shibboleth panel to adjudicate.

He leaves unexplained why he exempts ‘idiots’ from his demand that “Those malcontents must be punished and stopped.” Ignorance of the law is typically no excuse.

He doesn't mention Chinese coal power plants. Surely, all involved there should be arrested.

Maybe he’s just temporarily waiving the 'individual incarcerate' until the new regime is up and running, and can persecute a few good examples. Perhaps he wants to be sure there’s an exception to punishing thought crimes and free speech of which he can avail himself when the next IPCC report admits the climate change models are garbage, and the previously predicted extinctions are neither happening, nor likely to.

If true to his prejudices, Mr. Weinstein will have celebrated “Earth Hour” last night. Perhaps he lit a candle, a part of the ritual for many.

If so, he negated his intent to reduce CO2 emissions. Worse, when the ceremony ended, he contributed to the ensuing power surge: Another good way to produce more CO2 than would have been the case without the obeisance to the Church of Environmentalism.

Like carbon credits, observing “Earth Hour” is a means of obtaining a “feel good” indulgence from the Church. As Cardinal Bellarmine instructed Galileo, Mr. Weinstein says we cannot "hold or defend" views contrary to those of the Church.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Power on Hour

Tonight is "Earth Hour," when environmental extremists and useful idiots invite us to sit quietly in the dark and share the guilt of being human. This ritual of shame promotes original sin as doctrinized by the Church of Environmentalism.

So, be sure to turn all your electric lights on between 8:30 and 9:30 to celebrate the ingenuity of man and the blessing of electricity.

A great, short article on this by Canadian professor Ross McKitrick can be found here. Recommended reading.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

One man's 'flexibility' is another man's 'tractable'

Unfortunately, our President is practicing that "more flexibility after I'm re-elected" he told Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev about. It's not that President Obama shouldn't be grateful for Putin's 'help' with Syrian red lines, but, in the matter of Ukraine, he need not bend over backwards to kiss Putin's jackboots.

If you are serious, you don't threaten a boycott of a G8 Summit - you mount a campaign to throw the Russians out of the G8, you withdraw an ambassador, you threaten to freeze Russian assets, you put the anti-missile missiles in Poland. Since Russia is an oil-revenue dependent kleptocracy, maybe you start offshore drilling and approve the Keystone pipeline.

SecState and POTUS say Putin is "on the wrong side of history," and prattle about "19th century behavior." If that's their best shot, they display an ignorance of certain major military events in the 20th century, and think Georgia is only the place where peanuts come from.

In the case of Kerry, who has claimed intimate familiarity with the actions of Ghengis Khan, it's too small an insult by far. Perhaps he reserves his best for his compatriots.

In the case of the President, someone should ask him (when he's not adjacent to a teleprompter) for just one example from the 19th century. Or maybe if he knows who Édouard Daladier was.

When Chamberlain returned from Munich, Winston Churchill said, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

In the present case, I do not think WE will have war. I am quite unconvinced that War over the Ukraine is a passable idea in any event. But we need not prevaricate and whine and hedge and appear to be clueless wimps about it.

As to dishonor and war, I bet Chamberlain understood Churchill's insult. The President? He just remembers he sent back a bust of some English guy. Kerry? He still has the hat: To this day there's nothing in it.