“True liberty cannot exist apart from the full rights of property, for property is the only crystallized form of free faculties…The whole meaning of socialism is a systematic glorification of force… No literary phrases about social organisms are potent enough to evaporate the individual, who is the prime, indispensable, irreducible element.” — Auberon Herbert (1838-1906) English author
When I was a very young boy, I got a little Red Wagon (PF Flyer) for a birthday present and each day I would go around the neighborhood after school and collect empty glass pop bottles.
Sidenote: For your young-ins out there, Coke and Pepsi soft drinks came in glass bottles at that time and they where recycled to be used again.
As I went around the neighborhood, nice people would give me their empty bottle and I would fill the little red wagon with as many as I could get and redeem that at the local grocery store for 2 cents each where they eventually ended up at the recycling plant. On some of very best days I could pocket about 50 cents. This was my first experience in a free market economy and I was like the local mail man… neither rain or snow or sleet would stop me.
After a lot of wear and tear, the rear axil broke and the rear wheels fell off. So as hard as my father I tried we just couldn’t get the wheels to work any more, so reality set in with tears in my eyes I realized you can’t fix some things that are broken.
And I think it fair to say that Washington D.C. aka (District of Corruption is broken).I believe there are some good people in Congress, but not enough to make a difference, that understand we need major reform before this country turns into another Socialist welfare state like the European model that has failed everywhere it has been tried.
The two party system of government has handcuffed our government in making any the reforms that our necessary and there are days when you can’t tell the difference between an (R) and a (D) because they both like the status quo.
The game that both sides of the aisle are playing today and if you vote for me I will give you “free this and free that”… 2 years of free College education, free healthcare via Medicaid, what could be better? all the food stamps you need, so why work? And we are back to this again, need a house to live in, see Uncle Sam who is writing 100% mortgages again. This time when ‘housing bubble’ burst, it will start the doomsday clock on its final count down.
So where are we going to get all the money to pay all of this, we just get more paper and ink and print more dollars in the basement of the Federal Reserve.
The wheels have come off the government wagon and its broken to the point where it can’t be fixed. We have more corruption than any of have seen in our lifetime and as Aesop long ago said …”We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”
What we need is new blood, new faces and new ideas and you are not going to get that from the Washington establishment.
Or as Einstein said… “The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.”
“The Iranians are on the march,” warned John McCain Sunday.
“Iran is building a new Persian Empire,” echoed Col. Ralph Peters.
So alarmed is Speaker Boehner, he invited Bibi Netanyahu to come and challenge U.S. policy toward Iran from the same podium where the president delivered his State of the Union address.
Bibi will make the case for new U.S. sanctions on Iran; sanctions that Obama has said he will veto as they would sabotage talks on Iran’s nuclear program and potentially put us on the road to war.
Why are Bibi’s insights needed?
Because, says Sen. Robert Menendez, the outgoing chairman of foreign relations, White House statements sound like “talking points from Tehran.” This beloved poodle of AIPAC is always a strong contender for best in show.
“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence … a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.”
So warned our first and greatest president in his Farewell Address.
But this column is not about how Washington would weep at what has become of this Republic, nor a polemic against the corruption of a capital where the currency is campaign cash and national policy is the commodity bought and sold.
The issue is whether Iran represents a threat to our security worth risking a war. For that is where many, including Bibi, want us to go.
Last week’s panic was triggered by the ouster of the pro-American Yemeni President by Houthi rebels. Suddenly, we heard wails that Iran has now captured four Arab capitals — Baghdad, Beirut, Damascus and Sanaa.
“Death to America, death to Israel,” is a slogan of the Houthis who are a Shia minority in Sunni Yemen. But who do the Houthis view as their mortal foes?
OR: Why I should have been an engineer rather than a climate scientist
I’ve been inundated with requests this past week to comment on the NOAA and NASA reports that 2014 was the “hottest” year on record. Since I was busy with a Japan space agency meeting in Tokyo, it has been difficult for me to formulate a quick response.
In the three decades I’ve been in the climate research business, it’s been clear that politics have been driving the global warming movement. I knew this from the politically-savvy scientists who helped organize the UN’s process for determining what to do about human-caused climate change. (The IPCC wasn’t formed to determine whether it exists or whether is was even a threat; that was a given.)
I will admit the science has always supported the view that slowly increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere from burning of fossil fuels should cause some warming, but the view that this would is any way be a bad thing for humans or for Nature has been a politically (and even religiously) driven urban legend.
I am embarrassed by the scientific community’s behavior on the subject. I went into science with the misguided belief that science provides answers. Too often, it doesn’t. Some physical problems are simply too difficult. Two scientists can examine the same data and come to exactly opposite conclusions about causation.
We still don’t understand what causes natural climate change to occur, so we simply assume it doesn’t exist. This despite abundant evidence that it was just as warm 1,000 and 2,000 years ago as it is today. Forty years ago, “climate change” necessarily implied natural causation; now it only implies human causation.
What changed? Not the science…our estimates of climate sensitivity are about the same as they were 40 years ago.
What changed is the politics. And not just among the politicians. At AMS or AGU scientific conferences, political correctness and advocacy are now just as pervasive as as they have become in journalism school. Many (mostly older) scientists no longer participate and many have even resigned in protest.
Science as a methodology for getting closer to the truth has been all but abandoned. It is now just one more tool to achieve political ends.
SideBear: Dr. Roy Spencer is the number 1 climate scientist and if anyone knows, he knows.
Note this line from the article: we have totally forgotten that more CO2 is actually good for life on Earth, leading to increased agricultural productivity, and global greening?
SideBear: 97% of the CO2 comes from the oceans, it is a natural gas the Mother Nature gave to us, a gas that keeps all plant life green and growing.