Thursday, December 6, 2018

Climate Change or Not

Interesting speculation:
"Climate change itself is already in the process of definitively rebutting climate alarmists who think human use of fossil fuels is causing ultimately catastrophic global warming.  That is because natural climate cycles have already turned from warming to cooling, global temperatures have already been declining for more than 10 years, and global temperatures will continue to decline for another two decades or more."

https://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2012/05/31/sorry-global-warming-alarmists-the-earth-is-cooling/?fbclid=IwAR2xkFsqCfQtXP-KXU0WX2yqJdfiSQEyrbx_v1SpyWO2Z_zIMN9fDGlVkH0#5aa3911b3de0

A new federal report on climate change predicts dire consequences if action isn't taken. Human sacrifice. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria.
Sorry, that's Bill Murray in “Ghostbusters.” But Murray's classic oration is only an exaggerated form of the predictions contained in the report, which include early death, food shortages and pestilence. Thus, environmentalists are dismayed that President Trump and much of the public have responded with a shrug.
They shouldn't be surprised, because there is little appetite for embracing meaningful climate change policies and there's a long history of such reports crying wolf.
https://newsok.com/article/5616517/skepticism-a-reasonable-response-to-climate-report

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Why 536 was the worst?

Volcano on Iceland ....
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11/why-536-was-worst-year-be-alive

Monday, December 3, 2018

Good bye Levi's ...

Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

That company won't miss the $40 or so I spent on their product as much as I will miss knowing what jeans I like to wear. Tried LL Bean, not terrible, will try Duluth Trading Post next. 

Sunday, December 2, 2018

CO2 Reductions Aren't Free

Writing for Commentary, Abe Greenwald notes that it “turns out that people — not just Americans — care deeply about melting ice caps and rising sea levels only under specific circumstances. Namely, when they can be blamed on the greed and stupidity of their political enemies. They find that they suddenly care a lot less when addressing climate change means shelling out a few extra euro cents. So the French came out in droves, lit bonfires, tore up some buildings, blocked streets, and chanted slogans.”
https://newsok.com/article/5616517/skepticism-a-reasonable-response-to-climate-report

A very easy way to reduce CO2 would be to ban pets of all kinds - but that will never be advocated because the advocates know they can only sell this disaster if they avoid showing how painful it would really be to reduce CO2 emissions. 

Common Sense Gun Reform and Other Unicorns

This is why I opposed back ground checks all those years ago - they don't work, they are expensive and they reinforce the idea of dependence on government for our safety.

https://www.nraila.org/articles/20181130/anti-gun-researchers-undermine-the-anti-gun-narrative

Monday, November 26, 2018

Inequality, Thank Goodness

I'll admit I have not read anyone's in depth analysis on why inequality is anything other than inevitable. Once government has enough power to regulate equality, it will regulate all the money to the insiders. 

Inequality is another "emperor's clothes", people talk about it but there's never been a point at which it was established that it matters, and there's no public debate about why it matters. If inequality were the result of government interference, on the other hand, that would matter to those who value liberty

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/heres-how-much-money-it-takes-to-be-among-the-richest-50-percent-of-people-worldwide/ar-BBPSBdV?ocid=ientp

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Self Evident?

They are self-evident, ultimately, because we believe that they are. Or because we believe in a God — whether biblical or not, literal or metaphorical or perhaps, like Jefferson’s or Einstein’s God, one and the same with the laws of nature — who decrees that they are. And, ultimately, this is a distinction without a difference. Either way, what lies at the foundation of the American experiment, our democracy, our very way of life, is an article of faith.
It is by no means the only possible political faith. For most of human history, no one believed in these propositions. Indeed, no one had even conceived of them. We forget how revolutionary these principles were at the time of the American founding, and even for centuries afterward. Until the late 20th century, liberal democracy was an exceedingly rare (and usually short-lived) phenomenon. For millennia, it appeared “self-evident” to most of humanity that the legitimacy of governments flowed from the divine right of kings, or the inherent superiority of a feudal aristocracy, or the enlightened wisdom of a theocratic priesthood. In the last century, totalitarian ideologies of left and right built regimes whose claims to legitimacy rested on the complete sublimation of individual worth to the deified class or race collective. And still today, authoritarians around the world bolster their support by championing the power of national and ethnic groups above the rights of the citizen.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-lessons-my-father-charles-krauthammer-taught-me-about-being-thankful/2018/11/21/c314bf34-ecee-11e8-8679-934a2b33be52_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.24d03038e2cf