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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Global Warning

If you have read much of this blog, you know how I feel about the idiotic pseudo-science of "global warming". (I put it in quotes because we may have some warming of our climate, but NOT man-made, and NOT anything we can control) If you follow any of the non-traditional news or do any digging beyond the headlines, you may have seen the reporting of the scandal based around tens of thousands of documents and emails from the Hadley Climate Research Unit in England. These emails and documents, although possibly out of context, contain damning evidence of a conspiracy to defraud the world concerning man-made global warming. Check out "Climategate" in a Google or anywhere else for details. I, like others, am now more convinced than ever that the whole man-made global warming thing is a hoax. Maybe not even an innocent one. The cost to society and our way of life to do what these eco-nuts wanted would have (and still could if we don't act on this info) destroyed it. The correspondence between these global warming "experts" shows that exclusion of anyone that disagreed with them was commonplace, that manipulation of facts and figures was necessary to back up their claims, and that the whole thing is/was a lie. If you want more on this STUDY. Go and read posts I have done previously - I have links and info there that will help. Get with friends and family and have them study. Then get with your elected officials and STOP any plans to "fight global warming". Following is a link to a great site with documented FACTS about climate change. If we allow this, either by participation or apathy - we will all pay. (hey, I sound like a global warming alarmist - "the sky is falling" - sorry) Climategate should be the end to this nonsense. Help make it so.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanks and stuff

I was going to do a wonderful, erudite, elucitative, and enjoyable post about Thanksgiving and the giving of thanks. Been there, done that... go to the days pre and post Thanksgiving for the past two years and read if you are looking for that. Blah, Blah, thankful.. yada, yada, ate too much.. whatever. Enlightenment to resume shortly. Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Want some cheese with that?

We are a nation of whiners. If you add the social, political, and financial freedoms we have, we are indeed living in the greatest nation on earth. I have a shirt that I wear occasionally that says "No Whining" on it. People love it. I have had more comments on that shirt than any other piece of clothing I own. The problem is, everyone likes it; no one owns up to it! I know I whine. One could say this blog is an exercise in whining. (maybe it is, what's it to you? I can't make my opinions known? .....sorry - lost it a minute) We complain about how horrible things are. I know that we are going through some challenging times financially. I feel we are going through some very challenging times socially/politically. But, all in all for most of us, things are pretty good. Our whining manifests itself in our tremendous sense of entitlement. Striving for a better lifestyle and a more secure financial future is good. That ideal was one that built this nation into the greatest financial growth engine on earth. However, today people want a better lifestyle and financial security, but want it given to them. If I have six and you have two, taking two from me is not a way to make things "fair". Yes, we both would have four now (I did the math for you, I know math can be a challenge), but how is taking something from someone that obtained them legally, morally, and ethically; fair? The best illustration of this that most people "get" is with grades. In every classroom setting you have the studious, the not-so-studious, and the stupid. (I know, not PC - but hey - some people are just not as well endowed in the cranial portion of their anatomy - if you don't follow that - you may be one of them) You have the people that make the A's, some people that make some B's, if a teacher/professor is following the intent - most people making C's, some struggling at D, some collecting F's, and some that a new letter should be invented for. How about if at the end of the course the teacher/professor said "It is unfair that there are people making A's and people making F's. I am going to average everything out and give all of you a C". That means the deadwood gets a C as well as the person that worked and studied and gave it their all. Most folks can see the inherent problem with that grading system. However, when it comes to incomes and financial aspects of life, they just don't get it. The reason communism/socialism do not, and have not worked is - they can't. If you take away the incentive for performers to be rewarded for their efforts, they will not perform. If you take away the "punishment" (failure) from those that do not perform; they become even more of a burden. By the way, for those of you that point to Cuba, China, or others as proof that these forms of government DO work - shame on you. The point of communism or socialism is to "even out" the wealth between all people. Greed, ambition, drive, etc prevent this from happening. If you do not think that there is a difference between how an average Chinese peasant and a member of the Chinese politburo lives and their incomes - go away now! You cannot "even out" the distribution of wealth without destroying the source of that wealth - ambition and drive from those willing to work for a better life. I was in a convenience store the other day and was met at the counter by a VERY happy clerk. I commented that he seemed especially joyous and he said "Today I became a US citizen". I congratulated him. I asked how long he had been here and he proceeded to tell me his story. Briefly, here it is. He came here on a student visa from India four years ago. He was very captivated by our way of life. After two years of school, he decided he wanted to live here in America. He got a work visa and went out to find a job in computers/IT - what he had done in India. Now this was 2007 and we were rolling along economically, but he could not find a job in IT. He went to work at a computer assembly plant on the line while continuing to go to school at night. He had problems making his bills, so he took a second job (while still working full time at the computer plant and going to school part-time). As we headed into this recession, he lost his job at the computer plant and had to leave school to find a job that made enough money. He went to work for this local convenience store company while keeping his second job at McDonald's. He later started cleaning up offices at night - so he worked three jobs. But, he is now a citizen, can now become a manager for this convenience store company. He told me that they have a program where he can become part owner of the store he runs if he goes to certain markets and helps them open a store. He proceeded to tell me that this is the greatest country on earth. He was literally beaming with pride at becoming a citizen and flush with the excitement of all the opportunities he had before him. Notice the timeline on this - during the Great Recession. Did I mention he was black? In India, blacks are treated with extreme contempt in most areas. Did I mention he was Muslim? Muslims in India are a minority and are also treated with tremendous prejudice. He was thrilled at the reception he got here in this country, and how he was able to get ahead. He said in his native country he would have been lucky to get a small plot of land and work it for a subsistence living. We have people of all colors, creeds, and religions in this country. We have a large group of them that expect the larger group of us that work for what we have to subsidise them. This convenience store clerk is proof that if you are willing to work - three jobs if necessary - at night if necessary - you can get ahead. Even if you are dark skinned, have a "funny" accent, and are not a Christian. You don't need mine - earn your own. If you need a bit of help while you earn yours - I'll be here.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Still here

Remember the "atom smasher" I talked about a while back that was built in France? The largest machine ever built by man. It is going to be used to find quantum particles that until now have eluded researchers. These particles have been determined by math and physics to exist, but have never been "seen". I mentioned that the problem with this machine is that it appears to be a "lemon". After years of design and construction and billions and billions of dollars, it still won't work. The problem with this machine and the fact that it might be a dud is that there are no small number of people that believe it could destroy the earth when it is actually used. (to be fair there are a large number of people that believe Elvis is sitting somewhere with JFK and a space alien drinking gin fizzes) Well, they tried to crank this thing up again this week. Can you say "shut down". The machine had to be shut down when a bread crumb, possibly from a stray bird (this unit is over 300 feet underground, but they said a bird) was dropped into the machine. Just a mention - THE MACHINE COULD DESTROY THE EARTH! IT HAS FAILED SEVERAL ATTEMPTS TO WORK! BIRDS ARE DROPPING BREAD CRUMBS IN IT! There are some people that think the machine, when operating, would create a particle so "vile to nature" that there is something from the future that is preventing it from operating. No really, I heard Elvis say it... Oh well.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk

I don't know where to begin, so I'll just wade on in. The anti-capitalist eco-nuts have almost (that is my optimism - in reality they probably HAVE) done it. The unsupported, non-documented, anti-science theory of man-made global warming is now a given. I read something every day from unsuspecting or willing accomplises that talk about how this is being done, or should be done to "combat global warming" or "fight climate change". Sad. But as I wrote many months ago - “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels The people that are out to destroy capitalism and your way of life know this. Get the media on board and have them spew the half-truths and pseudo-science of global warming and people will accept it as fact. I have many, many posts on this blog about this, so I won't repeat myself. But, do some studying people. There are tens of thousands of respected and trained scientists that are trying to let us know that the whole thing is a hoax. There are two main reasons for the climate change lie. (and a third innocent one - the poor uneducated mind-numb saps that just want to help preserve and protect the earth and the environment and don't know any better) 1) money - if we go to this carbon credit system as a requirement of businesses and others to justify their lifestyle - the trading of carbon offset credits will be a HUGE moneymaker. The major financial trading firms want a piece of this. They all know that they can sit back and make a commission off of every carbon credit trade and get rich. 2) destruction of the evil thing that is the American way of life. Unfortunately there are people living here (and living well) off of the American way of life that don't think it is "fair" that we are the most powerful and rich nation on the earth. The fact that we are better off than most of the world's population is disgusting to them. Therefore we have to be taken down a couple of notches. What better way that to put a penalty on the energy sources that power our way of life? Again, do some reading. Google - climate change hoax or similar and read. The other thing that is being forced upon us is the health care / insurance deal. First, do not think for a minute that the powers that be are really trying to get healthcare at a reasonable cost for all of us. That is the cover story that is being used to lull you into supporting this debacle. If the goal was really to get cost effective healthcare for all Americans there are easier ways to do it. If you wanted to do it the easiest - just expand Medicare and Medicaid to cover the people that don't have insurance now that want it. (I say "want it" because there are people out there with insurance available that don't want to pay for it - I have a son that way. He is 22 and is still invincible in his mind. Although he has insurance available from his job, he is not signed up because he doesn't want to pay the premiums.) Even if you believe the doomsayers that use the 46 million number, that cost figure would be a lot less than what they are doing now. (if we stop giving free healthcare to illegals it would be a lot less) If the goal was affordable quality healthcare for all there are many other changes that could be made to help. How about tort reform. Defensive medicine, or the ordering of tests to rule out the most obscure diagnosis are rampant. The US takes more MRIs than the rest of the world combined (or close anyway - hey I need some hyperbole as well). Doctors can't treat you for the obvious just in case you picked up a weird parasite from that last trip to Somalia or whatever. People don't seem to want to accept that doctors are people too. They are just doing a job. Like you and me they will make mistakes. That is inevitable. Legal action is NOT a substitute for medical care. How about allowing insurance companies to write policies accross state lines? That would help cut costs as well. How about allowing insurance companies to offer limited coverage insurance policies? Every policy written now has to include coverage for pregnancy, for example - I don't need to pay for that! But, it is required to be in there. Oh whatever. It just bothers me because people are such lemmings. All they can see it the butt of the lemming in front of them.