Sunday, May 04, 2008
Recent polls suggest people are unwilling to throw money at global warming fantasies; no big surprise there. It is a surprise, however, to discover politicians (now in the UK, as in the US) are becoming aware of this:
Gordon Brown is poised to scrap a series of unpopular tax rises as part of sweeping changes to stave off a dangerous revolt over the rising cost of living which last week dealt Labour its worst electoral hammering in 40 years.
Today the Prime Minister will respond to a growing suburban uprising by signalling moves to help motorists and other consumers ...
Ministers also want Brown to rethink green taxes - including motoring charges and proposed ‘pay as you throw’ schemes for household rubbish - and to sideline his passion for Africa and the climate to focus on domestic worries.
Internal polling in London found Ken Livingstone’s green policies, such as new charges for gas-guzzling cars, alienated older voters, while the environment was at best a low priority for others, suggesting that, as families’ budgets shrink, so does their willingness to pay to save the planet.
Those green policies were red hot, according to IBD:
In London, green taxes were tacked onto everything from renewable-energy schemes to plastic bags. This month, Londoners are bracing for a $50-a-day tax to be slapped on those driving SUVs or luxury cars.
Labour officials were amazingly clueless about the burden these green taxes placed on ordinary Britons and merrily proposed more.
“If someone drops litter, they should be arrested,” Livingstone threatened during his campaign, thinking his resolve would impress rather than infuriate voters with its ecologically correct pettiness in a city otherwise awash in real crime.
We should be sceptical about the notion of radical shifts in mood in politics ... Now is the worst time for the Conservative Party to retreat from green politics.
Why? They’ve just started winning.
Maureen Dowd - the flounder of 43rd street - on Democrat gnawing:
The lioness of Chappaqua is hot on the trail of the Chicago gazelle, eager to gnaw him to pieces, like a harrowing scene out of a George Stubbs painting.
Perhaps Ms Dowd wasn’t thinking of this George Stubbs painting, although faint campaign overtones may be read into it:
Word on the street is you can’t even be satisfyin’ your man, bitch
EVEN MULTICULTIS HAVE THEIR LIMITS
Democrat Samantha Dunn falls for a Republican. Hostility ensues:
My friends - Westside-Topanga-artist-former-Peace-Corps-writer-multicultural-all-is-Zen pals - first questioned my sanity, then became angry. After my buddy Rachel was sure I wasn’t kidding about the whole Republican thing, she demanded to know how I could even stand to be in a room with someone who had worked for anti-choice candidates.
So much for choice.
Laura and Veronica were concerned: Was it hormonal? Was I that desperate to find a straight, employed, single man in Southern California? ... Other longtime acquaintances rescinded a dinner offer when I told them whom I was bringing.
She should tell them he’s a member of the Taliban. They’d be cool with it.
MOST BASES COVERED
Someone is a little upset with “vile lying fascists” who question the science:
You are all, with no exceptions, creepy little death cultists. You live and die by the feudal model where the CEO is God’s chosen royalty and you may get some perks or treats by being a particulary obsequious and bullying henchman - a paradigm kiss up, kick down sociopath.
The people whose water you carry and whose coats you hold are the ones, if any, who killed hundreds of thousands, or millions, with malaria. This is simply their usual defensive strike of projection to hide their own psycopathic behavior. In order to save a few pennies per hundred acres of crops, they decided to breed resistant strains of malaria. And you are their goons, their thugs, their lynch mob.
Very similar people decided to breed resistant strains of bacteria and kill thousands of people all over the developed world with them. This enabled their meat factories to produce water-weighted animals in unsanitary conditions. They even chose to sue a powerful celebrity simply for saying the words “I’ve eaten my last hamburger” on her own TV show.
It’s very interesting that you are willing to be the brownshirts for people creating resistant malaria (and even denying that evolution itself is possible) AS LONG AS they take species like the national bird of the United States down with the people they kill.
I’m not sure Satan’s lapdogs quite covers it, really.
(Via J.F. Beck)
The first person to walk to both the South and North poles told San Diego City College students he also might be the last because of global warming.
All those millions of people preparing for their North/South pole walks will be devastated.
UPDATE. Reader Ralph has some background on our walker:
I used to work for an evil capitalist multi-billion dollar company called Amway. Robert Swan once gave a talk there (apparently because Amway financed one of his polar walks) and everyone got a free copy of his book ‘Icewalk’.
I wonder if he ever gives any credit to Amway?
(The book has sat on my bookshelf - unread - for years.)
Saturday, May 03, 2008
TREES WORSE THAN CARS
A study released March 12 of four large California wildfires shows they collectively will put an estimated 38 million tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere through fire and subsequent decay of dead trees ...
The estimated 38 million tons of greenhouse gases is the equivalent of emissions from seven million cars - for one year. Nearly 10 million tons of harmful greenhouse gases were emitted from the fires themselves, with an estimated 28 million additional tons of carbon dioxide emitted from decay, mostly in the next 50 years.
Yet warmthers are still obsessed with vehicle emissions.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Boris Johnson last night notched up the Tories’ greatest electoral success since John Major’s surprise victory in the 1992 general election when he unseated Ken Livingstone as mayor of London.
Ecstatic Conservatives cheered at London’s City Hall, at the end of a count lasting more than 15 hours, as the man who had been dismissed as the Bertie Wooster of British politics took charge of one of the biggest political offices in Britain.
Smaller offices also changed:
Mr Johnson’s win followed the trend of local elections results across England and Wales, which saw support for Labour slump dramatically and a surge in popularity for the Tories.
The day of the mayoral election, The Guardian ran a piece headed “Don’t choose the clown!” in which a raggle-taggle collection of 34 different people - among them Vivienne Westwood, Bianca Jagger and Alan Rickman - queued up to say, in an oddly self-congratulatory way, just why they wouldn’t be voting for Boris Johnson.
It seemed that Boris’s joke-telling skills were the principal reason. “I’m happier with giving Ken another chance than I ever would be letting a joker like Johnson in,” said someone called Ty, billed as a hip-hop artist ...
Perversely, some comedians - Arabella Weir, David Mitchell - chose to denounce Boris for being a comedian. “Lovely to see other comedians getting work, but four years is a bit long for a comedy routine,” declared Mitchell, without saying why.
Strange people. Brown concludes with:
As GK Chesterton once pointed out, the opposite of funny is not serious: the opposite of funny is not funny.
UPDATE. A reader calls to say that the 1.00pm news on Radio National reported a mayoral victory to Boris Yeltsin.
UPDATE. One reader didn’t care much for it:
I am not going to bother with the rest of the article - it is full of drivel and and Time Blair’s usual self-righteous arrogance of how much better he is. Get an education you moron.
Local leftoad Bob Ellis tries out some of that Hillary-hatin’ so popular these days with the Obamic US left:
I’m getting to hate this woman.
Her towering frigidity, blazing hubris, bellowing mendacity, varying accent from region to region, her high school-standard acting and ceaseless haughty impersonation of Debbie Reynolds in The Unsinkable Molly Brown have got me properly simmering ...
She is a stranger to consistency, sincerity and (at a guess) oral sex ...
By contrast, Barack Obama is ...
... an intelligent, good and measured public man of, thus far, clean conscience.
We know he’s faithful to his wife.
Presumably due to her oral talents, if Bob’s any judge. Reader Perry picks up on that point in comments at Ellis’s (taxpayer funded) site:
How dare you add a woman’s perceived willingness to engage in oral sex as a marker of her character ... Sexist scum.
To which Bob charmingly replies:
I wouldn’t normally have raised this aspect of her private life but Hillary’s failure to ‘keep the dog on the porch’, as the famous Arkansas phrase puts it, had this not then caused, or partly caused Monica, the impeachment, Karl Rove’s ‘morality politics’, Gore’s loss, Bush’s win and, by global warming, the end of the world; like the length of Cleopatra’s nose it’s been, as it turns out, a big factor in everything that followed including a million deaths in Iraq and therefore probably worth noting by historians like me.
There you have it: according to Ellis, Hillary Clinton’s mouth is - by inactivity - the cause of one million Iraqi deaths and “the end of the world”. Another commenter asks of Bob:
When did marital fidelity suddenly become a virtue in your eyes?
(Via Currency Lad)
UPDATE. “Amazing,” writes Mark Steyn. “The mouth that launched a million deaths. Bill was denied, people died.”
UPDATE II. Ellis wasn’t previously so alarmed by the prospect of President Hillary. In 2005 he mentioned “the Presidential glow of Hillary Clinton”, and in 2003 came one of Bob’s always-accurate predictions:
Bush will be out of the White House and Dean, or Gephardt, or Gore, or Hillary Clinton in it, with Wesley Clark as Vice-President, by this time next year. And the US out of Iraq by July. See if I’m wrong.
You keep saying that, Bob. And we keep seeing it.
UPDATE III. A view from the left:
There’s a sad trend of self-proclaimed leftist men snapping and hurling sexist slurs in weirdly demented ways, and Ellis’ drivel is simply another example of it.
UPDATE IV. And further from the moderate left:
Something tells me Mr. Ellis has some serious emotional issues he needs to work out.
The cutest thing about this week’s no warming news is how flight-delayed accurate it claims to be:
The Earth’s temperature may stay roughly the same for a decade, as natural climate cycles enter a cooling phase, scientists have predicted.
A new computer model developed by German researchers, reported in the journal Nature, suggests the cooling will counter greenhouse warming.
However, temperatures will again be rising quickly by about 2020, they say.
The same people who only now predict a twelve-year cooling still expect to be taken seriously about eventual massive warming. They’re making this up as they go along. And it’s your fault for believing previous warming threats:
The projection does not come as a surprise to climate scientists, though it may to a public that has perhaps become used to the idea that the rapid temperature rises seen through the 1990s are a permanent phenomenon.
From whom might the public have gotten that crazy idea?
An environmental breakthrough at the property of reader Lee Matthews:
The giant Palouse earthworm is still among the Northwest’s rarest inhabitants, but two new discoveries suggest the native wigglers might be a bit more abundant than previously thought ...
Seattleite Lee Matthews, who collected the Leavenworth specimen, said he’s seen several odd worms since buying his property near the Bavarian-themed town in 1991. One of his first sightings came as he chipped away at a dirt bank to widen a roadway. A chunk of clay broke off and he saw something white.
“It was big enough that we thought it was a white snake,” he said. “There must have been 12 to 16 inches sticking out.”
He’s seen one or two of the worms nearly every year, usually in wet weather.
“I haven’t been hunting for these worms,” he said. “They just pop up.”
Freaky worm information: Lee FedExed his mighty invertebrate to University of Idaho wormalists.
TAXING TAXERS WHO DON’T PAY TAXES
First came the revelation of his failure to pay workers’ compensation insurance in New York. Then came the revelation of his failure to file corporate tax returns in California. This week it was revealed that Franken owes $70,000 in back taxes in 17 states.
Finally we’re laughing at Al. Took a while.
BLAIR LAIR FOUND
UPDATE. A deep south pigBlair understands possessive apostrophes, but professional journalist Traceeee Hutchison doesn’t:
... the other camp reverting to it’s natural default position of ignorant bully ...
Tell us more of this ignorance, Ms Hutchison.
Pamela Bone’s funeral was held yesterday in Melbourne. Mark Steyn:
I didn’t agree with Pamela Bone on most things, even at the end. But she understood in a way that too few of the left do that her culture and her civilization need defending and that the relativist mush of the age (not to mention The Age) is insufficient to the task. I shall miss her, and I wish there were more like her.
Towards the end of her life, in her running battle with doctrinaire opponents of the war in Iraq, she fired off a feisty riposte to the anti-war leftist Guy Rundle: “I may be old, weak and sick, but I have one thing Mr Rundle will never have: guts.”
Pam was a feminist, a humanist, a rationalist and a liberal internationalist. But her commitment to progressive intellectual movements was not worn with pretension and posturing, as if a fashion accessory.
And a caring leftist:
The witch Pamela Bone is finally dead and that must be a relief for anyone trying to turn over the wardrome of politics looking for any shell casings of truth, worthy of use as ashtrays.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
New posts in a day or so.