Archive for May 2009
You would think that “experts” would simply study UFO’s, Bigfoot, Loch Ness, etc. and give a definitive answer. After all we’ve had 60 years or so of sworn testimony that these phenomenon are occurring.
What’s the problem?
No government grants!
I hated wasting the money to buy the January/February 2009 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer (Vol. 33, Issue 1) which has for years been trying to debunk all sorts of so-called paranormal phenomena. But the cover said: Special Issue “The New UFO Interest: Scientific Appraisals.” This is an excellent example of false advertising since the appraisals are anything but scientific. SI is published by what is now labeled “The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry” (CSI Lite??). In actuality, the active writers and “investigators” aren’t skeptics. They are Debunkers doing their best to pull the wool over the eyes of a curious public. They know the answers, and so don’t really need to investigate. Proclamation is more their style. Deception is the name of the game. For example, inside the front cover is a very impressive list of about 75 scientists, writers, philosophers, etc., including three Nobel Prize winners. Also included on the list is Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” whose purpose is to Deny… judging by his Larry King appearances. Unfortunately, most of the highly credentialed people aren’t the ones who write the articles or “investigate.” The dirty work in the trenches is normally done by the debunkers in residence. The primary tools are those of the propagandists such as very selective choice of data, positive and negative name calling, and misrepresentation.
Buy a Pepsi or a share of GM. Chrysler becomes Fiat. No really, Fiat. New unemployment claims are over 600,000 a month. Corporate profits are tanking. Defaults on first mortgages are exploding. And second mortgage defaults, who knows?
And don’t forget, deficit spending plans to bail everybody out are out of control.
Meanwhile, here at ground zero Idaho, Patti got her (small) yearly raise yesterday at Wally World.Of course, based on lower sales, we have more work with less employees than ever. Sales off by 10% doesn’t help.
At least, the garden is mostly in and the place is looking good.
Now I need to plan our retirement better. We’ll go back in to business after I get our insurance plan at Walmart fully funded. Need $5000 a piece to cover us for any serious illness. The plan covers 100% of hospitalization. I’ll be able to use the money to cover Medicare coverage after I reach 65 or spend it as we see fit.
About half way there.
All hinges on getting through this, hopefully, short depression. Expect all the stimulus money to kick in the state’s economy next year and pick up employment.
I expect this fiscal stimulant to be effective for a couple of years. Hope I’m being too pessimistic. I need happy people enjoying themselves to buy my shit!!!
Want a peek at your future? Oil passes $65. Some one has to pay for all the broke dicks who no longer work, drive or have a roof over their heads.
Speculators rule Wall Street now as they learned fron George Sorros and the Feds on trading on price swings and borrowing government bailout and loan money to grab huge profits.
Buy food. Your best investment. Expect huge inflation in consumables that depend on oil. Toilet paper, fresh vegetables, Chinese goods and anything related to farming, the next investment boom coming.
Everybody has to eat. Setting up a food stand, I like hot dog carts. people will get out for cheap entertainment and buy a $2 hot dog and bitch about the economy.
Be plenty to bitch about for awhile!
Another year at wally World and I’ll be set. Looking for the economy to perk up some and I can go back on the road. pay for the cart and hit the fairs and air shows in Florida winter of 2011.
Hot dog cart has a great ring to it right now. Check it out.
Jesus next thing you know we’ll have to hire Americans. You know what a bunch shitheads they are. Then the government will be able to tax and lend money again here in America. Might even save the economy.
Can’t have that.
Who’s going to pay all those bankers fees and international bank loans?
This won’t last. No body gets or stays elected for defying the ruling elites war on the working stiff!
Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress have declared war on Canada. The press is calling it a “trade war,” but aggression is aggression:
Ordered by Congress to “buy American” when spending money from the $787 billion stimulus package, the town of Peru, Ind., stunned its Canadian supplier by rejecting sewage pumps made outside of Toronto. After a Navy official spotted Canadian pipe fittings in a construction project at Camp Pendleton, Calif., they were hauled out of the ground and replaced with American versions. In recent weeks, other Canadian manufacturers doing business with U.S. state and local governments say they have been besieged with requests to sign affidavits pledging that they will only supply materials made in the USA.
Outrage spread in Canada, with the Toronto Star last week bemoaning “a plague of protectionist measures in the U.S.” and Canadian companies openly fretting about having to shift jobs to the United States to meet made-in-the-USA requirements. This week, the Canadians fired back. A number of Ontario towns, with a collective population of nearly 500,000, retaliated with measures effectively barring U.S. companies from their municipal contracts — the first shot in a larger campaign that could shut U.S. companies out of billions of dollars worth of Canadian projects.
And this war isn’t just causing friction between nations — it’s doing damage within U.S. cities:
Watch the price of oil. I figured it would trade between 50 or 60. May pop to 80. Gas will probably hit my predicted 7-8 dollar range by 2011 or so as all this printing press money ends up in the banks creditors who speculate for a living.
So much for recovery.
Trace every bust in American economy since Nixon took us off the gold standard and it leads back to oil speculation of one sort or another.
Instead of a concerted effort to drill and conserve we get half-assed measures that are in la-la land .
But that’s part of the new religion, “Environmentalism” that dotes on a major tenant that cars are the tools of the infidels. The evil ones. Those bastards in the oil companies.
The auto industry exists because of cheap energy which produces “Global Warming” gases which will flood the planet, kill the stupid polar bears (the smart ones will be on welfare) and smear the rich bitches make up with all that blubbering.
Of course, destroying the auto industry must be a common good because broke dicks work there and buy these shitty cars that the government insists these poor bastards have to make.
But I know that Obamama will wave his magic wand and I” be able to drive to work on my new camel, like his daddy!
Can you hear that? It’s the sound of the final nail being hammered down onto the coffin lid of the U.S. car industry.
President Obama wields the hammer — in the form of a massive uptick in federally required fuel economy standards that will require each automaker’s lineup of new vehicles to achieve an average of 35.5 MPG by 2016.
But what could be so bad about forcing the automakers to make cars more fuel efficient? Dig deeper and you’ll see.
Cash. Lots of cash. If I could figure a way to make money off the global warming scam, I would. Why else would anyone give a shit about a degree or two increase or decrease over the next 100 years.
Dead people don’t have a say any ways. And we’ll be long dead! Give me the cash!
Naturally, many CEOs are genuinely concerned about global warming. But many of the most vocal stand to profit from carbon regulations. The term used by economists for their behavior is “rent-seeking.”
The world’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer, Copenhagen Climate Council member Vestas, urges governments to invest heavily in the wind market. It sponsors CNN’s “Climate in Peril” segment, increasing support for policies that would increase Vestas’s earnings. A fellow council member, Mr. Gore’s green investment firm Generation Investment Management, warns of a significant risk to the U.S. economy unless a price is quickly placed on carbon.
Even companies that are not heavily engaged in green business stand to gain. European energy companies made tens of billions of euros in the first years of the European Trading System when they received free carbon emission allocations.
American electricity utility Duke Energy, a member of the Copenhagen Climate Council, has long promoted a U.S. cap-and-trade scheme. Yet the company bitterly opposed the Warner-Lieberman bill in the U.S. Senate that would have created such a scheme because it did not include European-style handouts to coal companies. The Waxman-Markey bill in the House of Representatives promises to bring back the free lunch.
U.S. companies and interest groups involved with climate change hired 2,430 lobbyists just last year, up 300% from five years ago. Fifty of the biggest U.S. electric utilities—including Duke—- spent $51 million on lobbyists in just six months.
Many have forgotten that it was no less than Enron that was the biggest backer of the Kyoto Protocol for the simple reason that as a major natural gas producer, Enron stood to make billions of dollars from a system of mandated emission credits.
The cozy corporate-climate relationship was pioneered by Enron, which bought up renewable energy companies and credit-trading outfits while boasting of its relationship with green interest groups. When the Kyoto Protocol was signed, an internal memo was sent within Enron that stated, “If implemented, [the Kyoto Protocol] will do more to promote Enron’s business than almost any other regulatory business.”
In addition to Duke Energy, among the firms pushing for mandatory controls on carbon dioxide emissions are General Electric, Shell, British Petroleum, Ford, ConocoPhillips, Dow Chemical, DuPont, Alcoa, American Electric Power, Caterpillar, John Deere, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, PNM, Siemens, Xerox, IBM, PG&E, News Corp., PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Nike.
Yet, this obvious interest-group component of the stampede to adopt extremely costly (and pointless, as Lombørg himself has shown) regulations of such non-pollutants as carbon dioxide appears to matter little in the major media or among most environmental groups. Indeed, there is no outcry! While true-believing climate alarmists have sought to smear and dismiss legitimate, scientific questions raised by scholars and organizations that receive funding from businesses opposed to climate controls, claiming that they are simply stooges for corporate interests, pro-alarmist groups supported by firms having an obvious interest in the adoption of climate statism are somehow enlightened, objective, incisive, and reliable. Why the double standard? The answer is that the climate alarmist view has far more to do with power politics, the shallowness of “elite” culture, and the fact that global warming is largely about environmental religion, not science.
Meanwhile, the Copenhagen Climate Council’s upcoming World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen is stacked with proponents of climate catastrophe with Mr. Gore as keynote speaker and media sponsors including MSNBC, National Geographic, the New York Times Company, and Berlingske Tidende. And next week, the Heartland Institute’s Third International Conference on Climate Change will be held in Washington, D.C., featuring two dozen climate skeptics and co-sponsored by forty skeptic groups. So, how do you believe the two events will be reported?