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Re: Ben Stein’s What a Piece of Work:
This is the best article Ben Stein has ever written. It orients the reader to the most confusing, nebulous, ill-posed argument ever, and shows the gargantuan stakes involved and identifies the players and their motives.
One thing is certain to anyone who studies plant or animal physiology, planetary science, engineering, or physics: the widespread existence of negative feedback loops in systems. These are essential to life.
In the realm of carbon dioxide biochemistry, one feedback loop which certainly exists is:
1.) CO2 increases for whatever reason.
2.) Plants grow more rapidly and reproduce more rapidly in a CO2-enriched environment (Marijuana growers exploit this when they supercharge their crops with an atmosphere rich in CO2).
3.) More CO2 is consumed by the increased biomass of plants.
4.) This feeds back negatively to 1, thereby lowering and stabilizing the CO2 concentration, and presumably, regulating greenhouse-gas warming to some extent.
Every cell, every organism, every ecosystem, every planetary system has at least one of these types of equilibrating feedback loops. The human body has maybe a thousand such feedback mechanisms. Earth may have a million such feedback loops, all working right now.
The scientists all know this, and instead of plotting and working to understand and publicize such stabilizing mechanisms, have chosen instead to panic-monger to the public.
Their goal is made clear in Mr. Stein’s article: Impose totalitarian control over their would-be intellectual inferiors; re-distribute wealth; accrete power; negate personal freedom.
Wonderful article. Thanks, Mr. Stein.
— Francis Dillon
I am growing more frustrated with the compliant, “state-owned” media which ridicules Sarah Palin and glorifies Al Gore and Barack Obama. These “geniuses” bellow “we warm the earth” when we exhale!!
Somehow, I see an “Exhalation Tax” brewing.
It is high time we point these idiots out for what they are and
stop this nonsense which will ultimately end the America we all
grew up in.
— John Sorg
Re: Jeffrey Lord’s President Spock:
Mr. Lord is too kind in likening Obama to Mr. Spock. For one thing, Spock was likable and his logic based miscues were endearing but Obama strikes me as merely smarmy. Oh, I’ve heard over and over ad nauseam how personally likeable Obama is but I don’t see it. Back in the eighties when a Rising Sun in the east seemingly threatened to dominate the globe economically and many US business-people were busy aping Japan’s supposedly superior ways it was said that naive Americans constantly mistook a simple politeness and smiling demeanor as marks of friendship and trust. Such a misreading is how I view other’s infatuation with a hip and cool Obama. His vague affability masks a ruthless determination to enslave his fellows and yoke them in servitude to the state, his state. Jonah Goldberg rightly calls this interpersonal tactic of the left, “smiley faced totalitarianism”. Sure Obama is nice and friendly but he wants control over each of us in every way possible nonetheless. Smiles and handshakes as a subterfuge to thrusting the dirk only infuriate a man like me. Call me old school, but I prefer the enemies of liberty straight up and forthright in their intentions like the scowling, growling, uni-browed commies of yore over their smooth, urbane and even toned heirs. Liberals seemingly never learn from experience but their change in approach indicates maybe they do, much to our peril.
Secondly, I’ve seen no evidence beyond Democratic shills’ assertions that the man is brilliant, a unique thinker or even particularly brighter than average. He hasn’t laid out a single idea that hasn’t been floating around liberal circles and that hasn’t been tried and found wanting the world over for at least the 40 years I’ve been paying attention. Most of them, “universal healthcare”, for example, are ancient and hoary ideas from the dawn of the last century when the forward thinking assumed the good life could be ordered and benevolently managed from on high with just the right mix of intelligent people, emerging technology and modern organizational techniques. Back then Utopia through the aegis of total government beckoned but we’ve since learned how well that all worked out to mankind’s horror and sorrow. But for Dems it is always thus, Liberals are smart and sophisticated, Conservatives dumb rubes and it is as though the last 100 years never happened. In 2000 we witnessed the spectacle of a Republican candidate who graduated Yale, earned an MBA from Harvard, went on to fly F102s (modern fighter cockpits have been called the most stressful environment known to man), then succeed in the business world, and finally serve as governor of one of our largest and booming states labeled as dumb by supporters of the Democrats who finished Harvard then flunked out of Divinity school and crapped out of Law school or vice versa, whatever, who then went into legislative office and never actually produced or ran anything in his life. Which brings us back to Barry — speaking of supposedly brilliant men who never ran anything in their lives.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online