Why would I have any reason to care about global warming or "saving" the planet Bill? I am after all a public school graduate. Lets just review that . . .from absolute nothingness a huge explosion about four billion years ago finds me here on the third rock from the sun. At best I get eighty maybe one hundred years of existence then I die. Because of an opposable thumb and a jawbone that allows my brain to grow larger than my chimpanzee ancestor, my big eighty to one hundred years is just a bit more cognizant and creative than the other living things here with me . . .before I wither and die like everything else. None of this existence . . .life . . .serves any purpose or has any meaning other than the mathematical probability that my specie will reproduce, adapt and evolve accordingly. Oh but wait . . . I can be a good citizen . . .I can just say no . . .
I can build a better community and a better "tomorrow". And ultimately if I choose to throw out my Bible and join the march toward a humanistic secular state . . .I get to toss it in the recycle bin so that the next big eighty to one hundred years is there . . .always?
I understand completely. Those long, dark, cold winters in Stanley have a tendency to make you confused, depressed and a bit nihilistic.
The other side is the same way. Thhheeee . . .othhhh . .er . . .ssside . . .is thhhhheee. . .same . . .wwayyyy. No one listens to facts in politics. Conservatives and liberals back and for back and forth . . . is not! is too! is not! is too! "scientists say this" . . ."scientists say that" . . ."scientists say this" . . ."scientists say . . .
There is no validity to any argument that begins with the words "scientists say". The proper terminology for the subject matter you (and apparently your parakeet) are discussing is thermodynamics, entropy, thermochemistry . . .just to start with. Begining at grade 12 (public school) a text in physics or chemistry will be well beyond the ability of 80 adults in a room of 100 here in Idaho. Moving into the college ranks (in a discussion about "going green" . . ."global warming" . . ."carbon foot prints" and any thing captain planet and Rush Limbaugh fight about) we quickly find that energy is not green and warming (heat) is the most complicated and difficult subject matter in the academic world. There will probably be fewer than 10 Idaho adults in a room of 100 able to comprehend a university level scientific discussion in these topics. The rest are called political "scientists".
This is the best I have seen in the Weekly. How did you get this job? Do you actually go into the building to sit down and write this stuff or just submit it from afar? If you are at a desk and in reach of Bill Cope's desk . . .please slap the shit out of him and say we don't care about your parakeet . . .red . . .and mullet boy.
I'm a social and economic liberal like you, Bill but you're dead wrong on the Junk Science supporting the hypothesis of Dangerous Anthropogenic Global Warming. Here's a list of Books you need to read on the subject many of which are written by liberals and most of the author's are scientifically literate. 1.Climate: The Counter Consensus by professor Robert M. Carter. 2. The Great Global Warming Blunder by Roy W. Spencer 3. Climate: the Great Delusion by Christian Gerondeau 4.Global Warming Alarmists, Skeptics and Deniers by Robinson & Robinson 5. Heaven and Earth: Global Warming, the Missing Science by Ian Plimer 6. Landscapes & Cycles: An Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism by Jim Steele 7.
Let's imagine for a moment that there was a consensus among EVERYBODY - the enlightened liberals and the dim-bulb conservatives and everybody in between - on the reality of global warming. There's a lot they disagree on, but everybody agrees - the world is warming up! Let's also imagine that everybody agrees - global warming is caused by human activity. 7 billion people, all wringing their hands in unison!
Okay - now what?
What do we do? Summarily execute half the population - maybe all the conservatives? Confiscate automobiles? Mandate no thermostats set above 55 in the winter, or lower than 85 in the summer? Shut down the power grid several hours a day? Take away everybody's smart phone and electric blanket? Take away the Conservative Private Jets? (Algore would still need HIS Private Jet, obviously, since he's doing so much good with it!)
What do we do, Bill and Coocoo and Badger Bob?
Can President Obama sign an Executive Order (endorsed by all 435 members of Congress, since we're all in agreement), that henceforth the globe will warm no longer? (Maybe he can! If memory serves, he declared shortly after his election that the oceans would henceforth quit rising.) Is this a job for the G8, or the United Nations?
Here's another question. Bill, what are you and Coocoo doing personally, to minimize your "carbon footprint"? You squawk the squawk, but do you walk the walk?
Seriously! What measures would we as the Human Family, be willing to take to stop global warming? You say "We have to... do what needs to be done." What do you have in mind?
Even Al Gore wouldn't be entirely happy with this week's installment of Cope's fantasy world. Maybe ol' Bill just got his liberal talking points mixed-up with those from 10 years ago or so, but someone needs to let him know that the proper terminology isn't "Global Warming" anymore. No, that alarmist mantra has been updated....it's now called "Climate Change". This not-so-subtle difference was necessary when the liberal establishment suddenly realized that even moderately-intelligent people were starting to -- rightfully -- question the hysteria being peddled by such 'experts' as Al Gore. You see, our little planet has been both warming and, shockingly, cooling for as long as it's been spinning around out here in the universe. Another word for that phenomenon is, simply, WEATHER. Now don't just take my word for it. There are actually scientists out there who have broken from the flock and done their own research (weird as that may sound to the liberal establishment who are used to just sticking with the pack mentality). What they have found may actually surprise you: http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2013/05/26/to-the-horror-of-global-warming-alarmists-global-cooling-is-here/2/. Maybe next, Cope will tell us all about how great Obamacare is. Oh wait......
Good stuff, John. Can't wait to see the new t-shirt.
I don't like to throw things out either. But there's no point in hoarding them for later use. Give those extra things to someone NOW so they can use them. If nobody wants them, then perhaps those things aren't really useful after all. And with books...I've kept many, many books "captive" in bankers' boxes because I don't have room for them on my shelves. Lately, I've been releasing them out into the world where they can have a new life. Sort of a literary catch-and-release program.
Considering that humans are mostly creatures of instinct and habit like a lot of other critters, actual "free will" plays a small part in human activities. But you're too quick to blame the "hording" instinct. After all "hording" is collecting items for possible future use. Maybe the "lazy" instinct and the "procrastinating" instinct is keeping you out of your basement.
Nailed it once again, Bill. Except to say that the "goofy Bastards" are the people who vote these far right politicians into office and the politicians themselves are "cunning assholes".
Val Kilmer was seen last night (1/16/14) at the Starbucks on Eagle & Meridian in Boise. The Shift Supervisor got her picture taken with him.
The folks that lived through the depression have a lot to teach us so we can get through the depression we're living through today.
The U.S. has become garage sale nation for the last few years with more and more people living on less and less.
Spend a bit of time in the many Youth Ranch stores and its obvious that more and more folks are trying to make their meager funds stretch as far as they can.
As the economy continues to deteriorate over the next few years, the continued hoarding of wealth by the corporate/banking parasites, will send an increasing number of the Middle Class into poverty and push more of those already living in poverty into tent camps and the streets.
Welcome to Neo-Feudal Slavelandia
P.S. Watch for another false flag attack and another great war to take the public attention off of the largest wealth transfer in history.
Zach, your acknowledgment of the right to keep and bear arms is a pleasant surprise! I imagine you are a distinct minority among your "enlightened and progressive" peers.
As a "social moderate," I think the "add the words" legislation isn't quite so simple. Let me explain.
If my next-door neighbor is a law abiding citizen, his owning one or 100 guns does not infringe on MY liberty in any way. (If I'm wrong, explain how.)
By contrast, if my next-door neighbor owns a duplex that he rents out, should he be compelled to rent it to LGBT tenants... or for that matter to a non-married hetero couple, if he has religious/moral objections to their behavior? If a religious person bakes cakes, but doesn't want to bake a cake with two brides or two grooms on top... should he have to anyway? (I'm not arguing that such a viewpoint is right or wrong. But I will gladly argue that a citizen has the right to maintain such a viewpoint. Just wondering if he should be forced to do business if it's in conflict with his beliefs. It's not a simple issue when the rights of multiple people are in the balance.)
Good column Bill. As we used to say "right on" The notion that the public lands in the west should be taken over and managed by the states is misguided and I am sure illegal. It would be the same as the "good people" of Washington DC deciding to take over the Lincoln Memorial and turn it into the Lincoln Walmart and McDonald's mall. After all they know what works best for the land in their district, and would provide jobs and tax revenue to DC.
The primary interest of the Business Class, which controls its political minions, is in finding a way to commodify everything under the sun, and funnel the financial gains to themselves.
They can't allow the rabble to use land that can be turned to a profit, since that would be a waste of valuable entrepreneurial enterprise.
Its inevitable that as the parasites run out of foreign targets to extract wealth from, they will increasingly turn their attention back home with renewed interest in extracting what they can from publicly owned land, utilities and infrastructure.
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Novels, Short Stories, Religious Texts, Movies and Sitcoms overflow with imaginary friends and enemies. I assure you Red won't be missed and will be replaced with someone even more amusing and frightening.
Ashes to Ashes, Stardust back to Stardust, Muck to Muck. The Universe is unaffected by life on Earth, whether Worm, Virus or Primate. Meaning and Purpose is all in your imagination. You have no choice but to live until you die, just like the Virus and the Worm.
I agree, mostly. The meek will not begin to inherit the Earth in 2014. Instead, the Fanatics will increase their power by hoodwinking the Idiots among us.
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