Tuesday, February 06, 2007
George Will on Global Warming
George Will has written a column on global warming hysteria (and specifically discusses the Senate's rejection, so far, of the Kyoto Protocol) that makes many good points, among them two that mortally wound the silly position of the "Terror-Free Oil" movement, which Bush shares (in bold below):
In 1997, when the Kyoto Protocol's essential provisions were known, a "sense of the Senate" resolution declared opposition to any agreement that would do what the protocol aims to do. The Senate warned against any agreement that would require significant reductions of greenhouse-gas emissions in the United States and other developed nations without mandating "specific scheduled commitments" on the part of the 129 "developing" countries, which include China, India, Brazil and South Korea -- the second, fourth, 10th and 11th largest economies. Nothing Americans can do to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions will make a significant impact on the global climate while every 10 days China fires up a coal-fueled generating plant big enough to power San Diego. China will construct 2,200 new coal plants by 2030.And speaking of tortillas, Nick Provenzo, Galileo, and I have all blogged at one time or another about the diversion of corn to fuel -- which the left is driving in the name of environmentalism while gearing up to blame the consequences on capitalism!
The president is now on the side of the angels, having promised to "confront" the challenge of climate change. The confronting is one reason for his fascination with new fuels. (Another reason, he says, is U.S. imports of oil from unstable nations. Our largest foreign source of oil is turbulent Canada. Our second largest is Mexico, which is experiencing turbulence because of the soaring cost of tortillas. They are made from corn, which is ... well, read on.) [bold added]
Amit Ghate Returns
It looks like posting has resumed at Thrutch. Among the attractions are this hilarious Rick Moranis satire on a trendy green co-op inhabited by limousine liberals in New York. It takes the form of a letter to its board of directors:
I've spoken to Time Warner about whether their coaxial and fiber optic cable can be restrung laterally across the courtyard for laundry drying. Needless to say how much energy this will save. Bob knows several people on the TWX board and says he'll pitch them on the "P.C.-P.R." of this.I was unaware that Moranis has his own web site. I plan to check in there once in awhile after this. Look for it in the Humor section on my link page.
The operator I spoke to (Magda was on hold for hours, though she has extra time now that I've stopped her doing the towels every day) said that he thought it wouldn't affect basic cable reception but wasn't sure about high-def. Bob says we shouldn't do this until well after the Final Four.
And speaking of new items on the link page, you can find a nifty online etymology dictionary (under Reference", HT: Ian Hamet) as well as another Humor link, to the hilarious Mr. Deity site. There, you can find links to You Tube skits premised on God interacting with various elements of the celestial bureaucracy. The embedded short below shows God deciding which afflictions and misfortunes he should "keep" as he creates the world.
Creator (pun intended) and star Brian Keith Dalton hopes to turn this into a television series. I wish him well! (HT: HBL)
Tom Rowland on Tracinski
The Blogger Formerly Known as the Walrus has started a series of posts in reply to Robert Tracinski's still-unfinished "What Went Right?" series. I have also added his blog, The View from Here, to the side bar.
I have solved the biggest outstanding glitch left over from my recent transition to new blogging software. It is now possible to jump directly to the backlinks for each individual post when you click on "backlinks". Since the backlinks often lead to later references I have made to my own posts, I plan to keep the functionality as it essentially provides automatic updates to posts on old topics.
To Boycott -- or Not?
Being very introverted, I rarely participate in such forums myself, so the question of whether I should boycott Steve Speicher's Forum for Ayn Rand Fans is almost moot, nevertheless, I found the following interesting....
The back-and-forth about Robert Tracinski's still-incomplete "What Went Right?" series continues in some of the forums, notably Steve Speicher's Forum for Ayn Rand Fans. Today, Diana Hsieh features a guest post by Tore Boeckmann on the suitability of such forums for developing a better understanding of Objectivism, after which she presents some good arguments of her own for boycotting Speicher's Forum. On the other hand, Myrhaf disagrees with her.
Not being a regular on Speciher's forum (or any other), I lean strongly towards Diana's position, particularly since, as she points out:
Stephen and Betsy Speicher [have been] publicly post[ing] quotes from Harry Binswanger's very private e-mail list for the sake of criticizing Objectivist intellectuals. ... I regard the public reposting of material from HBL without permission to be a clear violation of HBL policies.This actually may be a very generous way to put this. Aside from putting the intellectuals in question in a very awkward position, depending on exactly how this was done, this might have been a violation of Harry Binswanger's property rights.
Although my link policy clearly states that a link is not an endorsement, I now wonder whether I should continue listing the Forum as an "Objectivist" resource any longer.
More Profound Than They Realize
The Onion, on the rebuilding of New Orleans:
After an unprecedented 18-month cleanup and repair effort supervised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and several state and local government bureaus, Undersecretary for Federal Emergency Management R. David Paulison announced Monday that the city of New Orleans has been successfully returned to its pre–Hurricane Katrina state of decay and deterioration. [bold added]Indeed. We seem to be paying for everything but reform of the corrupt governments of New Orleans and of Louisiana. Until that happens, everything else is window dressing.
Note to Self
I am scared to death at the prospect of becoming a father in the next couple of years. Part of that fear comes from how terrible primary "education" has become, and not just in the public schools. At the end of this very interesting post on --of all things! -- diagramming sentences, Lisa VanDamme mentions that she publishes a newsletter, "Pedagogically Correct". I plan to subscribe.
And get a copy of Rex Barks, which she recommends, from Paper Tiger Books.
Today: (1) Corrected typo -- although "coop" for "co-op" almost merited leaving it as is.... (2) Added last section.
2-7-07: Added note at end of post.
2-9-07: Added second note to comments.
Notes on Comments
(1) Due to a bug-like feature of Gmail, which I use to track new comments, my replies to your comments will not necessarily be in the right order. My apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.
(2) A reader has emailed me to let me know that at least under some versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, a bar obscures part of the comments. I had known of this error before, but until I saw his screen shot, I had no idea how bad this problem was, at least for some. I will almost certainly not get to fix this until next week as I have some travelling to do this weekend. Until then, I recommend two workarounds: (1) Download and install Firefox, which does not suffer from the bug that is causing this in Explorer. -- OR -- (2) Find a phrase from the comment of interest, and search the comment feed for it. (This will only work for the latest comments.)
It may be that a cut-and-paste into another program, like Word, might allow you to read the full comment. I probably won't have a chance to try this today, however, to see whether it works.
My apologies for the inconvenience.