We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Christmas Season runs from the first day of Advent until the end of Epiphany. Joseph Bottum discusses. Advent and Epiphany are the religious, mysterious, joyful part, and Christmas is the secular, fun piece. It's all good, in my opinion.
...basically we are being asked to restructure the entire economy of the planet on the say-so of a few "scientists" whose work cannot be verified or even reconstructed. Is there any intellectually honest person who thinks that is a good idea?
Climate change is not just an environmental problem, it is a human rights issue. In fact it's the biggest child rights problem of our time. With the potential rise of up to 160,000 child deaths a year in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia directly resulting from climate change, it is children, the most vulnerable children, who will be caught at the centre of the storm.
Environmentalism should be regarded on the same level with religion "as the only compelling, value-based narrative available to humanity," according to a paper written two years ago to influence the future strategy of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), the world's would-be environmental watchdog.
Climate fluctuations will affect the lives of children in third-world countries. They have before and they will again, part and parcel of nature's many cycles.
Climate change action, based on the fallacy of AGW theory, is already harming children in third world countries. Efforts to control economies and energy sources always -- ALWAYS -- work against the poor and the middle-class. When the poor are already destitute, these activities serve to cut back on the resources to relieve their misery and to break the poverty chains.
Poor children need clean water, sufficient food, decent schools, electricity, mosquito control. They need, in other words, what America and Europe developed about two hundred years ago. They need growing economies. Growing economies depend on personal liberty and cheap energy -- the two factors that all "climate control" actions will reduce. Way to solve poverty!
News Junkie... I don't expect you or others here to remember every word from my mouth [old folks talk a lot] but when the Honduras coup-that-wasn't happened, I suggested that all one had to do was turn the circumstance around, imagining that our President had committed several illegal acts and had been adjudged to have contravened our Constitution, to realize how reasonable and un-coup-like the Honduras actions were. And officially to shut up about it. If a constitutionally established government in a sovereign country can't punish its malefactors without the Busybody Brigade trying to interfere in its entirely legal affairs, we ourselves are verging on illegality.
I admire Honduras, which persisted in its course toward its legal election, in spite of bullying from Washington, and went ahead and held its election and elected Zelaya out of power. Best news we had all last week.
We could start a mutual admiration society, Marianne, but Maggie's team has other uses for the real estate.
That said, your statement on Honduras is also on point. In fact, as I recall, the left spent the time from 1/21/01 to 1/20/09, pretty much inclusive, demanding that our Congress do exactly what the Honduran system did -- except the Honduran people and their leaders had a reason to do it.
In fact, the left would probably have crowed with delight if GWB had been dumped in Canada in his PJs at 4 am.