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.
If you believe . . . if you really really believe, climate chaos has arrived.
But you have to truly and sincerely believe.
The science doesn't matter.
Crichton’s Rational Environmentalism Needs a Reawakening
Environmentalism, according to Crichton, has gone well beyond these principles, and has become a movement that cannot admit to past or present mistakes or excesses.
Crichton believed that environmentalism fulfills an innate urge that urban atheists may embrace as an alternative to religion. This may be a bit much at least insofar as environmentalists, including Crichton himself, come from a wide diversity of faiths and personal ideologies. But Crichton was on to something when he questioned the reactions he would sometimes elicit from many environmentalists.
Why is debate closed on these questions when they can be challenged on a factual basis? Why can’t the facts speak for themselves?
The intense reactions environmentalists displayed toward Crichton during his lifetime, and toward his legacy today, are unfounded unless something more powerful than reason is involved—belief, ideology, passion, a primal inner need for meaning and mission.
Our Mayor gave the State of the City address last night. Ninety-nine percent involved how we have to mobilize all our resources to fight, yes, Climate Change.
Issues not addressed in the speech:
1. Increasing crime.
2. Out of control "homeless" situation.
3. Fact city is heading towards bankruptcy.
4. Fact taxes and fees are skyrocketing, but with decreased services and the fact the city now cannot fulfill core services such as trash pickup.
5. Fact city cannot pay off on its pension obligations.
6. Dismal condition of our roads and infrastructure.
7. Fact that the City's former police chief, prosecutor, assistant prosecutor and police are under federal investigation or active prosecution for corruption and involvement in drugs (federal trial of police chief and his wife, an assistant prosecutor, is going on right now).
8. Fact that the City's boondoggle rail project is $5 billion over budget and under investigation by the feds for financial irregularities, and the fact the City has no plan for how it is going to pay for operations if it ever gets built.