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.
Soros says "war on terror" is no more than a lousy metaphor. (I agree - it's a war against Islamic imperialism.) Ankle Biting. More thoughts on Soros' foreign policy views at View from 1776. You have to wonder who named Soros an expert on anything other than currency trading?
Bishop of Rochester blames multiculturalism for Brit Jihadism. I don't know whether he is right, but he makes good points. YARGB
Rates up, housing values down. What will be the effect on spending? Daily Pundit
Hmmm, really, global warming a hoax? So smart you are!! I think one should reflect seriously when a chosen conclusion agrees with one's politics. In this case you do damage to the science and the discussion with this approach. By making what needs to be a serious inquiry a political argument you do damage to everyone. This is exactly what Bush has done to cheapen American political discussion and ruin our reputation around the world.
Did you get the BBC thing on melting Greenland, etc. I sent you? I don't know what God has in store for us, climate-wise. All I know is that things are always changing on this Earth, and it makes no sense to stick one's head in the sand. Empirically, my yard a couple of hundred yards from the Sound is wetter each year. To the point where salt water floods my garden several times a year now. The sea level is rising in my neighborhood. Also, I spent summers in this state without AC, no problem, 20 years ago. It is now unbearable much of the summer without (Of course I may be middleaged, fat, soft, self-indulgent now whereas I was lean, keen, idealistic and poor 20 years ago).
The thing is, whether human activity is favorably affecting the temperature and climate of the world depends on whether you think it is preventing a long overdue ice age, or if you worry that it will trigger some Day After TOmorrow cataclysm. I am not a climatologist, but am something of an amateur naturalist and have observed countless changes in my micro-climate here in the last 20 years, so many changes in the flora and fauna.
I don't want to fight with anyone about global warming--to me it is just a fascinating subject for debate. Whatever we do to save the environment turns out to be bad, anyway. For four years I washed and line dried my three babies' cloth diapers because I thought it was better for the environment, it was certainly 1/4 the price of disposables, and it promoted toilet training wonderfully without any parental pressure being needed. Who in their right mind would sit in wet cotton past 20 months. Whereas them high tech chemical sponges are comfy for even a 4 year old so why bother getting into pants?
I was later told that using cloth diapers wasted water so did no good to Gaia anyway...
Ditto, if people buy a hybrid to show off and look Hollywood concerned for the environment, they won't save money and they won't even help the environment because of the damage making the battery does...
Perhaps I should trade in my Explorer for a nice horse. The neighbors might not appreciate a manure pile, but perhaps I could share it for garden fertilizer. I could ride to work each day, leave it to crop municipal grass to save fuel for lawn mowers....Only thing is, I couldn't drive the kids to school and doctor's appointments on the way...