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.
It helps to bear in mind that the Green Agenda, and all of the baggage being dragged behind it, is simply a program designed to accumulate political capital and power.
In the background, there are serious people (and corporations) doing serious work to continue improving the environment and our impact on it. They could care less about political capital. As an example, this is a great young-people success story. A large haul of plastic waste removed from the great Pacific Ocean garbage patch – over 100,000 kg collected in about a year.
You may remember, this was the brainchild of a Dutch student. The young kid talking at 2:30 is the brainchild who came up with the idea in the first place, Boyan Slat. He was a kid scuba diving in Greece when he noticed how much plastic was floating around, and made it into a science project. Later, he had started a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Delft in 2013, which he quit to pursue the cleanup concept. And after giving a TED talk, the idea went viral and the funding started to accumulate, amounting to the most successful crowdfunding for a non-profit, to date.
The missions began in 2018. The original concept was to use completely passive deployment and collection techniques that used ocean currents and winds, but this did not prove feasible on a large scale.
Now, it looks like they’re using Maersk anchor-handlers to pull the booms, a practical solution and advancement of the effectiveness. What is not clear, is what is happening to the collected waste – and that (to me) is very disappointing because it’s the primary objective of the mission. They should be telling this part of the story, even if it still has some warts..
But I think this is a great example of the way young people are doing us proud, and also a great example of responsible partnering on the part of corporations to continue funding innovation.
Michael Chrichton called environmentalism the religion of choice for the urban atheist.
"Poope" Klaus Schwab of the WEF continues to rally the believers to do something, anything to save Mother Gaia. While the apostles of Gaia from St. Gore to St. Greta enjoy the blessings of the tribes of CNNites, MSNBCites, and the Alphabetites and the ever-noisy Timesites and Postites it seems their only solution is more taxes and less stuff and you will be happy.
From the sounds of the neo believers it would seem the end times are near. Could someone get them the Kool-Aid.
I’m not going to subscribe, to read the whole article, but just the short section I read was hilarious.
Being black in America is exhausting? Try being a conservative that believes in a constitutional republic. Mexico had a shorter run of slavery? I guess the Aztec culture doesn’t count?
I almost spit my food out, reading this little nugget: “ But newcomers can be oblivious to how their presence affects locals — and insensitive to the fact that Mexicans cannot migrate to the U.S. with equal ease.” Just walk across the boarder, Amigo.
Re Wiki's ban on discussion of race-based differences in inheritable qualities like IQ, I doubt there's any solution short of a new alternative Wiki, assuming that one could survive the concerted efforts to de-platform it. I suppose book-burnings are next.
Re "Public Life": The view expressed in this article is much like my own. "Journalists" and writers in general tend to express statements about our society using the word "we", e.g., "we are polarized", "we feel cheated", etc. How the heck would they know what I think? Where I live, while it is not easily mistaken for Paradise, black and white, prosperous and poor, highly educated and school-of-hard-knocks folks all get along fine in the stores, post offices, and other public places. I suspect that most people just want to live their lives in peace (and without "help" from the Government) and regard the ongoing spectacles in DC and the State capitols as a ridiculous sh!tshow conducted by and for specialists that has little to do with them personally.
Would that that last thought were literally true...