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Friday, December 14. 2007
I used to view Al Gore as a fairly decent sort, honest as politicians go, affable, sometimes a bit clownish in his sanctimony and pomposity, a bit naive from his privileged youth and from never having held a real job in the real world, probably not the sharpest knife in the drawer but generally a well-intentioned guy who would be a congenial doubles tennis partner.
(I viewed his failure to be seduced by the Clinton slimy charm to be much in his favor. It has often been said that he cannot stand them.)
Traumatic events can short-circuit people's brains, and I think this fellow has experienced a personality change, if not a psychotic breakdown as a result of the ego injury of his agonizingly close loss of the election. Until then, his charmed life had had no apparent disappointments or major rejections, unlike most people who toughen up from the hard knocks of life. Strings of luck tend to make people want to believe it's because of them, and not La bella Fortuna.
I am not one for ad hominems. In fact, I am concerned about this guy's stability, specifically about the form of paranoid disorder known as monomania.
Those with a monomania want everyone else to join in their obsession (eg Captain Ahab). People who think their mission is to save the world are insane by definition.
Meanwhile, Old Man Winter just won't give us a chance to shovel the front walk before slamming us again. I often consider how many heart attacks would be prevented if only globalisticalistic warmening were really happening, but I love winter - I'd miss it. But I am not worried. Unlike Al Gore, I was a science major and I can look at data and stats with a modicum of savvy and healthy skepticism, knowing that 99% of it ends up being wrong - including, already, much of the science I learned in college. Among other things, my Ivy League scientist profs taught me that the world would be entirely without oil by 2000 with none left with which to produce medicines, and that the next Ice Age would begin about then, threatening civilization itself. Meanwhile, I plow the snow from my driveway today with relatively cheap gas: they might be right about the latter - the coming Ice Age. I am in it.
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You neglected the signs of mental health: he eats well, travels all over by jet, and makes truckloads of money.
If the position is unreasonable because it is incomplete or at odds with the facts then it would seem that the person holding the position is unreasonable as well. Motivation now becomes an issue. Al Gore is an interesting case since his attachment to the position he holds is almost religious in nature while he relies on what he believes is 'science'. An individual in a potential policy influencing role who takes those kinds of stances while recommending that the coercive power of the state be used to enforce such misguided understanding is really a little frightening. Questioning the sanity of such an individual would hardly be an ad hominem argument. It would be worse if he understands what he's doing.
Lo, the Goracle knoweth more than you or I. For with ways known only unto him he ensures that his private jet doth NOT contribute to global warmening. Verily and forsooth. Likewise, his mighty carbon footprint is no longer carbon, but pure as the driven snow. The ways of the Goracle are not like unto you or I, for he is righteous in the eyes of Gaia. T'is thine own SUV and thy McCheese which bring down the wrath of Gaia. Woe unto thee. McPeople, heed the Goracle! Heed the wailing of the penquins, mock not the drowning polar bear awash in Ultima Thule! Render unto him great praise and $9 each to view his mighty works. For lo, he is come among you to prepare the way.
Yeah, something snapped. Al is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, but he is making a lot of shiny pennies banging the AGW drum. And he gets to fly all over the world to preach AGW, which brings us back to cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
Mr. Gore obviously feels his manmade global warming view was validated by the Nobel Peace Prize he just won, ignoring the fact that he now shares the Peace Prize stage with such "peacemakers" as Yassir Arafat and Jimmy Carter. Were I he, I would worry about my comrades in "peace."
Besides, the man feels virtuous because he buys carbon offsets from a company he himself founded. Talk about "circular reasoning!"
Circular Reasoning? Maybe.
But a Pretty Darned Good "Business Model." :)
yeh--you put money in my right pocket, and i'll move it to my left pocket for ya.
We pay him for better weather, and whatever we get, "it coulda been woise!"
Only because it isn't so blatant as if you went drumming the neighborhood with a baseball bat, sending bystanders to your office for stitches.
In the illo, he's singing (to the tune of "My Bonny lies over the Ocean"):
My Bali lies raise up the ocean
My Bali lies raise up the sea
My Bali lies raise the sea levels
And bring Bali money to me
You hit the nail on the head. Gore was born with a silver spoon and had never come up against something he couldn't buy, win, demand or bully without success.
Sure he flunked our of divinity school, but that could be rationalized as someone else was to blame. But to come so close and be beaten by George W. Bush and a lot of regular voters was just too much, I do think he snapped.
Still needing success, jealous and bitter, he turned to global warming hysteria and found his place. Now he is a hero. But how long will it last before he needs another shot of winning?
Nice post, thanks.
For those with dissociative disorder:
My body lies over the ocean...
It makes perfect sense to me. Al Gore is a liberal. And a liberal politician at that!
Politicians are by nature great salesmen, which means that those at the top are probably really good at it.
To be honest, I have always heard that in order to be a great salesman, one must not have a conscience. It relates to the old adage of selling ice cubes to Eskimo's. (This is not an ethnic slam by the way)
Now, this obviously does not apply in every situation. But I have to wonder, hasn't every salesman done something unethical at one point or another? For example, I have a friend who sells bug spray. The bug spray he sells happens to be on the low end, not only in price, but effectiveness. In other words, it is crap. My friend is a fine upstanding guy. But he knows going in that his product is bad, yet he still continues to sell it.
Is that wrong? There are of course other considerations, which I will not go into. My point is that sales is sales. In reality, Gore is just applying his skills to another product, which in this case is global warming.
Does Gore believe his product is crap? Is global warming a scam?
On the other hand, if you stop and think about it, scams (or selling crap) have existed in one form or another since the beginning of mankind. This one just happens to be on a larger scale. In my opinion, people should have learned by now to be more perceptive.
There is no excuse for ignorance, therefore those who are duped must also share some of the responsibility. One way or another, global warming is a huge issue. If someone wants to buy into it, then they should take the time and do some research. A smart person doesn't buy a car without getting the facts. The same applies in this circumstance.
It may sound as if I am trying to defend Al Gore. But in truth I find the man to be deplorable. I am neither a salesman or a liberal, therefore all I can do is assume what is going on in his mind.
Selling crap is a tough business model, unless you can force the buy. Misrepresentation and fraud have repercussions in the private sector.
I agree with you. However, the question remains, can it be proven that global warming is indeed a fraud? Forgive me, but to accountants, fraud IS the F-word! Misrepresentation is one thing, but an accusation of fraud is like being accused of pedaphilia.
The point of this discussion seems to be that Gore is being knowingly deceptive. Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to split hairs here. I too despise the man, and all things liberal. And, I also believe that global warming is at the very least junk science.
But, we must ask ourselves, do we believe that Algore is lying and possibly perpetrating a hoax, for reasons such as personal financial gain?
Again, I am not necessarily disagreeing with you. He could be lying, or just not really know what he is talking about. Either way, it is enormous in scope. The problem is, among other things, that this scenerio will continue to be played out for decades. In other words, we may not know the real truth until twenty or so years from now.
It would be interesting to know if Algore has ever considered that. In other words, let's say for the sake of argument that he isn't lying. But what if there is the slightest degree of doubt in his mind that he might be wrong? What then?
It comes back to my salesman analogy. Algore is not a scientist, although in some ways he tries to imply that he is. Isn't he just passing on information that has been gained from scientist's? Isn't he just the messenger? In effect, isn't he just the salesman?
The responsibility for the blame should rest with the company, not the salesman. As far as global warming is concerned, if it turns out to be wrong, shouldn't the responsibility fall on the scientist's? You know that if Algore is still alive at that point that he will use is as a defense.
Again, it falls right in line with other liberal agendas. The important thing isn't if you are right or wrong. What is important is that you care. What is important is that Algore cares about the environment.
Conservatives get bashed over the head with it all the time. "You mean to tell me that you don't care about global warming?" "How could you not care about the environment?"
I rest my case. God, sometimes I wonder if I should've been a lawyer instead of an accountant! I can look at certain things a thousand different ways. It would seem to be an effective weapon in establishing reasonable doubt with the jury. Just be glad that you don't live in my mind. Adult ADD is a huge asset and liability.
Verily, carbon offsets are the gift that keepeth on giving. If thou shalt all send me $20 I promise NOT to buy that open-wheel racecar I've had my eye on. Yea, 'tis a tough choice to make, but lo...someone has got to do it.
I'm gonna walk down and light off that pile of old tires down in the pasture, unless y'all send me a hundred bucks right now.
The situation with global warming sort of reminds me of the Y2K hysteria. Looking back, it was hard not to be concerned. If you recall, no one really knew for certain what would happen, not even the so called "computer experts." As it turned out some of it was valid. However, for the most part it was a big nothing, a non event. But, I will admit to sitting at home on New Year's Eve waiting for the lights to go out!