This is just a little short story I cooked up based on the Arecibo message.
The Arecibo message was a short radio message sent into space in 1974 from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico.
My God, what have I done?
Sermues sat in the room his human captors had provided. Captors, the humans hated being called that, they insisted that he was a guest on this world, but guest or not, he was not allowed to leave, that made him a prisoner. As he sat there he realized that his mouth was hanging open. Looking down he noticed that his hands were shaking. Reaching up he touched his face, it was wet where tears had been streaming down. It had dripped from his lower jaw and mingled with the wet saltiness of his sweat-soaked clothes.
Six Skurlex years ago a deep-space relay recorded an unusual signal. It only lasted for a short while and was a simple binary code, transmitted by simple radio frequency carrier. But it had been sent at such a high power level and frequency that it must have been a cry for help. Seeing what appeared to be a distress signal, the automated deep-space relay dutifully recorded the signal and then transmitted it over the quantum-link to the Skurlex home world.
Once the signal was received on Skurlex and analyzed, it was clear that it been created by some intelligence. It contained a message that seemed to describe a species and the world they lived on.
Debate had raged when the existence of the radio signal had been revealed to the Skurlex council. It was clear that whatever species had sent this signal, they did not have any form of FTL technology at the time it was sent. Not only that but when the source of the signal had been found, a system orbiting a small yellow class seven star, because it had been sent using radio waves, more than sixty Skurlex years had passed since it had been transmitted. If the signal was a distress call, whatever disaster had prompted this primitive civilization to cry out to the stars for help had happened so long ago that it was unlikely anyone had survived. There was no point in wasting the resources to send a cruiser that far off the space lanes due to only the echo of a long-dead primitive civilization.
Finally, a compromise had been reached between the political council and the science council. A single one-man ship would be sent. The pilot could assess the situation and determine if sending a full contact team was necessary.
Skurlex scout ships were a marvel of modern engineering. They contained some of the most advanced engines, computer systems, life support, and communications systems in the galaxy. They could cross light-years of distance with travel times that would make any passenger or cargo ship pilot green with envy. They had camouflage and stealth capabilities that could match any military attack craft.
When Sermues arrived in the system that had been the source of the signal, he was surprised to find that not only was the system not dead, there seemed to be evidence of an active space-faring civilization on one of the planets. Several of the planets had probes orbiting them and the system was filled with radio communications. Perhaps this system had supported two inhabitable planets in the past, and the dying planet had sent the signal. However, after spending some time surveying the system it became clear that not only was there only one planet in this system that supported life, it had been that way for a very long time. Whatever that signal had been, it had to have come from the third planet in the system, a planet that had obviously not suffered any recent catastrophe to justify such a cry for help. A planet Sermues soon learned was called Earth.
The signal that the Skurlex assumed had been a cry for help was not a distress cry after all; it turned out to be simply a proof of concept test. A hello to the rest of the galaxy saying, “Hello, we are here, is anyone else out there?” No one on the planet had actually expected someone to hear it, and certainly, no one expected an answer. Now as he considered the events of the last few weeks, Sermues was sure that it should have been seen as a warning.
“Why did I not just turn around a leave?” he said out loud. Once he determined that the signal was not a distress call, he could have left. He could have just returned home and reported the discovery of a new inhabited world. It would have been left up to the experts to decide what to do. And in all likelihood, considering how remote this world was, it would have been years, maybe centuries, if ever, before another Skurlex ship visited this damnable world. But no, he had to be the hero, he had to be the wise guy, and now…
There were teams trained for just such a situation, but it wasn’t against the rules for a ship’s commander to contact an alien intelligence, if that intelligence had initiated the first contact. And technically the humans had initiated the first contact with their broadcast.
On a whim, he had parked his ship in orbit over one of the most powerful nation-states on the planet and broadcast a standard first contact response message on all the human frequencies and in every communications protocol that his ship’s computer could identify.
Watching the pandemonium on the human broadcasts afterwards he quickly realized that he had made a horrible mistake. He was surprised to see a large number of calls for an immediate attack on him, which he had nervously laughed off. “Why didn’t I leave then?” he said out loud as he considered what he had done. But no, he had to be the hero.
Soon the pandemonium had subsided and a message had been broadcast of an Earth leader inviting him to land in order to be treated as a guest of the people of Earth.
He landed in an empty lot near a large building in an Earth City called New York, a building, he was told, represented all the nations on Earth. At first, he was treated like royalty, he was given the keys to the city, whatever that meant, treated to parties, speaking appearances, and interviews, all broadcast to the whole planet. He had also been given the finest suite at a large hotel just west of the United Nations building.
It wasn’t until his third day on this world that he had begun to suspect that something was amiss. As he returned to his hotel near the United Nations building by motorcade late one afternoon, he noticed that his ship was no longer parked in the empty lot just south of the building. In a panic, he had asked what had happened to his ship. His questions all fell on deaf ears.
It had now been eight days, the public appearances had abruptly stopped and he had not been allowed to leave the hotel. An Air Force general had come to his room and told him that his ship had been taken to a secret facility for examination. He assured Sermues that it would not be damaged and once their “inspections” were complete he would be allowed to leave.
Sermues knew what that meant. The humans wanted the secret of FTL travel. There was no doubt in his mind that was what had happened. He should have seen it coming. One of the first questions put to him on his arrival had been a rather pointed inquiry into how the Skurlex were able to travel faster than light. He, of course, had made it clear that it was not up to him to disseminate advanced technology. That would be up to the Skurlex council to decide once he returned home and made his report.
He should have realized that the humans were not satisfied with that answer. Now it was clear that they intended to take FTL, as well as any other technology they could, whether he wanted to give it or not.
So he sat… and waited. Eventually becoming bored he had resorted to watching human TV. Soon he discovered something called the History Channel, and then something called History on Demand. He watched videos about human history and as he watched he realized that the beauty and peaceful appearance of this world that had beguiled him was little more than a façade. This was a bloody violent species. It was a world of war and bloodshed. He had become fascinated by human warfare. He watched documentaries about The Hundred Years’ War, The Seven Years’ War, The American Revolution, The Napoleonic Wars, The War of 1812, The American Civil War, World War I, World War II, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, and The Gulf War.
Then he had watched a video called Trinity and Beyond… Nuclear and thermonuclear weapons, these people had unleashed the power of creation upon their own kind. As he watched and wept he realized the magnitude of his error. This bloody and violent people had been held in check only by their lack of a way to leave their home world. Now they were studying his ship. He had no doubt that they would be able to duplicate some of its technology, not all, but enough.
They had handed him the keys to the city, now he, through ignorance and hubris, had handed these humans the keys to the galaxy, “My God, what have I done?” he said as he lowered his face into his hands and wept.]]>
According to Benjamin Valentino, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, the number of deaths attributed to communism is at least 110 million in the last 100 years. Guess we can look forward to the murder of millions when the millennials take power.
Karl Marx, the father of communism, was a follower of G.W.F. Hegel. who asserted that “the State is the Divine Idea as it exists on earth”.
Do we really want to make the state god?
Marx and the millennials that worship him fail to recognize the inherent danger of making the state god.
People assert that Marx was a humanitarian, but Marx’s humanitarian ideals did nothing to deter Lenin from decreeing that “liberty is so precious that it must be rationed.”
Marxists assert that vastly increasing government power is the key to liberating humanity.
But all-powerful government will always become an end into itself.
In 1932, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin instituted the death penalty for any theft of government property. The end result was that while millions were starving due to the collectivization of farms, children poaching a few ears of corn could be shot.
Is that what we have to look forward to? That is ALWAYS what happens under Marxism.
There is and has not been a single Marxist government that respects human rights.
Marxist ideals continue to appeal to young ignorant social justice warriors, who spout such stupidity as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Who determines “need”? The omniscient, benevolent god-state?
Marxism promises an end the “class struggle” but does so by subjugating everyone to the almighty god-state.
By abolishing private property you leave the people hostage to petty, power mad government officials who punish anyone who fails to pander to the state’s dictates.
Marxism promises utopia, but instead results in hell on earth.
The results of Marx’s philosophy always leads to totalitarianism. While it is true that Marx never intended for his doctrines to spur perpetual dread in hundreds of millions of victims. But it was criminally naive to expect happy results from any system that bestows god like power to the state. Any philosophy that begins by idealizing government will end by idealizing subjugation.
Marxism will always devolve to treating humans as serfs, bound to endlessly submit and obey their government overlords. And anyone who tries to escape will be treated as if they are stealing government property.
Marx and his ideals are a blight on humanity, and anyone who looks up to him is utterly ignorant.]]>
They claim to be fighting to end hate, to unite humanity as one and teach us to love each other. They claim to be fighting to be treated right without discrimination and for everyone to have equal opportunities.
So why? Why do I loathe everything they do? Why do I want them to just go away?
I’ll tell you why. They have no quantifiable metrics for injustice, so they have no victory conditions (for a very simplified example, when minorities hold X% of all engineering jobs and are only Y% of all prisoners, racism is ended).
That would be fine by itself, but they believe in fighting injustice with injustice (gays have historically been denied gay marriage? let’s get random CEOs fired for something he said six years ago). They don’t seek converts, they seek to punish and bully. Straight white males who disagree with them must be purged and publicly humiliated. Even Muslim jihadists will spare you if you convert. But for SJWs no apology or future correction will satisfy them for perceived past sins.
I could forgive that too if they weren’t all hypocrites and liars. Their treatment of women and minorities who disagree with them is appalling; if someone doesn’t want a social justice warrior acting on their behalf, that’s their choice, not “internalized patriarchy.” SJWs rob minorities of moral agency. When called out for these behaviors (as they always insist on calling out others), they lie and strawman their opponents, (criticized a woman? You are a misogynist!), they group anyone who disagrees with them with the worst of the worst, (You’re a conservative? you’re as bad as the NAZIs!) and when confronted with their own flaws, they redefine them, (motte and bailey argument). They phrase all arguments as kafkatraps, (disagreeing with your assertion that we are evil is taken as proof that we are evil). They publish manipulated and misleading statistics, then lambast anyone who questions them.
They insist on vigilante justice against every perceived injustice. They claim to be arguing for equality, but they’ve taken the idea of racism (hatred based on skin color is bad) and replaced it with a new concept where only one race can be guilty of racism. They excuse racial prejudice and hatred based on arbitrary, unmeasured states of being. Their solution for the unequal minorities is to hold the majority not to an equal but higher standard. Their side lobbied the FBI to redefine rape so more women victims would be counted, but in doing so left male sexual assault victims in the cold.
Historically ignorant SJWs think whites hold the collective guilt for the awful things our ancestors have done. But they don’t care and never mention the unspeakable atrocities by other races. The only difference between whites and others was that whites had the social and technological prowess to do evil efficiently: Africans, Asians, Indians, and everyone else practiced genocide and slavery; they were just less adept at doing it right. Given the means, they would have done the same. But nope, only whites are guilty; Arab oppression of blacks and Caucasians never happened, not to us, nope.
I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in America, so this is new to me. But I’m descended from puritans, and I know my history; I know how they treated dissent in the old days. I also know how commies treated dissent; I grew up with stories of oppressed Russians who barely avoided the gulag by smuggling themselves out of the country. I know what SJWs are; they are the same petty tyrants that have turned into murderous dictators every time they gained enough power.
Worst of all, SJWs turn the very principles of freedom against us. We tolerate them because we believe in free speech and civil discourse, not bullying and violence. But that means we have to watch them advocate against that very freedoms we fought so hard for. We don’t believe in ruining a stranger’s professional life over an opinion, so that means that we can’t punish their actions.
We believe that the rightness of our actions should speak for itself. SJWs believe in bullying, even as they claim to love the oppressed.
Funny how the evil and all-powerful patriarchy has seen fit to act according to SJW whims for all of recent memory, punishing those they hate and protecting those they love. Funny how the evil oppressor males have to speak anonymously, while the SJWs fighting the power can use their real names and get mainstream media coverage for fun and profit. How when a million straight white male nerds get bullied, no one cares, but the minute one of their protected class commits suicide, suddenly bullying matters – and the solution, of course, is more bullying, but by the “right” people.
That’s the arrogant core of it. SJWs do the same evil, in the same pattern, as so many before them, because mob justice, punishing dissent, and repression of others are just fine and dandy so long as the “right” People are doing it to the “wrong” people.]]>
The standard argument against regulating internet companies is that they are private companies and, as such can moderate their services as they see fit. But they are not really private. They are publically traded companies that are bought and sold on a daily basis on the stock market. A very tightly regulated aspect of their “private” business. And the law still regulates private companies in many other ways. Just because you are private does not mean that you can do anything you want.
But even more importantly, because of their size and influence companies such as Twitter and Facebook have become de facto monopolies under the law.
The government broke up and instituted new regulations when the railroads grew too big. They stepped in when Standard oil grew too big. And they broke up Bell Telephone when it grew too big. The social media companies have grown too big. They assert too much influence over public opinion. It is time to step in regulate them.
We often hear the mantra, if you don’t like it, go start your own version of Facebook or Twitter. This is a laughably ignorant statement. The very idea that the average person could successfully start and grow a social media company that approaches the exposure of Facebook or Twitter is so ludicrous as to be nonsensical.
Facebook and Twitter are acting as a carrier; they enjoy the same protections from legal action as does your local phone company. Yet by regulating their content, by picking and choosing who is allowed to post and what they are allowed to say, they are acting as a publisher. They shouldn’t be allowed to have it both ways.
How would you like it if the phone company told you what you can and cannot talk about? My phone company is a private company, but they are not allowed to regulate what I say over the phone. My electric company is a private company, but they are not allowed to disconnect me because they don’t like my political affiliation.
The very idea that as private companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter should be allowed to regulate free speech is a dreadfully weak argument.
Facebook, Twitter, and Google have grown too large and have far too much influence to be allowed to continue unchecked. First amendment protections must be extended to posts on social media, less we turn into George Orwell’s 1984 dystopian society where everything we say is controlled. But controlled, not by the government, but corporations instead. Corporations that have no duty to the people, only their shareholders. In the end, what is the difference whether it is the government or a corporation? Control is control, discrimination is discrimination.
This is a quote from a Google engineer — “Are we going to just let the biggest tech companies decide who wins every election from now on?” — Because if we don’t step in that is exactly what is going to happen. By opening their platform to the public they have become public forums, and as public platforms they must remain open to the public. By restricting political posts such corporations have become supporters of the party whose ideals align with theirs. It is past the time in which social media companies must be designated public utilities, and forced to follow the same rules as all other public utilities.
How would you like it if the phone company told you what you can and cannot talk about? Facebook, Twitter, and Google must be treated no different.
We have long recognized in this country that when some companies get too big, the reasonable option of consumers to choosing another company disappears. When that happens, the government steps in, for the benefit of the people. We are at that point with the social media giants. The internet should be declared a utility. It has become impossible to conduct business in any meaningful way without the internet. Even day to day life is becoming more and more dependent on being connected. So yes, the internet and the social media giants absolutely must be declared utilities and forced to follow the bill of rights.]]>
Of course climate change is real. It’s been real since time began. Average global temperatures go up, and then they go down in a cycle that lasts about a hundred thousand years.
Here is a graph of the temperature changes over the last half million years.
Currently we are in an interglacial cycle that began at the end of the last ice age about 11,500 to 12,000 years ago, so global temperatures should be increasing.
Now our current global average is about 15 °C (60 °F). Based on past trends global average temperatures should continue to increase and stabilize at about 23 °C (73 °F). This is completely normal, it has happened many times before and can be clearly seen in the geologic record. There is no reason to believe that the current rise will be any different, or that this change will have any major impact to life on this planet.
Now of course someone will point out that temperatures have never increased this fast before. Of course that is completely wrong. Temperatures have changed that fast in the past, and even faster
At the end of the Younger Dryas, about 11,500 years ago, temperature change was particularly abrupt. Ice cores in Greenland show that average temperatures rose about 10°C (18°F) in a single decade.
And then we have the end of The 8.2 kiloyear event where global temperature averages increased as much as 3 degrees centigrade in 50 years.
That’s two times global temperature averages increased faster in the last 12,000 years.
What I don’t buy, and you shouldn’t either, is the predictions of doom associated with the change.
Let’s look at just one thing everyone always seems to be worried about, increasing atmospheric Co2:
The so-called experts are always talking about increasing Co2 being bad, yet what they don’t ever talk about is that during the Jurassic age, the time of the dinosaurs, the Co2 levels were actually 5 times higher than today
And if you do a little deeper research you will find that during the Jurassic period the Earth was far more fertile and greener than now with massive jungles covering much of the planet.
Actually even NASA has admitted that increasing Co2 levels have made the Earth greener.
There are actually several benefits of increasing temperatures. Warmer temperatures mean longer growing seasons. Warmer temperatures also means an increase in arable land world wide as locations formally too cold for food production become viable for farming. Not only will there be an increase in acreage available to food production, the increased Co2 levels will result in faster and larger plant growth.
Instead of increasing food famines warmer temperatures will actually result in more food and less famine.
Co2 doom is just one of the worries that the environmental movement promotes that has absolutely no basis in historical fact.
Now of course the doom and gloom crowd will assure us that any such increase will more than be offset by droughts caused by increasing temperatures. Well that’s not happening, average global rainfall is actually increasing slightly.
When you point this out, of course the doom and gloom crowd will fall back on the old mantra ‘it will be disastrous because the patterns are changing‘. Well guess what, the patterns have always changed. A new study, (this is in German, you will have to use translate), has shown that the Sahara greens and becomes fertile every few thousand years. Can you say humans caused that?
So weather patterns change and we may have to move ourselves or water from one location to another. So what, humans are ingenious, we know how to move ourselves and how to move water, I don’t see a negative in putting people to work building massive irrigation projects.
So there is no indication that increasing Co2 will decrease food production, just the opposite, global food production should be and is increasing. The problem isn’t production it is distribution, if anything increasing temperatures will force humanity to improve distribution channels.
What about the predictions of disasters by the so-called experts. Well none, not one single prediction of doom by these experts has come true. Let’s look at one failed prediction…
Back on Mar 29, of 2001 the director of the UN Environment Program, Klaus Töpfer said: “In ten years Tuvalu’s nine islands in the South Pacific Ocean will be submerged under water.”
Tuvalu is not sinking, it’s actually growing.
Even New Scientist was forced to admit that the islands are defying predictions.
I truly am not worried about the consequences of global climate change. Some things will be bad and some things will be good. But change is inevitable, to me it makes a lot more sense to adapt to your environment instead of trying to change it.
When you have educated people like Stephen Hawking spewing absolute drivel that the Earth could turn in to Venus or insanity like reporters wanting to criminalize dissenting ideas you realize that they are desperate to advance their agenda.
Climate change has been politicized in order to push an agenda.
Now before you say ‘you are talking conspiracy, it can’t be a conspiracy because too many people would have to be in on it‘, think about this.
That is the beauty of it, it is not some globally coordinated conspiracy, There is NO ONE at the top of this conspiracy.
The scientists fudge the data and focus on the worse possible interpretations of the data because that is what keeps the grant money flowing.
The politicians focus on the negatives and scare tactics because it is very easy to manipulate people with fear. This insures a frightened voting block that they can count on to deliver them votes. Fear means votes.
The media focuses on the worse possible outcome because sensationalism sells. Have you ever heard the news term “If it bleeds it Leads“?
And finally the globalists see it as an excellent way to redistribute wealth from the rich countries to the poorer ones, a form of world socialism.
No, all of these groups did not get together and conspire to invent a global warming hoax.
But each and every one of the groups above see global climate change as a means to an end. And people just gobble it up while failing to realize that there have always been doomsday prophets who have predicted the end of the world.
The difference is today’s instant global communications has given them a voice that they would not have had a hundred years ago.
I know that some will call me stupid because I’m not worried. Calling climate skeptics stupid and dumb is a common trope, but a 2011 study actually determined that people with the highest degrees of science literacy were actually less concerned about climate change.
Multiple studies by Yale Professor Dan Kahan among others have proved that, by a small margin, climate skeptics are actually more science literate than believers.
Generally, speaking from my own experiences, I find that climate skeptics are usually far more pragmatic than global warming believers.
One thing that directly contributes to climate skepticism is the utter failure of all the catastrophic predictions made by the environmental movement over the years. For more than forty years the environmental movement has made predictions of chaos and not one single prediction of gloom has come true.
Recently we were told that Global Warming was killing the Polar Bears.
We were promised that coastal areas will flood.
The mean sea level has not appreciably changed in the last 130 years, and at current melt rates it would take 300,000 years for Antarctica to melt.
Always they are wrong with their predictions, so why should we put any trust in them?
Here are just a few more.
Princeton professor and lead UN IPCC author Michael Oppenheimer said the following in 1990: By 1995,the greenhouse effect will desolating the heartlands of North America and Eurasia with horrific drought, causing crop failures and food riots. By 1996 the Platte River of Nebraska will be dry, while a continent-wide black blizzard of prairie topsoil will stop traffic on interstates, strip paint from houses and shut down computers. The situation will so bad that Mexican police will round up illegal American migrants surging into Mexico seeking work as field hands. WOW, can we say WRONG!
Dr David Viner, Senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia in a speech on March 20, 2000 said: “Within a few years winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting even. Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.
The National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center data showed U.S. snow cover on the morning of Dec. 1, 2015 was the highest on record for this day of the year. In all, 38.7 percent of the United States was covered in snow, surpassing the previous record — 36.5 percent — set in 2006. Worldwide, similar trends have been observed. Global Snow Lab data also shows Eurasian autumn snow cover has grown by 50 percent since records began in 1979.
Just two years ago these were the headlines: THANKS EL NIÑO, BUT CALIFORNIA’S DROUGHT IS PROBABLY FOREVER
Now, just two years later: California, Drenched by Winter Rain, Is Told ‘Drought’s Over’
So, if you believe the mainstream news, forever will only last two years.
A couple of more for you:
in June 1988 NASA scientist James Hansen testifying before Congress said “In New York City by 2008, the West Side Highway which runs along the Hudson River will be under water.”
On October 11, 2005 UNU-EHS Director Janos Bogardi said in a United Nations University news release that Environmental refugees would top 50 million in 5 years.
Wrong, wrong, wrong, always they are wrong with their predictions.
Without fail every dire prediction has failed. Yet ignorant people continue to put faith in these prognosticators of doom.
“There’s a sucker born every minute” is a phrase often wrongly attributed to P. T. Barnum. However when you take into consideration how many people buy into this Global Warming Claptrap, whoever did say it was far underestimating the human race’s ignorance.]]>
Back in the 70s we were nearing the end of the large dam building wave that spread across the county beginning with the great water projects of the the 1930s like the Hoover dam. For a while it appeared as though every river in the nation would be dammed and turned into a reservoir. Of course a lot of people were displaced by these projects and fought tooth and toenail to keep their family land. But it was a hopeless fight, there was few ways to fight emanate domain by the federal government.
However in 1973 Richard Nixon handed,on a silver platter, these people fighting to block these dams a new tool, The Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Now The Endangered Species Act was a good idea in theory, protect our wildlife for future generations. Of course when debating the act in congress beautiful, majestic animals such as the California Condor and the Bald Eagle were trotted out as examples.
But apparently no one in congress had ever heard of the “Law of Unintended Consequences.”
But the populace did. Immediately foes of the building of dams ran out hired, begged and schmoozed with biologists around the country. One of these projects was the Tellico Dam on the Little Tellico river in Tennessee, my home state.
When the The Endangered Species Act was passed the Tellico dam was 95% complete and people were in the process of being forced off their property in preparation for the closing of the dam and filling of the reservoir. It was then that Dr. David A. Etnier, an ichthyologist at the University of Tennessee, went searching for an endangered species to block the dam. I can’t find the video on line but I remember seeing an interview with Dr. Etnier a few years ago where he admitted that he began snorkeling in the Little Tellico river with the intent of finding an animal to list as endangered in order to block the dam. Now he never admitted as to who, if anyone gave him the idea, but his intent was clear.
Of course Dr. Etnier found exactly what he went looking for, the Snail Darter. This little fish, locals would call it a minnow, was just what he needed. It was significantly different enough from its cousins around the country to be called a distinct species.
Away to the media he rushed, Headlines all over the Tennessee valley proclaimed the discovery of a new species of animal. Lawyers jumped all over the news. The process of adding an endangered species to the protected species list was expedited lawsuits were filed and BOOM the construction of the Tellico Dam ground to a halt.
The lawsuits court proceedings became BIG news in Tennessee in the mid 70s. I remember coming home from school every day wanting to watch my afternoon cartoons and finding them preempted by the Snail Darter lawsuits. Day after day the local TV stations carried testimony and commentary about the Tellico Dam court proceedings.
Eventually the plaintiffs won and the Tellico Dam was to be torn down before it was ever completed. However there was one last wrinkle in the case. Al Gore Sr. Yes the father of Inconvenient truth-er Al Gore helped push through a bill exempting the Tellico Dam from the Endangered Species Act and the dam was completed and exists til this day.
So here we have a law passed with the best of intentions that is corrupted and used in a way that was never intended.
Now it dosen’t stop there. Look at these examples: Source
“Taung Ming-Lin, a Chinese immigrant, bought land in Kern County, California…to grow Chinese vegetables for sale to the southern California’s Asian Community. Lin claims to have been told by the county the land was already zoned for farming and that no permit was needed. When Lin began farming, his tractor allegedly disturbed the habitat of the endangered Tipton Kangaroo rat…[and] ran over some of the rats. Lin was charged with federal civil and criminal violations of the Endangered Species Act…. The criminal charges carry penalties of up to a year in jail and $100,000 fine.”
“In 1973 Margaret Rector bought 15 acres of land on a busy highway west of Austin, Texas. In 1990 the golden-checkered warbler was listed as endangered, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service says her property is suitable habitat. The land, in the fastest-growing part of the county, is now unusable. Its assessed value falls from $831,000 in 1991 to $30,000 in 1992. USFWS says she might be able to get a permit to develop, but this would require her to finance extensive studies and to mitigate any impact on the warbler.”
“[T]he Central Valley of California, Kern County produces huge crops of vegetables, nuts, fruit, and cotton with water that is brought southward from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta through a series of natural and man-made structures known as the California Water Project. This multi-billion-dollar water project is financed by assessments upon all of those who use the water; in turn, state law allocates the right to receive and use specified quantities of water to farmers, rangers, cities, and industrial users. These water rights are recognized as a property right under California State law. Beginning in 1992, the federal government started limiting the amounts of water which could be sent south to Kern County and other parts of California in order to maintain in-stream flows to protect the habitat of two endangered fish–the delta smelt and the winter run of Chinook salmon. As much as two million acre-feet of water–enough to cover two million acres to a depth of one foot–have been held back annually from municipal and agricultural use in order to maintain certain levels in streams and lakes which constitute the habitat of these fish. Farmers and ranchers have suffered many millions of dollars in lost crops and, in some instances, have lost their property as it has become unproductive.”
“In Southern California an endangered fly in Riverside County held up the building of a hospital…. It’s a flower-loving desert sand fly, a bit larger than a common housefly, but it was an endangered fly, and they found eight of them. The cost to set aside this habitat for the fly: about $400,000 per fly.”
“In August 1997, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan issued a moratorium on logging on 94 acres of privately held land near Eugene, Oregon. The two spotted owls actually make their nest about one mile away from the privately held parcel of land that is managed by the federal government. But because the land may be part of the owls’ `home range,’ the judge determined that logging should be stopped…without knowing if the owls in fact even used it.”
The FWS “threatened to fine a Utah man $15,000 for farming his land and allegedly posing a risk to the prairie dog, a protected species…. The USWFS told the man that he should hire an outside expert to determine if there are prairie dogs on his land. The expert prepared a report, which indicated that there were no prairie dogs. The farmer proceeded to work his land. However, the USFWS has told him that they will fine him anyway.”
In the end I think the Endangered Species Act must be rewritten. Number one on my list is property owners must by law be compensated for any loss of value and income caused by application of the Endangered Species Act on their property.
Number two, there must be a provision added that allows for the evaluation of public interest in a case by case base to balance protections with public good.]]>
When I was about 10 or 12 years old our trusty milk cow named Bessie that had provided us with fresh milk my entire life died after a short illness. She had served us for many years and I suspect that she was just getting too old to continue. It was common in those days that dead farm animals in my area were often just disposed of in one of the many sinkholes that dot the Tennessee landscape. We did no different. Bessie the cow was unceremoniously dragged to, and dumped in a very large sinkhole on the backside of our property. The incident was forgotten and we moved on, until about a week later.
The phone rang early one morning, it was the neighboring farm owner. His comment was short and to the point. “That dead cow smells really good at breakfast time.” We got the message loud and clear. Although the sinkhole was at the back of our farm, the front of his farm as well as his house was just about 200 yards up the hill from the sinkhole we had decided to dispose of Bessie in. We went down to the sinkhole, and sure enough the smell was beyond description. We approached from the upwind side of the sinkhole and were almost overcome with disgust long before we reached the location. Leaning over the edge we peered into the depths. There was Bessie the cow. She had turned purple and swelled up like a child’s party balloon. Her legs were extended skyward by the buildup of decomposing gases inside her. It was a bizarre sight to behold.
There was no option to move her to a different location, as any attempt to move her would have ruptured her hide and spewed her rotting entrails all over the place. The other choice was to bury her. But the hole was big, nearly thirty feet in diameter and twenty to twenty five feet deep. That would have necessitated the rental of a bulldozer and the moving of a lot of soil. So a third option was decided on, we would cremate her.
The nearby woods had been recently logged and were full of discarded brush and logging scraps. This would be a great source of fuel for the cremation. We spent the day cutting, hauling, and dragging brush and wood and tossing it on top of Bessie until we completely filled the sinkhole. While my parents and I worked at gathering the wood for the pyre, my grandfather went to town to get some diesel to start the fire with.
Now you must know that my grandfather had the ability to make a quick trip to the store into a career. We spent all day filling the hole and were completely done and were sitting upwind sometime before he returned with the two five gallons cans of diesel fuel, shortly before sundown. We went down to the sinkhole and unscrewed the lid of the diesel can to pour over the gathered brush in the sinkhole, but it wasn’t diesel.
Instead of purchasing diesel my grandfather had purchased gasoline. We were sitting there with two five gallons cans of gasoline. And it was too late in the day to go back to town and buy diesel, besides we did not have any more cans. We looked up the hill and saw our neighbor’s house sitting there and decided we could not make him sufferer another breakfast over rotting cow. So my father proceeded to walk around the edge of the sinkhole scattering the gasoline into the brush filled hole. We never considered that the brush was breaking up the gasoline into smaller and smaller droplets. Unbeknownst to us as my dad was making sure all the brush was wet a large about of gas vapor was gathering in the bottom of the sinkhole.
We were constructing a Fuel-Air bomb without realizing it.
My dad saved the last gallon or so of gasoline and carefully poured a fuse trail leading about 10 yards or so from the sinkhole.
My grandfather, grandmother, mother, and myself stood at the top of a hill about 75 yards away as my dad lit a piece of paper on fire and slowly bent down to light the gasoline fuse. He never got all the way there. When he was about a foot or so from the gasoline trail on the ground the vapors ignited. Instead of a nice slow burn along the a diesel trail to the sinkhole there was a blinding flash of gasoline fueled fire that would have made any Hollywood pyrotechnic expert proud. Almost faster than the eye could see the fire flashed to the sinkhole. The resulting explosion was almost beyond belief. The nine gallons or so of vaporized gasoline in the sinkhole ignited with a horrendous concussion. My father found himself lifted from his feet and thrown about ten yards backwards. Even though we were some distance away from the explosion we were nearly knocked from our feet. It felt as though the ground had heaved under our feet. A rolling ball of black smoke and fire mushroomed two to three hundred feet into the sky. It strongly resembled the mushroom cloud from a nuclear bomb. Our neighbor who had complained of the smell was standing on his porch watching the whole thing. According to him, his first thought was that we had blown ourselves up and broken every window in his house. As the mushroom shaped fire and smoke rolled into the sky pieces of burning wood, burning rotten cow flesh , and various other materials rained down from the sky. Apparently the gasoline explosion had also ignited the built up methane that had been bloating the dead cow. By the time we regained our senses the ground was littered with burning debris in a two hundred foot circle around the sinkhole. As we raced down the hill my father stumbled to his feet suffering no ill effects other than some singed hair. We approached the rim of the sinkhole, it was clean as if someone has just dug it. At the bottom was the smoldering spine and skull of Bessie the cow. We found one leg bone and hoof almost a hundred feet from the sinkhole. Although the rotting smell was completely abated, the air was now filled with the smell of burnt flesh comingled with wood smoke. Looking around the sun was setting and we decided to return the next day to clean up.
The next day we found the area around the sinkhole covered with vultures and other scavengers. Our attempt at bovine cremation had instead resulted in a veritable buffet for every scavenger in the area. Within a couple of days there was nothing left except scattered bones and charred wood. We had succeeded, but not in the way we had intended. Our neighbor on the hill later discovered two cracked windows facing the direction of the explosion, and local gossip was that the explosion was heard or felt as far as six miles away.]]>
I’m turning 54 this next month, I thought I might explain to some of you, especially the younger ones why we, and yes I’m including myself in that group, often ignore the facts that experts go to such lengths to inform us with. The reason is simple. The “experts” have a very long track record of being wrong, and not just a little long, but wildly wrong. Experts have, since the beginning of written history, been prophesying doom of one sort or another. A thousand years ago it was the religious experts that were absolutely sure that the world would end with the year 1000. In fact here is a list of dates predicted for the end of the world on Wikipedia. If you look at that list closely you will notice something peculiar. Before the 1900 all the predictions were based in religion. But starting with the Camille Flammarion prediction that the 1910 appearance of Halley’s Comet would snuff out all life on the planet, the predictions took a decidedly scientific turn. Of course there was still a lot of religious predictions and the Wikipedia article focuses on those, but outside religion the predictions of a natural disaster or calamity destroying all life on earth seemed to be on everyone’s mind. Here is a list of some of the scientific predictions for the last 100 years. All of these were wrong, and many are spectacular failures.
Look at this example: It is now pretty clearly agreed that the CO2 content [in the atmosphere] will rise 25% by 2000. This could increase the average temperature near the earth’s surface by 7 degrees Fahrenheit. This in turn could raise the level of the sea by 10 feet. Goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington, for that matter.- – Presidential advisor Daniel Moynihan 1969 or how about this gem In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish. — Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day (1970) or this wildly wrong prediction An international team of specialists has concluded from eight indexes of climate that there is no end in sight to the cooling trend of the last 30 years, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. – New York Times – January 5, 1978
People like me, the older generation, grew up in the 1950s 60s 70s with these dire predictions all around us. And this does not even include the always looming threat of nuclear war. Almost everyone in those days believed that nuclear war with the Soviet Union was inevitable. We grew up with that sword of Damocles hanging over our head. As we grew older we watched as EVERY one of the most dire weather predictions failed to materialize. And now we have the experts telling us that a two degree rise will change the world. In the immortal words of Col. Potter from MASH, Mule Muffins!
For a hundred years the experts have been saying we’re all going to die, but we are still here.
The climate changes. The earth has been much warmer than it is now, and it has been much cooler too. Life, mankind, finds a way. Sure there will be changes in the future but this is nothing new, life goes on.
There are two things that everyone of these dire predictions fail to address. The positive side of global warming and the ingenuity of mankind. The positive side of global warming you may ask? How about fewer winter deaths; lower energy costs; better agricultural yields; fewer droughts; richer biodiversity. It is a little-known fact that cold weather deaths exceed hot summer deaths, not just in first world countries, but also those with very warm summers. Don’t believe me, how about Professor Richard Tol of Sussex University ? There are many more, take time to research both sides of the debate.
And then there is the ingenuity of mankind. I am completely confident in the ability of mankind to make the technological and engineering advancements to mitigate the negative effects of global warming.]]>
I believe every human born on this world has an inherent tendency to seek something greater than one’s self. You can refer to this seeking as worship. You may disagree with me but I think when looked at objectively it becomes clear that everyone is seeking or worshiping something. Now many people worship God, others worship power, or money, some worship nature, and some even worship knowledge. I could go on, there are many things that people worship, but in essence I am saying that I believe all humans are hardwired to seek or worship something.
Soros is an atheist, so he does not worship God. You might say he worships money. But since he has fulfilled the dream of being impossibly rich I don’t believe he sees money as worthy of worship, It is just a means to an end for him. You could argue that he worships power, and yes he is very politically powerful and wields that power through his money, but I do not see even this as his end game.
You see George Soros has chosen to worship humanity. Yep Soros worships humanity as a whole, and as such he believes that it is his responsibility as a member of the chosen elite,(more on that later), to do everything possible to usher in a state of utopia for mankind. To achieve this utopia he believes that it is absolutely essential that every human must be equal to every other human on the planet in order to eliminate envy. In his version of utopia freedom, happiness, and prosperity of the masses have no importance, absolute equality is the only important measure of his utopia.
Under capitalism the western world has become the home of the richest and happiest free people in history. In his mind this is unfair to the rest of the world. He sees the disparity of riches between nations as an abomination. He has said that capitalism is the cause of the world’s problems. He feels like it is his responsibility to right this wrong. He sees himself and other elites as a saviors to mankind. Yes, you could say he has a God complex. In his mind he must change the world, not because he wants to or needs to but because the universe has called him to do so. the only solution is to dissolve all governments of the world and unite the world under a single world government, that through taxes, will redistribute the wealth of the richest nations to the poorer nations thusly resulting in the true equality of mankind.
Now how is this possible considering that he and his family have become staggeringly rich off of capitalism? Well as I said earlier he considers himself eliete or above that. In fact he considers himself to be the worlds messiah. Here are a few quotes from the horses mouth. In 1991 George Soros said: “If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood, fantasies which I wanted to indulge … to the extent that I could afford.” What? he considers himself to be Jesus Christ to the world? How about this quote from 1987: “I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance―to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god or an economic reformer like Keynes or, even better, a scientist like Einstein”
Now he knows that this utopia of his can not be achieved in his lifetime, but that doesn’t matter to him, what matters is that someday his utopia will be realized. He is utterly convinced that by pushing social and left wing policies he is helping move the world closer and closer toward his vision of utopia.
This is his religion, and since it is a religion, he can not be reasoned with, he can not be bought off, he can not be swayed by logic, he is worshiping his god and will die rather than change.]]>