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Billionaire Paul Allen’s Environmental Hypocrisy

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 1, 2016

Allen YachtCo-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen is one of the 20 richest Americas owning all sorts of assets including the Seattle Seahawks in Portland Trailblazers sports teams.

Allen is also a well-known environmentalist.  For example, as reported in thehill.com, in 2014 Allen sued the federal government claiming that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not properly study the effects of greenhouse gases that were caused by the coal rights the government leased.  As reported by the Huffington Post, Allen said: “The leasing of coal from federal lands undermines President Obama’s climate policy goals.  We have no comprehensive understanding of the air pollution and climate impact of the federal coal-leasing program because the Bureau of Land Management has failed to analyze the available data for more than three decades.”

While Paul Allen speaks environmentally, he lives by different rules.  The billionaire owns a yacht that cost nearly $170 million.  That extravagant play toy consumes much fuel and blows out significant carbon is not in the best interest of the environment.  Couldn’t Mr. Allen live with a minimalist $25 million yacht that burned less fuel?

Adding insult to injury, Reuter’s reported that Mr. Allen’s yacht recently did significant damage to the coral reef located near the Cayman Islands.  Reuters reported that the yacht’s anchor damaged nearly 14,000 ft.² or nearly 80% of the coral reef in one diving area.

While Paul Allen travels around in a $170 million yacht, he would likely advocate for commoners to drive Chevy Volts.  More elitist hypocrisy.

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Earth Day Highlights Environmentalists’ Flawed Logic

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 28, 2015

Last week’s Earth Day marked the 45th Anniversary of this high-holiest of days for environmentalists.  True-believers used the event to point to all of the damage that man’s existence has brought to Mother Erath.  To others, like this Blogger, it was also a time to reflect on the accuracy (or lack of) of the many dire claims made by Earth Dayers.

The federalist.com listed some grotesque examples of the failed alarmist predictions from environmentalists.  It shows a failed track record of the fear-mongers that included the following failed prophesies:

Global Cooling – In the mid 1970’s the fear was not Global Warming, but the imminent coming of the next Ice Age.  The environmental experts went further, blaming the global cooling on man-made pollution.  In their view, dust spewed into the atmosphere was blocking the sun and leading to the coming catastrophic cooling.  A 1970 Life Magazine bought into the alarmist stating: “by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.”  Alarmist mistake #1.

Overpopulation – Too many people has been the chant of many environmentalists.  To them the root cause of environmental havoc is the human race itself.  How narcissistic!  Throughout the 1970’s these folks claimed that the world’s population bomb would do us in.  The result; not only has worldwide population growth slowed, but in some countries populations are declining causing major problems for such countries as Japan and Russia.  Alarmist mistake #2.

Mass Starvation – It only follows that if too many people are the problem, mass starvation is soon to follow.  For this incorrect call, The Federalist referred to a claim made by Dr. Peter Gunter of North Texas State University in 1970 who stated in The Living Wilderness:

Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa.  By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions ….  By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”

Like so many followers of junk science, the biased scientists form conclusions based on too few variables.  In this case Gunter ignored the possibility (probability) that agricultural science would advance with the population.  In fact, in advance much quicker.  Alarmist mistake #3.

Resource Depletion – The depletion of natural resources has been a cry of environmentalists since long before the first oil crisis of the mid-1970s.  There is no better example of the fallacy of their predictions than that of energy resources.  President Jimmy Carter during the late 1970s predicted that the United States would run out of natural gas within a decade.  It is hard to imagine how he and other resource depletion alarmists could have gotten it so wrong.  In fact, the world is now awash in oil and natural gas with oversupply that is significantly depressed prices.  Alarmist mistake #4.

Mass Extinction – A major extinction event of lifeforms on the planet has been another of the environmental alarmists rallying calls.

The Smithsonian Institute’s Dr. S. Dillon Ripley predicted in 1970 that approximately 75% of all animal species then living on earth would be extinct in less than three decades.  That alarmist claim was not only fallacious, but as The Federalists points out, would have been an extinction event not seen since the dinosaurs died off over 65 million years ago.  In 45 years claims for mass extinctions have died off with instead, environmentalists now attempting to protect the Delta Smelt in California, instead of using the scarce water resources for states residents.  Alarmist mistake #5.

Renewable Energy – Since the oil crisis of the 1970s, environmentalists have taken advantage of the supposed shortage of energy resources to promote pet projects relating to alternative of dollars energy.  Tens of billions have been spent on governmental funding for research on all sorts of projects.  The result, a mere 12% of the Country’s electricity comes from alternative fuel sources and large corporations have made huge profits on the crony capitalism.  Alarmist mistake #6.

Global Warming – Man-made climate change is again the leading rallying cry of alarmists.  While the jury is still out on this one, the warming trend has not gone on at the rate predicted by all of the major models promoted by the alarmists.  In fact, it is generally agreed that the Earth’s temperature rise stopped in 1998.  Alarmist mistake #6.5.

There are other environmental-type calls made by the alarmists in the past 45 years that have proven way off base.  This includes acid rain, ozone depletion above the Arctic, Swine Flu, Bird Flu, SARs, etc.  If one opens up the list to other “scientific” miss-calls, such as the Missile Gap with the Soviet Union during the 1950s and the Y2K event, the rate of false prophecies becomes rather comical.  The sheer number of mistakes bring in the question their root cause.  Poor intellect might be comical.  However, it is just as likely that the search for profits and personal gain played a role in these botched predictions.  There is little comical about these motivations.

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Department Of Defense Cuts Firefighting Assistance to Thwart Pollution

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 15, 2014

Blog reader Liz sent in this unbelievable story from the Wall Street Journal titled Obama’s Nonpolluting Fire Fighters.  According to the Journal, the Department of Defense (DOD) has for years loaned firefighting equipment to states and municipalities through programs called Federal Excess Personal Property Program and Firefighter Property Program. The equipment included trucks, tankers and pumps. The Journal reports that the DOD has suspended the programs since some of the equipment may not meet federal government admission standards.

The DOD bizarro decision is straight from the Progressive manifesto of irresponsible government. In this case the government would hinder smaller fire departments’ abilities to fight wildfires in the name of some potential future pollution issue or global warming. No matter that this decision will lead to more pollution and carbon gases being spewed into the atmosphere, it meets the logic of some lame governmental law or regulation.

This is yet another blaring example of why President Ronald Reagan properly concluded that government is the problem, not the solution.

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Increasing US Oil/Gas Production Damaging Progressive Agenda

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 14, 2013

The article below was posted on BBC News earlier this month.  With the noise emanating from the three scandals currently infecting the Obama Administration, this type of important story is not getting the press it deserves.

There is a game changing events occurring in world’s energy production, a result of new drilling technologies.  More abundant and cheaper energy leads to higher standards of living and a happier and better fed world population.  This is truly good news, however, not for Leftist environmentalists.  Ever since the decrepit days of the Carter Administration, Leftists have ranted over the supposed dwindling world energy supplies.  When this narrative began to be proven false in the 1990s, the Left then pivoted and jumped on the man-made global warming bandwagon.

The actual agenda of Progressives of the Left has nothing to do with energy conservation or global warming.  Their agenda is purely political, focusing on power and consolidating their governmental authority.  The current scandals ongoing in Washington show the danger to individual liberties emanating from the Left.

Finally, given how wrong the Left’s science was on the supposed shortage of carbon-based fuels, it is difficult to trust their science relating to man-made global warming, a much more complicated issue to predict.

US shale oil supply shock shifts global power balance

4 May 2013

A steeper-than-expected rise in US shale oil reserves is about to change the global balance of power between new and existing producers, a report says.

Over the next five years, the US will account for a third of new oil supplies, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).  The US will change from the world’s leading importer of oil to a net exporter.  Demand for oil from Middle-East oil producers is set to slow as a result.

“North America has set off a supply shock that is sending ripples throughout the world,” said IEA executive director Maria van der Hoeven.  The surge in US production will reshape the whole industry, according to the IEA, which made the prediction in its closely-watched bi-annual report examining trends in oil supply and demand over the next five years.  The IEA said it expected the US to overtake Russia as the world’s biggest gas producer by 2015 and to become “all but self-sufficient” in its energy needs by about 2035.

The rise in US production means the world’s reliance on oil from traditional oil producing countries in the Middle East, which make up Opec (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), would end soon, according to the report.

Slower growth

US production is set to grow by 3.9 million barrels of oil per day (bpd) from 2012 to 2018, accounting for some two-thirds of the predicted growth in traditional non-Opec production, according to the IEA.  Meanwhile, global oil demand is set to increase by 8% which would be met mainly by non-Opec supplies, the report said.

The IEA still expects production capacity among traditional Opec suppliers in the Middle East to continue to grow over the next five years, but at a slower rate.  Opec capacity, which counts for 35% of today’s global oil output, is expected to rise by 1.75 million bpd to 36.75 million bpd in 2018, about 750,000 bpd less than predicted in the IEA’s 2012 forecast.  The IEA cites the “growing insecurity in North and Sub-Saharan Africa” in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings as a key reason for the slowdown.  “The regional fallout from the ‘Arab Spring’ is taking a toll on investment and capacity growth,” the IEA said.

Fracking

The sharp rise in US oil production is largely thanks to shale oil, a product many have hailed as the saviour of the US energy market.  Fracking, the process of blasting water at high pressure into shale rock to release oil (or gas) held within it, has become widespread in the US.  But critics of shale oil point to environmental concerns such as high water use and possible water contamination, the release of methane and, to a lesser extent, earth tremors caused by drilling.  The process has been banned in France, while the UK recently lifted a moratorium on drilling for shale gas.

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Global Warming Scam Melting Quicker than Polar Icecap

Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 12, 2012

There is growing evidence that the science behind the theory of man-made global warming is at best imperfect.  The many making huge profits on the propounded theories bring into question the motivations behind them.

Below are some recent quotations from respected publications forwarded by Blog reader Carl.

PublicationUS News

Date – February 8, 2012

TitleEarth’s Polar Ice Melting Less Than Thought

Subject – With improved technology, Jason Koelbler reports that University of Colorado, Boulder scientists determined that melting of the polar ice cap was being overestimated by 30%.  However, even with this improved technology, University of Colorado scientist John Wahr says:

Even with an eight-year estimate, it’s not clear how far into the future you can project.  A lot of people want to predict into the end of the century, but I think it’s too dangerous to do that.  … We don’t have enough info to know what’ll happen.  There’s some ebb and flow to these things.”

Conclusion – It is totally premature to change the entire economy of the civilized world based on data that is incomplete at best.

PublicationThe Guardian

Date – February 8, 2012

TitleThe Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows

Subject – The Asian mountain peaks are losing ice at a substantially smaller rate than previously reported.  However, but lead scientists say the loss of ice caps and glaciers worldwide remains a concern.

A 2009 United Nations report claimed that the Himalayan glaciers will disappear by 2035 at the current rate of melting.  However, the Guardian reports that new evidence indicates the Asian glaciers have lost no ice in the past 10 years saying:

The world’s greatest snow-capped peaks, which run in a chain from the Himalayas to Tian Shan on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan, have lost no ice over the last decade, new research shows. …  The discovery has stunned scientists, who had believed that around 50bn tonnes of meltwater were being shed each year and not being replaced by new snowfall.  Bristol University glaciologist Prof. Jonathan Bamber who was not part of the research team, said: “The very unexpected result was the negligible mass loss from high mountain Asia, which is not significantly different from zero.“”

Conclusion -The infamous video of the Himalayas melting was either based on bad science or was fraudulent.

PublicationSpeigel

Date – February 8, 2012

TitleBreaking Global Warming Taboos

Subject – German publication Spiegel magazine interviewed Fritz Vahrenholt, 62, who is been involved in energy production in Germany for many years and holds a doctorate in chemistry.  He is a member of Germany’s Left of center Social Democratic Party and was chosen as environment senator in Hamburg.  Vahrenholt is quoted:

“The climate catastrophe  is not occurring.  …  For years, I disseminated the hypotheses of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and I feel duped.  Renewable energy is near and dear to me, and I’ve been fighting for its expansion for more than 30 years.  My concern is that if citizens discover that the people who warn of a climate disaster are only telling half the truth, they will no longer be prepared to pay higher electricity costs for wind and solar (energy).  Then the conversion of our energy supply will lack the necessary acceptance.”

Conclusion – Fritz Vahrenholt, who is an ardent green energy supporter, believes that radical environmentalists are lying about man-made global warming.

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The evidence is clear.  The proponents of the new religion of man-made global warming are selling snake oil.  The fact that many profit on this scam is of less concern than the economic disruptions it will bring worldwide, especially to poorer countries.  This too is part of the radical environmentalists plan.  As third-world countries go hungry, Progressives hope to gain more power through redistribution of wealth; i.e. take money from the West and move it ot the third-world.

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Keystone Pipeline Decision has Upset Canadian Allies

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 30, 2012

Earlier this month President Obama used his executive powers to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  This pipeline, which was to run from Canada to Texas oil refineries, would have brought significant quantities of Canadian oil to the US, reducing our dependence on oil from unfriendly countries.

In announcing the decision, Obama he blamed the Republicans in Congress for demanding action too quickly.  As he so often did when an Illinois State Senator, Obama believes that voting “present” is analogous to decision-making.  How juvenile!

Blog reader John forwarded the video posted below by Canadian talk show host, Ezra Levant.  As Levant explains, Obama’s decision to halt the Keystone pipeline was purely political, designed to assuage radical environmentalists and other Leftist supporters.

Obama’s decision to halt the Keystone pipeline has significant negative implications for the United States.  First, it tells our Canadian allies that we are not a dependable buyer for their oil.  This will force the Canadians to find other buyers, mainly in Asia.  Further, it forces America to continue buying oil from unreliable suppliers who do not particularly like us, including Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela as well as Saudi Arabia.  This is yet another example of Obama rewarding America’s adversaries at the expense of our allies.  How bizarre!

As shown towards the end of the video, during his campaign for the presidency Obama promised to end America’s dependence on oil from Venezuela in the Middle East.  This broken promise is so brazen that it must be considered a “lie”, as Ezra Levant so correctly concludes.

 

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Obama to Oppose Keystone Oil Pipeline

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 18, 2012

According to CNN, Democratic sources have stated that President Obama will announce his decision to oppose the Keystone oil pipeline.  The proposed pipeline would run from Alberta Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.

President Obama’s opposition to the pipeline serves no one except to appease the radical environmentalists that are important part of his base.  While pipelines crisscross the country by the thousands, the President dithers based on some lame environmental excuses.

In learning of Obama’s decision, House Speaker John Boehner stated: “This is not good for our country.  The president wants to put this off until it’s convenient for him to make a decision.  That means after the next election.  The fact is the American people are asking the question right now, ‘Where are the jobs?’

The proposed Keystone oil pipeline would create thousands of jobs, increase tax revenues, and bring more oil United States from a reliable and friendly source.  Obama’s opposition to it is purely political and bad for the Country.  More of the hope and change promised by this president.

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Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 24, 2011

In the latest example of the far-reaching tentacles of the nanny–state, the Obama Administration is set to ban over-the-counter inhalers used by asthmatics on December 31, 2011.  Incredibly, the band is the result of an agreement the United States and other nations signed to stop using chemicals that might damage the ozone layer.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that these inhalers only emit miniscule amounts of any chemical, let alone those that may damage the ozone layer.

For years, asthmatics have used over-the-counter inhalers based upon the substance Epinephrine.  Now they will be forced to use “greener” inhalers that contain the drug Albuterol and will require a prescription.  Not surprisingly, the cost to asthma sufferers will increase; yet another example of the government running up the cost of healthcare.  The term “knucklehead” is certainly appropriate for the Progressives and bureaucrats that implement such outrageous laws.

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A Perspective on the English Riots

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 11, 2011

Multiple readers forwarded an article published August 10, 2011 on the dailymail.com by Englishman Max Hastings.  This well thought out piece concerning the current rioting in the UK is included below.

While England’s riots have taken second fiddle to America’s focus on its deprecating equities markets, this is an issue deserving attention.  The societal ambiance that led to the UK riots has been created by Progressives in Western countries over recent generations.  We have raised many in society to believe that by their mere existence they are entitled to benefits from the state.  We promised benefits that we could not afford in the long term and  now must take a portion back.  It doesn’t take a PhD in psychology to understand that if you take something away from people who believe they are owed the take-backs they will strike back.  That in a nutshell is England’s current “story”.

While the Nanny-state that is England is more Progressive and Socialistic than America, we too have created an entitlement mentality throughout society.  It exists not only in the lower end of the social-economic ladder, but much farther up as well.  When teachers in Wisconsin were protesting, they were claiming entitlement to benefits that most other Americans do not have.  When GM clamored for a bailout, they were claiming an entitlement that other companies did not have access to.  Finally, when the banks used the excuse that they were too big to fail, they were also evoking the demand for special entitlements from the government.

Let it be clear that entitlements create no wealth for a Country.  They merely take money from some citizens and move it to others, of course after the entitlement industry takes its cut.

Navigating out of America’s unsustainable entitlement dilemma requires leadership, an attribute that Barack Obama and few in Congress have.  Since America’s debt is already too large to grow out of, the solution will require sacrifice.  However, given human nature, sacrifice is something most people demand of others.  This leaves but one viable solution: across the board sacrifice involving all Americans and all companies.

Benefits must be cut across the board and not limited to a few special interst groups.  These benefits will not only include entitlement programs, but also tax loopholes for companies and individuals.  Finally, there needs to be revenue increases for the government to pay its bills.  While wealthier Americans will need to shoulder a greater aggregate dollar amount of these new tax revenues, all American’s must feel the pinch.

Both on entitlement cutting and the revenue side, the cuts and tax increases must be simple and across the board in order to be accepted as fair by a majority of Americans.  This consensus is an absolute necessity to implement radical change to our entitlement mentality while maintaining civil order.

Finally, President Obama’s class warfare rhetoric is a dangerous political tool he has used increasingly in recent months.  Blaming the “rich” for America’s problems is not only false, but raises the potential for violence when the inevitable entitlement cuts are enacted.  Obama continues to think like a Community Organizer rather the President of the United States.

 

Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters, By Max Hastings

A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.

He said: ‘Don’t you believe all that stuff people here are giving media folk about how sorry they are about what happened. When they talk to each other, they say: “It was a great fire, man!” ’

I am sure that is what many of the young rioters, black and white, who have burned and looted in England through the past few shocking nights think today.

It was fun. It made life interesting. It got people to notice them. As a girl looter told a BBC reporter, it showed ‘the rich’ and the police that ‘we can do what we like’.

If you live a normal life of absolute futility, which we can assume most of this week’s rioters do, excitement of any kind is welcome. The people who wrecked swathes of property, burned vehicles and terrorised communities have no moral compass to make them susceptible to guilt or shame.

Most have no jobs to go to or exams they might pass. They know no family role models, for most live in homes in which the father is unemployed, or from which he has decamped.

They are illiterate and innumerate, beyond maybe some dexterity with computer games and BlackBerries.

They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.

They respond only to instinctive animal impulses — to eat and drink, have sex, seize or destroy the accessible property of others.

Their behaviour on the streets resembled that of the polar bear which attacked a Norwegian tourist camp last week. They were doing what came naturally and, unlike the bear, no one even shot them for it.

A former London police chief spoke a few years ago about the ‘feral children’ on his patch — another way of describing the same reality.

The depressing truth is that at the bottom of our society is a layer of young people with no skills, education, values or aspirations. They do not have what most of us would call ‘lives’: they simply exist.

Nobody has ever dared suggest to them that they need feel any allegiance to anything, least of all Britain or their community. They do not watch royal weddings or notice Test matches or take pride in being Londoners or Scousers or Brummies.

Not only do they know nothing of Britain’s past, they care nothing for its present.

They have their being only in video games and street-fights, casual drug use and crime, sometimes petty, sometimes serious.

The notions of doing a nine-to-five job, marrying and sticking with a wife and kids, taking up DIY or learning to read properly, are beyond their imaginations.

Last week, I met a charity worker who is trying to help a teenage girl in East London to get a life for herself. There is a difficulty, however: ‘Her mother wants her to go on the game.’ My friend explained: ‘It’s the money, you know.’

An underclass has existed throughout history, which once endured appalling privation. Its spasmodic outbreaks of violence, especially in the early 19th century, frightened the ruling classes.

Its frustrations and passions were kept at bay by force and draconian legal sanctions, foremost among them capital punishment and transportation to the colonies.

Today, those at the bottom of society behave no better than their forebears, but the welfare state has relieved them from hunger and real want.

When social surveys speak of ‘deprivation’ and ‘poverty’, this is entirely relative. Meanwhile, sanctions for wrongdoing have largely vanished.

When Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith recently urged employers to take on more British workers and fewer migrants, he was greeted with a hoarse laugh.

Every firm in the land knows that an East European — for instance — will, first, bother to turn up; second, work harder; and third, be better-educated than his or her British counterpart.Who do we blame for this state of affairs?

Ken Livingstone, contemptible as ever, declares the riots to be a result of the Government’s spending cuts. This recalls the remarks of the then leader of Lambeth Council, ‘Red Ted’ Knight, who said after the 1981 Brixton riots that the police in his borough ‘amounted to an army of occupation’.

But it will not do for a moment to claim the rioters’ behaviour reflects deprived circumstances or police persecution.

Of course it is true that few have jobs, learn anything useful at school, live in decent homes, eat meals at regular hours or feel loyalty to anything beyond their local gang.

This is not, however, because they are victims of mistreatment or neglect.

It is because it is fantastically hard to help such people, young or old, without imposing a measure of compulsion  which modern society finds  unacceptable. These kids are what they are because nobody makes them be anything  different or better.

A key factor in delinquency is lack of effective sanctions to deter it. From an early stage, feral children discover that they can bully fellow pupils at school, shout abuse at people in the streets, urinate outside pubs, hurl litter from car windows, play car radios at deafening volumes, and, indeed, commit casual assaults with only a negligible prospect of facing rebuke, far less retribution.

John Stuart Mill wrote in his great 1859 essay On Liberty: ‘The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited; he must not make himself a nuisance to other people.’

Yet every day up and down the land, this vital principle of civilised societies is breached with impunity.

Anyone who reproaches a child, far less an adult, for discarding rubbish, making a racket, committing vandalism or driving unsociably will receive in return a torrent of obscenities, if not violence.

So who is to blame? The breakdown of families, the pernicious promotion of single motherhood as a desirable state, the decline of domestic life so that even shared meals are a rarity, have all contributed importantly to the condition of the young underclass.

The social engineering industry unites to claim that the conventional template of family life is no longer valid.

And what of the schools? I  do not think they can be blamed for the creation of a grotesquely self-indulgent, non-judgmental culture.

This has ultimately been sanctioned by Parliament, which refuses to accept, for instance, that children are more likely to prosper with two parents than with one, and that the dependency culture is a tragedy for those who receive something for nothing.

The judiciary colludes with social services and infinitely ingenious lawyers to assert the primacy of the rights of the criminal and aggressor over those of law-abiding citizens, especially if a young offender is involved.

The police, in recent years, have developed a reputation for ignoring jobbery and bullying, or even for taking the yobs’ side against complainants.

‘The problem,’ said Bill Pitt, the former head of Manchester’s Nuisance Strategy Unit, ‘is that the law appears to be there to protect the rights of the perpetrator, and does not support the victim.’

Police regularly arrest householders who are deemed to have taken ‘disproportionate’ action to protect themselves and their property from burglars or intruders. The message goes out that criminals have little to fear from ‘the feds’.

Figures published earlier this month show that a majority of ‘lesser’ crimes — which include burglary and car theft, and which cause acute distress to their victims — are never investigated, because forces think it so unlikely they will catch the perpetrators.

How do you inculcate values in a child whose only role model is footballer Wayne Rooney — a man who is bereft of the most meagre human graces?

How do you persuade children to renounce bad language when they hear little else from stars on the BBC?

A teacher, Francis Gilbert, wrote five years ago in his book Yob Nation: ‘The public feels it no longer has the right to interfere.’

Discussing the difficulties of imposing sanctions for misbehaviour or idleness at school, he described the case of a girl pupil he scolded for missing all her homework deadlines.

The youngster’s mother, a social worker, telephoned him and said: ‘Threatening to throw my daughter off the A-level course because she hasn’t done some work is tantamount to psychological abuse, and there is legislation which prevents these sorts of threats.

‘I believe you are trying to harm my child’s mental well-being, and may well take steps . . . if you are not careful.’

That story rings horribly true. It reflects a society in which teachers have been deprived of their traditional right to arbitrate pupils’ behaviour. Denied power, most find it hard to sustain respect, never mind control.

I never enjoyed school, but, like most children until very recent times, did the work because I knew I would be punished if I did not. It would never have occurred to my parents not to uphold my  teachers’ authority. This might have been unfair to some pupils, but it was the way schools functioned for centuries, until the advent of crazy ‘pupil rights’.

I recently received a letter from a teacher who worked in a county’s pupil referral unit, describing appalling difficulties in enforcing discipline. Her only weapon, she said, was the right to mark a disciplinary cross against a child’s name for misbehaviour.

Having repeatedly and vainly asked a 15-year-old to stop using obscene language, she said: ‘Fred, if you use language like that again, I’ll give you a cross.’

He replied: ‘Give me an effing cross, then!’ Eventually, she said: ‘Fred, you have three crosses now. You must miss your next break.’

He answered: ‘I’m not missing my break, I’m going for an effing fag!’ When she appealed to her manager, he said: ‘Well, the boy’s got a lot going on at home at  the moment. Don’t be too hard  on him.’

This is a story repeated daily in schools up and down the land.

A century ago, no child would have dared to use obscene language in class. Today, some use little else. It symbolises their contempt for manners and decency, and is often a foretaste of delinquency.

If a child lacks sufficient respect to address authority figures politely, and faces no penalty for failing to do so, then other forms of abuse — of property and person — come naturally.

So there we have it: a large, amoral, brutalised sub-culture of young British people who lack education because they have no will to learn, and skills which might make them employable. They are too idle to accept work waitressing or doing domestic labour, which is why almost all such jobs are filled by immigrants.

They have no code of values to dissuade them from behaving anti-socially or, indeed, criminally, and small chance of being punished if they do so.

They have no sense of responsibility for themselves, far less towards others, and look to no future beyond the next meal, sexual encounter or TV football game.

They are an absolute deadweight upon society, because they contribute nothing yet cost the taxpayer billions. Liberal opinion holds they are victims, because society has failed to provide them with opportunities to develop their potential.

Most of us would say this is nonsense. Rather, they are victims of a perverted social ethos, which elevates personal freedom to an absolute, and denies the underclass the discipline — tough love — which alone might enable some of its members to escape from the swamp of dependency in which they live.

Only education — together with politicians, judges, policemen and teachers with the courage to force feral humans to obey rules the rest of us have accepted all our lives — can provide a way forward and a way out for these people.

They are products of a culture which gives them so much unconditionally that they are let off learning how to become human beings. My dogs are better behaved and subscribe to a higher code of values than the young rioters of Tottenham, Hackney, Clapham and Birmingham.

Unless or until those who run Britain introduce incentives for decency and impose penalties for bestiality which are today entirely lacking, there will never be a shortage of young rioters and looters such as those of the past four nights, for whom their monstrous excesses were ‘a great fire, man’.

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Wind Turbines Killing Bats

Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 20, 2011

The narrative often created by radical environmentalist is that energy production based on fossil fuels or nuclear damage the environment while “green energy” is clean and not harmful.  That simplistic view is convenient, but not accurate and clouds a broader agenda of environmentalists.

The post-gazette.com published a story of the dangers emanating from one form of green energy titled Pa. wind turbines deadly to bats, costly to farmers.  It seems that Pennsylvania’s wind turbines are killing bats, which will have significant negative  consequences for the environment.  The article points out that:

  • PA currently has 420 wind turbines that killed 10,000 bats last year.  By 2030, PA is projected to have 2,900 turbines.
  • As bat populations decrease, bug populations increase.  A bat consumes about 3,000 insects each night.  That means 100 will consume about 250,000 insects per night.  According to Miguel Saviroff of Penn State University, “that benefits neighbors and reduces the insect problem with crops.”
  • A turbine that killed only 25 bats in a year accounts for 17 million uneaten bugs per year.
  • It is estimated that in Pennsylvania alone, bats saved farmers last year $280 million of avoided costs.

Using radical environmentalists’ logic, we should immediately shut down all wind turbines and do a multi-year study on the effects of these “green” machines on the environment.  However, the extension of that lame logic would effectively shut down all energy production of any sort since they all have their “costs” to the environment.

Man is a polluter, period.  Any change he makes to the environment has effects and consequences.  The environmentalists know this and their attacks on certain forms of energy production expose their true motives.  To them the green movement is the Trojan Horse used in their effort to promote the true Progressive agenda; redistribution of wealth.  Hold on to your wallets!

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