Modern Man Guilty of Rising Seas

High Impact Crime

Is Academia the Sole Witness Against
Our Crime of Too Muchness?

When we hear ersatz academics say something like –e.g., we know global warming exists and that humans are causing it, and then listen as they give their explanations for the ‘pause’ — all 50 or more of them — we can only be truly sure there has been no global warming over the last 16-26 years (depending on the temperature record we look at). We cannot help but notice that corresponding with the advent of satellite data that enabled us for the first time to more accurately measure temperatures around the world, global warming went on a hiatus… it paused. To not wonder about the role of Leftist politics in the slow admission and fantastic coincidence concerning basic facts requires the willing suspension of disbelief.

Academia has been reduced to a simple-minded trade with supposed skills that enable them to pinpoint the true causes of global warming: modernity and you. Perhaps you feel you are not the problem. You are an Ecomodernist in the free enterprise economy whose taxes pay all of bills –e.g., for subsidized solar panels and windmills and diamond lanes for Teslas and Volts and Apple computers for Prius- and iPhone-buying public-funded school teachers. Not so fast: the Ecological Activists of global warming – teaching a new religion to the children in schools near you – have a far different view about how corrupt American capitalism really is.

For Ecological Activists, almost every extreme weather event or natural disaster is linked to climate change, from droughts, wildfires, and floods, to hurricanes, mudslides, and winter storms. These events are evidence that nature exists in a precarious state of balance with disturbance by humans risking the collapse of civilization… wild and pristine regions are portrayed as Eden-­like places where we can escape our too-muchness, and bring wonder back into our lives. From this perspective, note scholars, stabilizing climate emissions would not only restore a divine harmony and balance to the world, but also enable human salvation.

Industrialization and capitalism are the forces that have corrupted nature and disrupted balance. In a world obsessed with consumerism… we have embraced a false vision of the good life that not only promotes unhappiness and dissatisfaction but generates intense psychological resistance to arguments for action on climate change since such appeals force us to reconsider our core identity as consumers. ~Matthew C. Nisbet (Disruptive Ideas: Public Intellectuals and their Arguments for Action on Climate Change)

It is time we put aside all of the histrionics and bleeding hairshirts of the Left. “I’m a meteorologist,” says Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon. “What makes you think I can predict the future?” When it comes to predicting global warming, academia’s obsessed buggy whip science seems to be a bit behind the times: they do not want to hear what some of our leading solar astrophysicists are telling us–e.g., that global warming may be over. “These scientists,” says Bob Carter, “are projecting a significant cooling over the next three decades, and perhaps even the occurrence of another little ice age.” Surely, we can agree us moderns are not responsible for, the declining activity of the sun, that astrophysicists have observed.

Comparing the current price of TESLA stock to the company’s earnings, the current P/E ratio is 132 times next year’s earnings; obviously, traditional rules of valuation no longer apply. That is what we were told leading up to the bust of the tech-bubble in 2001. Then, there was the housing bubble with government underwriting the funding of phony loans. Now, the government is fueling a hot air bubble and Western civilization has become a bigger bubble than Tesla and Apple. None of the old rules about value apply anymore –e.g., the Left believes Apple is the only company in America that truly serves the needs of humanity and all the rest of American enterprise from Wal-Mart to Chevron are evil.

Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler. ~Albert Einstein

(Updated, 15 September 2014)

About Wagathon

Hot World Syndrome—fear of a hotter, more intimidating world than it actually is prompting a desire for more protection than is warranted by any actual threat. A Chance Meeting– We toured south along the Bicentennial Bike Trail in the Summer of 1980, working up appetites covering ~70 miles per day and staying at hiker/biker campgrounds at night along the Oregon/California coast (they were 50¢ a day at that time). The day's ride over, and after setting up tents, hitting the showers, and making a run to a close-by store, it was time to relax. The third in our little bicycle tour group, Tom, was about 30 yards away conversing with another knot of riders and treating himself to an entire cheesecake for dinner. He probably figured Jim and I would joke about what a pig he was eating that whole pie and decided to eat among strangers. Three hours later after sharing stories and remarking on a few coincidences that turned up here and there, Tom and one of the former strangers realized they were cousins, meeting in this most unlikely place for the first time. ~Mac
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