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As the Conservative Progresses

The study of the world’s surface temperatures by Richard Muller was partially bankrolled by a foundation connected to global warming deniers. He pursued long-held skeptic theories in analyzing the data. 

Stop the presses.  The end of days is surely upon us.

There is no reason now to be a skeptic about steadily increasing temperatures, Muller wrote recently in The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages, a place friendly to skeptics. 

But beyond that is the thing he now says he is wrong about – this is practically the foundation of all things ‘conservative’: Climate Change!  Of course, there’s only so long that you can keep decrying the evidence before your legacy is that you were an idiot.  Eventually, even the most anti-progressive, evidence-ignoring conservatives among us finally conceded that maybe the Earth isn’t flat, after all.

Nothing makes a conservative happier than to say that Climate Change is just a bunch of hype.  Denying Climate Change is a core belief of the conservative.  You find a Republican and they can’t wait to talk about how Climate Change and Global Warming are totally fictitious inventions of the progressive mind.

Every time it gets cold my Republican friends can’t wait to be first to point out that Global Warming is a myth.  In the early portion of this year, we got snow.  What I heard that day: So much for Global Warming; Are these liberals gonna tell me about Global Warming now?; Yeah, Climate Change is real…whatever.  I can look outside and see that Global Warming is bullshit.  This is because it snowed….in the WINTER.  As unfathomable as that sounds, it snowed between December and March.

There is a large percentage who literally have no distinction between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’.  And will argue with you about it.  And their Hannity-inspired understanding of Climate Change is that it means there will never be another cold day on Earth.

So back to the story – another great part about it is that study was funded in large part by the neo-con Koch brothers:

One-quarter of the $600,000 to do the research came from the Charles Koch Foundation, whose founder is a major funder of skeptic groups and the tea party.

The Koch brothers, Charles and David, run a large privately held company involved in oil and other industries, producing sizable greenhouse gas emissions.

When I was a child, I remember learning about the Scopes monkey trial, and how the progressives ‘modernists’ of 1925 helped bring the conservative ‘fundamentalists’ into the modern era by illustrating scientific evidence, while keeping religious beliefs out of school.  Maybe they will re-learn that lesson next. Or maybe they’ll re-learn about the heliocentric system. Stay tuned for part 2 of the “As the Conservative Progresses”.

Hopefully between things like this combined with the completely ludicrous Conservative candidates for 2012, the USA can move forward again.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/30/richard-muller-global-warming_n_1066029.html?icid=maing-grid7|main5|dl12|sec1_lnk2|108718

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October 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm Leave a comment

Libertarian vs Tea Party

This is so funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4BY5ZGurCU 

What are you?  The problem with left and right is that it’s fitting 4 viewpoints on a single line.  Try the Political Compass to account for both economic and social values.  It plots views on an X and Y.
http://www.politicalcompass.org 

Libertarianism is the advocacy of individual liberty, especially freedom of thought and action.[1] Philosopher Roderick T. Long defines libertarianism as “any political position that advocates a radical redistribution of power [either “total or merely substantial”] from the coercive state to voluntary associations of free individuals”, whether “voluntary association” takes the form of the free market or of communal co-operatives.[2] David Boaz, libertarian writer and vice president of the Cato Institute, writes that, “Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others” and that, “Libertarians defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property–rights that people have naturally, before governments are created.”[3]

December 4, 2010 at 1:43 am Leave a comment

More Conservative Fear-mongering

McDonald’s Workers Told to Vote GOP or Face Financial Repercussions.

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/10/30/mcdonalds-workers-told-to-vote-gop-or-face-financial-repercussions/

The New York Times reports that employees in a Canton, Ohio McDonald’s received a pamplet with their pay-checks this week urging them to vote Republican “or possibly face financial repercussions.”

The pamphlet appeared calculated to intimidate workers into voting for Republican candidates by making a direct reference to their wages and benefits, said Allen Schulman, a Democrat who is president of the Canton City Council and said he obtained a copy of the pamphlet on Wednesday.

The pamphlet said: “If the right people are elected, we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above the current levels. If others are elected, we will not.”

October 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment


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