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Blind Mice

Posted by Jeff Id on March 5, 2013

I am having a hard time generating the will to write as of late.   It didn’t use to be that way.  I used to get really upset when I read some alarmist garbage or other, all pushing the same fake lines of global doom.   Now there is so much progressive propaganda in the global environment, (yes it has increased dramatically) I spend most of my time being upset about other things stupid and climate alarmism is just a symptom of the much broader disease.   Just look across the various localities of the world and you can see the result of leftist progressivism.  Heck, you can see it on a state by state, or even city by city basis.

Craig Loehle wrote a nice article which sums up my thoughts reasonably well at WUWT.   He refers to alarmism in terms of categorical thinking.   Basically making the point that alarmists as a whole do not critically challenge the fact that warming is automatically a disaster.  They see all change to the environment as unnatural and therefore universally bad.  He notes that alarmists cannot separate climate change from negative change:

It is irrelevant how much we have changed it, we have changed the state, like spitting into the swimming pool makes everyone get out. The climate is now broken. And with a broken, human-altered climate, anything is possible, even super storms (which we can conveniently create by naming them such). It doesn’t matter if we only changed it a trivial amount, we’ve ruined the Garden of Eden with our sinful ways.

I don’t see it as categorical thinking, as described by Dr. Loehle, perhaps I’m wrong, but I do see it as feel-think.  Our world has become so messed up with everything-is-equal-progressivism that feelings have replaced logic.  It is no small irony that progressivism is nothing new, it holds the key features of the most repressive governments on the planet yet re-branded and resold, people think feel they are doing something new.  Something less dangerous and deserving of a new brand.   Handing massive power to the central government, stealing money from economic creators and handling it for redistribution, always corrupts.   Political favorites are being paid off in droves with tax money by Obama’s administration,  yet progressives feel it is good to pay off anti-business unions and green companies, so it isn’t a problem.

I listened to a breakdown of a group of voters commenting on a couple of speeches delivered and the host asked the individuals what they thought about different aspects of the speakers.  Several of them ‘felt’ that one person was more honest, so that person got their support.   The youngest man in the audience based his entire opinion on how he felt, his answer was flat stupid but he justified it by feelings on honesty of the speaker, not logic.

Besides the fact that I disagreed with him and that his reply was entirely ignorant, answering in that manner seemed fully reasonable to him.  Worse, nobody in the audience seemed bothered by it.

Feelings are not logic.

We should help the poor by giving them money.   If they can’t find a job, we should support them long term on welfare.   While these are noble ideas which make everyone feel good, they neglect the long term result that people will often not try to do anything with themselves if they don’t have to.  Through generations of these policies we have created a culture of unemployable people who will never create a thing for this world.  Fifty percent unemployment in Detroit is a direct result of hard-left Obamaesque policies.  Take the money from the rich, they have a lot more than me, fails to recognize that there is a negative impact on other peoples jobs for that.   Guns kill people, take the guns away!  It feels good, yet the fact that criminals aren’t concerned with laws, is not incorporated into the feeling.

The problem is far deeper than that though.  We have an administration which has ignored the constitution, bent the rules, and done a huge variety of things outside of the legal structure of this country.   There is very little we can do to stop the erosion of our constitution under this regime.  The EPA is completely out of control, as is employment law interpretation.  The left makes little sound because they “feel” that the laws are helpful to the people.  Besides missing the hugely negative impacts of these policies on businesses and individual rights, they flatly fail to consider what the next person will do with that wildly expanded power.

Fracking is bad, because they feel it and windmills are good, for the same reason.   It doesn’t matter one lick that windmill production has trashed huge areas of China’s land, nor does it matter that there have been no serious impacts from natural gas production.  No consideration is given to positive effects of the much cleaner burning natural gas just as Nuclear power is a bad word no matter what the context.

All of these thoughts by the liberals are flatly wrong.  Feeling is an important part of being human, but in an adult society, it cannot replace logic.

I predicted a strong economic spring despite the tax increases.  Most liberals have already taken that feeling and internalized it into the category of more taxes are ok.  They feel it because they see the weakly positive sounding news, in the same general time frame as the tax increases.   It won’t matter that the true effect on the economy is the difference of where we are to where we would have been without the taxes.   It also won’t matter that the economy slows in a year (I’m not predicting that), because the feelings already happened.  They feel it is ok.

The first 6 hours of my day are spent working to send money to the government so that it can be redistributed to those who support feeling based thought, while they sit on their couches watch their government paid big-screen TV’s and collect checks.    I’m allowed to make money with the last 4. How would that make you feel..  I just got off the phone with one of our suppliers at 8pm and I went to work at 6 am today.    That is a normal day for me.

Until we grow up as people, stop pretending that fingers are firearms and giving a ribbon to everyone win or lose, the disease will grow progressively worse.  The examples are endless, and frustrating for those of us who rely on our minds for making determinations rather than our feelings.

So it is hard for me to give a crap about climate change.   I miss the data and the constant puzzles handed out by advocates pretending to be scientists, so it will be fun to go back.  In the meantime, I’m a grumpy business owner who can’t afford to operate by feeling and who is being robbed by ignorant people with negative “feelings” toward businesses which feed them.

34 Responses to “Blind Mice”

  1. MDR said

    Jeff,

    60% of yout earnings go tp the government? Is this the nominal payment or you have included the distribution of the impacts of taxation to the elasticity of the demand-supply equilibrium?

    It seems America has joined Europe and nobody cared to let you guys know.

    • “60% of yout earnings go tp the government?”

      Yup… And the left feels that it would be good to take more.

    • John M said

      MDR, Don’t forget Jeff lives in Illinois, the Calichussetts of the midwest.

      • Nope, they increased our taxes by 60 percent so we left that state and took the jobs (and workers who would come) with us.

        • Matthew W said

          You left Illinois??

          • Jeff Condon said

            Yup, and we took the jobs with us.

            Just in time too.

          • Matthew W said

            Sorry to hear r that, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
            Best of luck

          • Jeff Condon said

            No choice for us.

            Are you a blackhawk?

          • Matthew W said

            Don’t understand the blackhawk question.

            I hope you can take the time to send a note to Gov Quinn and let him know how well he is growing the economy in Illinois.

          • Illinois
            ..yans, ites, etc.. are hockey blackhawk fans.

            I’ve decided not to discuss it with Quinn. He played himself as a middle guy, but went hard left at the first opportunity so he cannot afford my keystrokes or the jobs we took with us.

            Oh, and Illinois has now decided that our company needs a tax audit!

            Bring it on jackalopes!!

          • Matthew W said

            The last pro sports team that I followed or cared about was the 83 Sox. Not much into pro sports.
            I actually liked Quinn for about 3 days after he took over for Blago, but then the first thing he suggested to “help” Illinois was to borrow billions more !!! Then he turned into a typical politician.

        • Carrick said

          So where’s the new home base, if I might ask?

          • We moved to Michigan, which doesn’t have much better tax than Illinois but offered incentives, is heading in the opposite direction from Illinois and happens to be where I’m from. I don’t want to put it on line because the company is getting big enough that my politics could get noticed.

            Jeff

            On Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 4:34 AM, the Air Vent

          • AGW_Skeptic said

            Jeff,

            Wish you came north to Wisconsin.

            Very pro-business Governor and state legislature.

          • Matthew W said

            Ha, I was going to guess Indiana.
            [edit]

  2. omanuel said

    I share your frustration, Jeff. But the future of civilization is at stake.

    There will be no winners – only losers – if society fails to return to reality.

    Fred Hoyle and George Orwell realized what was coming in 1946: http://omanuel.wordpress.com/about/#comment-2204

    That was the year Fred Hoyle laid the foundation for the Standard Solar Model of H-filled stars and the Big Bang Model of H-synthesis from nothing at the imaginary beginning of the universe. Both concepts are without scientific merit.

    The real issues behind anthropogenic global warming (AGW) scare-mongering are:

    _ a.) The growing world population and increasing demands for more energy,
    _ b.) The inability of world leaders to provide those energy needs, while hiding
    _ c.) The energy that creates, destroys, sustains atoms, lives and worlds [1-4]

    Thus, world leaders face this painful dilemma today:

    _ d.) Accept the Sun’s pulsar core as the Creator, Destroyer and Sustainer of life, or
    _ e.) Start eliminating ordinary human lives so world leaders can continue as rulers

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/08/bill-gates-world-needs-fewer-people/

    References:

    1. ”Neutron Repulsion”, The APEIRON Journal 19, 123-150 (2012): http://redshift.vif.com/JournalFiles/V19NO2pdf/V19N2MAN.pdf

    2. “Yes, the Sun is a pulsar,” Nature (submitted 12 Dec 2012): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10640850/Yes_the_Sun_is_a_pulsar.pdf

    3. Paul K. Kuroda, The Origin of the Chemical Elements and the Oklo Phenomenon (Springer Publishers, 165 pages, 1982) See page 2:

    4. P. K. Kuroda, “On the nuclear physical stability of the uranium minerals,” J. Chem. Physics 25, 781 (1956); “On the infinite multiplication constant and the age of the uranium minerals,”J. Chem. Physics 25, 1256 (1956).

  3. And we shouldn’t ever mistake that those in power will hurt you if it helps get them more of it.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/06/leaked-email-adds-fuel-to-claims-white-house-playing-politics-over-impact-cuts/

    They are maximizing the political impact of budget cuts so that the population will be dumb enough to feel that we should spend more.

  4. Dean_P said

    Maximizing budget cut impacts for political gain is nothing new. Local municipalities have been doing it for decades! Every time the budget gets tight, the first things cut are police and fire. WHy? Those are arguably the highest priority!

    Well, it’s because the p[oliticians know that if they scream they need more money for those areas, the public is gullible enough to agree. The problem is that instead of beefing up those areas, we get $5M recreation centers… that you can only get to by dodging truck size potholes to frequent.

    The biggest problem we face is our politicians consistent lack of willingness to prioritize.

  5. The USA is experiencing a relentless centralization of power.

    For example our schools were under local community but over a century or so we developed a heirarchy with district school boards, state school boards and in 1979 a federal Department of Education. The control of K-12 education is increasingly “Top Down” so that control is in fewer and fewer hands.

    This trend is a very unhealthy one if you love freedom, prosperity and excellence. Acemoglu and Robinson explain why in their book “Why Nations Fail”.

  6. Tim Irwin said

    Very well written, thank you Jeff. You have articulated exactly how I feel. (pun intended).

    It is not just in climate science. The progressive disease has infected most things in this country. I would say the worst impact is on the press. If we had an honest bunch of mainstream reporters the disease would be far less rampant, since the excesses and stupidity would be front page news and might be curtailed if not corrected.

  7. ianl8888 said

    Quote from original post:

    “Feelings are not logic”

    Yes, but a significant portion of the populace do NOT value logic … and cannot be made to

    Story from Oz (all you need know is that the HSC is a final end-of-high school exam that is also used by universities to select their 1st year intakes):

    The Professor of Chemical Engineering is addressing his faculty staff at the beginning of the academic year. He is full of enthusiasm

    “Ladies, Gentlemen … this is an historic occasion. Our 1st year applicants are at the highest numbers ever, and for the first time in our history we have applications from young ladies. Wonderful ! Absolutely historic !

    But I admit to a puzzle. I’ve worked right through the HSC Chemistry exam, and I cannot find one example of a required calculation. How can one do chemistry without calculations ?”

    One of his staff members replies:

    “Actually, I think you misunderstood the exam question. It says: a man in a white coat is standing in front of you asking you to calculate the molarity of an NaOH solution. How does this make you FEEL ?”

  8. tz2026 said

    Both sides run on feelings. Democrats on Lust, Republicans on Hate.

    Don’t you know we need to starve the terrorist towelhead toddler two-three year olds in Iran lest they grow up and come over here and kill us or worse nuke us?

    That we need to be masturbated by the TSA in airports lest someone use an airplane in a terrorist attack?

    That we need free trade with places that defraud their laborers and dump toxic waste directly into rivers in the name of “free trade”?

    That we need to bail-out the billionaire banksters that caused the destruction of the economy and all those people who lost their houses and jobs so they could pay themselves bonuses.

    A different irrationality is still irrationality. I don’t mean to be so hard but the defect is bipartisan.

    Hell is no fun, but it wouldn’t work if there weren’t two sides with meaningless petty differences inflicting pain on each other instead of going toward heaven. They can do so at any time. But instead they will drive themselves to stay in hell eternally in order to preserve their irrationality.

  9. “I am having a hard time generating the will to write as of late. It didn’t use to be that way. I used to get really upset when I read some alarmist garbage or other, all pushing the same fake lines of global doom. Now there is so much progressive propaganda in the global environment, (yes it has increased dramatically) I spend most of my time being upset about other things stupid and climate alarmism is just a symptom of the much broader disease. Just look across the various localities of the world and you can see the result of leftist progressivism. Heck, you can see it on a state by state, or even city by city basis.”

    JEFF, your sweeping observation about the feckless, fact-free nature of our enemies is correct. And thus the futility of engaging them with evidence.

    “drsanity” (just google) is a blogger first animated by Bush derangement syndrome and the psycho-political culture of the past decade. This now retired med school prof of psychiatry (at the University of Michigan), Pat Santy, has let her blog go dark.

    The Left’s delusions took over with the triumph of PoMo. Reason and evidence no longer matter, only Power. And thus Obama rules accordingly, like a junior Hugo Chavez, always assuming he’s siding with the little guy while abusing “The Forgotten Man,” forever posturing as the Outsider. The art of fascist populism is easy when the media carries all of your water and never lets dissent or genuine criticism based on the facts enter into the public dialogue. This “debate” cannot be one with evidence or reason.

    So there is no point in opposing them by dialogue or debate: only name-calling and abuse and threats matter anymore. Can real violence be far behind?

    The lawlessness of our bizarre world is proved when the Obama administration sues a state like Arizona for enforcing the federal laws. Or when laws like submitting and passing a budget (going back to 1920 and 1980s, respectively) are no longer followed. Instead, Obama governs by crisis.

    The Constitution is only a suggestion now – increasingly optional.

    We live under an arbitrary, crony-connected autocracy, instead of laws applying to everyone equally, passed and enforced by our duly elected rulers.

    Most of my friends are leaving the US, either slowly or faster. The futility of staying on a ship that must go down into economic disaster is fully understood. Only the timing of the barrow and spend crunch, when the credit markets revolt, like in Greece, Spain, Portugal, or Argentina, is unknown.

    But come it will in three to five (or maybe seven) years, and recent history shows it will likely come suddenly. And there will be no tools like in the last financial crisis to cope with it, to make it pass quickly. The period for putting our fiscal house in order and growing the economy to health and net wealth in order to weather the next storm is passing before our eyes, squandered by our President and our leaders.

    We are cynics. We believe America – as we’ve known it and loved it – is over. And the reckoning will indeed more like the Great Depression than 2009-12 was. There are only two relevant choices: batten down the hatches to ride out the coming storm – or else leave and refuse to pay for Their unsustainable fiscal insanity.

    • Jeff Condon said

      I don’t want to leave America and can’t conceive of a proper shelter from the mess that is coming. People are arming themselves at a record rate, and it isn’t because they are crazy or conspiratorial. It is because the timing of the future is uncertain, yet the direction is becoming more certain. I can’t predict what year the house will crash, economies are strong just as businesses are, but the motivations of our politicians don’t align with good economic function.

    • omanuel said

      I agree with the assessments of Orson Olson, Gallopingcamel, Tim Irwin, Jeff Condon et al.

      A violent collapse of society can be avoided, if the scientific community helps politicians regain contact with reality and get “right-sized.”

      The quickest way to do that is to open up a public discussion of Fred Hoyle’s 1946 papers [1], the corner stones of

      a.) The Standard Model of H-filled stars, heated by H-fusion
      b.) The Big Bang Model of instantaneous creation of H at t = 0
      c.) The AGW Model of human-induced changes in Earth’s climate

      Politicians are not the problem. Many believe the above falsehoods. No self-respecting scientist will now publicly challenge precise experimental data and observations [2,3] from the nuclear and space age that falsify Fred Hoyle’s two 1946 papers [1].

      - Oliver K. Manuel

      [1] Fred Hoyle, “The chemical composition of the stars,” Monthly Notices Royal Astronomical Society 106, 255-259 (1946); “The synthesis of elements from hydrogen,” ibid., 343-383 (1946)

      [2] ”Neutron Repulsion”, The APEIRON Journal 19, 123-150 (2012): http://redshift.vif.com/JournalFiles/V19NO2pdf/V19N2MAN.pdf

      [3] “Yes, the Sun is a pulsar,” Nature (submitted 12 Dec 2012): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10640850/Yes_the_Sun_is_a_pulsar.pdf

      • omanuel said

        I do not know the author but this expresses the central issue much better than I could:
        Fear and Loathing Of Humans – The Pathology Behind The Climate Change Movement

        http://orach24463.wordpress.com/2013/03/

        “In a nutshell, the core ethos of the Climate Change Movement is the fear and loathing of humankind.”

        Fear and loathing of the destructive nature of human’s who must be subjugated to prevent
        them from destroying the earth via using the forbidden knowledge of the Sun’s source of power,
        (E = hv) and (E = mc^2), neutron repulsion.

        With deep regrets,
        Oliver K. Manuel
        Former NASA Principal
        Investigator for Apollo

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