Sunday, March 14, 2004


A politically-motivated lie: "The U.S. Public Interest Research Group, a Ralph Nader organization, is charging that a March 11 Senate vote defeating a "polluters pay" Superfund amendment offered by Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Jon Corzine (D-NJ) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) means that polluters are getting a "holiday" from their legal responsibilities." See here for the facts.

The statues of Easter Island have fascinated many for a long time now. It is now however quite clear how they got there, who put them there and why the civilization of Easter Island collapsed. Jared Diamond sums it up well. But when Diamond comes to the now well-known conclusion that the Polynesian civilization which produced the statues underwent a collapse due to their own destruction of the island's natural resources, Diamond of course moralizes that: "The parallels between Easter Island and the modern world are chillingly obvious". He says that we too could undergo a similar fate if we are not more careful of the environment. That Western man IS wiser than the Polynesians were and that we have been actively conserving our environment and setting aside natural areas for over a century and that agricultural SURPLUSES have long been the major problem for international trade go unmentioned. But Diamond WAS writing in the New York Review of Books, of course. He probably needed a Leftist slant to get his article published there.

I love it: "An ecologically-acclaimed wetland in the grounds of a school in Taiwan turned out to be the product of a leaking water pipe".

Now popcorn is bad for you: "The Environmental Protection Agency is studying the chemicals released into the air when a bag of microwave popcorn is popped or opened. Exposure to vapors from butter flavoring in microwave popcorn has been linked to a rare lung disease contracted by factory workers in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska."

Good to see that the most Leftist of Australia's major newspapers has just given a good summary of the case AGAINST global warming. They still do their best to defend the theory, of course, but in the end arrive at the key conclusion: "But if even scientists like Hennessy and Carter cannot agree on scientific data, how can politicians and policy-makers?" If we spent billions of dollars on every "maybe" around we would soon be back in the Stone Age. But that is what the Greenies really want, of course.


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