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Friday, July 30, 2010

Bizzaro Ideas

bigpollutionBack on April 30th of this year I posted an article reacting to a group of young progressives here in my hometown who were complaining about what they thought was the impropriety of local government officials participating in a prayer breakfast. The comments were entertaining to read as each person outlined how the religious right were working to pass intrusive laws to bring forth a despotic society of finger wagging moralists.

In response, my article pointed out the reality of how things truly are. It is the secular left, particularly in the form of enviro-nannies, who thrive upon the claims of man-made global warming hoaxers to create an artificial catastrophic panic so as to pass laws forcing the common citizen to be greenie leftists. As an example, I noted an article from the U.K. where recycling laws were being enacted that would force people to maintain a complicated recycling bin system in order to recycle in the most energy efficient manner.

The post stayed up a day or so with a minimal amount of commenting, until an atheist troll came along and left this hysterical response:

Uhh, did you really write: "It's the small, local level, everyday details in life that are easily brought into power by a secular body of governmental officials who readily embrace the bizzaro idea that the world is on the verge of a man-made environmental apocalyptic collapse."

Uh, you do know that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is pumping 1 million gallons of oil a day [Wall Street Journal] into Louisiana and Florida prime fisheries, right? And you wrote 10 days after the spill started-- after it had already pumped about 10 million gallons into prime fisheries-- and still going strong? Which made it already as big as the Exxon Valdez spill, when you wrote the sentence:

"the bizzaro idea that the world is on the verge of a man-made environmental apocalyptic collapse."
Really? Really? Bizarro? What does "Bizarro" mean in your country's language? Does "Bizarro" mean something different in your language, like "Obvious" or "normal" or "already proven"?

He then went on to link troll me back to an unrelated article about Islamic creationist terrorists posted where? Of course, his own blog. Never mind the fact that oil spills, which we have laws in place to regulate (and regrettably failed and got in the way of stopping the spill sooner) and intrusive environmental laws that force people to be green against their wills, are unrelated. Also keep in mind the chicken little philosophy of the man-made global warming faithful is also unrelated to the occasional oil spill.


With that bit of background, Time magazine on-line posted this article just yesterday.:

BP Oil Spill: Has The Environmental Damage Been Exaggerated?

You know. Time magazine. That Republican rag in partnership with that right-wing propaganda news organization CNN. I mean, they both have been in the back pockets with big oil for years.
Selected sections from the article:

The Deepwater Horizon explosion was an awful tragedy for the 11 workers who died on the rig, and it's no leak; it's the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. It's also inflicting serious economic and psychological damage on coastal communities that depend on tourism, fishing and drilling. But so far — while it's important to acknowledge that the long-term potential danger is simply unknowable for an underwater event that took place just three months ago — it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage. "The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared," says geochemist Jacqueline Michel, a federal contractor who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana. [emphasis mine]

And this interesting tidbit:

The scientists I spoke with cite four basic reasons the initial eco-fears seem overblown. First, the Deepwater oil, unlike the black glop from the Valdez, is unusually light and degradable, which is why the slick in the Gulf is dissolving surprisingly rapidly now that the gusher has been capped. Second, the Gulf of Mexico, unlike Alaska's Prince William Sound, is very warm, which has helped bacteria break down the oil. Third, heavy flows of Mississippi River water have helped keep the oil away from the coast, where it can do much more damage. And finally, Mother Nature can be incredibly resilient.

I would think my atheist commenter, who displays the strident scientific confidence with his rebuke that I have encountered with pretty much every internet atheist I have stumbled across, would have known this. I mean, it is coming from "scientists."

Oh, but Time and CNN are hardly alone. From the right-wing kooks over at Vanity Fair on-line:

So....Has Anyone Seen the Oil that Spilled into the Gulf?

And those fascists at Yahoo! News report,

Mighty Oil-eating Microbes Help Clean Up the Gulf

Who's living in a bizarro world, now?



Blogger Sir Aaron said...

I saw the trash can lunacy in Australia before it hit the UK. The trash can bin in Australia is actually smaller than the recycling can. And if you put anything in the wrong bin, accidental or otherwise, your neighbors tattle on you to the local ministry who then comes to your door to lecture you.

12:48 PM, July 30, 2010  
Blogger Fred Butler said...

Just a lecture?

You'd think they would be all over the idea of leveling fines.

12:51 PM, July 30, 2010  
Blogger leroy said...

Not quite true Sir Aaron, most municipalities have two wheelie bins. One for rubbish, one for recycling. The rubbish one gets dumped in landfill no matter what's in it (it doesn't get 'observed' or 'checked'). The recycling bin goes to a recycling plant for sorting into glass, steel etc. Any rubbish in it gets dumped, same as the contents of the rubbish bin. A few municipalities have recycling bins which are segmented to assist in the sorting process. The only 'lectures' which tend to occur are due to overfull bins because the automated trucks can't handle them properly and trash spills. There may be the odd neighborly 'spat' which induces people to try to get their neighbors in a spot of bother but that's about it.

3:35 PM, July 30, 2010  
Blogger Impacted Wisdom Truth said...

Environmentalists were hysterical about the oil spill, right up to the point they realized George W. Bush was no longer President.

6:38 PM, July 30, 2010  
Blogger Sir Aaron said...


I was told the story by an Australian couple after I asked them about the bins (I noticed that the trash can was much smaller than the recycling can). They told me that they had put something accidentally in the wrong can (something that should have been put into the recycling can into the garbage can or vice-versa). A neighbor apparently tattled on them and somebody from the ministry showed up to lecture them.

2:29 PM, August 05, 2010  
Blogger Sir Aaron said...


I think a fine would have been the next step, but I was still stunned by the whole idea of the government telling me how to sort my garbage.

2:30 PM, August 05, 2010  

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