Skip to content

The Contradictions of Being Green

September 17, 2017

Environmentalism is a powerful force in our culture.  Contemporary environmentalism signals your sensitivity and your virtue.  It isn’t a prescription for human life on earth.  Look at the guideposts of environmentalism for yourself and see where they lead.

Recycling-

The greens tell me to recycle so that people live better.  That sounds great.  It also means we need low cost energy.  Low energy costs make it possible to recycle materials rather than extract them or throw them away.  What if it costs more money and energy to collect, classify, grade, transport, regrind and remelt a plastic or glass bottle than to produce a new one?  

For the greens, recycling is an end in itself and not a means to economic efficiency.  We’re told that recycling is good..even when it isn’t. I want low cost energy AND recycling..where it makes sense.

Green Energy-

I mentioned energy prices, but the greens want expensive energy so that solar and wind energy look affordable.  Without taxes on energy, those “renewable” sources are frighteningly unattractive.  Pandering politicians want the green vote, so they raise energy prices and claim they are being green.  We tax poor people who have to pay higher energy prices, or we subsidize wind and solar, or both.

Wind and solar have a much larger carbon footprint than nuclear or hydro power.  Wind and solar also cost more lives for each unit of energy they deliver.  Why didn’t you hear that in the news?  The green celebrities don’t want to be bothered with the facts since wind and solar are “good” and nuclear and hydro are “bad”. Being green is a superstitious ideology rather than a decision to minimize our impact on the earth.

We’ve been sold the fantasy of a “green future”.  I have not found a city, let alone a state or region, that made itself energy independent using solar and wind.  They always have power plants running to pick up the slack when the wind stops, or they link to regions that do.  We’ve had wind and solar for 40 years, so where is their success story?  The green mirage is always just around the corner, but we never reach it.  That makes it the perfect political platform that can be campaigned for endlessly.

In fact, these energy choices cost money, and jobs, and lives. Raising power rates has the same results we’d see if we raised the price of any other durable good.  We raise the market price to every consumer, the rich and the poor alike.  The poor are least able to pay higher energy prices.

We also deport entire industries as prices and regulations rise.  Power-intensive industries can’t pay the “green tax” of high cost power.  These businesses move to regions with competitive power rates or the companies go out of business.  These high power industries take their jobs with them, as well as the jobs from their suppliers.

Green power is not like a regular commodity in that it can’t be stored.  Electricity must be produced on demand.  When electrical power becomes unreliable, then high-technology industries have to move as well.  Consider this.  You lose a few minutes of time when your computer has to restart after a power spike.  You don’t lose minutes, but weeks of production when a high tech assembly line blinks off for a few seconds.

You lose even more when an individual on medical life support is thrown into the dark.  That is another price of the green fantasy. Me, I don’t support human sacrifice.  If you want a windmill, pay for it yourself.

Nuclear energy-

The greens don’t like nuclear power because they don’t understand it.  To be fair, they don’t understand modern combined-cycle generating stations either.  They think they understand solar and wind.  They don’t, but they think they do.

Ask a greenie if nuclear power is good, and he’ll say no.  Ask him if geothermal energy is good, and greens say yes.  Geothermal energy is nothing more than diluted nuclear energy.  Ask the people who’ve actually worked with geothermal energy and they will say it is a mess.  Boiling-hot salt water from inside the earth is hard on equipment and people.  The brine contains toxic metals and radioactive materials brought up from inside the earth. Geothermal energy plants release more radiation than nuclear plants.  The greens ignore that because “green energy is good” and other technologies are bad.

Let’s get philosophical for a minute.  Ask the greenie if it would be a good idea to stop nuclear reactions on earth. He will say yes because “radiation” is “bad”.  The feel-good environmentalist doesn’t know that nuclear decay in the earth’s core is the reason we have life on earth.  I’m not describing metaphysics, but real geophysics.

If you’re feeling cruel then you can ask a green if we should reduce the amount of radiation on the earth.  Again, he’ll probably say yes.  Ask him if nuclear reactors are a good idea since they actually reduces the nuclear inventory on the earth..and the greens say, ”No.”

The argument isn’t about facts, but feelings.  Ignorance of the facts may be bliss, but ignorance is frighteningly dangerous as public policy.

Greenhouse gasses-

Man made climate change is a big problem, or so I’m told by environmentalists.  Ask the greenie where most atmospheric CO2 comes from.  He will claim it comes from our cars and industry.  In fact, humans produce less than 5 percent of the CO2 in our atmosphere.

Ask which greenhouse gas is the most abundant and which one is most effective in global warming.  The answer is water vapor, and CO2 is far behind.

The hate thrown on fossil fuels is a religion, not science.

Global warming-

Greens say we need to stop using fossil fuels because the earth is heating up.  Ask them why was it warmer 800 years before the industrial revolution than it is now, 200 years after the industrial revolution?  Environmentalism is about seizing political power, not about atmospheric physics.

Electric cars-

Let’s ignore the fact that it takes tons of batteries to equal the energy in a tank of gasoline. Let’s ignore the fact that the equivalent batteries will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ignore the fact that electric cars are energy intensive to produce and to energy intensive to recycle. Ignore the fact that many “green” states, like California, have laws that make it impossible to recycle electric cars in state.  We’ve been making batteries for over 200 years and there is no great breakthrough expected tomorrow.

Like the rest of “green energy”, mandating electric cars means rich people will ride and poor people will walk.  To the liberal socialist-environmentalists, that is a feature, not a fault.  Electric cars are attractive as virtue symbols.  With rare exceptions, they don’t help the environment.  If you don’t like what I said then you can verify it for yourself.  Unlike the green religion, the real facts are out there.

Being green won’t go away.  Posing as an environmentalist is an easy way to signal your sensitivity and virtue to your friends.  The desire to stroke your ego in front of your peers is both eternal and insatiable.  As emotionally and spiritually narrow as that sounds, I’m fine with it.  Let’s not pretend that being “green” has anything to do with living well on earth.  Being green is about following a new religion because you didn’t like living with the old religion.

Advertisements

She’s With Her=> Antifa Protester Arrested at UC Berkeley For Banned Weapon Pictured With Hillary Clinton

September 15, 2017

You are known by the company you keep. RM

“Sarah Roark, 44, of San Francisco, was arrested for carrying a banned weapon near Bancroft Way and Bowditch St., per the Berkeley police department. (Mug shot below). Well it looks like Sarah Roark is a huge Hillary Clinton fan! (Shocker)”

Source: She’s With Her=> Antifa Protester Arrested at UC Berkeley For Banned Weapon Pictured With Hillary Clinton

It Isn’t Legal for You to Vote, so Don’t

September 15, 2017

It isn’t legal for you to vote, so don’t do it.  Is that a radical and racist idea, or is it the heart of a representative republic?  The question is both timely and important given the evidence of widespread voter fraud we saw in the last election. Doctor John Lott has a modest proposal to stop voter fraud.  We have the solution..or do we?

New Hampshire has same day voter registration.  We recently found that over five thousand people crossed into New Hampshire on election day to cast their votes in the 2016 election.  These voters never became residents or registered their cars in New Hampshire.  The votes were probably illegal, and Doctor Lott has a solution.

Illegal voting wouldn’t matter except for the fact that the last presidential election in New Hampshire was won by only 2700 votes.  The election for US senate was won by less than 1100 votes.  The election is probably fraudulent as it stands.  Yes, I said that the New Hampshire Secretary of State certified a fraudulent outcome.  He is a Democrat.  This continuing voter fraud in New Hampshire  is part of a larger pattern that extends from coast to coast.

Many elections were won by ghost voters. We had several counties in California, Illinois, and Florida where there were more votes cast than there were registered voters.  While a legal possibility, it is virtually impossible with a total voter turnout of only 58 percent.  The California counties with voter irregularities are much like the evidence we saw in New Hampshire.  Out of state activists can register to vote on election day.  They can vote in their state as well as voting in several California counties.  They did, and the California legislature kept its Democrat super-majority.  There is no risk of prosecution since the California Attorney General and the California Secretary of State are Democrats.  Buying elections is the perfect crime.

“There is nothing to see here.  Move along.”

Doctor Lott’s solution is simple.  We already have a national instant background check system in place.  We’ve already litigated the use of this system.  Scores of judges already ruled that this background check does not infringe on our constitutional rights.  This is the background check system we use when an honest citizen buys a firearm.  It wasn’t an infringement when I had to use it..or so I was told.

Democrats told us that the instant background check system is necessary to keep felons and illegals from buying guns.  States use a similar system to stop people from buying more than one gun a month.  We can use these background check systems today to keep illegals from voting and to keep US citizens from voting more than once.

Or can we?  We clearly have a double standard here.  Politicians infringe on the rights of honest citizens as the politician feigns great concern that illegals might get a gun.  The same politicians look the other way while millions of illegal votes decide elections.  This isn’t a trivial matter as political fortunes are made and lost.

Power and political influence are at stake given the monumental size and power of government.  We have trillion dollar budgets which means that billions of dollars in political favors are at stake.  Billionaires toss around tens of millions of dollars to buy the election results they want.

You are the only person who can stop them.  Drop the dime on your congressman and stop this voter fraud today.  Why, we already have the systems in place to do it.  You have both a phone, and we have an instant background check system.  😉

Democrats Cry Wolf with Predictable Results

September 13, 2017

Our character has been called into question.

-Candidate Barack Obama said we should vote for him..or we’re racist.
-If you didn’t support President Obama’s government health care plan, why that showed that you really were a racist and hated poor people all along.
-We recently discovered that we were sexist if we didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton.
-We were told that we were anti-human if we didn’t want to give the government power over every breath we take due to carbon dioxide.
-Democrats said we’re xenophobic racists if we actually want our country to have borders and laws.
-If we said that marriage matters and that children do better with a married mom and dad, then we were told we must hate lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendereds, queers, questioners, intersexed, asexuals and some people who haven’t discovered their pronouns yet.
-The Socialist news media said we are fascists and probably belonged to the Ku Klux Klan if we didn’t support communist thugs attacking people in the streets.

The pattern here is as clear as it is clearly ridiculous. We’re asked to ignore substantive differences. We are supposed to ignore reality and to substitute the invented distinctions of political correctness. We’re asked to lose our ability to perceive distinctions in order to prop up a twisted political paradigm..or else.

The socialist group-think says that anyone who criticizes their collective is evil and has a corrupt character. That is fascism.

We’re forced to agree with our political “thought leaders”, and anyone who doesn’t is less than human. The Democrat party adopted socialism and has now gone where collectivists ultimately go. They took the step to a unifying group-think where no one may oppose them without being labeled a hater, and haters should be silenced, disarmed, fined, and probably jailed.

They are wrong.  There, I said it.

You probably said it too.

You have the ability to think for yourself. You have the right and responsibility to form your own judgments. You have the duty to act on what you know to be true. That isn’t easy.  Thank you for doing it.

That makes you quite difficult for collectivists to control. I love the company of dangerous people..like you.

Water Therapy to Reveal the Human Heart

September 12, 2017

I worked with a friend this weekend.  He is in the local Rotary Club and goes to disaster areas.  He helps with cleanup and recovery.  This last weekend we were in Orange, Texas.  The couple we helped had lived in their home for the last 45 years.  They had never seen the water enter their home..until hurricane Harvey hit.

There, but for another foot of water, go I.

We all need help when things get bad enough.  Is it a thousand year flood, a 600 year earthquake, or a one in a hundred year fire?  You prepare as best you can, but add enough problems and we all start swimming for higher ground.

The couple we helped didn’t know what to do.  They had about 6 inches of water in their home.  Insulation and drywall don’t drain and dry. They mold and rot the bottom frame of your house.  The walls and insulation must be removed and the walls blown dry.  Their carpets were already out, so we cut out the drywall about 2 feet above the floor.  I was able to cut, move and clean about 150 feet of wall.  So did the other volunteers as we added to the growing berm of debris lining the road.

I wish we’d been there to help earlier, but my friend was sending supplies to churches last weekend or moving supplies by boat.  Some people watch a disaster on TV and change the channel.  Others get into their truck, grab their friends, and come help.  I was one of the friends they grabbed.

We are a rich country.  I know that because I’ve seen it with my own eyes.   We are so rich that we can afford to take a day off work and a day away from our home and our family.  We can afford to fill our trucks with gas and tools and gloves, and then give the gift of time.  Millions of us did.  Millions more will.

I saw it happen after hurricane Katrina.  We were able to help after the flooding in east central Louisiana in 2016.  This time, I was  able to help out in Texas.  You know you’re rich once you’ve seen someone lose most of what they have.  There, but for another foot of water, go I.

This couple appreciated our help, though it wasn’t really the labor.  They appreciated that we knew what to do and how to do it.  More than anything, they appreciated that they were not forgotten..by strangers.  All we knew about them was that they needed help.  Sometimes love takes the tangible form of a guy holding a sawzall and a pry bar.  I was glad to help.  I know I’m not alone.

Thank you for all you do.  There, but for another foot of water, go we all.

Concealed Carry Fashion- Can Gun Culture Accept its New Members?

September 10, 2017

Who owns a gun today?  Women and minorities are the fastest growing segment of armed america.  These new gun owners are entering unfamiliar territory, and traditional gun owners can at least meet them halfway.  New gun owners have lots of questions about living an armed lifestyle.  Since “concealed carry” mean concealed, new gun owners don’t know what they don’t know.  My friend Amanda Suffecool has a suggestion.  Local gun-groups can produce a concealed carry fashion show.  This is why you should.

sig225_happy_DSC9049web

Photo by Oleg Volk

Do you want to attract more women and minorities to your club?  Do you want more young people at your events and fundraising activities?  Here is your opportunity to back up your words with actions.  

Put on a concealed carry fashion show that looks like the audience you want rather than the audience you always have.

carry with child

Melody Lauer

You might want young moms to carry and join your club.  Put them in the show.  You can attract 21 year-old college students and 61 year-old grandmothers the same way.  Put them in your show.

Do more than tell new gun owners that they are a welcome part of Armed America: show them.  “We look just like you.”

I’ve convinced some of you, but others might object that you already know how to do things the way you’ve always done them.  I understand.  No one will criticize you if you serve the same old overcooked chicken and green beans at your annual banquet and fundraiser again this year.  That is an easy decision that meets expectations.  The problem with doing what you’ve always done is that you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten.  Why settle for that?  In this case, it is easy to try something different.  Amanda Suffecool wrote the book about producing your own concealed carry fashion show.  (You can get it from Amazon.)

Amanda is a shooter, and she wrote the book with us in mind.  This nuts-and-bolts how-to manual, identifies the people, positions, tasks and decisions you need to make your event a success.  Events like this have been done before, and we all can learn from her experience, the good and the bad.  You can plan for success and avoid unnecessary surprises.

There will be surprises.  For example, you were going to invite the local news media, weren’t you?  What will you do with the media that shows up uninvited?  That is one of many things for which you have to plan.

A concealed carry fashion show does more than demonstrate methods of concealed carry for men and women.  It can recruit new members into your club and can be entertainment for existing members.  The show can be a fundraising event for your organization.  You can showcase local vendors and promote their products.  A fashion show does that and something important as well.

A concealed carry fashion show communicates what responsible gun owners in your community look like.  You get to make that statement rather than accept how you’re usually portrayed in the media.

This book is more than a few notes Amanda scribbled down or a catalog of lists.  It is a 150 page book complete with illustrations.  She gives us the dos-and-don’ts she’s learned from producing several shows.  There is even a DVD available so we can see what other people have done and what we might want to borrow.  You can do it, and welcome all of armed america to your next event.
~_~_

Rob

Gasoline in Florida- the “Just in Time” Disaster

September 8, 2017
tags:

There wasn’t enough gasoline in south Florida to evacuate the population.  Simple high school math gets us close to an answer why.  We’ve taken efficiency to a new extreme, and made ourselves less secure.  We pursued economic efficiency, and see where it’s left us?

The population of Florida is about 20 million people.  Say you need to evacuate 8 million of them.  They have to drive an average of 450 miles to safety.  Figure three persons to a car at 25 miles per gallon.  We’re going to need about 48 million gallons of fuel to get people out, and their car is empty when they arrive at their destination.  Obviously, they will want to buy more gas as they go.  There are about 5500 gas stations in Florida according to WolframAlpha.  That means each gas station needs about 8800 gallons of storage per station to handle the exodus.  My local station only carries 15 thousand gallons.  Most of the time the stations have less on hand, so your millage may vary.  If everyone shows up to fill their tanks and leave then the stations runs out of gas.

How many gas stations does your city need?  It needs enough underground storage to drive every resident at least 100 miles.  At this point, a smart government policy would be to stop taxing gas stations because we need more of them, not less.

There are small steps we can take until then.  Preppers want to keep their gas tanks at least half full.  Gas stations could do the same.

%d bloggers like this: