Well, I suppose it is appropriate to thank you for tuning in to join me on a journey of discovery. Lately, I feel that society is being lead to a state of cult panic/hysteria over global warming, and in all of this I feel like something is missing from the entire equation. I want to basically explore the entire issue from as many angles as possible. Many ecological experts and scientists that no longer support the theory of climate change (formerly known as “global warming” *ahem*) have been largely swept under the rug, dismissed, or have voluntarily left their positions in organizations of power. I hope to address some of them sometime during this journey. I mean, we’re all used to the Michael Moore and Al Gore perspectives on all of this, right? I will quickly remind you, dear Reader, before I continue, that both of these men have many homes and vehicles and they also fly their asses all over the countryside for press junkets, etc.
One interesting thing I think I need to point out right away emphasizes the prevalence of “pro” vs. “anti” that surrounds us right now with climate change. While I was looking to get an e-mail address for this blog, I typed in “climatechangeskeptic”, and the pre-fix was available. For some reason this both surprised me and frightened me. It made me wonder if I was the only one out there with the intention of exploring this from what, at this point, would be considered a radical perspective? Here I am, in a sea of billions of people who could have taken this hotmail account if they wanted it, and I somehow snagged it. I suspect that I am not the only one in the world who wants a different perspective, prefix availability or otherwise. Like most people passionate about a cause (especially this one), I too am passionate about my willingness to challenge the sources that tell the facts, and to scrutinize the hidden agendas and economic trade-offs (and sometimes “rip-offs”) that are beginning to emerge on a global scale because of our newfound fanaticism, rife with hypocrisy and disillusionment, regarding climate change and CO2 emissions.
I do not profess to be a scientist, nor am I an economist. Yes, I have gone to school and I am almost at the point where I could obtain my economics degree, but I approach this more as a curious citizen . I’ve done a large body of work in the public sector, as well as worked for non-profit credit agencies as well. The government, I’m afraid to say, breeds inefficiency, for the most part. But with the credit agencies, I was able to witness the positive power and influence that the world of finance can have on a community, know dear Reader, that these are both heavily influencing my thirst for another take on the situation. As a byproduct of the climate change debate, capitalism is being scrutinized in a huge wave by many groups, some rife with envy for whatever reason. Within this scrutiny lies the intent of destruction, fed by the greed of the pack mentality. It is no longer about an examination of the system itself and how we can improve it. It has instead has become a herd mentality-type movement, fueled by envy and fear, that is intent on completely destroying the very systems that keep us in our lifestyles. The fear I have is that, in destroying capitalism with fantasies and fairytale illusions, we run the risk of destroying the progressive aspects of our lifestyles. Ironically, I am concerned about our collective sanity and health. I am afraid that we will all make major sacrifices for all of the wrong reasons and to the harsh detriment of our own progress as a civilization. Trees create jobs. Oil creates jobs. Jobs feed families. Families need education. Jobs fund education. Education brings new technologies. Technologies create efficiencies. Transportation creates efficiencies. Jobs and oil create roads. And so on. When did we lose sight of this entire equation? When did we stray from “responsible use and management” and weave right into fanaticism? (And why wasn’t this e-mail prefix taken yet?). I guarantee we’re effing up our planet, yes. But we’re doing it by taxing its resources. It would be naive and anthrocentric (?!) to a certain degree to believe that human have more effect than the sun, the moon, and the planets around us.
Albert Einstein, The Coolest Scientist Ever. Although I am definitely NOT a scientist, I do often make that face.
I mean, to me capitalism is a robust tool that sometimes ends up being misused and is especially ineffective when bad leadership combines with structurally unintended consequences. George Bush had veto power, for example, and in my opinion (and I don’t think I am alone here), he shouldn’t have. This concept can easily be applied to many styles of market or governance when you really think about it. It could actually be argued that most other forms of governance, by design, require more of a centralized stronghold on law and governance, compared to a capitalist, free-market, democratic system. Iran’s current political and economic situation, to me, is proof to a certain extent of what I am talking about. I will admit, capitalism in the western world was on a path that would eventually require more checks and balances, but I do feel that climate change and the ensuing hysteria, is turning governments into centralized regimes – not because of their leaders, but because of a select few who are now influencing the financial and environmental agendas of their leaders (i.e. pulling the marionnette strings). As a result of this, I am concerned that the power of capitalism is being underestimated, undervalued, and trashed right now. When you think about it, Barack Obama is a glorified social worker (Re:ACORN) with no environmental, financial, or business experience, and he’s now the leader of the most powerful economy in the world. I’m not begrudging his talents (America did need more diplomacy and a “friendlier face” on the international platform, most definitely), but the man has a card carrying socialist as part of his personal team (she quickly revoked her membership once appointed, so I now correct my “has” to a “had”). I’m sure I will get into this later on as well. I also think many of the reasons for capitalism’s scrutiny are clear and make sense. I mean, we had the financial crisis, right? Who wasn’t rocked by that? But now with the influence of the climate change movement, society has now come to a place where all we’re being taught to know is how to envy and revile capitalism….even though the system provides us with all of the necessities and luxuries of life. This financial collapse was awesome in the sense that it set the stage for a validation of many “wealth redistribution” mechanisms very quickly, which by proxy encourages socialism (I like to call it “theft”), and fits nicely across the global cattle crossing towards the pastures of “climate change”, with all of its wealth transfering mechanisms. Let’s face it. Capitalism gives us jobs. It provides us with food, Nike shoes, ugly SUVs, and your environmentally deplorable vinyl sided home. It provides money to teach our kids. It provides an environment for technologies to flourish based on the demands of every single person, as opposed to a centrally focused think tank that is mostly disconnected from the individual and run by minority group economic agendas. The ability to have these choices manifest as a consequence of the system itself is part of the freedom equation that makes North America so awesome. And sometime after the cold war, we forgot about all of this. Hell, I wasn’t even alive yet. Neither was my mother. You have to see the irony here, right? Oh how short our collective memory truly is!
Capitalism is under attack. Therefore, by proxy, our way of life is under attack. Developing nations would love nothing more than a handout. I mean, as the poor person in my family, I’m never going to turn down a handout, right? Academia also has an envy/greed stake in this as well – the 60’s were great, but the unintended consequence of this was the formation of a bunch of academic “leaders” that have now successfully indoctrinated the children of capitalists and entrepreneurs towards an ideology of hate and envy towards the very hands and systems that feed them – the same system that paid for their tuition, bought them weed, and made sure they had all of the latest Nike and Lululemon crap on their backs. Need I remind you, dear Reader, that this system also pays the taxes to the university where this test tube environment exists? Sadly, I’m afraid the next generation will not fully know what we are doing until they realize what is really going on and that they are paying for it! I mean, North Koreans love their way of life. Their ignorance guarantees this. And, for some reason, I feel a socialist wealth transfer is underway on a global scale, and we are actually now all defending the very thing we used to fight. Our ignorance via our indoctrinations, to some extent, guarantees this. I mean, we live in a world where we are taught to agree and reiterate all of the time (have you ever written a test in university where your answer was allowed to be “objective”, perhaps a squiggle or a happy face, and you’d still get full points?). I mean, why would we even be motivated to challenge the pre-prescribed answer in the first place?
For some reason, I am one of those unlucky people who questions everything, including authority. I may not be a genius, but I am emotionally intelligent and have been provided, by fate, many opportunities during my lifetime to validly and justly question authority. I think being a genius would be less complicated, to be honest with you.
This blog, in effect, is a journey for more knowledge on t.he movement and the political agendas behind “climate change”. I expect opposition and full rejection on some of my statements and opinions, and I will praise my first piece of hate mail because it means I’m one step closer to being able to freely question “climate change” with another human being without being labelled as a total freak – my upstream battle, bashing into others, means we are all still swimming in the same river. There’s comfort in that! Think of it this way – had science not been allowed to progress freely without agendas or undue influence many, many years ago, we’d still be living on an earth that was believed to be completely flat. Food for thought.
- back when the earth was flat and prior to some 'crazy person' going against the grain with claims of its roundness.
To begin this journey, I will leave you with a few links that I have found today. Sources and agendas are important factors when analyzing information. If we all bypassed this mechanism in perpetuity, we’d all still believe that Santa was real and that the tooth fairy exists and that both fly in from the right hand corner of the earth, over its flatness, and into our bedrooms. Imagine how disappointed and lost we’d feel if we weren’t given the opportunity to learn the difference between reality and illusion. Imagine all of the teeth that you would collect under your pillow once your parents were out of the picture. Anyway, my point is this: If you are being led to believe something, you should really check out your sources so that you can more clearly decipher the truth, the intention, and the directions from which the facts you’re being told are coming from. My banter is mostly just my own opinion; my sources will accumulate as we progress through this blog. I thank you, dear Reader, for tuning in, regardless of your stance on all of this.
As inflammatory as I may be at times, it is due in part to my frustration – know that I encourage the truth, before anything else. Communication breeds knowledge. Knowledge breeds truth. Truth breeds reality. : ) Peace.
Links of Interest for the Day:
Oh, and if you’re really eager, go sign this petition to force Al Gore to debate himself over is lies (not that many people have, but then again, my e-mail prefix was also available, right?) :