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Newton And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

“For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”
Newton’s Third Law of Physics

“We live in a Newtonian world of Einsteinium physics ruled by Frankenstein logic.”
David Russell

 

Sir Isaac Newton who lived during the seventeenth century is still considered by most to be one of, if not the, most influential scientists of all times. His laws on motion have been proven time and again and are the basis for the development of everything from flight to calculus. His third law of motion, quoted above, is a fundamental principle of physics – and, as it turns out, of life.

We live in a point of time where we are, more than ever before, victims of the Law of Unintended Consequences; an ongoing example of Newwton’s Third Law in action.  Decisions are being made and policies proposed and implemented that never seem to take into consideration the consequences beyond the band aid fix to a particular issue.

Consider, for example, the latest brouhaha over the importing of foreign workers into Canada. The Conservative Government revised the law a year ago ostensibly to help Canadian business, in particular small business, find employees for positions that Canadians seemed unwilling to fill. Whether or not that’s true, it didn’t work out very well.

Big business took advantage of the reductions in foreign worker restrictions to fill jobs with cheaper foreign labour. That did take jobs from Canadians which forced the government to reverse itself this past week and reinstate the provisions it had removed.

The government simply hadn’t stopped to consider all possible consequences before making the changes last year. It saw an issue and a quick fix and immediately both Newton’s Third Law and the Law of Unintended Consequences took over. They have compounded the mistake by reacting to the controversy rather than responding with some critical analysis and there is no question that new unintended consequences are waiting around the corner on this issue.

It isn’t the first time that government has acted without looking at the bigger picture – it’s almost part of government’s DNA to avoid consideration of the long-term consequences of its actions.

In the 90s, the Liberal Government raised the taxes on cigarettes in the belief that it would reduce smoking. While the objective may have been laudable, the consequence was a marked increase in cigarette smuggling which increased crime and, therefore, the cost to law enforcement and the judicial system without having much impact on cigarette use. The result was that the same government that raised the tax on cigarettes was forced to reduce it a few years later and look for a better solution.

The issue wasn’t whether or not government should be discouraging cigarette smoking, the issue was what are the best and most effective methods to achieve that without creating new problems somewhere else?

Newton was right. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and because we don’t consider all of the possible forces that can come into play on an issue, we are ill-prepared for many of the consequences of the decisions we take as nations,  as communities and even as individuals.

There is a push on in my city to open a safe-injection site for heroin and crack addicts. I don’t doubt the sincere intentions of many of those who are behind the initiative. They are, for the most part, driven by a desire to help addicts and to protect the community from diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C. Some simply want to reduce the amount of used drug paraphernalia like needles that are too often found on our streets and in neighbourhood back yards in the city’s core.

But there is more to this issue than infectious disease control and the nuisance hazard of used needles lying around.

Illegal drugs are supplied by criminals, typically by gangs and anything which enables safe use of illegal drugs enables that criminal enterprise. We have already seen gang shootings over territory, robbery and theft caused by addicts looking for money to feed their habit and despite the Safe Needle Program which has distributed more than 1 million needles to addicts; we’ve seen increased sharing of dirty needles which spread infectious and potentially fatal disease.

Enabling addicts doesn’t help them either. Put bluntly, street drugs destroy lives and not only the lives of the user. Safe-injection sites are basically a sign that society has given up on the individual and is providing a convenient place for them to come and slowly kill themselves by allowing them to indulge their addiction. It legitimizes the wasting of human life and for some, the use of illegal drugs.

Neighbourhoods are affected negatively, small business near safe-injection sites suffers and respect for our laws is undermined. It is the opposite but equal reaction to the original action taken.

We would be better served to understand that fixing one problem only to create a dozen others isn’t really much of a solution.

If the issue is that addiction leads to sharing of needles which leads to increased diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, I would suggest that we put as much money as possible into rehabilitation and treatment programs rather than enabling the behaviour that is causing the problem in the first place. It seems to me that might be a more positive approach to trying to rebuild broken lives rather than simply reinforcing what is breaking those lives down.

It is easy to blame government for much of this because government typically takes the shortest route possible to resolution of an issue; seldom thinking much farther than the next election. But it isn’t restricted to government. We are all guilty of it to some extent or another. We rush to support what we think might resolve an issue without considering the consequences that might ensue from that decision.

Gun control is one of those issues.

I have no problem with reasonable regulation being placed on gun ownership but the problem we face in society is crime, not gun ownership and most gun crime is committed by criminals using illegally obtained firearms. Placing restrictions, particularly the somewhat innocuous regulations recently proposed and rejected by the American Senate does nothing to reduce gun crime. It is a significant amount of public debate and acrimony for no good purpose.

We can pretend otherwise and delude ourselves into believing that there are simplistic solutions to complex issues but it is an unfortunate illusion embraced by too many. We don’t consider the long-term consequences of public policy or even the support we throw to politicians, political parties and major issues.

Most of us want the same basic things: good jobs, a clean environment, safer communities with reduced crime, lower taxes and more efficient government but because we tend to react rather than respond to proposals to achieving those things there is no room for listening to or considering the opinions and ideas of others with whom we disagree.

We become so focused on winning the argument and implementing a quick solution that we lose sight of the original problem and only end up creating new unintended consequences which themselves have to be addressed.

Abortion became a women’s issue rather than a human issue. I was around when the original argument was put forward and one of the primary kicks against legalizing abortion was that it would become a form of birth control, a charge vehemently denied by pro-choice supporters.

As it turns out, abortion has not only become an acceptable form of birth control, it is also being used to cull the species with many using it as a means to reject the birth of children which may have potential health issues or simply based on their gender. An alarming number of pregnancies are being terminated for no other reason than because the baby is female which I don’t believe was ever the intent of those who supported abortion rights and most that do today.

Now we are being forced to deal with the consequence of post-birth abortion and if even half of the evidence presented so far in the Gosnell trial in the United States is true, we have moved from trying to decide when life begins to not caring when it begins and simply terminating it at our convenience.

I am not anti-abortion but we entered into it without much thought beyond a woman’s right to choose and because we refuse to face and consider all of the opposite consequences to our decision, Canada has become one of the few nations in the world with no abortion law guidelines whatsoever.

That has led to some in some jurisdictions being charged with homicide when the assault of a pregnant woman causes the death of her unborn baby; an unequal application of law based on an undefined concept of what is and is not life.

Organ donation and euthanasia are also serious issues that have created unintended consequences. I believe that organ donation is an important and necessary means to help others and support and encourage it. I also accept that ultimately, the individual should have final determination on whether or not to continue their life or to end it, especially when facing a long-term, fatal and painful illness.

But we saw the unintended consequence of those two programs come together recently in England when doctors declared a young man brain dead and wanted to harvest his organs immediately. His father refused permission and fortunately for his son who recovered and is quite alive today. The unintended consequence of organ donation has been snap judgments, sometimes incorrect judgments, about the probability of a patient’s recovery. A market for organs has been created which has seen people kidnapped and an internal organ stolen and led even one young man to sell one of his kidneys to raise money to buy the latest iPhone.

I believe organ donation is an essential component in health care and is to be encouraged but when it first ramped up, we didn’t really stop to consider all of the possible consequences of that program and put the proper safeguards in place. We are playing catch up now.

And that ultimately is the problem with the way we approach things today. We are constantly in a state of catch up after extensive periods of acrimony and division on key issues. We should be united. Political ideology is no excuse for being stupid and for making careless and poorly thought through decisions.  Neither is political or social expediency.

There is nothing to be feared from considering all of the possible consequences that flow from the decisions we want to make and the social policies we are considering. We would be better served to fear the fact that we have not thought something through sufficiently to minimize, if not prevent, the Law of Unintended Consequences creating more issues than we originally set out to overcome.

We are experimenting with real lives when we avoid examining all possible outcomes before making a decision and that has a direct impact on all of us.  Every life has value and we all have a right to expect better not only from government but from each other.

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Me Do Something Stupid? Surely You Jest.

I write often about the stupidity I see out there in the Big World and not too long ago, someone asked me if I have ever done anything stupid which I thought was a bit cheeky. I told them, of course, that the short answer is “no I haven’t”.

I told them that I am always focused and never make the kind of silly mistakes to which so many others seem to be prone. I was so convincing, I almost began to believe it myself.

While we were in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago, for example, I bought a watch. It’s a very nice watch and much easier to read than the stainless steel face on my old watch. It’s a chronograph with multiple dials and is water proof which will come in handy should I ever decide to take up scuba diving or fall off a cruise ship.  It has a soft gold face with numbers I can actually see.

My previous watch was just a plain circle of burnished steel; no numbers just highly light-reflecting steel that made it almost impossible to read.

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Multiple watch – watch winder. Price $9,500. God’s way of telling you that you are making too much money and clearly not the one I purchased.

One of the things about which I was particularly proud is that the new watch is automatic and self-winding. There’s no need to use environmentally unfriendly batteries, just give it a good bit of movement before the first time you wear it, set the time and away you go. The movement of your arm keeps winding it or at least that’s the theory.

The problem is that I don’t always wear my watch. I don’t like to wear it while I’m working which means that it is off more often than it is on and that, my friends, means it wasn’t getting enough ‘action’ to keep it powered up.

I didn’t want to have to wear the damn thing all day and I certainly wasn’t going to admit to Maggie that we had a bit of a technical issue so I did some after-purchase research and discovered that there are things called watch winders; an instrument that actually provides sufficient movement to keep your self-winding watch fully powered. They come in single, double and multiple watch models and can range in price from $39 to more than $10,000.

Imagine that. Civilization has advanced  from winding our own watches to battery power and now to a point in human history where we now have machines that run on batteries or direct AC to – well – wind our watches. Who says we aren’t progressing?

I decided I needed to buy a watch winder to prevent my watch from becoming one more ornament cluttering my desk and it works perfectly. I now have a very nice watch that I got a real deal on and a watch winder that cost 2 ½ times what the watch cost.  It also takes up so much space on my desk I had to rearrange some stuff.

Some might consider that kind of stupid but I prefer to think of it as an unintended consequence of trying to do my bit to keep the planet green. The fact that the watch winder uses more power than a battery-operated watch is and inconvenient outcome. My heart was in the right place – just like Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s.

Maggie suggested that the next time I consider a battery operated Timex. I asked her how many more pairs of shoes she needed.

Sometimes, I confess that I come close to being stupid but I don’t actually believe it is my fault.

The other day I called a plumber and when he answered the phone, I forgot who it was I was calling. My brain went blank, a complete white out, a flash flood that cleansed the land washing away all in its path.

He said ‘Hello’ and so I said, ‘Hello’ to buy some time and then there was a bit of an extended silence while he waited for me to say something and I tried to remember who I was calling and why. To be honest, I don’t actually consider this to be stupid, I prefer to think of it as  Bell Canada’s fault for not having two-way caller ID.

I’m a good driver and haven’t had an accident in more than thirty years but as much as I hate to admit it,  I still have my non-lethal moments.

Last month, Maggie and I were on our way out to visit the kids. We stopped for breakfast on the way and then headed across town. When we got to one particular stop sign, I just sat there and Maggie finally asked what I was waiting for and I realized that I had been waiting for the red stop sign to turn green.

I didn’t admit that, of course. I told her that I was trying to remember if we had turned off the stove which I was forced to admit wasn’t really very quick thinking on my part. . .especially after she reminded me that we had just had breakfast at The Diner and hadn’t used the stove.

Sometimes you actually end up looking even more stupid when you try to wriggle your way out of being stupid.

Some might consider my inability to spell even with Spell Check but I like to consider that more of a flamboyant use of language and grammar; sort of accidental creativity rather than stupidity. I can rationalize with the best of them.

The sad truth is, however, that like most people, I’ve done lots of stupid things in my life. The new watch is just the latest in a long litany of poorly thought out things that I’ve done and they all share one thing in common. They were impulsive acts, the result of things I hadn’t thought through or instructions I hadn’t bothered to read before trying to assemble something.

Most of the time it’s fairly benign stupidity but on occasion I’ve done things that were not only stupid but stupidly dangerous.

Probably the most dangerous stupid thing I ever did involved a very nasty and unpleasant run-in with Purell. I hadn’t heard of Purell when it first came out but myimages office staff all started putting small dispensers of it on their desks and every time they came to see me they were always rubbing their hands. I knew it wasn’t because they were rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of spending a few minutes with me so I asked what it was. I was impressed to discover that there was a product that sanitized your hands and self-dried at the same time and immediately bought four or five dispensers plus a large refill bottle. When I commit to something; I commit.

It wasn’t long after that we were going out for dinner after work and I was late and didn’t have time for a shower. It was one of those hot, sticky and very humid days which meant that my body was hot, sticky and very humid. I started to wash up when I saw the bottle of Purell and thought, “there’s a quick and easy solution” and slathered it on ‘the boys’.

As it turned out, this was not one of my better decisions and rather than act impulsively, I probably should have stopped to consider the ramifications of my actions.

For those of you who have never thought of doing that but are wondering what it might be like; try to imagine someone lighting a fire in your crotch with a blow torch. I spent the next half hour in the bathtub in cold water and we were, of course, late for dinner.

There is no teacher like experience but sometimes experience is one bitch of a teacher – a bigger bitch than my Grade 10 Latin teacher, Mrs. Jamieson and she could be pretty bitchy.

In my own defense, I at least knew the difference between The Czech and the Chechen Republics and I seldom make the same mistake twice which I can assure you ‘‘the boys’’ are relieved to know. I seem to learn from my mistakes which is a good thing because there just seems to be so many new ones waiting to be discovered.

So yes; I do and have done stupid things in my life but not very often when it comes to my opinions or my beliefs. I try to base my opinions on a combination of real facts and my own life experience and that has served me well over the years.

I just wish I could remember that before I buy a watch or discover the limitations of a product like Purell.

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The Stupid Things Some People Say and Do

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
– Thomas Paine

 

It never ceases to amaze me how so many so easily throw rational thought to the wind in their rush to believe some really stupid things. There are times when I am forced to conclude that we have crossed the stupidity threshold into absolute madness.

Take the recent pronouncement from John Sullivan, a candidate for town council in the United Kingdom. An established anti-gay adherent, Mr. Sullivan has now come out with the preventative antidote – exercise. He has announced with great aplomb that increased physical exercise will prevent ‘gayness’. It isn’t true, of course, there are more and more professional athletes, highly trained military around the world that put the lie to that idea. It’s a shame, however, that increased physical activity doesn’t prevent stupidity or we might have Mr. Sullivan, and a significant number of others, run laps every day.

Recently, Canadian Green Party Leader Elizabeth May compared Stephen Harper’s Canada to North Korea.

“So upset Harper pulled us out of another global [environment] treaty. He’s making us a rogue nation. The North Korea of environmental law,”

Maybe if she had picked a country with better values, a better quality of life for its people or even just a modicum of concern for anything other that threatening the peace and security of the world, her comment might have had a touch more validity or even a bit of connection to reality. I always find this over-the-top extreme rhetoric to be more than just a little revealing. It is usually the last resort of those who really don’t have any facts to support their opinion or their firmly-held dislike of someone or something with whom they violently disagree. It ranks up there with calling people Nazis, fascists, communists and poo-heads.

It is so adolescent that it makes elementary school yard taunts seem positively intellectual.

Not content with that, Ms May then wrote to the Queen imploring her Majesty to get involved in the investigation into the robocall issue from the last federal election.

“I write to request that Your Majesty Commission a Royal Inquiry to investigate what may potentially be criminal activities which influenced Canada’s last election, and that the aim of the Royal Inquiry be to restore Canada to a free and fair democracy.”

The Queen politely but firmly refused and in the end, Ms May simply ended up making herself look as foolish as Chief Theresa Spence who thought that she should negotiate future deals with the Queen and her representative rather than the Government of Canada which actually coughs up all the money for which Chief Spence finds difficult to account.

733787_300073383456867_482367702_nA study released by the Center for Science in the Public Interest linked the food colouring in Kraft Dinner to increased hyperactivity in children and went on to suggest that it ‘may’ contain carcinogens – heavy emphasis on the word ‘may’, no evidence in the study actually proved that it did.

It always makes me wonder how people can bring themselves to believe that food manufacturers believe that the best way to increase market share is by producing food that – well – kills off their customers.

Undeterred by reason, two women in the United States immediately took up the cause and generated a petition with more than 300,000 signatures demanding Kraft remove the food colouring. It never occurred to them, I gather, that they could have just stopped buying it.

We see a lot of that these days. Instead of voting with our wallets which is always the most effective way to bring about change, many would prefer to become activists, generate pointless petitions, hurl invective and accusation and spread all kinds of unsubstantiated stupidity around social media.

If you don’t like something – don’t buy it. It’s really that simple and if enough people do that, change will come and a lot more quickly than marching around Twitter and Facebook with self-righteous idiocy.

One of the most glaring examples happened shortly after it was revealed that the Boston bombing suspects were Chechen immigrants. This touched off an avalanche of angry messages on social media calling on the American government to ‘nuke Czechoslovakia’ which, as most of you are aware, no longer exists. It was divided into two countries: Slavakia and The Czech Republic which is part of the European Union,  and which has nothing to do with The Chechen Republic (a part of Russia) or Chechens.

Stupidity isn’t the sole preserve of the great unwashed. There are some high flyers with incredibly stupid ideas.

American Senators have waxed eloquently on everything from rape to gun control making statements like

“a woman who is raped can genetically prevent herself from getting pregnant so there is no need the government to permit abortions.”

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“women don’t know how to defend themselves with guns”.

One Senator was so well-informed about guns that she didn’t see the problem with high capacity magazines because once they were empty you simply threw them away and pretty soon there wouldn’t be any more. I gather she had never heard of the concept of ‘reloading’.

Nestlé-Konzernchef Peter Brabeck waxed eloquently in a recent video that there should be no human right to water. It should be treated like any other food product and controlled and sold by a few. It’s that kind of thinking that led to unpleasantries like the French Revolution where the elite became so stupid that they lost their minds just shortly before losing their heads.

The simple fact is that the majority of people were not put on earth to serve a small elite and the world’s natural resources belong tomarieantoinetteexecute-a8b7aa02f3a17f0904724853bbfc83dc2b9c738a-s6-c10 nation’s not just individuals. We all have a right to basic things like potable water. It is a cornerstone necessity of life – not simply one more product to be bottled, sold and consumed.

One of my favourites remains the constant demand for more and more government regulation on everything from wearing bike helmets to the environment. It’s not simply that I’m tired of wading through mountains of regulations designed to control how we live, it’s the absurdity that people who can’t balance a check book or manage efficiently the things for which they are already responsible can somehow be the saviours of even more issues.

Surely to Christ, if we have learned nothing in our brief time on this planet it is that government – any government – is not the solution. If history has taught us nothing else, it should have taught us that by now.

Consider social assistance in Canada’s province of Ontario as just one small example.

In 1993, NDP Premier Bob Rae established a new high in social assistance payments — $663 / month. In 1994 and 1995, he froze those payments which meant that thanks to inflation, those on social assistance almost immediately started falling behind.

So much for the Socialist dream.

No worries, the Conservatives were elected led by Mike Harris and his ‘Common Sense Revolution’. Premier Harris decided that it would be better for people to work than live on handouts and so he developed a concept called Workfare, which meant you would have to work for your social assistance.

The theoretical concept had merit but on a practical level it left quite a bit to be desired. First, there was no meaningful work to be had. If the Conservative government put people to work doing what others were already employed to do, they would be killing jobs and if they made people do meaningless work, it was kind of like slavery.

Mr. Harris and his government decided the solution was to cut social assistance payments to $530 / month and froze it at that level for eight years.

So much for Conservative common sense.

Two parties – two strike outs but fortunately for the poor, along came Dalton McGunity and the Liberal Party who jumped right into tackling the social assistance problem by ignoring it.

Strike three. So much for Liberal concept of social caring.

The bottom line is that just to restore social assistance to the level it was at in 1993, which even then was barely subsistence level, would require an increase of more than 50% and that, my friends, took three different political parties twenty years to screw up.

There are many who believe that people on social assistance are lazy and living comfortably and I often wonder how they would do if they had to live on what amounts to about $7,000/year. Wait until they have to buy water from Nestle.

Somebody remind me again why it we should believe that government regulation and intervention is the solution to most of our problems.

“Any man who thinks they can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a look at the American Indian.” – Henry Ford

The examples are endless and I see them every day in the mainstream and social media. The stupid things that people believe and support, literally takes my breath away. There was a time when stupidity was part of the subculture but thanks to social media, it has gone mainstream. People expose the small dramas of their lives, their uninformed opinions and then wonder why other judge and criticize them.

Some things that are posted are so stupid it almost makes my head explode.

Certainly educating people isn’t the solution. That hasn’t been working too well for us lately considering the quality of the graduates of our school systems and universities.

We have lost the ability to reason, to think critically and primarily because we have rejected the will to listen and to learn. We no longer care what is true; we only care about what we believe and increasingly – what we feel and whatever is trending on social media.

There are days when I believe that we are beyond redemption; that we have passed the point where medication will restore sanity and that Thomas Payne was right. Reasoning with stupid people is like trying to medicate the dead back to life.

Note; the following video featuring George Carlin contains coarse language.

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Readin’, Writin’ and Stupidity

 

“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.”
Mark Twain

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”
Robert Green Ingersoll

 

Teachers’ unions in Canada are upset with the current Conservative ad that suggests that Justin Trudeau’s career as a substitute drama teacher isn’t sufficient preparation to lead a nation. They decry what they see as the denigration of their profession. Perhaps they would be better served if they turned their focus inward if they want to raise respect for the work they do.

In the past, I’ve written about the New York City Department Education’s war on words like dinosaur, dancing, divorce and bodily functions. I’ve dedicated posts to the politically correct stupidity of schools in Canada that have sought to eradicate the ‘Halloween’ from Halloween by having children dress up only in costumes that reflect occupations of caring or by changing the name to Black and Orange Day.

Schools routinely refuse to allow teachers to assign a zero to students who have failed to submit a required assignment and advance students who have failed the course curriculum so as not to harm their self-esteem.

I’ve written about these things because the education of our children is a sacred trust, a trust that is being abused and violated by educators, consultants and bureaucrats who place more emphasis on politically correct sociological nonsense and social activism than on graduating functionally literate young people who can spell, who have a fundamental grasp of the basics like geography, history and even civics. Continue reading

“We Have Met The Enemy. . .”

 

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The Westboro Baptist Church in the United States has become infamous for its polluted concept of Christianity. This is a congregation that is convinced that they are the only ones who speak with, and for, God and God has ordered them to inflict hate and intolerance on the world.

timthumbThey protest the funerals of soldiers killed in action. They take delight in the murder of gays, law enforcement officers and just recently announced they would be raising a ruckus at the funerals of some of the victims of the Boston bombing.  They are a people of hate who raise their children to be as hateful.

They are the antithesis of everything Christianity is meant to be. They are like radical Islam, dedicated to hatred rather than the teachings of their own scripture.

It made me wonder where people like the folks at Westboro and radical Islamic terrorists come from and how it was possible for so many to pervert a message of love and tolerance into a doctrine of hatred.

And then I took a look around. Continue reading

A World Full Of Smart Phones and Stupid People

Have you ever felt the craving for an informed discussion on anything – I mean anything at all? Christ in Heaven, it’s got to the point these days that it is virtually impossible to discuss something intelligently let alone with a bit of good humour and some common civility.

Take the piece I wrote yesterday about global warming. You would think that all those concerned with global warming would be thrilled to learn that it is, in fact, not happening. They aren’t; they’re annoyed that anyone, including scientists would actually undermine what they ‘choose’ to believe.

It’s pretty much established that for most of the past two decades while global warming alarmists have been jetting to conferences around the world and clueless celebrities have been chaining themselves to fences, there has been no measurable change in the earth’s climate. Despite this, the extreme edge of the global warming crowd have been turning themselves inside out demanding the government do something. What unmitigated arrogance. Climate change is older than humanity and will continue long after we’re gone. The thought that we are the cause of it and can do something to stop it is the height of  self-obsession.

After taking exception to what I wrote about yesterday one person who was unable to argue the facts decided to throw unregulated coal plants into the argument in order to try and shore up his opinion – or is it faith? It’s hard to tell these days because for many climate change  is more religion than anything else; a vague attempt to fill the spiritual void in their lives.

There was nothing in the  article to suggest that there should be no environmental protection; in fact I pointed out that I support protecting our environment. I just don’t support uniformed stupidity.

One person, a somewhat regular critic tried to dismiss the facts presented in my post and combine his opinion with an unrelated issue regarding the control political parties exert over their members in Parliament. Currently all political parties, with the NDP actually being the worst offenders, decide which of their members will be permitted to speak and which won’t. This is the comment that was left.

“The sad truth is how your grandchildren’s grandchildren will look back at you reading your tripe. On a happy note Justine Trudeau freed the backbench con slaves allowing them to quote the bible more often in the house.”

While I admit that it is somewhat flattering to have someone tell you that your words will last for generations, it is just one more example of an attempt to prove superiority without bothering to get informed. Justin Trudeau hasn’t saved anyone from anything. His motion regarding MPs comes before the House today. It was a Conservative MP who requested a ruling from the Speaker of the House and it was the Speaker who yesterday ruled that all MPs have the right to be recognized regardless of whatever list the party whips have provided to him. Justin Trudeau is a day late and a dollar short on the issue but that hasn’t stopped this person from believing that it Justin Trudeau who saved the day.

We see it this lack of thought all the time in the environmental movement.

They condemned the government for cancelling the Kyoto Accord, a document signed by the Liberals in the 90s but never implemented by them. Why? It was too expensive and did nothing to get the world’s major polluters to reduce their emissions. I support regulating polluters. I don’t support pointless agreements that are more about penalizing small polluters to the benefit of the major ones.

It’s like cap and trade. It hasn’t worked in Europe and serves only to provide major polluters a way to buy credits  to continue polluting. It has created a market for buying and selling emission credits which is open to corruption as the Europeans have now discovered. I would prefer sound regulation rather than more absurd taxation, convoluted schemes and feel-good measures. Continue reading