The Perils Of Faith In False Prophets

Quotes from Earth Day, 1970:

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” – George Wald, Harvard Biologist

“We have about five more years at the outside to do something.” – Kenneth Watt, ecologist

“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” – Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University

“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” – Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” – Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist

“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” – New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day

“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” – Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” – -Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” – Life Magazine, January 1970

“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” – Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” – Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

“We are prospecting for the very last of our resources and using up the nonrenewable things many times faster than we are finding new ones.” – Martin Litton, Sierra Club director

“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'” – Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

“Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” – Sen. Gaylord Nelson

“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” – Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Above quotes reproduced in full from this instructive post.

If your physician made errors like these — if he were both incompetent and smugly convinced of his wisdom and prophetic gift — you would damn him for a quack and fire him.

TLB finds it difficult to contain its anger, because junk like this has been prostituting science, polluting news reporting and warping politics for decades.

Like dogs rolling in roadkill, the gullible news media and the power-hungry political establishment obsess over eco-drivel.

For a strong dose of common sense and solid science regarding the anthropogenic global warming hoax, request the “Lindzen” .pdf file from this newsletter.

Don’t put your faith in predictions that doom will result from human activity. The disaster-mongers are modern religious fanatics who demand that all mankind impose suffering on itself in expiation of its sins. It’s insanity.

Alarmism Or Realism?

TLB considers this article in a British newspaper factually sloppy, incomplete, hasty and somewhat lurid. But that’s pretty much par for the course, isn’t it? Most print journalism leaves a great deal to be desired, as this newsletter has been insisting for years.

So how bad are things in Bangkok? The truth is they are normal, calm, trouble-free — everywhere the Red Shirts are not present. The real question is, what will happen next?

Prediction is impossible. That said, TLB ventures to suggest some likely outcomes.

First, the Red Shirts will win. That means Thaksin will be back, and he will be running the nation — though possibly not as prime minister. He may be dictating to a proxy government.

Second, it is likely the victory will be handed to the Red Shirts by the army. As this newsletter has already reported, neither the army nor the police are willing to fight. And it is known that Thaksin has allies in the army, generals who will support him when push comes to shove. So, using the excuse that they do not want to kill Thais, the pro-Thaksin generals will simply freeze the troops in place or pull them back, and tell the current PM that it’s over.

Third, none of this will happen before more people are killed, and a good many may die to smooth the way to an end to the fighting. Some citizens in Bangkok will want to fight the Red Shirts, who are much hated here, but that won’t last. What is more likely is that a few generals or lower officers, convinced that Thaksin is evil and must be stopped, may order their troops to fire into the Red Shirt crowds. Some soldiers would probably obey.

Perhaps the fundamental reason for the success of the Red Shirt uprising and reinstatement of Thaksin will be the fact that a lot of people are scared to death of what Thaksin will do to them when he regains power. Thaksin is a gangster, a merciless, cold thug who does not forget and can not forgive. He buys his friends and terrifies his enemies. His raging temper is notorious. You don’t cross the man and escape his revenge.

Whether this outcome will be good for Thailand can be debated, but this newsletter believes two things are true: handing political power to gang A is pretty much the same as handing political power to gang B, and there are no good guys here. Simply everybody is corrupt. This is not the class warfare (“old rich vs. new rich” or “rich vs. poor”) that some observers think it is; it’s two gangs fighting a turf war. Yes, the gangs do have different styles and hate each other because of that, but that’s a misleading superficiality.

The naive rural poor who think they will benefit from Thaksin’s largesse do not realize that through his monumental tax evasion and exploitation of the poor, Thaksin has cynically abused his most ardent supporters to amass a fabulous personal fortune. He has broken Thai laws with total abandon. He is not the caring, democratic, generous man many in the rural provinces believe him to be. He’s just a very effective gangster.

That makes him the best-adapted and most dangerous rat in the cellar. He’s King Rat. But he’s still a rat.

Links

What’s that you say? The news media are “biased“? Horrors! Bite your tongue! Do you want to go to hell for blasphemy?

Obama’s strenuous efforts to keep his past secret have been quite successful, and his clever use of the nutty “Birthers” has made it difficult for reasonable people to ask questions about what he did before assuming public office and before going to the federal Senate. Some legitimate concerns do exist. One of them is Obama’s relationship to Billy “Bomber” Ayers. The current knowledge is summarized in this brief post.

Related: It would be easy to ignore the birth certificate nonsense and other hidden matters if Obama were not such a liar.

Sizes. You can’t imagine….

TLB is puzzled by Obama’s careful word-mincing on this issue, given the disgrace that was recent US policy toward Honduras. It seems US foreign policy is — with the exception of systematic antipathy toward Israel — ad hoc and arbitrary. The recent unethical reversal and the continuing cascade of absurdities indicate an absence of principle.

Cute.

You may have seen this on Fox: John Bolton on Iran. What a loss for the nation that this clear thinker is so loathed by the Democrats.

Keeping up with Tea Partiers: imagine how it galls the Bicoastal Elite to realize that the folks at these events are not stupid, not inarticulate, not unimaginative, not ignorant of Alinsky/Obama dirty tricks, and have a sense of humor.

Related: The outlines of an important battle in the culture war are becoming clearer. On one side are the government employees’ unions; facing them are taxpayers who have looked at California and understand the fell consequences of bloated, parasitic government.

First it’s this way, and then it’s that way. TLB does not believe history can be changed; if that’s correct, President Obama has some explaining to do. — When do you suppose someone in the White House will add the term “expedient truth” to the official lexicon that contains the slogan “don’t let a crisis go to waste”? Let’s see now…war is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength…so “History is a set of lies agreed upon” (attributed to Napoleon)?