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Leader or politician.

Posted by Max Barron on January 15, 2009

It needs to be said that leaders and politicians are very different.  In fact, I am of the opinion that the latter cannot be the former.  It seems people expect a leader to be a consummate politician, and a politician to be a leader.  The two could not be more different, and should be disassociated.  Leaders, unlike politicians, make decisions and stick by them.  They see the big picture, they determine their path, and they stick to that path regardless of what the followers think.  Politicians choose whichever path they think will please the people following them, regardless of the destination.  This path may change at any time based upon the opinion of the constituency.  Leaders are principled and strong willed.  Politicians are weak willed and change with the polls.  Politicians are also likely to capitulate to outside influences and are guaranteed to do what is politically expedient, whereas; a leader doesn’t care about what is politically expedient.  They do their best to do what is right and what accomplishes their goals.

There is a tendency in our country to elect officials that capitulate and cater to the masses, and at the same time want our officials to be leaders.  The tendency is to want to have the cake and eat it too.  It is completely unrealistic.  The fact of the matter is that to be a leader, a real leader, one must not capitulate.  One must not cave in or pander.  A leader does not lie to gain your confidence.  A leader gains respect and confidence by telling the truth, by sticking to their principles, and by doing what is right without consideration for the political ramifications.  Politicians do none of those things.  By nature a politician is like a traveling sales man, willing to say or do nearly anything to sell you their snake oil.  Much like the traveling salesman, politicians are typically more eloquent speakers than leaders, leaders are characteristically more honest.  Honesty, may be the best policy, but as we see time and time again, it is rarely what people want to hear… and it almost never pays off.

This has been well demonstrated on the national stage.  People elect politicians and wonder why they are not good leaders.  People wonder how there could be so much corruption and partisanship.  Then people chastise the politician, and rightly so, after the politician has been caught in a lie or scandalous act.  However, the people should also chastise themselves for having voted for a politician.  One cannot help but take the blame for having so foolishly cast their vote.  As a whole, our nation should be ashamed for having voted for politicians.  If it is leaders that we are looking for, then we should elect real leaders.  We have done it before.  We did it in 1980, 1984, 2000, and again in 2004.  These Presidents were both leaders.  While Reagan was gifted with eloquence and Bush was not, they were both leaders.  However, the people have ravenously lashed out at our current leader.  They have treated him in a manner that would be deemed cruel and unusual were it carried out in any prison facility.  The people have again turned away from leadership in favor of the spineless capitulators.

Here at the end of 2008, they got what they wanted.  Against the best interests of the country, they got their politician.  They bought the snake oil.  In the years to come I would be amused to see them find out that the magic elixir to which they invested lock, stock, and barrel, is nothing more than snake oil; if it would not mean that the rest of us end up with nothing more than snake oil as well.

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The Myth that is Global Warming.

Posted by Max Barron on December 26, 2008

I would like to address all of the eco-nuts and green peacers out there.

Everywhere that we look today we see “green”.  Going “green” is the latest fad in just about everything.  The problem with going “green” is that it is a non-economically viable response to faith based myth called global warming.  Simply put, global warming runs to the contrary of everything that actually proven science tells us.  The very idea that human activity is shifting the climate is absurd on its face.  It is BUNK!

The beauty of the Man-Made Global Warming argument is that everything is attributed to it.  If it’s a warmer day than expected.. Look, evidence of global warming!  When we have the coldest weather on record… well that is caused by global warming as well.  There is NO empirical evidence (which is what science is built on) to support it.  If it wasn’t such a prevalent myth created by nut-roots and perpetuated by media and politicians, I would find the notion hilarious.  It has become fashionable to believe in global warming.

You see, folks, their entire argument relies on one thing… one thing that simply doesn’t exist.  That thing would be a static baseline for climate.  How ridiculous is it to say that climate has a baseline?  To say that climate didn’t change until the CFC years is just hogwash.  The climate of this planet changes constantly as has been proven throughout history.  Remember when the drive-bys and nut-roots were screaming about the polar ice caps melting?  What did they say when the ice began to reform?  Remember when the nut-roots yelled from roof tops about the warmest springs and winters on record?  What do they have to say now that there is a decrease in solar-flare activity which suggests a cooling period?  I won’t even bring up the aptly named “Gore Effect”. (Oh wait, guess I just did).  Just as a reminder, when the seasons change… so does the weather.  Try not to be alarmed when the ice caps melt a bit during the summer, the leaves fall in the Fall, you get a plethora of rain in the Spring, and the ice caps re-freeze in the Winter.  So called “Climate Change” is a naturally occurring event directly linked to the rotation and obit pattern of the Earth.  Man did NOT cause that, nor can we.

This is not to say that we do not have an impact on our environments.  If you build a major factory, then chances are that the immediate area surrounding it will have a denser smog layer and be a touch warmer than the outlying areas.  This is because of running machinery.  It isn’t because you have destroyed the ozone.  Sure, if we dump enough non-biodegradable garbage into the earth we will eventually run out of space for it… and run out of crop lands (that will take a VERY VERY long time).  Certainly if you dump toxic waste near a river bed it can, and probably will, poison a water supply and kill or harm the things living in or drinking said water supply.  I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be responsible with our waste.  I’m not saying that we shouldn’t recycle either (it should be voluntary and never forced).  What I am saying is that it is utterly ridiculous to presume that our activity changes the global climate.  I’m sorry folks, driving my car to work does not cause a change in the trade winds.  Nor can it cause a blizzard in the Sahara.

The fad that is global warming is political in its nature.  It is easy for politicians to capitulate to that crowd and receive little opposition on it despite the fact that most scientists call the theory garbage or remain skeptical.  Those few actual scientists (not bureaucratic panels filled with politicians) that have supported the theory have admitted to over-exaggerating and manipulating past data to support their conclusions – in order to garner attention.  Most notably of the Pro-Global Warming group is James Hansen.  This guy is a real piece of work.  They go on and on and on about the end of the earth because we use fossil fuels and natural resources.  They do this so that they keep that huge chunk of gov’t cheese coming in every year.  Without the Global Warming research grants and donations… these guys would be out of a job.  In all likelihood, they keep it up to continue lining their pockets from speaking engagements and the like as well.

Part of the trouble with the NASA crowd is that their own tests have shown that the Earth’s temperature has been steady since ’98 and has begun dipping down.  Since when is cooling a symptom of warming?  Not to mention the HUGE conflict of interest for Mr. Al “Global Warming” Gore himself.  This guy is making his fortune in the biggest rip-off  scam ever perpetrated across the nation.  Carbon credits.  Mr. Alarmist rings the panic bell and drives up sales for his carbon credit firm.  Yup, his company is paid to plant trees in order to offset the so-called carbon footprints of companies.  Essentially, Gore’s company goes out and measures a company’s carbon footprint (or the company can simply purchase a volume of credits of their choosing at a set price) and then the company pays an exorbitant amount of “green-backs” to get “Green”.  Gore then goes out and plants a few trees and bushes or builds a wind-mill farm to compensate for the amount of “carbon pollution” (CO2 – you know.. what we exhale) produced by the company.  You pay them for the amount of CO2 you produce and they promise to cut CO2 from someplace else by funding eco-friendly energy (wind farms – you know, those ghastly things that can’t power a city for a year and cost a fortune in upkeep) or planting shrubbery elsewhere.  This supposedly offsets the size of your carbon footprint by lowering carbon footprints elsewhere.  Want more info on Carbon Credits?  Go here for a nice brief article.

I would like for someone to show me some empirical evidence of man made global warming.  Unfortunately, there really isn’t any.  I hear all of the talk about “trends” and how we experience higher or lower temperatures than recorded history.  That isn’t evidence of anything really.  Even if it was suggestive… as I mentioned before these same scientists were caught manipulating historical temperatures to show that we have experienced a warming trend.

This is the opening of a paper written by Dr. Linden of MIT (it is a long 36pg read… but worth it)

For a variety of inter-related cultural, organizational, and political reasons, progress in climate science and the actual solution of scientific problems in this field have moved at a much slower rate than would normally be possible. Not all these factors are unique to climate science, but the heavy influence of politics has served to amplify the role of the other factors. By cultural factors, I primarily refer to the change in the scientific paradigm from a dialectic opposition between theory and observation to an emphasis on simulation and observational programs. The latter serves to almost eliminate the dialectical focus of the former. Whereas the former had the potential for convergence, the latter is much less effective. The institutional factor has many components. One is the inordinate growth of administration in universities and the consequent increase in importance of grant overhead. This leads to an emphasis on large programs that never end. Another is the hierarchical nature of formal scientific organizations whereby a small executive council can speak on behalf of thousands of scientists as well as govern the distribution of ‘carrots and sticks’ whereby reputations are made and broken. The above factors are all amplified by the need for government funding. When an issue becomes a vital part of a political agenda, as is the case with climate, then the politically desired position becomes a goal rather than a consequence of scientific research. This paper will deal with the origin of the cultural changes and with specific examples of the operation and interaction of these factors. In particular, we will show how political bodies act to control scientific institutions, how scientists adjust both data and even theory to accommodate politically correct positions, and how opposition to these positions is disposed of.

Rather than reiterate all of Dr. Linden’s points I will simply let you read the paper and formulate your own conclusions.

The short and skinny of the entire Man-made Global Warming crisis is that is nothing more than a faith based political and monetary movement.  The vast majority of the proponent scientists are in it for the funding…  The politicians are in it for clout…  The Al Gores are in it for the money.  All of these individuals are tied to this theory like a rock climber on a static line 300′ up a rock face — that is to say nice and tight, like their lives depend on it.  Because they do.

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