Here is a round up of some recent news that I found interesting.
Recall my claim that Environmentalism is a pagan religious movement with many similarities to Christianity and other organized religions. I also claimed that Al Gore is the Environmentalist Apostle Paul in that he is not an originator (since he is not original nor very smart) but an important and notable emissary. His book has now apparently attained Gospel status.
Visitors to the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa won't find the Gideon Bible in the nightstand drawer. Instead, on the bureau will be a copy of ``An Inconvenient Truth,'' former Vice President Al Gore's book about global warming.
Recall that I had posted links to articles related to the theory that the SUN may have something to do with warmer climates including evidence that Mars is warming in a way that is correlated to so-called warming on Earth. Here are three links related to this and to the shocking idea that climate does change over time:
It also suggests that short-term climate change is currently occurring on Mars and at a much faster rate than on Earth.
Patterson said much of the up-to-date research indicates that "changes in the brightness of the sun" are almost certainly the primary cause of the warming trend since the end of the "Little Ice Age" in the late 19th century. Human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the gas of concern in most plans to curb climate change, appear to have little effect on global climate, he said.
During the last 10,000 years climate has been seesawing between the North and South Atlantic Oceans. As revealed by findings presented by Quaternary scientists at Lund University, Sweden, cold periods in the north have corresponded to warmth in the south and vice verse. These results imply that Europe may face a slightly cooler future than predicted by IPCC, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Recall my repeated claim that Environmentalists are not concerned with saving the Earth for Man but saving the Earth from Man. I have claimed that like virtually all religious movements it must call for sacrifice. I have also posted links related to toilet paper usage which appears to be an obsession amongst them. For example, I posted a link concerning a couple that did without it for a year. I likened this to medieval saints wandering in the desert and sleeping on rocks as acts of self-abnegation and sacrifice for God. Also, keep in mind that paper is made from one of the most renewable resources imaginable - trees - which last time I checked can be grown ad infinitum. Yet, even when we find a renewable resource it is not good enough for Gaia since apparently it can be made from "virgin" wood (whatever that means.) So, you see, they are not concerned with Man but with preserving nature for its own sake. How much more evidence can I provide for this? Oh, I guess there is this:
Crow has suggested using "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required".
Crow has also commented on her website about how she thinks paper napkins "represent the height of wastefulness".
She has designed a clothing line with what she calls a "dining sleeve".
Of course, a crew of hippies driving around the country in buses to electronically power a sports arena in order to amplify high school poetry set to folk rock chords is an eminently reasonable usage of energy.
Recall my post related to Iran's reaction to the movie "300" which although stylized is generally based on the historical facts of the Greco-Persian war in which the emperor-worshipping Persian's attempted to invade and conquer the more democratic and freedom loving (albeit in a limited sense by today's standards) Greeks who defeated them against overwhelming odds. I said that this is an example of pure collectivism in that the Iranian's see themselves as members of a great historical collective (the Persian Empire) and that to "insult" any part of the collective is to invite a scornful or violent response. Collectivism naturally results from religion as faith demands the relinquishing of the individual, independent mind to the dictates of faith usually as interpreted by the philosopher king, priest, imam, guru, etc. Once an individual abandons his mind, he will seek membership in a group to seek an identity, guidance, protection and pseudo self-esteem. This is what drives the spectacle seen all over the mid-east today of the mindless conformist horde worshipping some self-anointed guru:
Film critic, Reza Dorostkar, also attending the session, dismissed the idea of preserving the Iranians identity and history through incitement of their feelings.
Of course, here is more evidence that Iran is not only the leading state sponsor of terrorism but that it is actively engaged in Iraq. And what is the response from the man that the Left would have us believe is a reckless, war-mongering lunatic? "In recent days, the administration has signaled more flexibility and Bush said if Rice meets Mottaki she will "be firm in reminding the representative of the Iranian government that there's a better way forward for the Iranian people than isolation." So, Iran supports terrorists who kill us and builds nuclear bombs, and our government's response is to be "flexible" but "firm"?! And we went to war with Iraq because they may have been thinking about building nuclear weapons or something like that? And Bush is thought to be a hawk? I'm so confused.
The State Department has once again designated Iran as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, accusing the Islamic Republic of aiding extremists throughout the Middle East, particularly in Iraq.
Remember my post related to GMU cancelling Prof. John Lewis talk:
"No Substitute for Victory": The Defeat of Islamic Totalitarianism
by John Lewis
The talk was delivered afterall at George Mason University on April 24, 2007.
You can hear the whole lecture here:
The panel discussion at UCLA "Totalitarian Islam's Threat to the West," a panel discussion featuring Daniel Pipes, Yaron Brook and Wafa Sultan is posted free below. This was a controversial talk that erupted at various points. Keep in mind that Dr. Wafa Sultan speaks out againt totalitarian Islam after she watched her professor be murdered by machine gun fire in front of her eyes as a student in Syria. Yet, the suburban left-wing activists do everything in their power not to argue against the panel - but prevent them from being heard.