What, is hanging too good for ’em? A Kenyan court? What is that going to be like? If you are catching these guys on the high seas, then the whole criminal prosecution thing seems a bit much. Two pieces of rope per pirate ought to handle it.
Archive for History
This is not the best way to sway someone in an argument, but dang it, this issue is so full of people jumping off in the wrong direction that it makes suicidal lemmings seem shy, reserved, and steadfast in comparison. SLAPSHOT sent over a link on the GROWTH OF SEA ICE. That is correct, growth, of, sea, ice. But even this article has some of the most atrocious use of the written English language, and this criticism from a man who does not consider himself highly skilled in the art. Consider:
That anomaly had been negative, indicating ice loss, for most of the current decade and reached a historic low in 2007.
That is correct, folks. The amount of sea ice apparently hit an historic low in 2007. HISTORIC! LOW! And Webster’s defines historic as:
a: famous or important in history <historic battlefields> b: having great and lasting importance <a historic occasion> c: known or established in the past <historic interest rates> d: dating from or preserved from a past time or culture <historic buildings> <historic artifacts>
So this sounds important, an HISTORIC LOW IN SEA ICE (doom, doom)! But the article itself points out that the vast history of recording the amount of global sea ice as been going on for nearly ten thousand, five hundred, ninety-two days. Indeed! The numerous bureaucrats in the sea ice amount measuring community have been collecting data on the amount of global sea ice in the seas all around the globe for nearly a whopping 30 years. For a total of thirty seasonal cycles it has been determined that the low point in thirty data samples should be considered a RECORD HISTORIC LOW. Mr. Fu has spend more time writing this article to this points than it would require him to analyze and reduce this data.
And here it the crusher in all of this. The source of all the doom and gloom about the impending man-made global wamring disaster are just computer models that keep getting it wrong:
Michaels, who is also a Senior Fellow with the Cato Institute, tells DailyTech that, while the behavior of the Arctic seems to agree with climate models predictions, the Southern Hemisphere can’t be explained by current theory. “The models predict a warming ocean around Antarctica, so why would we see more sea ice?” Michaels adds that large areas of the Southern Pacific are showing cooling trends, an occurrence not anticipated by any current climate model.
“Not anticipated by any current climate model?” What the heck does that mean? The computer models are not anticipating correctly? I thought these models were created by the most brilliant minds! How could they have deceived us so, with their faulty computer models? What other predictions are they getting wrong? The predictions of an ever rising, Earth killing temperature increase? Of Obama’s ability to single handedly make the economy better?
Mostly crap, misery, and destruction. METAPHOR sums up the hippy condition:
The Boomers were handed a Utopian ideal – practical, technocratic, rational, with silver wheels in the sky tended over by engineers and scientists – and they abandoned it for a Dionysian version based on wrecking and remaking the world they’d inherited. Their patron saint: Holy St. Caulfield, who identified the greatest sin in the human soul: being a phoney. Better to be an authentic bastard than someone who cannot successfully convince a teenager that some ideas have an importance that transcend the ability of the individual to manifest them 24/7.
Of course they got sour; if you believe a Utopia is possible if we just retinker human behavior to eliminate greed and dress codes and football and anything else that reminds us of Dad, be it the specific one or the unseen National Dad that rules the boardrooms and bedrooms and cloakrooms of DC, then the failure of this world makes it a dystopia, the worst of all possible worlds.
Some suggest that the great disenchantment began with the assassination of JFK, and I see the point. But it’s strange that it led to a loss of faith in us, given who shot the President. (Yes, I’m one of those lone-gunman wackos. I’m a freethinker! I refuse to accept concensus!) If Oswald had been a card-carrying Kluxer or a dead-ender Bircher or some sort of far-right-wing nutcase, I wonder if we would have accepted the Warren Commission and moved along. But no, he was a Communist. Well obviously there has to be more to it, then. Same with Sirhan Sirhan: his motivation will forever be a mystery, won’t it?
Once you start to believe in the dark shadowy forces, you’re done with the world. You’re done engaging it, you’re done enjoying it. There’s no point. It’s a sham, a shell, a shiny façade erected by the Jews / Bilderburgers / Trilateral Commission/ Council on Foreign Relations / Project for a New American Century / Masons / Knights Templar / Illuminati / Federal Reserve / Rockefeller-Royal Family Nexus / Bush Crime Syndicate / League of Grim Intent, and all you can do is post on the internet and call talk radio to argue with the hosts who think we’re free people.
It’s nice to see hope abroad in the land again, but I wonder who will be to blame when human nature asserts itself and the manna shipments fall behind. Someone has to be blamed, after all. It’s not the task that’s a fool’s errand. It’s the fools who refuse to believe in the task.
This probably blows the boundaries on fair use, but METAPHOR frames this so well.
Not that he’ll would understand….
Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘This is what the king who will reign over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your menservants and maidservants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you in that day.
– 1 Samuel Chapter 8
” A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of the laborer the bread he has earned. This is the sum of good government. …” – Thomas Jefferson
This is interesting, but not all that shocking. Seems a Democrat way of doing things…