Category: Deep Thoughts

UNEXPECTEDLY! Talks with Iran fail for the umpteenth time…

While the idiots that think you can negotiate with evil people are all surprised that the Iranian Mullahs have decided to thumb their efforts. I have to admit that I expected nothing else. When GWB chose to let the Europeans talk and talk instead of acting back when, I pointed out the result would be the same. Obama, the narcissist that he is, ignored that record, and did all but drop to his knees to suck the Ayatollah’s cock, but the result again is more of the same.

At this point it is obvious that Iran will only be stopped by force. That’s because of the lesson of Pakistan and North Korea. That lesson being that if you defy the rules and get a nuke, then you not only get to keep it, but you can use it to give cover to all sorts of illegitimate and illegal behavior. Of course, the first problem is with Iran choosing to use the thing or giving it to others to use. But the next one, which is the one that frightens me more, is with everybody in the ME – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, and even Iraq – deciding that the only counter Iran is for them to also have nukes. And that is because they all know damned well that Iran with a nuke is not just an existential threat to Israel, but to all of them. Especially if they end up with a president as weak and as ineffective as Obama some time in the future dictating US actions and responses. An American guarantee of support with democrats in charge is not worth the paper it is printed on.

Get ready for things to get far worse as the impotent and weak shitbags let this travesty go on. Maybe Israel will do the world a favor, yet again as it did with Saddam’s nuclear program in Iraq, and do what is needed, only to be ostracized for doing what we all should have done ourselves in the first place. But then again, when it comes to Israel and the Jews, the anti-semites run that show these days, so I am sure they know better than to care what the court of public opinion of the anti-semites tell them they can or can’t do.

When even the science fs up your agenda…

I just recently had several discussions in the last week or so, with different people at different times, about energy and economic impacts of that energy’s availability and cost. I pointed out that people have spent the last 5 decades telling us we would be running out of fossil fuels in the next 3 or 4 decades, only to end up with scientific advances and human ingenuity raising the time we have at a curved use of the stuff from decades to centuries. Of course they all turned up their noses to what they consider to be Satan’s shit and wanted it replaced, but when asked by what, it was all pie-in-the-sky answers. For me, based purely and simply on the numbers and the science, the one viable technology that can produce energy in the amount we would need to replace fossil fuels, is nuclear. Nothing else can, but the people that want to get us green all seem to have bought into Hollywood’s depiction of how dangerous and nasty nuclear energy is. So instead they seem to propose we use the equivalent of unicorn farts as the alternative to oil, gas, and coal.

When we discussed these various alternatives the greens have a boner for and went through the list, one after the other fell off. Solar and wind have been terribly disappointing. We are not about to build giant space based solar arrays and beaming down the energy as microwaves any time soon, because the same green people would have heart attack at the potential use as a weapon. And we could cover the planet with windmills and it would still not produce enough power. So they always go to the renewables, of which far less is known, but far less is pretended can come, to justify the campaign to stop us from using fossil fuels. Of course, renewables have not really shown much other than promise at this time, but the greens have no doubt that this stuff will save their faltering agenda. And then there are the facts:

Two highly qualified Google engineers who have spent years studying and trying to improve renewable energy technology have stated quite bluntly that renewables will never permit the human race to cut CO2 emissions to the levels demanded by climate activists. Whatever the future holds, it is not a renewables-powered civilisation: such a thing is impossible.

Both men are Stanford PhDs, Ross Koningstein having trained in aerospace engineering and David Fork in applied physics. These aren’t guys who fiddle about with websites or data analytics or “technology” of that sort: they are real engineers who understand difficult maths and physics, and top-bracket even among that distinguished company. The duo were employed at Google on the RE<C project, which sought to enhance renewable technology to the point where it could produce energy more cheaply than coal.

REclosed it down after four years. Now, Koningstein and Fork have explained the conclusions they came to after a lengthy period of applying their considerable technological expertise to renewables, in an article posted at IEEE Spectrum.

The two men write:

At the start of RE<C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope …

Renewable energy technologies simply won’t work; we need a fundamentally different approach.

One should note that RE<C didn’t restrict itself to conventional renewable ideas like solar PV, windfarms, tidal, hydro etc. It also looked extensively into more radical notions such as solar-thermal, geothermal, “self-assembling” wind towers and so on and so forth. There’s no get-out clause for renewables believers here.

Koningstein and Fork aren’t alone. Whenever somebody with a decent grasp of maths and physics looks into the idea of a fully renewables-powered civilised future for the human race with a reasonably open mind, they normally come to the conclusion that it simply isn’t feasible. Merely generating the relatively small proportion of our energy that we consume today in the form of electricity is already an insuperably difficult task for renewables: generating huge amounts more on top to carry out the tasks we do today using fossil-fuelled heat isn’t even vaguely plausible.

Even if one were to electrify all of transport, industry, heating and so on, so much renewable generation and balancing/storage equipment would be needed to power it that astronomical new requirements for steel, concrete, copper, glass, carbon fibre, neodymium, shipping and haulage etc etc would appear. All these things are made using mammoth amounts of energy: far from achieving massive energy savings, which most plans for a renewables future rely on implicitly, we would wind up needing far more energy, which would mean even more vast renewables farms – and even more materials and energy to make and maintain them and so on. The scale of the building would be like nothing ever attempted by the human race.

The funny thing is that you don’t need a PhD to figure this stuff out. And note they point out this stuff won’t work as marginal energy just to reduce emissions. The logical conclusion is that it hence will also never be a replacement. But the greens seem to be immune to the simple facts and science and far more interested in science fiction and fantasy because they are driven by something other than either. The watermelons pretend to be scientific, but the fact is there is very little of that and a lot of feelings and the overarching collectivist agenda, and very little of the former. So for now we are stuck with oil, gas, and coal. Maybe someone will find a way to make fusion work and that can fill in the gap, but the other stuff the greens pine for simply is not gonna happen. That won’t stop them from taking advantage of the plethora of fools that will allow a few of them to get stinking rich at tax payer’s expense.

25 Years In Rubble

(Note: I intended to post this first thing in the morning, but got sidetracked. Well, it’s up before midnight, right?)

It was 25 years ago today that the Berlin Wall, the symbol of the Communist conquest of Eastern Europe, came tumbling down. With it, eventually, went one of most evil regimes ever to mar the face of the Earth. With it went two-thirds of the world’s civil wars and masses of political prisoners. With it went the blood-thirsty dictators, thought controllers, re-educators and violent psychopaths who had defined Communist ideology since its inception. Since then, billions of people have escaped poverty, billions more have been freed of war and bloodshed. The last 25 years have been the most prosperous and most peaceful in human history.

That’s not a coincidence.

I remember my best friend’s sister came back with a piece of the wall in her pocket. I held it and thought that it looked pretty crumbly for concrete*. I remember Leonard Bernstein leading an orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s ninth with “Freiheit” substituted for “freude”. And I remember that I’d just read some of Robert Heinlein’s writings about the Cold War and lamented that he didn’t live long enough to see the Wall crash into the garbage pile of history.

Make no mistake: the Fall of Communism didn’t “just happen”. The historians who insisted that the collapse of communism was inevitable were the same ones insisting, eight years earlier, that Communism would never fall. Various leaders played their role (Truman, Eisenhower, Reagan, Thatcher, John Paul II, etc.). Communism fell because they stood up to it. Communism fell because they engaged in an economic, political and military struggle it could never win. Communism fell because they found a way to embrace and encourage the forces bringing down Communism from within without provoking the Communist leadership. Gorbachev and his fellows thought they could have Communism without the tanks and gulags. They quickly found out that they were wrong.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall is one of the great moments in human history and in American history. 25 years on, we shouldn’t forget that.

(*I later found out that almost all Communist concrete was poorly made. Yes, my friends: the Communists couldn’t get concrete right. You can buy bags of quality stuff from Lowe’s for a few bucks each that’s better than anything Communism ever made.)

Forced charity is still bullshit

The new pope is making the case that caring for the poor doesn’t make you a communist, and he is right. What can be argued makes you a communist, or if you want to be pedantic and stick to the definition that communism means the state owns everything, what it makes you is a collectivist douchebag, is when you expect government to do it after it uses force to confiscate the earnings of others, and all under the pretense it is doing so to help.

Fuck the lot of you slavers. If you want to care for the poor use your own money. That’s what makes it nobel. Speaking of using their own money, that cult in Rome can really help the poor if it sold off some of that wealth it has and used that instead. Know what I am saying pope?

It sucks to have a shitty religion

Just yesterday, because my company announced changes to our benefit enrollment plans and opened up enrollment this week, I was having a discussion with a hard core lefty and Obama supporter about the fact that the costs have yet again gone up, the plan offerings have gone down, and providers have yet again been restricted. In addition to now making every employee with healthcare that has a spouse with access to her own plan (from their employer) basically pay a fine, one that amounts to the difference of having a spouse pay for her own plan, they jacked up premiums by 12% (after similar jumps for the past 3 years), widened the various plan’s donuts (that portion you have to pay before the plan kicks in again) by anywhere from 10-25%, and jacked up copays. So here is this Obamacare supporting supposedly educated moron, complaining about how he now had to pay more to cover his spouse, at the same time as his plan’s rates went up, his donut had widened, and his copays had been jacked, and worse yet, his doctor no longer was on the plan for some reason, and then blaming it, of all things, on the insurance company he used. Blah blah blah – bad insurance company! I lost it

Despite the writing being on the wall for years now and the whole fiasco of a government healthcare takeover hitting him smack between the eyes, he doesn’t get it. We have had countless articles like this one, showing how Obamacare was going to wreck the industry, cost all of us more, provide less quality care, restrict access, and most importantly, going to end up being used by petty bureaucrats of the usual liberal variety as a tool to subjugate those pesky and ungrateful serfs. Anyway, when I pointed out that the fault lay with the idiotic law, and cornered him with the facts to prove so, he did what all liberals do: a double take, and then returned to the talking point that they always use which is how evil insurance companies screw people over, so government was the only entity able to do the right thing for the people. That’s when I asked him if he was putting his faith in that government which is responsible for idiotic things like this or this, and pointed out that other examples are in abundance of stupidity and pain that makes whatever the insurance companies do, even when they engage in it out of malfeasance, look tame.

I basically pointed out to him that the difference between progressives, or whatever they call themselves these days, and people like me amounts to progressives being willing to bend over, grabbing their ankles, and letting the usual suspects ass rape them, over and over again, all so they could stay true to the cause. No matter how blatant the lies or how outrageous the bullshit, the progressives stick to the “social justice” nonsense and ignore reality. That was the end of the conversation. And that was simply because he didn’t like the pillars of his faith challenged. Liberalism is a mental disorder, and one that causes a lot of harm, I tell you. In the mean time we all get to suffer and pay more for it, because of these idiots.

Those that experience true Progressive paradise on earth

Sooner than later, if given the opportunity, will gravitate back towards capitalism, and that’s despite the inequality and unfairness, as this survey of support for a free market, especially amongst those that have firsthand experience with collectivism points out.

Despite the fact that most people are very concerned about the gap between the rich and the poor in their country, majorities across the globe are willing to accept some inequality to have a free market system. A global median of 66% say most people are better off under capitalism, even if some people are rich and some are poor.

Belief in the free market tends to be highest in developing countries (median of 71%). Nearly two-thirds or more in all nine of the developing economies surveyed agree that most people benefit from capitalism, including 80% of Bangladeshis, 75% of Ghanaians and 74% of Kenyans.

Publics in emerging markets also generally support the free market. More than half in 21 of the 25 countries surveyed agree that most people are better off in a free market system even if there is some inequality, including roughly three-quarters or more in Vietnam, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Malaysia and the Philippines. Support is much lower in Colombia, Jordan, Mexico and Argentina. Argentines are the least likely to see the benefits of capitalism among all 44 countries surveyed.

And this comes as no surprise to me. If you experience the ravages of the various incarnations of the “social justice” systems the left loves, you are far less inclined to want any more of that. That is, unless you are one of the people that thinks you will be amongst the “lucky few” that will reap all the rewards, or are part of the “unlucky many” that because you can’t do shit, like the idea that others will be hobbled and held back to the same as what you will accomplish (i.e. nothing). Others, like Argentina, which are in the death throes of the collectivist system strangling them, are far less likely to want out. That’s because until everything implodes and one is forced to walk away, letting go of these systems is very hard to do.

What is sad to see is the usual effect of cronyism and the support for capitalism:

Advanced economies are somewhat more divided over the free market. At least seven-in-ten in South Korea, Germany and the U.S. say most people are better off under capitalism, but fewer than half in Greece, Japan and Spain agree. In most advanced economies, people who say the gap between the rich and poor is a very big problem are much less supportive of the free market than those who worry less about inequality.

In general, there has been moderate change in support for the free market between 2007 and 2014 among the countries surveyed in both years. The Spanish (-22 percentage points) and Italians (-16) stand out for their declining belief in capitalism over the course of the global recession. At the other end of the spectrum, the Turks (+14) and Indonesians (+13) are more likely today to say the free market is better for everyone than they were seven years ago.

The western democracies have not had capitalism for decades. The crony systems where government is in bed with a few selected winners, using its power to make others losers, has been nothing but detrimental to economic growth, but the takers outnumbering the makers keep the system going. There was a clear indication of how this work from one of the findings in the survey:

In some countries, lower income and less educated individuals are less likely to express support for capitalism than higher income and more highly educated people.

What’s not said is that the “some countries” are likely all wealthy western democracies, where the takers like the system that fleeces the productive to buy their votes. Not to mention that these progressive systems in the west also see the largest economic gaps between the haves and have-nots. And that’s all by design. It’s not a coincidence or aberration that the age of Obama has seen the gap widen faster than ever. That’s by design of that system where a few elites pretend to do things for the masses.

Premature Nobel Peace Prize not worth it..

I remember tons of pompous liberal douchebags telling everyone back when how their side would handle the dangerous and problematic world much better than the cocaine cowboy, whom they accused of turning everyone against the US, and thus, being inept at foreign policy. From the infamous and stupid “Russian Reset”, which I might add had to be admitted was a horrible failure even by your usual DNC propagandists, to all the new “kinetic actions” our Nobel Peace Prize winner has managed to get us involved in for no positive gain, it has been failure after failure. Heck, I now am convinced that the Obama administration outright lied about what happened in Benghazi to cover up some highly illegal shit they were involved with and to give them a means to push for government oversight, if not outright control, of social media – the eternal enemy of tyrannical government – because no crisis should go to waste. Remember these are the criminals that thought up “Fast & Furious”, another illegal campaign that for all intents & purposes was an act of war on a neighbor, so they could use the fallout from that dastardly and evil move to influence US public sentiment to move towards their anti-second amendment beliefs, which I should point out is another one of the big spokes in the wheel of tyrannical governments all over the place.

The fact is that the US, since Obama took office, and even more pronounced right now, has nothing but a failed foreign policy after failed foreign policy. The thing was amateur hour under Hillary Clinton’s watch, and is making amateur hour look good under Kerry’s watch. Obama picked both of these unqualified idiots for purely political reasons, which should have been a red flag about how serious president “I am looking for OJ’s wife’s killer on golf courses, because that brother is now in jail and can’t do that himself” , takes foreign policy in the first place. The US foreign policy of Obama tenure – the last 6 years – has basically amounted to us pissing on our friend’s legs and telling them it was warm rain, while dropping onto our knees to suck our enemy’s cocks. If you doubt how ineffective and destructive the pretenders have been, take it from one of the people Obama and his crowd told us would actually engage with them because they were willing to drop down on all four and prostrate themselves to show an eagerness to talk, and weep:

The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.

The comments by Ali Younesi, senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, come as Iran continues to buck U.S. attempts to woo it into the international coalition currently battling the Islamic State (IS, ISIL, or ISIS).

Yeah, that’s pretty much par for the course and exactly what all of us that had experienced the Carter years pointed out would happen back in the days the smug leftards were lecturing everyone about the failures of the cowboy and how much better they would do. I disliked the Boosh policy towards Iran’s nuclear program and have always believed that talk alone would not prevent this from happening, but what has been going on under Obama makes the Boosh approach look like pure genius, and it shows every day we hear a story about how nobody takes us seriously anymore.

Yeahm I am gonna do it: “I told you so you morons”. Pitty we all suffer because of these inempt buffoons.

No bad news for the demcorats until after the election…

The sycophants in the media, in order to protect the democrats and this criminal administration in particular, are also holding off on a lot of information that would be detrimental to the collectivist powers that be. Picking a replacement for that criminal Eric Holder? Not until after the election. The Secret Service scandals? Not until after the election. The whole Ebola disaster that’s unwinding right now as the CDC crashes & burns and the powers that be pretend there is nothing wrong? Not until after the election. The fact that democrats want to give a pass to millions of illegal immigrants so they can drastically skew future elections in their favor as these people line up for their free shit? Not until after the elections. The list of things the DNC controlled media doesn’t want to talk about until after the election is long and distinguished.

And if they are not doing this delaying of bad news, they are outright faking data (unemployment numbers, economic numbers, government scandals) to fool people into thinking things are getting better than they are. If they deign to report, they provide cover. When they can, they bury the story. This despicable behavior is not news to those of us that pay close attention to the incestuous relationship between the DNC shills in the LSM passing themselves off as objective reporters and their masters in the democratic party, and par for the course. For example, bad Obamacare rate news is also being withheld from the public to prevent a negative impact to democrats, whom passed this disastrous and idiotic law on a party line vote, at the polls.

Here in the US, where the LSM thinks its job is to filter news to favor democrats and hurt republicans, we have not heard a peep about the US military investigation of the deserter the Obama administration traded Gitmo detained master terrorists for, but lucky for us the Berghdal story is covered by others outside the country. The unannounced fact, something that seems very common with anything that has detrimental impact for democrats in the coming election, is the military completed that investigation last week. But here in the US that never made the news cycle. Obviously even this compromised and PC-centric military leadership couldn’t sanitize the story enough to cover the obvious conclusion that Berghdal was nothing but a deserter and an enemy sympathizer, and that the Obama administration traded people very likely to attack the US again, to bring one of their own back.

The key to my speculation is the revelation in the MailOnline article pointing out that this information is unlikely to be reported until after the November election.

Low information voters and cheaters win the elections for the left. No wonder the left balks at any talk of actually providing some accountability and verification.

There must be an election soon

And it looks like, just as we saw in 2012, the crooks in government beholden to the crime syndicate in DC, are cooking the books again. The unemployment numbers, especially the decline we are being told has happened recently, are bullshit. Things are just as bad, if not worse, than when the social engineering scheme the collectivists straddled us with – the one that encouraged the lending industry to give money to unqualified people, and then through government agencies bundled the worthless loans and sold them at a premium to investors – collapsed our economy and housing market, and led to the election of the Chicago crime boss now running the country.

There are countless people that have been unemployed for more than 2 years, and those with 4 years or more, are at a record high. Lucky for the crooks in DC the unemployment numbers are unaffected by these people no longer on the dole. There is a reason the number of people on assistance of one kind or another is so high. We have a record number of people on Social Security disability pay, with a record number of applicants in the pipe. I have heard it said that the bulk of these people are those that have been unemployed for 2 or more years. Of course our media has no interest in investigating stories like this, because they are too busy feeding the sheep the bullshit lies the democratic party needs to sell so they can retain their hold on power and keep robbing tax payers blind while destroying the country’s future.

The fact of the matter is that our economy remains in turmoil, and that the left’s agenda is only doing more damage, but they desperately need to confuse the low information voter about this reality to keep their hold on power. The policies of the democratic party but especially those championed by president “I am going golfing or on vacation and the tax payer will pick up the tab” have been abysmal. Obamacare, all by itself, will wreak havoc on the country’s employment and employment opportunities, the ability to start and sustain economic growth, and will annihilate the healthcare system, and anyone pretending otherwise is just propagating the same lies the democrats used to get this horrible thing passed. Good things like this are happening despite the efforts of this administration and the leftards to prevent them. Can you imagine the economic boom if we had people that actually valued economic growth and individuality over vote buying collectivist schemes and scams?

Things are bad, and what the crooks trying desperately to keep their hold on power so the fleecing of the productive can continue, are doing nothing but causing damage and lying about the damage they are causing. Remember that when you vote next month.