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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Those Damn Facts!

The print edition of today's Detroit Free Press has an artcle titled "Experts say: Act now on global warming" by Michael Janofsky of the New York Times. This is of course, just another attempt to bully Americans into giving up their freedoms and rights by cajoling them to believing the global warming doom and gloom hoax.

There are three ways to measure the earth's temperature. Only one of them, surface thermometer readings, show any warming. The other two ways, weather ballons and satellite readings, show no or at best a slight warming. So, why would so-called "reputable" scientists go with the one and ignore the other two?

As I mentioned in my post "Is that a Fact?" science today has become an establishment and in an establishment facts don't matter. In her essay "The Establishing of an Establishment" 1972 Ayn Rand Letter about government support for the arts Miss Rand wrote "Governmental encouragement does not order men to believe that the false is true: it merely makes them indifferent to the issue of truth or falsehood."

We can see this principle unfold almost daily right before our eyes in all the disaster predictions of our "reputable" scientists, politicians and media. But if you ever doubted the veracity of her principle, the next quote should remove that doubt once and for all. From the article:

"Speaking on a panel that included the agency's (EPA) current chief, Stephen Johnson, they generally agreed that the need to address global warming is growing urgent, and that the continuing debate over what percentage of the problem is caused by human activities is a waste of time.
*Why argue about things you can't prove?* said William D. Ruckelshaus, who served under Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1973 and Ronald Reagan from 1983 to 1985."

There you have it. "Why argue about things you can't prove" lets just go ahead and ram our agenda down the peoples' throats with a congressional gun. Facts? Truth? Falsehood? They're just "a waste of time."

Lets not forget that Ruckelshaus is the guy who in 1972 banned DDT despite never having read a page of the 9000 page report or listened to a single day of testimony which concluded that DDT was not a carcinogin and not a threat to humans. So, about one million people die from malaria every year thanks to that decision. But, you see, one million dead every year is a fact and those things are "a waste of time."

3 comments:

Ken said...

Mike,

A great post! I'm glad I found it. I especially like your integration of an Ayn Rand essay of thirty-odd years ago with today's pragmatism in environmental policy.

My question: do you have any idea as to what motivates a Ruckelshaus and his ilk?

Mike N said...

Ken,
Thanks for the compliment.
It's pretty hard to pinpoint motivation for these folk but generally speaking I believe it is power lust combined with elitism and the need to force sacrifices upon others. If you believe virtue requires sacrifice and sacrifice requires suffering, you will look at an American and, in your mind, you will not see someone who is suffering. Therefore how can they be sacrificing? Therefore how can they be virtuous? They must be evil.
Ruckelshaus was asked why he banned DDT despite the evidence and he reportedly said "I had a decision to make and I made it.

Also, Dr. Charles Wurster, Ruckelshaus aid at the EPA, was, along with Ruckelshaus, a member of the Environmental Defense fund, a leftist environmental lobbying group. Mr. Wurster is said to have said: "People are the cause of all the problems. We have too many of them. We need to get rid of some of them, and this (referring to malaria deaths)is as good a way as any." (From Capitalism Magazine article by Walter Williams on 7/7/04) If you believe humans are evil by nature, you will do things like Ruckelshaus did. Ignore science and enforce your feelings.

Myrhaf said...

I posted about this post at:

http://myrhaf.blogspot.com/2006/01/bureaucrats-and-facts.html