I hate to do this, but…

July 6, 2009

forward_stalin

…I couldn’t stop myself.  I don’t like to make fun of well-meaning people, but sometimes…

This letter was in the New York Times today, or rather, in the Soviet equivalent in…1929?

To the Editor:

Citizen Osterbrook knocks down the straw man of zero-emissions coal-fired power plants to prop up arguments for a path towards bourgeois endorsement of old, dirty, dangerous technology.

He is mistaken when he says that new energy needs cannot be met with clean energy sources alone. We must stand with our forward-thinking leader and comrade on this, and meet our new energy needs by commanding the technologies of the future.

Instead of perpetuating coal, let us instead become again that country that, when put to the test, built socialism in one country!

Wind and solar power can meet our new energy needs through technology available today. All we need is the political will to harness it. Naysayers like Mr. Osterbrook will leave us in the dustbin of history!

Isaac Bloom
Minneapolis, June 29, ?

Read the original, here.


O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!

June 29, 2009

ozymandias

Ophelia’s exclamation was about Hamlet, but it could have been about Paul Krugman’s latest column.  In it, he waxes positively hysterical about global warming, states that those who don’t accept the hypothesis are “deniers” committing treason against the future generations, and warns that civilization is in peril.  The reader who posted the first comment on the NYTimes website, remarked cogently, after quoting him:

…What you saw [on the floor of the House], instead, were people who have no interest in the truth…

Paul, the tragedy in all of this is that this applies to almost all of the folks on both sides of the debate – including you.

Amen to that.  Krug doesn’t present any evidence, any arguments – he just rants and raves as if the pillar of all-consuming fire is approaching on the horizon.  I share his opinion of most Republican congressmen, but just running a computer model doesn’t make you right.  Is he in thrall to the delusions of his fellow Princeton prof, Michael Oppenheimer?  I never thought I’d see him descend to the same puerile level as Thomas Friedman, but I guess he’s joined that club.  Drunk the Kool Aid, as some remarked.

He did a great service to the nation with his critiques of the Bush gang while so many others were swallowing their lies and looking the other way from their gross incompetence, so…sad, sad, sad.