Yet Another Left-Wing Lunacy

Just when I thought the high-horse eco-moralizing of the pompous environmental jihadists could go no further, here comes documentation of yet another growing dirty snowball of loony left-wing stupidity. Behold the war on air conditioning.

Do you actually buy this outlandish crapola?

Yes, like the women in the Washington post link, sometimes I get cold at the office too–no, most of the time, I’m too cold at the office. You know what I do? I adapt…suck it up and deal with it, just like the many years I had no air conditioning at all in the inner-city South.

As someone who lived without air conditioning for nearly half my life, in Dallas, because we just couldn’t afford it, I dare anyone who makes a bleeding-heart left-wing eco-hipster sociological issue out of it to put talk to action and do the same.
My challenge: spend 18+ years with no AC in Dallas, Phoenix or Miami, and then check back. I already have. Will you? Any takers?
The crickets chirp. Actions speak louder…

Can’t do it? Won’t do it? Well no excuses, that slams the door. Your arguments just went around the bowl and down the hole. Credibility: gone! Shut up and sit down. I’ll instead gladly discuss this in depth with someone who has, or demonstrably will (once completed). At least their direct, first-hand experience gives them some tenability in the dialogue.

Talk really is cheap, and it’s easy to be so principled in an air-conditioned newsroom at the Washington Post, or the cool-climate coffee shops of San Francisco, Seattle, Boulder, Vermont, or England.

One lesson I long have known, but is reinforced by this “issue”, is that a bunch of leftists have nothing better to do than sit in their ivory towers of privilege and lecture others in the real world on how to live.

The Lion and the Sheeple

Even though I support hunting, I don’t like the circumstances of what the Minnesota dentist did to that lion in Zimbabwe any more than most others. Poaching unfairly tars all hunters. I also agree with those who advocate a more measured and restrained approach about not rushing to judgment, and also, letting the facts and justice play out. Some of the most purely hateful social-media comments I’ve seen in years (and that’s saying something) have been over this issue. That’s nuts.

Now I’m going to ask for some big-picture perspective in all this, and some deeper thought than it takes to perform the manic, bandwagon-jumping, blindly conformist, mob-justice herd mentality so prevalent online. Before launching into the usual polemic, some questions to stimulate thought (as opposed to mere reaction).

Why this?

…and this, and thousands of others like it over the past week? [I blacked out no identifying info since they are posted to public sites.]

Violent mob justice in the digital era…whatever happened to innocent until proved guilty? Clearly these are reactionary and not reasoned responses, and indicate to me a pathological problem–the very same sort of mentality as those in KKK robes who lynched innocents, and those who burned witches at the stake. That’s the brutally honest truth. These people are behaving no better than the KKK lynch mobs and the witch burners.

Where was the same level of outrage and sometimes violent hatred on behalf of every lion killed by poaching in Zimbabwe (or elsewhere) before this one?

Would you even know about it if the lion had no name?

Chances are, your answer to these questions relates somehow to media coverage (or in prior instances, lack thereof). Your outrage is directly related to media stimulation you have received and accepted, your fast response to the choices made by Corporate Big Media editors to run with stories that incite and provoke, that appeal to emotional and not rational response. And you allow this? If so…

You are manipulated. Regardless of what you think about the killing of a popular lion in Africa…wake up, sheeple! You are letting yourself get played like a fiddle–the fiddle that plays whilst Rome burns. Overblown stories like that, or somebody flying a flag you don’t like, or what some has-been celebrity did to his body, are nothing more than appeals to anger, not level-headed reason.

They are diversionary tactics to sway your attention off far more impactful and important issues to far more people: the national debt, genocide in the Middle East, the slaughtering of millions of human babies before birth, rampant corruption and lies in both governments and corporations, the Chinese theft of personal-identity information of tens of millions of Americans (perhaps including you), decades-long abuses of human beings in the same country, etc.


Quick: how many people do you know who have posted about the lion have ever posted ANYTHING about Robert Mugabe’s brutality toward his *people* right there in Zimbabwe? Any takers? How many can even point out Zimbabwe on a blank world map? [Failure to be able to do so should be an instant disqualifier.] I have seen at least two dozen people on Facebook complaining about that lion–not one of whom has said a single word about what Robert Mugabe has done to his people. Not a single one. And which one really matters more in the big picture?

Do most of the people griping about the lion even know who Mugabe is? If so, they had better because he does fit into this narrative, and firmly.

Mugabe is a brutal, ruthless, banana-republic authoritarian of Zimbabwe whose “elections” were rigged and whose “land reforms” included forced redistribution of land (wealth) to cronies, and all manner of poaching and animal loss. [He even seems to have a taste for lion.]

The resultant economic and wildlife destruction has led directly to the situation where a rich dentist can go kill a popular lion. Did you know that? Yet we cry over the lion far more than over the millions in misery and tens of thousands who have died thanks to that individual. Go ahead, shed a tear for the lion…but then to be strictly proportional, wail in anguished, lengthy screams over the real human beings lost to Mugabe’s evil.

Yet again, who among the lion sympathizers has posted about Mugabe’s brutalities toward people in the same nation? It seems to me that, for far too many, it’s far easier to care about a dead lion than dead people — especially when those people are sub-Saharan Africans. Pathetic.

It’s the bigger-picture issues that matter the most because they affect the most people, simple as that.

If you look at numbers and facts instead of emotional heart-tugging crap, if you are paying attention to how it all ties together, context, big picture, forest from trees, thinking for yourself, and not allowing yourself to be a marionette for the diversionary minutiae spewed by Big Corporate Media, then you are not just looking anymore, but truly seeing. You’re in control of your worldview instead of being controlled.

Too many people get butthurt over tangential crap with heads in sand over what matters more to more people. This lion killing serves as prime example. Sure, think about the lion killing…but truly THINK and analyze in context, with rational, logical, root-cause examinations, and not just react emotionally. The mob justice directed at that dentist will NOT, I repeat NOT solve the animal or more importantly human abuses in Zimbabwe. Massive collective waste of time!

f one has been paying attention, for more than the last several days’ shallow/short-attention-span social-media/Big Corporate Media news cycle, to the problems in Zimbabwe, one realizes the following.

The longstanding human-rights horrors there (including but far from limited to the brutalizations of homosexuals–the left’s favorite victim-class–there) and the land-redistribution policies that lead to this animal poaching have the SAME ROOT SOURCE. To solve either, that root source (Mugabe and his cronies) need to be expunged from power, and replaced with a freely elected, democratically accountable government. We can argue about how to accomplish that solution, but that is the solution to both problems that absolutely, positively, factually, ARE related.

Instead it’s obvious that we seem to care more about one dead lion than thousands of dead Africans (of the same root cause, as seems to escape most people, who as I noted already can’t even locate Zimbabwe on a blank world map).

So the sheeple continue to be led (and distracted) by their day-to-day small-picture heartstrings, and Big Corporate Media and the governments with which it is bedded know this. Hence, the manipulation of the populace proceeds apace…and the big problems (whether this, or the others I noted in the intro) also continue.

Solution: Awaken yourselves and truly think! Look at the issues in an analytic, holistic way in big context instead of reactionary and emotional immediacy. We live in an interconnected world, with interconnected big issues, a world that is far larger than ourselves and our emotions. See it as such. Examine issues from the common denominator of the human condition and the moral vacancies and ethical deprivations therein. Shift from reactionary and emotional to analytic, problem-solving mindset.

Don’t get sidetracked by celebrity tabloid fluff or other vapid, non-nutritive, 10-second attention span crap being fed to the McMasses by the McMedia.

Food Fads, Hysteria, Science, and Common Sense

I’ve been away from BLOGging for some time and have a lot to catch up on; for the audience of a dozen or so regulars who visit, sorry for the lull, and stay tuned. A lot has happened this spring and summer (while I’ve been traveling, sorting/processing photography and being a husband and shift-worker). This BLOG is going to get lively and thought-provoking again.

We’ll start with a nonpartisan issue about which I’ve had mixed but strong thoughts: organic and “natural” food.

On one side: Much of the popularity of it strikes me as shallow, trite, cultural pop-fad crap–little more than a herd mentality. Advertising consultants, commercial producers and stores like Whole Foods (a.k.a Whole Paycheck) laugh all the way to the bank by profiting off hipsters, herd followers, the scientifically ignorant, anti-GMO paranoiacs, and all who buy into the latest “superfood” craze.

To that end, I read with great interest a piece by a physician and his co-author, an OU law professor, entitled, “The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture“.

Among other things, they point out that many “organic” pesticides are toxic, and that synthetic ones constitute a tiny percentage of all pesticides in even non-organic foods. Furthermore, how do you know the producers, labelers and sellers are telling the truth about “organic”?

“Organic” standards themselves (even if properly enforced, and they’re often not) let through a lot of unsavory and unhealthy possibilities. As such, they see the “organic” movement as mostly a big fat artifice. And they didn’t even address the inherent nature of green, leafy vegetables to take up and concentrate potentially toxic metals found in soil–whether grown by organic rules or not.

I see the piece not as an attack on the principle of organic foods so much as on as its execution and delivery, more specifically:

  1. Industrial- and small-scale “organic” production involving lack of rigorous standards/enforcement,
  2. Harmful substances that can get into “organic” food despite that label, and
  3. Artificially high pricing targeted to the privileged followers of the culturally popular.

After all, what we now call “organic” as an ideal (actuality aside) simply is how our ancestors in the 1800s farmed by default, before we had 300+ million mouths to feed in this country. What the writer is saying, in a nutshell, is that you’re paying too high of a premium for a label—a label that probably doesn’t represent what you’re actually getting and that makes little difference anyway.

“Organic” and “all natural” really don’t mean a lot, most of the time. After all, arsenic, poison ivy and black widow spiders are natural. They must be good to eat, right? Also 100% natural and organic: the e.coli bacterium, found in everybody’s large intestine and what comes out of it. E. coli can be on your organic or non-organic lettuce if the illegal alien who picked it wiped his butt with his hands before going back out in the field. Listeria, also natural, can sicken and kill people along the food-distribution chain. This has happened

On the other side, I don’t endorse simply buying whatever’s the cheapest and sucking it down either. To be responsible parents and caretakers of our loved ones, we have a beholden duty to pay attention to our food. If I eat something potentially harmful, it’s my choice, not yours…I am knowingly taking that risk and liking the food regardless, or because I have assessed its benefits as greater than its potential harm—not because I choose to be ignorant thereabouts.

By growing one’s own vegetables, one exerts direct control over that side of the diet. I’d grow more if I weren’t so lazy about gardening. [Garden got flooded out this year with two feet of rain in May, and I never replanted.] I recommend this to everybody; even apartment dwellers can get creative and grow some food. Just be advised that, as with everything else, even home-grown vegetables (and animals if you have room) are only as good as the soil from which they sprout and the feed going into their mouths.

Locally sourced food is somewhat better for accountability’s sake; one can interact directly with the growers. “Buy local” still is no panacea, however…

  1. You don’t know whether the seller is telling or hiding the truth about what did or did not get sprayed on the stuff, and
  2. Good luck getting locally sourced bananas, coconuts, mangoes, coffee and halibut in Oklahoma, Brooklyn, Denver, or Idaho.

Our 1800s forefathers, who knew no other way than what we now call “organic” farming, simply did without what wasn’t local…and when local variety was low (as in wintertime or famines), occasionally had nutritional deficiencies to show for it.

Sometimes I’ll pick organic over not, if the price difference is small or none. Like many sensible people who want to minimize harmful things going down the gullets of their children and themselves, I’m also cautious about synthetic growth hormones and will avoid steroidal meat and milk most of the time (hoping that the producer isn’t flat-out lying, which happens as the writer notes). Yet I’m sure I’ve consumed a lot of hormone-fed animal products over a lifetime, before it became a cause du jour.

“Processed” food is not all evil, despite the rampant and thoughtless stereotyping about it. To claim, “I just avoid processed food,” is lazy, anti-intellectual, probably dishonest (almost all food is “processed” somehow) and potentially depriving oneself of something nutritious and tasty too. Instead one should pay attention to the type of processing, the ingredients involved, quality and quantity. I also see the anti-GMO, anti-aspartame and anti-Monsanto hysterias, and other such offerings from the moldy catacombs of the Internet, as unscientific, overblown, tinfoil-hat, paranoid, fear-mongering bullcrap.

Even science shifts. Saccharin once was deemed cancerous…now, not really. Eggs were heart-chokers…now, not so much. All fat was bad…then saturated fat was bad…now coconut (saturated) fat is good. Butter was bad…margarine was good…now butter’s back and margarine is the ultimate processed-food evil. With all the mixed signals, especially over time, what is one to do?

The bottom line is that, despite the latest hype-of-the-week, there is no “superfood”. None! Variety is what matters. Any “food” in excess, and exclusive of others, can be harmful—even water! Barring prohibitive medical conditions (allergies, diabetes, etc.), don’t feel guilty about the occasional indulgence in a “bad for you” item. Let science, personal taste, your medical situation, and common sense–not irrational emotions or media buzz, guide your consumption.

Now I’ll go polish off that last bit of a tub of chocolate-mint ice cream and have a few “Hint of Lime” Doritos before some nanny-state bureaucracy bans them…

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