Update. Will Happer coming under attack for his role as Trump’s science advisor.
You can tell how important Dr Happer is by the forces that have been marshaled against him. The three major lefty media organizations — CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times — all came out to say Dr. Happer’s efforts would be wasted. The Democrats are alarmed, calling Dr Happer’s proposed panel “dangerous.”
The deep resources of the Deep State were mobilized to send a letter to the president signed by some people who once had a connection with the military, such as John Kerry. The 58 signatories to that letter have self-identified as foot soldiers for one-world government and impoverishing the U.S. They are also so delusional that they can believe in global warming even as record cold temperatures are freezing a large part of the lower 48 states.
Calling those 58 signatories delusional is giving them the benefit of the doubt. In one of his speeches in Washington, Obama was going on how dreadful global warming is when the audience started tittering. That reaction indicates what Washington insiders really think of the issue. But leaders of Obama’s ilk can’t afford to have people laughing out loud at their gravest causes. So the next time he mentioned global warming was at a Coast Guard graduation ceremony. Cadets couldn’t laugh at Obama’s inanities without their careers ending.
Unelected environmental loonies attack the roots of our prosperity. Ho hum, what is new, you might say. The Western Australian EPA at work.
Suddenly, with five minutes warning, Western Australia may be going it alone to meet Paris on behalf of Australia. Not because an elected government decided that, but because of five people chosen by a state Minister. Who is in charge here? The West Australian EPA is a QUAGO (quasi-autonomous-and-governmental organisation) – paid by the government, but magically “independent” of it.
A killer post by Dan Mitchell, our man in DC. Get his feed, he has top stuff every day but I don’t want to have to remind you every day! This is a data-based defence of individualism against the common prejudice that individualism somehow trumps goodwill for others. A philosophical defence of Dan’s position can be found in Popper’s critique of Plato’s collectivist theory of justice. Western philosophy is footnotes to Plato and the totalitarian/collectivist theme in Plato’s later work, especially The Republic is at the heart of all kinds of totalitarian thought to the present day.
Another great post from Matt Ridley on pseudoscience in medicine and environmentalism.
So the habit of laundering lies is catching on. Three times in the past month, pseudo-science flew around the world before the scientific truth had got its boots on (as Mark Twain did not say, but Jonathan Swift almost did): in stories about insect extinction, weedkiller causing cancer, and increased flooding. The shamelessness of the apocaholics is increasingly blatant. They know that even if a story of impending doom is thoroughly debunked, the correction comes too late. The gullible media will have relayed the headline without checking, so the activists have made their fake-news hit, perhaps even raised funds on the back of it, and won.
This is coming from Perth on the eve of Libertyfest in the West. More on that later.
Liberty Quote for the day from Herbert Spencer
What, then, do they want government for? Not to regulate commerce; not to educate the people; not to teach religion; not to administer charity; not to make roads and railways; but simply to defend the natural rights of man – to protect person and property – to prevent the aggressions of the powerful upon the weak – in a word, to administer justice. This is the natural, the original, office of a government. It was not intended to do less: it ought not to be allowed to do more.
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