Short Roundup 27 May


Gerard Henderson’s media watchdog. h/t Paul in the comments, check for another good link. Hadron collider boffins damp warming alarmism.

The global warming shakedown. Continued. Dan Mitchell is great value!

Whether they call it global warming or climate change, activists on the left are acting as if the issue is just an excuse to extort money and expand the power of government.
In Part I, I wrote about kleptocrats exploiting the issue to shake down western governments for enormous amounts of aid money.
In Part II, I noted how then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, using tens of billions of dollars from American taxpayers, wanted to bribe third-world governments into adopting anti-energy measures
In Part III, I explained how the Kyoto Protocol encourages the destruction of jobs in western nations.

Let’s now a fourth installment on how climate change is a racket.

The Wall Street Journal reports on a legal scam concocted by left-wing activists to extort money from Exxon.

Venezuela vs Chile. A graphic lesson, not that Chile is utopia, just a real example of the success of a bit of classical liberalism.

Chile’s success starts in the mid-1970s, when Chile’s military government abandoned socialism and started to implement economic reforms. In 2013, Chile was the world’s 10th freest economy. Venezuela, in the meantime, declined from being the world’s 10th freest economy in 1975 to being the world’s least free economy in 2013.

Check out the charts. The pictures tell the story.

You couldn’t make it up. Campus growth industries.

Two emerging professions servicing the academic community are Title IX advisors and diversity consultants. The former show university employees how not to run afoul of the federal law which was originally intended to bar discrimination by gender that has morphed into a cover for sexual harassment policies, whether or not evidence exists to support the charges.

The latter group of diverse professionals provides advice for university administrators wishing to remain politically correct, and most do. “Costs range from a few thousand dollars for a one-day workshop to $50,000 or more for a climate assessment in which a team of researchers spends weeks or months studying the institution,” according to Peter Schmidt, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

More that you couldn’t make up. Massive waste justified as job creation. Bring back manual ditch digging and the typing pool. Job creation in energy industries.

The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered.

Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, the International Renewable Energy Agency said in a report on Wednesday. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 2014, according to the industry group based in Abu Dhabi.

So having more people to provide for 1% of US energy consumption than it takes to provide for 52% (67% if imported oil is included) is good?

The literature of the deep south. Not Tasmania! Southern discomfort.

The American South offers famous food, memorable music and honest hospitality, but why do so many authors dwell on the dark side of this region? Books like Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora N. Hurston, Alex Haley’s Roots and The Color Purple by Alice Walker are acclaimed, but harrowing. Discrimination of all kinds, voodoo and other black arts, violence and murder, incest and rape – you will find them all prominently featured in Southern-themed literature.

And then there are the red-necks out in the wilderness, so graphically displayed in Deliverance by James Dickey – a story so powerful that Time Magazine listed it as one of the top 100 English language novels written since 1923. A Walk on the Wild Side by Nelson Algren is no walk in the park either – it is an aptly named novel that shows the nasty side of New Orleans.

Of course, our list includes William Faulkner, who set all but three of his novels in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County and was very aware of the South’s problems. Painful though these books might be, they are also tremendous reads.

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10 Responses to Short Roundup 27 May

  1. Roger says:

    Venezuela vs Chile.

    Is Australia vs New Zealand in 10-20 years if present trends continue.

  2. Rabz says:

    Two emerging professions servicing the academic community are Title IX advisors and diversity consultants.

    Iowahawk’s view on this idiocy:

    Why is #CollegeTuitionSoHigh? Ask the Office of the Assistant Deputy Associate Vice Provost for Providing Information About Tuition Hikes

  3. pbw says:

    At least Flannery O’Connor’s Complete Stories gets a listing (the last) on the ABE page. No mention of Walter Percy.

  4. H B Bear says:

    Is Australia vs New Zealand in 10-20 years if present trends continue.

    Yep. The days when you could laugh at Helen Clarke and her agrarian colonial outpost seem a long time ago. KRudd and Gillard are a permanent reminder that economic reform is not a one way street and once stopped can be very difficult to resume.

  5. Baa Humbug says:

    One Milton Freedman visited Chile back in the day and schooled them on the benefits of supply side economics and freedom in general. He was pilloried in the US for doing so.
    Seems the Chileans learned well.

  6. New Chum says:

    Sorry Rafe your not up to date another large solar plant looks like going bust.
    This is from American Thinker

  7. JohnA says:

    Time Magazine listed it as one of the top 100 English language novels written since 1923

    trying to tip-toe around Tolkein and his Middle Earth masterpieces, which are definitely not PC.

  8. James Hargrave says:

    Assistant Deputy Associate Vice Provost – sounds just like Parkville TAFE. Is a chief assistant less important than an assistant chief – give them all military ranks and we might learn (and the professors would realise that they might rank as warrant officers if lucky).

  9. Paul says:

    More on the global warming shake down
    Has climate change been disproved? Large Hadron boffins cast shock DOUBT on global warming
    There is more on the tallbloke talkshop web site with interesting comments.
    If only we can get more of the warming believers to forget settled science and see the truth that the Earth is not the centre of the universe.

  10. nerblnob says:

    Our company consulting lawyer was very excited about the Exxon lawsuit.

    “They’re the biggest oil company in the world! it means we’ll have to leave the oil in the ground!”

    He was a bit less certain when I pointed out that the biggest oil companies in the world are state-owned behemoths like Aramco and that world oil consumption continues to grow despite economic downturns.

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