Political self-harm

Most people lead such empty lives they are grateful for anything to believe in. Now that politics has replaced religion, particularly on the left, the madder the notion, the more likely it is to be adopted to provide their lives with meaning.

Take global warming. With the limited levels of un-faked evidence that the planet is warming – polar bears, anyone, no rise in sea levels etc – plus the tremendous harm that ridding ourselves of fossil fuels would do to our standard of living, you might think these would make some kind of impression. Why are people so willing to believe that something that will damage their lives in such a devastating way is true?

But for whatever reason, that they are. Biden Said He Would Transition From the Oil Industry. Nearly 3 in 5 Voters Support That Move.

The election remains a cliffhanger. Talking to lefties is a sobering experience. They don’t just believe this stuff, they instantly believe anything the moment it is put onto The LeftAgenda. How stupid do you have to be to believe the Chinese Flu means we should shut down our lives until it has entirely disappeared. You should even be made to compulsorily wear a mask if you are driving alone in your car. That’s what Joe wants to do and said exactly that yesterday.

California here we come.

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25 Responses to Political self-harm

  1. Ben

    Like any poll, it depends where the respondents are located. If the poll was instead compared by electoral college, instead of ‘rural’ etc, the results would be considerable different.

  2. yarpos

    religion or the left eh? to give our lives “meaning” Seems like either path is stepping backwards a few hunded years and also risks mass kiddie fiddling. There are probably better ways.

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    urban bugmen srike again

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Don’t depress me even more, Steve, about the high levels of belief in pseudo-religious secular chimeras like ‘climate catastrophies’ and ‘Covid lockdowns’. I keep plodding on looking at the world with reason, but see far too little of it to feel very hopeful lately.

    A Trump win would be a fantastic shot in the arm, but the cards are so stacked, and even if he does win, there is still such a lot to be done to correct the poorly informed voters and turn things around.

    I am at the stage of thinking that unless there is a huge, great, in fact totally overwhelming surge of votes for Trump and that we know the result on the very night, then the US deserves all it is going to get. But maybe I’m just feeling crabby today. I hope so.

  5. Professor Fred Lenin

    Polls ? The Age used to take theirs outside the Trades Hall in Carlton Vic. Butthey coukdnt get the figures they wanted so they took theminside the Trades Hall much more desireable results .
    My old saying is , Polls,you feed in crap and you get out gold ,been going on forever .

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    When polled people say warm and fuzzy things about da environment. That is classic virtue signalling, and possibly fear of being cancelled. But when they are asked how much they are willing to cough up that is a very different thing.

    Americans demand climate action (as long as it doesn’t cost much): Reuters poll (2019)

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Nearly 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want the United States to take “aggressive” action to combat climate change – but only a third would support an extra tax of $100 a year to help, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday.

    Two thirds of people aren’t willing to personally forego $100/year to tackle climate change. Data here is basically the same.

    62% of Australians don’t want to pay even $10 a month for renewables (2017)

    The response of the green-progressives has been to lie a lot and to hide the costs deep in electricity bills where no customer can easily see it.

  7. Roger

    62% of Australians don’t want to pay even $10 a month for renewables (2017)

    At the time that survey was done “green schemes” accounted for c. 1/6th of the average Australian’s electricity bill. They were already paying more than that per month and probably didn’t realise it.

  8. RobK

    “Registered voters were asked is they supported or oppose phasing out the US oil industry over time as the country transitions to using more renewable energy.”
    This is a typical case of verballing the participants. It assumes a position and asks if they agree with a logical consequence. It would be crazy to state otherwise.
    It doesn’t ask if the participants agree with the premise of the statement i.e. should the country try to transition to more renewables.

  9. JohnJJJ

    Now that politics has replaced religion, particularly on the left, the madder the notion, the more likely it is to be adopted to provide their lives with meaning.
    Actually it is pretty easy to workout what the Left believe. It is the opposite of anyone with wide experience, who has been through hardships and had to work to make a living and support a family. It is a simple rebellion against the father figure.

  10. wal1957

    As Roger has already stated, we are already being stung by the green energy scam but I would say a large percentage don’t even know it. It’s like a slow boil, the water just keeps getting warmer, warmer, hotter, until it’s too late. It will be too late then.
    I wonder how many will be buying ICE cars in california from about 2030 on?
    Big question for the californians will be how they are going to charge their vehicles after 2035? They had better hope that their interstate counterparts have excess reliable power available.

  11. Fat Tony

    JohnJJJ
    #3631307, posted on October 24, 2020 at 4:48 pm
    It is a simple rebellion against the father figure.

    Isn’t that what Satan got his arse kicked out of Heaven for?

  12. RobK

    A more honest question would be:
    Do you support or oppose continuing to force the oil and other industry to cross subsidise the renewable energy sector.

  13. Fat Tony

    RobK
    #3631316, posted on October 24, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    A more honest question would be:
    Do you support or oppose continuing to force the oil and other industry to cross subsidise the renewable energy sector.

    Or, more accurately, us Consumers/tax-payers

  14. Perfidious Albino

    Yeah, I wouldn’t sweat the ‘cliffhanger’ Steve, it will be anything but.

    But yes, the religion of the left is insane.

  15. Texas Jack

    Biden Said He Would Transition From the Oil Industry. Nearly 3 in 5 Voters Support That Move.

    Every poll in every country where there’s modern comms picks up an inordinate number of pimple-faced city idealists who haven’t a clue where the milk for their lattes come from and who are literally welded to their i-phones – which they haven’t a clue how they’re made or how they’re transported to the Apple store. We should be thankful they cluster heavily in electoral precincts already stacked with like-minded brats. It literally doesn’t matter how much Biden wins New York State by – Pennsylvania voters reaction to the oil news is all that matters.

  16. Texas Jack

    Oh sheet – sorry about the bold type….

  17. Zatara

    The wearing of masks has become an indicator of the degree to which leftist doctrine has influenced society.

    The mask might, or might not protest from virus but it certainly hides identity and is a visible sign of obedience to the left.

    Like wearing an armband with a runic symbol on it.

  18. Mak Siccar

    The mask might, or might not protest from virus but it certainly hides identity and is a visible sign of obedience to the left.

    As some other wise person said, “ obedience conditioning”.

  19. Hodor

    I think the corkheads who answer phone polls will go along with anything which is “de rigeur “.
    Can’t spell but.

    What a fucken joke, is the American voting system. Ours is almost as bad.

    I would hate to have a Choi.ce between Bullshit Biden and The Orange Man.
    If Biden gets up it will only confirm to me what I thought many years ago when I was in Texas for an extended period. The Yanks as a society are a bunch of fuckwits.

    Scared me last century, I can only imagine what it’s like now.

    Fuck me.

  20. Rob MW

    Why don’t they do polling around the fact that the biggest reliance of fossil fuels, as a means to/of production, is attributable to mining, agriculture, transportation and processing and what it would mean if there was no food crops grown, no crops or farmed animals to be processed, no processed food to be transported and no bridges or buildings to be built. How about, for a change, that the pollsters ask the consumer the logical right fucking question. Why don’t they first ask the consumers what they know about the very origin/production of what they consume before the consumer is asked to give a risk assessment of driving off a cliff before starvation takes effect.

    I’ll wait !

  21. Albatross

    they instantly believe anything the moment it is put onto The LeftAgenda

    They’re not really people. More automata.

  22. Albatross

    Hodor
    #3631521, posted on October 24, 2020 at 7:56 pm
    [..]
    The Yanks as a society are a bunch of fuckwits.

    Still got more freedoms than us by a wide margin, and a truly competitive federal system. Also sports a primary system which allows for outside renewal. But go ahead and enjoy your unwarranted sense of superiority, noguns.

  23. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Most people lead such empty lives they are grateful for anything to believe in. Now that politics has replaced religion, particularly on the left, the madder the notion, the more likely it is to be adopted to provide their lives with meaning.

    Oh, so it’s an exactly perfect replacement then.

  24. Harris has to confiscate all the guns before her government implements anything.

  25. Catcalling Inebriate

    One of the interesting aspects of Trumpism is the destruction of the US reputation for science. Its reverence for science and scientific achievement has been a massive benefit to the nation’s wealth and progress. But nowadays it’s unattractive to foreigners, looking on with astonishment as the society turns its back on scientists and foreigners. Interesting how many US are basing their labs offshore, mainly in Europe – but even in China.

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