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January 6th, 2012:

The only explanation

is that they hate people.

The United States should be self sufficient in energy, right now, but I guess this helps explain why it isn’t:

A few months ago the Obama Justice Department brought charges against Continental and six other oil companies in North Dakota for causing the death of 28 migratory birds, in violation of the Migratory Bird Act. Continental’s crime was killing one bird "the size of a sparrow" in its oil pits. The charges carry criminal penalties of up to six months in jail. "It’s not even a rare bird. There’re jillions of them," he explains. He says that "people in North Dakota are really outraged by these legal actions," which he views as "completely discriminatory" because the feds have rarely if ever prosecuted the Obama administration’s beloved wind industry, which kills hundreds of thousands of birds each year.

Continental pleaded not guilty to the charges last week in federal court. For Mr. Hamm the whole incident is tantamount to harassment. "This shouldn’t happen in America," he says. To him the case is further proof that Washington "is out to get us."

Michael Mann needs your help

With current legal action the University of Virginia may be forced to release details of Michael Mann’s research and use of public funds to public scrutiny!!!!!!

Just think, scientific data and details of procedures could even be released for open examination by the rest of the scientific community!!

Heaven forfend.

Michael needs your help, and he needs it NOW. If this case goes against him it could even set a precedent for requiring other climate scientists to release their publically funded data, and detail their publically funded procedures, and we can’t have that.

So, contribute now. This may even be the last chance to ensure that both the data and methods are kept confidential, hidden from public scrutiny and unavailable for free evaluation.

Climate researchers are in need of immediate legal assistance to prevent their private correspondence from being exposed to Chris Horner and the American Tradition Institute who are using Freedom of Information (FOI) to harass researchers.   (For context please see: http://wapo.st/pQg0JC and http://wapo.st/oiua7V)  The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has recently stated: “the sharing of research data is vastly different from unreasonable, excessive Freedom of Information Act requests for personal information and voluminous data that are then used to harass and intimidate scientists.” The complete AAAS statement is available at http://bit.ly/p04sIq

Many scientists do not enjoy the institutional support necessary to fight attacks from well-funded science-denying groups.  We need to help scientists to defend themselves.   If ATI succeeds in this case, it would set a terrible precedent for scientists at public institutions across the country. But if they are turned back here, it will send a clear message to climate deniers that scientists are willing to stand up to them and fight for their rights.

Help now, every honest and publically financed scientist deserves the right to keep their work secret.

Think, what would happen to climate scientists if all the information were available for open assessment? Billions of dollars are at stake here people, they might even have to get real jobs……

Rick Santorum in his own words…

This is him talking about his book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good.

One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a libertarianish right. You know, the left has gone so far left and the right in some respects has gone so far right that they touch each other. They come around in the circle. This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom*, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone. That there is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture.

Rick, my friend, there is (or was) such a culture and I’ve been there a few times and it is called the United States of America. And it worked because nobody “went it alone”. One of the cherished principles of the libertarians you clearly despise is voluntary co-operation. We call it “civil society” and it tends to self-organize. For example when my wife and I are away my neighbour looks after our cat and vice-versa we’re on bunny watch. It is the most natural thing in the world. It doesn’t require statist aresholes like Santorum to “make it so!”

He is deranged. He wants to impose the Republic of Gilead. But hey at least he’s fiscally sound and good for the economy! Er… not exactly.

Santorum’s voting record shows that he embraced George Bush–style “big-government conservatism.” For example, he supported the Medicare prescription-drug benefit and No Child Left Behind.

He never met an earmark that he didn’t like. In fact, it wasn’t just earmarks for his own state that he favored, which might be forgiven as pure electoral pragmatism, but earmarks for everyone, including the notorious “Bridge to Nowhere.” The quintessential Washington insider, he worked closely with Tom DeLay to set up the “K Street Project,” linking lobbyists with the GOP leadership.

He voted against NAFTA and has long opposed free trade. He backed higher tariffs on everything from steel to honey. He still supports an industrial policy with the government tilting the playing field toward manufacturing industries and picking winners and losers.

Both quotes are from the Cato Institute which is a well known hot-bed of Trotskyite agit-prop! At the risk of a self-Godwinning he’s verging on fascist. I mean, “The Common Good”. Cripes! And can anyone answer me this one? Seeing as the USA is (by most European standards) very religious anyway why do people like Santorum feel God (of whatever flavour) is not enough by Himself to command the believers but they need the likes of Santorum too? I mean why? It’s distressing to an individualist like myself because you get this all the time. We are all grown-ups (apart from the kids and they can’t vote) so we can follow our own consciences as we see fit and according to whatever religion we do or don’t believe in anyway. The hubris of the man is staggering. I mean you’d think being commander in chief of the US military and chief of the executive branch of federal government was enough but he also wants to be a supreme moral guardian. I actually think far from aiding religious faith Santorum and his ilk are utterly corrosive to it.

A tip of the feline enumeration rod to commentator PeterT over at Samizdata.

*If I ever find Ricky in my bedchamber he will never stand for anything again. Not even to urinate.

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