Arrogance of Climate Change Denial

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told the Voice of Christian Youth America that God controls the climate, not humans. Promoting his book The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, Inhofe said:

Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

I cite the 2012 THINKPROGRESS citation because it seems to tap the source of a pernicious internet meme that reminds us, when all is said and done:

What arrogance of science deniers to think that God and Mother Nature, your choice, might smile indulgently over our exponentially increasing befoulment of their air, land and water — or perhaps not even notice.

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McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission

“In another blow to our already minimal campaign finance regulations, the Supreme Court struck down aggregate contribution limits in McCutcheon.” ~~ Bill Moyers

We can all sleep safer at night now, knowing that the Roberts Supreme Court, in its majesty, has determined that the right to free speech quantified in your $25 political contribution is exactly equal to the Koch Brothers’ $1 billion contribution.

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The Crimean Affair

I say, the Crimeans made their own bed; let them lie in it.

At this writing, it appears official that the Russian Duma has accepted the Crimean vote to again become part of Russia, and Vladimir Putin has just signed that annexation into law. The West will wail and wring its collective hands, asserting (correctly) that this was a violation of the Ukrainian constitution.

But, wait a minute. All of Ukraine was part of the USSR until its 1989 break-up. It still consists of three separate regions and ethnic groups: Crimea, predominantly Russian-speaking, Russian Orthodox and identifying as “Russian,” Eastern Ukraine, the same, and Western Ukraine (Kiev), predominantly bilingual (Ukrainian being the primary language) and predominantly Roman Catholic and pro-West.

Crimea also has a sizable Tatar minority of Muslims, said to be around 15%, who were treated brutally by Russia and largely expelled from Crimea under the old USSR. Crimea has changed hands many times since the 1100’s, but identifying as “Russian” is nothing new.

Ukraine, on the other hand, was a shotgun marriage of different regions by the USSR. Since their notoriously corrupt President Viktor Yanukovych fled for his life, Ukraine’s provisional government has been in a shambles. It is ill-equipped at the moment to deal with what, from its perspective, is a grave national crisis.

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Mali

The leader of the Mali Islamic Council said today Mali should abandon its secular form of government, in favor of an Islamic state. Why didn’t they think of it before? Mali could soon join that elite golden circle of all the other spectacularly successful Islamic states, whose governments’ accomplishments have only been exceeded by the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, and of course by the former residents of Jonestown, Guyana.

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Who’s To Blame?

Mini-ed (from my recent Huffington Post comment):

The collapse was a two-decade bipartisan collaborative effort in partnership with private enterprise. The root of the collapse of the economy and average family wealth also goes, causally but perhaps coincidentally, back to 1992, the year to which family net worth was reset. That was also the year the real estate bubble really started to take off. We all said, “this can’t last.” Remember?

On paper, homeowners were worth more. Republicans and Democrats alike clapped and cheered. Relaxed and ultimately crazy lending requirements fueled a genuine American Tulip Mania. The whole economy became dependent on future growth for today’s prosperity. ARM’s, derivative speculation and toxic assets were the icing on the cake.

The $1.3 trillion war debt would certainly have helped our recovery effort. Once again, a divided America supported that effort on both sides of the aisle.

It’s time to stop the finger-pointing, roll up our shirtsleeves, and work together to fix this thing. That may require political compromise, something we used to be good at. The only thing that’s stopping us is ourselves.

 

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