Category: Observation


EDIT: There are few who care about the environment, there also hopes to be few who profit from it. I was thinking about quoting the source of the article below but then I felt I would get immediately disqualified because of it. But there’s one thing that stands out in all of this for me. You can Google it if you want. Here’s my take: Oil is unpopular, it’s limited, it’s a pollutant; yet, it fuels commerce, produce, and transports medicines, workers, and supplies over large distances. No one wants to waste the time and energy (pun intended) to fund and research cheap alternative fuel sources. Why would big oil want that? It would put them out of business. Why are the environmentalist organizations not keen on suggesting cheap alternative energy? Because they don’t want fuels to go away just yet either! So let’s make up “carbon credits” and just let the rich countries get “taxed” so they can continue burning fuels and let the underdeveloped countries have a chance to use that money. Most importantly, let”s use the UN to rally these countries together and let us handle the cashflow! What a racket! But then again, it is our fault for not being responsible enough on our own to be better stewards of what’s been given to us. Instead, we’re gonna let man’s “worst enemy to the planet” be judge, jury, and sadly, the executioner.

The Multibillion Dollar Carbon Trading System The carbon trading system is a multibillion money-making bonanza for the financial establishment. The stakes are extremely high and the various lobby groups on behalf of Wall Street have already positioned themselves.

According to a recent report, “the carbon market could become double the size of the vast oil market, according to the new breed of City players who trade greenhouse gas emissions through the EU’s emissions trading scheme.

The speed of that growth will depend on whether the Copenhagen summit gives a go-ahead for a low-carbon economy, but Ager says whatever happens schemes such as the ETS will expand around the globe.” (Terry Macalister, Carbon trading could be worth twice that of oil in next decade, The Guardian, 28 November 2009)

The large financial conglomerates, involved in derivative trade, including JP Morgan Chase, Bank America Merrill Lynch, Barclay’s, Citi Bank, Nomura, Société Générale, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are actively involved in carbon trading.( FACTBOX: Investment banks in carbon trading | Reuters, 14 September 2009)

The legitimacy of the carbon trading system rests on the legitimacy of the Global Warming Consensus, which views CO2 emissions as the single threat to the environment. And for Wall Street the carbon trading system is a convenient and secure money-making safety-net, allowing for the transfer of billions of dollars into the pockets of a handful of conglomerates.

“Every major financial house in New York and London has set up carbon trading operations. Very big numbers are dancing in their heads, and they need them to replace the “wealth” that evaporated in the housing bust. Louis Redshaw, head of environmental markets at Barclays Capital, told the New York Times, “Carbon will be the world’s biggest market over all.” Barclays thinks the current $60 billion carbon market could grow to $1 trillion within a decade. Four years ago Redshaw, a former electricity trader, couldn’t get anyone to talk to him about carbon.” (Mark Braly, The Multibillion Dollar Carbon Trading, RenewableEnergyWorld.com, 5 March 2008)

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Junk DNA Mechanism That Prevents Two Species From Reproducing Discovered

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091026220018.htm

ScienceDaily (2009-10-27) — Researchers have discovered a genetic mechanism in fruit flies that prevents two closely related species from reproducing, a finding that offers clues to how species evolve.

 

(Edit: Or how they stop evolving and thus create a new type of species altogether. Someone get me a copy of On The Origin of Species, please…) Have you ever seen a bully knock over some kids play blocks when you were young? Just when we believed that the bully had no equal, here comes someone bigger reminding them that they need to play fair with each other. Will this article ever make it to the mainstream. Sorry. Only those who evolved from the gooey mass (media) will come to this realization. Where’s my eraser?…

Keep in mind, folks, that there is purpose for everything. To believe that you were born to exist only reduces your talent by those who don’t want you to succeed. Do you allow that to be said of you or do you agree with that of others you feel are inferior to you? Are there ants in the colony that just stand around and do nothing? Do worms just live in the ground because they couldn’t grow wings? Show me something that has no purpose and I’ll show you an inability to look deeper into the mysteries of life.

“Well, the “Hope and Change” halloween did not go over as well as I hoped. As I would reach into the candy bags to take candy from the kids to give to other kids that did not have equal access to candy, the kids got upset! Over and over and over. I reassured them that I understood and gave them pocket Constitutions!”

Consider the opposing argument for An Inconvenient Truth, then decide intelligently.

“He told an Arab-American audience of 1,000 people that the U.S. is no longer just a black-white country, nor a country that is dominated by Christians and a powerful Jewish minority, given the growing numbers of Muslims, Hindus and other religious groups here.”

Link to Story

10 million license plate reads a day!

Things that catch on across the pond tend to make their way over to the US. Fish & Chips, The British Invasion, Teletubbies, Dancing with the Stars, CCTV etc. Sometimes these “advancements” are not always welcomed with open arms but it appears that we’re not responsible enough to take care of ourselves. What is currently happening is yet another fine example of your liberties eroding away. BBC Special correspondent, Richard Bilton, writes about a new network of cameras and computers which will automatically log license plate numbers and be fully operational within months.

It is being hailed, by their own, as “the finest intelligence-led policing tool”. It is capable of reading over 10 million license plates a day. Information is then fed into the system where law enforcement can then determine the where-abouts of certain criminals on the loose. Some precincts that have implemented this system have reported an increase in arrests of 40%. The sword of justice, however, is double-edged. Read the BBC article further down and you will know about John Catt who should be entitled to his own opinions and be allowed to protest the war in a peaceful manner yet was wrongfully”marked” by this technology.

Right now, the technology and data that checks these license plates is unregulated. But as long as you’re not doing anything wrong, then you shouldn’t have to worry, right?

There will be a televised version of this story on BBC 2 on Monday. Hopefully, it will be made available on YouTube shortly thereafter.

Link to BBC Story.

In this age of communication, it’s so funny how we don’t talk anymore. People want us to get to the point. We don’t want to be burdened with fluff because it cuts into our schedule. Our lives have been condensed into 140 characters, :15 second ads, :30 min sitcoms, severely edited reality programming, and short email and chat sessions.

Yes, I feel like it’s one of those “get off my lawn” moments! I think I’m going to write a letter to the editor of my local newspaper – oh wait, do we still have those?

“In 1990, a year or two before he became super-famous, Rush Limbaugh guest-hosted Pat Sajak’s short-lived talk show. It didn’t go so well.”

EDIT: I posted this interesting piece of video to demonstrate how much things have changed over the decades. There used to be an unwritten protocol for debating the issues of this country. Because of the Constitution, we have a right to speak our minds about anything and be respected for it. We all shared a common vision and it was to uphold what made this country great. Like the Tower of Babel as it was struck down, the goal became divided over and over and over again. “What about my agenda?”, “I have a right to speak my mind and you should listen to me and shut up!”, “You’re a murderer. You have blood on your hands!”. Get the idea?

I believe everyone has something to contribute to society. Whether the outcomes are positive or not, those efforts will have an impact. What’s been taken out of the equation is the greater goal or higher purpose of our contributions. Instead of attaining higher levels of achievement for this country, we’re rattling around like pinballs against one another. There’s no unity. There’s no “agreeing to disagree”. There’s no greater purpose outside of our own. And because we’ve allowed so many things to distract us from our chief goals, we’ve turned into a nation that’s subdivided over and over and over and over and over again.

No wonder Rush decided to back off of TV. Not only was he unable to get a word in edgewise (topic unrelated), other people had to yell in frustration and wanted to have no part in having a dialog, a civil discussion, a following of protocol. Why are you yelling when the majority of the audience was trying to let you speak? You came off as obnoxious and disqualifying of your opinions. Rush was trying to prove a point and it was obvious that no one realized it.

Have things changed over the decades?

“I had a father who was born a Muslim but became an atheist, grandparents who were non-practicing Methodists and Baptists, and a mother who was skeptical of organized religion, even as she was the kindest, most spiritual person I’ve ever known. She was the one who taught me as a child to love, and to understand, and to do unto others as I would want done,” – Barack Obama

prov 22:6 prov 6:20-21

Celebrities are now pledging to be Americans and be more responsible?! Weren’t you a part of the problem before anyway?! You’re pledging now to be a “servant” to the president of the United States?! What about when the former president was being ridiculed by the rest of the planet? Oh, but we only hang out with the cool kids on the block. Forget being American, I don’t know that guy. Let me kiss my arms in the name of Barack (smack) Obama (smack) and pledge servitude because I cannot take care of this country and make a difference as an individual. Isn’t that what made this country great long ago?

Personally, I find this video awkward. I was taught to never serve mankind. We’re idiots, untrustworthy and self-serving fools. To believe that we can actually serve man for man’s sake is skewed. I serve a much higher authority that asks me to be selfless and seek out a purpose for my life that far exceeds anything great that I can attain here – even during those moments when I start to believe that the universe should revolve around me!

Are these celebrities for real? Well as more and more try to join us, we’ll see how hard it is to hold them accountable to a pledge as much as non-believers and believers try to hold me to higher standards.

But even as I walk away (not step down) from my soapbox. I know that you don’t have to pledge your servitude to any person. Serve your country because it’s what made this nation great! Serve your fellow man because it is what we’re commanded to do. But above all else, serve Him!