Is there anyone on the planet who is pro-air pollution? Is there anyone who does not favor reduction in CO2 emissions? Let’s grant that as a desirable goal that should be pursued. Yet somehow the left’s agenda cannot help but politicize the debate.
In the NYTimes article http://www.nytimes.com/2013/0http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/11/science/earth/carbon-dioxide-level-passes-long-feared-milestone.html?pagewanted=print There is a warning about a “long-feared milestone” of CO2 emissions that has been breached. The guilt for this catastrophe which will clearly contribute to global warming is laid at the feet of human activity.
Yet the article also offers a confusing scenario—it clearly states that the last time such CO2 levels were experienced on Earth was the Pliocene period, three million years ago and prior to human occupation of this planet. So unless I am missing some profound twist of logic–why is this time different? Aren’t the scientific facts more consistent with natural cyclical changes that occur by virtue of geologic and astronomic factors beyond human control?
Again, don’t misinterpret this piece as in anyway advocating ignoring CO2 emissions. Nor should the clear dangers of global warming, rising sea levels, increasingly severe storm activity be ignored either. The consequences of global warning should be clear enough to everyone, regardless of political persuasion.
Let’s just addresses the issue without political posturing and fear-mongering. This will only diminish the validity of continuing to reduce unnecessary polluting of our planet.
Certainly anyone is free to protest the policies of any country of individiual. And clearly there are many in this world who disagree with certain Israeli political actions particularly involving the Palestinian issue.
To my thinking the leftists of the world see Israel as the top dog, the Palestinians as the underdog. This is all they care to examine. The failure of any Palestinian leader to accept the essential nature of the country as a Jewish state will forever deter Israelis from further concessions of land won by the sacrifice of their own soldiers in battle.
Witness Stephen Hawkings refusal to attend a scientific conference in Israel. The irony/hypocrisy of this action should be exposed. Because of his horrific ALS his very life is dependent upon the Intel Core i7 chip, designed and produced by Israel.
Although it is not possible to know the true feelings of the anti-Israel protestor, it is not far-fetched to believe that Jew-hatred may contribute to some proportion of it. This festering wound on the moral conscience of the last 2000 years of Western civilization is itself complex and complicated. But there is a common theme here.
Jew-haters and Israeli -haters somehow ignore the enormous contributions that both Jews and Israelis have given the world through science/literature/medical technology/ the arts/ Nobel Prize winners etc. etc.
It is an interesting example of selective amnesia. Would they refuse the benefits of such contributions? They should if they are not hypocrites. But like Hawkings they will happily benefit from what Jews/Israelis have contributed to the entirety of humanity. Or would he rather wait for the first Palestinian chip?
I guess he can’t hold his breath that long.
What a surprise.
Ezekiel Emmanuel MD (of the uber frenetic brothers Emmanuel and a named conspirator of Obamacare) is already preparing us for the fiasco that it will surely reign down upon us all. In his Wall Street Journal message http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324326504578467560106322692.html?mod=hp_opinion#articleTabs%3Darticle he is setting us up (as his boss Obama) for the utter chaos that will ensue when Obamacare is rolled-out.
The bottom-line is simply– it will not work. It will continue to escalate health-care costs, premiums, co-pays and deductibles among those Americans who do work and who do care about their health care. For those who can’t afford insurance (the majority of those who elected Obama) what sense does it make to “mandate” them to buy any?
And clearly there will be exploding administrative costs, new layers of government mandated bureaucrats who will continue to devour dollars that are needed to provide the healthcare we are all supposed to be seeking. The new system (if it survives its own birthing) will end up like a giant medicaid anyway. Long waits in doctors offices/clinics for short visits will only proliferate. A system which promises everything but can pay for nothing cannot survive.
Perhaps the cynics are right after all: Obama (and Zeke) know the outcome will be the collapse of private healthcare and the eventual emergence of a government sponsored single payer system. It is the socialist dream. It will be VA medicine for us all.