13 December 2006

Moral agency watch

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Three young sons of a senior Palestinian intelligence officer and their driver were killed today by gunmen on a street crowded with schoolchildren in an attack that could ignite fighting between Palestinian factions.

Witnesses said at least two gunmen emerged from a car and opened fire with Kalashnikov rifles after blocking the vehicle carrying the children of intelligence officer Baha Balousheh, a loyalist of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The boys, ages 6, 7 and 9, died along with their 25-year-old driver. At least four bystanders were wounded in the 6:15 a.m. attack, hospital officials said.

Imagine the headlines if Israel were responsible for an attack like this

I’m sure that the LA Times just hasn’t gotten around to figuring out how Israel was, in fact, responsible.

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Granting global warming


Academics George Chilingar and Leonid F. Khilyuk examine global warming:

The two researchers from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (USA) conclude that “the theory of currently observed global atmospheric warming as a result of increasing anthropogenic carbon dioxide emission is a myth,â€? and that it has “proved to be an enduring one.”

All of this is apparently peer-reviewed, as Andrew Bolt notes. Continuing:

The take-home message of Khilyuk and Chilingar’s analysis, as they describe it, is that “any attempts to mitigate undesirable climatic changes using restrictive regulations are condemned to failure, because the global natural forces are at least 4-5 orders of magnitude greater than available human controls.”

What is more, they indicate that “application of these controls will lead to catastrophic economic consequences,â€? noting that “since its inception in February 2005, the Kyoto Protocol has cost about $50 billion supposedly averting about 0.0005°C of warming by the year 2050,â€? and that “the Kyoto Protocol is a good example of how to achieve the minimum results with the maximum efforts (and sacrifices).”

This being the case, they conclude that “attempts to alter the occurring global climatic changes have to be abandoned as meaningless and harmful,� and that in their place the “moral and professional obligation of all responsible scientists and politicians is to minimize potential human misery resulting from oncoming global climatic change,� hopefully by more immediate, rational and cost-effective means.

Of course the Kyoto Protocols were about maximum sacrifice with minimum results, as the real point was to advance economic control by the transnationalists. Clearly, the way to do that was to milk the situation for all it was worth, hence the Kyoto Protocols cost much, did little, while being presented as iconic rather than debatable policy. Something to keep in mind when reading other things like this

In the last two years, a remarkable amount of disturbing news has been published about global warming, mainly concerning melting of polar ice, tropical storms and hurricanes, and mass extinctions.

The sheer volume of these stories has resulted in some shifts in public attitudes. California has recently passed legislation to limit the emissions of carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas. Several bills are being prepared for submission to the new Congress early next year.

What’s going on? Can the news really be this bad?

The answer is simple: No.

Michaels also reminds us of the financial incentives behind gloybal waaarming panic: “Remember that we award scientists over $4 billion a year now to study global warming.�

Not that that would be an incentive to spin. They’re scientists, after all.

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