Political Stupidity

I have found a wonderful blog – The Archdruid Report by John Michael Greer.  There is so much there to read and digest, but let me give a couple of wonderful snippets from some of his posts.

In Scientific Education as a Cause of Political Stupidity we get:

the affluent classes in the industrial world have spent the last four decades or so throwing the working poor under the bus and then rolling the wheels back and forth over them, while insisting at the top of their lungs that they’re doing nothing of the kind.

Wage earners, and the millions who would be happy to earn a wage if they could find work, know better.  Here in America, for example, most people outside the echo chambers of the affluent remember perfectly well that forty years ago, a family with one working class income could afford a house, a car, and the other amenities of life, while today, a family with one working class income is probably living on the street. Shouting down open discussion of interests by insisting that all political decisions have to do solely with values has been a common strategy on the part of the affluent;

And in the wonderful post They Died of Progress there is a clear-eyed and extremely rational look at America’s defense establishment and the decline and fall of empires:

Those of my readers who’ve read up on the last years of vanished empires—the Austro-Hungarian or Ottoman Empires, Romanov Russia or Habsburg Spain, and so on down the list of history’s obituaries—know the results already: the imperial state reduced to a massive but fragile shell, invincible in appearance but shockingly vulnerable in reality, resting ever more unsteadily on a crumbling foundation of ineffective or broken weapons, decaying or abandoned facilities; a political leadership blithely unaware of the gap between its fantasies of invincibility and the reality of accelerating systemic failure; a high command too busy feathering its own nest and playing political games to notice the widening cracks; and a dwindling corps of servicepeople, overworked, underpaid, and demoralized, who nonetheless keep on struggling to prop up the whole brittle mess until the inevitable disaster sweeps their efforts aside once and for all.

Your time there will be well rewarded

Convicted terrorists by country of origin

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While we are being accused of xenophobia and other assorted methods of bigotry, the facts presented below, as well as a handy-dandy chart listing the countries of origin of the convicted terrorists here in the USA, should give pause to any thinking person as to why we are questioning bringing in tens of thousands more of so-called refugees. Time to follow up on those who overstay their visas. Here we go:

Senator Jeff Sessions’ Immigration Subcommittee has published a study of persons convicted in terror crimes and the results are not promising for the safety of the nation. Forty of those foreigners were refugees, which should be a warning about Obama’s project to admit 10,000 unscreenable Syrian refugees during this fiscal year. Why continue to import potential enemies who want to kill Americans? What kind of government does that?

Here’s the report issued from Senator Sessions’ office:

At Least 580…

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Denmark Cancels All Coastal Wind Farms, Delays New Builds Until 2025

Watts Up With That?

Europe Is Falling Out Of Love With Renewables

Middelgrunden offshore wind park Source: Wikimedia Middelgrunden offshore wind park Source: Wikimedia

The Danish government has announced a new proposal to resolve the problem of the renewable energy tax (PSO) which the EU believes to be illegal and which has become markedly more expensive for businesses and citizens than planned. Climate and Energy Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt will cancel all coastal wind turbines which were agreed to be built in 2012 and promises to replace them with a new offshore wind farm in 2025. “When I think back on the energy agreement from 2012, it was a mistake that agreed to build the coastal wind turbines,” he said. –Naja Dandanell and Marchen Neel Gjertsen, Jyllands-Posten, 7 June 2016

Denmark Cancels All Coastal Wind Farms, Delays New Built Until 2025
Jyllands-Posten, 7 June 2016
Naja Dandanell and Marchen Neel Gjertsen,
The Danish government has announced a new proposal to…

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Solar Eclipsed as Subsides Slashed — Guido Fawkes

Guido highlighted back in January that the government’s tapering of subsidies for renenwables could potentially see the death of subsidy junkies in five years. Solar looks to be the first to take the plunge… The Guardian reports that the solar panels industry has collapsed in the wake of subsidy withdrawal. In fact, household solar power capacity installed in the past two…

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