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Friday, April 27, 2012

Today's Denver Post Newspeak

The Denver Post has a front page article today on the city's "Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver," or GRID.

 The papers says GRID "is funded by a $2.2 million grant from the Department of Justice."  This is Newspeak designed to make the federal government, via the Department of Justice, appear to be a benevolent, kind entity.

A more accurate and truthful sentence would say that GRID "is funded by the federal government borrowing money your great grandchildren must pay back."

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Global warming questions for true believers

Frank Tapy, in a letter to the Denver Post editor today, writes:

The giant corporate polluters who believe their profits would be threatened by legislation to protect the environment are unlikely to alter their denials; nevertheless, private citizens should not be threatened by an examination of available evidence.
Two initial questions for those with a willingness to discuss the issue: Do you understand the greenhouse gas principle? Moreover, are you aware that one of the products of combustion from fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) is the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide?

The answers to both of your questions, Mr. Tapy, are "yes."

Now, I have some for you:

  • Do you understand that water vapor is a greenhouse gas?
  • Are you aware that water vapor accounts for 95% of the greenhouse effect on earth? Did you know there is no organized effort to cut water vapor in the atmosphere? Have you considered why?
  • Did you know nuclear power has zero CO2 emissions? And that somehow nuclear power is almost always overlooked by the "warmers" as a solution to CO2 emissions? And that the "warmers'" solutions somehow almost always call for additional government regulation of industry? Did you realize that when government regulates an industry it has the power to grant waivers? Do you ever notice now companies that get such government waivers invariably have donated lots of money to politicians in power?
  • Did you know the temperature on Mars is increasing?
  • Are you aware that the ice age occurred without mankind's involvement?
  • Did you know the sun is very hot and has a considerable effect on earth's temperature?

Thank you for your time.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Become more like California? Are you serious?

Freelance writer Erich Bussian posits one of the most out-of-touch, ridiculous and sanctimonious columns in, well, at least a couple of days. (See "Still taking cues from California.")

I hereby nominate this sentence, apparently written without any sense of irony or sarcasm, for Most Absurd Comment of the Month:

"As Colorado's population continues to explode  . . . California-style regulation becomes a necessity."

This level of complete unawareness leaves me speechless, a condition to which I am not accustomed.


Postscript: Methinks perhaps I have fallen prey to an April Fool's joke. If so, you got me.