A Modest Proposal


Swift’s essay was supposed to be satire rather than a how-to manual.

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UPDATE 3—Say, could this be the basis for a Soylent Green New Deal?

Who’s Watching Who?


Greta Thunberg, the current poster child for the Climate Change Requires Socialism movement, made a speech at the UN. Here’s an except, presented with fisking.

My message is that we’ll be watching you.

<fisking>I’ll get back to this later.</fisking>

This is all wrong, I shouldn’t be up here, I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.

<fisking>This is the one sensible thing she says. Of course, if the school she attended in Sweden actually teaches the distorted worldview she believes, it has done more harm than good.</fisking>

Yet, you all come to us young people for hope, how dare you.

<fisking>She’s addressing this question to the wrong people. AFAIK, the only people who look too Ms. Thunberg and her children’s crusade colleagues are leftist warmmongers (not misspelled) who are exploiting her. How dare they? Well, exploiting her is simple one of the whatever-means-necessary to advance their cause.</fisking>

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I’m one of the lucky ones.

<fisking>Again, she address the wrong audience. The Real World isn’t the source of the empty words that have been poured into her head.<fisking>

People are suffering, people are dying.

<fisking>Where? Why do Central Americans come north rather than go south to the socialist paradise in Venezuela? Why is there no mass migration from Africa to Russia? Why aren’t people fleeing from Hong Kong to the mainland?</fisking>

Entire ecosystems are collapsing.

<fisking>Which ones? The ecosystem that supported malaria, which was on the point of collapse, is flourishing again.</fisking>

We are in the beginning of a mass extinction …

<fisking>Not every mass extinction is a bad thing. Consider, the smallpox virus …</fisking>

… and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.

<fisking>It’s economic growth over the past centuries that has enabled the world’s poor to stop cutting down trees to stay warm in the winter. It’s economic growth over the past few decades that funded the reductions in childhood mortality. It’s the fairytale of socialist top-down planning that caused the ecological devastation of the Aral Sea.</fisking>

Now, to get back to who’s watching who … Ms. Thunberg would do well to carefully watch all of us. She should carefully note who is flying about in private jets and who has more modest carbon footprints. She should carefully watch which nations are making actual progress in cleaning up and maintain the environment and which are the major polluters. Of course, that doesn’t seem likely unless she can break away from her handlers and exploiters.

Math is Hard


Stephen Kruiser has a post over at PJ Media about Bernie Sanders’ careless attitude concerning the job losses that would result from his version of the Green Nude Eel. BTW, his version is larger and more voracious than She Guevara’s.

Bernie has admitted that “free” health care will cost more in taxes. And he wants to impose “free” college and other “free” stuff as well. What he and the other socialists running for President can’t seem to explain is where they’ll get all that other-peoples’s-money necessary to pay for the “free” goodies.

The people who call themselves the believers in science aren’t big believers in math. That lack of belief in math is where the socialist train always ends up going off the rails.

Eggs. Omelet. Some disassembly required.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the wacko moonbat causes Brett Kimberlin has tried to promote on the Internet is the campaign against GMO food. He had a website called citizensagaintgmo dot com. I say “had” because he allowed the registration to lapse earlier this summer after not having posted anything new on the site for several years.

The domain has been reregistered by a Chinese company. Don’t go there even if you have extremely robust antivirus protection. The thumb drive containing the OS I used to take this screenshot has been destroyed rather than risk using again.Another one bites the dust.

The Dysphoric Truth


I’m 5′-8″. That puts me within one standard deviation of average height for an adult American male but definitely on the low side of average. That fact causes certain limitations on me. For instance, no NBA team would consider me for a position on their roster. Indeed, even if I claimed to be transgendered, I’m still too short to make the cut on a good women’s team. OTOH, there are women’s sports where a man my size could dominate, and we’re beginning to see such men (who probably couldn’t be top-level competitors on a fair playing field) push women out of the winner’s circle. A man just won the NCAA women’s track championship.

Meanwhile, the LGBT activists are up in arms because the Trump Administration has released an updated version of an HHS regulation that recognizes the term “sex” as having a biologically defined meaning. The previous version of the regulation had been changed during the Obama administration to include “gender identity” within the mean of “sex.” This required health insurance companies to pay for transgender-specific services that had previously been considered elective or cosmetic. According to an HHS spokesman, the regulation was revised back to the old wording because “the regulation’s coverage of gender identity and termination of pregnancy was contrary to law and exceeded statutory authority, and that the rule’s harm was felt by health care providers in states across the country.”

The LGBT media is trying to spin that change as allowing hospitals to deny emergency room care and other normal medical services to transgender people. That’s nonsense. In fact, unidentified gender dysphoria can put patients at risk. According to the AP, a hospital’s treatment of a person who presented in the emergency room as an obese male as if “he” were a man resulted in a death. The “man” was pregnant, and the stomach pains were labor pains. Because proper intervention was delayed, the baby died.

People are entitled to live their lives as they wish so long as they don’t adversely impact others. If I wanted to self-identify as a 6′-3″ female basketball center, the world should let me so long as my rejection of Reality doesn’t cause a problem for someone else. But world should not be compelled to humor my fantasy. And the taxpayers certainly shouldn’t subsidize it.

LBGT people should be treated fairly and with the personal dignity all humans deserve. However, the mutual tolerance we should have for one another doesn’t change the stubborn facts of biology. I have a Y-chromosome. I’m male, and barring genetic abnormalities, so is everyone else with a Y-chromosome.