That’s Not a Bug, It’s a Feature


Joel Kotkin has a piece over at City Journal about the failure of the California high-speed rail project. Reality has finally set in, and the new governor is pulling the plug on the wasteful endeavor which has been emblematic of the state’s elite class’s mismanagement of their fellow citizens’ subjects’ lives.

Some greens and train enthusiasts, such as the deep-blue Los Angeles Times editorial board, have criticized Newsom’s move, and others remain adamant in their support of the plane-to-train trope. But California, which has embarked on its own Green New Deal of sorts, has seen these results:  high energy and housing costs, and the nation’s highest cost-adjusted poverty rate, and a society that increasingly resembles a feudal social order. Attempts to refashion global climate in one state reflects either a peculiarly Californian hubris or a surfeit of revolutionary zeal.

It was the early warning signs of the attempt by rich Progressives who were certain that they knew better to take over California and make it in their own image that led Mrs. Hoge and me to move out of the state in 1990. Being in the upper 5-% of the income spectrum was clearly going to be insufficient to allow for protection from the coming changes. Indeed, it made us prime targets of upper-middle-class “wealth” to be taxed. We joined the first cohort of economic refugees.

California is now becoming a feudal society with rich Progressives and Democrat politicians at the top, a growing class of serfs at the bottom, and a disappearing middle-class. That’s fine for the folks at the top. For now. But it can’t and won’t be stable, and that instability isn’t a bug. It’s a Real World feature resulting from the Laws of Thermodynamics. What can’t go on forever, won’t go on forever.

California Mugged By Reality


In apparent proof that it is possible to run out of other peoples’ money, California appears to be aborting its high-speed rail project less than a week after the Green New Deal Great Leap Backward™ crowd announced that the whole country would be switching back to trains from air travel over the next 10 years.

I was going to write that none of the Green New Derpsters were available for comment, but that isn’t strictly true. However, the editorial standards here at Hogewash! don’t allow such language.

Oh, and everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

UPDATE—

A Great Leap Backward™ Into Paperwork


Who’s gonna fill out all the environment impact statements and other paperwork required by the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, etc. in order to cover vast swaths of environmentally sensitive vegetation and wildlife habitat with sunlight-blocking solar panels and bird-killing windmills? And how will all that paperwork move through the permitting system and NIMBY litigation so quickly?

Asking for a friend who’s a government contractor at the Corps of Engineers.

Looking Forward to a Great Leap Backward™


Victor Davis Hanson has a post over at American Greatness that takes a look at how the various contenders for the Democrat’s 2020 presidential nomination are shaping Trump’s ability to use their own rhetoric against them. In passing, he notes that it will be difficult for the Democrats to sell the idea that we can rebuild our infrastructure using battery-powered versions of these—

His analysis of the candidates is equally insightful. Read the whole thing.

An Appropriate Abbreviation


I’m an Electrical Engineer. When I first saw the abbreviation GND yesterday in reference to the Green New Deal Derp, my immediate thought was of ground. In EE-speak, a ground (often abbreviated GND) is a structure that can serve as a source and sink of electric current. As such, it is the place that is the reference point for measuring electrical potential (what’s commonly called voltage), so it’s the place of zero potential.

GND has zero potential.

Yep.

This Offends Me


First of all, let’s define what I mean by the word offend.

offend \ə-ˈfend v.i. 1: to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury. 2: to cause dislike, anger, or vexation.

Because I believe in free speech, I believe that people have the right to offend me. However, I also believe that I have the right to let someone know that I find his speech or acts offensive. I’ve been holding my peace rather that pointing out offensive behavior, but I’ve decided that too many fools and downright evil people have been getting away with too much for too long. I’m going to start sounding off when I’m offended.

Here I go with episode 1.

I am offended by the lack of scientific rigor displayed in the recent American Psychological Associations guidelines on the counseling of men and boys, specifically by its gross mischaracterization of the nature of masculinity. Barbara Kay has a useful review here. (H/T, Jordan Peterson).

I’m also offended by the misuse of science to support politics. The APA shouldn’t be silenced, but they should be ashamed.