Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
Missing The Smugness
Last Friday, I wrote about today’s ecology activists and I’ll let my words speak for themselves.
I remember thirty years ago there was a big-time environmental movement going on. The Ad Council put on television commercials, with an image of an Indian crying over a littered cityscape. Some people did ecologically-friendly things, most people did not. The people who did, acted smug. Sanctimonious. Better-than-you.
I miss the smugness.
Because their successors, today, can lecture you about how the planet is doomed — the planet is doomed! — and if the two of you happen to walk past a Hummer H2 while he’s flinging his environmentalist spittle in your direction, he won’t bat an eyelash. And nobody has the cojones to say, it seems: Hey, you just talked about the human race coming to an end and the planet becoming uninhabitable. Have you no comment on this machine we just walked past? None?
Now, here’s the bee up my butt. I don’t have anything against the tree-huggers of yesteryear for being smug. And for being craven hypocrites, I don’t bear any malice against the tree-huggers today. My jaundiced eye beats down, instead, on people who believe what the environmental activists of today tell them…everything…without even blinking.
Because, let’s just admit it. In my hypothetical about the spittle-flinging environmentalist, going on about global warming, and greenhouse gases, and George Bush this and Kyoto Treaty that, blah blah blah, and the two of you are walking along and you pass the H2 and he has nothing to say about it whatsoever — let’s just agree outright, you’ve got better than even odds the environmentalist has nothing to say against the H2 because it happens to belong to him.
That’s the situation we have today.
Illinois Senator Barack Obama warns citizens at his 50th Town Hall meeting about gas guzzling, WPSD-TV reports.
It was among many points made to the standing room only audience at the Metropolis Community Center. Obama spoke on everything from DC politics to global warming.
He says part of the blame for the world’s higher temperatures rests on gas guzzling vehicles. Obama says consumers can make the difference by switching to higher mileage hybrids.
Today the Senator said, “It would save more energy, do more for the environment and create better world security than all the drilling we could do in Alaska.”
“After the meeting… Obama left in a GMC Envoy after admitting to favoring SUV’s himself,” claimed local News Channel 6.
Tommy Vietor, Senator Obama’s press secretary, explains: “What Senator Obama has long advocated is the use of vehicles that are more fuel efficient, including but not exclusively hybrids.
“So he in fact was practicing what he preached at the town hall meeting in Metropolis yesterday when he said we must drive fewer gas-guzzling vehicles.”
See what I mean? I don’t blame Sen. Obama and people like him; I blame people for believing the hype.
People are talking about the planet’s looming failure to continually support life as we know it. Well, not all of them. But show me someone who thinks we should “take global warming seriously,” and I’ll show you someone who…at the very least…is advancing the notion that humanity, as a whole, faces — if not extinction, then health risks. Physical injury of some kind. All of us, everyone with a pair of lungs and a beating heart and a patch of skin.
People aren’t going to start thinking critically just because I wish they would. But when you have a high-profile senator giving a lecture on our gas-guzzling ways and how we contribute to global warming — for the fiftieth time! — and then, afterward, hopping into a gas guzzler and lumbering away, that’s just silly. And not a little bit. It’s up to Monty Python levels.
And there is nothing unusual about it. This is not an isolated incident. To simply wish for a global warming guy to behave as if we have a problem here, about as serious as what he’s claiming, is to wish for something you won’t be getting and just about everyone can tell you, you ought not expect. And then the bullshit comes cascading down upon us, and half of us are ready to dive in with spoons, and beg for seconds.
You folks who like to all fall for the same crap en masse, because it gives you that sense of togetherness…can’t you find something else? I’m sure there’s something in your personal e-mail from a guy who wants you to help him smuggle money out of Nigeria, why don’t you think about goin’ for that one?
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