You’ll never guess what happened when these Greenies tried to rely on renewable energy*!

As above, so below.

Hey, you know what reliably produces energy? Burning stuff. Best of all: we’ve been doing it for a while, so we’ve figured out how to do it pretty efficiently at this point…

Moe Lane

*Actually, you so totally will.

#rsrh The word that Pascal Bruckner is reaching for here is ‘maltheism.’

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Note: I am not criticizing the author: his essay Apocalyptic Daze is a very clear-headed look at, and discussion of, our current crop of death-loving, Greenie religious fanatics.  But I don’t speak French, so I do not know whether that language has the concept  of ‘maltheism,’ or whether it has the same cultish, nihilistic overtones that it would in English.

I would normally quote GK Chesterton’s aphorsim “When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything.” at this point – except that he apparently didn’t actually say it, as such (H/T: Ed Driscoll).  Which is a shame, in my opinion: because it generally does seem that there are a number of secularists out there who seem to have replaced a belief in what they consider to be a silly concept with other concepts that are (in my opinion) infinitely sillier.

…:shrug: Just as long as they don’t set policy.  Separation of Church and state, and all that.

Moe Lane

#rsrh QotD, EVERYBODY Hates The Greens Edition.

Walter Russell Mead, while in the process of idly kicking around feckless radical environmentalists:

Snail darters beware: green political cluelessness is about to rock your world.

The context – although it’s plenty good without it, really – is that Mead (who is almost certainly fibbing when he says ” I don’t actually enjoy tweaking the greens*”) is commenting on the quote-unquote ‘strategy’ of the professional environmental movement.  Said strategy?  Finding as many different ways as possible to have the excuse to line up in a row, scream “Bonsai!,**” and charge. Continue reading #rsrh QotD, EVERYBODY Hates The Greens Edition.

African children vs. Greenpeace?

The good news? Researchers have worked out a method to genetically modify cassava plants that causes them to produce significantly larger amounts of protein.  In practical terms, this means that within a decade African farmers might have a staple crop that can counter protein-energy malnutrition in African children – and protein-energy malnutrition is nasty.  Not to mention deceptively treatable, if you can make sure that the kids get the protein.  Which is why the plan is to distribute the plants to the farmers themselves, thus distributing the extra protein from the bottom up.

The bad news?  The above means that said researchers will have to fight groups like Greenpeace every step of the way on this, as Greenpeace in particular is adamantly and explicitly against releasing genetically-modified crops “into the environment” – which, again, is the plan of the researchers.  That would be because Greenpeace gets almost no money from African children with preventable dietary deficiencies, and quite a bit of money from scientifically-illiterate, white Euro-American liberals whose interest in anything African is directly proportional to how… sanitized it is.

Hey.  Be grateful that I didn’t say ‘bleached.’

Moe Lane (crosspost)

PS: Mind you, if moving forward Greenpeace wants to start explicitly repudiating its Luddite fanaticism, here would be an excellent place to start…

#rsrh The Green Rhetorical Disconnect, Part 65 (NSFW)

Scenario: a six year old boy in Quebec is excluded from entering a drawing for a stuffed bear because his parents used a Ziploc bag to store his sandwich (Ziploc bags are apparently worse than Tupperware, theologically speaking).  When the parents contacted the school, the teacher presumed to lecture them on the subject, presumably because said teacher felt it necessary to subject other people to her own religious views.  Needless to say, at no point is it actually explained why the specific punishment for this ‘transgression’ was necessary for the child’s development; in fact, it is unclear that the teacher would have been able to explain the rationale behind the transgression in the first place*.  Nonetheless, a message was made.

  • What the intent of the message was: It is very, very important to make sure that even the smallest act of heresy and Gaia-hatred be vigilantly defended against.  It is regrettable that this must sometimes result in a small child crying in shame and confusion because he does not have the vocabulary to explain the rigorous rules of his school life to his parents, but that is a small price to pay for stopping the malignant spread of Ziploc bags.
  • What the actual message was: Greenies are assholes.

Via @CalebHowe.

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Your dishes are dirty because of the Greens.

Thanks to some bad (and mostly Democratic) decision-making over in Washington state, major dishwasher detergent manufacturers had to drastically cut its phosphate content; which is why your dishwasher recently and suddenly stopped working properly. You see, phosphates soften water, making it easier to clean… but it also promotes algae growth, and the city of Spokane was already facing a ‘crisis’ over their local phosphate levels in the water (which, thanks to a Sierra Club lawsuit, was hampering future growth). Rather than fix their problem, they simply had phosphate dishwasher detergents banned in Washington state. Rather than make two separate products, detergent manufacturers simply gave up and started making substandard dishwasher detergent. In other words: you can thank the Sierra Club, the city of Spokane, and the (mostly Democratic) Washington State government the next time you have to run the dishwasher three times to clean your dishes properly.

Both Erick and I ranted on this topic a while back, but I don’t think that either of us were aware how just how quickly it was going to get this bad. Repairing this will probably take some doing; in the meantime, I suggest that people start purchasing Finish Glass Magic Dishwasher Performance Booster: 16 OZ, as it is (I believe) still roughly 20% phosphates, and should thus supplement your regular dishwasher detergent handily. It costs more, true, but as compensation using it makes environmentalists cry – particularly if you make it a point to mention that you’re adding it at least partially to spite them.

Hey. They got rid of the phosphates in the first place mostly to spite you.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

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