Mar 13 2013
The title of the post, and the above image, is in reference to a silly 1960′s movie about a bunch of normal people who go berserk trying to find a hidden treasure. It portrays how greed can drive a person to heights of crazy. It is also an apt metaphor for what we see occurring in the power drunk halls of government these days.
The madness in government intrusion into personal life is stunning – both in its stupidity and its vapid morality sense. The government (and its news media puppets) are on their high horses, noses stuck in the air, as if the luck of their successful lives has embodied them with wisdom of the ages! The ego trips are just pathetic to watch.
Take Mayor “Nanny” Bloomberg of New York City for example, the most notorious nosy neighbor out there. He wanted to ban large drinks because, you know, you can’t think for yourself. And now he wants to ban Styrofoam cups, even though there are good economic, human safety and ecological reasons for the technology.
Styrofoam cups and other containers are convenient and efficient packages that keep hot food hot, cold food cold, and help keep costs down.
Just try carrying hot soup in a paper cup. You’ll need multiple cups. (Again, Mayor Moneybags may not realize that New York’s famous food carts can’t serve on fine china.)
And those multiple cup alternatives have environmental costs. In fact, one study found that replacing a foam cup with a single paper one could require a dozen times more water for production.
Styrofoam cups are simply more efficient — which is why so many vendors and their consumers prefer them some of the time. Maybe not at trend-conscious, high-priced Starbucks, but at bodegas and other shops that plenty of New Yorkers prefer.
Bloomberg is the classic example of the bored moron. He has nothing to do of import, so he runs around nagging people and butting his nose into their lives. He’s on a crusade to prove he is still of value. Devoid of any real ideas, he is now a caricature of a caricature. Basically irrelevant squared. [click image or link to view larger version]
Sadly, Bloomberg has lots and lots of company. This has to be the dumbest news headline of the decade:
America’s top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked what is the biggest long-term security threat in the Pacific region: climate change.
Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III, in an interview at a Cambridge hotel Friday after he met with scholars at Harvard and Tufts universities, said significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely than the other scenarios we all often talk about.’’
Someone tell the poor admiral that there has been NO warming of the globe for 15-18 years now.
Even the IPCC and British Meteorological Office now recognize that average global temperatures haven’t budged in almost 17 years. Little evidence suggests that sea level rise, storms, droughts, polar ice and temperatures or other weather and climate events and trends display any statistically significant difference from what Earth and mankind have experienced over the last 100-plus years.
So the admiral, charged with our national defense, can go back to monitoring North Korea’s nuclear weapons….
I was going to do a rundown of recent headlines illustrating how dumb these idea-taxed Pols are. But on a recent business trip I was reminded of the best example of all – a Congress Critter in his own words. Here, back by popular need, is the Congressman who feared a Pacific Island was in danger of tipping over due to US presence there:
And these people want to run our lives? When will they wake up and realize they are the ones holding jobs no sane, inspiring, and striving human being would want?