THE POLITICS OF SCIENCE

THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is cracking down on states that don’t agree on the supposed impacts of man-made global warming: Embrace the alarm or prepare to have… funding withheld…. [T]he sanctioning will begin in 2016, when FEMA will start denying disaster funding to states that don’t incorporate global warming into their emergency preparedness plans.”

That the global warming issue is political becomes clearer every day.  Congressman Raul Grijalva launched an attack on several scientists who publicly dispute the government’s position that atmospheric CO2 caused by man’s burning fossil fuels is rising to critical levels and must be stopped ‘before it’s too late.’ Several Liberal Senators have gone the same route, threatening to curtail funding of any scientific endeavor that would even present evidence against man’s deleterious effects on nature, going so far as to make such efforts a crime.

AlGore,

ETHICAL ISSUES: SOCIETY

taking responsibility for your life

Take Responsibility

Alexander Hamilton wrote (1775): “The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature…and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.”

continued from a previous post (October 15), as promised:   In addition to any powers granted the individual by civil law, he retains certain powers granted by virtue of his humanity and natural law.  When there’s a conflict, the individual must look beyond his privileges (granted by the group) to his rights (granted by his very being), and he is not only empowered but obligated to resolve the conflict in the interest of mankind, not the State.  If the conflict involves ethics, there is no contest.  Ethics is the only choice.

The ‘global community’ aspired to by many

ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT (?)

ethics book

Required: Ethics in Government

The Constitution is the basis of our government. We live by ‘the rule of law’ when we live according to our Constitution. It is a form of government that has enabled the United States to become the foremost nation in the world. It is currently losing that distinction. One reason is a general lack of ethics in our government.

Is the United States governed ‘by the people’? It was so conceived and so practiced for 200-years. However, we are governed now by a professional elite, mostly lawyers and all highly-paid, firmly ensconced in a city and environs the average income of which is the highest of any metropolitan area in the country. We have elected these people in good faith, expecting them to govern in accordance with the Constitution, but they have increasingly let us down, being re-elected for many terms, enabling them to reform government

ETHICAL ISSUES: POLITICS & The PARETO PRINCIPLE

ETHICAL ISSUES: POLITICS & the PARETO PRINCIPLE

Politics: lies

Truth Has No Agenda

The field of ethics has changed remarkably over the years.  In the 2000 years from Plato to The Enlightenment (was it really?), ethics (originally conceived as an antidote to politics) was correctly identified with virtue. It seems that Plato (and Aristotle) had issues with politicians even then.  Things haven’t changed much in the ensuing years.  To diverge, but not really…

The Pareto Principle, commonly known as the 80/20 rule, is an amazingly consistent ratio that holds true in most cases of all types (and this is not an exaggeration).  For example: 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people; 80% of the money is owned by 20% of the people; 20% of one’s effort generates 80% of the results; 20% of the defects cause 80% of the problems (and 20%

ETHICS IN POLITICS? LOTS OF LUCK II

ETHICS IN POLITICS?  HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL…

We Shall Overcome…

No right way to do the wrong thing

…no matter how you slice it…

Barack Obama rode out of nowhere into Washington on a wave of popular adulation. Hailed as THE ONE who would bring our nation back from the brink, he vowed to fix what his predecessor broke. He cheerfully accepted praise and outright worship (not to mention a Nobel Prize) with smiling face and outstretched arms. He would preside over a new nation of peace and prosperity, befriending enemies and ending war while governing with transparency and bipartisanship.  Results: Nobel—wasted.  Promises—fruitless.  Opportunity—squandered.  What happened?

He found that his job included more than smiling, promising and being adored. He was hired to govern but didn’t know how so he set about passing laws that would ‘fundamentally change’ our culture.  His way.  But ambiguity replaced the promised transparency. Past questionable associations were

ETHICS ISSUES: THE LACK OF ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT

ETHICAL ISSUES:  THE LACK OF ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT

may09 021The EPA is by definition an administration, meaning that it is an agent of the Executive branch of government rather than the Administrative.  As such, it is wide open to politicians favoring activist groups for their votes.  It has, since its inception, served to stifle progress both scientific and infrastructural by onerous fees and seemingly unending delays for approval.  We have only semi-facetiously referred to it as Economic Prevention Activists.

In fact, federal power has increased to the point of impeding the moving forward of civilization.  Strong words but true.

EPA is only one of many federal agencies that dictate policy under the protection of the Executive Branch, safely protected from lawmaking government (Congress) in the name of themselves.  Many of these wave the banner of political correctness, usually incorrect in itself.  Many of