Saturday’s an ooze day

| May 2, 2009
But wait! Pollution may actually icool/i the earth!

But wait! Pollution may actually _cool_ the earth!

MORNING LINKS — such as they are

ITEM: Warmists are realizing that when you’re losing the data debate, the  scientific debate and the popular debateyou should just change the terms of the debate!

The problem with global warming, some environmentalists believe, is “global warming.”

The term turns people off, fostering images of shaggy-haired liberals, economic sacrifice and complex scientific disputes, according to extensive polling and focus group sessions conducted by ecoAmerica, a nonprofit environmental marketing and messaging firm in Washington.

Instead of grim warnings about global warming, the firm advises, talk about “our deteriorating atmosphere.” Drop discussions of carbon dioxide and bring up “moving away from the dirty fuels of the past.” Don’t confuse people with cap and trade; use terms like “cap and cash back” or “pollution reduction refund.”

EcoAmerica has been conducting research for the last several years to find new ways to frame environmental issues and so build public support for climate change legislation and other initiatives. A summary of the group’s latest findings and recommendations was accidentally sent by e-mail to a number of news organizations by someone who sat in this week on a briefing intended for government officials and environmental leaders.

Which underscores the fact that the warmists’ real concern is not global warming per se — it’s being given the money and power to reshape civilization to what they think it should be (which generally means reducing the standard of living as well as the absolute number of humans).

ITEM: Creeping socialism/fascism update — Remember when the mainstream media fretted over the power of the Presidency? I guess you can have all the power you like if the journalists worship like you.

ITEM: Speaking of fascism, remember that link about the Egyptian government ordering the slaughter of all pigs due to swine flu? Well, it turns out to have nothing to do with the flu at all:

For some time now, part of the modernization and continued corruption of Egypt by the Mubarak dynasty, they have wanted to take away that work from the Zabaleen and give garbage contracts to corporations that will do the service for a price.  Trucks sold by European companies, contracts, charges etc.  Of course the reasons used are sanitation, public health.  Instead, they should be looking for a way to help the Zabaleen enter into modern methods and sustain their way of living.

So, what an excuse, the swine flu.  Now the Egyptian government wants to slaughter the 300,000 pigs owned by Zabaleen for the prevention of the swine flu.  The original decree was that the Zabaleen would be compensated for the pigs, but now they are saying that since they can sell the pigs, they will not be compensated.

The Zabaleen sell pigs one by one.  They are not butchers and have no refrigeration or a system to sell the pigs.  So, it’s impossible to sell pigs slaughtered en masse.  Not to mention the danger of cholera.

Read the whole thing. Hey, as the US White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel likes to say, you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. Hat tip to the Drunk Report.

ITEM: Speaking of the White House, Glenn Reynolds has the latest Hope-and-Changiness update. Plus my own bold prediction: “Hope and Change” will come back to haunt President Obama in the 2012 Presidential election pretty much the same way that “Read my lips: no new taxes!” did for Pres. Bush the First.

Gotta work today; more links if I get the time and opportunity.  ..bruce w..

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Category: Climate Change, Creeping socialism, Environment, Geopolitics, Journalism, Links roundup, Main, Media, Obama Administration, Pandemics

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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