Thursday, October 9, 2014
I'm leaving AOL and while doing some clean up work I found a discourse I had with this dude on the Tennessean's old comment section who made me angry enough to roll away from the fire and attempt to educate him.
He wrote: "You prove you cant teach an old dog new tricks. You are set in your way and if anything counters it. It must be wrong. We will progress despite old fools like yourself.”
I reply: I usually do not comment on spelling and English because heaven knows I am as bad as anyone but when you call someone “old fools like yourself,” you should know that it should be “……..old fools like you.”
BTW – My generation and the one following it beat Germany and Japan, won the Cold War against the Soviet Union, cured polio and almost completely stamped out such childhood diseases as whooping cough, mumps, measles and chicken pox. Along the way we developed the world’s greatest communication system, brought the Internet into service and, may the Lord forgive us, 200 or so TV channels full of blather and some occasional pieces of information. We recognized how wrong we were treating our citizens of color and expanded minority rights. We established free health care for the poor and Medicare for the aged. Social Security provided both insurance and a minimum retirement package. We put electricity and running water into every home and provided a school for every child. We noticed that the environment was becoming polluted and established a government agency that passed rules that cleaned up our air and water. We made air travel as available as bus travel was in 1950.
So, new tricks? Jeff, my generation invented hundreds of new tricks. What has your generation done? You are losing the War on Terror against a bunch of dedicated but rag tag Muslim radicals. Instead of integrating people you are separating them into groups that must be protected by “hate laws.” Instead of establishing a true early warning system for bad weather you waste billions studying a false premise that man can control the earth’s climate. Instead of establishing a national health insurance system that covers everyone you have elected a President that has passed a law that is removing coverage for millions and increasing the cost for millions of others while telling those that work they need to pay for more free insurance for the Democrats base voting bloc. The agency that cleaned up the environment has spun out of control and is now focused on destroying whole industries. You have allowed an educational system that was the envy of the world to become a brain washing facility for politically correct goals. Students graduate not knowing our history. They may know how to Tweet on Twitter but they can’t write a complete sentence. They may be computer whiz’s but they haven’t the education that would allow them to invent the computer.
My generation went to the moon. Your generation has abandoned manned space travel.
You speak of the “real cost” of carbon energy yet you cannot even begin to quantify that “cost.” You speak of “transition” to new energy sources yet you cannot show how your favorites…wind, solar and water…can provide the amount needed much less at an acceptable price.
I gave you proof that Dr Jones knows that MMGW has not happened. I gave you evidence that CO2 amplification has been vastly overstated. I now give you the fact that global temperatures have stopped rising some 16 years ago. And I have given you the requirements for something being a “scientific theory” and noted that MMGW doesn't even come close.
So have a nice day, Jeff. And try to remember that us old fools have been around the world a few times, three county fairs and uncountable goat ropings. In other words, don’t come unarmed to a battle of wits.
"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper “It’s the presumption that Obama knows how all these industries ought to be operating better than people who have spent their lives in those industries, and a general cockiness going back to before he was president, and the fact that he has no experience whatever in managing anything. Only someone who has never had the responsibility for managing anything could believe he could manage just about everything.” - Thomas Sowell in Reason Magazine