March 3, 2007

This Is What Dictators Consolidating Their Power Do

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Venezuela Spending on Arms Soars to World’s Top Ranks

The only thing less surprising than the news is the relative lack of news coverage.

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UPDATE: Illegitimately elected dictators (HT Dr. Sanity) consolidating their power do this too, without adequately compensating those whose properties are seized (if they compensate them at all).

How to Repeal Sarbanes Oxley

Filed under: Biz Weak,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:02 pm

I’ve got it: Tell Congress that the UN will only get its US dues money if it is forced to comply with SarBox itself — OR, the UN can get its money if SarBox is repealed for everyone else.

(I know. Dream on.)

As offensive as UN corruption stories are, UN malfeasance like this is a relatively small price to pay for unshackling the US’s capital-raising, economy-growing engine.

(Note for the humor-impaired: That is NOT to say that the really major stuff like Oil for Food, or the child-sex “peacekeeper” scandals, or a couple of the other major ones shouldn’t be prosecuted vigorously.)

Column of the Weekend: Coulter Nails It — What Happens If Globalarmists Get What They Really Want

Oops, she did it again yesterday at CPAC (though there is context everyone is ignoring, the remark referred to at the Hot Air link was inexcusable. March 4 — So where’s the outrage over this? March 4Well said, Dean Barnett. March 5 — Barnett, yet again).

Nevertheless, Coulter has had a couple of her best columns in years during the past few weeks. In this one from Wednesday, she really has the enviro movement pegged, using her patented over-the-top rhetoric (but not over the line, as her CPAC comment Friday was) to make sad-but-true points (internal link added by me):

….. Because of the industrialization of agriculture — using massive amounts of fossil fuel — only 2 percent of Americans work in farming. And yet they produce enough food to feed all 300 million Americans, with plenty left over for export. When are liberals going to break the news to their friends in Darfur that they all have to starve to death to save the planet?

“Global warming” is the left’s pagan rage against mankind. If we can’t produce industrial waste, then we can’t produce. Some of us — not the ones with mansions in Malibu and Nashville is my guess — are going to have to die. To say we need to reduce our energy consumption is like saying we need to reduce our oxygen consumption.

Liberals have always had a thing about eliminating humans. Stalin wanted to eliminate the kulaks and Ukranians, vegetarian atheist Adolf Hitler wanted to eliminate the Jews, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wanted to eliminate poor blacks, DDT opponent Rachel Carson wanted to eliminate Africans (introduction to her book “Silent Spring” written by … Al Gore!), and population-control guru Paul Ehrlich wants to eliminate all humans.

But global warming is the most insane, psychotic idea liberals have ever concocted to kill off “useless eaters.” If we have to live in a pure “natural” environment like the Indians, then our entire transcontinental nation can only support about 1 million human beings. Sorry, fellas — 299 million of you are going to have to go.

Proving that the “global warming” campaign is nothing but hatred of humanity, these are the exact same people who destroyed the nuclear power industry in this country 30 years ago.

If we accept for purposes of argument their claim that the only way the human race can survive is with clean energy that doesn’t emit carbon dioxide, environmentalists waited until they had safely destroyed the nuclear power industry to tell us that. This proves they never intended for us to survive.

“Global warming” is the liberal’s stalking horse for their ultimate fantasy: The whole U.S. will look like Amagansett, with no one living in it except their even-tempered maids (for “diversity”), themselves and their coterie (all, presumably, living in solar-heated mansions, except the maids who will do without electricity altogether). The entire fuel-guzzling, tacky, beer-drinking, NASCAR-watching middle class with their over-large families will simply have to die.

The biggest point Coulter hits on: Whether or not they like it, or whether or not they even acknowledge it, even environmental “true believers” who don’t agree with Biz Weak letter writer Steven Wascher (featured at this post last week) about “what environmentalists dare not say aloud” — that there has to be “a substantial reduction in global population” — are going to find themselves moving inexorably in that direction if they get everything they want. Yes, they, will.

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UPDATE: The list of a dozen enviro leading lights enumerated at this link admits to substantial worldwide population reduction as a goal, or a wish. These are not fringe players. Why should I not take them at their word?

Positivity: Notre Dame class ring found in African cave

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:01 am

From South Euclid, Ohio, and the African country Mauritius:

20 years after it went missing, German diver finds CIA officer’s jewelry
Updated: 1:19 p.m. CT Feb 20, 2007

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — A college ring lost more than 20 years ago by a former undercover officer for the CIA has been found in an underwater cave off the coast of Africa.

Steve Ruic, a writer on staff at Notre Dame College, received an e-mail about two weeks ago from a professional diver from Germany. Wilfried Thiesen wrote that he had found a class ring bearing the college’s name while diving off Mauritius.

The ring was engraved with the year ’76. The ring was missing the thin portion on the underside that ordinarily carries its owner’s name.

Ruic publicized the discovery in both an e-mail to college staff and a newsletter to alumni, but no one came forward to claim it.

Ring to be mailed

Then, while interviewing a member of the class of 1976 for an unrelated alumni magazine story, Ruic asked Dr. Maryellen Amato Stratmann if she’d ever been to Mauritius.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Ruic said. “She said, ‘No, but Clare Cavoli Lopez has.’”

Lopez, a 1976 Notre Dame College graduate and former CIA undercover officer, was stationed at Port Louis, Mauritius, from 1983 to 1985. During a dive, the ring slipped from her finger.

Ruic sent Thiesen’s address to Lopez. She has exchanged e-mails with Thiesen, she said Monday, and they’re arranging for him to mail it.