January 31, 2015

Time 2013 and WSJ 2015: ‘Car of the Future’ Will Still Use the Internal Combustion Engine; Al Gore Hardest Hit

At the recent meeting of the world elites in Davos, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former Mexican President Felipe Calderon circulated a proposal to ban cars in all major cities in the world by dense-packing their layouts. The cost, as I noted on Monday: a mere $90 trillion (that’s right, trillion). It’s telling in a foreboding sense that the pair’s idea wasn’t laughed off the continent.

Enviro-nutty ideas such as these trace their origin to Gore’s 1992 book, “Earth in the Balance,” in which Gore called the internal combustion engine “the mankind’s greatest enemy.” In reality, it is arguably the greatest enabler of human progress in the world’s history. So readers should take some delight in articles appearing two years apart — one at Time.com, and another at the Wall Street Journal, where the authors predict that the odds seem to be in favor of the evil internal combustion engine continuing to outshine the enviros’ favored alternatives for at least the next couple of decades. Gore and his media enablers surely wail and gnash their teeth when such inconvenient items rear their scientific heads.

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NYT Correction Completely Undercuts Premise of Item on U.S.-Netanyahu Spat

Over at American Thinker, Thomas Lifson caught a damning admission the New York Times made in a correction to a Thursday piece by Carl Hulse and Jeremy W. Peters. The correction blew apart their write-up’s entire premise, namely that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was trying to make amends with congressional Democrats and having to explain why “the White House had been circumvented before he was invited to speak before Congress.”

Trouble is, the White House hadn’t been circumvented at all, as the correction clearly indicated (bold is mine):

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Geez, Take a Walk: Politico Labor Reporter Wants to Unionize It Because Being 28 Is Hard

The world’s smallest violin this week goes to Politico labor reporter Mike Elk.

Elk, who has bragged about unionizing workplaces where he has previously toiled, is working on doing the same thing at the alleged news site, which is really a Democratic Party stenography machine posing as one. His major complaint, seen in an item by Erik Wemple at his Washington Post blog, follows the jump (bolds are mine):

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AP, WSJ Reactions to Friday’s GDP Report Vary Sharply

Yesterday’s government report on the economy’s growth, which told us that the nation’s gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent sharply underachieved analysts’ expectations of an annualized 3.0 percent to 3.6 percent. The stock market clearly reacted negatively to the downside surprise. Bloomberg’s take at the end of the day: “U.S. stocks fell Friday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its biggest monthly decline in a year, as weaker-than-forecast economic growth overshadowed a rally in energy shares sparked by a surge in the price of crude.”

That didn’t stop Martin Crutsinger and Josh Boak at the Associated Press from celebrating the result in late-morning and overnight reports, respectively. Meanwhile, Josh Mitchell at the Wall Street Journal delivered a more sanguine take on the situation.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (013115)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Interviews from the record-breaking papal Mass

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From the Catholic News Agency blog:

Jan. 19, 2015

Pope Francis has officially concluded his week-long trip to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. CNA’s Rome Bureau Chief Alan Holdren was on the ground for the papal visit to the Philippines. Holdren spoke with two religious sisters who stood in the rain for hours for the chance to attend Mass with Pope Francis in Rizal Park in Manila. The Mass had a record attendance of 6-7 million.

Sister Marigold Magbanua of the Carmelite Missionaries, Quezon City Provincial House. Sr. Marigold is the provincial superior of the Philippine Province - including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia.

Sister Marigold Magbanua of the Carmelite Missionaries, Quezon City Provincial House. Sr. Marigold is the provincial superior of the Philippine Province – including the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan and Australia.

Holdren: What is the emotion you’re feeling right now as the Pope comes?

Sr. Marigold: I’m feeling serene at the moment but, I guess when he comes, I will be overwhelmed, because when I was just watching him on T.V., I could feel mixed emotions of joy and also, it’s like very edified.

Holdren: The Pope seems to be giving special attention to Asian countries. Why do you think that is?

Sr. Marigold: Well, I think it’s because in Asia a lot of people are basically poor and I think that the Holy Father has a special place for the poor. Especially for children, the infirm, and the women. And also Asia is the home of different religions and I think it’s very open to it.

Holdren: What do you think Pope Francis will do for the Philippines, as a result of this trip?

Sr. Marigold: I haven’t thought about it, but I think the Philippines will remain as it is now – a special place in his heart. I think he’s going to pray very much for us and I think his trip to Tacloban is really touching because it was at first an experience of really seeing the people. And, as he said, he was kind of late, but he said it’s not too late to be with the people – to be one with them. Although, I think he couldn’t do much physically, but I think he’s going to be with us in spirit and he’s going to be united with us in all of our miseries and pains as well as in our joys. …

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