Tuesday, June 19, 2018

EQUALLY MISERABLE?



A mantra used to  give an alternative summation to the ever growing examples of the failure of Socialism refers to the oft preached notion  that equality is an aspirational goal for the success of the 'revolution', lines up as "The easiest way to achieve "Equality" is to get everyone in want", ie everyone equally miserable.

The human development has taken mankind from caves eating raw meat and shivering to keep warm to what a modern successful  state delivers to all, in various degrees largely defined by personal effort.
One of the Darwinism principles has the more successful enjoying ever greater standards of comfort and health by rewarding those who 'make a difference'.
Of course socialists apart from the leaders who it is clear, require a much more lavish lifestyle than those who one way or another put them in their exalted position. An anomaly that in the worst cases sees  gazillions pilfered from those they rule over, stashed away safely in a Swiss Bank account as an insurance against, God forbid, the plebs figuring out the injustices and revolting.
Then basic human instincts can deliver rough justice awfully swift and accurate, unless an escape is made to a safe haven.

Poor old Ceausescu and his hapless missus found themselves shivering in front of a prison wall on a Christmas day, sans Santa Claus, waiting for the guard commander to order "Fire".

The current rabble masquerading as a sovereign government in the insignificant south pacific archipelago named after a small enclave of the homeland of the first recorded European to discover what can still be the greatest little country imaginable, seem intent on perpetrating their collective notion of fairness by destroying decades of prosperity, closing the industrious parts of the whole to enable confiscated wealth to be directed to  the feckless and indolent who will consume but not create to the  increase of the wealth pie of the nation.

Whatever direction the economy heads, from here on, one certainty will endure,  a need for plentiful,  affordable, environmentally safe,  secure energy supplies.
Every imaginable alternative productive enterprise entrepreneurial driven men and women can come up with to make for a better life will need that basic economic fuel-- energy, whether it comes from  hydro, solar, wind or carbon. Alas the most "green" economic energy source - nuclear is verbotten !
That people is why the virtue signalling moronic decision to shut down  oil and gas exploration and development, taken without any advice,  discussion and an almost dearth of consultation with those directly and immediately effected was so bad and widely panned. All done apparently as a bit of window dressing enhancement on the eve of a first European charm offensive in search of acceptance from  those on the list to be visited by the newly minted home grown Princess Royal appointed by Mr seven percent (now diminishing). A destructive ploy labeled by the self styled peoples princess as her "Nuclear moment"

NZ will still need exactly  the same energy requirements just to survive unless a next step is Kampuchea style rebirth of the nation, coming unannounced, like so many of the moronic ideas being promulgated from the ninth floor with out any basis from party policy announced pre-election, merely driven by ideological considerations from the almost comical gob of one silly girl, apparently merely a marionette with a multitude of past long ago dismissed by the electorate, puppeteers manipulating the strings.

If that was the hidden agenda of those who think mixed member proportional representation is the way,  it has been a rousing success, it must be said.
Sadly though it will only last  until the supply of other peoples money holds up, that will then usher in true "Utopia" with everyone (apart from Dear leader and her coterie) equally miserable.
The equality box can then be ticked.

12 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

Alas the most "green" economic energy source - nuclear is verbotten !

Good luck convincing anyone with even a vague understanding of what "green" means (in this context) that highly radioactive toxic waste is the "most green."

That people is why the virtue signalling moronic decision to shut down oil and gas exploration and development, taken without any advice, discussion and an almost dearth of consultation with those directly and immediately effected was so bad and widely panned.

That people is why the previous government spending nine years pretending climate change isn't happening and that fossil fuels should continue to be the basis of the NZ economy was a criminal waste. Now it's left to their successors to try and turn things around urgently, against strong opposition from the deniers in the National Party, their pals in the fossil fuel industry, and all their supporters who want to continue profiting from the externalising of costs to future generations.

Andrei said...

"That people is why the previous government spending nine years pretending climate change isn't happening and that fossil fuels should continue to be the basis of the NZ economy was a criminal waste."

Nobody is "pretending climate change isn't happening" PM.

"Climate change" is a feature of planet Earth that has been ongoing since its formation and will continue until in the far distant future the planet is swallowed by the Sun as it evolves into the Red Giant phase of its existence.

You see PM people who are scientifically literate understand that the entire Universe is in a dynamic process moving from a state of low entropy to one of high entropy and in the process allowing all the phenomina we observe, even our very existence to occur

But the distressing thing about this on a personal level is that as time progresses we age and die and as we do the world itself constantly changing - this is a feature of the universe as it was created not a bug.

And in my opinion anybody who seriously believes the assorted oddbods and deadbeats who inhabit the hallowed halls of parliament can actually do anything meaningful to change the dynamic processes that govern the energy transport systems of our planet has a screw loose.

For goodness sakes man get a grip - what exactly is the average thermodynamic temperature of the planet Earth suppossed to be and if it is supposed to be some value who would you trust to set it to that value (if such a thing were possible, which fortunatley it isn't)

Would you give the power to Robert Mugabee, Jacinda Ardern, the pair of clowns who lead the Green Party of Aotearoa, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Theresa May, the metro sexual Justin Trudeau...

hmmm

The future is unknown and unknowable and the only certainty about any Governmentally mandated "climate change" policies are that the real effect of them on the climate will be unquantifiable, unmeasurable and full of unforeseen consequences that have nothing to do with maintaining control over the world's ever changing climate

Tom Hunter said...

Good luck convincing anyone with even a vague understanding of what "green" means (in this context) that highly radioactive toxic waste is the "most green."
I wonder what French Greens think, given that 80% of their power comes from nuclear?

Anyway, while the dumb Greenies won't get it seems the tide may turning with the smarter ones ....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=300&v=ciStnd9Y2ak

Even in Hollywood after 4 decades of nuke bashing....https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2018/05/03/for-40-years-hollywood-has-tried-to-kill-nuclear-power-will-it-finally-try-to-save-it/#741aac60171a

Staffer 1: You need, like 12 billion solar roofs just to match the projected growth in energy consumption by 2050 — which wind and solar won’t come close to filling unless something magical happens — which doesn’t seem like a very good plan to me.

Staffer 2: You are preaching to the choir, man.

Staffer 1: Do you know how many Americans have died in commercial nuclear power accidents since World War II?

Staffer 2: Zero.

Staffer 1: Zero — and that includes Three Mile Island! People only died at Chernobyl because they didn’t have a containment dome. And when it comes to waste, the world’s entire supply of spent uranium from reactors could fit on a single football field.


That's from the show, Madam Secretary, which just gave useful lessons on nuclear power to seven million (mainly "US Liberal") viewers. Head explosions followed I'm sure but a few minds may have started thinking. Amazing.

In any case nuclear power is for the rest of the world: in NZ I'm sure we'll just double or triple energy costs in 15 years or so and be no closer to Zero CO2 Emissions. Where Germany goes, we go.

Psycho Milt said...

"Climate change" is a feature of planet Earth that has been ongoing since its formation and will continue until in the far distant future the planet is swallowed by the Sun as it evolves into the Red Giant phase of its existence.

Yep. But I'm pretty sure you know I was using the term as shorthand for climate change caused by human activity.

Psycho Milt said...

I wonder what French Greens think, given that 80% of their power comes from nuclear?

I expect they're chuffed about the zero carbon emissions but not at all chuffed about their country's impossible task of guaranteeing the safe storage of toxic radioactive waste for the next couple of thousand years.

My comment was merely the unremarkable observation that something that produces a lot of toxic waste automatically fails to justify the description "the most green." That said, personally I thought the Jerries were nuts to decommission their existing nuclear power plants, when the available alternative was coal-fired power plants. And, that said, personally I think anyone fantasising about nuclear power plants for NZ is also nuts.

Andrei said...

"Yep. But I'm pretty sure you know I was using the term as shorthand for climate change caused by human activity."

Well maybe so PM - but neither you nor I or anybody else knows what the human component of the naturally occuring climate change is - despite all the blather to the contrary

Nor does anybody know whether this component will lead to future outcomes more favourable to the flourishing of mankind than would have otherwise been so or outcomes more detrimental.

These are unanswerable questions.

It is axiomatic among those who hold the green religion (fundamentalist protestantism without God) that humanity it evil and anything we do is bad for the planet. It is a very negative and pessimistic outlook

On the other hand things we do are often very beneficial for the planet and human welfare.

I, for one, celebrate the elimination of smallpox for example. This is a good thing

And German strip mines are transformed into parkland, where wildlife glourishes, when the coal is exhausted and that is pretty cool too

Not many know and it is not widely advertised that the wildlife around Chernobyl is flourishing, including species not seen in the area for generations.

Funny old world isn't it

Psycho Milt said...

Well maybe so PM - but neither you nor I or anybody else knows what the human component of the naturally occuring climate change is - despite all the blather to the contrary

That's true, but there's a fairly obvious correlation between us putting shitloads of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and the way average global temperature has been increasing for all the world as though some retard was putting shitloads of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Now, we can all (me included) ridicule the doomsayers and their computer models that may or may not be somewhere close to a usable proxy for reality. But those guys look like hard-nosed, practical, evidence-based realists in comparison to the people who want to pretend that us increasing the average global temperature isn't going to cause humanity a world of hurt. Those guys need their heads read.

And even if, in some wildly implausible scenario, it turned out that, hey, all that rise in average global temperature wasn't caused by us uploading greenhouse gases after all, it would still remain a good thing for us to stop building lifestyles based on externalising environmental costs to future generations. There is no credible position for the National Party on this - it's self-serving bullshit all the way down.

Andrei said...

PM - if as, we both agree, the climate is changing as it always has then at some arbitarily defined point in the future then the thermodynamic temperature of the Earth will be more than it is today 19/06/2018 and at some other arbitarily defined point in the future it will be cooler than it is today 19/06/2018 and that is the nature of the beast

The reality is ever since the last ice age ended 12,000 years ago there have been times where the world has been warmer than it is today and times when it has been cooler

During your own lifetime, brief as it is in the scheme of things, there have been years with hot summers and years with cold summers, mild winters and hard winters

And do you know what there is not a fucking thing any politician can do to change a cold, wet summer into a warm, dry one. Nor can they stop hurricanes, tornados, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis or any of the other things that bring us grief that are all part of living in a dynamic world that works by things happening as entropy increases.

Furthermore if there were no hurricanes, tornados, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis etc. we wouldn't be here either and the world would be a featureless desert where nothing ever happened.

12,000 years ago our ancestors were on the brink of extinction then "global warming" occurred, nobody knows why exactly, but it wasn't fossil fuel use and that's for sure.

And after that humanity began to increase and prosper - with lots of heartbreak and disaster along the way. But those who rolled with the punches and survived are the ones who are ancestral to us. And the ones who gave up and indulged in pointless navel gazing, fretting over those new fangled stone tools or the use of fire bringing the wrath of the Gods upon us left no legacy. (See the myth of Prothemus)

There is only one way forward Milt and that is to travel in hope and to confront whatever problems the Planet or Politicians throw at us and overcome them. And if we don't we will soon be as extinct as the Dodo

Psycho Milt said...

Again, all of that's quite true, but doesn't alter the facts that this latest bout of warming is being caused by things we're doing, is happening a lot more rapidly than natural climate change and is going to have a lot more expensive and painful effects on humanity than the changes of previous eons because there's now a lot more of us and we have a lot more expensive and difficult-to-move/replace infrastructure than the hunter-gatherers of pre-historic times. All of which means it would be sensible for us to stop causing that rapid change, and to stop it sooner rather than later.

Andrei said...

"...but doesn't alter the facts that this latest bout of warming is being caused by things we're doing, is happening a lot more rapidly than natural climate change..."

Very dogmatic PM

Of course non of your assertions are backed by evidence - the evidence there is suggests there is nothing unusual about the times in which we live climate wise but to suggest that is heresy

There will be at some future date a climate catastrophe, humanity will eventually become extinct, probably not through climatic catastrophe, my pick would be nuclear war but it could be astronomical, a major meteoric impact as happened at the end of the Cretaceous, there could be a surge in geologic activity a sreies of huge volvanic eruptions as happened at the end of the Permian or something else totally unforeseen that has not happened before.

Nothing is permanent Milt - sooner or later catastrophe is going to personally overwhelm you personally, you will have a stroke, or heart attack, or get cancer of the big toe nail. In the meantime you are here, you raise your kids and get on with things

I'll tell you something else Milt - when mother nature throws her worst at us floods, storms, earthquakes, eruptions etc we are in a far better position yo deal with them and make live easier for those caught up in her turmoils amd more likely to survive them.

Because of our technologies and abilities to harness large amounts of energy most sourced through fossil fuels, which in my view are part of Mother Natures bounty along with the fruits of the forest and antibiotics we can move people to safer ground, provide then with tents for shelter, food for their bellys, and medicine for their injuries

David said...

Andrei knows more than scientists.

Andrei at Climate Change Conference.

Anonymous said...

The trouble with the princesses 'nuclear free moment' is that unlike with Lange, she does not have the people on board. Has a former PM ever acted in such a selfish and irresponsible manner? Even if this govt does go full term, Labour will be out of power for at least ten years as punishment. The electorate does not like being lied to, nor not even told of a govt's future intentions. Nine months in, and wrecking havoc. Oil and gas was never mentioned during their campaign, yet she goes and wrecks a whole industry to virtue signal. Utter treason in my view.

Ron