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In Praise of the Free Market

The Kennedy’s didn’t get powerful without first getting rich, so you’d expect Robert F. to be a capitalist:

Bush Bought and Paid for by the Coal Industry

This quote also from the R.F. Kennedy Speech on George W Bush and the US Coal Industry:

“I'll give you an example. As I said, a gigantic diminution in quality of life has taken place in this country as a direct result of this President's environmental policy that Americans mainly don't know about. I'm just going to focus on one industry, which is coal-burning power plants.”

The Commodification of Mistrust

A recent report from Imagine BC (a public engagement project being run out of Simon Fraser University's Wosk Centre for Dialogue), contained the following quote:

“(The) ‘elephant in the room’ is the public’s increasing mistrust in society’s public and private sector institutions. Without trust there is disengagement and cynicism. People opting out with an ‘all is lost’ attitude. Contrary to current myths, the public ‘gets’ sustainability, but is fearful. [They] don’t trust those in power to do the right thing; don’t believe they can make a difference.”

I don't think this lack of trust is accidental. While not a conspiracy theorist by nature, it's clear that mistrust is a valuable commodity to certain players in the business world. Mistrust begets policy paralysis, which destroy's government's ability to implement regulations, which leaves the corporate community free to do whatever its invisible hand fancies.

Bill Maher: Laugh and Be Righteous

It’s possible to be right and still be funny. Look.

Another Batch of Climate Skeptic Scammers

Thanks again to Ross Gelbspan for this post, an Independent newspaper wrap of some of the organizations that dedicate themselves to generating confusion on climate change.

A Fresh Theory on Climate Change

We're not entirely certain these people are serious, but when you look at the stuff that Amy Ridenour writes (see next post), you can't be too certain:

The Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster has postulated that climate change is actually being caused by the decline in piracy. They even have a graph (Global Average Temperature vs Number of Pirates) that is at least as convincing as anything that Patrick Michaels has every produced.


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