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I saw THIS over at Jim’s place and couldn’t get it off my mind. The supercilious lil’ lady, a Yalie, wrote this piece regarding the idiotic unwashed mouth-breathing peasants out here in the real world getting “bad information” from the Internet. Bad information is that which does not support the hoax de jour, global warning. Her smug premise is that ONLY government and educational institutions (same thing here in the US) can give RELIABLE and TRUE information and that Goggle searches should be directed there to keep the proletariat safe from getting “bad information” from those mean old crazy wacko global warming skeptics out there, such as myself.
As usual, there’s the ever-present “peer-reviewed” Holy Grail mentioned repeatedly as if such review is utterly infallible. "Peer-reviewed", for those of you who might not know, actually works out to be something along the lines of one yes-man telling another yes-man, “Yes.”
Take, for instance, the fairly recent case of (now former) Emory professor Michael A. Bellesiles’ much ballyhooed book Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture. Mikie’s “peers” just reviewed the living hell out of this book, praising it to the heavens, just because he said what they said. In all this exhaustive and meticulous “peer reviewing”, not one of the peer historians ever thought to maybe look up one or two of Mike’s footnotes, which turned out to be a bunch of bullshit he just made up to back his claims.
So I thought we should take a trip down memory lane and see some of these ironclad irrefutable “truths” we’ve been told to believe by the above-mentioned "Truth Monopolies" over the years. And this is the really short list.
Here’s a prediction from 1988 by a climate “scientist” regarding what New York would be like in 20 years if we evil American consumers did not change our way: “West Side Highway [which runs along the Hudson River] will be under water. And there will be tape across the windows across the street because of high winds. And the same birds won’t be there. The trees in the median strip will change.” He is currently lending such expertise to the global warming debate.
Then there were Stanford professor Paul Ehrlich (a recipient of something called a “genius grant”) and his educated predictions of the “future”. Such as…smog disasters will kill almost a quarter of a million people in LA and New York in 1973, the oceans will be devoid of marine life by 1979 and by 1980 life expectancy in the US will drop to 42 years of age. The President will dissolve Congress during the food riots of the 1980’s, the rest of the world will nuke us to keep our poisoned food from “getting” them, and our population will dwindle to less than 27 million by 1999.
Just to keep this from exceeding bandwith, I will just toss in an abbreviated list of the unimpeachable and all-encompassing truths those pillars of integrity that infest the capital and the ivory towers have foisted upon us.
The income tax will never go above 6 percent.
Social Security will always be our safety-net, and the tax will be only 2 percent.
The Drug War will reduce drug usage and crime in America.
“I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”
Federal aid to education will never result in the federal control of education.
The Warren Report
The PATRIOT Act will only be used against terrorists.
The War on Poverty will reduce poverty in America.
Republicans will always try to reduce the size of government.
Campaign finance reform will end corruption in politics.
Gun-control laws will keep guns away from criminals.
Rain follows the plow.
Take your Thalidomide.
Global Pandemics I, II, III, IV, V…etc.
Cold fusion achieved in 1989.
ClimateGate, the original, PLUS…
Even thinking about the “long” list makes me ill.