The Public Voice
Letters To The Editor 10.04.12
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Hot here; cold there. Heat distribution not so rare.
We need all info on the table to make informed decisions. Where is the map showing the ice extent in Antarctica this year? Not just confirmation bias, but cognitive dissonance too. It is the interplay between the two that distills the truth. Those who include only one are either ignorant or seek to mislead not to educate. - Lensfocus | via Web
Ug. Al Gore – an Inconvenient Fraud. While I despise all hard-line politicians, I have a particularly strong aversion to this smarmy twit who shamelessly lobbies his eugenicist agenda behind the guise of environmental ethics. To those who feel that this anti-Gore position means one must therefore, hate (in no particular order): the Earth, their life, peace, whales, recycling, minorities, health care, homosexuals, puppies, women’s rights, and unicorns. I hate none of the above. Except sometimes puppies.
In all fairness, Gore’s masters are truly the ones to blame (Soros, Bilderbergers, Big Pharma and the NWO elitists). I cannot fathom how anyone can tolerate that endlessly amended and contrived eco-rhetoric for another second. The somber speeches laden with ever-changing “scientific data” from a team primed and purchased for the “cause.” The fact is, the truly ecologically minded see right through it. The only people truly buying the hype anymore seem to be the impressionable collegians (yes, academia is often a criminal source of disinformation – gasp!), and the Clinton loyalist consumers. “The earth is dying, and it’s ALL OUR FAULT!” Psychologically, that sort of drama appeals directly to the guilt/shame aspect in an inherently sensitive and/or damaged character. It’s a jackpot of justification and an incredibly convenient opportunity for repentance for their very existence. Unfortunately, the ramifications of this are merely swelling the pockets of politicians, and doing squat to solve any honest issues.
Who doesn’t want ecological balance, hope and change? The entire eco-circus counts on that – and preys on the vulnerable and kind-hearted of our nation to fall for it so they can silently enforce their police state. - Charlie | via Web
While the article was well-written, and the personal experience was impacting, it fails to qualify as good journalism. There are a lot of logical fallacies surrounding this article (and this topic in general). Appeals to: Authority, Belief, Consequences of a Belief and Fear, plus a Biased Sample, a whole lot of Ad Hominem and a big whopping False Dilemma. The most egregious fallacy is Questionable Cause (A and B are associated on a regular basis; therefore, A is the cause of B).
While it is true the ice caps are melting, and the world is warming, there is no sound science proving why. It was an oversight not to include any mention of the Wikileaks documents that show how top climate change research scientists falsified global warming data to secure government funding, and that much of the information we use today is taken from their fictitious data. The truth is, things change. They’ve changed before. They will change again. We as a species are not that powerful. One day we will die en masse regardless of whether or not we use CFL or standard halogen light bulbs. - Dying Human # 4,495,392,112 | via Web
YES! YES! and YES to your observation of Jeff Taylor! (“Extra Helping of Squid,” posted Sept. 24). I had the nightmarish experience of meeting Jeff during the November 2008 Prop. 8 vote. You recall that little prop that basically put a minority’s right up for a majority popular vote? Anyway, Jeff lacks focus, vision, an understanding of our nation’s basic foundation of keeping church out of state decisions and so on and so on and scooby-be-dooby-doo…
But I will say this for Jeff Taylor: He does have some sort of weird determination because he continues to run for office, year after year, even though the public has spoken again and again and again. Thanks for your Squid insights! - VFern | via Web
Propping Up 30
Sure, only the rich are putting money into fighting the tax increasing Proposition 30 (“Surprise: Some Silicon Valley rich guys oppose Prop. 30,” Sept. 27-Oct. 3). Mary Duan was very astute to observe that remarkable fact in her “Capital Conundrum” article last week. The super-rich have raised $2.2 million, nothing compared to the meager $28 million raised by pro-tax forces. The poor people at Bank of America and other big corporations have tossed in puny millions to support Prop. 30 and help California keep its designation as one of the most highly taxed states in America.
Just look at Mary Duan’s example. Venture capitalist Shawn Carolan contributed the hefty sum of $1,000 to fight the tax increase. Boy, the rich are really opening the money spigot to battle Prop 30.
And what will we get for increasing our taxes – the construction of Gov. Brown’s brand new $69-$100 billion high-speed rail line that will likely be subsidized by taxpayers for eternity. That expensive boondoggle will take money away from education and public safety. But it is only money. Let’s tax the people even more until we’re all rich and happy. - Lawrence Samuels | Carmel
Saw the piece and unfortunately it doesn’t reflect the reality of my position. I heard that of the $7 billion that Prop. 30 will raise only $300 million will go to fund our schools. If it was 100 percent to our schools I’d be more than happy to vote for it. - Shawn Carolan | Via Web
Don’t succumb to the blackmail! If our reprehensatives (that’s not a typo!) succeed in blackmailing you into approving Prop. 30 by threatening schools, they’ll soon be back for more. Why would you trust the wastrels who want to build a $168-billion train to nowhere with another dime? Here’s a different proposition: Cut all state budgets by 10 percent immediately and start living within our (the taxpayers’) means. - AAlison | via Web
White people problems (“County considers Next Gen communication towers, faces appeal threat,” Sept. 20-26). - Kevee | via Web
Two shootings is a plague? (“Two shootings in three days plague Seaside, what can be done?” posted Sept. 26 to Facebook.) - Rose Dean Evers | via Facebook
Shoot back. -Joe Opitz | via Facebook