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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Church of Global Warming

It is a lie that the United Nations wants to maintain religious neutrality at COP-15. No, Global Warming is the established religion at this international event.

This was made especially clear when, days before the event's commencement, the Denmark Foreign Ministry rejected a donated delivery of Christmas fir trees. "We have to remember that this is a U.N. conference and, as the [Bella] center then becomes U.N. territory, there can be no Christmas trees in the decor, because the U.N. wishes to maintain neutrality," explained Ministry official Svend Olling.

Religious objectivity, however, is impossible at a conference explicitly engaged in blind adherence to an unproven premise - a faith in the veracity of global warming. For though the science is not settled, participants have convened to devise strategies for what they believe will be the world's environmental salvation, the capping of carbon dioxide emissions.

Global Warming devotees' religious fervor commands action, even if their deliverance comes at the expense of economic devastation. American disciples such as Al Gore and President Barack Obama are more than willing to sacrifice economic stability at the altar of Global Warming.

The faith dictates absolute advocacy for draconian carbon dioxide regulations such as the cap-and-trade scheme detailed in the House-passed "American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009." To Warming enthusiasts, the $9.4 trillion reduction in aggregate GDP, increase in annual unemployment by 2.5 million jobs, and increase in inflation-adjusted electricity prices by 90 percent, gasoline prices by 58 percent, and residential natural gas prices by 55 percent, all estimated to occur within the first 24 years under such a cap and trade scheme, are merely an afterthought.

Though economists have highlighted the dire financial implications of energy restriction ad nauseam and questions remain about the actual science behind the Global Warming Theory, adherents are steadfast in their belief. Ironically, it seems that most of these Warmers - many of whom are often quick to proclaim creationists as backward - stick to their faith with the unbending will of a St. Paul.

Even in the wake of Climategate and new peer-reviewed studies (which give lie to the notion that apocalyptic climate forecasts are supported by consensus) by such renowned scientists as Brookhaven National Laboratory's Dr. Stephen E. Schwartz, MIT's Dr. Richard Lindzen, and the University of Auckland's Dr. Chris de Freitas, Warming adherents remain loyally convinced that man's evil energy usage is destroying Mother Earth.

Faith is belief without verifiable evidence. The unquestioned adherence to the theory of Global Warming bears all the markings of what traditionally would be recognized as a religion. Complete with sin (the emitting of carbon dioxide), scriptures (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports), commandments (drive a Prius, use Compact Florescent Light bulbs, do not eat meat, etc.), indulgences (carbon offsets), proselytism and prophets (Al Gore), priests (scientists), prophecy and apocalypse (floods, hurricanes, dead polar bears), infidels (Warming skeptics), and salvation (the halting of carbon-emitting industrial progress), the religion of Global Warming fits the mold.

Great Britain has already recognized belief in anthropogenic Global Warming as a religion. In November, in a landmark case brought before the UK Employment Appeal Tribunal, the court found that under the "2003 Religion and Belief Regulations," "belief in man-made climate change, and the alleged resulting moral imperatives" qualified for the same employment discrimination protections as a traditional religion.

Though we have yet to see Al Gore or James Hansen walk on water, COP-15 is far from religiously-neutral. Instead, participants are expected to adhere to their one true faith: Global Warming.

Consequently, it makes sense that Christmas trees are welcome at the Church of Global Warming. When was the last time you saw a menorah in a Cathedral?

Written by Caroline May, policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by Caroline May at 12:18 PM

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Consolation Prize: Gropenhagen

GoreBoxerWarner.jpgSadly for COP15 attendees willing to shell out 5,999 Danish Kroner ($1,209) to shake hands and get their picture taken with the illustrious Al Gore, the profiting prophet's expensive VIP appearance in Copenhagen has been cancelled.

Berlanski Media, the event's Danish coordinators, announced Thursday that, despite enthusiasm and high ticket sales, the affair will no longer take place due to complications with the monotonous mountebank's Copenhagen schedule (but for my money, the real reason is the potential for questions by/confrontations with rogue attendees about Climategate).

Though they can no longer pay to meet their hefty hero at the Climate Conference, there is still a conciliation prize awaiting devastated Gore acolytes needing stimulation in Copenhagen...

It seems that actual prostitutes have taken up where Gore left off... only these ladies are offering more than a handshake to attendees of the U.N. Climate Summit. And, unlike Gore, the women are providing their time and services gratis.

The "working girls" of Copenhagen are offering this... well... carbon-negligible activity for free in order to protest admonitions from the Copenhagen city government that COP15 attendees should "Be sustainable - don't buy sex."

The mayor and city council have especially focused on urging hotels in the area "not to arrange contacts between hotel guests and prostitutes," even going so far as to send out postcards with the anti-brothel message. The women have responded in kind by offering any delegate with an official COP15 tag and one of the cautionary postcards an evening that will perhaps make up for a Copenhagen fortnight without Gore for far less than $1,209 -- for free, in fact.

So there it is... along with all the other nicknames for the events in Copenhagen, such as Hopenhagen, Nopenhagen, and Dopenhagen, we now have... GROPENHAGEN.

Fabulous.

Written by Caroline May, policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy Research. Write the author at [email protected]. As we occasionally reprint letters on the blog, please note if you prefer that your correspondence be kept private, or only published anonymously.

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Posted by Caroline May at 10:44 PM

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Quote of Note: Nobel Peace Prize Winners in Perspective

"The list of Nobel peace laureates is not an especially august one. I've never heard of most of the people on it, and I'd bet you haven't either. So I have no comment on them. Then there are the perfectly ridiculous ones, the paradigmatic figure being the Guatemalan peasant, Rigobertu Menchu Tum, who literally invented her life, for which fabrication the custodians of the prize bestowed it on her.

Yasser Arafat -- well, yes, Yasser Arafat -- spent his life as a murderer, and he got a Nobel, too.

Kofi Annan received the Nobel as well. Perhaps for Bosnia, where he delayed an intervention by the West, and for Rwanda, where he literally prevented both the United Nations and the United States from intervening. I don't know what the Bosnian death toll attributable to him is. But we all know how many Tutsis were murdered in the Rwanda enormity. One million. The jackpot.

Frank B. Kellogg and Aristide Briand each became a Nobel Peace Laureate for designing an international treaty outlawing war. It was approved by all of the salient governments. Within a decade, however, the world had gone to war ... to World War II."

-Marty Peretz, "Obama Would Have Been Better Off Saying Simply 'I Am Not Worthy' or 'Nolo Episcopari'," The New Republic, October 11, 2009.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:06 PM

Friday, October 02, 2009

What's Happening Now

Senator Kerry blocks Senate fact-finding trip to Honduras.

Woman who "essentially starved" her toddler to death served a mere six months and is now accused of grotesquely abusing her son. Six months?

State of Michigan threatens woman for babysitting.

A population map.

In the none-of-its-business department: Major U.S. corporation spends $290,000 telling Irish voters to vote to join EU.

John Goodman asks: Why is AARP selling out seniors?


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:11 AM

Thursday, October 01, 2009

What's Happening Now

Tim Cavanaugh: Another fiscal year older, another $1.65 trillion in debt.

Michael van der Galien: Everybody loves clowns, right?

GE gets its payoff.

Jules Crittenden: Intelligence without experience is like knowing how roller skates work without ever having skated. (One guess who he's talking about.)

PhRMA spends $9.4 million more promoting left-wing health care "reform"; forgets left-wing health care means drugs gets rationed.

Patterico tries to get a Washington Post correction. Good luck with that.

British Christian hotel owners charged with criminal offense after discussing religion with Muslim guest.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:34 AM

Friday, September 18, 2009

What's Happening Now

No independent thought tolerated: A sample of the abuse black conservatives routinely receive.

Polish newspaper: "Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back."

Czech newspaper: "An ally we rely on has betrayed us, and exchanged us for its own, better relations with Russia, of which we are rightly afraid."

Lauri Regan/American Thinker: "Missile defense Obama will ditch, but General Electric he'll enrich?"

Timothy Carney/Washington Examiner: Obama helps strengthen General Electric-Putin ties.

ACORN to file criminal complaint. (H/T The Other McCain)

Speaking of ACORN, defend Glenn Beck.

The Max Baucus money trail. (Is it that expensive to run in Montana?)

John McCain IDs "certainly the worst President of the 20th Century."


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:41 PM

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Quote of Note: In 2007-08, 16.5% of Deaths in Britain Came After Terminal Sedation

"Rarely has the Atlantic seemed as wide as when America's raw debate on the future of health care provoked a near unanimous response from Britain's politicians boasting of the superiority of socialized medicine delivered by the country's National Health Service. Prime Minister Gordon Brown used Twitter to tell the world that the NHS can mean the difference between life and death. His wife added, 'we love the NHS.' Opposition leader David Cameron tweeted back that his plans to outspend Labour showed the Conservatives were more committed to the NHS than Labour.

"This outbreak of NHS jingoism was brought to an abrupt halt by the Patients Association, an independent charity. In a report, the association presented a catalogue of end-of-life cases that demonstrated, in its words, 'a consistent pattern of shocking standards of care,' providing details of what it described as 'appalling treatment,' which could be found across the NHS. A few days later, a group of senior doctors and health-care experts wrote to a national newspaper expressing their concern about the Liverpool Care Pathway, a palliative program being rolled out across the NHS, involving the withdrawal of fluids and nourishment for patients thought to be dying. Noting that in 2007-08, 16.5% of deaths in the U.K. came after terminal sedation, their letter concluded with the chilling observation that experienced doctors know that sometimes 'when all but essential drugs are stopped, 'dying' patients get better' if they are allowed to -- words that put a different complexion on Gordon Brown's August tweet."

-Rupert Darwall, "Life, Death and the NHS," Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2009

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:16 AM

Friday, September 11, 2009

What's Happening Now

Final words from 9-11. Don't forget.

Iran, Libya and Obama's inexperience.

An American experiences the NHS.

Government Electric?

Death panels strike again.

ATR: Top five tax fibs in Obama speech.

Osteoporosis drug controversy in the UK.

Britain may not have enough hospital beds to handle swine flu.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:40 AM

Thursday, September 10, 2009

British MP Charges Some Parents Have Been Threatened for Questioning Health System

A Liberal Democrat Member of the British Parliament is charging that some parents in Britain have been told they could lose legal custody of their children because they complained about the British government's National Health Service.

From the Times (UK):
Parents are being threatened with having their children taken into care after questioning doctors' diagnoses or objecting to their medical care.

John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP, who campaigns to stop injustices in the family court, said:
"Very often care proceedings are used as retaliation by local authorities against 'uppity' people who question the system."

Cases are emerging across the UK: The mother of a 13-year-old girl who became partly paralysed after being given a cervical cancer vaccination says social workers have told her the child may be removed if she (the mother) continues to link her condition with the vaccination.

A couple had all six of their children removed from their care after they disputed the necessity of an invasive medical test on their eldest daughter. Doctors, who suspected she might have had a blood disease, called for social services to obtain an emergency protection order, although it was subsequently confirmed that she was not suffering from the condition. The parents were still considered unstable, and all their children were taken from them.

A single mother whose teenage son is terminally ill and confined to a wheelchair has been told he is to become the subject of a care order after she complained that her local authority’s failure to provide bathroom facilities for him has left her struggling to maintain sanitary standards...
Read the entire story here.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:19 PM

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

100 Stories of Personal Struggles with the Health Care System You Won't Hear from President Obama

ShatteredLivesCoverSm.jpgAs the White House has announced that the First Lady will watch the President's health care speech tonight with two people who have had what the White House terms as "struggles" with the U.S. health care system, I remind everyone about our new book, "Shattered Lives: 100 Victims of Government Health Care."

Shattered Lives tells of the struggles 100 people in countries that previously adopted the so-called "public option" (read: government option) on health care have had getting health care services. These are the kind of stories I think we can be confident the President won't reference during his speech tonight.

We are not charging for PDF copies of the book, which readers can download from http://www.nationalcenter.org/
ShatteredLives.html
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Why not download a copy now, and email it to any of your friends or family or are on the fence about the impact of increasing government control over our health system? Or post a link to the book's free downloads page on your Facebook page or blog?

Remember, folks: Government-run health care guarantees you health insurance -- it doesn't guarantee health care.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 7:55 PM

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

What's Happening Now

Medicare proves it: Government-run health care leads to fraud.

A heartbreaking story.

Buycott party: Steak on the grill and salads from Whole Foods. We did it Sunday.

If you love Soviet art, you'll love this.

Looks like Hugo Chavez is trying to do to Pfizer what Pfizer, by supporting ObamaCare, is trying to do to us.

Canada cuts a deal.

Rationing may get worse in Britain.

More on the Swedish media's blood libel.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:11 AM

Sunday, August 30, 2009

What's Happening Now

What would John Jay do?

Obama and Kennedy "weren't that close." We could tell from Obama's eulogy.

Laws covering certain major campaign supporters will not be enforced, Obama Labor Department says. Equal justice under law is "the animating ideal of our democracy," says Obama. We aren't feeling animated today.

Ed Morrissey, optimist: "We've spent enough on the UAW, thank you very much." Realist: We'll never stop paying for the UAW.

Moe Lane/RedState: "Sometimes, I miss Tony Blair." Me, too, but I suspect it's because we live here.

Ed Driscoll: "It can't happen here." Or it can.

Nice enough to make you want to be a cave dweller.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 1:02 AM

Thursday, August 20, 2009

What's Happening Now

The British government health care waiting list problem has been solved.

"Racial overtones," says MSNBC, capping its entry into the Stupidest News Clip of the Decade Contest.

British tax dollars at work: National Health Service gives Viagra to man with 30-year history of child sex crimes.

Sweden's largest newspaper claims Israel is kidnapping Palestinians and harvesting their organs. On MSNBC next?

White House deal with PhRMA undermines democracy.

Another polar expedition trapped in ice. Bonus picture of Al Gore's houseboat. Or go here.

Obama has lowest Gallup approval rating at this stage since Truman, except for one President. Find out which.

Ukraine's Got Talent.

Thomas Sowell on death guidance.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 8:46 AM

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What's Happening Now

Why hasn't David Axelrod recused himself from ObamaCare lobbying?

No sunlight in Sunny California: Touchy agency trying to force someone to surrender video he shot of it.

The left told a lie? Say it ain't so!

Who said it? Climate bill out of control.

U.S. vs. Europe: Life Expectancy and Cancer Survival. (H/T Coyote Blog)

From Newt to Barack: Some good advice the President won't take.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 2:06 AM

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Unbelievable

Left-of-center parties really do gravitate toward totalitarianism.

This post was written by National Center for Public Policy Research Vice President David Ridenour. To send comments, write him at [email protected]. Please state if a letter is not for publication or if you prefer that it be published anonymously.


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Posted by David A. Ridenour at 8:07 AM

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Outrage of the Day: President Obama Denigrating Bush in Europe

No one is under any illusion that Barack Obama and George W. Bush see eye-to-eye on all or even most policy issues, so President Obama's criticisms of President Bush while on foreign soil are unnecessary and, to my way of thinking, tacky.

If Obama won't forgo digs at his predecessor out of a sense of dignity and appreciation for the office of the President of the United States, or appreciation for the old dictum that politics stops at the water's edge, then he might at least remind himself that inevitably, one day (Obama confidently says this won't be until 2017), he himself will be a former President of the United States, and will want to be treated with the same amount of respect President Bush showed to him.

I agree with what Charles Krauthammer said on Fox's "Special Report," by way of NRO with a hat tip to Jake Tapper and Karen Travers:
Where does one begin? Obama says in America there is a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.

Maybe that's because when there was a civil war in Europe's doorstep in the Balkans and genocide it didn't lift a finger until America led.

Maybe it's because there was an invasion in Kuwait it didn't lift a finger until America led.

Maybe it's because with America spending over half a trillion a year keeping open the sea lanes and defending the world, Europe is spending pennies on defense.

It's hard to appreciate an entity's leading role in the world when it's been sucking on your tit for 60 years as Europe has with regard to the United States, parasitically...

And then he goes on and calls America arrogant, dismissive, and derisive regarding Europe. "The London Telegraph," a correspondent in Strasbourg, said this was the most critical remarks he had ever seen a president give on foreign soil, and I think he's right.

When Kennedy arrived in Paris, he did not attack Eisenhower and the United States. When Obama's elected president, he is president of all of the United States, including Americans who opposed him, and he owns American history, including a past he may not have wanted to engage in.

I think what he did is, in order to gain the adoration of the crowd, he denigrated his country in a way that I think is disgraceful.


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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:26 PM

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Outrage of the Day: The Communique of the G-20

From the Communique of the G-20:
...In particular we agree: to establish a new Financial Stability Board (FSB) with a strengthened mandate, as a successor to the Financial Stability Forum (FSF), including all G20 countries, FSF members, Spain, and the European Commission; that the FSB should collaborate with the IMF to provide early warning of macroeconomic and financial risks and the actions needed to address them; to reshape our regulatory systems so that our authorities are able to identify and take account of macro-prudential risks; to extend regulation and oversight to all systemically important financial institutions, instruments and markets. This will include, for the first time, systemically important hedge funds; to endorse and implement the FSF's tough new principles on pay and compensation and to support sustainable compensation schemes and the corporate social responsibility of all firms; to take action, once recovery is assured, to improve the quality, quantity, and international consistency of capital in the banking system. In future, regulation must prevent excessive leverage and require buffers of resources to be built up in good times; to take action against noncooperative jurisdictions, including tax havens. We stand ready to deploy sanctions to protect our public finances and financial systems...
From the Declaration of Independence:
...Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it...
Any government we don't vote for has no right to regulate us.



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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:34 PM

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Wynton C. Hall's Speechwriter Anecdote: Here's Hoping His Source Made It Up

Writing in the Examiner, Wynton C. Hall shares an anecdote that, if true, reveals a breathtaking level of incompetence at the White House, not just in what it says about the staffer in question, but about the hiring process there:
...why can’t this White House get its oratorical act together? One explanation might lie with Bush’s current speechwriters. At a recent social gathering, I spoke to one woman who told me a story that would send a shiver up a speechwriter’s spine.

While chatting with one of Bush’s newly installed speechwriters, the woman said she mentioned how much she loved President Ronald Reagan’s “Pointe du Hoc” speech, delivered on cliffs overlooking Normandy Beach. The young new presidential wordsmith looked at the woman with a quizzical look. The presidential speech writer confessed to being unfamiliar with the speech but was looking forward to reading it.
Indulge me.

Open Letter to Young New Presidential Wordsmith:
Dear Young (may I call you "Young"?),

What fantastic circumstances placed you at the very top of the speechwriting profession while leaving you ignorant of what is most sublime of the profession itself? "I wasn't born then" can be no excuse for mediocrity. Where you born when Lincoln gave his Second Inaugural, or the Gettysburg Address? When Patrick Henry spoke before the Virginia House of Burgesses? The day after the date which shall life in infamy? When Marc Antony ulogized Caesar?

Young, I beg you, learn your craft. If you haven't read or watched those speeches (or what history records of them) and many, many others; if the words "blood, toil, tears and sweat," sound like the name of a rock group to you, take a leave of absence. Learn the history and art of your profession. Learn how Reagan used the imagery of D-Day in his Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach speeches on June 6, 1984 to inspire the allies of that day to persevere in the battle of freedom versus Soviet tyranny. Help our President also evoke our shared history, values and aspirations, as we fight the crusade before us now.

With sincerity,

Amy Ridenour

P.S. The text of the Point du Hoc speech is here; the text of the Omaha Beach speech is here. It's better to watch them as well; the Omaha Beach speech is here; I haven't been able to find a video of the Point du Hoc speech online.
Wynton Hall makes several other points. I agree especially about Bush 41 and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The American people are still owed a big party (something modeled on this, perhaps?) to celebrate the end of the Cold War. Is the Cold War the only major conflict ever concluded without a commemoration party? Possibly. At the very least, we should have an annual day of commemoration (I nominate November 9), preferably without time off work. We best honor our successes by building upon them.
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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:47 AM

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How Do You Say 'El Spank-O!' In Swiss?

From David Hogberg:
The ballot initiative that would have brought a single-payer health insurance system to Switzerland lost -- by 71-29%.

Ouch.

And that is why the political left and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) will completely ignore this story.
To contact author David Hogberg directly,
write him at [email protected]

P.S. Yes, we know there is no language called “Swiss.” David is joking.
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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:12 AM

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sir Humphrey Appleby's Climate Change Pact

With the Europeans and carbon reduction, it's always the planning; never the doing.

The European governments have adopted an even more stringent global warming agreement than the Kyoto Treaty, even as the EU fails to meet its Kyoto targets.

It's like a plot in the BBC's old "Yes Minister" series; one in which super-bureaucrat Sir Humphrey Appleby counsels his government department's minister to cover up a failing plan by announcing a new one that will be even harder to fulfill.

Possibly this new climate pact should be dubbed the "Appleby Agreement."

I almost never quote Wikipedia (due to its outlandish inaccuracies), but at 2:30 AM Eastern on March 10, 2007 AD, it had a perfect description of the European Union relationship with the Kyoto Treaty: "The EU has consistently been one of the major nominal supporters of the Kyoto Protocol..."

That's right, nominal, as in, "being such in name only; so-called; putative: a nominal treaty; the nominal head of the country."

The Washington Post admitted the same thing, but put it more politely:
European governments have been a major promoter [emphasis added] of the Kyoto pact...
The European Union talks up Kyoto, but isn't meeting its Kyoto targets. Its plan was that America would, but we outfoxed them by never ratifying it in the first place. (Never say the Clinton Administration didn't do anything right.)

(The Washington Post continued the sentence in the box quote, saying "...[the Kyoto Treaty] attempts to counter trends that are warming the Earth's climate." Whoa! Care to prove that, Posties? [Pause to imagine the news coverage: Trends, Not Sun or CO2, Warm Climate - Washington Post.] No, seriously, the Post shouldn't write theory as fact in a news story. The Evil Hand of Humanity + Cow Emissions Are Ending the World As We Know It Theory is still a theory.)

But back to Brussels bureaucrats. Sir Humphrey Appleby hit the nail on the head: "Politicians... need activity. It is their substitute for achievement."

Not that European leaders admit that their real motive in crafting a new climate pact is to hide their failure to adhere to the last one.

No, they stick to promotions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was confident "the plan could save the world."

French President Jacques Chirac was even more self-congratulatory: "This is part of the great moments of European history."

British Prime Minister Tony Blair said: "We have what I think is a historic summit."

Yes, Ministers.

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Posted by Amy Ridenour at 3:26 AM

Swiss To Vote On Single-Payer

From David Hogberg:
On Sunday, voters in Switzerland will go to the polls to decide the future of their health care system. The measure, put on the ballot by the political left (of course), would establish a single health insurer. It would replace the private system that they have now, which is arguably more free market than the one we have in the U.S.

I don't know the first thing about Swiss politics, so I have no idea what the chances are of its passage, although the article suggests that its chances are not good. What I do know is that if it does succeed, the political left here will use it as an example numero uno of the superiority of a single-payer health care system.

Here's hoping it loses.
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