Ominous Parallels

A friend of mine and I have gotten in the habit of arguing about whether Climate Change is occurring & whether its cause is primarily due to mankind’s pollution or not. We usually engage in this friendly, though passionate debate when we’re drinking together at the local pub & we haven’t come to an agreement yet so I thought I’d write this essay while sober & hopefully a bit more clearheaded?

First of all, my friend seems to understand & respect the basic scientific method;

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Isaac Newton (law of gravity)

The scientific method is a way to ask and answer scientific questions by making observations and doing experiments. The steps of the scientific method are to:

Ask a Question

Do Background Research

Construct a Hypothesis

Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment

Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion

Communicate Your Results

This is the foundation of all human progress in the sciences and technology upon which civilization is founded. Something I learned many years ago in college struck me as simplistic yet profound at the same time i.e. we all grow up hearing about the “laws of nature,” the “law of gravity,” etc., right? Well this is how those “laws” came into being, first, a scientist or whomever, comes up with an hypothesis & the more-in terms of repetition—their hypothesis (experiment) can be repeated with the same results (consequences), the more verifiable or valid it becomes. And after perhaps years if not decades or centuries, it is elevated to the level of a “theory.” And again after a period of time, it is finally pronounced a “law.” Now the word “law” sounds absolute but again we know that there are exceptions to these “laws,” i.e. places where the laws of gravity are defied.Einstein

Perhaps this may sound contradictory to the point I am trying to make but if you’ll bear with me, I think you will see that it doesn’t? My basic point is that our most trusted & respected beliefs/knowledge i.e. our scientific laws only come into general acceptance after sometimes centuries of observation, research, analyzing, and collection of data yet in today’s world, a relative handful of “scientists” are able to muddy the waters i.e. confuse & dupe the public into doubting the true scientists by dismissing their hard scientific data, etc. as mere “theory.”

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The Last Days of Socrates

Before I go on, I want to share another simple yet profound thing I learned in college. I had been going to college for several years, mostly junior or community colleges before I met my wife & got serious about pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Well the administrators of the university I was attending in their infinite wisdom, thought we should have to complete a six week “Introduction to College” course worth half a unit. They gave us a tour of the campus I had been attending for two years & showed us where the library was and how to look stuff up on the library’s computer system, etc. Yeah, it was absurd but I did learn one very valuable thing from a thin, booklet they gave us. In a nutshell, the closest we can come to the “truth” of anyone’s claims or argument is to 1) check out that person’s credentials—many people claim expertise about subjects/matters they have no experience in or no formal study or training in. This is why Socrates had so many enemies in ancient Athens because a guy could be a master shipbuilder for example but his ego got carried away & he would then act like he was a master of many other areas i.e. child rearing, etc. and Socrates would show them how ignorant they were in public. 2) Check out what the other “experts” in whatever the field under discussion is and see what they have to say about this “expert.”

How many of us in this day and age will take the time or effort to do such research on the matters that so deeply affect us all? Sadly, most of us get our information from television and that handful of corporations who own something like 95% or better of our media (television, radio, newspapers, magazines, etc.) clearly aren’t in the business because they’re altruistic & believe in their original mandate to serve as “watchdogs” or the fourth estate to keep the government and special interests from abusing their power. Most notable for their corruption & the most egregious of these “media” corporations in terms of blatantly serving the corporate cockroaches which work hand-in-glove with the political lapdogs is FOX “News.”chomsky-interview

For decades now, a pernicious myth has been circulating of a so-called “liberal bias,” in the media. Think about it, common sense tells you that corporations are in business to make profits right? Well then, why would a media corporation allow serious critics of their corporations on their shows? Yeah, they do allow a small percentage of the time, some mild, milk-toast critics to be on so as to give the appearance of being “fair & balanced” but this is a farce. And a prime example is the man who has been dubbed “the most important intellectual alive,” Noam Chomsky. He has effectively been marginalized by the corporate media for decades because he is so brilliant & powerful in his arguments & analysis of American foreign policy, corporate corruption, etc. that the powers that be have never been able to produce a scholar able to defeat him in debate. And Chomsky doesn’t resort to rhetoric and rarely raises his voice. He calmly and rationally presents the facts and can supply all the references, citations, etc. that support his arguments that anyone could want.

Chomsky has been a professor of linguistics and philosophy at M.I.T. for over 50 years & he “revolutionized” the field of linguistics in the 50s I believe it was? I was attracted to his writings about politics and the fact that he was one of the first professors to speak out against the Vietnam war in the early 60s. He started by speaking to small groups of students in peoples’ homes and his popularity grew exponentially over the years to the point that whenever I have been in search of books in English in places like Rome, Paris, Berlin, etc. I may find a handful of bookstores that carry a small section of a bookcase or two of books in English & they are overwhelmingly books written by Chomsky. And yet, I have met people here in America that call themselves liberals or progressives but they’ve never heard of Noam Chomsky? Sorry, I know that I get carried away when it comes to talking about Chomsky but that’s because he’s my intellectual hero.

To return to my last point i.e. the corporate media effectively silence their harshest & most powerful critics because if they allowed scholars like Chomsky, Michael Parenti, Howard Zinn, etc. on their most viewed programs & especially during primetime, the general public might wake-up & stop supporting (buying) the products of their advertisers, etc. In a nutshell, why in the world would they support their own destruction?

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The Web of Deceit

You may still have your doubts as to the veracity or strength of my argument so here are the corporations that control the flow of information in this country and to some extent in foreign countries as well;

Time Warner

Walt Disney

Viacom

News Corporation

CBS

NBC Universal

Comcast

And here is just one website that you can go to get a bit of background on this ominous state of affairs; http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/who-owns-the-media-the-6-monolithic-corporations-that-contr Of course, it’s always important to bear in mind that there’s a lot of inaccurate information on the Internet so you shouldn’t trust any single source. Do your own research and surf the web to see if you can find some consistency. Again, remember the two steps we must take if we want to find or get as close as we can to the “truth.” The critical point to remember in the context of my overall argument is that this handful of media corporations are not separate or isolated entities, no, they’re part of behemoth conglomerates whose gross incomes are greater than the GDP of many nations.

My key point is that these corporate conglomerates not only own the media that shapes our opinions on political, economic, social, etc. matters, they also own the major corporations in the oil, pharmaceutical, financial, defense, etc. industries. If you do a bit of searching, you’ll discover that it is the major oil corporations who fund the relatively small percentage of scientists of deny global warming and most notably, it is the Koch brothers who fund the majority of these whores masquerading as real scientists.inside job

My subconscious woke me in the middle of the night a few days ago with this connection or parallel, like in the brilliant documentary by Charles Fergusson, “Inside Job,” which won an Oscar and revealed the intricate web of Wall St. firms, hedge fund companies, the “Super Banks” too big to fail, the credit rating agencies, the government agencies responsible for regulating the financial industry, the insurance giant A.I.G., Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae, the real estate giants, etc. an important component in this labyrinth of deceit that brought the world to the edge of total economic collapse in 2008 were once again, a relative handful of professors of economics from some of our most prestigious universities. It has been revealed & proven that these professors who were paid very handsomely for writing papers & giving speeches in support of the corporations & individuals who were making out like bandits in the real estate bubble with their Alice in Wonderland creations such as credit default swaps, etc. Again, don’t take my word for it, do a little research on your own & you will see that this isn’t mere conspiratorial thinking on my part. By the way, I’m not arguing that this is all some grand conspiracy because first of all, they’re simply not that smart. No, it’s more of a confluence of greedy & unethical businessmen pursuing profits no matter what the cost. This is Capitalism in all its magnificent, destructive glory. And speaking of conspiracies, it’s important to remember that they’re not all theories i.e. recall the Standard Oil, Goodyear, & GM I believe, conspiracy in what was it, the 50s in which they bought up all the public transportation systems like the Red Car trolleys in L.A. and shut them down so people were forced to buy cars & the freeway systems were built, etc.?

Pat Robertson, epitome of Christian Fundamentalist evil!

Pat Robertson, epitome of Christian Fundamentalist evil!

In conclusion, another frightening parallel is between these climate deniers and Christian fundamentalists, in fact, Muslim & Jewish fundamentalists as well. Religious fundamentalists basically seek the overthrow of all governments because they fear & hate science in general because it contradicts many of their cherished beliefs. And the greedy, scheming bastards like the Koch brothers do all they can to fan the war on science because if rational minds were to prevail and serious environmental regulations were enforced, they’d lose billions in profits. Fundamentalists whether religious or economic i.e. free market fundamentalists like Alan Greenspan, an acolyte of Ayn Rand, who played such a pivotal role in U.S. economic policy for decades and was a major factor in our economic collapse, share a common desire i.e. keeping the public ignorant & a wish to drive us toward a new, Dark Ages, where fear & superstition rule and where true scientists are hunted & persecuted for defying the religious dogmatists. Finally, I don’t mean to sound overly melodramatic but I always keep in mind how Hitler & the Nazis took control of Germany which was noted as a very culturally advanced nation before the rise of the fascists through their skillful use of the tools of propaganda. .

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” —Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propagandagoebbels

I have been preaching for many years now to anyone who will listen, about the perniciousness or serious harm being done to us as a nation by FOX “News.” First of all it’s absolutely absurd & a national disgrace that we even allow them to call themselves a news organization. Note that one of that handful of corporate media owners I mentioned earlier, News Corporation, boils down to one man, Rupert Murdoch, the founder of FOX “News.” And few know his history but in a nutshell, he started off in his native country of Australia as the publisher of sleazy rags akin to our National Enquirer which featured a weekly nude centerfold along with absurd, sensationalist stories like “I gave birth to an alien child with two heads,” etc. He then moved on to England, then America, etc. In brief, FOX “News” mission is to sow the seeds of fear & hate. It’s the age-old strategy of Divide & Conquer i.e. keep the public’s attention on immigrants taking our jobs, terrorists, God, Guns, & Gays, etc. while constantly promoting a blind patriotism and never allow the facts behind the corporate takeover of our government to see the light of day. It was proven repeatedly throughout Georgie, the Bushwhacker from Crawford’s reign of error, that the Bush administration (Dick Cheney & Karl Rove) sent out daily “talking points” to FOX “News” chief, Roger Ailes, and he passed the order down his chain of command as faithfully & diligently as a field commander on the battlefield.fox

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities,1and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources. http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/

Of course you are free to dismiss this opinion and who does NASA think they are to contradict FOX “News,” but to seriously believe that 97% of the world’s climate scientists got it all wrong and that the 3% of those climate scientists who claim it’s all a hoax are right is quite simply a matter of willful ignorance in my opinion.

oil cabal

those responsible for Iraq War

—Rob DeLoss, Astoria, OR, April 8, 2015

P.S. Some dubbed the George W. Bush administration, the “Oil Cabal” because several of his key cabinet members had very close ties with the oil industry. And I know it’s merely coincidence that Cheney’s former employer, Halliburton, was awarded the lion’s share of the contracts for rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure which it dismally failed at & Cheney’s shares in Halliburton made him something like $400 million & we built 14 permanent military bases there & the world’s largest U.S. embassy there which are all still guarded by our military. And the Afghanistan war obviously has nothing to do with the vast oil reserves in the region of the Caspian Sea. I know, I’m just another conspiracy nut but isn’t it interesting to note how often the “experts” on FOX “News” rant & rave about liberal conspiracies & how rarely liberals raise the issue of conservative conspiracies???

Oh yeah, our soldiers in Iraq are also guarding the oil fields but I never seem to hear this mentioned on FOX “News?”

Addendum

To my friend, you respect the scientific method but then you turn around and accuse that 97% of the world’s climate scientists who believe it’s definitely happening & have done the exhaustive studies & collected the hard data of being guilty of not following the scientific method & you defend the pseudo scientists who just make accusations with little to nothing in the way of hard data to support their views. Remember, theories aren’t just wild conjectures, they can take decades if not longer to earn the respectability of a “theory,” the last stage before going on and being named a “law.” The Pentagon always gives their military operations snappy names & when we invaded Iraq during the Bush administration they named it “Operation Iraqi Liberation,” but then someone noticed that the acronym for this would be O.I.L. and they realized that was sort of like a Freudian Slip so they changed Liberation to Freedom. In short, the Oil Robber Barons, with the aid of our government will stop at nothing until they have drained every last ounce of oil out of the ground. Do you really think it so far-fetched to believe they’re behind this massive propaganda campaign that denies global warming & humans being the main cause of it?

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