Scientists Say 10%-14% of All Giant Sequoias Killed in 2020 Wild Fires

These forest management types say the wild fires that have been ravaging California are a dire threat to the survival of the only Giant Sequoias on the planet.  Well, maybe like everything else California does, their land management sucks too.

My own population of Giant Sequoias has increased 300% in the last few years and we haven’t lost a single tree to wildfires for as long as I’ve been around.

Perhaps they might want to plant a few in the rainforests of the Washington and Oregon.  And while they’re at it they might think about a program to establish them as widely around the world as possible.  Because the way California is going it will be a desert where even scorpions and cactus won’t be able to endure.  Is there anything Marxists can’t destroy?  Apparently not.

Figuring Out the Future

I was reading a post on the ZMan’s site about electric cars.  His thesis is that electric cars are a policy in search of a reason.  And of course, he’s correct.  Electric cars are inferior in all aspects including energy efficiency and even “carbon footprint.”  After all, the power that charges the battery is still being generated by burning fossil fuels.  And since transmitting electricity wastes between thirty and forty percent of the energy as heat then just burning gasoline in an internal combustion engine (ICE) burns much less fuel.  But what electric cars effectively do is give direct control over transportation to the government.  Now instead of allowing car companies and fuel companies to sell their products directly to consumers, the government can regulate where and how you access the energy needed to run your vehicle.  And they can even tell when you recharge your car and eventually, they’ll be able to tell you when you can’t.  It’s pretty obvious where all this is going.  The freedom we have had to be able to get up and go wherever we want whenever we want is about to go away.  The powers that be have a plan for the future and it doesn’t include that particular freedom, at least not for most of us.

But I don’t think we should assume that is the only change that is in the works.  The global warming nonsense is the justification for a whole host of changes that are coming down the pike.  As with all things bad and dysfunctional the place to look for what will be rolled out is California.  Rolling brown outs, rolling black outs, water restrictions and the scheduled elimination of the internal combustion engine is already in place there.  Probably coming down the road will be the elimination of fossil fuels for home heating, the replacement of flush toilets with chemical systems and restrictions on the use of refrigeration and air conditioning.  After that, restrictions on the kind of produce farmers are allowed to grow will be decreed based on the amount of water and fertilizer required.

All of this sounds pretty bleak.  And it is.  We have lived in a time of such prosperity and freedom that these types of restrictions sound awful.  But they are based on a logic that can be guessed at.  Up until the twentieth century Malthusianism held that eventually population growth would outstrip the food supply and a crisis would lead to a population die off.  In addition, most people believe that the supply of fossil fuels is finite and possibly near its end.  The people who run our country are unhappy with the fracking and other enhanced petroleum recovery techniques currently going on.  They would prefer that the Middle Eastern and Russian resources were utilized instead.  And now that birth control has proven capable of reducing the birth rate below replacement levels in much of the developed world, I think they’ve formulated a plan on how to reshape society.  In a nutshell they are telling our children to drop dead.  And the strange thing is a lot of them are agreeing to the idea.

I’ve mentioned a discussion I had with a co-worker a few years back where he almost bragged to me that he had decided to forego having a family to help save the planet.  As an extenuating circumstance, I will admit that based on appearance and personality, I didn’t think his decision was the only factor that might prevent him from convincing a woman to bear his children.  But the fact that he had allowed this Gaia argument to have any weight at all in his personal reproductive decision-making process was thought provoking on my part.

What all this tells me is that we are no longer convenient as herd animals for our lords and masters.  They don’t need as many of us and they don’t want to pay as much for our upkeep as they used to tolerate.  What we got used to as first-world conditions are no longer seen as acceptable.  We’re going to have to live a little lower.

Of course, the alternative that we used to expect is for engineers and scientists to discover and commercialize processes that allow for Americans to improve their lifestyle not degrade it.  Energy production and personal transportation are things that have made this country wealthy and free in ways that no other country in history ever was.  Looking for ways to fuel our cars and heat and cool our homes are not insurmountable technical problems.  There are any number of existing resources that can be adapted to the present needs and even improve on the performance and efficiency of our present arrangements.  Nuclear power, will be the engine that will make it possible to produce affordable fuel after petroleum is exhausted.  It is probable that an important part of that fuel requirement will be the use of hydrogen combustion to heat our homes.  This will require the perfection of extremely fail-safe methods of storing and burning hydrogen.  But when that is achieved, we will have a fuel that produces only water as its exhaust material.  As far as the use of hydrogen as a fuel for cars, that is a trickier problem.  It may not be feasible to make a collision between hydrogen fueled cars safe.  It may be necessary for synthetic hydrocarbons to be produced at industrial scale in order to allow our cars to be fueled safely but with enough energy the existing art in chemical engineering is well able to achieve this result.

Another problem that cheap energy will solve is the shortage of potable water.  Currently reverse osmosis has been perfected such that sea water can be converted into fresh water.  But the high-pressure pumping costs used in this process are considerable.  What is needed is the output of several very large nuclear power plants located in Southern California to produce enough water for the household requirements of California.  This would then free up the water of the Colorado River to be used by the remaining southwestern states.

But what all this requires first is for us to escape from our elite masters.  They do not add anything to the equation and the sooner we stop living according to their dictates the sooner we’ll begin making a better world.  We’re not their serfs and we don’t have to disappear just to suit their tastes.  Maybe they need to disappear.  If they’re not careful they just might.

Equity Means Punishing the Gifted

Virginia plans to eliminate opportunities for mathematically gifted students to advance before their less intelligent peers.  What they want to do is eliminate the varying mathematical subject matter courses and have everyone in the same class.  So in 10th grade in the same class the same teacher will try and have some of the smarter kids doing algebra and geometry and the kids who really don’t understand math at all will be cutting and pasting together collages with the names and pictures of female and minority mathematicians who prove that we’re all equally mathematically gifted and so they’ll also get a passing mark.  That’s brilliant.  Meanwhile all the smart kids that have parents that care about them will be pulled out of public high school by their parents and sent to private school to get an actual education.  And everyone else will be reduced to lowest common denominator education.

It’s good that they’re so open about their plans.  It makes it much easier to plan how to protect yourself and your family from equity.  If you have a grade school kid who can do algebra and trig in sixth grade can you imagine wasting five years of his education while his much less intelligent classmates and even teachers catch up to him?  Virginia has just sounded the death knell of their public education system.  It must be a proud moment for the Left.  Equity Means Punishing the Gifted.

Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Dim Bulbs

They just don’t make physics geniuses the way they used to.  Einstein, Heisenberg and de Broglie took classical Newtonian physics and advanced it to a relativistic quantum mechanical model whose predictions have been confirmed experimentally for a hundred years.  Our current field of Sheldon Coopers have posited string theory, dark matter and dark energy to account for their not being able to predict cosmic expansion rates and other astronomical claptrap and not a single observation or experiment has born out any of these pseudoscientific fumblings.  They might as well re-introduce the phlogiston theory.

They tell us that the STEM fields are relatively unaffected by the decay that is currently laying waste to academia under the forces of critical race theory and feminism.  But I don’t think it’s true.  I think theoretical and experimental physics are both suffering from a dearth of high-end talent.  Mediocrity seems to have laid claim to science in all its departments and all its geographic locations.

You might think, “So what?  We already know so much about the universe why do we need to solve every question?”  You’re right we don’t.  But what it means is that we’re coasting.  It is one of the signs of a decaying civilization when scientific discovery dries up.  A more advanced symptom is when we start to lose existing technology.

Both of these symptoms appeared in classical civilization.  The Greeks were the beginning of scientific research and the Romans were masters of engineering techniques but both of these pursuits decayed and then slowly were abandoned.  We have a long way to go before we are 5th century A.D. Rome but these things happen one step at a time.

Some very smart people have told me that the best minds are being siphoned off to work on artificial intelligence research and hedge fund operations.  Maybe this is true.  But either way it’s a bad sign when intellectual curiosity has dried up in a society.

Alright enough of the old guy rant.  Yes, our current crop of scientists is kind of lame but I have a theory that even though the Renaissance civilization is running out of steam there will be new shoots popping up here and there, wherever innovation and intelligence is rewarded.  It won’t be in Harvard or MIT.  They have decided to only reward diversity so they’ll be rewarded with plenty of diversity.  But it will happen somewhere.  And when it does it will sweep the rest of the dying order away very quickly.  The West has decided to self-destruct and it will slowly devolve into a medieval feudalism.  A new civilization won’t at first be worried about dark energy and dark matter but at some point it will divert some of its wealth and intellect into solving fundamental questions.  When that happens I’m sure they’ll bring abler minds to that pursuit than the doofuses we have produced.  It is emblematic of our times that the tv show, “The Big Bang Theory” showcases four scientists who spent over a decade working on these theories and accomplished nothing at all except possibly overcoming a few of their long lists of neuroses.

I Just Found Out My Dogs Are Immune to COVID

This doctor is here telling the US Senate that he has mountains of evidence to prove that the active ingredient in my dog’s heartworm medicine is both, a foolproof prophylactic agent against catching COVID and an almost sure cure for recovering from it.  I have to assume that Fauci and the rest of his colleagues are either completely incompetent as doctors or actively working against the interests of the American people.  We need a new country.

 

 

 

 

 

UN Climate Summit in Madrid Collapses Without The U.S. Paying the Bills

Now here’s some comedy.  Without the United States to foot the bill, the rich countries and the poor countries are at each other’s throats over why there won’t be anyone to hand out goodies to the freeloaders.  Well, I guess the world will burn up very soon and polar bears will need sun screen.

https://news.yahoo.com/un-climate-talks-unraveling-face-failure-110423955.html

So sad, so very sad.

 

Saint Greta’s Chinese Children’s Crusade Beckons (or Killing Two Birds with One Stone)

I just want to start off this post with a simple statement.  Greta Thunberg is emblematic of all that is wrong with our age.  Here is a confused mentally unstable child who instead of being instructed in the realities of her world is encouraged by her parents and teachers to indulge her flights of fancy and assume a mantle of wisdom with which she harangues her elders for providing her with the modern advantages that allow us to avoid cold, starvation and exhaustion, things that were the realities of human life for untold thousands of years before renaissance civilization discovered the secrets of modern physics.  This post is dedicated to mocking the world view that attaches importance to the petulant ranting and raving of this disturbed and disturbing child.

I recently read a report that China will add enough new coal fired power plants in 2020 to increase their electrical output by the total amount currently produced by all of Europe.  That means even if Europeans stopped using power completely and went to live in caves and kept themselves warm by donning squirrel pelts the Chinese would already have added back all that power usage in CO2 emitting coal for them.  Hmmmm!

This really got me thinking.  I’ll bet Saint Greta of Thunberg hasn’t heard about this.  She’s not going to like it.  That’s a lot of CO2.  I’ll bet she’d really like to start a children’s crusade in China to shut down those coal fired plants.  Why I’ll bet that there are millions of Chinese environmentalists just waiting for Saint Greta to show up in Beijing and harangue the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee on their use of coal.  Being screeched at by a stunted Scandinavian kobold; isn’t that something that the highly principled leadership of a transparent and humanistic administration like the Chinese Politburo would relish?  Hmmm!

But how to make this happen?  I mean Saint Greta is really busy practicing her scowling-in-a-mirror exercises, and the Chinese really have their hands full with helping out the happy citizens of Hong Kong.  How can the gig be set up?

Then it hit me.  Let’s tell her it’s the United States that’s adding the coal plants and she’ll be over here like a shot.  But what we can do is replace her billionaire’s catamaran with a Shanghai junk and send her on a voyage of discovery as she sails through the Suez Canal, around India and into the Pacific Ocean on her way to straightening out Xi Jinping.  That two-year trek, which will include scurvy, rickets, interaction with pirates and very little in the way of modern annoyances like electricity and modern sanitary conditions, should give her a lot to think about.

And when she finally arrives in China, she can spread the gospel of renewable resources and let the people there know that they were much better off back in the Cultural Revolution when they survived on their daily five ounces of rice and their buffalo dung heating stoves.  That should really turn them around on this whole industrial revolution thing.

And once she’s converted the countryside and marches into Beijing in front of her army of millions, I’m sure Saint Greta will be installed in the Forbidden City on a Throne of Jade and televised across the Middle Kingdom with her patented “How Dare You!” speech.  Oh yeah, there’s nothing tyrannical despots like better than to be upbraided in front of their slaves by a demented dwarf.

But what would really make the whole thing special is if Saint Greta could find the authentic life style she is hoping to give to the rest of us.  I’m sure the Chinese would be thrilled to lead Saint Greta to their neighbor North Korea and let her see what the glories of pre-industrial life are really like.  If you’ve ever seen those night time satellite photos of the Korean peninsula you’ll know exactly how well the North Koreans are following Saint Greta’s example.  And with respect to food, if memory serves me correctly Greta actually resembles the way a North Korean looks after living on the diet and lifestyle fostered in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

And after Saint Greta has had a chance to reflect on the virtues of starvation and frostbite maybe President Trump can use her as a bargaining chip in his negotiations with Kim Jong Un.  He can threaten to send wave after wave of demented dwarves into North Korea if they won’t come to terms on their weapons program.  Yep, it’s a win-win for sure.