Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Church's Greatest Scientific Blunder Since the Galileo Affair

So, not only has Pope Francis bought into the most ginormous scientific bubble in all of history, but now he's doing his best to inflate it. Ironically, this may provide hope to the masses that the theory is near collapse, because when the last -- LIBSWE (let it be said without euphemism) -- dupe jumps in, it's time to cash out of the bubble.

The Pope is reducing the sacred deposit of faith to the status of any other vulgar end-of-times cult, from Seventh Day Adventurists to Hale Bopp necronauts. He will have a lot of explaining to do, unless the encyclical has the paradoxical effect of causing all of the usual suspects to actually check their math, because if this guy believes it, something must be wrong.

Remember the atheist maniac we linked to yesterday? There are plenty more where he came from, and if he is intellectually consistent -- I know, a tall order -- then he will naturally have to wonder how he could find himself standing cheek-to-jowl with Neanderthalic Pedophile Pulpiteers who are Enemies of Fact and who put their faith in Celestial Tyrants to protect them from Evil Genies and other Comic-book Bugaboos.

As histrionic as that is, there is actually a morsel of truth hidden away in there, because as it pertains to global warming, Pope Francis is an enemy of fact who is terrified by a commie book bugaboo, which is to say, freedom and free markets:

"First, the Pope has no idea what he is talking about. His letter is full of factual errors.... There has been no net global warming for something like 18 years, according to satellite data, the most reliable that we have."

Furthermore, "Sea level has been rising for approximately 12,000 years, first dramatically as the Earth warmed rapidly at the end of the last Ice Age, and much more slowly in recent millennia. Currently, the rate of rise of sea level is not increasing."

Moreover, "Extreme weather events are not increasing. This isn’t an opinion, it is a fact: there is no plausible empirical claim to the contrary. In fact, for what it is worth, the climate models that are the sole basis for warming hysteria predict fewer extreme weather events, not more, because the temperature differential between the equator and the poles will diminish."

So, what's the Pope's angle? "[A]pparently, hostility toward free enterprise and the prosperity that it creates. Francis has manifested such hostility in previous statements, and it comes through again in his anti-global warming letter. Francis sounds like just another leftist: the solution to global warming is more state control to dictate how people live, and new international organizations to direct vast transfers of wealth and power."

The lamentable fact "is that through human history, freedom has rarely been popular." Which is precisely why God must emphasize that it is his highest (supernatural) value, and that human beings need to man up and deal with it. If it came naturally, or if man valued freedom, God wouldn't have to go to the trouble of making it central to his meta-cosmic revelation.

Even worse, the enpsychloco borders on -- LIBSWE -- the frankly diabolic, because what else do you call intentional impoverishment and shortened lives for billions of human beings?

"[T]here is no prospect that leftist energy policies will help poor nations. The poor need, as much as anything, cheap energy, which frees resources for everything else. To deprive poor nations of cheap energy is to condemn them to long-lasting if not permanent poverty.... Jesus said, 'The poor you have with you always,' but he didn’t mean that we should conspire to keep them down" (above quotes from PowerLine).

I know we're supposed to hate the idiocy and love the idiot, but I'm not sure God had genocide in mind when making this recommendation, because dead men give no love.

Some things are intrinsically and self-evidently evil, or we couldn't have any moral compass at all. You might say that man has an inbuilt moral compass that points in the general direction of true north, but that God fills in a lot of the details between where we sit and the North Pole, or between heaven and earth, the terrestrial and celestial. And man should certainly know better than to put his faith in a god who is demonstrably less moral than he. This would be one of the hints that you are worshipping a false god.

For example, if your god requires the death of six million Jews, or a couple million Armenians, or numberless bourgeois counter-revolutionaries, or untold energy-deprived third-world denizens, then you might want to rethink your theology.

I heard an apt line last night in the Sopranos, when the boys are wondering why a Hasidic Jew doesn't just murder his troublesome son-in-law. One of them says something like, "eh, it's a taboo in their religion or something."

So yeah, I have a similarly superstitious taboo about intentionally harming innocent human beings. I've read many books on global warming, but the most powerful one is The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. I can't possibly summarize it, because the whole thing is highlighted. At the end I wrote down several questions to ask of global warmists, one of which is "How many billions of premature deaths due to decreased energy use would be acceptable to you?"

There is no linear relationship between CO2 and global temperature. But there is an incredibly strong correlation between energy use and life expectancy -- not to mention the quality of that life. Energy has been the key to unleashing man's potential, so the global warming hoax is nothing less than a conspiracy against the very purpose of existence.

As billions of human beings have been lifted from soul-crushing poverty thanks to fossil fuels, billions more will be plunged right back into it if the warmists have their way. For starters, good luck feeding the world without them. Sustainability is another word for global famine, and is utterly unsustainable. At least the worst ones are honest about this.

Destroy another fetus now / We don't like children anyhow / I've seen the future, baby: / it is murder --Leonard Cohen, The Future

23 Comments:

Blogger mushroom said...

...Hale Bopp necronauts...

They are all necronauts on that bus.

Francis is not impressing me.

To answer your question about the number of acceptable premature deaths, I suspect it is somewhere in the neighborhood of five billion. The leftists and their watermelon marxist allies would like to see Africa go completely dark in terms of human occupancy. They would turn two-thirds of the planet into a massive park/museum and herd the remaining billion or two necessary workers into a few urban centers with a bit of surrounding farm land while the new aristocracy rules from the clouds. Maybe that's their Tomorrowland vision.

They would have a ruling class of philosopher kings numbering in the hundreds of thousands, a couple million military and police personnel to keep the serfs in line and the rest to be overseers, laborers, servants, jesters, and scavengers.

That's about as antichrist as you can get, and now they have the Pope backing their play.

6/17/2015 09:55:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

*sigh*

As to the encyclical, I am going to wait until the official version comes out - and try to read it myself - before making any decisions about just how bad it is, which isn't to say it won't be ridiculous. At this point all I can do is shake my head and be glad I didn't join because of Francis, but because of Christ.

6/17/2015 10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Correct. The papacy is an office -- or station, if you will -- and is entirely separate from the person occupying it.

6/17/2015 10:08:00 AM  
Blogger John said...

Precisely. Just like the Dalai Llama and the head of GM.

6/17/2015 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Poor analogies. The former is definitely a person, while the latter office is what its holder does, whereas the Pope can only do what the office is, so to speak.

6/17/2015 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Pope is posessed by the will of the office, and makes war on the poor, then one could reasonably question the source of the connection.

I know a Guy that has this inordinate fondness for hydrocarbons. Even unto spreading them out across the known heavens.

Probably did not get the memo about carbon indulgences, and confession with a price.
He even gave brittle silicon based compounds the Breath of Life, and there you go.

They say there is some inorganic hatred for that, very archonic.
I guess just shining light is subject to paying some tax.

Maybe this ends up with sacrificing some transhuman virgin to a volcano.
That dragon does not need more carbon based anything. Full of precious metals.

6/17/2015 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"So, what's the Pope's angle? "[A]pparently, hostility toward free enterprise and the prosperity that it creates. Francis has manifested such hostility in previous statements, and it comes through again in his anti-global warming letter. Francis sounds like just another leftist: the solution to global warming is more state control to dictate how people live, and new international organizations to direct vast transfers of wealth and power."

The lamentable fact "is that through human history, freedom has rarely been popular." Which is precisely why God must emphasize that it is his highest (supernatural) value, and that human beings need to man up and deal with it. If it came naturally, or if man valued freedom, God wouldn't have to go to the trouble of making it central to his meta-cosmic revelation."

Precisely, well said, Bob.
It saddens me that the current Pope is so blinded by anti-freedom idiotology, however, as Julie said, this is the readon we trust in Christ, and not men that fail to gno that God is about freedom, not slavery to tyranny.

6/17/2015 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger katzxy said...

Slightly off topic: saw a link to this TED talk by Donald Hoffman that treats evolution as a differential equation and then uses simulation to show that perception does not match reality, even in approximation. If your vertical I is blind, likely by choice, you Kant see the higher realities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYp5XuGYqqY

Okay, now back to reading.

6/17/2015 12:53:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

That said, I really miss Pope Benedict, because he does gno Christ, and is a raccoon at heart. Plus, his writings are so rich with gnowledge n' wisdom.

6/17/2015 12:55:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Yeah, me too.

6/17/2015 12:56:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

If Ratzinger were dead, he'd be spinning in his grave.

6/17/2015 01:06:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

"How many billions of premature deaths due to decreased energy use would be acceptable to you?"

That's a real zinger of a question, and strikes at the selfish hearts of those who would hurt and kill the poor so that they might feel better about themselves.
These same leeches have no qualms or guilty conscience about the destructive results of their demonic goals.

6/17/2015 01:10:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

I suppose it's good to know he's still here praying, instead.

Times like this, I often think of what you & Mrs. G said way back when, about when she was baptized and not thrilled about the bishop who performed the baptism.

6/17/2015 01:11:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Similarly, you can't hate America just because of Obama and the left. Up to a point.

6/17/2015 01:12:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

You can sum up eco-hysteria in five words: ahistorical, finite, static, vested and complacent.

6/17/2015 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

This Book of Churchill is causing me to suspect we're on the dark side of Peak Leadership.

6/17/2015 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger julie said...

Re. the eco-hysteria, yep. It's the human hysteria that worries me, considering how much mayhem was caused last century in the name of good intentions.

6/17/2015 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger Hale Adams said...

Bob,

Jerry Pournelle, in his book "A Step Farther Out" (published in the late '70s, and I think there's a second edition out, now), noted that the four "dooms" (famine, overpopulation, pollution, and a lack of natural resources) imagined by the "Club of Rome" study in 1972 were actually closely related. To make a long story short, given enough resources three of the four dooms (famine, overpopulation, and pollution) cease to be problems. "But, but, but Adams!" I hear the reader cry, "The Earth is only so big! There aren't enough resources to go around!" Well, yeah, but who ever said that we are limited to the Earth for resources? We've had an entire Universe available to us since we "slipped the surly bonds of Earth" with the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957.

Low Earth orbit is halfway to anywhere in the Universe, in terms of the energy needed to send an object on its way. And it takes surprisingly little energy to send an object into low Earth orbit.

I don't think it's any sort of diabolical conspiracy on the part of the Progressives and the watermelons to strike at the energy-based roots of our civilization -- they're truly not that smart. But blind squirrels do find nuts on occasion, and the "party of death" has latched on to the idea of banning fossil fuels to "save the planet".

Talk about idolatry.....!

My two cents' worth.

Hale Adams
Pikesville, People's still-mostly-Democratic Republic of Maryland

6/17/2015 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

The econazis live in an echo chamber. Or bubble. They are impervious to the truth and proud of it.

6/17/2015 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger John said...

The Pope is no Pope, and has not been since the great schism. His words are no more binding or even of more interest than the head of GM.

6/17/2015 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Gagdad Bob said...

Hale: No need to colonize other planets. Just steal their hydrocarbons.

6/18/2015 06:55:00 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Yep - which just goes to suggest that fossil fuels may not be made from liquefied dinosaurs...

6/18/2015 06:57:00 AM  
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6/20/2015 08:21:00 PM  

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