Cousin David and the Great Environmental Conspiracy

My cousin David is a forester who lives on a farm near Salem, in Doddridge County, West Virginia. He has hammered out a good life working the wooded hills in the north central region of the Mountain State. As might be expected, he has a great love for nature and the outdoors, thus his leanings are toward environmental causes. West Virginia, generally and Doddridge County, particularly, falls within the Marcellus Shale region that spans four eastern states (New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio are the other states) – and Marcellus Shale means abundant, largely untapped, natural gas deposits a mile and a half below the surface. The gas can be accessed economically using the new horizontal drilling techniques developed for reaching deep shale deposits in combination with an older technique known as hydraulic fracturing, which involves the use of high pressure water to increase the gas well’s output. The combined new process is being called “fracking” by the drilling trade.

Now Cousin David is a “have-not” in that he does not own the mineral rights to the shale deposits or the methane under his land (a common condition among landowners in coal country). As a result he is sensitive to the harangue that spews from the grand conspiracy that is the Environmental Movement in America. He does own and benefits financially from an old shallow vertical gas well on his property which may have something to do with his present conundrum (stay tuned). His problem is that he can no longer drink from his water well at the farm. He has been convinced by the numerous enviro-organizations operating in West Virginia, such as the operator of the "Frack Check WV" site depicted above, that the new shale gas wells have caused his water contamination and that his only recourse is to force the drillers to buy his now useless homestead, where he has lived for more than 40 years.  It would do little good to tell David that new studies show that well "fracking" water complete with special additives do not contaminate well water because of the mile of impervious rock crust that separates the fluids; however a new study this year shows that water wells within 3,000 feet of gas wellheads have been found to have methane contamination due to leaks in the gas well pipe (could that mean any gas well pipe?).  Further, surface spills of fracking water, whether accidental or deliberate can contaminate streams and water wells.  One such incident occurred in Doddridge County.

Note that the Frack Check WV site references FracTracker  which is financed by The Heinz Endowments and Teresa Heinz Kerry -- who is further linked to the Tides Foundation, organized and run by none other than George Soros, the world's most influential and maniacal Marxist.  Using his Earthjustice organization to constantly litigate matters of the environment, Soros has escalated immensely the cost of holding off unwanted and unneeded environmental activism.

But Cousin David and other concerned "West Virginia Hillbillies"  will continue to consult with lawyers, attend numerous town hall meetings and government hearings on gas wells -- and continue to demand unneeded additional government regulations.  President Obama is gradually shutting America's electric generating plants powered by coal through the authority that he personally granted to the EPA, which will potentially shut West Virginia's economy.  Natural gas, on the other hand, provides new jobs and new extractive tax income to the Mountain State without government subsidy -- provided the environmentalists can be controlled. As for the politicians --  they are terrified of the green ninnies.
Natural gas severance-tax collections in West Virginia totaled $52.8 million for fiscal 2011, according to Mark Muchow, deputy secretary for the state’s revenue department.

West Virginia’s acting governor, Earl Ray Tomblin​, last week signed an executive order that directs the Department of Environmental Protection to issue emergency rules largely focused on fracking, in an attempt to clarify the regulatory process for industry and environmental groups in the state.

“Drilling operations in the shale play have increased the amount of state tax collections received from the industry but have also raised new policy questions,” a University of West Virginia report said in December.

Paranoia?

This poem is from David Friedman's "The Machinery of Freedom."
PARANOIA

This man I never saw before
At 3 a.m. breaks down the door
To tell me my aspirin is LSD.
"It says right there on the bottle,
Acetylsalicylic Acid."
I tell you doctor, honestly,
It seems like someone's after me.

I don't think fighting is what I'm made for
But this lottery ticket I never paid for
Sold by a pusher known as Sam
Has won me a ticket to Vietnam,
A twelve months, expenses paid, tropical vacation
With a funeral, free, from a grateful nation.
But the doctor says I need therapy
For thinking someone is after me.

And then there are things I just can't ignore
Like the little man in our bedroom door
Says we'll be in jail by the end of the night
Unless we turn over and do it right.
Doctor, Doctor, come and see
There's really someone after me.

Then he asks, as he rips off the sheet,
For our marriage license and tax receipt;
Says "you need a license to shoot at a duck
How come you think that it's free to f... "
Who so blind as will not see;
The state, the state, is after me.

Obama's Ancien Régime

UK Telegraph  blogger Nile Gardiner wrote an important piece entitled : "Barack Obama’s extravagant Ancien Régime  tells the American people: let them eat taxes."  Gardiner chose the french term for "old order" as it relates to the French Revolution of 1789. At the time of the revolution Marie Antoinette, a member of the royal family, was alleged to have uttered a nasty remark in answer to a plea that "peasants had no bread." She supposedly responded: "Let them eat cake."
The French Revolution came on the heels of the Enlightenment. People in France were ready for a change from the old ways of doing business. The king, Louis XVI, had been spending profligately and needed money [note: sounds just like Obama].
Nile Gardiner pointed out Obama's " oozing elitist contempt for public opinion and the views of ordinary American people"  at his press conference where the president fabricated the untruth that "80% of Americans want tax increases."  Gardiner notes the latest Rasmussen poll that found 55% of Americans oppose a tax hike to finance an increase in the debt ceiling and another Rasmussen poll that found only one in four Americans expressed any support for tax increases.  Then there is the recent Gallup poll discovered that only 16% of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction. The Telegraph  article should be read in its entirety here.

The last time that I checked, the TEA Party was not headed by a head-chopper like Robespierre, but I am reminded that Spanish philosopher George Santayana famously said:  ""Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  I must sadly conclude that our narcissistic president is incapable of listening to anyone about turning the "unsinkable" ship that is America away from a collision with an economic iceberg.  So much to do, so little time!

EcoMarxism: You Might Be A Marxist If . . .

Ecomarxism

Ecomarxism is an anthropocentric view which sharply criticizes western capitalism; ecomarxists claim that a capitalist system negatively influences the relation of humans and nature, and that “democratic and capitalist economies are mutually exclusive from the protection of nature.”

In the mind of Marx, the only way to solve the problem of environmental degradation, and the dreadful conditions of the worker, was through liberation from the capitalist system; Marx’s notion of human emancipation was linked to his vision of overcoming humanities isolation from nature through the development of a socialist society.  For humanity to progress beyond alienation, it is necessary ‘to govern the human metabolism with nature in a rational way’, a goal only obtainable with the elimination of capitalism.”
Right-winger James Delingpole, writing in the UK Spectator,  found himself in agreement on many topics with Clare Fox, "a core activist of the Revolutionary Communist Party [who] once published a magazine called Living Marxism ".
Not just about schools [‘Why can’t all our schools be like Eton?’] either. On Islamism, on eco-fascist hysteria, on multiculturalism (a disaster), on GM [genetically modified] crops (the dangers much overrated), and on hunting (rescind the ban) ... In fact, about the only areas I can find where we seriously disagree are immigration, the monarchy and the war on terror. [...]

Does this mean I’m not as right-wing as I thought I was? Well perhaps. Earlier this year I published an ‘Is it me?’ A to Z of anti-PC-culture rants called How To Be Right, and was pleasantly surprised by how many of the lefties I’d set out to offend seemed to agree with me.
Delingpole's experience was similar to mine, when I read an exchange on "recycling" between two of the most dangerous leftists in the universe ... a neo-Marxist academic named James O’Connor (who espouses a Marxist theory that links labor and the greenies) and Marxist journalist Alexander Cockburn. In an article for The Nation. entitled "The Dialectics of Revolution... Uh, Recycling," Cockburn recounted his experience at a socialist seminar on recycling.
One panel I eagerly attended, "Recycling Is a Waste of Time," featured a German, Thomas Deichmann, describing the insane recycling regulations now beleaguering the citizenry of Frankfurt. The case for efficient incineration, he asserted, was overwhelming. Most recycling is an utter waste of time, economically unsound and without benefit for the environment. "We should," he counseled urbanely, "be thinking of more interesting things."

Julia Hailes, "sustainability consultant" to companies such as Marks & Spencer and Shell, author of The New Green Consumer Guide, listened tautly, as did Julie Hill, author of A Zero Waste UK, who gazed at Deichmann as though he were a lead battery in a baby's bath. Hailes mimed, with as much enthusiasm, ... the pleasures of tossing foil into one kitchen bin, a metal bottle top into another, plastic into a third. Recycling, she chirped, made her feel good.

They didn't carry the crowd. A man described sorting green, clear and brown glass into three bins, only to see them all dumped into the same truck. A woman seized the microphone: "I go to the dump with my kid each week to take the rubbish there. Then he goes to school and they do their first day trip, and where do they go?" She paused for effect. "To the dump!" The crowd roared. Mind you, this wasn't a mob of hee-haw Limbaugh-type reactionaries, deriding all collective social efforts to improve the planet. In this and other sessions, their indignation stemmed from a sense that along the road from the grand visions of '67 to the pious sustainability mantras and globe- survivalist waffle of our own phase, the vision of human liberation ... lapsed into variants of resource management and nannyism, with irksome rules and protocols, none of which had anything to do with onslaughts on capitalist ownership and control.

In 1989 I did some interviews on environmentalism and socialism for Z Magazine with left economist James O'Connor. Jim described what he'd told a fellow in the newspaper recycling business: "If you set up a recycling project where your outfit helps to create the conditions to organize social relations of production that make sense, that have to do with fraternity, equality, liberty and justice, etc., etc., then I'll recycle my newspapers. Come and tell me when you have done that.

A.C.: What do you do with your old newspapers?

J.O.: Throw them in the trash. What do you do with yours?

A.C.: Throw them in the trash. Back in Ireland with my mother we leave them out for the man from St. Vincent de Paul who takes them away for some charitable purpose, thereby maintaining social relations in the sorry state they are today, imploring the poor to pray for relief from heaven. And, needless to say, the poor people of my hometown are very glad to have St. Vincent de Paul bail them out in their hour of need.
There is indeed a teaching moment that goes with these tales. Setting aside the absolute exorcism of individual liberty, achievement and wealth that constitutes "American Exceptionalism" when and if mindless proletarians should overthrow capitalism, today's workers are both educated and greedy. Indeed they want to live like millionaires without first having earned their million dollars, but they dislike the mundane tasks imposed by a socialistic bureaucracy. Ironically the government bureaucrats cannot understand such thoughts any more than liberals and moderates can truly understand libertarians and conservatives ... or vice-versa.

But "creeping socialism" had its beginnings in America when Communist political views, that emanated from our labor unions and pinhead academics, greatly influenced FDR's depression-ridden government in the 1930s. Gradually our republican-based government of our founders has become a "mobocracy" that becomes more and more a government out-of-control.

Methinks that the new "Pledge to America" is far too little and too late to turn this tide and put our fiscal house in order. Fixing all problems now requires bigger government, bigger debt, so we concentrate on fixing the "unfixable" and attending to non-existent ecological problems in order that politicians can acquire and retain power. Unfortunately, from the leftist viewpoint,  Ecomarxism is just what the doctor ordered ... and that is precisely the agenda that Obama is pursuing.

Today's Darwin Awards Candidate


This Darwin Awards nominee comes from the WaPo:

Upstate NY motorcyclist dies after hitting head on pavement during protest against helmet laws!

State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.

Troopers say Contos hit his brakes and the motorcycle fishtailed. The bike spun out of control, and Contos toppled over the handlebars. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Troopers say Contos would have likely survived if he had been wearing a helmet.

A Female President

Serious attempts by women to run for the office of POTUS have been few -- until Hilary Rodham Clinton became the odds-on favorite to win the Democrat nomination for president in 2008, but we know how that worked out. Now we have two potential frontrunners, Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann, for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  But male domination continues to pervade the minds of our older citizens, as this tale illustrates
The year is 2016 and the United States has just elected the first woman president, who happens to be from Wisconsin. A few days after the election the president-elect, whose name is Susan, calls her Father and says, “So, Dad, I assume you will be coming to my inauguration?”

“I don't think so. It's an 18 hour drive.”

“Don't worry about it Dad, I'll send Air Force One. And a limousine will pick you up at your door.

"I don't know. Everybody will be so fancy. What would your mother wear?”

“Oh Dad,” replies Susan, “I'll make sure she has a wonderful gown custom-made by the best designer in Washington .”

“Honey,” Dad complains, “you know I can't eat those rich foods you eat. Do they serve tap beer????”

The President-to-be responds, “Don't worry Dad. The entire affair will be handled by the best caterer in Washington. I'll ensure your meals are salt free. You and mom just have to be there.”

So Dad reluctantly agrees and on January 20, 2017, Susan is being sworn in as President of the United States . In the front row sits the new president's Dad and Mom. Dad noticing the senator sitting next to him leans over and whispers, “You see that woman over there with her hand on the Bible, becoming President of the United States?”

The Senator whispers back, “You bet I do.”

Dad says proudly, “Her brother played football for the Green Bay Packers.”