un-Truth and Consequences

Evil Fiction

Writer Orson Scott Card unloads on another book…that includes as the unquentioned context the whole of the Paleswinian gospel of anti-Israel propaganda.

The Chief has to concur with his analyses:

Let me tell you about an audiobook that I hated. I didn’t hate it because it was badly written — it was mediocre in the way that mediocre thrillers usually are, and that means it would ordinarily have been tolerable. No, the reason I stopped listening to Steve Berry’s The Alexandria Link is that this book is evil.

I don’t mean it’s about evil. I don’t even mean that it is evil-porn, like those horror books whose authors are pervertedly devoted to thinking up cool ways to torture and kill people.

I mean that this book, to the degree that it is read by people ignorant of history (i.e., practically everybody), will move us closer to a future in which our society permits or even approves of the murder of Jews and the destruction of the state of Israel.

Check out the specifics in the article.

Berry and his ilk have chosen to support lies that justify the murder of Jews — no, wait, the bigots call them “Zionists” now, don’t they, the way segregationists said “nigra” so they didn’t use the actual N-word — but at the same time, in a moral contortion that deserves to be in a sideshow, they still claim the mantle of “tolerance” and consider their enemies to be the neanderthal bigots.

Guess what, kids: You’re in bed with Adolph Hitler and with the bombers of innocent people in Palestine. You are attacking people who are no more deserving of attack than, say, Americans who live in rich communities on the coast of Georgia (where Berry lives), on land stolen from Indians and long worked by the labor of black slaves.

This book has to be prime grist for Hollywood’s mill. (Hopefully not…but probably so!)

Martian Global Warming

Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says

Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes have a natural-and not a human- induced-cause, according to one scientist’s controversial theory.

This can only be controversial if your research grant “rice bowl” is being threatened by naturally induced climate change.

But wait! Couldn’t it be human caused on Mars also? What about all those Edgar Rice Burroughs’ books about John Carter of Mars? (Just wait until Algor gets reminded about that!)

Trust the ChiComs – to be ChiComs!

Cooking The Books In Beijing

Something to think about:

China’s stock dive, triggered by news that communist leaders plan to recalibrate output, should serve as a reminder to U.S. investors that China still runs a command-and-control economy. And it’s anything but transparent. The West has no way to confirm the numbers the Beijing apparatchiks feed us, even as we hitch our fortunes closer to theirs.

Even more to think about:

U.S. state pensions are taking huge stakes in communist-run companies – including People’s Liberation Army fronts – even though they can’t trust their books. Financial transparency is a joke with Chinese stock listings. Investing in them is a huge risk, but one that state unions willingly take because they don’t want to miss out on the Great China Rush.

But it won’t be just the prospectors who get hurt in a crisis over there. Teachers and firefighters will be left holding the bag. Average Americans don’t realize it, but the People’s Republic of China holds a big part of their retirement security.

As we saw from this week’s sell-off, all of America may be overinvested in a monumental fraud.

The whole thing brings to mind a conversation the Chief had with a Vietnamese colleague, concerning something relating to the ChiComs. His comment about making a deal with them was essentially “How can you make a deal with them. They’re Communists. They lie.”

A Modest Proposal:

Front-loading primaries really bad idea

This is in the Aberdeen American News from South Dakota Politics‘ Ken Blanchard. Occasionally the Chief has reservations about some of his comments – but he hit the bull’s eye here, and has a very interesting idea to reduce some of the idiocy of the current Presidential electoral process.

First the kick-off:

One of my grad school professors described the simple rule by which his German grandfather approached child-rearing: Find out what the children are doing and make them stop. I sometimes think that rule should be applied vigorously to Congress and to state legislatures whenever they are in a mood to reform our political institutions.

Hear, hear!

This idea is great – probably too rational to ever be adopted, but its still neat to know that it’s there:

If you really want reform, the way to do it is divide the states into five groups, each including large and small states from every region of the country. Each group would be assigned the first Tuesday of some month from February to June. In subsequent elections the order would be rotated, so everyone gets to go first sooner or later. The purpose would not be to benefit one party or another, or any state over the others, but to do what is best for the Republic.

“…what is best for the Republic.” What a concept! Far too radical for the Congresscritters I fear.

NorK News

U.S., N. Korea to normalize ties

North Korea’s top nuclear negotiator was on his way to the United States yesterday for talks on issues that a State Department official said would include the first steps toward the normalization of diplomatic relations.

Normalization, eh?

Maybe diplomatic recognition might not be totally bad – but it would certainly give the NorKs an opportunity for more, dare it be said – espionage against us?

The problem here is the inevitable payment of “vigorish” to the NorKs to bribe them into faking an abandonment of their nuke projects. This is an exercise in futility…and based on their track record, how could any rational mind trust anything they had to say.

Hmmmm. Then again, this IS another example of the State Department’s Foggy Bottom Boys at work again…so never mind about the rational bit. At least it seems like the reaction may have brought a semi-flash of reality to at least part of this wildly optimistic plan:

N. Korea, U.S. talks ‘just a first step’

The State Department yesterday ruled out “immediate results” from U.S.-North Korea talks on establishing full diplomatic relations, which officials said will take place on Monday and Tuesday in New York.

Unfortunately, this silver lining has a dark cloud with it – the above-mentioned payment of assistance aid Danegeld.

U.S. intelligence officials, meanwhile, said the North has taken preliminary steps to shut down its main nuclear reactor, as required by a Feb. 13 agreement under which it would scrap its atomic programs in exchange for about $300 million in aid.

As noted in a previous post – the US is getting rolled again.