“For the right amount of money, you’re willing to eat Alpo.”
–Reggie Jackson, quoted in The Sporting News, February 1, 1988
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(from The Heretic’s Handbook of Quotations)
With one of the most painful years in memory behind us, and an upcoming year that seems certain to be worse, it’s time to imagine a better world:
We put up our 1,000th post a little over a week ago. We’re now looking through everything we’ve posted, and are putting up “best of” lists in our most popular categories.
This is the sixth of our first-1,000 “best of” lists. We’ve already posted the Science Fiction, Humor, Music, Interviews, and Addictions lists, and will shortly be putting up other “best ofs” in several other categories, including Anarchism, Atheism, Politics, Religion, Science, and Skepticism.
Best Economics Posts
“Every fall the internet and its resident tech mumblers congregate for The Apple Event, a quasi-pagan streaming-video rite in which Tim Cook boasts of just how much money his company is making (a lot) and just how much good it’s introducing to the world (this typically involves a new iPhone). This is merely annoying most years; but in 2016, when Apple is loudly, publicly denying its tax obligations around the world, it’s just gross.”
–Sam Biddle, “Paying Taxes Is a Lot Better than Phony Corporate Courage, Apple,” on The Intercept
For once, something good to relay.
Publishers Weekly reports that attendance at the very appropriately named International Christian Retail Show is off 29.5% from last year, and that with no previous announcement the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit will simply not take place this year.
Religion feeds off misery, so these are very good and unexpected signs — in these miserable times — in the attitude of Americans toward religion and its profits.
Last weekend it was 115 here in Tucson (or 114, depending on which weather service you want to believe — 45C for you furriners). We’re well on the way to the hottest June ever, with temperatures averaging maybe seven degrees F above the normal 101 or 102.
What brings this to mind is that is’s 2:00 a.m, still 90 degrees outside, and (after escaping the hotter office), I’ll sitting in the coolest room in the house (practice room on the north side), playing guitar because it’s too hot to sleep, too hot to work in the office, and it’s way too hot to play guitar in the living room.
The climate models indicate that southern Arizona will be the most affected (no, I won’t say “impacted”–too ugly a term) area in the U.S. by global warming, and our temperatures are certainly bearing this out.
The shills for the fossil fuel companies, their propaganda “Faux News” network, and the “low information voters” they dupe attempt to dismiss this. They call themselves “conservatives,” but’s what “conservative” about playing Russian roulette with a loaded pistol? Realistically, it’s more like playing Russian roulette with a semi-automatic. (There are no peer-reviewed articles on the topic, out of more than a thousand, in scientific journals that deny that man-made global warming is real.) Think about it — what is “conservative” about ignoring a dire threat? Even if you give it only a 10% chance of being right (rather than the almost certain 100%) , what’s conservative about gambling with your kids’ lives and well-being?
The temperatures keep going up, the energy companies and their dupes/paid whores keep denying there’s a problem, and I truly wish they were bringing the apocalypse only on themselves. (They’d richly deserve it.)
But they’re bringing it on all of us.
If you ever wanted evidence that capitalism is pathological, this is it: These immoral profiteers have been trying to hide evidence and delay action for decades on an existential threat to all of us that will bring about, at minimum, hundreds of millions of deaths and untold misery for billions of others. Including our kids.
But they’ve been profiting by it to the tunes of billions upon billions of dollars.
So, climate change deniers, go for it, be “conservative.” Ignore the scientific evidence, and pull the Russian roulette trigger on your — and your kids’ — heads.
The oil companies will thank you for it. (Actually, they won’t — they utilize, but have no respect for, stupidity.)