I came across this article and thought it would fit in here at this board.Following the link is a snippet.http://mises.org/story/3294Of course, the real assault on freedom of thought — and its counter parts freedom of speech and freedom of the press — began with public schools and state universities. Initially, it was thought that local control would be a sufficient safeguard against the use of public schools for political indoctrination, and that "academic freedom" would likewise undergird state universities. But, with the increasing centralization of education, we are seeing those protections erode.The assault on freedom of thought is seen in environmental politics. Those who oppose the enactment of the "command and control" of the economy in order to save the earth are described as "deniers," even though there is no consensus within the emerging field of climatology that human activity contributes to harmful global warming. The equivalent retort would be to describe the advocates of carbon-regulation as "alarmists;" yet, it is antithetical to freedom of thought to describe either side in such pejorative terms.This assault is also seen in redistributionist politics, where, e.g., opposition to national health insurance is viewed as immoral, and we are told that we who are productive "owe" this, among other things, to others. It is seen in interest-group politics, where, e.g., you are called a racist, anti-Muslim, a sexist and/or a homophobe unless you follow the left-wing agenda on whatever issue is at hand.Government support of newspapers — even more so than government support of industries — undermines political freedom because it means that there is little independent information available to people with which to form opinions. Without freedom of the press, along with the panoply of other civil liberties, democratic government loses its legitimacy.It is almost inevitable that once the government starts picking out which industries to support, it will start picking which newspapers to support. One thing follows the other: Hayek called this the road to serfdom. Promising ethanol subsidies in Iowa and bailing-out the heavily unionized automobile industry of Michigan, almost every Congressman and Senator is scurrying about to secure pork-barrel spending for their district. Whole cities, and soon entire states will be kept afloat only because of various federal programs. All of these things remove the force of the marketplace to direct human action to the service of others, and replace it with the coercive power of the state. All of these things deny the true desires of people — as revealed in market prices — and substitute the opinions of the elite and politically-powerful for the true desires of people. My, what interesting times we do live in. Have you noticed that I am the only person in fooldom not afraid to post on this board?....bg
But wait, there is more! Act now and receive...Threats, lies, and propaganda -- The real global warming agenda:Al Gore's desperate fear of exposure of the weak foundations of his alarmism: how he cancels interviews when his handlers cannot control the questioning in advance and bars the media from his talksHow the alarmist industry engages in outright efforts to censor those who dare disagree with its tenets or agenda -- including impediments placed in the path of climate realists to speak, participate, and even to publishHow there is no such thing as "global temperature" or even "U.S. temperature," but only weighted averages from adjusted readings from many different measuring stations (which means that if you place your measuring equipment in the wrong places, you could help start a global warming panic!)The implicit and sometimes explicit threat of retaliation experienced by academics and government employees at the hands of global warming fanaticsHow the Leftist-controlled media breathlessly tout any occurrence -- no matter how tenuously connected to the weather -- as the result of manmade global warmingHow Ivy League institutions hire pressure group activists and offer them academic prestige to continue their fanatical activism under the cloak of academic objectivityAl Gore's co-producer Laurie David: How she followed their utterly disingenuous and on occasion dishonest film with a book aimed at children -- and why global warming alarmists in general focus so much of their labors on winning over children to their causeThe noted environmentalist who declared: "Global warming -- at least the modern nightmare version -- is a myth"How global warming materials distributed in schools routinely list numerous negative consequences of the phenomenon, but fail to mention any of the real-world benefits of temperature rise experienced in the past 100 years -- including increasing crop yields, forest expansion, and desert shrinkageThe common global warming advocates' smokescreen by accusing global warming dissenters of scientific bias arising from the sources of their fundingThe British Royal Society: The efforts of this venerable institution to push the global warming agenda by censoring and bullying dissent -- that efforts were merely an escalation of its running campaign to intimidate scientists from speaking out over "warming"The thoughtful and courageous researcher who broke with the High Church of Climate Alarmism, detailing the weaknesses of a creed that insists that industrially produced carbon dioxide -- produced in massively greater quantities by Mother Nature than by humans -- is the primary driver of climate changeThe dishonest ways in which global warming advocates explain away the mountains of data that don't fit their theoriesHow global warming fanatics actually go so far as to equate dissenters from global warming alarmism with Holocaust deniersThe strange paradox of the alarm over "global warming": Its adherents find it a worthy enough cause to justify threats, intimidation, and vilification of their opponents, but not a big enough deal to accept, say, nuclear power (no CO2) replacing coal-fired electricityA new tack in global warming alarmist name-calling: The recent practice of calling climate rationalists "tobacco scientists"Why global warming represents a gravy train for the scientific establishment unlike any other in history -- with federal taxpayer expenditures on climate-related research now pushing $6 billion per yearThe UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: impartial? Hardly: How it's staffed by vested interests -- including global warming pressure-group activistsShocking, frank, and illuminating, Red Hot Lies explodes as many myths as Al Gore promotes. ...etcSimply amazing how a population of idiots can ruin a country. Can you believe Al Gore almost became President? But wait, there's more... we now have Obama....bg
This is an interesting read on things. Following the link is a snippet:http://www.worldnetdaily.com/?pageId=91525From 'global warming' to global holocaustPosted: March 13, 20091:00 am EasternAs Barack Obama adopts the radical "global warming" agenda of Al Gore, it's time to consider where this extremist, anti-people, Luddite, Malthusian concept of apocalyptic, man-made climate change inevitably leads.First, you must understand that no one – not even Al Gore – believes that the most restrictive voluntary or even coercive steps being discussed today will have the slightest impact on global temperatures.Most don't believe it for the same reason I don't – they understand "global warming" is a scam designed to empower government, preferably at the global level.But, even the true believers recognize man's production of carbon would have to be all but eliminated to make any impact on the environment.That's a scary thought, isn't it?So where does that kind of thinking lead? Meet Paul Murtaugh and Michael Schlax of Oregon State University who teamed up on a report last year that should make every freedom-loving person cringe in horror.Not only are we all responsible for our own carbon emissions while here on this earthly plane, Murtaugh and Schlax explain that "a person is responsible for the carbon emissions of his descendants, weighted by their relatedness to him." (emphasis added)Here is what this would mean in cold hard statistical language: "Any country having net reproductive rate exceeding one daughter per woman … will have lineages with exponentially increasing person years, unless fertility decreases in the future."The news is even worse for Americans, since our "carbon footprint" is so much larger than average. Figuring that each American child adds about 9,441 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, the authors conclude "the potential savings from reduced reproduction are huge compared to the savings that can be achieved by changes in lifestyle."Did you catch that?That means if only we can stop people from having babies – especially Americans – we can lick this phantom, fraudulent, phony problem of global warming, once and for all.How do we stop massive numbers of women from having babies?Well, they've done it China – with a one-child policy that includes forced abortions and sterilizations.And that notion is not unique in world history.Here's what Ernst Lehmann, the leading biologist of the Nazi German regime, had to say: "Separating humanity from nature, from the whole of life, leads to humankind's own destruction. … Humankind alone is no longer the focus of thought, but rather life as a whole. … This striving toward connectedness with the totality of life, with nature itself … is the deepest meaning of National Socialist thought."Does that sound familiar at all?Couldn't those words have easily been uttered by Al Gore in a moment of lucidity?I have no doubts that so-called "global warming" is simply a hoax designed to bring all humanity and all human activity under the control of global elitists – some form of supra-national government.What better excuse will a world government have to regulate in the most personal decisions of life than a desire to "save the planet from catastrophe."If the temperature rises, the controls will become more draconian. If the temperature falls, those in charge will pat themselves on the back and claim success – moving on to the next fake, phony, fraudulent crisis.This is why it is so important for the global warming hucksters to shut off all debate. This is why it is so important that every schoolchild be indoctrinated into the global warming frenzy. This is why it is so important that all scientists who dissent be ostracized and deprived of research grants and government jobs.This is how global warming inevitably leads to a global holocaust.
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