"The Jews who fought for Hitler: 'We did not help the Germans. We had a common enemy [the Soviet Union].' But how do Finland's Jews feel today about their uneasy - and little mentioned - alliance with the Nazis?" Link. (First seen at Lew Rockwell.)
"The author of An Inconvenient Truth has swelled his net worth to about $100 million, largely due to his investments in green energy, after being worth less than $2 million during his time as Vice President, The Washington Post reports." Leftist Huffington Post (2012).
This would be like the Pope getting rich off adoption services and natural family planning.
Such profiteering should make Gore prima facie unreliable on the issue of global warming and, since he was, in most people's perspective, responsible for kicking off this campaign on a large level, cast all of the movement's allegations into doubt.
Analogy: I was always a huge fan of the Legionaries for Christ. After the evidence of the shameful life of its founder, Marcial Maciel, I could no longer count myself a fan, just as I wouldn't be able to count myself a fan of Christianity if it turned out Christ was, indeed, a mad man or a fraud (those, of course, being the only two alternatives to what he was: God).
Both of those analogies (especially the Christ analogy) aren't perfect, but the simple point is: When your founder is a fraud, the movement, though potentially still valid, has a serious question mark hanging over its entire existence.
I have a gmail account that receives all sorts of TDE leads from readers, friends, and/or family (if you're interested in this inside email address, it's top secret: firstname.lastname@example.org). I've always kept it "clean," either using items sent to me or discarding them promptly.
But I got hopelessly behind on my gmail account last November while I was in Rome. I had 350 messages backlogged.
My Ash Wednesday fast triggered nearly three days of migraine, which rendered me lifeless and brain dead. I decided to use the zombie time to clean up the gmail acccount. I got it down to a manageable few dozen items that are either good or possibly good.
I plan on using them this week, with any overflow spilling over into next week. So when you see links to stories that are three months or more old, you'll know why.
(BTW: I always appreciate links and post ideas, so please don't hesitate to send them. If there's an item you'd like broadcast to about 400+ readers, TDE is a nice little outlet. I only ask that you not be offended if I don't use what you send.)
Rush Limbaugh and other establishment Republicans better get started now and declare this guy a nut, dangerous, and un-electable:
"Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky resoundingly won the straw poll at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, cementing his status as among the favorites to capture the next Republican presidential nomination.
"Paul captured 31% of the vote in the survey of CPAC attendees as to whom they would pick for president. It is the second straight such win for the Kentucky senator, who is the son of libertarian icon and former Rep. Ron Paul.
"The next closest contender was Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 11%."
Did I type "Rush Limbaugh"? Perhaps I'm stuck in 2012. Based on this story, it looks like he might finally be seeing the errors of the neo-con ways . . . and re-thinking libertarianism.
BTW: According to Wikipedia, Romney won the 2012 CPAC straw poll.
My son is taking an "extreme climate" course at U of M. I told him about my last blog post. He told me that the issue of global warming is the subject of "climate science," which isn't the same thing as "weather science." I asked him what the difference is, and he said it's hard to explain succinctly. I asked, "Are they related?" And he replied, "Oh yeah, definitely."
After writing my jeremiad about the shamanism that goes by the name "meteorological science," I deleted the Accuweather app from my phone and resolved never to look at another long-term weather forecast again, except, maybe, the Chicago Weather Center Blog's. I would only rely on weather forecasts for the immediate future: 24 hours, maybe 48.
Consistent with my resolve, I checked the Saturday forecast yesterday morning at around 9:00 and saw that the weather folk were forecasting 35 and sunny on Saturday.
I then woke up this morning to two inches of snow.
The shamans couldn't tell "heavy snow" from "sun," just 18 hours ahead of time.
Frauds, the lot of them.
Are we relying on "meteorological science" to give us reliable information, and forecasting, about global warming? If so, consider me no longer agnostic about global warming, but rather a hard core atheist. Largely ignorant about the issues, granted, but still atheist on the fundamental grounds that the science on which it rests is patently unreliable.
I'm ignorant about the weather, but at least I admit it. The shamans not only think they understand it, they think they can forecast it . . . and not just ten days, but fifty years, into the future. Well, they can't even reliably forecast 18 hours into the future, so pardon me if I scoff at their 50-year forecasts.
Of course, if there are scientific disciplines involved in the global warming debate that aren't part of the meteorological shamanism, you can again paint me agnostic.
From Reddit's Today I Learned: TIL Alfred Hitchcock was notoriously hard on actors. He was once quoted as saying, “Actors are cattle”—a quip that stirred up a huge outcry. In response, he issued this correction: “I have been misquoted. What I really said is, ‘Actors should be treated as cattle.’”
Burger and beer? $250 (plus the cost of the beer). At this bar in midtown Manhattan. "A Midtown restaurant will sell a $250 hamburger — an umami bomb comprised of Kobe beef, foie gras, crispy pancetta, white truffles and caviar." Link.
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2. Hophead Hop Vodka, 45% ABV, $30 | A beer-lover's vodka, distilled with hops. Super-fragrant, with grapefruit, grassy and floral flavors. As close to gin as vodka can get without going over the line.
3. AO Vodka, 40% ABV, $50 | This clean, lightly sweet vodka from Japan's Suntory is distilled from rice. The exquisitely silky texture makes it a standout. Serve in a martini glass with a splash of dry vermouth and a ribbon of fresh cucumber.
4. Chopin Single Young Potato Vodka, 40% ABV, $50 | If you're going to try just one of Chopin's four Single selections, make it this one. The mild aroma hints at dark chocolate; on the palate it's buttery, with ginger and black pepper notes.
5. Karlsson's Gold Vodka, 40% ABV, $33 | Made from Swedish potatoes, distilled only once and rebelliously unfiltered, this is an earthy, downright savory vodka. The flavor evokes truffles sprinkled with black pepper. A top pick for Bloody Marys.
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