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AGW catastrophism Data Omniclimate Skepticism

Economist: AGW Policies Mostly Hit the Poor

Any way you turn the topic, there is no escape: AGW policy interventions such as a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system for CO2 emissions, will end up falling hardest on the poor.

That’s not my conclusion. It is what the Economist magazine (a convinced proponent of AGW) just published under the heading of “Buttonwood”. And it needs no commentary:

The fundamental problem is difficult to get round. If governments desire people to use less energy, they have to ration supply by price. They can limit frivolous use (gas-guzzling cars, televisions on standby and the like). But there may be a core demand for energy (heat, light, commuting) where consumers will resist cuts. For that part, the rich will always be able to outbid the poor (not to mention the politically powerful middle class). And that will plague green campaigners

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English Ethics

“Everybody’s got too much of something”

A poignant advert campaign is circulating in France, thanks to employment agency ADIA, against all sorts of discriminations: “Urgent: let’s recruit humans“.

One of the messages really gets down to the point, and it is applicable also outside of work matters:

“Too black,
too old,
too educated,
too brown,
too atheist,
too young,
too female,
too gay,
too white,
too Muslim,
too political,
too disabled,
too heterosexual,
too Jewish,
Too this,
too that…
Really, looking hard enough, everybody’s got too much of something.
To discriminate, is to begin to dehumanize. […]” […]”

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Astronomia Italiano Spazio Umorismo

Mancano 90 Anni Alla Fine Del Mondo

dal blog Bad Astronomy:

una pubblicita’ dei Doritos e’ stata inviata verso la stella 47 Ursa Majoris. Purtroppo gli alieni quasi sicuramente interpreteranno male il filmato, e organizzeranno una flotta di invasione della Terra per salvare quei poveri piccoli danzatori dal mostro bipede (noi)

L’unica speranza e’ che la flotta non voli piu’ veloce della luce, nel qual caso ci raggiungeranno “solo” in 90 anni.

Tutti a guardare il cielo intorno al 2100 quindi, nel caso i quarantasetteursamajoriti (o anche i quarantotto, o i quarantasei) arrivino a salvare i Doritos!!!

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Etica Italiano Liberta'

“A cercar bene, tutti hanno qualcosa di troppo”

C’e’ una bellissima pubblicita’ che ho sentito alla radio francese in queste settimane, promossa dall’agenzia d’impiego ADIA, contro tutte le discriminazioni: “Urgent: recrutons humains

Ci sono anche dei poster, ma il messaggio che ho sentito mi sembra molto efficace, ed applicabile al di la’ del problema del lavoro:

“Trop noir,
trop vieux,
trop diplômé,
trop maghrébin,
trop athée,
trop jeune,
trop femme,
trop neuf-trois,
trop homosexuel,
trop blanc,
trop musulman,
trop politique,
trop Neuilly-Passy,
trop handicapé,
trop hétérosexuel,
trop juif,
trop ceci,
trop cela…
Finalement, en cherchant bien, tout le monde a quelque chose de trop.
La discrimination c’est le début de la déshumanisation. […]”

ps ma che vorra’ dire, essere “trop Neuilly-Passy” ? e “trop neuf-trois”?