Friday, December 12, 2008

The world is not going to be cutting greenhouse gases anytime soon. If ever

People - surprise, surprise - demand to be warm at the cheapest prices. Developing countries like China and India have ignored it completely, with their emission rising at 6% to 8% a year. China now emits more greenhouse gases than even the United States.

Carbon dioxide emissions, which were increasing about 1% a year in the 1990s, are increasing about 3% percent a year in this decade. Leaders all across the world, including Barack Obama, continue to look straight into the camera and proclaim that they are going to solve the global warming crisis - by 2020, or 2050, or 2100 or รข€¦ sometime soon.

The world desperately needs to get serious, including President-elect Obama, Europe's leaders and every UN bureaucrat who dined handsomely in the evenings in Poznan. The truth is, the world is not going to be cutting greenhouse gases anytime soon. If ever.

[ Justifiably skeptical. Politicians just keep on making promises they never keep. The planet is in deep peril with this farcical democracy. As long as making money and feeding the economy is paramount there is no prospect of a reduction in greenhouse gases. We need nationalists to take power. People who care about their country and their population are most likely to do what it takes to preserve nature and consider what world is being left for future generations. ]

Thursday, December 11, 2008

An Enduring Crisis for the Black Family

In 1965, a young assistant secretary of labor named Daniel Patrick Moynihan stumbled upon data that showed a rise in the number of black single mothers. As Moynihan wrote in a now-famous report for the Johnson administration, especially troubling was that the growth in illegitimacy, as it was universally called then, coincided with a decline in black male unemployment. Strangely, black men were joining the labor force more, but they were marrying - and fathering - less.

Unfortunately, those warnings were as prescient as they were reviled. Civil rights leaders, worried about reviving racist myths about black promiscuity, objected to what they viewed as blaming the victim. Feminists were inclined to look on the "strong black women" raising their children without men as a symbol of female autonomy. By the fall of 1965, when a White House conference on the black family was scheduled, the Moynihan report and the subject had disappeared.

Through the power of his own example, Obama presents a chance to revive what Lyndon Johnson called "the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights." Obama's memoir, "Dreams From My Father," conveys the economic, emotional and existential toll of growing up fatherless, and he has spoken movingly of his determination to ensure for his own children a different life. Yet tackling this issue won't be easy. When Obama gave a Father's Day speech lamenting "fathers . . . missing from too many lives and too many homes," Jesse Jackson was so incensed that he said he wanted to castrate Obama. Still, painful as the subject is, the alternative is far worse: racial inequality as far as the eye can see.

[ It is certainly odd how black men took to abandoning their families when they had more rights. Those unaware of this historical fact like to say that discrimination against blacks has brought this to be - when the facts show that when blacks were slaves they were much more family oriented. Obama is doing the right thing in attempting to set a good example. The biggest opposition he faces here seems to be from those keen to accuse anyone who identifies this as a problem as being racist. Jesse Jackson was furious with Obama for this reason. If blacks would establish family values they would better appreciate their need for a geographically separate culture in which their identity could be protected, nurtured and they would rule themselves.]

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dictionary changes "reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society"

Oxford University Press has removed words like "aisle", "bishop", "chapel", "empire" and "monarch" from its Junior Dictionary and replaced them with words like "blog", "broadband" and "celebrity". Dozens of words related to the countryside have also been culled.

The publisher claims the changes have been made to reflect the fact that Britain is a modern, multicultural, multifaith society.

But academics and head teachers said that the changes to the 10,000 word Junior Dictionary could mean that children lose touch with Britain's heritage.

[ You don't have to be a Christian to find this horrifying. The intention must indeed be that children lose touch with an understanding of British history and sense of identity. This incident is only one of many attempts to do that. ]

UK primary school curriculum is further dumbed down

Traditional subjects such as history and geography are to be axed in the biggest overhaul of primary education for 20 years.

Timetables will instead be arranged around six 'areas of learning' that merge subjects into general themes.

Pupils will also spend more time learning how to deal with 'deep societal concerns' such as violence, drug abuse, obesity, teenage pregnancy and debt.

[ School is obviously not for academic learning, only for social control. ]


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