Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Outposts of a dead market

Myron makes his first post to the CEI's OpenMarket.org blog (the only thing that seems to move on that defunct think-tank's webpage) since last December with a rambling account of stumbling in to the room like a pissed old fart to witness Al Gore's short televised speech, A Generational Challenge to Repower America.

Having run the gauntlet of vegans, anti-meatarians, LaRouchies and "the large contingent of Americans for Prosperity and Bureaucrash and CEI interns" ("Great signs, lots of energy."), he tells us he got in at 11:46am

The Climate has perused the webpages of the aforementioned petroleum-funded brain-dead front groups for images of the great grand-daddy of lies in great detail. However, the bureaucrash website is very broken (way to go kids; that shite Microsoft technology is serving you well) with no trace of a report. There was something from 21 July where one of the kids complaining that she couldn't buy a hand-gun as easily as a pack of chewing gum after the certifiably insane supreme court overturned a 32 year old ban that been established democratically by a community who were sick and tired of getting shot at by children.

On the Americans for Despairity webpage there was a whole bunch of photographs of fat black executive cars for VIPs. Apparently this was hypocritical. Well that's news, isn't it? So was using microphones in the auditorium powered by coal-fired electricity. It must be great to believe in the Right where hypocrisy is a logical impossibility. Even when you're taking huge government subsidies and bail-outs, you're just being greedy -- and greed is good.

Americans for Poverty also produced a video (screen-grab above -- T-shirt says: "The Truth is Cool" and he's chanting "Al Gore: Gotta go! Energy Taxes: Gotta go!". Other great signs included: "Ready for $8 gas?", "Drill? Yes We Can", "Cap government C02") Then the cameraman goes off to harass people who are arriving in taxis. Meanwhile, the lie machine keeps on pumping it out. Who are these people? What are they trying to achieve?

Myron waffled on about the "overwhelmingly white" (like he cares for the lower classes) audience where he overheard two women worrying about what all the windmills will do to bird migration patterns. Person next to him asked, "I just realized I'm not sure what the purpose of this is. Do you know?" Myron: "I think Al Gore is going to give us a 10-year plan to save the planet."

Well, I guess it's a final denouement for Myron Ebell's completed ten year plan to destroy the planet.

Myron went off to lunch alone afterwards with no friends and mumbled into his fizzy drink coke about population growth and consumer demand. "Preposterous", he said.

And that's it, for his detailed critique. Does this guy get paid anymore to do this, or is it just for fun?

For what real work involves see this collaborative and positive fisking of the speech over at the New York Times, and then tell me that this dude hasn't completely run out of gas.

It's a hard life fighting to keep us on track for the predictable crash at the end of the world, isn't it Myron. Not everyone wants to keep on board with you, do they? Some of us want to live. In spite of the easy money available for being a bag-carrier for the human extinction industry.


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