“So spare us all for a decent interval the long distance shibboleths of gun control, the amateur psychoanalysis, the morbid and soul killing paparazzi shots of parents learning for the first time of the slaughter of their children.
Let’s have a decent silence to contemplate the eternal nature of evil and the tragic loss we all feel. Back away from the microphones. Put down those cameras.” (AMEN!….RSK)
As I do every Friday, I sort through my week’s clipping files in preparation for this column. I was going to write about energy. The optimistic assessments of natural resources and the fracking technique to extract them has every potential of changing our economic future for the better and the repressive regimes of the Middle East for the worse.
This despite the uninformed blather about its dangers and constraints to its use, and the ridiculous wasted billions on government subsidies and grants funneled into a make-believe solar energy future.
Even better, the draft report of the UN’s climate watchdog, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was leaked this week, and it undermines their claim that anthropogenic (man-made) global warming is a serious global threat. The irradiation from the sun plays a bigger role in the climate of the earth and there doesn’t seem a whole lot that throwing money at bundlers and UN grifters can do about that.
As Professor Pielke notes, the report is optimistic on several other counts: “[IPCC Draft report echoes Climate Depot’s Extreme Weather Report]: ‘No significant observed trends in global tropical cyclone frequency… does not support AR4 conclusions regarding global increasing trends in droughts… low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale… there is currently no clear and widespread evidence for observed changes in flooding'”.
But that and everything else in my clipping file faded to insignificance when reports of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre hit the wires.
There have been school shootings before but this one was particularly painful to learn about.
In the first place the children were so young and innocent — kindergartners. In the second, it is the season when young children are especially full of happiness. Their homes are filled with Chanukah and Christmas decorations and gifts. Their houses smell of yummy things to eat. Families make a special effort to be together for the holidays. One account of the incident underscores this. Kaitlin Roig, who rescued her first grade students by locking them in the bathroom and barricading the door, told reporters, “The kids were being so good. They asked: ‘Can we go see if anyone is out there? …I just want Christmas… I don’t want to die, I just want to have Christmas.’ I said, you’re going to have Christmas and Hanukkah.. I tried to be positive.”