“If you only engage with people who agree with you, you’re never going to change any minds. And perhaps more dangerously, you risk becoming pretty closed minded yourself.”—Open minded vs closed minded (overheard on interwebz)
“The Left has so little regard for individual liberty that they will celebrate murderers because the killings were ‘necessary’ to create the utopia they fantasised about in their studies… they are religiously insane—it might not be religion as is commonly understood, but communism is still populated by utopian visions, martyrs and saints.”—Olaf Rye, 2010. (via statenme)
“Obama’s “end of Iraq war” speech must have shattered any remaining belief in him. Forced to appease both his supporters and the warmonger right-wing, who denounce him as a Muslim and a Marxist, Obama resorted to Orwellian DoubleSpeak. He could only announce an end to the war by praising the president who started it and the troops who fought it. Yet, as most earthlings, if not Americans, surely know by now, the war was based on a lie and on intentional deception. The American troops died for a lie. President Obama spoke of the cost to Americans of liberating Iraq, but is Iraq liberated or is Iraq in the hands of American puppet politicians and still occupied by 50,000 American troops and 200,000 private mercenaries and “contractors,” governed out of the largest embassy in the world, essentially a fortress? President Obama did not speak of the cost to Iraqis of being “liberated.” The uncounted Iraqi deaths, estimates of which range from 100,000 to 1,000,000, most being women and children, were not mentioned. Neither were the uncounted orphaned and maimed children, the four million displaced Iraqis, the flight from Iraq of the professional middle class, the homes, infrastructure, villages and towns destroyed, along with whatever remained of America’s reputation.”—Paul Craig Roberts (via azspot)
He’s back and generating as many headlines as ever. After years as the world’s leading climate change critic, “sceptical environmentalist“ Bjørn Lomborg is now saying that we need to put it at the top of our priority list.
What’s that, he has a new book out? Indeed, and in Smart Solutions to Climate Change, Lomborg, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, goes so far as to say we should spend $100 billion a year to sort it out.