Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The latest Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez histrionics: "People are dying", really, Sandy?

I make it a point not to talk about, let alone write about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez because quite frankly, I find her to be a boring rehash of threadbare, antique socialist cliches. Another thing, and I can't blame Sandy for this, is the cringy way her local fanboys in Queens squeal about her like overheated teenyboppers at a boy band concert.  If I were to judge Sandy by her fans, being the dream queen of bugmen incels is a bad look and a real turn-off. I won't even get into the characters she surrounds herself with.  And 'The Justice Democrats'? The name is corny and sounds like a kid's superhero cartoon. Do the Justice Democrats run around in capes or something?

Then there are the policies she espouses like the Green New Deal. You want to ban air travel but rebuild airports? Huh? 100% renewable energy with no gas, coal, woodchips or sawgrass burning backup generators and we all have to add electric vehicles to the power grid as well? It looks suspiciously like a wild grab bag of a freestuff program for parasites, an illegal alien's bill of rights, a middleman crony capitalist feeding frenzy and a watermelon environmentalist's wet dream all rolled into one. However I digress.

In any event, I would have a hard time determining if she were in fact a sociopathic threat to modern civilization or an idealistic idiot. Maybe this is unfair as I do not know her personally and can't say anything about her character or intellect and she might really be a very nice person, intelligent and well-meaning after all. But if any of her ideas or policies from an alternate dimension were implemented here in the real world, it would make a full scale nuclear exchange with the Russians seem like a treat.

Whatever it is, after getting laughed off the stage with the inane hand waving claim that we only have 12 years to live (I've been hearing that since the late 80's) unless we immediately implement this bioleninist written Green New Deal, Sandy is back with more apocalypse porn.
From: Yahoo News: 'People are dying': Ocasio-Cortez defends Green New Deal from 'elitist' knock (March 27, 2019)

First of all, perhaps Sandy would be so kind as to provide the facts as to who is presently dying from global warming or climate change or whatever they're calling it today. Where can we find this dirty air and dirty water that's killing people. Where are the casualties? If herself wants to cite the Flint water crisis of 2014-2015 where 90 people were sickened and 12 people died from legionnaires disease, this was an isolated incident due to municipal incompetence. Then how does that justify spending tens of trillions of dollars to address an incident from about 5 years ago? Is there a provision for a time machine in that dog's breakfast of a GND?

Nobody is calling the victims here elitist, only calling bullshit on the Green New Deal and using the Flint victims as props in a supporting sob story. People are dying! Sniff, sniff, pauses to wipe away a tear. Now gimmie the money, dammit!

But there's more. So kids in the South Bronx are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Funny, according to the website, New York's air is the cleanest since air pollution monitoring began. So about this dirty air thing, Sandy? The causes of asthma are not well understood and may be genetic among other things including possibly mom smoking during pregnancy. So this is another case of people being used as props again in Sandy's weaponized sob stories.

Really, this Green New Deal is all about power and money. Spare us the asinine climate change threats that the government has been trying to scare us with since the 1980's. Stop with the weaponized sob stories that are either taken out of context or are just outright lies.

Every climate model has failed to make an accurate prediction, every doomsday prediction from rising sea levels to moar super duper storms to it being 2 deg. C. hotter today than in 1990 (the temperature rise has been paused for about 20 years now) the arctic icecap melting 5 years ago has spectacularly flopped.

But like some kooky millenarian cult, when one predicted doomsday in 10 or 20 years comes and goes, they give us another 10 or 20 years to repent our sins and worship at the altar of Gaia with more of our money and an ever lowering standard of living.

No, the global cooling, global warming, climate change or whatever it'll be called next year simply proves H.L. Mencken's quote about politics being about scaring us so government can save us (paraphrasing) is still as true today as when he said it almost a century ago.

Yeah, I didn't want to write about Sandy but she's everywhere on the news and not always in the most flattering light. Like an old piece of sticky gum stuck to the sole of your shoe, the news media just can't seem to pry itself free of Sandy. For the present, at least, omnipresent Sandy is ratings gold. And I hope this should be the one and only time I bother to write about her.

But why did I write this post?
I don't consider other people embarrassing themselves with seriously cringe-inducing hyperbolic nonsense rhetoric entertaining but after a while of unavoidably seeing it again and again, a morbid curiosity like that about a messy car accident develops. One just can't help looking.

Donald Cavaioli

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