“Green New Deal”

Alexandria Occasional-CortexRepresentative Alexandria Occasional-Cortex has been prattling on for some time about a “Green New Deal”.  Today she, along with Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, introduced a bill [PDF] (not yet assigned a number), for a House Resolution “Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal”.  Accompanying the resolution is a Frequently Asked Questions [PDF] document.

These, particularly the FAQ, are hilarious.  The House Resolution is basically a statement of goals without any details about how they are to be achieved.  The FAQ goes a tiny bit deeper into the nitty gritty (or, more precisely, the fanatic fantasy) of what is intended.  At least you can’t fault it for not being ambitious.

Upgrade or replace every building in US for state-of-the-art energy efficiency.

Every.  Building.  In.  America.  In ten years.  Well, at least a sense of realism creeps in elsewhere.

We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.

So we won’t be able to entirely eliminate cows and airplanes in the First Glorious Ten Year Plan.  Perhaps, comrade, in the Second.

About those airplanes:

Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.

“Air travel stops becoming necessary.”  That’s for you, prole, not the ruling class.  And what about intercontinental travel?  A transatlantic tunnel, hurrah!

How is all of this going to be paid for?

The same way we paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs. The same way we paid for World War II and all our current wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit. There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment. At the end of the day, this is an investment in our economy that should grow our wealth as a nation, so the question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what will we do with our new shared prosperity.

So, printing money.  Hey, it worked for Venezuela, didn’t it?

But after all:

• Americans love a challenge. This is our moonshot.
o When JFK said we’d go to the by the end of the decade, people said impossible.

Darned if we didn’t go the by the end of the decade!

Read the whole thing.  It’s a laugh riot.

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And now for something completely different . . .

Except maybe to the sock.

Japanese commercials from 2018.

I guess synchronized dancing is a thing in Japan. Does this really sell soap (or whatever) there?

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Shakedown: Fake Products

One of my favourite YouTube channels is bigclivedotcom, who tears down and reverse-engineers electronic and other gadgets, often discovering horrors, occasionally deadly, in shoddy products mostly from China.  Yesterday, he posted a delightful analysis of a fine piece of Chinese junk, a “shake flashlight”, which is supposed to generate its own power by shaking the object in your hand.

Shake flashlights are a “green” gimmick which have been around for some time: here is an example of one for sale at Amazon.  They appeal to eco-freaks (no batteries!), the gimmick-obsessed kind of survivalist, and people who can’t solve simple problems in electromagnetism.  In the usual design, the body of the flashlight contains a tube inside which a powerful permanent magnet is free to slide back and forth.  A coil with many turns of wire is wound around the centre of the tube, and there’s usually two magnets fixed to the ends of tube which repel the moving magnet as it approaches them, reversing its motion without impact.  When you shake the flashlight, the moving magnet passes back and forth through the coil, inducing a pulse of current each time the magnetic field passes through its windings.  This current is then rectified (since its polarity alternates depending on the direction of the magnet’s motion) and stored in either a super-capacitor or rechargeable battery which, when the light is turned on, drives a light-emitting diode (usually a relatively dim low-power device that doesn’t draw much current).

The idea is that you can keep one of these flashlights, say, in you car’s glove compartment for roadside emergencies and never have to worry about dead batteries when you need it: just a few shakes and fiat lux.  In practice, like most “green” products, it doesn’t work very well.  It takes a whole lotta shakin’ to generate much charge, so unless you do something like put it in a paint mixer, you only get a few minutes of dim light before it goes out.

But count on the Chinese to take it to the next level.  I won’t spoil the fun you’ll have viewing the following video.

Do you have any examples or memories of fake products?  I recall the “Affordable Care Act”.

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No Relation

Johnnie Walker, the middle-market blended Scotch whisky brand, appears to have joined Gillette in committing brand seppuku, judging from this tweet.

Continue reading “No Relation”

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Doug Casey on Occasional-Cortex

Alexandria Occasional-CortexOn 2019-01-14, an interview with Doug Casey was published on LewRockwell.com in which he discussed bug-eyed crypto-commie Democrat congressbeing phenom Alexandria Occasional-Cortex.

Quotes:

Most likely she’s the future of the Democratic Party – and of the U.S. Why? She’s cute, vivacious, charming, different, outspoken, and has a plan to Make America Great Again. And she’s shrewd. She realized she could win by ringing doorbells in her district, where voter turnout was very low, and about 70% are non-white. There was zero motivation for residents to turn out for the tired, corrupt, old hack of a white man she ran against.

I’m afraid Alexandria is evil on a basic level. I know that sounds silly. How can that be true of a cute young girl who says she wants just sunshine and unicorns for everybody? It’s too bad the word “evil” has been so compromised, so discredited, by the people who use it all the time – bible-thumpers, hysterics, and religious fanatics. Evil shouldn’t be associated with horned demons and eternal perdition. It just means something destructive, or recklessly injurious.

The free market, individualism, personal liberty, personal responsibility, hard work, free speech – the values of western civilization – are being washed away, everywhere. But it’s hard to defend them, because the argument for them is intellectual, economic, and historical. While the mob, the capita censi, the “head count” as the Romans called them, is swayed by emotions. They feel, they don’t think. Arguments are limited to Twitter feeds. Or 30-second TV sound bites.

Nobody, except for a few libertarians and conservatives, are countering the ideas AOC represents. And they have a very limited audience. The spirit of the new century is overwhelming the values of the past.

When the economy collapses – likely in 2019 – everybody will blame capitalism, because Trump is somehow, incorrectly, associated with capitalism. The country – especially the young, the poor, and the non-white – will look to the government to do something. They see the government as a cornucopia, and socialism as a kind and gentle answer. Everyone will be able to drink lattes all day at Starbucks while they play with their iPhones.

Read the whole thing.

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