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Bloomberg Business Week: Radical Lefty Rag

“Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the stupid.”

— Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel

The article.

From it:

During one Republican primary debate last year, [Romney] was asked point-blank whether the functions of the Federal Emergency Management Agency ought to be turned back to the states. “Absolutely,” he replied. Let the states fend for themselves or, better yet, put the private sector in charge. Pay-as-you-go rooftop rescue service may appeal to plutocrats; when the flood waters are rising, ordinary folks welcome the National Guard.

  1. Oh well
    November 1, 2012 at 9:32 am

    You’ll never convince the Freds of this world.

  2. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Communities devastated by disaster are easy pickings for vultures. So much money to be made and so little time.

  3. November 1, 2012 at 10:42 am

    We’re racing to the center of the galaxy at 240km per second – of course the planet is heating up – THEY ALL ARE – where’s the surprise?
    BTW – the word ‘stupid’ is an adjective, not a noun.

  4. Thorstein Veblen
    November 1, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I see a new industry ahead; the ‘disaster-industrial complex’, add to others like ‘fire suppression industrial’ and ‘military industrial’ complexes. Privatization at the govt. teat, then use taxpayer money to lobby for even more teat.

  5. November 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

    FQ,

    Many among us are heartbreakingly unconcerned with the heating of Pluto, be it a planet or not. Al Gore tested “impact of Pluto Warming” in focus groups back decades ago and found most people considered it a minor issue. Then again, those same focus groups all yawned when Al Gore tested “impact of Global Warming” on focus groups.

    I forget who Gore beat, but didn’t that guy think global warming was a scam by some evil scientists who resented email, or something like that? This is the ignominous fate of Pluto warming experts as well, to be trivialized by poly ticks.

    I think the poliest trick is to humanize the problem by doing an educational cartoon with the Disney “Pluto” character sweating profusely. Keep Pluto Cold! Pluto for Plutonium! US Out of Pluto! Your Taxes Pay For Warming Exoplanets!

  6. November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

    TV,

    Naomi Klein’s been there, done that, wrote a boring but strident book about it.

  7. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

    A little reminder about Brownie:

    “On the day Katrina struck, Brown wrote “Can I quit now? Can I go home?” He later quipped to a friend on September 2 that he could not meet her because he was “trapped please rescue me.”; and at another time “If you’ll look at my lovely FEMA attire, you’ll really vomit. I am a fashion god.” In another e-mail, Brown’s press secretary, Sharon Worthy, advised him to roll up his sleeves “to look more hard-working… Even the president rolled his sleeves to just below the elbow.” An e-mail offering critical medical equipment went unanswered for four days.”

    “On August 28, 2009, it was announced via press release emails “Former FEMA Director Michael Brown Joins Cold Creek Solutions, Offers Consulting Practice for Disaster Recovery” and also subsequently reported that Brown had joined Cold Creek Solutions as VP, Disaster Recovery Practice.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_D._Brown

    http://sun.systemnews.com/articles/138/4/weekly-coldcreeksolutions/22287

    You can’t make shit like this up!

  8. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Greg Palast’s book “Vultures Picnic” is another good one on the subject, Mitch and TV.

  9. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I thought the universe was expanding, not contracting. That’s a climate change theory I hadn’t heard before.

  10. November 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

    PJ,

    Your universe is expanding while FQ’s contracts. It’s cultural relativity.

  11. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

    So, do we need any more reminders about why electing pols who want to prove the government is the problem and not the solution isn’t a good idea for anyone but the vultures?

  12. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Now we see why Mitt flip-flopped over the auto bail out. He was against it until he got his position set up to profit hugely from it and then he changed his mind to the tune of about $15 million in profit from the taxpayers. Do you think he can use such skills to benefit the taxpayers (which he had no scruples against ripping off any more than the employees whose jobs he offshored and pensions he stole) or are they more likely to be used to benefit his campaign donors like Paul Singer and himself?

  13. Just Watchin
    November 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    The desperation in your posts is overwhelming. Let the meltdown begin !!!

  14. Lefty Ruggiero
    November 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Forgetaboutit. When Mitt gets called for a sit-down next week, and he’s gonna take out a whole lot of Republican assholes with him.

  15. November 1, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    “cultural relativity” Mitch this is the best name for a band I have ever heard.

  16. Ponder z
    November 2, 2012 at 5:45 am

    SO, this super storm is caused by climate warming change? And climate warming change is cause by CO2 form industry? So you are saying humans caused this? And the libtard solution is to tax CO2 producers? And the billions in tax funds will be sent to DC to be wasted on new laws and programs? I just want to clarify this scenario. It sure sounds “stupid”.

  17. LOL
    November 2, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I’m sure many complex evidence-based scientific conclusions sound ‘stupid’ to you Ponder Z.

  18. Mitch
    November 2, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Ponder,

    Meet James Elsner: http://myweb.fsu.edu/jelsner/Research.html

    So, as you can see, it’s not news to people who study science that global warming is going to cause more extreme weather events.

    As for what you call “taxing CO2 producers,” there are various approaches considered to slowing the rate at which we are making our planet inhospitable to human life.

    People who truly believe in the idea that free markets are the best way to allocate resources like the idea of “cap and trade.” The idea is that rather than have some large Soviet bureaucracy allocate things, all that is needed is to charge all producers for the limited resource called “atmosphere services,” just as people are now charged for trips to the dump. Then, the producers can trade their rights to emit large quantities CO2, so that the free market allocates that right where it is most valuable.

    When anything is given away for free (as “atmosphere services” are given away today) it is inevitably wasted. When the atmosphere was essentially unlimited compared to our destruction of it, that didn’t matter. Now, it matters.

    Once upon a time, ideas like this were called conservative capitalism. Amazing, isn’t it?

    If you don’t like that approach, the alternatives are to continue to invite unlimited emission of CO2 as if it were “free,” and just suck it up and try to live with the huge coming effects of global warming, or to use arms and police forces to allocate the right to emit CO2.

    That’s pretty much the spectrum of available choices.

    To do nothing is to choose to continue to invite unlimited emissions as if they don’t matter. That’s a choice, just like cap and trade. And when people can deny the science, and ignore the risks to their children and grandchildren, that’s the choice most people will vote for. It’s a shame, but it makes for great profits at the oil and coal companies.

  19. Mitch
    November 2, 2012 at 6:55 am

    So, to be clear, the choice we are making today ensures that investors will be able to afford glorious coffins. Their children, not so much.

  20. November 2, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Ponder z
    Spot on.
    LOL,
    “Evidenced based scientific conclusions” – there are over 400 patents for what some refer to as ‘free’ energy (that’s like saying ‘wet water’ – energy IS, it can’t be created or destroyed).
    And the fact still remains – All of the planets are heating up – doesn’t take a brain surgeon or “evidenced based scientific conclusions” to figure that out.

    Our temporary bodies all look the same in a coffin – dead, glorious coffins or not.

  21. November 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

    FQ,

    You are, by far, the most fun crazy person I’ve found on this or any blog.

    Here’s a suggestion. Patents are all published, by law. So go to the library and look up a few of your free energy patents. Then build (personal use only, it’s legal) your free energy device, following the patent’s instructions. When you’ve got it working, teach your neighbors how to build their own. You will personally be responsible for saving the world, at least until the universe gets too hot to support our temporary bodies, that is.

    You can even use this as a motto, HEN HER, GEE!

  22. November 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Mitch,
    Thanks . . . I think.
    Ya might want to check the dead scientists website. Anyone building ‘free’ energy devices are on it. Tesla had it figured out long ago, and didn’t even include wires to transfer it. Plus, I have a respect (not fear) of what is termed electricity, and then I have a hard time remembering which tool is which.

  23. November 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

    “I have a hard time remembering which tool is which.”

    I have that problem, too. Hammers work for most things.

  24. Plain Jane
    November 2, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Icke previously and now Alex Jones? I have great respect for novelists, but conspiracy nut exploiters really piss me off. There is an abundance of great journalist work about real government scandals but jackals like this are like women who cry rape when it wasn’t. They discredit real conspiracies with their drama and greed.

  25. November 2, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Plain Jane,
    Ridicule without substance is the primary defense of the ignorant.
    “We must all face the fact that our rulers are certifiably insane or worse.”
    Wm. S. Burroughs

  26. Plain Jane
    November 2, 2012 at 9:41 am

    You can’t debate with conspiracy theorists, FQ. They don’t offer or accept facts.

  27. November 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

    This is a repeat, I know it takes 21 times to ‘sink-in.’ Conspiracy ‘theory’ is oh so 20th century askewed thinking. Conspiracy ‘theory’ became open secret years back.
    You seem to lean towards doing the same thing expecting a different result . . . and we all know where that leads to.

  28. November 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

  29. November 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    AK,

    If the election weren’t for another whole week, I’m sure we’d be seeing Romney ads showing how he’s been warning of global warming since he was a wee thug of 14.

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