American Elephants

Titles, Communications, and Knowledge. by The Elephant's Child
November 7, 2022, 7:41 pm
Filed under: Politics

I hope you consult Climate Depot regularly. The world is nattering on about the climate and the United Nations has declared: “We own the science” & ‘the world should know it:” so “we partnered with Google” to ensure only UN climate results appear.” Thank you, but I do not now or ever assume that the United Nations is the ultimate answer to everything.

Melissa Fleming, the UN’s Under-Secretary for Global Communications said at a World Economic Forum event: “We partnered with Google. For example, if you Google ‘climate change,’ you will, at the top of your search, you will get all kinds of UN resources…We were shocked to see that when we Googled ‘climate change,’ we were getting incredibly distorted information right at the top…We own the science, and we think that the world should know it.”

Don’t you love that pronouncement: “We Own the Science and we think the world should know it.” Sorry, Melissa, you don’t “own the science“, and “partnering” with Google to control the information that reaches the public, is beyond contemptible.” The public has a hard enough time studying up and trying to sort out facts and knowledge and truth, what is known and what is not. Sorry, I do not rely on the UN. It’s a valiant attempt to bring the nations of the world together to combat things that seem to be going wrong, but the key word there is “attempt.”

Under-Secretary for Global Communications indeed! Some title! Sounds, clearly, far more “official” than deserved.

I Always Hate Election Season! by The Elephant's Child
November 7, 2022, 6:01 pm
Filed under: Politics

Approaching election day and politics are heating up! “Politics” to me means lies and unfilled promises, An unfortunate association, but I suspect one that many people agree with. It is just a matter of choosing between competing ideas, but it gets off into less pleasant territory. There are valid competing ideas about what needs to be accomplished, how it needs to be done, and even why it may be needed to be done. I want serious discussions about those ideas, not just attacks on each others’ character.

Journalists want their pieces to be read, quoted, bits excerpted to be repeated, they want to reach a wide audience, and to make a difference. So you have many journalists with the same ambitions, different views, different abilities for expressing those ambitions, and vastly different ability to get noticed and read. They also have vastly differing economic views and expertise. Which is all good, but we need to look carefully at what they are offering

We don’t know these people who are candidates, for the most part. We don’t know if they will do what they promise when they come up with the difficulties of the office. We can do some reading and searching, but do we do enough to be sure that we would have a good occupant of the office? Have we learned enough about their history? Probably not,

President Biden Promises to Fix the High Price of Gas! by The Elephant's Child
November 7, 2022, 5:57 pm
Filed under: Politics

President Biden just blithely announced that he will sit down with oil producers to solve the problem of the high cost of gasoline. So there you go. We are saved!

President Biden is apparently completely unaware that the high cost of gasoline at the pump is largely a result of his cancellation of the Keystone pipeline which was not only bringing oil from Canada down to the Gulf for shipment to worldwide buyers, supplying Americans in the process.The Keystone Pipeline was also employing thousands who lost their jobs. The oil did not reach the market where willing buyers. were waiting to snap it up. It’s a pretty straightforward cause and effect thing.

If you carefully impose a lot of unnecessary costs and fail to understand how the market works. you screw things up and have no one but yourself to blame. Mr. Biden has carefully shown that he is a little short in his understanding of how markets work and what makes costs go up or down. He has demonstrated that repeatedly by accusing gas stations of overcharging and grasping, while they are just trying to maintain their customer relationships, and have no real control over the cost of gas at all.

I’m Not Happy With the News! by The Elephant's Child
November 7, 2022, 5:48 pm
Filed under: Politics

Not the content. Stuff happens and gets reported, promptly or not, accurately or not, as usual , and I can make up my mind what to think about it. What is bothering me is the current idea that to get attention, the news needs to be about or include a “celebrity”, or perhaps people won’t read it. Those who are writing the news are in search of “important” (like movie star) names or known personalities, and/or boob shots to attract attention. I want my attention attracted by the importance of the revelation, not the phoniness of some connection to a movie personality or known face. I don’t give a hoot about whether the person has been in a movie or washes dishes at a McDonalds or the equivalent.

I was appalled when Paul Pelosi was attacked in his home because his wife leads the Democrats in Congress. First off, it’s just dumb. Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House. and there are lots of Democrats in the House of Representatives. I am not a Democrat and seldom agree with her, but I can’t imagine shooting her because of it, nor that attacking he husband would change her political views.

We seem to have entered an era where shooting someone with whom you disagree is becoming common. There’s a lot of that going on. I haven’t tallied up the unprovoked shootings, but even the idea that there are so many that they need be counted is appalling. I’m not sure which city now ranks as the worst city for shootings, and whether or not the police are to blame. Probably not. The immediate cry is to remove all guns, which sounds good, but is unlikely and improbable. I’ve had guns all my life, and a long list of victims in the rodent and reptile classes. Over 9 rattlesnakes, larger numbers of woodrats, one porcupine, and one lynx who wanted to dine on my cats.

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