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Ramblings on Vassar’s Cleaning Up Dodge

First, the customary and usual whistling, clapping & foot-stomping re: your dispatch; always and ever highly thought-provoking, insightful. In that vein, my ramblings:

Higher use: simply a rephrasing of the classical definition of economics: the allocation of scarce resources which have alternative uses. Land is the ultimate scarce resource; when you’ve run out, you can’t make more, unless you steal somebody else’s. When it’s REALLY ALL gone, you’re screwed. But, based on circumstances, it can always be re-allocated, see Detroit urban reclamation, houses bulldozed, land going ‘back to nature’ (as if it ever left, what, isn’t Man part of Nature? What are we, potted plants? Heh).

As an aside, the folks locally in Peoria are all excited over a multi-year project to create an island in the Illinois River for recreational purposes, using goop from navigational channel dredging (yuck, stinky stuff). They don’t seem to realize they’re not creating anything, just moving mud from one place to another, but again, a higher use. The recreational island is a higher use for the goop than merely being a bed for catfish, or simply squirting the stuff onto the existing shoreline.

The key to success for this higher-use economic principle is it’s very conservative sub-category of conservationism, not to be confused with the false religion cult of environmentalism. It is conservation to replant trees after harvesting a forest for lumber, to continually restock a lake being fished, etc. It makes no economic sense to NOT harvest the lumber or take the fish, which is what Gore Inc would have us doing, under the color of ‘law’.

So, our sense of ‘cleaning up Dodge’ is to eliminate the Red Guard from our environment, not the environmentalist credo of lowering the parts per million of pollutants, or ever increasing the MPG CAFE demand, which must always run headlong into that other economic law, that of diminishing returns. If our air or water is safe for human consumption at 1000 parts per million of something or other, it doesn’t follow that we’re SAFER at 100 PPM, and safer still at 10 PPM; following that line, we’d become immortal at zero PPM, no matter the cost to achieve it. Yet this is the thinking and demand of the Guard, 56 MPG good for Mother Gaia and who cares about the survivability of people during a crash, with crashes being inevitable. (Please see Dr. Thomas Sowell who says to always ask ‘compared to what’ and ‘at what cost’)

Our primary problem today is that too many of us, and especially our ‘yout’ have either forgotten or never knew about Dr. Maslow and his pyramid of needs, neatly summed up by the old slogan of the American Lung Association: “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters”. When the economy inflates to the point you cannot afford food, no one will bemoan the price of an IPad, or how dirty the air is, or the plight of the undereducated Digital Divide folks.

Right now I kind of assume the attitude of the Enemy© in that we need to eliminate the Root Cause of our difficulties, which is, ironically enough, the philosophy, methods and tactics of that Enemy©, the liberal Dems & their willing accomplices in media, entertainment & education. Do all things necessary to remove them & their influence, and our good ship USS America will ever so quickly turn in the ‘right’ direction.

Great perspective in a nutshell, mriggio. (Lady P. – Ed.)

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  1. Agreed. And it must be a compact between us and those we send to represent us. They must *do all things necessary* and we will have their back, and when *we* do all things necessary, they must stop the regulatory backlash and jerk Eric Holder and Lisa Jackson and Cass Sunstein up by the shorts and give them a wedgie, or just chase them out of Washington to begin with.

  2. It’s strange that the same people that insist industry can “find a way” to get to 56 mpg through technology dismiss the technology to develop our shale reserves.

    Fact is they demand the first and hate the idea of any further production of oil.

    • At some point you have to realize that there is just so much ‘energy’ in a gallon of gas and even at 100% conversion it will only take you just so far.
      And let’s not forget that the ‘smog’ equipment on a modern car eats up a BIG chunk of the available energy. I once had a ’65 VW Bug that would regularly get 35 MPG on the highway, but today 35 MPG is at the high end of MPG averages after nearly 50 years of ‘progress’.

      • I lived in Europe for a stint awhile back and offer this comparison. All this Green philopsophy is the rage, and it came from there originally. *But their societies are not stupid enough to actually turn their countries over to Greenies.* Oh yes they moan and whine and have protests and pay to see Gore’s movies then go home feeling good about themselves, but only up a point. No one in UK actually calls for dismantlement of BP. Too many people’s pensions tied up in it. Greenies as well as everyone else, like their cars, which *are small because gasoline is so expensive, NOT because they want to save the environment.* Same in Holland, no one calls for dismantlement of their homebased oil supermajor, Shell. Nor France with Total, nor Italy with ENI. (The war in Libya is about reestablishing oil supply contracts for FR and IT with Libya btw).Even their wooly headed Marxists know when not to cross the line of societal suicide by dismantling the hydrocarbon based industrialized infrastructure. That’s the difference between them and us – our Libs and Marxists are more naive and thus dangerous because they take the Green mantra seriously and they actually (as we have seen the last 3 years) want to tear this whole country down, THEN figure out how to build it back up. By the light of candles and wearing our animal furs to keep warm!

  3. Great perspective here. Thanks.

    If you saw my articles about Midwest Rising a couple weeks ago in St. Louis, I followed up with one of the “arrestees” on a Skype call. Most of the protests were environmental issues, mainly that evil coal.

    This guy is so delusional, he wants to tear up all the streets, roadways, bridges, e-ways in the center of St. L and put in a huge farm to “sustain” the city without any fossil fuels. He also thinks if he and a couple of his neighbors with the same thinking go down to City Hall, demand this, the city will go along with this cockamammie idea.

    And no, he ain’t kidding. This is the kind of stuff that Jackson, Salazar et. al are apparently sticking in our kids’ heads via osmosis. Maybe they are even teaching it there. Who knows.

  1. Agreed. And it must be a compact between us and those we send to represent us. They must *do all things necessary* and we will have their back, and when *we* do all things necessary, they must stop the regulatory backlash and jerk Eric Holder and Lisa Jackson and Cass Sunstein up by the shorts and give them a wedgie, or just chase them out of Washington to begin with.

  2. It’s strange that the same people that insist industry can “find a way” to get to 56 mpg through technology dismiss the technology to develop our shale reserves.

    Fact is they demand the first and hate the idea of any further production of oil.

    • At some point you have to realize that there is just so much ‘energy’ in a gallon of gas and even at 100% conversion it will only take you just so far.
      And let’s not forget that the ‘smog’ equipment on a modern car eats up a BIG chunk of the available energy. I once had a ’65 VW Bug that would regularly get 35 MPG on the highway, but today 35 MPG is at the high end of MPG averages after nearly 50 years of ‘progress’.

      • I lived in Europe for a stint awhile back and offer this comparison. All this Green philopsophy is the rage, and it came from there originally. *But their societies are not stupid enough to actually turn their countries over to Greenies.* Oh yes they moan and whine and have protests and pay to see Gore’s movies then go home feeling good about themselves, but only up a point. No one in UK actually calls for dismantlement of BP. Too many people’s pensions tied up in it. Greenies as well as everyone else, like their cars, which *are small because gasoline is so expensive, NOT because they want to save the environment.* Same in Holland, no one calls for dismantlement of their homebased oil supermajor, Shell. Nor France with Total, nor Italy with ENI. (The war in Libya is about reestablishing oil supply contracts for FR and IT with Libya btw).Even their wooly headed Marxists know when not to cross the line of societal suicide by dismantling the hydrocarbon based industrialized infrastructure. That’s the difference between them and us – our Libs and Marxists are more naive and thus dangerous because they take the Green mantra seriously and they actually (as we have seen the last 3 years) want to tear this whole country down, THEN figure out how to build it back up. By the light of candles and wearing our animal furs to keep warm!

  3. Great perspective here. Thanks.

    If you saw my articles about Midwest Rising a couple weeks ago in St. Louis, I followed up with one of the “arrestees” on a Skype call. Most of the protests were environmental issues, mainly that evil coal.

    This guy is so delusional, he wants to tear up all the streets, roadways, bridges, e-ways in the center of St. L and put in a huge farm to “sustain” the city without any fossil fuels. He also thinks if he and a couple of his neighbors with the same thinking go down to City Hall, demand this, the city will go along with this cockamammie idea.

    And no, he ain’t kidding. This is the kind of stuff that Jackson, Salazar et. al are apparently sticking in our kids’ heads via osmosis. Maybe they are even teaching it there. Who knows.

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