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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

One of life's mysteries is how conventional wisdom can persist despite no supporting evidence. Global Warming is one such phenomena. Most people are convinced it is happening even though there is no indication that it is. And politicians are willing to severely damage the economy of the nation to combat something that is not happening. Life is getting better all of the time; the air is cleaner, the water is better. (The air quality was terrible in London during Shakespeare's time, and when I was young the air was killing people in Pennsylvania.) People in the recent election are convinced that they are worse off than they were a few years ago. But here is an interesting factoid; during the 2004 election 3% of the voters made more than $200,000 per year. In 2008, 6% of the voters made more than $200,000 per year. (And, there were more voters in 2008, so there are more than twice as many people making over $200,000 per year.) I think most people were doing better, but conventional wisdom dispensed by the media made them feel like they are worse off than they are. But, back to global warming; the supporters of the global warming hypothesis are actually reactionary in that they are Rousseau-type Romanticists who want to go back to a primitive age. (Something that some of them admit will require a smaller population in the world.) Here is a good article discussing this phenomena:


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