The Doomsday Lobby

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    The Doomsday Lobby
    by Michael I. Niman

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    Much of the world focused this week on Copenhagen, where global leaders met to discuss plans to contend with catastrophic global warming. Americans, however, were more focused on golf star Tiger Woods’s marital infidelity. We have our priorities.

    Outside of the United States, global warming is universally acknowledged as the gravest threat humanity has ever faced. There’s no longer any debate about the certainty of climate change or humanity’s role in the earth’s warming—just arguments over the speed at which global destruction will rain down upon us and who’s gonna field the pain of confronting it. Back in La La Land, we Americans have distinguished ourselves as the last population on earth not to really give a damn about our unfolding environmental cataclysm. By the numbers, about 40 percent of us don’t believe humanity had any role in polluting the atmosphere and bringing on this mess. Children born today will see major populated chunks of South Florida succumb to the sea during their lifetimes, but hell, that’s not stopping their parents from moving there.

    How did we come to be so insanely stupid and so incredibly out of touch with the rest of the planet’s grip on reality? The answer is easy. We have an industry whose job it is to spin reality into an incoherent cerebral omelet of misinformation. We’re not just dim—we’re educated to be idiots. Cloven-hoofed pundits and other professional liars seize every opportunity to mislead the public into acting against our own best interests. A generation ago this meant voting for Ronald Reagan and his ilk, even as they cut taxes for the rich, nickel-and-dimed the middle class, and gutted healthcare, education, recreation, housing, and social welfare programs. Reagan made Americans feel good even as he erased a century of social progress.

    A few years into this insanity, working Americans actually began, like a dog dumbly following simple commands, to hate the very union movement that brought them weekends, the 40-hour work week, minimum wages, workplace safety rules, and so on. Average Americans began, on command, to identify with their oppressors rather than with their oppressed neighbors and co-workers. The ever-widening chasm between the rich and the rest of America, the fact that we are the only industrialized nation without government-guaranteed healthcare, the ease with which terms like “homelessness” roll off our tongues, the reality that one third of the residents of Buffalo are functionally illiterate—all this is the result of our generation-long stupor. But social inequality can always be reversed. That’s what revolutions are often about.

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    Follow the money

    So let’s follow the money and get to the bottom of the Doomsday Industry. Global warming deniers cloak themselves in quasi-scientific veneers spun by pseudo-academic groups such as the Heartland Institute, the Acton Institute, the Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, the American Enterprise Institute, the George C. Marshall Institute, the Fraser Institute, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Committee for Economic Development, the Cato Institute, and the Reason Foundation—all of which are partially funded by Exxon-Mobil. Toss in some funding from the coal industry and the auto industry, and you wind up with no shortage of grant-funded, B-roll academics willing to parrot the company line. Mate them with the Fox “News” and talk radio blabber drones, and you have a manufactured debate capable of derailing climate action. It’s all about Exxon’s short-term revenues, which last year broke all world records for corporate profits, and a dying auto industry’s vested interest in peddling its mechanical dinosaurs, long-term planetary survival be damned.

    The same model holds true wherever we see politicians and pundits joining forces to fight against the public good. Americans die every day because they lack healthcare, yet all attempts to develop a universal healthcare system and healthcare price controls have been thwarted for a generation by propaganda efforts funded by the private, for-profit healthcare industry. As is the case with addressing global warming, opponents of real healthcare reform aren’t coming up with a better proposal—instead they’ve been successfully lobbying for no proposal for a generation.

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    Uncle Ferd was thinkin' o' buryin' the trailer inna ground - but he decided it was too much work...
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    Sales of luxe doomsday bunkers up 1,000%
    March 23, 2011 -- A devastating earthquake strikes Japan. A massive tsunami kills thousands. Fears of a nuclear meltdown run rampant. Bloodshed and violence escalate in Libya. And U.S. companies selling doomsday bunkers are seeing sales skyrocket anywhere from 20% to 1,000%.
     
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    This article is a year and a half old!!! If you want to follow the money, how about the how the skeptics are funded? Surely you could give us an update on the other side of the story, given that what was posted is really stale news!!! :cool:
     
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    Helo thar George Soros.
     

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