Savages   5/11/2012

It’s difficult to believe such monstrosities can take place in the 21st century:

On the same day, 18 civilians, women and children included, burned to death after militants set fire to their passenger van at a Balochistan petrol station. No group has claimed responsibility.
A few days earlier, a mother and father in Pakistan’s Kashmir doused their 15-year-old daughter in acid for “standing close” to a boy. They refused to take her to hospital for 24 hours as she lay dying in agony at home.

Yet, you don’t hear a peep about these horrors from those in the West who are constantly outraged by politically incorrect trivialities in their society.

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Taking the mick   

Maurice Newman takes an elegant swipe at myth-makers and their believers. What must really hurt is that few take you seriously once you become an object of ridicule.

When Mother Nature decided in 1980 to change gears from cooler to warmer, a new global warming religion was born, replete with its own church (the UN), a papacy, (the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and a global warming priesthood masquerading as climate scientists. Selfish humans in rich, polluting countries were blamed for the warming and had to pay for past trespasses by providing material compensation to poor nations as penance. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions became the new holy grail. With a warm wind at their backs, these fundamentalists collected hundreds of billions of dollars from naive governments that adopted their faith on behalf of billions of people. No crusader was ever so effective.
The message was stark. If the non-believers didn’t convert immediately, our children and grandchildren would face a hell on earth. The priesthood excommunicated and humiliated sceptics and deniers. Alternative views were not tolerated and, where possible, were suppressed. Did someone mention the dark ages?
Because the new arrangements would distort capital allocations, disciples wrote economic texts showing how inefficient, productivity-sapping and costly green industries would actually boost economic activity and employment.

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