Do not mess with the aunts and grandmothers.
❝The clarification confirms a suspicion that many held all along: With up to 100 million people dancing ever-changing routines in squares across the country, state bureaucrats had little chance of imposing order on the activity.
That should bring some relief to the tens of millions of women who rely on their local dance routines for exercise and socializing. Varied in intensity and complexity, the dance routines get the body moving and the heart pumping. (China’s elderly population has a strong tradition of performing freakishly athletic feats in public, although the line dances fall on the less strenuous end of the spectrum.)
Just as important as the exercise, the daily meetups provide retirees with a chance to socialize and to gossip about their children’s jobs and love lives. Chinese families tend to eschew nursing homes, instead often inviting elderly parents and grandparents to come live with the younger generations in the city. With China’s mega-cities lacking the intimacy and familiarity of the villages many elderly citizens grew up in, line dancing can be a perfect icebreaker and social activity.❞
The official titles don’t matter, aunts and grandmothers hold a community together. Don’t mess with that if you want your civilization to grow.
❝I am skeptical humans are the main cause of climate change and that it will be catastrophic in the near future. There is no scientific proof of this hypothesis, yet we are told “the debate is over” and “the science is settled.”
My skepticism begins with the believers’ certainty they can predict the global climate with a computer model. The entire basis for the doomsday climate change scenario is the hypothesis increased atmospheric carbon dioxide due to fossil fuel emissions will heat the Earth to unlivable temperatures.
In fact, the Earth has been warming very gradually for 300 years, since the Little Ice Age ended, long before heavy use of fossil fuels. Prior to the Little Ice Age, during the Medieval Warm Period, Vikings colonized Greenland and Newfoundland, when it was warmer there than today. And during Roman times, it was warmer, long before fossil fuels revolutionized civilization.
The idea it would be catastrophic if carbon dioxide were to increase and average global temperature were to rise a few degrees is preposterous.❞
— Patrick Moore, Why I am a Climate Change Skeptic
You should read it all, it’s very good.
By the way, Dr. Moore cofounded Greenpeace. That alone should make his environmentalism credentials impeccable. But the man hasn’t stood still. Remember, most progressives admire virtue only if it’s on their side. So Dr. Moore is an apostate in some quarters, despite the fact that he has stood by his principles.
Yep, I’m going to say it.
I told you so.
Assume for a moment that I owned a second hand bookstore. It provides a decent living, but only because I put so much time into it.
One day a new customer walks in. He wants to order ten copies of The Turner Diaries. I politely tell him I don’t carry those books and that’s he’s welcome to find something else on the shelves. He snarls at me and leaves.
Within a week he’s filed a lawsuit against me for discrimination.
Let’s make it a little more complicated.
I go to the Christian bookstore across town. I ask for Adler’s Drawing Down the Moon. I know they should carry it, the chapter on Isaac Bonewits Cult Danger Evaluation Frame would be invaluable to ministers and pastors and church leaders. But since it’s a Pagan book, they don’t carry it and won’t order it.
Should I snarl and leave?
Should I sue?
Say I am hiring someone for my bookstore. It comes down to two candidates, a young man who is a little too interested in World of Warcraft and a young lady who doesn’t seem to have learned to cover her nether regions well. If everything else is equal between them, I know I’m going to get and keep more customers with the guy than with the girl.
They may come in to gawk at the gal, but they won’t buy stuff from her. Now if she was dressed neatly and showed respect for herself and the people around her, chances are she could outsell the guy. But if she’s the spectacle and the reason people come in to the store, customers won’t care about the stock.
Should she sue to get a job from me?
We discriminate all the time. We pick that Thai place over the one that’s closer because the food is better. We pick the mattress that works for both sleep and sex. We put our favorite song as a ringtone on our phone.
These are matters of individual choice and they should remain so.
If my neighbor is gay, should he only be allowed to date women? Isn’t he discriminating?
If I buy hamburger, should the National Egg Board sue me so I buy eggs instead?
If I turn left when I come home from the post office, should the merchants on the right side demand that I shop with them?
We can’t let society draw those lines for us.
Personal choice. Personal responsibility. Otherwise it’s slavery by another name.
Now I really want to draw attention to his conclusion that winner-take-all voting results inevitably leading to a two-party system.
I don’t think he has the entire reason, I think inertia and incumbency have at least as much to do with a two party system. But there is no doubt that we end up with a system that’s stacked heavily towards two parties and more and more government intervening with everyday lives.
My own solution would start with None of the Above, but I think CGP Grey’s ideas are worth discussing too.
I also think we need to move away from a centralized election system. We have fifty states, that means we have fifty laboratories to find the ways that work best. Please notice I did not say the best way.
Remember the goal is FREEDOM. If the institutions don’t work towards that goal, we need to get rid of the institutions.
❝I’ve long since concluded that no one has all the answers or even most of the questions.❞