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Some Things Said… (June 08 Number 2)

Predictions of catastrophe depend on models. Models depend on assumptions about complex planetary systems — from ocean currents to cloud formation — that no one fully understands. Which is why the models are inherently flawed and forever changing. The doomsday scenarios posit a cascade of events, each with a certain probability. The multiple improbability of their simultaneous occurrence renders all such predictions entirely speculative.

Yet on the basis of this speculation, environmental activists, attended by compliant scientists and opportunistic politicians, are advocating radical economic and social regulation. “The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity,” warns Czech President Vaclav Klaus “is no longer socialism. It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism.”

If you doubt the arrogance, you haven’t seen that Newsweek cover story that declared the global warming debate over… –excerpted from Charles Krauthammer’s column dated 5.30.08 as it appeared in The Washington Post.

Words matter

Homeland Security rolls out newspeak campaign, cautions against use of terms like “jihadists,” “Islamic terrorists,” “Islamists” and “holy warriors”

Again, we see the argument that using those terms somehow “legitimizes” or “aggrandizes” the jihadist movement. But honestly, is the public deflection of the Islamic aspect of Islamic jihad going to hinder jihadists from making the connection, or will it hinder ordinary citizens seeking information? Obviously, it will be the latter. And when the public is discouraged from understanding the jihadist enemy’s ideology, whom does that ultimately help? —excerpted from the website Jihadwatch.com 5.31.08

From being ignored to becoming an oracle

When he stood behind that podium, nobody believed a word he said. Now that he’s saying bad things about the president, he’s a Delphic oracle. –Rich Galen concerning Scott McClellan.

European Court to decide if Chimp is a ‘Person’

Austrian animal-rights activists are fighting to have a 26-year-old chimpanzee legally declared a person so he can be adopted. The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear the case.

Paula Stibbe wants Matthew to be recognized as a human being so she can become his legal guardian. Austrian law limits guardianship to humans.

The case could set legal precedent for apes, and possibly other animals, to receive the rights, protections, and even medical, financial and social benefits of humans, DailyTech.com reported.

Wesley Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, said giving constitutional rights to animals and plants will open Pandora’s Box.

“Chimp personhood is a primary goal that animal-right activists seek to attain and then use as a wrecking ball to disintegrate human exceptionalism (sic)” Smith wrote on his blog. “Once a court declares a chimpanzee to be a full person, that ruling would make chimps, in at least some regards, our legal equals. … And when it happens … it will be a moral earthquake that will harm humankind profoundly.” —from Focus on the Family, 5.23.08 as submitted by Mark Zaveson