Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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Much has changed since the old days when virgins were thrown into volcanoes. For one thing, it's much harder to find a virgin...for which the mainstream media is significantly to blame.
But to make up for it, news outlets like NPR and CNN are suggesting that the Gods can now be appeased by sacrificing taxpayers and businesses.
On NPR, host Diane Rehm speculated about the "human involvement in all of these eruptions, earthquakes, and storms," and her guest from CNN followed up by speculating "How much climate change is contributing to earthquakes and volcanic ash."
This stunning lack of basic scientific knowledge, or even the ability to tell the difference between "cause and effect," would be amusing if it weren't for the fact that the media is using these arguments to support "cap and trade" tax legislation that will put a crushing financial burden on every individual, family, and business that uses energy.
Of course, these "cap and trade" taxes won't prevent volcanoes, earthquakes, or hurricanes. But, as the NY Times points out, they will "generate mammoth amounts of money for governments."
Which just goes to show that someone has to go into the flames when the Gods are angry. Or greedy.