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The Utopia Experiment – The inconvenient reality of Greenism…

… and its close relatives self-sustainability, simpler lifestyles and general hippie-ness. It short, it won’t work.

How do we know?  Courtesy of a group of bipedal lab rats headed up by one Dylan Evans, author of The Utopia Experiment”.  Evans was apparently upset by a lack of challenge in his academic life and decided to play house, the rules being that there were no houses or tech or hygiene because society had collapsed. Rather than move to a more survivable locale (think Thor Heyerdahl with the little woman in Polynesia through his book Fatu Hiva – Back to Nature), Evans chose a little piece of Heaven on the northern shores of the Black Isle, north of Inverness, Scotland to play post-apocalyptic eco-warrior king-guy.  In his own words from an article in the UK Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/31/i-quit-my-job-to-set-up-commune):

In early 2006 I was 39, living in Bristol and working at one of the best robotics labs in the world. I had become increasingly obsessed with what life would be like if civilisation collapsed, and thought that I could find out by setting up a community that acted as if it already had. I created a website called An Experiment In Utopia, and announced that I was creating a novel kind of community based on three main ideas. I wrote:

1. It will be a LEARNING COMMUNITY – each member must have a distinctive skill or area of knowledge that they can teach to the others.

2. It will be a WORKING COMMUNITY – no money is required from the members, but all must contribute by working.

3. It will be strictly TIME-LIMITED. This is not an attempt to found an ongoing community. The experiment will last 18 months. Members may stay for months, but may also come for as little as two weeks.

In a word, think of a cross between Plato’s Academy and The Beach.

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KillTheDrill – Offshore (kinda), but deepwater drilling?

Hat tip to M. Malkin for sending this out today.

http://twitchy.com/2015/01/27/killthedrill-senator-menendez-tweets-laughably-fake-oil-rig-photo/

The 1-2 education sucker punch of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards

Thought Common Core was bad?  You’re right, it is, but there’s even more bad news – the junk science of K-12 NGSS (http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards). These two copyrighted “education reform” programs are directly related, so it’s no surprise both have been backdoored into the states under the guise of progress – namely college and career preparation.

Wyoming was among the first states to question NGSS, but now the Wyoming Legislature and education community are considering adopting them.  The rest of the country needs to know just how bad these national junk science/indoctrination standards really are and who supports them – you won’t be surprised.

In the weeks ahead, I’ll be providing information on NGSS, starting with an overview and analysis.  Let’s start with one of my favorites – a Kindergarten standard in Life Science (bold emphasis added):

“K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

[Clarification Statement: Examples of patterns could include that animals need to take in food but plants do not; the different kinds of food needed by different types of animals; the requirement of plants to have light; and that all living things need water.]”

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Robert Bradley Jr.: Windpower Layoffs Making PTC Extension Increasingly Moot

“The spate of layoffs that wind industry advocates have warned about has accelerated in recent weeks, with workers losing their jobs in key wind states such as Iowa and Colorado in a trend expected to continue at least into next year.” – Nick Juliano, “Wind Layoffs Mostly Hitting Constituents of PTC Supporters,” Greenwire, August 29, 2012. Continue reading

Enviro groups say brown-coal carbon tax compo keeps us dirty

THE carbon tax is making Australia more, not less, dependent on the highly polluting brown-coal electricity generators. Billion-dollar subsidies have allowed the Victorian operations to force cleaner base-load power stations out of the market. Continue reading

Aus: Brown profits and Green fury from carbon tax plan

THE Orwellian name of the Gillard government’s carbon tax policy – Clean Energy Future – makes its aim of shifting electricity generation from the dirtiest power stations to the cleanest quite plain. Consumers are entitled to feel somewhat mystified that brown-coal generation – the highest carbon polluter – is largely unaffected by carbon emissions policy. Continue reading

Stephen Stromberg: Does President Obama really care about global warming?

Environmentalists gathered in Charlotte, N.C. to watch Obama’s second nominating convention can agree that the president and his party are a lot better than the Republicans. Continue reading