April 5, 2016
Quote of the Day
Governments have to enforce their tax laws. But it's hard to see how the big question in this story is whether everyone with a company in Panama paid the correct amount of tax. The far more important question is how so many public officials in so many governments managed to accumulate so much money. -- WSJ Ed Page
August 12, 2015
World Socialism, thy name is "Sustainability"
To the unsuspecting, sustainability is just a new name for environmentalism. But the word marks out a new and larger ideological territory in which it is claimed curtailing economic, political, and intellectual liberty is the price that must be paid to ensure the welfare of future generations.
This is from the executive summary [PDF] of a new report by the National Association of Scholars. Never heard of them? Me either. The report is titled: 'Sustainability - Higher Education's New Fundamentalism.'
They call it "fundamentalism" because examination, investigation, discussion and debate are forbidden. The "science is settled." The doctrine is final. The living must be harmed so that "the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" is not compromised. [The sustainability movement makes no mention of how aborting them in the womb compromises the needs of the members of those future generations.]
The sustainability movement began in 1987 with a UN report - "Our Common Future" and has metastasized into 1438 degree programs at 475 colleges and universities worldwide. Interestingly, the majority of them - 1274 or some 95 percent - are in the United States; at least one such program in every one of our 50 united states. So the camp of this ideological enemy of freedom and liberty and, yes, science, is not across the Atlantic, but here on our own soil.
Thank you National Academy of Scholars for exposing the nature and scope of this movement and the professional organization "Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education" (AASHE) that promotes the fully immoral idea that "we" are not as important as some unknown and non-existent "future we."
And they have the nerve to criticize believers in "unknown and non-existent" deities.
October 20, 2014
And now from the real world
Watched a nice bit of escapism the other night, "World War Z" (I'll give 2.5 stars for decent tension) where a UN "investigator" takes time away from being a soccer Dad to save the world from the undead, with the help of smart, determined people in a shiny WHO building (and the occasional SEAL, Ranger, female Israeli soldier and MOSSAD operative).
Now, cut to headlines where the real-world WHO was found to be "compromising rather than aiding" the Ebola response.
And the greedy, seedy capitalist world manages to make a safe haven for 8000 families right in the middle of hell, by using good common sense, tools at hand "based on the US model" and what must have been a fair degree of grit.
Score card says: Brigdestone 1, WHO/UN 0, Ebola: -4500
February 19, 2014
Speaking of Anti-Poverty Policy...
That is one of the two "biggest challenges facing the world in the 21st century" according to Patrick McCulley at international rivers dot org, who posted [in 2004] Twelve Reasons to Exclude Large Hydro From Renewables Initiatives. Spoiler alert: None of the 12 reasons is "Large hydro is non-renewable." To the contrary, reason #12 admits that it is, precisely, renewable:
12 - Large hydro reservoirs are often rendered non-renewable by sedimentation
No word on the required maintenance or "useful lives" of wind, solar or small hydro.
February 11, 2014
While President Obama has been a lightning rod for controversial governance in the United States I have long believed that his policies, which are largely antithetical to Constitutional Americanism, were in service to the goals of some entity outside of his own ego and imagination. Whether or not any smoking gun linkage can be found or even exists, I now believe the entity best served by the Obama Administration's efforts toward "transformation" of America is the United Nations.
Your not-so-humble and proudly irreligious blogger takes umbrage at said body of corrupt global power-lusting kleptocrats' latest assault on liberty in the form of issuing it's own version of an encyclical, which deigns to compel the Pope to bend to the will, not of God, but the UN:
One need not share the church’s views on homosexuality, contraception, or abortion to understand that when governments or world bodies such as the United Nations venture into the realm of what faiths may or may not practice or preach, it constitutes a mortal threat to religious liberty. Here in the United States we have seen a conflict over the Obama administration’s efforts to impose a mandate forcing religious institutions and their adherents to pay for services that offend their faith. If upheld by the courts, that ObamaCare mandate would constitute an intolerable infringement on the First Amendment rights of religious freedom from government intrusion.
One also need not be religious to see the inherent danger of a government infringement on religious liberty, being a subset of general individual liberty. Jonathan Tobin concludes:
The church should unequivocally reject the UN Committee’s pronouncements about faith. So, too, should everyone who values and wishes to preserve freedom of religion for all people.
And everyone who values and wishes to preserve freedom of any kind for all people.
October 1, 2013
Now, a UN Shutdown . . .
The IPCC report boldly states in its executive summary that the science is settled but inside its many pages the supporting evidence is unsettling. Go to your favorite denying site for more information.
But go to the WSJ Ed Page for a plausible response:
One lesson of the IPCC report is that now is the time for policy caution. Let's see if the nonwarming trend continues, in which case the climate models will need remodeling. But that's far less costly than trying to undo grand global redistribution schemes like carbon cap and trade.
August 2, 2012
A Headline I Doubt Very Much
UNITED NATIONS/GENEVA (Reuters) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is stepping down as the U.N.-Arab League mediator in the 17-month-old Syria conflict at the end of the month, the United Nations said on Thursday, the latest sign that the outlook for a diplomatic solution is bleak. "Mr. Annan has informed me, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Nabil Elaraby, of his intention not to renew his mandate when it expires on 31 August 2012," Ban said in a statement, adding that he and Elaraby were in discussions on appointing a successor to Annan.
February 23, 2012
Will they have Black Helicopters?
YOU PEOPLE THINK I'M CRAZY OR SOMETHING, BUT I TELL YOU THE YOO-ENN IS COMIN' TO TAKE AWAY YOUR...incandescent light bulbs?
Philips and OSRAM are both part of the "en.lighten initiative," an organization that promotes policies in developing countries that encourage or require the use of fluorescent and LED lighting products. The group is slated to release a full set of policy recommendations for leaders in developing countries, but their website offers a preview of their general policy approach:
Yessir, that's what developing nations need -- more expensive light! These people should be boiled in some environmentally friendly oil -- putting crony capitalism and unearned profits ahead of helping people progress in poor nations.
November 2, 2011
And this leads me [Jay Nordlinger] to one of my favorite stories:
It was told to me by Bernard Lewis, the great Middle East scholar. He had invited Golda Meir to speak at Princeton. When she faced the students and the rest of the audience, she said, "Look, you know my views. I've been in public life for a long time. I won't give a speech. Why don't you just ask me some questions instead?"
September 27, 2011
A Post in which I Call "Bull****!"
LONDON (Reuters) - Young people across the globe are having more unprotected sex and know less about effective contraception options, a multinational survey revealed on Monday.
Hmmm, quite a problem. Young people's rights are at stake. Did not John Locke write eloquently 400 years ago about life, liberty, property, and Trojans™?
What can we do? Spend more money, perhaps? If only we could ask an unbiased source...
"What young people are telling us is that they are not receiving enough sex education or the wrong type of information about sex and sexuality," spokeswoman for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Jennifer Woodside said in a statement.
World Government has so much to accomplish and so few resources.
July 6, 2011
"Go Green" for World Government
The press release for the report [calling for a "technological overhaul" "on the scale of the first industrial revolution" to reach a "goal of full decarbonization of the global energy system by 2050"] discusses the need "to achieve a decent living standard for people in developing countries, especially the 1.4 billion still living in extreme poverty, and the additional 2 billion people expected worldwide by 2050." That sounds more like global redistribution of wealth than worrying about the earth’s thermostat.
The entire article is a series of jaw-dropping objectives from Turtle Bay. It's worth a click.
If the Obama Administration is liberty's Imperial Cruiser, the United Nations is its Death Star.
May 4, 2010
We recently had some side chatter about the efficacy of the UN and NGOs in relation to the Noocyulur talks that President Obama had led.
I was yelling at my Kimdle® over the weekend. As President Wilson and "The Major" are pursuing the League of Nations, I'm yelling "No! Don't do it!"
I heard about this yesterday but was waiting for a detailed look from a credible source. The WSJ Ed Page delivers:
Greetings, comrades. World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan has returned from Pyongyang with wonderful news. The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is making great strides in health care, with one "household doctor" for every 130 households. Thanks to on-the-spot guidance from Dear Leader Kim Jong Il, North Korean doctors selflessly choose not to emigrate and have even conquered the decadent West's problem of obesity!
What is the value of supporting and offering legitimacy to an organization that would deliver such a report? Why, I've a good mind to ask the Iranian delegation on the UN's Women's Rights Committee to look into this and see if these stories are legitimate...
March 12, 2010
International Club for Meddling with Local Government
One of moderator Amy Oliver's questions at last night's CO-4 GOP debate was about an international organization called the International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives, or ICLEI. They've changed their name to ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.
Apparently they encourage local governments to impose environmental regulations all over the world. They describe "members" as "the strongest allies of ICLEI by contributing a yearly membership fee, but also by hosting ICLEI offices, financing events or contributing staff time to projects and activities." That would be staff time of the local governments they work for, paid by local tax dollars.
The online membership directory is unavailable: "Please accept our apologies. We are presently working to update our membership information pages. This page will be available again shortly."
They do, however, list the 1124 local governments these members come from. They include:
Arvada, Aspen, Boulder, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Denver, Durango, Ft. Collins, Frisco, Golden, Gunnison County, La Plata County, LAFAYETTE, Loveland, Manitou Springs, San Miguel County, and Westminster in Colorado.
Haverford Township, Lower Makefield, Meadville, Montgomery Township, Mt. Lebanon, Narberth, Nether Providence Township, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Radnor, Upper Dublin Township, and West Chester in Pennysylvania.
Find your town. Complain to your city council. I DON'T WANT MY TAX DOLLARS, IN THE FORM OF STAFF TIME, SPENT ON ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM.
January 19, 2007
United Nations: ATM For Dictators
Melanie Kilpatrick of the WSJ Editorial Page has dug up -- against typical UN intransigence -- information pointing to a new UN corruption scam. While not of the magnitude of Oil-for-Food, it is cut from the same cloth.
U.N. Cash for Kim
Looking back on the Iraq war, it is easy to focus on WMDs or Hussein's cruelty. Yet the only way that war could have been averted would be if the U.N. had not been perpetrating the Oil-for-Food scam. An honest UN would have ensured that sanctions hurt Iraqi leadership. Had fewer people (and governments) not been making large amounts from U.N. perfidy, more nations may have been united in standing up to Saddam Hussein.
Now we see that Kim Jung Il has been propped up by the U.N. as well, keeping him in western movies and nuclear weapons while his people starve. It seems that Larry the Cable knows the true nature of the UN ("the most worthless sumbitches of all time"), yet I read the other day a serious individual suggesting that Iraq be handed over to them.
Posted by John Kranz at 2:06 PM
December 4, 2006
Bolton to Resign
Bolton's nomination has languished in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for more than a year, blocked by Democrats and several Republicans. Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a moderate Republican who lost in the midterm elections Nov. 7 that swept Democrats to power in both houses of Congress, was adamantly opposed to Bolton.
Critics have questioned Bolton's brusque style and whether he could be an effective bureaucrat who could force reform at the U.N.
President Bush gave Bolton the job temporarily in August 2005, while Congress was in recess. Under that process, the appointment expires when Congress formally adjourns, no later than early January.
Here's an idea.
Don't fill the seat.
Let it languish empty.
Make the Democrats beg for a nomination.
Then send Bolton.
In anycase, what will the difference between an empty American seat and a filled American seat be? The UN is a mess and no one is serious about anything over there.
John Miller says how 'bout Rick?
That's a great idea.
On foreign policy, he's like Bolton without the mustache.
Surely the Senator can cash in some of his bi-partisan chips.
November 20, 2006
UN Ambassador John Bolton, not long for the UN, lashes out publically against it.
"This type of resolution serves only to exacerbate tensions by serving the interests of elements hostile to Israel's inalienable and recognized right to exist."
"This deepens suspicions about the United Nations that will lead many to conclude that the organization is incapable of playing a helpful role in the region," Bolton continued.
"In a larger sense, the United Nations must confront a more significant question, that of its relevance and utility in confronting the challenges of the 21st century. We believe that the United Nations is ill served when its members seek to transform the organization into a forum that is a little more than a self-serving and a polemical attack against Israel or the United States," he said.
"The Human Rights Council has quickly fallen into the same trap and de-legitimized itself by focusing attention exclusively on Israel. Meanwhile, it has failed to address real human rights abuses in Burma, Darfur, the DPRK, and other countries," Bolton charged.
"The problem of anti-Israel bias is not unique to the Human Rights Council. It is endemic to the culture of the United Nations. It is a decades-old, systematic problem that transcends the whole panoply of the UN organizations and agencies," he continued.
November 9, 2006
Speaking Of Chafee
Remember John Bolton? That man who's mustache intimidates the third-world?
Sen. Lincoln Chafee (news, bio, voting record), R-R.I., who was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse on Tuesday, told reporters in Rhode Island on Thursday that he would continue opposing Bolton. That would deny Republicans the votes they would need to move Bolton's nomination from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to the full Senate.
Only hope is getting Joe Lieberman to caucus with the GOP.
October 14, 2006
North Korean Resolution
RedState provides a list of the provisions of the United Nation's North Korea Resolution.
I'm not war mongering by any means, but that last item there pretty much guarantees that this will fail.
October 9, 2006
UN Security Council to Discuss North Korea
I expect a strongly worded resolution promising a another strongly worded resolution if the North Koreans don't start playing nice.
September 18, 2006
UN Does Something Right
Stop the presses! The WSJ Ed Page reports that the World Heath Organization (Who) the World Health Organization has approved the use of DDT in the fight against malaria. An agency under the Untied Nation's aegis has chosen science and human lives over Rachel Carson.
Even if WHO's decision won't change those minds, its stamp of approval on pesticide use matters in the public health world. Other organizations, ranging from the World Bank to Aid for International Development to Doctors Without Borders, look to WHO for guidance and will now likely reassess their own guidelines. The U.S. is typically the largest donor to these international agencies, and the recent efforts of Republican Senators Sam Brownback of Kansas and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who have called for DDT intervention and more responsible allocation of aid dollars generally, no doubt played a role in WHO's decision.
Now if we can do something about their love of tyrants.
UPDATE: Stephen Moore, in WSJ's Political Diary, gives props to Senator Tom Coburn for his leadersihp.
Mr. Coburn serves as chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, a perch he used to press international organizations to recommend DDT once again as a way to fight the mosquito-borne diseases that kill millions of people. Last week, the World Health Organization finally put DDT back in its arsenal. "The new WHO position paper on house spraying for malaria control is a revolutionary document," Sen. Coburn applauded. "The junk science and stigma surrounding DDT -- the cheapest and most effective insecticide on the planet -- have finally been jettisoned."
June 5, 2006
Wretchard brings the East Timor incident into perspective.
Posted by AlexC at 9:57 PM
April 18, 2006
UN to the Rescue
Associated Press reports -
Israeli UN Ambassador:
"A dark cloud is looming above our region, and it is metastasizing as a result of the statements and actions by leaders of Iran, Syria, and the newly elected government of the Palestinian Authority" ... Recent statements by the Palestinian government, Iran and Syria, including one by Hamas on Monday defending the suicide bombing, "are clear declarations of war, and I urge each and every one of you to listen carefully and take them at face value."(emphasis mine)
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan:
... called the escalating violence "very worrying." He also announced that the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers - the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia - would meet in New York on May 9 to discuss how to move the stalled roadmap to peace forward.
Whew! What a relief. The "roadmap to peace" is still alive!
This is breathtakingly naieve. It's like making sure the good china is safely arranged in the cupboard before that tornado on the horizon hits your house.
April 17, 2006
UN, Hard at Work
About those top ten stories...
It happened on the same day that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised his people "good news" about the country's nuclear program.
The following day, Iran announced that it had managed to enrich uranium, a key ingredient in the production of a nuclear bomb.
No, it's not a joke.
(tip to Tammy Bruce)
March 14, 2006
UN Human Rights Council
Only the UN could possibly come up with a plan to make the Human Rights Commission worse -- and more laughable -- than it is. Laughable implies a southparkian ability to laugh at genocide, corruption and continued poverty.
But the tough reformers on Turtle Bay seem to have found a worse scheme. The WSJ Ed Page sez: (Paid link)
The United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to vote tomorrow to establish the Human Rights Council, which is intended to replace its discredited Human Rights Commission. Amnesty International is for it, as is Secretary General Kofi Annan, Jimmy Carter, the European Union and most of the U.N.'s member states. So it all but goes without saying that the Council -- at least as it is currently conceived -- is a moral disaster waiting to happen.
Forty-seven member states will sit on the council (streamlined from a bloated 53) and geographic representation will ensure that Africa, Asia and the middle east will get a 26 seat majority between those bastions of democracy and human rights, while "the U.S. dukes it out with France, Malta and Luxembourg for a place at the table." No permanent members, so the US might be completely unrepresented.
These people cannot reform themselves -- let John Bolton and Claudia Rosset lock themselves in a room and redraw the UN Charter. This organization is far too corrupt to reform itself from within.
March 7, 2006
The real problem with the United Nations is that is has no teeth (or balls) to do anything.
Except lust for money.
From US Congressman Ron Paul website "Texas Straight Talk"....
The "Tobin tax," named after the Yale professor who proposed it, would be imposed on all worldwide currency transactions. Such a tax could prove quite lucrative for the UN, given the vast amount of currency that trades hands at certain times. It also might be a politically acceptable starting point, because most average people do not engage in cross-border currency transactions. A dangerous precedent would be set, however: the idea that the UN possesses legitimate taxing authority to fund its operations.
Here's why I like Congressman Paul.
Of course, my preference is that the United States end its participation in the corrupt UN entirely, and I introduce HR 1146 in every Congress to do just that. But until my colleagues are willing to take this important step, I will continue to offer measures like my amendment last year to help protect your hard-earned money from the greedy hands of the globalist United Nations.
(tip to Government Bytes)
March 3, 2006
Carter - UN Ambassador
He made a mess of things when it was his turn at the wheel, now he's getting the way 25 years after he had his chance.
Mr. Carter said he made a personal promise to ambassadors from Egypt, Pakistan, and Cuba on the U.N. change issue that was undermined by America's ambassador, John Bolton. "My hope is that when the vote is taken," he told the Council on Foreign Relations, "the other members will outvote the United States."
Undermined by Ambassador Bolton? Perhaps you are undermining him, and the negotiations of our country.
Egypt, Pakistan and Cuba aren't exactly my idea of great places or paragons of human rights.
You had your turn, President Carter. Now it's someone else's.
March 2, 2006
Thrashing the UN
I'm no John Bircher, but I'm really scratching my head at the necessity or the utility of the United States as part of the United Nations lately.
Marc Steyn is obviously doing the same thing and goes after them in Hilldale College's Imprimis pretty hard.
It's quite a long read, but most excellent.
Covers Bosnia, Kosovo, Darfur, the Tsunami, rapes, Oil for Food....
February 8, 2006
Yeah, unapologetic murderer Tookie Williams was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
And so was John Bolton.
United Nations Ambassador John Bolton and longtime Iran investigator Kenneth R. Timmerman were nominated for their repeated warnings and documentation of Iran's secret nuclear buildup and revealing Iran's "repeated lying" and false reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Bolton was formerly U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security and was author of the Proliferation Security Initiative, an international effort to interdict shipments of weapons of mass destruction and related materials, which led to the eventual breakup of the secret nuclear network directed by Pakistan nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan. Bolton repeatedly warned of Iran's nuclear plans.
If nomination for a Nobel Prize was a good enough reason to get Tookie off of death row, wouldn't nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize be good enough to get John Bolton an actual appointment with the US Senate for confirmation?
I bet Senator Voinovich was crying again when he heard this news.
Posted by AlexC at 7:15 PM
February 4, 2006
Iran to UNSC
Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, oversaw the resolution's creation.
The resolution, which passed by a vote of 27 to 3 with five abstentions, reflects increasing suspicion around the world that Iran is determined to develop nuclear weapons.
Cuba, Syria and Venezuela voted against the resolution, which would also delay any concrete Security Council action against Iran for at least a month. Algeria, Belarus, Indonesia, Libya and South Africa abstained.
Belarus has basically degenerated into a mob-run state, Indonesia, Algeria and Libya have large Muslim populations. The only surprise in the list of voting abstention is South Africa. What is their bone to pick?
Let's hope the Security Council shows up on time to draft their harshy worded memo threatening more harshly worded memos.
Posted by AlexC at 1:55 PM
February 3, 2006
Bolton In Charge
Who would have thought that those diplomats on the UN Security Council would be tardy?
"I brought the gavel down at 10. I was the only one in the room," Bolton said. The United States has just assumed the rotating presidency of the 15-nation council for the month of February.
"I believe in discipline. I think daily briefings constitute a form of intellectual discipline. Starting on time is a form of discipline," Bolton told reporters. "I failed today."
"I took a list of when they (council members) came in," Bolton said. "We started just before 10:15."
Manhattan parking must've been a bitch!
December 27, 2005
Maybe Kofi Will Buy Me a Car
I posted last week about UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's outburst and refusal to answer a reporter's question.
Said reporter, James Bone, has a guest editorial in the Wall Street Journal today. He covers the outburst -- but more importantly gives the background for what prompted the question.
It was with some amusement that I found myself the target of a decidedly undiplomatic tirade by the U.N. chief at a news conference last week. The usually mild Mr. Annan erupted in an ad hominem attack, calling me "cheeky" and belittling me as an "overgrown schoolboy." Although I have covered the U.N. in minute detail for The Times of London since 1988, and have known Mr. Annan for almost all that time, he suggested I was not a "serious journalist."
Remember, Democrats and lachrymose Senator George Voinovich thought that John Bolton was somehow too mean to represent our nation's interest in this august body.
And remember that the anti-war crowd has no better plan for what could have happened than that we would "let Sanctions work." A few more years and I might have gotten a car with the UN discount...
December 22, 2005
Trust these guys?
I saw video of this on FOXNews. UN SecGen Kofi Annan is asked a question, becomes petulant and attacks the interrogator.
I tried to imagine an elected official in the US behaving this way. But as a UN official, Annan is --of course -- responsible to no one. Claudia Rosett (who else?) has an article on this latest Annan misstep:
The broad answer is that the U.N. Secretariat, despite all the recent talk of reform, evidently remains a place of secrecy and privilege, run by high officials who don’t mind talking about their global goals and grand legacies, but find it highly irritating to be held to normal standards of good governance or subjected to anything resembling the workings of a free press. And in this particular case, given the ferocity of Annan’s reaction, one has to wonder if there is even more to it.
The real reminder here is not the misuse of privilege, it's the absolute unaccountability of anybody at the UN. If a reporter cannot ask them a question, they can certainly not be trusted with anything of any importance.
I don't want to go black-helicopter, but the Democrats still insist that we could/should have/can still do more through the UN. If the organization cannot be fixed, it needs to be discredited so that Americans stop believing that it is an alternative to anything but enforceable parking tickets.