Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I'll stand with Vaclav Klaus

The President of the Czech Republic is a man who has intimate knowledge of the threat to human freedom posed by Communism and it's variants. He also happens to be someone that your average garden-variety leftist thug can't scare. Once you've dealt with real Communists, foolish little men like Algore with slick PR campaigns and a peevish attitude aren't likely to intimidate you. Klaus tells it like it is: Today's environmentalist movement isn't about conservation, or about reducing pollution, or even about a cleaner environment. Not by a longshot. It's about control. About them controlling you. Green is the new RED:
What I am really concerned about is the way the environmental topics have been misused by certain political pressure groups to attack fundamental principles underlying free society. It becomes evident that while discussing climate we are not witnessing a clash of views about the environment but a clash of views about human freedom.

As someone who lived under communism for most of my life I feel obliged to say that the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity at the beginning of the 21st century is not communism or its various softer variants. Communism was replaced by the threat of ambitious environmentalism. This ideology preaches earth and nature and under the slogans of their protection – similarly to the old Marxists – wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning of the whole world....

...Mankind has already accumulated tragic experience with one very proud intellectual stream that claimed that it knew how to manage society better that spontaneous market forces. It was communism and it failed, leaving behind millions of victims. Now, a new -ism has emerged that claims to be able to manage even nature and, through it, people. This excessive human pride – just as the previous attempts – cannot but fail. The world is a complex and complicated system that cannot be organized according to an environmentalist human design, without repeating the tragic experience of wasting resources, suppressing people’s freedom, and destroying the prosperity of the whole human society.

Exactly. Humans aren't as stupid as Algore would believe. The envirofundamentalist paradigm aims to extinguish your freedom to sate the ego of a small group of small-minded, petty, self-entitled men.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

70 Days

Two months, nine days.

Last year when Daylight Savings Time hit, I was WAY behind on the fitness. There's just no time to ride during the week when it gets dark at 5, like it did last year. This year, not only did I manage to stay fit longer in the winter, I rode the MTB at night more than ever. Meaning, my fitness was actually improving well into mid-January when the real freeze hit (see the last post about THAT ridiculousness.) Add to that, the proper winter clothing that kept me riding mor eoften through the really nasty weather than I had ever been able to do, and I'm getting psyched.

Plus, with DST coming a full month earlier this year I've still got a twinge of the nervous energy from past years and my motivation to ride is super high - and a full month longer to use it. All that to say, I'm excited about already being fitter at this point in the year than any previous year. I'm psyched. The ride to and from work is getting progressively better, faster, less strenuous. The real test will be the Tuesday and Thursday nighters that start this week. Racing again. YIPPEE!

Ooh, and the camera arrived! I still need to really fien tune it and work the kinks out, but at this point it looks good!