The Objective Eye

"Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation's troubles and use as a justification of its own demand for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen."
- Ayn Rand, "America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business" (1961)

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Environmentalists Live Up To Their Philosophy

Now Playing: Far Cry, the new Rush single, because..."There's a Rush lyric for every situation in life."

This morning I discovered that my car had been vandalized, obviously (due to the nature of the crime,) because I have an "EcoSickle" sticker displayed on the back:

I seem to remember that somewhere in America's past there was this thing called "the First Amendment to the Constitution" and that it upheld the right of American individuals to speak their minds freely. Apparently that principle is not acceptible to some - particularly those who demonstrably have no valid counter-argument to present...

"It's a far cry from the world we thought we'd inherit," indeed.

Without further lingering on the vestigial, nihilist Left's evil and corruption - "there's nothing as boring as depravity," as a great lady once said - suffice it to say that, consistent with reality as I've just experienced it, I've opted for the more precise version:

I am an American.

I will not be silenced.

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Last night I returned to Six Flags with some friends after a full decade, and...that place has changed. I think that most O-people who are fond of thrill rides, extreme sports, etc., are familiar with the question "Why would you put your life at risk unnecessarily?" First off, if "putting your life at risk" sounds overblown, I invite you to have a ride on this monster called "Déjà Vu" - with your eyes wide open. The expression "death staring you in the face" doesn't even scratch the surface...

Not to overstate the case, but there are at least two things of value to be gained from...hmmm, what to call it... extreme recreation:

First, what struck me last night is that there are few experiences that more vividly and directly fuse one's very life with human reason. It is only through the science of engineering that it is possible for the delicate human body to be flung around three dimensional space with such speed and violence - at a degree of safety so complete that we can defy death almost casually. There is only one reason why we can trust those fantastic machines to drop us hundreds of feet at speeds approaching 100 mph, through loops and rolls, backward and forward, upside-down and rightside-up, to hold us suspended those hundreds of feet above ground with nothing between us and certain death but a mechanical harness. It's because we know that the structural engineers who designed it all worked from rationally-proven theory, did the math, tested the structural specifications, and built accordingly.

The only thing that comes close to this vivid a technology/body integration - for me, anyway - is the simple contemplation of an airliner's wings and Bernoulli's Principle while flying tens of thousands of feet above the Earth.

Secondly, there is a palpable psychological benefit to managing the kind of raw fear - a.k.a. panic - that a mega-coaster is designed to instill in its riders. Every ride is at once loads of fun and, more deeply, a simple exercise in instantly-gratified courage. Along with a pronounced stagger, you will emerge from something like "Déjà Vu" with the conviction that absolutely nothing less will scare you again, ever. 8^D

...Certainly not an eco-fascist with an anger management problem - which I presume to be a redundancy.

Addendum, Sun. April 29

If you haven't already, set aside twenty bucks and an hour and watch The Great Global Warming Swindle, Martin Durkin's thorough debunking of the vast fraud perpetrated by Gore and the lucrative Climate Armageddon industry. If all you've seen and/or heard about the issue is Gore's Academy-Award-winning opinion piece, you have only seen one fraudulent and distorted side of the story - in what is really a full-on attack on the industrial civilization that's keeping you alive.


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