Um. . . I don’t get it. Is this cartoon saying that Bloomberg is a “gloom and doom”, “Chicken Little” alarmist, or that New Yorkers are a bunch of over-weight slobs intent on self-destruction? Am I right or wrong?
I’m with you Robbie… not sure what his real point is. Maybe his point is that the people are too stupid and they need Nanny Bloomberg to tell them what to do?
Have a nice day!
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” – C. S. Lewis
And now…. The REAL Cartoon Of The Day!
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“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken with foresight to the future of Obozo’s election
Immediately after Sandy hit Ney York and surrounding areas, Bloomberg declared that rebuilding would be done with climate change in mind. Now that he is following through on that pledge, people want to criticize him. It is a rare politician who actually follows through on such a pledge, especially so soon after he made it. He is to be commended, even if he is a Republican.
The need for rebuilding New York City with the consequences of Climate Change in mind should be apparent to folks who remember Katrina and the devastation it wrought upon New Orleans. Protecting NY’s infrastructure from the consequences of rising seas and increasingly frequent and more violent storms, while quite costly, will save New York and the US enormous sums of money down the road. I cannot imagine what it would cost just to completely redo NY City’s subway system, which was almost entirely under water due to Sandy which, while called a “super storm” was no place close to what a category 5 storm could be.
In the not too distant future, if global warming isn’t stopped, New York and most of the entire US Coastline is going to need a 20 foot high wall 10 feet thick from being totally flooded.
Until global warming is not only proven but accepted as scientific fact, Bloomberg and those who believe as he does are just pissing into the wind. I have read enough to understand that much of the serious weather and the rising seas we are experiencing today are NOT the result of normal climate change, but the result of something that is not cyclical and will only get worse as time goes on without the issue being properly addressed. Bloomberg’s goal to make New York immune to the results of climate change are a move in the right direction. We can only hope that this leads to serious dialogue on the issue of global warming. American presidents over the past two decades have made some movement to enter into treaties that will require ALL activities that lead to man-caused climate change to decrease and eventual end. However, the lobbying interests that support the fossil fuel industry carries a great deal of weight, and is deep into the pockets of many legislators.
Until people are seeing way more serious climatic disturbances; massive flooding, massive Hurricanes, Tornadoes, massive damages, there will be little movement to change anything.
By this time however, it might be too late to do a dam thing about it.
Talk is extremely Cheap and everyone has a ass to speak with.
The End Times is being brought upon us by our own selves. And, it won’t take that much longer either on the larger scale of time itself.
I won’t feel a bit sorry for any living human when it does happen. I do feel sorry for all the other living beings on this planet that are going to suffer for our stupidity.
I have become more than ever convinced that man is THE most destructive creature that ever walked, crawled or slithered on this planet.
We, as a species, do not deserve to be here. I have also become very firmly convinced that man is NOT a natural product of our planet. We are a freak species, something un-natural – something that never should have been created.
We are a mistake, a species that should be erased way before this planet turns into a ball of Cinders.
Who knows, maybe in another few million years, maybe just maybe, nature will naturally create a species that will do a better job of taking care of our planet than we did.
At least, this is what I hope for!
When folks begin to see, as you apparently do, that we are creating on our planet an environment that will eventually lead to our demise as a species, maybe something will be done. However, do not ignore the very clear fact that many people of good will and not having an apparent political or economic agenda do see the effects of global warming and do accept the “theory” of global warming as a scientifically proven fact. However, as is the case with Darwinian evolution, there are those who prefer to see otherwise and continue to refuse to accept what science has so clearly demonstrated.
There are complicating factors in the acceptance of the “theory” of global warming, just as there were complications in the understanding of the harmful effects of tobacco and asbestos. Very rich and powerful corporate and financial interest oppose any changes that would occur due to the widespread acceptance of global warming theory, simply because to do so would cause them financial harm. The fossil fuel industry has trillions invested in the bringing to market of their product, money they could never recoup were our dependence on fossil fuels cease.
It’s not only Corporations that ignore what is going on.
Your average person on the street is just as guilty, if not more, for letting this destruction go unchecked.
Everyone is guilty including myself, in one way or the other. It could be as simple as not throwing away garbage in the correct way, buying plastic where wood would probably do just as good, not recycling various products, but throwing them away in favor of buying something that looks better.
Plastic is more dangerous to the environment over the long term than just about anything else because it don’t decompose for a long long time. And, it takes more energy to produce than if you were to use metal, plus all the side effects of chemicals in the process of making the stuff.
Some localities are beginning to have retailers charge customers for every plastic bag they use instead of bringing their own recyclable bags. While many places are doing the recycling thing for plastics, I notice on some of the plastic-bottled soft drinks I purchase that there is a fee paid the consumer for returning them in at least three states. As you say, there is no reason for NOT recycling plastics, and other equally easy to recycle products. The recycle craze began years ago with aluminum cans, because ALCOA learned that it is far cheaper to recycle used aluminum cans than to smelt aluminum ore from bauxite and produce cans from the raw ore. The same is true for glass products, and plastic toys that wind up in landfills rather than recycle centers. We recycle, but not nearly as much as we could.
I usually leave the plastic packaging at the store. I have been recycling Aluminum for years simply for the scrap value.
Now, when it comes to other things, such as small appliances, I go to Flea Markets and Yard Sales and try to buy it used and old, if it works, made not out of plastic, but of solid metal. A lot of it looks ragged but a little Brillo Pad and Elbow Grease brings their former beauty back to life and will probably last the rest of my life if taken care of.
Ya don’t need a Toaster with a dam Computer in it, etc. And, ya don’t need a Counter Top Oven with every available feature in it, including giving ya a BJ. hehe There is a lot of this stuff we really don’t need. BUT, we’re mass-marketed brainwashed into believing we do.
When I buy tools, I try to get commercial grade and top brand names. They last forever and you don’t have to buy it again for a long time, if ever.
We do recycle our dead appliances, but we purchase our new ones from Sears who stand behind them for years after they should have died. The extended warranties offered, not just by Sears but by other retailers, is well worth the price in extending the life of appliances beyond their normal lifespan. We have also purchased a number of used items from our local Habitat Re-Store, saving a lot of money and recycling something that would otherwise wind up in a landfill.
As you clearly demonstrate, there are many ways to recycle, and the environmental impact of doing so is incalculable – well, not incalculable, but at least well worth the effort.