The Plunder Generation
Writing for Breitbart.com Jay Hayward recently complimented radio-host superstar “Mark Levin’s” latest book “Plunder and Deceit” capturing the gist in concise terms,…
“liberalism is strip-mining the future to make themselves rich and powerful today, while making dissent increasingly difficult for a populace robbed of its freedoms”.
Andrew C. McCarthy describes Levin’s concept of “intergenerational theft”:
The Ponzi scheme has never been sustainable: The beguiling original promises of minor, nearly unnoticeable “contributions” mandated to secure “insurance” for the sake of the common good have steadily metastasized into massive inter-generational theft. But while the trendy abstractions that guide environmental stewardship may careen from “global cooling” to “global warming” to (I know, let’s call it) “climate change,” the basic principles of arithmetic endure — meaning socialists do eventually run out of other people’s money, even if those people haven’t been born yet.
As Levin stresses, this is a betrayal of the intergenerational compact, the duty the present owes to future generations to preserve and expand on the legacy of those who’ve preceded us. It is virtue fortified by civil society that instills this duty, and virtue has been eroded by what Levin, borrowing from Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff aptly describes as the “Take As You Go” policies — seizing ever larger amounts of resources from the young and struggling, transferring them to the older and better off — that both major parties have executed in recent decades.
This treatise on what ails America is a worthy read not solely because we sleep next to the U.S. elephant.
Canadians too share the realization that the problems we have are not what they first appeared to be. Levin devotes a chapter to the enviro-chimera rural Ontario will recognize from our battle against “green”energy. Hayward selected quotes which highlight problems wind warriors have all experienced.
“…so you thought the environmental movement was about clean air, clean water, and polar bears?”
“…such messages are especially seductive to younger people, albeit hugely deceptive and manipulative.”
There is no reasoning with people who have been indoctrinated since childhood to believe in the magical planet-saving power of industrial wind turbines. Those who have internalized the new religion or, the old totalitarianism, react with confusion or hostility when confronted with facts. Demented Ontario re-elected a provincial government known to be, at the very least, spendthrift.
The wind industry lobby has successfully embedded itself in every facet of society through “third party intervenors”, such as professional associations, unions and political groups, even race supremacists. Governments have become corruptors as they have been corrupted. Logic, language and ethics have been perverted in service of the ends-justify-the-means green agenda.
Ontario Clean Air Alliance, making the argument for parasitic wind-power, blamed “dirty” coal generation in Ontario for causing more premature deaths per annum than there were actual bodies from all causes – facts pointed out by Dr Ross McKitrick – but it’s the “narrative” that counts! The wind lobby defending against blame for needless bird and bat mortality first denies, then deflects and ultimately resorts to deceit.
Appellants against the approval of wind developments the world over have seen the same old industry-generated studies and expert testimony trotted out despite scant science and elaborate subterfuge . Years ago wildlife expert Jim Wiegand presented what amounts to a primer on rigged mortality studies and the situation has only worsened.
Batchawana First Nation (BFN), according to aboriginal mythology “Keepers-of-the-land”, have given a huge area over to wind development and massive roads often cut close to waterbodies which may simply engulf turbine-maimed raptors on a downward death spiral. Recently,
“Two power workers found the 12-pound raptor near a wind turbine at Altamont Pass in Livermore, according to officials from the Lindsay Wildlife Experience. The workers watched the sub-adult Golden Eagle struggle as she flew near the ground before falling.”
The Golden Eagle in this sad story was identified as a recovered rescue; it wore a wildlife band and a GPS backpack, which had an identifying serial number.
Update 7 Aug 2015
This story released today explains clearly why this golden eagle fatality could not be hidden by the wind industry. The eagle was being monitored independently. Without this monitoring the public would have NEVER been told about this wind turbine fatality.
This eagle carcass will be sent to the Denver Eagle repository. Since 1997 approximately 31,000 unaccounted for eagle carcasses have been sent to this facility. Despite media propaganda and an industry/Interior Department cover-up, wind turbines are the number one killer of eagles.
The FWS also has been banding eagles for decades yet the leg bands recovered off dead eagles at wind farms has never been revealed.
The article states “In all, 18 golden eagles have been fitted with the devices, with ten currently active.” When were these eagles fitted with tracking devices and what happened to the other 8 eagles?
The article also states……………”In the past 12 months, Lindsay has treated 238 raptors, six of which were golden eagles.” How many of these 238 wounded raptors were found wandering around the Altamont pass turbines? h/t J. Wiegand
Bow Lake/ Nodin Kitigan wind farm may be a prime example of all the favourite death-count ploys; search only infrequently, underestimate scavenger activity, look for cadavers within only a small gravelled radius of the turbine base, exclude some remains for inconclusive cause of death. This BFN project should take the prize for making it impossible to find anything even if you try really hard to search widely and often.
Prior to the Environmental Review Tribunal decision on this Northern Ontario project, the wind industry and government had been getting away with an argument that is basically: the (allegedly) small number of bats killed by industrial wind turbines is of no consequence since they will (an opinion not based on solid science) be extinct in 5 years due to White Nose Syndrome (WNS).
The Bat expert for our Appellant won a small victory in convincing the Tribunal that the few bats which may be resistant to the fungal WNS malady are worthy of immediate mitigation measures (turbines only cut-in at an increased wind speed) which is a far cry from not degrading their habitat at all. Oh, but they put up bat houses (brown plywood box on 4×4 post), seriously!
To fully gauge the level of plunder and deceit perpetrated here for the benefit of the Batchewana First Nation we must ask whether they are knowingly complicit in “intergenerational theft” and ruination of the settler society.