Tags: Capitalism, Development, Elysium, environmentalism, Matt Damon, Sanitation, Water, Water.org
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – August 2, 2013
Try as I may to give the upcoming Neill Blomkamp sci-fi actioner Elysium the benefit of the doubt, the more I hear from star Matt Damon, the more I stand convinced the film could have just as easily been titled Occupy Space Station. Promoting the project on the Late Show with David Letterman this week, Damon joked about his 2012 flop Promised Land, a film produced on the presumption that American audiences love a good yarn railing against oil fracking. “You and I are the only ones who saw it,” he told Letterman after the host claimed to have liked the environmental tale.
Naturally, when one movie preaching against the evils of capitalism and development fails, Hollywood tries and tries again. Damon describes the forthcoming Elysium as an attempt to cloak the social commentary of Promised Land in sci-fi garb. Truth be told, the tactic may work. The science fiction and fantasy genres boast a long history of controversial social and political themes going back to 1951′s The Day the Earth Stood Still. Stick forehead ridges or antennae on a painted head and you can recast real-life tensions with alien stakeholders, lowering audience resistance to embedded ideas through making the players unreal.
Tags: Alex Epstein, Center for Industrial Progress, Energy, environmentalism, Industry, Oil
by Walter Hudson – PJ Media – November 18, 2011
The sign at her feet read “For a nuclear free, carbon free future.” The one in her hands an equally predictable “Excessive wealth and consumption are dying paradigms. Renew American with a Green Revolution.”
Before her stood Alex Epstein, energy expert and frequent PJTV guest commentator. Noting the sign on the sidewalk, Epstein asked, “You’re opposed to nuclear power and [carbon dioxide] generating power?”
“Yes,” she answered.
“Do you know what percentage of power in the world those generate right now?”
“That’s not my concern. My concern is the people that are profiting off of power that is unsustainable….”
Tags: Climategate, Einstein, environmentalism, Light Speed, Relativity, Richard Lindzen, Science
by Walter Hudson – Pajamas Media – October 4, 2011
Einstein may have been wrong. New evidence suggests that the speed of light, central to his special theory of relativity, may not be the ultimate speed limit. If the findings hold up, everything we think we know about the inner workings of our universe will need to be revised.
This potential discovery reminds us that science is a continual process which is rarely conclusive. That should inform our regard for politicized scientific claims.
A team of researchers at CERN pass the time by shooting muon neutrinos from Switzerland to Italy. While doing so, they noticed something they weren’t expecting.
Tags: Burlesque, CFL Bulbs, Cher, Christina Aguilera, environmentalism, Federal Mandates, Free Market, Hollywood, Hybrid Cars, NewsReal Blog, Stanley Tucci, The Concession Stand
by Walter Scott Hudson, contributed to NewsReal Blog
Hollywood has a well-deserved reputation for environmental lunacy. Occasionally though, even in the midst of an otherwise effete rant, nuggets of wisdom can percolate to the surface.
Such was the case with Burlesque co-stars Cher and Stanley Tucci recently. Before prescribing the government do a better job of encouraging environmentally conscious behavior, Cher unwittingly endorsed market solutions.
“I researched all the hybrid stuff and its pretty much all bulls**t,” Cher said when asked about her vehicle preferences. “I was going to get a Mercedes diesel thing, but then thank God I found out there was no diesel places near us, so if there was a fire, I would not be able to get out. There have been 10 fires since I lived in my house in Malibu, and we’ve had to evacuate. It wasn’t safe and if there was a fire, we wouldn’t be able to get out.”
Tags: Audrey Britton, environmentalism, Fiscal Responsibility, Green Jobs, John Benson, minnesota, Senate District 43, Terri Bonoff
The above photo was snapped at a parade in Senate District 43 early this summer. You’d be hard pressed to come up with a better analogy for the Democrat’s public policy than this Ford Mustang convertible plastered with rally cards for Democratic incumbents State Senator Terri Bonoff, State Representative John Benson, and Democratic candidate for State House Audrey Britton. Out of gas and propelled by those who would otherwise ride in it, this Mustang stands in for an over-blown government focused on flash and amenities rather than fundamentals – like fuel!
On the bright side, it’s also a model for environmentally friendly behavior. Were we to embrace the artificial commodity scheme known as cap-and-trade, which would “necessarily skyrocket” energy costs, this might be how most of us would be getting around. Car pushing could become gainful “green” employment.