Category: Y2Kyoto

June 24, 2011

Maize Minutia (updated)

Filed under: 'Toons,Africa,Cluebat,International,Soc. Engineering,Y2Kyoto — Dennis @ 2:01 pm

Talk about pots and kettles...6/24
UPDATE: Isn’t it funny how things work their way along sometimes?

Here’s a few things that you might not know:

  1. Rice is not the #1 food crop in the world; that would be corn.  Rice is second and wheat comes in third.
  2. The planet produced 817,000,000 tonnes of corn in 2009.
  3. Maize (aka corn) is Africa’s most important staple food.
  4. North America is the world’s largest producer of corn, producing about half the worldwide yield.
  5. 40% of North America’s corn production gets made into biofuel to satisfy the yuppie need for a masturbatory sense of enviro-self-satisfaction.
  6. The price of corn has more than doubled in the last year.

But hey, that’s gotta be just a coincidence, right?  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization doesn’t think so(more…)

December 21, 2009

Greedy Greenies

Filed under: Society/Culture,Y2Kyoto — Dennis @ 2:20 pm

This could be problematicWell now, who in the whole wide world woulda ever thunk this?  What, me?  Naw…

It seems that a pair of lab-coated high foreheads at the U of T recently did what all bean counters do best — namely, spending a poopload of time and cash to come to a conclusion that’s already obvious to those of us who don’t have our skulls rammed up our politically correct butts — and now the High Priesthood of Kyotology is going to have to get themselves all worked up into a into yet another royal snitlather… again.

So just what did they do, you ask?  Did they (shudder) deny the Great Truth of the Great Global Warming Slideshow of the Goracle?  Uh, no, not quite.  What they did do was to take a bunch of students and see how they acted after they were given a choice between buying some green goodness, like biodegradable laundry soap or organic yogurt (isn’t that one a little redundant?), and buying regular stuff like what normal people use.

The results are likely to put a little egg on the faces of the holier-than-thou crowd; it seems that the enviro-bedwetters are a bit of a weaselly bunch.

In a paper to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, University of Toronto researchers Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong studied how students behaved after being given the option of purchasing environmentally friendly products, like organic yogourt or biodegradable laundry detergent, or conventional items.

They found students who chose green products were less likely to act altruistically afterwards than those who were simply exposed to green products.

The study, said Mazar, an assistant professor of marketing with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, builds on research into the idea of “moral regulation” – that people either consciously or unconsciously balance bad deeds with good ones.

“What has been shown so far is that when we engage in actions that give us some kind of moral, warm glow – let’s call it that – that afterwards we are more likely to transgress,” Mazar said.

Wow.  So… giving yourself a warm fuzzy means that you get to go out and misbehave afterwards?  Damn, I’ve got some naughty catching up to do; I get warm fuzzies all the time (no really, I do; I’m actually not this cranky all the time).

Amongst other things, the study noticed that the one group — ahem, let’s be nice and call them “environmentally friendly shoppers,” shall we? </sarcasm> — were more likely to keep money for themselves, more likely to lie for their own gain and more likely to just help themselves to money that just plain wasn’t theirs (a nice way of saying “stealing”).

Of course Mazar was quick to lay on the caveats about how this “doesn’t mean that you should not buy environmental products,” shouldn’t be seen as a character judgment of environuts, etc, etc.  Hey, come on; she works at the leftbot U of T, for crying out loud.  She knows where her funding comes from.

Talk about pots and kettles...What I don’t get is why this would surprise… well, anybody.  Anybody with a working pair of ears and eyeballs can plainly see that greenies, like all closet or not Marxists, are generous to a fault… with other people’s money.  The Goracle yowls from his pulpit that we should shiver in the dark as much as we can stand, and then some, while he hunkers in a mansion with the electric bill of a whole damned village.  Suzuki wants you to put toxic light bulbs in your house so you can buy more beer (give some credit, it’s a better marketing idea than Al’s) but seems to need not one, but two houses; one of ’em a sprawling $2 million monster on a swanky island off the west coast.

Please try and name me just one screeching envirokook out there, who runs around telling us what bastards we are for raping momma planet, who isn’t getting filthy rich in the process.  Go ahead, knock yourselves out; the comments are open.

And who the hell was that Englishman who said, “the odd thing about the socialists, they all live in the biggest house they can afford?”  That one’s been bugging me all day…

December 10, 2008


Say what you want about these boys, they really know how to cut through it.

To be totally honest with you, though, I didn’t see this one coming the way it did. Just watch and see for yourself (tip o’ the chapeau to this blog here).

I have to confess that I’ve been on this bandwagon a bit myself, albeit with a little more skepticism than some of the hapless do-gooders you’ll see in this episode. I knew that some recycling was a net loss, that aluminum was worth the effort, all that stuff. But I didn’t know just how craptastic the whole affair was.

Guess it just goes to show you really do learn something new every day. Hmm.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

June 9, 2008

Do You Think It’s Easy To Load Websites??

Filed under: Canada,CPC,Funny,Grits,John Q Public,Politics,Y2Kyoto — Dennis @ 4:19 pm

I require a good guffaw. You likely could use one, too. Luckily for the both of us, I managed to find one.

All the squawking sheepleoids on the Loopy Left® love to bleat on and on about how c/Conservatives take everything too seriously and have no sense of humour whatsoever. To listen to them, you’d think we were a bunch of stone-faced golems without a funny bone in our bodies. Not so.

As you might know by now, the Tories have decided to respond to Dion’s carbon tax-and-grab in the only way that it really deserves to be responded to: with one hell of a good belly laugh. So get your tail on over to the website at, and don’t forget to play Tax Tag while you’re there…

(h/t to Reid over at Right from Alberta for the screenshot)

It's Tax Tag!

May 24, 2008

Brain Check

Filed under: Antistupidity,Canada,Dipppers,Good Stuff,Skullduggery,Y2Kyoto — Dennis @ 3:34 pm

Layton has one.

No, really, I’m being serious here. For once (just this once), I’m saying something nice about Jack Layton and I’m not being a smartass: the man does, in fact, have a brain.

Granted, he doesn’t use it all that often, but he dusted it off and trotted it out the other day.

By now, just about everybody and their duck knows about Dion’s little Carbon Tax Excellent Adventure©. Most of us were likely thinking (like I was) that Jumpin’ Jack!â„¢ would hop on that brain-dead bandwagon like a viagra addict on a $2 hooker, but he didn’t.  Nope, not this time. Ol’ Jack actually came out with something eerily resembling common sense:

Ottawa–A carbon tax would place an unfair burden on low-income Canadians, Jack Layton said yesterday.

“Those advocating a carbon tax suggest that by making the costs for certain things more expensive, people will make different choices,” Layton said.

“But Canada is a cold place and heating your home really isn’t a choice.”

How the hell did that happen??? Granted, he did get right back to the stoopid right quick (putting the screws to industry, blah blah blah; read the article), but he still had himself a good brain moment for a few seconds there.

Congrats, Jack. Go buy yourself a beer.

May 20, 2008


Filed under: 'Toons,Canada,Good Stuff,Grits,Y2Kyoto — Dennis @ 11:01 pm

Ahem.  Ah, gee… I really have nothing whatsoever to add to this…

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