The Powers That Be and their Distraction Games
I've suggested in a number of previous diaries that the Biden administration doesn't really have a climate change policy. The reasons for this lack of a policy are obvious: the Biden administration is sold out to oil interests, whose main concern is that the owning class that controls them, both Biden administration and owning class being Powers That Be, be allowed full rights of kingship on a dead planet. And for some reason the dead planet in question has to be Earth -- it can't be Venus. You'd think that Venus would be a natural for the Dead Climate Change Planet role, with between 90 and 95 Earth atmospheres, 96% of them carbon dioxide, blanketing its surface and providing the owning class with all the greenhouse effect they could possibly want. And 900 degrees Fahrenheit day and night on the surface of Venus? The elites like it hot -- that's why they're aiding and abetting "global warming" here on Earth.
Actually, the owning class does have a favorite extra-solar planet -- it's Mars. Nobody is going to colonize Mars, though. Mars has 7 millibars of atmosphere, enormous dust storms, perchlorates in the soil, exposure to solar radiation highly conducive to dementia, 37% Earth gravity playing Hell with human muscles, extreme bouts of cold weather. Couldn't we just send Elon Musk there by himself? Maybe then they could make a movie about him and -- no, wait, that's been done already.
What's really at issue -- what's behind the distractions and deceptions -- is not, however, populating Mars, but, rather, depopulating Earth. Capitalism-caused climate change will depopulate Earth if carried on for long enough. The climate-change-induced flooding of Europe has gotten attention -- after all, Europe has plenty of people in it and dozens of them died in recent floods. But what should really command our attention, I would argue here, is the Bootleg Fire. (I am told, by the way, by a friend from the UK, that the Bootleg Fire is international news). By the time you read this, the Bootleg Fire will have consumed 400,000 acres of land, creating its own weather, and spreading smoke clouds from Oregon all the way to the East Coast. Granted, the Bootleg Fire is in an area where there are very few people, and many of those people are delusional Trump-supporting climate deniers. What needs to be remembered about the Bootleg Fire is that it is already enormous and growing by leaps and bounds with at least two months of extreme-version fire season to come.
So what we must conclude is that the Powers That Be have a singular, one and only one, climate change strategy -- deception/ distraction. "LOOK OVER THERE!" is their unified rallying cry. For the Biden administration, among other Powers That Be, to create an effective strategy of distraction, its representatives need to create a really compelling mass delusion. Unfortunately for the Biden administration, its current attempts at drumming up mass delusion appear to have been flops. Nonetheless they soldier on, keeping in mind Scott Adams' injunction (from his book Win Bigly, p. 62):
If you don't know how frequently mass delusions occur in your daily experience, many of your opinions about the world are likely to be nonsense. That's because mass delusions are the norm for humanity, not the exception.
So what great strategies of distraction and deception does the Biden administration have? Well, awhile back they were working on a Cold War with China, and now they've moved in on publicity about protests in Cuba.
About right here you might be asking: who, pray tell, will save us from these idiocies? Will it be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the supposed champion of truth and justice in the US Congress? Here's what Max Blumenthal has to say:
See, this is the problem with Biden-administration-generated mass delusion. Who's going to play along with this stuff? you might be asking. I know the answer. Democrats! Ineffective distractions, deceptions, and delusions cheapen the brand name, which then has to be defended by Democratic Party "liberals" who don't have the resources to make it look good.
When you look at this picture of ineffective Biden administration strategies of distraction, deception, and delusion, be sure to keep in mind that the long-term strategy isn't likely to work either. Here's Saagar Enjeti on that little matter:
The Republicans, you see, are so much more effective at distractions and tomfoolery. They're so effective, you see, that they've got the victims of climate change locked into ideological positions of "climate change skepticism." It is the Republican distraction game, therefore, that will carry the day, assuming, of course, that the Sacred Two-Party System remains indefinitely unchanged.