Suzuki Madness Continues

David Suzuki’s descent into bigoted madness apparently continues.

His latest article,  “Deny Deniers their Right to Deny!” (note his use of the exclamation mark), published March 9, 2012, on Huffington Post Canada’s website, is a prime example of his ongoing use of hysterical rhetoric against those who don’t subscribe to his version of anthropogenic (manmade) global warming.

Last December, his Christmas video message was that Santa had to move from the North Pole because of global warming – please send my foundation mo’ money.

Rex Murphy had this to say about the video, “What the Suzuki Foundation is doing is sending out a scare notice to children everywhere that Christmas is in jeopardy, Saint Nick adrift and lost, making the fate of both of them dependent on giving to the cause. I’m not saying what the Suzuki Foundation is doing is immoral. I will say they have given new life and vigour to the word “tacky.” Scaring kids and guilting parents is monumentally tacky.”

Prior to that, in 2008, Suzuki had “dropped a bombshell while addressing an audience at McGill University. He urged students to seek ways to incarcerate elected officials who are ‘committing a criminal act by ignoring science.’ (Source – John Martin, Special to The Province, Wednesday, February 13, 2008.)

Yes, he actually urged students to find ways to incarcerate elected officials who share a different scientific viewpoint than his.

Now, he apparently believes those who don’t believe in his version should be denied the right to speak?

Who in their right mind would ever follow anyone with such beliefs? Surely no self-respecting scientist would subscribe to this kind of claptrap.

So, the next time you’re thinking about the “nature of things,” remember, those who are afraid to have others express beliefs differing from their own, and incite animosity, are nothing less than bigots. Those who would advocate imprisoning those with differing views from theirs are, be definition, tyrants.

And, those who would use Santa’s image to elicit donations to, what from the outside appears to be, a bigoted tyrannical ideologue’s foundation…hover just below those who would actually make contributions in support of such ideology.

Given the latest Google ranking of the Suzuki Foundation website (ranked 8,556th in Canada), personally, I dismiss his latest missive as nothing more than a blatant publicity stunt with a headline designed to attract like minded readers, somewhat akin to fruit flies to bananas past their best before date.

In that regard, I can hardly wait for his next tirade….perhaps when his site/popularity slips to 10,000th?

PS – From Wikipedia – “A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs.”

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to Suzuki Madness Continues

  1. Mrmethane says:

    I loved Watts’ column about “annoying the Fruit Fly”. Indeed! Should really start a club, with Suzuki and Andrew Weaver, plus local entertainer Raffi and event sponsor Woodward being charter members. Scare the Kids. Scare the Seniors. Sell records, sell books.

  2. vasper85 says:

    There is opinion and then there is fact. I would rather people know things, than have them offer their opinion.

  3. vasper85 says:

    Well Eric, if I may call you Eric, now that I have had the time to read both your article and David Suzuki’s, it seems that your entire article addresses your opinion of David Suzuki’s tactics, but not once addresses the substance of his arguments.  

    Is there any doubt that the polar caps are melting and countries like Bangladesh are seriously worried that by the end of this century they won’t have a country anymore?  Unless of course they find a way to breathe underwater, which would be totally neat, but I digress. 

    I don’t want to subscribe to someone’s belief on a particular subject, especially one as important as climate change.  Beliefs are, in fact, worthless, pardon the oxymoronical nature of that statement. 

    If an asteroid was heading towards earth you can bet that you would find a handful of holdouts who think that it is nothing more than a government/transnational corporate/shadowy nefarious group’s attempt to strip them of their freedoms and “beliefs”.  

    I think given the nature and scale of the problem that faces our species if David Suzuki wants to emotionally blackmail children by holding Santa for ransom it is certainly forgivable.  As to criminally charging ignorant politicians, it wouldn’t be necessary to engage in such rhetoric if our politicians were scientifically competent.  

    But if I may, it is recognized in law that if a ship is going down and there is not enough lifeboats everyone then draws straws.  The person who drew the short straw is thrown overboard guilt-free.  It might seem like murder, but it is not treated as such. It is treated as a sacrifice for the greater good.  

    You might think that such concepts as freedom of religion, right to privacy, rights of association, private property are absolute, but this is not the case.  All rights are limited by external pressures, other people, corporations, governments, reality. 

    So your disdain of David’s Suzuki’s apparent stance against freedom of belief and speech can be mirrored from his perspective, the reckless and ignorant behaviour that puts the community in danger. 

    Take for example the meme “The American way of life is not negotiable”. We have one country using 25% of the planets energy and it only has 5% of the population. Of course this is negotiable. As Henry Hazlitt would say expansion of one persons consumption comes at the expense of another’s and that is what we see on a global scale, the US consumes, at the expense of places like Africa and India.  The status quo will not hold.  

    Freedom should be tempered with responsibility, not soaked in selfishness and ignorance. 

  4. Vasper –

    “Well Eric, if I may call you Eric, now that I have had the time to read both your article and David Suzuki’s, it seems that your entire article addresses your opinion of David Suzuki’s tactics, but not once addresses the substance of his arguments.”

    Call me anything you want. My primary focus of this particular article was related to freedom of (a) speech and (b) reasoned debate, two matters which I’m sure you support and respect.

    “Is there any doubt that the polar caps are melting and countries like Bangladesh are seriously worried that by the end of this century they won’t have a country anymore?”

    Currently ice cover is lower than the average 1987-2007. However, one doesn’t have to look too far back in time to find similar levels of ice cover. You mention “polar caps,” plural, melting. Antarctica is gaining ice mass while, for the time being, the Arctic is slightly reduced.

    “Unless of course they find a way to breathe underwater, which would be totally neat, but I digress.”

    Sea level rise is not coming anywhere near the UNIPCC’s doom and gloom computerized projections.

    “I don’t want to subscribe to someone’s belief on a particular subject, especially one as important as climate change.”

    Nor do I, especially the theory/belief that global warming’s primary driver is CO2.

    “Beliefs are, in fact, worthless, pardon the oxymoronical nature of that statement.”

    I agree.

    “If an asteroid was heading towards earth you can bet that you would find a handful of holdouts who think that it is nothing more than a government/transnational corporate/shadowy nefarious group’s attempt to strip them of their freedoms and “beliefs”. I think given the nature and scale of the problem that faces our species if David Suzuki wants to emotionally blackmail children by holding Santa for ransom it is certainly forgivable.”

    I don’t know if you have children yourself, but, I have 3 children, and two grandchildren, and I would never “emotionally blackmail” them, let alone allow someone else to. The nature and scale of the problems we face as climate changes are yet to be determined with any accuracy. Temperature as an example is below even the lowest UNIPCC’s predictions.

    “As to criminally charging ignorant politicians, it wouldn’t be necessary to engage in such rhetoric if our politicians were scientifically competent.”

    Suzuki directed those comments at students, hoping to incite them. You are also taking it as a given that there is no dispute as to the severity or cause of climate change. Every day new studies indicate things aren’t quite as bad as we have been led to “believe.” Take a moment and look at the history of communist revolutions around the world. They start out isolating one group, and the next thing you know 20 million of their countrymen, women and children have been erased.

    “But if I may, it is recognized in law that if a ship is going down and there is not enough lifeboats everyone then draws straws. The person who drew the short straw is thrown overboard guilt-free. It might seem like murder, but it is not treated as such. It is treated as a sacrifice for the greater good.”

    Interesting comment…in the context of global warming, perhaps if all extreme environmentalists threw themselves off a cliff the net reduction in CO2 would save the planet. They could start by drawing straws to see who would be honoured with the first sacrifice of the greater good…(sarc)

    “You might think that such concepts as freedom of religion, right to privacy, rights of association, private property are absolute, but this is not the case. All rights are limited by external pressures, other people, corporations, governments, reality.”

    And do you believe in the kind, gentle new world order government that is now being proposed by Suzuki, et al? Good luck with that one. All rights are limited by groups of people – e.g. governments and religions.

    “So your disdain of David’s Suzuki’s apparent stance against freedom of belief and speech can be mirrored from his perspective, the reckless and ignorant behaviour that puts the community in danger.”

    I have no problem in Suzuki saying anything. But, for him to suggest only he and his believers should be able to speak on ANY subject, is immoral. I understand Suzuki didn’t give one of your proposals the time of day. Under a Suzuki government, how would your beliefs fare?

    “Take for example the meme “The American way of life is not negotiable”. We have one country using 25% of the planets energy and it only has 5% of the population. Of course this is negotiable. As Henry Hazlitt would say expansion of one persons consumption comes at the expense of another’s and that is what we see on a global scale, the US consumes, at the expense of places like Africa and India. The status quo will not hold.”

    I agree the status quo will not hold…however, I do believe given the current state of technology and Moore’s law of exponentially increasing knowledge, within the next 20 years “free energy” will be a reality and we will begin the transition out of the oil age.

    “Freedom should be tempered with responsibility, not soaked in selfishness and ignorance.”

    I agree, and anyone who would support the limitation of freedom of speech does so at the peril of having it come back and bite them on their ass.

  5. vasper85 says:

    My reply prove to be a little long to stuff into your comments section so I made a blog post on it.

    http://rantyrantrant.blogspot.ca/2012/04/terrible-madness-of-one-david-suzuki.html?m=1

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