More Pressing Concerns

There seems to be something of an eerie silence coming from the islands hit by Hurricane Irma over the past day or two. Others have noticed:

No one has heard from the tiny island [of Barbuda] it hit in hours.

BBC:

The small island of Barbuda is said to be “barely habitable”.

Richard Branson seems to have survived on Necker Island. But both he and his fellow Global Warming/Climate Change alarmist son have been quick to use Irma to push the climate agenda:

Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed… Nature warning us again of the impact of #climatechange We must all do more to combat this. #nomoresubsidiesforfossilfuelandlivestockindustries

That’s all they need do: wait for a natural disaster, and then shout: “See! We told you so! Climate change! Caused by humans! And their carbon dioxide!” It probably isn’t caused by carbon dioxide, but that won’t stop them having a field day. If you cry wolf for long enough, a wolf will eventually show up.

But it should be no surprise if there’s silence from places that have become “barely habitable”. Everyone will be too busy trying to piece their lives back together to be able to post stuff on Twitter and Facebook. They may no longer have access to them anyway – unless they’re billionaire’s sons like Sam Branson, who can continue to push their climate agendas more or less uninterrupted. Such concerns are, after all, really only of concern to the idle rich.

For almost everybody else, life will have changed overnight for the worse, and more or less permanently. I read yesterday that after the last big hurricane that hit Puerto Rico, the power was out in some places for three months. It probably won’t be any different this time.

Hurricane Irma is predicted to turn north towards Florida, arriving there on Saturday. And Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago holiday home is among the places under threat there from Hurricane Irma. It turns out that Trump also owns le Château des Palmiers on the western tip of the island of Saint Martin, which the eye of the hurricane passed directly over yesterday.

If it’s still standing, it’ll probably have become a refugee centre. And those poolside loungers will have become hospital beds. If it hasn’t, Trump will come under attack for callous indifference to the population of Saint Martin. And if it has, he’ll come under attack for callously failing to provide sheets and blankets for the beds. Whatever he does, the mainstream media will keep bashing Trump.

But there may be a silver lining to these natural catastrophes, if they force people to think about things that actually matter, rather than things that don’t matter – like, for example, tobacco smoke. It is a sort of luxury to be able to feel concern for such trivial matters. And perhaps such concerns naturally vanish when they’re overtaken by more pressing concerns.

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18 Responses to More Pressing Concerns

  1. Oi you says:

    Totally bizarre that anyone would blame Trump for a hurricane! Do these people have a brain? Don’t answer that! For ages, there was a rumour going round that the Grenfell Tower tragedy was an inside job, that old whitey had done it, in order to get rid of the largely black inhabitants. Nothing to do with a faulty fridge freezer then…?

    :o)

    • Rhys says:

      You’d be surprised. Maybe. A Harvard-educated academic wrote an article in The Atlantic last month about how the moon is racist because the eclipse didn’t go over enough areas where black people live in America. https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/08/american-totality-eclipse-race/537318/ – if you can stand it.

      If the moon is racist, I don’t see why Trump can’t be.

      Why haven’t more people noticed that the world is going insane? Don’t we have enough proof yet?

      • waltc says:

        I think most people do know the world is going (has gone) insane but as the price for saying so gets higher and higher, they just shut up and then, given the chance, vote Trump and Brexit. I don’t even believe that half the people who mouth the bullshit (or smilingly nod) believe it themselves. It’s just a lot of words that trip off their tongue w/o passing through their brain because none of it comports with observable reality.

  2. cherie79 says:

    Donald Trump could cure cancer and he would still get no credit. These people are crazy!

  3. Rose says:

    OT

    The view from the other side, or what it really feels like to be an ex-smoker many years later.

    I miss my smoking habit. I know it’s crazy but I do
    Aug 16, 2017
    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/i-miss-my-smoking-habit-i-know-it-s-crazy-but-i-do-1.3180564

    Or not

    ‘I’ve Bought A Hut And Taken Up Smoking’ David Cameron Tells Tory MPs About Life Since Quitting No 10
    07/09/2017
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/09/06/ive-bought-a-hut-and-taken-up-smoking-david-cameron-tells-tory-mps-about-life-since-quitting-no-10_a_23199441/?utm_hp_ref=au-world

    • Vlad says:

      That Patrick surely sounds like a pathetic if not mentally deranged individual:
      ## And if I found any of my kids fooling around with cigarettes I’d kill them stone dead for it. If any of you are reading this: dead. On the spot, lads. ##

    • waltc says:

      I hope he “just steps outside” his hut when he smokes that cigarette

  4. beobrigitte says:

    Richard Branson probably saw Hurricane Irma hitting Necker island as yet another adventure during which he could sit comfortably in his wine cellar and sample the best of the best. Any damage to his property will be fixed quicker than the many now homeless people will find shelter.
    It’s easy for him. How many of the poorer people did he invite to join him to the safety of his wine cellar?

    But both he and his fellow Global Warming/Climate Change alarmist son have been quick to use Irma to push the climate agenda:

    Glad to say that all humans on Necker are ok although a lot of buildings destroyed… Nature warning us again of the impact of #climatechange We must all do more to combat this. #nomoresubsidiesforfossilfuelandlivestockindustries
    Nature is “warning” us again of the impact of [man-made] climate change? And “we must all do more to combat this”?

    Richard Branson:
    https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/preparing-hurricane-irma
    Man-made climate change is a key factor in the increasing intensity of these hurricanes, as many experts have suggested. The damage caused by Harvey all over Texas is a tragic and costly reminder that our climate is changing and that we are not doing enough to tackle this enormous challenge. If Irma is any indication, we must brace ourselves for more of these catastrophic weather events. How much cheaper and smarter to support the Paris Agreement and move to clean energy?
    Is Branson aware what our “clean” energy does to e.g. areas in China where the Neodymium needed for the wind farms is being mined?

    Next: #nomoresubsidiesforfossilfuelandlivestockindustries
    So, climate change is all the fossil fuel and livestock industries’ fault? Really?? Whilst I don’t agree with the mass livestock farming for ethical reasons, I do not believe these poor animals fart enough to cause climate change. And, why shouldn’t these animals spend time eating grass rather than being fed some weird food cocktail?

    In any case, I believe this planet has seen many periods of climate changes on it’s own, so we cannot “fight” it. We’re wasting a lot of time and monies on “experts” and “fighting” climate change. Wouldn’t it far better to learn to adapt to our planet?

    • Joe L. says:

      So, climate change is all the fossil fuel and livestock industries’ fault? Really?? Whilst I don’t agree with the mass livestock farming for ethical reasons, I do not believe these poor animals fart enough to cause climate change.

      I’m with you, Brigitte. Not to mention that the farts from livestock release mostly methane, not carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. These overzealous alarmists are so eager to destroy certain industries that they can’t keep their stories straight.

      • jaxthefirst says:

        It’s notable, of course, that the Great Richard never makes any promises to stop flying his highly-polluting, energy-sapping, fuel-guzzling huge jet airliners all over the world in order to “save the planet,” isn’t it? Presumably, the “we” he refers to should actually read “you lot” ……

  5. Joe L. says:

    I agree. That is a bizarre article. I believe the author, Patrick Logue, suffers from some serious psychological issues. The article reads like he spontaneously typed out the internal conflict that is constantly raging in his mind.

    He’s obviously very unhappy with his decision to quit smoking (despite his claims otherwise), or else he wouldn’t have felt the need to think like this, let alone type it up and publish it.

    What amounts to a nostalgic love letter to his former smoking self is repeatedly interrupted by his attempts to brainwash himself that he “did the right thing” by regurgitating boilerplate antismoking propaganda.

    Near the end, Logue claims, “I am fitter and healthier than when I was in my 20s.” Of course this is nothing more than a baseless “feel good” mantra of Antismokers because it is impossible to empirically measure “fitness” or “health.” Nonetheless, I beg to differ with Mr. Logue, because it appears from this article that his mental health has been on the decline since he stopped smoking.

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