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June 25, 2010

Common sense conservation

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 6:34 am
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by Trever James Bierschbach (<–spellcheck doesn’t know how to spell this)

Sorry I have been away from this for a bit, been dealing with a car that went to crap on us.  I got so much going on with my new book, and a couple of projects, and yesterday had to shop for a new care, well nearly-new anyway.  Anyway, I was looking at my writing journal, getting ready for the next chapter in my book and I got an idea for this post.  By the way, as a side note, I got some great feedback on an Amazon.com forum the other day and I wanted to say thank you again.  I have had some good hits after that little bump, and it was also recommended to me that I put my name on the blog.  I don’t really know why I didn’t in the first place, whether it was a sense of some kind of vigilante journalism or what, but I am going to take that suggestion and from now on put my name on these.

So, on to the point.  I talk about common sense conservation a lot, but I have never really sat down and explained it here.  I believe in living on this planet as clean as we can, and leaving it better than we found it.  I also believe in personal freedom, and as little government intervention into the lives and business of the people in this country.  Some people think these two contradict each other.  The Green movement will tell you that companies must be forced to be more responsible, that they won’t do it on their own.  They also believe that people must be forced to live better.  Finally, the thing that makes me really sick about the Green movement is they counter every argument against them with the age old like ‘you’re just a shill for big business’.  Well, ladies and gentlemen, the green movement is one of the biggest businesses in the world.  If I am not mistaken the CEO of CCX (the company that would sell carbon credits) said that CCX would be a $10T a year business.  That’s TRILLION with a T.  Green business stands to gain the most from the continuation of green legislation like cap and trade.  If their argument is right, then those supporting cap and trade are also ‘shills for big business’.

Now, contrary to what you may have been told people and businesses do not need to be forced to be cleaner.  In many cases it’s in their best interest to do so.  Something to put this into perspective, the water, and air are cleaner here than they were in the early years of the industrial revolution.  There were rivers so polluted in some cities they actually had one catch on fire.  There are more trees in the U.S. now than there were in 1920.  The logging industry realized that if they wanted to be a sustainable business they needed to plant trees after they cut, otherwise they would eventually run out, and they would be out of business.

Recently, when shopping for a new writing journal I stumbled upon one of the greatest ‘green’ products I have ever seen (and if you know me calling a green product great is pretty rare).  Most artists and writers have heard of Moleskin books.  Some of you out there may have also heard of them, but if you haven’t they are an old company that makes journals and notebooks.  Real high quality stuff that has been made in Italy (I believe) for a long time.  Well next to the Moleskin rack in my local book store was a rack of almost identical products from a company called Ecosystem.  Now I like to give all green products a chance, we buy milk right from the farm, we have tried all kinds of goofy light bulbs (more on those later), etc, so I went over to look at these.  Low and behold I was being offered the exact same product (except for paper color, ecosystem is white, moleskin is ivory) at the exact same price.  The only difference is while Moleskin is made from some virgin materials, and in foreign countries, Ecosystem journals are made in the U.S. out of 100% recycled paper.  The whole book, not just the pages.  Not only was it the same price, but you can go to their website, enter a unique I.D. number that is in your book, register it in case it gets lost, and see exactly where each part of the book is made, and how many employees each place has.  Finally a green company that understands that to compete in the market, you actually have to compete in the market.

Now, I don’t believe buying green products, that make sense, is the only way to conserve.  My family recycles everything we can.  We have two buckets, and the ladies that come pick it up probably hate us.  What bothers me though, is our local recycler stopped taking glass because it costs too much to recycle.  Isn’t it supposed to be saving the planet?!  I don’t know if I wrote the article here, but Illinois also has a law now about recycling computer parts.  Recyclers now have to pay to get a license to recycle computer parts.  The state thought this would increase the number of people recycling because they force stores to take back parts for recycle, but all it did was put computer recyclers and used computer parts stores out of business.  Oh, and those stores that are forced to take computer parts back for recycle (most of them did before anyway) are now charging for the service.  Way to go state forced recycling!

Has anyone seen the new, noisy, SunChips bag?  Probably heard it, or seen the commercial.  Another example of a company doing the right thing without anyone forcing them to.  100% compostable bag, capable of waking the dead with one shake, and a product of the evil free market.  Who wants to put money down with me that every chip bag in the country will be like this in 5 years?  I just hope they make it quieter.

Oh yeah, goofy light bulbs.  I hate the whole concept because people try to guilt you into these things and they don’t make economic or ecological sense.  Here they offer you a product that is less bright than your previous bulb, doesn’t last as long as advertised, oh…and has poison inside, all for, wait for it…MORE MONEY!!!!  How do they expect people to get on board if they offer less for more?  Not only that, but they have to be recycled because they are toxic, they are bad for the environment.  Guess what curly light-bulb lovers, there isn’t a recycler near me that takes these, what am I supposed to do?  Even if I wanted to spend more of my money on these ridiculous things I would be ruining the environment by throwing them away when they go out earlier than advertised.

That leads me to another one, the electric car.  I swear if I hear “Who killed the electric car” one more time my head will burst.  You know what killed the electric car?  The electric car did.  Again, you are offered an inferior product for…MORE MONEY!!!  How did they expect to jump head first into the market, without actually competing in it?  The last one I saw advertised (I don’t remember the brand) still used a little bit of gasoline, leased for over 600 dollars, only went 200 miles on a charge, and you had to buy a charging station and have it installed which would have cost you about $3000.  Really people?  If you want people to live greener you can’t cater to their sensibilities about the environment.  If most of us had the choice between buying food for our family, or saving a seal, we are going to buy food.  You can’t offer less for more, and expect people to jump on board.

See, my point is, if you want to change the world to save it, you have to use common sense.  Don’t punish people for being irresponsible, encourage them to change.  Don’t offer bogus solutions like carbon credits, one of the biggest scams in our history, but honest incentive for innovation.  Especially in America, we strive when we are challenged, now when we are forced.  Do you think we would have gotten to the moon first if the government had made a law that NASA had to beat Russia?  Do you think we could have turned one of the smallest armed forces in the world into a power that could defeat Nazi Germany if the government had forced companies to build weapons, planes, boats, and tanks?  American’s like a challenge, and we love competition, and instead of squeezing us for money, they should be challenging us to achieve.

Wow, that got a little preachy at the end.  Anyway, use common sense people.  If we all strive to live a little better it will make a difference.  No new tax, or law, will do that.


June 18, 2010

Something else behind the oil drilling moratorium?

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 5:52 am
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So, I saw rumors about three stories, that because they came out at different times they were almost ignored by everyone.  I have to assume they were missed, or it’s possible that bloggers really are smarter than researchers at major news networks.  See, other than a brief mention of them on Glenn Beck last night, bloggers are the only ones putting these three stories together and asking the question any sane person would ask.  Are they connected.  See, individually the stories are kinda lame.  Not good, but not overwhelmingly bad either.  Together they beg the question, “What’s the real motive behind the oil drilling moratorium?”  Keep in mind, a fourth little snippet, the panel that Obama got advice from did NOT recommend and six month moratorium.  They said maybe a month, if at all, just so they can be inspected.

Ok, story number one comes from Reuters.  (Wow, ok in looking into this further I found another connection so bare [or is it bear] with me)  GE Oil and Gas Latin America, which provides services to Brazil and other countries is quoted in the article (you do know the CEO of GE is a good friend and adviser to the president right?).  See those rigs are too expensive to just sit around.  Oil companies share the drilling rigs because there are a limited number.  Brazil’s state-owned oil company has a 220B dollar plan to drill off their coast, get this, in deeper water than the Deep Water Horizon was drilling in.

Another worry, according to experts, is that the moratorium will in effect be longer than six months.  If those rigs do get sent elsewhere they may not be able to come back in six months.  Those tens of thousand of jobs could be lost for up to a year or more.

Our second story comes from Bloomberg.  It seems that the puppet master George Soros has a pretty large stake in the Brazilian oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).  Soros is invested in this Brazilian oil company to the tune of 811M dollars.  It seems that Petrobras has found a well bigger than any in the Americas, but deeper than the Deep Water Horizon.

Our third story come from the Wall Street Journal. Seems the Obama administration has promised 2B dollars in a loan to Brazilian oil company Petrobas so they can explore the really deep well.  The promise included hints that there may be more money on the way.  One wonders, if the left is so concerned about the environment, and getting off of foreign oil, why would they lend money to an unregulated oil company outside the U.S.A.?  One also wonders why, when we are deep in crippling debt, we are loaning money to a foreign oil company?

So like I said, these three stories, when viewed separately, are not good, but not really bad.  Put them next to each other and it starts to look a little, let’s say, criminal.  Where is the major media networks on this?  The ‘Press’ is supposed to be the people’s watchdog, always skeptical, always questioning with boldness.  Oh, but I forgot they are distracted by the chill up their leg.  Someone needs to ask the President if he will block that money to Petrobras, or get it back if it has already gone out.  Someone needs to ask Soros if he will drop his shares, you know since oil companies are so evil.  Who will do that if our own Press won’t get their head out of Obama’s backside long enough to see what’s going on out here?  Who is greasing whose palm?  Who else is involved?  These questions need to be asked by someone.

Correction edit:  Did some research and further reading and found a little more info about the $2B being loaned to Petrobras.  It wasn’t exactly the Obama administration per se that loaned the money (I just wanted to use per se).  It was the EX-IM bank, which gets a lot of its funding from banks.  They guaranteed the loan, and while it is a government agency the money is not supposed to come from tax payers.  While that is good, one still wonders why we would be guaranteeing (sp? that looks weird) loans at this time for drilling in ultra-deep when we are telling our own workers they can’t work on deep drills.  If the President has the authority to impose a moratorium on drilling then he should have the authority to hold that loan until we let our own workers get back to their jobs.  The email circulating about the executive order, not accurate and not really sure where that originated.

June 17, 2010

The Overton Window: A Review

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 8:10 pm
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Sorry I haven’t written in a couple of days, I was pretty engrossed in this book.  I am going to do something different with this review.  First I will give you my take on the book, as usual, without giving anything away.  Then I am going into a spoiler alert to tear apart an ignorant review by our buddies over at Media Matters.  First, my review.

I just finished The Overton Window today, a FICTION novel from Glenn Beck and his writing team.  (Have to cover all the asinine criticism it’s receiving)  It was a good read.  It was very fast paced, taking place over the course of only a few days, but detailing a greater plot spanning decades.  The novel reads more like a Dan Brown thriller than a Tom Clancy, but that’s just me.  I could easily see this story in movie format, complete with fast cars, explosions, attractive women, and a buddies-save-the-day suicide pact.

The message is clear, and though it bordered on preachy, the political sermons were key to the character’s that gave them, and believable in their context.  Though this is a work of FICTION it is strewn with real-world examples, historical references, and quotes.  Enough to draw the reader into a world that isn’t much of a leap from our own.  The book is intentionally ambiguous when it comes to political parties, citing progressives as the problem along with corrupt businesses.  The book and its characters are adamant that no one group is to blame for the problems, and even the common citizen has to shoulder some blame for inattention.

Overall a good read.  I would recommend it for anyone that likes a good political thriller.  If it really burns you to know Glenn wrote it then tell yourself that the physical typing was done by his team.  The story is worth it, fan of Beck or not.

*************************************SPOILER ALERT*******************************************

Ok, now to the fun part.  See, Media Matters, hypocrites that they are, used a tactic that they bash Beck for using all the time.  They reviews an advanced copy of The Overton Window, and with misquotes, creative editing, and supposition they went on to tear it apart.  Of course, as usual they got it all wrong.  It’s ironic isn’t it, that the website devoted to correcting misinformation in conservative media uses misinformation to correct misinformation in a FICTIONAL book!

1.  Ok, I guess we should start where they do, with the infamous line “Don’t tease the panther.”  They set it up by saying ‘early in the book’ Noah and Molly find themselves in bed together.  Now I read this review for the book, and I expected this scene to happen, as they said, ‘early in the book’.  I guess almost halfway in is early to Dimiero and Maloy (the ‘writers’ of the article [see other people can do it too Media Matters]).  So, ‘early in the book’, nearly halfway through, there seems to be a paragraph where they discuss not being sexual, and then the infamous quote:

“Suit yourself, lady. I’m telling you right now, you made the rules, but you’re playing with fire here. I’ve got some rules, too, and rule number one is, don’t tease the panther.

What they fail to mention is that the entire platonic bedroom scene takes place over a couple of pages.  They also fail to mention the reason for the infamous “don’t tease the panther.”  See since they took it out of context you miss the fact that they had been joking about his lack of fighting ability just before that scene.  I guess you can imagine making the same joke yourself, a self-deprecating remark on your inability to put up much of a fight.  But wait, according to Media Matters we don’t have imaginations.

As for the misinformation, MM states that in the book she presses her cold feet against his legs.  Well, not really, she just says they are cold.  Who care if the reviewers take liberties though huh?

2.  Oh my Gods!  The delete voice mail!  Someone call the police.  Ok, so when the book is really moving Noah needs to find Molly and goes to her workplace within the company (she works at the same place Noah does) and one of her coworkers happens to have gotten a voice mail from a friend of Molly’s.  Now, here’s the horrible, unbelievable, someone should get fired plot hole.  The employee deleted the voice mail!  Of course they memorized the information, that Molly’s mom was in the hospital.  But wait…there’s more!  She knew which hospital!  Simply tore me right out of the story with that one.

3.  Of course with this one they create a clever title and find an editing mistake.  One wonders if these two clowns…’writers’ have ever read a book.  I have read a LOT of them, and these kind of mistakes happen.  The writer changes something about the story, or makes a mistake from the start.  It gets missed in editing, and goes to print.  It seems in one part that Molly says she knows who was on a catering list, then shortly after asks who was in the meeting that was catered.  Which part was supposed to be in there and which part escaped the editing.  Again, such a HUGE mistake in the plot, how can we stand it?

4.  This whole part in their article is a whole lot of insinuation and supposition.  First they say that this PR company seems to send and receive all its super-secret documents through the mail room.  Well, first off they have no control over how they receive much.  If someone sends something through the mail…it goes in the mail room.  Second, there is no mention of it being sent out that way, so…we will just say the ‘writers’ mixed that up.  After the quoted section of the book they suppose that Noah shouldn’t be surprised that Molly stole the memo, they broke into his father’s office earlier.  Well, it never said he was surprised or shocked, just that it was clear she did it.  If you read the whole scene, instead of just what MM clips out, Noah is shocked that he was scammed by Molly, used by her.  He isn’t shocked that she was capable of stealing a secret memo.  Why read the whole book though, these two goons…’writers’ I mean, have laid it out for you.

5.  Again with creative supposition they make the case that some incriminating PowerPoint shouldn’t be lying around.  Well, again if you read the scene, the incriminating part is stored on a secure server.  Even the non-incriminating part is under password.  How does Noah have the password the MM writers ask?  Well, he is an executive in, and heir to the company, that his father owns.  Doesn’t seem like the leap that these two ‘writers’ think you have to make.

6.  So there is a scene where undercover cops, or some sort of security contractors, infiltrate a Founder’s Keepers meeting and start trouble.  People get arrested, and later Noah’s father’s lawyer is trying to help him.  They lead Noah and the lawyer through the station to an interview room.  Now here is where MM ‘writers’ have a problem.  They think it odd that the ones involved in the plot would be standing in view of ‘everyone’ still dressed in their disguises.  Well ‘writers’ if by ‘everyone’ you mean their coworkers/co-conspiritors then sure.  Even Noah, the only one at the meeting that saw them, wasn’t supposed to.  If all the Founders Keepers were locked up elsewhere why would the undercovers worry about being seen?

7.  So in this criticism they actually quote the entire passage, and still don’t get it right.  They seem to think that there was no passage of time between the kiss and the conversation.  Maybe in their world people can’t go from having an intimate moment in the park to having an adult conversation.

8.  Here’s a good one.  They criticize this interaction by saying that instead of talking about their harrowing night at the Founder’s Keepers rally and jail they instead talk about Clinton.  It makes me wonder if the ‘writers’ even read the book.  They spend several pages talking about the rally, she thanked him for getting them out of jail, they talked about their history, their parents, things get serious when they talk about losing a parent, and then they decided to get off the serious topics.  THEN they get to the passage that MM quotes.  See this whole scene is when two characters that are important to the story, and each other, get to know each other.  It’s convenient that MM takes a very large conversation, spanning several pages, and cuts out one part to criticize how menial the topic is.  Way to go guys.

9.  This one’s just ignorant.  The ‘writers’ don’t even understand the use of narrator to deliver the thoughts of a subject.  They think that because the narrator gave us information, that it isn’t information the subject can have.  Guess what MM ‘writers’, those of us who read books understand this technique.  We knew that the first paragraph was giving us Noah’s thoughts, even when it isn’t italicized to make it easy for the low-grade readers.  Ahhh, maybe that’s why the MM ‘writers’ didn’t get it.  Don’t worry guys, we understand how hard it is sometimes when out of your element.

10.  Ok, this last one is so funny, and so full of garbage we have to break it down a little bit.  It involves the plot to leave New York with Molly impersonating Natalie Portman.  First off, I am a Star Wars fan as I know Glenn is, and I found this whole passage funny.  If you have ever been to a convention you would find it totally believable as well.  So…here we go.

Noah’s master plan involves buying an entire row of first class seats on a flight out of La Guardia and using his wealth and powerful name to bypass normal security procedures. But how will Molly make it through, you ask? Well, by dressing up as Natalie Portman, of course. No, really. She dresses like Natalie Portman — complete with Noah’s disturbingly accurate recollection of where to draw beauty marks on her face to complete the disguise.

First off his plan is explained pretty well in the few pages leading up to it.  It starts with him contacting a celebrity liaison at the airport and explaining that he was with Portman and she wanted to get on the plane with no one giving them any trouble.  His father is rich, he is rich, isn’t that far of a stretch so far.  They go for Natalie Portman because Molly looks like her a little bit.  I have to stop here, can you imagine how funny it would be if they made this into a move and Portman played Molly?  Natalie playing Molly, dressing as Natalie to get through security.  Noah’s disturbingly accurate recollection of where to draw beauty marks?  He is a PR guy, in New York.  Perhaps he is even a fan, he knows what type of movies she does.  You guys are reaching with number ten.

So, aside from all the lies, clipping, clever titles…oh who am I kidding.  This wasn’t a review.  It was an asinine, juvenile bashing of a book they weren’t going to like anyway.  If the book had been written by anyone else they wouldn’t have bothered.  It almost makes me wish Beck had used a pseudonym just so he could come in a month down the road and rub their noses in liking a book he wrote.  Ahh, but to sink to their level.  Not in a million years.  So kids, once again, Media Matters has proven themselves to be hypocritical, as well as irrelevant.  For what it’s worth I hope you all like the book, I know I did.  Now to quit hogging it and give it to my wife so she can read the FICTION.

June 11, 2010

Michael Moore Hates America: A review

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 5:57 am
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Ok, I know I am a little behind but yesterday I watched a great documentary.  I was browsing my Roku yesterday (greatest product from Netflix, if you have never heard of it look it up) and I saw the documentary Michael Moore Hates America.  Of course I have disliked Michael Moore, his message, and his tactics from day one so I was interested to see how the filmmaker Michael Wilson made the case.  The movie was made back in 2004, so I imagine most of you have already seen it.

The movie is not so much an attack on Michael Moore as an examination of a man who can’t seem to do anything but lie.  It examines everything from his hometown, which isn’t Flint Michigan, to his exploitation of a soldier who lost his arms.  Moore is really from nearby Davison, and the soldier, Peter Damon, wishes he had not been used by Moore without his permission.  The case that Moore hates America is backed up by video of Moore all but saying he hates America.  Wilson interviews targets of Moore’s movies, people he ambushed, exploited, and used to try to make his point.

Wilson also finds himself dancing with the same tactics Moore uses.  He knows it, exposes it in his own film, and in the majority of cases corrects it by exposing himself to his subjects.  His point is, it’s easy to do what Moore does, but no matter your point if you use those tactics you are a liar through and through.  Wilson’s journey in the movie follows much the same theme as Moore’s Roger and Me, with Wilson trying to get an interview with the Fat-Cat movie maker.  He never gets the interview.

The point in the end is that Moore’s skewed view of America is so out of line with what is really happening that he can’t be taken seriously, despite the fact that his methods should make him a joke as well.  Wilson points out that even in places like Flint, there is hope.  The American dream is alive and well, but you have to work for it.  No one is going to hand it to you, the government can’t give it to you, and a multi-millionaire like Michael Moore isn’t going to help you get it.  I would like to extend that message with one from me:  Michael Moore, and fans of his that want socialism, or some other form of ‘free’ society, move.  There are plenty of countries out there for you.  This is America, where people make their own way, with the freedom to rise or fall on our own merits.  We like it that way, so leave us the country you hate because we love it.

Now, I know my review was fairly short, and I can’t do much better than this one.  Hopefully you will watch the movie if you haven’t already.

June 10, 2010

Huffpuff readers still some of the dumbest hypocrites

So Glenn Beck released a book trailer, which is becoming common practice, for his new book ‘The Overton Window’.  Well, as expected the HuffPuff site did an article because they just can’t get enough of Glenn.  They have some not so nice things to say about the trailer, wondering why he would do it, (notice above HuffPuff, it’s becoming fairly popular practice in publishing now) and their readers instantly latched onto their hate and vitriol and showed us again that they just don’t get it.  They call all of Glenn’s fans stupid, they call Glenn stupid, they accuse us of all being hateful and racist.  Of course their posts are full of hate, but ignore that, they are excused right?  They also bash Beck for writing the ‘terrible poem’ used in the trailer.  Now, I didn’t know who wrote the poem until this morning, I will admit, but unlike some of the vile leftists on the HuffPuff I follow a very strict rule.  I am not always right, but if I don’t know about something I keep my mouth shut.  I do my research.  There have been so many times I wanted to post on here, but once I started digging I found that my story idea had no real merit.  Well HuffPuff readers, here’s your education that I got this morning as well.

Rudyard Kipling wrote the poem, Gods of the Copybook Headings, in 1919 after the death of his two children.  The poem is an ode to common sense over material promises.  It eludes to us repeating our mistakes, but common sense and nature’s laws setting things to right in an endless cycle.  I read the whole poem, and it’s great.  I will post it at the end of this for everyone else that hasn’t gotten it.  So, leftist HuffPuff readers, you seem to prove again that you are the ignorant reactionaries.  At least have the sense to do your research before you post something, we don’t have enough crowbars for all your feet.  The poem follows.

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.”

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.”

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.”

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

-Rudyard Kipling

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