I was rather stunned to look at a month of my blogs from October 2003. I do that occasionally when I run out of blog material.
In this instance, the old material was not helpful. Very little has changed.
A recent article in Commentary pointed out that most of the cities in America are Lefty, but they have spent so much tax money on raising government union wages and benefits that they have run out of tax money and can’t carry out grand government make-work schemes. As a consequence the only thing they can mess up are commercial issues. They raise the minimum wage, dictate employee work issues of vacation, sick time, parental leave and ban chain stores that reduce the cost of living for low income people. Democrats always punish the poor.
I complained in 2003 that the unique ‘positive sum’ nature of commerce is not understood or taught to the academic dupes. It is still not understood by most Americans and the world.
I complained that movies made by extreme Hollywood Lefties with Lefty political messages didn’t do well at the box office. Now they do worse, but Hollywood is learning slowly. A few pro-American movies have done well. In the meantime I’ve come to realize that primates, including humans, don’t learn in adulthood. For us humans that is after age 23. So Hollywood can’t be expected to change much.
Lastly I had an effect on the world, partially. I became aware of Jamie Grifo’s work replacing fertilized cell nuclei from older women in cells with mitochondrial DNA of younger women. That was during the period when I started the campaign to label GMOs. I took action against Grifo's human experiments.
Still 13 years later, what Gifo was doing is illegal in most jurisdictions as this article explains.
Two notes: I personally pressured the FDA to ban Grifo’s work. Since no one else did anything to stop it, I assume the ban on this 3 parent research had much to do with me. But grievously, 11 children in Australia and 11 in New Jersey had been born in this experiment and no one has gone back to follow up on the real humans.
Back in 2003 I had seen the end of the environmental movement. Wrong. I was terribly wrong. It became one of the Armageddon religions and quickly took over the world as the biggest and newest religion. It is now so extreme that the American president claimed Climate to be the greatest world threat to America and got the leaders of the entire world to agree.
I didn’t see the deep global need for an Armageddon religion.