the noisy silence of precautionary principles

Yesterday I wrote a simple reminder that despite my frequent silence about the war in Iraq, I'm nonetheless a staunch supporter of it. M. Simon (whose frequent warblogging cosmically counterbalances my frequent silence) picked up on the theme, and commented further.

As it turns out, maybe I didn't need to be silent at all. Via the Anchoress, whom I'm delighted to hear is well from a recent illness, I read this gem (gleaned from Evan Coyne Maloney's latest film "Indoctrinate U"):

I was struck by the scientist who said that her students were able to figure out her politics simply by noting what she did not say. Just by teaching her subject, without adding extraneous leftist political harangues, she had revealed herself to be a closet Republican. You won't believe what happened when the faculty found out about her politics. But the full horror story is almost less disturbing than the reality of that single observation about silence. Particularly in some of the non-science disciplines, it really has gotten to the point where mere silence on matters political is enough to reveal you as the enemy. (Emphasis added.)
I guess that means that I didn't need to say anything. (Funny how you can become the enemy when you thought you thought our common enemy was actually Al Qaeda.)

In a seemingly unrelated matter (which may not be as coincidental as it appears), Glenn Reynolds's link to this awful news about melting polar ice caps made me realize that just as I've been silent about the war, I've also been silent about the polar ice caps issue for too long.

I don't want my silence to be taken the wrong way, because the ice caps really are melting. And the fact that they happen to be Martian ice caps does not let mankind off the hook one bit!

No really. I think anthropogenic global warming has spread -- like an interplanetary virus.

While Science has confirmed that the planets influence each other by means of gravitational pull, astrologers have long known that planets influence each other by direct communication!

"The planets are the actors, the signs are the roles they play and the houses are the settings or situations in which the cast portrays the role". Adding to that analogy, the aspects are the words the planets communicate with each other. The importance and the influence on action of those words or dialog are dependent on the direction and emphasis given by the Director. Free Will is the Director.
Yes, and not only does man have Free Will, but he is misusing it to destroy the planet, by spreading his deadly doomsday shroud of toxic CO2!

While I cannot prove this as conclusively as science has proven anthropogenic global warming, is it really unreasonable to suppose that others in the planetary community have not taken notice? Might Mars be engaged in a sympathetic reaction, as a show of interplanetary solidarity with the embattled earth?

We cannot be sure either way.

But what about the Precautionary Principle?

It's not as if we haven't been warned.

Hey, wait a second.

Just what does the Precautionary Principle say, anyway?

"When an activity raises threats of harm to the environment or human health, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically."
I think the antiwar activists should be glad the scientists never thought of applying that to Saddam Hussein or al Qaeda.

posted by Eric on 05.01.07 at 04:34 PM










Comments

Clearly, these vehicles are about about a billion times more polluting than SUVs given how just two of them altered a global ecosystem so rapidly.

I blame Bu$hHitler and Halliburton.

XWL   ·  May 1, 2007 7:26 PM

You say your were silent now but I could always tell you were all gung ho for the war anyways. Inf act I'm pretty sure you've of written alot of prowar stuffs. Nice backtrack though dhinger

iraqwarwrong   ·  May 2, 2007 1:22 AM

Why is it that the antiwar crowd posts everything in broken English?

Socrates   ·  May 2, 2007 1:36 PM

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