God bless fracking! and Teaching our History

Look at this – Hard.

The environmentalists and the left and the Democrats1 would have us believe that fracking is evil, evil, evil! but I, as a working man, sure have seen the benefits. The chart shows what I had to pay for heating oil last winter, in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, compared with what I paid for a delivery on Wednesday.

The great increase in domestic oil production, coupled with OPEC’s decisions to not cut production, has driven the price of oil down, and that’s a real benefit to working families in the northeast.

Source: God bless fracking! | The First Street Journal.

Now tell me again why you oppose this safe method of obtaining oil, which is even environmentally friendly!


 

We talk a good bit here about education, and we try to do more than ‘scream and shout’ but look at things that don’t work, or might, or do. Well, you all know how much I love history, and how horribly it’s taught these days. Suzannah Lipscomb talks about it a fair amount as well, and with a far better grounding than I have. Here’s a bit of her latest.

On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, in July 2003, Tony Blair told the US Congress: ‘There has never been a time when … a study of history provides so little instruction for our present day.’ The aftermath proved how wrong this hubristic judgment was and it is a sentiment that few in the public eye would dare to voice today.

[…]

Much of the concern about the curriculum hinged on a perceived choice: that versions of history must either tell a traditional story of the great and the good, a national narrative of Whiggish heroes, or, by incorporating the histories of women and racial, religious and ethnic diversity, they will tell a politically motivated history that fragments our treatment of the past. My colleague, Oliver Ayers, reminds me that much the same discussion was had in the US in the 1990s, resulting in an all-out cultural war.

Both in the US and the UK it is and was a false dichotomy. First, there need not be anything intrinsically wrong with telling a nation’s history as part of the curriculum. As Simon Schama pointed out in 2013, there is value in preserving a national memory of our ‘imagined community’, but the narrative cannot be uncritical. Second, it is ahistorical to suggest that these two stories can be extricated from each other. Any intellectually robust tour of British history requires consideration of the ongoing interactions between Britain and the world and must incorporate local histories that will bring those global communications home.

Source: An adult education

That’s important, I think. We need some kind of balance, both in how we present our history (especially to our kids), we aren’t, and never were, perfect, but you know, we were and are pretty damn good at that. And it’s inexcusable to me to leave out other things, or exclude whole groups of people.

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13 Responses to God bless fracking! and Teaching our History

  1. the unit says:

    False dichotomy. Back in the day about 2 am. call to the doctor, who then was doctor of all, including surgery. Said I might be having a false appendicitis attack. Take two aspirin and meet him at the hospital a 7 am. Remedy took a real appendectomy surgical approach. And well, it did work. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      Could be, and congratulations on the second diagnosis being right! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I don’t know much about dichotomy from appendectomy. But SCOTUS has said meanings don’t count for much, it intentions that matter. lol

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, and they’re wrong, apparently challenged in their education.

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  2. PatriotUSA says:

    Challenged in more than their ‘eddycashun’ but then I am of the jaded sort. 🙂 🙂

    Fracking is awesome………however and howsomever we can get out energy needs met is how I see it. Never met a fossil fuel I did not like.

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    • NEO says:

      Nor me, I’m all about energy density, and hydrocarbon wins hands down, except for nuclear, of course. 🙂

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  3. PatriotUSA says:

    Nuclear, how dare you mention nuclear, oh noes, I am shocked, shocked. Personally speaking, I think nuclear has a place in the discussion and yeah, I know about and have researched nuclear and am speaking from a ‘common man’s’ perspective. I have a very good friend who is an environmental engineer back east and he knows energy, fracking, etc. extremely well. He deal weekly with environazis within the unions and often protesting at even the smallest projects like culvert, right of way projects, oh how he loathes environazis, tree huggers, prairie fairies, earth muffins. One of my best days was when I dropped a couple of trees that had earth muffins sitting in the upper story of said trees. They refused to leave the trees or vacate the LEGAL sale, second growth Doug Firs, so I dropped the trees. Sadly, no tree huggers were injured. 😦

    BTW, they can jump real well but did they stink everything up. Hairy women to boot. Good thing it was long before beans.

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    • the unit says:

      Stinky and hairy to boot? Calls for Blue Emu then!

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      • NEO says:

        I’m anti=social enough to say it calls for .223 Remington, myself.

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        • the unit says:

          And in a sportsman like manner…shouting “Fore” as trigger is pulled. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      What a great story, and yeah, I hear ya! 🙂

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  4. PatriotUSA says:

    The temptation was great and the force was so strong to do otherwise. Be absolutely nothing to thunk a stinky hairy up in Fir tree after practicing on prairie dogs at 200 plus yards with my ‘ought 6’. Heh. And the dogs were out my dorm window back when the world was good circa early 1970s. These trashy freaks had never met a razor or soap and water. Ugh and ewww. The ‘women’ needed to be ‘clear cut’, ack, spit and big foot would look bald next to these timber dykes.

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  5. PatriotUSA says:

    Just read this and I think those here will like, muchly.

    http://straightlinelogic.com/2015/11/29/a-simple-analysis-to-quickly-settle-the-agw-climate-change-debate-by-brett-hofstadt/

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