Greenhouse gases: Any gas that, by an accident of chemistry, happens to absorb radiation of a type that the Earth, by an accident of history, would like to lose.
The internet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhoea -- massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind- boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.
Criminality moves in whenever there is money involved. When it is said that money is the root of all evil, believe it. It is still true.
So my statement about the "do-gooder" legislation is still valid. If not for the loosened standards of the housing market we wouldn't have had the economic melt-down where crooks dreamed up the unfathomable "CDO's" to market around the world which turned out to be worthless based on hugely inflated home values. I used to sit in front of my television set and view "Flip this House" on HGTV where people would speculate on shacks in California for several hundred thousand dollars that I would have bulldozed. That easy money was there for the getting and many profited. And then the bubble burst and as Paul Harvey would have said, "Now you know the rest of the story."
This is the iron law of unintended consequences. While the intent was good, the result was disaster.
Greed will always be with us like the poor. You can't outlaw greed because it is the human condition.
Last edited by Missouri Mule; 10-23-09 at 09:37 AM.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson