So What? – Stephen Hawking is Dead/ ‘Consumer Activists’ Harm Consumers

First, here is a word about the noted “theoretical physicist” Stephen Hawking who has died. He is the guy who was all squished up in his wheelchair.

The media are making a big deal out of it but says, “So what?”

Hawking is somehow referred to as a “scientist” and as an intellectual giant but he is not a scientist and he has made his living as a pop-culture icon.

What does a “theoretical physicist” like Hawking do?

Well, basically he makes stuff up. He is actually an artist and a novelist, not a scientist.

To understand it, imagine that Hawking predicted that “in 50 million years, the earth will fall into a black hole”.

Big deal. Black holes themselves are products of the imagination. There is no proof that they exist. And Hawking’s predictions can never be proven. They are simply fantastic speculation that the public has become enamored of.

If you want to know who was a great and genuine scientist, look at Nikola Tesla. He developed the process for generating and transmitting electricity over long distances. The world would be nothing like it is today if it were not for Tesla.

In short, Tesla applied real physics and gave us the most useful invention of all time. He did not make wild and unprovable guesses about what is going on in the mythical universe. Tesla even looked down his nose at another famous “theoretical physicist” named Albert Einstein, who also gave us only unproven theories. Tesla once called Einstein “a long haired crank”.

Tesla also is reported to have said about Einstein’s most famous work:

Einstein’s relativity work is a magnificent mathematical garb which fascinates, dazzles and makes people blind to the underlying errors. The theory is like a beggar clothed in purple whom ignorant people take for a king… its exponents are brilliant men but they are metaphysicists rather than scientists.

What we have here is the difference between deeds and actions (Tesla) and words and ideas (Einstein and Hawking). And to make a political point it is like the difference between liberals and their words and ideas, and conservatives and their actions and deeds.

Tesla once said of the “inventor” of radio Guglielmo Marconi:

Marconi is a good fellow. Let him continue. He is using seventeen of my patents.

Ironically Tesla is little known today while Hawking and Einstein are famous all over the world. Tesla died in poverty and obscurity in 1943 at the New Yorker Hotel in New York City in Room 3327 (he wanted to be in a room whose number was divisible by 3) on the 33rd floor of the hotel.

In fact Tesla today is known as the name of an electric car which works poorly and is kept afloat by government subsidies. If Tesla were alive today he would never allow his name to be attached to that car.

Tesla had 700 patents and a lifetime of experiments with electricity, some very futuristic, that still are of great interest to scientists today.

Tesla, a native of Croatia in Eastern Europe, really was an infinitely greater mind than all of the theoretical physicists combined. And he was the son of a Serbian Orthodox Christian priest.

‘Consumer Activists’ Always Harm Consumers

The #1 Golden Rule of Politics according to is this: When socialists and Democrats claim that they are going to “solve” a problem, that problem always gets vastly worse.

For instance, the Welfare State is supposed to have “saved the poor”. Yet there are tens of millions more poor people in America today than there should be after decades of the most generous taxpayer handouts in the history of the world.

The reason is because handouts don’t work; they just make people lazy and passive and unwilling to help themselves or improve themselves. And worse, when government subsidizes poor, dependent people on a grand scale then you obviously will get more dependency and poverty since we always get more of what the government subsidizes.

Now think about meat…. Yes, meat. We are hearing warnings that meat is going to become more expensive due to the culmination of a decades-long campaign by so-called ‘consumer activists’ and other health fanatics on the Democrat left to eliminate antibiotics being fed to farm animals.

This follows the Golden Rule, i.e., when ‘consumer activists’ and others like them seek to “protect” the consumer – in this case from the alleged danger of antibiotics – they end up harming the consumer – in this case by pushing up food prices.

Small amounts of antibiotics added to their feed cause animals to grow fatter much faster. Antibiotics are a miracle additive, like so much of our modern agriculture, so naturally the health nuts oppose them. Because the health activists hate everything that is efficient and modern, and they want us to live like we did in the 17th century before all of this great technology came along.

Removing these antibiotics from the feed will significantly increase the cost per pound of raising meat animals. Yet we have been consuming trace amounts of antibiotics for decades. In fact we are living longer and healthier lives than ever precisely as we consume record amounts of antibiotics and other chemical additives.

This is reminiscent of the 1960s when the same types of activists conducted a vociferous campaign against chemical preservatives in food. But preservatives keep our food fresher longer and help us to have better diets. Without preservatives we would be throwing away huge amounts of food which would, in essence, be detrimental to our overall health, and to our wallets.

The war on antibiotics is also reminiscent of the current war on GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) which involve the genetic manipulation of crops to produce more abundant food. GMOs have helped billions of people all over the world to have more, better and safer food. In fact we all have been consuming GMOs for decades with no ill effect, but the militants want to eliminate them, saying that they are dangerous.

But friends, it is the zealots themselves who are most dangerous to our health, as the Golden Rule explains. These zealots are seeking to make our food supply more expensive and less reliable, and thus they themselves are the greatest threat to us all. Ditto with ‘green’ energy, which is pushing power costs through the roof under the guise of “saving” us.

So here is Golden Rule #2: Whenever socialists apply their ideas to anything, whether it be food or energy or education, it always leads to shortages, scarcity, deprivation and higher prices, and a lower standard of living.

That, for instance, is why college costs are sky high – because the universities are controlled lock, stock and barrel by leftists and all of their wacky and selfish ideas. On the other hand gasoline prices have tumbled to historic lows under free-market oil industry practices like “fracking”.

That also is why communist countries are always destitute, violent and deprived while communism is theoretically supposed to produce abundance, peace and social utopia.

Then remember that a lot of these anti-GMO/anti-antibiotics fanatics are vegetarians. And vegetarianism has been linked to mental deficiencies, while meat has many beneficial nutrients for both brain and body functions. You can read about this all over the internet. And so we can assume that the fanatics’ rabid opinions and wild-eyed activism come partly from dementia. Here is Fox News reporting:

Being a vegetarian may actually be bad for your brain, according to a study published in (a recent issue of) Neurology (magazine)… The study said those on a meat-free diet are six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage as the most vitamin B12 is found in meats, liver, fish and milk. According to the study, vitamin B12 may protect older people against brain shrinkage.

Vegetarianism also appears to even be worse for the environment than eating meat. Here is an excerpt from

… according to new research from Carnegie Mellon University, …the USDA recommendation to consume more fruits, vegetables… is more harmful to the environment because those foods have relatively high resource uses and greenhouse gas emissions per calorie. Published in Environment Systems and Decisions, the study measured the changes in energy use, blue water footprint and greenhouse gas emissions associated with U.S. food consumption patterns. “Eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon,” said Paul Fischbeck, professor of social and decisions sciences and engineering and public policy. “Lots of common vegetables require more resources per calorie than you would think. Eggplant, celery and cucumbers look particularly bad when compared to pork or chicken.”

This comes after decades of pro-vegetarian, anti-meat, pro-environment hysteria. So you can see clearly how the Golden Rule applies once again, that the leftist “solution” for better health (eat only vegetables, and ban antibiotics and GMOs, etc.) always makes not only our health worse, but our wallets and the environment too.

Here is one more aspect of food production: The militants embrace “organic” farming religiously. Yet “organic” food requires much more land, water, labor and capital to produce much smaller amounts of much more expensive food than traditional large-scale farming and corporate farming using GMOs and other advanced bio-engineering methods. So obviously “organic” food is detrimental to the economy, and to the environment too.

Yet it is supposed to be “good for us”….

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