Greek Easter Ethics Hymns, 4/25/2022: The Pulitzers, Wimbledon, Presidential Debates and Why Progressives Are So Hot On Climate Change

Today is Easter in the Greek Orthodox Church. Different calendar, you know. Our family, with my mother a member of that church and my father a Methodist, celebrated Easter on the Roman Catholic date (unless the two Easters converged, which sometimes happens), presumably to allow my sister and I to be in sync with the wider culture’s Easter celebrations, and also because dying eggs many colors was a lot more fun than dying them all deep, dark red, which is the Greek custom. The Easter egg is symbolic of the tomb Jesus was in before the Resurrection; dyeing eggs red symbolizes Christ’s blood. Cracking a dyed egg is supposed to symbolize Jesus emerging from the tomb. On Greek Easter, everyone plays tsougrima (“clinking together)”with the red-dyed eggs. One player holds a red egg and taps it against another player’s egg, and the loser is the one whose egg cracks. Then the Easter egg warrior with the unbroken egg uses the same end of his or her egg to try to crack the other end of their opponent’s egg. While the participants do this, one says “Christos Anesti!” (“Christ has risen!”) and the other celebrant responds “Alithos Anesti!” (“Indeed He has risen!”). The Marshalls played the egg game with the regular multi-colored Easter eggs, and on non-Greek Easter. My mother never explained the symbolism of it all to us; she just liked cracking eggs. I assumed everyone did it, Greek or not. As in all competitions, Mom was ruthless at tsougrima.

Incidentally, it was considered unethical to strike an opponent’s egg in the side rather than the end, and doing so meant you forfeited the game.

1. “Go woke, go broke,” or at least become irrelevant. The stock plunges of both Disney and Netflix are at least substantially related to their imposing progressive and partisan propaganda on the substantial percentage of their market that doesn’t want to have such positions rammed down their metaphorical throats. Honors-bestowing organizations like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Nobel Prize have seen the perception of their credibility and integrity fall mightily after attaching political requirements to their awards. Now an open letter signed by dozens of professional journalism organizations, nonprofits, and labor unions asks the Pulitzer Prizes to require newsrooms to participate in the News Leaders Association’s annual diversity survey (or similar) by 2024 in order to be considered for their journalism awards. I have no doubt that the Pulitzers will capitulate to this plan to make only left-driven organizations eligible for honors in journalism, for the prizes are already heavily tilted ideologically: recall that the New York Times and its racist reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones were rewarded for the fake history-spreading “1619” project. On the other hand, because of that and similar fiascos, the Pulitzers have lost much of their sheen already.

2. And this, to be fair, is exactly why progressives love the climate change issue. Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis tweeted last week,

“There’s no way to solve the climate crisis without ending capitalism.Constant economic growth cannot exist on a planet with finite resources…The good news is that moving towards sharing economies, local control, low-carbon work like art & care, and dismantling colonialism is the world God longs for us to enjoy. The work to save a habitable planet is the future we deserve.”

Similarly, democracy is also viewed as an obstacle to solving “the climate crisis,” with progressives and Democrats evoking similar reasoning as Dr. Fauci expressed when he sneered at the idea that mere laws should interfere with the edicts of “experts” and those who exploit their authority.

Note that the late and newly crispy climate activist Wynn Bruce, 50, of Boulder, Colorado (of course) chose outside the United States Supreme Court Building to light himself on fire on Earth Day. It’s that damn Constitution and the Justices who enforce its principles of individual liberty and the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that are dooming humanity! Sorry to be unsympathetic, but self-immolation is one of the most juvenile and unethical forms of grandstanding, intentionally attempting to use appeal to emotion fallacy to overcome rational discourse. I’m sorry he’s dead, just as I’m sorry he was nuts, but his death should carry no more influence than the death of someone who sets himself on fire to protest an episode of “Sponge Bob Squarepants.”

3. Ethics Alarms warned about the unethical slippery slope of anti-Putin virtue-signaling. First European orchestras banned a Russian conductor who wouldn’t denounce Putin. Then an American opera company banned a Russian soprano. The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra removed the works of Tchaikovsky from one of its concerts (the composer is a huge Putin fan); the university in Milan cancelled a course on Dostoevsky; authorities in Canada pulled vodka and other Russian products from the shelves of local shops; another orchestra cancelled a performance by a Russian piano prodigy. Now the All England Club has barred Russian and Belarussian players from competing at this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships. This is pure bigotry, and a particularly senseless variety. My son is about as all-American in values and attitudes as one can be, but he’s also Russian. For the Nissan dealership he works for to fire him for his connection to Russia would be exactly as reasonable as banning the Russian tennis pros.

4. Good. What took them so long? The Republican National Committee finally pulled out of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has allowed partisan moderators to tilt and warp debates for decades. It is also requiring all potential candidates for the Presidency to agree to only debate opponents in GOP sanctioned events. My mind was made up on this matter when PBS talking head Gwen Ifill was selected to moderate one of the Vice-Presidential debates between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden despite having a pro-Barack Obama book being readied for publication, but there were so many other examples. (Ifill later proved her knee-jerk contempt for Palin, more than once.)

CNN’s John Avlon (who once pretended to be an advocate for “no label,” non-partisan politics and then went to work for CNN) called the GOP’s completely justified and long over-due decision “a blow to our democracy,” and a “temper tantrum thrown at Donald Trump’s request, complaining that the commission is biased.”

The commission is biased, John, and you know it.

Avlon then bleated that the RNC’s decision is “a virtual guarantee that America will retreat further into its partisan echo chamber, which is the last thing we need.”

Yes, an employee of CNN actually condemned partisan echo chambers.

5 thoughts on “Greek Easter Ethics Hymns, 4/25/2022: The Pulitzers, Wimbledon, Presidential Debates and Why Progressives Are So Hot On Climate Change

  1. #2 “ “There’s no way to solve the climate crisis without ending capitalism.”

    That is the most ridiculous statement I’ve ever heard. What is Tesla? Wind farms? Solar? The “climate crisis” is almost entirely a smarmy capitalist propaganda machine. Coal is losing, wind turbines are winning. It merely shifts the needed material required, winners and losers of the energy game. Instead of fighting over oil we can fight over lithium. There’s no difference. Follow the money. It’s not complicated to see how the climate “crisis” has shifted the economic winners and losers of the game. If we “followed the science” we could use natural gas, nuclear and biofuels. For now, these are the best most reliable options moving forward and wouldn’t require billions of infrastructure investment in power lines, wind and solar equipment. You think I’m mistaken, perhaps, but I know what’s being invested here, I know what is coming and I know they want turbines and solar scattered like confetti across the high plains, an area that runs north and south from Texas to Canada. How is that environmentally friendly? To add thousands of power lines and turbines onto areas that were previously nearly pristine untouched wildlife areas, pastureland and farm ground. What could nature recover from easier? 100’s of feet of cement and wind towers across the central US, and along the oceans, along with thousands of miles of new power lines or the natural gas plant that’s already there? Make no mistake, this isn’t merely about the environment, it’s a ruse to line peoples pockets and create power. Follow the money. If they wanted to save the environment, they’d be more focused on the 75% of pollution that isn’t part of the US, they wouldn’t be wasting their time on carbon markets to let people get a pollution pass with money, they would be more focused on things that actually make a difference and that’s doable like ocean overfishing. They would be more focused on using less land for our needs, not more. They would be discouraging mining and happy to have the US provide more environmentally friendly gas and oil. But they’re not. That is taboo. They don’t want to have a black mark of oil on their conscious so they let someone else do it, even though that’s worse than doing it ourselves. Can’t get our hands dirty, you know… we need to do what looks good.
    This is just one proposal currently being built of who knows how many. You will pay, everyone will pay…
    Maybe I’ll send Jack a video of what the privilege of living in wind tower central looks like. If nothing else it adds light pollution and noise pollution to the world. Studies show the temperatures below the turbines are increased by about 2 degrees. I wonder how the soil micro biome interacts with 100’s of feet of cement every little bit. I wonder if it causes vibration that is damaging. I wonder if there’s any truth about it killing birds and insects. I wonder if it’s any better, at all, than what we’re already doing. I wonder if they’re going to have a turbine graveyard in 100 years when everyone who made these deals are dead. I wonder if this will be a big embarrassment.

  2. “I wonder if there’s any truth about it killing birds and insects.”
    The answer is a resounding and terribly disturbing YES, especially (large) raptors.
    The information has been out there for years and is easily searchable but of course is under reported.
    The individuals in charge of clearing the wind turbine killing fields have one of the more depressing jobs in the world.

    Demeter, everything you say is true but considerably worse than you describe.

  3. Batman, thanks for your comment, I do not know what to do about these. It’s a uphill battle for sure. Landowners are rumored to get $13,000 per turbine, annually. The rural
    Economics picture has been a challenge the last few years. That whole “capitalism” argument they want to push against again comes into play. When you’re picking a turbine or paying for college tuition for your kid, or keeping that farm financially viable and in the family or paying a better wage for your help, it becomes a bit of a gray area.

  4. Perhaps it makes more sense if you look at it the other way. “We need to destroy capitalism to impose totalitarianism, so let’s use overinflated ’emergencies’ to advance our agenda”.

    We can use the “Climate Change Agenda’ and the “Chinese Virus is 100% Deadly Agenda” to:
    restrict travel
    impoverish the population
    make it acceptable to expel ‘undesirables’ from society (job, public places, government programs)
    make it acceptable to seize property from anyone deemed ‘undesirable’ without due process
    suspend rights
    grant arbitrary agencies and individuals sweeping powers despite any legal backing

    • You’re not mistaken about the rules, but that is not exactly the same thing as ruining capitalism. China has shown you can have an odd spectrum of control and somewhat capitalistic markets. From where I sit, there is still lots of money to be made, it is just moving to different pockets. The idea of wealth redistribution comes to mind. Of course there’s always the “Great Reset” plan, but it’s just a wild conspiracy theory, right?!

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