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BBC HARDtalk with Václav Klaus

Part I
Part II
Home page of the program
Real Video

You can guess whether the BBC journalist and the Czech president agreed about every word or not. ;-)

I find the approach of the journalist somewhat incredible. It's the same kind of guys who like to say that George Bush is unprecedentedly stupid. But he finds it sensible to take the opinions of the same George Bush and other similar people and accuse Prof Václav Klaus of "plain arrogance" just because he doesn't agree with those fashionable talking points by all these lesser minds. It is apparently not "plain arrogance" to treat a European president in this way.

Their behavior is just an amazing combination of stupidity, intimidation, and hypocrisy.

After the second part of the video, Klaus answers that he has grandchildren. They won't know about the global warming debate in 30 years because it will be forgotten. But if they find something about it, they will just say that their granddad was right.

Finally, Stephen Sackur asks a few questions about the European constitution and the radar.

Klaus vs Smolin: a comparison

If you happened to think that HARDtalk is always equally hard, have a look at the interview with a far-left critic of physics, Lee Smolin: Real Video, HTML. I can't watch the whole interview because 90 percent of his statements are lies so that it drives me up the wall. But one observation is clear.

The approach of the journalist is very different. Suddenly, Sackur doesn't seem to think that it is "plain arrogance" to suggest that the top 2,500 high-energy theorists might be wrong and a criticism of a crank could be right. Especially when you take into account that string theorists' IQ exceeds climatologists' IQ by more than 20 points (and even all of physics is 7 points above Earth sciences in average), it is hard not to ask: where does the different attitude come from? Why is it that in the field controlled by lousy scientists, it is always the majority who must be right and any disagreement is "plain arrogance", while in fields dominated by the smartest people on Earth, it is the "audacious" minority cranks who must be supported by the journalists?

Well, as long as it is the far-left loons who are fighting against the basic values, principles, "establishment", and achievements of the Western civilization and science - such as crackpots of the Lee Smolin type - they deserve the support. Once this politicizing crap takes over - for example in the case of the left-wing climate "scientists" - heretics must be liquidated. This is how the left-wing movement thinks and this is why it is comparably dangerous as Al Qaeda if not more so.

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reader yeslove said...

I agree with your standpoint on GW.

"The left-wing is more dangerous than Al-Quida?"

In my book this is a false dichotomy between two false terms.

History is written by the winners
“Dr. Dodd said she first became aware of some mysterious super-leadership right after World War II when the US Communist Party had difficulty getting instructions from Moscow on several vital matters requiring immediate attention. The American Communist hierarchy was told that any time they had an emergency of this kind they should contact any one of three designated persons at the Waldorf Towers. Dr. Dodd noted that whenever the party obtained instructions from any of these three men, Moscow always ratified them. What puzzled Dr. Dodd was the fact that not one of these three contacts was a Russian. Nor were any of them Communists. In fact, all three were extremely wealthy American capitalists! Dr. Dodd said, 'I would certainly like to find out who is really running things.'” Her conclusion: “I think the Communist conspiracy is merely a branch of a much bigger conspiracy!”

This is an unverified quote from a book in a document lacking author. In need of backup:
Antony Sutton: Wall Street and the Bolshevik revolution

reader Unknown said...

Dear Lubos,
probably you have not watched the BBC news following the HARDtalk with Vaclav Klaus. There among the main world news a rapport of a commission on discrimination of gypsies in Czech republic was presented. As a most impressive evidence the sending of gypsies children from standard schools to the schools with a special education was shown.
Of course these kinds of criminal acts against humanity is possible only in a country of such nasty president.
A conclusion that the BBC gentlemen never forget to take opportunity to step on your feet in a right moment must be seen as a "plain arrogance".

reader Luboš Motl said...

Dear jili1111,

thanks for your additional info. I've spent my childhood in a very poor, gipsy-rich neighborhood of Pilsen - Roudná - currently one of the enterpreneurs' oases.

So I know something about the gipsies. They were never my enemies but I couldn't say I have had friends among them either.

The unemployment among them exceeds 50 percent (maybe 80 percent?) but they are really different. They like chaotic lives, smoking, drinking. The average IQ is 76-83, compare with 97 or so, the average of the Czech Republic. That's not a tiny difference and you can see it everywhere.

There are many feedbacks in all directions and effects relevant for the co-existence of the white Czechs with the Roma population but blaming the white Czechs selectively for these largely inevitable difficulties is just unfair - or plain stupid.

Klaus has nothing to do with these difficulties and he acts as a strong moderating force, intelligently suppressing all kinds of racist sentiments and similar things in the society. His work is 100% responsible in all those respects. I can't believe that a mature British viewer could trust these cheap labels, associating Klaus with the Roma-related difficulties.

It is so unjustifiable, false, and vacuous that I believe that whoever believes these things should attend the basic school for the retarded kids, too.


reader ji said...

Dear Lubos
I regret that I have been so unclear in the comment. What I wrote about the BBC news was meant ironically.
Of course that placing a news about a sending gypsies kids to schools for retarded children among the main world actualities is ridiculous.
And of course that it has to be seen as a pure manipulation of BBC to associate such a crazy news with the Klaus interview.
With regards

reader fastpoose said...

the left have unfortunately infiltrated most mainstream media, and government run and funded media.

It is a disgrace, the internet is finally allowing people to seek information on their own terms.

Oh and on Hardtalk, I gave up watching that crap and everything on the BBC a long time ago

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