Question: What do you do when traveling in a private jet from North America to Italy, then have a 14 car convoy, escorted by 300 police officers and a helicopter? Well, of course, you give a speech on climate change!
EGO FOOTPRINT: To get to a climate speech, Obama flies in a fuel-guzzling private jet, then motorcades with 14 vehicles
The Lecturer-in-Chief in his speech in Milan also wagged his condescending finger at those who eat meat:
Obama said, “As people want to increase meat consumption, that in turn is spiking the growth of greenhouse emissions coming out of the agricultural sector.” He went on to say, “People aren’t as familiar with the impact of cows and methane,” meaning that the methane gas produced by large herds of cattle is having an increased effect on global pollution.
What was odd was that the king of hypocrisy didn’t mention his own love of eating steaks.
How many steaks were cooked up for him during Obama’s time in the White House? According to Sam Kass, Barack Obama’s former chef, the answer is “thousands of steaks.”
That’s right, plebs…do as this bon vivant says, not as he does.
Next up on the hypocrisy honor roll is Facebook founder, Lord Zuckerberg.
His holinesses’ activities of acquiring unaccountable terabytes’ worth of personal data from 1.8-plus billion active users that could go the distance from here to Saturn and back again a hundred fold isn’t enough. So he gives his latest version of nirvana, supplied by everyone else…
“Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,” Zuckerberg said during his speech. “We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”
Nice and gooey. We dig it. We’d love to have a wad of cash provided that supplied the basics and allowed us to write drivel day and night with no worries. But who will pay for it? Certainly not Lord Zuckerberg with a personal worth of $68 Billion. $68 Billion – the world’s 6th richest man.
In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg claimed he would give his entire fortune away to charity in his lifetime, and promptly formed an LLC for that purpose… as opposed to, you know, a charity. This means that instead of using his own money to help people, he can spend that money on lobbying politicians in Washington to use YOUR money to help people. Zerohedge.com
The infuriating thing here isn’t necessarily that Lord Zuckerberg could put a ozone hole sized dent in helping those who he wants others to help, (well, actually it is rather infuriating to be lectured about helping others from a Harvard drop out worth $68 Billion) it’s that the government could provide this “cushion” for basic needs for every single U.S. citizen right now. The following short 2 minute clip, explains it quite efficiently:
And finally, we have uber hypocrite, climate change expert and serious scientist wannabe, Leonardo DiCaprio, taking to the podium to deliver a bag full of guano:
At the U.N. awards ceremony last year, DiCaprio used part of his speech to talk about climate change, as he’s done several times prior. “There are a few very prominent people that still deny the overwhelming conclusions of the world’s scientists that climate change is largely human-caused and needs immediate urgent attention,” he declared.
Heady stuff, indeed. We appreciate this wise guy having the rocks to tell it like it is. What’s perplexing to us is his eyebrow problem:
In preparation for the 2017 Oscars, DiCaprio and a few of his Hollywood pals had Australian eyebrow artist Sharon-Lee Hamilton fly 7,500 miles to tend to their eyebrows. According to an online carbon footprint calculator, a one-way flight from Australia to Los Angeles International Airport emits 3.57 metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. And as we all know, DiCaprio believes that carbon dioxide is going to bring about the destruction of planet earth. Why did DiCaprio send 3.57 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere just to make sure his eyebrows were trimmed for the Oscars? Does he want to destroy to world?
The golden rods of hypocritical wisdom spewing from these wise guy’s mouths are enough to make us want to do this:
On second thought, maybe we’ll just sit back and listen to some classic Mr. Ellington – performed by Wynton Marsalis and his orchestra
Take the A Train
Photo credits (caricatures): http://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey
Photo credit (dicaprio): Georges Biard [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons