Friday, 13 January 2012

Laughter is the Best Medicine

 Stupid Is as Stupid Does

When a society or culture looks to government as its god, this is the sort of thing that happens.

A Fine for Not Using a Biofuel That Doesn’t Exist

WASHINGTON — When the companies that supply motor fuel close the books on 2011, they will pay about $6.8 million in penalties to the Treasury because they failed to mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel as required by law.
But there was none to be had. Outside a handful of laboratories and workshops, the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist.
In 2012, the oil companies expect to pay even higher penalties for failing to blend in the fuel, which is made from wood chips or the inedible parts of plants like corncobs. Refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons into gasoline and diesel in 2011 and face a quota of 8.65 million gallons this year.
“It belies logic,” Charles T. Drevna, the president of the National Petrochemicals and Refiners Association, said of the 2011 quota. And raising the quota for 2012 when there is no production makes even less sense, he said.
Ah, yes. It may not make much sense, but when governments, legislators, bureaucrats, politicians and voters all believe that governments have the divine power of ex-nihilo creation--bringing things into existence out of nothing by speaking a legislative or regulatory "word"--that's what you get.  

The Scriptures tell us that God sits in the heavens and mocks the stupid attempts of governments and nations to rid themselves of His control and the dominion of the King of kings (Psalm 2: 4). 

The best thing we can do is join with the Living God and add our mockery and laughter to His.  It's the best medicine.

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