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Saturday, December 15. 2018
Via Insty, It’s Not A Carry Gun If You Don’t Carry It
Daughter of India's wealthiest family marries. Video
The Clintons were there, of course
Organic food worse for the climate
"You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change."
Professor hired mercenaries to rescue student from ISIS in Iraq after he said he wouldn't finish his thesis
The Left Attacked A White College Student For Saying He Loves White People. That's Wildly Hypocritical. Here's Why.
Former FEC Chief: Actually, Those 'Hush Money' Payoffs Were Not Campaign Finance Crimes
Mueller releases Flynn files showing FBI doubts over ‘lying,’ tensions over interview
Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers Testify: "It Operated As An Unregistered Foreign Agent"
New York Times photographer posted support for terrorism on Instagram
Jerry Brown Says Dems Are Becoming Too Extreme
Surber on Trump: Those who complain about his style are superficial people. The real test is substance, not style.
IF TRUMP WERE A DEMOCRAT, WE’D BE SEEING COMPARISONS TO JFK NOW
Deportations under Trump are on the rise, but still lower than Obama's, ICE report shows
Trump Releases Video Showing Hypocrites Schumer, Obama and Hillary Pushing Border Security
Dems Voted For Border Fencing In 2006, Now Claim Oppose Wall Because ‘You Can’t See Thru It’
Brexit falters over a faux border problem
South African Political Leader Defends Comments to “Kill Whites” – “Kill Their Children and Women”
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Re: "You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change."
FTA: One way of looking at that data is to say that we are, despite what we hear in the media, overwhelmingly a nation of climate-change believers, not deniers — and, in fact, a nation genuinely concerned about it.
And yet we're going to smear you as a climate-change denier if you don't support every last jot and tittle of the most hysterical claims of the most rabid apocalyptic Chicken Littles of the watermelons. If you express the slightest skepticism about the efficacy of rich Western countries shoveling huge piles of cash into Third World kleptocracies, you must be a simpleton who doesn't believe that water is wet.
Because the Left controls the language and the terms of the debate. Skeptical of anything a POC says or does? You're a racist. A woman? Sexist. A Muslim? Islamaphobe. A foreigner? Xenophobe. A gay person? Homophobe. The Left in general? A Nazi.
I especially like the "-phobe" ones. A phobia is an irrational fear of something, a mental disorder, albeit a fairly common and mostly harmless mental disorder but a mental disorder nonetheless. Brilliant! A co-opting of the language to suggest anybody that disagrees with the Left is crazy. I don't know of anybody that has an irrational fear of Muslims, they just don't like their beliefs and their actions. Just as I don't know of anybody that denies there's such a thing as a climate and yet "climate denier" is a common epithet. But here we are.
I've been accused, by friends, of being a 'denier' even when I present them with reason, facts (which don't happen to align with their 'scientific' views) and the statement "I do believe in climate change, because the climate ALWAYS changes, so I have no doubt it's changing right now."
It's rather odd that being a 'heretic' in the modern religion of climate change is simply saying "I doubt that man's impact on the climate is as great as you think, and even if it is, I have faith in human ingenuity to deal with any potential situation which may occur in the future - IF it presents itself. In the meantime, we can rest assured the climate is still cooler than it was when Erik the Red found Greenland, and has a long way to go. So if we focus on our own economic needs and initiatives, should the time come that our climate actually DOES start to super-heat/cool, we may have the capability of dealing with it effectively."
Oh, by the way, the physical earth is going to end someday, too - what should we do to prepare for that?
Bulldog: "I do believe in climate change, because the climate ALWAYS changes, so I have no doubt it's changing right now."
That's a facile ambiguation. The concern is anthropogenic climate change, which most people shorten to "climate change". The natural climate would probably be experiencing a slight cooling, instead of the rapid warming we observe.
Bulldog: It's rather odd that being a 'heretic' in the modern religion of climate change is simply saying "I doubt that man's impact on the climate is as great as you think, and even if it is, I have faith in human ingenuity to deal with any potential situation which may occur in the future - IF it presents itself.
An essential part of human ingenuity is the ability to project into the future in order to avoid avoidable problems, nowadays especially through the use of science.
Bulldog: In the meantime, we can rest assured the climate is still cooler than it was when Erik the Red found Greenland
Global mean temperature is higher now than during the Medieval Warm Period, and is expected to continue to increase due to increasing anthropogenic greenhouse emissions.
"Global mean temperature is higher now than during the Medieval Warm Period, and is expected to continue to increase due to increasing anthropogenic greenhouse emissions."
"Expected" is the key word. Some insist on expecting.
Sam L: "Expected" is the key word.
The expectation is based on strong scientific support supported by multiple lines of evidence.
Zach, baby, real geological evidence is that the climate can change rather rapidly. Just think of the resulting floods when Lake Agassiz burst its banks and spilled out through what is now Hudson's Bay into the Atlantic and - eventually - into the Mediterranean. Actually, at that time, there are "flood" narratives from various narratives around the world: something happened that dispossessed people from their homes, and it was not positive for them.
Human activity may well be contributing to global climate change, but the effect of said activity as opposed to what Mother Nature is going to do is problematic. At any rate, I seriously object to being taxed for being alive (and, in our province, getting an extra tax if cremated) when inhabitants of other countries are being given a free pass when their countries keep increasing their emissions.
Any rate, carbon dioxide is plant food, not pollution. If you want to look at pollution, look at all the "green" reservoirs sited snugly behind various dams. Unless said reservoirs were stripped down to bedrock before being flooded, chances are seriously that they are emitting a lot of methane which is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
Frances: geological evidence is that the climate can change rather rapidly.
Just think of the resulting global climate changes due to the Chicxulub asteroid. That doesn't mean it would be salubrious for the human condition to experience such rapid climate change.
Frances: Human activity may well be contributing to global climate change, but the effect of said activity as opposed to what Mother Nature is going to do is problematic.
Problematic how? We have a good idea of the natural and artificial mechanisms that affect the global mean temperature. Without anthropogenic causes, the Earth's surface would probably be cooling slightly. Instead, it is rapidly warming.
Hard to argue with an unattributed meaningless graph with colored squiggly lines, kiddiezz...
Have the paid resident Gasbot argue with these colored squiggly lines.
Because apparently SUVs and algore's jetliner have been messing things up for 500 years, and have been doing so in three different phenomenon.
The putrid swill who helped Lenin and Stalin break those 50 million eggs are not satisfied. They now are doing their best to destroy national sovereignty by funding the illegal terrorist invasion of the West, and trying to wipe out Western culture with the sewage spewed by the third world and fourth world sewage. Yep, Judenrat!
Well, I have to say I find your message utterly disgusting.
Okay, well, don't forget Col. Sanders with his wee beady eyes too.
Second your opinion Texan.
That's fine with me. There is documentation of what they did in the Soviet Union:
And there has been enough research done on who is funding the illegal terrorist invasions if you care to look. Hint: It ain't the Southern Baptists. Nor the Religion of Peace. It is instead Davos and the Bilderbergs and the rest of the Soros swill. And no, it is not ALL Jews. But it is largely all the Reformed Jews in the West. And they are just as opposed to the existence of Israel as they are to the existence of any other Western nation.
Not to mention, incomprehensible in addition to hateful. Which of today's links was being referenced? The Judenrat was part of the SS, a ghetto administrative agency comprised of collaborative Jews and the SS; Nazis, not Stalinists or Leninists. The ghetto inhabitants were captive citizens, not foreign invaders. It comes across as inchoate invective.
We are going to see a holocaust in South Africa it has already begun, we know it's happening and coming. No one is saying "never again" because it is the wrong race being attacked and the "correct" race doing the attacking. When it happens and the gruesome details and pictures find their way into the spotlight our MSM will actively cover it up and play it down.
From Don Surber's site:
"President Trump has focused on the economy, appointed square judges, and put American interests first in foreign relations."
My God. The sheer EVIL of the man...
Two really good reads not included here:
Wretchard at Belmont Club on the death of God:
The elite wanted a world without God and they got it.
. . . Religion didn't "decline" so much as replaced and it is easy in retrospect to recall how this was done. Reverence for the great was provided through remoteness and elaborate pageantry. Substitute dogma, sacraments and even hagiography were found. By 2016 a nearly complete substitute religion generally known as Political Correctness had been rolled out.
Everybody knows what PC is because we are all members of its church, born into it at birth. It has sacraments like abortion, blasphemous words one cannot utter, heretical doctrines you cannot hold, individuals canonized by the media you cannot impugn and a roster of the damned with whom you cannot associate. Few say their prayers any more but multitudes spend each day sorting their trash in their backyard altars to the goddess Gaia. Nonbelievers in Global Warming are anathemized as Deniers; virtue signaling has become the new piety. And we are familiar with all of it because our conversion until recently seemed all but complete.
Does the Unfortunate 20th Century Foretell a Worse 21st?
Western society in principle is based on a legal level that is far lower than the true moral yardstick, and besides, this legal way of thinking has a tendency to ossify. In principle, moral imperatives are not adhered to in politics, and often not in public life either. The notion of freedom has been diverted to unbridled passion, in other words, in the direction of the forces of evil (so that nobody’s “freedom” would be limited!). A sense of responsibility before God and society has fallen away. “Human rights” have been so exalted that the rights of society are being oppressed and destroyed.
And above all, the press, not elected by anyone, acts high-handedly and has amassed more power than the legislative, executive, or judicial power. And in this free press itself, it is not true freedom of opinion that dominates, but the dictates of the political fashion of the moment, which lead to a surprising uniformity of opinion . . . .
The religion that Wretchard speaks of is simple, plain old communism that wears a heavy layer of makeup. Like Islam it focuses on how to treat those outside the religion. There is a reason it has racked up the high body count and why Antifa would love to escalate their violence if only our guns were gone. The Venezuelans, like so many others, are tasting the price of giving up their guns. Live and learn.
"NYT: ‘Unclear’ What Motivated Gunman Who Yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ Before Attack" NYT has closed its eyes and averted its face from reality.
re Jerry Brown Says Dems Are Becoming Too Extreme
The monster he helped create has taken on a life of its own and he can no longer control it.
If it wasn't so serious it would be funny.
"Jerry Brown Says Dems Are Becoming Too Extreme"
Not extreme enough for me...
I want the Dems to become so extremely extreme
that people will finally wake up to how extremely bad they are.
The worse, the better.
That article about the Swedish professor who sent a SWAT team to rescue her graduate student from ISIS was fantastic. Can't you imagine searching the college directory for "the department that exfiltrates students from hotspots in the Middle East," calling the number, and getting some guy who says, "Oh, sure, we've got a team for that. Let us pencil you in for next Tuesday, dark of the moon." Bummer that he had to leave his mother and sisters behind to be slaughtered, but it turns out they survived, so it's all good. Honestly, if you put this plot in a spy thriller people would reject it as far-fetched.
"The Clintons were there, of course"
How much did the grifters charge to be "guests"?
I would have half-expected the Obamas to be there as well. But they are probably still learning how the game is played.
There is no such thing as soft Brexit