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Friday, September 13. 2019
Photo: A handsome Osprey in Long Island Sound, preparing for his flight to Florida or the Caribbean. Ospreys go south in Sept.
Harold Lloyd’s Death-Defying Comedy - “With comedy, trouble is one of the greatest ingredients because there are so many variations to it,” the silent film actor told one scholar.
Hubble telescope spies water raining on distant world
It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Party Doll
Dispersing the clouds of the vape panic myth - Illicit THC products are the problem
Vaping: A Moral Panic - The hysteria must end.
Sheesh, no thanks
Ship of horrors: life and death on the lawless high seas
Teaching That America Is Hopelessly Racist
Welfare Reform’s Payoff - New data from the Census Bureau shows that female-headed households are lifting themselves out of poverty through work.
ARE BLACKS MOVING TOWARDS THE CENTER AS THEIR PARTY LURCHES TO THE LEFT?
Blue State Blues: Trump Proves Growth, Not Redistribution, Helps Black Americans
Not blacks - everybody
How One Journalist Covered Robert Mugabe’s Rise to Power: Cue the Carrier Pigeon
Whatever happens in the world, the answer is always mass migration to the US
El Salvador sends hundreds of police to border to thwart migrants
Christine Blasey Ford’s Father Told Brett Kavanaugh’s Father He Was Glad He Was Confirmed
TIME Editor, MSNBC Host Agree: Don’t Give Voice To Climate Change Dissenters, ‘There’s No Debate’….
CNN vs. What the Science Says
CNN’s big ‘mistakes’ all run in one direction: anti-Trump
Trump's Trade War Is a Loser for America - The president’s economic agenda is harming U.S. businesses and consumers.
Not if some good comes of it
Trade War a Weapon Against China's Spy War
Trump “Becoming Presidential” Would Be His Doom
Bill Maher Laments The ‘Cancer On Progressivism’ As Democrats ‘Race To The Far Left’ - "I don’t think you’re gonna win this election."
Joe Biden’s Platform Illustrates The Breakneck Speed Democrats Are Lurching Left
US attorney recommends proceeding with charges against McCabe, as DOJ rejects last-ditch appeal
The Air Force Just Dropped 80,000 Pounds of Bombs on Island 'Infested' with ISIS Fighters
Is England Still Part of Europe?
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"Bill Maher Laments The 'Cancer On Progressivism'..."
"Progressivism" is the cancer.
Still, I understand what he's getting at: the Democratic Party has been hijacked by a cabal of militant activists and faces no hope of winning unless it moderates itself.
I can't believe that there are no young, capable Democrat politicos out there who couldn't offer some sort of balance and common-sense reflection to that party.
They're likely there - but how do they get any sort of recognition? The crazies are stealing all the oxygen from the room, so to speak.
Like it or not, the Socialists (like Bernie, Biden and Warren) and the Squad are the public face of the Democratic Party.
What would the platform of a moderate democrat be these days? I don't think anything has changed with the party, it's just that they're more open about who they are and now they feel liberated to campaign on it. The only moderates left around the party are the older union workers who've since defected to Trump (a personal observation). Nothing short of more government, more government control, more goodies is going to work with the modern democrat party.
"Indoctrination: Greta Thunberg Wants You To 'Feel The Fear' She Feels About Climate Change"
I have come to the conclusion that she is quite mad.
And I don't mean mad as in angry.
Greta is autistic and obsessive compulsive. Her obsession could have been with trains, baseball stats or lining up toys on the floor, but instead she latched onto climate fear mongering. She refers to this as her "superpower".
In clown world, mental disorders are a status symbol.
I didn't read the whole thing about the vaping hysteria, but someone had a link somewhere about how it's caused by black market THC with Vit E that's causing the lung inflammation and infection.
And am I the only who noticed the irony of how progtards are good with marijuana but go batshit crazy over smoking cigarettes and vaping ?
If you don't let humans have some release from pressure (vices) they will find other ways, maybe not so nice to the people around them.
re Indoctrination: Greta Thunberg Wants You To “Feel The Fear” She Feels About Climate Change
Yesterday, Wretch at Belmont Club wrote:
“. . . environmental concerns especially among the elite are rising to panic bordering on despair.
. . . A gizzard churning fear has gripped climate activists. Johnathan Franzen writing in the New Yorker says it’s already too late for most people. “During the Protestant Reformation … ‘end times’ was merely an idea, not the horribly concrete thing it is today.”
. . . They are convinced not even modern civilization itself will survive the pyre of climate change. Nor are these ideas confined to fringe activists. Elizabeth Warren, a leading Democratic Party candidate for president, tweeted that "on my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that puts a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases for drilling offshore and on public lands. And I will ban fracking—everywhere."
Some are willing to sacrifice their children to the planet. Damian Carrington, environmental editor of the Guardian, writes: "The greatest impact individuals can have in fighting climate change is to have one fewer child ... Having one fewer child will save 58.6 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per year." And to sacrifice the children of others. Bernie Sanders has promised to fund abortions in the Third World to combat global warming.
Yet if the premises of climate catastrophe are accepted -- and no divine injunction against taking human life is admissible -- why exactly are the actions of a hypothetical Horizon Corporation not the logical response? After all, each person eliminated will save 58.6 tonnes of CO2-equivalent per year. Squeamishness may act as a temporary restraint, but squeamishness can be overcome. As Camus pointed out, there is little defense in purely secular thought against "rational terror" against murder in a good cause.”
If he is right and they are starting to panic about the climate, they could be deadly serious about banning fossil fuels, economy killing regulations, curtailment of freedom and violence 'to save the planet'. The question is, are there enough of them to make it happen?
They are as radically crazy on AGW as they are on Russia, Russia, Russia. The propagandists succeeded in trashing their rational thought.
So ‘end times’ wasn’t a thing until the Protestant reformation? All those warnings that Jesus told to the Apostles about being on guard, live a good life, cause I’ll be back, didn’t mean a thing until the Protestants came along? News to me.
If we are truly living a Christ like life, our fervent prayer would be: please Lord, give us more time. We have many souls to try and save.
Ask Bill Nye the Science Fraud how in the world he got nominated for an Emmy Award for his objectively horrible "Sex Junk" episode, one of the most downvoted and universally despised videos of all time.
Is that the episode where he hoked up with Greta Thunberg? ;)
Amazing about the Hubble telescope! Puts the vaping and Greta junk more in perspective. Sheesh, what a waste of energy instead of exploring the universe. Hope everyone has a safe Friday the 13th.
re ARE BLACKS MOVING TOWARDS THE CENTER AS THEIR PARTY LURCHES TO THE LEFT?
I will have to see it to believe it. After all, we hear every day how racist Republicans are, so if one is black, the question is, do I vote for the radicals or the racists?
The racists - because the radicals REALLY DO want you enslaved to their ideology.
David Brooks has written an article for the NY Times. You can google: "The Meritocracy is ripping America Apart" and come up with the link. Would someone here at MF please post the link for everyone to read. I am not a subscriber so do not have access. But, if you ever wanted to see a truly weak claim . . .go there.
Greta Thunberg wants us to feel her fear. I wonder if that is just an exaggeration of what other climate activists want - not to convince us or change our minds, but simply impose their bad feelings on others, in the vain hope they will feel less lonely that way.