We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well sure they speak better English. I also speak nearly perfect Hochdeutsch, but that won't win me friends in most areas of Germany. Berliners do not pronounce their words quite the same as Münchner and neither will sound like standard German unless in a formal setting or wishing to be better understood.
I read a little bit about her family and Greta's life. She and her sister became seriously depressed about the fate of the world, so much so that their parents quit their jobs to care for them, and then gave up their own jobs. Who made them depressed about the state of the world? Was it their parents or the school system? Why were their parents willing to give up their careers in acting, in actor coaching, in singing, etc.? It mentioned too that Greta has Asperger's Syndrome. All the more reason not to encourage her to obsess on this!!
I had read plenty about her speech but couldn't watch more than about 10 seconds, for much the same reason I've never been able to watch graphic videos of terrorist beheadings or suicides or fatal accidents. This is clearly a mentally ill child being coached and manipulated by evil people to play-act this sort of nonsense and I'm pretty sure her own parents are in on the scam. She may very well be proud of herself for the "good work" she's doing now, much the same way a three-year old might be proud of the way he managed to write his own name on Daddy's car with a nail. But someday when (if) she grows up and realizes just how horrifying it is that grown adults would treat an ignorant child as if she were wise, she's going to have some real issues with this.
High Functioning Autism. In twenty years the world will not have ended, but she will still be petrified, and angry that no one does what she thinks necessary. It will be worse because of the course her parents have chosen, and worse because a world which devours entertainment rather than truth encouraged her.
Europeans speak "better" English than we do precisely because they learn it from textbooks. No American speaks textbook English, because we speak a language that is ours, and useful. No Frenchman speaks textbook French, either. We can adopt formal English when it suits us, such as giving a speech or writing a paper, but it is just one of our Englishes and not the one we like most.
Assistant Village Idiot
On the other hand, Brit officials, even when apparently speaking impromptu, use complete sentences and a formal logical structure you don't often hear from an American speaker.
She sounds like someone speaking English as a second language. Doesn't sound natural at all.
Don't blame her for this mess. Her parents have groomed her for this for most of her life. She's 16, 4 years ago she was 12 and could hardly boil water. Just like most children thrust into the spotlight she will grow up unhappy and bitter. I think she's very sad.
500 Scientists Write U.N.: ‘There Is No Climate Emergency’
“Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific,” the declaration states. “Scientists should openly address the uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real benefits as well as the imagined costs of adaptation to global warming, and the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of mitigation.”
The scientists underscored the importance of not rushing into enormously expensive climate action before fully ascertaining the facts.
“There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent,” they declared. “However, CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly. For instance, wind turbines kill birds and bats, and palm-oil plantations destroy the biodiversity of the rainforests.”
The signatories of the declaration also insist that public policy must respect scientific and economic realities and not just reflect the most fashionable frenzy of the day.
“There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm,” they note. “We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050.”