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Tuesday, April 26. 2022
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Confessions of a Coup Plotter
John Durham Springs His Trap After 'Hillary for America' Walks Right Into It
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Responses to Rising Hunger Could Threaten Climate Goals
Over the longer term, experts are concerned that the response to these problems could lead to further use of fossil fuels and an expansion of unsustainable agricultural practices. Continuing on this path, they say, could exacerbate the climate crisis and deepen poverty and food insecurity.
. . . “We need to stop conversion of natural ecosystems as soon as possible. The climate science is very strong on that,” said Hanson of the World Resources Institute. “So this is a real risk that this food shortage will relax the urgency on tackling climate and lead people down what I would argue is the false solution of expanding crop growing area and grazing area.”
. . . A broad range of experts have warned that ignoring climate change now can lead to worse environmental conditions in the future—setting the stage for future conflicts and the far-reaching effects that follow.
. . . There are things, however, that countries can do in the short term to try to slow the damage.
Among them: keeping trade flows open and not putting up protectionist export bans; swapping synthetic fertilizers for organic ones; and working to reduce food waste and encourage healthier, more sustainable diets that don’t depend on meat, which requires high volumes of grain for feed.
While organic fertilizer is a very good thing, it is so low in nitrogen and phosphorous content that it can't begin to replace inorganic fertilizer.
And of course in this piece, the drumbeat continues to end the consumtion of meat.
They are worried their climate change fantasies may be derailed by current events.
It seems the climate actiivists would rather the starving people of color perish and decrease the surplus population rather than using technology and fossil fuels to increase the food supply.
They play lip service to starving people. For the last fifty years, or more, their drum beat has been that there are to many people populating the earth. Overpopulation explains their sick attitude towards abortion. Kill the unborn, save the planet.
"Rising Hunger Could Threaten Climate Goals"
Then to hell with them.
People come first.
John Durham Springs His Trap After 'Hillary for America' Walks Right Into It
In and of itself, it's not a conundrum. Working for the Clinton campaign doesn't mean Sussmann contacting the FBI was "on behalf" of the Clinton campaign. The information he found might have been concerning enough to directly contact the FBI. Indeed, he would arguably have an obligation to do so.
There is no dispute that Sussmann was working for the Clinton campaign. Indeed, the FBI general counsel purportedly already knew that Sussmann was working for the Democrats, which goes to materiality of the charge.
You can't even avoid acknowledging the conundrum. Adding "I'm coming in on my own - not on behalf of a client or company.." to the meeting request is only necessary if, as you admit, it was obvious that Sussman was working for Clinton, and he wanted to obfuscate the ultimate source of the material.
None of you people are as smahhht as you think you are.
If Sussman's information was verifiable and useful it's ultimate source was irrelevant. Preemptively disclaiming involvement of the Clinton campaign that "the FBI general counsel purportedly already knew" is a fairly clear indication that Sussman believed what he was providing wouldn't stand up to scrutiny. This is leaving aside that the Clinton campaign would likely be satisfied with leaks that the FBI was investigating the information they provided. It appears, however, that the FBI didn't go along with that plan, though the CIA did.
Christopher B: Adding "I'm coming in on my own - not on behalf of a client or company.." to the meeting request is only necessary if, as you admit, it was obvious that Sussman was working for Clinton, and he wanted to obfuscate the ultimate source of the material.
It could simply mean that while he was working for the Democrats, he found something that he thought should be reported.
(((Quibble-DickZ))): It could simply mean that while he was working for the Democrats, he found something that he thought should be reported.
Except, as we all know now, he didn't "find" anything because there was nothing there to find.
He made it up.
If he had said, "I'm working for the Clinton campaign, and I discovered this and thought you should know", there would be no case against him.
And, of course, if he had decided to take this to the FBI on his own, without strategizing about it with his clients, there would be no communications between them pertaining to this matter-- rather than communications that everyone involved admit do exist.
Janet: "I'm working for the Clinton campaign, and I discovered this and thought you should know", there would be no case against him.
The FBI and, in particular, the FBI general counsel knew Sussmann worked with the Democrats. Even if Sussmann shaded the truth, it would seemingly be de minimis, so probably not material.
Of course, it's up to a jury to make that determination after reviewing all the evidence. We are more than willing to grant the possibility that that Sussmann may have crossed the line, but in and of itself, working for the Democrats while also providing a tip to the FBI is not the claimed conundrum.
I am still recalling you insisting that Hillary and Bill's Charity was not simple influence-peddling. then donations dried up after she wasn't elected. As predicted by the more cynical.
You have to be cynical in both directions. If that also applies to many of your critics, fine. But it's still there.
Assistant Village Idiot: I am still recalling you insisting that Hillary and Bill's Charity was not simple influence-peddling.
Like most corporate charities, they can do good, be seen as doing good, and develop connections to the rich and powerful who also can do good, be seen as doing good, and develop connections to the rich and powerful. It's legal. It's not even unethical as long as boundaries are maintained. It turns out that being close to rich and powerful people is not only good politics, but inevitable.
Reformers have attempted to reduce the influence of money on politics somewhat, but some degree of influence is part of the human condition.
Just think how far along we would be with nuclear energy, if the dollars weren’t wasted on ‘green’ energy, such as Solyndra, etc. etc. If American politicians were actually interested in bettering America, instead of filling their personal bank accounts. Seven of the top ten representatives, who benefited most from inside trading in 2020, were republicans. Our government is corrupt and dysfunctional all levels.
If corruption has a face, it would be Hillary Clinton. I still don’t think John Durham is actually interested in prosecuting anyone of significance in DC. Maybe he’ll get a low level sycophant, we’ll see. He’s a special prosecutor billing a client with unlimited funds. If he gets to far out of bounds, well, the swamp has ways of dealing with people that disrupt the cabal. Epstein didn’t kill himself. You do the math.
I think I’d have found attending Yale exhausting, even in my youth. It sounds like the students are being constantly pestered about their mental health and wellness and whatnot. Hey! Teacher! Leave those kids alone! They have schoolwork they’d like to concentrate on.
Their previous education is likely based on sustainable CRT, AGW, abortion, and lgbtwxyz. Civics, math, or science were lucky to even be second tier. Everyone passed and nary a teacher indicated they could do better other than accruing extra points for protesting or rioting. They are at Yale to make political connections and nothing more except, perhaps, a roll in the hay.
Sounds good, where do I sign up? 😄
Even so, the pestering can’t be pleasant.
Tesla Model 3 Blows Up ... Twice ... on Busy Highway
There is dramatic footage here of the car blazing.
Does anybody know the odds of a Tesla bursting into flames and exploding like this after impact?
It would be nice to be able to know the percentages in order to assess the level of risk.
Therapeutic culture on campus. Haidt and Lukianoff's The Coddling of the American Mind details this with supporting data. There are several causes, but chief among them is living online while your personality is still developing. It seems their only world and they can't escape if people bring negative comments. You and I just shrug if someone goes after us with insults, because our personalities were formed elsewhere and we have some resilience. They don't. H & K mark the increase in suicide, anxiety disorders, and depression among entire age cohorts.
It's fine for colleges to recognise the need, but these interventions are unlikely to actually help. But they are selling a product and need to appear to be solving it, not actually fixing it. That would require actual caring about students.
If you have kids, get them into live interactions with their peers as much as possible, and if they interact with people not their own age, as at a job or a church, so much the better.
Nuclear energy...I have a post on the current state of the industry, with particular focus on the new generation of Small Modular Reactors: