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Thursday, July 7. 2022
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Director General of the Danish Health Authority Admits Vaccinating Kids was a ‘Mistake’
EU Parliament Declares Nuclear Power And Natural Gas As “Green” Energy
Why I'm Giving Up Tenure at UCLA. The ideological takeover of my university has ruined academic life for anyone who still believes in freedom of thought.
Libs Happily Teaching 'Sex Pleasure' Classes to Kids. Wait Until You See the Curriculum.
What does the New York Conceal Carry Law Require?
Texas Border County Leaders Declare 'Invasion,' Urge Gov. Abbott to Expel Migrants
The Supreme Court's Fourth of July Bash
How To Think Like A Liberal Supreme Court Justice
The Wit and Wisdom of Kamala Harris
This is probably a fitting time to remind everyone that the office of Prime Minister in Great Britain doesn’t actually exist.
Dutch Police Open Fire on 16-Year-Old Farm Boy as Mass Protests Shut Down Globalist Reset Plans
Dutch Farmers Bring Tank To Fertilizer Protest; Cops Shoot Tractor
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Bo Jo resigns. So that chapter is closed, and the First Girlfriend will have to find new pathways to power for her pet passions.
The video is out there, showing the tractor driven by the 16 year-old kid, navigating smoothly around the traffic circle, squarely on the pavement just like he should. The cops fired as he passed them - don't believe the stories about being in fear of their safety, they were standing by their cars safely 10 ft away or so, well off to the side. The cops managed to hit a narrow pillar on the cab and would have hit center mass otherwise. Lucky for them, this time.
Did you know that nitrogen, 68% of our atmosphere, is a threat? I didn't. Nor did I know that Dutch farmers are the #2 exporters of food, behind the USA, even though they are about 1/250th of our acreage. Nitrogen is apparently dangerous, as NO2 cow farts (laughing gas, ironically) and NH4, ammonia fertilizer (derived from natural gas). Choking off the farmers downstream of our killer petroleum world, and even further downstream: Who will miss the food supply? Not the rules makers I bet.
Only describe, don't explain. The mantra of our Legacy Corporate Media. Wouldn't it be nice to read the news instead of endless narratives?
N2O is laughing gas, not NO2. NO2 in the air is an irritant to humans, and reacts with water to form nitrous acid (HNO3), which can damage the environment and harm crops and wildlife food sources. It can also react further when in the air, and leads to harmful smog conditions, along with other NOx compounds which are part of these restrictions.
Ironically, NH3 is a mild base and when released can raise the pH of the environment.
Together they are the common fertilizer ammonium nitrate, which is probably the largest net effect of all of this. To be fair, some believe that overabundance of this leads to algae blooms which harm people, wildlife and economies.
To me the details of all of this matter. I can't say some restrictions won't be beneficial. However, I have seen the EU's REACH program(me) go far over the top with regulations on chemicals, so I can easily believe this happened here too.
The thinking seems to be "X can be bad, in some circumstances, despite it being beneficial to the farmers. Therefore X must be eliminated completely, as soon as possible. Benefits don't matter, drawbacks are everything."
The bureaucratic mindset at its absolute finest.
Thank you for the correction on laughing gas. yes, algae blooms are a problem with over-fertilizing - they sometimes are in the US too. Is that a problem in the Netherlands that has reached unmanageable proportions, where a third of their food production must come to an end? Only describe, don't explain
re Dutch farmer protests
My crystal ball sees the chance of success for the Dutch farmers fading with every passing day.
They can't protest in those numbers forever and I believe the government just hopes to wait them out.
If not, the government still has tactics like freezing bank accounts and such.
The Dutch Government doesn't care what the little people think, want or need. They know best. If they succeed in wiping out 30% of livestock production by 2030, they will then set a new goal of wiping out another 30% by 2040, and so on, until the agricultural sector is gone.
The claims of nitrogen compuunds being harmful is laughable. Even if you were to believe, the emisssions coming from tiny Holland compared with the rest of the world is miniscule.
As we have long noted here, this has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with acquiring power.
I see the ballot box as the Dutch people's only recourse, but somehow I doubt they will be able to effect change via that route.
I hope I am wrong.
It doesn't help that the PM is a globalist and Schwab WEF believer. That was also the Canadian leadership problem. Both Trudeau and Freland are WEF young leaders. The problem for the Dutch PM is that he originally denied knowing much about Schwab and using the Covid for lockdowns.
There have been many unreported and under reported stories in these last two years of turmoil. One of those is the millions of small business and personal bankruptcies mostly caused by the illegal and unnecessary shutdowns by federal state and local politicians. Why is their not a documentary or a daily column in a newspaper of these personal tragedies? It is the great untold story of our time. How many businesses and families were destroyed by those ill fated policies? Who benefited? Was there collusion between the government and big business (who were the major beneficiaries of the lockdowns)? Were foreign powers involved in this assault on our rights and freedoms? All of these unanswered questions seem to remain unanswered on purpose, almost as though someone has their thumb on the free press.
re: NY conceal carry
Yet another way that NY seems like a foreign country to me. In my state the requirements to conceal carry are to be a citizen or legal resident 21 or older, and not engaging in criminal activity. Exceptions are made for military members under 21. There are a few places that are prohibited and a few actions that are not allowed while carrying, such as alcohol or drug use. That's to carry. There is no license needed.
Nuke power and natural gas are GREEN. Seems the Europeans have decided they would like to survive with a functioning economy and stay warm over the winter regardless of what the WEF and Schwab would like.
Schwab and the WEF operate out of Switzerland. How far the Swiss have fallen to house a globalist organization and give up their neutrality on Russian sanctions.
I find it interesting that Kagan would so heavily cite the IPCC climate report in her dissent. I though there was something in Court procedure regarding consideration of facts not in evidence. It seems to me that whether or not Global Climate Change is a thing has no bearing on whether the actual language of the statute allowed the EPA to take the considered action.
The question before the court should not be "Is this a good idea?" celarly a question for the Legislative Branch, but "Is this being done according to established law?" the Judicial Branch's area of responsibility.
In their inner hearts, liberals, lefties, Democrats, and progressives do not believe in limited government. The idea that any part of the government would be barred from doing a "good" thing simply does not compute.
Since stopping climate change is, in Justice Kagan's calculus, a good thing, it must necessarily follow (according to the articles of her political faith) that the court - as an organ of government - inherently has the power to bring said good thing to pass. A limit on that power is not even conceivable, let alone admissible.
Consequently, Justice Kagan's writings are all about the question of goodness. Evidence and argumentation in favor of a thing's goodness (according to the liberal orthodoxy of the moment - whatever that turns out to be today) are (self-evidently) in order; and all that icky talk of the law, the proper role of legislators, or the limitations of the Court's jurisdiction, are (if only she could get those conservative numpties to understand) simply unnecessary.
Another Guy Named Dan: It seems to me that whether or not Global Climate Change is a thing has no bearing on whether the actual language of the statute allowed the EPA to take the considered action.
Under a number of statutes, the Congress has mandated that the federal government scientifically research threats to the environment, then to enact regulations to protect the environment through a formal rule-making process. Hence, whether the government's actions are consistent with the science are inherent to the judicial determination.