American Elephants

Keep Exhaling! Breathe in and Out! It’s Saving Us From An Ice Age. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama’s science czar, John Holdren, says that human activity (global warming) is saving us from the ice age that we had been warned might be coming.  We are warming the Earth, you see, by driving our SUVs and exhaling carbon dioxide, and those coal-fired power plants, and cow flatulence, and that is protecting us from another ice age.

Mr. Holdren, who holds the title of assistant to the president for science and technology,”in a recent online question-and-answer session in which he fielded queries from the public, let slip the seeming contradiction that without the influence of man and his industrial activities, the Earth would probably be slipping into a cyclical ice age all on its own, just like the last one.”

While the climate of the Earth has changed over millennia as a result of natural factors — principally changes in the tilt and orientation of the Earth’s axis and rotation, and in the shape of its orbit around the sun — those changes occur far too gradually to have noticeable effects over a period of mere decades.

In their current phases, moreover, they would be gradually cooling the Earth — taking us to another ice age — if they weren’t being more than offset by human-caused warming.

Oh well, a while back Mr. Holdren was worried about overpopulation, because there were too many people and advocated sterilizing them through their drinking water. He and Paul Erlich took part in a famous wager with  Julian Simon.They bet that the price of five key metals would be higher in 1990 because of their scarcity in an increasingly polluted and overpopulated world. They lost. All of the metals were more plentiful and the price had decreased.

There has been no warming of Earth’s climate for 18 years and 3 months. The contribution of man to climate is quite minor. The Earth keeps warming and cooling in a natural and cyclical process.

What Does the Charlie Hebdo Attack Mean? by The Elephant's Child

Terrorist attacks like Charlie Hebdo ( 12 dead, 3 critically wounded) at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Weekly, allegedly for cartoon portraits of the Prophet Muhammad, are not new, but uncomfortably familiar.  Three perpetrators, all identified, one in custody.

The western world will protest and by next week everything will be back to normal. Daniel Henninger reminds us that “the Peshawar massacre in December  was different and more difficult to let drop from memory. One can imagine seven adult men walking from one classroom to another, methodically executing boys and girls in white shirts and blouses at their desks.”

Rather than the act of a random insane person, Peshawar, in the minds of the Taliban, was a rational, well-planned military atrocity. A success. Just like every other terrorist act dating back to 9/11 and before.

Past some point, it is feckless to call these events “incidents.” They are acts in a war. The people committing them think so and they say so. Why don’t we?

There was Boko Haram in Nigeria, he added, now recalled mostly by pictures of the First Lady holding a sign saying #Bring Back Our Girls. Of course they didn’t bring them back, and have captured another bunch. And there was an attack by a single terrorist in Australia only days ago.

The West, paralyzed by political correctness, multiculturalism, prejudice, diversity, fairness, freedom of religion and other noxious notions, simply does not know how to address the attacks.

President Obama, despising all things Bush, keeps thinking that if we’re just nice enough, diplomatic enough, and arrange nice agreements which no one will actually observe, then he can avoid the blame that attached to the Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s now attempting to empty Gitmo one terrorist at a time. I fail to understand what that is supposed to accomplish. Can he possibly believe that they will now live reformed lives?

Europe is growing restive. They do not like the jihadists in their midst, and are turning against the Islamists. Charles Hill asks at  Politico:  “Political Islam may well be incompatible with modernity, but what if it is modernity that is failing in the world today, while political Islam is succeeding?” (Do read the whole thing).

All this is not a medieval-like matter of “angels dancing on the head of a pin” as it may first appear. The answer to the primary question about political Islam’s compatibility with modernity is that political Islam’s purpose is not only to be incompatible with modernity but also to oppose it, demolish it and replace it in every regard.

In that context, Egyptian President Sisi’s speech to the clerics becomes even braver and more important. Ignored by the mainstream media, Roger L. Simon asks if el-Sisi deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for calling for a “religious revolution.” Sisi’s speech was joined by a speech from the crown prince of Bahrain, who candidly analyzed the Islamist enemy and suggested important ways to fight it.

The nearby United Arab Emirates has placed the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) on its terrorism list on the grounds that they engage in incitement, funding and the other precursors of terrorism.

The government of Egypt has issued an INTERPOL arrest bulletin for Usuf al-Qaradawi, 88, the influential spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood for “incitement and assistance to commit intentional murder.

In Der Spiegel, Professor Louise Shelley, terrorism expert from George Mason University, says that the Islamic State is a “Diversified Criminal Operation” that “operates like a run-of-the-mill crime syndicate in which ideology takes a back seat to money-making.”

Hopeful signs that seem unnoticed by the mainstream media. The Telegraph in Britain says that anti-Islam parties are growing across Europe, moving into the mainstream.

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