American Elephants


Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Ethiopian P.M. Abiy Ahmed by The Elephant's Child

The highly acclaimed child climate leader, Greta Thunberg, 16-year-old  leader of the youth climate movement about skipping school to protest can return home to Sweden, with  the success of addressing the Congress and the United Nations. Her sponsors have suggested that she was denied the Nobel Peace Prize (which is awarded by Norwegians) because Norway is one of the world’s largest oil and gas exporters. Improbable.

The earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years. The current warming is nothing out of the ordinary. There have been far warmer years in the past and far cooler years as well. Please note the long list of climate panics in my previous post. There is no planet emergency, it’s all hype, intended as an attack on capitalism, as the Secretary of the IPCC has admitted.

The Nobel Peace Prize went to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for his substantial efforts in brokering peace between his country and neighboring Eritrea. For decades Ethiopia and Eritrea were one country, Eritrea seceded in 1991. Families separated, unable to reunite, violent conflict at the borders cost more than 80,000 lives in the span of just two years. That would seem to be more of an accomplishment than getting kids to skip school to march for saving the Earth from a non-existent climate threat.



Accuracy from the Media? by The Elephant's Child

The News Media reported today that President Trump was withdrawing American Troops from Syria, and the general conversation erupted in loud angst. Trump is abandoning the Kurds in Syria, abandoning Iraq, ISIS will return etc. etc. etc. The White House reported that President Trump was moving some American troops around in Syria.  OMG, telephone calls with Turkey’s dictator Erdogan! He spoke to the dictator! Turkey will be attacking the Kurds. How can we abandon our friends the Kurds?

I don’t know about you, but I have no idea what is happening. I suspect that the News Media doesn’t either. I do not find the News Media honest, careful, or trustworthy. Whatever Trump is doing or has done is bad, must be condemned. Continual search for another “bombshell”. Straighten up!

I ran onto this list from Sharyl Atkisson, fearless reporter, an example of independent journalism. She lists 93 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era:

We the media have “fact-checked” President Trump like we have fact-checked no other human being on the planet—and he’s certainly given us plenty to write about. That’s probably why it’s so easy to find lists enumerating and examining his mistakes, missteps and “lies.”

But as self-appointed arbiters of truth, we’ve largely excused our own unprecedented string of fact-challenged reporting. The truth is, formerly well-respected, top news organizations are making repeat, unforced errors in numbers that were unheard of just a couple of years ago.
Our repeat mistakes involve declaring that Trump’s claims are “lies” when they are matters of opinion, or when the truth between conflicting sources is unknowable; taking Trump’s statements and events out of context; reporting secondhand accounts against Trump without attribution as if they’re established fact; relying on untruthful, conflicted sources; and presenting reporter opinions in news stories—without labeling them as opinions.

Here’s the list: Scroll through just a part of it to get the idea, or the whole thing if you are patient. Gives you a good idea of just why the President refers to “Fake News”.

93 Notable Mistakes and Missteps in Major Media Reporting on Donald Trump



Did You Know That Americans Invented Natural History? by The Elephant's Child

I have been spending a lot of time lately with Daniel J. Boorstin, especially in his book The Americans: the Colonial Experience. He points out that Americans invented natural history.

“In the old world, things were known and well established. In ancient populous England, nearly every new fact or experience was gained by effort, talent or courage. Not so in America, where novelty seemed to force itself on even the most indifferent and insensitive eye.”

The American came to believe that new knowledge came from just sharply looking at the world, and from acting in it. His contribution to knowledge was to be the recording of the scenes and experiences of daily life. This was natural history.

In England in the later 17th century, Robert Boyle, Sir Isaac Newton, and others in the flourishing Royal Society charted new laws of physics.But such additions to knowledge, far from being mere bits of information, were sophisticated generalizations. It was precisely in this realm that the stirring discoveries were made in England during the American Colonial period. The physical sciences were confirmed by experience and observation, but in their atmosphere, in their emphasis, even in their purpose they differed from natural history, which was the realm of the new world’s promise.

Wherever they cast their eyes, things were different. New birds, new fish, new plants, new fruits. The Columbian exchange had not yet taken place, or not in a manner that had changed the world. It was the beginning of natural history. And as Americans gradually expanded across the continent, it was always new and unknown and newly recorded. Eventually the explorers Lewis and Clark and all that followed. Truly a new world.

If you hike on over to the peak, and drop down the other side, that’s where I grew up!



Renewable Energy, Correctly Understood by The Elephant's Child

From the Manhattan Institute:

If You Want ‘Renewable Energy,’ Get Ready to Dig

Democrats dream of powering society entirely with wind and solar farms combined with massive batteries. Realizing this dream would require the biggest expansion in mining the world has seen and would produce huge quantities of waste.

“Renewable energy” is a misnomer. Wind and solar machines and batteries are built from nonrenewable materials. And they wear out. Old equipment must be decommissioned, generating millions of tons of waste. The International Renewable Energy Agency calculates that solar goals for 2050 consistent with the Paris Accords will result in old-panel disposal constituting more than double the tonnage of all today’s global plastic waste. Consider some other sobering numbers: …

When electricity comes from wind or solar machines, every unit of energy produced, or mile traveled, requires far more materials and land than fossil fuels. That physical reality is literally visible: A wind or solar farm stretching to the horizon can be replaced by a handful of gas-fired turbines, each no bigger than a tractor-trailer.

Building one wind turbine requires 900 tons of steel, 2,500 tons of concrete and 45 tons of non recyclable plastic. Solar power requires even more cement, steel and glass—not to mention other metals. Global silver and indium mining will jump 250% and 1,200% respectively over the next couple of decades to provide the materials necessary to build the number of solar panels, the International Energy Agency forecasts. World demand for rare-earth elements—which aren’t rare but are rarely mined in America—will rise 300% to 1,000% by 2050 to meet the Paris green goals. If electric vehicles replace conventional cars, demand for cobalt and lithium, will rise more than 20-fold. That doesn’t count batteries to back up wind and solar grids.

Do read the whole thing.



We Really Are Getting Stupider by The Elephant's Child

I have become increasingly concerned about the media and the state of the internet. I think the proliferation of short bits of information on social media are causing people to ration (way too much) what they read. Twitter, Facebook encourage one to read bits, not full articles. More scholarly articles now may come labeled with minutes and seconds, to say how long it will take to read the piece so the reader will not be too soon discouraged. We are getting stupider.

I just wrote a bit on climate confusion or rather, climate panic. The Earth has been far warmer in the past, and far cooler as well. There is nothing to worry about in today’s climate science. The climate always changes as it has done for millions of years.

A woman at Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s town hall today took climate extremism to the next level. She likes AOC’s Green New Deal, but it isn’t fast enough. We have only weeks and months before it’s all over. We have to start eating the babies.

How could this young woman get such utterly goofy ideas in her head? AOC’s “Green New Deal” was the epitome of ignorance, and utterly impossible. Based on scaring people into accepting unacceptable socialist government, even admitted to by AOC’s former chief of staff. Have we reached such a state of ignorance that we just accept what is said by someone with no particular qualifications? There are highly qualified climate scientists. This young woman  even had tee shirts printed up. Unbelievable.

ADDENDUM: Tee- Hee! Alexandria Occasia-Cortez insists, today, that the baby-eating supporter at her town hall was really a Trump supporter. Why am I not surprised?



Understanding Climate Panics, and Why They Occur by The Elephant's Child

The big thing to remember in all climate writings and excess, is that the climate of the earth has been changing for millions of years. It has been far warmer in the past during the Medieval Optimum, when wine grapes grew in England and wheat in Norway, and society flourished. It has also been far cooler during cold spells, such as the Little Ice Age in the 1800s, remembered as “1800 and Froze to Death.”

Climate panics take place regularly, for there are vast numbers of pessimists out there who don’t bother to do their required homework, and get all excited when someone appears in a polar bear suit, or in the case of Vegans — eats meat. Sure that fossil fuels are the source of planet doom (and that Oil and Gas companies are not only rich (the bad are usually rich) but destroying the world with CO2 )emitted by our nasty habit of driving cars and so on and so on. To the contrary, CO2 is plant food, and is greening the world. to such an extent that it can be seen from space. It is feeding the hungry with bountiful crops.

I believe firmly that we are being dumbed down by the internet and social media. We are being taught that we are to be informed by snappy headlines or tweets, and do not pursue the entire subject for lack of time and energy. You have to read the whole thing, not just the headline. Tweets may be interesting. but are not intended to pass on knowledge. The danger of an ill-informed public is extreme.



From the Babylon Bee: “Preparing For This Moment!” by The Elephant's Child
Nation’s Civil War Re-enactors Have Been Preparing For This Moment Their Entire Lives

“I knew this day would come,” said Jed Jenkins, who reenacts the Battle of Gettysburg every year. “When Trump tweeted about civil war, I donned my rebel gray uniform and answered the call.”

The nation has long wondered why Civil War re-enactors did what they did, thinking it was “cool but kinda weird” that they get all dressed up in historically accurate uniforms and pretend to shoot each other. But now it’s clear: they were getting ready for the second Civil War, and the nation is laughing at them no more.

According to a report, thousands of reenactors began descending on the site of Fort Sumter yesterday to get things started. Cannons were wheeled into position. Rifles were loaded. Muskets were musketed. Rebels and Union soldiers began shouting insults at each other, as they’ve practiced for years. The tension was high as everyone waited for the first shot of Civil War 2: The Sequel.

Unfortunately, Trump then tweeted, “Lol jk,” making the reenactors sad. They say their time will still come at some point in the future however, and when it does, they’ll be ready.




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