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Saving Endangered Species in the World’s Zoos by The Elephant's Child

This is the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s little “Peanut”. He (or she) is  a Tamandua, who was born December 20, 2018. His name is “Mani” which means peanut. The Tamanduas are also called “lesser anteaters.” They have long snouts to sniff out ant, termite and bee colonies. Long claws enable it to dig into nests and a long sticky tongue lets it lick up the insects.  A single Tamandua can eat up to 9,000 ants in a single day! They are native to Spanish speaking countries. They didn’t say how they provide that many ants.

Here’s a wonderful website for days when you are finding the news too depressing. http://www.zooborns.com. Zoos around the world are engaged in helping to preserve endangered species. The website shows off the babies, and often their parent as well. Great fun, cute babies, and you are introduced to all sorts of animals and birds that are new to you. Fun site to prowl around. Enjoy.



The Continually Growing Problem of Illegal Immigration by The Elephant's Child

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(Yuma Border Patrol Photo)

We talk a lot about the border, and the potential wall. Some of the objections seem to attach to the “wall” word. Sounds mean, or unwelcoming. Not mean, but certainly unwelcoming, and justifiably so. I think most Americans welcome legal immigrants, it’s the illegal, the drugs, the crime, the dependence on welfare, and the gangs. The increasing numbers of innocent people killed by illegals because Democrats want open borders because illegals can be urged to vote is infuriating. But our immigration laws need some serious reform. As I understand the law, if an illegal can manage to set foot in the United States, they can, and do, appeal immediately for asylum, and thus they are here until they have their court hearing to see whether asylum will be granted. But once in the country, they may vanish, in spite of any requirement to appear.

The largest single group of asylum seekers ever to cross into the U.S. tunneled beneath the border wall near San Luis, Arizona, on Monday, voluntarily turning themselves into Customs and Border Protection, according to the agency.

Migrants can be seen marching toward Border Patrol agents by the hundreds, according to video obtained by ABC News. Smugglers dug a series of seven holes, only a few feet long beneath the steel border fence, with hundreds going beneath the wall and a smaller number clambering over it, according to CBP. …

The agency says 179 of the record 376 people who crossed were children, including over 30 unaccompanied minors — children under 18 traveling on their own.

Eighty percent of the apprehensions of those crossing the border with Mexico are currently parents with children. The majority of them, including the group tunneling in near Yuma, surrender immediately or seek out Border Patrol agents in order to begin the asylum process. CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik said his unit needs better barriers, but it more urgently needs funding to provide for families. Their number one challenge is the humanitarian problem.

Congress is the problem, while America is being invaded.

On Thursday,  Border Patrol Agents seized 700 lbs. of Cocaine, brought across the border in an area with no barrier.

And from Claudia Rosett: “The United Nations is trying to grab control of worldwide immigration policies.”

While President Donald Trump seeks funding for a border wall, the United Nations is seeking control of migration policies worldwide, with a campaign configured to undermine America’s sovereignty and control over its own borders. And, yes, if the U.N. has its way, America will help pay for it.

As with many of the U.N.’s turf grabs, this campaign to co-opt national migration policy has been years in the making. Incremental in its origins, and swaddled in U.N. jargon and procedure, it has largely escaped the U.S. headlines. But it’s now reached the stage of becoming dangerous.

The spearhead of this U.N. campaign is an international agreement with the high-minded name of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. That’s not remotely what this document boils down to. While proclaiming a utopian “unity of purpose” among the 193 highly diverse member states, this Global Compact would have the U.N.’s largely unaccountable, self-aggrandizing and often opaque bureaucracy, operating in service of its despot-infested collective of governments, set the terms for all.

Do read the whole thing.



COP24: Climate Crisis Not Accepted. Lack of Scientific Rigor! by The Elephant's Child

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Paul Driessen, a senior policy adviser for CFact, wrote at wattsupwiththat:

The 30,000 alarmists gathered in Katowice, Poland expected to slam-dunk their report proclaiming a planet-threatening climate crisis, finalize rules for implementing the Paris accords, redistribute infinite billions of dollars from industrialized nations to “climate victim” countries, and solidify their control over people’s energy, jobs, living standards and liberties. It didn’t work out quite that way.

They got blindsided by millions of French citizens angrily denouncing their government’s plans to carbon-tax them into worse poverty and joblessness. They were furious that the US exhibit profiled the benefits of fossil fuels – and outraged that the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were willing to “note” the climate report and express appreciation to the scientists who developed it, but not to “welcome” it or “accept” its assertions about climate cataclysms and the need to slash fossil fuel use.

The UN’s IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5º C. was not welcomed at COP24, but subject to significant controversy for its lack of scientific rigor. Anthony Watts remarked  a while back that 1.2º C – 2.2º C is the warming one could expect on most spring days between 10 am and noon.

Economist Stephen Moore commented at Investor’s Business Daily that “The first iron rule of American politics is: Follow the money. This explains about 80% of what goes on in Washington. He added that one reason so many hundreds of scientists are persuaded that the sky is falling is that they are paid handsomely to do so.”

I said, “In America and around the globe governments have created a multibillion-dollar climate change industrial complex.” And then I added: “A lot of people are getting really, really rich off of the climate change industry.” According to a recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, “Federal funding for climate change research, technology, international assistance, and adaptation has increased from $2.4 billion in 1993 to $11.6 billion in 2014, with an additional $26.1 billion for climate change programs and activities provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009.”

This is not meant to suggest that climate scientists are dishonest, but only that federal grants have become available and computers and labs enhanced, sometimes even with assistants – for those who are studying climate science. and a lot more professors are studying climate science.

Right now we seem to be in a cooling phase, as the sun has fewer sunspots. Our sun does have some influence on climate, as does CO² – carbon dioxide, what we exhale (and a natural fertilizer for plants), not carbon, which is a solid. Other things we don’t understand well are the effect of water vapor (or clouds) in the atmosphere, and the effect of the warming and cooling in the movement of ocean currents.

Some people want to believe in catastrophe, the “true believers”, who simply believe and are sure we must do something right now or we’re all gonna die. See the microphone loving Alexandria Occasio-Cortez and her push for a “green new deal.”

Part of the problem in understanding is that a lot of the folks studying climate believed that they could put the climate into a computer program and play out various scenarios and get real answers about future warming like stock market people did in forecasting what the financial markets would do.  You have probably noticed that in the last week or so. We had thermometers stationed all over our country, but we learned that they were situated next to air-conditioner exhausts, or the reflective heat from concrete walls or airport runways, and were totally unreliable evidence of temperature.

Al Gore is not an expert, even if he made a movie and got rich. The Heritage Foundation just noted that he had hailed the city of Georgetown, Texas for powering itself with only wind and solar energy, and now the city is losing millions on it’s green energy gamble. Their bet against fossil fuel prices cost the city-owned utility nearly $7 million and the city is trying to find a way out of their long term contracts.

The problem with wind and solar is not in the turbines or the solar cells, but in the wind and the sunshine. Wind is intermittent. It does not blow steadily. That is the nature of wind, not something that can be fixed. Sunlight is diffuse at best. Clouds. There are days and days here in the Northwest when it rains, or is just cloudy. The rain can be predicted, sometimes, but clouds can’t. They re constantly moving. What that means is that wind and solar have to have constant backup with conventional power from hydropower or fossil fuel powered power plants, or nuclear energy. Our society requires massive amounts of energy, or perhaps you want your heart surgery to stop halfway through because the wind stopped blowing.  It’s a little more complicated than the young Ms. Ocasio-Cortez understands.



The United States Was the Sole ‘No’ Vote! by The Elephant's Child

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“The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” was approved when representatives from 180 UN member states met in Morocco, a Muslim- majority country in North Africa on December 10, just a week ago.

The United States was not a participant. President Donald Trump wisely pulled the United States out of this “global compact.” It is also likely the reason behind Gallup’s “international survey” that determined that approximately 750 million people around the world would like to migrate. So theoretically, all the nations who are suffering from the intrusion of unwanted migrants, the costs involved, which are enormous, and the crime, terrorism and mayhem committed by the migrants are just fine with vastly increased migrants, and with new laws that make it illegal to criticize migrants and migration.

Brilliant. Pass a remarkably stupid law with a majority of the 180 UN members who are under no threat of unwanted migrants, ignore the needs of the countries that will be deeply affected — then make a law that forbids objecting or criticizing. Think about that one. Makes one appreciate our guarantees of free speech and consider how important it is to preserve it. Democrats are likely to get big ideas if that law actually takes force. They are probably very impressed with President Xi’s technology-controls of his Chinese citizens. Democrats talk feelings but they are far more interested in control. There is quite a difference between controlled or being controlled.

Wednesday, on CNN, Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) said he “would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing go, and that’s simply a function of the First Amendment. But I think over the long run, it’s better that government does not regulate the content of speech.”  Lieu then added that “private companies should better regulate speech themselves.” After someone told him that was not too smooth, he tried to walk back the whole conversation, but it is a clear view into the way some leftists think. Amazing. Perhaps one has to run afoul of controlling laws to understand.

Globalists are quite sure that just the right laws (and the right punishments) will organize society into a more peaceful world. The problem is that they always ignore human nature. We are a quarrelsome.opinionated bunch, we humans. The most successful government is usually the one closest to the people, and if you think that is easy, go to a city council meeting sometime. But then the world is apparently very concerned with Free Market Capitalism, and fears the capitalists. Interestingly, the lack of Free-Market Capitalism is probably the reason they want to migrate.

ADDENDUM: Please read the comments. AC Osborn got it right, and I am in error. Please refer to the original piece below.

Europe seems torn between feeling that the “right thing” to do is accept migrants as fleeing from dangerous countries, and those who recognize that the current crop of migrants, at least, are not interested in becoming Austrians or Czechs or whatever country they have descended on, but in changing Europe to fit their ideas and customs. Many have written about the death of Europe under Islamic rule. Islam itself is divided between those who fully accept the Prophet’s command that those who do not accept Islam must be destroyed, and those who believe, but just want to get along, and expect that the higher birth rate will turn Europe Islamic eventually anyway. It won’t take long.

What has become clear is that Angela Merkel was wrong, and the Europeans who reached out to the migrants who were invited in are coming to see that it was a mistake, and nobody knows what to do about it. Mohammed is becoming the most common baby name in some countries. The UN compact is clearly not the answer. How this will develop is unknown.



Oh-oh! The “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” by The Elephant's Child

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The European Union is in the midst of political turmoil over the United Nations pact on migration. There is a December 10 deadline when representatives from 180 UN member states will meet in Morocco, a Muslim-majority country in North Africa, to formally adopt the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,” as the pact is called officially.

First, we need to get our terminology straight. Migration is not “Immigration.” Immigration is something legal according to the laws of the nation involved, and has to do with that nation’s borders. Who gets in, who can belong, and what is legal and what is illegal. Migration is about people deciding they want to illegally enter a nation other than the one to which they are native and to which they owe allegiance.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the global compact in September, and he was promptly followed by Austria, Croatia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. Belgium is only the latest country to have it’s ruling coalition near collapse over the dispute about migration. Europe has already had its fill of migrants, and it isn’t going well. They know what their elites are talking about, and they don’t like it.

Our problems with migrants have been much in the news in recent weeks, and it’s not over yet. Those seeking asylum have to meet certain standards. If they are fleeing persecution, they must apply for asylum to the first nation they come to. Mexico offered asylum to the migrants coming, waving their national flags, but there were not many takers. Their spokesmen said they were not seeking asylum, but just wanted jobs, something our media usually neglected to mention.  Nor did they define the difference between migrants and immigrants and the laws defining their status. Clearly there have to be some limitations, but the Left usually falls back on “globalism.”

Globalism is usually the answer of the elite to the perennial question “Why can’t we all just get along?” They are always quite sure that the next good law will fix things, which is nonsense. And a law that allows migrants to go wherever they wish is the height of absurdity.

Families have a hard time getting along, when you add in aunts and uncles and cousins, it gets even worse. Add neighbors, who perhaps have a constantly barking dog, or keep odd hours, you can add annoyances from your own experience. Move to the community level and you have public works, police, school boards, local business and traffic problems. A fair amount of the news in other countries consists of what’s happening in the United States€—of course the most scandalous, disrupting, celebrity linked news to be found. It’s partly because we hang all our news out on the proverbial clothesline for all to see, and they don’t.

That may have something to do with our difficulty in selling free-market capitalism to other countries. They have seen what they probably consider to be murders and riots and guns and scandal, without any understanding of the freedom that allows us to become the richest, most successful nation in the world, without understanding the U.S. Constitution and our system of government that was designed to protect our freedom, which allows us to invent, discover, and profit from what we can achieve. We can’t, you probably have noticed, even sell free-market capitalism to the Democrats. A fairly large percentage of them seem to be globalists, at least when it seems that might help them to get elected. And when you have a political party that is all about “feelings” it gets confusing. Aren’t we just mean when we turn away people (usually mothers and their children) who just are looking for safety. Yes, that’s why the migrant caravan put women and children at the front of the line, while the majority seemed to be young men of military age.

President Xi of China has a different way of controlling the population of his country. Everyone is electronically monitored at all times, and those who obey the laws, even crosswalks and traffic lights, get basic privileges, and extra points for donating blood or volunteering, that will allow them to use public transportation or travel by air or railroad.  Jaywalking will take away points. It might be wise to keep that in mind, for that has become an accepted (at least in China) method for control.

The elites are apt to fear freedom, because if you grant a lot of freedom to the people, who knows what they might do? They might even overthrow the elites.

ADDENDUM: I neglected to add that the “Global Compact for Safe Orderly and Regular Migration “which seeks to criminalize criticism of migration – is a dangerous effort to weaken national borders, to normalize mass migration, to blur the distinction between legal and illegal immigration and to suggest that people claiming to be refugees enjoy rights in countries where they have never before set foot. Nobody has been clamoring for this. This is a globalist power grab, and a project of the globalist elites. It is a UN power grab, and an effort to enhance the clout of the UN’s largest and most influential power bloc– the Arab and Muslim states. Criminalizing criticism is to a free-market capitalist country like ours, an anethma. This deal is not only absurd, but very bad news for the West, freedom, identity and security.



How Do You Solve A Problem Like Human Nature? by The Elephant's Child

There are faint signs that perhaps the tensions involved over the debate about “globalism” and “national sovereignty” may be clearing a bit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that European Union (EU) member states must be prepared to transfer their powers over to Brussels at such a debate.

“In an orderly fashion, of course” Merkel said, as she explained that Germany had given up some of its sovereignty in order to join the EU, but national parliaments were in charge of deciding whether or not sign on to international treaties.

The CDU (Christian Democratic Union) leader said that trust and the willingness to compromise are essential in discussing the controversial UN migration pact, which the debate has continued to divide her own party.

Some important allies are pulling out of the agreement – Australia has left saying they will not risk their ‘hard won’ success in controlling their own borders. Trump has said no, and others are trying to figure out where they stand.

Chancellor Merkel accused critics of the Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration of “advocating ‘nationalism’ in its purest form.” She paraphrased her French counterpart Emmanuel Macron who recently claimed that “patriotism is the exact opposite because nationalism is treason.” Europe must surrender national sovereignty she said, to Brussels over “foreign affairs, migration, and development, as well as an increasing part of our budgets and even fiscal resources.” She also called for the creation of a real, true EU army and she stated that only through globalism can the world see peace.

This is an old, old argument — even on the original Thanksgiving we celebrate — can’t we all just get along? Well, no we can’t. It is now and always has been a pipe dream. And on throughout world history. The first humans probably started dispersing because they couldn’t get along together and were fighting about the kill that Roku dragged home for dinner, or who was going to get the choice piece of meat. You probably noticed in all the talk about happy family get-togethers for Thanksgiving dinner, there was also a lot of talk about how to deal with Uncle Harry who was a far Left Trump hater, or Uncle Ralph who was a bigoted Conservative.

The concept of a perfect society, or utopia, is as old as humanity. That is really the origin of communism and socialism and Nazism. They believed they were creating the perfect system. Here in America the Utopian Movement gained traction in 19th century America when thousands of people formed communities hoping to improve on existing society. The heyday was between 1820 and 1860. One of the remaining groups from that period is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints or the Mormon Church, founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith. There was also the Oneida Community in upstate New York, the Shaker Movement, Brook Farm, a utopian community in Massachusetts.

We have had a lot of movements for “world peace.” There was the “war to end all wars” followed by the League of Nations”, followed by the rise of socialism with Mussolini and Hitler and World War II and the United Nations and the Cold War and another bunch of wars and Angela Merkel ought to be aware that the odds are quite definitely not in her favor.

In the present, Europe is suffering from Merkel’s invitation to all the unhappy people from the Middle East and Africa to migrate to Europe in the mistaken idea that Europe’s problem of declining birthrates and lack of young people to do the scut work and boring jobs would be solved by migration. Instead they got an invasion of Moslems whose religion demanded that those who did not submit to Allah should be killed. The migrants were welcomed all over Europe with gifts of food and clothing, flowers and song. The migrants were happy to accept the gifts, complained bitterly about the accommodations provided, and wanted to be supported by European generosity. They have instead proved willing to burn cars, rape any available women and girls, and engage in occasional shootings, and their communities have become dangerous ‘no-go’ districts. Merkel has just still not given up on her ideas of utopia.

In spite of all the Never-Trumpers, the deranged ‘celebrities’ in a constant search for the nearest microphone, and the newest “Democratic-Socialists”, plain old free-market capitalism in a constitutional republic seems to work better than anything else. The news of the day is not usually about how peaceful and happy the nations of the world are, but about their quarrels. Quarreling remains human nature, and we seem to be stuck with it.



Globalization: The Dream and the Nightmare by The Elephant's Child

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Here I was, posting Jonathan Haidt’s commentary on Globalization, and I turned to American Greatness, and conveniently, there was Victor Davis Hanson, writing even more extensively about globalization.

After World War II, only the United States possessed the capital, the military, freedom, and the international good will to arrest the spread of global Stalinism. To save the fragile postwar West, America was soon willing to rebuild and rearm war-torn former democracies. Over seven decades, it intervened in proxy wars against Soviet and Chinese clients, and radical rogue regimes. It accepted asymmetrical and unfavorable trade as the price of leading and saving the West. America became the sole patron for dozens of needy clients—with no time limit on such asymmetry.

Yet what would become the globalized project was predicated on lots of flawed, but unquestioned assumptions:

The great wealth and power of the United States was limitless. It alone could afford to subsidize other nations. Any commercial or military wound was always considered superficial and well worth the cost of protecting the civilized order.

Only by piling up huge surpluses with the United States and avoiding costly defense expenditure through American military subsidies, could the shattered nations of Asia and Europe supposedly regain their security, prosperity and freedom. There was no shelf life on such dependencies.

Do read the whole thing. This is a major contention point with the Democrats in their current mental and moral breakdown. If we are going to fight back, we have to know what we are talking about.




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