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Sign Up, It’s Free! You’ll Learn Why Climate Panic is a Joke. by The Elephant's Child

Every weekend, I receive a report from SEPP (The Science and Environmental Policy Project) which tells about the goings-on in the environmental world. I am not, by any means a scientist of any kind, I was an English major, generally regarded as useless unless you are going to be a teacher. What an English major learns is how to read boring, tedious pieces, as well as sprightly interesting ones, so you find out smatterings of all sorts of stuff.

My take on the Environment is heavily influenced by the fact that I grew up in the mountains of Idaho, mostly outdoors (see above) have faced down and executed a rattlesnake, and killed large numbers of woodrats. Nasty critters. And climbed a lot of hills. The climate has been changing for millions of years.

When people started to become alarmed about the climate, or at least interested in radical claims, the federal government began to give out grants for those who were investigating the climate. Many professors in some science field suddenly became climate scientists and dreamed up a grant request. They knew, or quickly learned, how to apply for a grant.

A grant meant new equipment, maybe an assistant, prestige! Being the recipient of a federal grant meant that you were being taken seriously and they were interested in the work of your mind and your equipment. Heady stuff.

With new funding, they quickly borrowed computer programs for forecasting the future from Wall Street, They entered what was known about the climate, which wasn’t really very much, and some intelligent guesses, and a lot of iffy prognostications and some suppositions, and tried to start making the future come out the other end of their programs. So we had the “hockey stick” from Michael Mann which showed the climate slowly climbing, and then suddenly shooting up. Well, worldwide panic.

Then they found that the official thermometers around the world were often located next to an air-conditioner exhaust, or next to a trash burner, or located where concrete walls all around radiated heat onto the thermometer. In cities there was a heat-island effect.

The complete TWTW (the week that was) report can be downloaded at this website: http://www.sepp.org/the-week-that-was.cfm… And you can sign up to get it in your email once a week, as well.

Yes it’s slightly hard reading at first, but you’ll get used to the jargon, and enjoy the straightforward approach. Do visit www.drroyspencer.com. Dr. Spencer of the University of Alabama at Huntsville runs the satellite program that measures the temperatures of the earth for NASA, along with Dr. John Christy. And add Climate Depot and Anthony Watts at https://wattsupwiththat.com. With a good percentage of the world convinced that the earth is ending in just 10 or 12 years, we need more informed people out there.

President Trump will get a good dose of climate panic at Davos this week.



There Was a Women’s March, I’m Not Sure What For. by The Elephant's Child

Well, the Women had another march. This one seemed to be more about impeaching President Trump than about feminine complaints. But we always knew it was a bunch of Democrats anyway. As usual, they left behind a big mess of signs and snacks for somebody else to clean up.

What it proved, once again, is that this bunch of women do not do their homework. By this, I mean that they are not keeping up with current events and their meaning. There are more women working today that ever before in history, and actually more women working than men. And that indeed is Donald Trump’s fault.

They carried signs, mostly vulgar, and demanded that he stop taking away the female ability to terminate their unborn children, so they could continue to have sexual fun without worrying about preventing a pregnancy. Very big on calling him a fascist, clearly without any understanding of what fascism is. The only thing they seem to be protesting about is the right to a free abortion.  Last time I looked, birth control was generally pretty available, in one form or another.

Seattle is not having their Womxn’s march until March 8, 2020 which is apparently International Womxn’s Day. So there you go, if you marched in New York or Chicago or Washington D.C. on a cold January day, you can march again out here if you want. Personally, though female, I don’t get it. I have complaints, of course, but they are more in the league of being human. Nobody said it was all easy being human.

I was going to include a picture of the women marching, but My computer ? said that they couldn’t post that kind of picture? Interesting. I assume it’s more a political reason than a reluctance to show the extreme vulgarity demonstrated by marching women.



It Makes No Sense, No Sense at All! by The Elephant's Child

From Hot Air, by Kevin Williamson:

Trump’s wrongdoing is real and significant, but Pelosi et al. never had the moral credibility to make a persuasive impeachment case against him or the political juice to get it done. Democrats were talking about impeachment before the man was ever sworn in as president, and they remain emotionally dependent upon their preposterous tale about Russians on Facebook throwing the election to Trump. (The Russians, for their part, wanted paralyzing chaos and to destabilize the United States politically — Mission Accomplished, Ivan.) The Democrats would have been far better off simply telling the truth about Trump’s failings and challenging him at the polls rather than presenting this as an apocalyptic drama that cannot wait for an election and resolution on ordinary democratic terms. Apocalyptic dramas are pretty hard to sell when unemployment is low, and it is possible to exaggerate the sins of even Donald Trump.

From Hot Air by David Harsanyi:

While civility is an imperative in a decent society, we can’t ignore that Trump’s coarseness has also helped reveal the liberal establishment’s incivility and disdain for anyone who refuses to adopt its cultural mores. I’m sorry, I have a hard time taking etiquette lessons from people who can’t raise any ire over the Virginia governor’s casual description of euthanizing infants but act as if every Trump tweet should trigger his removal from office through the 25th Amendment.

So while I don’t like Trump any better today than I did when writing those critical pieces, I do live in the world that exists, not the one I wish existed. And that world has changed. What I didn’t foresee when writing about Trump’s candidacy was the American Left’s extraordinary four-year descent into insanity.

Most people grew up in a neighborhood where everyone else was much like themselves. They never knew anyone who was significantly different. I didn’t grow up in a neighborhood, but in the country where the closest neighbors were a mile or more away, and nothing like me at all. But here are two Conservatives who don’t like Trump, and yet have trouble with the Left’s Trump Derangement Syndrome. Williamson finds Trump’s wrongdoing real and significant. ?? Harsanyi doesn’t like him because of his coarseness, Yes, Trump responds directly to attacks, and responds in kind. Anybody remember LBJ?
Well government is hard, and the people often do not like their governors, but Trump’s accomplishments would seem to outweigh at least some of the dislike. And yes, the Democrats had decided to impeach him even before he was elected. Trump’s accomplishments in office are amazing and truly welcome.

Yet: “Trump’s Average Unemployment Rate is the Lowest in Recorded History.” There are more women working than at any time in history, and more women currently working than men. The Washington Examiner follows up with “It’s still possible the economy will decline in time for it to hurt Trump in the election. And the Trump presidency has been polarizing for many other reasons. ”

At Powerline, Steven Hayward quotes Joel Kotkin:
For much of the last seventy years, economic growth has lifted the quality of life in Europe, North America, and East Asia, providing social stability after the violent disruptions of World War II. Today, however, many of the world’s most influential leaders, even in the United States, reject the very notion that societies should improve material wealth and boost incomes given what they believe are more important environmental or social equity concerns. . .
Can anyone out there make sense of all this for me? I thought a president was someone you elected to accomplish things and make the economy better.


Is It Just Not Fair? Do The Rich Just Get Richer? by The Elephant's Child

Journalists write about studies, and suggest that life is just not fair for ordinary folk, that only the rich get richer, and the rest of us suffer. Is that true? Here’s economist  Russ Roberts, a fellow at the Hoover Institution who explains the real numbers, and why its so confusing.

Here’s how it really works.



Out of the Past: A Reminder of What Democrat Control Can Mean by The Elephant's Child

Donald J.Trump is doing a marvelous job of doing away with excess regulation. We got into an odd discussion tonight about the amount of TSP in dishwasher soap, how it meant that the dishes were not really getting clean because of regulations imposed by greennuts who were concerned about the fish in the nation’s rivers or something like that.

It was pointed out that I used to rant, online, about unnecessary regulation especially in dishwashers. I had forgotten, and had to look it up. And I certainly did! I had forgotten just how far the zealous regulators had gone. So I’m reprinting one. It’s worth reminding us of the nature of zealous regulating Democrats, and just how far they will go. They want control. It’s not even a matter of what it is they want to control. They want to fix things because they are morally superior, and know better what should be done.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S REGULATORY NIGHTMARE
by The Elephant’s Child
April 21, 2011, 4:12 pm

It’s hard to keep up with the regulatory proposals coming from government agencies. The Foundry, a Heritage Foundation blog, is trying to keep track of the more noxious ones. Today, they are pointing out the excesses of the U.S. Department of Energy.

They already regulate the design of air conditioners, battery chargers, boilers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, dryers, freezers, furnaces, heat pumps, light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets and washers. We now have washing machines that are several times more expensive and literally do not clean your clothes. Dishwashers no longer clean your dishes, and after the Volt fires in Connecticut, the regulations for battery chargers may need a second look.

The addition for today concerns a return to the shower.  The Energy {Policy Conservation Act of 1992 prescribed a measly 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) at 80 pounds per square inch of water pressure.  This was quite a dramatic reduction in showering pleasure from the 5 gpm or even 10 gpm of previous showerheads. The Department stated that: “It has always been the Department’s view that when Congress used the term ‘any shower head’ it actually meant ‘any shower head’.”

Now they want to make it clear that the regulation applies to the total from multiple shower heads in any one shower. The department recently fined 4 showerhead makers $165,104 for failing to demonstrate compliance with the shower head mandate.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 prohibits even minute levels of lead in any product intended for children 12 years of age or younger. That includes millions of children’s books printed with leaded ink.  Lead in ink was phased out in the late 1970s, but the CPSC deems any children’s book printed prior to 1986 to be potentially toxic and thus unfit for library circulation , the Goodwill store, or your neighbor’s garage sale.

The EPA is now hard at work increasing fleet-wide fuel efficiency standards for cars, and at the same time expanding the amount of ethanol in gasoline from 10% to 15%, (an amount damaging to the engines of all but the newest cars) which will dramatically decrease fuel efficiency.  Corn-based ethanol has been shown to nearly double greenhouse gas emissions over 30 years.  The spike in food prices from more ethanol will increase government spending by $1 billion a year, according to studies.

Obama policies are destroying jobs as fast as new jobs are created. Regulations accomplish nothing but unnecessary interference in peoples lives, and often simply make things worse.  There are always consequences, often unintended ones, and they seldom improve anything.

Consider this a warning.



What is Social Justice? Is There Any Such Thing? by The Elephant's Child

One wonders at the rise of enthusiasm for Socialism. Where does this come from?  Do people know nothing about the history of Socialism and how it works out? No understanding of the crisis of Venezuela? Or how the people there are literally starving in a country that was once the richest in South America?

Are they misled by talk of “social justice”? There is, by the way, no such thing. We humans are a quarrelsome lot, and you can’t overcome the difficulties of being a member of the human species easily. Democrats, with Bernie and Elizabeth Warren pushing socialism, seem to fail to recognize just where that path leads.

The human search for perfect social equality has gone on since the beginning of time. Do people actually rise in the morning hoping that might be the day when they are finally equal? Equal to what? Or Whom? I simply don’t buy it. Not everyone even wants to be rich. People want to care for their family, to have a good job that they like, at least part of the time. They want to have a nice home and be free of debt, and raise their children to be good citizens and succeed at whatever profession they choose. Some do want to be rich and some achieve it. But is it the overarching dream of many? I suspect not. People do want accomplishment, and success, and arriving at goals.

Democrats seem particularly driven by the idea of equality. They want to make everyone equal, and their policies move in that direction. They talk a lot about social justice, and more about the rich who do not deserve to be rich, and big corporations and their CEOs who do not deserve to be rich. I have wished for some things I do not have, that I cannot afford, as I’m sure you have as well. Did you get out of bed this morning yearning to be equal?  Didn’t think so.

Even for those who do want to be rich, and are working to create a business that they hope will succeed and make them richer, I suspect it is the succeed part that drives them, not the riches. Building a successful business is a worthy endeavor, and building it  is the scary and exciting part rather than the arrival at the finish.

So what is all this social justice? the social equality? Democrats’ push for equality sounds good in the abstract, but makes no sense whatsoever as a real goal. Think about that when those campaigning for an office ask for your vote. What they want is to be in charge, and have the opportunity to control your lives.



A Brief Look Back at a Bit of History by The Elephant's Child

People and their governments are not always in a happy or successful relationship. The people recognize in varying amounts that we need to have a government to keep us from killing each other, at least partly. We need a government to keep the rest of the people in line, and make some rules that we can all manage to live with. But the people increase, and the government grows and finds that it likes being in charge and making rules and that being part of a government can be somewhat rewarding, and rewarding for your relatives as well. So it’s all a bit of a conundrum.

We end up in an unsettled situation like we are just now, with one political party demanding impeachment, removal from office, and the other pointing out that we actually like what he is doing, which the other side finds unbelievable. I thought you might appreciate a look back at how we got here. You will find it clarifies the whole thing effectively, and leaves you in a better mood for the upcoming festivities, but don’t take it out on the relatives.




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