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They Are Vacating the Autonomous Six Blocks of CHOP That Had Seceded From the Rest of the Country. by The Elephant's Child

This is all extremely weird. The national news is reporting that the occupiers of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) are vacating, moving out. Their officials say that any protesters can stay as long as they went, but they seem to be tearing up the newly-planted vegetable garden and attempting to return it to ordinary park status, except that it has been all dug up.

Capitol Hill businesses have filed a major lawsuit against the City of Seattle. The merchants said in the suit that they have suffered economic ruin because the city allowed CHOP to happen. CHOP leader Naudia Miller confirmed reports that the area is being dissembled. She added “The burden of owning a business doesn’t compare to struggles of living in a nation that’s built on anti-black racism,” directed at businesses that are a party to the lawsuit.

A local investment firm closed it’s doors and announced that they were moving to Arizona. No local news purveyor managed to take pictures of the emptied streets, if they indeed are emptied. This is a screen capture from a hard-to-find video. Perhaps after the shootings, reporters and photographers decided to play it safe. This is the same view as in previous pictures that were decorated with barriers, signs, tents, debris and more signs. They talked about setting up at Seattle Center, by the Space Needle or elsewhere. The feckless Mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, was perhaps right when she called it a “summer of love” thing.

The CHOP (formerly CHAZ) has been major news across not only the country, but the world, turning the city of Seattle into something of a laughingstock, and suddenly they’re seeming to pretend that it never happened. There was a murder there, and people hospitalized.

CHOP leaders insisted their efforts are far from over: “We need every one of us to step up in a way that’s in our capacity, because we are dealing with trauma,” Miller said, adding that the only difference going forward is that Capitol Hill will no longer be a staging ground for Black Lives Matter.

Miller also spoke about everything that’s happened at the East Precinct, saying protesters’ takeover of the building was fair game after police used tear gas to disperse CHOP attendees.

“The Seattle Police Department chose that location when they terrorized people on Pine Street, and when they tear gassed people in their homes,” she commented.

The city says that the East Precinct will be reoccupied by next week. Stories about the six-block CHOP are pretty much absent from the news here, where one would think it would be big and welcome headlines. I had to really hunt to find anything.

Did they all suddenly recognize that this mess was giving Seattle a major black eye?

Capitol Hill is distinctly uphill from downtown Seattle, which is on a slight gradual slope down to the west and the water of Puget Sound, where the ferries dock. Seattle was famously built on seven hills, and some were plowed down to make them more acceptable for stores and businesses. If you assume that the CHOP area was in downtown Seattle, that’s incorrect. Capitol Hill is home to Seattle University, hospitals, schools and businesses. It slopes down on the eastern side to Lake Washington, and expensive residential areas along the lake.

Protesters have been shutting down the freeways too, or trying to. The Police keep them under control. As far as I can recall, we haven’t much here in the way of statues, or Confederate anything. Some totem poles.



Cheap Virtue, Jumping on Bandwagons of Public Feeling* by The Elephant's Child

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Every time you think you have seen it all, something else pops up. In this case, it is protesters in Portland, Oregon who last night dismantled a statue of George Washington, after they wrapped Washington’s head in an American flag and set it all on fire. George Washington?

The statue was created by an Italian-American sculptor, Pompeo Coppini, and was installed in Portland’s Rose City Park neighborhood in the late 1920s. Many years ago I lived about ten blocks from there, though I had never been to that park. It seems like an odd place for a George Washington statue. It was also defaced with spray paint.

Sprayed on the statue was the number “1619“. That suggests massive historical ignorance, which unfortunately is more common than anyone would like to admit. The 1619 date would seem to be a reference to the New York Times’ embarrassing 1619 Project attempting to rewrite the nation’s history to make it ever so much more racist, and useful.

Democrats have been chafing for years by being reminded of the Civil War, and being on the wrong side. They were terrified that would lose their Black votes. Then they elected the First Black President, which absolved them of any previous errors. And now a policeman put a black man in a neck hold, and the man died, though from the neck hold, a heart attack or a drug overdose is not clear, the world exploded in anger, started looting, and attacking statues. Just how attacking a statue of our First President and Founding Father accomplishes anything is somewhat unclear, but it seems to be the most popular solution, after looting.

This seems to be how the common saying “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry!” may have arisen.

*An appropriate phrase for the headline, borrowed from Hillsdale College.



The Independent State of CHAZ on Capitol Hill by The Elephant's Child

There is today, unsurprisingly, a remarkable amount of conversation in the press about race. The protests have spilled out internationally to England, to the European continent and to Australia and South America, and maybe other locations. Lots of tearing down statues and fiery speeches.

I live in a Seattle suburb, so the construction on an “independent state” which has seceded from the rest of the country, is of particular interest to the press who are always breathtakingly waiting for a happening, and usually have to settle for what some so-called celebrity has to say, and about which nobody cares at all.

Our Governor, Jay Inslee, having extremely unsuccessfully run for the presidency, was surprised to be questioned about the new autonomous state in the largest city in his state. He seemed entirely unaware of its existence, which is a little embarrassing when the press in the rest of the country is more informed than he is.

The Antifa people displaced a bunch of homeless who were occupying the sidewalks in the six block area they had claimed as their state, so they invited them in. But quickly complained when the homeless had eaten all their food, so they had to appeal to their friends on the outside to buy them some food, preferably vegan with meat substitutes. It’s the little details that make this all so fascinating.

There are around 500 people who live in the area, and the city has provided a fire truck in case things get out of hand. They are trying to charge the businesses in their new state rent, (they have to find a way to pay for the food) but that is actually a crime like entrapment or something. Lots of demands, but they have already invaded City Hall, so there’s not much left to invade, and nobody is paying any attention to their demands.



Joe Biden Has Chosen AOC As His Climate Adviser by The Elephant's Child

People have wondered, but the current economic slowdown will have almost no effect on the climate. To the contrary, a new paper finds that the slight increase in CO2 in the atmosphere means that the Earth is going to gain nearly three times as much green matter as was predicted by the IPCC’s AR5. From Patrick J. Michaels: That means we will meet the Paris Accords demand, and plentiful crops will help to feed a hungry world.  All good.  Most of the modern global warming that appears in the sensitive models is clearly too strong.  Climate is a key to the world’s food supply. In the 1970s Global Cooling led to widespread droughts — there had been 30 years of cooling, and as a consequence dwindling grain reserves, and most of the world relies on grain. Grains are the world’s basic food, and when food supplies fail, millions die.

Models are not the real world. Scientists put in what they know for sure, which isn’t really all that much, add things that they are pretty sure of, and at some point they add a lot of guesses about the way things are that may or may not be true. The models are derived from computer models that are meant to predict what the stock market will do. Since we are all fabulously wealthy, and nobody has gotten the dread COVID-19 disease, you surely understand that models are a very imperfect method of projecting what will be in the future. Sometimes we get it partly right, and sometimes not, even when we adequately put in the past, but it lets us make an attempt to understand what may happen in the future, and our guesses are clearly better for next week than for 20 years ahead. But think how boring life would be if we already knew what the future would be. If the future looks bad, we can try to prepare.

If you want to understand more about the climate, see the links in the sidebar, or go to Dr. Roy Spencer’s website. He has a brief introduction to Global Warming 101 and climate that is very useful. Dr. Spencer runs the satellites that measure the temperatures of the world for NASA with Dr. John Christy, and he writes a blog about all things climate.

The Democrats presumed candidate for the election this fall is Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden. Vice President Biden has chosen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to be his Climate authority, which is an even scarier possibility than Mr. Biden himself, with his ‘senior moments’.

Rep. AOC tweeted back in early February:

Fracking is destroying our land and our water. It is wreaking havoc on our communities’ health. We must do our job to protect our future from the harms caused by the fracking industry. That is why I am proud to introduce the Fracking Ban Act with Rep Darren Soto today. (with a big Ban Fracking Nationwide sign)

She is a big “Green New Deal” fan, (the “New Deal” thrown in for the Rooseveltian touch.) “Fracking” is the way that our geologists have found to release natural gas from where it is trapped underground, and has made cheaper energy plentiful and widely available, which has been a huge boon to the economy. The Earth has been warming and cooling for millions of years, and the current slight warming does not portend destruction of the earth in eleven years hence, and we can expect it to continue to warm and cool for another millennia. Neither AOC nor Mr. Biden have bothered to study up on the climate situation, but prefer to go along with what they have heard from the Swedish kid, or those who assume that we can run a modern economy on windmills and solar panels. We can’t.  Even Michael Moore has given up on wind and sun, and I believe has a movie out so stating.

There are a lot of very poor countries in the world. We have already had a “Green Revolution”, the late Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution  in a set of technology transfer initiatives  between 1950 and the late 1960s increased agricultural production worldwide, particularly in the developing world. Technologies like high-yielding varieties of cereals, chemical fertilizers, and irrigation, new methods of cultivation including mechanization were adopted as a whole. He received the Noble Peace Prize in 1970 and is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. But of course there are those who assume that we have too many people in the world already. If you want heroes to extol, remember Norman Borlaug. Banning fracking is just plain silly. Sun and wind energy simply cannot and do not produce the energy needed by a modern society and modern lives.



Same Old, Same Old Rush Hour Struggle to Get to Work on Time! by The Elephant's Child

A couple of days into the New Year, and in spite of all the hype, things don’t seem all that much different, or do they? Back to the same old battles with the morning rush to get to work on time. But other countries have the same rush to get to work, but what they have to accept as routine is just a little bit different.

A Notable Reminder: It could be a lot worse!



Probably More Than You Wanted to Know About the Climate Crisis! by The Elephant's Child

A sixteen year old schoolgirl suddenly gained fame because she tried to organize her fellow schoolmates to skip school to protest the climate crisis. Universities gave her honors degrees, and she was allowed by her parents to make the trip to the United States on a sailboat, so she could speak to the United Nations and ask for their cooperation in her crusade. She spoke.

She was highly touted for the Noble Peace Prize, but that went instead to an African gentleman who actually did something serious to advance Peace.

In California, Greta Thunberg met with Leonardo Di Caprio and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now a gigantic portrait of the pigtailed young girl has been painted on the wall of a downtown San Francisco office building. California is going to spend $2.4 million on Climate change themed art. The state’s Clean Air agency has commissioned the world’s largest installation, to appear in the common areas of the California Air Resources Board’s new headquarters in Riverside, opening in late 2021. Someone or other went on about “climate justice” but I had lost interest at that point.

If you scroll down a bit you can see two videos, one featuring Dr. Richard Lindzen, and another featuring Dr. William Happer. Dr. Happer explains that the world is in the midst of a Carbon Drought. We simply do not have enough carbon in the atmosphere. These two distinguished gentlemen are world-renowned climate scientists, who have spent their whole careers studying climate.

Here’s another interesting fact, the very first thermometer was invented in 1714.

The book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Scottish journalist Charles Mackay was first published in 1841, a study of crowd psychology.  It came in three volumes “National Delusions,” “Peculiar Follies,”and “Philosophical Delusions.” You may be able to find a copy at your public library.

As they say, there is nothing new under the sun. Perhaps it’s something in the water.

 



Now We Have to Offer “Refuge” To Those Displaced By a Changing Climate! by The Elephant's Child

From Breitbart:

Democrat legislators have drafted a bill to import at least 50,000 “climate refugees” per year despite the damaging impact on Americans’ wages and rents.

“America will continue to stand tall as a safe haven for immigrants,” declared Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), who was born in Puerto Rico and chairs the House Committee on Small Business. She said:

Despite this Administration’s efforts to strip the world’s most vulnerable populations of refuge … this legislation will not only reaffirm our nation’s longstanding role as a home to those fleeing conflict and disasters, but it will also update it to reflect changes to our world brought on by a changing climate.

The bill is titled the “Climate Displaced Persons Act,” and it offers green cards to “climate-displaced persons … [who] are individuals who have been forcibly displaced by climate change or climate-induced disruptions, such as sea-level rise, glacial outburst floods, desertification or fires … there could be as many as 200 million CDPs by 2050 globally,” said a statement from Velázquez‘s office.

Doesn’t anybody on the Left side of the aisle do their homework? Study up, so they know what they are talking about? There are certainly those who have been displaced and lost everything because of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes. Japan has just suffered under a massive earthquake and a typhoon. But these are not climate related events. If your house is built on a known earthquake fault, you might think about moving. Hurricanes are not climate related

This is supposed to be a “humanitarian”program separate from the U.S. refugee admissions program. It would admit a minimum of 50,000 Climate Displaced Persons (CDP) beginning in 2020. The President would be granted authority to “promote resilience among communities facing the impacts of climate change, The Secretary of State must devise a Global Climate Resilience position responsible for all federal efforts to address the effects of events caused by climate change.

There are no “Climate Refugees”. The climate has been changing for millions of years. It has been warmer in the past, and it has been cooler in the past, much warmer and cooler than it is today.

The United States first responsibility is to its citizens, not to those who think they might like it better here. If you want to come to America, go to your nearest consulate and apply, and wait your turn. If you need to fix up your country, figure out what is wrong and enlist others to help fix it. America currently has the finest economy the world has ever known. You might think that some of the discontented might try to find out just what Capitalism is, and why it works, instead of plotting to destroy Capitalism so they can have the kind of economy extolled by the worst mass murderers in the history of the world.



Democrat Race-Baiters Struggle to Reach New Lows! by The Elephant's Child

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I suspect the Democrats are particularly worried at present about the black vote. President Trump’s economy has meant not only millions of Americans no longer needing food stamps, but near record employment for American blacks. Even kids are getting good jobs. In the midst of all this success, the conversation seems to be more than ever about race.

Politicians backgrounds are being examined under a magnifying glass to find any evidence of anybody wearing blackface — ever. No matter how long ago, nor under what circumstances. Just this last week, President Trump – who is admittedly not always delicate in his choice of words – but very fed up with the attacks from the press, tweeted that the impeachment inquiry was like a “lynching.” Of course the blogosphere and the airwaves erupted in partisan rage. How dare he appropriate a term that spoke of past horrors of American politics so casually. Outrage! Teeth Gnashings! And with only a few minutes digging, it turns out most Democrats have used the term, and fairly frequently at that.

But try to recall just how many politicians or elites have been found to have worn blackface at some point in the past. Every public remark that can be twisted a little to become a “racist remark” has been so twisted. Racial prejudice is at an all-time low, and the accusations of “White supremacy” are at an all-time high. In Chancellorsville, President Trump made a remark about the divide between people who wanted to tear down Confederate monuments and people who wanted to preserve them, as good people on each side and the whole thing was  twisted by the partisan press into a racist remark, which it was not. I lost two great (GG?) uncles on each side of the Civil War, and have a shortage of cousins as a result.

People who should know better go on at great length about “white supremacy”, yet I have never in my entire life seen or heard anyone seem aware of or interested in any such thing.  Since it is Halloween season, and a time for costume parties, costumes are regarded with intense interest to determine what it is that they “really” represent. It frankly does not seem to be Conservatives who are trying to make everything about race. “Reparations” are in style once again, as an obvious policy response to America’s “original sin of slavery and exploitation of African Americans”. It is hard for today’s Americans to realize that at the very beginning of our nation, slavery was pretty much the norm around the world, and people sold themselves into indentured servitude to get to America. Most of the Atlantic slave trade went to the Sugar Islands or South America, not to the United States.

No amount of penance can absolve the white man of the sins perpetuated against black humanity. This is the crux of critical race theory. There can never be appeasement.

Democrats are terrified that Black Americans will be grateful for low unemployment and plentiful jobs, even for young people, and recognize that the benefits came from the Trump economy. So Democrats are pulling out all the stops and trying to make the election all about race rather than about plentiful jobs, and a growing economy.

Bed, Bath and Beyond tried to get a little ahead in the celebration of Halloween and ghosts and ghoolies with some nice traditional pumpkins, updated.

Halloween comes in two colors, orange and black with a little white thrown in for ghosts and ghoolies. Orange jack 0’lanterns and black cats are fine, but an original twist must be “racist?” A one-minute search turned up this page.

The NAACP got involved in this one, at a law firm in Nyack, New York.  Bed Bath and Beyond quickly changed their pictures. Who Knew the extent of the Democrat Party’s rush to label anything and everything “racist” in their search for votes could extend so far. Mellow out people! No racial animosity intended.  Have a Happy Halloween, Carve your pumpkins in a traditional manner, or try something new. Who knows what that will turn up?



Avoiding Their Responsibility In Favor of “Click Bait” by The Elephant's Child

The American press is so focused on what we are calling “click bait” or celebrity that they do not notice commentary from scholars or scientists or experts in one field or another, in favor of reporting what some has-been from Hollywood has to say, that it is a big choice in reporting. A recognizable name is favored over important ideas every time. Robert DeNiro is famous for something other than his usually foul mouth, but I cannot remember what, nor dredge up any reason why anything he has to say would be of interest.

This kind of emphasis is why President Trump refers to the “fake media” as well as why the media is so offended at his categorization. This is why we have to listen to the inane comments from AOC, but have to search out commentary from highly regarded climate scientists. I don’t care what anyone from Hollywood has to say about anything at all. I’ve pretty much given up any interest in movies because of their dumb politics. If I am in need of pure entertainment, I’ll look for old movies or movies from Britain. I have seen some notice that movie attendance is way off. They have only themselves to blame. I don’t post my opinions so much to complain, but for others who think the same way, to know that they are not alone.



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?



Panic Time: Greenland Just Lost 11 Billion Tons of Ice in One Day! by The Elephant's Child

From James Delingpole:

Greenland just lost 11 billion tons of ice melted in one day because of this shocking weather event known as ‘summer’.

CBS News’s resident climate expert Ted Scambos thinks this is worrying, as does Bill McKibben Canadian alarmist and Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar: “The climate crisis is happening NOW, I’ve been to Greenland and seen the ice sheet”

James adds: “Do you not realize that if the Greenland ice sheet goes on melting at this extraordinary rate, then within 12,500 years HALF of it will be gone?”

Paul Homewood adds: “The simple fact is that the Greenland ice sheet melts every summer, particularly when the sun shines. That’s what it does. And it grows back again in winter as the snow falls. Indeed, if it did not melt, it would carry on growing year after year.



How Does Your Home Town Celebrate the Fourth? by The Elephant's Child

I did not grow up in a town, but about 9 miles out of the nearest town, so it is more or less “my home town.” A friend who also grew up in that town, who now lives in St. Louis, keeps the rest of us up to date on notable events. One, of course, being the Fourth of July Celebration. which this year, as in past years, (for 40years?) will feature a big porcupine race. My personal experiences with porcupines had nothing to do with racing, and a lot to do with removing quills from dogs , who would not learn from experience, and once from one trying to get in the small window beside my bed, sometime in the wee hours of the night. That did not end well either, for the porcupine.




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