American Elephants


Why Does Race Dominate the Political Conversation? by The Elephant's Child

Heather MacDonald, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

Long before the El Paso massacre, President Trump’s political opponents accused him of sowing “division” with his “racist language.” Mr. Trump “exploits race,” “uses race for his gain,” is engaged in a “racially divisive reprise” of his 2016 campaign, stokes “racial resentments,” and puts “race at the fore,” the New York Times has reported over the past several months.

I don’t know about you, but I had certainly heard the claims of Trump’s racism, but I didn’t hear the examples. The president doesn’t seem to use racial categories in his tweets, or in his speeches. (The article is may be behind a subscription barrier)

The Democrats and the Media certainly do. Ms. MacDonald wrote:

 



With the Climate Crisis, Its One Damn Thing After Another by The Elephant's Child

About the time one claim about Climate Change begins to fall apart, they seem to have another one ready. It’s meat! To save the planet we have to stop eating meat. All those animals that we raise for meat, especially cows, have a flatulence problem. A new UN Report takes aim at meat eating. The UN seeks expansion of their climate mandate to regulate what you eat. We have to have enough mandates to make the United Nations a busy and prosperous organization, so lifestyle controls seem worthwhile. Are you ready to give up Prime Rib in the interest of saving the planet? How about Porterhouse? Hamburgers? Bacon? (Yes, bacon comes from pigs.)

Climate activists cheer the UN report. “We need a radical transformation, not incremental shifts, towards a global land use and food system that serves our climate needs” And that will accomplish absolutely nothing. Al Gore, however, is poised to profit. He is the biggest investor in ‘Beyond Meat’. And watch out for Cory Booker, who I believe is a vegetarian.

You need something done, whether it is the need for a government, or an agency, and they need a big bunch of rules, and people to write the rules and administer the rules, and offices and departments, and first thing you know they are trying to control everything and you have to have a revolution to get rid of them, or at least put them under control.

The climate is always changing, as it has done for millions of years. It has been much colder in the past and much warmer as well. Scientists have just confirmed from their separate observations and figures that there was indeed a Medieval Warm Period, when the weather was much warmer than it is today, and wine grapes grew in England and wheat in Norway. In the 1800s  we had The Little Ice Age, when the common phrase was “1800 and Froze to Death”.

CO² is not a pollutant, but a natural fertilizer for plants. Nurserymen pump carbon dioxide into their greenhouses to make their plants grow healthy. The earth is greening, and the increased green can be seen from space.

Forbes Magazine just decided to censor a climate story journalist Doron Levin wrote for Forbes about the scientific research by Professor Nir Shaviv, an Israeli Astrophysicist, and  Professor Henrik Svensmark in Denmark to demonstrate the effect of cosmic rays on cloud formation.

The activists who want us to give up meat seem to be particularly interested in the nutritional value of insects, but have little concern for the birds destroyed by wind turbines and solar arrays.  So that’s the way of the world this second week of August, 2019. Go figure.

The Fact that the United States has reduced our “greenhouse gas emissions” more than any other nation, gets no mention at all.

ADDENDUM: I should probably mention, in case there are any Western ranchers reading this, that the picture is actually of Swiss cows, and  milk cows rather than range cattle, and I don’t know the breed, I just liked the picture. They are not responsible for porterhouse and/or prime rib, in which case you should look for Herefords.



Should You Panic About The Planet? If Not, Why Not? by The Elephant's Child

It seems that Google is sponsoring a climate camp for the well-heeled at a resort just out of Palermo, in Sicily. They are flying in in their private jets to the Palermo airport, or arriving in their large motor-yachts to demonstrate their concern for the climate and settle on just how few years we may have left before climate catastrophe. It’s all those dirty fossil fuels, you know. Need clean natural wind, clean natural sun.

Carbon dioxide CO², is not a pollutant!  If one remembers back to high school biology and photosynthesis, CO² is what we exhale. The plants in the world take in CO² and release oxygen, which we use in the air we breathe, and exhale the CO². The slight increase in CO² in the atmosphere means the greening of the earth, crops are growing, trees have more healthy leaves, the change in the greening earth can be seen from space. Hungry people are being fed with more bountiful crops.

NBC News Claim: ‘Climate scientists drive stake through heart of skeptics’ argument – New research shows that the recent rise in global temperatures is unlike anything seen on Earth during the past 2,000 years.

Reality Check: 

‘More than 700 scientists from 400 institutions in 40 countries have contributed peer-reviewed papers providing evidence that the Medieval Warm Period was real, global, & warmer than the present.

2019: Antarctica was warmer one thousand years ago — and life was OK

Something that seems to happen with some regularity is climate panics. Can start with some bad weather of some kind, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, hailstorms, wildfire, things that happen now and then from perfectly ordinary recognized causes, and some people decide it is but a harbinger of more and worse whatever. We just had an example in Northern California with wildfires blamed on climate change instead of the dry undergrowth gone unattended and Power company sparking wires. It is normal human instinct when something bad happens to want to blame it on a bigger trend, or a more dramatic cause. Tonight and tomorrow night, I think I read, we are expected to have a black moon, apparently a normal occurrence if not common. There were bad floods in the Midwest, from the Missouri River, I think. If a flood is a big one that takes out some of your buildings, you’re not likely to write it off as a common occurrence even if you have regularly had floods for years. You will find examples of all kinds of climate panics in the past.

I vaguely remember a story about a whole town of people who went out to the hillsides locally to wait out the night for the end of the world, back in the 1800s. And people on the west coast retreating to the hills for fear of a tsunami that never came.

For those who are fearing the warming of the climate, Minnesota’s 121-year-old  Cold Record has just been toppled.  Coldest July 30 since William McKinley was president. 37°F this morning.

And then we have the young Swedish climate wunderkid Greta Thunberg, who has aroused European kids to skip school to urge climate change because she is quite sure she can see CO² molecules in the air. Well, a university gave her a doctorate degree, and I think I saw that she is sailing to the Google event in Italy.

For the fearful, here is a good brief discussion of global warming from Dr. Roy Spencer who manages the satellites that measure the temperature of the troposphere around the planet.



A Disaster for Democrats by The Elephant's Child

Interesting hearings today. They didn’t go quite as the Democrats had planned. And the consensus seems to be that it was a disaster for them and may have ended their pursuit of impeachment. We’ll see. I don’t expect they will give up easily.

Have you noticed that nobody seems to mention the extent to which President Trump cooperated with the investigation? He gave them everything they asked for, access to staff, his lawyer, papers, answered questions and complied cooperatively with the whole effort, though he did call it a “witch hunt” from time to time.

Lawrence Tribe, Harvard Law School, Lefty, wrote that: “the effort to save democracy and the rule of law from this lawless president  has been set back, not advanced.” That one startled me — “Save Democracy and the Rule of Law?” A little full of ourselves are we?  I continued on browsing, and discovered the same quote at InstaPundit. 422 other people were disturbed enough by Tribe’s statement to want to comment on it, quite a few angrily, some scatologically and many just wanted to tell Mr.Tribe where he could take his opinions.  Funny.



Thomas Sowell On the Myths of Economic Inequality by The Elephant's Child

It’s Sunday, so perhaps you have more time to watch a little longer intellectual discussion of capitalism and freedom from Thomas Sowell, brilliant as usual. A splendid commentary on the general conversation out there today.

Sowell discusses his early life as a high school dropout and his first full-time job as a Western Union messenger delivering telegrams. He admits to flirting with Marxism in his early twenties as he first tried to grapple with the housing inequality he saw across the neighborhoods of New York City. Marxism, he says, was the only explanation he could find at the time. He went on to serve in the Marine Corps before continuing his education in economics at Harvard and earning a master’s at Columbia and a PhD at the University of Chicago.

Sowell’s first job after his receiving his PhD in economics was working for the Department of Labor, and he says it was there that he realized Marxism was not the answer. He argues that the government has its own institutional interests in inequality that cannot be explained through Marxism. He began to be discouraged by Marxism and the government in general and began searching for better economic ideas and solutions (the free market).

Robinson and Sowell discuss Sowell’s written works, his ideas of racial and economic inequality, the state of the United States today, and much more.



Elizabeth Warren Does Not Understand Economics by The Elephant's Child

A few years back, Mary Kissel who was at the Wall Street Journal at the time, remarked that Elizabeth Warren had only “a child-like understanding of economics”. That stuck with me because it was so accurate. Black unemployment is the lowest it has ever been. The economy is doing great. Food Stamp use is way down. New filings for unemployment benefits are at an all time low.

Democrats believe, as a matter of faith, that Republican tax cuts go only to the rich and to corporate chieftains. Democrats have no understanding of proportionality whatsoever. Since the rich pay way more in taxes, the same percentage of a tax cut will mean more money for somebody who makes far more. Worked for Ronald Reagan too, if you remember

That’s why tax cuts for business owners mean they have more leeway to invest, build, hire, grow their businesses and they do so. Ordinary people have more money to buy something they need or want. They have more freedom. It’s a big shot in the arm for the economy. Were Ms. Warren to be elected, the first thing she would do is end the hated tax-cuts, and set the country on a recession which she would not understand at all, and inevitably believe that it was something Trump did to her because she attacked him for calling her Pocahontas. Bet she doesn’t even know that President Trump is donating his salary to the country.



The Democrat Debate. Sad. by The Elephant's Child

I watched and listened to the Democrats’ debate for a while, and couldn’t take any more. Perhaps after a bit of a rest, I can stand a little more without getting too annoyed.

What is wrong with today’s world, the enormous troubles of the world, all that is wrong anywhere — is Trump. The horrors of the border, the American health care situation, drug addiction, the American economy, the rest of the world which now hates us because of Trump, He has turned all of our allies into enemies. They’re not going to call them “concentration camps” at the border, (that didn’t go over too well) But the children at the border, the poor pitiful little children must be saved, not clear exactly how, but everybody gets to make their application for amnesty because they are escaping from countries that we have to turn our attention and wealth to fixing, so they can stay home once we have fixed their home countries for them.

Their loathing for Trump is enormous, and he is to blame for everything. What I have found really interesting is Democrats’ lack of interest in Hillary. They are most furious about being out of power, about losing the election and every detail of what caused them to lose (electoral college), Constitution, white supremacy etc. etc.

They are all signing on to “Medicare for All” which will clearly be a major campaign issue. That and some form of children in cages being mistreated at the border. Make voters care with an appeal to stop Trump from mistreating innocent little children. Little children dying in evil Border Patrol custody will be big. Evil pharmaceutical companies to blame for drug addiction, the cost of health care, and just the usual Democrat focus on big business as evil. You don’t even need to watch any of this to know what is being said and urged. You’ve heard it all before.

Time to insert Thomas Sowell quotation:
“There are no solutions, only trade-offs”

America has the best health care in the world because kids who like science work their tails off to get good grades so they can get into good medical schools so they can become doctors, save lives, become prosperous and live good lives themselves. One of the Democrat debaters (I didn’t recognize him) said he asked  several hospital management people what they would do if everybody was on Medicare. The answer was uniformly – close down. Did you ever ask how much one of those complicated hospital beds costs? Let alone the big scanners and the complex new drugs that are saving lives. That’s why in the big cities the hospitals have auxiliaries and society balls for their supporters where it is important to be seen. Trade-offs. Democrats don’t like Tom Sowell. They call him an “Uncle Tom.”




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