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If Impeachment Doesn’t Work, They’ve Focus-Group Tested Another Way to Get Rid of the Orange Bad Man by The Elephant's Child

The desperate Democrats are heading en-masse today 3,781 miles across the Atlantic for the United Nations COP25 big climate change hoopla in Madrid. Nancy Pelosi  is leading a delegation to join some 25,000 people and 1,500 journalists and 16 year-old Climate expert Greta Thunberg, who can see the CO2 rising through the air to create this planetary crisis.

The members of the taxpayer-funded Pelosi Democrat delegation include:

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Committee on Science, Space, Technology
  • Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Committee on Natural Resources
  • Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
  • Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)
  • Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)
  • Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA)
  • Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA)
  • Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA)
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
  • Congressman Mike Levin (D-CA)
  • Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL)
  • Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO)

Pelosi’s team claims it will will seek to “reaffirm the commitment of the American people to combating the climate crisis” at the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also called COP25, her office said on Saturday confirming the trip.

This is despite the fact the Speaker of the House will represent nobody but herself and her party as she is prevented by law from conducting foreign policy or make any agreements with foreign leaders regarding sovereign treaties.

You can be quite sure that the Democrats have focus-tested and polled to see what their best attack on Trump will be for the 2020 election, and apparently attacking Trump as a “Climate-Denier” when the earth has only 12 to 15 years before it’s all over, is their best bet. You have perhaps noticed that nobody explains just exactly what happens in the 12 or 15 years.

Pelosi said: Taking action to protect our planet is a public health decision for clean air and clean water for our children, an economic decision for creating the green, good-paying jobs of the future, a national security decision to address resource competition and climate migration and also a moral decision to be good stewards of God’s creation and pass a sustainable, healthy planet to the next generation.

John Kerry argued on Meet the Press that “We have got to treat climate change “like a War”. Named it “World War Zero” and recruited Bill Clinton, and Leonardo DiCaprio, John Kasich and Schwarzenegger. He could probably fit in Jane Fonda too.
Just received my weekly newsletter from SEPP, the Science and Environmental Project, (SEPP.org ) They say:

Two prevalent myths are damaging our economy and hurting the less fortunate: 1) greenhouse gases, chiefly carbon dioxide, are causing dangerous global warming; and 2) wind and solar can easily replace fossil fuels, nuclear, and hydro in electricity generation. Both are false, yet widely accepted. We continue to contest these myths, and others, with hard evidence.

There aren’t millions of “green jobs” out there either. Dr. William Happer has pointed out that we are in the midst of a carbon drought! We need more carbon, not less. Mass Hysteria!

What troubles me is that the Left wants to use the hysteria created by the DiCaprios, Fondas and Pelosis for political ends, because they believe they are meant to be in charge, simply because they are morally superior. Concern about the economy, the welfare of the people, foreign affairs will all be fine because of their moral superiority.



Mark Steyn And Guests Talk About the Climate by The Elephant's Child

Mark Steyn has had a court case hanging over him for ages, by the noxious Michael Mann, he of the “hockey-stick graph”, which, of course has no relation to the real world.  Interesting conversation. Enjoy.



Here’s John Stossel to Tackle Current Claims of Climate Doom by The Elephant's Child

And here is the Manhattan Contrarian answering the question “Who is Winning the Climate Wars?” Do we have to panic in the expectation that in just 12 years it’s all over? Greta Thunberg’s mother says her daughter’s ideas are important because she is able to see the Carbon Dioxide rising out of chimneys and the rising seas.

In spite of all the panic, the rising of the seas seems to take place in millimeters rather than feet. There are roughly 25 millimeters to an inch, so you can see the rise of the oceans are possibly not what some assume. I thought you would fine these two pieces interesting in the wake of the sainted Greta’s visit to the U.S, the UN and Hollywood.



Was Darwin Wrong About the Origin of Species? by The Elephant's Child

Perhaps you have noticed on the web, some remarks about scholars challenging Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Here they are with the Hoover Institute’s Peter Robinson, explaining their deviance from what has been scientific orthodoxy. This is a fascinating and very interesting video, probing some of the country’s sharpest minds, though as it happens when all were in Italy:David Berlinsky, David Gerlernter, and Stephen Meyer. Enjoy, it’s very much worth your time.



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.

 



Absolutely Entitled to Be In Charge! by The Elephant's Child

It is certainly clear that Democrats believe they are entitled to run things, to be in charge. Three years later, and they still have not gotten over it. “Entitled” seems to be the key word. They should be in charge – because they are morally superior. They are compassionate. They care.

Republicans clearly do not care. They make it clear every day. Desperate people looking for a better life, and Republicans want to build walls to keep them out. They want to send people to prison just for smoking a joint. They have this cruel police force called ICE that wants to track down immigrants living quietly in this country and deport them. They want to tell women what they can do with their bodies, and deny them health care when they need it most. They clearly do not really care about the people at all.

The earth is facing a horrible doom because Republicans won’t face facts and move to clean renewable energy, and stop the evil oil pipelines that are despoiling the planet, because they favor Big Oil companies instead of clean natural wind and solar energy. It’s very clear that Republican care far more about budgets and big corporations than they do about the American people.

If you just keep their moral superiority in mind, everything will become clearer and less argumentative. They are really trying to improve things. Just see what they are offering to do to improve your lives. Rein in those big corporations that are polluting the planet. Medicare for all, not just the old folks. Compassion for all.  Social Justice for all. More equality. More fairness. What more could you ask?



Are We Getting Dumber? Or Does It Just Seem That Way? by The Elephant's Child

I just questioned (online) the vaguely remembered claim that most Americans cannot name the three branches of government. It was supposedly only 26% who could not name them, then it got turned around to 75% of Americans could not, and just 26 percent who could, and only 33% who could name a single branch. Well, that’s informative. No wonder President Trump speaks of “Fake News.”

It’s clear that people don’t know how to think about the climate. Popular thinking runs somewhere from total panic because the earth is ending in just 5 years, to this article I ran across today: “A Relatively Painless Guide to Cutting Plastic Out of Your Life.”

Last year may have been the beginning of the end for plastic. It may have taken a while for the average person to wake up to its dangers, but many were shaken into action by the images and videos of plastic’s impact on the natural world that flooded the media in 2018.

A viral video showed a turtle with a straw stuck up its nose. Stories about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch revealed how island-sized trash mounds had collected in the ocean between Hawaii and California. And then there was that National Geographic cover of a plastic bag floating in the water, beneath the scrawled words “Planet or Plastic?” The issue publicized a remarkable statistic: Despite the world’s efforts to recycle, 91 percent ends up in the trash.

What, you are telling me that we have these huge, expensive recycling programs, and they don’t work at all? Not to worry, the plastic in the oceans apparently comes from China, which is actually worrisome. The United States has done a remarkable job of reducing noxious emissions — more than any other country.

This is from SEPP’s weekly newsletter (Science and Environmental Policy Project’ free newsletter)

Appropriate Models: Mathematics is the language of science, but that does not mean that mathematical models correctly describe physical phenomena. Or that a mathematical process in a model used in analyzing physical evidence (data) from observations and / or experiments suitable for one phenomenon is suitable for other phenomena. The model may or may not describe the subject phenomenon. That is one reason why Richard Feynman stated that hypotheses (guesses) must be tested against all relevant data. Experimental data is preferred because other possible influences are controlled to the extent possible, but observational data may be necessary.

Benny Avni writes in the New York Sun that as America’s Democratic Presidential Candidates promote programs borrowed from Europe’s traditional left, Europeans are increasingly pushing back against them. Angela Merkel was blamed for dragging Germany’s Christian Democratic Party too far to the left. France’s National Rally Party beat President Macron’s centrist faction. In Poland, Hungary and Italy, politicians of various right-wing parties are now in power, and anti-leftist parties are on the rise. In Canada, Prime Minister Trudeau is struggling to stay in power after his Liberal party suffered parliamentary seat losses. Lot of Politics out there.

I got my hair cut yesterday, and picked up a copy of the old familiar Readers Digest  in the waiting room. No longer a big thick magazine, it had dieted down to maybe a quarter of an inch thick. Magazines and newspapers are clearly dying. I’m more concerned about the dumbing-down of society. I suspect that the online opinions flashing across computer screens suggest that people don’t read anything of length. Some websites are suggesting, beside their stories, that it is  only a 4 minute, or 6 minute read, to encourage those who have a tiny bit of time to pause long enough for their story. Reminds me to be brief and get to the point. But it suggests that we are becoming more superficial, less informed, and more open to bad information. What do you think?




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