“Scientists Don’t Know” But Reporters Will Hint

“Police don’t know if the unarmed man was innocently walking down the street when he was brutally jumped by racist police” — TV News Reporter, someday.

California wildfires have been blamed on the drought, which of course is absolutely caused by Climate Change.  We know this because it is so logical that no one needs to do responsible scientific investigation.

The same researchers may want to look into the midwestern floods and crop damage:

Some Midwest Farmers’ Crops Falter in Record Rains

 
  Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb’s cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and capable of producing little, if any, grain.

The 48-year-old central Indiana farmer can’t recall anything like the deluges he’s seen from late May on this summer; the latest was a 4-inch downpour a week ago. Neither can his father, who’s been farming for 50 years.

Okay, it’s historic rainfall in one place, and historic drought in another.  Normal weather where I live.  From the same story:

The Midwestern Regional Climate Center in Champaign, Illinois, is looking into the causes of the rain-sodden summer — Illinois saw twice the normal amount of rain for the month of June alone — including whether the largest El Nino system in a decade or climate change played a role.

I think that’s what they do at the Midwest Regional Climate Center every day.  Rain or no rain. Right? — Dave

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East-central Illinois farmer Mark Henrichs isn’t sure whether the crippling rains, which came three years after a devastating drought, might be tied to changes climate scientists have predicted global warming might bring. But the 58-year-old knows they were highly unusual.

When you shatter rainfall records that have been existed for over 100 years, it does make you wonder … If you’re shattering rainfall records that are that old, you have to be experiencing atrocious damage. That goes hand in hand,” said Henrichs, who has farmed for 40 years near Chatsworth, Illinois.

Is your house in the “hundred year” floodplain?  Mine isn’t and I sined a document to that effect at my closing.  Of course if there is a “hundred year floodplain,” then it stands to reason that awful weather might happen every now and then — even worse than the weather your dad remembers.


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Columnist: Swastika = Confederate Flag, USA = Germany

Trigger Warning to Liberal Whiney-Pants Idiods: Ideas you might disagree with are here.  Symbols which define bad things are also here.  Get the hell used to it. — Dave

“The army of the emboldened and gleefully ill-informed is growing.”
Andrew Breitbart


Some people can’t imagine America as a good place, though they think they are trying to make it better.  By the time it starts to conform to their vision, it will be too late.  All the good will be gone.Dave Alexander


With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations. — Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States


Matthew Schofield had a wonderful bit of propaganda in Saturday’s newspaper.  Those who predicted that the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from South Carolina would not be the last on that subject were right.  You need to read the column.  Then read between the lines.

He compares Nazi Germany and the swastika, and slavery and the Confederate Battle Flag. He finds them equal.

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The Nazis were bastards. Every one of them. See this symbol in public on a flag or on a tattoo, and you have found yerself an idiot. A knuckle-dragging racist idiot. Ignore them.

As printed in the Raleigh News & Observer, pulled quotes tell you what you need to know:

Nazi Symbols were banned by Germany in 1949.

In the U.S., Confederate symbols remain in use.

Swastika ‘completely unacceptable,’ but Americans’ ‘made a different choice’

The point of the well written, yet misguided comparison piece is that there are big differences in the ways in which the two nations dealt with their brutal pasts.  I agree.

I searched the article and could find no mention of “freedom,” “First Amendment,” or “constitution.”  Schoenfield of course knows that what goes into propaganda isn’t nearly as important as what is left out.

By the way, the article features a picture of Swastika flags which are banned in Germany. The online version has a similar picture of Hitler and swastika flags.   Could this article appear in this form in a German newspaper?  And are we now taking ethical and freedom lessons from the Germans?

Schoenfield makes sure the reader understands that Nazism and slave holding are roughly equivalent: 11 million dead in one case, and 11 million in chains in another.  Fine.  Point made.  I hereby condemn both practices — which occurred before my birth and for which I bear no shame.

Quote after quote in the article-as-opinion-piece support the idea that while The Confederacy isn’t exactly Nazi Germany, there’s a really close kinship:

Deidre Berger, director of the American Jewish Committee office in Berlin, notes that it’s difficult to compare anything to the mass genocide of the Holocaust. But, she said, the symbols of the Holocaust and of slavery both represent intense hatred.

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“Symbols are important, they’re a shorthand groups use in a single image to convey a world of information,” said Mark Potok, an expert on extremism for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., who notes that some Southern states took to flying the battle flag in the 1960s as a protest against the integration of schools. “The official reaction in recent weeks against the Confederate battle flag has been impressive, though you could argue it was 150 years late.”


Besser spät als nie.   (Thanks Google Translate!)

Well, better late than NEVER, I’m sure many are saying now.

This piece, and the ones which will no doubt follow are clearly marching us in one direction: The elimination of symbols, speech and opinion which diverge from approved dogma.  

Want proof?  Bring a book about guns to a college campus.  Call a feminist “honey” and see if you don’t face the wrath.  Describe anything which is bad as “a dark time.”  Read a Bible during lunch at work.  The grandchildren of hippies will shout you down or try to shut you up.  If not today, then next month.

When it happens, it will not just come from college campus committees, advisory boards or experts on hate speech.  The Government will be the arbiter of what you see and know.  And we’ll all be good little Nazis.

I’m actually flying this flag to remind everybody of the hundreds of thousands of white, black, northern and southern soldiers who died to eradicate slavery. 

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Western Culture Has Created Many Good Things — And the Bible Created The Culture

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From Bible Gateway, an interview with the author of How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization: An Interview with Vishal Mangalwadi:images - VM young

Vishal Mangalwadi: Although the West has amputated its soul, I call the Bible the soul of Western Civilization because it propelled the development of everything good in the West: its notion of human dignity, human rights, human equality, justice, optimism, heroism, rationality, family, education, universities, technology, science, culture of compassion, great literature, heroism, economic progress, political freedom. Take, for example, democracy.

The myth that modern democracy came from Greece was invented only in the 20th century by John Herman Randall of Columbia College (New York) and Mortimer Adler and Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago. The reality is that in his classic, Republic, Plato, the greatest of Greek philosophers, had already condemned democracy as Mobocracy—the worst of all political systems. Plato proposed that the ideal republic should be ruled by philosopher-kings. His disciple, Aristotle, trained Alexander-the-Great to be a philosopher-king, who turned out to be one of the most ruthless conquerors in history. In turn, Alexander inspired India’s first empire builder, Chandragupta Maurya.

Yes, Western Culture has had slavery, evil, mass hysteria, The Spanish Inquisition, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, The Twilight Book and Movie series, and Keanu Reeves’ film career.

But it’s not all bad.

By the way, being proud and inspired by western literature or history does NOT mean I hate brown people, or Asian folks or Muslims.  It means that I value the creation of a culture which has brought medicine, science and democracy to the world, to mention just three contributions.

It’s really nice that Arabs invented Algebra. The Chinese invented gun powder.  Indians (no, the other ones) invented the zero.  Good job.  You probably did a lot of other things.

The culture inspired by the Jewish and Christian Bibles created the west as we know it.  Note the first line in the quote above:

 “Although the West has amputated its soul…”

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If We Pull This Off…

…we’ll eat like kings.

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When you start a phrase with “if,” you must have some sort of reasonable expectation that the next idea can actually  happen.

Bill

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Exaggeration as Environmentalism

Sadly, environmental activists exaggerate a million times more than folks who are not environmental activists. –Dave

Climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and I think this is perhaps the most serious environmental issue facing us. — Bill Nye

This map appears on Grist, an environmental website which is actually quite well done. I disagree with a lot of things I read, but it is usually pretty intelligent stuff. Not so, today. Today they show this “terrifying map” of wildfires and encourage readers to zoom in.   My first picture is how the map looks initially in the article.

Mourn, my friends for regular reader D. Edgren, who apparently has been consumed by flames, along with the entire state of Alaska.

FIRES

Okay. Just Kidding. When you zoom into Alaska, you immediately see that the entire state is not on fire. It has been a terrible year for fires, but wildfires not near property or people usually are left to burn in Alaska. The west is in a drought, and dry conditions lead to wildfires.
Remember of course that every natural phenomenon including floods, droughts, hurricanes and even earthquakes have been “tied” to Global Climate Change.

FIRES

The letter “E” is almost gone!

Back to the animated map. Drag it to New Mexico and scroll in, until you see a wildfire covering the “E” in New. The fire looks huge. It covers less than 700 acres. A big fire, but Arizona is almost 73 million acres in size.


Remind yourself that sometimes environmentalists exaggerate, and they misuse visuals to make their point.  Those little fire icons seem to be the same size — no matter how much I zoom in.

I first saw this in Lake Placid, New York. I was a reporter up there when some environmental group complained that the intrusion of man has started to destroy the scenic vistas. In 1991 an environmental conservation group published a special report on the loss of scenic vistas. The Adirondack Park is a 6 million acre patchwork of public and private lands with towns and highways. The Adirondack Council is just one of many groups lobbying greater government control over private land.

If you wanted to study the collusion between environmental NGOs and official government entities you could learn a lot studying the Adirondacks.

Here’s a picture from the 1991 report, Courtesy of the Adirondack Council:

Viking Lake Placid Adirondack Council 1991

Wow. That Viking is certainly blocking the view to Whiteface Mountain, right?
Guess again. In order to take that picture from that angle, you’d have to be on private property far off the road. Yes the Viking is sort of out of place in the mountains, but he was in town, in a mini-golf course if my memory is correct.

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The view behind him is actually pretty dull in real life, from the road. According to roadsideamerica.com, he’s no longer there. He was a victim of economics, not environmentalists.
Sadly, environmental activists exaggerate a million times more than folks who are not environmental activists. The rest of us have to try to win an argument without exaggerating our data. Yes, I’m talking to you, Man-Made Climate Guys.
The Grist fire post ends, as most environmentalist stuff does: With a slap at regular folks.  I’ll let them have the last snark:

Better grab your face mask, West Coast: You’re on fire. Don’t worry about Florida, however — that’s just what happens when you mix hairspray and Pall Malls.

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At This Point They’re Just Making Stuff Up

Badger recovering in shelter after being found drunk on Polish beach

The black and white omnivore was unconscious for two days, the shelter’s manager, Marzena Bialowolska, told AFP, adding that the badger had partially recovered but was still unable to sit up.

N.Y. ISIS Suspect Got All He Needed for Jihad on eBay

Arafat Nagi began prepping three years ago, says the FBI, including two trips to Turkey.

University Language Guide Says Not to Use the Word ‘American’

“The guide encourages the use of the more inclusive substitutes “U.S. citizen” or “Resident of the U.S.”

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No, this picture does not go with the OnStar story.

One Tiny Black Box Can Take Control of a Car Through OnStar

OnStar. They can unlock, start and stop your car remotely.  Great idea.

Lockheed Fired Its Death Laser at a Pickup Truck, and this happened…

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Please Don’t Offend the Muslims!

offending muslimsW. Scott Lamb in the Washington Post:

It is time to start speaking the truth and doing so plainly. What we’re witnessing is genocide…

While the U.S. and her allies work on drafting what they want to say and how they want to say it so as not to offend anyone, ISIS continues to spew and spread its murderous ideology around the globe — on free-speech platforms created and launched by Americans.

I had a young colleague who asked “If we have the bomb, why can’t the Iranians?”  The non-nuanced answer of course is “Because they want to kill you.”

If we are to judge people by the content of their character, and their actions are the best window to their character, then Iran should be banned from the bomb.


You know what offends me?  Planes full of people flown into buildings.  Entire regions emptied of their Christian communities.  Cutting the heads off people who are not “Islamic enough.”  Forcing women to cover up.  Raping and killing those who don’t.  It offends me that the American administration kicks the can down the road so the next president will have to deal with this massive military and refugee crisis.  It offends me that antisemitism is back in style, and the Islamic bomb is just years away.

I’m offended that western civilizationWhite House Photo is threatened by two-bit tyrants and thugs. And the weakling at Pennsylvania Avenue just waits for retirement.

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