So very odd

February 19th, 2019

RLS on AOC and others who appear to actually believe their bizarre fantasy religion. That’s it for now. Prepping for some meetings.

For once we agree — uh, oops!

February 18th, 2019

Globe:

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that he’s “ashamed” Vice President Mike Pence didn’t mention climate change while speaking at the Munich Security Conference. Kerry, speaking hours after Pence addressed the conference, vowed to help make climate change a voting issue. “I’m ashamed that our vice president of the United States stood up here at a security conference and never even mentioned the word ‘climate change,’ ” Kerry said.

For once we agree. Pence should have mentioned it, saying it’s the most expensive scam in human history. Oh wait, the story goes on — uh, oops!

“I wish there was a way to hold the president of the United States accountable for the loss of life that is going to take place every day, for the displacement of people, for the trillions of dollars we will have to wind up spending because we’re not getting the job done.”

That’s because there’s no job to do. Zero, Zero, Zero.

For future reference

February 17th, 2019

Booker, very interesting.

28 states of emergency?

February 16th, 2019

Badly named law. Bonus: 53, not 28.

Life imitates art or something

February 16th, 2019

Wow, the AOC agenda was on TCM just the other day. Wow! Apollo 11 quality thinking right before our eyes. Great work, AOC!

Scandal!

February 15th, 2019

AG

Since May 2017, the New York Times has cited the Mueller investigation 4,392 times and posted nearly 1,200 articles, columns and editorials about Russian collusion since January 2017. The Washington Post has cited Robert Mueller 4,162 times and posted 1,100 pieces about Russian collusion just in the past 12 months. CNN has devoted more than 3,000 articles and news segments to Robert Mueller since he was appointed.

Of course the biggest intense scandal is the attempted coup d’état permitted and energized by these media fools above, but the broader one is the ignorance permitted and fostered by the broken education establishment for 1-2 generations now. Funny AOC and that hideous other rep are two good examples. What percent of grammar school kids today have to memorize, as we did, significant chunks of the Declaration of Independence, the preamble to the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address (Happy Birthday)? Not many, we guess.

Hilarious, n’est-ce pas?

February 15th, 2019

Who said this: “The city was paying for those jobs, so frankly, if we were willing to give Amazon three — if we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers, we can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money if we wanted to.” The hilarious one of course.

Bonus unfun: what on earth is wrong with these people?

Super fun bonus: President Dangerfield

Honesty and its polar opposite

February 14th, 2019

We’ll put in a link when it’s available, but Alan Dershowitz was in rare form on Tucker Carlson re the 25th Amendment nonsense. His honesty is admirable for a guy on the other side of the aisle on most matters. Glenn Greenwald, who is Left rather than Liberal, also strikes us as preferring honesty to the party line, when those points disagree. Kudos to them; they are rare.

On other entertainment matters, Omar is entertaining but disgusting, while AOC is the best thing to happen in a long time – hilarious!!! Bonus: if you add their IQ’s, you get a real person.

Ugh

February 14th, 2019

One guy: “The overwhelming majority liked and admired Director Comey — his personal style, the integrity of his conduct. Now we were laboring under the same dank, gray shadow.” Someone else: “The guy who wrote the memo providing the justification for firing Comey is then upset that the swamp is mad at him for helping fire Comey and then comes up with a plan to wear a wire and invoke the 25th Amendment.” No comment.

The horror, the horror

February 13th, 2019

Foreign Affairs:

Most Americans used to think about climate change — to the extent that they thought about it at all — as an abstract threat in a distant future. But more and more are now seeing it for what it is: a costly, human-made disaster unfolding before their very eyes. A wave of increasingly destructive hurricanes, heat spells, and wildfires has ravaged communities across the United States, and both scientists and citizens are able to connect these extreme events to a warming earth.

70% of Americans agree that global warming is happening, according to a 2018 study conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. About six in ten think it is mostly caused by human activity and is already changing the weather. Four in ten say they have personally experienced its impact. And seven in ten say the United States should enact measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, including prices and limits on carbon dioxide pollution, no matter what other countries do.

When it comes to generating support for climate policy, a warranted sense of alarm is only half the battle. And the other half — a shared belief that the problem is solvable — is lagging far behind. The newfound sense of urgency is at risk of being swamped by collective despair. A scant 6% of Americans, according to the Yale study, believe that the world “can and will” effectively address climate change.

With carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels having risen by an estimated 2.7 percent in 2018 and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, which will determine the ultimate extent of warming, at their highest level in some three million years, such pessimism may seem justified—especially with a climate change denier in the White House.

Lowest elevation snow ever in Hawaii. What did General Russel L. Honoré say? Oh yeah.

How’s that gig working out?

February 13th, 2019

No, not Gig Young. Rather, no not Dan Rather, but this: Li Xunlei, chief economist at Zhongtai Securities, recently estimated that from 2015 to 2017, as many as 33.37 million workers who left first and second-tier industrial firms could have begun work in the gig economy. More at Forbes – we have never heard of this until now. Huh?

Slower, as predicted

February 12th, 2019

SCMP

China’s economic development gap is widening with tougher times looming after more than half of its provinces missed their economic growth targets last year and the effects of the trade war with the US taking a toll on the domestic economy.

Seventeen of 31 Chinese provincial-level divisions failed to meet their gross domestic product growth rate goals in a year where the national economy expanded at 6.6 per cent, its slowest pace in 28 years

Chongqing, once the nation’s fastest growing region, was its worst performer last year. The 2018 growth rate of the inland manufacturing powerhouse slumped to 6.0 per cent from the previous 9.3 per cent, and was 2.5 percentage points behind the targeted 8.5 per cent set at start of the year.

“Chinese provincial-authorities performed worse than expected in meeting their growth targets in 2018,” Guosheng Securities analyst Xiong Yuan wrote in a recent note. “Apart from Shandong province, the real GDP growth rates of the other 30 provinces were on average, 0.3 percentage point lower than their targets.”

China’s northern and northeastern provinces, once the heart of the country’s state-owned industries and enterprises, now not only rank at the bottom of the list

More: “Other signals from Chinese industry echo the worries about the outlook for China’s job market. China’s industrial robot productions, including output by foreign companies in China, has declined in each of the four months from September to December last year, including a drop of 12.1 per cent in December compared to a year earlier. This is a sharp reversal of the average monthly growth rate of 30 per cent per month”

Stay tuned; it will get worse.

The odd new paradigm

February 11th, 2019

We quoted Thomas Kuhn 14 years ago:

In a sense I am unable to explicate further, the proponents of competing paradigms practice their trades in different worlds. (p. 150)

The transfer of allegiance from paradigm to paradigm is a conversion experience that cannot be forced….

Darwin, in a particularly perceptive passage at the end of his Origin of Species, wrote: “Although I am fully convinced of the truth of the views given in this volume…, I by no means expect to convince experienced naturalists whose minds are shocked with a multitude of facts all viewed, during a long course of years, from a point of view directly opposite to mine….[B]ut I look with confidence to the future, — to young and rising naturalists, who will be able to look at both sides of the question with impartiality.” And Max Planck, surveying his own career in his Scientific Autobiography, sadly remarked that “a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” (p. 151)

The paradigm of AOC and her supporters is very odd indeed. Virtually no one lives and acts, travels, stays out of low-lying areas, etc., as though they really believe the climate nonsense. We’re living in an especially weird version of Elmer Gantry. We sure hope the movie ends well.

“Climate Change” – the religion of idiots

February 11th, 2019

Powerline, then Reuters:

Climate change is the top security concern in a poll conducted by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, followed by Islamist terrorism and cyber attacks while respondents in a growing number of countries worried about the power and influence of the United States.

In 13 of 26 countries, people listed climate change as the top global threat, with the Islamic State militant group topping the list in eight and cyber attacks in four, the non-profit, non-partisan Pew Research Center said in its report.

Worries about climate change have increased sharply since 2013, with double-digit percentage point increases seen in countries including the United States, Mexico, France, Britain, South Africa and Kenya, according to the poll of 27,612 people conducted between May and August, 2018.

Lotsa idiots out there, virtually all of whom can not answer the most basic question correctly. More:

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”. insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems. The analysis, published in the journal Biological Conservation, says intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Urbanisation and climate change are also significant factors. “If insect species losses cannot be halted, this will have catastrophic consequences for both the planet’s ecosystems and for the survival of mankind”

Matt Shardlow, at the conservation charity Buglife, said: “It is gravely sobering to see this collation of evidence that demonstrates the pitiful state of the world’s insect populations. It is increasingly obvious that the planet’s ecology is breaking and there is a need for an intense and global effort to halt and reverse these dreadful trends.” In his opinion, the review slightly over-emphasises the role of pesticides and underplays global warming

In addition to CO2 being ZERO, so are humor and introspection among the virtue signaling. Gross.

A little more on the AOC scam

February 10th, 2019

PL also takes on the case of the rude Cornell prof who lied big time and loudly the other day to defend the ridiculous 10 year GND plan. RLS is correct that the education system needs a huge overhaul, but absent some crisis of galactic proportions, we don’t see that happening. Fortunately or unfortunately, as for the magnitude of crisis, hey, welcome to the late 18th century.

Proposal, Resolution, etc.

February 9th, 2019

So there’s AOC’s Resolution, and AOC’s Proposal (which is said to have been taken down pretty quickly from her website). CNBC did a piece on the Proposal, so it wasn’t fake. But then this Cornell professor with the world’s worst haircut basically denied, very huffily to Tucker Carlson, that the Proposal had anything to do with the Resolution. The denial was so over-the-top that one is led to believe that the Proposal, not the Resolution, is the real deal. Stay tuned.

LSE on BRI

February 8th, 2019

The London School of Economics has a 45 page series of analyses of various aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Worth taking a look at.

Once more, with feeling

February 8th, 2019

Apparently AOC has already pulled her exquisite Green disquisition from her internet site. We yearn for the day that anyone in the Holy Media will ask the most basic of questions: in 1000 molecules of air, to the nearest percentage, how much horribly destructive carbon dioxide is there? (Hey, is that as opposed to the good CO2?) You all know that the answer is zero zero zero, but we very much doubt that AOC or her interviewers know that.

A ten year plan

February 7th, 2019

AOC:

we are calling for a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases. Anyone who has read the resolution sees that we spell this out through a plan that calls for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy. Simply banning fossil fuels immediately won’t build the new economy to replace it – this is the plan to build that new economy and spells out how to do it technically. We do this through a huge mobilization to create the renewable energy economy as fast as possible.

We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.

A Green New Deal is a massive investment in renewable energy production and would not include creating new nuclear plants. It’s unclear if we will be able to decommission every nuclear plant within 10 years, but the plan is to transition off of nuclear and all fossil fuels as soon as possible. No one has put the full 10-year plan together yet, and if it is possible to get to fully 100% renewable in 10 years, we will do that.

Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle

How will you pay for it? The same way we paid for the New Deal, the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs. The same way we paid for World War II and all our current wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments and new public banks can be created to extend credit. There is also space for the government to take an equity stake in projects to get a return on investment. At the end of the day, this is an investment in our economy that should grow our wealth as a nation, so the question isn’t how will we pay for it, but what will we do with our new shared prosperity.

More: “Gillibrand and Booker will sponsor the plan along with other 2020 hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is also considering a run for the White House, will also back the plan. Co-sponsors of the bill in the House include Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).”

Comments: (1) it has to be a ten year plan because the world will end in 12 years without it; (2) those darn cows again; (3) how long is the train ride from LAX to JFK, or the one from Seattle to Honolulu?

Our broken education system has produced a generation of idiots.

You say you want a revolution, well….

February 7th, 2019

Scary VDH:

Jacobinism. They openly enacted agendas that might have seemed impossible in the heady days of 1787. Long gone were the pretenses of the original idealism when the revolution abolished feudalism, issued the Declaration of the Rights of Man, and wrestled with turning the Ancien Régime of Louis XVI into some sort of constitutional or parliamentary monarchy analogous to what had emerged in Great Britain.

Soon executing the clerisy en masse was logically followed by Jacobins guillotining thousands of surviving aristocrats and fellow revolutionaries for supposed counterrevolutionary sympathies.

Most of the leaders of the Jacobins were themselves finally guillotined, largely because their ascendant revolutionary zeal could end only in a sort of cannibalism — given that no revolutionary could possibly meet their accelerating purist demands. Mao’s Cultural Revolution was similar, though he slaughtered millions, not thousands.

In less melodramatic terms, we are watching a rare revolutionary phase in American politics as leftists have devoured Democrats. Progressives ate liberals. And progressives are now being devoured by socialists, and soon no doubt socialists will be eaten by hard leftists, Communists, anarchists, and nihilists. In such revolutionary logic, perhaps only Antifa will emerge as pure.

The result is that the 2020 election will offer the starkest choices in the past 50 years, far eclipsing the radical contrasts of 1972. The current parade of would-be Democratic presidential hopefuls is already apologizing for their past sins of Democratic centrism, in fear of being politically guillotined.

Kamala Harris has pledged to follow the “New Green Deal” currently championed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In other words, if enacted, the Democrats, within ten years of passing the bill, would favor ending all “nonrenewable” sources of electrical generation (natural gas, oil, coal, and nuclear) — or 83 percent of all the current ways that we produce electrical energy.

The New Green Deal would wipe out the economies of a broad swath of states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Hey, we’re for bringing back the old days (God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. Amen) but that seems like a distant dream.