Multiple Google illegalities – and the USG doesn’t care

December 12th, 2018

The Google CEO testified before Congress. Lies. Try comparing non-prejudiced Google results for “idiot picture” with the same in duckduckgo, and make your own judgment. More, via SEC:

§ 240.14c-6 False or misleading statements. (a) No information statement shall contain any statement which, at the time and in the light of the circumstances under which it is made, is false or misleading with respect to any material fact, or which omits to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein not false or misleading or necessary to correct any statement in any earlier communication with respect to the same meeting or subject matter which has become false or misleading.

More: No solicitation shall be made by means of any proxy statement, form of proxy, notice of meeting or other communication, written or oral, containing any statement which, at the time and in the light of the circumstances under which it is made, is false or misleading with respect to any material fact, or which omits to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein not false or misleading

We’ve gone through this before, with no actions re these obvious crimes against shareholders. It’s not only illegal campaign contributions that Google should be prosecuted for, but the incredibly serious securities fraud from making knowingly false statements to shareholders of a public company, in order to manipulate and control their stock price, which would be death (except to an SEC that agrees with these crooks ideologically).

More at AT. In many ways the most disgusting aspect of this is that it is sooooooooo obvious and yet nothing is done about it.

They’re all one person

December 11th, 2018

Mueller, Comey, Dems-Google, Clapper, Brennan, and on and on and on. Suddenly we’ve realized they’re all one person.

Related: By signing this contract, you are agreeing to our no tolerance policy with regards to racism, sexism, classism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia or anti-religion or anti-atheism.

Pennywise won, and now he rules the world. We all float down here.

Lest you think we exaggerate, he’s now also the Editor in Chief at TIME Magazine, and Neil Armstrong never happened.

The world is 180 degrees out of phase.

The return of Dragnet

December 10th, 2018

Dum Dum Dum Dum, Dum Dum Dum Dum Dum Dumb. Emphasis on Dumb.

OTOH: woke is hilarious.

For future reference maybe

December 10th, 2018

If McCarthy is right, we may be seeing a lot of this (also some commentary from Roger Simon):

Welcome to the Southern District of New York.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York encompasses the counties of New York, Bronx, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, and Sullivan and draws jurors from those counties. The Court hears cases in Manhattan, White Plains, and Poughkeepsie, New York.

The District of New York held its first session on the first Tuesday of November 1789 at the Old Royal Exchange in lower Manhattan presided over by Judge James Duane, who was appointed by President Washington. It was the first court to sit under the new United States Constitution, preceding the United States Supreme Court by a few months. The District and its successor, the Southern District of New York, have sat continuously in New York, NY, since 1789.

Those who have served as judges of the Court include Justice Sonia Sotomayor, former Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson, Sr., former Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh.

Among the cases of historical interest heard in the Court have been claims arising from the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania, the Cold War espionage cases of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Alger Hiss, and the government’s challenges to the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses and the New York Times’s Pentagon Papers.

A nice location in lower Manhattan, with a lot of noodle restaurants in the area. Manhattan went blue in 2016 with 86% of the vote. 30 states went the other way, and we’re sure they’ll find it charming to have Greenwich Village telling them who’s the boss.

Oops!

December 9th, 2018

McCarthy sanguine outlook, and on the other hand.

Klaatu barada nikto

December 9th, 2018

So between Pacifica on our jog and watching a few minutes of MSNBC since our old NYC roommate was on it, we were transported to a – hopefully – distant planet where it’s now nonstop Russia collusion, obstruction of justice, impeachment, and now jail too. For some reason they’re all really fired up and energized now.

1829, a good year in music

December 9th, 2018

Just a brief reference to something that Rossini began as a delicate thing which always reminds us of spring, but then turns into the Lone Ranger. Incredible. BTW, Holiday Inn needs to be banned, just like the Jazz Singer. People have become soooooooo stoooooooopid. Megyn: you’re fired!

New sheriff in town

December 9th, 2018

Andy McCarthy:

William Barr has been one of the country’s best thinkers on counterterrorism for the post-9/11 era. This has come naturally to him: Upon graduating from Columbia in 1973 with degrees in government and Chinese studies, Barr went to work for the CIA as an intelligence analyst and assistant legislative counsel. At the same time, he attended law school at night at George Washington University (later accepting a clerkship on the prestigious U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit). His range of legal and intelligence studies led him to see the need for a comprehensive government approach to the international terrorist threat — a strategy in which, rather than addressing the jihad as a mere crime problem, the Justice Department plays a critical support role alongside the government’s intelligence, military, Treasury, and diplomatic components.

While Barr should be an easy confirmation, Democrats and their media allies allow no worthy nominee an easy time. Though he has just been named, Barr is already facing criticism for: defending Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey as an appropriate exercise of presidential power; supporting the president’s firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama holdover who insubordinately refused to enforce Trump’s so-called travel order; questioning Mueller’s judgment in one-sidedly recruiting Democratic partisans to staff his investigation; opining that allegations of possible misconduct against Hillary Clinton appear to warrant investigation (while maintaining that jumping to conclusions against her is inappropriate); defending the president’s calls for investigations (while stressing that such calls must be based on evidence rather than politics); and questioning whether evidence and the law support claims that Trump colluded with Russia or obstructed investigations. As a private citizen, however, Barr had every right to participate in the public debate. Moreover, the positions he took were not merely defensible but correct.

To compare, I’m sure you’ll be stunned to find that the same Democrat–media alliance was enthralled by President Obama’s nomination of Eric Holder to be attorney general. It was of no moment that Holder, as deputy attorney general, had been complicit in President Clinton’s shameful pardon scandal, or that, as an Obama-campaign surrogate, Holder had accused the Bush administration of war crimes and promised a “reckoning.”

This is the skewed state of our politics. Obama aide Ben Rhodes bragged about using a willing press as the Democrats’ “echo chamber,” and Democratic caterwauling about nearly anything President Trump does will be amplified. The best way to navigate the minefield is to nominate high-quality people who can stand the heat. In choosing Bill Barr for attorney general, the president could not have chosen better.

Looks like an appropriate boss for Mr. Mueller. More on Barr at AT.

Les Gilets Jaunes

December 8th, 2018

Berlinski:

I spent Saturday speaking to the Gilets Jaunes near the Bastille, where I figured I’d have a good vantage point on a traditional protest site. I walked with them as they slowly made their way to the city hall, or Hôtel de Ville. It was obvious from a single glance that these weren’t Parisians, but rural people who couldn’t afford to buy expensive Parisian clothes or get chic haircuts. I instantly understood why Macron rubs them the wrong way. They looked worn out; their hands and faces were lined; they were mainly in late middle-age. They seemed to be decent, respectable, weary people who had worked hard all their lives, paid their taxes, and played by the rules.

They couldn’t have seemed less disposed to violence, nor more apolitical. They were respectful of the police, and vice-versa. As cops drove by, relaxed, the Gilets Jaunes smiled at them, like kids excited about their first trip to the big city, waved at the officers, and gave them the thumbs-up. The cops reciprocated. The sentiment was fraternal. “We’re all weary, overtaxed working men,” they were saying to each other. “We’re on the same side.”

I concluded they were just what they were advertised to be: family men and women who couldn’t make ends meet and who were tired of Macron’s attitude. Why this protest, why now, I asked? The fuel tax was just the straw that broke the camel’s back, they said; it made the difference between “able to make ends meet, barely,” and “not able to make ends meet.” It had just been getting steadily worse every year since the economic crisis began. They had run out of hope.

Just FYI.

Actual news for a change

December 8th, 2018

NYT:

At a bail hearing in Vancouver for Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei and a daughter of the company’s founder, Canadian prosecutors said she was accused of fraud. The heart of the charges related to how Ms. Meng may have personally participated in a scheme to trick American financial institutions into making transactions that violated United States sanctions against Iran, they said.

Ms. Meng had “direct involvement” with Huawei’s representations to banks, said John Gibb-Carsley, an attorney with Canada’s Justice Department.

The hearing shed light on an incident that has rattled the relationship between the United States and China. While changing planes in Vancouver on Dec. 1, Ms. Meng was arrested at the behest of the United States, which has for years looked into potential ties between Huawei and the Chinese government or Communist Party.

Her arrest occurred as the United States and China are about to enter negotiations to cease a brutal trade war. Because of Ms. Meng’s stature in China as a top executive and part of its elite, news of her arrest has rippled through the country.

With Ms. Meng, 46, seated inside a glass box at British Columbia’s Supreme Court, Mr. Gibb-Carsley laid out what had led to her arrest. He said that between 2009 and 2014, Huawei used a Hong Kong company called Skycom Tech to make transactions in Iran and do business with telecom companies there, in violation of American sanctions against Iran. Banks in the United States cleared financial transactions for Huawei, inadvertently doing business with Skycom, he said.

The banks were “victim institutions” of fraud by Ms. Meng, Mr. Gibb-Carsley said. In 2013, articles by Reuters alleged that Huawei was using Skycom to do business in Iran, and had attempted to import American-made computer equipment into the country, in violation of sanctions. Several financial institutions asked Huawei if the allegations were true, Mr. Gibb-Carsley said.

At the time, Ms. Meng arranged a meeting with an executive from one of the financial institutions, he said. During the meeting, she spoke through an English interpreter and presented PowerPoint slides in Chinese, saying that Huawei operated in Iran in strict compliance with United States sanctions. Ms. Meng explained that Huawei’s engagement with Skycom was part of normal business operations and that Huawei had once held shares in Skycom but had since sold them.

But there was no distinction between Skycom and Huawei, Mr. Gibb-Carsley said. Huawei operated Skycom as an unofficial subsidiary, making efforts to keep the connection between the companies secret.

Skycom employees used Huawei email addresses and had badges and letterhead featuring the Huawei logo, he said. Skycom documents showed that an entity to which the company was sold in 2009 was also controlled by Huawei until at least 2014, according to an affidavit read in court.

Ms. Meng’s presentation to the unnamed financial institution constituted fraud, Mr. Gibb-Carsley said.

A warrant for Ms. Meng’s arrest was issued in the Eastern District of New York on Aug. 22, he added. A Canadian justice then issued a warrant for Ms. Meng on Nov. 30 after it became known that she would change planes in Vancouver on her way from Hong Kong to Mexico.

Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for the United States Justice Department, declined to comment on the charges revealed in court on Friday.

The accusations against Ms. Meng and Huawei are similar to ones that the United States government made in 2016 against ZTE, another large Chinese technology company. In that case, American officials released internal ZTE documents in which executives had described creating “cutoff companies” that would do business with Iran, North Korea and other nations placed under sanctions by the American government.

So we pretty much know the Magic 8 Ball answer: she picked a bad day to be changing planes in Canada. And ZTE in 2016, notice that? ZTE must have been doing really horrible things to get that attention, or maybe it just didn’t donate to the proper charitable foundation.

December 7th, the film

December 8th, 2018

Here’s an intro. Here’s the whole thing. In so many ways a much better country back then.

Where’s that Magic 8 Ball?

December 7th, 2018

Bloomberg is freaking out about that Chinese CFO’s arrest the other day: “Huawei is one of the world’s largest makers of telecom equipment, China’s most important technology company, and a national hero. The arrest of a senior executive at such a marquee company, over potential violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, threatens to intensify the U.S.-China trade conflict just days after leaders had agreed a truce.” So what’s the real story – was the administration aware of an arrest occurring just when Trump and Xi were having a nice time? Watch this Kudlow interview where he says they didn’t know the arrest was going to happen, but seems fine with it. So what’s the real story? Here it is.

Something seems screwy and manipulated re: the “mysterious” markets

December 6th, 2018

CNBC:

The stock market sell-off on Thursday began with a mysterious overnight plunge in equity futures that caused the CME Group to halt trading in several intervals. When futures opened for trading at 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the eMini S&P 500 futures fell as low as 1.8 percent in a sudden move on above average volume. The CME Group: Our equity index futures and options markets paused intermittently following this evening’s open due to volatility, which triggered more than 40 Velocity Logic events in the first six minutes of trading

1300 points in a couple of days, huh? This makes no sense, but it does remind us of the oil futures market manipulation of 2008, which sent the price up to $147 a barrel. Six months later it was under $40.

Thomas Lifson and others he quotes note the extremely strange timing of the unprecedented US arrest in Canada of the CFO of a $100 billion Chinese company, just when Trump and Xi were making nice. You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to think that something nasty may be going on.

Gosh, and on the day before Pearl Harbor.

“It’s hard to overstate” the idiocy

December 6th, 2018

WaPo:

Global emissions of carbon dioxide have reached the highest levels on record, scientists projected Wednesday, in the latest evidence of the chasm between international goals for combating climate change and what countries are actually doing. Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat, leading to hopes that the world was beginning to turn a corner. Those hopes have been dashed. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. The rise in 2018 is projected to be 2.7 percent.

The expected increase, which would bring fossil fuel and industrial emissions to a record high of 37.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, is being driven by nearly 5 percent emissions growth in China and more than 6 percent in India, researchers estimated, along with growth in many other nations throughout the world. Emissions by the United States grew 2.5 percent, while emissions by the European Union declined by just under 1 percent.

As nations are gathered for climate talks in Poland, the message of Wednesday’s report was unambiguous: When it comes to promises to begin cutting the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change, the world remains well off target.

“We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said this week at the opening of the 24th annual U.N. climate conference, where countries will wrestle with the ambitious goals they need to meet to sharply reduce carbon emissions in coming years. “It is hard to overstate the urgency of our situation,” he added. “Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption.”

while most of the world remains firmly committed to the notion of tackling climate change, many countries are not on pace to meet their relatively modest Paris pledges.

(a) this report is from Poland, where genuine geniuses were giving speeches. (b) “modest Paris pledges” – oh you mean the kind that get Macron 26% approval amidst riots in Paris, causing the French government to roll back its own “modest Paris pledges”?

Update via Steyn: they are not just idiots but pretentious fools looking to cavort with the Davos types and worse. One must look down on the deplorables after all.

Ouch!!!

December 5th, 2018

Paglia:

As a bumptious adolescent in upstate New York, I stumbled on a British collection of Oscar Wilde’s epigrams in a secondhand bookstore. It was an electrifying revelation, a text that I studied like the bible. What bold, scathing wit, cutting through the sentimental fog of those still rigidly conformist early 1960s, when good girls were expected to simper and defer.

But I never fully understood Wilde’s caustic satire of Victorian philanthropists and humanitarians until the present sludgy tide of political correctness began flooding government, education, and media over the past two decades. Wilde saw the insufferable arrogance and preening sanctimony in his era’s self-appointed guardians of morality.

We’re back to the hypocrisy sweepstakes, where gestures of virtue are as formalized as kabuki. Humor has been assassinated. An off word at work or school will get you booted to the gallows. This is the graveyard of liberalism, whose once noble ideals have turned spectral and vampiric.

Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C. And on and on and on, even beyond what crimes the evil ones Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Esther Williams, Dinah Shore, etc. did with this. Horror of horrors!!!!!

The two universes, again and again

December 4th, 2018

One bright line separating the universes is whether you think CO2 is Satan. Another is this collusion nonsense. A Venn diagram would probably show at least 90% overlap of the people on one side and the people on the other. We mention this after reading a remarkable VDH piece. We know in great detail now who all the crooks and creeps are, and what they’ve done. It is so very odd that the other side persists in its silliness about collusion, but then again it’s pretty silly to believe that CO2 is Satan. Finally, it is very disturbing to see just how corrupt the US government is at the highest levels.

Long excerpt from the VDH piece

December 4th, 2018

From the post above:

So far, we know that the U.S. government decided to intervene in a political campaign to help one candidate and to smear the other — under the pretext of Russian “collusion.” And so it hired or made use of spies and informants including Hank Greenberg, Stefan Halper, Felix Sater, and others to contact Trump campaign officials to catch them in supposed collusion traps. It enlisted the help of foreign intelligence agencies, specifically the British and Australians. It misled FISA courts into granting warrants to spy on Americans and, post factum, threatened long prisons sentences with those surveilled and interviewed. And as a result, it has so far found no collusion but may well find some misleading statements in hundreds of hours of testimonies from the likes of Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort, and perhaps Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone.

Mueller cannot fulfill the hype of the past 18 months, which forecast that the “all-stars,” the “dream-team,” and the Mueller “army” would make short work of the supposedly buffoonish Trump by proving that he colluded with Russia to swing an election. Collusion, remember, was hyped as doing what the Logan Act, the emoluments clause, the 25th Amendment, impeachment, media frenzy, and assassination-chic rhetoric had not.

By indicting a number of minor characters on charges that so far have nothing to do with collusion — for purported crimes mostly committed after the special-counsel appointment — Mueller has emphasized the quantity rather than the quality of indictments.

Mueller was tasked to find collusion (itself not a crime) committed during 2015 and 2016, not to prompt more purported crimes by setting perjury traps, and purported obstruction-of-justice liabilities. If in May 2017 the frenzied media had known that 18 months later Mueller would end up targeting the provocateur Roger Stone and Inforwars’ Jerome Corsi, it would have been sorely humiliated.

Mueller has already weaponized politics, making a crime out of the tawdry business of opposition research — but only sort of, since his interests in doing so are highly selective. And so his chief legacy will have little to do with whatever he finds on Donald Trump. He has already established the precedent that there is now no real equality under the law, at least as Americans once understood fair play and blind justice.

Once Mueller deviated from his prime directive of determining whether Donald Trump colluded — sought help from the Russian to win the 2016 election in exchange for the promise of later benefits — and turned to indicting political operatives for supposedly giving false testimonies about political shenanigans and engaging in illegal business practices, lobbying, and tax avoidance, he either knowingly or unknowingly established a precedent that the serial misdeeds of 2016 would be treated unequally under the law.

Russian Collusion: The 13 Russian nationals whom Mueller symbolically indicted will not come to the U.S. to face trial, and they will certainly not be extradited, a fact known by Mueller.

Yet Christopher Steele, a British subject and de facto unregistered foreign agent, is imminently indictable and extraditable. He was paid through two firewalls (Fusion GPS and Perkins Coie) by Hillary Clinton to tap Russian sources to compile a smear dossier on her opponent, with the intent of warping the U.S. election — a classic example of foreign-agent interference in an American campaign. If we were to take away that one purchased document, then the FISA court warrants, the informants, and all the CIA, FBI, and DOJ machinations would likely have disappeared or never arisen.

Obama-administration officials Bruce Ohr (whose wife worked on the dossier) at Justice, James Comey at the FBI, and John Brennan at the CIA all in some manner colluded with Steele, either directly or indirectly, to monitor the Trump campaign and then to seed the dossier among government agencies and courts, both to ensure its leakage and to brand it with a stamp of official seriousness, warranting investigations and media sensationalism.

Speaking of FBI informants, quite a different one has testified that Putin’s Russia had sent millions of dollars to a U.S. lobbying firm, in hopes of persuading Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use her influence with federal officials to close the so-called Rosatom Uranium One deal. At roughly the same time, Bill Clinton was given a lucrative half-million-dollar fee for speaking in Moscow, while millions of dollars from Uranium One investors had poured into the Clinton Foundation — which after Clinton’s 2016 defeat has seen its contributions precipitously decline.

In another related matter of Russian collusion, Barack Obama in a hot-mic exchange with then–Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, in March 2012, eight months before Obama’s reelection, asked Medvedev to give Putin the assurance that if Putin would give Obama “space” during his reelection campaign, then Obama in turn would have “more flexibility” on issues such as missile defense “after my election.” That quid pro quo was clarified six months later when an unusually quiet Putin darkly announced to the world that any deployment of U.S.-led NATO missile-defense systems would be targeted against Russia in a Romney administration — as compared with the actions in supposedly less bellicose Obama presidency. And after expressing no interest in interfering in an American election, Putin clearly made it evident that he preferred an Obama victory.

Most observers now laugh off this entire sordid incident. But in the present climate, if Donald Trump had been caught in a similar hot-mic exchange with a top Russian official, and had Putin later expressed the idea that he preferred a Trump presidency to a Democratic one, and had U.S.-led missile-defense efforts abruptly stalled in Eastern Europe, then Robert Mueller would be hot on Trump’s trail — given that such an overt quid pro quo, benefiting a candidate’s reelection campaign, is far more explicit than anything Mueller’s 18-month investigation has yet turned up.

Perjury and False Testimony: Bruce Ohr filed a false federal disclosure affidavit, in that he did not reveal, as required, that his wife was employed by Fusion GPS to work on the Steele dossier. Nor did he disclose that after the election he had been in contact with Steele, offering his help in the effort to find proof of collusion.

James Comey, along with Andrew McCabe, Rod Rosenstein, and Sally Yates, at various times submitted requests to a FISA court that deliberately never disclosed that their chief evidence for such surveillance was 1) paid for by Hillary Clinton (instead, the applications claimed vaguely that it was a product of generic opposition research, likely and by design confusing its Republican-primary origins with its maturity under Clinton auspices), 2) used as a circular source for news accounts produced in turn to establish its fides, 3) unsubstantiated and either not fact-checked or found to be impossible to verify, 4) compiled by an author already dismissed by the FBI as a unreliable asset.

Either Andrew McCabe or James Comey has likely perjured himself; or both may have. Their conflicting testimonies about leaking information to the media, and the relative importance of the Steele dossier for FISA court warrants, cannot be reconciled.

Comey deliberately leaked memos of presidential conversations to a friend in the media; these memos were classified as secret or confidential and perhaps in at least one case actually contained classified info. His intent, according to his own testimony, was to alter the nature of a Department of Justice investigation by having a special counsel appointed. A short time later Robert Mueller, a friend and former working associate of Comey’s, was appointed as the special counsel.

John Brennan has never fully or honestly explained his conversations with Senator Harry Reid concerning the Steele dossier, or Reid’s purported version that Brennan was briefing Reid in order to make sure that such intelligence — leaked widely — would be seeded with the FBI. And the FBI has never explained whether, at the height of a presidential campaign, it hired informants to be inserted into the Trump campaign or to associate with minor Trump officials in order to draw them out about the Steele dossier or set perjury traps for them.

Brennan has never faced consequences for admittedly lying under oath to Congress about collateral drone damage and surveillance of Senate staff computers; James Clapper likewise admittedly lied to Congress about NSA surveillance and faced no consequences. Has any administration ever had its two top intelligence officials admit to lying under oath on matters of national policy and security, and with impunity to a congressional committee?

Both Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills likely lied to FBI investigators about the extent of their knowledge of Clinton’s private email server. In Orwellian fashion, FBI investigator Peter Strzok claimed that Abedin and Mills were not truthful to the federal investigators, while he concluded that General Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national-security adviser, had been.

Yet Flynn was targeted for giving false information to federal officials, while Abedin and Mills never were. Of course, Clinton herself lied when she insisted that she had transmitted no classified information over the server, and she destroyed over 30,000 emails Congress had subpoenaed — all without any criminal liability.

Nasty creatures at the top of government. Camille Paglia has a good piece addressing some of the same things from a different perspective.

Brain terminated

December 3rd, 2018

An address in Poland:

Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wishes he could travel back in time like the cyborg he played in “The Terminator” so he could stop fossil fuels from being used. “If we would’ve never started in that direction and used other technology, we’d be much better off,” the actor and former California governor said Monday at the start of a U.N. climate conference in Poland. “The biggest evil is fossil fuels: it’s coal, it’s gasoline, it’s the natural gas,” he told conference delegates.

Schwarzenegger also insisted that the United States was “still in” an international accord to curb global warming despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the agreement. Calling Trump “meshugge” – Yiddish for “crazy” – for abandoning the accord, Schwarzenegger said the 2015 agreement has widespread support at the local and state levels even if the federal government isn’t on board.

American states, cities, businesses and citizens can do a lot to curb global warming, and representatives from those arenas should be invited to next year’s climate conference, he told the audience in Poland. “And if you do that, I promise you: I’ll be back,” he said in another reference to “The Terminator.”

Schwarzenegger later told The Associated Press he has converted his signature Humvee trucks to run on hydrogen, electricity and biofuel and only allows himself to eat meat three days a week. “I mean, maybe it tastes delicious, but I think we should think then and there before we eat about the world and about the pollution,” he said. “So I discontinued eating meat four days a week. And eventually, maybe we’ll go to seven days”

Turns out this idiotic climate nonsense is a good dividing line between people who can think and those that can’t. Yup, you can predict quite a lot of where they stand on the silliest of PC world matters once you know if they think CO2 is Satan.

Bipartisan idiocy

December 2nd, 2018

PJ

A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers have teamed up on a bill that would put a price on carbon as a way to reduce pollution and curb climate change. The members that have signed onto the House version of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA) include Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), Francis Rooney (R-Fla.), John Delaney (D-Md.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

According to Deutch, the legislation seeks to “help reduce U.S. carbon pollution by 40 percent in 12 years, with a 91 percent reduction target by 2050 (vs. 2015 levels)” by pricing carbon at $15 per metric ton of CO2e and “increasing the price by $10 every year.” Annually, the Treasury Department “would return 100 percent of the net revenue back to the American people.” “The sea level rise is affecting our coastal communities and it is threatening real estate and clean water sources, shorter winters are impacting seasonal tourism,” Deutch said during a conference call on Monday evening.

“We’ve seen intensified hurricanes slamming into the southeastern U.S. and island territories and dry spells are leading to worse wildfires and harsher droughts – that is not some dystopian science fiction novel, these are the harsh facts of climate change that we are facing today,” he added.

“This bill won’t solve all of our problems. We’re not naive to think that it would. And starting on Day One of the 116th Congress, we look forward to working with Democrats and Republicans alike to consider other parts of the climate change challenge like encouraging R&D and renewable energy options focusing on energy efficiency,” he said. “This a complex, difficult challenge but we cannot be the generation that allows it to become a runaway train. It’s time to put on the brakes.”

The Republican lawmakers were unable to join the press call and did not appear at the news conference about the bill, but they issued statements in support of the legislation.

“Since my first day in Congress, I have committed to finding solutions that mitigate the effects of climate change,” Fitzpatrick said. “We must take a bipartisan, market-driven approach to reduce carbon emissions, which are contributing to atmospheric change, rising sea levels, and more intense natural disasters. I am confident that bipartisan efforts to preserve our environment and protect our way of life for future generations will ultimately succeed.

The link above is a WaPo story about this idiot Fitzpatrick. Excerpt: “He supports a carbon tax and voted against the Affordable Care Act repeal effort last year. He was against the White House’s travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries. He supports a path to citizenship for ‘dreamers,’ the undocumented immigrants brought here as children. He opposed family separations at the border. He supports gun-control measures and has an F rating from the NRA. He didn’t vote for Trump in 2016.”

We always want to ask these fools our favorite questions: (a) to the nearest 1%, what is the percentage of CO2 in 100 parts air? Answer: 0%. (b) to the nearest 1% what is the percentage of CO2 in 1000 parts of air? Answer: 0%. It would be jolly good fun to hear their answers.

Growth slows significantly in China

December 1st, 2018

WSJ

the official manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 50.0 in November—the threshold between expansion and contraction. November’s reading is slightly below October’s level and lower than some economists expected.

The reading adds to a picture of a Chinese economy that is slowing broadly—something that President Trump has said puts the U.S. in a stronger position to negotiate concessions from China in their trade battle. Mr. Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to discuss the trade friction when they meet for dinner Saturday following a summit of the Group of 20 major economies.

The trade trouble—and the U.S. plan to raise tariffs in January to 25%, from 10%—are weighing on growth and business sentiment, making a resolution to the tensions important for China if it is to avoid a sharp downturn, some economists said.

“If China can convince the U.S. to put off the plan to raise tariffs or even put it on hold, I’d call that a success for Beijing,” said Tommy Xie, an economist at OCBC. He said Beijing is likely to hit its 6.5% growth target for this year, given that industrial output and manufacturing investment are still holding up, but higher tariffs would hit businesses hard next year.

Downward pressure on foreign trade has increased in recent months, amid slower global economic growth and the uncertainties created by the trade fight, said Zhao Qinghe, an analyst with the government’s National Statistics Bureau. Recent weakness in some commodities prices also weighed on sentiment, Mr. Zhao said in a statement accompanying Friday’s data release.

Indicators that measure demand for exports and imports remained stuck in contractionary territory for the fifth straight month. While the new export-order subindex ticked up to 47.0 from 46.9, the new import subindex fell to 47.1 from 47.6.

Other measures for production and new orders pointed down too. Outside of manufacturing, weakness in construction outweighed strength in services, dragging the official nonmanufacturing purchasing managers index to 53.4 in November, from 53.9 in October—the lowest level in 15 months.

The soft patch of growth is the worst since mid-2016 when dollops of credit and a real-estate pickup revived the economy. This time around, government efforts to curb risky lending and high corporate debt have combined with tariffs and the threat of a trade war to bring down growth faster than Chinese leaders expected.

This is a noteworthy slowdown. Perhaps we’ll have something to add shortly. Meanwhile, here’s a look at Xi’s G20 team.

Update via WSJ: “The U.S.-China truce over tariffs was greeted with relief across much of Asia as two largest economies eased concerns over a possible a new Cold War.” Cold War??? What kind of nonsense is that?