January 30, 2015

Ebola in Sacramento?

... Ebola patients, including new HAZMAT suits. (Photo: Mark Davis / WTNH...
Timothy Birdnow

Has Ebola broken out at UC Davis?

Possible Sacramento Ebola Case... San Francisco 49ers Owner Jed York ...

From NBC Bay Area News:

"A patient being treated at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento is suspected of having Ebola.

Hospital staff could be seen outside the facility Thursday morning wearing protective medical suits.

"A patient with symptoms consistent with Ebola infection was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center Thursday morning from Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento,” UC Davis said in a statement. "UC Davis, identified by the California Department of Public Health as a priority hospital to treat confirmed Ebola patients, is fully prepared to safely assess and treat the patient if necessary in accordance with guidelines established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

The public can still access other parts of the medical center.

The emergency room at Mercy General was closed for cleaning, a hospital spokesperson said, KCRA-TV reporter Sharokina Shams wrote on Twitter. The spokesperson said the ER was expected to reopen sometime Thursday afternoon, Shams reported.

The patient, who recently traveled abroad, is considered "low risk" and had no known contact with infected people, according to a Sacramento County Health Department spokesperson."

End excerpt.

So, Ebola may be in California. Measles at Disneyland, Ebola at the state Capitol. What would have happened had the patient first been at Disneyland?

What is bothersome about this whole thing is the arrogance; the authorities think they know so many things that just aren't so, and with a mutating disease like ebola what they know is in triplicate. But for political reasons we are told to move along, nothing to see here, while danger lurks in the dark shadows, perhaps a rough beast about to slouch to Gomorrah.

Yes, ebola is generally transmitted through bodily fluids, but this is not always the case, and there are a number of papers available that make the case for airborn ebola. One of the great fears of people who actually work with the stuff is that it will become a flu-like disease.

If that weren't the case, why wear space suits when dealing with suspected cases?

There is much the government isn't telling us.
Breaking: Possible Ebola Case in California | GuerillaMediaNetwork.com
Hat tip; The Gateway Pundit

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January 29, 2015

China Prepares to Attack Japan


Timothy Birdnow

David Archibald delineates a frightening bit of evidence that China is preparing to invade Japan. From American Thinker:

"The image shows the construction of ten helipads with trenching around them. The trenching would be for individual fuel lines to each helipad. This is an expeditionary helipad complex. Flights of ten helicopters would fly in from the mainland, refuel as quickly as possible, and then fly on to the Senkakus.

This kind of refueling arrangement is done only if you are going to war. In about 1937, a Royal Air Force pilot visiting a German airbase realized that a war was coming when he saw the refuelling points around the airbase’s apron.

The first place that the Chinese helicopter attack will be spotted from is the new Taiwanese radar station on Leshan Mountain (24° 30’N, 121° 04’E). This is the most powerful Pave Paws radar built to date. It can see 3,100 miles into Chinese airspace and, for example, detected a North Korean missile launch before Japan did."

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How many brushfire wars are about to break out? World War is nigh

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My Problem with Sarah Palin

Selwyn Duke

With Sarah Palin once again hinting at a presidential run, pundits and politics wonks are all the more aflutter with 2016 talk. The predictable slings and arrows of the surly left are coming her way, while her excited fans are firing up the troops. Then there are those who say that while they like the ex-governor, they don’t believe she could win the presidency. My focus, however, is a bit different: I have an objection to Palin -- one relating to something of which most are unaware.

Before getting to that, please indulge me as I ask a few questions that establish where we all stand. Are you adamantly pro-life, or might your position change if (as in polling) the question is framed as a woman’s "right to choose”? Do you stand foursquare against amnesty, or could you be persuaded to accept a "path to citizenship” for illegals? Do you uphold the proper and only definition of marriage, or have the unrelenting attacks on tradition worn you down to a point where you might conclude, "Well, none of this affects me, anyway”?

If you’re unwavering on all those issues, as I am, you’re a real Sarah Palin conservative.

Or are you?

You see, I’m pretty sure how Palin would answer those questions -- and one answer is a real problem.

On October 26, 2008, Palin had an interview with Jorge Ramos of Spanish-language network Univision. She was asked about amnesty: "So you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?”

Her answer: "I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.”

Sarah Palin supported amnesty…in so many words.

See if you can put enough lipstick on that pig.

Now, since our country is subject to a somewhat planned invasion that’s changing its face and involves the importation of leftist voters-to-be, I consider any pro-amnesty position a deal-breaker. I’ve been front and center on the issue, so much so that Pat Buchanan saw fit to quote me in his book Death of the West. I even stated "Marco Rubio is dead to me” after he supported the Gang of Eight amnesty group in 2013. And, believe me, I once had high hopes for the photogenic, articulate Rubio. But my principles aren’t negotiable (especially the one in question here).

Some may now say that Palin had to play ball, as she was running for the White House in 2008 with amnesty poster boy John McCain.

But as they say back home, that dog don’t hunt -- certainly not grizzly in Alaska.

Remember that Palin has been billed by supporters as a breath of fresh air, the un-politician, a principled crusader and transformational figure. Her whole stated appeal is based on the notion that she’s not just another politician who goes along to get along.

But on Oct 26, 2008 she gave a quintessential politician-like answer. And on one of the biggest issues of our time.

Yet there’s more than just Palin’s words on immigration. There are also her actions -- or perhaps inaction. As Examiner.com’s Victor Medina wrote in 2013 citing Lou Dobb’s reportage, "Palin did not appear to act on the fact that Alaska hosted two ‘sanctuary cities.’” As Dobbs put it, related Medina, "Alaska and Oregon both have state-wide policies that forbid state agencies from using resources to enforce federal immigration law. Apparently, this is by design from the highest levels” (emphasis added).

Now, since I’ve learned the hard way that criticizing Palin alienates some of my usual readers, I’ll state that I bear her no special animus. She’s no different from 1000 other politicians who either don’t understand the true impact of immigration (and a lot of other things) or have principles whose malleability is proportional to the power at stake. But that’s the point.

Palin is no different from 1000 other politicians.

This brings us to her true appeal. And if you’re a fan of hers, please try to take a step back, if you can, and view the matter from an emotional distance.

Question: can you cite for me one novel or unusually insightful thing Palin has ever said?

Just one.

Anyone?

Politics wonk that I am, I can’t think of anything. Don’t misunderstand me, there’s nothing wrong with most of what she does say; it’s conservative boilerplate, and that’s where you generally start. But that again is the point.

Palin says nothing 1000 politicians haven’t said before her.

So I ask, what’s her true appeal, really?

Let’s be honest, if we can’t point to even one thing that makes a much ballyhooed politician substantively different from less touted co-ideologists, the process of elimination tells us where the greater appeal must lie.

Style.

It’s not Palin’s oratory, either. Oh, it’s not bad, but she’s no Reagan or Alan Keyes. The difference is what she is.

No one would be talking about Palin if she weren’t attractive and female.

This is true even if, by chance, John McCain would have been willing to choose a "Scott” Palin to be his running-mate (which he wouldn’t have).

It’s the phenomenon I expounded upon in "Cultural Affirmative Action” and "The New Chivalry”: "when people in the market and media privilege others -- sometimes unconsciously -- based upon the latter’s identification with a ‘victim group.’”

And most every politically aware person grasps this phenomenon to some degree. The late Geraldine Ferraro addressed Barack Obama’s meteoric political rise in 2008 and said, "If Obama was [sic] a white man, he would not be in this position.” And Ferraro had noted herself that she wouldn’t have been the 1984 vice-presidential candidate were she not a woman. It’s the same reason, by the way, why Fox News hires a large number of attractive female hosts and pundits. Do you think it’s a coincidence? Is the largely conservative audience so taken with them solely because of their minds?

The fact is that it’s impossible to not benefit from fairer-sex status in politics today; it even elevates your brand among conservatives, though it’s difficult convincing many conservatives they’re thus influenced. With many motivations being unconscious, it’s common for people to not be completely aware of what drives them. How many Americans voted for Obama in 2008 without fully grasping the degree to which electing "the first black president” and wanting to feel unbigoted and open-minded influenced them?

This isn’t to say Palin fans don’t have some legitimate reasons to support her, only that the kind of heroine worship and savior-status attribution evident in some quarters -- support vastly in excess of what boilerplate conservatism warrants -- is due to a purely emotional reaction stoked by image and hope. Many conservatives, knowing that having a female or minority presidential candidate is advantageous today, want to believe in the Great Female Hope. Moreover, there is this politically correct notion, now seamlessly woven into our culture, of female specialness and superiority. So many today are looking for a woman to save us.

Then there’s simply the matter of conservative female politicians’ relative rarity (even many GOP women officeholders are quite liberal); it’s easier to be seen as a standout when you stand out.

So the perhaps unwelcome message here is this: as with the 2008 Barack Obama, Palin is a cult of personality.

If even now you count yourself a Palinista, realize that I’m not emotionally invested in the matter. After all, I know that political remedies won’t cure what at bottom are cultural problems, anyway. It’s also true that like so many other politicians, Palin demonstrates the ability to evolve. And at least she’s evolved in the right direction: two years ago she called the 2013 Gang-of-Eight Rubio "Judas” in a tweet. I only wonder what she now really thinks, deep down, about the 2008 Palin.

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Measles in Disneyland

Timothy Birdnow

The measles outbreak at Disneyland is "100% related to the antivaccination movement" according to Dr. James Cherry. From The American Council on Science and Health:

"Dr. James Cherry, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California – Los Angeles, said the outbreak was "100 percent connected” to the anti-vaccine movement. "It wouldn’t have happened otherwise—it wouldn’t have gone anywhere,” he said. Indeed, when a high enough level of protection among a community (vaccination rates above 95 percent) against a contagious disease is achieved, herd immunity helps contain the spread of the disease, even among those not vaccinated. While the overall vaccination exemption rate in California was 3.1 percent in the last school year, there are still "pockets” of communities where vaccination rates are dangerously low. Particularly, it was reported late last year that certain wealthy schools in West Hollywood and Los Angeles have vaccination rates as low as South Sudan. As a result of the outbreak, health officials in Orange County issued a statement saying that students who did not have documentation for measles vaccination would not be allowed to attend class—more than 20 were sent home from one Orange County high school.
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End excerpt.

If by anti-vaccination movement he means illegal aliens who come here without proper vaccination courses, then maybe he's right. It clearly ties to improper vaccination. What is glaring is the unwillingness to point to the people least likely to be vaccinated and in California.

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Flaming Yak Poop Hazardous to your Health

Timothy Birdnow

What's brown and sounds like a bell? Dung!

Or fuel, if you prefer. In Tibet, they are often the same thing.

But it turns out that burning Yak poop has, uh, unhealthy side effects. From the article:

"Xiao also surveyed members of 23 households on energy use and awareness of indoor air pollution. The families said they spent an average of 16 hours a day indoors during the colder months of the year.

Seventy percent of those surveyed said that they were aware of the health problems associated with indoor air pollution, and some of them did not have the economic means to purchase a chimney. (The average annual income per household is less than $900 a year, and a chimney costs around $60.)

The moisture content of the yak dung is another key factor in the emission levels, Saikawa says. After a rain or snowfall, the piles of uncovered dung are moist, leading to incomplete combustion and more emissions of fine particulate matter due to increased organic carbon by smoldering."

End excerpt.

Whoda thunk flaming poo would be unhealthy?

But this is clearly "green" energy, the kind the Gang Green tells us we should embrace. Ann Coulter said it best - normal people try to move the crap OUT of their homes but liberals want to play with it.

Turns out it isn't conducive to good health after all...

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The Post WWII Allied-Occupied Fashion Police

Jack Kemp

With the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in the news, I recalled a subtle yet horrific newspaper story my mother told me decades ago, from the time she lived in the American occupied Southern Sector of West Germany, circa 1948.

A refugee woman from Eastern Europe (it could have been either a Jewess or a Gentile - it was not made clear to me) was walking down the street in a German city when she saw another woman wearing what she immediately recognized as her (murdered) mother's fur coat. She made an uproar and summoned the police who took such claims very seriously in those days of military occupation. Both women proceeded with the polceman to the station house where the refugee described the markings inside the coat in great detail. The current owner took off the coat and the marking were indeed there, just as described. This coat had clearly been shipped or carried back to Germany by some soldier or SS official. The police, convinced the charge of a stolen garment was accurate, immediately turned over the fur coat to the surviving daughter. One can only imagine the looks exchanged by the two women.

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St. Louis trained lawyer & former minor league pitcher takes on MLBaseball

Jack Kemp

It's a fascinating story from the liberal free NY paper (yes, that's why I "bought it") the Village Voice about attempting to get a minimum wage. This guy essentially was paid $3 an hour before law school. Here is the first page of four. You have to go to the website link to read the rest.


http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2015/01/garrett-broshuis-fair-pay-lawsuit-major-league-baseball.php

Meet the Ex-Pitcher Whose Fair-Pay Lawsuit Is a Sore Spot for Major League Baseball

ByMitch RyalsTue., Jan. 27 2015 at 3:11 PM

 
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Garrett Broshuis struggled financially during his six-year tour in the minors. Now the recent law school grad has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit accusing Major League Baseball of violating federal wage laws.
Garrett Broshuis remembers heading from the diamond to the locker roomback in April 2009 when his coach called him into the office. Broshuis's knees seemed to register the significance of the invite as quickly as his brain, causing the six-foot-two-inch pitcher to wobble awkwardly. Having spent five years in the San Francisco Giants farm system, Broshuis knew it was never a good thing to be called into the coach's office, especially on the last day of spring training.
"I was basically told that I didn't have a future in the Giants organization," recalls the ex-athlete, who, as a pitcher for the University of Missouri–Columbia Tigers, went 11-0 his senior year, tying a school record. But the Giants didn't completely sever ties with Broshuis that day. Instead, the organization gave him the option to ride out the season as a "filler," a sparring partner of sorts for guys who — unlike him — might actually have a shot at the bigs.
Broshuis(pronouncedBRUSH-house) decided to play on. For one, he wasn't quite ready to give up on the dream he'd held since his days as a Little League star back in the small southeastern Missouri town of Advance. Also, he needed his minor-league paycheck, even if what he earned was a pittance.
When the Giants scooped Broshuis up in the fifth round of the 2004 draft, the club threw in a handsome $160,000 signing bonus — an amount that would prove to be more than he'd ever earn in wages while toiling for the organization's minor-league affiliates. Throughout his entire six years within the farm system, Broshuis figures his hourly pay was less than minimum wage.
 
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After tying a University of Missouri record for wins in a season, Broshuis would go on to make less than minimum wage playing for the San Francisco Giants organization, including a stint with its former double-A franchise, the Connecticut Defenders.
In that final season playing for the Giants' double-A affiliate, the former Connecticut Defenders, Broshuis spent long bus rides up and down the East Coast studying for the LSAT. Law school, he hoped, would offer him what baseball — the minors, anyway — could not: a career that could provide for him and his family. Moreover, law school might offer him a chance to right a wrong in minor-league paychecks.
Now, five years after hanging up his cleats, Broshuis has returned to baseball, albeit in a manner much different from before. Last March the newly minted attorney — just a year out of Saint Louis University School of Law — filed a first-of-its-kind class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball, alleging that it is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act for routinely paying minor-league players less than minimum wage and denying them overtime wages.
"Since minor-leaguers do not belong to a union, nothing has prevented [MLB] from artificially and illegally depressing minor-league wages," states the suit, which includes at least one player from all 30 Major League teams.
In baseball parlance, the legal claim is the equivalent of a 95-mph brushback pitch, and Bud Selig and others at the commissioner's office aren't the only ones who have taken note. In the past six months, scores of media outlets as diverse as theWall Street JournalandMother Joneshave written about Broshuis and his David-versus-Goliath fight against MLB.
It's not exactly how the ex-ballplayer imagined he'd make a name for himself in the sport he loves, but it may eventually benefit the game more than any of his on-field accomplishments ever could — and, if successful, might lead Broshuis to his ultimate goal of unionizing minor-league baseball.

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Obama Loses Foreign Students and other Acts of Islamic Aggression

Timothy Birdnow

Barack Obama has "lost" thousands of foreign students in the United States on student visas.

From Conservative HQ:

"Our friends at NumbersUSA passed us an ABC News report that the Department of Homeland Security lost track of, and is now pursuing, over 6,000 foreign students who are deemed to be of "heightened concern.” DHS told ABC that about 58,000 foreign students had overstayed their visa but the vast majority are not being sought.

The student visa program has been plagued with problems for years. Congress targeted the program for reform after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. The hijacker who flew a plane into the Pentagon had entered the country on a student visa but did not attend school."

[...]

"And several culprits involved with the most major terrorist attacks in modern history were allowed entrance into the U.S. on student visas.

Most notably, Hani Hanjour, one of the 9/11 hijackers of the plane that was flown into the Pentagon, came to the U.S. on a student visa. The 9/11 C012.ommission later found that he never even showed up for class.

Likewise, Eyad Ismoil, one of the men who drove a van packed with explosives into the garage underneath the World Trade Center during the 1993 bombing of the facility, also entered the U.S. on a student visa. He overstayed the visa by several years to begin planning the attack."

End excerpts.

America has gone mad. We have thrown our southern border wide open. We have invited huge numbers of "refugees" from places like Syria to immigrate legally, despite the real danger of terrorists being mixed in with the largely Islamic immigrants. We a 66% uptick in immigration to the U.S. by Muslims, with Islam now being the fastest growing religion in America. Three hundred thousand Muslims have come to America since 2012.

We fought long, destructive wars in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and covertly around the world to stop terrorism, and for what? To import terrorism to our own shores. And what is Barack Obama doing? His State Department recently hosted with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the very same group ousted from power for attempting to transform Egypt into a Sharia compliant hellhole. And Mr. Obama has a "no touch" terrorist list.

There are other reasons to believe Mr. Obama may hold unusual sympathies toward Islamic monsters.

I'm sorry, but does anybody really believe any of this is accidental?

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Violence at Police Review Board Meeting; the Fruits of Negotiating with Terrorists

Surprise! RIOT BREAKS OUT at St. Louis Civilian Review Board Meeting # ...

Timothy Birdnow

It is a standard police of the United States government not to negotiate with terrorists. Why? Because that is exactly what the terrorists want, and to open negotiations is to give in to their tactics.

That is why the St. Louis review board is a bad idea.

The purpose of the board is to build a bridge between the aggrieved criminals, er, citizens of the community and law enforcement. The reality is it is being run by a bunch of Democrats and will serve primarily as a political tool.

Well, a brouhaha erupted last night. at the St. Louis Aldermanic Council meeting where the bill to establish the review board was being considered.

According to KMOV, the local CBS affiliate:

"Witnesses told News 4 the fight began when a woman, who was getting ready to leave, was pushed aside by the Business Manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, Jeff Roorda. Roorda was addressing 18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy at the time of the alleged incident.

A News 4 camera was inside the City Hall room and captured the hectic scene. At the start of the video you can hear St. Louis Police Officer Curtis Burgdorf addressing the committee along with grumblings from the crowd. Seconds later, Roorda asks Alderman Kennedy to bring the crowd to order. When the camera shifts to capture Roorda, he begins walking towards the front of the room when he encounters Cachet Currie, the woman who claims she was pushed. When Roorda and Currie come near one another the scuffle ensues. From News 4’s camera angle it is hard to tell who initiates contact.

"I was literally just trying to leave the meeting and I got caught in whatever Roorda and Kennedy had going on in their exchange," said Currie. "Roorda just jumped out into the aisle, pushed me over, and tried to get to Kennedy. I'm like 'wait a minute, don't push me.' Then he started going off on me, pushing me. Some man grabbed me by the hair, just started trying to throw punches at me. From there it just went wild.”

Roorda called the hearing a "sham" that lacked any type of order. He said the anti-police crowd members did not like it when he asked the committee chair to bring the crowd to order.

"As I tried to exit the aisle I was in, the woman was standing in the way,” Roorda said. "She began elbowing me and pushing, trying to keep me from getting out. As I tried to exit, she continued to do that. Two or three other anti-police radicals rushed over and things escalated from there.”

Roorda told News 4 he did not push Currie."

End excerpt.

Roorda, a state legislator, was wearing a bracelet showing solidarity with Officer Darren Wilson, the maligned police officer who was forced to shoot "Big Mike" Brown after Brown assaulted him and tried to take his gun.

The bill to establish the review board is being sponsored by Antonio French, a City alderman who was an active participant in the Ferguson riots.

Given the fact that the "hands up, don't shoot" crowd has invaded private property, assaulted innocent citizens, started altercations around the metropolitan area, and generally gone out of their way to pick fights, does anybody other than the media really believe Roorda started this? Is it any surprise violence erupted at this meeting? The people who have been pushing things for the last several months have been thugs and terrorists, and this is more of the same - an attempt to silence their opponents through thuggery.

When those charged with maintaining law and order surrender to demands by criminals there will be chaos. There is a reason why we do not negotiate with terrorists. This whole Ferguson business has been nothing but negotiating and excusing terroristic behavior and giving in to demands under duress. That is why this has dragged on so long.

And remember, George Soros pumped $33 million dollars into this; it is not a spontaneous display of anger but a carefully orchestrated campaign of violence. President Obama never condemned the rioting. Eric Holder came to St. Louis but did not come out strongly against the violence. This is the sort of political chaos that a community organizer who has cut his teeth on Saul Alinsky tactics would promote.

Revolution is not a taking of power from one group by another. It is, rather, a breaking of the institutions, a forced surrender on multiple fronts by those holding power. The resulting power vacuum opens the door for those best prepared. What has been happening across the country is a classic example of an attempted revolution; sew chaos, demand reforms that weaken the Law, sew more chaos, lather, rinse, repeat. The idea is to wear down the populace, who will eventually accept anything to restore order.

America does not negotiate with terrorists, unless those terrorists ultimately work for the government.

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January 28, 2015

Russia Downgraded to Junk Status

Timothy Birdnow

The S&P has downgraded Russia to junk bond status. What does that mean? Here is an interesting analysis.

From Bloomberg:

"S&P said Russia's weaker economic prospects justified the decision to cut the credit rating to below investment grade. The action on sovereign debt will be followed by many other downgrades of Russian corporate bonds and banks. In addition, it is likely other rating companies will follow S&P's lead.

By excluding investors who are restricted from buying junk bonds -- such as investment-grade only corporate funds and some core bond investors -- the immediate impact of the downgrade will be to narrow the universe of buyers of Russian debt, especially if other agencies follow suit. The downgrade could also force some existing holders to sell, limiting the appetite of high-yield investors and buyers of distressed debt to step in despite the attraction of wide spreads.

Q: What does this mean for Russia?

A: It will worsen the country's economic and financial implosion.

The Russian economy is already battling the combined impact of sharply lower oil export revenues, Western sanctions and domestic economic mismanagement. The downgrade is likely to lead to further currency depreciation, capital flight, and could advance the timetable for import and capital controls."

End excerpt.

That is why Russia has been playing chicken with the U.S. and other Western countries; they need to distract the public from the mess they are making. Putin cannot afford to back down over Ukraine, and the price of oil keeps tanking with no end in sight. Russia is an example of what happens when you rely on military power and do not diversify.

Now Russia will not get their debt financed.

If push comes to shove Putin will invade Ukraine proper, and maybe Latvia to boot. Syria also presents a dangerous theatre. But make no mistake; if it gets too bad Putin will start a war.

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Times black writer admits son detained by BLACK cop at Yale!

Jack Kemp

i can't copy the Newbuster text, but the Yale campus policeman who pulled a gun on a black NY Times' writer's son was also black.


http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2015/01/28/race-matters-ny-times-columnist-charles-blow-omits-his-son-detained


After Times writer Charles Blow tried to milk this story for all the white guilt he could, the truth came out in a black website named The Root (see below). And Yale U. also stated as much, a situation that Charles Blow found convenient to have selective amnesia concerning this detail.


The black websiteThe Rootreported Yale officials put out a campus-wide e-mail announcing the police officer was black. Yale’s president, dean and (black) police chief announced:
Let us be clear: we have great faith in the Yale Police Department and admire the professionalism that its officers display on a daily basis to keep our campus safe. What happened on Cross Campus on Saturday is not a replay of what happened in Ferguson; Staten Island; Cleveland; or so many other places in our time and over time in the United States. The officer, who himself is African American, was responding to a specific description relayed by individuals who had reported a crime in progress.
The suspect in the "crime in progress” was apprehended by Yale police nearby a short time later.
- See more at:http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2015/01/28/race-matters-ny-times-columnist-charles-blow-omits-his-son-detained#sthash.Xd3pORyn.dpuf
http://www.theroot.com/articles/news/2015/01/yale_college_responds_to_the_detainment_of_charles_blow_s_son_internal_affairs.html

Yale on the Detainment of Charles Blow’s Son: This Isn’t Ferguson

In an email sent to the campus community, Yale’s leaders expressed empathy for how closely the incident harks back to the #BlackLivesMatters movement—but maintained that it’s not exactly that.
Posted:Jan. 27 2015 8:07 AM

 
 
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Yale’s president, dean and chief of police, in an email to the campus community Monday, described how even though Charles Blow’s son—a junior at Yale—fit the description of a burglary suspectat the time he was detained, the fact that the officer drew his weapon during the incident "requires a careful review.”
"For this reason, the Yale Police Department’s Internal Affairs unit is conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation of the circumstances surrounding the incident, and will report the findings of that investigation to us,” Yale’s leaders stated in the email.
The email revealed more information about the incident that had Blow, a New York Times columnist, sounding off on Twitter about how this was the latest example of black people being unfairly "accosted” by police. According to the email, the officer who detained Blow’s son was also African American.
The email noted that Americans are in the middle of a national conversation about excessive police force used against African Americans and the ugly ways in which racial bias rears itself in law enforcement.

"Many in our community felt personal pain upon reading accounts of this incident on social media and in the press as they saw national debates about race, policing and the use of force become a very local and personal story,” Yale leaders explained in the email."We share these feelings and recognize that the interest in and reaction to this incident underscore that the work of making our campus and our society more inclusive, just and safe remains an imperative for all of us.”
Yale’s president, dean and police chief said that they did not think this incident was a regurgitation of what happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., or Eric Garner in New York City. They said that because Blow’s son fit the description of the burglary suspect, down to what he was wearing, Blow’s son’s detainment—save for the drawing of the cop’s weapon—was "reasonable.”
The email stated that when Internal Affairs’ investigation concludes, the findings will be released to the campus community.
Yale’s leaders underscored the need to continue to have discussions about how race and law enforcement intersect, and that Yale is committed to engaging those issues.

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The Northeast Nanny-staters Who are and the Blizzard that Never Was

By Selwyn Duke

Call it the Blizzard of Oz. The "Snowstorm of the Century” Monday was supposed to be historic.
All we got was histrionics.

It turned out that the real blustery wind was hot air — and the worst accumulation was the knee-deep nanny-state politicians who think some snow warrants a travel ban.

In New York, the little man behind the curtain was Governor Andrew Cuomo, who, as usual, provided more bluster than any storm ever could.

I knew the blizzard would be a relative bust. How? Because they often are. Everything is over-hyped today, from the weather to entertainment to sports to hopey-changey politicians.

And we’re getting change alright, the kind effected by, as C.S. Lewis put it, "omnipotent moral busybodies” who "torment us for our own good [and] will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

As to this, a statewide travel ban in Connecticut began at 9 p.m. (ET) Monday, ordered by Governor Dannel Malloy. In my sorry state, the Peoples Republic of Nueva York, Il Duce II (hat tip: the late Bob Grant, who famously christened Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario, Il Duce) prohibited travel in a trove of counties, including mine, starting at 11 p.m. For snow? Really?

For the record, the total snowfall in Central Park, NYC was 5.5 inches.
And though it was heavier in some other areas, let’s get something straight: in a supposedly free country, you don’t tell people they can’t travel because of some snow.
(Good test run for martial law, though.)

Of course, this position finds plenty of opposition nowadays, conditioned as people are to be protected puppets of the state. But know that heavy snowfalls aren’t unusual. During my childhood in the early and mid-’70s — you know, back when they warned us in elementary school of an impending ice age — we had impressive blizzards.

No one thought of telling free people they couldn’t drive around. But that was at a time when we actually were something approximating a "free” people.

It’s not as if the commoners — the "folks” as ’BamaCare Barry likes to say — can’t have good reason to have to travel. There could be on-call obstetricians who have to rush to deliveries (I know doctors in this field), or it could be someone having to help an elderly parent. And there could be other reasons, not to mention the tens of millions of dollars ill-conceived travel bans can cost the economy.

We have become a soft people. Kids once might walk great distances to school, men marched a hundred miles to fight bloody battles and, believe it or not, for most of history no one had modern medical care. Now a winter storm means we hunker down as if a Viking raid is nigh.

An even larger issue here is the safety-freak mentality sweeping our secular society and dominating the craniums of callow neo-communists coast to coast. It’s reflected in Michelle Obama’s food-Nazi agenda, the banning of trans-fats and big sodas, child-seat and helmet laws, and the new commandment, "Thou shalt ensconce thy progeny in bubble wrap.”

And, for sure, every other nattering-nabob, nanny-state notion today is "for the children.” People are especially incredulous when I dismiss, as I did above, child-seat and helmet laws. But spare me. Yeah, a five-mph national speed limit would save lives, too, but the real limit we need is on government meddling. I experienced the childhood joys of riding in the back of a station wagon with a bunch of other kids and rode my bike helmet-free. I survived. I know, I know, better safe than sorry, they say. What "they” miss is that you can be safe and sorry.

We’re also supposed to believe our omnipotent moral busybodies care about us — deeply. But I could echo here Rodney Dangerfield’s reaction after a loud exchange with a mentally unhinged professor in the film Back to School. Yeah, our leftist politicians really care.
About what, I have no

Cuomo and the rest of his ilk are so concerned about our well-being they’re going to save us from ourselves.
These are the same people who can’t shriek loudly enough for the killing of intrauterine babies.
But don’t dare increase your child’s risk of death even one iota after he’s born by failing to use a child seat or not providing a bicycle helmet. That’ll be a ticketing. For your own good, we’re going to liberate some cash from your wallet.

That reminds me of what I now call police: revenuers. Yeah, I know there are "good cops.” I hear about them all the time. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m fair; I defended in print Ferguson officer Darren Wilson and other impugned police as much as anyone. And I thoroughly admire Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Oath Keeper crew. But don’t kid yourself: like most people, the average cop is a low-info voter. Just like the Nassau County, NY, police who obediently did their masters’ bidding and  HYPERLINK "http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/01/shouting_match_leads_to_gun_confiscation_forfeiture.html" stole $100,000-worth of guns and ammo from a citizen — just like the New Orleans jackboots who seized firearms from law-abiding residents just when they really needed them in Hurricane Katrina’s wake — most cops vill follow zee orders vhen zey are handed down. Remember, too, the Department of Injustice has  HYPERLINK "https://publicintelligence.net/department-of-justice-lists-survivalists-constitutionalists-in-extremism-guide/" warned that constitutionalists can be a terror threat. And  HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84838260&v=LvDzuE2DZH8&feature=player_embedded&x-yt-ts=1422327029" this Spokane officer who explained why his department needed military equipment certainly got the memo.

I would be remiss if I didn’t deepen my little rant by mentioning that all our problems stem from a loss of faith. Just consider our safety-freak mentality. Those who believe in an afterlife may certainly tend to the temple of the soul, but they usually don’t initiate themselves into the Cult of the Body. When people believe this world is all there is, however, they can become maniacally obsessed with staying in this world as long as possible. This phenomenon’s ultimate manifestation is "transhumanism,” the new movement and aspiration to use technology to transcend being human and extend "life” virtually indefinitely. Why, it has even been theorized that we may one day be able to upload our consciousness into a computer. (Of course, this would imply there’s something beyond the brain — namely the mind — which contradicts the dogma of atheistic psychologists who say there is no such thing. Yet if we’re not just the organic robots of secularist dreams, a question presents itself: why not just wait for your consciousness to be uploaded into the hereafter, hopefully Heaven? {The world’s Andrew Cuomos might understandably want to delay that upload as long as possible}. But now I’m getting way too deep for a rant.)
So that explains the popularity of a Dr. Oz. It also explains why we’re living in Oz, with the con man behind the curtain.

Or is our third-millennium location better described as Go Ask Alice, in Wonderland, when she’s 10 feet tall?

Whatever the case, Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. And Middle America will continue shrinking until we as a people find a heart, a brain and some courage.

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Hillary Gearing Up for Run

Dana Mathewson

I won't bother to send this to "Friend Ken," who last I knew continued to insist that Hillary has no plans to run, preferring to settle down and play the doting grandmother -- and that "the country's not ready for a woman president." This article from Politico suggests otherwise, even putting numbers in such as "the likelihood of her running recently went from 98% to 100%," (paraphrasing here) which makes it sound like she still considers herself Little Miss Inevitability.

The GOP had better start planning how to derail her, or we will have four years coming up that will make eight years of Obama look like a time of patriotism, professional diplomacy and statehood, and economic progress run rampant!

Just look at all the familiar names that are expected to be part of her campaign. Well, at least most of 'em aren't as bad as the ones Zippy has put to work over the last six years.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/hillary-clinton-2016-elections-114586.html?hp=t1_r

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Transcendental Mediation for PTSD

Jack Kemp

The funding for the services below comes largely from the actor/director David Lynch and his David Lynch Foundation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lynch_Foundation
These following YouTube stories and the web page are in no way meant to be the "perfect cure" some clown (me) thinking that he found an exact match for everyone's stresses. They are, however, a possible helpful technique for veterans and others, people who have differing personal stories but with some significant similarities.

Marines talk about TM (Transcendental Meditation) for PTSD - 4 min. on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84838260&x-yt-ts=1422327029&v=TnnPbYMskVM#t=161 ;

Army combat vet used TM to overcome suicidal thoughts, waving gun in front of family back in the States. Under 6 min. on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422327029&v=6Li-yCOLXsk&x-yt-cl=84838260


Further information at a Web page:
http://www.tm.org/tm4vets
TM for Veterans
THE NEED
A safe and effective method to bring relief from the adverse effects of post traumatic stress in the lives of soldiers and veterans.
THE SOLUTION
The Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique has been found by scientific research to significantly reduce anxiety, depression, and other symptoms of PTSD. It has been found effective in restoring resilience both for soldiers on active duty and for veterans returning home.
WHAT IS TM?
The TM technique is a simple, natural, effortless method of meditation practiced for 20 minutes twice a day. During the practice, the mind settles down to a more quiet and peaceful level, and the brain begins to function in a more relaxed, orderly, and focused way. At the same time, the body gains a deep level of rest, allowing it to release accumulated stress, strain, and fatigue.
The TM technique is easy to learn. Anyone can do it successfully and enjoy the benefits. It involves no concentration, no focusing the mind, and no "mindful" monitoring of thoughts. Many people remark on how easy TM is to practice, and how quickly they begin to notice the results in daily life.
RESEARCH FINDINGS
Over the past 40 years, more than 350 published research studies have documented the positive effects of the TM technique. Research findings include:

* 40-55% reduction in symptoms of PTSD and depression
* 42% decrease in insomnia
* 30% improvement in satisfaction with the quality of life
* 25% reduction in levels of plasma cortisol, the stress hormone

Other documented benefits of the TM technique include:

* Decreased high blood pressure
* 47% reduced risk of cardiovascular-related mortality
* Decreased smoking and alcohol use
* Faster recovery from stress
* More positive self-concept

"TM has become the ultimate technique in my tool box for creating space within. When I got home from combat, my jar was overfilled and spilling out. I literally could not make it through another day without self-medication, and I’d become numb to the world and everyone around me.
"Practicing the TM technique has helped the stress and anxiety become manageable, and I can keep the lid on the jar now. The deep rest and relaxation I gain from this technique, along with the greater calmness in my mind, have brought me back to me. Finally, I can give love again, and I’m able to receive love and move my life forward.
"Please help me to pass this gift of life on to our at-risk population of Veterans and First Responders who stand in harm’s way to uphold our way of life. Each and every one of them deserves to be happy, and to live a good life on their own terms.”
Dusty Baxley
Gene "Dusty” Baxley
82nd Airborne Ranger MP
Executive Director,
TM for Veterans
Certified TM teacher

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January 27, 2015

Russians Build Military Base on U.S. Soil

Timothy Birdnow

Russia is constructing a military base on an island - an island owned by the United States.

Gateway PUndit has the scoop.

"Now, Vladimir Putin has begun construction of a naval base and army base on Wrangell without so much as a peep from the State Department or President Obama. Something is tragically wrong here.

[...]

The State Department has undertaken the giveaway with Putin in the guise of a maritime boundary agreement between Alaska and Siberia. But as an executive agreement, it could be reversed with the stroke of a pen by President Obama or Secretary Kerry.

The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy. The state of Alaska was not allowed to participate in the negotiations, Congress was not notified, nor was the public given any opportunity for comment. The Alaska Legislature has passed resolutions of opposition, and so has California’s legislature."

End excerpt.

Russia has become increasingly aggressive about trespassing. They have repeatedly violated Swedish waters with submarines, for instance. Russian aircraft have violated American airspace as well as Finland's. The Russians sent war ships to Australia in recent months to harass the G20. They've flown fighters over Scotland.

The Russians are encroaching on our interests everywhere. It is a strategy.And an act of war.

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2014 One of the Coldest Years in the Last 10,000

Timothy Birdnow

So NASA and NOAA say 2014 was the hottest year on record since the 19th century, eh? Well, it was one of the 3 percent Coldest Years in 10,000 years as well!

Dr. Tim Ball explains:

"In the 10,000 – year context, it is significant because it is among the 3 percent coldest years, which is far more significant than the 100-year warmest that alarmists proclaim. There are two major reasons: Highest readings occur in the most recent years of a rising temperature record. Every alteration, adjustment amendment and abridgment of the record so far, was done to create and emphasize increasingly higher temperatures."

End excerpt.

In other words, a ruse by any other name will stink as bad, and AGW alarmism stinks worse than a methane bog.


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No Discernible Trend in Winter Storm Intensity on East Coast

HirschECWS

Timothy Birdnow


According to Roger Pielke Jr. there is no discernible trend in winter storm intensity on the East Coast.

From the article:

"So there was no trend 1948 to 1997, or a slightly downward trend. This is interesting because over the latter half of that period one analysis (Willett et al. 2010) found an increase in the water content of the lower atmosphere over the US East Coast. So those who argue for a simple relationship between increasing water content of the atmosphere and storm strength, data do not support such a claim over this multi-decadal period, in this region.

In 2010 Frankoski and DeGaetano published an update to Hirsh et al. 2001, extending data through 2006. They concluded:

No significant time-dependent trends were identified for precipitation or snowfall from East Coast Winter Storms or for the percentage of precipitation or snowfall from East Coast Winter Storms.

Such research is likely why the IPCC AR5 concluded in 2013:

In summary, confidence in large scale changes in the intensity of extreme extra-tropical cyclones since 1900 is low.

What that means in climate-speak is that the detection of trends in winter storms has not been achieved. It also means that the IPCC has not attributed any trends to human influences. Detection and attribution are explained in some detail in my recent book."

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Methane Deceptions

Paul Driessen

"No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” President Obama insisted in his 2015 State of the Union address. So now he wants his Environmental Protection Agency to compel drilling companies to slash methane emissions, which he says contribute to "dangerous manmade climate change.”

However, companies already control their methane emissions, and the supposed warming effect of this gas is wildly inflated, by as much as 100 times. Moreover, there is no evidence that we face dangerous manmade warming or climate change, now or in the near future. What we are really dealing with is a catechism of climate cataclysm: near-religious zealotry by an alarmist scientific-industrial-government-activist alliance – and EPA’s determination to use methane’s alleged impacts on Earth’s climate to control a highly successful fracking industry that has thus far been largely free of federal interference, because it operates mostly on state and private lands that are governed effectively by state and local regulators.

Methane deceptions

Deception, agenda and folly drive latest Obama EPA anti-hydrocarbon rules. Are farmers next?

Paul Driessen

First they came for the coal mining and power plant industry, and most people did not speak out because they didn’t rely on coal, accepted Environmental Protection Agency justifications at face value, or thought EPA’s war on coal would benefit them.

In fact, Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon gave the Sierra Club $26 million, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the Club $50 million, to help it wage a Beyond Coal campaign. The Sierra Club later claimed its efforts forced 142 U.S. coal-fired power plants to close, raising electricity rates, threatening grid reliability, and costing thousands of jobs in dozens of states.

Mr. McClendon apparently figured eliminating coal from America’s energy mix would improve his natural gas business. The mayor likes renewable energy and detests fossil fuels, which he blames for climate change that he tried to finger for the damages "Superstorm” Sandy inflicted on his city.

Now the Obama EPA is coming after the natural gas industry. Hopefully many will speak out this time, before more costly rules kill more jobs and damage the health and welfare of more middle class Americans. The war on coal, after all, is really a war on fossil fuels and affordable energy, and an integral component of President Obama’s determination to "fundamentally transform” the United States.

Proposed EPA regulations would compel drilling and fracking companies to reduce methane (natural gas or CH4) emissions by 40-45% by 2025, compared to 2012. Companies would have to install technologies that monitor operations and prevent inadvertent leaks. The rules would apply only to new or modified sites, not existing operations. However, Big Green activist groups are already campaigning to have EPA expand the rule to cover existing gas wells, fracking operations, gas processing facilities and pipelines.

But companies already control their emissions, to avoid polluting the air, and because natural gas is a valuable resource that they would much rather sell than waste. That’s why EPA data show methane emissions falling 17% even as gas production increased by 37% between 1990 and 2014, and why natural gas operations employing hydraulic fracturing reduced their methane emissions by 73% from 2011 to 2013. The rules are costly and unnecessary, and would bring few benefits.

The Obama Administration thus justifies them by claiming they will help prevent "dangerous manmade climate change.” Methane, EPA says, has a warming effect 50 times greater than carbon dioxide. This assertion is wildly inflated, by as much as a factor of 100, Dr. Fred Singer says. Atmospheric water vapor already absorbs nearly all the infrared radiation (heat) that methane could, and the same radiation cannot be absorbed twice. The physics of Earth’s surface infrared emission spectrum are also important.

More importantly, to borrow a favorite Obama phrase, let me make one thing perfectly clear. There is no dangerous manmade climate change, now or on the horizon. There is no evidence that methane or carbon dioxide emissions have replaced the complex, powerful, interconnected natural forces that have driven warming, cooling, climate and weather fluctuations throughout Earth and human history. There is no evidence that recent extreme weather events are more frequent or severe than over the previous 100 years.

Indeed, planetary temperatures have not budged for more than 18 years, and we are amid the longest stretch since at least 1900 (more than nine years) without a Category 3-5 hurricane hitting the United States. If CO2 and CH4 are to be blamed for every temperature change or extreme weather event, then shouldn’t they also be credited for this lack of warming and deadly storms? But climate hype continues.

We are repeatedly told, "Climate change is real, and humans are partly to blame.” The statement is utterly meaningless. Earth’s climate fluctuates frequently, and human activities undoubtedly have some influences, at least on local (especially urban) temperatures. The question is, How much of an effect? Are the temperature and other effects harmful or beneficial, especially when carbon dioxide’s enormous role in improved plant growth is factored in? Would slashing U.S. CO2 and CH4 emissions mean one iota of difference, when China, India and other countries are doing nothing to reduce their emissions?

Nevertheless, the latest NASA press release asserts that 2014 was "the hottest since the modern instrumental record began,” and again blames mankind’s carbon dioxide emissions. This deliberately deceptive, fear-inducing claim was quickly retracted, but not before it got extensive front-page coverage.

Let me make another fact perfectly clear. The alleged global temperature increase was 0.02 degrees C (0.04 degrees F). It is not even measurable by our most sensitive instruments. It is one-fifth the margin of error in these measurements. It ignores satellite data and is based on ground-level instruments that are contaminated by urban heat and cover less than 15% of Earth’s surface. Even NASA admitted it was only 38% confident of being correct – and 62% certain that it was wrong. Analyses by Dr. Tim Ball, Marc Morano, Anthony Watts and other experts provide more details eviscerating this bogus claim.

In the end, though, all these real-world facts are irrelevant. We are dealing with a catechism of climate cataclysm: near-religious zealotry by a scientific-industrial-government-activist alliance that has built a financial, political and regulatory empire. They are not about to renounce any claims of climate catastrophe, no matter how much actual evidence debunks their far-fetched computer model scenarios.

Their EPA-IPCC "science” is actively supported by most of the "mainstream media” and by the World Bank, universities, renewable energy companies and even some churches. They will never willingly surrender the political influence and billions of dollars that CAGW claims bring them. They won’t even admit that wind and solar facilities butcher birds and bats by the millions, scar landscapes, impair human health, cannot exist without coal and natural gas, and are probably our least sustainable energy option. They want gas prices to rise again, so that heavily subsidized renewable energy is competitive once more.

Meanwhile, polls reveal that regular, hard-working, middle-income Americans care most about terrorism, the economy, jobs, healthcare costs, education and job opportunities after graduation; climate change is always dead last on any list. Regular Europeans want to end the "energy poverty” that has killed countless jobs, and each winter kills thousands of elderly people who can no longer afford to eat their homes properly. The world’s poorest citizens want affordable electricity, higher living standards, and an end to the lung infections, severe diarrhea, malaria and other diseases of poverty that kill millions of children and parents year after year – largely because alarmists oppose nuclear, coal and gas-fired power plants.

But federal regulators, climate chaos "ethicists” and "progressives” who loudly profess they care deeply about the poor and middle classes – all ignore these realities. They focus on methane, because they view it as a clever way to inject federal oversight and control into an energy sector that had been largely free of such interference, because the fracking revolution has thus far taken place mostly on state and private lands governed effectively by state and local regulators. (Federal lands are mostly off limits.)

The proposed methane rules would generate more delays, paperwork, costs and job losses, to comply with more federal regulations that will bring no detectable benefits – and much harm, at a time when plunging oil and gas prices are forcing drillers to reduce operations and lay people off.

President Obama devoted 15 lines of his 2015 State of the Union speech to climate fables and propaganda. His goal is steadily greater control over our lives, livelihoods, living standards and liberties, with little or no transparency or accountability for regulators, pseudo-scientists or activists.

It won’t be long before EPA and Big Green come for farmers and ranchers – to curtail "climate-wrecking” methane emissions from cattle, pig and sheep flatulence and dung, and exert greater control over agricultural water, dust and carbon dioxide. By then, there may be no one left to speak out.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org), author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death and coauthor of Cracking Big Green: To save the world from the Save-the-Earth money machine.

 

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January 26, 2015

Putting the Man in Man Made Global Warming

The GISS map of South America. Left: The warming. Right: The NOAA map showing "grey” areas with no coverage. See Notalotofpeopleknowthat for source links.


Timothy Birdnow

Over at her blog, Jo Nova has an excellent piece about continuing manipulation of the temperature data, especially in South America.

From the article:

"In South America, there are hardly any rural land thermometers. GISS tells us the area is warming (see the map below). Paul Homewood looked at the raw data. There are only three rural stations currently operating in the area, Puerto Casado, Mariscal, and San Juan, and they all show a raw trend that falls. As in so many other situations, after adjustments, all three show a rising trend. The changes are breathtaking. In Mariscal raw temperatures of 25.5C turned out to be "really” 22.5C. (Those 1950 thermometers were hopeless ;-) ). In San Juan Bautista, and Puerto Casasdo the old thermometers get adjusted down by around two degrees. Perhaps there are reasons for the adjustments, but if old thermometers so so bad, and station changes have made such a difference, why does any scientist pretend we can calculate global temperatures accurately?

Paul Homewood describes what he found when he compared the raw data with the official set: Massive Tampering With Temperatures In South America. This is just one of his three graphs. They are all show similar transformations.

Christopher Booker discusses the implications in: Climategate, the sequel: ‘How we are STILL being tricked with flawed data on global warming’.

Although it has been emerging for seven years or more, one of the most extraordinary scandals of our time has never hit the headlines. Yet another little example of it lately caught my eye when, in the wake of those excited claims that 2014 was "the hottest year on record”, I saw the headline on a climate blog: "Massive tampering with temperatures in South America”


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The New Police Policy in the STL Area - "Cowardice Retreat"

Timothy Birdnow

St. Louis area police are now going to "stand down" when force is required.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

"The national upheaval from Brown’s death, and some others since, has put enormous pressure on law enforcement to find ways to control people’s behavior while using less violence. One possibility — simple but repugnant to some officers — is to teach police to back away from certain difficult situations until help can arrive.

The concept is known as "tactical retreat” or sometimes "tactical withdrawal” or "tactical restraint.”

"We add the word, ‘tactical’ and not just ‘retreating’ or ‘giving up’ because that’s what makes it palatable for police officers,” explained Seth Stoughton, a criminal law professor at the University of South Carolina. The former Florida officer is a nationally prominent advocate for applying the softer approach."

End excerpt.

Or should it be called letting a criminal go?

We knew this was coming; it was a large part of what the "protesters" were demanding. This will, essentially, create "no go zones" similar to what the French have, with officers unwilling to respond to calls in dangerous areas because of rules of engagement that tie their hands.

And it would have done exactly nothing to stop the Mike Brown shooting; Officer Darren Wilson was simply engaged in conversation with Brown, a guy who he told to move to the side of the street and who then punched Wilson in the face and tried to steal his gun. Wilson did not have much choice in the matter; it was a hot zone. Making a "tactical retreat" would have been of no use in a life or death situation such as Wilson faced.

What this will do is lead to more assaults on officers by thugs who know the rules will prevent cops from going after them, forcing the police to wait for backup. It will be a guerilla war, with assaults followed by the assailants running away before extra officers arrive. It is a recipe for chaos.

Not everyone is happy with this idea, from the article:

"Gabe Crocker, president of the St. Louis County Police Association, called the tactical retreat concept "cowardice retreat,” and complained that it is "shameful” to consider."

End excerpt.

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves; the leftist welfare state has created these dangerous ghetto conditions, producing large families of unsupervised children who are essentially wards of the state, and concentrating them in dense pockets via Section 8 Housing. Couple that with a mindset in America that refuses to condemn bad behavior, prefering to see criminality and anarchy as "symptoms" of white racism or economic injustice and you have a recipe for societal collapse. That collapse is apparent in "the hood" where crime is not just tolerated but actually celebrated in some ways as a sort of rebellion against "the Man", a rebellion which hurts only the neighbors of the victims. The police are caught in the middle of this stupidity.

Only a liberal would come up with such a hare-brained scheme. The answer to the problems in the black community is to restrict the ability of the cops to do their jobs rather than to punish evildoers. Liberal Americans simply cannot believe in evil as a fundamental human condition but only as a concept revolving around social organization, and so only the police - who have been twisted by an evil American system - can be seen as wrongdoers. Poor people of color are always the victims.

Tell that to anybody who has been robbed, raped, assaulted, murdered by these poor victims. "Black rage" is a concept that grows a bit thin after a while; what exactly are they raging against? Yes, they are poorer than white people on average, but ultimately whose fault is that? Its the fault of the black subculture that teaches kids they have no hope for a fair shake and inculcates black rage, which guarantees the poor sucker, er, black youth that he will never rise above his circumstances except through criminality. Hard work, education, responsibility, prudence, meekness are all seen as "white" and a sell-out of their heritage. But it is these very "white" virtues that lead one to get ahead, and not just in America.

There is a reason why immigrants from Africa quickly surpass black Americans in income and by almost all other metrics; they come here without the baggage of black culture.

But the liberal understands none of this; prefering to scapegoat racism or economic injustice because it is easier and more useful to maintain their political beliefs. It is a natural response from the Left to demand not better behavior from the black community, to hold them to standards that all others are held to, but to actually restrict those who are tasked with helping the victims of crime.

Typical.

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