January 17, 2020

The Nazi Roots of the Left

Timothy Birdnow

In Nazi Oaks Dr. Mark Musser argues (quite convincingly) that National Socialism was rooted in environmentalism and the Holocaust was an attempt to keep Germany "pure" from an "invasive species". Nazism was rooted in the Romantic movement and has close kinship with so many of the modern Leftist/Progrssive views of today (which is why so many Progressives use abuse and coercion as tactics.) Nazi Germany was the "Greenest" nation up to that point, and perhaps ever.

It has always seemed clear that the modern Left has roots in National Socialism, and especially modern environmentalists. Here is the proof.

After a lengthy discussion about the Romantic roots of so many of the movements of our time - such as veganism, environmentalism, radical activism, etc. these deep leftists admit their movement's ties to National Socialism.

From the book excerpt:

This perennial trend of critique and utopian vision was bolstered by Romanticism, a cultural and artistic movement that began in the latter half of the eighteenth century in Western Europe. It was at least partly a reaction against the Age of Enlightenment, which valued rationality and science. The image of the Enlightenment was the machine, with the living cosmos reduced to clockwork. As the industrial revolution gained strength, rural lifeways were destroyed while urban areas swelled with suffering and squalor. Blake’s dark, Satanic mills destroyed rivers, the commons of wetlands and forests fell to the highest bidder, and coal dust was so thick in London that the era could easily be deemed the Age of Tuberculosis. In Germany, the Rhine and the Elbe were killed by dye works and other industrial processes. And along with natural communities, human communities were devastated as well.

Romanticism revolved around three main themes: longing for the past, upholding nature as pure and authentic, and idealizing the heroic and alienated individual. Germany, where elements of an older pagan folk culture still carried on, was in many ways the center of the Romantic movement.

How much of this Teutonic nature worship was really drawn from surviving pre-Christian elements, and how much was simply a Romantic recreation—the Renaissance Faire of the nineteenth century—is beyond the scope of this book. Suffice it to say, there were enough cultural elements for the Romantics to build on.

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In Germany, the combination of Romanticism and nationalism created an upswell of interest in myths. They spurred a widespread longing for an ancient or even primordial connection with the German landscape. Youth are the perennially disaffected and rebellious, and German youth in the late nineteenth century coalesced into their own counterculture. They were called Wandervogel or wandering spirits. They rejected the rigid moral code and work ethic of their bourgeois parents, romanticized the image of the peasant, and wandered the countryside with guitars and rough-spun tunics. The Wandervogel started with urban teachers taking their students for hikes in the country as part of the Lebensreform (life reform) movement. This social movement emphasized physical fitness and natural health, experimenting with a range of alternative modalities like homeopathy, natural food, herbalism, and meditation. The Lebensreform created its own clinics, schools, and intentional communities, all variations on a theme of reestablishing a connection with nature. The short hikes became weekends; the weekends became a lifestyle. The Wandervogel embraced the natural in opposition to the artificial: rural over urban, emotion over rationality, sunshine and diet over medicine, spontaneity over control. The youth set up "nests” and "antihomes” in their towns and occupied abandoned castles in the forests. The Wandervogel was the origin of the youth hostel movement. They sang folk songs; experimented with fasting, raw foods, and vegetarianism; and embraced ecological ideas—all before the year 1900. They were the anarchist vegan squatters of the age.

Environmental ideas were a fundamental part of these movements. Nature as a spiritual source was fundamental to the Romantics and a guiding principle of Lebensreform. Adolph Just and Benedict Lust were a pair of doctors who wrote a foundational Lebensreform text, Return to Nature, in 1896.

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Landauer spoke to the leftist writers, artists, intellectuals, and youths who felt alienated by modernity and urbanism and expressed a very real need—emotional, political, and spiritual—for community renewal. He had a full program for the revolutionary transformation of society. Rural communes were the first practical step toward the end of capitalism and exploitation. These communities would form federations and work together to create the infrastructure of a new society based on egalitarian principles. It was an A to B plan that never lost sight of the real conditions of oppression under which people were living. After World War I, roughly one hundred communes were formed in Germany, and, of those, thirty were politically leftist, formed by anarchists or communists. There was also a fledgling women’s commune movement whose goal was an autonomous feminist culture, similar to the contemporary lesbian land movement in the US.

Where did this utopian resistance movement go wrong? The problem was that it was, as historian Peter Weindling puts it, "politically ambivalent.”18 Writes Weindling, "The outburst of utopian social protest took contradictory artistic, Germanic volkish, or technocratic directions.”19 Some of these directions, unhitched from a framework of social justice, were harnessed by the right, and ultimately incorporated into Nazi ideology. Lebensreformactivities like hiking and eating whole-grain bread were seen as strengthening the political body and were promoted by the Nazis. "A racial concept of health was central to National Socialism,” writes Weindling. Meanwhile, Jews, gays and lesbians, the mentally ill, and anarchists were seen as "diseases” that weakened the Germanic race as a whole.

Ecological ideas were likewise embraced by the Nazis. The health and fitness of the German people—a primary fixation of Nazi culture—depended on their connection to the health of the land, a connection that was both physical and spiritual. The Nazis were a peculiar combination of the Romantic and the Modern, and the backward-looking traditionalist and the futuristic technotopians were both attracted to their ideology. The Nazi program was as much science as it was emotionality. Writes historian David Blackborn,

National socialism managed to reconcile, at least theoretically, two powerful and conflicting impulses of the later nineteenth century, and to benefit from each. One was the infatuation with the modern and the technocratic, where there is evident continuity from Wilhelmine Germany to Nazi eugenicists and Autobahnbuilders; the other was the "cultural revolt” against modernity and machine-civilization, pressed into use by the Nazis as part of their appeal to educated élites and provincial philistines alike.20



Modern Liberalism is no longer liberal but radical and has at it's roots a hatred of Christianity, of reason and rationality, and of the family. It is Nazism with a friendly face, but the iron boot is still there.

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Florida SCOTUS says Felons Have to Pay Up First

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that felons (at least some) must pay off their fines before getting their vote back.

From Fox:

"The Governor asks whether the phrase 'all terms of sentence'encompasses legal financial obligations (LFOs)—fines, restitution, costs, and fees ordered by the sentencing court," the opinion said.

The court responded: "We answer in the affirmative, concluding that 'all terms of sentence'encompasses not just durational periods but also all LFOs imposed in conjunction with an adjudication of guilt."

DeSantis said Thursday he was "pleased" with the court's decision.

A moment of sanity here. Nothing like giving votes to criminals. Why should we? We already have Congress for that.

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Utah Lawmaker Seeks to Break Seal of Confessional

Timothy Birdnow

What part of  shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion or PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE" doesn't this jackass get?

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/utah-lawmaker-moves-to-break-seal-of-confession-calls-catholic-backlash-soft-threat

Earlier this week, we contacted the Speaker of the House in the Utah legislature, Rep. Brad R. Wilson, expressing our outrage over a bill sponsored by his Democratic colleague, Rep. Angela Romero, that would vitiate the seal of Confession. The pretext of her legislation is knowledge of the sexual abuse of minors learned in the confessional.

We are very pleased with the response by Speaker Wilson: he is opposed to the Romero bill. Rep. Romero is now doubling down, saying she is going forward with her bill, accusing me of making a "soft threat.”

Romero is obviously referring to the following concluding portion of my letter of January 10 to her. "You are treading on dangerous territory. When the government seeks to police the sacraments of the Catholic Church — or encroach on the tenets and practices of any world religion — it is gearing up for a court fight. The First Amendment secures religious liberty, and that entails separation of church and state.”


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I will Spew You from My Mouth

Timothy Birdnow

The House of Representatives passed a radical pro-homosexual bill that supports abortion and transgenderism. A number of Catholics voted for it - and not just Democrats, but REPUBLICAN Catholics.

From Lifesitenews:

On October 30, 2008, Barack Obama said, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." The legal policy changes wrought under the Obama Administration paved the way for the so-called Equality Act, HR 5, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 17, 2019 by a vote of 236 to 173. The Equality Act would fundamentally and radically alter Civil Rights Law to prohibit "discrimination" on the basis of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," in the same way racial discrimination is prohibited. Analysis by pro-life and pro-family organizations, as well as the U.S. Catholic Bishops, have warned that the Equality Act would:

  • Require faith-based hospitals, doctors and nurses to participate in and/or to perform or assist with abortions or lose their medical licenses;
  • Require tax funding of all abortions without restrictions;
  • Mandate that any entity that provides health care for pregnancy and childbirth be required to provide abortion as a "related medical condition";
  • Force women to share private, intimate spaces with men who "identify" as female including in bathrooms, lockers, schools, hospitals, prisons, gyms, military barracks and homeless shelters;
  • Disallow Catholic and private school single sex sports teams from competing against public school sports teams, which will no longer be permitted to have "discriminatory" single sex teams;
  • Decertify Catholic and Christian schools from satisfying state compulsory attendance laws if they refuse to adopt LGBTQ policies, treating religious schools as "hate groups" comparable to the Ku Klux Klan;
  • Forbid groups like the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Charities and Christian non-profits from receiving community block grants from local governments for housing for the disabled or seniors unless they accommodate the LGBTQ agenda including hiring those who identify as homosexual or transgender;
  • Prohibit Catholic schools and parishes from obtaining construction loans from federally chartered banks or savings institutions unless the schools and churches implement the LGBTQ agenda including hiring active homosexual and transgender teachers in same sex "marriages";
  • Remove children from the legal custody of their parents if they try to prevent their minor children from taking cancer-causing, puberty-blocking drugs or cross-sex hormones recommended by school counselors or provided by social welfare agencies;
  • End women-only or men-only shelters serving drug addicts, the battered, and the homeless;
  • Decertify foster care and adoption agencies which do not place children with homosexual partners;
  • Require small businesses owned by Catholics to promote and affirm LGBTQ sexual behavior or face fines and/or loss of their business licenses;
  • Remove the tax-exempt status of Catholic churches and agencies if they fail to "celebrate" same-sex "weddings." The Equality Act would classify churches as "public accommodations" (like hotels and restaurants), prohibited from denying services on account of sexual orientation, in the same manner services cannot now be denied on account of race.

The article tells us that no fewer than six Catholic Republicans joined the 74 Catholic Democrats in support of this bill, which is anathema to core Catholic teaching.

The article goes on to discuss the desperate need to excommunicate these people, and the Church's pucillanimous fear of rocking the boat - and capsizing the treasure boat.

The article continues:

Are our bishops, when confronted with obviously anti-Catholic legislation, required to correct politicians, especially Catholic politicians, who support such policies, or is private criticism enough? In October, 2004, Pope St. John Paul II met in Rome with representatives of the U.S. Catholic bishops where he spelled out the bishops' duties: "remember that your sacred responsibility to teach, sanctify and govern cannot be surrendered to anyone else: it is your personal vocation."

Regarding life, marriage and God's creation of "male and female," much more could be taught through pastoral letters, Prayers of the Faithful offered during Mass, notices in Church bulletins, letters read at Mass, articles in Catholic newspapers and social media as well as messages publicizing the Sacrament of Reconciliation and retreats to offer hope and forgiveness to reach those who have undergone abortion. Some of the most powerful witnesses in defense of human life have been open about their past abortion wounds.

If there is reluctance to speak about the sacredness of human life and the evil of abortion from the pulpit, I offer the experience of one Christian pastor who feared that if he mentioned abortion in a sermon, it could hurt the post-abortive women in his congregation. It wasn't until after he counseled numerous distraught women from his church, that he realized he could have spared these women deep suffering if he had spoken the truth earlier. He subsequently changed his thinking and his sermons.

Jesus told his apostles that when a town does not receive them to "shake the dust off your feet and move on". You are not supposed to coax, cajole, and beg. You are to present your case and if it is not accepted so be it.

But the modern Catholic Church is more interested in getting people to show up and contribute than in actually standing firm. They think the way to get a full collection plate is by conforming to the vanities of the modern world. But who goes to church to be entertained? And if not, what is the Catholic faith offering these days? Certainly not certainty, or moral fiber.

We are in a spiritual war. We always have been, but in the last fifty or so years it has become a kill-or-be-killed battle for the soul of Mankind. The other side has all of the weaponry, the media, the political class, the corporations. They control all of the high ground. Our side has only the Truth (and the Great Almighty God). We MUST speak the Truth, always, and keep speaking it. That is the only way we can save Mankind, save souls, save lives.

The Enemy is in the gates right now. They have penetrated the Catholic Church, and many other churches as well. If we don't want to be routed we have got to come out fighting. Too few on our side want that. So many fear the world. Like high school girls afraid of the mean popular ones, our side cowers or flatters, but fears taking a stand.

Well, it's about our last stand at this point, and we had better be taking it soon.

In the Book of Revelation Jesus condemns the Church of Laodecia for cowardice and indifference "You are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were hot or cold, but as you are not I will spew you out of my mouth."  The modern Church is neither hot nor cold, just indifferent. Money and influence appear all concerns itself with these days, and so Jesus will spew it from his mouth.

Just as Yahweh kicked the Canaanites out of the Holy Land, and even sent His people into exile, so too He will not shrink from exiling His Church if the need arises. And it has arisen. It no longer has any worth or dignity.

It will be most unpleasant being spewn from the Lord's mouth.

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Ashes to Ashes

Timothy Birdnow

A very sad and poignant observation from the Philippines:

The beautiful scenery here in Tagaytay are now covered with ashes and all fine trees and beautiful flowers are destroyed by volcanic eruption
and the sad thing is that even their livestock and their livelihood are also covered with ashes and died😥
Let us all pray🙏for the safety of our brother's and sister's who live near in Taal volcano in nearby areas and ours as well.

Fair Ylen

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82nd Airborn Replaces marines at iraqi Embassy

Timothy Birdnow

An interesting development in Iraq. The Marines guarding the U.S. embassy are being replaced by the 82nd Airborn.

What is interesting is that Marines normally guard embassies. Bringing in the 82nd suggests they expect to do some serious fighting in the near future. Now, the Marines are entirely capable of doing serious fighting, but the 82nd is an Army unit and as such is designed for long term fighting - and can be reinforced from the air. 

According to the article:

Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will replace about 100 Marineswho were previously sent to bolster security forces at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, a U.S. Central Command spokesperson told Army Times.

Citing operational security, the official said they would not discuss the size of the force sent to the embassy or the timeline for their arrival.

The Marines, who came from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response unit, will transition security duties at the embassy to an element of the 82nd’s Immediate Response Force brigade, the CENTCOM spokesperson said.

A majority of the paratroopers from that unit, totalling about 3,500 soldiers, are remaining in Kuwait. Stars and Stripes first reported the latest movement Wednesday

Looks like somebody is expecting heightened security for a long time.

Anyone with more experience with the military have any theories?

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"Provoked the Anger of Hell" New Book by Pope Benedict

Timothy Birdnow

Pope Benedict XVI co-authored a book on celibacy and the priesthood, and it has generated a firestorm in the Vatican and Catholic world. David Martin gives us the story at Camada Free Press:

It was reported Tuesday that Benedict XVI has requested of Ignatius Press, the English publisher of the book, that he be removed as co-author. In commentsto the Italian news agency ANSA, Benedict XVI’s confidant and personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, said he has "acted on instructions from the pope emeritus and asked Cardinal Robert Sarah to contact the book’s publisher and request that they remove Benedict XVI’s name as co-author of the book, and remove his signature from the introduction and conclusion.”

Whether this request comes from Benedict XVI or Ganswein was pressured into saying this remains to be seen, but there is no question that the liberal Vatican bureaucracy is behind this move to remove Benedict as co-author. According to Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Cardinal Sarah’s intervention in getting this book published "has provoked, so to speak, the anger of hell.”

Critics of the book say it "opposes” Pope Francis by raising the "specter of a parallel magisterium” when in fact the book upholds the true Magisterium against Francis’ counter-magisterium.

According to an inside Vatican report from Antonio Socci, it was an enraged Pope Francis who "personally summoned Monsignor Ganswein, Benedict’s secretary, but also Prefect of Bergoglio’s Papal Household and, furious, ordered him to have Benedict XVI’s name removed from the cover of the book.” (Rorate-Caeli )

What is certain is that Benedict XVI previously approved the book. Cardinal Sarah, who heads the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship, issued a statement Tuesday confirming Benedict’s foreknowledge and approval of the book. Therein he states: "After various exchanges in view of the development of the book, on November 19, I finally sent a manuscript, the cover, a common introduction and conclusion, the text of Benedict XVI and my own text.”

This stinks to high Heaven. The Progressives in the Vatican forced the then-elderly Benedict out as Pontiff, and now a sick, aged man is being bullied into denying his authorship on something that disagrees with the dreams of a Progressive Utopian Church.

And it appears Pope Francis, the Apostate, is behind all of this.

Just what is happening inside the walls of the Vatican?

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It Depends on the Meaning of Years

From Willis Eschenbach:

The scumballs at the NY Times have totally sold out to the Democrats. Now they are whining about what they repeatedly call "years-old" leaking accusations against James Comey. "Years-old"??? Get real! It was two and a half years ago! See below for the article.

The underhanded part is that they are claiming that because it wasn't investigated by FBI at the time, the prosecution now must be political.

Which makes perfect sense ... until you think to yourself, wait a minute, who was head of the FBI at that time?

Why ... um ... unless I'm wrong, it was James Comey himself.

So their claim is quite simple—the current investigation of James Comey is obviously wrong and politically motivated. We know that because when James Comey allegedly leaked secrets to the media "years ago" way back in 2017, it wasn't immediately investigated at the time by James Comey, and the fact that James Comey didn't find it necessary to investigate James Comey clearly proves James Comey's innocence! You got a problem with that?

I weep for the death of journalism. Comey is a self-admitted leaker and a liar, and the NYT has his back. Despicable.

Folks, if you believe one word those lying pond scum at the NYT have to say, you've been suckered badly.

w.

A note from Tim:

Isn't this the very reason they appointed a special prosecutor for "Russiagate", because they claimed Trump's AG could not be impartial? Now they say James Comey was perfectly capable of investigating himself. The hypocrisy is astonishing.

http:// archive.is/vUSfq


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Failed Global Warming Predictions

This from Willis Eschenbach:



The World Wildlife Fund has warned that due to climate change, Spain will be riddled with malaria, parts of the US coast will have flash floods, and the ski resorts in the Alps will be out of snow by the year ... 2100? 2050?

Nope. By 2020. They made the ludicrous claim in 1999, back when they figured that everyone would have forgotten about it if they were wrong ... but the intarwebs never forgets.

And climate alarmists wonder why people no longer believe them ...

Tourist Spots Could Be Too Hot to Handle

From the 1999 Guardian article:

By 2020, visitors to the Costa del Sol could risk contracting malaria as global warming brings more frequent heatwaves, making the country a suitable habitat for malaria-bearing mosquitoes, while increases in summer temperatures to more than 40C (104F) could make parts of Turkey and Greece no-go areas in July and August.

The report, Climate change and its impacts on tourism, carried out by the University of East Anglia's climatic research unit for WWF, suggests that tour operators and countries which rely on holidaymakers for foreign revenue will need to take account of the changing climate when planning new resorts or upgrading facilities.

Ute Collier, the WWF's head of climate change, warned: "The tourism industry could be faced with huge costs as global warming begins to influence decisions about when and where people are going to go on holiday. We must see real action from government to tackle the problem of global climate change now."

David Viner, the senior research scientist who compiled the study, said: "Areas such as the Mediterranean - a popular destination for British tourists - could become unbearable during the traditional summer holiday season. As temperatures begin to soar, many tourists will stay away."

The tourist industry is not just a potential victim of global warming - it also contributes to the causes of climate change itself.

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Winter tourism will be affected in the Alps and other European skiing destinations from the impact of less snowfall and shorter skiing seasons.

Lower-lying resorts, such as Kitzbuhel in Austria, and areas where commercial skiing operations are already marginal, such as in Scotland, will be particularly hard hit.

The south-east coastline of the US, including parts of Florida, may be threatened by rising sea levels. Important wetlands, such as the everglades, could also be at risk.

Safari holidays in east and southern Africa may also be affected as droughts and changes in temperature alter the distribution of wildlife.

Meanwhile, some islands in the Maldives could disappear as they are submerged by rising sea levels.



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Liberal Hacks and Lovers of Darkness

Timothy Birdnow

"Woe to those who dig deep to hide their plans from the LORD. In darkness they do their works and say, "Who sees us, and who will know?” Isaiah 29:15 The lying media can't stand the light being shined on them. Without cover of darkness they are nothing. Good for her! We need more of her ilk.

GOP Sen. Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter 'Liberal Hack' when Asked About Considering New Impeachment Trial Evidence[.link]

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January 16, 2020

It's tricky being world's largest importer of gas, oil and critic, too

Dana Mathewson

To sort of paraphrase the title, it's fun presenting articles by one of the finest writers in the business today. Victor Davis Hanson explains what's schizophrenic about Europe regarding its energy and defense needs as opposed to how it tries to deal with them.

Despite its cool Green parties and ambitious wind and solar agendas, Europe remains by far the world’s largest importer of oil and natural gas.

Oil output in the North Sea and off the coast of Norway is declining, and the European Union is quietly looking for fossil fuel energy anywhere it can find it.

Europe itself is naturally rich in fossil fuels. It likely has more reserves of shale gas than the United States, currently the world’s largest producer of both oil and natural gas. Yet in most European countries, horizontal drilling and fracking to extract gas and oil are either illegal or face so many court challenges and popular protests that they are neither culturally nor economically feasible.

The result is that Europe is almost entirely dependent on Russian, Middle Eastern and African sources of energy.

The American-Iranian standoff in the Middle East, coupled with radical drop-offs in Iranian and Venezuelan oil production, has terrified Europe — and for understandable reasons.

In a logical world, Europeans would retake control of their own destiny. That recalibration would entail beefing up their military power, and their navies in particular.

The European Union has almost no ability to guarantee the delivery of critical oil and gas supplies from the Middle East should Iran close the Strait of Hormuz or harass ships in the Persian Gulf.

Europe’s only maritime security is the NATO fleet — a synonym for the U.S. Navy.

Vladimir Putin’s Russia supplies an estimated 30 percent of Europe’s oil needs. In times of crisis, Putin could exercise de facto control over the European economy.

In other words, Europe refuses to develop its own gas and oil reserves, and won’t fund the necessary military power to ensure that it can safely import energy from problematic or even hostile sources.

It’s no wonder that Europe’s traditional foreign policy reflects these crazy paradoxes.

Energy neediness explains why the EU was so eager to maintain the so-called "Iran deal” with the theocracy in Tehran, and also why it was nervous about the anti-Russia hysteria that arose in the United States after the 2016 election.

Past European distancing from Israel reflected Europe’s fear of alienating Arab oil producers in the Middle East and North Africa.

Europeans are also uneasy about the Trump administration. They see the current U.S. government as nationalist and unpredictable. Americans appear not so ready as in the past to enter the world’s hotspots to ensure unimpeded commercial use of sea and air lanes for the benefit of others.

The result is a sort of European schizophrenia when it comes to America and foreign policy in general. On one hand, the European Union resents its military dependence on Washington, while on the other it prays for its continuance. The EU loudly promotes freedom and democracy abroad, but it is careful to keep ties with oil-exporting Middle Eastern autocracies that are antithetical to every value Europeans promote.

"Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera," to quote the King of Siam in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I." By which I mean, please go here https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/victor-david-hanson-europ-importer-gas-oil to read the rest. Victor Davis Hanson's articles are not be be bypassed or ignored!

And you will learn important lessons to keep in mind when you hear European "allies" complain about President Trump's actions in the Middle East, especially ones which appear to say "OK, guys, we're going to take our stuff and go home now (which to many of us sound like a great idea since we don't need their oil anymore)."

Please note that stuff about Europeans possessing oil reserves but not utilizing it. Remember when we were in the same boat?

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Sea Levels not so High

Timothy Birdnow

Nineteen Papers Published in 2019 that Show Sea Levels were Meters Higher than Today 4 to 8 Thousand Years Ago

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FISA Court "Reform" to be Run by Trump Hater and Partisan

Timothy Birdnow

Efforts to reform the FISA Courts have been undertaken - and the Courts have hired a bitter Trump-hating partisan to assist them with the task.

Sharyl Attkinsson dishes:

On Jan. 10, the FISA court posted an ordernaming anti-Trump lawyer David Kris to "assist the court” in assessing the FBI’s response to the court-ordered cleanup of lapses and abuses identified by Department of Justice Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz.

[...]

To some, the appointment of Kris to help with the job is as mysterious as to why the FISA court’s judges failed to flag the FBI abuses on their own.It would seem more important than ever to have an apolitical person, or a balanced group of people, conducting oversight of these politically sensitive matters.Kris’s vocal criticisms of President Donald Trump present numerous, obvious conflicts of interest.

On Twitter, KriscalledRep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) "a politicized, dishonest [Intelligence Community] overseer who attempts to mislead,” and wrote that Trump and his advisers should be "worried” that the "walls are closing in” regarding the Mueller probe. Kris alsobought intothe now-disproven conspiracy theory about Trump colluding with Russia and Putin.

But even more importantly, since that time, Kris has advocated for Trump’s removal.

"Do we want to be a country in which elected officials can use their governmental power to attack political opponents? If not, it’s pretty simple: Trump has to go,” Kris wrote on Twitterin October 2019. Specifically, Kris criticized what he said was Trump using government powers against political opponents, seeming to dismiss the possibility that the government had used its powers improperly against Trump.

In addition, Kriswritesfor the blog "Lawfare” and has called Lawfare’s Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes "incisive.” Wittes is the man whowroteof the need for an "insurance policy” against Trump prior to Trump’s election:

"Our democracy needs a health insurance policy. … The courts have a few obvious advantages, starting with hundreds of independent judges of both parties whom Trump cannot remove from office and who don’t have to face his supporters in forthcoming elections. … The goal … will be to offer a systematic defense of the values the Coalition of All Democratic Forces holds in common and to have the ability to respond rapidly to actions that threaten those values: to forestall such actions in court as long as possible, to whittle them down, and to block those that can be blocked. The goal is to use the courts to render Trump’s antidemocratic instincts as ineffectual as possible.”

Wittes also is a friend of former FBI Director James Comey, who was referred for criminal charges for mishandling and leaking government information in his anti-Trump efforts. (The Justice Department declined to prosecute, with officials stating they didn’t believe Comey meant any harm.)

Regardless, however, America is now faced with a very stark choice: do we want to be a country in which elected officials can use their governmental power to attack political opponents? If not, it’s pretty simple: Trump has to go. 5/5

— David Kris (@DavidKris) October 3, 2019

This is proof that there is no appetite for reform for this hopelessly corrupt star chamber court.

Washington is hopelessly corrupt, and the possibility of reform is slim. Donald Trump took on the Hydra here.

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Call for Presidential Candidates to Recuse from Impeachment

Timothy Birdnow

Nice! They demanded that Jeff Sessions recuse himself from the "Russiagate" probe, so why shouldn't they recuse themselves now? They clearly have a conflict of interest.

Senator Blackburn Calls for Dem Senators Running for President to Recuse Themselves from Impeachment Trial

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The Great Python Hunt

Timothy Birdnow

Yes, there is a contest to hunt Pythons in Florida!  All you Great White Hunters this is your chance!

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/14/python-bowl-2020-florida-python-challenge-hauls-registrations/4464232002/?fbclid=IwAR1Lqm7Y836-GRyQL81BoDgy2jA-rxnJsobh0RykFHSAvzJ_EqLtq_ws_BI

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It's Warm because it WAS Cool!

Timothy Birdnow

Roy Spencer knocks another leg out of the Global Warming stool:

1D Model of Global SST Shows 40% of Warming Since 1979 Due to Early Volcanic Cooling

From the article:

In 2017, Christy & McNider published a study where they estimated and removed the volcanic effects from our UAH lower tropospheric (LT) temperature record, finding that 38% of the post-1979 warming trend was due to volcanic cooling early in the record.

https://www.nature.com/articles/367325a0?fbclid=IwAR1RU5VEJ7OR790uHFP7-7RUFh7BRE-fTwvO7xwlSyu6jIFe5opxeo_aoSU

Yesterday in my blog postI showed results from a 1D 2-layer forcing-feedback ocean model of global-average SSTs and deep-ocean temperature variations up through 2019. The model is forced with (1) the RCP6 radiative forcings scenario (mostly increasing anthropogenic greenhouse gases and aerosols and volcanoes) and (2) the observed history of El Nino and La Nina activity as expressed in the Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) dataset. The model was optimized with adjustable parameters, with two of the requirements being model agreement with the HadSST global temperature trend during 1979-2019, and with deep-ocean (0-2000m) warming since 1990.

Since the period since 1979 is of such interest, I re-ran the model with the RCP6 volcanic aerosol forcing estimates removed. The results are shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 1. 1D model simulation of global (60N-60S) average sea surface temperature departures from assumed energy equilibrium (in 1765), with and without the RCP6 volcanic radiative forcings included.

The results show that 41% of the ocean warming in the model was simply due to the two major volcanoes early in the record. This is in good agreement with the 38% estimate from the Christy & McNider study.

It is interesting to see the "true” warming effects of the 1982-83 and 1991-1993 El Nino episodes, which were masked by the eruptions. The peak model temperatures in those events were only 0.1 C below the record-setting 1997-98 El Nino, and 0.2 C below the 2015-16 El Nino.

Interesting; volcanic cooling early on skewed the record!  And at 41% that knocks out over a third of planetary warming!

Global Warming alarmism has become nothing but a fable.

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Dem's Can't Even Support Flag or Democracy in iran

This from Warner Todd Houston

Democrats REFUSE to Vote to Support Resolution Praising Pro-Democracy Movement in Iran

In a similar story, North Carolina Democrats refused to stand for the U.S. flag or take the Pledge of Allegiance.


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Greta Glares: Pot is Environmentally Unfriendly

Timothy Birdnow

What would Greta say?

Here is something quite interesting; it seems marijuana growers use vast amounts of electricity in the production of commercial cannabis.

From the Canada Free Press article:

The $344 billion cannabis industryis one of the country’s most energy-intensive in the world, frequently demanding an array of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, fans and 24-hour indoor lighting rigs at multiple growing sites.

Just how much electricity does the entire US marijuana industry consume?

The numbers are mind-boggling.

They’re also the bane of the cannabis industry, according to Joseph Maskell, founder and president of AAXLL, one cannabis company aiming to be a major disrupter of the short-lived status quo.

"The key in this emerging industry is to be asset-light,” says Maskell.

"With billions spent just on electricity in the US cannabis-growing industry, the companies that will survive the next culling, which is already in process, will be those with low capital outlays, no warehouses, no buildings, no machinery.”

Back in 2016, after the state of Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, Pacific Power in Portland recorded seven blackouts that the company traced to marijuana production.

Meanwhile, a good 45% of Denver’s increase in energy demand or "load growth” was directly linked to electricity that went to power marijuana growth.

The electricity consumption of marijuana grow houses is staggering when you compare it to consumption by the average business or residential unit.

In 2014, the NPCCworked out that it takes 4,000 to 6,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy to produce a single kilogram of marijuana product. Electricity costs can represent 20% of the total cost of cannabis production.

Back in 2015, it was estimated that a 5,000-square-foot indoor facility in Boulder County consumed ~41,808 kilowatt-hours per month—or nearly 66x the average consumption by a household in the county. More than two percent of the city’s electricity usage went to marijuana production.

More recent estimates are not very encouraging either, even as more energy professionals enter the marketplace.

Evan Mills, a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, says that production of legal marijuana in the US consumes 1% of total electricity, or 41.71 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, at a cost of $6 billion per year.

That’s enough energy to power 3.8 million homes or the entire State of Georgia. Generating that much electricity spews out 15m tons of greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), or about what three million average cars would produce in a year.

What will Greta say?  Somehow I suspect this story will fly under the radar in the pro-pot mainstream media, and the environmental activists won't worry about the greenhouse gases being emitted to grow their favorite adult plant.

Liberalism is all about balancing sometimes opposing crackpot ideas. You have feminism and transgenderism, two diametrically opposed kookeries.  Feminists are being forced to accept men in drag as their own, a galling thing.  You have opposing minorities, many of whom hate one another. For example, a great many political blacks hate Jews, and blacks and Hispanics both hate each-other. But as the goal is to stick it to the White Man they manage to maintain an uneasy peace, a peace that will shatter if and when they attain their goal.

So now we have Gang Greens and Potheads.

It should be fairly easy to split these groups. We just have to make it a priority. Sadly, too few Conservatives will understand the importance, preferring to talk about taxes or other things only interesting to other conservatives. And many just won't bother.

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In the Morning...

Timothy Birdnow

To very loosely paraphrase Winston Churchill, she's a hideous old bat. Trump at least won't be much bothered in the morning...

Pelosi: Trump is "Impeached for Life"

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Putrid Philippino Pineapple

Timothy Birdnow

This is nothing; you ought to see what fruit looks like at MY house!  (In my best W.C. Fields voice; "never touch the stuff!")

Pineapples have turned Gray from Ash Spewn by Taal Volcano

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