September 30, 2023

Negative Returns on Debt

Diane Kimura

BoA stil predicts higher debt by 2033 -

The consequence of short-term thinking and appeasement while kicking the can down the road.

This is inflationary and the government is growing increasingly bloated and incompetent at redistribution of taxpayer dollars that we are experiencing NEGATIVE returns on the increasing debt levels.

2003:
Debt: $6.8 T
GDP: $11.5 T

2013:
Debt: $16.8 T
GDP: $16.9 T

2023:
Debt: $32.6 T
GDP: $26.5 T

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The Fault is in Us

Carlos Velazquez


"Only 27% of Americans have a great deal of confidence in 14 major American institutions on average, a record low since 1979 and a 5% drop from 2021, according to a poll conducted by Gallup, which found sharp declines in trust for the three branches of the federal government, the presidency, the Supreme Court and Congress."

Trust In U.S. Institutions Hits Record Low, Poll Finds
forbes.com





Tim adds:

To quote the Bard "the fault dear Brutus is not in our stars but in ourselves."

Or, as the Bible tells us, a nation gets the government it deserves.

And as America has kicked God out of public life He has given us what we see now. It's almost Newtonian in it's equal and opposite reactions.

I am mindful of the Book of Lamentations:

"How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered. at every street corner. 2 How the precious children of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands!"

Doesn't that sound like modern America?

The fact is the lack of trust in our institutions is entirely justified, because they are all corrupt and vile and the good ones have been perverted (like what they did to the Boy Scouts) or are simply gone. So we are left with the "profitable" insitituions, the ones that enrich and empower the rulers at the expense of the ruled.

But whose fault is that? Ultimately ours, as we thought ourselves rich and thus became poor, thought ourselves wise and thus became fools, thought ourselves secure and now find ourselves at the mercy of events outside of our control.

When the Left began pushing God out of public life America should have turned on them with great anger and furious wrath. But so many were fine with it because it didn't discomfit them. And when they began pushing moral evils like the sexual revolution too many remained silent. And when they began aborting babies too few worried about it. Now we are paying the price.

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A Whiff of the Grape

Timothy  Birdnow

As Napoleon said when faced with unruly mobs  "Give them a whiff of the grape”.

Trump Suggests Shooting Shoplifters During California GOP Speech

That is actually what used to happen during dangerous rioits. And Trump is right; it would indeed stop this.

If you do not punish crime it metastasizes. Any idiot should know that.

If the Border Patrol would fire on a crowd of violent invaders we'd see a stop to these giant caravans too.

What we are seeing is the weaponization of our own decencies against us. Trump is considered a monster for making such a suggestion, but is he wrong? Certainly that is how people handled such things in the not-too-distant past.

Also, saying something works a certain way is not advocacy. But Fox hates Trump so they are trying to paint him as some sort of nut.

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September 29, 2023

The Legal Insurrection

Daniel Jupp

With the civil case ruling on Trump, they can steal anything he owns in New York. Or appropriate hundreds of millions of dollars from him in an entirely arbitrary fine decided by a political judge going after enemies of the Biden administration.

They are doing to their domestic political opponent exactly what the West did to Russian oligarchs. And they don’t even need a war as an excuse.

I don’t think people realise the full extent of this.

This is the end of both the rule of law and all property rights.

A Democrat judge can just order that anything you own is theirs, or belongs to the State. On no basis other than you being a target that they hate.

Anyone who lives in a blue state or has property or business in a blue state is accepting that it can all be stolen at any point. Because they don’t like you, no other reason than that.

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Auto Industry a National Security Issue

Nikki Grace

The auto industry is a military national security issue.

In the 1930s, the country was rich in cars and cheap oil and gas. Our population was besotted with their cars and the freedom of travel and commerce they provided. The trucks revolutionized transpiration of goods and food.

Our superior mechanized (read cars and trucks with combustion engines and cheap oil and gas production) is a major factor in how we won world war II. Our armies could move lightening fast and with reliable fuel. In some cases the Germans still used war horses. They did not have the auto making capabilities of the USA. Taking down the auto industry for silly EV expensive golf carts is a national security issue. Just like steel production is.



Tim adds:

A brilliant observation. And here we have an automakers strike at a time when we have escalating tensions with Russia. How bright is that? Could it be perhaps Mr. Biden will take this opportunity to force a settlement, thus further cementing the hold the U.S. government has on the auto industry?

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Biden's War on Oil

Timothy Birdnow

Here's a list of ways Biden has waged war on oil and gas:

175 Ways the Biden Administration and Democrats Have Made it Harder to Produce Oil & Gas

FTA:

On January 20, 2021,

1. Besides canceling the Keystone XL pipeline,
2. President Biden restricted domestic production by issuing a moratorium on all oil and natural gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
3. He also restored and expanded the use of the government-created social cost of carbon metric to artificially increase the regulatory costs of energy production of fossil fuels when performing analyses, as well as artificially increase the so-called "benefits” of decreasing production.
4. Biden continued to revoke Trump administration executive orders, including those related to the Waters of the United States rule and the Antiquities Act. The Trump-era actions decreased regulations on Federal land and expanded the ability to produce energy domestically.

On January 27, 2021,

5. Biden issued an executive order announcing a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands
6. or in offshore waters
7. and reconsideration of Federal oil and gas permitting and leasing practices.
8. He directed his Interior Department to conduct a review of permitting and leasing policies.
9. Also, by Executive Order, Biden directed agencies to eliminate federal fossil fuel "subsidies” wherever possible, disadvantaging oil and natural gas compared to other industries that receive similar Federal tax treatments or other energy sources which receive direct subsidies.
10. This Biden Executive Order attacked the energy industry by promoting "ending international financing of carbon-intensive fossil fuel-based energy while simultaneously advancing sustainable development and a green recovery.” In other words, the U.S. government would leverage its power to attack oil and gas producers while subsidizing favored industries.
11. Biden’s EO pushed for an increase in enforcement of "environmental justice” violations and support for such efforts, which typically are advanced by radical environmental organizations and slip-and-fall lawyers hoping to cash in on the backs of energy consumers.

On February 2, 2021,

12. The EPA hired Marianne Engelman-Lado, a prominent environmental justice proponent, to advance its radical Green New Deal social justice agenda at the EPA, a signal to industry that it plans to continue its attack on American energy.

On February 4, 2021,

13. At the behest of the January 27th Climate Crisis EO, the DOJ withdrew several Trump-era enforcement documents which provided clarity and streamlined regulations to increase energy independence.

On February 19, 2021,

14. Biden officially rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement, which is detrimental to Americans while propping up oil production in Russia and OPEC and increasing the dependence of Europe on Russian oil and natural gas. It also benefits China, who dominates the supply chain for critical minerals that are needed for wind turbines, solar panels, and electric vehicle batteries.

On February 23, 2021,

15. Biden administration issued a Statement of Administration Policy in support of H.R. 803 which curtailed energy production on over 1.5 million acres of federal lands.


End excerpt.


Keep reading; there's PLENTY more where these came from!

And all of this frightens investors.Oil and gas are futures-based and spooking investors makes the profit in oil stocks drop as investors dump them.

Biden also pressured banks to defund the companies so they couldn't get loans for exploration and drilling.

He's been at war with energy since taking office. But he and his media lackeys lie to the American People and blame it on Russia, or worse yet Trump. (Trump asked the Saudis to temporarily lower production because nobody was driving during the pandemic and oil prices were so low American oil companies couldn't recoup their costs - fracking is more expensive than simple drilling - and they had lost their shirts in the previous year. But it was a temporary reduction designed to shore up an American industry. What happened when Biden stole office was a targeted attack that drove prices through the roof.)

Anyway, read it all.

Hat tip; Diane M. Kimura

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September 28, 2023

Biden to Blow Cash on "Tree Equity"

Timothy Birdnow

Now Biden wants to blow a hundred million on "tree equity"!

Biden Forest Service Hands Out Over $100 Million To Advance ‘Tree Equity’

Because we all know how racist and unfair trees have been in the past!

FTA:

The Forest Service announced on Sept. 14 that it had allocated over $1 billion toward expanding "access” to trees, including 17 grant proposals that promote "tree equity” with a total value of $101,096,371. "Tree Equity” is a term first coinedby American Forests, a conservation nonprofit, that blames the lack of trees in minority neighborhoods on "redlining and other discriminatory policies,” according to the organization’s website.

The Forest Service argues on its website that planting trees will reduce crime and improve health outcomes. The grants are funded through the Inflation Reduction Act, Biden’s signature climate

So trees will reduce crime? I suppose a baseball bat is made from trees, and a policeman could use THAT to club a criminal, but otherwise I'm not sure how they rationalize that.

This idea that there aren't trees in urban areas because of racism and "redlining" is preposterous at a minimum. It's because of population density, and that density is there because the urban areas tend to be more affordable. But outside of really dense places much of the cities have yards - if the poor do not choose to plant and tend trees how is that the fault of white people?

Hat tip: Sandy jane Wong.

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One Good Nuke Can Ruin Your Whole Day

Timothy Birdnow

As the powers-that-be beat the war drum and the public jumps on the the Russian war wagon, one must marvel at the hypocrisy and stupidity of it all.

What is happening today is reminiscent of the war fever we saw in the leadup to the disastrous War of 1812. America went into THAT war with equal fervor, and thought nothing could go wrong. But it went very wrong, with the British sacking Washington D.C. and burning the White House (well, they'd be doing us a favor now, but that was then.) Had Britain not been war-weary from fighting the French they could have re-colonized us, forcing us back into the British Empire.

It also reminds me of the war fever prior to WWI. In many ways it's more like that; a number of power blocks and entangling alliances about to go to war simply because they want to do so.

WWI was a victory for America, but a disaster for the world. It gave the world Mussolini and Hitler, and a far worse war would be fought, one that would engulf the world and end with half of Europe under the Soviet boot.

At any rate war seems to be the newest New Thing and most of our leadership is on board with it.

Even some good Conservatives like Tom Cotton or John Kennedy are gung-ho for the war, itching to finally have it out with those dern Russkies.

I suppose that's understandable; America fought the Cold War from the end of the forties until the nineties, and we never actually beat them in battle. We simply outlasted them. The went broke. Many on our side wanted to actually come to blows with them and win.

And of course we know the Hillary Clinton camp played on this, resurrecting the Russians as villains in order to tap the residual animosity towards the Red Menace (a term more applicable to the West these days than to Mother Russia.) She ginned up Russia-hatred by playing on those old Cold War animosities, and the era of a new Cold War began.

Ignored were all the provocations BY NATO, from expanding right to Russia's border and even inside, to tampering with Russia's economy and Russias neighbors governments (the Orange Revolution in Ukraine overthrew the elected pro-Russian President in favor of a western puppet.) The Deployment of ABM systems in Poland, Hungary, etc didn't help either. Nor did the fact we kept running biological labs in Ukraine.

At any rate we have not only sent huge amounts of weapons and money to one side of the Ukrainian conflict (an act of war) but we are now sending them spent nuclear material to use as shells - dirty bombs, essentially. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-66736869

That is a weapon of terror; it has no other purpose. And it is a HUGE escalation.

Now I have argued for a long time that this war could be easily ended if we just got the price of oil and gas down. Putin would run out of money. But Biden and the other Mandarins of the Western "Rules Based Order" refuse because they are married to their green dreams of an all-electric economy, and to get there they must have exorbitant fossil-fuel prices to drive the public into the little go-carts and the like they want us to use (which are Trojan Hearses; they are to kill gas engines then the price will rise, forcing everyone on public transportation, a fond dream of the Left for decades.) Rising atmospheric CO2 is, in their estimation, a "planetary emergency". We are all going to die from climate change driven by carbon dioxide!

So WHY DO THEY WANT TO PUSH US TO THE BRINK OF NUCLEAR WAR?

It has been estimated that even a very modest nuclear exchange would generate somewhere around 690 million British tons of CO2. That is more than the yearly output of carbon dioxide in Britain. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2009/jan/02/nuclear-war-emissions And that is just a tiny nuclear exchange. One between America and Russia would be far larger. (Clark et al) That is using just 1/1000th of our nukes.

So carbon dioxide is our great enemy except when it's not. Nuclear war with Russia is an acceptable risk to these people - but our cars aren't.

BTW researchers at the University of Louisville published a paper arguing that all of the current global warming we see was NOT caused by carbon dioxide but by underground nuclear tests. From the abstract:

https://www.authorea.com/users/519642/articles/593292-underground-nuclear-testing-the-leading-cause-of-global-warming

"This paper aims to document a scienti c linkage between the underground testing of nuclear weapons and global warming. An
empirical analysis of CO2 and fossil- fuel data post-1945 suggests that global warming is not clearly attributable to greenhouse
gas emissions alone. Our data indicates beyond statistical doubt a direct linkage between the rise in CO2 levels and under-
ground bomb testing; rendering adverse consequences like global warming, radioactive contamination of terrestrial and marine
ecosystems, and major disruptions to temperature patterns around the world. The derivative carbon footprint of underground
nuclear testing is colossal and can bring about devastating human-induced climate changes which are not just massive but
potentially irreversible."

End

So here we have our leaders eagerly promoting the escalation of war with Russia, a war that could turn nuclear - even if only tactical nukes are used - and could radically increase carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, aggravating a problem THEY claim is a planetary emergency. Brilliant.

Personally I'd rather just keep my car.

BTW to put the lie to this whole climate thing we now have the environmentalists trying to ban wood stoves for heating. Wood is a renewable resource - exactly the kind of energy source these people claim to want. That's because they want to make everyone reliant on them for heating and cooling and lights. It's a form of hydraulic empire, only one controlling not just water but all energy. Energy independence is intolerable. (And solar and wind are NOT independent as the batteries and panels and windmills must be replaces on a fairly regular basis and THOSE are under the control of the rulers.)

At any rate we are courting the Big One. And that just could ruin everyone's day.

This inspires me; the muse is upon me (in my best Dom Deloise voice):

The Russians are coming we must fight back
send out the alarm to the commanders at SAC
If you see a bright flash you will soon turn to clay
now kiss your butt goodbye,
but do have a nice day!

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Why Hide?

Cindy Schumaker

Not one manufacturer would allow the necessary forensic examination of their source code or operating systems from machines used in the 2020 election. Instead, they hid behind the term, "proprietary system" to dodge full accountability and unfortunately, not a single judge went around that. If you have nothing to hide, why not sit down with independent cyber analysts and let them prove you wrong? Any judge worth his or her salt would recognize the gravity of not having the machines examined. Then there were officials who destroyed evidence before the two year window to retain them expired. Bottom line? Over half the country still believes to this day that the election was rigged. As I've said before, that is a very dangerous place for a country to be.

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It's Their Money

Chester McAteer

Today it takes $31,012.73, (when Trump left office that amount was $26,142.53) Federal Reserve Notes to buy what $1,000.00 U.S.Gold-Backed Dollars bought in 1913. Now this goes back to every Administration for the last 50 years, except now with the Biden Administration, the rate of inflation is rising more rapidly than ever before because the expansion of the money supply has been extraordinarily fast. Inflation is always a monetary phenomenon.

The value of the Federal Reserve Notes in terms of currency markets is very different from the purchase value the currency holds and that seems to be confusing to some when comparing the Dollar against other fiat currencies, rather than the Fiat Dollar against this historic Dollar prior to 1913, with the exclusion of the Lincoln Greenback era.

A U.S. Gold-Backed Dollar had the purchase value of 100 Cents, today each of those Federal Reserve Notes, or money substitutes, which are each a double liability on both sides of the ledger, has a purchase value of approximately 0.0378501135503 40651022 Cents each, that purchase value is decreasing with the expansion of the Money supply, it's called inflationary depreciation.

Today, over 50% of American workers earn less than $33,000 per year. That equates to about 17 ounces of gold per year, before taxes. Over 100 years ago, without any government mandates, minimum wage laws, or labor unions, Henry Ford paid his factory line workers 65 ounces of gold per year, tax-free!

So, if the average salary is $33,000 per year equates to $1,064.08 in 1913 US Dollar purchase power. Think about that for a moment. Think about this, people are clamoring for $15.00 an hour, that equates to $0.48 cents an hour in 1913 purchase power.

What the people of this Country need is real money that maintains its purchasing power despite Government actions.

Thus, since 1913 the currency inflation rate has been about 2765.8%, that is the amount of wealth that has been effectively stolen from the people of this country. The question is what happens when the purchase value falls close to 1 Cent per Federal Reserve Note? When the confidence of the people for these Federal Reserve Notes is abandoned, what does history show?

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Biden the Great Family Divider

Timothy Birdnow

Remember when Bush did it? Remember when Trump did it? Then it was "evil" and a crime against humanity. Now?

Border Patrol Separated Immigrant Families This Summer, a Practice Biden Once Called ‘Abhorrent’ | National Review
nationalreview.com


Well, well, well...It's a crime against humanity when a Republican does it but an act of mercy when a Democrat does the same thing.

But, but, but....Biden didn't put kids in CAGES like that monster TRUMP!

Oh yeah?

But Biden is so much kinder! He just lets human traffickers and drug mules walk right in and so there is no problem most of the time!

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September 27, 2023

Net Neutrality Returns

Timothy Birdnow

It's BAAACCCCKKKK....

Like Dracula in a bad sequal, Net Neutrality is rising from the grave to bedevil the whole Earth.

The Left is indefatigable and just keep coming. You don't ever beat them; they will only come back after a time.

Until we start forcing them to defend they will keep getting what they want. Now they choose the time and place of attack and force their will on us because we just can't keep beating them off.

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How They Do It

From Lynn Chu

The way Democrats are stealing elections is by tagging and introducing false voter IDs onto voter rolls (these are publicly available—thoug h some election boards will stonewall parties or nonprofits they don’t like, to zero accountability) . And by proliferating mail-in or drop box ballots, which are almost totally unauditable and lacking in any rigorous way of verifying them as real. Chain of custody records are not kept much and even if they were they’re too easy to fake and too hard to catch enough of to be conclusive to court of law standards, in which all is presumed well (innocent) till a high bar of sin is met. Recounts are then irrelevant because you are just recounting false ballots. Audits require knocking on doors to verify addresses and individual voters and exactly how they voted and who legitimately lives there. This is grueling and expensive to do at the level needed to constitute "legal proof.” Some false ballots for ballot box stuffing by phony nonprofits are generated by analyzing voters who are registered, but don’t often vote. Very easy with computers to do. Others are just phony. IDs and votes associated with them sifted in and out of the database at will, by unrecorded and undated or backdated purges, where you have corrupt Secretaries of State and other state officials, or simply inadequate data security measures.

Note also that the natural human reaction to any questioning of an office’s integrity is to get one’s back up. Some individuals will be unaware of the details of collusive fraud. They will join in solidarity of corporate outrage. And this is what we see. Very little calm objectivity.

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NATO Escalates, Sends Spent Nuclear Shells to Ukraine

Lew Ricker

Here we go. Sending radioactive armour to the Ukrainiansfor the Ukranian and Russian front lines. Great news coming from the Biden "Green Energy" crime syndicate and the complicit Congress

Heavy Metal: The Radioactive Ammunition Headed For Ukraine
rferl.org


Tim adds:

This is a major escalation and could lead Russia to  use dirty bombs. There is no military value to doing this; it's primarily a weapon of terror designed to provoke the Russians.

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New York Wants to Ban Wood Fires for Heat

Timothy Birdnow

Now here they CLAIM to want "renewable enrgy" and what is more renewable than firewood? It is the "greenest" energy imaginable. What this illustrates is that this isn't about the environment at all but about controlling us by controlling our energy.

New York State Bans Heating With Firewood This Fall?
wyrk.com

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Self Ownership

Chester McAteer

Upon being asked what is the "Natural position of Property”?

The following is my response:

The first and natural principle of private property rights can be answered by asking the question: Do you, as a human, own yourself? If you do concede that right of self ownership, then you must also concede that your labor is nothing more than the extension of your life, which you own with no other claims upon your life but your own.

Personal liberty therefore, must give you the right and therefore, the freedom to think without undue pressure from external forces to command what is and is not socially acceptable to think, with the right to think comes the extension to the freedom to express those thoughts, again without undue external forces that would seek to suppress such speech as either heretical or politically undesirable.

To express yourself in writing or to freely associate with others all stem back to self-ownership. If therefore, you concede that you are in fact, the sole owner of yourself and that, as you have expressed yourself in your post freely, without external compulsion, coercion or force, that all the Rights I've listed and untold Rights I've not listed do, in fact stem from the right of self-ownership and yet you then deny a person any private property rights in the ownership of material goods, property or wealth then you are holding two diametrically opposed beliefs at the same time and yet, somehow believing both.

The two are inextricably intertwined, you cannot have one without the other therefore, if you take away one you take away the other, you in fact, take away the humanity of a person and attempt the impossible task of taking away natural proclivities of human action which are installed into human DNA. It is for this reason that social engineering collectivist schemes such as Communism, Socialism and Fascism always fail and only voluntary systems such as Capitalism succeed.

Tim adds:

I wrote about this here and here.

Today we live not in a free society but in a fascist dictatorship where the State owns us, body, mind, and soul.

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Republicans Who Voted for the Ukraine War Funding

Timothy Birdnow

Here are the Republicans who voted to fund border security for Ukraine while our border remains wide open:
 
1. John Barrasso (WY)
2. John Boozman (AR)
3. Shelly Moore Capito (WV)
4. Bill Cassidy (LA)
5. Susan Collins (ME)
6. John Cornyn (TX)
7. Tom Cotton (AR)
8. Kevin Cramer (ND)
9. Mike Crapo (ID)
10. Joni Ernst (IA)
11. Lindsey Graham (SC)
12. Chuck Grassley (IA)
13. John Hoeven (ND)
14. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R)
15. John Kennedy (LA)
16. James Lankford (OK)
17. Mitch McConnell (KY)
18. Jerry Moran (KS)
19. Markwayne Mullin (OK)
20. Lisa Murkowski (AK)
21. Mitt Romney (UT)
22. Mike Rounds (SD)
23. Marco Rubio (FL)
24. Dan Sullivan (AK)
25. John Thune (SD)
26. Thom Tillis (NC)
27. Roger Wicker (MS)
28. Todd Young (IN

There is blood on their hands.

Hat tip: Joanne Moon-Yarwood

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Biden Throws Money at a Non-Existent Problem

Timothy Birdnow

Joe Biden plans to waste $200 million to help Pacific Islands fight "climate change".

"I want you to know I hear you, the people in the United States and around the world hear you," Biden told the leaders. "We hear your warnings of a rising sea and (that) they pose an existential threat to your nations. We hear your calls for reassurance that you never, never, never will lose your statehood, or membership of the U.N. as a result of a climate crisis. Today, the United States is making it clear that this is our position as well."

This while the U.S. is trillions of dollars in debt.

These islands have NOT been seeing rising sea levels take their land - quite the opposite. Many islands are growing, not sinking as Mr. Biden seems to believe. See also this.

How can that be when we were assured sea levels were rising and we are all going to die?

According to the BBC article (and I'm sure it galled them to write it):

A new geological study has shown that many low-lying Pacific islands are growing, not sinking.

The islands of Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia are among those which have grown, because of coral debris and sediment.

One of the authors of the study, featured in the magazine the New Scientist, predicts that the islands will still be there in 100 years' time.

However he says it is not clear whether many of them will be inhabitable.

In recent times, the inhabitants of many low-lying Pacific islands have come to fear their homelands being wiped off the map because of rising sea levels.

But this study of 27 islands over the last 60 years suggests that most have remained stable, while some have actually grown.

Using historical photographs and satellite imaging, the geologists found that 80% of the islands had either remained the same or got larger - in some cases, dramatically so.

They say it is due to the build-up of coral debris and sediment, and to land reclamation.

Associate Professor Paul Kench of Auckland University, who took part in the study, published in the journal Global and Planetary Change, says the islands are not in immediate danger of extinction.

"That rather gloomy prognosis for these nations is incorrect," he said.

But wait! There's more!

Tropical cyclones have actually weakened 13% because of climate change.  And the numbers of tropical storms in the Pacific are decreasing.

So let me get this straight; these Pacific islands are getting bigger, and are facing fewer nasty storms and we have to pay them to compensate for it. Seems to me THEY owe US money for improving their situation.

I know; it's in part to keep China out. But can we really afford to toss around money every time someone wants a new airport and sees the suckers in America as easy pickings?

Nobody respects a chump. If I were in Kiribati I'd side with the Chinese just because the Americans were fools.

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Defining Down

Michael Smith

Many dismiss Schumer's move to reduce the dress requirements of the Senate to Fetterman levels, but there is more to it than that.
It is the simple desire of the collectivist Democrat mind to reduce everything, including the standards of our civilization, to the least common denominator, to render everything into something "less" because anything "more" is somehow the exhibition of inequality and therefore undesirable.

Tim adds:

Always with them it is defining deviancy/sloth down. There is a reason why people dress up; it makes the point this is serious business. The formality sets a standard. Walking around like you are at a beach party is fine for a beach party, but it degrades the dignity of the Senate. Look how much schools have declined since they ended dress codes for kids.

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