January 25, 2020
I had been wondering about this. There is reason to suspect the Corona Virus may be the work of Chinese biowarfare experiments.
From Bill Gertz at the Washington Times:
The deadly animal virus epidemic spreading globally may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory linked to China’s covert biological weapons program, according to an Israeli biological warfare expert.
Well, well, well; that certainly is suggestive.
Look, the Chinese cannot beat us militarily using conventional or atomic weapons. Our weaponry is still far superior to theirs and they know it. But we gave up our biological weapons program in the seventies, and with CRISPR technology it is far easier to make a horrible war plague. We know China has been monkeying around with genetic manipulation. They have openly bragged about some of the things they have done. There is no reason to think they have NOT been manipulating genetic material to weaponize a virus or bacteria.
The article continues"
"Certain laboratories in the institutehave probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW alignment,” Mr. Shoham told The Washington Times.
Work on biological weapons is conducted as part of a dual civilian-military research and is "definitely covert,” he said in an email.Maybe. And maybe it is just a normal thing to suspect them of this. China has a LOT of people and they are rather casual about hygiene and food handling. The country is a petri dish for bacteria and viruses, and with China now having the financial wherewithal to build in new areas and to purchase materials and send people into the Third World it becomes more likely new diseases will break out into the general public after mutating. China is one enormous bio reactor.
So it is not necessary to think this is a result of biological warfare experiments, but it could be. I wouldn't put it past the Chicoms.
One ominous sign, said a U.S. official, is the that false rumors since the outbreak began several weeks ago have begun circulating on the Chinese Internet claiming the virus is part of a U.S. conspiracy to spread germ weapons.
That could indicate Chinais preparing propaganda outlets to counter future charges the new virus escaped from one of Wuhan’s civilian or defense research laboratories.And no doubt they will try to blame it on Donald J. Trump.
I wonder if that will be the next article of impeachment filed against the President by the Democrats.
The Chicoms know their enemy. As Sun Tzu said "if you know your enemy and yourself you need not fear in a thousand battles". Divide and conquer. And so many hyper-partisan American politicians will fall right into line with this.
This is a worrisome situation. We've had pandemics in the past (the Spanish flu during WWI is a prime example) but never one actually created to kill people. Biological weapons have the potetntial to be terrible things indeed; it's why Richard Nixon ended our program. It is possible to create a pathogen that mutates and cannot be cured - and can make mankind extinct. It could happen.
There is, for example, what is called a cassette virus, which is a virus that mutates repeatedly so as to avoid the body's natural defenses. Antibodies cannot react fast enough, and the mutations take their toll. Evenutally one of them kills the host. And then kills another host, and another, and another.
Now, I may be indulging in fear-mongering here. Chances are this virus will peak and then peter out as most epidemics do. I wouldn't read too much into this. But I do think it is something we should be considering.
As I said, China cannot defeat us militarily as of now. They know it. A bioweapon could be a game changer.
If Adam Schiff said "good morning" I would have to stick my head out the door to check.
A Copious Compendium of Schiff Lies
No wonder we've had so much trouble in Afghanistan! I'll bet the Chinese have been giving covert aid to the Taliban to push us out.
Rare Earth; Afghanistan Sits on $1 Trillion in Minerals
The Chinese have been quietly working to control all of the Earth's Rare Earth elements, and have been quite successful in it. If a treasure trove of minerals is sitting next door to them they will not let the U.S. succeed in stabilizing the country; they need us out so they can make it a protectorate.
This explains a LOT!
In a Facebook discussion a commenter on a post by Dr. Roy Spencer made an excellent point, the central point, in fact, in the whole Climate debate:
The fact is that even the radical Greens are against "renewable energy" but are using it became of their Eco-Marxist ideology which is so extreme they world see the world to back in time where it could only sustain less than a billion people.
Take the DGR, they tell you they view "Green Energy" as nothing more than the means to deindustrialization and depopulation.
Read the entire DGR movement website and prepare to be shocked by their irrationalism.
He proceeds to give a long list of comments made by the Gang Green over the years: more...
34 U.S. servicemen suffered traumatic brain injuries from Iran's missile attacks.
From the France 24 article (wee, wee!):
The Pentagon disclosed Friday that 34 US service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following Iran’s missile strikes on an Iraqi base earlier this month, a number higher than the military had previously announced. The revelation belies US President Donald Trump’s initial claim that no Americans were harmed in the attack.
Eight of the 34 injured arrived in the US on Friday from Germany, where they and nine others had been flown days after the January 8 missile strike on Iraq's Ain al-Asad air base. The nine still in Germany are receiving treatment and evaluation at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the largest US military hospital outside the continental United States.
Jonathan Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said the eight in the US will be treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, or at their home bases. The exact nature of their injuries and their service and unit affiliations were not disclosed.
This was a rather costly way of allowing Iran to "save face". President Trump should be planning retaliation for this.
I did not agree with the notion that we should "de-escalate" when it was announced; Iran needs the screws put to it. As Barack Obama put it, if you bring a knife to the fight we'll bring a gun. We have the gun. They need to fear it.
I am not advocating we kill anyone over this, but we need to hurt them in some other fashion. Perhaps a new cyber attack, or whatnot. But make it clear we did it, and will do worse. In foreign affairs you cannot let a rival hit you and not respond, especially one as belligerent and aggressive as Iran. Weakness begets attack.
Why doesn't CNN want to talk to the niece of Martin Luther King?
ML King's Niece Denounces Democrat Race Baiting of Trump
Britain descends into Dhimmi status:
Cops: Muslim Sex Grooming Gangs "Didn’t Understand That It Was Wrong"
From the article by Daniel Greenfield:
The report chronicles how Operation Augusta was launched and then scuttled after her death in 2003, despite identifying 97 suspects and 57 victims. The victims were, "mostly white girls aged between 12 and 16”, and the perpetrators were, "mostly men of ‘Asian heritage’”. By ‘Asian’, the report means "predominantly Pakistani men” though at least one of the perpetrators was apparently Tunisian.
Constable B, the anonymous cop responsible for some of the most revealing quotes in the report, said, "What had a massive input was the offending target group were predominantly Asian males and we were told to try and get other ethnicities.”
Mohammed Yaqoob, the pedophile who had forcibly injectedVictoria with heroin and was cleared of manslaughter charges, was not the sort of pedophile the Manchester cops were supposed to find.
A meeting at Greater Manchester Police headquarters "acknowledged that the enquiry was sensitive due to the involvement of Asian men” and worried over "the incitement of racial hatred.” There were concerns about "the damaged relations following Operation Zoological.” Those were the police raids targeting Iraqi refugees involved in an alleged Al Qaeda plot to bomb a soccer stadium in Manchester.
Some in the GMP didn’t see the point to stopping the rape of young girls because of cultural differences.
"There was an educational issue. Asian males didn’t understand that it was wrong, and the girls were not quite there. They were difficult groups to deal with. We can’t enforce our way out of the problem,” Constable B said.
And so they didn’t.
Sexual slavery for infidels is acceptable under Sharia law and these bastards damned well knew it was illegal, but just didn't care about laws made by "infidels". It's how they advance Sharia. You guys in Britain are going to lose your country if you don't wake up. If Muslims keep coming they will eventually make you a part of the hoped for Caliphate.
In the Me Too era, our brave defenders of feminine virtue are strangely silent.
More arguing with someone with climate on the brain:
From the wet brained Henry:
This from another respondent, Doug:
What is interesting is there are really very few "climate scientists "
In order to qualify I would think a number of disciplines are needed .
Physics, Astronomy, Geology, engineering , meteorology, Biologist and more.
Having trained in a number of these fields , either formal or autodidactic ,would seem to me necessary.
We very likely have more to learn about drivers of climate than we know to this point . But that’s why Science is so interesting .
Just goes to show it’s always something
Henry the Alarmist jumps in:
We have unidimensional thinking in so much of this.
Oh, and I always love when they say "scientists agree" here. They ignore the Oregon Petition, for example, which - even if we subtract 90% of the signatures, still has a larger statistical sampling than does the Oreskes or Cook surveys.
Oh, and Henry H. Kellam III, the really big money is om the side of the Alarmists, who have the very wealthy NGO's, such as the Audubon Society, Greenpeace, etc. as well as large donations from all major corporations as well as outfits like the MacArthur Fund and, most importantly, vast sums of money from the U.S. government as well as other governments around the world AND the United Nations. What do the "deniers" have? Even the most hated company of all - Exxon Mobile - flipped sides when Rex Tillerson was CEO and now helps fund and support Global Warming Alarmism. The money is all on your side, my friend. All the "deniers" (a malicious term designed to slander people who disagree) is the Truth.
In a recent Facebook discussion on Greta Thurnberg and Global Warming one of the interlocutors had this to say:
(BTW I reproduced this as is; the sentence structure and other mistakes are all his.)
Global Warming is as bad as the Soviet threat of nuclear war to them, because they don't have such threats to worry about. And they complain about how terrible life in America is these days when they are living in an economic paradise with material wealth undreamed of by their grandparents. They really are the ultimate in ungrateful snots.
So Scoldilocks suggests we all panic over hot air because she has nothing to really worry about.
I've a few suggestions; try worrying about Iranian nuclear weapons, or some terrorists using CRISPR technology to create a terrible plague. That ought to keep you busy for a while.
First, the evidence is woefully lacking. There is no hot spot in the tropical troposphere, as the models predict. There has been no major increase in the rate of sea level rise, another fundamental pillar in the alarmist model. Planetary temperatures have risen, but we were told by now they would be much higher and, frankly, the "hottest year on record" claims are always statistically tied with other hot years, many of them in the thirties, well before the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Antarctica has been gaining land ice mass, btw.
And there has been no disappearance of low lying atolls in the oceans. On the contrary, a number of Pacific atolls have actually gotten bigger. https://dailycaller.com/2018/02/09/study-pacific-islands-getting-bigger-despite-rising-seas/
People are not rushing to sell sea front property. They are buying. That includes major corporations that hire top scientists to privately give them the information.
And what evidence do we have that co2 will raise temperatures markedly? It certainly has not done so on Mars, which has an atmosphere that is 95% carbon dioxide but much of the Martian atmosphere is frozen out as dry ice. Why? Because it's COLD on Mars! Scientists agree Mars receives enough energy to be much warmer, but it isn't. IF carbon dioxide were such a powerful greenhouse gas wouldn't Mars at least be warm enough to keep the atmosphere from freezing in winter?
In fact, Roger Revelle himself argued for no more than a 2 degrees C. rise in atmospheric temperatures before the logarithmic nature of the process choked it off. The real argument is over feedbacks. Alarmists claim positive feedbacks caused by increased atmospheric humidity will eventually release methane and warm the Earth a lot. Others argue it will do no such thing, that an increase in atmospheric water vapor will increase planetary albedo (clouds will form) and reflect energy back into space. As of now we do not see an increase in precipitation worldwide, nor do we see an increase in planetary albedo. In fact, between 2000 and 2004 NASA's Earth Observatory reported a DECREASE in planetary albedo. https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/5484/earths-albedo-in-decline Given that we came off of the peak of global warming, that should not have happened. But it did.
Note too that planetary temperatures are still largely stagnant, after peaking in the late nineties. This too is in violation of the models. And they haven't found the "missing heat" which they assured us was in the oceans.
This is grounds for panic? We don't have anything but flawed computer models. If a model fails to predict things then it is of little value. And these models failed to predict current conditions when input with past data. In short, they are largely worthless.
But we are supposed to freak out over this, and impose draconian regulations and world government, and redistribute wealth, all on this basis?
Anyone remember the eugenics scares of the early twentieth century? Turns out Mankind did not devolve into animal barbarism (except in Congress). But some people just have to have a bogyman to hide from.
And it should be pointed out that the Earth has both had much higher temperatures in the past than now AND much higher carbon dioxide levels (during colder temperatures, I might add.) Not sure how a degree of warming constitutes an extinction event.
This is Millenialism. It's a prophecy of doomsday designed to scare people into rash action, action that can be controlled and guided to drive social change. And a lot of people are making a lot of money off of this. There is a huge vested interest in the success of Climate Change Alarmism.
I'll post it if he responds, but I rather doubt it will be more than a "nyuh, uh! But what are YOU!" type of reply.
January 24, 2020
Everything seems rather calm in Puerto Rico, just a guillotine being set up at the governor’s mansion while the…WAIT, WHUT?!?!
Well, whattya know! The article from this point is mostly a series of Tweets, but they get the point across quite nicely. The citizens are annoyed now that they are aware of the, er, governmental malfeasance, and are making that annoyance known. I'd say it's about time.
Things have been rather dicey down in the US territory of Puerto Rico since…well for generations now. While the island has been dealing with the aftermath of significant earthquakes weeks back, compounding ongoing stresses brought on by the massive hurricane last year, things are starting to possibly reach a breaking point for citizens.
They were marching on the governor’s mansion, setting up a guillotine in the capitol square.
This week came news reports earthquake victims in need of emergency provisions raiding a warehouse that had stored relief supplies following Hurricane Maria’s devastation. These supplies had been sitting dormant, never getting distributed. This echoes similar stories that came out after the hurricane when aid remained stagnant at the ports. It now seems the residents are not as eager to believe leaders pointing the blame at the White House.
Virginia Democrats Push Legislation to Make Criticism of Government Officials a Criminal Offense
Yikes! Whoever is behind this (my guess is Bloomberg and Soros), they are pushing too fast, and that may save us. At any rate, if you have friends in The Old Dominion, urge them to oppose this! And RESIST!
In the wake of the Virginia gun rights rally on Monday, Democrats in the Capitol are not slowing down their push for tyranny. They are moving a bill through the legislature that would effectively criminalize dissent against Governor "Blackface" Northam and other state government officials.
House Bill 1627 was introduced by Delegate Jeffrey M. Bourne last week. The legislation "provides that certain crimes relating to threats and harassment may be prosecuted in the City of Richmond if the victim is the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.”
Language in the bill explicitly criminalizes free speech, in what would constitute a blatant attack on the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.
"If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor,” the legislation reads.The legislation makes it clear that the above provision applies directly to "the Governor, Governor-elect, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-elect, Attorney General, or Attorney General-elect, a member or employee of the General Assembly, a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, or a judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia,” which means this legislation effectively criminalizes dissent against public officials.
Tina Freitas, wife of Republican Delegate Nick Freitas, called attention to this intolerable act in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.
"Wow on cue, now they are after the 1A! Dems are trying to set up special rules exclusive to the Elite ruling class, to protect themselves from criticism!” Freitas wrote.
"What is considered harassment? Is Governor Infanticide/KKK Hood trying to avoid being held accountable? Are we no longer allowed to demand justice for the alleged rape victims of LG Fairfax? This is some straight up communist censorship!” she added.
Virginia Democrats were not detracted by the gun rights rally on Monday in the slightest. They moved red flag laws through the legislature just a day later, and subsequently killed pro-gun bills that were introduced by Republicans.
"The governor and the leadership of the democrats have declared war on law-abiding citizens and gun owners and their votes today just confirmed that that’s where we’re going,” said Philip Van Cleave, President of Virginia Citizens Defense League.
So let's review the bidding. The Democrats say that President Trump insisted on a quid pro quo with Ukraine. The quid pro quo was supposedly that President Trump wouldn't release the foreign aid until Ukraine investigated the corruption at Burisima and the firing of the prosecutor investigating it. Generally, this is called "blackmail". So lets look at the facts:
• The transcript of the phone call shows Trump saying:
"The other thing, There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it ... It sounds horrible to me."
Next, here's what Quid Pro Joe Biden publically said that the President is referring to:
""I said, ‘You’re not getting the billion.’ I’m going to be leaving here in, I think it was about six hours. I looked at them and said: ‘I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’” Biden told the 2018 audience in recounting what he told Poroshenko
"Well, son of a bitch, he got fired. And they
put in place someone who was solid at the time,” Biden told the Council
on Foreign Relations event.
Sounds horrible to me as well ...
So let's be clear. Joe Biden claimed he blackmailed the Ukrainians into stopping an investigation into his son, Quid Pro Blow Biden ... and President Trump is now facing impeachment for asking the Ukrainians to find out if what Joe said was true.
• Was this a political mistake? Yes, obviously. But is it an illegal abuse of power for a President to ask a foreign country to investigate corruption? Absolutely not.
• Next, President Trump said there was no quid pro quo.
• The transcript of the phone call shows no quid pro quo.
• The Ukrainian President said there was no quid pro quo.
• The Ukrainian Vice-President said there was no quid pro quo.
• There was a delay in the foreign aid, because by law we can't provide aid to corrupt countries and they had to investigate.
• However, the Ukranians never even knew the aid was delayed.
• The Ukranians did NOT start an investigation into corruption, of Quid Pro Blow or anyone else.
• Despite them NOT starting an investigation, the Ukranians got the foreign aid, more than Obama ever gave them.
If that was an attempt to blackmail Ukraine, it was not just unsuccessful—it
So let's be clear. Joe Biden successfully blackmailed the Ukrainian government by threatening to withhold a billion taxpayer dollars unless they agreed to fire the prosecutor investigating his son Hunter's blatant corruption ...
This is perhaps the ultimate irony. The President is accused of an impeachable offense for NOT doing what Joe Biden boasted about successfully doing.
We live in strange times, friends. My solution?
Require a 2/3 vote in the House before they can start an Impeachment. If they can't get that, their case is far too weak.Here's a bit more interesting information ... turns out Trump delayed the aid to Ukraine in 2017 as well, and for the same reason—concerns about corruption.
More inconvenient facts ... Ukraine aid wasn't the only aid held up.
A NOTE FROM TIM:
Willis, you point out "Here's a bit more interesting information ... turns out Trump delayed the aid to Ukraine in 2017 as well, and for the same reason—concerns about corruption" I find that interesting because in 2017 Al Green and Steve Cohen and a bunch of Democratic co-sponsors put forward a bill of impeachment against President Trump https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/621/text and there was no mention of THIS in their attempt. Funny; we are supposed to believe Trump is guilty of this particular non-crime when in fact they had already tried to impeach him over "Russian collusion" and failed.
They've been trying to impeach this guy since he won the office. But it is all down the memory hole because it makes the Democrats look bad.
At the heart of the impeachment of President Trump is former Ambassador Marie Yavonovitch. Yavonovitch is an interesting character at the heart of this, because she has so many interesting connections.
First off, she was an Obama appointee. When Congress became interested in Hunter Biden she testified before them - and admitted she was coached on how to answer them so as not to spill any beans aka how to lie to Congress.
According to Conservative Treehouse:
Representative Elise Stefanik brought to light interesting information today surrounding how the Obama administration was concerned about issues surrounding Vice-President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his connection to a corrupt Ukraine company Burisma. This revelation directly contradicted the Yovanovitch opening statement.
During questioning Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch admitted the Obama White House spent time briefing her on how to respond to congress if questions about Hunter Biden and Burisma were raised. This testimony highlights the concerns by the Obama administration about a clear issue with the Biden family and corrupt Ukraine interests.
This admission by former Ambassador Yovanovitch directly contradicted her testimony that was made only minutes before the admission. From her opening statement:more...
When Mt. Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii in 79 A.D. it also destroyed the seaside resort of Herculaneum. Well, some guy got his brains turned to glass, or at least a similar material, inside his skull.
He was identified as the custodian of the College of the Augustales, so he was an egghead before Vesuvius made him a glass head.
I bet he'd be a Democrat today.
I've heard of a glass eye, but a glass brain?
Another "Bern-er" calls for re-education camps, "guillotine the rich" campaign.
From the article by James O'Keefe:
(Charleston, SC) In last week’s videos, Project Veritas Action Fund exposed the shocking comments of an Iowa Field Organizer for the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign, Kyle Jurek. In today’s new video, a South Carolina Field Organizer for the Sanders Campaign, Martin Weissgerber, is secretly recorded praising the Soviet Union, admitting his fantasies about forcing a violent overthrow of the United States federal government, and speaking favorably about forcing Americans into "Re-Education Camps.” He even speaks of decapitating people once his socialist revolution succeeds. Weissgerber, who also describes himself as a Communist, reveals that he has been radicalized from a very young age by both of his parents. The recordings of Weissgerber combined with the recordings released last week of Kyle Jurek, give insight into the mindset of many Sanders staffers and what they truly believe
The Chief Justice of India's Supreme Court has called excessive taxation a "social injustice".
From The Millenium Post:
In his address at at an event held to mark the 79th Foundation ceremony of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Chief Justice Bobde said imposition of excessive tax is also a kind of social injustice on the people.
"While tax evasion is a social injustice to fellow citizens, arbitrary or excessive tax also results in social injustice by a government."He clearly isn't running for President of the United States as a Democrat.
AOC, Sanders, and the Injun could learn from our brother of color from the subcontinent.
January 23, 2020
Few politicians in Washington, even Republicans, have ever defended our Christian heritage on the national stage as fiercely as President Trump. His executive order affirming the religious liberty of public school students is just the latest example.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the order updates federal guidance to better protect students’ rights to engage in prayer and other forms of religious expression. Under the new rules, schools must certify every year that they do not have policies that restrict constitutionally-protected religious rights, such as the freedom to pray or read religious texts on school grounds. Schools that maintain non-compliant policies would lose their federal funding.
This is a big win for religious freedom advocates, who have found their rights and beliefs under increasingly withering assault from the left for decades. In the 1990s, when the campaign against public religiosity began to spiral out of control, both the federal government and more than 20 states passed Religious Freedom Restoration Acts to restore strict constitutional scrutiny for policies that restrict citizens’ exercise of religion. With those laws continually weakened and challenged in the courts, Trump’s executive order provides a new and effective remedy to the excesses of the secular left.
But it’s also a big win for everyone who cherishes the freedoms laid out in the U.S. Constitution because imposing any restrictions on those freedoms, whether in a broad or targeted fashion, endangers every right enjoyed by every American citizen. And the efforts to restrict religious liberty in public schools have clearly gotten out of hand, as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently pointed out.
Just last year, for instance, a Utah teacher made a 9-year-old Catholic student remove the ashes from his forehead on Ash Wednesday. In Kentucky, a school made a student take down a "prayer locker” she had set up so that classmates could submit anonymous prayer requests. In Washington, a high school football coach was suspended for praying — silently and by himself — after games.
None of these behaviors even came close to infringing on the rights of others, yet overzealous teachers and administrators punished them anyway. It’s the predictable result of a sustained campaign to drive religion from the public square, led by militant atheists who have spent decades convincing parents and teachers that any form of religious expression in any public place is a violation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty.
As the president's executive order explains, that’s exactly the opposite of what the Founders intended. The First Amendment is very explicit about the government’s responsibility to respect individual rights, which is why it prohibits Congress from making laws that would restrict free expression, such as establishing a state religion. What the "freedom from religion” crowd wants, however, amounts to the establishment of atheism as America’s official religion, with all the restrictions on free expression that entails.
This country was founded by pilgrims who sought to escape religious persecution and that heritage is an essential aspect of our character as a nation. Thanks to President Trump’s efforts, we will be able to pass that heritage on to another generation.
Or so we can hope, if we work hard enough to keep Trump and his successors in the White House! Here's the entire article: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-religious-liberty-atheists-mike-huckabee
Guest myth-busting by David Middleton
From the American Association of Science of America …
Well, yes, but no. Middleton points out that
Ocean acidification could boost shell growth in snails and sea urchins
By Katie Camero Jul. 23, 2019 , 2:00 PM
The world’s oceans are acidifying rapidly as they soak up massive amounts of the carbon dioxide (CO2) released from burning fossil fuels. That’s bad news for tiny marine critters like coral and sea urchins that make up the base of the ocean food chain: Acidic water not only destroys their shells, but it also makes it harder for them to build new ones. Now, scientists studying sea snails have discovered an unexpected side effect of this acid brew—it can help some of them build thicker, stronger shells by making their food more nutritious.
Often called climate change’s "evil twin,” acidification happens when the ocean absorbs atmospheric CO2. As CO2 dissolves, the process releases hydrogen ions, lowering the water’s pH and increasing its acidity. That acidic water…
To find out what is happening in the wild, Sean Connell, an ecologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia, and colleagues traveled to underwater CO2 vents off the coast of New Zealand’s White Island (Whakaari). Water near the vents is about as acidic as most of the ocean is predicted to be by the end of the century. The researchers collected five sea snails (Eatoniella mortoni), along with five samples of turf algae, a staple of the sea snails’ diet.
The phrase "ocean acidification” was literally invented out of thin air in 2003 by Ken Caldiera to enable liberal arts majors to sound sciencey when scaring the bejesus out of the scientifically illiterate masses. The geochemical process has been well-understood for about 100 years… But didn’t get a crisis-monger nickname until 2003.
There's a lot more, with charts and other real honest-to-goodness science in it, found here https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/07/25/the-total-myth-of-ocean-acidification-science-edition/ and I hope you'll take time to check it out! It will introduce you to the Watts Up With That site, which is NOT fake stuff. It helps to have a background in chemistry (I do not) but don't let that scare you away. I guarantee that the True Believers do not either.
Then there are the things she wrote in this article…
Note: Most of my rebuttals are from these two WUWT posts:
- The Total Myth of Ocean Acidification
- The Total Myth of Ocean Acidification, Part Deux: The Scientific Basis
The world’s oceans are acidifying rapidly…Katie Camero, Liberal Arts major
Good fracking grief! Seawater can’t become acidic, at least not under real world conditions. A study of seawater pH near active volcanic CO2vents in the Mediterranean (Kerrison et al., 2011) found that the pH immediately adjacent to the vent was still alkaline, despite being subjected to the equivalent of nearly 5,600 ppm CO2.
Don't let the door hit Brussels on the way out...
Queen Gives Approval to Brexit as Bill Officially Becomes Law
Why do I think Greta is a clueless idiot? At Davos she said "We are still telling you to panic!"
Yes, panicking is such a brilliant response, especially to an "emergency" that you can't even see unless you have a PhD.
Seriously, what problem was EVER made better by panicking? I know of none.
Greta, you can panic if you wish. But unlike your parents, we DO love our children. That's the reason we don't want them to panic.
PS—Don't bother trying to rag on me for commenting on her idiocy because she's only 17. Either Greta is entitled to a full adult voice and a seat at Davos as she's insisted on and gotten, along with all the opportunity for abuse that adult status entails, or she's an innocent child who should go back to school and we shouldn't diss her in any way.
She doesn't get to be both. If you want to run with the big dogs, you gotta get off the porch.
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