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Jan 09 2018

Open Thread

Man should be master of his environment, not its slave. That is what freedom means. - Anthony Eden



  • I’d love to see Trump do this – imagine the moonbat heads all exploding at once:

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-09/thai-leader-tells-reporters-to-quiz-cardboard-cut-out-of-him/9314172

    Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha leaves cardboard cut-out to answer journalists’ questions

  • http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/09/washington-governor-claims-just-59-days-to-save-children-from-global-warming/

    Washington Governor Claims ‘Just 59 Days’ To Save Children From Global Warming

    That’s it… our children are doomed, because government is so huge, slow and inefficient there is NO WAY we’re going to get it into gear to address this in two months!

    In related news:

    Prince Charles gives world reprieve: Extends ‘100-Month’ climate ‘tipping point’ to 35 more years

    Prince Charles had previously issued a 100-month climate tipping point deadline… in 2009.

    http://www.climatedepot.com/2015/07/28/prince-charles-gives-world-reprieve-on-global-warming-extends-100-month-tipping-point-to-35-more-years/

    Earth ‘Serially Doomed’: UN Issues New 15 Year Climate Tipping Point – But UN Issued Tipping Points in 1982 & Another 10-Year Tipping Point in 1989!

    http://www.climatedepot.com/2014/04/16/earth-serially-doomed-un-issues-new-15-year-climate-tipping-point-but-un-first-issued-10-year-tipping-point-in-1989/

    See links at the above link…

    Climate Depot Factsheet on Inconvenient History of Global Warming ‘Tipping Points’ — Hours, Days, Months, Years, Millennium — Earth ‘Serially Doomed’

    It’s difficult to keep up whether it is hours, days, months or 1000 years. Here are few recent examples of others predicting “tipping points” of various duration.

    HOURS: Flashback March 2009: ‘We have hours’ to prevent climate disaster — Declares Elizabeth May of Canadian Green Party

    Days: Flashback Oct. 2009: UK’s Gordon Brown warns of global warming ‘catastrophe’; Only ’50 days to save world’

    Months: Prince Charles claimed a 96-month tipping point in July 2009

    Years: 2009: NASA’s James Hansen Declared Obama Only First Term to Save The Planet! — ‘On Jan. 17, 2009 Hansen declared Obama only ‘has four years to save Earth’ or Flashback Oct .2009: WWF: ‘Five years to save world’

    Decades: 1982: UN official Mostafa Tolba, executive director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), warned on May 11, 1982, the ‘world faces an ecological disaster as final as nuclear war within a couple of decades unless governments act now.’

    Millennium: Flashback June 2010: 1000 years delay: Green Guru James Lovelock: Climate change may not happen as fast as we thought, and we may have 1,000 years to sort it out’

    It is becoming obvious that the only authentic climate “tipping point” we can rely is this one:

    Flashback 2007: New Zealand Scientist on Global Warming: ‘It’s All Going to be a Joke in 5 Years’

    And it did become a joke, and moonbats still don’t get it!

  • Trump’s Border Wall Would Use 0.034% of Federal Spending

    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/trumps-border-wall-would-use-0039-federal-spending

    That $18 billion Trump is requesting for a border wall would equal just 0.0338 percent of the $53.128 trillion the Congressional Budget Office currently estimates the federal government will spend over that same 10-year period.

    It also equals only 2.7 percent of the money the federal government will spend on the food stamp program (the “Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program”)

    The $679 billion the CBO estimates the federal government will spend on food stamps during that ten years is 37.7 times as much as the $18 billion it would spend on President Trump’s proposed border wall.

    At the same time, the $18 billion the required for the border wall would equal a mere 0.34 percent of the $5.232 trillion CBO estimates that the federal government will spend on Medicaid over the next ten years.

    While the nation is preparing to spend a total of $6.838 trillion on national defense over the next ten years, according to CBO, the $18 billion that President Trump would like to see dedicated to defending the U.S.-Mexico border with a wall would equal only 0.26 percent of that.

  • http://www.newsweek.com/spacex-falcon-9-zuma-lost-775069

    DID ELON MUSK LOSE SECRET U.S GOVERNMENT SATELLITE? SPACEX ZUMA MAY HAVE FAILED TO REACH ORBIT

    What a dumb question! No, his rocket did fine… the payload – allegedly – failed. That is not Musk’s fault. However, keep in mind this may be a disinformation campaign. The satellite may be on it’s way to, or in, it’s desired orbit and in the process of going through initial in-orbit testing now.

    Or it may have failed and crashed into the atmosphere, there to burn up. And maybe…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5249455/Flash-Russia-sparks-fears-strike-North-Korea.html

    Mysterious bright flash and ‘ground shaking explosion’ over Russia sparks fears of a US missile strike on North Korea
    Blast of light was accompanied by ‘ground shaking’ over large parts of Russia
    The explosion sparked fears the US had launched a missile strike on North Korea
    Others suggested the phenomenon was a Russian military test, meteor or a UFO
    Light was strongest in three regions – Bashkortostan, Udmurtia, and Tatarstan

  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-crypto-website-changes-its-data-and-100-billion-in-market-value-vanishes-1515443100?mod=trending_now_1

    A Crypto Website Changes Its Data, and $100 Billion in Market Value Vanishes
    Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP fall sharply after Coinmarketcap.com removes data from some South Korean exchanges

  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/amid-signs-of-a-thaw-in-north-korea-tensions-bubble-up-1515427541

    Are the WSJ and other news outlets TRYING to start WW III?

    They’re accusing Trump of planning to attack North Korea first – exactly what China said would cause them to come to the aid of North Korea.
    I haven’t heard any member of Trump’s administration suggest we have any plan to initiate military conflicts with North Korea under any scenario. But if we did, I would hit BOTH his nuclear site AND a broad section of his troops and equipment near the border with South Korea, only after discussing with China, generally, leaving out specific actions planned, the need to do so and getting them to clearly agree such attacks are necessary and overdue.

  • Musician hit with copyright claims… over 10 hours of white noise?

    Random noise can be copyright material?

    In 2015, Sebastian Tomczak, a sound technologist who teaches at the University of Adelaide, became interested in continuous sound — looping bits of noise that humans could listen to for hours on end.

    Around that time, he uploaded some videos to YouTube, one of them a 10-hour track of pure white noise he created on a basic computer program.

    “I uploaded it back then, and then forgot about it,” Dr Tomczak told the ABC. “It’s only had about 1,000 views.

    “And then on Friday morning, two-and-a-half years later, I noticed that I had a copyright message from YouTube.”

    Turns out YouTube’s algorithm had finally got around to scanning Dr Tomczak’s work, and noticed it sounded pretty similar to videos of white noise – which were apparently equally as random as it was — and there are heaps of them — uploaded to YouTube by other users.

  • Moonbats, in their element:

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/01/08/nyc-garbage-piles-up/

    Garbage is piling up on city streets across all five boroughs of New York.

    “It really makes me feel like I’m at home in my trash kingdom,” one woman said.

    “To be honest, I get scared because of the mice,” Manhattan resident Marsha De La Rosa said.

    The garbage on 25th Street stood taller than CBS2’s Rozner, who stands at 5’4″. Residents who live near Second Avenue say they avoid approaching the sidewalk because of all the trash.

  • To moonbats, sexual abuse is apparently something to laugh about:

    Seth Meyers jokes about Hollywood scandals during 2018 Golden Globes opening monologue

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/videos/best-seth-meyers-jokes-tackling-hollywood-scandals-during-2018-golden-globes-opening-monologue-31004

  • OK some of the other things I’ve posted may seem a bit frivolous (below) but this one… this one is big:

    WOLFF ADMITS: DIDN’T INTERVIEW ANY WH CABINET OFFICIALS FOR ANTI-TRUMP BOOK
    ‘Fire & Fury’ claims quotes from multiple Cabinet members

    Author Michael Wolff admitted he didn’t interview any of President Trump’s Cabinet members for his anti-Trump book Fire & Fury.

    Wolff made the admission on Monday in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”

    Host Norah O’Donnell asked Wolf, “Did you speak to any members of the president’s Cabinet for this book?”

    Wolff responded, “I did not.”

    You did not?” O’Donnell repeated.

    “I did not,” Wolff confirmed.

    She then asked Wolff if he ever interviewed Vice President Mike Pence.

    “I did not,” Wolff said again.

    O’Donnell also noted Trump denied having ever been interviewed by Wolff.

    “The president denies he ever spoke to you for the book, at all,” O’Donnell said.

    “I probably think he had no idea he was speaking to me for this book,” Wolff said. “When I would meet the president in the White House we would chat as though we were friends.”
    “But that’s not an interview, to greet someone and say, ‘Hello,’” O’Donnell pointed out. “That’s not a journalistic exercise.”

    Wolff struggled to explain away O’Donnell’s point and insisted he did sit down with Trump for three hours during his months in the White House even though Wolff was “sure he [Trump] didn’t think they were interviews.”

    Wolff describes quotes from multiple Trump administration Cabinet members in Fire & Fury, including the National Security Advisor and Treasury Secretary.

    “For (Treasury Secretary) Steve Mnuchin and (former Trump White House chief of staff) Reince Priebus, the president was an ‘idiot.’ For (former Goldman Sachs exec) Gary Cohn, he was ‘dumb as sh-t.’ For (National Security Adviser) H.R. McMaster he was a ‘dope.’ The list went on,” Wolff said.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJL-ZJickRU

  • France’s most revered actress Catherine Deneuve hit out Tuesday at a new “puritanism” sparked by sexual harassment scandals, declaring that men should be “free to hit on” women.

    She was one of around 100 French women writers, performers and academics who wrote an open letter deploring the wave of “denunciations” that has followed claims that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted women over decades.

    They claimed that the “witch-hunt” that has followed threatens sexual freedom.

    “Rape is a crime, but trying to seduce someone, even persistently or cack-handedly, is not — nor is men being gentlemanly a macho attack,” said the letter published in the daily Le Monde.

    “Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone’s knee or try to steal a kiss,” said the letter, which was also signed by Catherine Millet, author of the hugely explicit 2002 bestseller “The Sexual Life of Catherine M.”.

    Men had been dragged through the mud, they argued, for “talking about intimate subjects during professional dinners or for sending sexually-charged messages to women who did not return their attentions.”

    The letter attacked feminist social media campaigns like #MeToo and its French equivalent #Balancetonporc (Call out your pig) for unleashing this “puritanical… wave of purification”.

    – ‘Witch-hunt’ –

    It claimed that “legitimate protest against the sexual violence that women are subject to, particularly in their professional lives”, had turned into a witch-hunt.

    “What began as freeing women up to speak has today turned into the opposite — we intimidate people into speaking ‘correctly’, shout down those who don’t fall into line, and those women who refused to bend” to the new realities “are regarded as complicit and traitors.”

    “As women we do not recognise ourselves in this feminism, which beyond denouncing the abuse of power, takes on a hatred of men and of sexuality.”

    They insisted that women were “sufficiently aware that the sexual urge is by its nature wild and aggressive. But we are also clear-eyed enough not to confuse an awkward attempt to pick someone up with a sexual attack.”

    https://www.afp.com/en/news/206/french-star-deneuve-defends-mens-right-chat-women-doc-w392z1

  • The end is near… but not the end you think, perhaps.

    Julian Assange’s stay in London embassy untenable, says Ecuador
    South American country that has housed WikiLeaks founder for five years says it is seeking mediator to end impasse with UK

    The end of his stay there.

    https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/09/julian-assange-stay-in-london-embassy-untenable-says-ecuador

    I’m surprised they let him stay this long…

  • THE TRUMP EFFECT:

    Stocks finish at record highs, S&P 500 has best start to a year since Reagan/1987
    The major indexes hit fresh record highs.
    Financial giants BlackRock, J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo are among the companies set to report quarterly results later this week.
    Stocks also followed international markets higher.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/09/us-stocks-earnings-season-target-boj.html

    THE TRUMP EFFECT:

    Dimon thinks even his own economist at J.P. Morgan is dead wrong about GDP, predicts 4% U.S. growth

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/dimon-thinks-economists-are-dead-wrong-about-gdp-predicts-4-us-growth-2018-01-09

  • More lunatic lies from someone who’s lost his mind – if, in fact, his “minders” are even accurately translating what he “says” these days:

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/902350/Stephen-Hawking-climate-change-Donald-Trump-Global-warming-weather-venus

    No, Earth will not become another Venus. It can’t. It won’t.

    The atmosphere of Venus is nothing like that of the Earth, is much closer to the sun, is not hot because of “global warming”.

  • Russian historian who exposed Stalin’s crimes faces enforced psychiatric testing

    Some of Russia’s leading cultural figures say Dmitriev was framed because his focus on Stalin’s crimes – he found a mass grave with up to 9,000 bodies dating from the Soviet dictator’s Great Terror in the 1930s – jars with the latter-day Kremlin narrative that Russia must not be ashamed of its past.

    The narrative has taken on added importance ahead of a March presidential election which polls show incumbent Vladimir Putin, who uses his country’s World War Two victory when Stalin was in charge to bolster national pride, is on track to win.

    Putin asserted last year that what he called an “excessive demonization of Stalin” was being used to undermine Russia.

    Dmitriev faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges, which he denies.

    A previous psychiatric evaluation declared him to be of sound mind and a court-sanctioned expert group found no pornographic content in nine photographs of his daughter that are at the center of the case against him, overturning the earlier findings of other experts commissioned by prosecutors.

    But on Dec. 27, in an unexpected twist, the court ordered that the same nine photos be re-examined by experts for a third time. It also granted the prosecution’s request that Dmitriev undergo enforced psychiatric testing to determine whether he has “sexual deviations.”

  • At least 13 dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudflows and freeway closures across Southern California

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rainfall-mudflow-20180109-story.html

    And some will blame it on “global warming” – but just like everything else, this is normal and natural for California.

    Today it was raining… well not as hard as I’ve seen in Texas, Colorado and Florida, but for California, pretty hard.

    High winds, bitter (hey, it got down to 57!) cold… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ebbadea9648cadb635c91838b6351b83efb724af718a1d072627a01db4941f1b.jpg

    In fact I’ve asked the governor of California and Trump to declare my back yard a disaster area as a result of the storm. Here’s a photo.

    We’re going to get through this… I don’t know how, but I just know we will.

  • Democratic women plan major virtue signalling event – but no real action – for State of the Union

    https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/sexual-misconduct/democratic-women-plan-all-black-fashion-statement-state-union-n836301

  • Mohammed bin Salman’s Next Saudi Challenge: Curtailing Ultraconservative Islam
    Crown prince’s overhaul includes a crackdown on religious fundamentalists who exercised rigid control

    Arwa Alneami wanted to be an artist ever since she was a child. But growing up in the conservative region of Asir, she was constrained by a rigid strain of Sunni Islam that has long defined life in Saudi Arabia and the kingdom’s image to the outside world. When she drew a bird, Ms. Alneami recalls, teachers would scold her and cross off its head, saying only God can create life.

    Sheikh Saleh al Fozan, a member of Saudi Arabia’s top religious body, reiterated a common argument against women driving. “If women are allowed to drive,” he said in a statement published on his website, “they will be able to go and come as they please day and night, and will easily have access to temptation, because as we know, women are weak and easily tempted.

    The first is false, but hey, the second… is true!

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/mohammed-bin-salmans-next-saudi-challenge-curtailing-ultraconservative-islam-1515525944

  • Breaking news:

    https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us1000c2zy#executive

    M 7.6 earthquake – 44km E of Great Swan Island, Honduras

    Clinton Crime Family Foundation asks for donations for “earthquake relief”, as they did after Haiti quake.

  • KirklesWorth

    Oops…previously posted on wrong thread. In recognition and appreciation of @Bodhisattva:disqus’s massive contributions to Moonbattery…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/395f4c57b9a9f662807b5b9309c2d25295f9ae7a5cd826532256246034e3c59b.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Bill and Hillary… er, poor unfortunates trying to keep a mansion over their head… are running low on money:
    http://i.imgur.com/9XozKfY.png

  • hoagie111

    Bodhisattva does complete the site. Thanks Big B.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Clearly another reason to avoid the worker’s paradise of New York City.

    I’m pretty sure that the buck ultimately rests with the Mayor of NYC.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Apparently a work of fiction.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    What a waste!!! All the sunlight falling on those bricks. If the government would give you a grant to install some solar pavers, the energy crisis would be over.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    We owe both Bofhisattva and Dave a lot for working to add content here. I’d go crazy looking for the loony crap that the left is constantly generating.

  • KirklesWorth

    You guys act like a team:

    1. @Bodhisattva:disqus digs it up.
    2. @Mr_FreeMarket:disqus adds color commentary
    3. Dave Blount expands and adds research on it, and hat tips Bodhisattva.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    In a sense, all who contribute here are part of a team. We repudiate all things leftist. We embrace conservative thought and conservative ideals. We value individual freedom. We reject authoritarianism.

  • KirklesWorth

    And sometimes you are damn funny about it.

  • Jeff

    It’s a leftist MO and has been for a long time. Start with a legitimate issue, then hijack it. Of course, they are also happy to manufacture issues out of thin air too.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Part of my role in life. I found some years ago that if I wrote about some various serious issues in my life, frequently those who heard what I wrote thought I was being humorous. So I have embraced that aspect of my life.

    There are many issues in life that are very serious. So I try to not take myself too seriously. Life is too short to be mad at others.

  • A political hit job posing as a poorly contrived work of fiction.

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