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Jan 08 2018

Open Thread

To damage the sovereignty of the individual is to replace a community inspired by love, benevolence, and beauty by another based solely on power. - Anwar Sadat

38 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Bodhisattva says:

    Charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, three others are dismissed

    A federal judge dismissed all charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and another man on Monday after accusing prosecutors of willfully withholding evidence from Bundy’s lawyers.

    U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro cited “flagrant prosecutorial misconduct” in her decision to dismiss all charges against the Nevada rancher and three others.

    “The court finds that the universal sense of justice has been violated,” Navarro said.

    Overall, the government was late in handing over more than 3,300 pages of documents. Further, some defense requests for information that ultimately came to light had been ridiculed by prosecutors as “fantastical” and a “fishing expedition.”

    “Either the government lied or [its actions were] so grossly negligent as to be tantamount to lying,” Napolitano said. “This happened over and over again.”

    Lying, late (or never) turning over evidence, gross negligence, “fishing expedition”… sound familiar?

  2. Bodhisattva says:

    Rose McGowan accuses Hollywood actresses of ‘fakery’ for wearing black at Golden Globes but not doing anything to stop sex scandal when it was happening
    The Charmed star lashed out at the famous females who took a stand against the Hollywood sex abuse scandal

    Hollywood? Fakery? Say it ain’t so!

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    That Time Gary Oldman Called the Golden Globes ‘Meaningless’ in 2014

    Back in 2014, Gary Oldman was a little less complimentary of the Golden Globes. During an extensive interview with Playboy, in which he sounded off on topics including political correctness (“I think it’s like, take a f—ing joke — get over it”), Hollywood and racism (“At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for ’12 Years a Slave’ you were a racist”), he had some choice words for the Globes in particular.

    He called the Golden Globes “a meaningless event” in the interview, “… It’s 90 nobodies having a wank,” he said.

    “What people don’t realize is that you need to work at being a celebrity,” Oldman went on to say. “I’m not talking about movies. I mean the other side of it. You have to campaign. It’s a whole other part of your career, and I wish I could have navigated it a bit better. I may have an Oscar now, had I … I know it certainly doesn’t mean anything to win a Golden Globe, that’s for sure.”

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    But if a white kid had been wearing it – no problem!

    The Weeknd dumps H&M after monkey sweatshirt ad

    Singer The Weeknd said Monday that he will no longer work with H&M after the clothing company posted an ad of a black child in a sweatshirt with the words “Coolest monkey in the jungle” on the front.

    Many people criticized the image on social media, calling it racist. H&M removed the image Monday and apologized to anyone it “may have offended.”

  5. Bodhisattva says:

    More moonbat madness – and apparently zero tolerance for dissent!

    FGCU police presence planned for start of ‘White Racism’ class

    Ted Thornhill, the assistant professor of sociology who will teach the class, said he received some disturbing emails and voicemails after news of the class spread. He also said a couple of students enrolled in the class talked to him about safety concerns.

    The course will cover everything from ways to challenge white supremacy to the ideologies, laws, policies and practices in this country that have allowed for “white racial domination over those racialized as non-white,” according to a course description.

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    Obamas criticized for lavish library plans, including ‘test kitchen’, basketball court.

    Reports first surfaced last fall that the monument to the first black president’s legacy was taking on an activity-center vibe. There would be a museum – but also a basketball court, possibly a room for yoga classes, and a test kitchen to teach visitors “about the full production cycle of nutritious food.”

    Planners are taking an unconventional approach, including by opting to host a digital archive of former President Barack Obama’s records, but not keep his hard-copy manuscripts and letters and other documents onsite.

    Back in May, Obama described it as “more like a campus,” with plans to position it as a “premier institution for training young people in leadership.”

    That’s all we need – a bunch of drone community organizing rabble rousers.

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    James Franco accused by actresses of inappropriate sexual behavior – AFTER he wins Golden Globe.

    Why not before?

    The rest of the story:

    Paley, who clarified that she was an adult and not a teen at the time, added that she did have a consensual relationship with Franco.

    Sarah Tither-Kaplan, who was once a student of Franco’s at his acting school, alleged that Franco exploited her by asking her to strip down on set for only $100 per day after she signed a “vague and general at best” contract.

    Let me get this straight. Tither-Kaplan signed a contract stating she would do nude scenes… and was upset about it? Why did she sign the contract?

    “If a famous actor who has the ability to make or break my career with the snap of his fingers offers me a part, I don’t have bargaining power. I need work. I need to eat. I need a career,” she tweeted.

    Maybe you need some talent?

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    More global WARMING news:

    Sea freezes over and snow hits HAWAII as ‘bomb cyclone’ makes US feel like -73C
    More than 100m now affected by freak winter storms as shocking reports emerge of pet dogs dying after being left outside to freeze to death

    Parts of the US are now among the coldest places on Earth with wind chills making the -39c temperatures feel like -73C on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

    Locals in Cape Cod, Massachusetts – where frozen sharks earlier washed up on beaches – woke to find parts of the sea frozen.

    They were able to walk on giant chunks of ice in the wake of a deadly storm which brought snow and ice cold blasts from the Arctic.

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    Barr went on to say that although she “loves” Oprah — whose rousing Golden Globes speech Sunday night resurfaced speculation about a 2020 presidential run –she thinks she’d be a better president. Barr ran for president with the Peace and Freedom Party in 2012.

    And though her TV alter ego supports Trump, Barr says the president “says a lot of crazy s—.”

    “I’m not a Trump apologist. There are a lot of things he’s said and done that I don’t agree with,” she said.

    “It’s always a lesser of two evils,” Barr continued, added that one reason she “could not vote for Hillary Clinton is because of Haiti.”

    She was cut off before she could explain what she meant.

  10. Bodhisattva says:

    Remember Democrats criticizing Trump because a couple of moonbats, in a small branch of the Department of State – all quit to protest his election and the Democrats said that it was Trump’s fault that there was an appalling vacancy rate in leadership positions?


    “Nearly a year into President Trump’s administration, the Justice Department lacks Senate-confirmed appointees in leadership posts running the national security, criminal, civil rights and other key divisions.” “The problem shows no sign of abating anytime soon,” the Post adds.

    The Post is correct. Not only are key leadership posts vacant, but it now appears they will remain vacant until at least the Spring.

    Moreover, this creates a serious problem. William Barr, a former Attorney General told the Post that “anyone who has worked in an administration knows how damaging it is” not to have key leadership positions filled.

    As the Post’s Matt Zapotosky notes, Republicans control the Senate. So why are these nominations languishing?

    The primary reason is obstruction by Senate Democrats. They have used procedural tactics to delay the confirmation of President Trump’s nominees. Chuck Schumer admitted as much to the Post, defending his obstruction by pointing to “substantive concerns,” as if Republicans had no substantive concerns with Obama nominees who were confirmed more swiftly.

    Schumer says there is no department that needs more scrutiny than the DOJ. Arguably. But when a nominee who name the president put forward many months ago has received a hearing and a committee vote, the Democrats have had a full opportunity scrutinize him.

    Yet, a number of such nominees apparently are months away from confirmation. Why? As I understand it, the reason is because Majority Leader McConnell agreed with Schumer that nominees who cleared committee, without Democratic support must be voted out of committee again — surely, a pointless exercise. Since Democrats declined to vote for most of President Trump’s key DOJ nominees when they were approved by he Senate Judiciary Committee, this means more delay.

  11. Bodhisattva says:

    DOJ “Small Group Official” Bruce Ohr Demoted Again – Removed From Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force…

    The walls continue closing in. The STORY IS GETTING OUT. The Bigger media voices will eventually catch up to the story. Right now the scale of the story is so large, and the consequences so damaging to the Republic, they are scared to call it out… but that won’t last too much longer. They can’t ignore it much longer.

    As OIG (Michael Horowitz) and Congressional Investigators (Nunes, Goodlatte, Grassley) begin assembling the evidence against the corrupt DOJ and FBI officials, the current DOJ/FBI leadership begin working in concert to position the corrupt.

    Former FBI Counterintelligence #2, Peter Strzok, is now holding down a chair in the Human Resources Department; FBI/DOJ Attorney Lisa Page, previously “Andy” McCabe’s legal aide – now carrying legal ebola, wanders aimlessly amid the halls of Main Justice; FBI Chief Legal Counsel Jim Baker is currently in charge of stapler inventory; FBI Asst. Director McCabe is trying to make it to retirement in March… and today the previously disciplined DOJ attorney Bruce Ohr takes another demotion.

    DOJ official who concealed meetings with Trump dossier figures loses another job title

    A Justice Department official demoted late last year for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump “dossier” has been stripped of yet another title, Fox News has learned.

    Bruce Ohr is no longer head of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.

    Separately, sources familiar with the discussions tell Fox News that the Justice Department is expected to comply with demands from the House Intelligence Committee to provide Ohr for an interview. He is scheduled to visit the committee on Jan. 17, sources said.

    Fox News first reported in December that Ohr had been demoted from the position of associate deputy attorney general, after it was revealed he had conducted undisclosed meetings with dossier author Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that produced the salacious document.

    Fox News also reported that his wife Nellie Ohr worked for Fusion GPS, specifically on research related to the dossier.

    At the time of his demotion, DOJ officials told Fox News that Bruce Ohr had been “wearing two hats,” and would fall back to his other title and portfolio – as head of OCDETF.

    Now, Ohr has been stripped of that role as well; former deputy director Thomas Padden is now acting director. It is unclear where Ohr has landed, only that he is still an employee with the Department of Justice.

    One DOJ insider joked that Ohr might end up in “one of those offices without a phone.”

    Will he still have a pen?

  12. Bodhisattva says:

    Obama did his best to put us in the same boat Germany finds itself in now:

    It’s been a tedious chore to track the slow motion train wreck of Germany’s energiewende, or “energy revolution.” Climatistas here have long touted Germany as the model we should follow. Think of it a renewable energy uber alles.

    Irregular and unpredictable wind and solar power is increasingly becoming a problem for Germany’s power grid. Utility company Tennet TSO spent almost a billion euros last year on emergency interventions to stabilize the national grid.

    That’s what the company announced earlier this week. The costs were thus about 50% higher than in 2016 (660 million euros) and around forty percent higher than in 2015 (710 million).

    The reason for the increase in emergency interventions is the rising number of solar projects and wind turbines in Germany. The share of renewable energy increased from 29 to 33 percent of the electricity supply last year. Wind and solar power are irregular and often unpredictable. This makes the network increasingly unstable.

    And GET THIS – after severely criticizing Trump for pulling us out of the Paris climate farce,

    Germany’s would-be coalition partners have agreed to drop an ambitious plan to lower carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020, two sources told Reuters on Monday — a potential embarrassment for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    Negotiators for her conservative bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) told Reuters the parties had agreed in exploratory talks on forming a government that the targeted cut in emissions could no longer be achieved by 2020.

    How do you say “epic fail” in German? I think it’s alles is kaput maybe.

  13. Bodhisattva says:

    New Evidence on the Effects of Teachers’ Unions on Student Outcomes, Teacher Labor Markets, and the Allocation of School Resources

    Unions, Salaries, and the Market for Teachers: Evidence From Wisconsin
    Barbara Biasi, Princeton University

    Act 10 in Wisconsin in 2011 changed the scope of collective bargaining on teacher salaries.

    As a result of this law some districts started to individually negotiate salaries with each teacher, whereas other districts continued setting salaries using seniority-based schedules.

    An increase in teacher quality in all districts is entirely attributable to exits of lower-quality teachers.

    School Finance Reforms, Teachers’ Unions, and the Allocation of School Resources
    Eric Brunner, University of Connecticut
    Joshua Hyman, University of Connecticut
    Andrew Ju, University of Connecticut

    In states with the strongest teacher unions, school districts increased education expenditures nearly one-for-one with increases in state aid, and spent the funds primarily on teacher compensation. In states with the weakest teacher unions, districts reduced local taxing effort by about 75 cents for every dollar increase in state aid, and spent the remaining funds primarily on hiring new teachers.

    The Long-run Effects of Teacher Collective Bargaining
    Michael Lovenheim, Cornell University
    Alexander Willen, Cornell University

    Teacher collective bargaining worsens the future labor market outcomes of students: living in a state that has a duty-to-bargain law for all 12 grade-school years reduces earnings by $800 (or 2%) per year and decreases hours worked by 0.50 hours per week. The earnings estimate indicates that teacher collective bargaining reduces earnings by $199.6 billion in the US annually. We also find evidence of lower employment rates, which is driven by lower labor force participation, as well as reductions in the skill levels of the occupations into which workers sort.

    Collective bargaining leads to sizable reductions in measured cognitive and non-cognitive skills among young adults. Taken together, our results suggest laws that support collective bargaining for teachers have adverse long-term labor market consequences for students.

  14. Bodhisattva says:

    Team Trump has taken significant steps to combat the administrative state.

    That critique focuses on a runaway bureaucracy’s threat to constitutional government. Congress has improperly delegated much of its law-making power to bureaucrats, who in turn have abusively expanded this authority. The courts, for their part, have turned a blind eye to the administrative power-grab. Meanwhile, agencies staffed by unelected bureaucrats now operate de facto courts. In effect, these agencies negate the separation of powers by simultaneously exercising legislative, executive, and judicial functions, the very definition of authoritarian rule. On top of that, administrative adjudication commonly evades constitutionally protected due process rights. President Obama aggravated these problems in more ways than one. When Congress declined to endorse his proposals, he sought to accomplish essentially legislative goals through regulation. Even duly passed laws like health-care, Dodd-Frank, and the stimulus created administrative structures designed to evade congressional authority, or authorized spending later used to federalize matters properly left to states and localities. While the constitutional critique of the administrative state has been gestating for years, the Obama administration’s executive overreach stimulated its development and lent it force and urgency. This constitutional critique, shared not only by Bannon but by the president’s top legal advisors and judicial appointees (Justice Gorsuch very much included), is seldom explained to the public by the press. As we approach the end of President Trump’s first year, however, thoughtful observers have been counting up the many steps he’s taken to rein in the administrative state. Those steps include working with Congress to rescind many Obama-era regulations via the heretofore little-used Congressional Review Act; introducing “regulatory budgeting” designed to remove several outdated rules for each new one put in place; as well as major deregulatory moves at the FDA, FCC (ending net neutrality), EPA (ending the Clean Power Plan), the Departments of Education (withdrawing guidance documents on Title IX), and Interior (reducing federal restrictions on public land use). Some of these deregulatory moves are high profile, while others play out behind the scenes. In any event, Trump’s deregulation has unshackled the economy and helped spur growth, even before to the advent of tax reform.

  15. Bodhisattva says:


    Deconstructing the Administrative State

    by Emmett McGroarty Jane Robbins Tuttle

    Look for it in your local library or used book store.

  16. Bodhisattva says:

    Blue states desperately seeking ways to preserve tax subsidies:

    In New Jersey and California, top Democratic officials want to let people make charitable contributions to the state instead of paying certain taxes. In Connecticut and New York, officials are exploring a switch from income taxes to new ones on payroll. A few governors have even called for tax cuts.

    The ideas are bubbling up as state lawmakers begin their 2018 sessions and assess the effects of the Republican tax overhaul that President Donald Trump signed into law last month. Lawmakers and governors in some states are grappling with how to protect their constituents.

    A blue state governor actually talking about cutting taxes?

    Am I dreaming?

    Pinch me somebody.

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    “Fire and Fury” aka “Lying for Money and Power”
    The Democrats are doing the same thing to Donald Trump that they did to Ronald Reagan–questioning his sanity, claiming he is senile and unstable, denying his fitness for office. There are two differences: the Democratic Party controls the press more monolithically today than it did durning the 1980s, and the Democrats hate Trump even more than they hated Reagan–something I never expected to see.

    In this crazed historical moment, Ambassador Nikki Haley is, as usual, a voice of sanity. She responds to George Stephanopoulos’s faux concerns about the president. Notable quote: “Having been governor, now an ambassador, I’m always amazed at the lengths people will go to to lie for money and for power.”

    See the video:

  18. Angel says:

    And yet, Moonbattery committed itself to complete Anti-Trumpery before the election, trying to elect evil Hillary. This just sticks in my craw. Why did they (i.e., Dave) do this? It makes no sense.

  19. Bodhisattva says:


    Today the Associated Press headlines: “Cumming: Important to portray gay character in time of Trump.” For liberals, it doesn’t matter what the topic is, it’s always “the time of Trump.”

    Really? Why? Trump’s record is at least as pro-gay (if not more so) as Barack Obama’s or Hillary Clinton’s, if you assume that is a good thing:

    NYT Headline, in April 2016 when they were trying to reduce his appeal compared to the other candidates:

    Donald Trump’s More Accepting Views on Gay Issues Set Him Apart in G.O.P.

    Here’s the version not behind a paywall, the NYT story at MSN News:

    Mr. Trump is now the leading candidate for president in the Republican primary, which has traditionally been dominated by hopefuls eager to show how deeply conservative they are on social issues like gay rights and marriage.

    Mr. Trump is far more accepting of sexual minorities than his party’s leaders have been. On Thursday, he startled some Republicans by saying on NBC’s “Today” show that he opposed a recently passed North Carolina law that prohibits people from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to the gender they were born with, striking down a Charlotte ordinance.

    Elton John and his longtime boyfriend, David Furnish, entered a civil partnership on Dec. 21, 2005, in England under a law the country had just enacted granting recognition to same-sex couples. The congratulations poured in as the two men appeared at a joyous ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, amid a crush of paparazzi. Donald J. Trump, who had known the couple for years, took to his blog to express his excitement.

    “I know both of them, and they get along wonderfully. It’s a marriage that’s going to work,” Mr. Trump wrote, adding: “I’m very happy for them. If two people dig each other, they dig each other.”

    Maybe… maybe not. It seems Furnish is “stepping out” on his… which one is the husband and which one is the wife?

    Sir Elton John’s husband David Furnish ‘buys London home for 33-year-old personal trainer he met clubbing to live in’

    The report alleges that David and Danny, a personal trainer in a London gym, met during a night out, when Elton was not present and continued to party together.

    Apparently, contrary to moonbat dogma, Danny wasn’t always gay, he was not born that way, he can help it:

    Danny has a son, 12 and daughter, 10 from a relationship with a woman.

  20. Bodhisattva says:

    Restoring the Rule of Law to the Protection of Classified Information

    In the Clinton-email case, her intent, regardless of her motive, was clearly criminal.

    President Obama gave a nationally televised interview in which he made clear that he did not want criminal charges brought against his former secretary of state — and the already certain Democratic candidate to succeed him. Obama made two duplicitous points: Mrs. Clinton 1) had exhibited “carelessness,” but nothing worse, by using a private, non-secure email system to conduct State Department business, and 2) had not intended to endanger American national security when she stored and transmitted classified information on this system. The FBI has taken the heat because it ultimately applied these disingenuous guidelines publicly and without apology. But it was the political leadership of the executive branch that called the tune — which seems like news only because the media’s revulsion over presidential attempts to influence criminal investigations would await Donald Trump’s inauguration. Obama’s first point led to one of the great head-fakes in modern law-enforcement history — one that reverberates to this day. Using his bully pulpit, the president framed the Clinton case as one of negligence. The portrayal stuck: Incessantly, the Justice Department, the media, and eventually James Comey, then-director of the FBI, addressed the case in terms of Mrs. Clinton’s purported carelessness — a hardworking public official’s regrettable but forgivable inattention to detail.

    This was a straightforward case of criminal intent. Negligence was the fallback position — for a prosecutor, an “even if” theory, as in: “Even if you’re not convinced by our overwhelming evidence of Clinton’s willfully illegal retention and transmission of classified information, you can still comfortably find her guilty if you conclude that she was grossly negligent — which, as the judge will tell you in his instructions, simply means ‘extremely careless.’” Mrs. Clinton’s criminal intent was so clear that its obfuscation also required Obama’s second point: Mrs. Clinton’s lack of intent to imperil the United States. Director Comey hammered his boss’s legerdemain again and again. And why not? After all, it was true — Clinton unquestionably had no desire to endanger our country. It’s always good to go with the truth . . . especially if you have the luxury of a Democrat-smitten media that won’t ask whether the truth you’ve highlighted is relevant to the matter under investigation. Obama is a Harvard-trained lawyer. What he and those who echoed him executed was a not uncommon defense-attorney stratagem: The conflation of motive and criminal intent, two significantly distinct concepts. Motive is the reason why we do something; intent is our state of awareness in doing it — the understanding that, regardless of why we are doing something, we know we are doing it and we are doing it on purpose. To prove someone guilty of a crime, no motive need be established, but intent must always be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Read more at:

  21. Bodhisattva says:

    Tucker Carlson Interviews Stephen Miller on CNN-Tapper Fiasco, Immigration, Chain Migration, The Wall

    I assume if I was a member of MS-13 here illegally, they would be clamoring to get me into the voting booth. But I think that — I think that like many things CNN says, like this story has the most important virtue of all CNN stories as being not true.

  22. Bodhisattva says:

    As polar bear populations fail to decline with sea ice, message of doom intensifies

    If 10 years of summer sea ice levels expected to kill 2/3 of the world’s polar bears by 2050 hasn’t had an impact, why would anyone expect a bit less summer ice will do the job?

    The more the polar bears fail to die in droves, the shriller the message from activist polar bear researchers – via willing media megaphones – that the great death of the bears will soon be upon us, just you wait and see!

    Some big media guns were out this past week spreading the prophesy of doom fed to them by the polar bear researchers most committed to the “threatened with extinction” narrative: The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian. The desperation is becoming palpable as the public catches on to their epic failure.

    In 2007, the sea ice dropped to a level the experts said wouldn’t be reached until mid-century, and since then, it has remained at that low level (about 3-5mkm2, give or take some measuring error). And in 2007, US Geological Survey (USGS) biologists said with absolute confidence that when sea ice levels reached that point, 2/3 of the world’s polar bears would be gone.

    No bears at all would remain, they said, in Western Hudson Bay (the Churchill bears), Southern Hudson Bay, Foxe Basin, Davis Strait, Baffin Bay, Southern Beaufort, Chukchi Sea, Barents Sea, Kara Sea, and the Laptev Sea: ten out of 19 subpopulations would be extirpated if sea ice levels in most years dropped to the summer lows in the 3-5 mkm2 range.

    On the basis of that prediction, polar bears were declared ‘threatened’ with extinction by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

    But nothing of the kind happened. There are still lots of polar bears – and not even struggling-to-survive bears but lots of fat healthy bears everywhere across the Arctic, in what were considered by USGS biologists to be the most vulnerable regions of all: Western Hudson Bay (i.e., Churchill), Chukchi Sea and Southern Beaufort (Alaska) and the Barents Sea (Norway).

  23. Bodhisattva says:

    Bomb Cyclone causes flurry of man-caused “climate change” blame
    One man, in particular, was singled out for criticism. Guess who!

    We knew a Trump Presidency would be an absolute shit storm, but no one could have predicted this shit bomb cyclone!

    I’m sure you all know… nothing Trump did had any influence on weather, temperature or climate, nor will it.

    Ultimately, I suspect the term “bomb cyclone” was assigned to this particular storm to add extra media drama and is being used as click-bait. The storm is actually a nor’easter, which is a regular weather scourge of the North East.


    2018 will start with a deep freeze

    Interestingly, solar scientists are reporting that solar activity appears weak. There were no sunspots on the solar surface this fall and there were very few observed this month, which is usually indicative of reduced solar activity.

    The less heat we get from the sun, the colder the Earth gets. It is heartening to see some scientists finally appreciating the role the sun plays in our weather!

  24. Bodhisattva says:

    On November 3, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the “Fourth National Climate Assessment,” a 477-page document filled with concern about Earth’s changing climate. The study concluded that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) cause dangerous global warming. But marijuana growers know something that climate scientists apparently don’t know.

    The Fourth Assessment is an alarming document that uses the word “extreme” more than 700 times to describe storms, floods, droughts, precipitation, snowfall, temperature and other weather variations. The Assessment concludes: “Reducing net emissions of CO2 is necessary to limit near-term climate change and long-term warming.” Essentially, the report concludes that CO2 emissions are dangerous.

    While the Assessment doesn’t call CO2 “pollution,” other parties use the report to do so. The American Academy of Sciences states that the Assessment “reinforces that warming temperatures and extreme weather” are “the result of carbon pollution from human activities.” The Atlantic says that the Assessment confirms that “Climate Change is real. It’s caused by greenhouse gas pollution released by human industrial activity.”

    But marijuana growers know that carbon dioxide isn’t pollution. It’s plant food! Any smart cannabis grower pumps carbon dioxide into the greenhouse to make the pot crop grow bigger and faster. Marijuana growers use canisters of CO2 gas and CO2 generators hang from greenhouse rafters to boost crop yields.

    The recent rise in atmospheric CO2 that climate scientists fret about is actually greening the Earth. A 2013 study led by Dr. Randall Donahue of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization analyzed plant growth using satellite data. After accounting for changes in precipitation, the study found an eleven percent increase in global leaf area from 1982 to 2010. Most of this increase was attributed to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

    Rather than a negative, rising levels of atmospheric CO2 must be boosting global agricultural output. If there is one compound that humans can put into nature that is great for the biosphere, carbon dioxide is that compound. But today carbon dioxide is branded “pollution” and every company and every university foolishly tries to reduce CO2 emissions.

  25. Bodhisattva says:

    According to television’s Bill Nye, the Science Guy, conservatives in Republican-controlled states should “watch out” because Democrats in other parts of the country weren’t going to stand by idly and watch as the federal government ignored climate change. In an interview with MSNBC on Friday, Nye – who is not a scientist of any kind, much less a climate expert – said that blue states were ready to take it upon themselves to address global warming. He said that may even extend to punishing states that did not take measures to clamp down on the fossil fuel industry.

    “Only 40 percent of people in the U.S. think that Congress should be addressing this and that’s because certain conservative groups, especially from the fossil fuel industry, have been very successful in introducing the idea that scientific uncertainty, plus or minus two percent, is the same as plus or minus 100 percent,” Nye said.

    Nye, whose Netflix show is a wasteland of liberal insanity, went on to say that climate change issues were a matter of constitutional independence from government.

  26. Bodhisattva says:

    At last, a climate alarmist makes a prediction we actually will be able to test before we die!*

    Arizona Professor Predicts Climageddon in the Next Eight Years

    (*Well, maybe. You never know when your time might be up suddenly, unexpectedly.)

    If climate models predict runaway global warming, when will this predicted runaway warming actually occur?

    The answer is never, at least not for the next billion years or so. The Earth’s geological history is strong evidence that model based predictions of runaway global warming are nonsense.

    During the Earth’s history, CO2 levels have exceeded 7000ppm, 17x higher than today’s CO2 levels. Many of these periods of elevated CO2 were actually quite cool (see the top of the page at the link, above).

  27. Bodhisattva says:

    So much for the ‘methane bomb’ – study finds methane hydrate dissociation…’not caused by climate change’

    Gas hydrate dissociation off Svalbard induced by isostatic rebound rather than global warming

    What does this mean?

    I’ve been talking about it for some time. How both the oceans (this is one mechanism) and the land (through the thawing of permafrost and the release of carbon stored as if in a deep freeze) are the true cause of the observed slow, steady increase in atmospheric CO2.

    The observed pore water freshening began around 8 ka BP when the rate of isostatic uplift outpaced eustatic sea-level rise. The resultant local shallowing and lowering of hydrostatic pressure forced gas hydrate dissociation and dissolved chloride depletions consistent with our geochemical analysis. Hence, we propose that hydrate dissociation was triggered by postglacial isostatic rebound rather than anthropogenic warming. Furthermore, we show that methane fluxes from dissociating hydrates were considerably smaller than present methane seepage rates implying that gas hydrates were not a major source of methane to the oceans, but rather acted as a dynamic seal, regulating methane release from deep geological reservoirs.

  28. Bodhisattva says:

    U.S. consumers voting on climate change with their wallets

    2017: US Electric vehicle sales fall further behind Ford F-Series pickup truck sales.

  29. Bodhisattva says:

    Has the UN’s Human-Induced Global Warming/Climate Change Movement Always Been Based on International “anti-growth, anti-capitalist, anti-American” Agendas?

    Climate models are not simulating Earth’s climate,
    When presented appropriately, climate model outputs clearly show that the climate science community still cannot differentiate between human-induced and naturally occurring global warming, and
    Since the early 1980s, surface temperature data clearly and strongly suggest that the surfaces of the global oceans warmed in response to naturally occurring ocean-atmosphere processes, not as a result of greenhouse gas emissions.

  30. Kevcar says:

    And yet over and over again we were told by pro trump people, trump isn’t a conservative. Hence the contradiction in your statement. Last time I checked, it’s now President Trump and he has done some good things. Let’s all hope things continue in that direction.

  31. vera says:

    I didn’t know Sadat had so much sense. Kudos.

  32. Ol' Uncle Lar says:

    Gotta have something to do the daily crossword with.

  33. KirklesWorth says:

    So, are you criticizing the pro-Trump people who put Trump in the proper perspective while avoiding those anti-Trumpers who were wrong? What “contradiction” did @Angel_Artiste:disqus commit?

  34. Bodhisattva says:

    Many people felt that Trump was a wild card, dangerous, and electing him would further strengthen the Democrats and weaken the Republicans.

    Trump continues to act like a bull in a china shop to some extent, fulfilling their fears in that respect, not fully, but to some degree.

    Those last two may yet come true – the Democrats seem at least to be energizing their base and the Republicans are a house divided, with some doing all they can to bring about the “Ides of March” scene in Julius Caesar.

  35. Bodhisattva says:

    Trump isn’t a conservative. But he is doing many good things and is arguably much better than Hillary, despite his sometimes glaringly embarrassing faults.

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