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Feb 11 2018

Open Thread

The gap between what one knows and what one thinks one knows may be higher in the ranks of the elite. The result is supposedly-clever government interventions, introduced with excessive confidence, leading to disastrous results. - Arnold Kling

60 Responses to “Open Thread”

  1. Angel says:

    Socialists and Dems (but I repeat myself) are the world’s experts at unintended consequences.

  2. Bodhisattva says:

    ould the International Space Station become a commercial venture run by private industry?

    That is the wish of the White House, which hopes to end funding for the costly program within a few years, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

    The US plan, the paper said, involves privatizing the ISS, a low-orbit space station piloted by the US space agency NASA and developed jointly with its Russian counterpart.

    The station has allowed international crews — notably in collaboration with the Canadian, European and Japanese space agencies — to pursue scientific research in the environment of a low Earth orbit.

    “The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time,” says an internal NASA document obtained by the Post. “It is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform.”

    “NASA will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit,” the document says.

    A budget request to be issued Monday by the Trump administration will call for $150 million to be spent on the ISS in the 2019 fiscal year, and more in succeeding years, “to enable the development and maturation of commercial entities and capabilities which will ensure that commercial successors to the ISS… are operational when they are needed.”

    To ensure a smooth transition, the White House would ask the private sector to provide market analyses and development plans, the Post reported.

    The plan is expected to face stiff opposition. The United States has already spent some $100 billion to launch, operate and support the orbital station.

    All the more reason to go ahead and move it to private funding, actually.

  3. Bodhisattva says:

    Where oh where is their safe space?

    Fury of victims’ families as Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen pays OJ Simpson £15,000 to be in his new film
    Sacha Baron Cohen paid OJ Simpson £15,000 to appear in his forthcoming film
    In the prank Baron Cohen wore a curly dark wig and black, thick-rimmed glasses
    ‘OJ would not get in the room until he was paid a sackload of cash’ reports say
    Simpson was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown in a 1995 trial
    The £15,000 ($20,000) fee has left bereaved families outraged, say reports

  4. Bodhisattva says:

    Invasive 20-pound rodents increasingly burrowing into California

    No, it’s not another story about drug smuggling tunnels across the border.

    Apparently they’ve been brought up from South America.

    Nutria are native to South America, and they were introduced to California in 1899 for their mink-like fur.

    Wildlife officials believed they were eradicated from the state in 1978 but now think a colony may have stayed under the radar and only recently reemerged.

  5. ramrodd says:

    Power Corrupts: A Culture of Compliance Breeds Despots and

    “All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological
    personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the
    corruptible.”― Frank Herbert

    Worse, as 19th-century historian Lord Acton concluded, absolute
    power corrupts absolutely.

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about a politician, an
    entertainment mogul, a corporate
    CEO or a police officer: give any one person (or government agency) too much
    power and allow him or her or it to believe that they are entitled, untouchable
    and will not be held accountable for their actions, and those powers will
    eventually be abused.

    There is no way to erase the scars left by the government’s greed for money
    and power, its disregard for human life, its corruption and graft, its pollution
    of the environment, its reliance on excessive force in order to ensure
    compliance, its covert activities, its illegal surveillance, and its blatant
    disdain for the rule of law.

    “We the people”—men and women alike— have been victims of the police state
    for so long that not many Americans even remember what it is to be truly free
    anymore. Worse, few want to shoulder the responsibility that goes along with
    maintaining freedom.

  6. Bodhisattva says:

    Couple sells all to sail the world, boat sinks on day 2

    A couple who abandoned their workaday lives to buy a sailboat for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure instead lost almost everything when it sank on day two of their journey off Florida.

    News outlets report that Tanner Broadwell, Nikki Walsh and their pet pug escaped injury when the 28-foot boat hit something and capsized Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico near Madeira Beach. But the couple says just about everything else on the boat floated away.

    “How do I have everything,” Walsh told the Tampa Bay Times, “and end up in a s—– hotel with nothing?”

    Really want to know?

    The couple had no sailing experience, save for some help from Broadwell’s father.

    Democrats are up in arms over him calling it a “s—- Hotel”

  7. Bodhisattva says:

    Yep, more proof segregation isn’t taboo, in fact it’s good, now.

    Vice Airs Documentary On Black ‘Healing Retreats’ For People Who Need ‘A Break From White People’

    So I can start a “whites only” club now, right?

  8. Bodhisattva says:

    Kendrick Lamar accused of “cultural appropriation” (stealing black artist’s work) for his “All the Stars” Video

    The twist?

    He’s black.

    Can a black man be guilty of cultural appropriation?

    (Yes, I know she’s simply claiming he used her art without permission.)

  9. Bodhisattva says:

    On the Investgation of Trump:

    ‘Witch hunts should be left in the Middle Ages’

    Not really. It’s about the “me too” campaign.

    The woke police have ruined entertainment

  10. Bodhisattva says:

    Is America having second thoughts about free speech?

    No, just lunatic left wing liberal moonbats. The rest of us still defend it.

    Free speech on campus: Some lunatic left wing liberal moonbat students want schools to limit what’s said

  11. Bodhisattva says:

    Former Obama campaign manager says ‘all public pollsters should be shot’

    He’s that upset about how they got so much, so wrong, and still do.

  12. Bodhisattva says:

    The immigration debate that begins Monday in the Senate promises to be the rarest of things in Washington: a freewheeling, open-ended battle over one of the thorniest subjects, with the expected outcome completely unclear.

    Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) will begin debate on a shell bill that has no immigration provisions, to be filled in with senators’ amendments. The process could take days or weeks, depending on the number of amendments offered and the amount of time Mr. McConnell wishes to devote to a single policy area.

    It is rare these days for a bill to come to the floor that doesn’t have built-in support from the majority party; even rarer still one that is essentially an empty vessel—to be filled with the ideas of whichever group of senators can come up with the needed votes.

    The primary goal for many senators is to protect young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, who will soon lose Obama-era protections. But the lawmakers will consider a wide range of other ideas aimed at combating illegal immigration and overhauling the system of legal immigration.

    “It’s real debate on an issue where we really don’t know what the outcome is going to be,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) told NBC on Sunday. “We haven’t done that in a while.”

    On one end of the spectrum will be an amendment reflecting President Donald Trump’s framework, to be introduced by seven conservative senators. It combines a path to citizenship for 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants with $25 billion for a border wall and other security measures, and new limits that would ultimately reduce legal immigration by about a third.

    It also seeks to speed deportations for children who cross the border alone and family units, both of whom get special treatment under current law. For instance, children from Central America would have their deportation cases quickly decided, as is the case for children from Mexico. The legislation would also allow family units to be kept in immigration jails while they wait for rulings.

    On the other end, Democrats are expected to seek a vote on the Dream Act, the legislation that gave “Dreamers” their nickname, which provides a path to citizenship for a larger group of young undocumented immigrants without including border security or other more conservative provisions.

    Neither the Trump framework nor the Dream Act are expected to pass. The question is whether anything in between can.

    1) Dreamer path to citizenship: Join our military, serve honorably. Period.

    2) Border wall: fund it, build it. Quash lawsuit in moonbat California seeking to delay or stop it.

    3) Visa lottery: end it.

    4) Chain migration: end it. If you want your family to be together, go where they are. And no more uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, etc. Kids who wound up here go back

    5) Employers: Must verify immigration status of employees

    6) Sanctuary: Anyone who supports or implements any such idea goes to federal prison

    7) Enforcement: Anyone here illegally who does not self-deport gets sent back to country of origin and cannot come back, ever.

    8) No more anchor babies. Being born here not enough. At least one parent must be an American Citizen, checked by DNA.

    Anything I left out?

  13. Bodhisattva says:

    Peeling back the layers of Hillary Clinton’s deceit

    For law enforcement, Congress and even journalists, exposing misdeeds is like peeling an onion. Each layer you remove gets you closer to the truth.

    So it is with the scandalous behavior of the FBI during its probe into whether President Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia in 2016. One layer at a time, we’re learning how flawed and dirty that probe was.

    A top layer involves the texts between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her married lover, Peter Strzok, the lead agent on the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe. They casually mention an “insurance policy” in the event Trump won the election and a plan for Strzok to go easy on Clinton because she probably would be their next boss.

    Those exchanges, seen in the light of subsequent events, lead to a reasonable conclusion that the fix was in among then-Director James Comey’s team to hurt Trump and help Clinton.

    Another layer involves the declassified House memo, which indicates the FBI and Justice Department depended heavily on the unverified Russian dossier about Trump to get a warrant to spy on Carter Page, an American citizen and briefly a Trump adviser.

    The House memo also reveals that Comey and others withheld from the secret surveillance court key partisan facts that would have cast doubt on the dossier. Officials never revealed to the judges that the document was paid for by Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee or that Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the dossier, said he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected.”

    A third layer of the onion involves the revelations in the letter GOP Sens. Charles Grassley and Lindsey Graham wrote to the Justice Department. They urge a criminal investigation into whether Steele lied to the FBI about how much and when he fed the dossier to the anti-Trump media.

    The letter is compelling in showing that Steele said one thing under oath to a British court and something different to the FBI. The contradictions matter because the agency relied on Steele’s credibility in both the FISA applications and its actual investigation. Strangely, even after it fired him for breaking its rule forbidding media contact, the FBI continued to praise his credibility in court.

    If that were all the senators’ letter accomplished, it would be enough. But it does much more.

    It also reveals that two former journalists linked to Clinton, separately identified as the odious Sidney Blumenthal and a man named Cody Shearer, created and gave a State Department official additional unverified allegations against Trump.

    The official passed those documents to Steele, who passed them to the FBI, which reportedly saw them as further evidence that Trump worked with Russians. But as Grassley, head of the Judiciary Committee, and Graham write, “It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility.”

    The State Department official involved in the episode, Jonathan Winer, wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Post Friday in which he confessed to the senators’ chronology while offering a benign description of his motives. Winer also admitted he shared all the unverified allegations from the Clinton hitmen with other State Department officials.
    There are many more layers of the onion to peel, but here’s where we are now: It increasingly appears that the Clinton machine was the secret, original source of virtually all the allegations about Trump and Russia that led to the FBI investigation.

    In addition, the campaign and its associates, including Steele, were behind the explosion of anonymously sourced media reports during the fall of 2016 about that investigation.

    Thus, the Democratic nominee paid for and created allegations against her Republican opponent, gave them to law enforcement, then tipped friendly media to the investigation. And it is almost certain FBI agents supporting Clinton were among the anonymous sources.

    In fact, the Clinton connections are so fundamental that there probably would not have been an FBI investigation without her involvement.

    That makes hers a brazen work of political genius — and perhaps the dirtiest dirty trick ever played in presidential history. Following her manipulation of the party operation to thwart Bernie Sanders in the primary, Clinton is revealed as relentlessly ruthless in her quest to be president.

  14. Bodhisattva says:

    The Bell Curve, part II

    Students, parents and staff at C.K. McClatchy High School are upset over a science fair project by a student in its elite magnet program that questioned whether certain races of people lack the intelligence to handle the program’s academically challenging coursework.

    Some of those outraged by the racially charged project say it points to a larger problem: the lack of ethnic diversity in the school’s elite HISP program.

    Which could be explained by the fact that some races of people lack the intelligence to handle the program’s academically challenging coursework.

    The project that started the controversy was titled “Race and IQ.” It raised the hypothesis: “If the average IQs of blacks, Southeast Asians, and Hispanics are lower than the average IQs of non-Hispanic whites and Northeast Asians, then the racial disproportionality in (HISP) is justified.”

    The student who prepared the report has a history of making racist remarks in class. He is described by peers as a boy of Asian descent and a participant in the accelerated Humanities and International Studies program, or HISP. The Sacramento Bee did not speak to the student and is not identifying the minor.

  15. Bodhisattva says:

    Remember when Iran captured one of our drones?

    Iranian UAV that entered Israeli airspace seems to be American stealth knock-off
    IAF’s second-in-command says drone, which was reportedly similar to aircraft seized by Tehran in 2011, was advanced and based on Western technology

  16. Bodhisattva says:

    Just can’t win

    An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory’s efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started the longest blackout in U.S. history. The island’s Electric Power Authority said several municipalities were without power, including parts of the capital, San Juan, but they were optimistic it could be restored within a day as they worked to repair a substation that controls voltage.

    The blast illustrated the challenges of restoring a power grid that was already crumbling before it was devastated by the Category 4 hurricane.

    Officials said the fire was quickly extinguished. Officials said the explosion knocked two other substations offline.

    Carlos Monroig, an administrator for the Press Office of the Electric Power Authority told CBS News that the cause of the explosion was due to mechanical failure.

  17. Bodhisattva says:

    Bitcoin billionaires turn to millionaires as cryptocurrency world gets cold feet

    BITCOIN = about $8,400 now.

  18. physicsnut says:

    meanwhile – real scandals are swept under the rug
    lawlessness in England with police covering up Paki grooming gangs and then when proof is leaked to the press, the police go after the leakers, while giving a total pass to the rape gangs, AND this went on for 10 years !! And still goes on.
    Do all these leftists go to the same school ?

    Times reporter Andrew Norfolk discusses what goes on
    He makes a crucial point – the only reason it changed was
    that the Times hammered the subject.
    It is was not enough to complain to politicians
    or write on blogs or tweets or protest in the street.
    Pretty sobering thought.

  19. ICEvictim says:

    the entire island is a welfare plantation. All the money goes to payoffs to the populace while infrastructure goes to pieces. Another Demoncrat fiefdom.

  20. Bodhisattva says:

    How Many Birds Do Wind Turbines Really Kill?

    The giant spinning turbines are basically bird death traps – and often they cut through prime flying space making the carnage even worse
    If you look around for statistics about bird deaths from wind turbines get you wildly different numbers. Some say just 10,000 birds a year meet their end at the hands (blades) of the wind industry. Others ramp that number up to 600,000. Now, a new study tried to actually use science to estimate.

    Of course, they didn’t go to each turbine and count how many little feathered bodies they found at the base. Instead, they combed the literature for all the studies they could find on bird deaths, and tried to combine them into an estimate.

    In the end, using 58 mortality estimates that met their criteria, they came up with an estimate. According to the current literature somewhere between 140,000 and 328,000 birds die each year from collisions with wind turbines. That’s not all, explains the blog Natural Reactions:

    In addition, it appears that there is a greater risk of fatal collisions with taller turbines. This is a real problem, as larger wind turbines may provide more efficient energy generation. Consequently, it is expected that new wind farms will contain even bigger turbines, which will result in even more bird deaths.

    Wind turbines kill up to 39 million birds a year!
    Big Wind hides evidence of turbine bird kills – and gets rewarded. Here’s how they do it.

    License to Kill: Wind and Solar Decimate Birds and Bats

    According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, every year 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) and 888,000 bats are killed by wind turbines — 30 percent higher than the federal government estimated in 2009, due mainly to increasing wind power capacity across the nation. This is likely an underestimate because these estimates were based on 51,630 megawatts of installed wind capacity in the United States in 2012 and wind capacity has grown since then to 65,879 megawatts. And, at one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation.

    Over the past five years, about 2.9 million birds were killed by wind turbines. That compares to about 800,000 birds that a Mother Jones Blog estimated to have been killed by the BP oil spill that occurred in April 2010—5 years ago–despite not all of them showing visible signs of oil. Nevertheless, BP was fined $100 million for killing and harming migratory birds due to that oil spill. In comparison, the nation’s wind turbines killed more than 3 times the number of birds than did the BP oil spill over the past 5 years. And, wind turbines routinely kill federally protected birds and eagles.

    Wind Turbines Kill More Birds Than BP Oil Spill
    Environmentalists are highlighting the disaster by pointing to the 800,000 birds that have died because of the spill in the five years since the disaster, but activists have been eerily silent about the fact that way more birds have been killed by wind turbines — a supposedly “eco-friendly” energy source.

    A 2013 study found that 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed every year by wind turbines — a figure 30 percent higher than the federal government estimated in 2009. These deaths have likely increased as wind power capacity increases across the country.

    Windfarms kill 10-20 times more than previously thought

    The Obama administration is issuing 30-year permits for “taking” (killing) bald and golden eagles. The great birds will be legally slaughtered “unintentionally” by lethal wind turbines installed in their breeding territories, and in “dispersion areas” where their young congregate (e.g. Altamont Pass).

    By chance (if you believe in coincidences), a timely government study claims wind farms will kill “only” 1.4 million birds yearly by 2030. This new report is just one of many, financed with taxpayers’ money, aimed at convincing the public that additional mortality caused by wind plants is sustainable. – It is not.

    Dr. Shawn Smallwood’s 2004 study, spanning four years, estimated that California’s Altamont Pass wind “farm” killed an average of 116 Golden Eagles annually. This adds up to 2,900 dead “goldies” since it was built 25 years ago. Altamont is the biggest sinkhole for the species, but not the only one, and industry-financed research claiming that California’s GE population is stable is but a white-wash.

    Eagles are not the only victims. Smallwood also estimated that Altamont killed an average of 300 red-tailed hawks, 333 American kestrels and 380 burrowing owls annually – plus even more non-raptors, including 2,526 rock doves and 2,557 western meadowlarks.

    In 2012, breaking the European omerta on wind farm mortality, the Spanish Ornithological Society (SEO/Birdlife) reviewed actual carcass counts from 136 monitoring studies. They concluded that Spain’s 18,000 wind turbines are killing 6-18 million birds and bats yearly.

    Extrapolating that and similar (little publicized) German and Swedish studies, 39,000 U.S. wind turbines would not be killing “only” 440,000 birds (USFWS, 2009) or “just” 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats (Smallwood, 2013), but 13-39 million birds and bats every year!



    How Many Birds Are Killed By Wind, Solar, Oil, And Coal?

    In response to growing accusations from both conservationists and conservatives that renewable energy sources like solar and wind kill too many birds, U.S. News and World Report has compiled data on which energy industries are responsible for the most bird deaths every year.

    For each power source — wind, solar, oil and gas, nuclear, and coal — the data on bird deaths is gathered from different advocacy and industry groups, academic institutions, and government sources. Because estimates vary so widely on solar, wind, and oil, U.S. News included both low-range and high-range estimates for how many birds are killed by those electricity sources.

    Either way, the results show that even with high-range estimates for renewables compared to low-range estimates for fossil fuels, fossil fuels are responsible for far more bird fatalities than solar or wind.

    (See propaganda chart at link that disagrees with all other sources.)

    And here is their attempt to create an escape hatch when people point out their numbers are INSANE low.

    The results should be taken with a grain of salt. As U.S. News noted, each study used a different methodology to come up with their numbers. “There’s no standardized way of doing it that everyone can agree to,” Garry George, the renewable energy director for Audubon California, told the magazine.

    In addition, some of the research used is outdated, and does not take into account that renewable power stands to increase in the United States. For example, the study used to estimate bird deaths from United States wind power was from 2009, and wind power has increased substantially in the United States since then. According to the American Wind Energy Association, total installed wind capacity in the U.S. was approximately 35,000 megawatts — a number that has increased to about 61,000 for 2014. Those numbers stand to increase as well, as more than 12,000 megawatts of wind capacity were currently under construction at the end of 2013, according to AWEA.

    The research also varies by source. Both the low and high estimates of wind power bird deaths came from a peer-reviewed study in the journal Biological Conservation, and was essentially a round-up of all available data peer-reviewed studies on the matter done by other scientists. For oil and gas, both the low and high estimates came from a Bureau of Land Management memo from 2012.

    2012 – Obama. Obviously way, way too high, by design when it comes to victims of oil and gas.

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  22. caleb says:

    Socialists and Dems (but I repeat myself) are the world’s experts at unintended consequences.

  23. MAS says:

    They attended the UOS (University Of Satan)…

  24. hoagie111 says:

    Democrats in Congress blame Pence.

  25. hoagie111 says:

    Yes. Every immigrant must have either an education and/or experience in a field needed in America or a monetary/business investment. And no immigrant can collect any social welfare for at least ten years. And any immigrant not self supporting within one year will be returned to sender. So don’t think sitting on the porch drinking cerveza on uncle Pedro’s dime will keep you here. Either work and prove it with a tax return or bye-bye.

  26. Bodhisattva says:

    Nuggets of truth:

    Peter Strzok Savages Chelsea Clinton in Newly Released FBI Text Messages

    Leading up to Chelsea’s speech at the DNC convention, Peter Strzok sent a text message to his mistress Lisa Page saying, “I don’t like Chelsea! Her husband even less…”

    Lisa Page replies, “I like Chelsea fine. Why not?”

    Strzok responded by saying, “Self entitled. Feels she deserves something she hasn’t earned.”

    Chelsea Clinton gave a speech at the DNC convention on July 29th, 2016 and Strzok savaged her again.

    Peter Strzok sent his mistress Lisa Page a text saying, “Watched Hillary is all. She was ok. Chelsea was awful. Tried to do Bill’s up close sharing. Didn’t come across as genuine. Plus she has a HORRIBLE billy goat speech tic”.

  27. Bodhisattva says:

    Michelle Obama Unveiled Her Official Portrait – Doesn’t look anything like her…. Also somehow her skin got much lighter

    The painting was done by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald, who is known for her social justice painting style.

    One thing is plain – she doesn’t look at all happy in the portrait. Kind of disgusted about America still existing, more like.

  28. Bodhisattva says:

    Someone thinks this guy looks good, apparently.

    Poster child for wasting money (£518,000 in his case) on plastic surgery – and I wonder how much of that was paid for by their socialized medical care?

    Embracing his femininity which is nonexistent.

  29. Bodhisattva says:

    It’s a miracle!

    Baltimore is at more than 10 days without a homicide — the longest streak since 2015

    It is great news. How long will it last?

    But they did add this:

    There have been five nonfatal shootings during the span without a homicide, including three on Saturday.

  30. Bodhisattva says:

    Uncle Pedro…

    Yes, good points all.

  31. Bodhisattva says:

    When they’re not blaming Trump.

  32. KirklesWorth says:

    Amazing how they can create spin to generate sympathy for the left.

    CNBC: A nightmare for Democrats: Trump is getting more credit for the economy

    ● More voters are giving high ratings to the economy and giving President Trump credit for it.
    ● History shows a candidate’s perceived competency is more important than likability.
    ● That could be enough to save the GOP from losing the House in the 2018 midterms.

  33. KirklesWorth says:

    The minutiae the left posts about Trump…maybe he’s writing headlines for CNN.

    CNN: Analysis: Trump has Super Weird capitalization habits On Twitter

    Of all the abnormal things related to President Donald Trump’s first year in office, none has more consistently vexed me than this: Why oh why does he capitalize certain words — that absolutely DO NOT need to be capitalized — in his tweets? The issue came to a head on Sunday with this tweet from Trump: “4.2 million hard working Americans have already received a large Bonus and/or Pay Increase because of our recently Passed Tax Cut & Jobs Bill….and it will only get better! We are far ahead of schedule.”

  34. KirklesWorth says:

    Sounds like a good start.

    CNBC: Trump budget trifecta: Plan aims to gut Obamacare, roll back Medicaid expansion, cut Medicare

    President Donald Trump’s budget proposal released Monday calls for yet another effort to repeal Obamacare. The budget, which faces long — if not impossible odds — of getting by Congress in its current form, also calls for slashing spending on Medicare. The Trump budget calls for cutting $237 billion to Medicare, the huge federally run program that provides health coverage to primarily older Americans. When he ran for office, Trump told voters that he would not cut Medicare or Medicaid.

  35. Bodhisattva says:

    Moonbats up to their usual nonsense:

    Who would endanger the people in a whole building in New York by sending a letter to the President’s daughter-in-law?

    It’s going to be a hoax – the powder will be harmless – but who does things like this?

    Moonbats, I know.

    Residents who exited the 54th Street building were shocked by the incident.

    David Schnall, a 52-year-old lawyer who lives in the building, called the incident “horrible,” and said he’s “upset it happened.”

    Schnall also said, “The media is inflaming a lot of hysteria with regard to Trump and this is just a product of that. There is an inflammation of hatred towards the president and anything to do with him, and hopefully this will be a signal for people to stop.”

    Lois Winston, a psychologist who works and lives in the building, said she doesn’t know any of the affected residents, but she feels “sorry for them” and wishes them well.

    “I think it’s terrifying,” she said. “I think it’s terrifying that anybody would send a package like that, regardless of who it was to, it’s terrible. But there are so many terrible things right now that it’s not surprising.”

  36. Bodhisattva says:

    Already debunked. This is another case of not liking what the data shows, so changing the data, or the interpretation of the data.

    Sea level rise isn’t increasing. And in fact it actually reversed around 2010 for a short period. All as atmospheric CO2 continued to rise.

  37. Bodhisattva says:

    NBC forced to take action against those who make moonbat-inspired comments:

    NBC dumps Olympic analyst amid fury at Korea-Japan comment


    Dutch mock Katie Couric’s comments about speedskating

  38. Bodhisattva says:

    Thanks to Obama, Iran Unveils New Homemade Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles

    Meanwhile, Israel prepares to strike Iran

    Jerusalem Post Arab-Israeli Conflict
    > Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria, IAF pilots eject F-16
    > Pilot who shot down Iranian drone: Sent to protect the country’s skies

    Some 20 Syrian air defense missiles were fired towards Israeli jets during missions over Syria.

    One happened to hit one. Iran is acting like it’s some huge victory.

  39. Bodhisattva says:


    Critics LIE and say Trump’s changes have destabilized the world and made nuclear war more likely. Supporters say they have provided a needed response to nuclear moves by US adversaries.

    A fiery debate over the first major nuclear policy change since 2010, has been running for weeks, since before it came out.

    The nuclear review addressed three main issues: 1) making sure the US has everything nuclear that anyone else might have; 2) deterring adversaries from making land grabs on the geopolitical margins of countries that are viewed as less important; and 3) threatening a nuclear response to a major cyberattack.

    The first issue notes that while the US under the Obama administration reduced its nuclear weapons arsenal in the hope that others would follow suit, Russia, China and North Korea all expanded or innovated aspects of their nuclear programs. In all of the complex nuclear deterrence games, Trump does not want the US to get in a situation in which an adversary has nuclear options that the US does not have. This is true even if the US’s general nuclear deterrent can sufficiently destroy any adversary.

    The second issue is a response to Russia’s land-grab of large portions of Ukraine. It also obviously looks at China’s growing threat to Taiwan and North Korea’s threat to its neighbors. Less obviously, it may be directed at deterring Iran, at extending aspects of the US’s nuclear umbrella to Israel and to maintaining the status quo in other parts of the Middle East.

    Regarding the third issue, cyber threats, the US, Israel and other nations are increasingly concerned that an adversary might try to cripple the US or Israeli electric grid, the telecommunications grid or some other critical national infrastructure component.

    They fear that an adversary like Russia might try this and conceal its involvement, hoping the US could not trace the origin with enough certainty to robustly respond. Even if the trace was certain, how would the US respond to such a massively crippling but non-military attack? Israel has similar worries about Iran and Hezbollah.

    Why has Trump’s nuclear review generated such criticism from arms-control experts? Is Trump’s new direction a correction of the Obama era denuclearization trend and an updating in line with present threats? Or is it taking the world dangerously close to the edge of the nuclear abyss? And how does all of this impact Israel?

    On the first and second issues, arms-control critics say that Obama’s denuclearization direction was correct. They cringe at the idea of a nuclear superpower like the US feeling it needs newer nuclear weapons, or more than the 1,500 deployed nuclear weapons and thousands more stockpiled ones.

    The critics suggest that arguing for more and new kinds of nuclear weapons, as opposed to just modernizing old ones like Obama suggested, sets a dangerous tone in which the weapons are more likely to be used.

    More specifically, Trump’s review notes that Russia has developed new lower-yield tactical nuclear weapons for using in concert with conventional forces in a potential battle with NATO forces.

    In the wild and complex mind-games of nuclear logic, Trump’s Pentagon is worried that Russia is more likely to use nuclear weapons now than in the past because it has low-yield weapons and the US does not.

  40. Bodhisattva says:


    Caused by global warming?

    Wind, ice and cold are making this Olympics too wintry

    First time in my life the winter olympics have been “too wintry”.

    Nearly a thousand fishing boats trapped in ice in NE China

    Because global warming caused cooling?

    Heavy snowfall in Spain – Temps far below average

    I’d like to go back to Spain – I wonder, would my friends remember me?

    It’s been a while.

    Northern France hit by heavy snow – More on the way

    I got nothing.

    Chicago – 20 inches of snow by Saturday night possible

    Will it mean the murder rate drops temporarily?

    First snowfall ever in parts of Morocco

    Moonbats argue it does not mean globe is cooling.

    Record snowfall in Japan kills seven

    Record Montana snowfall for the season

    Record snowfall in British Columbia

    Canadian moonbats reconsidering their beliefs in AGW?

    Arctic Weather Brrrrreaking Records

    Schools in the south get “snow days” though when you get to the 60-degree latitudes school closures are “cold days”…usually accompanied by some snow as well. When temperatures fall to -60C with the windchill or more than just about everyone will stay home and not risk going outside and expose skin. For the past few days, schools have cautiously remained closed.

    “I don’t remember the last time we actually closed due to weather. This is a bit of an extreme,” said Mike Osmond, chair of the Rankin Inlet District Education Authority.

    Temperatures are getting to –40 C before the windchill and when the winds are factored in, it feels colder than –60 C.

    “You’ve got blustery winds with some of the coldest temperatures that people have ever experienced,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, adding that his charts say skin freezes in two minutes at –55 C.

    Windchill was expected to reach above -65C in the past couple of days and we are watching the area closely to see how the community fairs with the dangerous cold. Blame for the almost 15 degrees colder than normal temperatures is being placed on the polar vortex, a combination of an aggressive weather system and frigid air temperatures.

    The planet continues to cool after an El Niño induced string of warm years

    Global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for January, 2018 was +0.26 deg. C, down from the December, 2017 value of +0.41 deg. C

    New snowfall record for Calgary, Alberta

    Michigan city’s snowfall totals climbing toward record highs

    Snow-covered beaches of Barcelona

    Snowfall on a good part of Spain. Thirteen regions were on alert yesterday. Barcelona activated its emergency plan. Barcelona, located on the Mediterranean Sea, boasts a humid subtropical climate bordering a maritime Mediterranean climate, with mild, humid winters and warm to hot summer and is not equipped for snowfall.

    Record snowfall in Windsor, Ontario

  41. Bodhisattva says:

    And then there was one:

    Moonbats best be careful – soon their multiple sexes and genders may wind up down to one:

    A mutant species of all-female crayfish taking over the world is not the latest science fiction film but a real-life environmental thriller.

    A new study has found that marbled crayfish are multiplying rapidly and invading ecosystems across the world.

    The ten-legged pests are descended from one single female with a mutation allowing it to reproduce without males.

    These self-cloning ladies are found for sale in North America, despite a warning against keeping them as pets.

    Sales of the six-inch creature are already banned by the European Union.

    Procambarus virginalis did not exist three decades ago.

    Born to a male and female slough crayfish, a species originally from Florida, the original marbled crayfish had an additional set of chromosomes – a mutation that made her distinct from her parents and allowed her to reproduce without having to mate.

    Now officially a separate species, the marbled crayfish can been found in the wild in Japan, Madagascar, multiple European countries and the US.

  42. Bodhisattva says:

    Johnson County pieces together why a son would kill his parents, girlfriend and her mom


    Because he’s a moonbat!

    A Johnson County man who shot and killed his parents and two other people before committing suicide had struggled with drug addiction for years, according to the family’s pastor.

    Case closed.

  43. Bodhisattva says:

    ‘Homeland’ Season Premiere Does a “What if Hillary Won” Alternate History With a ‘Paranoid,’ ‘Fascist’ President

    While the the liberal media lauds fascist dictators at the Winter Olympics, liberal Hollywood lectures us (with a wink and a nod) about fascist presidents on Showtime’s Homeland.

    Or maybe it was a retrospective look at the Obama years. Take your pick.

  44. Bodhisattva says:

    Don’t just grab them!

    President Duterte orders troops to shoot female rebels in the vagina

    He is reported as saying: ‘Tell the soldiers. ‘There’s a new order coming from mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina. If there are no vaginas it would be useless.’ In the speech he also criticised any female rebels within the New People’s Army (NPA), and told his army to kill anyone in the organisation, male or female.

    He said: ‘Why would you women join? Some of you join the movement, even if you have your family. You can’t even return to your families for how many years. ‘Christmas, New Year, your child’s birthday, your birthday. You won’t even show up. You gave birth to your children then you leave them behind. ‘We have pills for free. Why would you give birth six, seven times and you’re an NPA? Then you’d go to war, you leave your family behind. I feel pity for the person.’

    And moonbats still care more about the lies they tell about what Trump says.

  45. Bodhisattva says:

    GOP senators question ‘unusual’ message Susan Rice sent herself on Inauguration Day

    “It strikes us as odd that, among your activities in the final moments on the final day of the Obama administration, you would feel the need to send yourself such an unusual email purporting to document a conversation involving President Obama and his interactions with the FBI regarding the Trump/Russia investigation,” they wrote in a letter to Rice.

    They said that in the message, Rice noted how Obama repeatedly emphasized during the meeting on Russian election hacking with Comey that he wants every aspect of the issue handled “by the book.”

    “The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book,” Rice wrote, according to an excerpt included in the senators’ letter.

    Grassley and Graham said despite her repeated mention of Obama stressing the need for a proper investigation, “substantial questions have arisen about whether officials at the FBI, as well as at the Justice Department and the State Department, actually did proceed ‘by the book.'”

    They asked Rice to address roughly a dozen questions related to her note and what she knew at the time about the Russia investigation, like whether she has “any reason to dispute the timestamp of the email” as well as other surrounding circumstances of her note.

    They said they found record of her note through the National Archives, which preserves files from a presidential administration.

    The GOP senators’ own unusual letter comes at a time when Republicans are intensely scrutinizing whether Obama-era officials sought to damage Trump’s presidential campaign during last year’s election.

    Earlier this month, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released a classified memo detailing claims that the FBI and Justice Department misled a clandestine spy court in an surveillance warrant application on Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

  46. Bodhisattva says:

    DNC Chairman Ellison Attended Private Dinner With Iranian President and Louis Farrakhan in 2013

    Anti-bigotry organizations have long pegged Farrakhan as both racist and anti-Semitic, citing his praise of Adolf Hitler, his obsession with Jews, and his belief that white people are subhumans created by an ancient African scientist.

    During the late 1980s through the 1990s, Ellison wrote a series of columns defending Farrakhan and embracing extremist black separatist positions. Writing under the name “Keith Hakim,” Ellison proclaimed that Farrakhan was “a role model for black youth” and defended a University of Minnesota campus speaker who claimed that “the Zionists joined with the Nazis in murdering Jews, so they would flee to Palestine.”

    When first running for Congress in 2006, Ellison apologized to Jewish leaders and wrote in a letter that “I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam.”

    And yet…

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