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Jul 10 2020

Vermont Forbids Throwing Food Scraps in the Garbage

If Democrats prevail, there will be zero tolerance for anything that deviates from their all-pervasive and hyperintrusive ideology. Every picayune aspect of your life will have to conform to their dictates. For example, the global warming hoax will be exploited to impose lunatic tyranny like this:

In a new law effective July 1, Vermonters are asked to save leftovers like peels, rinds, cores, eggshells, coffee grounds and tea bags from the garbage, plus unfinished “plate scraps” like bread, meat, veggies, fruit, dairy, sweets, sauces and food that’s gone bad. From there, people are instructed to compost the scraps, coordinate a curbside pick-up or drop them off at a composting site.

The Takeout reports that the Green Mountain State has budgeted nearly $1 million to expand the pick-up and drop-off services in the composting crusade. The effort is aimed at reducing 50 percent of the food waste that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.

Why would anyone want to reduce food waste in landfills, where it harmlessly decomposes? Because according to moonbat dogma, composting demonstrates an eagerness to reduce carbon emissions and thereby improve global weather.

Vermont also imposed a ban on plastic bags as of last Wednesday. Inmates of the state can either pay 10¢ for a paper bag, or bring reusable bags that spread diseases, including COVID-19.

Democrats want to make the whole country into Vermont, except without the guns and white people. There will be tedious, pointless laws to govern everything imaginable.

On a tip from Steve T.

Jun 17 2020

Moonbat Calls for Ecological Leninism

With the Far Left riding high on a tidal wave of Black Lives Matter moonbattery, some progressives feel no need to sugar-coat their agenda. Andreas Malm, who runs a master’s program in “human ecology” at Lund University in Sweden, wants to use the economically devastating coronavirus lockdowns as a model for a still more senseless crackdown on the fossil fuels that enable us to support our population.

Via Breitbart:

The global response to the coronavirus pandemic, which justified massive incursions into civil liberties in the name of public health, offers a model for how to address climate change, Mr. Malm contends, by taking decision-making out of the hands of individuals and delivering it over to the state.

Maybe it isn’t our imagination that the lockdowns have seemed like a dry run for still more extreme tyranny.

“There was a moment in March 2020 when many of us in the climate justice movement felt a degree of surprise to find that governments in Europe and elsewhere were prepared to basically shut down their entire economies in an effort to contain the pandemic,” Malm notes. “This is striking, given that the same states had never contemplated undertaking any kind of intervention in the economy for the sake of the climate crisis.”

The reason for that could be that the “climate crisis” does not exist, nor would pricing energy out of reach make any difference even if it were real. But then, systemic racism in law enforcement does not exist either, nor would allowing black supremacists to riot and loot be helpful if it did. A crisis does not have to be real for leftists to create a real crisis out of it.

But Malm says the difference is that global warming only effects poor people, whereas the ChiCom virus disproportionately affects the rich. Yes, that’s absurd, but remember: Malm is an academic.

“This is a moment where we can say to governments: ‘If you were able to intervene to protect us from the virus, you can intervene to protect us from the climate crisis as well, the implications of which are much worse,’” Malm proposes.

The lockdowns have been so much fun, let’s extend them forever. Because moonbattery.

The COVID-19 lockdowns are not the only historic mistake that Lund wants to use as a model. The catastrophic Russian Revolution that caused tens of millions to perish under communism also serves as inspiration:

While insisting that not “everything that the Bolsheviks did during the Russian Civil War” can be copied outright, the idea of “ecological war communism” can provide a model for countries to follow in dealing with the climate crisis, he states.

If lefties like Lund sound like authoritarians, that’s because they are:

“It is incredibly difficult to see how anything other than state power could accomplish the transition required, given that it will be necessary to exert coercive authority against those who want to maintain the status quo,” he insists.

Vladimir Lenin imposed communism on Russia, oversaw the Red Terror (which alone killed up to 500,000 people), and created the gulag system (which served as a model for Hitler’s concentration camps). Lund says he wants to see “ecological Leninism.”

Hat tip: Deplorable Ed Baker.

May 21 2020

Midland Flood Caused by Whitmer Administration?

Gretchen Whitmer’s over-the-top COVID-19 tyranny, which includes continuing to impose the virus on nursing homes even as the death toll from this policy mounts, is not the only area in which liberal rule has had catastrophic results in Michigan. The “500-year flood” resulting from the failure of two dams in Midland has been national news. Guess who may be to blame?

Via the Detroit News:

After federal regulators pulled the license of a Midland County dam because of the high risk it posed to the public in 2018, it ceded oversight to state regulators.

But with less stringent state safety rules to protect people and property, Michigan regulators turned their attention, instead, to the protection of delicate underwater life.

Governance is all about priorities.

[S]tate regulators appear to have focused increasingly on what they said was the company’s unauthorized drawdown of winter water levels of Wixom Lake, which they said created a danger to freshwater mussels.

You can see why liberal bureaucrats would have a special affection for something squishy soft and slimy like a mussel.

The state accused Boyce Hydro of oppressing mussels by lowering Wixom Lake water levels.

Boyce argued that it lowered water levels in part to conform to federal protocols because of the known threat of a dam failure in a substantial storm. In a statement late Wednesday, Boyce claimed it was pressured by the state as recently as April to raise Wixom Lake levels in order to appease shoreline residents.

In light of the dam failures, this does not appear to have been a good idea.

In comes our old friend, Whitmer’s militantly lesbian sidekick, Attorney General Dana Nessel:

Nessel filed suit against [Boyce Hydro manager Lee] Mueller in Ingham County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 fines and fees to compensate for the death of thousands of freshwater mussels that occurred when the company “dramatically lowered the level of Wixom Lake for an extended period in 2018 and 2019” via the Edenville Dam without authorization.

What the allegedly dead molluscs would spend the money on is unclear.

Nessel’s suit was preceded by a federal suit filed by Mueller on April 29, arguing the state had no “validated scientific or other technical evidence” showing Mueller’s actions directly contributed to the mussels’ deaths.

Mueller argued the $261 million to $412 million lawsuit the state planned to file violated his constitutional liberty and property rights through the “arbitrary, capricious and ‘shock-the-conscience’ conduct” of state officials.

“Arbitrary” and “capricious” are words often associated with the Whitmer Administration. Recall that Gauleiter Gretchen forbade Michiganders from buying garden seeds because COVID-19.

This dollar store despot could be the de facto POTUS in January.

Look out, Lee Mueller; Whitmer and Nessel are on the hunt for a scapegoat:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday they would explore every legal recourse to pursue those responsible [for the flooding].

Somehow I doubt they will find themselves responsible.

On a tip from Scott L.

May 07 2020

Tinseltown Moonbats Never Want to Go Back to Normal

ChiCom virus lockdowns have been a dream come true for the liberal elite, granting unlimited power to exert control over the little people. The entertainment industry, a major pillar of the progressive establishment, never wants it to stop:

A host of celebrities and scientists including Madonna, Robert de Niro and a clutch of Nobel Prize winners have called for radical change in the world rather than “a return to normal” after the coronavirus lockdowns.

Toeing the liberal line has its benefits for scientists. Not only do they get grant money, they get to pose among the Beautiful People. But it’s not easy to picture Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison climbing into a clown car with the likes of Madonna and Robert de Niro.

Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Jane Fonda, Marion Cotillard and Monica Bellucci also added their names to the open letter published in the French daily Le Monde pleading for an end to unbridled consumerism and a “radical transformation” of economies to help save the planet.

Despite being prolonged by the Flatten the Curve strategy, coronavirus will eventually pass on. No worries; climate change is guaranteed to be with us forever.

“The pursuit of consumerism and an obsession with productivity have led us to deny the value of life itself: that of plants, that of animals, and that of a great number of human beings,” the short letter added.

Short of socialist dictators in the Third World, no one indulges in consumerism to a more opulent extent than Tinseltown glitterati. Yet they are above mere material concerns; they will prove it by taking away your job on behalf of the plants.

As we know from the Green New Deal, the Kung Flu lockdowns are only a foretaste of what the liberal ruling class wants to impose on a permanent basis.

On a tip from Henry B.

May 05 2020

Coronavirus Cans the Bag Ban

At least one good thing has come from the ChiCom virus: authoritarian liberals are backing off from their bans on inexpensive and highly convenient single-use plastic shopping bags.

John Stossel reports:

Two more points: (1) compressed plastic shopping bags take up virtually no space in landfills; and (2) some of the plastic pollution in Asia and Africa actually originates in the USA; much of the garbage we send abroad to be recycled ends up in rivers, some of it eventually flowing out to sea. Less enviromoonbattery would make for a cleaner environment.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Apr 29 2020

COVID-19 Traps Hippies in Hellish Utopia

Finally, some good comes of the ChiCom virus. Hippies have been trapped in an Earth-friendly utopia they created down in Panama long enough that a few of them may be cured of their moonbattery.

Via Summit News:

The Tribal Gathering Festival, billed as “paradise on earth,” was supposed to end on March 15, but 40 western hippies remain trapped at the site because Panama announced a national emergency due to COVID-19 and placed them under quarantine.

Due to a travel ban, some could be marooned there another month.

A VICE documentary short about their plight shows attendees complaining about how they are “stuck in hell” as they struggle with bad weather and major sewage issues at the campsite. …

VICE reports that the festival was “designed to be a temporary paradise where people from western cities could learn from indigenous communities about how to rebalance society and live in symbiosis with the earth.”

Watch and laugh:

Too bad Al Gore, Greta Thunberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the rest of the Global Warming Brigade aren’t down there with them, enjoying a taste of what they want to impose on the rest of us.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Apr 22 2020

New Michael Moore Movie Acknowledges Green Energy Is Tommyrot

Even Michael Moore has figured out that green energy is a scam — or to put it nicely, ineffectual at achieving its supposed aims:

“Planet of the Humans,” executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore and written and directed by Jeff Gibbs, asks hard questions about what it sees as the failure of well-meaning efforts to halt climate change.

“What we have been calling green, renewable energy and industrial civilization are one and the same thing – desperate measures not to save the planet but to save our way of life,” Gibbs says in the film.

Our way of life is what true moonbats aim to destroy. Jacking up the cost of energy with inefficient wind turbines and solar panels will lower our standard of living, but fail to crush it completely.

A better approach, Gibbs suggests, would be people having fewer children.

That is, their antihuman ideology calls for there to be fewer people. When progressives want there to be fewer people, they sometimes get their way (e.g., the Holocaust).

Those who remain alive are to have a radically reduced standard of living, because that will improve the weather, according to leftist ideology.

Moore said that he, like many people, thought electric cars were a good idea, “but I didn’t really think about where is the electricity coming from?”

Conservatives have been pointing out for years that it comes mainly from coal, that electric cars would serve no purpose even if anthropogenic global warming were real, and that we should stop being forced to subsidize this foolishness. But leftists like Moore live in a bubble safely insulated from what conservatives say.

“I assumed solar panels would last for ever. I didn’t know what went into the making of them,” Moore added, referring to raw materials, including quartz, and the fossil fuels needed to manufacture the panels.

Looks like he is beginning to understand that green energy is a fraud, serving only to help liberals feel self-righteous about how much they care and to redirect tax money to Democrat donors via the sort of corrupt boondoggles that proliferated under Obama. Many of us have known this for years, but you can’t expect prominent members of the intelligentsia to catch on quickly.

This is ominous:

Gibbs and Moore said the mass shutdowns and plummeting air travel that have been one impact from the coronavirus have shown how swiftly the planet could benefit from a change.

Imagine a ChiCom virus shutdown that never ends. Michael Moore et al would call it utopia.

“The fact that within days animals are coming back and the skies are blue tells us that we don’t have to build a million square miles of solar panels or buy a zillion electric cars. If we just slow down and stop we can make a tremendous difference instantly,” said Gibbs.

Forbid industry, forbid transportation, abolish wealth, radically shrink the human population. Give these people power and you will see hell on earth.

On tips from COVIDIOCRACY by CHINA VIRUS and Mr. Freemarket. Hat tip: American Thinker.

Apr 19 2020

NY Times Editorial Links COVID-19 to Green New Deal

The sort of moonbats who publish editorials in the liberal establishment’s Paper of Record view everything through a lens comprised of unmitigated moonbattery, so that whatever they look at, all they see is their own ideology, as if they were using a View-Master as a pair of binoculars. For example, Rhiana Gunn-Wright looks at the Wuhan coronavirus crisis and sees the need to waste fortunes on the economy-smothering Green New Deal. She rages that stimulus spending intended to help people and businesses to survive and the economy to recover must include money to hamstring the economy in the name of “climate and environmental justice.”

Ms Gunn-Wright lets us know straight off how she manages to get published by the New York Times, proclaiming that she is “too black” to believe in the “inherent goodness” of America. Before long she is coughing up paragraphs like this:

Pandemics like the coronavirus may occur more often when climate change is unabated. Warming and changing weather patterns shift the vectors and spread of disease. Heavily polluting industries also contribute to disease transmission. Studies have linked factory farming — one of the largest sources of methane emissions — to faster-mutating, more virulent pathogens. The same corporations that exacerbated the climate crisis are literally helping to create deadlier diseases, more quickly, in a world that keeps changing how they spread.

Here I was thinking it was a virology lab run by communists, and then the suppression of vital information by those same communists, that inflicted the disease on the rest of the world. But if Ms Gunn-Wrong is right, the real culprits could be climate change, pollution, agriculture, and corporations. No doubt we should end all of these at once even if it saves only one life (as Elizabeth, New Jersey Mayor Chris Bollwage would say).

But wait, what about race? Everything bad has something to do with the evils of the white man. Here it comes:

Similarly, the same populations that are bearing the brunt of the health and economic effects of the coronavirus are the same populations that bear the brunt of fossil fuel pollution — which, in turn, makes them more vulnerable to serious complications.

Those populations are the ones oppressed by white privilege.

If blacks are more likely to succumb to the disease, it can’t be due to less healthy lifestyles. So maybe it is because of this:

Oil, gas and petrochemical industries have concentrated so heavily in low-income, majority-black-and-brown areas that black people are 75 percent more likely to live near industrial facilities than the average American.

Big Oil is making sacred Persons of Color die of the Chinese virus. Racist fiends!

Fortunately, this can be resolved by crushing what’s left of the economy under $zillions of wasteful spending on useless green energy boondoggles. That’s why we should replace the recent stimulus spending with AOC’s demented Green New Deal, which Ms None-Too-Bright says she helped create — and after reading this editorial, I have no reason to doubt her.

On a tip from Bluto.

Apr 09 2020

Pope Francis: Global Warming Caused COVID-19

You may have been wondering who would be the first prominent moonbat unhinged enough to plunge headfirst into unmitigated insanity by blaming even the Wuhan coronavirus on the imaginary global warming crisis. Obama loosely tied the two while indulging in spiteful ankle-biting. However, even the Moonbat Messiah cares enough about his credibility to refrain from actually blaming COVID-19 on global warming. Not so Pope Francis.

Via Breitbart:

Asked by British journalist Austen Ivereigh whether the COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity for an “ecological conversion,” the pontiff reasserted his belief that humanity has provoked nature by not responding adequately to the climate crisis. …

“I don’t know if it is nature’s revenge, but it is certainly nature’s response,” he added.

Francis also asserts that the wrath of nature is responsible for last winter’s Australian wildfires, for earthquakes, and for a storm that struck northern Italy in 2018. Maybe nature, which he apparently worships rather than God, will lay off if we throw a virgin down a volcano.

The Pontiff has his own plan. To placate nature, we must submerse ourselves in poverty, or as he puts it, “we have to slow down our rate of production and consumption.” Like Francis, nature disapproves of capitalism.

Grouses Francis, “We have come to see ourselves as her [i.e., nature’s] lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will.”

Now where would we get the idea that man has dominion over nature? Maybe Genesis 1:26.

Francis laments,

“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years.”

It seems the idea is to turn the clock back 200 years, to a time when almost everyone lived in extreme poverty.

“Too many of us act like tyrants with regard to creation,” he declared.

To be called a tyrant by someone who wants to force the world into abject poverty for the sake of an authoritarian political agenda really stings.

Getting back to the Chinese virus, the good news is that if we can believe Pope Francis, all we have to do is jack taxes into the stratosphere, redistribute wealth from those who create it to those who don’t, and smother the world economy under regulations. Then Flu Manchu will go away, since the experts agree that these are the means through which Big Government can control global temperature.

The bad news is that we cannot believe Pope Francis, because he is a moonbat who has been subverting the Catholic Church on behalf of leftist ideology.

Back to good news: if temperatures really have been trending upward lately (you can’t believe official temperature data anymore, now that it is “adjusted” for political reasons), this could reduce the threat from COVID-19:

If coronavirus winds up being seasonal like the flu, it could even turn out that global warming has health benefits.

Since high taxes supposedly make global warming go away, maybe we should lower taxes and warm things up a little for the sake of our health.

On tips from Jack Bauer, Varla, and Rapinhoe.

Apr 01 2020

Supermarket Employees Will Not Touch Reusable Shopping Bags

Regarding pushback against politically correct but unsanitary reusable shopping bags in light of the Wuhan coronavirus, the free market weighs in:

[Supermarkets] Safeway and Albertsons say if you bring your own bag, employees will not be able to touch them or fill them, so you’ll have to do your own bagging. …

The policy is not unique to supermarkets. Trader Joe’s, Total Wine and More, Target and dollar stores are reportedly following similar procedures.

Some stores also are reserving the right to decline customers’ reusable bags and give them paper or plastic bags at no charge. …

[S]tores are worried that reusable bags might endanger both employees and customers because they could potentially transmit SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

It is encouraging that steps are finally being taken to address enviromoonbattery as a menace to public health.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket. Hat tip: American Thinker.

Mar 31 2020

Coronavirus Forces Libs to Drop War on Plastic Bags

At last some good news comes out of the Wuhan coronavirus crisis. Liberal authorities have been banning plastic bags or forcing stores to charge for them to make us use unsanitary (not to mention inconvenient) reusable bags and thereby display our obeisance to environmentalist ideology. Because reusable enviromoonbat bags can spread COVID-19, Big Government has been forced to back off from this tyrannical idiocy:

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said Thursday he was suspending the ten-cent tax on single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and other retail businesses as one of his actions “to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” …

New York State and Maine will also delay enforcement of their bans on single-use plastic bags.

Now the shoe is on the other foot. Some Republicans are banning the nonhygienic reusable bags.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) banned reusable bags in stores this week and lifted bans on plastic bags as well “as part of his administration’s latest steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus,” reported the Boston Business Journal. …

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) issued an order Saturday banning reusable bags at stores, asserting they pose a risk of spreading the coronavirus…

Now let’s see if environazis let up on disposable cups, water bottles, and straws, which have also provoked liberal wrath for being environmentally incorrect, but which all help prevent the spread of disease.

Other than liberal “virtue” signaling, there is no point not using the more convenient plastic bags:

At the Daily Signal, Jarrett Stepman also pointed to a study published at the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management that found plastic bag bans actually do not significantly reduce waste.

When the pandemic is over, people should remember that environmentalist mandates spread disease. An even more obvious example is the campaign to force us out of our cars and onto public transport.

Plastic bags are better for the environment anyway.

On a tip from Ellen O.

Mar 30 2020

Conservatives Are the Real Environmentalists

Liberals are better at envirorighteous posturing, but conservatives are better at actually protecting the environment. Conservatives conserve what deserves to be conserved. That’s why they are called conservatives.

It’s not a question of whether to keep the air and water clean, but rather whether to do it through suffocating regulation as liberals prefer, or through property rights and innovation. Liberals want solutions imposed by federal government if not by international agencies. Conservatives prefer local solutions.

How do we know that the conservative approach works better? One word: socialism.

Michael Knowles explains:

With progressives, the issue is never the issue. The issue is always increasing their power over others.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Mar 25 2020

Greta Thunberg Thinks She Has Wuhan Virus

The Wuhan virus has taken a particularly harsh toll on the nonexistent climate crisis and on people with a neurotic need to be the center of attention. This comprises a double whammy for climate queen Greta Thunberg:

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg says she has coronavirus, taking to social media to share with fans that she was feeling unwell after travelling across central Europe, revealing that her father shares her symptoms.

She hasn’t been tested, but says “it’s extremely likely that I’ve had it, given the combined symptoms and circumstances.”

Fortunately, she probably just has a cold, like most people with the symptoms she lists (tired, shivers, sore throat, cough).

Claiming without confirmation to have the virus may seem a little shameless, but at least she isn’t posting coronavirus challenge videos.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Mar 16 2020

Implications of Abolishing Fossil Fuels

Radicalized Joe Biden isn’t the only one. Many Democrats want to dramatically limit if not completely abolish the fossil fuels that make things go. Do they understand what they are attempting to impose? CFACT’s Paul Driessen has written an excellent piece on the implications of ridding the world of fossil fuels.

Wind and solar — inefficient, expensive, and unreliable techniques — would not merely have to generate as much electricity as fossil fuels do now. They would have to generate three times as much, because the plan calls for eliminating fossil fuels even for transportation, heating water, et cetera. Lefties want to get rid of nuclear and hydroelectric too.

The number of wind turbines and solar panels required would be surreal. There is no room for them in the cities where leftist policies originate. Rural communities will not want to be buried in them. Imposing them by force will further destabilize the country politically.

Acquiring the raw materials to create many thousands of turbines and millions of solar panels won’t be easy, especially since lefties don’t approve of mining.

Then there is the efficiency factor. Driessen observes that “it takes 79 solar workers to produce the same amount of electricity as one coal worker or two natural gas workers.” The drain on the economy would be massive. This illustration gives only a hint:

At the 8¢ per kWh in 2019, Virginia’s Inova Fairfax Women’s and Children’s Hospital pays about $1.6 million annually for electricity (based on typical hospital costs per square foot). At California’s (15¢ per kWh), or Germany’s business rate (22¢), Inova would have to shell out an extra $1.4-2.8 million a year for electricity. That would mean employee layoffs, higher medical bills, reduced patient care, more deaths.

That reflects the higher price of electricity in California and Germany due to ecomoonbattery. With no fossil fuel use at all, energy costs would go far higher.

Green lunacy is already causing real hardship in Europe:

In 2017, German families and businesses were pummeled by 172,000 localized blackouts. Last year, some 350,000 German families had their electricity cut off because they couldn’t pay their power bills. In Britain, millions of elderly people have to choose between heating and eating decent food; many spend their days in libraries to keep warm; and more than 3,000 die every year because they cannot heat their homes properly, making them more likely to succumb to respiratory, heart, flu or other diseases.

Across Europe, 11 million jobs are “at risk” because of an EU “green deal” that many say is suicidal.

Meanwhile, China and India merrily construct ever more power plants fueled by coal and gas as they prepare to overtake the West economically. If CO2 were a problem, it would not be solved if Europe and the USA emitted none of it at all.

Nonetheless, progressives are committed to pursuing the green agenda, not despite but because of the authoritarianism that will be required to impose it.

Click through; the whole piece is worth reading.

On a tip from R F.

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