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The Pope’s Hypocrisy

Item 1: Pope Francis attacks wealth-holders and calls for the redistribution of (other people’s, natch) wealth to the poor.

Hypocritical Element: The Vatican’s holdings are worth tens of billions; and there is no discussion of liquidating them for distribution to the poor.

Item 2: The Pope says that Weapons manufacturers can’t call themselves Christians.

Hypocritical Element: Not only is the Pope protected by paramiliaries armed with firearms, but the Vatican Bank is a major shareholder in Pietro Baretta Arms.

Item 3: In issuing an encyclical calling for the faithful to embrace the dogma of Climate Change and support the expansion of Government power and the diminishing of individual rights in order to fight it, the pope said, “I would like to enter a dialogue with all people about our common home.”

Hypocritical element: “All People” does not include climate change skeptics, who were excluded from participating in the encyclical.

You begin to see why this Pope is unusually popular on the Progressive Left. And watching the party that has always insisted that religion had no business in government, the same progressives who have been slamming the Roman Catholic church for decades, suddenly cheering as the Pope endorses their policy prescriptions is rich indeed.

10 Reasons that Skepticism Is the Reasonable Attitude Toward Global Warming

Posted by V the K at 10:43 pm - June 8, 2015.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

There is a mook (that’s right, I said a mook and I meant it) over at the Chronicle of Higher Education who laments that the unwillingness of members of the public to blindly and unquestioningly accept the “scientific consensus” that CO2 from SUV’s and jet travel is causing earthquakes and every bad thing that ever happens ever.

Because, of course, nothing says “science denier” like a demand for evidence and empirical truth.

There are, in fact, myriad reasons to have skepticism about whether human activity is leading to catastrophic global warming, such that we must all sacrifice our standard of living to prevent the prophesied Global Warming Apocalypse. Here’s 10 off the top of my head.

1. All of the remedies put forth by the AGW proponents advance the progressive left agenda: increased Government regulation, diminished liberty, and abolish what’s left of the global free enterprise system in favor of a centrally planned political economy.

2. The AGW proponents won’t let anybody look at the data that supposedly supports their Global Warming hypothesis.

3. AGW proponents refuse to debate climate change skeptics in a public forum;people who think they can win the argument want to have the argument.

4. You should always be skeptical when people demand that opposing views should be censored; again people who think they can win the argument want to have the argument.

5. If carbon dioxide is such a horrible threat, why are the AGW proponents flying around the world in CO2-spewing jets? It’s kind of like televangelists preaching that drinking, sex, and gambling are the road to Hell then going to Vegas to get drunk and pick up hookers.

6. 95% of global warming forecast models have been wrong. Also, the models were apparently designed to produce an outcome of global warming.

7. There is considerable evidence that the global warming data has been fudged in the direction of warmfulness.

8. Contrary to the doomsday predictions of the Global Warming Cult, the Atlantic Ocean is getting colder, not warmer.

9. The Environmental Left has a long history of making hysterical proclamations of DOOM (all caused by humans engaging in capitalism and self-fulfillment) that have never panned out.

10. There hasn’t been any global warming for at least 18 years.

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Global Warming Comes to SoCal

Posted by V the K at 5:05 pm - March 2, 2015.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Remember, unless we completely dismantle global capitalism and fully implement the socialist agenda, the world is going to burn, burn, burn!

“Snow in January Proves Global Warming is Real” Say Cultists.

I am not making this up.

“The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that nor’easters like this one may grow stronger [with] human-caused climate change, as they are driven by the contrast between cold Arctic air masses and ever-warming ocean surface temperatures,” says Penn State climatologist Michael Mann.

You may be wondering where you heard the name Michael Mann before. Well, either you were a fan of Miami Vice back in the 1980′s, or you may remember him as the guy who got caught red-handed falsifying data to prove global warming was real.

He is still considered an authority on the left, however, because he supports ‘The Narrative’ that global warming is real and the free enterprise system must be destroyed in order to prevent it; The Apocalypse Myth of the Secular Left.

And then there’s Bill Nye, who is not actually a scientist, but plays one on TV to amuse liberals, who also says that snow in New England in January, along with all other weather phenomena, is evidence of “Climate Change.”

“So I just want to introduce the idea that the strong winds that we had in southern California, the very strong winds that will be associated with this storm in the next couple days – these could be connected to climate change,” he said defensively, before adding it is very hard to prove any one storm is connected.

How much do you want to be that if this winter were mild and dry, they would also blame *that* on Climate Change. Oh, wait, they already did that last winter.

Rush Limbaugh suggests the reason there is more severe weather hype… and less actual severe weather… than ever before is because the National Weather Service has become politicized and filled with leftist hacks who use it to promote their Apocalypse Myth.

And finally, we have the mayor of Bridgeport CT, which was shut down because of the blizzard, thanking the Reverend Al Sharpton for “fighting the good fight” on Global Warming. (From Climate Change to Race Hustling; Al Sharpton is always at the cutting edge of societal fraud. }

After urging residents to stay off the roads and reporting that emergency workers were ensuring that the elderly and homeless population were taking care of, Finch told Sharpton “thank you for your show, Reverend, you’ve been fighting the good fight on climate change, and we can see the crazy climate here, and we’d like to have a little bit more of you down in Washington.”

That’s right, to a Democrat Left Climate Change Cultist, snow in New England in January is “crazy climate.”

Progressive Environmentalist Utopia Sounds an Awful Lot Like the Soviet Union

Posted by V the K at 7:33 pm - January 25, 2015.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Last week, 1,700 private jets flew into Davos, Switzerland, carrying with them the world’s progressive monied elite, who gathered to fret  about man-caused global warming and how the American middle class enjoyed too high a standard of living and should be cut down to third world levels.

There was such a big influx of air traffic, reports Newsweek, that the Swiss military had to open an air base for the private jets to land. At last year’s meeting in Davos, some 200 helicopters were used to bring in conference-goers.

Naturally, the original manbearpig himself, Al Gore, was also there. Accompanied by the former president of Mexico (a good friend of George W. Bush, who did not attend but was there in spirit), Al Gore announced a “bold plan” to spend 90 Trillion dollars of other people’s money to eliminate automobiles from all the world’s cities. (So, that no one could travel easily out of their designated habitation sector, and all commuters would be at the mercy of public mass transit unions.)

Former Vice President Al Gore and former Mexican President Felipe Calderon are pushing for $90 trillion in spending to ban cars from every major city in the world and make them more dense.

(Yes, this was the plot of a bad 1970′s movie; that’s where progs get all their ideas.)

The progressive vision for the rest of us; disarmed, jammed into cities,  stacked like cordwood while they fly over us in their private jets.

The progressive vision for the rest of us; disarmed, jammed into cities, stacked like cordwood while they fly over us in their private jets.

Global Warming Cult Grows Shrill and Desperate

Posted by V the K at 8:08 am - December 2, 2014.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

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The New York Times warns that unless you surrender all of your money and freedom to progressive global Government, the Earth is D-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-m-e-d!

Even with a deal to stop the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, scientists warn, the world will become increasingly unpleasant. Without a deal, they say, the world could eventually become uninhabitable for humans.

And on MSDNC, an Australian scientician with a Ph.D in the effects of ecological stress on subalpine eucalyptus and terrible hair says that the Earth is D-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-m-e-d unless you embrace socialism as your personal savior in the next two years.

The so-called “doctor” was a guest on MSNBC’s Ed Show, where he predicted an “epic calamity” coming at some point within the next 2-5 years, thanks to climate change.

“Epic. Epic,” he warned. “We have a very narrow window to act. I would say 2020. My colleagues would say half of that, by 2017.”

And the Huffington Post warns that unless the global capitalist system is dismantled, the Earth is on the verge of Mass Extinction, a.k.a.D-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-m!

Never in the 160,000-year history of the human species have we seen an Earth as hot as it will be by mid-century. Keep that warming going until the year 2100 and Earth would be hotter than it has been in the past 14 million years; that is the trajectory we are now on.

Global Warming: Giving Respectability to Nutjobs Who Used to walk around with “The End Is Near” sandwich boards since 1992.

Great Moments in Protesting

The “Science” Cult protests Global Warming in a typically intellectual manner.

More than 400 protesters stuck their heads in the sand on Australia’s Bondi Beach on Thursday, mocking the government’s reluctance to put climate change on the agenda of a G20 summit this weekend.

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So many targets, so few Size 12 boots.

Another Progressive Democrat Who Wants People Punished for Not Agreeing With Him

Robert F. Kennedy took his private jet and his motorcade of SUV’s to the Climate Alarmist for Socialism Party in New York City, pausing long enough to explain how people who don’t believe in man-caused Global Warming should be jailed and punished.

Environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. lamented that there were no current laws on the books to punish global warming skeptics. . “I wish there were a law you could punish them with. I don’t think there is a law that you can punish those politicians under,” Kennedy told Climate Depot in a one-on-one interview during the People’s Climate March.

And, being a loyal and mindless Democrat, he of course had to bash successful Libertarian businessmen.

Kennedy saved his most venomous comments for the Koch Brothers, accusing them of “treason” for “polluting our atmosphere.”

“I think it’s treason. Do I think the Koch Brothers are treasonous, yes I do,” Kennedy explained.

“They are enjoying making themselves billionaires by impoverishing the rest of us. Do I think they should be in jail, I think they should be enjoying three hots and a cot at the Hague with all the other war criminals,” Kennedy declared.

Almost half of Americans admit to being skeptical of climate change; the progs better plan on building a lot of camps.

The Best Reason to be Skeptical of Global Warming

Someone else has noticed the curious coincidence that every proposed solution to “Global Warming/Climate Change” coincidentally advances the progressive socialist agenda.

But how do leaders of the environmental left address these opposing doomsdays? By raising taxes, increasing government, impeding capitalism and reducing national sovereignty. Coincidentally, the same policies they would promote if their supposed environmental catastrophe was utter fiction. It is little wonder that voters are suspicious.

That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you.

The Joys of Skepticism

If you’re a skeptic of the dogma of anthropogenic global warming, you should feel smart and proud, because it means you’re not one of these people.

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These people are stupid and they should feel bad.

 

They’re Totally Cereal, You Guys

Posted by V the K at 10:50 pm - August 26, 2014.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Yes, the Global Warming Cult is blaming the riots in Ferguson on… ManBearPig.

To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive.

Yeah, because Global Warming apparently makes black people rob convenience stores, punch cops in the head, and get themselves shot…It seems so obvious now, doesn’t it? And from there she goes on and on blathering about… enh… a word salad bar of leftist claptrap. For example…

But solidarity and allyship is important in and of itself. The fossil fuel industry would love to see us siloed into believing that we can each win by ourselves on “single issues.” Now it’s time for the climate movement to show up– to show that we will not stand for the “otherizing” of the black community here in America, or anyone else.

Yeah, it’s all about the allyship, siloing, and otherizing… Hey, why not make up words? They made up Climate Change, didn’t they?

Obama Promised He Would Make Energy Prices “Skyrocket,” and He Delivers

Posted by V the K at 8:32 pm - June 2, 2014.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” – Barack Obama, 2008

Bypassing Congress yet again, Obama today announced a unilateral imposition of carbon dioxide emission limits for electrical power plants.

Even the NYTimes admits the regulations will have no discernible impact on Global  CO2 levels. They will, however, cost $50 Billion per year in regulatory costs, raise energy bills an average of $1,200 per family per year, and destroy 224,000 jobs annually through 2030.

The Administration promises none of those outcomes will happen, but then, they also promised “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” and “We will be the most transparent administration in history.”

Obama is justifying his dictatorial imposition of carbon dioxide regulations partly on the basis that carbon causes asthma and heart attacks.

You read that right. Carbon. Causes. Asthma.

Party of science my ass.

In other environmental news, Hurricanes with female names are sexist, or something, says the Party of Science.

Global Warming Causes Infidelity

Posted by V the K at 7:05 pm - May 28, 2014.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Global Warming would be considered a threat to public morals, if there were any longer such a thing as public morals.

A new report blames global warming for rising rates of infidelity, especially bad news for couples in Miami, where rising tides and raging hurricanes remind us all how much extracurricular sex we could be having on a daily basis.

Victoria Milan, a dating website for people looking to cheat on their significant other, surveyed 5,000 of its members, both men and women. A shocking 72% of them responded that yes, their own Al Gore-esque stress about unpredictable weather is the cause of their extra-marital dalliances. Guess the fact of their existing committed relationships was just an inconvenient truth.

Survey respondents also reported that they’re more likely to sneak a little on the side in hot weather than in cold.

Obama Administration Gave Climate Change Extremists $5.7 Million to Write Bad SyFy Movie Plots

Posted by V the K at 10:54 am - May 24, 2014.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

This Climate Change Racket is a pretty lucrative gig.

Columbia University’s Climate Center has received $5.7 million from the National Science Foundation for the university’s “PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership,” to “engage adult learners and inform public understanding and response to climate change.”

Based on the theory that games “motivate exploration and learning of complex material,” the school created “Future Coast,” a website that features hundreds of made up voicemails painting a dire picture of the future as a result of climate change.

Apparently, Climate Change will cause bad SyFy plots to come to life.

In 2037 macaroni and cheese is a delicacy. “We are really low on water and we’ve been harvesting the water but it’s not going to rain for another year and a half, and I really want to give Owen his favorite thing, macaroni and cheese,” a girl says in the message “Owen’s birthday.”

Some messages are indecipherable. In 2030 a man just repeats “don’t eat the bacon,” “don’t even think about it.”

People will live to 200 by 2064. A son plans a “special” surprise for his mother’s birthday, a hike in a terrarium since “nature no longer exists.”

And, of course, because tolerant left progressives are involved, there are stereotypes of people from ‘Flyover Country.’

One message, “Molly and Billy,” the characters use redneck stereotypes to talk about how climate change has ruined their crop.

“Howdy ya’ll, this is Molly,” she says in 2060. “And it’s pretty hot out here, we’re farming, me and Billy. Come to the phone Billy.”

“Dag nab it, Ma,” Billy says. “Oh these beetles, they ruined our crop again … I wish it was like it was the way it was.”

And, of course, what would any progressive propaganda piece be without pandering to Teh Gheys and bashing Teh Texans.

Gay marriage has been legalized in Antarctica in 2060. A Baptist church runs “hospital jails” in 2034.

In 2035 “Neo-luddites” are “closing in.”

“It’s the Neo-luddites. Anybody who has any sort of scientific knowledge, they want to kill, so we have to pretend from now on that we know nothing,” a caller says. “Please tell me that you’ve gotten away from that place, I haven’t heard from you in a very long time.”

The capitol of the Neo-luddites appears to be Texas.

“The Neo-luddites are coming up from Texas, the Luddites, they hate everything,” a caller says. “They’re gonna wipe us out.”

I am sure there’s another voice mail where a shrieking voice warns of tornadoes full of sharks ravaging downtown Los Angeles.

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Climate Change Cultists Find Their Utopia

Posted by V the K at 10:31 am - May 24, 2014.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Ever wonder what life would be like if the Climate Change extremists got everything they wanted, consider this absolutely-not-parody-article-in-a-mainstream-left-publication: North Korea: An Unlikely Champion in the Fight Against Climate Change.

As it turns out, starving your people to death and denying modern conveniences to all but a handful of political elites is exactly what Mother Gaia demands.

Powerline comments.

[Quoting from the article] “North Korea has strong incentives to fight climate change and its potential to erode government control. The fact that the nation has become more compliant over time suggests that the objectives of the international climate change regime coalesce with the survival imperatives of Kim Jong-un’s government.”

There you have it: a frank recognition of climate change policy as a tool for perpetuating tyranny.  And the Climatistas wonder why conservatives don’t like them.

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Does the Craziest Feminist Alive Represent All Feminists?

“Radical Wind” — The Feminist with the Fart Joke Name — is back. The voices are telling her that Global Warming will lead to total human extinction in 15 years, and that’s all the fault of men, and all men should commit suicide so that the feminist sisterhood can enjoy their final years in peace.

The major cause of this extinction will be that the global warming and melting of the ice has triggered a series of feedback loops of toxic gas emissions such as methane and carbon dioxide which were trapped in the soils and underwaters of the earth by the ice and frost. These feedback loops have already started, are now unstoppable and life on earth is already on its way to extinction. No technology can stop this — especially since male technology is part of the problem and their use and fabrication will only emit more greenhouse gases. Even if men’s system collapsed now, if all men died and we returned back to stone age, it is unstoppable. Unprecedented levels of methane and carbone dioxide have already been released into the atmosphere because of the warming and the more gas is emitted, the more the planet heats because of the greenhouse effects of the gas, and the more gas is emitted again. Once the air is too intoxicated plants will start dying too and if all or most plants die together, all the carbon dioxyde they sequestered will be released too, which only further intoxicates the air. There will simply be no more oxygen to breathe . . .

WHich is a slightly milder version of the Doom Obama’s “Global Warming Scare Change the Topic from Benghazi Report” that came out this week.

Men, homo rapiens, you scum, you filth. There is no word to describe the extent of your evil, you are pure evil, pure lechery. I hate you, how I hate you. In the 250,000 years of your rotten, defunct existence, you have managed to kill 5 million years of life on earth. . . .

The unstoppable death-machine has always only been orchestrated by the homo rapiens. By men. YOU. Women are not and have never been responsible for the atrocities committed by men, for men’s global industrial rape and death system.

If Todd Akin represents the opinions of all Republicans, Christians, and evangelicals, then it is equally fair to say that “Radical Wind” represents the views of all Feminists everywhere. Then again, if there are guilt-ridden liberal men who want to take her up on her offer, who am I to tell them not to make amends.

New Lipstick for Old ManBearPig

Posted by V the K at 10:47 pm - May 5, 2014.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Mr. Obama’s Science Advisor, John Holdren, thinks the time has come to rebrand “Climate Change,” which was itself the rebranding of “Global Warming.”  And he has chosen to use a name worthy of a 1970′s Art Rock band: “Global Climate Disruption.”

(“Dude, I saw Global Climate Disruption when they opened for Yes and E.L.O. at Pine Knob Back in ’74!”)

They can change its name more often than the Wu Tang Clan, but, it’s still the same old ManBearPig.

See, the problem is most of the adherents of the Global Warming Cult are people who wouldn’t be affected by the types of policies Holdren and the rest of the High Priests of ManBearPig demand. The rich celebrities, the powerful politicians, and the connected cronies wouldn’t be affected by the “necessarily skyrocketing” energy costs, vanishing jobs, or the dramatically lowered standards of living they want to inflict on everybody else.

To convince the people who would be most harmed by the Aristocracy’s favored policies, they have to make the alternative sound so scarifying that they are willing to accept the deprivations in order to defeat the enemy; llike the Soviets at Stalingrad (but actually more like the kulaks in Ukraine). Hence “Global Climate Disruption.” Which is still probably not scary enough, so they will have to up the ante further: “Climate Apocalypse,” perhaps. Or for the low information voters, “Republican Climate Shutdown.” Yeah, that should scare them enough.

The Curious History of Climate Change “Tipping Points”

Posted by V the K at 9:59 pm - April 19, 2014.
Filed under: Climate Change (Global Warming)

Another Deadline that keeps slippin’, slippin’ slippin’

  • The Boston Globe noted on April 16, 2014: “The world now has a rough deadline for action on climate change. Nations need to take aggressive action in the next 15 years to cut carbon emissions, in order to forestall the worst effects of global warming, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”

Weird how the “settled scientific consensus” keeps changing its “Deadline for action.” It’s almost like the “Deadline for Action” is a purely political construct and the Global Warmists are just making [stuff] up as they go along.

More Bizarro-World Economics

Remember this promise: “We’re going to solve the health care crisis by adding millions and millions of poor people to the health care system. We’re going to force insurers and providers to provide more services to them. But this will result in massive savings, affordability, and lower costs for everyone!”

Yeah, that.

Well, those same Bizarro-World Economists are making a new promise: “We’re going to solve global warming by putting severe limits on the use of carbon-based fuels. We’re going to put severe limits on industry to force them to emit less carbon. But this will result in “co-benefits” that result in economic growth and prosperity for all!

How well do you reckon that will work out?

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[Is "Co-Benefit" even a word?]

Climate change is real

…It’s just probably not man-made.

Bruce re-tweeted this graphic from Sam Thiessen’s stream. I don’t necessarily agree with its exact argument about volcanism. But it is a nifty reminder that we’ve always had climate swings – and our latest swing is within the natural norms:

swings in global temperatures, 2500 BC to 2007 AD

From what I understand (feel free to update me/everyone in the comments), the man-made CO2 increases are insufficient to explain any of these swings, and recent atmospheric measurements show a distinct *lack* of effects or “signature” that should come from any CO2 Greenhouse effect.

Given that, and given the normality of global climate change, there is precious little reason to blame it on humankind. The major advocates of Blaming Man are people with axes to grind: they want to keep getting their multi-billions of research & conference grants, they want their companies to be given government subsidies, they want world socialism, etc.