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Fruit juice flood…

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Part of the roof of a PepsiCo plant in the Russian town of Lebedyan,  south of Moscow,  collapsed and   loosed millions  of liters of fruit juices into the streets.

 

 

 

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April 27, 2017 at 10:42 am

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Media bias writ large…

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ABC,  CBS and NBC on Monday and Tuesday found plenty of time to drool over the return of His Oneness to public speaking,  but devoted not one millisecond to  Politico senior investigative reporter Josh Meyer’s alarming discovery  Obama released three times the number of Iranians originally claimed, and that most of them were being held for far more serious crimes than claimed.   It was,  as is so often the case,  left to FOX News to feature Meyer.

 

 

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April 26, 2017 at 2:07 pm

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Kate O’Beirne, R.I.P.

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I never had the opportunity  meet Kate  O’Beirne,  but I did hear her speak in person once,  and she was most impressive.   Judging by all the reminiscences  of her,  she was as kind and beloved in her personal life as she was engaging and ferocious on air and in print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 25, 2017 at 1:58 pm

World Book Day 2017…

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This gives you a  unicorn party  view of the event,  which actually was yesterday,  but it does offer some creative ideas,  even if it is sponsored by UNESCO,  the laughably misnamed United Nations Educational,  Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Predictably,  Amazon made some  nice corporate  PR off the event.   But you should read  —  it’s  good for  your brain,  your education and your success in life.   I prefer the feel of a book in my hands,  to be picked up and put down at my convenience,  but I don’t care if you choose a Kindle or your smart phone.   If you can read and understand words you will have an advantage over the rest of the pack.  Even we doddering moldy oldies can figure out most emojis eventually, but a shocking number of millennials and younger don’t deal well with words and can’t even sign their names in cursive.   If you also write decently,  you’ll do better in school and career,  unless you’re a conservative in a liberal environment,  in which case you’ll have to stiffen your spine to prepare for never-ending battle.   That was sometimes the case for me in college,  but the first professor who tried to intimidate me had the attempt backfire on him when I pointed out that unlike him,  I was a published poet.

 

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April 24, 2017 at 5:31 pm

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French elections…

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A win by Marine Le Pen would  be devastating  according to Ben Rhodes, the Obama former national security adviser.   Does he actually believe that his former boss will be able to influence this election?   No doubt he and Obama nodded sagely when a German pundit said that Le Pen would break down  the European Union even if she loses.

There is a fairly strong belief that the  recent terrorists  attacks in Paris are helping Le Pen because she doesn’t share the Left’s fondness for unlimited immigration and a relaxed attitude about terrorism.   Obama called to congratulate her rival, Emmanuel Macron,  whose  view is  that terrorism is just part of daily life one must get used to,  which is something the two men certainly agree on.

I rather suspect the French are weary of being set up like prey in a trap and will put Le Pen through to the next round.    I think the Germans and Swedes are as well,  but I could only guess as to whether the French elections  portend anything  for those of other nations.  If you can spare a few extra minutes,  do read this excellent piece by Christopher Caldwell, here  (h/t Andrew Stuttaford at The Corner).

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April 23, 2017 at 11:01 pm

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Earth Day 2017…

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Today is Earth Day if you’ve somehow managed to escape the eruption of doom and gloom and pending warming apocalypse  the media  has been spewing at  you for weeks now.   John Stossel correctly characterizes the warming hysterics as dopes and  refuses to follow  along,  God bless him.

Despite there being worldwide “March for Science” events,  there is very little science to back up any of the warming crowds claims.  My number one piece of evidence has long been that if Al Gore had ever actually believed there would soon be a 20 foot rise in sea levels,  why would he have purchased a house on the West coast which sat only a few feet above the current seal level.   I think Mr. Gore is not very intelligent,  but I am willing to credit him for being smart enough not to sink that much money into something which will be underwater in his expected lifetime.

In fact many of the climate warriors are quite clever, but the best they can offer is  junk science  and outright lies.    The U.S. government participates in those lies.  Having a temperature station in the middle of an asphalt parking lot in full sun with an air conditioning exhaust blowing on it qualifies as propaganda,  not science.

First of all,  I learned in my  7th Grade science class that a 99% probability of anything still means a 100% uncertainty.  I also learned that if the experiment isn’t repeatable, it means almost nothing.  You should know that most of the greenies and folks who sign various petitions and testify before Congress are,  at best, social scientists,  not engineers or physicists.  In contrast,  those who signed the Oregon Accords mostly held advanced degrees in hard sciences.  Wikipedia doesn’t get it all right, but it has a mostly fair  view of the Accords.   I find it embarrassing that an astrophysicist is  willing to ignore scientific standards in order to participate in the religion of his choice and gain recognition and popularity.

Big media,  ever obedient to the would-be destroyers of America conveniently omits many important facts.   Some organizations completely change their focus,  which makes me wonder what core principles they had to begin with.   Ann Coulter gives us a  good example in the Sierra Club.

I think I’ll just use my energy resources and follow Patrice Lewis’s  sage advice,  which is far more useful than the  inconvenient truths  the marchers so happily ignore while shrieking  that you are an environment-destroying witch.   By the way, note the size of the plants the marchers carry in the photo in the previous link  —  that is the largest plot of land most of them have ever managed in their lives.  I grow more citrus and produce in pots on my back patio than they could cope with if that’s all they did.   I run two compost bins year-round,  which is one reason my several dozen pots provide enough good stuff for 5 families.

UPDATE:  Joe Bastardi  puts  a professional  meteorologist’s spin on the whole eco-mad mentality.  Sen. Tim Kaine,  along with  many of  his liberal/progressive colleagues,  proves he doesn’t  know what  science is.

UPDATE:  The March for Science has almost nothing to do with actual science, and almost everything to do with politics and the grievance industry.   If you actually believe in science,  you don’t  cherry-pick the samples and results to suit your convenience.   I find it astonishing that many of the marchers are protesting against  “an assault  on facts” by populist politicians when the marchers are almost entirely bereft of facts.

Come on   —  real scientists  are aware  that such nonsense does not advance the reputation of their chosen fields of endeavors,  especially when the protesters are not actually  supporting science  but cheapening it to the point of parody.

It is instructive to recall  18 of the  prophecies  of doom delivered at and around the first Earth Day.   Most have been spectacular flops, which may be why so few people remember them.  You should so that you are better equipped to deal with the climate whores in the future.

UPDATE:  47 years ago,  our air  wasn’t nearly  as clean as it is now,  but you’d never know that if you listened to those supposedly marching for science,  would you?

 

 

 

 

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April 22, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Je suis confus…

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His Oneness is  now meddling  in France’s presidential election,  which he also did while President.   Isn’t this precisely what Democrats are accusing the Russians of doing in ours?    But what I find most interesting is Obama’s admission that he is  a progressive.

Democrats are fine with one of their own meddling,  which would include Obama’s efforts  to dislodge  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using taxpayer money.   Indeed,  the U.S. has a very long history of mucking about  with elections in other countries.   American Democrats are better known for interfering with U.S. elections by stealing identities, stuffing  ballot boxes,   stealing votes,  or the more modern efforts of George Soros-funded groups which sought to  put in place  Secretaries of State,  on the theory that it’s better to own those who count the votes than those who vote.

Governments meddle everywhere.  It is our job to defend against the intrusions  not sit in the corner sobbing with our thumbs in our mouths.  It should be instructive that the Democratic National Committee had lousy security on its servers,  just as the Obama Administration did on the ObamaCare websites,  while the hackers who targeted the republicans National Committee were blocked out.

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April 21, 2017 at 11:55 am