Friday, September 27, 2019

ADL focuses on BOWL CUTS and OK gesture

https://youtu.be/xgg2Zge1NYY

Judge Pirro blasts Democrats' impeachment inquiry: 'This is a setup'

A Climate Modeller Spills the Beans

https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2019/09/a-climate-modeller-spills-the-beans/

Cartoons of the Day | National Review

Trump-Ukraine story is what you get when the media imagines the facts

The Death of American Citizenship

How America Lost Its Religion

The Transcript Is Damning — To Biden, Not Trump

Graham: Pentagon Review, Not Trump, Delayed Ukraine Aid

Political Journalism is Dead

USA, Saudia Arabia, Iran: A New Conflict in the Middle East?

Goodwin: Nancy Pelosi will regret rushing into impeachment push

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Worst Greenhouse Gas Might Surprise You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdhnhknaJOg

Since 1880, which is a frequently quoted benchmark, the average temperature increase has been less than .01 degrees celsius per year. Since 1970 is has been about 0.015 per year. Since 1880 the average CO2 level increase has been less than one part per million per year. The current rate of increase is about 3 parts per million per year. The current level of sea-level rise is about 33 millimeters per decade. Over the last 30 years, it has been 25 millimeters per decade.

Disaster is not happening any time soon. It has been stated that we will run out of most fossil fuels by the year 2100, which is about the time we are predicted to double the atmospheric CO2 from current levels. What bothers me is that they keep moving the goalpost. They used to say that we need to prevent a 5 to 6 degree temperature increase by the year 2100 because that would be disastrous, but a 2.5 degree temperature increase would be manageable. However, reality didn't meet up with their predictions of disaster ( https://judithcurry.com/2015/12/17/climate-models-versus-climate-reality/ ),  so now they are saying that we need to prevent a 2-degree increase by the year 2100, but 1.5 degrees would be manageable. They spout a catchy slogan, "Half a degree makes a difference." The IPCC recently proposed spending 122 trillion dollars to prevent that half-degree difference, which is just absurd.

The scientific community is by no means united on what the Climate Sensitivity to a doubling of CO2 is. Past ranges were from 2 to 12 degrees celsius. The IPCC gives a generally accepted range of 1.5 to 4.5 degrees, and they give 3 degrees as an average. Some people are still saying that it is over 5 degrees. The climate alarmism skeptics give a range from about 0.5 to 2.3 degrees with 1 to 2 degrees being the most common. If you look at the actual CO2 and temperature data from 1880, then you get a climate sensitivity of about 2.2 to 2.3 degrees. This assumes that CO2 is the only forcing factor. Some people are claiming that solar radiance plays a much bigger role than what the IPCC predicts, which minimizes the effect of solar radiance.

Most of the disagreement is over the feedbacks which are both positive and negative. For at least 20 years the skeptics have claimed that increased cloud cover will provide negative feedback to temperature increase. The IPCC claims that clouds will be a positive feedback. Nobody really knows for sure, and the IPCC has pretty much admitted that they don't know how to factor clouds. However, we are doing the experiment despite the best efforts of presumably well-intentioned people, so we are going to find out.

Nuclear Fusion will be a reality within 20 years, which will make this whole argument seem like much ado about nothing.

History will remember this as a time of mass hysteria. This hysteria has been driven by people who are pushing both a green and a socialist agenda. People have admitted that this is as much about changing the economic system as it is about protecting the climate.

The IPCC is by no means an unbiased organization. About 1/3 of the people on the IPCC belong to an environmental lobbying organization. The head of IPCC said that disastrous climate change was his religion. The IPCC has tried to censor papers written by skeptics, and skeptical scientists can't get funding. The Climategate scandal showed that they were trying to hide the big dip in temperature that happened in 2007. Scientists with skeptical views are getting fired or pushed out from universities.

Both NASA and the NOAA have taken past temperature data that has been known for decades and altered it to make the current warming look worse. They defend this practice. Up to half of all current temperature "data" are just estimates based on models. This distortion of science should be criminal.

Almost everybody is ignoring the positive benefits of CO2. Patrick Moore does the best job of talking about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWahKIG4BE4&t=1500s

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Is Universal Basic Income The Key To The Future? | Answers With Joe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4W8p3b2p58

In the past, automation did not result in a loss of jobs.  This could change and we would have to deal with it if it does, but I don't take it as a given.

Paying people not to work means that fewer people will work, and this is both bad for society and bad for people's psychology; how would you feel living off the hard work of other people?  Most people have a basic understanding of fairness, where they believe that if people get something they didn't earn, then that is unfair.  You have to rob someone to do it.

If people are suffering then I believe that you should help them.  We do that already, but for the moment there is no shortage of jobs nor opportunity.

People imagine that the current system is unfair, and maybe it is a little, but I think that this gets blown out of proportion to promote a socialist agenda.  (The best way today to get rich and promote special interests and corporate interests is to use the government bureaucracy to your advantage.  In this way the system has become corrupt.)  If there are things that we need to deal with, then let's deal with them, but I don't think that socialism is the best solution.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Ideology of the First Order

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAVeyXwy3BE

The original Fascists advocated an economy controlled by the state for the purpose of serving the state.  Nazism also advocated this.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Stable Climate

We are fortunate to live in a geologically stable period. In 535 AD, a supervolcano blew away one island in the Philipines creating an 18-month nuclear winter world wide. However, that's small potatoes compared to what this planet has been through. We have enjoyed about 12,000 years of relative comfort after the last period of glaciation. This brief warm period is predicted to go away in another 10,000 years. The further you go back in time, the more extreme some of the events have been, including at least five mass extinctions. One of these was caused by an asteroid strike and another may have been caused by a deadly gamma-ray burst from space. Twice, the planet has frozen solid, covered in a mile or more of ice worldwide. In the very early days of planet Earth, a Mars-sized object hit the Earth scooping out enough material to create the moon.  

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fwd: Finally a step towards ending border insanity

The U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday gave the Trump administration permission to enforce its toughest restriction yet on asylum seekers at the southern border

As a result, the government can now refuse to consider a request for asylum from anyone who failed to apply for it in another country after leaving home but before coming here. The order means, for instance, that migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador cannot seek asylum in the U.S. if they didn't first ask for it in Mexico.



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Inside 9/11 Zero Hour

National Geographic made a great documentary about the 9/11 attacks called "Inside 9/11 Zero Hour." I made an effort to watch this on youtube every year on September 11, just because I thought it was important to not forget.

The video I used to watch on youtube doesn't seem to be there anymore. There is still video available, but the video quality is not great.


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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Bill Maher on David Koch's Death: 'I Hope The End Was Painful'

"He and his brother have done more than anybody to fund climate science deniers for decades, so f—him. The Amazon is burning up. I'm glad he's dead, and I hope the end was painful," Maher said.

It is a myth that the Amazon rain forest produces the world's oxygen.  Whenever plants are consumed, whether that be by animals or by bacteria due to decay, it takes an equal amount of oxygen to metabolize the plants.

The Republicans Are Dropping Like Flies