It is Brexit Eve as I write this, January 30th 2020. Tomorrow it becomes official – what was joined on January 1st 1973 is going to be put asunder January 31st 2020.
How did it come to this? I can only speak for myself so I am going to start there.
Back in 1972 I was at East Herts College doing my OND in Mechanical Engineering. I worked for the Gas Board and was set to go to University in September of 1973, I was enthusiastic about the prospects of being able to just work in Europe. I had spent a large part of my childhood in Germany (West Germany as it was then), I had a pretty good vocabulary in French so I figured I would be able to make a good fist of it.
By 1978 I was living in Copenhagen and working around Europe – got to travel all over, never making much money and strictly lower, cabin class on the travel and accommodations but I did love seeing all the places I went to.
By 1989 my wife and I and our children were heading to the USA – to Denver Colorado and trying our fortune in the land of opportunity and my interest switched to this wonderful new life and I lost track of the doings in Europe.
Fast forwarding now – to June 2016. The referendum in the UK to vote on whether to remain in the EU or to leave. I found myself cheering for the vote to leave. I found myself exulting in the result.
How on earth did that happen?
It took a speech from Nigel Farage in the European Parliament yesterday (January 29th 2020) to remind me what it was that changed my view of the EU what it was that started me on the long journey from enthusiast to skeptic to opponent.
Our time focus jumps again to 2005.
In 2005 the great tide in Europe was the drive to have the nations of the EU ratify, by referendum, the “Constitution for Europe”. This would be the great step that would start to weld the nations of Europe into the “United States of Europe” but as I read up on the subject I was struck by the fact that it seemed to be the setting up of an extraneous non accountable power base that would be the central repository for all future initiatives in the EU and that those initiatives would be pushed down to be enacted by client governments.
I was not surprised to see that the ever bolshie French rejected this nonsense out of hand. And then was pleasantly surprised to see the Dutch follow suit. And then the people pushing the Constitution for Europe realized that without unanimous consent it would not be valid and the project was shelved.
Our time machine moves forward to 2007. The introduction of the Treaty of Lisbon. No longer a constitution but , instead a “Treaty” that changes the treaties of each member state, adds the necessary clauses and articles to pull the treaties into alignment with what the “Constitution” would have put in place. And suddenly, with NO votes, the EU Superstate was birthed. The people behind it were confident that, eventually, the people of Europe would forget about the referenda and would gradually just come to accept “what is”.
If it had not been for Nigel Farage and, yes, Boris Johnson and their outrage at the evolution of European “power” that drove the Brexit vote then Britain would be, at this moment sinking in the ever growing morass of EU rules and regulations and moving further away from being a nation state and further toward being a satrap in Europe.
But even after the British people voted to leave – that was not good enough for the embedded statists both in Europe and within the ranks of Westminster. It took the organized effort to drive out the Tory leadership in Westminster and replace it with someone who wanted to get Brexit doen and then it took fighting and brawling with the embedded europhiles of Westminster to get a General election called – where, once again, the British people said “LEAVE”.
Finally it is being done.
And here – is Nigel Farage saying goodbye to the European Parliament – and if you will listen to the very end you will hear the chairperson try to get in a quick egregious bit of virtue signalling by actually misquoting what Farage said and trying to make it sound like “hate speech”. It ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.
There is a very expressive phrase originally attributed, I think, to the French writer La Rochefocauld, to whit;
“Hypocrisy is the compliment vice pays to virtue”
(I have also heard it expressed as “Hypocrisy is the tax that vice pays to virtue”)
And we have, in living color and live on our screens, a perfect example of the hypocrisy tax being paid by the likes of Adam Schiff.
What amazes me is that we get this pretense that the movement to impeach Donald Trump is born out of great necessity for actions he has done. And this urgency is because the Democrats – unwillingly, were forced into conducting a witch hunt in the basement of the House by… Democrats. And the pretense that this is somehow something of great solemnity that they have arrived at with long and deliberate and even prayerful review is given lie by the fact that Democrat congress people have been calling for the impeachment of Trump since he was inaugurated. Seriously.
Not only that, the Democrats had trawled one attack line after another across the waters of the Capitol, parading impeccable sources to a cabal of Leftist lawyers looking for some sort of criminal connection to Russia… only to have to pivot to the Ukraine with witnesses who did not wit, proving that the intention to Impeach preceded the actions being taken to justify the decision already taken. This is “procedure” straight out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll;
“Sentence first–verdict afterward.”
This is the “tax” that the Dems are having to pay for their vice. Instead of stating aloud that their entire focus was going to be the impeachment of the President and they would seek high and low and in dark places and un-named sources and with witnesses who did not witness anything until they found anything that they might be able to spin as “impeachable” they have to kow-tow to the idea that it is somehow a serious and measured endeavor entered into only after grave reflection. When the exact opposite is plain to view.
Normally of course, the Dems want others to pay taxes – I think this may be the one time there is a tax they are well trained in paying. Hypocrisy.
A word to the wise… (and if you are reading this post then you must be among the very wise) there is a book that I have found INVALUABLE in understanding the concepts of a citizen’s right to bear arms. It is:
“To keep and Bear Arms, The origins of an Anglo-American Right” by Joyce Lee Malcolm.
If you do not have this book in your personal library, please buy it. It is not an easy book to read – it is a book written by a historian, not a Second Amendment advocate and is concerned with sources, lessons, examples. I urge anyone who has an interest or passion for this debate to acquire the book and take the time to work through it. It will be worth it. Just to encourage you – bear in mind Justice Antonin Scalia found this book so compelling it helped him phrase the the seminal decision in DC v Heller that affirmed the Constitutional right of an individual to own a weapon for traditionally lawful purposes.
Most of us are well aware of the phrase “Power of the purse” – because we get reminded, from time to time, that the one real power that belongs solely to House of Representatives is the power to determine how the money of the Republic is to be spent.
But there is a second part to the equation – “the power of the sword”.
The Power of the Sword technically, I guess, resides within the Executive Branch. That branch of the government tasked with executing the laws.
Passing laws is one thing – getting people to obey them is another. Ultimately it is the ability of the government to enforce compliance that determines whether a law will stand.
Malcolm provides some solid evidence of this in her book (page 14)
“… However, disafforestation, or the removal of a Royal Forest from forest status for the purpose of its enclosure and sale, might leave hundreds of poor residents without a means of subsistence.The widespread riots that resulted, among the worst the Kingdom would experience before the Civil War, vividly demonstrated the English villager’s capacity for taking up arms and provide confirmation of the availability of firearms among the rural population…”
According to Malcolm’s book – the large scale riots and organization against the Royal plans provided the rulings classes with lesson that would later bear fruit in the Civil War of 1641.
It is a simple concept. Every law passed must be enforced at a local level by local officials. If the people they live among are not willing to follow the law then it will require force to get compliance. That ONLY works if the ones doing the forcing have more “force” than those resisting and the willingness to use it. Having to face armed resistance is a greater deterrent than facing unarmed resisters singing.
When I read accounts of the Totalitarian government in Iran shooting protesters I am reminded, again why governments do not want their citizens to be armed. If the protesters are unarmed and the police and authorities are armed then any negotiations are at the mercy of the authorities and they can end them whenever THEY choose.
The great thing about the US system of government is that it is not a dictatorship of the majority as it is in so much of the west. It is, at least theoretically, subject to the rule of law – and that rule and that law is the law of the land. Not what any majority may suddenly decide.
The rule of law stays in place and stays supreme as long as the electorate has the means to resist authoritarian impositions.
Amazing how those who wish to impose those authoritarian laws and rules push so very hard to “regulate” guns for the population at large.
If you wish to make a European “social democrat” roll his or her eyes in a full dramatic fashion a good way to do that is to announce to them that you own firearms as a defense against tyranny.
The very idea that an individual citizen might think that he or she can use their firearm to defy the government? Oh my, that is just so stupid ( it helps is you say that to yourself in a European type accent). It is patently ridiculous to think about using force to resist a tyrannical government because they just do not exist!!
At this point in the conversation I usually say ‘Srebenica!” . And that, of course, elicits another eye roll. Well that was in Bosnia, hardly Paris or Rome.
The European civilian in general seems to have forgotten, completely, that WW II happened and was kicked off in Europe. That the “civilized” Europeans that surrendered to the Germans ( most of them) with one magnificent exception (Denmark) cooperated with their conquerors to round up their own citizens and send them to be massacred. Seriously. To understand how short a time ago this grotesque piece of tyranny happened – there are lots of people alive today who lost their direct families, Parents, grand parents sisters and brothers to this horror. And then, in 1995 in a town 260 miles from Austria, 290 miles from Italy, 316 miles from Greece, 377 miles from Rome, 463 miles from Munich, 642 miles from Berlin, 8000 men and boys were systematically murdered, massacred, by the Bosnian Serb Army. While European “peace keepers” stood by.
Allow me to translate those distances into something my fellow Americans might understand – the massacre by the Bosnian Serb army took place in a town closer to the center of Europe than Chicago is to New York.
Please take a moment for that to sink in. In a continent that fifty five years earlier had been cooperating in the execution of its own citizens on an unbelievable scale, they stood by while it happened again under their noses – and this was 25 years ago.
You might feel wonderment at the idea that Europeans would have the hubris to express surprise at the idea that governments are capable of – and have done – the most horrific of acts. And only armed citizens of other countries – Primarily the USA and the British Empire saved them from it.
You would be forgiven for wondering how it is that they managed to miss all those military graveyards scattered around Europe filled with the US and UK (and yes, others) dead. My own uncle, a Brit soldier, is buried in Holland and I have visited his grave.
The absolute irony that it took ARMED Americans and ARMED Brits to dig the European continent out of the Slough of Despond it had churned itself into, never, ever seems to cross their minds.
You will notice, I hope, that I have refrained – up to this point – from bringing in the stunning example of long term “civilized” countries – like China rounding up its own citizens and forcing them into re-education camps, or Iran shooting en masse its citizens that protest against the government. And yet “woke” people express dismay at the idea of citizens of their own countries wishing to possess and bear firearms in order to oppose tyranny by the government.
President Trump approved the targeting of the Iranian General in charge of the “Quds Force” . Just so we are clear about this “force”. It is a unit within the “Revolutionary Guard Corps” of the Iranian governing hierarchy.
“Responsible for extraterritorial operations, the Quds Force supports non-state actors in many countries, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, Yemeni Houthis, and Shia militias in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan.”
The “Quds Force” was designated as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” in April of 2019. Qassim Suleiman, the targeted individual, was in Baghdad when he was attacked, he was the leader of a terrorist organization, in a country that did not invite him and at the scene of terrorist activity being carried out by his organization. Let’s keep that ALL in mind. He was a legitimate target of war.
President Trump’s decision was right, the action was carried out flawlessly and a disgusting Terrorist Organization was struck a decisive blow.
So why the hysteria by the left – from Kaepernick to the Squid – oops squad – and the rest of the sycophantic twats of the left? They criticized the President for taking firm and decisive action against an enemy of the USA who has a proven track record of organizing strikes against our military.
The Washington post referred to the Terrorist in chief as “ (Iran’s) most revered military leader”. I draw attention to that little gem because, apparently, the Washington Post believes that the head of a terrorist network in a country ruled by secret police and revolutionary guards and which imprisons dissidents and executes gays is somehow “revered”. The WAPO of course does not actually state how it arrives at the conclusion that this thug is “revered” though I am sure there are some Iranian fanatics who love the guy.
And a quick review of the World’s press shows a general undertone of “fear” from those governments who fear “escalation” by President Trump – but who do not, it would seem, fear escalation by Iran which has in recent years exported its revolutionary tactics and personnel to Syria, Lebanon, Iraq as three primary examples. But fight back? Exert force against people bent on creating havoc? OMG! How awful.
The Obama administration paid off Iran with pallets of cash. Some of that cash was used to bankroll Quds and the terrorist organizations it supports ( Like Hamas and Hizbollah) and some of it used to bankroll Iran’s atomic research. Such escalation seemed to escape the Washington Post and other media “entities” and passed by without critical comment.
There can be no negotiating with terrorists who have already announced that the reason for their existence is the eradication of their enemies.
Only idiots and poltroons think that one should try to pacify a person or entity that has said that its ‘raison d’etre’ is your destruction. They are the ones who have set the rules of this conflict and they must be dealt with before they can achieve their aim.
Last night (Thursday Dec 12 2019) was a great night for Brexit supporters in the UK.
The Conservative Party, which had run pretty much on “Get Brexit done for god’s sake” took 364 of the seats in Parliament. 650 is the total count of seats. That gives the Conservatives an absolute majority of 78 in Parliament.
What does that mean for Brexit? Whatever Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister decides. Each Parliament lasts 5 years unless an extraordinary General Election is called. So Mr Johnson has a large enough majority to guarantee 5 years of power running the UK. How will it turn out? Well I am sure that Brexit will happen – and happen on much more favorable terms for the UK than the anti-Brexit partisans were promoting. Will it happen fast? Good question – we will wait and see.
But what else? Well Boris campaigned on and spoken about a few main areas – beefing up the NHS especially in numbers of nurses and Doctors, though I have not seen how he proposes to actually do it My own personal impression is that this may be more problematical than it appears after all where are all these English speaking and qualified people going to come from? He also promised IIRC, 40 new Hospitals – that is probably a more easily managed promise but – the hospitals have to be manned with qualified people – so?
What will happen with Northern Ireland? Well I am semi-confident that Boris can thread the needle – so we’ll see what happens. I am hoping that a sensible solution will be arrived it. Though, given the history that may be a hope too far.
For Scotland? Well Boris has said on the record that there will be no 2nd Vote on Scottish independence. I support Boris in this – for a very simple reason – this was voted on in 2014 and the Scottish people rejected Independence by 2,001,926 votes to 1,627,989 . Now, 5 years later (and actually for the past 3 years), the Scottish Nationalist Party has been pushing for another referendum presumably because the first referendum did not give them what they wanted.
The same argument that has been advanced by those who oppose the vote on Brexit. The British People voted to leave the EU. What should have happened next was that Parliament should have responded to that vote by getting Great Britain out of the EU forthwith. There was NOTHING to argue about. And THAT delay and unspeakable arrogance from those who sought to kill Brexit has directly led to the stunning victory last night.
The SNP bring up the fact that they have increased their seats in Parliament – by a large amount, They are certainly in a position to negotiate . But they will have to lose the “we want, we demand” because the majority is with the Conservatives and then do not need the approval of the SNP.
Once again I am awestruck by the simple ability of the left wing group-hive to volubly express their contempt and hatred for their fellow citizens . During the whole run up to this election it has been one brain dead virtue signaling lefty celebrity after another attempting to persuade the UK voters to not vote conservatives by accusing the voters of being idiots. Seems like the SNP are going the same way. It will not end well.
There have been two major referenda in the UK in this decade – Scottish Independence and Brexit. There were hard fought campaigns on both occasions and the votes were counted. Scottish Independence was rejected, Brexit was approved.
And still, the left does not wish to support Democracy. Neither do the “Liberal -Democrats” who, despite their name, seem dedicated to NOT doing what the British People voted for – how is that “Liberal” how is it “Democrat”? Asking for a friend…
I am very happy with the result, I am happy that the electorate has emphatically reinforced their Referendum vote for Brexit. I hope that Boris will use the levers of power that have been given to him , not only to get Brexit done but to reform the Civil Service from the top down. It is obvious that the Civil service has decided that its “judgment” supercedes the decisions of the oiks. This needs to change – and change swiftly. The Mandarins of Whitehall need to be shaped up or be shipped out.
Like most of America I have avoided the abject “Theater of the Absurd” being played out in Washington DC by the Democrat Party.
I have watched – with bewilderment – as the process of “getting Trump” has been the all consuming passion of the hard left since the day of the election in November of 2016. I read in the book “Shattered” how the Clinton campaign went from conceding with forced grace (as we normally expect the losing side to behave in these things) to pivoting to a message that it was all the Russians’ fault. That somehow the damned Russkis had put the fix in and tricked 62 million Americans into voting for their secret billionaire property developer puppet. And they, the gallant losers (though really winners) were going to “resist”.
And so the pathetic weep-a-thon and wail-o-rama that has become the Modus Operandi for the Democrat Party was launched on a tidal wave of tears and slobbering anguish.
For a little over three years the political and strategic aim of the Democrat Party has been to “get Trump”. Within days of the election “Impeachment” was being bandied around as a technique that could remove the Trump Obstacle from the scene and start on setting the political world of the left and of the Deep State to rights again. The Main Stream Media – ABC, NBC. CBS and the dog whistlers of the Cable CNN and MSNBC have been acting in unison in a full throated attack on whatever Donald Trump is doing – right now. Everything that happens is viewed through the prism of “how can this be used to attack Trump?” . NOTHING is viewed through the prism of “how can we help the country?”.
The push has always been to “get Trump”the hope has always been to find something, anything, which would convince the majority of US Voters that he must be removed from office. The leftist supporters, of course, have been convinced from November 2016 that Trump should be removed. Not because of what he has done or not done but because his election is just so unfair, unjust, not right, unfair and anything that removes him is fair and just.
This has led to what, in any other country, would be a hilarious spectacle – watching pompous politicians, having decided that Impeachment must be done – launch what they claim are unbiased inquiries to prove themselves right. Pelosi tries to sound serious as she announces that she has instructed the House to draw up articles of impeachment – acting as if this was something reluctantly arrived at solution instead of it being a cobbled together post facto justification for decisions reached with no proof at all before any inquiry was ever launched. And watching the media breathlessly reporting on the non-story like it was a serious moment in US History instead of being the acme of pathetic theater.
If the only thing available to them to write in an impeachment article was that Donald Trump once jaywalked – they would have already included it. Instead we are subject to the opinions of “witnesses” who actually saw nothing, opining on whether or not their own interpretation of the divining of Donald Trump’s intentions was enough to impeach him.
Really. If this tripe was going on in France the late night “comedians” in the USA would be laughing themselves into sweaty piles at the stupidity of the French. Instead, of course, those self same “comedians” are part of the background chorus chanting for something “to be done”.
Is anyone of a sound mind out there even buying into this BS?
The USA, over the last three years has an economy that is second to none. I realize – BTW – that a good economy is a complex thing and not just the result of a magic wand wave by an incoming President. I think that POTUS did do the one thing that unlocked the potential of the USA – he started rolling back regulations and needless laws and bureaucratic over-reach and, with the unchaining, things started to ramp up very fast. More and more people went back to work, unemployment dropped and dropped. There have been trade deals made, trade opponents dealt with, ISIS demolished. Overall I think the USA is doing great.
And the Democrats have done what? Nothing except organize committees to go after Trump.
We have Democrat politicians like Ocasio-Cortez shrilly claiming to have never experienced the American Dream – while being elected as the youngest member of the House of Representatives, having attended Boston University while not having any money to do so. Ms Ocasio Cortez finds herself in the legislative body of the most [powerful country on earth – and finds time to claim how hard done by she is?
In the midst of good times and good things the Democrat Party is seeking to tear society apart by balkanizing every part of society they can infiltrate. There are lessons to be gleaned from this performance by Pelosi, Hoyer, Obama, Podesta, Biden, Booker Warren et al – the ONLY thing the left cares about – is power. They have proven that they do not care about the electorate, the wishes of the voters nor the welfare of the country. They care about the handles of power.
If you want an example of how the Democrats view themselves in power – you only need listen to what they are saying.
Adam Schiff holds “hearings’ in secret. Summons witnesses who have not witnessed anything and prevented others from presenting witnesses or questioning the people he has brought up. This is what passes for “inquiry” in the eyes of the left.
At the same time we have people like Elizabeth Warren – someone who is seeking to be President who says that when she becomes President she will abolish the Electoral College. Why is that such a bad thing? Well in order to be sworn in as President a candidate has to swear to Uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Warren is promising to violate it. And that is quite apart from the fact that the President is in the Executive Branch not the legislative branch. So she cannot just change the Constitution.
Or we have Billionaire Bloomberg who plans to impede the ability of US Citizens to keep and bear arms – in Direct contravention of the 2nd Amendment. Again yet another Democrat Candidate who plans to act as a dictator and violate his oath of office.
The left does not wish to govern. It wishes to rule. Not for you and me – but for their own ideology. Believe them when they keep saying exactly that.
I am in an invidious position in regard to Greta Thunberg.
I am going to have to write something defending this young woman and both sides who are currently vapouring themselves blue in the face are going to hate me for it. The Left who are busily pushing her out on the world’s stage and the lefty media that are busily shining the spotlight are as equally disgusting as the conservatives who are addressing her statements with insults about her arrogance or her stupidity.
A plague on both your houses.
Greta Thunberg is an abused young woman.
According to the hagiography produced by her mother, Greta has OCD and Aspergers. The mother also asserts, apparently seriously, that Greta can “see” the odorless, colorless gas called carbon-dioxide.
Now, normally parents spend a lot of time educating their children about things which the children might well imagine but which are not true. At some point in their lives most children get to understand that Santa Claus doesn’t bring the Christmas presents, The Tooth Fairy does not leave money under the pillow and the Easter Bunny doesn’t distribute loads of sweets and chocolate Easter eggs. We, as parents try to introduce circumstances or material which helps the child realize… it’s called growing up.
Many children have problems dealing with their imaginary fears. Monsters in the Cupboards or under the beds, ghostly creatures, animals that talk,scary movies or stories. There is a long list. Many of us who are parents can tell stories of showing a child there is nothing under the bed or in the closet and sitting with them until they settle down. Like the fantasies of free sweets, money or prezzies the monsters also, usually, fade with time.
Young people who have OCD (obsessive compulsive Disorder) can be prey to their own anxieties. They can feel that if they do not adopt or maintain a habit then bad things can happen to them. If they don’t wash their hands enough, or don’t sort their clothes correctly it can induce distress, sometimes hysterical. The patterns are individual to the person. Aspergers Syndrome covers a large amount of territory and one of the main features of it is extreme awkwardness in social situations. The inability to understand or empathize with others, the tendency to be extremely literal the inability to absorb or distinguish abstract information. I have included a link below to an article that covers a lot of it.
Ms Thunberg apparently has become obsessed with the fear of Climate Change.
Please let’s note something at this point – this is not about the truth or untruth of climate change. It is about her obsession with the fear of the subject.
Now. Normally most of us, as parents, would seek to allay our child’s fears especially if the child was fixating or obsessing about them. But with children with OCD and Aspergers this would be an incredibly delicate and difficult task to do.
Now Greta’s fears fit with how the Climate/Green Cabal would like most people to react. Blind panic. Obsessive fear. But IN Greta’s case this state is enabled by her condition, not the evidence.
But never mind!! It will do!!
So childhood fears are dragged out, made manifest and paraded around the world’s stage. Newspapers magazine and TV hang on the words of a young woman who cannot explain what Climate Change actually is – but can describe how afraid she is of it. And she is applauded for this. She is given attention by all sides who are, all of them, cementing her fears into public policy – or at least attempting to do so.
And then we have people from the conservative side explaining how stupid this view of hers is, how arrogant she is, so on and so on. Judging her as though she is some sort of young adult prodigy when she is simply a person with issues who has been exploited by the leftist media and the eco-lytes because her condition suits them perfectly.
Understand this – please – Greta Thunberg is not some adult who has come to an intellectual conclusion about a scientific proposition. She is a young woman/girl with a condition that feeds her fears and she lacks the awareness to even understand how she appears to others.
What we should be campaigning about and complaining about is the utter cold-heartedness of the Climate Alarmist Cabal and their willingness to push out on the public stage a person with issues to perform to their desires.
It is disgusting and it is abuse. Her fears do not validate the “science” the fact that she is afraid is because of her condition and these disgusting excuses for human beings are grinding her into the ground.
Please do not help them.
Attack the organ grinders not the performing little act.
A longish time ago I ran across the statement that “97% of Scientists agree that human caused global warming is real”. Something like that.
When I first read it, I laughed out loud assuming it was someone’s idea of a joke. But I was, I admit it, wrong. It was the then latest salvo of the PR Barrage coming from the IPCC and other activists around the globe. It seems that they thought they would launch their PR Blitz using a logical fallacy and proceed from there.
Since that point in time I have come to the conclusion that the whole concept of “anthropomorphic climate change” is a fantasy. It is a fantasy being used as a battering ram to force unwanted and viciously totalitarian SOCIAL change.
Having stated my controversy up front please do me a favor and read why I have come to this conclusion.
I mentioned my initial reaction about the “97% agree”. I am a fan of the study of logical fallacies. That statement about “97% of Scientists agree that…” is a logical fallacy that is called The Argument from Numbers (Argumentum ad Populum). It is the misconception that because many believe something it must be correct. I once saw this lampooned hilariously on a usenet Newsgroup called alt.talk.origins as;
“Eat Dung! One billion flies cannot be wrong”.
The assertion (argument) is ridiculous even at first blush – for a number of reasons. Science does not run on consensus – it runs on proof. It runs on theory, experiment and analysis and review. Most scientists supported the aether theory of what exists out in space which was then disproved by the Micelson-Morley experiments. The majority were wrong. Period. And once the work of Michelson and Morley was reviewed, tested and accepted then the scientific view of the cosmos changed.
It is ludicrous at second blush too – the idea that 97% of scientists would agree on anything as nebulous as “anthopomorphic climate change” could only be stated seriously by a PR person because Scientists don’t do things that way.
Later investigation as to where the phrase came from revealed that it was a survey sent out to thousands of scientists who worked or had been associated with environmentalism or climate studies or meteorology and it was the count of those few responses that they got to the survey that came up with 97% of the responses agreed … So if it were to be truthfully stated it should have said “97% of Scientists who believe in anthropomorphic climate change agree that it is real” which lacks the same panache and punch of the original, but false, assertion.
So my first encounter with the Warmist Agenda Keepers Organization (WAKO) was not auspicious.
And so I watched with an admittedly somewhat prejudiced eye as the Warmist Jihad got rolling.
Have you ever been involved in an argument with a Warmist Jihadi? They will quite happily bombard you with whatever facts and figures and tables they have been provided with and ask you to “disprove” them. If you try they will ask you what your “training” in Climate Science is – and imply that you are not qualified to comment on such fancy science work which is way out of your league.
Hmm. This is a bit of conundrum – is it not? Unless you, as a citizen and a tax payer, are prepared to go through 6 years of expensive college you are not permitted to pass opinions on anthropomorphic climate change? You are therefore OBLIGED to accept unreservedly, the opinions of your betters? Say it ain’t so, Joe.
It ain’t so.
The data presented is just a statement (or argument as it is referred to in the Fallacy trade). So while the scientific notation might be awe inspiring the way it is being presented may be less so.
It was in this period that I first encountered the word “Denier”. “He/she denies climate change!!” “he/she is just a denier!” “climate change denial!”. This use of a pejorative label to write off opposition is a common tactic within what passes for political discourse these days. It does not deal with objections but instead attempts to stonewall any opposition by just using the dismissive and moving on.
During this period there was a leak from the University of East Anglia. Emails archived at the Climate Research Unit were unearthed and published much to the dismay of the warmist scientists who found their nasty little words and plans put on public display. Their preferences for silencing opposition, to denying publishing to papers that did not forward the Warmist agenda and so on. The release of those emails should have put paid to the warming “juggernaut” but it did not.
Instead it careened on, trying out various messages of doom and woe. Publishing drop dead timelines when things would become irreversible – and then re-wording them when they failed to come to pass. As each modeled prediction failed – they produced more models. And they brought forth probably the weirdest of their arguments. Their coterie of priest-like “believers”.
A portly politician brought forth a DVD. An Inconvenient Truth. The definitive “argument” for Global Warming?
But let us apply the warmist test for validity here.
How well trained is Al Gore in Climate Science?
Well – he doesn’t have any. He went to Harvard and got his degree in “Government”. Reportedly he did not do well in science and maths.
He is a bureaucrat and a Politician. He is the son of a politician and has lived comfortably in the bosom of government largesse for his entire life.
He has been lauded by Bill Nye “The Science Guy”. Again lets us apply the warmist test of validity to his status. How much training does Nye have in Climate Science? Well, er… None. He does have an engineering degree – which puts him well ahead of Al Gore but his training was as a mechanical Engineer not in climate sciences. He is “famous” for communicating about Science. But he is not a climate scientist – so by warming standards he has no cred to argue about it.
Next on the list are the celebrity Priest-Kings of Climate Science. Let’s take Leonardo de Caprio . His qualifications for Climatology? None.
Prince Harry of England. His climate science creds? None. He did, however graduate from the Military Academy of Sandhurst in England.
Judd Apatow – film director who just recently decided to tweet out about how we are literally murdering our children? His qualifications? None.
And finally – the Pièce de résistance – Greta Thunberg. A 16 year old Swedish Schoolgirl without even a basic secondary education. According to her mother’s writing Greta has one qualification – she can “see” carbon dioxide.
“Greta is one of the few people who can recognize our carbon dioxide with the naked eye. She sees how greenhouse gases flow from our chimneys, rise to the sky through the wind and turn our atmosphere into a gigantic, invisible heap of waste.”
Other than that her top qualification seems to be her wholesale fear.
According to the Warmist Jihad Handbook – in order to criticize or discuss Climate Change you need to be a climate Scientist. But NONE of these people have any qualifications to do that. Yet the press regularly and forcefully publishes their opinions as if they were somehow more than just gullible drivel.
And to show their commitment to the cause – their wholesale belief in how bad CO2 and emissions are we have Al Gore who has made tens of millions of dollars from exploiting the Global warming Jihad. He owns two large properties on in Montecito CA which is 6,000 square feet and one in Tennessee which is 10,000 square feet. That is one hell of a “footprint” for someone who claims to be all over this Global warming thing. Considering that these two properties are for 2 adults… Obviously being a Priest-King of the Warmist Jihad requires a lot of room.
Or Leonardo de Caprio who is so important to the Jihad that he must take private jets where e’er he goeth. Wafted, presumably by warm winds while the jets spill tons of CO2 per hour – just for him.
Prince Harry – another of the private jet fliers, a man with a modest footprint of an estate in the Cotswolds and house in London all paid for by the taxpayers of the UK. Thank God the man is willing to lecture us mortals on a subject he knows nothing about.
Greta Thunberg at least appears to go for the whole no carbon thing. Planning to sail across the Atlantic in a racing yacht, built of – carbon fiber. Can’t make this stuff up.
And there we have it – ignorant, uneducated people advocating wholesale social change for OTHERS while busily indulging themselves in what they claim to oppose.
Now you may begin to understand why I think this whole thing is a total crock.