The Grand Farce

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?


Wow.


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.

Making people with disorders perform for Climate Alarmism is wrong

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.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/aspergers/what-are-signs-symptoms-disorder/

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.

A very good tweet series from someone describing Aspergers and how it affects people who have it.

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.

And in further news – Cold Kills

And a study published in the Lancet – the British medical journal of record shows that more people die from cold related causes than from heat related.

So does that mean that those opposing Global warming are hoping to kill more people?

So far an increase in global temperature – about a degree celsius in a century, an increase in CO 2 has given us – less deaths, record crops and a longer growing season.

And yet the rich and the brainless continue to congregate in remote places by private jet and mega yacht to discuss how bad it all is and how poor people need to restrict their CO2 foot print.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62114-0/fulltext

Shot of article from the Lancet

The Priest Class of Warmism’s Jihad

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?

Gore

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.

Science guy

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.

Apatow

Judd Apatow – film director who just recently decided to tweet out about how we are literally murdering our children? His qualifications? None.

Greta

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.

The Big Dirty

Well, well.

Google – the incredibly “woke” mega-corporation that consumes more electrical power than many nations is hosting a quiet enclave or get-together in an environmentally friendly location in Sicily (a renowned place world wide for its ecological progress and quiet understated luxury and helicopter pad)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2017/07/28/inside-the-secret-google-summer-camp-at-the-verdura-golf-and-spa-resort-in-sicily/#55f063c219b0

The rich who wish to appear “woke” and “meaningful” – like Prince Harry, or DiCaprio, or Obama are arriving in squadrons of private jets (last count 114) and a few private mega yachts. Theoretically they could establish air speriority and could launch an amphibious assault on any small nation that dares use anything more intensive than dung for cooking fires. But out of sheer compassion and empathy they would refrain, I guess.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/obama-katy-perry-other-celebs-take-jets-and-yachts-to-sicily-for-google-climate-change-summit/?fbclid=IwAR04kBUxJTXPkpSP-1_cAc4q2kOcOuHlDjFasU-pf7JOaz8vja-PV9JF4dg

So, while the woke, well heeled wankers of the world are waffling, can we, the great unwashed, expect far seeing policies and initiatives for the woke and condemnation for the polluters of the world? How will they deal with the villains? What will they be saying?

One would expect to see some high powered criticism of those who are failing to make the grade, for those who are not following the diktats of the woke and the powerful.

Quick Quiz for those in the know;

Which country has the worlds highest output of CO2?

Which country dumps the most plastic in the world’s oceans?

Which Country and it’s leader comes in for the most criticism from the eco fruit loops?

Well if you listen to the woke there is no doubt, at all, about who is responsible for all the major issues. The USA? Right? And its President Donald Trump? Or the Trump Administration – amiright?

Hmmm. So the rich people in their private jets and super yachts meeting at a super expensive resort in Sicily are going to be brave and speak against…

Well who should they speak out against?

The number one producer of CO2 in the world is …. China. Over twice as much CO2 as the USA. And climbing. And aiming to climb higher even more.

The number one dumper of plastic into the world’s oceans? … why… China. 17 times as much as the USA. In fact the USA is not even in the top five countries for dumping plastic into the ocean.

https://www.audubon.org/news/these-5-countries-are-biggest-plastic-polluters

Yet the only campaigns we hear about are – against plastic straws in the USA??? Why the effort to reduce such a meaningless non-event from the cafes, diners and restaurants in the USA? It is not even a blip on the screen? Why not proitest the countries that are doing the wort of the dumping?

Why are they not pushing to Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against China? That nation and that regime are a danger to the world. Instead what we see are leftists screaming about Boycotting Israel, who are the only democracy in the middle east that actually cares and protects minorities, they waffle on about banning plastic straws and they elevate an uneducated Swedish schoolgirl to some sort of virtue signaling guru status.

Seriously – if you every saw this as the plot in a movie you would gag on your popcorn.

Leftist Dementia and Authoritarianism

Bill de Blasio, a soi-disant “Communist” has decided to appoint hisself as All-High Grand Turtle of New York City.

UK Daily Mail headline

He has decided that he is now empowered to instruct private individuals as to what setting their thermostats must be set to in buildings that De Blasio does not own, control or manage.

It would appear that he is suffering from the next level of Leftist Early Onset Dementia – he is imagining that he merely needs to formulate and promulgate the thought and his very utterance carries the weight of just law.

‘Tis a mental disorder that appeals much to the Leftist Liberal mindset. The idea that whatever ridiculous idea occurs to them – transgender pronouns, race quotas, gender identity, carbon taxes, climate disasters, soda taxes should automatically gain the full force of law and that all who oppose governance by fanciful fascistic edict should be punished forthwith.

There is no room or allowance for debate – if the utterance comes from an approved leftist mouthpiece it is to be agreed with and enacted and woe betide any who speak out against it.

We see the streets of Portland being given over to the rule of totalitarian thugs – by the fiat of the “Mayor”. We see the public streets of San Francisco being laden with turds from the great unwashed homeless masses seething around the streets of one of the richest cities in the USA. In Los Angeles , home of Hollywood and the Super Woke celebrity democrat parties, fundraisers and child molester admirers people camp on the sidewalks.

This is Leftist dementia in full view.

Time for a campaign of Civilized Obedience

Seeing the disgusting pictures of an independent journalist attacked by Antifa in Portland at the weekend and, given the total lack of outrage from the leftist mainstream media, I think it is time to mount a campaign of Civilized Obedience.

Here’s my take on this – somehow it has become fashionable to speak of Civil Disobedience as if the phrase itself lends an aura of saintly intent to the activity being described.

But, of course, those who push it these days seem to forget that Gandhi and MLK Jr were advocating for NON-VIOLENT passive resistance to laws they felt were discriminatory in an effort to change them. They were not advocating violent threats and actions to force people to change. The exact opposite in fact.

Not the familiar color scheme

In Portland this weekend a journalist named Andy Ngo who writes and contributes to Quillete, a Libertarian leaning publication, was attacked in the street by Antifa thugs while covering their activities. He ended up in the Emergency Room. There appears to be no coordinated activity to round up street protesters who indulge in illegal activities – not sure why the response to this is so tepid and wonder if the city government is surprised that being nice and polite does not seem to be handling the issue very well.

The right to protest and demonstrate in public is, from my view, sacrosanct. However no-one has a “right” to prevent others from doing the same thing. So if one group wishes to demonstrate in one area then I do believe the government has the duty to allow them to do so and to protect their right to do so. Should some other group wish to protest and announce an opposing view they should certainly be afforded the chance to do so – at a different location, or if the location is key – at a different time or day.

It is up to law enforcement to actually apply the laws of the land, If someone threatens another with violence they should be arrested and charged. In short I think that in Public discourse the police should be executing a “broken windows” strategy. Every infraction should be acted upon. Someone stands in the street and obstructs traffic – arrest, charge. Someone throws something at someone else – arrest, charge. Milkshake or brick – arrest and charge. Someone spits on someone – arrest and charge. Make sure the local courts are set to deal with the infractions swiftly. No “plea deals” that involve expungement of records. Not advocating for severe punishments – fines can be relatively small just to cover the expenses of policing and jailing and the court. But the offenses should be on the record. And stay there.

If this sounds like a lot of effort – yes it is – but I think it is a far better alternative than allowing things to deteriorate with ever increasing episodes of violence

Inept Climate Change enthusiasts abounding

Confession, or transparency declaration or personal bias alert. One of my jobs in the early part of my working life was on Fishing Trawlers out of Lowestoft in England. For nearly two years I worked in the North Sea and North Atlantic as a second engineer for East Coast Fisheries and I saw a lot of fish and endured some of the worst working conditions I ever experienced. Would not change that experience for anything.

I wish to discuss one of the greatest ecological disasters of our times. The loss of an entire inland sea – The Aral Sea. And what caused it.

I also wish to point out the total uselessness of the IPCC and all the “climatologists” throughout the world who seem all consumed with talking about things that may or may not happen in the far future but who lack any sort of credibility in handling issues in the here and the now.

Just before 1960 The Central government of the USSR decided that the waters of two major rivers, The Amu Darya and the Syr Darya would be diverted for agricultural irrigation.

The Aral Sea was a large, salt water lake. It lay between Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan in the south. It was approximately 270 miles north to south and 180 miles from east to west. As those figures indicate it was a substantial body of water, all the more remarkable because it was located in a desert type terrain.

The local rainfall was nowhere near enough to replenish what the Sea lost in evaporation each year. Its main sources of supply were the two large rivers.

It had a large and productive fishing industry on its shores, big villages and towns. Hence my empathy for those that lived and made their businesses and their families there.

When the Soviet planners decided to create agriculture where it did not belong it decided to irrigate using the waters of the two rivers. One of the crops they picked was one crop that required copious amounts of water – cotton. The other was mainly wheat. That decision basically turned off the spigot that was keeping the Aral sea in existence and, from 1960 onward it started to evaporate – to dry up and become an alkali desert.

Here is a graphic from Britannica.com that shows the incredibly shrinking of this huge resource.

The incredible shrinking lake

Once the shrinking began there followed a cascade of predictable bad effects – the salinity of the sea exploded killing off the copious fish stocks that existed for millennia. As the sea bed started to be exposed the crystallized salts and alkalis and remnants of large amounts of fertilizer started to be blown in the dry winds causing health problems in the surrounding countries. Thousands were thrown out of work, businesses vanished.

There have been attempts to save the Sea, an effort and a dam in the northern small portion that is left seems to have kept that part of the lake in place but negotiations between countries on water usage got nowhere and as time has gone on the chances of reviving this once magnificent resource grow smaller and smaller.

Lest we lose track of something here – this is not something that is a “result of climate change” it is a result of centralized thinking causing issues that RESULT in changing the local climate. And, it would appear, that for all the hot air about “handling climate change” the IPCC and the hundreds of thousands of people who are making a living with the subject of climate change cannot even manage to get five local national governments together to come up with a realistic and workable solution to a “relatively simple” ecological and climatalogical problem. They can , however release multiple scaremongering reports, they can hold massive conferences at which nothing is fixed or decided, they can talk, pass laws, increase taxes – and none of it handles anything.

How about we demand that they actually prove that something can be done and done successfully before we start giving them the keys to the kingdom ad its treasury?

These are the people who claim to be able to handle things 100 years in the future!!

Think about it for a moment. Demand proof, demand accountability.

Privilege and collective “guilt”

Collective guilt is a wonderful gift and tool for – collectivists. It is why they LOVE to use it.

The best one they have come up with is “White privilege”. Seriously, this is their best effort. You can hear it trumpeted by the likes of Kamala Harris – an American citizen with PhD parents with great jobs and who went to school (up through high school) for most of her life in Quebec, Canada. Hardly the resume of a downtrodden mixed race child.

Kamala

We can compare her to perhaps the children of miners in Kentucky and West Virginia who, for the most part, are white. And who attended local schools in their districts where their parents lived and went to work. Perhaps we could examine the privilege of J.D. Vance who wrote Hillbilly Elegy and who did actually attend college (presumably getting there thanks to his whiteness and all)? There are a LOT of “under privileged” people in the world and they run the gamut of skin color from black through yellow and brown along to pasty white. All of us – and I include myself – were children of parents where our birth gave us no significant leg up or position of power or influence.

Chris

Tucker Carlson just recently exposed the “politician privilege” that accrues to the children of political leaders when it comes to access to the nations top schools. The “Ivy League” schools seem to find un-noticed rich deposits of intelligence in the offspring of the political elite. Most people have to have unbelievably high scores on the SAT and groveling essays of why they should go to Yale, Harvard, Brown or Cornell etc. They have to submit all their extra curricular activities and advanced placements and volunteer work – and they may, just may, get in. But , on the other hand if you are the daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton none of that appears to matter. Or, if your dad is Governor of the State of New York then, no matter your inarticulateness you are a shoo in.

Chelsea

It’s not that Chelsea or Chris or Al Gore’s 4 kids are bad people – I am not saying that they are. But they do not seem to measure up to the candidates who are scrambling for those few placements that are supposed to show how the Ivy League is some sort of super-meritocracy. Chris Cuomo for example looks like he might have excelled in a a small metro college in New York.

Where are the cries from the other politicians about this obvious “privilege”? Bupkis.

IN the meantime – children of “privilege” such as Kamala Harris get to lecture people who really did have to come up the hard way – about THEIR privilege.

Hubris. Total hubris.

Three Little Seals are we

I have been watching the various performances of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez since she succeeded in getting elected to the US House of Representatives last year. She is the youngest woman ever to have been elected to Congress, she is 29 years old, has a degree from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and Economics. Her victory in the primary for the Democrat Party “owned” seat was well executed and upset an established Democrat apparatchik named Joe Crowley – a 10 term incumbent. That was the real victory given that incumbents running in House races have a winning percentage at around 95% for re-election. Once selected Ms Ocasio-Cortez was a shoo in.

How did she do it? How did she move from being a bartender to the candidate for a congressional seat with no prior ramp up in local politics? Normally people take on local races – school board, library board, city council and so on. This enables them to build a network, put together a team of trusted people find out who can be trusted to help in further campaigns. It’s a way to gain credibility and also, by contributing to someone else, a way to obligate them to support you.

So how did a n00b with no experience in political vote getting or office seeking suddenly turn up in the Bronx and unseat a 10 term incumbent?

Well the story is suitably vague if one listens to Miss Ocasio-Cortez she and a few friends got together, put a campaign in gear and went around talking to people. Though that is the idyllic view we have of politics it is not how it works.

What happened was that a hardcore leftist organization named Justice Democrats came up with a strategy to start forcing the Democrat Party further left. Justice Democrats (you have to marvel at the bombastic name which carefully avoids the real aim – Injustice Socialist) did a very good job for their first run. They picked 26 candidates for various seats and won 6. You may recognize a couple of the names – along with Ms Cortex Ms Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the three best known ones.

All these candidates were picked by the organization (PAC)Justice Democrats.

Knowing just that helps explain why these three are always “supporting” each other. Ms Tlaib gets attacked for her anti semitic utterances and Ms Ocasio-Cortez is right there deflecting the attacks. The Democrat Party starts a motion to admonish Ms Talib for her antisemitism and thanks to the lobbying of the hard left it is watered down to the point of being meaningless.

Ms Ocasio Cortez appears to have the role of emoting and getting attention for positions that Justice Democrats wish to use to garner support for their “brand”.

Take the Green New Deal – something that sprung half baked from a couple of meetings with the highly emotional “we only have 12 years”. Delivered with big eyes and emotion it garnered a lot of press. It provided a whole bunch of press – it played into an already fertile field of waffle and the hard left got to test drive a few talking points to find which worked and which did not have legs.

Then came the next item – the flood of illegal immigrants hitting the USA attempting to overwhelm our borders. The funding for the “caravans” has been traced to various activist organizations and now we find Ms Ocasio-Cortez taking photos of herself beong emotional outside parking lots, getting emotional with the Border Patrol and emotionally sling around accusations. Note the over use of the descriptive “emotion”.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez actually voted against a bill to give funding to help out with the crisis at the border. As did her buddies Ms Omar and Ms Tlaib.

So we have this new congresswoman with no experience using her good looks and shrill voice to drum up press – but advancing no solutions and not supporting legislation to help address the issues she is complaining about.

She did not come into congress with a fully formed idea of what she wanted or believed in.

It looks to me that Ms Ocasio-Cortez gets her performance orders from the Justice Democrat leadership (a couple of whom are on her “staff”) and like a true performing seal she is pushed out on the stage to make a stir, attract attention and provide information and feedback to the real brains who put her there in the first place. She does not advance policy she does not work on finding solutions – he job is Agit-Prop.

The theater of the absurd has descended upon Washington DC