Stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions

Stunning new data indicates El Nino drove record highs in global temperatures suggesting rise may not be down to man-made emissions, by David Rose. Good to see that at least the tabloid press has picked this up, though the mainstream media otherwise are deathly quiet about this, after talking up the El Nino warming of the last year as “proof” of carbon dioxide warming. It wasn’t.

Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C since the middle of this year – their biggest and steepest fall on record. …

The fall, revealed by Nasa satellite measurements of the lower atmosphere, has been caused by the end of El Nino – the warming of surface waters in a vast area of the Pacific west of Central America.

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Some scientists, including Dr Gavin Schmidt, head of Nasa’s climate division, have claimed that the recent highs were mainly the result of long-term global warming.

Others have argued that the records were caused by El Nino, a complex natural phenomenon that takes place every few years, and has nothing to do with greenhouse gas emissions by humans.

The new fall in temperatures suggests they were right.

Big El Ninos always have an immense impact on world weather, triggering higher than normal temperatures over huge swathes of the world. The 2015-16 El Nino was probably the strongest since accurate measurements began, with the water up to 3C warmer than usual.

Not a peep about this in the Australian media.

America’s Economy Before Obama Versus After Obama

America’s Economy Before Obama Versus After Obama, by  Michael Leahy.

At a press conference in Greece one week after the American voters rejected his legacy at the polls by picking Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, President Obama defended his record, saying that people think he “did a pretty good job” as president.

The president said the U.S. ‘is indisputably better off’ because of him, and those who voted for Trump “are better off than they were when I came into office for the most part,” CNS News reported.

Breitbart News put President Obama’s claim to the test using eight key metrics of economic health: the federal debt, the gross domestic product annual growth rate, the unemployment rate, labor participation rates, median annual income, home ownership rates, health care costs, and reliance upon food stamps.

Six of these eight metrics show that Americans are demonstrably worse off in November 2016 than they were in January 2009, when President Obama was inaugurated.

The two metrics which show nominal improvement — the unemployment rate and median annual income — come with significant caveats. While the measured unemployment rate has declined under Obama, the dramatic increase in the number of those not participating in the labor force, and stagnant median household annual income in real terms, suggest that those two economic metrics represent illusory gains.

The post-modern new left has a persistent problem with the truth — they practice political correctness, contradicting reality for political gain.

Ohio State Attacker Posted Anti-US Pro-Muslim Screed to Facebook Moments Before Attack; White House Warns Against Blaming Religion of Islam After Ohio State Attack

Ohio State Attacker Posted Anti-US Pro-Muslim Screed to Facebook Moments Before Attack, by Lucas Nolan.

The suspect behind the Ohio State University attack posted to Facebook decrying America, saying, “We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims,” just moments before the attack.

Abdul Razak Ali Artan reportedly attacked students at Ohio State University with a knife and car, leading to 11 people being hospitalised for injuries on Monday. …

ABC News reports that Artan posted to Facebook just minutes before the attack, saying, “I can’t take it anymore. America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah. We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that.”

He also mentioned the recent trend of “lone wolf” attacks carried out by sole Islamic terrorists. “If you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace,” the post reads.

White House Warns Against Blaming Religion of Islam After Ohio State Attack, by Charles Spiering.

The Obama administration is warning Americans not to cast blame on Muslims after a student at Ohio State University launched an attack on innocent civilians that was likely inspired by Islamic State terrorists.

“Our response to this situation matters,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters during the press briefing. “If we respond to this situation by casting aspersions on millions of people that adhere to a particular religion or if we increase our suspicion of people who practice a particular religion, we are more likely going to contribute to acts of violence than we are to prevent them.”

Yes, but what about the truth? The attack is clearly connected with Islam. Oddly enough leftists are currently launching a new insult, that others practice “post-truth politics,” but that is obviously just projection. Post-modernists are notorious for evading or devaluing the truth, or even denying it exists.

Leftists are Only Praising Castro to Protect Their Own Orthodoxy: Socialized Healthcare

Leftists are Only Praising Castro to Protect Their Own Orthodoxy: Socialized Healthcare, by Frank Camp.

To understand why the progressives heap praise upon Fidel Castro while essentially ignoring his barbarism, one must understand their agenda.

Hidden within the rotting corpse of the Cuban government is the socialist gemstone long extolled by American progressives: Government-run healthcare.

According to progressive orthodoxy, socialized medicine is the pinnacle of healthcare. One of the most frequently touted examples of an exemplary healthcare system is Cuba’s. Celebrities, media personalities, and documentarians (see Michael Moore’s Sicko) repeat ad nauseam the claim that Cuba has an extraordinary and inexpensive healthcare system.

As it happens, Cuba does have a sterling government-run healthcare system … for wealthy tourists and government officials. The Cuban system is multi-tiered. There are the pristine, sanitary medical facilities used by the wealthy and well-connected, and the squalid facilities used by the Cuban people. This has been shown to be the case time and time again, yet American progressives — either out of ignorance or malice — glorify the Cuban system as one we should emulate.

Cuba’s healthcare system is abhorrent; the further one digs into the data, the more it becomes apparent that the glorification of the Cuban system by American progressives is based on manipulated statistics and cherry-picked information. However, the Left needs to maintain the illusion that Cuba is a prime example of a well-functioning government-run healthcare system.

In one picture: why you shouldn’t get your climate information from the @dailykos

In one picture: why you shouldn’t get your climate information from the @dailykos, by Anthony Watts. Look at the lie our leftists friends see in their information silo:

It’s the same fake ice floe that caught out Science magazine a few years ago with the polar bear photoshopped in:

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And the lie? There are no penguins in the Arctic, so that’s not the North Pole. And of course the 36 degrees is completely baloney.

hat-tip Charles

‘Fake news’ isn’t the problem — mainstream news with an agenda is

‘Fake news’ isn’t the problem — mainstream news with an agenda is, by Cathy Young.

Critics on both the left and the right argue that the outcry about “fake news” is a manufactured crisis intended to smear and ostracize dissident, non-mainstream media — especially since some of the critiques lump together publications that contain real if slanted reporting … with sites that publish actual hoaxes (such as a story about Pope Francis endorsing Trump) or satire. …

No, mainstream publications don’t knowingly publish falsehoods. …

However, most junk journalism does not take the form of outright “fake news” but of tendentious reporting that focuses on some facts while downplaying or omitting others. And here, the mainstream media are indeed often guilty of bias. …

The Rolling Stone article about the fictitious fraternity gang rape, treated as gospel by the rest of the media for ten days until a lone blogger and then a columnist for the libertarian magazine Reason finally pointed out some of its major and obvious problems (such as the fact that the alleged victim claimed to have been raped for hours while lying amidst shattered glass from a tabletop, yet was able to run out of the fraternity house afterward and did not require medical attention).

Indeed, the first New York Times report on the Rolling Stone story being questioned largely defended it.

And this is not the only example. While the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. was certainly not “fake news,” a Justice Department investigation showed that the initial media narrative of that tragedy — one in which Brown was stopped for walking while black and shot dead while surrendering with his hands up — was completely false.

(Wilson realized that Brown could be a suspect in a strong-arm robbery at a store, and the shooting occurred when Brown put up a violent resistance and tried to grab the officer’s gun.)

Obama’s Foreign Policy a Failure, so Trump Could Look Good

Obama’s Foreign Policy a Failure, so Trump Could Look Good, by Niall Ferguson.

Obama’s foreign policy has been a failure, most obviously in the Middle East, where the smoldering ruin that is Syria — not to mention Iraq and Libya — attests to the fundamental naivety of his approach, dating all the way back to the 2009 Cairo speech.

The President came to believe he had an ingenious strategy to establish geopolitical balance between Sunni and Shi’a. But by treating America’s Arab friends with open disdain, while cutting a nuclear deal with Iran that has left Tehran free to wage proxy wars across the region, Obama has achieved not peace but a fractal geometry of conflict and a frightening, possibly nuclear, arms race. At the same time, he has allowed Russia to become a major player in the Middle East for the first time since Kissinger squeezed the Soviets out of Egypt in the 1972-79 period. …

Meanwhile, global terrorism has surged under Obama. Of the past 16 years, the worst year for terrorism was 2014, with 93 countries experiencing an attack and 32,765 people killed. 2015 was the second worst, with 29,376 deaths. Last year, four radical Islamic groups were responsible for 74 per cent of all deaths from terrorism: ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. In this context, the President’s claims to be succeeding against what he euphemistically calls “violent extremism” are absurd. …

The “Obama Doctrine” has failed in Europe, too, where English voters opted to leave the EU in defiance of the President’s threats, and where the German leadership he recently praised has delivered, first, an unnecessarily protracted financial crisis in the European periphery and, second, a disastrous influx to the core of migrants, some but not all of them refugees from a region that Europe had intervened in just enough to exacerbate its instability. The President has also failed in eastern Europe, where not only has Ukraine been invaded and Crimea annexed, but also Hungary and now Poland have opted to deviate sharply from the President’s liberal “arc of history.”

The Understudied Female Sexual Predator

The Understudied Female Sexual Predator, by Conor Friedersdorf.

The authors also note a 2011 survey of 302 male college students. It found that 51.2 percent reported “at least one sexual victimization experience since age 16.”

About half of the victims reported a female perpetrator.

As well, “a 2014 study of 284 men and boys in college and high school found that 43 percent reported being sexually coerced, with the majority of coercive incidents resulting in unwanted sexual intercourse. Of them, 95 percent reported only female perpetrators. The authors defined sexual coercion broadly, including verbal pressure such as nagging and begging, which, the authors acknowledge, increases prevalence dramatically.”

And “a 2012 study using data from the U. S. Census Bureau’s nationally representative National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions found in a sample of 43,000 adults little difference in the sex of self-reported sexual perpetrators. Of those who affirmed that they had ‘ever forced someone to have sex with you against their will,’ 43.6 percent were female and 56.4 percent  were male.”

Finally, there is reason to fear that abuse by female perpetrators is under-reported … And according to the paper, when female abusers are reported, they are less likely to be investigated, arrested, or punished compared to male perpetrators, who are regarded as more harmful.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour equates climate ‘deniers’ with proponents of ‘ethnic cleansing and genocide’

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour equates climate ‘deniers’ with proponents of ‘ethnic cleansing and genocide’, by Marc Morano.

CNN’s Christiane Amanpour equated climate change skeptics with the purveyors of “ethnic cleansing and genocide in Bosnia” and “unspeakable crimes.” She also declared that the media should not give voice to those who reject the alleged “consensus” of man-made climate fears.  Amanpour warned of a “Tsunami of fake news.” …

“It appeared much of the media got itself into knots trying to differentiate between balance, objectivity, neutrality, and crucially, truth. We cannot continue the old paradigm — let’s say like over global warming, where 99.9 percent of the empirical scientific evidence is given equal play with the tiny minority of deniers.

I learned a long, long time ago, covering the ethnic cleansing and genocide in Bosnia, never to equate victim with aggressor, never to create a false moral or factual equivalence, because then if you do, particularly in situations like that, you are party and an accomplice to the most unspeakable crimes and consequences.

So I believe in being truthful, not neutral.”

Wow. What a lot of nonfactual nonsense. Social media and the Internet are undermining her media monopoly, whereby she and her friends got to put only their viewpoint to the public, and anyone in the media who didn’t agree with them was drummed out. And she really doesn’t like the new development.

I recently discovered that all the current climate models have a technical error. The whole carbon dioxide theory of global warming is built on a modeling error. Yes increasing carbon dioxide warms the world, but only a fifth to a tenth as much as the IPCC currently estimates. Good news — we aren’t going to fry. I am now writing a book on this. Do you think the media, lorded over by the likes of Christiane Amanpour at CNN and Tony Jones at the ABC, will give the discovery fair coverage?

California regulates cow farts

California regulates cow farts, by Terence Chea.

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Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. …

Livestock are responsible for 14.5 percent of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions, with beef and dairy production accounting for the bulk of it, according to a 2013 United Nations report. …

Dairy farmers say the new regulations will drive up costs …

Bogus idea based on a bogus theory, driving up costs and regulations.

Fidel Castro: Into the Dustbin

Fidel Castro: Into the Dustbin, by Srdja Trifkovic.

In the early years of the second half of the 20th century, some time between Stalin’s death in March 1953 and the Hungarian uprising in October 1956, it had ceased to be fashionable for Western leftist intellectuals to be uncritically supportive of the late Soviet dictator and his bloody legacy.

The search was on for a communist role model with, well, not necessarily “a human face,” but rather a dashing personality that could appeal to the bourgeois bohemians of la Rive Gauche, Hampstead, and the Upper East Side. …

Castro’s revolution started with the usual bloodbath: 18,000 executions in 1959-62, in a nation of seven million, was the equivalent of 850,000 death sentences in today’s United States.

That did not worry Jean-Paul Sartre, who went to Cuba in the 1960s to meet Castro and enthused over what he called the island’s “Russoism,” its “direct democracy and warm lemonade.” Sartre also met Castro’s fellow mass-murderer Ernesto “Che” Guevara, whom he called “not only an intellectual, but also the most complete human being of our age . . . the era’s most perfect man.”

The rest is history. As late as 1990 a popular French novelist, Jean-Edern Hallier, gushed about Castro as a “medieval knight” whose “island is too small for him,” and his historic mission, a veritable embodiment of the “universal spirit of resistance,” a man “who has never accepted the discovery that human nature is not good.”

Here was the key to understanding the Western leftists’ pathology: Since the Enlightenment they have been trying to escape the immutable givens of human nature and social conflict, to assert that mankind is on the trajectory of linear historical progress, and to demonstrate that human nature is capable of being corrected through politics, education, and indoctrination. If the process required liberating tens of thousands of Cubans of their lives or liberty, or sending at least one in ten into exile, and reducing the third most prosperous Latin American country of 1952 to the bottom of the hemispheric scale . . . still, the price was well worth paying.

And the lefties are still trying, still in love with the idea of humans are identical blank slates that are perfectible by their education. As if.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Why all that Dancing in the Streets of Miami? The brutal legacy of Fidel Castro you won’t hear about in the mainstream media.

Why all that Dancing in the Streets of Miami? The brutal legacy of Fidel Castro you won’t hear about in the mainstream media. By Humerto Fontova.

Fidel Castro jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror. He murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six.

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Fidel Castro shattered — through mass-executions, mass-jailings, mass larceny and exile — virtually every family on the island of Cuba. Many opponents of the Castro regime qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history, having suffered prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period three times as long in Fidel Castro’s Gulag as Alexander Solzhenitsyn suffered in Stalin’s Gulag.

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara beat ISIS to the game by over half a century. As early as January 1959 they were filming their murders for the media-shock value.

Fidel Castro also came closest of anyone in history to (wantonly) starting a worldwide nuclear war.

In the above process Fidel Castro converted a highly-civilized nation with a higher standard of living than much of Europe and swamped with immigrants into a slum/sewer ravaged by tropical diseases and with  the highest suicide rate in the Western hemisphere.

Over TWENTY TIMES as many people (and counting) have died trying to escape Castro’s Cuba as died trying to escape East Germany. Yet prior to Castroism Cuba received more immigrants per-capita than almost any nation on earth — more than the U.S. did including the Ellis Island years, in fact.

Fidel Castro helped train and fund practically every terror group on earth, from the Weathermen to Puerto Rico’s Macheteros, from Argentina’s Montoneros, to Colombia’s FARC, from the Black Panthers to the IRA and from the PLO to AL Fatah.

Would anyone guess any of the above from reading or listening to the mainstream media recently?

The credibility of the media slips another notch.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australia: African migrants at heart of daycare scandals

Australia: African migrants at heart of daycare scandals, by Rick Morton.

Family daycare operators and teachers from non-English-speaking backgrounds are being targeted by state authorities in a bid to crack down on abuse and bending of rules that have cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in two years and put children at risk.

Senior departmental staff and Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones have confirmed a trend in rorting and noncompliance among ethnic communities, which has resulted in scarce investigative resources being focused on new services and migrant groups. Analysis of state government enforcement action in the past six months reveals family day care services slapped with conditions, suspended or cancelled were almost exclusively run by migrants from Africa, most from Somalia or Sudan.

The Rotherham rape epidemic was allowed to build and fester for a decade despite numerous complaints to police because bureaucrats and politicians didn’t want to be seen as “racist”. But they were in fact racist, because they were applying different standards to people based on their race. Could something similar have happened here?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Noel Pearson praises Pauline Hanson’s defence of Julian Assange

Noel Pearson praises Pauline Hanson’s defence of Julian Assange, by Scott Henry.

Noel Pearson has heaped praise on Pauline Hanson and suggested the One Nation leader could well become “a great champion’’ for indigenous Australians.

Mr Pearson, an adviser to the Cape York Partnership and co-chair of Good to Great Schools Australia, says Senator Hanson is a political figure who stands up for the “powerless, forgotten people, whether asylum seekers, indigenous people or those left behind by globalisation’’.

In an opinion article for News Corp newspapers, Mr Pearson applauds her “principled call’’ for a presidential pardon for Julian Assange which he says shines “an important light on the selective standards of many Australians and particularly the freedom-loving right of Australian politics’’.

Earlier this month Senator Hanson announced she would petition the Australian and American governments to work on the immediate release of “political prisoner” Mr Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for four years fearing extradition to Sweden then the US.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australia: ‘Angry white male’ not abusive, says Human Rights Commission

Australia: ‘Angry white male’ not abusive, says Human Rights Commission, by Hedley Thomas.

The Human Rights Commission has given short shrift to a section 18C complaint by Senator David Leyonhjelm after he was described by a journalist as an “angry white male” with “the empathy of a ­Besser block”.

Senator Leyonhjelm, who has said he was not offended by Fairfax Media political reporter Mark Kenny’s August 9 article, filed the complaint to highlight what he ­regards as the absurdity of a law that makes it unlawful to offend or cause hurt feelings.

His complaint stated that as he had been referred to as gormless, a rank apologist for the resentment industry, boorish, supercilious, a hate-speech apologist, wacky, a self-promoting misanthrope and a practitioner of infantile reasoning, with these characteristics linked to him being an “angry white male”, Kenny had breached section 18C.

Senator Leyonhjelm complained that the article was “reasonably likely” to offend or insult some white males. …

In a detailed reply to the commission, Senator Leyonhjelm urged it to continue investigating and asked whether it would be inclined to dismiss the complaint if the article were about “angry black female certitude”.

He said the commission was misinterpreting 18C “in an effort to avoid my case becoming a test as to whether the law means what it says, and whether it seeks to ­prevent racist speech against white people as well as those who have historically been its victims”.

“The legislation outlaws insulting and offending on the basis of colour, not blackness. I am not aware of evidence suggesting that white people and black people, on average, have different susceptibilities to insults and offence.”

How unsatisfactory that we need a government body to produce a ruling on whether abusing someone as an “angry white male” contradicts some government prohibition on speech. And even more absurd that this speech is ok, while similar epitaphs directed at those other than white males are unlawful. Anti-freedom and anti-white.

Cologne Police Consider Helicopters and ‘Women Retreats’ to Fight Migrant Sex Attacks

Cologne Police Consider Helicopters and ‘Women Retreats’ to Fight Migrant Sex Attacks, by Liam Deacon.

After more than 1,000 women were mugged, sexually assaulted, and raped by migrants last New Year’s Eve, the city of Cologne is considering using helicopters, registering all newcomers, and setting up “women retreats” to keep females safe this year. …

During the 2015/16 New Year’s Eve celebrations in Cologne city centre, hundreds of sexual assaults (including groping and at least five rapes) were reported.

Witnesses described the attackers as “North African or Arab origin”. It later emerged that most suspects came from Algeria, Morocco, or Iraq, that many were claiming asylum in Germany, and 70 per cent of had been in the country for less than a year.

Local media later apologised for ‘covering up’ and initially failing to report on the attacks. Leaked documents and e-mails showed the police were also under pressure to keep quiet about the migrant attacks.

PC parties all over the West are trying to inflict this on their native white populations, as a consequence of their “no borders” push and importing more Muslims.

hat-tip Charles

Reasons Left-Wingers Cut Trump Voters from Their Lives: Wouldn’t you avoid an evil person who was deliberately destroying the planet?

Reasons Left-Wingers Cut Trump Voters from Their Lives: Wouldn’t you avoid an evil person who was deliberately destroying the planet? By Dennis Prager.

Many Hillary Clinton voters have ceased communicating with friends, and even family members, who voted for Donald Trump. It is so common that the New York Times published a front-page article on the subject headlined “Political Divide Splits Relationships — and Thanksgiving, Too.” …

The Times acknowledges that this phenomenon is one-sided, saying, “Democrats have dug in their heels, and in some cases are refusing to sit across the table from relatives who voted for President-elect Donald J. Trump.” …

Yet virtually no conservatives cut off contact with friends, let alone parents, who supported Clinton. …

Reasons left-wingers cut Trump voters from their lives:

1. Just like our universities shut out conservative ideas and speakers, more and more individuals on the left now shut out conservative friends and relatives as well as conservative ideas.

2. Many, if not most, leftists have been indoctrinated with leftism their entire lives. … There are far more conservatives who read articles, who listen to and watch left-wing broadcasts, and who have studied under left-wing teachers than there are people on the left who have read, listened to, or watched anything of the Right or who have taken classes with conservative instructors. As a result, those on the left really believe that those on the right are all SIXHIRB: sexist, intolerant, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, racist, and bigoted. Not to mention misogynistic and transphobic.

3. Most left-wing positions are emotion-based. That’s a major reason people who hold leftist views will sever relations with people they previously cared for or even loved. Their emotions (in this case, irrational fear and hatred) simply overwhelm them.

4. Since Karl Marx, leftists have loved ideas more than people. All Trump voters who have been cut off by children, in-laws, and lifelong friends now know how true that is.

5. People on the right think that most people on the left are wrong; people on the left think that most people on the right are evil. Decades of labeling conservative positions as “hateful” and labeling conservative individuals as “sexist,” “intolerant,” “xenophobic,” “homophobic,” “racist,” and “bigoted” have had their desired effect.

6. The Left associates human decency not so much with personal integrity as with having correct — i.e. progressive — political positions. Therefore, if you don’t hold progressive positions, you lack decency. Ask your left-wing friends if they’d rather their high-school son or daughter cheat on tests or support Trump.

7. Most individuals on the left are irreligious, so the commandment “Honor your father and your mother” means nothing to those who have cut off relations with parents because they voted for Trump.

8. Unlike conservatives, politics gives most leftists’ lives meaning. Climate change is a good example. For leftists, fighting carbon emissions means saving human existence on earth. Now, how often does anyone get a chance to literally save the world? Therefore, to most leftists, if you voted for Trump, you have both negated their reason for living and are literally destroying the planet. Why would they have Thanksgiving or Christmas with such a person?

9. The Left tends toward the totalitarian. And every totalitarian ideology seeks to weaken the bonds between children and parents. The Left seeks to dilute parental authority and replace it with school authority and government authority. So when your children sever their bond with you because you voted for Trump, they are acting like the good totalitarians the Left has molded.

10. While there are kind and mean individuals on both sides of the political spectrum, as a result of all of the above, there are more mean people on the left than on the right. What other word than “mean” would anyone use to describe a daughter who banished her parents from their grandchildren’s lives because of their vote?

Indeed this happened in my family here in Australia, several years ago, in response to political correctness. Some family members put their politics before family, and we don’t see them any more. And others just cannot help but bring up politics and drift into nasty name calling every single time we see them — which of course is now much less frequent.

This gun can take down a drone from over a mile away

This gun can take down a drone from over a mile away, by Thomas McMullan.

The DroneGun is essentially a fancy-looking jammer that interferes with the drone’s signals, from distances of up to 1.2 miles. Instead of making a drone explode, the 13lbs (6kg) piece of kit forces the flier to land. It can also trigger the drone’s “return home” function – useful for authorities that want to track the person behind the drone’s controls.

Over the past year, Japanese police have deployed a crime-fighting drone squad – equipped with big nets – while London’s Met has hinted that it would be interested in copying tactics by Dutch police, using live eagles to hunt and take down drones. In October last year, The Guardian reported on a “death ray”, developed by a set of British technology firms, which can knock pesky unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) out of the sky by targeting their radio frequency.

If the Electoral College Voted for Hillary

If the Electoral College Voted for Hillary, by Martin Armstrong. Here is an interesting point of view, from a long-term serious commentator.

The proposal that the Electoral College should have voted for Hillary, thereby undermining the Constitutional structure of state v federal rights, was very serious. It demonstrates just how corrupt her followers can be willing to destroy everything to force their way upon the whole.  …

This type of insurrection could have brought the United States to the boiling point of civil war. The likelihood of such a proposal is not very high. …

A civil war along the traditional left/right split is not out of the question:

The Marxist v Liberty division in the United States is scary because such confrontations have ALWAYS led to millions of deaths. I would fight to the death against a Marxist takeover to retain freedom for my family and myself even though my days are less. As Patrick Henry said: “Give me Liberty; or give me Death.” This would be the only thing worth fighting for.

When you look into the eyes of such people in power, all you see is a cold lifeless soul filled with hate who despise anyone in the private sector for they see you as the privileged they never were. They are typically the worst of the worst. The people looking to get even with the world for their own lack of talent.

Maybe split the US into two countries?

The only fair solution in such a monumental confrontation sought by the youth is to split the United States as Rome split during the 3rd century. The blue states should have Hillary and the red states Trump; let the two philosophies of freedom and servitude separate forever for in the end it will be a confrontation of bloodshed. I for one certainly do not want to live under a socialist dictatorship in servitude, which is precisely what the protesting youth are seeking and do not comprehend what they are surrendering.

Fleeing the hateful mob:

Those seeking a secure future may be pushed to leave America or suppressed into economic servitude in the very manner as Ayn Rand wrote of Russia in “Atlas Shrugged.” I for one would get my family out of here on the very first flight. I would not wait and assume it would all work out. The Jews who assumed it would eventually be OK died in the concentration camps. These people protesting are filled with hatred. NEVER underestimate such a feeling in a mob.

They are ignorant of the corruption ushered in by the Clintons who unleashed the banks and handed them student loans to subjugate the youth into economic servitude. They want to rage against Trump, and fail to understand who even put them where they are today.

Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule

Erdogan: Turkish forces are in Syria to end Assad’s rule, by RT.

Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army entered Syria to end the rule of President Bashar Assad, whom he accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands. …

Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is seeking to restore “justice.”

This is serious. Russia is fighting on the side of Assad, and Turkey against. Turkish troops first entered Syria in August, but only to fight ISIS and prevent three de facto autonomous Kurdish areas joining up into one enclave south of the Turkish border.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S.

Trump to Announce Carrier Plant Will Keep Jobs in U.S., by Nelson Schwartz.

From the earliest days of his campaign, Donald J. Trump made keeping manufacturing jobs in the United States his signature economic issue, and the decision by Carrier, the big air-conditioner company, to move 2,000 of them from Indiana to Mexico was a tailor-made talking point for him on the stump.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump and Mike Pence, Indiana’s governor and the vice-president elect, plan to appear at Carrier’s Indianapolis plant to announce they’ve struck a deal with the company to keep roughly half of the jobs in the state, according to officials with the transition team as well as Carrier.

‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed

‘Diamond-age’ of power generation as nuclear batteries developed, by University of Bristol.

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery.

A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. …

Tom Scott, Professor in Materials in the University’s Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute, said: “There are no moving parts involved, no emissions generated and no maintenance required, just direct electricity generation. By encapsulating radioactive material inside diamonds, we turn a long-term problem of nuclear waste into a nuclear-powered battery and a long-term supply of clean energy.” …

Despite their low-power, relative to current battery technologies, the life-time of these diamond batteries could revolutionise the powering of devices over long timescales. Using carbon-14 the battery would take 5,730 years to reach 50 per cent power, which is about as long as human civilization has existed. …

Dr Neil Fox from the School of Chemistry explained: “Carbon-14 was chosen as a source material because it emits a short-range radiation, which is quickly absorbed by any solid material. This would make it dangerous to ingest or touch with your naked skin, but safely held within diamond, no short-range radiation can escape. In fact, diamond is the hardest substance known to man, there is literally nothing we could use that could offer more protection.” …

Professor Scott added: “We envision these batteries to be used in situations where it is not feasible to charge or replace conventional batteries. Obvious applications would be in low-power electrical devices where long life of the energy source is needed, such as pacemakers, satellites, high-altitude drones or even spacecraft.

Betsy DeVos, the cuckservative’s choice for Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos, the cuckservative’s choice for Secretary of Education, by Lion of the Blogosphere.

What I know about her: born super-rich, married super-rich, Christian, devotes herself to cuckservative educational causes like school vouchers and charter schools.

Because Republicans deny HBD nearly as much as Democrats, vouchers and charter schools will not solve the real problems of education because politicians deny what the real problems are. (Republicans accept the liberal premise that there are no differences in genetic learning potential between students, and the most important problem to be solved in education is the black-white achievement “gap.”)

Those who try to measure the “success” of the vouchers and charter schools will try to determine if test scores have improved for poor, minority and “disadvantaged” kids, and I guarantee you that scores on the highly g-loaded reading and math tests will not improve. If anything, the public schools, with their emphasis on endless drilling for the tests, have maxed out any possible score increases for these kids, and higher quality instruction would probably result in lower scores. …

However, vouchers solve the political problem of the left indoctrinating our kids at their schools.

The simplest thing we could do to vastly improve the quality of public education is to separate the intelligent children from the less intelligent children. But liberals are adamantly opposed to this because they say it’s racist. And it’s not something that the cuckservatives are behind either, because the cuckservative’s greatest fear is being called a “racist.” …

Is “cuckservative” an acceptable word now?

I guess the word is too convenient to describe the type of conservative who is wedded to “free enterprise” and Christian right stuff, while being desperate to demonstrate to liberals and the mainstream media that they are good guys, not racists or misogynists.

Why the GOP is now officially a Trump working class party

Why the GOP is now officially a Trump working class party, by Stephen Moore.

I stirred up some controversy last week, when I told a conference of several dozen House Republicans that the GOP is now officially a Trump working class party. For better or worse, I said at the gathering inside the Capitol Dome the baton has now officially been passed from the Reagan era to the new Trump era. The members didn’t quite faint over my apostasy, but the shock was palpable. …

What caught the ire of some of my conservative friends was my statement that “just as Reagan converted the GOP into a conservative party, with his victory this year, Trump has converted the GOP into a populist America First party.” …

First, let me lay to rest the idea that this was a backhanded slam against Reagan’s legacy. Hardly. I worked for the Gipper. He rebuilt the American economy and caused a quarter century-long boom in wealth creation and prosperity nearly unrivaled in American history. He won the Cold War and vanquished the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union. He belongs on Mount Rushmore. …

The elites in both parties have never understood Trumpism and often are contemptuous of the intellect and lifestyles of the Trump loyalists.

Conservatives should go back and read Jude Wanniski’s classic The Way the World Works. Jude reminds us over and over the lesson of history that there is great collective wisdom in the decisions made by the American voters. It’s not often wise to second guess them but rather to listen to what they are saying.

A lot of good things come with the Trump package. Probably three conservative justices on the Supreme Court, the biggest tax cut and assault against regulatory overreach since the Reagan era, spending cuts, Obamacare repeal, enterprise zones for inner cities, vouchers for kids in failing schools, and so on. But it’s a package deal, folks. If you want purity, vote for Ron Paul for president again, and see where that gets you.

The Corbynization of the Democratic Party: Appealing to the Fringes

The Corbynization of the Democratic Party: Appealing to the Fringes, by Joel Kotkin

The Democratic Party’s current festival of re-examination is both necessary and justified. They have just lost to the most unpopular presidential candidate in recent memory. Lockstep media support and a much larger war chest were not enough to save them from losing not only the presidency, but also in state races across the country. …

After losing by so much to Reagan, the Democrats set out to appeal to the middle class mainstream of of America:

This contrasts with the 1990s, when a group of party activists consciously rebuilt the party to appeal to middle-class Americans. Groups like the Democratic Leadership Council — for whose think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute, I worked for several years — pushed notions of personal responsibility, welfare reform, tough crime policies and economic growth that, embraced by Bill Clinton, expanded the party’s base in the Midwest, the Appalachians and even the Southeast.

But under Obama they instead pursued a strategy of a coalition of the fringes. And they are digging deeper now.

Such a shift to the middle is unlikely today. Progressives generally see Hillary Clinton’s loss as largely a rejection of her husband’s neoliberal policies and want to push the party further to the left.

This parallels developments in the United Kingdom, where, following their defeat in 2015, the Labour Party promoted a far-left figure, Jeremy Corbyn, as its leader. This was driven by grassroots progressives — deeply green, multiculturalist and openly socialist. …

Democrats face a similar dilemma. Driven by their dominant academic and media “thought police,” any shift to the middle on issues like crime, climate change or regulation now seems unimaginable. Self-described progressives who now dominate the party generally adhere to a series of policies — from open borders to draconian climate change policies — that are unlikely to play well outside the coastal enclaves. …

So it is no surprise, then, that the hyperregulatory and redistributionist agendas epitomized by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are now ascendant.

This pattern is exacerbated by the party’s increasing indifference to economic growth, in large part, due to their embrace of draconian climate change policies. Climate change policies, as now constituted, tend to suppress higher-wage, blue-collar employment. …

The Corbynization of the Democratic Party also turns on militant multiculturalism. This agenda is shaped, as in Britain, by a disjointed concert of grievance groups, ranging from gender activists to those who claim to represent Latinos, African Americans, Asians, Muslims and others, whose alienation has been exacerbated by Trump’s triumph. … This identity politics, some liberals note, has driven many whites into a defensive crouch and pushed them toward the Republicans. …

Inside the progressive echo chamber, many still believe that an alliance of minorities, gender activists and millennials will make their victory inevitable. This can be seen in the tendency of Democrats, just as there is a palpable rise in crime, to invite the militant Black Lives Matter movement into their tent.

Trump and Enforcement of the Immigration Laws

Trump and Enforcement of the Immigration Laws, by Andrew McCarthy.

Trump emissaries assert that the president-elect will step up border enforcement and prioritize the deportation of criminal aliens – i.e., those who’ve committed serious and/or repetitious state and federal crimes, not just immigration-law violations. Trump detractors, including Democratic mayors of major cities, respond with indignant vows to protect “undocumented” members of their communities who are living peaceful, essentially law-abiding lives.

If you’re thinking the Democratic response is not, well, responsive, you’re onto the game. The immigrants they make a grand show of protecting are exactly the people not being targeted by the Trump camp’s deportation plans. If Democrats oppose Trump on his own terms, they risk being revealed as champions of criminals preying on Americans. So the Left is going demagogue – turning a “right versus wrong” issue into “us versus them.” …

Most Americans have had it up-to-here with the rote “living in the shadows” twaddle they hear from apologists for illegal aliens. If you don’t want to live in the shadows, don’t enter or remain in a foreign country in violation of its laws – go home. If you choose to remain, your outlaw plight is of your own making. We are under no obligation to rethink your status. We are not looking for a mass round-up of illegal aliens, but don’t mistake compassion and common sense for an entitlement.

PANIC STATIONS: Secret plan to WALL OFF Europe if Turkey unleashes ‘3m migrant tsunami’

PANIC STATIONS: Secret plan to WALL OFF Europe if Turkey unleashes ‘3m migrant tsunami’, by Nick Gutteridge.

EUROPEAN countries have hatched a secret plan to frantically wall off the north of the continent if Turkey goes through with a threat to open the floodgates for millions of migrants, it emerged tonight.

States in central Europe and the Balkans have been put on red alert for another massive wave of asylum seekers after Recep Tayyip Erdogan handed the extraordinary blackmail note to EU leaders.

And now Serbia has revealed it has drawn up emergency plans to follow in the footsteps of neighbours Bulgaria, Macedonia and Croatia in constructing a huge barrier which would seal off most of the continent.

The extraordinary measure was leaked by Government insiders who said ministers fear Islamist despot Erdogan is about to unleash a “tsunami” of three millions migrants on Europe.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Australian magistrate applauds protesters who climbed on Peter Dutton’s office roof

Australian magistrate applauds protesters who climbed on Peter Dutton’s office roof, by Renee Viellaris.

A QUEENSLAND magistrate has applauded a young Labor president charged for protesting against Peter Dutton’s tough immigration laws, saying, “if one of my daughters was caught doing like you did, I’d probably be very proud of her”.

The comments by Pine Rivers Magistrate Trevor Morgan, who handed down a $100 fine despite the $10,000 in wasted police resources, have angered the Immigration Minister and sparked rare commentary from Chief Magistrate Ray Rinaudo, who said: “From time to time judicial officers may make a comment about an issue they feel strongly about, however the court is generally no place for political commentary.”

Young Labor president Scarlett Squire, Ellen McGovern and Kelly Purnell climbed on to the roof of Mr Dutton’s Strathpine office on November 2, unfurled an Australian flag with fake blood and a sign that read, “Peter Dutton international criminal. Stop the refoulements”. The trio stayed on the roof for three hours, with police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services units called to encourage the women to come down. …

Lawyer Dan Rogers, representing the women, said they were university students who helped the community and protested peacefully. He said they pleaded guilty early to charges of unregulated high-risk activities and obstructing police.

The law is on your side if you are PC. As is the media, the academy, and the bureaucracy. In their aggressive new world of politics above all else, one’s political tribe increasingly matters. What ever happened to the idea of one law for all? What are the rest of us going to do about it?

A Dictator Dies a Failure

A Dictator Dies a Failure, by Walter Russell Mead.

By taking the path of socialist development in solidarity with the Soviet Union, Fidel believed he saw the chance to create a strong Cuban economy and industrial base that would make the island truly independent.

It didn’t work, and socialism’s failure in Cuba was even more spectacular and damaging than its failure in other parts of the world. In the USSR itself, and in parts of eastern Europe, socialist economic construction may have taken a harsh human toll and ultimately led to stagnation, but along the way at least it created an industrial base. Nothing of the kind happened in Cuba. As an economic planner, Fidel was one of the great failures of the 20th century. Even by socialist standards, he was a flop. Under Fidel’s dead hand, sugar failed, alternative crops failed, manufacturing failed. The handful of successes, mostly in health care and pharmaceuticals, were real, but fell well short of providing the economic platform Cuba needed. As Fidel lay on his deathbed he had to know that two generations of struggle and sacrifice had failed to build a new Cuban economy.

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Lee Kwan Yew, Augusto Pinochet, Francisco Franco, Chiang Kai Shek, Park Chung-he: all of these dictators and authoritarians can mock Fidel Castro. They left their countries better off than they found them, and while many of them committed terrible crimes, they can also point to great accomplishments. Fidel has only the crimes. …

Fidel leaves a shattered society and a desperately poor country behind him. Cuba is more divided today than it was when he conquered it; it is less able to shape its destiny than it was in 1959, and its future will likely be more closely linked to the United States after his death than before his seizure of power.

How gushing Bill Shorten fell for the Fidel Castro myth

How gushing Bill Shorten fell for the Fidel Castro myth, by Troy Bramston.

I could never understand why so many Labor politicians, unionists and activists travelled to Castro’s Cuba. There are plenty of Liberal politicians and staff who have gone there, too. It was like a political novelty tour where they could put on a Che Guevara T-shirt and be photographed in a 1952 pink Chevrolet.

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I saw these gawking trips to an antiquated political backwater, a veritable museum of a crumbling Soviet outpost, as morally indefensible. How could you travel to such a place and turn a blind eye to the barbaric reality of life in Castro’s Cuba? They happily accept foreign tourists while dissidents face the firing squad or rot in jail.

Bill Shorten is not the only Labor politician who has been to Cuba but he is one of the few who eyed Castro in the flesh. Shorten often has talked about seeing Castro give one of his speeches that went for hours and hours. “It was amazing,” Shorten gushed when asked about the trip a few years ago. …

So what is it about Cuba that Shorten is so enthusiastic about? Why do they back the losers of communism, and scorn the capitalism that is lifting the world out of poverty around them? Presumably their individual lot in a communist system would be better, as leaders of a poor country rather than ordinary folks in a rich one? Or are they really that ignorant or dopey?

Communism, as a political ideology, has never survived anywhere without brute force — and even then without success. Castro’s Cuba embraced a crude form of Marxism-Leninism coupled with corruption and nepotism. …

Castro argued that, in the end, “history will absolve me”. He urged his supporters at home and abroad to ignore the critics. In fact, history will condemn Castro for the villain he was and the misery he wrought. What will live on is the carefully cultivated myth that his revolution liberated a nation.

I read Alexander Solhenitzen’s “Gulag Archipelago” when I was a teenager, which cured me of any illusions about how communism really worked. Always made me wonder what all those lefties saw in it, or how they could persistently deny all that evil.