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