Monday, September 22, 2014

Man-Made Climate Change? WHAT Man-Made Climate Change?


Oh, you mean THAT man-made climate change.  Let's check out one of the newest reports...

"New Reports Offer Clearest Picture Yet of Rising Greenhouse Gas Emissions."

Factories around Shizuishan rely on coal-fired power plants.
PHOTOGRAPH BY GREG GIRARD, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE
"Coal-fired power plants—such as the one above in Shizuishan, China—are part of the reason for rising concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

"As the UN prepares to convene its climate summit, disturbing new numbers.

"Two days before the UN Climate Summit in New York, three new studies paint the clearest picture yet of rising greenhouse gas emissions and the dwindling opportunity for staving off the worst impacts—and also of at least one way that huge undertaking might be shared fairly among the nations of the world.

"'The overall outlook is rather bleak,' says Steven J. Davis, a climate scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who co-authored a paper published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change on how nations might share in reducing their carbon emissions.

"Davis points to the 'Global Carbon Budget 2014,; which was published Sunday in the journal Earth System Science Data Discussions. Produced by dozens of scientists from around the world, it’s the latest in a series of annual reports showing that 'we're moving in the wrong direction,' says Davis.

"'We're talking a lot about putting the brakes on emissions, but we’re actually accelerating...'"

If that's not enough, take a gander at another slant on the report...

"UN says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high."



"Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said Tuesday.

"The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of global warming rose to global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year, the biggest year-to-year change in three decades, the World Meteorological Organization said in an annual report.

"That's an increase of 2.9 ppm from the previous year and is 42 percent higher than before the Industrial Age, when levels were about 280 parts per million.

"Based on the current rate, the world's carbon dioxide pollution level is expected to cross the 400 ppm threshold by 2016, said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. That is way beyond the 350 ppm that some scientists and environmental groups promote as a safe level and which was last seen in 1987..."

But just wait until only a few people show up to protest the man-made climate change that may kill us all, that'l show 'em...

"Hundreds Of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City."



"NEW YORK -- More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.

"Early reports from event organizers are hailing the turnout as the largest climate march in history, far bigger than the Forward on Climate rally held in Washington, D.C., last year. High-profile environmentalists including Bill McKibben, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva marched alongside policymakers such as Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore were also there, and more than 550 buses carried in people from around the country...'

Here's what happened...

"Inside the Biggest Climate March in History."



"Dogs, strollers, drums, hipsters, seniors, teachers, cops, scientists, politicians. Under a sticky New York fog, thousands of marchers—310,000, according to organizers' official estimates—streamed from Central Park, down Sixth Avenue, past Times Square and over to Manhattan's West Side. Passions were sky-high—and the dancing continued—even after the long walk.

"Aside from the powerful message about climate change and fossil fuel dependence, fracking stood out as a key focal point of the march. Young people also dominated the crowd—teenagers sang and danced, tweeting and Facebooking all the way.

"It's one of the biggest demonstrations we've ever seen, certainly since the anti-Iraq war protests. It was peaceful, vibrant and creative. Organizers are claiming it's the biggest in the last decade in New York City..."

If you were just watching the news on the tube, you might have missed the party...

"TV News Misses Yet Another Opportunity To Cover Climate Change."

CLIMATE MARCH
Photographer: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images
"Demonstrators hold signs on a street next to Central Park during the People's Climate March in New York, U.S., on Sept. 21, 2014.

"The People's Climate March on Sunday was perhaps the largest climate change protest in history. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of New York City. Celebrities and high-profile politicians were among the marchers. The protest was a huge topic on social media.

"All in all, it was a perfect opportunity for some of America's biggest news organizations to cover the topic of climate change, something that usually gets either ignored or badly handled. For Sunday talk show hosts, there was even a nice political hook, since the march was pegged to a UN summit that President Obama will be attending.

"Well, so much for that idea. It seems climate change remains one potentially world-shattering issue that just can't get any respect on television. No Sunday morning show except MSNBC's "Up" so much as mentioned climate change, or the march. 'NBC Nightly News' was the only evening news show to do any segment on it. (ABC devoted about 23 seconds to the topic in its evening show, and CBS spent exactly zero seconds on it.) Cable news, with the exception of Al Jazeera America, mostly looked the other way, save for a couple of segments on CNN and MSNBC..."

What do you think the chances are that man-made climate change is a fraud and mass extinction is just a fairy tale?



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Those who deny that man-made climate change is real are the oil companies and their shills on the right who hate science.

What are the possibilities that global climate change is past the tipping point and what do you think these deniers are going to do once the pubic realizes that they might have saved the planet if the media had only told the truth? Can you smell the tar and feathers?

There is ONE cure to save off extinction, if it isn't too late...


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"Look, if Godzilla appeared on the Mall this afternoon, Al Gore would say it’s global
warming, because the spores in the South Atlantic Ocean, you know, were. Look,
everything is, it’s a religion. In a religion, everything is explicable. In science, you can
actually deny or falsify a proposition with evidence. You find me a single piece of evidence
that Al Gore would ever admit would contradict global warming and I’ll be surprised."

Charles Krauthammer.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Are Conservatives Crazy AND Stupid?


Are Conservatives crazy and stupid, just crazy, or just stupid?

It's not None of The Above as we learn from Rep. Michelle Bachmann as she notes, "Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas."

We've eliminated "evil" from the question since we try to be fair and balanced, so here's a few of the stupid and crazy Cons for your viewing pleasure...

"Armed Militia Group To Confront Black Democrats At Wisconsin Polling Places."

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"From Liberaland:

"A self-described armed militia group in Wisconsin plans to target African American Democrats and responded to the controversy in the typical way: You’re a racist if you call out racism. 'We prefer our people be armed,' Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia’s Facebook page reads. 'Some will be heading to some of Milwaukee, Racine, and Beloit’s worst areas. We will be armed with a list of people to look for at each location.'

"The group shared a photo on their Facebook page of the kind of people they’ll be targeting. Their Facebook page has been taken down, either by them or (more likely) Facebook. How fortuitous that our friends at Liberaland captured a screenshot.

"But they’re aren’t targeting ONLY black Democrats, they say! From their Facebook page:
"We can assure you that we will be targeting all democrats, not just black ones. If you think we meant blacks only it is because you are a racist who thinks the only people with warrants are black. We know better because we have a nice list of people who are wanted democrat activist types. Most are actually white. We will target everyone."
"Group leader Patrick Murray confirms that his group will only be targeting Democrats — no Republicans..."

Nope, no evil meanies here, let's look somewhere else...

"Border Bridge Control Protest Attracts Just FIVE Racist Right-Wing Nut Jobs (Video)."

Starr County Texas militias will block bridges on Mexican border

(Go to the article and scroll down for the video.)

"You know all those right-wing hatriot militias who threatened to block bridges along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on September 20 to protest illegal border crossings?

"Bands of these supposedly “well-regulated” groups — with names like 'Secure Our border – Laredo' the 'Oathkeepers,' the 'Three Percenters' and the 'American Patriots' — were loaded for coyote, and raucously recruiting 'volunteers' to 'help protect' folks from drug cartels, gang members, and undocumented immigrants. Never mind that people crossing our border illegally probably don’t bother with the bridges…"

Those guys were stupid AND mean, so let's try someone who isn't stupid or crazy, just mean and on a quest for money...

"Koch Puppet Republican Accuses Climate Scientists of Lying About Global Warming for Money."



"Debating the existence of climate change and global warming is like debating the existence of gravity: it’s a 'debate' only insofar as the technicalities and exact mechanisms, but the broad basics — that is, “this thing exists” — have been settled. And both gravity and climate change exist.

"And yet, there will always be that one idiot who thinks they can fly. And unfortunately for us, that one idiot is the entire Republican party in general and, today at least, Larry Bucshon (R-IN) in particular. Buchson squared off against White House Science Adviser John Holdren, and not only secured a position among the 'idiots who think they can fly' segment of the population, but also secured a position in the Hall of Mind-Boggling Hypocrisy when he admitted that he doesn’t accept scientific literature on climate change.

"Why?

"Because according to Bucshon, the scientists who write the literature need global warming to exist in order to get paid. Which is to say, he doesn’t trust the literature because the climate scientists are in it for the money.

"Bucshon began his testimony Wednesday by questioning the entire premise of the administration’s Climate Action Plan. To do this, Buchson trotted out two tired old canards that even I, an amateur with limited exposure to climatology, could address: that global temperatures have not changed in nearly two decades and that the 'climate is always changing...'"

But in the end, it's all about stupidity, insanity, AND greed...



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Stupidity, insanity, and greed are the hallmarks of Conservatism.  Do these attributes have any place in our society?

The combination of these three deadly elements of Conservatism have brought our country to the mess it's in today.

It's impossible to outlaw stupidity and insanity, but criminalizing Conservatism eliminates the greed factor and then the stupid and crazy will fall into line.

Criminalize Conservatism NOW, before it's too late.


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"American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up
with mice with fully functioning human brains."

Christine O’Donnell.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

There Are Politicians And There Are CONSERVATIVE Politicians...


There is a HUGE difference between Conservative pols and the rest of the politicians.  Let's take a peek at the life of some of the more severe Conservative politicians, first with a typical Conservative candidate for Congress...

"NC Tea Partier Wants to Court Martial Obama and Go to War With Mexico (Video)."



"A GOP Congressional candidate in North Carolina really wants to go to war with Mexico. In a June 26 video posted by the Daily Kos, Mark Walker was asked about the possibility of “using the military to secure our southern border.”

"He told the Rockingham County Tea Party group that 'If you have foreigners who are sneaking in with drug cartels, to me that is a national threat,' adding, 'And if we got to go laser or blitz somebody with a couple of fighter jets for a little while to make our point, I don’t have a problem with that either. So yeah, whatever you need to do.'

"'I hope you wouldn’t have any qualms about starting up a little war with Mexico,' the moderator responded.

"'Well, we did it before, if we need to do it again,' Walker, who is running in North Carolina’s 6th Congressional district, said. 'I don’t have a qualm about it...'"

Then there's the Con in Kentucky that hasn't heard about the separation between church and state...

"Kentucky Gov Wants Taxpayers to Foot Bill for Creationism Museum Lane Expansion!"



"When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky, because everything there happens 20 years after it happens anywhere else." —Mark Twain.
"I’ve often heard from religious people that it is unfair to question or ridicule their beliefs, as if there is something taboo involved in an adult conversation about infantile superstitions rooted in religion. If such beliefs were rooted in sanity or truth, then they would withstand the force of truth or basic facts.

"The real question that I can never get a cogent answer to is: How much longer must we coddle the juvenile stupidity contained in the book of fiction called Genesis as if it were true?

"Gov. Steve Beshear recently presented his budget to the general assembly with a proposed $286 million in cuts — 6.4 percent in higher education and $50 million in K-12. Buried in the proposed budget is a $43 million tax break and an $11 million allotment for a lane improvement especially for the Ken Ham  Creationism Museum’s 'Ark Encounter...'"

One of the differences between Conservative and Progressive politicians is in the area of prevarication and plagiarism ("lying," for you functionally illiterate Cons.), as we see from a Conservative candidate for state Senate...

"GOP Senate Candidate BUSTED After Plagiarizing Healthcare Plan for Campaign!"



"An Oregon GOP Senate candidate is in full damage control mode after BuzzFeed published reports detailing examples of plagiarized material on the her website.

"One report focused on Republican Monica Wehby’s economic plan, which appears to be plagiarized from several sources. According to BuzzFeed, one section is copied verbatim from Republican Senator Rob Portman’s plan — released a month before Wehby’s..."

Then we have another GOP candidate, this time for the U.S. Senate, preaching the Conservative version of brotherhood, you know -- a Compassionate Conservative...

"US Senate candidate uses campaign to spread slogan: 'With Jews We Lose.'"



"A write-in candidate for the US Kentucky Senate is bringing his controversial message to voters.

"Robert Ransdell said he knows he cannot win against Republican Mitch McConnell or Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes but wants to use the campaign to spread his slogan, 'With Jews We Lose.'

"Ransdell says he hopes to roll out approx. 200 more campaign signs in coming weeks..."

But you have to hand it to the Cons when it comes to hard work tearing down our nation...

"After a Brutal EIGHT DAYS of Work, The GOP-Led House Adjourns Until November 12th!"



"(A)fter a bone-crushing eight days of work, House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has announced that effective today, school’s out for mid-terms. They’re returning to work on November 12th, one day after the elections. McCarthy himself washes his hands of the matter:
"Unfortunately, while our nation continues to face tremendous economic challenges, House and Senate Majority leaders decided to adjourn Congress early and leave town. This was an unfortunate change in schedule for the American people and small businesses across the country." 
"My colleagues and I, including more than 40 Democrats, were ready to have a real debate and vote on making sure we have stable tax rates moving forward so that small business owners can plan for the future. However, Congress departed without passing legislation to extend our current tax code and prevent massive tax hikes that arec oming January 1, 2011. Congress also failed to consider a real budget for Fiscal Year 2011."
"For the most part, McCarthy pins the blame on Democrats, who universally shut down the GOP’s 97th attempt to defund Obamacare, and other legislation to approving slapping orphans in their stupid faces until money falls out. McCarthy’s announcement suggests that they may return to session if the Senate refuses to pass the House-approved budget..."

Although they COULD have stayed an extra day or two...



But today's Conservative politicians are a different sort of Conservative...



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There are huge differences between the average Conservative and his hapless Sheeplets.

Some of the differences used to center around I.Q. -- until the advent of the Teabaggers, when the inmates took over the GOP asylum.

The Conservatives of yesteryear had the same values as today's Cons -- a belief that the rich should rule -- but they knew how to lie to protect their jobs back then, another difference between the Cons and other politicians.

Today's Cons tell us what they really think...and that may prove their undoing at the polls unless they can fix the machines or unless the SCOTUS comes to their rescue once again.

If we criminalize Conservatism before that happens, we'll avoid the misery and deaths that Conservative politicians love to inflict upon us to save their wealthy benefactors' income and assets.


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 "When the President does it, that means that it's not illegal."

Richard M. Nixon.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Who SAYS Conservatives Are Stupid!


In his book The Green Hills of Earth, Robert A. Heinlein said, "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity."

Did the following statement come from the drooling of a certified idiot or from the brain of a vicious Conservative?



Was Heinlein right? First, a little background to help us discover the Conservatives' own brand of stupidity...

"Poll: 64 Percent of Americans Cannot Identify All Three Branches Of Government."

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"In the wake of Constitution Day, there is a truly depressing survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center that found that 227 years after the signing of the Constitution only 36 percent of Americans can actually name the three branches of government. Thus, 64 percent of Americans cannot name the three parts of our tripartite system.


"The same rough percentage (62 percent) was unaware that the GOP controlled the House of Representatives and 17 percent actually thought that the Democrats were in control. The same percentage — only 38 percent — knew that Democrats controlled the Senate. Some 20 percent thought that the GOP controlled the Senate.

"The situation is even worse with regard to the details of Article I. Only roughly a quarter knew that it took two-thirds of a majority of both houses to override a presidential veto (27 percent)..."

When class warfare meets the intellectually challenged, it's the Conservatives' version of Stupid that rings out...

"Hannity Compares Adrian Peterson’s Child Abuse With Birth Control."



"Many people have a difficult time with the fact that child abuse is considered criminal or even taboo in this country. Charles Barkley defended Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson for brutally beating his son with a switch, by saying, 'every black parent in the south' does it. Others are defending Peterson, saying it’s just normal parenting. Sean Hannity, on his show on Tuesday, pondered whether the NFL’s disciplining of Peterson is government overreach.

"His argument is that, somehow, the NFL is the government and by punishing Peterson, the government, who apparently gives away birth control, abortions and gay sex instructions like candy, is being hypocritical. See if you can keep up with that leap of logic.

"Of course, Hannity first blames it on liberals, 'I gotta tell you, this is my problem with liberals. You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do. Is it going to become illegal if a parent teaches the politically correct view that being gay is not normal? Why should kids be allowed to get birth control at school?...'"

Of course, Hannity isn't the ONLY dull pencil in the Conservative pencil box...



And some of these idiots think we're just as stupid as they are...



All they have to do is to think of something incredibly mean and vicious, anything that sounds good to others like them, then they push the message on the rest of the morons who actually pay attention to them...like this:

"GOP Rep. calls Obama an 'enemy' of the United States."

President Barack Obama talks to reporters at the end of the NATO Summit on September 5, 2014 in Newport, Wales.
Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
"Republicans are often quick to criticize President Obama and the Democrats, and one congressman has done just that. During a local breakfast gathering, the president was labeled as an 'enemy' to the United States.

"Speaking to a crowd at the Cobb County Republican breakfast, The Huffington Post reported on Monday that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville) spoke about the investigation of the attacks at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the recent rise of the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria and how the White House has handled each situation. 'I think our enemy stands on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,' Westmoreland stated to a thunderous applause from the crowd at hand. The crowd on hand also broke out in laughter when Westmoreland referred to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as 'ruthless and senile...'"

And failures like her...

"Fox Does It – Links NFL Domestic Violence Scandal To Benghazi."

Loony Liz, herself...
"Fox News host and former reality show star, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, finally figure out a way to link the NFL domestic violence scandal to the Benghazi embassy attacks of 2012.

"On Tuesday, Hasselbeck tweeted 'Imagine if everyone that asked for transparency in the #nfl @nfl Demanded that same #transparency in our #government...'"

Speaking of maroons, have you met the Conservative poster boy for stupidity? Some would call Louie crazy, but we prefer to call a moron a moron...

"GOP Rep: Spanish speakers in schools bring 'education down to the lowest level.'"



"Of all the issues facing the United States today, education and immigration are two of the most important. While both political parties often differ on how to handle these issues, one Republican representative has a new idea.

"With the 2014 mid term elections only months away, members of Congress are positioning themselves for re-election, or to continue their particular parties chances of holding on to the majority in the House and Senate. Tackling immigration and education, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spoke with 'Fox and Friends' co-host Tucker Carlson on Sunday. 'It’s not fair to kids that come in and speak only Spanish, throw them in a classroom with English speaking students,' Gohmert told Carlson. 'It’s unfair to both the English speaking and to the Spanish speaking students,' he continued. 'It is not fair. And not only that, Texas is going back, and you've got to speak Spanish to teach English in a school. It is incredible the amount of cost that’s being shoved onto the Texas schools...'"

And the Conservative stupidity never stops...

"Right Wing Nut Job Finds Undeniable Proof That America Is A Christian Nation: Bacon! (VIDEO)."



"On September 15, 2014, right wing pastor and certifiably crazy person, Bryan Fischer, revealed 'absolute proof' that America is a Christian nation to his radio audience, saying:
"You want one single item of proof that America is a Christian nation and not a Jewish nation and not an Islamic nation? One single bit of proof is all you need: we freely allow restaurants and grocery stores to sell and to serve bacon. That can only happen in a Christian country."
"Why, yes, of course it’s bacon! Why didn’t we see this before? Only a Christian nation would allow people to sell, serve or consume all that smoky, sweet,  greasy goodness that is known as bacon..."

When it comes down to the truth, Sheeple -- wake up!  You have nothing to fear but the facts...



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We've categorized this post under the label, "Conservatives Are Stupid," and it's the 171st posting under this category in our short history...go ahead and click this link for more of the same.

Conservatives are primarily greedy and vicious, but even though a few of their leaders are sharp cookies, the vast majority of Conservative Sheepletes are incredibly dumb -- and proud of it.

Maybe there oughta be a law?



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"What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and
superstition." 

Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir.

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