Warmist Juan Cole: Forget ISIS And Russia, Cause Climate Change Is The Real Threat

Juan Cole has long been a leading voice of Crazy within the Left-o-sphere (here’s an oldy but goody where he wants coal use criminalized). Here’s another example

U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge

This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

In a new Pew/ USA Today poll, the American public shows itself alarmed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq and Syria as a threat to U.S. security, finding it more threatening even than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has risen on the villain scale quite a lot.  Iran is seen as less menacing, as is North Korea.  The Israel-Palestinian struggle is seen as a threat to the U.S. by a little over half.  More Americans still think the U.S. is doing too much as the world’s policeman, but those who think it is doing too little have greatly increased in number, especially among Republicans.

But almost no Republicans think Global Warming is a threat, and only slightly more than a majority of Democrats do.  In short, the US public is again being misled by its media and politicians as to the true shape of the world, and is likely to suffer pretty badly for this ignorance.

Except for that part about no warming for almost 18 years.

Americans’ concern about the rise of the so-called “Islamic State” is justified.  It is an extremely nasty and vicious organization, and it has made significant advances this summer in northern Iraq.  The public largely supports giving U.S. close air support to Kurdish and Iraqi military forces against it.

And, he proclaims that North Korea, Iran, and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine are not threats to the U.S.

But Global Warming (what experts call Climate Change) is a dire threat to the health and well-being of millions of Americans.  In the coming decades it will do trillions of dollars of damage to the American economy.  Imagine what the city of Miami is worth;  but much of it is doomed .  We have locked in a four foot sea level rise over the next 80 years or so.  But that is an average.  In some places it will be higher (the ocean is not smooth).  There will be episodes of rapid rise and storm surges leading to substantial coastal flooding for some towns and cities.

You are much more likely to die falling in the bathtub or being struck by lighting than to be killed by terrorists or by Vladimir Putin, much less by Hassan Rouhani of Iran.  But Americans’ health and well-being is directly and powerfully threatened by global warming.

Doooooooom!!!!!!

I will give him props for using the terms CO2 and carbon dioxide, rather than the silly Warmist talking points about carbon and carbon pollution. Yet, he wants to worry about something which is mostly natural, has always happened, was warmer during multiple points in the Holocene, while minimizing the stated threats from Islamic terrorists. Typical head in the sand Progressive.

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If All You See…

…is an evil plastic water bottle and several evil beer bottles causing seas to rise and temperatures to scorch, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Other McCain, with a post on the thought police.

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World Will Warm Faster Than Ever Over The Next Five Year

Doom? Here’s Duncan Clark at the UK Guardian, a paper never known for reasonable discourse when it comes to “climate change”

World will warm faster than predicted in next five years, study warns
New estimate based on the forthcoming upturn in solar activity and El Niño southern oscillation cycles is expected to silence global warming sceptics

The world faces record-breaking temperatures as the sun’s activity increases, leading the planet to heat up significantly faster than scientists had predicted for the next five years, according to a study.

The hottest year on record was 1998, and the relatively cool years since have led to some global warming sceptics claiming that temperatures have levelled off or started to decline. But new research firmly rejects that argument.

The research, to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, was carried out by Judith Lean, of the US Naval Research Laboratory, and David Rind, of Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The work is the first to assess the combined impact on global temperature of four factors: human influences such as CO2 and aerosol emissions; heating from the sun; volcanic activity and the El Niño southern oscillation, the phenomenon by which the Pacific Ocean flips between warmer and cooler states every few years.

Interesting. They blame quite a bit on natural processes, and even claim that the world will quickly warm thanks mostly to natural factors. They claim that “temperatures will shoot up at 150% of the rate predicted by the IPCC”.

There’s a little problem with all this: the article itself is from July 27, 2009. And since that time, the global temperatures have essentially flatlined, if not reduced. By all measures, land, sea surface, overall, upper atmosphere, tropics, etc, we did not see any massive skyrocketing of temperatures. After a brief uptick in 2010 of .3C, temps dropped per HADCRUT

We see the same with GIS, RSS, and all other measures. This is “climate change” prognostication” in a nutshell: lots of dire predictions based on computer models and wishful thinking. This doesn’t blow out the notion that the Earth is currently in a warm period: it just shows that the hyperventilating and insanity over anthropogenic global warming/climate change is absurd.

Via Climate Depot.

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Salon: Football Is Evil, And You Shouldn’t Watch It

If you’re looking for bat guano insane on the web, Salon is a great place to start. Regarding a different article, Steven Hayward wrote about Salon

There are days when I wonder whether Salon is for real, or whether it’s an elaborate gag, similar to the theory that all of Paul Krugman’s and Tom Friedman’s columns are actually written by a bunch of madcap interns at the Heritage Foundation wondering how long it will take New York Times readers to figure out.

We get things like Why white men hate unions, How to argue with right-wing relatives: Labor Day BBQ edition!, I never should have followed my dreams, and

The NFL’s toxic lies: Here are the worst excuses fans use to justify watching football
As a recovering football addict, all I want is for fans to stop deluding themselves about the sport I used to love

With pro and college football set to kick off this week, the official Season of Rationalization is upon us again. This is that special time of year when millions upon millions of fans attempt to justify — to themselves and anyone who dares question them — why they watch a violent, commercialized sport that we now know can cause brain damage.

I know this firsthand because until recently I was a football addict. (Technically I’m still an addict, I just no longer use.) And thus I have spent years trotting out these shopworn justifications.

The sad truth is that they’re nonsense. Not one of them stands up to any sort of sustained ethical scrutiny. So allow me to channel my inner defensive fan, if only to set the record straight about how the Football Industrial Complex actually operates.

Personally, I do not attempt to rationalize in the least. I feel no need to justify or rationalize my love of football. I’m not a big fan of college, other than my ECU Pirates, but I’ll watch just about any NFL game. I guess this rationalization thing is a Liberal thing. Much like how they rationalize their failure to give up their own use of fossil fuels and go carbon neutral, along with using every method to avoid paying their full tax rate.

Now, Steve Almond provides a multitude of excuses and then the “reality”, and they all look oh-so-reasonable, but, then, that’s what Lefties do, in order to turn you against something. And we get to the last, #7

Hey, get off my back. I just watch a few games a year!

Reality:

Yeah, I know. I’ve said the same thing for years.

But the bottom line is that the NFL is the force driving the commercialization of the sport at all levels. It derives most of its profits from passive consumption (i.e., couch potatoes like you and me). We’re the reason the NFL can charge the networks billions for broadcast rights.

To reiterate: Without us, the NFL wouldn’t exist.

This is the essential truth that the Football Industrial Complex is forever trying to obscure. When we watch football, even casually, we’re supporting the entire system. If we don’t like the way football operates — the excessive violence, the greed, the dulling of our collective empathy — it is upon us to stop watching.

As a lifelong fan, I don’t say this casually. I’ve been in continuous state of withdrawal since I stopped watching last year. But I’d rather suffer that inconvenience than continue recycling the same lame excuses every season, knowing deep down how full of shit I’m being.

Of course, this is all about pimping his book, “Against Football” (no link for you!)

Suburban Sheepdog – This simply has to be a parody. No human body could contain this much sanctimony and sustain life.

Sadly, no, this is Liberal World. Going back to the Steven Hayward link

Today Salon outdoes itself with “Why Uber Must Be Stopped.” Be sure to take in the artwork nearby of how they understand the story pictured nearby, but also savor the indignation that Uber and Lyft might stoop to unscrupulous practices to gain a competitive edge over each other:

What is Uber? A paragon of free market efficiency and technological innovation serving the greater convenience and comfort of the general public? Or living proof for why capitalist societies require regulation?

You won’t really have much trouble guessing where Salon comes out on this last question will you? Anyway. . .

Yeah, Salon totally is against free markets and start ups. And would probably prefer that you spend your Saturdays and Sundays protesting instead of watching football.

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NY Times: Hey, Wages Stink In The Obameconomy, So Let’s Pass Laws

It’s Labor Day 2014, so, obviously, media outlets across the country are writing opinion pieces and opinion pieces disguised as news articles calling for a minimum wage increase, along with things like women making 75% less than men (debunked. Except for the White House, of course, where women make less than men). And, here comes the NY Times Editorial Board

Labor Today
Wages and Salaries Still Lag as Corporate Profits Surge

In the months before Labor Day last year, job growth was so slow that economists said it would take until 2021 to replace the jobs that were lost or never created in the recession and its aftermath.

The pace has picked up since then; at the current rate, missing jobs will be recovered by 2018. Still, five years into an economic recovery that has been notable for resurging corporate profits, the number and quality of jobs are still lagging badly, as are wages and salaries.

Wait, the economy stinks for workers under the policies of the Obama administration? Who woulda thunk it?

In 2013, after-tax corporate profits as a share of the economy tied with their highest level on record (in 1965), while labor compensation as a share of the economy hit its lowest point since 1948. Wage growth since 1979 has not kept pace with productivity growth, resulting in falling or flat wages for most workers and big gains for corporate coffers, shareholders, executives and others at the top of the income ladder.

Sadly, but realistically, quite a bit of this is due to the expansion in the fast food industry, the service industry, citizens wanting lower price products (which are so often made off-shore), globalization, wage stickiness (not increasing wages to adjust for inflation), the use of migrant and illegal alien workers, and the use of more technology in the work place. This is what is called progress. The NY Times has a solution

Worse, the recent upturn in growth, even if sustained, will not necessarily lead to markedly improved living standards for most workers.

That’s because the economy’s lopsidedness is not mainly the result of market forces, but of the lack of policies to ensure broader prosperity. The imbalance will not change without labor and economic reforms.

Dictatorial Government is always the answer in Liberal World. Obviously, the Times is calling for a minimum wage increase.

Unionization is also associated with higher wages and benefits, especially for low-wage workers, which argues for greater legal enforcement of the right to organize without retaliation.

And they would prefer forced unionization.

The pay of middle-income workers has also been diminished. Decades of outsourcing government jobs to the private sector has undercut public employment, once a mainstay of middle-class life, even as evidence has mounted that outsourcing often does not save money or improve services.

Wait, working for the government is the mainstay of middle-class life? Since when?

What is still lacking [from Mr. Obama], however, is a full-employment agenda that regards labor, not corporations, as the center of the economy — a change that would be a reversal of the priorities of the last 35 years.

What’s missing is an actual economic agenda. When news outlets, including the NY Times, deride his “pivots” to the economy, they are simply noting that he has no real agenda. He is not sustaining an agenda on a constant basis.

At the end of the day, though, the Times does have a point: wages for the middle class are suffering. What can be done about that? Government raising the minimum wage will not help, because the people making that wage are not middle class. Raising taxes on companies and 1%ers and then redistributing it will not help. No one really has any solutions other than those. And they won’t work. However, removing so many of the restrictions, red tape, government interference, etc, on small businesses would certainly help. If you want to talk about the backbone of the middle class? Small business.

And, let’s be clear: the Obama recovery stinks.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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Good News: Warmist Naomi Klein Isn’t One Of Those Nasty, Mean, Self-Righteous Lefties

Naomi Klein is releasing her book This Changes Everything on September 16th, a tome about “climate change” which calls for a completely different economic system in order to fix Hotcoldwetdry. Though, of course, she’s using our current economic system to make some quick cash off the book sales. If this was so important, one would think she’d give the book away, instead of $22.39 for hardcover and $12.99 Kindle edition. Anyone, this paragraph in the Vogue article amused the heck out out of me

Because such words put Klein far to the left by American (if not global) standards, one might easily imagine her as some sort of cliché radical—earnest, smugly righteous, out of touch with ordinary people and their pleasures. Yet in person, she’s the opposite—warm, funny, down-to-earth, unobtrusively stylish. Although she may be the world’s most famous critic of consumerism, she understands the joys of shopping. At an appearance in London, somebody asked her to name one thing she liked about capitalism. She instantly replied, “The shoes.”

So, unlike most Lefties, she’s nice, rather than an asshole. Good to know.

BTW, for all her harping about fossil fuels and evil fossil fuel companies in the article, and elsewhere, we learn

Huh.

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If All You See…

…is CO2 infused beer killing the climate, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is This ain’t Hell…, with your Sunday feel good story.

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Happy Sunday! Another gorgeous day in the Once And Future Nation Of America. This pinup is by Gil Elvgren, with a wee bit of help.

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Political Clown Parade features horses, carts, and the World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer
  2. protein wisdom links Obama’s latest gem to a movie with a horse in it
  3. Raised On Hoecakes features the wacky Accessories Outlet (it’s a doozy)
  4. Scared Monkeys discusses Michael Sam getting cut
  5. Sister Toldjah checks in to discuss Kay Hagan
  6. Small Dead Animals has a tale of two taxes
  7. White House Dossier explains why there is no ISIS strategy (this almost deserves a post of its own rather than linkage)
  8. The Camp Of The Saints notes the US hasn’t been in such a weak position since the American Revolution
  9. The Daley Gator has a sobering question
  10. The People’s Cube notes The Central Planning Office’s safety requirements for roasting marshmallows.
  11. Watts Up With That? exposes Michael Mann’s hockey stick (or is that hokey schtick?)
  12. American Power is not impressed by John Kerry’s global coalition call
  13. Blazing Cat Fur covers what Muslims in the West want
  14. Common Cents has a pithy graphic on liberals vs conservatives
  15. And last, but not least, Director Blue features Philly’s governmental theft without due process

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page. While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your “Pinups for Vets” calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list. (BTW, since someone asked, the reason I leave links for the previous week up (or you might see a *) is because they are place holders for later in the day or for next weeks. Easier than rewriting all the time. Also, the listing order has to do with how they are added over time, not how good a post is. I just copy and paste from the previous week, then edit. If you see one of the *’s, go ahead and check out the blog anyhow, see if there is an update. I cannot update with my Android during the day.

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Media Decides That Obama Is “Cool And Calm” In A Crisis

Not all. After Mr. Obama’s strange press conference the other day, yammering on about not having a strategy, coming out looking less than presidential in that tan suit, the Washington Post editorial board ripped him up one side and down the other

Obama’s cool head in a crisis — asset or growing liability?

He doesn’t bluster and he doesn’t strut and President Barack Obama certainly isn’t panicking, though he admits it feels like the world is falling apart.

But Obama’s cool-in-a-crisis style and disdain for the impulsive use of military force is fueling criticism of his leadership, as crises stagger the Middle East and Ukraine.

With world crises bursting around him and political opponents apoplectic, Obama has yet to lash out in response, and refuses to act on anyone’s timetable but his own.

His methodical crisis management, long Situation Room seminars and skepticism that US force can remake a tumultuous world, has sustained him through nearly six tough White House years.

With Islamic State radicals dug into a caliphate in Iraq and Syria, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s shadow ever lengthening over Ukraine, Obama is shrugging off a whirl of hostile news cycles and political attacks on his leadership.

He’s cool and calm and oh so awesome, setting the tone. The article eventually gets to a back and forth as to whether this approach makes sense, but people reading already know that Obama is the schizzle.

Obama sets his own pace in a world whirling with crises

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As events cascaded, Obama juggled rounds of vacation golf with public statements addressing the conflicts. But his cool demeanor, and the split-screen imagery of a president at play and at work, seemed ill-matched to the moment.

Then came a Thursday news conference and a comment that only reinforced criticism of a president neither fully engaged nor truly leaning into world problems. Speaking of the Islamic State, he said, “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

The statement may have had the virtue of candor, as Obama weighs the military and diplomatic components of a U.S. response and seeks support from other nations. But it hardly projects an image of presidential resolve or decisiveness at a time of international turmoil.

Most of the rest of the article is meant to convey the sense, after highlighting a bit of criticism aimed at poor ol’ Obama, that he’s getting things done and is super awesome and you should worship him and just let him get in some golf.

There are many other examples out there, especially in the blogs, but they are all missing the big point: Obama is not cool and calm in demeanor because he’s cool and calm. He appears cool and calm because he’s detached and disinterested. He so often looks bored giving pronouncements. The cool and calm meme hearkens back to his early days in 2009, as well as during the 2008 campaign season. At this point, we know that he still really doesn’t know what he’s doing, and really doesn’t care that much, simply going through the motions.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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LA Times: Don’t Pay Attention To The Massive Growth Of Antarctica

Why? Because shut up you

Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no

In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent’s coastal waters. It’s an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean.

As winter takes root, this proto-sea ice grows thicker and stronger until it encircles Antarctica in a vast frozen ring. The ice spans nearly 7 million square miles at its peak, an area roughly twice the size of the United States.

This year, Antarctic sea ice has expanded its frigid reach with unprecedented speed, setting records in June and July. By the time spring punctures the long Antarctic night, 2014 stands a decent chance of topping 2012 and 2013, which each broke records of maximum total ice extent.

In fact, since scientists started making satellite observations in the late 1970s, they have watched winter sea ice around Antarctica swell slowly but indisputably, despite predictions that it should shrink.

This poses a puzzle that climate scientists struggle to explain: How can sea ice grow in a warming world?

Climate skeptics have pounced on this apparent discrepancy, citing it as proof that climate change isn’t real, or at least that scientists don’t completely understand it. But those who study Antarctic sea ice say their curious observations shouldn’t shake anyone’s confidence. Dramatic changes in temperature, sea level and extreme weather around the world are proof enough the planet is warming, they say; the only question is how these changes affect the Antarctic as they ripple through the climate system.

“Climate is a complicated thing,” said Ted Maksym, an oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts. “Understanding how these kinds of changes play out in different regions is tricky business.”

It’s so complicated that they can tell us exactly what will happen 40-90 years from now, but they want us to ignore what is happening in Antarctica. Because things are happening elsewhere. Because weather never happened before. Oh, and the resurgence of sea ice in the Arctic. And, of course, the almost 18 year pause in statistically significant temperature rise.

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