Pirate's Cove http://www.thepiratescove.us If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:20:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Star Wars The Force Awakens Trailer http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/star-wars-the-force-awakens-trailer/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/star-wars-the-force-awakens-trailer/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:20:22 +0000 read the graphic comics and young adult stuff books and graphic comics a good chunk the jedi and sith the star wars universe jj abrams the original sith wars documented rising sith adult and young adult reboot star trek http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37717

Looks interesting, but, I don’t want to get psyched up till I actually see it. The prequel had its good parts and bad parts. I loved Revenge Of The Sith, the sequences showing what the Jedi can do really were incredible. That said, had they added about 5 minutes of stuff to really put you in Anakin’s head like in the novel, it would have been understandable why he so easily turned to the Dark Side.

And it will be interesting to see how this fits in to the Star Wars universe. JJ Abrams can’t just reboot it like with Star Trek. There are an enormous amount of books and graphic comics (a good chunk of which I have read. Not the graphic comics and young adult stuff), for both adult and young adult, already written, and a huge chunk of them are from the time starting with the end of Return of the Jedi. Some literally start as soon as the 2nd Death Star was blown up (The Truce At Bakura). Not to mention all the reference books.

If this is happening soon after Jedi, there is already much documented, but nothing about any rising Sith. What I would actually love to see is to go back to the beginning of the Jedi and Sith. Maybe the original Sith Wars. Anyhow, we will see. Hopefully it will be focused more on people rather than cute CGI and stuff.

Geek over.

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Surprise: Due To Ferguson, We Need To Do Away With Local Police http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/surprise-due-to-ferguson-we-need-to-do-away-with-local-police/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/surprise-due-to-ferguson-we-need-to-do-away-with-local-police/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 20:32:32 +0000 rid local policing ferguson shows law enforcement agencies responded to control protests and stem rioting occurring the country protesters’ slogans and the media’s obsessive coverage largely unprofessional and inefficient policing monday chose not indict officer darren wilson punish individual officers and police departments  county and federal forces buildings and police cars police brutality and misconduct http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37712 That’s right. Ferguson is so bad that we need to do away with local police, and move control elsewhere. Here’s Sunil Dutta at the Washington Post

We should get rid of local policing. Ferguson shows why the system just doesn’t work.

Public outrage over perceived police misconduct has led to violence again, after a grand jury on Monday chose not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Various law enforcement agencies responded to control protests and stem rioting, including local police, county and federal forces. Buildings and police cars were set ablaze, amid tear gas, looting and vandalism in parts of the city.

While the response in Ferguson has been extreme, calmer demonstrations against police brutality and misconduct have been occurring across the country. Protesters’ slogans and the media’s obsessive coverage largely have focused on demands to punish individual officers and police departments. But the real problem with law enforcement is far more systemic. Issues of unprofessional and inefficient policing are rooted in our decentralized approach to policing, allowing some local departments to get away with subpar officer training, shoddy practices and corruption. This fossilized and inefficient system needs to be thrown out. Instead, policing should be managed at the state level, which would provide for higher-quality law enforcement and more oversight.

It’s interesting how virtually every policy from Progressives means more and more power in the hands of more centralized government, eh? They love the idea of moving everything away from the local level, where government can be more responsive, be held accountable to a better degree, where people know their government officials. This is a Progressive’s wet dream. Except when it negatively impacts themselves, then they are upset.

And, of course, in Progressive World, higher level officials never ever can be unprofessional and inefficient.

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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/if-all-you-see-1327/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/if-all-you-see-1327/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:00:14 +0000 girls brawling wonderful city diversity threatened awesome art the gateway pundit is a wonderful a warmist the blog climate change http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37708 …is a wonderful, wonderful city with all it’s awesome art of diversity which is threatened by climate change, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is The Gateway Pundit, with a post on girls brawling over cheap panties.

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On Black Friday, Why Not Think About Hotcoldwetdry Gifts? http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/on-black-friday-why-not-think-about-hotcoldwetdry-gifts/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/on-black-friday-why-not-think-about-hotcoldwetdry-gifts/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:10:53 +0000 existence threatened the wolrd wildlife fund’s annual living planet report warns the pacific walrus the u s fish and wildlife service reports reliance fossil fuels disappearing sea ice polar bears and the pacific walrus explore oil the resulting loss recycle compost and support sustainable businesses the timber stewardship council by excessive carbon emissions and the inability http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37710 So, now that Thanksgiving is over, Warmists turn their sights towards Christmas and making sure everything is super “sustainable”

Give a gift that sustains life on Earth

Before heading out to start your holiday shopping today, pause one moment to think about African elephants, polar bears and the Pacific walrus. They are among the world’s animals whose existence is threatened.

The Wolrd Wildlife Fund’s annual Living Planet Report warns us that human activity is outstripping the Earth’s resources, and has killed off 52 percent of the world’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish in just the last 40 years. Imagine how that pace will increase over the next four decades.

Compared to babies born today, those of us over 40 came into a world teeming with wildlife.

But thanks to over-fishing, over-hunting, deforestation, excessive carbon emissions and the inability to reduce global population growth, we have accelerated the loss of non-human life.

I was with them right up to “excessive carbon emissions”. And then they jumped to their over-population meme, which, of course, means providing contraception and abortions for minorities, meaning Black people, in third world nations.

Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels would also be a great Christmas gift to the natural world. Our insatiable thirst for oil has reached the Democratic Republic of Congo, where new technologies that permit deeper drilling have encouraged oil companies to explore for oil. The resulting loss of habitat for forest elephants, along with poaching for ivory, mean these great animals may well become extinct in our lifetime.

I wonder if the editorial board of The Olympian has given up their own reliance on fossil fuels.

Disappearing sea ice is also a problem for the Pacific walrus. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 35,000 walrus have gone ashore in Alaska, where they are vulnerable to predators, because they normally safely rest on sea ice. In both cases, climate change resulting from overuse of fossil fuels is to blame.

Boy, that has been debunked so hard I’m surprised the editorial doesn’t grow from the computer screen like Pinocchio’s nose.

We can do that by using public transit more, and driving personal cars less. We can recycle, compost and support sustainable businesses. We can purchase fish certified by the Marine Stewardship Council, and lumber certified by the Timber Stewardship Council.

By “we”, they mean you.

I have to wonder how much the WWF paid them to write this editorial.

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Hydro-electric Dams Now Deemed Bad For “Climate Change” http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/hydro-electric-dams-now-deemed-bad-for-climate-change/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/hydro-electric-dams-now-deemed-bad-for-climate-change/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 12:48:18 +0000 dams hydro electric dams generate copious amounts greenhouse gas emissions while dams thrive oxygen deprived environments these microbes building hydroelectric dams warmists issues building dams greenhouse gas emissions the reservoirs created dams emerge http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37706 Remember the good old days when Warmists said we should transition away from fossil fuels for energy and look towards solar, wind, geothermal and hydrothermal? Well, wind is known to have a negative impact on the environment. Solar power is not exactly great for the environment, either. Many environmental groups have protested the building of solar and wind projects because of the environmental damage.

When it comes to dams, hydro-electric or otherwise, hardcore environmentalists have long had a bugaboo over them, and even want existing ones torn down. Now we find out that they are super bad for “climate change”

Dams Emerge as Key Climate Change Suspects

Efforts by many countries to reduce their carbon footprint by building hydroelectric dams could be misbegotten should these facilities also prove to be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.

While dams have long been believed to make a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions by enabling the generation of renewable energy in the form of hydropower, researchers now suspect they could be one of the world’s leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

The reservoirs created by dams generate copious amounts of methane as a result of the bacteria that thrive in their oxygen-deprived environments.

These microbes are essentially the same as those that occupy the intestinal tracts of bovine livestock and human landfills, emitting methane instead of carbon dioxide after consuming organic carbon to produce energy.

The study itself shows that the created lakes emit huge amounts of methane. Which, yes, is in itself a danger for AGW. It is interesting that almost every type of power generation pushed by Warmists has issues. Building dams can also significantly change the local environment. Some will see this as damage, others just as a change.

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Good Grief: “Ferguson Is Now A Symbol, Not A Place” Or Something http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/good-grief-ferguson-is-now-a-symbol-not-a-place-or-something/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/28/good-grief-ferguson-is-now-a-symbol-not-a-place-or-something/#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:57:12 +0000 symbol ferguson in ferguson a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager a symbol ferguson places metaphors ferguson’s symbolism indict officer darren wilson daily protests transformed the unassuming city a violent criminal immediately preceding sits alongside selma’s significance http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37704 When I first read that headline this morning on my tablet using the Washington Post app, minus the “good grief” and “or something”, I thought it would be bad when I started reading on the computer after grabbing the freshly made coffee. I really didn’t think it would be this bad. Or be an opinion piece in the Style section. Here’s Krissah Thompson

Six months ago, Ferguson, Mo., was the kind of nameless suburb visitors to the city of St. Louis passed through. That was before a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager on a street this summer and months of daily protests transformed the unassuming city into a symbol.

Ferguson is now a word that evokes feelings.

Though it has been less than four months since Michael Brown was killed, the town seems to have entered the pantheon of places that stand as metaphors. Ferguson’s symbolism now sits alongside Selma’s significance in the civil rights movement, Columbine as a symbol of teenage rage and gun violence, and Kent State’s historic link to anti-war protests. Those are places that have adjusted — some more smoothly than others — to their emblematic meaning.

Do we really need to discuss how insanely stupid this is? Those on the right will immediately understand that this is double facepalm material, those on the left will be bobbing their head in agreement with the article, without realizing that their policies are responsible for the problems in Ferguson. Anyhow, what kind of “symbol” is Ferguson?

In Ferguson, dozens of buildings and vehicles burned Monday night after the announcement of the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s killing. It is impossible to imagine that the town will ever be the same. And people who knew the Ferguson of old are grappling with the change.

It’s surely a symbol of people who feel that it was A-OK for Michael Brown to rob a store, assault the owner, get stoned, walk in the middle of the street, attack a police officer in his cruiser, attempt to take the officer’s gun, then attempt to attack the officer out of the car. And, because of these actions, they feel it is OK to burn their own neighborhoods, riot, loot, and otherwise get violent, all in Michael Brown’s name.

Actually, I guess that does make sense. Michael Brown had been a violent criminal immediately preceding his death, so the protesters are just following his lead. Nothing says “symbol” like looting a McDonalds and a couple of beauty parlors.

It is certainly a symbol of the media’s excess, their attempt to turn a criminal action by Michael Brown into a cause celebre about raaaaacism and police brutality. It’s also a symbol that some people are complete idiots, taking the side of a violent criminal. But, then, liberals have often seemed to take the side of criminals.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/27/if-all-you-see-1326/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/27/if-all-you-see-1326/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:00:04 +0000 include evil dallas cowboys loving randy folks discussing thanksgiving thanksgiving guess patterico pontifications scared monkeys hoecakes protein wisdom evil republican relatives and alan colmes http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37702 …is a horrible turkey that causes climate change and will be ruined by climate change, all made for a meal that is a great time harangue your evil Republican relatives and causes climate change, and AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGG!!!!!!, you might just be a Warmist

No blog of the day today, just folks discussing Thanksgiving in one form or fashion. Working from the bottom of the feedreader up

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Happy Thanksgiving Pinup! BTW, Your Dry, Stringy Turkey Is Caused By Climate Change http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/27/happy-thanksgiving-pinup-btw-your-dry-stringy-turkey-is-caused-by-climate-change/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/27/happy-thanksgiving-pinup-btw-your-dry-stringy-turkey-is-caused-by-climate-change/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:27:10 +0000 expert climate change negatively affecting turkey meat quality gale strasburg balks dry and stringy thanksgiving turkeys turkeys real thinks carbon emissions represent human prosperity the dining room table “with climate change richard richard climate change harmful uncle richard remind walking nephew niece love property rights and homeland security good grief http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37700

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a patriotic pinup. It also wouldn’t be a modern Thanksgiving without someone complaining about “climate change”

Expert says climate change negatively affecting turkey meat quality

Gale Strasburg balks at the suggestion that he is trying to save Thanksgiving. He is a food scientist. He doesn’t rescue holidays.

But he is trying to save the rest of us from a future of dry and stringy Thanksgiving turkeys.

Turkeys as it happens, are vulnerable to heat and cold. Exposure to extreme temperatures early in their development can create changes in the quality of their meat that last all the way to the dining room table.

“With climate change, as we understand it, there is predicted to be more variation in the weather patterns, so we expect temperature swings from very hot weather to very cold weather,” said Strasburg, a professor of food science and human nutrition at Michigan State University.

So, greenhouse gases, particularly the Warmists main focus, CO2, what they call “carbon pollution”, are going to create more cold swings? Hence, the change of the name from “global warming” to “climate change”, because nature is not cooperating with the increase in greenhouse gas buildup. No, I won’t explain what a greenhouse gas is: either you understand it or you’re a Warmist.

But, hey, this is an excuse for being a bad cook. Fortunately, you’ll have some good talking points for the day

How To Convince Your Right-Wing Uncle To Act On Climate Change This Thanksgiving

If you’re like most Americans, you probably spend most Thanksgivings with family, crowded around a dinner table with turkey, potatoes, and pie. If you’re like the author of this article, you probably spend a portion of that dinner talking about the politics of climate change with your right-wing uncle, Richard.

Richard knows climate change is real. But he also thinks carbon emissions represent human prosperity, and he hates the idea of giving government money to solar panel makers or wind farms. Most of all, he despises the Environmental Protection Agency, which he thinks is the ultimate symbol of big government imposing unrealistic regulations that will financially cripple the industries they affect.

Contrary to what you may believe, you can achieve a productive conversation on this topic this Thanksgiving without ruining the entire holiday. Here’s how to talk to Richard — or your family’s version of him — about the benefits of climate change action, and why the principles can actually align with his world view.

Here are the ideas

  • Keep your emotional arguments in check (wait, a Progressive not flipping a lid? Good luck with that)
  • Present climate action as economical and patriotic, not ‘good for the planet’ (good grief)
  • Remind him that carbon is actually harmful: Uncle Richard is not an entirely unreasonable man. He knows science is a real thing. (Note: If your right-wing uncle doesn’t think climate change is real, you’re in the wrong place. Learn how to talk to him about the reality of climate science here). (note: remind your walking nephew/niece that we’re not talking about carbon, but carbon dioxide, and, furthermore, ask them how voting for Obama is working out, what with the kid graduating with $29,400 in debt and working at Starbucks.)
  • Appeal to his love of property rights and homeland security (good grief)

Of course, if you read the article, you’ll notice a severe lack of actual actions, other than “carbon taxes”. Surprise! Funny how Warmists never want to do anything in their own lives.

Ace wonders about something

Supposedly progressives are super-informed and Love Science. Indeed, that’s the main “political” argument they’re actually arguing for. (big snip, you should head over and read the middle)

But if they believe all these things so terribly fiercely, shouldn’t they already sorta know why they believe them?

The thing is, these are not really things they understand. These are things they are told. They are given talking points, and those talking points often change. Just a few years ago cold snaps were just weather, and weather was not climate. Now, cold and snow are “extreme weather”, and extreme weather is caused by “climate change”. Young kids are told not to put their fingers in an electrical socket or play with matches. They don’t understand why they shouldn’t do either. Like most Progressive beliefs, these are things they are told to memorize without understanding, hence the reason most devolve to boilerplate personal attacks quickly.

Anyhow, Happy Thanksgiving, you super evil deniers taking your fossil fueled trips to eat evil meat causing all sorts of extreme weather.

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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#Ferguson: This Is What Theocracy Looks Like(?) http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/26/ferguson-this-is-what-theocracy-looks-like/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/26/ferguson-this-is-what-theocracy-looks-like/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:43:00 +0000 michael brown the demonstrators began blocking intersections decided indict a ferguson police officer including clergy members blocking intersections assaulted the store owner and assaulted a police officer the clergy support men the cloth telling http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37698 A strange story from the Associated Press

 

About 100 protesters, including many clergy members, are protesting in the streets of the St. Louis suburb where it was announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of Michael Brown.

The demonstrators began blocking intersections in downtown Clayton, Missouri, shortly after sunrise Tuesday. They have been walking in circles, singing spirituals and chanting, “This is what theocracy looks like.” They also observed a 4½-minute moment of silence to mark the 4½ hours that Brown’s body remained on the Ferguson street before it was removed.

So,  why? There seems to be a conspicuous lack of context. Is it because the decision is what a Theocracy does, which would be strange coming from men of the cloth. Is it because they are men of the cloth telling it like it is? Not sure. Any ideas?

Lest you think it is Fox News cutting the AP article, Think Progress carries it to the word.

One thing I do know is that these clergy aren’t helping. They’re engaged in blocking intersections in Ferguson in defense of a man who robbed a store, assaulted the store owner, and assaulted a police officer, all leading to his death. Why would the clergy support that lawlessness?

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If All You See… http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/26/if-all-you-see-1325/ http://www.thepiratescove.us/2014/11/26/if-all-you-see-1325/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:00:14 +0000 the real reason michael brown commune nature is a native american living flopping aces forced a warmist the blog a post the day http://www.thepiratescove.us/?p=37694 …is a native American living in commune with nature, which Everyone Else should be forced to do, you might be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Flopping Aces, with a post on the real reason Michael Brown is dead.

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