The Coronavirus Is Fast Motion ‘Climate Change’ Or Something

Yes, this would be the climate change that has brought us a measly 1.5F increase in global temperatures over 170 years and an utterly average 7-8 inches of sea rise during the 20th Century, with no escalation of either. But, you know, climate cultists gotta climate cult

The Coronavirus Is a Fast-Motion Climate Crisis

Warnings about the crisis went unheeded. Scientists were ignored and called doomsayers. The press accounts were labeled fake news and brushed aside. “The cure would be worse than the illness” went the argument. Government watchdogs saw their budgets gutted. Lawmakers misled the country and did more harm then good. We were told by leaders that “everything was under control” or that the worry was nothing more than “a hoax.”

They were all wrong.

In recent weeks, as the coronavirus spread inexorably across the world, destabilizing countries, causing misery, heartbreak and shattering even the most robust economies, most governments were found unprepared and quickly overwhelmed. The world changed forever in a matter of days.

Instead of readiness and competence, the Trump administration had disbanded the global pandemic team at the National Security Council, and when face to face with the long-predicted crisis, the president proceeded to try and lie, bluster, and bluff his way through the threat. Then lots of people began to die.

Remember when Rolling Stone was about music and culture, rather than unhinged cultist politics? Anyhow, for all the caterwauling about Trump Trump Trump, what of other countries who failed? Anyhow, the beginning was needed to get to

We have seen this horror movie before. The mishandling of the coronavirus has terrifying parallels to the climate crisis. It’s difficult to think about the other civilizational calamity on our doorstep. It’s much easier to be consumed by what’s happening right now, or better yet to hunker down and binge watch your favorite shows and hope the plague passes over. But we cannot. Both tests call for innovation and a collective response. During the pandemic, we have witnessed failures of leadership but also incredible bravery, resolve, sacrifice, and innovation. That is the blueprint for our future.

I agree, Warmists should show their collective response and give up their own use of fossil fuels and make their own lives carbon neutral.

For decades, scientists warned of the perils of climate change and yet we didn’t act. Worse, we doubled down on our addiction to fossil fuels as the industry bought our politicians and local governments. “Drill, baby drill” became a rallying cry when America could have led the world in shifting toward renewable energy sources. Instead, there was empty rhetoric and disinformation campaigns led by an industry bent on extracting every last dime from the earth.

What’s this “we”, Sparky? Get back to me when 10,000+ climate cultists are not taking long fossil fueled trips to vacation spots for climate conferences multiple times a year.

The last thing you want to read about right now is more doom-filled climate predictions. All the more reason to start thinking of the climate story as more than one of just doom – but as one of innovation and ingenuity, compassion and courage. This week and next, Rolling Stone is releasing its special issue on the climate, featuring Greta Thunberg on the cover. In it you’ll hear from scientists and activists and ordinary people, sharing their grief and their hopes and their hard work on issues such as the state of the oceans, solar power, and the fate of biodiversity. We will not stop covering the climate crisis. We’re not going to look away. There is still time to hold back the worst of the coming tide. Despite likely having contracted the virus herself, Greta hasn’t stopped. She’s continuing her Friday for Future as a “digital strike” until it’s safe to take to the streets again. And we have no doubt she will.

Right, right, because people will care about this while suffering and in fear. Hey, if Rolling Stone wants to do their part they would just shut down. Stop killing trees and burning lots of energy for their website.

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If All You See…

…is an area flooded because solar subsidies are too low, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Blazing Cat Fur, with a post on Canada sending masks to China.

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Toilet Licker Says She’d “Pull Up And Cough On Dr. Phil

Remember this wackjob?

She made it worse

“I trolled America,” she told the Miami Herald. “It was a clean toilet seat on a sugar daddy’s plane.”

“I feel hot, rich and iconic,” she continued. “If those are the symptoms of corona, then b—ch, I’m ill.”

This “TikTok star and Instagram model’s” parents must be really proud

The college student who licked an airplane toilet said she’d ‘pull up’ and cough on Dr. Phil, who called her ‘spoiled and entitled’

Ava Louise, the woman who coined the phrase “I’d rather die hot than live ugly” and whose TikTok of herself licking an airplane toilet seat was shared widely, has officially stirred the pot with Dr. Phil.

The 21-year-old self-described “skinny legend” held nothing back when she spoke with the TV therapist about her decision to use the coronavirus pandemic to gain publicity.

“I was, like, really annoyed that corona was getting more publicity than me,” she told Dr. Phil in an interview that aired Thursday.

“I just don’t think that this is as concerning as possibly as it could be, because I don’t have coronavirus. I don’t have any symptoms. No one I know has symptoms,” she said, adding that because she went on spring break and Florida and is still healthy, the disease can’t be that serious. (snip)

She said she was so frustrated by Dr. Phil’s criticism of her video — which since been taken down from TikTok — that she was tempted to cough on him.

“I’ll pull up and I’ll cough on you,” she told Dr. Phil, who then called her “spoiled and entitled.”

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Climate Cultists Whine About The Stimulus Not Being “Green”

Well, see, the thing is, it’s not supposed to be a stimulus, it’s meant to simply give people and companies money so they will still be around to offer jobs when this is finally over (though, again, I think lawmakers of both parties missed the point, because $1,200 won’t mean much, and some people who do not have their bank account info on record with the IRS won’t see a check for months). But, Warmists have a sad

The Only Thing Green About the COVID-19 Stimulus Bill Is the Money

After more than a week of squabbling over what should go into the third coronavirus relief package, the White House and Senate leaders reached a compromise on Tuesday night. And while no climate-friendly provisions made it into the $2 trillion stimulus bill, it wasn’t necessarily bad news for the planet either.

In the days leading up to this near-final bill, much of the debate centered around Democrats’ attempts to include certain green provisions, like support for the struggling renewable energy industry, and a requirement that a bailout for airlines be contingent on emission reduction promises.

Struggling renewable energy industry, eh? I wonder why that could be?

The fight broke down into a sandbox tussle on Monday when Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of delaying relief for hospitals and struggling Americans in their pursuit of the Green New Deal, while Democrats argued that if the government was going to bail out the oil industry by purchasing $3 billion of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, why not help other hurting energy industries, too? The clash seems to have ended in a draw, as neither the oil bailout nor any clean energy or emissions reduction measures are in the most recent version of the bill. The only thing that stuck was $32 billion for the airline industry—no strings attached.

That’s because citizens and people who aren’t cultish realize that airlines are a necessary industry. Call them Evil if you want, but, it is necessary. The SPR is also necessary.

In the midst of the negotiations, a coalition of scientists, academics, and advocates from the environment, justice, and labor movements penned a letter to Congress with their own “menu of solutions” to make the stimulus a win-win for the economy and the environment. (snip)

The ideas range from the familiar, like creating green jobs in clean energy, construction, the food system, transportation, and manufacturing, to the creative, like expanding funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to support out-of-work artists and makers. There are layers of proposals within each of the umbrellas I just mentioned, like providing direct funding to transit authorities to help them through the slowdown, changing zoning regulations to promote dense development, providing no-interest loans for local governments to build parks, supporting indigenous farming practices and protecting native seeds, and ending fossil fuel subsidies and directing those funds to help workers transition to new jobs.

That whole greens job thing didn’t work under Obama’s Stimulus. Most just disappeared when the government money ended, right? Well, except for the “activists”, who tend to have big carbon footprints. Zoning regulations? Really? How does that help Bob and Betty from down the street?

Even though the $2 trillion stimulus that Congress is voting on this week is void of consideration for the planet, experts are saying it will probably only get us through the next few months. That means many of these ideas could still come into play in future legislation.

They will never give up, because it’s a cult. Again, if this goes on for months, none of this $2 trillion will matter, and people will be broke and getting evicted, losing their cars and homes, not able to buy food. Giving money to transit authorities won’t mean jack shit.

National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson writes

What will happen next with the coronavirus epidemic is unknown, but it seems certain to claim one very high-profile victim: the so-called Green New Deal.

Good riddance.

Don’t bet on it. These climate cultists will never give up.

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Leftist Seem Pretty Upset That Trump’s Approval Ratings Are Surging Despite Him “Being Awful”

Uber-leftist magazine The Week’s Damon Linker thinks he has the answer. Or is just whining. In fact, I can see him looking like this

with the waving arms and yelling at the computer (or maybe unhinged Haley Stevens)

Trump has never been worse — but his approval is surging. Why?

My estimation of President Trump has never been lower than it is right now. And his approval rating has never been higher.

That disjunct has become familiar to lots of liberal-leaning journalists, intellectuals, and academics over the past three years. Though this hasn’t kept plenty of them from trying to deny or explain it away. Unwaveringly convinced that the president and his party are inept, corrupt, ignorant, and brutally callous, they have written and published article after article under headlines like, “This is the end of the Trump presidency.”

We saw this when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. It happened again in the months surrounding the midterm elections, when Republicans took a big hit in Congress and lost control of the House. The headlines reappeared repeatedly before and during Trump’s impeachment trial and subsequent acquittal. And we’ve seen it in the midst of a global pandemic, the seriousness of which the president at first dismissed, then grudgingly conceded, and now seems eager to deny once again, this time in the name of “restarting the economy.”

Over and over again, those who report on and analyze politics at close range have documented the president’s lies, exposed his schemes to enrich himself, taken note of his errors and their consequences, and highlighted his incompetence and cruelty — and at every step of the way they have assumed this would make a political difference. But it hasn’t.

This all applies to The Week. Linker trots out a few Reasons

Maybe most of what has been written about the president and his party in the mainstream media is true — and yet it won’t mean that this produces “the end of the Trump presidency” at all. Maybe enough Americans in enough states just don’t care. Or maybe enough of them do care but in an affirmative way. They like politics conducted like pro-wrestling. They smile at the vulgarity. They approve of a president who acts and thinks like a mob boss and prefer a politics of clientalistic corruption to an administrative state of well-trained experts and bureaucrats who aspire to scrupulous competence and ideological neutrality (while sometimes falling short of achieving it). Maybe instead of responding to evidence that Trump is a clownish demagogue, they respond by saying, “Good, and thanks for noticing.”

Maybe they like these things because they’re Republicans and Republicans benefit from the Republican president ruthlessly pursuing policies that Republicans want. (Every faction of the GOP has enjoyed victories and gains during the Trump administration.) Maybe they also like these things because they follow politics for the entertainment and the Trump presidency is fun. He spews rhetorical sulfuric acid at their political and cultural enemies, and he does it with relish and humor. And the victims of his vitriol typically respond by flying off into an indignant, self-important, and self-defeating rage. What could be politically sweeter than that?

Now let me be clear: This is bad. Very bad. It means that a large and politically potent segment of the American public is both actively contemptuous of expertise, specialized knowledge, and the effort to combat political corruption when it benefits them, and beyond the reach of being persuaded otherwise.

It will of course be even worse if they happen to get their president re-elected.

See? Reasons! And there are plenty more. And these Modern Socialist TDS infused folks just don’t get it, and never will.

But really, what’s the alternative when contemplating the future of the center-left in a country that re-elects Donald Trump to the presidency? Continuing to jump up and down, pointing at the president while screaming, “Look at how bad he is!,” while nearly half the country rolls its eyes and turns its backs in indifference?

Aww, you’ll be OK, tater. Well, probably not. Y’all are wack crazy.

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Greta Wasn’t The First Young Warmists To Demand Other People Listen To Her

Some people want their fame, and, we’re all supposed to listen to children opine about Important Issues, right?

The screed is behind the paywall, but, you can read the whole thing by using Pocket

Their photos often appear side by side, like bookends framing the long campaign by young people to persuade adults to take significant steps to fight climate change. Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen activist, is the latest child to sound the alarm. Severn Cullis-Suzuki, the daughter of an environmental scientist in Vancouver, Canada, came first.

In 1992, when Severn was 12, she traveled with three other young activists to the United Nations climate conference in Rio de Janeiro. The science of global warming had just begun to resonate. The UN had created the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, now the leading authority on climate science, just four years earlier, and world leaders weren’t accustomed to listening to children lecture them.

That’s a pretty long fossil fueled flight.

Severn became known as “the girl who silenced the world for six minutes,” setting a precedent for young activists to express their sense of impending doom in the clear-eyed way that only children can. “You must change your ways,” Severn told the delegates. “Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market.”

Yet, the world is doing fine, and, we had a nice long pause lasting from around 1996-2016/7. So, no doom. Has she changed her ways? And now for the lady in the photo

Delaney Reynolds, 20, who lives in Florida, one of the places most vulnerable to climate change, is increasingly frustrated with the lack of action. “A lot of adults in power today are way too focused on money and profits,” she says. “As soon as we can replace them, we will replace them.”

The caption with the photo is what Tom Nelson is referring to. And there are no tide gauges for Florida that show anything other than normal to below normal sea rise for a Holocene warm period.

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If All You See…

….is a fish that will soon be swimming at the poles due to ‘climate change’, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, with a post noting that it’s time we talked about China, and the Chamber of Commerce.

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When Crocodiles Mess With Lockdown

You think it’s bad not finding TP and fresh chicken, beef, and pork?

(The Blaze) As cases of COVID-19 in the eastern African country of Rwanda climbed, authorities there implemented a “total lockdown” Sunday, the BBC reported. So far, Rwanda has at least 40 confirmed cases.

The government has reportedly said it would help people struggling under the order, but that has apparently done little for the many poor citizens who were negatively impacted almost immediately.

On Wednesday morning, an unidentified man breached the lockdown to go fishing along the Nyabarongo River, according to the BBC. While he was out at the river, he was killed and eaten by a crocodile.

Don’t tell celebs, they’ll make some more Lecturing videos from their multi-million dollar mansions.

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Coronavirus Is A Fire Drill For The Coming Climate Crisis Doom Or Something

Look, I’ve surrendered. The linked Chinavirus-climate change articles are just too abundant, plus, they really show how cultish these Warmists are, and these articles aren’t just being published in small papers and blogs and such, but the big players

Coronavirus and climate change: The pandemic is a fire drill for our planet’s future

We’ve been living in a dream. We climb into jet planes and fly across continents, never giving the accomplishment a second thought. We drive to grocery stores, assuming the shelves will be stocked with endless boxes of food. And every day we plug our devices into the wall, sure that electricity will flow from the outlet. Other than the occasional hurricane or earthquake, we have lived our whole lives taking for granted that this thing we call “civilization” was a machine that could never fail.

It’s time to wake up.

The international COVID-19 pandemic is many things, but its deepest impact may be fostering a recognition that this machine of civilization that we built is a whole lot more fragile than we thought. And that is why, in the long term, the coronavirus will one day be seen as a fire drill for climate change.

To understand the powerful connection between this pandemic and climate change, we must understand exactly what “modern civilization” means from a scientific point of view. For researchers, the global high-tech society we’ve built over the last 100 years is actually a series of networks laid on top of one another.

Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester (wait, I thought we were only supposed to listen to people with degrees in climate science? Oh, right, only when it is convenient for climate cultists), spends several paragraphs describing these networks, setting them up for Doom

So what does any of this have to do with climate change? Like this pandemic, climate change is also going to push on the networks that make up our civilization. Unlike the pandemic, its effects will be long term, and there won’t be a vaccine that can save us. (snip)

When most of us think about climate change, we visualize changes to the planet: soaring temperatures, rising oceans, melting ice caps. That’s hard enough to imagine on a global scale. But where our imaginations really fail is in asking what will happen to us, to daily human life, and that is a question about the invisible civilization networks. Climate change will mean one emergency after another, year after year, as heat waves, floods, fire and storms blow cascades of failures through our systems.

The pandemic has awakened us from our slumber. It is letting us see the real consequences of denial. That may be its most important lesson — allowing us the insight, strength and compassion to build a resilient and robust future.

It has shown us what a world with implemented Cult of Climastrology policies will look like. And that the climate change movement really is a doomsday cult, one which plays on people’s real world fears. Storms have always happened and will always happen. They’re all just nuts, and, really, worse than the cult known as Scientology. At least they aren’t doom-mongers.

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NY Times Wonders Why We’re Choosing Mass Unemployment

I actually sort of agree where the NY Times editorial board has gone with this piece, though, they are missing a few pieces, and take the obligatory shots at Trump

Why Is America Choosing Mass Unemployment?

Thursday’s news that more than three million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, a total far higher than in any previous week in the modern history of the United States, has been greeted with surprising equanimity by the nation’s political leaders.

They appear to regard mass unemployment as an unfortunate but unavoidable symptom of the coronavirus. “It’s nobody’s fault, certainly not in this country,” President Trump said Thursday. The federal government’s primary response is a bill that passed the Senate late Wednesday night that would provide larger cash payments to those who have lost their jobs.

But the sudden collapse of employment was not inevitable. It is instead a disastrous failure of public policy that has caused immediate harm to the lives of millions of Americans, and that is likely to leave a lasting mark on their future, on the economy and on our society.

The federal government’s first and best chance to prevent mass unemployment was to keep the new coronavirus under control through a system of testing and targeted quarantines like those implemented by a number of Asian nations. But even after it became clear that the Trump administration had failed to prepare for the pandemic, policymakers still could have chosen to prioritize employment by paying companies to keep workers on the job during the period of lockdown.

A couple quick points. The Times itself was mad at Trump ordering that no flights would come in from China and Europe, at least not with foreigners. They were upset over people on those flights and on cruise ships being quarantined. So were other Credentialed Media outlets, along with Democrat politicians and pundits. Further, while the Obama admin offered warnings of potential pandemic, they didn’t actually leave the nation ready. And left the nation well short on respirators and N95 masks. But, see, I won’t directly blame Obama, because the federal bureaucracy is a bloated organ that does what it does, and there’s no possible way for the POTUS, or even his cabinet, to know everything.

And, let’s not forget how the media, including the Times, along with those same Democrat politicians and pundits, have fearmongered non-stop, talked about doom, demanded everything be shut down. That’s kinda how we got here, with counties, cities, and states still implementing shut-downs

Anyhow, after a bit of Trump Blamestorming, we get

A number of European countries, after similarly failing to control the spread of the virus, and thus being forced to lock down large parts of their economies, have chosen to protect jobs. Denmark has agreed to compensate Danish employers for up to 90 percent of their workers’ salaries. In the Netherlands, companies facing a loss of at least 20 percent of their revenue can similarly apply for the government to cover 90 percent of payroll. And the United Kingdom announced that it would pay up to 80 percent of the wage bill for as many companies as needed the help, with no cap on the total amount of public spending.

Some countries only pay employers for workers who aren’t working. Under Germany’s Kurzarbeit scheme, the government chips in even for workers kept on part time. The German government predicts that 2.35 million workers will draw benefits during the crisis. In either case, the goal is to preserve people in existing jobs — to preserve the antediluvian fabric of the economy to the greatest extent possible, for the benefit of workers and firms.

I hate to say it, but, this kinda makes sense, does it not? As a Classical Liberal, there’s the old saying that the government that governs least governs best. That best describes Classical Liberalism (which is way different than the people we call liberals today, who aren’t even close to be a political science definition liberal). But, CL also notes when a government should get involved, and this is one of those points, meant to protect the citizens

Preserving jobs is important because a job isn’t merely about the money. Compensated labor provides a sense of independence, identity and purpose; an unemployment check does not replace any of those things. People who lose jobs also lose their benefits — and in the United States, that includes their health insurance. And a substantial body of research on earlier economic downturns documents that people who lose jobs, even if they eventually find new ones, suffer lasting damage to their earnings potential, health and even the prospects of their children. The longer it takes to find a new job, the deeper the damage tends to be.

They’re actually making a good point. Wouldn’t it be better to preserve the jobs, rather than compensate for the loss of one? And be a heck of a lot easier for those people to jump right back in when things start moving again?

…This economic contraction was not caused by too much housing construction or too much gambling on Wall Street. It was caused by the arrival of a virus, and preserving ties between companies and workers could help to accelerate the eventual economic recovery once the pandemic passes. Companies could keep trained and experienced employees, averting the need for people to look for jobs and for companies to look for workers.

See? What’s up with the NY Times editorial board making economic sense?

The United States has made some efforts to preserve jobs, particularly at small businesses. The bailout bill includes $367 billion for loans to small businesses that would be forgiven if recipients avoid job and wage cuts. But that is less than a third of the amount that experts estimate would be required to provide comprehensive support for small businesses.

And the bill does not require big companies that get bailouts to make similar efforts.

Instead, the government agreed to give workers who lose their jobs an extra $600 a week.

We’d all be better off if the government had helped those workers keep their jobs instead.

I’ve heard people at work and read others talking about it being better if they were laid off, at least monetarily. Of course, that doesn’t mean the company brings them back. In my industry, though, it would be easy to find another job. In others, not so much. And it costs a lot of money to find a new employee and train them. Moving beyond that, it would have been better for Congress to simply start with a bill that gives real money to citizens so they can pay their rent, mortgages, car bills, and so forth. I’m not worried about big companies: we know they’ll survive. They have plenty of cash.

What is one check for $1,200 going to do? If you’re going to dig a hole, dig a glorious hole. Heck, how about saying “we’re going to give every taxpayer (148 million people, roughly) $3,000 and everyone isolate for 2 weeks, then we’re back to business.” That would be $444 billion.

Instead, they’ve played a few games with the bills. Interestingly, the NYTEB forgot to mention the incredibly leftist pork laden bill from Pelosi, which provided little to actual workers.

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