Sunday, February 19, 2017

This Is The Week That Was

Below are the top articles for this past week, and I think the best cartoons.  RK


What fun! John Cook rides again!
By Jon Ray @ Greenie Watch

 He is the author of the famous 97% claim and a most energetic defender of Warmism.  And he certainly is a crook Cook.  He makes a great pretence of science by reporting known facts but ignoring or leaving some things out. He then pretends that he has proven global warming.

But his latest is a superb example of psychological projection. He takes some well-known examples of psychological defence mechanisms and purports to find examples of them among climate skeptics.  But exactly those same mechanisms are common among Warmists.  An excerpt:.......

Climate Poker: Most Governments Delay UN Climate Pledges
Benny Peiser’s Global Warming Policy Foundation Reports  Earth Hour Interest Declining Worldwide
 I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity. The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity. Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism........
Observations From the Back Row: NATO and Tomorrow Land

By Rich Kozlovich

I'm convinced NATO and the U.S. will part company by 2025 if not by 2020, and it may cease to exist entirely.  According to Stratfor news "U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Feb. 15 that the United States may moderate its commitment to NATO unless all of its member states boost their defense spending". It appears there's only a few who are meeting that commitment - a "2% threshold" -including the U.S. United Kingdom, Poland, Estonia.....and believe it or not.....Greece.  The article, which I didn't link because it's a subscription site, and expensive, claims Trump is already calling for less funding for all these international organizations.  We're going to see all these NGOs start whining and wailing soon - with the help of their leftist friends in the main stream media - for being cut off the federal udder.......
Oroville Dam Warnings Were Ignored
Government failed to pay attention to concerns brought up more than a decade ago.

Steven Greenhut | February 17, 2017

A Sacramento Bee story published Monday succinctly described the disaster unfolding at the nation's tallest dam, where flaws in the Oroville Dam's concrete spillway are forcing water onto the earthen emergency spillway. Threats of a spillway collapse led to mandatory evacuations throughout Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties last Sunday, although residents have since been allowed to return home.....
Cartoon of the Day
Zeihan on Geopolitics: Shale Gets Ready to Run
A data dump by the International Energy Agency this weekend indicates that OPEC is enjoying its best compliance showing at least since the 1970s, if not ever. Over 90% of pledged oil production reductions have already materialized, with a few countries – most notably Saudi Arabia – overcutting. All together over the course of the past few months, total OPEC output is down just over 1 million bpd. The past two years of low-ish prices have hit non-OPEC producers as well, forcing reductions in their collective output of another 400kbpd. Stores of both crude and refined products have thus dropped across the world. No wonder oil prices have managed to hold strongly over $50 a barrel of late......

The Unending Muslim Civil Wars
Conflict between Muslim groups is nothing new.

By Kamran Bokhari Feb. 17, 2017

Two concepts increasingly dominate public discussions on the Muslim and Arab world. The first is the notion of civil war in the context of countries like Syria, Yemen and Libya. The second is the notion of conflict between Islam and the West. Both concepts fail to recognize that the Muslim world is in the throes of multiple civil wars...........the Shiite-Sunni struggle has been a constant since the earliest days of Islam..........We are used to viewing civil wars within the confines of a single country. In the case of Islam, there are many civil wars raging. The outcome of these conflicts is far more consequential as it will shape the relationship between Muslim-majority countries and the West. The conflict in Syria, especially as it relates to the Islamic State, will be a key determinant in the geopolitical makeup of the Middle East. However, it pales in comparison to the war within Islam’s body politic.........
Observations From the Back Row: Framing the Issue
By Rich Kozlovich

Update 2/17/17:  Although Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, have strict gun laws and Missouri did until recently.  A friend e-mailed me to say: "I live in New Orleans and it is easy to buy a hand gun and to get a concealed carry permit and Louisiana has a State Wide open carry law with no license required."  So I wish to alert you to that, but the surrounding points remain the same.  RK

One of the things the media and the left is exceptionally good at is "framing".  They "framed" a lot of good people by smearing them with unfounded, unproven and unprovable charges...with the help of a corrupt media.  But that's not the kind of "framing" I'm talking about.  The "framing" I'm concerned with in this article is the "framing" of issues via language.........
Observations From the Back Row: Projection From the Left 
Truth is the sublime convergence of history and reality.

By Rich Kozlovich

With the new administration taking charge more rapidly than anyone thought possibly - me too - especially so since Senate Democrats are doing everything in their power to stop or slow down the process of confirmation - I'm constantly seeing a lava flow of logical fallacies pouring out from the left. 

This has been the pattern every time a Republican is elected President of the United States, or they take control of the Congress.  That gives opportunity to expand on the membership for the Club For the Galacticly Stupid, of which Maxine Waters is a shining example.......

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