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While it’s true that there’s nothing global warming can’t do, isn’t this a GOOD thing?

Vinyl suits will soon be a thing of the past

Vinyl suits will soon be a thing of the past

In a perfect example of why global warmists like to claim “97% of all scientists agree”, two nitwits have just demonstrated that scientific journals will publish anything, so long as it toes the company line:

Global warming is killing our sex drive”.

Th authors demonstrate that when it’s hot enough to melt arctic ice caps,it’s too hot to fuck, and the world will soon run out of people. Hmm. It seems to me that the segment of the world’s population that can’t afford air conditioning are poor or retards, both groups that the Progressive Movement has been trying to eliminate since the mother of Planned Parenthood, racist, and advocate of eugenics and euthanasia, Margaret Sanger, first discovered how unpleasant both types were.

Hell, even the UN’s climate chief says we should “make every effort to reduce human population”. What better way to do that than to forcibly remove existing  air conditioning from homes (and offices – office romances! – in fact, the EPA’s latest rules are designed to do just that, by making it unaffordable to all except the elite) and deny it to those whose procreation would most upset the liberal set.

So again, where’s, and what’s the beef?

UPDATE: Proof of the thesis! Business Insider reports that “sex is going out of style”. 

Somehow, I doubt it.

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Paris Global Warming conference this week is “last chance to save the world, and this time we really, really mean it!

Not then, not now, but just you wait, Henry Higgins, just you wait!

Not then, not now, but just you wait, Henry Higgins, just you wait!

Pardon us if we’ve heard this before. In fact, pardon us if we think this kind of ridiculous scare mongering is identical to the doomsaying preachers who use the coming end of the world to squeeze money from and control over dupes. The only difference, in fact, is that Global Warming gives bureaucrats from Third World countries, and American celebrities to jet around the world to these “last chance” summits.

But it’s still just another religion, based on fantasy, fear and greed.

Global warming activists have already been issuing multiple “tipping point” deadlines for decades.See: Climate Depot Special Report: Earth ‘Serially Doomed’: UN Issues New 15 Year Climate Tipping Point – But UN Issued Tipping Points in 1982 & Another 10-Year Tipping Point in 1989! -Inconvenient History of ‘Tipping Points’ — Hours, Days, Months, Years, Millennium — Earth ‘Serially Doomed’
 Other “Last Chance” deadlines: 

Last chance! – Bonn, 2001 – A Global Warming Treaty’s Last Chance. That teetering edifice that is the Kyoto Protocol gets some emergency repair work this week as delegates from 180 countries gather in Bonn to work out problems that threaten to scuttle the deal altogether. – Time Magazine, 16 Jul 2001

Last chance! – Montreal, 2005 – In an open letter to delegates at the Montreal environmental summit, beginning today, campaigner Mark Lynas explains why action on climate change can no longer be stalled. “I’m scared. For 15 years I’ve watched international progress on climate change get slower and slower, even while the pace of global warming seems to get ever more rapid. With time running out for the global climate, your meeting in Montreal represents a last chance for action.” – The Independent, 28 Nov 2005

Last chance! – Bali, 2007 – World leaders will converge on Bali today for the start of negotiations which experts say could be the last chance to save the Earth from catastrophic climate change. Bali could be the last chance to avoid the worst effect of global warming, said Tony Juniper, executive director of Friends of the Earth. – The New Zealand Herald, 3 Dec 2007

………………………………….2007: Philip Clapp, head of the Washington-based National Environment Trust, says: “Fifteen years of international negotiations have not yet produced a comprehensive agreement that will get developed countries to begin serious reductions.”He adds: “The framework for such an agreement must come out of the Bali meeting. The scientists are telling us that this is the world’s last shot at avoiding the worst consequences of global warming.” – The Independent, 2 Dec 2007

Last chance! – Poznan, Poland, 2008 – The world will “suicide” if it cannot strike a strong climate pact soon, Australian environmental scientist Tim Flannery has warned. Professor Flannery, who is attending a UN climate summit in Poland, expressed dismay at the slow progress. “Resistance is a suicidal tactic,” the former Australian of the year, scientist and author told reporters in Poland. “This round of negotiations is likely to be our last chance as a species to deal with the problem.” The Age, 9 Dec 2008

2008: Humanity is approaching the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change, according to WWF’s analysis of the latest climate science.The warning comes during UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland.“Governments in Poznan must agree to peak and decline global emissions well before 2020 to give people reasonable hope that global warming can still be kept within limits that prevent the worst,” said Kim Carstensen, leader of WWF’s global climate initiative. – WWF, “Poznan provides last chance to curb climate change” 5 Dec 2008

Last chance! – Copenhagen, 2009 – The world faces a final opportunity to agree an adequate global response to climate change at a U.N.-led meeting in Copenhagen in December, the European Union’s environment chief said on Friday. It is now 12 years since Kyoto was created. This makes Copenhagen the world’s last chance to stop climate change before it passes the point of no return, European Union Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas told a climate conference in Budapest on Friday. – Reuters, Feb 27 2009

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2009: Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, has warned of “catastrophic consequences” unless a new international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions is reached.Climate change is “simply the greatest collective challenge we face as a human family”, Mr Ban said in a speech on Monday in Seoul. He urged international leaders to reach a deal to limit their countries’ carbon emissions at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in December. – The Telegraph, 10 Aug 2009
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2009: “No one said the road to Copenhagen would be easy. But the agreement we all hope to reach in Copenhagen next year represents the last chance to bring climate change under control before it is too late. There is progress, but we need to step up the pace. With resolve, cooperation and imagination, we can conclude an agreement at the end of next year, delivering the ambitious global action that is needed.”
Speech by Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner responsible for environment at a Climate Change Conference, 31 October 2008, Prague
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2009: The Copenhagen summit is the world’s last chance to save the planet from “catastrophic” global warming, according to a major study led by Lord Stern of Brentford, the country’s leading authority on climate change.Without an international agreement to limit global warming, temperatures are likely to rise by 9F (5C) by the end of the century – triggering mass migration, warfare and world hunger, according to the report. – The Telegraph, 2 Dec 2009

Last chance! – Cancun, 2010 – A sense of foreboding is one of the few points of general agreement among the 15,000 participants congregating for the next two weeks on this long thin strip of land, marooned between a wide lagoon and the Caribbean Sea. Jairem Ramesh, the Indian environment minister, sees it as the “last chance” for climate change talks to succeed; Connie Hedegaard, the EU’s climate chief, believes a disappointing outcome would “put the whole process in danger”. – The Telegraph (UK), 29 Nov 2010

Last chance! – Durban, 2011 – Rev. Dr. Olav Fyske Tveit, who leads the World Council of Churches, says the upcoming climate conference in South Africa is mankind’s ‘last opportunity’ to address climate change. This week the World Council of Churches general secretary, Reverend Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, called the United Nations UNFCCC COP 17 meeting a “last opportunity for the international community to be responsible in addressing climate change”, and called on the meeting to “act now for climate justice.” – Spero News, 27 Nov 2011
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2011: Durban climate change meeting is “the last chance”. Attended by over 200 countries, this week’s major UN conference has been described by many experts as humanity’s last chance to avert the disastrous effects of climate change.Together with around 20 000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, Ferrial Adam, the climate change and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Africa, will be attending the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which gets under way in Durban in the next two weeks, towards negotiating a new climate regime. – UCANews, 28 Nov 2011

Last chance! – Doha, 2012 – Tomorrow: the earth’s last chance with climate change? Tomorrow, the whole world talks about irreversible global warming as this year’s international climate change summit begins. Participating are 195 countries (almost all of the United Nations). There are two concurrent meetings: the 8th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol; and the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. They will take place from Monday, November 26, 2012 to Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha, Qatar. – The Examiner, 25 Nov 2012

Last chance! – Warsaw, 2013 – Is the Warsaw Climate Change Conference a last-chance summit? The Warsaw Climate Change Conference opened on Monday 11th November. After the 2012 failure of Doha, this summit could represent a turning point in the fight against global warming. “Global greenhouse gas emissions need to peak this decade, and get to zero net emissions by the second half of this century,” announced Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC in a press release dated 8th November. “We have the money and technology, the knowledge and the new economic models to get the job done in time,” she confirmed before describing the next two years as “a critical period to act faster on climate.” – Sustainable Mobility, 14 Nov 2013

Last chance! – Lima, 2014 – Last chance: Change needed for climate negotiations in Lima 2014. WWF issued the following statement today from Samantha Smith, Leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative, as the UN climate talks drew to a conclusion: “A repeat performance next year would be disastrous, not just for the progress of these negotiations, but more importantly for vulnerable communities everywhere and the natural world on which we all depend…By the time we get to next year’s meeting in Lima, we urgently need to have political will, real commitments, and a clear path to a comprehensive and fair agreement in Paris 2015, where a new global agreement on climate change has to be signed.” – WWF Global, 23 Nov 2013

Last chance! – Paris, 2015: Scientists are calling on world leaders to sign up to an eight-point plan of action at landmark talks in Paris. The key element is the goal to limit global warming to below 2C by moving to zero carbon emissions by 2050. The UN meeting in December is “the last chance” to avert dangerous climate change, according to the Earth League. – BBC News 22 Apr 2015

Below is a reprint of Climate Depot’s 2014 Climate ‘Tipping Points’ report:

Climate Depot Special Report: Earth ‘Serially Doomed’: UN Issues New 15 Year Climate Tipping Point – But UN Issued Tipping Points in 1982 & Another 10-Year Tipping Point in 1989! -Inconvenient History of ‘Tipping Points’ — Hours, Days, Months, Years, Millennium — Earth ‘Serially Doomed’

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I’m a homeless veteran

Miracle in Philly: he can walk!

Miracle in Philly: he can walk!

Portland Maine has a pretty large collection of burned out junkies and alkies on its streets, thanks in large part to a local court decision that forbade the police from shooing them on and Boston’s response to that decision, busing their bums north. Although not all of them do, many of these sorry people panhandle at the intersections and many of them are in camo pants and hold signs identifying themselves as “homeless veterans”.

The media eats this stuff up with a credulous eye, but it’s occurred to me that if even half the “homeless vets” on our cities were actually veterans, we must have had an army 50X larger than previously disclosed.

But then I thought, what if they “feel” like they are veterans – is that sufficient to make them so? It works for the Elizabeth Warrens of our country, whose feeling of being Indian put her on the tenure track to a full Harvard professorship, it works for men who don skirts to go ogle the ladies in the rest rooms or teenaged girls in gym showers, Rachael Dolezal, a white girl from Montana, rose to head of the Seattle NAACP because of her intense feeling of being black, and made an entire career as a “civil rights activist”.

I’m told that, when I was 2-3 years old, I would awake and announce to my mother what particular animal I felt like that day: lion, tiger, bear, whatever. The entire day, if my mother wanted my attention, she’d have to call me by my proper species. “Chrissy, breakfast” got no response. “Mr. Tiger, come get your oatmeal” worked (assuming I was a tiger that day, of course; sometimes, my mother forgot).

Who knew that, 55 + years on, we could all be tigers, or transvestites, Indians, oppressed victims or even Indian chiefs?

What a great country.

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Is disappointment worth $8.5 million? Those days, who knows? We’ll find out.

If you can't believe it, perhaps you shouldn't

If you can’t believe it, perhaps you shouldn’t

A woman has sued a casino after she briefly though she’d won $8.5 million, and only got $80.

“I was very disappointed, very upset and then I started to think about all the people there, and then I got angry.”

Castillo had plunked down about $100 on a video game called Jurassic Riches when the machine showed her winnings skyrocketing into the stratosphere.

The figure kept climbing until it showed Castillo had won more than $8.5 million.

But the casino said the game only offered a maximum jackpot of $20,000.

Had this been a law school exam question back in the 70s, most students would conclude that her claim was ripe for summary judgment against her. Today? Well some lawyer’s taken the case, and probably hopes to get it before a jury.

Preferably one comprised of Yale graduates.

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If the value of an Ivy League education is in the connections you make, what happens when those connections are only to other, frail snowflakes?

Yale Class of 2016

Yale Class of 2016

Yale students demand the firing of a professor and her husband!  for her daring to question whether Halloween costumes need necessarily be politically correct.

Tensions at Yale University hit a boiling point yesterday after an email about Halloween costumes created a week-long controversy on campus.

Students called for the resignation of Associate Master of Silliman College Erika Christakis after she responded to an email from the school’s Intercultural Affairs Council asking students to be thoughtful about the cultural implications of their Halloween costumes. According to The Washington Post, students are also calling for the resignation of her husband, Master of Silliman College, Nicholas Christakis, who defended her statement.

FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff recorded video of students confronting Nicholas Christakis yesterday in the courtyard of the Silliman College dormitory complex at Yale. Lukianoff was on Yale’s campus to speak at a conference on issues related to free speech in higher education.

 I don’t wish to trivialize genuine concerns about cultural and personal representation, and other challenges to our lived experience in a plural community. I know that many decent people have proposed guidelines on Halloween costumes from a spirit of avoiding hurt and offense. I laud those goals, in theory, as most of us do. But in practice, I wonder if we should reflect more transparently, as a community, on the consequences of an institutional (which is to say: bureaucratic and administrative) exercise of implied control over college students.

In addition to expressing concerns about how policing students’ costumes can limit the exercise of imagination, free speech, and free expression, Christakis asked:

Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive? American universities were once a safe space not only for maturation but also for a certain regressive, or even transgressive, experience; increasingly, it seems, they have become places of censure and prohibition.

The Aftermath

The response to Christakis’ email was explosive. More than 740 Yale undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, faculty, and even students from other universities signed on to anopen letter telling Christakis that her “offensive” email invalidates the voices of minority students on campus.

In the above video, a student demands an apology for Christakis’ e-mail, saying she feels like Yale was no longer a “safe space” for her and other students, especially incoming freshmen.

“[I]t’s not a home. It is no longer a safe space for me. And I find that incredibly depressing,” she says. “This was once a space that I was proud to be a part of because of the loving community.”

Contrast this to the position taken by Yale back in 1975:

Recall that Yale is the source of one of the most glowing statements in support of free expression in higher education. The statement, based on the university’s 1975 Woodward Report, demonstrates the need to be free to “think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable.” It even goes so far as to inform Yale students that “when you agree to matriculate, you join a community where ‘the provocative, the disturbing, and the unorthodox’ must be tolerated. When you encounter people who think differently than you do, you will be expected to honor their free expression, even when what they have to say seems wrong or offensive to you.”

Gresham’s Law, once taught in all economics courses since, probably, the 16th century, posits that “bad money drives out the good”. That’s what’s happened to liberal arts equation, even at once prestigious institutions. Who would hire such a student, when the inevitable outcome will be a person who is too frail to withstand any pressure, who whines and sees micro-aggression in every statement of her bosses and peers, and who is a ticking time bomb of litigation? It’s possible that Ivy League science majors haven’t been infected, yet, but Gresham will prevail.

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