Alexandria Ocasio-Kohler

He’s “one of Australia’s most experienced commentators”

THE Democrat Party of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden spent every single day of the past four years refusing to concede the 2016 election. They illegally paid Russian spies for forged documents alleging an incoming President was a compromised sexual pervert; they illegally lied to the FISA court; they illegally spied on the opposition party’s leader and his advisers; they lied to prosecute General Mike Flynn; they lied about a Supreme Court nominee being a gang rapist. These are not claims. They’re historical facts. During the northern summer, Democrats went even further: they deliberately stoked a rolling wave of domestic terrorism that has left dozens dead – men, women and children – and billions of dollars of property destroyed. Throughout this season of treason without precedent (at least since a Democrat celebrity shot Abraham Lincoln in 1865), Alan Kohler didn’t notice anything was awry. But today he’s filled with rage:

But the other American tragedy – the President’s sedition – is likely to be more corrosive and longer-lasting.

That’s right: sedition. It’s defined as conduct designed to incite rebellion against the constitution and established authority, which is precisely what he is doing…

The worst thing is the fact that one of the parties in this two-party state – the Republican Party – has given up all pretense of acting in the national interest and is openly interested in power for its own sake, and that of its donors…

The Republican party is basically saying they want the taxation (of everyone but their donors of course) but not the democracy that goes with it.

They are setting a new low bar for right-wing parties around the world, and for future would-be American despots who could well be more competent and smarter than Trump and are causing immense damage to institutions that could take years to fix.

For example, Trump has decapitated the Defence Department and installed sycophants, presumably with the idea that as things get ugly, he can deploy troops in the street to quell dissent.

 
Without evidence, the business “editor-at-large” of The Australian is saying Donald Trump plans to mobilise troops to kill Americans in coming weeks. This is the deranged rhetoric of an ANTIFA loon. The truth is more admirable – which is why Kohler preferred the big lie. Trump was elected on a platform of bringing US troops home from failed, lost wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan. This policy – the democratically expressed will of Americans – has been stymied by the Endless War lobby that bankrolls so many members of the senatorial class in Washington. This is what real sedition looks like. This is what “right-wing” donor-driven fascism looks like. Kohler’s more general argument is no less batty. Pursuing his rights at law to ensure every vote counts is the President’s lawful prerogative; to call this sedition is to assert the courts are now illegitimate and their place in governance now suspended. Formerly a middling quality broadsheet but now collapsing under the weight of its crowded opinion penthouse, is The Australian so bereft of a collegiate ethos that nobody thought to counsel Kohler not to publish something this wacko and embarrassing?

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The climate change scam

This is how this post begins which is titled, The Climate Scam: What We Are Up Against.

What I call the “climate scam” is the proposition that human use of fossil fuels will shortly bring about a catastrophic increase in atmospheric temperatures, and that this crisis can easily be averted by governments in a few rich countries, with about 10% of the world’s population, imposing crippling coercive restrictions and cost increases on fossil fuel use while also massively subsidizing alternative “renewable” energy sources.

I have long thought that this scam could not go on too much longer. The reasons I have thought that are many, the least important of them being that in the several decades since the warnings of catastrophic warming were first issued, atmospheric temperatures have increased much less than predicted. But here are two other reasons for my view that are more important:

  1. Restrictions on rich-country carbon emission cannot possibly have any meaningful effect on world climate, because rich-country emissions are a minority and a rapidly-shrinking portion of total world emissions, while developing countries, with about 90% of world population, are rapidly increasing their emissions from a low base. The developing countries will never agree to limit their ongoing emissions increases, particularly while many of their people still lack basic access to electricity, automobiles, air conditioning, and so forth; and

  2. In rich countries, ordinary and working-class people will surely put up an insurmountable roadblock to restrictions on fossil fuels as soon as they figure out that many of their jobs are threatened and their costs of electricity and gasoline are planned to increase by factors of 2 or 5 or 10 in the effort to achieve a (theoretical) meaningless reduction of predicted world temperatures of a few tenths of a degree 50 or 100 years from now.

I still believe that eventually this scam will fall apart, and for the reasons given (among other reasons). After all, the information to support my points (1) and (2) is readily available, not only from many posts on this blog, but many other sources as well, official and otherwise. There is a network of climate-skeptic news sources and bloggers, of which I am one, constantly putting this information out for the public to see. All of these sources, as far as I am aware, operate on a shoestring; but they cannot be silenced, and the skeptic community is remarkably robust and resilient. We aren’t going away.

But then, you have to consider what we are up against.

If you want to know what we are up against, you should go to the link, although this brings you close to the answer:

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But go to the link anyway even if it might depress you.

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Best performance by a Democrat in a nursing home massacre

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Uh-huh

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All the jealous old pooh-bahs crawl out of the woodwork

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Ask Already

A former junior Democrat senator from Massachusetts, 1961:

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

 
The current junior Democrat senator from Massachusetts, yesterday:

 
In the same inauguration speech, President Kennedy declared “the torch has been passed to a new generation.” Nobody is ever going to pass a flaming torch to Joe Biden. Except an impatient Kamala Harris, possibly.

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Open Forum: November 21, 2020

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Music Maestro: November 20, 2020

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Why get in bed with the devil if you only want to cuddle?

Reported in the Oz:

Scott Morrison will delay a decision on whether to ditch next year’s scheduled rise in the compulsory superannuation contribution until the May budget over concerns that lifting it would smash wages as the economy recovers from the pandemic.

Increasing the compulsory superannuation contribution from 9.5% to 12% will certainly not smash wages.  It will be great for the superannuation fund managers and superannuation trustees and superannuation administrators and accountants and lawyers and other hangers-on.  It’s won’t smash their wages.  It will boost them.

After all, without compulsory superannuation, would:

[T]he mean total compensation paid to surveyed chief investment officers and heads of equities was $704,167 – and 50 per cent of those interviewed earned more than $750,000, while 17 per cent snared more than $1 million. The mean base salary – pre-bonus – was $400,000.

Read the rest here

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Kim Beazley and Tony Abbott on saving Western Civilisation

Just posted by the Ramsay Centre: Peta Credlin speaks to two Rhodes Scholars on a reset worth backing:

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