If this current campaign to weaken Mr. Harper’s leadership had the least chance of success, I would denounce it as irresponsible mischief on the part of those who, as journalists, seek copy or, as politicians, seek power. The greatest defect of the current system, in their opinion, is the fact that it has put Mr. Harper at the head of affairs in consecutive elections and promises to do so again. (That said, everything I hear privately about Mr. Harper’s management style reminds me of Nabokov’s Paduk. Fine. As long as Mr. Harper’s compass and mine point in the same direction, I do not care. He commands volunteers who may seek other employment any time they choose.)
These people are doing some kind of cultural festival, a Stonehenge which is disassembled every year, and every year re-created. The expansion of human possibilities in the Burning Man festival is so much more important to the future of society than Obamacare, expense scandals, and politics in general.
And I do not care whether Kathy Shaidle or any other sound conservative disapproves.
Elaine Dewar spent several days with Maurice Strong at the UN and concluded in her book The Cloak of Green that, “Strong was using the U.N. as a platform to sell a global environment crisis and the Global Governance Agenda.” Strong conjectured about a small group of world leaders who decided the rich countries were “the principal risk to the world.” These countries refused to reduce their environmental impact. The leaders decided the only hope for the planet was for collapse of the industrialized nations and it was their responsibility to bring that about. Strong knew what to do. Create a false problem with false science and use bureaucrats to bypass politicians to close industry down and make developed countries pay.
Compare the industrialized nation to an internal combustion engine running on fossil fuel. You can stop the engine in two ways; cut off the fuel supply or plug the exhaust. Cutting off fuel supply is a political minefield. People quickly notice as all prices, especially food, increase. It’s easier to show the exhaust is causing irreparable environmental damage. This is why CO2 became the exclusive focus of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Process and method were orchestrated to single out CO2 and show it was causing runaway global warming.
This is the first time I have seen laid out clear what I had always suspected. The article asserts that the great anthropogenic global warming scare is the conscious creation of the leading elements of the political Left, and not as some naive anti-capitalist sentiment, but as a high-level conspiracy involving Maurice Strong and others, to destroy capitalism. It has been brilliantly successful so far. It has every ignorant person in the “educated” world seeing every natural phenomenon as the result of man’s dreadful sin of burning fossil fuels. It has us shutting down nuclear plants, raising the prices of energy, engaging in futile solar and wind energy projects, simultaneously wrecking the countryside, wasting billions, and creating a crony capitalist “green energy” lobby that will seek to defraud us of billions more.
The article by Dr. Tim Ball goes into the many ways in which the IPCC has systematically lied to us about the agenda they are on, the data they have misrepresented or suppressed, and the truths they do not want to be more broadly known.
The article concludes:
The IPCC deception was premeditated under Maurice Strong’s guidance to prove CO2 was causing global warming as pretext for shutting down industrialized nations. They partially achieved their goal as alternate energies and green job economies attest. All this occurred as contradictory evidence mounts because Nature refused to play. CO2 increases as temperatures decline, which according to IPCC science cannot happen. Politicians must deal with facts and abandon all policies based on claims that CO2 is a problem, especially those already causing damage.
Tim Ball’s website is found here, and is worth your time.
Maybe because, having successfully alienated the NSM (non-Sun media) he has nowhere else to go. If your strategy has been to reach the people more directly, through social media and local news outlets, and you feel you have to do something, then maybe that is what you do. But it looks hasty and ill conceived. And these local appearances cannot change the direction of a national story. So far, they have only made things worse, because he made fresh headlines this morning when he told one radio host Nigel Wright had not resigned, but “was dismissed”. The mainstream pack never liked Harper and it has years of frustration and anger to work off. Now, in Tory convention week, they have motive, means and opportunity – and a national audience.
The Parthenon, temple of Athena Porthenos, Athena the Virgin, is more impressive the closer you get to it. Massive, and perfectly proportioned, it was built under the direction of Perikles, the leader of the Athenian state, in a space of fifteen years. It was and is the expression of classical Greek originality and aesthetics, and the particular expression of Athenian power might and majesty.
It has been used and abused as a Christian Church, a mosque, the palace of the Turkish governor, a powder magazine, a treasury, a pagan temple, a law court. It has been looted by Macedonians, Romans, Venetians, and Turks, and to that list the Greeks would add Lord Elgin, who took the marbles with permission of the Turkish government (not that they cared for the classical heritage). That it stands yet is a testament to how well built it was in the beginning.
Holes were drilled into the centre of the pillars, and these were filled with molten lead and wood. The effect was act as shock absorbers for the infrequent but severe earthquakes to which the Mediterranean is subject.
We owe to the Greeks the practice of philosophy (close thinking about nature and reason) and to the Jews the idea of a transcendent but personal God acting in history. If you can make a unity out of those two conflicting ideas, you will set your civilization on a path eternal inward contradictions. And here we are.
“Looking at the data for the last decade or so, one thing stands clear: Global temperatures have been showing many more signs of cooling than warming. Already we are sensing that global temperature has lost the battle to stay up. The HadCrut data series above shows that cooling has gained the upper hand. Indeed warming is now in the history books, having died some 15 years ago.”
It does not matter whether the planet is cooling or warming, what is at issue is whether mankind is causing either. It is very likely that, if the planet is cooling, we are not causing it. Is it not reasonable to infer that we were not causing it to warm, too, when it was warming?
Beat him? Beat him like a rented mule! Thank goodness Hilary got at least a little upwind of this disaster! The big question now of course is how the Republicans can contrive to lose to this bunch again.
Well, well, it seems that Secretary of State John “Swift Boat” Kerry has out-nuanced himself again. By making Syria an offer to retract the Administration’s threat of a military strike in exchange for surrendering their chemical weapons, Kerry was making a bluff that he didn’t think would be called.
If international politics is a chess game, it’s a game the Russians know a thing or two about. By calling on Syria to accept the offer, with the proviso that it would be carried out under the auspices of the UN thereby ensuring the ‘international control’ end of the deal, they have effectively neutered American threats. Even the French, the last remaining international fig leaf for Obama, are now crowing about letting the UN take this up. No doubt any ‘international control’ would have a heavy dose of Russian input, but Assad is their guy. They could volunteer some of their not inconsiderable military expertise in the CBRN field to corral and control these weapons, and, possibly, give Assad a little help on the side.
Obama’s risible response intimating that it was ‘American threats’ that forced the Russians’ hand just embarrasses the Administration more. No, the Russians spotted an opening and it’s knight to bishop seven, check.
It appears that the Syrians have accepted the Russian offer. No matter how credible or incredible that is, or how long it takes to organize anything in the UN, there is now diplomatic motion here. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, with large majorities of Democrats, Republicans and Independents opposed to a strike, the prospect of a heavy defeat in the House of Representatives, and even the Democrat-controlled Senate up for grabs, the president’s support at home, and power on the world stage, is melting away by the hour. It’s now straw-clutching time in the White House, hence the feigned interest from the State Department in the Russian proposal.
If chemical weapons really were the concern of the White House, and if this proposal has legs to it, then the Americans have no grounds to attack Syria now, unless, of course, it was all about regime change in the first place. And what would that do anyway, bring to power another jihadist, al-Qaida bandit regime?
And if the president still wants to move on a strike, with no support at home or abroad, then wouldn’t the Russians be justified in helping out their ally, especially as Syria hasn’t attacked the US, or any other country for that matter? Has ‘the smartest man ever elected president’ thought of that? I doubt it.
“Welcome back, folks, this is Jason Nerdly, with resident political analyst, Chris Mountebank, with another edition of ‘Drivel Fest’ on SMCBN. With the run-up to the big vote on Syria next week, the Beltway is all abuzz. We’ll be talking with some members of Congress later, but first, what’s the current state of play, Chris?”
…”Well, Jason, the president’s just back from the G20 in Tampa, er, I mean, St. Petersburg, and he had a tough sell with his Syria position. There even seems to be a problem with our oldest ally, France. Who’d have thought that they wouldn’t be up for scrap with the Bad Guys? Anyway, it’s quite possible that the French Parliament, or whatever thing they have, will vote against intervention, or as the president prefers, the projection of peace on Syria.
…”But Chris, don’t you think that a recent poll showing 68% of French voters opposed to the strike will give president Hollande cause for caution?”
…”You may have a point, Jason, but you’ve got to remember that more than 90% of French voters some time ago opposed being invaded by Germany, but look where that got them. The important thing here is how the president feels. I mean you don’t get a Nobel Peace Prize in 12 days without some pretty powerful feeling there.”
…”Well, Chris, the president looks like he could lose this in the House, do you think he could turn this around with a speech to the nation on TV?”
…”Jason, this president does rhetoric, he doesn’t give speeches. The New York Times is, I hear, holding several pages ready for his soaring, heartfelt, policy proposals for eternal peace in Syria and throughout the galaxy.”
…”Thanks, Chris, we’re joined now by two members of Congress, Cynthia Seaweed, Democratic Congressthingy from Martha’s Backyard, Massachusetts, and Republican Jake Slade from Blown Skull, Oklahoma. Let’s start with you, Cynthia. How are you going to vote next week?”
…”Thank you, Jason, it’s lovely to be here. And peace be unto you all as they say in the Middle East. We all know that there’s been some criticism of the president’s leadership qualities lately, but what we’re really seeing, I think, is a window on his soul that he is graciously showing to the world, like his spirit is dialoguing with world. It’s not that he can’t make up his mind, he wants us, and the world, to understand how deeply conflicted the war/peace thing really is. All those people getting killed over there and all because they don’t have Obamacare and high taxes. The president hates war and just to show his commitment, he’s maybe going to send some stuff from cruise ships instead of battleships, just to show his sensitivity.”
…”OK, thanks, Cynthia. Now Congressman Slade, you’re usually known for being on the hawkish side of things in the Republican Party, but I understand that you might be voting against a strike on Syria? Is that right?”
…”Well, Jason, yeah. Is it worth America getting involved in another war in the Middle East with this Assad guy? Shootin’ some cruise missiles at Damascus and then running for home before the hockey game starts is just gonna piss ‘em off even more. I mean, there’s no point in going to war unless we’re prepared to blast the living daylights out of them. This’ll be third time around and we still haven’t got it right. As you know, I’m not usually averse to using some tinpot third-world dictator for target practice for the Navy, but, hell, I mean, those things cost big bucks. How many million a piece? Jeez, didn’t these guys do economics at school? ”
…”Thanks, Jake. And back to you Cynthia, what do you think the president will do if he loses the vote in the House?”
…”He’ll cry. I know it. I know I will. We all do in our heart of hearts. He’s that kind of guy. I just hope the threat of sending those cruise ships over there, with all their horrible food, will be enough to bring peace and happiness to all humankind before the weekend.”
…”Well, Jake, how do you think things will pan out in the coming week?”
…”Tough call, Jason, things don’t look good for the president on the vote thing. Even the guys down at the 44 Magnum bar in Broken Arrow took a vote and turned down a strike. And they all love cruise missiles. I mean, our foreign policy is now a cartoon— ‘Swift Boat Kerry on a Slow Boat to Syria’–gimme a break. The only guy with anything in his pants is that Russian cat, Vlad whatshisname. At least he can shoot a rifle and drive a sub. What can our guy do, ride around on a bike with a plastic hat on from Toytown? It’s a pretty sad state of affairs. An’ I’ll tell yuh another thing, we wouldn’t be in this fix if that chick from Alaska was running the show.”
…”And we’ve run out of time again, folks. Stay tuned for more from ‘Drivel Fest’. I’m Jason Nerdly.”
As you all know, new words come into the language all the time. Some new fad or folly or political ineptitude will result in a new lexical gem. And words that have been in the language change their meanings as time goes by. Naturally, this happens by means of that narcoleptic mix of politics and television.
We join Jason Nerdly, White House correspondent for SMCBN and political analyst, Chris Mountebank, reviewing the president’s speech on the Syria thing.
“Well, Chris, as you know the Republicans are highly skeptical of the president’s position on Syria. Apparently, there’s even some new terminology out there. What’s that all about?”
“Well, Jason, despite all the hoping and changing that’s been going on, the president’s position, and indeed most of his policies are, to quote Republican Congressman, Jake Slade of Oklahoma, where he said, ‘The White House policies on all of the known Universe are onionesque’. Apparently, that means the White House policies are indistinguishable from the Onion newspaper, in style and content, particularly content. The Onion was unavailable for comment.”
“Well, interesting, we’ll take that up later, Chris, but right now we’ve got Debbie Wasserthing Klutz online, Democrat something or other.
…Debbie, what’s this about the president’s speech being ‘perkling’?”
“Well, Jason, as you know, this the Republicans trying to denigrate the president. They’re claiming that when he says ‘perfectly clear’ he means the opposite, while trying to dazzle the media with incoherent platitudes. He’s trying his best to complete a grammatically correct sentence without the use of a teleprompter and all the Republicans can do is draw attention to the prospect of a regional war in the Middle East. Who’s more in tune with reality here?”
”Er, Chris, don’t you think the president’s message delivery was perkling tonight?…
…Absolutely, Jason, yes, he said ‘perfectly clear’ 47 times tonight. About all those things that we hold so dear, like world peace, the international community, that place in the Middle East there, the whole wonderful thingness of it all,..Oh I don’t know, I’m, like, so overwhelmed, it’s…Well, those nasty Republicans will criticize him for mumbling for 45 minutes and not saying anything, but they’re all racists anyway.”
“But, Chris, weren’t we hearing a new nuance on the surgical strike concept here? “
“Well, Jason, the concept’s been around for a while. Back in the Bush tyranny, it used to mean sending one bomb down an air shaft and demolishing the target without touching the sides. But the president’s been redefining it, here’s what he said on the Muppet Show the other day:…
‘…Er, look, you’ve done something unacceptable, or at least we don’t like it a whole bunch, so in a couple of weeks or so, we’ll, er, be sending over a few cruise missiles for a day or two, sometime after Congress reconvenes and votes on it, or not, and before my golf game that weekend, to help you free you from yourselves, or something.’
So they don’t say he’s the smartest man ever elected president for nothing.”
….”Well, Chris, that just about says it all, doesn’t it?…
…Absolutely, Jason, yes, and remember that this president was awarded a Nobel Peace prize after only 12 days in office, that’s a colossal amount of peace in just 12 days, I mean, it’s never been done before, it’s almost superhuman. … And, this just in from a source in the Defense Department, apparently the USS Nuance and the USS Sensitivity are now off the coast of Syria waiting for the go-ahead for a dialogue strike. It’s just that Congress doesn’t seem to understand that it’s there to worship the Dear Lead— I mean the president, not to sit around thinking and voting and all that stuff.”
“Well, Chris, we get that, but he’s been taking some flak over the ‘red line’ thing lately. Congressman Slade said that it used to mean ‘one false move and we’ll nuke ‘em. At least that was clear. All the rest is demspeak.’”
“Well, Jason, what would you expect the Congressman from Mars to say? I mean, what has Slade ever done, really? Destroy two armoured Iraqi divisions single-handedly? What’s that? Hasn’t he ever community organized? Let’s get real, here’s a clip of the president in the Rose Garden speech on the ‘red line’ issue:
“When I said ‘red line’, which I didn’t say, that’s actually the rest of the world’s ‘red line’. All 359 states in the UN, and that includes all 57 states in the US, signed a treaty outlawing the use of weapons in war. This great country can not stand idly by, as if we’re waiting for Ed’s Bar and Grill to open.”
“Well, Chris, it certainly seems the president is on top of this problem. He’s laid the issue squarely before Congress, so what can we expect now?
….Absolutely, Jason, yes, there’ll probably be one of those vote things, or whatever, and then the president will do what he has to do, or feels like that day, regardless of the vote. So why is Congress wasting the president’s time? That’s what we have to ask.”
“Well, Chris, some people are actually saying that there’s a Constitution, a document that determines limits on actions the Executive can take. What’s the White House got to say about that?
….Absolutely, Jason, yes, but you’ve got to remember that all happened hundreds of years ago, before television. Besides, who’s actually read the whole thing anyway? What’s important is that the whole world, and more importantly, Congress, gets the message that this president is absolutely clear about his golf handica—, I mean, world peace. Congress cannot allow the president to look like a fool on the world stage, no matter how tough that job is.”
“Well, thanks, Chris, we’ll be right back after these messages from our sponsors…”