Friday, June 9, 2017

Sooner or later America will wake up to this...

Quotable Quotes
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
~  Marcus Tullius Cicero  ~
Provided by Norman E. Hooben

Global Warming Predictions... How accurate are they?

Source: Politics Alabama

Part 3: Failed Predictions of the Coming Apocalypse
This is part 3 of a 5 part series. You can read the Introduction and Part 2 here.

One thing we get from Global Warming scientists and activists is predictions. They LOVE to tell us what is going to happen… and more than that, they love to paint pictures of all the catastrophes that will occur if we don’t enact [name of favorite law or regulation here].

The problem is, their accuracy stinks. And the more doomsday-ish the scenario, the less likely it is to come true.

Now, I could spend DAYS posting lists of failed predictions… I mean that literally. Failed predictions of wrack and ruin ABOUND, and I hardly have to work to find list after list of them. And I will post some, just to make the point.

In fact, here are a few of the failed predictions made in the cause of “Global Warming” or “Climate Change”.

Most recently, of course, is PresTrump's withdrawal of the US from the Paris Climate Accord. In response to that, we saw wild, panicky claims that the world will end. Literally. CNN ran with the headline, "Trump to planet: Drop Dead", and the New York Daily News followed suit. Various journalists and magazine editors said we should "blow a kiss goodbye to nature", that we will "all die", that “Trump just committed a crime against humanity”, as well as having “expanded his predatory acts to the entire planet.” None of that is overreaction to a voluntary withdrawal from a non-binding agreement in which we set our own goals and aren't even legally obligated to meet them... right?

In a 1972 speech, author of “The Population Bomb” argued that overpopulation and pollution would have a severe impact on the world:
“By the year 2000 the United Kingdom will be simply a small group of impoverished islands, inhabited by some 70 million hungry people.” He added, “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000 and give ten to one that the life of the average Briton would be of distinctly lower quality than it is today.”

The IPCC (United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which is considered by activists one of the most prestigious and accurate of the organizations making these pronouncements, has predicted that “milder winter temperatures will decrease heavy snowstorms” (2001), and that the Antarctic ice caps were shrinking and “contributing 0.2 ± 0.35 mm yr - 1 to sea level rise over the period 1993 to 2003” (2007).

And what really happened? Winter snowfall rates are actually up a little, on average. And in a report released October 2016, NASA admitted that that ice across Antarctica has been growing rapidly for decades.
“Rather than melting ice in the southern hemisphere contributing to sea-level rise, as claimed by the UN, ice in Antarctica is expanding, and the growing ice is responsible for reducing sea levels by about 0.23 millimeters annually. According to the NASA study, published in the Journal of Glaciology, satellite data shows the Antarctic ice sheet featured a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001 — more than a trillion tons of ice in less than a decade. Between 2003 and 2008, Antarctica gained some 82 billion tons of ice annually.”

Al Gore went even further, claiming in 2007 that, “The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff. It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.” That would be 2013, but satellite pictures from that year show arctic ice volume had actually increased by 50%.


But the failures don’t seem to stop these doomsday predictions from not only being issued, but also being taken seriously by global warming activists and the media. The formula seems to be, parrot any dire claim on the environment, beat us over the head with this “obvious truth”, and then ignore the failure when it doesn’t come true.

On June 30, 1989, the Associated Press ran an article headlined: “UN Official Predicts Disaster, Says Greenhouse Effect Could Wipe Some Nations Off Map.” In the piece, the director of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) New York office was quoted as claiming that “entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000.” He also predicted “coastal flooding and crop failures” that “would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.” Of course, 2000 came and went, and none of those things actually happened. But that didn’t stop the warnings.

In 2005, the UNEP warned that imminent sea-level rises, increased hurricanes, and desertification caused by AGW would lead to massive population disruptions. In a handy map, the organization highlighted areas that were supposed to be producing the most “climate refugees.” Especially at risk were regions such as the Caribbean and low-lying Pacific islands, along with coastal areas. The 2005 UNEP predictions claimed that, by 2010, some 50 million “climate refugees” would be fleeing those areas. However, not only did the areas in question fail to produce a single “climate refugee,” by 2010, population levels for those regions were still soaring. In many cases, the areas that were supposed to be producing waves of “climate refugees” and becoming uninhabitable turned out to be some of the fastest-growing places on Earth.

The more dire, the more extreme the prediction, the less likely it is to be true. Much as the climate activists WANT the climate to behave as they wish, the truth is that the climate is much less fragile and sensitive to airborn pollution than most of them think. That’s why the dire, doomsday predictions don’t come true… because the science isn’t settled, and they know less than they want us to believe they do.

I bring to your attention now the old story of the boy who cried wolf. It is a story that “Climate Change” activists and scientists are living right now. Every time they insist the science is settled, that man is driving climate change, and that this will result in [insert favorite disaster scenario here] by [date comfortably in future], we are treated to them crying wolf. This happens over and over and over again, with most or all of the dire predictions failing to materialize.

Remember that, 11 years ago, Al Gore predicted that without “drastic measures” the world would reach a “point of no return” in ten years, saying that it would be a true, planetary emergency. Last time I popped my head out the window, that hadn’t happened… and the “drastic measures” proposed in the US have all been opposed and stopped, to the best of my knowledge. So what went wrong? Al Gore went wrong.

How many times are we content to believe them because they claim the mantle of “science”, especially when we see their track record on accuracy? We are left to wonder why we should pay attention to more self-serving pronouncements of doom that will also fail to come true.

Why, indeed.

Read Part 4 and Part 5 when they are published.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Hook-em' Horns" ...back by popular demand.

The Funniest True Story You'll Ever Read
Originally posted on FaceBook
Regarding the ‘hook-em’ horns gesture displayed by the fans at the University of Texas football game...s.
I suppose I could get right to the story but I like to present a little background information to make it more interesting. As you know, gestures are made by various people as an expression that has meaning in and of itself without saying a word, whereas the verbal equivalent may be too vulgar for some to utter aloud. Although all gestures are not necessarily negative such as the ‘OK’ sign represented by forming a circle with the index finger and thumb…or the ‘thumbs-up’ gesture which means all is good. But let’s get on to my story.
Some years ago while stationed on the island of Okinawa one soon learned that driving in another country was not the same as we experienced in the good ole U. S. of A. The island was overcrowded with cars so traffic was a big headache especially during commute hours. Local taxi drivers didn’t make pleasant gestures at you as they constantly cut in an out of traffic making a nuisance of themselves…more like irritating the hell out of other drivers obeying the driving rules.
Well after a year or so I finally asked our Okinawan secretary what we could do to irritate the taxi drivers. “Simple.”, she said, “Okinawans do not like being called ‘stupid dogs’.” So with the Japanese translation of ‘baka enu’ I was prepared for my next encounter. Sure enough on the way home that very day, I was cut off on three occasions by the same taxi driver. Wanting to let him know my displeasure I hollered out the window, “Baka enu!”… probably not enough room here to explain just how that affected the driver, but for brevity sake, he went bonkers!
Now fast forward ten years later… Here I find myself on another island only this one is in the Mediterranean. The island of Sicily is mountainous with scattered small towns with narrow streets. I lived up at the base of Mount Etna in a town called Belpasso. The main street heading down (or up) was narrow and in some places the buildings occupied the corner (no sidewalks) making it difficult to see on-coming cross traffic. Up and down traffic has the right of way…if you’re obeying the rules. Well some Sicilian drivers are worse than Okinawan taxi drivers. (Another story I won’t get into here…Sicilian drivers have been known to have a family re-union in the middle of the street!).
Like my Okinawan experience, I inquired what one could do to irritate the local insane drivers. I was quickly informed that I should just throw them the ‘hook-em’ horns gesture. Now the meaning in Sicilian (Italian) may not be as enthusiastic as a University of Texas football fan but I decided to go with it none the less.
Lo and behold, shortly thereafter I was headed home up the hill to my residence in Belpasso when a car suddenly came veering out of nowhere, around one of those blind corners, and if the car had another coat of paint, it would have careened into me. Now’s my chance! I said, and I threw the driver of the reckless car a healthy ‘hook-em’ horns as the driver sped away from me. Apparently seeing my gesture in his rearview mirror, he slammed on his breaks, spun around and proceeded to chase me down. Not wanting to let him have the privilege of the chase, I stopped and waited for him. Pulling up behind me, he jumped out of his car and came running toward me yelling something I’ve never heard any Italian ever scream, shout or mumble…they must be the curse words we are taught as a child to cover your ears when you hear them; no doubt, the guy was angry! Well I got out of my vehicle and as I did, the guy backed off, but continued with his barrage of verbal expletives (Apparently when he saw that I was almost twice his size, the opportunity for him to thrash the living daylights out of me subsided.).
The next day I had to inquire from the source of my newly found gesture; I asked him, “What the hell does that mean to a Sicilian?” He replied, “It’s telling him that you just made love to his mother and girlfriend and he doesn’t have the guts to do anything about it.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Climate Change..."We're right, they're wrong and that's the end of the story."

Climate Change ~ Norman E. Hooben

Why this is still an issue is mind boggling to say the least; you would think that after awhile the hoodwinked crowd would wake up and go quietly about their business for fear of being totally embarrassed to the nth degree.   There must be millions upon millions of us who knew it was a hoax by the globalists to rip us off financially as country and as an individual to be controlled by the politic elite.  So Trump gets us out of the Paris Climate Agreement (it was never a treaty) and everyone on the left starts screaming and hollering that the very act of getting out is going to cause people to die.  What a crock !!!  I should leave it there because we (I and millions of us have already said what needs to be said) but let me add one more thing.
Andrew Wilkow over at Satellite Radio (Channel 125) uses a maxim (a saying, an adage... whatever it's called) after many of his explanations that goes like this, "We're right, they're wrong and that's the end of the story."  And I dare anyone to prove Andrew wrong whenever he states the preceding which is now becoming somewhat of a trade-mark of his.  (On a side note, I personally think Andrew has the best radio talk-show out there...check 'em out sometime.)  When you read the following commentary I hope you're ready to join the chorus of millions and sing out loud, "We're right, they're wrong and that's the end of the story."

The following from: Independent Sentinel
EU Won’t Renegotiate Paris Treaty Proving It Was Never About Climate
The European Union has rejected Donald Trump’s offer to renegotiate the Paris Treaty, proving it was always about bleeding the U.S. dry and appointing globalists as our governing bodies.

The Paris climate agreement is written so as to be an endless drain on the U.S. economy. If they cared about the climate, they’d work with us. It doesn’t help that we have traitors within our own country.

The leftists in this country will be not be dissuaded.  A corrupt deal has been worked out with U.S. states and major corporations who will betray the President of the United States.

New York state and New York city, Pittsburgh, California, Washington, and Silicon Valley, among others have vowed to abide by the treaty that was never legally implemented by Barack Obama. The three states that signed up so far account for 25% of the U.S. GDP.

If the Paris treaty signatories can accept some of our states and municipalities, why can’t it be renegotiated? I guess it can be after all.

The treaty – which is recognized as a treaty by every other signatory – was never ratified by 2/3rds of the Senate. Former dictator Barack Obama ignored the Senate and simply called it an accord with the help of a complicit U.N.

The guardian reported that Angela Merkel, who is destroying her country’s sovereignty, said “nothing will stop us”; France’s Macron said he “respects this decision” but he thinks Trump made a “mistake for the U.S. and the planet”; and Theresa May of Britain is disappointed.

While 195 nations say they support the agreement, not all have signed and most, if not all will not abide by it if history is precedent. Most nations don’t have to do a thing for more than a decade. The U.S. bore the burden and now our own countrymen will betray us to the globalists.

The non-binding climate pact called for voluntary compliance which most, probably all nations won’t carry through.

The Paris signatories believe Trump will be ousted in 2020 and this is only a bump in the road. They will hold out until then as they wait for the ultimate goal of having the U.S. to transfer the wealth and resources earned and developed by Americans.

The Paris agreement included the Green Climate fund which is, as President Trump described, one of the scams that demanded an immediate $100 billion from the U.S. and would increase over time. That is in addition to the billions we already send overseas.

The treaty even has an Orwellian International Tribunal for Climate Justice which would quickly run roughshod over our Constitution.

Rachel Kyte, a leader in the financing of the global climate change initiative and an avowed leftist, spoke honestly last year at a Soros-Podesta funded conference at the New Republic, an extremely far-left online publication. She is planning for global governance by the U.N. members, governance which will be funded with hundreds of billions of dollars from the U.S. with side agreements to keep the money flowing in perpetuity, and finally, this new global government will manage the world’s economy and land use in the United States.

---Note: That last paragraph should be enough to scare the pants of Benjamin Franklin (One of America's first weathermen... he got the shock of a lifetime when he tried playing with the weather.) ~ Norm