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Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as ISIS

Whatever you say, Lurch.

Kerry on 9.4.13

From Fox News: Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

The terrible dangers to our planet...

The terrible dangers to our lives…

The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.

“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has led to the trend of global climate change.

“The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it’s because it is. It’s the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”

Members of the Montreal Protocol have met their obligations and have aided in the shrinking of the hole in the ozone, as well as created jobs and improved the quality of life, Kerry said.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy was also present at the negotiations and is serving as the lead negotiator for the United States. McCarthy has said that her goal is to enact the HFC agreement by the end of the year.

New EPA rules along with the global deal would band HFCs in the United States and push for alternative chemicals for use in appliances. The negotiations are part of President Obama’s climate agenda to combat global climate change.

One of many of the Kerry's homes

One of many of the Kerry’s homes

I wonder how many air conditioners and refrigerators are in the multiple homes that John and Teresa Kerry own in the U.S., including:

  • A five-story, twelve-room brownstone townhouse (with six fireplaces, a rooftop deck, and an elevator) in Boston’s Beacon Hill. This home is John Kerry’s main residence and was assessed at a value of $6.6 million in 2003
  • A nine-room colonial home on a 90-acre family farm in Fox Chapel near Pittsburgh. This home is Teresa Kerry’s longtime residence, where she lived while was married to John Heinz and where she raised her three children. It is valued at $3.7 million.
  • A ski/vacation home located near the banks of the Big Wood River in Ketchum, Idaho, fashioned from a reassembled barn originally built in England in 1485 and brought to Idaho by Teresa Heinz Kerry’s late husband. It was purchased for $4.9 million in 1988.
  • A three-story, five-bedroom waterfront estate near the Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket’s harbor, where John and Teresa Kerry were married in 1995. The beachfront property is valued at $9.1 million.
  • A 23-room townhouse in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., valued at $4.7 million.

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France PM: “We should learn to live with terrorism”

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From the Daily Sun: France must “learn to live with terrorism”, the country’s prime minister has said, as he announced three days of national mourning beginning on Saturday, reports ITV.

“Terrorism is a threat that is weighing heavily on France,” Manuel Valls said.

“We’re faced with a war that terrorism has brought against us. The goal of the terrorists is to make us scared. We won’t give in to the terrorist threat, we must stand together, united. France has been once again struck in our flesh.

Times have changed and we should learn to live with terrorism. We have to show solidarity and collective calm. France has been hit in its soul on the 14 July, our national day.

“They wanted to attack the unity of the French nation. The only dignified response is that France will remain loyal to the spirit of the 14 July and its values.”

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Prime Minister of the UK: We could “benefit a great deal” from Sharia

Bye, bye UK!

Theresa May/Guardian Photo

Theresa May/Guardian Photo

From The Express: Theresa May sparked controversy when she spoke out in support of the Islamic courts operating in the country, telling the nation they could “benefit a great deal” from Sharia teachings.

The future Tory leader made the comments as she ordered a review into the system which are accused of ordering women to stay with abusive partners.

Mrs. May, said she is worried the courts are “misused” and “exploited” to discriminate against Muslim women, but defended their place in society.

Sharia is Islam’s legal system derived from both the Koran, Islam’s central text, and fatwas – the rulings of Islamic scholars.  There are thought to be around 100 Sharia Law courts operating throughout the UK, dispensing Islamic justice outside the remit of our own legal system. 

Judgements handed down by the informal courts have no legal basis, but there are fears their presence means many Muslim women are not getting access to the justice they deserve. 

Now, before she takes over Number 10, May has been forced to restate her position on Sharia Law. The Home Secretary, when asked by Buzzfeed’s Emily Ashton about a group which says she supports Sharia in the UK, said she is “concerned” that the ‘law’ is operating in a way that could be counter to “our single rule of law”.

She said: “I’ve been the politician who’s been willing to say no. I’m concerned that Sharia law is operating in a way that could discriminate against women and that could be counter to what is our single rule of law that we have in the UK.”

“So there is one rule of law in the UK – that’s why I’ve set up the review that I have, chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui, and that will be looking at the operation of Sharia law and whether it is actually operating to discriminate against women and counter to our overall rule of law.”

Sharia councils aim to help resolve family, financial and commercial problems in accordance with Sharia principles. The majority of cases involve women wanting to end their Islamic marriage.

The review, which will last up to 18 months, will investigate whether there are instances where British law is being broken in the name of Sharia.

Top Tory Mrs. May, who wanted Britain to stay in the European Union, insisted the inquiry will not look into the legality of Sharia Law courts in a move designed to reassure Muslims.

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h/t Weasel Zippers

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Lena Dunham thinks dining hall sushi amounts to cultural appropriation

From the land of the perpetually offended.

Dunham has a weakness for fast food...who knew?

Dunham has a weakness for fast food…who knew?

From NY Post: Actress Lena Dunham is standing — and eating — in solidarity with whiny students from her ultra-liberal alma mater, who protested this year that Oberlin College was “insensitive” for serving “culturally appropriated” food in its dining halls.

The “Girls” star — who graduated from the exclusive liberal arts school in 2008 — said students are indeed justified in picking a food fight, Food & Wine magazine reported.

“There are now big conversations at Oberlin, where I went to college, about cultural appropriation and whether the dining hall sushi and banh mi disrespect certain cuisines. 
The press reported it as, ‘How crazy are Oberlin kids?’ But to me, it was actually, ‘Right on,’” Dunham told the magazine.

Gastronomically correct students at the Ohio college protested in November that phony dining hall versions of the ethnic cuisine are a slap in the face to people from those countries.

“The undercooked rice and lack of fresh fish is disrespectful,” Tomoyo Joshi, a junior from Japan, wrote in the school paper, The Review. “When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture. So if people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative.

Diep Nguyen, a student from Vietnam, complained, “It was ridiculous … How could they just throw out something completely different and label it as another country’s traditional food?” Oberlin students followed up with a campus protest.

But most food served in America is “appropriated” — including everything from pizza to sausages, the Washington Post pointed out in December.

In the Food & Wine interview, Dunham also admits to having a weak spot for one classic American cuisine — fast food.“My parents didn’t let us eat fast food when I was young, but on long road trips I could get chicken nuggets. So I associate them with rebellion,” she said, adding she ate them on a recent vacation. “They were more disgusting than I remembered.”

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Matt Damon Speaks Out on Gun Control: ‘I Wish We Could Be Sensible’ Like Australia

I bet Bourne doesn’t even know what a fully select-fire AK-47 looks like.

Matt Damon pretending he's a rogue CIA assassin

Matt Damon pretending he’s a rogue CIA assassin

From People Magazine: Jason Bourne is getting tough on guns. Asked to comment on gun control while promoting his new film, Jason Bourne, in Sydney, Australia, Matt Damon told The Sydney Morning Herald he wishes America would learn from the land down under.

“You guys did it here in one fell swoop and I wish that could happen in my country, but it’s such a personal issue for people that we cannot talk about it sensibly. We just can’t,” he said.

People get so emotional that even when you make a suggestion about not selling AK-47s to people on terror watch lists, that’s a non-starter. I don’t know what needs to happen.”

Matt Damon

Damon also noted that, “Obviously mass shootings aren’t going to do it. There have been so many of them at this point. Sandy Hook, when those children were murdered, if that didn’t do it, you know, I just don’t know. Maybe we just need to evolve further before we can have that conversation, I don’t know.”

The actor went on to praise Australia for implementing nationwide gun law reform, which according to researchers, has drastically reduced mass shootings in the last 20 years.

Matt Damon with security personnel. Wonder if they are packing?

Matt Damon with private security personnel that none of us can afford. Wonder if the hired help is carrying guns?

“It’s wonderful what Australia did because you guys haven’t had a mass shooting since you went, ‘No, we’re going to be sensible about this.’ And nobody’s rights have been infringed, you guys are fine. I wish we could be sensible like that but I don’t think that’s going to happen in my lifetime.”

The U.S. Senate rejected four new gun control proposals in June after the mass shooting in Orlando, leading many celebrities, including Bette Midler and Mia Farrow, to vent their frustrations on social media.

Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the gun-heavy action series, hits theaters July 29.

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San Diego sheeple happily sign petition for Soylent Green school menu

Mark Dice strikes again.

In this video, the author and political gadfly asks people on a San Diego beach to sign a petition to have San Diego public schools adopt the “Michelle Obama Soylent-Green” lunch menu.

Soylent Green of course is human flesh in the form of green wafers that are sold to the people as “high energy plankton” from the ocean, in an eponymous 1973 science-fiction movie starring the late Charleston Heston.

One after another, the sheeple in San Diego happily oblige Dice’s request, oblivious to the fact that they were signing a (fake) petition to put human flesh on school menus, thereby showing that many Americans not only are ignorant, they’ll sign anything as long as they’re told it’s sponsored by Michelle Obama and is for the good of “the children”.

H/t maziel.

~Eowyn

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