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Jane Goodall and psychologist liken President Trump to a chimpanzee

Imagine if Barack Obama is likened to a chimp, the cries of “Racism!” would be deafening.

Jane Goodall, 86, is a primatologist who became famous for her 60-year study of  wild chimpanzees in Tanzania, Africa.

Goodall, who has condemned President Trump for taking the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement, said the President is like a chimpanzee.

The UK’s Independent reports that Goodall told The Atlantic:

“In many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals. In order to impress rivals, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: Stamping, slapping the ground, dragging branches, throwing rocks.

Northwestern University psychology professor Dan P. McAdams agrees.

Describing what he called a male chimpanzee’s “charging display” in an article in The Guardian, Adams said:

“The top male essentially goes berserk and starts screaming, hooting, and gesticulating wildly as he charges toward other males nearby. Trump’s incendiary tweets are the human equivalent of a charging display: Designed to intimidate his foes and rally his submissive base, these verbal outbursts reinforce the President’s dominance by reminding everybody of his wrath and his force.”

Likening President Trump to chimp dehumanizes and objectifies him, both of which are decried by the Left. But when it comes to “orange man”, all standards are forgotten and anything goes.

~Eowyn

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Facebook “fact checker” puts libelous “fact-check” on John Stossel video; His appeal has to go through same “fact-checker” who smeared him!

Yeah, that makes COMPLETE sense.

Yet we all know that liberal logic is not designed to make sense.

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California governor Newsom bans all gas-fuel vehicles by 2035

This is Agenda 21 on steroids.

It’s bad enough that California’s power brownouts and shutdowns from increasingly dire wildfires are due entirely to the state increasingly replacing fossil-fuel with unreliable wind- and solar-power generation, now Governor Gavin Newsom means to ban all sales of gas- and hybrid-fuel vehicles.

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order N-79-20  mandating that in 15 years, by 2035, only zero-emission vehicles will be sold in the State of California. (H/t California Political Review)

In the name of “protect[ing] the health and safety of our communities and workers” and ensuring “a sustainable and inclusive economic future for California,” Newsom ordered that:

It shall be a goal of the State that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks will be zero-emission by 2035. It shall be a further goal of the State that 100 percent of medium-and heavy-duty vehicles in the State be zero-emission by 2045 for all operations where feasible and by 2035 for drayage trucks. It shall be further a goal of the State to transition to 100 percent zero-emission off-road vehicles and equipment by 2035 where feasible.

2.The State Air Resources Board, to the extent consistent with State and federal law, shall develop and propose:

a)Passenger vehicle and truck regulations requiring increasing volumes of new zero-emission vehicles sold in the State towards the target of 100 percent of in-state sales by 2035.

b)Medium-and heavy-duty vehicle regulations requiring increasing volumes of new zero-emission trucks and buses sold and operatedin the State towards the target of 100 percent of the fleet transitioning to zero-emission vehiclesby 2045 everywhere feasible and for all drayage trucks to be zero-emission by 2035.

c) Strategies, in coordination with other State agencies, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local air districts, to achieve 100 percent zero-emission from off-road vehicles and equipment operations in the State by 2035.

Furthermore, in less than a year, by July 15, 2021, the relevant state agencies are to “develop strategies, recommendations and actions…to manage and expedite the responsible closure and remediation of former oil extraction sites as the State transitions to a carbon-neutral economy.”

As of  2020, 528 U.S. cities have signed on to Agenda 21’s Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to “sustainable development”.

There is a petition launched by a retired Yolo County sheriff to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom. Times of San Diego reports that as of August 21, 2020, the petition was almost halfway to a November deadline, with a quarter-million signatures — well short of the nearly 1.5 million needed to call an election. To sign the petition, click here.

Rather confusingly, there is also a Change.org petition to recall Newsom, with 76,522 signatures, and a goal of 150,000 signatures. To sign, go here.

See also “Agenda 21 population control map for USA“.

~Eowyn

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Welcome to demorat-run California: Turn off AC & appliances during heatwave!

California is having a heatwave right now. They are also experiencing blackouts.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has a solution for that:

Years of “progressive climate change” policies have destroyed the energy infrastructure and capabilities in California. In their desire to be a leader in renewable energy, the demorats have destroyed the state’s ability to adequately handle “normal” weather events.

When are demorats going to learn that elections have consequences?

Before you know it, California will be like this:

North Korea doing their part to save the environment…

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The real story: It’s not just a few big Democrat cities that are burning

Demorats have generally ignored rioting in the streets and have suggested that President Trump is the cause of any social disruption. Mainstream media have suggested that the rioting is confined to half a dozen big cities. Republicans have blamed Demorat mayors and governors for not bringing the riots under control.

But fact is, none of us are getting the true picture of what is happening to this country. Protests and riots have occurred in all 50 states. The Army National Guard has been deployed to at least 23 states and the District of Columbia to combat rioters and looters. More than 350 cities and towns have been wracked with unrest—all this while left-wing socialist/communist government officials sit in complacent approval of the mayhem.

Our country is coming apart at the seams. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

What follows is research published on June 2, 2020 by Mohammed Haddad, writing for Aljazeera. These data are more than two months old.

I have to wonder, how much worse is it now?

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2020/06/mapping-cities-george-floyd-protests-erupted-200601081654119.html

~ Grif

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The Revolution Is Now Underway – But Not By Who You Think!

In this piece we will first look at the retirement of “economics” (economic class) as the stated mission of Marxists, and economics replacement by an unstated subterfuge – so-called identity politics.

Then we will examine how the so-called social justice warriors (SJW’s) are useful idiot pawns, unwittingly advancing a larger, consummately evil agenda; ironically helping to install the very command and control by a mega-wealthy elite that they claim to despise.  The progenitors of that agenda mostly work off of the radar, for now.  Behind the scenes they are funding the SJW’s, thus enabling them to prepare the public battlespace, all the while setting up for a big coming-out party in January 2021.  More on that below.

IDENTITY POLITICS a/k/a PROGRESSIVE APARTHEID

For years now we’ve heard the term identity politics and how the Progressives-Democrats are using it to cobble-together an electoral majority (we’re all now in forced familiarity with the major categories of “identity” – race; gender; the constantly expanding list of LGBT categories). 

In a country founded upon the principle that “all men are created equal, endowed by our Creator,” identity politics as pursued by the Progressives–Democrats is unreconcilable with our founding.  Indeed, we could justly call it subversive.

Henceforth, we will refer to their identity politics as Progressive Apartheid – for it is Balkanizing the country, and doing so by political design.  It does this by selecting certain demographic characteristics (the “identity”), and then conditioning members of the targeted identities to see the world through a manufactured lens.  Once that is achieved, they will have been successfully manipulated to a degree that they will act (e.g., vote) in the intended manner.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, classic economic-based Marxism (“revolution by the proletariat” and such) went out of style: Soviet gulags, Cambodian killing fields and majority poverty (i.e., except for Party officials and other nomenklatura) do not a successful marketing campaign make, not when your goal is to go global.  But the evil force did not disappear.  Instead, Marxism rebranded into so-called social justice (which now emboldened, is increasingly revealing its true nature with the public emergence of Democratic Socialists). Progressive Apartheid is the centerpiece of so-called social justice.

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Race car driver upset by oceans and forests being destroyed

Last October I did a blog post about British F1 race car driver Lewis Hamilton. He was intent on lecturing us about going vegan to “save the planet.”

His exact words: “Adopting a vegan diet is the only way to truly save our planet.”

Apparently participation in an industry that contributes total yearly carbon emissions of 256,551 tons (not including fans’ transport to races) doesn’t contribute to the planet being destroyed.

So Hanilton has to ignore facts and continue on with his virtue signaling.

On August 13 he tweeted the following, while cruising around in his gas-guzzling boat:

“Took the day off on Tuesday, a day for myself and no phone, no training, just me and Roscoe on the water. I had time to reflect on where we are in the world today, everyday I see something upsetting happening, people being abused, people suffering… /1

oceans and forest’s being destroyed. 2020 is such a heavy year. But it gives me hope seeing people come together, fighting for justice and doing more for our planet and the people in it. I’m sending you all positive waves, keep pushing and inspiring those around you /2”

Hypocrite!

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Thanks to climate change hysteria, some children find spending time in nature ‘distressing’

From Daily Mail: While most children benefit from having time outdoors, for some youngsters it is triggering feelings of anxiety and despair due to fears over climate change.

These ‘troubling emotions’ and their link to climate change have been studied by University of Colombia researchers for the British Ecological Society. In the first of its kind study to focus on children and teenagers connecting with nature, the team conducted a full review of other studies, articles and books.

Children and teenagers were triggered by the natural world and their inability to control what was happening to the ‘unravelling biosphere’, the team said.

The authors found that measures currently used to connect children to the natural world can help others cope with feelings of fear linked to climate change.

Within the past generation children’s lives have largely moved indoors with the loss of free-ranging exploration of the natural world, the team said. ‘In response, many conservation organisations advocate connecting children with nature, and there has been rising interest in measuring young people’s connectedness with nature,’ authors wrote.

The review found that connecting with nature has many positive benefits for the wellbeing of a young person including improving health and happiness.

However, it wasn’t universally positive, according to study author Dr Louise Chawla, who said connecting with nature was a ‘complex experience’ for many teenagers.

Many children know they are inheriting a changing world that is likely to get worse and this leads them to feelings of anxiety and despair, said Chawla.

That doesn’t mean it was all bad news, the team say that despite the strong emotions, there are significant benefits from being outdoors more often. ‘There is strong evidence that children are happier, healthier, function better, know more about the environment, and are more likely to take action to protect the natural world when they spend time in nature,’ Chawla said.

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Environmentalist apologizes for climate-change alarmism; censored by Forbes

An apology by climate-change activist Michael Shellenberger was originally published on Forbes website, but subsequently taken down.

Michael Shellenberger is an American author and environmental policy writer. He is a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment,” Green Book Award Winner, and the author of Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (Harper Collins, June 30, 2020).

Spectator USA has republished Shellenberger’s apology on July 7, 2020. Here it is in its entirety. I added the red bold emphasis.

An environmentalist’s apology: ‘I was guilty of alarmism’

‘I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public

By Michael Shellenberger

On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening, it’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.

I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30, so I may seem like a strange person to be saying this.

But as an energy expert asked by the US Congress to provide objective expert testimony and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as an Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.

Here are some facts few people know:

  • Humans are not causing a ‘sixth mass extinction’
  • The Amazon is not ‘the lungs of the world’
  • Climate change is not definitively making natural disasters worse
  • Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
  • The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
  • Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have declined in Britain, Germany, and France from the mid-1970s
  • Netherlands is becoming richer, not poorer while adapting to life below sea level
  • We produce 25 per cent more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
  • Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are potentially larger threats to species than climate change
  • Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
  • Preventing future pandemics requires more not less ‘industrial’ agriculture

I know that the above facts will sound like ‘climate denialism’ to many, but that just shows the power of climate alarmism.

In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other leading scientific bodies.

When some people read this, they will imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23, I raised money for Guatemalan women’s cooperatives. In my early 20s, I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26, I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia.

I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27, I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California. In my 30s, I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $90 billion into them. Over the last few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions.

But until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an ‘existential’ threat to human civilization and called it a ‘crisis.’

But mostly, I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.

I even stood by as people in the White House and many in the news media tried to destroy the reputation and career of an outstanding scientist, good man, and friend of mine, Roger Pielke, Jr., a lifelong progressive Democrat and environmentalist who testified in favor of carbon regulations. Why did they do that? Because his research proves natural disasters aren’t getting worse.

But then, last year, things spiraled out of control.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, ‘The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.’ While Britain’s most high-profile environmental group, Extinction Rebellion, claimed, ‘Climate Change Kills Children.’

The world’s most influential green journalist, Bill McKibben, called climate change the ‘greatest challenge humans have ever faced’ and said it would ‘wipe out civilizations.’

Mainstream journalists were repeatedly reporting the Amazon as ‘the lungs of the world,’ and that deforestation was akin to a nuclear bomb going off.

As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct. And in January, one of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change.

Whether or not you have children, you must see how wrong this is. I admit I may be sensitive because I have a teenage daughter – after we talked about the science she was reassured. But her friends are deeply misinformed and thus, understandably, frightened.

I thus decided I had to speak out. I knew that writing a few articles wouldn’t be enough; I needed a book to properly lay out all of the evidence.

And so my formal apology for our fear-mongering comes in the form of my new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.

It is based on two decades of research and three decades of environmental activism. At 400 pages, with 100 of them endnotes, Apocalypse Never covers climate change, deforestation, plastic waste, species extinction, industrialisation, meat, nuclear energy, and renewables.

Some highlights from the book:

  • Factories and modern farming are key to human liberation and environmental progress
  • The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land
  • The most important thing for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions is moving from wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas to uranium
  • 100 per cent renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5 pc to 50 pc
  • We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities
  • Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4 pc
  • Greenpeace didn’t save the whales, switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did
  • ‘Free-range’ beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300 pc more emissions
  • Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon
  • The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants

Why were we all so misled?

In the final three chapters of Apocalypse Never I expose the financial, political, and ideological motivations. Environmental groups have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests. Groups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty ‘sustainable.’ While status anxiety, depression, and hostility to modern civilization are behind much of the alarmism.

Once you realise just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavory or unhealthy motivations, it is hard not to feel duped.

Will Apocalypse Never make any difference? There are certainly reasons to doubt it.

Apocalyptic pronouncements about climate change have been made in the news since the late 1980s, and do not seem disposed to stop.

The ideology behind environmental alarmism — Malthusianism — has been repeatedly debunked for 200 years and yet is more powerful than ever. But there are also reasons to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power.

The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis which puts the climate ‘crisis’ into perspective. Even if you think we overreacted, COVID-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe.

Scientific institutions including WHO and IPCC have undermined their credibility through the repeated politicisation of science – their future existence and relevance depends on new leadership and serious reform.

Facts still matter, and social media is allowing for a wider range of new and independent voices to outcompete alarmist environmental journalism at legacy publications.

Nations are reverting openly to self-interest and away from, which is good for nuclear and bad for renewables.

The evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilization is better for people and nature than the low-energy civilization that climate alarmists would return us to.

My invitations from IPCC and Congress are signs of a growing openness to new thinking about climate change and the environment. Another has been to the response to my book from climate scientists, conservationists, and environmental scholars. ‘Apocalypse Never is an extremely important book,’ writes Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. ‘This may be the most important book on the environment ever written,’ says one of the fathers of modern climate science Tom Wigley.

‘We environmentalists condemn those with antithetical views of being ignorant of science and susceptible to confirmation bias,’ wrote the former head of The Nature Conservancy, Steve McCormick. ‘But too often we are guilty of the same. Shellenberger offers ‘tough love:’ a challenge to entrenched orthodoxies and rigid, self-defeating mindsets. Apocalypse Never serves up occasionally stinging, but always well-crafted, evidence-based points of view that will help develop the ‘mental muscle’ we need to envision and design not only a hopeful, but an attainable, future.’

That is all I hoped for in writing it. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll agree that it’s perhaps not so strange for a lifelong environmentalist, progressive, and climate activist to speak out against the alarmism.

I further hope that you’ll accept my apology.

See also:

~Eowyn

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Prairie Fires and Progressive Liars

Cross-posted with trevorloudon.com

Preface: It is strongly recommended that you click-through to the links, as doing so will provide invaluable context.

This month marks the 46th anniversary of The Weather Underground’s issuance of its manifesto for a Marxist revolution, Prairie Fire – The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism (July 1974). 

This month also marks the 244th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence — the source document of our founding (July 4, 1776 – now celebrated as Independence Day).

The aspirations underling the two documents are now locked in existential battle, one in which there can be no compromise – only one of those visions for America can and will prevail.  Which will it be?

One might be inclined dismiss Prairie Fire as an obscure footnote in history.  But as we’ll see, it never went away, and is being executed “as we speak.” Its authors and allies followed Saul Alinsky’s advice: instead of setting bombs and marching in the streets, they burrowed into the American system in order to erode it from within, and so set the stage for revolution through subterfuge and cultural sabotage. 

They’ve largely succeeded; they now feel confident enough to reemerge, albeit under cover of “social justice” and “sustainability” and “Black Lives Matter” and such.  The Left fully intends to consummate its revolutionary designs for America, and upon Americans.

This is not a drill.  These comrades of the Left – the Democrats, the Democrat Socialists, “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) and Antifa – Progressives all – are in the process of executing a Marxist-Collectivist revolution.  They are counting on the American public focusing on the above-named slogans and events occurring under those banners, and in doing so as to not realizing what’s actually taking place.

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