Friday, April 28, 2017

Time to Remove and Impeach Leftist Judges

Freedom Watch TV April 27, 2017
 

Red Ink, Washington Politics, and the Trump Tax Cuts

April 27, 2017 by Dan Mitchell
 
I expressed pessimism yesterday about Trump’s tax plan. Simply stated, I don’t think Congress is willing to enact a large tax cut given the nation’s grim fiscal outlook.

In this Fox Business interview, I elaborated on my concerns while also pointing out that the plan would be very good if it somehow got enacted.



We now have some preliminary numbers that illustrate why I’m concerned.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget put together a quick guess about the revenue implications of Trump’s new plan. Their admittedly rough estimate is that federal revenues would be reduced by close to $6 trillion over 10 years.


Incidentally, these revenue estimates are very inaccurate because they are based on “static scoring,” which is the antiquated notion that major changes in tax policy have no impact on economic performance.

But these numbers nonetheless are useful since the Joint Committee on Taxation basically uses that approach when producing official revenue estimates that guide congressional action.

In other words, it doesn’t matter, at least for purposes of enacting legislation, that there would be substantial revenue feedback in the real world (the rich actually paid more, for instance, when Reagan dropped the top tax rate from 70 percent to 28 percent). Politicians on Capitol Hill will point to the JCT’s static numbers, gasp with feigned horror, and use higher deficits as an excuse to vote no (even though those same lawmakers generally have no problem with red ink when voting to expand the burden of government spending).

That being said, they wouldn’t necessarily have that excuse if the Trump Administration was more aggressive about trying to shrink the size and scope of the federal government. So there’s plenty of blame to go around.

Until something changes, however, I don’t think Trump’s tax cut is very realistic. So if you want my prediction on what will happen, I’m sticking to the three options I shared yesterday.
  1. Congress and the White House decide to restrain spending, which easily would create room for a very large tax cut (what I prefer, but I won’t hold my breath for this option).
  2. Congress decides to adopt Trump’s tax cuts, but they balance the cuts with dangerous new sources of tax revenue, such as a border-adjustment tax, a carbon tax, or a value-added tax (the option I fear).
  3. Congress and the White House decide to go for a more targeted tax cut, such as a big reduction in the corporate income tax (which would be a significant victory).
By the way, the Wall Street Journal editorialized favorably about the plan this morning, mostly because it reflects the sensible supply-side view that it is good to have lower tax rates on productive behavior.
While the details are sparse and will have to be filled in by Congress, President Trump’s outline resembles the supply-side principles he campaigned on and is an ambitious and necessary economic course correction that would help restore broad-based U.S. prosperity. …Faster growth of 3% a year or more is possible, but it will take better policies, and tax reform is an indispensable lever. Mr. Trump’s modernization would be a huge improvement on the current tax code that would give the economy a big lift, especially on the corporate side. …The Trump principles show the President has made growth his highest priority, and they are a rebuke to the Washington consensus that 1% or 2% growth is the best America can do.
But the WSJ shares my assessment that the plan will not survive in its current form.
…the blueprint is being assailed from both the left and the balanced-budget right. The Trump economic team acknowledges that their plan would mean less federal revenue than current law… Mr. Trump’s plan is an opening bid to frame negotiations in Congress, and there are plenty of bargaining chips. Perhaps the corporate rate will rise to 20%… Budget rules and Democratic opposition could force Republicans to limit the reform to 10 years.
For what it’s worth, if the final result is a 15 percent or 20 percent corporate tax rate, I’ll actually be quite pleased. That reform would be very good for the economy and national competitiveness. And regardless of what JCT projects, there would be substantial revenue feedback.

 

A Tax Expert's Take on Trump's Proposal: 'A Truly Great Tax Plan'

Jack Hellner

It certainly appears that Trump has more common sense and intelligence on taxes and the economy than many of those advising him, the career politicians from both parties, the bureaucrats, the media and most economists.

I am a 64 year old CPA who has been doing taxes for approximately 40 years. This is the most intelligent tax policy I have seen since Ronald Reagan’s and my initial thoughts make me believe that it is better than Reagan’s. It is a simple and logical plan that would give everyone the incentive to earn more instead of spending so much time and money trying to beat the tax man. I believe the impetus it would give to economic growth is immeasurable..............More

E-mails Reveal FBI, Justice Probe of Burlington College

By Morgan True

The Justice Department was investigating the activities of the now-defunct Burlington College as recently as February, according to emails obtained through a public records request.  The emails show the U.S. attorney for Vermont and an FBI agent reviewed Burlington College records in the state’s possession earlier this year pursuant to an investigation. Both enforcement agencies declined to comment on the substance of that probe or whether it has been completed..........To Read More...


Republican Announces Retirement, Democrat Leader Smears Him as Russian Agent

 By Onan Coca April 27, 2017

Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is a fool and a corrupt politician, but still the mainstream networks continue to give her time to air her nonsense opinions. The latest such opinion should have caused the hosts at MSNBC to ridicule the nutjob to her face, but instead Chris Hayes barely offered any resistance, and simply let her get away with a vicious smear of a seemingly good man.......To Read More....

My Take - Maxine Waters is vile, corrupt and filled with spite.  That's what the main stream media wants because that's what the media are.  The media and Maxine are in complete harmony.  All part the Club For the Galacticly Stupid, but you would think they could find someone not as incompetent as Maxine - VIDEO: Maxine Waters suffers brain freeze during rant on North Korea.  Of course I guess there's a point where you just can't find anyone as willing as Maxine to be so publically stupid - while thinking they're profound.  Maxine truly is the gift that keeps on giving. 

The Life Cycle of Spiral Arm Galaxies

By James A. Marusek

Our solar system resides in a spiral arm galaxy called the Milky Way. A galaxy is a system of millions or billions of stars and the remnants of dead stars (black holes, white dwarfs, neutron stars), small bodies (planets, asteroids, comets), and disassociated atoms, ions and elementary particles, held together by gravitational and electromagnetic attraction. There are at least 2 trillion galaxies in our observable universe and many of these are spiral galaxies......To Read More...

Editor's Note: My friend James is a retired nuclear physicist who is anything but retired, from his passion for research.   On Saturday March 20, 2010 I posted his paper entitled, The Sun is Undergoing a State Change, and even though my readership was far smaller than now - that post has had over 13,000 hits.

Yesterday James wrote to me saying:
I tend to work on my research papers over winter.  So this winter I thought of two papers to write.  The only problem was that as I finished one, another would pop into my mind.  It probably didn't help that this was a mild winter, so instead of shoveling snow, I had a little more time to research and write.  Well in the end, I wrote six out of eight papers that came to mind.  These are now all posted on my website. 


James sent me six links and I will be posting one each day and I hope everyone will find his work as fascinating as do I.  There are some points in his work my readers will find to be of outside the box thinking regarding cancer, essential oils and Alzheimer’s disease, but I think you will find all of his work interesting.   RK
 
 

“God Bless Texas!” The Lonestar State Moves to Defund, Criminalize, and Ban Sanctuary Cities

By Onan Coca April 27, 2017

Texas is once again leading the way in American prosperity and success. In recent years, the largest conservative state in the nation has led the way economically, and socially… but now they’re taking steps to lead the way in law and order. Early Thursday morning, around 3am, Texas state legislators finally voted to approve a bill that would defund sanctuary counties, cities, and localities and could lead to Texas becoming the first state to end the scourge of sanctuary cities. .....To Read More....

Hungary’s Prime Minister says George Soros “has Ruined” Millions of Lives

By Onan Coca April 27, 2017

If you think billionaire liberal George Soros is a horrible person, you’re not alone. It’s not just here in America where Soros has earned himself a reputation for being corrupt, malicious, and an ever-ready opponent of liberty. Apparently, the man who has been leading the Democrat Party for the last 20 years or so, is also quite hated in Europe. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a scathing indictment of the world’s liberals and arguing that Hungary had the right to implement whatever immigration policies it chooses to, and that the nation also had the right to fight back against the underhanded efforts of Soros and his minions.


Orbán’s comments echoed sentiments he articulated during an interview a few weeks ago where he explained that George Soros and his lackeys were acting as if they were above Hungary’s laws in their attempts to abuse the system and grab more power for themselves..........The Hungarian Prime Minister also explained that he and the people of Hungary were tired of the politically correct doublespeak that so often flows out of the European Parliament...........The more allies we can find to fight Soros’ evil machinations, the better. President Trump should put a call in to the Hungarian Prime Minister to discuss who our two nations can work together to unmask and weaken Soros..........To Read More...

Google Clears Employees to Miss Work to Protest Against Donald Trump

By Constitution.com April 27, 2017 From the Daily Caller News Foundation:

Google is allowing workers to take off from work May 1 to protest President Donald Trump, whether or not they give advance notice.

Pro-immigration groups, socialist organizations, labor unions, and hundreds of thousands of workers are planning to walk out on their jobs on International Workers Day to voice their displeasure with the Trump administration, reports Buzzfeed.

“We respect everyone’s choice to act on their beliefs,” a Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “We care deeply about creating an environment at Google where everyone — employees and contractors, engineers, cafeteria workers and janitorial staff — feels comfortable doing so. We’re asking managers to be flexible in accommodating time-off requests and have let our vendor partners know that we support them doing the same.".............To Read More....

The Shameful Suspension of Chief Justice Roy Moore

By Jerry Newcombe April 27, 2017

A good man has been suspended. Again. Ultimately he’s a victim of judicial activism—of judges making things up from the bench and saying it’s what our Constitution requires. The so-called “Ten Commandments judge,” Roy Moore won election as the chief justice of Alabama for the second time in 2012. Here’s a timeline of his suspension: ............ Roy Moore held a press conference (4/19/17), stating, “This was a politically motivated prosecution from the very beginning by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Judicial Inquiry Commission with certain transgender and homosexual groups to remove me from public office because of my stand on same-sex marriage….I’ve done my duty under the laws of this state to uphold the sanctity of marriage and the undeniable truth that God ordained marriage between one man and one woman. Mere human judges have no authority to say otherwise.”........To Read More......

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Climate science: Dishonest for decades

Exclusive: Jack Cashill reviews record in light of Obama man's 'warming' confession

Former Obama Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin made news on Monday when he told the Wall Street Journal that the administration spun climate data to shape public opinion.
“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said.

What is most shocking about the mini-Koonin flap is that anyone was shocked. Scientific showmen have been manipulating climate data as a way of shaping policy for decades.   In 1983, for instance, a veritable supergroup of scientific rock stars, including the self-promoting pothead Carl Sagan, published a paper in Science called “Nuclear Winter: Global Consequences of Multiple Nuclear Explosions.”..........Schneider argued that although scientists were “ethically bound to the scientific method,” they also needed “to capture the public’s imagination.”.........Schneider would spend the rest of his life complaining he had been quoted out of context, but it is hard to mistake his intentions. It was essential to scare..........Read more

Abortion exec who wanted Lamborghini gets snagged again

Video shows Mary Gatter haggling over baby body-parts prices

A Planned Parenthood official who was caught on video by journalists investigating the organization’s sale of baby body parts haggling for higher prices because she wanted “a Lamborghini” has been caught again.

Haggling over the prices.

The Center for Medical Progress, which released the first video, has announced a new undercover video shows Mary Gatter of Planned Parenthood “haggling over per-specimen pricing for livers, lungs, and brains, even while insisting the purchaser must do all the work to harvest.”

CMP said it’s the second video from a batch of never-before released undercover footage.
The video was taken at a Planned Parenthood reception where CMP investigators posed as buyers from a biotech company. They meet Gatter, who previously had worked at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles before moving to Planned Parenthood Pasadena.............Read more

Article Saying Diet Drinks Cause Stroke, Dementia is Full of Holes

By Ruth Kava — April 21, 2017

If you just read the headlines, you'd immediately run to your pantry (or wherever you keep soft drink) and pour all your diet sodas down the sink. After all, they increase your risk of stroke and who knows what else, according to a new study just published in Stroke! But before you pop the top on those cans, please read this — that new study has nothing to say about a causal connection between diet drinks and cardiovascular ailments, and there are at least a couple of good reasons why I can say this.. ........... To Read More.....

My Take - This may be a good time to review my article on Weasel Words and Phrases. 

Shock Report: Hillary Clinton Aides Threatened Prime Minister’s Son With IRS Audit

By Constitution.com April 26, 2017 From the Daily Caller News Foundation:

Hillary Clinton’s Department of State aides threatened a South Asian prime minister’s son with an IRS audit in an attempt to stop a Bangladesh government investigation of a close friend and donor of Clinton’s, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group learned.

A Bangladesh government commission was investigating multiple charges of financial mismanagement at Grameen Bank, beginning in May 2012. Muhammad Yunus, a major Clinton Foundation donor, served as managing director of the bank.

Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and permanent U.S. resident, recalled the account of the threatened IRS audit to TheDCNF. The allegations mark the first known instance in the U.S. that Clinton’s Department of State used IRS power to intimidate a close relative of a friendly nation’s head of state on behalf of a Clinton Foundation donor.

Joy told TheDCNF it was “astounding and mind boggling” that senior State Department officials between 2010 and 2012 repeatedly pressured him to influence his mother to drop the commission investigation. The commission report was released in early 2013......To Read More....


Unfortunately, Trump’s Good Tax Plan Is Not a Serious Tax Plan

April 26, 2017 by Dan Mitchell @ International Liberty

(Editor's Note:  Although I'm impressed with what the administration is promoting it's my belief the only way to really reform to our tax system can be achieved by repealing the 16th amendment, passing a national sales tax and dumping the IRS, which is way out of control.  RK)

I want tax cuts. I support tax cuts. I relish tax cuts.
  • I like tax cuts because I’m a curmudgeonly libertarian and I think people should have the first claim on the money they earn.
  • I like tax cuts because I’m an economist and we’ll get more growth if penalties on productive behavior are reduced.
  • I like tax cuts because the academic research supports the “starve-the-beast” theory of less revenue leading to less spending.
This is why I wrote favorably about Trump’s campaign tax plan, and this is why I like Trump’s new tax plan (with a few exceptions).

But I confess that my heart’s not in it. Simply stated, I don’t think the new plan is serious.
If Trump really wanted a big tax cut, he would have a comprehensive plan to restrain the growth of government spending. He doesn’t.

If Trump genuinely wanted lower taxes, he would be aggressively pushing for genuine entitlement reform. He isn’t.

And Congress isn’t much better. At least in the absence of leadership from the White House.

It’s not merely that I’m concerned lawmakers won’t put the brakes on spending. And it’s not just that I fear they won’t enact much-needed entitlement reform. I worry they’ll actually increase the burden of federal spending. Just look what’s happening as Congress and the White House negotiate a spending bill for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year. The pending deal would trade more defense spending for more Obamacare subsidies. Everyone wins…except taxpayers.



In this profligate environment, it’s hard to be optimistic about tax cuts.

By the way, I fully agree we would get more growth if Trump’s tax plan was enacted. But the Laffer Curve doesn’t say that all tax cuts pay for themselves with faster growth. That only happens in rather rare circumstances.

Yes, the lower corporate tax rate would have a big supply-side impact (and there’s plenty of evidence from overseas to support that notion), but many of the other provisions of his plan are sure to reduce revenue.

Again, I don’t lose sleep about the prospect of less money going to Washington. But you can be sure that politicians pay attention to that issue.

Which is why I’m pessimistic. I don’t think Congress is willing to approve a big tax cut.
The bottom line is that there are three possible outcomes.
  1. Congress and the White House decide to restrain spending, which easily would create room for a very large tax cut (what I prefer, but I won’t hold my breath for this option).
  2. Congress decides to adopt Trump’s tax cuts, but they balance the cuts with dangerous new sources of tax revenue, such as a border-adjustment tax, a carbon tax, or a value-added tax (the option I fear).
  3. Congress and the White House decide to go for a more targeted tax cut, such as a big reduction in the corporate income tax (which would be a significant victory).
Ultimately, I want to completely junk our corrupt system and replace it with a simple and fair flat tax.
 
 But for 2017, I’ll be happy if we simply slash the corporate rate.

Happy Earth Day, Happy Science Day, Happy Liberal Crazy Day

By Joe Messina April 26, 2017

This last Saturday was Earth Day. It all started back in 1970 to bring awareness to what damage humans have done to the earth over the billions of years we have been here (or not).   This “movement” led to the making of the demonic EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency.

I say demonic not because I don’t think the planet needs protecting at all but because the Gestapo-style tactics of the EPA hurt many business who really didn’t deserve it. They could have worked a little better at helping businesses get in line with the laws.

Somewhere along the way Earth Day was turned into a “March for Science!” WHAT? A March for Science? I just happened to be in Pasadena while a group of young people were very excited about participating in this march. As it happened I was waiting to cross the street with a group of giddy girls with the signs and pom-poms in support of “science”..........   Please stop issuing false news from someone who has made millions off his climate fear mongering and a self-identified “science guy.” You might as well get science reports from Bozo the Clown!

Long live Nancy Pelosi!....To Read More....

New Study Reveals Just How Tolerant Liberals Are…The Results Are Dumbfounding

By Andrew West April 26, 2017

The last several months have been eye opening for political observers in the Western Hemisphere, as republican President Donald Trump has polarized the United States. From the onset of his candidacy, the idea of a Donald Trump nomination or presidency has been jarring to the American political left.

The businessman was repeatedly written off, chastised, and mocked in the media. The ignorance of Trump’s successes as civilian notwithstanding, the democrats were so certain that Hillary Clinton would obliterate The Donald in the general election that they actually worked on ways to help him win his party’s nomination........The social impact of the liberal lifestyle and social justice warrior training is that you can no longer tolerate those who disagree with you.

It’s one of the tenets of the New Fascism movement being perpetrated by the left, in which they replace Stalin’s nationalism with their own political allegiances, effectively pretending that the United States has been split in two.........To Read More....

My Take - Perhaps this is another good time to view, "The Communist Takeover Of America - 45 Declared Goals"


Big Labor Robs Members to Support Democrats

Business Review Board · Apr. 18, 2017    



 If you’re wondering why millions of workers are abandoning the idea of unionization, this statistic provides a clear answer: At least $1.7 billion — three-quarters of which came straight out of workers' pockets — was used to promote 2016 political campaigns, according to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research.

Two things stick out in the report.

1): “labor unions, which have the ability to tax employees via forced-dues, [are] the only 501(c)5 entities capable of sustaining this kind political expenditure for the past decade”; and
2): “Union officials spent $1.3 billion directly from union treasuries (filled with forced dues and fees) to spend it on politics, dwarfing George Soros' and the Koch Brothers' reported combined political spending during the same period.”

Democrats talk a lot talk about voters “making their voices heard” by “getting out the vote,” but most of this money is being siphoned from workers who don’t have a voice in how political contributions are allocated. And, needless to say, Democrats are the biggest beneficiaries. The most recent data reveals that just 14.6 million Americans (or 10.7% of the workforce) were unionized last year. This is a 9.4% reduction from 1983, when membership was 17.7 million (a participation rate of 20.1%). This might explain why, according to The Washington Free Beacon, there is a disparity between Big Labor’s political activism and the votes cast by subordinates: “Trump received votes from 43 percent of union households, while garnering two endorsements from unions representing Border Patrol agents and police officers.”

As National Right to Work Foundation’s Mark Mix put it, “This election was a case study in the disconnect between union bosses and their members, and the chasm is growing.” If unions truly believed in the idea of democracy, they’d quit forcing members to fund partisan politics.

SOURCE

Settled science? 107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud

New papers were found through investigations into previous fraud.

How Conservative States Should Handle Academia

By Bruce Walker

Conservatives need to use the political power already in their hands to begin a grassroots transformation of academia. The totalitarian exclusion of Ann Coulter from a state university in California is one reminder of the need for reform. The grotesque of politically correct "science" recently paraded around Earth Day is another.

In fact, the Orwellian control of academia by the left virtually guarantees that tens of millions of young Americans will not only lack knowledge – that can be remedied by study and reflection – but have instead noxious stews of pseudo-knowledge percolating out of their ears and guiding (or rather misguiding) their whole lives.

There is precious little conservatives can do in places like the People's Republic of California. The so-called "Berkeley Free Speech Movement" of the early 1960s was a fraud from beginning to end. Nearly all the faculty and university administration comprised people who were radically leftist, and it was only the method of protest (screaming obscenities) that bothered anyone......To Read More....

My Take - Good thoughts but wrong tools.  There is one way and only one way to change the way academia functions.....end funding entirely. 

First - education is way over rated.  It turns out these kids are coming out of college incapable of doing the jobs available.  So what did they go into all that debt for?  What were they teaching them for all those years, and if they're incapable of doing the jobs available that must mean they graduated them fraudulently. 

Secondly - there are a bunch of kids coming out of college - with massive debt - and holding degrees that won't give them jobs that pay enough to pay off that college debt.  Some of these loonie social degrees like gender studies are virtually worthless - unless you plan on a job at a university to teach this leftist nonsense. Just how many of those jobs can possibly be available. 

Third - About 25% of people holding large debt for college loans don't even graduate ;

Fourth - Funding just made college more expensive.  The more money provided by Congress and others just allowed to them to raise tuition even higher.

Fifth - All this funding isn't going toward teaching, or even research. It's going to administration personnel with oversized salaries and benefits.

Sixth - If all funding is ended then these universities will have to compete for societies money and that will mean getting results.  Those that don't get those dollars will go out of business, and good riddance.  Tuition will drop dramatically, administrative overhead will drop massively, and those overpaid, pampered, obnoxious professors will have to actually start teaching their classes rather than dumping their work on underpaid Teaching Assistants.   And although they're underpaid - they're an unnecessary expense that will be eliminated.  Or even better - end tenure and hire the TA's permanently and get rid of the professors.  They're over rated also. 

Finally - Get government out of education entirely - End funding - Make them all for profit institutions - and watch the world of academia change dramatically because competition brings the best to the fore and the worst are cast aside.  And make no mistake about this - a bunch will go out of business because if they practice the leftist dogma they teach these poor misinformed kids - they're too incompetent to be capable of running anything.

Goodbye Berkley!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

GWPF Launches Energy Manifesto

GWPF Manifesto Calls For Reforms That
Ensure Cheap And Reliable Energy Future 

‘The first priority of British energy policy should be to enable business and households alike to have access to cheap and reliable sources of energy.’  This is the key message of the Global Warming Policy Forum’s Energy Manifesto 2017 published today.
 

GWPF_Manifesto_Cover

In the run-up to the general election on 8 June, the GWPF is calling on all parties to adopt policies that prevent further economic harm to the UK economy and halt the rising policy costs to energy bills for households.

The GWPF manifesto calls on the next government to undertake a comprehensive review of energy and climate policies to ensure that the UK can prosper as an independent trading nation after leaving the European Union.

The cost of Britain’s unilateral renewable energy policies is running out of control, the inevitable result of replacing cheap and reliable energy with expensive, intermittent sources.

In 2016, the combined costs of the Levy Control Framework (LCF) and carbon taxes reached over £9 billion.

According to official figures, the Climate Change Act will cost the UK economy over £300 billion by 2030, costing each household £875 per annum.

‘Only through radical reform of current policies can the UK hope to take full advantage of low-cost technologies, tackle the scourge of fuel poverty and improve the competitiveness of the UK economy,’ said Dr Benny Peiser, director for the GWPF.

 

The GWPF Energy Manifesto
GWPF_Manifesto_Cover

The first priority of British energy policy should be to enable business and households alike to have access to cheap and reliable sources of energy.

The new government should take immediate steps to prevent further economic harm and rising policy costs while simultaneously undertaking a comprehensive review of energy and climate policies to ensure that the United Kingdom as a whole can prosper as an independent trading nation after leaving the European Union.

The new government should  

  • Undertake a new and up-to-date review of the economics of climate change.
  • Suspend commitment to the Carbon Budgets in line with the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s recommendation.
  • Suspend the Carbon Price Floor, a unilateral carbon tax that puts an unequal and unfair burden on British industry.
  • Suspend commitments post-2020 under the EU Renewables Directive which puts an unequal burden on the UK economy.
  • Phase out subsidies for renewable energy generators of heat and electricity. The renewables industry repeatedly claims that they are now cheaper than conventional energy. Government should take them at their word and cut all support after 2020.
  • Freeze commitments to ethanol and biodiesel under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, which is distorting international food and crop markets.
  • Remove mistaken incentives for the use of diesel in passenger vehicles.
  • Remove all fiscal obstacles to further realisation of the potential of the North Sea reserves of oil and natural gas.
  • Promote hydraulic fracturing to exploit the full potential of the massive UK shale resources.
  • Increase research budgets for nuclear fission and fusion, and also for electricity storage.
  • Redirect the UK’s international climate diplomacy towards equitable, joint approaches instead of the self-harm of unilateral target and virtue signalling.

Contact

Dr Benny Peiser
Director, Global Warming Policy Forum
55 Tufton Street
London SW1P 3QL
e: peiser@thegwpf.com
tel: 0207 3406038
mob: 07553 361718
 
 

Club For the Galacticly Stupid: Meet Shelly Garland

By Rich Kozlovich

On April 16, 2016 I posted this article - Observations From the Back Row: Nobody Owes You Anything! - responding to an article on April 12, 2017 - "Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?" - by Shelly Garland  - at least that's who everyone thought who wrote that obnoxious piece published by the Huffington Post who described him as follows:
Shelly Garland is an activist and a feminist completing an MA degree in Philosophy.  When she's not gagging at South Africa's unique brand of rainbow politics she's working on ways to smash the patriarchy.
It turns out the Huff and Puff was completely taken in by this loon who isn't a woman at all. Shelley Garland's real name is in fact Marius Roodt - a white male disguised as a woman.

'Shelley Garland' and the man she really is, Marius Roodt

His goal?
"He told HuffPost his mission was to see “what was the most outrageous piece he could get published – and his next effort was to have been a blog titled Why The Khmer Rouge Weren’t All That Bad”.   
"I want to see what is the silliest thing I can get published.”
Now the Huff and Puff is at the center of controversy for publishing a fake writer with a nasty message.  A message of hate and conflict, and here we thought the Huff and Puff was a liberal bastion.   Well.....they are.....and that's a liberal for you.  Perhaps the world should thank this fraud.  It exposes who and what media outlets like the Huff and Puff really are.  The fact of the matter is if they didn't think exactly the way this loon wrote - this would have never happened.  What sane person would publish such nonsense? 

And where's the main stream media?  As far as I can tell the editor isn't being fired for this blunder, and if she is fired - it will not for publishing those views - it will be for publishing views from a fraud. 

One last thought.  Should we believe these views would have been any more acceptable if they came from Barbara Walters?  That's the question that should be asked of the Huff and Puff, who might be more than qualified to be part of the Club For the Galacticly Stupid. 

Update 4/27/17 :  The editor at Huff and Puff has resigned. 

The One Lesson of the Holocaust

Posted by Daniel Greenfield 7 Comments Monday, April 24, 2017 @ The Sultan Knish Blog

Yom HaShoah comes and goes. A day for looking back at what has happened and a day for looking away from what will happen.

Millions of dollars have been spent building memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, even as Iran is spending its millions on building another kind of memorial to the Holocaust, in the form of nuclear technology that will be used to finish that piece of history that the Islamic terror state claims never took place.

Millions more are spent, by some of the same groups that claim an interest in Holocaust education, on bringing Muslim migrants to America and Europe to carry out the promise of an Islamic apocalypse in which, as the Hadith states, "The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him." That is what the Islamic Holocaust looks like. And it's underway.

A Jew is murdered in France. Another in Jerusalem. And another and another.

The Final Solution, with its immediate extermination of the Jews, has been replaced by the Two State Solution, an intermediate process in which the land on which Jews can live in security is partitioned into smaller and smaller pieces.

The Lebensraum of Islam demands ever more breathing room. And fewer breathing Jews. Israel is carved up into smaller indefensible ghettos. The number of places where the world decides that Jews can be allowed to live, shrink. The rest become "settlers" who must be evicted for the sake of peace. Even if the place they're "settling" is Jerusalem. The oldest Jewish city on earth.

And this Two State Solution, this intermediate process, has the almost universal backing of the major Jewish organizations who are so very deeply concerned about the Holocaust. It has the backing of the diplomats and politicians who put out canned statements urging that we learn the lessons of the Holocaust. The only lesson they have learned though is that another Holocaust needs better marketing.

It is comparatively easy to build a memorial. You hire the architect, raise the money, buy the land and then cut the ribbon. It is a much harder thing to do something about the need for those memorials in the first place. That is what learning the lessons of the Holocaust is about.

It is easier to build another memorial than to look into your heart and ask why two generations later, the majority of the American Jewish community was still too cowardly to stand up to a liberal icon in the White House... when the lives of millions of Jews were on the line.

From FDR to Obama, American Jewish leaders had two opportunities to stand up to a liberal icon and save Jewish lives. No amount of memorials can disguise the fact that they learned nothing.

The reassurances from American Jewish leaders that Obama meant well, that he will not sell out Israel and that he cares sounded familiar. The American Jewish leaders of the 30's and 40's echoed the same sentiments. Even as the St. Louis was turned back and its passengers were sent to the gas chambers, even as every effort made to aid or save Jews from the Holocaust was frustrated and shut down with the active complicity of the liberal American Jewish leadership who were loyal to FDR.

The same people who let millions die went on to light candles and issue their hypocritical sanctimonious statements of mourning for the dead.  More candles have been lit. More memorials have been built. But the lessons of the Holocaust continue to go unlearned.

Regardless of which administration is in office, the Two State Solution and any support for the Islamic terrorists seeking to exterminate the Jews, as they have already exterminated many of the Christians in the region, must be fought. When we fail to do this, then whatever our politics are, we abandon our obligations to the dead and to the living.

The most important lesson of the Holocaust is that the details of how it happened don't really matter. Had Hitler not come to power, had Germany not turned National Socialist, the Holocaust would have happened anyway. Stalin had one planned too before his death. Had it not been Hitler or Stalin, it would have been someone else. It still might be.

The Holocaust did not happen because of intolerance or fascism, as most liberals would like you to believe. It happened for the same overriding reason that any person or group of people is murdered. Because the Jews lacked the means of defending themselves against it.

There have been two Jewish responses to the Holocaust, on the one hand promoting tolerance and assimilation and on the other hand the State of Israel. Tolerance has done nothing to prevent the hatred and murder of Jews. In many cases it has actually served to promote it.

Every Muslim attack in Europe and America can be laid at the door of tolerance. When a Jewish woman is thrown out of a window in Paris or a Rabbi is beaten in Brussels, the true perpetrator is "tolerance".

The State of Israel stands as the only meaningful response to the Holocaust. Rather than building stone memorials and going back to business as usual, the State of Israel is not only a living future for the Jewish people, it is a response to the fundamental lesson of the Holocaust. The Holocaust happened because it could happen to a people who couldn't defend themselves. The State of Israel with its armies and borders was the best physical defense against it happening again.

Today the two responses to the Holocaust are battling out to the death, Tolerance and Assimilation vs the State of Israel. And the State of Israel is getting the worst of it. The teachers of tolerance blame Israel for the failure of their own ideology, manifest in the rising hatred of Jews around the world. If Israel wouldn't exist, somehow Jews wouldn't be hated, their thesis goes. As if Anti-semitism had been discovered lying around in a dustbin sometime after 1948.

But it is tolerance meanwhile that is killing Israel. The left has pushed Israel to the wall, because it represents the inversion of their ideology, it represents the reality that the best hope of the persecuted is not in multiculturalism or in tolerance classes, but in taking responsibility for their own safety and survival.

13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970

Jon Gabriel, Ed.
Saturday was Earth Day — an annual event first launched on April 22, 1970. The inaugural festivities (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded.
Sound familiar? Behold the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:
  1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
  2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
  4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
  5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
  6. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
  7. “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
  8. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
  9. “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  10. “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
  11. “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  12. “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
  13. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt

Autism April by Mike Shaw

 
By Michael D. Shaw April 3, 2017

Another April, another National Autism Awareness Month. The statistics, of course, are appalling. The CDC states that about 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, and is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189). Consider that this incidence rate has more than doubled since 2000.

In previous articles, we have dealt with the disconnect between what Dr. Leo Kanner—who first described the disorder in 1943—and what now constitutes the diagnostic criteria for the condition. Kanner’s landmark paper, entitled “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact,” published in Nervous Child, is both widely cited and assiduously ignored.

Fearless contrarian and pioneering pediatrician Michael J. Goldberg MD has long railed against the conventional approach to autism—and has cured many of these kids. As he says…

These children present with multiple symptoms that we were trained were medical, but somehow we’re writing it all off as ‘autism’ and ‘psychological.’ It’s impossible for a developmental or genetic disorder to ever become an epidemic, and yet we are condemning these parents and children to no future. I have essentially watched families go to experts around the country, go to leaders around the country, and realize that those experts, those leaders have completely turned their back on these families. They are desperate, they need help, and that’s supposed to be our job as pediatricians.”

If you throw out autism, then you suddenly realize we have a massive medical epidemic affecting the brains and bodies of these children. It is time we recognize that these children are ill, and have autistic-like symptoms, but do not have autism.”

Which brings us to the human herpesviruses known as CMV (Cytomegalovirus) and HHV-6 (Human herpesvirus 6).

According to learned sources, CMV is ubiquitous and generally asymptomatic in healthy children and adults. Yet, it is also a major cause of morbidity and occasional mortality in newborn infants. Moreover, CMV has been identified as the most important cause of congenital infection in the developed world, that frequently leads to mental retardation and developmental disability.

If this weren’t bad enough, a body of evidence links CMV to a number of adult health problems, including immunosenescence (the age-dependent decrease in immunological competence) and an increased risk of malignancy and vascular disease. As with all human herpesviruses, they establish life-long latency and can become reactivated later in life.

HHV-6, which infects nearly 100% of human beings, typically before the age of three, is another potential baddie—associated with a shocking number of illnesses. We’re talking Hodgkin’s lymphoma, cervical cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and myocarditis, among many others.

Listen to Dr. Goldberg:

I was taught as a pediatrician, that when a baby is born severely brain damaged, CMV was one of the organisms you must look for, and rule out.  Imagine my shock when I discovered that up to 1.5% of newborns have CMV—yet explained away as ‘asymptomatic’.”

He further notes that HHV-6 should become inactive and in theory not harmful. But, should it become chronically activated via a stressed immune system, it is known to cause chronic dysfunction and harm over time.

As such, Goldberg asks the medical establishment: Why not acknowledge that the evidence of activated viruses in ASD children is not normal, but rather is consistent with, and is a reflection of, their stressed immune systems?  If so, ASD becomes a medical condition (phenotype) and not DSM autism!

Autism April—a bit more, April 10, 2017
Last week’s article generated a fair amount of e-mail—including some pointed questions from my friend Josh Bloom, of the American Council on Science and Health. Most of the questions and comments referred to the remarks and links that featured Michael J. Goldberg, MD.

As such, it seems appropriate to present more of Goldberg’s ideas…

This one comes from April, 2016: As another Autism Awareness Month begins, sadly nothing has changed. Even the March, 2016 publication from the University of Rochester, entitled “The Brain’s Gardeners: Immune Cells ‘Prune’ Connections Between Neurons,” hardly struck a note in the research community. The paper suggests a link between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and immune dysfunction, whereby the immune system is not correctly pruning the neurons in the brain.
He also laments that an article from 2004, entitled “Neuroglial Activation and Neuroinflammation in the Brain of Patients with Autism,” should have piqued the curiosity of any researcher with an open mind. After all, this work from Johns Hopkins discusses neuro-immune inflammation, and certainly suggests a reasonable etiology for at least some ASD kids.

Indeed, with an explanation for the findings of “too many neurons in the brain of autistic children” the research community still will not admit this is an autoimmune disease, with an autistic phenotype, and not the current psychiatric label of “Autism.”

When it comes to medical/disease origin, the idea of phenotypes is a major clinical reality. A phenotype is a collection of symptoms that reflects how a disease presents, but doesn’t tell you the cause of the disease. For example, a specific group of signs and symptoms presents as “meningitis,” but that doesn’t tell a physician whether it is bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoan, TB, or other.

The 1:68 children are presenting with a phenotype of Autistic / ASD symptoms. But conventional medicine is making the mistaken assumption that the 1:68 phenotypes are all developmental, psychological, genetic, etc. As Goldberg has emphasized, one cannot have an epidemic of a genetic or developmental disorder. He observes: “Science doesn’t change; it can be ignored, or twisted to fit a popular mindset, but it doesn’t change.”

In his blog postings from last year, he reacted to comments from parents of ASD kids (with proper HIPAA-compliant redaction), who described their generally affectionate children, with few motor issues…

Dr. Leo Kanner, who first described infantile autism, stated that the children were never normal, never affectionate, and never had major motor issues. You are all subjected to a new set of subjective criteria to label your children as “Autistic” even though what is being described has nothing to do with the ideas of Dr. Kanner and other psychiatric experts of the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Goldberg continues: As I was taught in medical school and confirmed at a medical symposium nearly twenty years ago, short of a known, definable degenerative disease, no child can develop normally until 12, 15, 18 months old, have language, lose it, then on good testing show up like a 10-month-old!

A child that has already developed normally past age 15 or 18 months old, cannot exhibit the dysfunctions above, with no objective findings on MRI, EEG, etc., unless a neuro-immune or neuro-infectious disease process is occurring. To keep thinking that the dysfunctions of these children are mental or developmental is beyond comprehension.

The gauntlet thrown down, how will mainstream medicine respond?

Al Gore Puts A Price Tag on Global Warming Hoax “Fix”, And It Is ENORMOUS

By Andrew West April 25, 2017

For some strange reason, liberal climate change hoaxers are continuing to put a microphone or a camera in front of former Vice President Al Gore. As the most recognizable face in the litany of lunatic leftists who foolishly subscribe to the phony narrative behind the global warming hoax, Gore has been an integral part of developing the culture of ignorance that permeates the entire movement.

Gore’s interest in the subject began as a business venture; a fact that many democrats would like us all to forget. The former Vice President first established a “carbon credits” company in which he would prey on the guilt of entitled Americans who believed that the way in which they lived their lives was further enhancing their carbon footprint – a term that had barely been used previous to Gore’s involvement in the hoax.

Then, after Al Gore’s company was ready to receive customers, and their money, the former politician released his now-infamous propaganda film “An Inconvenient Truth”. The film was a box office success, riding the leftist wave that was permeating the nation at the time, and it propelled.  Gore’s carbon credits company into a massive windfall of Americans’ guilt-money.........As with all trendy pseudoscience, the global warming hoax will likely go the way of spiritualism and Uri Geller’s bending-spoon tricks.............To Read More....

Google Readies Massive Algorithm Rewrite to Stifle Conservative Media

By Andrew West April 25, 2017

Google and their liberal media cronies have been doing their damnedest to eradicate the opinions of conservative Americans in the wake of Donald Trump’s electoral victory. Following the election, in which the democrats were brutally shocked and defeated by political newcomer Trump, the media was forced to sprint back to the drawing board to invent new ways in which they could stifle America’s imminent conservative uprising.

Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent in the 2016 presidential race, was seen as a sure thing by the left. Hillary herself acted with an air of inevitability that absolutely infuriated the supporters of her primary rival Bernie Sanders.

It was that same arrogance that made the republicans’ victory so much sweeter as well. Now, without a democrat in the White House, and a minority stake in the two houses of Congress, the party of The Clintons found themselves scrambling to keep the faith alive, as Wikileaks continued to rain down terrible revelations on them – some of which culminated with the dismissal of Debbie Wassermann Schultz from the DNC and a massive fracturing of the beleaguered party.......To Read More....

With Border Wall Stalled on Paul Ryan’s Account, Ted Cruz Has Genius Funding Idea

By Andrew West April 25, 2017

Paul Ryan made an ugly splash in conservative circles today, as he pushed the fight for President Trump’s border back to a 2018 start-date. The delay has come as a nasty surprise for Trump supporters, who flocked to the candidate en masse as he detailed his plan for border security throughout the long 2016 presidential campaign.

Paul Ryan has already been in the hot seat with the republican voter base, who believe that the Speaker of The House has yet to fully fall in line behind the newly anointed Commander in Chief. Now, a previous political opponent of both Ryan and Trump has a plan to get the border wall project started, and it’s just too brilliant to be ignored......To Read More.....

Are neonicotinoid insecticide seed treatments endangering wild bees?

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“Federal protections may be the only thing standing between the bumble bee and extinction,” said Rebecca Riley, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, after the Trump administration released its hold in March and agreed to list the rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis) as endangered.

Bee activists are now lobbying the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to list three other wild bumble bee species: the western bumble bee (Bombus occidentalis), the yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola) and Franklin’s bumblebee (Bombus franklini).

The designation has received mixed reactions in different quarters. While some environmental groups are celebrating, making the case that all bees are facing extinction pressure and that pesticides are the main driver, the decision has stirred a backlash among some farmers and supporters of the Trump administration’s nascent infrastructure rebuild plan. The designation could require landowners and businesses to apply for special permits in areas where the bee is thought to live, opening the door for legal battles over development.

Bee health concerns

The rusty patch designation has also stirred a good deal of controversy because of questions about what might be causing the bees’ health problems and whether endangered-species status is the best approach to deal with the problem. It’s a vague statute that poses serious implications for farmers and for infrastructure improvements—and the job creation that goes with them—because they will inevitably be challenged by opposition groups........Rusty patched bumble bees are “generalists,” meaning they feed on a variety of flowering plants and can live in many different habitats, such as prairies, woodlands, marshes and agricultural landscapes. If pesticides were to blame for their problems, then we would likely observe declines in areas where pesticides are most widely used, and we would see healthy populations where they are not. However, they’ve declined in areas where pesticides are never used, such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a huge area that encompasses 816 square miles. .........To Read More....

If There’s Going to Be a Government Shutdown, Do It for a Good Reason

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Next Plague: The Bacteria Strike Back

By Steve Schow — April 20, 2017

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause more than two million infections per year in the US, resulting in ~23,000 deaths. These infections incur an estimated $20 billion in direct healthcare costs and $35 billion in lost productivity, and these costs are expected to rise rapidly over the next several years.

The threat of antibiotic resistance is especially critical in the case of Gram-negative bacterial pathogens, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Infections caused by MultiDrug Resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria result in higher mortality rates, longer hospital stays and higher treatment costs compared to antibiotic-susceptible infections.

Patients with MDR Gram-negative bacterial infections have a mortality rate of 30-70%, which is approximately two to threefold higher than patients who have an antibiotic-susceptible infection. In 2005, there were 368,600 hospital stays with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections in the US, at a resulting cost of $5 billion.

The incidence tripled between 2000 and 2005. Invasive MRSA resulted in 18,650 deaths in the US in 2005. The first case of MRSA appeared in 1961, just one year after the introduction of methicillin. MRSA was widespread in Europe by the end of the 70s and in the US by the end of the 80s. Nasal MRSA carriage is a major risk factor in hospital community infections. In 2002, 2 million hospital patients succumbed to hospital-acquired infection leading to 99,000 deaths.......To Read More......