Posts Tagged ‘science’

HISTORY SAYS NOT:

In 1973, Trump was accused by the Justice Department of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the operation of 39 buildings. He and his father before him were not renting or selling to people of color. The Department said that black “testers” were sent to more than half a dozen buildings and were denied apartments, but a similar white tester would then be offered an apartment in the same building. Trump countersued the federal agency, because that is what he does, but the judge threw it out as having no merit, Trump settled out of court!

In 1985, New York City brought a lawsuit against Trump for allegedly using tactics to force out tenants of 100 Central Park South because he wanted to demolish it to pursue his own interests. Trump kept that one in the courts for ten years before he was finally denied permission to tear it down!This long term tactic is common for Trump, he hopes the opposing side will run out of money and time, and he will win by default! It did not work this time however!

In 1988, the Justice Department sued Trump for violating procedures related to public notifications when buying voting stock in a company related to his attempted takeovers! That one cost him a fine of 750,000!

In late 1990, Trump was sued for $2 million by a business analyst for defamation, and Trump settled out of court.

In 1991, Trump Plaza was fined $200,000 by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission for moving African American and female employees from craps tables in order to accommodate high roller Robert LiButti, a mob figure and alleged John Gotti associate!

Again In 1991, one of Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was found guilty of circumventing state regulations about casino financing when Donald Trump’s father bought $3.5 million in chips that he had no plans to gamble! Another time Daddy attempted to bail him out failure!

Sexual misconduct:

In 1993, Vera Coking sued Trump and his demolition contractor for damage to her home during construction of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.[33] In 1997, she dropped the suit against Trump and settled with his contractor for $90,000.[34] Coking had refused to sell her boarding house, which Trump did not want sitting next to his new hotel! She ultimately won a 1998 Supreme Court decision that prevented Atlantic City from using eminent domain to condemn her property!

In 1992, Trump sued ex-wife Ivana Trump for not honoring a gag clause in their divorce agreement. The divorce was granted on grounds that Ivana claimed Donald Trump’s treatment of her was “cruel and inhuman treatment! Which she revealed in a book she wrote!  Trump did win the gag order, but the truth was out there!

A sexual assault claim from 1994 for child rape was filed against Trump on October 14, 2016! His lawyers got the case suspended for procedural errors, it was then refiled, it has remained in suspension since 2016. Money talks and rapists walk! It has not been thrown out, however!

In April 1997, Jill Harth Houraney filed a $125,000,000 lawsuit against Trump for sexual harassment in 1993, claiming he “‘groped’ her under her dress and told her he wanted to make her his ‘sex slave.” Harth voluntarily withdrew the suit when her husband settled a parallel case. In other words, Trump paid out behind closed doors.

In all, 26 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct!

In other news:

In 2000, Donald Trump paid $250,000 to settle fines related to his being charged with circumventing state law lobbying against government approval of plans to construct an Indian-run casino in the Catskills, which would have diminished casino traffic to Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City!

I could go on, but as Trump is the most litigious businessman in history that I can find, it would take way too much of your time! He has sued actual countries like Scotland, and lost of course. Look up windmills and Trump, for example!

Business failures:

1. Trump Steaks

2. GoTrump 

3. Trump Airlines

4. Trump Vodka

5. Trump Mortgage

6. Trump: The Game

7. Trump Magazine

8. Trump University

9. Trump Ice 

10. The New Jersey Generals 

11. Tour de Trump 

12. Trump Network 

13. Trumped! 

Trump companies that sought bankruptcy protection:

1. Trump Taj Mahal 

2. Trump’s Castle

3. Trump Plaza Casinos

4. Trump Plaza Hotel 

5. Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts 

6. Trump Entertainment Resorts 

My point, Trump is not a good businessperson! Has been propped up by daddy! He is a racist, even the Federal government has said so! He is not a moral man; the rape case I mentioned was of a thirteen year old at a party thrown by child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, not to mention the other 26 women making complaints against him. No I do not have proof, only what all of these woman and a child have said! But where there is horseshit, there are usually horses to be found!

You can access my blog about the big lie, and others about Trump from this same site. So in short, when you support this man, you are supporting rape, molestation, and criminal activity on a large scale. So let’s say, I discount some of this just to be fair to the Trump supporters, you should still be shunning this man, not helping him in any shape or fashion. If you do, you are supporting evil, simple as that.  

Suppose you look at a map indicating which states are highly vaccinated and which are barely vaccinated. In that case, it looks just like a political map of Blue (DEM) and Red (GOP) states just before an election! I’ll let you draw your own conclusions here, but be aware, people are dying, and things are heating up again, plus the variant is becoming more widespread!

This can be checked again and again, city by city. The people now getting sick and having to be hospitalized are almost entirely unvaccinated! The Governor of Arizona has ordered schools with unvaccinated school children who have been directly exposed to COVID- 19 not to be forced to quarantine! The school districts are fighting back and so far have not changed their policy. But this is an example of GOP leadership putting lives at risk for politics! Afraid to lose their fanatical Trump-based support even at the cost of children’s lives! How in the hell have we allowed this to occur!

The false information about the COVID-19 vaccines is rampant! And has been pushed by several GOP members and media companies like FOX News! This information is killing people, plain and simple! The fact that, especially in Florida, they bad-mouth Dr. Anthony Fauci is because the truth hurts! But politicians in the state do not want to disenfranchise themselves from the state’s massive population of Trump zealots. So they put lives in danger! Yes, they will kill you rather than endanger their political future. And that rings true of all GOP-led states!

You will hear people like Pence telling you that since his administration, we have had runaway spending. Well, here is a little truth for you. Trump downplayed the virus and held up spending to make his numbers look better, killing thousands unnecessarily with Pence support, I might add! Our current President did not neglect his duty for the sake of looking good; he attacked the root of our problem, which took money! And with unprecedented success, well, except in GOP-run states! People are dying in more significant numbers in states where the GOP is in charge! That alone should tell you where the truth lies.

So, since Trump and his family are vaccinated, why is he not telling his base that it is safe and necessary? The same reason I have already talked about, his base! He is afraid to antagonize them! And he does not care about people! So as long as he is convinced by letting them die, he will maintain more of their support overall; well, let them die! And this is just plain common sense, not politics! If we had the same misinformation campaign, politically motivated back in the day, we would still be losing the war against polio and other eradicated diseases.

When you don’t mask up, when you do not quarantine when exposed, when you do not get fully vaccinated, you are risking thousands! You only need to do three things. Get vaccinated, wear masks where it is mandated, and isolate if you know you have been exposed! If you do, we win; if you don’t, we die, simple logic. It would help if you were not making life and death decisions based on your politics!

The new argument I hear the last few days from Republican leaders, governors, and legislators are that having an education is terrible. Especially an education that specifically qualifies you for the job for which you are being considered! It is also reprehensible that you correspond with and interact with people who specialize in the things your job will entail. Or at least this is what people like Mark Rubio said about
Biden’s picks so far for his administration! Tom Cotton Ark., Josh Hawley of Mo., and Rubio of Fla., all despaired about the fact that all of Biden’s picks so far are all highly educated and have in-government expertise! Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noam, criticized “supposed science experts” who want to take our rights away by making us wear masks and other safeguards. Currently, South Dakota is doing none of the things recommended by the scientific community and are increasing their numbers of infections and deaths at a tremendous rate, now the highest in our union! So yes, they are free, free to die!

Where did the GOP get the idea that education and science are the enemies? That all media companies are liars and in some plot against the GOP? That we should suspect any findings by law enforcement, even the FBI and CIA? Wait, I think a guy named Trump started all of that. In all fairness, there have been anti-science and anti-education memes that sprung up about climate change, even before Trump, but he turned it into a call to arms! According to Trump and his sycophants, all of the world scientists formed a cabal intent on misleading the world! It all comes down to money. Big industry does not like climate change because it cuts into the profit margin to deal with it. The movers and shakers on Wall Street hate the thought of universal healthcare as it is stock driven, and profits to its rich stock portfolios driven by higher drug and healthcare costs are what is important to them. You are supposed just to shut up and die, or you are unpatriotic! Healthcare is a money maker the way it is set up now; in the U.S., we die sooner, are unhealthy more often, and our healthcare is way more expensive nationally than countries that supply it to all of its citizens equally!

So the uneducated tend to blame the educated for their woes. Sure, a lot of it is put upon them by educated people! But that is more attributable to their greed and avarice than it is education! But it makes education and science easy targets when you want to pollute at will and make healthcare a money grab devoid of actually providing a healthy outcome! So it has to change, and I believe it will eventually. Instead of spending more on the military than almost all of our allies put together, we need to make a switch to education, from pre-school to college graduation! We need to do it without putting students in so much debt they shy away from education, but instead rewarding those who choose it! I hold no college degrees, even though I attended on and off my whole working life! I do own an entire wall of certificates and diplomas from job-related schools, and I am a voracious reader. But if I could have afforded an Ivy League or higher education at college or university level, you bet, I would have been right there! And that is what we need to strive for! And at the basic level, we need to treat our teachers in K12 with respect and pay that attracts and keeps quality teachers at the helm of education. I did raise a teacher/college professor who is now the Principal of a reasonably large school here in the Southland! Best I could do!

 

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From a comment made in the New Yorker by David Remnick April 12, 2020

From the start, the Trump administration has waged war on science and expertise, making a great nation peculiarly vulnerable to the foreseeable public-health calamity of the coronavirus.

The fact that the United States is experiencing tremendous losses—that it has far more COVID-19 cases than any other country in the world—relates to a number of collective risk factors and preëxisting conditions. The most notable one is to be found in the Oval Office!

Kayleigh McEnany, a loud promoter of birtherism and of Trump talking points during the 2016 campaign, cheerfully told the Fox Business audience, “We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here, we will not see terrorism come here, and isn’t that refreshing when contrasting it with the awful Presidency of President Obama?” Now McEnany is the President’s press secretary.

Instead of dealing with COVID-19 using all the scientists at his disposal, he points to his brain housing group and says that is all he needs to make decisions. He uses the press conference as a place to make political statements to bolster his bid for re-election! Trump has made it clear that he does not approve of efforts to make voting easier in November. Why should he? He takes a dim view of early voting, voting by mail, and same-day registration. Such reforms, he complains, would produce “levels of voting that, if you ever agreed to it, you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again.”

I (John Love) think we should all read that last statement again! I still cannot believe that Trump could be so ignorant of what the words he uttered meant, but I really shouldn’t be! Basically, he just said that without cheating, gerrymandering, and voter suppression, Republicans couldn’t get elected! Probably the only true thing Trump has ever said! And one last thought, Trump and budget cutters thought the federal government spent too much on public health. Year after year, they have slashed agencies whose mission was to protect the public from pandemics. You know, after the welfare check he wrote to the rich, Trump cannot afford to fund health initiatives, feed children, or take care of at-risk elderly!

 

 

The following will be excerpts from an article penned by Mr. Peter Wehner, a lifelong Republican. He is a fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center.

He writes, Trump is fundamentally unfit—intellectually, morally, temperamentally, and psychologically—for office. Mr. Trump has no desire to acquaint himself with most issues, let alone master them!

Mr. Trump’s virulent combination of ignorance, emotional instability, demagogy, solipsism, and vindictiveness would do more than result in a failed presidency; it could very well lead to national catastrophe. The prospect of Donald Trump as commander in chief should send a chill down the spine of every American.

He states that Trump could not have prevented the coronavirus from happening or entering the United States. That said, the president and his administration are responsible for grave, costly errors, most especially the epic manufacturing failures in diagnostic testing, the decision to test too few people, the delay in expanding testing to labs outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and problems in the supply chain.

We also know the World Health Organization had working tests that the United States refused, and researchers at a project in Seattle tried to conduct early tests for the coronavirus but were prevented from doing so by federal officials. (Doctors at the research project eventually decided to perform coronavirus tests without federal approval.)

The president reportedly ignored early warnings of the severity of the virus and grew angry at a CDC official who in February warned that an outbreak was inevitable. The Trump administration dismantled the National Security Council’s global-health office, whose purpose was to address global pandemics; we’re now paying the price for that. “We worked very well with that office,” Dr. Fauci told Congress. “It would be nice if the office was still there.” 

The president’s misinformation and mendacity about the coronavirus are head-snapping. He claimed that it was contained in America when it was actually spreading. He claimed that we had “shut it down” when we had not. He claimed that testing was available when it wasn’t. He claimed that the coronavirus will one day disappear “like a miracle”; it won’t. He claimed that a vaccine would be available in months; Fauci says it will not be available for a year or more.

This from me, the lies just keep on coming!

From the article, Trump falsely blamed the Obama administration for impeding coronavirus testing. He stated that the coronavirus first hit the United States later than it actually did. (He said that it was three weeks prior to the point at which he spoke; the actual figure was twice that.) The president claimed that the number of cases in Italy was getting “much better” when it was getting much worse. And in one of the more stunning statements an American president has ever made, Trump admitted that his preference was to keep a cruise ship off the California coast rather than allowing it to dock because he wanted to keep the number of reported cases of the coronavirus artificially low! Cooler heads prevailed, and over the president’s objections, the Grand Princess was allowed to dock at the Port of Oakland.

The following excerpt is one I have long agreed with and promoted in my blogs, on Facebook, Twitter, and anyone I could get to listen. Here is what Peter Wehner had to say;

Trump is such a habitual liar that he is incapable of being honest, even when being honest would serve his interests. He is so impulsive, shortsighted, and undisciplined that he is unable to plan or even think beyond the moment. He is such a divisive and polarizing figure that he long ago lost the ability to unite the nation under any circumstances and for any cause. And he is so narcissistic and unreflective that he is completely incapable of learning from his mistakes. The president’s disordered personality makes him ill-equipped to deal with a crisis as any president has ever been. With few exceptions, what Trump has said is not just useless; it is downright injurious.

Now for my personal closing for this blog.

From the first time I saw Trump in action, long before he became President of these United States, I saw him as an immoral con man. He was always suing someone or being sued, more than any professional entity ever in history! He mostly threatened to sue because he had not paid his debts, knew that a lengthy lawsuit would ruin the people he owed, so he was able to get them to agree to pennies on the dollar for their debt! He has done this time and time again. He has also been sued by the federal govt for refusing to sell or rent to people of color, with his Daddy once, and Donald himself twice! He has cheated on each wife! Usually with the next wife, and the current one (The First Lady) with a porn star while she was pregnant with their son! He has had black people removed from the floor of his casino while he and his wife were there, made remarks in public about how blacks could not help it, they just were not equipped to handle anything complicated. And this is the guy you voted for? This is the guy you think is your moral compass. This is the guy you think has been sent by God to save you? Well, my friends, you are just not thinking. And what your support says about you is not flattering, by any definition!

 

 

 

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Trump is a pathological prevaricator! One reason he cannot help but lie, even though he may be aware he has previously espoused the opposite view, is his mental illness! He cannot ever be wrong in his own mind. He can never be anything but the smartest, most brilliant mind on the planet. His mental facility will allow for no other conclusions, so in his diseased mind, whatever he is saying currently has to be the truth because he cannot perceive that he has ever made an incorrect decision or ever been in error, ever! Find me one instance where he has taken credit for a misstep or admitted he was wrong about something, in his entire life! This makes him dangerous because he will bomb people, let more people die in a pandemic, let potentates murder, rather than admit he is not perfect! Then when the whole world is calling him out, all of a sudden he claims he has always known it was a pandemic, in this latest example, and claims he was the first to say so, while his opinions and stated views were just the opposite only days ago! He has a mental disease, he should not be anywhere near the power centers of our country. I cannot believe that everyone cannot see this!

To the educated in science, I am not going to be talking about anything that has not been common knowledge for decades. But I have friends who think science is not essential, that education makes sinners, and asking questions that do not get answered in religious text is evil! So this is for you!

We will be talking about sciences like paleontology, molecular biology, evolutionary biologists, and general biology, you know, the birds and the bees!

Let’s start with Molecular biology, as it is there we find one of the most significant discoveries in modern times, DNA! Because DNA is universal to all life, its presence strongly suggests that all creatures on Earth evolved from a common ancestor! It also explains how the proliferation of genetic mutations (copy errors), combined with the processes of natural selection, enables evolution to happen. Ultimately, DNA is the engine that drives evolution. So every time you make a copy of yourself by procreation, no matter if you are a frog, a gnat, or a human being, sometimes there is an error in the copy, or DNA! So this is when natural selection kicks in! If that copy or DNA error makes you better able to cope with your environment, then it lives on. If it doesn’t, it becomes fertilizer! It is a brutal process that takes eons, but, it does not need a guiding hand! By that I mean no guy in the sky looking down and thinking I didn’t create that, I think I’ll drop a boulder on it!

So let’s move on to the paleontologist and evolutionary biologist, as they are both significant here as I bring up the very massive and prolific fossil record! Let point out that no, the fossil record is not some gigantic scam by millions of scientists that planted fake bones, skeletons, and fossilized plant-matter over every continent, and sub-continent of the globe to put one over on you.

Species come and go, but life does go on! This is the essential lesson of the fossil record that dates back 3.8 billion years! Oh yeah, not 6000, as some have tried to tell me! I think a few of us must have felt the Flintstones was a documentary! Hell, gators, whales, and sharks have been around for just a tad longer! In the case of the shark, about 450 million years. The alligator developed into what we see today about 85 million years ago, but has relatives that date back 200 million years! The whale was once a land animal, and they still have vestigial evidence of the legs they used to use to move around! They evolved into whales about 50 million years ago. The hippo is their nearest relative! The fossil record is considered to be anything found that is over 10,000 years old. We can date fossils using another scientific method called carbon dating. We are all carbon-based creatures! So by measuring the carbon-12 and carbon-14 that it contains, we can determine the age. What they do is to measure the difference between the two as the radioactive carbon-14 decays at a constant and measurable rate, so we can date the fossils we find!

So, evolution is real, with real science behind it! You cannot solve our problems if you do not understand the planet you live on and how it came to be! You also cannot understand how to nurture it, heal it, without this knowledge. All scientific knowledge is crucial if we are going to continue to live in this world without destroying it and ourselves. Science is the most critical survival tool in your arsenal, not your damn gun! Ok, get off your high horse, I am not advocating getting rid of your weapons, I can see that argument going off the rails already!

I wrote this blog because I just saw another article where schools in our country are refusing to teach evolution. Case in point, the new Florida Education Chair just stated that he would not support evolution being taught in that state as factual, making the old argument that it is just a theory! He does not understand that in the realm of science, a theory is generally accepted as true! Now a hypothesis would be accurate for his argument, but again, he does not understand or know his words! A person who has sway over education should know his words and their meaning! But you have to be adequately educated! You cannot understand the world you live in if you are not educated in how it came to be! This is not some off the wall new deal; evolution has been an accepted fact for a very long time by 97% of scientists the world over. There is just too much evidence to back it up!

My other pet peeve is history. Again, you cannot know why the world is the way it is without knowing the history that shaped it! Some politician said recently that history is not important, because it was in the past. He and the Florida guy must get their education from the same source! Illegitimate U.

Let’s start with a few facts. There are no true socialist countries in the world, never have been. There are countries that spout socialist ideas and like the Soviet Union, as it was called during the cold war era, mixed socialism and communism ideologies together, but was neither. It was a dictatorship or a monarchy take your pick! The communist party owned everything, controlled everything, and gave the populace enough to sustain the workforce, not much else!

So Trump wants you to believe, and why you would not just automatically assume anything he said was a lie with his record, that the Democratic Party wants us to become a socialist country! That liberals want to destroy capitalism using climate change as its driving force! That his wall and his rule are necessary to keep our country from being overrun and decimated by non-white criminals, and by any green initiatives, again an attack on capitalism, according to Trump! That he is a religious icon and that Christianity is under attack and the Christian Bible should rule our education and our government. In that vein, he states that the Constitution is too restrictive and the rules need to be rewritten! His words, not mine!

So now, let’s look at a few things from a world point of view. If climate change is not happening, and we are not accelerating it (humankind) then why is it that we are the only country, the only one, on the entire planet not to actively engage in the fight to combat it! Or why, on the world stage, are we the only industrial nation not to provide universal health care to its citizens, even though we spend way more than they do on healthcare, have less positive outcomes, a lower life expectancy than all to them! Again, the only one! When everyone else on the planet says one thing, and you are the lone holdout, does that not suggest you may be on the wrong side of a said issue? Especially since our own Pentagon has told us that climate change is the #1 most dangerous threat to our national security! That prestigious organizations across the globe like NASA and our own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have said that climate change is real, it is caused in large part by our industry and lack of restraint. And that it will be devastating to our economy, safety, and quality of life. Yes even under the Trump admin they still say the same thing!

Now let us dwell on the title of this article for just a moment. Trump only cares about power, money, and adulation, as do a majority of his fellow Republicans, they just do not take it the edge of lunacy, but they protect their President because he is their scapegoat. Get it while you can and screw the rest mentality exists in our political representatives, and if you are honest, more prolific as a GOP trait. In that pursuit, they have given out corporate welfare by the trillions, including huge perks to the most wealthy among us. At the same time write-offs that policeman, firefighters, and teachers used to get were abolished, in favor of the rich being able to write off the maintenance and storage costs of their private jets! If you block any attempt to barter for the best prices for drugs, what possible moral road have you just gone down, or are we protecting oligarchs and their bottom line? Of course, we are! They never replaced the Affordable Care Act with the big beautiful and so much better plan Trump promised! They, Republicans, are not even trying to create one, they never intended to! The ACA messed with the oligarch’s profit margins and that could not be allowed to happen. And since money now has as much standing as our citizenry, it just stood up and bought what it wanted, or those that have it did, anyway!

I do not know if you are aware, but the countries that inhabit the planet earth do not consider us a capitalist country, but an oligarchy! They no longer trust us, and think we are a threat to the health of the planet and its safety! And no matter what Trump says, he is not respected, but rather he is feared among our allies for his ignorance, his innate fascination with dictators, any so-called strong man, and people who have absolute power over their respective populations. This is power he admires and wants! This is why countries that used to be our allies are looking elsewhere because we are now thought of as a bullying nation, not a bastion of peace or safety for the globe, not any longer!

So Trump, our Liar in Chief, has already started on his campaign of misinformation and outright lies to make the American people think that he is at war and that he is our savior! Just fact check the CPAC speech, there was no truth in anything he said! It was all misdirection, obfuscation, and prevarication! If you cannot bear to vote democratic, at least try and elect someone who has some integrity, some moral values! I am sure there must be a Republican candidate that has not been accused of sexual misconduct, is not under investigation, convicted, or confessed to multiple crimes out there somewhere, find he or she and get rid of the orange menace!

How much has border security been historically rooted in racism?       (John Love; read my note at the end before you run screaming back into your cave!)

Reece Jones: If you look at the history of immigration laws in the United States, it’s a history of racial exclusion. The U.S. didn’t have any national immigration laws at all until 1875 [the Page Act], then the first big immigration law is 1882, which is the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the entire purpose of that act was to prevent non-white people from being able to migrate to the United States. The first comprehensive national rules for immigration is the 1924 National Origins Act, which was justified at the time very much on racial terms about continuing to allow white northern, western Europeans to migrate to the U.S. while it completely bans Asian immigration and dramatically limits southern and eastern European migration. The border patrol was established two days after those National Origins quotas were put in place. The entire idea of patrolling the border and having restrictions on immigration in the United States is founded on racial exclusion.

Note by John Love; Trump has actually promoted the idea stated in the last sentence above, on camera. Basically saying that Northern Europeans are the kind of immigrants we need, and at another historic moment called certain nations “junk countries” we need to exclude from our shores.

Elisabeth Vallet: I think the government that began building the India-Bangladesh border said something like, “You know, a border fence is the best way of doing nothing while showing that you are doing something.” The wall is really addressing internal politics. It’s symbolic, political, electoral and populous, but it’s not what it says it is.

It’s interesting, in terms of public policy, that we’re using border policy to address an issue that lies, like, 500 kilometers away, south of the border. The real problem in that instance is in Central America. The public policy applied here — border policy — is not the right one. It should be a foreign policy. So the remedy is like if you were giving aspirin to a cancer patient. The patient thinks you’re curing him, but you’re not really curing the root problem.

Joseph Nevins: The wall will not last forever. That’s the one thing that we can be sure of. Walls always fall. When, how, and under what conditions? Those are totally different questions, but social orders built on violence and injustice, which are inherently unstable. They can last a long time, in terms of a human lifespan, but history is littered with examples of unjust societies that dissolve very quickly. This will too unless we can rectify it in the meantime. And that’s the challenge that we have.

With the Israel-Palestine border, there are differences and there are also real similarities. The underlying issues in Israel and Palestine are as palpable as ever. What the wall does, it allows people in Israel, especially, not to have to think about them. At the same time, it builds up pressure on the other side, that when it explodes, it explodes with unprecedented strength. In the case of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, a similar type of dynamic is unfolding. This is why we see the caravans and things of these sorts. The problems on the other side of the border, whether they’re in Honduras, Guatemala or Mexico are treated as if they belong there, as if they were created there, and as if they have nothing to do with us. These people are fleeing issues the U.S. has helped produce, and fleeing to the place that helped produce them. The wall helps us and prevents us from seeing that. At the same time, at least temporarily, the goal is to prevent the chickens coming home to roost.

So my take here, (John Love) and one I hope you are starting to glean despite being lied to, is that the wall approach is not the “fix all” Trump wants you to believe that it is. You can look at all kinds of facts about how most immigrants get here, how most drugs get here, how terrorists get here. It is not prevented by a wall, and never has been! I do think barriers are necessary for many reasons though! Immigrants need to come here in an orderly legal fashion. But spending billions on steel or cement is not the answer. Tone that down some and spend the money on electronic surveillance. Hell, for the price of the wall as Trump wants it, we could have satellite surveillance that can read a newspaper over your shoulder and readily pin-point activity such as a person or persons tramping toward an unauthorized entrance into our country or the digging of a tunnel and immediately alert border personnel to the location!

Excerps from an article I found in Rolling Stone Magazine>

(Do not roll your eyes; I have fact-checked this periodical many times!)

 

 

 

 

Climate Change Critics

(The Real Facts)

The Trump administration released its first major climate report, the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) on November 23, 2018. The two-part report by the United States Global Change Research Program(USGCRP) was the result of two years of work by a team from 13 federal agencies with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as the lead administrator. The first volume released in October 2017, [39]

A 2018 CRS cited

The first volume, entitled “Climate Science Special Report” (CSSR) released on October 2017 said that, “Detection and attribution studies, climate models, observations, paleoclimate data, and physical understanding lead to high confidence (extremely likely) that more than half of the observed global mean warming since 1951 was caused by humans!

The U.S. Global Change Research Program reported in June 2009[41] that:

Observations show that warming of the climate is unequivocal. The global warming observed over the past 50 years is due primarily to human-induced emissions of heat-trapping gases. These emissions come mainly from the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and gas), with important contributions from the clearing of forests, agricultural practices, and other activities.

Arctic Climate Impact Assessment[edit]

In 2004, the intergovernmental Arctic Council and the non-governmental International Arctic Science Committee released the synthesis report of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment:[42]

Climate conditions in the past provide evidence that rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are associated with rising global temperatures. Human activities, primarily the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas), and secondarily the clearing of land, have increased the concentration of carbon dioxide, methane, and other heat-trapping (“greenhouse”) gases in the atmosphere…There is an international scientific consensus that most of the warming observed over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.[43]

Academies of science (general science)[edit]

Since 2001, 34 national science academies, three regional academies, and both the international InterAcademy Council and International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences have made formal declarations confirming human-induced global warming and urging nations to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The 34 national science academy statements include 33 who have signed joint science academy statements and one individual declaration by the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2007.

A consensus, based on current evidence, now exists within the global scientific community that human activities are the main source of climate change and that the burning of fossil fuels is largely responsible for driving this change. The IPCC should be congratulated for the contribution it has made to public understanding of the nexus that exists between energy, climate, and sustainability.

American Geophysical Union states that human activities are changing Earth’s climate. At the global level, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases have increased sharply since the Industrial Revolution. Fossil fuel burning dominates this increase. Human-caused increases in greenhouse gases are responsible for most of the observed global average surface warming of roughly 0.8 °C (1.5 °F) over the past 140 years.Because natural processes cannot quickly remove some of these gases (notably carbon dioxide) from the atmosphere, our past, present, and future emissions will influence the climate system for millennia.

European Federation of Geologists

The EFG recognizes the work of the IPCC and other organizations, and subscribes to the major findings that climate change is happening, is predominantly caused by anthropogenic emissions of CO2, and poses a significant threat to human civilization.

European Geosciences Union

Asserts that the IPCC represents the state-of-the-art of climate science supported by the major science academies around the world and by the vast majority of science researchers and investigators as documented by the peer-reviewed scientific literature.[83]

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Adopted a position statement on climate change in which they assert that “Earth’s climate is changing [and] “that present warming trends are largely the result of human activities“:

The American Meteorological Society

There is unequivocal evidence that Earth’s lower atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are warming; sea level is rising; and snow cover, mountain glaciers, and Arctic sea ice are shrinking. The dominant cause of warming since the 1950s is human activities. This scientific finding is based on a large and persuasive body of research.

The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society

Global climate change and global warming are real and observable … It is highly likely that those human activities that have increased the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have been largely responsible for the observed warming since 1950. 

World Meteorological Organization

The WMO concurs that “scientific assessments have increasingly reaffirmed that human activities are indeed changing the composition of the atmosphere, in particular through the burning of fossil fuels for energy production and transportation.” The WMO concurs that “the present atmospheric concentration of CO2 was never exceeded over the past 420,000 years;” and that the IPCC “assessments provide the most authoritative, up-to-date scientific advice.” 

I could go on for pages and pages, one scientific organization after another worldwide that support that climate change is here and that human activity is responsible for most of it! I am just pointing out to all you climate change deniers that finding one or two individuals that do not support climate change and our role in it is just that, one or two individuals. The real scientific communities around the globe agree that it is real, that we, the human equation along with our love of fossil fuels is responsible!

You can find links to all of these organizations and more by just accessing Wikipedia and Climate Change. You do not have to take any Wikipedia author’s claim, as I said, the links to every one of my examples are there, and you can check them all out yourself. Every time one of you anti-science idiots decides to go out and find someone pissed off they are not getting enough attention as proof there is no climate change, or that it is not human interaction accelerating it, I am going to clobber you with this blog! The evidence is glaring, the facts easily available. Quit letting an oligarch, bent on selling you his fossil fuel wares convince you atmospheric contamination is false and there is no climate change, as a result, be your example!