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Notes 2017

Leave alone the monuments to heroic Confederate soldiers, tear down modern Confederate Party politicians.


The Left calls the term Alt-Left “a Dumb Slur,” but it has been embracing it for decades. An example is Alternet.org, a website of the “Independent Media Institute,” funded by Craigslist “Charitable Fund”, Drug Policy Alliance, Nathan Cummings Foundation, New World Foundation, Park Foundation etc., as well as by “anonymous donors.” Continue reading Notes 2017

Progressives Plan Treason Funded by Google and Facebook

Progressives openly plan to aid an enemy attacking the nation when they get an opportunity.

THE PROGRESSIVE RESPONSE TO (PREDICTABLE) EMERGENCIES: NATIONAL SECURITY CRISES AND DOMESTIC CRACKDOWNS IN THE TIME OF TRUMP

Moments of crisis, such as extremist violence or an international crisis, create windows for seizing power, enacting racist repression of entire communities, restricting civil liberties, cracking down on domestic opposition and going to war. [disgusting comparison is omitted] George W. Bush used 9/11. With Trump, Bannon and their allies in Congress, progressives must be prepared to fight back in the first hours and days of a national security crisis. (1)

Google and Facebook fund them, using shareholders’ money. (2)

Also, Sierra Club funds them using “charitable” money.  The American Federation of Teachers and The National Education Association fund them using union dues.

Climate Alarmism Meets SJW in Google

After Google fired its prodigy software engineer James Damore for writing an internal memo acknowledging differences between sexes, Breitbart’s Allum Bokhari started a series of articles about the internal Google culture of recent years. From Rebels of Google: ‘Senior Leaders Focus on Diversity First and Technology Second’:

The complaint [by NLRB] alleges that [Google’s] Senior Vice President Urs Holzle and numerous managers in his organization actively stoked up witch hunts in 2015 and 2016 intended to muzzle low-level employees who raised concerns about the company’s practices [referencing “workplace diversity and social justice initiatives”].

Google’s Senior Vice President Urs Holze is also a Vice Chair and Board Member of the World Wildlife Fund (1, 2).  The World Wildlife Fund was alleged to manage a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization in a civil RICO lawsuit (5:16-cv-211-C, Goldstein v. Climate Action Network et al., dismissed in June 2017).

According to WWF, “Hölzle manages many of Google’s other green initiatives, including the company’s purchases of renewable energy for its operations,” which is another fraud awaiting investigation.

Facebook Filtered out Conservatives for Years

Contrary to its claims that Trending stories were selected automatically, Facebook used a team of hand-picked leftist journos.  They routinely suppressed “conservative” news.  Facebook denies that, but its Guidelines had an obvious effect: a very aggressive filtering out conservative news.

Gizmodo, May 9, 2016: Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News (1)

Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users. Continue reading Facebook Filtered out Conservatives for Years

Published in WUWT: Why Silicon Valley Embraced Climatism

14 Reasons why Silicon Valley embraced Climate Alarmism was published in WUWT on February 15, 2017.

Additional points:

  1. Silicon Valley consists from a large number of individuals with very similar professional backgrounds and a small pool of knowledge.  Communication in such groups tends to reinforce their preconceived notions.  Another place with this social phenomenon is Hollywood.
  2. The psychological types dominating these places might be totally opposite – egocentric actors and actresses in Hollywood vs introvert computer professionals in Silicon Valley (sorry for the stereotypes) – but their effect might be the same: discounting opinions of outsiders, even on subjects in which those outsiders have interest, knowledge, and experience.
  3. Politically privileged (in comparison with the manufacturing, energy, and other basic industries) political status of the software industry, also similar to that of Hollywood.
  4. Recent influx of “content creators” with hard left views.
  5. Immigration.  There is nothing wrong with the immigrant talent, which constitutes the overwhelming majority of the engineering workforce in Silicon Valley.  These immigrants are skilled, honest, and loyal.  But, being immigrants, they are unable to resist the manipulation and attacks from the hard Left.  This situation enabled a small cadre of Leftist agitators to create impression that their views are representative of the technical professionals.

Updated since 02/15/2017.

You wouldn’t believe who’s behind “Battle for the Net”

The main organization behind the malicious smear campaign, fraudulently using phrase “net neutrality” is Free Press, a revolutionary Marxist group.  Robert W. McChesney, a founder of Free Press, sounds like Lenin.  From his 2014 article Sharp Left Turn for the Media Reform Movement (emphasis  is mine):

“In subsequent years the U.S. media reform movement blossomed, led primarily by a group I co-founded, Free Press. On a number of major issues … Free Press led the charge in Washington, DC. The thinking behind the group and the movement was to have one foot in the battles of the day as they were being fought in the capital, while having another foot doing organizing in the field, with the idea of expanding popular awareness and involvement in the movement. We realized that for most people the range of media policy outcomes then countenanced in Washington seemed abstract or inconsequential. We needed to capture their imagination with bold and radical proposals. The strategy was to create an army for structural media reform …”
Continue reading You wouldn’t believe who’s behind “Battle for the Net”

Net Neutrality Realism

Quotes from dissenting opinions on the Federal Communication Commission “Open Internet Order” (FCC-15-24).

Commissioner Ajit Pai (now FCC Chairman):

Americans love the free and open Internet.  We relish our freedom to speak, to post, to rally, to learn, to listen, to watch, and to connect online.  The Internet has become a powerful force for freedom, both at home and abroad.  So it is sad to witness the FCC’s unprecedented attempt to replace that freedom with government control.

It shouldn’t be this way.  For twenty years, there’s been a bipartisan consensus in favor of a free and open Internet.  A Republican Congress and a Democratic President enshrined in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 the principle that the Internet should be a ‘vibrant and competitive free market . . . unfettered by Federal or State regulation.’ And dating back to the Clinton Administration, every FCC Chairman—Republican and Democrat—has let the Internet grow free from utility-style regulation.”

But today, the FCC abandons those policies.  …  It seizes unilateral authority to regulate Internet conduct … . So why is the FCC changing course?  Why is the FCC turning its back on Internet freedom?  …  We are flip-flopping for one reason and one reason alone.  President Obama told us to do so.

The Commission’s decision to adopt President Obama’s plan marks a monumental shift toward government control of the Internet.  It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how the Internet works.”  Continue reading Net Neutrality Realism

The NY Times’ Scientific Ignorance is on Display

The New York Times has exhibited its scientific ignorance again.  This time, it republished a tweet from DPRK News Service accusing the American military of “near total ignorance of ballistic science.”  Fortunately, DPRK News Service is a parody Twitter account, so this case received some publicity.

This case is not just funny.  It demonstrates that the New York Times cannot distinguish a fake news service from a real one.  Not surprisingly, it regularly publishes fake news.  This case also shows the scientific illiteracy and obscurantism of the formerly mainstream media and its readiness to repeat any claims about science, as long as they fulfill their ideological needs.  Their claims of the Trump administration’s “ignorance of climate science” are similarly based on a hoax (fraud, to be accurate).

Self-Excitation Mechanisms in Leftist Echo Chamber

A new article The Leftist Echo Chamber in the Digital Age is published on this site.  It is about the social dynamics inside of the liberal public sphere that have let it slide so low and so far to the left.

It is hard to dispute that today’s political polarization is unprecedented since the Civil War. I think it has been caused by three tightly linked developments: a) the radical Left takeover of the liberal establishment and Democratic party; b) the radicalized lib/Dem establishment takeover of the media, academia, government, nonprofit sector, and most academic institutions; and c) foreign interference aiding and egging on the lib/Dem establishment.  Continue reading >

The 9th Circus is Back with Another Ban on the Travel Ban

From today’s 9th Circuit Appeals Court decision: “We conclude that the President, in issuing the Executive Order, exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.

The president’s authority is defined in the Constitution.  It is not delegated by Congress.

In suspending the entry of more than 180 million nationals from six countries, suspending the entry of all refugees, and reducing the cap on the admission of refugees from 110,000 to 50,000 for the 2017 fiscal year, the President did not meet the essential precondition to exercising his delegated authority …

The president exercises authority he has under the Constitution.  And does the Court really want the entry of 180 million nationals from Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen?

Executive Order 13780 is a softened version of Executive Order 13769, which had been illegally stricken down by the same Court.

2017-06-26 Update: the Supreme Court unanimously confirms the Travel Ban.

Governors of States “fight climate change” – Rebel Alliance, Treason, or What?

This development is described completely differently in the different media:

The rebel alliance begins: Governors of New York, California, Washington form a coalition to fight climate change – according to FastCompany.

THE TREASONOUS SECESSION OF CLIMATE CONFEDERACY STATES . Prosecute Governor Brown for treason – according to FrontPageMag.

I find myself in the middle between these extremes. It is just another act of sedition by demonrats.

William Buckley on Liberals’ Facts Avoidance Habit

Some things don’t change. Buckley Jr., William. Up From Liberalism (1959):

“A second marked characteristic of the Liberal in debate with the conservative is the tacit premise that debate is ridiculous because there is nothing whatever to debate about . Arguments based on fact are especially to be avoided. Many people shrink from arguments over facts because facts are tedious , because they require a formal familiarity with the subject under discussion , and because they can be ideologically dislocative . Many Liberals accept their opinions , ideas , and evaluations as others accept revealed truths , and the facts are presumed to conform to the doctrines , as any dutiful fact will ; so why discuss the fact?” (Kindle Locations 522-527).

I think that anybody who attempted to engage a Liberal in a climate debate would wholeheartedly endorse this statement.  Continue reading William Buckley on Liberals’ Facts Avoidance Habit

Reddit Debate about Brief SOS

A Reddit post linking to the Brief Summary of Science for the Climate Debate received an intelligent reply.  I thank its author.  The following is a complete rebuttal of this reply.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a plant food.

Intentionally misleading. Water is human drink, but people still die in floods.

You drown when concentration of water around you is 100%.  Atmospheric concentration of CO2 is less than 0.05%.  Everything becomes harmful when there is too much of it, but the current and foreseeable concentrations of CO2 are beneficial, not harmful. Continue reading Reddit Debate about Brief SOS

Ezra Klein, an Icon of Liberal Ignorance

Ezra Klein is the Editor-in-Chief of Vox, founder of JournoList, contributor to WaPo, Bloomberg News, and MSNBC, and an all-around liberal icon.  A few years ago he said and wrote that the Constitution was written 100 years ago.  This level of ignorance is expected from modern libs.  What is surprising is that Mr. Klein has graduated from the University of California with a major in Political Science!  If the lib icons have no idea about the subjects they supposedly studied, is it any surprise that they know nothing about physics, biology, and engineering?

Amazon and The Washington Post

In September 2015, Amazon.com, controlled by Jeff Bezos, added to its Amazon Prime package free subscription(*) to the The Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos (1).  Thus, The Washington Post officially became an integral part of Amazon. This kind of arrangement between a national newspaper and a monopoly in multiple retail segments is unprecedented.

The Washington Post is one of the most rabid fakestream media outlets.  Amazon is one of The Dirty 129, having served as a “witness” in a lawsuit, filed by the corrupt Washington State Attorney General Ferguson against the Executive Order No. 13769. Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.

Even before the elections, Donald Trump hinted that Amazon was a monopoly, and later The Washington Post assigned a special reporter’s team to dig dirt on him.

(*) Free subscription for 6 months and 60% discount for unlimited time after that.

Thoughts on Handling Conflicts of Interest

Following the popular refutation of the false analogy between the medical doctors and “climate science communicators”, this post addresses another favorite subject of the climate alarmists.

The conflict of interest.  Like it or not, real experts do typically have conflicts of interest, or at least an appearance of one.  For example, medical doctors diagnose illness, recommend treatment, and perform the recommended treatment.  This creates a real and strong conflict of interest. As patients, many of us are aware of that and address it by one or more of the following: trust the doctor’s integrity, rely on the doctor’s accountability, or seek a second opinion.  Continue reading Thoughts on Handling Conflicts of Interest

Andrew Revkin of NYT Admitted Alarmism

Hiring a lukewarmer Bret Stephens by The NY Times to cover the climate debate is too little, too late.  But he referred to an article by Andrew Revkin who had been a regular NYT climate alarmist.  In this article My Climate Change, published in a small website issues.org more than a year ago, Revkin admitted to the alarmism, organized pressure, and more.

The main quotes:

“I saw a widening gap between what scientists had been learning about global warming and what advocates were claiming as they pushed ever harder to pass climate legislation or strengthen the faltering 1992 climate change treaty.”

“In 2006, I was part of a team of reporters at The Times that undertook a multi-year series called “The Energy Challenge” (nytimes.com/energychallenge), examining what it would take to deeply cut reliance on coal, oil, and gas, and move to climate-friendly technologies. The deeper we dug, the more we ran into enormous disconnects between the data and the claims. It was very clear that any transition to clean energy would be neither simple nor quick—and it wasn’t only for lack of political will.”

In the article, Revkin did not apologize and did not stop blaming the “fossil fuels” but revealed more about the corruption of journalism. Continue reading Andrew Revkin of NYT Admitted Alarmism

BBC Pisses on the Public, Kisses up to Warmists

A WUWT reader ( ptolemy2,  ) wrote:

“In a radio interview I heard some years ago a BBC employee recalls his first day of work at the media establishment. An experienced colleague-mentor led him upstairs and out onto the roof. The two of them then stood together on the edge of the roof and urinated down on the people many floors below at ground level. (They were both male BTW.) This, the mentor explained was an important rite of passage impressing on a new employee the correct BBC attitude to hold towards the general public.” Continue reading BBC Pisses on the Public, Kisses up to Warmists

The New York Lies: All the Lies that are Left to Print

Parody on the NY Times logo: The New York Lies: All the Lies that are Left to Print
The New York Lies: All the Lies that are Left to Print

Co-written with H.J.

Following the main article in WattsUpWithThat about the New York Times shamelessly revising already published articles, we added a few more observations and examples of inappropriate revisions.  These cases are outside the topic of climate debate. The revisions are substantial, undisclosed, and Continue reading The New York Lies: All the Lies that are Left to Print

More Media Caught Stealthily Altering Published Articles

Co-written with H.J.

It’s no secret that formerly respectable and mainstream media outlets became fake news purveyors.  Whatever it is that drove journalists to lie and manipulate, the evidence is there to prove their intent to deceive.

Much like television commercials and print advertisements, news stories are written to sell the reader something. Many times, what the news outlets are selling is politically motivated. On almost any given topic they choose to cover, they’ve been seen to cherry pick quotes that are in line with their interests and agendas, to omit relevant information that may harm their stand on something, and to use language that falsely imputes guilt on Republicans and conservatives.

The list below includes several examples of stealthy and manipulative alterations of already published  news articles by the Washington Post and CNN. Continue reading More Media Caught Stealthily Altering Published Articles

Attempt to Conceal Funding of the “March for Science”

The local investigation into the shooting continues, according to Dr. Roy Spencer.

Notably, the “March For Science” organizers removed from their website evidence of “financial support” to their satellite marches, either on the day of the March or immediately after it.  This screenshot was taken on April 25:

MfS Financial Support promise removed from website

The promise of “financial and legal resources” was already removed from the site on that day, and remained only in the Google snapshot.

The Washington Post against the First Amendment

In September 2016, WaPo published an article with the title: “Scientists published climate research under fake names. Then they were caught.” The subject of the article was one of the lesser known cases of suppression of climate dissent in formerly respectable peer-reviewed journals; suppression that’s supported by a formerly respectable media.  That case clearly shows the impossibility for dissenters from climate alarmism orthodoxy to publish in scientific journals.

The Washington Post’s reaction is an expression of its contempt for free speech, which includes the use of pseudonyms.   Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay wrote The Federalist Papers under the pseudonym (or the “fake name” according to WaPo) Publius.  In The Federalist Papers they advocated ratification of the Constitution, seemingly another object of the WaPo contempt.

Media Blackout of Climate Terrorism News

The media blackout of what looks like an act of climate terrorism, continues.  

Following the ridiculous “March for Science,” at which third-rate performers and copywriters pretended to be scientists, unidentified shooters opened fire at the office of Dr. John Christy.  Dr. John Christy and Dr. Roy Spencer (who both work in the same building) are two of the prominent scientists who developed measurement methodology and have been maintaining the only truly global temperatures record — the satellite temperatures dataset.

Dr. Roy Spencer commented after the shooting:

“When I was at NASA, my boss was personally told by Al Gore that Gore blamed our satellite temperature dataset for the failure of carbon tax legislation to pass.”

Ignored by the FSM, this news was reported by Breitbart, Daily Caller, Washington Times, and WUWT.

Offices of Real Scientists were Shot at after the March of Fake Ones

Seven shots  were fired at the office of Dr. John Christy in the University of Alabama after the “March for Science.”

Dr. Roy Spencer, another climate realist working in the same building, writes:

“Given that this was Earth Day weekend, with a March for Science passing right past our building on Saturday afternoon, I think this is more than coincidence.”

“Local news reports that UAH police have classified this as a ‘random shooting’. So, the seven Belgian 5.7 millimeter bullets which hit windows and bricks around John Christy’s office from 70 yards away were apparently deemed to be ‘random’ occurrence.”

Belgian 5.7 millimeter cartridges can be only Continue reading Offices of Real Scientists were Shot at after the March of Fake Ones

Putative Scientists Call to Persecute Dissenters, again

A new letter (1) from putative scientists calling for the persecution of climate dissenters is posted (2) by the Union of Concerned Scientists, and is addressed to the NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  The letter is titled “Pursue ExxonMobil Investigation to the Fullest Extent of the Law,” but the word “investigation” in it stands for “punishment,” as seen from the following quote:

We encourage you to pursue your investigation to the fullest extent of the law in order to uncover any past wrongdoing and deter future misconduct.