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Democrat admits climate dogma loses to skeptics, asks YouTube to block them instead

If only they had overwhelming evidence they could post YouTubes that were popular

As Steve Milloy says “Not only are we winning the debate… we are forcing our opponents to show who the actual would-be-dictators are. “

Here’s Dem Kathy Castor writing to the YouTube CEO to ask him to stop YouTube suggesting skeptical videos as “up next” or earning advertising money.

To Sundar Pichai,

CEO, Google, CA

[snip intro]

As we all work together to solve this crisis [climate change], we must also eliminate barriers to action, including those as pervasive and harmful as climate denial and climate misinformation.

  • That’s why I urge you to ensure that Youtube is not incentivising video’s by removing them immediately from the platform’s recommended algorithm;
  • Add ‘climate misinformation’ to the platforms list of borderline content;
  • Stop monetizing videos that promote harmful misinformation and falsehoods about the causes and effects of the climate crisis;
  • Take steps to correct the record for millions of users who have been exposed to climate misinformation on YouTube.

Please respond by Friday February 7, to describe any efforts you plan to take in order to address these important issues.

Chair, Kathy Castor

US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Where did Ms Castor get this idea from?

AVAAZ a couple of weeks ago:

YouTube Has Been ‘Actively Promoting’ Videos Spreading Climate Denialism, According to New Report

Ciara Nugent,Time Magazine, Jan 16, 2020

Dangerous Prof Lindzen

Dangerous Prof Lindzen


YouTube has been “actively promoting” videos containing misinformation about climate change, a report released Thursday by campaign group Avaaz claims, despite recent policy changes by the platform intended to drive users away from harmful content and conspiracy theories.

Avaaz examined 5,537 videos retrieved by the search terms “climate change,” global warming” and “climate manipulation,” and then the videos most likely to be suggested next by YouTube’s “up next” sidebar. For each of those search terms respectively, 8%, 16% and 21% of the top 100 related videos included by YouTube in the “up-next” feature contained information that goes against the scientific consensus on climate change – such as denying climate change is taking place, or claiming that human activity is not a cause of climate change. Avaaz claims this promotion process means YouTube is helping to spread climate denialism.

Avaaz has a project page Why is YouTube Broadcasting  Climate Misinformation to Millions? On it the very first example they give is the tragedy of Professor Richard Lindzen getting 1.9 million views. Obviously, the MIT professor of atmospheric physics should not be allowed to run amok on Youtube. People might learn something.

 

Remember Stephan Lewandowsky – master of junk science, hidden data, dismal ethics –  he’s still rooting for the censors

Stephan Lewandowsky, chair of the cognitive psychology department at the University of Bristol, who studies climate misinformation… (and practises it himself) isn’t sure if YouTube has the political will to censor “for the climate” and mentions how it might be harder to block deniers while there are still politicians who aren’t reciting the permitted lines.

With climate denial, even though it is a scientifically totally absurd position, there are plenty of politicians in the U.S. and Australia, for example, who are immersed in this stuff.” 

Dang voters. Should we ban them too?

Youtube are being squeezed between a rock and a wall

Bullies demanding censorship can get what they want, either by leaning on Youtube, or on its advertisers. Campaigns to scare off advertisers cost the company millions when Youtube clients pulled out of posting “ads near extremist content” in 2017. But if YouTube censors even more of the most popular controversial material, they risk losing everything. Bored audiences will head for competitors.

None of this would be possible if children were taught about free speech at school.

h/t Climate Depot

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217 comments to Democrat admits climate dogma loses to skeptics, asks YouTube to block them instead

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    a happy little debunker

    Listen, and understand.
    That Climate Catastropharians are ‘out there’.
    They can’t be bargained with.
    They can’t be reasoned with.
    They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear.
    And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until you acquiesce.

    Kyle Reece – 1984

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    Geoffrey Firmin

    3rd bullet point in her letter to Pichai:
    “Stop monetising video’s that promote harmful misinformation …”
    The Chair of a US House Select Committee can’t even get her apostrophe’s right.

    [No. That's me and my aphostrophes, copying from the PDF. Well spotted. Thank you. - Jo]

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    hatband

    YouTube has a dismal record of banning and canceling accounts relating to a range of issues.

    Pretty soon, Cat Videos will be all that’s left.

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      sophocles

      You don’t have to watch them, hatband.
      There’s always the cute puppy ones :-D

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      Bill In Oz

      Why are they exempt ?
      All cat videos should be banned !
      :-)

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        sophocles

        Bill in Oz stated:

        All cat videos should be banned !

        Agreed!
        :-D

        At the risk of attracting the odium and despite of cat `perverts,’ I’ll agree. So should the cats.
        I don’t like cats. They’re destructive animals. I enjoy free range blackbirds and throstles on my lawns. Unfortunately so do the neighbouring cats. I’m tempted to take to them with an air rifle but … trouble lies down that path so I resolutely resist the temptation.

        NZ pollies set the target of becoming predator free™ by 2050 a few years ago. It’s just as well we don’t have polar bears — they might have stretched the target more than somewhat. But we have people who keep many cats. I somehow don’t think these `owners’ of felix catus domesticus will allow their precious `pussies’/pets to be so restricted, no matter how much of our unique bird-life it will save.

        Possums, stoats and weasels have to go first. I can’t see possums being easily eradicated either, not when our flora is effectively green ice cream for them and they find the cities such convenient habitats so expelling them from there is going to be interesting.

        Dogs at least are trainable but I have a half-wit neighbour who has a half-wit dog (together they make a quarter-wit) so that too, will be interesting.

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          Another Ian

          “NZ pollies set the target of becoming predator free™ by 2050 a few years ago. ”

          Very poor research and costing there.

          In the mid 1980′s there was a conference on the feral goat problem in Australian rangelands. One speaker was from New Zealand, where they had eliminated introduced animals from some off-shore islands. The take home message was that getting rid of the last 1% would cost as much and take as long as getting rid of the first 99%.

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            sophocles

            That’s right: predators start with mice and pass up through rats as the animals become larger.
            We have several islands which are clear but the aim is to clear the main islands as well.
            Cats are going to be a major.

            Sharks and Sea gulls are exempt and the Kaimanawa horses escape every time :-D

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        RichardX

        No no no. Our cats are friends with our daily visiting birds. We are woken up in the morning by kookaburras and entertained during the day by rainbow lorikeets. The cats just look at them and chirp. But if we get one of those nasty mynahs hanging around, we encourage the cats to kill. They haven’t been successful so far.

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          sophocles

          I have a cherry tree in my front yard so I can literally engage in Cherry Picking. :-D
          The tuis (too-ee) dispute territorial rights to it every August but seem to forget all about it as soon as the tree flowers. The tui a is wonderful song bird and is about twice the size of a mynah. They’re an aggressive bird, similar in many ways including size to the magpie (we have a lot of those, too).

          I had a mynah family (tribe, squabble, whatever) hanging around one spring. They successfully mobbed a young cat and thought they were just wonderful. It took about six or seven of them to terrify the cat which was not quite truly adult. Once they had sent it on its way they decided to beat up the two tuis which were peacefully feeding further up the tree.

          The dustup was fabulous to watch. I had a ground-gripper’s view of it. A lot of feathers floated down and they were all mynah ones. The tuis were quickly victorious. What amused me for the next few years (yes! years!) was the huge path the mynahs flew around my place to avoid that tui occupied tree!

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      Curious George

      The Honorable Kathy Castor, Chair, US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis wants to stop disinformation. Her methods have been used in Germany in 1930s with a great success.

      It is very generous from her to offer a free advice to a private company how to conduct its business.

      Climate Crisis is a title of her job. Nice to see that the Climate Crisis is in capable hands.

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        OriginalSteve

        If Sanders had won the Presidency……what then?

        https://www.theblaze.com/steve-deace/bernie-sanders-staffer-gulags

        “WATCH: Undercover video shows Bernie Sanders staffer calling for the ‘reeducation’ of Trump supporters, praising Soviet-style gulags

        “On the “What Happened While You Were Away” segment on Tuesday, the “Steve Deace Show” broke down some of today’s trending topics, including a bombshell video released by Project Veritas that shows a campaign staffer for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) praising “gulags” and advocating violent riots if President Donald Trump is re-elected.

        “In the undercover video, a campaign organizer identified as Kyle Jurek can be heard suggesting the “reeducation” of Trump-voters in Soviet-style gulags.

        “”In Nazi Germany after the fall of the Nazi party there was a sh*t ton of the populace that was f**king Nazi-fied. Germany had to spend billions of dollars to reeducate their people to not be Nazis. We’re probably going to have to do the same f**king thing here,” said Jurek.

        “”That’s kind of what Bernie’s whole free education for everybody…because we’re going to have to teach you to not be a f**king Nazi,” he added. “There’s a reason Josef Stalin had gulags. And actually, gulags were a lot better than what the CIA has told us that they were. Like, people were actually paid a living wage in gulags, they had conjugal visits in gulags. Gulags were actually meant for, like, reeducation.”

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          hatband

          “There’s a reason Josef Stalin had gulags. And actually, gulags were a lot better than what the CIA has told us that they were. Like, people were actually paid a living wage in gulags, they had conjugal visits in gulags. Gulags were actually meant for, like, reeducation.”

          Needless to say, this bloke is a total Fruitloop.

          The CIA made no comment on Gulags.

          Walter Duranty of the New York Times went over there in the Thirties with

          George Bernard Shaw and they pronounced the Bolshevik Experiment a Roaring success.

          Success. Duranty won a Pulitzer for his lying.

          Notice he bags Stalin, who saved Russia by murdering all the Bolsheviks between

          1937 and 1940. They still haven’t gotten over it.

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    garyH845

    Otherwise known as:

    Book burning.

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    garyH845

    “YouTube has been “actively promoting” videos containing misinformation [facts] about climate change.”

    Difficult to imagine that YouTube is doing anything other than painfully ‘allowing’ said videos to be posted.

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    Travis T. Jones

    “Whatever your views on [global warming] issue, we should all be concerned about the fact that it tends to
    spawn 21st century thought crimes.”

    Gideon Rozner, twitter: https://twitter.com/GideonCRozner/status/1222473119262076929

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    pattoh

    Seriously!

    Big [bankster] Bro wants us ignorant & scared!

    & downstream from this the likes of BoE Carney is going to tighten the UN NWO Global Digital Currency chains?

    https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/personnel-appointments/2019-12-01/secretary-general-appoints-mark-joseph-carney-of-canada-special-envoy-climate-action-and-finance

    & our RBA is steamrolling a national digital payment system to plug right in to it:-

    https://citizensparty.com.au/new-payments-platform-trojan-horse-central-bank-control-australias-financial-system

    All while on the outside, our “Indefatigable Treasurer & his trusty side kick” are ramming through a Trojan Horse Cash Ban to protect us from that Evil Black Economy [ all while the biggest Black Economy players the world has ever know own ~~ 40% of our Big 4 Banks........... - Who are the Bail-In Laws, Cash Bans & Negative Interest Rates really for?]

    No doubt we need to be enthusiastic that our bureaucratic dictatorship of bankers wants to save us from Climate Change & the risk of the thought crimes of doubt, cynicism or mis-trust.

    Long live the Dow! [ measured on SP of a non-productive "financialized" economy]

    I am beginning to feel a little more empathy for the caged laying hens & farmed fish…….

    [ I can still remember when battered fish came wrapped up in newspaper. Perhaps papers may be almost a thing of the past but the more things change the more they stay the same ]

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      OriginalSteve

      Once they force eye scans to withdraw money from a bank, ill be going off grid.

      They can have thier little bubbling pot of Macbeth-like psychotic lunacy, ill be staying way way away from it….

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        pattoh

        Steve, what they want does not include “withdrawals” of any kind of anonymous, fungible [ albeit fiat] currency.
        The concept of individual financial sovereignty built on physical legal tender is heresy to them.

        We are being mustered & corralled with whips of fear, confusion & the dogs of debt*.
        The game at this stage is payments by your “tethered” iSpy & RFID chips.

        The NSW Gov is offerring Drivers Licenses [ facial scan tied??] to the “Cutting Edge Goldfish/ Cue Jumpers on the Slaughter House Race”.

        Remember the opt in/out for digital health records?

        Stealing our money
        Invading our privacy
        Abusing our trust

        10/10>>>>>> ∞/∞

        It is a good thing we are too confused & scared to notice our crafted digital prison.

        If we did we might need some help from the Big Pharma……… oh hang on.

        * the debt which has its roots in the post Glass-Steagall Financialized Casino at which other people won;
        the people who own our representatives.

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          Greg Cavanagh

          “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the Beast, or the number of his name.”

          While legal tender is law, we are safe (sorta). But there has already been many people calling for a no-cash society in the 50 years I’ve been alive. It may be a ways off yet, but it’s coming.

          The RIFD chips were a wake up call for many. They aren’t the mark of the beast, but they are pointing in the direction of what it will be. At this point in time, I’m leaning toward it being an invisible tattoo under the skin, scannable with UV or similar.

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            pattoh

            The 2nd & last public hearing on the Cash Limitation Legislation is on today:-
            https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/CurrencyCashBill2019

            The Federal Government is, under advice from the IMF & BIS moving towards a cashless system to enable Negative Interest rates.

            The Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar’s own written submission to the Senate Enquiry lists the cash restriction under item 13 under “Other concerns outside of the scope”

            13. Negative interest rates and hoarding of cash
            This is a preventative measure designed to restrict the hoarding and use of cash once the RBA implements negative interest rate policy

            NB:-
            “once the RBA implements negative interest rate policy”

            It had to be in there somewhere as a C.Y.A.

            Yep, “We are from the Government & we are here to help you!”

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            Graeme#4

            “They” don’t need RFID tags to track people – face recognition will do just fine. Only need to link your face to a transaction you make somewhere with your name on it and they are away.
            Used to make me laugh when folks purchased an “anonymous” travel card using their credit card.

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              OriginalSteve

              Yes…you need to use cash to buy travel cards.

              Setting up a new Windows 10 pc recently…its hard but you can force it to use a local user account, MS makes it hard not to wind up with a MS account that they can then tie everything to….

              Cloud is a euphanism for “put your stuff on our servers so we can crawl all over you and get into your life…”

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                Greg Cavanagh

                Yes for free cloud storage. They try to sell it as “Your data anywhere”, but it’s just a data chest for them.

                Same with Google search. Google is insidious for data trawling.

                And your phone is tracked by Google at all times. The Google maps live traffic reporting is via tracked mobile phones & tablets. Amazing technology, and I use it often for work and check the highway for traffic jams before I drive home. But insidious too.

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              Greg Cavanagh

              Graame#4.
              RE: ““They” don’t need RFID tags to track people – face recognition will do just fine.”

              This is true: I’m quoting the bible, (as I’m sure you’re aware). The point of my post was that the bible says “no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark”.

              This is not a passive face recognition software. It’s a commitment by the person. It is a physical “thing” implanted on or in the body.

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            Graeme#4

            An extra comment – was involved in the original parliamentary inquiry into the Australia Card, and the concerns about the public service organisations freely exchanging personal data. At the time it emerged that Medicare and the ATO were running an unauthorised trial doing that snyway.

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          Betty Luks

          ONE WORLD DIGITAL DICTATORSHIP

          “Dystopian classics are back into the spotlight, like Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984. They have roared back onto bestseller lists due to whistleblowers’ exposés of government imperialism and totalitarian surveillance of their citizens and foreigners. While the kakistocracy and dystopian surveillance state depicted in 1984 undoubtedly reflected, to some extent, contemporary sociopolitical realities, Orwell extrapolated worst-case scenarios set as warnings for future generations. Nonetheless, his book and implicit warnings seem to have been ignored as an authoritarian surveillance state is now a reality for most people in first and second world countries.

          In lieu of accountability for criminal mass-surveillance or these revelations deterring or limiting the prying eyes of government-sponsored spy programs, the establishment in conjunction with their media platforms has used it to their full advantage, almost as if they, themselves, masterminded the leaks. Rather than being dismantled, the establishment has openly added advanced surveillance technology to their arsenal in their cataclysmic War on Truth.
          The mainstream media now parallels Orwell’s Ministry of Truth that broadcasts official explanations, while it effectively neutralizes those who venture outside the parameters of government-approved thinking, which so often equates to threatening their interests.

          While the current Western population control via advanced surveillance technology and social engineering is unparalleled in history, China has nevertheless rolled out a system that sets new standards for government control, the so-called social credit system. . .

          EITHER/OR – THE CARROT AND STICK APPROACH

          “The Chinese Communist Party implemented the world’s first social crediting system in 2014, a dystopian and Orwellian surveillance-based program that rates citizens according to a set of rules defined by the government; for example, one will be punished for playing too much video game, eating food in the metro, criticizing the government, failing to sort personal waste correctly, swearing in public, and other offenses.

          On the other hand, one will be rewarded for spying on one’s fellow citizens and reporting to the authorities if people use profane language. At this time, the system has been rolled out in selected cities and declared a success by the government. Before the end of 2020, the Chinese government intends to have assigned a credit score to all of China’s citizens and private businesses, and, at this time, there is, therefore, some variability in the imposed set of regulations and rewards. . .”

          Read full article here AND TAKE NOTE OF AUSTRALIA’S EMERGING ROLE IN THIS NWO!
          Source: https://www.crimeandpower.com/category/soren-roest-korsgaard/

          THE BOTH/AND APPROACH:
          What I find intriguing is that the Chinese authorities chose the title of “Social Credit” for their Orwellian surveillance system. You see there has been a Social Credit philosophy with suggested policies for the freedom of the individual – balanced by mutual and co-operative association in a Society – stretching back nearly a hundred years.

          IT IS THE VERY OPPOSITE OF THE CHINESE VERSION OF ‘SOCIAL CREDIT’!

          Watch and judge for yourselves:
          https://www.brighteon.com/6f3f68a5-d13c-4cab-bff0-e87f12921977

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      Kalm Keith

      One example of this world financial system is the Australian share market’s Very Fast Trading arrangement with a nebulous overseas group who are allowed to buy and sell rapidly without paying transaction commission.

      The Nominal excuse is that it provides a “float” that ensures that there’s always sufficient liquidity to enable transactions to occur.

      Funny, I thought it was supposed to be a “market”; but it’s just like our Aussie Electricity Market.

      What a joke.

      How? Who? Is there a “kickback”? ha ha ha,, is there?

      Is this a Skim?

      You betcha,

      and if all the poor unaware owners of Superannuation “Savings Investments” found out that this was happening there might be a lot of angry people.

      KK

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      sophocles

      Pattoh said:

      I can still remember when battered fish came wrapped up in newspaper.

      `Yeah! Half a ton of chips and a battered whale, please, Ta.’

      It took a broadsheet to wrap them.
      The modern tabloid size just can’t stretch that far.
      And it only cost a shilling.

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    US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

    There is formal thing such as this? And it’s called ‘Climate Crisis’?

    And it’s always a Democrat.

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    Clyde Spencer

    It has been my experience that, among the general public, the least knowledgeable about science are the most likely to believe what they read about climate in the mainstream media. They have no reason to question what they read! With the US being 32nd in rank in the world in science and math literacy, it isn’t too surprising that a congressional representative would actually uncritically accept what she reads. After all, she probably wouldn’t understand the technical literature if she read it.

    According to her official congressional website, she is against oil drilling and in favor of so-called renewable energy, despite having no educational background in science, or relevant work experience in science. It is all the more tragic that she is the chair of the “US House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.”

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      OriginalSteve

      Yep….schmoozers generally cant operate much more than an iphone, ( I was going to say “a VCR”….as VCR is pretty straight forward ) so have no hope of understanding atmospheric physics……

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      Serp

      That’s our elected representatives doing our bidding Clyde Spencer to the best of their ability lord bless ‘em.

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      PeterS

      Good observation. Also the vast majority of scientists who do understand the real science and so are most knowledgeable are silent thus allowing the armchair “scientists” to take centre stage. In my book that makes the scientific community as a whole aiding and abetting the CAGW scam. Shame on them. Yes a few speak out the truth but are ignored simply because the scientific community fail to back them up and instead go the other way to make it appear that CAGW is real. Hypocrites is a polite way of describing them.

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        disorganise

        Unless the majority of scientists have concluded that global warming is not a scam of course.

        A friend of mine who emigrated to the US some years ago and has built computer models for planetary atmospheres whilst doing his PhD in astro-physics, very politely suggested a post I made on Facebook about GW and my reasons for finding it dubious was mis-informed. His conclusion was that science supports the fact that CO2 is a strong influencer on GW.
        So far as I’m aware, he’s got no direct skin in the game (i.e. wouldn’t be affected by funding) as he does computer automation stuff these days.

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      FijiDave

      It has been my experience that, among the general public, the least knowledgeable about science are the most likely to believe what they read about climate in the mainstream media.

      It has been my experience that, among the general public, the least knowledgeable about the fishing industry are the loudest critics of said industry.

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    Spetzer86

    You’d think a company working for a “Clean Energy Transition” would have happier reports than ‘renewables just won’t work’.

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      sophocles

      It’s got to be how Youtube searches.

      I looked up “Climate Propaganda” on Youtube earlier today.
      Wow
      It came up with reams of ridiculous — really ridiculous — klimate pseudoscience. If Youtube is supposed to be being more `truthful’ and `honest’ then that search immediately `failed’ because I was getting all the so-called Klimate Sky-ence.

      I saw some quite funny crap!

      It obviously agreed with me, presenting the IPCC as Propaganda. Wow!

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    Another Ian

    Must be the Democrat’s idea of the moment

    “Democrat Congressional Committee Demands Google Bury “Climate Misinformation” ”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/29/democrat-congressional-committee-demands-google-bury-climate-misinformation/

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    G.I.

    The only You Tube worth watching is Clint Smith’s Thunder Ranch…

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    The problem for the controllers is that YouTube lacks central rallying points. In old media, the news comes on regularly, same times for everyone, certain events dominate, networks can only vie for slight variations in the main stories so they just saturate and repeat. TV can and does craft its dramas and “reality” shows to affirm dominant state/corporate doctrine, even sport does it (rename that arena!). The movies it scores from Hollywood are thoroughly statist and on-message, with just enough “edge” and cynicism to create an illusion of anti-state.

    So with YouTube you have the front page of suggested videos to establish control, but that’s not as good as being able to stop everyone on the half-hour no matter what they are hearing or seeing. Nor is there just that handful of top shows which can be relied on to fix the public’s gaze. Despite the growing censorship and algo rigging, YouTube is just not as safe for the Fabian controllers as the old media which replaced the book with the standard radio then, later, TV program. Obviously books, like YouTube vids, can be massively promoted so that millions are drawn to uniformity. But nothing beats the narrowness and centrality of the television set.

    This is why so much new and old media is being used to draw the millions back to television. It’s where we need to be! During the fires I was shocked by the media saturation. People really seemed offended if they raised the matter of the fires and smoke (as a first subject) and they did not detect enough interest or emotion in my voice. Like everyone, I was monitoring the fires and ready to evacuate. But unlike almost everyone, I did not turn on the television or the radio. Now there is a flu virus I’m supposed to discuss with a prescribed high level of emotion if I want to keep friends. I’m sure I’d only get in even more trouble if I mentioned Event 201 (better look that up, people).

    So what I’m saying here at maybe too much length is that what we needed to do before we should do now. Turn off the main media. Just turn them off. If YouTube degenerates to cats playing with vegan bacon it will simply lose force as it does. The Box is something else. It has the ability like nothing else to transfix and co-ordinate millions of us at the same time. In some ways, it’s worse than ever. They talk about new media, but that old media is still overwhelmingly strong and controlled. We have to change that.

    First break their almighty Box.

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      Bill In Oz

      Thanks Momosomo
      Interesting take on You Tube and the Mainstream media
      I did not know that Youtube have a front pageAnd have never used it.
      I always use Youtube to search for & find stuff I am interested in
      But I ditch about 70-80% of their selections..

      Jo this post raises a separate issue.
      Why in hell are we in Australia discussing what a dumbnut HoR member in Washington is doing or saying or thinking ?
      Don’t we have Australian Laws & regulations which govern how YouTube operates inAustralia ?
      if not we should !

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        Clyde Spencer

        Bill
        For starters, Google is located in the state of California, which has a larger population than the country of Australia. Google is subject to the laws of the United States. It probably wouldn’t be worth their while to have separate sanitized feeds for the larger US, and uncensored feeds for Oz, which Americans would probably find a way to watch. So, fundamentally, Google will probably take the easy route and only produce things that comply with US laws. So, if you disagree with censorship, then you should be concerned about what the “dumbnut” in Washington is trying to do.

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          Bill In Oz

          No Clyde !
          Irrelevant nonsense.
          If Youtube want access to the Australian market and the revenue it generates
          They should be subject to Australian laws
          if not BLOCK Them
          Dead simple !
          They will then sort it out.

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          Bill In Oz

          I see 4 people approve of Clyde’s comment
          While only two people approve of mine.
          Ummmm
          So is Jo Nova’s blog infested with
          Lots of pseudo yankees ?
          Or globalists who do not agree with Australia
          Beinga sovereign naton ?
          Bugger ?
          Maybe I am I wasting my time here !

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            Kalm Keith

            B¥gger?

            Gross.

            Two dogs?

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            Clyde Spencer

            Bill
            As to wasting your time, it depends on what you are trying to accomplish. If it is flag waving, it might be appreciated by fellow Aussies, the rest of us “infesting” the blog may not pay much attention.

            The point I was trying to make, which you didn’t seem to get, is that the Australian market may not be large enough for Google to care. They don’t seem to even be concerned much about alienating members of their home country. If you don’t like what YouTube is doing or might do, you always have the option of “blocking” them.

            BTW, it is now 6:2 in my favor. Perhaps the majority understand something the you don’t.

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              Bill In Oz

              Well Clyde ! You’ll be OK about
              US gun laws
              And election laws
              And and taxes
              etc etc etc

              Bugger that !

              if that is what you think of Australia best you go live in the USA.
              I will not allow US law to over rule the sovereignty of Australia.
              I imagine the Americans reading here Or
              Commenting here, would not like if we imposed our gun laws on them
              Or our election laws …
              ect

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                Sapel Mirrup

                “I will not allow US law to over rule the sovereignty of Australia.”

                I’m intrigued. How exactly do you intend to accomplish this?
                I’d say the US has unfortunately been over-ruling our sovereignty for a very long time already.

                So we need some suggestions from people such as yourself as to how to reverse this.

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              Bill In Oz

              Who are you trolling for Clyde ?
              It looks very much like the US Dimocrats !

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                Clyde Spencer

                Bill
                Sapel asked for some constructive suggestions on how to accomplish your goals. You ignored the request. If you want to be taken seriously, you need to do more than just complain.

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      Travis T. Jones

      And, in a case of irony … here is Frank Zappa and his song,” I’m the slime” 47 years on, via youtube …

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiCQcEW98OY

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        Greg in NZ

        Huzzah for Frank!

        “I’m the slime oozing out, from your TV set”.

        Do what Mick & Keith did yonks ago – chuck it out the window!

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        GD

        The brilliant Frank Zappa. How prescient he was.

        I am gross and perverted, I’m obsessed and deranged
        I have existed for years but very little has changed
        I’m the tool of the government and industry too
        for I am destined to rule and regulate you

        I may be vile and pernicious but you can’t look away
        I make you think I’m delicious with the stuff that I say
        I’m the best you can get, have you guessed me yet?
        I’m the slime oozing out from your TV set

        You will obey me while I lead you
        and the garbage that I feed you
        until the day that we don’t need you
        don’t go for help, no-one will heed you

        your mind is totally controlled
        it has been stuffed into my mould
        and you will do as you are told
        until the rights to you are sold

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      I guess I should explain about Event 201 while confining myself to the topic here.

      A few months ago a major drill or simulation of a coronavirus outbreak was conducted from NY. It took the form of a conference combined with media footage and even a fictitious media network (GNN) and was assisted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, funders of the group which has a patent on the actual coronavirus 2019 n-CoV.

      I don’t know how it’s coming across on TV and radio (because I won’t be turning them on even for a minute) but judging from other media I’m guessing the attention to the real-life outbreak is very high indeed. Bushfire high, maybe.

      No need to go into opinions about drills, about this actual outbreak, about vaccines or about the way foundations work (compared to how their titles sound). What’s relevant to this post is the attitude of the conference panel to information, media control and censorship…
      https://tinyurl.com/vpqc98v

      Warning. A person walking into a room mid-video might think this was all about the present outbreak. But the simulation has the coronavirus epicentre in Brazil…and there’s only on C in GNN.

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    Jacques Lemiere

    Why is YouTube Broadcasting Climate Misinformation to Millions?
    because people click PLAY

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    Bi Al

    Dear Jo

    May I suggest that with your high profile, you send Youtube a mirror of that stupid Dem’s message to make him aware that equally, those pushing the climate change barrow are responsible for diminishing the wealth of skeptics and causing untold misery to all those without power and clean water, who are living in abject poverty with curable diseases that could be eradicated if the trillions spent on chasing the fantasy of ‘renewable’ energy were spent more wisely on the millions in need rather than the few charlatans promoting this idiocy.

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      Big Al

      Oh dear, Bi Al, what was I thinking?

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      Graeme No.3

      Perhaps an alternative will take their market?

      There is Vimeo, which charges.
      Bitchute. Another alternative to YouTube which is not so oppressively censored and offers significantly better options to monetarise content you upload. All a bit beta though.

      Infogalactic. An alternative to Wikipedia which is mercifully free of the sinister manipulations of creatures like William Connolley.

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    Mal

    She just another “fact”wit!

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    David Maddison

    Don’t forget, people, we have their instruction manual, Orwell’s “1984″.

    The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth.

    History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.

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    David Maddison

    I suppose they won’t censor ridiculous stories like this:

    A group of scientists says it has made a dire discovery hidden deep in the world’s ice caps – ancient viruses.

    They say as glaciers continue to melt, which they credit primarily due to the warming of the earth’s atmosphere, the deadly viruses could be unleashed.

    https://7news.com.au/news/environment/climate-change-fears-melting-glaciers-could-unleash-ancient-viruses-scientists-say-c-669971

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      Bob-l

      The ignorance of so-called scientists… I’ve been dealing with a bit of this same particular scientific nonsense for days now …

      You believers out there in Jo land ALL of YOU. Do ANY of you have ANY idea how much energy it takes to melt ice? The current supposed forcing is about 0.6W per square meter. The melt season in the margins is around 6 months. Tell me then exactly how much ice can be melted in that 6 months by 0.6W per square meter (Hint a Watt is a joule per second, and it takes 333,550 joules to melt 1kg, of water. 1kg of water spread over a square meter has a depth of 1mm.)

      Now remember that if all the global warming goes into melting ice then there’s nothing over to warm the atmosphere or cause any other effects, bigger storms or more rain or fires so make sure to leave some of that 0.6Watts per square metre around to cause the end of the world.

      Now resident believers, who will be the first to do the math? Which believers out there care about science?

      Can melting of a km depth of Antarctic ice in a short timeframe by 0.6W global warming be justified? How long do we have to develop a vaccine?

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      Clyde Spencer

      David
      Yes, more scaremongering! What with all the concern about the corona virus, the average reader probably thinks that we are at risk of a major pandemic from awakening dormant viruses. What didn’t get said, is that viruses evolve to have specific hosts, and only rarely jump between species. So, while these reactivated viruses are of academic interest, unless they are shown to have infected primates, we don’t need to get all that excited about the “coulds, maybes” and similar weasel words that alarmists like to use.

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      WXcycles

      Was looking are the Antarctic icecap on ECMWF this morning, it’s regularly reaching -42 to -44 C during this later 1/3rd of Summer. It’s ‘normally’ between -20 C to -30 C at this time of year. The summer ice sheet is currently the same temp or else significantly colder than the coldest parts of the Winter northern hemisphere. Only some parts of far northern Canada and the top of Greenland’s icesheet are getting as cold.

      I’m sure it’s nothing.

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        sophocles

        The Warmists don’t worry about the southern ice caps — only the glaciers!
        And it’s only in March/April.

        Greenland they panic about in September/October.

        Every year. Sigh.

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    Denis Ables

    Perhaps part of the alarmist problem is that skeptics rarely bother mentioning that there is good news and bad news:

    1. The bad news is that CO2 is increasing and humans are responsible, so we should initiate some serious research into alternative energy options. We have enough time to come up with feasible alternatives. CO2 increase is not even an issue for climatologists.

    2. CO2 has little to do with global warming (aka “climate change”). We’re apparently stuck with both naturally-caused warmings and glaciations. Warming (and cooling) are basically controlled by sun activity as it modulates the penetration of an otherwise steady stream of cosmic rays entering the lower atmosphere. This results in durations of more or less average cloud coverage resulting in less or more sun radiation reaching the earth’s surface. See “Svensmark” or “Easterbrook” for more details.

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      Peter C

      That sounds like Good News and Good news to me!

      CO2 is increasing and humans might be responsible.

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      Graeme#4

      I would say, from a northern hemisphere viewpoint, that an increase in global warming would be appreciated.

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      sophocles

      Denis Ables said:

      The bad news is that CO2 is increasing and humans are responsible,

      CO2 is increasing, yes, but it’s not bad news: it’s good news. CO2 is plant food and the plants are in a CO2 drought … If you look closely at the Quaternary ice age temperature graph (that’s the one Al Gore showed upside down and backwards in his Magnum Opus An Inconvenient Truth) the CO2 comes mostly from the oceans and it lags temperature by anything up to 800 years. Which means, the CO2 coming out of the oceans now is reacting to the warming of the Medieval Warming. (c.1200AD … which was 800 years ago … ) (Search Youtube for Dr William `enient graph for Brainless Al.

      Second: You are on the money with Solar variability as the main cause for Global Warming.

      As Peter C put it: it’s good news and good news!

      But it’s not going to last: see Zharkova for solar cyclicity and Channell & Vigliotti for effects of geomagnetic excursions.

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    Greg Cavanagh

    First they ignore you.
    Then they laugh at you.
    Then they fight you.
    Then you win.

    Mahatma Gandhi.

    Stage 3 people. Just a little more to go!

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    Ross

    Slightly O/T but interesting background detail to green evangelist Tom Steyer (Presidential Democrat candidate) and where he got his fortune from.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/28/hypocrites-preaching-green/

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    I list 350+ skeptical videos at http://ccdedu.blogspot.com, including a Lindzen collection at
    http://ccdedu.blogspot.com/2019/05/videos-by-richard-lindzen.html
    Sorted by length.

    Their percentages sound like YouTube is discriminating against skeptics already. There are well over 1000 skeptical videos on global warming and climate change. I doubt there are that many more by alarmists.

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    TdeF

    It became obvious a year ago that the ‘debate’ was lost. Anyone could see the world was not warming, the seas were not rising and the Polar bears were fine. So what did they decide to do? Stonewall. Man the barricades. Claim every single thing which happened was Climate Change and just stop talking about Global Warming. No science. No debate. Hope 32 years of indoctrination and windmills and solar panels and a new generation of children will stop the collapse of the world’s greatest scam.

    Then you get Brexit, Trump and the most absurd impeachment. It’s all falling apart. So demand censorship. Climate internment camps are next.

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    David Maddison

    Google and YouTube (same company) are already restricting the ability to search for pro-science climate realist material.

    Tony Heller talks about his own case (see link) where searching for his name on Google brings up the name of warmists instead plus many of his videos have YouTube warnings on them plus I assume they are demonetised as there are never ads. Also Twitter restricts him (as they do even Donald Trump).

    https://youtu.be/DhgrZ17Cf68
    (Around 3 mins.)

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    The Soviets and the Brown Shirts had the same ideas as the Democrats and the Climatistas. In that earlier age, burning books was the easy way to go. Now it is censorship on Google or Youtube or a battle of wits on Wikipedia. The Climatistas ideas cannot compete with the Truth and Science and so they invoke every means to out-manoeuvre their opponents. They think that people should be forcibly educated by censorship of views opposed to their own. Education of children should now mean propaganda indoctrination. People should not be allowed to think for themselves as they might realise that the popular line was incorrect.

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      PeterS

      Don’t forget the appeasers who allow the evil to thrive for a time. Only when the evil doeers turn into draconian dictators will the appeasers step aside and allow someone of higher stature to take over and fight them. US has Trump (for now) but we have no one but an appeaser.

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        WXcycles

        I’m wondering who steps-up after the Don though?

        I’d like this US election cycle to openly discuss the role of the UN and its usurping, lies, anti-capitalism, its leftist ideology and anti-free-speech propagandizing efforts, and if it has a valid future as a global institution from here, and what should be done to slap them down as a subversive influence in the West, in general.

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    David Maddison

    Donald Trump talks about Twitter and Facebook censorship against him. Note that this article has a strong Leftist bias.

    https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-social-media-summit-twitter-facebook-censorship-claims-2019-7

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    Destroyer D69

    “the scientific concensus on climate change” Previous such statements on other serious topics include… The World is flat… Here be dragons…if the train travels faster than 20 MPH all the occupants will die….the sun revolves around the earth…The war will be over by Christmas… The third Reich will last for a thousand years after we win the war…The Titanic is unsinkable…. Trump will not win the election… Labor will win the election…Our dams will never be full again…. Low lying ares of our cities will flood so we must stop building in them to protect us from rising sea levels… There will be no more snowfalls in the Snowy Mountains…. There will be a generation who will not know what rain is … The Antarctic ice cap is meting away and we are going down there to measure it before it all disappears… The atom is the smallest particle of matter that can exist….. Do you see a trend in events failing to obey the dogma of concensus here???????

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    pat

    and to think there are some CAGW sceptics who think CAGW is a Marxist conspiracy! some of them probably say so on youtube:

    Marxism Conference
    09 – 12 Apr 2020
    University of Melbourne, Southbank Campus, Melbourne, Australia
    https://10times.com/marxism-conference

    Marxism Conference 2020
    Easter weekend Thu 9 to Sun 12 April, Melbourne, Australia
    Australia’s biggest socialist conference
    FROM “PROGRAM”
    From bushfires to industrial fires: how corporate greed is destroying the planet and working class communities

    Dystopian futures: authoritarianism, racism and the the state in the context of climate chaos

    Abolish the police: liberal vs revolutionary perspectives

    ‘Green growth’ and reformist utopias: the Green New Deal and beyond

    After the tipping points: is socialism still possible in a hot house earth?

    PANEL: A planet to save! The role of socialists in responding to the climate crisis

    PANEL: Bernie Sanders, the Democrat and building the left in the US today

    Speakers: Lee Rhiannon, ex-Green Senator; Roz Ward (co-founder of Safe Schools Coalition; teaches in Education at RMIT and Deakin universities); ETC
    https://marxismconference.org/

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      nb

      ‘Abolish the police’
      Replace with vigilante groups, firing squads, and mass famine.

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        Greg Cavanagh

        Here here; bring back the good-ol’ days!

        The difference between modern society and those days is the government reach. Back then you had kingdoms and fiefdoms, it was up to whoever the Lord was as to how they dealt with treachery (assuming they didn’t engage in treachery themselves).

        These days dictators use the armies, and governments use the police to enforce their collective wills. A bit more benevolent and not quite as ruthless as the days you’re referring to. But we know that’s not true 100% of the time. Things can go astray just as easily and quickly today as then.

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    David Maddison

    DemocRATS

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      PeterS

      Very appropriate. Their attempt to throw out Trump by impeaching him is another example of their true nature. They know they could not win the next election by normal democratic means so they had to find another way.

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    nb

    Dear You Tube,
    In line with our recent conversation over drinks, please accept my thanks for removing from your algorithm anything that might enhance the electoral prospects of Donald Trump.
    Yours sincerely,
    Nancy Pelosi

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    ClimateCynic

    YouTube can’t do anything of the sort, since many counter climate change videos are posted by republicans and right wing members, so YouTube would have to censor one party’s videos to the advantage of the other, opening a Pandora’s box that would contain a whole can of worms inside.

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    pat

    the things you find on youtube:

    Youtube: 17m05s: 28 Jsn: #Expose2020 Part IV: Two More Bernie Staffers Promote “Extreme Action” and Property Destruction
    Project Veritas Action
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zpCVM0delQ&feature=youtu.be

    paraphrasing Baird in video: break up Google, Youtube, Facebook … for me, then nationalise these things … that would be a huge step forward as far as education & that stuff goes.

    clearly these Bernie staffers aren’t too clued up about the Yellow Vests:

    29 Jan: Townhall: ‘After Abolishing Landlords, We Don’t Have to Kill Them’: Project Veritas Reveals More Radical Sanders Staffers
    by Leah Barkoukis
    The latest film in O’Keefe’s #Expose2020 series reportedly shows two South Carolina field organizers speaking about their desires to overthrow the U.S. government and capitalism, destroy property, and how they have to keep their extremism “on the back burner” right now…
    A second field organizer identified as Mason Baird discussed the type of people who are attracted to Sanders’s campaign, explaining they “fall well outside of the American norm.”

    “I’ve canvassed with someone who’s, like, an anarchist, and I’ve canvassed with someone who’s more of a Marxist/Leninist, so we attract radical, like truly radical people to the campaign,” he said. “But that’s obviously that’s not outward-facing.”

    Taylor said for now they have to keep their extremism quiet.
    “We don’t want to scare people off, so you’ve kind of got to feel it out first before you get into the crazy stuff,” he said. “You know, we were talking about more extreme organizations and stuff like Antifa, you were talking about the ‘yellow vests,’ all that, but we’re kind of keeping that on the back burner for right now.”…

    While Baird spoke of how he would like to avoid violence should Sanders get elected, others within the movement are more keen to go down that road.
    “[A]fter we abolish landlords, we don’t have to kill them,” Baird said, noting he is “not excited by the prospect of armed struggle.”
    “I just never want to kill anybody. That scares me a lot,” he added. “I would say most people in the movement are in it to avoid going that far, and there’s a wing of the movement that sees that as …”
    “Inevitable?” the PV undercover investigator interjected.
    “Yeah,” Baird replied, who went on to explain the necessity of property damage…

    In previous videos Sanders staffers have been shown to praise Republican re-education camps, using the guillotine on the rich, and killing anyone who fights against the revolution (LINK)…
    O’Keefe said the question that needs to be answered as they continue to expose more radicals working for Sanders, is whether they are representative of his campaign or outliers.
    “If not, shouldn’t the campaign disavow these workers? Or are they the true face of the campaign and the candidate himself?” he asked.

    ***Mainstream media outlets won’t ask these questions, O’Keefe explains, because they’re ignoring the videos altogether…READ ON
    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2020/01/29/project-veritas-reveals-more-radical-sanders-staffers-n2560303

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      John

      Hopefully Bernie gets the ticket. This sort of stuff would make it an easy win for Trump. Americans don’t like communism.

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      WXcycles

      You’d hope those within US State-Security and enforcement have the ‘right stuff’, the right values, to deal with the insane Leninist-Maoist revolutionary utter clowns within the ultra-left of the ‘Democrats’, they’re far more radical, stupid and dangerous than Jeremy Corbyn ever was.

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    Curious George

    An excerpt from G.B. Shaw’s The Apple Cart. Of course, the scene is Old Good England, but it still seems timely.

    You will notice that I am too polite to call Demos a windbag or a hot air merchant; but I am going to ask you to begin our study of Democracy by considering it first as a big balloon, filled with gas or hot air, and sent up so that you shall be kept looking up at the sky whilst other people are picking your pockets. When the balloon comes down to earth every five years or so you are invited to get into the basket if you can throw out one of the people who are sitting tightly in it; but as you can afford neither the time nor the money, and there are forty millions of you and hardly room for six hundred in the basket, the balloon goes up again with much the same lot in it and leaves you where you were before. I think you will admit that the balloon as an image of Democracy corresponds to the parliamentary facts.

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    I have researched and written quite a bit about anti-conservative bias in Google News searches. See the list here:
    https://www.cfact.org/2019/10/16/should-there-be-news-neutrality-for-google-news/.

    Google searches discriminate against climate skeptics. YouTube is pretty clearly doing something similar but we need the research to prove it.

    The U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission are supposed to be investigating this stuff but nothing has come out.

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    Agammamon

    Youtube is not incentivising video’s by removing

    Either she can’t proofread or she can’t supervise her staff in their duties because she signed her name to this in spite of a glaring ‘possessive vs plural’ error right in the very first bullet point.

    If she and her staff are this careless with details here, why should we assume that they aren’t equally careless in every other aspect of their job? And as such, why should anyone listen to her?

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    pat

    19 Jan: Age: Peter Hannam: ‘They have to adapt’: top scientist says Australian Open should consider moving
    David Karoly, a climate scientist who heads the CSIRO-based Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, said many parts of Australia were already experiencing more summer days exceeding temperatures unhealthy for professional or amateur sport…
    “You have to think of the health of the players. Spectators are [also] often cooking in their seats.”…
    Professor Karoly said one option would be to move the tournament to another time of the year when conditions are typically cooler…

    ***Relatively cool conditions are forecast for the first week of the Open, with the mercury forecast to nudge 30 degrees only on Wednesday…

    There has been, though, a “dramatic” increase in the number of days in Melbourne above 38 degrees in recent decades, Professor Karoly said. “The projection is for a further increase in all the climate models.”…

    LAST NITE:

    20 Jan: AMSI (Melb University) Research: Climate Change: It’s All in the Numbers
    By Laura Watson
    The debate may rage on but the scientific basis of Climate Change is clear and the numbers are in to prove it, according to international climate change and climate variability expert and Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Summer School Public Lecturer, Professor David Karoly.

    As well as the science underpinning our understanding of recent observed climate change in Australia, Karoly will also explore Australia’s role in next generation global modelling.
    “I will shed some light on the next generation of global climate modelling now underway and Australia’s role in Phase 6 of the global Climate Model Intercomparison Project,” says Professor Karoly.

    Respected globally, Professor Karoly currently leads the Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub in the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program at CSIRO…
    Free to attend, this event is open to mathematical and non-mathematical audiences of all ages. Join Professor Karoly live in Melbourne or stream online nationally from 6.30pm, Wednesday, 29 January at La Trobe University…

    AMSI Director, Professor Brown said the Institute was delighted to have Professor Karoly on board for the 2020 Summer School public lecture, an important opportunity to highlight the role of mathematics in one of the biggest challenges facing the global community.
    “David is a leader in his field and an important voice in the ongoing global response to climate change. We are excited to provide this opportunity for Australians to engage with maths in the context of climate change and the significant challenges this poses,” says Professor Brown…
    https://research.amsi.org.au/climate-change-its-all-in-the-numbers/

    Wikipedia: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)
    AMSI has a membership that includes most Australian universities, CSIRO, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Bureau of Meteorology and Defence Science and Technology Organisation. AMSI is located at Melbourne University…
    SEE MEMBERS, ASSOCIATE MEMBERS, SOCIETY AND AGENCY MEMBERS
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Mathematical_Sciences_Institute#Industry,_Business_and_Government_Program

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      David Maddison

      Regarding the comment of the “climate scientist”, of course it’s going to get hot outdoors, in Australia in summer on certain days. It always has. Frankly, I don’t know why some of these sports are played outside at all, but it’s got nothing to do with supposed global warming. It’s just a silly thing to do.

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        David Maddison

        Never believe BoM weather or climate statistics

        Regarding the comment above

        There has been, though, a “dramatic” increase in the number of days in Melbourne above 38 degrees in recent decades, Professor Karoly said. “The projection is for a further increase in all the climate models.”…

        I used the BoM website to check that claim and they have already adjusted the data to cool the past and warm the present to suit their hypothesis. I used this link to produce the data that follows.

        http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/cdio/cvg/av

        I chose Australia (rather than Melbourne), January, number of days equal to or greater than 40C. 40C was the closest to 38.

        2015 was the base which was the latest year and I compared it to 30 year blocks of time since 1855.

        2015 0 days above or equal to 40
        1855-2015 0.7
        1861-1891 0.7
        1871 – 1900 0.7
        1881 – 1910 1.0
        1891 – 1920 0.8
        1901 – 1930 0.7
        1911 – 1940 0.4
        1921 – 1950 0.7
        1931 – 1960 0.7
        1941 – 1970 0.7
        1951 – 1980 0.5
        1961 – 1990 0.4
        1971 – 2000 0.4
        1981 – 2010 0.8
        1991 – 2020 1.0

        It doesn’t look like much of a dramatic increase whatsoever. 1855-2015 there are 0.7 Jan days above 40C, and it hasn’t significantly deviated very much from that in any 30 year block of time.

        There appears to be no “dramatic” increase in the number of hot days over the measurement period.

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    Brian the Engineer

    Scott Adams is advertising alternate sites to youtube for exactly this reason.
    They keep demonitising him.

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    pat

    30 Jan: HuffPo: Joe Biden Said No Scientist Supports Bernie Sanders’ Climate Plan. Dozens Just Did.
    Sanders’ Green New Deal “is not only possible, but it must be done if we want to save the planet,” a letter signed by 57 scientists said.
    By Chris D’Angelo
    The former vice president derided Sanders’ proposed $16.3 trillion Green New Deal during a campaign stop last week in New Hampshire, adding that “you can not get to zero emissions by 2030. It’s impossible.”

    Sanders swung back over the weekend, telling a crowd in Iowa that he would soon unveil “a long list of scientists” who back his plan. The Sanders campaign delivered on Tuesday, releasing a letter of support signed by 57 science professors and researchers from around the country…
    The Sunrise Movement, the youth-led grassroots group that’s campaigned for a Green New Deal and endorsed Sanders for president earlier this month, is helping lead the signature campaign…
    Biden’s climate plan calls for spending $1.7 trillion over a decade, creating 10 million new jobs and reaching net-zero emissions no later than 2050…

    LINK TO THE LETTER – not exactly a stellar list of signatories:

    29 Jan: CommonDreams: 57 Climate Scientists Object After Biden Falsely Claims “Not a Single Solitary Scientist” Thinks Sanders’ Green New Deal Can Work
    by Jon Queally
    Proof of that support came Tuesday in the form of the succinct yet forceful letter (pdf)(LINK) addressed to Sanders by 57 climate researchers and ***scholars…

    In a tweet Tuesday night, Geoffrey Supran, a research associate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, said that while the “scholarship is clear” and the technology to solve the climate crisis is available, “what we lack most is political will.” According to Supran, “Mr. Biden’s comment embodies that.”…
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/01/29/57-climate-scientists-object-after-biden-falsely-claims-not-single-solitary

    what would Biden know, anyway. reminder:

    10 Oct 2012: RealClearPolitics: Michelle Malkin: Missing in Action: Stimulus Sheriff Joe Biden
    Remember when President Obama bragged about Joe Biden’s fiscal discipline cred in 2009? “To you, he’s Mr. Vice President, but around the White House, we call him the Sheriff,” Obama warned government employees. “Because if you’re misusing taxpayer money, you’ll have to answer to him.”

    Fast-forward to 2012. Call in the search teams. Since being appointed the nation’s stimulus spending cop, Sheriff Joe has taken a permanent donut break. He’s AWOL on oversight. In fact, he’s been bubble-wrapped, boxed and kept completely out of sight. The garrulous gaffe machine hasn’t sat down for a national media interview in five months.
    The Democrats’ trillion-dollar “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” however, keeps piling up waste, failure, fraud and debt. Who benefited most? Big government cronies.

    According to Investor’s Business Daily this week, a new analysis by Ohio State University economics professor Bill Dupor reported that “(m)ore than three-quarters of the jobs created or saved by President Obama’s economic stimulus in the first year were in government.”…
    Indeed, the massive wealth redistribution scheme “destroyed/forestalled roughly one million private sector jobs” by siphoning tax dollars “to offset state revenue shortfalls and Medicaid increases rather than boost private sector employment.”…

    Remember: Obama’s Ivy League eggheads behind the stimulus promised that “(m)ore than 90 percent of the jobs created are likely to be in the private sector.” These are the same feckless economic advisers who infamously vowed that the stimulus would keep unemployment below 8 percent — and that unemployment would drop below 6 percent sometime this year.
    Sheriff Joe rebuked the “naysayers” who decried the behemoth stimulus program’s waste, fraud and abuse. “You know what? They were wrong,” he crowed.

    But Biden was radio silent about the nearly 4,000 stimulus recipients who received $24 billion in Recovery Act funds — while owing more than $750 million in unpaid corporate, payroll and other taxes. (Cash for Tax Cheats, anyone?)…

    ***And the whopping $6.7 million cost per job under the $50 billion stimulus-funded green energy loan program — which funded politically connected but now bankrupt solar firms Solyndra ($535 million), Abound Solar ($400 million), Beacon Power ($43 million), A123 ($250 million) and Ener1 ($119 million)…
    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/10/10/missing_in_action_stimulus_sheriff_joe_biden_115729.html

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    Lance

    Ms. Castor is the “poster child” for precisely why Government power ought be strictly limited.

    And, the specter of her ilk gaining actual power, is precisely why the citizenry ought be able to defend themselves.

    In Ancient Rome, there were 2 classes of people. Citizens and Slaves.

    Slaves were not allowed to defend themselves against Citizens.

    History may not exactly repeat itself, but it often rhymes.

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      Curious George

      The U.S. Democratic Party roots: In the 1850s they defended slavery in the United States, and promoted its expansion into the West.

      It is a repetition, not a rhyme.

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    pat

    29 Jan: Breitbart: Donald Trump Signs Landmark USMCA Deal Replacing ‘NAFTA Nightmare’
    by Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on Wednesday, a monumental achievement for his presidency.
    The deal with the United States, Mexico, and Canada replaces what the president described as the “NAFTA nightmare” that devastated American manufacturing.
    The president spoke from the heart, during a speech promoting the deal, noting that it was one of his lifetime goals to fix lousy trade deals in the United States.

    “This is something we really put our heart into,” Trump said. “It’s probably the number one reason that I decided to lead this crazy life that I’m leading right now as opposed to that beautiful, simple life of luxury that I led before this happened. But I love doing it.”…
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/29/donald-trump-signs-landmark-usmca-deal-replacing-nafta-nightmare/

    Youtube: 41m35s: 29 Jan: Fox 10 Phoenix: PROMISES KEPT: President Trump Signs USMCA Trade Agreement
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bECWTfzrf8A

    29 Jan: White House: TRANSCRIPT: Remarks by President Trump at a Signing Ceremony for the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA)
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-signing-ceremony-united-states-mexico-canada-trade-agreement/

    have seen comments claiming much of the FakeNewsMSM ignored the signing; if true, that would be nothing new:

    16 Jan: Newsbusters: Trump Called it: Nets Ignore ‘Major Victory’ With USMCA Trade Deal
    By Nicholas Fondacaro
    President Trump was correct in spirit when he predicted, at the Oval Office on Thursday, that “the USMCA [United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement] will probably be second” as the liberal media would be hyper-focused on his Impeachment trial in the Senate. It was a prediction a little too favorable to the media seeing as ABC, CBS, and NBC completely ignored the Senate’s overwhelming and bipartisan approval of the United States –Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade during their evening newscasts…
    The networks might not have had an interest in covering the massive trade deal that passed 89-10 and would replace the old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Fox News Channel’s Special Report was able to find some time for it…

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    Bill In Oz

    Posting this link for the record.
    An ABC article about Aboriginal
    Cool burning around Bega in NSW
    Some interesting ideas fromAboriginal people themselves
    Interwoven with the request for continued funding
    So local Aboriginals can do this work
    On a regular basis
    And not an ad hoc basis.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-30/aboriginal-cultural-burning-funding-for-bushfire-mitigation/11910464

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    Mug Punter

    When is Ms Castor going to blame the Corona virus on Global Warming? Everything else is!
    We once used Castor oil to give us the runs when were constipated now we have her to do the same thing.

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    pat

    here we go. Yahoo is also carrying this DB article – read all:

    29 Jan: Daily Beast: The Next Coronavirus Nightmare Is Closer Than You Think
    THE NEXT PANIC
    Climate change makes the risk of novel diseases much more explosive.
    by Bryn Nelson
    Even as officials around the world are scrambling to control a new and increasingly deadly coronavirus outbreak, public health and infectious disease experts are sounding the alarm about climate change making the risk of other novel afflictions much more explosive.
    In recent years, scientists have linked most emerging infectious diseases to animals, especially wildlife. Much of that wildlife is being displaced by global warming and habitat loss, putting stressed species that are more susceptible to infection in closer contact with humans…

    Global warming can accelerate displacement by thawing, burning, flooding, or drying out habitats in response to hotter temperatures and stronger storms. “As habitats change and people move and wildlife moves, they’re going to be coming into contact more with each other,” said Jeanne Fair, a biosecurity and public health expert at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Increasingly close contact, in turn, significantly raises the risk that an animal disease will spill over into humans…

    The risk of pathogens emerging due to climate change isn’t limited to the tropics, either…READ ON
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/get-ready-for-more-coronavirus-nightmares-thanks-to-climate-change?source=articles&via=rss

    29 Jan: LA Times: Op-Ed: The new coronavirus isn’t a threat to people in the United States — but flu is
    By Marc Siegel
    It’s not just in China. Many people in U.S. cities are out on the street today wearing paper masks, hoping they will provide a barrier to respiratory droplets…
    I am not usually one to criticize public health measures, but this one is overkill. Surgical masks aren’t just an inadequate protection against viral spread; the masks also signal that we should be deathly afraid of something that does not currently pose a threat and may well never do so…
    Although the novel coronavirus has, as of Wednesday, infected at least 6,000 people in China, killing 130, there are only two cases in California as of Wednesday and five in the entire United States…

    There is reason to believe there may have been thousands more cases in China than have been reported, and there is evidence that the novel coronavirus has been there for months, spreading from human to human…

    But while we are worrying about the Wuhan virus, it is extremely important that we not ignore another single-stranded, frequently mutating RNA virus transmitted by coughing and sneezing and touching. In fact, this virus has already infected ***close to 20 million people here in the U.S. ***this year alone, and killed more than 8,000. The virus, known as influenza, kills more than half a million people worldwide every year, though too many of us take it for granted.
    But with influenza, we have an effective treatment, a fairly effective vaccine, and we know the public health numerator (number of cases and deaths) and the denominator (number of people at risk of getting it)…

    It is the unknown that scares us, even though the risk to people in the United States, as (Dr. Anthony Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) says, remains very low at this point. He also notes that there are several vaccine candidates due to enter clinical trials soon, and an effective vaccine will provide an antidote against both the virus and our fear of the virus.

    But human minds jump to worst case scenarios. I wish I could convince someone walking down the street in Los Angeles today that he or she is a million times more likely to encounter the flu virus than the new coronavirus, but I know that the emotional center — the hard wiring of the brain — is too strong, fed as it is by news-stoked fears.
    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-29/coronavirus-no-threat-to-americans-but-flu-is

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      Being of a sceptical turn of mind and seeing how guvuhmint ‘n medja tend to have their own agenda responding to and informing re on the ground emergencies, I’m less fer trust than fer ‘verify.’ Best fer cits, don’t panic , just think fer yourselves.

      Re corona virus, families likely need to have their own plans of action just in case. I’m buying up 100 Days tinned food supplies for family members, mega Vitamin C tablets and suggesting the same fer friends. Farmers were want, in the past, to look to the root cellar to get them through days o shortage, high rise dwellers today, not so much.

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        I’ll bet you know a good poem about root cellars.

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          As it happens I do. ) … A poem by Theodore Roethke.

          Nothing would sleep in that cellar, dank as a ditch,
          Bulbs broke out of boxes hunting for chinks in the dark,
          Shoots dangled and drooped,
          Lolling obscenely from mildewed crates,
          Hung down long yellow evil necks, like tropical snakes.
          And what a congress of stinks!
          Roots ripe as old bait,
          Pulpy stems, rank, silo-rich,
          Leaf-mould, manure, lime, piled against slippery planks.
          Nothing would give up life:
          Even the dirt kept breathing a small breath.

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    pat

    6,000 figure is just the BBC News division. over 22,000 all up. nonetheless, it would be good if ABC would do similar:

    30 Jan: Reuters: Britain’s BBC to axe 450 newsroom jobs in cost-cutting drive
    by Kate Holton and Paul Sandle
    LONDON – The BBC said on Wednesday it will axe 450 jobs from its news division in a cost-saving plan that will result in cuts at the World Service and its 5Live radio station and in fewer reports being made by analysis show Newsnight.
    The corporation said it would reorganize its newsroom along a “story-led” model where staff will be assigned to stories and not attached to individual programs.
    BBC News said it currently employs around 6,000 people, including 1,700 outside the UK, but declined to specify how many are journalists.

    “We need to reshape BBC News for the next decade in a way which saves substantial amounts of money,” said Fran Unsworth, Director of News and Current Affairs.
    “We are spending too much of our resources on traditional linear broadcasting and not enough on digital,” she added in a statement.
    The BBC said the cuts, along with others already implemented, would enable it to meet an 80 million pound ($105 million) savings target by 2022.

    The BBC said it remained Britain’s must trusted and consumed news service but needed to cater for changing behavior, such as declining audiences for scheduled news programs.
    The changes will mean a reduction in the overall number of stories covered, it said, but it would invest more in digital news, including a new version of the BBC News app.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bbc-jobs/britains-bbc-to-cut-450-newsroom-jobs-in-cost-cutting-drive-idUSKBN1ZS1Y3?il=0

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    Travis T. Jones

    Deep diving scientists discover bubbling CO2 hotspot

    https://phys.org/news/2020-01-deep-scientists-co2-hotspot.html

    “Cardenas discovered the region—which he calls “Soda Springs”—while studying how groundwater from a nearby island could affect the ocean environment of the Verde Island Passage in the Philippines. The passage is one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world and is home to thriving coral reefs.”

    https://phys.org/news/2020-01-deep-scientists-co2-hotspot.html

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    Heads up and Off Topic I’m afraid.

    Yesterday, 29Jan2020 was the highest day for power consumption across the NEM in the last twelve Months. That’s all I can find for a daily basis, the last twelve Months.

    The total power consumption across the 24 hours of the day was 647GWH. That’s an average of 26960MW per hour. The lowest it got down to was 20310MW, (well above the average year round ‘Base Load’ of 18000MW) and the maximum power consumption, the daily peak was 32760MW. For around six hours during the late afternoon early evening coal fired power hovered between 19400MW and 19900MW. Wind power delivered 4.3% of generated power across the day, at an average of 1160MW, and solar plant power delivered 2.8% at an average of 750MW. The average for coal fired power across the whole day was 68% at an average of 18130MW.

    And while yesterday was the highest in that time, we won’t have too long to wait for that total to be broken. At this time yesterday (1PM) the power being consumed was 31470MW. Currently, today at the same time, the power being consumed is 34000MW, far and away the largest for the year, already higher than yesterday’s peak by 1300MW, and it’s still rising.

    No one will notice.

    Power generation will still continue. Things will go on as usual. The regulator will always find a way to keep the power on. We can’t have the people wondering why there isn’t enough power, now can we?

    Wind and solar plants delivering 7.1% of all power. I’ll bet no one knows that.

    Tony.

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      Lance

      On a still and windless day, everyone will know “that”.

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      Geoffrey Williams

      So coal was 68% and renewables was 7.1%.
      So the remainder was (gas plus hydro) total about 15%
      Is that about right Tony ?
      GeoffW

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        Geoffrey, minor maths error there, but hey, we all do that occasionally, even me. It’s only 75% not 85%.

        As to the remainder it was Hydro – 9%, and four types of gas fired – 9.8%, and remainder (around 6%) was rooftop solar, at a guess, because none of it is actually metered and recorded, oh and the much vaunted battery delivered 0.03%.

        Oh, and it reached a peak today of 36310MW, and with solar power falling away fast now, it’s still 36000MW, and the bottom fell out of wind power, currently delivering 540MW, and that’s 1.5% of consumption. From a Nameplate of 6702MW, that’s a Capacity Factor of 8.06%, so of those (approximately) 3500 individual towers spread across the Country, just 300 of them are actually turning over.

        I couldn’t care how much they deliver on good days, and even the average is incidental. Just what do they expect Australia to do when there are days like this if wind power is all we get for the future, and there are an awful lot of days when it’s like this.

        36000MW plus. I haven’t seen that before.

        Tony.

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    Dennis

    What if the children were taught this history?

    This is natural climate change ….

    “From around 150,000 to 130,000 years ago, Australasia experienced colder and more arid than present conditions. About 130,000 years ago, a warm phase began, and this lasted until about 115,000 years ago, with climates fairly similar to the present, or possibly somewhat moister. Subsequent cooling and drying of the climate led to a cold, arid maximum about 70,000 years ago, followed by a slight moderation of climate with a second aridity maximum around 22,000-13,000 14C years ago. Conditions then quickly became warmer and moister, and similar to the present.”

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    bubbagyro

    These alarmists are “natural cycle deniers”, I think partly from ignorance, and mostly from eating at the establishments’ troughs. US President Dwight Eisenhower warned, in his farewell address, about the scientific-technological elite who distort the truth while craving government grant money. 60+ years ago!

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      WXcycles

      ” … The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present — and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. … ”

      - President Eisenhower January 17, 1961

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    Zane

    Climate change/global warming is green astroturfing. The media has blown a non-existent problem out of all proportion to enrich clowns like Al Gore and Elon Musk.

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    Geoffrey Williams

    Heil Kathy Castor ! ! !

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    frednk

    I suppose because you don’t understand the basic science you think the scientist are on the take.

    An open letter from 81 Australian Research Council laureates says that the outlook for humans is dire without urgent action.
    https://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/the-outlook-for-humans-is-dire-without-urgent-action-81-laureates-letter-to-australia-20200129-p53vr8.html

    [I see your 81 and raise you 700: https://clintel.org/
    Seriously frednk, how can you disregard the sceptical opinions held by a great number of very smart scientists? Do you not read and understand their positions? Does it not cause you to consider that maybe you do not understand the basic science? ]ED

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      AndyG55

      Very few of them have anything to do with “climate Science”

      And the few that are, are truly the dregs of the alarmist meme.

      They are NOTHING but political wannabe hangers-on.

      for instance…

      “Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance”

      “Queensland Brain Institute”

      “Language and Culture Research Centre”

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    PeterS

    The Young Liberals group are asking for more action on climate change. There you go; the cancer of climate change is still spreading.

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      el gordo

      Its not looking good, Premier Gladys has organised an inquiry into the bushfires and she has chosen a CEO from the renewable industry to be the Commissioner.

      Climate change will be within the terms of reference and I fully expect her to call on Michael Mann to give his erudite opinion. A whitewash of this calibre proves that our democracy has failed.

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        PeterS

        I would say OK let’s do the only thing possible to act more on climate change – go nuclear. They can’t complain since it’s base load and far cheaper than renewables if we are to aim for 0% emissions from power. We could also get to 0% far quicker. If they refuse to accept that solution then we can call them climate change deniers based on their own rules of the game.

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        Brian the Engineer

        Gladys is a puppet for Micky Photios who shills for the renewable industry

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    pat

    Trump means business:

    28 Jan: NYT: Trump’s N.J. Rally: Frigid Wait Is Worth It for President’s Fans
    President Trump arrived Tuesday to hold a rally in the state — his first there since taking office — where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a million voters.
    by Tracey Tully
    WILDWOOD, N.J. — The crowds in this oceanfront town swelled well beyond their usual winter size on Tuesday, filled with thousands of President Trump’s supporters who had braved bitter cold, lack of sleep and long lines for a chance to hear him speak.
    It was the president’s first rally in New Jersey since he took office, and he was greeted enthusiastically by a sea of people adorned in Trump paraphernalia.

    Those at the front of the line had arrived at around 2 p.m. on Sunday and had spent two days bundled in blankets, comforters, “Keep America Great” banners and woolen “Trump 2020” hats…
    Ashlee Estrada, 12, had slept overnight in the parking lot — “It was really, really cold,” she said — with her brother and mother, an immigrant from Peru who became a citizen five years ago. The family lives in Wildwood and said they were excited to be part of history.
    “It’s the president,” Ashlee said as she headed inside, “coming to this little town.”
    Two hours later, as the rally kicked off with a rendition of the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” thousands of people remained outside in a maze of switchback lines…
    “Four more years,” Mr. Trump’s supporters shouted…

    Like many other people involved in the local planning for the event, Tracey DuFault, the executive director of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, said the rally was an economic boon for a tourist town with a wintertime population of about 5,000…
    As the chamber’s leader, she had spent the past several weeks updating and publicizing a list of businesses that still had rooms available. To meet the surge in demand, she said, about 20 hotels and motels had either reopened or had booked guests on floors that were typically closed in the winter…
    Maggie Warner Wisniewski, a spokeswoman for Morey’s Piers, which operates several hotels and amusement parks, said it had become clear after rooms in the company’s Starlux hotel sold out that the 52-room Blue Palm, which is normally closed in winter, would have to be pressed into service…

    Eric Hanson, the manager of the Blue Water Grille restaurant, said that he and his mixologists had crafted a bipartisan menu of drinks for the occasion, with names like ***subpoena-colada, MAGA-margarita and impeachment punch.
    “You’ve got to have fun with it,” he said.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/28/nyregion/Trump-rally-wildwood-nj.html

    29 Jan: NYT: AP: Biden Under Pressure to Prove He Can Thwart New GOP Attacks
    Associated Press writers Thomas Beaumont in Mason City, Iowa, and Sara Burnett in Chicago contributed to this report
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa — With five days until the Iowa caucuses, Joe Biden is fending off a new onslaught of GOP attacks over his son’s business overseas and facing piling pressure to show Democratic voters he can handle the incoming (?)…
    “A senator from Florida, sitting in Washington, has decided to start running negative ads against Joe Biden just days before the Iowa caucus,” the elder Biden told ***several hundred Iowa voters in Sioux City. “What do you think that’s about? Look, it’s simple,” he said, returning to an oft-used line: “They’re smearing me … because they know if I’m the nominee, I’m going to beat Donald Trump like a drum.”…

    can’t resist cherry-picking this “hundreds” piece from Rhode Island…to fit my narrative!

    Bernie Sanders rally draws ***hundreds to Providence theatre
    Providence Journal – 11 Jan 2020
    Sanders, who has been campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire, did not attend the rally, although lifelike standing cutouts of the candidate drew many selfie-seeking supporters…

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    DonS

    Hi Jo

    This is pretty standard practice for the modern left isn’t it? Shutdown debate or argument you can not win on scientifically rational grounds. As the recent bushfire excitement is replaced by the scary virus story the calls for a royal commission are also disappearing. The main reason that Labour and their green mates will support it is if sceptics of manmade global warming are excluded. Just another pulpit to wag their fingers at the climate killers right?

    You know I was just thinking how the world has changed. It was once the right that was full of god bothers wanting to ban books and music and films they didn’t like and the left that put forward rational science based arguments. Now it is exactly the opposite. You are more likely to find rational debate coming from the right and loony tune, baying at the moon coming from the left.

    I guess if you live long enough you will see just about everything!

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    Davo

    I dont know Jo…. I thought she was trying to stop the alarmists, her suggestions seem to hit straight at the alarmist misinformation… skeptics only print the truth.

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    Shadow Banned

    Let me get this straight.
    you are complaining about a business which is functioning without much government regulation, and making huge profits in doing so. Isn’t that a good thing?
    you are saying that a private company is not allowed to manage the content on on of its subsidiaries?
    you are saying that this is all down to bullying tactics, against a company which could buy and sell most political outfits if it desired.

    I don’t see a problem here – there are alternatives, like Patreon, and RT

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    Terry

    It is chilling how remarkably similar…

    “the political will to censor “for the climate””

    sounds to…

    …the political will to kill “for the Fatherland”

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    Destroyer D69

    Latest “Chicken Little” prediction IE, this will happen ,not may possibly happen, this afternoon from ABC TV News. The Baird?? glacier in Antarctica IS melting at an alarming rate and WILL raise sea levels and WILL flood major cities…..

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    pat

    Adani CEO, Lucas Dow, just finished interview on Credlin/Sky. all the contracts are with Qld companies; lots of progress. however, Dow needs to watch his health. it’s extraordinary what he and the company has had to put up with:

    behind paywall:

    WATCH: Adani builds massive excavator, $700m in contracts
    Morning Bulletin – 4 hours ago
    THE Adani Carmichael mine and rail project is rumbling along, notching up two more impressive milestones – $700 million in contracts …

    more quotes in the piece. full of love for the protesters, no concern for pro-Adani Queenslanders/Australians:

    30 Jan: TripleM: Over 40 Queenslanders disrupt work on Adani’s driverless trucks being assembled in Mackay
    Over 40 Queenslanders from across the state including local Mackay residents have disrupted contractor Hastings Deering’s industrial complex where driverless trucks marked for work on Adani’s controversial mine are about to begin assembly…
    Barb Nelson, 74 is disrupting work at the main gates of Adani contractor Hastings Deering’s and is willing to get arrested. She joins other concerned citizens sending a powerful message that Queenslanders do not want Adani’s mine in their backyard. These concerned citizens in Mackay represent thousands of everyday Australians who are outraged at the government’s green-light for the mine to go ahead…

    In the midst of severe drought and fires raging across the country, everyday Australians are stepping up to participate in peaceful protest to protect the Galilee Basin from a climate-wrecking coal mine…
    Barb Nelson holds a sign “Adani = Great Barrier Grief” while many others stand behind a giant banner with the slogan “Truck Off Adani!”
    https://www.triplem.com.au/story/over-40-queenslanders-disrupt-work-on-adani-s-driverless-trucks-being-assembled-in-mackay-154629

    behind paywall:

    Three arrested, one in hospital after Paget protest
    Chronicle-23 minutes ago
    UPDATE: THREE people have been arrested and charged after they allegedly locked on to gates and equipment at a Mackay workshop today…

    behind paywall:

    Opinion: Companies that allow Adani activists to bully them are cowards
    Courier Mail – 22 hours ago
    Greyhound Australia is only the latest company to cut ties with Adani after allowing ratbag activists to dictate their policy, writes Peter Gleeson…

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    pat

    first video is audio from Brussels followed by Farage commentary; second video is from Brussels; watch both:

    VIDEO: 8m06s: 29 Jan: LBC Radio UK: Nigel Farage’s instant reaction to leaving the EU cabinet
    In his final speech, Mr Farage said: “I want Brexit to start a debate across the rest of Europe. What do we want from Europe?
    “If we want trade, friendship, cooperation, reciprocity, we don’t need a European Commission, we don’t need a European Court, we don’t need these institutions and all of this power.
    “I’m hoping this begins the end of this project.
    “It isn’t just undemocratic, it’s anti-democratic and it give people power without accountability, people who cannot be held to account by the electorate and that is an unacceptable structure.”

    The Brexit Party leader finished his speech by getting his party’s MEPs to wave the Union Jack in celebration.But Mr Farage was slapped down by the Parliament’s Chair, Mairead McGuinness, who cut off Mr Farage’s microphone and ordered the MEPs to put the flags down and leave.

    VIDEO #2: 1m35s Nigel Farage bids farewell to EU Chamber
    https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/nigel-farage/nigel-farages-instant-reaction-to-leaving-the-eu-c/

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    firey

    I suppose she is happy with Youtube climate postings that contain hockey stick graphs, that wipe out the Medieval Warm Period & Little Ice Age or show models based on adjusted temperature records or others that make predictions that fail to materialize.

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    william x

    Slightly off topic but it is still a recent comment from a democrat senator.

    “We do three regulations, we can cut our carbon footprint by 70 percent,”
    “We’re not going to build any nuclear power plants and we’re going to start weaning ourselves off nuclear energy and replacing it with renewable fuels.”

    Those are Senator E Warren’s words.

    I am at a loss to even comment to the senators words.

    Yet I will make this comment re editorial above.

    The Democrats seem to want to close down YouTube skeptics.

    Why? Are they worried that maybe a “qualified skeptic” will provide evidence that will be an inconvenient truth to their cause.

    How do you engage in a debate when free speech is censored? Are the leaders of the Climate Church so worried that some of us can see that many in their congregation are ignorant, intolerant, illogical, mathematically incompetent and scientifically bereft?

    Why do they need to close free speech down?

    What are they afraid of?… is it Scientific method, facts and truth?

    Are they really concerned about climate change? Or is it because their agenda driven ideology, is to use CC as the trojan horse to achieve authoritarianism, money and political power for themselves?

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      PeterS

      The Democrats seem to want to close down YouTube skeptics.

      We are way ahead of them. We already have such a platform; one where their version of “free speech” rules supreme. It’s call “our” ABC. It really is time our elected PM did something to shake up the ABC even if he doesn’t want to defund it. Then again he is an appeaser and a coward so I doubt he even has the will to do anything about the ABC.

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    robert rosicka

    OT but still relevant , the amount of crack pots on social media especially Facebook peddling the CAGW meme has increased quite a bit .
    I just locked horns with a “Paleoclimatologist” who reckons 415ppm of CO2 is unprecedented and we are looking at 9 metres of sea level rise etc etc .
    Unbelievable the drivel that was claimed by Joel Pedro but they sure have faith in their belief .

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    pat

    just now, John Stanley/2GB talking about bushfires & next week’s ABC Q&A in Bega; says summers are longer, hotter, drier, that’s a fact, and it’s accepted it’s caused by CAGW. that is now the meme, including from the PM, it seems:

    29 Jan: BrisbaneTimes: PM’s bushfire response must include climate change: experts
    by Mike Foley
    Coping with the growing bushfire risks under climate change will require a vast increase in public spending and big reforms to policies that haven’t properly accounted for the effects of climate change, experts warn.
    Scott Morrison said in his address to the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday Australia must adapt to “longer, hotter, drier summers”…

    Bushfire expert Professor Ross Bradstock said none of the previous 51 bushfire inquiries held since 1939 had investigated the effect of global warming fire risk, including the 2009 Black Saturday Royal Commission, which also “did not explicitly consider climate change”.
    “If the Prime Minister truly wants to enhance resilience and adaptation to fires, climate change has to be factored in to a new inquiry,” he said.
    “In the past 10 years (since Black Saturday) we’ve learned an enormous amount, we can’t just look back and audit past recommendations.”
    Mr Bradstock said since that study climate change had already created fire risks similar to what was projected for 2050, “which is fairly frightening”…READ ALL
    https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/federal/pm-s-bushfire-response-must-include-climate-change-experts-20200129-p53vtl.html

    John Stanley/Jane Marwick/2GB spoke of the twitterati attacking the fact Jim Molan is on the program! i object to Michael Mann’s inclusion.

    TWEET: Senator Jim Molan
    Regarding @QandA, I do agree that it needs to be a local focus for the South Coast. Interesting discussion around why I have been invited. I’ve been heavily engaged in supporting bushfire communities since Dec.
    39 Jan 2020

    Since leaving military, was also a director of the National Aerial Firefighting Centre and am an @ACTRFS volunteer. Today am out fighting Namadgi fire. Look forward to chatting with South Coast residents about their concerns on Monday night.
    29 Jan 2020 ETC
    https://twitter.com/JimMolan/status/1222731174797168640

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    jack

    On 23 January 2020, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set metaphorical Doomsday clock to 100 seconds to midnight, he clock’s closest approach to midnight.

    The Doomsday clock is a product of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, founded by Rabinowitch and fellow physicist Hyman Goldsmith.

    The guiding principles of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Rabinowitch wrote that the magazine’s purpose:

    “was to awaken the public to full understanding of the horrendous reality of nuclear weapons and of their far-reaching implications for the future of mankind; to warn of the inevitability of other nations acquiring nuclear weapons within a few years, and of the futility of relying on America’s possession of the ‘secret’ of the bomb.”

    Which is very fair concern, the period of the cold war saw a massive proliferation of neuclear weapons and sabre rattling by protagonists on both sides, in which a disastrous turn of events could have turned earth into a radioactive wasteland in a matter of hours.

    Now, like may of these organizations, they have expanded their horizons, including, you guessed it, the ubiquitous “Climate change” aka global warming ‘delema’.

    While the uninhabitable radioactive wasteland takes a backseat, it is climate change that has set the clock closest to our perils end.

    The relevance to this post is, in the ’2020 Doomsday Clock Statement’ under the title “The increased threat of information warfare and other disruptive technologies’
    We have:
    In the introduction,
    “In the last year, many governments used cyber-enabled disinformation campaigns to sow distrust in institutions and among nations, undermining domestic and international efforts to foster peace and protect the planet.”
    Under the title “The increased threat of information warfare and other disruptive technologies’,
    “Now, however, the internet provides widespread, inexpensive access to worldwide audiences, facilitating the broadcast of false and manipulative messages to large populations and enabling millions of individuals to indulge in their prejudices, biases, and ideological differences.”

    Here is a list of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board, the time keepers of doom, those that set the Dooms day clock.

    Rachel Bronson, CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
    “served for eight years at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs”

    Edmund G. Brown Jr. Executive Chair of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
    “served as chairman of the state Democratic Party” “His administration established nation-leading targets to protect the environment and fight climate change.”

    Lynn Eden
    “Eden is Senior Research Scholar (Emeritus) at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.”

    Rod Ewing
    “Ewing is the Frank Stanton Professor in Nuclear Security in the Center for International Security and Cooperation in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University.”

    Steve Fetter
    “Fetter is associate provost, dean of the graduate school, and professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. He served for five years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Obama Administration”

    Asha M. George
    “George is the executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense.”

    Daniel Holz
    “Holz is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Departments of Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics, the Enrico Fermi Institute, and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics.”
    At last a physist.

    Sivan Kartha
    “Kartha is a senior scientist at the Stockholm Environmental Institute whose research and publications for the past 25 years have focused on technological options and policy strategies for addressing climate change, concentrating most recently on equity and efficiency in the design of an international climate regime.”
    “He served as a coordinating lead author in the preparation of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in 2014, co-leading the chapter on Equity and Sustainable Development, and has been selected as a lead author for the upcoming IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, to be released in 2021.”

    Elizabeth Kolbert
    “Kolbert has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999 and has written extensively on science and climate change to great acclaim.”

    Robert Latiff
    “Latiff retired from the US Air Force as a major general in 2006.”

    Herb Lin
    “Lin is senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and Security at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford University.”

    Suzet McKinney
    “McKinney is the CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District.”

    Steven Miller
    “Miller is Director of the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.”

    Raymond Pierrehumbert
    “Pierrehumbert is Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. He was a lead author on the IPCC Third Assessment Report, and a co-author of the National Research Council report on abrupt climate change.”

    Robert Rosner, Chair of the Science and Security Board
    “Rosner is the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, and the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.”

    Robert Socolow
    “Socolow is professor emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. From 2000 to 2019, he and Steve Pacala were the co-principal investigators of Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a twenty-five-year (2001-2025) project supported by BP.”

    Susan Solomon
    “Solomon is the Lee and Geraldine Martin Professor of Environmental Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was the Founding Director of the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative from 2014-2015.”
    “She served as co-chair for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) fourth climate science assessment report, released in 2007.”

    Sharon Squassoni
    “Squassoni is Research Professor at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, at the George Washington University.”

    Jon Wolfsthal
    “Wolfsthal is Director of the Nuclear Crisis Group, an independent project of Global Zero. Wolfsthal served previously as Special Assistant to the President of the United States for National Security Affairs and senior director at the National Security Council for arms control and nonproliferation.”
    ” served for three years as special advisor to Vice President Biden on issues of nuclear security..”

    John Cleese, Minister for silly walks
    “Cleese examined the the potential doomsday effect of to many ministries, departments and, both nation and international organizations full of self serving academics. He was voted of the board”

    Stacked with global warming devotes, it is bit like having “The pros and cons of Communism Board” stacked with Marxists and socialists.

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    william x

    RR, Did you ask your paleoclimatologist, If his name was Nostradamus?

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    Ruairi

    Of the videos YouTube will scan,
    Alarmists implore them to ban,
    Those where skeptics reveal,
    The globalist zeal,
    To blame climate changes on man.

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    pat

    every time you think the CAGW mob can’t go any lower…

    29 Jan: Guardian: Climate breakdown ‘is increasing violence against women’
    Exclusive: attempts to tackle crisis fail because gender issues are not addressed, report finds
    by Fiona Harvey
    Campaigners called for governments and institutions to take note, saying that the impacts on women and girls must be at the heart of any viable strategies on the climate and ecology.

    The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) carried out what is understood to be the biggest and most comprehensive study yet of the issue, taking two years and involving more than 1,000 sources of research…
    “We found gender-based violence to be pervasive, and there is enough clear evidence to suggest that climate change is increasing gender-based violence,” said Cate Owren, a lead author of the report, published on Wednesday…

    Six in 10 respondents to a survey by IUCN, with more than 300 responses from organisations around the world, said they had observed gender-based violence among female environmental rights defenders, environmental migrants and refugees, and in areas where environmental crimes and environmental degradation were taking place. More than 80 case studies clearly showing such links were uncovered as part of the research…

    Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on climate change and the environment at the London School of Economics, who was not involved in writing the report, said: “This report highlights the complex but clear link between growing climate change impacts and violence against women and girls…
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/29/climate-breakdown-is-increasing-violence-against-women

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      WXcycles

      Guardian: Climate breakdown ‘is increasing violence against women’

      Coal fired power stations are now beating up little girls!

      The Guardian once again, spreading such pure lies, BS and immense stupidity, enemies of the people, enemies of rationality, enemies of the scientific truth, enemies of the West, enemies of facts, enemies of sanity.

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    pat

    read the writer’s bio at the bottom – he’s not likely to question any of this:

    29 Jan: Forbes: Electric Vehicle Batteries Will ‘Dwarf’ The Grid’s Energy-Storage Needs
    by Jeff McMahon
    There will be more than enough batteries in electric vehicles by 2050 to support a grid that runs on solar and wind—if the two are connected by smart chargers, according to experts at the International Renewable Energy Agency.

    Electric vehicles are expected to carry 40 terawatt-hours of battery storage by that date, said Francisco Boshell, IRENA’s team lead for renewable energy technology standards and markets, compared to nine terawatts of stationary storage.
    “If we see this from not from a transport perspective but from a power-sector perspective it also means that a massive electricity storage capacity would be available with all these batteries on wheels,” Boshell said in webinar posted by IRENA this week. “Batteries in EVs dwarf a stationary battery capacity in 2050…. This is indeed a great opportunity for the power sector transformation.”

    If those EV batteries are connected to the grid by smart chargers, they could not only provide sufficient power but also many of the system services needed by a grid that relies on intermittent renewables…READ ON
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffmcmahon/2020/01/29/electric-vehicle-batteries-could-dwarf-the-grids-energy-storage-needs/amp/

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    pat

    behind paywall:

    30 Jan: UK Times: Europe set to sweat in hottest year on record
    by Ben Webster
    The hottest year on record is likely to come in the next five years with northern Europe one of the regions worst affected, meteorologists have warned.
    The Met Office said that the period from 2020 to 2024 was likely to be the hottest five years since the record began, beating the five just past…
    Doug Smith, a Met Office fellow and expert on long-range temperature prediction, said: “The latest five-year forecast suggests continued warming, consistent with sustained high levels of greenhouse gases…
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/europe-set-to-sweat-in-hottest-year-on-record-cwj6w7373

    such confidence from the Met.
    wonder if it has anything to do with David Karoly reference – see comment #36 – AMSI link:
    As well as the science underpinning our understanding of recent observed climate change in Australia, Karoly will also explore Australia’s role in ***next generation global modelling.
    “I will shed some light on the next generation of global climate modelling now underway and Australia’s role in ***Phase 6 of the global Climate Model Intercomparison Project,” says Professor Karoly.

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    pat

    ****who won the “climate election”?

    open access:

    30 Jan: Australian: South Australia, NSW drive new resolve on climate change
    EXCLUSIVE By David Penberthy, South Australia Correspondent andGeoff Chambers, Federal Political Correspondent; Additional reporting: GREG BROWN
    Two Liberal premiers are ­expanding their states’ climate change programs, with South Australia’s Steven Marshall vowing to accelerate moves towards a zero-emissions economy and NSW signing a $2bn climate and energy deal with Scott Morrison.
    In an interview with The Australian, Mr Marshall said he would put his “foot to the floor’’ on renewable energy and called for an end to the left-right split in the climate debate, which was ­wrongly presented as “the right being pro-coal and the left being pro-renewables”.

    Mr Marshall said climate change was “without a doubt” a key driver of the breadth and ­ferocity of this summer’s bushfire crisis as he vowed to bring forward the state’s net zero emission target from its scheduled date of 2050…
    The NSW and federal ­gov­ernments will also jointly underwrite the HumeLink and the Queensland-NSW interconnectors to strengthen electricity grid reliability.

    Mr Marshall said his government was moving “headlong down the path of renewables’’, developing wind and solar, with the assistance of the federal government through the Clean Energy Corporation…READ ALL
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/south-australia-nsw-drive-new-resolve-on-climate-change/news-story/9922f86338184a0da0e8425a7e568007

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    pat

    Church of England joins passive push with climate index
    Financial Times – 30 Jan 2020
    The Church of England pension board is today launching a “passive index” onto the London Stock Exchange, which will be aligned with the goals of the Paris climate deal, the Financial Times reports…
    “The church will invest an initial £600m in the FTSE TPI Climate Transition Index which follows calls from Mark Carney, the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, for pension funds to tackle the financial risk of climate change.”…

    29 Jan: Reuters: New York State pension fund puts 27 coal companies under review
    by Ross Kerber
    BOSTON – New York state’s top pension fund official said it was reviewing whether to divest from 27 coal companies and could make decisions on $98 million in holdings within two months.
    The reviews by the third-largest U.S. state pension system, with $211 billion under management, could set the tone for other retirement plans facing public concerns about climate change…
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-investors/new-york-state-pension-fund-puts-27-coal-companies-under-review-idUSKBN1ZS1GL

    Sky Australia has been pushing the following story all day, as if they don’t have a clue Steyer is part of the CAGW mob & has zero chance of becoming the Dem candidate:

    VIDEO: 30 Jan: Sky News: Scott Morrison should ‘eat his words’ on climate change
    Mr Steyer, who is currently sitting 8th in the race for the Democratic nomination, has marked climate change as his signature issue and, if elected, he plans to declare a climate emergency on his first day.
    Speaking with Sky News on the Iowa Caucus trail, the democratic nominee warned Australia needed to change its tune on climate change.
    “I know what’s been going on in Australia and I think [Scott Morrison] should eat his words,” he said.
    “Australia is actually the example of what we need to avoid.”
    https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6128063377001

    apart from Bolt, and Outsiders, all Sky’s programs seem to include a CAGW believer in recent days. James Campbell, Herald Sun, on Credlin; Sharri Markson on Paul Murray’s program. Chris Kenny has never claimed to be a sceptic.

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      PeterS

      I’ve heard Chris Kenny admit he believed humans do have some impact on climate change. You are right to observe that Sky News is becoming more and more like the ABC wrt climate change. The cancer is spreading. People like Bolt and the Outsiders must be feeling more and more alone at Sky News.

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        Ted O’Brien.

        The talk of balance in the media is nonsense. It precludes the notion of right or wrong.

        I thank Heaven for “The Murdoch Press”. They are a team on the right track. Without them Marxism would have had a free run.

        My take on Chris Kenny’s recent commentary is that he has been leant on on the basis of the “balance in reporting” notion.

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          Graeme No.3

          Judging by the comments to articles in The Australian they are responding to their customers. There is frantic attempts by the ‘Believers’ (silyfilly, Stan, Peter) with multiple comments, but they make little impression.
          With the former SMH press firmly in the grasp of the Greens, including the Financial Review, the fallout when the scheme collapses may bring advantages to the Murdoch press.

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    cedarhill

    Global warmists, Greens, Democrats, Socialists, Marxists, Communists, totalitarianists, dictators, etc. — all just synonym for fascism.
    Of course, would could do a which came first, but still . . .

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    Bill In Oz

    Sapel Mirrup wrote ” we need some suggestions from people such as yourself as to how to reverse this.’

    There is one very simple suggestion that I have made before.
    Change the constitution by inserting into it a clause such as this
    ” No treaty or agreement with another nation or international organisation, Agreed to by the national government, which reduces the sovereignty of the Commonwealth of Australia , Shall have any force of law UNLESS IT IS AGREED TO BY THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA IN A REFERENDUM”.

    Thats hould sort out the problem and show us who are the Australians among our pollies, and who are the traitors !

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    Betapug

    Cathy Castor need not worry. Facebook is already posting warnings about incorrect thinking from people like Jo. How thoughtful!

    Jo’s Facebook links are all helpfully flagged with a “context button”.

    “Joanne Nova …adopted the stage name “Nova” in 1998 when she was preparing to host a children’s television program. She is prominent for promoting climate change denial.”
    “Facebook’s context button is designed to provide more background and information on the publishers and links that appear in News Feed so people can decide for themselves what to read, trust and share.”

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