“Oh, If I’ve Known…”

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1966)

 

1925

Oh, if I’ve known, when, in dress of whiteness,

Muse was just coming to my living place,

That to the lyre, stoned in the timeless,

My hands’ warm flesh will be forever pressed.

Oh, if I’ve known, when was flying fierce

And playful tempest of my love, the last,

That to the best of youths, in bitter tears,

I’ll close his, like eagle’s, dear eyes.

Oh, if I’ve known, when, by my successes

Pined, I was tempting destiny, discreet,

That soon with laugh, so scornful one and merciless,

Will people answer to my last entreat.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, August, 2000


							
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Bag-less

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The world media, well trained seals, performed another fraud on benighted public. This time it was the plastic bag, killing the planet. Not just any bags, but only those used in the developed world. Next it could be plastic straws. Idiocy of globalists is limitless. http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2018/10/bag-snatchers/The medial push happened at the same time all over first world, though the only evidence of any problems comes from Asia and Africa.

Only currently tertiary educated snowflakes believe the socialists propaganda, and, while professing being au fait with computers and internet, it is simply because are young and therefore ignorant of anything else in real world.

Our politicians jumped on the bandwagon, as it would cost them nothing in real terms, would enhance their “environmental” image and could increase contributions from big business, retailers in particular. In Australia, Coles / Woolworths duopoly is so blatant that one wonders about the size donations to Australian Securities Commission; it cannot be so incompetent just on its own. Not wishing to have my legs broken, I state I have no evidence of anything.

Our pretend, Clayton competitors are saving planet profitably by forcing citizens to buy their own plastic bag and compensating plastic manufacturers by smaller and smaller packaging, relying on misguided and ambivalent public. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/16/dont-ban-plastic-bags/

The real point of this nonsense is that socialists are training us for the new world, their world. In the memorable words of one of their leaders, comrade Conroy (while ALP was in power):

I have unfettered legal power… If I say to you, everyone in this room, if you want to bid next week in our spectrum auction you’d better wear red underpants on your head, I’ve got some news for you. You’ll be wearing them on your head.

Perhaps he thought he is addressing all Australians, though by silently accepting plastic bags nonsense, we are almost there. For example, Australians are mostly quiet about obscene cost of gas and electricity. We failed IQ test and showed next step to global socialism would be even easier. We have nobody to blame but ourselves.

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Australian elections. Incoming!

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State of despair

Ludwig von Gress

My lengthy silence is caused by deep depression over the state of Australian defence. Our politicians, on both sides (there is practically no difference) gave up. Some are hoping for large enough baksheesh from communist China before China realises that it is not necessary.

Oh no, we are so much smarter. We do not panic, in fact we do not care at all. Even though the wishful thinking that somebody would again pull the chestnuts out of the fire may be totally unrealistic:

US Admiral: Chinese Subs Outnumber America’s

A U.S. admiral told Congress that China now has more submarines than the U.S. — and is building still more.

China now has a larger submarine fleet than that United States, a U.S. admiral said on Wednesday. Speaking to the House Armed Service Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee (which oversees the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps), Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy said that China is building some “fairly amazing submarines,” both diesel- and nuclear-powered. Mulloy is the deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources.

According to Reuters, Mulloy told the subcommittee that China is “out experimenting and looking at operating and clearly want[s] to be in this world of advanced submarines.” He also noted that China is increasing the geographical area of deployment for its subs, as well as the length of time per deployment.

Last year, two Chinese submarines paid separate visits to Sri Lanka, the nuclear-powered, Han-class Changzheng-2 in November and the diesel-powered, 039 Song class submarine in September. At the time, foreign experts (particularly in India) expressed concern about the emergence of Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean.

In the 2014 edition of the Pentagon’s annual report to Congress on Chinese military developments, the Department of Defense said that China had “more than 60 submarines.” A spokesman for the U.S. Navy told Reuters that the U.S. has 71 commissioned submarines; the Pentagon must estimate that China’s number has now climbed into the low 70s at least. Still, Mulloy made sure to point out that, while China has surpassed the U.S. in quantity, it remains behind in quality.

Mulloy also said that the U.S. military analysts don’t believe that China currently equips its submarines with nuclear missiles, although it has been testing such missiles. The 2014 DoD report, however, noted that China’s Jin-class submarines (of which three are currently operational) will eventually carry China’s “new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile,” giving “the PLA Navy its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent.”

Submarines and anti-submarine warfare are generally seen as a weakness for the Chinese military. The PLA Navy is well aware of this and is focusing efforts on improving China’s capabilities in this regard. The DoD report also noted that “[t]he PLA Navy places a high priority on the modernization of its submarine force.”

Nuclear-power submarines are a particular area of emphasis as China looks to improve its ability to conduct military operations outside its own near seas. China is continuing to produce Jin-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and Shang-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs), and is expected to introduce new models over the next decade (the Type 096 SSBN and Type 095 guided-missile attack submarine or SSGN). For now, however, the DoD reports that diesel-powered subs are still “mainstay of the Chinese submarine force.”

Defense spending 2014:

Rank Country Spending ($ Bn.) % of GDP
World total

1,747.0

2.4

1 United States

640.0

3.8

2 China[a]

188.0

2.0

3 Russia[a]

87.8

4.1

4 Saudi Arabia[b]

67.0

9.3

5 France

61.2

2.2

6 United Kingdom

57.9

2.3

7 Germany[a]

48.8

1.4

8 Japan

48.6

1.0

9 India

47.4

2.5

10 South Korea

33.9

2.8

11 Italy[a]

32.7

1.6

12 Brazil

31.5

1.4

13 Australia

24.0

1.6

14 Turkey

19.1

2.3

15 United Arab Emirates[a][c]

19.0

4.

While considering Australia ‘s expenses, remember its geographical area, trans-gender surgeries and toenails pink painting.

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Apologetic Postscript of a Year Later

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Robert Louis Stevenson

If you see this song, my dear,
And last year's toast,
I'm confoundedly in fear
You'll be serious and severe
About the boast.

Blame not that I sought such aid
To cure regret.
I was then so lowly laid
I used all the Gasconnade
That I could get.

Being snubbed is somewhat smart,
Believe, my sweet;
And I needed all my art
To restore my broken heart
To its conceit.

Come and smile, dear, and forget
I boasted so,
I apologise - regret -
It was all a jest; - and - yet -
I do not know.

 

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Politics USA

From Breitbart -

Ann Coulter lamented Republican weakness in the face of accusations of “racism” from Democrats and the broader left in a Wednesday-aired interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

The status quo of demographic change is an existential threat to American cultural continuity, warned Coulter.

I judge all politicians on their stand on the most important issue of our era [and] generation, and it decides whether America lives or dies,” said Coulter. “That is immigration.”


Coulter continued, “So I’ve been, for a long time, pretty tough on Rand Paul, because he was terrible on immigration. “He was Mr. Amnesty, remember? He was taking Rupert Murdoch to the Kentucky Derby, and Rupert Murdoch is famously open borders.”

Coulter went on, “So I’m not wild about Rand Paul’s instincts on these things, but he actually has been great on a lot of other issues. He’s very good on the don’t-start-wars-around-the-globe issue for no purpose, killing off our best Americans. He’s been fantastic on that.”

Coulter added, “I’m hesitant to be too critical, but I think [Rand Paul] is going back to being, ‘I’m going to be Mr. Principled Libertarian and please admire me for my principles,’ which is good, you can all slap one another on the back when we’re in the gulags together because you’re about to wreck our country.”

Illegal immigration and the southern border’s porousness dually constitute a national emergency, assessed Coulter:

On its face, I think it’s a nonsense position to say this isn’t a national emergency. Look at the other national emergencies Rand Paul has signed off on. I tweeted a few of them last night. We still have like 28 active national emergencies, things like transferring property to anyone who would upset the Middle East peace process or who would upset peace in the Balkans, who would upset the ongoing negotiations in Zimbabwe. How many Americans are going to die if we don’t call any of those national emergencies? Any? Would one American so much as be inconvenienced by anything that happens in the Congo or Zimbabwe? Those are national emergencies. Rand Paul’s happy to sign on to those. But here we have a literal national emergency that president after president, Congress after Congress, has refused to deal with. That’s why Donald Trump was elected.

Coulter added, “It is an emergency that you have Americans dying in greater numbers than died in the entire course of the Vietnam War every year from drugs, most of those drugs, as we know from Sam Quinones’s great book Dreamland, and being brought in from Mexico. … Tens of thousands of Americans are going to be killed by illegal aliens — and I might add legal aliens — in drunk driving accidents, in heinous rape-murders, like the Kate Steinles.

sleeping.dollarIllegal aliens are consuming vast public resources so that hospitals and schools and local tax areas are just having to shut down normal government services. … This is actually harming Americans in a way that — I promise you — nothing in the Congo, Zimbabwe, or with Jared’s Middle East peace process is going to affect any American. This is an actual national emergency.”

Coulter dismissed warnings from ostensibly principled conservatives against a presidential declaration of a national emergency regarding illegal immigration and border insecurity.

When you remember how unpopular [Democrats’] ideas are, do not fall for the nonsense about how they will implement those ideas through a national emergency,” Coulter remarked. “No, they won’t. They’ll have an administrative agency do it. They’ll go to a court to do it. No president is going to declare a national emergency for the Green New Deal. It won’t happen.”

Democrats support the status quo of both lawful and unlawful immigration in order to design more favorable demographics for their electoral fortunes, explained Coulter.

Republicans,” added Coulter, “quickly acquiesce when accused of ‘racism’ by Democrats and their allies: Democrats know exactly what they’re doing. It’s these idiot Elmer Fudd Republicans. Most of them, all you have to do is mouth the word ‘racism.’ It could be for anything. It could be for, ‘You took my parking spot, racist.’ They just wither and collapse and produce a form letter of apology. That was one of the things that was so great about Trump. He didn’t back down just because the media was yelling at him or using the r-word. But yeah, the Republicans refuse to take this seriously as state after state [goes blue]. I mean, look at the state of California. It’s the state that gave us Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. It cannot elect a Republican, now. Now, the only hope for that state is to give Kim Jong-Un the coordinates. It is so far gone. Continue reading

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Bad news

What the future of the post “Peak Trump” era holds…

Love it or hate it, the potency of the Trump Administration is on the wane, soon to be stuck in the mire of the Swamp it has deepened instead of drained, while the economy falls into one hell of a recession — so claims former Regan-era Cabinet member and Congressman David Stockman.

In his new book Peak Trump, Stockman notes how the wide divergence between Trump the campaigner and Trump the president appears to be proving to be his undoing.

Rather than fight to dismantle the institutions he railed against as a candidate — most notably the Deep State and the Federal Reserve — Trump has embraced them.

Now, when this latest asset bubble bursts (and Stockman believes the markets saw their peak back in Fall 2018), Trump will ‘own’ that. Having chosen to tie his administration’s success to the rising price of the S&P 500 since taking office, he won’t be able to foist the blame of a market crash on his predecessors.

Similarly, the Deep State — especially the military industrial complex — is experiencing a bonanza under the Trump administration. As a result, the Swamp is deeper than it has ever been:

I learned a long time ago as Budget Director and even before that as a member of Congress that the real deep end of the Washington swamp is on the Pentagon side of the Potomac. What Trump has done is basically taking a defense budget at $600 billion that was already swollen with waste and extending it far beyond anything you need for a homeland defense.

I have a whole section in the book about how a homeland of defense wouldn’t cost $600 billion that he inherited or now the $700 billion that we have. $720 billion actually, that after two huge Trump increases. But you can do an honest, effective, and safe homeland defense for $250 billion. By putting all of these funds into the DOD and into an even larger intelligence budget which is already $75 billion and triggered in the entire Russian military budget for everything… He has actually fed the monster.

Remember, the walking around dollars that create the prosperity in Washington and all of the lobbies, NGOs, think tanks, and all the rest of it comes out of the DOD, National Security, State Department, Intelligence Community budget. It becomes a self-perpetuating lobby for its own, ultimately if you add everything up, $800 billion per year fleecing of the tax papers. Domestically, yeah. We have this huge amount of waste and the domestic budget as well. But most of it’s entitlements and so, it’s cash flowing out of all the places across America. Those entitlements need to be reformed.

But the impact on governance and what he rightly called the swamp, comes from the National Security side. The warfare state, not the welfare state. He’s obviously… It was a nice phrase but unfortunately he has embraced policies that go into the opposite direction and made the swamp even far deeper than it already was on the warfare state side of the equation.

Whole article on Zero Hedge.

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Jewish Melody

from the quills of dead white poets

Mikhail Lermontov (1814 -1841)

 

(From Byron) 1836

My heart is in a gloom. Be fast, Oh bard, be fast!

There is a harp of gold:

And let your fingers, that on strings are cast,

Wake sounds of the God’s Abode.

And if a cruel fate kills hopes not at once,

They’ll wake up in my poor soul,

And if a drop of tears is, else, in my iced eyes -

Tears will be melted and will flow.

And let your song be grim and wild. Like my wreath, hard,

I hate the sounds of mad gladness!

I say to you: I crave for tears, Oh bard,

Or heart will perish from the sadness.

It was attended with some pain before,

Was, for a long time, pining, lonesome;

The strike of fate had come – it’s now full, therefore,

As a deathly cup is full with poison.

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Life on earth

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“Hateful Is the Dark-Blue Sky”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

(From “The Lotos-Eaters”)

Hateful is the dark-blue sky,

Vaulted o’er the dark-blue sea.

Death is the end of life; ah, why

Should life all labor be?

Let us alone. Time driveth onward fast,

And in a little while our lips are dumb.

Let us alone. What is it that will last?

And things are taken from us, and become

Portions and parcels of the dreadful past.

Let us alone. What pleasure can we have

To war with evil? Is there any peace

In ever climbing up the climbing wave?

All things have rest, and ripen toward the grave

In silence – ripen, fall, and cease:

Give us long rest or death, dark death, or dreamful ease.

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Taxiless Spain

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Taxiless Spain

19 days lasted the strike of Madrid taxi drivers, in case you have not noticed. Drivers and owners had some lukewarm support from their compatriots in Barcelona. The point of the strike? Competition from Uber and similar organisations catering to the peoples transport. The competition diminishes the value of taxi licences. In Spain, as here, the cost is not negligible. According to time-honoured principle; “God, I wish my neighbour’s goat died also”, taxistas want more government regulation imposed on their competitors, just as on themselves and more so. Safety of the public is, as usual, the red herring.

Use of taxis for emergencies was excepted. Some traffic experts claim that taxis contribute to the mess by driving around, looking for customers. Residents of Madrid enjoyed clean air and unblocked streets.

I do not know whether somebody noticed that the strike made powerful point for electric, driver-less vehicles. Taxis are normally used for short distances, with a lot of standing time thus available for recharging, and driver-less cars would be carrying approximately 100 kilograms less. A typical taxi driver today would not find his way out of the paper bag without GPS and he knows local history well, but only if you ask about his native village in Pakistan. With currently fashionable “environmentalism” and governments willing to impose more rules on the public, the typical taxi may go the way of its horse drawn predecessor.

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The Miller’s Daughter

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

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It is the miller’s daughter,

And she is grown so dear, so dear,

That I would be the jewel

That trembles in her ear;

For hid in ringlets day and night,

I’d touch her neck so warm and white.

And I would be the girdle

About her dainty dainty waist,

And her heart would beat against me,

In sorrow and I in rest;

And I should know if it beat right,

I’d clasp it round so close and tight.

And I would be the necklace,

And all day long to fall and rise

Upon her balmy bosom,

With her laughter or her sighs;

And I would lie so light, so light,

I scarce should be unclasp’d at night.

Love that hath us in the net,

Can he pass, and we forget?

Many suns arise and set;

Many a chance the years beget;

Love the gift is Love the debt.

Even so.

Love is hurt, with jar and fret;

Love is made a vague regret;

Eyes with idle tears are wet;

Idle habit links us yet.

What is love? for we forget:

Ah, no! no!

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Modern times

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The Evening Star

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

From The Belfry Of Bruges (Sonnets)

Lo! in the painted oriel of the West,naked.window

Whose panes the sunken sun incarnadines,

Like a fair lady at her casement, shines

The evening star, the star of love and rest!

And then anon she doth herself divest

Of all her radiant garments, and reclines

Behind the sombre screen of yonder pines,

With slumber and soft dreams of love oppressed.

O my beloved, my sweet Hesperus!

My morning and my evening star of love!

My best and gentlest lady! even thus,

As that fair planet in the sky above,

Dost thou retire unto thy rest at night,

And from thy darkened window fades the light.

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CRY

Socialism? Not for me, thank you. I lived in it.

““You [North] Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”

Nikita S. Khrushchev, Prime minister of the Soviet Union 1953 – 1962

I lived in then socialist Czechoslovakia, 1941 – 1970 and now I am a retiree in Cumming, GA.) My life under communist rule qualifies me to speak about dangers of socialism, creeping in to my new country. Yes, it is the U.S.A.; being targeted by today’s world elites, globalists – socialists. They have already succeeded in the first point of their playbook in dividing us into so many tribes – minorities. We are not just Americans anymore. The tensions between the tribes are being fueled by politicians rewarding this or that group with money collected on taxes of those, who still resist to belong to this or that tribe, being busy at work and taking care of their families.

Destabilization is the second point in the program of the socialists. The nationalized schools are the perfect tool to achieve just that. Trusting parents send their children to school. In a few years they have their kids (in many cases, anyway) changed into ravaging soldiers against global warming, loving everything green, advocates of redistribution of wealth; the shame for history of this country is taken for granted. What kind of nonsense is just a talk about some ancient “Greatest generation?”

The third point in the socialist’s book is Revolution. We have just recently avoided that. There wouldn’t be step back.

“Win majority in the democratically held elections!”says their book. Then it goes like an avalanche: total nationalization of everything.(No private property for those, who don’t understand.) The army, police become just a tool of those in power. Party bosses nominate all their devoted lieutenants to be in charge of all institutions- schools, factories, mines, science. All institutions.

Two years ago, we were so close to this. Thanks God, that people got that God given survival instinct. Who cares being called deplorable and redneck. We survived. For how long?

Country of Venezuela is now the freshest example of a place, where socialists won their election. The “rewards” of that socialist society aren’t only shortages of food, medical supplies and yes, the toilet paper. It is also jails full of those, who don’t fit into the socialist society. The hell, the people of Venezuela are living now, very much reminds me of twenty nine years of my life in then socialist Czechoslovakia.

I am begging here: Please, Americans, don’t let it go! I have already lost one country. I don’t want to lose this one.

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Peter Motyka, Cumming, GA.

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Deception

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Words are,of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

Rudyard Kipling

Dr. Tim Ball:-

The perpetuation of the deception that humans are causing the inevitable collapse of the world because of global warming works because of the deliberate exploitation of human traits and frailties. Usually, they are exploitations of ideas and misdirection’s that worked in the past. Despite clear, concise, explanations with evidence under oath before political leaders by well-qualified scientists of what is wrong with the science the lies and deceptions continue. It is hard to believe that all or even a portion of the proponents of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) don’t know what is wrong with the hypothesis. Senator Timothy Wirth instrumental in the creation of the AGW deception was quoted by Michael Fumento as early as 1993 …” continued on WUWT Guest Opinion by Dr T.Ball – Another False Pemise that Underlies Environmental, AGW, and Creattionists Views Thriving in a Moral Vacuum.

See also – Climate change gets a new language

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Vision Of Belshazzar

 

…from the quills of dead white poets

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)

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(From “Hebrew Melodies”)

The King was on his throne,

The Satraps thronged the hall:

A thousand bright lamps shone

O’er that high festival.

A thousand cups of gold,

In Judah deemed divine –

Jehovah’s vessels hold

The godless Heathen’s wine!

In that same hour and hall,

The fingers of a hand

Come forth against the wall

And wrote as if on sand:

The fingers of a man: –

A solitary hand

Along the letters ran,

And traced them like a wand.

The monarch saw, and shook,

And bade no more rejoice;

All bloodless waxed his look,

And tremulous his voice.

Let the men of lore appear,

The wisest of the earth,

And expound the words of fear,

Which mar our royal mirth.”

Chaldea’s seers are good,

But here they have no skill;

And the unknown letters stood

Untold and awful still.

And Babel’s men of age

Are wise and deep in lore;

But now they were not sage,

They saw – but knew not more.

A captive in the land,

A stranger and a youth,

He heard the King’s command,

He saw that writing’s truth.

The lamps around were bright,

The prophecy in view;

He read it on that night, -

The morrow proved it true.

Belshazzar’s grave is made,

His kingdom passed away,

He, in the balance weighed,

Is light and worthless clay;

The shroud, his robe of state,

His canopy the stone;

The Mede is at his gate!

The Persian on his throne!”

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Words

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

Old Testament, Job XXXV,16

The following is an excerpt from the recent article by Thomas Sowell: -

Empty catchwords reveal a mind that’s unwilling to analyze and debate.

In this era when there has been more information available to more people than at any time in the past, it is also true that there has been more misinformation from more different sources than ever. We are not talking about differences of opinion or inadequate verification, but about statements and catchwords in utter defiance of facts.

Among the most popular current catchwords are “climate change deniers.” Stop and think. Have you ever — even once in your entire life — seen, heard or read even one human being who denied that climates change?

It is hard even to imagine how any minimally knowledgeable person could deny that climates change, when there are fossils of marine creatures in the Sahara Desert. Obviously there has been quite a climate change there.

The next time someone talks about “climate change deniers,” ask them to name one — and tell you just where specifically you can find their words, declaring that climates do not change. You can bet the rent money that they cannot tell you.

Why all this talk about these mythical creatures called “climate change deniers”? Because there are some meteorologists and other scientists who refuse to join the stampede toward drastic economic changes to prevent what others say will be catastrophic levels of “global warming.”

There are scientists on both sides of that issue. Presumably the issue could be debated on the basis of evidence and analysis. But this has become a political crusade, and political issues tend to be settled by political means, of which demonizing the opposition with catchwords is one.”

Thomas Sowell - https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/27/sowell-the-catchwords-climate-change-deniers-reveals-political-crusade/

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