Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Old News

                Things I'd meant to write/post about previously...that are now:

                                                                 Old News

Ø  Canadian journalist John Ibbitson and political scientist Darrell Bricker have just come out with a new book titled “Empty Planet” in which they claim that Earth’s population will start dropping in roughly 30 years. What’s more, they claim that, once it does, “it will never end.” At least until we do. The brace of Canucks re-examined existing forecasting models and believe that previous predictions of an insupportably overpopulated globe are totally in error. The duo cite continuing urbanization and an increasingly educated female population as a couple of the factors leading to their surprising conclusion. Soon we’ll be hearing warnings of “global cooling” again. And perhaps a latter-day Rachel Carson will write a book warning us of an imminent “Overly Raucous Spring.”

Ø  Connecticut State Rep. Jillian Gilchrest recently introduced a bill that would raise the Constitution State’s tax on ammunition by 50% across the board, a measure that, ironically, would be unconstitutional. None-the-less, Gilchrest said: “We see this as a public health measure, similar to what we’ve done in the state of Connecticut with increasing the tax on cigarettes. When we increase the tax, we’ve seen a reduction in use.” Yes, a good public health measure always makes it more expensive for the poor, weak, infirm and elderly to defend themselves. Killing babies is “women’s health care.” Gender reassignment surgery is “healthcare.” Legalizing marijuana equals “healthcare.” Taxing ammunition? Healthcare! Fossil fuel energy that allows billions of human beings to survive in extreme cold and heat? Existential danger to the planet and ultimately ourselves! Being on the same campus where a conservative speaker may be espousing traditional values? Danger to mental health!

Ø  CNN’s Van Jones was having none of President Trump’s State of the Union Address call for unity and bipartisanship in the moments after Trump’s speech. The host of the cleverly named Van Jones Show characterized the president’s oration as “a psychotically incoherent speech with cookies and dog poop.” That line itself is psychotically incoherent and actually contains the words “cookies and dog poop,” which Trump’s speech did not. VJ also said, “He tries to put together in the same speech these warm, kind things about humanitarianism and caring about children. At the same time he is demonizing people who are immigrants.” That statement is simply a bald-faced lie. The president clearly emphasized that he approves of legal immigration. In fact, he stated “I want more legal immigration than ever before.” This is not hard, Mr. Jones. Trump was not demonizing immigrants. “Illegal immigration” is a two-word phrase. Since Trump went out of his way to state his belief that legal immigrants are often beneficial to the country, the only possibility left is that it is the “illegal” part he dislikes, not “immigrants.” But Van Jones’ ass-hattery knows no bounds. And his speech is filled with falsehoods and bull-shit.

Ø  An English woman was recently arrested for “mis-gendering,” i.e. calling a man who wishes to be a woman a “man.” What’s next, will we be arrested for calling abortion “abortion” rather than “women’s health care?” For referring to “taxation” instead of “revenue enhancement?” For using the term “Islamic terrorism” instead of “workplace violence” or “insurgency?” Perhaps for saying “arrested” instead of “temporarily detained for positive re-education?”

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