The Real “Colluders” With Russia

Progressive conspiracy theorists.

Progressive conspiracy theorists.
(c) Can Stock Photo / Frostie

Even now,  despite the lack of any shred of evidence, Democrats and their media allies are pushing the meme that Donald Trump or members of his administration are really Russian agents. They do this apparently for two major reasons. First, they would dearly love to generate an upwelling of public demands for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.  Second, and just as important for them, they need to create a public narrative about how they so thoroughly lost the elections of 2016, which were about far more than just Donald Trump. In a phrase from the Chinese, they have lost — at least temporarily — “the Mandate of Heaven.”

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The Nation States Refuse To Dissolve!

Painting of "The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster".

Painting of “The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster”. This is one of the treaties leading to the Peace of Westphalia, in which the concept of the modern nation state was defined.
Wikimedia Commons / Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681)

Today,  I read a very thoughtful essay by a Wall Street Journal editorial writer, Sohrab Ahmari, based in London, on why international events have taken such a disastrous turn for the West. Entitled How Nationalism Can Solve the Crisis of Islam, its subtitle is “Transnational liberalism breeds resentments and anxieties that are only beginning to surface across the developed world.”

With that title and subtitle, you can already sense the beginning of an attack on the conceits of modern day multiculturalism.

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U.S. Economy and Stock Markets, May 2017

Alas! Real GDP growth is still trending downwards.

Alas! Real GDP growth is still trending downwards.
Data and Image credit: St. Louis Federal Reserve District Bank / FRED

It is now time  to take our periodic look at how the U.S. economy fairs. My last survey was last February, with my tardiness in making a new one due to a hope that the new Trump regime would cause something new to happen in the economy. Although there are indeed new signs for hope, nevertheless the new administration’s biggest economic ambitions still await fruition. Given the true enormity of the political and economic problems, I suppose it could be no other way.

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Progressives Incite Hatred and Violence

Riot by progressive students at the University of California, Berkeley against right-winger, Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos

Riot by progressive students at the University of California, Berkeley against right-winger, Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos
Screen shot of ABC news report

The Democratic hysteria   and that of their mainstream media allies only grows with time to the amazement of all those who are not progressive. Over the last eight years of Obama’s administration, most of the media (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times being among the most prominent examples) have been extremely reliable allies of the Obama administration, the Democratic Party, and progressives in general. It would seem most of the managers and reporters in these news organizations are very committed progressives themselves, eager to push the party line.

And now that progressives and the Democratic Party have been quite throughly checked by the results of the 2016 elections, they are being driven by shock and fear to attempt to destroy the Trump administration and the Republican agenda in any way they can. Cries abound from many progressives that Trump and Republicans in general are “fascists” and “racists”. Quite evidently these progressives are filled with hatred for neoliberals (erroneously known as “conservatives”). Progressives should be very careful about the possibility of inducing an even greater counter hatred from those they hate. This extremely dangerous social environment could quite easily escalate into the catastrophic general violence of a civil war.

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New Data Points To Continuing Warming Pause

Cosmic ray intensities from March 2015 to May 2017.

Cosmic ray intensities from March 2015 to May 2017.
Image and Data from Spaceweather.com

Today  marks  the sixth straight day for which there were absolutely no sunspots on the Sun. So far this year, out of the 135 days that have passed by, 36 days have been without sunspots, 26.7% of the total. Last year, a total of 32 days, or 8.8% were without sunspots. What all this portends is that we are descending into a particularly low solar minimum of the 11 year sunspot cycle, which should arrive sometime in 2019-2020. In turn, what this implies is our current pause in global warming will probably continue — worse luck for the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) enthusiasts!

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CO2 Levels In Air Dangerously Low for Life on Earth

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations and average global temperatures for the past 550 million years on Earth.

Atmospheric CO2 concentrations and average global temperatures for the past 550 million years on Earth.
Carbon dioxide levels from Brener (2001) and temperature from Scotese (2001) sourced from www.geocraft.com.
See also Boucot et al. (2004)
See bottom of post for complete references.
Image Credit: The Consulting Geologist

For the past two weeks or so,  I just have not been able to get away from the subject of global warming. Every time I turn around, I seem to learn yet more reasons why the popular picture of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) is not to be believed. Now I have run across data indicating our current levels of atmospheric CO2 are actually dangerously low for life on Earth.
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Thermodynamic Effects of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Revisited

Varieties of interactions between air and sea

Varieties of interactions between air and sea
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

Apparently,  I did not not explain my thoughts clearly enough in my post Thermodynamic Interactions of the Oceans With the Atmosphere, not to at least one reader anyway. What that essay attempted to do was to demonstrate it was energetically impossible for CO2 in the air to heat ocean water enough to evaporate more water into the air. Adherents of man-caused or Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) have known all along that there is entirely too little atmospheric carbon dioxide (approximately 0.04% of the atmosphere), and that CO2 molecules could absorb only a minuscule portion of the available thermal spectrum, to do the bulk of the atmospheric heating. Instead, they envisioned carbon dioxide as a trigger to a feedback mechanism that would amplify the CO2‘s effect. The modest amounts of CO2 heating would cause increased heat flux into the oceans, raising their temperatures and creating increased water evaporation. The increased water vapor, being a much stronger greenhouse gas, would then strongly heat the atmosphere. That is their theory, anyway.

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Information Sources For Our Hive Mind

Picture of Confusion and Illumination

The classic, arduous. time-consuming, and expensive way to access information!
A photo of a part of my library

A few days ago,  I asked the question “How Can So Many See Such Different Realities?” in a post with the same title. A part of the answer comes from the observation that most of us think we know a lot more than we actually do. From long-term observation of my fellow human beings (I am currently 70 years old), I am firmly convinced this is a true statement even for the most erudite of us. It has certainly been true for me for more times than I would like to admit! In fact, it is almost certainly a condition that is impossible to avoid. In this post I would like to offer some suggestions on how to ameliorate the situation.

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Thermodynamic Interactions of the Oceans With the Atmosphere

Cumulus clouds over the Atlantic Ocean

Cumulus clouds over the Atlantic Ocean
Wikimedia Commons / Tiago Fioreze

One fruitful way  of looking at the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) controversy is through the lens of thermodynamics, a field of physics. In one way this is a surprisingly easy approach that can even be made understandable to non-scientists. In particular what is of interest is how heat is passed back and forth between the atmosphere and the oceans. If we do this scrutiny carefully, what we will learn is that it is energetically impossible for all the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to significantly heat the water in the oceans.  Continue Reading…

How Can So Many See Such Different Realities?

Different pieces of the puzzle!

Everyone holds different pieces of the puzzle!
© CanStock Photo

I am endlessly fascinated  by how we all ostensibly live in the same universe, yet we all see such different realities. On the one hand, this social condition allows little room for boredom. On the other, it causes many human beings to hate, despise, and even to attempt to kill each other.

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