atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5635: Winning, yet again

The butthurt is strong on this issue. The Arse Technica headline reads:
Trump stands with climate change deniers, withdraws from Paris Agreement
And the lede adds, "The long-awaited decision is to join Nicaragua and Syria on the sidelines."

Okay, let's see if the salient detail is present...nope! If you look at the URL for the article, once you get past the doman name and date and other stuff, it reads "trump-to-pull-historys-biggest-polluter-from-global-climate-agreement". There's no acknowledgement of the elephant in the room, that China has surpassed the US as the biggest emitter of carbon on the planet. The article does say, "China has publicly stated its intent to follow through on its Paris commitments regardless of what the US does," but China is not required to curtail its carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement. Neither is India. Combined, India and China emit a lot more CO2 than America does.

Odd how the Arse Technica article omits that little detail.

In any case, the Paris Agreement has not been ratified by the American Senate, and we therefore are not beholden to it. The Obama administration tried to do an end-run around the Constitution, but the simple fact is that the "Agreement" is a treaty and those must be ratified by the Senate to be binding on America.

John C. Wright says the headline should read "America Declines to Shoot Herself in the Head to Save the Unicorns."

And the left loses it shit over it. Why is the ACLU--an organization which concerns itself with civil liberties--tweeting about "racial justice"? "Pulling out of the Paris Agreement would be a massive step back for racial justice, and an assault on communities of color across the U.S." And what does "racial justice" have to do with carbon emissions? And what the everlasting fuck is "racial justice", anyway? It all goes to show just how unhinged the left is. None of what they say about this has any connection to reality whatsoever.

TL;DR: Not ratified, not binding, au revoir Paris Agreement. Good going, President Trump!

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LOL: "Hillary lost to covfefe. I've attempted, in the past, to point out the stupidity of harping on misstatements and typos as indicators of suitability for public office. Leftists always do this; whenever a Republican stumbles on something, they point and shriek at it and claim it shows how unfit for office he is.

I've done it (and amplified in the reverse direction) as a way of showing people how ludicrous that is. If the lefties truly believed that sort of thing, Obama wouldn't have made it into office after talking about how he'd visited "all 57 states" in the 2008 campaign.

People make mistakes.

As long as lefties continue to harp on it, though, and ignore it from their side, I'll do exactly the same favor for them.

The hilarious thing about the whole "covfefe" nonsense is that Trump himself turned it around and had a laugh at his own expense: "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe" ??? Enjoy!"

Predictably enough, CNN is all over it, making sure the world knows all about Trump's inadequacy for the position he's in, and the discussion is lead by their "CHEIF" political analyst Gloria Borger. because CNN doesn't know how to spell "chief", they're obviously unfit for providing news.

Irony! Savor it. SAVOR IT!

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...and I still have sixteen friggin' tabs open. *sigh* Five of them are about Trump pulling out of Paris Agreement. Three are about Kathy Griffin's stupid Twitter stunt. Hang on while I prune this a bit.

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How divorced from reality the left is, in a single tweet. It really doesn't get any more plain than that. The idiot tweeting this nonsense is a "cheif" political analyst for ABC news. He's utterly ignorant of American history.

You see, this is how it works in the real world: if you can't wire a three-phase motor, you don't get the job. But in the elites' world, you don't need to know anything connected to the job in order to get it, as long as your politics are correct.

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Not to be outdone, Kathy Griffin extrudes a spectacularly ignorant tweet when she says, "What is happening to me has never happened, ever, in the history of this great country."

I don't need to put up a list of people who lost their careers and everything because they said something the left didn't like, do I? Perhaps that's what Griffin means: it's never happened to a leftist before.

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Birmingham, Alabama's city government is obviously in the pocket of "big landscaping". In Birmingham, if you cut grass for money, you must have a business license to do it.
"One of the men that cuts several yards made a remark to one of our neighbors, 'that if he saw her cutting grass again that he was going to call Gardendale because she didn't have a business license,'" said [guy in story].
You see, the business license costs $110 for the year, which is probably a lot more than the kid will make cutting a few lawns. The landcaping companies probably get $50-$100 per lawn per week, where the kid can (absent the license) do it for a lot less, undercutting them. But instead of competing in the marketplace, or accepting that they will lose some business to enterprising teenagers, the landscapers have bought off the city council and forced out at least some of their competition.
I look back on my own childhood experience mowing lawns, and I can't help but wonder: how in the world did we all ever manage to survive our own childhoods without the Nanny State watching over us and making sure we were all in full compliance with its edicts, anyway? And what about safety? Lawnmowers are dangerous devices; shouldn't these kids be wearing helmets, gloves, goggles, full suits of medieval armor—shouldn't ALL of us be?
It's very easy for government to mandate all sorts of things, because it transfers all the burden onto the taxpayer. It's crap, and it needs to be undone.

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Man, another gorgeous day today. $5 says it's going to be 95° by the end of the month. *sigh*

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