Republicans disappear down rabbit hole searching for Ernst Stavro Blofeld

October 23, 2015

Republican members of a house congressional committee supposedly investigating Benghazi disappeared yesterday down a rabbit hole searching for the incredibly evil Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who disguised as a nondescript former journalist and friend of the Clintons named Sidney Blumenthal, was particularly fond of sending unsolicited advice and gossip to Hillary Clinton about Libya while she was Secretary of State.

Assuming without any evidence the existence of an evil plot between the villainous Blofeld and Clinton to sacrifice the lives of Ambassador Chris Summers and three others for her greater glory by abandoning them without security to a bloodthirsty mob in Benghazi, the Republicans hurled false accusations, insults, and stupid questions at her for 11 hours that she backhanded with ease possibly because the premise is so absurd. After emerging from the vewee scawee wabbit caves, the committee chair Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, summarized what the committee had accomplished:

In terms of her testimony, I don’t know that she testified that much differently than she has the previous times that she’s testified,” he told CBS News’ Cordes. “I would have to go back and look at the transcript.

Wow! Impressive accomplishment.

The Week said it best:

The point is that, from within the Republican bubble, Blumenthal’s connection to Benghazi, even if it consisted only of sending Hillary Clinton emails about Libya in general, proves that something fishy was going on. So naturally they’ll waste an hour or two of her testimony talking about the fact that he sent her lots of emails, which proves that…he sent her lots of emails.

This is what happens when you start an investigation that you’re sure will uncover evidence of nefarious goings-on. When you can’t find any malfeasance, you convince yourself that even mundane things are nefarious, like the fact that Hillary Clinton has a friend you don’t like.

The downside is this waste of time and money cost taxpayers at least $5 million. The upside is voters now have 5 million reasons to reject the Republican Party.


IPCC on Climate- Tragedy of the Commons

May 6, 2014

The White House released the National Climate Assessment Report today eliminating legitimate doubt that climate change is underway with increasingly dire and catastrophic consequences to the global biosphere and to human life yet to come. The report is the product of more than four years of work by hundreds of scientists and it is substantially more comprehensive and alarming than its predecessor report issued in 2009. Unlike the United Nation’s report released three weeks ago, this report focuses on what is happening in eight geographical regions of the United States.

After reviewing today’s report and the United Nation’s report, I do not see how any reasonable person who knows how to read can continue to doubt that human activity has caused and will continue to cause global warming and climate change.

The Republican Party likely will persist in denying climate change because the oil companies and the rich people who own them intend to continue to enrich themselves at our expense. For example, FOX News is claiming that President Obama and the Democrats made up this report to distract our attention from what happened at Benghazi.

Global warming and climate change is the new reality and no amount of denial will make it go away. Instead of pointless arguments regarding whether it exists, we must accept that it does and do everything in our power to avoid contributing to the problem.

To accomplish this, we will need a collective change of heart. As the report explains, climate change is really a case of the ‘tragedy of the commons.’

Mitigation is a public good; climate change is a case of ‘the tragedy of the commons’ (high 
confidence). Effective climate change mitigation will not be achieved if each agent (individual, 
institution or country) acts independently in its own selfish interest, suggesting the need for 
collective action. Some adaptation actions, on the other hand, have characteristics of a private good 
as benefits of actions may accrue more directly to the individuals, regions, or countries that 
undertake them, at least in the short term. Nevertheless, financing such adaptive activities remains 
an issue, particularly for poor individuals and countries. [3.1]

Collective action means that we change our hearts about mass consumption and greed. Following the no harm rule, we are capable of working to decrease air pollution, acid rain and ocean acidification, leaving future people with an environment that is not uninhabitable. With a change of heart, we can work to eradicate poverty, rather than strip-mining a couple of large western states of coal that we send to China by way of the Evergreen State. Before we do that, maybe we would consider having an intelligent conversation about how we can all decrease some of these emissions– China is working on that, why can’t we? We can reduce our waste is this country as well. There is no longer any excuse for it.

This is an opportunity for once, to work together in the world instead of trying to take it over, or lie, cheat and rip people off and then blame them (whoever they are) for all of our problems.

IPCC WGIII AR5

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Coal Exports Face Unprecedented Opposition in the Pacific Northwest

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