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Oops again. To the appalling killing of Muslims in NZ. I must have got up too early!

Apr 25, 2019 at 8:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

7.33am, post. Oops. I of course meant to compare the lack of ongoing BBC news reporting with the more extensive coverage given to the appalling coverage of Muslims in NZ.

Apr 25, 2019 at 8:17 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Isn't it weird that we have to go to RT from sense?

"‘We don’t have a future’: Greta Thunberg used to offer salvation, now she prepares us for doomsday"

The maiden of environmental activism is beginning to sound like an apocalyptic cult leader. Will anyone be brave enough to challenge Greta Thunberg’s cataclysmic visions – and start a sane conversation about the environment?
The teenager’s latest stop on the celebrity mortification tour – it recently included a one-to-one with the Pope – was the UK parliament, where she delivered her now-familiar public shaming.

Only where once she spoke of deadlines, however unrealistic, there was an almost cathartic reveling now in the inevitability of the coming End of Days (“You did not act in time”).

“We had everything we could ever wish for and yet now we may have nothing. Now we probably don’t even have a future anymore,” said Thunberg in that earnest monotone.

“You lied to us. You gave us false hope. You told us that the future was something to look forward to. And the saddest thing is that most children are not even aware of the fate that awaits us.”

Now, if I had been an MP I would have probably been less than swayed by the presumption of guilt and the emotional blackmail by someone who was born in 2003 and became famous by organizing a school strike.

Yet no one dared raise a single objection. Instead she was praised fulsomely like a precocious child queen sitting on her throne for the first time.#

Perhaps the MPs were just interested in her solutions.

“Many people say that we don’t have any solutions to the climate crisis. And they are right,” said Thunberg.


“I am always offered help to write about the specific climate policies in specific countries. But that is not really necessary.”

There is only one.

“The ‘lowering of emissions’ is of course necessary but it is only the beginning of a fast process that must lead to a stop within a couple of decades, or less. And by ‘stop’ I mean net zero – and then quickly on to negative figures.”

To achieve that within her timeframe the world must abandon all petrol cars, all planes and ships, all meat, all computers, or 24-hour electric lighting or hot water.

Imagine for a second Thunberg’s speeches persuaded two billion Indians and Chinese to return from new-found prosperity to an existence that throws them not decades but millennia back – will we be saved?

Maybe not.

“Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling.”

Yes, we must simply destroy all modern civilization, and then hunker down in our unlit hutches through the Scandinavian winter – no way to make a living there carbon neutral or otherwise – and wait. Perhaps we should also build a literal cathedral and just pray for salvation instead.

This is not public policy. This is exactly what cults do when they are readying for that magical date to shoot yourself in the head and travel to the safe planet near Sirius.

Even the medieval Christians at their plague-infested desperate worst didn’t shut themselves in preparing for the Rapture, so Thunberg knows that this is a hard sell.

And she doesn’t have much time. She has called for a general strike to paralyze all economic activity. With green parties still not in the majority anywhere in the world, and judging by her support of Extinction Rebellion, she believes that the path to power is through the streets. One wonders what will happen under Thunberg to the decadent dissenters who do not believe the prophecy.

Of course, imagine if you were Thunberg, and you were blessed with a vision. You knew how the world would end, if only a specific thing was not done. To her this is the only thing that makes sense.

To everyone else – this is literal delusion. Next time you blithely agree with her predictions as you bemoan the state of the world, think – is this what you really believe? Is a complete collapse of society, orderly, or likely like every other battle for dwindling resources, bloody and chaotic, what you really want?

If not, why is this person speaking to parliament and not on a street corner with a Bible quote on a sandwich board? While the rest of us have a more realistic and evidence-based discussion of the impact of any decisions that we will take – and we definitely need to take some.

Actually for once, after Thunberg’s speech I was relieved that our politicians are such an insincere and lily-livered lot.

They will agree with her on every word, stand next to her in all the photos, write vague promises to turn her words into reality sometime in the future, but when the moment comes to unload the revolver into your temple, they will have secretly slipped out.

But maybe it’s better to not wait that long, and raise your hand now and “What if we don’t want to commit suicide today for the sake of your fantasy afterlife tomorrow?”

Apr 25, 2019 at 8:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

"Portugal declares energy crisis as truckers’ strike cuts fuel supplies
Government orders minimum services to keep airports, hospitals open. "

LISBON – Portugal declared a national energy crisis Wednesday as a strike by fuel-truck drivers strangled supplies to gas stations, threatening to bring the country to a standstill.

The government ordered truckers to resume deliveries to airports, hospitals and other essential services and called in the security forces to ensure critical infrastructure is kept running.

Apr 25, 2019 at 8:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

H/T Jaine Jessop at cliscep:

"EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation"

Senior climate scientists say that the world’s carbon sinks could be facing a grave threat from a wholly unexpected source: the EU’s renewable energy directive.

The climate law could suck in as much imported wood as Europe harvests each year because it will count energy created from the burning of whole trees as “carbon neutral”, according to several academics including a former vice-chair of the UN IPCC.

Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, who is now a climate sciences professor at Université Catholique de Louvain, said the risk of the directive encouraging tree clearances and the destruction of global carbon sinks was now “extremely high”.

Apr 25, 2019 at 7:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

stewgreen, from your link:

"In case you wondered, David Shukman, 60, (Eton and Hatfield, Durham) is billed as Science Editor; Roger Harabbin, 64 (King Henry VIII Coventry and St Catharine's, Cambridge) is Environment Analyst. Matt McGrath (University College, Cork and Bournemouth University) is Environment Correspondent. Claire Marshall, 44, (Blundells, Devon and Balliol, Oxford) is Environment and Rural Affairs Correspondent."

No wonder they're in love with the upper middle-class privately educated people at XR!

Apr 25, 2019 at 7:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Agenda-setting? Yes, I would say so. Front page news on the BBC website today:

"Extinction Rebellion: Climate activists block London Stock Exchange"

"Antarctica: Thousands of emperor penguin chicks wiped out"

[Not news - "The catastrophe occurred in 2016 in Antarctica's Weddell Sea." "The colony could have been doomed regardless of what happened in 2016."]

Coffee waste 'could replace palm oil'

"Prince William given Maori greeting in New Zealand"

"He is to meet survivors of March's Christchurch mosque attacks - where 50 people died - and their families.

The duke is also expected to visit emergency services personnel and Muslim community leaders."

"Deforestation: Tropical tree losses persist at high levels"

Apr 25, 2019 at 7:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Evident, I said on the day the news broke regarding the appalling murders of Christians in Sri Lanka that I would give BBC news reporting the benefit of the doubt regarding their reporting of the story. 5 days since it happened, I see that it's now no longer featured on the front page of the BBC news website. Despite more than 6 times as many people being killed as in the appalling murders of Muslims in Sri Lanka - which the BBC kept as front-page news with at least one front-page news story every day for 8 days.

Apr 25, 2019 at 7:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Tucker Carlson nails it:

"The Left Goes to 'Great Lengths' to Avoid Saying 'Christians' Attacked in Sri Lanka"
("The Left" includes EU and UK Gov't)

‘Sri Lankan authorities say the attackers were affiliated with a local terror group. The attackers were radical Muslims. Their motives were religious. Their targets were Christians. None of that is speculation; it is true. And maybe because it is so true and so obviously true, nobody in authority wanted to say it out loud.

‘So instead, they went to great lengths to avoid the clear language. “The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity,” tweeted former President Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton used the same awkward phrase: “I am praying for everyone affected by today’s horrific attack on Easter worshippers and travellers in Sri Lanka.”

‘”Easter worshippers.” Why don’t you say Christians? Nobody worships Easter [they worship Christ and his resurrection]. There is a reason, of course; euphemisms are never accidental. Our leaders believe Christians are the problem, that they are the dangerous ones. They can’t be trusted. Tell them the truth, and they might go crazy and organize a new Crusade — unsheathe their swords and march on Jerusalem. You never know with Christians.’


Nailed Again:

Good Morning BRITAIN!!! It's Time To WAKE UP
‘”There are two sides to to every story. One side is what the mainstream media tells you, the other is the likely truth. Liars and cheats get found out in the end and suffer the consequences‘”

and again

The Truth About the Sri Lanka Attacks by Paul Joseph Watson

Pamela Geller: Elite reaction to Sri Lanka attack speaks volumes

High time for Christians to resume Crusades and overwhelmingly win.

God Bless

Apr 25, 2019 at 1:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterEvident
Apr 24, 2019 at 11:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterDouglas

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