Who wields ultimate power over our lives and choices, all too willing to separate us from freedoms we used to know and accept as ours forever?
A specific question asked by Washington journalists following President Trump's heave-ho of the cumbersome, sucker-punching human rat poison known as the Paris Climate Accord took me way back -- way back decades, to occasions when I was invited to be a guest on various radio and TV talk shows to discuss the UFO phenomenon. Invariably, callers would ask if I "believed" in UFOs. The correct response would be, do you believe in Santa Clause, or the Easter Bunny? And the right question should have been, do I "believe" UFOs are a real scientific mystery. Yes, by the way, I do.
So now I watch members of the current excuse for Washington -- and national -- journalism as reporters ask the President's staff, "Does the President believe in climate change?"
What? Who cares?
The correct two-part answer is, the climate was changing long before humans appeared on the planet, and Mother Nature never had an obligation to treat us kindly as things warmed and cooled over a millennia. The second part of the answer is, human effects on climate are far from demonstrable and clear-cut.
Particularly essential for the aha-gotcha! journalism crew to bring up, and they seldom will, is all the fraud and lying involved in climate "science," as universities and entities with political connections strive consistently to separate us from money and power. Remember the climate scandal at England's University of East Anglia, where data was fudged and overlooked? They aren't alone. Such instances pop up all over the world, but Big Media can't be bothered to report what smaller sources (bless 'em!) reveal. Disclosure of fraud and failure in the climate change payout industry does not fit the agenda, and nobody wants to tell the people how they're being robbed and emasculated via schemes which masquerade as honest, caring and as sweet as a garden of fragrant flowers.
Simply put, ignoring the other side of climate science ain't science.
Some forty years ago, I was writing articles and book reviews for the now long-departed and lamented Pursuit, journal of the (likewise departed) Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained (SITU), founded by the great Ivan T. Sanderson.
My chosen title for one was "S(l)aved by the Experts," the piece intended to list a few occasions where "men of science" were totally, sometimes embarrassingly wrong about their predictions (". . .and I speak as an expert on . . ."). Even in a younger day, I became negatively impressed by the pure twaddle spewed out by people more in love with their Ph.D's than the evidence they felt compelled to twist and strangle until results matched their predetermined beliefs. I ascended to observing this sad state of affairs based primarily upon an interest in UFOs going back to my early teenage years.
The 1950s, sixties and seventies were particularly fruitful for idiotic and uninformed explanations trashing various UFO reports, as this was an era when media representatives, aware of UFO sightings in their area, would rush to the nearest university scientists to beg explanations in time for "news at eleven." Except for a few brave souls consistently aware that science involves sober investigations, no matter the topic, there seemed a preponderance of huffy science-based individuals more than happy to accommodate a thirsty press eager for quick answers. So. . .the UFO was obviously a meteorite. . .the UFO was an optical illusion. . .the witnesses weren't qualified to describe what they saw. . .the so-called UFO was the planet Mars. . .Jupiter. . .a meteor shower. . .a bird. . .a misidentified airplane. . .etc., etc.
Especially outrageous, even after sullying the reputations of UFO witnesses who felt obligated to make reports publicly, were occasions when experts even tackled and ridiculed or dismissed the accounts of airline and military pilots, police officers and others -- and yes, fellow scientists -- whose reports tended to be technically better regarding detail.
As the late astronomer and former UFO consultant to the U.S. Air Force, Dr. J. Allen Hynek once said, "Science is not always what scientists do." Thus, ladies and gentlemen, we bring you "climate science" and the human element.
So now, in 2017, without further ado, may we present for your reading pleasure and entertainment. . .
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Global warming. Oops, I mean the greenhouse effect. Oops, I mean a mini ice age. Oops, let's call it climate change.
A few minutes after 3:30 p.m. E.S.T. on the first of June, the words spoken by President Donald J. Trump of the USA apparently, like semantic blasting caps, set off mental explosives in the heads of climate-huggers all over the planet. Wow, talk about "useful idiots."
I'll say one thing for eight years of the Obama bunch, which mired us in classic debt and filled the courts with judges who probably couldn't consistently make non-partisan decisions if their lives depended upon doing so: The administration's operatives, fans, disciples and sheep sure knew how to brainwash the young, convincing them that the climate sky is falling like a rock. By the time Trump got around to doing the right thing this month by scuttling our role in the Paris climate agreement, the planet's hypnotized population detonated in unison like mass members of an environmental "Manchurian Candidate" club.
Only seconds elapsed before the usual big mouths came forward in utter condemnation: Al Gore, some of whose original pronouncements on climate are already flatter than invisible pancakes; Facebook's Zuckerberg, who lives in some distant world of which I want no part; and the brilliant Elon Musk, whose building tantrum caused him to withdraw from a presidential advisory committee (don't let the door hit you on the way out, Mr. Brilliance).
Michael Moore and the ACLU also got into the act, too. No surprise there. Is the Pope Catholic? Oh wait, even the Pope is in on this nonsense. . .
My favorites are always actors and actresses who join the enviro-bandwagon, names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Cher and -- well, it's a very long list. Here we have distinguished members of stage and screen, well-schooled in memorizing lines of script and moving in ways just short of resembling the process of Claymation, and zap! They qualify as environmental experts, qualified to step before the cameras and lecture us, the stupid non-theatrical goons, in the error of our ways. ' course, after reprimanding us, they go off on vacation in their environmentally hazardous jet aircraft and yachts, all dependent upon dreaded fossil fuels.
How do we break it to young folk that super-heroes are generally found in comic books, not in our daily lives? The Paris agreement was not a superhero, and Trump is not the super-villain who killed off the superhero, though I'm sure a lot of kids see it this way, thanks to comics themselves and fictional depictions of environmental catastrophe.
We remain "slaved" by the experts. Many seem all too happy to reference charts and graphs showing climate horrors, yet ignore opposing scientists' findings which tend to scuttle that which scares us by design. By intent. What consensus? No, the evidence is not all in. Incidentally, doesn't ice continue to accumulate in Antarctica, perhaps alerting us to an historically normal mini-ice age?
The solar panel/wind turbine crowd finds itself so pleased with its toys, but few care to acknowledge probably millions of birds fried and blinded by still cost-prohibitive panels -- and seagulls and other water fowl killed by turbine blades placed too far away from human outrage in offshore areas. Where nobody can see that there's nothing to see there except what "they" want us to see.
The. U.S. will nevertheless continue to excel with distinction environmentally, as two-faced countries have not. Anybody notice the pollution mills owned by China, India and the other usual suspects? Trump merely prevented the rest of the world from picking our -- your -- pockets, and the price tag for remaining in the Paris charade was huge ("green" dollars exit) for the United States. France's new president condemns Trump, but also seems hell-bent on continuing to import terrorists into his own country. Germany's Angela Merkel's decisions are at least as tragic and, considering the destruction she has perpetrated upon her own country with imports of dangerous human detritus from the Middle East, anything she has to say regarding Trump is laughable.
The newest absurdity comes via the "U.S. Climate Alliance" proposed by the governors of New York, California, Washington and eventually others, as all swear to make their states abide by the Paris agreement. The joke may be on progressive governors, however, when they realize that state-inspired environmental actions -- not federal -- are pretty much what the Trump administration prefers. It's just too bad, though not surprising, that they'll attempt to stick with the profound socialism example woven into the Paris agreement.
Screw international opinion, and screw wussy celebrity whining. Accept it or not, Donald Trump just freed the U.S. from international enslavement. For now, at least, except for governors and mayors involving their wretched taxpaying citizens in Paris Accord foolishness, we won't be s(l)aved by the "experts."