Watts – Grand solar minimum; Mosher – The equinox; Weather – Nor’Easter #4.
LEADS: NRO – Stand up to Putin; Shapiro – Vlad’s cult; Hanson – Confederate minds; French – Political clowns; Investors – Obama’s Facebook adventures.
HEALTH CARE: Hannity – Josh Umber site.
RECOMMENDED: Judicial Watch petition – Prosecute her! Mark Levin 03-
19-18; Best Actor – Churchill show times.
Anthony Watts, WUWT: “Approaching ‘grand solar minimum’ could cause global cooling”
America has fuel to sell, so does Vlad Putin . . .
There’s a lot of evidence mounting that solar cycle 25 will usher in a new grand solar minimum. Since about October 2005, when the sun’s magnetic activity went into a sharp fall, solar activity has been markedly lower, with solar cycle 24 being the lowest in over 100 years.
Cycle 24 is part of a weakening progression of solar cycles since 1980.
Meteorologist Paul Dorian at Vencore weather writes:
All indications are that the upcoming solar minimum which is expected to begin in 2019 may be even quieter than the last one which was the deepest in nearly a century.
Some scientists are even saying that we are on the cusp of a new grand solar minimum, and the upcoming cycle 25 may have even lower cycles after it.
This empirical modeling of solar recurrent patterns has also provided a consequent multi-millennial-scale experimental forecast, suggesting a solar decreasing trend toward Grand (Super) Minimum conditions for the upcoming period, AD2050–2250 (AD 3750–4450). . .”
Dave Mosher, Business Insider: “The 2018 spring equinox has arrived — here’s what it is and how it works”
“The year’s spring equinox, also called the March or vernal equinox, falls on Tuesday at precisely 12:25 p.m. EDT.
To people who live in Earth’s northern hemisphere, this astronomical event signals the arrival of spring, winter’s end, and the increasingly warm and brighter days that come with the pending arrival of summer.
For those in the southern hemisphere, though, it’s now the fall: The days are growing shorter, the weather is cooling off, and sunlight is growing dimmer as winter approaches.
Spring officially begins on Tuesday and the weather will be anything but spring-like in the Mid-Atlantic region. Strong, cold high pressure from southeastern Canada will build into the Northeast US over the next 24 hours and this will be a key player and an important cold air source for the Mid-Atlantic region during the upcoming long-lasting and significant weather event. This upcoming event will, in fact, be kind of a “two-parter” with the first system likely to bring a mixed bag of sleet, snow and/or rain on Tuesday and this could include an extended period of icing. The second and very likely stronger system comes Tuesday night and Wednesday and this could develop into an all-out snowstorm for the DC-to-Philly-to-NYC-to-Boston corridor with significant snow on the order of a foot or more possible in much of that region. In addition, there will be increasing NE winds adding to the threat of power outages and perhaps even possible isolated “thunder snow”.
NRO: “Stand Up to Putin”
“President Putin’s landslide victory in Russia’s presidential election was achieved against the lackluster competition of a group of mediocre candidates from which the sole serious opponent had been excluded; amid plausible allegations that his security services had tried to poison two Russians in England by the use of a chemical nerve agent banned under international law; and with the overwhelming support of Russian news media that reported the attempted murders as a Western plot to weaken and embarrass Russia. It ought to be possible to win a landslide victory in such circumstances without resorting to ballot-stuffing. “But according to several reports, that was done too. And, of course, Putin fought the election as a tough patriotic czar who had reintegrated Crimea into Russia, reestablished a strong Russian presence in the Middle East, prevented the European Union from swallowing Ukraine whole, and made Russia feared again, rather than despised, with a massive and technically advanced military buildup. Certain parallels spring to mind.
“Is the Russian president sitting pretty, therefore? Too many Western commentators are inclined to treat Putin with a kind of admiring hostility, denouncing him as a lawless despot while grudgingly admitting that the West has no effective way of responding to his ruthless tactics in Ukraine, in the Middle East, in legally sanctioning Russian state murders abroad. It is not the case, of course, that the West has no means of responding to these things. We could selectively murder FSB agents in retaliation for their murders in Western countries, for instance, or quietly transfer large sums of money to the bank accounts of jihadists operating in Russia’s northern Caucasus. We don’t do such things because we want to uphold the international rules that make us all safer in the long run, because we hope to draw Russia back into working within those rules, and because we don’t feel sufficiently threatened as yet. . .”
Ben Shapiro, NRO: “Putin and the Cult of Leadership”
“On Sunday, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin won an unsurprising reelection-campaign victory against Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, by a margin of 76.7 percent to 11.8 percent. The results were unsurprising because Putin is a tyrant who murders or imprisons political rivals, and who isn’t afraid to use electoral manipulation in order to achieve Kim-family–like results.
“Here’s what is surprising: Young Russians are Putin’s most supportive demographic group. They approve of Putin’s approach by an 86 percent to 13 percent margin. That’s for three reasons. First, young Russians don’t remember life before Putin, let alone life under the Soviet Union; second, young Russians experienced significant economic growth from 2000 to 2014, before the fall-off in oil prices undercut Russia’s economy; third, young Russians are invested in a return to global greatness.
“The first rationale – forgetfulness of the impact of Soviet centralization – is understandable. Despite left-wing propaganda to the contrary, young people aren’t the best equipped to make policy decisions without historical reference; all too often, their enthusiasm leads them to support dynamic leaders who become monstrosities. The most obvious example comes from the Nazi party: high youth unemployment, anger at the older generation’s supposed surrender in the face of alleged international aggression, and belief in a charismatic leader led to disproportionate youth support. But virtually every radical movement begins as a youth movement.
“The second rationale – economic growth – is a function of short timeline as well. High growth rates in Russia over the past decade and a half were largely a result of oil production. But Putin is smart enough to ensure that his government doesn’t run massive deficits or allow runaway inflation. At some point, Putin will have to grow the economy rather than engaging in state-sponsored oligarchy. But that time hasn’t come quite yet.
“The third rationale is the most dangerous: romantic nationalism. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Confederate Mind”
“Progressives such as Elizabeth Warren resurrect the race-based thinking of the antebellum South: ‘One drop’ and you’re a bona fide minority.
“In her past incarnations, she probably used that yarn in hopes of helping her win a law professorship at Harvard, which touted her as the law school’s first indigenous-American professor (and others apparently referenced her as Harvard Law’s “first woman of color”). She has refused to back down (and also refused to take a DNA test), even after Native American genealogists disputed her claim.
“But what if indeed the pink and blond Warren were found to have 1/32nd or even 1/16th Native American “blood”? Why would that artifact magically make her “Indian,” much less a victim of something or someone, or at least outfitted with a minority cachet?
“Does she have an idea of the absurdity of current progressive race obsessions and their creepy pedigrees? In wartime Western Europe, one of the justifications for making Jews wear yellow stars was that it was otherwise impossible to determine whether they were Jews at all, which of course made the entire Nazi edifice of supposed overt racial inferiority a nightmarish joke.
“The Fascist and anti-Semitic French novelist Lucien Rebatet explained why the stars were needed for hard-to-identify Jewish citizens: “The yellow star rectifies this strange situation in which one human group that is radically opposed to the people of white blood, and which for eternity is unassimilable to this blood, cannot be identified at first glance.”
“What is the moral of this sad reversion to the failed racist systems of the past? Warren is harkening back to the old South’s “one drop rule” of “invisible blackness.” Supposedly any proof of sub-Saharan ancestry, even one drop of “black blood,” made one black and therefore subject to second-class citizenship. . .”
David French, NRO: “McCabe Is Fired, and Our Political Class Beclowns Itself, Once Again”
“. . . Ahh yes, there’s nothing like a Trump tweet to reassure America that the process of terminating one of America’s most senior law-enforcement officers was completely fair, nonpartisan, and professional.
“Oh, and keep in mind that all this sanctimony — all this fury — was unleashed online without the public, politicians, or pundits having seen the testimony that allegedly caused McCabe’s termination. No one knew the actual evidence, yet their rage and certainty were undiminished.
“But that’s pretty much par for the course. Remember, we’ve just exited a news cycle where the public, pundits, and politicians opined authoritatively about the legality and credibility of FISA applications they hadn’t read. Instead of waiting for comprehensive reports or reviewing source documents, they sallied forth into online battle relying mainly on two shoddily written, hopelessly partisan memos from a terribly compromised House committee.
“At this point American political hypocrisy is boundless. The same people who would parse an condemn Barack Obama’s public statements about ongoing investigations now urge us to ignore Trump’s tweets. Meaningless venting, they say. Conversely, the same people who told us that Obama’s public pronouncements had no impact on the good professionals at the FBI and IRS now tell us that Trump’s tirades are proof positive of political influence on the DOJ.
“And Friday-night news dumps? Well, they’re suspicious only if we don’t like the news. . .”
Investors: “Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data on Millions of Users to Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered”
“According to various news accounts, a professor at Cambridge University built a Facebook app around 2014 that involved a personality quiz. About 270,000 users of the app agreed to share some of their Facebook information, as well as data from people on their friends list. As a result, tens of millions ended up part of this data-mining operation.
“Consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which paid for the research, later worked with the Trump campaign to help them target advertising campaigns on Facebook, using the data they’d gathered on users.
“But while the Trump campaign used Cambridge Analytica during the primaries, it didn’t use the information during the general election campaign, relying instead on voter data provided by the Republican National Committee, according to CBS News. It reports that “the Trump campaign had tested the RNC data, and it proved to be vastly more accurate than Cambridge Analytica’s.”
“Since this involves the Trump campaign, the news accounts have been suffused with dark conspiratorial tones. . .”
Hannity: Josh Umber Site
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Judicial Watch Petition: Prosecute Hillary
“Hillary Clinton has a demonstrated record of showing contempt for the rule of law.
“She refused to tell the truth about the deadly Benghazi terrorist attack that took place on her watch as Secretary of State
“She violated the law and avoided accountability by using secret email accounts as Secretary of State
“She abused her public office to funnel money to personal accounts – much of which is now sloshing around her vanity “charity” that could be renamed “The Clinton Corruption Foundation.”
“This is all unacceptable.
“In this country our leaders are bound by the rule of law. She must be held accountable for her actions.
“Sign the petition now to demand that Hillary Clinton answer for her corruption!”
Mark Levin, 03-19-18
“ On Monday’s Mark Levin show, Andrew McCabe and James Comey were the equivalent of dirty cops. The FBI is trying to cleanse itself and fight against these dirty cops but the dirty politicians and media won’t allow it. So corrupt were they, they were both keeping notes on President Trump – to try and blackmail him. McCabe’s actions were so over the top that it was recommended he be fired before the taxpayers contribute to his retirement. Comey and McCabe tried to interfere with our election and were more effective than the Russians were. They should be brought before a federal grand jury and questioned with their liberty on the line.
“Also, Congress wants to pass a law to protect Robert Mueller from being fired from Trump. In order to pass a law, the President has to sign it. If Trump wanted to fire Mueller why would he sign the law? In addition there’s a separation of powers problem, Congress can’t pass a law and tell the President he can’t fire someone.
“Finally, Mark Meckler, President of Citizens for Self-Governance, calls in to discuss Iowa being on the verge of becoming state #13 to pass a convention of states. But it’s getting push back from an alleged conservative group – the Iowa faith and freedom coalition.
Best Actor – Churchill film: “The Darkest Hour.”
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