Janet – Ride a bus; Janet – Rallies; Janet – Call the legislatures.
CLIMATE CHANGE: RIDLEY & PEISER – Your complete guide; ALLEN et al., Charlie’s warning, Bill’s bucks; BAWDEN – Climate talks;
IMMIGRATION: McCARTHY – Refugees.
OTHER: WILLIAMSON – Save the cities; GILLIEPIE – NSA done?
Janet: Bus to 12/9 Rally
Members! Valley Forge would like to have a bus to the rally on Dec. 9, in Harrisburg. We need to know if anyone is interested and all groups are welcome. We need at least 30-35 people to fill a bus. Please reply to this notice if you would be interested. Please spread the word and have people e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!!
Janet: “VFP! Call to Action: Rallies-Against; Refugees Syria, 12/9/2015”
A massive Rally for Pennsylvanians from all across our State is planned for Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Capitol Building Rotunda, Harrisburg. We shall loudly make it very clear to Governor Thomas W. Wolf that we vehemently disagree with his decision to allow refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East to be resettled in Pennsylvania. Our true history, the facts and the law prove that many statements in Governor Wolf’s November 17, 2015 Letter to “Members” of the Pennsylvania House, and in his similar “Dear Constituent” Letter, are false, misleading and/or fraudulent. Please send this to as many Pennsylvanians as possible and encourage them to attend this very important Rally. (Note: more private and public sector speakers shall be added prior to the Rally.) After the Rally, we shall hand-deliver a written detailed Petition, which clearly states our documented positions, to the Governor’s Office in the Main Capitol Building. We shall also hand-deliver a letter to the office in Harrisburg of each State Senator and Representative that calls on them to pass a veto-proof statute which prohibits any State and/or County funds what-so-ever being used directly or indirectly on, or in support of, the current “federal resettlement process”/program. If you would like to have your group’s or organization’s name added to the list of those supporting this very important Rally and the two documents, please contact Raymond Bostard by e-mail at Ray1943@aol.com no later than Monday, December 7, 2015. We look forward to having a thousand or more Pennsylvanians attend this Rally!
Janet: “Say No to SYRIAN Refugees – Contact Legislators”
Last week’s attacks on the capitol of France by Syrian refugees and refugees from other countries as well as native born Jihadists are a harbinger of things to come for the United States.
“Isis boasted that French blood was sweet bur American Blood would be sweeter. Isis has also boasted that the United States would be attacked in the near future. “President Obama continues to move forward with his unconstitutional plan to surge tens of thousands of Syrian Refugees into the United States even though: FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that it was not possible for the U.S. to properly vet Syrian refugees because there were no data points that would show past activity for the majority of Syrians. “Due to the security risk to the American People the United States should immediately curtail all plans to resettle Syrian refugees and all other non-vetted Mid-eastern refugees on American soil. “If you agree please contact the office of your Senators and Congressional Representative also please contact your State Senator, Representative and Governor Wolf and sign the online petition as well! “All members of congress can be reached through the Capitol switchboard the number is: 202 224-3121 “Senator Bob Casey can be reached at: 202 224-6324 Phone 866 802-2833 Toll free 4254 202 228-0604 Fax Senator Toomey can be reached at: 814 453-3010 Phone 814 455-9925 Fax I suggest contacting the local offices as the DC switchboard is often jammed. Call Wolf here: try first 717-787-2531717-787-2531 or 717-772-3820717-772-3820 Contact your legislators by clicking on the link below enter your address, and it will return your rep & senator. Click the name to get contact info. http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm#address Sign the Petition here: https://www.change.org/p/governor-tom-wolf-refuse-refugees?recruiter=427887622&utm_campaign=signature_receipt_fb_dialog&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
“If you live in NJ, Del. or elsewhere please, do your part and call YOUR Representatives!”
“. . .The earth is warming. But not much, not quickly, and not lately. While it seems as though we are caught on the horns of a dilemma, my goal in this short essay is to make the dilemma disappear, so we can focus on things that need our attention now. Decarbonization will not change the temperature or climate picture for our planet. Decarbonization benefits one group: those whose livelihoods depend on your belief in their story.” David Siegel
CLIMATE CHANGE . . .
Matt Ridley & Benny Peiser, WSJ: “Your Complete Guide to the Climate Debate”
“At the Paris conference, expect an agreement that is sufficiently vague and noncommittal for all countries to claim victory.
“. . . What precisely makes these world leaders so convinced that climate change is a more urgent and massive threat than the incessant rampages of Islamist violence?
“It cannot be what is happening to world temperatures, because they have gone up only very slowly, less than half as fast as the scientific consensus predicted in 1990 when the global-warming scare began in earnest. Even with this year’s El Niño-boosted warmth threatening to break records, the world is barely half a degree Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than it was about 35 years ago. Also, it is increasingly clear that the planet was significantly warmer than today several times during the past 10,000 years.
“Nor can it be the consequences of this recent slight temperature increase that worries world leaders. On a global scale, as scientists keep confirming, there has been no increase in frequency or intensity of storms, floods or droughts, while deaths attributed to such natural disasters have never been fewer, thanks to modern technology and infrastructure. Arctic sea ice has recently melted more in summer than it used to in the 1980s, but Antarctic sea ice has increased, and Antarctica is gaining land-based ice, according to a new study by NASA scientists published in the Journal of Glaciology. Sea level continues its centuries-long slow rise—about a foot a century—with no sign of recent acceleration.
“Perhaps it is the predictions that worry the world leaders. Here, we are often told by journalists that the science is “settled” and there is no debate. But scientists disagree: They say there is great uncertainty, and they reflected this uncertainty in their fifth and latest assessment for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It projects that temperatures are likely to be anything from 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 to 8.1 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer by the latter part of the century—that is, anything from mildly beneficial to significantly harmful.
“As for the impact of that future warming, a new study by a leading climate economist, Richard Tol of the University of Sussex, concludes that warming may well bring gains, because carbon dioxide causes crops and wild ecosystems to grow greener and more drought-resistant. In the long run, the negatives may outweigh these benefits, says Mr. Tol, but “the impact of climate change does not significantly deviate from zero until 3.5°C warming.”
“Mr. Tol’s study summarizes the effect we are to expect during this century: “The welfare change caused by climate change is equivalent to the welfare change caused by an income change of a few percent. That is, a century of climate change is about as good/bad for welfare as a year of economic growth. Statements that climate change is the biggest problem of humankind are unfounded: We can readily think of bigger problems.” No justification for prioritizing climate change over terrorism there. . .”
Peter Allen et al., UK Daily Mail: “’We are becoming the architects of our own destruction’: Prince Charles opens Paris climate summit with warning to largest-ever gathering of world leaders”
“ Around 150 world leaders have gathered at conference centre in Paris suburbs in a bid to stave off global warming
“They include PM David Cameron, China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin
“Prince Charles tells leaders to ‘think of your grandchildren, as I think of mine’ in rallying call for immediate action
“Bill Gates leads scheme where 19 countries pledge to double spending on low or no-carbon energy to $20billion (emph added, jb)
“Some 2,800 police and soldiers form a ring of steel around centre in wake of ISIS terror attacks in French capital” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3339151/Hollande-welcomes-Obama-amid-unprecedented-security-operation-150-world-leaders-meet-Paris-thrash-climate-change-deal.html
Tom Bawden, UK Independent: “Paris climate change talks”
A decade of global cooling is also predicted and could persuade the conference members that their chanting was effective. . Fred.Skinner’s students called this effect “adventitious reinforcement,” Skinner called it “superstition” . . .
“The UN wants to limit global warming to 2C, but international co-operation has been slow in coming
“Ahead of the summit, more than 175 countries have tabled pledges (known as intended nationally determined contributions, or INDCs) to cut their carbon emissions which, if enacted, would be enough to limit global warming to 2.7C. But the United Nations has pledged to limit climate change to 2C – and would much prefer it to be 1.5C. . .”
Also, (11/29/15) from Drudge –
California freeze: -11° in Sierra amid snow and ice… JUDGE RULES AGAINST 13-YEAR-OLD IN CLIMATE CHALLENGE… Decade long ice age predicted as sun ‘hibernates’… FLASHBACK: Temp data fiddling ‘biggest science scandal ever’…
Also: Coral Davenport, NYT: “Obama’s Legacy at Stake in Paris Talks on Climate Accord”
The only thing at stake is his next job . . .
IMMIGRATION . . .
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Controversy over Syrian Refugees Misses the Question We Should Be Asking”
“. . . Unbound by any First Amendment, the French government exerts pressure on the media to suppress bad news. We do not hear much about the steady thrum of insurrection in the banlieues: the thousands of torched automobiles, the violence against police and other agents of the state, the pressure in Islamic enclaves to ignore the sovereignty of the Republic and conform to the rule of sharia.
“What happens in France happens in Belgium. It happens in Sweden where much of Malmo, the third largest city, is controlled by Muslim immigrant gangs — emergency medical personnel attacked routinely enough that they will not respond to calls without police protection, and the police in turn unwilling to enter without back-up. Not long ago in Britain, a soldier was killed and nearly beheaded in broad daylight by jihadists known to the intelligence services; dozens of sharia courts now operate throughout the country, even as Muslim activists demand more accommodations. And it was in Germany, which green-lighted Europe’s ongoing influx of Muslim migrants, that Turkey’s Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan proclaimed that pressuring Muslims to assimilate in their new Western countries is “a crime against humanity.”
So how many of us look across the ocean at Europe and say, “Yeah, let’s bring some of that here”?
“None of us with any sense. Alas, “bring it here” is the order of the day in Washington, under the control of leftists bent on fundamentally transforming America (Muslims in America overwhelmingly support Democrats) and the progressive-lite GOP, which fears the “Islamophobia” smear nearly as much as the “racist” smear.
“This, no doubt, is why what is described as the “controversy over Syrian refugees” is among the most deceitful public debates in recent memory — which, by Washington standards, is saying something. .” www.nationalreview.com/article/427698/syria-refugees-debate-muslim-immigration
OTHER. . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Republicans Must Save the Cities”
“A Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager who was wielding a knife and who had PCP in his system. Chicago authorities apparently went to some trouble to sweep the case under the rug: A $5 million settlement to his family already had been approved; the officer wasn’t charged until nearly a year after the fact; a police-camera video of the shooting was suppressed for more than a year, until an FOIA lawsuit forced its release.
“Chicago is a city under impeccably progressive governance. Its mayor is Rahm Emanuel, former right hand to President Barack Obama. So in response to the shooting of a young black hooligan by a police officer in one of the nation’s most corrupt cities and the dodgy handling of that by the city’s Democratic mayor, we have a thousand protesters harassing shoppers and blocking retailers’ entrances down on the Magnificent Mile, wherein is found Neiman Marcus and Cartier.
“It takes a special kind of nose to detect the connection between Cartier shoppers, police shootings of young black criminals elsewhere in Chicago, and the municipal maladministration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but such a nose has the Reverend Jesse Jackson, who can sniff out a payday with the reliability of a French hog hunting truffles. Our friends in the community-organizing racket — whether from Chicago’s South Side or the campus of Yale — are a remarkably consistent bunch: Whatever the real or perceived social problem, the answer is the same: Write a very large check that eventually will make its way into the pockets of such people and organizations as those that organize these protests. . .” www.nationalreview.com/republicans-must-save-cities
Nick Gillespie, Reason: “The NSA Will Stop Collecting Your Phone Metadata Tonight!”
“. . .At midnight tonight, the National Security Agency (NSA) must stop its bulk collection of essentially all phone calls made in the United States.
‘The conclusion of the vast surveillance system comes as the result of the USA Freedom Act, which Congress passed back in June. At the time, the NSA was allotted 18o days to end its controversial practices and find new ways to keep Americans safe (that hopefully don’t include spying on ordinary citizens). Now, the government agency is out of time, and the White House says that it has a less invasive process ready to replace the old program.
‘Though it’s been two years since Snowden first brought the surveillance to public attention, the end of the program marks a considerable victory for privacy watchdog groups, who have long lambasted the government for what some considered an abuse of power. Now, should a certain phone number be deemed suspicious by government officials, they must make a specific request to the appropriate telephone company in order to retrieve the data. No longer will the NSA have its own records of this sort of information.’
“So you can relax maybe a little bit. The government now must actually suspect you of something before collecting information on you. One thing you don’t have to worry about is that American intelligence will in any way be compromised by having to follow new procedures. Earlier this year, the conservative Washington Times summarized a Justice Department study on the prgroram, which had been justified under Section 215 of the original Patriot Act:
‘[The] report adds ammunition to…opponents [of bulk collection of phone records], with the inspector general concluding that no major cases have been broken by use of the Patriot Act’s records-snooping provisions.
‘The agents we interviewed did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to Section 215 orders,” the inspector general concluded.
“So whaddya know? This Thanksgiving weekend really did present something for which to be grateful. . .”