McCartney sings from inside the bubble — grab the keys and lock climate denier Trump up?

Poor McCartney tries to write a rebel saviour song. Instead he captures the blind mystification of a protected class living in a bubble who have no idea that millions of people are rebelling against the bully thought police and their demands for hero-status and money. Half the population of the West see through the modern witchdoctors who get every prediction wrong.

McCartney’s genius solution? “Lock him up”

Spot the irony, apparently Trump should have listened to “the will of the people”? What exactly does McCartney think 60 million people voted for?

The captains crazy but he doesn’t let them know it.
He’ll take us with him if we don’t do something to slow it.
How can we stop him
Grab the keys and lock him up

Below decks, the engineer cries
The captain’s gonna leave us when the temperatures rise
The needle’s going up, the engine’s gonna blow
And we are gonna be left down below
Down below

Despite repeated warnings
Of dangers up ahead
Well, the captain wasn’t listening
To what was said

Now the ropes that have bound him (What can we do?)
Prove that he should have listened (What can we do?)
To the will of the people
It’s the will of the people
It’s the will of the people

Lyrics to “Despite Repeated Warnings”

The song captures the frustration of the people who have no idea and no clue on how to get an idea either. “What can we do?” he asks over and over. How about trying to understand why people voted for Trump by reading what they read instead of just having the BBC-on-a-drip?

There is no doubt about McCartney’s intent — denying climate change is the most stupid thing ever

Lee Moran, Huffington Post

Legendary Beatle Paul McCartney has revealed he had climate-change deniers such as President Donald Trump in mind when writing one particular song on his new solo album, “Egypt Station.” The track, titled “Despite Repeated Warnings,” contains lyrics such as “despite repeated warnings of dangers up ahead, the captain won’t be listening to what’s been said,” and “those who shout the loudest, may not always be the smartest.”

McCartney told BBC Music’s Mark Savage in an interview published online Thursday that denying climate change was “the most stupid thing ever.” “So I just wanted to make a song that would basically say, you know, occasionally, we’ve got a mad captain sailing this boat we’re all on and he is just going to take us to the iceberg,” he added.

Asked if the “mad captain” was “anyone in particular,” McCartney responded:  “Well I mean, obviously it’s Trump but I don’t get too involved because there’s plenty of them about. He’s not the only one.”

h/t Mark M

As EricWorrall says: “People like McCartney in my opinion epitomise the kind of out of touch “Champagne socialists” who look down on the deplorables…”

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159 comments to McCartney sings from inside the bubble — grab the keys and lock climate denier Trump up?

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    Strange how people keep on blaming Trump for refusing to accept the myth of CAGW yet have no cause to complain about China, India, Japan and many other nations building many hundreds of coal fired power stations. I suspect it’s the same old story. They hate the West so much they are hell bent on destroying it in any way possible only to replace it with some communistic dictatorship. The irony of course if they got what they wanted and allowed China to run the world all global warming alarmists would be the first ones to be executed because they would get in the way of China building even more coal fired power stations.


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    How come he’s not making songs deriding the violent left? I though people like him hated violence and were all about love. Typical hypocrite.
    Is the Left Threatening Republican Rallies to Win the Elections?
    Of course the answer is yes. Watch this space.


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      How come he’s not making songs deriding the violent left?

      Tunnel Vision and Gullibility. He just doesn’t see it. It’s like FPAP* all over again. Like too many people, he’s heard the refrains, accepted their superficiality by not really thinking about it and exercised his gullibility. (I was in that space in 2002. It was the dismissal of the 1970s cooling in 2003 and the later activities of The Stoat and colleagues on Wikipedia (William Connelly et al) which made me sit up and start digging and by 2007 I knew we were being had.)

      The PPP**; must be really desperate to dust off that mannikin. I’m mildly surprised he didn’t strain his pacemaker with such synthetic outrage.

      Maybe we should brace ourselves for Elton John to be wheeled forth with YAI*** of “Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting” (not “Canoodling, ah, Candles in the Wind.” ( 🙂 ) That’s for Memorials … It’s at what? Three so far? Or four? )

      **PPP = Permanently Propagandized Persons. (aka Warmists, True Believers and Prats).
      ***YAI; = Yet Another Iteration
      TLA = A Three Letter Acronym for Three Letter Acronyms)
      *FPAP = Flower Power and Protest
      ETLA = Extended TLA or four letter acronym


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        Nothing beats doing ones own research. Glad you did it too. It took me some effort but I eventually got there too. Truth is a wonderful thing. Too bad most people don’t bother taking the effort looking for it.


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    Being a bass player for many years Paul McCartney is someone I have admired and respected as a fine musician.

    He should stick to what he does best and not make an idiot of himself with stupid political statements and mindless virtue signalling.

    Peter Garrett now has a serious rival.


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      Oh Aye! – That McCartney ! was wondering what this was all about! I did read something about him , past coupla days & thocht he wiz gan aff e deep end. Dee-looded sprung tae mind. The poor wee soul!


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      Cpt Seahawks

      How things change. I have heard a recording of The Beatles jamming the potential song “Get Back”.
      Paul was originally singing about Pakistanis. Including the main line “Get back, Pakistanis”.
      I’m not kidding.


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    we are all familiar with this Trump tweet (which is included in the Vox piece below:

    Nov 2012: TWEET: Donald J. Trump: The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.

    but there are many more:

    Jun 2017: Vox: Donald Trump has tweeted climate change skepticism 115 times. Here’s all of it.
    By Dylan Matthews

    Nov 2012: Let’s continue to destroy the competitiveness of our factories & manufacturing so we can fight mythical global warming. China is so happy!

    Nov 2012: We can’t destroy the competitiveness of our factories in order to prepare for nonexistent global warming. China is thrilled with us!

    Apr 2013: The Chinese talk of climate change and carbon footprint but don’t clean up their factories-but they sell us the equipment to clean up ours!

    Jun 2013: China loved Obama’s climate change speech yesterday. They laughed! It hastens their takeover of us as the leading world economy.

    Jan 2014: Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!

    Nov 2014: Obama’s China ‘climate’ deal binds America with language of ‘will’ curb emissions now while China only ‘intends’ to curb in 2030. Bad deal!

    the more I learn, the more correct Trump seems to be, except for the fact there are plenty of multi-nationals who have sold out their countries for China.
    what is particularly galling is no matter how much more CO2 China emits, the MSM will always suggest it “could” threaten the Paris targets, while building a single coal-fired power plant in Australia would destroy the planet:

    16 Sept: SouthChinaMorningPost: Can China keep the climate cool while its air-conditioning market heats up?
    Alan Miller says China’s contribution to climate-agreement quotas is crucial as its population increasingly turns to air conditioners to beat the heat and the nation remains a key player in global sales
    (Alan Miller, a former climate change policy specialist at the World Bank, is co-author of Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All, which was recently issued by the UN-affiliated Sustainable Energy for All)

    Among the many impressive achievements of China’s rapid economic growth has been providing electricity to nearly all of its population, which has improved living standards in many ways. But one unintended consequence of this success has been the extensive use of air conditioning, which poses a potential risk to the global environment in the form of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.

    In 1990, few Chinese households had an air conditioner. Now the average is one per household. China has become the global leader in producing and using air conditioners, responsible for making 70 per cent of units worldwide and accounting for 35 per cent of global stock, compared with 23 per cent in the United States…

    Many are energy inefficient, consuming more power still largely provided by coal, which produces carbon dioxide, the largest source of global warming. They also rely on the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as refrigerants, which have high global warming potential when released into the atmosphere…

    As China’s economy continues to grow, so will the purchase and use of air conditioners. A big potential market is the nearly 200 million low-income urban dwellers in China who are subject to worsening heat extremes, but have limited access to cooling systems. This large group needs to be helped without further adding to the climate threat…

    LINK: As the US dithers, China cements its climate leadership role

    The International Energy Agency forecasts that 1 billion air conditioners will be installed globally over the next decade, increasing world stock by two-thirds, with China remaining a key player…

    Greenhouse gas emissions will increase dramatically and threaten prospects for achieving the goal set by the Paris Climate Agreement…
    China, as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, has a special responsibility in addressing this issue. Fortunately, it is asserting leadership on climate change internationally. Under government leadership, it is implementing an ambitious combination of climate policies, including a carbon trading programme…
    It is on track to exceed its emission reduction goals…

    It is also estimated that China needs to invest more than US$250 billion to support the construction of cost-effective and energy-efficient green buildings and retrofit existing ones within the next decade…
    Related to this initiative is the need to develop financial structures in China to provide capital for energy-efficiency technology and help the construction of green buildings so China can reach its low-carbon goals…

    ***As one of the world’s biggest producers of air conditioners, many of which are exported to developing countries, China also has a responsibility to promote the manufacture of hyper-efficient air conditioners. This would help create a potential huge market for Chinese appliance makers.
    Financing schemes for consumers should be more closely tied to the best energy-efficient units available.


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      It is ridiculous to read Trump Tweets on climate change
      — he knows next to nothing about climate science.

      It is also ridiculous to blame China.

      Why not blame the people
      who buy Chinese manufactured goods?

      I bought a GE window air conditioner made in China about
      a month ago — I would have preferred a made in the USA
      air conditioner, like the 1988 Sears model that it replaced.
      But every window air conditioner I saw was made in China.

      You wrote:
      “As the US dithers, China cements its climate leadership role”

      The only response I can think of to that nonsense
      bat !

      China and India are causing more pollution
      of the air, water and soil than any other nations —
      probably more than every other nation combined.

      I’m talking about real pollution, not the
      staff of life, carbon dioxide, which
      greens the Earth and is not pollution at all.

      Carbon dioxide emissions are wonderful
      for our planet, if the fossil fuels are burned
      cleanly — China and India are failing
      in that regard.

      Adding CO2 to the air is beneficial to our planet.

      If there is any warming,
      which is merely assumed, not proven,
      it will be mild warming,
      mainly at night,
      mainly in the colder months,
      and mainly in the colder higher latitudes.

      You apparently have no clue how greenhouse
      gases could affect the climate, and how doubling
      or tripling the current CO2 level would maximize
      the growth of plants used for food by humans
      and animals.


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      A Byatt

      Pat, Morris Strong the godfather of mercantile microclimate manipulation was firmly ensconced in China and Trump would have been well aware of his nefarious doctrines and the damage it is causing western nations.
      Trump is correct in his 2012 tweet/assessments and the measures he is taking to rebuild the US into the global powerhouse it once was.


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    destroyer D69

    McCartney a musician???????


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      McCartney a musician???????

      Paul McCartney:

      • A superbly melodic, inventive bass player

      • One of the most prolific pop music songwriters of the past sixty years

      • A founding member of the band that changed music and cultural history worldwide in the Sixties

      Yeah, I reckon he’s a musician.


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        McCartney was a prolific song writer in the 1960s.

        he’s had one great song since then,
        Maybe I’m Amazed (studio version)
        and a few average pop hits.

        I have a two CD greatest hits album
        and think he barely had enough decent
        songs for one CD.

        Two of the Beatles presented very good
        self-written songs after the Beatles broke up.
        McCartney was not one of the two.

        As an audiophile who collects CDs,
        and has thousands of them, one of the
        most disappointing artists in the past
        45 years, based on my high expectations,
        was Paul McCartney’s songs, after the Beatles.

        The lame attack on Trump,
        and perhaps the worst song
        he’s ever written tell me something
        — McCartney needs a dementia test
        … and a face lift too !


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          and perhaps the worst song
          he’s ever written … McCartney needs a dementia test
          … and a face lift too !

          That’s quite an attack on one of the founding fathers of modern rock and pop music.

          Facelift? Really, the man is in his 70s.

          As for McCartney’s musical output since the Beatles, you are way off.

          Here are some of the great singles he released.

          • Maybe I’m Amazed
          • My Love
          • With A Little Luck
          • Mull Of Kintyre
          • Silly Love Songs
          • Another Day
          • Coming Up
          • Listen to What The Man Said
          • Let ‘Em In
          • Band On The Run

          And there are many more, but what you miss is that McCartney was a master of the ‘song within a song’.

          His ‘stream of consciousness’ song writing gave us the wonderful medley at the end of side two of Abbey Road, aided by John Lennon’s most worthwhile contributions.

          ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’ was another example of this.

          Sure the lyrics to one song on his latest album are rubbish, but the music is excellent.

           ‘Despite Repeated Warnings’, is a musical statement in four movements, much like the End medley on Abbey Road. It’s Paul doing what he does best, writing beyond the single song format. He used the same technique when writing the James Bond theme, ‘Live And Let Die’.

          Listen to ‘Despite Repeated Warnings’ and ignore the lyrics.

          It’s McCartney doing what he does best.

          With this new album, Paul McCartney has proved that he is clueless about science, but is as talented and prolific as ever as a pop music composer and performer.


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            destroyer D69

            A popular entertainer/lyricist but not in the same musical class as the likes of Segovia..Grappelli ,Reinhardt,Du Pre,


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              not in the same musical class as the likes of Segovia..Grappelli ,Reinhardt,Du Pre,

              Of course not. Comparing McCartney with Segovia, Grappelli and Django et al is pointless.

              It’s a bit like comparing Patsy Cline to John Coltrane.


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            Listen to ‘Despite Repeated Warnings’ and ignore the lyrics

            Is that like doing to see a movie for the special effects and just pretending the bad acting, pacing and plot don’t matter?

            Not sure I agree. Yes I understand items can be broken down and analysed (and/or enjoyed) as stand alone components, but what makes something great is the complete package.

            If you are asking us to ignore the lyrics then you are clearly implying that McCartney is not the complete package and not a ‘Great’ musician.


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              If you are asking us to ignore the lyrics then you are clearly implying that McCartney is not the complete package and not a ‘Great’ musician.

              Not at all. In the 30s, 40’s and 50s, the songwriters of the Great American Songbook usually teamed with a lyricist to produce a superb product; the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hart, Loener and Lowe, Rogers and Hammerstein are examples. Burt Bacharach teamed for much of his songwriting career with lyricist Hal David, likewise Elton John with Bernie Taupin.

              You can be a great songwriter without being a virtuoso musician. McCartney is a prolific songwriter, an excellent bass player, an accomplished guitarist, pianist, and drummer; he used to be an excellent singer, however his lyrics tend towards the banal. Overall, I’d say that makes him a ‘great musician’.

              If the listener isn’t thinking about Trump or ‘climate change’, ‘Despite Repeated Warnings’ could mean a lot of things.


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            Ian Hill

            Couldn’t agree more. Funny, the first time I ever saw a photo of one of the Beatles when I was 9 I thought it was Moe from The 3 Stooges and mum said, no that’s one of the Beatles. Mum fell in love with Yesterday and many of their early songs, but wasn’t a fan of their later music. McCartney comes across well in the Beatles Anthology but you’ve got to love the down-to-earth attitudes of George Harrison and Ringo Starr!


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            I take it you are a fan of ‘Pop’ music? Every song you posted was a; rubbish and b; old. Lennon nailed him when he sang

            “The only thing you done was yesterday
            And since you’re gone you’re just another day”

            Still, I suspect that we are lucky Lennon isn’t here to write songs about Trump….


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            Richard Greene

            GD sez:

            “As for McCartney’s musical output
            since the Beatles, you are way off.”

            Here are some of the great singles
            he released.

            • Maybe I’m Amazed
            • My Love
            • With A Little Luck
            • Mull Of Kintyre
            • Silly Love Songs
            • Another Day
            • Coming Up
            • Listen to What The Man Said
            • Let ‘Em In
            • Band On The Run”

            My comments:
            You are a
            DING, DING, DING
            if you think that is
            a list of “great singles”.

            Maybe I’m Amazed is great,
            in the studio version,
            although I hate the live version
            when McCartney says “love ya”
            instead of “love you”.

            I happen to like
            Silly Love Songs, but
            but no one else I know
            agrees, and they say the same
            about Heart of the Country,
            which I like too.

            Band on the Run
            is also good.

            The rest are
            average quality songs,
            not “great”.

            Since 2000,
            I have filled four
            DIY 80 minute CDRs
            with compilations
            of Beatles songs
            and covers of their songs.

            They remained my favorite group
            since 1964 (I’m old).

            I could not find 80 minutes,
            or even 40 minutes of
            McCartney songs, written
            after the Beatles broke up,
            to put on a DIY compilation
            of his greatest hits.
            I tried one time and gave
            up with only 8 songs
            on “My Favorite McCartney”

            I will spend an hour
            listening to post-Beatles
            McCartney songs
            in the next 24 hours
            and apologize to you
            if I change my mind,
            and agree with you.

            If not,
            you’ll get another
            DING DING DING
            bat !


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              Richard Greene

              I spent a few days re-listening to all the Paul McCartney post-Beatles CDs I currently own,
              to reconsider my opinion that he turned out
              to be a mediocre, disappointing songwriter
              after leaving the Beatles.

              I had already donated three or four of his CDs to the Salvation Army, for failing to have even one song I wanted to hear again, and this is what I have left:

              Wingspan: Hits and History (two CDs)
              Band on the Run
              Wings Wild Life

              Once again, I was only able to come up with eight McCartney post-Beatles songs worthy of a compilation of my favorite McCartney songs, and only the first two would I consider great songs:

              1 Maybe I’m Amazed
              2 Band on the Run
              3 Another Day
              4 Silly Love Songs
              5 Heart of the Country
              6 Bluebird
              7 Let Me Roll It
              8 Let ‘Em In

              So on second thought,
              the GD comment that
              McCartney was:

              “• One of the most prolific pop music songwriters of the past sixty years”

              … is complete nonsense, coming from a
              DING DING DING
              bat !
              with poor taste
              in music !

              McCartney was a prolific songwriter
              from 1963 through 1969, with an unknown
              amount of help from John Lennon, but after that he was a mediocre songwriter, when compared to his Beatles years.

              As proof of that, I compare the first two solo albums of songs by McCartney alone, and songs by Lennon alone, after the Beatles broke up.

              Lennon’s first two solo albums were very good — some would say excellent

              McCartney’s solo Ram was average and Wings Wild Life was way below average — I still remember buying the record, and feeling I had wasted my money — it took years of therapy to get over that ! ( I only own the CD because I found it for 20 cents at the Salvation Army … and felt like hearing it again — it still stinks).

              Now that McCartney has shown himself to be yet another climate science Bozo the Clown, it brought out my long standing disappointment in his lack of songwriting skills after the Beatles.
              … And he’s needed a facelift for over twenty years — have never seen a face go from handsome to old lady look” at such a young age.


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        Richard Greene

        You’re a Paul McCartney lap dog,
        totally biased in his favor:

        “Paul McCartney:
        • A superbly melodic, inventive bass player”

        McCartney average bass player,
        from what you could hear in the mix,
        not even in the same league
        as Detroit’s own James Jamerson,
        in the Motown “Funk Brothers”

        “• One of the most prolific
        pop music songwriters of the past sixty years”

        McCartney was prolific
        from 1964 through 1969,
        just five years, with the help
        of John Lennon.

        But it’s hard to know
        exactly what he wrote.

        I always assume
        if Paul sang the lead,
        then he wrote the song,
        or most of it.

        When there were harmonies,
        which were often
        very good songs,
        who knows the main writer?

        I think McCartney was responsible
        for “Yesterday” — a great song,
        but how about “In My Life”,
        a better song, IMHO,
        and by John Lennon,
        or mainly by John Lennon?

        Comparing their first two
        solo albums after the Beatles broke up,
        as a proxy for
        who was the best songwriter,
        Lennon or McCartney,
        I strongly believe
        Lennon’s songs were much better
        … then he sort of faded away.

        “• A founding member of the band
        that changed music and cultural history
        worldwide in the Sixties”

        As a person who became an audiophile
        immediately after hearing the Beatles
        on the first 1964 Ed Sullivan show,
        I agree that they changed music,
        but inadvertently, for the worse.

        Before the Beatles it was fine for
        singers, such as Elvis or Sinatra,
        to sing other people’s songs
        accompanied by professional
        musicians. fans did not look down
        on singers who did that.

        The Beatles broke that mold —
        they couldn’t get a record contract
        just singing other people’s songs,
        but when they wrote their own songs,
        sang, and played their own instruments,
        they were among the best, or maybe
        the best, rock bands ever.

        Unfortunately fellow musicians decided
        they had to do it all too
        … and a lot of them turned out
        to be mediocre songwriters, IMHO.

        I wish they had performed better songs
        written by professional songwriters !


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    Another Ian

    “McCartney sings from inside the bubble — grab the keys and lock climate denier Trump up?”

    No, just make sure Trump stays locked out of McCartney’s bubble


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    Kinky Keith

    It seems that Sir Paul, BSc(Hon), has been questioned or asked to express an opinion on the topic of global warming.

    Before answering he has thought carefully about where his current market sits, and then tailed, or perhaps composed may be better, the best answer for the situation.

    We mustn’t forget that sales figures, aka money, is more important than science.



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    I think our tunesmith needs some HELP to get his feet back on the ground. Would some-one please please HELP him.


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    Rock ‘n roll has been the servant of mass conformity, dreary orthodoxy and intrusive government since the 1960s. Short of a military parade, what’s more herd-like than a rock concert? Where better to dissolve all individuality and uncertainty than in a mosh pit? Who gets to criticise or doubt when the music overwhelms the crowd and the crowd then overwhelms the crowd? That’s why so many rockers are such prissy, nagging old fuss-pots in real life: the job suits their personalities. (I once encountered Peter Garrett.)

    Even very recently Peter Dutton was damaged by a Murdoch journo’s gotcha over some rock music. Who’s game to say “dunno, don’t care” when it comes to establishing their cool credentials? The agencies and other sneaks who run the show have long known that drugs, eroticism and head-banging are ideal means of control. Why bother intoxicating people when they do it to themselves? (It’s amazing how many of the early counter-culture figures came from full-on military backgrounds and families – check out Laurel Canyon.)

    Kids hear a piece of doggerel set to shock-mum-and-dad music – like this latest drivel by McCartney – and imagine something deep is being said by people who must know all sorts of stuff. The manipulators know the power of rock and have made it their own long ago.

    Now, to recover, here’s Marty doing Stephen Foster:


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      Even very recently Peter Dutton was damaged by a Murdoch journo’s gotcha over some rock music. Who’s game to say “dunno, don’t care” when it comes to establishing their cool credentials?

      Were I a politician, and they asked me who would win the footy on the weekend, it would be glorious to say, ‘I couldn’t care less’.

      Maybe that’s why I’m not a politician.


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    From the guy that had group masturbation sessions with John Lenon and three other men. Perfectly sane!


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    Musicians should stick to their trade.
    It’s all about emotion.
    Their thinking is generally limited to parroting whatever the latest lefty/greenie meme hasn’t to be.


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      Their trade being?

      What is all about emotion?

      The last sentence is meant to mean what? Is that their trade? Surely they don’t parrot but they are the ones being parroted.



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        Pity about that, he wrote some lovely songs, ‘Yesterday,’
        ‘Michelle ma belle.’

        Why is it that some stars of stage and screen think that their
        talents extend beyond their sphere to that of wise public
        philosopher king? Dunning Kruger syndrome or just big head
        from audience applause…


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        el gordo

        Gee Aye the arts, which includes actors and musicians, are generally of the green/left persuasion. Harrison Ford has just put his hand up for global warming catastrophe, him being a space jockey of renown.


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          There’s a distinction btwixt ‘The Arts’ as institution
          and ‘Art.’ re the human condition, strange voices of yr
          Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, Emily Dickenson, Samuel
          Johnston, Thomas Hardy, Philip Larkin, Beethoven, Wagner,
          even some pop music, seldom didactic, but if yr good enuff
          like Alexander Pope, Daumier, yr can get away with it…

          Thing is, ‘ART’ encompasses the many complex responses to
          the human situation, beyond ‘left’ or ‘right’ categories
          that almost miraculously manage to bring together via
          evolved traditions in language, musical notation , pencil
          and paint some equivalences we register as ‘true’ to the
          complexities of life. When messaging rules, fergit the art.
          … Well that’s what serfs think. (


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          And their stock in trade is ( mostly ) playing dress up and make believe….

          Hardly grounds for rigorous scientific thought or discussion.

          The Israeli army wont let people who play Dungeons and Dragons be in the army, as they are deemed incapable of separating fact from fantasy….scary but true.


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      oops, happens not hasnt


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      el gordo

      ‘Recently, more than 200 actors, musicians, and more signed a letter calling for bold climate action.’

      Global Citizen


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        G’day eg,
        Surely there are more than 206 actors etc in USA?
        (From the equation 97% of x = 200)
        Dave B


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          el gordo

          According to Actor’s Equity Association the unemployment rate is around 90%, so we could assume 10% are gainfully employed in the industry and 200 of those signed up for mass delusion.


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    I suppose if you are a socialist billionaire you are entitled to your fantasies/


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    Latus Dextro

    A declining musician become court jester with some interesting output in the 1960’s should be hermetically sealed in a glass display case and sent to the The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.


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    Ye kanny shuv yer Granny oaf a bus, ….. ? naw that’s nae it – Oh I remember! –

    You can take a horse to the Trough, but you cannot make it take a drink ( same goes for our dog )- and like the MSM, he ( the dog) would rather supp out of the dirty water.

    Ohh! just watching BBC morning news – Brexit – bbc interviewing bbc amongst the “invited public” Echo chamber springs to mind again


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      I don’t know how you can bear it! Listening to the BBC…I can’t even cope with the DT (UK) this morning. 🙁


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        Oh I know… necessity? – in case there’s some REAL news? – so I tell my other half. Told her too, tonight that I’ll have to raise the screen ‘cos I feel like puttin e boot init ! Case of shooting the messenger. Everything in the news has a Brexit or clim. change angle to it this now. total rubbish


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          Reminds me of the “BBC of Mathematics” as I call it.

          0 x anything is always 0.

          BBC x anything is always BBC.

          Curl cross BBC = 0, when integrated along any govt funded echo chamber, tending to infiniti….


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    One of our indulgences is to go the movies in gold class with reclining seats and service for food and drinks at the push of a button but not anymore, since even before Trump when the hypocrites in Hollywood exposed their disgusting world views and politics over the initial Global Warming push.

    Instead of funding the filth we have gone back to basics with having friends over or watching classic movies and music, we find ourselves reading more and enjoying the rediscovery of the world outside the black veil of corrupt MSM dialogue and predictable commercial radio and film.


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      Peter C

      Nothing wrong with having friends over and watching the old movies. Bob Hope was quite sound politically. Some one here linked to a movie clip where he compared Zombies to Democrats!

      But are you not taking things a bit far Yonnie, denying yourself an indulgence?

      My wife took me to see “I Tonya” in a gold class theatre, early this year.
      Now there is a girl who liked a fight. She looked like a Trump voter to me (also her chain smoking mum).


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    Paul, you say you want a revolution?
    Don’t you know you can count me out?


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    16 Sept: San Francisco Chronicle: How to fly to a climate change summit? In a private, carbon-spewing jet
    by Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    One of the hottest spots during the just-concluded Global Climate Action Summit was the private runway at San Francisco International Airport, where SFO spokesman Doug Yakel reports corporate jet traffic was up 30 percent over normal.
    Airport sources told us that the carbon-spewing corporate jets nearly filled the landing area’s parking slots and that many had flown in for the conference…

    In 2015, Brown flew with real estate mega-millionaire and major Democratic Party donor George Marcus via private jet to a climate change conference at the Vatican. The next year, the go-green governor jetted off with Marcus for a two-week trip that included stops in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine…

    13 Sept: Twitchy: Harrison Ford begs Americans to stop electing leaders who don’t believe in science
    Actor Harrison Ford spoke at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco today, and reporter Sam Brock tells us that Ford begged the audience to stop electing people who don’t believe in science. Hmm … wonder if he was thinking of anyone in particular?…

    We really wish they’d featured Ted Danson — the guy who said back in 1988 that the oceans would be “dead” within 10 years — instead. He knows science. But Harrison Ford is a fine second choice…

    Harrison Ford flew in on his private jet to deliver a message about climate change.

    Harrison Ford literally flies planes around burning fossil fuel for fun. He’s a pilot!

    And then.. Harrison Ford goosed the throttle, lifted off, burned a 100 lbs of ATF, flipped the finger and yelled, “Do as I say, not as I do!”

    Harrison Ford has multiple huge houses and private planes that he flies all the time. When I see him move into a 1 bedroom apt and riding a bike I’ll listen to him.


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    John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia

    Another hypocrite, DiCaprio and his eco-resort. Doesn’t look very sea level or hurricane proof to me.


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    Dec 2017: StuffNZ: Sir Paul McCartney spotted boarding private jet in Hawke’s Bay en route to his Auckland show
    by Ged Cann
    McCartney arrived by private jet on Wednesday night, and it is understood he spend his time at the exclusive Cape Kidnappers lodge…
    He has also reportedly banned meat products from his New Zealand show.
    The long-time vegetarian has reportedly requested only meat-free food be served at Mt Smart. The 75-year-old tours with his own catering team, serving only vegan and vegetarian food to anyone working on his concerts

    Apr 2017: Concert at the Carrier Dome: Paul McCartney booked to perform Sept. 23
    In 2012, McCartney visited Syracuse on his private jet to stop by NEMF…

    May 2016: Daily Mail: What a set of Wings! Sir Paul McCartney flies back to the UK with his entourage on a private jet as he takes a quick break from his One On One world tour
    By JJ Nattrass
    He’s no stranger to a rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, having pioneered it back in the ’60s and ’70s with The Beatles and Wings.
    So it was no surprise to see that Sir Paul McCartney was travelling in style when he decided to jet back from the USA on Friday – arriving back in the UK on a private jet…
    Youtube: ‘Sir Paul McCartney takes off to Hamilton Island in private jet’ 7/12/17

    Youtube: Beatles legend Sir Paul mcartney arrives into australia on his private jet 20/12/17

    despite the following, it’s still not easy finding articles about celebrities’ private jets:

    2012: BizPacJournals: The friendly skies may be getting a lot less friendly for private jet owners.
    According to a recent story at, a company called is about to pull back the veil on the oft-secret world of private jets.
    Over the past decade, private jets owners have been able to request their flights plans be kept from any public database through the FAA’s Block Aircraft Registration Request system.
    This new site, however, has found a complicated workaround of the BARR system and plans to launch an updated database of flights, along with the potential to eventually track flights as they happen.
    As an example, once celebrity photographers get wind of Paul McCartney’s jet’s tail number, they could easily be waiting for him when he gets off the plane in Las Vegas, New York or wherever…


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    Antoine D'Arche

    well, just a couple of things… that’s not Paul. Paul died in a car accident decades ago. Also, do you reckon if got Alzheimers disease anyone would tell him?
    and anyway, he’s a musician. Since when have we ever listened to musicians when they’re not playing music or singing?


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    Andrew Wilkins

    Why anybody… would care what a celebrity thinks or otherwise is the height of foolishness. I mean, America has finally come to the edges and the brink of insanity where some people might even consider that [it’s] a good idea for people living in Malibu to decide our foreign policy. I’m not one of those …I think celebrities should basically shut their pie hole and do what they do best: act, sing, tap-dance, juggle balls, and do all that kind of stuff.

    The brilliant Gene Simmons


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      Roy Hogue

      Celebrity worship has overtaken us and Malibu does in fact think itself entitled to lead the country down their chosen road. And it’s not a yellow brick road nor does it lead to an Emerald City. I don’t know what kind of wizard they hope for but he won’t even be a man behind the curtain. He’ll be something they don’t recognize until it’s too late and his hand is around their throats. Useful idiots are among the first things thrown on the trash heap when someone achieves power.


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        Roy Hogue

        Re: Gene Simmons: Just looking him up tells me he wasn’t brilliant. But he accurately saw what was happening.

        Sorry to disagree but he moved in a world I would call self destructive.


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          Robert Swan

          Where do you look people up to find out whether or not they’re brilliant? Useful resource. I wonder what it says next to Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, etc. Would be nice to get the final word on such matters.


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            Roy Hogue

            The internet describes just about his whole life and attitude.

            But upon second thought, he may be brilliant but putting that brilliance to a use not very worthwhile. I’m not criticizing the fact that you obviously like him. Your choices are yours to make.


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    The Deplorable Vlad the Impaler

    Just another Lefty-lamebrain Limousine Liberal. (U. S. nomenclature: liberal = leftist, socialist, totalitarian)


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    17 Sept: AFR: Mark Ludlow: Emissions Reduction Fund the great survivor of Australia’s climate policy
    Despite hopes by the Clean Energy Regulator that big industry would get involved in the ERF, this hasn’t happened as carbon farming continues to dominate the contracts written. Others bristle at using taxpayers’ money to reduce carbon emissions.
    Melbourne-based carbon consultancy RepuTex said there had been a steady drop-off in abatements purchased through the Australian carbon credit units from 51 million in the third auction, down to 34 million, then 11 million, then 7.95 million and then 6 million in the seventh auction in June…

    All eyes are now on the ALP and their policies in the lead-up next election. There are hopes Labor will resurrect the NEG, or a policy very similar, to help target a coordinated attempt to bring down carbon emissions in the electricity sector – the biggest polluters…

    17 Sept: Guardian: Adam Morton: Coalition wants to boost emissions reduction fund – but what did voters get for $2.3bn?
    Why spend billions protecting land when clearing is happening five times faster in other parts of the country?
    According to the Australian, Price plans to push in cabinet for increased funding for the scheme, prioritising projects that she says would “help the environment and give people opportunity” alongside any emissions cuts. Her predecessor, the now treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, was non-committal about the idea on Monday morning…

    17 Sept: BusinessGreen: Michael Holder: Investors worth $6.4tr call on firms to tackle supply chain deforestation risks
    More than 40 investors with around $6.4tr of assets under management have called on companies sourcing beef and related cattle products to mitigate and eliminate deforestation from their supply chains in a joint statement issued late last week.
    Citing wide-ranging risks that arise from deforestation, including the fact it is one of the fastest-growing contributors to global greenhouse gases, the statement issued in California on Thursday (LINK) highlights how beef production has been responsible for 65 per cent of gross tropical deforestation between 2001 and 2009, largely in Brazil and other areas of South America…

    Orchestrated by US non-profit Ceres alongside the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) initiative, the 44 investors signing the statement include global financial giants such as Aberdeen Standard Investments, Aviva Investors, Legal & General Investment Management, Aegon Asset Management, HSBC Global AM, and BNP Paribas AM…

    “With a view toward protecting long-term value and mitigating risks, we will seek to engage relevant investee companies on deforestation risk within their supply chains, particularly those with direct or supply chain exposure to cattle and related products.”
    The statement also sets out investor expectations for companies regarding disclosure and management of deforestation risks. It calls on them to: boost awareness and governance of these risks; publicly-disclose commodity specific deforestation policy covering their entire supply chains; ensure traceability across cattle supply chains; develop monitoring and verification processes to ensure supplier compliance.
    Danielle Carreira, senior manager of environmental issues at PRI, said eliminating deforestation in cattle, soy and other key agriculture commodities was crucial for curbing emissions and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement…READ ON


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    17 Sept: ClimateChangeNews: France is lagging on 8 out of 9 climate targets, watchdog warns
    For all President Macron’s talk of “making our planet great again”, emissions are not falling fast enough in most sectors, according to an NGO scorecard
    By Natalie Sauer
    France is lagging behind its climate targets, according to data compiled by the Observatory on Energy and Climate, an independent initiative, released on Thursday.
    In 2017, the country emitted 6.7% more greenhouse gases and consumed 4.4% more energy than planned. It missed 8 out 9 climate targets (LINK) for 2017 or, where recent data was not available, for the year 2016.

    The building sector scored particularly poorly, producing 22.7% more greenhouse emissions than set out in its goal, reflecting slow progress in insulating homes…
    Renewables scraped to 15.7% of the energy mix in 2016, compared to a 17% goal, while the consumption of fossil fuels rose by 4.5%. Greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture also crept up, exceeding the climate target by 3.2%…

    Researchers behind the Observatory on Energy and Climate cited the UK’s Committee on Climate Change as a model for government accountability on climate change…

    17 Sept: CitywireUK: Four jailed over £2.4m carbon credit fraud
    By David Campbell
    Four men have been jailed for almost 13 years by Southwark Crown Court over their part in a £2.4 million conspiracy to mis-sell carbon credits to 130 investors.
    Company director Sandeep Dosanjh and senior brokers James Lanston and Charanjit Sandhu had earlier admitted their involvement in fraudulent sales made via two businesses, Harman Royce Ltd and Kendrick Zale Ltd, between January 2012 and August 2013, in the then-fledgling carbon market…

    The men specifically targeted victims aged over 50 resident in affluent postcodes. They would cold call and persuade them to purchase voluntary emission reduction (VER) carbon credits, which they said were worth between £5.26 and £6.50.
    In reality, the court heard the notional value of the credits was likely to have been closer to 25p and 30p. As VERs are not traded in a secondary market, purchasers would never have been able to realise the promised 100% return on investment…

    In addition to drawing salaries from the enterprises, the proceeds of the scam were used to purchase luxury items, such as an Aston Martin car and high-end watches.
    Victims were provided with a bogus ‘carbon market analysis’ spreadsheet, which claimed to show the month-on-month changes in carbon credit prices between 2007 and 2012.


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      Graeme No.3

      I was once cold called by Babcock Brown (or someone acting for them). I wondered why they were calling me – I knew that they wanted money but so did I then – and why if the investment was so great why were they trying to flog it?
      Damn, I missed my chance because if I had bought shares in their wind farms (and kept them even when they became worthless) I might now be an associate of Turnbull jnr.
      What a lucky escape.


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    17 Sept: CNBC: Reuters: Musk says Tesla is now in ‘delivery logistics hell’
    •Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk acknowledged that the electric carmaker’s problems have now shifted to delivery logistics from production delays.
    •It was the latest speed bump in its efforts to achieve profitability.
    •Tesla’s ability to deliver on production targets has weighed on its stock in the past, and the company has been working to iron out production bumps after failing to meet production targets for its Model 3 sedans.
    “Sorry, we’ve gone from production hell to delivery logistics hell, but this problem is far more tractable. We’re making rapid progress. Should be solved shortly,” Musk said in a tweet in response to a customer complaint on delivery delay.

    reply to:

    Megan Gale: There are 42 Tesla’s sitting at the Union Pacific Railroad in SLC. My car is one of these. I’ve been told I was getting delivery the 8th, then the 15th, then the 20th, then the 22nd, and now my delivery has been delayed indefinite. @Tesla @elonmusk… Please make this right PIC…

    Musk said last week the company would eliminate some color options for its electric cars to streamline production.


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    4 Sept: Deutsche Welle: Ruby Russell: Fossil fuels dominate African energy investment
    A study has found that 60 percent of international public finance in African energy goes to fossil fuels, compared to just 18 percent to cleaner alternatives. Are wealthy countries offshoring emissions?
    Plants burning coal, oil and gas have powered rapid economic growth in Europe, North America and the strong Asian economies for decades. At the same time, many people in less wealthy parts of the world still suffer from energy poverty, while being increasingly exposed to extreme weather that’s becoming more frequent, and more intense, because of climate change…

    With the notable exception of the United States, all countries have committed to reducing their emissions in order to keep global warming in check. To do so requires developed economies to undergo a radical transition to run on green energy sources. So you might expect them to be keen for the rest of the world to chart a cleaner path of development.
    Yet analysis by Oil Change International (OCI) published in July found that from 2014 to 2016, 60 percent of public finance for energy in Africa went to fossil fuels. And clean energy? Just 18 percent, with the remainder going to “other” projects including renewables that have a dubious social or environmental impact, like large hydropower and biomass.
    “Government-backed finance for energy in Africa is incredibly skewed towards fossil fuels,” David Turnbull of OCI told DW…

    Germany, once famous for talking the talk at international climate conferences as well as its huge national drive to build up renewable power production at home, was the biggest European bilateral funder of African energy projects over this period.
    But the report found that it sunk more than four times as much money into fossil fuels as what OCI classifies as “clean technology” — basically, solar, wind and geothermal energy, plus policy-support aimed at expanding the use of renewables.
    German development bank KfW declined to speak to DW, saying it couldn’t comment on the figures because it was “unclear to us how the data was collected”…

    ***The single biggest public investor in African energy was China. Hailed as a world leader on renewable energy development, 85 percent of its investments in African energy went into coal, oil and gas, OCI found…

    And the picture isn’t much greener for multilateral investment. According to the report, more than half the World Bank Group’s investments over this period went to fossil fuels, compared to around one dollar in six to clean energy.
    No one at the World Bank was available for interview but a spokesperson for the organization said in an email that, it had “concerns about the methodology used by Oil Change International.”…

    And the problem is, the more fossil-fuel infrastructure is put in place, the more entrenched dirty, outdated energy production becomes.
    “The thing with investing in public infrastructure today is that those investments are really long-term investments that are going to last decades into the future,” Turnbull says. “When you talk about investing in new coal plants or new fossil fuel infrastructure around the continent of Africa you’re talking about these investments that are going to be protected by the companies that build them for 20, 30, 40 years.”…


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    Richard Ilfeld

    It may be that the best thing about Trump is the hate he generates.
    “The left” is against everything.
    They are extreme.
    I used to think that most were fellow travelers and useful idiots; a few fairly nasty folks wanted to take over the world and run our lives while most folks were amiable dunces who grappled with a single issue, thought the left was on their side, voted their cause, and got the whole package, often to their own surprise.
    “Artists”, who have always lived in a bubble, were great for enabling this. You could get ten kids to a socialist lecture, and 10,000 to a free concert. So the socialists who hate the rich love the rich whom they can use to further their cause.
    Somehow, not one performer in a thousand watches Chinese ‘entertainment’, to see what happens to artists when the left actually takes over.

    Trump is certainly helping us discriminate between the go-along-to-get-along soft left and the group that can’t help the anger from coming out, personalizing, and becoming ridiculous.

    “world peace”, the staple answer of the prospective beauty queen, doesn’t satisfy the left anymore.

    It’s disturbing when the politics becomes so overwhelming that the stench overcomes the message.
    Can’t watch TV without being bludgeoned by political correctness.
    Can’t listen to pop music.

    Can’t even talk to old friends.

    Used to enjoy going to baseball with a fellow who knew the game and had played at a high level.
    He became a teacher…and now that he is fully marinated i can’t talk to him anymore.
    He isn’t evil, I don’t think, but some many things have crept into his daily life and ordinary expression that I don’t hear a sentence but that I want to grab him by the collar and shake him back to reality.

    CO2 causes hurricanes.
    Vaccines cause autism.
    GMA is Frankenfood.
    Irradiation makes food radioactive.
    Vegetarians will win because eating meat is evil.

    And a dozen more, before he even starts on politics…..and these are not ’causes’, they are assumptions in ordinary conversation,
    like the obligatory paean to climate change in any article on any topic for certain left leaning journals.

    And then there is the notion that on the right these are only racists and fascists being directed by a secret cabal of people wearing tinfoil hats.

    He still knows a lot about baseball, but it seems his only contact with reality.

    I wonder how many years it has been since Sir Paul had any contact with reality. I wonder if the young juniors who sing and internalize his lyrics will ever have any non-traumatic contact with it.


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      I wonder if the young juniors who sing and internalize his lyrics

      I doubt any young juniors will even listen to Paul’s latest album, let alone this one song.

      Perhaps we should let Sir Paul indulge his creative urges while singing banal, meaningless lyrics. After all, that’s what he’s done for decades.

      The track in question, ‘Despite Repeated Warnings’, is a musical statement in four movements, much like the End medley on Abbey Road. He also hinted at this with Sgt Pepper. It’s Paul doing what he does best, writing beyond the single song format. He used the same technique when writing the James Bond theme, ‘Live And Let Die’.

      Other than that, excellent comment Richard.

      I feel your pain with the old friends’ scenario only too well.


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        When I mentioned in passing to the young lad on the supermarket checkout that the seed I was buying was for the Beatles (our four cockatiels are John, Paul, George and Ringo), he looked blank and asked ‘who’? I elaborated, but nope, he had no idea and had never heard of the Beatles.
        Never thought I’d see the day…


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      Roy Hogue

      He still knows a lot about baseball, but it seems his only contact with reality.

      Unfortunately that is a reality that stays on the playing field. You cannot take it with you and incorporate it into your life in any useful way. It’s a form of fantasy and fantasy makes for a very poor reality — as you describe only too well. Talking baseball is just throwing the bull if you know what I mean. Nothing is changed in this world no matter what team wins or loses, except that money changes hands.

      At least he can say he shares something in common with his fellow teachers if not his family and friends that is worth a lot of conversation, protest and angst, not to mention feeling superior and back patting in front of his mirror very night or morning. Maybe that’s enough for some people.

      But for me… …well give me words with some substance behind them before I go along — like empirical evidence, maybe?


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      Peter C

      Trump is certainly helping us discriminate between the go-along-to-get-along soft left and the group that can’t help the anger from coming out, personalizing, and becoming ridiculous.

      One more thing I can add to my list of Deeds of Trump.

      How about a list of all of Donald Trump’s Failings;
      1. He has been married a few times,
      2. He had a reality TV show
      3. He made a lot of money
      4. He made a coarse remark about women ( years ago)

      There must be many more!


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    15 Sept: Guardian: Former IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri to stand trial on sexual harassment charges
    Delhi court decides there is enough evidence to charge Pachauri with harassing a female colleague
    by Michael Safi in Delhi
    Pachauri’s lawyer, Ashish Dixit, told the Guardian was a “major victory” for his client because the court had dropped four other charges, including stalking and intimidation
    “The majority of the charges have been dropped by the court on it own, so it’s big step forward,” Dixit said.
    The charges will be formally read to Pachauri on 20 October…

    Two more women have publicly alleged Pachauri sexually harassed them while they worked at Teri, one of them claiming in a 2016 television interview that police had failed to record her statement despite repeated requests.
    In April 2016 Pachauri sued one of the two women and her lawyer for defamation. The trial is still being heard.
    Pachauri denies both womens’ accusations.


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    Why the future of electric cars lies in China By Nick Butler
    Financial Times · 9 hours ago
    Is the future of electric vehicles damaged by the chaos surrounding Tesla? Absolutely not. Whether the company survives in its present form or … Tesla grabs the limelight, but the real story is elsewhere…

    Carbon Brief on Financial Times article: ING to assess $600bn loan portfolio based on climate impact
    The Dutch bank ING will start assessing its $600bn lending portfolio based on climate change impacts, a first step in shifting the entire portfolio to align with the emissions reductions required by the Paris climate agreement. The policy, the first of its kind for a big bank, will include putting pressure on clients whose businesses do not conform with the climate goals of the agreement. “We will try to look at the entire portfolio and make sure that over time it aligns with Paris,” Isabel Fernandez, head of wholesale banking, told the FT. With the new climate assessment, the bank will “support and influence clients to make them more aligned with the climate agreement”, she added. “We can engage with those companies that need more help.”


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    14 Sept: Sarah George: Big-name businesses pledge to help make London world’s ‘greenest city’
    A group of 11 businesses including Tesco, Siemens, Landsec and ***Sky have pledged to source 100% renewable power for their London facilities by 2020 in support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s recently announced plans to make the capital the “greenest” city in the world by 2050.

    The companies, which collectively employ more than 165,000 people in the capital, have also committed to electrify their London-based transport fleets by 2025 to support the targets of the new London Environment Strategy (LES).
    Published in May, the LES (LINK) has a headline goal of the capital becoming carbon-neutral by 2050…

    The companies to have made the electric vehicle (EV) and renewables commitments will be known as the London Business Climate Leaders. They will be required to disclose emissions for their London operations by the end of the year – ahead of the April 2019 deadline set out in the Clean Growth Strategy. The 11 businesses are Tesco, Sky, Siemens, Derwent London, Landsec, ISG, Morgan Sindall Group, Informa and RELX Group.
    The businesses have additionally pledged to halve their waste outputs by 2030 and send zero waste to landfill by 2025, as well as aiming for zero-carbon buildings by 2050…–greenest-city-/


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    17 Sept: Energy Voice: Lessons to be learnt from cold winter, say energy charities
    Poor planning and a lack of national resources meant people in the UK were almost 10 times more likely to die from a cold home than a road traffic accident during the cold snap last winter, a report has found.
    Energy charities National Energy Action (NEA) and Energy Action Scotland (EAS) said the severe weather caused a huge surge in preventable deaths among the frail and elderly, and left health and social care services “creaking at the seams”.
    They said the particularly cold spell between February 28 and March 3, dubbed the Beast from the East, also left thousands of vulnerable households stranded without access to support.

    Dr Jamie-Leigh Ruse, principal author of the report and senior research and policy officer at NEA, said: “In England alone, between 1 January and 31 March 2018, an additional 15,544 deaths occurred.
    “Most days in this period saw more deaths than the corresponding day than in any of the previous five years…

    And while other winters have been much milder, on average, there are still approximately 9,700 premature deaths a year due to vulnerable people being unable to heat their homes adequately, if at all…
    The report also calls for each nation to do more to facilitate and help fund the delivery of health prevention-based affordable warmth programmes.
    In the short-term, the authors said energy suppliers and local authorities can also improve access to adequate emergency credit for pre-payment customers and crisis loans during severe cold weather.
    They also highlight fuel providers of oil and LPG can do more to ensure the most vulnerable are not left without access to fuel during extreme cold weather


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    Andy Pattullo

    To be fair we are talking about a moderately talented musician who became an accidental pop idol with no scientific training and hardly any life experience that would teach critical thinking. What he believes and says about science or policy topics is of no interest except as a barometer of what people neglectful of their own education are exposed to in popular and intellectually unchallenging media. The supposed scientists, bureaucrats, politicians and media hacks who keep retelling the same unfounded story are the real problem. Fortunately the voters as a group seem much more sane and able able to differentiate fairy tale threats from things that actually affect their own self interests and those of their children and grandchildren.


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      Dave in the States

      We shouldn’t expect somebody like McCartney to have much understanding of climate science or science in general. Nor economics nor politics. Lennon and McCartney once sang about changing the US Constitution while praising life the USSR. Celebrity musicians and 99% of celebrities in general are like kids in middle school regardless of their age. They care much about what their peers think of them. Nor should we give much credence to most celebrity scientists.


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    John F. Hultquist

    I was sure McCartney couldn’t write a song with more stupid lyrics than the early ones . . .

    Wrong again. Is the music any better?


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      Sixty years in the business and McCartney is still filling stadiums around the world.

      I doubt you could fill a phone box.

      [Since this replies to someone’s comment I’m approving it. Sorry it got trapped in moderation.] AZ


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    Roy Hogue

    “Lock him up,” they cry, “Lest someone hear something sensible and be forever polluted and ruined.”

    And thus do the failures cry, “Lock them up so I can gain control over you. You know I can’t do it any other way than if you let me. And you know you want someone to hold your hand through life. Why not me? I’m even handed, fair of face and beautiful to behold — until my hand is at your throat.”

    At that point Little Red Riding Hood saw the big teeth and had the sense to run for her life. Do we?

    The song will probably be a big hit.


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    Greg Cavanagh

    McCartney is using a military theme, but he knows as much about the military as he does about elections.

    He needs to watch U-571, or even Red October. The captain runs the ship no matter the risk. McCartney seems to think that life is risk-free?


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      Also K-19: The Widowmaker. But then again people like McCartney live in a different world divorced from reality.


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      Roy Hogue

      An even older but no doubt better movie about how much responsibility, power and discretion the captain of a ship of the U.S. Navy really has would be, “Run Silent, Run Deep,” strictly for its accuracy abut submarine warfare if for no other reason. But it would be better to read the book from which the movie was made because the author, Edward L. Beach was an officer aboard just such a submarine as he wrote about. He went on after the war to command nuclear submarines.

      I can’t think of a heavier responsibility than one of those diesel submarines during an attack and the subsequent need to avoid being sunk yourself. And every responsibility aboard is the captain’s regardless of his ability to delegate. And a failure is his failure, period. But my point is that in the story the captain deviates from his sailing orders to the point of disobeying them because he has a particular Japanese enemy he wants to sink, using his boat as bait. I doubt that what Beach proposed as the means would be reliable enough to stake a whole submarine plus crew on. And Beach probably knew it. But it makes for a good military adventure story. Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster help to pull it off in the movie quite well. Few actors could become as intense as those two could. Their confrontation over what the captain is doing has sparks flying.

      McCartney would need to change his shorts. Frankly, so might I. 4 men in an 8 foot in diameter cylinder about fifteen feet long, that’s the conning tower. You dodge periscopes and each other with no place to go if things go south. My wife and I went through one of those boats at the submarine museum next to the Battle Ship Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. It was hard to contemplate going to sea in it much less being depth charged and I’m not claustrophobic. Pictures can’t do it justice. Let McCartney rave on about President Trump. Let him pretend he knows anything about military life or discipline. He hasn’t an idea in this world about how heavy a responsibility can get.


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    McCartney of course is not alone. There are many actors, musicians, movie directors and produces who are sending “messages” against Trump and CAGW deniers. For example, some recent movies drop the hint about global warming and how we must act. Of course they never state the obvious no one is taking it seriously enough, not even those committed to the Paris Agreement. To take it seriously each and every nation would have to destroy their economy and that would lead to the biggest depression of all time. Even then the climate change will not be impacted on scientific grounds. No government on earth is that stupid, except a future ALP+Greens government (note I’m not joking).


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    SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China will speed up efforts to ensure its wind and solar power sectors can compete without subsidies and achieve “grid price parity” with traditional energy sources like coal, according to new draft guidelines issued by the energy regulator. The country aims to phase out power generation subsidies, which have become an increasing burden on the state.

    So will McCartney write a song about China or is he to remain a clueless hypocrite with about as much knowledge and smarts on the topic of climate as a rock?


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    frederik wisse

    Paul McCartney nowadays is British establishment . And British establishment despises the American way of life especially as it is personalizised by Donald Trump .In their perception the Yankees are a from the hip-shooting race lacking all culture and decency . Even they are not capable to speak properly the english language , what a shame this is . The British feel superior towards their American counterparts and Paul McCartney is only a symptom of this disease . Only Barack Obama , who openly showed his inferiority , received some brown points from British establishment , although most of them regretted his lack of style and candor. The only way that Trump can be accepted is by joining the British Commonwealth ,which May stay an unfulfilled British dream .


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    Sir Paul..rants about “climate change denial” whatever that pile of words means..drives off in fossil fuel powered car..drives to fossil fuel powered house..the same as they all do.
    I have never found one climate kook who actually walked the walk..


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      In the mind of the left “climate change denial” means the West and only the West is causing catastrophic climate change and so the West must reduce their emissions to stop climate change. Meanwhile China, India, Japan and many other countries are building hundreds of coal fired power stations but the left have no problem with that. It all boils down to one thing and only one thing. The left hate the West so much they want it destroyed.


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        el gordo

        The third world giants pump out excessive CO2 because they must catch up to the West, which is suffering from a guilt complex.

        Donald saw it was a Chinese hoax, but I don’t think Slowmo has the wit.


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        Graeme No.3


        Could it be their inability to do simple arithmetic? After all if the emissions among western countries are not increasing very much (yes, I know France went up 6-7%) perhaps they think that the 15% increase in World emissions by China under the Paris Accord isn’t really very much. And if they pass Chinese emissions they probably think that 10% extra from India isn’t much.
        At some stage a fed up politician will use the figures to blast those who want to “slash emissions” for no good reason.


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        That’s right elgordo and Graeme No.3, the West are such cowards they are spooked by the left every time climate change is mentioned for fear of losing support by the voters and thus ending up in opposition forever, which is exactly where Morrison is at with his doublespeak. He wants to support coal fired power but also wants to keep supporting renewables. Appeasement always backfires and he will have to learn that lesson the hard way unless he changes his tune after the Wentworth by-election as some are suggesting. I’ll believe it when I see it. He won’t have much time so he will have to come out fighting so hard to convince enough voters to change their voting pattern he will need to be sweating blood.


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    I wonder if McCartney was one of the elite that winged into SFO for the big climate boondoggle?


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      The hypocrisy goes much worse. The left ignore the fact the non-Western nations are building hundreds of coal fired pwoer stations. Yet if a Western nation dares build just one coal fired power station the left come down on that nation as if it’s purpose is to burn millions of babies instead of coal.


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    David Archibald

    Harrison Ford too, simultaneously. Something is triggering these people. Perhaps it is the fact that the climate is failing to warm. Their god is dying. That is what they are railing against.


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      Graeme No.3

      I think it is the usual “whip up hysteria” that comes before every Climate Conference. Somehow I think the AGW mob won’t get much joy in Poland.


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      Yes the trigger is they are impatient and not seeing the global temperatures matching the models. Some have already turned to violent tendencies, such as Robert De Niro. If anything their actions are helping Trump to win the next election in a canter. Morrison should follow suit but is so far chicken livered. The next phase though won’t be nice to anyone. The left will eventually turn to real violence as they realise they have lost. What happens after that is anyone’s guess. Civil war is very likely.


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        Civil war in the USA? It will be short lived….

        The japanese wouldnt invade the USA in WW2 because most people were/are armed.

        I think the Left will discover how much frustration most law abiding, patient, armed citizens has bottled up. When the cork comes out, the Left will vanish in a hail of lead. It will be as brutal as it will be quick.

        And the Left will only have their stupid selves to blame for it.

        Talking to many american friends I have, the general gist I get is that they can pass gun confiscation laws, but I seriously doubt anyone will hand them in.

        Whats happening right now is the *exact* reason the 2nd Amendment was created.


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          First blood by a lefty killing a climate change denier might spark the civil war. Yes you are right it would be short lived if it did start. The left would regret the day they were born. They are good with he mouth but that’s all they are good at.


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    This from a man who has a private jet! Lives in a mansion!


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    17 Sept: White House: Statement from the Press Secretary
    At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in the matter of Carter W. Page; (2) all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and (3) all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications.

    In addition, President Donald J. Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

    FakeNewsMSM is not happy. Tucker Carlson/Fox just asked Lou Dobbs (Fox Business) if he’d ever known the media to be less interested in transparency than they are in this case (paraphrasing). Dobbs basically said no. will post the exchange when it goes up online.


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    17 Sept: Fox News: Trump orders feds to declassify key FISA documents, text messages in FBI Russia probe
    By Samuel Chamberlain; Jake Gibson, John Roberts and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.
    It was not immediately clear when or how the documents would be released. A source familiar with the timing of the declassification told Fox News that they expected the Carter Page warrant application to be declassified first, followed by the FBI reports on agent interviews with Ohr.

    The source added that the Justice Department is working on a “compressed timeline” and they expect the first release of records in days or sooner. The text messages are expected to take longer because of the sheer number involved and the fact that Trump ordered their release without redactions.
    A Justice Department spokesperson told Fox News that the DOJ and FBI “are already working with the Director of National Intelligence to comply with the President’s order.”.

    ODNI spokesperson Kellie Wade told Fox News: “As requested by the White House, the ODNI is working expeditiously with our interagency partners to conduct a declassification review of the documents the President has identified for declassification.”

    Congressional sources told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., does not know how soon he will get the documents, but said Trump’s order covers “pretty much everything that he wanted … and the text messages are a bonus.”
    According to the sources, Nunes added: “Wow! This is a direct order.”

    House Intelligence Committee ranking member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called Trump’s decision “a clear abuse of power.”…

    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, praised Trump’s order to declassify the documents.
    “As Congress has investigated, we’ve continued to see more and more troubling evidence suggesting multiple senior level FBI and DOJ officials acted in a deeply unethical fashion during the 2016 campaign and throughout the early stages of the Trump administration,” Meadows said. “Enough is enough–the time for full transparency is now. Let’s bring the full truth to light, while protecting sources and methods, and allow the American people to judge for themselves.”…

    On Sunday, Nunes told Fox News that witness interview transcripts and other documents from the House Intelligence Committee’s now-concluded Russia investigation should be made public before November’s midterm elections.
    “If the president wants the American people to really understand just how broad and invasive this investigation has been to many Americans and how unfair it has been, he has no choice but to declassify,” Nunes said on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said last week that it would be “beneficial” for Americans to see those documents.


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    17 Sept: Gateway Pundit: BREAKING: President Trump Issues Immediate Declassification Order of Carter Page FISA Docs
    by Cristina Laila
    It’s going down today!…

    According to House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes there is exculpatory evidence in the 20 redacted pages of the Carter Page FISA docs.

    It is also important to note that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed the June 2017 FISA renewal –one month after he appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Trump-Russia collusion.
    This is a breaking story…please refresh page for updates.

    17 Sept: Breitbart: Donald Trump Orders Declassification of Russia Investigation Records
    by Charlie Spiering
    Trump commented on the investigation on Twitter on Monday, citing a Fox News report about Page’s testimony that there was no evidence of collusion before the Mueller appointment.
    “The case should never have been allowed to be brought,” Trump added. “It is a totally illegal Witch Hunt!”

    He also highlighted a message from Strzok to Page, proposing to “lock in” an investigation right after Comey was fired from the FBI…


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    forget the corrupt Pulitzer and other FakeNewsMSM prizes.
    these two reporters broke the biggest political scandal in US history. give thanks:

    16 Sept: The Hill: John Solomon: Lisa Page bombshell: FBI couldn’t prove Trump-Russia collusion before Mueller appointment
    Which raises the question: If there was no concrete evidence of collusion, why did we need a special counsel?…READ ON

    17 Sept: Sara Carter: Who Will Investigate the FBI and DOJ Top Secret Leaks to the Media?
    Leaking top secret information carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison and/or fines
    Congressman Mark Meadows said the leaks indicate a “widespread culture of leaking amongst senior officials”
    The text messages, coupled with numerous stories that have leaked over the past several years by anonymous “law enforcement and U.S. officials,” reveal an ongoing pattern of communication between FBI and DOJ officials and the media. This pattern–according to lawmakers–must be investigated by the Department of Justice…READ ON


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    17 Sept: BREAKING: Trump to Declassify FISA Documents & Texts from FBI Probe
    By Staff Writer
    In response to the announcement of declassification of FISA application and text messages, Rep. Mark Meadows and Rep. Jim Jordan took to twitter with a quick response and high praise of the president.

    TWEET: Mark Meadows: Transparency wins. This is absolutely the right call from @POTUS.
    It’s time to get the full truth on the table so the American people can decide for themselves on what happened at the highest levels of their FBI and Justice Department.

    TWEET: Rep Jim Jordan: We applaud the President’s decision to declassify portions of the Page FISA application and communications from the key people at the FBI and DOJ who ran the Russia investigation: Comey, McCabe, Strzok, Page, and Ohr.
    Transparency is a good thing.


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    a must-read:

    17 Sept: American Thinker: Constitution Day — the Most Important Commemoration of 2018
    By Scott S. Powell
    (Scott Powell is senior fellow at Discovery Institute in Seattle and managing partner of RemingtonRand LLC, a recruiting consultancy for AM Law 100 firms)

    Constitution Day, which falls on September 17, is the national observance holiday that most Americans have never heard of. Yet this year, 2018, it may well be our most important holiday…

    Frequent elections established by the Constitution provided yet another check to limit the extent and duration of government incompetence and corruption. This also meant that the most sacred responsibility of citizenship established by the Constitution was and is the right of the people to vote and decide who shall govern…

    So it comes as an unprecedented shock to learn that a significant number of high-ranking U.S. Government officials — most appointed during the Obama administration — betrayed their oaths of office and refused to accept the will of the people manifest in Trump’s 304 electoral-college vote victory over Clinton’s 227 votes. A new civil war has begun, but it is very different than the one fought 157 years ago.

    The report from the Inspector General of the Justice Department, testimonies and documents of subpoenaed government officials, and reams of government documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act lawsuits provide overwhelming evidence that the Director of National Intelligence, the Directors of both the CIA and the FBI, along with a number of high-ranking subordinates, and top officials in the Justice Department, took concerted actions to undermine candidate Donald Trump leading up to the November 2016 election. The FBI and the Justice Departments were politically weaponized and FISA courts were repeatedly deceived, in an unprecedented effort to destroy a presidential candidate and throw the election to the opponent.

    When that failed, and Trump was elected, this same cabal continued undeterred in concerted actions to undermine the duly elected president — only now those actions were tantamount to a coup d’état.

    The Constitution was designed and drafted in such a way as to prevent coup-like conditions from ever developing in the U.S. If voting is the sacred right and responsibility of citizenship, elections and honest vote counting are the sacrosanct mechanism for establishing the legitimacy of government. Voter fraud or nullifying an election by coup are a betrayal of the Constitution and represent the highest crimes and misdemeanors…
    President Trump’s specific strengthening of the law and his frequent invocations to hold corrupt government elites accountable, just as everyday citizens are held accountable before the same laws, explains why Trump is both hated and feared by the deep state.

    Trump is vilified by the national media more than any prior president for the simple reason that he unrelentingly exposes the media’s dishonesty, double standards, and bias. As a result, more people than ever now understand the “fake news” phenomenon…

    Additional accomplishments for which Trump deserves recognition on Constitution Day include his success in appointing a large number of outstanding constitutionalist jurists to the high courts — perhaps his most important contribution to strengthening the Constitution. That also deepens the bench needed to adjudicate the considerable number of cases of people from high places who committed crimes — apparently assuming they were above the law or that their actions would never see the light of day after crooked Hillary won.

    There is reason to take heart this Constitution Day. The frenzy against President Trump is probably a contrary indicator, with the panic getting more animated and louder as the day of legal reckoning gets closer…

    Constitution Day is an occasion to remember that equal justice under the law is the standard, that we the people are in charge, and that the federal government should answer to us, and not the other way around.


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    Geoffrey Williams

    Paul McCartney ex Beatle . . I liked him in his day. And he made all his money out of millions of people like me. His repayment at the end of his lifetime is to treat us all like mushrooms.
    I for one have gone right off him. I can live without his bullsh*t.


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    They all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, yellow submarine ….


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    el gordo

    Testing 1 2 3 …

    ‘Solar physicists often take a different view than climate scientists. They are often of the belief that solar effects are important on the regional scale. Quite a lot of regions actually. But how else could the Sun affect the climate if not by changes in its radiative output which are held to be to small for a global effect?’

    Dr David Whitehouse / GWPF


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    ““those who shout the loudest, may not always be the smartest.””

    Kinda have to agree with this statement – the true believers have been screaming long and loud for a couple of decades and making sure sceptics don’t even get heard.

    Funny how the rabid left fascists keep telling the world all about how THEY behave but direct it at everyone else.

    But then, the Religious have always been that way. 😀


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      el gordo

      Its the millenarian fever gripping the western world, with free radicals dominating the media and spreading the propaganda on every platform. The models have failed to perform, so I think its fair to say natural variables rule.

      They are not ‘left fascists’, typically the green left are cultural Marxists and are ignorant of the fact.


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    17 Sept: Breitbart: Professor Says He Shot Self to Protest AR-15s and Malnutrition, Not Trump
    by Awr Hawkins
    The College of Southern Nevada professor who allegedly shot himself to protest President Trump left behind letters saying he actually shot himself in protest of AR-15 rifles and malnutrition…
    But apology letters which Bird typed before wounding himself do not even mention Trump…

    Blue Lives Matter published (LINK) one of the letters, in which Bird notes “malnutrition and pollution deaths” as the reason for his actions. He also cites a lack of legislation to ban AR-15s.

    BlueLivesMatter: Professor’s Note Says He Shot Himself With Derringer On Campus To Push AR-15 Ban
    by Sandy Malone
    Las Vegas, NV – A College of Southern Nevada sociology professor who wanted to protest President Donald Trump and assault weapons went out and bought a gun to shoot himself with on campus.
    He also brought his own first aid supplies and rubber band to use as a tourniquet.
    Mark J. Bird, professor emeritus, wrote a series of apology letters that explained his actions, and left them to be distributed to recipients after he shot himself, according to the incident report Blue Lives Matter obtained from the school.
    The report included a letter addressed to College of Southern Nevada President Federico Zaragoza and Vice President Margo Martin…

    In the apology note, Bird referenced a ***CBS news story that said 100 million people had been killed by malnutrition and pollution over the past decade. The he blamed the Las Vegas massacre for his actions…
    All three letters were exactly the same, the police report said…

    The professor told the officer he was “upset with the way President Trump was running our country. He stated that he did not agree with the policies that Trump had put into place and he felt someone needed to take a stand to prove a point,” Officer Summerlin wrote in his narrative.
    Bird told the officer he had also sent letters to the district attorney and a news station in Hawaii.
    “He then proceeded to explain that he did not shoot himself in protest, but rather to promote better gun control,” Officer Summerlin wrote…

    Court records showed that Bird was charged with discharging a gun within a prohibited structure, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and possessing a dangerous weapon on school property. He was ordered held on a $50,000 bond.
    He remained in custody at the Clark County Detention Center as of Sept. 13, when Officer McCleve was sent to the facility to give Bird a trespass notice that banned him from returning to campus, according to an addendum to the police report on Thursday.

    Students and faculty were unhappy about the college’s handling of the incident.
    Only a brief alert was sent out to students via text and email at about 8:47 a.m., with little detail included and no follow-up…
    The spokesman refused to provide any information to Blue Lives Matter regarding the professor’s employment status after the trespass notice.

    ***CBS regularly runs pollution kills stories, upping the number killed annually with each new study but, if Bird is to be believed, it would probably be this one on The Lancet study (which isn’t about malnutrition) – 9m x ten years = 90m, close enough to the “100 million” figure:

    VIDEO: 2mins23secs: plenty of chimneys, “smoke”, Clean Air Act:

    19 Oct 2017: CBS: Pollution linked to 9 million deaths worldwide each year
    by Ashley Welch
    Pollution isn’t just an unfortunate fact of modern life — it is a killer. In fact, pollution is linked to about 9 million deaths each year — three times as many deaths as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined — according to a new large report published in The Lancet. It says pollution played a role in one in six of all deaths across the globe in 2015…

    The report found that biggest contributor to pollution deaths was air pollution. That included both indoor pollution — resulting from the burning of wood, charcoal, coal, dung fuel or crop wastes — and outdoor, comprised of gases and other contaminants…
    Water pollution was the second biggest threat, linked to 1.8 million deaths that year, as a result of gastrointestinal diseases and parasitic infections…


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      Um…..actually raising money to help poverty and malnutrition would have been more useful that shooting himself, and the required hospital resources and ambulance time and actual mopping up………


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    no matter today’s developments, this is ESSENTIAL reading:

    15 Sept: National Review: Andrew C. McCarthy: In the Russia Probe, It’s ‘Qui S’excuse S’accuse’
    Unseal the FISA redactions? We should be alarmed by what’s already disclosed.
    Will this be the week?…LENGTHY, READ ALL

    the Lou Dobbs segment I mentioned in an earlier comment:

    first 5 & a half minutes – Catherine Herridge, then Lou Dobbs:

    Youtube: Tucker Carlson Tonight 9/17/18 | Fox News

    23mins to 30mins – Sara Carter, John Solomon & Gregg Jarrett on today’s developments. (lol – Hannity ended with you will never get the Pulitzers you deserve. i didn’t know that when I mentioned Pulitzer in earlier comment!)

    Youtube: Sean Hannity 9/17/18 Fox News


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    no doubt McCartney would prefer Biden to Trump:

    17 Sept: Breitbart: Joe Biden: Trump Supporters Are ‘Virulent,’ ‘Dregs of Society’
    by Katherine Rodriguez
    Former Vice President Joe Biden echoed Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” moment during a Saturday evening speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner in Washington, DC, calling President Donald Trump’s supporters “virulent people” and “dregs of society.”…

    Biden’s remarks come as he mulls a possible third run for the presidency. If the former vice president decides to run, he may have to answer to explosive revelations that he and his son Hunter struck a $1.5 billion deal with the Chinese government-backed Bank of China just ten days after the vice president and his son returned from a trip to China aboard Air Force Two.

    Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer, in his book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends, detailed how Biden may have helped Hunter secure the $1.5 billion deal with a China-based investment firm that had ties to a Chinese atomic energy company indicted for “nuclear power conspiracy against the United States.”

    “The FBI arrests and charges senior officials in this company with stealing nuclear secrets in the United States. Specifically, they’re trying to get access to something called the AP-1000 nuclear reactor that is very similar to the ones that we put on U.S. submarines,” Schweizer wrote.
    “So again, you have the son of the vice president, a close aide to the secretary of state who are investing in a company that is trying to steal nuclear secrets in the United States. It’s a stunning story, and here’s the thing: none of this is required to be disclosed because they’ve figured out a way to get around these disclosure laws,” Schweizer continued.


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    McCartney was no doubt rooting for the very anti-democratic Hillary:

    17 Sept: Breitbart: Hillary Clinton: Abolish Electoral College Because Donald Trump Is Destroying America
    Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to the public forum demanding an end to the electoral college in presidential elections because President Donald Trump was a terrible president.
    “You won’t be surprised to hear that I passionately believe it’s time to abolish the Electoral College,” she wrote in a new op-ed in the Atlantic.
    Clinton complained that Trump was a racist who was destroying American democracy…
    “Hate speech isn’t ‘telling it like it is,’” she wrote. “It’s just hate.”…

    The Atlantic op-ed was adapted from the paperback edition of her book What Happened.


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    18 Sept: ABC: Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee shows how political power determines justice
    By Thomas Adams
    (Dr Thomas Jessen Adams is a lecturer in American Studies and History, and the academic coordinator at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney)
    He (Kavanaugh) could, feasibly, still be charged to the fullest extent of the law and be “subject to imprisonment not exceeding life”…

    not an ABC result to be found online re Trump ordering declassification of documents, nor on their obsessively anti-Trump “Trump’s America” page:


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      re United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney:

      23 Jul: AFR: Think tank close to Turnbulls receives $12m government grant
      by Aaron Patrick
      The United States Studies Centre, a foreign policy think tank with close links to the Turnbull and Murdoch families, has been given $12 million by the federal government.
      The think tank, Based at Sydney University, was established by the American Australian Association to promote the US alliance, train students, develop policy and provide an intellectual counterweight to American critics in Australian universities.

      Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife, Lucy Turnbull, is the United States Studies Centre’s “patron”.
      Their son-in-law, James Brown, was the think tank’s research director from 2015 until a few months ago, when he resigned to devote time to the unpaid role as president of the NSW division of the Returned and Services League of Australia, which is going through a financial scandal…

      Mr Brown, a former army captain, remains a non-resident fellow of the think tank. He became involved in a public dispute last year with one of the centre’s researchers, Tom Switzer, who questioned the accuracy of an essay by Mr Brown that asserted former prime minister Tony Abbott’s staff considered sending 3000 Australian and Dutch soldiers into the war in Ukraine to guard the crash site of a downed Malaysian airliner.
      Mr Switzer now heads up the Centre for Independent Studies, a Sydney free-market think tank focused on domestic policy…

      Conservatives, including former Labor leader Mark Latham and Sydney Institute director Gerard Henderson, have accused it of political bias for failing to predict the election of US President Donald Trump…

      given the late John McCain’s personal involvement in Spygate (which I believe explained his constant anti-Trump rhetoric), one does wonder why Turnbull’s son-in-law James Brown suddenly invited him not long before the date below to speak at this event:

      30 May 2017: Speech: Senator John McCain’s Alliance 21 lecture
      Senator John McCain delivered the Alliance 21 Lecture at the NSW State Library in Sydney, hosted by the United States Studies Centre.
      I am grateful to James Brown, Simon Jackman, and the Board of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney for inviting me to speak with you this evening, and for everything they have done to organise this remarkable event…

      I realise that some of President Trump’s actions and statements have unsettled America’s friends. They have unsettled many Americans as well. There is a real debate underway now in my country about what kind of role America should play in the world. And frankly, I do not know how this debate will play out.
      What I do believe, and I do not think I am exaggerating here, is that the future of the world will turn, to a large extent, on how this debate in America is resolved.

      That is why I and others are fighting so hard to ensure that America stands by our allies and remains an active, principled leader in the world. And we cannot do it alone. We need your help, my friends. Now more than ever, we Americans are counting on Australia and our other allies to stick with us … to encourage us to stay true to who we are at our best … and to remind us always just how much is at stake…

      This is why I have come to Australia, and why I want to speak with you tonight…

      I know there is a belief that Americans have turned isolationist and protectionist. But recent public opinion polls consistently tell the opposite story. Most Americans say they still see globalisation as good for them…
      I recognise, for example, how damaging America’s withdrawal from TPP was…
      My friends: I know that many of you have a lot of questions about where America is headed under President Trump. Frankly, so do many Americans. What I would say is that the new administration is just that — new…
      You will not agree with all of President Trump’s decisions. Neither will I…
      We need your wise counsel.
      We need your patience and your understanding…


      Susan Pond: Susan Pond, University of Sydney. You’ve talked about military security, private security, security against terrorism. From where you sit, what is your approach to climate security, which does have military connotations, particularly in light of the skepticism that appears to be emerging from the White House in terms of global warming and perhaps adherence to the Paris agreement?

      John McCain: As you know the president announced that he would make a decision of this agreement, multi-state agreement, sometime in the near future, and did not address the issue on his European trip. I believe that climate change is real, I think that one of the great tragedies of our lives is the Great Barrier Reef dying, and I don’t know what the environmental consequences of that will be from things like fisheries – you are far more familiar with the consequences than I am. But I also find that in some cases my environmental friends aren’t aware or don’t take into account one of the things that I think is important. I believe in nuclear power. I believe that nuclear power is the safest and the cleanest, and in some ways the least expensive way of generating power. I also believe in solar, wind and all of those things.

      But when my environmental friends reject out of hand nuclear power I say wait a minute, then you’re not addressing the entire spectrum of actions that we can take. I’ve been to a place called Svalbard, and I’ve been to McMurdo Sound, and I’ve seen over the years the melting. I don’t think there’s any doubt about it. And then I would like to see us probably either accept the agreements as were made by the Obama administration, or suggest modifications that would then make it palatable for us, or at least acceptable for us to join them. If we don’t address this issue then I am very much afraid about what the world is going to look like for our children and our grandchildren.

      26 Apr 2017: Canberra Times: US Republican senator John McCain to visit Canberra and Sydney
      By Tom McIlroy
      Republican elder statesman Senator John McCain is expected to meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Australia within weeks, coming on the heels of a meeting with President Donald Trump in New York.
      The 75-year American alliance, trade and international security will be on the agenda as the former presidential candidate visits Sydney and Canberra as a guest of Sydney University’s United States Studies Centre.
      Fairfax Media understands Senator McCain will deliver a keynote speech on America’s overseas alliances, following an invitation from the centre’s research director James Brown, Mr Turnbull’s son-in-law…


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    I feel that the problem is less the fact that ‘artists’ feel they are allowed to tell us how to think and more the case that most people don’t listen to their lyrics anyway.

    Take Dead Kennedys as an example. Their song Holiday in Cambodia is about spoilt rich kids needing to take a reality check and go in live in Pol Pot’s Cambodia. The lyrics (should) be pretty clear but despite this I have seen on an online forum discussing song meaning where someone was trying to argue that the song had nothing to do about Pol Pot, to which someone with a bit more rational thought process replied, “Dude, it is literally the lyrics”.

    Their song California Über Alles is about Jerry Brown and the rise of Green Fascism. Read the lyrics. Try and argue otherwise. Yet despite all this I have had conversations with DK fans who have said that we need a Dead Kennedys come back because there is too much Right Wingism around these days.

    I am Left. I like Band. Ergo Band is Left.


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      Thanks for that information. I wasn’t aware of the Dead Kennedys’ lyrics.

      Why is it that the only musicians who support more conservative or right-wing values are punk rockers or Ted Nugent?
      I think Alice Cooper leans to the right. He had a radio show years ago where he’d espouse all sorts of tearing down leftist arguments.

      Unfortunately, every jazz muso I know in Australia is a lefty. Stevie Wonder is as clueless as Paul McCartney.
      I don’t even want to know the political affiliation of the likes of Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Chick Corea, John Scofield and Wynton Marsalis. It would probably break my heart.


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    to finish off the insults aimed at President Trump, you can’t do better than theirABC.
    how Orwellian that those who still refuse to accept the result of the 2016 US presidential election consider Trump voters to be ANTI-DEMOCRATIC.

    the last 10 minutes or so is part of the “White Supremacist” speech given at the American Academy in Berlin in April. ABC provides a link to the lengthier version which has already aired & repeated on ABC “Big Ideas” in May this year. nothing like repeating this rubbish over and over.

    ABC’s Paul Barclay, who asks the questions, as ABC inevitably does as these “writers'” events, discloses nothing about Neiwert. he’s just an author/journo:

    AUDIO: 53mins57secs: 17 Sept: ABC Big Ideas: Paul Barclay: The rise of the alt-right
    The American far right has been gathering strength for decades, according to writer David Neiwert. But the profile and influence of the alt right has grown immensely since the election of Donald Trump. How concerned should be we be?
    Recorded at the Brisbane Writers Festival on 8 September 2018.
    Speaker: David Neiwert – author and journalist
    PHOTO: Sections of the alt-right are authoritarian and profoundly anti democratic, says Davie Neiwert

    PLUS Listen to Tricia Rose entire talk: Rise of white supremacy

    Wikipedia: David Neiwert: He received the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000 for a domestic terrorism (AKA CONSERVATIVES) series he produced for…
    He is currently a contributing writer for the ***Southern Poverty Law Center’s blog, Hatewatch.

    23 Aug: National Review: ‘Essentially a Fraud’
    The ***Southern Poverty Law Center has less to do with justice than with fundraising
    By Kyle Smith
    It had to happen sometime. The Southern Poverty Law Center has made so many vile, unjustified, hysterical, and hateful accusations over the years, it was bound to pay a price. When it did, the bill due was $3.375 million. Such was the amount the SPLC agreed to pay the British Muslim Maajid Nawaz and his think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, after smearing them in a “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” Nawaz, a former Islamist radical turned whistleblower who calls for the modernization of Islam in columns for the Daily Beast and on London talk radio, had threatened to sue the SPLC for defamation — traditionally and properly a difficult case to make in U.S. courts. Yet the SPLC caved spectacularly…

    Today the SPLC typically hauls in (as it did in 2015) $50 million. In its 2016 annual report it listed its net endowment assets at an eye-popping $319 million. It’s now quaint to recall that, when Silverstein called the SPLC the wealthiest civil-rights group in America, it had a mere $120 million in assets. That was in 2000…

    Some on the left are well aware of what the SPLC is up to. As Alexander Cockburn put it in The Nation, Dees is “king of the hate business.” Karl Zinsmeister of Philanthropy Roundtable notes that the SPLC’s “two largest expenses are propaganda operations: creating its annual lists of ‘haters’ and ‘extremists,’ and running a big effort that pushes ‘tolerance education’ through more than 400,000 public-school teachers.”…

    An easy way to ratchet up hatred, and the passion that makes people open their checkbooks, is to accuse others of hate…
    Its list of “hate groups” looks increasingly like a way of attacking ordinary conservatives…

    1 Aug: TheNewAmerican: FBI Admits to Using Left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center
    by Steve Byas
    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson is an extremist: At least that is the assertion of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Not only is that assertion absurd, it is highly subjective, and in the United States, the expression of such opinions, however ludicrous, is protected by the First Amendment.
    But this week it was revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uses such subjective assertions by the SPLC to monitor alleged “hate groups,” which may reveal a great deal about the political bias existing inside the Bureau. In 2009, the first year of the Obama presidency, the FBI called the SPLC a “well-known, established, and credible” organization.

    Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is disturbed that the FBI continues to have a favorable relationship with the SPLC, and in a letter to the FBI, he wrote, “This is surprising and worrisome, as the SPLC is known to use its platform in order to denigrate and disparage certain groups by labeling them ‘hate groups.’ The SPLC’s conflation of mainstream political advocacy groups with legitimate hate groups and domestic terror groups is absurd, frequently indiscriminate and dangerous.”…

    Jerry Boykin, the executive vice president of the Family Research Council, is incensed that the FBI continues to partner with the SPLC. “This Southern Poverty Law Center is an arm of the extreme Left,” he declared. “This hate labeling is totally illegitimate. It’s contrived and totally for political purposes.”

    Boykin added, “I think the FBI is making a terrible mistake by doing this, given the track record of the Southern Poverty Law Center. This is more proof of a deep state. As far as I’m concerned, it delegitimizes so much of what the FBI does.”

    That the FBI would partner with the SPLC certainly raises questions about some of its other activities, especially when it involves partisan politics — such as when former FBI Director James Comey opted to clear Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the summer of 2016, and the adversarial role the FBI has played against President Donald Trump…

    The FBI is part of the Department of Justice, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered that its relationship with groups such as the SPLC be reevaluated. A statement from the DOJ said, “The attorney general has directed the FBI to re-evaluate their relationships with groups like this to ensure the FBI does not partner with any group that discriminates.”
    Boykin responded, “If the FBI will follow through on that, I think it’s a great day in America.”…

    On its website, the SPLC states that its “Hatewatch is a blog that monitors and exposes the activities of the American radical right.” Perhaps what is needed is a blog that monitors and exposes the activities of the radical left Southern Poverty Law Center.

    on ABC Big Ideas program, Neiwert brings up how he is a close friend of Australian journalist, Jason Wilson, who reports for The Guardian from Portland, Oregon. they have each other’s backs, he says. Wilson makes no such disclosure in the following:

    31 Aug: Guardian Far Right: Australia still has time to avoid the worst, says Alt-America author David Neiwert
    Neiwert, who has reported on the American right for five decades, says it’s a mistake for the media to ignore rightwing movements
    by Jason Wilson
    He says that despite his experience, the task of monitoring these movements, which he now does as a correspondent for the Southern Poverty Law Center, hasn’t become less challenging…
    “Everybody I talk to (in Australia) says they’re obsessed down here with what’s happening in America – everyone wants to know what’s going on,” he says.
    “The US is extremely influential and powerful in the world, it’s supposed to be the apotheosis of democracy in the world, and right now our democracy is very much in trouble, and I think that scares everyone else.”



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    Mccartney at Clinton Gala…

    Guests included… Harvey Weinstein,…

    Lock them all up!