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Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

It’s sad and stupid, but apparently people thinking the Earth is flat is still a thing.  Excerpt:

The Flat Earth Society’s site — which posits that the idea of a round Earth is somehow related to the faking of the Moon landing — is remarkably well-designed and professional-looking, eliminating some of the old hallmarks of disinformation on the internet. The ease of creating a website as clean as this one is a problem that has been well-documented by information scientists. As recently as five years ago, high schools were teaching that you could identify a disreputable source by its cheap-looking site, bad design, and messy URL. That no longer holds.

Digital newsrooms churn out coverage of flat Earth truthers using tools that make it easy to find stories bubbling up from the depths of Reddit. Here’s how it works: conspiracy theories get people fired up enough to comment promiscuously, bringing them to the front of Reddit where journalists see them, says The Verge’s editorial director Helen Havlak. When a reporter writes an explainer of a new oddball conspiracy theory, the sharing and hate commenting that drove the theory to the top of Reddit reoccurs on Facebook. And, if the post is coming from a generally reputable outlet or involves a celebrity (e.g., B.o.B. or Kyrie Irving) or a major news event (e.g., a presidential election), it can also get a boost into the Top Stories slot on Google News. “Newsrooms watch each other’s highest-performing stories,” Havlak says. It’s common practice to use a tool that lets newsrooms make lists of their competitors and monitor the popularity of their posts (on services like CrowdTangle, for example) to see what’s doing well for other outlets, and what might be a sure traffic bet if they could find a fresh angle or a reason to weigh in. “People see all the traffic to be had, and look for the next thing trickling up from Reddit,” she says. “Cycle repeats.”

It is perhaps belaboring the obvious to note that counting visitors to a loony-tunes web doesn’t necessarily translate to those people believing in whatever brand of nutballery the site espouses.  However – the fact that a site exists is a pretty good indicator that the people who put the site up believe in that nutballery (parody and satire sites like the Landover Baptist Church aside).

And in this case, that’s just stupid and pathetic.

Seriously, folks – Eratosthenes of Cyrene calculated the circumference of the planet thirty-four freakin’ centuries ago.  This is hardly new stuff.  Still – there are people about who believe all manner of stupid shit.  When I was writing Misplaced Compassion, I was frequenting all sorts of Usenet (remember Usenet?) animal rights forums, and once encountered a nutbar who claimed to believe that there was a city of superhuman aliens hidden inside a dormant volcano in (where else?) California.

This is precisely as stupid as believing the Earth is flat.   It’s funny and sad all at the same time.

Animal’s Daily Enforced Pedestrian News

California, does thy nutballery ever end?  Now the Golden (hah) State is considering outlawing gasoline or diesel-powered cars.  Excerpt:

The head of the California Air Resources Board told Bloomberg News that the state is seriously looking into whether and how to make internal combustion engine cars illegal in the state, as part of its self-imposed plan to cut state CO2 emissions in 2050 to 80% of what it emitted in 1990.

That follows announcements over the summer that the UK and France will try to ban the sale of gas- and diesel-powered cars by 2040. More recently, China claims it will impose a ban in 2030.

The CARB’s Mary Nichols says California could implement such a ban in 13 years, and one state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would enforce it in 2040.

To put it bluntly, this is one of the most ill-conceived public policy ideas in a state that seems to have them in abundance.

First, some perspective.

According to the EPA, all transportation — cars, trucks, planes, trains and boats — are responsible for about a quarter of the nation’s CO2 emissions. The share contributed by passenger cars alone is considerably smaller than that. In the European Union, for example, cars account for 12% of CO2 emissions.

California’s move would make no noticeable dent in global CO2 emissions. Plus, it would take well over a decade before the entire car fleet turned over to all electric.

What’s more, the CO2 reduction claims from such a ban are wildly exaggerated.

Remember, electric cars don’t run on magic. They run on electricity. So forcing car owners to buy only electric cars will mean a massive surge in demand for electricity, which is generated largely by greenhouse-emitting natural gas and coal. In California, these fuel sources account for 40% of the state’s electricity. Solar and wind add up to just 17%.

Much of the CO2 “cuts” will really just be a shift from one source to another.

Here’s a consideration that the article doesn’t mention; how much of California’s economy depends on tourism, and how many of those tourists drive into that state?  If those people drive into California after the ban, will they find any gasoline stations to greet them, or will they be barred from bringing their faithful benzene-burners into the state?  What will that do to California’s economy?

Maybe whoever dreamed this piece of nitwittery up just believes in putting everybody afoot; perhaps they think there will be less mischief that way.

I don’t really care what China and France do in this regard.  But California has just produced another dumb idea in a long list of dumb ideas.

Animal’s Daily Bat-Guano Crazy News

Nancy Pelosi, that daffy old birdbrain from the Bay Area, is at it again.  Excerpt, with some of my comments interspersed:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi fires back at those Democrats calling for her to resign. Following Democrat Jon Ossoff’s loss this week in the race to fill the Congressional seat vacated by HHS Dept. head Tom Price, many Democrats cast blame on Party leaders like Pelosi. Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for her minority leader position last year, said Pelosi is “toxic” to Democratic candidates and that the party would lose in 2018 if Republicans could make the House minority leader its face. Pelosi disagrees, singing her own praises as a “master legislator” and “astute leader” who is “worth the trouble.”

Dame Nancy, she of “we have to pass it to find out what’s in it” infamy, is a “master legislator?”  She’s not even a journeyman legislator.

“My decision about how long I stay is not up to them,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday morning. “I love the arena. I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion.”

Former (for which we should all be grateful) Speaker Pelosi never has welcomed any discussion unless the participants already agree with her.  To be honest, in that she has plenty of company in the Imperial City.

“You want me to sing my praises, is that it?” she added. “I’m a master legislator. I’m a strategic, politically astute leader.”

Pelosi added that Republicans always attack “the most effective” leaders in the Democratic Party and that her experience makes her “worth the trouble, quite frankly.”

First, let me present this short clip that summarizes my reaction:

Seriously, though, True Believers.  I’ve always maintained that the country is better off with two strong political parties.  Right now we don’t even have one strong political party.  The Democrats have drifted off somewhere to the left of Leon Trotsky; they claim to embrace working men, Millennials and minorities, but their leadership is the oldest, whitest bunch you’re liable to find this side of a KKK rally.  Meanwhile, the GOP continues their impression of The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

But the GOP has been doing something the Democrats don’t seem to be able to manage in the last few years – they’re winning elections.

The Dems would be well advised ot find some new blood, and show the old dinosaurs like Pelosi the door.

Rule Five Animal Rights Kook Friday

2016_03_04_Rule Five Friday (1)“By their words shall you know them, and by their actions shall you judge them.”

The words and the actions of animal rights activists do not lead one to judge them generously.

In June of 2001, I did a horrible thing. I committed an act so vile, so unspeakable, that it has subjected me to everything from death threats to character assassination.

I’ve had objects thrown at my truck. I’ve been accosted in parking lots and threatened. I’ve received e-mailed death threats galore. I’ve been called everything but a child of God.

What was this act?

I published a book.

Misplaced Compassion: The Animal Rights Movement Exposed hasn’t made me a rich man. It will never make the New York Times Bestseller’s list for non-fiction. I didn’t write it for either of those purposes.

2016_03_04_Rule Five Friday (2)I wrote Misplaced Compassion to expose a dangerous agenda, to debunk one of the largest bodies of junk science ever assembled in one place, and to increase public awareness of a “movement” that hides behind a layer of deceit.

“Animal Rights” isn’t about animals. Not at all. It’s about control. It’s about sanctimonious self-righteousness. And not least of all, it’s about hate.

Yes, hate. Radical animal rights advocates do flavor their agendas with hate, and like most radical fringe movements, they do not tolerate dissent, or disagreement.

Here’s a quote from an email I received roughly two weeks after Misplaced Compassion was available:

“Mr. Clark. I hope you die a horrible death from krutzfeld-jacob(sic) disease.”

2016_03_04_Rule Five Friday (3)A few days later the following gem arrived, reproduced verbatim, spelling and grammatical errors intact:

“you are an evil man, i hope someone hunts you with a gun somtime, then your going to know how it feels. people like you should be shot at and chased with hounds until you die of exaustion.”

I’m very open about my love of hunting. Apparently that last anonymous e-mailer picked up on that. But that was only the beginning.

Compassion is of course, the main virtue animal rights supporters claim to possess in greater amounts than the rest of us. They care about animals; they care much more than you or I. They care so much that they feel entitled to dictate to the rest of us.

Of course, when I started promoting Misplaced Compassion on talk radio and on the Internet, the compassion directed towards my person by animal rights advocates became somewhat more, shall we say, enthusiastic.

In November of 2001, I was approached and obliquely threatened by a self-identified “ALF member” outside the Clearchannel radio studios in Englewood.

I’d just done two hours on KOA-AM’s Mike Rosen show, the number one talk radio show in the Denver market. The show went wonderfully; I was originally only scheduled for an hour, Mike asked me to stay for the second hour.

2016_03_04_Rule Five Friday (4)I’m fairly sure the young man waiting in the parking lot when I left the building was not one of the animal rights supporters who called in to the show. But he evidently felt strongly enough to wait for me outside the building. “You’re the animal killer,” he shouted at me as I walked out the studio’s front door. He walked halfway across the parking lot towards me, and shouted another name I won’t repeat here before realizing that I wasn’t about to be intimidated or shouted down.  Indeed, I began to walk faster, closing the gap quickly, ready for action.

After a moment of eye contact, he turned and walked away. But how might he have reacted if I’d been small, elderly, disabled, instead of large, young, healthy, visibly aggressive?

Later that month, a thrown object broke out one of the rear windows of my truck. Over the months to follow, I was the target of crank phone calls, e-mailed death threats, and so on.  It has now been fifteen years since Misplaced Compassion was released, and I still get the occasional hate mail.

Why all the vitriol?

The answer is simple. The animal rights agenda is based on a tissue of lies. Lies I laid bare for the world to see.

They lie when they say they ‘care’ about animals. By their actions shall we know them, after all, and the radical animal rights groups – groups like PeTA and the Humane Society of the United States, with multi-million dollar budgets – do nothing for animals.

Let me state that again, for emphasis.

They do nothing for animals.

They do nothing to help shelter animals find homes. With all of their millions of dollars, they could fund no-kill shelters, at least one in every state. They fund none.

They do nothing to help wildlife. With all of their millions of dollars, they could buy and preserve crucial habitat. They buy none. Hunter’s groups, in fact, completely shame them in this area, preserving vital wildlife habitat to the tune of tens of millions of acres.

They complain about the use of animals in research, but with all their millions, they do nothing to research alternatives. Indeed, they lie when they talk about ‘alternatives’ to the use of animals in research and medicine. The ‘alternatives’ they speak of – cell culture, in vitro testing – use animals as raw materials, even if they do not use them as subjects.

They complain about raising animals for food, but they cheerfully buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the supermarket, ignoring the butcher’s bill of small animals killed in plant agriculture. Rodents and birds in particular are killed en masse for their dinners, but as long as the bodies don’t end up on their vegan plates, they neither worry nor care.

The animal rights movement is overbearing self-righteousness parading as an ethical system, but that Emperor has no clothes, and the wrath of animal rights supporters is quick to lash at any who would point out their ethical nudity.

2016_03_04_Rule Five Friday (5)In early December 2001, my address and phone number were published briefly on a Yahoo animal rights message board. Yahoo pulled the post in accordance with their Terms of Service, but several hours had elapsed. In December of 2001 and January 2002, I received a series of phone calls, usually a few moments of silence followed by a hang-up. A couple of times I heard someone breathing, and in a couple other calls, someone shouted “murderer” before hanging up.

Harmless pranks? Maybe. Maybe not. People ‘case’ homes that way prior to break-ins. I started keeping a loaded .45 in my nightstand, and carrying a revolver in my truck. The calls continued for a period of several weeks. No break-ins were attempted, but I – and my family – remain vigilant, even to this day.

In Misplaced Compassion I outlined the four major character traits that, in twenty years of debate, I have learned are present to some degree in all animal rights advocates. Those four traits are:

  • Misplaced Compassion
  • Intellectual Laziness
  • Denial
  • Arrogance

While you see the first three when you engage animal rights supporters in debate – as I’ve done on radio shows, newspapers, the Internet and in person – it was the last that was displayed in wild abandon when Misplaced Compassion saw press.

And that’s the difference between supporters of totalitarian agendas – like animal right – and their opponents on the side of free society. It’s a hallmark of totalitarians that they will freely resort to threats, to violence, to silence their opponents.

By their words shall you know them, and by their actions shall you judge them.

Compassion? Or control?

You decide.

2016_03_04_Rule Five Friday (6)

This Just In…

Screwball…From our blogger pals at The Daley Gator.  It seems Her Royal Highness Hillary I has vowed to investigate UFOs once she is elected President.  Excerpt:

Hillary Clinton has just pledged to investigate the Area-51 military site for the existence of extraterrestrial life forms.

In a recent interview with New Hampshire newspaper, The Conway Daily Sun, Clinton was asked if she would investigate UFOs. She responded:

“Yes, I’m going to get to the bottom of it.” Adding that “we don’t know for sure” if intelligent life forms have visited Earth. “I think we may have been Bonehead[visited already.] We don’t know for sure,” she said.

And she claims to be stable and intelligent enough to be President?  If I were writing parody, I could scarcely come up with anything better than this.  What a clueless old bat.

Animal’s Daily News

ScrewballOnly the Imperial Federal Government is capable of coming up with an idea as nutty as “to keep the Internet free, we need to control it!”  Excerpt:

In a statement released Monday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way, known in shorthand as Net neutrality. That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable “to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.”

Obama wades into a contentious debate that has raged over how to treat Internet traffic, which has only heated up as the FCC works to prepare an official guideline. Those rules were expected to be made available later this year, though reports now claim they may be delayed until early 2015. The debate has centered on whether broadband should be placed under Title II regulation under the Telecommunications Act, which already tightly controls phone services.

This is way past idiotic.  Consider this statement alone:

That means treating broadband services like utilities, the president said, so that Internet service providers would be unable “to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas.”

JackassThe market, Mr. President, is precisely where winners and losers should be chosen – not by the Imperial Federal government.

Senator Ted Cruz likened the proposed regulation to “Obamacare for the Internet.”  He is likely right; let the Imperial City’s denizens get involved in anything as wonderfully uncontrolled, chaotic and free as the Internet, and we’ll quickly see a mountain of rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions.

We will have a new Congress in January.  This is a good chance for them to show their chops.  The President can not spend a penny of Federal Imperial money unless the House of Representatives allows him to, and they should vigorously defund any attempt to sic the FCC on the Internet.

Some years back, Ronald Reagan said the primary purpose of government was this:  “If it moves, tax it.  If it keeps moving, regulate it.  If it stops moving, subsidize it.”  He was right.

Congress should not allow the Executive Branch to attempt the latter on what is one of the last bastions of truly free speech.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!
Goodbye, Blue Monday!

From the “barking nuts” category:  Latest from the Fever Swamps: U.S. Defense Department Responsible for Ebola Outbreak.  Money quote:

An article appearing in a Liberian newspaper by an American professor teaching at a taxpayer-funded university accuses the U.S. Department of Defense of deliberately infecting Africans with the Ebola virus.

Cyril Broderick, a Liberian-born professor teaching at Delaware State ScrewballUniversity, believes that the Ebola outbreak was an international plot that included the injection of the Ebola virus into human test subjects just weeks before the outbreak began in Africa.

Uh huh.

We went through this same sort of nutballery with AIDS.  And the Jackassnutballery didn’t stop with the idea that the U.S. government created AIDS, but took the next kooky leap into claiming the gummint also had a cure for AIDS, but deliberately withheld it.

There are plenty of other looney conspiracy theories, ranging from Holocaust denial to the 911 Troofers.

But the problem with the particular brand of windbaggery put out by this kook Broderick is this:  He may well get some people killed, probably people who are too ignorant of the science behind modern medicine to understand that he is putting forth the purest Boneheadcorral litter.

Behind every silver lining lies a cloud, and the cloud behind the silver lining of free speech is that idiots, kooks, mendicants, con men and nutcases have the right to speak as well.  It’s just too bad that there will always be people who will listen to them.

Animal’s Looney Tuesday News

Derp BearThis came in over the transom today from an old friend who found the site, one Exopolitics.org, well, amusing.  The stories and excerpts are presented along with a series of images chosen by yr. obdt. to represent the intellectual depth and veracity of the stories very, very well.

First:  Did A UFO Doc With International Space Station for Alien Astronaut Meeting?  Excerpt:

On January 29, 2014 the live camera feed of the International Space Station (ISS) showed what appeared to be a strange yellow elliptical object docked with the hull of the ISS. The live camera feed was Jackassquickly recorded and uploaded to Youtube, and is generating much interest as possible evidence of a UFO interacting with the ISS. This has led to claims that the UFO was docked so that extraterrestrials could meet with NASA astronauts. The idea that alien ships could dock with the ISS and have meetings with its occupants is supported by the claims of a former NASA employee who during his 34 year service worked on numerous NASA missions and finally as a Space Craft Operator. He claims to have witnessed a similar alien rendezvous during a U.S. Space Shuttle mission just before his security clearance was revoked by NASA in 1992.

Froot LoopsOne hopes these visiting aliens have no ill intent.  Were they to prove hostile, though, we always have the option to send Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum to the ISS to hack the alien spaceship’s main computer with an old MacBook and make them self-destruct.

Right?

But wait!  There’s more!   More NASA Footage of UFO Docked At International Space Station.   Excerpt:

Yesterday the entire footage of what appears to be a UFO docked at the International Space State (ISS) was released and uploaded to Youtube. BoneheadThe video shows the sleek looking yellow UFO docked at the ISS for just over two minutes with the Earth slowly rotating in the background. The video ends with ISS live feed going into blue screen mode. This likely indicates that NASA cut the ISS live feed once it was realized that the video of the UFO docked at the ISS was going live to the world. The docking positioning of the UFO suggests that it is not the result of a camera anomaly but a genuine spacecraft of unknown origin.

The incident happened on January 29, 2014 and was transmitted by NASA’s live camera feed of the ISS which is made freely available on the internet to the general public on Ustream.

Well, it’s on the internet, and they have a video.  It must be true, right?

ScrewballRight?

It’s a wonder why so many people believe in weird things.  TV programming on things like ghosts, Bigfoot and UFOs are still popular.   And we live now in a time where almost everyone has a still and video camera instantly to hand, all the time, contained in their smart phone, and yet we still somehow seem to have no photos or videos of any of these oddities that are not obviously fake, blurry, barely recognizable as anything more than a lens flare or a dust bunny.

Smiling BearBut then, there are still people who believe in leprechauns, Bigfoot, fairies, and that Obamacare was a good idea.

(Insert obligatory “I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords” meme here.)