Last Week(s) in Weird

Bumbling Bees was dark all last week due to technical difficulties. Our apologies! Now to get back to business, and business is weird!

The one good thing about Hillary Clinton

She’s old and infirm, and, seventeen years after her humiliating electoral defeat, it is highly unlikely that she’ll still be haunting around trying to destroy human civilization for fun and profit. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Al Gore, whose pet foundation, the Energy Transitions Commission, is hard at work attempting to end energy generation for the sake of global fairness and also oh didn’t you see that picture of the polar bears on the ice floe??

In particular, the group has released a report outlining its plan to save the world from the dread existential terror of possibly being very slightly warmer than it is now, while at the same time also battling global inequality and presumably paying off your student loans too. It’s going to take a bit to build toward the punch line on this one, but it’s worth it.

We must therefore transition to a global energy system that can both:

  • Ensure everyone has access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services to support a good standard of living – something like 80-100 GJ* per person per annum is likely to be required, though this threshold may fall over time as energy productivity improvements are achieved;
  • Cut annual carbon emissions* from the energy system from 36 Gt of CO² today to 20 Gt by 2040 – i.e. less than half the 47 Gt by 2040 expected in a business as usual scenario* –, [sic] with further cuts to a steady-state of net zero emissions in the second half of the century.

Not that they’re giving the game away too quickly, but it’s worth noting that this call to ensure that "everyone has access to" 80-100 GJ of energy is placed immediately above a chart showing that most of the population of the civilized world at present has well more than that. Here in the United States, for instance, the average energy consumption per the ETC’s own data is 290 GJ per annum. Usually the watermelons try a little bit harder than this to disguise their crazy redistributionist agenda, but I guess Soros is getting on in years, and is probably getting a bit deseperate.

Despite the scale of the challenge, the Energy Transitions Commission is confident that this transition is technically and economically possible, and that it would deliver important additional social benefits – with, for instance, dramatically improved local air quality leading to longer and healthier lives – and economic opportunities – related to the development of new industries and business models.

Oh boy, economic opportunities in unproductive crony industry. Just what the world needs more of! Thanks, Al Gore!

Also, let’s not beat around the bush here: this paper is pushing the same old debunked "solar and wind" line these creeps are always pushing, and it’s just plain insulting to see them tout things like "dramatically improved local air quality" as the reason we should all listen to them. But maybe I’m being unfair; I’m sure Al Gore just hasn’t heard about the giant radioactive lake in China that’s a byproduct of the rare earth magnet industry — without which magnets Gore’s beloved "green" wind turbines don’t function. Also, I’m sure Al Gore just lost track of how wonderful the results are when governments steal money to bankroll solar panel innovation. Yeah, we need more of that! Gotta be green!

At least this boondoggle is "economically possible." How much could it really cost, anyway?

The transition to a low-carbon global economy* will require significant additional energy system investments – around $300-$600 billion per annum – compared with a business as usual scenario. In the context of global GDP running at around $80 trillion in 2017, and global annual investment at $20 trillion, additional investments of around $300-$600 billion per annum do not pose a major macroeconomic challenge. [Highly revealing emphasis original, believe it or not]

I’m assuming Al Gore is offering to bankroll the insignificant sum of six hundred billion dollars per year out of his own pocket, then. After all, global temperatures might increase by a very, very small amount otherwise! It looks even more likely when you ignore all the evidence to the contrary!

… Or when you forcibly silence dissenting researchers.

A total of seven shots were fired into our National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) building here at UAH over the weekend.

All bullets hit the 4th floor, which is where John Christy’s office is (my office is in another part of the building).

Drs. Roy Spencer and John Christy are climate researchers. Over the years, they have discovered what the Al Gores of the world view as a terribly inconvenient truth: that carbon dioxide emitted by man does not significantly impact global temperatures, which have not been anything resembling constant or stable ever. Furthermore, as any fule kno, higher levels of atmospheric carbon correlate positively with the flourishing of life on Earth; indeed, the most likely scenario in which life will come to an end one day is due to carbon sequestration. None of this is especially controversial among those actually conversant with the literature. Among those venal watermelons hoping to get rich by selling snake oil, and especially the poor dupes in the Cult of Green, well…

It’s more likely they are religiously motivated, hoping to Save the Earth. Of course, the evidence that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good for life on Earth is not part of their religion.

Yeah. What he said.

The lighter side of government science

Hey, it’s not all impoverishing people so Al Gore can buy yet more mansions. Sometimes, it’s about protecting ordinary Americans from hardened criminals who perform basic math without a license.

Mr. Jarlstrom does not have an engineering license issued by the state board. He is a self-employed consultant who tests audio products and repairs, upgrades and calibrates test instruments. But he did earn a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering in Sweden, where he was born. He has also spent a couple of years researching traffic light timing intervals, which included consulting with one of authors of the original 1959 mathematical formula used as a basis for programming traffic light signals.

Nonetheless, the Oregon board, after a nearly two-year investigation, assessed a $500 civil penalty because Mr. Jarlstrom called himself "an excellent engineer" in one of several emails to the board and informed the Washington County sheriff that he "invented and publicly released a new extended solution" to the problem of yellow lights in traffic flow.

The board explained it had "opened a law enforcement case" against Mr. Jarlstrom "for the unlicensed practice of engineering," and cited his attempts to publicize his review, critique and recalculations of the current formulas in use.

So if I’m understanding this correctly, it’s vitally important that I be expropriated to pay for ineffective government schools because, without those, "our" children wouldn’t learn how to do math, and then they’d never succeed as engineers. It’s also vitally important that I be expropriated to pay for ineffective government bureaucrats and regulators, because, without those, "our" children would be allowed to do math and succeed as engineers. Did I get that right?

Oh, just a little public service announcement: World of Warcraft players in the state of Oregon should probably choose their professions carefully.

Mr. Jarlstrom probably would never have become obsessed with traffic light algorithms had his wife, Laurie, not gotten a ticket in 2013 for driving her white Volkswagen through the intersection of Southwest Allen Boulevard and Lombard Street in Beaverton 12 one-thousandths of a second after the light turned red.

She promptly paid the $260 fine, but Mr. Jarlstrom said he was intrigued by how the red-light camera operated.

Twelve thousandths of a second. Two hundred and sixty dollars. If it weren’t for the government, who would build the dubiously-legal extortion traps on the roads?

I’m gonna sing the doom song now

Let’s cut right to the chase:

In a poll conducted a few days ago by NBC News / Wall Street Journal, a record 57% of Americans responded that they want MORE government in their lives, and that the government should be doing more to solve people’s problems…

Furthermore, the number of Americans who feel the opposite, i.e. responded that the government is doing too many things that should be left to private businesses and individuals, fell to a near record-low 39%.

It’s a good thing these polls are rubbish, because otherwise the only possible conclusion would be that a clean majority of Americans are downright morons. As Simon Black points out, the federal government’s net operating loss in 2016 — per its own financial statements, mind, not horrible libertarian conspiracy financial statements — was more than a trillion dollars. That is waste, fraud, and inefficiency on an unimaginable scale — which is, of course, the whole reason why they get away with it. You don’t understand what that number actually is. You can’t comprehend how much they really are destroying human prosperity. And that’s just the net loss; that’s just the amount they spend over and above what they actually had.

As for the assets the federal government holds, well. Do you suppose you can guess what the biggest one is? What do you think? The federal government owns a lot of land. Also lots of useless macho-man murder equipment. Plenty of fancy office buildings and monuments, too. So which is number one? Once again, I’m indebted to Simon Black, who actually went through all 274 pages of the government’s financial report to find the answer for us. And leading the asset pack, at $1.05 trillion is…

Student loan debt.

Think about that for a minute. Reflect upon what that means.

Then consider that the federal government has just ordered collection agencies to stop collecting student loan debt.

Now tell me we need more government.

Last Week in Fake News

Okay, I know, but I’m sure we can’t keep getting burned on this. I mean, what are the chances that every right-wing hate crime could be fake?

After an extensive six-month investigation, George Nathaniel Stang, 26, of Bloomington, is charged with institutional criminal mischief in connection with the vandalism that occurred at St. David’s Episcopal Church last year.

The investigation began on November 13, 2016 when Reverend Kelsey Hutto called police to report that the phrase “HEIL TRUMP” was painted on the north wall of the building, and a swastika and gay slur were on the west side.

Hah, nailed you, Stang! Despite your enviably butch last name — it’s like this guy used to be Sting, but then evolved to a higher form — you’re clearly the first actual, authentic racist Nazi KKK Trump bigot ever to exist, and we’ve finally caught you! I feel so socially relieved.

But when an officer questioned Stang again on April 28, 2017, he admitted to vandalizing the church. Stang said he wanted to "mobilize a movement" after being disappointed in and fearful of the election results. He said his actions were not motivated by "anti-Christian or anti-gay" feelings; rather, they were strictly out of fear.

… Well, for pity’s sake. You’re a fraud too, Stang? Even with that name?

I’m sure we’re all startled to hear that, since Stang committed his crime out of hatred of Donald Trump and his supporters, it will not be considered a hate crime.

Last but not least

While dimwits in the United States are tearing down Confederate monuments, shooting out the windows of scientists who discover politically-unpopular truths, and telling pollsters they want bigger, more expensive, more rapacious government, the government of Venezuela has begun running its own people over with tanks to shut them up.

That’s disgusting enough that I won’t even distract you from it to mock NBC’s truly appalling sentence structure. No, I will not. Not even a little bit. Nosir.

I will take the opportunity to point out, however, that, once upon a time, even the communist dictatorships were more civilized than they are now.

But, seriously, NBC. What is armed with nothing more than sticks and stones? Venezuela? The tank? The way you've structured that sentence, it could be anything BUT the protesters.

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