Deep Sighs From Deep Within …

Filled with angst, I share with you today another version (what is this, version XXMVII?) of Snarky Snippets.  Deep breaths … in … out … in … out …


You know how, if you tell a child not to do something, he/she will do it or die trying? (I know this because I was once that child!)  It seems that such stubbornness is not limited to children, for humans around the globe are guilty of the same.

There has been no dearth of information about how CO2 emissions are causing damage to the atmosphere that will ultimately be fatal to the human race.  Humans have been advised, on a large scale in every nation on the globe, to cut back on energy use, and that the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas are among the largest offenders, putting more CO2 into the atmosphere, when renewable energy sources are more efficient, less toxic, and ultimately less costly.  But have we listened?  Apparently not!

The International Energy Agency released a report yesterday saying that energy demand around the world grew by 2.3 percent over the past year, marking the most rapid increase in a decade.WAKE UP PEOPLETo meet the increased demand, the report continues, some nations did, in fact, turn to renewables such as water, wind and solar energy.  Other nations, however, responded with increased use of fossil fuels, which satisfied nearly 70 percent of the skyrocketing electricity demand.  As a result, greenhouse-gas emissions from the use of energy — by far their largest source — surged in 2018, reaching a record high of 33.1 billion tons. Emissions showed 1.7 percent growth, well above the average since 2010.

Even as renewable energy rapidly expands, many countries — including the United States and China — are nevertheless still turning to fossil fuels to satisfy ever-growing energy demand.fossil-fuels

Way to go United States and China!  Why not just sign our death warrant?

Michael Mehling, deputy director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, described Monday’s findings:

“To me, all this reflects the fact that climate policies around the globe, despite some limited pockets of progress, remain woefully inadequate. They’re not even robust enough to offset the increased emissions from economic expansion, especially in the developing world, let alone to spur decarbonization at levels commensurate with the temperature stabilization goals we’ve committed to under the Paris Agreement.”

Yo, Republicans … want to pat your ‘hero’ on the back and say, ‘Way to go, Prez’?


In yet another effort to quash freedom of the press, the jerk-in-chief has urged major news networks to not allow on their shows several people, including Democratic lawmakers, who have been critical of him.  WHOA … STOP THE PRESSES!  Not even the president, as if we had one, has the right to dictate to the news media what of who they can or cannot cover!

Tim Murtaugh, director of communications for Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, called on the networks to refuse six commentators:

  • Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
  • Representative Adam Schiff of California
  • Representative Jerry Nadler of New York
  • Representative Eric Swalwell of California
  • Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez
  • Former CIA Director John Brennan

Why?  Because they, as well as millions of others of us, have criticized Trump and stated they (we) believe Trump did conspire with the Russians to sway the 2016 presidential election.  THIS is illegal.  It goes against the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.  I believe Trump conspired … I KNOW he did … so, come on, Murtaugh … I dare you to try to stifle me!

What a ‘fearless leader’ Trump is to be so scared of a little bit of criticism that he would willingly violate the very Constitution he took an oath to uphold!  Look how much criticism President Obama had to contend with, but never once … NOT ONE TIME … did he suggest stifling the freedom of the press!Obama-free-press-quote


Lastly (bet you’re glad, aren’t you?), you don’t hear much from or about ol’ Alex Jones lately, do you?  It could be because he’s been tied up in court a lot these days in the suit brought by Six families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.  Or, it could be because he has been banned by Twitter, Apple, YouTube, and Facebook.  Personally, I find it like a breath of fresh air not to see his ugly mug and hear his ranting conspiracy theories all over the ‘net.

But apparently, he still does a radio show … or internet show … does anybody still watch this crap?  Anyway, yesterday he began his show by saying ‘traitors’ should be executed, and defining traitors as, I gather, anybody brave enough to stand up to, or disagree with, Donald Trump.  Okay, typical fare for the Jones-inator, yes?  But in the background, while he was spluttering his message of hate, he was playing a video of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in the background.  Maddow took it all in good spirits …

Maddow

Y’know, Alex, your brand of ‘humour’ went out in the 1930s.  It’s old, Alex.  Take your retirement package and go live on an island somewhere, please?


Okay, folks, that’s all I’ve got for tonight.  You may have noticed that I haven’t written yet about the Mueller report, William Barr’s brief summary, or the right-wing street dances.  I will.  Give me a moment, please.  If I had written on Sunday or Monday what I thought, I would be sitting in a jail cell now.  I need to take just a few more deep breaths, let the hand pull me a bit more out of the rabbit hole, then you will hear my take.  Meanwhile, both Robert Vella and Jeff over at On The Fence Voters have written excellent posts on the topic.

41 thoughts on “Deep Sighs From Deep Within …

  1. Much of the world, especially the USA, seems hell bent on self destruction by our blatant disregard of the truth concerning Climate Change and expanded use of fossil fuels. The planet and civilization, as we know it, are already showing the far reaching effects. It is beginning to sound like it will be too little too late, unless some dramatic changes are made worldwide…NOW! I will say no more about Alex Jones. I had read the On the Fence Voters post and will now read Robert Vella’s. I also await your response to the Mueller Report. I have decided to hold my tongue until, if and when, the full report is available. Thank-you!

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    • Yes, most days I feel as if far too many people are living by the motto “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die”. I will be surprised if the human race survives until the end of this century,unless there is some major wake-up call and we start taking the health of our planet more seriously. I hope I’m wrong.

      I am working on a response, not so much to the Mueller report itself, for I haven’t seen it, but to William Barr’s cherry-picked summary and the republican’s annoying response. I am still having trouble keeping my temper in check, so it’s a slow writing process. Sigh.

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  2. Free Press is dying on both sides of the Atlantic. Balance is a dirty word. Mick is so right about the UK. The country is being split asunder. Unless someone at the top can start to heal the wounds, the outcome will not be pretty. The press feeds the flames. Much of the press is right wing propaganda – including the BBC. It incites violence. The BBC happily talking in terms of White Wizards controlling the countries future. Some of the language on the left is as equally distasteful. I Really don’t know what the answer is as we have no one on the horizon who can stop this.

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    • Nor do we have anyone. The problem stems from the extreme divisions between right and left, and neither of our countries at this time have anybody at the top who can or is willing to unify the nation. I don’t know how, where, or when this ends, but I haven’t been able to envision a happy ending just yet.

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  3. Dear Jill,

    The GOP who’s who are mocking AOC’s Green New Deal GND but at least the Democrats are offering plans, policies to address climate change issues when they are offering nada. It’s like they keep complaining about ACA while they keep failing to offer an alternative.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Right … they seem to wish to let one thing and another go by the wayside without offering any of those “great” alternatives they bragged about a couple of years ago. They are quick to criticize any and every plan the democrats propose, but yet they have no goals of their own, other than to strike down everything the democrats propose!

      Hugs!!!

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  4. More bad climate news on top of a mountain of bad news. It seems that the debate has shifted once again. Instead of wondering whether we’ll be able to mitigate climate change in time, the question now appears to be whether or not we humans will survive it. I see the collapse of modern civilization before the end of this century and a bifurcation of the surviving population – that is, technological sanctuaries for the elites and a return to hunter-gatherer tribes scattered across the globe. I heard that Morlock tastes like chicken!

    Thanks also for the referral. 🙂

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    • I’m in agreement with you. I’ve said ever since the last IPCC report came out that it appears the human race is on the path to self-extinction, likely no later than the end of the century. Can people truly be so blind, or so “live for today, to hell with tomorrow”? In my model, I didn’t envision any surviving population, but I suppose you are right … at some point the factories will all shut down, most cars & trucks will be gone, and I suppose a relative few could survive. Personally, I’m glad I’m old and won’t likely survive to see it. Morlocks … hmmmm … could be, but my thoughts are they would be more likely to eat humans … seems they didn’t mind eating the Eloi, after all.

      My pleasure!

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  5. In Alberta I am told that over 100,000 people are out of work because the Oil Sands production has been reduced. This is partly because of Paris Accord commitments to cleaner air, but that partly is too small. The biggest reason is because we are producing more oil than we can move to places whose people are willing to process our oil into usable form. The province’s population is crying for pipelines to move our oil, not caring whose land the pipelines might cross or what ecologies might be damaged. Mostly the land they want to use is owned by First Nations people, and government-protected wildlife areas. Meanwhile, it is mostly white people who are clamouring for these pipelines to be built with ecological studies. Who cares how the pipelines hurt Mother Nature or First Nations people OR THE ATMOSPHERE WE BREATHE as long as they make their money. Oil Sands wages are extremely high, as wages go these days. The people who want those wages do not want to be retrained to make clean money or clean air, they want to keep on making their dirty money for dirtying the atmosphere. They care nothing about others, they care only about themselves and their wallets.
    Alberta has an election coming up in April, and who is making the loudest noise about pipelines–you guessed it, the United Conservative Party, led by a man named Jason Kenney, who cheated to get the party leadership, a man who may have actually broken the law, one who definitely broached political ethics, to make sure he won. Now he wants to become Premier of our province. AND PROBABLY WILL! Alberta has, until the last election, always been a conservative-voting province since its inception.
    Yesterday this party did a big flip flop, it went from wanting to expose non-straight children in our school systems to saying it wanted to protect them from exposure, after years of loud politicking that non-straight kids needed to be exposed. Does this sound like a true policy change to anyone? Or does it sound like an insincere political attempt to attract more liberal-minded voters to its march to taking over the province.
    Oh, did I say many of their party faithful have had to pull out of the race after having their racial hatred and white superiority statements brought to light, or even just threatened to be brought to light. They made statements on social media sites before they decided to run for office, and now those chickens don’t want to be roasted with their own bigoted words. Surprise! Surprise!
    These are the people who mainly make up the UCP, including their cheating leader. These are Alberta’s Trump-lovers. And these are the people who are probably going to win the election, because their policies of hatred and greed resonate with a huge portion of Albertans.
    Vive Jason Kenney! Vive Donald Trump! Vive the death of humanity! Vive climate change! Barf… Barf… Barf…

    (Dear Jill, this is a rather long comment, for which I apologize. If you like it, and prefer to use it as a guest column with a lead-in by you, feel free. I know Alberta politics is of little interest to most of your readers, but yet it is a sign of all the things you discussed in your above post. Conservatives care naught about the future of humanity, or any other species of life on this earth. All they care about is themselves. They are killing us all, and they seem to be happy doing it!)

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  6. How does applauding the banning of alex jones fall in line with the necessity of freedom of the press? If freedom of the press is vital to our republic, which I absolutely believe it is, it seems that the notion of deplatforming someone, no matter how horrible his speech is, is antethetical to this notion. Think about it.

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    • Dear SKLawlor,, Jill and Friends,

      In the USA It is virtually impossible for folks to derail Info Wars Alex Jones for his incendiary speech. But there’s such a thing as going too far. Once upon a time in Dec. 2012. there was an elementary school located in the State of Connecticut where a mass shooter killed numerous elementary school children with a Remington AK 15 rifle.

      It’s not as if the parents weren’t suffering incredible pain from just this tragedy, but Mr. Jones kept adding to their grief as he kept portraying this Sandy Hook Massacre as a hoax. He told his audience that this mass killing never happened. The parents begged him to stop but he couldn’t resist as he was making lots of monies monies off his lies..

      Now, the courts are permitting the parents to pursue civil legal action against him and frankly, I hope they force him out of business.

      Hug, Gronda

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      • Thank-you Gronda, I could not have responded more eloquently. I will, however, elaborate on the details of the “hoax”. On Dec. 14, 2012 a 20 year old young man (name deliberately not included) shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and fatally shot 20 children between the ages of 6 & 7 years of age and 6 adult staff members. Prior to this he had shot and killed his own Mother in their home before driving her car to the school. The weapon used was a Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle with ten 30-round magazines. He committed suicide at the school with a Glock 20SF handgun and an unused 9mm Sig Sauer P226 was found on his body. Be it noted that these weapons had been legally purchased by his Mother. Among the students that died was 6 year old Avielle Richman. Her Father, Jeremy Richman Ph.D, died from an apparent suicide yesterday. Freedom of Speech should be used with more thought of its consequences than Alex Jones demonstrates, one must be held accountable for one’s words. Arguably, he did not physically kill Dr. Richman…but Alex Jones added immeasurably to his grief and despair.

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        • I totally agree that Jones was way out of line to call such a tragic event a hoax and he should be ashamed of himself for adding to the grief of the families directly effected by such a horrid event.

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        • Thank you, Ellen, for reminding us of Dr. Richman. So much tragedy … so many families that will NEVER get over losing their children, and it is still having an affect. And thanks for responding to Scott’s comment … as usual, I am running behind and hadn’t gotten to it yet.

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        • Dear Ellen,

          I appreciate the added details. We are not talking about Mr. Jones right to free speech but his refusal to back off in his cruelty, despite numerous requests malicious intent to continue to cause harm.

          As far as the Remington AK 15, I’ve become confused in my old age.

          As per 3/14/2019 AP report, Gun maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the Bushmaster rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

          Justices issued a 4-3 decision that reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit and overturned a lower court ruling that the lawsuit was prohibited by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from liability in most cases when their products are used in crimes.

          The plaintiffs include a survivor and relatives of nine people killed in the massacre. They argue the AR-15-style rifle used by shooter Adam Lanza is too dangerous for the public and Remington glorified the weapon in marketing it to young people.

          Remington has denied wrongdoing and previously insisted it can’t be sued under the federal law.

          The majority of the high court agreed with most of the lower court’s ruling and dismissed most of the lawsuit’s allegations, but allowed a wrongful marketing claim to proceed.

          “The regulation of advertising that threatens the public’s health, safety, and morals has long been considered a core exercise of the states’ police powers,” Justice Richard Palmer wrote for the majority.

          Hugs, Gronda

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      • I would only add one thing to Gronda’s comment, and that is that at least one of the families who lost a child on that tragic day at Sandy Hook Elementary has been threatened and harassed by Alex Jones’ followers and has had to move multiple times. Others have been harassed as well, hence the lawsuits. Thanks for your response, Gronda … I am just now getting to today’s comments and had not yet had a chance to respond.

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      • That was the first thing I thought of when I saw skylawlor’s comment. There is no one lower than Alex Jones. And I imagine there are those cultist conspiracy theory nutcases, who believe his ever word.
        This poor father of the Sandy Hook child having to put up with this abomination of Jones along with the death of his child. It’s no wonder what happened and so tragic.
        Jones could almost be considered aiding and abetting this man’s suicide, it should be a crime. This is way beyond free speech. Free speech is meant to be freedom to have different opinions and be able to voice them in a somewhat civil manner, but not to incite violence, pain, death and despair. That is not free speech, but free chaos, mayhem and hate.

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        • Like the 2nd Amendment’s “right to keep and bear arms”, the 1st Amendment has been interpreted far too broadly in this country. To me, when one person’s rights infringe on another’s, then they have gone too far. But, there are those in this country that believe the KKK and neo-Nazis should be allowed to promote their hate anywhere they choose. I disagree, but … what do I know, right?

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    • Not much I can add to the others’ comments, Scott, except to say that with any right, be it freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the right to drive a car … with any right comes an associated responsibility to use that right wisely, not to use it to harm others. Many in this country are allowed to take their rights without accepting the responsibility, and in my book that should mean a curtailment of the right, but it almost never does. Take a look at the laws in some of the European democracies. Yes, they have freedom of speech, but they also have limits. For example, you can go to jail for a Nazi-style salute or for using certain expressions reminiscent of Hitler’s Nazis in Austria and Germany that I’m aware of. Here, however, we just roll our eyes and accept that it is their right. Just my opinion, but I think there need to be boundaries, and I have always believed that my right ends when it infringes on another’s right. Hugs!

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    • The thing about free speech is that there must be sensible limits around it. It is an old adage that free speech may not include incitement to kill or to shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre. I have not followed Alex Jones’ comments except in a rather second hand way, but it sounds as though much of what he has said falls under at least the ‘Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre’ heading.

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      • Mr. Jones managed to convince so many people that the Sandy Hook murders of 20 young school children were a hoax and that the grieving parents were paid actors, that some of those gullible people threatened violence against the families of the dead children. One family has had to move countless times in order to protect their other children. And this is just one of Jones’ many conspiracy theories. The sad thing is that so many people are willing to believe the craziness. Among his other ‘theories’ are that the government is actually controlling the weather, that chemicals in the water are turning frogs gay, that Robert Mueller is a pedophile, and of course there was the famous Pizzagate theory https://jilldennison.com/2016/12/05/faux-news-runs-amok/ . He is not a nice man. And guess what … this will really surprise you … Donald Trump has praised Alex Jones and considers him a friend!

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        • He hasn’t! No, really? What a surprise! None of that nonsense would have gained any credence five or ten years ago, but unfortunately the likes of Trump have created a climate where all sorts of vicious, puerile nonsense is swallowed up by countless people willing – keen, even – to believe it.

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          • Well … while I DO blame Trump for much of it, for he has given credence to the likes of Alex Jones and Sean Hannity, this was going on long before he came on the scene. In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, somebody … and I cannot recall where it started … began a rumour that the whole thing was a plot by the federal government. They claimed that the government had placed explosives on a timer in the World Trade Center towers and detonated them from a remote location, that film was created to make it look like the planes hit the towers, and that there never was a plane that hit the Pentagon. And guess what? Some people fell for that and spread the rumour. There are people, I think, who are so bored with their own shallow lives that they need some excitement to spice things up.

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  7. Sounds a tad familiar. Certain parts of the right wing press over this side of the pond are fond of labelling anyone who thinks Brexit a bad idea as ‘traitors!; If you can’t argue with them logically, shout them down, eh?

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    • Dear Mick Canning,

      I wish there was a way for the Brits to start from scratch. For example, forget Brexit. Is it possible for Brits on a grass roots level to demand another referendum, one that asks the EU if it can become its latest nation member.

      There has to be an end to the craziness the Brits have been enduring. Why give Russia, the far right, the anti-immigration zealots, the victory?

      Hugs, gronda

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      • Many of us would like to, Gronda. Unfortunately, there was a referendum, and the result of that referendum was that we should leave the EU, even if the margin of victory was narrow. It is not only very difficult but probably rather dangerous to attempt to ignore that.

        There is a large push for a referendum on whatever the government decides will be the terms under which we leave, on the basis that at least the public will know all the facts, which they clearly did not initially.

        Whether that gets anywhere, only time will tell. It is rather a mess.

        Thanks for the comment.

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