“an ape figuring out how to use a smartphone is the beginning of the end for us idiots… “

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Fifty Years Of Apocalyptic Global Warming Predictions And Why People Believe Them | Zero Hedge

Here’s what the experts were saying almost a half century ago on Earth Day, 1970:

  1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”
    — Harvard biologist George Wald
  1. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,”
    — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
  1. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human
    abitation.”
    — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  1. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100–200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years. … Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born. … [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.
    — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
  1. “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions …. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.
    — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
  1. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.”
    — Life magazine
  2. “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable. … By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate … that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any. … The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
    — Kenneth Watt

Global Warming and Massive Starvation

I will focus my attention on the two most important predictions: Global Warming and Massive Starvation….

Source: Fifty Years Of Apocalyptic Global Warming Predictions And Why People Believe Them | Zero Hedge

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Los Angeles Numbers Show ‘Homelessness’ is Really a Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Problem

Drugs and alcohol played a direct role in at least a quarter of the deaths of homeless people over the past five years, according to the analysis from the county coroner’s office. The substances also likely contributed to many more deaths, including those whose deaths were related to liver and heart problems.

Raymond Thill was just 46 when he died last year of what his wife, Sherry Thill, called complications related to alcoholism. The couple had been homeless for many years before moving into a small apartment in South Los Angeles shortly before his death.

Thill said her husband often drank vodka throughout the day, and had been in and out of the hospital because of liver and other health problems. He tried rehab and she tried taking the alcohol away from him. Nothing worked.

“His mind was set,” she said. “So I took care of him.”

In the end, Thill said, cirrhosis left her husband jaundiced, swollen and unable to keep food down.

These are tragic stories. And they have nothing to do with home availability.

If we really want to deal with homelessness, we have to deal with behavioral issues and mental illness. That means getting people off the street, instead of enabling their behavior, with all the ugly consequences that follow.

Deaths by trauma or violence were common among the homeless identified in the coroner’s data: At least 800 people died from trauma, and of those, about 200 were shot or stabbed.

This is what ‘legalizing’ vagrancy is leading to. This isn’t compassion. It’s the worst sort of cruelty.

Source: Los Angeles Numbers Show ‘Homelessness’ is Really a Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Problem | Frontpage Mag

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Canadian Conservatives take new province: projections

Montreal (AFP) – Canada’s Conservatives won another province Tuesday in legislative elections in eastern Prince Edward Island — while the Liberals in power, affiliated with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party, finished third, according to Canadian television projections.

…The Liberal Party, which came in third, had since 2007 governed what is the smallest province in Canada — with outgoing premier Wade MacLauchlan seeking a fourth consecutive term.

“It’s something that happens in politics,” he told reporters. “The tide has changed.”

Tuesday’s results marked the latest in a series of right-wing victories at the provincial level in recent months, after Ontario, New Brunswick, Quebec and Alberta.

And it was another disappointment for Prime Minister Trudeau, who in six months faces federal elections — with polls showing Conservative Andrew Scheer as the favorite.

Trudeau is also in the middle of the most serious political crisis he has experienced in office, after his former attorney general unleashed accusations of political meddling in the criminal prosecution of a corporate giant.

Source: Canadian Conservatives take new province: projections

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Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

Republicans repeatedly emphasized the voluntary nature of the program.

“This bill does not arm one single, solitary teacher,” said Republican Sen. Manny Diaz. “What this bill does is provide the 67 school districts, the 67 different communities in this state, with the ability to do what they need to do to protect our kids.”

So far, 25 districts have approved participating in the guardian program.

Over and over, supporters noted that there were fewer than four minutes between the first and last gunshots during the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 14 students and three faculty members dead on Feb. 14, 2018. Diaz said in some rural counties it could take more than 20 minutes for law enforcement to arrive at a school during a shooting.

Source: Florida Senate passes bill expanding armed teachers program

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Jussie Smollett case –  Brothers involved sue actor’s attorneys for defamation | Smollett Hoax Is Sad Day For Justice

What was she thinking?

The brothers involved in an alleged attack on actor Jussie Smollett are suing the “Empire” actor’s attorneys for defamation. According to CBS Chicago, Ola and Abel Osundairo are accusing Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian of falsely accusing them of an actual hate crime.

Police claim Smollett, who is black and gay, paid the brothers to stage a hate crime in January. He was charged and pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about the attack. But last month, Cook County prosecutors dropped the charges.

The brothers’ attorneys acknowledged they took part in the hoax, but said they apologized and only did so because Smollett paid them. Their lawsuit accuses Geragos and Glandian of making false statements about them after the charges were dropped against Smollett.

For example, in an interview on the “Today” show, Glandian suggested the brothers may have been wearing “whiteface” during the attack, which might be why Smollett told police his attackers were white. The suit also claims Glandian publicly suggested Ola Osundario and Smollett engaged in a sexual relationship on the podcast “Reasonable Doubt.”

Source: Brothers involved in Jussie Smollett case sue actor’s attorneys for defamation – CBS News

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Gratitude and Social Justice Warriors

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