Ben Rhodes Blames Trump for Embassy Attack: Foreign Policy ‘Based on Obama Envy’ Benghazi: Obama’s Actions Amount To A Shameful Dereliction Of Duty.

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Enough facts are in the public record about the Benghazi murders of Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 others, including two Marines, that a final judgment can be rendered on President Obama’s handling of the affair.  Obama’s actions, or inactions, amounted to dereliction of duty, and worse.

Ben Rhodes, a former national security aide to former President Barack Obama, accused President Trump of pursuing a foreign policy based on “Obama envy” following news of a violent mob attacking the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

“Trump sanctions on Iran have done nothing to change Iranian behavior except make it worse,” Rhodes, who once described the Iran Deal as “necessary … even if Iran doesn’t change,” tweeted Tuesday morning. https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2019/12/31/ben-rhodes-blames-trump-for-embassy-attack-foreign-policy-based-on-obama-envy/

How Rich: The O.K Sign Is Now Racist L.M.A.O , Disproving The Claim

The “OK” hand gesture is now a hate symbol, according to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League. https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/26/us/adl-new-hate-symbols/index.html

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5. So Were All This Racism?

Deep Equity, Social Justice In Action, This Is A Marxist System Of Indoctrination

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Deep Equity,” developed by the Corwin company, is quickly becoming the new standard curriculum being taught in our public schools.  If you’ve never heard of it, you soon will.  It’s in San Tan Valley in Arizona; Chicago, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; the entire Cleveland Ohio public school district; charter schools in California; and many more American cities as well as Canada.

This is how their website describes it:

The Deep Equity framework, based on the work of Gary Howard, helps schools and districts establish the climate, protocols, common language, and common goal of implementing culturally responsive teaching practices.

The Deep Equity approach is based on the belief that scholastic inequities are symptomatic of institutional biases and norms that must be directly challenged through systemic, ongoing, and authentic work.

Deep Equity is a comprehensive and systemic professional development process aimed at producing the deep personal, professional, and organizational transformations that are necessary to create equitable places of learning for all of our nation’s children.

This capacity-building program helps educators dismantle disparities through sustained, collaborative efforts and courageous leadership.

Notice the politically “woke” phrases used.

Disparities.  Translation: The monolithic gap in education between disadvantaged people and those who are privileged.

Culturally responsive teaching practices. Translation: If you’re not white, you will get much more leniency in matters of academic performance.

Institutional biases.  Translation: Institutions that operate in a manner that oppresses certain social groups while favoring others.  For example: institutional racism victimizes blacks, Hispanics, and Asians while favoring whites.

Organizational transformations.  One of Obama’s favorites.  Remember the “fundamentally transform the U.S.” speech?  In other words, substitute the current white privilege–based curriculum with a new Marxist one.

From this, it is clear that Deep Equity teaches that America is a deeply racist nation with a “hierarchy of various oppressions” (intersectionality).  It demonizes whites, halts all debate, and tells teachers to reject and resist parents who disagree.  Social justice demands that everyone believe that white people are simply too ignorant and privileged to understand that they are the oppressors within our society.

Let’s look at this left-wing idea called intersectionality, which is at the root of the Deep Equity curriculum.  According to Merriam-Webster, intersectionality is the idea that people whose individual identities overlap with a number of marginalized groups experience multiple, overlapping threats of discrimination.

Intersectionality has been expanded to include people of all races, “genders,” and classes.  Each one is assigned a number of oppressions that he is automatically subjected to by American institutions and society in general.  Marxist professors have mapped this all out using Venn diagrams.

Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson reported on the curriculum Friday, November 8, 2019.  Created by for-profit “education” company Corwin, owned by SAGE Publishing, Deep Equity is the latest example of how the “Left has abandoned education in favor of naked political propaganda,” stated Carlson.

Corwin described its curriculum “as a teacher training program that is ‘aimed at producing real school improvement for equity and social justice,'” Carlson related.  How does Deep Equity purport to accomplish this?  Mainly “by attacking the students on the basis of their skin color,” said Carlson.

“According to Deep Equity, America is based on a hierarchy of various oppressions: men oppress women, Christianity oppresses Islam, English oppresses Spanish, white people oppress everyone,” the pundit continued.  “And, by the way, if you have a problem with this explanation, you are yourself entrenching oppression; you are part of the problem.  According to Corwin, differences in academic performance have nothing to do with culture or effort; they are purely the product of racism.”

How does Deep Equity fight this “racism”?  By instructing teachers on “different types of ‘white identity orientations,'” Carlson further explained, calling it “pseudoscience.”

Deep Equity instructs teachers that most white people have a “Fundamentalist White Identity,” defined by “denial,” “ignorance,” and “supremacy.”  However, they might be able to work their way up the ladder to “wokeness,” as the instructional sheet below informs.

WHITE IDENTITY ORIENTATIONS

Fundamentalist White Identity

Denial
Ignorance
Supremacy

I don’t know I don’t know”

Integrationist White Identity
Awareness/Curiosity
Guilt
Paternalism/Compliance

Now I think I know everything”

Transformationist White Identity
Self-Reflective
Humility/Authenticity
Systemic Power Shift

“I will be learning about this all my life”

Additionally, if whites are willing to respectfully and obediently sit at the feet of their edified betters and learn “their whole life,” they can advance to what the curriculum called the “White Allies Action Agenda,” whose instructions for becoming a “woke” white person are below.

WHITE ALLIES ACTION AGENDA

  1. See race.
  2. Listen to and learn from people of color.
  3. Acknowledge the reality of racism.
  4. Acknowledge the reality of white racial privilege.
  5. Transcend guilt.
  6. Educate other White people.
  7. Confront racist behaviors, attitudes and practices. (WOW!)
  8. Use your privilege to work for racial and social justice.

Carlson’s team spoke to a teacher who has used Deep Equity who maintains that the curriculum forces educators to become “racial activists.”

It’s a divisive, resentment-rousing program “certain to confuse and wound and divide our kids of all colors,” as Carlson stated.  And if you think, “This couldn’t possibly be in my kid’s school,” think again.  It’s taught all over, even in places such as Fauquier County, Virginia, which voted for President Trump by 25 points, Carlson pointed out.

How can radical social engineering exist in the “better” school districts?  Remember that whether in the city or country, the schools’ educators come from the same teachers’ colleges and are similarly indoctrinated.  School administrators tend to be far more left-wing than their respective communities and it’s no surprise that the radicalism taught by Deep Equity is spreading rapidly.

To make matters worse, there’s big money in indoctrination — your tax money at work — and it’s funding Deep Equity.  Moreover, “no one will ask you if you like it or not, and don’t bother to complain,” noted Carlson.  “Deep Equity orders teachers, and we’re quoting now, ‘to explicitly reject and resist any parents who disagree with it.'”

Unfortunately, in government and private schools, the only “side” presented is the one that wants to “love” your kids to death — and it’s killing our civilization.  This is why support for homeschooling is registering a marked increase.  As the “participation trophy” mentality increases in the educational establishment, parents are forced into this choice.

The left also wants people to believe they can avoid physical sex-based reality.  This is a Marxist system of indoctrination where any student can decide what sex and even what race he wants to be.  The teachers of the minority students get to decide what grade they get in English, mathematics, and other stem fields so they don’t fail.  Social justice in action.

Arizona state representative Kelly Townsend said, “Before we spend $400,000 plus on a Deep Equity program, we first need to invest into the basics to address our own academic neglect. For example, more than half of our 3rd-graders are unable to read proficiently, and yet we prioritize social engineering.”

“These programs may please the politically correct, but it is academically wrong to spend time on anything else while our students are failing,” continued Townsend.  “Let’s get back to basics.”

We must fight this type of systematic indoctrination in our schools.  If the kids are all brainwashed with this far left propaganda, what will happen to our country when they grow up and start voting?  We could see the Constitution destroyed along with our liberty and freedom.  That’s why I believe that the knowledge of what Deep Equity is doing to our public schools is so important to understand.Bottom of Form

This capacity-building program helps educators dismantle disparities through sustained, collaborative efforts and courageous leadership.

Notice the politically “woke” phrases used.

Disparities.  Translation: The monolithic gap in education between disadvantaged people and those who are privileged.

Culturally responsive teaching practices. Translation: If you’re not white, you will get much more leniency in matters of academic performance.

Institutional biases.  Translation: Institutions that operate in a manner that oppresses certain social groups while favoring others.  For example: institutional racism victimizes blacks, Hispanics, and Asians while favoring whites.

Organizational transformations.  One of Obama’s favorites.  Remember the “fundamentally transform the U.S.” speech?  In other words, substitute the current white privilege–based curriculum with a new Marxist one.

From this, it is clear that Deep Equity teaches that America is a deeply racist nation with a “hierarchy of various oppressions” (intersectionality).  It demonizes whites, halts all debate, and tells teachers to reject and resist parents who disagree.  Social justice demands that everyone believe that white people are simply too ignorant and privileged to understand that they are the oppressors within our society.

Let’s look at this left-wing idea called intersectionality, which is at the root of the Deep Equity curriculum.  According to Merriam-Webster, intersectionality is the idea that people whose individual identities overlap with a number of marginalized groups experience multiple, overlapping threats of discrimination.

Intersectionality has been expanded to include people of all races, “genders,” and classes.  Each one is assigned a number of oppressions that he is automatically subjected to by American institutions and society in general.  Marxist professors have mapped this all out using Venn diagrams.

Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson reported on the curriculum Friday, November 8, 2019.  Created by for-profit “education” company Corwin, owned by SAGE Publishing, Deep Equity is the latest example of how the “Left has abandoned education in favor of naked political propaganda,” stated Carlson.

Corwin described its curriculum “as a teacher training program that is ‘aimed at producing real school improvement for equity and social justice,'” Carlson related.  How does Deep Equity purport to accomplish this?  Mainly “by attacking the students on the basis of their skin color,” said Carlson.

“According to Deep Equity, America is based on a hierarchy of various oppressions: men oppress women, Christianity oppresses Islam, English oppresses Spanish, white people oppress everyone,” the pundit continued.  “And, by the way, if you have a problem with this explanation, you are yourself entrenching oppression; you are part of the problem.  According to Corwin, differences in academic performance have nothing to do with culture or effort; they are purely the product of racism.”

How does Deep Equity fight this “racism”?  By instructing teachers on “different types of ‘white identity orientations,'” Carlson further explained, calling it “pseudoscience.”

Deep Equity instructs teachers that most white people have a “Fundamentalist White Identity,” defined by “denial,” “ignorance,” and “supremacy.”  However, they might be able to work their way up the ladder to “wokeness,” as the instructional sheet below informs.

WHITE IDENTITY ORIENTATIONS

Fundamentalist White Identity

Denial
Ignorance
Supremacy

I don’t know I don’t know”

Integrationist White Identity
Awareness/Curiosity
Guilt
Paternalism/Compliance

Now I think I know everything”

Transformationist White Identity
Self-Reflective
Humility/Authenticity
Systemic Power Shift

“I will be learning about this all my life”

Additionally, if whites are willing to respectfully and obediently sit at the feet of their edified betters and learn “their whole life,” they can advance to what the curriculum called the “White Allies Action Agenda,” whose instructions for becoming a “woke” white person are below.

WHITE ALLIES ACTION AGENDA

  1. See race.
  2. Listen to and learn from people of color.
  3. Acknowledge the reality of racism.
  4. Acknowledge the reality of white racial privilege.
  5. Transcend guilt.
  6. Educate other White people.
  7. Confront racist behaviors, attitudes and practices. (WOW!)
  8. Use your privilege to work for racial and social justice.

Carlson’s team spoke to a teacher who has used Deep Equity who maintains that the curriculum forces educators to become “racial activists.”

It’s a divisive, resentment-rousing program “certain to confuse and wound and divide our kids of all colors,” as Carlson stated.  And if you think, “This couldn’t possibly be in my kid’s school,” think again.  It’s taught all over, even in places such as Fauquier County, Virginia, which voted for President Trump by 25 points, Carlson pointed out.

How can radical social engineering exist in the “better” school districts?  Remember that whether in the city or country, the schools’ educators come from the same teachers’ colleges and are similarly indoctrinated.  School administrators tend to be far more left-wing than their respective communities and it’s no surprise that the radicalism taught by Deep Equity is spreading rapidly.

To make matters worse, there’s big money in indoctrination — your tax money at work — and it’s funding Deep Equity.  Moreover, “no one will ask you if you like it or not, and don’t bother to complain,” noted Carlson.  “Deep Equity orders teachers, and we’re quoting now, ‘to explicitly reject and resist any parents who disagree with it.'”

Unfortunately, in government and private schools, the only “side” presented is the one that wants to “love” your kids to death — and it’s killing our civilization.  This is why support for homeschooling is registering a marked increase.  As the “participation trophy” mentality increases in the educational establishment, parents are forced into this choice.

The left also wants people to believe they can avoid physical sex-based reality.  This is a Marxist system of indoctrination where any student can decide what sex and even what race he wants to be.  The teachers of the minority students get to decide what grade they get in English, mathematics, and other stem fields so they don’t fail.  Social justice in action.

Arizona state representative Kelly Townsend said, “Before we spend $400,000 plus on a Deep Equity program, we first need to invest into the basics to address our own academic neglect. For example, more than half of our 3rd-graders are unable to read proficiently, and yet we prioritize social engineering.”

“These programs may please the politically correct, but it is academically wrong to spend time on anything else while our students are failing,” continued Townsend.  “Let’s get back to basics.”

We must fight this type of systematic indoctrination in our schools.  If the kids are all brainwashed with this far left propaganda, what will happen to our country when they grow up and start voting?  We could see the Constitution destroyed along with our liberty and freedom.  That’s why I believe that the knowledge of what Deep Equity is doing to our public schools is so important to understand.Bottom of Form

The Fall Of The Deep State 1989’s And Communism

The collapse of the figurative and literal wall between East and West Germany was chief among the upheavals in those final weeks of 1989.  Not even a year out of office and Reagan was magnificently proven correct in his understanding of basic humanity: people want to be free.  Apart from one major exception, the oppressed behind the Iron Curtain that autumn overcame their regimes without bloodshed and violence.

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I was in high school during the fall of communism across Eastern Europe.  I could not then imagine that precisely thirty years later a caricature of upheaval would be transpiring in my own country.

“Resist!” is screamed by media personalities and celebrities and politicians who in a sane world would never win a race for city lieutenant sanitation commissioner.  They betray ignorance of what real dictatorship is, as they dare ascribe the gravitas of 1989’s righteous rebellions upon their own crusade.

When I consider Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and Jerry Nadler maneuvering for impeachment of President Donald Trump, it is with some dark bewilderment.  They have no idea what disaster they are courting for themselves and their allies.  It will not end well for them.

It is a disaster already.  Television ratings for the House’s impeachment inquiry have cratered.  I have heard absolutely nobody in the real world gushing breathlessly over Trump’s pending downfall.  The pundits are lamenting that the American people are not taking this revolution seriously.

Those same pundits neglect to accept that the revolution already happened.  It came in 2016, when the long-ignored hinterlands turned against their “betters” in Washington.

So, let’s clarify something: the present effort to impeach Donald Trump is not a revolution.  It is a counter-revolution.

Since the summer of 2015 the hardliners of the Deep State have gazed at Trump with derision, then desperation, and now total destruction in mind.  To them the American people simply aren’t meant for a loosening of control and regaining oversight of their own government.  Trump’s message resonated with those same American people as had nothing in recent memory.  Democracy came to Eastern Europe by ballots and not bullets.  So too did American citizenry in flyover country begin to revolt against their elitist masters.

It wasn’t part of “the plan” and perhaps for the first time ever, the Deep State shuddered in fear.  The revolution was not only televised, it was splayed across Facebook and Twitter.  But if not Trump himself, someone else would have inevitably threatened the entrenched political and media complex.  The peril would come.  It was only a matter of when.

The Deep State will not tolerate rebellion.  And now an example must be made to force the unwashed masses back into submission.

Trump’s domestic and foreign efforts share some kinship with glasnost and perestroika.  Mikhail Gorbachev’s policies encouraged greater transparency of the Soviet government and loosening of control over the Russian people.  But Gorbachev’s reforms were too great for Soviet upper crust to accept.  Their frustrations with Gorbachev came to a head in August of 1991, when the USSR’s own hardliners staged their coup and tried to depose the Russian president.

The coup failed, and Gorbachev was restored to office.  His policies against entrenched Soviet politics had succeeded beyond any expectation.  So too are many of Trump’s own policies, particularly economic, already bearing great fruit.  “Make America Great Again” may sound ruffian compared to the beautiful enunciation of perestroika, but it has shaken the power structure of our own establishment all the same.

The likelihood of success for the coup in our midst is comparatively less.  Doubtful the methodology will mirror that of the Soviet hardliners.  However, the motive remains the same: hold on to power over the people.

Happily, counterrevolutions rarely succeed without overwhelming firepower.  And so far as counterrevolutions go, this one is pretty lousy.  It’s also the acme of fantasy to expect the same people you have condemned as “deplorable” to rally to your cause.

And even should Trump be impeached and removed: what then?  The “Color Revolutions” of the autumn of 1989 were, well… colorful.  The playwright Vaclav Havel.  Boris Yeltsin, eyes gleaming with brewing mischief.  And that feisty electrician of the Gdansk shipyard, Lech Walesa.  All three and many other reputable characters across Eastern Europe would soon ascend to lead their respective nations in transitions to democratic government.

Who among the faces of this “glorious revolution” will win the White House in 2020?  It may be the most lackluster field of candidates in modern history.  Which alone indicates to me that Trump would be too smart than to level unethical sabotage against any political opponent: Joseph Biden will never be as formidable as even George McGovern.  And Adam Schiff as the one who will go down in legend as the man who toppled the President?  Oh please….

The German band Scorpions released “Wind of Change” in the weeks following the fall of the Berlin Wall.  It immediately became the anthem of that sudden zeitgeist.  The gales of autumn 1989 were a hurricane of triumph.  Fully three decades later and a weak zephyr blows across the Beltway.  1989’s was the aroma of freedom.  2019’s “revolution” reeks of crude behavior after a dinner of bad beans.

We watched with rapt attention as one communist regime fell after another.  But in 2019 the attempt to impeach and remove Donald Trump from the Oval Office is not captivating by any measure.  Bill Clinton was impeached over a stained blue dress.  Today the House leadership is trying to remove Donald Trump over the matter of a phone call.  A phone call, incidentally, that in the normal everyday routine of business might be referred to human resources before crumpling the complaint into the circular file.

The American people are daring to openly acknowledge what is already known: that the House leadership and its allies have made the re-acquisition of political power its only priority.  It is hellbent on crushing the true revolution against encroaching government.  Hence, counterrevolution.  This one is already a certain failure.  But counterrevolutions also often demand a heavy price.

As noted, there was one significant deviation from the pattern of the pro-democracy movements in the autumn of ’89.  For a quarter century communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu wielded absolute power over the Romanian people.  As one Soviet satellite after another fell, he staged a bloody countercoup against Romania’s own invigorated malcontents.  It didn’t work.

Out of desperation Ceausescu promised higher salaries and student aid.  But Ceausescu had woefully mis-gauged the frustrations of the people amassed before him in Bucharest.  The moment his decades of control evaporated was chronicled on worldwide television.  Nicolai and Elena Ceausescu promptly fled the palace by helicopter and were soon captured.

December 25, 1989 was not a Merry Christmas for the Ceausescus. Found guilty by a drumhead trial of crimes against the Romanian people, Nicolai and Elena were immediately thrown against the wall – literally – and shot dead.  Images of their shattered bodies were broadcast around the globe.

So far as analogies go, the comforts and careers of the petty tyrants in Washington may soon be just as crumbled.  Our own would-be overlords would do well to be mindful of that.

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Al Gore Climate Derangement Syndrome: Al Gore Academic Friend’s Suggests UN Use Military To Enforce Global Warming Agenda!

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In an interview with ABC News in Australia, Professor Wæver cautions that what he sees as “climate inaction” might draw the U.N. into considering other means to ensure its goals are met, even if that leads to global armed conflict.

What’s the carbon footprint of a military invasion? And where’s the army that the UN would use to invade a country that emits the CO2 that makes the world greener and greener?

This guy makes me even happier that I ditched academia after getting my PhD and teaching at Harvard.  Simon Kent reports for Breitbart:

The United Nations may resort to military action against states that defy its mandates on global climate action, according to Ole Wæver, a prominent international relations professor at the University of Copenhagen.

In an interview with ABC News in Australia, Professor Wæver cautions that what he sees as “climate inaction” might draw the U.N. into considering other means to ensure its goals are met, even if that leads to global armed conflict.

If there was something that was decided internationally by some more centralised procedure and every country was told ‘this is your emission target, it’s not negotiable, we can actually take military measures if you don’t fulfil it’, then you would basically have to get that down the throat of your population, whether they like it or not,” he says.

Global dictatorship, justified by a climate hoax. Does it get any more sinister?

Rounding up SUV drivers?

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Ever wonder why so many powerful institutions adhere to the hoax?

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Could climate change become a security issue — and threaten democracy?

Action to address climate change has been left so late that any political response will likely become an international security issue — and could threaten democracy.

That’s the view of Ole Wæver,a prominent international relations professor at the University of Copenhagen, who also says climate inaction could lead to armed conflict.

“At some point this whole climate debate is going to tip over,” he tells RN’s Late Night Live.

“The current way we talk about climate is one side and the other side. One side is those who want to do something, and the other is the deniers who say we shouldn’t do anything.”

He believes that quite soon, another battle will replace it. Then, politicians that do ‘something’ will be challenged by critics demanding that policies actually add up to realistic solutions.

When decision-makers — after delaying for so long — suddenly try to find a shortcut to realistic action, climate change is likely to “be securitised”.

Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.AUDIO: Hear more from Ole Wæver on climate security (Late Night Live)

Professor Wæver, who first coined the term “securitisation”, says more abrupt change could potentially threaten democracy.

“The United Nations Security Council could, in principle, tomorrow decide that climate change is a threat to international peace and security,” he says.

“And then it’s within their competencies to decide ‘and you are doing this, you are doing this, you are doing this, this is how we deal with it’.”

A risk of armed conflict?

Professor Wæver says despite “overwhelmingly good arguments” as to why action should be taken on climate change, not enough has been done.

And he says that could eventually lead to a greater risk of armed conflict, particularly in unstable political climates.

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PHOTO: Professor Ole Wæver is currently a James Fellow in Social Sciences at the University of Sydney until January 2020. (Supplied: Lars Svankjær)

“Imagine these kinds of fires that we are seeing happening [in Australia] in a part of Africa or South-East Asia where you have groups that are already in a tense relationship, with different ethnic groups, different religious orientations,” he says.

“And then you get events like this and suddenly they are not out of each other’s way, they’ll be crossing paths, and then you get military conflicts by the push.”

He isn’t the first expert to warn of the security risks of climate change.Climate change and the ADF
Australia’s Defence Department has spelled out clearly to a Senate inquiry that climate change will create “concurrency pressures” for the Defence Force as a rise in disaster relief operations continues.

Chris Barrie, former Defence Force chief and honorary professor at the ANU’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, wrote in October that “climate change is a threat multiplier”.

“It exacerbates the drivers of conflict by deepening existing fragilities within societies, straining weak institutions, reshaping power balances and undermining post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding,” he wrote.

And current Defence chief Angus Campbell has warned that increased incidences of climate change-related natural disasters could stretch the capability of the ADF.

Letting ‘the dark forces’ loose

Professor Wæver argues that delayed action will lead to more drastic measures.

“The longer we wait, the more abrupt the change has to be,” he says.

“So a transformation of our economy and our energy systems that might have been less painful if we had started 20 years ago, 30 years ago.

“If we have to do that in a very short time, it becomes extremely painful.

“And then comes the question: can you carry through such painful transformations through the normal democratic system?”

He says classifying climate change as a security issue could justify more extreme policy responses

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“That’s what happens when something becomes a security issue, it gets the urgency, the intensity, the priority, which is helpful sometimes, but it also lets the dark forces loose in the sense that it can justify problematic means,” he says.

This urgency, he says, could lead to more abrupt action at an international level.

“If there was something that was decided internationally by some more centralised procedure and every country was told ‘this is your emission target, it’s not negotiable, we can actually take military measures if you don’t fulfil it’, then you would basically have to get that down the throat of your population, whether they like it or not,” he says.

“A bit like what we saw in southern Europe with countries like Greece and the debt crisis and so on.

“There were decisions that were made for them and then they just had to have a more or less technocratic government and get it through.”

Partnerships as pathways

Volunteer Qld firefighter from the Rural Fire Brigade

PHOTO: Major events like bushfires elevate concerns about climate change in Australia, Professor Mark Howden says. (Supplied: Qld Dept of Community Safety)

But Mark Howden, director of the ANU’s Climate Change Institute, does not see this happening any time soon — and says it would be counter-productive in the long-term.

“I wouldn’t support that sort of hypothesised action by the UN, because I think solutions to climate change need to be a partnership,” he says.

“The way to generate persistent, long-term and positive action is by partnerships, so actually bringing people along, developing a collective vision of what could be, and making climate change not something to fear but something to take sensible decisions over.

“So for me, taking a security approach — taking a unilateral, very militaristic, interventionist approach — would break apart all those positives.

“It wouldn’t necessarilygenerate partnerships, it wouldn’t generate bottom-up action and wouldn’t generate innovation.”Paris 2030: Will we make it?
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But, Professor Howden says, there’s an “elevated conversation happening across many different domains” about climate change in Australia, particularly because of bushfires and droughts.

He says climate-related disasters create a “step up in terms of public concern in relation to climate change” — whether or not they are linked.

“Climate-related disasters tend to get people reflecting on their lived experience and the things they value and it raises that level of concern and tends to stay high for an extended period.”

He recognises “we haven’t solved this problem”, but says the Paris Agreement — and the national and international greenhouse gas inventories that support it — still shows promise. He says “it is the only global game in town to limit climate change”.

The 2015 agreement set targets to block global warming at well below 2C, and 1.5C if possible.

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“Everyone knows that those initial commitments aren’t adequate to meet the temperature targets, but they’re a start,” Professor Howden says.

“The key to the effectiveness of the Paris Agreement is the mechanism that ratchets up those commitments over time.”

Professor Howden says we should give the Paris Agreement “a chance to work” — and if it does, it will “take a chunk out” of greenhouse gas emissions.

“The big question is: is it going to happen fast enough?”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-03/climate-change-international-security-risk/11714284

Dispelling The Myth Of Rape Culture On Campus:

Accusations of rape made by students against other students or staff members have caused great concern in universities and beyond.

Female students at McGill University, according to individual and in-class conversations, frame rape as a result of “rape culture.” But their definition of “rape culture” doesn’t fit with what’s usually meant by “culture.”

In order to say that we, members of McGill University or, more broadly, Canadians, have a rape culture, two conditions would have to be met. First, rape would have to be regarded as a good thing, something desirable, beneficial. Second, people would have to be encouraged to engage in rape. I don’t believe that either of these conditions is met.

Furthermore, I would estimate that 98 per cent of rapes among students are unintentional. Students don’t say, “I’m going out to rape someone tonight.” Rather, they say, “I’m going out to party, I want to get wasted, I want to get laid.” They may not do their due diligence in regard to consent, and they may not use good judgment in proceeding or stopping. They may do wrong but not intentionally. This is further evidence that they’re not being guided by a culture, which inculcates intentions.

It’s true, of course, that rapes take place. But does that mean that we have a rape culture?

Let’s take another example that could be framed in a parallel fashion. In North America there are hundreds of thousands of serious car accidents every year, and tens of thousands of people are killed in auto accidents. Does this mean we have a car accident culture?

In fact, we have a car safety culture, which includes laws about who may drive, extensive training and testing requirements, under what conditions people may drive, elaborate rules of the road, penalties for those who violate the rules, and oversight to catch those who violate the rules. People don’t intend to have accidents but they do intend to do things that inadvertently lead to accidents: they drink and drive, text while driving, drive in fog, snow and ice, and sometimes impulsively speed or pass other cars when they shouldn’t.

As a male who has spent more than a half century in institutions of higher learning, I’ve never heard anyone say that rape was a good thing and I have never heard any man encourage another man to engage in rape.

So it appears to me that the concept of rape culture in North America is without merit. There is no rape culture in North America.

With regard to violent sexual assaults on females, the feminist narrative combines with the traditional male protectiveness toward women when women may have been subjected to violent sexual assaults, to rape. Hillary Clinton’s plea that “every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed and supported,” was and is understood as meaning that any female making an accusation must be believed.

The administration of former U.S. president Barack Obama sent directives to institutions of higher learning making it clear that accusations by women must be accepted and acted upon. American university administrators saluted and acted energetically, trying, suspending and expelling accused men. The same spirit moves Canadian universities: McGill University designates any person who makes an accusation, with no test of validity, a “survivor.”

In courtrooms, where accusations of rape were tested against evidence, it turned out that some accusations of rape and sexual assault by females were unsupported by evidence or were outright lies.

In some high-profile cases, prosecution has, in fact, failed. And in others, accusers were deemed to have lied and were sentenced to incarceration. Canadians watched as prominent television personality Jian Ghomeshi was accused of sexual assault by a number of women whose testimony failed to convince a judge and Ghomeshi was acquitted on all charges.

In another case, a female American college student named Nikki Yovino apparently had consensual sex with two male college football players and then accused them of rape so her boyfriend would not be mad at her. She was charged with giving a false incident report and with tampering with physical evidence, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. She was released on $150,000 bond pending trial.

Why would intelligent, educated, otherwise reasonable young women assert such an invalid proposition?

The concept of rape culture was invented by feminists to tar all men with the brush of the worst of them. Denigrating your male opponents, especially morally, enhances feminist claims for legitimate female ascendency.

It’s a dishonest trick but those are not unknown in politics.

Philip Carl Salzman is professor of anthropology at McGill University, senior fellow at the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, and fellow of the Middle East Forum.


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Horde of Thugs Beat Actress Bloody in New York City VS Violence Against Women Act!

In no way, will i downgrade that happen here, but i ask the question, how did the Violence Against Women Act stop this?

WHAT IS THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT?

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States.

The passage of VAWA in 1994 and its reauthorization in 2000, 2005 and 2013, has changed the landscape for victims who once suffered in silence. Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking have been able to access services, and a new generation of families and justice system professionals has come to understand that domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are crimes that our society will not tolerate.

One actress has suffered a concussion, multiple cuts, and bruises, and might have to get multiple surgeries after a horrific attack outside of a New York City bar that may have racial elements. Jennifer Agostini and a friend were having a good time last weekend. But when they left around 3 A.M. on Sunday, a horde of 10-15 thugs brutally beat them. She took pictures of the aftermath and is just covered in blood. The assault was reportedly caused when one of their friends tried to re-enter the bar to get her credit card that was left behind (via NY Post):

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They got jumped and beaten to the ground by a group of 10 to 15 people who were yelling “white motherf—ers,” “dirty white b—-es” and “f—k those white b—-es and their money”

Raise your hand if this is also your first time hearing about this story https://twitter.com/nypost/status/1199466783834615810 …New York Post@nypostHoods attacked actress Jennifer Agostini, friends leaving Midtown bar: suit https://trib.al/QS504e0 18.4K3:45 PM – Nov 26, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy11K people are talking about this

Actress Jennifer Agostini, 43, and swimsuit model Prendinellys Garcia, 47, ran up a nearly $1,000 tab at Midtown lounge Sky Room for their friend’s birthday Saturday night before leaving around 3 a.m. Sunday, papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court sat.

But on their way out of the West 40th Street club, they got jumped and beaten to the ground by a group of 10 to 15 people who were yelling “white motherf—ers,” “dirty white b—-es” and “f—k those white b—-es and their money,” the court papers say.

“It was just this stampede as we were leaving. We just got rushed and assaulted by, I can’t tell you by how many people,” Agostini — who is set to begin filming the show “Brooklyn Ties” this spring — told The Post.

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Agostini and the others — who are asking a judge to have the bar keep surveillance video and other records of the incident — say they don’t know exactly why the brawl erupted.

The incident touched off when one of their friends tried to go back into the bar for a forgotten credit card after their party had left, according to court papers.

The actress wants Sky Room to hold the surveillance footage of the attack. Now, it’s a local crime story for sure, but let’s not kid ourselves that if this was a non-white person, we would have a tad more coverage, along with endless thought pieces and commentaries about how Donald Trump is to blame for this. I hope Agostini finds justice after this horrendous assault.