Could an opera singer destroy Islam?

Could an opera singer destroy Islam? Peter Burrows 9/24/21 elburropete@gmail.com 

The Taliban are in charge of Afghanistan again, and as devout Muslims, they have begun to enforce Islamic law. These laws are nothing new, hundreds of years old, in fact, it’s just that under the previous government they weren’t being enforced.  

That’s not because the previous government was “moderate” as opposed to the Taliban being “radical,” or “extremist.” Those are distinctions Western infidels fool themselves with. As Turkey’s President Erdogan told then-President Obama, “There is no moderate Islam. There is no extreme Islam. Islam is Islam.” 

The operative distinction should be militant Islam vs. non-militant Islam, and as a general rule, Islam is ALWAYS militant unless somehow constrained. As Winston Churchill noted over a hundred years ago, were it not for Europe’s technical, and hence military superiority, it too would have been conquered by “Mohammedanism.” 

When the Americans were in charge, the Afghan government didn’t enforce Islamic law even though their constitution, adopted with the approval of the occupying Americans, boldly asserts, “Afghanistan shall be an Islamic Republic.” To actually govern like an Islamic Republic might have shown the Americans the futility of their mission, however defined.  

That could have derailed the gravy train so many Afghans were enjoying. The Taliban have no such concern and are busy enforcing Islamic law, and with the approval of most Afghans. A Pew survey of Muslims taken in 2013, after almost 12 years of American occupation, showed that 99 percent of the Afghans favored making Islamic law, Sharia, the law of the land. 

Since Sharia forbids almost all forms of music, I was surprised to learn that there had been musicians in Afghanistan performing in public. The Taliban have put a stop to that and have executed at least one of those brave souls and are hunting for others. They are also destroying musical instruments which also surprised me, since I didn’t think there would be any musical instruments in a country so dedicated to Sharia. 

Music, you see, was declared un-Islamic by Muhammad. It doesn’t get any higher than that because Muhammad spoke for Allah, and here is what Muhammad said:   

(1) “Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”  

(2) “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”  

(3) “Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.” 

One would think from the above that Muslims would strongly oppose music. After all, Muslims are supposed to accept Muhammad’s opinions with “full conviction” (The Koran – V4:65), yet the musician reported executed had been a popular folk singer at weddings “across the country” for 20 years. Obviously, he was subject to the death penalty all that time, yet he not only survived, he prospered —  until the Taliban returned.       

This suggests that music, which is in our DNA, could be the Achilles heel of Islam. There must be millions of Muslims with musical talent going to waste, and hundreds of millions more who enjoy music but can’t do so openly because Muhammad thought music was incompatible with worship. 

I wish there was a Radio Free Islam broadcasting Maria Callas or Jessye Norman singing “Ave Maria” five times a day, right during their daily prayers. That would do more to undermine Islam than all the armies in the world. (Renee Fleming would be my first choice but since she’s still performing, it would be better to feature a deceased opera star.  The reason for that should be obvious.) Depending upon the culture of the specific Muslim population being targeted, it might be more effective to have a male opera star, and the late Luciano Pavarotti would be my choice.  

Since there is no Radio Free Islam, and may never be one, the least that should be done is to play Ave Maria over loudspeakers at those mosque locations where broadcasting the call to prayer has been approved, e.g., Hamtramck, MI. Ideally, Christians would go on the offensive and do that outside EVERY mosque in America. The more the Muslims objected, the more they would publicize one of the many unattractive features of Islam. 

That won’t happen as long as people are afraid of being called “racists” and “Islamophobes,” or as long as the iconic leader of the Christian faith, Pope Francis, remains Islam’s most useful idiot.   

(Maria Callas, Jessye Norman and Luciano Pavarotti, as well as many other stars, can be found performing Ave Maria on You Tube.  Here is a Renee Fleming performance: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CaEPSAO2Uk )  

Sources: 

https://seekerofthesacred.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/reliance_of_the_traveller.pdf pg. 316 

(https://www.jihadwatch.org/2021/09/afghanistan-singers-flee-the-country-fearing-execution-if-they-stay-because-music-is-un-islamic)   

gellerreport.com/2021/09/islam-is-islam.html/

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/09/talibans-sharia-police-are-back-and-theyre-mad-robert-spencer/

Islam will rule: It is written — or is it?

Islam will rule: It Is Written – or is it? by Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com – 9/19/2021 

Devout Muslims are not surprised by our defeat in Afghanistan.  They see it as proof that Islam is destined to rule the world, something foretold many times in the Koran, every word of which is direct from God.   

My favorite example is verse 33 in chapter nine, which says God gave Muhammad the true religion, Islam, and directed Muhammad to make it prevail over all other religions, “howsoever those who associate others with Allah might detest it.” In other words, like it or not, you despicable infidels, Islam is going to rule the world. 

About now, some of you are thinking, “C’mon Burro, Afghanistan is hardly ‘the world.’” No, but it is an ominous defeat because it took them only 20 years. When the Muslims fought the Byzantine Empire, it took them 738 years to conquer Constantinople. That was 647 years ago and I notice the Muslims are still in charge there.  

It won’t take that long for America to fall. It took only 19 Mujahideen, warriors for Allah, to take down the Twin Towers, kill thousands and entice the Great Satan to invade Afghanistan, where we suffered thousands of casualties and left behind great piles of booty. Allah, the Great Deceiver, has turned the tables on us and now we are the ones being invaded by thousands of Mujahideen, a.k.a. refugees.  

They will join some four million other Muslims at over 3000 mosques, where they will pray for Islam to someday rule America, which shouldn’t take very long by Muslim standards.  There were just 1200 mosques in America at the time of their Twin Tower victory, and only two million Muslims.  If they continue to double every 20 years, they will reach a critical mass in less than a hundred years. Allahu Akbar! 

Allah has directed his followers, “the best of people ever raised up for mankind,” to wage a Holy War until His religion prevails, and Allah will help by casting “terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved.” (See verses 3:110 and 8:12 in the Holy Koran.)  The last revelation Allah gave to Muhammad leaves no doubt:  

“When comes the Help of Allah and Victory, And you see the People enter Allah’s Religion in crowds, Celebrate the Praises of your Lord, and pray for His Forgiveness: for He is Oft Returning (in Grace and Mercy).” (Chapter 110, verbatim from the Yusuf Ali translation.)  

For many years, I thought Chapter 110 was simply meaningless platitudes, but Afghanistan has me trying to rethink it from a Muslim’s point of view.  For help, I consulted the Tafsir of Ibn Kathir. A Tafsir is a Koranic exegesis and the most respected is that of Ibn Kathir, a fourteenth-century Muslim scholar and jurist.  

Ibn Kathir confirmed Chapter 110 is the last revelation and, surprisingly, that the chapter is “equivalent to one fourth of the Qur’an,” which means I was wrong to think it was “meaningless platitudes.” In the context of the time, Chapter 110 was recognition of the massive conversion to Islam in the wake of Muhammad’s conquest of Mecca, and since the Koran is an eternal guide with no context, it is also Allah telling Muslims what will happen when Islam conquers the rest of the world.  

While that’s a very important message for Muslims, I was surprised at Ibn Kathir’s assertion that it was “equivalent to one-fourth of the Qur’an.” However, I was a helluva lot more surprised at what he reported Muhammad had said to another Muslim about Chapter 110: “Verily, the people have entered the religion of Allah in crowds and they will also leave it in crowds.”  

There must be Muslim scholars who dispute the provenance of that quote, but the fact that it has survived for over 700 years in Islam’s most respected tafsir is a powerful endorsement. Since the Koran asserts that Muhammad and Allah were always on the same page, something obvious to non-Muslims since we think Muhammad and Allah were one and the same, it would appear that Muhammad had doubts about Islam’s eternal appeal. 

Ibn Kathir, understandably, doesn’t explore that possibility.  While I think Muhammad was a brilliant psychopath who drank his own Kool Ade with gusto, I also think he had moments of clarity, moments when the con man couldn’t con himself. This sounds like one of those moments.   

Hopefully, the Afghan victory will mark the beginning of just such an exodus from Islam, thanks to the Taliban.  Their eagerness to implement sharia law could prove Islam’s undoing.  Wishful thinking? Maybe. See my next article.              

Lesson Not Learned

Lesson Not Learned by Peter Burrows 9/7/21 elburropete@gmail.com  –

Since the end of the Civil War, there have been only two major attacks against our country that have taken place on our soil: Pearl Harbor, which cost 2400 lives, and 9-11, which cost 2900 lives. Both of those attacks were committed by fanatical adversaries who wished to destroy the United States.   

In hindsight, Pearl Harbor was the beginning of the end for the fledging Japanese empire. Will 9-11 mark the beginning of the end of the American Republic? The signs are ominous. 

Twenty years after we thought we had avenged 9-11 by destroying al Qaeda in Afghanistan, we have retreated from that country in ignominious defeat. It’s almost as if 9-11 was bait to lure us into a war the Muslims knew we couldn’t win.  

They know this because Muslims are commanded by Allah to wage war until the world is ruled by Islam, however long that takes. Afghanistan took only 20 years. The Muslim conquest of Constantinople took 718 years. As an unknown Muslim once said, “You’ve got the watches, we’ve got the time.”  

And they certainly do. For 1400 years Islam has been at war with the rest of the world with no end in sight. Until we wake up to that fact, every life lost in the 9-11 attack, every life lost in Afghanistan and everywhere else in the Mideast since 9-11, will be a life lost in vain.  

I’m afraid many more will be lost in vain because we’re allowing thousands of Afghan refugees to settle here.  Most of these are unvetted, but that should be a simple operation. Any refugee who plans to attend a Mosque should be routed to an Islamic country. 

I’m fine with EX-Muslims.  It’s the practicing Muslims who worry me, ones like Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 and wounded 30 at Fort Hood in 2009; or the married Muslim couple who killed 14 and injured 22 in San Bernardino in 2015; or Omar Mateen, who killed 49 and wounded 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orland in 2016.   

Those are the most lethal attacks in the US since 9-11. There have been many other minor attacks, although if you were one of the 17 people who lost a limb in the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, or if you knew one of the “only” three people killed in that attack, you might not think it so “minor.” Ditto for the eight wounded and three killed at the Pensacola Naval Air Station by a Saudi pilot-in-training in 2019.   

Worldwide, there have been over 40,000 lethal terrorist attacks since 9-11. Such attacks occur almost every day but rarely make it onto the nightly news. That would disturb the “Islam is peace” mantra and open the reporters to charges of Islamophobia and racism.    

Here’s the tally from last month: Attacks 25 – Killed 123 – Injured 151 – Suicide Blasts 0 – Countries 11 

Islam is the longest-lived, most deadly ideology of hatred in the history of humanity, yet the Southern Poverty Law Center protects the Religion of Islam by labelling ANTI-Islamic organizations as “Hate Groups.”  This is political correctness gone mad.  

Our failure to recognize Islam as our enemy is suicidal.   The threat that Islam poses has been hammered home time and time again, yet we have learned nothing. 

Sources 

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/08/forty-years-misunderstanding-islam-bruce-thornton/

https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/09/bringing-afghan-refugees-all-their-luggage-dr-stephen-m-kirby/#commento

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_organizations_designated_by_the_Southern_Poverty_Law_Center_as_hate_groups#Anti-Muslim

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Afghanistan: It’s more Bush’s fault than Biden’s

Afghanistan: It’s more Bush’s fault than Biden’s                                                                       Peter Burrows 8/22/21-  elburropete@gmail.com – https://wordpress.com/view/silvercityburro.com 

Nobody should be surprised that the Taliban have retaken control of Afghanistan. It was inevitable, regardless of who was in the White House. The spectacular incompetence of the Biden administration is acutely embarrassing, but that’s just the culmination of decades of embarrassing incompetence, bipartisan incompetence. 

Our Afgan defeat began when President George W. Bush, less than a week after the 9-11 attack, made his infamous “Islam is peace” speech at, of all places, the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. I was appalled that a President could be so ignorant about a religion with 1400 years of God-driven hatred toward Western civilization.  

Since then, I’ve learned that when it comes to Islam, our ignorance is “invincible,” as the late Bill Buckley would have said. The price we have paid for this invincible ignorance is incredible, and there is no end in sight. Many more Americans are going to die because of our abject failure to follow a 2500-year-old rule of warfare: If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.  

We do not “know the enemy.” To do so would mean knowing the enemy’s motivating ideology, which is his religion, Islam.  Sun Tzu, who wrote “The Art of War” in 500 BC, also wrote that war is deceit, something the founder of our enemy’s religion, Muhammad, also famously said.  

The Muslims delight in deceiving us, and they haven’t been subtle about it. It’s perhaps more accurate to say we are deceiving ourselves as we follow the dictates of political correctness.  This is something the enemy knows about us, and they hammer us with our stupidity all the time.  If you’re reading this and you think I am a racist Islamophobe, you prove my point.  

The planner of the 9-11 attack on the Twin Towers was Osama bin laden, who openly declared war on the U.S. in a 1996 fatwa, which is a religious ruling in Islam. He followed that with another fatwa in 1998 which he begins by quoting the Koran’s best-known verse: 

Praise be to Allah, who revealed the Book, controls the clouds, defeats factionalism, and says in His Book: “But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)”;  

The “Book” is the Koran, and the quote is from Verse 9:5, known as “The Verse of the Sword.”  In my little essay, “How to read the Koran (and understand Islam)” I write that my standard question to defenders of Islam is to ask them if the Verse of the Sword has been abrogated. If you don’t understand the question, you should read the essay: https://silvercityburro.com/2020/10/26/how-to-read-the-koran-and-understand-islam/

It’s only 15 minutes or less, introduction to summary, after which you will know more about Islam than Presidents Bush, Obama, Trump and Pope Francis combined. Sadly, that is NOT a high bar. 

Bush’s responsibility for the Afgan mess began with his ignorant, politically correct, declaration that “Islam is peace,” and culminated in U.S. approval of Afghanistan’s new constitution, ratified with our approval on 1/26/2004, when Bush was still president. Article One of that constitution begins: Afghanistan shall be an Islamic Republic.  

Game over. 

Our advisors in Kabul probably thought they were acting like MacArthur in Tokyo when they were actually Chamberlain in Munich. From that moment on, there was no reason for us to stay. We were simply an occupying force of infidels, hated by most and tolerated by one side in a never-ending civil war. 

The Afgans were only obeying the Koran, a fact we should have known, but didn’t — and still don’t. For anybody who’s interested, I’ll post on my website an addendum to this article that details the Koranic foundation for an Islamic nation’s governance.  It’s also in “How to read the Koran,” Appendix Two. 

For another, and much better analysis, of the roots of our Afgan problems, I strongly recommend the following by John Guandolo, founder of Understanding the Threat, and one of America’s foremost Islamic experts. https://www.understandingthethreat.com/the-cost-of-not-knowing-the-enemy/                           

For those readers who need more convincing, I recommend Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad by Stephen Coughlin, available at Amazon.com. It is an incredible work of scholarship and, if I was Mao for a day, it would be required reading for every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and every member of Congress.                                                                                                          

Since that’s not going to happen, the best we can hope for is that someday we get a president who knows what Islam is all about. My favorite would be Allen West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and ex-Congressman from Florida. He is now head of the Republican Party in Texas and may run for governor. I read his book, “Guardian of the Republic,” and was very impressed. 

It may be too late. Our defeat will embolden Iran to develop and use nuclear weapons. Hopefully, Israel will stop them. However, China may see our weakness as an opportunity to take over Taiwan, and who is going to stop THEM?   Joe Biden and our “woke” Generals? God help us.   

Addendum: 

The Pakistani Islamic scholar, Sayyid Mawudi, translated the Koran into Urdu, the language of Pakistan, an undertaking that saw his first volume published in 1950 and his sixth and last in 1973. His translation included extensive explanations of many of the verses, so much so that his work is considered one of the most authoritative Koranic exegeses ever written.  Here is Verse 4:59 from his translation and his explanation of what that verse means: 

V4:59: Believers! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger, and those vested with authority among you; and then if you were to dispute among yourselves about anything refer it to Allah and the Messenger.” 

Here is Mawdudi’s lengthy footnote: 

This verse is the cornerstone of the entire religious, social and political structure of Islam and the very first clause of the constitution of an Islamic state. It lays down the following principles as permanent guidelines:  

(1) In the Islamic order of life, God alone is the focus of loyalty and obedience. A Muslim is the servant of God before anything else. 

(2) Another basic principle of the Islamic order of life is obedience to the Prophet (peace be on him). 

(3) In the Islamic order of life the Muslims are further required to obey their fellow Muslims invested with authority (ulu al-amr). These include all those entrusted with directing Muslims in matters of common concern. Hence, persons “invested with authority” include intellectual and political leaders of the community, as well as administrative officials, judges of the courts, tribal chiefs and regional leaders. 

(4) In an Islamic order the injunctions of God and the way of the Prophet (peace be on him) constitute the basic law and paramount authority in all matters.  Whenever there is any dispute among Muslims or between the rulers and the ruled the matter should be referred to the Qur’an and the Sunnah (Muhammad’s life and sayings) and all concerned should faithfully accept the judgement that is arrived at. 

The Constitution of Afghanistan, ratified 1/26/2004, is certainly in compliance with Mawdudi’s interpretation of V4:59: Article One – Afghanistan shall be an Islamic Republic, independent, unitary and indivisible state.  

There are five other references to Islam in the Afgan constitution, leaving no doubt that they took total advantage of our ignorance: 

Article Two – The sacred religion of Islam is the religion of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Followers of other faiths shall be free within the bounds of law in the exercise and performance of their religious rituals.  

Article Three – No law shall contravene the tenets and provisions of the holy religion of Islam in Afghanistan. 

Article Sixty-Three – Before assuming office, the President shall take, in accordance with special procedures set by law, the following oath of allegiance: “In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, I swear by the name of God Almighty that I shall obey and protect the Holy religion of Islam — 

Article One Hundred-Nineteen – Members of the Supreme Court shall take the following oath of office in the presence of the President: “In the of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, I swear in the name of God Almighty to attain justice and righteousness in accordance with tenets of the Holy religion of Islam, provisions of this Constitution as well as other laws of Afghanistan, and to execute the judicial duty with utmost honesty, righteousness and impartiality.” 

Article One Hundred Forty-Nine – The principles of adherence to the tenets of the Holy religion of Islam as well as Islamic Republicanism shall not be amended.  

Don’t worry if a foreign company owns Public Service of New Mexico

Don’t worry if a foreign company owns Public Service of New Mexico by Peter Burrows 8/15/21 –  elburopete@gmail.com, and https:silvercityburro.com 

Avangrid, a New England electric utility which is 82 percent owned by a Spanish company, has offered to purchase Public Service of New Mexico, PNM, for $4.3 billion, or roughly $50 per share.  The offer was overwhelmingly approved by the people who own PNM, the shareholders, last February. 

Public Regulation Commission (PRC) hearings are currently underway to determine if the merger is in the public interest. PRC approval is the final hurdle for the merger to go through, and, unsurprisingly, the “usual suspects” are objecting to the merger.    

The objections fall into two main categories, the first alleging that Avangrid and its parent company, Iberdrola, have a record of “unreliability, corruption and disrespect for the law.” The other type of objection argues that the merger “would allow a foreign entity to control the development and transmission of our energy resources, thereby exploiting our citizens and small businesses for profit.” 

That last was in a press release from “Our New Mexico,” an organization formed to “bring citizen voices into the discussion and debate around Avangrid’s proposed takeover of PNM.” I was struck by their blatant assumption that New Mexicans don’t realize that any and all “control” of energy “transmission and energy resources” is firmly in the hands of the PRC and will remain so, no matter who owns PNM. Ditto any “exploitation” for — GASP! — profit, something specifically controlled by the PRC. 

People who should know better are buying into this demagoguery, even some Republicans, one of whom took umbrage when I suggested that if she and her friends at Our New Mexico were so upset by foreign “control,” why don’t they pool their resources and make a competing offer?  In a similar vein, people who think Walmart doesn’t pay enough are free to start their own company and pay what they think is a fair wage. Easier to issue government dicta. 

Also leading the anti-merger charge is New Energy Economy, NEE, a Santa Fe non-profit whose stated mission is to replace all the fossil fuel and nuclear generated electricity used in New Mexico (and the world) with renewable energy. They, too, are concerned about both Avangrid/Iberdrola “misdeeds’ as well as “questions of foreign control and governance. “  

I’m fairly certain NEE knows that “foreign control” is a strawman argument, but I’m less certain that they know much about the fundamentals of utility grid management or how the equity markets work. They seem to think that Avangrid/Iberdrola should spend $4 billion to buy PNM and then turn its management over to a board of directors composed of only New Mexico residents, with 40% of the seats reserved for “independent” members, which probably means NEE and other know-nothings.   

Why, those horrid bastards at Avangrid/Iberdrola think the board should be controlled by people “with financial interests” in the company, I.e., by the people who paid for and own PNM. How retrograde is that?  

In spite of these objections, the merger is very likely to be approved by the PRC. The governor has voiced her support, as has the attorney general, as well as numerous environmental groups. If the PRC nixes the merger based on the concerns raised, especially the ridiculous contention that the PRC itself will somehow neglect to regulate Ivangrid, then I would expect the State of New Mexico to be sued, hopefully with NEE et al as codefendants. 

Before that happens, the governor will probably call upon the legislature to override the PRC. Remember, the PRC becomes a three-member appointed body next year, instead of the current elected five-member commission. The jury is out on whether that will be an improvement, but if the governor wants the merger to go through it certainly will, this year or next.    

China’s Climate Con, Part Two

China’s Climate Con, Part 2 by Peter Burrows 6/17/21 elburropete@gmail.com – silvercityburro.com 

Why is China building military bases on coral reefs in the South China Sea? Don’t they know that increasing CO2 in the atmosphere is going to inundate entire island nations, not just coral reefs?  Are they crazy?  

They probably didn’t see this 2011 article from Scientific American that details a grim sea-rise scenario, which today reads more like a Grimm scenario, as in Grimm’s Fairy Tales:  

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/which-nations-most-risk-climate-change/

That same year, a special edition of the Chinese Science Bulletin (October 2011) had eight articles about a climate project begun in 2009: “Research on tree-ring and millennium climate change in China.” The introductory editorial noted that “research on global climate change has been at the frontier of contemporary sciences,” and “whether the greenhouse effect produced by human activities is a major factor responsible for modern global warming.”    

The most important conclusions of the Chinese study were: (1) that temperatures in the Medieval Warm Period (950 AD to 1250 AD) were “comparable to those in the current warm period over China,” and (2) that “the effect of solar activity on climate cannot be neglected in any period of the millennium.” 

Both conclusions were at odds with the idea that carbon dioxide, CO2, is the driving force behind climate change. Most importantly, the Chinese not only confirmed the existence of the Medieval Warm Period, MWP, they determined that temperatures in that 300-year period a millennium ago were as warm as today’s.  

The importance of this cannot be overstated. Since the MWP was not caused by increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, perhaps the same is true today. Thus, both the political establishment and the scientific establishment are desperate to eliminate the MWP. It reminds me of the old Soviet Union rewriting history by air-brushing out-of-favor people from official photos. Goodby Trotsky. 

The poster-child of the effort to eliminate the MWP is climatologist Michael Mann. In 1999 Mann published a study of the climate history of the Northern Hemisphere over the last 1000 years.  That study was both a political and scientific sensation because it purported to show that the MWP — drum roll, please —NEVER EXISTED!! 

Mann became an instant celebrity. His graph of temperature changes since 1000 AD was reproduced five times in the UN’s 2001 report on global warming.  This was the now-famous ‘hockey stick’ graph, that showed flat temperatures for 900 years and then a sharp upward trend in the last 100 years or so, thus resembling a hockey stick.  

If you are unfamiliar with the ongoing controversy surrounding Mann’s research, you can Google up thousands of pages of material in only a minute or so.  After over 20 years, the fact that the ‘hockey stick’ is still controversial is proof of a hopelessly politicized scientific establishment, at least in the U.S.     

Not in China, however. The 2009 tree-ring study was only one of many that disputes the general CO2 hypothesis. A study detailed in Chinese Science Bulletin 58 in 2013 showed that sediment cores from two lakes on the Tibetan Plateau “clearly identified” the MWP and also the Little Ice Age of AD 350- 1850, which had also failed to show up in Mann’s ‘hockey stick.’  

Chinese Science Bulletin 59 published in 2014 detailed the results of studies on giant clam shells collected from the South China Sea that showed sea surface temperatures in AD 990 and AD 50 averaged .8C to 1.4C degrees HIGHER than sea surface temperatures in 1994 – 2005. The researchers said their “well-calibrated high resolution” findings “did not agree with the results of the IPCC fourth report, which suggested that the recent decades were the warmest in at least the past 1,300 years.” 

The IPCC is the UN’s “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” and is essentially a political body tasked with proving that CO2 is causing global warming. Chinese research does not support that hypothesis, and while there is plenty of other research that also questions the CO2-climate connection, China’s is the most unassailable.   

This is because, rightly or wrongly, research done by a government has instant credibility with leftists, and leftists dominate climate science.  Also, China has no financial interest in promoting the use of fossil fuels. In fact, China is a heavy importer of coal and petroleum and can’t be accused of being paid off by the Koch brothers, or some such nonsense. 

Thus, there has been little or no criticism of China’s climate research in the leftist-dominated media. There hasn’t been any publicizing of it either, which is a disgrace. The politicization of Western science means that the Chinese are only a generation or two from world domination.  Maybe India and Japan can hold them at bay, but certainly not any nation that teaches “white math.”   

China won’t be burdened with such stupidity. Chinese science has persuaded Chinese leaders, most of whom have technical educations, that the Western CO2 climate-change hype is, in a word, bullshit. Hence, the coral reef build-outs, the continued push to build new coal-fired generating plants, both domestically and abroad, and lip-service only climate diplomacy.  

If you think they are making us look like fools, you’re wrong: We ARE fools.  

Note to Chinese readers: Thank you for so many “hits” to my blog. Your comments would be especially welcome. 

Sources:  

http://www.co2science.org/articles/V15/N3/C3.php 

https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/evidence-of-mwp-in-china/

http://www.co2science.org/articles/V16/N34/C2.php 

https://judithcurry.com/2021/06/09/death-spiral-of-american-academia/

https://gineersnow.com/leadership/chinese-government-dominated-scientists-engineers

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China’s Climate Con

China’s Climate Con by Peter Burrows 5/19/21 – elburropete@gmail.com 

One of the featured speakers at last month’s “Leaders Summit on Climate” was China’s president Xi Jinping. Since the ostensible purpose of the “Summit” was to reduce the world’s carbon dioxide emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change, Xi’s presence was only fitting. After all, China is by far the world’s largest emitter of CO2, responsible for some 30% of the world’s total, and China emits about twice the CO2 as does the U.S., the world’s number two CO2 producer. 

China is also a world leader, along with India, in adding CO2 to the atmosphere. China’s CO2 emissions increased last year by 1.5%; and Chinese leaders have publicly stated that the nation’s CO2 emissions will continue to increase until 2030, nine years from now. I would guess by 2030 China’s CO2 emissions will be at least three times that of the U.S.  

If you think China will then honor its pledge and begin to reduce CO2 emissions, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. China will still be able to claim its CO2 per capita emissions are much lower than in the U.S. and, besides, on a CUMULATIVE basis, China has a long way to go before their CO2 matches that of the U.S. or the EU. 

In short, China gets a CO2 pass. They can – and will – continue to modernize their economy and add huge amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere in the process. They make no pretense about their intentions, and if the world doesn’t like it, the world — those racist gweilo bastards — can kiss their ass.   

At the Leaders Summit, President Xi played his part with admirable chutzpah. One would have thought it was HIS summit. He praised the Biden administration for returning the U.S. “to the multicultural climate governance process,” by which he meant the Biden reversal of Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, a 2015 climate agreement signed by virtually every other nation in the world.  

Xi mouthed all sorts of pious platitudes as if he really believed in them, e.g., the need for “harmony between man and nature,” “a people-oriented approach” and “green development.” He said China looks forward to working with the U.S. and the international community to “advance environmental governance.” 

I would bet that bridge in Brooklyn that Xi would love to see the U.N., or the U.S. or the EU, or somebody, figure out a way to “advance environmental governance” and enforce the Paris Agreement, requiring all those developed nations to reduce their CO2 emissions. Have to stop killing the planet, don’t cha know. That wouldn’t include China, of course, because China is still a “developing” nation. Right. 

China would then be assured that it would be an unrivaled manufacturing powerhouse, with the lowest-cost, most efficient economy in the world. Their biggest rival might be India, maybe Japan, but certainly not the U.S. or the EU, which will be burdened by high-cost and unreliable renewable energy, e.g., solar and wind.  China will be burning coal and transitioning to the electricity of the future: nuclear power.  

China will do everything it can to promote wind and solar power — for the rest of the world. They are the world’s largest producer of solar panels and it wouldn’t surprise me if they started to give the damn things away. In a twist on what Lenin once said, “The Capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them,” China will sell us the solar panels with which we will hang ourselves.     

China, you see, doesn’t believe that increasing levels of CO2 will cause catastrophic global warming. Ask yourself: Why are the Chinese constructing naval bases and airfields on coral reefs, of all places, in the South China Sea? Why are they spending millions (billions?) building those reefs up with massive amounts of landfill? Don’t you think those military bases might be a touch endangered by rising sea levels?  

The next question is: WHY doesn’t China believe that CO2 Is a threat?  In the next article, I’ll explore why, and if I’m correct, the answer has some ominous implications.  

Sources: 

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17336/china-pollution-climate

https://www.newsweek.com/china-welcomes-us-return-working-together-climate-change-1585728

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/29/climate-china-has-no-other-choice-but-to-rely-on-coal-power-for-now.html

https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/south-china-sea-satellite-images-show-china-building-fullblown-military-bases-on-artificial-islands/news-story/0efce6d99607d3c5be7563b985e1fab3

Climate Clowns

Climate Clowns by Peter Burrows – elburropete@gmail.com — silvercityburro.com 5/15/21 

On April 22 and 23, President Biden convened a virtual conference of 40 countries, the stated purpose of which was “to galvanize efforts by the major economies to tackle the climate crisis.” I read the summaries of the topics addressed over the two days, and was unable to find any specific examples that I would call a “crisis,” which I define as a destructive, here-and-now problem.    

“Crisis,” however, is one of the two most important words in the progressive lexicon, the other being “racist;” and, as we all know, a crisis is not something that should be allowed to go to waste. Since there is no real climate crisis, the obvious answer is to create a fake one, hence the “Leaders Summit on Climate.”   

Participants included the “17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP,” and “the heads of other countries that are demonstrating strong climate leadership (or) are especially vulnerable to climate impacts.” 

“Global emissions” means carbon dioxide, CO2, and “especially vulnerable” means developing nations that can be counted on to loudly promote the “climate crisis” in order to get money from the developed nations. Those developing nations have no intention of ever doing ANYTHING to reduce their own CO2 emissions, and are almost certainly going to be responsible for a huge INCREASE in global CO2 emissions in the coming years as they continue to pull their nations out of poverty.   

Also invited to participate were “a small number of business and civil society leaders,” and here is where we get a clue that the conference was more circus than substance. No scientists were invited, but our own Governor Lujan-Grisham was. She was part of an all-female panel that included the mayors of Paris and Mexico City, this in recognition “of how women around the world are raising the mantle of climate leadership.”   

Of course, especially young women, as witness the spectacle of an obviously disturbed teenage girl lecturing the UN General Assembly about the climate “crisis” two years ago. That pathetic little girl, Greta Thunbeg, didn’t make an appearance at the “Leaders’ Summit,” but a 19-year-old from Thunberg’s “Fridays For Future” activist group delivered a speech worthy of Greta — or Bernie Sanders or Fidel Castro, for that matter.   

Mexican-born Xiye Bastida ‘s six-minute speech touched all the usual stupid buttons, e.g., “The climate crisis is the result of those perpetuating and upholding the harmful systems of colonialism oppression, capitalism and market-oriented green-washed solutions.” Sigh. 

Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, proving that Old Joe is not the only one in D.C. suffering from dementia, said to Ms. Bastida, “Thank you very much for adding your powerful voice to the summit. People are listening, and I thank you.”   

You can watch her entire speech in the following You Tube.  She is just as young, and just as indoctrinated as poor Greta, but much prettier: 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi83YbWmHQ4 

If that insane tirade doesn’t convince you that this should have been called the Bozo Summit, check out this pledge from one of the “small number of business leaders” who were invited to the summit. GE Renewable Energy, no doubt Inspired by the all-female panel and the “powerful voice” of a 19-year-old climate victim, announced that the GE Foundation is committing up to $100 million to increase the diversity of the next generation of engineers.  

If you can’t see how that will help solve the climate crisis, you are obviously suffering some combination of racism, sexism and transphobia.   

One of the biggest sleights-of-hand of the event was India reiterating its target to build 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. This is a HUGE amount and will only reduce India’s potential CO2 emissions if it is all hydropower, which could be the case. In the meantime, India’s CO2 emissions will continue to grow rapidly.  

That’s because India is the only nation that is both a leading emitter of CO2, third behind China and the U.S, and is also a developing nation. It has opened over 130 new coal mines since 2014 and has built 180 GW of new coal-fired generating plants since 2000. They are planning on building more, lots more, because India has determined that coal is the lowest cost fuel to electrify their country and develop their economy, which they MUST do to counter the threat of a newly industrialized China on their northern border.  

To get an idea of what that means, to match China’s per capita CO2 emissions, a rough proxy for a nation’s level of development, India’s increase in CO2 emission would be equal to twice that of what the entire U.S. now produces. Nothing we do will offset that increase. 

I could not find any criticism of India’s huge increase in the use of coal. Nor could I find any criticism of China’s growing use of coal. In fact, China’s President Xi Jinping’s address to the Summit showed why China is the world’s number one climate con, a topic I’ll explore in the next article.  

Note: Word Press couldn’t connect to an article from the Global Warming Policy Foundation detailing India’s opening of 52 coal mines. Not difficult to confirm India’s massive coalification, a new word you may use without attribution.

Sources:  

https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/3/25/indias-massive-coal-mines-auction-sends-mixed-climate-signals

https://www.reuters.com/world/india/exclusive-india-may-build-new-coal-plants-due-low-cost-despite-climate-change-2021-04-18/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroelectric_power_in_India

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/04/23/leaders-summit-on-climate-summary-of-proceedings/

https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/lujan-grisham-joins-world-leaders-in-climate-summit/article_7773d0e0-a382-11eb-bb4b-c72c0e4a1dc1.html

Old Mexico gets smart; New Mexico stays stupid

Old Mexico gets smart; New Mexico stays stupid by Peter Burrows 4/24/21 elburropete@gmail.com

A month after taking office Dec. 1, 2019, the President of Mexico, Manuel Lopez Obrador, did something very smart:  he turned Mexico’s electricity future away from renewables and back to oil and coal.  He did this by cancelling a “clean energy” auction that would have had Mexico paying millions of dollars for electricity generated by solar panels and wind turbines.  

He then cancelled two transmission-line projects that would have transported the renewable energy around the nation. He also called for more investment in coal and had the temerity to note that high subsidies for renewables had led to “very high costs.” His new director of Mexico’s state-owned electric utility, the Federal Electricity Commission (Comision Federal de Electricidad or CFE), dismissed wind and solar as unreliable and expensive.  

The criticism was immediate and risible. Mexicans could now expect blackouts because of the reduction in intermittent electricity sources, which everywhere else in the world leads to MORE blackouts. In the same vein, Mexicans could count on higher prices because Mexico was, somehow, going to become the only place in the entire world where adding wind and solar to the generation mix would lower electricity bills. 

The most ridiculous criticism was that by abandoning wind and solar electricity, Mexico would be unable to meet its emission reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement, the 2015 treaty signed by 196 nations who pledged to reduce their CO2 emissions.  Unfortunately (fortunately?), even if the developed nations were actually going to achieve their stated goals, which they are NOT going to do, it wouldn’t mean a thing.  

That’s because China, India and some poor nations in Africa are going full steam ahead building more coal-fired electricity plants, Paris be damned. China, the world’s largest CO2 emitter, twice that of the US, has said they will be carbon neutral by 2060, whatever that means. 2060? Gosh, maybe Biden’s Climate Czar, the pathetic John Kerry, can get them to advance that date to 2055, or even 2050. 

India, the number three CO2 emitter after China and the US, is starting to really ramp up its industrialization as they face the threat of a modernized, aggressive China on its northern border. To get an idea of the magnitude of additional CO2 that entails, India’s per capita CO2 emissions are about one-fourth that of the US and one-half of China’s. Per capita CO2 is a proxy for a nation’s prosperity, and when India’s per capita CO2 emissions equals that of China’s, it will be the CO2 equivalent of adding a brand-new America to the world.  

Of course, China won’t be standing still, and it’s conceivable that the two countries combined will be adding two or three brand new Americas to the CO2 world over the next decade, making a mockery of all the environmental posturing going on about how the U.S. must “save the world” by spending trillions on offshore wind turbines, EV charging stations and other moronic liberal nonsense. (Pardon my redundancy.)  

Why, you may ask, aren’t India et al putting up solar panels and windmills instead of coal-fired generation plants, since solar and wind are cheaper than coal?  BECAUSE IN THE 24-7 REAL WORLD THEY AREN’T CHEAPER. You think not? Show me where adding renewables has lowered electricity bills. Certainly not here in New Mexico.  

And if you think somebody in India, China, Africa, or old Mexico for that matter, is going to forego cheap, 24-7 electricity just to prevent the streets of Manhattan from being under water someday, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. 

Obrador followed up the renewable cancellation with orders for five new gas-fired electric generating plants, and, taking a page from China and India, last July ordered Mexico’s state-owned power company to buy two million tons of coal from Mexican coal producers, sending a clear message to Mexico’s coal industry. I don’t know if this will replace coal imports from the US, or if it represents new coal-fired capacity. Probably the former, as “energy sovereignty” is Obrador’s goal.  

This goal was validated last February when a winter storm knocked out power in Texas, which led the governor of Texas to shut off natural gas exports to Mexico, leaving 4 million Mexicans without electricity. Obrador said the lesson was clear: “We (Mexico) must produce.” I bet he also learned that trying to rely on intermittent sources of electricity for base-load needs is flirting with disaster.  

Proof of this, at least in my opinion, came last month when he proposed legislation that would require Mexico’s electricity grid to first take power from the state-run coal and oil-powered plants, the traditional sources of base-load power, BEFORE adding any solar or wind produced power. Obrador “gets” it.   

So, in spite of being what journalists have called “left-leaning,” Obrador is becoming one of my favorite politicians. He’s smart enough to see through the environmental BS and he’s acting in the best interests of Mexico. If current trends continue, old Mexico will someday enjoy the competitive advantage of cheap, reliable electricity, unlike New Mexico, where our “left leaning” politicians remain stuck on stupid. 

Roe v. Wade: Republican millstone

Roe v. Wade: Republican millstone by Peter Burrows elburropete@gmail.com 4/2/21 

The Democratic Party is finding it impossible to reconcile the conflicting interests of its various constituents.  Jews and Asians, for example, are two ethnic groups who overwhelmingly vote for Democrats, yet they are being increasingly victimized on the streets by blacks who go unpunished and by school standards being lowered to accommodate a few blacks who can’t be educated.  

Thus, the imaginary victimhood of blacks creates real victimhood for Jews and Asians, but there are only 7 million Jews and maybe 20 million Asians in America, vs. 40 million blacks.  

Simple demographics, however, doesn’t explain why the Democrats, from Biden on down, are so eager to accommodate transgenders, the latest group to claim victimhood. They probably amount to only 1-2% of the population, if that. Outraged feminists and soccer moms should be raising Hell about the absurdities of transgenderism, but the highest elected woman in America, Vice President Harris, is apparently OK with transmen competing in women’s sports.  

I guess that in today’s woke world, “equity” trumps everything, and “equity” is in the eye of the progressive beholder.  

This should be rich pickings for the Republican Party, but for many people in America, “Republican” is a pejorative. Years of being demonized, with very little push-back I might add, have convinced many voters that Republicans are bad, evil people. Republicans want to keep women “bare foot and pregnant,” they “want to put y’all back in chains,” they’re a bunch of red-neck racists who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.” Why – GASP! — David Duke says he’s a Republican. What decent person would ever want to be a Republican?   

Unfortunately, there is a tiny grain of truth in that sea of lies, hypocrisy and hate. The Republicans have only two hot buttons, abortion and gun control, and abortion is the really hot, always on button. Not all Republicans think Roe v. Wade should be overturned, but that’s the general impression. Democrats very effectively use a “war on women” theme tied to women’s reproductive rights against Republicans. 

That’s why a great many liberals, especially Jews and suburban women, aka soccer moms, will not vote for a Republican. They might if that Republican openly supported Roe v. Wade, but I don’t know of any Republican who has or would get nominated if they did.  

Even promoting birth control can get a Republican in hot water if that is seen as supporting abortion in any way. Republican Senator Rand Paul found that out a few years ago when he supported the morning after pill, Plan B. That cost him any chance at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, not that he had much to begin with 

The argument is that the Plan B pill is an abortifacient, causing the fertilized ovum, the gamete, to dislodge from the uterus wall, thus preventing pregnancy, ergo an abortion.  I think this “life at conception” argument dooms many Republicans to defeat at the polls. Star Parker, a black lady who is very anti-abortion, ran for Congress in 2010 and I sent her a campaign contribution because I agree with her on every other issue under the sun. However, if her election had meant overturning Roe v. Wade, I don’t know if I would have supported her. 

I personally would support any private foundation that provided generic Plan B pills free of charge to every high school in America, to be dispensed with no questions asked. As I see it, the reality is not a choice between abortions or no abortions. The demand for abortions will always exist and the question is if they will be legal or illegal. I prefer the safety of legal abortions, and generic Plan B has the added attraction of CHEAP legal abortions. 

Ironically, the Republicans could turn the “war on women” issue against the Democrats if they would continue to make affordable contraception an issue, as they did in 2016, but not very effectively. In most of the world, birth control pills are available without a prescription, but not in America.  Here, a woman has to go to a doctor, frequently go through a battery of unnecessary tests, take her prescription to a pharmacist and pay thru the nose OR – and this is important — have her insurance pick up the bill. 

This is why Democrats opposed Trump’s position on over-the-counter birth control: “It should not be a prescription.”  I didn’t know this was Trump’s position until I recently read an article about OTC contraception in Reason Magazine. Why did the Democrats oppose this? In a word: Obamacare.  

The Affordable Care Act required insurance companies to cover FDA approved contraceptives, and any attempt to approve OTC pills was portrayed as an attempt to undermine the ACA. This deprived birth control to women without insurance or the funds to get a prescription.  It also benefited insurance companies, pharmacies, doctors and abortion providers. 

Republicans need to take advantage of that inequity if they are ever going to have a chance with many women voters.  An NBC poll a couple of years ago reveals the stark political realities:  

“A comprehensive 2019 study of attitudes toward abortion by the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of U.S. adults oppose completely overturning Roe v. Wade, while 28 percent support overturning it. Support for preserving Roe was lopsided among key groups of women who are already skeptical of Trump, according to internal Pew Research Center survey data provided to NBC News. Female college graduates oppose overturning Roe v. Wade by 79 percent to 20 percentPew found. Women who identify as politically independent oppose overturning Roe by 74 percent to 22 percent. And suburban women oppose overturning it by 74 percent to 22 percent.” 

Replace the above “skeptical of Trump” with the more accurate, “skeptical of Republicans,” and there is the problem.  While Democrats are focused on overthrowing the nation, Republicans are focused on overthrowing Roe v. Wade. The Democrats are succeeding. 

Sources: (This is the url WordPress couldn’t open:reason.com/2019/01/16/deregulate-the-pill/)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/republicans-may-have-real-shot-overturning-roe-v-wade-political-n1242068