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New NBC/WSJ Poll Has Some Good News For Trump, But You’d Never Know It

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When I was in college many moons ago, we were required to read a book entitled “How To Lie With Statistics.” The book discussed the many ways that information can be misrepresented to mislead an audience. We learned how a single set of data can be manipulated to tell two different stories – or multiple stories.

A textbook example of this phenomenon comes to us from an NBC/WSJ poll published over the weekend. This poll actually contained some positive results – that is, if you happen to be a Trump supporter. But, considering it’s an NBC poll, they do their best to cover up or at least to understate those numbers.

NBC’s article was entitled “‘A deep and boiling anger’: NBC/WSJ poll finds a pessimistic America despite current economic satisfaction.”

The first item that jumps out is when the writer makes her first comparison to October 2015 data, she dutifully adds “when the presidential election was being upended by the anti-establishment message of then-candidate Donald Trump.” Trump was far from the presumptive nominee in October 2015. Although he had the edge, the lead was bouncing back and forth between Trump and Ben Carson all month long. That data can be viewed here. In addition, it was believed that no matter who won the Republican primary, Hillary Clinton would win the presidency.

The writer tells us, “The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that — despite Americans’ overall satisfaction with the state of the U.S. economy and their own personal finances — a majority say they are angry at the nation’s political and financial establishment, anxious about its economic future, and pessimistic about the country they’re leaving for the next generation.

She immediately discounts the good news (for Trump) with the word “despite,” and gives us the bad news.

We are told that 69% of respondents are “satisfied with their overall financial situation today” but they do not tell us what the result was in 2015. I assume it was lower or they would have included it. Then, they quickly write that “a majority — 56 percent — also say they feel “anxious and uncertain because the economy still feels rocky and unpredictable. That’s down slightly from 61 percent in 2015.” I’m surprised that was included.

The writer reports that “70% of Americans say they’re angry at the political establishment.”

This number has not changed since October 2015 when Obama was the President. Instead of reporting that this “deep and boiling anger” at the political establishment began during Obama’s presidency and has remained at the same level, they present it in the title as if Trump is responsible for it. They want readers to believe that these numbers began to head south when Trump took office and have continued to drop ever since because he is so racist and divisive.

Issues & Insights’ John Merline compared this poll’s numerical results to the conclusions the writer drew from them. He wrote:

Sure, you can say that the anger has continued under Trump. But the story we’ve been told repeatedly for two years is that Trump is responsible for the current climate of hatred and discord. The fact that the poll debunks this narrative is newsworthy.

The results also state that 36% of respondents believe that race relations are currently either very good or fairly good. That’s up from 24% in July 2016, the waning days of the Obama administration.

Currently, “36% of Hispanics rate race relations as good, which is up from 23% in July 2016.”

Although 36% is not stellar, today’s data is up 12% and 13%, repectively from the 2015 data.

Because this result flies in the face of the what the mainstream media would have us believe, that Trump is sowing racial hatred, NBC ignores it. Instead, they focus on the finding that 56% think race relations have gotten worse under Trump.” And once again, they don’t tell you that number is precisely the same as it was in 2015. So, it was worse under Obama.

NBC’s analysis ignores the results of another question which asked if respondents were “satisfied that our political system is being shaken up and those who have been ignored for too long are now being heard and put first.” 52% were satisfied. This is surprisingly high because the media would have us believe that Trump only cares about the wealthy when, in reality, Trump connects very well with working Americans.

Finally, the poll offers a choice of two answers. Either a statement describes you very well or somewhat well. I realize that simply leaving it blank is an option, but that provides no distinction between those who feel a statement doesn’t describe them at all and those who don’t know.

In some cases, we see actual numbers, and in other cases, we just have to take the writer’s word for it. And still other answers are left out.

This is a BS poll and it’s conclusions are presented haphazardly. It’s smoke and mirrors and it is meant to mislead. Be prepared for a lot more like this in the next 15 months.

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Go Home, Walsh…You’re Canceled

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My colleague Brad Slager asked earlier today – who exactly is Joe Walsh running for?

Walsh’s main selling point seems to be that he’s not Trump, but Hillary also ran on that selling point and spectacularly failed.

Walsh wants a border wall, tighter immigration laws and tougher foreign policy. All things Trump ran on. So truly all there is left is “I’m not Trump”, which Walsh should probably just go ahead and make his campaign slogan.

 “80-90% of my audience supports this President,” says Walsh. This tracks with current polling, which places GOP support of Donald Trump near 90%. He even gives anecdotal evidence in a prior interview that extends this challenging position. “The people I talk to privately tell me, ‘I can’t stand him but the Democrats are Socialists.’ Or, ‘I can’t stand him, Joe, but I like my tax cuts.’”

This means that even that small percentage sitting in opposition are not so eager to be swayed away, based on conditions that still favor Trump. So where exactly then is Walsh’s mandate to run coming from? It would have to be rooted in a personal animus because he is not entering to correct unfavorable conditions seen by voters. The only reason then is for him to serve as a poison pill in the primary, and negatively impact a popular GOP candidate.

Brad Slager is right. Walsh is a poison pill. Anthony Scaramucci isn’t directly connected to Walsh’s campaign as far as I can tell, but he was seen at a Biden fundraiser in the Hamptons over the weekend and he’s made no bones about opposing Trump in 2020. Could Scaramucci be “consulting” for the Walsh campaign, trying to drum up some financial support for a guy who could bump Trump off the ticket?

And as for minority Trump voters on the right and left? What will Walsh bring to the table for them? So far his most thoughtful message on race was telling CNN that he does not consider himself a racist but has “tweeted racist things” in the past.

Sorry, Joe. We are not buying it. Trump does shockingly well with minority voters (relatively speaking, for a Republican) and it’s not because he’s running around weeping about how he’s a racist but like…not really a racist. Trump is a baller. He’s flashy, he’s braggadocious and unapologetic. He waded in to the most hostile of political arenas in 2016 and told Black voters to give him a shot, to try something different and give him a chance to turn things around. Not everyone was convinced, but many were impressed.

Joe’s “inspiring” racial message is, yet again, “I’m not Trump”.

Sorry Joe, but a lot of Black voters love Trump and they love he doesn’t infantilize them by patronizing and droning on about his “privilege”. We don’t want that. We want a guy we can look at and say, “I wanna be that guy. I wanna be rich. I want to be powerful”. We don’t want a sugar daddy. We want a seat at the same table. With Trump, that’s what is happening.

What is Walsh offering us in place of that?

This.

Is this really who Never Trump is going to pin their hopes on?

I’m standing with the Black Conservatives Fund on this one. You’re canceled, Joe. Go home.

 

 

 

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NYT’s ‘Conservative Republican’ Has a Lot to Teach Us About Trump: He’s Immoral and Insane

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Ever notice that some of the conservatives or Republicans propped up by mainstream media organizations don’t always come across as conservative or Republican?

Could something be awry?

Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, New York Times GOP man Bret Stephens made a gutsy statement on Donald J. Trump.

Actually, he made a few. As reported by Mediaite, here’s one:

“You have behavior that is unprecedented in any kind of presidential history in the United States or, frankly, elsewhere.”

Elsewhere? No one, ever, anywhere has acted like Trump? Is Bret omnipresent or omniscient?

Regardless, he sounds like a real party guy. Not that I’m in favor of party over principle.

And Bret sure as heck ain’t.

Here’s more:

“So when I hear guys like Erick [Erickson] saying, ‘Wow, you know, at the end of the day, this is a choice,’ you know, I’d actually rather have a candidate, on the Democratic side, who at least doesn’t scare me every single morning.”

Wait, who is this guy?

He’s a dude who, last September, called Ted Cruz “a serpent covered in Vaseline.”

Now where the blue blazes would a serpent be headed all covered in petroleum jelly…

Bret thinks Trump’s reign is filled with a bunch of, well, crap:

“The reality of the Trump presidency is the noise is the signal, and it’s dangerous.”

He’s definitely worried about China:

“The reality of the Trump presidency is the noise is the signal, and it’s dangerous. We are blundering our way into a contest with the Chinese that’s not about national security. It’s a contest of face between two leaders who see themselves as, essentially, you know, supreme leaders, and from which neither of them is easily going to back down. We ended up in a war, in World War II, in part because we were trying to impose an economic embargo on Japan. These things have a precedent. And they’re worrisome. We should be worried about China. But trying to wage a trade war with it, with no outcome in sight, is going to have consequences.”

But what can you expect from a Commander-in-Chief who — in Bret’s view — is either a sleazeball or a whack job?

In Bret’s own words, to host Chuck Todd:

“The President is either mentally unwell or morally unfit, maybe both.”

And that, my friends, is your representative conservative Republican. Courtesy of The New York Times.

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Politifact Beclowns Itself (Again) in “Fact Check” of Joe Biden’s Claims About Trump and David Duke

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In this July 20, 2019, photo, former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in an electrical workers union hall in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

When it comes to so-called “fact checkers” like FactCheck.org, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, and Politifact, probably the worst of the bunch is Politifact.

Politifact isn’t exactly the type of fact checking organization that rushes to defend Republicans over false accusations or to take Democrats to task over the lies they tell. They’ve proved it several times over the last couple of months, with the exception of a “pants on fire” rating they gave to California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) earlier this month.

The latest example of their unreliability comes from a fact check they did today of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s claim that Trump has never condemned racists like David Duke or Richard Spencer.

Here’s how they started it off:

In a speech in Iowa Aug. 20, Biden said:

“David Duke, head of the Ku Klux Klan, former head of the Klan. When that group came out of the woods, the fields, carrying those torches he said, ‘That’s why we voted for Donald Trump.’ He said he would take the country back. The white nationalist, Richard Spencer, he hailed Trump. He said, ‘This is the white nationalism we have been looking for.’ Did you hear him condemn either one of those people? Ever utter a word of condemnation?”

Biden didn’t answer his own question, but he was clearly stating Trump hasn’t condemned either racist leader.

Next, they don’t accuse Biden of lying, they just say he’s “exaggerating” about Trump’s criticisms of David Duke even though they admit in the very next sentence that Trump’s condemnation of David Duke “goes back decades.”

After that, they insinuate that Biden’s claim about Trump condemning Richard Spencer can’t be considered “pants on fire” false because of Trump’s comments about the Charlottesville riots (which they’ve wrongly mischaracterized):

But Biden exaggerates when he says Trump hasn’t condemned Duke at all.

Trump’s condemnation of Duke goes back decades, though sometimes Trump has been more forceful than other times. Trump has also criticized demonstrations in which Spencer participated. But then Trump also said that there were “very fine people, on both sides” at the Charlottesville, Va., march.

Sigh.

Throughout the piece, Politifact gives numerous examples of Trump condemning the KKK. Of Trump condemning David Duke. Of Trump disavowing racist protests like the ones put on or participated in by Spencer.

But even after definitively proving Biden’s claims were “pants on fire” false, they gave it a “mostly false” rating. In again saying Biden was merely “exaggerating”, they explain why here:

Trump didn’t condemn Duke when asked about him in an interview with Tapper on CNN in 2016. But decades before, he had clearly condemned the former KKK leader — and he did so after the Tapper interview, too. Some of his disavowals have been brief.

We can’t find an example of Trump condemning Spencer by name or being asked to do so, but he has criticized gatherings where Spencer, a white nationalist, played a major role, including Charlottesville.

But Trump has at times detracted from his own denunciation of racism. Most notably, Trump said there were “very fine people, on both sides” at the Charlottesville march. At other times his denunciations have seemed reluctantly made. But he has made them.

We rate this statement Mostly False.

This is simply not true, and they even have the complete transcript of the press conference on their own website of what Trump said after Charlottesville, which disproves their insinuation that the presser “detracted” from his denunciations of racism.

With fact checking outlets like Politifact and mainstream media outlets like NBC News and CNN, you literally cannot win. When you do condemn racists and racism, it’s still not enough.

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Exactly Who is the Joe Walsh Candidacy Intended For?

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While he announced he is running for the GOP nomination Joe Walsh has stated most do not want him. So who does?

Current former-radio host Joe Walsh has made it official that he intends to challenge President Trump for the GOP nomination. To say his shot here is long is to imply the equator holds a similarly impressive length. While common sense alone would dictate that any challenge to the Trump hold on the White House, there is one revealing source declaring this to be true.

Joe Walsh himself.

While appearing on CNN’s AC 360 Walsh had some very curious comments, beginning with mention of his radio show.

“I just found out I lost my national radio show,” Walsh informed, sounding dismayed about a detail that he said he was just alerted to prior to going on the air. “So that’s gone. I don’t know why, I just got a notice before I came into the studio.” For him to be taken by surprise by this is — revealing. (For the sake of disclosure, Walsh’s radio program was owned by run by Salem Media, parent company of RedState.)

What is not detailed is that Walsh’s show was set to end as soon as he announced his intent to run for office. This is not some nefarious plot by pro-Trump acolytes to silence opposition — it is the law. Federal election laws stipulate that candidates cannot have their own broadcast platform, or else it would be regarded as an in-kind political contribution. These are known FEC standards and conditions. For Walsh to be oblivious to this detail is revealing itself.

But he then goes on to say things that call into question his reasons for running. “80-90% of my audience supports this President,” says Walsh. This tracks with current polling, which places GOP support of Donald Trump near 90%. He even gives anecdotal evidence in a prior interview that extends this challenging position. “The people I talk to privately tell me, ‘I can’t stand him but the Democrats are Socialists.’ Or, ‘I can’t stand him, Joe, but I like my tax cuts.’”

This means that even that small percentage sitting in opposition are not so eager to be swayed away, based on conditions that still favor Trump. So where exactly then is Walsh’s mandate to run coming from? It would have to be rooted in a personal animus because he is not entering to correct unfavorable conditions seen by voters. The only reason then is for him to serve as a poison pill in the primary, and negatively impact a popular GOP candidate.

In other words, it is in service to Democrats. The conservative base is not calling for an alternative, and many GOP opponents and even some never-Trumpers are still seeing cause to vote for him. Note how suddenly the news networks who freely referred to Walsh as a racist suddenly welcomed him on the air in a rush as soon as he came out as a Trump opponent. He sat with MSNBC today, and yesterday’s CNN visit was at least his third within a week. I guess the racist enemy of your racist enemy suddenly is no longer racist??

This can only mean that all that would be accomplished by a Walsh campaign would be to appease those on the left who need a weakened Trump to run against in the 2020 general election. It will be telling to see from where any of Walsh’s campaign funds derive. There just is not that much liberal-backed anti-Trump outlets flush enough to prop up a candidacy few “true conservatives” are looking to support.

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Watch: Audience Thinks Dave Chappelle Is Making Fun of Trump Till He Drops a Truth Bomb On Them

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Dave Chappelle is back and his latest special and he isn’t overly concerned about outrage from the left.

In fact, during one of his bits in his special, Chappelle begins doing impressions. The first is an impression of the founding fathers telling a “n****r” to finish the Constitution so he can sleep. I’m not sure if he’s insinuating that a black person actually penned the constitution, but it doesn’t matter.

The joke put the audience ready for another crack at things Republicans might hold dear. For his second impression, Chappelle started by not telling them who he was doing an impression of.

“Hey! Durr! If you do anything wrong in your life – duh – and I find out about it, I’m gonna try to take everything away from you, and I don’t care what I find out. IT could be today, tomorrow, 15 – 20 years from now, if I find out, you’re f***ing finished!” said Chappelle.

Chappell asked who that sounds like, and before he could even get the question out, people were already yelling that it was Trump.

“That’s you!” said Chappelle, pointing at the audience.

“That’s what the audience sounds like to me!” he continued. “That’s why I don’t be coming out and doing comedy all the time because y’all n*****s is the worst motherf***ers I’ve ever tried to entertain in my f***ing life.”

The audience laughs it up, but the truth behind Chappelle’s joke is pretty sad. Outrage culture had made it hard for comedians to be comedians. Even jokes that would be considered innocent put the comedian at risk of offending the wrong person and initiating an outrage mob to come after them.

Various comedians have expressed their unease with performing comedy routines, especially on college campuses out of fear that they’ll hurt their careers after students become offended.

Having it thrown back in their faces is actually kind of refreshing. I don’t see comedians actually making fun of outrage culture, specifically from the left, part of their act but society could stand to have it happen a lot more.

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Joe Biden’s Approval Numbers are In Free-Fall, and a New Leader May Soon Rise

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The latest poll shows that the “electability” of former VP Joe Biden isn’t keeping his numbers up.

According to The Hill, a Monmouth University Poll shows that Biden’s approval numbers are in free fall, and have now dropped below 20 percent, and statistically tying him with Sens Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren:

The survey showed Biden with support from 19 percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters nationally, a double-digit decline from Monmouth’s most recent poll in June when he led the pack with 32 percent.

Now, the dynamics have changed, according to the Monmouth survey. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the primary field’s top progressive candidates, are each at 20 percent, putting them in a statistical tie with Biden and indicating a tightening three-way race.

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, senses a changing in the tide due to creeping doubts about Biden’s relatability.

“The main takeaway from this poll is that the Democratic race has become volatile,” Murray said. “Liberal voters are starting to cast about for a candidate they can identify with. Moderate voters, who have been paying less attention, seem to be expressing doubts about Biden.”

He also added, however, that instead of searching for a candidate that aligns more with their beliefs and values, Democrat voters are just landing on those with higher name recognition.

Biden’s main threat seems to be Sanders.

A Hill-HarrisX poll released on Monday shows that of all the candidates they may jump from Biden for, Sanders takes the lead by 35 percent, and that’s an eight-point increase from the last time the poll was taken in May. The runner up is Warren at 20 percent, but she had the largest jump of 12-points from May.

While Sanders may have more recognition, Warren seems to have the most momentum.

I personally think that by the end of it all, Biden will have fallen off and we’ll get Warren as the 2020 Democratic candidate. Unless Biden can suddenly turn his image around and begin pushing back aggressively and without fault, he may recover his lead. The problem for Biden throughout this 2020 election cycle, however, has been Biden.

The guy is a gaffe factory who often finds himself saying foolish things and misremembering everything else. It’s gotten so bad that he recently had to reassure Democratic voters that he’s “not going nuts.”

Meanwhile, Warren is gaining popularity. Her stances are just as radical as some of the more out-there candidates, but as Monmouth’s President pointed out, it’s not about values here, it’s about popularity and name recognition. Warren is playing that fiddle prettily.

Expect Biden to be shrugged off by many more Democrats before this is done.

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Bret Stephens at the New York Times Freaks Out Over Silly ‘Bedbug’ Tweet

Modern journalism is rough, y’all. The industry is under constant financial pressure from the transition to the internet and our divisive current political climate means that your writing is likely to irritate people, who might track you down online and harass you with vicious, threatening words…like comparing you to a tiny insect.

Huh?

Yesterday, Dave Karpf, an associate professor at George Washington University, tweeted a little joke in response to a story about bedbugs infesting the New York Times newsroom, saying that the bedbugs were a metaphor for Bret Stephens, a conservative NYT columnist. Stephens has drawn ire from both sides of the aisle on occasion, with those on the right annoyed at his criticism of President Donald Trump and more moderate views on issues like gun control, and those on the left annoyed in general at the designated token conservative the NYT allows on their opinion pages.

Originally, the tweet was virtually unnoticed in the firehose of daily mayhem that is Twitter. As Karpf noted, it had zero retweets and nine likes…until Stephens got involved.

Stephens was apparently so incensed about Karpf’s bedbug joke that he emailed him and copied Karpf’s university provost (his boss) to complain.

“I’m often amazed about the things supposedly decent people are prepared to say about other people — people they’ve never met — on Twitter. I think you’ve set a new standard,” wrote Stephens.

This is all over one little joke comparing him to a bedbug.

Continued Stephens: “I would welcome the opportunity for you to come to my home, meet my wife and kids, talk to us for a few minutes, and then call me a ‘bedbug’ to my face. That would take some genuine courage and intellectual integrity on your part.”

Does he want to fight Karpf? So bizarre.

Karpf was understandably irritated that Stephens had tried to tattle to his boss, and posted the email on Twitter, where it quickly went viral. The original tweet has now been retweeted nearly four thousand times, with nearly twenty-five thousand likes, and Karpf’s tweet with Stephens’ email has been shared even more.

Stephens was on MSNBC this morning and attempted to defend his histrionics, calling Karpf’s tweet “dehumanizing and totally unacceptable,” and claiming he wasn’t actually trying to get him in professional trouble by tattling to his boss, he just felt that “managers should be aware of the way in which their people, their professors or journalists, interact with the rest of the world.”

Sure, buddy.

Bedbugs are a nuisance and difficult and expensive to eradicate, if you know anyone who’s had the misfortune of dealing with an infestation. But when viewed in comparison to the constant cesspool that is the online world these days, “bedbug” is just not something that should get any sort of response, certainly not a tattling email to one’s boss.

As many people pointed out, every single female journalist has to deal with far worse than getting called “bedbug” if they’re active on social media at all. I’m pretty sure someone called me worse than “bedbug” just today, and if I scrolled through the accounts I’ve blocked or muted, I could find stuff that would really light Stephens’ hair on fire. I haven’t tried to get any of those people fired, though.

The kerfuffle has proved to be too much for Stephens to handle, and he deactivated his Twitter account earlier today.

The whole incident is just exploding with irony, coming the same week as the Times complained about conservative activists highlighting controversial and racist tweets from their journalists in an attempt to cause professional consequences for them. Stephens had a meltdown over a silly and inconsequential joke that originally was seen by maybe a few dozen people, and tried to end a man’s career over it.

His excuses ring hollow — Stephens had no prior connection or interaction with Karpf or his provost before this incident and there was no reason to include the provost on the email except to hope that it would cause trouble for Karpf at work.

It’s time we rename the Streisand Effect in honor of Bret “Bedbug” Stephens. The Streisand Effect, as you probably know, is named for what happens when an attempt to silence a critic or censor information draws far more attention than if you had just left it alone. The term was coined after Barbra Streisand sued a photographer for publishing photos of her Malibu, California home.

But what Stephens has done here far surpasses Streisand on an exponential scale. Streisand is a rich celebrity and the fact she has a very expensive Malibu home isn’t exactly news. The specific location was public record and other photos were already available. Stephens, on the other hand, dug up a lonely little tweet that whispered by for a moment on Twitter, turned it into a still-trending topic, and probably earned himself a new nickname. He may end up getting called “Bedbug” for the rest of his life.

If we can take any lessons from this whole misadventure, perhaps it can highlight the absurdity and potential abuse of trying to get someone fired for their social media activity. If you have clear evidence someone is committing fraud or putting people in danger, by all means, contact their boss — or better yet, the police if it’s an actual crime! — but if it’s just a mean tweet, roll your eyes and move the heck on with your life.

I’m sure Bedbug Stephens wished he had.

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The Media and Global Elites Are Lying to You About the Amazon Fires

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For the past decade, we’ve seen normal events become sensationalized to the point of hysteria. Take hurricanes for example.

In order to push climate change as a means for acquiring political power, the left have decided to present every hurricane as proof positive of the vast negative, deadly effects of the earth warming. It doesn’t matter that we are actually seeing less hurricanes in the current decade than the decade before or that 2019 has been incredibly quiet as far as hurricanes go. The moment a storm finally appears this year, it will be bandied about for political reasons.

We are seeing much the same tactics used in regards to the fires currently burning in the Amazon. Celebrities and politicians the world over are shouting on Twitter, sharing photos, and making wild claims about the severity of what is going on.

That’s not to say that the fires are good or that there aren’t more of them this year. It is to say the overall picture being painted is almost wholly false and sowing unnecessary fear to play politics.

Here’s Mike Shellenberger, someone who’s studied this for a long time and lived among the people of the area, writing in Forbes to try to bring some levity to the situation.

Singers and actors including Madonna and Jaden Smith shared photos on social media that were seen by tens of millions of people. “The lungs of the Earth are in flames,” saidactor Leonardo DiCaprio. “The Amazon Rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen,” tweeted soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. “The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron.

And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is over 30. Some celebrities shared photos from Montana, India, and Sweden.

It should surprise no one that same group of people who are always beating the drum that the earth is on the verge of calamity chose to purposely lie and share fake photos to push their narrative. Their lying, misleading, and misrepresentations are nothing new.

But let’s deal with the actual claims being made.

Is the Amazon really producing 20% of the world’s oxygen and is it the “lungs of the earth?” It sure sounds dire, but in reality it’s a mostly nonsensical claim.

I was curious to hear what one of the world’s leading Amazon forest experts, Dan Nepstad, had to say about the “lungs” claim.

“It’s bullshit,” he said. “There’s no science behind that. The Amazon produces a lot of oxygen but it uses the same amount of oxygen through respiration so it’s a wash.”

What about the assertion that the Amazon is burning at an 80% higher rate than 2018? As with many things, context matters and the media are purposely leaving it out.

But the “lungs” myth is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider that CNN ran a long segment with the banner, “Fires Burning at Record Rate in Amazon Forest” while a leading climate reporter claimed, “The current fires are without precedent in the past 20,000 years.”

While the number of fires in 2019 is indeed 80% higher than in 2018, it’s just 7% higher than the average over the last 10 years ago, Nepstad said.

One, the idea that anybody could possibly know with any actual authority that these fires haven’t happened for 20,000 years is ludicrous. Secondly, the reason the reason fires are 80% higher this year than last is because last year was an unusually low year for fires. There is no actual existential emergency here.

In fact, there were higher incidences of burning over the course of 2003-2008 than the current five years. The Amazon wasn’t “lost” or destroyed. Amazingly, trees grow back.

What is happening in the Amazon is not exceptional,” said Coutinho. “Take a look at Google web searches search for ‘Amazon’ and ‘Amazon Forest’ over time. Global public opinion was not as interested in the ‘Amazon tragedy’ when the situation was undeniably worse. The present moment does not justify global hysteria.”

And while fires in Brazil have increased, there is no evidence that Amazon forest fireshave.

Further, deforestation is down 70% from the early 2000s. Over half the Amazon is completely protected from deforestation by law and the increase in fires this year is not from climate change, but rather from farmers needing to burn land for crops and cattle.

In other words, what’s happening is completely preventable. It’s not an uncontrollable, environmental threat to the world due to global warming. You are not going to stop getting oxygen to your lungs because of a 7% increase in Amazon fires over the last decade.

Enough of the lying. It’s incredibly transparent that this is political given the same climate change hysterics who freak out about hurricanes and thunderstorms are latching onto this. Brazil doesn’t owe the rest of the world anything and they need to be allowed to manage the situation without the French president or Hollywood celebrities injecting false information into the debate. It only creates division and makes it harder to work with the farmers in question.

Marcon and others should stay in their lane. This isn’t it.

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Brazil Tells G7 to Keep Their Aid Money, then Burns World Leaders by Telling Them What They Can Do With It

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While the leaders at the G7 summit may have felt good about drumming up $20 million for Brazil to help fight the fires in the Amazon, Brazil is shrugging it off and adding a few choice words for these leaders to boot.

According to The Hill, Brazil representatives said that the money is “interference” and added that the language of accepting the term was too “ambiguous.” Furthermore, Brazil said it never asked for this help and it was decided without the input of Brazil at all:

According to The Hill, Brazil did tell them what they could do with that money, though, and that’s to solve their own problems:

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro‘s chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, also told Globo news website in response to the offer: “Thanks, but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” according to Politico.

“Macron cannot even avoid a predictable fire in a church that is part of the world’s heritage, and he wants to give us lessons for our country?” Lorenzoni added, referring to French President Emmanuel Macron and the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris earlier this year.

Ouch.

It’s not entirely clear what was in the agreement for the money, but it was seemingly insulting to Brazillian leaders if this was their reaction. The decision for the funding from the G7 council was made on Monday without both Brazil’s input and President Donald Trump, who did not attend that meeting.

Bolsonaro himself has been called the “Trump of the Tropics” after running a populist right-wing campaign. One of his goals was to open up the rainforest for business development, as Brazil’s environmental laws were “suffocating” the country according to him. He has expressed his belief that the fires were started in the Amazon by nongovernmental organizations to try to make him look bad, according to The Hill.

 

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