27 Inches of Global Warming


This time last week, folks were running around buying up all the bread, milk, and toilet paper in town because of the coming Snowpocalypse. Most of this past Monday was spent digging out from a near-record snowfall.

I was reading a piece at NRO by David French that deals with the failure of the apocalyptic environmental predictions we get from the pseudoscientific left while I was drinking my coffee this morning and looking out across a lawn that still has a foot or so of global warming on it. He does a nice job of comparing the prophets of ecological doom to preachers predicting the imminence of the Rapture. The preachers come out ahead of the ecozealots, who never seem to walk the walk they’re selling.

They’re like a drunk preacher screaming about the evils of demon rum.

Read the whole thing.

The Economy Outside the Beltway


The President claimed in his State of the Union speech that the national economy is doing well. That may seem true inside the Beltway, but out here in the Real World, it doesn’t look so good.

Salena Zito writes that economic discontent is widespread.

The economy is dismal not just in the old Rust Belt but nationwide. On Tuesday, the National Association of Counties released its gold-standard study that shows, six years after the economic expansion began, 93 percent of U.S. counties have failed to fully recover from the devastating contraction they suffered during the recession.

Only 7 percent, or 214 out of 3,069 counties nationwide, recovered by 2015 to their pre-2008 numbers on total employment, economic expansion, home values and unemployment.

Read the whole thing. She suggests that the economic malaise of the Obama economy is one of the key drivers of the populist unrest pushing both the Trump and the Sanders presidential campaigns.

John Hinderacker chimes in, noting that the economic recovery over the last 7 years has been the worst in the past 70, in large part because of government disincentives.

In other words, government welfare programs are crushing America’s economic growth.

He’s posted a staggering chart of federal welfare programs that spend over a terabuck (a trillion dollars) each year. It’ll still be too hard to read after you click to enlarge it.

Meanwhile, back inside the beltway, DC city officials are bent out off shape because their minimum wage hike has caused Walmart to have second thoughts about building more stores in the city.

Hmmmm.

#JeSuisMilo


Breitbart has a post up that analyzes Twitter’s ongoing war against its own libertarian and conservative users, a campaign that it appears to be waging on behalf of a social justice warrior constituency. The #JeSuisMilo hashtag has become a rallying cry for the pushback against Twitter.

I have been a target in that war.

As a result of false accusations of “targeted abuse,” mostly likely from Brett Kimberlin but possibly from others as well, I had several Twitter accounts suspended during the first half of 2015. Twitter stonewalled every attempt to find out what I had done to violate their Rules. However, they suddenly relented when the false criminal charges against me were dropped, perhaps realizing that they risked being tagged as a coconspirator in various tortious acts.

Although I have documented multiple instances of targeted abuse against me, Twitter has only rarely taken any action against the cyberthugs who have harassed me. Further, although I have filed many complaints documenting theft of intellectual property, Twitter has not always complied with their obligations under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

As a result of my experience with Twitter, I do not view them as a trustworthy business partner who will treat me fairly. I began using their service as a way to promote this blog. I probably will continue to use it until something else comes along.

Meanwhile, I encourage all the Gentle Readers who have accounts to find ways to let Twitter know what you think of their treatment of libertarians and conservatives.

Je suis Milo, is French for I am Milo. Actually, I got here first—Milo is I (Yeah, that’s grammatically correct, but it looks weird.)—but he has a much greater following and is bring more attention to the problem than I ever could. More to the point, both Milo and I are you if you’re a libertarian or conservative on Twitter. To continue in French,

Allons enfants du Cyberespace,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé!

Join us on the barricades!

UPDATE—As Glenn Reynolds, speaking to the leftist elites, has noted on a related topic,

You’re trapped in here with me. And a lot of people like me, whose patience has come close to an end.

It should be thus with Twitter.

Bitterly Clinging to Their …


… false narrative. The Left in Germany is having trouble dealing with the fallout from the New Year’s Eve sex crimes in Cologne and other cities. John Hinderaker has a post about the elite’s resistance to the unraveling of their narrative about recent immigrants.

Europe’s leftists are clinging bitterly to their illusions, in some instances actually trying to excuse the sex criminals. Some city officials have issued recommendations for how young women should act to avoid “provoking” rapists from “other cultures.” Will non-elite Europeans put up with such nonsense? I doubt it. In Europe, even more than in the U.S., fundamental transformation through mass immigration is a policy that the elites just can’t sell.

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE—There’s something to be said for General Charles Napier‘s method of dealing with “other cultures” and their treatment of women.

UPDATE 2—Broken link fixed.

#JeSuisNero


I don’t agree with everything that Milo Yiannopoulos (@Nero) has to say, but I do support him in his fight with Twitter. Based on my personal experience of abusive treatment from that company, I’m inclined to believe that he is being treated unfairly.

Twitter is a private company. They have every right to control what happens via their bandwidth, but having the right to do something doesn’t make it a wise thing to do. Twitter will not prosper if it is seen as an unfair and untrustworthy partner for those of us who wish to discuss libertarian or conservative ideas. If it continues to protect targeted harassment by social justice warriors and others on the Left, while punishing any comments about such behavior from those on the Right, it will one day, perhaps sooner than later, find that its user base has imploded.