Journalism

Was the CIA too white at the time of 9/11?

Central Intelligence Agency

According to the BBC, it was. The UK taxpayer-funded broadcaster is buying into this hypothesis that the CIA may have been too “white” and not diverse enough to spot the terrorist activity around September 11, 2001. Weren’t the whites that founded the agency in 1947 the same thinkers who had the nous to use “diversity” (Navaho Native Americans) to devastating effect to transmit sensitive information during WWII? That was 54 years prior to the 9/11 attacks.

What a spectacular own goal. How could the BBC be so careless? It should be completely down to the CIA’s white supremacist backgrounds that led to an agency completely driven by irrational fear to facilitate any old excuse to bomb the crap out of shithole nations. Does CM need to do the BBC’s work for them?

Passing the CIA aptitude tests are bound to be pretty tough in the intelligence areas. The day the CIA starts to prioritise skin tones, sexual proclivity and what is between the legs of candidates as opposed to what is between their ears one should expect even more misses to result. It might be too late – find the CIA Diversity webpage here.

Diversity of thought is all that matters. The BBC would do well to seek introspection. If the CIA had been predominantly staffed by blacks and Hispanics, would this article have ever seen the light of day? Of course not. Good to know BBC practices racism. Or is the journalist gunning for a position on the NY Times editorial board alongside the sweet #cancelwhitepeople Sarah Jeong?

My Homeless are Your Homeless?

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The phrase, “my home is your home” is enshrined in cultural norms. However, is this applicable to the homeless? A lot of articles are circling around the rising crisis in homelessness in America. According to the terrible statistics of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the overall trend has actually been declining over the last decade. According to the President of Environmental Progress, Michael Shellenberger,

The crisis [in California] is worsening. The number of homeless people in LA increased from 52,765 in 2018 to 58,936. Homelessness increased by 43% and 17% in Alameda County, which includes Oakland, and 17% in San Francisco, respectively. Deaths on the street rose 76% in LA and 75% in Sacramento over the last five years. Murders and rapes involving the homeless increased by 13% and 61% between 2017 and 2018. And 2019 data show that both deaths and homicides are continuing to rise rapidly.

In 2018, the people of California elected Gavin Newsom governor with 62% of the vote and a mandate to take radical action to significantly increase both temporary and permanent housing. He promised 3.5 million new units by 2025, which is 580,000 units per year. And he promised to create a homelessness czar with the power of a cabinet secretary to “focus on prevention, rapid rehousing, mental health and more permanent supportive housing.”

Newsom has not kept his campaign promises and the crisis is worsening. The number of people living outdoors has increased and violence both by and against them has risen by 30% and 37%. In June, the governor let a package of housing reform measures die. In August, he announced would not appoint a homelessness czar. And now the data make clear that less housing will be built this year than in any other year over the last decade.”

While collating statistics on homeless people is a challenge, one has to wonder whether the policies provided by largely Democrat-run states – e.g. California, NY, Washington – to provide ‘free everything’ are creating a marketplace to attract the homeless, hence why numbers in California are swelling while the national total is decreasing.

To flip the argument on its head, sanctuary cities have often spoken about the misguided altruism of their policies with respect to protecting illegal immigrants.

CM wrote back in July,

Remember when Trump said he’d ship illegals to sanctuary cities when Democrats held their resolve over funding border security? Why weren’t sanctuary cities, all publicly open arms about accepting illegal immigrants, instead of baulking at receiving busloads of them? The great irony is that a growing number of illegal immigrants are choosing to move OUT of sanctuary cities. In 2007, 7.7mn (63.1%) lived in the 20 largest sanctuary metros to 6.5mn (60.7%) in 2016 according to Pew. During that time 1.5m illegal immigrants were deported (12.2mn ->10.7mn).”

We can all accept the harsh realities of homelessness and the need to care for them. However, do politicians need to reevaluate how they are dealing with the problem? Solving it is one thing. Creating an environment that attracts caravans of ‘legal citizens’ which might be compounding the problem is another.

Follow the hips, not the lips. The system in California is clearly failing.

Pete Buttigieg compares the challenge of climate change to defeating Nazis

Democratic presidential candidate nobody, Pete Buttigieg, has made the claim that the fight against climate change poses a bigger threat than the struggle against the Nazis in WW2.

Hmmm. So Nazis with StG-44s, MG-42s, 88s Panzers, Tigers, Heinkels, Messerschmitts, V1s, V2s, pocket battleships and U-Boats were less of a threat than fighting for climate change where this mysterious control knob of C02 (a trace gas) will somehow cause wide scale death and destruction.

The only equivalencies that could be drawn between Nazis and climate alarmists are that of twisted propaganda and blind devotion to demagoguery rather than hard facts. Before the left loses its mind, CM isn’t equating climate alarmists to Nazis. They’re more like rusted on communists given their desperation to shut down dissenting views.

By the way, CM was blocked from Extinction Rebellion’s FB page after supplying data sources to a question asked by one of their followers. After pointing out that a junior school level of mathematics was more useful than a degree in climate science (based on simple fractions of the data produced by their own side) with the hard data, CM was banned.

The telegram above is actually from CM’s grandfather who sent this telegram to his beloved wife to say that he was still alive despite repeated efforts by the Nazis to end it. His telegram said virtually nothing. Then again, everything.

Lt. Norman Peterson stared death in the face everyday for almost 6 years. Pete Buttigieg has probably done little more than exchange glances with Anderson Cooper at a CNN Town Hall.

We keep getting told that 100s of millions of climate refugees will result from rising sea levels. We keep waiting. Climate change is a gift that keeps giving. No matter what garbage is espoused, junior high school maths proves time and time again that humans just can’t move the dial in any meaningful way. If only the Nazis were such easy beats…Norman Peterson, and most veterans like him, would have gladly accepted climate change everyday of the week.

AfD smashes the lights out

It seems that even among the younger age groups the right wing AfD is the most preferred party even though EuropeElects flatly misled about the youth preferring the Greens in its tweet. Sadly linking the AfD with Germany’s checkered past on nationalist parties no longer washes with the kids who can see what is happening to their country with their own eyes.

In Saxony, AfD came in second with 28% (+18%) behind Merkel’s CDU 32% (-7%). In Brandenburg, alliance party SPD beat out AfD by 26.3% to 23.5%.

Regardless of the end result when 1/4 of the population is backing a party that came to life only 6 years ago, Merkel and Co must be wondering where it has all gone wrong. Good job she is stepping down because it would seem AfD is getting stronger.

Then shut up and start partying

Are these people serious? If we know there is nothing we can do to stop climate change, we should be partying like never before. Might as well finish on a high note than dwell in abject misery waiting til 2050 and finding out we’ve wasted 31 years on something that didn’t eventuate.

When will these nutters stop such hysteria?

Bega’s environmental promises & embarrassing boasts

Before it declared a climate emergency, here is how the Bega Valley Shire Council (BVSC) viewed its role in saving the planet.

On page 24 of the 2017/18 BVSC Annual Report (AR) noted,

61.106 passengers flew in or out of Merimbula airport, a 1,396 (+2.3%) person increase! If there is a climate emergency why would it celebrate this? How could it possibly encourage 70km of paved road repairs or fixing up 7km of bridges? Aren’t these gestures only going to contribute to a climate catastrophe by inviting more fossil fuel powered traffic?

Ah yes, but on the environment…the AR noted,

We care for the environment by:

• Managing and enhancing bushland areas

• Providing environmental and waste education and recycling services

• Responding to pollution incidents and prosecuting polluters.

• Monitoring the water quality of the Shire’s estuaries

• Planting trees and controlling noxious weeds

• Beneficially recycling and reusing treated effluent.

The amount spent on taking care of noxious plants and insect/vermin control; other environmental protection; solid waste management, including domestic waste; other waste management; other sanitation; and garbage, street cleaning, drainage and stormwater management amounted to around $11.5m out of the $92.7m expenditure in Bega Valley.

Under “environmental protection” BVSC spending fell $20,000 on the previous year to $68,000. Its a pathetic figure against all the hysteria.

Cue the violins – seriously

Does the Fijian PM have intel that the Tuvaluan PM forgot to share with ScoMo and the media on people abandoning their homes due to climate change? Both should be refusing Chinese easy credit on principle to show their contempt of Beijing’s willful neglect of the climate. Mr Bainimarama should make sure if traveling to PNG to refuse a government Maserati to transfer him from Jackson’s International Airport.