The climate change debate is on a slow burn

California is on fire. Louisiana is under water and luxury cruise operators are now scheduling voyages through the Arctic.

And while this is all happening, we see in this election that the political party opting for Scrooge McDuck’s nephew as its presidential candidate plans to destroy the country,

Most of its leaders are in this video. This shows that their real goal is to destroy the planet.

Il Douchelini floods the zone: Trump in Louisiana

The governor of Louisiana has asked all the presidential candidates to stay away from the flooded areas of his state because political photo ops get in the way of disaster relief efforts. Here it is:

[President] Obama himself is facing criticism for not cutting short his annual summer vacation to visit the flood devastation in Louisiana, but the governor, Democrat John Bel Edwards, has publicly asked Obama to stay away, citing the drain on resources that a presidential visit demands and that he would prefer to devote to flood relief.

Of course, the right wing media minions are criticizing Obama and Hillary Clinton for not screwing up disaster relief efforts by showing up for a photo op when important work has to be done.

And, of course, the douchebag in a white baseball cap who Republican voters say is the right person to lead the free world and his holier-than-though fluffer vice presidential running mate go down to the flooded areas of Louisiana for a photo op.

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Is that Play-Doh (click to enlarge because I can’t believe what I’m seeing)? You’re bringing Play-Doh as part of your photo op? Because when the water’s rising above your neck, nothing says “I need to be rescued” like Play-Doh?

I must be seeing this wrong.

Well, at least Mr. Make America Hate Again must have exerted a significant amount of time and energy as he helped unload that big truck:

On Friday morning, freshly-minted Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC News that Trump and running mate Mike Pence would be traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to “help people on the ground” in a “decidedly nonpolitical event” with “no press allowed.”
As it turns out, though, there actually were members of the press allowed, and the candidate did use the occasion to attack his political opponent, and there were opportunities for photographs, but true to his word, Trump did “help out.” Pool cameras trailed Trump for his entire visit, and over the course of those several hours, Trump “helped out” by unloading a truckload of toys for 49 seconds, these 49 seconds.

 

Is this a parody of a presidential campaign?

Trump supporters in action: These are bad people

I can’t criticize enough the skid mark in an IBS sufferers underwear who’s also the Republican nominee for president, but let’s take a look at his supporters;

Like this guy:

Daniel Rowe was apparently enraged at the sight of a black man and a white woman kissing on the streets of Olympia, Wash., Tuesday night. But police say he hid his violent intent behind a stony face until he was close enough to strike. …

Rowe, 32, walked up to the couple and, without warning, yelled a racial slur and lunged with his knife, police say. The blade grazed the woman and went into the man’s hip, according to a news release from Olympia police.

No one involved had life-threatening injuries, but police said Rowe’s behavior grew stranger as officers tried to wrestle him into the back of a patrol car.

“He tells them, ‘Yeah, I stabbed them. I’m a white supremacist,’” Lower said. “He begins talking about Donald Trump rallies and attacking people at the Black Lives Matter protest.”

And officers were scratching their heads at Rowe’s comments about fighting Black Lives Matter during a Donald Trump rally. Neither had events planned in Washington this week.

An aberration, some Trump supporters would say? OK, then what about this:

A Massachusetts convoy of Trump supporters drove from Wrentham to Foxboro in their trucks, RVs and SUVs on July 31 and were caught on tape spewing racist epithets and calls for anti-black violence.

“Lynch the ni**ers by their d*cks!” said one driver, according to Winning Democrats, which highlighted a YouTube video of what the “Make America Great Again” convoy talked about on its CB channel when they thought no one was listening.

“Burn every single ni**er!” said another driver.

“All I know is we got plenty of trees to hang ni**ers from,” said another.

The convoy drove five miles from one township to another with their U.S. and Confederate flags waving.

Another aberration? Maybe you didn’t see this:

Donald Trump has a new obsession: comparing Hillary Clinton to Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany. During a Monday speech, Trump denounced the “massive immigration” to Germany under Merkel, for which he blames crime rising “to levels that no one thought would they would ever see.” He followed up this speech with press releases and a hashtag aimed at equating Clinton and Merkel. …

To white nationalist communities that fervently support Trump, Merkel has been a popular villain. Sites like the Daily Stormer, the White Genocide Project, American Renaissance, and The White Resister have posted constantly about her since the Syrian refugee crisis began escalating earlier this year. They have accused her of making a “deliberate attempt to turn Germany from a majority White country into a minority White country.” They have called her a “crazy childless bitch,” an “anti-White traitor,” and “a patron saint of terrorists.” They have asked, in articles about Merkel, “Why would you allow a woman to run a country, unless you were doing it as a joke?” …

It’s yet another example of how Trump is mainstreaming white supremacist sentiment. But by making two women the center of an attack, he is also highlighting the way that antifeminism and white supremacy are tied into each other, since people in alt-right, white supremacist circles like to blame feminism for what they see as the “decline” of the white race.

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If you haven’t noticed it already, some people are pointing out that these instances are just examples of Trumpism. That’s a lie. This is the base of the Republican Party. And when the  human urinal cake gets his ass kicked by a girl in November, when you hear the talk about the repudiation of Trumpism, replace that made up word with what it really is: core Republican belief.

And don’t think the losers have integrity and would never do anything like that. It happened when Barack Obama was elected president, and instead of pointing out that people saying “I want my country back” were Republicans, they were deceptively called “Tea Party Patriots.” Don’t believe me? Click here.

Elon Musk says we’re living in a simulation

For those of you who don’t know:

Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, engineer and inventor.

He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and founder of X.com which merged with PayPal of Confinity. As of June 2016, he has an estimated net worth of US$12.7 billion, making him the 83rd wealthiest person in the world.

Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by “making life multiplanetary” by setting up a human colony on Mars.

In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jetaircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.

Now, let’s think about this simulation.

Because isn’t that what Musk is saying?

OK, here’s where I see the flaw. If this is a simulation, it makes no sense to have suffering or death. Since it’s a program, all of that is a simple matter of coding. Remove that part of the program, and everyone is in paradise. What would be wrong with that?

Now if the programmers tens of thousands of years from now designing this simulation surrounding us are including death and suffering as part of the program, then they’re just being assholes, playing God because it amuses them. And based on some of the news stories we see each day, the programmers are sick and twisted assholes.

And this takes Musk’s simulation theory out of the realm of science and into the philosophy of religion: The programmer of the future is an all seeing and all knowing being deciding who gets pain and joy, poverty and wealth, weakness and power, and death and life.

If simulation theory is your religion, it’s no different than Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Scientology or any other belief structure based on a higher being who determines your fate.

For some people, that provides a solace, but it also creates conditions where no one is responsible for their actions because everything has already been determined.

And, isn’t this whole discussion just one of those “first world” problems, anyway?

In the real world, a mother trying to feed her starving baby in Appalachia, or a father moving his family from a war zone to a safe country has no time to be reassured that their suffering or the danger around them is just a simulation.

It’s reality, and reality sucks for a lot of people.

(While I’m writing this, a character in “The Sims” is wondering, “Is this just a simulation?” …

And the Sims programmer has included anxiety and death in the program. it turns out that today’s programmers are being sick and twisted assholes. Like the ones in the future?)