A recent Project Veritas video showed Stuart Karaffa saying, “It’s impossible to fire federal employees.” Here are 20 real world examples which prove that he is correct.

Stuart Karaffa is an employee at the U.S. State Department. This recently released video from Project Veritas shows him saying:

“I have nothing to lose. It’s impossible to fire federal employees.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXLuqQe8DqQ

Here are 20 real world examples which prove that Karaffa’s statement is correct:

1) President Obama illegally refused to fire Kathleen Sebelius after she violated campaign finance laws

In February 2012, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, violated campaign finance laws. Although federal law required Obama to fire Sebelius for her illegal activity, he refused to do so.

2) Obama refused to fire federal employee who sent email to 17,000 people praising terrorist who wanted to destroy U.S.

In 2012, an employee of Obama’s administration sent an email to more than 17,000 federal employees which praised Che Guevara, a terrorist who had wanted to destroy the U.S. Obama refused to fire the employee.

3) Obama refused to fire Attorney General Eric Holder for lying under oath

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath. He said that he had nothing to do with monitoring the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen. But it turns out that it was Holder’s own signature on the search warrant.

Even the liberal Huffington Post said that Holder should be fired over this.

Holder could have gotten five years in prison.

So, did President Obama fire Holder?

Of course not!

Instead, Obama asked that Holder be investigated – not by an independent investigating committee – but by Holder himself!

I can see it now…

Obama: “Did you lie?”

Holder: “No.”

Obama: “OK. That’s good enough for me. You’re cleared of any wrongdoing.”

4) Obama refused to fire or prosecute more than 1,000 IRS employees who illegally used their IRS credit cards for their own personal use

During Obama’s first term, more than 1,000 IRS employees illegally used their IRS credit cards for personal purchases, but Obama refused to fire or prosecute them.

5) Obama defended intelligence chief who lied under oath

In March 2013,  James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, falsely stated under oath that the NSA was not gathering data on millions of U.S. citizens. In June 2013, after it was reported that Clapper had lied under oath, Obama defended him, instead of firing him.

6) Obama refused to fire or prosecute 15 IRS agents who illegally seized the medical records of 10 million people

In March 2011, 15 IRS agents illegally seized the medical records of 10 million people without a warrant. Obama refused to fire or prosecute them.

7) Obama refused to fire or prosecute Obamacare employee who released private info of 2,400 people

In September 2013, it was reported that an Obamacare employee had released the private information of 2,400 people. Obama refused to fire or prosecute this Obamacare employee.

8) Obama refused to fire IRS employees who “lost” $67 million from Obamacare “slush fund”

In September 2013, it was reported that IRS employees had “lost” $67 million from a “slush fund.” Obama refused to fire those employees. Obama had created the “slush fund” as part of Obamacare.

9) Obama refused to fire ATF employees who “lost” 420 million cigarettes

In September 2013, it was reported that ATF employees had “lost” 420 million cigarettes. Obama refused to fire them.

10) Obama refused to fire Kathleen Sebelius, even after the failure of the $500 million Obamacare website

Even after the $500 million Obamacare website failed, Obama still refused to fire Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

11) Obama refused to fire Michelle Snyder, the Obama official who oversaw the building of the defective $500 million Obamacare website

In December 2013, Michelle Snyder, the Obama official who oversaw the building of the defective $500 million Obamacare website, announced her retirement. Obama did not fire her. By retiring, she will be allowed to collect her full pension and benefits.

12) Obama said he was “mad” over the botched $500 million Obamacare website, but refused to fire anyone

Obama said he was “mad” over the botched $500 million Obamacare website, but refused to actually fire anyone over it.

13) Obama refused to fire or prosecute NSA employees who illegally used the NSA’s spying technology to spy on their romantic partners

In December 2014, it was reported that Obama had refused to fire or prosecute NSA employees who illegally used the NSA’s spying technology to spy on their romantic partners.

14) Obama refused to fire or prosecute DEA agents who left a handcuffed prisoner in a cell for five days without any food or water

In 2012, DEA agents in San Diego left a handcuffed prisoner named Daniel Chong in a cell for five days without any food or water. Afterward, Chong spent two days in intensive care in the hospital because he almost died of kidney failure. Despite all of this, Obama refused to fire or prosecute the DEA agents who did this.

15) Obama continued Bush’s policy of illegally giving promotions to IRS agents who cheated on their taxes

Although federal law requires IRS agents who cheat on their taxes to be fired, in May 2015 it was reported that Obama had continued Bush’s illegal policy of giving them promotions instead of firing them.

16) Obama refused to fire or prosecute a TSA agent even though there was video evidence of her sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl

A video recording showed that in December 2015, a TSA agent sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl. In the video, the TSA agent repeatedly touched the girl, over and over, again and again, in the same private areas. And the TSA agent used her palms and fingers, instead of the backs of her hands. Despite this video evidence of sexual assault, Obama refused to fire or prosecute the TSA agent. The video was formerly availble at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f91_1451695115

17) Obama refused to fire or prosecute two Veterans Administration officials who stole $400,000 from the Veterans Administration

In December 2015, it was reported that the Obama administration had refused to fire or prosecute two Veterans Administration officials who had stolen $400,000 from the Veterans Administration.

18) Obama continued Bush’s policy of refusing to fire the State Department official who had approved visas for 11 of the September 11, 2001 terrorists

In April 2016, it was reported that the State Department official who had approved visas for 11 of the September 11, 2001 terrorists was still employed by the federal government.

19) Obama refused to fire or prosecute Monica Hanley, one of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aides, for illegally leaving classified material in a Russian hotel room

In September 2016, it was reported that when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Russia, Monica Hanley, one of her aides, had illegally left classified material in a Russian hotel room. Instead of getting fired and/or prosecuted (which is what usually happens to government or military employees who do such a thing) Hanley’s only “punishment” was “verbal security counseling.”

20) Obama refused to fire a Veterans Administration dentist who had failed to follow proper procedure and may have exposed 592 veterans to HIV or hepatitis

In November 2016, it was reported that after a Veterans Administration dentist had failed to follow proper procedure and may have exposed 592 veterans to HIV or hepatitis, instead of being fired, the dentist was transferred to an administrative position.

September 18, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama. Leave a comment.

California liberals “help” protect workers’ rights by causing them to lose their jobs

In order to protect workers’ rights in California, a bunch of liberals wanted many independent contractors to be reclassified as employees. The state Supreme Court ruled in favor of this. The intent of everyone involved was good.

But the results were disastrous. As is often the case with good intentions, there are “unintended consequences” which ended up hurting the very workers that the liberals had been trying to help.

This video is from the Sacramento affiliate of CBS News. It shows how all the employees of a small business ended up losing their jobs because liberals wanted to “help” them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VZnucGhjtg

September 18, 2018. Tags: , , , . Economics, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

A black woman named Adwoa Lewis staged a fake hate crime and blamed it on Trump supporters

A black woman named Adwoa Lewis complained to the police that she had received a racist handwritten note from four white teens who had slashed her car’s tire, shouted“Trump 2016!” and told her that she did not belong there.

Lewis then filed a written complaint with the police.

The police then realized that it was Lewis herself who had written the hateful note. The police have since charged her with making a false statement to the police.

I didn’t know that anyone who was intelligent enough to write, could simultaneously be dumb enough to think that the police wouldn’t realize that it was her own handwriting on the hateful note.

September 17, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Fake hate crimes, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Media bias: New York Times falsely implies that Nikki Haley spent $52,701 of taxpayers’ money on curtains for her official residence, when in reality it was the Obama administration that had authorized the spending, and Haley herself had no say in the matter

The New York Times just published this article, which is titled

“Nikki Haley’s View of New York Is Priceless. Her Curtains? $52,701.”

The first paragraph states

“The State Department spent $52,701 last year buying customized and mechanized curtains for the picture windows in Nikki R. Haley’s official residence as ambassador to the United Nations, just as the department was undergoing deep budget cuts and had frozen hiring.”

This implies that it was the Trump administration that authorized this spending.

It’s not until the sixth paragraph that the Times informs us that

“… plans to buy the curtains were made in 2016, during the Obama administration. Ms. Haley had no say in the purchase…”

Why did the New York Times use the articles’s heading and first paragraph to falsely imply that this was Haley’s fault?

And why did the New York Times wait until the sixth paragraph to mention that the spending was authorized by the Obama administration, and that Haley herself had no say in the matter?

And finally, why didn’t the New York Times report this when Obama was president?

September 14, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Government waste, Media bias. Leave a comment.

A Democrat and a Republican got very different responses when they tried to stop someone from using a camera

On August 30, 2018, at Evansville, Indiana, a Republican used his hand to block a camera that someone was using.

Associated Press published this photograph of the incident:




The Republican who did this was disciplined. Associated Press reported:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/30/donaldtrump-volunteer-blocks-news-photogs-camera-indiana-rally/1154158002/

Trump volunteer who blocked news photographer’s camera at Indiana rally taken off road

August 31, 2018

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The White House Correspondents’ Association says a volunteer member of President Donald Trump’s advance team who blocked a photojournalist’s camera as he tried to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Indiana has been taken off the road.

Olivier Knox, the association’s president, says Trump’s campaign told him the actions were those of an “inexperienced volunteer, who understands that he acted in error.” Knox says the campaign “promises that this will not happen again.”

A photo by Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci on Thursday in Evansville shows the volunteer stretching out his hand over the lens of a news photographer’s camera after a protester disrupted Trump’s rally.

Meanwhile, Rashida Tlaib is a member of the Democratic Party and also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

She is running for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 13th district this November.

She will be the only candidate on the ballot.

Here is a video from August 12, 2018, which shows Tlaib grabbing a reporter’s camera and taking it away from the reporter without the reporter’s permission:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoGS6KsNtiw

The Democratic Party has done absolutely nothing to discipline Tlaib.

And what Tlaib did was worse than what the Republican did. Tlaib committed theft, which is a crime. The Republican did not commit theft – he merely put his hand in front of the camera.

Why hasn’t the Democratic Party disciplined Tlaib?

September 13, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

Wikipedia violates its own “Neutral point of view” policy by censoring information about Michael Moore’s liberal hypocrisy

Wikipedia has a policy called “Neutral point of view,” which states the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view

Wikipedia:Neutral point of view

All encyclopedic content on Wikipedia must be written from a neutral point of view (NPOV), which means representing fairly, proportionately, and, as far as possible, without editorial bias, all of the significant views that have been published by reliable sources on a topic.

NPOV is a fundamental principle of Wikipedia and of other Wikimedia projects. It is also one of Wikipedia’s three core content policies; the other two are “Verifiability” and “No original research”. These policies jointly determine the type and quality of material that is acceptable in Wikipedia articles, and, because they work in harmony, they should not be interpreted in isolation from one another. Editors are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with all three.

This policy is non-negotiable, and the principles upon which it is based cannot be superseded by other policies or guidelines, nor by editor consensus.

I agree with this policy.

This is the current version of Wikipedia’s article on Michael Moore: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Moore

Here is some content that was censored from the article. The diff can be seen here.

Michael Moore has been accused by Peter Schweizer in his book Do as I Say (Not as I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy of being a “Corporate Criminal, Environmental Menace, and Racist Union-Buster”, making the following claims:

* Moore portraying himself as working class is deceptive, and that he actually grew up in an well-to-do home.

* While Moore criticizes racial disparity in Hollywood, Fahrenheit 9/11’s crew was all white.

 * While Moore claims to not own any stock, he and his wife’s foundation owns stock in many large companies, including Halliburton.

 * While praising unions, Moore tried to dissuade his workers from joining them.[Citation]

Here’s is something else that was censored. The diff can be seen here.

Moore was criticized by Sean Hannity for criticizing capitalism while benefiting from it himself.[Citation]

In this, diff, someone censored a link to a YouTube video of the Sean Hannity interview with Moore that is referenced above. The link to the video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5YOIUpLpLI

The following was also censored. The diff can be seen here.

In October 2009, ABC News reported that Moore had used non-union labor to create his 2009 film Capitalism: A Love Story.[Citation]

This next content was also censored. The diff can be seen here.

Moore’s net worth has been estimated at “eight figures.”[Citation]

Wikipedia has censored each and every example of Moore’s liberal hypocrisy.

This censorship is a clear violation of Wikipedia’s “Neutral point of view” policy.

September 12, 2018. Tags: , , , . Media bias, Wikipedia. Leave a comment.

Academic journal caves in to social justice warriors who demanded censorship of a scientific paper

This is first paragraph of wikipedia’s article on something known as the “variability hypothesis”

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

Variability hypothesis

The variability hypothesis , also the Greater Male Variability Hypothesis, is the hypothesis that males display greater variability in traits than females do. It has often been discussed in relation to cognitive ability, where it has been observed that human males are more likely than females to have very high or very low intelligence. The sex-difference in the variability of intelligence has been discussed since at least Charles Darwin. Sex-differences in variability are present in many abilities and traits – including physical, psychological and genetic ones. It is not only found in humans but in other sexually-selected species as well.

Either the variability hypothesis is true, or it is false.

The only way to know is to do research.

On August 28, 2018, Theodore P. Hill, a retired professor of mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology, published a scientific paper titled “An Evolutionary Theory for the Variability Hypothesis,” which supported the variability hypothesis.

The paper has been put online here: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1703.04184.pdf

And here is an archive of that same link: https://web.archive.org/web/20180910143245/https://arxiv.org/pdf/1703.04184.pdf

Social justice accused an academic journal of sexism for publishing the paper. The journal acted very cowardly and has since rescinded the publication. Since the journal still owns the copyright, other academic journals are not allowed to publish it.

Censoring the paper has caused it to become far more popular than it otherwise would have been. Apparently, social justice warriors either don’t know about, don’t care about, or don’t understand the Streisand effect.

September 11, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Education, Math, Political correctness, Science, Sexism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Medical school cancels honor society because whites and Asians were earning better grades than blacks and Latinos

According to this article from NPR, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, in order to get into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, you have to be in the top 25% of your graduating class.

The school is eliminating the honor society because not enough blacks and Latinos were graduating in the top 25%.

I’m not sure how getting rid of this honor society makes anyone better off.

On the contrary – I see this as just one more example of the dumbing down of America’s educational system.

As to the issue of why blacks and Latinos are underrepresented in the top 25%, my guess is that the school has lower admissions standards for blacks and Latinos than for everyone else. I could be wrong. And I’d be curious to hear anyone else explain a different reason in the comment section.

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/09/05/643298219/a-medical-school-tradition-comes-under-fire-for-racism

A Medical School Tradition Comes Under Fire For Racism

September 5, 2018

Senior medical student Giselle Lynch has plenty of accomplishments to list when she applies for a coveted spot in an ophthalmology residency program this fall.

But one box she won’t be able to check when she submits her application is one of the highest academic awards medical students can receive, election to the honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

It’s not because she didn’t excel. It’s because her medical school, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, put a moratorium on student nominations because it determined the selection process discriminates against students of color.

The award is open to the top 25 percent of a medical school’s graduating class and can be a valuable career boost, making students more competitive for desirable residencies and jobs.

Icahn administrators say the disparities in the selection process reflect deeper issues of racial inequality in medical education.

“AOA perpetuates systems that are deeply flawed,” says Dr. David Muller, the dean for medical education at Icahn. “We can’t justify putting people who are historically at a disadvantage at an even greater disadvantage. It just doesn’t seem fair to dangle in front of our students an honorific that we know people are not equally eligible for.”

Over the past five years, around 3 percent of students chosen for the distinction at Icahn were from a racial background that is underrepresented in medicine, which includes blacks and Latinos. In that same period, about 18 percent to 20 percent of each graduating class at Icahn came from those groups.

The school made the change after Lynch led a group of fellow students in an effort to fight inequality at Icahn. The students collected data on how many students from underrepresented minorities were nominated to the honor society at Icahn and presented it in a series of meetings with school leadership last year.

Lynch, who is black, recalls one particularly moving meeting when they showed photographs of Icahn’s past AOA students — and black and Latino faces were conspicuously sparse.

“Where are we? We’re nowhere here,” says Lynch, remembering her reaction. “AOA is an award of student excellence. What was the argument that was being perpetuated about us if we’re not being included?”

Announced in May of this year, the decision at Icahn was a controversial one, because many students and faculty fear that not participating in the award puts Icahn students at a disadvantage when competing for slots in residency programs.

The honor society has existed since 1902 and is a sought-after line on the résumés of medical students across the country. Membership can help students secure training in competitive specialties and is a predictor of success in academic medicine.

Membership is generally open to the top 25 percent of medical students in a graduating class, as determined by their grades and scores on standardized tests, but only about 16 percent makes it in. Each medical school has its own criteria for making final selections including qualities like leadership or professionalism.

Icahn is not alone in selecting a disproportionately low number of minority students for the honor society. A 2017 study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that nationwide, black and Asian students were less likely than their white counterparts to be selected for the honor.

Dr. Dowin Boatright, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Yale, hypothesizes that the disparities may be related to racial inequalities in grading and standardized tests, a phenomenon well-documented in medical education literature. Grading based on clinical performance is subjective, he notes, since it often reflects a global assessment of a student rather than technical skills or performance on a test.

“You’re graded on things that are completely vulnerable to bias, like, ‘How good is this medical student?’ ” Boatright says.

Other medical schools are also considering how their AOA chapters can accurately reflect the racial makeup of their student bodies, according to Dr. Eve Higginbotham, the president of AOA board. And at the University of California, San Francisco, faculty and students are debating whether the honor society has a future there.

“Systems we use [for student evaluation] fail to take into account the extra work minorities are doing,” says Dr. Catherine Lucey, vice dean for education at UCSF. “[Minority] students have more stressors they have to deal with, low levels of racism that exist in our patients and our clinical environments.”

Lucey says that UCSF changed its selection criteria for AOA in 2016 to focus less on grades. The number of minority students selected for the honor society that year increased to match the percentage of minorities in each graduating class.

Dr. Jonathan Giftos, an internist in New York who was president of the Icahn chapter when he graduated in 2012, says disparities in the honor society are important to address because when medical education favors white students that can mean fewer minorities in leadership roles.

“It feels like a layering on of accolades that makes people who are doing well do better, have more access and power and opportunity,” Giftos says.

National AOA leadership says that diversity is a priority for the organization, but since every medical school is different, they leave the specifics of how students are chosen up to the school.

“We know that improving diversity will hopefully result in inclusion of talented individuals from different backgrounds, and that will help benefit our patient care,” says Dr. Richard Byyny, executive director of AOA. “But the schools themselves need to tackle this.”

Muller notes that Icahn has not officially closed its AOA chapter and will still nominate faculty and residents.

And student activists at Icahn aren’t celebrating yet. Lynch says she now wants to focus on discrimination in grading and medical school admissions. This, she says, can help address the dearth of minority physicians in different specialities — a problem with negative consequences for the health of minority patients.

“Many of us are still wary,” Lynch says. “It is a symbolic gesture, actually. We are interested in the deeper work.”

September 8, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Health care, Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 2 comments.

Wikipedia continues to violate its own “Neutral point of view” policy by censoring the “Transparency” section in its article “Presidency of Barack Obama”

Wikipedia has a policy called “Neutral point of view,” which states the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view

Wikipedia:Neutral point of view

All encyclopedic content on Wikipedia must be written from a neutral point of view (NPOV), which means representing fairly, proportionately, and, as far as possible, without editorial bias, all of the significant views that have been published by reliable sources on a topic.

NPOV is a fundamental principle of Wikipedia and of other Wikimedia projects. It is also one of Wikipedia’s three core content policies; the other two are “Verifiability” and “No original research”. These policies jointly determine the type and quality of material that is acceptable in Wikipedia articles, and, because they work in harmony, they should not be interpreted in isolation from one another. Editors are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with all three.

This policy is non-negotiable, and the principles upon which it is based cannot be superseded by other policies or guidelines, nor by editor consensus.

I agree with this policy.

Wikipedia has an article called “Presidency of Barack Obama.” The most recent version of the article is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Barack_Obama

That article has a section called “Transparency.”

The section includes Obama’s claim that he had the “most transparent” administration in U.S. history. I’m glad the article includes that claim.

Wikipedia’s “Neutral point of view” policy requires that section to include all points of view, as reported by reliable sources.

However, Wikipedia violates its own policy by repeatedly censoring criticism of Obama’s so-called “transparency” in that section.

A crazy person who lives in my apartment building recently added the following content to that section:

In February 2013, ABC News White House reporter Ann Compton, who covered Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, both Bushes, and Obama, said “The president’s day-to-day policy development… is almost totally opaque to the reporters trying to do a responsible job of covering it. There are no readouts from big meetings he has with people from the outside, and many of them aren’t even on his schedule. This is different from every president I covered. This White House goes to extreme lengths to keep the press away.”[Citation] In October 2013, Compton said that Obama was the “least transparent of the seven presidents I’ve covered in terms of how he does his daily business.”[Citation]

In May 2013, the New York Times wrote, “With the decision to label a Fox News television reporter a possible ‘co-conspirator’ in a criminal investigation of a news leak, the Obama administration has moved beyond protecting government secrets to threatening fundamental freedoms of the press to gather news.”[Citation] In May 2013, the Washington Post wrote “To treat a reporter as a criminal for doing his job — seeking out information the government doesn’t want made public — deprives Americans of the First Amendment freedom on which all other constitutional rights are based.”[Citation]

In October 2013, New York Times reporter David Sanger said, “This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.”[Citation]

In August 2013, the Obama administration illegally seized documents from the home of Audrey Hudson, a reporter who lived in Shady Side, Maryland.[Citation] Michael Oreskes, a senior managing editor at Associated Press, said, “the Obama administration has been extremely controlling and extremely resistant to journalistic intervention.”[Citation]

In February 2014, the Obama administration announced that it planned to put government employees inside TV stations and newspaper offices to monitor their activities.[Citation][Citation]

In March 2014, New York Times reporter James Risen said Obama was, “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.”[Citation]

During one year of Obama’s presidency, from 2013 to 2014, the U.S. ranking on the World Press Freedom Index fell by 14 places, dropping from #32 to #46.[Citation]

In November 2013, 38 major news organizations sent a letter to the Obama administration complaining about its lack of transparency. The letter was singed by all the major broadcast and cable networks, wire services, online services and newspapers, including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the McClatchy Co., which owns 30 daily newspapers across the country.[Citation] In July 2014, 38 media organizations (not necessarily the same ones) sent a letter to the Obama administration complaining about its lack of transparency.[Citation] That letter can be read here.

In July 2009, White House reporter Helen Thomas said, “The point is the control from here. We have never had that in the White House. And we have had some control but not this control. I mean I’m amazed, I’m amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency and have controlled… Nixon didn’t try to do that… They couldn’t control (the media). They didn’t try. What the hell do they think we are, puppets? They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.”[Citation]

All of that content was deleted from the article just 13 minutes after it was added. Here is the diff showing the deletion.

This is not nearly the first time that that content was censored from that article.

Other instances of that content (or similar content that criticized Obama’s lack of transparency) being censored from that article can be seen here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

September 2, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Media bias, Wikipedia. 1 comment.

No jail for Eric Clanton, the Antifa “ethics” professor who used a metal bike lock to assault seven innocent Trump supporters

This video shows a masked Antifa thug using a metal bike lock to smash the head of an innocent Trump supporter at Berkeley, California, in April 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qKCl9NL1Cg

Some awesomely talented amateur sleuth observers at 4chan later identified the thug based on his partially visible face, his clothing, and several other things.

Any one of these things by itself is pretty meaningless. But taken together, it is extremely likely that they identified the correct person.

For specific details, see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The police also did their own investigation, and when they searched the person’s house, they found clothing and other items that matched that of the person in the video. Phone records also show that the person was present during the assault.

And it turns out that the thug is left wing Diablo Valley College “ethics” professor Eric Clanton.

Clanton supports shoplifting, opposes private ownership of property, and has defended convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Earlier this month, we got this new article, which says that Clanton won’t be getting any prison time for his brutal assaults against seven innocent Trump supporters.

It says he used the metal bike lock to assault the heads of at least seven people. It also details the evidence the police found in his home tying him to these attacks.

It’s completely despicable that Clanton is not getting any prison time for what he did.

August 30, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. 2 comments.

Conservatives Paul Joseph Watson and Candace Owens post mugshots of Antifa members to prove that liberal CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin is wrong about their skin color

After President Trump recently warned about possible violence from Antifa members, CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said:

“Let’s be clear also about what’s going on here. The theme here is, ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’ll protect you from the scary black people.'”

“Antifa is widely perceived as an African-American organization, and this is just part of the same story of LeBron James and Don Lemon and Maxine Waters and the NFL players and the UCLA basketball players.”

“This is about black versus white. This is about Donald Trump’s appeal to racism and it just happens all the time. And we never say it. We don’t say it enough for what it is, but that’s what’s going on here.”

You can hear him saying it in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLbBbCgiJ9E

In response, Paul Joseph Watson and Candace Owens tweeted these mugshots of Antifa members to prove that Toobin is wrong about their skin color:

https://twitter.com/PrisonPlanet/status/1034771550094802944



https://twitter.com/RealCandaceO/status/1034803503020105732



August 29, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , . Media bias, Racism. Leave a comment.

South African politician Julius Malema: “We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can’t guarantee the future.”

In this video, South African politician Julius Malema says:

“We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can’t guarantee the future.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-ARDJ3X-z0

Wikipedia says the following about him:

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

Julius Malema

Julius Sello Malema (born 3 March 1981) is a Member of Parliament and the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a far-left and racial nationalist South African political party, which he founded in July 2013. He previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League from 2008 to 2012. Malema was a member of the ANC until his expulsion from the party in April 2012. He occupies a notably controversial position in South African public and political life, having risen to prominence with his support for ANC president, and later President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. He was described by both Zuma and the Premier of Limpopo Province as the “future leader” of South Africa. Less favourable portraits paint him as a “reckless populist” with the potential to destabilise South Africa and to spark racial conflict.

August 29, 2018. Tags: , , , , . Racism. Leave a comment.

CBS producer Shanica Johnson still has her job seven years after making racist, anti-white tweets

Shanica Johnson is a producer at CBS News.

On January 6, 2011, she tweeted:

“Aint never did shit for us! RT @troyisthename: Fuck White America!”

Johnson has since deleted the tweet.

The original link for the tweet was https://twitter.com/ShanicaJohnson/status/23268563343118336

The tweet is archived at http://archive.is/TXVZl

Here is a screenshot of the tweet, taken from that archive:



On April 22, 2010, Johnson tweeted:

“Now the white women can’t keep their hands off our men, so as they continue 2 make mixed babies the white man wil cease 2 exist. POW!!! Lol”

Johnson has since deleted that tweet too.

The original link for that tweet was https://twitter.com/ShanicaJohnson/status/23268563343118336

That tweet is archived at http://archive.is/0QqzB

Here is a screenshot of that tweet, taken from that archive:



Johnson still has her job.

Imagine if a white person who worked as a CBS producer had said the same thing about blacks. There’s no way they’d still have their job.

August 28, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , . Media bias, Racism. Leave a comment.

Idiots are protesting against the convenience store where Michael Brown stole merchandise and assaulted an employee

Before Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, this security footage from Ferguson Market and Liquor showed Brown stealing merchandise and assaulting a store employee. Skip to 1:13

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbPbX76cOVQ

Four years later, this brand new article form the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says:

“Protesters believe that the surveillance clip mischaracterized Brown.”

The protestors aren’t saying that the footage was edited, altered, or changed in any way.

Instead, they are saying that the footage mischaracterized Brown.

They are wrong. Instead, the footage shows exactly what Michael’s Brown’s character was like.

The protestors have also made the following demands of the store:

Address Michael Brown Jr.’s character.

Close the store for three days on the anniversary of his death.

Create a scholarship in his name.

Find ways to interact and give back to the community.

Stop selling Dormin, a sleeping capsule, and other items that can be misused to get high.

Retain a black-owned security company to protect the store.

The same article states:

… the store ultimately agreed to all of the requests by Wednesday, other than closing the store for three days. Instead, he said, the store would close on the anniversary of Brown’s death and provide a free barbecue the day before.

The store never did anything wrong in the first place, so there was no rational reason for the protestors to make these demands, and there was no rational reason for the store to cave in to their demands.

Here’s a photograph of people protesting against the store:




The caption under the photograph says:

“Protesters block the West Florissant Avenue entrance to Ferguson Market & Liquor as four Ferguson police officers in two police vehicles keep watch at the entrance to the market Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Photo by David Carson”

August 27, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 2 comments.

Apparently, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t think that Mollie Tibbett’s murder by an illegal alien is a “real problem”

When asked about Mollie Tibbett’s murder by an illegal alien, Elizabeth Warren starts out by giving what seems like a very sincere and heartfelt response.

Good for her!

But then she says “but,” and says we need to focus on “real problems.”

Shame on her!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ0ORLU_Q3E

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/elizabeth-warren-on-the-tibbetts-murder-sad-shes-dead-but-we-have-to-remember-we-need-an-immigration-system-that-focuses-on-where-real-problems-are

Elizabeth Warren on the Tibbetts murder: Sad she’s dead, but ‘we have to remember’ we need an immigration system that ‘focuses on where real problems are’

August 22, 2018

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is sorry that a 20-year-old Iowa student is dead and that a reported illegal alien has been charged in the killing, but the Massachusetts Democrat wants to stay focused on the “real problems.”

This isn’t a paraphrase of something she said Wednesday on CNN. This is her actual response to a question about reports that law enforcement agents have charged Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, in the disappearance and murder of Mollie Tibbetts.

“I’m so sorry for the family here, and I know this is hard, not only for the family, but for the people in her community, the people throughout Iowa,” Warren told CNN’s John Berman. “But one of the things we have to remember is: We need an immigration system that is effective. That focuses on where real problems are.”

Berman asking the senator specifically to respond to President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence claiming the Tibbetts murder is proof of the need for stronger immigration enforcement.

Warren continued, saying, “Uh, last month, I went down to the border, and I saw where children had been taken away from their mothers. I met with those mothers, who had been lied to, who didn’t know where their children were, who hadn’t had a chance to talk to their children. And there was no plan for how they’d be reunified with their children.”

Tibbetts’ remains were found early Tuesday morning, according to law enforcement officials. Rivera, who authorities believe has been living in the U.S. illegally for four to seven years, has been charged with first-degree murder. His bail was set Tuesday at $1 million.

“I think we need immigration laws that focus on people who pose a real threat, and I don’t think mammas and babies are the place where we should be spending our resources. Separating a mamma from a baby does not make this country safe,” Warren said.

Trump signed an executive order on June 20 reversing the policy of separating illegal immigrant families. And as to the issue of mothers being separated from their babies, I think Tibbetts’ mother, Laura Calderwood, might have some thoughts on that.

The Washington Examiner’s Phil Klein disagreed Wednesday with the criticisms of Warren, arguing the Massachusetts senator had not really stepped in it with “outrageously tone-deaf” comment.

“I’m no Warren fan, but this strikes me as a stretch. In clip she goes on to say we need to focus on actual threats, and that family separation doesn’t make us safe,” he wrote. “She isn’t saying that a young girl getting killed isn’t a problem.”

I disagree that the negative reaction is a stretch. The criticisms are well-deserved. Her comments follow a clear path. She starts by saying she’s sorry about the Tibbetts murder, and then changes the subject to attack Trump over an immigration policy he rescinded two months ago.

It’s true Warren’s remarks were about the White House’s response to the murder. That doesn’t take away from the “but” in her “I’m sorry someone is dead” response. There should never be a “but” in those statements.

August 24, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Immigration, Violent crime. 2 comments.

Linda Sarsour’s favorite country arrests seven feminists for speaking out against Sharia law. They could get the death penalty.

Linda Sarsour organized the Women’s March in January 2017.

Sarsour made this tweet, which says the following:

“10 weeks of PAID maternity leave in Saudi Arabia. Yes PAID. And ur worrying about women driving. Puts us to shame.”

She also made this tweet, which says:

“shariah law is reasonable and once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense. People just know the basics”

and this tweet, which says:

“You’ll know when you’re living under Sharia Law if suddenly all your loans & credit cards become interest free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?”

and this tweet, which says:

“If you are still paying interest than Sharia Law hasn’t taken over America.”

These statement’s prove that Sarsour wants the U.S. to adopt Sharia law.

Sharia law bans women from driving cars, prohibits women from appearing alone in public, calls for girls to have their genitals mutilated, and gives a woman’s testimony in court only half the value of a man’s.

I just found out that three months ago, Saudi Arabia arrested seven feminists because they spoke out against Sharia law. They could get the death penalty.

Linda Sarsour, apparently, supports this.

August 22, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , . Police state, Sexism. 1 comment.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks the U.S. has 500 million people

As of July 1, 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the U.S. population to be 325,719,178.

However, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks the U.S. has 500 million people.

She recently stated:

“200 million Americans make less than $20,000 a year. That’s 40% of this country.”

Skip to 4:45 in this video to hear her say those words:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUmIdCClbTE

I certainly would not expect her or anyone else to know the exact number. If she or anyone else had said that the U.S. population was 325 million or 330 million, that would be perfectly reasonable.

But 500 million?

 

August 22, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , . Politics. 2 comments.

Trying to figure out the real reason Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bans reporters from her town hall events

The New York Times reports that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has banned the media from two of her town hall meetings.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the following explanation for the ban:

“Our community is 50% immigrant. Folks are victims of DV, trafficking, + have personal medical issues.”

“This town hall was designed for residents to feel safe discussing sensitive issues in a threatening political time.”

“We indicated previously that it would be closed to press.”

Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, responded with the following tweet:

“And how does the presence of reporters make people feel unsafe?”

I think Jacob’s question is an excellent one.

I’d also like to point out that all of the other Congressional districts also have constituents who are “victims of domestic violence” and who have “personal medical issues,” but that the Congressional representatives and candidates of those other districts haven’t banned the media from their town hall events.

In the video below, YouTuber Styxhexenhammer666 says that one possible reason for Ocasio-Cortez’s media ban is that any illegal aliens in attendance would – justifiably – worry about being filmed by the media. However, he then goes on to say that Ocasio-Cortez could ask the media to keep their cameras focused on her and not the audience, and that they would likely comply.

Styxhexenhammer666 then goes on to say that he thinks her real reason for banning the media is that there might be a constituent in attendance who asks her a tough question about economics that she can’t answer. Specifically, he says that she doesn’t seem to understand that the only reason that democratic socialism in countries like Norway works is because there is a strong, healthy private sector to pay the taxes to fund it. Take away that strong, healthy private sector, and your country ends up like Venezuela.

I agree with him on both of these points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkk1_J6tucQ

August 18, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Venezuela. Leave a comment.

Even with google, it’s hard to find examples of assaults on reporters by right wing protesters

I just did the following two google searches.

The first search was for reporters assaulted by left wing protesters.

The second search was for reporters assaulted by right wing protesters.

The only difference between the two searches was whether I used the word “left” or “right.”

Here’s the link for the first search:

https://www.google.com/search?num=50&biw=1600&bih=763&ei=VVd3W5uAGoeZwgSj46uQAQ&q=reporters+assaulted+by+left+wing+protesters&oq=reporters+assaulted+by+left+wing+protesters&gs_l=psy-ab.3…53848.55548.0.55651.9.9.0.0.0.0.93.670.9.9.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.3.214…33i10k1j35i39k1.0.AUi-zi8SIoM

And here’s the screen capture for the first search.



And here’s what is on the screen when I scroll down to the very next, immediate part of the results for the first search:



So when I searched for reporters assaulted by left wing protesters, I got exactly what I searched for.

Here’s the link for the second search:

https://www.google.com/search?num=50&biw=1600&bih=763&ei=T1d3W_w9if3BBJWas7gI&q=reporters+assaulted+by+right+wing+protesters&oq=reporters+assaulted+by+right+wing+protesters&gs_l=psy-ab.3…4707.5148.0.5599.2.2.0.0.0.0.80.147.2.2.0….0…1c..64.psy-ab..0.1.80…33i10k1.0.sQHms7nYIeU

And here’s the screen capture for the second search.




And here’s what is on the screen when I scroll down to the very next, immediate part of the results for the second search:



So even when I specifically searched for assaults against reporters by right wing protesters, the search still resulted with the first items being assaults against reporters by left wing protesters.

So even with google, it’s hard to find examples of assaults on reporters by right wing protesters.

August 17, 2018. Tags: , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

R.I.P. Aretha Franklin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggJtfD8ZyW0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fVAD51UCpw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a5KIT2o_gQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtfjelo9skA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI8gtff3Dsk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFU2Lw3AI1o

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y22qaPc0OZk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwx6iqJiblU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsL9UL9qbv8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqu-sS0kqCI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EwviMURJFU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgHcsoDHqZ0

 

August 16, 2018. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez falsely says “that upper-middle class does not exist anymore in America”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said:

“They [national Democrats] were campaigning most when we had more of an American middle class. This upper-middle class is probably more moderate but that upper-middle class does not exist anymore in America.”

The Washington Post responded with the following:

“… the upper-middle class has actually grown. In a 2016 paper published by the Urban Institute, Stephen J. Rose documented that the upper-middle class has grown substantially, from 12.9 percent of the population in 1979 to 29.4 percent in 2014.”

The same Washington Post article also included this chart:




I don’t think Ocasio-Cortez was deliberately lying when she made her comment.

Instead, I think she is genuinely ignorant of a lot of basic facts that get regularly reported in the mainstream media.

August 15, 2018. Tags: , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Video shows Democratic Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib grabbing reporter’s camera

Rashida Tlaib is a member of the Democratic Party and also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

She is running for U.S. Congress in Michigan’s 13th district this November.

She will be the only candidate on the ballot.

Here is a video from earlier this month which shows her grabbing a reporter’s camera:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoGS6KsNtiw

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/palestinian-congressional-candidate-assaults-jewish-journalist-at-political-event/

Palestinian Congressional Candidate ASSAULTS Jewish Journalist at Political Event

August 12, 2018

A journalist was assaulted by a soon-to-be congresswoman while asking her questions at a political rally for U.S. Congressional candidate Ilhan Omar in Minnesota on Saturday.

Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian Muslim who won her primary in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District on Tuesday, forcefully grabbed Jewish journalist Laura Loomer and stole her phone when Loomer approached her to ask questions at the rally.

In the Middle East, violence against Jews may be tolerable. In America, where Tlaib – running unopposed after her primary win – and is set to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, it is not. In fact, all types of political violence are denounced in America. The violent political left seems to have missed the memo.

Tlaib refused to answer Loomer when asked whether she was willing to admit that Palestinian Sunni-Islamist fundamentalist organization Hamas is a terrorist organization. The group is officially recognized as such by the federal government.

August 14, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Attention Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! Since you have accepted Linda Sarsour’s endorsement, please tell us if you agree or disagree with her statements that the U.S. should adopt Sharia law.

In the video below, Linda Sarsour says the following about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

“Alexandria is the hope that we’ve been waiting for.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTq7KlLrREY

On July 29, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez and Sarsour co-headlined the 16th Annual Universal Muslim Association of America. Here is a photograph of the two of them together at the event, taken from this source:


Linda Sarsour organized the Women’s March in January 2017.

Sarsour made this tweet, which says the following:

“10 weeks of PAID maternity leave in Saudi Arabia. Yes PAID. And ur worrying about women driving. Puts us to shame.”

She also made this tweet, which says:

“shariah law is reasonable and once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense. People just know the basics”

and this tweet, which says:

“You’ll know when you’re living under Sharia Law if suddenly all your loans & credit cards become interest free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?”

and this tweet, which says:

“If you are still paying interest than Sharia Law hasn’t taken over America.”

These statement’s prove that Sarsour wants the U.S. to adopt Sharia law.

Sharia law bans women from driving cars, prohibits women from appearing alone in public, calls for girls to have their genitals mutilated, and gives a woman’s testimony in court only half the value of a man’s.

So here is my question for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Do you agree or disagree with Linda Sarsour’s statements that the U.S. should adopt Sharia law?

August 14, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Islamization, Politics, Sexism. Leave a comment.

After Ben Shapiro invited Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to appear on his show for a discussion, she falsely equated his invitation with “catcalling”

Conservative Ben Shapiro said he would give $10,000 to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign or favorite charity if she appeared on his show for a discussion.

She responded with the following tweet:

“Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions. And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.”

Shapiro responded to that by saying, among other things:

“Have you met me? Have you seen me? Do I seem like the kind of guy who catcalls ladies? I’m an Orthodox Jew who was a virgin until I was marred.”

Skip to 3:05 in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um3YL7rNgPM

August 13, 2018. Tags: , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more than offset by new forest growth

Satellite measurements show that between 1982 to 2016, the total global land area covered by trees increased by a net amount equal to the combined area of Texas and Alaska.

This does not surprise me, because I already knew that among countries with an annual per capita GDP of least $4,600, deforestation has ceased to exist.

 

https://phys.org/news/2018-08-global-forest-loss-years-offset.html

Study shows global forest loss over past 35 years has been more than offset by new forest growth

August 9, 2018


a, Mean annual estimates. b, Long-term change estimates. Both mean and change estimates are expressed as per cent of pixel area at 0.05° × 0.05° spatial resolution. Pixels showing a statistically significant trend (n = 35, two-sided Mann–Kendall test, P < 0.05) in either TC, SV or BG are depicted on the change map. Circled numbers in the colour legend denote dominant change directions: 1, TC gain with SV loss; 2, BG gain with SV loss; 3, TC gain with BG loss; 4, BG gain with TC loss; 5, SV gain with BG loss; and 6, SV gain with TC loss. Credit: Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0411-9

A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, the State University of New York and NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has found that new global tree growth over the past 35 years has more than offset global tree cover losses. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes using satellite data to track forest growth and loss over the past 35 years and what they found by doing so.

There has been a growing consensus in recent years that because humans cut down so many trees (most particularly in the rainforests) that global tree cover is shrinking. In this new effort, the researchers have found that not to be the case. They contend that global tree cover is actually increasing.

To track global tree cover changes, the researchers studied data from advanced very high-resolution radiometers aboard a series of 16 weather satellites covering the years 1982 to 2016. By comparing daily readings, the researchers were able to see small changes occurring regularly over a relatively long period of time—which added up to large changes. Over the entire span, the researchers found that new tree cover had offset tree cover loss by approximately 2.24 million square kilometers — which they note is approximately the size of Texas and Alaska combined.

The researchers report that most of the new tree cover occurred in places that had previously been barren, such as in deserts, tundra areas, on mountains, in cities and in other non-vegetated land. They further report that much of the new growth came about due to efforts by humans (such as reforestation efforts in China and parts of Africa) and because of global warming—warmer temperatures have raised timberlines in some mountainous regions, and allowed forests to creep into tundra areas. Other areas of new tree growth resulted from large farm abandonments in places like Russia and the U.S. The researchers report that their calculations showed that human activities have directly caused approximately 60 percent of new global tree growth. They suggest their technique for monitoring tree cover could be used to predict tree cover changes in the future due to global warming.

More information: Xiao-Peng Song et al. Global land change from 1982 to 2016, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0411-9

Abstract

Land change is a cause and consequence of global environmental change. Changes in land use and land cover considerably alter the Earth’s energy balance and biogeochemical cycles, which contributes to climate change and—in turn—affects land surface properties and the provision of ecosystem services. However, quantification of global land change is lacking. Here we analyse 35 years’ worth of satellite data and provide a comprehensive record of global land-change dynamics during the period 1982–2016. We show that—contrary to the prevailing view that forest area has declined globally—tree cover has increased by 2.24 million km2 (+7.1% relative to the 1982 level). This overall net gain is the result of a net loss in the tropics being outweighed by a net gain in the extratropics. Global bare ground cover has decreased by 1.16 million km2 (−3.1%), most notably in agricultural regions in Asia. Of all land changes, 60% are associated with direct human activities and 40% with indirect drivers such as climate change. Land-use change exhibits regional dominance, including tropical deforestation and agricultural expansion, temperate reforestation or afforestation, cropland intensification and urbanization. Consistently across all climate domains, montane systems have gained tree cover and many arid and semi-arid ecosystems have lost vegetation cover. The mapped land changes and the driver attributions reflect a human-dominated Earth system. The dataset we developed may be used to improve the modelling of land-use changes, biogeochemical cycles and vegetation–climate interactions to advance our understanding of global environmental change.

Journal reference: Nature https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0411-9

August 11, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

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