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Re: “S.C. House races need to be more competitive

Yes!

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Posted by Charlotte Edwards on November 14, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Ignore climate change or don't, but you're still paying for it

Who is Rouzy Vafaie anyways? A Republican? Sorry, but Iranians don't have much of a track record for being strong believers in Individualism, free market, freedom and liberty, individual rights, being created equal, etc. Perhaps you are a contrarian? I wonder if you or your relatives or friends aren't in on the climate change hustle. Perhaps your experience in the insurance industry means you stand to gain from insuring against hysterical fears about climate change. Convince more people that hurricanes and floods are going to wipe them out so that they increase their coverages? Rouzy Vafaie is also involved in politics. So he might just be another politician with his greasy fingers in on the tax funds laundered to these schemes. Perhaps he wishes for FEMA to get greater funding so that his insurance company is better covered and subsidized by Federal tax dollars.

Consider the source people. He makes no scientific, convincing claims in this sloppily written article. It's emotional, politically motivated garbage void of facts, data, studies, or anything meaningful that should compel you to want to pay more of your hard earned income to these politicians or warrant them to confiscate other people's earned income which DemoKrat voters so often love to do.

He claims he's a Republican, but calls other Republicans "climate hoaxers." Yet the best evidence we have of hoaxes are from Climate Change proponents who accidentally got their e-mails leaked like Hillary Clinton and John Podesta. It always sux to get caught with your hand in the cookie jar, doesn't it?

Several things in his article are wrong.

"Hurricane Florence missed us, but even as a tropical storm, still caused mass evacuations (expensive), closed schools and businesses (expensive), and led to scores of casualties."

Hurricane Florence did not cause mass evacuations. Your government did. Government schools closed. Your government made it expensive. Your government told you to evacuate an entire week before we received a mere rainstorm. Heck, it was a beautiful sunny day the day they claimed it would hit Charleston. I took my children to the park! Most (not all) of the people who die in these storms do stupid things like drive cars through storm surges or try to walk through storm surges or go surfing during dangerous currents. Most of those deaths could have been avoided with sensible preparation, caution, and Darwinian logic and good instinct.

"you're already paying for climate change, but not in the way that helps the economy or sparks innovation"

Yes. We already pay billions in taxes that go towards the hustle in the forms of grants and foreign aid and contributions to foreign causes. Also, Obama used the scheme to reward his campaign supporters in 2009 to the tune of many billions of dollars for a long list of now bankrupt companies that never produced anything beneficial to the economy nor anything innovative. The current government spending does not help the economy or spark innovation.

"This Republican has had enough."

Oh really? Go retrieve the $1.7 billion Hussein Obama dropped off on a pallet in Iran and put it towards your global warming, oops, I mean "climate change" hoax. I'm sure none of that money made it to any of Iranian Valerie Jarrett's communist family members and friends in Iran....nahhhh Obama and Jarrett are too honest for that! (FBI Files Document Communism in Valerie Jarretts Family https://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/06…)

"Left unaddressed, climate change is likely to fuel more storms that ravage our coastline, raise our sea levels, and flood our lowlands."

LOL. Seriously? So if I pay you more of my hard earned income, you're going to personally stop the seas from rising and stop the hurricanes dead in their tracks? The seas will be calm all year round? The sun will shine more often? What? You're going to build a magical weather machine? Listen to what you are promising. It's a lot of "hot air"!!!

"Conservatives like me believe in protecting the environment through free markets and deregulation, which in turn creates competition."

No, you don't. You are suggesting a coercive government imposed carbon tax which is the antithesis of free markets and individualism and free will. You aren't a Conservative, so stop pretending. Let people conserve their own earned income and apply it as they wish. If you believe in free markets, then you'd suggest that all your fellow believers voluntarily donate to the cause rather than be coerced at gunpoint by the IRS under threat of seizure of our assets and jail time.

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Posted by Sense A on November 9, 2018 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Ignore climate change or don't, but you're still paying for it

We didn't always have satellites to detect storms that never hit shores. There's so many inconsistencies in how we collect data over many decades that it is silly to claim this is "settled science." As I explained above, there's 1,500,000,000,000 reasons why someone might lie and exxagerate climate change or pretend mankind has significant impact or ability to change it.

"However, when adjusted with an estimate of storms that stayed at sea and were likely missed in the pre-satellite era, there is no longer any significant increase in Atlantic hurricanes since the late 1800s (red curve). " https://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/global-warming-a…

More proof of inconsistencies:

"Stations have moved to different locations over the past 150 years, most more than once. They have changed instruments from mercury thermometers to electronic sensors, and have changed the time they take temperature measurements from afternoon to morning. Cities have grown up around stations, and some weather stations are not ideally located. All of these issues introduce inconsistencies into the temperature record." (Source http://www-users.york.ac.uk/~kdc3/papers/c…)

Why have DemoKrats abandoned the scientific method, inserted bias into their studies, and use inconsistent methods of obtaining data and then try to pass it off as science when it is sloppy pseudo-science?

Here's other realities DemoKrats don't want to acknowledge:

"Natural disasters are claiming fewer lives. Data tracked by 'Our World in Data' shows that from 2007-17, an average of 7,000 people each year were killed by natural disasters. In the decade 50 years earlier, the annual figure was more than 37,000. Fewer people die from natural disasters than 50 years ago.

The material cost of disasters also has decreased when considered as a proportion of the global economy. The decrease in disaster damage isnt a surprise, because as the world population and economy have grown, the incidence of the most damaging extreme events has hardly changed.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported in 2014 that there has been no increase in hurricanes, floods, droughts or tornadoes within the past 30 years." (Source SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 DEBBIE YOUNG)

American taxpayers already pay over $1 billion per year to international environmental protection causes. (Source https://stats.oecd.org/) . That's up from $182M in 2003. We've already significantly increased the amount of public funds we put towards protecting the environment, but the plutocrat DemoKrat hustler politicians and their robber baron lobbyists always want more more more more more. They are greedy. Get private funding from all the rich Hollywood liberals who pretend to care so much. Make them put their money where their big mouths are since they attempt to remind all us "deplorables" how much better they are than all of us.

The Journal of Hydrology analyzed North Atlantic tropical cyclones (TCs) and their contribution to flooding and rainfall across the US and concluded "we do not detect statistically significant trends in the magnitude or frequency of TC floods."

Leading Univ. of Alabama climate scientist Dr. Roy Spencer explained that "Coastal lake sediments along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline from 1,000 to 2,000 years ago suggest more frequent and intense hurricanes than occur today."

So according to analysis of sediments from thousands of years ago, there were many more and more intense hurricanes long before the beginning of the industrial revolution. There were also at least six known ice ages before the industrial revolution. DemoKrats deny science.

Corrupt DemoKrat politicians and their Robber Baron lobbyists who want their hands in on the $1.5 Trillion global warming hustle pretend like ClimateGate 1.0 and ClimateGate 2.0 never happened. leaked emails from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit revealed that the pseudo-scientist political operatives were withholding data that didn't support their climate change hysteria hoax and that they were doctoring data. (Sources https://wattsupwiththat.com/climategate/ ClimateGate 2.0 happened in 2011, following the original scandal of released e-mails in 2009, and revealed: "(1) prominent scientists central to the global warming debate are taking measures to conceal rather than disseminate underlying data and discussions; (2) these scientists view global warming as a political cause rather than a balanced scientific inquiry and (3) many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data." (source: James Taylor of the Spark of Freedom Foundation).

Stop being so gullible people. Al Gore is a bad politician, not a scientist. The dumb pundits on CNN don't know anything about meteorology or geology and don't know much about anything else either other than how to powder their faces with make-up and read teleprompters and repeat what AP or Reuters tell them to say.

Be a critical thinker. Be professionally skeptical. Don't believe what anyone else tells you because, with $1.5 trillion at stake, they have ulterior motives.

No. You may not increase my taxes for your climate change hoax. Any carbon tax on businesses will increase the prices of products and services we buy and increase the cost of living for American citizens. You DemoKrats have no track record of spending the money responsibly (See fake green energy companies bankrupt above) and have a track record of lying and peddling the money to your lobbyist friends who help you get elected. They setup cardboard fake companies, pay themselves huge salaries until the money dries up, then file bankruptcy and keep their huge earnings. It is money laundering!!! You are crooks and deceitful liars.

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Posted by Sense A on November 9, 2018 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Ignore climate change or don't, but you're still paying for it

The US keeps subsidizing coal, oil and natural gas energy, that is expensive and contributes to global warming. We need to subsidize only renewable energy and nuclear energy. Besides, this coal, oil and natural gas energy just contributes to dirty air, leading to many deaths from lung diseases and heart disease. We do need a carbon tax instead. End the subsidies for oil, coal and natural gas.

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Posted by Tom Martin on November 8, 2018 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Ignore climate change or don't, but you're still paying for it

Some links:

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-11/documents/scientific_uncertainty_and_the_risks_of_climate_change.pdf

Atlantic Hurricane trend by year (note recent years):

http://www.stormfax.com/huryear.htm

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Posted by Pratik Chhatbar on November 8, 2018 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Ignore climate change or don't, but you're still paying for it

The Climate Change hustle is a $1.5 TRILLION dollar global business industry! (Source Climate Change Business Journal)

That is a whole lot of money, which is why you see these articles pop up every week trying to convince you to spend even more than the $1.5 Trillion

Here's why they need you to pay taxes...to fund scams like this which never produced any meaningful impact or protection for the environment:

Evergreen Solar ($25 million)* - BANKRUPT
SpectraWatt ($500,000)* - BANKRUPT
Solyndra ($535 million)* - BANKRUPT
Beacon Power ($43 million)* - BANKRUPT
Nevada Geothermal ($98.5 million) - BANKRUPT
SunPower ($1.2 billion) - BANKRUPT
First Solar ($1.46 billion) - BANKRUPT
Babcock and Brown ($178 million) - BANKRUPT
EnerDels subsidiary Ener1 ($118.5 million)* - BANKRUPT
Amonix ($5.9 million) - BANKRUPT
Fisker Automotive ($529 million) - BANKRUPT
Abound Solar ($400 million)* - BANKRUPT
A123 Systems ($279 million)* - BANKRUPT
Willard and Kelsey Solar Group ($700,981)* - BANKRUPT
Johnson Controls ($299 million) - BANKRUPT
Schneider Electric ($86 million) - BANKRUPT
Brightsource ($1.6 billion) - BANKRUPT
ECOtality ($126.2 million) - BANKRUPT
Raser Technologies ($33 million)* - BANKRUPT
Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million)* - BANKRUPT
Mountain Plaza, Inc. ($2 million)* - BANKRUPT
Olsens Crop Service & Olsens Mills Acquisition Company ($10M)* - BANKRUPT
Range Fuels ($80 million)* - BANKRUPT
Thompson River Power ($6.5 million)* - BANKRUPT
Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million)* - BANKRUPT
Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million)* - BANKRUPT
GreenVolts ($500,000) - BANKRUPT
Vestas ($50 million) - BANKRUPT
LG Chems subsidiary Compact Power ($151 million) - BANKRUPT
Nordic Windpower ($16 million)* - BANKRUPT
Navistar ($39 million) - BANKRUPT
Satcon ($3 million)* - BANKRUPT
Konarka Technologies Inc. ($20 million)* - BANKRUPT
Mascoma Corp. ($100 million) - BANKRUPT

Obama clean energy loans leave taxpayers in $2.2 billion hole
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/…

Notice a pattern here? They take the money and run. They setup their fake cardboard company, pay themselves huge salaries until the public funds dry up, then declare bankruptcy.

I mean, geez, if one of President Trump's hotels goes bankrupt you make a big deal out of it. When over a 100 of these fake green energy companies go bankrupt you want to double down on stupid and scam more taxpayers!

President Obama subsidized solar and other renewable energy in the United States with taxpayer money to the tune of $39 billion per year on average over 5 years!

Al Gore Net Worth: $300 MILLION!!! Rich off his SCAMS!

Why do we make this a partisan issue? This doesn't have to be a DemoKrat versus Republican issue. It's a scam and we all should see it for that. There's so much evidence it is a scam.

I am all for the environment. I love nature. I want to protect nature and the environment for my children. That means changing our personal behavior and conserving our resources. You don't have to give the government a dime. Be conscious. Reuse things. Recycle. Fix things. Turn off the lights. Grow your own garden. Consolidate your trips in your car. Live a minimalist lifestyle. That's the sort of thing I can respect and appreciate as a Conservative.

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Posted by Sense A on November 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Ignore climate change or don't, but you're still paying for it

Ahhhhh, another one of the weekly climate change propaganda pieces in the Charleston City Paper. Are you guys on Al Gore's payroll?

No one disputes that the climate changes. The Earth is estimated to be about 4 billion years old. The climate on this planet has been changing for a very long time.

What I do dispute is your false belief that mankind has any significant impact on the climate. For example, the earliest stages of the modern industrial revolution did not begin until about 1760.

So let's assume the Earth is approximately 4 Billion years old. How did the climate change in the 3,999,998,240 years preceding mankind burning coal to power steam engines or refining oil into gasoline for combustible engines? According to the mythology, the climate should have been nonvolatile and temperate. I mean, we didn't have fake Neo-Marxist political heroes pretending that by raising our taxes they can save the planet! You don't even suggest how you'd spend billions in new tax revenues to change the weather. Would we get more Solyndra's and Evergreen Solar's?

It is widely agreed upon that scientists have discovered and identified at least six major ice ages in the Earth's history. This means that there were periods, lasting hundreds and even thousands of years, in which the Earth gradually cooled over a very long length of time, and then gradually warmed over a very long period of time. How did ice ages freeze over, and then melt, without me driving my SUV around!?!?!? I'm insulted! I was narcissist and thought that the planet's climate hinged upon whether I drove my SUV or took the bus!!!

Here's another fallacy of your silly argument. Say all the sheeple agreed to pay more taxes for your phony climate change hysteria. How would your corrupt DemoKrat leaders spend that money? Build another $535 million Solyndra so that it goes bankrupt in less than 3 years? There's nothing you can do with that tax money to make any meaningful impact on the climate. Practical solutions are personal changes in behavior as Mr. Pratik Chhatbar took the time to describe above. I respect him taking personal responsibility to positively change his green energy footprint instead of trying to hustle more taxpayers out of others while maintaining a wasteful lifestyle like so many hypocritical green energy hustling DemoKrats.

By increasing taxation, you are actually increasing the amount of carbon being burned. Think about it. The billions of dollars in taxes you want to confiscate from the public and businesses - how do you think those dollars are generated? We need fuel and energy to produce goods and services to generate income which you confiscate. Fossil fuel and coal was burned to produce the income which you thereby tax. That tax money which you confiscate must then be replaced, so more fossil fuel and coal is burned to replace the income you confiscated and handed over to corrupt plutocrat DemoKrats who use the money to launder to their green energy robber barons. The tax money is also used to create more greenhouse gas and carbon waste by running the inefficient government bureaucracy to manage the stolen tax dollars, oftentimes with 80%+ going towards overhead, salaries, benefits, and pensions.

I am a Conservative. By nature I CONSERVE. I produce very little waste. I repair things instead of throwing them away. I can make a washer, dryer, water heater, dish washer, etc. last 3x as long as a liberal DemoKrat can. I know how to replace elements, heater cores, transformers, clutches, etc. I reuse and recycle by shopping flea markets and yard sales. DemoKrats throw their garbage to the curb every week just to redecorate. I see it every week. People with Joe Cunningham signs in their yards throw away good lumber, so they must not care about trees. They only print one sided so they must not care about trees again. DemoKrats are by nature wasteful not only in their own lives but in government as well. You produce more waste and have larger footprints. Most DemoKrats haven't changed their behavior to save the environment. Yet they virtue signal and try to use excuses to confiscate more of my privately earned income and hand it over to fake climate change hustler robber barons.

We have lots of evidence that these climate change pimps are hypocrites (I'll provide more in a second post). News came out that Al Gore's annual electric and utility bills were over $30,000 per year! That's more electricity than I use in a decade! Not to mention all the jet fuel he burns traveling all over the world when the j@ck@ss could have skyped. There's also a youtube video of Al Gore leaving his motorcade idling for over an hour while he gave a speech - needlessly burning fossil fuel just so he could keep his limousines cool! An investigative journalist also interviewed people attending the Al Gore speech who took private taxis or cars instead of using public transportation. DemoKrats are such hypocrites and people see it.

Scientists also confirm that there was more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. So either Dinosaurs were riding around in SUV's, or the Earth's climate changed without intervention of mankind. There's also multiple scientific studies that suggest that Carbon Dioxide levels in the atmosphere do not have much of a positive correlation with temperature. Temperatures fell between 1940 and 1970 even as CO2 levels increased. Studies such as publishings by McKitrick, McIntyre and Herman have shown Climate Change model predictions of temperature exceed the observable trends by as much as 300%. Ferenc Miskolczi's 3 papers published in 2004, 2007 and 2010 show that the greenhouse effect has not changed in the last 61 years, therefore proving that the slight heating which has occurred over the 20th century has not been due to greenhouse gases such as CO2. Be honest, it is silly to suggest that the 6th most abundant element in the universe is "pollution."

Many scientific models suggest that sea levels have been rising at the rate of 10 to 20 centimeters (four to eight inches) per hundred years for the past 6,000 years. Again, the industrial revolution did not even begin until 250 years ago.

There has been no increase in extreme weather events (i.e. floods, tornadoes, drought) over the past century. Computer models used to forecast climate change do not predict more extreme weather.

There are many intelligent scientists on both sides of the debate. I roll my eyes every time some know-it-all falsely claims it is "settled science." If it were settled science then we'd stop spending billions of dollars studying it.

Here's the truth. No matter how much your phony politicians steal from hard working people's paychecks or try to rob from businesses, they aren't going to stop the weather. Paying more tax to you isn't going to stop a hurricane. It isn't going to hold back a flood. You aren't Moses. DemoKrats are just frauds with creative excuses to try to steal more of our privately earned income. The truth hurts. Your DemoKrat leaders do not have magic powers. They were just going to launder the money to their friends who sit on the boards of fake cardboard companies such as Solyndra. Think about it, Obama's friends at Solyndra paid themselves huge salaries. The company never produced anything and went bankrupt, but they got huge salaries in the meantime. It's a scam.

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Posted by Sense A on November 8, 2018 at 3:03 PM

Re: “Ignore climate change or don't, but you're still paying for it

Rouzy Vafaie it is not expensive to prevent climate change (to whatever extent possible by human effort), but rather there is an incentive to go after techs that decrease transfer of carbon under the ground into atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide, the green house gas.

The question is how?

1. Get a solar roof.
- I used to have electricity bill of ~$150/month (more in extreme winter with snow at ~$300/month+)
- Installed solar roof at $2.50/watt for ~$22k. (~8.5 kW system)
- Electricity bills went down to $0 - I am only paying $10/month grid connectivity fees. That's ~$140/month, or ~$1700/year saved!
- 30% federal and 25% state subsidies, so I will be getting back ~$12k back, leaving me with ~$10k solar roof expense, to be recovered in ~6 years.
- Given the 25-30+ years life of solar roof, I will be SAVING money, while not burning any coal to light up my house!

2. Get an electric/hybrid car.
- I have a Camry and a Prius, with fuel efficiency of 20/30 and 50/40, respectively. So, on an average Prius needs half the gas than camry. Given I've been driving ~15k miles/year, this equals ~666 gallons of gas with Camry but only ~333 gallons with Prius! Even with most liberal $2/gal, I am saving $666 every year for driving Prius. And CO2 emissions are halved!
- Now for people arguing that making battery is not environment friendly: agreed. However, you don't add new battery in the car every few days (unlike gas). As for building ~5 kWh battery in Prius, it is equivalent to ~2 ton of CO2 emissions. Compare that to ~3 tons of CO2 emissions that I just saved for riding my Prius IN A SINGLE YEAR! (20 lb CO2/gallon of gas burnt!)
- Now for people who think electric cars are not the way to go as they have bigger battery packs, think of Tesla Model S P100D: It has 100 kWh battery which would be equivalent to ~50 ton of CO2 emissions. However, you are saving ~6 tons of emissions (read: Camry!) by driving an electric, so it takes only 6.3 years to compensate for the offset!
- Now for people who argue that their cars are not feed through electricity generated through solar, but through traditional coal plants: yes, then there will be difference of about half (coal plants are multi-fold more efficient than the car engine! - think of heat that just dissipates in the atmosphere and you actually need to cool the engine down in order for it to work!). Still, it will be good in ~13 years. Many states, especially in SC, there are 20+ years old cars still on the road. With 1 million+ miles assurance on battery-powered motor and robust drive trains, the electric cars can easily survive for many decades. So, it is still a better proposition at this date and time.
Here is one helpful link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RhtiPefVzM

For future, renewable energy as well as batteries will only get better and cheaper. So, there is no reason not to go renewable. Better for our pockets, both directly (less/no money to spend on gas/electricity) and indirectly (lowered premiums) and also for the lungs and bodies and brains of us and our kids!

Charleston is on the coast of Atlantic and lets not bring the shore line to Columbia as it used to be in Jurassic age! A bit of reclaimed land as a result of lowered atmospheric CO2 is actually appreciated. We can build more houses in Charleston County and also decrease our insurance premiums by having occasional hurricane every few years rather than a few hurricanes every single year!

Cheers!!!

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Posted by Pratik Chhatbar on November 8, 2018 at 2:11 PM

Re: “South Carolina should make it easier for people to vote

"Because they feared voter fraud when none existed. "

False. There have been over a thousand convictions over the past couple decades, many involving individuals dealing with multiple false votes. Obviously, it would be foolish to assume all cases of voter fraud were caught. Our system needs to be tighter, not looser.

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Posted by Cid95 on November 4, 2018 at 9:52 PM

Re: “South Carolina should make it easier for people to vote

And yet our neighbors like Canada, Mexico, and almost all the industrialized democracies require photo IDs to vote. It is almost 2019. A valid photo ID is required to purchase a ticket on a Greyhound bus. Is this because of discrimination as well?

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Posted by RASPUTIY on November 4, 2018 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Hoping for the spirit of Esau Jenkins to haunt us this Halloween

I really enjoyed reading this article.

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Posted by Aoki Rose Wilson on November 2, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Hoping for the spirit of Esau Jenkins to haunt us this Halloween

Awesome!

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Posted by Kaye Shaffer on November 1, 2018 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Climate change is real no matter who you vote for, but who you vote for has never mattered more

Sense A, of course climate used to change in earlier millions of years, for various reasons. And yes, there was a lot of carbon dioxide when the dinosaurs were such a dominant life form, like you say. (Of course now dinosaurs also roam the earth, it has been discovered some years ago that birds are dinosaurs too.) But now there is a lot of carbon dioxide for a different reason than during the time dinosaurs were so dominant, it is because of all the burning of fossil fuels. So that is the main reason for the increase of the global warming nowadays. No matter how Al Gore is misbehaving. That is his fault. I am not behaving that way. I don't even need to run air conditioning in the summer, since I don't live under the roof, there is one apartment above me, so it never got real hot in my apartment. So I am not using much electricity, at least not in the warm months. Of course when it gets cool outside and the temperature in my apartment gets below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, I need to start using the heat. Charleston is not Hawaii after all.

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Posted by Tom Martin on November 1, 2018 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Climate change is real no matter who you vote for, but who you vote for has never mattered more

No one disputes that the climate changes. The Earth is estimated to be about 4 billion years old. The climate on this planet has been changing over a period of a very long time.

What I do dispute is your false belief that mankind has any significant impact on the climate. It shouldn't take much argument to prove you false. For example, the earliest stages of the modern industrial revolution did not begin until about 1760.

So let's assume the Earth is approximately 4Billion years old. How did the climate change in the 3,999,998,240 years before mankind began burning coal to power steam engines or refining oil into gasoline for combustible engines? According to your mythology, the climate should have been nonvolatile and temperate. I mean, we didn't have fake Neo-Marxist political heroes pretending that by raising our taxes they can save the planet!

It is widely agreed upon that scientists have discovered and identified at least six major ice ages in the Earth's history. This means that there were periods, lasting hundreds and even thousands of years, in which the Earth gradually cooled over a very long length of time, and then gradually warmed over a very long period of time. How did ice ages freeze over, and then melt, without me driving my SUV around!?!?!? I'm insulted! I was narcissist and thought that the planet's climate hinged upon whether I drove my SUV or took the bus!!!

Here's another fallacy of your silly argument. Say all the sheeple agreed to pay more taxes for your phony climate change hysteria. How would your corrupt DemoKrat leaders spend that money? Build another Solyndra so that it goes bankrupt in less than 3 years? There's nothing you can do with that tax money to make any meaningful impact on the climate. You are actually increasing the amount of carbon being burned. Think about it. The billions of dollars in taxes you want to confiscate from the public. How do you think those dollars are generated? We need fuel and energy to produce goods and services to generate income which you confiscate. Fossil fuel and coal was burned to produce the income which you thereby tax. That tax money which you confiscate must then be replaced, so more fossil fuel and coal is burned to replace the income you confiscated and handed over to corrupt plutocrat DemoKrats who use the money to launder to their green energy robber barons.

I am a Conservative. By nature I CONSERVE. I produce very little waste. I repair things instead of throwing them away. I can make a washer, dryer, water heater, dish washer, etc. last 3x as long as a liberal DemoKrat can. I know how to replace elementers, heater cores, transformers, clutches, etc. DemoKrats throw their garbage to the curb every week just to redecorate. DemoKrats are by nature wasteful not only in their own lives but in government as well. You produce more waste and have larger footprints. DemoKrats haven't changed their behavior to save the environment. Yet you virtue signal and try to use excuses to confiscate more of my privately earned income and hand it over to fake climate change hustler robber barons.

We also have evidence that these climate change pimps are hypocrites. News came out that Al Gore's annual electric and utility bills were over $30,000 per year!!! That's more electricity than I use in a decade! Not to mention all the jet fuel he burns traveling all over the world when the j@ck@ss could have skyped. There's also a youtube video of Al Gore leaving his motorcade idling for over an hour while he gave a speech. Needlessly burning fossil fuel just so he could keep his limousines cool! You DemoKrats are such hypocrites and people see it. We see you for the frauds that you are.

Scientists also confirm that there was more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. So either Dinosaurs were riding around in SUV's, or the Earth's climate changed without intervention of mankind.

Here's the truth. No matter how much your phony politicians steal from hard working people's paychecks, they aren't going to stop the weather. Paying more tax to you isn't going to stop a hurricane. It isn't going to hold back a flood. You aren't Moses. You're just a fraud with creative excuses to try to steal more of our privately earned income. I know the truth hurts. Your DemoKrat leaders do not have magic powers. They were just going to launder the money to their friends who sit on the boards of fake cardboard companies such as Solyndra. Think about it, Obama's friends at Solyndra paid themselves huge salaries. The company never produced anything and went bankrupt, but they got huge salaries in the meantime. It's a scam. Your discovery that the climate changes deserves a "no duh" response. Your naivete, though, is worthy of ridicule. These scientists will keep studying it as long as you keep wasting my tax dollars and giving them $200,000 annual grants for new lab equipment, tools, salaries, assistants, vehicles, etc. Heck, throw me a $200,000 grant per year and a six digit salary and I'll tell you whatever cr@p you want to hear. It's pseudo-science and a scam.

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Posted by Sense A on November 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Re: “That first gubernatorial debate was kind of boring

Zee,

I didn't know you went to WVU. I love West Virginia. Beautiful mountains and crisp clean air. Lots of trees and rolling hills. Rivers and creeks. Very libertarian and individualist in many parts of the country there. I could see myself retiring there.

I also had to disagree with NY Times during my coursework earning three degrees in business. Do you have any idea how many economics courses I had to suffer through with professors handing out articles written by the NY Times pseudo-economist Paul Krugman? Paul Krugman is a fraud and professors handing out his garbage are amateurs and should be laughed off the campus. So it shouldn't surprise you that Keynesian economics are pushed on to business students and Austrian school of economics are the ones getting pushed out of the classroom. They believe in a control economy. The same people who demonize their misunderstanding of "trickle down economics" support a foreign international banking cartel setting artificial target rates and essentially controlling the economy. Quite the hypocritical stance.

I agree that the STEM curriculum might be one of the only studies still worth going to college for. I think we should pressure institutions to stop requiring college credits for passing certifications. For example, if you can pass the BAR exam or the CPA exam or the difficult CFA exam, who cares if you went to college or not? Sadly, these certifications and licenses require you do the jail time at one of these bogus colleges and pay the ripoff tuition. We really need to rethink the way we approach education in America. Is a four year or six year sentence on an inefficiently managed campus full of neo-marxist propaganda really the way forward? The progressives are regressive. They aren't progressive. They love their status quo. Why would a lazy professor who only works 20 hours a week and makes over $100,000 plus a pension and nice benefits and lots of vacation time and a cozy office where he has zero supervision want to change that? Or the administrators who make huge money inefficiently managing the campus?

You jump topics a bit too much for me to keep up sometimes. I'm going to eat some of my daughter's Halloween candy and hit the sack. Good night.

Posted by Sense A on October 31, 2018 at 9:24 PM

Re: “That first gubernatorial debate was kind of boring

I agree some colleges have very big political agendas to promote (cofc is one), but educations in engineering, physics, chemistry never get too much into politics from my experience. In fact, as someone who took all physical lab sciences like chemistry, physics, and biology at another college (WVU) I was shocked at how biased a COFC education in political science was. THEY CALLED THE COFC TYPES AT A CAREER MINDED SCIENCE SCHOOL LIKE WVU "artsy fartsy" types that would never want to support a family with a career anyways. It's cool someone's got to play the role of hippies even if there Is NO real left with political clout anyways aside from NYTIMES being pro ISRAEL. Since when is supporting the military of Israel the "left" anyways? It's just a brainwashing mantra. MY EXPERIENCE IS THAT I got straight A's in PREMEDICAL SCHOOL lab sciences only to find my self struggling with a D average at Cofc BECAUSE I DISAGREED VOCALLY WITH NY TIMES IN CLASS. They graded down my opinions and stole my money, because I didnt believe NY times reasoning FOR THE WAR.

I never took any classes on subsidies to my memory in economics personally that I remember, but I did get an A in macroeconomics at WVU like 18 years ago I must have forgot. I just remember that the economic principle is based entirely off of the principle of SELFISHNESS+ supply and demand. Maybe the government subsidies for education would be best if they were only for degrees the state couold use like engineering, medicine, or even teachers. I dont know.

Plus it could be done maybe like a 401k? I'm not an economist, but SOMETHING needs to be done aside from loading our hard working career minded young people with debt. I did t graduate as a pharmacist or even get to APPLY, because the cost of tuition was more than I could afford. The rich and poor kid got free college, but not me and my middle class parents. I have friends that failed out that got FULL RIDE scholarships through state Grants, because they were poor (because their dad was in prison for white collar CRIMES).
This didnt stop them from squandering their chances and scholarships on top of this. All this free grant money from the government did for them was help them buy all the cocaine and alcohol they needed (till they failed out and had to move back home).
Meanwhile, I was working a job part time to pay my Bill's while trying to compete academically with these kids that had more time and money due to having successful rich doctor parents themselves. While I going to do a night shift at subway making 6 dollars an houR THEY HAVE ALL THAT EXTRA TIME TO STUDY AND DO HOMEWORK. HOW COULD I COMPETE WITH THEM ON TESTS?

I'm not happy. State service to a war I STRONGLY DISAGREED with back then was THE ONLY WAY offered to me as a way to pay for my college. It wasn't worth it to me at the time to go to IRAQ so I got a BANK loan that is one reason I STILL DONT OWN AHOME TO THIS DAY. F*** it, and f*** the rigged economy. Its rigged to benefit the rich for sure. They say I have to KILL in a WAR to have a home and replace those bodies with my own little rugrats. That is their economic principle on the ground.
I'm still a pussy, and I wasnt going to Iraq to fight just to get money to learn how to work in some pill factory to become a "PROFESSIONAL" dick head making 100,000 dollars a year WHO THINKS THEY ARE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ESLE for DOING a job a robot could do.. Cause daddy paid for it!

maybe if our government offered more government internships for state service opportunities that would work, but they used tuition for us poor West Virginia kids as a form of a MODERN DAY DRAFT BOARDS. They are like you want to fight and KILL for YOUR future, or do you want to stay in the hole working in a gas station your whole life? Join up.

Posted by zee on October 31, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Re: “Climate change is real no matter who you vote for, but who you vote for has never mattered more

Thank you, Jeremy, for your efforts to place issues related to climate change at the tips of issues at the local, state, national and international levels. If these related issues are not effectively addressed comprehensively and soon, we need not worry about the rest of our public agenda: it wont matter if life on the planet is diminished or even extinguished.

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Posted by Bud Ferillo on October 31, 2018 at 2:27 PM

Re: “That first gubernatorial debate was kind of boring

Zee,

You obviously have not studied economics. Anything the government subsidizes increases in price. Do these colleges you want to subsidize no longer teach the effect of subsidy on the supply and demand curve? Wow.

As a citizen in this nation, not a dollar of my earnings should be confiscated to pay for someone else's college education, especially when I disagree with the neo-marxist ideology being spread in these colleges that no longer are genuine institutions of higher learning. Colleges also engage in racist admissions policies that penalize Asians and whites and allow lesser qualified people with lower SAT scores and lower GPA's to get in just because they have more pigment in their skin. That's as racist as it gets. Heck, I'd even argue that many of the Asians likely have just as much pigment in their skin as the Hispanic, but the racist admissions offices in colleges penalize them because of their ethnicity and genetic propensity to have higher IQ's and a more intellectual cultural upbringing void of single parenthood, rap music and hooligan sports fanaticism.

It does not surprise me that the debates are boring. "Hate Trump" gets boring as a platform. Too bad DemoKrats don't have anything to offer other than wealth redistribution and the false ideal that government is good at anything let alone managing and operating every facet of our lives. Can anyone here give me one articulate explanation why I should vote for DemoKrats other than "hate Trump" ? I didn't think so. #WalkAway

Notice how the more government subsidizes housing, the more housing costs go up as well. And let's be honest, both the quality of the education being offered as well as the intellectual capability and average IQ of the college student have both decreased over the last 15 years (source https://anepigone.blogspot.com/2017/04/ave…). The average IQ score of a college student in the 1960s was over 10 points higher!

What used to be institution for mental and academic jousting and debate and scientific method and philosophical debate and an oddyssey for truth has been replaced with screaming, censorship, lazy wikipedia and google research, an abandonment of the scientific method, overpaid marxist professors with no notable or respectable publication or revolutionary thought. In matter of fact, colleges have become baby sitting camps parents use to get their still immature and foolishly idealistic children out of their basements. The same DemoKrats who pretend to care about children all the while supporting the abortion of nearly one million babies per year, supporting a candidate for president who helped a pedophile rapist get off with just probation, have no qualms about putting the average college graduate $39,400 in debt. It helps pay for their six digit salaries they earn only working 9 months out of the year not to mention their ridiculously large pensions the state taxpayers are anchored with. Then, instead of being prepared to compete in a free market enterprise capitalist system ready to provide innovative products and services to a consumerist population, they end up moving back into their parents basements and sucking on bongs between part-time shifts at the local Starbucks, void of basic skills such as using a multi-meter or being able to measure and cut a two by four or being able to recite any portion of the Constitution or list off their own guaranteed rights in the Bill of Rights. But if you asked them to explain meaningless social justice garbage, they can spew nonsense for hours without citing scientific evidence or empirical data to back any of it up.

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Posted by Sense A on October 30, 2018 at 6:56 PM

Re: “That first gubernatorial debate was kind of boring

1I agree! How hard could it be to get college tuition dropped with a wave of the magic wand. The government could EASILY match students DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR for their tuition similar to a 401k to get it paid.

The dollar for dollar contribution to paying a student's tuition should also be an option outside of student loans and grants. Anyone willing to pay their half of the tuition for a government match should get it. Not just if their parents income bracket was low enough like they are recipients of a welfare check.

That way the government itself becomes a major customer for these universities (by matching an investment from it's own citizens). Since it will have alot more money with sway to negotiate tuition cost (as a customer), the government will be able to negotiate for everyone and keep tuition cost down. The state would have better bargaining power than all of these individual consumers we keep forcing to pay these extortionists (the colleges) their sky high tuition pricing.


Cheaper college education for all (anyone willing to match the government for tuition) in the sciences, philosophy, and physics is the ONLY way we will start to fix ANYTHING. How hard is it to get passionate about it? What about ANGRY even if it doesnt get done. They are stealing our future and present by turning Americans into factory workers with banking schemes and student loand. Alot of people would appreciate more passion and idealism.

That way maybe even people wanting to take class and learn for their own embetterment can take one for half price ( or less) without taking on house payment size debt. People should be able to buy homes when they graduate and get married. NOT become slaves to debt and fear of losing their first job stress. What a shitty life to have to juggle all at once while they promote childishness on TV with sexuality.

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Posted by zee on October 29, 2018 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Don't be distracted, support candidates based on the issues

Andrew, I respect your opinion, your track record and your passion and I am not ignoring anything you outlined. I am not suggesting that the District shouldn't look at doing more with less from an administrative stand point (that's good business) but by and large those positions are important and to suggest otherwise flies in the face of what it requires to operate a half billion organization. Putting hard working administrators on "blast" having never walked in their shoes does nothing positive for anyone.

My commentary was not an indictment about any one candidate or slate of candidates and it was not an endorsement of the current Board or administration. Again, I do not speak for CCSD but I can tell you that there are many within the District that are not satisfied with the disparities that exist and believe we can and will do more. As Bratton Riley accurately noted in his FB comment to me, the data suggests we have a ton of work ahead of us but one of the points of my commentary is that if we continue to have Board members join the Board (regardless of which coalition they belong to) and continue to vilify the administration, or pit administrators against teachers, we will see NO progress. I can say that because I have participated in over 2400 hours of Board meetings during my time at CCSD (yes, I calculated it). I have seen the bickering, the backstabbing and personal agendas take center stage while the important questions about teacher compensation and racial inequities were marginalized. I have also seen the Board and the Administration work together to accomplish some important tasks. I am not suggesting that there are individuals on the current Board that don't care about these issues because they do. As a Board, they must unite and pick one or two issues to focus on and then direct all their efforts to that challenge AND work in partnership with the Administration. It is very difficult to work with an Administration if you think a large majority of those in those positions are expendable. What we need right now are leaders who have the ability to bring people together and if they do not possess that ability -- it doesn't matter what their credentials or resume look like.

While I cannot speak for every department, I can tell you that as of today, we are serving more students from Title I schools now than we did a few years ago and those students are receiving a higher quality after school experience because we are integrating STEM, 21st Century skills, and social-emotional learning into our programs. We are also serving more non Title I students. Access and equal opportunity to high quality after school programs has been the teams focus for quite some time. This doesn't happen when people put their head in the sand and ignore issues. It happens when a team rolls up their sleeves and gets to work regardless of the system or Board or other outside pressures.

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