Sunday, August 14, 2022

A Bit Of Climate History

Climate Change Deniers

  • One of our mantras at The Pipeline is "Climate Changes. Always Has, Always Will." This fact, which we've discussed in various contexts, is important to remember, as is Christopher Horner's addendum -- somehow, "saying 'climate changes' makes one a 'climate change denier.' Go figure."

    For more of this genre of "climate change denial," check out the Ango-Irish pop historian and political commentator Ed West discussing Great Britain's recent heatwave with an eye towards history. He begins his post with a discussion of climatologist Hubert Lamb, who first noticed that descriptions of European agriculture from centuries past made little sense in the context of the modern climate.Hubert Lamb concluded that Europe must have been considerably warmer during the Middle Ages, and in 1965 produced his great study outlining the theory of the Medieval Warm Period (1000-1300).
  • Since then, Lamb's thesis has been reinforced by analysis of pollen in peat bogs and radioactive isotope Carbon-14 found in tree rings.

Global warming has tended towards human thriving, whereas cooling has tended to be an occasion for concern

  • The Great Famine killed anywhere between 5-12% of the European population, although some areas, such as Flanders, suffered far worse death rates. The facts are brutal, but the events which precipitated them are natural. This occurred before the industrial revolution, and in a world without fracking or gas-and-diesel driven automobiles. 


 The United States has militarized police, sophisticated surveillance, and also ordinary citizens with little say in what goes on. Thus, the US has all the trappings of an all-powerful police state. A Police State is a totalitarian state controlled by a political police force that secretly supervises the citizens’ activities.

So is the US a totalitarian state? No. It’s an inverted totalitarian state. Corporations control the government through political contributions and lobbying. The persistent political apathy allows leaders to do what they want. The US pretends to be the model of democracy for the whole world. But, the US is a managed democracy or political form in which governments are legitimized with elections that they have learned to control.

Over the last 25 years, civilian law enforcement has been increasingly militarized in America. For example, there has been a 4000% increase in no-knock, military-armed SWAT raids over the past 30 years. Standard SWAT armament includes sub-machine guns, automatic weapons, stun grandees, and breaching shotguns.

We also have the world’s most extensive prison system. The US has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Over the last 40 years, the US prison population has risen by 700%

The NSA provides constant surveillance by wiretapping entire offices and also cell towers. It gathers nearly 5 billion records a day on smartphone locations. Additionally, Co-Traveler is one of the NSA’s most powerful analytic tools. By tracking cell locations, Co-Traveler can discern who you’re traveling with. In addition, the NSA intercepts computer shipments to plant spyware on new systems. Much less powerful nations have been police states. So, why couldn’t the US be one?

Our Dress Rehearsal for a Police State

Four hallmarks of a police state

  • Draconian laws depriving citizens of elementary civil rights
  • A mass media supportive of the state’s messaging and deprivation of rights.
  • Use of police enforcing laws and edicts with frightening alacrity
  • Snitches snitching on fellow citizens
  • The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, set up a “snitch line” whereby New Yorkers were told to send authorities photos of fellow New Yorkers violating any of the quarantine laws
  • Big Tech platforms removed posts about the coronavirus virus and potential treatments they deem “misinformation”
  • And the police have no choice but to enforce the laws they receive
  • “Police state” does not mean totalitarian state. America is not a totalitarian state; we still have many freedoms. But we are getting closer to one.

VAERS Data Sets

VAERS data CSV and compressed (ZIP) files are available for download in the table below. For information about VAERS data, please view the pdf icon VAERS Data Use Guide [PDF - 310KB], which contains the following information:

  • Important information about VAERS from the FDA
  • Brief description of VAERS
  • Cautions on interpreting VAERS data
  • Definitions of terms
  • Description of files
  • List of commonly used abbreviations

Select the desired time interval to download VAERS data. Each data set is available for download as a compressed (ZIP) file or as individual CSV files. Each compressed file contains the three CSV files listed for a specific data set.

YearZip FileCSV File
CSV File
(VAERS Symptoms)
CSV File
(VAERS Vaccine)
All Years Data*605.41 MB
2022*43.10 MB182.88 MB18.20 MB13.81 MB
2021168.50 MB624.01 MB75.64 MB55.99 MB
202011.20 MB41.73 MB4.51 MB4.45 MB
201911.22 MB41.38 MB4.70 MB4.45 MB 

New Zealand: Mugged By Covid Reality

In the first year of the pandemic, a team from Otago University in New Zealand published an interesting study that provided some explanation for the strong public support for lockdown measures.

  • Despite known or predicted collateral harms, including loss of livelihoods, elevated mortality from neglect of other diseases and ailments, "deaths of despair" from greater loneliness, and police abuses. The answer, they said, is the moralization of restrictions in pursuit of a Covid eradication strategy.
  • This offers a plausible explanation for why people who so warmly embrace the moral framework of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance in social policy settings, ended up supporting vaccine apartheid for those hesitant to get jabbed by shots with worryingly thin efficacy and safety trials before approval for public use.
    1. Initially, New Zealand attained extraordinarily successful results in keeping Covid under control and was widely lauded – by Anthony Fauci, ABC in Australia, the Guardian, NPR, the New York Times – as a model for hardline policy under decisive leadership (read: in contrast to Bad Orange Man who lived in a white house somewhere in Washington, DC).
    2. This offers a plausible explanation for why people who so warmly embrace the moral framework of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance in social policy settings, ended up supporting vaccine apartheid for those hesitant to get jabbed by shots with worryingly thin efficacy and safety trials before approval for public use.
    3. To be fair, though, by this date Australia still had a Covid death toll only about one-fifth to one-sixth, and New Zealand between one-seventh to one-ninth, of the European, British and American figures (Figure 3).
    4. While Covid can infect people in all seasons, it is mostly a winter virus and this gave New Zealand much more of a warning time than was available to Europe and North America.
    5. In combination with domestic isolation requirements, the prolonged strict border control measures kept New Zealand’s Covid mortality down to around fifty until the end of 2021 (Figure 1).
    6. The same seems to have been true of the vast human rights machinery that has grown up in every democratic society that kept prudently quiet rather than confront the unchecked power of the administrative state as it rode roughshod over long-established individual rights vis-à-vis the state. 

Why Solar Power Is Failing Amid Record-Breaking Heat

Solar panels become less efficient as temperatures rise

  • With heatwaves being reported worldwide, leading to wildfires and other environmental concerns, at least one energy sector is getting attention for its major producing potential - solar power.
  • But soaring temperatures may be hindering solar power production as solar panels work optimally at around 25oC and start becoming less efficient when the heat goes above this
  • This is not stopping rising consumer interest as people are driven to invest in solar technology as they see both hotter summers and rising consumer prices

Heat waves have encouraged public interest in solar technologies

  • As consumers face rapidly rising energy prices and see more sunny days, many are turning to renewable energies such as solar power as an alternative to help them save money and become more self-sufficient
  • While the heat waves being seen across the world may not be boosting solar production in the way many might have thought, they have encouraged widespread interest in the technology 

Washington, DC Mayor Asks US Military For 90 Days Of Help With Illegal Immigrants

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser

  • Bowser on Aug. 11 renewed her call for U.S. military assistance to deal with the surge of illegal immigrants the nation's capital has encountered after governors of border states began busing the immigrants to the city.
  • The initial request for National Guard assistance from Bowser, a Democrat, was rejected by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, a Biden appointee, earlier in August.

Grant Program

  • Washington Attorney General Karl Racine on Thursday said his office would start offering grants to local groups providing humanitarian assistance to the illegal immigrants, who are being transported to the District of Columbia by Texas and Arizona officials who are fed up with the surge in illegal immigration that has occurred under President Joe Biden. 

Margot Cleveland Explains Why Trump Warrant Casts A Broad Net, Isn't About 'Classified Or Not'

There's been a lot of talk about classified documents regarding the FBI raid on President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. Trump himself talked about declassifying documents and there is a report about a "standing order" to declassify documents he had over documents that he was reviewing.


  • NONE of the three criminal statutes used to justify the search require materials to be classified.
  • The search was authorized NOT because Trump allegedly had top secret information (which he says he didn't b/c he declassified).
  • Under the statutes, it doesn't matter. The "classified" "top secret" is an emotive red herring.

The other backside to this is that if they are then going to try to hook Trump up for letters from Kim Jong Un or some such ridiculousness, that will just confirm to everyone what a political hatchet job this is.

  • The aim ultimately here might be to get an indictment and hang him up, even knowing they would likely lose.