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Thriving Glaciers and Doomed Environmentalists
by Daniel Greenfield 
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Politically Exploiting Islamophobia
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{ } ~ Tucked away in a tranquil suburb of Philadelphia sits the Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge where, at a recent town hall the hundred or so attendees, most of whom appeared to be white Christians, were fed a fistful of lies... Entitled “Islamophobia: Confronting Hate, Celebrating Diversity,” the town hall meeting was co-sponsored by Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Philadelphia chapter and Emgage, a political action group which supports Muslim American candidates running for office. The event featured Pennsylvania State Representatives Joe Webster (D),  Melissa Shusterman (D), and Movita Johnson-Harrell (D). Others on the panel were CAIR-Philadelphia  civil rights attorney Timothy Welbeck, Deputy Attorney General Robert Reed and community leader Marwan Kreidie, representing the Al Aqsa Mosque in Philadelphia which made local and national news recently when Imam Abdelmohsen Abouhatab was caught on camera delivering three anti-Semitic sermons there from Nov 2018 through January 2019. Kreidie painted a terrifying, and dishonest picture for the unsuspecting attendees claiming  that “Islamophobia is an organized attempt to denigrate Muslims in America. It is not a conspiracy theory. It’s real.” To support his assertion he referred to “Fear Inc.,” a study by the Center for American Progress which promotes the falsehood that there is a “network financed  by Richard Mellon with $42 million” whose mission is to disseminate misinformation about Islam. To demonstrate this, Kreidie dropped a lot of names, ranging from former Reagan national security official Frank Gaffney, to Middle East historian Dr. Daniel Pipes, counterterrorism researchers like Steve Emerson, Robert Spencer, and Bridgette Gabriel. Even pastors like John Hagee and Pat Robertson and the entire Fox News network are in on the conspiracy, if Kreidie is to be believed. Kreidie spent a good deal of time discussing a pig’s head that was thrown at the Al Aqsa mosque back in December 2015. When the incident occurred he was quoted in the Washington Post: “They want America to appear to be anti-Muslim. This will help them in their recruiting; this will help them in their propaganda. We can’t let the extremists win.”... He is so full of it that he should be banned also CAIR from the USA.
Iran Responds to Trump: We ‘Will Firmly
Confront Any Aggression or Threat by America’
by Steven Beyer
{} ~ A day after President Trump pulled back from a military strike on Iran, the country responded Saturday by saying it... “will firmly confront any aggression or threat by America.” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi warned the U.S. against any threats. “Regardless of any decision they U.S. officials make … we will not allow any of Iran’s borders to be violated. Iran will firmly confront any aggression or threat by America,” he said,  Reuters reported. Mousavi’s comment comes as intense pressure between the two countries continues to mount.On Friday, President Trump called off a military strike in Iran after the country is thought to have shot down a military drone flying in the Strait of Hormuz. While the U.S. maintains the drone was shot down in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran continues to claim the drone was shot down because it was flying over the country. Trump said he called off the strike just 10 minutes before, due to the casualty rate that would ensue after the strike.“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General,” Trump tweeted. “10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone,” he added.The president also said that the military is “rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world” and confirmed his stance that “Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons.” While the U.S. may have called off a military strike, the Pentagon “secretly struck” an Iranian spy group through digital attacks,  Yahoo! News reported. The Pentagon didn’t release any details of the response, but Pentagon spokeswoman Heather Babb told Yahoo! News, “as a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning.” However, State Department  spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus dismissed the reports calling them “pure Iranian propaganda.” On Friday there were reports that Trump warned had warned Iran that an attack was coming.  
The Suicide of France
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Democrats are Attaching “Radical” 
Riders to House Immigration Bill
by  Proving yet again that they have absolutely no interest whatsoever in solving the humanitarian crisis at the border, House Democrats are bogging down immigration bill negotiations by attaching “very extreme and very radical” riders to the legislation... Republican sources told Fox News on Wednesday. According to one such source, these riders would “functionally nullify federal immigration law.” President Trump requested $4.5 billion in May to help fund agencies combating the escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border, but the request has been bogged down by negotiations. But amid negotiations over the latest border bill, a source familiar with the talks told Fox News that riders, submitted in writing by House Democrats, include one that would stop border agents from conducting any asylum interviews. Another controversial rider, according to two GOP sources, would prevent the funds from being used by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to share information on sponsors of child migrants, potential sponsors or their households with DHS.  Republicans say the effect would be to prevent HHS from sharing information about child smugglers and traffickers present in the U.S. with the department responsible for enforcing immigration law. That’s only the tip of the iceberg. The worst of these riders is a clause that would force the federal government to tell illegal aliens that they can bring an unaccompanied minor into the U.S., sponsor them, and escape any repercussions for their own illegal status. Indeed, the rider would also demand that the child be delivered back to them without delay.  “So we’d not only be protecting the child smuggling loop, we’d be advertising the child smuggling loop to illegal aliens throughout the United States who would in turn then be able to have confidence they could pay a smuggler in a transnational criminal organization to smuggle a child into the country that we would then tell them we would deliver to them regardless of the law breaking involved,” the source told Fox News. It is clear at this point that it is a fruitless, hopeless effort to include Democrats in any reasonable effort to pass immigration legislation. They are much more interested in using this crisis as a political weapon than they are in fixing the border. We’ll go as far as to say they don’t WANT to fix the border. They want these immigrants streaming in, and they want them released into the wilds of America where they can then be counted in the next Census. Knowing they will flock to hard-blue strongholds that have sanctuary laws in place, Democrats are counting on those immigrants to boost their congressional representation and max out their federal assistance dollars. In a country with a responsible news media, the Democrats’ anti-American ploy would be obvious to everyone. Unfortunately, that’s the one thing we don’t have.
Thriving Glaciers and Doomed Environmentalists
by Daniel Greenfield } ~ "This August I visited Glacier National Park in Montana," Gianna Kelly, the founder of Climb for Conservation, wrote in the Huffington Post. "I am still stunned to have learned the following fact: by 2020, no glaciers will exist in Glacier National Park." 

Kelly, who had worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, wrote that back in the first year of the scumbag/liar-nObama administration. It might stun her more to learn that scumbag/liar-Obama is out of the White House and that the glaciers of Glacier National Park are still there and waiting to be visited. 

Throughout the scumbag/liar-nObama era, visitors to Glacier National Park were frequently harangued with false claims that the glaciers would all be gone in a decade. These warnings decorated dioramas and trash cans even as the hysterical propaganda become more ridiculous with every passing year. 

The snow lay heavy on Logan Pass, when I arrived in July 2017. Visitors stomped through thick snow to reach the Hidden Lake Overlook. The alpine meadows of the Hanging Gardens didn’t live up to their name. Instead of the wildflowers that most visitors expected, there were nearly endless fields of white. Mountain goats, unaware that they were threatened by the supposed rising temperatures that were warming Glacier’s glaciers into extinction, eyed us suspiciously as we tried not to slip on the ice. 

Sperry Glacier, a frequent target for environmentalist doommongers, was still there in the distance. 

Next year, there was a 30-year snow record at Glacier. Snow removal crews in late April were struggling with drifts of between 10 to 20 feet. East Glacier Park Village measured 284 inches of snow. 

Glacier National Park recorded “one of the coldest winters on record” this year. And across Montana, record wind chill temperatures hit 68 below zero in Bozeman and 59 below zero in Helena. In Great Falls, the temperature stayed below freezing for 32 days until the beginning of March. 

In time for the 2019 summer season at Glacier National Park, the embarrassing signs claiming that the glaciers won’t be there next year have begun coming down. But the doomsday predictions won’t leave. 

The melting glaciers of Glacier have been the subject of countless media stories and at least one book, The Melting World: A Journey Across America’s Vanishing Glaciers, from St. Martin’s Press, which excitingly promised to chronicle the “the first extinction of a mountain ecosystem in what is expected to be a series of such global calamities as humanity faces the prospect of a world without alpine ice.” 

Melting World followed Daniel Fagre, who heads the Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems Project for the United States Geological Survey, and is the figure most associated with the 2020 number. 

Fagre had told the book’s author back in 2008 that all the glaciers would be gone in 10 to 12 years. 

The USGS global warming expert has been quoted in media outlets every year predicting the death of the glaciers. He is largely responsible for the comparison photos claiming that the glaciers are vanishing, which he traces back to a visit by former Vice President scumbag-Al Gore during the scumbag/liar-Clinton administration. 

Fagre has a BA in Environmental Science, an MS in Animal Ecology and a PhD in Animal Ecology. In 1990, the Global Change Research Act was passed. The disastrous law created a massive infrastructure of chicken little “experts” tasked with finding evidence that the sky was falling. 

In 1991, Fagre was hired to start to "climate change research program" and wrote a proposal to use the glaciers of Glacier to monitor the impact of global warming. 

Somewhere along the way, despite no geology degree, he was deemed a glacier expert. 

"One of the first things that we did was we went up and looked at Grinnell Glacier," he recalled. 

Grinnell Glacier is the environmentalist's special nemesis. 

In 2010, he told CNN that Grinnell Glacier was "this little dirty glacier that seems to be obviously falling apart, that has become very tiny and decrepit". 

"This one is on its last legs," he insisted. 

But Grinnell Glacier refuses to die. Instead it appears to have been growing. 

The photos warning that the glaciers are shrinking are the work of Fagre and Lisa McKeon, who has a BA in Zoology. Neither of the two glacier experts, so often quoted in the media, have geology degrees. 

But Fagre is the doomsayer most likely to predict the end of all the glaciers in Glacier. That’s why he and the media were outraged that the “area’s top climate scientist” wasn’t able to “share his expertise on global warming’s role in the retreating ice sheets” with Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg. 

Fagre, who, according to one profile, doesn’t like “deskwork”, loves sharing his “expertise”. And that means predicting that the glaciers will be gone in a decade or two or who knows when. 

And the government employee is open about his motives. “My role as a scientist is to make sure that everybody understands the pace at which they’re disappearing, and the reasons for that, so that, again, better decisions could be made societally.” 

That’s not the role of a scientist. It’s the agenda of an advocate. The signs and photos warning of a glacier apocalypse at Glacier National Park are political advocacy. 

"We get a lot of information visually," Fagre said. "And we tend to trust that even more than what we hear.” 

That’s sensible enough because listening to Fagre speak can get a little bit confusing. Over the years, his doomsday date for the great glacier apocalypse has continued to fluctuate. 

In 1999, he claimed that “all of Glacier's glaciers will be gone in 30 years”. 

In a 2004, National Geographic article, he predicted that “within 30 years most if not all of the park's namesake glaciers will disappear”. 

By either 2029 or 2034, some or all of the glaciers are set to disappear. Or something. 

In 2009, Fagre downgraded a previous claim that all the glaciers would be gone by 2030, down to 2020. That 2020 date was featured in numerous media pieces warning that the glaciers would be gone in a decade. They also popped up in the park signage that is now being taken down in time for 2020. 

In an official Glacier video, Fagre claimed in 2010 that, "they’ll melt by about 2020". 

In a 2010 NBC News piece, the 2020 claim was cited, but Fagre hedged that some of the largest glaciers might make it to 2030. 

The glaciers of Glacier National Park are always disappearing. But they never quite do. 

Six years later, Fagre claimed that most of the glaciers would be “small insignificant lumps of ice on the landscape", but these lumps might survive another 10 or 15 years. 

Three years after a 2011 chat with Fagre, in which the 2020 figure was cited, the New York Times did yet another piece claiming against that the glaciers are still vanishing. 

"What will they call this place once the glaciers are gone?" the 2014 article began. This time it claimed that in 30 years, "there may be none". That postponed the date of glacier doomsday to 2044. 

Fagre was quoted as saying, “I think we’re on the cusp of bigger changes.” Five years later, the biggest change is that the 2020 signs are being replaced. 

In a 2017 USA Today piece, Fagre warned that the glaciers would be gone in our lifetime. 

"Their fate is sealed," he insisted. 

Sealed, indeed. 

“What is important," Fagre emphasized, "is that it will happen in our lifetime.” 

According to his conversation with a PBS reporter, "estimates on when the glaciers will disappear completely vary widely, from 2030 to 2080, depending on winter weather." 

2030 to 2080 is quite a range. 

“We are going to go toward a virtually glacierless state in the next few decades. Fagre had told Audubon in 2010. “We don’t care whether it is 2033 or 2029 or 2035. It’s just what’s happening.” 

Scientists generally care about dates and predictions. The prophets of inevitable doom are cranks. 

In a Guardian article in 2017, he claimed that all the glaciers in the country would vanish in the next few decades. “It’s inevitable,” Fagre insisted. 

"They will certainly be gone before the end of the century," Fagre told a CBS affiliate in 2017. 

"It's not just going to happen in my lifetime,” he had insisted in 2002 "It's going to happen during my career." 

Back then, Fagre had been 49-years-old. He’s now approaching retirement age. 

The glaciers of Glacier seem likely to outlive the environmentalist who had spent the bulk of his career predicting their doom. And, if the Department of the Interior cleans house, they will outlive his career.
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