Bill Maher: Coal? or Kohls?

June 17, 2017


24 Responses to “Bill Maher: Coal? or Kohls?”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    Amazing how this Tramp administration is getting away with their blatant lies. Is that their “great” America? Really shocking how a third of the population is believing that crap this administration and their cronies are releasing thanks to Faux & co. One could think that’s a Fourth World country.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Come down off your high horse, Sir Charles. It’s a bit extreme to call the USA a Fourth World country. Could it be that you are still smarting over losing that war to us back in the 1700’s and being knocked off the pedestal of being the country that exploited more third and fourth world countries than any other? There’ll always be an England and the sun never sets, etc?

      Unless you’re speaking of the level of mental and moral sophistication that 1/3 of Americans are displaying by their love for The Great Orange Menace, in which case you are correct and we ARE way down there. Let’s hope that the other 1/3 of the country that are being driven bat-shit crazy by The Orange Disaster can somehow mobilize enough to save the USA from him and, by extension, save the world.

      PS Another good one from Maher—a bit gentler than usual and full of clever lines—-a good way to start the day.

      • Sir Charles Says:

        Didn’t lose any war with the US. I’m Irish.

      • Sir Charles Says:

        Well. I’m not from a country that dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan, which was totally unnecessary, causing the death and disease for hundreds of thousands of civilians. I’m not from a country that has destabilised the middle east by unnecessary and unjustified wars, which caused ISIS to grow. I’m not from a country that has emitted 30% of world’s manmade greenhouse gases and tries now to escape any responsibility. I’m not from a country whose leadership shows no accountability whatsoever for its wrongdoings. Sorry, DOG, no bad feelings, but I’m actually very glad that I don’t have to live in the USA.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Ah, the cognitive dissonance shown here is extensive. The debate about the necessity of using the A-bomb will likely rage on for decades, but you should be thanking the U.S. for saving your asses in WW1 and WW2, to say nothing of the Cold War—German and Russian are not easy languages to learn, and you would not have fared well under Hitler or Stalin. Oh, I forgot, you’re Irish (south), and while the rest of the world fought evil in WW2, Ireland was neutral, so maybe they wouldn’t have been forced to speak German if the Allies lost.

          And didn’t the British go into the “middle east” long before the U.S. ever did? The British engaged in the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839–1842), the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878–1880), the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919), and are now part of the Fourth that is now being waged by a coalition?. The U.S. is a johnny-come-lately to what the British started nearly 200 years ago. Oh, but you’re Irish (south), you say—-look at the high proportion of Irish that served in British armies beginning centuries ago all around the world. They must have believed in what they fought for, yes?

          Take a look at #’s 9 and 10 here:

          As for the “30% of greenhouse gas emissions”, the U.S. did not give the world coal, the steam engine, or the capitalist system that exploited them to the greatest benefit of the rich. We just turned out to be very good at using all of it. And isn’t Ireland jumping on the “wrongdoing” bandwagon with it’s move towards being a tax haven and employing the Double Irish dodge to aid the friends of the “leadership that shows no accountability” here in the U.S.?

          Enough. No bad feelings here either—you are a positive contributor to Crock who gets AGW, but I’m also actually very glad that you don’t have to live in the USA. We have enough home-grown foolish thinking here without you bringing more. (BTW, FYI my real first name is Timothy, I’m married to Mary Margaret, I have a daughter named Kathleen and a granddaughter named Mary Kathleen after her two grandmothers—-yes, my son-in-law’s mother is also a Kathleen, and she has daughters named Mary and Kathleen—-using Kathleen, Kathy, and Kate for different ones helps us keep them straight).

          • Sir Charles Says:

            As I said, I’m Irish, not British. Maybe you first learn the difference before coming out with more confusion. And not to worry, I speak German fluently. The Germans have well learnt from their history, a task the majority of US Americans still have to fulfil.

      • Sir Charles Says:

        Did you cast your vote in the presidential elections, DOG?

        • dumboldguy Says:

          We all understand that you are too self-absorbed to pay much attention to any comments other than your own, but if you ever paid the slightest attention to my comments on Crock, you would not have asked such a clueless question.

          • Sir Charles Says:

            Oh thanks for your straightforward answer, Timothy. Much appreciated.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            You are most welcome. And thank you for reminding me that I should mention arrogance and self-imagined cleverness along with self-absorption. Need to go out and mow the lawn but will be back. While I’m gone, would you care to explain your apparent knighthood? There are few Irish Knights (beyond the Knights of Columbus). I hope that you took your handle in honor of Sir Charles Lyell rather than in emulation of the British.

          • Sir Charles Says:

            You sound very angry Timothy. Is your skin white?

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Actually, my skin is on the pinkish side, although it’s getting some “color” from the time I’m spending outside doing yard work.

            You have now lost the “Sir Charles” and earned the title “Mister Charlie” with this surprisingly racist comment—-I though you were better than that, but mindless arrogance and self-absorption DOES lead one to show their true colors.

            And look! You are receiving encouragement from other anal orifices who are giving you thumbs up and me thumbs down! Who are they, I wonder? They lack the courage and intelligence to identify themselves, engage, and put forward any arguments, but I suspect some are foreigners like Vera who are U.S. haters like you. Perhaps lemmings and morons like Bates and Voisin? Denier whores like Russell Crook? Yes, Mister Charlie’s Army is filled with “heroes”.

    • Sometimes, after watching news stories about pariah states like North Korea, Syria and Afghanistan, I find myself asking, which state is contributing most to making future planet Earth unlivable?

  2. Sir Charles Says:

    Republicans in Wisconsin have just advanced a measure to officially join the group of states calling for a constitutional convention.

    That means Republicans are now one step closer to destroying the constitutional rights we hold dear. If they win control of just two more legislatures, they’ll gain the power to unilaterally call a convention to rewrite our constitution – with Donald Trump and Paul Ryan setting the ground rules.

    Here’s the GOP plan that just got one step closer to becoming a reality:

    => Add your name: Reject a constitutional conventional

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Scaling down our emissions and building resilience against climate change can only take us so far. Some negative impacts and damages are now unavoidable. The inevitable consequences of human-caused climate change have collectively come to be known as “loss and damage”.

    => Explainer: Dealing with the ‘loss and damage’ caused by climate change

  4. Sir Charles Says:

    World health officials say: CCDD is a rapidly spreading disease that could destroy the entire planet if left untreated…

  5. redskylite Says:

    An amusing and humorous video clip and a healthy look on how country can laugh at itself and it’s politics.

    As for some of the comments in this post, it seems to me it is like a Tom Bates perspective to blame/label all people who reside in one country for the sins/misguided activities of a few citizens past and present. I do not support Tom Bates in any way and find his posts repulsive.

    Climate change can only be stopped with support and ambition from all countries. Probably the United Nations is the best vehicle to achieve this end.

    • Sir Charles Says:

      Well. I was just replying to dumboldguy’s weird kind of patriotism. I myself think that patriotism is just for the simple mind. We’re all humans, no matter where you live and what your country is. But when a country decides to do wrong I won’t hesitate to criticise and blame it.

      I agree with you that climate change can only be solved on an international base and therefore the UN is indeed the best vehicle available. Nevertheless, single countries can emerge by showing the world some good examples. A pity that the US have divorced from the UN by retracting from the Paris agreement. But this was foreseeable when Tramp got elected.

      • redskylite Says:

        It’s a pity, as under Obama the U.S were taking a leading position on de-carbonation. I wonder how much is down to where people get their information and read their news. An interesting poll reported in ARSTechnica attached. As with Harper ex-p.m of Canada and Abbott ex-p.m of Australia we have to wait (all things must pass) for a more enlightened U.S leader. As the younger generation seem more in tune with the reality of the situation, hopefully voting will be more sensible as time progresses and the bigots fade away. Unfortunately we do not have the luxury of time. I enjoy your regular posts to Peter’s blogs as I do the DOG’s quality contributions. So it pains me to read conflict albeit it light hearted.

        Poll shows trust for NASA on climate, but some put Fox News in second.

        There are plenty of places where you can find dodgy information about climate change. If you’re the arguing (“debating”) type, you have likely, at some point, been exasperated by the obviously low quality of the sources cited by your opponent (or uncle). Setting aside the occasional conspiratorial mind who believes “those scientists” can’t be trusted, who does everyone else actually trust on the topic?

        A survey project led by the University of New Hampshire’s Lawrence Hamilton and Jessica Brunacini and Stephanie Pfirman of Columbia University asked about 700 people in the US this question. Specifically, they asked whether people trusted the leaders in their political party, their faith, their friends and family, websites they frequent, science agencies like NASA, or Fox News.

        • Sir Charles Says:

          How comes it than that this Tramp got elected? It comes from half of the electorate didn’t cast their vote. I know that the US election system (similar in the UK) isn’t fostering smaller parties. The winner takes it all. But when there is a chance that the winner could be a dangerous psychopath I would do anything that this guy won’t be elected, even if I had to cast my vote for a person I dislike. A healthy democracy implements the business of compromising, not the dictatorship of a majority (and in the case of Tramp even a minority).

          IMHO, the problem of all this misinformation US Americans are confronted with lies in the fact that almost all media are owned by corporations. Media – in particular TV channels – should have the task to educate and enlighten the people, and not abuse their position for spreading fake news and propaganda. In other words, the main media should be under public control and not private.

          My 50 cent.

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