Climate’s “Pizza Gate”: Right and Left Wing “Resilience Truthers”

March 22, 2018

Above – “we’ve heard about cloud seeding, Chemtrails, these are all things”.
Well, actually only one of those is a thing, and probably not what crazy internet guy thinks.

There’s a “horseshoe theory” of politics, which states that the continuum of politics is not a straight line, but bent more like a horseshoe, meaning the two ends are closer to each other than they are to the center.
This was demonstrated again the other day when a DC City Council member blamed inclement weather on the machinations of Jewish Bankers.  Tongue and groove fit for crazy right, and crazy left.

None dare call it horseshit.

Washington Post:

A D.C. lawmaker responded to a brief snowfall Friday by publishing a video in which he espoused a conspiracy theory that Jewish financiers control the weather.

D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) posted the video to his official Facebook page at 7:21 a.m. as snow flurries were hitting the nation’s capital. The video, shot through the windshield of a car driving west on Interstate 695 through downtown Washington, shows snowy skies while White narrates.

“Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” he says. “And D.C. keep talking about, ‘We a resilient city.’ And that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.”

horseshoe

Horse what?

The Rothschilds are a famous European business dynasty descended from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, an 18th-century Jewish banker who lived in what is today Frankfurt, Germany. The family has repeatedly been subject over the years to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories alleging that they and other Jews clandestinely manipulate world events for their advantage.

In a video posted to YouTube this year titled “Kill Cities — Designed by Rothschild and Rockefeller: Resilient Cities Are Human Death Zones,” Internet commentator Deborah Tavares — a Northern California resident who argues, among other things, that climate change and wireless electricity meters are tools in a plot of global domination — calls the Resilient Cities program a “diabolical” effort to manipulate people.

“This a genocide program,” she says. “We are being moved now into what they call ‘resilient cities.’ And it’s important to get this word out, start looking it up: Resilient cities. Understand what this is: This is a plan brought in by Rothschild and Rockefeller.”

She adds, “We’re being categorized as lunatics, but we know that the weather is massively and completely, artificially controlled.”

The Republican Party’s 2012 platform embraced what had previously been fringe fears of a 1992 United Nations environmental accord known as Agenda 21, stating that it was “erosive of American sovereignty.” Assertions that the pact was cover for a global plot had become popular among tea party groups battling local, state and federal environmental regulations.

Robert D. Shoptaw – Letter to Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:

Congratulations to President Donald Trump for his leadership success, foreign and domestic. ISIS has been defused, North Korea wishes to caucus, the economy is booming, jobs are returning, and Israel is rejoicing as our close ally.

By contrast, the George Soros-led progressive Democrats have pulled their party far left. Their global-order-socialist-communist movement is led by elite media journalists who now function as left-wing political operatives.

The left uses United Nations Agenda 21’s sustainable development and communitarianism, exploiting the environment as a weapon. Open borders, redistribution of wealth and seizure of private property are met head-on by the Trump administration, which prioritizes freedom over centralized planning and blind allegiance to the U.N.

Durango Herald (Colorado):

A faction of La Plata County residents who oppose the county’s proposed land-use codes believe the work is part of an international conspiracy led by the United Nations to create a “New World Order.”

“This is the Agenda 21,” said Ignacio resident Dan Percell, who received loud applause at the end of his speech from many of the more than 600 people who attended a Jan. 16 meeting about the land-use codes.

“Agenda 21 is behind it all. Otherwise, where does this stuff come from? The good news, folks, is we can get rid of the United Nations. We don’t have to have a treaty with them here in our county.”

Bob Witt, an Ignacio resident, read from a 2009 essay from the American Thinker, a conservative online publication.

The article states that Agenda 21 reshuffles land rights using favorable words such as “sustainable” and “smart growth” in order to, essentially, force people into government housing or city-states, making them easier to control.

“Most Americans will remain unaware of the implications of smart growth and Agenda 21 until after it is promulgated in their own backyards,” Witt read.

Percell and others are referring to a U.N. document called Agenda 21, which was developed and signed in 1992. Its stated purpose is to help guide local, state and national governments toward sustainable development in the “21st century” – hence the name.

Megan Graham, spokeswoman for the county, said the U.N. and Agenda 21 have had no role in La Plata County’s land-use code revision effort.

Utility Dive:

For many in the energy industry, especially on the east coast, Super Storm Sandy in October 2012 was the galvanizing event, the moment when “resilience” first entered the lexicon. Knocking out power to 8.1 million customers in 21 states, Sandy’s one-two punch of storm surge and strong winds in New York and New Jersey seemed to crystallize the inherent vulnerability of energy infrastructure, vividly demonstrating how extreme weather could endanger communities, shut down the economy and generate insurance losses nearing $70 billion.  However, throughout the intense storm and for many days thereafter, the district energy/CHP microgrids at Princeton University, New York University and Co-Op City in the Bronx, maintained continuous energy services to connected customers, supporting residents, critical research and first-responders.  For many, Sandy proved the value and resilience of community-scale microgrids anchored by district energy and combined heat & power (CHP) systems, even while emergency generator sets sputtered, failed or exhausted fuel supplies.

In 2017, severe weather events caused over $306 billion in insured losses and actuarial models show no signs of these weather risks abating.  Once again, in 2017, the district energy/CHP microgrid serving Houston’s Texas Medical Center stood up to Hurricane Harvey to keep 48 hospitals and research facilities operational throughout the storm.   It’s time that this proven approach to energy resiliency is more fully considered and freed from the constraints of arcane, anachronistic policy or regulatory impediments.  The next few months will be pivotal for getting the rules right for more deployment of district energy/CHP microgrids.  At IDEA/MRC, we look forward to sharing decades of practical industry experience providing reliable, efficient energy services to cities, communities and campuses to better inform how our industry can help define a more resilient energy future.

CityLab:

Bangladesh’s largest city faces problems related to sea-level rise, water and food shortages, overpopulation, and other risks. But the country is also a renewable energy model. The national-government-sponsored company Idcol has installed small solar systems in millions of homes across the country, and a solar plant now supplies electricity to the national grid. Dhaka’s climate-resilience initiatives include improving trash collection to keep drains clear and promoting green roofs to offset the urban heat-island effect and soak up stormwater.

“In [Dhaka’s] poor neighborhoods, communities are training emergency response volunteers, installing solar panels, starting community savings schemes and providing job training,” according to a report from the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Fortune:

Search for a political topic on YouTube, and you’re likely to be nudged to watch increasingly extreme, misleading, or outright false content on that topic. If your interest is in left-wing topics, the site’s algorithm will point you towards corresponding left-wing conspiracy theories. The reverse goes for searches on conservative-leaning topics.

That, at least, was the conclusion of communications researcher Zeynep Tufecki after an informal experiment described Saturday in the New York Times. Tufecki’s exercise was unscientific, and she writes that Google doesn’t like sharing hard data with researchers. But a Wall Street Journal investigation came to similar conclusions last month, with the help of a former YouTube engineer.

Similar to recent research showing that fake news spreads faster than facts on Twitter, these findings about YouTube’s algorithm can’t be blamed on any nefarious plot to destabilize the world. Instead, the problem seems inherent to the intersection of human nature and YouTube’s business model.

Just like Facebook, Twitter, and good old television, YouTube makes money from ads — and therefore, from audiences’ attention. Over time, Tufecki writes, YouTube’s “algorithm seems to have concluded that people are drawn to content that is more extreme than what they started with — or to incendiary content in general.” But YouTube, which like Facebook and Twitter would rather be seen as neutral “platforms” rather than publishers, doesn’t take the same kind of responsibility for its content that a television broadcaster is required to.

If that’s true, even stricter enforcement action on individual videos — such as YouTube’s recent decision to reprimand conspiracy theorist Alex Jones — amounts to little more than a game of whack-a-mole.

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Motherboard:

Dealing with weather control conspiracy theorists has been a regular issue for the National Weather Service, but with the release of Geostorm, the NWS has taken extra steps to address them. So far, those steps have been completely unnecessary.

Geostorm is a movie about weather-controlling satellites that get bored with combating climate change and decide to destroy the planet instead. It is currently rated as 11 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. It is a disaster movie in more ways than one; after earning just $13.3 million in its opening weekend, current estimates suggest that the film could lose more than $100 million.

But I asked NWS public affairs about the email and about whether it has received any recent questions about weather modification that reference Geostorm. It has received none: “We’ve received no public inquiries about weather modification this week,” a spokesperson told me in an email sent Saturday.

This lack of interest from the public is surprising, considering that the marketing forGeostorm suggests viewers will “discover the truth behind the world’s biggest conspiracy.”

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9 Responses to “Climate’s “Pizza Gate”: Right and Left Wing “Resilience Truthers””

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Trayon White may sound like an ignorant, uneducated person who lives in La-La land, but the truth is that he IS educated and has some good ideas about serving the citizens ias councilman for Ward 8, the poorest section of DC. Was he drunk when he ran his mouth?

    https://ballotpedia.org/Trayon_White


  2. A while back I made a Geostorm fact check video (based on the trailer at the time),

    First it didn’t received a lot of attention, but then after release surprisingly in the five digits.

    Personally I enjoyed watching the flick, a bit similar to Roland Emmerich’s 2012, albeit more trashy.

    What I do not understand is why Hollywood is not making any good climate related movies, there are certainly enough scenarios for plots.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Insanity and politics is a bad mix.

    Bill Maher 2009: “Democrats Have Moved To The Right And The Right Has Moved Into A Mental Hospital”

    Now you have your megalomaniac in chief.

  4. Sir Charles Says:

    Horseshoe ends…

    The quarrel of lovers is the renewal of love.

  5. mboli Says:

    Every time I figure out a clear connection, like it’s Soros who controls the Kochs and not the other way around, people have the same reaction. “Occam’s Razor,” they say. Occam says I’m wrong.

    Who is this Occam? He is *always* there to disagree. I think he must in on it. Occam is part of the conspiracy.

  6. dumboldguy Says:

    The Horseshoe Theory of politics is getting to be more than a theory—-it may be almost a “law” now, especially if you “close up” the horseshoe more and make the tips closer.

    I came across it perhaps 10 years ago when I used to visit whack-job libertarian Bob Livingston’s Personal Liberty Digest website and joust with the RWNJ’s there (until I got banned for stepping on Bob’s personal toes too often). Google it—-there’s some interesting stuff out there.


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