Sidelined because she rejects radical green agendas?

Fish & Wildlife Service director nominee joins hundreds of others in confirmation limbo

Paul Driessen

Aurelia Skipwith has a BS in biology from Howard University, a Master’s in molecular genetics from Purdue and a law degree from Kentucky. She has worked as a molecular analyst and sustainable agriculture partnership manager. She was also co-founder and general counsel for AVC Global, a Washington, DC-based agricultural supply chain development company that helps small farmers link up with multinational buyers and with agronomy, business, financial and other service providers.

For two years, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Interior Department, where she performed her duties so well that last October President Trump nominated her to become the next Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) at Interior. She is an ideal candidate for the post.

She’s also only the third woman ever nominated for this position – and the first African American. Her impeccable scientific, legal, agricultural and conservationist background would ensure fairness, balance, integrity, solid science and multidisciplinary thinking in FWS decision making.

And yet, Ms. Skipwith lingers in confirmation limbo, along with hundreds of others whose nominations have been stalled for many months to well over a year. Too many Democrat senators appear determined to prevent the president from having people onboard who would implement his policies.

In fact, the US Senate has already been forced to hold cloture votes – ending drawn-out debates – on 128 Trump nominees! In glaring contrast, the Senate had a grand total of only 24 such cloture votes for all six previous presidents combined: Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II and Obama! That’s 32 times more nominees by this president sidelined by Congress than during all ten previous presidential terms.

Why is Ms. Skipwith being treated this way? It appears to be simple ideological politics. Senate Democrats seem to be acquiescing to the demands of Deep Green environmentalists and Deep State career bureaucrats who hate having their views, policies and agendas challenged.

Her molecular analysis and sustainable agriculture work were with Monsanto, the ultimate Evil Corporation to many of her opponents, because it manufactures both Roundup weedkiller and genetically engineered (GE) crops like Bt corn and Roundup-Ready soybeans. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ms. Skipwith supported reversing Obama era bans on planting such crops and using advanced-technology neonicotinoid pesticides in wildlife refuges administered by Fish & Wildlife.

The 2014 bans resulted from collusive sue-and-settle lawsuits between environmentalist groups and Obama DOI officials. They were reversed in August 2018, following a careful review process. As I have noted in many articles (here, here and here, for example), GE crops, glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) and neonics are safe for humans and the environment. They also enable farmers to produce more food from less land, using less water and fewer pesticides, and with greater resistance to droughts, floods, insects and climate change, than is possible with conventional or organic crops.

Genetically engineered crops promote sustainable agriculture and help the world feed billions who otherwise face prolonged malnutrition and starvation. And yet, radical greens oppose them. They even attack Golden Rice, which prevents blindness and death in malnourished children and parents, by incorporating genes that produce Vitamin A precursors, vastly expanding nutritional values in rice.

Americans alone have consumed more than four trillion servings of foods with at least one GE ingredient – without a single documented example of harm to a person or the environment.

Regarding glyphosate, only one agency, the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC), says the chemical is “probably carcinogenic” to humans – and its analysis is tainted by fraud and blatant conflicts of interest. Studies by the European Food Safety Authority, Food and Agriculture Organization, Germany’s Institute for Risk Assessment, Australia’s Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, and other respected organizations worldwide have concluded that glyphosate is safe and non-carcinogenic.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientists conducted a “comprehensive systematic review of studies submitted to the agency and available in the open literature,” and concluded that the chemical “is not likely to be carcinogenic in humans.” Health Canada conducted a similarly extensive review of global studies, found no likely cancer risk, and noted that “no pesticide regulatory authority in the world” believes glyphosate is a cancer risk to humans “at the levels at which humans are currently exposed.”

As cancer researcher Arthur Lambert noted recently, “exposure to carcinogens influences the risk of developing cancer, which is a function of many factors, including the dose and duration of the exposure” – to glyphosate for example. But other factors also play integral roles, including inherited genes and genetic mutations, how well one’s immune system can find and eliminate mutated cells before they develop into cancer, personal lifestyle choices, and exposure to additional carcinogens over the years. Separating all those factors is virtually impossible.

Risks associated with glyphosate fall “somewhere between the small hazard that comes from eating a considerable amount of bacon (for colorectal cancer) and consuming very hot tea (for esophageal cancer),” Lambert notes. In fact, IARC lumps bacon, sunlight and plutonium together in its “definitely carcinogenic” category and lists as “possible” carcinogens pickled vegetables, caffeic acid found in many fruits and vegetables, and even drinking hot beverages or working the night shift.

If glyphosate poses few risks of cancer in humans, its threats to ducks, geese, turkeys and other animals in wildlife refuges are likely infinitesimal. The same is true for GE crops and neonicotinoid pesticides.

Most neonics are used as seed coatings, which get absorbed into plant tissues as crops grow. They protect plants against insect damage by targeting only pests that actually feed on the crops – and are largely gone by the time mature plants flower, which means they are barely detectable in pollen and don’t harm bees.

As to claims that neonics harm bees and thus should be banned from wildlife refuges, a 2015 international study of wild bees found that most wild bees never even come into contact with crops or the neonics that supposedly threaten them. The same study also determined that the 2% of wild bees that do visit crops – and so would be most exposed to these pesticides – are among the healthiest bee species on Earth.

The eight senators who recently expressed concern that chlorpyrifos and other pesticides threaten multiple protected species should applaud Interior’s reversal of bans on modern agricultural technologies (which reduce the use of such pesticides). Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation certainly did.

The bans “were clearly not based on science,” they said, adding that the reversal restored GE crop use as an “essential tool” for waterfowl and wildlife management in national wildlife refuges. Many refuges were established along migratory bird flyways to provide food for waterfowl. But some can provide sufficient food only through cooperative agreements that let local farmers plant crops on refuge lands in exchange for leaving some of their crops unharvested, to supplement natural food on the refuge.

Genetically modified crops maximize crop yields, the FWS has explained, and “a blanket denial” of their use limits the latitude that refuge managers need to fulfill the purposes of each refuge. The ban on neonics was equally problematical because they are often used with GE crops and Roundup.

Aurelia Skipwith’s actions reflect the best in science-based (government decision making. Her broad expertise enables her to separate fact from fiction, and reality from ideological agendas. She is the right person for this job – and indeed may turn out to be one of the best FWS directors ever.

Now that Mitch McConnell has reformed Senate rules to end Democrat obstruction, responsible senators should confirm her forthwith – along with the rest of President Trump’s nominees.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of many articles on the environment. He has degrees in geology, ecology and environmental law.

68 thoughts on “Sidelined because she rejects radical green agendas?

  1. Obstruction by leftists is just another example of the ongoing temper tantrum they have been throwing for the last 2 1/2 years. The thing I find scary, people actually vote for these leftists and their policies. I just saw this article, https://apnews.com/79fefc13c5a54b089da12c7007e98ac8 , and I find it disturbing on a couple of different levels. I just cant understand the mindset of the leftists and their supporters.

    • Indeed ….. one has to wonder about the intellect of these so called educated voters that support Democrats. But then, from the article, it notes these voters are more concerned with “social issues” ….. that is code for how successful the propaganda machine has been in framing social issues (The examples are too numerous to list) As such, they need to rephrase their discription …. these are not “educated” voters, these are indoctrinated voters, indoctrinated to embrace the falsities of the Social Justice agenda.

      The Social Justice agenda will be the death of the USTATESA …. we will become the United Socialist of America. I guess on the up side, all of us who oppose it will get to stop working, cause I damn sure ain’t gonna work my butt off to support a bunch of people who are “unwilling” to work. But then, we know that is a lie as well …. once the Socialist Elite get the power they seek, they will recend every empty promise they made …. and enforce their power at the point of a gun (as they will confiscate everyone else’s guns).

      • But then, from the article, it notes these voters are more concerned with “social issues” ….. that is code for how successful the propaganda machine has been in framing social issues

        Exactly, these “educated” voters are *not* educated so much as they’re indoctrinated.

        • I know that Monsato is garbage. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, and I have been one of Trump’s most vocal supporters.

          I don’t think that condemn’s her, but I also think most of these positions need to be done away with. Government Largess doesn’t solve anything other than where to shuffle middle management types to after the last government boondoggle went bust.

    • It’s why some Democrats are fearful of the extreme positions that some presidential candidates are taking. They’re going to spend the next year pushing each other on their way to the extreme left. I don’t think many white males will be thrilled about the idea of reparations, and the green deal.

          • interesting word that `temper` bit
            the last time I tempered a piece of steel to stop it being to brittle was only last week
            regards

          • Originally any keyboard instrument. Its a pun on J.S. Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier”.
            (“Well-tempered”, incidentally, is a technical term referring to tuning.)

    • I have read comments about this phenomena.

      Democrats do not aim to dominate by political means, they play to win – by whatever method is needed.

      It is indeed a sorry state for the worlds oldest democracy and erstwhile the most free country.

      Cheers

      Roger

      • Roger – April 7, 2019 at 4:26 pm

        I have read comments about this phenomena.

        Democrats do not aim to dominate by political means, they play to win – by whatever method is needed.

        Of course the “aim/intent“ of the Democrats’ is to dominate by political means and they have to “win” elections to do it.

        And the “phenomena” you speak of is actually the “method” the Democrat Party has chosen for winning elections, …… which is, …… in my opinion, …..the same as is the fanatical “sports obsession” the populace has for their chosen “team” representing high school, college and/or professional sports.

        It’s an obvious fact that 85+-% of voting populace DOESN’T vote for a person based on the person’s qualifications or ability to perform the “work” mandated by the requirements of the elected position, ….. they vote for the person because of their political party affiliation.

        Like the fanatical “sports obsessed” person wanting their chosen sports team to “win”, …… so does the fanatical “politically obsessed” person want their chosen political party to “win”,

        They can enjoy bragging about their “team” or their ”party” winning, ….. but there is not much enjoyment in bragging about their “candidate” winning.

    • Democrats take a negative, dismissive attitude toward everything. It reduces the guilt feelings they carry because of injustices they have committed (You’re no angel, either). It makes it impossible for them to participate in any constructive activity. Instead, they promote things like late term abortion, marijuana legalization, same sex marriage, open borders, wealth redistribution etc., because you’re no better than they are.

    • Unfortunately, SMC, what the democrats are doing in Congress that is causing the most damage is not their obstructionism as it is their activism. Once you look at their words and deeds through that prism you will achieve a better understanding of, not only their mindset, but their totalitarian vision.

  2. Here’s how it works.

    The Dems believe that Americans made a bad mistake by electing President Trump. The Dems believe it is their duty to prevent President Trump from doing too much damage before the American population to come to its senses in time for the next election.

    The Dems don’t believe in democracy unless they’re winning.

    • “…before the American population to come to its senses in time for the next election.”

      Or, in time for the next election so that Dems can import enough illegals and/or create enough fraudulent votes to get him out of office illegitimately.

    • To paraphrase: commieBob – April 7, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      The Dems and the Rinos believe it is their duty to prevent President Trump from doing any more damage to all the good things they have had going for themselves for the past 75 years.

      And they are doing anything and everything politically or criminally possible to “STOP Trump”.

  3. …and yet a “jury” decided that Roundup causes cancer

    In spite of it being used for 1/2 a century…by millions of people….that did not get cancer

  4. I don’t agree sometimes, but I support Donald all of the time because I believe he is truly trying to MAGA.
    This includes his choice for Fish & Wildlife Service director nominee.
    The two ‘sides’ I see (not necessarily R vs D btw) are the side trying to MAGA, and the side resisting MAGA.

  5. The alleged problem with genetically-modified crops is not primarily that they are harmful to humans but that they threaten biodiversity. The possible consequences of reduced biodiversity have been well documented.

    • Andrew, scientists who produce GM crops love genetic diversity. They scour the world looking for isolated strains of plants that have naturally evolved with resistance to pests and diseases. The GM process shortens the evolutionary cycle so that all humanity benefits. In short, they are champions of bio-diversity not opponents.

    • The alleged problem is just that, alleged.
      Out here in the real world, real scientists, using real data have refuted the claim.

    • Andrew Pearson – April 7, 2019 at 3:09 pm

      The alleged problem with genetically-modified crops is not primarily that they are harmful to humans but that they threaten biodiversity.

      Andrew Pearson, ….. just how many different items of NON-genetically-modified crops do you think you can find in our present day supermarkets?

      Meats, fruits or vegetables, makes no difference. Just name me 1 or 2 because I would be might happy to know what they are.

      Cheers, ….. Sam the Biologist

  6. ”Now that Mitch McConnell has reformed Senate rules to end Democrat obstruction, responsible senators should confirm her forthwith – along with the rest of President Trump’s nominees.”

    Majority Leader McConnell finally reduced the number of hours for debate on a nominee from 30 to 2. This will greatly speed up the confirmation process with regards to Democrats obstruction of nominees in the Senate.

    Democrats have made it clear that they next time they both the White House and have a majority in the Senate Democrats intend to completely eliminate filibuster and cloture rules. Harry Reid started this path to destruction in 2013 with elimination of filibuster rules for judges and executive branch nominees. It was by far his biggest ever political blunder.
    Democrats are now piling on that blunder.
    Democrat’s entire history is filled with blunders where they tried to engineer an outcome only to have it backfire on them with unforseen consequences.

    The gambling man would be wise to bet that Democrats will continue to shoot themselves in the foot when given the chance. It is afterall the inevitable outcome of hubris meets karma.
    The problem of course is they drag everyone else into the gutter with them. The only rational way out of this nation being penalized by Democratic Party blunders is to not vote them in to positions of power. Sadly the Democrats are more than willing to tell whoppers and for gullible voters to believe them.

    • While I am certainly no Democrat nor do I believe in anything they do or say, I am for ending the cloture and filibuster rules that require more than a simple majority to pass. For too many years Senators have been hiding behind these rules to escape putting a vote on the record of anything that has the slightest bit of political controversy. I also believe the passing of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution was a major contributor to the modern day obstructionism in the Senate.

      • My point in the Democrats’ entire recent history of trying to engineer an outcome with dirty tricks always backfires.

        Most recently they tried to use dirty tricks to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was confirmed anyway, and the dirty tricksby Diane Feinstein and Chucky Schumer likely cost them 3 Senate seats (Heitkamp, McCaskill, Donnelly) in the election 6 weeks later.

        As they try to obstruct Trump from filling his cabinet posts and executive branch appointments, they only put themselves in ever weaker positions. And they don’t learn that lesson. They keep repeating it. That makes them a bunch of dunces captured by the crazies in their party.

    • “Democrat’s entire history is filled with blunders where they tried to engineer an outcome only to have it backfire on them with unforseen consequences.”

      Yes, but one major aspect of the problem is that Republicans seems absolutely incapable of anticipating Dem evil schemes and thwarting them BEFORE implemented. So, Dems cause massive destruction along the way and Repubs, on defense, are always three steps behind and trying to clean up the mess way too late. And they seem incapable of cleaning up the mess either, because some Dem might call them a r@cist or den1er.

      Also, as a group, Repubs never seem to follow through and put the Dem perpetrators of illegal power grabs and Dem lawbreakers in jail to stop the behavior in the future. So, it just gets worse.

      Dems hold the judiciary overall (except SCOTUS barely)
      Dems hold the media
      Dems hold the education system
      Dems hold the federal bureaucracy
      Dems control the social media

      And Republicans largely just sat there and let it happen over several decades. I have little optimism for the nation because the generation just coming of voting age all believe socialism and renewable energy (and unicorn farts and pixie dust) will cure all our ills (when exactly the opposite is true).

      • @ Boulder Skeptic – April 7, 2019 at 7:51 pm

        I agree with everything you said …… especially this, to wit:

        Also, as a group, Repubs never seem to follow through and put the Dem perpetrators of illegal power grabs and Dem lawbreakers in jail to stop the behavior in the future. So, it just gets worse.

        Trump needs to appoint an AG that is not associated with the DC Swamp and is a committed and firm believer/practitioner in/of The Rule of Law, ….. Constitutional Law.

  7. “In fact, the US Senate has already been forced to hold cloture votes – ending drawn-out debates – on 128 Trump nominees! In glaring contrast, the Senate had a grand total of only 24 such cloture votes for all six previous presidents combined: Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II and Obama! That’s 32 times more nominees by this president sidelined by Congress than during all ten previous presidential terms.”

    This ought to tell you that we are living in very extreme political times. The current political atmosphere is not normal. The Democrats have turned the attack level up to 11.

    The Democrats have thrown out all the rules and are attacking Trump and Republicans with everything they can think of including illegal attacks, even treasonous attacks.

    It’s not so much that the Demcrats hate Trump, although that’s part of it, but what they really hate is Trump knocked them out of the power chair, and he is now dismantling their socialist agenda every day, and making socialism look bad so Trump is, in effect, an existential threat to the Democrats and their socialist ideas. That’s why they are so frantic.

    The Democrats are at war with the Republicans. It’s about time the Republcans woke up to that fact and started fighting back. Now that Trump has been exonerated by Mueller it will make it easier for Republicans to support Trump and go to bat for him.

    Trump is going to declassify lots of pertinent documents and other investigations are going to become public soon, and the Democrats are going to be exposed for what they are: Traitors to the United States and its system of government.

    The Democrats and the Obama administration set out to rig the 2016 presidential election in their favor, but Trump messed up their plans, and now their schemes are going to be exposed to the public.

    It can’t happen soon enough. Traitors need to be punished to discourage future traitors. It’s not political payback, it is Rule of Law. If you break the laws you should pay the price regardless of political party.

    • My local radio show host is under the illusion that some Democrat heads are going to roll ….. I told him not to hold his breath. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • It’s about time the Republcans woke up to that fact and started fighting back.

      If the non-Rino Republicans don’t wake up and respond to every dastardly devious dishonest attack by the Democrats, ….. and start fighting back, … either in kind or legally, … before Trump is no longer POTUS, ….. then the Repubs might as well bend over, grasp their ankles securely, grimace their teeth tightly, hold their breath ……. and wait for the inevitable to happen.

  8. The new boss different than the old boss; she opens more eyes wide than just her own.
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  9. The reason so many readers of this web site are baffled by why people vote the way that they do, is that WUWT readers tend to be logical thinkers, not emotional ones.

    I figured out long ago as some of my friends seemed to drift off the deep-end of weird thinking that they were not applying any kind of recognizable logic to their thinking about political subjects. A good example was a young person who was fanatic about Unions and why all workers should be forced into joining them. Their father (of course) has been a Union organizer at a car company.

    Their argument was that Unions protect jobs and wages from the evil capitalist elites. When I asked why then, they had not bought their new car from that struggling American Unionized car company, they responded all American made cars are junk and not worth buying. I pointed out that the Union rules and contracts were preventing the company from reorganizing and becoming more efficient, able to produce better cars, and that if people stopped buying the cars in favor of foreign built ones, the American company would go bankrupt and no one would have a job. They of course resorted to becoming angry instead of debating the point.

    So they wanted the government to force Union membership to protect American jobs and raise pay at a struggling American company, but would not buy a product from the American (Unionized) company to help keep it in business. Apparently they believed the company had plenty of money and was just refusing to pay everyone enough. Note – they believed, they didn’t bother with finding the facts. This person was college educated.

    This was in the 1990’s, and the company was General Motors. This sort of hypocrisy is seen all the time in climate hysteria – “everyone needs to stop driving and using fossil fuels, now excuse me I need to get on my private jet as I am having a party tonight in my 15,000 square foot mansion”.

    I discovered you cannot make a logical argument to a primarily emotional thinker. It especially applies to any subject that politicians have deliberately inflamed with identity politics. Most people just cannot seem to approach politics without debilitating political bias. They are slowly being turned into “victims” one identity group after another – and victims (being helpless) are easy to control using directed anger – The Nazi’s proved this in the early 1930’s – They successfully took over a democracy using these tactics and were supported by most everyday Germans (the same Germans who were later horrified at what the Nazis were capable of).

    The Democrat Party has ceased to function for the people it is supposed to be serving. It has ceased to believe in Democracy. It has ceased to believe in the Law of the Land. It has ceased to believe in truth. It’s main purpose is now achieving power at any cost, so to thwart a legally elected President on every front. They simply ignore any law they don’t like, while trying to pervert other laws into forcing beliefs on others. They use the Federal Government and its endless agencies to create regulations in place of Congress passing laws. They stack the courts so that any interpretation of a law they want is acceptable. They promote pseudo-science (i.e. Junk Science) like AGW to further their control.

    They are deliberately trying to prevent the current President from being able to rule through constant and deliberate harassment – and hence why so few appointees have been approved. (By the way…talk about bias…you probably already believe I voted for Trump, I didn’t, but I accept him as the legally elected President)

    This is unprecedented – at least in the United States. But if one looks carefully into history, you can find similar examples of groups of fanatics going after power, and they never end well. If reason, logic, and respect for others cannot be brought back, our country’s future isn’t going to end well either.

  10. I am not a leftist; I am Christian, white, male, generally a Trump supporter. You don’t have to be leftist, if you have studied will, to oppose GMO crops and to be concerned with the disappearance of flying insects.

    • I have studied it, and GMO crops have nothing to do with the disappearance of flying insects.
      In fact, flying insects aren’t disappearing. But what the heck, reality never had anything to do with your post.

    • Ira Edwards – April 7, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      I am not a leftist; I am Christian, white, male, generally a Trump supporter. You don’t have to be leftist, if you have studied will, to oppose GMO crops and to be concerned with the disappearance of flying insects.

      Well now, Ira Edwards, ….. your claim of being a Christian is akin to being a leftist, …… because very few “leftists” or “Christians” believe in or accept …… actual factual science.

      It is MLO, as well as my 75 years of real world learning and experiences, that leftists, and especially Bible believing Christians, …… are easily convinced and readily accept imaginary and deceitful claims of “false prophets”, especially when said “claims” involve fear, fright, sickness, death or destruction. AKA, bad, bad, bad, dangerous GMO food products ….. and dead, dead, dead flying insects that can no longer pollenate the good, good food producing plants. Like the banishment of DDT and FREON, both acts praised by leftist and Christians, ….. but both “junk science” claims, not based in fact or evidence.

      Ira E, I really don’t think that you can find or purchase a non-GMO food, …. meat, fruit or vegetable, … in your local supermarket. There is nothing to be found that is genetically the same as what the first European immigrants into North America were eating for their survival.

  11. Regarding the USA political system, I wonder if we will ever devise a fair, but logical system of government.

    Australia is as good a example as any for what is wrong with democracy.

    So a government, Labour, such as the Rudd, then Gillard, then Rudd again,To “Save the furniture”. That was a Labour ( emocrat) government.

    True Australia copped the World Wide financial mess, and we went from being a country with lots of money in the Bank, to being now deep in debt. But the Liberals say that Labour overspent, and Bankrupted us.

    Then in 2013 we voted that lot out, to be replaced by PM Abbott, (Conservative), who to salvage things brought in a tough budget, only to have most of it rejected by our upper house, the Senate.

    So we then had 6 years of in-fighting within the Liberal (Conservative) and Nationals, (Country ) Party. The Liberals under Abbott were against the Climate Change myth, but enough Liberals sniffing the Political breeze kicked out Abbott and put in Turnbull, who was so far to the left politically that he might as well have been a Labour PM. In fact in his younger days he wanted to join the Labour party. But then he made lots of money and changed sides politically.

    Then the right wing of the Liberals decided that Turnbull was too far to the left and out with him and in with Morrison, who is about the middle and does not have the guts to say that Climate change is nonsense, despite facing certain defeat in a few weeks time.

    So the cycle now starts all over again with Shorten our next PM, saying that things Green are the answer, so lots of renewable. So what is the ideal system, perhaps a moderate dictatorship ?

    Snag with that is what if its not moderate, too late then.

    MJER VK5ELL

    • The thing is our democracy was working quite well in most cases until Krud and Swann turned up like bad seeds in 2007. Australia’s been turning to Krud ever since. But frankly those two were just a few of the products of the QLD State Labor party transplanted into Canberra. Remeber how Swann, who put us into this debt, said there would be a surplus in 2014? What a joke, not even close, the debt grew like the Blob movie.

      This is typical QLD Labor, they turned QLD into a financial basket-case, sold out to bankers as tax- slaves paying interest to them for the rest of their lives, increased all taxes, fines, licenses and registrations to bleed us all dry (see Townsville for the results), completely neglected all law and order needs (again, see Townsville).

      While they moved their Labor creeps like Krud into Canberra, to do the same things to the whole country.

      Now we have a Labor party in QLD that builds nothing, that makes nothing that earn money, and holds down every project that does, and then refuses to build any infrastructure, unless of course it’s an extremely over-priced football stadium (gotta git yer priorities right) and won’t approve coal mines (on which the who QLD economy was built-up) and won’t approve the many needed hydro projects, plus won’t rebuild essential coal-fired power stations in the coal fields, but also wants large-scale coastal solar farms, in the very middle if the QLD cyclone belt!

      What could possibly go wrong with that?

      Townsville or Cairns and most or north QLD without power for 6 months, is what.

      And the people in QLD keep voting for them! Well over $80 billion in debt.

      I stopped voting for these reasons as there is nothing good coming from this thoroughly rotten system of Parliamentary Govt within QLD, and now also in Canberra.

  12. IARC lumps bacon, sunlight and plutonium together in its “definitely carcinogenic” category and
    ===========
    And kale. Somehow they missed kale. Definitely carcinogenic.

    • And get rid of bacon and sunshine on that list. Only wimps get cancer from bacon. And sunshine is good for you. Vitamin D. It is shade that is harmful. Stay in the shade too long you burn when you get back in the sunshine. That isn’t the fault of sunshine. It is your fault for spending so time in the shade. Your mother should have taught you better.

      • And remember not to wash off all the greasy perspiration as that is actually the secreted vitamin D3 that will be reabsorbed through the skin as natures own sunscreen. However, people get in from the sun and immediately smother themselves in industrial strength scented degreasants – shower gels – and remove all the vitamin D3 and natural lanolin from their skin. If you must shower have a simple lukewarm plain water washdown and if you must use natural soap sparingly in axial areas.

    • Prop 65 in California explicitly (by name) lists toast and prune juice as known to the State of California as causing cancer. Toast. Prune juice. Let that sink in…

  13. The behavior of Liberals after Trump’s Election may signal the end of our Republic. That is because the implicit agreement allowing a democracy to work is, “Once the election is over, it is over!” Everyone should cooperate. The incessant petty whining and sniping that has been ongoing simply gives Republicans an excuse for failure, should they fail in their goals. When Senator Pelosi said it is hard for her to utter “President Trump,” it demonstrates the level of emotional entanglement, and how distant from objective, rational behavior her position is. It also insults and offends those who supported Trump. There will be an understandable desire to exact retribution for the numerous immature stunts like name calling and displaying what appeared to be Trump’s severed head by a so-called comedienne. The Right may very well act no more mature than the Left when a democrat president is elected eventually, and thus will continue the downward spiral of the ability for any president to govern because of partisan adversaries criticizing everything. It may devolve into riots and attempts at mob rule, similar to what Trump protesters at UC Berkeley have initiated. Thus will end the greatest experiment in self-government the world has known. This is a greater risk to humanity than any hypothetical climate catastrophe.

    • You are right Clyde. The problem is that children are no longer taught the original structure of the US government, and WHY it was set up that way, ….. and the successful attempts by the tyrant Oriented to dismantle it.

      The will of the people is represented in the House.
      The will of the State was originally represented in the Senate, but the tyrants succeeded in turning the Senate into just another popularity contest that could be manipulated. So the State no longer has a voice.
      The President of the United States was supposed to be just that. The President of the Union of States. As such, the EC was set up such that a POTUS had to win enough majorities in each state to be selected. POTUS was Never intended to be the President of the people of the United States, but of the Union of States itself. The EC prevented excess votes in one State from contaminating the vote in another State. No surprise, the LEFT … the agents of tyranny and dictatorship are pushing to make the POTUS election a national democracy, such that the mob can rule. They know that by catering to the lowest denominator, they can lie to people and make all kinds of empty promises to attain power, after which, they will not fulfill the empty promises they had no intention of fullfilling in the first place. But they will be in power, and implement their agenda to enslave the people for their own personal gain.

      You can bet Maduro in VZ has not gone a day without clean water, electricity and plenty to eat. Can’t say the same for deceived who put Chavez in power, who then appointed Maduro as the King.

    • Pelosi is a representative, not a senator.
      It was Hillary Clinton and the Democrats who said Trump’s refusal to affirm he would accept the results of the election was a “threat to democracy” and, yet, it is they who have, since Trump’s election, not only failed to accept the results of the election, engaged in hostile attempts to overthrow his presidency. They have been, and continue to be, engaging in a prolonged attempted coup d’etat.

  14. Originally any keyboard instrument. Its a pun on J.S. Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier”.
    (“Well-tempered”, incidentally, is a technical term referring to tuning.)

  15. I know a fair amount about the Fish and Wildlife Service and might have had a better discipline background for the job at her age, which she does seem to lack. Not that it would matter. Lacking DC government administrative experience, I might have made up for it by closely observing one of the greatest politicalizations of science in history.

    She may be a great problem solver and learner which is what she would have to do regardless of background. They have a massive amount of land and water responsibility and agricultural experience certainly would be helpful. There are lots of good people in FWS, but not without their bureaucratic problems and perhaps too much alliance to “modern” science in places. I still hear stories about good problem solving in the agency and would guess that they have one of the more consistent track records among environmentally related government organizations.

    There is steadily increasing interest in science programs expanding into more legal and administrative fields, understandable, but may detract from learning complex fields. Somewhat outside of the discipline (and agency) broadly trained administrators might be better if they know their own limitations and don’t practice the all too common sins of poor homework and top down management. She would have a really big but very interesting job, out of DC at least.

  16. “Why is Ms. Skipwith being treated this way? It appears to be simple ideological politics.”

    Actually, she is a qualified Black Woman who is moving off the Democrats’ plantation. After all, they can’t have this supremely successful woman point other Blacks to the underground railway of escape from the cotton picking snare that is the Demo/Progs’ life of dependency they are forced to live.

  17. All this anti Trump comments , so has there ever been a good Democrat President.

    What about FDR or Lyndon Johnson. Not sure of JFK, other than calling the USSR’s bluff over Cuba just what did he do ?

    Seems to me that the USA is having a sort of Civil War, perhaps a Cold one.

    Trump reminds me of WW2 General Mc Arthur, a idiot, but he had a good staff. After the stuff up of attempting a invasion of New Britain to get at Rabaul someone pointed out that the Mango swamps was not the way to go.

    Following that the Island hopping campaign was introduced. Macarthur got all the credit, yet no mention of his leaving all the planes on the ground in the Philippines, up to some 6 hours after Pearl Harbour was bombed. A greatly overrated person.

    For many weeks he oversaw the campaign in New Guinea from Melbourne some thousands of miles from the front, then he finally moved to Brisbane, only some hundreds of miles away.

    He was critical of Australian troops, who were fresh from fighting Rommell for not incurring enough causalities, saying that such loses was a measure of how hard they were fighting. He was a typical 1914 – 1918 officer.

    MJE VK5ELL

  18. There will come a day when Green will be treated the same as Red. As enemy of the people.

  19. Paul Driessen, everyone else, the Senate Dems and repubs, and most especially Dr. Skipwith, should absorb the message of Bruce Ame’s paper: “Dietary Pesticides: 99.99% All Natural,” here (pdf).

    Ames & co., recount all the naturally occurring pesticides present in our diet from the plants we eat. Those natural, plant-made pesticides test out very bit as toxic as any pesticides we humans synthesize and use.

    Plants make poisons because they can’t run away when some animal or insect tries to eat them. They’ve been in a chemical war of escalating toxification/detoxification with insects and browsers for, what, 450 million years?

    Ames points out that the natural pesticides in a cup of coffee exceed the entire annual dietary intake of synthetic pesticides.

    He reminds his readers that we have an evolved liver, the sole purpose of which is to detoxify the natural pesticides present in our diet. It does a bang-up job of that, using generalized enzyme systems, such as P-450, to render ingested pesticides water-soluble and thus excretable.

    He lists many of the naturally occurring plant-made pesticides in our diet. He writes that, “the 27 natural pesticides that are rodent carcinogens are present in the following foods: anise, apple, apricot, banana, basil, broccoli, brussels sprouts, … the list goes on.

    Here are a few to numb your mind: Carcinogenic plant pesticides:acetaldehyde methylformylhydrazone, allylisothiocyanate, arecoline hydrochloride, benzaldehyde, …

    Speaking as a chemist, I’d not want to eat any of them. But then, they’re in asparagus and plums. Oh, no! What do do?? Well, do what we always did: crank up the liver and toss them out.

    Ames continues: “The levels of these 27 rodent carcinogens in the above plants are commonly thousands of times higher than the levels of synthetic pesticides. (my bold)”

    This whole glyphosate and GMO business is such a crock.

    The greens and their congressional allies and beneficiaries prey on people’s ignorance. The one for ideology, and the others for the lobbyists’ money.

    None of them are forgivable.

    • By the way, I neglected to mention that our livers are as good at detoxifying synthetic pesticides as they are natural pesticides.

      The liver enzymes are very generalized.

      Whatever comes along that doesn’t pass muster gets oxygenated, glycosylated, and tossed.

      Except for certain mushrooms that presently seem to have an edge on us.

  20. It is now impossible for Democrats to stop any Administration appointee since Mitch McConnel exercised the ‘nuclear option’ last week. Appointment now requires only 51 votes and Republicans have 53 votes.

    So if this nomination is being held up or stopped, it has to be Republicans who are doing that.

    #caseClosed

    • talking without knowing about what you are discussing as usually I see.

      The “nuclear option” is the changing of the Senate rules by a simple majority (the same maneuver Harry Reid to eliminate the filibuster for judicial appointments)
      The Rule Mitch changed last week with the nuclear option was:
      – debate time on the Senate floor for lower-level administration nominees and U.S. district court judges will be cut to two hours from 30 hours. (it’s still 30 hours’ debate for Cabinet-level appointments, other senior appointments and higher court nominees.)

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