CNN: “The pandemic didn’t solve climate change. This week’s disasters are proof”

Man at bridge holding head with hands and screaming
Original image: Man at bridge holding head with hands and screaming. By Edvard Munch – WebMuseum at ibiblioPage: URL:, Public Domain,

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

CNN laments that Covid-19 didn’t mess up the economy or frighten people enough to bring lasting change. But some see the Coronavirus lockdowns as a “test run”, which may help shape future climate policies.

The pandemic didn’t solve climate change. This week’s disasters are proof

By Eliza Mackintosh, CNN

Updated 0445 GMT (1245 HKT) September 18, 2020

(CNN)If you thought Covid-19 restrictions, like enforced lockdowns and social distancing, would put a lasting dent in our collective carbon footprint and save the world from warming, you were mistaken.

Earlier this year, in the midst of a horrific news cycle and a rapidly mounting death toll, that notion was a welcome silver lining to the pandemic. As people around the world stayed at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus, greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and transport industries plummeted, dropping to record lows.

But it may have given some a false sense that the worst effects of climate change were being mitigated. They’re not.

But Donald Trump might have you believe otherwise.

Earlier this week, the US President seemed to question whether climate change was fanning the flames raging up and down the West Coast — despite scientific evidence showing that global warming is increasing the odds in favor of extreme wildfire weather.

Kelman, whose book, “Disaster by Choice,” looks at how our actions turn natural hazards into catastrophes, says that though lockdowns may not have made a big impact on mitigating the climate crisis in the long term, they have shown that change is possible.

“We’ve been told for a long time that changing society overnight is not possible. What lockdown showed is that it is,” said Kelman. 

This has been, to some extent, been a test run of the positives and negatives, the possibilities and the harm. What we need to ensure is that we are helping people, we are creating jobs, we are supporting livelihoods, at the same time as reducing all forms of consumption. And this should not happen overnight.”

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Is anyone else fed up with this miserable small minded green vision of the future, in which lockdowns are considered a trial run for what we shall all have to endure on a permanent basis?

I don’t want a future in which I have to look over my shoulder, in case the climate police catch me turning up my thermostat a few degrees, or pull me over for driving an unauthorised distance from my house.

I want a future in which my weekend choice is either a quick hypersonic commercial jet flight to enjoy a bit of sunshine on the other side of the world, or a weekender in an orbital zero gravity amusement park.

All we have to do to have a chance to personally experience a glorious future of unlimited energy expenditure, longer, more comfortable lives, and opportunities beyond our wildest dreams, is tell todays greens where they can shove their climate lockdowns.

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ellsworth butler
September 18, 2020 2:37 pm

yes , the lockdowns worked well, and the fed debt soared upward…

Reply to  ellsworth butler
September 18, 2020 3:25 pm

What lockdowns?
Here in Michigan where the rules were quite strict, supermarkets were open, huge stores that include food were open, such as Walmart, Meijers, Target, etc. … dollar stores, gas stations and their foods inside, Lowes, Menards, Home Depot, ACE Hardware, drive in Mcdonalds, Burger King, etc., take out from other restaurants, … busses, airplanes, trains were running … and people were coming in by air and car from other states and other nations. That seems far from what I would call a lockdown.

Robert W. Turner
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 18, 2020 4:09 pm

Of course people still had to eat and fix things like plumbing. What was locked down was all public social interaction – bars, zoos, museums, gyms, etc.

Reply to  Robert W. Turner
September 18, 2020 5:25 pm

And education, public at least, slammed shut quickly.
With tele-tutoring will we need individual teachers at all? Could students receive education from approved programming?

Reply to  Robert W. Turner
September 18, 2020 6:08 pm

And prople in supetmsrjets in March stood in tight lines in supermarkets, with their toilet paper?, rarely with masks, until the 6 foot rule was invented.

People sat 6 inches from each other inside airplanes eating meals but could not sit 6 feet from each other inside restaurants.

And with foreigners coming into the US on airplanes, and US citizens returning from overseas, it is a lie to call this a “lockdown”.

Garland Lowe
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 18, 2020 10:42 pm

If you compare the freedom Americans had before the lockdown to the freedoms Americans had during the lockdown, it was a lockdown. The lockdown could have been more severe, but it was a lockdown.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 18, 2020 4:58 pm

You gotta get out more!

Just Jenn
Reply to  Richard Greene
September 19, 2020 7:41 am

you forgot no boats on the water. No motorized boats were allowed on any waterway, which is why as your neighbor, WI hosted many (and I do mean many) MI boat owners during the “non-lockdown” and enjoyed the extra income to our bait shops and hotels.

MI is also going to shut down any outdoor activities because 1 person is suspected of getting a mosquito bite that causes EEE. That was a little tidbit in the news lately. They recommended all outdoor events cancelled because 1 person in the state is suspected of getting it.

THAT mentality is the true lockdown. This entire campaign of “stay home, stay safe” being shoved down our throats is the true horror of this entire endeavor. What happens when that message reaches someone who is not safe at home? Or entire communities where neighbors report on neighbors that someone is outside their home for more activity than mowing the lawn to keep up with the neighborhood standards? HUH? What’s next? Fines for running your mower only during approved hours if it has a motor, but you can be out whenever with a push mower an no motor?

When you are faced with extreme and fear, it doesn’t take much for those pushing an agenda of separation to stay in power long to claim any freedom as “not safe”.

I want to know why motorized boats were not allowed on the water in MI, but you could take out a kayak, a canoe or a sailboat, provided it didn’t run a motor to get out of the harbor. Ever ask that question? What does a motor have to do with “stay safe, stay home”? NOTHING. IT had nothing to do with it at all. Nothing to do with the pandemic, it’s just a boat.

And lets talk about all those megastores you mentioned. Why were they allowed to be open but Mom and Pop shops were not? Evers closed fabric stores here before the mask mandate and soft re-opening. When pointed out that they were selling essential supplies he reiterated that fabric stores were non-essential. Then come to find out, Oh gee, we need masks…….but the fabric stores were closed……..yea. Oh wait, Walmart sells fabric! You can get it there. Except then it came out that the mill end loosely woven fabric wasn’t good for masks and the tightly woven cotton in shut down fabric stores was–well guess what was deemed “essential” then? You guessed it, fabric stores. Wanna know who was pushing for fabric stores to be closed? You’re megastores that just happen to sell fabric, in fact the manager of Walmart was the one that snitched on JoAnn’s and deemed them non-essential because they were competing with a small section of their stores.

So don’t tell me there wasn’t a lockdown. There was and it was more than a restriction on motor boats, it allowed your beloved megastores to set pricing, control demand, and deem any competitor non-essential in the process.

Just Jenn
Reply to  Just Jenn
September 19, 2020 8:24 am

your not You’re

September 18, 2020 2:45 pm

The Red China Virus lockdowns have hopefully enlightened everyone, that unless we have some future pandemic worse than Ebola, we are never ever again going to lock down our economies and ourselves. Lockdowns and Covid-19 fatigue are now a real thing, and whomever tries to tell everyone to stay locked up in their flat or house for anything is going to have a revolution on their hands. Well, we sort of do, and in the USA, the Democrats probably have so exaggerated the necessities of physical and economic lockdowns so much, that it will hopefully be near impossible to implement in the future. Especially for climate policies.

The Democrats and covert medical operatives through WHO/CDC et al prematurely spent their wad on ruining the economy to get rid of President Trump, and it will now probably backfire and sway the undecided vote that DJT is the only sane vote left standing. Can you imagine anyone with their full analytical faculties intact to vote for a Black women VP (who openly supports BLM Marxism) that will probably wind up President? Along with Joe Biden that actually sponsored the bill that locked up so many Black men since the mid 1990’s during the Clinton regime. Then Kamala Harris who as prosecutor and later State AG in California, who did the dirty work to get her own Black people locked up for as long as they were. Even smart Black people won’t vote for a Black Marxist/Leftist woman who wants to now defund law enforcement, and they see through their outright lies and mismanagement of everything they touch. Plus the fact that climate change policies are near the bottom of concern for the majority of citizens. There is no money left for any kind of Green New Deal anyway, so after the election, we can hopefully quit whipping this dead horse.

September 18, 2020 2:45 pm

‘we are creating jobs, we are supporting livelihoods, at the same time as reducing all forms of consumption’

All work and no play ?
They want a form of modern slavery for the pesky masses with the virtuous rulers doing as they please.
That has been the ambition of oppressors throughout history.

Bill T
Reply to  Stephen Wilde
September 19, 2020 3:44 am

Biden when asked what his climate change agenda will do to farming said that in Delaware farmers were encouraged to grow chickens for manure and that was the kind of new job climate change mitigation would bring – shoveling manure.

My response-Joe, I know you are an expert in shoveling manure. You have been doing it all your political life.

Steve Case
September 18, 2020 2:49 pm

Just today the conversation was that in the future, if you want to travel or go out in public, you will have to have a valid vaccination card. Random spot checks for that by the police would be in order. Once the apparatus for that is in place, vaccination won’t be the only excuse.

In the end, we will be told what to eat, ride the bus, get permission to have children and on on your 65th birthday show up at the community center to be euthanized.

Reply to  Steve Case
September 18, 2020 3:13 pm

Euthanized is such a nice sounding word.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Scissor
September 18, 2020 6:19 pm

It sounds so much like “youthenised”. I mean, who wouldn’t by to be made younger when they are old, eh?

Monna Manhas
Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
September 19, 2020 10:44 am

Sixty-five sounds much older when you’re 25 than it does when you’re 60.
Just saying.

Reply to  Steve Case
September 18, 2020 4:20 pm

Steve Case, I think your predictions are too optimistic.
For years we have been told that we needed less energy production and fewer people. Recall the one child policy in China. To make climate change work (i.e. by reducing CO2 in the atmosphere requires us to reduce energy production and use; reduce mining, lands devoted to crops, etc.,) requires a one-world Marxist government, and of course, run by the UN. See Agenda 21.

As they infer about the pandemic, it was not enough and they learned that they need to do much more. This ‘much more’ can only be accomplished by a brutal dictatorship. And the plans are already in place should Pres Trump be reelected (massive riots leading to destruction of freedom in the US. If the Democrats win, get rid of Biden and establish tyranny in our country.)

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Leonard
September 19, 2020 5:13 am

“And the plans are already in place should Pres Trump be reelected (massive riots leading to destruction of freedom in the US.”

That may be true. There are a lot of leftwing billionaires putting a lot of money into ginning up a violent confrontation from the Left.

My question is: Does anyone think conservatives are going to sit by and watch their country taken over by a bunch of leftwing maniacs?

If it comes down to that, we will have a civil war, and the conservatives will win it.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 21, 2020 9:17 am

Does anyone think conservatives are going to sit by and watch their country taken over by a bunch of leftwing maniacs?
Given the complacency I’ve seen for so long, I’m no longer convinced this is not the case.

Eric Vieira
Reply to  Steve Case
September 19, 2020 2:47 am

A small correction: on your 65th birthday “freely” show up at the community center to be “gratefully” euthanized “and thus be exorcised for the unpardonable sin of living your life”.

September 18, 2020 2:52 pm

If the lockdown made life miserable, then remember that the greens want to make that permanent. I take an opposite lesson from recent events than that of Kerman. Massive suffering proves that changing society overnight for no apparent “climate” benefit is NOT possible nor desirable. These people are delusional.

Jon R
September 18, 2020 3:01 pm

My running theory is that ENKI & ENLIL put a self destruct sequence into our DNA , something like a pathological self loathing strand .

Otherwise I have no idea how self titled empiricists can swallow this. The simple fact little things don’t usually have much effect on much bigger things should have the educated seeking the skeptical report.

September 18, 2020 3:01 pm

All these climate laws are just for the little people. The rich greenies will still have their private jets and air conditioned mansions. Meanwhile due to high electricity costs more manufacturing and jobs will move out of the West. Climate laws are not about the environment, they are about creating a Marxist economic system in the West that is ruled by a select few.

Reply to  Stevek
September 18, 2020 6:02 pm

I think that what we have learned during this pandemic is that all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Charles Higley
September 18, 2020 3:01 pm

Only an idiot would think that a pandemic would solve climate change, particularly because climate change is not determined by human activities. So, why would it be changed by a pandemic?

It is ridiculous to assume that we control the climate. Climate change is subject to much larger factors than us puny, 7 billion strong humans

Reply to  Charles Higley
September 18, 2020 3:25 pm

And CNN and their fellow travelers are full of ridiculous idiots, so the article as right in their wheelhouse.

September 18, 2020 3:03 pm

Like Bats give a chirp about CO2 levels!!!

Dave N
September 18, 2020 3:06 pm

“Man at bridge holding head with hands and screaming”

It’s entirely possible that the person depicted is not actually screaming, but their mouth is just agape, and they are shielding their ears from a scream external to them. From Munch’s own words:

“One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream”

Gunga Din
Reply to  Dave N
September 18, 2020 3:24 pm

Maybe he was listening to CNN or AOC?

Gunga Din
September 18, 2020 3:19 pm

If I remember correctly, the CAGW crowd projected that a hurricane/tropical storm such as this years was projected to happen every year (and getting worse each year) for the last 10+ years.
They finally got one.
What was happening 60 or so years ago?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Gunga Din
September 19, 2020 5:21 am

This has been a rather moderate hurricane season.

The alarmists are making much of the fact that there have been so many named storms that we have had to go to the Greek alphabet to name them. The last time this happened was in 2005, when Hurrican Katrina was the big news.

What happened after 2005? There was a 12-year hiatus where no major hurricanes (Cat 3, 4 or 5) hit the United States. So we shouldn’t make too much out of running out of English alphabet names.

Ron Long
September 18, 2020 3:30 pm

How morally bankrupt do you have to be to talk about “silver linings to a pandemic”? Good on President Trump for laughing at Kalifornia Gov. Newsom for his climate change comment. CNN is all in on trashing Trump, we canexpect some really disgusting things as we get closer to Nov. 3.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ron Long
September 19, 2020 5:31 am

“CNN is all in on trashing Trump, we can expect some really disgusting things as we get closer to Nov. 3.”

The low-life Democrats are going to try to generate a scandal every day directed at Trump. That’s how they roll. If they can’t find a legitimate scandal to pin on Trump (and they can’t) then they just make it up out of thin air. Lying is second nature to the radical Democrats.

Although with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death (God rest her soul and console her family) the focus may be mostly on the Supreme Court. But that won’t stop the Democrats from generating false scandals day after day. They are very practiced at doing so.

To the Democrats the election is all about assasinating the character of Trump. They have no viable plan of their own to offer the people, so they attack Trump’s character.

Bidens whole campaign consists of: Orange man Bad !

Gunga Din
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 19, 2020 8:19 am

I wonder if Feinstein has Christine Blasey Ford’s number on speed dial?

September 18, 2020 3:41 pm

The headline alone demonstrates their ignorance. They obviously don’t knw the difference between climate and weather. One week demonstrates NOTHING about climate.

Reply to  DrEd
September 19, 2020 5:56 am

Climate is the average of the weather for the last 30 years, or for any 30 year period.

Of course, a running 30 year average of weather conditions is meaningless for science. NONE of the factors affecting the climate operate by averages.

September 18, 2020 3:55 pm

A bad idea to bet the whole economy on models that have have been proved to not match observation. Even if the trillions are spent there is no guarantee it will do anything if China and India don’t change.

September 18, 2020 4:02 pm

I am convinced that many politicians would gladly impoverish 8 billion people and let 1 million people die if it meant just a little bit more power. I am also convinced that the majority of the media and celebrities would gladly support those actions because these people hate other people. And I mean really hate people, absolutely abhor them to the strongest degree. I am also convinced that the people who support these same politicians feel the exact same way.

Robert W. Turner
September 18, 2020 4:11 pm

The true silver lining is that people got a taste of what the Ecoterrorists want society to be. Just do this permanently, and you won’t have to suffer through 0.2 degrees of planetary average temperature increase.

September 18, 2020 4:19 pm

The painting by Edvard Munch represents the facial expression of Willis when he realises back radiation is a myth.

Maybe that’s why the painting keeps getting stolen. 🙂

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  leitmotif
September 19, 2020 8:08 am

This morning on the CBC Radio 1 they interviewed an actual aerosol particle scientist to discuss the wildfire smoke that is coming over Ontario today. The “Scream” is the face of that lady when she was asked about the “climate impact” of the smoke.

She had already said the particles were being transported around the world at high altitude but she did not want to be asked if the effect of such particles was “warming”. She knows full well the net effect of wildfires burning biomass is net negative – see any IPCC report of that. It is shown on all the forcing charts as a significant negative effect because the organic carbon particles overwhelm the putative warming effect of CO2 and black carbon.

So the hesitated, waffled a little about black carbon and said, in direct reply to the warming question, that “the question was still open, still open.” What a liar by omission! Forest fires cause direct, significant cooling! The same goes for the burning of agriwastes and stover in India and China.

The discomfort was palpable. She would have been pre-selected to promote the CBC’s climate alarmism and she obviously knew the net effect is immediate, long term cooling, and her saying “CO2 is a long-lived greenhouse gas” didn’t fool those of us who know: the overall long term effect of CO2 is significantly less than the cooling effect of organic carbon aerosols. She made a face like that, and didn’t have to guts to say it. She knows that would be the last time her phone would ring if she did.

CD in Wisconsin
September 18, 2020 4:24 pm

“We’ve been told for a long time that changing society overnight is not possible. What lockdown showed is that it is,” said Kelman. ”

“…Is anyone else fed up with this miserable small minded green vision of the future, in which lockdowns are considered a trial run for what we shall all have to endure on a permanent basis?…”

Yes Eric, me.

The preaching from these holier-than-thou self-righteous high priests of the Holy Faith only serves to demonstrate the high level of arrogance and egotism at which they are operating. The way they view the world that humanity as created entitles them to proselytize to the rest of us. You must convert to their faith, their belief system if we are all to be saved. Join them now or perish.

The problem here is that human history has shown us that people who think and behave like they do and find their way to power are the ones who end up being the kind of megalomaniacs who can destroy all those who follow them. What has always been the most frightening is how they are able to get into the heads of people and manipulate the masses emotionally and psychologically to join the cult. I’m not just talking about people like Hitler here. I am also thinking of Jim Jones and David Koresh who operated on a much smaller scale, but the end result was the same.

Being able to use the CAGW narrative as these arrogant, self-righteous High Priests do becomes easy for them when the “science” underlying the narrative is not sufficiently questioned (if at all) in much of society. It becomes a very powerful means to an end for them, and provides the opportunity to somewhat repeat the mistakes of history if they given the chance.

September 18, 2020 4:59 pm

It demonstrated that reducing human co2 emissions makes no difference at all.

Joel O’Bryan
September 18, 2020 5:04 pm

Ding Dong!!!!
The witch is dead!!!
RGB is gone!!!!!!

Trump and McConnell are to fill the SCOTUS seat with a Conservative in December regardless of the election outcome

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
September 18, 2020 5:43 pm

With no filibuster rule for Senate confirmations for federal judicial appointments, and the Presidency and the Senate of the same party, then this should be a very straight forward done deal, maybe even before the Nov 3 election date. This MUST be accomplished before the January 20th inauguration day, come Hell or High Water. This is a major watershed event. Maybe the Revolution starts now before Nov 3, as SCOTUS will likely be deliberating and choosing the next POTUS. Major turbulence ahead.

With all due respect to the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Rest In Peace!

Reply to  Earthling2
September 18, 2020 6:11 pm

Of course, there is always a fly in the ointment. Sen Mitt Romney may not vote along Republican lines, and Sen Susan Collins (R) from Maine is on the record as saying she wouldn’t support a SCOTUS appointment during an election campaign. Interesting times ahead.

The Senate has 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats, and 2 Independents who both caucus with the Democrats. The VP can break a tie vote in the Senate. And there is an election campaign underway. 2020 is shaping up to be quite the year, one that we will all remember for as long as we live.

Richard Thornton
Reply to  Earthling2
September 18, 2020 8:48 pm

Earthling- 53 repub 47 + 2 dem is the correct count.

Reply to  Richard Thornton
September 18, 2020 9:29 pm

Yes Richard, you right. My arithmetic bad after I do a simple search. The two independents threw me for a loop. Not as bad as I thought. Now I can sleep better knowing that it will be easier for the Republicans to get the majority vote they need to succeed. Certainly throws a new imperative into the mix to get this all sorted out in 46 days. Interesting times…

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Earthling2
September 19, 2020 6:22 am

“Sen Susan Collins (R) from Maine is on the record as saying she wouldn’t support a SCOTUS appointment during an election campaign.”

Susan needs all the conservative votes she can get right now. If Senate Majority Leader McConnell calls a vote before the election, I imagine Susan will be under a lot of pressure to vote in favor of the Trump nominee.

Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
September 18, 2020 6:00 pm

Amy Coney Barrett might make a fine choice.

Reply to  Scissor
September 18, 2020 7:24 pm

A very fine choice indeed! At 48 years old, and if she lived just as long as RBG, she would be on SCOTUS for almost 40 years. This would be divine justice in ensuring that there is a conservative conscience on the bench that will be a check and balance on any wacko Democrat attempts at bringing socialistic Marxism to the USA. And I don’t think the leftists are going to be able to manufacture any libellous innuendo against Amy Coney Barrett, like the circus they put Brett Kavanaugh through with his confirmation hearing. Mitch McConnell just confirmed that the Senate will bring a vote forward to the Senate floor before the election.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Earthling2
September 18, 2020 7:59 pm

I hope Trump does nominate her.
Democrats will have to attack this very reasonable smart, qualified woman to replace Ginsberg. They won’t be able to not attack her.
That will hurt them on November 3rd with white suburban women voters.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
September 19, 2020 6:35 am

Senator Diane Feinstein (D. Calif) attacked Amy Coney Barrett for her Catholic religion during Barrett’s last confirmation hearing. Totally out of bounds, but Feinstein did it anyway. Democrats know no moral restraints when it comes to gaining and/or keeping political power.

The Left is going to put up a furious fight over this nomination. None of it will matter if the Republicans have enough votes in the Senate, but the volume from the Left will go above 11 over this. They consider it an existential threat to their socialism, and it may well be, and they are going to treat it that way.

Republicans need to stand firm and turn the Supreme Court conservative. The Democrats would turn it socialist if they had the chance. Don’t give them the chance. A sane future depends on it.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Scissor
September 18, 2020 7:51 pm

I agree. Trump is going to nominate someone the Democrats cannot object to without seriously damaging themselves before the November 3rd election. A woman like Judge Barrett with a very excellent judicial record fits that bill nicely. Democrats will have to damage themselves BADLY to attack a reasonable woman to replace Ginsberg. Yet they will of course, like the fable of the scorpion stinging the frog and both drowning, Democrats can’t help themselves in their self-destructive behaviors in the pursuit of political power.

Dems will be twisting themselves into pretzels to try to object to a possible Judge Barrett nomination by Trump. Hearings and a vote in the Senate in December is all but assured.

The other thing people may not have considered is if the Supreme Court gets involved in deciding to shut off State vote recounts for the Presidential race between Trump and Biden, like they did in Florida in 2000, the Court now has one less Liberal to vote for a Biden favorable outcome. So with RGB gone, there is now a decided 5 Conservatives to 3 Liberals slant to the Supreme Court, the math favors Trump. It will remain that way until a new Associate Justice is confirmed in the Senate to replace Ginsberg. Justice Ginsberg cannot vote from the grave as much as Democrats like having dead people vote for them.

That Ginsberg left Life not knowing who would fill her seat is absolute Sweet Justice. Justice Ginsberg should have retired 12 months ago when she was given a terminal cancer diagnosis from her doctors, that’s what most sane people would do in such a responsible position to allow for an orderly transition. But Dems are mostly narcissists and too full of contempt fro everyone else who doesn’t think like them. Justice Ginsberg was a narcissist just like Barack Obama, that’s the only way to describe her hanging-on for the last 13 months with a terminal cancer diagnosis and seriously dwindling health.

If she had retired with a terminal diagnosis last summer, at least then the Democrats could have argued from a more reasoned approach for a replacement. Now all they have is desperation to stop something they cannot since they do not control the Senate thru December at least with the election looming to consider their fate.

All signs are favorable for Trump and driving his supporters to vote with this turn of events.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
September 18, 2020 11:11 pm

It’s very clear that repeated lying becomes toxic – after a long time: by lying about (almost?) everything, the Dems created a group of brainless shills who are completely out of touch with the general population.

They are willing to “die on hills” that pretty much everybody outside their bubble rejects absolutely. They dragged part of the people to the extreme left but to the detriment of connection with most. Now they feel they have to defend mobs setting buildings on fire and then to disavow the mobs many weeks (best cast) later.

They probably created their own relatively small but very noisy mob (on twitter) to approve their craziness. The whole construct relies on “the right is evil” (which some conservatives have been helping with really ignorant comments on women and reproduction and crazy comments on rape, also some batsh*t anti science pages on conservapedia).

Gunga Din
Reply to  Joel O’Bryan
September 19, 2020 9:05 am

With respects, I don’t want a “Conservative” Justice. And I don’t want a “Liberal” Justice.
I want a Justice whose rulings are based on The US Constitution and The Bill of Rights (plus the amendments) as written and intended being “The Rule” the Government must play by.
That means that some “conservative” laws might be ruled unconstitutional, despite his/her personal opinion.
That means that some “liberal” laws might be ruled unconstitutional, despite his/her personal opinion.

“The Rule” is the rule.
Trump is obligated to submit a nominee.
Then it’s up to the Senate.

Flight Level
September 18, 2020 5:04 pm

“The pandemic didn’t solve climate change….”

CNN should seriously consider systematic Drug Abuse Testing.

Joel O’Bryan
Reply to  Flight Level
September 18, 2020 5:27 pm

testing positive for Liberal koolaide would be 1/3 of the US population.

Curious George
Reply to  Flight Level
September 18, 2020 5:46 pm

I survived Socialism once, I don’t want to repeat the nightmare. The pandemic pales in comparison.

Gary Pearse
September 18, 2020 5:34 pm

“in case the climate police catch me turning up my thermostat a few degrees”

Eric, they wont be long in remotely controlling your thermostat if we don’t start saying no to this coup. If it’s all windmills at 5 bucks a kWh, we won’t need a thermostat. It wouldn’t work half the time anyway.

The much further along the way to climate purgatory UK, slashed the power of vacuum cleaners in half (!!), oblivious of the fact that people will just go over their rugs twice to clean them. I laughed when EU ‘crats ruled that green asparagus from UK couldn’t be marketed as that product – it had to be raised under the dirt to be yellow! That was 30yrs ago or so. I’m not laughing much now that I realize a mutant strain of our species has been slowly taking charge.

It is a surreal thing to think that one man, D J Trump, stands in the way of this global Totalitarian monolith. I’m worried you Yanks don’t appreciate him enough. How can 50% of the country not know they are standing on the brink of an abyss. Get out and vote for this one of a kind strongman and use the next four years to cultivate a successor – Don Jr maybe?

Reply to  Gary Pearse
September 19, 2020 2:11 am

The most irritating is the new tumble dryer. Our previous tumble dryer could dry the bed sheets and pillow cases off our bed in about 60 – 90 minutes. That unit packed up last year and now we have the only available “eco” type. Last weekend, after 9 hours running it flat out with all the heat options tweaked to max it finally got our bedsheets dry enough to put them back on the bed just before going to sleep.

And of course our glorious conservative government is considering legislation giving a third generation of smart electric meters the capability to switch off remotely central heating and EV charging points to “manage consumption” ie prevent blackouts when renewables fail. Oh – and also considering making the smart meters compulsory by law.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
September 19, 2020 6:42 am

“Last weekend, after 9 hours running it flat out with all the heat options tweaked to max it finally got our bedsheets dry enough to put them back on the bed just before going to sleep.”

They would dry faster hanging them up on a clothesline. 🙂

Monna Manhas
Reply to  ThinkingScientist
September 19, 2020 10:57 am

I have to run the dryer twice to get the towels dry.

CD in Wisconsin
September 18, 2020 6:05 pm

Found this interesting info on Munch’s “The Scream”

“…Was the slaughterhouse the only cause of personal anguish in Munch’s painting The Scream? Like Van Gogh, Munch struggled with anxiety and insanity throughout his life — both on a personal level and indirectly, through his family. In fact, Munch’s mentally ill sister was hospitalized at the time The Scream was painted in 1893. Along with the slaughterhouse mentioned above, the very mental asylum where Munch’s own sister stayed was located in the same area. Was the scream Munch heard coming from that very asylum? The true meaning behind The Scream may very well come back to the decidedly ugly, even hideous, sounds of living beings undergoing both physical and emotional suffering in the modern age….”.

The slaughterhouse mentioned in the quote was an animal slaughterhouse near where Munch painted his work. That, together with his and his sister’s history of mental issues, seems to provide ample inspiration for Munch.

Maybe it’s just me, but somehow the quote above seems to oddly reflect what the climate alarmists are putting us all through today.

September 18, 2020 6:08 pm

What worries me is that many people, perhaps even a majority, like to be ‘looked after by government’. Polls here in Canada and in New Zealand suggest that between those getting free money and those who feel protected from the dreaded virus, there is widespread support for lockdowns. It seems that Trudeau thinks he can win and election if he goes to the polls before the fear and freebies run out.

Mike Dubrasich
September 18, 2020 9:06 pm

Lefty Bear says “Only a pandemic can stop forest fires!”

But it didn’t. Gosh darn it. CNN had their hopes up. Is that what they’re saying? The gibberish has become indecipherable.

Reply to  Mike Dubrasich
September 19, 2020 4:28 am

So lefties are trying to stop fires by dropping NRA viruses instead of water, now?

That might explain why these are out of control.

September 18, 2020 9:19 pm


We failed to use the COVID imaginary pandemic to completely break the economy.

September 18, 2020 9:45 pm

Here’s their vision for how they want us to live:

Imagine, if you can, a small room, hexagonal in shape, like the cell of a bee. It is lighted neither by window nor by lamp, yet it is filled with a soft radiance. There are no apertures for ventilation, yet the air is fresh. There are no musical instruments, and yet, at the moment that my meditation opens, this room is throbbing with melodious sounds. An armchair is in the centre, by its side a reading-desk — that is all the furniture. And in the armchair there sits a swaddled lump of flesh — a woman, about five feet high, with a face as white as a fungus. It is to her that the little room belongs.

An electric bell rang.

The woman touched a switch and the music was silent.

“I suppose I must see who it is”, she thought, and set her chair in motion. The chair, like the music, was worked by machinery and it rolled her to the other side of the room where the bell still rang importunately.

“Who is it?” she called. Her voice was irritable, for she had been interrupted often since the music began. She knew several thousand people, in certain directions human intercourse had advanced enormously.

But when she listened into the receiver, her white face wrinkled into smiles, and she said:

“Very well. Let us talk, I will isolate myself. I do not expect anything important will happen for the next five minutes — for I can give you fully five minutes, Kuno. Then I must deliver my lecture on ‘Music during the Australian Period’.”

She touched the isolation knob, so that no one else could speak to her. Then she touched the lighting apparatus, and the little room was plunged into darkness.

“Be quick!” she called, her irritation returning. “Be quick, Kuno; here I am in the dark wasting my time.”

But it was fully fifteen seconds before the round plate that she held in her hands began to glow. A faint blue light shot across it, darkening to purple, and presently she could see the image of her son, who lived on the other side of the earth, and he could see her.

September 18, 2020 11:13 pm

Manua Loa CO2 trend keeps trending despite oil based fuel transport falling off a cliff for most of the year. We arent as CO2 infuential as the alarmists would like to promote. If only they focussed on where we we do real damage, their efforts might even be useful.

Matthew Sykes
September 18, 2020 11:14 pm

What lockdown did prove was that cutting CO2 production by nearly 20% had no effect at all on global CO2 levels.

NO2 levels fell off a cliff houwever.

So, are we really sure all that CO2 in the air came from us?

Reply to  Matthew Sykes
September 19, 2020 2:07 am

yes. Co2 from fossil fuel has a distinct isotopic signature.

Reply to  griff
September 19, 2020 6:34 am

We can congratulate ourselves, then, for adding enough carbon dioxide to the atmosphere that mass starvation in third-world countries has been averted! Most people have been so brainwashed about the alarmist’s theory regarding fossil fuels that they can’t fathom the enormous benefits it has regarding worldwide foodstuff production! Viva la CO2!

Nick Graves
September 19, 2020 2:07 am

Shhh – don’t get them started on something potentially harmful, like NO2.

It’s worse than we thought…

September 19, 2020 2:52 am

William Barr called the lockdowns the biggest violation of constitutional rights since slavery!

And he’s right!

Bruce Cobb
September 19, 2020 3:53 am

Well clearly, the pandemic didn’t solve the scaremongering antiscience idiocy of the lamestream presstitutes media.

September 19, 2020 4:51 am

CNN. Chit Not News!!!!!!

Tom Abbott
September 19, 2020 4:54 am

From the article: “But it may have given some a false sense that the worst effects of climate change were being mitigated.”

What effects? There are no effects from Human-caused Climate Change because Human-caused Climate Change has never been shown to be real.

The author is seeing things that are not there. This is called ignorance or delusion, or both.

Tom Abbott
September 19, 2020 5:01 am

From the article: “But Donald Trump might have you believe otherwise.

Earlier this week, the US President seemed to question whether climate change was fanning the flames raging up and down the West Coast — despite scientific evidence showing that global warming is increasing the odds in favor of extreme wildfire weather.”

There is no evidence for Human-caused global warming (that’s what she is talking about), so, therefore, there can be no evidence showing increasing odds in favor of extreme wildfire weather due to Human-caused Global Warming.

I guess we shouldn’t blame her too much for being so deluded about the Earth’s climate. A lot of alarmist people have put in a lot of effort to fool people like her. So she assumes too much, as do millions of others.

The only way not to feel hysterical about the constant propaganda about Human-caused Climate Change is to read WUWT. That’s where all the scary stories are put into perspective.

Robert Stevenson
September 19, 2020 7:55 am

Climate change policies outlined by Joe Biden will leave us so weak from general starvation that no one will have the strength to go out – so yes lock down is good training for the armageddon to come.

September 22, 2020 9:39 am

The week ending April 18 saw 17,052 so-called Covid-19 deaths in the USA. The week ending September 19, last week, saw 149. This is over.

Tell all your friends!

Reply to  Michael Moon
September 22, 2020 9:46 am

The week ending April 18 saw 17,052 so-called Covid-19 deaths in the USA. The week ending September 19, last week, saw 149. This is over.

Yeah, but there are so many new CASES!!!!!
(Notice how the concern has switched to that, as the death counts have dropped?)

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