Snuffing Out Americana

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Well – it’s starting. In cities across the country, Mayors, City Council members and other various nanny-legislators are attempting to snuff out (pun intended) something quintessentially American – the backyard barbecue.

For centuries, millennia even, man has cooked his yummy meat products over an open flame while enjoying the great outdoors, as well as the aroma of said yummy meat products.

Yet in January of this year the AP wrote: “The booming popularity of outdoor kitchens among homeowners in the San Francisco Bay area has an increasing number of their neighbors coughing and hacking from the smoke, leading air-quality officials to consider tightening rules on wood-burning pizza ovens and smokers.”

Well, I thought they were just talking about the old Weber grill, but in San Francisco, they can’t settle for just some old grill. They instead must have an outdoor kitchen. You’ve probably seen these things. They are literally luxury kitchens constructed in one’s backyard. A lot of these setups are more expensive than your average home elsewhere in the country.

Yet the nannies in San Francisco won’t stop there – they can’t. Their proclivity for controlling our lives won’t allow them to. The “tightening rules” will inevitably lead to an all-out ban on grilling of any kind. Oh, I suppose one could have an EPA sanctioned scrubber installed on your grill, like the ones installed on coal-fired power plants, but that might be both impractical and a bit pricey.

Instead of a scrubber, residents might just take their chances at covert barbecuing – maybe at 2 AM light off or something. But watch out, for the fines proposed will be $100 for first timers and $500 or more for repeat offenders – each offense. Then after that, I suppose the Bobbies will cart you off to prison for a little “grilling” under the bright interrogation lights. read more

Growing More With Less

Okay, I don’t buy into the whole overpopulation nonsense, but this is ingenious.

The world’s population, which stood at 2.5 billion in 1950, is predicted to increase to 10.5 billion by 2050.

But at the same time, farmland is shrinking and crop productivity is stagnating, leading many to fear there may not be enough food to feed the planet.

Now scientists claim they have come up with a novel solution; hack the process by which plants convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugar.

Scentists claim they have come up with a novel solution to feed the world; hack the process by which plants convert sunlight and carbon dioxide. This graphic shows how environmental changes throughout the canopy affect photosynthesis. For instance, relative humidity (RH) tends to increase from top to bottom
Scentists claim they have come up with a novel solution to feed the world; hack the process by which plants convert sunlight and carbon dioxide. This graphic shows how environmental changes throughout the canopy affect photosynthesis. For instance, relative humidity (RH) tends to increase from top to bottom

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Man Made Reclaimed by Nature

Eerie empty streets, buildings taken over by vines, rusting underwater tanks inhabited by fish, these are the dramatic images of the places that time forgot.

Vines climb old stone walls, weave through windows and doors and creep along crumpling paths. In an abandoned village which has been reclaimed by mother nature, there is no sign of life other than the animals, birds and insects which have taken over.

Time stands still in the village on Shengshan Island – one of almost 400 that make up the Shengsi Islands to the east of China’s Zhejiang province. What was once a thriving fishing hub has been long deserted and naturally transformed into a green jungle of tangled plants and neglected buildings.

In Paris, you might be surprised to find a beautiful 19-mile belt of neglected green space in the centre of the city, which has lain abandoned since 1934. Now it is a treasure trove for graffiti artists and nature-lovers, and the people of Paris are passionate about saving it.

In another set of pictures, the shifting sands of the Namibian Desert have totally taken over a formerly opulent mining village built in the middle of the desert by wealthy Germans seeking their fortune. Now the only visitors are tourists and ghost hunters.

But the pictures all share one theme – that once nature finds a way, it soon takes over and transforms the space into something compellingly beautiful.

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In this abandoned fishing village on Shengshan Island, Zhejiang province, China, vines climb the old stone walls, weave through the windows and doors and creep along the crumpling paths. The fishing village has been 'reclaimed' by mother nature
In this abandoned fishing village on Shengshan Island, Zhejiang province, China, vines climb the old stone walls, weave through the windows and doors and creep along the crumpling paths. The fishing village has been ‘reclaimed’ by mother nature

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Podcast – Hillary’s Economic Platform – The Next Ice Age & Johns Hopkins vs. Chick-fil-A

Today I discuss Hillary Clinton’s grand economic vision for the country as she reveals her platform on Monday. Oh it is as good (or bad) as one can imagine. Is the world staring down the barrel of the next mini Ice Age? Scientists have discovered, through new studies of solar activity, we’re less than a decade away. Bring on the warming! And the student government at Johns Hopkins University wants to kick Chick-fil-A off campus. read more

Does Jim Carrey Really Care about the Children?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We all know that actor Jim Carrey is a typical Hollywood liberal. He supports all the typical liberal causes as well as leftist politicians. In 2008, in praise of newly elected Barack Obama, Carrey said: “It’s amazing to see the difference in one day after he was elected… We’ve been doing everything in our power in the last eight years to make [other countries] dislike us. We’ve completely discounted other people for the last eight years and I think this is a sign to them that we understand that they’re there and that we have to play ball with everybody.”

Carrey is anti-gun, of course buys in completely to the man-made global warming hoax and naturally hates Fox News, which he calls Fux News. Being a good Hollywood liberal he undoubtedly supports all liberal politicians and most likely did so of Gov. Moonbeam, Jerry Brown.

But now he has a major beef with the Governor, since Brown just “signed into law one of the nation’s strictest immunization laws… which strikes down personal belief exemptions for immunization and requires all school-age children to be vaccinated by kindergarten and then again by seventh grade.”

The law was a typical knee-jerk reaction to a major measles outbreak in Disneyland last year.

Now, one would think, if one were to give it any thought at all, which liberals never do, that Carrey would be all for this. After all, knee-jerk, reactionary policy is the trademark of liberalism. I’m sure if this were a reactionary gun law, he’d be all for it. read more

Podcast – EPA’s War On Trucking – Good News For Potheads – The Queen Goes to Venice

This episodes discussion regards the EPA and their new fuel standards for the trucking industry. No one is safe from the slimy tentacles of the enviro-nazis. Also, it’s good news for pot smokers – or is it. Cannabis won’t harm your health provided you follow the guidelines. And the Queen of the United States takes a trip to Venice. Wait until you hear how much you paid and what the Italians had to go through.  read more

Stop Oil Production – For the Children

by: the Common Constitutionalist

It’s a cinch, that if the left finds something offensive, they will try to find a way to stop it, or at the very least condemn it.

If it’s fun, it’s unsafe. If it’s tasty, it must cause cancer, obesity or restless leg syndrome. And if it has anything to do with the production or use of oil or any petroleum product, it will kill us all and destroy the planet. Therefore all these evil practices must be stopped. And how does one stop them? Develop studies through scientific research that determine just how evil these practices are, thereby scaring the public into demanding change. And who better to scare than pregnant mommies.

One case in point that “the Progressive Democrats of America” site is “an alarming study” by the University of Pittsburgh that fracturing causes low birth weight in newborns. One University researcher exclaimed that “these findings could not be ignored.” Of course they can’t, because fracking is inherently evil and therefore must be stopped.

After all, it’s already proven that fracking pollutes the ground water we drink. Oh that’s right – even the EPA had recently to admit that was a fabrication. But as luck would have it, the EPA admission was disclosed on the very same day that the Progressive Democrats reported on lower birth weights caused by fracking. What a coincidence that one scientific fact was debunked only to be replaced by another. read more

World Bank Climate Policies Cause Mass Starvation

by: the Common Constitutionalist

A few days ago Dr. Jim Kim, president of the World Bank, posted an article regarding his and others’ desire to end extreme poverty by the year 2030.

The article is entitled “State of Global Development: Why 2015 Is a Pivotal Year for Ending Poverty.”

That’s a lofty goal, but why is 2015 a “pivotal year?” Well, he doesn’t say. By all appearances, he at least leans left, if not a full-blown socialist. And as such he most likely feels he doesn’t have to explain why this year, which is already half over, or any other year is crucially important to the cause.

He does explained that “The outcomes of this year will help determine whether the world will be able to reach two goals that we set at the World Bank group: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity by raising the incomes of the poorest 40% in developing countries.”

Okay – I stand corrected. He is a full-blown socialist. I know this by his utterance of just two magic words – “shared prosperity.” That’s code for developed countries will be made to care and thus made to pay. It’s just not fair for us winners of life’s lottery to hoard all the wealth – you know – after we’ve stolen it from the poor countries. read more

Western Leaders Show Arrogance on Climate

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Why did I think German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be the voice of reason when it came to discussing global warming? I guess I just figured that of all the failing European economies, Germany’s was probably failing the least and why would they drive a stake through their own hard after witnessing the economic catastrophe that the green agenda wreaked on neighboring Spain.

But when it comes to the church of climate change, virtually all Europeans have become parishioners. And it seems the Chancellor is now leading the pack, as reported by Politico yesterday. They wrote that “German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a significant victory in persuading the rest of the G-7 to adopt ambitious emissions targets ahead of December’s Paris climate summit.”

And what is this ambitious target? She got the G-7 to agree to “limit the increase in global temperatures to a maximum of 2°C above preindustrial levels…”

Okay – I wasn’t aware that the G-7 leaders recently relocated to Mount Olympus to become omnipotent beings. But that must be their plan if they think they can, I simply stating the goal, somehow limit what the Earth is naturally done for eons. It’s that or our world leaders have taken the combination of arrogance and stupidity to a height not witnessed in history. read more