Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Plausible Scenarios for Global Warming

Featured image Judith Curry constructs an interesting global warming analysis by beginning with today’s climate as a baseline, and assessing the next 30 years, from 2020 to 2050: In the midst of all the angst about 1.5oC or 2.0oC warming or more, as defined relative to some mythical time when climate was alleged to be ‘stable’ and (relatively) uninfluenced by humans, we lose sight of the fact that we have a better »

How Far Left Are Journalists?

Featured image Everyone knows that journalists tilt to the left, but this paper makes an interesting effort to quantify journalists’ biases. This chart shows the political self-identification of journalists (those, that is, who don’t claim to be scrupulously neutral): This one is based on original research; the authors counted whom journalists follow on Twitter. Their conclusion is that the average journalist falls somewhere between Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Twitter is relevant »

The Washington Post Comes Clean

Featured image This is straight out of InstaPundit, but it’s too good not to pass on. For a moment, the mask drops and WaPo tells the truth about the Left’s agenda: Satire dead @kenklippenstein: One of the more mask off headlines I’ve seen in awhile pic.twitter.com/Ci9qp9ZFwq” — John Cusack (@johncusack) February 19, 2020 What the Washington Post means by “democracy” is not what you and I mean. Keep this in mind next »

Bernie Ascendant [with comment by Paul]

Featured image The latest round of polling shows Bernie Sanders pulling away from the field with a 12-point lead, causing a rival campaign to worry that on Super Tuesday, “Sanders could build an insurmountable delegate lead.” And 538 now has Sanders as the favorite in the race, with an open convention in second place. My only regret is that I didn’t buy popcorn futures when prices were still low. I think that »

The Left Is Awash In Money

Featured image Jeff Bezos announced today that he will spend $10 billion to “fight climate change.” How, exactly, will his money alter the climate? [Bezos] said the Bezos Earth Fund would help back scientists, activists, non-government organizations and any other effort that “offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” So the money will go to “scientists, activists [and] non-government organizations”–in other words, the Left. I can guarantee »

Bloomberg Blasts Bernie Bros

Featured image Early this morning, Michael Bloomberg tweeted this attack on Bernie Sanders and his army of online hooligans: We need to unite to defeat Trump in November. This type of "energy" is not going to get us there. https://t.co/bPuUZMs2d6 pic.twitter.com/Tdp6mpWjcX — Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 17, 2020 Bloomberg is right: Sanders is trying to bully his way to the presidential nomination. Bloomberg, on the other hand, is trying to buy it–more »

A Controversy In Which One Side Is Clearly Correct

Featured image No doubt you have seen the video of the long-suffering gentleman whose private airplane space is being intruded on by a woman who has reclined her seat way too far, and who gently taps on the back of her seat to remind her that she is violating a cardinal rule of etiquette. Well, that isn’t how everyone describes it. First, the video as posted by the woman on Twitter, then »

Donald Does Daytona [with comment by Paul]

Featured image In what many deem a stroke of political genius, President Trump served today as Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500 NASCAR race. He vowed to take a lap in the armored presidential limousine serving as a pace car, and did. Here are two short videos that show some of the action: President @realDonaldTrump gives the starting command at the 62nd Daytona 500. pic.twitter.com/yDPx8inN4R — FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 16, 2020 »

Free Speech Under Fire in the UK

Featured image Current cultural and political developments in the U.S. are so weird that I tend to assume we must be unique. But not so: in the United Kingdom, too, “wokeness” operates as an explicit threat to freedom. The situation is even worse there than here, in fact. The London Times reports: Police have been urged to rewrite the rules on hate crime after a judge likened a force to the Gestapo »

Americans Are Optimistic. So Am I.

Featured image This chart, from Gallup as reported by Bloomberg, shows as clearly as anything what a mountain the Democrats have to climb to win the presidency in November. The Democrats are selling pessimism, but the American people aren’t buying it. And young people, minorities and the less well-educated especially aren’t buying it: Democrats bring up the rear, but even they have a hard time manifesting their party’s negativism. Probably nothing helps »

Another Reason Why Bloomberg Will Never Be President

Featured image Michael Bloomberg’s campaign has leaked to the Drudge Report that Bloomberg is considering asking Hillary Clinton to be his running mate. This story doesn’t have much significance, on its face; the fact that a candidate is “considering” something isn’t exactly news. But it does reflect a few things: 1) I take it that Bloomberg is trying to beef up his bona fides as a “real” Democrat. It isn’t going to »

My Funny Valentine

Featured image Valentine’s Day is, of course, a serious holiday, as any man who has forgotten it will tell you. But that doesn’t mean there is no room for humor. The Trump campaign sent out a series of valentines mocking the Democratic presidential candidates. They are amusing, I think: This one, though, from Lone Conservative, really hurts. Happy Valentine’s Day! »

Rebellion In the Knitting Community

Featured image This post has been bouncing around the internet, so you may have seen it. But it is worth noting: “After Attending a Trump Rally, I Now Know Democrats Have No Shot in 2020.” The author is a member of the knitting community–yes, there is such a thing. You might not think of the knitting world as a particularly political community, but you’d be wrong. Many knitters are particularly active in »

Global Warming In a Few Charts

Featured image Climate change hysteria has been dialed up to 11 over the last year or two. Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who knows little or nothing about the subject, apparently will continue being nominated for a Nobel Prize until she wins one. But, hype aside, what is actually going on with the Earth’s climate? Anthony Watts offers seven charts that show the effects of the last decade of alleged global warming. »

The State of the Race: Democrats In Despair?

Featured image I and many others have been saying for a long time that the Democrats don’t have an adequate presidential candidate this year. Events in Iowa and New Hampshire have tended to confirm that assessment. I first described Joe Biden as a “dead candidate walking” in mid-October, when he was leading the national Democratic polls and, as I recall, ahead of President Trump in some polling. This is Biden’s third presidential »

Michael Bloomberg, Racist?

Featured image Last night, a liberal leaked the audio of a talk that Michael Bloomberg gave to the Aspen Institute in 2015. The audio apparently was recorded surreptitiously and the quality isn’t good. Reportedly there is a video recording, but Bloomberg has blocked it from being released. You can listen to the audio here, along with left-wing palaver about it. These are the quotes that everyone is talking about. Bloomberg’s subject was »

1619 and the Oscars: Fit Companions

Featured image Needless to say, I didn’t watch the Academy Awards show last night. In fact, I didn’t know it was on: Hollywood and I parted company a long time ago. But I was surprised to learn from a friend that the New York Times ran an ad, during the Oscars show, for its 1619 Project. This seems unusual. How often does a paper advertise one of its “news” projects on national »