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Is the Trump victory the first signs of Gen X as a political force?

A reader emails:

Hi Cam,

As a political tragic, I have been following the US elections closely and as the race progressed Trump’s message resonated with me, even though I am a kiwi and couldn’t vote. I felt the same connection with Brexit but what struck me as odd was just how much I cared about both results. To me, it was clear if Hillary won and Britain remained our way of life would be gone.

So now as the dust settles people are trying to define these Trump supporters and Brexiters. You here all sorts of labels, Alt right (whatever that means), White Nationalism, Nationalists, Populists and worse but none of the labels fit the bill.

And then it struck me. Could it be that this wasn’t a vote from the generally disaffected and disenfranchised, the basket of deplorable’s, but in fact a generation finding its voice? Could the reason I cared so deeply about the results be because it was my fellow Gen Xers that were so unhappy with the status quo?

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UN and the World Health Organisation target harmless vaping

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Phil Quin on the cringeworthy whining of the left over Castro’s death

We’ve seen Clare Curran’s stupid “legend” statement and Steffan Browning almost shedding a tear over Castro’s death.

Phil Quin is disgusted by it all…and contrary to what Andrew Little says, he’s not a right-winger.

While it is often attributed to him, Mark Twain may not have ever actually said “history doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes”. Whether he uttered the words or not, it certainly needed saying.

Jarring echoes of the far left’s shameful past reverberated around the Twittersphere yesterday in the wake of Fidel Castro’s passing. Current Labour MP Clare Curran and former Alliance Minister Laila Harré were just two of many who took to social media to express grief over the Cuban tyrant’s death. Castro, Curran gushed to her followers as if mourning a beloved guitarist, was a “legend”; Harré went further, asking, “who in our Parliament will be able to move a motion capturing the grief and gratitude of millions for the life of #FidelCasto (sic.)?”. The answer, one hopes, is nobody.

But “grief and gratitude” for what exactly?

The banning of trade unions? Threatening nuclear war against his neighbours? Imprisoning and murdering thousands of journalists, dissenters and unionists? Countless, well document human rights abuses, including the systematic persecution of gays and lesbians?

Or is it the 79,000 extrajudicial killings?

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Milo Yiannopoulos cares about facts not feelings

Emeritus Professor Guy McPherson needs to put his money where is mouth is

He’s been called a doomsdayer and worse for good reason: He’s the guy who says all humans will be dead in 10 years.

And since his arrival in New Zealand for a Hamilton talk about the end of the human species, climate change specialist Guy McPherson has seen hate mail pour into his inbox.

But his response is that the Earth’s fate is our fate and we need to accept that.

“There has never been a case like this where you have avoided your own personal dying, but I am open to miracles,” McPherson said.

The hate mail goes with the territory, though, particularly when you add a 10-year time frame to the discussion.

That’s right. The University of Arizona emeritus professor says in 10 years, humans will cease to exist. Abrupt rises in temperature have us on course for the sixth mass extinction – similar to one that happened about 252 million years ago that culminated in the “great dying”.

That event was the worst of the mass extinction events in our planet’s history and saw all complex life cease, leaving microbes and fungi to rule the planet. Read more »

Uh oh, looks like claims of warmest ever are a bit premature

The warmists promoting the fraud of Climate Change love to claim temperatures are warmer than ever before.

They have constantly done that this year…but it appears that El Nino has had more of an effect than normal and actual temperatures have in fact plummeted.

Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C since the middle of this year – their biggest and steepest fall on record.

The news comes amid mounting evidence that the recent run of world record high temperatures is about to end.

The fall, revealed by Nasa satellite measurements of the lower atmosphere, has been caused by the end of El Nino – the warming of surface waters in a vast area of the Pacific west of Central America.

Some scientists, including Dr Gavin Schmidt, head of Nasa’s climate division, have claimed that the recent highs were mainly the result of long-term global warming.

Others have argued that the records were caused by El Nino, a complex natural phenomenon that takes place every few years, and has nothing to do with greenhouse gas emissions by humans.

The new fall in temperatures suggests they were right.

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Don’t worry, there was no hacking of voting machines in Wisconsin

Carl Bialik and Rob Arthur write at FiveThirtyEight about the claims by the deluded left about voting machine fraud in Wisconsin:

According to a report Tuesday in New York Magazine, a group of computer scientists and election lawyers have approached the Hillary Clinton campaign with evidence they believe suggests the election might have been hacked to make it appear that Donald Trump won the Electoral College when Clinton really did. The hacking claim appears to be based on concerns about tampering with electronic voting machines. We’ve looked into the claim — or at least, our best guess of what’s being claimed based on what has been reported — and statistically, it doesn’t check out.

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Not just Labour MPs upset at death of Castro, Greens pile in too

Steffan Browning put this on Facebook:

I’m saddened by the death of Fidel Castro. He represented so significantly the battle against the worst of the forces of capitalist greed and the tyranny of oppression by the USA industrial military complex. Cuba has problems but its achievements and humanitarian reach have been significant too, especially considering the blockades and measures against it. I was disappointed by this Stuff announcement that has so much about those celebrating Fidel’s passing, when millions will be mourning.

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Scott Adams on the cognitive dissonance of the left-wing

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, offers up an analysis of the cognitive dissonance of the left.

As Trump continues to demonstrate that he was never the incompetent monster his critics believed him to be, the critics will face an identity crisis. They either have to accept that they understand almost nothing about how the world works – because they got everything wrong about Trump – or they need to double-down on their current hallucination. Most of his critics will double-down. That’s how normal brains work.

And that brings us to our current situation. As Trump continues to defy all predictions from his critics, the critics need to maintain their self-images as the smart ones who saw this new Hitler coming. And that means you will see hallucinations like you have never seen. It will be epic.

The reason this will be so fun to watch is that we rarely get to see a situation in which the facts so vigorously violate a hallucination. Before Trump won the presidency everyone was free to imagine the future they expected. But as Trump continues to do one reasonable thing after another, his critics have a tough choice. They can either…

1. Reinterpret their self-images from wise to clueless.

or…

2. Generate an even stronger hallucination. (Cognitive dissonance.)

If Trump’s critics take the second option – and most of them will – it means you will see a lot of pretzel-logic of the type that is necessary hold onto the illusion that Trump is still a monster despite continuing evidence to the contrary.

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