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A few Denver pics

In Libertarian on June 8, 2008 at 8:20 pm

pics by – GE, I think?

Send me more if you got ’em….

Andy with Glenn “Kane” Jacobs

The infamous badge

Mary Ruwart and me

Ahoy, prepare to be boarded!

Barr accepts Imperato’s endorsement

Global Cooling by Steve Kubby

In Libertarian on June 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm

The following is posted with the permission of its author, Steve Kubby. Steve is, of course, a longtime libertarian activist, the mind and spirit behind Prop 215 (which legalized marijuana for medicinal use in California), and recent LP presidential hopeful.

“Paleoclimatic records show that large, widespread, abrupt climate changes have affected much or all of the earth repeatedly over the last ice-age cycle as well as earlier – and these changes sometimes have occurred in periods as short as a few years.”
— National Academy of Sciences, 2002

The Green Party appears to be married to the idea of Global Warming. However, I believe the evidence points to just the opposite – Global Cooling.

The key to understanding what is happening with our climate is the melting of the polar ice cap, which now allows travel for the first time in recorded history, between Europe and Asia. Truly, this is the biggest global event of the past 10,000 years.

That’s because an open ocean in the Baffin Bay area will allow the violent arctic hurricanes that occur in that region to have more energy available to spin up to greater velocities. The concern is that a full-blown hurricane in the arctic could disrupt the entire planetary weather system. The distribution of glaciers during Ice Ages strongly suggest a pattern of extreme orthographic precipitation, brought on by some mysterious change. Could arctic hurricanes be the trigger that launches the next Ice Age?

In my view, the appearance of warm water in the polar regions, accelerated by the change in albedo from snow to water, and culminating in full-sized arctic hurricanes, could severely disrupt the normal jet stream patterns, allowing for a massive temperature correction otherwise known as an Ice Age.

Until recently, scientists considered any theory of catastropic change to be heresy. However, science has undergone an astonishing paradigm shift and now accepts the compelling evidence that Earth has already begun a catastrophic change:

“An example of an extremely quick climate change came during a period of time known as the Younger Dryas, which happened right after the last ice age ended, about 12,000 years ago. The Younger Dryas itself lasted about 1,000 years. What we didn’t know until recently was just how quickly the Younger Dryas started and stopped. In a period of less than 50 years, the climate from the eastern US and Canada to much of Europe went from climate conditions much like today’s, to frigid readings more like the Ice Age, at least a ten degree Farenheit change. That’s how it stayed for a thousand years – and then the climate flipped back to normal in as little as 20 years.”

Greenpeace has released a classified study, prepared for the Pentagon, that warns of increasingly unstable and violent weather. This Pentagon Weather Report paints a grim picture of the Gulf Stream failing to deliver warm water to the North Atlantice, triggering widespread weather disasters:

“A world thrown into turmoil by drought, floods, typhoons. Whole countries rendered uninhabitable. The capital of the Netherlands submerged. The borders of the US and Australia patrolled by armies firing into waves of starving boat people desperate to find a new home. Fishing boats armed with cannon to drive off competitors. Demands for access to water and farmland backed up with nuclear weapons. ”

Weather scientists are realizing that a major shift in the climate has taken place, marked by a 250 per cent increase in violent hurricanes in the North Atlantic and the first ever hurricane was recorded in the South Atlantic.

The idea that the Earth has been molded by sudden, catastrophic climate change is something that scientists have resisted for many decades, according to a scientific analysis of the past few decades of climate research by Spencer Weart, Director of the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics. In an article published by Physics Today, Weart explains how weather scientists have historically refused to comprehend the evidence before them supporting rapid climate change. Each new discovery keeps shortening the time in which massive global climate changes are recognized and understood to have occurred. Shocking new evidence from Greenland now confirms that rapid global climate change has occurred on Earth in as little as five years, or less. In fact, Cal Tech scientist, Jason Saleeby reports major climate shifts have been documented to have occurred in as little as two years.

BTW, even if Global Warming were a proven fact, I would still oppose paying one penny to the government to fix it. Unfortunately, we can expect governments across the planet to engage in a tsunami of environmental tax scams, led by misguided and misinformed Greens, that will further burden all of us and accomplish nothing.

The real solution to the global climate change that we now find ourselves in, is to get the government out of the way, and let the free market develop solutions that must actually work, in a competitive economy, in order to succeed.

See details at: http://kubby.com/GlobalStorming/polarcyclones.html

George Phillies concession speech with notations

In Libertarian on June 8, 2008 at 1:01 am

There has been some disagreement regarding what Dr. George Phillies did and did not say during his concession speech. To put an end to those disagreements, I am providing two versions.  The first is a transcript of his words, while the second is a transcript with Dr. Phillies’ notations regarding intent.

First, here is the verbiage of George Phillies’ concession speech:

Fellow libertarians!

Thank you very much for the last two years. It’s been a wonderful time.

I’ve already given you my advice.

I’m disappointed to note that not one person has asked me to endorse someone they wanted to lose.

Well, that’s true.

I will not speak ill of a fellow Libertarian.

I will thank and acknowledge Senator Mike Gravel who, when he was a Democrat, gave our *party* the courtesy of debating a Libertarian. I will thank Wayne Allyn Root for entering and giving you time to take his measure and see if he was good or bad.

I will express — I think it’s the gratitude of many of us — very good things to Mary Ruwart and to Bob Barr for entering the race to do what they thought was best for the party.

Now, I have two things to say, one as state chair, and one to the audience as much as to anyone else.

And the thing I must say as state chair, because I would be remiss not to say it, is that a voting majority of my state committee is neopagan. I have to make that point. Those of you who know why, know why I have to do it.

Now I want to make the important point:

The enemy is not here. The enemy is out there.

The enemy is not our fellow Libertarians.

The enemy is the far left Democratic Party of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and — let’s get it right for once — Lyndon LaRouche.

The enemy is not our fellow Libertarians.

The enemy is the conservative death policy of George Bush, George Wallace, John Sununu, and Lester Maddox, the conservative bigotry philosophy that is against our country.

We are the Libertarians. We are the party of the future.

Here is the same speech, with Dr. Phillies’ notations in italics and parenthesis.

Fellow libertarians!

Thank you very much for the last two years. It’s been a wonderful time.

I’ve already given you my advice. (Which you did not take.)

I’m disappointed to note that not one person has asked me to endorse someone they wanted to lose. (After all, we just established that Libertarians listen to my advice and do something else. No one tried to profit from this pattern.)

Well, that’s true.

I will not speak ill of a fellow Libertarian. (That is a statement about the next few paragraphs of the speech, no more, no less. I say something nice about each of my four surviving opponents. Contrast is meant with the prior concession speech of Christine Smith, who was pointedly critical of one of her opponents. Note also that I did say something nice about all four of my opponents, contrary to claims in a certain historically anti-Libertarian news source that I ignored two of them.)

I will thank and acknowledge Senator Mike Gravel who, when he was a Democrat, gave our *party* the courtesy of debating a Libertarian. I will thank Wayne Allyn Root for entering and giving you time to take his measure and see if he was good or bad.

I will express — I think it’s the gratitude of many of us — very good things to Mary Ruwart and to Bob Barr for entering the race to do what they thought was best for the party.

(Now I have in fact said something about equally nice about each opponent.)

Now, I have two things to say, one as state chair, and one to the audience as much as to anyone else.  (‘The audience’ is the television audience.)

And the thing I must say as state chair, because I would be remiss not to say it, is that a voting majority of my state committee is neopagan. I have to make that point. Those of you who know why, know why I have to do it.

(Note that I said State Committee, not Delegation. And at this point I do remind delegates that if they nominate a candidate who ten years ago tried to organize an Army pogrom against the Wiccans, they will face consequences.)

Now I want to make the important point:

The enemy is not here. The enemy is out there.

The enemy is not our fellow libertarians.

(I should have said ‘my fellow libertarians’, because I am speaking to the video audience, but I did not.)

The enemy is the far left Democratic Party of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and — let’s get it right for once — Lyndon LaRouche.

The enemy is not our fellow libertarians.

(And now as a closer the core message of my speech, because the last words are the most remembered)

The enemy is the conservative death policy of George Bush, George Wallace, John Sununu, and Lester Maddox, the conservative bigotry philosophy that is against our country.

We are the Libertarians. We are the party of the future.