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    The Financial Post have decided this week is "junk science" week, and are pointing out the errors and dishonesty of various types of scientific predictions, scenarios and findings. One of which, of couse, involves the claims around climate.Ross McKitrick details these in his column today. Also relevant is a column by Terence Corcoran, who quotes the late climate science professor Stephen Schnieder on exaggerating things: “On the one hand,” said Schneider, “as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. To do that we need to get some broad-based support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, means getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” ... Whenever you read a media story about how we’re heading toward catastrophe if we continue operating “business as usual” — i.e., if we don’t slash carbon emissions — the reports are almost always referring to a model simulation using RCP8.5. And you can bet that nowhere in the story will they explain that RCP8.5 is an implausible worst-case scenario that was never meant to represent a likely base case outcome, or that scientists have begun castigating its usage as a prediction of a doomed business-as-usual future. The term RCP8.5 refers to a greenhouse gas emissions scenario often used by scientists for climate model projections. You might never have heard of RCP8.5 but you have definitely heard of forecasts based on it. Listening to the politicians who make the strongest pleas for radical climate action, it is clear that their fears for the future are driven by RCP8.5 scenarios, yet it is also clear that they have no idea what it is or what is wrong with it. https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ross-mckitrick-the-flaw-in-relying-on-a-worst-case-scenario-climate-model
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    If that were true it might be worth reading the rest, but it's not. The OP clearly states its premise: "The new narrative going around the world today is that whites are the slaver drivers of the human race and blacks are the sole victims. A lot of us have known for a long time that's just divisive bullshit" He's not arguing fairness. He's arguing truth. He's specifically telling you that the claim whites are the specific drivers of an ideology which created and perpetuated slavery against specifically blacks is bullshit. That has nothing to do with pride. It has to do with fact. If you have an argument against that factual statement present it. There are specific arguments that show you to be incorrect. They are, as you say, "selective" only in that they will specifically counter any argument you might make to further what the OP calls "divisive bullshit."
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    Nonsense....shutdowns were to "bend the curve" for hospital capacity, not any kind of teaching moment. Get your story straight...if you have one. Many areas around the world are re-opening regardless of what you think about it.
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    Systemic racism is a lot like Sasquatch. It's a fancy term, but doesn't exist.
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    Now you're changing the narrative. Okay. But here's the thing. When you, as a group, commit far more crime than other groups, then you're going to be imprisoned more often than other groups. Nevertheless, the imprisonment rate for blacks has been steadily declining. It is half what it was in the the 1980s and has dropped 20% in the last decade. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/04/30/shrinking-gap-between-number-of-blacks-and-whites-in-prison/ That might be the narrative, but it's not true. And they're wrong. Sowell makes it clear the main cause of poverty among blacks is the culture of single parenthood and of lack of respect for education. When he measured the American born children of black immigrants living in communities side by side other blacks he found they committed fewer crimes, finished high school more, went to college more, and were 58% more economically successful than other blacks. Why? Because they were raised with different cultural values by immigrant parents who valued education and disciplined their kids. George Floyd was a scumbag. He had many interactions with police, was on fentanyl and meth and his death was an accident. Breonna Taylor was a tragedy, but no more so than Justine Damond. Rayshad Brooks was a scumbag with many interactions with police who had been serving a 7 year sentence for child cruelty and child abuse when released early due to covid. He was drunk driving when he fell asleep in that drive-in, fought violently with police, stripped one of their tazers, and fired it at his face. The world is better off with him dead. When you have 800,000 armed police from thousands of departments, all with a wild variety of training - most of it inadequate - interacting hundreds of millions of times with the public every year there are going to be accidents, there are going to be overreactions, and there are going to be tragedies. But there's no evidence the deaths of any of the people above were due to racism. Plenty of whites are killed wrongfully by police too. You just don't hear about them because their deaths don't fit the media narrative. See above. Poorly trained cops make mistakes all the time. The only difference is that these mistakes are always stated as caused by racism whenever they involve black people. Nobody suggests the cops who knelt on Tony Timpas while he died begging for his life - and laughed at him - were actually trying to kill him or thought they were doing so. Because he was white. But slide him out from under that knee and slide in a black man and "RACISM! THEY HATED HIM AND MURDERED HIM BECAUSE HE WAS BLACK!" Until we get robocops that's going to continue to happen.
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    I would suggest that the likes of Ezra Levant and David Menzies come from one fringe of the Political Spectrum and those Protestors come from the other. So the video isn't really reflective of anything when it comes to rational political discourse in this country. Menzies is just a Bleep Disturber. That's all he really ever does.
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    14 unarmed black people were killed by police last year, a number which keeps declining. Meanwhile over 100 black people drowned. And overall, about 50 people die by lightning. Blacks make up about 13% of the US population, which means blacks are twice as likely to be hit by lighting as they are to be killed by a cop if they're unarmed. Oh, and about 7,000 black people were murdered, mostly by other black people. By the way, about 47,000 people overdosed on opioids last year in the US. 6,000 of them were black. So I guess what I'm saying to those people is to get a F-kin sense of proportion. So what do you advise? Tell police to ignore black criminals? Because I gotta say, that's what some of them are starting to do. And so we're already seeing the murder rate skyrocket in a number of cities - mostly black people being killed by other black people. After the outrage over the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, and all the investigations and haranguing of police, and changing of policies etc, the murder rate in Baltimore went up by over 50%, and has stayed high in the five years since then. Something like 1,000 extra people have been killed in Baltimore who would not have been had they not torn into their police department. Was it worth it?
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    I have intelligent questions which probably explains why you make it about me instead.
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    Police resources are placed where crime is the highest. They aren't sent to quiet suburban neighborhoods much because there's not much crime there other than occasional burglaries. But most of the crime they respond to in black communities are due to calls for assistance from black community members. Does that mean they're more likely to notice crimes like drug use while patrolling there? Sure. But they're not creating crimes like rape, robbery and murder. Nor are they overlooking those things in 'white' communities because they're not there to see them. If those crimes were happening they'd be reported and that would draw police. According to New York City crime stats blacks are responsible for roughly half of all crime in the city, including 62% of murders, 66% of robberies and 74% of shootings. There is just no way they are not going to be subjected to a greatly disproportionate amount of police attention, arrests and use of force. You weren't here making those arguments when Justine Damond got gunned down by a black cop in the same city as George Floyd died.
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    A famous quote about journalism " it is the duty of a newspaper to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable". " From The Rebel From MacLeans, a real magazine - https://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/out-of-sight-out-of-mind-2/ There are a lot of people who don't like to get information that upsets them. Then there are others that want to face reality and deal with problems. Fake conservatives fall into the former group, real conservatives in the latter.
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    Turns out Bubba Wallace noose incident was a hoax. Good thing the media didn’t run with it before confirmation!
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    That's good, because police and RCMP acted in Kingston, Ontario before they could: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/kingston-terrorism-anti-immigration-atip-1.5392098
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    Progressive Jimmy Kimmel forced to apologize for blackface skits.
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    This is from the US. In Canada, we have among the lowest proportion of police to population in the western world, much lower than most of Europe and the US. These proposals are based on either over-optimistic or false beliefs about the funding and efficacy of social programs. First, American police spending is hardly out of line with the rest of the world. State and local police spending in fiscal year 2017 totaled $115 billion; federal law enforcement spending included $14.4 billion on top of that. Altogether, spending on police totaled 0.66 percent of the 2017 GDP of $19.5 trillion. This is low by the standards of developed nations. Member countries of the European Union spend an average of 0.9 percent of their GDP on the police, with individual nations ranging from 0.5 percent to 1.4 percent. The Urban Institute notes that though police spending has grown in absolute terms since the late 1970s, it has consistently remained at just below 4 percent of total state spending, and that 97 percent of police spending goes to labor costs—not extravagant military-grade equipment, as critics claim. On the local level, police spending is dwarfed by education, which accounts for 40 percent of local government spending nationwide, versus just 6 percent for police. https://outline.com/XESL4B And a lot of white people are going to stop watching, stop buying the gear, and turn in their season tickets. That was the finding of a study the league made last year. It suggested any team that offered him a job would lose 20% of its season ticket holders. Kaepernick isn't a SOB, he's just ignorant, like many people, about the true nature of police/black interactions, the amount of it, and the causes. He's protesting against something which largely doesn't exist - the police targeting of black people.
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    I see David Menzies was attacked in the streets again while doing his job by the tolerant Lefties.
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    Yeah this is a truly epic thread necro. I don't think I'd even joined the forum yet...
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    The regressive left is going to end something they call "racism" for you. So far the only thing we know for sure is it doesn't seem to be working because every day they keep coming up with something new to attack under the new 'racism' label. So whatever this redefined thing they're calling racism is (last we heard it had something to do with Aunt Jemima syrup) it still seems to be around.
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    The utter stupidity of this vacuous twat just never ceases to amaze me.

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