HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE EARTH DAY? MAKING LENIN A CAKE? Is Earth Day a secret celebration of Lenin's birthday?  That question has been bandied about since the first Earth Day, when it was noted that the founders chose the 100th birthday of the Commhttp://www.freedomworks.org/content/13-worst-predictions-made-earth-day-1970unist leader.  It wasn't your average event, and even Time magazine asked, 

“It had aspects of a secular, almost pagan holiday — a sense of propitiating an earth increasingly incapable of forgiving what man has inflicted upon it.”

It was started by the hard left Senator Gaylord Nelson, an anti war lefty of the Bernie Sanders mold.  And it was quickly adopted by many in the communist movement and used many of the same strategies going forward.  Want to read something fun?  Here are just a few of the SUPER dire predictions made by the geniuses around Earth Day in 1970:

  1. "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind."  — Harvard biologist George Wald
  2. "We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation." — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  3. "Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction." — New York Times editorial
  4. "Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
  5. "Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s." — Paul Ehrlich
  6. "It is already too late to avoid mass starvation," — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
  7. "Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine." — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
  8. "In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half." — Life magazine
  9. "At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it's only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable." — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  10. "Air pollution...is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone." — Paul Ehrlich
  11. "By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won't be any more crude oil. You'll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill 'er up, buddy,' and he'll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn't any.'" — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  12. "[One] theory assumes that the earth's cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun's heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born." — Newsweek magazine
  13. "The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age." — Kenneth Watt


You really should read the entire Reason.com article from 2000 to fully appreciate how the environmental left used the exact same scare tactics in 1970 as they use now.  They just changed the bogeyman from population explosion where we would all starve to AGW where we are all destroying the Earth and will die.  Do you know why some call environmentalists watermelons? Because they are green on the outside, and red on the inside.  


IT'S NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY! And I didn't know this is a thing, but I'm going to celebrate it all day by giving a random high five to everyone I see.  You should too!


AND NOW HERE'S AN INTERVIEW WITH A ONE YEAR OLD

WHAT MOVIE CHARACTERS RUINED A MOVIE FOR YOU? And it doesn't matter if you can't remember the character name because why WOULD you if they ruined the movie?  For me, I put Samuel L. Jackson in the first Kingsman movie at the top of the list.  A villain with a lateral lisp?  Really?  I also hated Sharon Stone in Casino and Sofia Coppolo in Godfather 3, and Kate Capshaw in that Indiana Jones movie she was in. Whatcha got?  Here is a list someone else made


THE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN IN VENEZUELA People who are tired of the socialist utopia have taken to the streets to protest.  They have erected barricades of garbage and are vowing to stay in the streets until something changes.  Or they get shot by the government, which I see is a far more likely conclusion.  Pray for the people of Venezuela to finally be free. 


THAT'S A LOT OF JUICE FOR A JUICER THAT DOESN'T WORK AS WELL AS HANDS This story is funny somehow because a lot of people invested a LOT of money for a product that is already almost obsolete.  


HERE'S AN ARTICLE WRITTEN FROM THE PAST ABOUT SALT And the headline: Americans rekindle their deadly love affair with salt seems to indicate that the science is "settled" about salt being a cause of high blood pressure.  Except it's not.  I often wonder when I read things like this if the author has the internet.  But then I think, well he just believes the CDC, which many people do, until you look at how contradictory the studies on salt really are.  But this author barrels along selling a bill of goods that frankly, isn't true.  Fake news, indeed.  The truly funny part is the study from CDC from which he launches his article about people eating too much salt ALSO said that the CDC's own suggested number is just hot garbage.  From another story on the SAME study:

A study commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — performed by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies — has found that there is no benefit of reducing salt intake to below 2,300 mg per day. The report reviewed the health benefits of reducing salt intake, as salt consumption was previously considered a substantial health hazard, particularly to those with high blood pressure.

I'm so dorky that I actually spend half an hour digging up all of the above, but there is a lesson here.  Do you own homework, and READ THE STUDIES for yourself, when you can.  Trust no one.  Not even me.  


THIS IS MY FAVORITE TAKE ON THE DOWNFALL OF O'REILLY ET ALL YET Because it gets right to the point that the Right has got to stop worshiping people who simply verbally set everything on fire. National Review's David French even throws Milo and Tomi Lehren into the mix.  When we elevate people who are not nice people to high levels of status and then spend time trying to defend the indefensible, we have lost our ideals.  This entire thing rings very true to me. 


JON CALDARA IS GOING TO FIX OUR ROADS WITHOUT RAISING TAXES! And if the Fix Our Damn Roads initiative makes it to the ballot, politicians are going to lose their collective minds.  Heh.  He says that we should legally commit a portion of each and every future budget to pay back a bond for ONLY roads and bridges, no bike lanes or mass transit.  It would create a huge headache for politicians who would rather just spend that money on other stuff.  Heh.  I'll get him on soon to discuss. 


THE 420 RALLY LEFT AN ABSOLUTE DISASTER OF GARBAGE DOWNTOWN And considering our conversations earlier this week about how people suck more than they used to, this is not surprising.  The event coordinator is making all kinds of stupid excuses, but seriously dude.  Seriously.  


THIS IS THE ONLY KIND OF GRAFFITI I CAN GET BEHIND Thanks to my friend Kathi for sending me this!

NOW BEING BOUJEE IS RACIST OR SOMETHING I love the new slang word "boujee".  From Urban Dictionary:

Boujee

An abbreviation of the French "bourgeois." A critical term used to describe people, things, and places that are definitively high-class. Something that is affected, inauthentic, gentrified, exclusive, and/or otherwise sheltered from the dirt and grime of the real world.

I use this word to make fun of myself when I'm being fancy.  As do many others.  But now American University has banned a fraternity from having a Badminton and Boujee fundraiser because they say it's cultural appropriation.  Why?  Because a rapper has a song called Bad and Boujee.  That's all.  Really.  Even though white people like me have been using this term pretty much since it's inception.  


AND LASTLY, THE HEADLINE OF THE DAY Which is: Snake falls through gym ceiling after possum dinner  You really should just read the story.