Climate Change can do everything

Climate change to double costs of making beer, scientists say
Increasing bouts of extreme heat waves and drought will hurt production of barley, a key beer ingredient, in the future. Losses of barley yield can be as much as 17 percent, an international group of researchers estimated.

-psst- Guys, one of the nice things about barley — besides beer — is that it’s drought resistant.

Barley grows everywhere, in a wide variety of environmental conditions. It grows in the currently-warm Middle East. But do you know what country is the single largest barley producer?

Russia. Around 32% of the total world production. And I suspect that if climate change actually warmed Russian a couple of degrees, they could produce even more.

Now, US production — after a record year — is projected to drop. Because there’s a market drop in price (partly because there’s glut as barley is used less for livestock feed than it used to be). Production will be down because farmers are planting less of something they can’t sell much of.

Most US barley goes to beer. And they’re producing too much for the breweries to use up.

That does not sound like a doubling in price for a bottle of brew.


“Native American”

The debate is settled: Fauxcahontas is an Indian.

Elizabeth Warren releases DNA analysis backing Native American ancestry claims
An analysis of Warren’s DNA sample showed she had a Native American ancestor in her family dating back six to 10 generations, according to WFXT.
His report says the majority of Warren’s ancestry is European, but there is strong evidence to suggest that she has a Native American ancestor.

So the suggestion of one sixty-fourth to one thousandth (1/1024, actually) makes her a Native American? Will the social justice howler monkeys back that?

And if they do, what about Dwayne Johnson?

The Backlash Against Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Has Chilling Echoes to the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany
Some think Johnson, who is among the highest-paid actors in the world, is not black enough to play a black man in the movies. One wrote, “John Henry was a very dark skin man & yes that matters.” Yet, John Henry is mythological. The skin shade of the “real” John Henry is uncertain; and like all folk tales, many aspects of the story “are subject to debate.”

Other critics say Dwayne Johnson hasn’t proclaimed his blackness enough to qualify as black. One tweet read, “The Rock is black when it’s profitable and racially ambiguous when it isn’t. We need a proud, strong, all-day black man to play John Henry.”

JOhnson is reportedly half black, half Samoan; which by SJWTF standards should make him a politically correct “person of color” at the very least. But not black enough to play John Henry, the steel-driving man?

Added: THIS is funny:

According to the New York Times, the average white person in America has nearly double the amount of American Indian DNA (0.18%) as Elizabeth Warren (0.098%), who claims to be Cherokee.

If Warren is AmerInd, I’m Neanderthal. More so.

“Ray:” Captain Oblivious

When last we saw “Ray,” he was suggesting that I’m -giggle- a communist.

He dropped by The Zelman Partisans again this morning to explain that

(bump stocks are not guns . They are a totally meaningless argument)

Basically, he didn’t read any of the background material (including the two specific links I gave him). Which means he has no idea of what he’s talking about. That is exactly what the proposed rule changes: redefining them them as “machinegun”.

“The Department of Justice (Department) proposes to amend the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives regulations to clarify that “bump fire” stocks, slide-fire devices, and devices with certain similar characteristics (bump-stock-type devices) are “machineguns” as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), because such devices allow a shooter of a semiautomatic firearm to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger.”

The very first sentence of the NPRM. The guy’s even more oblivious that I first thought.

I can deal with enemies, but

my abso-fucking-lutely clueless “allies”…

On the one hand, we have Say Uncle’s Quote of the Day from someone who does get it.

I was promised National Reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act.

I got a bumpstock ban.

On the other hand, we have this ignorant twit in comments:

9. Some law talking guy Says:
October 5th, 2018 at 8:13 pm

Ok, what the ATF folks published is just a notice of PROPOSED rulemaking, whihc is just that, a proposed rule they are statutorily required to accept written public comments on and consider them in any final rulemaking. Of course the NRA and the rest will likely comment, but individuals who oppose it are welcome to file comments as well. Cough.

Then, in a year or two, ATF will publish a determination that a final rule is not warranted. If they get enough anti-comments. Cough.

You should really take a breath when you hear Trump make a “promise”, whether it’s for you or against you. He sees EVERYTHING as a negotiation, so put yourself in his shoes and think about what his “ask” was/will be from the other side to propose something as limited as a bump stock ban.

(Yes, I like Trump, but I do think bump stocks are moronic ways to burn money and I’d bet for a bunch of pro-gun stuff come 2021.)

Somehow, “Some law talking guy” completely missed the fact that this isn’t some newly published Notice of Proposed Rule Making that Trump is dangling out as negotiation bait.

The ATF didn’t just publish the NPRM. They published it in 2017, took comments, then re-opened it this year. Comments closed three months ago (193,297 comments submitted, roughly 80% opposed). Despite opposing comments, and the fact that the NPRM is based on a lie as to how bump-fire stocks work, and an unsubstantiated allegation of criminal use, Trump has announced that the rule is going to be published and implemented in 2-3 weeks.

Where the hell was this guy?

On the gripping hand, it’s probably just as well that our little legal expert missed out; Ghu knows what he would have done to damage the cause of freedom.

Wait… Ray, is that you again?

Why the hell do I even bother anymore?