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So, zombietime analyzes the long-term implications of Trump's victory on the progressive movement. He makes historical points that everyone should read, but his conclusion is a bit too optimistic for me.
Commenter #3 fits my impressions better. Eternal vigilance is required.
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So, I got sucked into a global warming discussion on one of my favorite websites, Ricochet. The post was prompted by a separate discussion of the pursuit of Exxon for supposed "fraud" over its approach to the topic.
Anyways, as requested by the OP there, I summarized my beliefs about global warming:
https://ricochet.com/393403/which-beliefs-about-global-warming-are-legal/comment-page-2/#comment-3614902
In brief:

The globe has warmed over the last fifty years, but not the last fifteen.
Humans are not measurably responsible. Theoretically responsible, but current evidence has our impact down in the noise margin of other climate drivers, particularly solar output.
How bad will it get? Bring it on! The most fecund and famine-free times, prior to artificial fertilizers, in recorded history have been the periods coinciding with the medieval warm period and the roman warm period. That’s why the prospect of global cooling predicted in the mid-70’s was so concerning.
What should we do? No need to respond at all. Mankind has been adapting to climate changes far in excess of any IPCC forecast for hundreds of millennia.
When will we understand it? Today.
When will we be able to deal with it? Millennia ago.
How do we handle the economics? We enjoy the bountiful harvests and the CO2-fed restoration of forests of all kinds.
How should be handle the politics? We should laugh at the alarmists as the Luddites they are.

It seems to me that there are about eight questions that you’d need to ask to learn someone’s full opinion about global warming: Is the planet currently warming? To what extent is anthropogenic carbon dioxide responsible for global warming? How bad will global warming get? How much time do we have to respond? When will our …
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The family really enjoys Grimm, so some opportunities can't be missed.
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Socialism isn't an instant disaster, and even appears wonderful for a while, but the loss of reward for work poisons the community and kills it.  Sorta like taking arsenic to make your skin beautiful.  Works for a while, but you have to keep upping the dose.  And if you quit (because it's killing you), you end up worse than before.
As with most vices, tolerance varies.  The socialist point of no return depends on the structure of the community, it's relationships with others, and the will of its members.  We Americans have been flirting with socialism to a greater and greater degree, especially since Johnson's Great Society push.  But hope remains:  Obamacare, the latest ratchet on the wheel, is a complete and obvious disaster.  Will Americans reject it and those who would lock it in?  (Bernie, Hilary, Trump)
The slow creeping arrival of crisis
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So, I recognized that Trump was Democrat running as a Republican when he started.  That's a "time-honored" tradition in local politics where R's reign, and the reverse where D's reign.  Local voters generally can tell, and reject them unless they really do tilt their way.
I figured Trump was the same sort, and it would work out.  Such that I could vote for him in the general if he actually wins the nomination.  I'm not so sure any more.  In fact, I'm starting to think like Protein Wisdom's Jeff:  (language warning)
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Trans-gender activists are going to be infuriated at the American College of Pediatricians.  I hope the ACP has the fortitude to hold the line.
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Fayette County High School Chorus wrapped up their Progressive Dinner with dessert at our place. And closed with a song...
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Hmmmph.  Missed one.  Greybeard geek cred in danger. /-:
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My children are in this cohort :-)
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Celine had the opening solo at the FCHS variety show this year. I caught it on video Friday night:
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Ed Driscoll contrasts a new NewsBusters article with forecasts from a few years ago on the decline of the newspaper business.  Both new and old forecasts lay the blame at the feet of the journalists running the businesses.
The NewsBusters article responds to a lament from a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism by pointing out "[journalists] frequently demonstrated contempt for your audience. As a result, the public has largely tuned newspapers out, and they're not coming back."
That happened to me back in '95-ish, when I canceled my subscription to the Myrtle Beach leftist rag.  It still happens today when I decline to subscribe to (or disable adblockers for) newspaper websites that are biased against me.
MISSED IT BY THAT MUCH: What Happens to Journalists When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore? Actually, the real issue is that much of the country doesn't want to read their words anymore. You can only say for so long, as the late Ginny Carroll, of the then-Washington Post-owned Newsweek, ...
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The Software Freedom Conservancy is one of the few non-profits I am delighted to offer financial support.  They sent me an update on their fund-raising efforts, asking to get the word out on their progress and to echo their plea for support.
With Hellwig vs. VMWare in progress and other significant GPL fights brewing, now is the time to join the effort.  Please consider giving.
The Software Freedom Conservancy provides a non-profit home and services to Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects.
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