Glenn Beck: Spotlight on Science - Dr. Carter


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VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents Spotlight on Science.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We'll restore science to its rightful place.

VOICE: A series dedicated to President Obama's passion for everything science.

GLENN: Yes, that's right. We're restoring science into her rightful place. Dr. Bob Carter, he's a pail I don't climatologist, marine geologist studying climate back, you know, 65 million years or so. But he only has 40 years of experience out of 65 million years of data. So what do you know? Dr. Bob Carter, welcome back to the program. How are you, sir?

CARTER: Hello, Glenn, it's great to be with you again. And he's Australian to boot. So what would you know indeed?

GLENN: I know. You are living on the other side of the Earth. You are standing upside down all day, blood rushing to your head.

CARTER: That's right, head in the sand and all the rest of them.

GLENN: So Dr. Carter, you are in New York now because they are having the big global warming convention that's happening again and boy, oh, boy, I don't know what it's like. I think heat rises. I'm not sure, but we may have the whole world upside down because it's cold on this side of the planet.

CARTER: Well, that's true, but it's not cold at the conference center and there's about 700 people here, which is almost twice as many as last year.

GLENN: Yeah.

CARTER: And the conference is full steam ahead. It's very successful, and it's astonishing the number of papers which are presenting sensible what we call empirical factorially or experimentally-based science which flies in the face of this hysterical global warming scare that we're surrounded by. So what this conference is about is providing public statements about the simple factual science which shows that we don't actually have a human-caused global warming crisis at the moment.

GLENN: I don't understand how people don't get the fact that -- I mean, has anyone asked about how hot it used to be and then how cold it used to be? How do they even respond to that, that they pretend like the Earth has always been a constant temperature.

CARTER: Well, your mentioning 65 million years is a case on point. The intergovernmental panel on climate change, the United Nations body that deals with this, it largely deals with temperature measurements, and we only have those for the last 150 years. Now, that's a trivial period of time over which to look at climate change. So they say rightly that at the moment, or rather back in 1998, because at the moment we're actually cooling. But back in 1998 we reached the peak of a temperature warming that had lasted for almost 20 years. Now, that point that was the warmest in the recorded 150 year-long record of thermometers. But that's just a tiny point in time. And if you go back and look at those earlier geological records that you indicated, going back indeed ultimately to 65 million years and beyond, you find that time and again the planet has been warmer by at least several degrees in the day. And even more to the point,

20,000 years ago it was about 6 to 7 degrees colder and we had a kilometer of ice over New York when we had the last great ice age. So natural climate change happens. Make no doubt about it. It's also dangerous, as you learned in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, and Australia has just learned with bush fires in the southern part of the continent and at the very same time last month in February, floods over 62% of the state of Queensland was declared a disaster area. Now, these are natural climactic disasters. We certainly need a policy to deal with them. But human-caused warming in contrast with those real weather events, human-caused warming is a hypothetical thing that we still haven't been able to measure or identify despite spending now over $50 billion, 20 years and thousands of talented scientists trying to document it. We can't find it.

GLENN: Okay. Let me go back to Australia here for a second because you say we need policies to deal with things. We've got to be careful on that because if I'm not mistaken, I mean, I've seen it in California where, you know, you can't -- you know, the little lost hamster, you know, from the second grade, we can't do anything to harm the environment because there was a hamster that escaped from the second grade class and so we can't touch any of the national habitat now in California. And that leads to fires --

CARTER: Absolutely.

GLENN: -- and underbrush. Did you not have a guy who was pilloried in the press over in Australia, paid a gigantic fine because he clearcut all of the wood, the forest around his house and the environmentalists said you are a killer and everything else, but he's the only house that survived this last fire?

CARTER: Correct. Only too true, Glenn. But both in California and Australia what you're dealing with is policy, but it's bad policy. And the fact that that is bad policy does not remove the necessity to have better and indeed best policy. Now, the IPCC's Plan A has always been to stop climate change, which is a ridiculous idea in the first place, but to stop climate change because they say it's being driven by carbon dioxide emissions and if we reduce emissions, we will stop the warming. Well, that patently, Plan A, has not worked. We've had the Kyoto protocol. It hasn't made a blind bit of difference to global warming. You can introduce a tax and trade bill which you're thinking of doing in the U.S. congress because Hurricane Katrina was a real natural climactic event which killed people. In Australia, 200 people --

GLENN: Here's your Plan B. You understand that climate happens.

CALLER: That's correct.

GLENN: Climate changes.

CALLER: Correct.

GLENN: And you build levees that stand. Or call me crazy; you don't live below sea level. There's another crazy idea.

CARTER: Correct. You plan much better for the future and you adapt to the climate changes that happen because they are going to happen. The idea you can stop climate change is the silliest policy idea to ever appear on the planet.

GLENN: You wrote an e-mail to the show to one of my producers. You were in San Francisco.

CARTER: Lovely city. I was indeed.

GLENN: It is a lovely city. But you obviously didn't leave your hotel -- you didn't talk to anybody?

CARTER: No.

GLENN: Well, then you have the right impression. It is a lovely city. So you were there and you said you've been watching the show for the last few days, the TV show.

CARTER: Yeah.

GLENN: And you think the premise that I have on the WE Surround Them is the answer also for the global warming debate. Why is that?

CARTER: I think it's the answer for a lot of things, Glenn. I think the politicians reinforcing the spin they produce and the media that supports that are often completely out of touch with what the real public opinion is. Now, my numbers were slightly different to yours, but I estimate that if you look at the global warming scare, about 5% of people deny it altogether. They say climate change isn't an issue, don't need any policy and so on. They wouldn't even be bothered about Hurricane Katrina. So that's not a problem. On the other hand there's about 20% of persons who are genuinely convinced that global warming heralds disaster and it's our fault. Now, 20 plus 5 on the two extremes is 25, and that leaves 75% in the middle of most people who -- and this is also true of scientists, I believe, as well as the general public who actually say a plague on both the extreme houses, they're both wrong. What we need is some sensible, politically acceptable policy which will actually solve the problem. What is the problem? The problem is natural climate change. We have to be able to cope better with things like Katrina and the great Australian fires and floods we've just had. It's an imperative on any politician. And what are the politicians doing in the state? They are sitting around trading within industry and other special interests trying to introduce tax and trade legislation that is going to crucify economies which around the world are already reeling from the financial crisis.

GLENN: Well, that just makes too much sense. Dr. Bob Carter, let me just -- because I've only got about 30 seconds. Is it true that there are more scientists now starting to walk away from global warming science and saying, you know what, I believed in it but now there's some more evidence. It seems that the tide has turned.

CARTER: It is. And the heartland conference I'm at is helping. But it's swinging dramatically. President Václav Klaus of the general public released a new poll a couple of days ago released a new poll that shows that only 11% of the people in the Czech Republic thinks humans have anything to do with global warming.

GLENN: But they're Czechoslovakian. It's like why listen to you. The blood is in your head all the time. You come over here once in a while so you don't have a headache. Dr. Bob Carter, I've got to run but thank you very much, sir, we'll talk to you again.

GLENN: Thanks, Glenn. Bye.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

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It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.