STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
Typhoon Haiyan: Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste
By Staff News & Analysis - November 13, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan 'the result of climate change' … The Philippines delegate at the UN Climate Change talks that began on Monday has blamed Typhoon Haiyan on climate change, and urged sceptics to 'get off their ivory towers'. Naderev "Yeb" Sano, representative for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change talks, broke down in tears as he addressed delegates in Warsaw. Mr Sano, whose family is from Tacloban – one of the worst hit areas – announced that he was going on hunger strike until "a meaningful outcome is in sight". Representatives from 190 nations have gathered in Poland to try and thrash out a new pact to fight global warming. "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. … We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," Mr Sano said, in a speech which received a standing ovation from his fellow delegates. – UK Telegraph

Dominant Social Theme: Damn this global warming. Something must be done now.

Free-Market Analysis: We have often referred to this dominant social theme as a kind of metaphorical zombie that continues to lurch forward even when partially dismembered. We can see here how this theme progresses once more.

Mr. Sano is in tears because he is sure the typhoon that destroyed so much of the Philippines was the product of man-made climate change. And, of course, what man created, man can presumably remove.

It is a ruined meme but one that the power elite will not let die, so desperate are they to build their "new world" around it. Global warming, if it is man's fault, is a perfect control thematic, offering all sorts of justifications for even the most intrusive government actions.

Smart meters, electric cars, green energy and many more initiatives are all justified by global warming and its bastard progeny, climate change.

And who is Sano? We investigated just a little … Here's a Wikipedia snippet:

Naderev "Yeb" Saño, Commissioner of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, and Chief Negotiator of the Philippines in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, [is] noted for one of the most powerful speeches in the Climate Change Convention when he made an emotional appeal to world leaders to take action on climate change in the Doha Conference of the Parties in 2012.

Interesting, eh? Sano got worldwide attention for breaking down in tears at the UN. But not a single major, mainstream publication identified him properly. He's for the most part presented as a "representative" to UN climate change talks.

But he's not. He seems to be the Philippines's most important man when it comes to climate change and he has a history of making heart-wrenching appeals, having had a similar emotional breakdown at Doha. When one bothers to check, there is rarely a single thing that's as it seems when it comes to climate change.

The famous scientific journal that carried so many alarming "warmist" reports was reportedly specially constructed for the purpose. UN alarmist predictions were not based on journal research but somehow confused with speculative newspaper articles that were then treated as definitive. The famous hockey stick showing the imminence of global warming was produced with doctored numbers and is not proving to be accurate anyway.

Today, global warming is in the midst of a 16-year hiatus that is supposedly to be accompanied by another 20 years of temperature moderation. How does 36 years of moderate or even cooling temperatures fit into the idea that humans are producing so much carbon that they are destroying the Earth?

It doesn't, of course. But still, this miserable, fear-based meme lurches to life every now and then, shocked back into existence by a combination of dramatic acting and media passivity.

Each reporter will report what is similar to the other. No one ever breaks away from the pack when it comes to global warming. The controlled mainstream press is nothing if not a slavish, whimpering cur, writhing in fear on its collective belly. Here's more:

He also said that the intensity of the storm was the result of climate change. "Science tells us that simply, climate change will mean more intense tropical storms," he wrote in an article published in The Guardian on Tuesday. "As the Earth warms up, that would include the oceans. The energy that is stored in the waters off the Philippines will increase the intensity of typhoons and the trend we now see is that more destructive storms will be the new norm."

He then dared "anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change" to visit his homeland – and other areas seen as being on the front line of climate change.

"I dare them to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannahs of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce.

"Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, they may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now."

When exactly did this fellow write this? It doesn't sound like something he scribbled down on a napkin somewhere through his tears. It sounds like a very deliberate and professional pronouncement, something that went through numerous drafts. It sounds as spontaneous as, well … a professional politician giving a well-worn address.

Then there is this article, also from the UK Telegraph:

Typhoon Haiyan: gun culture of the Philippines hinders relief efforts … A combination of unlucky geography, poverty, poor government and widespread gun use have exacerbated the effects of Typhoon Haiyan … There are other countries in the world prone to natural disaster, but what distinguishes the Philippines, and has made the delivery of aid even more problematic after Typhoon Haiyan, is the prevalence of guns.

The archipelago of 7,000 islands has the geographical misfortune to be affected by 20 or so tropical cyclones a year. The Philippines is also bedevilled by harsh poverty and weak central government – despite the best efforts of the current president Benigno Aquino. But there are few disaster zones in the world where nightfall is punctuated by the sound of gunfire and aid agency convoys need to wait for the army to restore a semblance of order before leaving their warehouses.

There are 3.9 million guns – legal and illegal – held by civilians in the Philippines, or about 4.7 per 100 people, which isn't that high in global terms. But people are prepared to use them. The murder rate is among the highest in Asia and three times that of the United States, at 8.9 homicides per 100,000.

Good for Philippine citizens – they wish to protect themselves and in an island environment prone to tropical disasters it makes a lot of sense. This article also makes a lot of sense. The people behind the global warming meme also seem to want to remove guns from the public whenever possible.

One does not have to be a conspiracy theorist to see that disarming the populace may make expansive internationalism a bit easier to implement. And linking wild weather to global warming allows globalists to renew their argument that climate change is a worldwide problem in need of worldwide solutions.

After Thoughts

That these memes continue to be floated in such a transparent, even naïve way only confirms our sense that those behind them have little idea how to deal with the changed communication environment or the increasing enlightenment of the mass middle class.

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