Study Finds the Wealthy & Celebrities Aren’t Changing Their Flying Habits to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Sweden: Lund University’s new study shows that most wealthy people and celebrities are not changing their flying habits to help reduce climate change, despite lecturing the public about the danger of global warming, and are responsible for a thousand times more CO2 emissions than an average person. For example, climate activist Bill Gates is responsible for emitting approximately 1,600 tonnes of CO2, which is about 1600 times higher than the global average of 100 kilos per person per year for air travel.

A new study by Swedish academics has found that most wealthy people and celebrities are not changing their flying habits to help reduce climate change, with some responsible for a thousand times more CO2 emissions than the average.

Imagine my shock.

The study, carried out by researchers from from Lund University, reviewed the social media accounts of well known celebrities and wealthy philanthropists, many of who relentlessly virtue signal about climate change.

Based on the information posted relating to travel, researchers calculated the starting point and destination for flights and then worked out likely CO2 emissions.

Climate activist Bill Gates was responsible for approximately 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide, while flights used by Paris Hilton and Jennifer Lopez emitted 1,260 tonnes and 1,050 tonnes respectively.

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New York: The Left Loses Its Mind in the Prison Debate and Votes to Shut Down Rikers Island Prison

The radical left blames racism for mass incarceration, and is committed to abolishing prisons, as part of its Criminal Justice Reform program, which will endanger neighborhood communities. The New York City Council voted to close the 400-acre Rikers Island jail complex by 2026, which currently houses 7,200 inmates, instead of making necessary reforms to correct brutality and human rights abuses. The city council intends to replace Rikers Island prison with four new jails that would hold a total 3,200 inmates. That leaves 4,000 inmates at Rikers without quarters. Advocates for the new jails claim that crime is dropping and that new lower sentencing practices, along with cutting back on arrests, will lead to a reduction in prisoners down to 3,200 inmates. However, there has already been a decline in the prison population, and leftist Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the most violent prisoners are the ones remaining in jail.

Ideas have consequences and yesterday in New York City arrived more evidence that progressive forces in Gotham have lost their collective mind. The New York City Council voted to close the 400-acre Rikers Island jail complex. Keeping violent criminals off the streets? Future crime waves? Never mind, they’ll figure that out later.

Rikers is a hellhole with a long history of human-rights abuses. Serious reform is needed. But that’s not what the radical Left is looking for. New York is in the vanguard of a national “Abolish Prisons” movement. All prisons must be done away with.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is on the bandwagon. “Mass incarceration did not begin in New York City,” he declared recently, “but it will end here.”

Radical chic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also has signed on to prison abolition. “Mass incarceration is our American reality,” she wrote. “It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery. To end it, we have to change.”

In case you’re wondering about Ocasio-Cortez’s influence on the Left, Bernie Sanders has been touting her upcoming endorsement, slated for a rally Saturday in Queens. Rep. Ilhan Omar also endorsed Sanders this week.

Meanwhile, the jails controversy in New York is catching fire.

On Wednesday, a City Council committee set in motion a land-use change that would ban jails on Rikers after 2026. Yesterday, the full council voted. Rikers will be closed and new, smaller jails will be built in four city communities—one each in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

Rikers these days houses about 7,200 inmates, though it has capacity for many more. The four new jails would hold a total of about 3,200—roughly 800 inmates per jail.

Do the math. That leaves about 4,000 inmates currently at Rikers. What about them? Advocates for the new jails say a years-long drop in the crime rate, diversion programs, changes in arrest and sentencing practices, and new legislation will reduce the city’s jail population to around 3,200.

But the Manhattan Institute’s Rafael Mangual points to some contradictory evidence. De Blasio’s 2017 Mayor’s Management Report says the recent decline in jail population is due to his administration’s “successful efforts to divert low-risk, non-violent offenders from our jails” and notes that those “who remain [in jail] tend to be more violent and difficult to manage.”

“It does indeed seem to be the case,” Mangual writes, “that the current residents of Rikers Island are, in large part, the worst of the worst.” They’re “violent and difficult to manage,” in the words of the mayor’s own report. Mangual asks: can the Rikers population really be reduced by several thousand more “without those very inmates being left to roam the streets?”

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The Networks of Jeffrey Epstein that the Mainstream Media Is Trying to Keep Buried

Charlie Robinson, author of The Octopus of Global Control, analyzes the Jeffrey Epstein case and reveals his criminal and unethical networks. Robinson asserted that Les Wexner, who was Epstein’s primary source of income, is part of the Jewish mafia. Wexner is also a founder of the influential Mega Group that promotes a Zionist agenda. Steven Hoffenberg, who worked with Epstein at Bear Stearns and spent 20 years in prison for swindling $460 million in a ponzi scheme, claims Epstein was deeply involved in the scam. Epstein had an interest in artificial intelligence and mind control, and he funded scientists and companies working in these fields. Robinson said that Epstein funded Ben Goertzel of Hanson Robotics, the creator of the human-looking ‘Sophia’ robot, and gave him over $6 million to fund ‘Little Sophia,’ a doll that can collect personal information on young girls.