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Climate Change Fueled Witch Hunts… Then And Now [Opinion]

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Donald Trump has lately railed about “witch hunts” by Democrats attempting to remove him from office. Did you know that the real witch hunts of the Late Middle Ages were driven by climate change?

The European witch hunts of the 15th to 17th centuries targeted witches that were thought to be responsible for epidemics and crop failures as the Earth descended into the horrific cold of the Little Ice Age. A belief that evil humans were negatively affecting the climate and weather patterns was the “consensus” opinion of that time. How eerily similar is that notion to the the current oft-repeated mantra that Man’s actions are controlling the climate and leading to catastrophic consequences?

The first extensive European witch hunts coincided with plunging temperatures as the continent transitioned away from the beneficial warmth of the Medieval Warm Period (850 to 1250 AD). Increasing cold that began in the 13th century ushered in nearly five centuries of advancing mountain glaciers and prolonged periods of rainy or cool weather. This time of naturally-driven climate change was accompanied by crop failure, hunger, rising prices and epidemics.

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Large systematic witch hunts began in the 1430s and were advanced later in the century by an Alsatian Dominican friar and papal Inquisitor named Heinrich Kramer. At Kramer’s urging, Pope Innocence VIII issued a papal bull enshrining the persecution and eradication of weather-changing witches through this papal edict. The worst of the Inquisition’s abuses and later systemic witch hunts were, in part, empowered by this decree.

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This initial period of cooler temperatures and failing crops continued through the first couple of decades of the 16th century, when a slight warming was accompanied by improvements in harvests. Clearly, the pogrom against the weather-changing witches had been successful!

Unfortunately for the people of the Late Middle Ages, the forty years or so of slight warming gave ground to a more severe bout of cooling. The summer of 1560 brought a return of coldness and wetness that led to a severe decline in harvest, crop failure and increases in infant mortality and epidemics. Bear in mind that this was an agrarian subsistence culture, nearly totally dependent on the yearly harvest to survive. One bad harvest could be tolerated, but back-to-back failures would cause horrific consequences, and indeed they did.

Of course, the people’s misfortunes were attributed to weather-changing witches who had triggered the death-dealing weather, most often in the form of cold, rain, frost and devastating hailstorms. Horrific atrocities were alleged of the witches, including Franconian witches who “confessed” to flying through the air to spread an ointment made of children’s fat in order to cause a killing frost. Across the continent of Europe, from the 15th to the 17th centuries there were likely many tens of thousands of supposed witches burnt at the stake, many of these old women living without husbands on the margins of society.

The worst of the witch hunts occurred during the bitter cold from 1560 to about 1680. The frenzy of killing culminated in the mass killing witches in the German territory of Wiesensteig in the year 1563. Across Europe, the numbers of witches killed continued to increase and peaked at more than 500 per year in the mid-1600s. Most were burned at the stake; others were hung.

The end of the witch hunts and killings tie closely to the beginning of our current warming trend at the close of the 17th century. That warming trend started more than 300 years ago, long before humans could have made a significant impact on the climate and continues in fits and starts to this day.

In the Late Middle Ages, a large segment of the population actually believed that evil people could negatively affect the climate. It appears that we haven’t learned the lessons of the 16th century and the dangers of stirring unfounded fears concerning changes to our climate. Perhaps in the not too distant future we will have the benefit of hindsight and realize that people like Al Gore and Dr. Michael Mann were the Heinrich Kramers of the early 21st century, trying to convince us all that we can control the uncontrollable — the natural cycles of the Sun and Earth that are operating today, just as they have for many millions of years.

Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist and author of the bestselling book, Inconvenient Facts: The science that Al Gore doesn’t want you to know. As a strong proponent of the scientific process, Gregory is a leading voice in the large and growing climate change skeptic community. Among his many qualifications, including advanced degrees in geology, he was recently added as an Expert Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (AR6).

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WATCH: Violent Protesters Breach Treasury Dept. In DC, Overrun NYPD Police Precinct

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There’s a whole heck of a lot to unpack regarding the death of Minnesota man George Floyd and former police officer Derek Chauvin. Let’s just get right to the latest news. From Daily Wire: On Friday, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner issued a report saying a preliminary autopsy showed no evidence that George Floyd died of strangulation and traumatic asphyxia. Floyd’s arrest was captured on video and went viral earlier this week. During the incident, at least one officer is seen kneeling on the 46-year-old’s neck while Floyd repeatedly tells him he can’t breath. Floyd died soon following the arrest. LOOK: https://twitter.com/lookner/status/1266460328541523968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1266460328541523968&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftherightscoop.com%2Fbreaking-autopsy-report-says-no-signs-of-traumatic-asphyxia-in-george-floyd-death%2F Violent rioters or protesters (or whatever the PC word is these days) are doing some pretty awful stuff all over the country, in major cities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington DC. Violent rioters reportedly stormed a police precinct in New York City on Friday and lit law enforcement vehicles on fire. LOOK: https://twitter.com/JasonLemon/status/1266541556024184834?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1266541556024184834&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fbreaking-rioters-overrun-police-precinct-in-new-york-city-another-under-siege https://twitter.com/JamesAGagliano/status/1266547580663709696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1266547580663709696&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fbreaking-rioters-overrun-police-precinct-in-new-york-city-another-under-siege https://twitter.com/spccohen/status/1266556722983903243?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1266556722983903243&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fbreaking-rioters-overrun-police-precinct-in-new-york-city-another-under-siege https://twitter.com/AaronKatersky/status/1266561809697341441?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1266561809697341441&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fbreaking-rioters-overrun-police-precinct-in-new-york-city-another-under-siege Some how, rioters breached the Treasury Department! Rioters in Washington, D.C., reportedly breached the U.S. Treasury Department and have caused some damage to the building. https://twitter.com/finnygo/status/1266555097422663681?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1266555097422663681&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fbreaking-rioters-overrun-police-precinct-in-new-york-city-another-under-siege Check this out… https://twitter.com/Surabees/status/1266569314158682119?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1266569314158682119&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fwatch-cnn-reporter-claims-that-riot-is-entire-peaceful-immediately-gets-stuff-thrown-at-him

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Democrat Chicago Mayor Has ‘Two Words’ for Trump, ‘It Begins With F & It Ends With U’

Not cool, Lori.

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When Republicans in office disagreed with Barack Obama, at least the vast majority did so in a professional manner. The same cannot be said about Democrats in the era of Trump. Enter the far-left mayor of Chicago, via Fox News: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blasted President Trump and invoked an expletive Friday in response to his tweet after three days of protests in Minneapolis, Minn., when he called the protesters “THUGS” and tweeted that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Lightfoot said, “Donald Trump’s comment last night was profoundly dangerous. And we must stand firm in solidarity and say this is totally unacceptable no matter who is the speaker.” She added, “He wants to show failures on the part of Democratic local leaders, to throw red meat to his base. His goal is to polarize, to destabilize local government and inflame racist urges. We can absolutely not let him prevail. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It’s two words. It begins with F and it ends with U.” Here’s a screenshot of Trump’s tweets: And here’s what Twitter decided to do with those tweets: A Lightfoot tweet: https://twitter.com/chicagosmayor/status/1244762897743351808?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1244762897743351808&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fchicago.suntimes.com%2Fcity-hall%2F2020%2F4%2F6%2F21211314%2Fgetting-roots-done-not-essential-getting-hair-cut-mayor-lightfoot VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah7xQHo9WOQ

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