Sunday, May 21, 2023

Jeremy Katopol - one of the worst people I've ever met

That look of anger sums up the personality of Jeremy Katopol perfectly.

Photo from his LinkedIn profile. Even with a suit and glasses he looks angry.

From his Facebook profile

This is Jeremy Katopol, one of the worst people I've ever met. I had the misfortune of meeting this unpleasant man through a running club, and then through Facebook.

My first encounter with him was when I suggested people donate to a butterfly sanctuary on the Texas-Mexico border that was going to be affected by the building of the border wall. Jeremy, who goes by Jer Katopol on Facebook and LinkedIn, then proceeded to call me a stupid old Boomer who throws his money at the problem. The tone of his writing is such that he appears to be yelling at you. How else am I supposed to help out a Texas butterfly sanctuary when I live in California? Anyway, I donated $100 to the cause and got to write it off as a tax deductible donation to a registered 501(c)3 non-profit. What was JerK's contribution to the cause? Absolutely nothing. As for the Boomer comment, JerK was born around 1985 and therefore he's rapidly approaching 40 years old, over the hill, a tired old of sack of bones with one foot in the grave.

Mind you, JerK is someone who supposedly supports causes. For example, some years ago he ran up and down Cowles mountain here in San Diego for 24 hours, "to raise awareness about veteran suicides". Looks like we have a regular Forrest Gimp on our hands. How does running up and down a hill all day and night help prevent veteran suicides? Why was my contribution to the butterfly sanctuary so worthless but his completely ineffectual effort is so important?? What he actually did was something for himself, to draw attention to himself, to self-aggrandize himself because he makes no significant contribution to society.

As far as supporting causes goes, in reality what he actually does is verbally abuse people who disagree with his opinion. 

You can get some idea of his disagreeable nature from his LinkedIn profile. He hasn't held any job for more than two years, and usually much less than that. He's also not well educated. In my experience it's often the least educated and least contributing members of society that feel the greatest need to be heard, and are the most likely to be pompous entitled douchebags. This is doubly so for JerK.

Among his skills listed are "Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills". You've got to be kidding? I've only had a few interactions with this man and I can already see he has some of the worst interpersonal and written communication skills of anyone I've ever seen, and he can't handle the tiniest disagreement without acting like a psychotic. Molehills quickly become insurpassable mountains with this man.
"Proficient in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook" - wow, such unique and special skills, they'll get you a long way in life.
"Great team player". I don't know how this arrogant and verbally abusive man could possibly be a functioning member of any team, which is probably shown by the fact that he hasn't held any job more than two years.  Also, as you can see from the news article above, his marriage fell apart when he left the military, and I'd guess it's probably because he can't handle disagreement without becoming a screaming madman.

After my initial online encounter with JerK, I saw him at one of my running club meetings. He seemed apologetic and friendly. He also mentioned that he used to be a piece of shit and is medicated now. He obviously suffers from some sort of mental illness that makes him so disagreeable. Then he proceeded to smoke marijuana and get drunk.

Anyway, after that encounter I allowed him to be a Facebook friend, however that quickly turned out to be a mistake, as there were immediately several bouts of his arrogant screaming verbally abusive interactions. He insisted for example that Kyle Rittenhouse was guilty, even though he had been found to have acted in self-defense in a court of law. OK that whole Kyle Rittenhouse episode was a giant string of mistakes from start to finish, no one was doing what they should have been doing, but the law did it's job and justice was done even if imperfectly. But no, JerK insisted the court was wrong even though he hadn't seen the evidence himself, and proceeded to verbally abuse me again and called me a "bootlicker" for supporting the "oppressor", the police, and promptly unfriended me on Facebook.  Well apparently JerK has a separate legal system that exists inside his head, which isn't related to the actual legal system of this country. He also mentioned that if he saw someone with a gun "Imma try to take that gun from you", in which case he'd hopefully get shot just like the guys who attacked Kyle Rittenhouse. Never mind that this man took the Oath of Allegiance and served in the military to protect our nation's values. No, if you disagree with him he's going to stomp all over your first amendment right to free speech by acting like a screaming hysterical lunatic.  I also told him that the US has one of the best justice systems in the world, to which "his royal highness" responded with his unquestionable authority on the world's justice systems that this was not true. Just another idiot that has absolutely no idea what he's talking about but can never be wrong. A testosterone-fueled meathead sports jock with an overinflated ego and a false sense of self-importance. The classic definition of a douchebag.

The ultimate end of our brief acquaintance came when the Ukraine war started. I commented on a Facebook post that the war could perhaps have been avoided with better diplomacy, to which he responded in his usual arrogant screaming writing style that I was wrong. He then of course decided he wanted to pick a fight by saying that he knows a woman in the Ukraine and she's dead now because of the war, and there's nothing I could ever say that would make him forget that.  I mentioned that my father-in-law and mother had just died the week before and I knew how he felt about that death, but I got no condolences and he was only worried about himself and his possibly-imaginary Ukraine friend and the assumption she was already dead just days into the war. He was really just trying to find something to get in a fight about. What a drama queen. OK bud, maybe you're right, but your attitude is terrible and your human interactions with people make them dislike you.  He then proceeded to private message me on Facebook to abuse me further about my brief passing comment that perhaps failed diplomacy led to the Ukraine war. Of course he didn't have any logical arguments or information to enlighten me as to his reasoning, it was just his usual psychotic screaming style.

So this is my first impression of JerK, just a few brief interactions, almost all of which were abusive tirades. In the end I decided he must be mentally ill and informed him that I would never again make the mistake of interacting with him, and I blocked him.

You can tell this man is a drama queen from the pronouns on his Facebook page.  Anyone who needs to let you know their pronouns is guaranteed to be someone who is looking to find social injustice wherever it may be, and to then engage in his typical verbal abuse, bigoted age-ist insults about "stupid old Boomers", attempts to start fights online so he can carry them over to the real world, and so on.

Speaking of Facebook, here is a photo I found there of JerK with a man called Tony Leiras.  Tony is a known habitual conman, and court documents show he has taken advantage of women for money, has evaded paying tens of thousands of dollars in federal taxes, and has stopped making child support payments to his former wife. A man who won't even support his own children! That's the kind of company JerK keeps.

Let's have a look at some more of his LinkedIn profile.  Yes, you guessed it, this social justice warrior has a "Causes" section longer than his education and employment history. From my few brief interactions with JerK, it's clear that he's a petty pathetic little man who uses the guise of social justice to find more people to verbally abuse and start fights with, so he can make himself feel better and more important.  He also hangs around with other social justice warrior types, people who are also poorly educated and contribute the least to society, but nonetheless think they're among the smartest and most important people in society, and whose self-declared moral superiority must be heard loudly and obeyed without question. The same kind of people who advocate for socialism in America, because they blame society and the world around them for their lack of success and low station in life, and socialism would give them more without having to do anything for it.

I have dealt with some difficult people in my life, and I can be difficult myself. Sometimes I even troll people for a little fun, and most people who know me have come to understand my twisted sense of humor.  Then this JerK comes out of nowhere, with no understanding of our history or the existing dynamics of our social group, and decides he's going to play the hero, and burn his bridges down to the waterline before he's even gotten to know people.  I've seen him treat other people with the same attitudes and behavior as he's treated me, so it's not something specific to me. Of all the people I've met in my life, I have never met anyone who grated so severely on my nerves within just a few brief first-time interactions. Never have I felt compelled to write a blog post about an unpleasant person I've met, more than a year after I severed contact doth them. JerK is just that bad. Anyone whose personal interactions with other people are that disaffected would typically be classified as a psychotic patient who requires hospitalization in a mental institute.

If you're reading this JerK, just be aware that you can't sue someone for defamation if what they say about you is true. You're the human equivalent of a pile of feces. Consider this to be the "Consequences" of your angry bitter resentful attitude. I'm glad you're not doing well in life because you don't deserve it. It makes sense that running is your main interest because it requires no intelligence. Run Forrest, run!

Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Lies About Climate Change

There are many claims being made about climate change, usually from people who aren't climate scientists, and they often tend towards apocalyptic claims of doom and gloom. It's as if there's some sort of Doomsday Cult associated with climate change. "The end is near. You will perish in flame!"
Here are some examples:

"Billions will die"
"Life on Earth is dying"
- Extinction Rebellion environmental group

"The world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change"
- Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

"Around 2030 we will be in a position to set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control that will lead to the end of our civilization as we know it"
- Greta Thunberg

"Our children are going to die in the next 10 to 20 years"
"Mass migration around the world is already taking place due to [climate change induced drought] in countries, particularly South Asia"
- Extinction Rebellion spokesperson

"The climate driven fires in Australia have made the koala functionally extinct"
-Bill McKibben, American environmentalist

"The collapse of civilization may have already begun"
- Vice magazine

"A genocide like the Holocaust is happening again, on a far greater scale, and in plain sight, from climate change"
-Extinction Rebellion co-founder

The problem with these statements however, is there is no credible scientific body, nor anything from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that has ever supported any of the claims above.

So when Greta Thunberg scalds the United Nations about their "empty words", it's actually her that has the empty words. Maybe Greta should go to school and learn about things she doesn't know yet?

- Dave Badperson

The Religion of Climate Change

On Monday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered their final warning about limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, the threshold beyond which they say, our damage to the climate will rapidly become "irreversible". To quote one of the IPCC members, "The climate timebomb is ticking". 

Meanwhile, the Cenozoic global reference benthic foraminifer carbon and oxygen isotope dataset (CENOGRID), a decades long scientific effort to produce an astronomically tuned, high-definition stratigraphic reference of global climate evolution for the past 66 million years, has produced this graph.
It appears that a world that's 8°C or even 20°C hotter than the 1961-1990 average, for millions or even tens of millions of years, was perfectly fine for mammals to evolve and become the dominant animal group on Earth. Not only that, but it clearly shows the Earth cooled afterwards and so the warming wasn't "irreversible". 

So if we follow the science, which science are we following, this science or that science?

Clearly climate change has now become a religion. Actually, it's more like a Doomsday cult:  "The end is near. You will perish in flame!". Climate change will have both positive and negative effects, however every scientific and news article about climate change always focusses on the negative aspects of climate change. Why are the positives never mentioned? Why don't we see articles with headlines like, "People in cold areas now have lower heating bills thanks to climate change" or "Crop yields greatly increased by elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide" or "New shipping routes opening in the Arctic Sea due to climate change". No, you will never hear the positives because fear is the motivator. You can also tell climate change has become a religion because anyone who shows even the slightest skepticism for it's claims is punished or ignored, even if they use scientific data to make their point. "Follow the science", unless that science disagrees with my dogmatic beliefs. It's now heresy, blasphemy, to speak out against the climate change narrative. For example, I was recently banned from a Facebook group for showing data similar to what I've shown here, that shows climate change is not "the end of the world".

For hundreds of millions of years, carbon capture in the form of coal, oil, and limestone has been reducing atmospheric CO2 to the point where it has contributed to the Earth being in this ice age we're currently in. Yes we're in an ice age, as you can tell by the permanent ice caps at the poles, and this is just one of the interglacial periods. Most of the Earth's biodiversity is now restricted to only the hottest parts of the world:  the coral reefs and rainforest of the tropics... because everywhere else is too cold. Also, if CO2 gets down to about 150ppm, plants can no longer photosynthesize and they die, along with all the life on Earth that depends on them. It almost got there, 280ppm was the pre-industrial level of CO2. So when we burn fossil fuels we're actually saving the planet. 😊

Sea level has risen almost 400 feet since the last ice age ended 11,500 years ago. Sea level was 120 feet higher than today during the last interglacial period 125,000 years ago. Sea level is a dynamic thing, not some static property that never changes. Yes it's going to suck if you live in Bangladesh or Florida or some low-lying islands in the ocean, those places will be submerged.  All the coastal cities of the world will be forced to move inland. However it's won't be an "irreversible time bomb" and we are not going to die as the climate alarmists claim. Even here where I live here in California, just a few years ago people were talking about the years long drought, the wildfires, and the grim future of the state.  Now we have record rainfall, snow, and flooding. No wait, all this flooding is also caused by climate change! Every adverse weather event is climate change!  

As you can see climate change is now a religion, children are indoctrinated with it from birth and grow up with climate anxiety. Anyone who critiques the narrative, even by using scientific data, is deemed a heretic and blasphemer, to be punished or ignored, or is summarily labelled a "climate denier".  Sometimes I feel like Galileo being charged with heresy for saying the Earth goes around the sun.

-Dave Badperson

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Follow the Science of Climate Change


Just a few years ago...

Annotated from J.F.W. Rao et al 2021

How about this California mega-drought? Yes, compared to the last glacial period that ended 11,500 years ago, we're in a drought. Follow the science.

And how about all these devastating forest fires caused by climate change? Never mind the forestry experts who say they're caused by fuel build-up from a century of aggressive fire suppression (thanks Smoky Bear), no, you need to follow the science.

Never mind that for most of the last 66 million years atmospheric carbon dioxide has been 400-2000ppm. Never mind that for the last 2.4 million years we've been in an ice age and this is just one of the interglacial periods. Never mind that permanent ice caps at the poles is not a normal part of Earths climate. Never mind that sea level has risen almost 400 feet since the last ice age. Never mind that sea level was 120 feet higher during the last interglacial period. Nope, the world is heading for climate armageddon. Follow the science. The Sierra Nevada snow pack is almost gone, which is where we get a lot of our water. Follow the science. 

We need all new cars to be electric by 2035 and get rid of gas appliances in our homes, otherwise we'll all go up in flames. Follow the science. We don't need more water storage to mitigate the effects of our highly variable rainfall, no, we need to follow the science. The science is published in obscure journals with tiny readerships, and is behind a pay wall so only university knob-heads can see it, so they can unionize and monopolize the science for themselves. So why aren't you following the science? I guess you're just another stupid climate denier. We should be indoctrinating our children with the religion of climate anxiety from birth, otherwise we're not following the science. 😁

"There you go with that logic stuff again"

"You just don't understand the "the facts""

"I AM science"

"It's really just another Doomsday cult. "The end is near!""

"Mother Earth cult... new religion...

"Anyone who even questions the climate narrative is a blasphemer and must be punished or ignored"

-Dave Badperson