Oregon has a museum of science and industry called OMSI, and its a pretty neat place to visit. However, its run by your usual leftist museum science types, and they're big on global warming hysteria and the usual causes. There was going to be a meeting at which three skeptics were going to speak and the event got called off. Why?
Fulks charged that it was called off “due to pressure from local universities and others who were apparently upset that our skeptical perspective on global warming would interfere with their climate agendas and Federal funding.”OMSI claims that they were concerned this looked like they were endorsing warming skepticism. What does it look like they're endorsing now?
He added, “We suspected this would happen and would happen at the last minute to make it impossible to reschedule the event immediately. But we are grateful to the president of the local AMS chapter (Steve Pierce) and some members of his board who have expressed a strong determination to reschedule this event in January.”
Since Copenhagen, the United States has substantially increased its investments in international climate finance. U.S. fast start financing in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 totaled $3.1 billion, consisting of $1.8 billion of Congressionally appropriated assistance and $1.3 billion from development finance and export credit agencies. To date, the U.S. contribution to fast start financing from these sources totals $5.1 billion, including a contribution of $2.0 billion from FY 2010.Thirteen billion total has been spent overseas on green startups and non US financing. Well since we have so much money lying around I guess that's fine.
Plenty of people lost a goodly chunk if not all their retirement funds when the stock market crashed. Pensions are being cut back by governments who realize there's simply no possible way they can pay for them. And yet some keep their golden parachutes alive, such as congress. Representatives Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Mike Coffman (R-CO) have written and offered legislation that would end those pensions.
In an effort both to identify cost savings amid the nation’s growing debt crisis and to give federal lawmakers more credibility in addressing related financial issues, Griffin and Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) have recently introduced separate proposals for the elimination of pension benefits for members of Congress.Well it would save money, its pointless given how wealthy congressmen are to begin with, and it would certainly put out a bold, clear statement that congress is willing to start at home and cut their costs before they require others to sacrifice as well. Which is why it won't happen.
David Suzuki is the scientist who I saw on a nature show talk about how wonderful this vanished aboriginal tribe was because they had so little impact on their environment we know virtually nothing about them. Imagine, he said, if only we were more like them? I was amazed he could be that stupid. That tribe no longer exists because it had no impact on its environment. They died out because of that, Dave. Well he's still busy, now he has an idiotic looking website telling kids that global warming is going to melt the north pole and Santa will need a new home. Act now to save Santa, by sending David Suzuki money.
Egypt. Home of the ancients. The "Arab spring" revolts got its momentum there, and now, what we on the right warned about is exactly what's taking place. Now, the Islamic Brotherhood, long called "too small" and "powerless" by leftists, is in the lead in elections there to control the government.
To turn off the light when you leave a room is an act of piety just as much as lighting a candle in church. It has no measurable effect on the crisis at all in itself. It doesn't even have a notable effect on your own electricity bill, and if it ever does, the world economy will be in a dreadful mess. But it is a token of seriousness. It is, if you like, a gesture of faith.Only faith can solve the energy crisis, he says. How about "a greater number of more reliable energy sources?"
Insider trading is illegal for everyone in the United States... unless you're in the US Congress, where it is perfectly legal. This is one of those many examples of congress passing laws which ban actions by everyone but exempt themselves. This is a completely reprehensible abuse of power that enrages people, but congress does it all the time. As recent years have gone by, however, more and more of these tyrannical violations of ethics have come to light, thanks largely to the internet. Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has been trying to change that for years, and now, largely thanks to a new book about the abuse of power in congress that seems to be changing. Her bill to apply the law to congressmen has 127 co sponsors and real momentum in the house. Will it pass? We'll see, somehow I'm skeptical.
Climaquiddick marches on, with more and more incredibly damning revealations showing up each day. One of them says what those such as myself have been saying a long time. When asked if the climate modeling is hard science and reliable, a writer is told:
I want to make one thing really clear. We ARE NOT supposed to be working with the assumption that these scenarios are realistic. They are scenarios-internally consistent (or so we thought) what-if storylines. You are in fact out of line to assume that these are in some sense realistic-this is in direct contradiction to the guidance on scenarios provided by the synthesis teamWhat-if, not realistic. That's not what we were told, we kept being told the science was settled, that these were proof. Now in secret they're telling each other "look don't take these things seriously, they're just examining potential results."
-Dave [Schimel, UCAR]
Congress is working on an internet bill basically designed to destroy the freedom we now enjoy. Its in the guise of privacy and copyright concerns, but its basically the first step toward government control and taxation. Big corporations want this because they see it as a way of protecting their assets, and as big time cronies of government they can work the bill out to destroy competitors and increase their power and wealth. Which is why NBC Universal sent out this letter threatening NBC affiliates:
We are writing to ask you for help on an issue that is one our top business priorities – content theft on the Internet, which is a major threat to the strength of our business. Our major guilds and unions are joining us in the fight to keep our businesses strong so that the tidal wave of content theft does not kill jobs. But if the current trend continues, it’s not too strong to say that this threat could adversely affect our business relationship with you.[emphasis mine]Do what we say or you will be cut off.
John Nolte in a piece on Big Hollywood points out that the entertainment community is hypocritical and self-defeating when it comes to piracy. How often has popular media told us to stick it to the man, to eat the rich, and to ignore the rules? Yet when it comes to the rules that protect their vast wealth, suddenly big entertainment demands we toe the line. You did it to yourselves. Its morally wrong to steal, but you guys have been mocking and attacking morality for a century or more.
Michael "Piltdown" Mann urged everyone to work through him to decide what gets reported and what does not. He and Phil Jones tried really hard to shut up anyone who dared disagree, pushed to get skeptics fired, and destroyed data to keep it out of the hands of anyone who didn't agree with, as Mann puts it repeatedly, "the cause." Scientist Ray Bradley has a problem with Mann's attitude, putting it this way in an email:
As for thinking that it is “Better that nothing appear, than something unnacceptable to us” …..as though we are the gatekeepers of all that is acceptable in the world of paleoclimatology seems amazingly arrogant.At least Bradley seems to understand that science done that way isn't really science at all. If your work is good and valid, you don't have to hide it.
Justice Kagan cheered the health insurance takeover bill, and helped write part of the legislation. According to all judicial ethics and federal law, she must recuse herself from any supreme court decision. Will she? I seriously doubt it. And if she doesn't who'll hold her accountable? Congress can, but won't.
Google made a big splash a few years back about their totally sustainable plant they were building, using only "green" energy, calling it “Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal.” As it turns out, according to an article by Alexei Oreskovic in the Wall Street Journal, the plan was never to actually run anything with the "green" energy.
A Google spokesman said the electricity generated by the wind farms wouldn’t be used to power the company’s data centers, which house networks of computer servers. Google’s power usage is unclear; it doesn’t disclose how many data centers it operates or where each is located. Last year, it said its data centers were the most efficient in the world, so far as it was able to determine, but declined to say how much power it actually uses.And now, Google is shutting down its renewable energy plan. It just doesn't work no matter how eager you are or how much money you dump into it. We aren't there yet. These guys remind me of alchemists in the Renaissance period. Isaac Newton was the smartest man alive at the time, but he was trying to turn things into gold.
BBC has long been obviously biased in various ways: anti-America, anti-Israel, radically leftist. But some of the Climaquiddick emails detail the bias goes deeper, in ways long suspected but never proven:
They show that University staff vetted BBC scripts, used their contacts at the Corporation to stop sceptics being interviewed and were consulted about how the broadcaster should alter its programme output.And at the BBC they met plenty of people willing to do anything they were asked to change news stories, alter reporting, add propaganda into stories, and obey the climate change alarmist.
BBC insiders say the close links between the Corporation and the UEA’s two climate science departments, the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research, have had a significant impact on its coverage.
‘Woeful stuff really. This is one reason why Tyndall is sponsoring the Cambridge Media Environment Programme, to starve this type of reporting at source.’
Bubbleinfo is a blog with a lot of interesting housing information, written by Jim Klinge, a San Diego realtor. He has a chart there which shows the relative prices of homes compared to the average income of various countries over the years. As you can see, housing prices compared to income in the US spiked radically, then started to drop again to previous levels. Meanwhile in other countries, homes cost far more than average incomes - likely due to the limited space in places like the UK.
Home prices tumbled by 34% in America from 2006 to their low point earlier this year; in Ireland they plunged by an even more painful 45% from their peak in 2007; and prices have fallen by around 15% in Spain and Denmark. But in most other countries they have dipped by less than 10%, as in Britain and Italy. In some countries, such as Australia, Canada and Sweden, prices wobbled but then surged to new highs. As a result, many property markets are still looking uncomfortably overvalued.Average home prices shouldn't be significantly more than the average income, or people are buying far more house than they can reasonably afford.
Carbon Dioxide is the planet killer, we're told. Based on greenhouse gas estimates and science from the 1980s, we were all told that even small changes in CO2 could result in runaway heat until we all ended up like Venus: destroyed in an uninhabitable earth. The problem with this theory is that the converse should also be true: if CO2 goes below a certain level, we should cool uncontrollably and doom the planet like Pluto. A recent study funded by the National Science Foundation points out the flaws with that system.
"When you reconstruct sea and land surface temperatures from the peak of the last ice age 21,000 years ago -- which is referred to as the Last Glacial Maximum -- and compare it with climate model simulations of that period, you get a much different picture," said lead author Andreas Schmittner, an Oregon State University researcher.What they found is, based on the old science about atmospheric impact of CO2, previous periods of low CO2 should have frozen the oceans solid. In other words, the sensitivity of planetary climate to CO2 is nothing like what they believed, and it is far more complex. As I've said before, the problem is they're using old science and denying the new. They need to reboot, start over.
"If these paleoclimatic constraints apply to the future, as predicted by our model, the results imply less probability of extreme climatic change than previously thought."
Elvis Costello is a brilliant singer and songwriter whose music in the 80s was the absolute best in New Wave. It was memorable and fun while being deep and interesting as well. Elvis has long been the type to flip off the record labels when he thinks they're wrong, and he's doing it again. His label is putting out a boxed set of his work, including a vinyl record, a concert DVD, and a coffee table book, charging $250 for it. Elvis is telling fans to... buy a Louis Armstrong set instead, characterizing the price of his box set as "misprint or satire."
Canada is pulling out of the Kyoto accords. President Bush was savaged for not signing on to this ridiculous treaty, but President Clinton before him refused to, and the Senate didn't have a single vote for the treaty. Almost none of the countries who signed on are still part of it, none of them actually met the proposed limited emissions, and even Japan was far above their goals in emissions. It was an absurdity from the very beginning, and even if people had done what it asked, alarmists admit it wouldn't have made any difference to warming, according to their calculations. Warming which, evidence shows, stopped in the last century. Its almost as if countries are unwilling to destroy their economy and industry for no sane reason.
Salt is critical for life, it is absolutely necessary for human existence. Sodium controls muscular and nervous system activity, and we need it to survive. Yet some think salt is evil and we're getting too much of it, even though research shows no connection between salt and high blood pressure as previously proposed. Still, the FDA under President Obama has never let science and fact get in the way of agenda, and is considering mandatory reductions in salt in foods. Guess what: salt enhances flavor. Less salt = less flavor. Cook two dishes side by side, using exactly the same ingredients. Use half as much salt in one and compare.
Over Thanksgiving, the White House dumped a mountain of visitor log details on various news organizations. Its tough to pick through all this stuff, which is why presidents do it, particularly over weekends and holidays, when media organizations have fewer workers to pick through dumps of this type. When it came to the Sarah Palin emails, media organizations begged leftist organizations and readers to help "crowd-source" the vast amount of information (and found nothing). Strangely they aren't interested in doing that with the visitor logs.
The Occupy movement is winding down just in time for cold weather, having accomplished little other than making people who cheered and associated with them seem very suspect and of poor judgment. Looking back, media types are admitting what they ignored when it was really active: there are almost no women and almost no blacks involved. In fact, nearly every perjorative and slander they heaped on the Tea Party rallies was actually true for the Occupy guys: racist (anti semite), white, male, radical, violent, you name it. The only one that wasn't true was the "old" attack. Tea Partiers tended to be more mature and experienced.
Almost nobody saw this but it cracked me up and I had to write about it. Politico had an article all about how crazy those conservatives are for wanting to amend the constitution. What hypocrites, Reid Epstein wrote. If they were originalists and thought the founding fathers got it right, why are they trying to change the constitution?? Huh?? (smug grin here).
The same candidates promising to appoint strict constructionist judges clearly think the Framers, for all their wisdom and foresight, forgot a few things, which they now want to tack on with an array of proposed constitutional amendments that would bulk up the document.I guess he didn't read the actual constitution which specifically gives ways to amend the document through a special process - part of what the founding fathers specifically desired and wrote into the document. This can only come from ignorance of what conservatives believe and the constitution and founding fathers actually said.
And finally, remember the Richmond City Tea Party, who was charged (a lot) for stuff that the city didn't bother even asking for from the Occupy movement? They asked the city for a refund. Several of the city council agreed that was reasonable. Instead they are getting audited by the city. Yeah.
And that's the Word Around the Net for December 2, 2011.