Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Health experts warn against complacency in fighting virusesOkay...so how do we address that?
Muslim doctors and nurses are to be allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the NHS to restrict the spread of hospital superbugs.Unbelievable ignorance to appease...
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I sort of like Simon Pegg. You know..."Shaun of the Dead"...and Scotty in the new Star Trek film. Of course, he's not a MENSA candidate...and he seems to be rather oblivious to reality. Take this Tweet, for example:
Fingers crossed for healthcare reform in the US. Seems strange there's even a debate having grown up with the NHS. Free vs expensive ... hmmYeah...that sums up the argument.
Well, Simon...NHS, huh? It's truly...what...fantastic?
The NHS fails again, and again it seems nobody is to blame
NHS 'fails to involve patients'
System that puts targets before patients fails NHS
Man Dies After the NHS Fails to Diagnose a Stroke Three Times
NHS fails the elderly
Labour hid ugly truth about National Health Service (NHS)
Billions squandered as the NHS fails to deliver
NHS 'fails' youngsters with muscle diseases
NHS dentistry fails Preston youngsters
NHS fails to act on dementia: NAO
Here's my favorite, Simon:
Monday, March 15, 2010
Last week I provided a quick lesson in "demographic marginalization" to Matt Damon. This week, the audience (or lack thereof) is teaching him the same lesson.
Breitbart's Big Hollywood has the story. In short...Damon's film was made for $100 Million (on paper). It pulled in a putrid $14.5 Million upon debut. I said it before. I'll say it again:
Hi...I'm Matt Damon. I stand on an "X", face the lense, and regurgitate words that someone wrote for me. That, of course, qualifies me as a world class thinker. You should listen to me and take heed because I'm cerebral. I'm Matt Damon.MATTTT DAAAA-MONNNNNNN!!!!!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
City education officials discriminated against an Arabic-language school principal when they canned her for making comments to The Post defending students who wore shirts with the words "Intifada NYC," according to a ruling by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.FANTASTIC!!!!
In the decision, released by her supporters yesterday, the EEOC says the Education Department "succumbed to the very bias that creation of the school was intended to dispel."
Debbie Almontaser, who headed up the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, told The Post in 2007 that "intifada" on the shirts meant simply "shaking off oppression" and was not an endorsement of the Palestinian uprising against Israel.
Therefore, no one would be upset if I sported a T-shirt that stated:
"Fight Pedophelia...don't acknowledge Mohammad."Right? Same premise...right...Bueller...Bueller? Or maybe I'll just draw a cartoon of Mohammad throwing stones at a rape victim.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Does anyone else find it amusing that USA Today puts the following headline/graphic display out front and center:
Here's the by-line they used.
Classic bait and switch. Patently obvious, though.
UPDATE: Take a gander at the comments to the article. The media truly underestimates the motivation and intelligence of their dwindling readers. Its gimmic articles such as this that make those numbers continue to dwindle.
This has got to be the most politically correct stupidity so far. Ok...ready? I'm going to write a sentence that, apparently, offends. Here goes:
"My car was going too fast so I tapped the brakes to retard the velocity a bit."
That's right. The above sentence is offensive to some folks. Those same folks think that everyone should be offended and refuse to use the word retard. You can't ban words with more than one meaning. It's idiotic.
Think I'm embellishing the effort being made to void a word. Look:
Spread the Word to end the Word
Youtube R-word campaign
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
*Heh*...Biden is in Israel flexing his Vice Presidential muscles trying to give the impression that the President he represents is interested in a peace initiative between Israel and the Palestinians. Benjamin Netanyahu used the occasion to announce that Israel will build a further 1,600 housing units in a Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.
What was Biden's response?
After the settlements announcement, Mr Biden arrived 90 minutes late for dinner with Mr Netanyahu.Netanyahu and the crew probably got a kick out of this. The only ones inconvenienced were, likely, those preparing the meal.
Incidentally, this is the same "hardline" diplomacy used by the White House in dealing with the jack-assery presented by the Iranians and their obsession with securing nuclear capability. The current administration is, obviously, consistently inept across the board.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
DUBLIN (AP) -- Police in Ireland on Tuesday arrested seven people over an alleged plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog.Good luck ID'ing the physical appearances or motivational beliefs of the culprits...
Irish police said four men and three women were detained in raids across the south of the country.
The force says the arrests were part of an investigation into a ''conspiracy to murder an individual in another jurisdiction.''
The force offered the statement in response to a question about Lars Vilks, whom Britain's Press Association news agency identified as the target.
I could be wrong. Might be Presbyterians...In any event, here is the offending cartoon that serves to motivate murder:
COME GET ME, YOU PANSIES!!!!
JERUSALEM — Calling Washington’s ties to Israel “unshakable,” Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. opened talks with Israeli leaders on Tuesday, part of a concerted American effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and keep Israel focused on sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program rather than unilateral military action.Joe the gaffe machine makes a definitive statement calling our relationship with Israel "unshakable." Well...Israelis....RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!
Monday, March 8, 2010
I saw this over at Protein Wisdom. It was a quick blurb stating... "Mock a vegan, go to jail." The Brits are seriously considering giving special rights protection of vegans and a host of other entities/ non-entities.
You see, the true end game has finally become apparent to my pointly little head. I say full speed ahead on creating bureaucratic nonsense policy that protects everyone and everything from the outside potential to offend. And, then, I shall enact my plan:
Simply put, I shall lobby for legislative protection as a valued believer in offending whomever I damn well please. I shall be a protected entity...so shall sayeth the law...for I shall be A PROTECTED CURMUDGEON!!!!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
"Well, you and the Democrats have been in charge now for over a year and not one banking regulation has been reinstated. We don't have universal health care. The war in Afghanistan has escalated. And tens of thousands of Americans continue to lose their jobs and be thrown out of their homes," Moore wrote.Just the concept of these self-important half-wit celebutards writing "open letters" to the White House is, in itself, a hoot. Michael Moore is the culprit this time.
The troglodytical hypocrisy is on display in living color as the Docu-Dirigible seems to think that the failure to secure Universal Healthcare connects in the ongoing job loss statistics. The two are mutually opposed. The market understands that rather well. Moore...not so much.
The tax was added late in the state budget process last summer, and as rules were being developed to administer it complaints from business began to grow. A lawsuit is still in court that challenges the state's attempt to collect the tax for all of 2009, even though the bill did not take effect until the middle of last year.The tax in question is the Limited Liability Company (LLC). Governor Lynch now wants to consider repealing it, as the purpose (closing a tax loophole) is null and void...since tax experts are already showing that there are other ways around it.
Lynch said he does not think the state "I don't see New Hampshire as becoming a place unfriendly to business that's not what I hear," he said. "In fact, many people tell me it is the best place in New England to do business."
I just find it amusing that Lynch states outright that he doesn't think that New Hamphsire is becoming a place unfriendly to business...
CONCORD – New Hampshire's Senate has given preliminary approval to entering a 10-state regional effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions to preserve the state's climate and way of life.This is a state initiative to institute "Cap and Trade" legislation. View it at any angle and it kicks business in the teeth.
The Senate voted 16-8 yesterday to ask its Finance Committee to review a bill that implements the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative known as RGGI.
Gov. John Lynch believes the initiative will help New Hampshire's environment and economy.
Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas Burack says New Hampshire's electric users will pay higher rates regardless of New Hampshire participating in RGGI. That's because New Hampshire buys about half its power from a wholesale market whose rates will rise as other states' power producers buy RGGI allowances and pass on the costs to ratepayers.It's high time those wacky scientists in Korea create a genetic path so that we can create two separate mouths on politicians. That way, we can keep the rhetoric categorized.
DAMNING reports on the state of the National Health Service, suppressed by the government, reveal how patients’ needs have been neglected.It doesn't get any clearer than this. The United Kingdom's nationalized healthcare is a deadly joke. Caress the three paragraphs above and then think about the lack of transparancey, lack of consideration for the will of the people, and outright contempt displayed by the Democrats and President Obama in their pursuit of something very similar.
They diagnose a blind pursuit of political and managerial targets as the root cause of a string of hospital scandals that have cost thousands of lives.
The harsh verdict on the state of the NHS, after a spending splurge under Labour between 2000 and 2008, raises worrying questions about the future quality of the health service as budgets are squeezed.
Key words above "...BLIND PURSUIT OF POLITICAL AND MANAGERIAL TARGETS AS THE ROOT CAUSE OF A STRING OF HOSPITAL SCANDALS THAT HAVE COST THOUSANDS OF LIVES."
This is about control of private lives and the force feeding of what politicians perceive to be necessary lifestyle management. The simple truth is that government has no business attempting to run your healthcare. The paramount truth is that they don't have the character or the competence to do so.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is widely seen as the most likely candidate to help prevent what would be a disastrous Greek default but there is strong opposition in the country against such a move.Yeah...corruption. Um...I suppose that's a euphemism for "Socialism." Greece is a socialist country. In fact, while they teeter on the default cliff they are STILL raising taxes in an effort to stave the flow. We are talking about a country that has a public sector holiday allowance where the government can freeze private sector pensions.
Greek politicians have bristled over insulting headlines in the German press and editorials denouncing the corruption there, although Papandreou himself has acknowledged the problem.
Socialism = Corruption.
I just find it amusing that Greece, the most Socialistic of the European Union is in dire straights...and now requires Germany (the most Capitalistic of the European Union) to bail them out. Greece's plan in that regard? Cutting taxes? Limiting spending? Boltering private business?
Nah...Greece wants Germany and the rest of the EU to leverage their own economic ratings to secure better credit for Greece in world markets. In other words, they want to go further in debt, and drag the more solvent members of the EU down with them.
Ahhhhh...Socialism. It's what's for dinner.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
This month, the Census Bureau will remind Americans that racial classifications remain an integral part of the country's social and legal fabric while, at the same time, recognizing that racial lines are blurring for a growing number of people such as Harvey. The government will give the nation's more than 308 million people the opportunity to define their racial makeup as one race or more.Why? What is the point of trying to count individuals based on ancestral origin and the amount of melanin content in their skin. It seems arbitrary...and somewhat segregational in a categorical sense.
The agency expects the number of people who choose multiple races to be significantly higher than the 2000 Census, when the government first allowed more than one race choice. Responses to this year's survey will provide for the first time a glimpse at the evolution of racial identification: Those who were children in 2000 and were identified as one race by their parents may respond differently as adults today and select more than one.
"It's a historic opportunity to see how things have changed or how things have not changed," says Nicholas Jones, chief of the Census Bureau racial statistics branch. Multiracial Americans are "one of the fastest-growing demographic groups in the country. There's an increasing number of children born to parents of different races."
Why does the government ask about race and ethnicity?Load of crap answer. They cannot monitor anything by keeping a mere total. Additionally, the very fact that parties filling out the census can now mix and match according to their whims (on the honor system) corrupts any data acquired.
Federal agencies need the information to monitor compliance with anti-discrimination laws such as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act, fair employment practices and affirmative action mandates.
But, more importantly...the Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Act, fair employment practices and affirmative action mandates simply violate the purposes for their creation. Advantages are created for those possessing more melanin or estrogen. That contradicts the philosophy of equal opportunity.
Ditch the racial boxes altogether in the census and you're on the right track. And, incidentally, we are all a minority and a majority of one. Even identical twins possess differences in appearance, intelligence, personality etc... The term minority as it applies to races et al is an absolute misnomer. It's about time people set the race thing aside and acted honestly.
Posted by Gormless Worm at 11:11 AM
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
“Sadly, a court that was with us a year ago was unable to be with us on Tuesday. I am heartened by Justice Moreno’s dissenting opinion and his eloquent words that ‘even a narrow, limited exception to the promise of full equality strikes at the core of…the guarantee of equal treatment.’”These are the words of John A. Pérez, newly installed speaker of the California Assembly.
Equal treatment, of course, suggests that one's sexual orientation should not be of issue when being sworn in as Speaker...yes?
Reporting from Sacramento - There were rubber ducks on legislators' desks and a chorus belting out a Broadway show tune as John A. Pérez was sworn in as the new speaker of the California Assembly on Monday.I'll say it again...the homosexual community, and its leaders incessantly barrage the media with statement after statement pleading to be treated just as everyone else. Then, in the next breath, they are organizing "gay pride" parades, and lobbying for special civil rights based only on sexual orientation.
In this case, the swearing in of a Speaker should be only that...the swearing in of a Speaker. Why does it matter what his sexual orientation might be? And, why this?
Those at Monday's swearing-in were treated to, among other songs, "A Brand New Day," a tune from the Broadway show "The Wiz," by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles. Each guest also received a yellow rubber duck emblazoned with the Assembly seal and the words "Speaker John A. Pérez."Hypocrisy...
Posted by Gormless Worm at 12:07 PM
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation of the cars’ power steering (General Motors) in January after receiving more than 1,100 complaints, including reports of 14 crashes and one injury. But the new recall, while large, is unlikely to hurt G.M. the way Toyota has been damaged by its recalls, in part because G.M. says the cars can be safely controlled and the problem has not resulted in any serious injuries or deaths.There is that...and...well...G.M. doesn't have to participate in a dog an pony show before a congressional commission made up of interrogators who took in significant campaign cash from the United Auto Workers Union.
In case you're wondering what "advice" to the media came out of the White House campaign machine this past week...it's obvious if you look closely. In a period of two days, the Washington Post and the New York Times started their efforts to select the Republican presidential candidate for 2012. You will recall that the liberal slanted media (in general) handed us McCain, knowing full well that he was a lame duck from the onset.
Who's the weakling they're pushing this time?
Not a mention of Mike Pence in the whole she-bang. And, the usual lambasting of Palin in all articles. Personally, I think the media is going to be disappointed that they don't have the juice to influence the Republican candidate for 2012. In fact, they should probably resort to reverse psychology and push the people they don't want challenging Obama. It might have a more influencial impact.
UPDATE: Reuters pushing Romney, too.
UPDATE #2: USA Today pushing Daniels.
UPDATE #3: ABC News pushes Romney while taking a jab at Palin.
Who's the weakling they're pushing this time?
Set a group of plugged-in conservatives to talking presidential politics, and you’ll get the same complaints about the 2012 field.Well, the NY Times has selected Mitch Daniels for us. Uh...no thanks.
Mitt Romney? He couldn’t make the voters like him last time ... Sarah Palin? She’d lose 47 states ... Mike Huckabee? Better as a talk-show host ... Tim Pawlenty, Jim DeMint, Bobby Jindal, David Petraeus? Too blah, too extreme, too green, and stop dreaming ...
But murmur the name Mitch Daniels, and everyone perks up a bit. Would he win? Maybe not. But he’d be the best president of any of them ...
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the nominal GOP front-runner, named Matt Rhoades, who served as communications director for his 2008 presidential campaign, as the head of his Free and Strong America PAC -- a move greeted with approving nods by many in the Republican chattering class. Romney, in his own address at CPAC, sounded every bit the party leader, denouncing the Obama administration as a "failure" while offering a -- somewhat surprising -- defense of the policies put in place by President George W. Bush, policies that Romney criticized during his presidential bid.The Washington Post has selected Mitt Romney for the great unwashed extremist Republicans. Then, they decided to push him again in the event that we missed their first directive.
Not a mention of Mike Pence in the whole she-bang. And, the usual lambasting of Palin in all articles. Personally, I think the media is going to be disappointed that they don't have the juice to influence the Republican candidate for 2012. In fact, they should probably resort to reverse psychology and push the people they don't want challenging Obama. It might have a more influencial impact.
UPDATE: Reuters pushing Romney, too.
BOSTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama may have three years to go before the next presidential election, but Mitt Romney has regrouped after his failed 2008 White House run and is already setting himself up for the 2012 Republican nomination.
UPDATE #2: USA Today pushing Daniels.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, asked about a possible presidential bid in 2012, replies: "I don't plan to do it; I don't expect to do it; I don't want to do it."Do you guys see a trend? Two candidates selected...both not really conservative at all. If they choose one pseudo-conservative the people can discard the possibility outright. But, by pushing two pseudo-conservatives, they can create a horse-race scenario and create a winner...which in turn creates momentum.
But he just might do it.
UPDATE #3: ABC News pushes Romney while taking a jab at Palin.
Where Palin's book is a mix of score settling and juicy anecdotes, Romney's book consists of a 64-point plan for strengthening the United States and countless references to what he has been reading. Palin's book titillated audiences with her take on her husband without his shirt on ("Dang, I thought. Divorce Todd? Have you seen Todd?").
Monday, March 1, 2010
ATLANTA (AP) — A government panel is now recommending that virtually all Americans get a flu shot each year, starting this fall.Now...at this point in time...the choice is yours as to whether you get a "flu shot." However, how do you think this story would read should the US Government take over the health care system?
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices had gradually been expanding its recommendation for flu shots — 85% of Americans were already included.
On Wednesday, the panel voted to recommend a seasonal flu vaccination for everyone except babies younger than 6 months and those with egg allergies or other unusual conditions.
You can bet your house that the flu shot would be required under the guise that it would lower costs for everyone in the long run. It would be a violation of the law NOT to get a flu shot.
I've never taken a presciption medication in my life. I've never been hospitalized. The last illness I experienced was a minor cold some 25 years ago. Yet, nationalized health care would likely require me, by law, to take this shot.
What's the big deal, you ask. How about the fact that natural immunity would be compromised? How about the fact that forcing a flu shot on someone isn't too far away from telling you what your diet should be, and enforcing such violations of liberty and freedom?
It begins with a whimper...and ends with no freakin' Ring Dings...
Hi...I'm Matt Damon. I stand on an "X", face the lense, and regurgitate words that someone wrote for me. That, of course, qualifies me as a world class thinker. You should listen to me and take heed because I'm cerebral. I'm Matt Damon.
"Politics is compromise," says the actor, who campaigned hard for Barack Obama. But Damon feels his candidate has compromised too much. "I'm disappointed in the health care plan and in the troop buildup in Afghanistan. Everyone feels a little let down because, on some level, people expected all their problems to go away. But real change comes from everyday people. You can't wait for a leader."That's right!!!! "EVERYONE" feels a little let down.
Let's take a look at the intelligence behind Matt's percipience. For example, the subject matter of his latest flick du jour marginalizes half of a potential fanbase by bashing the previous presidential administration. That's a 50% write-off of potential movie goers. He proceeds to suggest that "EVERYONE" is a bit let down by the current president's inability to legislate us back into the Stone Age. Well, you have to believe that he lost another 10% to 20% of demographic audience since 75% of Americans think the current healthcare bills (House and Senate) should be dropped.
So, before the film "Green Zone" has even opened, intellectual giant, Matt Damon, has alienated close to 70% or more of the potential viewers. These numbers don't even take into account all the other idiocy that seems to flow incessantly from his pie hole.
BUT...he is MAAAATTTT DAMONNNNN...
(h/t Breitbart's Big Hollywood)
Sunday, February 28, 2010
The National Audit Office (NAO) and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence advise that all patients should have access to 24-hour nursing services. But a report by the NAO in 2008 found that only just over half (53.2 per cent) of local health authorities provided such a service to all patients seven days a week.Oooooo...can we have half-assed nationalized healthcare here, too?
The variation has created a postcode lottery in areas such as Dorset, where round-the-clock nursing care is funded in the east of the county but not in the west. Charles Campion-Smith, a GP in Dorchester and Macmillan adviser, said that there was no cover in his area from 10pm to 6am the next morning.
Read the article. The main issue is the fact that nearly 70% of all terminally ill folks in the UK wish to die at home. However, only 20% are given that comfort. The reason they tout suggests that the Physicians just don't address the issue. I would bet it has more to do with having the time to address the issue, and whether the hospital loses funds by not having a captive patient.
Only one in five deaths occurs in a person’s home, despite two thirds of people saying that that is where they would prefer to die. By contrast, about 60 per cent of people die in hospital.Giving the people what they want is so yesterday.
More than a third of family doctors are not reviewing the needs and wishes of dying patients, while round-the-clock nursing care is not available to give patients support and pain relief at weekends and at night in many areas.This is what Obamacare would reap...
Friday, February 26, 2010
That's right, folks. Chicago con Obama lost out to scoped automatic weapons on the back of motorcycles in downtown N. Rio ( Dom Helder Câmara and dos Democráticos to be precise).
To be fair...downtown Chicago is a cesspool of juvie violence as well. Perhaps not quite as brazen, however.
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN complains that he is being driven crazy because so many people are betting on America’s demise. Reports of it are not just exaggerated; they are, he insists, ridiculous. Like President Obama, he will not accept “second place” for the United States. Despite the present crippling budget deficit and the crushing burden of projected debt, he denies that the country is destined to fulfill a “prophecy that we are going to be a great nation that has failed because we lost control of our economy and overextended.”Gosh...Joe...name the last Vice President or President of the United States that had so many inquiries from everyday citizens on this issue.
Guess what, pal. You're the first...
That means something...
Players came back onto the ice more than half an hour after the 2-0 victory over the United States. Still in their uniforms and with gold medals draped around their necks, they swigged from bottles of champagne and cans of beer and smoked cigars.Excellent! You won...enjoy it. You set your lives on hold for years and worked your butts off to win the Olympic gold medal. You had a delicious rivalry with the US Olympic Women's team (even to the point of blows in the lead up to the the big dance)...and you perservered.
Then there is the droning idiocy coming out of the International Olympic Committee suggesting we all be "eunuchs" without cause:
Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director of the Olympic Games, said he was unaware of the incidents until informed by an Associated Press reporter.Blow it out your politically correct nostrils, you jackass. These ladies weren't competing for certificates of participation. They played to win...and pulled it off on their home turf in front of their screaming fans. I back it...and I'd like to see the US flaunt a bit more in their victories as well.
"If that's the case, that is not good," Felli said. "It is not what we want to see. I don't think it's a good promotion of sport values. If they celebrate in the changing room, that's one thing, but not in public. We will investigate what happened."
"The members of Team Canada apologize if their on-ice celebrations, after fans had left the building, have offended anyone," the statement said. "In the excitement of the moment, the celebration left the confines of our dressing room and shouldn't have. The team regrets that its gold medal celebration may have caused the IOC or COC any embarrassment.I hate the patronizing apology approach. What they should have released was this:
"We're sorry that the IOC is a bunch of whiny, politically correct morons who think that celebration of a monumental goal is offensive to anyone. In the real world, we toast achievements with suds, bubbles and stogies. And, we plan on doing so continuously for the next few days...at least."
PS: I was rooting for the US team...and I appreciate the Canadian's actions full throttle.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
PARIS — France’s National Assembly approved Thursday night a proposal to add “psychological violence” to a law intended to help victims of physical violence and abuse, despite doubts that the law is specific enough to have much impact.
Carefully covering both genders, the proposed law stipulates that letting a wife, husband, partner or concubine “act or repeatedly say things that could damage the victim’s life conditions, affect his/her rights and his/her dignity or damage his/her physical or mental health is subject to a three-year jail term and a 75,000 euro fine,” about $102,750.
Danielle Bousquet, a Socialist, and Guy Geoffroy, a member of the ruling center-right Union for a Popular Movement, wrote the draft law, supported by 30 other legislators. It received backing last November from the government and Prime Minister François Fillon, who called it “very significant progress.”
Ms. Bousquet...you are old. Your face is shaped like a horse, and those glasses make you look like a poor child's homemade version of Mr. Potato Head. Notice...I said "Mr." On top of that, Ms. Bousquet, your thighs cause so much friction when you walk, that people cringe everytime you stop at the petrol station. Oh...and you are a classic idiot.
Come and get me facists. I just broke your precious little "sticks and stones" law. Gosh, the French are filled with such pseudo-eruditical nonsense that is self-proclaimed as civility. It makes my teeth hurt.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Although global warming could cause the number of tropical cyclones to decrease around the world by the end of the century, the storms that do form probably will be more intense, a study in the journal Nature Geoscience finds.Just like all the other snake oil out there, I don't buy this study in the first place...but suppose it's true. How much more fierce are those lesser number tropical cyclones going to be?
Landsea says the potential increase in strong hurricanes is "pretty tiny. We're not looking at any drastic increase by 2100." For example, he says, a 150-mph hurricane might increase only to a 157-mph hurricane. "In my perspective, that's a little change, a long ways in the future."That's hilarious. We have this big threatening article in USA Today entitled:
"Fewer, fiercer tropical cyclones are in our future, study finds"...and we are talking about a Hurricane packing a 157 MPH punch as opposed to a 150 MPH punch...(Laughing)
Monday, February 22, 2010
(Oh ho...I just found something I wrote on a previous blog back in 2001. I'm going to repost it, because it's nasty and fun. Plus, it is my eulogical send off for Susan Sontag):
I’m With ‘Crash’ Davis, Ms. SontagI'm hoping for half a grave twist on that...
November 13, 2001
One often wonders who is there to assist Susan Sontag in the event of a thunderstorm. There is always that risk in the undertaking of self-righteous nose raising that she may drown in the downpour. Be comforted in the realization that drowning requires the depletion of oxygen on the intake. Sontag has long been accustomed to existing without adequate oxygen reaching the brain.
Thomas Wolfe has her pegged as “just another scribbler who spent her life signing up for protest meetings and lumbering to the podium encumbered by her prose style, which had a handicapped parking sticker valid at Partisan Review.” That’s why Wolfe makes the big bucks.
At the risk of portraying a valid point wrapped up in the fictitious Durham Bull soliloquy of “Crash” Davis, “I believe…in the soul ... the small of a woman's back, the hangin' curveball, high fiber, good Scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap...” So, in the interest of comparison, what is it, exactly, that Sontag believes? She believes in herself. That is a meritorious endeavor. However, despite that very act being the goal of any caring parent to instill upon their child, there are serious repercussions to placing one’s confidence in an irrelevant claptrap.
Face it, she is amusing. No matter the issue. No matter the importance. Sontag is the moral equivalent of Benny Hill in a nunnery. She ensconces her percipience, and in the fashion of a drunk baker twists, kneads, and manipulates her message into a preexisting expectation of where her lapdog gnomes of the cultural garden expect her to be. That is all well and good except for the fact that the very foundation of her pedestal is a bunch of hooey. The Sisters of St. Augustine would, certainly, experience trepidation in the acts of Benny Hill. A thinking populace is no more swayed by Sontag.
In fact, I invite Sontag to speak at length, on any topic and at every occasion. It’s not because she says things I want to hear, or encourages a healthy discourse. I don’t and she doesn’t. However, the very nature of her ludicrous points of view is damaging to the credibility of anyone who, somehow, mirrors that high school lesson of “guilt by association.”
When she was interviewed by the New Yorker in the days after the September 11th terrorist attack she did not disappoint. The piece’s title “Observations by Susan Sontag” would have been enough. Where most would use that encumbrance as the header in their personal diary entry. Sontag, somehow, perceives her view as something to be showered upon the great unwashed. I always wondered what entitled her to that luxury. Surely, it wasn’t something that she regurgitated in the past. I have read a number of her “works.” The most impressionable on me was not her intended message I fear.
Early in her career she wrote a number of essays dealing with art. She expounded on Antonin Artaud, proclaiming him a failure. Sontag deduced that Artaud was unable to complete a thought and that his numerous varied works “amount to a broken, self-mutilated corpus, a vast collection of fragments.“ It never occurred to Sontag to look at Artaud’s endeavors as a means to a goal. Despite his own admission of his difficulties in grasp and concentration, perhaps he enjoyed what he did. Perhaps he enjoyed the challenge that accompanied the profession. Perhaps it was the striving for improvement that drove Artaud to cover the gambit of art, cinema, poems, prose, painting, music et al. Instead, Sontag could only see her picture of another artist’s work. There lies the cornerstone of her failings. And there lies the basis of her warped assessment of the events of September 11th. Her audacity to categorize Artaud as a failure in her definition of the word shows the epitome of hypocrisy when you digest, quite forcefully, one of her most well known pieces.
In Against Interpretation and Other Essays (1966) the intuitive response, as she would call it, was the concept of avoiding the intellectual and analytical evaluation of a piece. “The 'meaning' of art lies in the experiencing both style and content together without analysis. “ That’s an interesting revelation coming from someone who, quite solidly, categorized Artaud as a failure based on the inability to stay focussed on a specific idea. I suppose, sometimes one has to twist, knead, and manipulate until the soft pretzel resembles what the public would recognize and consume.
Regardless, in the New Yorker Sontag queried, “Where is the acknowledgment that this was not a "cowardly" attack on "civilization" or "liberty" or "humanity" or "the free world" but an attack on the world's self-proclaimed superpower, undertaken as a consequence of specific American alliances and actions?”
In her “intuitive response” Sontag failed to acknowledge the minor analytical detail that she is an American Citizen, and that the acts of the terrorists were defined by the actors to be murderous, callous acts in cold blood against all American citizens. No. Instead, we ‘intellectuals’ should ponder the all encompassing innate observations and deliberate the feelings of the rat bastards who butchered 4,537 human beings in the name of their “God.” To Sontag, that would be the reasonable response.
Sontag doesn’t think America plays fairly. “How many citizens are aware of the ongoing American bombing of Iraq? And if the word "cowardly" is to be used, it might be more aptly applied to those who kill from beyond the range of retaliation, high in the sky, than to those willing to die themselves in order to kill others.
What a wonderful argument for the necessity to initiate an immediate program to provide “certificates of participation” to all parties of conflict (no matter the purpose) so as not to have to go through the uncomfortable foible of having to declare a winner or recognize right from wrong, sane from insane, smart from dumb. I am reminded of the profound words of chronic law abuser Rodney King and my heart just runs with endearing warmth. “Can’t we all just get along?” The answer is “no,” and there are very valid analytical (sometimes intellectual) reasons for that disclosure. Life is not an exercise in participation. Life is not something to be pondered. It is more than that I hope. Maybe it is an ongoing mission in personal accomplishment and achievement. Life could be an effort to better yourself in all capacities. It is not an application in holding back your own potential so as to allow others achievement at your expense. The whole concept of freedom affords the opportunity to accomplish goals as an individual and as a nation. Making the battlefield one of equality is the “intuitive response” of inept logic. Show me a boxer with short arms, and I’ll show you a throw rug.
“Let's by all means grieve together. But let's not be stupid together. A few shreds of historical awareness might help us understand what has just happened, and what may continue to happen. "Our country is strong," we are told again and again. I for one don't find this entirely consoling. Who doubts that America is strong? But that's not all America has to be.”
By all means we grieve together. And, by all means, we shall not be stupid together. Instead, I leave that to Susan Sontag alone. Historical awareness is a conscious motivation to act in a capacity that would guarantee a desired outcome and future deterrent. History holds the souls of Beirut in 1983, Kenya in 1998, Tanzania in 1998, Somalia in 1993, Yemen in 2000, Saudi Arabia in 1996, New York in 1993, and New York, again, in 2001. We are finished with the history lesson Ms. Sontag. The class is entirely too loud. Our country is strong. We are strong in character and pride. I find that extremely consoling, because I realize that character and pride are not given, but earned. They are earned, sometimes, at the expense of those who would try to tarnish those innate qualities within us. A strength-of-purpose lives within the knowledge that our Republic has the ability to control our own destiny so that those cherished freedoms are not on loan from others.
Susan Sontag would say I didn’t understand her point. But, in the very color of her position I understood the whole encompassing view of her work. It initiated an intuitive response. I didn’t take away a single, one-sided, analytical perception as to what she was trying to express in each sentence or phrase. It was pure, unadulterated discord; all of it.
A lesson in reverse to Susan Sontag, never teach the unwashed how to juggle knives, lest they learn to throw them.
I thought I would dust off one of my favorite Mark Steyn quotes that seems rather relevant today. He first leveled it in a National Post piece back in November of 2002. For some reason, the National Post didn't hold onto it for posterity and you'll stumble on their "Sorry, this article is no longer available" page. However, here's the quote. It made an impression such that I remember it to this day:
"Democrats have perfected the art of being simultaneously maudlin and vicious, and above all else ruthlessly partisan in their pious denunciations of partisanship."
--- MARK STEYN November 3, 2002
The reference was commentary by rather partisan politicians at Paul Wellstone's memorial service. You can absorb the whole thing, these days, in the Freerepublic archives. But, that quote is the one that left a mark...and applies in full to the Democrats of today.
Najibullah Zazi, the Colorado airport shuttle driver accused in an alleged plot to attack New York City with homemade bombs, is cooperating with authorities in preparation for an apparently plea deal, the Associated Press reports.Plea Deal!!!!????
Just to make sure I have this straight. This clown is in the process of making bombs in Colorado with the specific intention of driving to New York and blowing something up. He has explosives training courtesy of an al-Qaeda terror camp in Pakistan. Hence, he is a freakin' terrorist. He is an enemy to this country...and he is human excrement.
Zazi's apparent cooperation suggests that prosecutors hope to expand the case and bring charges against other suspects in his case and possibly other terror probes, the AP says.This dirtbag, mouthbreathing troglodyte was arrested in September 2009. What possible unpersishible information could he provide that would be of any use to anyone five months after being picked up? The Department of Justice dog and pony show is absolute fatalism and prescribed suicide. The pissant terrorist should have been bled of his possible information five months ago while the "milk" was still fresh.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Last month, Brooklyn federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled that the city had purposely discriminated against hiring blacks when it continued to use a test that was deemed biased against minorities.Again, I invoke the "we just want to be treated like everyone else" mantra.
So...pass the damn test. I can only imagine the idiocy applied to indicate that the written firefighter test was...ahem...bias. It's a common victim mentality that always finds the excuse explaining failure.
A group of women sued the department in 1979 after failing the physical, claiming it was discriminatory.You know...because...they unfairly made the women lift heavy stuff...which...you know...never happens at a fire, car accident or inner city mishap.
The women who sued were allowed to take a different test. As a result, 41 females entered the department in 1982.Okayyyyyy...instead of lifting the long hose...lift that smaller one. We only need the long hose sporadically. What's a couple lives here and there...no biggie.
In 1983, the city devised still another test for women testing speed instead of strength.Short hose too heavy? Okayyyyyy...see how fast you can sprint down the street to that Duane Reed and get us some bandages and sauve...we're going to need them.
The next year, the judge ordered the test changed again to be less physical and increased the weight of the written exam.What? You might get winded running down the street? Jeez...Okayyyy...ummm...well, just stand over there and try not to get in the way.
"It's a physical job. It requires physical strength," said Deputy Chief Paul Mannix, who said he wasn't speaking for the department. "People ask why there aren't more women in the Fire Department. Why aren't there more women in the NFL or Major League Baseball?"Egggggg...zactly!!!
But, I do enjoy how the Liberal inner city enclaves keep kicking themselves in the teeth while feeling really special about their diversity. So a couple buildings burn, people die...no big deal. Liberals FEEL better about themselves...until they have a fire, of course.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Elton John's take:
"I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems,” he told Parade. “On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East — you're as good as dead."(shrugs)...How come I keep hearing how sexual orientation doesn't matter? Yet, those who mention it at every opportunity are always the ones to make it an issue. As a straight person...I don't see the purpose of "gay pride" parades or "gay civil rights" because it flies in the face of the other mantra "we just want to be treated like everyone else."
That being said.... "MOHAMMAD WAS A PEDOPHILE." That happens to be a fact...unless you don't think a six year old is too young to offer a marriage proposal...or nine years old is too young to consumate the marriage.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Al's Journal is HERE.
He, apparently, does not want your scrutiny, input or contributions (intellectual...not monetary). He just wants to tell how it is...and what you need to do. Gore bars the press from his speaking events. I find that interesting because of what Gore has to say about the media:
Television stations and networks, by contrast, are almost completely inaccessible to individual citizens and almost always uninterested in ideas contributed by individual citizens.Replace a few words and you could say the exact same thing about Al Gore's alarmist brigade.
I was just curious...why doesn't Al want to chat?
WASHINGTON — There has been no more reliable cheerleader for President Obama’s energy and climate change policies than Daniel J. Weiss of the left-leaning Center for American Progress.Actually, the president's "embrace" of nuclear power is an absolute joke. Even if he does follow through and put money aside for a measley two (2) nuclear projects, the greenies out there will file lawsuit after lawsuit to make sure that nothing ever comes to fruition.
But Mr. Obama’s recent enthusiasm for nuclear power, including his budget proposal to triple federal loan guarantees for new nuclear reactors to $54 billion, was too much for Mr. Weiss.
The president’s embrace of nuclear power was disappointing, and the wrong way to go about winning Republican votes, he said, adding that Mr. Obama should not be endorsing such a costly and potentially catastrophic energy alternative “as bait just to get talks started with pro-nuke senators.”
This has nothing to do with the will of the people. Any lawsuit will eventually end up in front of some judge who likes to legislate from the bench... This is a safe bet for Obama, because he knows there will be no new nuclear plants while he is in office. Greenpeace...Friends of the Earth...WWF and all the other statist idiots are already gearing up for challenge after challenge and injuction after injunction. The Ninth Circus Court of Appeals is alread clearing their schedule.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
HOUSTON, Feb. 16, 2010 -- ConocoPhillips [NYSE: COP] today announced that it will not be renewing its membership in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). This action enables the company to better focus its efforts on ensuring fair and equitable treatment of the transportation sector and its consumers and on expanding opportunities for greater near-term GHG reductions through increased use of natural gas.In other words..."SCREW YOU."
I get the distinct impression that ConocoPhillips stuck their collective fingers up in the air, and realized that those who would chastize their company for walking away from the "cap and trade" brigade is significantly smaller than those who would cheer the reality wake-up call.
UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long. Add BP America and equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. to the list. (via Big Government and a news piece on Breitbart)
Monday, February 15, 2010
Ah...yes...I believe I can sense Spring in the air...or perhaps spring in my step...
NZX Drops By Record After Slashing Proceeds of Carbon Unit SaleFeel the rush of the Carbon Market as it caresses the valley floor...
Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- European Union carbon permits fell from their highest level in seven weeks as gas prices dropped.Gas prices? Ok...whatever story makes you feel good...but there is THIS.
Investors are steering clear of energy-saving projects meant to generate carbon credits, and traders in Europe are hunkering down through a period of consolidation that is disappointing to those who had hoped carbon markets would grow quickly into a $2 trillion-a-year business.That's a shame...
Bureaucratic promises of markets for forestry carbon offsets, claimed to be worth $150 million, would not materialize unless the US Congress passes a so-called “cap & trade” climate bill. Known as “cap & tax”, such legislation would tax energy users, producers and most emissions. A recent report says faltering congressional attempts to pass such a bill, means that a forest carbon market is unlikely soon.If a forest carbon market falls apart and no one is there to hear it...does it make a sound?
The market for carbon trading, never popular in some circles to begin with, is starting to look rather shaky. The bungled Copenhagen summit was bad enough. Now we have the UK energy regulator suggesting the market is not working and that a floor price for carbon should be imposed.I love the fact that these opportunistic jackasses who were looking to make a killing on the carbon market are now wondering whether it's time to cut and run before the bottom falls out. I'd like to see quite a few of them wrecked...
...that there are mouth breathers out there wishing malice and violence on a kid wearing fur?
U.S. figure skater Johnny Weir says he received threats from anti-fur activists that made him fear for his safety, causing him to scrub any plans to stay at a hotel while in Vancouver for the Olympics.Or that the best "male" figure skater from the USA dresses in public like a drag queen.
Stumping last week at a GOP club located at a retirement community south of Phoenix, Hayworth focused much of his speech on immigration, telling a packed room that "border security is national security, border security is economic security."I think it will become abundantly clear to McCain when momentum enters the polling process for Hayworth. However, that won't start up until the media out there begins to use the potential embarrassment of McCain to distract from the even worse embarrassments of the Democrat party...in general.
It's not clear how much support Hayworth will have from Tea Party activists, the conservatives who rail against government spending. McCain has the support of Sarah Palin, his 2008 running mate and the recent keynote speaker at a national Tea Party convention. She will campaign for him next month. Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican cheered by conservatives for winning his state's special election last month, also backs McCain.
"They are a significant political force," McCain said of the activists. "How that force gets channeled ... is not yet clear to me."
Sunday, February 14, 2010
About that Audi commercial during the Super Bowl...
Congestion pricing to reduce car travel. Elimination of curbside parking. A carbon tax "of some kind," not to mention taxes on plastic and paper bags. Advocating vegetarianism and veganism, complete with "Meatless or Vegan Mondays." Those are just some of the proposals put forth by the Cambridge Climate Congress, an entity created in May 2009 to respond to the "climate emergency" plaguing the Massachusetts city.
Going green will not be optional in Cambridge, Mass., if the Cambridge Climate Congress has its way. It will be mandatory.
There will be congestion pricing to reduce car travel. Curbside parking will be eliminated. There will be a carbon tax "of some kind," not to mention taxes on plastic and paper bags. And the Massachusetts city, home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will advocate vegetarianism and veganism, complete with "Meatless or Vegan Mondays."
Those are just some of the proposals put forth by the Congress, which was created in May 2009 to respond to the "climate emergency" plaguing Cambridge. Once the Congress settles on its recommendations, they will submitted to the City Council.
Behold the idiots and their jack-booted followers...
ATLANTA (AP) — Swine flu cases are down, but health officials say the disease's cumulative impact has grown to 57 million U.S. illnesses, 257,000 hospitalizations and 11,690 deaths.I'm not buying it. That is over 1/6th of the entire US population. That would mean that one in six of the people I meet daily would have had the illness. Yet, I know not one.
Then again, it all hinges on what the meaning of the word "is" is. Anyone want to take a stab at the meaning behind "cumulative inpact." I think it has something to do with pinball.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Via Gateway Pundit...
Thousands of protesters turned out in Oslo to protest a cartoon published in a local newspaper that showed Mohammad as a pig.
Wow! What an outrage!!! I know...let's post it again.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
AN Arab ambassador has annulled his marriage after discovering his veiled wife-to-be had a beard and was cross-eyed.Heh!
The diplomat had only met the woman a few times, during which she had hidden her face behind a niqab.
Local media reported that after the marriage contract was signed, the man tried to give his new wife a smooch only to find she had facial hair.
I'm a bit confused by the "cross-eyed" issue though. With a niqab...the eyes are the only thing you can see. And if the niqab is so necessary as to hide the sexuality of a woman to this culture...why should it matter if she sported a beard? Eh?
Too much time in front of the television has long been linked to childhood obesity. Now, new research suggests it’s not the TV but the commercials that are making kids fat.You probably didn't want to read all that...so I'll summarize:
In a study of more than 2,000 children, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, compared the time the kids spent viewing television and video. They asked caregivers to track children’s media use during one weekday and one weekend day during 1997, then again in 2002.
The findings showed that the amount of television a child watched wasn’t a predictor of obesity risk. Instead, risk for being overweight increased the more television commercials a child was exposed to. There was no association with television viewing and obesity for those who watched videos or commercial-free programming.
Kids who don't see commercials as often are usually thinner. The University of California attributes this to children being more educated as they watched educational videos or public television.
HERE'S WHAT THEIR SUMMARY SHOULD HAVE CONCLUDED: When the commercial comes on interupting the intending viewing...that's the time to make a break to the fridge. Without commercials...the option for refueling is just not there...unless the show sucks.
Posted by Gormless Worm at 3:44 PM
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
But Dr. Pachauri and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are now under intense scrutiny, facing accusations of scientific sloppiness and potential financial conflicts of interest from climate skeptics, right-leaning politicians and even some mainstream scientists. Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, called for Dr. Pachauri’s resignation last week.I love the way the NYT limits the damage by only noting two of the items that plagues Pachauri and the IPCC. Sloppiness? Bull hockey...the information and statements appearing now suggest that it wasn't sloppiness but intentional misrepresentation (significantly more egregious).
Potential financial conflicts. No...it has been proven (not only with Pachauri) that there are, indeed, financial conflicts of interest throughout the entire AGW cast and crew. But, the NYT misses out on informing on the blantant violation of the Freedom of Information Act...wild accusations over the years that never came true...the court case in Great Britian which substantively gutted Al Gore's fictional "An Inconvenient Truth..."
The simple fact of the matter is that this article by the NYT is an attempt to limit the damage (the only reason they are even touching this story)...which is so obviously bad, that even they can't shut it down entirely.
But they try.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Christopher Hitchens has a piece over on Slate that gives us a window into North Korea's plight (for lack of a better term):
Here are the two most shattering facts about North Korea. First, when viewed by satellite photography at night, it is an area of unrelieved darkness. Barely a scintilla of light is visible even in the capital city. (See this famous photograph.) Second, a North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean. You may care to imagine how much surplus value has been wrung out of such a slave, and for how long, in order to feed and sustain the militarized crime family that completely owns both the country and its people.Interesting piece...give it a look. Hell, it's Hitchens. He's always interesting.
Tim Blair has posted the Audi Super Bowl commercial...and it's disturbing in the fact that parody is way too close to reality. The underlying amusement, however, is that there will be a demographic of viewers out there that just don't understand the humor associated with the bit. The greenies will sit there "smileless" wondering when the humor will kick in.
Most folks will chuckle and realize that the commercial is there to sell the Audi clean diesel vehicle, and take home the indirect punchline that Audi is saying..."yeah...this whole green thing is a bit out of control, but here's our contribution to the trend...and remember us when you Green stormtroopers target major corporations...we're playing along."
HERE'S THE LINK TO BLAIR'S POST WITH THE VIDEO.
My favorite part is the music underneath...Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" is now Audi's "Green Police."
Saturday, February 6, 2010
What happened to Jay Currie's Blog? He's a great source for Canadian Hi-jinks, but a trek to his site states that the Account is Suspended.
I, personally, hope this is temporary or that I'm just too daft to realize he has a new site somewhere. Of course, he has a tendency to slap the Canadian Human Rights Commissions around...and rightly so. But, they would never stoop to censorship...*snort*
No one tells me nutin'.
UPDATE: Back in operation after remembering to pay the piper...
You know how everyone is all bent out of shape about implying that someone is "retarded?"
Well, not being a subscriber to the whole politically correct cadre of triviality I would like to point out that this guy is...RETARDED:
Which brings us to Barack Obama’s “war on terror.” Conservatives keep saying that Obama doesn’t really believe we’re at war; that he sees terrorists as mere criminals, not the epic evil-doers that they really are. But here’s the irony: It’s precisely because he doesn’t see the terrorist threat as quite so epic that al Qaeda is falling apart.Yeah...yeah...I suppose my accusation could be considered an ad hominem argument. For those of you reading who, also, happened to be retarded...the reference is an "argument towards the person."
The author of that backwash percipience is Peter Beinart. He is the senior political writer for The Daily Beast, is associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He's obviously educated. Apparently, he molds young minds, more than likely, to his way of "thinking" in his position as professor. Therefore, I am left with two posibilities in consideration of the absolute nonsense his above statement implies.
Either Mr Beinart is dabbling in parody...or is retarded...in which case he, likely, would not understand the concept of parody.
I'm betting on "retarded."
A study of beleaguered butterflies in California provides some of the best clues yet as to how other animals may react to climate change, scientists say.Yes...yes...the butterflies are a "clue" to climate change destruction.
"Like polar bears, these high-elevation butterflies were already living in extreme environments, and now they don't have any options" for escape, Forister says. He says butterfly populations have always shifted over time, but the destruction of their habitat has occurred at an accelerated pace in recent years because of urbanization and warming temperatures.As I type through my tears shed in sympathy for the wayward butterflies and the down-trodden polar bears...I am ashamed to ask:
HOW IN THE HELL CAN THIS STUDY SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY WHEN THE EARTH'S TEMPERATURES ARE PROVEN TO HAVE FALLEN SINCE A PEAK IN 1998....HUH?!?
The good Dr. Matthew Forister's study says in black in white "accelerated pace in recent years because of urbanization and falling temperatures." Yet, the study is hogwash because the Earth's temperatures have been falling for the last decade!!!
Well, I am pragmatic. So, let's look for a bit of motivation for such a report. How about that the report was initiated by a Federal Grant by the National Science Foundation? In other words, your tax dollars paid for this nonsense. And, since the jackassery in Washington D.C. is bent on disrupting private business by applying "cap and trade" legislation that would hogtie viable US industry, those "scientists" wishing to continue making a comfortable living have to return studies (funded publically) showing "proof" of the necessity. That way, when it comes time for another Federally funded round of grants to be approved, Dr. Forister gets first dibs.
This AGW racket has become a laughable, insufferable...joke.
Friday, February 5, 2010
THE TOPIA INN, a laboratory of sustainability with an artsy vibe here in the Berkshires, confirmed my reservation with a friendly e-mail reminder about its “green” guest policy:Oooooo...nice! Take that special woman in your life away for the weekend up into the Berkshires...and make sure she leaves all her grooming products at home so she doesn't interfere with the organic matresses and bedding.
No chemical fragrances/bug repellant.
Leave your shoes at the front door or cover them with the inn’s neoprene booties, so as not to track in pesticide residue and other pollutants.
Leave all grooming products at home, so as not to interfere with the chemical-free organic mattresses and bedding. Complimentary organic bath and body products provided.
If you can still look her in the eye at the end of the weekend...she's a keeper.
Bonus: When you get home...crank the climate control...take a shower and douse yourself with chemicals...order a huge non-fair trade pizza and feel good about your 48 hour tribute to Mother Earth...while sipping a nice glass of Shiraz made from grapes harvested by underage Australian Aborigines in wheelchairs.
Mark Steyn's latest in MaCleans. It's a pisser...
Go back to that Berkeley professor mooning over the loss of that “magnificent landform” he once thought “immutable, eternal.” From his prose style, one might easily assume Orville Schell was a professor of creative writing or some such. In fact, he’s the former dean of the Graduate School of Journalism. Yet, for all the limpid fragrance of his poignant obsequies, professor Schell would seem to lack the one indispensable quality of a journalist: basic curiosity—the same curiosity that led Miss Laframboise to see just how much of the “science” in the IPCC report rested on the assertions of the panda-cuddlers. So instead, professor Schell bid a teary farewell to his beloved landform, even though the glaciers of the western Himalayas are, in fact, increasing.Each day seems to reveal a new revelation suggesting that man-induced "climate change" is an absolute fairy tale. And, as each small glimpse of reality sprouts to the surface the big picture takes form. Each cry by the supporters of "the science is settled" shows a perceived desparation to protect that "settled science." In other words, scrutiny and time has been plucking pieces of the weigh bearing wall holding up their theories and the realization, awareness and knowledge threatened their stranglehold on what they hoped to pass out as truth and fact. Desparation and frustration had been ramped up in an effort to stave actual science from intervening.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Treacher, who rolled out a tag-along blog (Daily Trawler) to Tucker Carlson's and Neil Patel's Daily Caller online media outlet, started a fight with a black SUV.
It was unclear as to the whether Treacher was upset that the SUV was a product of "Government Motors" (GM), black in color...priced above his pay grade. Therefore, it's hard for me to speculate whether Treacher was acting out as a domestic right-wing terrorist, a racist, or trying out a little class envy. I said it was hard for me to speculate...but I will.
All three!!! Hat trick...baby!!!!
Nah...check out the ongoing story here...and learn how the security folks at the State Department operate when it comes to manning up and taking responsibility for their actions. I don't think we'll be handing out any "good samaritan" awards...but a Nobel Peace Prize has been mentioned.
If you're living a green lifestyle, it turns out you can take it with you.Nice! I always thought the funeral scene was a bit subdued. What we need is the slow slake of dry ice fog to gently caress the vistors as they say goodbye to Uncle Henry.
Cemeteries and funeral homes across the USA are offering environmentally friendly burials featuring formaldehyde-free fluids for embalming and biodegradable caskets made of pine, wicker or even cardboard.
Green burials are available in nearly 30 cemeteries nationwide, up from a handful at the start of 2008, says Joe Sehee, executive director and president of the Green Burial Council, a non-profit organization that encourages environmentally sustainable death care.
But...one would have to wonder what Vladimir Lenin would look like today in his Мавзоле́й Ле́нина as misguided Russians form long lines to visit with his remains every day from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, except Mondays and Fridays. Or, what about the sacred bodies of Ho Chi Minh, Chiang Kai-shek and other lefties of that ilk. In fact, lately, Osama bin Laden has been rumbling about ecological impurity in the West.
Of course...in the case of the latter, a quick cremation from a daisy cutter can prove his dedication to the cause.
BOSTON (AP) -- A hearing on an asylum request by President Barack Obama's African aunt has started in Boston.Keep in mind that she had a previous hearing in 2004 and was ordered to be deported. Onyango ignored the decision, and continued to remain in the US while enjoying taxpayer funded public housing all the way to the present.
Kenya native Zeituni Onyango (zay-TUH'-nee awn-YAHN'-goh) is arguing Thursday in U.S. Immigration Court that she be allowed to stay in the United States.
Onyango showed up for the hearing in a wheelchair and with a cane across her lap. Lawyer Margaret Wong says Onyango and two doctors are expected to testify. The hearing is closed to the public.
Wong says she is applying for asylum for medical and ''other'' reasons.
I'm kind of skeptical about the medical condition. Then again...I'm kind of skeptical about everything (and everyone).
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Senate Democrats are preparing to release a roughly $80 billion jobs program this week, but its prospects are uncertain in a political landscape where voters are angry about unemployment yet fuming about federal spending.I am reminded of a magician I saw in a comedy club outside of St. Louis about ten years ago. The magician, obviously drunk, wobbled around the stage nearly falling out into the audience a number of times and always fortifying his balance with another belt from the highball glass sitting on a stool.
Eventually, he holds up a sheet, covers the stool and glass with the linen and looks expectantly to the crowd. After a rather shakey count of three he whips up the sheet to reveal...that...nothing had changed. The half empty glass remained centered on the stool.
The drunk magician...not disturbed in the least points out over the audience to the bar in the back of the room and shouts..."Get me another Crown Royal."
Yeah...I know, it wasn't funny. As comedic magicians go...this one sucked. But, it does parallel well with the Democrat's big reveal on a jobs bill. Nothing changes...and eventually they will ask for more...
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The New York Times is a cesspool of agenda driven "reporting." More often than not, they regurgitate the liberal position and serve as the Democrat Party's mouthpiece to promote and (just as readily) hide the real story. The stubborn (and suicidal) stance has led them to the abyss financially.
So...the question remains...what do they have to do to actually succeed as a viable business?
It's not as hard as you might think:
1. No more opinion in hard news stories. Instead of handholding the reader with a by-line that leads them to a desired conclusion...stick with factual representation only. Instead of using convaluted verbs like "implied" or "alluded" or "suggested"...the journalist should rely on "stated" or "said."
2. No more "well placed anonymous sources." Simply put, the NYT does not possess the credibility to be able to allow the luxury of trust with the reader. The immediate thought of any intelligent consumer should be "I think they just made that up, or secured the information from a politically motivated individual."
3. Page 2 of every New York Times issue should remain totally blank. Page 2 is for corrections, retractions and clarification. If there is nothing printed on that page...then they are doing their job. If retractions or clarifications are required, they are out front and center for the reader providing a sense of honesty and responsibility. On those days when the page is blank for extended periods at a time, the owner of the NYT can reward his valued employees accordingly.
4. The Op-Ed section of the paper should be more transparent (as should the paper in general). NO OP-ED's are written by anyone without attribution to the writer. Op-Ed's attributed to some nonsense reference like "staff" or "Editorial department" are a license to lie and obfuscate. Writers should be held accountable, and if someone in the Op-Ed department pens something questionable, they ought to have the courage to sign their name.
5. ABSOLUTELY NO POLITICAL ENDORSEMENTS BY THE NYT. That is not the function of a "newspaper."
6. Continuing with the Op-Ed portion of the NYT. There would be a "left of the fold" section for left leaning writers. There would a be a "right of the fold" section for those leaning to the right. Each contracted Op-Ed contributor would provide a full bio reflective of their politics in that regard.
7. Also, in Op-Ed, there would be a separate section available for guest Op-Ed's reflective of the hot topics of the present. Again, contributors must provide a full bio available to the reader with their piece.
8. With each Op-Ed, the NYT would contract with a number of blogs to critique offerings in the newspaper. The NYT would provide links to at least two blogs under each Op-Ed where the discussion of the topic would be ongoing. The suggested process would be to have blogs from both ideologies addressing the offering. The writer of the NYT Op-Ed would be encouraged to participate in these discussions and compensated by the NYT for substative involvement.
9. All journalists and Op-Ed writers for the NYT (all sections) would be encouraged to participate in internet generated discussion throughout the blogosphere on pieces they produce. In addition, certain blogs (on a rotating basis) would be permitted to reproduce pieces in full (as opposed to an excerpt) to generate interest and discussion. The Fair Use Doctrine is void when a commercial venture is realized (blog collects revenue via advertising on the blog, or donations; LA Times v. Free Republic). However, with permission the reproduction of the full article will generate interest for the NYT and the blog...and a form of revenue sharing can be contracted in advance.
10. Guest writers (primarily Op-Ed) can be solicited from the blogosphere on topics in which they excell. To this point, the NYT and other newspapers have not made a real effort to co-exist with the internet. They have failed to tap into what could be a vast resource (not only of information) but also of revenue via captive readers to specific blogs.
11. For God's Sake...New York City has an absolutely wonderful collection of sports teams, individual atheletes and one of the most loyal fan bases on the planet. CREATE A PREMIER SPORTS SECTION!!!
12. New York has a great reputation for fasion, lifestyle and entertainment, but the NYT relies on self-important and self-proclaimed experts to present their views. The problem is that they fail to tap the resources available to them. How many members of the entertainment industry live in the Upper East Side? Who wouldn't want an inside story or two from actors who happen to be native New Yorker's? How about a human interest story penned by some of the fashion greats once in a while? Instead, we are stuck with ecclectic and elitist drivel from prunes and plows.
13. ENOUGH WITH THE LEAKING OF CONFIDENTIAL AND CLASSIFIED REPORTS!!!
I could go on and on and on. But, to summarize...the NYT could really be a gold mine if someone understood transparency, understood the demographics of their customers...but more importantly realized that the current ideology of the NYT voids an entire market of potential consumers (likely much larger than the current readership and circulation). When circulation increases, advertising rates increase. In addition, if the readership includes both sides of the aisle, the potential advertising base increases as well. Folks on the left do, indeed, purchase different products from those on the right.
Also, there needs to be an innovative effort made to make the blogs benefit the "big media." I provide just a scant portion of views in that regard. There are many (not yet tapped).
Above all...the NYT lost its reputation for straight informative and factual news. She traded in on liberal ideology. The first step in making her profitable is making her trustworthy. That is an earned reward...and the revenue would follow.
Monday, February 1, 2010
The American Thinker has a piece up highlighting Li Xing's evaluation of climate change after attending the Copenhagen fiasco:
It is amazing that Chinese media examine what has recently come out revealing IPCC "mistakes" and conclude more serious examination of its work is in order. Yet the American mainstream media brush aside such concerns seeking to keep an obvious political agenda alive.As, contributor, John McLaughlin, points out, the US Media is AWOL on the issue of "hide and decline."
The New York Times has a piece out today showing that China is surpassing everyone in "Clean Energy" production and research.
China has also leapfrogged the West in the last two years to emerge as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. And the country is pushing equally hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants.I suspect that Global Warming is not the motivation for this exploration. Rather, dominating the world economy and being able to breathe in downtown Bejing without hacking up a lung is more likely...
These efforts to dominate renewable energy technologies raise the prospect that the West may someday trade its dependence on oil from the Mideast for a reliance on solar panels, wind turbines and other gear manufactured in China.
You lemmings that scream as loud as you can, just because. Think about this. If the evidence IS so overwhelming and the science is irrefutable, why would there EVER be a reason to fabricate ANY data? Wouldn’t the overwhelming evidence be RIGHT IN FRONT OF US? Would the data be so concrete we couldn’t debate it? Why would these ‘top scientists’ lie? Hide data? You do those things because you ARE lying and you ARE hiding the facts because both the DATA and the FACTS go against the arguments you are making, that’s why.Curt Schilling, apparently, has taken up tennis after baseball.
That is GAME, SET, and MATCH...my friends.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Well over two decades ago we, the public, were on the receiving end of the Montreal Protocol. Do you remember what that was? Here's a hint:
The Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer is a landmark international agreement designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. The treaty was originally signed in 1987 and substantially amended in 1990 and 1992. The Montreal Protocol stipulates that the production and consumption of compounds that deplete ozone in the stratosphere--chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride, and methyl chloroform--are to be phased out by 2000 (2005 for methyl chloroform).Here's the thing...which I happened to mention on this blog quite a while ago under the very apt titles of "Behold the Idiots" and "I want a refund." I find it hard to believe that the Montreal Protocol served any valued purpose in reducing the size of the Ozone Hole. I base this on the fact that the Hole was bigger than ever just three years ago.
Stratospheric ozone has been depleted by 5 to 6 percent at middle latitudes, but has somewhat rebounded in recent years. The largest recorded Antarctic ozone hole was recorded in 2006.
Gosh!...those climate scientists screwed up the "model." Of course, despite the increased costs of switching over to approved automobile air conditioners that did not use freon and other costly changes that you likely weren't aware that you financed...it was all for naught.
Ah...but have faith...
While most of the world has warmed, parts of the southern hemisphere have remained stubbornly cold—oddly enough because of a gaping hole in the ozone layer. Now new research shows that all the efforts made by scientists and environmental advocates to close the hole may actually increase warming throughout the entire southern hemisphere.I, actually, pointed this out a little less than a year ago.
June 10 2008 A new study led by Seok-woo Son and Lorenzo Polvani, in the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at SEAS, is suggesting that the winds in the Southern Hemisphere will be greatly impacted by the expected recovery of the ozone hole in the second half of this century. In a study that appears in the June 13 issue of Science, Seok-Woo Son, lead-author and a postdoctoral research scientist at SEAS, and Professor Polvani suggest that stratospheric ozone ought to be more carefully considered by the next Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) round of climate model predictions.So, why trot out this "old" study now? Not much attention was paid back in June 2008. Well, the IPCC's agenda driven Climate Change stance is decaying rather quickly due to false premise, unreliable model, activist "scientists," climate-gate and various other idiocy. The whole "global warming" mantra is rather unpredictable (mostly because no one has developed a model that includes all the applicable factors in climate change...and likely never will). Also, as the Earth's climate cools (as it has been for the last decade) the global warming cabal is left looking...silly.
"We were surprised to find that the closing of the ozone hole, which is expected to occur in the next 50 years or so, shows significant effects on the global climate," said Lorenzo M. Polvan one of two principle investigators and professor of applied mathematics at SEAS. "This is because stratospheric ozone has not been considered a major player in the climate system. We believe the closing of the ozone hole is likely to have profound impacts on the surface winds and, also likely, to have an impact on other aspects of the Earth's climate, including surface temperatures, locations of storm tracks, extent of dry zones, amount of sea ice, and ocean circulation."
The fact that more press has been given to the Ozone Hole lately,...and it's inverse relationship to "warming" suggests that it's getting more difficult for the activist scientists and the "climate change machine" to hold back reports detrimental to their preconceived goals.
I look at both the Montreal Protocol legislation and the IPCC's Climate Change report and realize that the environuts are zero for two...while costing us all a pretty penny in the process. I, also, find it ironic that the downfall is delivered in cold hard scientific facts; the same type facts the IPCC is supposed to deliver, but decided on agenda driven tripe wrapped up in ulterior motives instead.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
OSLO — Arni Hole remembers the shock wave that went through Norway’s business community in 2002 when the country’s trade and industry minister, Ansgar Gabrielsen, proposed a law requiring that 40 percent of all company board members be women.
The message here is that performance and aptitude are not the primary criteria for running a successful company. Boobs and a uterus are far better qualifications.
Indeed, the world has noticed: Spain and the Netherlands have passed similar laws, with a 2015 deadline for compliance. The French Senate will soon debate a bill phasing in a female quota by 2016, after the National Assembly approved the measure last week. Belgium, Britain, Germany and Sweden are considering legislation.Full speed ahead in destruction of merit based promotions...and how's that working out?
Using a common market-based measure of corporate governance, known as Tobin’s Q, the study found that companies in Norway actually performed an average of 20 percent worse the year after adopting the quotas, with those companies that were required to make the most drastic changes to their boards suffering the largest negative impact. The measure, named for the late James Tobin, the 1981 Nobel laureate in economics, is a ratio of a company’s market capitalization to the replacement cost of its assets, which economists consider to be the best proxy for investor confidence in a company’s management.BUT...they feel as if they have struck a blow for equity in the boardrooms...which is...er...important.
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