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PeterUK

What is needed is a campaign to persuade the worlds carbon based life forms to take part in synchronised holding of breath.To that en we should institute a worldwide "No Breathing Day".Come on people you could do it with smoking,how much harder will it be to give up breathing? It's for the children",by which I mean the silicon based life forms which will benefit from our ultimate extinction.
The science is compelling,computers are trying to bump us off.

Barney Frank

I suggest cornering the market on caves.

We might all have to live like Alley Oop but in return there is a slight possibility we may be a tad bit cooler. Unless of course they're wrong in which case we'll be hiking out to the swamp with a club to knock dinner over the head for no good reason whatsoever.

glasater

Wow folks--Elliot Spitzer involved in a prostitution ring!!

Other Tom

I had a physics prof who could show you an absolutely flawless mathematical proof that if you dammed up the Bay of Fundy, the moon would fall into the earth.

boris

Ooola was hot.

PeterUK

We should learn to divest ourselves of the cultural inhibition of eating Gaia loving liberals.

anduril

According to the Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby (h/t bro):

WHAT DO ethanol and the subprime mortgage meltdown have in common? Each is a good reminder of that most powerful of unwritten decrees, the Law of Unintended Consequences - and of the all-too-frequent tendency of solutions imposed by the state to exacerbate the harms they were meant to solve.

Take ethanol, the much-hyped biofuel made (primarily) from corn. Ethanol has been touted as a weapon in the fashionable crusade against climate change, because when mixed with gasoline, it modestly reduces emissions of carbon dioxide. Reasoning that if a little ethanol is good, a lot must be better, Congress and the Bush administration recently mandated a sextupling of ethanol production, from the 6 billion gallons produced last year to 36 billion by 2022.

But now comes word that expanding ethanol use is likely to mean not less CO2 in the atmosphere, but more. Instead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline by 20 percent - the estimate Congress relied on in requiring the huge increase in production - ethanol use will cause such emissions to nearly double over the next 30 years.

The problem, laid out in two new studies in the journal Science, is that it takes a lot of land to grow biofuel feedstocks such as corn, and as forests or grasslands are cleared for crops, large amounts of CO2 are released. Diverting land in this fashion also eliminates "carbon sinks," which absorb atmospheric CO2. Bottom line: The government's ethanol mandate will generate a "carbon debt" that will take decades, maybe centuries, to pay off.

Actually, that's not quite the bottom line. Jacking up ethanol production causes other problems, too. Deforestation. Loss of biodiversity. Depletion of aquifers. More ethanol even means more hunger: As more of the US corn crop goes for ethanol, the price of corn has been soaring, a calamity for Third World countries in which corn is a major dietary staple.

Other Tom

Thanks for the tip, Glasater. Here's some detail, courtesy of the NYTimes:

"ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning.

"Mr. Spitzer, who was huddled with his top aides early this afternoon, had hours earlier abruptly canceled his scheduled public events for the day. He is set to make an announcement about 2:15 this afternoon at his Manhattan office.

"Mr. Spitzer, a first-term Democrat who pledged to bring ethics reform and end the often seamy ways of Albany, is married with three children."

Folks, I've always believed there are limits on what you're allowed to hope might happen to your enemies. Surely no one would ever dare to hope that such a thing could happen to this reptile--it would be terrible overreaching, right? It might even prejudice our ability to conjure up smaller, but more realizable, victories.

But here it is. Oh God, my heart soars like the hawk.

Neo

So ends the political career of

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring

Guess Hiliary and/or Obama won't be looking to Albany for a running mate.

clarice

Perhaps the AGW fans will just run out of epicycles.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/03/the_epicycles_of_global_warmin.html>Epicycles on epicycles

Topsecretk9

Holy Smokes on Spitzer!

Neo

In the (movie) words of another Democrat, John Glenn .. I'm talking about the playing around that's going on. I'm talking about the young girls. I'm talking about the cookies. I'm talking about keeping our pants zipped and our wicks dry around here!

Topsecretk9

via Jammiewearingfool

Mr. Spitzer gained national attention when he served as attorney general with his relentless pursuit of Wall Street wrongdoing. As attorney general, he also had prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state’s organized crime task force.

In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

“”This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,” Mr. Spitzer said at the time. ”It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring.”

Topsecretk9

Neo

I'm waiting for the Bernie Ward excuse - he was just doing research.

GMax

This nugget from the article Clarice linked above:


How good are the assumptions in these models? Well consider the fate of Ferenc M. Miskolczi (pronounced Ferens MISkolshee), a first-rate Hungarian mathematician, who has published a proof that "greenhouse warming" may be mathematically impossible. His proof involves long equations, but the bottom line is that the warming models assume that the atmosphere is infinitely thick. Why? Because it simplifies the math. If on the other hand, you assume the atmosphere is about 100 km thick (about 65 miles) -- which has the big advantage of being true -- the greenhouse effect disappears! No more global warming.

Miskolczi once worked for NASA, but resigned in disgust when they would not allow him to publish his work. (It appeared in the peer-reviewed Hungarian journal Weather, and looks legit). So it's the global warming faithful of NASA Goddard Space Center, notably True Believer Godfather James Hansen -- who are always complaining to the media about Bush Administration censorship -- but who have ended up censoring their own scientific skeptic. Cosmic justice for NASA, you might say.

Censoring skeptics is an admission of weakness. That's why Pope had to shut up Galileo -- he couldn't win on the facts. The science establishment is now going after the Galileos of our time for the same reason,

Ann


He had to cancel a meeting with New York's Catholic bishops today.


Neo
New derivation of equations governing the greenhouse effect reveals "runaway warming" impossible

It not only gave far more accurate climate predictions here on Earth, but Mars too.

GMax

Neo thanks for that link. I love the sputtering and muttering at the very end by guys who really had no good answer to the research. Unfortunately, politics and science mix poorly and with all kinds of strange results.

Larry

"He had to cancel a meeting with New York's Catholic bishops today." But he told 'em he'd email the hottest numbers.
The price of corn rising due to increased demand will have a larger effect than most of us realize. I had no idea how many common foods have corn in them 'til my #2 son was allergic. The list of foods to avoid was four pages, single spaced. Think sweetener or cornstarch. Whatever happened to the new process that uses any bio to make ethanol? Even kudzu!

kim

Wait, folks. The globe is warming. Haven't you seen the polar bears?
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Pofarmer

the price of corn has been soaring, a calamity for Third World countries in which corn is a major dietary staple.

Now hold on. Just a couple years ago we were told that "the poor" in the third world countries couldn't compete with our low cost foods. We were driving their farmers out of business!!!!!

C'mon, ya can't have it both ways.

Whatever happened to the new process that uses any bio to make ethanol? Even kudzu!

You're thinking Cellulosic ethanol. It's great. Unfortunately it costs about $6 a gallon to produce currently and it's byproduct is pretty well useless.

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