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December 11, 2009

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JM Hanes

$3 billion to "deal with climate change." Right. AGW remediation may be in the toilet, but distributive justice is alive and well. Since that's been the driver all along, it looks like COP15 will qualify as a successful conference after all. I heard Obama was being lobbied for another $10B; we may have seen the last of the bumps he's usually gotten when he's out of the country.

Rick Ballard

Perhaps Dimon, Blankfein &c will pony up a few billion? After all, there are hundreds of billions to be made churning totally worthless carbon credits to a gullible public.

JM Hanes

Rick:

We can thank the Clinton administration for the prominence that carbon credits have assumed. The Euros resisted, but that was the price Clinton exacted for his Kyoto signature.

Ignatz

--The European Union will contribute about $3 billion starting next year to help poorer countries deal with climate change....-

I believe the poorer countries are more interested in the T word than the B.
We spend well over $3 billion a year on climate research already and can't even buy competent phony science or scientists with it.
What's a few billion going to do spread over the rest of the benighted globe? That's not even a down payment on our collective guilt.

hit and run

I'll "deal with climate change" for a fraction of that. And I'm so sure that I can do so responsibly without wasting a single dime that I am willing to subject my efforts to the scrutiny of Sheriff Joe Biden. Nobody messes with Joe. I will set up a website to track and monitor my efforts at unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability and give Joe the website number.

JM Hanes

In retrospect, it's a good bet that Clinton had a Goracle pushing the concept aggressively from the office next door. The ultimate irony, in a bottomless pool of ironies, is that the "science" of carbon sinks was debunked while Kyoto was still in draft form.

JM Hanes

What I really want to know is why China qualifies as an "emerging economy" when it's got the third largest economy in the world.

Neo

After the federal court shut down coal and wind in West Virginia, I fully expect the state to succeed from the Union, and ask for some of that "global Warming" aid.

glasater

Perhaps Soroscould cough up the rest....

Ignatz

--I fully expect the state to succeed from the Union--

Nothing secedes like success. :)

Walter

I vote we ask for the rest from oil-producing nations like Russia, Venezuala, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Mexico, Canada, etc. I'm sure they will be willing to ameliorate their contribution to the global consequences of fossil fuel emissions.

Walter

Whoops! Forgot Nigeria. Judging from the email I received yesterday, they've got extra cash stashed all over the place.

Clarice

NEW YORK – A story emerging out of Britain suggests "follow the money" may explain the enthusiasm of the United Nations to pursue caps on carbon emissions, despite doubts surfacing in the scientific community about the validity of the underlying global warming hypothesis. A Mumbai-based Indian multinational conglomerate with business ties to Rajendra K. Pachauri, the chairman since 2002 of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, stands to make several hundred million dollars in European Union carbon credits simply by closing a steel production facility in Britain with the loss of 1,700 jobs. The Tata Group headquartered in Mumbai anticipates receiving windfall profits of up to nearly $2 billion from closing the Corus Redcar steelmaking plant in Britain, with about half of the savings expected to result from cashing in on carbon credits granted the steelmaker by the European Union under the EU's emissions trading scheme, or ETS.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=118659

SharpenedPicketsRUs is opening a London branch. Get in on the ground floor while the getting is good!

Neo
Obama had quite a whirlwind day Thursday — he signed the Nobel guest book, huddled with Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, met with King Harald V and Queen Sonja, and delivered an acceptance speech after he was formally presented with the prize. He also joined the king and queen at an evening banquet.

But he skipped several other activities, including lunch with the king, a news conference at Oslo's Grand Hotel, CNN's traditional interview with the prize winner and a "Save the Children" benefit concert, where organizers replaced him with an Obama cardboard cutout. Obama also won't be around for Friday's Nobel Concert.

I wonder if there was a stand-in for his teleprompter.

hit and run

Good to see you Walter...

Porchlight

The Tata Group headquartered in Mumbai anticipates receiving windfall profits of up to nearly $2 billion from closing the Corus Redcar steelmaking plant in Britain

Gives a new meaning to the phrase "public teat."

matt

I say the money comes from all of the G5's the glitterati use to jet hither and yon.....

off to the land of censorship....

Neo

I bet if they put up $1 billion in grant money to prove "AGW a bust," this would be over by luch tomorrow.

anduril

Here are two money stories, via Clusterstock:

America's Partners Are Now Treating Us Like A Third-World Country:

Two recent stories regarding America and its global partners jump out to us:

* In Germany they're freaking out because all the good manufacturing jobs are coming to America -- courtesy of our super-weak dollar.
* And in China, they're slapping tarrifs on our steel, accusing us of dumping.

That's right.

The rest of the world now views us the way we, for decades, viewed the rest of the world. We complained about them getting our good manufacturing jobs, and dumping cheap-ass steel onto our shores, undercutting ours.

The world's so-called reserve currency has weakened to the point that we're regarded as a pesky third-world country, undermining developed mature economies.

OK--a pesky third-world country with nukes.

Ever wonder--I know you have--why the Euros don't want to spend money on Afghanistan and Iraq? Yeah, obviously they were getting a free ride security wise for decades, but they were also digging themselves deep into a pit of debt, the same way Obama wants us to keep digging deeper. But the Euro zone needs to save every dime it can to bail out some pretty sizable partners. Yeah, we've all heard about Greece, but Stratfor, courtesy of Clusterstock, Stratfor: It's Not Just Greece; Other Eurozone Countries Are Teetering On The Brink, says:

As Stratfor analyst Peter Zeihan told us for a feature on 10 Looming Geopolitical Disasters, "Greece is going to be plowing the way, and where Greece goes, Italy may follow. Spain may follow shortly thereafter."

And they offer some numbers to back up that assessment.

For a good laugh over the holidays we have these two items:

10 Looming Geopolitical Disasters

and, of course:

12 Places To Go If The World Goes To Hell

daddy

Hey,

How come ">http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/01/ozone-antarctica"> our Ozone Hole is kind'a lopsided and ugly, whereas Saturn's Ozone hole is a real">http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2009-12/spacecraft-images-saturns-entire-giant-hexagon-first-time">real pretty hexagram?

Plus besides being ugly, ours is somehow magically healing itself and instead of us all dying of radiation as Science told us for the last decade, now it's getting thicker and trapping heat and "horror's," it's gonna' cause the Climate to rise up "by around 3C on average, with melting ice contributing to a global sea-level increases of up to 1.4m" when it melts Antarctica!

Shoot, our ugly ol' hole healed itself so quickly that we didn't even have a chance at JOM this year to celebrate September 16, "The International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer".

Oh well, we probably missed it because we were all on tenterhooks worried about where all the hurricanes went that our Scientist's predicted we should be having.


daddy

My above was obviously facetious, but of the big climate scares and predictions over the last few years, my unofficial, off the top of my head tally of what they got wrong is the following:

The Ozone Hole: Predicted to continually diminish in size as a protective barrier, thus threatening life on Earth due to incoming radiation. Suddenly it's thick as a brick and going to melt Antarctica.

Hurricanes: Predicted to be a whole lot more of them, getting bigger and more deadly, all due to Global Warming. Yet this year was very unexpectedly low in numbers or in intensity, so they started giving names if I recall to tropical depressions and hyping those. What the heck happened to the predicted Hurricanes?

Global Temp's: Simply read the leaked CRU letter from the Prof
in Colorado writing to Jone's: "Hi All, Well I have my own article on where the heck is global warming? We are asking that here in
Boulder where we have broken records the past two days for the coldest days on record. We
had 4 inches of snow. The high the last 2 days was below 30F and the normal is 69F, and it
smashed the previous records for these days by 10F. The low was about 18F and also a
record low, well below the previous record low. This is January weather (see the Rockies
baseball playoff game was canceled on saturday and then played last night in below freezing
weather).
The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a
travesty that we can't. The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008
shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing
system is inadequate."

Bird FlU: Don't know of this counts, but where's the worldwide catastrophe?

And this is not even to mention the Alar food scare or Jimmy Carter's snail darter or airplane con-trails, or frog leg pollution etc.

I'm sure you folks who pay more attention have others, but what actually have any of these Science Prognosticator's got right? I personally don't know. But what I do know is that the instant these predicted calamities don't come to fruition, they immediately get dropped off the radar screen by the MSM into the memory hole, and it's on to publicizing the next prognostication of Global disaster, and coincidentally each one of these scary prognostications is always in the direction of requiring larger government, larger taxation, and relinquishment of personal liberty and responsibility in order to combat impending disaster.

Any other examples spring to folk's minds?

Walter

Hit,

It's good to be here. But I should probably view the request I received from my boss to work Sat _and_ Sun after I posted as a sign he lurks here too.

Double whoops.

PaulL

The CERES data published in the August BAMS 09 supplement on 2008 shows there should be even more warming: but the data are surely wrong. Our observing system is inadequate.

Well, we know that he's going to go with the data and not his lying eyes.

PaulL

Y2K comes under science scares, too.

PaulL

Fun links, anduril.

JM Hanes

"Get in on the ground floor while the getting is good!"

That elevator left the pit when the first carbon trading company was set up in London -- before the ink on the original Kyoto Protocols was even dry. If I were an investigative reporter, I'd be wondering if Al Gore had a hand in that.

Since JOM has collectively blessed linking to personal blogs, I took a tip-of-iceberg look at one of the biggest economic role reversals in town: COP15: Emerging Emergencies

hit and run

HI WALTER'S BOSS!!!

Please know,Mr. Walter's Boss,that Walter most certainly does not post here under different names trying to avoid your notice.

Nope. He most definitely is not here constantly.

I'm totally serious.

JM Hanes

daddy:

"How come our Ozone Hole is kind'a lopsided and ugly...."

Because it's an anthropogenic ozone hole.

Clarice

The swine flu pandemic, daddy.
JMH, here I come.

Ignatz

--The Ozone Hole: Predicted to continually diminish in size as a protective barrier, thus threatening life on Earth due to incoming radiation. Suddenly it's thick as a brick and going to melt Antarctica.--

Is it daddy? I thought it was still as big as ever and many were beginning to think it was always there and was a natural fluctuation.

hit and run

Speaking of personal blogs,I enjoy it when someone finds my blog via google with a random search term.

So. Have you seen the new Reebok shoe ads? The ones that http://www.reebok.com/microsites/easytone_reebok/>"work your butt". I can't remember,but I'm thinking it was an Ace headline that labeled them as practically soft-porn. If you go to the link above,watch some of the ads on the left. Like the one where the premise is "make your boobs jealous".

[VIMH: Did you just recommend soft-porn to readers at JOM?]
Why not, it's Friday.

Anyway -- someone just found my blog by using the google search term ... http://www.google.com/search?q=new%20airball%20shoes%20that%20work%20your%20butt&hl=en&safe=active&rlz=1T4ADFA_enUS351US351&sa=2>new airball shoes that work your butt.

The post google brings up as the top result for that search is the one with the photoshop of Obama shooting a basketball and missing.

Anyway. Made me giggle. Poor person just wanted to find the shoes. Or the soft-porn ads. Or something other than Obama playing basketball...poorly.

JM Hanes

daddy: I think the number of hurricanes this season was actually: Ø


clarice: ♥

anduril

Fun links, anduril.

Posted by: PaulL | December 11, 2009 at 03:39 PM

Heh. I got a kick out of the 12 places to go to hide out.

anduril

Follow up: 15 Things You Must Know About The Ongoing Greek Debacle. I won't bother with any of the 15 Things, but here's the intro:

The Greek economy is the thread hanging off of Europe's sweater, and if it gets pulled, the entire Eurozone could unravel.

And the Dems think the world will be clear sailing till the 2010 elections? Dream on!

anduril
The U.S. House passed landmark financial reform today after more than 50 hours of debate -- all 1,279 pages of it.

While a major victory for the Obama administration, not one Republican said yes in the 223 to 202 vote.

One question: what one reason do we have to believe that THIS reform will work better than past ones?

Janet

There hasn't been much buzz about the revelation that Blackwater worked with the CIA. My first inclination was to think "God bless Blackwater" but maybe that's just me.

Maybe it is like Rush says...the drive-by media just trying to stir up something and see what takes.

JM Hanes

That's a trick question. right anduril?

Then threre's this one from the looming disasters;

""The last time Japan faced a major financial problem, they invaded everybody," says Zeihan. "Something's going to happen, but I don't know what.""

I'd ask China.

bgates

Like the one where the premise is "make your boobs jealous"

That site is really unclear. The video that has some boobs being jealous of an ass is not the one labeled "Oprah".

Clarice

The US just settled with the Indians--for $3.4 BILLION--The lawsuit involved gross mismanagement of the oil and gas lease revenues on Indian lands.. Makes the expansion of the federal govt and all these new programs even more delectable, doesn't it?

If you had paid any attention to this suit as it wended its way thru the courts (since 1996) you would be appalled to see how little regard bureaucrats have for other peoples' money.

Janet

Hello?...hello?...Where is everybody? Over at the Reebok site pretending they're interested in shoes? Yeah right.

pagar

Besides Greece and the others mentioned in an above link. There is another list of those awaiting their turn at bankruptcy.

See the next round of governments to go bankrupt

The one listed as most likely is also probably (IMO) the most dangerous.

Ann

daddy:

DDT, CAFE standards, outlaw of ?gallon toilets

Charlie (Colorado)

I vote we nominate Reebok for next year's Nobel.

PaulL

There hasn't been much buzz about the revelation that Blackwater worked with the CIA. My first inclination was to think "God bless Blackwater" but maybe that's just me.

I thought "D'uh!"

windansea

watch as an armed UN security guard protects an IPCC scientist from a question about Climategate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUtzMBfDrpI&feature=player_embedded

Extraneus

Hey, daddy, I don't want to date myself but I was once offered a PhD by an incompetent professor to help him study the ozone layer via radio telescopy. Good move turning that gig down, huh?

Btw, it looks like the APS won't be changing their 2007 statement supporting AGW anytime soon.

Physics Group Splinters Over Global Warming Review

The scientist who will head the American Physical Society's review of its 2007 statement calling for immediate reductions of carbon dioxide is Princeton's Robert Socolow, a prominent supporter of the link between CO2 and global warming who has warned of possible "catastrophic consequences" of climate change.
Apparently they're more worried about how other physicists got their email ID's.

daddy

Ignatz,

RE: OZONE HOLE: "I thought it was still as big as ever and many were beginning to think it was always there and was a natural fluctuation."

You got me. The Guardian story linked above had me thinking it was definitely shrinking which is why they were fretting about Antarctica melting.

But now I've been 'zoning out on ">http://ozonewatch.gsfc.nasa.gov/"> NASA's Ozone Hole Watch which seems to show its still big but not as big as when it's really big.

Then trying to understand I simply start hitting the links on the google page, which mystifies me even more.

For instance, in 2000 ">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/1050495.stm"> this BBC Ozone story says:

"a cooling of the lower atmosphere due to greenhouse gas emissions could delay the closing of the ozone hole, perhaps by a decade or so." So that tells me that in 2000 the scientists thought cold temps would stop the holes closing.

Then in November 2009 ">http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-closing-the-ozone-hole-also-combat-climate-change"> Scientific American chimed in, asking:

"Can Closing the Ozone Hole Also Help Combat Climate Change?" Sounds promising!

But then two days later, The Guardian, linked above, took the opposite tack, saying "Antarctica may heat up dramatically as ozone hole repairs, warn scientists: As blanket of ozone over southern pole seals up, temperatures on continent could soar by 3C, increasing sea level rise by 1.4m." Ughh:(


But that followed a new study in 2008 by Columbia University researchers who found that "Closing ozone hole could help reverse some climate change".

So as to our Ozone Hole I can positively affirm that it's either shrinking (or it isn't) and that that's a good thing (or it's bad), and that the Science is settled (or it ain't), but I think we can all agree that Saturn's Hexagram is still way better looking than GAIA's flapping Pie Hole!


daddy

"The Greek economy is the thread hanging off of Europe's sweater, and if it gets pulled, the entire Eurozone could unravel."

Bet Alexander The Great could unravel such a Gordion">http://www.alexander-the-great.co.uk/gordian_knot.htm">Gordion Browne Knot.

daddy

"I was once offered a PhD by an incompetent professor to help him study the ozone layer via radio telescopy. Good move turning that gig down, huh?"

I don't know Extraneous.

If you'd taken up the offer you'd probably right now be in Copenhagen sipping champagne and caviar, and scoffing off 'conflict of interest' allegations about your 20 Million dollar grants, just like this Princeton Professor in your very interesting link.

hit and run

Charlie:
I vote we nominate Reebok for next year's Nobel.

If you ordered some shoes,we're really going to need some before and after pics.

I'm just sayin'

JM Hanes

Extraneus:

"Apparently they're more worried about how other physicists got their email ID's."

That bit struck me as bizarre. I may have been reading too fast, but I thought the letter in question was written by members of the Association to members of the Association.

peter

I don't see how those Reebok shoes (and Sketchers, too) aren't violating MBT's patents.

Extraneus

Climate groupie on my arm, and a coterie of UN bodyguards to keep the riff-raff back.

"I say, my good man... Have some self-respect!"

[And the champagne glasses go... Clink!]

(Yes, it was, JM. Heretics, though.)

cathyf
Apparently they're more worried about how other physicists got their email ID's.
I saw that. In the original stories they already answered that question. The emails were the personal email contacts of the signers, plus the published emails of various APS members who run various things (DrF is the chair of a regional section, for example) And they asked the recipients to forward the email to other APS members. They estimated that they had 25% of the membership on the first go-round, and it doesn't take too many forwards to fill in the rest.
Jane

I know someone who has those shoes and think they work. I have no idea.

Mary

Jane,

I have both types (MBT and Reebok) and I do not care if they work, they both feel good. After wearing the MBTs the cramping in my calves ended. The Reeboks have a very thick cushion and help foot fitness. I had stopped wearing heels because of some pain, but these shoes have made it possible again.

The only problem with the MBTs is they only come in a medium width. Sketchers has an MBT knockoff and since their sizing is narrower I am trying those next.


(Narrow = AAAA)

Charlie (Colorado)

If you ordered some shoes,we're really going to need some before and after pics.

Won't work. I lost my ass in my divorce.

Jane

Wow Mary, that IS narrow!

Extraneus

Jonah Goldberg:

Tim Wirth, a former senator and now chairman of the United Nations Foundation, once said: “We’ve got to ride the global-warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.” New York Times columnist and prominent warm-monger Thomas Friedman has repeatedly said (most recently this week) that he doesn’t care if global warming is a “hoax” because, even if it is, the fear of it will force us to do what we need to do.

Extraneus

How is this possible?

Nation's Health Care Tab to Grow Under Senate Bill

The analysis from nonpartisan economic experts at the Health and Human Services Department concludes that the nation's health care tab will grow more rapidly under the Democratic plan senators are debating -- an estimated increase of $234 billion over 10 years. It also calls into question the Democrats' plan to squeeze $493 billion in savings from Medicare over 10 years, saying it "may be unrealistic."

Jane

Is that Tim Wirth from Colorado?

I actually knew him back in the day.

Charlie (Colorado)

Yup, that's him.

Charlie (Colorado)

Anyone in the Tucson area? I'm going to be on KVOI between 3 and 4 PM mountain to talk about ClimateGate.

Extraneus

"Even if AGW is a hoax, it's still worth limiting ourselves to one child per family. Except for Muslims."

I think that's what they're saying.

Jane

Wasn't he like the sheriff of Boulder in the early '70's back when Gary Hart was McGovern's campaign manager Charlie?

Extraneus

Iowahawk weighs in on ClimateGate.

Pofarmer

Apparently, NASA hasn't got the word that they need to quit cooking the raw data.

Wattsupwiththat

And, if you have an hour to spare, here is an EXCELLENT presentation on the CLOUD project by CERN. These guys just might figure something out.

Rick Ballard

I hope folks suffering from MEGO reading the real Iowahawk's explanation skip to the last paragraph and then take a look at Pofarmer's Wattsupwiththat link to see why it's really not as funny as one might think. The GIS graph shows precisely what I've been mentioning wrt Swedish data massage via the Hansen/Jones method of squashing pre-1940 data and raising post-1975 data.

It's twue, it's twue!

Afterwards you can read Glasater's link where you'll find a calm description of how the Democrat Death Plan should drive 20% of current Medicare providers out of business and into bankruptcy within 10 years. That ought to help the Social Security Trust Fund problem substantially - kill enough grannies and the total pension payout should drop like a rock.

I'm not sure I like this bearded Spock universe. Could we go back? Please?

narciso

No, we're stuck in the Tholian web, Rick, at least for the time being

hit and run

Jane:
I know someone who has those shoes and think they work.

Please tell Amy that I am REALLY REALLY hoping that it is her your talking about. For all the wrong reasons.

hit and run

Please tell me everyone here saw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyXgm126Ko8>Mary's LUN.

Man...that was fabulous.

"I learned...so many things...although I know...I'll never use them...The courses...that I took...were all required...I didn't choose them...You'll find...that to survive...it's best to play the...doctrinaire way...and so...I knuckled down and...did it theeeeir waaaay...."

I want to keep transcribing,but you should really go watch the video.

Strawman Cometh

I saw Swedish Massage and went tharn. what happened?

Melinda Romanoff

hit-

I went to the school that got this LUN from Dr. Suess, best modern speech ever.

Although I have to admit, listening to Mike Royko wasn't too bad either...

Charlie (Colorado)

Jane, I don't think Wirth was Sheriff. He ran for the House in '74.

AL

Panic over ozone layer depletion is arguably the most disgusting and primitive scientific fraud. Six grader could figure it out, using no more than frigging Wikipedia. The sole question to ask is “how ozone layer is created?”.

Ultra Violet (UV) radiation from Sun struck oxygen molecule and split it into two atomic oxygen atoms: O2+UV=O+O. In the process UV quant is adsorbed and its energy is used to split oxygen molecule. Atomic oxygen connects to molecule of oxygen and creates ozone molecule: O+O2=O3. After some time, two ozone molecules or ozone molecule and atomic oxygen collide and recuperate back into oxygen: O3+O3=3O2, O+O3=2O2.

Now, ozone molecule is very effective in adsorbing, scattering, and thermalizing high-energy UV, harmful to life. So, about 10% of UV is adsorbed by oxygen and creates ozone, and about 90% of remaining UV is adsorbed by ozone. Fine.

What will happen if stratosphere would be loaded with some pesky chemical which greatly decrease lifespan (and consequently concentration) of ozone? Simple. Unadsorbed by ozone UV will penetrate slightly deeper in atmosphere and struck more oxygen molecules, creating more ozone, this time with shorter lifespan. Under this condition, 20% of UV will be adsorbed by oxygen, and remaining about 80% of UV will be adsorbed by double created quantity of short-lived ozone.

In short, Earth surface will be shielded from high and medium energy UV (C- and most of B- UV) as long as atmosphere contains oxygen. And since most of ozone layer is situated at elevation of 20-40 kilometers over surface, even deepening penetration of UV will not affect aircraft travelers cruising at elevation of 10-12 km.

It is no co-incidence that life crawled from oceans to land only after marine microorganisms created oxygen in atmosphere.

How ozone hole is created? It is created in polar regions during polar night, when, sorry, “Sun does not shine”. No UV – no ozone creation, but process of recuperation of ozone back into oxygen is still going on, and after some time ozone hole is created. And no, there is no deadly radiation at the surface under ozone hole, for the simple reason that, sorry, “Sun does not shine” at that time. At the exact moment when sunlight begins to strike atmosphere, ozone begin to be created.

On North Pole during polar night there is no ozone hole, because ozone is transported by active atmospheric currents from temperate regions. Air over Antarctic is much more static, and – vouala!- we have seasonal ozone hole down there.

Funny thing, recearchers of ozone layer were almost completely defunded immediately after sighning of Montreal ozone convention.

As an icing on the cake, recent researches discovered that ozone depleting properties of man-made chemicals like CFC and BFC were exaterated by factor of ten.

P.S. Underlying physics of GHG effect, used in climate models, was already falsified at least twice.

Charlie (Colorado)

Golly, you didn't mention that this was a serious Iowahawk piece.

Mary

Hit,

Francis Collins was the commencement speaker for our youngest son's graduation. Of all the speakers we've heard at commencement, he is the one I will remember. It was nice to have a speaker who did not take himself too seriously.

But the LUN was an accident. My computer caught a virus and since all the data is not on the primary partition, I reformatted it and copied the the clean backup to the partition. I usually avoid Symantec programs but various versions of Norton Ghost have been very useful!

windansea

can't believe nobody commented on my link to video of UN security guard intimidation of a reporter at a presser in Copenhagen

Maybe you just need a pretty blue linky?

The pompous Dr Schnieder in the video is a lead author for the IPCC and a devoted CO2 alarmist. So devoted that he used to think CO2 was about to cause the next ice age.

In the 1970s Professor Schneider was one of the leading voices warning the Earth was going to experience a catastrophic man-made ice-age. However he is now a member of the UN IPCC and is a leading advocate warning that the Earth is facing catastrophic global warming. In 1971, Schneider co-authored a paper warning of the possibility of a man-made “ice age.” See: Rasool S., & Schneider S.”Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Aerosols – Effects of Large Increases on Global Climate”, Science, vol.173, 9 July 1971, p.138-141 – Excerpt: ‘The rate of temperature decrease is augmented with increasing aerosol content. An increase by only a factor of 4 in global aerosol background concentration may be sufficient to reduce the surface temperature by as much as 3.5 deg. K. If sustained over a period of several years, such a temperature decrease over the whole globe is believed to be sufficient to trigger an ice age.”

comforting no?

ok...back to make your boobs jealous


Charlie (Colorado)

Oh my. See Sarah Palin upstage William Shatner.

Charlie (Colorado)

Windansea, do you have any idea how much climate change stuff I've read this week?

In the mean time, for stuff along the same lines, read my recent piece on ClimateGate and the first rule of holes.

hit and run

Well it was quite the clip,Mary,and I consider myself quite fortunate to have experienced it.

When my sister graduated from TCU (hey,that's very close to VCU,no?) back in the day,and I was,with much weeping gnashing of teeth,dragged to the ceremony,I remember quite distinctly how when they got to the end of the graduates of one particular college (education? on the details,I'm hazy) one of the professors stood up and raised his hands and shouted "Hallelujah!!!"

Some might have taken that as a..."man,what troublemakers these students have been,I am so glad to be rid of them" sentiment.

Me? I took it more as a kinda reference to http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zephaniah%203:17&version=NIV>Zephaniah 3:17.

windansea

heh, I'm addicted as well

good work

every bit of light helps, personally I think the big guy will soon throw us a kilometer sized asteroid and make hay of all the self serving ideology

Mary

Hit.

I agree with you. But having your youngest child graduate does cause some mixed emotions. Proud that he and the older boys have finished and sad because so many things have also ended. Then there is the relief of not needing to buy any more over-priced textbooks. I am sure we paid for the same books more than once.

hit and run

I'm proud of you,Mary. I hope to be where you are in another 15 years or so.

And at that point,should we reach it,I will still remember the VCU youtube I got to watch tonight.

I can hear it now....

Kids: "Daaaaad,stop...that's sooooo early 2000s...."

Me: "Don't whine,kids,or we're all going on a fun ride back to the 80s!!!!!!"

Kids: "Please tell us about that VCU ceremony again,most wonderful dad"


hit and run

Speaking of my kids....I don't think I've ever let them stay up til 1AM before.

mrs hit and run is in Texas. PLEASE!!!! don't tell her I did this,mmmmkay?

Harrison

$3 billion per year going down the rat hole of corruption.

BR

Yes, Clarice, the Pachauri scandal is humongous if true.

Found another link to it at James Delingpole's UK Telegraph blog via a commenter there.

It alleges that Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, has ties to Indian company TATA, and implies he stands to gain from the closing down of a British steel factory and its sale of carbon emission credits to TATA.

"Indian Conglomerate Tata, currently the world's largest steelmaker, expects to make £1.25billion from closing the Redcar plant with most of this coming from cashing in on the carbon credits the plant was granted by the European Union under its Emissions Trading Scheme."

"In 1974 the Tata Group funded the Tata Engergy Research Institute (TERI) of which Pachauri has been chairman since its foundation. Though business links between Group and TERI are downplayed the two continue work closely together to exploit business opportunities thrown up by climate change."

If true, ta-ta Pachauri!

BR

Excuse me if this has been mentioned already, but I haven't been to JOM for a few days (EMITHBMA, BIHBTJFAFD, EB for short).

Rick, this one must have been created especially for you :)

Looks like a British cartoonist did it. Wonder why he put Condi and Sarah in the chorus, too. Maybe they're doing a joint caper.

BR

Oh, the chorus went undercover. Here's the full picture:

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/files/2009/12/church-dees.jpg

BR

WindandSea, yes, that video showing American climate scientist Schneider and his asst. having a UN security guard intimidate journalist and filmmaker McAleer for asking a perfectly valid question is outrageous. Thank goodness, the film crew got it recorded. Here's more on it at BigGovt.

Only bullies and cowards act like this.

Jane

He ran for the House in '74.

Charlie

I knew him in '72 before he ran. I just can't remember what his job was then.

How was your radio gig?

pagar

BR, I see no reason for Condi and Sarah to be there.

The guards being used to silence critics, the scandal of having billions made off a Indian fraudster closing a steel mill and laying off thousands of workers in England needs to be investigated and people sent to jail.

centralcal

Loved the Sarah Palin link (on Conan's show). Did you hear the audience applaud and whoop and holler?

you betcha!

Pofarmer

Wow, Sarah Palin got TREMENDOUS applause on Conan. Me thinks she's being misunderestimated.

Captain Hate

Oh my. See Sarah Palin upstage William Shatner.

WOW!! Dead solid awesomeness.

I've gotta say that William Shatner made a movie in the 70s that, thanks to Mrs Hate, I spent 90 of the worst minutes of my life enduring. I've seen porn with a more credible and well developed plot.

Rick Ballard

"Only bullies and cowards act like this."

Not necessarily. The agent of the state (armed guard) may not be a bully or a coward any more than the Soviet judges who condemned scientists who questioned Lysenko to gulags were. The 'banality of evil' allows for participation by those whose motive may truly be 'maintaining order' or 'upholding the law'.

Rest assured that the Kendonesian commie bastard understands that concept completely, just as he understands the necessity to organize an ACORN centered paramilitary along the lines of the brownshirts. I doubt that it will succeed but it won't be for lack of effort on his part.

Charlie,

Another very nice piece. I particularly enjoyed your explication of the 'settled science' aspect of blackboard physics in the comment section.

Clarice

Tom Friedman also has a substantial conflict of interest. (oh, surprise, surprise).
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/12/post_185.html
Gosh--and I really expected more thorough vetting and disclosure from the home of Krugman, Enron cultant and snappy economics commentator.

Captain Hate

Tom Friedman also has a substantial conflict of interest. (oh, surprise, surprise).

Wow, Flathead's been taking lessons from Bill Moyers.

narciso

Was that the Esperanto one, or the witches in the Phillipines one, CH. It does seem like
Denny Crane, ate Captain Kirk

hit and run

Heh,I particularly like the blog post after that one at AT,clarice.

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