More Climate Change Junk Science

Posted July 6th, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Uncategorized
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Another journalist questions why politics rather than science is driving debate on climate change, wondering, “Why are environmentalists and scientists so reluctant to discuss long-term increases in southern hemisphere sea ice?”

For years, computer simulations have predicted that sea ice should be disappearing from the Poles. Now, with the news that Antarctic sea-ice levels have hit new highs, comes yet another mishap to tarnish the credibility of climate science. Climatologists base their doom-laden predictions of the Earth’s climate on computer simulations. But these have long been the subject of ridicule because of their stunning failure to predict the pause in warming – nearly 18 years long on some measures – since the turn of the last century.

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An adult chinstrap penguin jumps out of the sea at Port Lockroy, Antarctica

It’s the same with sea ice. We hear a great deal about the decline in Arctic sea ice, in line with or even ahead of predictions. But why are environmentalists and scientists so much less keen to discuss the long-term increase in the southern hemisphere? In fact, across the globe, there are about one million square kilometres more sea ice than 35 years ago, which is when satellite measurements began.

It’s fair to say that this has been something of an embarrassment for climate modellers. But it doesn’t stop there. In recent days a new scandal over the integrity of temperature data has emerged, this time in America, where it has been revealed as much as 40 per cent of temperature data there are not real thermometer readings. Many temperature stations have closed, but rather than stop recording data from these posts, the authorities have taken the remarkable step of ‘estimating’ temperatures based on the records of surrounding stations.

So vast swathes of the data are actually from ‘zombie’ stations that have long since disappeared. This is bad enough, but it has also been discovered that the US’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using estimates even when perfectly good raw data is available to it – and that it has adjusted historical records.

Is climate change real? Does Man have an impact on global weather? We should at least be given facts to decide, not politically-driven junk science.

Read the entire article at:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681812/Its-politics-not-science-driving-climate-change-mania-UN-predictions-subject-ridicule-stunning-failure.html

Start Each Day on a Positive Note

Posted June 9th, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Obama, Barack Hussein, Pelosi, Nancy
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Received via email. Thank you, unnamed source, for making the start of each day a little happier for thousands.

MAD’s Brutal Spoof Poster for ‘Barack Obama’s Unfortunate New Movie’

Posted June 3rd, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Uncategorized
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The Shrinking Great Red Spot of Jupiter

Posted May 17th, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Global Warming, Science & Technology
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Jupiter’s famed Great Red Spot has long been a defining feature for the gas giant, attracting many an astronomer’s eye and more than a few NASA flybys. But recently, the spot has been shrinking. What was once a huge area almost 25 thousand miles across has shrunk to a bare 10K across.

Obama is making the preservation of the Great Red Spot a pivotal centerpiece in his Climate Change strategy:

What we see happening on Jupiter is nothing short of a cataclysmic change that is just as serious as the retreat of the glaciers and rising of the oceans here on Earth. The Great Red Spot on Jupiter is smaller than at any point in history and the rate of shrinkage is accelerating; it may disappear altogether in as little as 17 years.

Just 400 years ago the Great Red Spot was 40 thousand miles across. Today, it is barely wider than the Earth. We cannot ignore the fact that the spot started shrinking as the industrial revolution began, and that the more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that Man produces the faster the Red Spot shrinks.

The fringes of the scientific community have proposed that solar flares are responsible for the heating of the Earth. But it is now apparent that Mankind’s activities are having a devastating effect that extends outside of our own atmosphere. It may very well be that the larger our carbon footprint, the more unstable the sun’s activities, leading to more solar flares and shrinkage of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.

No longer is Mankind’s disregard for the environment limited to the Earth. We must end our quest for resource consumption, pursuit of technology and creation of a viable economy in order to save the entire solar system.

Indeed, another case of correlation equating to causation.

Today’s Must Read

Posted May 3rd, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Leftists, Liberals & Other Silliness
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I do not accuse those who “check” me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line. But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive. Furthermore, I condemn them for casting the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a meritocracy, as a myth, and for declaring that we are all governed by invisible forces (some would call them “stigmas” or “societal norms”), that our nation runs on racist and sexist conspiracies. Forget “you didn’t build that;” check your privilege and realize that nothing you have accomplished is real.

The above is an extract from an opinion piece in Time penned by the grandson of Jewish immigrants who survived Hitler, a Death March and a Siberian work camp before making their way to America with no money or understanding of English, yet met and built enough of a life together to hand down the work ethic that enabled Tal Fortgang to go to Princeton.

The story is both moving and inspiring. Read as Tal explains, "Why I’ll Never Apologize for My White Male Privilege."

Learning from History

Posted April 23rd, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Uncategorized
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Hope and Change in history

Mozilla Suffers Major Backlash

Posted April 5th, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Leftists, Liberals & Other Silliness
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In reaction to widespread demonstration of classic liberal intolerance, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich stepped down after less than two weeks on the job. His crime is a paltry $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8, for which seven million Californians voted and successfully passed.

Oh yeah, and Eich also made campaign contributions in past years to Republican candidates such as Pat Buchanan.

The response from the larger public has been gratifying as Mozilla set a new company record today for online customer dissatisfaction:

Read about it at Conservative Intelligence Briefing. HT Instapundit who has his usual smattering of sage observation and pithy links.

The comments on their feedback page seem uniformly negative at the moment (mine certainly was).

Finally, Firefox meets firestorm: Mozilla clams up.

Liberals. Gotta love their consistency.

Poster shamelessly stolen from Ellysa Maye’s Twitter feed.

Forbes: Obama’s Disdain For The Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic

Posted March 1st, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Obama, Barack Hussein
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Forbes calls for impeachment of Obama, and makes a strong case for doing so. Read the whole article, but here is the money quote:

The most important point is that Mr. Obama does not consider himself bound by the Constitution. He could not have made that more clear. He has drawn a line in the concrete and we cannot ignore it.

Those who currently hold political office, and who want to keep our system of government, need to act now. Surely, rejection of the Constitution is grounds for impeachment and charges should be filed. In addition, there are many other actions that Congressmen can and should take—actions that will tell Mr. Obama that we have seen where he is going and we will not let our country go without a fight.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government had been created. “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”

We are losing it. If Mr. Obama’s reach for unprecedented power is not stopped, that will be the end. Everyone who values his life and liberty should find some way to say “No!” “Not now!” “Not yet!” “Not ever!”

This isn’t the National Review. This isn’t the Heritage Foundation. This is Forbes.

Finally. Now let’s get some traction on this.

Big Asses on Truck

Posted March 1st, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Humor
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Big Asses Makes Truck Look Big

Real Cost of a Higher Minimum Wage

Posted February 26th, 2014 by Darrell and filed in Economics and the Economy
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Quora is a site where anyone can ask any question and anyone else can answer. Those providing answers include such luminaries as Steve Case (dot com billionaire), Ashton Kutcher (remarkably intelligent, contrary to his TV personas), Larry Summers (political economist), Sid Espinosa (Palo Alto mayor), Tiki Barber (former NY Giants running back) and many more.

Many of the questions are posed in a biased manner, such as the one below. I love it when someone with real life experience blows a hole in the bias to expose truth, especially when it demolishes a liberal line of group-think. Click through to read a Dane’s response to the question:

2014 Minimum Wage Debate: Do Republicans ignore the economic stimulative effect of raising the minimum wage?