Sunday, February 28, 2010
The IPCC cries “uncle” – they're looking for independent review of their reporting methods. A definite flying pig moment...
Al Gore isn't sounding quite as strident these days – and the formidable Ann Althouse takes him to task...
David Archibald on the linkage between stellar (as in our sun) output and climate.
Dr. Roy Spencer on the spurious warming to be found in surface temperature data.
Toward the end of the storm last night, we had a couple of bright flashes of lightning to our north, and some lovely and dramatic rolling thunder of the sort rarely heard in these parts – scared the hell out of Lea, our female field spaniel. During the day we had one spectacular rainbow, stretching perfectly across the mountains forming the north and east rim of Lawson Valley.
We drove out the valley late in the day to pick up Debbie's car at Rancho Jamul Auto (our auto care heroes!). The creeks were swollen to a level higher than we've seen in quite a few years. The soils all over the valley must be completely saturated, because it appears that all of the water from this storm is running off...
Saturday, February 27, 2010
A new report from an actual scientist says: oops, those temperature data really were affected by the urban heat island effect and poor sensor siting. Well, duh!
Pajamas Media puts together a hockey stick graph of their own (at right, as well). Quite funny if you've been following AGW for a while...
Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the IPCC chief, is going to be investigated for his culpability in the now-discredited series of error-filled IPCC reports that the U.N. and national governments depended upon for the formulation of climate policy.
Three submissions to the U.K. Parliamentary committee investigating ClimateGate – from Steve McIntyre, the Institute of Physics, and the ICO. All very interesting. It's hard to overstate Steve McIntyre's contributions to AGW skepticism – and impossible not to admire his civility, sobriety, and honesty. “Professional” climatology could do a lot worse than Steve McIntyre for a role model. Oh, that's right, they already did that...
Political tricks in the U.K., unveiled...
Think of Greece as California: Every year an irresponsible and corrupt bureaucracy awards itself higher pay and better benefits paid for by an ever-shrinking wealth-generating class.Don't miss the whole thing...
Friday, February 26, 2010
February 25, 2010Preliminary Court Ruling favors fire safety and nature over county's poorly planned vegetation clearance projectCounty broke law when it skipped environmental review of plan
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Superior Court issued a preliminary ruling today in favor of the California Chaparral Institute indicating that the County of San Diego violated state law by exempting its backcountry vegetation clearance projects from public and environmental review.
"This is a victory for both citizens and nature," said Richard Halsey, director of the Institute. "The best way to protect lives, property, and natural resources from wildfire is through proper community design and sensible vegetation management directly around homes, not striping habitat in the backcountry. This ruling will give citizens the opportunity to participate in developing a rational approach to fire risk reduction. It's time we stop wasting millions of dollars of tax-payer money on projects that actually increase the threat of fire to people."
The preliminary ruling can be found at the link below:
Their position is one I agree with, though the analogy is imperfect – the kind of economical major medical policies that we'd buy for ourselves (and which actually are still available) are, unfortunately, not available today for our pets...
On the other hand, accomplishing nothing useful may actually be substantially better than anything these bozos came up with for actually, like, addressing the issues...
Several readers have written to ask me why I've stopped commenting on the healthcare debates. I'm disgusted with the whole thing. It seems to me that the American people have made it abundantly clear that they don't want Obamacare or anything even remotely like it – and yet our elected representatives are pressing on anyway. Or at least they're making noises like they are. I still believe it's unlikely to pass, as too many Democratic congresscritters are afraid for their own reelection (Scott Brown drove that lesson home in a vivid way). If I'm wrong about this, and the Democrats do ram this thing down our throats, then I believe they're going to pay the piper at the ballot box, come November – after which we'd likely see Republican majorities in both houses. Hari-kari, that would be – but after watching Reid and Pelosi in action, one can't dismiss the possibility...
On a related note, I once had the flip side of this issue made dramatically clear to me. I was interviewing software engineers for a job opening in my company. One of the candidates looked pretty good, but I wasn't sure why he wanted to leave the company he was currently working for – he had a fascinating job there that seemed an ideal fit for his skills. So I asked him – and he told me that a bug in code he had written had killed a patient who was wearing one of his company's experimental insulin pumps. Now he was looking for a job were a bug couldn't possibly injure or kill someone...
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The classic example is the minimum wage laws. It's demonstrable that every time the minimum wage is increased, the number of people employed at minimum wage goes down. Why? Because through the minimum wage law, the government just made it more expensive to hire someone. No matter what the level they set the minimum wage, the following will be true: there will be jobs that aren't worth the minimum wage to the business, and there will be people willing (but unable, thanks to the law) to take those jobs for less money.
This is one of the many reasons why liberalism always fails in the long run. And very typically for liberal programs, the well-intentioned minimum wage regulation (“How can we expect people to work for so little money?”) backfires and hurts the very people it was intended to help...
Dr. Judith Curry on rebuilding trust and credibility in climate research.
Dr. Harrison Schmitt (former astronaut, moon walker, and Senator) on what we should be doing about natural climate change.
Well of course your answer would be (b)!
Idiots. Criminally insane idiots.
In my years in the U.S. Navy in the early '70s, I worked with several other kinds of data storage: magnetic tape, magnetic drums, paper tape (seriously!), magnetic cores, and the most amazing of all – recirculating mercury delay lines. Data storage was hard back then!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
JoNova demonstrates how NASA's James Hansen cooked the surface temperature data. She also has a link-filled post about how the AGW crowd (now that their science is being successfully challenged) has been reduced to hurling insults and attempting bullying of the skeptics.
Anthony Watts has the details on the British Met's proposal to completely redo their surface temperature data – focusing on public scrutiny and rigorous peer review. Woo hoo!
Roger Pielke reports on the WMO's update to their hurricane (tropical cyclone) perspectives. These are the same folks who for the past few years have regularly been reporting that mankind's activities have been causing more hurricanes, more powerful hurricanes, and more hurricanes that made landfall. The money quote from their most recent report: “…we cannot at this time conclusively identify anthropogenic signals in past tropical cyclone data.” Translation: they don't see any effect caused by mankind's activities...
We spend billions of dollars every year on the “war on drugs” – and those unfortunates who want the drugs get them despite our DEA's best efforts. Personally, I'd much rather see the drug trade legalized (and taxed). Think of the resulting benefits: new tax revenues for the government to waste, less tax dollars needed for the DEA (zero, hopefully), and less tax dollars spent on the totally useless prosecution and incarceration of drug users. Who loses from drug legalization? As far as I can tell, only the DEA and the illicit drug trade. The rest of us win, including the drug users who would pay less for their habit.
You know, we've seen this movie before: alcohol and Prohibition. The parallel is rather precise, even including addition (an alcoholic is, after all, an alcohol addict)...
The technical elements of this story are a classic clever hack, nothing really earth-shattering in them.
The truly scary part of the story is that the high school thought that this was a good idea. The even scarier part is that some (thankfully a tiny minority) of the students and their parents also thought it was a good (or at least acceptable) idea...
Here's what I'm thinking:
Some assembly required.
I sure wish we had more Cassinis and fewer ISS picture windows...
Google will, of course, appeal this conviction (see their official blog post). It seems completely absurd to me, akin to holding UPS responsible because someone packed an awful video in a box and shipped it via UPS. If companies like Google actually became liable in many countries for the content uploaded by Internet users, the inevitable result would be that all the wonderful, free services like Google video would go away, or would require payment ‐ for those companies would have to decide between hiring armies of censors or simply dropping the problematic line of business.
Here, David Benke is a hero; it's a classic American story. In England he'd probably be charged with assault on the gunman...
Fortunately for all of us, it looks likely that Harry Reid will be defeated this November...
So how's that working out?
Well, by the last count I saw there are 35 former lobbyists (including three Cabinet members) in the Obama administration – more than in any previous President's administration. And now we learn that lobbyists' salaries are higher than they've ever been. Somehow we doubt that lobbyists' salaries have gone up because their influence has gone down...
Lobbyists: 1 Hope and Change: 0
Well, it's back in the news. After the Kelo decision, the city of New London did in fact condemn the affected property, and bulldozed the houses. Then the original developer who wanted the land backed out. Now the city has announced plans to build townhouses on the condemned property. So this entire affair in the precipitating case has come to naught: the city's revenue is essentially unchanged, and the citizens lives were disrupted for no reason.
How sad. And how very un-American. I'm still angry about Kelo, years later...
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
When the study was published last year, the IPCC trumpeted it as “proof” of their report's claims of rising sea levels. They also cited it as part of the “settled science” of climate change.
Kudos to Mark Siddall, Thomas Stocker, and Peter Clark (the scientists who published the study) for their handling of the mistakes discovered...
Monday, February 22, 2010
Iran is not-so-covertly developing nuclear weapons, and is close to achieving that goal.
Israel has nukes, and delivery capability, but surely wouldn't want to use them except in extreme circumstances.
Israel has the most powerful air force in the Middle East, and surely could reach Iran – but probably at great cost to her airmen, and with great risk to mission success.
The rest of the world is doing essentially nothing to defuse this situation. China and Russia are blocking all attempts to use less-than-military pressure, and Europe isn't too excited about it, either – especially Germany and France, who are major trading partners with Iran.
What's a threatened Israel to do?
Develop a fleet of unmanned aircraft with the range to strike Iran and with the payload capacity to carry either bunker-busters or nukes.
Monckton v. Lambert on the Pinker tapes, at JoNova.
George Will's take: Blinded by Science.
Charlie Martin marvels at the U.S. press' ability to ignore the story.
L. Gordon Crovitz, writing at the Wall Street Journal on open science.
Willis Eschenbach on “adjusted” (read “manufactured”) temperature data in Anchorage.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Q: How many women with MENOPAUSE does it take to change a light bulb?My mom says this is the best menopause question evah!
A: One! ONLY ONE!!!! And do you know WHY? Because no one else in this house knows HOW to change a light bulb! They don't even know that the bulb is BURNED OUT!! They would sit in the dark for THREE DAYS before they figured it out. And, once they figured it out, they wouldn't be able to find the #&%!* light bulbs despite the fact that they've been in the SAME CABINET for the past 17 YEARS! But if they did, by some miracle of God, actually find them, 2 DAYS LATER, the chair they dragged to stand on to change the STUPID light bulb would STILL BE IN THE SAME SPOT!!!!! AND UNDERNEATH IT WOULD BE THE WRAPPER THE FREAKING LIGHT BULBS CAME IN!!! BECAUSE NO ONE EVER PICKS UP OR CARRIES OUT THE GARBAGE!!!! IT'S A WONDER WE HAVEN'T ALL SUFFOCATED FROM THE PILES OF GARBAGE THAT ARE A FOOT DEEP THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE HOUSE!! IT WOULD TAKE AN ARMY TO CLEAN THIS PLACE! AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON WHO CHANGES THE TOILET PAPER ROLL !!
I'm sorry. What was the question?
The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide". The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" (a recent replacement for "Blame Bush") and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.Read the whole thing.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Yet another reason for citizens to keep their right to bear arms...
Sarah Palin rails about the “snow job” revealed by ClimateGate in a link-filled Facebook posting. One thing Palin does very impressively is to leverage the Internet to get her messages out. I can't think of any other politician who even comes close to this...
An MIT climatologist says “...at this point, the models seem to be failing.” Doesn't sound like settled science to me!
Observed North American snow levels trending in the opposite direction of the climate models' predictions. Oops!
Vindication for an early AGW skeptic.
What changes in snow levels tell us.
Abu al-Zarqawi died and George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, "How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive!"I was chuckling for hours after I first read it...
Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, "You wanted to end our liberties but you failed!"
James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, "This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!"
Thomas Jefferson was next, beat al-Zarqawi with a long cane and snarled "It was Evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence."
The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the terrorist Leader.
As al-Zarqawi lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Al- Zarqawi wept and said, "This is not what you promised me."
The Angel replied, "I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?"
Friday, February 19, 2010
In honor of the 44th President of the United States, Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream has introduced a new flavor: "Barocky Road"
Barocky Road is a blend of half vanilla, half chocolate, and surrounded by nuts and flakes. The vanilla portion of the mix is not openly advertised and usually denied as an ingredient. The nuts and flakes are all very bitter and hard to swallow.
The cost is $100.00 per scoop.
When purchased it will be presented to you in a large beautiful cone, but after you pay for it, the ice cream is taken away and given to the person in line behind you at no charge.
You are left with an empty wallet and no change, holding an empty cone with no hope of getting any ice cream.
Are you stimulated?
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Giant versions of several such photos are available at the link above...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Joshua's example is using 32 bit integers, which very roughly can hold values between -2 billion and + 2 billion. So, for example, if you tried to add 1.5 billion to 1.6 billion, the result (3.1 billion) is larger than an integer can hold, and the result is invalid. That's an overflow.
I was amused to see him write about overflow as though it were a rare and exotic phenomenon. To those of us who “grew up” with 8 bit microcomputers, overflow is an old “friend” we know very well. Why? Well, simply because the largest number an 8 bit integer can hold is quite small (specifically, -128 to +127), so you'll frequently run into overflow in common sorts of problems. Oh, yes, I know overflow very well. And I suspect that early experience has made me much more sensitive to the possibility of overflow. Everywhere I've ever worked, I've run into (and fixed) examples of possible overflow – they're more common than I suspect Joshua knows.
Most recently I found an example in a signum function, where one integer was subtracted from another, and the sign of the result was tested to see if it was positive or negative. The original code was naively written, making the assumption that no overflow was possible (technically with subtraction the problem is called underflow, but it's really the same thing in the end). Here's a simple example in 8 bit integers: let's say you were comparing +100 to -100. The signum function subtracted the second number from the first number (+100 minus -100). The result you'd expect would be 200 – but that's too large a value to hold in an 8 bit integer. Overflow is the result.
Here's where a “feature” of Java (and many other languages) gets in the way: Java has no test for overflow, and doesn't produce any exceptions. In the example above, the result of (+100 minus -100) is a negative number – definitely not the expected value, and not even the right sign. In a signum function, that means it gives results exactly backward from the intent. It's certainly possible to write Java code that detects overflows, but it's a bit of a pain, and outside the experience and knowledge of most Java programmers. In fact, the very possibility of an overflow seems to catch many Java programmers by surprise, which is probably why these problems are so common.
I've recently been programming a PIC microcontroller, one of the very low-end models in the line. This very primitive little computer is an 8 bit machine, much like the machines I worked on in the '70s. But unlike them, and to my great surprise, the little PIC doesn't even have overflow detection in hardware. Overflow detection is trivial for hardware, so I suspect its omission is more oversight than intent. But in any case, the code I wrote had to look for overflow exactly as you'd have to do in Java...
The Mars Express mission, over its entire lifetime, plus the Russian Mars mission, cost less than 1/5 of the new “picture window” on the space station. Oh, and the robotic missions are returning huge amounts of actual science data, while the picture window is returning...nothing at all.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
It has been a bad—make that dreadful—few weeks for what used to be called the "settled science" of global warming, and especially for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that is supposed to be its gold standard.It sure is nice to see this sort of thing in the American press. It would be even nicer to see more of it...
First it turns out that the Himalayan glaciers are not going to melt anytime soon, notwithstanding dire U.N. predictions. Next came news that an IPCC claim that global warming could destroy 40% of the Amazon was based on a report by an environmental pressure group. Other IPCC sources of scholarly note have included a mountaineering magazine and a student paper.
Since the climategate email story broke in November, the standard defense is that while the scandal may have revealed some all-too-human behavior by a handful of leading climatologists, it made no difference to the underlying science. We think the science is still disputable. But there's no doubt that climategate has spurred at least some reporters to scrutinize the IPCC's headline-grabbing claims in a way they had rarely done previously.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Better than the clowns in Washington, for sure. Said clowns should be ashamed of themselves, though I see no evidence of that...
He's doing this wonderful work self-funded. Please do as I did, and hit his tip jar – we need more of his fine reporting, and we don't get anything even remotely like it from the lamestream media...
Even though I've lived through such things before, I'm still somewhat stunned by the rapid turnaround in the fortunes of the Democrats in general and the Obama administration in particular. At this point, I'd say Obama is going to be lucky to be perceived as well as Jimmy Carter...
They'd all been emasculated by the pervasive political correctness in the U.K. today.
I'd really hate to see America go this route.
Since the story linked above was posted, the little girl has died...
Hats off to you guys who make picking roses look easy.Prior to reading this, it never occurred to me that a woman in a relationship with another woman might experience something closely akin to what a heterosexual man does. Read it...
It matches my experience in the aggregate, for sure. By that I mean that if you took all the women whose political tendencies I'm aware of, and ranked them on a one-dimensional scale from leftish to rightish, the average would be well to the left of center. Do that with the men whose political tendencies I'm aware of, and the opposite is true. I can think of plenty of counter-examples on both sides (Anne Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Sarah Palin; Barney Frank, Harry Reid, Paul Krugman), but still...the overall gender difference is there, and fairly obvious.
So here's the obvious question raised: should repealing women's suffrage be an objective of the libertarian, conservative or tea parties?
Steven Goddard uses tectonics (just as I did) to illustrate how scientific consensus has often been wrong.
Dr. Phil Jones, the disgraced scientist and administrator at the center of the ClimateGate emails, has admitted that there has been no detectable global warming in the past 10 years – directly contradicting one of the central assertions of the IPCC report, and of course the heart of preacher Al Gore's fire-and-brimstone claims.
After errors in the IPCC's claims about Himalayan glaciers, African agriculture, Australian and New Zealand's temperature records, and South American rain forest demise, could there be even more that they screwed up? Yup, and JoNova has the details (in Scandinavia, this time). Did these clowns get anything right?
The London Times reports on doubts about modern temperature records, focusing on local factor problems such as the urban heat island effect. Jeez, it's about time! For several years now, AGW skeptics have been all over this rather obvious foundational problem for the whole AGW theory...
Brian at Six Meat Buffet has a suggestion for the next angle the British press should investigate: just why in the hell the American press has neglected the whole ClimateGate/AGW story...
Saturday, February 13, 2010
I've been saying for months that the difference between America and Europe is that, when the global economy nosedived, everywhere from Iceland to Bulgaria mobs took to the streets and besieged Parliament, demanding to know why government didn't do more for them. This is the only country in the developed world where a mass movement took to the streets to say we can do just fine if you control-freak statists would just stay the hell out of our lives, and our pockets. You can shove your non-stimulating stimulus, your jobless jobs bill, and your multitrillion-dollar porkathons. This isn't karaoke. These guys are singing "I'll do it my way" for real.Read the whole thing...
I watched a good many landings on the USS Enterprise (the “Big E”) when I was in the Navy, deployed off the coast of North Vietnam, in the early '70s. The technology now is vastly improved, but it's just as difficult and risky now as it was back then...
I was disgusted by Courtney's piece when I first read it a couple of days ago. It got me to wondering just how many modern women were so shallow and so selfish that they'd read Courtney's piece with approval – or even take action on it. Having been deployed myself (though before I was married), it was easy for me to empathize with the soldier on the receiving end of Courtney's cruelty.
Reading Cassy's piece was a breath of fresh air. I kept saying things to myself like “Point Cassy!” as I was reading. At the end I had a smile on my face, for several reasons: Cassy's excellent takedown, the good fortune of Cassy's soldier, and the hope she gave me that the Cassy's in this world outnumber the Courtneys...
Friday, February 12, 2010
Diary of a Snow ShovelerMakes me glad to be a Californian...
December 8 : 6:00 PM. Finally settled into our new home in Isle La Motte, VT. It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!
December 9 : We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the Whole World? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had. Shoveled for the first time in years, felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life.
December 12 : The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment. My neighbor tells me not to worry, we'll definitely have a white Christmas . No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.
December 14 : Snow, lovely snow! 8" last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish I wouldn't huff and puff so.
December 15 : 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer.Bought snow tires for the wife's car and two extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.
December 16 : Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ........ on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like ....... The wife laughed for an hour which I think was very cruel.
December 17 : Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for five hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.
December 20 : Electricity's back on, but had another 14" of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling. Took all day. The d...... snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower , and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.
December 22 : Bob was right about a white Christmas , because 13 more inches of the white stuff fell today, and it's so cold it probably won't melt 'til August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel, and then I had to pee. By the time I got undressed, pee and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel! Tried to hire Bob, who has a plow on his truck, for the rest of the winter; but he says he's too busy. I think the he is lying.
December 23 : Only 2" of snow today, and it warmed up to "0". The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What, is she nuts!!! Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did, but I think she's lying.
December 24 : 6". Snow packed so hard by snowplow, I broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son-of-a-gun who drives that snowplow, I'll drag him through the snow and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a100 miles an hour and throws snow all over everywhere I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the snowplow.
December 25 : Merry Christmas. 20 more inches of the slop tonight. Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God, I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's a fricking idiot. If I have to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to stuff her into the microwave.
December 26 : Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.
December 27 : Temperature dropped to -30, and the pipes froze. Plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him; he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.
December 28 : Warmed up to above -50. Still snowed in. This is driving me crazy!!!!!
December 29 : 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?
December 30 : Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver. He is now suing me for a million dollars; not for only the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his butt. The wife went home to her mother. 9" predicted.
December 31 : I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling. Called Realtor to sell the lot!!
January 8: Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
If current trends continue, this once mesmerizing Camelot-ish operation will be be seen in the history books as the presidential administration that -- to distort slightly and inversely paraphrase Churchill -- never have so many talented people managed to achieve so little with so much.And he's talking about the Obama administration!
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.
I hope – really, I hope – that the South Carolina legislature is not so naive as to believe that such a law will coerce hardened terrorists into registering themselves. I'm guessing that what they were really after was a “hook” to let them file criminal charges against someone that law enforcement discovered who was engaged in such activities.
But here's the problem: the language in the statute is so vague, so open-ended, that almost anybody could be ensnared by it. Just think: have you ever jokingly said something like this: that we'd be better off if a moderate sized metorite smashed the Capitol while both houses were in session? That'd do it – you're a criminal under this statute (unless you had actually registered!), and you might be going to jail.
This just begs for a Constitutional challenge on first amendment grounds...
The total rain for the year right now stands at 8.66 inches (220 mm) – just about at the 100 year average. And we're not quite done with the rainy season yet!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Given the huge quantities of soda consumed in this country (and, I presume, worldwide), this is not good news...
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sheesh, Amex, get your freaking act together!
Bottom line: I'm going continue the behavior that I'm mocked for...
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Yet another egregious error in the IPCC report. This time it turns out that their claim of AGW-caused 50% reduction in African agricultural production is not based on science at all.
In a good read, Walter Russell Mead discusses why climate science is in trouble. And of all places, Canada's uber-liberal Globe and Mail publishes a skeptic-friendly piece by Margaret Wente on the great global warming collapse.
As he would say: Har!Apparently the seat of the national government is snowed in and everone is trapped in their houses.
I predict that with government officials unable to govern and convene press conferences, nationwide the economy will be stable and mass layoffs will be put on hold.
…at least until the plows get out there and let the politicians and bureaucrats back into their offices.
I’m not saying it will come to pass in exactly that way, and that Obama will declare himself to be a deity. In fact, I’ll even go on record as saying he won’t. Nevertheless, something is very wrong with this man, and it is growing stronger every day.
The woman can sure give a speech. I'll take her folksy, common-sense style over Obama's supposed oratory magnificence any day of the week.
Could I support her in a run for President? Possibly, though I don't think it's likely. It's impossible to predict now what's going to happen in 2012, though one scenario being frequently batted around is an Obama vs. Palin matchup. What would I do then? Most likely I'd be torn between sitting out the election (for lack of a candidate I believed in) or voting for Palin as a way of saying “No more Obama!”
Watching her give this speech gave me another thought, though: it seems at least possible that Sarah Palin will emerge as the leader (or figurehead) of a political movement whose aggregate capability was attractive to me. It would be, then, more like a team of people running rather than just Sarah Palin. If that turned out to be the case, I'd find a vote for Palin much less troubling.
One prediction I think is a safe one: Sarah Palin will somehow be involved in the 2012 presidential race (even if not as a candidate), and her presence will make the race much more interesting – and probably more about the issues that I care about than otherwise...
Saturday, February 6, 2010