Monday, December 08, 2008

More Tom Nelson Revelations

I loath myself for restarting the "dig me and my extreme ideas" gene activity. But here I am. aagain.
Thanks to Tom Nelson who once again shows Tempalarmists for being low level liars...
The thing that pisses me off about all this... this evidence - that increasing CO2 has nothing to do with warming temps, is that I'm happy that the climidiots are wrong - BUT I'M FREEZING MY BUTT OFF!!!





Thursday, October 23, 2008

Springhill Mine Disaster 50 Year Memorial

My Grandfather changed shifts the week before the Bump of 58. It was his crew and those were his buddy's caught down there.






Monday, October 20, 2008

The Global Warming Answer is Simple

From Lorne Gunter in Nat Post:
Don Easterbrook, a geologist at Western Washington University, says, "It's practically a slam dunk that we are in for about 30 years of global cooling," as the sun enters a particularly inactive phase. His examination of warming and cooling trends over the past four centuries shows an "almost exact correlation" between climate fluctuations and solar energy received on Earth, while showing almost "no correlation at all with CO2."
Take the $100 million and BUY 20,000 SUV's (CBL January 2008)
Take all the bank bail-outs and spend the money on SUV's.

Carrying forward the logic of the Global Warmongers, it would be Good for the environment, Good for the Alberta Oil Fields and Great for the Ontario Auto Industry.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Here we go again...

The Gazette

They look like grad pictures from a 1970's nursing school.
There is management of a campaign and then there is control.
The first works, the second gets recognized as freakish and gets push back from electors.
The CPC may or may not win a majority (I'm betting on 135 seats), but that is despite their incompetent campaign leadership, who again turned a majority into a minority.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Political Animals Learning a Second Language

We have a new Scot Terrier puppy and two cats. They suffer each other and have frequent run-ins, often involving lots of hissing and hopping and barking.
Of course, the puppy just wants to play, and he sincerely makes an attempt to communicate and invite the kitties to play tug or other exciting puppy games, to the degree that he actually has a different bark with the cats - it's kind of yelpy and high pitched. Like he's trying to talk in their meowy feline tongue but just can't get the phrasing right.
Is still likely more comprehensible to its audience, though, than the futile attempt to speak a second language by a certain Party Leader who wishes to be PM.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Global Warming Hoax Weekly Round-Up, Oct. 10th 2008

From the Daily Bayonet - All the Important Hypocritical Global Warming Theorist Case Studies in One Place
Welcome to the weekly round-up of all things a growing climate skeptic needs. This week might be more linky than snarky, I reached a personal high of being Snark McSnarky of the Snark People last week, and I'm not quite over it yet.
Lots of good stuff for you this week, and if you've ever read a round-up before, you're going to love this week's return hottie. Don't forget to return up here to read the good stuff after you've gone and had your sneaky early look at her. You're so predictable.
Hat Tip to Tom Nelson

Update on Russian Occupation of Georgia

Monday, September 22, 2008

ps. The Loony is the One in Green

It's election time again, and time to again recall our old Python friends, and their masterpiece "Spot the Loony"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Don't Believe a Single Thing Ellie May Says . . .

Globe & Mail
"Their economic platform is incredibly detailed, with all sorts of micro-managing issues on many, many fronts," says Sherry Cooper, chief economist at BMO Capital Markets. "They are calling for nothing less than a full-scale remodelling of the Canadian economy. They are anti-trade. They want food sufficiency on a regional basis, so I guess we will all have backyard vegetable gardens and never again eat pineapple or bananas. ... Instead of harnessing modernity and using our scientific know-how to find alternative fuel sources, the Greens want to take us back to life before electricity and the combustion engine."

"Her budget doesn't balance unless we massively increase our carbon emissions," points out Aldyen Donnelly, who's president of the Greenhouse Emissions Management Consortium. She also faults Ms. May on the facts. Every European country that introduced carbon taxes - including Germany, Sweden and Denmark - has suffered heavy losses of manufacturing jobs. As for Germany's green jobs, they're all subsidized by the government. "Carbon taxes have proven to be an economic death spiral," Ms. Donnelly says.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Is it the Economy Stupid? Gore Climate Project Lagging.

Hat tip to Tom Nelson
Climate Project - Number of  Propoganda Presentations
Sept 2007 - 108 Events
Sept 2008 - 42 Events
Maybe, just maybe, the truth is getting out there. 
Or maybe people are just more concerned about keeping a roof over their heads, than the earth frying.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cuba Lauded for Hurricane Response

All the world's do-gooders rush to applaud any marxist state that actually accomplishes anything.
Here's what the
Centre for International Policy (a useful idiot if there ever was one) says about Cuba & hurricanes:
Why is the Cuban model of disaster mitigation so successful? Can the United States learn something from Cuba? These are questions that the Center for International Policy (CIP), with the support of the Ford Foundation, is exploring. In 2007 CIP hosted a working conference for hurricane specialists from the United States and their Cuban counterparts to share expertise and exchange best practices for saving lives when natural phenomena strike, specifically hurricanes.
Now, here's some simple truths...
(a) Cuba really only has two functioning government departments- the Interior Ministry (which includes the secret police) and the Army. Cuba has been described by Cubans I know as "2 million people and 1 million police". Easy to mobilize people to relocate to higher ground when you have a billy club or a side arm (and when there are as many of you as there are of them).
(b) Cubans are used to being told what to do - they live in a police state.
(c) Cubans have almost no personal possessions of value, so there's almost nothing to stay behind to protect.

But there are always people out there who will take advantage of any opportunity to twist facts to criticize America.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

CNN Reporters Heroic in Galveston - More Climate Porn

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- The National Weather Service in Houston told residents along Galveston Bay on Thursday night they "face certain death" if they don't leave home before Hurricane Ike roars ashore. The last time forecasters used blunt language was three years ago as Hurricane Katrina closed in on New Orleans.
The last time forecasters used blunt language was three years ago as Hurricane Katrina closed in on New Orleans. Rarely do forecasters use such forceful language. (In their need to scare the pants off people, no need to discourage redundency. ed.)
In fact, the last time they did was three years ago as Hurricane Katrina closed in on New Orleans and the Gulf coast. (note how they have an editorial need to link every "extreme weather event' to Katrina, to further scare the bejeesuz out of people. ed.)
"All neighborhoods ... and possibly entire coastal communities ... will be inundated during the peak storm tide," the weather service warned. "Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one or two story homes will face certain death." (or not)

Turns out, it wasn't that bad. Ike - Category 1 Storm
(btw - if all these terror mongering experts can't predict what a hurricane will do, as it is actually happening, why do they think that they can predict them over the next 100 years?)

And too bad THIS story wasn't true.


And... if it guaranteed certain death, than my these CNN cameramen were brave...


And some people just won't listen.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Koch Slapped Around on CNN inTectonic Shift

Better batten down your hatches and everything else that threatens to move around when the continents collide.
In another tectonic shift (as opposed to another green shift) Obamaniacs CNN blowed former NYC Mayor Ed Koch up real good. (video not available)
He explained how Super Sarah was plucky and perky and scared the heck out of him. Sounds like 80 year old fart's sexual fantasy to me. Sarah - Shewolf of the SS...
I'll give him a pass on the plucky and perky (though the plucky and perky CNN interviewer didn't).
He said she scared the heck out of him because she tried to ban books.
The CNNite explained that had been disputed and dispelled.
He wouldn't give up because the NY Times reported it and hasn't withdrawn it so it must be true.
She said again, that "we have dispelled that rumor", and he said, "listen I take my news from the top newspapers in the world". Not from some little cornpone TV network from some place that likely votes Republican.
Here's the NY Times story.
Here's the refutation that explains that the Librarian was girlfriend to the police chief and other political opponents and that Sarah inquired about what the library censorship policy was.
Far as I know, about the only library censorship going on these days is against skeptics of global warming.

Surprise - Tectonic Shift Causes Sierra Club to Pick Green Party

Hat tip to Tom Nelson
Bloc Québécois: B-
Conservative Party: F+
Green Party: A-
Liberal Party: B+
New Democratic Party: B

I don't know about anyone else, but I think it's a tectonic shift and so does Ellie May.
I wonder if John Bennett (Communications Director of Green Party and for the Sierra Club) thinks its a tectonic shift too??

ALISON AULD, THE CANADIAN PRESS appears to think it's a tectonic shift, too:
It came as little surprise to those who know Elizabeth May that the environmental crusader ended up at the helm of a party founded on and named after, green principles.
From her days as an infant being toted through the streets of London at ban-the-bomb protests to fights she and her family waged against herbicide spraying in Cape Breton, friends say she was destined for the forefront of Canada's environmental movement.
"I think it was inevitable," author and environmentalist Farley Mowat said of the leader of the federal Green party.
"She had to run for the leadership of something sooner or later because there's no party in the world fast enough to run away from her. Still, I don't think she has any strong political allegiance as such, but she has enormous allegiance to principle and will pursue principle through hell and high water".
Her political education began at an early age when her family was living on a seven-acre hobby farm in Hartford, Conn., and watching opposition to the Vietnam war gather steam.
Her mother, a Democratic party stalwart, became a model of political protest to May and her younger brother, even carting her baby daughter off to London to participate in marches against nuclear weapons.
May herself claims her interest in the environment emerged when she was just two and told her mother that she hated airplanes.
"She asked me why since I'd never been in one and I said, 'Because they scratch the sky,"' May, 54, says with a laugh from her office in Ottawa. "So she felt that this was proof that from infancy I had some kind of connectedness to the natural environment."
"I've never known a time when I wasn't very concerned and connected to the natural world."
Years later and after the family had relocated to Cape Breton, May sparked her own protest when she went to court to fight herbicide spraying in Nova Scotia - a losing battle that ultimately cost the family its home and 70 acres of land.
It was an early test case for May, who had been studying law at Dalhousie University in Halifax while working as a waitress and cook in the summer at the family restaurant back in Margaree.
Friends say the demands of school, activism and holding a job set a frenzied pace that she has kept to ever since. She's been even busier since winning the leadership of the fledgling Green party in August 2006.
"I keep getting e-mails from her that have been sent at two in the morning, so she's fully embraced it - she's working full out," said longtime friend John Bennett in Ottawa.
"She just had her hip replaced and you couldn't walk across Parliament Hill with her without stopping and waiting 10 times because she was in such pain, but she didn't slow down her workload".
The outspoken leader spent 17 years at the Sierra Club, taking it from a relatively small environmental organization with limited reach to an internationally respected advocacy group.
"She put the Sierra Club on the map," says close friend Jim MacNeill, an environmental consultant.
"She was almost single-handedly responsible for keeping these issues on the page in Canada and that says a lot about her courage and her dynamism. She knows the issues."
She is the author of five books on environmental subjects and in 2005, was inducted as an officer in the Order of Canada.
May is unapologetic, routinely excoriating Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his environmental policies and what she says are undignified antics in the Commons.

Only Microsoft Could Make Seinfeld Unfunny . . .

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ellie May of Green Party - Canadians Are Stupid

Any wonder NOW why no one wanted Ellie May Green to participate in the debates?

Hat Tip to LeftDog
(ps - Check Lefties site to see the level of stupidity that works in the Green party's Communications Branch - Makes Ryan Sparrow look like Ogilvy & Mather.

The "Save the Planet" Defense Accepted by Courts

From Coyote Blog
Apparently 6 vandals who cause $60,000 damage to a power plant in England were acquitted solely on the argument that they were helping stop global warming -- in other words, they admitted their vandalism, but said it was in a higher cause.
It's been a pretty unusual ten days but today has been truly extraordinary. At 3.20pm, the jury came back into court and announced a majority verdict of not guilty!
All six defendants - Kevin, Emily, Tim, Will, Ben and Huw - were acquitted of criminal damage.
To recap on how important this verdict is: the defendants campaigners were accused of causing £30,000 of criminal damage to Kingsnorth smokestack from painting. The defence was that they had 'lawful excuse' - because they were acting to protect property around the world "in immediate need of protection" from the impacts of climate change, caused in part by burning coal.
So the testimony centered not on whether they actually vandalized the power plant - they never denied it - but on whether the criminals were correct to fear global warming from power plants. I don't know much about British law, but this seems to be a terrible precedent. Or maybe not - does this mean that I can go and legally vandalize every Congressman's house for wasting my money?

Dead Sparrow


Monday, September 08, 2008

How Much Slack Should Nutcases Get?

I'm applying to be a volunteer at a school, which seems a positive thing to do until you realize that the moment you go anywhere near children, that you immediately become a suspect.
After all, who in their right minds would want to help teenage kids with their tendency to extreme mood swings and, at least in Toronto, as likely to carry a Glock as a calculator.
One of your responsibilities in volunteering to help kids, many of whom have been ignored or worse by their own parents, is to get a police check. No big deal, if you've never harmed a flea.
But the thing is, if you are NOT in your right mind, even if you've harmed more than fleas. If you're nuts and do something very nutty and very criminal, you get a pass, providing that you are indeed nuts.


I don't know what's worse. Crazy or Stupid.
Kurt Vonnegut would love it.

Keith Obamamann Canned by MSNBC for Partisanship

This Story from Here
MSNBC has announced that it is removing both Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from election-related anchor responsibilities.
Good move. In fact, how were they ever put in that seat in the first place.
Now when is CNN gonna get rid of their roster of Democratic butt kissers? The heat and humidity of political partisanship on CNN makes CBC pale by comparison. Their conservative commentators are as outnumbered as pies on an anthill.

11 No's About Sarah Palin

Source
  1. No, the Downs baby (Trig) isn't Bristol's kid, and no, the kid wasn't born with Downs because (a) Palin flew on an airplane (b) went home to have the baby after an amniotic leak (c) because he was the result of incest between Todd Palin and Bristol.
  2. No, Track (the kid who is leaving for Iraq) didn't join the NG because he was a drug addict. He may have joined the NG because he was tired of people saying his Mom was getting him into the good hockey leagues. (Yes, that one was original reporting. I've got sources in Wasilla.)
  3. No, Willow and Piper aren't named for witches on TV. Among other things, Willow was born before Buffy came on TV, and Piper was born before Charmed.
  4. Yes, Trig's name may be misspelled. Isn't it usually "Tryg" as in "Trygve"? In any case, I doubt he's named for the Secretary General of the UN (1948-1952), either. But at least that was before he was born, unlike the others.(Thanks to Chris, via his blog
  5. No, she's never been in any porn as far as anyone can find (and God knows I get enough google hits on those very topics.) I would think the Big Dipper tattoo would be a giveaway.
  6. No, no one seems to be able to even find swimsuit pictures of her from her beauty queen days; God knows I looked. The bikini pictures that are around are photoshopped, just like the Vogue cover I have up.
  7. No she wasn't a member of the (wild-eyed libertarian) Alaska independence Party, although her husband once was
  8. No, neither the (Canadian) National Post, nor Marc Armbinder at the Atlantic have troubled themselves to issue a correction. Yes, the New York Times did finally correct their story of September 1 - on September 5. And on page 14. This was after Elizabeth Bumiller was quoted by Howard Kurtz as saying she was "completely confident about the story." Yes, that was after the New York Times's source retracted the story. Yes, this should embarrass the Times, Bumiller, and Howard Kurtz. No, there have been no signs of embarrassment.
  9. No, she was never a Pat Buchanan supporter; even when Buchanan claims she was, she was on the board of Steve Forbes'a campaign in Alaska. Yes, Palin was a Steve Forbes supporter in 2000.
  10. No, she's not anti-semitic. In fact, she has an Israeli flag in her office. (Contrary to popular belief, the usual Evangelical thinks Israel has a right to exist, granted by God.)
  11. No, I don't think she's being "indoctrinated by Lieberman and AIPAC as we speak"; I don't get the feeling that being indoctrinated is something that Palin does well.

Replace Sentimentalist With Liberal Humanist in This Essay

Hat Tip to: Edward Michael George
The Inimitable GK Chesterton
The Sentimentalist, roughly speaking, is the man who wants to eat his cake and have it. He has no sense of honour about ideas; he will not see that one must pay for an idea as for anything else. He will not see that any worthy idea, like any honest woman, can only be won on its own terms, and with its logical chain of loyalty. One idea attracts him; another idea really inspires him; a third idea flatters him; a fourth idea pays him. He will have them all at once in one wild intellectual harem, no matter how much they quarrel and contradict each other. The Sentimentalist is a philosophic profligate, who tries to capture every mental beauty without reference to its rival beauties; who will not even be off with the old love before he is on with the new. Thus if a man were to say, "I love this woman, but I may some day find my affinity in some other woman," he would be a Sentimentalist. He would be saying, "I will eat my wedding-cake and keep it." Or if a man should say, "I am a Republican, believing in the equality of citizens; but when the Government has given me my peerage I can do infinite good as a kind landlord and a wise legislator"; then that man would be a Sentimentalist. He would be trying to keep at the same time the classic austerity of equality and also the vulgar excitement of an aristocrat. Or if a man should say, "I am in favour of religious equality; but I must preserve the Protestant Succession," he would be a Sentimentalist of a grosser and more improbable kind.

This is the essence of the Sentimentalist: that he seeks to enjoy every idea without its sequence, and every pleasure without its consequence.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Gustav and New Orleans and Shipping News

Yesterday we posted on how CNN were puppy-like and peeing themselves in hopes that Gustav would wreak Katrina-quality havoc in NOLA and hopefully cause cancellation of the GOP Convention.
The subsequent lack of devastation in New Orleans, LA didn't cool their bombastic (and phony) commentary.
It brought me back to the Moving Picture "The Shipping News"
We wrote on this film a week or so ago.
In the picture Gordie Pinsent is asked by Kevin Spacey how to write news stories. Gordie said, "See those black clouds over there? You can write that 'village is threatened by impending storm'."
Spacey says, "But what if the storm doesn't hit?"
"Well then you can write how village is spared from devastating storm."

Sunday, August 31, 2008

CNN Peeing Themselves Over Chance for Katrina Repeat

And of course they demand that the GOP change their convention - perhaps turn it into a Gustav Fundraiser.

And they also want that the GOP doesn't use this to political advantage. Only CNN is allowed to do that.
Did the CNN videographer get a special pass to have an open lane while all the escapees gave way? Looks to me like the lane was wide open.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

No Newfoundlanders Were Harmed in the Making of this Motion Picture



I finally broke down and agreed to watch "The Shipping News" with my sigother, and I guess the most positive thing I can say in a review is that it wasn't the worst movie I have ever seen. It's about the son of an abusive Newfoundland father who's raised in lovely Poughkeepsie, NY and returns to the Rock with an unfamiliar aunt to find his roots.
The story-line comes from the 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
But here's what I really have to say.
No Newfies!
Not that there's anything wrong with that. Any Newfoundlander in his right mind would avoid such a girlie profession like he would an northerly gale. But not even a girlie actress was cast. (Note: Gordie Pinsent was in, but he hasn't really been a Newfie for 50 years.)
So the accents were lilty English (Judy Dench), Low Scottish (Pete Postlethwaite ), Slutty Upstate New York / English high caste (Kate Blanchett), West Texas (Scott Glenn) and worst of all, Leprechaun Irish (Julianne Moore).
I'd like to see it recast with Rick Mercer in Spacey's role, Mary Walsh as the old aunt and Shaun Majunder as the headless corpse that scares the bejeezus out of our hero.
Where was Danny Millions when you needed him - at least he could add a little real Newfenglish. Dere wasn't a
B'y, Moy Son, or chucklehead in the 'ole flick, Boy Gad, moy Son. Lord Tunderin'.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

India Tells Pro & Anti Kyotoistas to Buzz Off

And South African Engineering Columnist Agrees
India has issued a report challenging global warming fears. This is dramatic. The Indian Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change said that India would rather save its people from poverty than global warming, and would not cut growth in order to cut gases.
Referring to claimed changes in climate attributed to human activity, the report declares: "No firm link between the documented charges described below and warming due to an anthropogenic climate change has yet been established."
The report goes on to state: "It is obvious that India needs to substantially increase its per capita energy consumption to provide a minimally acceptable level of wellbeing to its people . . . India is determined that its per capita greenhouse-gas emissions will at no point exceed those of developed countries."
The Australian Herald noted that this declaration "means India won't stop its per capita emissions (now at 1,02 t) from growing until they match those of countries such as the US (now at 20 t)."
This Indian report was music to my ears. I have constantly said that developing countries cannot afford to let their school children do homework at night by candle light rather than by electric light, in an effort to save on electricity production, on the basis of the flimsy evidence presented in favour of man-induced climate change.
So we must ask ourselves: what is the main source of these claims that the Indian report referred to? The answer is that the claims mainly originate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, commonly referred to as the IPCC.
Note the term 'governmental' – this is important. In July 1986, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) established the IPCC as an organ of the UN.
The IPCC's key personnel, and lead authors, were appointed by governments. In addition, the IPCC regulations state that its most important documents, its Summaries for Policymakers (SPM) documents, have to be approved by UN member governments.
So when the SPMs are released to the public and the media, they are ‘government approved'.
From the start, the IPCC was more of a political entity rather than a scientific one. Frequently, the public is told of the thousands of scientists whose work forms part of the IPCC output. This is true. By far the majority of the scientists are good, competent folks. I know a few of them personally. But it is not their work that the public sees – the pubic is given the filtered version, which is published in the SPMs, and these SPMs are voted on, line by line, by representatives of the UN member governments.
The IPCC's second assessment report, of 1996, stated: "The balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global climate." In fact, the scientists never said this; they said that it was too early to tell. The third assessment report of the IPCC, in 2001, used the now infamous Hockey Stick graph, which purported to show that there had been a steep rise in global temperature during the twentieth century.
This graph was later shown to be wrong, and the IPCC's fourth report, of 2007, no longer uses it.
This should make people think a bit about government representatives voting on what version of the science they want the public to see. Many scientists, like me, have been irritated by all this, particularly when a result can be the retardation of the economic growth of the world's poor people. A number of the scientists involved in the IPCC work have quit very publicly, over the years, stating that what they actually determined scientifically and what was subsequently fed to the media differed greatly.
In parallel to all this, there has been a substantial, but rather silent, undercurrent of scientists who have been upset by this distortion of the truth.
A recent result of the existence of this agitated scientific bloc has been the establishment of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change. This group was activated in early 2007, and was formalised at a climate workshop in Vienna in April 2007.
It is interesting to note that the president of the Czech Republic, Dr Vaclav Klaus, stated at the UN climate conference on September 24, 2007, that it would help the debate on climate change if the current monopoly and one-sidedness of the scientific debate over climate change by the IPCC were eliminated.
The NIPCC is a collection of eminent independent scientists directed by Dr S Fred Singer, the first director of the US Weather Satellite Service. He subsequently retired as chief scientist of the US Department of Transport. The founding core of scientists of the NIPCC came from a dozen countries, and all are totally independent. They state that their primary concern is the dissemination of scientific truth.
In accurately formulated scientific documents, the NIPCC rejects many of the claims of the IPCC, particularly the notion that man-induced climate change is upon us, and is causing great harm.
Keep your eyes open for good sense from the NIPCC.

Has the IPCC exaggerated adverse impact of Global Warming on human societies?

Source
Yes, Certainly!
Let me explain: While reviewing the IPCC WGII (Working Group II) Chapter “Assessment of observed changes and responses in natural and managed systems” (Chpt.1, WGII IPCC, 2007) as an external reviewer, I felt time and time again that there were areas where the chapter authors highlighted adverse impact of GW (Global Warming) on human societies, while downplaying possible beneficial impacts.

The IPCC authors referred to several publications which projected adverse impacts while ignoring many excellent studies which have questioned these projections. Throughout the text of this important chapter of WGII, there were many instances where adverse impact was highlighted or exaggerated, while possible beneficial impacts were totally ignored.

Further, IPCC authors while assessing observed changes in natural systems chose to highlight only those changes which support the GW hypothesis while completely ignoring other observed changes which did not conform to the human-induced GW hypothesis and change. Such cherrypicking of observed climate change to bolster claims of human-caused GW and climate change is disingenuous and does not help understand the real cause of how andwhy the earth’s climate has changed in historical and geological times.

A detailed reading of the Chapter left me with an impression that the deleterious impact of GW on human societies was so imminent and overwhelming that unless something is done right away (to curb the warming), human societies world over are about to perish!

Lomborg Response to Climate Crime Against Stupidity

My Point Form Summary of This
  • Oliver Tickell writes that a global warming causing a 4C temperature increase by the end of the century would be a "catastrophe" and the beginning of the "extinction" of the human race. This is simply silly.

  • Tickell tells us how the 80m sea-level rise would wipe out all the world's coastal infrastructure and much of the world's farmland – "undoubtedly" causing billions to die. But to cause billions to die, it would require the surge to occur within a single human lifespan. (Ed. how about in a single day? He assumes humans are too dumb to move inland when the water rises.)

  • benefits from global warming right now outweigh the costs (the benefit is about 0.25% of global GDP)

  • Global warming will continue to be a net benefit until about 2070, when the damages will begin to outweigh the benefits, reaching a total damage cost equivalent to about 3.5% of GDP by 2300.

  • the IPCC expects the average person on earth to be 1,700% richer by the end of this century.

  • Tickell finds that current climate efforts like Kyoto have been "miserable failures", which is true, but makes it seem rather odd that he thinks much-more-of-the-same will suddenly be great policy.
HT to Fred

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Out of Retirement for GLOBAL WARMING

This from the people who brought you the Tainted Blood Scandal
The report forecasts more frequent heat waves will increase the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths and lead to more respiratory and cardiovascular disorders.
Habitual bouts of extreme weather – such as droughts, violent storms, heat waves and cold snaps – are expected to carry a higher risk of injuries, illnesses and stress-related disorders.
Air pollution, including higher levels of ground-level ozone and increased production of pollens and spores, will exacerbate asthma symptoms and allergies. The report says poor air quality will also lead to more heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases.
Outbreaks of E. coli, typhoid and other water-borne pathogens are also expected as drinking and recreational water is contaminated by run-off from heavy rainfall.
And the report predicts new infectious diseases – and a comeback of others previously eradicated in Canada – will crop up across the country.
I'll resist the temptation to comment on how they are presenting a case that is far more severe than any forecast by anyone other than the Gores, Sukookis and other wingnuts (far worse than the IPCCharlatans).
Okay I won't.
The report does not take into account (of course) the consideration that (a) we have drugs for most of those things, (b) that we deal with violent weather every winter (and most summers), and (c) that a lot fewer people will skid into poles and break their collar bones if we WERE SO LUCKY TO SEE THE WORLD GET WARMER.
On Ledrew Coren today on CFRB even Ledrew admitted that we now have a real debate on the topic.
And how DARE they warn us of anything, when 20 years ago THEY KNEW ABOUT HEP C IN THE BLOOD SYSTEM AND DECIDED NOT TO WARN ANYONE MOSTLY BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE THEM LOOK BAD.
Fire them all.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Latest AGW Hypocrite: Mark C. Serreze

Author of "The Arctic is Screaming"
Winner of July 2008 Gore Award for Obvious Pandering Hypocrisy

What he said in 1993:
In particular, we do not observe the large surface warming trends predicted by models; indeed, we detect significant surface cooling trends over the western Arctic Ocean during winter and autumn. This discrepancy suggests that present climate models do not adequately incorporate the physical processes that affect the polar regions.
What he says now:
Some skeptics of global warming have also suggested that the melt is part of a cyclical process. Flat out wrong, says Serreze. He explains, "It's not cyclical at this point. I think we understand the physics behind this pretty well. We've known for at least 30 years, from our earliest climate models, that it's the Arctic where we'd see the first signs of global warming."
Serreze says, "It's a situation where we hate to say we told you so, but we told you so.


Actually, Mark - it's not. You actually told us the exact opposite.

(From Tom Nelson, of course)

Friday, June 27, 2008

Celebrating Canada and Mandella Days

Ahhh, how wonderful.
The sun is hot, the wheat has rizz, does anyone know where Amy Winehouse is?
She's in a concert at Hyde Park.
I have written before how Nelson Mandela is one of my three life heroes (along with Ali and MLK) but I doubt very much that if he had a say in it this, he would have chosen a heroin addicted anorexic to be a star on a tribute to his 9oth birthday and a foundation to reduce AIDS in Africa.
But it's not about Nelson and it's not about alleviating AIDs (I thought Bill Clinton had cured this while his Veep was saving the world from a fever blister).
It's about sad imitations of talent getting one last chance to imitate their previous lives as rock stars - in one case such a pale imitation of Freddy Mercury that I thought I was watching a new "Rock Star - Queen" Reality Show.

Meanwhile we prepare to celebrate Canada Day - when we all get together to celebrate our independence from the USA; burn USA flags or hang them upside down. Sing America the beautiful backward. At our place we're having a neighborhood BBQ and burning a Bush effigy. You're all welcome.

Lemon.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Shooting Messengers is On Gore Target

Whole Piece Here
Now anyone who knows me is aware that I do not favor personal attacks on people, so it is with some difficulty that I offer that once and for all this incredibly stupid scam artist should take his fat ass out of our face. He isn't just an embarrassment like that other democrat simpleton Carter, or the man who had sex in the Oval Office while his wife was in the same building. Heavens no, Gore is something quite unique. Like the sleazy ambulance chaser he is, the man lives a life of luxury while telling the "little people" to sacrifice on the altar of global warming. He apparently is unaware of the irony, you see. That an obese humanoid such as he should travel the four corners of the world preaching abstinence would be nothing other than laughable, but this cretin is dead serious about wanting all of us barefoot and pregnant and loving it while he chortles a fat mans chuckle all the way to the bank.

Al Gore Confuses Senior Citizen Contributor to Grassfire

I'm on a Roll . . .
ROSEHILL: We all know, don't we, that global cooling and imminent ice ages are caused by global warming? We all do know that, right? And we surely all know that global warming is caused by global cooling. Right? And global cooling is caused by a buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere, caused by man made pollutants, such as happened 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, and.... Wait, I'm getting confused. Global warming is caused by pollutants caused by wooly mammoths, which caused the ice ages that killed them off, because they ate too much and produced too much flatulence. Wait, which came first, the global warming which caused the ice ages, or the mammoths which farted too much??? And what were people doing back 10 to 12,000 years ago to cause so much CO2, anyway? Probably driving too many chariots pulled by those mammoths. Wait, the wheel wasn't invented yet. So, did the invention of the wheel cause global warming, or global cooling??? Now I'm really confused. What's Gore's number? I need to call him to get the truth, don't I?? Al, help me, please!
I feel like I got a new toy...

The Facts, Ma'am. Just the Facts.

Grassfire.org Climate Alarmism Backgrounder Updated 6/11/08

Thanks to the efforts and commitment of this planet-saving organization, 112,000,000 lbs. of CO2 was added to the earth's atmosphere on June 12 as a result of human belching.

Basic Tenets of Climate Alarmism
#1--The earth is warming at an abnormal pace
#2--Man is the primary cause of this warming (anthropogenic global warming, AGW)
#3--The warming trend is dangerous/catastrophic
#4 --Man can do something to save the planet from the man-made warming

Tenet #1-- Is The earth warming abnormally?
Al Gore: “We are now in a planetary emergency, and we cannot afford the luxury of allowing the oil and coal industry to prop up their surrogates in the lying right-wing media." (NBC Today 4/1/07)

A. Current Warming Consistent With History
*Fact--Earth emerged from “Little Ice Age” about 150 years ago (extremely low sunspot activity); steadily (and naturally) warming.
*Fact--Earth has experienced much warmer periods than today: Medieval Warming Period (Medieval Climate Optimum, 1100AD)
*Current warming since 1900: .74 degrees Celcius
*”Icecore data from the ACIA (Arctic Climate Impact Assessment) shows that temperatures have fallen since around 4,000 years ago (the Bronze Age Climate Optimum) while CO2 levels have risen.”

B. Recent Warming not alarming
*Pre 1940 warming not attributable to AGW
*Climate cooled from 1940-1975 during rising GHG. TIME 6/24/74: “Another Ice Age?”
*Questionable whether any warming from 75-96
*No warming trend since 1998; new studies show global cooling thru 2015
*In Solar Cycle 24, very low sunspot activity--may lead to global cooling.

C. Weather stations not in compliance
* Meteorologist Anthony Watts has monitored nearly half of US monitoring stations: “the vast majority of them are out of compliance of NOAA's own published specifications for station sighting.”
*100 foot rule -- 87% break this rule
*56% have artificial heating source within 10 meters; 13% sit next to/above heating source; thus, 69% within 10 meters.

Tenet #2 -- Man is the primary cause of GW
IPCC: “…[W]e are now at least 90% certain that this is mostly due to human activities.”

A. Is There Really Scientific Consensus?
*Manhattan Declaration: “That there is no convincing evidence that CO2 emissions from modern industrial activity has in the past, is now, or will in the future cause catastrophic climate change.”
*31,000 scientists have signed a statement contesting the conclusion of AGW; called the Oregon Petition.
*Bill Gray, nation’s preeminent hurricane forecaster; MIT's Richard Lindzen, Neil Frank (former director Ntl Hurricance Ctr) all reject AGWarming

B. CO2 and man-made CO2 represents a fraction of the total greenhouse gases
*CO2 has risen from 280ppm to 360ppm; doubling of CO2 at most is 2 degree temp increase
*Water vapor is the “most important atmospheric greenhouse gas”
*water vapor accounts for 95% of the greenhouse effect. (govt figures discount)

C. Rising CO2 follows warming!
*The ice core data reveals that CO2 changes FOLLOW climate warming, so the long lens of history does not show that CO2 is even a good predictor (never mind cause) of global warming.

D. Sun causes global warming? What a concept!
*”There now is little doubt that solar-wind variability is a primary cause of climate change on a decadal time scale.”
*It is reasonable to theorize that the sun (not man) is the prime-mover of fluctuations in the earth's temp
*could be sun spots, level of cloud cover.

Tenet #3--Is warming dangerous/catastrophic?

A. Al Gore’s Dire Predictions…And Reality
*Al Gore: GW causes disastrous weather events (see his movie promo image).
*Gore’s movie full of inaccuracies according to British judge; requires disclaimers when used in school.
*20 foot sea level rise; snows of Kilimanjaro, drowning polar bears, Hurricane Katrina--all rebuffed
*MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel-- the key scientist for Al Gore’s theory-- has recanted and now says GW and severe hurricanes not connected; may drop over next 100 years.
*IF true, GW would cause less temp diff between poles and equator and thus less tropical storms

B. Rise in CO2 might actually be GOOD!
*CO2 not a pollutant! Necessary for life (FYI catalydic converters convert CO into CO2!)
*Rising CO2 good for plants and animals and good for the economy (+$37billion by 2050 if CO2 doubles)
*Gross Primary Production (GPP) of plant life up 6.2% in past two decades

Tenet #4--Can man solve problem anyways?
Time Mag: “Everyone agrees that it's necessary to reduce carbon emissions around the world.”

Man’s Efforts Won’t Work Anyways
*”The Kyoto Protocol– even if punctiliously observed by all participating nations – would decrease calculated future temperatures by only 0.02 degrees C by 2050, an undetectable amount.

Al Gore Continues and Expands His Hypocrisy

In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. [...]
After the Tennessee Center for Policy Research exposed Gore’s massive home energy use, the former Vice President scurried to make his home more energy-efficient. Despite adding solar panels, installing a geothermal system, replacing existing light bulbs with more efficient models, and overhauling the home’s windows and ductwork, Gore now consumes more electricity than before the “green” overhaul.
Since taking steps to make his home more environmentally-friendly last June, Gore devours an average of 17,768 kWh per month –1,638 kWh more energy per month than before the renovations – at a cost of $16,533. By comparison, the average American household consumes 11,040 kWh in an entire year, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Link

Monday, June 09, 2008

A Reprise of Al Gore's Lies - The Biggest Fattest Liar in History?

So we are prepared to sacrifice our economy on the basis of the efforts of this man to be famous?
Distribute this as widely as possible . . .
HT to CBL Reader:
Other CBL Posts on Gore: 1. 2. 3.

"I took the initiative of creating the internet."

From Here

Howard Glicken, a long-time fundraiser for Al Gore, is awaiting sentencing on his negotiated plea bargain for illegal fund raising. He raised $2 million for Clinton-Gore and the DNC in 1996, and owns 2 Jaguars with the vanity plates "Gore1" and "Gore2."

Haney was a generous donor. He was indicted in November 1998 for 42 counts of illegal campaign contributions to the Clinton-Gore campaign between 1992 and late 1995.

Gore claimed to have uncovered the most famous toxic waste site in the country. As a young congressman in the late 1970s, he said, "I found a little place in upstate New York called Love Canal."

And even more here:
"I helped to negotiate an agreement with the Internet service providers to put a parent protection page up and give parents the ability to click on all of the web sites that their children have visited lately. That’ll put a lot of bargaining leverage in the hands of parents."
**** "There was no Gore involvement. They hijacked this issue. He makes it sound like he led the project. I can’t imagine what he will invent tomorrow."

"I was the author of that proposal. I wrote that....That is something for which I have been the principal proponent for a long time." Al Gore in a Time Interview, on the EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC).
**** the EITC became law in 1975, a year BEFORE Gore was elected to Congress.

When Gore ran for the Senate in 1984, one TV ad proclaimed, "He wrote the bipartisan plan on arms control that US negotiators will take to the Russians."
**** "That is a vast overstatement. He had nothing to do with what we proposed to the Soviets," Kenneth Adelman, who was the director of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, said in an interview. Adelman's view is supported by the two biographies, and by contemporaneous news accounts.

Several times during the debate (1999 in NH with Bradley), Gore insisted that he has always supported both a woman's right to choose an abortion and Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that ensured that right.
**** "It is my deep personal conviction that abortion is wrong. I hope that some day we will see the current outrageously large number of abortions drop sharply. Let me assure you that I share your belief that innocent human life must be protected.

Gore called Homosexuality "abnormal" and "wrong" and in the October 28, 1984, Tennessean he was quoted "I do not believe it is simply an acceptable alternative that society should affirm...."
**** Homesexuals (and Hollywood) either do not know this, or choose to ignore it.

"Around midnight, after a three-city tour of Texas last month, the Vice President came wandering back to the press compartment of Air Force Two. Erich Segal, Gore said, used Al and Tipper as models for the uptight preppy and his free-spirited girlfriend in Love Story in the movie version of Segal's book."
**** "The author, Erich Segal, told The New York Times he was 'befuddled' by the comments in the first place. Gore said that he was misunderstood."

"And I was shot at.... I spent most of my time in the field. I carried an M-16... I pulled my turn on the perimeter at night and walked through the elephant grass, and I was fired upon."
**** Gore Had Bodyguards Assigned to Keep Him Out of Harm’s Way in Vietnam. "In Vietnam, Alan Leo, a photographer in the press brigade office where Gore worked as a reporter, said he was summoned by Brig. Gen. K.B. Cooper asked Leo, the most experienced member of the press unit, to make sure that nothing happened to Gore. ‘He requested that "Gore not get into situations that were dangerous,’" said Leo, who did what he could to carry out Cooper’s directive. He described his half-dozen or so trips into the field with Gore as situations where ‘I could have worn a tuxedo.’"

While in the Army, Al Gore wrote his parents that the U.S. Army was a "Fascist organization."
**** Gore got out of Vietnam after 4 1/2 months of a twelve month tour of duty and out of the Army early on the excuse he was going to go to Divinity School. In a couple months he flunked out but did not return to fulfill his Army obligations.

Campaigning in Iowa, Gore overstated his farming background. He claimed that he slopped hogs, drove mules, built homes and cleared land by hand with a double bladed ax. "I learned how to plow a steep hillside with mules, hose out the hog waste and take up hay all day long in the hot sun."
**** Of course this was in Washington, DC, where he lived almost his entire life.

Gore also claimed to have attended school in rural Tennessee as well in urban Washington, DC. In fact, he attended a private school St. Albins.

He has claimed to have been a "great student" but in fact, was a poor 25th out of 51 in high school receiving predominately C's. He had average SAT scores.
The political champion of the natural world received a D in Natural Sciences 6 (Man's Place in Nature) and then got a C-plus in Natural Sciences in his senior year at Harvard.
Al Gore actually flunked out of grad school at Vanderbilt University's College of Divinity. Gore biographer Bill Turque revealed: "Of the eight classes [Gore] took over three semesters, according to his Vanderbilt transcript, five ended in F's or incompletes that lapsed into F's." Shortly thereafter, Gore bailed out of divinity school and enrolled in Vanderbilt's College of Law, where he also dropped out after earning only mediocre grades.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Who's Politicizing NASA Climate Data?

According to the Warm Mongerers, it's George Bush:
The confirmation of political interference is vindication for James Hansen, Nasa's chief climate scientist and one of the first to sound the alarm over global warming. Claims of political dallying surfaced when Hansen said he had been blocked from taking part in a National Public Radio interview in December 2005.

Steve MacIntyre proved different:
Steven McIntyre, a former mineral exploration executive and policy analyst for the governments of Ontario and Canada who blogs at ClimateAudit.org, wrote to NASA on August 4. He had found miscalculations in the NASA’s U.S. temperature recordings made after January 2000. “For Detroit Lakes, Minnesota,” McIntyre wrote “this introduced an error of 0.8 deg C.”

(Of course, the Guardian report headline could have been "White House not involved in NASA Climate Change political interference." But tha wouldn't be news, would it.)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Hillary's 800 Pound Elephant in the Parlour

Here's a link to the entire Politico article:
As the Democratic primary season nears a close, the candidates have talked about dozens of policies, fended off a host of attacks and studiously avoided one topic: the impeachment of President Clinton.
Whether that’s a product of self-control or self-preservation, the tactical decision by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s opponents to steer clear of any direct reference to what may have been the defining moment of the Clinton White House seems remarkable given the duration and intensity of the 2008 primary campaign.
While Republicans signaled early that it would be a major issue should she win the nomination, it has been a forbidden topic for her primary rivals since early 2007, when David Geffen, a former Clinton ally and a Hollywood supporter of Barack Obama, felt the wrath of the Clinton camp — and received a scolding from the Obama campaign — after raising it in an interview.
The reasons for the silence are both obvious and subtle.

Cars in China Bikes in Toronto

Interesting juxtaposition of Capitalist Toronto and Communist China.
I couldn't get a link to the CBC story on China, but it explained how Chinese were putting down their bicycles in favour of cars.
Meanwhile,
Lloyd Alter of the environmentalist Web magazine Treehugger wrote on Reading Toronto about knowing the man killed on Avenue Road.
Mr. Alter blamed the tragedy on the city for “paying lip service to the concept of bikes as transportation,”
It is to laugh. The tree huggers really want to live in China, or at least an equivalent that speaks mostly English.

And meanwhile, we're supposed to give up our cars, so the Chinese can have theirs.
We live in Bizarro world.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The UN Gang

Jonathon Kay has a great piece on the United Nations this morning on why we westerners shouldn't suck up to the UN. Here's my take on it from a few years ago:

Every October each weekend is dedicated to visiting University of Toronto book sales. (Darn, my secret is out). There, for a pittance, I can fill my library with everything from trashy pulp fiction to erudite and astute political science tomes and histories that weigh as much as a snowmobile.

This year, my prize find was "The UN Gang" by Pedro A. Sanjuan. Here's an excerpt from the jacket notes. I recommend that you read it (and next year don't go to the U of T booksale before I do).
Sanjuan soon discovered that incompetence, corruption, anti-Semitism, and outright criminality were rife throughout the UN Secretariat. Among the shady activities that he personally observed or documented were rigged bidding for major service contracts; drug transactions conducted in the UN’s parking garage; sale of shotguns and beryllium directly out of the UN building; ties to global organized crime figures; use of UN Information Centers and other agencies to disseminate anti-US and pro-PLO propaganda; systematic theft and abuse of UN facilities and budgets in East Africa; graft and corruption in Vienna; widespread sexual harrassment; use of the UN employee’s lounge to plan anti-Israel and anti-US activities by Muslim delegates; open celebration of 9/11 by said delegates in the halls of the UN; and inexplicable tolerance of all of the above on the part of the secretary general and the US government.
Meanwhile, here's a piece I did in the CCD the year before Pedro's book came out:

July 26, 2004 - Originally Published in Canadian Coalition for Democracy
Never in the history of mankind have we lived in such a period of peace and prosperity.
Without much help from the UN.

Of the 193 UN Members:

33 have a democratic government (for the people) and an economy which adequately provides the UN's defined basic human rights to its people (Food& Water, Shelter & Clothing.

30 nations are democratic, but are economically unable to feed, clothe and house their citizens.

So.

How right is the UN, when 130 member countries (which represents almost 3/4 of the world's population) do not provide their citizenry either with the UN's basic rights, or with the rights of freedom for which hundreds of thousands of Americans, Britons, and Canadians have died.

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Movement, Freedom of the Press, a Right to Education are not defined by the UN as basic rights to which a human is entitled.
Under the UN Charter, despotism is not considered wrong; a freely elected government is not a requirement, feudalism is a legitimate form of government, female circumcision, sexism and racism are permitted.
The UN, if it does not adopt a truly humane and modern Charter of Human Rights, and enforce these rights, is irrelevant. And by not so doing, the UN does nothing to improve the lot of almost all humans. It exists only to provide cushy jobs for a chosen few to live in fancy digs in New York and allow them to not pay their parking tickets.
Perhaps, worst, tt provides a convenient "out" for the rest of the world (i.e. Canada under the Liberals) to not take action against the 133 criminal regimes in the world that treat their people obscenely.
If the UN chooses not to enact and then act, then who is left to solve the hunger, education, and freedom deficit that pains almost everyone in the world?
Is Martin Sheen going to carry bags of rice through the checkpoints of Somali war lords?
Are all of the marchers in all of the WTO and G-8 protests and demonstrations going to show the Mugabi's, and Fidels, and Irani mullahs so much love that they see the light, resign and heap oil royalty checks on their people?
I don't have the answer. Sanctions generally only harm the subjects, not the objects. Diplomacy has been proven to almost never work - especially Bill Graham's "quiet democracy".
What do we have left? Well, thanks to the fighting men and women of the United States, Canada and other countries, women in Afghanistan aren't forced to wear burkhas anymore, and that's a start, and that didn't come from the UN being nice.
Good to have dialogue, though. Cause about 5.5 billion in the world can't.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Too Much Bogus News for One Scribbler to Handle...


I won't get into the fact that another Ceeber has joined Al Jazeera... It's droll enough for a Flintstone's episode.
But the totally discredited pic of a lonely, starving, freezing Polar Bear on an ice floe (30 yards off shore when they can swim about 20 miles in freezing water without changing underwear and whom have never e
xisted in such numbers in their history to such a degree that they may not have enough range to exist in and might all starve to death or resort to cannibalism to survive) is a little rich.
But such is our media...

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Lemon & stageleft on AGW, Climate Change or Whatever They're Calling it Today

Stageleft and I always have always had, at least on his side, intelligent blogbates on issues being tossed back and forth in the public forum and fora. My place almost almost from the right and his almost always from the wrong.
Haven't had a good one for a while, except in the comments section of a recent post by, Reid, our correspondent from "Right from Alberta", in which he was bitching about a blizzard in Alberta caused by Ontarians.
But I digress...
Here's Stagie's and my (slightly editted) back and forth on the current climate dialectic:

stageleft said...
You are obviously being punished for voting Conservative.... it's 18 deg and sunny here :-)
anonymous: the appropriate phrase, regardless of what the media chooses to focus on, is "climate change" - some places will warm, others.... well ;-)

Lemon said...
Stagie - you are an expert at rhetoric, so I expect a little tongue in cheek here.
Thing is - the climate always has and always will change - we're currently in the middle of a 15 year cooling period after a 15 year warming period.
Gore and his gang would blame a sparrow hitting an illuminated window on global warming / climate change. Though, or course, millions of more birds are getting killed by AGW - the dammed windmills put up to prevent one more climate catastrophe.
And isnt just LIVING in Alberta punishment enough??


stageleft said...
Of course the climate has always changed, the new element in the equation is us, whether or not we are pushing it, and how we may best mitigate and/or survive it.
There are alarmists and extremists on both sides, I like to think I'm somewhere in the middle - and I have no doubt that there is some really nasty sh*t coming down the pipes if we don't mend our ways. Possibly not really nasty until after I'm dining with the ancestors and my grand kids have to deal with it, but since I'm sorta more than a bit attached to the little folk my concern is just as real.
The earth will always seek to achieve balance, and in the grand scheme of things we're an irritant that is causing an imbalance.

Lemon said...
Stagie you and I were both born with NB BS detectors, and we both know (I think) that there is a far greater chance of our blowing ourselves to smithereens or poisoning ourselves with one virus or another than burning or freezing to death.
I have never lived through a time in almost 50 years when we haven't had some terrible Sword of Damocles hanging over our heads: the nuclear bomb clock set at 11:55 pm, global cooling, Islamism, AIDS and the bird flu, global warming/cooling/climate ambiance.
The road to bucks and fame (and hippie chicks) is to scare the livin bejeezus out of people.
And almost all of the noise about this (and all the other looming disasters) comes not someone or some group who actually knows the event for a fact, but at best speculators and at worse media.
And we simply cannot act to protect outselves or our species against every eventuality. Or, we would just have stayed in the same caves our surviving ancestors lived in 10,000 years ago. After all there were all those huge long toothed predators out there, lets stay here and starve rather than be eaten.

But instead we banded together, slew the sabertooth, and built cities to protect us.
The human cost by starvation (as one example) of the course of action as prescribed by the Econuts is guaranteed. But the cost of whatever form of climate change is speculative.

Our species have thrived in terrible climatic upheavals in the past, using only bearskins and spears.
Feels like winter here in NB this week.

stageleft said...
You're probably right about there being a greater possibility of some nut bar country with nuclear weapons starting the big one that comes really close to making us extinct (I figure it will either be the US or Israel that pulls the nuclear trigger first btw).... and I've never bought into the "The Day After Tomorrow" scenario however I have little doubt that there are large climactic changes coming down the pipes, and that we will do far less than "thrive" on them unless we are a lot smarter and more adaptive than I happen think we are.
As I said in the other comments thread, the earth will always seek to achieve a balance - right now we are creating an imbalance, and, one way or another, we will be corrected.
We may not be able to protect ourselves from every possible eventuality but, IMO, it makes sense to look at the bigger, and what is to me anyway, common sense picture and do what we can to mitigate that which we can as opposed to trying to ride out 'come what may' on our supposed ingenuity and adaptability... ymmv of course, I an cautioning prudence and advocating common sense.-- aren't they supposed to be conservative values?

Lemon said...
We may well be creating an imbalance (or at least contributing to it, but whence the tipping point. The most negative "forecasts" by the IPCC (and a lot of IPCC scientists have said they never provided a forecast, the politicians did) are for a very minimal level of effect, that will hardly be noticed (and they have decreased the effect in the last 3 releases. It's the Gores and Sukukis that are predicting mass disaster - and their bias is obvious.
I think just as the ecosystem will work to restore a balance so will mankind (but not by starving millions to death and refusing the right for undeveloped countries to leave the stone age). Surely, if we are so all powerful to destroy the planet (which we are not), then to carry forward the logic, we must be powerful enough to adapt to or correct the imbalance.
As far as concervative values - I think everyone has their own collection of values that fit their personal definitions.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

There is No Limit to the Disgust That Al Gore Deserves

Another Great Find by Tom Nelson
Thirty days after Steve McIntyre caught NASA cooking climate history again - this time in a feeble attempt to somehow conceal the alarmist-embarrassing downward trend since 1998 -- Al Gore shamelessly portrayed Saturday's Myanmar cyclone catastrophe as a ‘consequence' of global warming.

A mere 16 days after NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed that the Pacific Decadal Oscillation's cool phase shift would likely bring colder temperatures for as many as the next 20-30 years, Gore told NPR that the "trend toward stronger and more destructive storms appears to be linked to global warming and specifically to the impact of global warming on higher ocean temperatures." This just 6 days after a German study also predicted cooler ocean temperatures due to the Meridional Overturning Circulation entering a weak cycle, and in spite of there being absolutely no empirical evidence of a global warming / storm strength link.

Gore's monotonous and baseless account of AGW forced violent cyclones and hurricanes came just two days after McIntyre reported that 4 of the past 5 months were "'all-time' records for Southern Hemisphere sea ice" levels.

In fact, it was the very day after Anthony Watts reported another false start to the distinctly overdue Solar Cycle 24, a likely contributory factor to falling global temperatures, that the Nobel Peace Prize winner exploited the deaths of over 22,000 (reported and still rising) human beings to egoistically advance his threatened AGW political agenda while callously protecting his personal financial interest.

And with 41,000 reported missing since Cyclone Nargis devastated the former Burma, the death figures are sure to rise to unthinkable numbers. Meanwhile, the nation's corrupt military rulers are making aid delivery to ease survivor misery nearly impossible.

And while these poor souls will undoubtedly see years of unimaginable suffering and the arduous rebuilding of over a million destroyed homes, this man -- who professes his desire to save the planet - saw another opportunity. That it arrived at the end of a one month period in which another wheel fell off the greenhouse gas disinformation bus almost daily only adds to the morass.

This was an astonishingly nauseating display -- even for the likes of Gore.
Source

Friday, May 02, 2008

Fisk of Latest Toronto Star Nonsense

It is said that if an infinite number of monkeys typed away on an infinite number of typewriters that one would eventually write Hamlet. Sorta reminds me of a lot of the content in the Toronto Star.
For sure, little of their content is Hamlet, and most is on the factual standard of said lower form primates. (I know, I'm being a little unfair. But only a little...).
Their latest nonsense, and my response:
"We have a compassion gap in Canada, a land that by tradition celebrates mutual health and happiness and not the accumulation of wealth."
So THAT's why we are so anxious to pay taxes and not worry about having financial security. It's in our genes, unlike those of almost all other humans.
"Most shameful is that 3.5 million Canadians, or 11.4 per cent of the population, live in poverty, almost 900,000 of them children. That's not much better than the 12.3 per cent of Americans in poverty."
So let me get this straight, with all of our traditions of egalitarianism, and the greedy drive of Americans to spit on the poor, we're just a teeny, tiny bit better... (Maybe better call us incompetent compassionists).
"Two-thirds of Canadians earning at least $150,000 in 2005 have a university degree (for the most part publicly funded)."
So, The Star is able to see that education is a good thing when it comes to earning filthy lucre. But is it just me or does this imply that (a) public university education should only be available to the rich, or that (b) those who receive publicly funded educations should spend a career in servitude to the government doing compassionate things?
Income growth is stuck in first gear for most Canadians as government and business have failed to address the impact of globalization; the shift from a manufacturing to a service economy; the need to protect labour rights in bargaining for decent pay and benefits.
I'll let others observe that this assumption seems to indicate that government has some control over whether production economies are best served where output can be delivered to consumers at a lower cost, or whether Canadians are better off paying $5k for a laptop instead of $500,
Governments have permitted an erosion in the progressive income tax, the most powerful tool for redistributing wealth. Governments long ago deserted the field of affordable housing – for which 70,000 GTA families are on waiting lists – the absence of which is the chief impediment to educational achievement, fulfilling jobs and escape from spousal and child abuse.
Ah, that's the answer. Just tax us more, give all the money to the government and all the ills of society will be cured. Like in, say, Cuba.
A caring society provides affordable education, so aspiring teachers, nurses and public-health workers no longer pass up those noble vocations because they don't pay well enough to cover the student loans.
Ah!!! And higher taxes will mean that unionized workers will MAKE MORE FILTHY LUCRE...
MP Peggy Nash, whose Parkdale-High Park riding observes first-hand our compassion gap, celebrates the coexistence of rich and poor in her constituency, but adds: "You're always fighting against a deterioration in communal values. The last thing we can afford is a grossly polarized society."
Note - "Communal Values" (i.e. socialist / communist values) NOT community values such as clean living, hard work and honesty. Much better than we aspire to the lowest common denominator, so that the government can make our lives much better.

Doesn't The Star have anyone with half a brain read stuff like this before they publish it?
Talk amongst yourselves...

Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Simple Truth for Bio Fools - From Anon Reader

Great stuff from a former Manitoban on the Biofool Dilemma.
I know we like to lay all the blame at the feet of the biofoolish do-gooders insistence on replacing fuels from the earth, with fuels from the earth that need a little Goddish work by humans to substitute natural processes with artificial and saving about 10 million years.
But as pointed out below, there is more to it...

From Anon in comments on previous Post
This problem is a lot more than just a simple grain going to biofuels causing this rise.
Call it more the perfect storm:
-Part very ambitious biofuels mandates/targets by governments. This creates subsidized demand and changes producers planting intentions.
-A change in philosophy by exporting countries (govt involvement again). Back in the late 70's, early 80's accounting practices started being enforced. Suddenly people who owned the grain were shown the true cost of carrying grain for up to a year,ouch! Most countries quickly switched to the popular Japanese JIT (just in time) way of managing inventory. Those except for the CWB, but that's another story for another day.
-Mix in a dash of 2 years of bad crops in major growing areas (Australia, FSU, Europe)
-China and India adopting the North American consumptive nature.
-and the final piece de resistance, investment money. People trying to retire by age 40-50 giving large amounts of money to managed funds eg Goldman Sachs, CARPAS (2 of many). These folks have billions of dollars at their disposal and trying to find the next big thing (they are involved in all commodities: grains, energy, metals) so they can earn the 20%+ per annum they have guaranteed their investors.
The end game: countries who normally would export grain, holding back stocks to try and put a cap on their own inflation. Less grain on the market, more freaking out, panic.
If you look at the overall carryout numbers, especially on rice which has gone stupid, you will notice there is more than ample supplies to get to new crop supplies but because of the above and the media's insatiable appetite to go all henny penny, chaos insues.
I get a front row seat to this madness every day and must say watching, reading the debates go on is quite interesting, amusing and infuriating all at the same time.
Don't get me started on crude oil...

Escaped MB

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bio-Fools Too Simplistic

Wanna talk simplistic? Talk Margot McDermaid tonite on Newman...
Sorry, I broke down and have the gaunt grey man on - tired of Obama/Billary sludge match.
According to Margot, and from her according to "experts" it's too simplistic to blame biofuels on the increasing food costs in the third world...
How stupid and simple minded does she think we are?
According to them, those experts, food prices in the third world are due to higher fuel prices...
And Global Warming is a major factor.
Like Fillipino rice farmers ship their rice thousands of miles by tractor trailor and because it's so effin hot they cool their shacks with air conditioning using diesel generators.
These fools are so simple they don't recognize their own contradictions.

Lemon Suffers Feedback From Last Week's Post???

My whole life was defined on a day much like today many, many years ago.
I was five.
I was enjoying the sun and being out in public, hand and hand with my older sister skipping down our main street to try and keep up.
Nothing could go wrong.
Or could it.
I was hoping for a chance to hang out with the big kids, and maybe in a perfect world, score a vanilla soft ice cream cone.
And then it happened.
The skies above opened up. A pigeon about four stories higher than we were, obviously with designs to ruin my plan for a perfect day, aimed carefully and unloaded smack dab on the top of my head.
I was devastated - can you imagine the bawling a a little 60 pound neon blond kid with about 8 ounces of green pigeon poop dripping into his ears can do? I did it. My perfect day was gone.
The bright side is that since, nothing has really seemed all that terrible.
Last week, most assuredly a grown up who has survived many storms, I did another one of my quarterly iconoclastic posts, just to hopefully wake people up from their comfort.
And yesterday. Again. I don't know if it was the same dammed bird or not. Maybe it was a black helicopter.
But I got hit square on top.
Don't know if the bird got instructions from CPC loyalists.
Probably not - they don't shoot that accurately.
But I got hit. And I didn't feel a lot better about it than I did that day so many years ago.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Rant

Just suppose, ya got two great ,well-balanced, successful kids.
Suppose one is keen in participating in an exchange program - trade places with a kid of the same age from somewhere in Quebec.
Great chance to learn how the other half lives, learn our other official language, and try and survive with strangers.
What a great program - think about it!
You're a teenager and you get a chance to live an entirely different life for a couple of months.

And then, the folks go through the counsellor interview.
Police report? No problem unless parking tickets are a deal-killer.
But then, "How would you deal with a child with different religious beliefs?"
"What would you do if the child had different dietary requirements such as Halal?"
--- Now exactly who is the subject of re-education here.
(Blessings to my K for dealing realistically with this).

And suppose that the younger was presented with the "pretend an egg is a baby" challenge. Try not to break it for a month.
But what if a child in the school has an "egg allergy"
Well, simple give them all a bag of salt (now how are they supposed to break that?)

Its an idiocy on top of a fallacy on top of a stupidity...

Is a bag of salt supposed to equal an egg equalling a baby?
Are 10 year old boys all of a sudden supposed to have new sentimentality toward babies? more appreciation for single parents? more respect for salt? Dont teachers have anything better to do?

Once the bag of salt breaks (as it surely will in the hands of 11 year old boys).
Is this saltslaughter?
Will the boys be forced to take sensitivity education?