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Saturday, October 15. 2011
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Successful parasites never kill their hosts
What are the Best and Worst Countries for Women?
Islamic sex guide says wives meet only 10% of husbands' desires
Men are insatiable. No comment.
The Next Bubble: Higher Education
Europe gives up on global warming
You Know That Your City Has Become A Hellhole When….
Morning Jay: Without Independents, Obama Has No Chance of Victory
Astonishing vid: ‘LEAVE HIPPIES ALOOOOOONE!!!’
The intellectual vanguard of the Dem party in action
They are part of the O's campaign once again
Elizabeth Warren wants to bust your balls.
Funny. Brown could use it as an ad.
Who cares? They satirize themselves. I have been bullied by these would-be police officers, who could never pass a police exam - or an exam on good manners. Trust me - I do not look like a shoe bomber.
Could be a plot. I don't know.
Occupier: It's the rich Jews
EPA's CO2 Endangerment Finding is Endangered
Treasury officials: Never saw a loan like Solyndra:
Crony socialism and political payoffs. It's the Chicago Way. Nice.
Mead: The administration’s goal has to be to get this story off the front page and fast.
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This is the single stupidest thing I expect to read today:
"Europe gives up on global warming"
Every time one of you beanbags posts a "global warming is dead" article, you end up with pie all over your face. I'll probably read five articles today that mention 'climate change' in passing just like someone would mention gravity or sunrises. While the little bloggers huddle together and congratulate themselves on 'speaking truth to power', the great AGW juggernaut rolls on.
Which cities get hit hardest by rising sea levels?
That's from this morning's Washington Post, and you can bet it reached a lot more people than Maggie's Farm and Kindergarten Climatologist Don Surber.
From Don's article, this is the second-stupidest thing I expect to read today:
There is no doubt that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. What we do not know is whether the activity of man is causing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere to rise — and to what extent such a man-caused change increases the temperature of the world — and finally, we have yet to determine if a warmer Earth is such a bad thing. Would not a de-iced Greenland and Antarctica help mankind and increase biodiversity? One can dream.
1. Any moron who's paid the slightest bit of attention to the geologic record knows that carbon dioxide trails the millennial upswing in global warming cycles, not cause them.
2. Any moron who's paid the slightest bit of attention to the composition of the atmosphere knows how incredibly minuscule our contribution is.
3. Any moron who's actually not a moron knows that Antarctica, with an average temperature of zero degrees or below, isn't subject to the climatic ups and downs experienced in the mid-latitudes. Unless, of course, said moron is claiming that the earth will rise thirty degrees thanks to global warming, which it would have to do for Antarctica to even reach the melting point, and it would have to rise forty degrees for it to actually melt en masse.
I guess it sounds crazy, but maybe ol' Don and people like him should stick to writing about things they actually know something about.
"Astonishing vid: ‘LEAVE HIPPIES ALOOOOOONE!!!’"
Speaking of "hippies" occupying Wall Street, Head Demagogue Doug Ross at Daily Bayonet also had a "hippie" video on his site this morning. Here's what I had to say in the comments:
I can’t figure out why you’re calling this guy a “hippie”. Hippies have a certain lingo, like “Far out, man”, yet this young man sounded as articulate as anyone else.
I presume you’re not referring to the fact that he’s at a protest, or all Tea Partiers would, according to you, be “hippies”.
I also have to presume it’s not his long hair, or Mozart and Steven Seagal and Hulk Hogan and a lot of other people would be “hippies” as well.
Maybe if you started making sense you’d be getting more than the three or four comments I see every time I drop by. As it is now, you’re just coming off as some kook groping for a whipping boy, scapegoat or bogeyman — and making a really bad choice in the process.
So, same question for you, Bird Dog. This guy is a "hippie" because he has long hair, right?
Funny thing, though. I don't remember any of us hippies wearing baseball caps back in the day, much less sideways. But he's still a "hippie" because of his long hair, right? Like Mozart and Steven Seagal and Hulk Hogan. Right?
And, as sad as it is when Maggie's Farm becomes just another echo chamber of the right-wing propaganda machine, what's even sadder is seeing how the supposed "morally superior" conservatives react to such posts. Ed Driscoll posted this vid yesterday, and, like this one, almost every commenter bashed the poor kid senseless. Not one of them stopped to say, Hey, this guy is a fellow American and is obviously in great pain. Maybe we should ask ourselves why.
Now go post another one of your religious pieces, Bird Dog, where the Lord advocates expressing compassion to our fellow man.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
Remember a few debates ago, when one of the candidates (I think Ron Paul) mentioned the hypothetical guy dying in the hospital because he didn't have health care? Remember the audience's reaction?
They applauded his death.
Draw your own conclusions, folks.
I suggest that you cut back on your Adderal, and increase your Thorazine. Don't feel bad - all of us here rely on these meds.
Maybe it's not the meds after all. I believe it might be WSMS. Could that new monitor have given him a "panoramic perspective" on things?
Dr. Mercury: carbon dioxide trails the millennial upswing in global warming cycles, not cause them.
As CO2 is part of a feedback cycle, it was both cause and effect of global warming during historical epochs.
Dr. Mercury: how incredibly minuscule our contribution is.
Humans have increased atmospheric CO2 by about 40%. The greenhouse effect is a well-established phenomena. Without the natural greenhouse effect, the earth would be an average ≈-19°C rather than the balmy ≈+15°C that it is.
True. But the main cause of that effect is water vapor. CO2 is a trivial factor.
Bird Dog: But the main cause of that effect is water vapor. CO2 is a trivial factor.
Water vapor is certainly the most important greenhouse gas, but CO2 is enough to change the overall temperature of the Earth. There is a feedback where CO2 increases warming, which increases the water vapor in the atmosphere. In any case, greenhouse warming is clearly occurring, the signature being a warming troposphere and a cooling stratosphere.
Unproven, thus far, by real data.
And anyway, who cares?
Bird Dog: Unproven, thus far, by real data.
Warming troposphere, cooling stratosphere.
It's true the AGW juggernaut is still rolling. But slowly the "science" organizations are rediscovering science.
Like this correction by the National Science Foundation (NSF). It takes months but eventually, even they will embrace Archimedes' Buoyancy Principle.
Best of all, as they embrace 3rd grade science, they foolishness of the writers of such drivel as the WSJ article is painfully revealed.
Merc, the audience applauded no death, nor did a different audience boo the gay soldier. What is happening in these 'scandals' is, individuals are reacting to the issue, not the event.
--in spiritual life, in the man-and-god realm, throwing the charge of hypocrisy at another has possibly the greatest power-to-weight ratio of any activity engaged by humankind.
The practice thrives for that obvious reason, and also because it is so often true.
But what about when it's not true?
When it's not true, that's where art and literature and philosophy, and altruism, benevolence, generosity and love, and all the achievement of the naked ape, happen.
IOW, if the truth is that either one is perfect or one must shut up, then the truth is that the opposite of hypocrisy is not truth, but dead silence --or, really, utter disappearance into the Void.
Gateway Pundit: Obama Tripled Deficit in 2009 and 2010
As we've corrected on Gateway Pundit, 2009 was the budget proposed by George Bush, and was $1 trillion out of kilter due to reduced tax receipts, a result of the recession.
"The administration’s goal has to be to get this story off the front page and fast."
This brewing scandal may also explain why the White House is trying to keep the Secret Service's copies of the WH Visitor Logs from being released in response to a FOIA request. Maybe it has less to do with Executive Privilege and more to do with keeping hidden the list of Obama cronies who have been ushered into the Oval Office for secret meetings with the POTUS. The release of those names might prove just as embarrassing as the release of transcripts of emails from the POTUS's Blackberry (which he is also fighting to suppress).