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Tuesday, October 25. 2011
I thought I'd ask for your opinion on something before publishing the post.
Yes, yes, I know that sounds crazy, and perhaps it is. They've recently changed my psychotropic drugs here at the sanitarium (also affectionately known as "Maggie's Farm" by the regulars in honor of the sweet ol' gal who runs the place), and I've increased my caffeine intake of late, so perhaps I've lost that delicate chemicular balance required to write a modern blog post.
All I know is that I had such good luck when I suckered that first sap into proofreading it (I wouldn't want to mention any names, but his initials are B.U.L.L.D.O.G.), that I thought I'd open it up to the Maggie's Valued Readers™ for further input before hitting the 'Publish' button.
It's about one of everybody's favorite subjects:
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I'd be posting my global warming opus soon, but I held off because I wanted to run it by a few people and make sure I was touching all the bases. I mean to cover everything in this baby.
For example, Bulldog reminded me of Mt. Kilimanjaro, which was one of the first jump-off points ("The glaciers are melting!") for the AGW movement. My article mentions the Thames freezing over in the early 1600's and he noted that the Hudson and Delaware rivers had also frozen over, and that reminded me of the Northwest Passage, another item on the AGW list that deserves to be shattered.
And, as many people will tell you, when it comes to shattering hopes and dreams, I'm just the guy for the job.
So, fellow (and fellowette) anti-AGW aficionados, what say ye? Corrections, updates and additions are welcome. Any pro-AGW dribble will be cited in a future post arguing for the return of 15th century insane asylums.
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Doc's anti-anti-AGW project
The enemy within. Those are the words that spring to mind every time I see another 'Global Warming Is Dead' article. If I were a Lefty strategist, I'd shoot myself pay off a bunch of prestigious conservative journalists and bloggers to write long
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Maggie's team of lawyers might be receiving a court-ordered injunction any minute now. I suppose you heard how word rapidly spread throughout the blogosphere that a blogger was daring to ask for the readers' opinions before making his post, and ther
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Good job, Merc. Covered most of the bases.
I remain skeptical about the value of the temp measurements, however.
There is a temp measuring center near my house. I read an article about how some of them are in odd places, which have change radically.
Example: One that was placed in a "rural" setting, over time had a parking lot built around it. Hot blacktop does funny things. Result: spiking summer temperatures! Yikes!
Well, the local one was intriguing. It had a building next to it. With an air conditioner in the window. The exhaust was pointing right at the temperature monitor. Guess what happens in the summer (I'm willing to bet)?
Hi, old friend. Are you okay?
For those of you not in the know, Bulldog bared his soul to the world the other day when he publicly admitted this:
"I has no direction or focus."
It was a very sad moment for everyone involved. Well, except for the pharmaceutical industry. Anyway, glad to see you're giving the appearance of feeling normal. I suppose only time will tell if any permanent damage was done.
"With an air conditioner in the window. The exhaust was pointing right at the temperature monitor."
Uh, the air conditioner from the articles? That was one of the big 'finds' the guy who broke the story had. Then there was a 'blacktop' story or two, and a few other bizarenesses. If he's still on the hunt, and yours isn't mentioned, he'd probably love to have the info and a photograph of it. If sticking a monitor in front of a hot exhaust fan isn't 'altering the readings', I don't know what is. Put it on the lip of a volcano?
I thought I'd mentioned that to you in our emails, but perhaps not. It's one of the comments I typically make to my AGW believer friends, and I can never remember who I've mentioned it to.
There were many of those 'situations' with temperature monitors around the US.
I had read an article (perhaps posted here or on your site), then looked up the locations, and saw there was one near me, I went over and took a look. I have no idea if it was the same one the author of the article mentioned or had taken a picture of. All I know is that rather than relying on reading about it, I observed it.
I did that about 3 years ago, so I have no idea if the situation is the same. I just logged it as 'good to know'. I guess I should go take a look again. It isn't in the most pleasant of areas.
I haven't been on here much lately. I've been taking some courses at work which are required. I may write about one or two of them because they were excellent.
Whenever I see the term AGW or 'Global Warming' or anything even closely related, my eyes start to glaze over and thoughts of the movie "Idiocracy" come immediately to mind.
To paraphrase a statement recently made about the current administration, "We may eventually recover from the damage caused by the Obama administration, what we may never recover from is the fact that we had an Obama administration in the first place."
We may some time in the future recover from the scientific and media perpetrated fraud that promoted man-made global warming, what we are unlikely to ever recover from is the fact that so many people bought into the fraud in the first place.
Jake - Very well put, and I agree. While people keep writing "Global warming is dead" articles, all I see is it mentioned in every possible scenario it can be. If the Warp-Backed Fluffy-Haired Pond Toad is dying off somewhere, they'll, in all fairness, mention the usual possibilties, like man's encroachment or the arrival of some new predator, but somewhere on that list -- just in passing -- will be "climate change". As you said, it's becoming so entrenched that it's now a 'given' that 'climate change' is part of the equation, like the way "man-made" is a 'given' in my prior post.
That's great info! I've long thought that we are likely warming but so what and there's nothing we can or should try to do about it anyways.
The other thing that always bothered me was the focus on the supposed negatives of warming with no acknowledgement whatsoever of the positives as if there are none.
This is all about leftist economic control, anti-human agenda and simple pure arrogance.
Phil - Glad you enjoyed. As far as benefits go, did you read the link at the very bottom of the article? Got $50 mil lying around?
I went through this with glee. I also have been debating this forever it seems. The only thing I could think of that you left out is the deliberate obfuscation and lies of 'researchers' and others who are getting wealthy on the idea of AGW.
You're right, and thanks for the tip. I should have a "The Greed Factor" section and mention the lucrative lucre up for grabs. Or maybe call it "Driving Forces" to cover both the research grants and the socialist angle. One of the reasons this seems like such an uphill battle is because we're facing two wildly different fronts.
I saw an article today that Coke is jumping on the Global warming band wagon. That's funny because of all the CO2 in the fizzy stuff. You will know CO2 is important when they ban the use of it in sodapop (and beer).
Now that's funny. Anyone got $10 mil lying around? It would be fun to start a "Ban carbon dioxide in Coca-Cola!" campaign, just to teach 'em a lesson. Worse, march on Pepsi's headquarters, and in your handouts make sure Coke gets full credit for bringing this environmental hazard to the public's attention. Really stir the mix.
Then you step down to the next tier, like RC Cola and Dr. Pepper. You ask them to state on the public record the company's stance on man-made global warming. If they're behind it, they get picketed next.
"STOP KILLING OUR PLANET!"
"WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO LIVE!"
"SAVE THE ISLAND NATIONS FROM ANNIHILATION!"
If it's okay with everybody, I'd like to be in charge of sign-making.
You know may also be able to blame union protests & OWS in a tangential manner for promoting AGW. After all, marching around, drumming incessantly, and screaming nonsense such as "This is what Democracy looks like!" and "We're doing this for the children!", those morons are expiring more CO2 than calm folks sitting calmly and reading a book. Perhaps they should just shut up.
BTW, how much CO2 does a biodiesel generator produce?
Coke Goes Climate Alarmist
By William Teach October 25, 2011 – 4:10 pm
Sheesh. Can’t drink Pepsi because it changed to mimic the Obama 2008 logo. Now, Coke goes stupid
(Montreal Gazette) Cans of Coca-Cola are going from red to white as part of a new multimillion-dollar project promoting awareness about climate change.
The new design is part of the soft-drink maker’s new partnership with WWF, the environmental group formerly known as the World Wildlife Fund, to protect polar bear habitat in Canada and other Arctic nations.
The company will donate $2 million to WWF as part of the partnership as well as matching as much as $1 million in donations from North Americans.
Picture of the new can is below the fold.
They also state Coca-Cola will be “water-neutral” by 2020. Why not now? Who’ll remember the pledge in 2020?
Anyhow, the story comes via Tom Nelson, who dug up 6 reasons to call BS on Coke, including:
6. Coca Cola deliberately injects “global warming pollution” into your soda. It’s said that if you could get ALL of the CO2 out of the cola it would fill a volume about four times the volume of the cola itself.
Uh, huh. I’ll stick with my preferred ginger ale. Schwepps, Canada Dry, whatever is on sale. Except for the cheap stuff. Yuck! (I like it, and it is caffeine free. I mostly avoid caffeine. Gives me migraines, plus, don’t need it.)
A few years ago, I was in Hong Kong when a WWF commercial showed up on TV. Because it was the middle of the night when I was trying to stay awake, I actually paid attention to the commercial which told everyone how many species were being eliminated from the face of the earth every day.
For grins I pulled out my calculator and if the WWF claims were true, the earth would have been devoid of life in less than 2 months.
Now that was funny. WWF, for those of you scoring at home, was the site that spawned the "Himalayan glaciers are melting!" story that ended up getting the IPCC in hot water. Or warming water, anyway.
Great story, Dave, thanks.
Ah, a fellow gingeralealaholic! Great stuff, isn't it? I started drinking it back when it was on the liquor shelf at the grocery store because it was considered a 'mixer', right next to the Tom Collins mix. I prefer mine by Canada Dry, and in cans because they have more planet-killing CO2 punch.
Thanks for the article, very interesting.
1. Extend foot
2. Pull out gun, aim at foot
3. Pull trigger
Helluva corporate battle plan!
I've bookmarked your handy and useful article in my special folder, "The One True Religion".
By the way, sorry to hear another (surprising & unexpected) killer hurricane is heading your way, I feel guilty that three days later it's going to push the cold weather and predicted snow away from me.
Would you like some photos of the October snow for your collection?
And when is someone going to do anything about "hash mark not found"?
Hmmmm. What do I know? How long does it take our solar system to complete an orbit around our galaxy? 356 million years? Have any of our brave Climo-paleontologists ever considered that as our sun transits the edge of our Galaxy the sun might be subjected to dust clouds or gravitational forces that might warm or cool our Sun? Just asking.
Very few scientists actually believed in global cooling in the 1970's and there were very few peer reviewed papers that even mentioned it. The global cooking "scare" was largely manufactured by a few tabloids and newsmagazines.
In contrast the scientific consensus on global warming consists of hundreds of peer reviewed papers and is backed by every major scientific organization in existence.
I'm afraid I trust their collective brainpower and honesty more than yours, esp. when you can't even get your history straight. "Global Cooling" as a "scientific" meme has been debunked many times. The vast majority of scientists in the early 1970's never believed in a "coming ice age" and by pretending they did you call your own credibility into question.
Who said the "vast majority" of scientists believed in global cooling? On the other hand, Time Magazine certainly did (the cover pic's at the bottom of the draft), and I'm afraid I trust their collective brainpower and honesty more than yours, esp. when you put words in other people's mouths and call your own credibility into question.
My Dear Clarence,
You are not getting the “collective brainpower” from APS (American Physical Society, the Physics guys). Please read Harold Lewis’s resignation letter. And more recently another more famous physicist’s resignation. The APS will NOT ALLOW a vote from the members. Their pro-AGW stance came strictly from a very few administrators, the head of which gets millions from GW research, and the few went to great effort to keep a member-wide vote from even being attempted.
It is more likely gov influence similar to the AMA not representing most doctors and the AARP not representing the old folks as both supported Obamacare in spite of their members opposition.
Tex - As I understand it, you are 100% correct. Put the APS in the same category as CERN and the way only a few scientists were allowed to speak to the press, and even then only with strict instructions not to interpret the results from their little AGW-busting weather experiment. The American Bar Association also goes in that category. I would have mentioned the AMA and AARP next, but you caught 'em. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely?
Tex: The APS will NOT ALLOW a vote from the members.
The Council is elected body.
So, trolling through week-old posts now, are we? You must lead a very inconsequential life. As I said last night, now that you've shown your true colors, no one here is buying a thing you say.