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Tuesday, May 28. 2013
I'm with the birds on this one. We want beaches for people and dogs, and beaches for wildlife. Separate but equal.
Now The Gibson Guitar Raids Make Sense
The Apple Tax Diversion - Senators beat up a U.S. success for following the tax laws
The Obamacare Insurance Exchange Train Is Already Coming Off The Rails
The Obama admin is a symptom, not the problem - The GOP is missing the boat on the IRS scandal
Reynolds: A revolution in the works?
Muslims in the UK: MESSAGE UNHEARD
Have the climate sceptics really won?
To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here
Just in time to save the earth from human insanity
Obamacare's true purpose
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Peter Ferrara: To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here
Ferrara seems to form his conclusion first, then makes the evidence fit. Even if the conclusion were correct, the argument is faulty. Here's some very basic errors:
Peter Ferrara: Human emissions of CO2 are only 4 to 5% of total global emissions, counting natural causes.
Change in the greenhouse effect depends on net atmospheric change, not gross emissions.
Peter Ferrara: Much was made of the total atmospheric concentration of CO2 exceeding 400 parts per million. But if you asked the daffy NBC correspondent who hysterically reported on that what portion of the atmosphere 400 parts per million is, she transparently wouldn’t be able to tell you. One percent of the atmosphere would be 10,000 parts per million.
The gross percentage of the atmosphere is irrelevant as most atmospheric gases are unaffected by infrared energy. Even though carbon dioxide only constitutes a small percentage of the total atmosphere, it makes up about a fourth of the greenhouse effect.
Every time you comment these days, you dig a deeper hole.
"To the Horror of Global Warming Alarmists, Global Cooling Is Here"
That was really an outstanding article, BD. The die-hard alarmists will attempt to find one tiny detail where he could possibly be in error and will use that to refute the entire piece, but those high school ploys just don't work with an informed crowd.
Dr. Mercury: find one tiny detail
What we pointed out are hardly "tiny details", but very basic to understanding climate science. It's clear he is just echoing the echo.
Yes, Zachriel is a consortium or a cult. A consensus, if you will. But we cannot discount the possibility that it could be Obama and the White House mouse.
What we do know it that they come together to vote on what their reality is. The sad part is, the insist on sharing their consensus reality with others.
I think it's an affectation intended to give the affectator an aura of authority. I've seen it in other pontificators.
A number of theories have been proposed concerning Zachriel's use of nosism. If Zachriel were legion.
group of poseurs
ultimate expression of internet group think
commune of pedants
collective pseudonym like Bourbaki
being of more than one mind
the Z-team, a team of Zachriels
someone with a tapeworm
best friend is a pooka
dissociative identity disorder
a bizzare pseudo-world affectation
gaggle of grad students
a group of concerned citizens
It all depends on which scientists you quote. If you quote those paid by governments and "environmental groups", you will get obvious warming. If you look at independent climate scientists, you don't or if you do, there is disagreement on the cause.
The entities that benefit from AGW are governments who gain power from "saving the planet" so it's no wonder that governments and the UN (which is on a tireless search for more power over everybody on earth) signs on to the AGW bandwagon.
The primary device chosen to scare the rest of the world into becoming their minions is an untested computer model. This is especially clever because most people trust what computers say.
We're being played by a bunch of charlatans who didn't even test their software.
mudbug: It all depends on which scientists you quote.
Well, no. The above "tiny details" are not in serious dispute. There may be problems with theories of anthropogenic climate change, but Ferrara's argument is faulty.
I was speaking broadly about climate scientists rather than commenting about the article.
I was speaking specifically about the software that is used to predict catastrophic warming as being untested.
The old computer axiom: Garbage In, Garbage Out.
Carefully selected data In; Whatever you want, Out.
I guess Zach doesn't want to (can't) defend the untested computer models that are used to defend AGW. But then, how do you defend an untested computer program?
mudbug: doesn't want to (can't) defend the untested computer models that are used to defend AGW
There were basic mistakes in the linked article which impacted the author's argument.
Again, I'm not talking about the article. I'm talking about computer models that climate fear mongers used to support their case for AGW. It is central to their case and they have never been tested.
Muslims generally do not assimilate because they believe their culture is superior to any other. Assimilation would be lowering themselves not improving themselves as the West arrogantly wishes. Destruction of decacant western culture is destruction of the lesser not greater worth.
Assimilation or submission to the Muslims would degrade my culture.
Not to mention, eliminate bacon, pork bbq, carnitas, kailua pig.
But never fear, they'll make little headway against G.R.I.T.S. (Girls Raised In The South). We can't keep them out of tube tops and they think they'll get them in a burka?
The senators going after Apple is just a funding op. There are, what may be hotly contested, elections coming up. How better to spur contributions than to bring up the specter of changes in the tax laws.
Speaking of the gay, I just watched post game interview with Britney Griner after 1st WNBA game in which he dunked twice. No chest, deep bass voice, I mean that dude can really jump.
If that's news to you, you haven't been reading the comments sections on the sports Web sites for a long, long time. It's a very common question: Dude or Dudette? Only Griner's teammmates know for sure. Whatever. Griner ain't no Skylar Diggins, that's obvious to everyone with the eyes to see.
Ah, the GRAUNIAD! True believers, last ditch defenders, much like some we know here and there. De Climate, Boss! De Climate gonna kill us!
Lest we ever forget, the premise of many apologists is that the West brought jihad upon themselves due to Imperialism, Colonialism(whatever the label du jour), irreverence, or supporting ME dictators, and that the violence is therefore excusable. They never confront and explain how the murder of Coptic Christians, persecution on non Muslims in the ME, or other non Muslims in Africa fits the Western exploitation premise. Nor do they explain the attacks on Hindus or Buddhists, in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Burma, Indonesia, or the Philippines. It beats me how we can be responsible for their inability to get along with anyone, even their own co-religionists. Does anyone doubt that if, for example, the Japanese admitted Muslim refugees that they would eventually confront the same aggressions?
If that numbskull Levin is so outraged that Apple keeps the profits from its European operations abroad instead of bringing them back to the US, why isn't he equally upset over GE's ability to escape US taxes? Oh, wait, the CEO of GE is a FOB, a Friend of Barack. If either company is breaking the law, the IRS can prosecute them or send them a bill for unpaid taxes. In both cases, however, the companies seem to following the law and paying what they legally owe, so maybe Levin ought to just shut the f* up. The only folks who have a reason or right to complain about Apple's shrewd accounting maneuvers---but apparently are happy with the ways things are done---are Apple's shareholders, who are owed much larger dividends than they're getting as a result of the company's recent success.
So the article itself mentions that gulls have gotten more clever about raiding nests and cracking the shells. Why don't I hear any hue and cry to curtail the gull population? Goodness knows they could use it. Instead of heaping blame on humans perhaps some strategic bird population thinning is in order.
When we lived on the East Coast we would get an oversand pass for Race Point in Provincetown. I can't recall ever seeing people blatantly disregard the strung rope indicating sections designated as shorebird nesting areas, although it seemed as if the birds always got the upper hand. Here in SF the shorebirds scuttle across the sand at will and amazingly enough dogs rarely ever bother them - they're after the gulls!
What about Microsoft?
Hello--please don't forget The Gates Foundaton. Microsoft at work in Africa without any oversight, without any tax obligation, without any . . .
Apple on the other hand does not make charitable donations--of course, they might set up a non-profit in Ireland--that would be fun! Is it possible that the reason Apple has been singled out is because Apple doesn't "play ball" like Microsoft did/does? Is it possible that good little Billy got his friends (employees) at the IRS to harass Apple? D'ya think? By the way is MF aware of the tremendous inroads and population shifts that the Chinese are making on the continent of Africa? Not just mining but huge swaths of potential farmlands. Africa is the new wild west and the Chinese are there and they are armed. But wait what about poor Billy do you ask--well he's there too isn't he? Drilling all those water wells and giving away all those free school computers, etc. ad nauseum.
My favorite quote of the day comes from Bishop Bulton Sheen (deceased). "Hearing the confession of nuns is like being stoned to death by popcorn".
LOL --wonder if old Bulton's twin bro, Fulton, liked the joke?
:-) (i know, typo, but i just hadda be a jerk)