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Saturday, June 6. 2015
Getting King John To Sign Magna Carta Was Only Half The Battle
25,098,000 Foreign-Born Workers Employed in U.S.A.
What a 95% failure rate says about the TSA
New York Times Has Hissy Fit, Demands Transgender Troops - They never stop, they never sleep, they never quit.
Walter Block makes the case for legalizing blackmail
Ranger School will eventually be turned into diversity seminar.
Is the New Political Correctness Already Dying?
When It’s a Crime to Withdraw Money From Your Bank
Connecticut: Joe Scarborough’s Anti-Tax Crusade
Climate Activists Slam Ted Cruz For Not Blaming Texas Flood On Climate Change
Chinese Hackers Snare Data From Millions of Federal Workers
Iran Will Walk
Iran’s Uranium Hoard - Whoops, Tehran forgot to shrink its enriched uranium stockpile.
An ethnic war in Iran is only a matter of time
The Anniversary Of A Miracle - Israel's Victory In The Six Day War
Attorneys at War - Inside an elite Israeli military law unit
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What a 95% failure rate for the TSA means:
They need more funding. (sarc)
(CNSNews.com) - The number of foreign-born individuals holding jobs in the United States increased by…. 279,000 ….to 25,098,000 in May, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
What, wait….. Is there an extra zero somewhere, or is this really the figure for just May. I thought that the economy created 280,000 non farm jobs in May. Is the writer saying they were almost all taken by foreign born workers? [Foreign born does not necessarily mean illegal or non citizen.] I briefly scanned the BLS site and I don’t see the 279K statistic. I can see that the number of foreign born workers increased 1,101,000 since last May, 2014 (on average 91,750/month). Did, I miss something? Anyone?
Just a reminder, it has been projected for years that 10,000 Boomers would be retiring every day, day in and day out, for years to come, so an increase of 280,000 non farm jobs is not inevitably a signal of significant economic growth.
Remember when the apocalyptic cause du jour was population growth?
Where are the ENVIRONMENTALISTS on this? Back in the day, when I was in school, there was all kinds of hand-wringing over increasing population stressing fragile environments to the tipping point of no return. Was that a bunch of contrived, fabricated hooey, or is it that only normal workaday people pollute stress the environment and unfettered immigration does not? Why do these people always talk out of both sides of their mouth?
Of course, Gvt is always the answer to a "crisis"
and the best thing I've read lately:
I always liked how P.J. O'Rourke characterized the views of the overpopulation pests:
"Just enough of me, way too much of you."
I heard that. It got me to thinking... Even though my parents are of English and German descent, maybe I'm Chinese!
"When it's a crime to withdraw money from your bank".
This is a classic case of government over reach. The law was intended to catch criminals who were using banks to launder the money from their crimes. But lately it is used to snare innocent people and confiscate their money often to the benefit of the very same law enforcement organization that stole/confiscated the money. What then is the difference between this action and a classic definition of corruption? This is pretty much the same thing that DA's have done with the RICO laws. They were originally intended to fight organized crime more effectively and congress made it clear at the time they passed RICO that it should not be abused. Now mom and pop stores are charged with RICO crimes for minor infractions to build up the case against them so that they will simply roll over and accept a "non-judicial" punishment and also agree to give up their right of review of their case by a higher court. This tactic reeks of Stasi communist tactics and is surely unconstitutional. This is kafkaesque in it's intent and implementation.
Women fail Ranger school--what will we do?!!11 (much handwringing)
What will we do?
Well, throw more money at it, of course! (refer to my first comment today)
or they could lower the standards and we can officially become Third world.
Getting King John To Sign Magna Carta Was Only Half The Battle
There was no battle. It is a war, an ongoing, continuous war of liberty against those who seek to be boss. Our own Revolution was but a new attempt to accomplish what was attempted at Runnymede, namely to get the "king" to recognize the time immemorial liberties of the people. Sadly, even our more circumscribed limitations on government are failing.
It remains to be seen whether those who wish to rule have been successful in culture of ancient liberties from the spirit of the English-speaking people. I like to think that the culture has spread even outside the Anglosphere and will reassert at some point.
Or was it a conflict between two camps of hereditary warrior aristocrats over who got to reap the benefits of rule?
Seems to be a common thread running through many of the links this a.m.
That being the continuing desire of the Left to impose their fantasy world on us.
There is the fantasy that the TSA actually provides airport security.
The fantasy that there is actual manmade global warming.
The fantasy that women can be as good as combat troops as men.
The fantasy of "The Gender Fluidity Industry’s Magical Thinking."
The fantasy that transgender troops are a good thing.
How do we deal with real problems when we have to battle the imaginary ones first?
Ace of Spaces: Incredible: NOAA Gets Rid of 15 Year Hiatus In Global Warming Simply By Re-Weighting and "Adjusting" the Numbers
Hand waving is not a convincing argument. You have to actually look at the study to determine whether the adjustments are justified. Specifically, they 1) accounted for systematic biases between buoy- and ship-based data; 2) showed the effect of lag when ship-based measurements shifted from bucket to engine-intake thermometers; 3) included integration of more historical data sources. 4) adjusted for under-reporting of Arctic coverage. See Karl et al., Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus, Science 2015.
Only time will tell if the results are validated by further studies.
Zach: Only time will tell if the results are validated by further studies.
Agreed. So there's no reason to rush into the fixes that will destroy economies if the AGW theory is unsubstantiated. So far, almost every prediction derived from the climate models has been wrong so we should get caught up in the alarmism of the AGW crowd.
mudbug: So there's no reason to rush into the fixes that will destroy economies if the AGW theory is unsubstantiated.
The basic findings of anthropogenic global warming are strongly supported. However, climate is a complex system, so predicting the details of climate change is still very difficult.
The figures relating so so-called "sea-level rise" are totally fabricated. I've lived next to the ocean for 58 years, and I can tell you there has been no rise in sea levels during that time. I would suspect you can take that back to the 1930s, when the shoreline improvements where I live were first built. They are still right where they have always been. Global warming alarmists would say they should be under 5-10 feet of water by now.
The basic findings of anthropogenic global warming are strongly supported
So "Climate Activists" claim that "climate change"- once referred to as "global warming"- is the cause of the recent Texas floods. Yet NASA honcho James Hansen also claimed that "global warming" - more recently referred to as "climate change"- was the cause for the recent Texas-Oklahoma drought. Floods and droughts in the same area both caused by "global warming"/climate change?" Sounds like doublethink to me.
If James Hansen was so sure that "global warming" was the cause of the recent Texas-Oklahoma drought, then why didn't he include in the data set the 1930s, which featured a rather long and profound drought?
Perhaps because doing so wouldn't support his hypothesis.
Gringo: Yet NASA honcho James Hansen also claimed that "global warming" - more recently referred to as "climate change"- was the cause for the recent Texas-Oklahoma drought.
Hansen's paper has not been officially published. It may still go through some changes before then. Most climate scientists consider the connect still only weakly supported. See Hansen et al., Perceptions of Climate Change:
The New Climate Dice, 2015.
Gringo: Floods and droughts in the same area both caused by "global warming"/climate change?"
That is not inconsistent. Many areas are expected to experience alternating extremes due to climate change.
Gringo: If James Hansen was so sure that "global warming" was the cause of the recent Texas-Oklahoma drought, then why didn't he include in the data set the 1930s, which featured a rather long and profound drought?
You apparently didn't read the paper. He discusses the 1930s drought, and notes that temperatures were comparable, but encompassed a smaller region than the current drought.
Other studies have found that this is the worst regional drought in 800 years. See Schwalm et al., Reduction in carbon uptake during turn of the century drought in western North America, Nature Geoscience 2012; and Karl et al., Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, Cambridge University Press 2009.
There is no Global Warming and certainly not caused by humans. There is no U.S. caused weather change. We are being lied to by the 'Experts' in this arena too.
Personally, I agree with Sherlock Holmes and Lord Peter Wimsey on the subject of blackmail, that it's one of the cruelest forms of extortion out there.
Also, blackmailing criminals is a quick way to earn a Darwin Award.
Climate Activists Slam Ted Cruz For Not Blaming Texas Flood On Climate Change
San Marcos flood: 2015 and 1998. Houston flood: 2015 and 2001. Texas drought: 2010s, late 1950s, 1930s. The recent drought in Texas and Oklahoma was also blamed on "climate change"/AGW/correct term of the year, by no less a personage than NASA's James Hansen. From Inside Climate News January 30, 2012:
For three months last summer, temperatures in Texas soared higher than at any time in recorded history, and the state is still coping with the most expensive drought in its history. But can the 2011 Texas heat wave be attributed to global warming?
Most scientists are careful not to link specific weather events to climate change trends, but NASA's James Hansen and two colleagues from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Columbia University have taken that plunge. They've gathered data they say shows that the 2011 Texas and Oklahoma heat wave—as well as a deadly Moscow heat in 2010—were "a consequence of global warming because their likelihood was negligible prior to the recent rapid global warming."
Their conclusions are based on more than 50 years of temperature data, Hansen told InsideClimate News. By comparing the recent shift toward extreme high summer temperatures with that data, he said his group was able to demonstrate that the record-breaking 2011 Texas heat wave wouldn't have occurred without global warming. This data also provides a broader context for the summer of 2011, which across the United States was the second warmest on record, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Extremes Index twice the historical average.
The article goes on to link to some studies.
Hansen has posted a draft of the new study, Perceptions of Climate Change: The New Climate Dice, on his website and is circulating it to colleagues for comment, a practice he has followed with other research. Meanwhile, NASA's Goddard Institute has posted to the institution's website
the scientists' analysis of 2011 temperature data—an analysis that Hansen and his colleagues also used in the new paper.
From the link at the above "the scientists' analysis of 2011 temperature data:"
Oklahoma-Texas-Northern Mexico in 2011 and the Moscow region in 2010 provide examples of summer heat anomalies that exceeded 3σ relative to the 1951-1980 climatology. In the 1951- 1980 period of climatology the area with temperature anomaly exceeding +3σ was only a few tenths of one percent. However, the area covered by such extreme anomalies has increased with global warming. +3σ anomalies covered 7% of the area with observations in Jun-Jul-Aug 2009, 13% in 2010, and 9% in 2011 (Hansen et al., 2012). Increased occurrence of such extreme anomalies as a result of global warming, by more than a factor of 10, implies that we can attribute such recent extreme anomalies, including that in Texas and Oklahoma, to global warming.This shows that selective choice of data can influence the outcome of one's analysis. The Dust Bowl drought during the 1930s had climate that was hotter, and drier for a longer time than the recent Texas-Oklahoma drought. Any "scientist" who purports to look at Texas-Oklahoma climate data in order to prove "global warming" /climate change without including the 1930s data is a charlatan. Period.
Should we legalize blackmail?
Seriously! Someone really thinks this is a good idea? OK! I will offer a compromise: We legalize blackmail and recognize it for what it is; an assault. And we legalize self defense to blackmail as an assault and shot the buggers on sight.
"Gets Rid of 15 Year Hiatus In Global Warming Simply By Re-Weighting and "Adjusting" the Numbers."
Why so surprising? The Obama administration does it already for unemployment, inflation, economic productivity, crime,and "immigration," among other matters.
This is a classic example where anything can be proven if you manipulate the data so that the target is drawn around the arrow. I am in awe of the hubris of NOAA to do all this right in front of god and everybody.
Good article about the Magna Carta. Thanks for the link. It has been interesting learning about this important part of our history this year, the 800th anniversary.
There was an interesting podcast about the Magna Carta last month on Russ Roberts’ EconTalk:
Professor Roberts interviewed Nicholas Vincent, a professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia, and the author of Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction.