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Thursday, August 9. 2007
This will be a quiet weekend at the Farm, with most of us away from our keyboards. I am leaving tonight for Rhode Island for a three-day sail around The Islands, and I know Bird Dog will be away too. Hoping to stop by Cuttyhunk again, and hoping to find the mermaid in the photo somewhere in the harbor - if she isn't one of Theo's girlfriends.
Refusal to gloat about the Kos story. I will not gloat about the greedy Lefties. I will not gloat about the greedy Lefties. I will not...
The UK's new official religion: Islam. Insult it, and you will be
When is it OK to break the law? Wizbang
Wisconsin tries universal health care. Good luck. Attack Machine
If Al Gore had been elected. A thoughtful thought experiment from Assistant Village Idiot
Bush gets it exactly right on bridges.
The AP gets rough with The New Republic
More on that study about how diversity is bad for people. Globe.
Is Hillary "Clean for Gene"? Driscoll
Gun nuts are right. Alphecca
Why do polls show pessimism about a Goldilocks economy? Betsy
Girls gone mild? Bummer. What fun is a girl with self respect?
NOAA doesn't want you to know how they get their temperature data. I suspect they don't want further embarassment of people finding their thermometers on asphalt parking lots and next to A/C exhaust vents. Many more details from Ace. And Coyote explains it all in depth.
Warmest recent year? 1934. They made a math mistake.
And regarding that so-called bogus claim that people are being paid by Big Corn, Big Coal, Big Wind, Big Oil, Big Electricity, Big Car, and Big Peanut to be climate deniers - it's true. I don't know where it comes from, but every time we write a piece skeptical about climate change or whatever it's called, we receive, in the mail, $10,000 in cash. Ten 1000 dollar bills in a bank wrapper, with no return address on the brown envelope with a DC postmark. It's only right that we should come clean about this to our readers because our integrity is important to us. We assure our readers that this has no effect on our writings whatsoever. We have never asked, but we assume other bloggers get the same envelope and are just waiting for the right moment to mention it.
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Without the Second Amendment and individual citizen gun ownership you can take the rest of the Constitution and throw it out the window.
In every state that has concealed weapons laws violent crime has diminished.
Our own government knows it can never take our freedoms away or there would be a civil war. Certainly the Kelo decision is going to cause major problems down the road as some owner somewhere will fight and defend their property rather than see the government give it to another private party.
The illegal immigrants will eventually start being sniped in greater numbers provided the Government doesn't do it's job.
And finally when AQ takes a big bite out of us again it'll be Islam killing time in the USA. Mosques will burn.
And has been posted here a new Harvard study shows that diversity is bad, not good for a community
The Harvard Study Explodes Diversity Myth
The _downside_of diversity_
A Harvard political scientist finds that diversity hurts civic life What happens when a liberal scholar unearths an inconvenient truth
IT HAS BECOME increasingly popular to speak of racial and ethnic diversity as a civic strength. From multicultural festivals to pronouncements from political leaders, the message is the same: our differences make us stronger.
But a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America, has concluded just the opposite. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam -- famous for "Bowling Alone," his 2000 book on declining civic engagement -- has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings
"The extent of the effect is shocking," says Scott Page, a University of Michigan political scientist.
You mis-spelled "1934".
FIVE YEARS before I was born. Not my fault.
Yo, NJ, MY $10,000 is a hundred $100 bills. Don't let 'em fool ya, they're keeping $9000 of yer dough.
.......I wonder if anybody east of Des Moines can do arithmetic.....
What are these and why do you never see them in print regarding Global Warming?
Aleutian Islands, USA
Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea
Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
Montserrat, West Indies
These are the ACTIVE volcanos on Earth; Fifteen of them. These spew out more crap than the Democratic Socialist Party does .
You never see them mentioned cause we can't do anything about them.
China just passed the USA as the #1 polluter in the world. Shortly we'll be in third spot behind India. Think either one of those waking giants are gonna GO GREEN? Ha.
Folks it's gonna be what it's gonna be during our lifetimes.
Yeah ,yeah lets do it for the children ..not to worry about them. What have the unborn done for us lately except make us worry about their futures .. if they have one, and any number of natural disasters could eliminate human life anyway. One example. Yellowstone Park caldera is something like 30 miles wide by 45 miles long. It's considered a supervolcano and it pops off every couple a hundred thousand years...guess what...it's way overdue. If it goes ALL life on the planet will cease.
Plus we could just kill each other off with WMD's..
Don't worry, be happy..
It's just my good nature and natural ebullience for life overflowing with the pickings of the low hanging friut on the tree of knowledge.
That and my love for my fellow man and attempting to fill his natural inquisitive nature for the wonders that abound.
Here's a partial fill of the cornicopia of disaster.
*Antibiotic resistance. Natural selection would create super bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, devastating the world population and causing a global collapse of civilization.
Catastrophe theory predicts a software-complexity tipping point when the integrated world becomes vulnerable to disastrous bugs in the system.
Demography. Demographic trends create a "baby bust" that threatens the order of civilization as we know it.
Dysgenics. A lack of natural selection and the tendency of the more intelligent to have fewer children would lower the average health and intelligence enough to lead to an eventual collapse of civilization.
Ecology. Natural resources are used up, or the environment is so damaged through pollution and destruction that civilization fails.
Finance. Markets fail worldwide, resulting in economic collapse: mass unemployment, rioting, famine, and death.
Infertility. Human fertility continues to decline, eventually ending with no fertile humans left to continue the species.
Insanity. Mass insanity.
Peak oil. Oil runs out before an economically viable replacement is devised, leading to global chaos.
Telomere**. Some researchers theorize a tiny loss of telomere length from one generation to the next, mirroring the process of aging in individuals. Over thousands of generations the telomere erodes down to its critical level. Once at the critical level we would expect to see outbreaks of age-related diseases occurring earlier in life and finally a population crash.
World government. Misguided world government caps progress, leading to stagnation and reversals of Civilization.
A telomere is a region of highly repetitive DNA at the end of a linear chromosome that functions as a disposable buffer. Every time linear eukaryotic chromosomes are replicated during late S phase, the DNA polymerase complex is incapable of replicating all the way to the end of the chromosome; if it were not for telomeres, this would quickly result in the loss of vital genetic information, which is needed to sustain a cell's activities. Every time a cell with linear chromosomes divides, it will lose a small piece of one of its strands of DNA. This process has been referred to by James Watson and Alexei Olovnikov as the "end replication problem" (1971). It is believed that telomeres have a function in the ageing process.
It is believed by scientists that listening to Bob Dylan or excessive blogging radically reduces the telemereic function
Habu ,does the insanity stand for war/civil war.Where's the love.Where's the trust. Are you related to Bob Newhart?
That gives me an idea. The "Telomare", a saddle with a small built in TV in the saddle horn area. Just the thing for the peak oil problem.
Hmm, so 1934 was warmer than 1998, which was warmer than 2006 . . . . .
Am I seeing a trend, here?
Wonder what Gore & the UN panel thought would happen --that no one would, you know, check their numbers or something?
Gore is the penultimate snake oil peddler. Now, when I think about him I think about that hilarious British skit where the guy is trying to return the dead parrot.
"No E's Not."
"Yes he Is; He's dead as a doornail."
Damn, I wish I knew where to find that. I'm smiling, and chuckling just thinking about it.
Monty Python dead parrot --ought to do 'er, searchwise--
Feds: 49% Of Murder Victims Are Black Men
Most of the black murder victims — 93 percent — were killed by other black people, the study found
Duh. Is this part of the "We ain't leav'n no chill'in behind, we be kill'n 'em?"
Please provide the GPS coordinates of your local minimart.
I'll bey they sell a TON of Twinkies, coffee, and lottery tickets. First the guys line up to buy the Twinkies. Then they go get their coffee and line up to pay for that. Then they malinger about the counter filling in their lottery numbers...
Damn good alt-history essay by Assistant Village Idiot.