Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
From Tim Blair:
More at the link above. But of course there's the rub. Solar power actually can't do very much of anything useful.
If you want small amounts of expensive electricity, (and no Virginia, it is a lie to describe it as "free energy from the sun" because it takes large amounts of fossil fuelled energy to make the bloody things), only when the sun is shining, ie when you'd need a heater least, then yeah, solar power is fantastic!
Except for those times when it's not. Unfortunately, that's most of the time.
Jeremy Clarkson's earlier cri de coeur and call to arms is here.
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Yet further proof that psychology is not a real science.
Good to see a Pom saying nice things about Oz, especially after we crushed England in the fourth test!
Sadly though, the resolve of the Coalition's senior partner, the Liberal Party, is questionable on this issue. There are more than a few who think this madness that will achieve nothing other than the driving up of the price of just about everything and destroy jobs, (um, that's real jobs in the real economy, not the make-believe green jobs that are supposedly to replace them), is a good idea.
Hurrah, hurrah and thrice hurrah for Aussie common sense.
Australia’s Senate - the Government’s upper house - has just voted by 42 to 30 to defeat the cap and trade legislation bill proposed by their premier Kevin Rudd.
Why did those Senators reject Rudd’s scheme, despite their prolonged drought and their bush fires? Well some - the green ones - did so because they didn’t think its emissions cutting targets went far enough. But the majority did so - duh - because they didn’t want their coal-dependent heavy industry hamstrung by still more pointless taxation and regulation, their consumers fleeced and their economy ruined in the middle of a thwacking great global recession. And, in at least the case of Senator Steve Fielding, because they’d done their research and discovered that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a figment of Al Gore’s imagination.
Having consulted scientific experts including Ian Plimer [whom I interviewed in the Spectator a few weeks back and whose views are neatly summarised here] Sen Fielding was inspired to visit the US to assess at first hand what evidence the Obama administration was using to justify its radical Waxman Markey cap and trade measures. He was not impressed and issued a challenge, emailing graphs to one of the US president’s energy advisers showing that, despite rising CO2 levels the globe has not warmed in over a decade.
From Andrew Bolt (there is no such thing as a "free lunch" from the government. Sooner or later, somebody has to pay and it is always us!):
The good news is that the recession is not a bad as so many people screamed. The US is still in deep trouble, but France and Germany are now out of recession, and China is surging on.
But now for the consequent bad news:
The tip is for a 2 per cent rise by next year. Strugglers lured by the first-home-owners grants to buy into the market are at risk, and we will now regret Kevin Rudd’s decision to spend so many billions on so little to “save” us - billions it will now cost much more to repay. No wonder he’s short of cash:
The man does seem to be becoming increasingly deranged and unhinged.
Glenn Beck’s increasing lunacy is having an effect — major advertisers are deserting his show.
Now that idiots have started showing up at demonstrations with signs comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler, it seems to have become fashionable among some of our media and political overlords to forget that the left was just as bad or worse during the Bush administration.
Pictures to prove it? Zombie’s got ‘em: Bush as Hitler, Swastika-Mania: A Retrospective.
(And please note: this is no excuse for the Obama = Hitler signs at tea parties and town halls.)
This is a useful way to put carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere into perspective (something sorely lacking in the current debate about climate change).
Of course these gases are mixed together in the atmosphere, which is why you should ignore anybody or any organisation that talks about the planet being smothered by a "blanket" of CO2. There is literally no such thing. And most of what is there is naturally occurring.
From Andrew Bolt:
Michael Smith‘s editorial on 4BC yesterday seemed to go down very well:
Sandy from Junkfood Science reports on the latest study, virtually totally ignored by the media, that yet again challenges the orthodox "right message" about obesity.
As she observes, despite popular misunderstanding about the nature of science, science does not so much "prove" things as disprove them.
Anyone can concoct a "proof" of a favoured idea. Happens all the time. What sets genuine science apart from ideologies and superstitions is its ability to test favoured ideas and find them false.
She highlights two recent studies that found no increased risk of early death from being overweight, including for the now increasingly fashionable "belly fat" measure for being overweight.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
You know, there was a time, not so long ago as I recall, when nobody would believe you if you claimed things like this.
But what a sign of the increasingly irrational times we live in.
Superstition has made a Strong comeback, either explicitly as in this case, (and modern managerialism, with its obsessive focus on change and innovation as ends in themselves is just as nutty as someone thinking they are a witch in my view), or implicitly under the cover of pseudo-science like the more extreme versions of environmentalism and the make believe climate "crisis" or the medicalisation of bad behaviour (especially for children).
So no surprises at all that the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment has also wasted taxpayers' dollars employing this woman. But the sickness spreads much wider than that.
How do we recover faith in human beings and their ability to think rationally and logically as the only real solution to our problems?
Because that is what we see here. Effectively we in the West have lost faith in ourselves and have become receptive to any crazy idea that comes along, whether it is about the climate, our health or the environment.
As the Bolter says below:
As I say, we’re on a retreat from reason:
If you were wondering what kind of irrational, superstition-addled brains left us with water supplies critically low, forests dangerously overloaded with fuel, housing land too scarce, and useless wind farms scarring the coastline to fight a warming that actually stopped a decade ago, now you know. It’s the kind of minds that took a witch for their guru.
Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow:
What would you trust more as a measure of turbulence up there? Stabenow’s bouncing buttocks at high altitude, or this study showing no increase in storms and hurricanes:
(Via Benny Peiser.)
From Andrew Bolt
Okay, to be fair, the obvious answer is no, but really, what is it about environmentalism generally, and climate change in particular, that attracts irrational idiots like this?
She "feels" it when she's flying?
That's her evidence?
And the usual challenge for any of these insincere poseurs - if you are so convinced that our CO2 is endangering the planet, what are you doing getting on a plane in the first place?
Just a bunch of superstitious morons and hypocrites.
Recently Jonathan Manthorpe, a writer for the Vancouver Sun newspaper, wrote an article expressing qualified agreement with some of the arguments against GW raised by Ian Plimer in his book Heaven and Earth. In a follow up article, on 5 August 2009, Manthorpe reported that he had received around 100 e-mails about his Plimer piece. About two-thirds were from ordinary people who agreed with Plimer. Another healthy portion was from scientists who agreed with Plimer’s overall contention about natural variabilities in climate on which humans have little or no influence. However, they disputed various specific claims and details made by him. Manthorpe also noted that, “…the disturbing letters were from the scientist believers in man-man global warming.” He then went on to say, “I have met a lot of unpleasant people in the course of my life, but I have never seen such a torrent of nasty, arrogant and downright stupid abuse as has been aimed at me this week by people who aggressively sign themselves "PhD" as though it were a mark of divine right that is beyond challenge or question.” The recent but largely unreported trend of global cooling has become increasingly hard for warmers to deny or explain away, and there is increasing evidence that various other core elements of the GW hypothesis are incorrect. In the face of failing claims and prophesies, the prophets of GW are becoming more and more strident and apocalyptic . The cooler it gets the shriller their cries of warning about warming become. In addition to the true believers, GW has attracted a large contingent of self-interested fellow travellers. Politicians, bureaucrats, political activists and manifold financial interest have perceived advantages to be gained from climbing aboard the GW bandwagon. Large vested interests are now involved, and there is great pressure to lock in emission controls and subsidies before popular support weakens.
Walter Starck is one of Australia’s most senior and experienced marine biologists, with a professional career of studying coral reef and marine fishery ecosystems.
via Greenie Watch
Sydney University’s Dr James McCaughan counters certain claims involving climate and cricket:
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
From Greenie Watch, this report from the Indian newspaper The Hindu:
Himalayan glaciers, including the world's highest battlefield Siachen, are melting due to variations in weather and not because of global warming, Jammu University scientists have claimed. "The field studies from other glaciers in India also corroborate the fact that inter and intra-annual variations in weather parameters have more impact on the glaciers of northwest Himalayas, rather than any impact due to global warming," they said. Geologists R K Ganjoo and M N Koul of Jammu University's Regional Centre for Field Operations and Research of Himalayan Glaciology visited the Siachen glacier to record changes in its snout last summer. "To our surprise, the Siachen glacier valley does not preserve evidences of glaciation older than mid-Holocene, suggesting that the glacier must have advanced and retreated simultaneously several times in the geological past, resulting in complete obliteration and modification of older evidences," they said reporting their findings in 'Current Science'. Ganjoo and Koul dubbed as "hype" some earlier studies which suggested that the Himalayan glaciers were melting fast and caused serious damage to the Himalayan ecosystem. There is sufficient field and meteorological evidence from the other side of Karakoram mountains that corroborate the fact that glaciers in this part of the world are not affected by global warming, they said. "Overwhelming field geomorphological evidences suggest poor response of the Siachen glacier to global warming. The snout of the Siachen glacier of 2008 has retreated by about 8-10 metres since 1995, making an average retreat of 0.6 metre per year," the scientists said. Ganjoo said that the east part of the Siachen glacier showed faster withdrawal of the snout that is essentially due to ice-calving, a phenomenon that holds true for almost all major glaciers in the Himalayas and occurs irrespective of global warming. The west part of the Siachen has reduced due to the action of melting water released from the retreated tributary glacier, he said. Ganjoo contended the Siachen glacier shows hardly any retreat in its middle part and thus defies the "hype" of rapid melting. SOURCE(The research findings by R.K. Ganjoo and M.N. Koul are published in CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 97, NO. 3, 10 AUGUST 2009 )
The Heritage Foundation has released a new economic analysis of Waxman-Markey, the cap and trade bill that is dead--we hope--at least for this year. The results aren't pretty. Heritage finds that Waxman Markey would, by 2035:
* Increase gas prices 58% above the increases included in the baseline forecast.
* Increase electricity prices by 90%.
* Raise energy costs for an average family of four by $1,241 per year.
* Cause the average family of four to pay $4,609 more per year, including increased taxes.
* Reduce GDP by an aggregate amount of $9.4 trillion.
* Increase the national debt by an additional $12,803 per person.
This chart illustrates the projected increases in energy costs; click to enlarge:
This one shows annual reductions in GDP:
The most remarkable thing about Waxman-Markey is that it might not be the worst bill introduced into Congress this year.
From Little Green Footballs:
There’s a reason why I never linked to a popular YouTube video with millions of views titled “Muslim Demographics,” despite having it recommended many times by emailers and commenters: because on first viewing it was clear that the video was an alarmist work of distorted propaganda, sort of an anti-Muslim version of the Loose Change 9/11 conspiracy film. One giveaway: the use of quotes from extreme right wing European websites like Brussels Journal.
The BBC isn’t always wrong, and last Friday they published this crushing rebuttal to the video, showing that many of its statistics and assertions are made up out of whole cloth: BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Debunking a YouTube hit.
(Hat tip: Harry’s Place.)
Monday, August 10, 2009
I’ve always loved English pubs, but just how awful they are becoming wasn’t completely clear to me until I relocated a couple of years ago to Berlin. While too many pubs these days are soulless, generic commercial enterprises, staffed by people who clearly don’t give a damn, Berlin bars are often wonderfully idiosyncratic, and operated and patronised by people who clearly love them.
In my neighbourhood I’ve discovered, to select just a few, a bar run by a Frank Zappa lookalike who brews his own beer, a surreal dive run by an Albanian refugee who has Gypsy musicians playing on the street outside, a bar where patrons sit outside in an ex-Soviet Army jeep, and the world’s campest gay bar, whose walls and ceiling are lined with pink fur.
Some of the more traditional ‘Kneipen’ (corner pubs) close as early as 9pm – just when the more bohemian places are opening. Some stay open 24 hours; others, just until the last customer leaves. And why not? We’re all over 18, aren’t we?
Meanwhile, back in England, I’ve been in pubs where at the stroke of 11, staff start mopping the floor around my feet with vile-smelling disinfectant. I’ve been in pubs where miserable staff start cheering when the boss decides to close at 10.15 because they’re ‘not busy enough’.
You may not be interested in reading a dissertation titled, ” “Refitting repasts: a spatial exploration of food processing, sharing, cooking and disposal at the Dunefield Midden campsite, South Africa.” But who could resist the chance to see it danced by the author, Brian Stewart, a graduate student of archaeology at Oxford?
Ruth Gruetzbauch of the University of Vienna faced what was arguably a tougher challenge in her thesis: “The eventful life of galaxies in low density environments.”
But she rose to the challenge with the aid of Jesus Varela. To depict the capture of one galaxy by a larger galaxy, they danced a a tango and took second place in the graduate-student division.
Rundle would perhaps do a better job of analysing things if he bothered taking the time to get his facts right!
Today it is seeming to think a Scots sniper is an Australian, though his real point here was to try and have a go at conservative blogger Tim Blair with an infantile and fatuous remark about a twelve thousand mile shot that really made no sense at all.
Though I'm not surprised in the least that Rundle, an out of touch "academic" who apparently hasn't gotten over his undergraduate flirtation with Marxism, (a kind of Peter Pan syndrome I suppose you'd call it), has no clue whatsoever about the difficulty in hitting a target out in the open that is a mile away.
But as the Cut & Paste section from The Australian (about which the people at Crikey seem to be absolutely obsessed about) points out, that was nothing:
Rundle wasn't doing much better either today in trying to understand the concern about President Obama's vastly expensive and bureaucratic proposals to "reform" health care in America, doing nothing more than picking up partisan Democratic talking points about astroturfing and less than honest claims about the behaviour of opponents.
Perhaps he takes speaker Nancy Pelosi seriously, (and he'd be one of the few people left in the world who does), when she talks about people turning up to town hall meetings wearing swastikas?
Or does he take Paul Krugman's line that anybody opposing this plan must be doing so because they are racist? You know, if you have a black president and you are white, you couldn't possibly have an honestly held difference of opinion could you.
Come to think of it though, Rundle did play the race card too
Sunday, August 9, 2009
It has no comparison in importance, but like the Washington Post writers on Watergate, every time I write on the Australian carbon crisis I feel this will be my last commentary on the subject. But every time I write, new information is put before me to encourage me to keep going.Such is the power of Business Spectator that yesterday most of the players, excluding the Canberra public service, met with me (and Alan Kohler and Steve Bartholomeusz) under the 'Chatham House Rule'. What they told us had me reeling. Much of what I am about to write will be denied but have no doubt it is true. Having got through the GFC this is without doubt Australia’s biggest looming crisis and it will effect all citizens.
Hot on the heels of news that Cuba is running out of toilet paper, comes another story via the Powerline Blog whose moral was pithily summed up by P J O'Rourke when he observed that one of the only things you needed to know about socialism is that cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba:
After fifty years of socialism, Cuba's economy has regressed to the point where its government is now encouraging farmers to plow with oxen. Government-owned oxen. Cuba gets 100,000 barrels of oil a day from Venezuela, for free, but still can't afford to run its small supply of tractors (also government-owned).
"I am thankful for the revolution," 52-year-old [Zenaida Leon] said. "But we don't get boots, tools, irrigation that works."
What is especially worrying about the case involving a charge of rape against Victorian state MP Theo Theophanous is the fact that it reveals a legal system which has been seriously corrupted by political correctness.
Some police now obviously consider themselves to be advocates for rape victims. Now this on the face of it sounds fine doesn't it? Who wouldn't feel sympathy and empathy for a woman who has been through such an ordeal?
But hang on a minute, because we 'aint actually there yet!
The police are dealing with accusations of rape, not proved incidences of rape.
That's what the court case is for. Not, as women's advocates are trying to make it, as a ritualised process leading inevitably to the conviction of the male bastard, but rather to test the evidence and, if it supports such a conclusion beyond reasonable doubt, find him guilty.
One of the most important human rights protections in the history of humanity is the Golden Thread that we inherited from the Mother Country.
The Golden Thread that runs through British justice is the simple notion, though absolutely revolutionary when first adopted centuries ago, that it is the State that has to prove you guilty of any charge brought against you.
It is not for you to have to try and prove your innocence, as you do in countries using the Napoleonic Code.
That is, you are innocent until proven guilty.
The burden of proof is on the State, not you.
But now it is clear that even sections of various police forces dealing with sexual assaults have turned their backs on this central protection we have against the arbitrary use of state power against us, and are now assuming that men accused of such assaults are guilty.
With this comes an identification with the accuser or, as they would have it, the 'victim.'
Don't get me wrong please. The woman may very well be a victim of rape. I'd guess myself that the overwhelming majority of women going to the police with accusations of being raped are indeed telling the truth and are indeed the victims of a terrible crime.
But not always.
Women can and do tell lies. Some times their accusations are motivated by other considerations. Revenge. Regret. Mental illness. Perceived opportunity for monetary gain.
In this case we have a woman who appears to be unstable and untruthful, having a prior conviction for fraud, and who also anticipated making money from her accusation.
However, instead of alarm bells starting to ring for the investigating police, they went out of their way to massage, by continual redrafting - over a period of 15 months - of her statements, her inconsistent claims and the fact that people she identified as being able to corroborate her story contradicted her.
Two women who she claimed she rang on the night in question flat out denied this. Then there were the post-dated letters and emails that supposedly supported the claim and which, in part, were used to try and press gang a person into supporting it.
And yet the police pressed on with the matter and, despite all of the clear and manifest problems with her testimony, eventually laid charges against Theophanous.
Not surprisingly, the magistrate dismissed the charge and was scathing about the case that had been brought to court.
So Theophanous has been found to be innocent, but his political career is completely ruined and he has announced his intention to not contest the next state election.
Robert Richter QC, Theophanous's barrister, explains why the decision to lay charges in this case was an outrage.
From Tim Blair:
Meanwhile, Scots sniper Corporal Christopher Reynolds discusses a successful one-mile shot on another Taliban leader:
It’s been a great week for the good guys.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
From Andrew Bolt:
Kevin Rudd will this week ask the Senate to vote for his colossal job-killing scheme to cut emissions to set the world a good example. Quadrant Online rounds up the experts to explain why our sacrifice would be utterly useless. Some extracts:
Professor James Allan:
Ian Castles (former head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics):
Dr David Evans (former Australian Greenhouse Office consultant):
Ray Evans (secretary of the Lavoisier Group ):
William Kininmonth (former head of the National Climate Centre):
Alan Moran (energy and deregulation analyst):
DAVID BOAZ: The boys who cried “racist.”
THE PEOPLE’S KOALA
Australia’s most loved koala will be stuffed and displayed in the Melbourne Museum following her death during surgery.The image of Sam the koala holding hands with Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighter David Tree and sipping from his water bottle in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires was beamed around the world as a symbol of hope in the days following the disaster.
I can't help but laughing about the title of this idiot fest.
A mate used to go into adult book stores with his cousin looking for the best titled stick book.
On one occasion it was a gay porno named Meet My Meat.
Anyhoo, this isn't nearly as interesting or as funny.
Despite what postmodern dribblers claim about being humorous and transgressive, the reality of course is that they are as dull as bat shit and hopelessly pompous and pretentious to boot. The humour is always unintentional and the joke is always on them.
David Thompson – who is skilled at locating this sort of nonsense – posts an announcement from the Meet Animal Meat international conference, organised by Uppsala University’s Centre for Gender Research:
Meat means food, you idiots. And “meat of meaning” contains oysters.
Meanwhile, a new paper by Henrik Svensmark implicates the sun in global warming - and cooling:
Anthony Watts explains:
But there’s been a big jump in global temperature for July.
That Bolter link also has news on Ian Plimer's climate science book, (which sold 20,000 copies within a fortnight here and 30,000 or so over all), being available in the United States now.
SOUTH-East Asia's most wanted terror suspect Nordin Mohammed Top, is believed to have been killed during a raid on a suspected militant hide-out in Indonesia
This process in a slow one, taking roughly 100,000 years to cycle.
(Credit: Texas A&M University note: illustration is not to scale)
Friday, August 7, 2009
One of the men arrested in Melbourne this week over an alleged terrorist plot has been investigated before over the alleged terrorising of a cleric’s son:
That silence, and Imam’s failure to identify his attacker, is a pity. Still, it’s surprising that the Islamic Council has long been keen to play down the problem of radicals in its community, when its own leaders are getting bashed.
(Note: There is no evidence that Fattal was behind the bashing, and he must also be presumed innocent of this week’s terrorism charges.)
You can pronounce that whichever way you like. Ban has always struck me as someone lacking in any real ability and quite shallow. You can absolutely guarantee that anything he has to say on any topic will be trite and jejune. How he was thought suitable to be secretary general of the UN, other than because of those traits I suppose, is beyond me.
The Twitter page, though, is a different phenomenon entirely. Updated a few times a day, it ought to be a bit more interesting. And indeed it is, although perhaps not for the right reasons. Each tweet/twit, following on from the statement ‘WeMustDisarm’, begins with a ‘because…’, after which Ban Ki-Moon gives whatever reason for nuclear disarmament that happens to have grabbed him or his intern that hour. Here are a few examples:
Okay, the final two twits are fabrications, but all the others are real. There’s no getting away from it: the chief of the United Nations, a man nominally responsible for providing a framework for international governance, is made to sound like a hyperactive 13-year-old desperate to impress a rather weary teacher. ‘Shhhh… Because nothing, Ban.’ More embarrassing still is the sheer dearth of people interested in his 140-characters-or-less insights and statements.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
It has been known for some time that pterosaurs, or at least some of them (though probably all), were not covered in naked skin as we are used to seeing them depicted in movies and books, but rather "fur". One of the first to be discovered, and still one of the most remarkably preserved specimens, Sordes pilosus, has a name that literally means "hairy devil".
But it can't be fur, because fur is something found on mammals (ie synapsids), not diapsid reptiles like pterosaurs.
Indeed, the two lineages would have diverged evolutionarily long before the first synapsid that would eventually give rise to the mammals proper would have evolved the first hair or proto-hair.
So the "hair" found covering many pterosaurs cannot be homologous, ie sharing the same evolutionary history, and must have evolved independently to mammalian hair and in a different way.
David Hone of Archosaur Musings, (and one of the authors of the paper that gives the unfortunate name pycnofibers as a substitute for hair or fur etc in relation to the wonderfully preserved anurognathid pterosaur Jeholopterus ninchengensis), explains:
So within tetrapoda we appear to have some kind of body covering evolve separately on at least three different occasions, twice within the diapsida (pterosaurs with their "fuzz" and dinosaurs/birds with their feathers) and once within the synapsida (mammals and proto-mammals).
The paper is more concerned with the unusual fibrous structure found within pterosaur wings and what that may have meant for pterosaur flight. The National Geographic article is here.
It’s not like the government will install 24-hour surveillance cameras into our homes to make sure we’re behaving correctly, that parents are feeding their children properly and children are eating their vegetables, doing their homework and going to bed on time. It’s not like government guards will be sent to carry out home checks.
It’s not like the government will target tens of thousands of people for having bad behavior and place them in sin bins to improve their sinful behavior. It’s not like we’ll have to sign good behavior contracts which set out our duties for good behavior and if we refuse, we could lose our homes, have our children seized by the government, be fined and imprisoned.
It’s not like teachers will report us to the government if the school believes parents haven’t followed the contract. It’s not like our neighbors will spy for the government and report bad behaviors and bad habits like drinking or failing to follow the government-prescribed proper eating plan.
No, nothing like that could ever happen in this day and age. That would be right out of Nineteen Eighty-Four and that was a novel, not a government blueprint.
1984 is an anguished lament and a warning that vibrates powerfully when we may not be strong enough nor wise enough nor moral enough to cope with the kind of power we have learned to amass....— Walter Cronkite in the forward of the reprint of 1984 by George Orwell
Good to see that the truth is finally starting to catch up with at least some of the green carpetbaggers that have been making money out of the gullible and credulous stupidity of those who are well meaning, but unable to count or to think.
Now, if they could just do something about those government feel good ads that falsely tell people that they can make a difference to climate change by turning their TVs etc off at the wall, I be even happier. The reality always was that any savings in CO2 emissions would be so tiny as a percentage of total global emissions as to be absolutely meaningless.
The ads were always about making people feel good about themselves, not actually achieving anything real.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
And this one has it all. It's by a climate nutcase, so its stupidity goes almost without saying, but it has that alluring mix of barely restrained hysteria coupled with an almost complete lack of understanding about even very basic facts.
As I understand it, current global greenhouse gas emissions are something in the order of 40 billion tonnes annually, and rising. I suppose it would be a pointless waste of time telling this idiot that even taking every single SUV of the road today would not substantially reduce this.
But of course it isn't that greenies actually care about science or facts, the SUV is simply a convenient symbol for the modern prosperous world that they hate so much, and thus any excuse to drone on about how they are killing "millions and millions of innocent men, women and children" every single day.
Millions and millions? Every single day?
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced his plans to criminalize historical “revisionism.”
Specifically, Medvedev wants to make “questioning the Soviet victory in World War II” a criminal offense; he also appointed a commission to work toward “counteracting attempts to falsify history that are to the detriment of the interests of Russia.”
In Newsweek, Stalin's Children author Owen Matthews explains:
Of course, here in America and throughout the West, academics and media elites have been engaged in much the same process for years — voluntarily.
The rest here.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Two huge and unmistakable messages leap out of the graph. Wind farms spend most of their time not generating power, or not generating very much. They can move quickly from producing a lot or quite a lot of power to zero… Second, even though spread right across southern Australia, they tend to produce or not produce at much the same time.
A second analysis, from engineer and power industry authority Peter Lang, shows three equally devastating and simple conclusions.
Wind power does not avoid significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a very, very high-cost way to avoid such emissions - costing between $830 and $1149 to avoid one tonne of CO2 emitted per MWh as against just $22 with nuclear power. And wind power, even with high capacity penetration, could never make a significant contribution to reducing those emissions.
Oh for freak's sake. I spent eight years shaking my head in disbelief at the demented and deranged rantings of the Left suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome, and now it's parts of the Right who have gone stark raving bonkers.
Maybe some of them need a good bonk to get it out of their systems? That's as close to naturopathy as I get.
Briefly, some on the right in the United States, unable to reconcile themselves to the fact that Barack Obama won the general election fair and square, have fallen like witless suckers for an insane conspiracy theory that he does not satisfy the constitutional requirement that a president must be a 'natural born' citizen of the United States.
This seems to mean either a person is born in the United States or, if outside of the US, born to American parents or an American parent (under certain circumstances, as is the case with Senator John McCain, who was born in Panama).
Much of this nonsense hinges on the supposed refusal of Mr Obama to release his Hawaiian birth "certificate," even though the sighted "certification" of live birth - a legal document in Hawaii - clearly shows him being born in Honolulu.
No one has produced even a sliver of evidence that somehow Hawaiian state officials have been party to producing false official records.
The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto has done some good work in working through this idiocy.
He follows up with another piece that deals with legal and constitutional misunderstandings and myths that have clustered around this issue.
And what would such a conspiracy theory be without a faked birth certificate, "proving" that Mr Obama was born overseas?
Sure enough, a "Kenyan" birth certificate purporting to show him being born in that country has magically appeared.
It is a fake of course.
Even better, it appears to be based upon an Australian birth certificate issued in 1964.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
How Hawke showed up Rudd
The always insightful David Burchell hears something authentic at long last at the Labor national conference:
Saturday, August 1, 2009
May come as a surprise to anyone stupid enough to take Michael Moore seriously. After all, this was the man whose film Roger and Me was predicated on the claim, now known to be false, that GM's "Roger" was running from him and refusing to do an on-camera interview.
Except that Roger did not one, but two, on-camera interviews with Moore. Moore simply left them on the cutting room floor and lied in saying that Roger wouldn't talk to him.
Likewise with Sicko. Canada is not the health care paradise that Moore tried to make it out to be. The government run national health care program shows all the usual characteristics of overly bureaucratic systems. It is slow, unresponsive and absurdly expensive.
I'm aware of a Canadian orthopaedic surgeon who has an recorded message on her office phone informing people that her diary is fully booked two to three years in advance.
And this is by no means unusual.
But if your dog needs a hip replacement, that can be done within a week.
Ordinary Canadians though have no choice but to just wait. And wait and wait.
If however you have money, you get on a plane and fly over the border to the United States, as did one prominent supporter of the national health care system (which basically does not allow private health insurance) from the Liberal Party. She refused to consider changes to the system in Canada, but headed straight to the US when it came to one of her own family needing hospital treatment.
Anyone who keeps an eye on the British National Health Service would be aware of a system that seems to be perpetually teetering on the brink of collapse, no matter how much public money is poured into it.
Anyway, this is from the Powerline Blog:
There are many nuances to the current health care debate and a number of reasons why, despite the Democrats' huge congressional majorities, they are having so much trouble passing, and even formulating, legislation. But the most important reason by far is this: most Americans like the health care they receive.
In fact, according to Scott Atlas of the Hoover Institution, "more than half of Americans (51.3 percent) are very satisfied with their health care services and only 6.8 percent are dissatisfied.
There's a good reason for this: most Americans receive good health care services and our much maligned system produces better results than government run systems such as Canada's. For example, again according to Atlas:
It's no accident that President Obama is attempting to demonize the health insurance industry. He needs a villain and the insurance companies represent the one part of the health care system that can really be cast as such.
But it's doubtful that Americans hate insurance companies enough to support the overhaul of a health care system that they believe, with good reason, provides them with good care overall.
Via Jonah Goldberg at the Corner.