Thursday, July 24, 2008

Reformed Alarmist: Global Warming Not Anthropogenic

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.:

I DEVOTED six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in the land use change and forestry sector.

FullCAM models carbon flows in plants, mulch, debris, soils and agricultural products, using inputs such as climate data, plant physiology and satellite data. I've been following the global warming debate closely for years.

When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global warming seemed pretty good: CO2 is a greenhouse gas, the old ice core data, no other suspects.

The evidence was not conclusive, but why wait until we were certain when it appeared we needed to act quickly? Soon government and the scientific community were working together and lots of science research jobs were created. We scientists had political support, the ear of government, big budgets, and we felt fairly important and useful (well, I did anyway). It was great. We were working to save the planet.

But since 1999 new evidence has seriously weakened the case that carbon emissions are the main cause of global warming, and by 2007 the evidence was pretty conclusive that carbon played only a minor role and was not the main cause of the recent global warming. As Lord Keynes famously said, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?"

In the brilliance of daylight, the straw man arguments that socialist power-grabbers like Al Gore have put up are withering away. Even ideologically motivated scientists can only lie to themselves for so long.

I wonder how long it will be, now, until the global warming movement is well known to be an utter and complete hoax? And how long from that point will it be, then, to the time of backlash and anger for the fast one they pulled on everybody? My guess is that, unfortunately, due to widespread media support it will never get that far.

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Give me a Freaking Break

This sob story seriously almost made me vomit. I know him a heartless and cruel person, but honestly, someone has to be with me on this one, right?

A generation ago, the livelihood of Gloria Nunez's family was built on cars.

Her father worked at General Motors for 45 years before retiring. Her mother taught driver's education. Nunez and her six siblings grew up middle class.

Things have changed considerably for this Ohio family.

Nunez's van broke down last fall. Now, her 19-year-old daughter has no reliable transportation out of their subsidized housing complex in Fostoria, 40 miles south of Toledo, to look for a job.

Sad, isn't it. Just wait, there's more:

Nunez, 40, has never worked and has no high school degree. She says a car accident 17 years ago left her depressed and disabled, incapable of getting a job. Instead, she and her daughter, Angelica Hernandez, survive on a $637 Social Security check and $102 in food stamps.

...The rising cost of food means their money gets them about a third fewer bags of groceries — $100 used to buy about 12 bags of groceries, but now it's more like seven or eight. So they cut back on expensive items like meat, and they don't buy extras like ice cream anymore. Instead, they eat a lot of starches like potatoes and noodles.

Gasp! Horrible! Outrage. Can't you read? They're starving.

...Wait til you see their picture:

Now, really. Really? Looks like they could use a little less money in food stamps to me. Or maybe less car driving and more bike riding. And definitely cut out the ice cream.

All fat-jokes aside, if her father worked here 45 years ago and they "grew up middle class" that means she has absolutely no excuse for failing to graduate high school other than flat out listless stupidity, lack of a pulse, or a head full of mush. News flash to Ohio: if you lack the gumption to graduate from school and have never had a job at the age of 40 you are simply not going to make it in this world. (Aside: So she got into a wreck that left her depressed and disabled 17 years ago, sort of the way I'm feeling after reading that article and seeing that picture, I imagine. That still leaves her with 23 empty years spent on this planet as a worthless sack of flesh that did -- apparently -- nothing but eat, sleep and exist.)

Remind me again why I should feel sorry for this family of ne'er-do-wells? Or how anyone can justify completely wasting money supporting them in their sloth? At this point it appears that the government (that's funny-talk for you and me, by the way) pays for their car, their home, their food, and their clothes...but apparently not enough for a membership to a gym, therefore making their obesity our fault, see? In the process of dropping out of public school she must have skipped the day in PE where they teach you the food pyramid -- and also the one where they went over push ups and sit ups.

Now to turn my ire upon a different target. Who the heck wrote this piece of trash? Yuki Noguchi? What can you possibly call this other than cooking the books?
Low-income families in Ohio say they are particularly hard-hit by the changes in the economy, according to a new poll conducted by NPR, The Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health. Two-thirds of lower-income respondents, or 66 percent, say paying for gas is a serious problem because of recent changes in the economy. Nearly half of low-income Ohioans, or 47 percent, say that getting a well-paying job or a raise in pay is also major problem.
Well, duh? If getting a well-paying job or a raise wasn't a problem, they wouldn't be low-income.

Only half of the poor people in Ohio, apparently, aren't satisfied with being poor. The only tragedy I see here (aside from the picture above) is that the other half of the "low-income" bracket, whatever that may be, apparently is fine with staying poor. If you're a low-income Ohioan, or American for that matter, that ought to be a major problem when the economy is up or down. What bigger problem could you have?

Contentment and sloth are cousins; one comes before the other.

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