Archives for the month of: March, 2013

I’m not sure any of my Christian fundamentalist friends would consider me fundamentalist now-days, and I cannot even consider myself evangelical any more, even though I do still desire and pray for all to know the peace of Christ. With these actions of Ms. Hayhoe, I must point out that we know a tree by its fruit. As a follower of Jesus, my prime directive is to love my neighbor as myself. I don’t think I can ban someone because I don’t like them. That is not love. That is not self-sacrificing, nor long suffering. (Restricting comments of disruptive commenters is simply needful housekeeping.) We cannot discuss if we block each other. We cannot learn if we refuse to consider each other’s positions. And, facts are facts. Nature will have (and is having) the last word. Besides, cold kills. Warmer is better.

Watts Up With That?

Some climate scientists we know sure are notoriously thin skinned, as an illustration of this, today I got blocked by Dr. Katherine Hayhoe on Twitter after making my one and only Twitter comment to her. See below.

Here’s the comment she made yesterday and my reply:

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Can anyone explain to me what would justify buying the work of 583 people for testing for one month at one facility?

Specifically, the US Department of Defense (Army) awarded “TRAX International Corp., Las Vega, Nev., $9,333,333 cost-plus-award-fee contract. This modification will provide a month one extension for test support services at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. Work will be performed in Yuma, Ariz., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2013. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with three bids received. The Army Contracting Command, Yuma, Ariz., is the contracting activity (W9124R-09-C-0003).”

Is Yuma proving grounds really so big that about 600 people are involved in providing testing support? Is there more than one contractor doing this?

If I assume a $100 per hour charge rate, and 160 hours per person for a typical four-week period, that leaves me with 583.3 people (at that rate–could be higher, could be lower). Really?

Could be, but it makes me wonder.

While SEPP probably has already had more hits on this information than my blog will ever add, and WUWT gives it far more exposure, this is important. Lots of good information here. Also, I agree with R Barker. EPA is a rabid dog that has turned on us. It must be put down. We must have reasonable regulation and monitoring, but EPA has become antihuman. It must be ended.

Watts Up With That?

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Why do us Americans put up with such a heinous breach of freedom as compulsory education? It is against all America stands for. Why do we pretend that children are something less than people? From the instant God gives us a child, he or she is a person, first growing in Mommy, then growing in our arms, then growing in education, then growing as a fully responsible adult for the rest of the days God gives. We are such fools when, for even a moment, we forget the child’s rights, honors, and status as human being, as a citizen, perhaps not of this country, perhaps not of that country either, but a real, actual, forever person, his (or her) own person, God’s beloved. Treat them that way from their beginnings every time, in every way, and with every freedom and honor due! Never coerce. Of course, we live in a real world that imposes unwanted events and ill purposes upon us, but when we falter, we must correct ourselves and lead our children circumspectly and honorably, never by coercion, force, or compulsion. End compulsory education. Lead in love.

Here is a worthy reference. From American Thinker By Daren Jonescu (apparently not the Canadian):

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/please_do_not_adjust_your_child.html

Mr. Jonescu comments, “Childhood, contrary to the worst tendencies of democratic thought, is not an end in itself.” It is, however, the real world! We truly mess up when we tell someone, “Yeah, but wait until you get into the real world.” Yes, many of us lead sheltered lives, and many of us manage to provide sheltered lives for our children, but all shelter is fragile, especially when we are not talking about physical things. Tragedy is always a close possibility, and no decision is any less real than any other. All our decisions and choices make us and define us. It is no different when we are young than when we are old.

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Hybrid cars, electric cars with gasoline engines for charging or propulsion, will fail. I’ll give it to 2020 for no new manufacture. They are too complicated. Too little gain for the expense. Bad idea driven by fantastic promises and self-delusion.

Large windmills and wind farms will be abandoned. While I cannot forecast a timescale because too many fickle human emotions are involved, I’ll say soon. The concrete, steel, and composites involved are too much to recover environmentally. Consider we use environmentally hazardous lubricants too. We pretend the economics are there with a complicated array of subsidies and tax incentives that make Warren Buffet richer but hide the fact that these things are not economically competitive with all other electrical generation options. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ll admit I’m not convinced windmills are a significant health threat to humans, but if people are going to doctors, there is a problem. It needs to be addressed, not ridiculed. Sound vibrations in air and earth are real, not imagined. Maybe these vibrations don’t matter. Maybe these vibrations matter to only a small percentage of people. The same goes for the shadows caused by the rotating blades. Of course, such cannot possibly affect people that are not in the visual proximity of such strobe phenomenon, but I like redundancy, so I will say again, if people think it adversely affects them, they should be taken seriously. Regardless, industrial windmills are not worthwhile. Windmills for main-grid feed-in are a fantasy that will be abandoned.

STOP THESE THINGS

From Chris Jelbart

Simon Chapman (Think healthy on wind farms, Monday March 18th) is not a medical doctor, but a sociologist who has specialised in fighting tobacco. This is his area of expertise.

He speaks out against people who feel genuinely ill and suffer genuine symptoms, and denigrates those who try to help through considered, serious and independent research.

Chapman quotes University of Auckland research as providing powerful evidence of the “nocebo” effect. He informs you that this research was of exposure to recorded infrasound, and to sham infrasound. He fails to inform you that this study was of 54 students exposed to 10 minutes of each. He fails to say how the researchers came up with the frequency of wind turbines in their recorded infrasound. Infrasound can vary depending the speed of the blades.

There may well be more noise complaints since 2009, but this can be attributed to…

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Stickophrenia, yep.

Watts Up With That?

Joe Romm is sooo entertaining these days. Yesterday, when I pointed out to him McIntyre’s takedown of Marcott et al, he came to the immediate conclusion that I was an “instrumental record denier”, apparently sent that assertion to Mike Mann, who then a few minutes later made it a “News Alert” on his Twitter feed, only to be forced to retract it later.

Today, denying the existence of the issues that essentially falsify the Marcott et al paper, while at the same time making sure his readers have absolutely no link to the contrary findings, or even to name “he who must not be named” lest readers might be tempted to Google it, Romm has a new post up, pushing yet again his hilarious projection of the future:

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Like a dog playing fetch, he only sees the stick, runs after it, and completely misses the fact that…

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Anybody remember how much Boone Pickens was pushing for natural gas and windmills? The Pickens Plan, he called it. What happened? Well, there were a few important factors, but one of the biggest was lack of Federal subsidies. He sold most of his interests and projects. Some have troubles. I figure if Pickens realized it was a turkey after all his hype, then even some one in it for more than the money can see the light. Also, permits to kill eagles? It just don’t make sense.

Like I said, if it was something that we could actually attribute human lives saved to, well, then I’ll take a child over an eagle any day, but that just ain’t the case. Windmills are killing people in accidents already. Windmills probably contributed to winter deaths last winter when they failed at peak-needs times. Windmills will kill us in dark operating rooms, in sweltering shelters, and in freezing unheated, powerless houses, because we didn’t have the fortitude to build real power plants instead of littering the countryside with tinker toys.
http://baldeaglesitings.blogspot.com/2013/01/bald-eagle-annual-deaths-as-high-as-14.html

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Ms. Laframboise provides some good information on polar bears (who eat snowy owls and anything else they can get their paws on), which is good, but I am reblogging this because she quotes CS Lewis, from the Magician’s Nephew. Good stuff!
I note Glenn Fairman writes of CS Lewis today at American Thinker, http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/03/cs_lewis_a_faith_observed.html More good stuff, very good stuff. Lewis was among the first to realize the religious nature of scientism, and what science and “consensus” were (and are still) becoming, something very much like the superstitious world of the Dark Ages.
A few, like Ms. Laframboise and Anthony Watts, and others, are bold enough to stand against the dark, speak truth to authority, and point out that the emperor has no clothes.

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

Most polar bear info is filtered through an activist lens. Here are some alternative views.


“what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.”

C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia series)
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Activists tell us that polar bears are threatened by climate change. Their scary stories are repeated non-stop by journalists.

But the activist has a particular relationship to the world. She doesn’t lean low and inhale deeply of the rose. She fixates on the insect chomping on the margins of the leaf – on mildew, rust, blackspot, and blight.

A rosebush in all its glory doesn’t make an activist’s spirit soar. What she sees, instead, is a flashing neon sign: DANGER, RISK, DANGER.

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Here are some alternative, non-activist perspectives on what’s going on with polar bears:

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Dr. Ridley makes a great point. Add this: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/03/08/a-bridge-in-the-climate-debate-how-to-green-the-worlds-deserts-and-reverse-climate-change/ and we have a strategy that environmentalists and everyone else can get busy working on.

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I met Matt Ridley for the first time in person last month on his trip through California. We shared lunch in Novato on a Saturday, it was a pleasant and enlightening conversation. Dr. Ridley “gets it”; he gets what climate skepticism is all about, and gets what I am about. I’m honored to count him among my friends.

He has this new video out, from his next stop after visiting with me, please take a moment to watch, and more importantly, to share. Ridley’s message is simple – through our own activities, we are making the world a better, greener place.

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Posted by my Congressional Representative for Oklahoma on his Facebook page.

James Lankford
13 March 2013
I had an opportunity to ask the President a question today in our closed door meeting. It was a friendly and frank conversation. We identified common ground on some items, but he said he would not support them unless we also agreed to raise taxes at the same time. I do not understand that philosophy, if we both agree on something, why shouldn’t we pass it? I also asked if we could agree that our nation should have a balanced budget, he does not see a balanced budget as a goal for his administration or any long term budget proposal. I have a hard time hearing the President say we should have a “balanced approach,” but not actually balance.

truant: a person who shirks or neglects his or her duty.

How on earth, especially in the USA, does the above apply to a child who misses school? Duty? To subject one’s self to tyranny is never justified. Repeal compulsory education laws!

Parents have duty to educate their children. This they will do without the force of the state. End the tyranny.

The following contract is apparently for military medical records. Okay, good, but half-a-billion? Tell me again how the forced electronification of medical records is going to save money!

DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
Agfa Healthcare Corp., Greenville, S.C., was issued a modification exercising the first option period on contract (SPM2D1-11-D-8303/P00027). The modification is a fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for $528,376,639 for Digital Imaging Network-Picture Archive Communications System. Location of performance is South Carolina with a March 7, 2015 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2013 through fiscal 2015 Defense Working Capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pa.

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