Archives for the month of: April, 2013

I like BioLogos. (http://biologos.org/)

They have commissioned Barna to survey pastors about views of origins and evolution. They present a preliminary set of highlights here:

http://biologos.org/news/apr-2013/clergy-and-their-views-on-human-origins-a-survey

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Ms. Laframboise is just good at this. (Covered in multiple outlets, but this one says it best and with class.)

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It’s too darn hot
It’s too darn hot
I’d like to sup with my baby tonight
and play the pup with my baby tonight
I’d like to sup with my baby tonight
and play the pup with my baby tonight
but I ain’t up to my baby tonight
cause it’s too darn hot
It’s too darn hot
It’s too darn hot
I’d like to stop for my baby tonight
and blow my top with my baby tonight
I’d like to stop with my baby tonight
and blow my top with my baby tonight
but I’d be a flop with my baby tonight
cause it’s too darn hot,
it’s too darn hot
it’s too darn hot
I’d like to fool with my baby tonight
break ev’ry rule with my baby tonight
I’d like to fool with my baby tonight
break ev’ry rule with my baby tonight
but pillow you’ll be my baby tonight
cause it’s too darn hot
it’s too darn hot
*BRIDGE*
According to the Kinsey report
ev’ry average man you know
much prefers to play his favorite sport
when the temperature is low
but when the thermometer goes way up
and the weather is sizzling hot
Mister Adam for his madam is not
cause it’s too too
it’s too darn hot, it’s too darn hot
It’s too too too too darn hot
I’d like to call on my baby tongiht
and give my all to my baby tonight
I’d like to call on my baby tongiht
and give my all to my baby tonight
but I can’t play ball with my baby tonight
cause it’s too darn hot
it’s too darn hot
I’d like to meet with my baby tonight
get off my feet with my baby tonight
I’d like to meet with my baby tonight
get off my feet with my baby tonight
but no repeat with my baby tonight
cause it’s too darn hot
it’s too darn hot
I’d like to coo with my baby tonight
and pitch some woo with my baby tonight
I’d like to coo with my baby tonight
and pitch some woo with my baby tonight
but sister you fight my baby tonight
cause it’s too darn hot
it’s too darn hot
According to the Kinsey report
ev’ry average man you know
much prefers to play his favorite sport
when the temperature is low
but when the thermometer goes way up
and the weather is sizzling hot
Mister GOB for his squab,
a marine for his queen
a G.I. for his cutie-pie is not
Cause it’s too too too darn hot
It’s too darn hot
It’s too darn hot

Big Picture News, Informed Analysis

A resolution before the US Congress implies that global warming will increase prostitution. Cole Porter disagrees.

hear Ella Fitzgerald sing Cole Porter’s ‘Too Darn Hot’

John Brignell maintains a very long online list of things that are being blamed on global warming. Absurdities abound.

According to a Loch Ness monster hunter, Nessie may be one of its victims. The New Scientisttells us that climate change might make fish deaf. The Times of Indiareports that basmati rice may become less fragrant. Reuters quotes a Japanese politician saying that the final Olympic games may be those held in 2016, since global warming poses “an immediate threat to mankind.”

In other words, global warming is analogous to a Rorschach test. Whatever reasons an individual provides for being concerned reveals far more about their own assumptions and preoccupations than it does about the climate.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee now wants the…

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I added a comment at the AT site, but I realized I needed to write more. So, I write referencing this article at American Thinker:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/04/the_college_board_trolls_for_home-schoolers.html

This is a good opportunity to aver that Common Core is NOT OK. We need to kick it out. Reach out and let our state officials know. Especially our governor and our state superintendent. It is obvious that we will soon be a society of drones, made up of those who unquestioningly comply with the state sanctioned wisdom. There will be a few of us who resist, because resistance is not futile. And there will be those who continue to sugar coat and glorify the consensus. The hive-mind mentality is taking over all aspects of science. That is a bad thing.

I know this is radical, but it was radical when Jefferson et al. first wrote it. I want the US Constitution 1st Amendment to read:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of education or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Read the rest of this entry »

Here is an interesting article I encourage all to read. https://www.bigquestionsonline.com/content/why-does-higgs-particle-matter

I especially invite you to read it if you realize you know little or nothing of what the god particle (the slang term for the Higgs boson) is, even more so if you think big electric rings dug in mountains are just a waste of time and money.

Hadrons are simply the subatomic particles made of more than one quark, generally just protons in this instance, since they are easy to drive electrically. I suppose they said hadron rather than proton to be more general.  Read the rest of this entry »

Consider Michelangelo working on the masterpiece David. Consider while he chiseled near completion with grit and chips all about and dust choking the air. I can just imagine him looking at his work in satisfaction and saying out loud, “I have created you from the dust of the earth.” Do you suppose he might have wondered whether God might actually breath life into this stone and make it become living flesh?
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While the Germans are dumb enough to shut down their nuclear power plants, they are not dumb enough to think they can winter without power, nor run industry without power. Thank God for coal and good old German engineering.

Watts Up With That?

By Paul Homewood

RWE’s new lignite power station opened in Neurath in 2012

Germany’s dash for coal continues apace. Following on the opening of two new coal power stations in 2012, six more are due to open this year, with a combined capacity of 5800MW, enough to provide 7% of Germany’s electricity needs.

Including the plants coming on stream this year, there are 12 coal fired stations due to open by 2020. Along with the two opened last year in Neurath and Boxberg, they will be capable of supplying 19% of the country’s power.

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The Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, announces, “High-power lithium ion microbatteries from interdigitated three-dimensional bicontinuous nanoporous electrodes”

It seems to me too many big words in the title will keep people from finding it with search engines. Oh well.

The press release is exciting.

Here is the link to the abstract.
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n4/full/ncomms2747.html
“Here we report lithium ion microbatteries having power densities up to 7.4 mW cm−2 μm−1, which equals or exceeds that of the best supercapacitors, and which is 2,000 times higher than that of other microbatteries.”
I find this wording contrived: “three-dimensional bicontinuous interdigitated”. Interdigitated? I suppose it is standard, and just a fancy word for “interlocking”. Digits imply fingers to me. The information does not seem to imply digits or fingers (or digital processing versus analog). Hmm…

If the statements in the press release can be taken at face value, this is a game changer. However, I think jump-starting a car with a cell phone is hyperbole. If you want to read the paper, it’s a pretty penny. Nature figures the best way to retain their reputation as high class is to charge high fees. The supplemental file is available, and I’m not seeing “game changer” jump out at me. It looks like a standard CR1620 watch battery has around 50 times more energy density than these things, and the best available lithium batteries are just not that far behind the best of these in power density (and still ahead in energy density).

They seem to essentially be lithium batteries, only made better, and they do Read the rest of this entry »

Mizzou announces a break through in plasma physics and our energy future. http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2013/0415-plasma-device-developed-at-mu-could-revolutionize-energy-generation-and-storage/

My bs alarm sounded when I read this gem, “However, Curry warns that without federal funding of basic research, America will lose the race to develop new plasma energy technologies.”

Sorry, but no. Federal funding is the death knell of all good science!

Then, the big deal! They can generate a plasma doughnut in air! Wow! Or something. Are we building a plasma cannon or an energy generator?

Of course, the next lines are the grandiose claims of how much could be accomplished if they could only get sufficient funding, and of course a little whining about sequester et al.

Unfortunately, this looks like a headline only. There is no there, there.

Early this evening, Richard Engle (not the reporter), called and asked for my vote in the upcoming state GOP convention. He is running for vice-chair. The point I am recording here is the fact that he was surprised by my request to reduce spending.

That is, he asked what I thought the most important emphasis for the Oklahoma GOP. I responded getting government out of our lives and reducing spending. I added that we didn’t need to worry about taxes until spending was down. He replied that reducing government involvement in our lives was a common statement, but he hadn’t had anyone else stipulate reduction of government spending. I find that remarkable, thus I’m noting it.

I support the Iron Lady, and Lord Monckton. Thatcher was instrumental in most of what is still good in our world today. We are loosing it though.

Watts Up With That?

In deference to our Open Thread on Saturday, Monckton submitted this for WUWT readers. It is insightful and worth a read IMHO – Anthony

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, courtesy of wnd.com

It will be from Heaven that Margaret Thatcher, the greatest friend the United States ever had, will observe the now-inescapable disintegration of the dismal European tyranny-by-clerk whose failure she foresaw even as it brought her down.

Margaret was unique: a fierce champion of people against government, taxpayers against bureaucrats, workers against unions, us against Them, free markets against state control, privatization against nationalization, liberty against socialism, democracy against Communism, prosperity against national bankruptcy, law against international terrorism, independence against global governance; a visionary among pygmies; a doer among dreamers; a statesman among politicians; a destroyer of tyrannies from arrogant Argentina via incursive Iraq to the savage Soviet Union.

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Keep this in mind, fellow Sooners. Despite the wonderful precipitation we have had recently, the drought is probably not over. Weather tends to cycle, and this cycle probably isn’t half through. So, stay prepared, and pray for rain.

Watts Up With That?

“This is what global warming looks like” turned out to be nothing but incorrect opinionated hype by AP Science correspondent Seth Borenstein and Dr. Michael Oppenheimer.

From the “we told you so department” and NOAA’s Drought Task Force, which makes it pretty clear all the hype about last summer’s drought was nothing but that: hype.

NOAA asks: What caused the 2012 Central Great Plains Drought?

NOAA’s answer: The central Great Plains drought during May-August of 2012 resulted mostly from natural variations in weather.

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I cannot reblog the article again. (WordPress does not support that.)

However, Anthony updated the article on falling gasoline usage to show that although things are worse than I thought, they are not as bad as implied by the first take on the data.

Adding more data, Anthony shows that gasoline use is dropping, but we are probably not in some hidden economic collapse. Well, good to know we aren’t on cracking thin ice, but I do think things are getting more precarious than shown by the market, and especially worse than shown by government numbers.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/04/09/forget-the-need-for-a-u-s-carbon-tax-the-economy-has-put-a-big-dent-in-gasoline-use-and-driving/

Note the graph below is from the EPA.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mr. Daren Jonescu writes at American Thinker:

“The nineteenth century spawned a mutant philosophical subset, intellectuals for tyranny, who produced ersatz scientific, moral, and even metaphysical arguments to persuade men that their desire for unlimited state power was in fact an unavoidable inference from an objective reasoning process, rather than the authoritarian impulse plain and simple. This philosophical mutation — reason as handmaiden of authoritarianism, rather than as its natural rival and limit — was made possible by the anti-rational turn in German thought during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, most dramatically signaled by Immanuel Kant’s condemnation of previous Western philosophy as a “dialectical illusion,” in his Critique of Pure Reason.”

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/wheres_the_progress_in_progressivism.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook#ixzz2Q4Kv1joO
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http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ersatz artificial and inferior substitute or imitation

It is worse than we thought.

Watts Up With That?

UPDATED: see below

A few days ago I did a report on the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) numbers for carbon dioxide emissions, showing that it was clearly down, and back to levels not seen since 1994, and noting that since Kyoto in 1997, U.S. emissions have dropped even though Kyoto was never ratified in the USA.

kyoto_met_1997-2012

If you thought that was troubling and strange have a look at these numbers which also indicate the state of the U.S. Economy. First, the number of miles driven monthly for the last 30 years.

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