Archives for the month of: May, 2013

Mark Joseph Stern posted a story Wednesday, 22 May 2013 over at Slate.com with the headline:

Don’t Pray for Oklahoma

Wolf Blitzer and other journalists should leave God out of natural disasters.

By |Posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 5:44 PM

Well, Mr. Stern, you are wrong, and that is a rather stupid headline. Forest Gump’s momma comes to mind. Read the rest of this entry »

You have been warned.

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by David Archibald

During World War II, one Russian physicist realized that the United States was working on an atomic bomb when articles about high energy nuclear reactions disappeared from the physics journals he subscribed to. As an interested observer of coal-to-liquids (CTL) developments, I got the same feeling when reading the programme for the World CTL Conference 2013 held in Shanghai on 16th April. There was almost nothing about China’s CTL projects.

We all know that China has building coal-fired power stations at the rate of one a week. They are also building a number of CTL projects. News on these projects now seems to come largely from Western equipment suppliers. For example, the MAN Group of Germany announced the sale of compressors for the Shenhua Ningxia CTL project. The compressors will be used to make 40,000 tonnes per day of oxygen which equates to CTL…

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Bill Nye used to be funny, and he used to make cool shows about science for kids. Now he just acts like a juvenile and rambles on in incoherent ways that would be funny if he were on a Monty Python skit. Of course, as is, while laughable and ridiculous, it is mostly just sad. It makes me wonder if he is being paid to act so pathetically.

To Anthony, thanks for the ready compilation of references and facts.

Watts Up With That?

“Yid with Lid” ran this scathing headline (in the screencap below) yesterday, and pointed out why Nye just doesn’t have a clue. The tornado data following eviscerates Nye’s claims, who seems unable (or maybe unwilling) to Google his own claims for accuracy before bloviating them on CNN.

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The screencap source at “Yid with Lid” is here, and the article goes on to explain and prove the headline correct. But, while Nye is taunting Inhofe, his own claims go up in flames with a simple examination of data.

When Nye Tweeted Monday he’d be on CNN with Piers Morgan, I gave him some advice:

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The Newsweek article Steven Goddard reposts is less than 40 years ago. Most of us should remember. Yes, the same evidence being presented to support claims of global warming was then being given to support fears of the big chill. Historically, warmer is better. That is, we used to refer to the Roman warm period, and the Medieval warm period, where food was plentiful and civilization advanced. People seem to avoid those terms now. But global cool periods were marked by plague and famine. Fear of global cooling is rational. Fear of global warming is not. There are far more signs of cooling in nature today than warming.

Real Science

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Thank you, Anthony. We have some of the world’s best meteorologists right here in OKC, Moore, and Norman, for obviously good reason, and it is sure nice knowing that another of the greats is out in California watching out for us here too. Thanks for documenting this solid information.

Watts Up With That?

The map below shows ‘Tornado Tracks Streak Across Oklahoma’ as measured by doppler radar.

The rotation of tornadoes creates a distinctive signature in radar data, and can be used to estimate the track that the system takes over land. This image shows the rotational velocity of the systems that passed over Oklahoma on the afternoon of May 20, 2013. A single cohesive structure can be seen to cut across seven counties, with Moore directly in the middle.

The rotational velocity data, being run experimentally by the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory, is helping to identify potential tornado structures and increase lead-time for severe weather warnings.

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Here is an excerpt from the public information statement just released by NWS where they designate EF5 from damage surveys. 

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Jesus loves the little children.

All the children of the world.

Red and yellow, black, and white.

They are precious in His site.

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Blog: As conservative children died, liberals politicized, but didn’t cry.

And all the rest of us, too. “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants.” The Psalmist

Blog: As conservative children died, liberals politicized, but didn't cry

Update, 21 May 2013, as of this afternoon, the power is fully restored, and our water is back to normal. Pressure coming up to normal. No big deal for a lot of us, but it was problematic at businesses and the schools in SE OKC that didn’t close today.

Also, much thanks to OKC personnel and OG&E personnel who got things put back to right!
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https://www.facebook.com/cityofokc

The City of Oklahoma City is reporting the power to the Lake Draper city water supply (for southeast Oklahoma City) is out. The tornado got too many lines and towers. OG&E is restoring. In the mean time, it is running on emergency generators. Everything is working. Our water is safe. But pumps are running on backup. Water pressure is very low. Minimize use. Mostly, ensure sprinklers are off. Turn off the timers and supply to the yard sprinklers.

Again the water is safe, but some residents don’t have enough pressure for any use. So, make sure you use as little as possible.

“There has been misinformation regarding the City’s drinking water supply. It IS safe to drink. The Draper Water Treatment Plant did lose power and we did ask residents in SE OKC limit water usage. The water supply was never compromised and the water has always been safe to drink.” The City of Oklahoma City.

Check the facebook page link above for updates.

Not only is this straight talk to young people, it shows clearly why home schooling is important, why we need an individualized approach, one only a parent can give. We also need to work from early on.

Advice to Young Unemployed Workers : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education.

“Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” Paul

Seth Hecox

Old dudes RULE!

Looks like he should be in a barber shop quartet but he is an awesome base. These guys are good. Wish you were here.

Burmuda. Lefthanded lead. Cool. He’s good. Cool guitar.

Sequester? Yeah, right. Your defense dollars at work.

Seven BILLION dollars for windfarms. One of these company’s doesn’t really even seem to exist.

Quoting the official announcement of the contract:
Constellation NewEnergy Inc., Baltimore, Md., (W912DY-13-D-0021); ECC Renewables LLC, Burlingame, Calif., (W912DY-13-D-0022); Enel Green Power North America Inc., Andover, Mass., (W912DY-13-D-0023); LTC Federal LLC, Detroit, Mich., (W912DY-13-D-0024); and Siemens Government Technologies, Arlington, Va., (W912DY-13-D-0025); were awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, task-order contract with a maximum value of $7,000,000,000 for the procurement of energy from renewable and alternative energy production facilities that are designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained by private sector entities on private land under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense. Work location and type of appropriation will be determined with each task order. The bid was solicited through the Internet, with 16 bids received. The Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Ala., is the contracting activity.

Windmills killed over half a million birds and nearly a million bats in 2012. Where will it end?
AP has distributed a story carried by many news outlets, including Fox, The Guardian, etc. I like the variety of headlines. Some hardly admit the point while others all but accuse the President of killing eagles and fighting oil production.
A quote: “More than 573,000 birds are killed by the country’s windfarms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles, according to an estimate published in March in the peer-reviewed Wildlife Society Bulletin.”
The link to the journal should work, but it is available after purchase only, and I didn’t register to find out how much it is.  Read the rest of this entry »
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