Archives for the month of: July, 2013

Very enlightening. Worth reading more than once. I’ll have to investigate Dr. Oakley’s thinking more. She is a professional engineer, by the way.

Giving Till it Hurts: An Interview with Barbara Oakley : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education.

We need to rid ourselves of the IRS. The Fair Tax has its problems, but it would be a good start, and we at least wouldn’t be penalizing work and investment. Taxing income is backwards. It is stupid. We must stop it.

We need to move back to the original ideals for the federal legislature. The senators must be elected or appointed by the state legislature, not popular elections. The senators should represent the state rather than the people of the state. The Congressional representatives are to represent the people of the state.

Congressional representatives need to represent a set number of constituents. I propose 100,000. A smaller number would have advantages, but I think more disadvantages. Of course, that would increase the number of representatives to around 3,200 (probably 3,500 soon); it would increase with population increases. The founders had the right idea. They also thought we would grow slower. With the rapid growth experienced, the practical aspects of dealing with so many representatives proved untenable. We dealt with it by fixing the number and expanding the number of constituents, diluting the voice of everyone. We now have the technology to deal with thousands of representatives.

We can switch back to representatives having a fixed number of constituents, and we will deal with the large number of representatives via regional congresses, tied electronically with video and voice, and we can build a large, electronically enabled, house chamber for full meetings–periodically and when necessary. It seems quite doable to me. We have all sorts of groups operating in this size range and larger. The result would be a much more attuned representative for each group of constituents. It should improve the election system too. Not nearly as much campaigning will be required because everyone will know the representative better.

Closing out this post, we need more states.

North Colorado just might happen. We need a state of Columbia formed out of the mountains of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Who could argue that New York wouldn’t be better served by state and local government if it divided into two, or probably three, states. Likewise Florida. California is such a mess anything different would likely help, but I suggest at least three states formed out of it.

I will not suggest regarding Texas. They are different. They will do things their way regardless.

A last thought, far away in time, and much discussion and debate will be needed, and even more planning, I suggest the states of Mexico reorganize into the United States of America. It won’t be easy, but I think it will work, and I think it will improve everything political in the western hemisphere.

 

Biologos is worth more time than I spend at it. I am working at rectifying that. This article is very much to my liking. It states thing just about the way I try to.

Belief in God in an Age of Science: John Polkinghorne, Part 5 | The BioLogos Forum.

For instance: Read the rest of this entry »

At this point I’m adding nothing to the discussion at Watts Up With That, and the half-dozen page views I might get with this certainly have little effect, but this is a noteworthy point from a concerned individual. Someone who obviously thinks. Most of the comments are thoughtful too. So, clicking over to Anthony’s is worth your time to read. It is an example of how reason is supposed to work. He also notes well a couple of key drivers behind the CAGW movement.

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Note: if the name below is familiar to you it is because of this article from Monday. This will be a sticky post for a day or two, new stories will appear below this one– Anthony

Guest essay by Jonathan Abbott

Please allow me to recount the details of my personal path to CAGW scepticism. I have never previously found myself at odds with the scientific mainstream and at times it feels quite odd. Perhaps others here have similar experiences? I am curious to know how fellow-readers came to their current views. If some have gone from genuine scepticism to accepting CAGW, I would find that especially fascinating.

My own story begins at school in England in the early 80s. Between playing with Bunsen burners and iron filings, I remember being told that some scientists predicted that we would soon enter a new ice age. This sounded quite exciting…

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I’ll say it again, I’ll take humans over birds and bats any day. Reference DDT. If one life can be saved, we should still use it. But windmills have niche, limited usefulness. Trying to set up acres of multistory-height windmills for support of the electric grid is insane on its own merit. There is no justification for building them in the first place. Given how many birds and bats these things kill, and how brutally, and how they kill our most majestic and most endangered, it is simply immoral.

STOP THESE THINGS

Centuries from now – archaeologists and palaeontologists will be sifting through what were communities of isolated-candle-lit hovels and find the remains of the 21st Century greentards and ecofascists that ended up living in the Stone Age poverty that they were ready to foist upon everybody else.

As they unravel the secrets of what led to the great wind power fraud – that will then be ancient history – the experts will be more than a little perplexed at how these people were able to generate foaming outrage – on the one hand – and benign indifference – on the other – when faced with identical avian outcomes.

Every time an oil rig blows up or an oil tanker runs aground – the greentard is the first to howl “blue murder” and demand an end to the oil industry as soon as birds start washing up on a beach drenched…

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Awesome.

Albert and Adam rewrite the story of human origins.

From the conclusion:

So, like many discoveries, Perry’s Y chromosome raises more questions than it answers. It will doubtless be fascinating to watch our understanding evolve as the genetics of more individuals, modern and ancient, from more locations are added to the picture.

 

It seems to me that history goes in cycles. It seems to me we are on the down cycle of culture, and historically such end with the gods of copybook headings returning with terror and slaughter. After much loss, pain, destruction, death, and turmoil, people return to their moral roots, God, and rebuild. Things have tended to get both better and worse with each cycle. Perhaps the next up cycle will be far better than this last one has been. I’d wonder beyond that, but we are probably looking at decades before this downward trend bottoms out. The general forecast for population is to increase for several more decades, and level off between 9 and 10 billion. If things go as they seem to be trending, the excursion downward might drop population back below half that before it starts up again.

So, I figure we owe it to ourselves and our posterity to try.

This article at First Things (a Catholic publication) suggests we are behind the power curve, but there are things we can still do.

Article | First Things.

Consider the article, and let’s resolve to try.

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Jonathan Abbot writes in comments on 2013/07/23 at 12:59 pm

My 10 year old daughter just read an article in National Geographic Kids about global warming. ‘The world is getting warmer, daddy! See?’ She wouldn’t believe me when I said it wasn’t.

I told her that data is more important than written words, and showed her this page as an explanation.

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For reference.

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Quite a performance yesterday. Steve Milloy is calling it the “Zapruder film” implying it was the day the AGW agenda got shot down. While that might not be a good choice of words, you have to admit they did a fantastic job of shooting down some of the ridiculous claims made by panelists prior to them. While this may not be a Zapruder moment, I’d say that it represented a major turning point.

Give props to both Roger and Roy.

Marc Morano reported:

‘Senate global warming hearing backfires on Democrats’ — Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama! — ‘Skeptics & Roger Pielke Jr. totally dismantled warmism (scientifically, economically, rhetorically) — Climate Depot Round Up

‘Sen. Boxer’s Own Experts Contradict Obama on Climate Change’ — Warmists Asked: ‘Can any witnesses say they agree with Obama’s statement that warming has accelerated during the past 10 years?’ For several seconds, nobody said a…

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Well, duh. It ain’t really possible for fracking to contaminate water supplies.

Federal hydrofracking study shows no contamination of drinking water in Pennsylvania | syracuse.com.

The Pointman is correct.

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The origins of journalism go back a long way. For most of agrarian history, there were individuals who travelled from settlement to settlement, mainly trading goods but part of what they did was bring the news of what was happening in those distant lands twenty or more miles away.

Beyond the news, some of their offering was oral history and a fund of folk stories. If they did it entertainingly enough, they were rewarded with a decent meal, something to drink and a dry place to sleep. If you’ve been in a lively bar and seen people crowded around someone who was good at telling stories, you can see that in some ways, not much has changed. A good one, who could tell a story well and perhaps play an instrument or hold a tune, could survive on that talent alone. The wandering seanchaí of Ireland were probably the last example in Europe…

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As with all of the various sorts of extreme weather events, nothing is trending. Besides, love the photo.

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While watching her handwaving argument on the webcast with Senator Vitter, I was easily able to find data contradictory to her statement in Dr. Roger Roger Pielke Jr. submitted testimony.

What the data says:

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The data clearly show no warming for a little while. It seems to have reached maximum and started to cool, but it is a bit early to say so. However, the globe has warmed, and global warming is a hoax in spite of that fact because the proposed cure is far more deadly and harmful to the planet than the status quo and the presumed continuation of any warming trend. Cooling is eventually inevitable. It will be deadly, and population on our planet will decrease. It will be bad. Hopefully that is still several decades away and slow in coming, allowing us to adapt and innovate and minimize the suffering and hunger. Regardless, cold kills. Warmer is better.

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Initial Notes: This post contains graphs of running trends in global surface temperature anomalies for periods of 12+ and 16 years using HADCRUT4 data. They indicate that we have not seen a warming hiatus this long since about 1980.

Much of the following text is boilerplate. It is intended for those new to the presentation of global surface temperature anomaly data.

GISS LAND OCEAN TEMPERATURE INDEX (LOTI)

Introduction: The GISS Land Ocean Temperature Index (LOTI) data is a product of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Starting with their January 2013 update, it uses NCDC ERSST.v3b sea surface temperature data. The impact of the recent change in sea surface temperature datasets is discussed here. GISS adjusts GHCN and other land surface temperature data via a number of methods and infills missing data using 1200km smoothing. Refer to the GISS description here. Unlike the UK Met…

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Clarke was a visionary.

“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not.
Both are equally terrifying.”

Arthur C. Clarke

That goes for everything–natural and supernatural–seen and unseen–rational and irrational.

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