Archives for the month of: October, 2013

Noteworthy comments: http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2013_10_04/caredit.a1300211

It seems to me typical, and workable, that most people start accumulating debt when they are young, then they realize it is a problem and start working out of it. Most have little debt in their later mid-life. It seems to me the USA is at the end of mid-life, and we need to be doggedly determined to cut debt.

At present, our country seems to think debt is free and easy and unlimited. All rational people know better.

We must reduce our debt. It seems raising the debt limit is a bad idea to me. We need to cut the budget. Of course, a quick look at the numbers shows why that is almost impossible in practical terms.

My good Senator Coburn loves to harp on the nonsense spending, but most of that amounts to very little in terms of the overall problem. Lots of people like to crow about moneys our government sends to other countries. Seems an easy place to cut to me, but we are still in small numbers compared to the overall.

The Herminator wrote a short note here: http://www.caintv.com/moodys-calm-down-not-raising-t

Over at the Foundation for Economic Education, D.W. MACKENZIE, writes: ”

The assertion that a debt crisis would impair an already weak economic recovery is correct. However, any claim that the federal government is up against a hard deadline to meet its legal financial obligations is utterly untrue. The federal government holds vast amounts of property, all of which is available to be sold off.” here: http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/debt-ceiling-crises-imagined-and-real#axzz2hPnS6mT4

The article is worth reading. Do you realize we spend billions on vacant buildings? We don’t even know exactly how many.

Of course, we have receipts of actual tax dollars coming in every day, nearly 60% if memory serves. I bet we can manage for some months letting the government limp along on at half-speed.

It seems to me there is no crisis. Just a lot of hyped politics.

Angry birds? It seems I see a governor operating. Amazing the difference between the landed northern hemisphere and the more open southern hemisphere, with its growing continental ice sheet in the pole position. Awe inspiring indeed.

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Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

To continue my investigations utilizing the CERES satellite dataset of top of atmosphere radiation, here is a set of curious graphs. The first one is the outgoing (upwelling) longwave radiation at the top of the atmosphere (TOA) versus the sea surface temperature, for the northern hemisphere, at the times of the solstices and equinoxes.

dec upwelling longwave vs sea temperatureFigure 1. Northern HemisphereTOA outgoing longwave, versus sea surface temperature. Colors represent latitudes, as follows: dark blue, 10°; red 30°; yellow 50°; sky blue 70°. Vertical dashed line is at 30.75°C. Horizontal dashed line is at 300 W/m2. Black solid line shows the surface upwelling longwave radiation (calculated at emissivity = 0.95). Click to enlarge.

I find this graph both interesting and puzzling.

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Obama’s top climate and energy adviser to leave White House

The White House’s senior energy and climate adviser Heather Zichal is leaving the White House, despite the president’s personal entreaties to stay.

During her five-year tenure Zichal, who coordinated the work of multiple agencies on issues ranging from air quality to global warming, played an instrumental role in pushing for stricter fuel efficiency standards for automobiles to limits on mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants.   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/07/obamas-top-climate-and-energy-adviser-to-leave-white-house/

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What are they smoking? Sheesh. Climate change is real and denial is not about the science

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For the record.

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The smart money is starting to abandon the CO2 vessel

Guest essay by Fred F. Mueller

The IPCC and its supporters in the media, in NGO’s and in governments have taken advantage of the issuing of the newly released 5th Assessment Report (AR 5) to mount an all-out PR offensive promoting their view of CO2-induced doom for humanity using any and all news channels and tabloids as pitchmen. Despite growing distrust in the general public, few people have the mettle to stand their ground against such a massive persuasiveness. How can an average citizen acquire the steadfastness to brush off this veil of lies? The answer is simple: follow the money trail.

When confronted with overwhelming “scientific evidence”, one should keep in mind the basic question any criminal investigator learns to ask whenever being confronted with a puzzling case: who is benefitting? In the case of…

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Clouds regulate global temperature. It is a thermostat, set, obviously, rather tightly.

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Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

I have put forth the idea for some time now that one of the main climate thermoregulatory mechanisms is a temperature-controlled sharp increase in albedo in the tropical regions. I have explained that this occurs in a stepwise fashion when cumulus clouds first emerge, and that the albedo is further increased when some of the cumulus clouds evolve into thunderstorms.

I’ve demonstrated this with actual observations in a couple of ways. I first showed it by means of average photographs of the “view from the sun” here. I’ve also shown this occurring on a daily basis in the TAO data. So I thought, I should look in the CERES data for evidence of this putative phenomenon that I claim occurs, whereby the albedo is actively controlling the thermal input to the climate system.

Mostly, this thermoregulation appears to be happening over the ocean…

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Complexity, thy name is Earth.

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Guest essay by Phillip Mulholland

Late Carboniferous to Early Permian time (315 mya — 270 mya) is the only time period in the last 600 million years when both atmospheric CO2 and temperatures were as low as they are today (Quaternary Period ). Temperature after C.R. Scotese http://www.scotese.com/climate.htmCO2 after R.A. Berner, 2001 (GEOCARB III)

In a previous thread on WUWT published on 13 September titled Claim: atmosphere heats the oceans, melts Antarctic ice shelf, Sridhar Anandakrishnan, Professor of Geosciences, at Penn State is reported as saying:-

“Eventually, with all that atmospheric heat, the oceans will heat up.”

Well, that statement may or may not be true, but one thing we can be certain about, it does not apply to the seas around Antarctica.

A former colleague of mine had on the wall of his office a standard map of the World with the continents coloured by surface elevation…

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Thank you, Dr. Deming, and Anthony. I recall how CS Lewis referred to science as the twin of magic. Our science fiction writer admit their science and technology are often indistinguishable from magic. It is much too easy to forget the distinction of proof. Science must be proven over and over. Theories must be tested, tried with the intent of disproof, or we fall into magic and superstition, even when we maintain the trappings of science. As Feynman pointed out, we must not fool ourselves, and we need to work hard at it, because we are the easiest to fool.

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Guest essay by Dr. David Deming

We live in a scientific age. The sciences are viewed as the only real sources of authoritative information. Knowledge derived from other epistemological systems is regarded as having less credibility. The conclusions of philosophy are untestable, and religion is often cynically interpreted as nothing more than superstition and myth. Public policy decisions made upon the basis of scientific recommendations may have economic consequences measured in trillions of dollars. Yet few people realize how unreliable scientific authority can be.

The popular conception is that scientists dispassionately discover truth through a foolproof technique called the scientific method. In some simplistic views, the scientific method reduces to a series of procedural steps analogous to instructions in a cookbook. The results produced by this hypothetical scientific method are verified by something called peer review, a process that allegedly certifies reliability.

But the common understanding of science is largely…

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