Archives for the month of: February, 2014

We need a top ten list for why climate alarmists won’t give up their obviously failed memes. Group think, just cause corruption, among other things, but it seems to me the most obvious reason the alarmists hold to their beliefs is that their beliefs are in fact the faith of their new religion. Yes, climate alarmism is a cult, a religion, or perhaps better stated as a substitute for the religion that most of us use to nourish our souls. Such a religion as theirs only poisons souls.

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Explanation #10 for the pause …”coincidence” has just completed the top 10 list, thanks Gavin! Party on! Excellent!

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There is a new paper by Gavin Schmidt et al that comes in as #10 in the growing list of explanations for ‘the pause’. Now that we have a top ten list, let’s review:

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Science wants $20 before I can read the full article. Perhaps I will remember to look at it at the library.

Anyway Popular Archaeology has a nice write-up, http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/12012013/article/before-they-were-native-americans-they-were-beringians 

When one accepts that God didn’t actually say the earth was created just 6,000 years ago, and God doesn’t lie to us in nature, then one can propose good working theories that help explain the awesome diversity we see around us and within ourselves.

Starting around 25,000 years ago, our North American forebears found a fortuitous “green” zone in the Bering Straight, which was then well above sea level, and the area supported short shrubs. The key here is that wood is indispensable in the cold. They used the brush to ignite large bones (with marrow and fat within that would burn and keep the fire going).

This warm zone, that would have been the result of some particular arrangement of ocean currents and weather patterns (and probably the geography), allowed these ancients a workable place to live, but it was also isolated. They didn’t mingle with their progenitors in the rest of Siberia.

Thus, the native Americans  have approximately 10,000 extra years of divergence from those Siberians than we can explain if they just came over the Bering land bridge 15,000 years ago when the ice finally started retreating in our current geological climate epic. (Global warming is good stuff, huh!)

See, this makes good sense, and it gives us a good working understanding of why things are the way we find them today. Read the rest of this entry »

Everyone is aware of the turmoil in Ukraine. The over simplified version is that Ukraine was moving toward Europe and away from Russia. Putin rattled the saber and offered aid (carrot and stick). Ukraine leadership fell in line with Russia and the populous rebelled. Many have already died.

Recall Steve Taylor’s song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEzi2M2u7eQ

http://www.sockheaven.net/discography/taylor/meltdown/05.html

After the Nazis we were baited by the Russian bear
Our “liberators” wanted Poland for a thoroughfare

I was a victim of December 1981
I took a final beating from the blunt end of a Russian gun

You plant your missiles while our people wait in line for bread
You hang an army tank above us by a bloody thread

You bought our government they crawl like bleating sheep to you
We know from history that human life is cheap to you

Over my dead body
Redemption draweth nigh
Over my dead body
I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire
You’re fanning the flames
We’re gonna rise up from the ashes
‘Til we’re ashes again

You make a mockery of all that we hold sacred here
You drive us underground in hopes that we will disappear

We seek our sanctuary where the altar candle burns
Our dignity’s a legacy the cross of Jesus reaffirms

Over my dead body
Redemption draweth nigh
Over my dead body
I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire
You’re fanning the flames
We’re gonna rise up from the ashes
‘Til we’re ashes again

After the Nazis we were baited by the Russian bear
Our “liberators” wanted Poland for a thoroughfare

Rise up my brothers don’t despair the Iron Curtain’s rod
Someday we’ll draw the string assisted by the hand of God

I was a victim of December 1981
I took a final beating from the blunt end of a Russian gun

You made a memory–the memory will multiply
You may kill the body but the spirit–it will never die

Over my dead body
Redemption draweth nigh
Over my dead body
I hear a battle cry

Try and blow out the fire
You’re fanning the flames
We’re gonna rise up from the ashes
‘Til we’re ashes again

http://www.sockheaven.net/discography/taylor/meltdown/05.html#about

The parallels in history to both the lead-up to WWI as well as the lead-up to WWII are astonishing. History does repeat. Let us prepare and let us fight for what is right. Resistance is not futile.

No one forgets the six millions Jews killed by the Nazis, though many seem to be preparing to let it happen again, but no one much remembers that the Soviets were responsible for 20 million deaths, many of the Ukrainian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q21Mz9LGivQ

The warnings are there. We have no excuse.

Derision. Such thinking passes no possible test of common sense. Humans may never be able to affect hurricanes. We certainly cannot do it with a few windmills that would have to be feathered out and stalled before the high winds arrived. I’d laugh, but it is too sad.

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From the University of Delaware a press release I just can’t stop laughing about. Of course, they have no real-world tests of this claim, only “their sophisticated climate-weather model”. No numbers were given on turbine “mortality”, so one wonders how many would survive.

Vatten Fall Normally invisible, wind wind wakes take shape in the turbulence induced clouds behind the Horns Rev offshore wind farm west of Denmark. Image: NOAA

Offshore wind turbines could weaken hurricanes, reduce storm surge

Wind turbines placed in the ocean to generate electricity may have another major benefit: weakening hurricanes before the storms make landfall.

New research by the University of Delaware and Stanford University shows that an army of offshore wind turbines could reduce hurricanes’ wind speeds, wave heights and flood-causing storm surge.

The findings, published online this week in Nature Climate Change, demonstrate for the first time that wind turbines can buffer damage to coastal…

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Worth noting! Dr. Motl comments here: http://motls.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/gestapo-like-adl-raid-on-roy-spencer.html

Anthony has updated. It gets uglier and uglier.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

Sadly, it is often the Jews who will not speak out today.

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Boy, this is ugly, and I hope this boils down to simply an error in judgement by a lower tier administrator because this is like some bizzaro-world episode; on one hand the Anti-Defamation League is coming down against the “…type of comparison diminishes and trivializes the Holocaust.“, while on another they are giving a “get out of jail free card” to the people who have repeatedly done that very thing over several years.

Two telephone calls and two emails today requesting comment from ADL’s Southeast Interim Regional Director Shelly Rose have gone unanswered. She’s aware of my calls. I asked for her directly, gave my name and affiliation, and after a pause on hold her assistant asked if it would be OK to “send you to voice mail”. Ms Rose did provide a copy of the press release below, after I queried the main organization in New York…

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I ran across a post from three years back, where physicist Luboš Motl from Pilsen, Czech Republic, takes on some misleading and errant statements from one of the global warming propagandists. (One of the better ones, I might add.)

Anyway, Dr. Motl is one of the truly big brains, Einstein level. He is a string theorist, the kind of guy who works with mathematics that scare even mathematics professors. A real life Sheldon Cooper.

http://motls.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/sciam-gavin-schmidt-despise-climate.html

The truth is out there, and it has been written up well for long enough that most anyone that prefers to be correct, rather than self-confident, should know by now.

Mr. Walsh does a good job of addressing respect in marriage.

The Matt Walsh Blog

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I can’t tell you where I was or who was there or when it happened. I don’t want to add to this guy’s humiliation, so I am keeping this vague and generic. I can simply tell you that, some time ago, I found myself in the same vicinity as another married couple.

I certainly can’t read their minds, and I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes, all I know is that the husband couldn’t seem to utter a single phrase that wouldn’t provoke exaggerated eye-rolling from his wife.

She disagreed with everything he said.

She contradicted nearly every statement.

She even nagged him.

She brought up a “funny” story that made him out to be incompetent and foolish. He laughed, but he was embarrassed.

She was gutting him right in front of us. Emasculating him. Neutering him. Damaging him.

It was excruciating.

It was tragic.

It also was, or…

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Willis provides direct observational evidenced that large volcano eruptions do not affect temperature in Hawaii despite the fact the decrease in solar energy there is obvious.

We live on a water planet. Seems obvious to me.

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Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

I see that Susan Solomon and her climate police have rounded up the usual suspects, which in this case are volcanic eruptions, in their desperation to explain the so-called “pause” in global warming that’s stretching towards two decades now. Their problem is that for a long while the climate alarmists have been shouting about about TWO DEGREES! PREPARE FOR TWO DEGREES OF DOOM BY 2100!! But to warm two degrees by 2100, you have to warm at 0.2°C per decade, or around 0.4°C during “the pause” … so they are now left trying to explain a missing warming that’s two-thirds of the 20th century warming of 0.6°C. One hates to confess to schadenfreude, but I’m sworn to honesty in these pages … 

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Orthodox bishop Metropolitan Nicholas:

“Research that is done to challenge God, has the disease of prejudice. Research is done to discover scientific truth. What problem is there with someone wanting to broaden the horizons of their thoughts and knowledge? God is approached better this way. God is not an ideology that we should by all means defend, but we believe in Him because He is Truth. In this sense, even scientific truth reveals Him. If He is still questioned, it is time to find out about Him. A believer who fears scientific research, fears the truth. Perhaps he is a believer who does not believe.”

Biologos.org is an excellent resource.

On Valentine’s Day, they posted this love note regarding the #hamonney debate:

http://biologos.org/blog/origins-news-round-up-for-friday-february-14-2014

I’ll second this one:

http://thefederalist.com/2014/02/06/letting-go-of-the-god-of-the-gaps/  Read the rest of this entry »

C-SPAN reran the #HamOnNey debate on 22 February 2014.

I watched. Caught it all this time. The family watched most of it with me.

Ken Ham and young-earth-creationists (YEC) love to assert that the ark was big enough to hold all the kinds of animals if “kind” is defined as family, two classifications up from species.

Ken Ham et al. claim to be defining kind and other words according to the bible, but can anyone tell me where he gets this definition of “kind”? Please? I understood him to indicate his current definition is based on science rather than the bible—on research his scientists are doing. What’s up with that?

Check it for yourself, the bible uses “kind” and synonyms with some variability, from what we call breeds to a basic generic category such as “bird”. However, specifically, Leviticus 11:22 gives us a very good definition of “kind” as used by the bible itself. New American Standard Bible: “These of them you may eat: the locust in its kinds, and the devastating locust in its kinds, and the cricket in its kinds, and the grasshopper in its kinds.” This appears to be at least as restrictive as species.

http://biblehub.com/hebrew/4327.htm  Read the rest of this entry »

At the First Things blog, Michael Hannon writes a weighty treatise pointing out how artificial and recent our notion of duality in human sexuality is. He points out how false the notion is. We are defined by our worth to God, not by our failings nor by what tempts us to fail. He makes the case that traditional reasoning in Christianity is firm ground for understanding sexuality and marriage, and politics are not only false in this regard, but running out of steam, even being shunned by leftist, et al. 

Jesus said he came to bind up the broken and loose the captives. Whom the Son has set free is free indeed. 

Mr. Hannon lets his education and broad vocabulary shine through. He thinks and writes relatively deeply. So, steel yourself and be determined. I am confident you will see the worth and understand the subject and also yourself better for reading through it. 

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/03/against-heterosexuality

 

I have committed to reading through Augustine’s City of God this year with the Facebook group doing so. Not much reading per day, but weighty. It is fascinating to read and think how little changed his writing might be if he were writing specifically for us today.

I try to keep up with WattsUpWithThat, and with FirstThings blogs. Lots of material all of it worth reading much of it worth thorough contemplation. I read AmericanThinker a lot as well.

Of course, I spend too much time reading Facebook, but that is more of a fun thing to do.

Plenty of other information to read as well, news, politics, science, various distractions. I seem to read a lot. I have a hard time keeping up with some of it. Oh well. Perhaps I will gain efficiency soon.

Documenting this for reference. Dr. Singer is exceptionally well qualified to write about this subject.

Climate Consensus Con Game.

I always appreciate Willis’ writing, but this is particularly insightful and informative. The fact is, the Arctic is not warming the planet. In fact, the ice isn’t even melting at this point. We shall see, but it seems to me we’ve probably past the peak, and we will be chilling for the next several years. I hope not. Cold kills. Warmer is better.

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Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach

There’s a new study in PNAS, entitled “Observational determination of albedo decrease caused by vanishing Arctic sea ice” by Pistone et al. Let me start by registering a huge protest against the title. The sea ice is varying, it isn’t “vanishing”, that’s just alarmist rhetoric that has no place in science.

In any case, here’s their figure 4B, showing the decrease in albedo from the “vanishing” sea ice:

vanishing ice fig 4 bFigure 1. Graph from Pistone2014 showing CERES albedo data (green, solid line) for the ocean areas of the Arctic.

The authors say:

Using the relationship between SSM/I and CERES measurements to extend the albedo record back in time, we find that during 1979–2011 the Arctic darkened sufficiently to cause an increase in solar energy input into the Arctic Ocean region of 6.4 ± 0.9 W/m2, equivalent to an increase of 0.21 ± 0.03 W/m2 averaged over the…

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