Archives for the month of: September, 2014

Baseless is an understatement. The WWF statement is actionable if anyone can show standing.

Let’s see, this article, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110823180459.htm, from 2011, the year after the claim-period, indicates 8.7 million species on earth. We can figure 8.7M is 52% of what number? That is a whopping 16.7 million species on earth in 1970. 40 years times 365.25 days per year is 14,610 days, that is just over 1145 species died out per day on a linear average. Given the purported growth of CO2 and alarmist global warming, obviously the death rate would have started out slow and ramped up. So, what, we must be losing over 2,000 species per day by now, right? Okay, where are the corpses? http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/01/04/where-are-the-corpses/

To be fair, I suppose I should only use the 7.8 million number from the Camilo Mora, Derek P. Tittensor, Sina Adl, Alastair G. B. Simpson, Boris Worm. How Many Species Are There on Earth and in the Ocean? PLoS Biology, 2011; 9 (8): e1001127 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001127 paper. The world wrestling, I mean wildlife, federation, I mean, fund, seems to be including only our animalia kin. (As though the protozoa just don’t matter to them.)

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from the World Wildlife Fund | World Wildlife Fund issues 10th edition of ‘The Living Planet Report,’ a science-based assessment of the planet’s health

Washington, DC – Monday, September 29: Between 1970 and 2010 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish around the globe dropped 52 percent, says the 2014 Living Planet Report released today by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This biodiversity loss occurs disproportionately in low-income countries—and correlates with the increasing resource use of high-income countries.

In addition to the precipitous decline in wildlife populations the report’s data point to other warning signs about the overall health of the planet. The amount of carbon in our atmosphere has risen to levels not seen in more than a million years, triggering climate change that is already destabilizing ecosystems. High concentrations of reactive nitrogen are degrading lands, rivers and oceans. Stress on already scarce water supplies is increasing. And more…

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Convince the bats and birds it don’t matter.

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dead_eagle_at_base_of_turbine Turbine: 1; Majestic Raptor:…

Wind farm turbines take toll on birds of prey
The Australian
Graham Lloyd
22 September 2014

EAGLES, falcons and other raptors make up to a third of the estimated 1500 birds killed each year at Australia’s biggest wind farm.

The finding of an independent report for Macarthur Wind Farm operator AGL follows 12 monthly searches of 48 turbines at the 140-turbine operation in Victoria that found 576 bird carcasses.

After adjusting for birds eaten by scavengers between searches and the total 140 turbines, Australian Ecological Research Services estimated each turbine killed about 10 birds a year.

The analysis said this would include 500 raptors a year.

AGL has confirmed that 64 bird fatalities were found during the official searches and an additional 10 carcasses were found near turbines by maintenance personnel, landowners or ecologists when not undertaking scheduled carcass searches.

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Documentation of data with explanation. It is so worth remembering that 999 of every 1000 species that have lived on earth have already gone extinct. Nothing we can do about. Nothing we could have done about it. Sure, we matter to a few here and there, especially on previously uninhabited islands, but we must keep perspective.

As an aside, I really don’t think 97% of all qualified evolutionary biologists and other experimenting scientists in relevant fields agree with the 99% (or my 99.9%) estimate, but it is the dominate view accepted. Still, the percentage of acceptance is probably less than 80%, and the level of commitment to the estimate is probably low. My point being, one never finds 97% agreement on anything by any qualified group of observers. The 97% claim is ludicrous on its face. Anyone who would trot out that claptrap is deserving of, even begging for, derision.

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 Guest opinion by Dr. Tim Ball |

Proponents of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hypothesis successfully, but inaccurately, present natural events as unnatural. It works, because most don’t know what is natural. They also exploit the public belief that change is gradual over long periods of time. Use of the word “belief” is deliberate, because it represents the philosophical, pseudo-religious basis for western science – Uniformitarianism. It applies both to climate change and extinction of species, creating the false understanding that they are not supposed to happen. If they do then, by default, it is unnatural and due to humans, who they consider unnatural. The 1990 Greenpeace Report on global warming says, CO2 is added to the atmosphere naturally and unnaturally. As Goethe said, “The unnatural – that too is natural.”

Most people are unaware that their view of the world is predetermined by where they were born, raised and…

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Good point.

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PeerReviewCartoon[1]Eric Worrall writes: The Guardian, a green UK newspaper, has published a fascinating article about the shortcomings of peer review – and praised the growing new model of open review, in which papers are pre-published on the internet, giving anyone an opportunity to comment. Naturally the Guardian author was not talking about global warming, which in Guardian circles remains settled science which cannot be questioned, but the point is well made, and well worth reading.

According to The Guardian;

“some scientists would prefer … that results are announced only after they have passed peer review, ie been checked by experts and published in a reputable journal.

There are many reasons why this will no longer wash. Those days of deference to patrician authority are over, and probably for the better. We no longer take on trust what we are told by politicians, experts and authorities. There are hazards to such…

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While I’m calling for Ms. Barresi’s resignation loudly, I will not suppose malice until I have evidence. I see her as hurt. She suffered what is perhaps the worst political defeat of our lifetime. I suspect she is desperately trying to prove she was right. We all know she cannot. She should step down and take the time to let her wounds heal. She needs to step out of the office and stop being harmful.

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Janet Barresi needs to resign – yesterday. Tomorrow would be fine too. Hell-bent on exacting her wrath, she continues to be an embarrassment to the state of Oklahoma.

As you know by now, she has created a new assistant superintendent position over accreditation and hired the SDE’s lawyer’s husband to fill it. This man has nearly 40 years experience in law enforcement, but none in public education. Yet he’s going to help school districts stay in line with all the state mandates. And oh, there are many. Here is an overview of information that state accreditation officers have sent to schools regarding upcoming deadlines and reporting requirements. Keep in mind that this is just for October.

OCTOBER 2014

Prior to October 1 superintendents shall designate Test Coordinators for the district and all buildings; names, email addresses and telephone numbers of District Test Coordinators (DTC) shall be provided to the…

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Mathew Block, writing for First Things here, http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/09/uprooting-the-christian-masculinity-complex, decries the extremities of a few modern Christian groups who push the modern stereotype of masculinity too far. I shared the article on Facebook and stated that I agreed with the article. I still do.

Mr. Block decries the notion that all men should be warriors, that we have a repressed warrior in us that needs battles. Well, I think he is correct in denouncing that notion. Of course, truths are rarely monolithic.

Greg Forster, also at First Things, here, http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2014/09/rescuing-warriors-from-muscular-christianity-1, takes exception, trying to achieve balance.

I think it quite significant that God established our creation mythos around agriculture and keeping garden, not conquest. Honestly, there is no reason God had to start with our first parents. HE could have started with the first conqueror that followed Him. Mr. Block’s points on it are quite well stated and full of truth.

Sure, as Dr. Forster points out, God’s command included subduing the earth in a militaristic sense, but Christ, our King, first sacrificed all for us. Jesus proclaimed peace, but also the sword. We must be careful of the context, but most of all we must focus on his example.

Before he paid in full every debt
Jesus wept

Dr. Forster suggests the whole point of creation was to battle darkness and establish the light. Well, I agree, and I see it as an established feature of Church history and orthodoxy. Most of all, the scripture leads us to that conclusion.

Consider I John 3:8 and all the statements of Jesus that we should follow him and do even greater works than he. John 16:33 is encouraging.

Jesus came to undo what the adversary has done. Jesus came to redeem all of creation. Romans 8 shows us that Christ has redeemed it, but it is still subjected until we, the children of God, are truly revealed in Him. How long is a mystery, but the point seems clear. We, through our conquering Lord, are to conquer evil and undo all the works of the devil. We do that by walking in love. We do that one person at a time. We do that by starting with the man in the mirror, focusing on keeping ourselves in Christ, following him, and remembering, “O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

This quote of Dr. Forster’s is worth repeating:

However, at the very least we must say that Adam is created to struggle against a world that is not yet in conformity to God’s final plan for it, and which resists his efforts to put into such conformity; Adam is to overcome the world’s resistance and wrench it into the shape God intends it to have.

You’re right that God made a gardener—or, in light of the full scope of Genesis 1–2, it might be more precise to say farmer. And I would be the last to slight the central importance of the farmerly virtues you point to. But being a farmer in a world like this one, even before the fall of Adam, involves being a warrior—and a prophet, and a priest.

I’ll conclude with saying it ain’t supposed to be easy. Everyone needs a warrior within. Battles will come. Each must keep ready to fight, but always paramount, do justly, love mercy, and hold fast to humility.

 

First, the letter I sent via the Governor’s government web site took multiple tries and multiple parts to send it. The contact form is very poorly executed. The “Name” block will not accept punctuation. One cannot put the period after the middle initial. (How sad is that? The programmer didn’t think to allow the period in a name field?) I had to break the following message into three parts and send separately because the text field is so constricted. Note, none of these restrictions and shortcomings are identified in instructions. Oklahoma’s Governor’s gotta do better than this. (BTW, I despise the scrolling graphics on the state web site pages!) Read the rest of this entry »

Our Governor can do something about this. Instead, she runs campaign ads pretending she’s fighting federal takeover of our schools and CCSS, the very system she championed until the day she signed SB 3399.
I like our Governor, but she has let us down with regard to government education. Our Superintendent is disgraceful. She must step down or be thrown out. We can do it. Let’s get busy.

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As you start your Thursday, I have several things I would like you to read. Collectively, they represent the culmination of four years of incompetence, spitefulness, and rule-breaking by State Superintendent Janet Barresi and her minions at the SDE.

First, let me backtrack a few days. Last week, when the SDE released their A-F Report Cards to barely a whimper, I had a few emails about them. Soon, however, I started receiving messages from a variety of sources about a hire that had been made at the SDE. Barresi had created a new Assistant State Superintendent position, filled it without posting it, hired an executive staff member’s husband, and run off a long-time employee. I had this information from a variety of sources, but I wanted some confirmation before writing the story.

Yesterday, that confirmation came in droves. Here’s the Tulsa World’s account of the story:

Outgoing State Superintendent Janet…

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Remarkable data.

It is interesting to see the author of the paper keep up the alarmism despite statements like this:
“Time periods with less than twice the modern global ice volume show almost no indications of sea-level rise faster than about 2 metres per century. Those with close to the modern amount of ice on Earth, show rates of up to 1 to 1.5 metres per century.”

Co-author Professor Eelco Rohling, of both the University of Southampton and ANU, explains that the study also sheds light on the timescales of change. He says: “For the first time, we have data from a sufficiently large set of events to systematically study the timescale over which ice-sheet responses developed from initial change to maximum retreat.”

“This happened within 400 years for 68 per cent of all 120 cases considered, and within 1100 years for 95 per cent. In other words, once triggered, ice-sheet reduction (and therefore sea-level rise) kept accelerating relentlessly over periods of many centuries.”
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That sounds to me like it is outside the bounds of reasonable expectations to think that our current world configuration could lead to a circumstance of over one meter rise per century. It certainly seems to me that people are smart enough to deal with that. Plus there is the fact that sea level change rates are constant or declining while we’ve taken good measurements.

Mostly, there is nothing happening on earth in the industrial age that has not happened many times before, before humans could possibly had anything to do with it.

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post-glacial_sea_level-incl-3-mm-yr-1-trendFrom the University of Southampton

Land-ice decay at the end of the last five ice-ages caused global sea-levels to rise at rates of up to 5.5 metres per century, according to a new study.

An international team of researchers developed a 500,000-year record of sea-level variability, to provide the first account of how quickly sea-level changed during the last five ice-age cycles.

The results, published in the latest issue of Nature Communications, also found that more than 100 smaller events of sea-level rise took place in between the five major events.

Dr Katharine Grant, from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, who led the study, says: “The really fast rates of sea-level rise typically seem to have happened at the end of periods with exceptionally large ice sheets, when there was two or more times more ice on the Earth than today.

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Yep.

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There’s a saying that “even a blind squirrel will find a nut occasionally”, and while I don’t think of Steven Mosher as anywhere close to a blind squirrel, he does have the habit of posting comments on climate blogs that appear sometimes as staccato and drive by style incomplete. I attribute that to trying to use a smartphone when a desktop and keyboard is really needed. This time, he’s produced a comment that is in my opinion, a home-run, because it cleanly and linearly sums up the issue of models, climate sensitivity, and “the pause”, along with a  dash of psychology thrown in about the value of model based approaches to climate sensitivity compared to observational based approaches.

He writes on Judith Curry’s blog:

it [the new Lewis and Curry paper] wont change much.. But the longer the pause…

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Excellent information.

Naturalis Historia

Archaeological sites potentially associated with ancient cities recorded in the book of Genesis. Fig. 1. Archaeological sites potentially associated with ancient cities recorded in the book of Genesis.   Ancient sites are associated with springs or temporary streams which makes sense if the Dead Sea has always been “dead.”

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is a vividly recorded event in the early chapters of Genesis. Estimated to have occurred about 4050 years ago (~2050 BC), the Biblical story provides us with a picture of the specific moment of the destruction of these cities, as well as the still-observable Dead Sea region.

Interestingly, the Dead Sea has experienced many earthquakes.  What can we learn about those earthquakes by studying the geology of the Dead Sea sediments? Will they tell us what might have happened to Sodom and Gomorrah?

We have established that the Dead Sea is formed by tectonic activity, including two plates sliding past each other and pulling apart at the same time…

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“Zombie” of “zombietime” fame writes to tell me that while the climate rallies in New York and London had a “whiff” of Marxism, the rallies in San Francisco were not green, but a deep red.

Zombie writes:

My latest report might be of interest to you and/or your readers.

This is all new content, not based on or derived from anyone else’s report. (Several earlier posts about the NYC “climate march” mentioned that the whole affair seemed to have a faint whiff of Marxism — but my report is about the West Coast edition of the same event, which was apparently much more extreme and 100% pure unabashed communist agitation.)

With copious photos and rock-solid evidence, needless to say.

This just confirms James Delingpole’s “watermelons” (green on the outside, red on the inside) thesis. Except now, they’re red on the outside too.

— z

Climate Movement Drops Mask, Admits Communist…

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They mock the holocaust. They mock all sense of freedom. Then they come for you.
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392

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RFK_jail
Climate Depot reports that another prominent green, Robert F. Kennedy Junior, has called for climate “deniers” to be jailed. Is it just me, or is there something very wrong with a political landscape in which people find it acceptable to demand their opponents be jailed for disagreeing with them? Watch the video.

RFK Jr wants to jail energy CEO’s for “Treason” Laments no current laws to punish climate skeptics:

RFK Jnr is not alone in demanding people who disagree with him do time – the Google search http://google.com/search?q=jail+climate+deniers returns over 200,000 hits.

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Do you ever ask yourself and your God, “How do we know if we are standing in the sandals of Shemaiah or of Jeremiah?”

Musings on Science and Theology

Lion - image from wikipediaI’ve been listening to the prophets lately (again), this week in Jeremiah. In chapter 29 we hear about a conflict between Jeremiah and another man Shemaiah (According to wikipedia Hebrew: שמעיה SheMa`YaH “God Heard”) the Nehelamite. Jeremiah has this to say:

‘This is what the Lord says about Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, even though I did not send him, and has persuaded you to trust in lies, this is what the Lord says: I will surely punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his descendants. He will have no one left among this people, nor will he see the good things I will do for my people, declares the Lord, because he has preached rebellion against me.’ (29:31-32)

There are a number of similar passages scattered throughout the prophets and other parts of the Old Testament, where prophets are in disagreement. We know from our perspective that…

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