Archives for the month of: October, 2015

I went to see Woodlawn tonight on a date with my wife.

Excellent movie. I greatly enjoyed it.

It is a movie I encourage all to see. Watch it online or rent it. It is worthwhile.

It was a great story. It is also something we must remember. We must remember what happened and not let the bad parts happen again, and we must remember those who had the courage to do right and to stand against intimidation. That part, standing for what is right, we will have to do again. Be ready to speak up and stand up. Be ready.

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/woodlawn-documents-former-dolphins-player-tony-nathans-true-story-7893827

A man and events worth honoring. I think the movie did it well.


…”a bird in hand is worth 100s of unproven ideas.”

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A runaway JLENS aerostat highlights the uncertainty and risks of pie-in-the-sky green energy schemes.

JENS blimp (US Army photo) JLENS blimp (US Army photo)

Guest essay by Tom Scott

One reason that a fragile naked human species has adapted to conditions in every corner of every continent is its ingenuity. Its is simply impossible to know the limits of homo sapiens. That said, one tactic of the green blob, used to rationalized the destruction of existing energy infrastructure, has been to throw out the possibility of one “free energy” scheme after another while ignoring or actively hiding the unknowns, risks, costs, and public dangers associated with each new proposal.

But first a quick review for those who did not see the news reports. On October 28th a 240 foot long (80 meter) aerostat, or tethered blimp, broke loose from its mooring and drug 6,700 foot of cable for some distance, apparently knocking out power for…

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Scientists with real science do not hide. Real science is always open to the light and to full examination.

CS Lewis is correct that science and magic are twins. In this instance, it seems certain that magic is masquerading as science and these magicians refuse to let their trick be known.

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karl-peterson

Wow, just wow. I told Dr. Tom Peterson in an email this summer that their highly questionable paper that adjusted SST’s of the past to erase the “pause” was going to become “their waterloo”, and Peterson’s response was to give the email to wackadoodle climate blogger Miriam O’Brien (aka Sou Bundanga) so she could tout it with the usual invective spin that she loves to do. How “professional” of Peterson, who made the issue political payback with that action.

Another reminder of Peterson’s “professionalism” is this political cartoon he made portraying climate scientists holding different published opinions as “nutters”, while working on the taxpayer’s dime, courtesy of the Climategate emails in 2009:

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Now, it looks like Karl and Peterson think they are above the law and forget who they actually work for. They’ve really stepped in it now.

Via The Hill:


Agency won’t give GOP internal docs on climate research

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I shared this on Facebook, reproducing here.

Regarding this article from Heartland: http://blog.heartland.org/2015/10/teslas-success-a-great-example-of-how-government-regulations-manipulate-markets/

Note how badly all coercive regulations from the government screw up things for us little people. The regulations are supposed to be good for us, good for the environment, but no. All the regulations accomplish is driving up prices for all cars, and making lots of junk that we have to dispose of. Tesla is laughing all the way to the bank though nearly nobody can afford their cars, and those who can, just don’t want them. The problem is not electric cars. Electric cars are great, and eventually, inevitably will take over, but either we must have an incomprehensible breakthrough in batteries, or we must build the electrical infrastructure into the roads.

We will, but it could be decades.

https://books.google.com/books/about/History_of_the_Electric_Automobile.html?id=T8tpQgAACAAJ&hl=en
History of the Electric Automobile: Battery-only Powered Cars
“Beginning with early electric vehicle development in England, France, and the US, Wakefield provides an in-depth look at the golden age of electric vehicles (1895-1905), demonstrating the technological improvements and business risks of this era. He also explores the dead era of the 1930s, 1940s.”

Note that the golden era of battery cars was the turn of the century, the last one, not this one. The fact is that batteries are not significantly better now than then, despite heroic efforts by some of the world’s best. We need batteries about 50 times better than they are now. That currently does not seem possible. If it is, if we develop those batteries tomorrow, at similar prices to our current best batteries, the cars of the world will be over 90% electric in about five years. IF!

Don’t count on it any time soon.


Be not silent. Speak up. Stand your ground, and defend the truth and right.

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David Rothbard writes:

It looks like CFACT senior policy advisor Paul Driessen touched a nerve in a recent column when he compared U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to “Torquemada” for wanting to use the RICO Act to silence climate skeptics.

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Torquemada, of course, spearheaded the infamous Spanish Inquisition of the 15th Century – a comparison Driessen made noting the Senator’s desire to use intimidation and fear to impose conformity on climate thinking.

Such an analogy, feisty but not uncommon in policy debate, nevertheless got Whitehouse in a huff, and he spouted off about it on the floor of the Senate late last week.

After defending his call to use RICO laws against climate heretics, he then accused skeptics like Driessen of “setting off criminal smokescreens and launching … ‘Torquemada’ hysterics.”

If Whitehouse doesn’t like the comparison, perhaps he should read the First Amendment to the Constitution and respect every citizen’s right…

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The good lord Monckton, in his grand and verbose style, makes the point quite well.

Speak up!

They will come for you, and there just may be no one left to speak for you.

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image “Who will watch the watchmen?” is a translation of the phrase “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” made famous by the Roman Poet Juvenal in his satires.

Guest essay by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley. The Denning Lecture in the Church of St Dunstan, “the Cathedral of the Weald”, Cranbrook, Kent 23 October 2015

LORD DENNING, now merry in heaven, is celebrated for many qualities, not least his readiness to take on the legal establishment in what he rightly saw as the overriding interest of reaching a just judgment. In that gentle Hampshire accent from the ancient village of Whitchurch, where he lived in a fine, stone-built house overlooking the church, he would raise a finger and a smile and reply to those who asked him how it felt to be overturned so frequently on points of law by the House of Lords:

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“Oi took no oath to do law. Oi took it to…

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Repeating:
“Untrustworthy Wind Power: In April 2013, The Scientific Alliance published an analysis on UK wind power covering January 2011 to December 2012 by Derek Partington. Mr. Partington has a degree in physics, was, formerly, a Chartered Engineer, and a member of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Measurement and Control. He has been undertaking research into wind turbines for over 6 years and recently published an update to his earlier work with data covering 2013 and 2014. The data covers all wind turbines in the UK that are metered by the National Grid.

The UK has experienced a significant increase in onshore and offshore wind turbine capacity from 2012 to 2014 with 5,894 MW monitored in January 2013 to 8,403 MW monitored in January 2015, or a growth of about 43%. The general question is: Do more wind turbines improve reliability – trustworthiness in this form of electricity generation. The general answer is NO!

More specifically, Mr Partington asks and answers four questions:

1. “Do more wind turbines improve average output? No.

2. Do more wind turbines reduce the periods of low or very low output? No.

3. Do more wind turbines reduce intermittency? No.

4. Do more wind turbines make it possible to close any conventional, fossil-fuel power stations by making up for additional demand on the grid on peak times? No.”

Mr. Partington concludes: “Based on the results of this and my previous analysis I cannot see why any policy for the continued increase in the number of wind turbines connected to the Grid can be justified.”

This is yet another example that adding additional units of an unreliable, untrustworthy form of electricity generation does not make the system reliable or trustworthy. See links under

Questioning European Green.”

http://www.scientific-alliance.org/home/about-scientific-alliance

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The Week That Was: 2015-10-24 (October 24, 2015) Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project

THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP)

Bonn Conference: The Bonn Climate Change Conference, October 19 to 23, 2015, apparently ended. This was billed as the last conference before the 21st Conference of Parties (COP-21) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) scheduled between November 30 and December 11 in Paris. One is not sure if the Bonn Conference is over, because these conferences seem to be endless, similar to the conference Richard Feynman describes (see quote above). However, a 51 page Draft Agreement, “Version of 23 October 2015@23:30hrs” was release. It is a much revised version of the shorter draft agreement with which the conference started.

The countless press releases and articles conference can be summed as follows: The delegates…

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Thanks Pointman, you have a gift.

So stark, so simple, so subdued, yet immensely detailed.

Pointman's

It’s a funeral and it’s a hard day.

We’re all blacked up and milling around. I spot him and see him, and know enough to get there quick. He’s basic, mad and sad and I can see him smouldering, towering in his frustrated rage. I want to keep him safe. Unusually for him, he’s already well tanked up, hot to trot and ready to rock. He was always the quiet one among all us hooligans but I can see what he wants now is some war.

He needs that simple release of violence. Just to hit someone. At the best of times, he could easily be a dangerous man, but tanked up, I’m not so sure what he’ll do. He’s a real warrior and there’s no fucking around with a man like that who’s in grief. He’s the real deal and he goes all the way. Ask the question of him, he’ll back you over the cliff…

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If you read Physics Today, you should read this. Heck, you should just read this.

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I’ve been made privy to an email exchange with the editor of Physics Today regarding a rebuttal letter to badly botched article by Spencer Weart that ignored a good portion of climate history. So far, editor Marty Hanna seems to be ignoring his own policy on right of reply for proper formatted and sourced letters. So, I’ve been asked to run it here. – Anthony

Letter to Editor Submission:

Reply to “Climate Change Impacts: The growth of understanding”

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In his September 15 article in Physics Today, “Climate Change Impacts: The growth of understanding,” Spencer Weart presented a decidedly one-sided and incomplete history of the intersection of climate science and climate policy.[1] Since he refers dismissively to a publication (actually, a series of books under the title Climate Change Reconsidered [2]) that we contributed to, we have asked for this opportunity to present an opposing view. We are grateful…

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Cold kills; warmer is better.

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warmthLetter to the Editor Watts Up With That?

31st October 2014

For decades green extremists have been spreading doomsday forecasts of global warming.

But where do we find the greatest abundance of life on land? Follow the equator around the globe – the Amazon, the Congo, Kenya, Indonesia and New Guinea – all places where it is warm and wet.

And where is life such a struggle that few species live there? Go towards the poles – Siberia and the cold deserts of Antarctica and Greenland.

Where do most tourists go in winter? Few go to Alaska or Iceland – most head towards the warmth of the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Black Sea and Bali.

Which season is most welcomed? It is not the first frost, nor the first snowstorm, but the first cherry blossoms, the first robins, and the welcome green shoots of new spring pasture.

Land life…

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THE OPT OUT FLORIDA NETWORK

Teacher Wendy Bradshaw pictured last year with happy student, Dayon, 6.

Teacher Wendy Bradshaw pictured last year with happy student, Dayon, 6.

Wendy Bradshaw, Ph.D., is a mother, a teacher and a scholar.  She specializes in working with children and families living with disabilities and has worked with children aged infants through fifth grade to help improve their educational and life experiences. She is also a tireless advocate for public education and an administrator for the Opt Out Polk group in The Opt Out Florida Network.  She writes:

I consider it baffling that telling parents the truth about the harm being done to their children in the public education system is considered an ethical violation of my teaching license, but making their children cry and hate school is not. This affects students and teachers even more so in my field of specialization, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), with our most vulnerable students. Today, I resigned from my school district. I would…

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Heartland posted regarding Oklahoma’s shameful asset forfeiture laws.

https://www.heartland.org/policy-documents/research-commentary-oklahoma-civil-asset-forfeiture-reform-0

I wrote this on Facebook, opening with a quote from the article, duplicating here:

In all civil forfeitures in Oklahoma, property owners are presumed guilty and are forced to contest forfeiture and prove they were not aware their property was being used illegally.

Isn’t that enough for us, as Americans, don’t we honor and hold as sacred the Fifth Amendment? “No person shall […], nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Don’t we believe that? Shouldn’t we rid ourselves of the stench of takings without due process?

Don’t we also honor the 14th Amendment? “…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Don’t we also hold in highest regard the Golden Rule? Doesn’t each of us want full due legal process, full trial by impartial jury, when it is our stuff being taken? Proof beyond reasonable doubt.

We are talking of crimes here, not civil issues. We seem to pretend it is a civil issue, like the state is suing over the stuff, but no; it is being taken for a crime; the crime may even be assumed. There are no small number of instances where assets are taken, or even simply frozen (impounded), and no crime was ever even charged, much less proven. And with frozen assets, how does one even afford to mount a legal defense?

The entire notion of asset forfeiture until after full due process and proof of crime, and finding and assigning guilt, is totally reprehensible and should be anathema to all who claim to be American.

Perhaps, if Oklahoma will not rid itself of this blight, we can secede from the Union and declare ourselves the “Banana Republic of Sheriff Boss”. It seems to always be the Sheriffs in the lead fighting to keep taking property without due process.

State Senator Kyle Loveless, Kyle D. Loveless, I thank you for trying to improve the situation for all Oklahomans and for honoring our fundamental national values. Perhaps only small steps are politically possible, but we must start, and we must do more. Only full due process before forfeiture is just. Only justice will suffice.

http://biblehub.com/micah/6-8.htm
Live justly, love mercy, walk humbly.


From the article:
“Does education in science drive young people from the faith? Again the aggregate answer is no. Surprisingly, education in science in general and evolution in particular seems to have little effect on faith commitments. “

Musings on Science and Theology

Headlines scream … Ex-Christians, Young Adults Leaving the Faith, A Generation of Dropouts, Quitting Church, the Rise of the Nones. We are on the verge of a crisis with faith and the faithful in retreat. Could we be the last Christian generation? We must rally the troops, cut our losses, and tackle the problem.

Emerging AdulthoodJonathan P. Hill, Associate Professor of Sociology at Calvin College recently published a short book Emerging Adulthood and Faith that explores the change (or absence of change) in the religious faith of young adults, the so-called generation Y or Millennials who were born roughly from 1980-2000. Much has been written of late decrying the loss of a generation, with the explicit or implicit assumption that the experience and trajectory of Millennials is unique.

But do we have such a catastrophic problem?

Hill, like many other sociologists, argues that we need to take a closer look at…

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The facts show clearly there is no cause for alarm.

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Guest essay by Steve Kopits

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, touched off a firestorm of criticism by claiming that catastrophic climate events are in store.  In a speech given to the insurers group, Lloyds, Mr. Carney stated that “the catastrophic impacts of climate change will be felt beyond the traditional horizons of most actors”.   The Bank of England apparently feels it can state unequivocally both the timing and magnitude of climate events well into the future.

So, let’s look at Governor Carney’s claims and how they stand up.

First of all, let’s agree on the points which are not debated.

Atmospheric CO2 continues to rise by about 2 parts per million (ppm) per year.  This pace has been essentially stable for the last few decades.  Atmospheric CO2 remains a trace gas at 400 ppm (0.04% of the atmosphere), up about 130 ppm from pre-industrial times.    CO2…

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