Archives for the month of: October, 2017

We humans tend to look for the strong to protect us, instead of realizing that the power of the strong corrupts them, and they will abuse us.

In almost all circumstances, the most efficient way of doing something is the best for important considerations. Windmills are not efficient. Hybrid passenger cars are not efficient. We do more harm than good when we push inefficient solutions when more efficient ones are available for the same or less cost.

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By John Hinderacker, Power Line Blog.

The sad story of Minnesota’s green energy failure is one that no doubt is being replicated around the country. And one of the ironies of green energy is that it is terrible for the environment.

Liberals will tell you that Minnesota is one of the nation’s leaders in “green” energy, so its experience represents a good test: can green energy fulfill the extravagant promises made by its backers?

The answer is a resounding No, according to a blockbuster paper by our own Steve Hayward and Center of the American Experiment’s Peter Nelson. The paper, titled “Energy Policy in Minnesota: the High Cost of Failure,” can be read or downloaded at the Center’s web site.

Minnesota is a poor place for solar power, so its renewable policies have focused on wind. Minnesota has gone whole hog for wind…

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Winds blow. Windmills suck.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is working to reopen I-25 in Pueblo. The accident has several lanes of the highway shut down between Abriendo and Central avenues.

A semi was involved in an accident. A large piece of equipment from the Vestas wind farm fell onto the road. Large equipment has been brought in to remove the load.

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h/t to WUWT reader “littlepeaks”.

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A worthy review. I disagree the film was boring. It was certainly slow paced. It gave me time to think, take it in.

I didn’t expect it to live up to my hopes and expectations. It almost did.

The original Blade Runner is simply must see. It really is a movie everyone should see regardless of its cinematic characteristics. BR2049 was worth the wait and mostly lived up to the legacy.

Fabius Maximus website

Summary: This review of Blade Runner 2049 is unlike the ones you see on Rotten Tomatoes. The film, and the critics’ reviews, reveals much about us — perhaps the real value of this boring film and its lavish cinematography.

Blade Runner 2049

A review of Blade Runner 2049.

I watch indie science fiction shorts on YouTube. The key is to skim to find the good ones, since most are terrible. Most are done by people in love with their cameras and little interest in plot and character. I start at the two minute mark, since nothing happens at the opening — just endless boring establishing shots. Blade Runner 2049 (BR2049) is just like those, but spun out to 164 minutes.

BR2049 is dull. Despite the gushing praise in most reviews, the visuals are not just dull but inferior to those in the original Blade Runner (which were not only…

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So you think you understand sea level?

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Guest Essay by Kip Hansen

Why do we even talk about sea level and sea level rise?

tide-gauge_boardThere are two important points which readers must be aware of from the first mention of Sea Level Rise (SLR):

  1. SLR is a real concern to coastal cities, low-lying islands and coastal and near-coastal densely-populated areas. It can be real problem. See Part 1 of this series.
  2. SLR is not a threat to much else — not now, not in a hundred years — probably not in a thousand years — maybe, not ever. While it is a valid concern for some coastal cities and low-lying coastal areas, in a global sense, it is a fake problem. 

In order to talk about Sea Level Rise, we must first nail down Sea Level itself.

What is Sea Level?

In this essay, when I say sea level, I am talking about…

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It is wise to do things efficiently and with as little waste as practical. Meet the needs of today efficiently, and we will have no regrets tomorrow. Sacrificing today tends to only breed discontent and regret, for we soon see the pain we cause and recognize the lack of justification.

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It seems nearly everyone wants to advance sustainability principles. The problem is, no one really knows what they are. Real sustainability means responsible conservation and stewardship of natural resources. The public relations variety is mostly image-enhancing fluff. Politicized sustainability – the version that’s all the rage on college campuses and among government regulators – insists that we may meet the needs of current generations only to the extent that doing so “will not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

The problem with this infinitely malleable definition is that it requires us to predict both unpredictable future technologies and their raw material demands. Even worse, we are supposed to protect those future needs even if it means ignoring or compromising the undeniable needs of current generations – including the needs and welfare of the most impoverished, politically powerless people on Earth today. That’s why this irrational…

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Skating Under The Ice

For a little light reading, I was browsing through the new FBI crime statistics for 2016. There’s a variety of interesting stuff in there which I may write about some day, but along the way, I noticed a curious thing.

They give two different numbers for how many people were arrested for the crime of rape.

Now, before I start, let me emphasize that I think that rape is one of the most cowardly and vile of violent crimes. None of what I will say mitigates or changes that. I am not excusing, trivializing, or justifying violence of any kind, and particularly not rape. On my planet rape is inexcusable.

But I’m not discussing any of that. I am talking about the FBI statistics and why they have two numbers for rapes.

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So … why does the FBI have two different numbers for how many rapes occurred? It is a…

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