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Sunday, April 24, 2011
No freaking way!
Huh? What’s that all mean? Well, it means this:
Emphasis mine. Read that again: people that are lobbying government in favor of AGW were important players in both of the shams that exonerated the unscientific and criminal behavior of the AGW cultists exposed by the East Anglia Climategate scandale. The rest of the story is about how this group of people is using the BBC and their government connections to get massive quantities of money to lobby others in government to favor their AGW agenda, for profit of course. This whole AGW/green scam is about collectivism writ large, but on the way the people pushing it plan to make themselves a shit load of money doing so. And in return we will get nothing but misery and government control of energy, which allows them thus to control us peasants.
At least the fucking oil companies produce a product that is giving us something in return. These crooks are just redistributing wealth created by others, in a grand scheme to give themselves incredible power over our lives, and stealing as much of it for themselves as they can. And in the process they have no problem pretending to do impartial analysis to conclude their scam, despite all the evidence to the contrary, is legit. Heh!
Posted by AlexinCT on 04/24/11 at 04:05 PM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics Polls and Surveys Religion and Sky Pixies Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Space X: The Next Generation
Space X has a good record so far—successful launches of Falcon 1 and 9 rockets. Falcon Heavy uses proven technology and, if Space X is right, will put payloads into orbit for a tenth of the per-pound cost the shuttle. Think about that. If it works, one of the bigger cost of the space program—putting things in orbit—will drop massively. It would drop the cost of the Death Star to more manageable $1 septillion. (Actually a lot more than that, since they massively overestimated the cost of getting things into orbit).
It will be some time before Falcon Heavy is even in the testing stage. But I’m excited.
Update: Incidentally, my link to the Death Star costs included a hilarious clip of my favorite comedian, Eddie Izzard, talking about the Death Star canteen.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/05/11 at 09:10 PM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, April 04, 2011
Can We Put This To Bed Now?
There’s been a few more pieces of information on Climategate. About a month ago, James Inhofe—a principle AGW critic—got the results of the investigation he wanted from the Department of Commerce. Conclusion? Nothing.
Well, they’re the government. They’re in on the conspiracy. What we really need is some real climate skeptics to investigate. Someone like Richard Muller, a strong climate skeptic. Until they look into it ... oh.
Muller, by the way, was funded by the evil Koch Empire. This makes the Koch’s record of distorting science to support their interests far less sinister than, say, Obama’s.
This is actually a pretty staggering and thorough piece of work, although it’s not entirely complete. You can read Ronald Bailey for a summary. They looked at over 39,000 temperature stations (4-8 times what anyone else has used). They carefully investigated the assertions of Anthony Watt, who has noted that many weather stations are located close to heat sources (conclusion: yes they are, but no it’s not causing the warming). They took random samples from the data to see if they could reproduce the measured trend. And they keep finding the same thing, only more reliably than any of the more hyped climate scientists.
Now it hasn’t been subject to peer review and they have yet to finish the entire sample. But this isn’t kool-aid drinking Algore disciples we’re talking about here—it’s a group of skeptical scientists who have done the most thorough analysis yet. At the very least, it shows that the results of the CRU, NOAA and NASA are robust. When skeptics look at the same data and draw the same conclusions, that kinda sorta disproves the conspiracy theories, doesn’t it?
(Standard disclaimer: even if global warming is real, the projections of future climate are highly uncertain and should be taken with large grains of salt. Current efforts should be focused on things that cost little, like cutting industrial methane emissions. Electric cars and re-usable grocery bags are nice to have but are not going to save the planet. If you want a ruined planet, then the collectivist solutions of such as Algore are the best way to get there. And our political class has demonstrated, time and again, that they see global warming as an excuse for amassing power and wealth. I doubt they understand or give a fig about the science.)
Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/04/11 at 06:15 PM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Green technology in a nutshell
Posted by AlexinCT on 04/04/11 at 06:26 AM in Religion and Sky Pixies Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
No shame reporting on inflation
The usual suspects in the MSM are at it again. In this case Yahoo reports that inflation is spiking. Food prices are up because the cost of energy, whatever that entails, is up. If it wasn’t for those stupid energy costs everything would be fine too! Seriously:
That is what I call a snow job. If BooshChimpyMcHitler was in the WH, you damned well know this would be blamed on him. But Obama and his team of incompetents, whom I must add have been virulently hostile to “energy” get a pass. For those of you wondering what that mysterious energy sector is, that’s basically oil, gas, coal, nuclear, and a sundry of other technologies we are now being told are evil, are having access to denied or delayed by Obama Admin people, and that we need to replace them with solar, wind, and unicorn farts, making the prices go up. You can bet your arse that if BooshChimpyMcHitler was still in the WH, these losers would not have had any trouble adding up 2 and 2, and then pointing out these stupid practices of limiting access to energy, in a technological society that is heavily energy dependant, was causing price spikes. Oh sure, the crisis in the Middle East, also being ignored by these amateurs, was also driving energy prices up, but even a fool would have to acknowledge that if we were doing some more of our own to get the resources, the impact would have been far worse.
Anyway, food prices are up because the cost to transport the stuff - tucks and trains still rely on oil for their fuel, and oil prices are skyrocketing while drilling for more oil at home is being delayed – but there is more to this story. First off, a lot of our food, comes from Mexico, especially during the winter. And this winter has been one doozy of a cold one, with the next few winters looking to be more of the same. As the church of AGW would tell you, this is all the result of global warming, climate change, or whatever the buzzword of the day is.
Secondly, we now are diverting large portions of crops produced to make questionable fuels and fuel additives, as the article already semi-points out, making the resources that are already scarce, due to the effects of the winter, even smaller. Less of something everyone needs means it will cost more. A lot more! I am not going to waste time rehashing how idiotic it is to turn food into this junk, but this problem, which until recently impacted just the poor around the world, is now biting everyone in the ass.
Thirdly, food prices are just the beginning, and the 1.6% spike is just the first jump in prices there as well. The article points out prices have been climbing for a while. The cost of everything is going to go up. Manufacturing and transporting things depends on energy. Cheap energy means cheap everything else. Expensive energy, and energy has been going up at a steady clip for the last 2 years, and … Well, you get it. So far everyone but the food production industry, and those that are directly dependant on them, have been able to absorb the cost increases, but that’s coming to an end.
With gas at $4 a gallon, and the prospect for any real technological remediation of our dismal electricity generation and distribution problems – we are hamstrung by crazy people that refuse to accept the limitations of chemistry and physics, and that instead demand magical solutions that they can pretend have no risk or side effects, for now, as they enrich the special interest groups delivering these solutions - being nonexistent, there is no other way for the cost of things to go.
And we should not be bamboozled by the “good news” bandied about by the author, predicated on another’s misfortune, either:
The other side of this coin is the fact that Japan is going to need trillions to rebuild. And as the 3rd largest buyer of US government bonds – that crap, the Obamanauts have been selling so they can finance the massive deficit spending that has destabilized and is threatening to destroy our economy – they are not only no longer going to buy debt for the foreseeable future, but likely will, in addition to asking for financial help, dump a huge chunk, if not all of their debt, causing all sorts of problems for us which will drive inflation up drastically.
The dollar is still losing value, our government puts drunken sailors on a binge to shame, and generation of energy, for which the natural resources are quit abundant, but the will clearly is lacking, is actually blocked, so we shouldn’t be surprised that inflation is rearing its ugly head. We should actually be surprised it is not much, much worse already. Don’t worry Carter Part Deux has almost 2 more years left on his term in which he seems hell bent on showing us how bad things can really get.Close this post...
Posted by AlexinCT on 03/16/11 at 10:44 AM in Deep Thoughts Elections Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics Religion and Sky Pixies Science and Technology The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, March 14, 2011
Anti-nuke MSM already trying to use Japanese tragedy to their advantage.
Considering most of the MSM’s reporting on the nuclear reactor problems the Japanese are dealing with at their over 40 year old power plants has been spotty and devoid of any real science, I am not surprised by the tack they have taken, intended to scare people, and disgusted to find idiotic shit like this. While I am not minimizing the issue, we need to keep in mind that we have very little detail of what has really happened. What we do know is that we had an unbelievable 8.9 RS earthquake, followed by a massive Tsunami, a wall of water that ripped everything apart, and many other aftershocks that because of their intensity would have had devastated effects in other less prepared place, and that now they are experiencing issues with a runaway reaction in some of their facilities. Seriously, how likely do people think we are going to get a similar set of circumstances, or others of enough magnitude to compare to the destructive force these facilities were exposed to, here in the US where these older reactors are running? This kind of reporting is a travesty and will set us back decades. I find it disgusting that the same people that want to deny us any carbon based energy also want to deny us the only other alternative source that would allow us to keep the standards of living we now have and the freedoms and prosperty cheap energy have afforded us all. But I am not surprised they are doing that because I am certain the agenda has nothing to do with clean energy, saving the planet, or anything like that.
Update: Some additional information to give you perspective:
Posted by AlexinCT on 03/14/11 at 09:19 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics Science and Technology The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, February 28, 2011
See, now this is the sort of thing that environments should be focused on:
I’ve blogged about methane emissions before.
Black carbon falls into the same category—it’s mostly a product of inefficient combustion. The US has cut emission of particulates by 40% in just the last two decades—two decades of strong economic growth. Moreover, black carbon is the sort of lung-choking stuff that people usually think about when it comes to pollution. Reducing black carbon uses existing technology and would improve air quality.
Of course, cutting black carbon and methane emissions have a lot of problems. For one, they don’t involve massive corrupt collectivist government cap and trade schemes. They don’t put us back into a near stone age, relying on hamster wheels to power our civilization. You wouldn’t have to crush capitalism and the encouragement of “green industry” would be minimal. In fact, it might stimulate even more industry and economic development.
So, we can’t have that. Better to force everyone to CFC bulbs that cut global temperatures by an amount too low to be measured.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/28/11 at 07:05 AM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, February 04, 2011
Planets Planets Everywhere
So a little mental health break. An awesome mental health break.
Five of the Earth-sized planets are in the habitable zone—the region where liquid water could exist. That doesn’t mean it does; it means it could.
Five Earth-like planets may not sound like much, but keep some things in mind. Kepler is only surveying 156,000 of the nearly 400 billion stars in our Galaxy. Kepler can only detect planets if their orbit happens to place them between the star and Earth—a very narrow viewing angle. So for every planet you detect, there is a sea of those you can’t because their orbits aren’t aligned the right way. Finally, Kepler has only been up for two years, so planets with longer orbits have not been seen yet.
If you extrapolate that out, that would mean there are many millions of Earth-like planets in our Galaxy, even being very generous with the uncertainties. That’s not even including moons that could be orbiting the so-called “hot Jupiters”—giant planets that are within the habitable zone that may themselves be uninhabitable but sport habitable moons (think Endor or Yavin). There are about 50 habitable zone giant planets such detected by Kepler.
The diversity of planetary systems is incredible—one has five planets inside the orbit of Mercury. When I started out in astronomy, it was taken for granted that other solar systems would be like our own (based on a sample of ... well ... one). We’ve now found out this isn’t anywhere close to true. The planetary systems show in Star Wars and Firefly were more realistic than our old theories. Such is the case when you get data in place of theory.
So is there life out there? I find it amazingly likely that there is ... somewhere. Hell, there might be life right within our own solar system, in the ices of Mars or the oceans of Europa. Intelligent life? Well, we can hope. It always bears reminding that intelligent life has only been around on Earth for a tiny amount of time. We’ve been broadcasting messages into space for about 75 years—only one hundred millionth of the time Earth has been around. If we destroyed ourselves tomorrow—always a possibility with the Confederacy of Dicksmacks currently in Washington—and our duration was typical of intelligent life, there might be only one other civilization in the entire Galaxy. And it might take tens of thousands of years for us to hear what they have to say.
I’m an optimist, however. I think it’s only a matter of time until we find some evidence that we’re not alone. My personal theory is that there is intelligent life out there. They’re just encasing us in silence to prevent the spread of Keynesian economics.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/04/11 at 06:29 PM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
If you still think this stuff isn’t a scam…
Just understand how Obama’s boys create new rules willy-nilly, then exempt their corporate buddies. The Obama Admin EPA has just decided to go ahead and regulate CO2, without Congress or the Constitution giving it that right I should add, and this is all so they can pick the winners and losers in their new wealth transfer scheme. Of course, the big corporate partners that pay big cash to the right demcorats are as always - check out the list of exclusions for Obamacare for example - given a pass. These people are crooks of the highest order, nothing less. But don’t expect the usual suspects in the MSM that loves this scam and its end goal to ever report on it. Their faith is strong! And it advances that whole collectivist wealth transfer scheme they all believe will make the peasants & serfs happy in their shared misery.
Posted by AlexinCT on 02/04/11 at 05:08 AM in Left Wing Idiocy Politics Law, & Economics Science and Technology The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Just too good to be true
Al Gore blames this brutal winter on - hold on for it! - Man Made Global Warming! Oh, this is just too much fun. It’s a cult I tell you. Teh St00pid is strong with these people.
Posted by AlexinCT on 02/02/11 at 11:00 AM in Fun and Humor Left Wing Idiocy Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
If you doubt that AGW it doesn’t much care about the science….
Then take a look at this:
Get it? The fact that Cuccinelli wants to find out the truth is a “politically motivated” attack according to demcorats. He shouldn’t be trying to find out if the “settled consensus AGW science” was based on lies and manipulations, because that’s political! He should just accept the fact Mann says it is so, denies people access to the data until they hack the East Anglia servers and show there is clear evidence of fraud, and that the priesthood has absolved Mann and the other cheaters through a circle jerk passed off as an inquiry/investigation that then claimed that all we had was “sloppy behavior”, but the science remained settled.
How about we let the scientific process, the unbiased one where people actually have to show everything so others can then recreate their experiments and models and confirm the results, or not, and not the courts, decide what’s real or not? Wouldn’t that be a novel idea? Not holding my breath though. I doubt the church of AGW would ever want real science to debunk their scam.
Posted by AlexinCT on 01/19/11 at 08:48 AM in Deep Thoughts Left Wing Idiocy Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
The Vaccine Fall Out Continues
This, as Phil Plait says, is huge:
Here is the link. Among other things, Wakefield collected more than 435,000 pounds from lawyers hoping to sue vaccine makers. Of the 12 cases he reported on, five showed developmental problems before they were vaccinated and three never had autism.
Scientist very rarely use the word “fraud” in scientific disputes. It is the most serious allegation on can make—well, apart from ethical violations in research methods (which Wakefield has also been accused of). It’s an accusation not just of messing up or not knowing what you’re doing, but deliberately falsifying results. It can destroy careers. Deer has done an incredible thorough job of exposing just how awful Wakefield’s work was ... how fraudulent. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill “debunking”, which might consist of quoting obscure contrary studies, eliding published research and citing thirty-year old data. This is a systematic destruction of the supposed research.
I have to think that criminal charges or civil suits will emerge at some point. This wasn’t some study on the health effects of oat fiber or something. Children died because of Wakefield’s study and the anti-vax movement it spawned.
It’s also time for our politicians to stop shilly-shallying on this issue. During Campaign 2008, both McCain and Obama waffled on the vaccine-autism issue. The Administration needs to come out swinging and make it abundantly clear that they stand with the science ... they stand with vaccination.
Just to post it again, here’s Penn and Teller in an NSFW episode of Bullshit!.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 01/05/11 at 10:32 PM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, December 24, 2010
The Latest on Polar Bears
It may surprise you, given my acceptance of AGW science, but I actually agree with this decision:
The reason this decision is justified is because the danger to polar bears from ice melt is, at this stage, theoretical. The polar bear population is stable and, as Lomborg has pointed out, the greatest menace the polar bears face right now is hunting, not glacier melt. It’s also not clear that polar bears won’t adapt to rising temperatures. And it’s even more unclear that we could do anything about it, even if global warming were endangering the polar bears. Even if we stopped all CO2 emissions today, glacier melt would go on for another fifty years.
As the politico article notes, the real motive here was to try to regulate greenhouse gases through the backdoor via the Endangered Species Act. That’s precisely the sort of sneaky approach that needs to be avoided. Good for the Obama Administration on this. It will further enrage the Democrat base (said base still not happy with a massive healthcare expansion, financial regulation, Stimulus IV, DADT repeal and START) but it’s the right thing.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 12/24/10 at 07:43 AM in Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
And the collectivists keep marching on..
Even congress in this lame duck session from hell, where the bills being passed aren’t being passed to help the American people, but a desperate act to boost the sagging poll numbers of a deadbeat, compeltely out of his water, buffoon pretending to be the POTUS, they refused to touch the clearly misguided government takeover of the internet effort masquerading as the “Net Neutrality” effort. Guess what this reall is about? No, don’t. Here is John Fund at the WSJ pointing out that it is the usual collectivists using class warfare as the excuse du jour to grab control of the internet. In this case they had to bypass the congress and have the executive directly steal the show because even Pelosi & Reid know this is not what the American people want.
Get that? Obama puts a well know commie in charge of this thing, and then he and his bunch of crooks bypasses congress. Think this will end up with the feds also regulating not just the how, but the “WHAT”? And have no doubt that the ultimate agenda here is control of the “What” that’s on the internet. And that’s just the start. The end goal is for government to control the message.
The internet has been the most horrible thing to happen to the big power government types since they thought they had won when they had destroyed religion, took over education and the courts, and controlled the media talking heads. All their pro-collectivist propaganda is useless when you can get on the internet and find proof of how f-ed up this stuff really is. I hope the 112th immediately puts the kibosh on this idiotic coup that completely went around the constitution to steal people’s freedoms under the guise of making Netflix downloads cheaper for the average moron that wouldn’t have a clue he was being abused by his own government.
Don’t panic or be surprised when the FCC suddenly demands blogs like this very one need to clear their existence with them, and thus get an anual license to exist. “Say the wrong thing, lose the license” then being the obvious agenda.
Posted by AlexinCT on 12/22/10 at 11:20 AM in Decline of Western Civilization Deep Thoughts Left Wing Idiocy Science and Technology The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, December 06, 2010
Seems like even the lefty scientists have become fed up with all those promises about how demcorats would honor real science unlike his predecessor. You have to wonder how bad it is now with team Obama in charge when you see stuff like this
I have no clue why scientists would ever believe that collectivists really cared about real science of any kind. Do they not remember the way old communist doctrine affected Soviet scientists and science? Why do they think the progressives are going to be any better or different? Sure, these leftists get all defensive of science, demanding real science be given free reign, every time some one points out science might need some limits, so we can avoid Dr. Frankenstein or some such nonsense, but do you really think people that think the end justifies the means wouldn’t politicize science? I am surprised that these are the few instances where it has been so blatant that it was unavoidable. Maybe its still about the money. Pfeh.
Posted by AlexinCT on 12/06/10 at 02:01 PM in Fun and Humor Left Wing Idiocy Science and Technology • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
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