Saturday, November 28, 2009

truth v fiction

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Climaquiddick – Who Are The “Deniers” Now?

"Climaquiddick."  Snort.  This [excerpt]  from QandO, is de-lish-us!

What an interesting week. The wheels on the AGW bus aren’t going “round and round” any more, they seem to be coming off. Unless you listen to a good portion of the alarmists who are in the middle of denying the significance of the CRU emails, that is.

But I prefer to start my examination of what has been found with a couple of quotes from Eric S. Raymond (via Reboot Congress), software engineer, open source advocate and author of the book “The Cathedral & the Bazaar“.  The first:

For those of you who have been stigmatizing AGW skeptics as “deniers” and dismissing their charges that the whole enterprise is fraudulent? Hope you like the taste of crow, because I do believe there’s a buttload of it coming at you. Piping hot.

Pretty strong, no? So why do you suppose Raymond feels confident enough to make such a pronouncement? Because his review has found blatant and undeniable fraud within the programing used to “predict” the warming supposedly taking place. Or as he says:

All you apologists weakly protesting that this is research business as usual and there are plausible explanations for everything in the emails? Sackcloth and ashes time for you. This isn’t just a smoking gun, it’s a siege cannon with the barrel still hot.

Even stronger – and here’s why:

From the CRU code file osborn-tree6/ , used to prepare a graph purported to be of Northern Hemisphere temperatures and reconstructions.

From the CRU code file osborn-tree6/ , used to prepare a graph purported to be of Northern Hemisphere temperatures and reconstructions.

Raymond, in reaction to this bit of code, says:

This, people, is blatant data-cooking, with no pretense otherwise. It flattens a period of warm temperatures in the 1940s 1930s — see those negative coefficients? Then, later on, it applies a positive multiplier so you get a nice dramatic hockey stick at the end of the century.

You have to love it, in a sick sort of way – the routine is called “a VERY ARTIFICIAL correction for the decline” and the correction is named a “fudge factor”. Blatant? Unbelievable. Again, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, or a scientist at all to see through this garbage.

What does it all yield? Raymond plots it: [continue]



Prostitutes at work on on Google Street View
"I can see your house"

The 100 Biggest Celebrity Breasts Of All Time
Notice that it doesn't say "boobs."

Страница Виртуальных Путешественников - Фантастический Airbus А380

Emerates Air - Only rich communists need investigate.

The Eerie Amusement Parks of North Korea
The "Wheel of Death" at Kaeson Youth Park is notorious for ejecting riders. There are no safety straps and it apparently spins very quickly

The 10 Funniest Dumb Blonde Moments In TV History

"I thought Europe was a country."

When cockroaches eat their young, wot?

How Bad is it for Teh Him?
Well, for starters, this clip is from today's New York Times editorial, Diplomacy 101
  Nine months later, the president’s promising peace initiative has unraveled.

The Israelis have refused to stop all building. The Palestinians say that they won’t talk to the Israelis until they do, and President Mahmoud Abbas is so despondent he has threatened to quit. Arab states are refusing to do anything.

Mr. Obama’s own credibility is so diminished (his approval rating in Israel is 4 percent) that serious negotiations may be farther off than ever.

Peacemaking takes strategic skill. But we see no sign that President Obama and Mr. Mitchell were thinking more than one move down the board. The president went public with his demand for a full freeze on settlements before securing Israel’s commitment. And he and his aides apparently had no plan for what they would do if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said no.

Tom Sowell

The Politics of the Housing Boom

 Today's recommended reading, the value of which is broadly debated, is The IBD series by the "anti-Krugman," Thomas Sowell (The Housing Boom and Bust)   Sowell may not be the only person to write objectively about what caused out current misfortune, but he's the only one I trust implicitly.  

There were many who shared the responsibility — or, in this case, the irresponsibility — for the housing boom that was fueled by easier credit, lower mortgage approval standards and "creative" financing. Moreover, like many disasters, this one began with good intentions.

At the heart of those good intentions was the quest for "affordable housing," another way of expressing the crusade for more home ownership among a wider range of people.

One of the most damning pieces of evidence for the notion of a biased Donk-Media Complex has been, for me,  the total absence of Sowell, Sowell's ideas, and references to Sowell on the Sunday shows, or anywhere else in the broadcast media.  In a world where  where Keith Olbermann and Chris Mathews have their own shows?  Puh-leeeze.  I even came to wonder whether Sowell had a speech impediment, a squeaky girl voice, or perhaps spoke in Ebonics?  Nope.  As with Dr. Walter E Williams, Justice Clarence Thomas,, it's a manifestation of Liberal media nightmares of Nat Turner run amok.  A Black intellectual whose words and ideas might cause rebellion on the plantation.

Part III, the most recent in what is a five part series begins:

In 2002, the George W. Bush administration urged Congress to pass the American Dream Downpayment Act, which subsidized the down payments of prospective home buyers whose incomes were below a certain level.

After passage of that act, the president also urged Congress to pass legislation permitting the Federal Housing Administration to begin making zero-down-payment loans at low interest rates to low-income Americans.

If you want to play catch-up --

Part I --    Housing Bust: Sowell Series Starts Today
Part II --   How Little Law From '70s Brought The Financial System To Its Knees
Part III --  How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Sank In The Subprime Quicksand

Stuff you never would have known without me

In Passing
 Being Observant

Joy Behar’s Moral Quandary: 'Isn't it a Little Racist to Call it Black Friday?'
Good Lawd Amighty

Can’t Find The G-Spot? You’re Not Alone: The Science of Sex
I'm pretty nuch off the hook.

Am reading 'Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse  - James Wesley, Rawles - this weekend. Rather disturbing because it seems way too possible.. ... are the American Legion, VFW, and various unit and academy alumni organizations still active? Strikes me they should be, if for nothing more than a contact network to restore a Constitutional America if TSHTF.  (Glenmore)

Close Encounters of the Redneck Kind 

Holder Justice: The Gift That Keeps On Giving. From the NYT:
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay the community group Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress banned the government from providing money to the group. (Corner)

Scientists Square Off In Heated ClimateGate Debate
As you watch the following segment, try to imagine an American television news outlet besides Fox giving so much air time not only to a debate about this scandal, but also to a discussion about the very existence of global warming (Newsbusters)

German father charged over son's shooting spree
What?  No Child Abuse Charges?
The father of a German teenager who went on a shooting spree in March, killing 15 people, has been charged with manslaughter.  charged with 15 counts of manslaughter for failing to keep his gun secure.

The Persecution of Sarah Palin:

"Those called out in the book should not
be allowed to forget what they did."

 The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star

This book goes on my Christmas snocking list for the obvious reason that I like Palin.  But, I also believe the task of rebuilding our broken nation has to begin with destroying the corrupt, rancid, Democrat Media Complex that engineered its downfall, and that can only be accomplished,  given the price of ammo these days, by disseminating overriding truths    You can read an opening excerpt here.  Amongst these recommendations, Brit Hume, especially, speaks for me.
"A compelling account of journalistic malpractice on a grand scale. Those called out in the book should not be allowed to forget what they did."
-Brit Hume, senior political analyst, Fox News

"Matthew Continetti has written a touch, revealing look at how the bias or habits of liberals in the media led them to assault a political figure who shared neither their values nor background. Whether you like Sarah Palin or not, this well-researched and meticulous volume strips the bark off influential players in journalism."
-Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush

"If every member of the anti-Palin media was simply forced to read and understand just the first page of this book, what is left of journalism in this country would be greatly improved. If every voter had done so prior to the election, we might have a different president right now."
-John Ziegler, creator of the film Media Malpractice

"During the 2008 campaign the 'mainstream media' wrote a narrative about Sarah Palin that had very little to do with the facts. Now Matthew Continetti, who told us the truth about the Republican machine in The K Street Gang, tells us the truth about how Palin was chosen by John McCain and how so many in the press set out to destroy her."
-Michael Barone, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute; coauthor, The Almanac of American Politics