Thursday, December 31, 2009
Also, I know it LOOKS like it would take forever to open a can with one of these but that's not true. You can open a can in no time flat. Of course, I was probably really hungry if I was opening C-rations. No, just kidding, I opened lots of non C-ration stuff with this thing.
With this, you just take your knife (the back works as well as the blade really) scrap off some magnesium in a little pile, put your little wads of bark or other hairy kindling (or pine cones, bits of cloth, or whatever you can scrap up as you can anywhere) along with your regular kindling, strike the flint side of the fire starter with the back of your blade or anything made of steel, and make sure to look away when it starts because the light is bright white like a halogen lamp on full.
If I had to compare it to anything, it's like setting off a flare.
The sparks from the magenesium catching fire don't go flying, so no worries about one shooting up into your face, but also don't be under the impression that you or your friend can hold the magesium and kindling while shooting sparks at it so that you can immediately blow on it. When it lights, it lights instantly, and it's so hot that it will burn right through to the bone if you light it on skin. If you've ever seen sugar on fire, this is far more serious, but it's safe so long as you don't do anything stupid.
If nothing else, it's a neat bit of science (kids go crazy for this stuff) that just might end up saving your caboose some day. It's small, cheap, light, and effective--which is something we can rarely say about anything truly useful these days.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
- The Messiah Coronation Award for Fawning Inaugural Coverage
- Master of His Domain Award for Obama Puffery
- The Crush Rush Award for Loathing Limbaugh
- Damn Those Conservatives Award
- The Poison Tea Pot Award for Smearing the Anti-Obama Rabble
- Spread the Wealth Award for Socialist Sermonizing
- Long Live Camelot Award for Lionizing Ted Kennedy
- The Half-Baked Alaska Award for Pummeling Palin
- The Un-Fairness Doctrine Award for Slamming Media Conservatives
- Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews
- Big Brain Award for Journalists Bedazzled by Obama’s Brilliance
- The Audacity of Dopes Award for Wackiest Analysis of the Year
- The Obamagasm Award for Seeing Coolness In Everything Obama
- Michelle, the Media Belle Award
- Media Hero Award
- The Barbra Streisand Political IQ Award for Celebrity Vapidity
Monday, December 28, 2009
The questions Dr Pachauri still has to answer
At the least it seems that Dr Pachauri's position as the world's "top climate official" has been earning a very substantial income for the institute of which he is director-general; ... More here at www.telegraph.co.uk
Yes, I think we should trust these idiots with health care reform, global warming taxes, immigration reform, the whole thing ... whatever they want to do, these people are geniuses.
You know what I love best? Political correctness is not only killing our nation ... it's killing people left and right ... and nobody meeps. Keep voting for idiots who will go along and not say a word.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Orin Kerr • December 24, 2009 10:27 pm
The Washington Post reports:
(bold is mine)
The Obama administration pledged Thursday to provide unlimited financial assistance to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an eleventh-hour move that allows the government to exceed the current $400 billion cap on emergency aid without seeking permission from a bailout-weary Congress.
The Christmas Eve announcement by the Treasury Department means that it can continue to run the companies, which were seized last year, as arms of the government for the rest of President Obama’s current term.
But even as the administration was making this open-ended financial commitment, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disclosed that they had received approval from their federal regulator to pay $42 million in Wall Street-style compensation packages to 12 top executives for 2009.
I mean I'd say "call your congressman," but we see where that got us with the bailouts, health care, immigration, etc. It's as if they don't give one flying damn WHAT you want. Hard to believe, huh comrades?
Thanks to Wombat for bringing this to my attention.
Friday, December 25, 2009
20 times? Something tells me the other guy was enjoying it. I mean ... PLEASE!!
Found it at PlanetDan. Pic from telegraph.co.uk:
I was curious about this phenomenon so I did some research and found this answer at mymerrychristmas.com by Elf Ernest.
Dear Ernest, What makes a reindeer fly?
Missy J. Barcelona, Spain
The flight of reindeer has been attributed to everything from magic corn to fairy dust. Since most of the stories are ancient fables, there is no way to account for what actually started it all.
But it might not be as unusual to science as you would imagine. After all, they have found birds with gills, dinosaurs with wings and fish with lips. Heck, in Southern California I hear they found a mouse that sings, dances and is a real snappy dresser. So they might not be as unnatural as some people suspect.
I can tell you this: the reindeer Santa uses are found nowhere else in the world. They are exceptionally swift and athletic. And they live to a ripe old age. They do not learn to fly until they are nearly full-grown, and only then are they taught by masters of the art.
I have watched them for years now. And I cannot tell you exactly how they do it. But I can tell you that their bodies are made for it. And that it comes naturally to them without medication or supplemental means of any sort.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce.
The Christmas tree custom gradually became popular in other parts of Europe. In England Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria made Christmas trees fashionable by decorating the first English Christmas tree at Windsor castle with candles and a variety of sweets, fruits and gingerbread in 1841. Of course, soon other wealthy English families followed suit, using all kinds of extravagant items as decorations. Charles Dickens described such a tree as being covered with dolls, miniature furniture, tiny musical instruments, costume jewelry, toy guns and swords, fruit and candy, in the 1850s.
Most of the 19th century Americans found Christmas trees an oddity. The first record of one being on display was in the 1830s by the German settlers of Pennsylvania. They put one on show to raise money for a local church. In 1851 a tree was set up outside of a church. The people of the parish thought it such an outrage and a return to paganism and asked the minister to take it down.
By the 1890s Christmas ornaments were arriving from Germany and Christmas tree popularity was on the rise around the U.S. It was noted that Europeans used small trees about four feet in height, while Americans liked their Christmas to reach from floor to ceiling.
The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments, while the German-American sect continued to use apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies. Popcorn joined in after being dyed bright colors and interlaced with berries and nuts.
You can read more at www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/history/xmas_tree.htm
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Initially the cards met some resistance but finally gained widespread acceptance as the practice gained popularity with many of the better off upper classes and as the middle classes followed the trend of sending and receiving seasonal cards. These early cards did not show winter views or scenes relating to Christmas but alluded to the coming spring and summer. Their illustrations were of bouquets or sprays of flowers or of fairies and other scenes to remind the recipient warmer weather just around the corner. The early Victorian cards were often formed in elaborate shapes also
From just over 2,000 cards sent in 1843 spawned not just an industry producing Christmas cards but one that has grown to unimagined proportions selling cards for all occasions and none.
Louise Prang printed the first American Christmas cards in 1875 whose product was soon overwhelmed by cheap imitations and he was driven out of the market.
Now we make our own
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This missive is directed at the guardians of, and donors to, tiny humans. If you fall into that category you likely are already familiar with Build-A-Bear, a world-wide corporation that provides the most innocent of services. They sell customizable stuffed animals. Make your own bear, dog…penguin. Cute concept.
So cute, in fact, that the Build-A-Bear empire sweeps across nearly every state and into 17 other countries. You’ll find their outlets in shopping malls everywhere and even some ballparks. The company also has a website called Build-A-Bearville.com where children can play an interactive video game that, on it’s surface, is unlikely to raise suspicion or sound alarms.
But when your unsuspecting tot logs on and hops a virtual train to the North Pole…you should know that he or she will be informed — by Santa Claus — that Christmas may be canceled this year due to Global Warming.
Needless-to-say, this constitutes brainwashing on the sleaziest and most sinister level. The good news is that this nonsense isn’t coming from our government this time and the rocky economy is our friend here. People, we have the means, if we have the will, to topple these charlatans who shamelessly prey on little children. So boycott Build-A-Bear. And, more importantly, tell the world why.
If this kind of crap pisses you off, please go read the rest of the article ... there's even a video at the link.
“Unfortunately there are those in the Democratic Leadership that continue to push an agenda focused on massive new spending, tax increases, bailouts and a health care bill that is bad for our healthcare system,” Griffith said in a statement. “I have always considered myself to be an independent voice and I have tried to be that voice in Congress – but after watching this agenda firsthand I now believe that the differences in the two parties could not be more clear and that for me to be true to my core beliefs and values I must align myself with the Republican party and speak out clearly on these issues. More at Politico:
That's ONE - tick tock, communists.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
I feel so much better now knowing the Gov. will take care of me
LOL. They call them "C-Strings."
You can buy them here for about $25 curp. You're welcome.
The novice flier instantly shot through the jet's perspex canopy and was blasted 100 metres into the sky by the rocket-powered emergency chair.
Experts said the man was lucky to escape unharmed following the bizarre incident, which happened on Wednesday in South Africa.
It is thought he activated the ejector seat after lurching forward during an aerobatic manoeuvre and accidentally pulling on the black and yellow emergency handle between his legs.
The lever is fitted as standard in the Pilatus PC-7 Mk II jets to allow pilots and their passengers to eject from the aircraft in the event of an emergency.
As soon as it was activated, the ejection sequence activated two rockets attached to the back of his chair.
The man, who has not been named, later floated back down to Earth on a parachute which opened automatically.
South African Airforce bosses scrambled a helicopter to pick up the passenger after the blunder near Langebaanweg airfield, 80 miles north of Cape Town.
The incident happened shortly after he took off for a joyride with an experienced pilot from South Africa's Silver Falcons air display team.
Hmmm, no mention of a "soiled" flight suit. The Klown senses they are leaving out the REALLY embarrassing part.
Band Teacher's Bad Notes
Cops: Minnesota man, 53, left lewd missives in girls's lockers
According to the below District Court criminal complaint, Bartels, a band teacher who has taught for 28 years, wrote in one letter that he wanted to "trace your thighs with my fingertips and make you squirm," adding that he gets "hot and hard just thinking about it." In a note to a second girl, Bartels wrote, "I really, really, really love your legs...I like how you show just enough to make me hard."
Bartels, pictured above, is on paid administrative leave, according to a school district spokesperson. More at thesmokinggun:
Ok, what the hell is the matter with this guy? 7th graders? That's just one grade up from 6th, capisce? I'm much better than he because I don't start taking notice of babes until they're AT LEAST in 8th grade. Am I right? Right? (In case any idiot libs are reading this, I feel it necessary to say "I'm just joking you idiot libs.")
"Well, Klown this is nothing to joke about."
That's the problem with you libs. If you knew how to recognize a good joke, you'd laugh like hell every time you saw yourself in a mirror.
Thank you Hugo Chavez, for disabusing all but the most obtuse of the notion that Dopenhagen is about anything other than imposing global socialism:
President Chavez brought the house down.For knuckle-dragging thugs like Chavez to take everything you own and to micromanage every aspect of your existence is the objective of Copenhagen and the environmental movement in general.
When he said the process in Copenhagen was "not democratic, it is not inclusive, but isn't that the reality of our world, the world is really and imperial dictatorship … down with imperial dictatorships" he got a rousing round of applause.
When he said there was a "silent and terrible ghost in the room" and that ghost was called capitalism, the applause was deafening.
But then he wound up to his grand conclusion — 20 minutes after his 5 minute speaking time was supposed to have ended and after quoting everyone from Karl Marx to Jesus Christ — "our revolution seeks to help all people … socialism, the other ghost that is probably wandering around this room, that's the way to save the planet, capitalism is the road to hell … let's fight against capitalism and make it obey us." He won a standing ovation.
Found it at Moonbattery: who credits this article at theaustralian.com
Only 23 U.S. states are entirely south of Canada’s southernmost point, Middle Island in Lake Erie.
Sen. Chuck Schumer loves the sound of his own voice, but it carried a bit farther than he might have liked on the US Airways shuttle from New York to Washington on Sunday.
According to a House Republican aide who happened to be seated nearby, the notoriously chatty New York Democrat referred to a flight attendant as a “bitch” after she ordered him to turn off his phone before takeoff.
Schumer and his seatmate, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), were chatting on their phones before takeoff when an announcement indicated that it was time to turn off the phones.
Both senators kept talking.
According to the GOP aide, a flight attendant then approached Schumer and told him the entire plane was waiting on him to shut down his phone.
Schumer asked if he could finish his conversation. When the flight attendant said “no,” Schumer ended his call but continued to argue his case. More at Politico:
Don't you just love how politicians like Chucky "Schmucky" Schumer think they're better than you. I mean, this dipshit is in the Senate making laws by which YOU must abide. Not him, though. He's better than you. If someone makes HIM follow rules, well, then they're a bitch etc. Hey, he's only doing it for your own good. I mean, you're too damn stupid to know what's good for you.
Fox said it has for the past nine months attempted to "negotiate in good faith" with Time Warner Cable, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator, which serves some 14 million customers, and said those talks are ongoing.
But there is a "very likely possibility that Time Warner Cable may choose to no longer carry Fox Broadcasting, Fox Cable and Fox regional sports programing," Fox said.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Do yourself a favor and stop the video at 4:12. The rest is some indecipherable crap.
The IEA believes that Russian meteorological-station data did not substantiate the anthropogenic global-warming theory.
Analysts say Russian meteorological stations cover most of the country's territory, and that the Hadley Center had used data submitted by only 25% of such stations in its reports.
Over 40% of Russian territory was not included in global-temperature calculations for some other reasons, rather than the lack of meteorological stations and observations.
The data of stations located in areas not listed in the Hadley Climate Research Unit Temperature UK (HadCRUT) survey often does not show any substantial warming in the late 20th century and the early 21st century.
The HadCRUT database includes specific stations providing incomplete data and highlighting the global-warming process, rather than stations facilitating uninterrupted observations.
On the whole, climatologists use the incomplete findings of meteorological stations far more often than those providing complete observations. More here:
Alerted by Ace of Spades blog.
This is a side of the Klown that I have not seen. It's good to know that the Klown has a soft side hidden within.
From "The Next Reporter"
Scientists are coming up with ‘green’ animals now. How? By making them burp less!
By experimenting on 200 heads of sheeps, scientists found out that the more the animals eat, the more they give off gas by burping.
Wow, who would have ever thought of that? (ok maybe a lib would have trouble with it)
The ultimate goal is to breed sheep that produce less methane, which contributes more to global warming than carbon dioxide does.
The logic is that the amount of gas burped out by these animals is far higher than flatulence.
Well soon we will not be able to drink coke or beer since it does seem to make us belch more, or maybe we can buy carbon credits when we buy 6 packs?
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I met this guy once by accident. I spoke with him for about 10 minutes and he did not rush me off and seemed to be the genuine guy I always took him for.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
A couple of days ago, I hard-boiled some eggs and then put them in the fridge. So the last couple of days, my mom and I have been having one in the mornings. I've been taking them out of the fridge and then warming them up with 35 seconds in the micro-wave.
So this morning, everything is normal ... I take two eggs out of the fridge and put them into a small bowl in the microwave ... except this time I set it for 45 seconds ... you know ... to get them a little warmer in the middle. While they're warming, I snags the orange juice and pour some.
Microwave beeper goes off so I takes 'em out and delivers 'em to the table. After about 15 seconds, I grabs mine and takes a bite-KABOOM ... it blew up right in my mouth ... I had a brown-out ... dog flew to the other side of the room and barked ... sounded like a gunshot. So everything kind of froze in time and I'm looking around ... egg still close to my mouth ... bits of egg EVERYWHERE ... all over my glasses, table, floor, furniture ... HOLY TOLEDO!! I guess I still had about 75% of the egg left in my hand. By the way, the egg pictured above is not the actual egg that blew up. I didn't have enough wits left after the explosion to think of taking a pic.
Obviously, after two seconds, I knew the microwave heating had caused the "problem," so I tells my mom ... "DON'T BITE YOUR EGG" ... as if she had any plans of doing so.
After it was clear I wasn't hurt, she laughed like it was the funniest thing she had seen in a year. I laughed because, hey, I thought I was dead. I'm thinking, if I didn't have my glasses on, it could have been a bad ending.
Anyway ... word to the wise, capisce?
Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years. Hee Haw - Hee Haw.
In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.” Mmmmm ... "FRESH-Uh" figures.
However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast.
“It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.” Really? It's "unclear" to you? Funny, because it's clear to me ... AlGore is lying ... THAT'S how this figure was arrived at.
Mr Gore’s office later admitted that the 75 per cent figure was one used by Dr Maslowksi as a “ballpark figure” several years ago in a conversation with Mr Gore. More here:
Yes ... "ballpark" figures ... because actual figures aren't scary enough. This guy is a joke. It wasn't enough he tried every underhanded method of stealing an election in Florida. Now he's using the same bullshit with global warming ... in order to enrich himself. He is a LOATHSOME piece of shit.
The irony is that people still worship him. Of course, the way the world works, there is at least one more irony to be expected ... the fiery SUV/private plane crash. You know it's coming ... things just seem to work out that way.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thanks to Wombat, who brought this to my attention.
Found it at Ace of Spades blog:
Also, I particularly hated the way Bing displayed their images when I did an image search. They return too many images on one page and my computer lags when scrolling through them. Google only returns a few at a time and you can "next page" as long as you want.
In addition to that, I like the blank page of Google with just the search bar with the tools strategically/inconspicuously placed. I decided to swallow my pride and return to Google until I can find a better search engine. It hurts me. Then again, I'm a conservative and therefore subject to the emotion of humiliation.
But Klown, you didn't have to tell anyone. You could have kept this to yourself.
Yes, I could have, but it wouldn't change the fact that I was wrong. Only idiot liberals think the approval of others is crucial to how they feel about themselves.
Nev. brothel aims to offer 1st male prostitutes
The world is ready for women, or even other men, to legally buy sex, said Shady Lady Ranch owner Bobbi Davis. Plus, being the first to offer male service could boost business in tough economic times, she said.
"With so many other male revues going on in Vegas, we thought it was time to give this a try," Davis told The Associated Press. More here:
WHAT THE HELL? When I first saw this headline, I thought "oh, male prostitutes so the drunk babes can get laid too." Then I thought "when the hell has a drunk babe ever had difficulty getting laid? ... well, perhaps the really ugly ones have a tough time ... nope, not in my experience anyway."
Then I read a bit and I find out ... it's not really for the babes ... it's mostly for the disgusting homos. Can't those damn homos ever be satisfied without always trying to be equal with us heteros?
The President’s top economic advisor, Larry Summers, told me that “by spring employment growth will start turning positive.”
During my "This Week" interview, Summers said that “everybody agrees that the recession is over,” but he did not say when the unemployment rate could be expected to drop further. More here:
Ok, I sure hope so ... but I don't think so. I'd have to write for an hour to explain why but suffice it to say that the government is interfering in the economy like never before. They are printing money like never before. I thought Pelosi said this was going to be a "pay as you go" congress.
The thing that got us in this mess is the government FORCING banks to lend money to people who wouldn't pay it back. That lasted a little while but everyone knew the time was coming and now it's here. We're all shocked. Has the government changed those rules yet? No. Instead they're going to give another few billion to ACORN and their ilk.
I guess we shall see. I'm going to schedule this entry to post again next spring ... so nobody gets amnesia. Meanwhile, lets hope the big expert, Larry Summers is right.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
A Stanford Professor has used United Nation security officers to silence a journalist asking him “inconvenient questions” during a press briefing at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.
During some testy exchanges with McAleer, UN officials and Professor Schneider’s assistants twice tried to cut short McAleer’s question.
However as the press conference drew to a close Professor Schneider’s assistant called armed UN security guards to the room. They held McAleer and aggressively ordered cameraman Ian Foster to stop filming. The guard threatened to take away the camera and expel the film crew from the conference if they did not obey his instructions to stop filming Professor Schneider.
His microphone was cut off after he asked former vice-president Al Gore about the British court case which found that An Inconvenient Truth had a nine significant errors and exaggerations. Almost 500,000 people have watched the incident on youtube.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Q: How damaging to your argument was the disclosure of e-mails from the Climate Research Unit at East Anglia University?
A: To paraphrase Shakespeare, it’s sound and fury signifying nothing. I haven’t read all the e-mails, but the most recent one is more than 10 years old. These private exchanges between these scientists do not in any way cause any question about the scientific consensus.
And in case you think that was a mere slip of the tongue:
Q: There is a sense in these e-mails, though, that data was hidden and hoarded, which is the opposite of the case you make [in your book] about having an open and fair debate.
A: I think it’s been taken wildly out of context. The discussion you’re referring to was about two papers that two of these scientists felt shouldn’t be accepted as part of the IPCC report. Both of them, in fact, were included, referenced, and discussed. So an e-mail exchange more than 10 years ago including somebody’s opinion that a particular study isn’t any good is one thing, but the fact that the study ended up being included and discussed anyway is a more powerful comment on what the result of the scientific process really is.
In fact, thrice denied:
These people are examining what they can or should do to deal with the P.R. dimensions of this, but where the scientific consensus is concerned, it’s completely unchanged. What we’re seeing is a set of changes worldwide that just make this discussion over 10-year-old e-mails kind of silly.
In fact, as Watts Up With That shows, one Climategate email was from just two months ago. The most recent was sent on November 12 - just a month ago. The emails which have Tom Wigley seeming (to me) to choke on the deceit are all from this year. Phil Jones’ infamous email urging other Climategate scientists to delete emails is from last year.
How closely did Gore read these emails? Did he actually read any at all? Was he lying or just terribly mistaken? What else has he got wrong? More here:
Will any "Jourrrrnalist" ask Gore about his idiocy ? If so, will the media show you the results? This is one of the things I love about liberals. They're impervious to humiliation.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Federal records show that $5.97 million from the $787 billion stimulus helped preserve three jobs at Burson-Marsteller, the global public-relations and communications firm headed by Penn. More here:
Ha ha - they steal your money and give it to their buddies. LMAO. Keep voting for libs.
Thanks to Wombat, who brought this clip to my attention.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The death penalty is described by some as cruel and unusual punishment. Cruel, should be used only when describing how the victims died as a result of the
condemned man or woman's conduct.
Unusual, should be used to describe the number of death penalties given in that it does not seem to be usually administered.
Ohio executed Kenneth BIROS, today for the murder of a 22 year old woman. He disposed of the body throughout Ohio and Penna. He was convicted in 1991, and during that time his attorney fought the execution on the grounds that the use of three needles needed to conduct the execution was cruel and unusual in that it caused pain, (or what ever) and that only one needle should be used.
I will include some excerpts from the article. While reading the article I did not find to much about the cruel and unusual suffering that I am sure the young woman endured from the (now dead) piece of shit.
CBS NEWS article
The state "could and should shift to a one-drug protocol designed to cause death by means of an overdose of an anesthetic," John Parker, one of Biros' attorneys, said in a court filing last year.
Biros' attorneys want his execution delayed, saying the new untested method has never been used in "any other civilized country" and would amount to human experimentation. But the same attorneys earlier advocated for the state to switch to the one-drug method.
All 36 death penalty states use lethal injection, and 35 rely on the three-drug method. Nebraska, which recently adopted injection over electrocution, has proposed the three-drug method but hasn't finalized the process.
(not from CBS news, from me)
I think it was cruel and usual punishment to the woman's family to let this piece of shit live for 19 more years.
The document is also being interpreted by developing countries as setting unequal limits on per capita carbon emissions for developed and developing countries in 2050; meaning that people in rich countries would be permitted to emit nearly twice as much under the proposals.
The so-called Danish text, a secret draft agreement worked on by a group of individuals known as "the circle of commitment" – but understood to include the UK, US and Denmark – has only been shown to a handful of countries since it was finalised this week.
The agreement, leaked to the Guardian, is a departure from the Kyoto protocol's principle that rich nations, which have emitted the bulk of the CO2, should take on firm and binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gases, while poorer nations were not compelled to act. The draft hands effective control of climate change finance to the World Bank; would abandon the Kyoto protocol – the only legally binding treaty that the world has on emissions reductions; and would make any money to help poor countries adapt to climate change dependent on them taking a range of actions.
The document was described last night by one senior diplomat as "a very dangerous document for developing countries. It is a fundamental reworking of the UN balance of obligations. It is to be superimposed without discussion on the talks".
A confidential analysis of the text by developing countries also seen by the Guardian shows deep unease over details of the text. In particular, it is understood to:
• Force developing countries to agree to specific emission cuts and measures that were not part of the original UN agreement;
• Divide poor countries further by creating a new category of developing countries called "the most vulnerable";
• Weaken the UN's role in handling climate finance;
• Not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while allowing rich countries to emit 2.67 tonnes.
They also have some quotes from attendees from the "poorer nations." The rest here:
Hey, I wonder if they still think "the debate is over."
Found this entry at Ace of Spades blog - Dec 8:
Ace reminds us that the media
brainwashes helps you differentiate between views on climate change. If you agree with the libs, you're an "expert" ... if not, you're a "skeptic" ... or a "denier" etc, Isn't that funny? There are no "experts" who disagree with their views. He's talking about the newspaper headline below.
In Face of Skeptics, Experts Affirm Climate Peril
This is one of the oldest, cheapest media tricks there is, and one such that, if they were truly unbiased, they would simply change their stylebook to forbid evermore.
We've seen this trick a million times. Sketching the battle-lines in a debate, the liberal media will call the advocates from, say, the Brookings Institute experts or note their subject-matter of expertise -- economic forecasters, for example -- and their critics at Heritage conservatives.
Get that? You can either go with this presumably-apolitical unbiased expertise in the field being discussed, or you can go with this conservative.
All the time. All. The. Time.
Nevermind that the Brookings Institute guy's credentials might only be a JD and ten years of political advocacy. He's an "expert" by simple dint of his political persuasion. And nevermind the critic from AEI or Heritage might be a Ph.D. in economics (or whatever subject matter is under discussion), he's the "conservative" politico with an axe to grind but no understanding of the subject at all.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Below are excerpts from this article:
An "endangerment" finding by the Environmental Protection Agency could pave the way for the government to require businesses that emit carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases to make costly changes in machinery to reduce emissions -- even if Congress doesn't pass pending climate-change legislation. EPA action to regulate emissions could affect the U.S. economy more directly, and more quickly, than any global deal inked in the Danish capital, where no binding agreement is expected.
An EPA endangerment finding "could result in a top-down command-and-control regime that will choke off growth by adding new mandates to virtually every major construction and renovation project," U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue said in a statement.
EPA action won't do much to combat climate change, and "is certain to come at a huge cost to the economy," said the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group that stands as a proxy for U.S. industry.
Electricity generation, transportation and industry represent the three largest sources of U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions.
An EPA spokeswoman declined to comment Sunday on when the agency might finalize its proposed endangerment finding.
So, you didn't know the EPA had such power? Well ... now you do. And what will happink to your utility bills when they make their "finding?" Here is Obama, giving you the answer himself.
Bing had the pic below:
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"Good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas decorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after 2 days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever.Great stories. But two things made me take it down.
First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by.
Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn't realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard."
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Mark Sheppard, over at The American Thinker has written an article which explains the whole Climategate scandal.
Here's a little taste. The graph below shows the temperatures over the last 2,000 years. Does it look like "Global warming" to you? By the way, the MWP to which he refers below is the "Medieval Warming Period" shown on the graph ... and the LIA is the "Little Ice Age" just after the MWP. Bold is mine.
As you can see, the post-LIA warming that began around 1850 is neither unprecedented nor spectacular. And it's certainly not worth rewiring the economic circuitry of the planet over.
And the CRU/IPCC reconstructions have been counterfeited for the express purpose of hiding that very fact.
After all, the stakes are enormous: perhaps trillions of dollars and unquestionably every American’s personal liberties. Tomorrow, over 20,000 delegates from 193 nations will gather in Copenhagen to craft an agreement which would not only force American power consumption to levels equal to those of about 1910, but would also have us pay reparations for an imaginary “climate debt” we’ve accumulated by building the world’s greatest economy of all time. That debt is based on the amount of CO2 our financial growth has purportedly pumped into the atmosphere, which, according to the conclusions of the IPCC and based largely upon reports from the CRU, has selfishly imperiled the planet by inducing climate change.
I highly recommend reading the entire, rather lengthy, article if you want to really understand what these "scientists" did.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate also joked that she had orginally thought of titling her book "How To Look Like a Million Bucks, or Only $150,000" before settling on "Going Rogue." In one of the controversies surrounding her candidacy, the campaign spent about $150,000 on her wardrobe.
Palin was the Republican speaker at the winter dinner of the Gridiron Club, an organization of Washington-based journalists.
Rep Barney Frank, D-Mass., represented the Democrats.
Palin targeted her hosts, Democrats and Sen. John McCain's campaign staff, as well as herself.
If the election had turned out differently, she said, "I could be the one overseeing the signing of bailout checks and vice president Biden could be on the road selling his book, 'Going Rogaine.'" Biden has sparse hair.
The crack about seeing the Russian embassy from her hotel referred to Palin having told an interviewer during last year's campaign that her qualifications for high office included that "you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."
As for her hosts, she said she was glad to be appearing before an elite audience of leading intellectuals, "or as I like to call it, a death panel."
McCain's campaign staff also came in for a barb from the former Alaska governor when she said she is touring the country by bus as she sells her book.
"The view is so much better from inside the bus than under it," she said, referring to the poisonous relations between her and some of the McCain campaign staff. More here:
Um ... yes ... just one time, please. LMAO @ the hammer on "Plugs" Biden -- "Going Rogaine."
Don't you love how the lefties all take solace amongst themselves by hating her. They call her stupid all the time ... I guess they're convincing themselves.
You know what they remind me of? It's the same thing racists do. If they think there might be other racists in their group, one of them will use the word "nigger" ... just to gauge the reaction of those around him. Then, if there are other like-minded people around him, they all start bonding and congratulating each other on their shared hatred. Way to go, genius lefties.