Saturday, September 20, 2008

Global Warming Hoax

A few days ago I wrote and posted a lengthy comment on the nonsense that man made global warming really is.

Link to post.

A writer named Jonas responded with the following. I found it so interesting that I am posting it here where it will have a better chance of being read than as a comment to a post.

I confess that I am not a scientist, and didn't even sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night. But I do have an engineering background, once had a business card that said so, and have a great deal of respect for the various laws that govern our universe and am a skeptic on anything that is defined as a "model" or any "formula" that uses numbers that are "estimated." Color me biased but I cleaned up too many messes caused by "estimates" and "models."

Please feel free to comment.

1. Storage heaters are a better analogy than 'greenhouse' to describe such gases (Heat-Absorption-Retention-Emission) thus 'HARE' is more apposite term.

2. Only 'molecular gases' such as CO2, CH4, H2O (water vapour)have HARE capability (non-molecular ones such as oxygen and nitrogen reflect heat).

3. HARE gases only absorb heat in/from the infrared wavelength. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT AND SALIENT POINT.

4 Infrared heat/energy in the atmosphere comes from the Sun; the sum total of the energy emitted from the Earth's surface is miniscule compared to that beamed down by Sun; heat from the surface of the Earth will keep on rising until it is expended (oscillated away); the only contribution surface heat can make to the levels of HARE gases is if there is if there are any such gases given off by/in that heat.

5. HARE gases absorb [infrared] energy at differing efficiencies:carbon dioxide has a 8.5 per cent efficiency whereas water vapour's is 37.5 per cent (more than four times that of CO2).

6. Carbon dioxide presently exists in the atmosphere at a concentration of 387ppm; water vapour's is some 20,000ppm, more 50 times that of CO2.

7. The Greenhouse/HARE contribution of CO2 amount to less that half of one per cent of that of water vapour's; expressed as a 12" ruler, CO2 is about 1/16th of an inch whereas water vapour is 11 7/8".

8. Thus it won't make any noticeable difference to temperature of the atmosphere if the level of CO2 was halved, doubled or even trebled.

Confirmation of CO2's irrelevance in determining global temperatures is borne out by the fact than since 1998 - during which time the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has risen by some 18ppm - temperatures have not only declined by 1 degree C but that since 2006 the rate of this cooling has been accelerating.

Anyone wanting more info/ confirmation/sources of data on the CO2 'marlarky' do please contact me.

September 20, 2008 2:05 PM

Cologne Gives In to Violence after Mayor Calls for Intolerance

I keep noting that Europe is the canary in the mine when it comes to the take over of Europe by Muslims. The canary is dead.

Today, 5,000 left-wing demonstrators – self-proclaimed “anti-fascists” – prevented a peaceful gathering on Heumarkt in downtown Cologne of opponents of the Islamisation of Europe. The gathering had been planned by Pro Cologne, a conservative political party which is opposing the building of a giant mosque in the city, the fourth largest town in Germany. The mosque is to have a dome 37 meters high and two minaret stretching up 55 meters. It is being built by the Cologne branch of the department of religious affairs of Turkey, which reports directly to the Prime Minister of Turkey.

Pro Cologne had invited politicians from other European parties that oppose Islamization – namely Filip Dewinter, a leader of the Flemish Vlaams Belang party, Andreas Mölzer, a member of the European Parliament for the Austrian Freedom Party, and Mario Borghezio, a member of the European Parliament for the Italian Northern League – to address the meeting. The German police prevented Dewinter and Mölzer from leaving Cologne airport and prohibited the Pro Cologne meeting after left-wing demonstrators barred people from entering Heumarkt.

In a comment at the Gates of Vienna blog an eyewitness wrote:

"I am sitting in my hotel now after a long day in Cologne I was attacked on Eibahnstrasse by Antifa [“anti-fascist”] thugs as I tried to make my way to Heumarkt where we were slated to meet for our conference. My friend Michael Kucherov was beaten up yesterday. I am utterly shocked by the behavior of the police who seem to be acting as a surrogate of Antifa. I am not writing a very coherent post because I am exhausted, in pain and just bewildered by how far gone Europe is at this point."

Michael Kucherov is a Jewish member of Pro Cologne. The police decided to prohibit the Pro Cologne meeting because they could not guarantee the safety of people going to attend the gathering. “We can't allow a few hundred people to deliberately enter a battleground,” a police spokesman told the press. Only some 50 opponents of Islamisation managed to reach Heumarkt, including Mario Borghezio who held an impromptu speech – in Italian.

Brussels Journal Link

The writing is on the wall and plain to see. One must not oppose anything that the Muslim wants to do. As bin Ladin said to Peter Arenett in an interview 3/97 as to what it will take to achieve peace.

REPORTER: Mr. Bin Ladin, will the end of the United States' presence in Saudi Arabia, their withdrawal, will that end your call for jihad against the United States and against the US ?

BIN LADIN:.... So, the driving-away jihad against the US does not stop with its withdrawal from the Arabian peninsula, but rather it must desist from aggressive intervention against Muslims in the whole world.


You know, you would think of all the people in the world the Germans would know to read and belief what radicals write and say.

Demos dis troops.... again

My Leftie commentator, DA, continues to provide eye popping excuses for the actions of the uber Left’s hand maidens, aka Demo Congress critters… I had posted:

“Citing General Petraeus by name, the resolution, which is sponsored by Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman and Republican Lindsey Graham, "commends and expresses the gratitude to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for the service, sacrifices, and heroism that made the success of the troop surge in Iraq possible."

The Senators -- allies of John McCain -- had hoped to attach the resolution to a defense bill under consideration this week. But Mr. Reid wouldn't allow it. Democrats have often claimed that while they may oppose the war in Iraq, they wholeheartedly support the troops. That's a defensible position, and this resolution honoring our soldiers and Marines for a job well done gave them a chance to back up their rhetoric. Yet they still balked

I wonder why Hussein didn't reach across the aisle and work with Republicans to get this resolution attached.”

DA wrote:

You might try a less biased news source:

Democrats, however, say multiple factors in addition to the surge have led to less violence in Iraq -- such as the formation of Sunni Awakening Councils opposed to al Qaeda; Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's call to his militias to obey a cease-fire, and the rising competency of the Iraqi security forces. The Democratic leadership also is loath to bring anything to the Senate floor that could help McCain.

Democratic leaders had been working on an alternative to Lieberman's non-binding resolution in hopes of giving rank-and-file members something to vote for without contradicting Obama. They would not allow Lieberman's resolution to come to the floor because it was not related to a defense bill being debated.

Liebermann presumably has been in the Senate long enough to know the right time to present a resolution.

Sounds like Liebermann is trying to get attention for himself, especially since he didn't qualify for the VP role.

Some new facts about the surge:

A new study released today by the University of California, Los Angeles concludes that ethnic violence — not the Bush administration’s surge — was the primary factor in reducing violence in Iraq. As FP Passport notes, researchers used satellite imagery from the Pentagon to track “electricity use in Iraq before, during, and after the surge took place”:

“If the surge had truly ‘worked,’ we would expect to see a steady increase in night-light output over time,” says Thomas Gillespie, one of the co-authors, in a press release. “Instead, we found that the night-light signature diminished in only certain neighborhoods, and the pattern appears to be associated with ethno-sectarian violence and neighborhood ethnic cleansing.”

from the report:

'Night light in neighborhoods populated primarily by embattled Sunni residents declined dramatically just before the February 2007 surge and never returned, suggesting that ethnic cleansing by rival Shiites may have been largely responsible for the decrease in violence for which the U.S. military has claimed credit, the team reports in a new study based on publicly available satellite imagery. "Essentially, our interpretation is that violence has declined in Baghdad because of intercommunal violence that reached a climax as the surge was beginning," said lead author John Agnew, a UCLA professor of geography and authority on ethnic conflict. "By the launch of the surge, many of the targets of conflict had either been killed or fled the country, and they turned off the lights when they left." The night-light signature in four other large Iraqi cities — Kirkuk, Mosul, Tikrit and Karbala — held steady or increased between the spring of 2006 and the winter of 2007, the UCLA team found. None of these cities were targets of the surge. Baghdad's decreases were centered in the southwestern Sunni strongholds of East and West Rashid, where the light signature dropped 57 percent and 80 percent, respectively, during the same period.'

and, from Global Guerrillas:

The REAL reason that the US threw out COIN and adopted open source counter-insurgency (the 'IBM strategy' I mention in this 2005 article in the NYTimes). We embraced the insurgents. We gave them autonomy (based on primary loyalties to tribe/sect) from the government. Gave them protection from the Mahdi army, weapons, training, and jobs. Once we did this, the civil war collapsed. This was the social systempunkt that produced the network effects needed -- nothing else explains the speed of the switch.

What's interesting is that this result wasn't the result of planning at the White House or by Petraeus. As is almost always the case (when network effects are involved), innovation on the ground produced the formula necessary for the social systempunkt and the success was reinforced by command (after the fact). We are particularly lucky since the US military doesn't often support the "Open Decision Making" process that produced this result.

So, I should believe you, or my lying eyes...............

I responded:

Global Guerrillas? Non-biased?


The bill "not related...?


How many times do you think non-related amendments have been attached???

Besides, who would vote against a bill honoring the troops?

hahahahahaha... I guess we know. Harry "We surrender" Reid..and other Leftie Demos..

The Demos gonna have their own "resolution?"

Okay.... You got any problems with TWO resolutions??

DA, the actions of Reid are driven by a desire to not admit that the surge has worked and the war is being won.

That's politics. Nothing more, nothing less.

It is also despicable. Shame on you and shame on the uber Left and their hand maidens in Congress.

The mess the Demos wouldn't fix - see Barney Frank

My Leftie commentator Dark Avenger comments this about red lining. That the post about our financial mess and how we got there wasn’t about redlining but rather the unintended consequences of the “fix” totally escapes him. In his words.

This is what redlining is about:

The most devastating form of redlining, and the most common use of the term, refers to mortgage discrimination, in which middle-income black and Hispanic residents are denied loans that are made available to lower-income whites. The term "redlining" was coined in the late 1960s by community activists in Chicago. It describes the practice of marking a red line on a map to delineate the area where banks would not invest; later the term was applied to discrimination against a particular group of people (usually by race or sex), no matter the geography. During the heyday of redlining these areas were most frequently black inner city neighborhoods. Later, through at least the 1990s, this discrimination involved lending to lower-income whites, but not to middle- or upper-income blacks. (ref: Immergluck, Dedman.)


Dan Immergluck writes that in 2002 small businesses in black neighborhoods still received fewer loans, even after accounting for business density, business size, industrial mix, neighborhood income, and the credit quality of local businesses.[15] Gregory D. Squires wrote in 2003 that it is clear that race has long affected and continues to affect the policies and practices of the insurance industry.[16] Workers living in American inner cities have a harder time finding jobs than suburban workers.[17] Redlining has helped preserve segregated living patterns for blacks and whites in the United States, because discrimination motivated by prejudice is often contingent on the racial composition of neighborhoods where the loan is sought and the race of the applicant. Lending institutions have been shown to treat black mortgage applicants differently when they are buying homes in white neighborhoods than when buying homes in black neighborhoods.[18]

Yep, nothing wrong with redlining, it's an all-American practice..........
My response:

I note your claims are mostly made by Community Organizers (aka Left Wing Demos) and have heard them before. Whether they are true or not, and I find them mostly not true, the "solution" had a side effect that the Democratic Congress refused to treat. See Barney Frank's comments re Bush's 2003 bill.That is the issue. The failure of Congress to act despite the leadership of Bush and McCain, not whether or not red lining existed.

Please explain why Barney Frank said this in 2001:

''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.''

Representative Melvin L. Watt, Democrat of North Carolina, agreed.

''I don't see much other than a shell game going on here, moving something from one agency to another and in the process weakening the bargaining power of poorer families and their ability to get affordable housing,'' Mr. Watt said.

Obviously Barney and Melvin weren’t paying attention… or playing politics. Or maybe in both.... or maybe they had a problem with "the vision thing." ;-)


How Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac happened... in 1000 words or less

In the early 90's there was a real push for banks and other financial institutions to serve the inner city... mostly minority....market and to stop using the practice of "red lining," which was simply drawing a red line around areas that they would not make loans in.

Was this practice racist? Not in my mind. It was simply "business." The experience with loans within those areas said a rational business person wouldn't loan money in those areas. If you are a bank, loan shark or Freddie and Fannie... if the borrower defaults, you must recover your loss.

But the gov pushed and Freddie and Fannie promised to pay and new ways of financing came into play and "flipping" became the rage and everyone was happy..... except a few old malcontents... as evidenced by Bush in '03 and McCain in '05...

What had started off as a way to improve housing for a small number of marginally "poor minorities" spread because everyone was making money and getting bennie points for being "for the poor." And as the demand went up, the prices went up which meant that the "needs subprime loan" level went up and encompassed more people.

That McCain and Bush were right and Barney and Harry and Nancy and Hussein were wrong is not in question. The Demos created the problem and then refused to let it be regulated properly.

The road to hell is always paved with good intentions driven on by the car of greed and self service.

Now's the time for Hussein to shut up and admit that his side was wrong. That would be a "change," wouldn't it?

Senator Reid blocks resolution honoring the troops

Disgustingly uber Leftie, eh?

Citing General Petraeus by name, the resolution, which is sponsored by Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman and Republican Lindsey Graham, "commends and expresses the gratitude to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for the service, sacrifices, and heroism that made the success of the troop surge in Iraq possible."

The Senators -- allies of John McCain -- had hoped to attach the resolution to a defense bill under consideration this week. But Mr. Reid wouldn't allow it. Democrats have often claimed that while they may oppose the war in Iraq, they wholeheartedly support the troops. That's a defensible position, and this resolution honoring our soldiers and Marines for a job well done gave them a chance to back up their rhetoric. Yet they still balked.

I wonder why Hussein didn't reach across the aisle and work with Republicans to get this resolution attached.

Perhaps, like in Germany's non visit to tour a hospital full of wounded troops, he couldn't get any PR out of it so he went and played basketball.

And I wonder if the people of Nevada will care, or remember, this insult to our troops who are risking their lives.

WSJ Link