Monday, August 1, 2011

Observations From the Back Row: 8-1-11

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“De Omnibus Dubitandum”
Everthing we are told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality!

Talent of the Day - No One Like You - Sarah Brightman

Word of the Day - HobbitFictional characters from the J.R.R. Tolkien Ring trilogy. They are a small statured people who are hard working, polite, good natured, and harmless to their neighbors. They are helpful, courageous, caring and kind. A people who love good food, good times and laughter; who live in well ordered communities and in spite of their small size and intrinsic good nature are prepared to stand against incredible odds for what is right, even to their own demise.

I wonder why Senator McCain dislikes Hobbits?   Hmmmm...in the book those who attacked the Hobbits were like the corrupted wizard Saruman; servants of the Lord of Darkness , Sauron.  Just a tought!

Indians bucking the "consensus"
In January, India’s Environment Minister, Jairam Ramesh, said: “There is a groupthink in climate science today. Anyone who raises alternative climate theories is immediately branded a climate atheist in an atmosphere of climate evangelists. “Climate science is incredibly more complex than negotiators make it out to be . . . Climate science should not be driven by the West. We should not always be dependent on outside reports.”….. “international climate negotiations are about climate politics [but], increasingly, science is becoming the handmaiden of politics”.

The Global Warming Hoax: How Soon We Forget The Global Warming Hoax: How Soon We Forget
Nobody has ever offered a more succinct indictment of the global warming hoax than H. L. Mencken, who said: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."……… This hoax still threatens our economy, while advancing the UN's "Agenda 21" in more ways than one. It's also the foundation of Obama's "green jobs" approach to the unemployment issue, since the very concept of "green jobs" is just as bogus as the idea of a "carbon footprint."

Climate Change Alarmist Alarmed They're Wrong
For most of the last decade, alarmists have rung the global warming bell. Back in 2006, when Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, was released, it seemed folks were beginning to wake up to the alarm. Public concern regarding global warming peaked following the release of Gore’s movie and is now back down to pre-propaganda levels. Addressing the declining public alarm about global warming, Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, said, “The erosion in both public concern and public trust about global warming should be a clarion call for people and organizations trying to educate the public about this important issue.”

Ed, Al, et al, should be alarmed, as three different news items in one week add to the public’s growing skepticism about global warming……the overall lack of warming, and other predictions from the alarmists that have not been borne out, and one has to wonder how the alarmists can still believe. More and more, the American public is hitting the snooze button, and it is the alarmists who should be alarmed. It looks like they will have to find a new clarion call—a new way to spread fear, and a new way to restrict energy and control freedom.

My Take - I know that I have been beating this horse for so long that everyone is tired of hearing it.  I sent the first "green notes" (Green Notes wasn't a formal newsletter yet) out warning everyone that this was all false over six years ago. That was when being a skeptic wasn't popular or believed. Yes, I was one of the ten people that didn't believe in global warming. Why? I didn't need all of these studies to prove to myself it was just another greenie scare. Anthropogenic Global Warming , AKA, Anthropogenic Climate Change (they needed to change the terminology becuase the world just wouldn't warm up) failed the test of history. It was substantially warmer 1000 years ago and there was no industrialization to speak of and none of the disasterous things they are predicting for today occured then. So why would anyone believe they would occur now? The other factor is this; greenies are liars; they have always been liars; they always will be liars. Why in the world you give known liars the benefit of the doubt? Nuf Ced?

Pa. wind turbines deadly to bats, costly to farmers
The 420 wind turbines now in use across Pennsylvania killed more than 10,000 bats last year -- mostly in the late summer months, according to the state Game Commission. That's an average of 25 bats per turbine per year, and the Nature Conservancy predicts as many as 2,900 turbines will be set up across the state by 2030.

This is a bad time to be a bat…..It's not just bats that are dying around wind turbines. An estimated 1,680 birds were killed by turbines last year, according to the state Game Commission report….The disparity in mortality stems from biology. Birds typically crash into the blade and die from blunt force trauma, while bats suffer from a condition called barotrauma. It's the bat equivalent of the "bends" that scuba divers can suffer if they surface too quickly. The rapid drop in air pressure around the blades causes the bats' lungs to burst, and they collapse with no ostensible lacerations or scars on the body.

My Take - Here we have proven devastation being caused by another stupid greenie solution to another stupid greenie sponsored non problem and the media and the green movement pretty much play dead on this.  If a pesticide killed this many birds (normal applications of pesticides don't seem to kill bats, at least those used in structrual pest control) they would be in the streets screaming how we were destroying the planet.  Who knows, maybe another junk scientist like Rachel Carson would even write another fiction novel like Silent Spring. 

By Their Fruits You Will Know them - Another Radical Enviro at Interior
Believe it or not, something other than the debt ceiling debate is going on in Washington.

Yesterday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a confirmation hearing for Rebecca Wodder, the Obama nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the Department of the Interior.   While the title may sound small-potatoes, the office is the second most powerful at Interior. Wodder would replace Tom Strickland who resigned in January. As the Assistant Secretary, Wodder would oversee "an empire."   Wodder has a well established record as an environmental left-wing ideologue. According to the Washington Examiner, she is a "former Wilderness Society official and current chief executive officer of Big Green's dam-killing, water grabbing, natural gas enemy, American Rivers Inc."

During the hearing, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski gave Wodder the opportunity to retract her previous statement that hydraulic fracturing (fracing) "has a nasty track record of creating a toxic chemical soup that pollutes groundwater and streams…" But, Wodder refused. Even EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, an aggressive environmental activist herself, recently testified that there is no confirmed case of fracing contaminating groundwater. Multiple other EPA officials have confirmed to Congress that there is no evidence to support Wodder's contention that has become the latest mythical attack strategy adopted by the left.

But, facts are of no concern to the radical left.

My Take - If it is your job to appoint people to positions of authority, and you appoint people who are against every form of energy production; can we assume that you don't like energy production. If you appoint people who have worked against every advancement there is, that you must be against those advancements too. So, since they stand four square against industrialization, can we assume that you are against industrialization and the advances it has created for humanity? Or are we to assume that you don't have a clue as to what they believe? So that leaves us with two choices.  You are irrational and misanthropic, or you are incompetent. Is anyone scared yet?

10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Steer Toward Ethanol
The ongoing turmoil in the Middle East has resulted in higher gas prices, inconveniencing Americans who are already attempting to pick up the pieces following the recent economic downturn. In recent years, ethanol has become a popular alternative to gasoline because of its low cost and ability to burn cleanly. However, with the government's quest to increase ethanol production and reduce our dependence on oil, the latter of which is a necessary goal, many of ethanol's flaws have been overlooked. Whether you're concerned for the environment or just a college kid on a budget, you should first consider the following 10 reasons to steer away from the corn-based fuel before making it a regular purchase.

I have linked a couple of these inthe past, but I thought it worthwhile to post them again....lest we forget. 

House GOP hits EPA on collusion with enviros, tox assessments
Politics has overtaken science at the EPA
Lisa Jackson: No limit to EPA’s air authority
EPA riders sabotaged from within House GOP
Study: Taxpayers subsidize rich enviro groups to sue feds
Shortchanged: House GOP proposes mere 18% cut in EPA budget

And this is for the stuff you didn't see or read in the news. Aimless Ames, A Lot of Numbers and a TigerThere are a number of issues addressed here, so please read the whole thing. You can't cut future budgets in the current budget year.  Why? Because each budget has to be voted on and they don't have to pay one iota of attention to anything that was voted on in any previous budget. So then…. any 'promise' to cut 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, trillion is meaningless. You may as well say you will cut 500 trillion out of future spending. Compromises for passage of this budget with the promise of future budget cuts are nothing more than public relations propaganda, i.e. they’re lying…and they know it! There is only one way to curtail spending and guarantee cuts. Curtail funding!

Sorry…I know this is supposed to be ‘green only’ issues, but sometimes I just can’t stand it anymore. The stupidity, the lies and the hypocrisy overwhelms me.

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes, and ships, and sealing wax -
Of cabbages and kings,
And why the sea is boiling hot,
And whether pigs have wings."

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