Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Observations From the Back Row: 9-13-11

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“De Omnibus Dubitandum”


Everthing we are told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality!
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Quote of the Day

I have been probing the arguments for global warming for well over a decade. In collaboration with a lot of excellent coauthors I have consistently found that when the layers get peeled back, what lies at the core is either flawed, misleading or simply non-existent. - Ross McKitrick


As a boy growing up on a farm I would lay on my back on those great moonless summer nights and see stars everywhere. It saddens me that I can't do this any longer. The majesty of the universe in full bloom never leaves you. I used to see untold numbers of shooting stars in those days. They aren't seen in the city; at least I haven’t seen any. I can't help watching this great video without feeling nostalgic.

In April 1990, Al Gore published an open letter in the New York Times "To Skeptics on Global Warming" in which he compared them to medieval flat-Earthers. He soon became vice president and his conviction that climate change was dominated by man-made emissions went mainstream. Western governments embarked on a new era of anti-emission regulation and poured billions into research that might justify it. As far as the average Western politician was concerned, the debate was over.

It is no secret that federal agencies incrementally expand their regulatory power by adopting statutory interpretations that go beyond the underlying legislation’s plain meaning and purpose. Unfortunately, courts — the branch of government charged with checking such overreach, even in the age of the modern administrative state — increasingly defer to agencies’ own “discretion” in exercising their authority. One case that recently made it to the U.S. Supreme Court’s doorstep, National Corn Growers Association v. EPA, is a case study of this alarming trend.
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Stuff You Won't See on the News
The cause that sent 170 million to their graves
Agency forces amputee to prove leg still gone
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"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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