Saturday, November 26, 2011

Observations From the Back Row

By Rich Kozlovich

As usual I prefer dealing with news that isn't seen on the MSM...and I include Fox in that group. Fox may be better, but the news is still ego driven entertainment. Geraldo is clueless and if he can be made to stop interrupting and stop using logical fallacies in place of facts and logic he might have something on his show worth listening to. That ain't gonna happen.

I think O'Reilly is a phony, and the worst thing that happened to Hannity was that Cone left the show and he became too cute by half and I think Huckabee is a waste. The lack of depth and historical understanding is absolutely non-existent on the MSM and is only half way worthwhile on Fox, and only some of these panel shows are worth watching.

I am starting to enjoy "The Five" a bit more as the rest of the panelists are starting to take that buffoon Beckel to task. Wallace is still old style MSM. I do enjoy the Wall Street Journal report panel, although I haven't seen them for a while so they may not even be on anymore. The only one I really enjoy is Stossel. Glenn Beck had great historical foundation to his shows, but I just couldn't take him. My friend Alan Caruba called him weird, but I didn't think he was weird, I thought then, and still do, that he is childish in spite of the value of his historical research. One thing is clear....the "news" is a mess.

So ..... here are my picks of the day!

Climategate scientists DID collude with government officials to hide research that didn't fit their apocalyptic global warming
5,000 leaked emails reveal scientists deleted evidence that cast doubt on claims climate change was man-made - Experts were under orders from US and UK officials to come up with a 'strong message' - Critics claim: 'The stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering' - Scientist asks, 'What if they find that climate change is a natural fluctuation? They'll kill us all'……

Professor Mann, speaking to the Guardian, described the release as 'truly pathetic.' 'Well, they look like mine but I hardly see anything that appears damning at all, despite them having been taken out of context. 'I guess they had very little left to work with, having culled in the first round the emails that could most easily be taken out of context to try to make me look bad.'

My Take - In or out of context he doesn’t only look bad, he looks crooked. I still have to come back and ask the same question to the same problem that has always existed with Mann. Why did it take a Congressional order for him to release his work? It had only been peer reviewed by those who worked with him before that. That isn’t science and when his work was released it turned out his work was so flawed that no matter the figures inserted into the computer a ‘hockey stick’ appeared on the chart. As a result fraud was the only conclusion many people came to. Once again….if the work is not corrupt why not share it willingly? If there is nothing to hide why not share the e-mails that Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli has asked for? Why should he have to go through the courts for this?

CO2 may not warm the planet as much as thought
The climate may be less sensitive to carbon dioxide than we thought – and temperature rises this century could be smaller than expected. That's the surprise result of a new analysis of the last ice age. However, the finding comes from considering just one climate model, and unless it can be replicated using other models, researchers are dubious that it is genuine. As more greenhouse gases enter the atmosphere, more heat is trapped and temperatures go up – but by how much? The best estimates say that if the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles, temperatures will rise by 3 °C. This is the "climate sensitivity". But the 3 °C figure is only an estimate. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the climate sensitivity could be anywhere between 2 and 4.5 °C. That means the temperature rise from a given release of carbon dioxide is still uncertain. There have been several attempts to pin down the sensitivity. The latest comes from Andreas Schmittner of Oregon State University, Corvallis, and colleagues, who took a closer look at the Last Glacial Maximum around 20,000 years ago, when the last ice age was at its height.

My TakeI love this. Think about what these defenders of the CO2 global warming connection are actually saying! They are saying that everything is “estimates” and the sensitivity is unknown. So we should spend trillions on global warming ….why?

Russia’s military chief warns that heightened risks of conflict near borders may turn nuclear
Russia is facing a heightened risk of being drawn into conflicts at its borders that have the potential of turning nuclear, the nation’s top military officer said Thursday. Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, cautioned over NATO’s expansion eastward and warned that the risks for Russia to be pulled into local conflicts have “risen sharply. Russia's military chief warns that heightened risks of conflict near borders may turn nuclear - Makarov added, according to Russian news agencies, that “under certain conditions local and regional conflicts may develop into a full-scale war involving nuclear weapons.” A steady decline in Russia’s conventional forces has prompted the Kremlin to rely increasingly on its nuclear deterrent……Russia also considers missile defense plans as another security challenge.

My Take – This is all very interesting because of a number of reasons. One, the Russian navy is rusting away and two, their army is ill trained and have some serious issues with vodka….they drink it a lot. All of this is intertwined with two other issues. Because Putin has turned Russia into a gigantic corrupt Mafia style operation that has stifled domestic economic growth and initiative, the only real source of outside money is from their massive oil and natural gas exports. If the rest of the world starts drilling, and fracking becomes even more popular in the rest of Europe, they are in for some serious financial trouble.

The final parts of this puzzle are that the population of Russia is declining at an extraordinary rate of 0.5% (that number seems to be increasing each year by the way) a year mostly because they just aren’t having many babies, and the remaining population is aging. It won’t be long before they will not have the population to fill large parts of Russian territory, especially in the Eastern sections.

The Chinese have a huge male population of about 100 million bachelors that can’t find wives because of their one child policy. As a result girl babies are aborted at an alarming rate. That leaves a lot of really angry men with nothing to do but rail against the government. They have serious issues with water and Chinese banks are insolvent, also stifling natural growth through initiative. They are in for a serious downturn in their economy….it is just a matter of when. They may come to the conclusion that there is nothing like a war to fix that problem.

Furthermore, most of the usable land in China is no bigger than everything east of the Mississippi River in the United States. They have a population of over 1 billion people with most of them living in that small area. Eastern Russia may start looking attractive to the Chinese.

This along with Russia's large Muslim population…..NATO and the west as a whole are the least of their problems. You know….that was pretty good for a bug man….don’t you think?


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