Daily Archives: December 27, 2013

It’s hard to keep a good man down

Wiener in House of Representatives Gym - so who took the picture, that Danish lady?

Treating his member to  a good workout

Anthony Weiner hints he’ll come again, acknowledges that “2013 didn’t go as well as we’d hoped”. 

Former New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has used social media to hint at a comeback.

The politician, whose embarrassing sexting scandals saw him resign from Congress in 2011 and lose the mayoral election this year, wrote on his Facebook page that he ‘hopes to keep the band together.’

‘What’s next? I’ll keep you posted on my plans. But I hope we keep the band together,’

To Facebook friends and followers, he gave words of thanks for their support and for being ‘an amazing resource.’

The response was less than enthusiastic.

‘Hey, bro! Don’t you have some personal issues to deal with before you get back into public life?’ wrote one.

Another requested that he ‘Please do not contact me again!’

All politicians are narcissists, it seems to me, but Wiener is truly their poster boy.

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The science was always settled, we were just lied to about it for a while

Pay up!

Pay up!

2013 shatters record for fewest tornados, forest fires lowest since 1984.

Much to the chagrin of man-made global warming activists who want to tie every weather event to so called ‘global weirding’, 2013 has turned out to be one of the “least extreme” weather years in U.S. history.  See: New Study: ’2013 ranks as one of the least extreme U.S. weather years ever’– Many bad weather events at ‘historically low levels’

Whether you’re talking about tornadoes, wildfires, extreme heat or hurricanes, the good news is that weather-related disasters in the US are all way down this year compared to recent years and, in some cases, down to historically low levels.’

Extreme Heat: The number of 100 degree days may ‘turn out to be the lowest in about 100 years of records’

Hurricanes: ‘We are currently in the longest period (8 years) since the Civil War Era without a major hurricane strike in the US (i.e., category 3, 4 or 5)’ ( last major hurricane to strike the US was Hurricane Wilma in 2005)

The latest data show both tornadoes and now wildfires in dramatic decline.

Now’s the time for the religionists to shriek, “single events have nothing to do with long term trends”, and I agree, but since it is those same religionists who cite every hurricane, every tornado, every wild fire as “proof” of global warming, I can’t resist the temptation to slap them in the face with contrary data.

Policy can’t change weather.

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But our intentions are so good – why is this happening?

Kumbaya

Kumbaya

Daily Caller: wind turbines with up to a 480-year payback life

Towns all over Britain are blowing millions of dollars on wind turbines that are generating almost no revenue and will take hundreds of years to pay for themselves, reports the UK Telegraph.

The Telegraph reports that UK localities are spending hundreds of pounds installing wind turbines in an effort to boost renewable energy generation and fight global warming.

“Some turbines generate so little energy they would take hundreds of years to repay their original value” reports the Telegraph. “Experts argue that the failure of some wind turbines to recoup their value shows how small wind turbines are a poor way to generate renewable energy.”

In fact, only three out of a handful of localities that responded to the Telegraph’s inquiries had wind turbines with payback periods of less than ten years.

The locality of Eastleigh, Hampshire spent nearly $50,000 installing a wind turbine in 2005, but the inefficient turbine only generates about $21 worth of power every month — meaning the payback period on this turbine is 190 years.

In Leeds, officials spent about $102,000 on a wind turbine in 2009 at an inner city sports facility, but the turbine did not generate any power last year. In Derbyshire, a $147,000 turbine was built in 2004 but has not produced power since September 2011.

“Wind energy is an experiment, and sometimes the lessons learnt are hard and dearly bought,” Dr. John Constable, director at the Renewable Energy Foundation, told the Telegraph. “The truth is that foolishly ambitious targets and silly levels of subsidy have overheated the wind industry, resulting in defective technologies and poor installations.”

Constable added that smaller wind turbines were only expected to last up to 15 years, meaning that virtually none of the ones the Telegraph investigated would pay for themselves.

One Welsh turbine was sited in such a calm area that it only generates about $8 worth of electricity  every month — a 452-year payback period.

“If this project had been started when Elizabeth I was on the throne, it would only be reaching break-even point now, sixty years into the reign of Elizabeth II,” Jonathan Isaby, political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, told the Daily Express. “It would seem that the turbine’s installation was nothing more than an obscenely expensive vanity project, with unwitting taxpayers footing the bill.”

Here in the US the same inanity is going on, also courtesy of the taxpayer. Here’s a list of windmill projects in Massachusetts, ranging from a wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard that will dwarf the Hyannis project that has the Kennedys so worked up, to a convent’s single pole to a UMass gesture towards green. If the authorities at GHS really want their students to study alternative energy, they’d do better assigning them to study the economic benefits of these windmills, rather than dick around with a token solar installation on the gymnasium’s roof.

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When they get to naming the baby, stand back

 

Of course, there IS a solution

Of course, there IS a solution

 Woman stabs fiancee during argument over wedding color scheme.

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Have we heard Dick from him about ObamaCare?

 

At least my slippers arrived on time

At least my slippers arrived on time

Celebrity politician Richard Blumenthal, champion of the people, Medal of Honor winner and star Harvard varsity swimmer  demands UPS pay up for disappointing so many on Christmas.

“The excuses simply don’t cut it and what UPS and FedEx and others should do is offer refunds right away to consumers whose Christmases were made less cheery because of late delivery,” Blumenthal told WCBS 880. “There’s an implicit obligation when a company promises on-time delivery for a holiday to make sure the gift arrives for Christmas, not a day after because it’s certainly a real downer if they’re deprived of on-time delivery.”

The WSJ reports on UPS’s efforts to handle the overload:

UPS carefully plans how it will handle the holiday peak. Extra resources such as additional cargo planes had been lined up as “hot spares”—company lingo for aircraft that could be fired up quickly in case of a logistics emergency. But it ran into a confluence of factors. Retailers have been encouraging online sales, which have grown much faster than retail sales overall. And retailers likely contributed to the logjam by offering some of their best discounts late in the season in a final push for sales. Many chains dropped prices on the final Saturday before Christmas to levels below what they were offering on Black Friday, according to Simeon Siegel, an analyst with Nomura Equity Research.

That, coupled with retailers’ promises of just-in-time deliveries, encouraged many shoppers to put in orders at the last minute. People buying from more than 70 retailers including Toys “R” Us Inc. and Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., whose online shipping is handled by eBay Enterprise, were able to place Web orders as late as 11 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, a full 24 hours later than last year.

The result was a surge in online sales shortly before Christmas. UPS had been forecasting an 8% average rise in its daily shipping volumes during the holidays. But online sales in the last weekend before Christmas jumped by 37% from the year before, according to data from IBM Digital Analytics. On Monday Dec. 23, growth in online orders spiked by 63% from the year before, according to Mercent Corp., which works with more than 550 retailers. By comparison, overall sales of holiday goods rose 2.3% between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, according to preliminary data from MasterCard Inc. Spending Pulse unit.

To cope, retailers shifted more orders from shippers’ ground delivery to their air networks to get gifts to customers in time to put them under the tree.

Mercent CEO Eric Best said some of his clients experienced delays.

“It’s easy to blame UPS, but it’s the retailers that are pushing these next-day shipping offers in the final hours of the shopping season,” Mr. Best said. “Retailers are driving consumer expectations to get stuff they ordered by the next day and the later shoppers wait, the harder it is to predict.”

None of which eases the disappointment of buyers whose Christmas gifts arrived a day late,  but it seems that UPS executives and managers put far more effort into planning for the Christmas rush than the Chief Executive of the United States did for his namesake healthcare program. Where’s Dick’s outrage on that?

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Smart diplomacy

 

What could possibly go wrong?

What could possibly go wrong?

Obama pressures Israelis to shut up about their concerns for security.

After a prominent retired Israeli general spoke out against IDF withdrawal from the Jordan Valley, Israeli media reported that the Obama administration’s head envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Martin Indyk, convened a meeting of Israeli security officials. He pressured them to drop their objections to the plan and make media appearances in support of it to help sell a skeptical Israeli public on the benefits of a reduction in security.

Hey, it works here, but Israel doesn’t have a captive press, as Obama does.

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Guys, here’s a late Christmas gift suggestion for the Little Woman

 

And flossing!

And flossing!

 “Piccolo” machine serves as a vacuum cleaner, coffee grinder, paint sprayer and more, all in one!”

While millions of Britons clean their homes after the Christmas period a retired couple will be using a 88-year-old hoover which also paints, grinds coffee – and even minces meat.

Mary Waite, 61, and her husband Ivor, 63, have been using their Piccolo multi-purpose appliance since it was given to them as a wedding present in 1976.

Remarkably, the plastic and metal gadget, which does four household chores in one, was built in 1925 but still works today and has never broken down.

It was made by German company Hammelmann Werke in the early 20th century and was promoted as the future of household appliances.

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Here’s someone who probably deserved a living wage

Stand back, ladies!

Stand back, ladies!

Hamburger flippers in our country think they have it tough? Security guard in Bali suffocated by 15′ python.

A security guard was strangled to death by a python in front of terrified onlookers today outside a luxury hotel on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.

Ambar Arianto Mulyo, 59, who worked at a nearby restaurant, had offered to help capture the 15ft-long snake which had been spotted several times near the hotel in Bali’s Sanur area.

Mulyo managed to secure the snake’s head and tail and put it on his shoulders, according to  Agung Bawa, an assistant security manager at the hotel, which is closed for renovations until 2015.

But the python wrapped itself around his body and strangled him to death, Bawa said.

People watching the incident were unable to help and called the police, who came but failed to save the man.

‘It happened so fast,’ Bawa said, ” that we could not do anything to help him; we’re just crushed.”
(I made up that last quote)

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