Daily Archives: January 18, 2014

I’ve been writing about this for a while, but solar inactivity is back in the news

And all passes into night

And all passes into night

BBC, until now an unabashed apologist, even cheerleader for global warming hysteria, offers this up, unexpectedly: solar inactivity at time at height of expected peak baffles scientists. There’s an interesting six-minute video at the link in which various experts confess that they simply don’t know what the future holds. One says that “in 40 years, there’s  20% chance we’ll be back in the Maunder Minimum“, while another says, “unlike in the 1600’s, there are now industrial age gasses to account for, so it is impossible to determine what the net effect will be.

We have hundreds of years of observational data from our star, yet the demise of solar sunspots was completely unexpected. We claim to know exactly what the future holds via global warming, baed on a few decades of observation, but can’t predict an eleven-year cycle of solar flares.

Global warmists have consistently refused to consider solar activity, or the lack of it, in their precise, science-is-settled computer models; now we learn that they have no idea what the effect will be.

For this, intelligent people had to put up with personal attacks from illiterates like Dollar Bill, claiming that we’re unscientific? Unbelievable.


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Jake the Snake Plummer

Jake Plummer and friends

Jake Plummer and friends

With what promises to be a Sunday with two better-than-Super Bowl games scheduled, I was delighted to stumble across this SI article on Jake Plummer and his graceful exit from football. A man who knew what he wanted, and got it. I particularly liked this vignette:

In part because of his appearance but mostly because of his demeanor, Plummer is able to live in relative anonymity. One of his handball friends, Tye Barlow, tells how, a couple of years ago in Sandpoint [Idaho], Plummer was volunteering for Meals on Wheels, and the organization ran into funding problems. The woman in charge put a hand on Plummer’s shoulder. “Jake, I’m sorry, we’re out of money this month. But keep track, and we’ll pay you for your gas.”

“Don’t worry about it,” replied Plummer.

She insisted. Again, Plummer assured her it was O.K. “No, Jake, you don’t even have a job!” she said sternly. “You have to keep track of your miles. You need the money.”

“I played in the NFL for a little while,” Plummer said. “I’m O.K.”

Dumbstruck, the woman appraised the scruffy man who’d been delivering food for months. “You’re that Jake Plummer?”


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How is this different from Al Gore and his minions?

And God so loved the world that she gave us her only begotten son, Al

For God so loved the world that she gave her only begotten Son, Al

British PM says storms and hurricanes were sent by God because David Cameron legalized gay marriage.

Blaming the Prime Minister for the bad weather, he added: ‘It is his fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods.

‘He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain ‘great’ and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it for everything a nation does is weighed on the scaled of divine approval or disapproval.’

Substitute Mother Gaia for “God”, and you have the warmist crusade in a nutshell.


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Popular Science

The magazine purports to demolish forever the idea that any reputable scientist doubts global warming by publishing this chart:

powell pie chart 2In over 2,200 peer-reviewed articles about climate change by over 9,000 authors, published between November 2012 and December 2013, just one author and paper rejected human actions as the cause.

The next time you hear someone dispute that human activity is destabilizing our climate, remember this pie chart.

Since there are in fact many scientists who reject the anthropomorphic global warming theory, it might have occurred to the author, one Emily Gertz, to wonder whether she was observing the overwhelming popularity of the theory – the true test of its accuracy, just as the student elected class president is the bestest and brightest boy in school – or the deliberate suppression of dissent by orthodox “scientific” journals. That would have been an interesting investigation but Miss Gertz, like all her ilk, doesn’t have a skeptical mind and hence, sees nothing at all odd going on here. Even worse, she accepts it as proof.

Which is exactly the quality of most coverage of the global warming hysteria by the free press.

UPDATE: Michael Crichton

I know what I know

Emily Gertz, SIS: I know what I know

“I want to pause here and talk about this notion of consensus, and the rise of what has been called consensus science. I regard consensus science as an extremely pernicious development that ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.

Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

There is no such thing as consensus science. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.” 
― Michael Crichton


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What’s going on here?


And how was I to know the pipe was so narrow? Tell me that!

And how was I to know the pipe was so narrow? Tell me that!

Muslim invades NJ water plant, trapped in pipe and caught.

MANALAPAN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Rescuers have freed a man who had been stuck for hours in a pipe at a water treatment plant in New Jersey.

Officials told CBS 2 around 11:30 a.m. that 26-year-old Asef Mohamed, of Manalapan, had been freed and airlifted to an area hospital. He was 10 to 12 feet down the pipe, which was not in use, WCBS 880′s Levon Putney reported.

United Water spokesman Rich Henning said Mohamed broke into the plant that treats and pumps water for the township of Manalapan. Workers heard cries for help coming from the pipe around 7 a.m. Friday.

“This was a person that purposely climbed a six-foot fence with three or four layers of barbed wire on top,” Henning said.

Remember the incident last May, when 7 Muslims were caught at a Massachusetts reservoir? 

CBS Boston – “BELCHERTOWN (CBS) – Shortly after midnight Tuesday, seven people were caught trespassing at the Quabbin Reservoir.

State Police say the five men and two women are from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, and ‘cited their education and career interests’ for being in the area. The men told police they were chemical engineers and recent college graduates.

The Quabbin, in Belchertown, is one of the country’s largest man-made public water supplies. Boston’s drinking water comes from the Quabbin and the Wachusett Reservoirs.

State Police say there were no warrants or advisories on any of the individuals and ‘there was no evidence that the seven were committing any crime beyond the trespassing.’

All seven were allowed to leave and will be summonsed to court for trespassing. The FBI is investigating and routine checks of public water supplies have been increased following the incident.

The seven individuals currently live in Amherst, Cambridge, Sunderland, Northampton and New York City. Police have not released their names because a court date has not been set.” Source – CBS Boston.

If there’s some nefarious plot being hatched, it’s a cinch that our NSA doesn’t have a clue, wiretaps or not.


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Budget buster


How'm I suposed to come up with two billion bucks?

How’m I suposed to come up with two billion bucks?

Suit claiming that CT underfunds its schools by $2 billion slated to start September 9th.

On a state budget of $37.6 billion, and extra $2 billion may not seem that much, but we’re already facing $billion deficits in each of the next three years, and that’s despite this year’s one-time accounting tricks. Our constitution requires a balanced budget, so that billion, plus the extra $2 if the funding suit is lost, will have to come from somewhere – where would Hartford look to do that,whose pockets could it pick?


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I hope they didn’t spend a lot of money on this last feature

Idle-reduction program, formerly know as low bridges

Idle-reduction technology, formerly known as low bridges

The Greenwich Merritt Parkway rest area has finally reopened after a renovation, and touts this:

The Service Plaza will qualify to operate to “Silver LEED” standards.  The Greenwich facility will utilize photovoltaic solar panels, which decreases its dependence on traditional power sources. Each service plaza will also have facilities for single-stream recycling and idle-reduction technology for tractor-trailers


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Light a match in the Capitol and it’s all over


Hazard zone

Hazard zone

6,000 gas leaks detected in D.C.  Heaviest concentration on Senate chair bottoms.


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The science is settled: liberals drive us all to drink


Greenwich Democrat's Clambake September, 2013

Greenwich Democrat’s Clambake September, 2013

100% proof: Drinking goes up when liberals take over.

Researchers in the US found that as congressmen and women voted Democrat, the people living in their states began to drink more – specifically beer and spirits.

Possible explanations include the fact that liberals are more likely to rebel through drinking, sex, and drugs, to the belief that public healthcare – such as Obamacare – and social systems are more likely to pick up the pieces if their drinking becomes a problem.

Economists behind the study examined all 50 states from 1952 to 2010 and found that the results agreed with previous research showing that socialists in Russia were more likely to drink than their more conservative counterparts.

Researchers estimate that if the congressional representatives for Michigan – just over half of whom are Democrats – became as liberal as Vermont – where two thirds voted for Barack Obama – the population could be expected to guzzle an extra two gallons of beer per year.

Dr Pavel Yakovlev, a professor of economics at Duquesne University, in Pittsburg, added that the numbers were adjusted for economic, demographic and religious differences.


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