Friday, December 25, 2009

Dark Carbon Discovered

Finally, an article from Tennessee that gets it right:

Normally, The Tennessean is full of leftist crap. Imagine my surprise to find someone calling an AGW bedwetting spade an AGW bedwetting spade at Pravda on the Cumberland.

Truth is not determined by majority vote. Any talk of a "consensus" in science is best not taken as the final word. As Somerset Maugham once put it, "If 40 million people say a foolish thing it does not become a wise one, but the wise man is foolish to give them the lie."


We have had considerable domestic and international experience with governments that micromanage the lives of their residents. The more governments interfere in our lives, the more things go wrong. The people are poorer, less healthy and less able to adapt to the vagaries of nature and of other men. If ever a science were settled, this would be it.


They need to learn humility, an essential ingredient in anyone who would speak of science.

We need not con ourselves that we know enough to predict the Earth's temperature 100, or even 20 years from now. Even less certain should we be that we have the power to control it.

What we can control is our readiness to face whatever comes. But to follow the advice of the Copenhagen activists, or those who voted for the Waxman-Markey bill, is the path of fools.

It is the path of weakness and dissipation.
-Richard J. Grant is a professor of finance and economics at Lipscomb University


Update: Here's a sweet quote from Michael Tobis (taken out of context, I admit) that lays it out quite plainly while insisting if folks want Climatology to become a real science much more funding will be required. So, in effect, you can have the fake stuff on the cheap, as it were.
Costs increase nonlinearly with the amount of climate change.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

I Think I Have Created a Monster

I conceived of this apparatus to get me out of some biannual chores and to have an excuse to weld, grind, play with lifting heavy objects, smoke cigars, cuss, spit, and drink beer. However....

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No plan survives engagement with the womenfolk. No sooner was the thing installed than MrsJAC hit on the idea that not only would it be handy for lifting tubs of clothing for the biannual winter/summer closet and drawer content changeover but, by God!, it would be handy to change out the whole damned chest.
If you don't hear from me over the next few days I will be out shopping. For a new chest of drawers.

Curses!



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From Climate Change to "a greener future" in a Thousand Emails

First was "Global Warming", when we didn't cook there was "Climate Change", now it's "A greener future". The Warming Bed Wetters are already backing up as fast as they can go with Gordon Brown narrating.

“Never again should we face the deadlock that threatened to pull down those talks. Never again should we let a global deal to move towards a greener future be held to ransom by only a handful of countries. One of the frustrations for me was the lack of a global body with the sole responsibility for environmental stewardship. “I believe that in 2010 we will need to look at reforming our international institutions to meet the common challenges we face as a global community.”
- Gordon Brown

Seriously. Whose ass is he kissing anyway?


There is no way to forsee how many fallback positions will support these Green Global Government Ghouls or for how long each position will resist turning to crumbling shale beneath their feet, but the tendency to heed "experts" has been pounded into the modern pinhead to the point he doesn't much keep score anymore. In the end the greenies legacy will be a small step in the wrong direction. Another brick in the wall.