Saturday, October 25, 2014

More Tears

More Proof

We’re winning – National Public Radio guts its climate reporting team

Yeah!!!

Best comment: "Not heard the news? Human emissions is causing a slowdown of the revolving movement, in 2067 the world will stop turning altogether, and the models predict we will be on the shady side. Forever."

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Friday, October 24, 2014

From The Founder Of The Ig Nobels


This is serious stuff. Try not to laugh.

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As The Annual...

...bawling like a baby day approaches, I urge you to turn on the taps with this one about John McCrae:

John McCrae's War: In Flanders Fields by Robert Duncan, National Film Board of Canada


I never tire of this poem

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Knights In Shining Armour?

Parliamentarians show unity in aftermath of 'senseless act of violence'
"The attack took place directly outside the unlocked wooden doors of meeting rooms where Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair were addressing their respective caucuses.

Harper holed up in a closet for several minutes while the mayhem continued outside, and some of his Conservative MPs brandished flagpoles as spears expecting an imminent intrusion by armed attackers."
LOL!!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Rare Moment Of Unity..

Our Flag...

...at half mast all over the world:


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Haven't Heard From Either...

...of these guys for long time, and here they are, together:


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I'm Crying As I...

...listen to this: ‘O Canada’ played before Penguins/Flyers game in Pittsburgh

Other versions here, and here.

Almost makes me want to watch hockey again.

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Hey! Ready To Believe Us Now...

...leftards?


Canada attackers were recent converts to Islam
"The two men accused of carrying out separate deadly attacks in Canada this week had recently converted to Islam and wanted to join the extremist fight, officials and local media said Thursday."
Ottawa shooting suspect taught two young men about Islam while living at homeless shelter, witnesses say

Ottawa shooter has criminal record in Montreal

Ottawa aftermath: What we know so far


Hit-and-Run That Killed Canadian Soldier Is Called Terrorist Attack
Got that???

Two Dead in Canada Shootings
"The killer was identified by U.S. authorities as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who they said was born Michael Joseph Hall but changed his name as part of a conversion to Islam."

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Almost Over...

...Looks like the warmanistas have lost:



Good thing, too, 'cause I'm getting sick and tired of it. Even the entertainment value of it is waning.

But this is cute:

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It Looks Like...

...I may have to change my handle.

I only got 17% on this quiz:

How Redneck Are You

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Africa And Bat Poo

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LOL!!

Speaking of Crows …………………………………..
Phone calls poured into different authorities about hundreds of dead crows along a busy stretch of highway near Boston Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Health Commission called for an investigation and the wheels of bureaucracy began to turn.
With a mind to the recent bird flu scare, the crow carcasses were carefully gathered up and documented by technicians in Hazmat suits. After a couple of days a public announcement was made. Autopsies showed that the dead crows, 318 in total, all died from vehicular collisions. Strangely however, they were able to ascertain by the paint on the beaks of the crows that all but two of these crows were struck by trucks, only two were hit by cars.
An Ornithologist (bird expert) was called in. He explained that crows were a very intelligent member of the bird family. Crows always have lookouts posted in treetops and other vantage points and stand watch while others feed on the ground, or in this case, on the highway. The problem was that while crows have no trouble shouting CAW, CAW none of them could say truck.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Babies Are Amazing

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Stupid Laws

...still on the books:

Stupid Laws in Canada

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Oh Dear...

...These denialists just won't stop:

CO2 increase is not nemesis as it's portrayed
"Despite increasing amounts of CO2 gas in the atmosphere, mean global surface temperatures have not shown any increase over the past 18 years.

In addition:

• Raw U.S. mean surface temperatures and daily high surface temperature records (without any tampering) have shown a weak decline since the warm 1930s period.

• Winter snow cover has been gradually increasing across the northern hemisphere in recent years.

• Antarctic sea ice is now at record high levels. Net global sea ice has shown no long-period downward trend.

• U.S. and global droughts, floods and severe weather have shown no significant changes over the past half century when atmospheric CO2 amounts have risen by 35 percent.

• The United States is currently experiencing the longest continuous period (nine years) without a major hurricane strike. Tornado activity has been below average the past three years."


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Canadian Geological History

The constancy of change and the new catastrophism: a personal reflection on crisis-driven science
"What is patently obvious from reviewing Canada’s ancient history is that scientists still do not have an adequate understanding of Earth’s complex systems on which to base sound economic and environmental policy. From the upper reaches of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans onwards to the deep interior of the planet our knowledge of complex earth systems is still rather rudimentary. Huge areas of our planet are inaccessible and are little known scientifically. There is still also much to learn from reading the rock record of how our planet functioned in the past.

In so many areas, we simply don’t know enough of how our planet functions.

And yet……

Scarcely a day goes past without some group declaring the next global environmental crisis; we seemingly stagger from one widely proclaimed crisis to another each one (so we are told) with the potential to severely curtail or extinguish civilization as we know it. It’s an all too familiar story often told by scientists who cross over into advocacy and often with the scarcely-hidden sub-text that they are the only ones with the messianic foresight to see the problem and create a solution. Much of our science is what we would call ‘crisis-driven’ where funding, politics and the media are all intertwined and inseparable generating a corrupting and highly corrosive influence on the scientific method and its students. If it doesn’t bleed it doesn’t lead is the new yardstick with which to measure the overall significance of research.

Charles Darwin ushered in a new era of thinking where change was expected and necessary. Our species as are all others, is the product of ongoing environmental change and adaption to varying conditions; the constancy of change. In the last 15 years or so however, we have seemingly reverted to a pre-Darwinian mode of a fixed ‘immutable Earth’ where any change beyond some sort of ‘norm’ is seen in some quarters as unnatural, threatening and due to our activities, usually with the proviso of needing ‘to act now to save the planet.’ Honest scientific discourse and debate is often rendered impossible in the face of the ‘new catastrophism.’

Trained as geologists in the knowledge of Earth’s immensely long and complex history we appreciate that environmental change is normal. For example, rivers and coastlines are not static. Those coasts, in particular, that consist of sandy strand-plains and barrier-lagoon systems are continually evolving as sand is moved by the waves and tides. Cyclonic storms (hurricanes), a normal component of the weather in many parts of the world, are particularly likely to cause severe erosion. When recent events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy cause catastrophic damage, and spring storms cause massive flooding in Calgary or down the Mississippi valley, and droughts and wildfires affect large areas of the American SW these events are blamed on a supposed increase in the severity of extreme weather events brought about by climate change. In fact, they just reflect the working of statistical probability and long term climate cyclicity. Such events have happened in the past as part of ongoing changes in climate but affected fewer people. That the costs of weather and climate-related damage today are far greater is not because of an increased frequency of severe weather but the result of humans insisting on congregating and living in places that, while attractive, such as floodplains, mountain sides and beautiful coastlines, are especially vulnerable to natural disasters. Promises of a more ‘stable future’ if we can only prevent climate change are hopelessly misguided and raise unnatural expectations by being willfully ignorant of the natural workings of the planet. Climate change is the major issue for which more geological input dealing with the history of past climates would contribute to a deeper understanding of the nature of change and what we might expect in the future. The past climate record suggests in fact that for much of the Earth’s surface future cooling is the norm. Without natural climate change Canada would be buried under ice 3 km thick; that is it normal state for most of the last 2.5 million years with 100,000 years-long ice ages alternating with brief, short-lived interglacials such as the present which is close to its end."
Brrrrrrrr.

Related:

World Disasters Report for 2013 – lowest number of catastrophies and deaths in 10 years

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Not So Way Back Machine

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I Will Admit...

...I'm getting rather tired of this subject, but I'm still waiting for the warmanistas to admit they were wrong:

Soapbox: CO2 increase is not nemesis as it's portrayed
"Despite increasing amounts of CO2 gas in the atmosphere, mean global surface temperatures have not shown any increase over the past 18 years.

In addition:

• Raw U.S. mean surface temperatures and daily high surface temperature records (without any tampering) have shown a weak decline since the warm 1930s period.

• Winter snow cover has been gradually increasing across the northern hemisphere in recent years.

• Antarctic sea ice is now at record high levels. Net global sea ice has shown no long-period downward trend.

• U.S. and global droughts, floods and severe weather have shown no significant changes over the past half century when atmospheric CO2 amounts have risen by 35 percent.

• The United States is currently experiencing the longest continuous period (nine years) without a major hurricane strike. Tornado activity has been below average the past three years."
Do you think that's ever going to happen? Perhaps waiting for that is a waste of my time.

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Another Global Warming "Oops"

Austrian Daily Reports: “Huge Ice Growth Surprises Climate Scientists” … “Like One Not Seen In Decades”!
"Almost the entire mainstream media has been quiet about this development. So it is refreshing to see that some media are reporting the “good” news that the planet is not warming alarmingly."
Oh, but it's a problem for penguins, tho.

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The World Just Keeps Getting Murkier And Murkier...

Native American Woman May Have Made It to Europe 500 Years Before Columbus Was Born


American Indian Sailed to Europe With Vikings?
"Five hundred years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, a Native American woman may have voyaged to Europe with Vikings, according to a provocative new DNA study.

Analyzing a type of DNA passed only from mother to child, scientists found more than 80 living Icelanders with a genetic variation similar to one found mostly in Native Americans.

This signature probably entered Icelandic bloodlines around A.D. 1000, when the first Viking-American Indian child was born, the study authors theorize."
Oops. (Makes sense to me. It's perfectly possible.)

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Missing And Murdered White Folks...

...Human remains identified as Ontario man missing for two years

Amber McFarland disappearance ‘still very much under investigation’
"On the eve of the sixth anniversary of her disappearance, police are reminding people that they continue to search for Amber Lynn McFarland."
Not so much fuss about them, tho.

Related.

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