Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Crusades

Global Warming Called Off?

For a while, anyway:

Global warming slowdown 'could last another decade'

Has the Atlantic Ocean Stalled Global Warming?

Ummm. That's a wee bit of an old theory, known as the North Atlantic Oscillation. Read about it here.

But, damn it, they just can't let it go, even though they seem desperate to make the most absurd claims:

Will global warming trigger a new ice age?

World's Largest Ice Sheets Melting At Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

Oh really? And you were around the last time earth lost it's polar icecaps? But I guess you're right. That wasn't recorded. Why it was only a year ago they were up 50% in size:

Satellite data shows Arctic sea ice coverage up 50 percent!

Should be enough to tell you that climate, like so much in nature, is highly chaotic. You know, I am getting sick and tired of covering this, but it is becoming very, very comical, and we all could used a good laugh from time to time.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

One Of These Things... not like the other:

Justin Trudeau says he wants 170 Liberal MPs in the House

Liberals lose ground to Harper’s Conservatives: poll

I guess their aren't that many pot heads in Canada after all, or maybe they were too stoned when the pollster called.

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Yeah, He's a Dud Alright

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yup. Europe Is Coming Back

Listen to the applause:

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Global warming predictions proven wrong 97.4% of the time

Top climate scientists admit global warming forecasts were wrong

That explains this, then: World's top climate scientists told to 'cover up' the fact that the Earth's temperature hasn't risen for the last 15 years

The origins of the anthropogenic global warming scare: Margaret Thatcher: Godmother of 'global warming'?
"One of the more cynical theories is that Mrs. Thatcher’s early adoption of the “climate change” issue was rooted in Realpolitik. After the challenge to her power posed by the 1984 Miners’ strike, she wanted to ensure that never again could Britain be held hostage by the National Union of Mineworkers. By posing it as a global environmental issue quite beyond the realm of party politics, she could cunningly reduce Britain’s reliance on coal without provoking further confrontation with the miners.

What’s more, she could use CO2 reduction—just as Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme did in the mid-70s—as an excuse to justify a push for otherwise unpopular nuclear energy. Two years after the Chernobyl disaster, a nuclear-plant-building programme would hardly have been a great vote-winner, but the Conservative government needed nuclear processing facilities in order to upgrade its nuclear deterrent with the Trident missile system."

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What's Going On?

US strikes $11bn arms deal with Qatar

Report: Qatar threatened to expel Mashal

Senior Fatah official claims Qatar claimed it would banish Hamas leader if he agrees to Egypt's compromise offer in indirect negotiations.

US, Turkey Announce $4 Billion Arms Deal

How Sisi won the Gaza-Israel conflict

Is there a struggle going on about the traditional power-broker role played by Egypt? And why is Barack Obama in there like a dirty shirt selling arms to Middle Eastern potentates, who will very likely pass them on to Hamas?

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Hitchbot's Travels

...across Canada - 6000 miles!

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Mom Nature

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


What fun!!!

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Political Correctness

I've read a few articles that suggest it is. 'bout time, I say:

‘How We Teach History Matters Most'

“Political correctness carried to ludicrous extremes…would be — and is — history that teaches Canadians, native-born and recent arrivals, that their country is an abomination.

“Unfortunately, that is the history that is today being taught to Canadian children. Yet, to anyone with eyes to see, Canada is not a failure, but an overwhelming success. What is happening in our schools is political indoctrination, grounded in unbalanced historical nonsense…

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I'm Baaaaack!

Had my 'puter in the 'puter hospital for several days. I actually started reading books again.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014


...his feewings have been hurt:

Groups rally around think tank, publication being sued for global warming views
"News outlets, advocacy groups and fellow think tanks are jumping to the defense of a conservative-leaning D.C. policy center and publication being sued for libel by a scientist who didn't like what they had to say about his work on global warming.Michael Mann, a prominent professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, has long been a target of climate change skeptics for his work claiming temperatures have risen dramatically in recent decades, and has sued before when groups tried to debunk his data.

But this time, Mann is being accused of going too far with his case against the Competitive Enterprise Institute, National Review and others. Critics say the suit threatens to violate constitutionally protected rights to opinion and fair comment, particularly in an area of scientific debate."


Al Baby, Is That You?

Mystery over massive Alexander-era tomb unearthed

Alexander The Great's Tomb Possibly Found In Greece

Archeologists in Greece find large, 'extremely important' tomb from era of Alexander the Great

Ancient Macedon Tomb Discovered in Modern Greece
"The tomb, which dates from around 300BC and is thought to be the largest yet discovered in the country, lies in the ancient Kingdom of Macedon, which now forms part of modern northern Greece. Because of the age, size, and form of decoration it has been suggested by some that the complex may belong to one of Alexander's senior generals or a member of his family, although no specific evidence as to the inhabitant has been uncovered yet.

Due to the ravages of time and iconoclasty of the subsequent Roman occupation of Greece, discovering the exact form is like a jigsaw puzzle for archaeologists who have discovered a large stone lion and a pair of sphinx at the site.

In ancient mythology, the Sphinx was an intelligent and dangerous lion with a human head and wings who acted as guardians and sentinels. In the eponymous Greek myth, Oedipus answers the riddle of the Sphinx to free the city of Thebes in Egypt. Protecting this tomb with a pair of protective creatures shows the deceased for whom it was built was revered and deserving of protection."

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Do You Suppose...


I've never taken a "selfie". I don't want to break my camera.


What He Said

Muslim Double Standards Abound
"If there is a God, he has some explaining to do.

On the one hand he tells us Muslims in the Qur'an that we are "the best of peoples, evolved for mankind", but then showers us with leaders who bring out the worst in the human soul.

If there is a God, he has some explaining to do.

On the one hand he tells us Muslims in the Qur'an that we are "the best of peoples, evolved for mankind", but then showers us with leaders who bring out the worst in the human soul.
Pakistan's military operations, on the other hand, have killed over 400 and made over 900,000 Pashtun Pakistanis homeless and destitute in their own country.

While the 17,000 Palestinians are finding shelter in United Nations Relief and Works Agency structures, nearly one million Pakistanis are facing a catastrophe that has triggered neither media coverage, nor international aid or protest.

On Monday, a day after an Israeli missile killed 18 family members of the Hamas police chief in Gaza, Iraqi men in Baghdad slaughtered 28 Iraqi women.

There was plenty of fury over the dead family, almost none for the women, for they were alleged to be residents of a brothel, as if that mattered.

Allah's "best of peoples, evolved for mankind", clearly live by a double standard, the one that triggers mammoth support for Palestinians but absolutely none for Pashtuns.

Here's why. It is not the race or religion of the victim that counts, but the identity of their tormentor.

As long as it's an Arab army annihilating fellow Arabs or a Muslim military murdering fellow Muslims, too many Muslims simply shrug away our responsibility and say, "leave it to Allah" as the Qur'an supposedly commands.

However, if the Muslim falls victim to the "kuffar" — meaning the Jew, Christian or Hindu — then many of our clerics take to the pulpit and deliver fiery, end-of-times lectures, using the tragedy as a reason to ignite hatred against the other, in most cases "The Jew"."

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Good Lessons

Once again, from Facebook:

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

More From The Useless Nations Commentary Magazine Contentions The UN Human Rights Farce Gets Worse

The UN Human Rights Farce Gets Worse
"Over the past few decades, the bias against Israel at the United Nations has reached the level of caricature. The disproportionate interest in anything that the Jewish state does matched with the world body’s general indifference to real crimes being perpetrated anywhere else is an object lesson in the definition of prejudice. But just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the choice of a man to head a UN Human Rights Council probe of the fighting in Gaza who has already called for the prosecution of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrates just how ridiculous the anti-Israel farce there has become.

That the UN Human Rights Council, whose membership is made up of many of the worst dictatorships and human-rights offenders in the world, wouldn’t give Israel a fair hearing was already a given. The Council devotes most of its attention to attempts to undermine the Jewish state’s legitimacy or to promote libelous attacks on its policies. While a lot of the attention on this panel was devoted to the decision of George Clooney’s fiancée to decline participation in the probe, the appointment of Canadian law professor William Schabas demonstrates that the Council is not even interested in the appearance of fairness.

Schabas has already demonstrated his animus for Israel and actually called for Netanyahu to be hauled before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for prosecution. Lest anyone think he takes sides in Israeli political debates, he also advocated the prosecution of Shimon Peres in a comment in which he compared Israel’s actions in Gaza to the genocide in Darfur."

I'm ashamed to be the same nationality as Schabas.

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Finally!! A Canuck Who Actually...

...says "aboot".

I've lived in Canada for very close to 65 years and I've never heard anyone say "aboot" - until this:

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I Guess They Haven't Noticed

Canada sends icebreakers to Arctic to gather data
"Countries, including the US, are increasingly looking to the Arctic as a source of natural resources and shipping lanes. The US Geological Survey says the region contains 30% of the world's undiscovered natural gas and 15% of oil."

John Franklin: Tourism may finally find his two lost ships
"As climate change thaws the North, Arctic cruises have proliferated. For the team of archeologists working feverishly over the next six weeks to discover John Franklin’s two lost ships, that rapid expansion of tourism is a blessing — but also occasionally a challenge.

Until recently, Canada’s Far North boasted ideal archeological conditions: frozen terrain that is little travelled. On both counts, the Arctic is changing."
Roald Amundsen is rolling in his grave.

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Accountability And Transparency

"It's not difficult for First Nations' to get information on how their money is spent," he said. "It's impossible..."
"Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau never supported the bill and after acknowledging in a weekend interview with a Vancouver paper that it had highlighted a fairly striking salary that wouldn't have otherwise been known, he then admitted that he'd still scrap the bill if he were prime minister."
Keep talking, Justin. You can always get a job as a grave digger.

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