Monday, April 21, 2014

Round-Up

Manitoba chiefs say province doesn't have right to know about reserve children
"Manitoba's top aboriginal leaders say the province doesn't have the right to know about or track children seized by child welfare agencies on reserves.

Creating a centralized system that tracks all children receiving protection services was a key recommendation from a recent inquiry into the death of Phoenix Sinclair, a five-year-old who fell through the cracks of the child welfare system and was murdered by her mother and mother's boyfriend.

But Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, head of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said the provincial government is continuing the legacy of the residential school system by unilaterally taking charge of aboriginal children."
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TransCanada CEO expresses frustration over latest Keystone delay
"The initial deadline was early May. The department didn't provide a new deadline.

"Canadian oil will make its way to market with or without Keystone XL," Girling said. "We are extremely disappointed and frustrated with yet another delay. American men and women will miss out on another construction season where they could have worked to build Keystone XL and provided for their families.""
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My view: Anti-science ruins the climate debate
"We have become accustomed to politicians, environmentalists and alternative energy companies telling us that the science of climate change is "settled." Scientists supposedly know with certainty that our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are causing a climate crisis. There is no need to further investigate the validity of the theory or to consider alternative evidence. We need not even consider whether adaption to climate change is more effective than trying to prevent it. We are told that we must take action to stop the unfolding human-caused climate catastrophe, no matter the cost.

Professors Chris Essex (University of Western Ontario) and Ross McKitrick (University of Guelph) call this the Doctrine of Certainty. In their award-winning book “Taken by Storm,” they explain, “The Doctrine is a collection of now-familiar assertions made about climate, all of which must be accepted without question.

If one dares question the Doctrine, the reaction from true believers is immediate — you are a denier, an enemy of nature, a pawn of big oil and you must be silenced. As demonstrated last month when activists protested in front of Washington Post headquarters brandishing an open letter signed by 110,000 people demanding that the paper not publish Charles Krauthammer’s skeptical opinion piece, censorship is fair play if you are on the side of the angels. The possibility that, as Essex and McKitrick say, “The Doctrine is not true. Each assertion is either manifestly false or the claim to know is false,” is not even considered.”"
I must get that book: Taken by Storm

Earth’s extinction rate highly exaggerated
"“---human-altered landscapes can foster more biological diversity than we anticipated,” Hadly said.

The researchers now point to an alternative framework that promises a more effective way of accounting for human-altered landscapes and assessing ecological risks."



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

And speaking of Aussies:

Perhaps one of the most costly bloody and disastrous battles in history:

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I Never Get Tired of This Song




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Awe

Russel Peters Again

Arrrgh!

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos lately. This one, about the Vikings, is very interesting:

I like this one. Ivor the Boneless! He must have been one awesome dude.



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Don't Tell Le Bebe

Global Weirding

Moore Equals Less in Global Warming Denial
"'There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth's atmosphere over the past 100 years.'

That statement is from Senate testimony from Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, a scientist himself, albeit one in the consulting business these days. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change would beg to differ."
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"Moore takes direct aim at the methodology behind the IPCC findings. Rather than measurable proof, he said, the scientists are relying on computer models, which are only as accurate as their human programmers.

"We may think it sophisticated, but we cannot predict the future with a computer model any more than we can make predictions with crystal balls, throwing bones, or by appealing to the gods," he said in his written testimony in February."
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"Moore doesn't dispute that the world is warming. Global warming, he said, is a good thing. Don't worry. Be happy.

[H]umans are a tropical species. We evolved at the equator in a climate where freezing weather did not exist. The only reasons we can survive these cold climates are fire, clothing, and housing. It could be said that frost and ice are the enemies of life, except for those relatively few species that have evolved to adapt to freezing temperatures during this Pleistocene Ice Age. It is "extremely likely" that a warmer temperature than today's would be far better than a cooler one.

Presumably, we will enjoy longer summers at whatever is left of the beach. An open shipping channel across the Arctic Sea. Bikinis as formal wear. A bigger market for sunscreen. The benefits boggle the mind."
Notice that old canard about "open shipping lanes" in the Arctic. The warmanistas are sooo ignorant of both planetary and human history.

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Is This The Arab Spring...

Friday, April 18, 2014

What Did I Tell Ya?

Keystone XL pipeline will not be completed this year, U.S. agencies told

The One is kicking the can down the road so as to ensure the Democrats another term.

More here and here.

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Scientific/Academic Fraud

Manipulating Information To Overstate Global Warming
"Exaggerating the degree and impact of climate change has been part of the global warming alarmists' strategy. Now it seems even academics are doing it, publishing a paper that provides a "rationale" for lying.

Stirring up fear over man-made global warming isn't a new approach for the alarmists. Years ago many said it was acceptable to embellish global warming and its effects. After all, the public doesn't get it, and it's for their own good.

Fuhai Hong and Xiaojian Zhao, economics professors at Asian universities, recently published a paper titled "Information Manipulation and Climate Agreements," in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Was this a handbook for twisting the truth? In their abstract, Hong and Zhao note that "it appears that news media and some pro-environmental organizations have the tendency to accentuate or even exaggerate the damage caused by climate change." But rather than try to introduce facts and get the science right, they appear to come to the aid of the exaggerators.

"This article," they write, "provides a rationale for this tendency. ... We find that the information manipulation has an instrumental value."

Hong and Zhao say their paper has been misrepresented by the media. In an explanation they sent to food and agriculture economist Jayson Lusk, who last month "raised some questions about the ultimate desirability of information manipulation," the authors say they were looking at media bias in two ways: one, why it exists; two, what its outcome is.

In a note to the press, the authors vow that "we never advocate lying on climate change."

But as Lusk noted in an earlier comment on the paper, the authors constructed "a mathematical model to suggest that exaggerating consequences can have positive impacts by getting people to 'do the right thing.'"

There's also this statement: "Our key result — that overpessimism alleviates the underparticipation problem — implies that the propaganda of climate skepticism may be detrimental to the society."

So maybe they would "never advocate lying on climate change," yet they approve of using propaganda and silencing or marginalizing skeptics?

At least they're not in favor of, as far as we know, arresting global warming skeptics. That can't be said of some, including journalist Adam Weinstein and assistant philosophy professor Lawrence Torcello.

But these two should be a reminder: The growing extremism is a sign that the global warming/climate change scare is losing its strength."

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Missing Malaysian Flight 370 Found...

...over Cobourg - er - Lincoln. All this time they've been searching in the wrong place.

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Beatles Reunited

You say hello.

Rob Ford to officially kick off mayoralty campaign tonight

And I say goodbye.

Marois has no regrets as she issues tearful goodbye after election defeat.



There's nothing new under to sun. (PS: That video of the Beatles really sucks.)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maybe You Can Buy Oil...

When They're Killing Each Other...

Beware The Ides Of April..

...Seems it's National Stab Someone to Death Day, all across Canada.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baby Grandson, Making Great Progress

And Mommy. looking very, very happy. Grandma has to do a happy dance now.

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Hey! Line Up The Old Folks...

Italy court orders Berlusconi to do community service
"An Italian court on Tuesday ordered former Prime Minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service in an old person's home in a symbolic but humiliating punishment for tax fraud.

The flamboyant 77-year-old media magnate will have to work at the centre "one day a week and for not less than four hours", Milan judge Pasquale Nobile De Santis said in his ruling published by Italian media."
...Should be able to scam them out of their money.
Bunga! Bunga!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Amazing Photos...

...some of which are very cute:

The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken

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