Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The New York Times.....
Trying to desperately destroy its reputation as a trusted news source by being a propaganda instrument of the Democrats, is financially taking its toll on the company,
Lent is a period of time preparing for the most important holy day of the Christian calendar, Easter (not Christmas as people like to think). Lent ends on Easter, this year April 8th, and started on Ash Wednesday, just past on February 21st. Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Due to the lunar aspects of this holiday and the lunar aspects of Chinese New Year (I don't know how CNY is calculated) it is interesting to note that CNY fell in the few days just preceding Lent. The last day of CNY was on Fat Tuesday. I don't know if that is always the case, and I will try to figure it all out one day.
The length of Lent relates to the traditional biblical periods of 40 days despite it being 46 days since the "period" excludes the six Sundays...
There are traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor). Today, some people give up something they enjoy, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.Every Lent, I usually give up something. In the past, I have given up coffee and/or alcohol. This Lent I am giving up alcohol except a Chateau Lafite wine dinner that I am attending on March 8th. But like in all Christian celebrations, it is left up to the individual to decide what is most appropriate for them within their own personal relationship with God.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Quote Of The Day....
“You know McCain said that Hollywood is Washington for idiots, basically,” actor Robin Williams tells McCuddy.
Robin Williams probably made that up and I don't think that McCain actually said that but I would be proud of him if he did.
Its Astonishing The Crap That Comes Out Of The Crazy People In Iran....
Here, a scholar claims that Walt Disney created Tom and Jerry as a Jewish tool....
The interesting thing about this hypothesis is that "Tom and Jerry was not a Disney cartoon. Disney was a congregationalist and not a Jew and was accused of being an anti-Semite, himself...
Eisenstein did not live long enough to discover that Disney later became an anti-Semitic, racist, union-bashing, anti-Communist right-winger.My kind of guy!
So, this "scholar" comes up with this strange hypothesis about how Jews are mice, and to counter that, they created "Tom and Jerry" where the mouse is brutal to the cat and yet, people still like the mouse. See the connection, Jews kicking the Palestinians around, just like "Tom and Jerry." Whew, who are these weird Muslim people that comes up with these kinds of thoughts and comparisons.
Muslims have to create these weird and non-sense universes in order to justify or to deflect their own thoughts away their own odd, barbaric and murderous behavior. Imagine that this guy actually spent time to dream up this material. And some university paid him a salary. Also, I have recently heard, AGAIN, a Muslim tell me that the 9/11 attack was a plot by the Jews and the US government to humiliate Muslims and justify attacking them. This person went on again to argue that all the Jews were told to stay home that day. What weirdness, even after all these years.
Muslims are foolish, barbaric and dangerous people.
Furthermore, "Tom and Jerry" first appeared in 1940 by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, prior to the holocaust but obviously after Kristillnacht in 1938, that marked the start of the anti-Jewish pogroms by the Nazis. However, it should be noted that in addition to "Tom and Jerry," the duo was also responsible for "The Flintstones," "Yogi Bear," "Huckleberry Hound and Friends," "Top Cat," "Scooby-Doo," "Johnny Quest," "The Jetsons" and "Animal Follies." So I wonder what kind of sinister and devious intentions were behind Huckleberry Hound and Scooby-Doo. Maybe the Iranians can fill us in on that.
In addition, it is interesting to note that Barbera was an ethnic Lebanese. I don't know what religion Hanna was but the religion of these people and the idea that they created "Tom and Jerry" for Zionist purposes is absolute silliness.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
A Little Late....
I tried to post this before, but I couldn't get it to work. But you can see it here, now. A world without America.
April 26, 1956....
We all know of famous battles, the birth and deaths of politicians, great treaties and agreements, etc. but we know little about the more mundane dates marking the changes that have created gigantic changes in peoples daily lives.
So, April 26, 1956 marks which date? It is the date that a young American trucking executive, figured that the big costs to shipping goods revolved around the transfer of goods between modes of transaportation and shipped the first containers between the ports of Newark and Houston revoltionizing the shipping industry....
On April 26, 1956, the Ideal-X steamed out of Newark carrying 58 converted truck trailers to Houston on the world's first container-ship voyage. Designed by North Carolina trucking executive Malcom McLean, containers cut the cost of loading material onto ships from nearly $6 per ton to 16 cents per ton; shrank loading time in ports from weeks to hours; and, over 20 years, raised productivity at docks a thousand-fold.Innovation of this type, notoriously low tech in actuallity, has changed our lives in numerous and immeasureable ways. The container allowed many poorer countries to unlock the resourses, such as labor, available to them to raise the standard of their lives. And it is most notable, that this massive change had nothing to do with any "government" program or an initiative promoted by the useless United Nations but just plain old American ingenuity.
Top ten bad things that are good for you, here.
Friday, February 23, 2007
Do You Want The Terrorists To Win???
Take the Quiz.... Do You Want The Terrorists To Win?
You can see how I scored. I only got a 2%. I definitely don't want the terrorists to win. Go GWB and our soldiers, keep kicking their asses.
Circumcision Reduces The Chances Of Contracting AIDS....
Many studies have concluded that circumcision and the mutilation of male genitalia can substantially reduce the probability of becoming HIV infected and therefore contracting AIDS. Comments by the WHO....
"This is an extraordinary development," said Dr. Kevin de Cock, director of the World Health Organization's AIDS department. "Circumcision is the most potent intervention in HIV prevention that has been described."The director of the WHO AIDS department is Dr. Cock? An appropriate name?
Further studies may show that the amputation of male penises show a nearly complete reduction on the chances of contracting HIV and AIDS.
Someone sent me a message on my spelling of Malthus, where i probably occasionally drop the 'h' when referring to the wrong headed Malthusian mathematics predicting the collapse of civilization due to food shortages. All i have to say about spelling is what President Andrew Jackson said...
It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word.Ha ha.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Representing the Lollipop Guild...
We know that the Democrats are hugely beholden to special interests such as the Lollipop Guild....
They are best suited to represnting the Lollipop Guild, since they definately don't represent me. Even the wishy-washy Bill Clinton had more spine than the rest of the crop of slippery slithering Democrats, except Joe Lieberman.
What's In A Name...USS Cowpens....
AKA "The Big Moo" is in town here in Hong Kong. Lots of young soldiers wandering around and saw some of them last night. The first USS Cowpens was a small aircraft carrier that served in the Pacific theater during WWII. The second USS Cowpens...
On March 3, 1989, the US Navy launched the second USS Cowpens, CG-63, a guided missile cruiser from Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. She was commissioned two years later in Charleston, South Carolina, on March 9, 1991 and was the seventeenth Aegis cruiser of the Ticonderoga class. This ship is also known as the "Mighty Moo" and her crew call themselves "the Herd."It is an odd name and one that deserves further research...
The Cowpens was named in honor of the Revolutionary War battle of January 17, 1781, fought seven miles north of the town of Cowpens, South Carolina. This battle was a victory in the campaign which led to the surrender of the British at Yorktown, Virginia.So, it kind of commemorates when the ragtag Americans kicked some British ass.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure--which is: Try to please everybody.
- Herbert Swope, address, Dec. 20, 1950
This quote made me immediately think of Bill Clinton.
Why There Is Just No Way That There Can Be a Black President...
After President Bush made the statement that Barak Obama, the nearly black candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the US, was articulate, lots of black folks came onto TV railing about how white folk cannot call a black candidate articulate. And this was after another Democratic candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, caused and uproar after calling Osama Barak Obama, "clean." You know, we all knew what President Bush and Sen. Joe Biden meant and the context in what these comments were made. So now we still have to spend time and expend energies going over these idiotic semantic word parsing.
Imagine the race baiting that would go on as a political tool to get all kinds of stupid things done if a black person were to be elected President. No one would be able to say anything about everything without risking being accused of being racist from all kinds of obtuse angles. Imagine the debates, how diffiicult it would be to stay afloat after armies of peoples decifer each and every word a candidate mutters and what the "experts" think that the debater meant in the weird contectual world of political correctness.
This lunacy is the direct result of political correctness, out of control liberalism and constant use of race baiting tactics by Democrats. I remember the hope for better race relations upon the elections of an articulate black man, David Dinkins, as mayor of New York City and the total mess that he made of the city and the disaster he was for race relations during his singel term.
If blacks and Democrats continue to insist on trying to get a political edge by playing the race card, it will be impossible to elect any black person to nationwide office.
And, just so you know, I refuse to use the term African-American when referring to blacks or mulatto peoples. I never expect people to call me European-American and I would view that as an insult since Europeans could hardly be further from my beliefs, political positions and way of life.
Al Gore And Bill And Hillary Clinton Go To Heaven....
...and God addresses Al first. ''Al, what do you believe in?''
Al replies: "Well, I believe that I won that election, but that it was your will that I did not serve. And I've come to understand that now.''
God thinks for a second and says: "Very good. Come and sit at my left.'' God then addresses Bill. "Bill, what do you believe in?''
Bill Replies: "I believe in forgiveness. I've sinned, but I've never held a grudge against my fellow man, and I hope no grudges are held against me.''
God thinks for a second and says: "You are forgiven, my son. Come and sit at my right.'' Then God addresses Hillary. "Hillary, what do you believe in?''
She replies: "I believe you're in my chair.''
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
"Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events."
Sir Winston Churchill
British politician (1874 - 1965)
But who would have thought that it would be your own countrymen that seeks to lose, like the Democrats are doing now?
Apple At It Again....
AP Newswire February 20, 2007 -
Apple Computer announced today that it has developed computer chips that can store and play music inside women's breasts called the iNip. This is considered to be a major technological breakthrough, because women are always complaining about men staring at their breasts and not listening to them.
Monday, February 19, 2007
President Hillary Clinton...
One sunny day in 2008, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Hillary Clinton."
The Marine replied, "Sir, Mrs. Clinton is not President and doesn't reside here."
The old man said, "Okay," and walked away.
The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Hillary Clinton".
The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mrs. Clinton is not President and doesn't reside here."
The man thanked him and again walked away.
The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same Marine, saying "I would like to go in and meet with President Hillary Clinton."
The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mrs. Clinton. I've told you already several times that Mrs. Clinton is not the President and doesn't reside here. Don't you understand?"
The old man answered, "Oh, I understand you fine. I just love hearing your answer!"
The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow."
Thursday, February 15, 2007
This is something that I have never seen in Starbucks and do not expect to see it anytime soon. But a special coffee, collected in the coffee plantations in Sumatra, is found in the feces of civet cats that eat coffee berries, digest them and then excrete them. The feces with the coffee beans in them are then collected and processed into this delightful warm drink....
Basically this feral feline prowls Sumatran coffee plantations at night, choosing to eat only the finest, ripest cherries. The stones (which eventually form coffee beans) are then collected by sifting through the Civet's number twos.Only about 500 kilos of this is collected a year. And its very comforting to me that there is no discernable 'aftertaste.'
Revered for its luscious chocolatey flavour Civet Coffee is totally safe, totally sterilised and totally delicious. Plus there's no discernable aftertaste.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
North Korea Disarming?
Lets hope so. We have never gotten his far with this regime. As you may know, Libya recently dismantled its nuclear program in return for normalization of relationships with the rest of the world. In these cases, isolation may have worked whereas it didn't work well with Iraq or with Iran. In the case of Iran, and the 4-year talks and negotiations that they have been conducting with European diplomats, have yielded little progress, largely I think, since there is little credible threat from Europe if no agreement is reached.
Monday, February 12, 2007
What's in A Name?
James Madison, 4th President of the US, is one of the inspirations for the name of this blog, Milton J. Madison.
He was known as the "Father of the Constitution", was responsible for the first 10 amendments and a contributor to the Federalist Papers, published as a discussion on how and why the new nation was framed as such.
Madison was a strong believer in state's right and a limited role for the central government, in opposition to Alexander Hamilton (Hamilton is the Milton in Milton J. Madison, not Milton Friedman, one of the most important economic thinkers of the 20th century) who was a proponent of a much stronger central government.
From his thorough study of governmental forms throughout history, Madison saw clearly that a governmental structure that would resist the tendencies toward tyranny demanded a structure and mechanisms to keep power distributed. Tyranny was the likely result of unchecked, concentrated power. To define a governmental structure that supported the values expressed in the preamble, and particularly to ensure against tyranny, he articulated two central principles, the separation of powers, and checks and balances. Distribute power, and keep it distributed.He also believed that a properly founded nation could be immortal.
The separation of powers between the states and a stronger central government than existed earlier gave Washington the right to raise and army, tax and to veto the acts of states. So in so many words, the new more powerful central government has the following powers or rights:
1. National defense: Defend the nation with an army and Navy.The rest of the powers, rights and responsibilities fall towards the states.
2. International diplomacy: Maintain relationships with foreign powers.
3. A monetary system: A system of money to allow for commerce.
4. A system of law: Laws for those issues that a central government is best designed to deal with.
5. A system of interstate commerce: Regulate and allow for free trade amongst the states without barriers between them.
Steve Martin's 72 Virgins....
As we all now know, if you are of the Muslim religion and you do unspeakable acts of barbaric violence, and the killer loses their own life in the process, then one is then entitled to continuous sex with 72 virgins in heaven. This juvenile belief is further elucidated with Steve Martin's 72 virgins....
Virgin No. 1: Yuck.
Virgin No. 2: Ick.
Virgin No. 3: Ew.
Virgin No. 4: Ow.
Virgin No. 5: Do you like cats? I have fourteen!
Virgin No. 6: I’m Becky. I’ll be legal in two years.
Virgin No. 7: Here, I’ll just pull down your zipper. Oh, sorry!
Virgin No. 8: Can we cuddle first?
Virgin No. 9: It was a garlic-and-onion pizza. Why?
Virgin No. 10: . . . so I see Heath, and he goes, “Like, what are you doing here?,” and I go, “I’m hangin’ out,” so he goes, “Like, what?” . . .
Virgin No. 11: First you’re going to have to show me an up-to-date health certificate.
Virgin No. 12: Hurry! My parents are due home!
Virgin No. 13: Do you want the regular or the special?
Virgin No. 14: I’m eighty-four. So what?
Virgin No. 15: Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Virgin No. 16: Even I know that’s tiny.
Virgin No. 17: “Do it”? Meaning what?
Virgin No. 18: I’m saving myself for Jesus.
Virgin No. 19: Somewhere on my body I have hidden a buffalo nickel.
Virgin No. 20: Don’t touch my hair!
Virgin No. 21: I hope you’re not going to sleep with me and then go sleep with seventy-one others.
Virgin No. 22: Do you mind if we listen to Mannheim Steamroller?
Virgin No. 23: Are you O.K. with the dog on the bed?
Virgin No. 24: Would you mind saying, “Could I see you in my office, Miss Witherspoon?”?
Virgin No. 25: Ride me! Ride me, Lucky Buck!
Virgin No. 26: You like your vanilla hot?
Virgin No. 27: Does Ookums like Snookums?
Virgin No. 28: It’s so romantic here, dead.
Virgin No. 29: Well, I’m a virgin, but my hand isn’t.
Virgin No. 30: You are in?
Virgin No. 31: Hi, cowboy. I just rode down from Brokeback Mountain.
Virgin No. 32: I’m a virgin because I’m so ugly.
Virgin No. 33: You like-ee?
Virgin No. 34: I’ll betcha you can’t get an erection. Go on, impress me. C’mon, show me. Show me, big shot.
Virgin No. 35: By the way, here in Heaven “virgin” has a slightly different meaning. It means “chatty.”
Virgin No. 36: Sure, I like you, but as a friend.
Virgin No. 37: No kissing. I save that for my boyfriend.
Virgin No. 38: I’m Zania, from the planet Xeron. My vagina is on my foot.
Virgin No. 39: It’s a lesion, and, no, I don’t know what kind.
Virgin No. 40: I’m Jewish. Why do you ask?
Virgin No. 41: Hi, I’m Becky. Oh, whoops—you again.
Virgin No. 42: I just love camping! Camping is so great! Can we go camping sometime?
Virgin No. 43: In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m a single mom.
Virgin No. 44: You like my breasts? They were my graduation gift.
Virgin No. 45: When you’re done, you should really check out how cool this ceiling is.
Virgin No. 46: I’m almost there. Just another couple of hours.
Virgin No. 47: Get your own beer, you nitwit.
Virgin No. 48: No, you’ve got it wrong. We’re in the Paradise Casino.
Virgin No. 49: I really enjoyed that. Thank you very much. Gee, it’s late.
Virgin No. 50: You make me feel like a real woman. And after this is over I’m going to find one.
Virgin No. 51: What do you mean, “move a little”?
Virgin No. 52: Not now, I’m on my BlackBerry.
Virgin No. 53: I love it when you put on your pants and leave.
Virgin No. 54: We’ve been together twenty-four hours now, and, you know, sometimes it’s O.K. to say something mildly humorous.
Virgin No. 55: That was terrible. I should have listened to the other virgins.
Virgin No. 56: I think I found it. Is that it? Oh. Is this it? Oh, this must be it. No?
Virgin No. 57: It must be hot in here, because I know it’s not me.
Virgin No. 58: Those are my testicles.
Virgin No. 59: Did you know that “virgin” is an anagram of Irving?
Virgin No. 60: First “Spamalot,” then sex.
Virgin No. 61: Great! I was hoping for circumcised.
Virgin No. 62: Was that it?
Virgin No. 63: Dang. George Clooney was being reckless on a motorcycle, but instead I got you.
Virgin No. 64: Tonight, I become a woman. But until then you can call me Bob.
Virgin No. 65: They’re called “adult diapers.” Why?
Virgin No. 66: We could do it here for free, or on a stage in Düsseldorf for money.
Virgin No. 67: I’m just Virgin No. 67 to you, right?
Virgin No. 68: Pee-yoo. Are you wearing Aramis?
Virgin No. 69: Condom, please.
Virgin No. 70: My name is Mother Teresa.
Virgin No. 71: I’m not very good at this, but let’s start with the Reverse Lotus Blossom.
Virgin No. 72: It was paradise, until you showed up.
More On Global Warming....
As Curt Vonnegut explained in his book, God Bless You, Mr Rosewater (1965)....
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers -- joined in the serious business of keeping our food, shelter, clothing and loved ones from combining with oxygen.Life on earth is carbon based life. So when it lives and grows, life absorbs carbon. When it dies, decomposition involves combining with oxygen and one of the by-products is CO2. With the case of fossil fuels, carbon did not combine with oxygen creating the fuel and only combines with oxygen when we use it to power or vehicles, homes, etc.
None of the CO2 that is being released into the atmosphere, wasn't there previously. It all originally came from the atmosphere so we are just re-releasing it back.
So, we are actually liberating the carbon!
I too had to hold up my trousers in the Manila airport since they run your belt though the Xray machines. But this guy lost control....
A 66-year-old German tourist, annoyed by stringent security at Manila's airport, dropped his pants before walking through an X-ray machine, newspapers said Monday.It could just happen that your pants drop down in the airport.
Authorities were not amused.
"He must have been annoyed that he was asked to walk through the X-ray twice, so he took off his pants," airport security chief Angel Atutubo was quoted saying.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Another Example Of Bush Overstating WMD Intelligence?
"[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs." Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.
9 Years Ago.....
"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program." President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.
Death To America And Jews.....
The Islamic Mein Kampf.
Alchohol Is Truth Serum....
A woman was shopping at her local supermarket where she selected:
A half-gallon of 2% milk,
A carton of eggs,
A quart of orange juice,
A head of romaine lettuce,
A 2 lb. can of coffee,
And a 1 lb. package of bacon.
As she was unloading her items on the conveyor belt to check out, a
drunk standing behind her watched as she placed the items in front of
While the cashier was ringing up her purchases, the drunk calmly
stated, "You must be single."
The woman was a bit startled by this proclamation, but she was
intrigued by the derelict's intuition, since she was indeed single.
She looked at her six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about her
selections that could have tipped off the drunk to her marital status.
Curiosity getting the better of her, she said "Well, you know what,
you're absolutely correct. But how on earth did you know that?"
The drunk replied, " 'Cause you're ugly'
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Climate Change Passes Cambodia By.....
Despite the looming global disater, Cambodians have had to don winter wear due to the cold....
Across Cambodia, residents have been engaging in a rare activity: turning off their air conditioners and stilling their fans. Some of Phnom Penh's intrepid moto drivers have even been seen zipping around the streets at night in puffy parkas.Where is global warming when you need it?
It has been cold here – the coldest in 27 years of recorded history, according to Seth Vannareth, the director of meteorology at the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology.
As the cold settled in, she counseled this correspondent to "please take a coat with you." Yesterday, she had good news: The cold spell was officially over.
Islam Vs. Climate Change....
And for all my fans that want more Muslim bashing.... I think that barbaric Muslim madmen are a much bigger risk today to our safety than silly climate change. Infact, we may wish that there were more greenhouse gases since chances are the with all the liberal dithering in Europe and the spinelessness being proffered by American Democrats as the proper way froward in Iraq and Afghanistan that Iran will feel that they have free reign without consequences to develop, build and then detonate nuclear weapon(s) at or near targets in Israel, apostate Europe and the crusader US. And how will we respond to that? With a strong retaliatory strike against Iran? Democrats will want to sit down and talk if that happens? I hope not! If we bomb the bejesus out of them, as we should, then we may be subject to some level of nuclear winter. So, increasing greenhouse gasses is a DEFENSIVE measure against the long-term threat of crazy Muslims. So there liberals.
My 2 Cents On Global Warming......
The swarm on global warming continues and drumbeat of 'news' and the shrill voice of politics is raising its ugly useless head through the recent report issued by that ridiculous organization, the UN.
Supposedly, as the UN report claims, that 90% of all scientists agree that human intervention is the cause of global warming. 4 out of 5 dentists also supposedly agree that Sugarless Trident Gum whitens teeth or is better for your teeth but also, 1 out of 5 dentists don't agree. Maybe the 1 didn't understand the question or didn't think that it was the most important reason or a major factor in teeth whitening or tooth health. Sugary gum is probably is a contributing factor to tooth decay but probably not the primary reason for trouble and it is difficult to prove the sugar/sugarless gum theory since there are probably very few controls to testing and controlling the theory. This is a problem with climate change. It is difficult to conclude without question that changes are completely due to human activities, what can be done about it and what the level of intervention should be used to achieve the most desirable impact. But thank you Al Gore for inventing the Internet and inventing climate change.
I guess that I am 1 out of the 5. Or maybe Dentists are smarter than scientists. So what? You may ask, Glenzo, you are a white conservative and tool of big business and all you care about is money and business, blah, blah, blah. Yes, I am, but geography is one of my hobbies and I kind of minored in geography in school. Its not all memorizing the capitols of countries and where the 'stan's are but of weather systems ocean dynamics and applied physics in astronomy and the like.
So lets look at this interesting ice core data.....
Yes, over the past 140,000 years, higher temperatures are coincident with higher atmospheric levels of methane and carbon dioxide. And I have to speculate the increases and decreases in the 'greenhouse gases' were not influenced by human activities for most of the period. Unless of course early humans were much more technically advanced than we currently believe with large fuel burning SUVs and other energy inefficient lifestyles back in cave dwelling days.
Also, we can conclude that the temperatures that we are at now are not unusual, even in recent earth history. and do note, that most of the increase in CO2 and methane happened much before the last 150 years. But lets not allow this information get in the way of a good leftist shrill argument.
So, lets assume that there seems to be evidence that rising temperatures and the increase in 'greenhouse gases' of methane and carbon dioxide cause or are coincident with rising temperatures. So lets also assume that increases in these gases do cause higher temperatures (but where did they come from 18,000 years ago?). Lets see what happens.....
Yes, since the last ice age 18,000 years ago, ocean levels did rise dramatically, but this has been what we have to define as a "natural occurrence." Imagine if we were living 18,000 years ago how screwed we would be. And it is written....
Sea level has risen around 130 metres (400 feet) since the peak of the last ice age about 18,000 years ago. Most of the rise occurred before 6,000 years ago. From 3,000 years ago to the start of the 19th century sea level was almost constant, rising at 0.1 to 0.2 mm/yr. Since 1900 the level has risen at 1 to 3 mm/yr; since 1992 satellite altimetry from TOPEX/Poseidon indicates a rate of rise about 3 mm/yr.So, let review the numbers...the sea has risen 130,000 millimeters over the last 18,000 years, or 7.22 millimeters a year. So we are still lower than average over the past 18,000 years. So what is the big deal?
One of the problems is that despite the rise in the ability of measuring many things much more accurately, we are like the blind men trying to describe an elephant, each one describing the part they touch, one describing the tusks, one the trunk, one the legs, one sides, etc. We really only have accurate and voluminous data as of late and do not have voluminous and detailed yearly data nor had the tools to take such specific measurements over thousands of years previously. But lets assume that the data since 1900 DOES represent a material man-made change in environment and that the rising temperatures are caused by increases in 'greenhouse gases.' So what is the damage that will result? An interactive map, here, shows that someplaces will be impacted more than others. For example, Florida will largely disappear but other places will be unaffected. The disappearance of Florida is a true disaster since the US won't have a place to put their old people and Disneyworld will be underwater. Disneyworld, surprisingly is not a UNESCO world heritage site. See, the UN is worthless, they don't know quality if it bit them on the elbow.
Additionally, it seems to me, that scientists are convinced that so much damage has been done, that there will be an inevitable sea-level rise. So be it. There will be sea-level rise irrespective of human intervention to reduce emissions now. Lets assume that for the next 100 years the sea levels will rise and there will be hundreds of billions worth of damage. There is little that we can do about that today. So the investment that we make now will only be felt maybe 100 years from now. And lets say that the potential damage that we can reduce is worth $1 trillion dollars on average 150 years from now. $1 trillion dollars due 1 year from now using a 5% discount rate is worth $950 billion today. $1 trillion due 150 years from now is worth only $45 million. Really, it is not too clear to me that we can make such a long-term investment without clearly knowing that the investments that we are making today is worth it. That case has not been made as-of yet in my mind or amoung the 4 out of 5 dentists surveyed on climate change.
Of course, the discount model I have presented does not take into account inflation since the cost in future dollars could be much higher in nominal terms. But also, what the discount rate does not take into account, is technological change, specifically, it has been technological change that have created the current 'situation' to start with. So, it is possible, that the whole debate is just silliness since technology is changing so dramatically, so quickly that this may only be a Maltusian problem.
Maltuse thought that the ability of the earth of support population was limited He even went so far as to specifically predict that this must occur by the middle of the 19th century, a prediction which failed for several reasons, including his use of static analysis, taking recent trends and projecting them indefinitely into the future, which often fails for complex systems.The current climate debate seems somewhat similar to the flawed but sensible hypothesis put forward by him. what he missed was technological change and the ability of people to solve problems and to use ingenuity to meet changing demand.The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands. Should success be still incomplete, gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population with the food of the world.This Principle of Population was based on the idea that population if unchecked increases at a geometric rate (i.e. 2, 4, 8, 16, etc.) whereas the food supply grows at an arithmetic rate (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.).
On climate change, it appears as if there is little that we can currently do to impact the change that is already 'baked into the cake.' But the only real changes that we can make are to slowdown the growth of greenhouse gases with only a marginal impact on sea-level change over the short and intermediate term. Or that technological changes coming, given the large savings to be had in reversing the climate change will solve the problem at a much lower cost than the ridiculous solutions being fleshed out infront of us now.
Wake me up when its all over.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Getting Pulled Over....
A police officer pulls over a speeding car. The officer
says, "I clocked you at 80 miles per hour, sir."
The driver says, "Gee, officer, I had it on cruise control
at 60. Maybe your radar gun needs calibrating."
Not looking up from her knitting, the wife says, "Now
don't be silly dear. You know that this car doesn't have
As the office writes out the ticket, the driver looks
over at his wife and growls, "Can't you please keep your
mouth shut for once?"
The wife smiles demurely and says, "You should be
thankful your radar detector went off when it did."
As the office makes out the second ticket for the illegal
radar detector unit, the man glowers at his wife and
says through clenched teeth, "Darn it woman, can't you
keep your mouth shut?"
The officer frowns and says, "And I notice that you're
not wearing your seatbelt, sir. That's an automatic $75
The driver says, "Yeah, well, you see officer, I had it on,
but took it off when you pulled me over so that I could
get my license out of my back pocket."
The wife says, "Now, dear, you know very well that you
didn't have your seatbelt on. You never wear your seat-
belt when you're driving."
As the police officer is writing out the third ticket, the
driver turns to his wife and barks, "WHY DON'T YOU
PLEASE SHUT UP?"
The officer looks over at the woman and asks, "Does your
husband always talk to you this way, Ma'am?"
"Only when he's been drinking."
Saturday, February 03, 2007
White Trash Over Limosine Liberal.....
Ha ha ha. McDonald's beats Starbucks. Tastier and cheaper.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Barbarian Muslims At It Again In Britain...
9 arrests so far in a Muslim plot in Britain to behead a Muslim British soldier on leave from duty in Afghanistan. They intended on filming him begging for his life and then cutting his head off.
In what would mark a new departure for UK jihadists, members of the group are alleged to have been preparing to film the kidnap victim as he begged for mercy before being murdered, and were then planning to post the footage on the web.Wow, these people are total and complete animals. The Muslims were largely second generation Pakistanis in their 20's and 30's, some even with children.
One has to wonder, with a Pakistani population here in Hong Kong, what they are planning to do? Given that brutal terrorism is largely perpetrated by young Muslim men, some of them middle class with families and children, that it must be the religion and what the religion is teaching these individuals that causes their decline in barbaric violence.
It amkes sense to not trust Muslims. Who knows what these animals are thinking of doing?