Thursday, December 14, 2017
Thought of the Day
Strzok to Miss Page, August 15th 2016:
"He" is Trump. "Andy's office" is believed to be that of the Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, who was in charge of the Trump investigation - then just a few weeks old. The conversation appears to be a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits civil servants from engaging in political activity while on duty and in a government office.I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy's office that there's no way he gets elected — but I'm afraid we can't take that risk. It's like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you're 40...
But what does "I'm afraid we can't take that risk" (of Trump winning) actually mean?
Does it mean, for example, that "I'm going to dress up this dodgy Christopher Steele dossier Hillary and Fusion GPS passed along to us into something a bit more credible-seeming and take it to the FISA court to get authorization to tap everyone around Trump round the clock until we hit paydirt"?
9) The above text explains why Mueller hired the same-old-same-old Hillary crowd for his supposed "independent" investigation into Trump: The same people had to run both investigations because otherwise the new investigators would discover the shenanigans of the old investigators.Putting Strzok and Page on the team was the FBI's way of protecting itself.
Labels: Mark Steyn quote
Saturday, December 09, 2017
I Blame Trump
Here is a chart from several sources, including the EPA, UNESCO and the World Bank, regarding changes in some of the human problems we share. It's a remarkable drop.
Poverty has decreased by 75%. Pollution in the US by 61% (and that's on top of the decline from 1970 to 1990). Whenever I hear someone saying humans are ruining the world and things are getting constantly worse, I remember this chart.
I've got to admit it's getting better, a little better all the time.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
I Love It When I'm Prescient
Nine years ago I wrote this:
...In the Southern Hemisphere, however, it's Fall and it's getting colder. The sea ice in the North has probably peaked and is down from the 21 year normal by half a million square kilometers. Most of the anomaly is from two places--Barents Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. In the South, the sea ice around Antarctica is more than a million and a half square kilometers above the 21 year normal. Therefore world sea ice is a million square Km above normal. The flux density from the sun is low, 71, and the sun is spotless and still hasn't had a normal second new cycle sunspot since January 4, 2008. The four different measurements of global temperature are rebounding from the year long full degree slide.
I'm speculating that there is a recently active volcano under the ice near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula which accounts for the recent melting only there in Antarctica. Is there any way to tell? It is difficult otherwise to account for the record sea ice (which would mean colder than normal temperatures) and single source of ice shelf collapses (which would require warmer than normal temperatures).
Yesterday I read this:
Antarctica is the largest reservoir of ice on Earth. Understanding its ice sheet dynamics is crucial to unraveling past global climate change and making robust climatic and sea level predictions. Of the basic parameters that shape and control ice flow, the most poorly known is geothermal heat flux. Direct observations of heat flux are difficult to obtain in Antarctica, and until now continent-wide heat flux maps have only been derived from low-resolution satellite magnetic and seismological data. We present a high resolution heat flux map and associated uncertainty derived from spectral analysis of the most advanced continental compilation of airborne magnetic data. Small-scale spatial variability and features consistent with known geology are better reproduced than in previous models, between 36% and 50%. Our high-resolution heat-flux map and its uncertainty distribution provide an important new boundary condition to be used in studies on future subglacial hydrology, ice-sheet dynamics and sea-level change.
So it turns out that there are lots of volcanoes and other geological heat sources under the huge amount of ice in Antarctica. Here is the photo of the mapping:
And it was these sources, and not added heat in the air from any greenhouse gas, that were measured by Warmie True Believers Eric Steig, Michael Mann et al. and sold to us as catastrophic man-caused global warming. That was pretty much bull shit. Compare the geologically based warming above with the false narrative of "air temperature" warming at the South Pole, in this view side by side:
Monday, November 13, 2017
Photos out my Office Window
Here are some things I've taken pictures of while "working."
Labels: Local Photography
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Coming Up with a Great Line, Two Hours Too Late
I was talking to a new friend the other day. She was born and raised Catholic (I just RCIAed) and our conversation touched briefly on the new Pope and she, for a bit, couldn't remember his name. Nor could I. Much too much later I remembered and wish I had said then: "The Pope's name is Francis the Red"
Oh, well. Life is short, and then you die and go to Hell.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Does anyone know what the heck this is?
UPDATE: It just looks like a giant sea creature formerly unknown to science. It's the underwater side of a small iceberg in East Antarctic waters.
Labels: Wildlife Photographers of 2017
Friday, October 06, 2017
If it Wasn't for Double Standards....
Here is a tedious lecture from the ever shrinking NYT about guns. I just want to point out one main thing but but first this little detail is worth a quick detour.
...the previous deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, in 2016 — when a madman gunned down 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, Fla.... (Emphasis added)
Is "madman" the new euphemism for Islamic terrorist? It's difficult for me to keep up with lefty PC versions.
OK to the main point.
And one element of Sunday’s mayhem was so senselessly absurd that it has stirred even Republican legislators and their masters in the gun lobby. (Emphasis added).
You see the left thinks that the gun manufacturing lobby absolutely controls the Republicans, making them the slaves to their evil gun manufacturing masters' whims and wishes.
No gun manufacturer even appears on the list of the 50 biggest spenders of lobbying efforts for businesses etc.
Unions spend in excess of $45 Million each year lobbying Democrats. The totally evil and bathed in innocents' blood NRA spends about $3 Million. But the phrase "Democrats and their masters in the Unions" has apparently never appeared in print in the dying elite media. The thought never crosses the Democrat mind, I guess.
I'm thinking that the enormous power of the NRA per dollar spent has something to do with the Citizens United Supreme Court case or something. It's tough to tell what the left truly believes.