Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Climate Change Science circa 2024

English: Long-term average precipitation by mo...
English: Long-term average precipitation by month (mm/day and in/day), based on 1961-1990 data. Animated GIF. Mollweide projection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sept 2, 2024. NY NY, MexiUSA. The UN confirmed today that the chief cause of climate change has been determined: it is caused by massive carbon-spewing HAL climate modelling computers. Climate models produced by these computers show that, unless the plug is pulled immediately on these carbon hurlers, the Earth will soon enter a climate death spiral.

However, Chief Scientist Morkle Mangg, representing the government-funded Consensus R Us Consortium of Concerned Scientists (CRUCCS), disputed the results. He said a cautious, go-slow approach was appropriate: “Really, we don’t know what in HAL is going on”, he said. “This is no time for alarmism. A bit of skepticism is in order here, a bit of  humility. Look, climate is not some rinky-dink greenhouse glass-closed system that can be mapped by tree rings; it is unbelievably complex: there are unknown knowns, known unknowns, known knowns, unknown unknowns — none of us really has a clue what’s going on. What we are sure of is this: this is no time to pull the plug on anything — especially climate science funding. Of this we are absolutely certain.”

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Michael Brown "Gentle Giant" Media Narrative Goes South

The media's consensus narrative of an angelic "gentle giant" lasted about a day.
Then the consensus narrative morphed to something like "once the villainous Ferguson police were replaced by the tolerant, accommodating, highway patrol, peace and goodwill prevailed, laughter even". That lasted about another day.
Then the consensus narrative morphed to "at least the highway patrol have the good sense to let the overnight looting go un-challenged, so as not to rile up the 'hood". That lasted another day or two.
Now, the national guard have been called in. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton can sleep peacefully: "mission accomplished". 
Meanwhile, the lawyers for the Ferguson liquor store have gone on record that the store did not call in the theft, and did not hand over the video to the police willingly. According to the article, they did this because store owners in Ferguson are in fear of retaliation if they call in thefts or "rat" on the locals. They are in fear of their lives of "gentle giants" like Michael Brown.

The media narrative gone south.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Barack's Big Fat American SUVs

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK”

- Barack Obama

Is this the same Barack Obama who bailed out GM and dines in sumptuous splendour at the White House?

The Western left wants Africa to starve while we hit the drive-through for a double-patty and a super-sized.

I love Western-style development, wish more of it upon Africa, and despise the duplicity of the left. Does that make me a bad person?

That's the way the Ball bounces.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Israel-Gaza: A Way Forward?

Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (We...
Map of Israel, the Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza Strip), the Golan Heights, and portions of neighbouring countries. Also United Nations deployment areas in countries adjoining Israel or Israeli-held territory, as of January 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What other country puts up with the incessant bombardment of its territory and ongoing loss of life due to terrorist activities?

Israel should go on notice that, effective 2015, it reserves the right to take or reclaim any land area from which missiles are launched at Israel. If/when Gazan militants decide lobbing a few bombs Israel's way will advance their cause, Israel should move in and take the immediate territory -- be it a town, village or city.

This way, it will be entirely up to the Arabs whether they get a Palestinian territory or not.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Gaza Conflict In Perspective

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English: Pro-Hamas demonstrators at a rally in Damascus Syria in december 2008 during the Israel-Gaza conflict. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Number killed in Gaza: 1,700
Number killed in Syria: 170,000

Syria is like 100 Gazan conflicts strung together. And nobody cares. Who's talking about Syria? Nobody. Who's talking about Israel? Everybody.

Why is that? What ever it means this is incontrovertible: we really don't care about dead people. We only care if it resonates with a Western storyline. In this case, "Israel bad, Muslim Arabs good", or, maybe, "Israel powerful bully, Muslim Arabs poor victims".

Steyn is nailing the Gaza conflict. Go to Mark Steyn Online keyword Hamas.

A final question: what idiot persuaded Israel to give back Gaza? I would really like to know. If my country is attacked repeatedly, and it prevails, and takes territory, it keep it. Why give someone dedicated to your destruction a "do-over"?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quote of the Week… Benjamin Netanyahu

English: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli politician
English: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli politician (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As reported in the National Post.
“Israel is not obliged and is not going to let a terrorist organization decide when it’s convenient to fire at our cities, at our people, and when it’s not,” Netanyahu told “Fox News Sunday.”
Gaza/Hamas had its chance at peace and threw it away. For the sake of its security and peace in the region, Israel should take Gaza back and keep it.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guy Tries To Cancel Cable Service...

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English: Picture of a Comcast service vehicle taken in an open area from a public street in Macomb, Illinois 61455 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We've all been there, right? And why is it automated systems always require you to enter your account number, and then the first thing the customer service rep asks for is your… account number? One of life's imponderables.

You can listen to the call here.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Did Jesus, you know, bounce back?

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English: Jesus Christ - detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Did Jesus, you know, bounce back?

Or did he live with his wife and kids on the Riviera and die at a ripe old age?

A one-minute woman-on-the-street video.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

Notice the implicit belief in a resurrection in the word "bounces". I'm out of the closet -- I'm a believer, baby!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

NYT: Every time you flip a light switch, a polar bear dies

Polar Bear (Sow), Arctic National Wildlife Ref...
Polar Bear (Sow), Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NYT: Every time you flip on a light switch, a polar bear dies.

Or words to that effect.

Warning: clicking the above link will cause a sparrow to perish, or, at least gag, perhaps temporarily, we're not sure. It's your call.

The way the Ball bounces

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"