Monday, August 31, 2015

Great Moments in Environmentalism: “In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death"

 In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate”
h/t  Watts Up With That

Folks, we have five years to save the planet. So, get busy. Here are the top five practical steps you can take to save the planet:

5. Write your Congressman or MP.

4. Shut off your air con/heating.

3. Ditch the car and get out your bike.

2. Install solar panels and wind mills in your house/condo/apt.

1. Stop breathing.

And that's the way the Ball bounces.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mann Bites Dog Mann

Most of you are aware of the litigation-media war between Mark Steyn and Nobel Piece-of-a-Prize winner Michael Mann.

This is a review of Steyn's latest salvo, the book-length "A Disgrace To The Profession: The World's Scientists, In Their Own Words, On Michael E Mann, His Hockey Stick And Their Damage To Science - Volume I" (Compiled and edited by Mark Steyn, with illustrations by Josh). So there.

I expected the book to be on the dry side compared to Steyn's usual joyous romps. I was wrong. It was a pleasure to read. I was laughing by the time I reached the Table of Contents. Steyn organizes scientists' criticisms of Mann by theme and keeps the "plot" moving. Criticism, meet witticism.

The book's organization is brilliant: each section begins with an overview by Steyn, followed by a series of two-page, bite-sized critiques of Mann. They're like a Pez dispenser, you finish one, another pops up, staring you in the face. Daring you. OK, just one more. Just one more. This is definitely the last. No more Pez today!!!

What a compendium of biting criticisms. As the litigation proceeds, we'll see how these Mann bites dog Mann.

Two bristlecone pines, way up!

Get the book here.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Greece: The Greasy Slide Down (and the way Up)

Greek financial/capital markets are tanking.
Greece is a festering sinkhole of dishonesty and corruption. It is reaping what it has sown. It is a capital repulsion force field.
Ever notice how western nations characterized by corruption are either Roman Catholic or Orthodox? I say this not out of enmity or bigotry; as far as I can see it is an observable fact. Greece needs a Protestant Reformation; one that upholds the Ten Commandments as a societal obligation before God.
Look to Singapore for an example. It started from scratch after WWII (actually started with a Confucian-Protestant British cultural heritage) and prospered through integrity, hard work, and good decision-making. It became a capital magnet. It prospered. It took a generation. There are no quick fixes -- especially when the problem is cultural and moral.

May God bring enlightening, uplifting moral reformation to Greece.

And that's the way the praying Ball bounces.

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