Sunday, June 19, 2011

The climate change alarmists forgot that 'garbage in, garbage out' thingy again

The world's foremost authority on climate change used a Greenpeace campaigner to help write one of its key reports, which critics say made misleading claims about renewable energy, The Independent has learnt.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), set up by the UN in 1988 to advise governments on the science behind global warming, issued a report last month suggesting renewable sources could provide 77 per cent of the world's energy supply by 2050. But in supporting documents released this week, it emerged that the claim was based on a real-terms decline in worldwide energy consumption over the next 40 years – and that the lead author of the section concerned was an employee of Greenpeace. Not only that, but the modelling scenario used was the most optimistic of the 164 investigated by the IPCC.

World’s Fastest Man on a Bike

Volcanic dash: Daredevil biker cycles down mountain at over 100mph to break world record

Markus Stockl volcano cycle ride

Wearing just a thin Lycra suit and a specially adapted, aerodynamic crash helmet, professional downhill racer Markus Stockl hurtled down Nicaragua's Cerro Negro volcano at over 100 mph. The daredevil, who already holds the speed record for riding down an icy mountainside slope, hit a top speed of 102 mph - smashing the previous record held by Eric Barone.

Rory McIlroy wins US Open by eight strokes

A masterful performance.

Just two months after his final round Masters meltdown, Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy has won the 111th US Open by eight strokes at Congressional Country Club today.

McIlroy finished at -16 for the tournament, a US Open record, with Australian Jason Day, who was also runner-up at the Masters, second at -8 and McIlroy's playing partner YE Yang third at -7.

Here is looking at us.

Actually thought this was a good idea. Should have been done 2 years ago. (Nixon, use to invite 2 or 3 congressmen to WH for drinks two or three nights a week. Everyone needs a place to relax and let their hair down a bit.)

Tee Summit

Golf Summit 6-18-11 Obama Boehner Kasich Biden

Obama swoons over Boehner – a single digit handicap player

NBC continues it war on religion.

NBC Omits ‘Under God’ From Pledge During U.S. Open Introduction — TWICE

"one nation, with liberty and justice for all"

Yawn. Another Moslem trying to kill westerners. Germany this time.

Restive youth might have crashed plane into Bundestag due to poor piloting skills and jihad…

…but mostly due to jihad.

An Austrian national was arrested in Vienna and charged with terrorism. Detectives believe he was planning to crash a plane into the Bundestag, German parliament headquarters in Berlin. The suspect, 25-year-old Thomas al-J., is a young man who has converted to Islam. He was arrested Wednesday in his apartment in the Austrian capital and has also been accused of recruiting terrorists in order to send them to jihad training camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and of funding terrorist organizations.

Thomas apparently didn’t get the memo that Isalm is the Religion of Peace.

The difference between conservatives and liberals.

Several years ago Peter Berkowitz of the Hoover Institution edited two slim volumes entitled Varieties of Conservatism in America and Varieties of Progressivism in America, featuring essays from leading thinkers and observers of both camps. The two books presented, unintentionally I think, a vivid contrast in the totally different modes thought prevalent on the right and left. The book on conservatism was mostly about ideas--what should we stand for based on a view of the good--while the progressive book was mostly about tactics--how do we win elections so we can rule.

The publisher's dust jacket summaries capture the essence of this odd split very well. Of the conservatism book, the publisher says "the book's overarching argument [is] that conservatism in America represents a family of opinions and ideas rather than a rigid doctrine or settled creed [and] demonstrate that the debate among conservatives [is] about which principles and practices are most urgently in need of protection." Note that a unanimity of opinion is not suggested here, and indeed the book rehearses a number of the familiar long running arguments on the right that run along the axis of freedom versus virtue.

About the progressivism book the publisher says "Debate among progressives about the most suitable means for the promotion of progressive ends persists. The book shows that the choice depends upon shifting coalitions; political leadership; developments in culture, economics, demography, and technology; actions and events beyond our border. . ."

A great success for all of us. The Arabian Oryx.

Arabian "unicorns" come all the way back from virtual extinction

The Arabian Oryx, which might have been the initial inspiration for the unicorn legend, has pulled off a comeback every bit as magical as its legendary counterparts, becoming the first species to go from almost extinct to not even endangered.

In 1972, the last wild Arabian Oryx was shot, leaving the species's last survivors as strictly creatures in captivity. The term for that is "extinct in the wild", and it's often a death sentence for the species, as it can be very difficult to ever reintroduce captive animals back into the wild. But now, less than forty years later, there are over a thousand Arabian Oryx in the wild.

Those that don’t know History are bound to repeat it.

Top Historian: Textbooks 'So Politically Correct as to be Comic'

'We're raising young people who are, by and large, historically illiterate," David McCullough tells me on a recent afternoon in a quiet meeting room at the Boston Public Library. Having lectured at more than 100 colleges and universities over the past 25 years, he says, "I know how much these young people-even at the most esteemed institutions of higher learning-don't know." Slowly, he shakes his head in dismay. "It's shocking."

He's right. This week, the Department of Education released the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress, which found that only 12% of high-school seniors have a firm grasp of our nation's history. And consider: Just 2% of those students understand the significance of Brown v. Board of Education.

Mexico Killing Map

This website tracks and maps the narco-related killings in Mexico, which now exceed 40,000 since the start of the Mexican drug war in December 2006.  The map above (click to enlarge) shows the deaths in Mexico over just one 6-1/2 month period from May 15, 2010 to December 2010.  Death maps for other periods are available at the website.  Here's the map legend:

The RED balloons are civilians. The RED balloons with a dot are politicians, and other high profile killings. The BLUE balloons are police officers and soldiers (and other law enforcement officials). The BLUE balloons with a dot are high ranking officers.  The YELLOW suns represent car bombs and the 2 GREEN people represent mass graves.

Unknown Caravaggio found in England

The painting, an intimate depiction of Saint Augustine dated to 1600, was found by a dealer in a private collection.

Boeing Continues to Assess 737 Redesign

Boeing Co. continues to study the future of its best-selling, 737 single-aisle airplane as European rival Airbus prepares to announce at this week's Paris Air Show a fusillade of orders for a revamped version of its competing A320 jet.

Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing's commercial-airplane unit, said at a briefing here that Boeing will "probably decide by year-end" whether to build a new small, twin-engine jet to replace the 737 or decide, as Airbus did with the A320, to add new engines and other minor upgrades to the existing jet. If Boeing decides to build a new plane, it would likely enter service by the end of the decade, executives have said.

What is a tree’s maximum possible height?

The world's tallest tree is found in northern California - it's a redwood that stands 379 feet tall. This tree and its relatives are the largest single organisms in the world, but just how big can these trees really get?

Trees might go on growing forever if it wasn't for gravity. The higher up trees grow, the more energy is needed to transport water from the root system to its leaves or needles up top. That means the leaves or needles will get smaller and smaller, until the amount of energy they can gain from photosynthesis is outweighed by the energy expended in order to haul up water in the first place. At that point, there's no point for the tree to keep growing, and it stops.

So what, precisely, is the upper limit for the world's biggest trees? According to biologists at Northern Arizona University, this cutoff point is somewhere between 400 and 426 feet - perhaps nearly fifty feet taller than any tree currently in existence, although it's thought that even taller trees have died or been cut down in the past.

NATO Says It Mistakenly Hit Libyan Rebels Again

..NATO's strategy in Libya is now more clear: kill EVERYBODY in Libya.

The Rentmen may not be a man or he knows way too much about shoes.

“These ladies actually wear their Christian Louboutin shoes. Note the wear patterns on the soles”. -The Rentman

Ladies Day At Royal Ascot ...From Paris

Finally, a horse I could love.

Geoff Turner, owner of The Logan Pub near St Arnaud in Victoria, with Henry the 10-year-old Appaloosa pony, who enjoys a beer in the pub every Sunday with the locals

Geoff Turner, owner of The Logan Pub near St Arnaud in Victoria, with Henry the 10-year-old Appaloosa pony, who enjoys a beer in the pub every Sunday with the locals

'Lesbian' hero to the Left turns out to be a straight white guy

Tom MacMaster, aka, Amina Arraf
Amina Arraf, known as "Gay Girl In Damascus," was the fictional invention of a white American man living in Scotland. The episode lead Brian Spears to offer this advice to his fellow white writers: "Don't co-opt the voice of a minority in hopes that people will take your writing more seriously."

Mark Steyn's take on this matter:

It would be nice if “Amina Arraf” existed. As niche constituencies go, we could use more hijab-wearing Muslim lesbian militants and fewer fortysomething male Western deadbeat college students. But the latter is a real and pathetically numerous demographic, and the former is a fiction — a fantasy for Western liberals, who think that in the multicultural society the nice gay couple at 27 Rainbow Avenue can live next door to the big bearded imam with four child brides at Number 29 and gambol and frolic in admiration of each other’s diversity. They will proffer cheery greetings over the picket fence, the one admiring the other’s attractive buttock-hugging leather shorts for that day’s Gay Pride parade as he prepares to take his daughter to the clitoridectomy clinic.

Money Won't Buy Happiness...From Paris

"Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem."--Bill Vaughan

No good deed goes unpunished.

Lib Media Attacks Michele Bachmann on Her Foster Care Record

Latest Lib Media Attack on Michele Bachmann: Did She Really Foster Care for 23 Children?

The state-run media is obviously getting worried about the growing popularity of Michele Bachmann. The media has yet to uncover Barack Obama’s college transcripts, but they are already questioning Michele Bachmann’s record as a foster parent.

Click on photo for CBS video–

Apple doesn't make list of highly rated companies in India

Apple has failed to make the list of India's most highly rated companies voted on by the country's business leaders, raising fresh questions about the company's strategy in one of the fatest-growing technology markets in the world.

Microsoft's takeover of Skype approved by FTC

Microsoft Corp.'s purchase of Internet calling service Skype has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust authority, according to a report.

The approval will allow the Redmond, Wash., company to go through with its $8.5 billion all-cash takeover of Skype, which is Microsoft's largest acquisition and one of the most massive deals in recent years for the tech industry.

I agree. O is setting a great example in this department. (Which undercuts the intentionally destroying America argument.)

Obama as First Daddy —
A National Treasure

Juan Williams extols the virtues of having a president who puts being a good father first

How bad is Mexico? When you pervert the young…

Revealed: The Mexican girls as young as 16 being trained as hitwomen for drugs cartels

Girls and their guns: Suspected members of the Zeta cartel, among them two teens who were told only to show their backs, are presented to the media in Guadalajara

Maria Celeste Mendoza is only 16, but was among 10 suspected gang members, including three other teen girls and two young women, arrested this week by police after a shootout with authorities in central Mexico. Rising youth unemployment, easy access to drugs and the quick cash cartels offer recruits are all blamed for felling the delinquency that has cast a shadow over Mexico's future.

Unearthed! One-of-a-kind map showing a flat Earth is donated to Library of Congress

The Library of Congress in Washington DC is about to be given a rare and unusual gift -- a 120-year-old map supporting the theory that the Earth is flat.

There are five million maps in the library's collection, but not one matches the one belonging to Don Homuth.

Mr Homuth, of Salem, Oregon, says the map was given to him by his eighth-grade English teacher John Hildreth.

Heading for the capital: After years of being folded away at a house in Oregon, the rare map is going to the Library of Congress

Heading for the capital: After years of being folded away at a house in Oregon, the rare map is going to the Library of Congress

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Corn going up

SUPPLY WORRIES spur corn prices. “Corn supplies are expected to hit a 15-year low by the end of August, and surging prices in the physical market are an indication that demand is still strong.”

Online dating. Women are hard graders

Now let’s superimpose the distribution of actual messages guys have sent:

. . .

The female equivalent of the above chart shows a different bias:

O and his lawyers, and why are the lawyers not resigning?

Hey, the Obama Administration is looking a lot like the Bush Administration on this whole War Powers Act thing. “Obama’s strategy, like Bush’s, also short circuits the normal process of seeking opinions from the OLC; it simply does so in a different way. . . . Obama came into office promising to reform the abuses of the Bush Administration and its manipulation of the OLC. The best way to do that is not to create entirely new abuses of one’s own.” They told me if I voted — oh, hell, that’s too easy.

Obama is, of course, not bound by the opinions of any lawyers in the executive branch other than himself. However, when he does this sort of thing he’s not able to hide behind such opinions, either. Which is why this sort of behavior by presidents is “extraordinarily rare.”

Meanwhile, Greenwald says the Obama lawyers are worse than the Bush lawyers:

That George Bush would knowingly order an eavesdropping program to continue which his own top lawyers were telling him was illegal was, of course, a major controversy, at least in many progressive circles. Now we have Barack Obama not merely eavesdropping in a way that his own top lawyers are telling him is illegal, but waging war in that manner (though, notably, there is no indication that these Obama lawyers have the situational integrity those Bush lawyers had [and which Archibald Cox, Eliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus had before them] by threatening to resign if the lawlessness continues).

Clarence Clemons, RIP

Clarence Clemons was the unmistakable presence in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. His sax style was a throwback to the hot sax sound passed down from Louis Jordan, Big Jay McNeely, Junior Walker, and King Curtis. In telling the story of the band in "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" (video below), Springsteen paid tribute to the day when "the Big Man joined the band." And he portrayed himself leaning on Clemons in the beautiful black-and-white cover of the seminal album that included the song.

Clemons died today at the age of 69, before his time, following the stroke he suffered last Sunday.

Vit D and Teeth

More Evidence Vitamin D Boosts Immune Response

ScienceDaily (June 17, 2011) — Laboratory-grown gingival cells treated with vitamin D boosted their production of an endogenous antibiotic, and killed more bacteria than untreated cells, according to a paper in the June 2011 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity. The research suggests that vitamin D can help protect the gums from bacterial infections that lead to gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontitis affects up to 50 percent of the US population, is a major cause of tooth loss, and can also contribute to heart disease. Most Americans are deficient in vitamin D.

'Deer with wings' causes power outage in Montana

  • This June 15, 2011 photo shows a power company lineman using a pole to remove a young deer carcass that was dropped onto a power line after being snatched by an eagle in East Missoula, Mont. The incident caused a brief power outage. Photo: Lee Bridges / AP

    This June 15, 2011 photo shows a power company lineman using a pole to remove a young deer carcass that was dropped onto a power line after being snatched by an eagle in East Missoula, Mont. The incident caused a brief power outage.

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