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 are 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.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Ministry of Truth
Labels: Lethe History
Giving Up on the NFL
The rule changes.
What is and what is not a catch of a forward pass is now something akin to the Medieval debate of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
Unnecessary roughness, unsportsmanlike conduct are also applied inconsistently. What used to be universally regarded as a good tackle now may or may not draw a 15 yard penalty, depending, it seems, on the whim of a ref.
There is holding by the offensive linemen nearly every play and it's called a lot but not based on any coherent philosophy I can detect.
Also the game has become a lot more boring, most of the time; not yet baseball level boring but close. It's pretty one dimensional. Only sporadically exciting with lots of down time, prime for endless advertisements
So if the structure collapses and the league falls apart, it won't be because lately-just-plain-awful quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a racist idiot; it takes a lot of time and effort to ruin a whole genre of sport.
And what really gets me is that my friend, Jason Ford, fixed my TV's ability to have the sound go through my stereo receiver and pointed out the 'direct' setting which retains the sound in the stadium -- the hits, the signals, the whistles, crowd noise and in stadium announcements but filters almost completely out the fatuous blather of the TV announcers. (It also removes the pitch of the commercials while leaving the music in). Things were just beginning to look up for my enjoyment of Broncos' games. Damn....