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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Why The Global Warmists Lost

Well, sure, there were the data that had to be manipulated and the projections that proved to be way off base - every time.  But the real reason the environmentalists and their allies in the scientific community lost the debate over global warming?  They've made themselves the laughingstock of the human race.

And I'm not just talking about Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore. There are so many buffoons who deserve honorable mention. In the spotlight today:
Fog over San Francisco thins by a third due to climate change
By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent, London Telegraph

The coastal fog along the Californian coast has declined by a third over the past 100 years – the equivalent of three hours cover a day, new research shows.

And it is not just bad for scenery, the reduction in the cooling effect of the fog could damage the health of the huge Redwood Forests nearby.

"Since 1901, the average number of hours of fog along the coast in summer has dropped from 56 per cent to 42 per cent, which is a loss of about three hours per day," said the study leader Dr James Johnstone at the University of California.

He said that it was unclear whether this is part of a natural cycle of the result of human activity, but the fog is receding because of a reduction in the difference between the temperature of the sea and the land.   [link]
It's worth remembering, the taxpayers of the state of California, a state that is on the verge of fiscal collapse,  paid to have this study conducted on the impact "climate change" has on fog.

Note too that, by God, the study was conducted and there was an impact found!  What purpose it serves is anyone's guess but you can expect Crazy Al and his minions to see this as a dire foreshadowing of the end of the planet.  What Evil Lurks Within The Receding Fog Bank?: An Inconvenient Truth II.

How's that Gulf Stream V working out, by the way, Big Al?

Well, This Wasn't Supposed To Happen

As you may know, NBC purchased the rights to televise the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games for a staggering $2 billion.  The numbers runners ran the numbers and determined that a profit could be made by selling advertising to prospective capitalist entities at rates that would recoup that amount, and bring in much, much more.  Advertisers, in turn, were told that lots and lots of people would be watching the Olympics on TV and the investment would be a wise one.  So advertisers ponied up, the Olympic torch was lit, Big Marketing got its sales pitches ready, and NBC cameras were strategically positioned to capture every glorious moment of the historic event.

Only one little problem:
TV Ratings: Idol Races Past Olympic Coverage; Lost Holds Up
By Robert Seidman, TV By The Numbers

With a six year winning streak at stake American Idol kept the streak alive, easily beating out the Olympics every half hour between 8p-10p with both adults 18-49 and total viewers. Between 8pm-10pm Idol averaged a 9.1/22 rating share with adults 18-49 and 24.64 million viewers. During that same period NBC averaged a 5.1/12 rating/share with adults 18-49 and 19.74 million but for the whole night (8p-11p) NBC averaged a 5.4/14 and 20.41 million viewers

Lost held up very well with a 4.5/10 rating/share with adults 18-49 at 9pm against the games, dropping, but not too far, from last week’s 4.9/12. [link]
Well, they'll say, this is the winter Olympics.  Viewership of the summer Olympics in 2012 will be so much better.

Better being the operative word.  It had better be better or the Peacock Network is in a world of hurt.

Like I Said

Yesterday I brought to you my thoughts on the whole partisanship issue that ostensibly drove Indiana Senator Evan Bayh into retirement. I - and most members of the Tea Party movement - consider the excess of bipartisanship in Washington to have brought about the calamity that we now face here in this country, with Republicans going along with Democrats in growing the colossus we know as the United States government.

Along those same lines, Wall Street Journal columnist Daniel Henninger has a few thoughts this morning:
It's the Spending, America

Anyone who isn't welded to the Obama-Pelosi-Reid ball and chain has their campaign issue for November's election and 2012: spending.

Finally, after a nonstop, nearly 80-year upward climb, government spending has hit a wall. It didn't seem possible but this is a big wall. It's the American voter.

This has been an unforgettable year in the history of American spending.

It began with an eye-popping $800 billion stimulus bill that came from nowhere and went to nowhere. Done with that, the Washington Democrats turned to President Obama's health-care reform, which looked big at first, but turned out to be bigger. A well-publicized June estimate of the Senate bill's cost by the Congressional Budget Office put the 10-year price tag at $1.6 trillion. So $800 billion, then a trillion.

Dollar signs rocketed into the sky all year: hundreds of billions on various TARP salvage projects, much drawn from some magic stash held by the Federal Reserve. The Obama cap-and-trade bill was going to use an auction to siphon $3.3 trillion from various states to Washington over 40 years. Oh, almost forgot—an FY 2011 $3.8 trillion budget.

Some of this was spending, some taxes, some fees. It's all spending. A tax or fee is just a sluice gate that separates private income from the public-spending lake. And in 2009 it was beginning to look as if the politicians were going to blow the dam.

The message of Massachusetts, of the tea parties, of Evan Bayh and the other retirements in Congress, and of the palpable disaffection of voters in states like California, New York and New Jersey is that the moment is ripe for an historic reordering of American politics. [link]
Yes, the time is ripe to reorder the United States government.  But it goes beyond that.  Either we dramatically downsize our government and reduce costs or we're doomed.  It's that bad.

Will politicians in Washington step up and do what's necessary?  I hold out no hope for Democrats.  They're that lost in the wilderness.  But Republicans may yet find themselves and fix this awful, awful situation.

Time will tell.  What little of it we have left.

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See also "Nightfall In America."  A quote:

"All of this means we are indeed beginning to see a new America, dusk rather than dawn, Europeanization rather than the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that has brought us the world's best economy and a standard of living for which the rest of the world strives. Unfortunately, that economy was yesterday's, but will not be tomorrow's."

My God.

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Then again, it's quite possible that Republicans will be right there leading us off the cliff too.

See "Republicans lead earmark list."

We're doomed.  Pack only that which you can carry.  Save yourself.

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See also "Where Did Our Real Wealth Go?"