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Friday, February 26, 2010

Climate Science In Tatters

The gist of the following article is that Al Gore's "consensus" on global warming has crumbled.  And those "scientists" who were so sure of its validity don't know what to think now.  Factual data will have this effect:
Analysis-Scientists examine causes for lull in warming
By Gerard Wynn and Alister Doyle, Reuters

* Exact causes unknown for lack of warming from 1999-2008

* The underlying reason for cold winter not known

* Climate science in focus after email scandal, errors

London/Oslo, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Climate scientists must do more to work out how exceptionally cold winters or a dip in world temperatures fit their theories of global warming, if they are to persuade an increasingly sceptical public.

At stake is public belief that greenhouse gas emissions are warming the planet, and political momentum to act as governments struggle to agree a climate treaty which could direct trillions of dollars into renewable energy, away from fossil fuels.

Scientists said they must explain better how a freezing winter this year in parts of the northern hemisphere and a break in a rising trend in global temperatures since 1998 can happen when heat-trapping gases are pouring into the atmosphere.

"There is a lack of consensus," said Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, on why global temperatures have not matched a peak set in 1998, or in 2005 according to one U.S. analysis. [link]
"There is a lack of consensus."  Someone phone Al Gore.

It Comes To This

A city that once had 1.8 million residents, but finds itself now counting (perhaps) a bit more than half of that, must do something to stem the tide of out-migration.  Or not.  Perhaps its leaders simply decide to abandon huge swaths of it to weeds and vermin.  Welcome to Detroit, a microcosm of all that's wrong with the USA:
Detroit Mayor Bing emphasizes need to shrink city
Mayor says it's not 'an easy conversation,' but people, services must be focused to save city
By Christine MacDonald, Detroit News

Detroit --Mayor Dave Bing said Wednesday he "absolutely" intends to relocate residents from desolate neighborhoods and is bracing for inevitable legal challenges when he unveils his downsizing plan.

In his strongest statements about shrinking the city since taking office, Bing told WJR-760 AM the city is using internal and external data to decide "winners and losers." The city plans to save some neighborhoods and encourage residents to move from others, he said.

"If we don't do it, you know this whole city is going to go down. I'm hopeful people will understand that," Bing said. "If we can incentivize some of those folks that are in those desolate areas, they can get a better situation." [link]
Welcome to the Welfare State.  An infectious sore a long time in the making.

So sad.  And ominously foreboding.

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To break your heart, see "Incredible Hulks - Exploring Detroit's beautiful ruins" and "Forgotten Detroit."

CBS Sums Up The ObamaCare Fiasco In One Short Sentence

Yes, CBS News.  Believe it or not.

How is this line graph - showing public opinion over time as it relates to Obama's effort to reform our health care system - to be explained?

Obama, of course, would blame it on Rush Limbaugh.  Or on the fact that we the American people just can't grasp complicated issues.

But CBS News, by God, gets it right:

"One problem for the president is that, so far, he has been unable to convince Americans that they will benefit from health care reforms."

Generally, Obama's argument in favor of reform has little to do with the reform itself, emphasizing instead the need.  Poor kids, millions without insurance, poor coverage, insurer gouging, pain, suffering, inadequate care, etc.  What he has failed to argue is this: How will his specific proposals help us and improve things?

It's not that he hasn't occasionally tried.  Obama has attempted to convince people that he can improve care, insure millions more citizens, and reduce costs at the same time.  Like the proverbial bridge in the Sahara salesman.  Fakery that everyone dismissed out of hand as being ludicrous.

I'd like to see the poll that shows customer satisfaction over time.  I come into this debate with the conviction that we have the best health care delivery system in the world - despite its problems - and that government interference can only screw it up.  Obama has only strengthened that conviction with his whimsy.  I'm thinking there are now a whole lot more people in this country who have listened to the debate and evaluated the related studies and have come to the same conclusion I did long ago - We have a pretty darn good - and expensive - system, all things considered.  Anything Obama does will only make it ungood.  And we'll be having none of that.

See the chart - provided above by CBS News - once again.  It speaks volumes.  The American people listened carefully and patiently to what Dr. Magic had to say and have, over time, rejected him.

Another example of us being a whole lot smarter than liberals like the president give us credit for.

* I know.  "Ungood" is not a word.  But it felt good.  So I used it.

What If They Held a Summit ...

... and nobody cared?

I hope they didn't preempt Days of Our Lives for this.  Citizens are willing to put up with a lot from Washington bumblebutts.  But it can be taken too far.

I wonder: Did Obama think his mere presence was going to somehow make a difference?  Did Copenhagen teach him nothing?

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Okay, on the lighter side this is not going to go down in bloggerisianism's history as its high point.

Wishful Reporter Thinking

This, from Politico, is amusing:

"Mark Critz, the former district director for Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), won a potentially pivotal endorsement from the late congressman’s widow in his bid to claim Murtha’s vacant seat in a May special election."

Murtha's spouse's endorsement is "potentially pivotal."  A chuckle would be appropriate at this point.

You Can't Say I'm Not Fair

Yeah, I dump on Barack Obama every day.  For good reason.

But I'm not a strident red/blue partisan.  I call 'em as I see 'em.  Remember this from my comments in election mistakes past?


Republicans chose him as their standard bearer despite my warnings.  The rest is history.

But history has a tendency to repeat itself.  Michelle Malkin today:

Attention, GOP: John McCain is the problem

Leopard. Spots. Same old same old.