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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Gutter Hypocrites

My.  My.

All these esteemed scientists sheep lining up to excoriate our attorney general:
Scientists Lash at ‘McCarthy-Like Threats’
By Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times

The journal Science has published a letter signed by 255 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 11 Nobel laureates, that pushes back sharply after months of assaults on evidence pointing to a growing and disruptive human influence on the climate and some of the researchers who’ve done important work on global warming.

The authors specifically criticize some politicians for what the letter calls “McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues on the basis of innuendo and guilt by association.” It doesn’t name names, but a clear target is Senator James M. Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican.

Another candidate could be Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, who has subpoenaed the University of Virginia to obtain information on the work there in 1999 by the climate scientist Michael Mann (now at Pennsylvania State University).

Now climate research has become entwined with energy policy and the brutal politics of fossil fuels, in which states’ stances largely are shaped by the presence or absence of coal or industries reliant on coal or oil for profits. [link]
"Now"?  Just now climate research has become entwined with politics?

Where was this New York Times columnist and all those learned academics - scientists! - when one of their own was being driven from office by politicians right here in Virginia?  They cry McCarthy! when its Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli getting involved in the subject, but where were they when this was going on three years ago?
Virginia State Climatologist Forced Out for Heresy
By David Zincavage

Patrick J. Michaels, a Research Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, was appointed Virginia State Climatologist in 1980 by Governor John N. Dalton. Michaels subsequently served as president of the American Association of State Climatologists.

Because Professor Michaels is a skeptic concerning Global Warming catastrophe, in 2006 the left commenced serious efforts to discredit him. He was attacked by ABC News for receiving a research grant from a utility.

The same summer, as the Charlottesville Daily Progress reports, Secretary of the Commonwealth Katherine Hanley, an appointee member of the administration of Democrat Governor Timothy M. Kaine, proceeded to dissociate the state government from the office of State Climatologist. Responsibility for choosing a State Climatologist was relinquished by the Governor’s Office to the University of Virginia.

This week, Michaels, age 57, announced that he had negotiated a retirement package with the University of Virginia, would become a part-time faculty member on leave of absence, and was resigning as State Climatologist.

The Charlottesville Daily Progress reports that Michaels identified “his resignation (as) a sad result of the fact that his state climatologist funding had become politicized… which… compromised his academic freedom.” [link] [note: the Daily Progress links no longer work]
James Bacon informed us in 2007 that Professor Michaels was forced out of the University of Virginia as well.  See "Kaine Administration De-funds Global Warming Heretic Patrick Michaels."

Where were these concerned scientists when one of their own was being pilloried back then?

Where were the McCarthy! cries when the state of Virginia was beating Patrick Michaels into submission?  And into retirement?

And where was Andrew Revkin when this sad saga was playing out?

I'll tell you where he was.  He was writing articles for the New York Times extolling the virtues of science and scientists and proclaiming to the world that they had reached consensus on the subject of global warming.  Which is true.  Because those who disagreed were silenced.  By the heavy hand of government.

From that letter signed by those now-concerned "scientists":
Many recent assaults on climate science and, more disturbingly, on climate scientists by climate change deniers are typically driven by special interests or dogma, not by an honest effort to provide an alternative theory that credibly satisīŦes the evidence.

We also call for an end to McCarthy-like threats of criminal prosecution against our colleagues based on innuendo and guilt by association, the harassment of scientists by politicians seeking distractions to avoid taking action, and the outright lies being spread about them.
You people make me sick.

Radford Faculty 1, Radford Students 0

Radford tuition, fees to rise 11.4%
By Tonia Moxley, Roanoke Times

Radford -- On a 16-1 vote, the Radford University Board of Visitors on Friday raised in-state undergraduate tuition and fees by 11.4 percent, from $6,904 to $7,694.

That increase is expected to fund the restoration of up to 18 of 28 full-time faculty positions lost to budget cuts the past three years, Radford Chief Financial Officer Richard Alvarez told the board.

Although board member and former Roanoke Mayor Nelson Harris opposed the increase in meetings Thursday, he changed his mind Friday and argued for it.

"We really need to take advantage of this as an opportunity to bring our university back to where we were a year ago," Harris said. [link]
Of course, while the university may come back, few of the students will if the price of an education becomes prohibitively expensive.

An 11.4% increase in these tough times. Wow.  I suppose the students can take comfort in knowing that those faculty members will at least be livin' large.

What Did I Keep Telling You?

Soon there'll be only ObamaCare health insurance:

When you read about people flying to Canada for treatment because the waiting lines are too long here, you'll know we're finally doomed.

On The Impending Demise of Newsweek

"Who wants oatmeal at a smorgasbord?"

A Slow News Day?

I'm trying to figure out why the Washington Post runs this same story once a month:

Nothing better to "report" on, apparently.

The People Of Arizona Are Not Laughing

And they're not backing down.

The governor has a message for the media, the elitists in Washington, and to the elitist-in-chief:

See the powerful YouTube video here.

Jan Brewer for president.

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Glenn Reynolds:

"The new poll finds 61 percent of voters nationally think Arizona was right to take action instead of waiting for the federal government to do something on immigration. That’s more than twice as many as the 27 percent who think securing the border is a federal responsibility and Arizona should have waited for Washington to act."

"Forget the Arizona bill itself. What this poll says is that despite weeks of national-media coverage that was unrelentingly negative, calling the bill racist, drawing Nazi analogies, etc. — only 15 percent are really against it. Sorry guys — you’re still talking, but people aren’t listening."

This Explains Everything

'We Want Respect!'

Someone should inform these young twits that they'll never get it - respect - as long as they prefer to fly foreign flags and continue to support those who flaunt our laws and come across our borders illegally.  In other words, they'll never get respect until they start respecting the country they live in:

Someone who earns my respect?

This legal immigrant:

To the Chicano who thinks the U.S. is a hostile, forbidding place, a reminder: Nobody's holding you here in this godawful country against your will, sweetheart. The train to paradise leaves every hour on the hour.  The open border works both ways.

Signs Point To Recovery

Overall, there is reason for optimism in the jobs numbers released yesterday.  This despite the fact that the U.S. created a quarter million new hires last month but saw its unemployment rate jump from 9.7% to 9.9%. (?)  Here's to hope:
At Last, More Jobs
Wall Street Journal

Yesterday's report of 290,000 new jobs in April was a welcome respite in an otherwise gloomy start for May. With stocks giving up most of their gains for the year in a single week, it's good to see the private economy beginning to create more new wage earners.

The cheer wasn't publicly shared by Democratic politicians, who perhaps did not want to crow too much when the jobless rate rose to 9.9%, up from 9.7%. But this was due in large part to a surge of some 805,000 into the labor force, as once-discouraged workers got back into the game, so this is paradoxically also a sign of a stronger jobs market. Maybe Democrats recall when they were pummeling the Bush Administration for a "jobless recovery" despite fairly substantial jobs growth. Politics lives by such payback.

Reflecting the modest nature of this recovery, the report included some negative notes. The overall jobless rate, including people who have stopped looking, jumped to 17.1%, which is the highest rate this year. More disturbing, the share of those out of work for 27 weeks or more reached another record of 45.9%. This means that some 6.7 million Americans have spent more than half a year without maintaining the skills and contacts they'll need to compete across a lifetime. [link]
My guess is, Obama will be crediting his "stimulus" plan for the recovery.  But that was put in place so long ago, his pronouncement should bring only laughter.

No, the cyclical nature of the economy is in play.  Maybe this means good times are in store.

Maybe not.

We Need To Replace Fossil Fuels!

If only we could come up with something to replace them with.

To those who are stomping their feet and whining about the Gulf oil spill, demanding that we move away from our dependence on petroleum, you'll need to do more than whine:
Mr. President Please Think of Spain -- The Iberian Solar Power Bust
By Ronald Bailey, Reason

"[T]hink of what’s happening in countries like Spain ... where they’re making real investments in renewable energy. They’re surging ahead of us, poised to take the lead in these new industries," declared then-President-elect Barack Obama back in January 16, 2009.

Of course, any industry can "surge" if the government dumps enough taxpayer dollars into it. Now that Spain is slipping into a fiscal black hole, it turns out that solar power subsidies are unsustainable. This spring saw the bursting of Spain's solar power bubble. Climatewire is reporting:

"Only two years ago, Spanish solar energy companies feasting on generous government subsidies expanded at a feverish pace, investing €18 billion (then worth roughly $28 billion) to blanket rooftops and fields with photovoltaic panels. They briefly turned the country into the top solar market in the world.

"Spain's subsidies for solar were four to six times higher than those for wind. Prices charged for solar power were 12 times higher than those for fossil fuel electricity. Germany and Spain received about 75 percent of the world's photovoltaic panel installations that year.

"Suddenly facing a deep recession, a collapsing housing market and a ballooning budget deficit, the Spanish government cut the rate paid for photovoltaic power by about 29 percent last year and put a limit on new solar installations at 500 megawatts per year. It is now considering additional tariff cuts that may reach as high as 40 percent and may even be applied retroactively, according to local newspaper reports."

Germany and France have also been pulling back on their ridiculously expensive solar subsidies. Of course, some American states and cities are just now enacting the same failed subsidies that Europe is quickly jettisoning.

And when the subsidies go, so, too, go the much-vaunted "green jobs" that depend on them. Climatewire reports that some 30,000 green jobs have evaporated in Spain. Earlier studies found that it cost nearly $750,000 to create each new green job in Spain's renewable energy sector.

So, yes, Mr. President. Please think about what's happening in countries like Spain. [link]
I think we all recognize the need to move beyond fossil fuels to a cleaner, more sustainable source of energy. 

But it doesn't exist.

At least not yet.

So we are where we are.  Make the best of it.

And stop whining.