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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Put Up Or Shut Up

"The King of the World" - and self-appointed global warming expert - James Cameron knows when to do the latter:

James Cameron backs out of debate with climate-change skeptics

He didn't just back out. He fled at the last minute with his tail between his legs.

Speaks volumes about all the hot air coming from the left these days.

By the way, here's a photo of Cameron's home out in Malibu.

Yes, he probably thinks of himself as a conservationist.

Like he thought of himself as a debater.

This Can't Be Good

Things worsen:
How Bad Was July's Plummet in Home Sales?
By Daniel Indiviglio, The Atlantic

The housing bears were right: existing home sales fell off a cliff in July. As my colleague Megan McArdle just noted, they sold at an annualized pace of 3.83 million, down by 27% versus June and 26% below July 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors. This is the lowest rate since NAR began keeping track of monthly sales in 1999. It's also far worse than the rate of 4.7 million sales that the market expected. To understand just how bad July was for home sales, let's look at some charts.

First, here's existing sales since the financial crisis:

At no point, even when the recession and crisis were at full strength, were existing sales nearly so low -- they never even dipped below 4.5 million.[link]
Is the economy heading south again?  Seems so.

Strap yourselves in.  We're in for a terrifying ride.

* Click on the image to enlarge it.

Someone Tell Hillary

The smartest woman in America is operating under the illusion that global warming is causing natural disasters.

For illusion it is:
Study Finds No Link Tying Disaster Losses to Human-Driven Warming
By Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times

The pull of the “ front-page thought” and the eagerness of climate campaigners to jog the public have sometimes created a tendency to tie mounting losses from weather-related disasters to human-driven global warming.

But finding a statistically robust link between such disasters and the building human climate influence remains a daunting task. A new analysis of nearly two dozen papers assessing trends in disaster losses in light of climate change finds no convincing link. The author concludes that, so far, the rise in disaster losses is mainly a function of more investments getting in harm’s way as communities in places vulnerable to natural hazards grow.

The paper — “Have disaster losses increased due to anthropogenic climate change?” — is in press in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. It was written by Laurens M. Bouwer, a researcher at Vrije University in Amsterdam focused on climate and water resources (and a lead author of a chapter in the 2001 assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). [link]
The weather isn't getting worse.  It's still the same old unpredictable, at-times violent, weather.  Regardless what Democrats and environmentalists want to believe.

Who knew?

It's The Format, Stupid

What does it say about network news these days when a radio show - structured not a whole lot differently from the program that Edward R. Murrow made famous seventy years ago, in a medium that should have been put on the shelf thirty years ago with the advent of the television and now the internet - has a much larger audience.

While Rush Limbaugh - through the ancient medium of radio! - continues to soar, CBS Evening News, with all its resources and technological wonders, and even a perky host, is fading like a pair of madras slacks:
'CBS Evening News' Ties All-Time Low
By Kevin Allocca, Media Bistro

The network newscast ratings for last week are in and "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" tied its all-time low in total viewers with an average of 4.89 million tuning in during the five days.

The low was set last June, when ABC also hit its own low. (Ratings records date back to the 1991-'92 season.) Last week, NBC averaged 7.42 million total viewers and ABC averaged 6.51 million. [link]
 CBS flies Couric half way around the world to produce record-setting crappy ratings.  While Rush sits behind his microphone and belts out news, commentary, and entertainment three hours a day, every day.

Key word being entertainment.

Watching Couric (and Brian Williams and ... who's on ABC these days?) read the "news" each evening is like watching trees grow.  Can't they make it any more boring?

"But ... but ... but ... we're not entertainers.  We're journalists."

Put that on the tombstone as a fitting epitaph.

A Star Is Born

Move over, Buddy Rich.  Hang up those sticks, Gene Krupa.  Make room for the new kid on the block, Vinnie Colaiuta.  Chase rocks the house:

The birth of the beat.

Next stop Yankee Stadium.

Uh Oh

I'm not sure this was very ... shall I say it? ... politic:

Dissension in the ranks?

Without doubt.

But dissension at the head of the ranks?

Not good.

Not surprising considering the commander-in-chief's indifference to the plight of his charges, but not good.

And not acceptable.

Expect there to be blood.