atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1540: Environmentalist killed more people than Three Mile Island

Irony! And it's free!

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The face of leftist "tolerance" is an ugly sight. I'll just quote the article:
The attacks aren't letting up on a pro-family organization whose leaders and workers were confronted with death threats for their effort in a program encouraging students to stay away from classes while pro-homosexual activists staged demonstrations.
Liberals are always about "choice" long as you make the same choices they do.

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Scipio has seen Latin America close up, face-to-face, and understands why it's such a festering shithole. Hint: it's not because of the United States.

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Big Dick discusses the Obama administration's Iran policy, sort of.

The article doesn't mention that the sitting president of Iran was one of those "students" that held US citizens hostage in Iran 30 years ago.

Obama wants the case dropped. See? He's looking out for his new buddy in Iran.

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This article contains an out-and-out fabrication:
In the mid-17th Century, a quiet spell - known as the Maunder Minimum - lasted 70 years, and led to a "mini ice age".

This has resulted in some people suggesting that a similar cooling might offset the impact of climate change.

According to Prof Mike Lockwood of Southampton University, this view is too simplistic.

"I wish the Sun was coming to our aid but, unfortunately, the data shows that is not the case," he said.

Prof Lockwood was one of the first researchers to show that the Sun's activity has been gradually decreasing since 1985, yet overall global temperatures have continued to rise.

"If you look carefully at the observations, it's pretty clear that the underlying level of the Sun peaked at about 1985 and what we are seeing is a continuation of a downward trend (in solar activity) that's been going on for a couple of decades.

"If the Sun's dimming were to have a cooling effect, we'd have seen it by now."
Global temperatures have not "continued to rise". In fact they were steady after 1998, and have dropped 0.775° since last year. (This is according to the GISS data, which is under the thumb of Al Gore wingman James Hansen!)

Besides the buttload of anecdotal data which demonstrates lowered temperatures, we have:

- Increased arctic ice
- Recovering glaciers
- Record cold temperatures
- Record snowfall (including in places where the locals don't have a word for "snow"!)

Hello? Earth is cooling. This "professor" isn't much of a scientist if he just ignores data.

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If I understand this Atomic Insights piece correctly, some moron ("Jon Wellinghoff, the newly appointed chairman of the U. S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission") is insisting that we don't need any kind of big power plants because "distributed" power production can take up the slack, mucn the same way we no longer need huge computers because everyone can have one on his desk.

Erm, yeah. Or, rather, no, because that mindset completely ignores the fact that we do still use large computers for a lot of things that small computers simply cannot handle. (Example: you can't host World of Warcraft and support 11,000,000 users from some guy's basement.)

In the first track of Kansas' album "Freaks of Nature", Steve Walsh sings:
See, it all started when I was younger,
They said I was "good"; I thought they said "great".
It's the same with too many people involved with government. This jerk is no exception.

So the chief regulator of US energy policy thinks that electricity comes from an outlet and that a thousand small machines can do the work of one big machine. In other words, he is technologically illiterate.


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One of my friends from work--the guy who's a big WoW junkie and who convinced me to try it--sent me 1,500 gold pieces.

I mean, damn, do you have any idea how much money that is in that game? You always see spam from "gold farmers" offering to sell 1,000 GP for some nominal sum ($15 or so). That is a lot of gold. that's awesome. I'm going to have to figure out what to do with this bounty. Certainly it means buying some upgraded bags and stuff...

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Yozakura Quartet ep 6 is the "Kotoha" episode, which made me really happy. Kotoha is awesome. When ep 5 was about Ao, I had hopes that there would be a Kotoha one; I was not disappointed.

I'm missing eps 4 and 7 of Potemayo but the continuity isn't that critical, so I'll watch 'em later.

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu has, so far, been fun, and I am enjoying it a lot.

Ikkitousen: Great Guardians has more of a plot than the last series did. And the fan service is, as always, awesome.

Minami-ke: Okaeri is still entertaining, too.

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Speaking of WoW, Bitsychan hit 30th level a couple days ago; and last night I got 31st and 32nd levels in pretty quick order. I tell you, when you get to be about 28th, 29th level, Ashenvale is the place to be, because you can power-level pretty quickly with all the quests there.

I have really been enjoying the rogue character class. I had to kill this one guy who was in a cave; instead of having to fight my way past every single monster in the joint to get to him, I just sneaked in, killed the dude, and sneaked out. And a couple of times I managed to use my stealth and sap abilities to get some quest objects which were next to bad guys: sneak up, sap the bad guy, get the quest object, sneak away. Awesome.

It's funny because I never really enjoyed playing rogue characters in D&D. Of course, when you're solo adventuring most of the time, your sneakiness really becoames an asset rather than something you get to use once in a long while because you're partnered with a dwarven tank and a clumsy human mage....

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Very nice weather, the past couple of days--and I haven't done much of anything with it. Oh well.

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