atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1787: Global cooling is apparently bogus.

Ars Technica, longtime drinkers of anthropogenic warming (AGW) kool-aid, says that the recent cooling is based on "bogus statistics".

Oh really? The fact that the oceans are cooler than they were 10 years ago, that's "bogus"? The single-year drop in the temperature anomaly of 0.775°, that's "bogus"?

Ars Technica makes its own bias clear in the closing paragraph:
So, it appears that statistically bogus arguments remain popular with those who write about climate change for popular audiences, and that may be contributing to a general drop in the acceptance of the evidence and conclusions of the scientific community. But, so far at least, the plunging acceptance levels haven't translated into a backlash against policy initiatives.
There has been no warming since 1998 while carbon dioxide concentrations have continued to increase, but this is apparently "statistical noise".

"Although the partisan divide remained—Republicans are far less likely to accept the science," sneers the article, "—the decline occurred across all party affiliations, and was most dramatic among independents."

You know why? Because AGW is not proven. We don't "accept the science" because it's not "science"; it's not even in the same area code as "science", not when you have people like Mann and his cronies making shit up and the rest of them accepting the made-up shit as if it were real science.

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Today's column by Ann Coulter: "Almost everything wrong with our health care system comes from government interference with the free market. If the health care system is broken, then fix it. Don't try to invent a new one premised on all the bad ideas that are causing problems in the first place."

Amen, sister. Preach it.

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Elizabeth Scalia, the Anchoress, comments on the latest episode of a shit show from a shit network.

Apparently the latest ep of Curb Your Enthusiasm contains an incredibly insightful, witty, courageous, and breathtakingly original feat of artistic vision.

Oh wait, did I forget to set the < sarcasm > tag again?

Yet Another liberal, bereft of any creativity, has turned to mocking Christians. It's the kind of humor which is only funny to other people who hate Christians.
It takes no courage for an rich, unbelieving “artist” to piss on Christ. After all, that’s been done before. And Jesus voluntarily submitted himself to much worse, which means nothing an “artist” does to any image of Christ can do anything but reflect on the spiritual poverty of the “artist,” himself. For an “artist” to use Jesus for a cheap joke is about as “courageous” and “bold” as making a joke about George W. Bush before an audience of like-thinkers; it takes no courage at all.
"Courageous" and "bold" would be peeing on a picture of Mohammed. That'd be a two-fer: muslims get their panties in a bunch over any depiction of Mohammed, since having pictures of the pedophile prophet are forbidden by islam. Peeing on it would be icing on the cake.

Problem is, Larry David would be sued by CAIR and have fatwas issued against him, and his equally liberal buddies in Hollywood wouldn't think it was funny. Those people scream with laughter whenever any Christian is mocked; you'd think that the joke would be wearing thin by now but this is Hollywood: they think schtick done by Lucy in 1955 is still "cutting-edge humor"...and, in fact, the schtick done by Lucy was old when the Vaudeville guys retired.

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Michelle Malkin's got a couple of good posts today:

The White House is "speaking truth to power"? Valerie Jarrett occupies the same position in the Obama administration which was occupied by Karl Rove in the Bush administration.

Sez Jarrett: "I think that what the administration has said very clearly is that we’re going to speak truth to power."

..."truth to power"? When you're part of a sitting President's administration?

What is, in fact, happening is that the White House is trying to prevent Fox News from "speaking truth to power". That is what is actually happening; the White House does not like the things being said by Fox News, and is trying to silence or at least de-legitimize Fox as a credible news source.

They are, by the way, failing.

That's why the big lefty organizations are trying to find a way to legally silence those of us on the right. It speaks volumes about their ideas and aspirations that they cannot tolerate criticism.

It says a lot when they conclude that the only way they can make their plans happen is to stifle all dissent, doesn't it? But surely these liberals aren't going to turn the US into a totalitarian state where you have to watch what you say in public for fear of arrest and censure? It can't happen here, not where we vote on our politicians.

Make no mistake; one way or another it can happen here.

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I don't remember the exact quote, nor do I have the book handy; but Heinlein once opined that using only three dimensions, there is a limit to which clothing designers can go in making items of apparel into utterly hideous msnifestations.

These incredibly ugly-ass shoes are stretching the envelope.

I'm not kidding, damn it: those shoes are freaking hideous.

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In lieu of the next eps of Sora no Manimani or Hayate no Gotoku 2 last night, I watched Suteki Tantei Labyrinth ep 1, and also added Ichigo Mashmaro and Hana Yori Dango (live action) to the playlist. Might as well get some awesome rerun action in there!

I've been wanting to rewatch HYD-LA anyway, because it was just so damned good. Mao Inoue plays Tsukushi, perfectly.

Ichigo Mashimaro--it's just hilarious, damn it, and I've reread the manga about 1,500 times. Noby says she's 20 in the anime, but I just mentally re-edit that so that she's 16. Noby's character is built around being something of a slacker; her smoking and drinking--at age 16--is essential to the character build.

As for Suteki Tantei Labyrinth: I don't even remember when the hell this series was broadcast. Long enough ago that I completely forgot the premise of the series, so I went into this thing completely cold. I only knew A) that it had sounded intriguing when I first read the series description; and B) that was on the order of years ago. Long enough ago that by the time I had the entire series, I'd forgotten about it.

The first ep wasn't bad, though, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of it.

Lastly, Revolutionary Girl Utena; I downloaded the first four eps last night. I would have grabbed more, but 70 kB/s was a peak speed: after a while they were coming down at 8 kB/s. (WTF, is the FTP server on dial-up?)

RGU is cel-based animation--ink and paint on acetate, I mean--so it looks crummy. It's not crummy, of course; it's just that when you compare it to animation done entirely on a computer, the all-analog nature of the production becomes apparent.

I got the first tape before losing my job at Rockwell in 2001, so it's been a while since I even watched the first three eps. But I liked what I saw, and it costs me nothing but time and hard drive space to see it now, so WTF.

I watched the opening credits and about 10 seconds of the first ep before I gave up and switched over to watching the NASA channel for the Ares 1-X launch. It wasn't the show's fault; it was the rockety goodness that tempted me away. I'll just watch RGU later, is all.

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