atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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#2524: Here come the calls for more gun control.

Ann Coulter:
There's only one policy of any kind that has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws. In a comprehensive study of all public, multiple-shooting incidents in America between 1977 and 1999, the highly regarded economists John Lott and Bill Landes found that concealed-carry laws were the only laws that had any beneficial effect.

And the effect was not small. States that allowed citizens to carry concealed handguns reduced multiple-shooting attacks by 60 percent and reduced the death and injury from these attacks by nearly 80 percent.

When there are no armed citizens to stop mass murderers, the killers are able to shoot unabated, even pausing to reload their weapons, until they get bored and stop. Some stop only when their trigger fingers develop carpal tunnel syndrome.
Because--by definition--criminals don't care about the law.

Just try getting a liberal to understand that, though.

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I'm going to get ready to vote for someone other than GOP candidates next year. Why? Because the GOP is doing exactly what I feared--expected--it would do.

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Big Obama supporter GE gets an exemption to the new stupid "greenhouse gas" regulations.

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Yes, you have the eco-nazi message correct: it's snowing because it's too hot.

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Advice Goddess talks about womens' rights under islam. Or the lack thereof, rather. If it doesn't make you angry, then you're not really in favor of womens' rights.

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Sultan Knish has an interesting take on ethanol: he suggests that burning food has raised the price of food, thus causing the riots we're seeing in the middle east.

The article reminds me that we're primarily seeing a food riot. Those people are mainly outraged over high food prices, not political control by this or that person. The muslim brotherhood (I refuse to capitalize their name) has piggybacked itself onto the riot, and will probably ride them to power--thus turning Egypt into an islamic totalitarianist shithole like Iran--but that won't fix the core issue of food being too damned expensive.

Bonus points given for smaller, more readable paragraphs.

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So what happens after a big snow? The big freeze, always-always.

It's supposed to get frickin' cold tonight, of course. I may do the grocery shopping today--or may not, as I've got enough stuff on hand to last through the end of the week. I'm not really enthusiastic about doing it, considering the cold.

When water freezes into snowflakes, it does so because heat has been pulled out of it. The heat has to go somewhere; it goes into the air, which is usually colder than freezing.

When that air moves on, it takes all that heat with it.

Further, the snow is pure white and highly reflective, so when the sun shines on it, most of the heat is simply bounced right back into space. And once the sun sets, the clear, dry air makes for poor insulation: whatever heat the snow managed to absorb is radiated away into space.

Please note that since winter is the time when there are fewer plants, that's when the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is highest. The variation is not large, but it's measurable; yet it's the concentration of water vapor which determines how warm (or cold) it is. The dryer air is, the lower its specific heat capacity...and the variation amounts to tens of degrees, utterly swamping whatever forcing comes from the carbon dioxide that's present.

This demonstrates why water vapor is the king of greenhouse gases. Depending on where you are it makes up to 5% of the atmosphere. It's flat-out impossible for us to control the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, considering we live on a planet which is 78% covered with the stuff. Water is quite literally all over the planet, and depending on temperature and pressure, it's either vapor, liquid, or solid, clear or opaque, all of which modifies how it absorbs and radiates heat.

And the models use one parameter--one--to model its effects on global climate. Because the guys who design the models don't actually care about performing real science.

...and if I keep going on that, it'll be the same old AGW rant you've all read about a thousand times by now. I've got other things I could be doing.

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"Like what"? you may ask.

Taking a nap! So there!
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