atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2554: Stuffed

Dang it. I woke up wanting a big farm breakfast; I made and ate one. Two strips of bacon, two potatos, two jumbo eggs. Then I finished it off with a cinnamon roll.

...but I'll tell you what: I don't feel hypoglycemic now!

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You can read this dense and technical examination of how the laws of thermodyamics prove Al Gore wrong. I can't explain it any better than the writer does.

When I say "technical", I mean it: there are equations.

Here's what I took away from the article even before the guy got around to saying it himself: "...[T]he increased precipitation would tell us that the earth is either not warming at all, or it is cooling...."

And: "...[I]f you are increasing precipitation, you are EXPENDING and using up tropical heat energy stored as latent heat, and further, that latent heat is being released back to the atmosphere at high altitudes where it is effectively radiated...."

These recent heavy snows reaching far south from average are an indication that the earth is cooling based upon the laws of physics, and if you examine the US NCDC temperature record for the continental US, that is precisely what we find, a decrease in temperature during the last decade that trended downward by .67 degF or .37 degC. GLOBAL temperatures remain static, with no statistically significant change and that is attributable to the thermal inertia of the oceans that have been receiving a higher amount of solar radiation from the sun during the last period of high solar activity that terminated after the peak of solar cycle 23 back in the year 2000.
Emphasis added.

Before I got to that paragraph, I was struggling with how to explain that my own read of the article led me to think, "This all sounds like the Earth is cooling...." Then I found that I didn't have to. Heh.

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Incidentally, he also says, "The only way such theory works with CO2 is in atmospheres that do not have a hydrological cycle with a greenhouse gas like water vapor,..." Like Venus. Venus' atmosphere is primarily CO2 and sulfur compounds. Which planet, again, was the inspiration for the "CO2 is a greenhouse gas" idea?

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Ah, to live in the glorious workers' paradise of China, where you get free cadmium and arsenic in your rice!

Yes! My friend who had the Chinese girlfriend thought she was so lucky, because she didn't have to worry about having a home, or clothes, or food! Pity he didn't know about this, because then he'd have had another benefit to add to the list.

Here in America, of course, we can't get cadmium or arsenic in our rice (or melamine in our powdered milk) because of all the evil capitalist swine who want to make a profit on the backs of the poor. All those evil bastards care about maximizing their profits and saving their own hides from prosecution and lawsuits under our flawed capitalist system!

I for one am tired of this backwards, evil system that keeps heavy metals out of our food supply! I demand that we emulate China now!

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Yeah, if you're a 30-year-old woman who has only been on two dates in your life, I'm guessing that your intellect probably isn't the reason. It's probably because you don't have boobs. Whoops! Whee! What an incredibly creative typo that was! What I meant to say is, it's probably because those men are all stupid louts who can't even succesfully pick their own noses without advanced training and specialized equipment.

...uh? Oh. < / sarcasm>

The woman says, in her extrusion, "...women are born smarter than men."

Yeah, after reading her article, my first thought was, "Man, what a bitch. No wonder she never gets any."

"I knew that if I had pulled up the boyfriend who had not familiarised himself with the pronunciation of all 50 American states, he would not have had sex with me for about a fortnight. He would have gone quiet for a bit, and resented me for ever." Yeah, you know? Or maybe he would have said, "Gee, I didn't know that! Why is it spelled that way, then?"

Then: "My belief is that this post-feminist generation of men is even more useless than my father’s generation. While my dad could change a tyre and mow the lawn, as well as pay all the bills, this new generation (and I include all men up to the age of 50) feel no obligation to take charge of anything. Which means women not only have to make them feel smart, we have to do all the practical stuff, too." If a man tries to open a door for you, you scream at him. If he tries to buy dinner, you scream at him. If he does anything you don't like, you scream at him.

Think I'm wrong? She says, "But I guess whether or not a man can take being barked at, or pulled up over his pronunciation, depends on his calibre."

No it doesn't. It's dependent more on whether or not you're a decent enough person to make it worthwhile for him to put up with "being barked at". You don't want a man; you want a target dummy.

That's probably why you have so much trouble finding one: there are not many men desperate enough to put up with a wrinkled harridan's bullshit.

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Somewhere I saw an article which was critical of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Let me see...ah:

Here it is.

The central point of the article:
Has anyone, from Mr. Butcher to the writers of the various iterations of the CSI-NCIS-FBI-NY Miami-Las Vegas televised cop drama, noticed that police departments and their relationship with the general public have changed considerably in the last 80 years? Are they familiar with the term “police union”?
He goes on to explain that the police in these stories (citing examples from Dresden Files) are not portrayed realistically, because the police union would protect them from a lot of the fallout that these stories use for dramatic tension.

I had dismissed this article, because this kind of thing falls under the heading of "conceit of the genre", but then--last night--I suddenly had a thought:

The guy is reading a series of books about a wizard who uses magic to fight off all kinds of supernatural threats, from renegade fairies to vampires to werewolves to evil warlocks to-- And his primary complaint is that the cops are unrealistic?

...I laughed out loud at that.

The article begins with, "I recently read three more books from Dresden Files, the popular noir magic series written by Jim Butcher. And while I quite enjoy them, something was bothering me throughout the books...."

Look: how can you complain about the lack of police union protection and not notice that the story is about a wizard? If you can suspend your disbelief enough to accept, "Hey, this guy is a wizard in modern-day Chicago," why does the depiction of the police give you trouble?

Certainly you don't have a leg to stand on in dismissing it as "nonsense".

Look: I've read these books. In one book, Dresden uses necromancy to reanimate the skeleton of the dinosaur skeleton standing in the Field Museum, and then he rides it into battle against the bad guys in that book. You have no trouble with that, but you can't accept underpaid cops and Murphy getting demoted?

Shit, don't people have any freakin' perspective any more? It's a work of fantasy fiction; it's not a tract on the realities of being a police officer in a modern metropolis. It's not even a police procedural! It's a story about a wizard using magic to fight bad guys!


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