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Speaking of psychoses and vanity (not mine, that is), a friend of my dad’s forwarded me this graphic.

I’d laugh if it didn’t scare me silly.

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Update: Ewww.

“Have it your way”, so the slogan goes.  Well, my way involves no body hair whatsoever and that someone doesn’t bathe on or near anything used to prepare my food.

God, that’s disgusting.

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Man, does this woman never get it?  I think psychosis is defined fairly decently in Wikipedia, nearabout as this layman can tell:

Psychosis is a generic psychiatric term for a mental state often described as involving a “loss of contact with reality.” People suffering from it are said to be psychotic.

People experiencing psychosis may report hallucinations or delusional beliefs, and may exhibit personality changes and disorganized thinking. This may be accompanied by unusual or bizarre behaviour, as well as difficulty with social interaction and impairment in carrying out the activities of daily living.

Well doggone it, Hillary’s Camp (and Hillary) fits this pattern.

Wolfson: Edwards’ Cover-up Cost Clinton the Nomination

Aides Say She Would Have Won Iowa if Edwards Affair was Exposed

By BRIAN ROSS and JAKE TAPPER
August 11, 2008

Sen. Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic presidential nominee if John Edwards had been caught in his lie about an extramarital affair and forced out of the race last year, insists a top Clinton campaign aide, making a charge that could exacerbate previously existing tensions between the camps of Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama. [More, at ABC News]

Kind of arrogant to assume that all the Edwards voters wouldn’t glom on to Obama out of disgust for Hillary.

The other aspect that is annoying about this is that regardless of what was not known then, voters still chose to not support either her or Obama.

Obama won 37.6 per cent of the vote. Edwards won 29.7 per cent and Clinton won 29.5 per cent, according to results posted by the Iowa Democratic Party.

“Our voters and Edwards’ voters were the same people,” Wolfson said the Clinton polls showed. “They were older, pro-union. Not all, but maybe two-thirds of them would have been for us and we would have barely beaten Obama.

– former Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson

But this is all mental masturbation on the part of the Hillary camp, and part of what I believe to be setting the stage for backroom deals at the convention.   Sure, it is possible that Wolfson is a loose-lipped loose cannon, but it benefits the Clinton camp if his assertation gains traction, and they can always disown him if the almighty poll shows them taking on water.

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More on the Globular Worming front.  It seems that we are indeed doomed.  It appears that Oliver Tickell, writing for The Guardian is so convinced of the approaching calamity that he’s predicting our demise.  Oh my – look at the poor drooling raving madman, everybody.

We need to get prepared for four degrees of global warming, Bob Watson told the Guardian last week. At first sight this looks like wise counsel from the climate science adviser to Defra. But the idea that we could adapt to a 4C rise is absurd and dangerous. Global warming on this scale would be a catastrophe that would mean, in the immortal words that Chief Seattle probably never spoke, “the end of living and the beginning of survival” for humankind. Or perhaps the beginning of our extinction.

As usual, the hyperventilation usually is accompanied by a large number of dooms that are divined via clairvoyance more than a foretelling based on science.  WHY could we not adapt to a 4C change, assuming that it actually did occur?

The collapse of the polar ice caps would become inevitable, bringing long-term sea level rises of 70-80 metres. All the world’s coastal plains would be lost, complete with ports, cities, transport and industrial infrastructure, and much of the world’s most productive farmland. The world’s geography would be transformed much as it was at the end of the last ice age, when sea levels rose by about 120 metres to create the Channel, the North Sea and Cardigan Bay out of dry land. Weather would become extreme and unpredictable, with more frequent and severe droughts, floods and hurricanes. The Earth’s carrying capacity would be hugely reduced. Billions would undoubtedly die.

All that, huh?

I want to point out a graph.  I’ve probably already posted it before.  Big whups.

The graph shows the contribution of absorption from different gases, ranging from water vapor to CO2 to O2 and O3 and methane…  water vapor plays a far higher role than CO2 in atmospheric absorption.  This is assuming that I believe that gases are the predominant factor here.  I don’t.  I believe that by and large the single biggest influence is solar output.  The sun warms the earth, that’s what it does.  When that output changes via sunspots or other factors affecting total irradiance, so follows the earth.  Albedo, atmospheric absorption, the ocean as a heat sink, all must play a part, but the total energy available is higher.

Hell, I only got 2-1/2 hours of sleep last night and it is 1am tonight –  I need to go to bed.  Check out this link for fun.  It’s also doomcrying, but it should be like a cool glass of liquid nitrogen in the face of the global warming furnace.  I’m arguing for global tepidity.

G’night everyone.  It’ll be a funner post tomorrow.  I’m too serious tonight and I know it.

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