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Popular Science sometimes means not having to say you really thought it through.

Ok, so that was a bit harsh.  I like Pop. Sci.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong:  Blotting Out the Sun

Filling the stratosphere with sulfur aerosols could cool the globe, but it could also cause widespread drought and destruction – Jamie Sneddon

Well, I’ll tell you what could go wrong.  According to the logic of Al Gore, by cooling the Earth we could make it warmer. Why the hell not?  By warming it we’re making it colder, he has as much as said so.

But in my heart of hearts, I agree with Sneddon, that actively seeking to change the albedo of the Earth isn’t something one f***s around with lightly.

And LiveScience where sometimes there’s cool neat stuff and sometimes there’s pure idiocy, they actually uttered this about forest fire severity and the correlation to global warming:

While it’s melting glaciers and creating more intense hurricanes, global warming also seems to be heating up forest fires in the United States. In western states over the past few decades, more wildfires have blazed across the countryside, burning more area for longer periods of time. Scientists have correlated the rampant blazes with warmer temperatures and earlier snowmelt. When spring arrives early and triggers an earlier snow-melt, forest areas become drier and stay so for longer, increasing the chance that they might ignite.

It misses the most glaringly evident root cause of what is making wildfires worse, burning more areas for longer has been correlated with not letting regular fires clear out the undergrowth, so when there IS a fire it’s hot enough that the largest trees don’t survive – they die.  You can’t hardly wade through the stuff.  And when it dries it dries completely and it burns extremely hot.

There’s absolutely no doubt that hot weather increases the risk of fire – that’s a no-brainer – but to try to pin fire duration on “global warming” without mention of the other man-made problem, which is caused by the fact that we can’t leave well enough alone, is misleading at best and deceptive at worst.

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Recusations.

Justice Thomas is being accused of being unable to hear a case without bias.

House Democrats feel that he must recuse himself.

“The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law,” the letter said. “From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife’s financial stake in the overturn of healthcare reform is blurred.”

Seriously?  A Supreme Court Justice is unable to separate himself from his wife’s viewpoints?  I wouldn’t want someone like that hearing ANY case – that doesn’t display sufficient strength of character to perform that job satisfactorily.

But Justice Thomas does have the level of character required.

“It’s up to the individual justice to determine whether he believes that, in fact or appearance, there’s sufficient concern about his impartiality to make recusal appropriate,” said Deborah L. Rhode, a legal ethics scholar and professor of law at Stanford University. “So he [Thomas] should be considering whether he believes he can act in a disinterested manner, but also the court’s credibility with the public, and will Americans, who may differ with him… believes he comes to the table with an unbiased view.

This is a very pronounced peeve of mine and I’ve presented it multiple times.

The idea that any judge could ever be without bias is without merit.

Bias is FINE.  Prejudgment IS NOT.

Bias says “if I can rule in a certain way, I will”.   Prejudgment says “I will rule in a certain way regardless of the case merits.”   See the difference?

The argument that bias is unacceptable is completely at odds with the desire to appoint “Wise Latina Women” or a black or asian person to the bench.  They are chosen because they will bring different viewpoints and biases with them.

I call BS on the bias naysayers.

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You know what?  I’ve worked a lot of backbreaking hard jobs.  And this guy talking about whites and blacks don’t work as hard as hispanics?  Well, he can kiss my ass.

An African-American lawmaker in South Carolina said Tuesday that stricter illegal immigration laws would hurt the state because blacks and whites don’t work as hard as Hispanics.

State Sen. Robert Ford made his remarks during a Senate committee debate over an Arizona-style immigration law, eliciting a smattering of nervous laughter in the chamber after he said “brothers” don’t work as hard as Mexicans. He continued that his “blue-eyed brothers” don’t either.

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Ah, I don’t buy it.  People that find their job to be a tremendous honor don’t besmirch it by behaving like asses.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all. I have made profound mistakes and I promise to work as hard as I can to seek their forgiveness,” [Rep. Christopher Lee (R, N.Y.)] said in a statement.

Way to go, nipplehead.

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Said John Crighton just prior to expiring.

Take a gander at this ‘un.

What are those things?

Ice.  Ice holding our windowshades down – three inches from the window.  The window is a sheet of ice.   I’m thinking I’ve fallen behind a bit in the insulating department.  Plus it is currently 0.1 degrees F out there right now, which is a pretty harsh load of global warming to swallow in one sitting.

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Small Wad of Steaming BS.

Obama’s speech in da UP…

The speech in the university’s Superior Dome sports facility is open to the public by invitation only.  – Detroit News

Open to the public by invite only… that doesn’t mean open to the public you twits.

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Thought you had that…

Update:

America is getting meaner?  Oh please.  People are just as mean as they’ve ever been.  Always will be that mean.

Quite simply, what we learn as ‘normal’ we learn as children, and today that is all about violence. It’s ubiquitous and it’s often glorified through internet, movies, video games, TV, and song lyrics. When kids are exposed to violence they accept it as a normal way to resolve a conflict.

Before facebook, movies, video games, and TV those same mean people were out doing mean things in person and they had more daylight hours to do them in.  Strangers were beaten then and are now.  Kids have been beaten then and are now.  People have always been killed and tortured.  Cats have been juggled.

History is just chuck-a-block full of examples of mean people – burning folks alive, drownings, lynchings, stonings – hell, you name it, the evil that men do has been a constant since the first human picked up a bone to brain someone else with.

This kind of article is absolutely ridiculous.

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Lots of plague in my house.  Cruel Wife came down with it finally.

Didn’t stop me from making Bacon Jam and a dip of chives, bacon, cream cheese, and mayo.  I call it “Chives, Bacon, Cream Cheese, and Mayo Dip”.   There’s probably a fancy name like “Green Goddess” only it’d be “Brown and White with Little Bits of Green Goddess” because by God, that’s the color you end up with.

I don’t know where on the net I found the bacon jam, but I did.

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam

adapted from Everyday Food,  December 2010

2 pounds sliced bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces

2 medium yellow onions,  diced small

3 garlic cloves, minced

3/4 cup brewed coffee

1/2 cup cider  vinegar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 teaspoons  molasses

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until  bacon is lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to  paper-towel covered plate to drain.

Pour off all but one tablespoon bacon fat (reserve for another use). Add  onions, cook until translucent. Add garlic, cook until fragrant. Add coffee,  vinegar, sugar, syrup, and molasses. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, scraping up  brown bits with a wooden spoon. Add bacon, stir to combine.

Transfer mixture to a large slow-cooker (5-6 quarts). Cook uncovered on high  for 4 hours or until syrupy. Transfer to food processor and pulse to coarsely  chop.

Cool, then refrigerate in airtight containers, up to 4 weeks. Also freezes  well.

I didn’t use the 3/4C of coffee though.  Red Bull.

You actually believed that, didn’t you.  Sad.

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I asked the question over at Aardvarks and Asshats:

What was the exact time and place where you first heard of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle?

It’s one of the more entertaining questions that you can ask of a physics person.

It’s all a question of how long it takes them to make the connections.  It’s a hoot.

About tomorrow…

Igloo image courtesy of Clayoquot under GNU CC License...

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Ok, I’m a good sport.  From Aggie at Hookers and Booze, I was commanded to follow these instructions…

1 – Go to Wikipedia and hit random. The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 – Go to quotationspage.com and hit random. The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
3 – Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”. Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 – Use Photoshop or similar (picnik.com is a free online photo editor) to put it all together.
5 – Post it on your blog along with these instructions, and trackback or link to your post in these comments.

I may have added three extra words to the title of the band/artist.  Sue me.

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