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Ferd Limpy turns 18 at the end of this month. While finishing high school and playing Ultimate Pocket Pool on weekends, he’s also suing the federal government in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

The Hellhole Palms, California, teen and four other juvenile plaintiffs want government officials to do more to prevent the risks of climate change — the dangerous storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, and food-supply disruptions that scientists warn will threaten their generation absent a major turnabout in global energy policy. Specifically, the students are demanding that the U.S. government start reducing national emissions of carbon dioxide by at least six percent per year beginning in 2013 and provide immunity from potential punishments for “Senior Skip Day” at HP High.

“I think a lot of young people realize that this is an urgent time, and that we’re not going to solve this problem just by riding our bikes more,” Limpy said between deep swallows from his mother’s breast.

Limpy drifted off to sleep in his mother’s lap, punctuating the moment with a loud fart and a deceptively small burp.  For lack of anything relevant to say, Mrs. Limpy stated that he and she needed some more “bonding time” because her baby was so stressed out by his concern over daily temperature swings.

The interview was cut short when Mrs. Limpy was engrossed in changing Ferd’s Depends™, saying “This is SO much harder to do when he’s got wood.”   A follow-up interview was hastily not arranged.

Ok, seriously though… Nearly the same damn thing really did happen.  Only the nursing and diaper changing likely only happens emotionally.   The kid and his little friends really do care about the environment and are totally committed to it, which is kind of sad since they haven’t got enough real-life experience to even feel passionate about anything for real yet.  These kids are going to have an interesting time when they see the schism between college (basically “high school” extended by four more years at a much higher cost) and the real world, which isn’t going to really give a rat’s ass about the self-centered little brat and his frivolous lawsuits.

Apologies if that seemed a lot cynical.  I’m in a mood.

But this is serious stuff, really.

This Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Wilkins, an Obama appointee, will hear arguments on the defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint.

[ The court is the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in case they didn’t see that important enough to mention, which they didn’t.  – LK ]

While skeptics may view the case as little more than a publicity stunt, its implications have been serious enough to attract the time and resources of major industry leaders. Last month, Judge. Wilkins granted a motion to intervene in the case by the National Association of Manufacturers, joined by Delta Construction Company, Dalton Trucking Inc., Southern California Contractors Association, and the California Dump Truck Owners Association.

“At issue is whether a small group of individuals and environmental organizations can dictate through private tort litigation the economic, energy, and environmental policies of the entire nation,” wrote National Association of Manufacturers spokesman Jeff Ostermeyer in an email. Granting the plaintiffs’ demands, he added, “would carry serious and immediate consequences for industrial and economic productivity — increasing manufacturing and transportation costs and decreasing global competitiveness.” The manufacturers’ legal brief says the restrictions being sought “could substantially eliminate the use of conventional energy in this country.” It also argues that the plaintiffs haven’t proved they have a legal right to sue.

Cruel Wife wondered if someone was *gasp* … using… these kids for their agenda.  Well, that just doesn’t seem right.  Let’s see here…  oh.  Oh.  Oh, ok.  Remember how I said the kids don’t really have enough life experience yet?  Well, apparently some see that as great, because it makes for tools that earnestly believe what they are saying, even if it is bullshit, and that really sells well.

While teenagers serve as the public face of the lawsuit, the idea itself came from Julia Olson, an attorney based in Eugene, Oregon. Olson founded an organization called Our Children’s Trust after watching the Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth while she was seven months pregnant.

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Olson and other supporters of the suit believe that having kids as plaintiffs makes a particularly visceral appeal to adults to take action. Indeed, many of the adults involved said that their own children and grandchildren had inspired them. “Becoming a grandfather motivated me to speak out,” said climate scientist James Hansen, the director of the U.S. NASA Goddard Space Institute and the man who first brought Loorz and Olson together. Hansen, in his free time, is a conscientious objector to U.S. energy policy who has been arrested three times at peaceful protests.

In support of the children’s suit, Hansen has drawn up recommendations as to how the U.S. government can meet the greenhouse-gas reduction goals, through cuts in fossil-fuel-powered electricity and reforestation. “My talents are mainly in the sciences,” he said, “but it just became so clear that no one is doing anything to prevent what is becoming scientifically a very clear picture. I didn’t want my grandchildren to say that “Opa” (Dutch for “grandpa”) knew what was happening but didn’t do anything about it.”

There, SOYLENT GREEN, if you haven’t run with that tidbit (Hansen using kids to do his dirty work), would you, please?

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Being born-again linked to more brain atrophy.

Whoa.  Say that again?

Being born-again linked to more brain atrophy.

According to the study, people who said they were a “born-again” Protestant or Catholic, or conversely, those who had no religious affiliation, had more hippocampal shrinkage (or “atrophy”) compared to people who identified themselves as Protestants, but not born-again.

The study is published online in PLoS ONE.

Oh, well, then.  We all know PLoS ONE is a fine upstanding… newspaper?  Magazine?  Proceeding?  Flyer?  Writing on a bathroom wall?

Well it must be valid research because after all, they published it, right?

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Wanna know how Obama feels about globular worming?

“The time for delay is over; the time for denial is over,” he said on Tuesday after meeting with former Vice President Al Gore, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming. “We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now that this is a matter of urgency and national security and it has to be dealt with in a serious way.

Oy.  He met with creepy uncle AlGore.  You know, the uncle that always wanted you to “sit on his lap”…?  Man, didn’t anyone tell the poor man that he’d be targeted by this guy?  Really, it’s like that family member that everyone is ashamed of and you just run around behind him doing damage control all the time.

Well, our AP writer, SETH BORENSTEIN, has certainly bought into the Church of Meteorology, as he hews to the line to the end.  In what is an embarrassing display of opinion trying to masquerade as fact.  It’s simply… well…  embarrassing… it’s like the little kid who tries to sneak something out of the room and believes that you can’t see it behind them… except this is an adult who is as clueless as the kid and thinks everyone around him is as well.   His words, not mine:

Mother Nature, of course, is oblivious to the federal government’s machinations. Ironically, 2008 is on pace to be a slightly cooler year in a steadily rising temperature trend line. Experts say it’s thanks to a La Nina weather variation. While skeptics are already using it as evidence of some kind of cooling trend, it actually illustrates how fast the world is warming.  (Source:  APNews)

They can get away with feelings disguised as facts now!  Oh.  Wait.  They can’t, which is why newspapers are dying.

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A cat gets contact lenses…  Imagine that with claws it doesn’t put in and take out its own.
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I know… how about some inconvenient truths from France, where we’ll just sweep ’em under a rug?

Inconvenient Car Truths.

Ooopsie.

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Now,  I personally could care less about an ex-porn star working in a elementary school cafeteria.

You can’t get me to believe this is any worse than the S&M principal (you know… he really likes spanking?), the bus driver who is a transvestite at a bar two towns over on the weekend, or the PE teachers who invariably knock up one of the girls at school every other year.

Implying that Ms. Gunns was revvin’ her motor at every warm-blooded critter at school daily, the District Superintendent said…. Oh, just read what he said.

Vineland School District Superintendent Charles Ottinger released a statement saying, “It’s one thing if it’s an illegal activity, because that would come up in the check. There is no way for us to know if a person is involved in these types of activities.”

My my my my… you mean, if someone had not come forward you might NEVER HAVE KNOWN?  Oh God, and miss out on your chance to be self-righteous?

In fact… if she was doing her job and cooking food for the kids, that is good enough for me.  But unless she is selling these movies at the condiment stand, what is she doing wrong?  Everybody has done something in their past that they’d just soon not air out – and hers wasn’t illegal.  It just isn’t as (ahem) as sexy as smoking crack or pot like “The Rock” Obama or the oh-so-preppy “I-Never-Inhaled” Clinton.

Another snippet…

When Tuck’s past was revealed in November…

Here’s what I want to know… how did her past come up?  Who is going to admit that they were watching their complimentary “Christmas Season’s  Best of Smut Past” DVD and came across an old video of her?  Didn’t show up in the background check – couldn’t have – it wasn’t illegal.  So was it the principal,  little Johnny’s dad, or little Suzy’s shrink who put two and two together?

I think we need to start going hard against Karaoke next.  Lots of sickness there, yeah… yeah… heh heh.

LK here… a side note… out of insane curiosity, I poked around out there searching “Crystal Gunns”.  Uh.  Yikes.  Sorry, but more than a wheelbarrow full is wasted, I always say.  Actually I never say that – this is a first.  From now on, however…

Good gravy.  She had implants.  They implanted watermelons or something and then put implants in the implants.  It really is so far out there that it’s really going to appeal to the fetishists.

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Ok, out of the MoronBlogger crowd… who was surprised?

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Random Latin Lesson for the Day:

Non omnia possumus omnes – Not everyone can be a possum.

Or something like that.

Sue me… it’s actually sort of a subset of the real meaning, so get over it.

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More hysterical breast-beating and another response that won’t convince the Chicken Littles of the world that maybe, just maybe, they ought to settle for a debate instead of making this into an Inquisition for Globular Worming as led by His Holiness AlGore.

More power to film-makers who buck the entrenched CL’s in the entertainment industry.

The CL’s (or SLC’s) had another gathering:

Rally for Climate Action Now!

November 18, 2008
12:00 PM

Join us on Tuesday, November 18th at 12 noon as hundreds come together on Capitol Hill to call for Climate Action Now! We will be welcoming our newly elected leaders and calling upon President-elect Obama to attend the crucial United Nations Climate Conference in Poznan, Poland in December.

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Cold day for a Globular Worming Bitch-In Rally according to NOAA.  nov-17-2008-7-day-forecast-for-wash-dc1

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Ooh!  This is important… National Ammo Day.  (except for Weasels)

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I have to say I was indeed sickened by the very notion.  I don’t like it when they do this to dogs, but to humans?  Baby farming

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How about that?  Data is fudged, smudged, drudged, and… well, data is… malleable.

The World Has Never Seen Such Freezing Heat

Telegraph (dot-CO-dot-UK) put it beautifully:

A GISS spokesman lamely explained that the reason for the error in the Russian figures was that they were obtained from another body, and that GISS did not have resources to exercise proper quality control over the data it was supplied with. This is an astonishing admission: the figures published by Dr Hansen’s institute are not only one of the four data sets that the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) relies on to promote its case for global warming, but they are the most widely quoted, since they consistently show higher temperatures than the others.

If there is one scientist more responsible than any other for the alarm over global warming it is Dr Hansen, who set the whole scare in train back in 1988 with his testimony to a US Senate committee chaired by Al Gore. Again and again, Dr Hansen has been to the fore in making extreme claims over the dangers of climate change. (He was recently in the news here for supporting the Greenpeace activists acquitted of criminally damaging a coal-fired power station in Kent, on the grounds that the harm done to the planet by a new power station would far outweigh any damage they had done themselves.)

I’m sitting here in snow.  Before Thanksgiving.  Inches and inches of snow.  Been looking forward to driving in it, too.  Yah.  Hoo.

So much for my dream of being bitten by a mosquito in December.

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Ok, by now many MoronBloggers have been saying “Pffft!  To hell with this Mr. Lemur King jerk.  He gets a game and drops us like a bad habit.”

Well, uh… yes.  Sorry.  But to be fair other things like work, family, my neck, the dog, and sleep (rare as it is) have conspired to give me just enough time to do one of two things in the free hour or so that I have before bed… Blogging  – or – Being a Bad Guy and ridding Africa of Even More Bad Guys.

Until, that is, Part 2 of Far Cry.  It got lots harder and they started shoving entire companies of bad guys at you all at once in cramped quarters with nowhere to run.  And being stingy with the ammo.  Not very “open ended” and in fact I don’t believe I’ll buy another game from them.  Tell me:  Why do companies who make software that is a major hit go and take the very things that made the game “The Best” and NOT do them in the sequel?

Cases in point:

Far Cry —>  Far Cry 2 :: Ignore the open-ended  strategy and force essentially linear play just as soon as the game gets really good

Deus Ex —>  Deus Ex: Invisible War :: Every damn thing that made the original good… they DID NOT do in the sequel, and they dumbed it down for consoles

Doom I and II —>  Doom III ::  Hello?  I seem to remember open areas and a whole lot more lighting – this flashlight/gun/pit-of-darkness crap was pretty worthless

You would think that they never once asked a hardcore player off the street what they thought, wouldn’t you?  You’d be right.

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So, instead, I’ve seen the error of my ways.  That choice was clearly unacceptable and totally unfair.  I’ve decided to go back to the start and have chosen to play Fallout 3 instead.  Is it quite like FO1 and FO2?  Nope.  Is it indeed “Oblivion with Guns”?   Weeeeeelllll… yes and no.  It feels like Oblivion in terms of movement, dialogue, and interaction with the world.  What it does have is an absolutely creep-your-butt-out atmosphere and sound and it really really feels like after the bombs fell.  My movement from point A to point B to get back to town at night was 1/10th speed because of turning around all the time, looking for sneaky bad guys.

VATS targeting system is a hoot, and if you hit the bad guy critically… parts go flying.  Heads, too.  That must sound gross.  And it is.  But once you get numb to it, bullet-time takedowns of the bad guys are what you live for.

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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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