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(musically, sorta)

Leaving… on a jet plane… sound of kids scrambling my brain… oh Lord, what a way to gooo-ooo-ooo-ooh…

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Will be leaving the sitter with the house and hauling ass onwards to the fruits of my labors – vacation!  The NorthWest beckons, all desert-ey in Washington, and all rainforest-ey in Oregon.  Oh, yeah.  We grew up on opposite sides of the spectrum, Cruel Wife and I.

I will try to post pics and updates but no idea where my internet connection points will be.

Take care, folks – talk to you in two weeks thereabout-ish.

-LK

Plugging for Stephan Pastis, the author of “Pearls Before Swine”… go get one of his books.  You will fall in love with Pig (the little pink guy below).

I can’t let it go…  Forwarded to me by The Dude – some blogmentary from some blog.  Leading up to the last one is a great progression:

By Mike Novean (Blackdice) on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 11:17 am: Edit

SPP,

I had read an article earlier this summer from the Chicago region that said that because of higher gas prices they were not going to removing as many dead animals from the roads as they had in the past.

That could be one factor in the higher than normal dead animal count.

By Douglass E. Howard (Doug_Howard) on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 12:20 pm: Edit

Mike,
It could also be the new excuse for everything…

By Sean O’Carroll (Terryoc) on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 08:21 pm: Edit

The new excuse for everything?!

“Not tonight honey, higher gas prices are giving me a headache.”

By Stephen J. Schrader (Wyvern) on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 09:32 pm: Edit

“Not tonight honey. Because of the price of gas, I couldn’t go to the store, just to pick up some aspirin for my headach.”

By Loren Knight (Loren) on Wednesday, July 16, 2008 – 10:59 pm: Edit

“Not tonight honey, the oil companies beat you to it.”

By Ken Lin (Old_School) on Thursday, July 17, 2008 – 09:15 am: Edit

LOL

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More… still more liberal insanity… gonna figure out a way to take away your right to defend yourself if it kills them. Look, a real whack-job could use speedloaders and do as much damage. A shotgun is pretty easily shortened as well. My point is, GET RID OF THE WHACKJOBS NOT THE GUNS!

D.C. Officials Consider Ban on Semiautomatic Pistols After Blanket Handgun Ban is Struck Down

Monday , July 07, 2008

By Greg Simmons

WASHINGTON —

The Supreme Court’s repeal of the ban on handguns in Washington, D.C., may be a boon for a segment of the firearms industry whose last major windfall was in the heyday of the Dirty Harry movies: those who make and sell revolvers.The court ruled that a blanket ban on handguns is unconstitutional, but D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and other Washington officials want to keep in place a prohibition on semiautomatic handguns — those in which a bullet clip is inserted into the gun’s grip.

Such a ban would continue to outlaw 9-mm and other popular pistols that are legal in most other places around the United States. And it would make the classic six-shooter the only legal handgun in the District.

For revolver manufacturers, a ban on semiautomatics in Washington could be good for business.

“If there’s a total ban on all semiautomatic handguns, oh, absolutely,” said Paul Pluff, spokesman for Smith & Wesson, the nation’s top revolver manufacturer. Smith & Wesson sold 185,000 revolvers in 2006, 48 percent of all revolvers made that year in the United States, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms statistics released in January.

Pluff recalled the last time revolver sales went through the roof — back in the 1970s. [More…]

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According to this, my children are racist little pigs.

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Here’s a real confidence builder

Nose Cone on Northwest Plane Pushed in During Flight

Monday , July 07, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS —

Northwest Airlines says it’s investigating after the nose cone on one of its planes was damaged during flight.The plane had been scheduled to fly to Minneapolis from Tampa, Florida. But that flight was delayed after the plane was damaged sometime during a flight between Detroit and Tampa.

Retired Northwest pilot Richard Duxbury says the plane was likely hit by something, possibly a bird. He says bird strikes can be a significant safety issue.

The airline hasn’t confirmed that a bird hit the plane. In a statement, Northwest says none of the passengers or crew members were hurt in the incident.

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Bandaid Blogal Worming – The Fate of Earth Depends on Your Carbon Footprint

Still more evidence that we’re all going to die by drowning and by steaming due to hand-maid globular worming. Credits to The Dude for his keen eye.

I’m disinclined to believe the article. We should never let facts get in the way of our world view. Dr. Hansen at NASA has given us a wonderful roadmap for how to go about neglecting reality.

Are the ice caps melting?

By Steven Goddard
Published Thursday 3rd July 2008 15:46 GMT

(PBEM) The headlines last week brought us terrifying news: The North Pole will be ice-free this summer “for the first time in human history,” wrote Steve Connor in The Independent. Or so the experts at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado predict. This sounds very frightening, so let’s look at the facts about polar sea ice.

As usual, there are a couple of huge problems with the reports.

Firstly, the story is neither alarming nor unique.

In the August 29, 2000 edition of the New York Times, the same NSIDC expert, Mark Serreze, said:

“There’s nothing to be necessarily alarmed about. There’s been open water at the pole before. We have no clear evidence at this point that this is related to global climate change.”

During the summer of 2000 there was “a large body of ice-free water about 10 miles long and 3 miles wide near the pole”. Also in 2000, Dr Claire Parkinson at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center was quoted as saying: “The fact of having no ice at the pole is not so stunning.”

The Tipping Point that wouldn’t tip

Satellite records have been kept for polar sea ice over the last thirty years by the University Of Illinois. In 2007 2008, two very different records were set. The Arctic broke the previous record for the least sea ice area ever recorded, while the Antarctic broke the record for the most sea ice area ever recorded. Summed up over the entire earth, polar ice has remained constant. As seen below, there has been no net gain or loss of polar sea ice since records began.


Last week, Dr James Hansen from NASA spoke about how CO2 is affecting the polar ice caps.

“We see a tipping point occurring right before our eyes… The Arctic is the first tipping point and it’s occurring exactly the way we said it would,” he said.

Well, not exactly.

Hansen is only telling half the story. In the 1980s the same Dr Hansen wrote a paper titled Climate Sensitivity to Increasing Greenhouse Gases [pdf], in which he explained how CO2 causes “polar amplification.” He predicted nearly symmetrical warming at both poles. As shown in Figure 2-2 from the article, Hansen calculated that both the Arctic and Antarctic would warm by 5-6 degrees Centigrade. His predictions were largely incorrect, as most of Antarctica has cooled and sea ice has rapidly expanded. The evidence does not support the theory. [More…]

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