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I’m sitting there reading the headlines as I surfed and finding articles like “OBAMA OPEN TO NEWSPAPER BAILOUT BILL...” and “OBAMA PUSH FOR 'WORLD' REGULATIONS... ” and “ACORN CEO ‘Outraged’ by Behavior of Employees in Prostitute Tapes”.  Yeah yeah yeah… blah blah blah.

And then I run across this one:

Scientists make paralysed rats run again…

This is HORRIBLE! These poor little murines are paralyzed for Pete’s sake, and they are sitting there whipping them to make them run?

Seriously, this is way way cool.

Paralysed rats whose spinal cords had been severed from their brains were made to run again using a technique that scientists say can work for people, according to a study released Sunday.

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When are the libs going to learn that just throwing money around doesn’t fix a thing?

“It was probably, in the end, a complete waste of taxpayer money,’’ said John Wolkonowicz, a senior auto analyst at IHS Global Insight, Lexington forecasting firm. “The dealers, who were supposed to be the primary beneficiaries, many were forced into cash flow problems because the government didn’t pay them in a timely fashion.’’

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Naked 91 year old man… you do what you gotta do, I guess.  Whatever else you want to say about the unusual circumstances, holding an intruder at gunpoint while naked shows some balls.

Authorities say a 91-year-old man in South Florida jumped out out of bed naked and held an intruder breaking into his house at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

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You mean sun activity can be related to our weather and temperatures?  No.  Way.  Get out!

Really?

Perry said there is anecdotal evidence the Earth’s temperature may be slightly decreasing, but local weather patterns are much more affected by the jet stream than solar activity.

However, Perry said snow in Buenos Aires and southern Africa, the best ski season in Australia and a cooler Arctic region are some of the anecdotal evidence for a cooling period.

So, Perry said, sunspots may have a far greater impact on weather than previously thought.

Huh.  So sunspots could have a greater (far) effect on weather than previously thought. Not so fast… Global warming is still man-made even though the cooling was sun-caused.  Trust us, we know everything about the weather.

Feddema said the warming trend earlier in the century could be attributed to anything from solar activity to El Ninos. But since the mid 1980s he believes data doesn’t correlate well with solar activity, but does correlate well with rising CO2 levels.

Feddema believes we may hit global high temperatures in a few years with the underlying factor being rising CO2 levels, coupled with the solar cycle returning to a maximum and an El Nino.

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Oh yes, more of your freedom is going bye-bye… thanks Matt Drudge for posting this stuff.  Just more ways for the gov’t to control everything you see and do.  Soma, anyone?

FCC to Propose 'Net Neutrality'...

'Bold Move'...

New rules governing network management...

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The rest of the real post is below the fold.  Interjecting a side-note here.

Lieberman shows at the Republican Convention.

In excerpts of his speech released in advance to the media, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman said America needs a president that can be counted on in a time of war. For him, the candidate is Republican Sen. John McCain.

The Democrat-turned-independent says that while Sen. Barack Obama was voting to cut off funding for troops in Iraq, McCain took the unpopular position to support a surge in troops.

“Because of that, today, our troops are at last beginning to come home, not in failure, but in honor,” Lieberman says.

As much as I disagree with Lieberman on a lot of issues, I’ll say this:  The man has character and I respect him.

If nothing else, I have to praise him for pissing Schumer off:

“I like Joe Lieberman, but that’s a big mistake for him,” Schumer said. “To be pro-war and to have his views on the issues, everyone respects that. But you don’t go over to the other side.”

Buchanan sounded off…

As the Democrats were being rudely stepped on, however, Palin ignited an explosion of enthusiasm among conservatives, evangelicals, traditional Catholics, gun owners and right to lifers not seen in decades.

… Indeed, the bristling reaction on the left testifies to Democratic fears that the choice of Palin could indeed be a game-changer in 2008.

Noonan did one better…

… The mainstream media, which has been holding endless symposia here on the future of media in the 21st century, is in danger of missing a central fact of that future: If they appear, once again, as they have in the past, to be people not reporting the battle but engaged in the battle, if they allow themselves to be tagged by that old tag, which so tarnished them in the past, they will do more to imperil their own future than the Internet has.

This is true: fact is king. Information is king. Great reporting is what every honest person wants now, it’s the one ironic thing we have less of in journalism than we need. But reporting that carries an agenda, that carries Bubblehead assumptions and puts them forth as obvious truths? Well, some people want that. But if I were doing a business model for broadsheets and broadcast networks I’d say: Fact and data are our product, we’re putting everything into reporting, that’s what we’re selling, interpretation is the reader’s job, and think pieces are for the edit page where we put the hardy, blabby hacks.

That was a long way of saying: Dig deep into Sarah Palin, get all you can, talk to everybody, get every vote, every quote, tell us of her career and life, she may be the next vice president. But don’t play games. And leave her kid alone, bitch.

Cranky steps in to step on yet another ass who can’t seem to find the line between “OK” and “Being an asshole”.

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Now, on to address the great glaring gaping gap in getting the facts straight on sunspot activity.  I read this article this morning and screamed “ID10T!!”

Yes, our carbon butt-prints are so humongously oversized from those happy meals and sitting in our double-wide SUV’s that our climate’s influence has reached right out and touched the sun.  Must check w/ McGoo and see if it has been noted in Pravda yet…  Of course, he’s been moving for the last three years so he’s been out of the picture.  He’s our resident expert in Pravda, if you didn’t know.

Anyway, the hyperventilating panty-wetters are at it again.  This time they didn’t even hit “send” before voiding their bladders.  It’s a big stinking crock of horsesh*t dead-wrong non-facts.  Over at Daily Tech (red emphasis mine):

The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted.

The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity – which determines the number of sunspots — is an influencing factor for climate on earth.

Nobody home.

But the truth is that we are NOT at a 100 year high (days w/o sunspots).  They make this sound like it’s a huge deal.  Not even close.  At wattsupwiththat:

Adding up every daily blank sun for the past three years, we find that the current solar minimum has had 362 spotless days (as of June 30, 2008).  Compare that value to the total spotless days of the previous ten solar minima: 309, 273, 272, 227, 446, 269, 568, 534, ~1019 and ~931. The current count of 362 spotless days is not even close to the longest.

Milestone?  Eh.  It’s like counting the grains of sand in a baby-food jar and saying breathlessly “There were 2, 075,341 grains of sand!”  Ok, yeah, so it is what it is.  The point is the total number of days in the minimum isn’t all that fantastical – borders on “almost-boring”.

What was really funny in the first link (Daily Tech) was this ending (red emphasis mine):

Other researchers have proposed solar effects on other terrestrial processes besides cloud formation. The sunspot cycle has strong effects on irradiance in certain wavelengths such as the far ultraviolet, which affects ozone production. Natural production of isotopes such as C-14 is also tied to solar activity. The overall effects on climate are still poorly understood.

What is incontrovertible, though, is that ice ages have occurred before. And no scientist, even the most skeptical, is prepared to say it won’t happen again.

Got that?  “No scientist… is prepared to say that [an ice age] won’t happen again.”  Oh, but plenty are willing to say that global warming is a foregone conclusion?  What a bunch of wankers.  I’ve probably posted this before but… a bit more information on solar influences.   And some bedwetter-valium here, too, although not swimming in hard factual numbers, it’s food for thought.

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Went to meet Girlhead’s kindergarden teacher tonight.  Nice lady.  Classroom was modern.  Looked to be a nice bunch of kids.  We walked out of the classroom and I turned to Cruel Wife and said “Our 5 year old daughter is being taught by a gal who is what…?  Twelve?”

Man am I old.  If I don’t have 18 years on that teacher I’ll eat my shorts.  As granddad would say “Yep, she’s San Quentin Quail”  (jailbait)

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NPR today… Ad approved of by the Obamessaiah – it was narrated by the Planned Parenthood.  The lady reading the script says something to the effect that “If McCain is elected he will turn over Roe v. Wade” and talks like his first day in office it would be fait accompli.  Huh?  The president has no such power.  It would have to go to the supreme court to be overturned or repeal initiated by congress.  I can’t believe that they can get away with that kind of talk in an ad.

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Snatched a campaign button graphic from Weasel, God Bless her:

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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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