Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Reason #eleventythousand i will never be a liberal democrat

This brief editorial from the Wall Street Journal is touching and pointed.

"This is the story of how my husband's circumcision saved my life.

It's a personal story, but let it also serve as a public health rebuttal to the proposed ban on male circumcision that will be on the San Francisco ballot this November. 

San Francisco's ballot initiative would prohibit circumcision on all males under the age of 18. It would allow no religious exemptions, and it apparently gives no regard to the numerous studies demonstrating that male circumcision can substantially reduce—by more than 50%—the transmission of the HIV virus during sex."

Sooooooooooooooo, San Francisco, it's okay to terminate a pregnancy for any reason, but no family can choose circumcision for their boys, even though the health benefits to the sexual partners are documented?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Two interesting articles while we're talking about environmental stuff

Polar bears are stable, population wise. Duh.

The ever-interesting John Stossel has this to say about a "fracking" documentary, oh wait, I mean "documentary." Didn't know about it at all, the practice or the movie, and it leaves me with one question:

Who in their right (or left) mind would believe these so-called documentary makers? Supersize Me was a crock, and Food Inc. was better, but still had typical deceit, Michael Moore always lies to make his point, and this? At least Waiting For Superman admitted the point of view (which is one that I happen to agree with) and admitted that by far, most charter schools do no better, or do worse, than the public schools.

If you have to lie or exaggerate or manipulate to make your "point," I think maybe your point isn't very valid. Either way, you are still a liar, exaggerator, or manipulator, aren't you?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Another Hysterical Man-Caused Global Warming Statement is Wrong

This is just one stellar sentence from the article by a former believer, now Man Caused Global Warming skeptic scientist from Australia. You can read and follow links, so i won't post it all, but here's another chunk.

"This is the core idea of every official climate model: For each bit of warming due to carbon dioxide, they claim it ends up causing three bits of warming due to the extra moist air. The climate models amplify the carbon dioxide warming by a factor of three — so two-thirds of their projected warming is due to extra moist air (and other factors); only one-third is due to extra carbon dioxide.
That’s the core of the issue. All the disagreements and misunderstandings spring from this. The alarmist case is based on this guess about moisture in the atmosphere, and there is simply no evidence for the amplification that is at the core of their alarmism.
Weather balloons had been measuring the atmosphere since the 1960s, many thousands of them every year. The climate models all predict that as the planet warms, a hot spot of moist air will develop over the tropics about 10 kilometres up, as the layer of moist air expands upwards into the cool dry air above. During the warming of the late 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, the weather balloons found no hot spot. None at all. Not even a small one. This evidence proves that the climate models are fundamentally flawed, that they greatly overestimate the temperature increases due to carbon dioxide.
This evidence first became clear around the mid-1990s.
At this point, official “climate science” stopped being a science. In science, empirical evidence always trumps theory, no matter how much you are in love with the theory. If theory and evidence disagree, real scientists scrap the theory. But official climate science ignored the crucial weather balloon evidence, and other subsequent evidence that backs it up, and instead clung to their carbon dioxide theory — that just happens to keep them in well-paying jobs with lavish research grants, and gives great political power to their government masters."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Nature is Mocking Me

So, we have two lovely Cooper's Hawks nesting next door, a repeat from last Spring when they were in our huge front's one:
and Sunday, after I spent time cleaning out our little fish pond of the muck the chipmunks dumped in there during their winter digging so that our one, lonely, large feeder goldfish that has survived 3 winters now wasn't swimming in brown goo....

...the hawks must have decided snakes, chipmunks and whatever birds they were eating were boring so uncharacteristically (according to my research) they took the fish.

Then, this morning, my wife looked at the lovely window box of pansies her mother had just commented on last night to see that the deer had eaten the blossoms during the night.

I consider myself a friend of nature, but it mocks me....

so, the next day, one of the hawks took our neighbor girl's pink headband off of her head at the base of the tree in which they are nesting...they called the zoo, who tagged one and said the chicks should be around for about 6 more weeks, then things should be safer!

(If you read me much, you should know I am joking: nature is. It doesn't hate, mock, ridicule, punish, or love. It is. One earthquake and Japan moved. Towns that used to be above the tides now get wet. Try to do that, globalwarming believers, you'll never accomplish it. Never. Nature did it.)

Tuesday. It's Like Monday, Part 2, the Sequel

Well, since no one reads this blog of mine, today I will whine!

1. Ladies, a tanktop and undies is not pajamas, it's an invitation, especially if you wear it around the living room before bed. I call the actual pajamas "your armor" for a reason.

Not in the mood and don't want me to attempt to get you in the mood? Wear the armor, I get that signal, ok?

2. My job is slowly sucking out my brain. I need to work to either make the job not do that, or make the necessary changes.