National Geographic Turns Stupid Up To “11”

My in-laws are good people.

They’re just…………………

Well they,………………………………

Ummm……………………………..

OK, they just don’t seem to see the real world.  I suspect that they are closet liberals (both were in academia).

For the past 7-8 years they have gotten me a subscription to “National Geographic” for a Christmas present.

I can’t say that Nat Geo has changed since I was a kid because I only looked at the pictures back then and that’s what really sold the magazine to me back then.

BUT !

Almost every issue, I can usually only make it past 8-10 pages before some worthless, crap, junk science global warming bull flop:

Nat Geo SUcks II

“Can We Save The Planet By Reusing All Of The Stuff We Make”

All I can say about that amount of stupid:

Facepalm

 

 

1000 monkeys on 1000 typewriters………

1000 monkeys on 1000 typewriters will eventually write the complete works of Shakespeare.

https://babylonbee.com/news/monkey-with-typewriter-produces-reasonable-alternative-to-green-new-deal

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Actually, that primate would have to just take a crap on the keys and there would be a better plan than the “New Green Deal.”

AOC and her staff are collectively dumber than a bag of bunnies.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.

It just ain’t there.

I would have to say that a great many on both sides of the “debate” are woefully under informed.  The layman being under informed is not good, but under informed people in positions of power and influence are dangerous.

I am not by any means an expert, but for the past 15 years, every day I have read about “global warming” and there is exactly zero evidence of such.  Global warming only exists in provable false computer models. Seriously, global warming is destroyed by the simple application of “The Scientific Method.”

It’s just that simple.

 

A Walk In The Woods

 

This is a post continuing the “Park” series:

Sorry, Park’s Closed

Weekend At The Park

Another Day In The Park

Sunday In The Park

My dad still lives in the house (for now) that my great grandfather bought about 1890.  Separate from that house property is a small piece of land that is wooded about a mile away.  It was fairly common back then to have a plot of woods for firewood, lumber and  hunting.

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The red square is my dad’s land, and the yellow, is the pathway.  One of the downsides is that there is no direct access from the county road.  We have been using that pathway since about 1890.  Now, about five years ago, the $@#!^$@ jackasses that were leasing the land that had the pathway on it put up a gate at the county road entrance and locked it.  They also plowed up most of the pathway and were preventing access to my dad’s land.  About $5000 later in court, we had access to the pathway legally back. (Access Easement).

We used to go out to “the woods” when were kids with my dad to get firewood or dig up a tree to replant, but I hadn’t been out there for probably 25 years.  My brother on the other hand deer hunts out there every year.  Since the little piece of woods in yellow, just next to the red square, is not our property, it is not maintained by the %#@*!&@$ jackasses.  It’s not a long walk to park off the county road and walk in, but the path in through the little piece of woods was not passable.  (The court order also prohibited us from parking on the ^$$@*#^ jackass property.)

Soooooooooooooooooooo, I can stand at a firing line at the range or at my brother’s ALL-DAY-LONG, but I want to take my skills up a notch.  I wanted to set up a shooting course in the woods. (Plus it would be just dang fun!!).  Since I wanted something, I would have to do the work to get it.

This video is the “Before” shot.

I had shorts on so I did not go in too far for fear of any of about 30 plants that would result in me being very itchy.

Now, I planned on shooting the same day and brought my IView glasses and GoPro for filming, and I was planning on documenting myself working.  Well, once again I greatly overestimated my ability to do manual labor.  The work itself was not really that hard, but since it had rained the night before and the woods were so dense that no wind blew through, it was like being in a tropical rain forest.  Added to that I was wearing a hoodie with the hood up to keep the mosquito’s off.  While the mosquito’s were not a problem  I left the hoodie on just so I wouldn’t waste time swatting bugs while I was working.  After about 30 minutes, I was literally soaking wet.  I finished after about three hours of work and was in absolutely no condition to do any shooting !

The above video was the “After” shot of me driving in the next day

This is the drive from the county road to the woods:

 

I drive a small crossover and is not really made for four wheeling.  But as long as it’s dry, it should be OK to get in.  This video was the day after I cleared the path.  The video is at 2X speed to make it a little less boring.

I hauled in a weed wacker and chainsaw to do the work.

Just waiting for the next weekend to get out to the woods again !!

 

Tesla Fails !!! (Again)

 

Tesla Fails (Often)

Tesla Fails (Still)

Tesla Fails (Of Course)

This list could go on for a very long time.

When your business model is based on a product that few people want, few people can afford and only exists because of tax payer subsidies, it’s going to be hard to be very successful.

“Tesla Model 3 Delivery Delayed Again”

“The new Model 3, crucial to the company’s success, won’t hit full-scale production until the end of June, Tesla said last week — nearly a year after the company began manufacturing the car in small numbers.”

“Throughout last year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk trumpeted a production level of 5,000 a week by December 2017. In November, he pushed that goal to the end of March 2018. Now that target won’t be hit until the end of June. The electric-car maker said in an online statement January 3 that it expects to produce 2,500 a week by the end of March.”

“Only 1,550 Model 3s were delivered in 2017’s fourth quarter. That’s on top of the 220 Model 3s the company delivered in the third quarter, for a total of just 1,770 since the first deliveries in late July.”

 

Goal of 5000 a week and actual delivery of 1550 for a quarter.

Missed it by that much……………

 

Tesla can best be summed up with this Monty Python bit:

Rain Barrel

My wife has always wanted a rain barrel and she finally got around to putting the effort in to purchase one.

She purchased the rain barrel from The Conservation Foundation:

http://www.theconservationfoundation.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=247&Itemid=200106

It was about $60 and from what I was told, it had been used originally to import olives.

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So this is where the rain barrel is going to be located.  There are two downspouts on the garage. (the other is in the backyard.)  Every decorative rock in my yard was brought there by me.  The picture does not show it very well but most of the rocks shown are blueish in color.  That’s my favorite rock color.  I do not know what kind of rocks they are because I really did not pay attention in Geology class in college !!  I also make things out of concrete and the bowl there is one that I made.  It is there for a birdbath and we get plenty of birds in our yards using the plethora of bird baths I made.

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Step 1:  Remove the rocks.  I have other spots in the yard where they can be used.

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Step 2:  Excavation and forming.  Not too much to it, dig a hole !

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Step 3:  CONCRETE DAY !!!  When I worked construction years ago, concrete days were the best days.  I forget how many bags of Quickcrete I mixed up but mixing and finishing only took about an hour.

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Step 4:  Strip the forms and a little landscaping.  I let the concrete cure for a couple of days and had the finished concrete covered with a small piece of plywood so the rain wouldn’t erode the newly finished concrete.

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Step 5:  Place the rain barrel.  It is placed on a platform about 12 inches high to get the watering can underneath it easily.

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I had to do a little work on the downspout.  There is a nice screen on the ingress of the rain barrel to keep out debris and insects.  We shouldn’t have any concern about stagnant water and mosquito larvae !!

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I had a piece of old damaged 5/8 inch garden hose that I cut for the overflow.

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This is the “Rain barrel” that I’ve had in the backyard for a number of years.  The yellow bucket is normally next to the black one to hold the overflow.

 

Compost Day

The recent Memorial Day weekend was fantastic weather !!

After a very cold winter and a cool wet spring, this was the first real set of consecutive great days of weather.

So, I took advantage of this weather and used it to clean out my compost pile. (WOOOOOOOOOOOO, I’m a wild man !!)

 

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There she is !

This pile has been there probably since the end of last summer.  I put my household food waste into the blue garbage can and let it cook in there for a time.  I drilled some holes in the garbage can for drainage and ventilation.

I mow and bag a lot of my garden waste, and that gets tossed in the can for cooking as well.  I try not to put too many stems and stalks from plants as they don’t breakdown well enough.   In the fall, I mow/mulch my tree leaves really fine and that gets tossed on the pile and cooks there over the winter.

The pile that was there last spring was GREAT for digging huge worms out for fishing. (Mental note.. buy new fishing license)

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If you have a yard, you need to have a wheelbarrow.

About ten years ago I made the homemade sifter.  Just galvanized screen with 1/2 X 1/2 openings.

 

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Two good sized shovels full of the compost at a time.

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Give the screen a good shake, toss out the chunks and repeat until the wheelbarrow is full.

 

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All gone !!

I got over two full wheelbarrows of the sifted compost.

I can either use it straight up in planters or mix it with store bought potting soil or just mix it into the garden area.

 

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This is how much didn’t go through the screen.

 

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The current compost in the cooker gets dumped into the cleaned area.

 

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Getting it ready to go again.

 

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I put the chunks in a bucket and chopped it with a shovel, and after re-sifting, this is all that was left that will get tossed.

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Composting is really pretty simple, but it does require a little bit of work if you want it to come out the best it can.

Here, I took the extra time to chop/slice/dice our watermelon rind.

Also helps quite a bit if you turn it with a shovel every couple of days.

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And the process begins again !!!

Arctic Exploration 1884

From the Aurora Beacon, 05/14/1884, reprinted from the New York Sun:

The North Pole

It is a misapprehension to suppose the chief purpose of Arctic exploration is to reach the north pole.  The north pole has lingered in the schemes of scientific explorers only as a desirable incident in the carrying out of their work.  Geographers talk of the north pole quest pure and simple as an unscientific and puerile idea.  What explorers are really expected to do is to advance as far as practicable into the unknown region, to study its geography and make important scientific observations.  Captain Nares, nine years ago, had to halt 400 miles this side of the pole.  But his expedition was called a brilliant success, because he entered the great frozen sea north of this continent, explored the coast line for a distance of thirty-five degrees of longitude, and brought home a great mass of interesting scientific data.

The leading geographers assert that Arctic exploration is of immense value to the world, both in its scientific and its commercial aspects.  They say that winds, tides, terrestrial magnetism, meteorology and other important phenomena cannot be thoroughly investigated except under many different conditions of temperature and locality.  Among many triumphs of Arctic research they mention the fixing of the position of the true magnetic pole by Ross, the finding of a simple means of keeping the needle pointing to the true North in high latitudes, the discovery of the commercial mineral cryolite, and of the great whaling and sealing grounds in the Spitzhergen and North Greenland seas.  They assert also that, in spite of the frightful disasters that have befallen some exploring parties, the loss of life has been small.  About three per cent of the Arctic explorers have died in the course of their work – not a large proportion when compared with the mortality among African explorers. 

Maldives,Kiribati and now Carti Sugdub

For a few years the Republic of Maldives was used by the global alarmists as a poster child for proof that the ice caps were melting and the sea level rise was “accelerating”. It was mostly great PR for the Republic including a silly photo op of an underwater cabinet meeting:

But even in 2009, there was clear proof that the Maldives were NOT going to be flooded over:

Despite popular opinion and calls to action, the Maldives are not being overrun by sea level rise

The study by done by Nils-Axel Mörner is clearly evidence that the Maldives are not going to be overrun by the Indian Ocean in the very near future.

The Republic of Kiribati was in a similar situation/event.
Kiribati mulls Fiji land purchase in battle against sea

And not only that:

Way back in September 2011, Kiribati’s President Anote Tong and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon issued a joint statement [emphasis mine]:-

“[they]….. today stressed that climate change posed the most serious threat to the livelihoods, security and survival of the island nation’s residents and the inhabitants of the wider Pacific region, saying the phenomenon was undermining efforts to achieve sustainable development.

Both leaders reaffirmed the need for urgent international action to reduce emissions of the harmful greenhouse gases and underlined the need [to] make climate change adaptation funding available to finance the implementation of critical programmes to tackle the impact of climate change on communities there….

Tada !!!!
climate change adaptation funding
climate change adaptation funding
climate change adaptation funding
climate change adaptation funding

It’s all about the money !!!

So now we move on to the latest:

Rising sea forces Panamanian islanders to move to mainland

Rising ocean levels caused by global warming and decades of coral reef destruction have combined with seasonal rains to submerge the Caribbean islands for days on end.

Once rare, flooding is now so menacing that the Guna have agreed to abandon ancestral lands for an area within their semi-autonomous territory on the east coast of the mainland.

“The people know this isn’t normal,” said Francisco Gonzalez, 38, the school principal on Carti Sugdub. “When the water comes in, they can’t do anything but wait.”

It is the largest of the Guna’s 45 inhabited islands, and its planned evacuation is among the first blamed largely on climate change. Scientists say worldwide sea levels have risen about 3 millimeters (0.12 inch) a year since 1993. Recent research suggests they could rise as much as 2 meters (6.5 feet) by 2100.

A curious part of the article:

The Guna have accelerated change by mining surrounding coral reefs to build up the islands. From 1970-2001, nearly 80 percent of the peripheral coral disappeared as the Guna population more than doubled, Guzman and other Smithsonian researchers found.

They say the dilemma faced by the Guna is a harbinger of what might happen to other low-lying lands protected by reefs. The greenhouse gas carbon dioxide makes oceans more acidic, killing off coral.

So, the flooding is due to the fact that CO2 is killing the coral, but here it was the islanders that destroyed the coral but they can still blame the flooding on CO2 because that “could” happen?? (I won’t go in to it here, but the claim that the oceans are getting more acidic and killing the coral is a a most dubious assertion)

Now, reading down into the story a bit more, we see this:

The overpopulated island is also running out of space. Families squeeze up to 15 people into huts measuring barely 5 square metres (54 square feet), sleeping side by side in narrow hammocks.

Ahhhhh, they are are running out of liveable space too !!!!

Just for fun, here is a 2010 article about the same issue:
Rising sea drives Panama islanders to mainland

Now, if you do not know anything about Carti Sugdub, it is part of the Archipiélago de San Blas off the coast of Panama on the Caribbean side.

I learned two things about Carti Sugdub while looking into this:

1. I want to go there !!! The Archipiélago de San Blas loks like one of the most incredible places on the planet !!!

2. I can’t find Carti Sugdub any where on a map !! I dare you, please find me a map with Carti Sugdub on it !!

Carti Sugdub is apparently an incredibly small island. Islands and coastlines in general are subject to great changes based on NATURAL conditions, and adding in that Carti Sugdub is very small, it is not at all surprising that there may be erosion that is impacting the island.

Now, for all you people that think a “Carbon Footprint” has any real meaning, here is how we would all live if you had your way:

http://www.galenfrysinger.com/san_blas_kuna.htm

Pay special attention to:

“Toilet over the water”

“Office of Planetary Protection”

“Planetary Protection Officer”

The first thing I thought when I heard that was:

But there really is an “Office of Planetary Protection” and a “Planetary Protection Officer”.

http://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/

 

“The mission of the Planetary Protection Office is to minimize the biological cross-contamination resulting from the exploration of the solar system.”

“Planetary protection is the term given to the practice of protecting solar system bodies (i.e., planets, moons, comets, and asteroids) from contamination by Earth life, and protecting Earth from possible life forms that may be returned from other solar system bodies. Planetary protection is essential for several important reasons: to preserve our ability to study other worlds as they exist in their natural states; to avoid contamination that would obscure our ability to find life elsewhere — if it exists; and to ensure that we take prudent precautions to protect Earth’s biosphere in case it does.”

 

I want that job just so I could put that on my business card.

But seriously, apparently there is some “concern” that some drill bits on the Mars Curiosity rover may not be sterile.
Is the Sierra Club aware of this?????

Another “eco” Fail !!

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-green-cars-20120531,0,5326867.story

Consumer Reports: Special ‘eco’ car models don’t pay

The special “eco” versions of small cars such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Honda Civic don’t improve fuel economy enough to be worth the extra money, according to an analysis by Consumer Reports.

The magazine said it could take as long as 38 years for the extra cost to be worthwhile, depending on the vehicle.  The cars, which come equipped with special low rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic features, generally cost $500 to $800 more than fuel-efficient siblings that don’t carry the “eco” label.

Consumer Reports looked at the Ford Focus SFE, Chevrolet Cruze Eco and Honda Civic HF.

The results: Consumer Reports found that the Cruze Eco saves drivers only $20 a year in gas purchases while the Focus SFE and Civic HF save consumers $145 and $135 a year, respectively.

Well Known Meteorologist Gets It Wrong

From the Chicago Tribune 05/06/2102

http://blog.chicagoweathercenter.com/2012/05/ask-tom-why-1.html

Dear Tom,
I have heard that sea levels are rising. How much has occurred, and what are the forecasts for the future?

–William Levy, Chicago

Dear William,
The level of the “world ocean” is rising— an issue that will post flooding problems in the future. Studies conducted by the National Ocean Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration yield these statistics: Sea levels changed little until 1900, then rose 7.3 inches from 1900-2000. But the rate of increase has accelerated dramatically since about 1990.

An additional sea-level rise of 1-3 feet is projected by 2100, the combined result of thermal expansion of ocean water as the seas warm due to a warming climate; melting of mountain glaciers; and loss of ice from Greenland and Antarctica through melting and calving of ice into the ocean.

Tom Skilling as a meteorologist is a living legend in Chicago weather news/forecasting.  It was only about a year ago that I recall him being soundly on the “lukewarm” side of AGW.  I listen to him almost daily on a local radio show  (WGN 720 AM) and unfortunately it seems that he is buying into the AGW nonsense.

Almost all of the answer can be debunked here:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/14/sea-level-still-not-cooperating-with-predictions/

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/18/simulation-says-doom-real-world-data-says-no-worry/

I can only hope that in this case, the answer was done by an intern who just “googled” sea level.

WILDFIRE !!

If you have ever read Micheal Crichton’s “The Andromeda Strain“, you’ll know what “Wildfire” is !!

Subterranean bacteria built to last

http://www.bnd.com/2012/04/11/v-print/2137352/subterranean-bacteria-built-to.html

No place on Earth demonstrates the resilience or inventiveness of life quite like Lechuguilla Cave, whose subterranean tunnels stretch for 130 miles through Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

Deep in the cave’s most arid recesses, deprived of all sunlight and mostly starved of life-giving water, a lush garden of bacteria grows. Untouched by humans for all of their 4 million years, these strains of bacteria thrive on the harsh minerals of the geological formations to which they cling and fend off other life forms that would prey on them

Scientists who collected 93 strains of bacteria from the forbidding depths of Lechuguilla found that all were resistant to at least one of the antibiotics that modern medicine uses to fight bacterial infections and some were resistant to at least 14. In addition, virtually all of the 26 antibiotics tested as part of the study proved useless in killing at least one of the strains of bacteria collected.

Scientists have long believed that the ability of disease-causing bacteria to outwit antibiotic medicines was a man-made phenomenon, said Eileen Choffnes, director of the Institute of Medicine’s forum on microbial threats. The growing use of antibiotics derived from plants and synthesized in laboratories was thought to have spurred adaptations that made many of these bacterial pathogens less vulnerable to drugs used to fight tuberculosis, malaria, gonorrhea, influenza, pneumonia and AIDS.

But the new research demonstrates that antibiotic resistance emerged millions of years before those medicines were used – and in an environment far too forbidding for the bacteria to have come into any contact with the drugs, Choffnes said.

Along with that is the fact that the Russian’s have been finally able to drill into Lake Vostok in Antarctica:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/02/120208-russians-lake-vostok-antarctica-drilling-science

At 8:25 p.m. Moscow time on Sunday, drillers hit lake water at a depth of 12,355 feet (3,766 meters)—making them the first ever to probe a subglacial lake, according to a statement provided by Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.

Lake Entry May Reveal Microbial Life?

Lake Vostok is the largest of more than 145 subglacial lakes—most of them several kilometers long—that have been discovered under Antarctica in past decades.

The project to probe the Great Lake-size water body, which has been entombed in ice for 25 million years, has been the centerpiece of the Russian Antarctic program. (See 3-D pictures of Antarctica’s subglacial “ghost mountains.”)

Subglacial lakes may open a new window onto our planet, for example, by offering new insights into climate history or revealing previously unknown life-forms.

Priscu, for instance, has found evidence that microbes could live in the subglacial lake, deriving energy from minerals by “eating rocks,” he told National Geographic News in 2007.

“I hope that they can confirm unequivocally that there is indeed microbial life in the lake,” Priscu said today.

“This has been the center of much debate in the past that can only be resolved with actual sample return. If they can confirm there is life in the lake, it will transform our view of Antarctica.”

Bacteria from underground caves and other microbes deep below Antarctica…………………………

I need to stock on Purell !!

 

Earth Hour 2012

http://www.earthhour.org/page/about/about-earth-hour

I despise “Earth Hour”.

It’s useless pap and nonsense.

Economist Ross McKitrick sums it up the best:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/31/earth-hour-2012-a-dissent-and-poll/

 

I abhor Earth Hour. Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity.

Giving women the freedom to work outside the home depended on the availability of electrical appliances that free up time from domestic chores. Getting children out of menial labour and into schools depended on the same thing, as well as the ability to provide safe indoor lighting for reading.

 

Development and provision of modern health care without electricity is absolutely impossible. The expansion of our food supply, and the promotion of hygiene and nutrition, depended on being able to irrigate fields, cook and refrigerate foods, and have a steady indoor supply of hot water.

Many of the world’s poor suffer brutal environmental conditions in their own homes because of the necessity of cooking over indoor fires that burn twigs and dung. This causes local deforestation and the proliferation of smoke- and parasite-related lung diseases.

Anyone who wants to see local conditions improve in the third world should realize the importance of access to cheap electricity from fossil-fuel based power generating stations. After all, that’s how the west developed.

The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity.

Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism. It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called “the Earth,” all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous, reliable electricity.

Make no mistake about it.

If the radical leftists/greenies truly get what they are trying to do, we will go back to living in the 19th century.

“The whole mentality around Earth Hour demonizes electricity. I cannot do that, instead I celebrate it and all that it has provided for humanity.”

The money quote !!

 

Areosmith Promotes “Global Warming”

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/aerosmith-announce-global-warming-tour-dates-20120326

Aerosmith have announced dates for their 2012 Global Warming North American Tour, which will kick off on June 16th at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and wrap up on August 8th in Tacoma, Washington – though more dates may be added. Cheap Trick will open for the band on all announced dates. Aerosmith last toured the United States in the summer of 2010.

“The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with your mothers,” said frontman Steven Tyler in a statement.

When I first saw the headline, my thought was”Geez, what kind of pseudo science nonsense are a bunch of Hollywood limousine greenines peddling now.”

But, it appears that “Global Warming” is just the tour name.

Sounds like a great marketing idea !!!

Are there many fans of Aeromith out there that actually want the band to “make out” with their mothers??

Would You Pay $60,000 For A Home Generator?

First a Caveat !!!!

There is nothing in the story about how much this vehicle costs. (which means it costs a shitload)

I’m basing the $60,000 on the known price of the Chevy Crap Useless Volt and adding some since the pickup is more expensive.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-57402805-48/via-motors-pg-e-partner-on-the-chevy-volt-of-work-trucks/

An interesting benefit to being able to generate 15 kilowatts of electricity with the turn of a key is that the eREVs can each theoretically generate enough juice to temporarily power a small- to medium-size house. VIA showcased the vehicles’ ability to power almost any tool that a PG&E technician might need at a work site, but PG&E hopes that this capacity can be increased in the future and used to shorten or eliminate planned maintenance outages or provide emergency power to businesses and residences. The idea is that you could send an electrified truck to a trouble spot, hook it up to the power infrastructure, and boost the electric grid until the issue has been resolved.

Please, fist note the words: “theoretically”, ” temporarily”,”small- to medium”,” hopes”

That tells us immediately that this is nothing but a hobby toy or a high school science project.

“Boost the electric grid until the issue has been resolved”.

OK, math time !!!

Unless the are only talking about one (small to medium) house, just how freakin’ many of these drivable generators would be needed to just power up a city block???

PG&E already charges very high rates for power, and this ain’t gonna help lower consumer costs !!

In The “Weather Is Not Climate” Category:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-wea-0208-asktom-20120208,0,3597423.story

Question:

Dear Tom,

What are Chicago’s five warmest winters and how much snow did each produce?

Answer:

Dear Bill,

Chicago climatologist Frank Wachowski checked the records and found that three of Chicago’s five warmest winters occurred before the start of the city’s snowfall climatology, which began in the winter of 1884-85, forcing him to eliminate those winters from consideration. He noted that much like this winter, the city’s five mildest winters since 1884-85 had subpar snowfalls. The warmest winter, 1931-32, had 24.6 inches of snow followed by 1889-90 with 21.7 inches; 1997-98 with 29.6 inches; 1918-19 with 28.7 inches; and 1920-21 (the city’s least snowy winter) with 9.8 inches. The winter of 1953-54, the city’s eighth warmest, was the first to record above normal snowfall, logging 43.2 inches.

First of all, 3 of the warmest are dis-included because there was no snow records to along with them.

In order:

#1     1931-32

#2     1889-90

#3     1997-98

#4     1918-19

#5     1920-21

Only one in the second half of the 20th century.

Electric Auto Tweaks

http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/one-inventor-wants-boost-evs-towable-turbine-210057167.html

“What you’re looking at is a propane-powered Capstone turbine engine that spins at 100,000 rpm, but has only one moving part and can help electric vehicle owners get around the lack of quick-charging stations,” Sadow says, launching into a flurry of scientific jargon that is the Bay Area engineer’s natural language. “It can provide up to 30 kilowatts to supplement the Leaf’s own battery pack when you’re …”

Reading through the article, you see that the owner of this EV has had to do a lot of “tweaking” to make his car more functional.  The major tweak is at the end of the article:

What promptly followed suit was the Leaf’s upgraded plug, its optimized HVAC system, and — arguably his most impressive if as yet not scaleable invention — a portable electrical powerplant that gets towed behind the Leaf.

Sadow doesn’t need to be asked twice; in seconds, he’s off and running with a science-heavy explanation of how he fabricated a tow-hitch to pull a micro-turbine fed by propane that can be used to charge the car from zero to 80 percent in around 30 minutes (the last 20 percent takes another 40 minutes), or used on-the-go thereby extending the range of the EV for as long as the propane lasts.

Fine, but now here’s the punchline:

The cost of Sadow’s portable generator is still in the prohibitive category, around $30,000.

You have a $40,000 car and you might need a $30,000 add on ??

Does that come with undercoating?

This guy might just be the next great inventor that gets rich from his idea.  The the sad reality is that sales of EVs and hybrids are still in the fantasy rage:

http://wardsauto.com/ar/hybrid_ev_lag_111129/

 

Chicago Tribune: Propagandist for the EPA

There was once a time when the grand and noble Chicago Tribune was a great newspaper.  Two of the most egregious mistakes they made were the famous “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline and their endorsement of Barrack Hussein Obama for the presidency.

This was the cover to the Sunday edition for January 22, 2012

Please note right away that in the photograph, it is mostly steam that is shown.

Propaganda story for the EPA In the Chicago Tribune

Right off the bat, “pollution” or some form of the word is used 15 times in the story.

CO2 IS NOT POLLUTION !!!!!

Don’t conflate the two.

About 6,700 power plants, refineries, steel mills and other major polluters are required under a 2008 federal law to provide detailed annual reports on their emissions of carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases that contribute to climate change. The first results highlight the nation’s reliance on coal as an energy source and show why fossil fuel interests are lobbying fiercely to block federal and state efforts to limit the pollution.

There is a reason that we rely on coal.  IT WORKS !!  It is cheap and the output for energy far surpasses any of the “green” or “sustainable” choices for power.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/12/03/the-dark-future-of-solar-electricity/

The list of big polluters comes amid an increasingly rancorous debate about research showing that greenhouse gases, largely from burning fossil fuels, are driving up global temperatures. If the pollution remains unchecked, most climate scientists think a steadily warming planet could trigger widespread weather shifts, coastal flooding, prolonged droughts and deadly heat waves. There is greater uncertainty about how fast climate change is happening and how the human disruption of natural warming cycles affects things like sea levels and food supplies.

A rancorous debate??
You betcha !!!
STOP HIDING DATA !!!
Real science is about having verifiable and reproducible results.
“Most climate scientist THINK……” Well, let’s see them show results. (Consistently poor climate model results are just that, Consistently poor climate model results)

Gina McCarthy, the EPA’s top air official, told reporters during a recent conference call that she hopes the new data influence public opinion the same way a separate inventory of toxic chemicals pressured industry to reduce those emissions. By contrast, all of the Republican candidates for president oppose regulating greenhouse gases, and GOP lawmakers in Congress have repeatedly tried to strip the EPA of its power to set new pollution standards.

Once again, trying to conflate pollution with CO2.

As far as the GOP trying to strip power from the EPA, GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!  Please note that America will lose about 8% of our electrical generating capacity due to these draconian and illegal EPA rules.  America has been the industrial giant with the greatest living standard because of cheap, plentiful and reliable electricity.  Why do we want to pay more for less power?

Under a deal with Illinois regulators, Midwest Generation has pledged to install pollution controls on its plants or shut them down by 2018. An ordinance backed by a majority of Chicago aldermen would require a quicker decision about Crawford and Fisk, forcing the company to switch from coal or shut the plants by next year.

Chicago Aldermen haven proven themselves to be some of the dimmest and completely short sided idiots in the State of Illinois,County of Cook, City of Chicago.  No one wants these Bozos making energy policy. Want more chance of blackouts or brown outs?? The City Council has a plan to contribute to it. Force an energy producing plant to shut down.

“We have always been open to discussing long-term transition plans for our energy supply, but such a transition requires sustainability of new energy sources,” said Charles Parnell, a Midwest Generation spokesman, in an email response to questions. The company is negotiating with state officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration to shut down the Chicago plants sooner in return for a long-term contract to buy electricity from a wind farm in northwest Illinois.

This would be an unmitigated disaster for Illinois.

Some of these people just need to do the simple math as to how many windmills, how many biomass plants, how many solar panels it would to take to replace just one single coal fired plant.

But wait, is having less electricity the general purpose of the green movement? You have to wonder.

The White House started addressing climate change with industry-specific rules after negotiations over a sweeping national plan collapsed in Congress two years ago.
A House-passed bill, modeled after a program that reduced acid rain pollution, would have capped greenhouse gas emissions and set up a market-driven trading system where big polluters could buy credits from cleaner factories and power plants. But lobbying by fossil fuel interests killed the idea in the Senate.

That’s a polite way of saying that the President went against the will of Congress and implemented his own policy.

Illinois and other Midwest states had pledged to create their own regional trading system whether or not federal officials took action. That plan stalled indefinitely after Republican governors in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin signaled they wouldn’t participate.

COMPLETE FAIL !!

The entire idea of trading carbon credits is a scam and a FAILED one at that:

http://www.nationaltimes.com.au/opinion/blogs/the-bishops-gambit/carbon-offsets-have-already-run-out-of-credit-20110720-1hnmv.html

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/08/09/death-of-a-carbon-salesman-chicago-climate-exchange/

Unlike 2008, when both Democrat Obama and Republican John McCain promised during their campaigns to reduce greenhouse gases, the upcoming national election offers a clear political contrast on the issue. The remaining Republican candidates for president all have questioned the veracity of peer-reviewed science showing that man-made emissions are driving up global temperatures.

No, the science most certainly NOT settled.

Climategate I & Climategate II have shown that (in case you didn’t believe it).

One thing that has bothered me the most about the CAGW “debate” is the fact that the planet is an incredibly dynamic beast. The absolute hubris of man (liberal man) to think that “WE” have the kind of power and ability to change the climate of a 4.6 billion year old planet that once supported dinosaurs for millions of years.
And to all that, it is dumbed down to the simple idea that CO2 causes it all.
A short list for those people:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/30/earths-climate-system-is-ridiculously-complex-with-draft-link-tutorial/

Eco Nonsense and Silliness

A few months ago through Amazon.com, I purchased some Strathmore Photo Cards for some of my wife’s craft projects (she still owes me the $36.03 )

I recently received an art catalog that had more Strathmore items in it.  I noticed that there was a “Strathmore Windpower” category for products.  Since I am very curious about “windpower”, I continued to read on:

http://www.strathmoreartist.com/green-windpower.html

The Windpower™ Series represents our commitment to paper performance and the environment. The products are manufactured with emissions-free, wind-generated electricity through the purchase of 100% certified renewable energy credits.

I have to stop right there !!!!!

It is a flat out false hood that these products were manufactured with electricity from wind power !!!

Saying that they were because you bought CREDITS, does not change the source of the electricity that was actually used to manufacture the product!

Moving on:

What’s more, they’re certified through the Green-e® Marketplace Program administered by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions based in San Francisco, CA.

Green-e® Marketplace Program, let’s find out more about them.

http://www.green-e.org/

“Statement of Purpose
Green-e certifies environmental commodities and products that mitigate climate change and help build a sustainable energy future.”

I’m no Forest Gump, but I have no idea as to what that means or what they do.

I spent a fair amount of time plodding through their website but could not find what they sold/manufactured.

http://www.green-e.org/docs/Green-e%20Climate%201-pager.pdf

 

 

If you follow the arrows from the cow to the man with the box, can you tell me what the hell he just bought???

They doing nothing but selling indulgences from the Middle Ages !!

My question would be then if Green-e® Marketplace did not exist and electricity was generated from wind power, would it make a difference?

Skeptical Climate Blogger has Home Raided

This news is a few days old:

http://climateaudit.org/2011/12/14/police-raid-on-tall-bloke/

Tall Bloke reports that he was raided by UK police and his computers seized. Read his blog post for further details, including actions in the US involving WordPress. Also see Jeff Id here. It is not a coincidence that this story is reported first on these three blogs.”

Watts Up With That

The Air Vent

Climate Audit

These are three blogs that I read everyday about climate science and the lack of science with climate science.

Yes, I do not believe that mankind is killing the planet.  Of course things that humans do can have an impact our environment but the catastrophic nonsense being blamed on humans is just that, NONSENSE !!!

When I first heard the story of the home being raided and the computers being taken, I was outraged and was floored.  But after a few days of really thinking about it, it looks like the police are probably not looking at Tallbloke as a suspect, but perhaps looking to see if he had any direct contact with the releaser of the “Climategate 2.0 ” emails.

As someone that has followed very closely (as much as a layman that may only be as smart as a bag of hammers can do) the last 10 years of climate science and all of the side shows that have gone with it, I find it incredibly strange as to how the media pays almost no attention to those that don’t worship at the CAGW church.  At the three blogs mentioned earlier,  there has been a plethora and preponderance of evidence shown (using the scientific method) that should at the very least cause some in the MSM to at least give it a fair view.

Naperville Invests In Green Nonsense

UPDATE :::

I have been told that the Congresswomen asked for and received a $4,000,000 grant for the first  year of operation and that it will cost $3,800,000 for the second year of operation.

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111122/news/711229925

Once the system is inspected on Dec. 14 and activated, a “gasifier” will heat yard and brush waste in an oxygen-free environment and convert it into a gas. That gas can then be processed through a generator set to produce electricity or be converted to ethanol using a process being developed at Argonne. The gasifier also produces hydrogen gas, which can be used as a fuel in itself.

The system produces about 15 kilowatts of electric power, enough to run about 12 suburban homes. Some of this power is used to keep the system operational. The remainder can be used as electricity for plug-in hybrid vehicles, or it can be supplied back to the Naperville grid.

Ok, it says that 15 kilowatts can run about 12 homes.

I live in a 900 square foot home and it has gas heating,  a gas stove and a gas water heater.

My main electrical users are: refrigerator, lighting, microwave and television.

For the past two years, I have averaged just under 13 kwh per day!!!

So when they say that 15 kw can “run about 12 homes”, what does that really mean?

“Everything runs cleaner off electricity, hydrogen or ethanol,” said Councilman Robert Fieseler, adding that “if a unit like this takes off, it’s a farm-scale operation for other municipalities as well. It means jobs.”

Everything runs cleaner?? So what?? Are you factoring in the amount of fuel used to get the waste to the plant??

The amount of pollution being saved would be almost negligible and is NOT the reason to have these wasteful and useless green fantasies (paid for by the taxpayers)

“if a unit like this takes off…….. it means jobs”

BWAHAHAHA !!

If I had a nickle for every time that was said by a Greenie, I’d be rich !!!

“We believe the long-term goal for Packer Engineering, with the success of this system, is to generate jobs. They’ll be able to create jobs for the manufacturing of the systems and the support and the service as they sell them all over the world,” Miller said. “So it’s a great opportunity to eliminate yard waste and create jobs of all types.”

YAWN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What I notice missing from this story is how much the taxpayers are taking it in the shorts for.

UPDATE :

I did a little more searching and found this:

http://www.naperville.il.us/greenfuelsdepot.aspx#Introduction

Who is paying for the project?
Primary funding comes from the U.S. Department of Energy through a Congressionally Directed Project at the request of U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (IL 13th). Packer Engineering and the City of Naperville are also providing a modest amount of non-cash contributions to the overall project. These non-cash contributions include the temporary use of land and buildings for the project, plus time and effort on the part of salaried employees.

Yep !!!

Being paid for by PORK  SPENDING!

I can almost declare that this project is not economically feasible.

The City of Naperville is providing a “modest” amount……. on the part of salaried employees.

Without a dollar amount being provided,  “modest” is rather subjective.

And of course, here is the punchline to the joke:

What kind of gases will be released by the Green Fuels Depot?


Only water vapor and carbon dioxide are released to the atmosphere. The water vapor may appear white on cold days. The white vapor is not smoke, it is what comes out of a tea kettle. The carbon dioxide (chemical formula CO2) is colorless, just as the exhaust of your automobile is colorless if running properly. Because plants grow by absorbing carbon dioxide, the CO2 released by the Green Fuels Depot merely replaces it in the atmosphere, where growing plants can absorb it again. This is the natural carbon cycle of our atmosphere.

I am not going to even try to explain how funny that statement is !!!!

GOOGLE FAIL !!!!!

11/2007:

http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/google-renewable-energy-47112801

Google aims to make electricity derived from the wind and sun and other renewable sources of energy cheaper than burning coal, and the Web search giant has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars toward the effort, including tens of millions in 2008. It didn’t release specific figures, but it did set the goal of producing enough electricity to power San Francisco in “years not decades.”

The initiative will focus first on solar thermal power, wind power and geothermal systems.

Depending on how fast Google spends its money, its investment could rival the federal government’s investment in renewable energy. A Government Accountability Office report found that Department of Energy spending on research and development of biomass, wind and solar energy sources totaled just $65 million in 2006. (Since this was posted this morning, the folks over at reddit have identified other Department of Energy budget documents that make the GAO estimate seem far too low, with $1.16 billion being appropriated for energy efficiency and renewable energy in 2006, and $1.24 billion requested for 2008.)

11/2011:

http://news.yahoo.com/google-quits-plans-cheap-renewable-energy-003306393.html

Google Inc has abandoned an ambitious project to make renewable energy cheaper than coal, the latest target of Chief Executive Larry Page’s moves to focus the Internet giant on fewer efforts.

Google said on Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on seven projects, including Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal as well as a Wikipedia-like online encyclopedia service known as Knol.

Google began making investments and doing research into technology to drive down the price of renewable energy in 2007, with a particular focus on solar power technology.

In 2009, the company’s so-called Green Energy Czar, Bill Weihl, told Reuters that he expected to demonstrate within a few years working technology that could produce renewable energy at a cheaper price than coal.

“It is even odds, more or less,” Weihl said at the time. “In three years, we could have multiple megawatts of plants out there.”

FAIL !!!!!!!!!

I for one  am very glad that Google was NOT able to defy the laws of Nature and Physics.(that would be doing evil)

Greenies need to finally understand that converting wind, bio mass or the sun into useable energy for HUMANS cannot be done cheaper and more efficiently then burning coal !!!!!

Green Failure, The Chicago Way !!!!

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/8091011-418/citys-solar-panel-deal-quietly-suspended.html

In March 2004, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley announced a deal that promised to save taxpayer money, reduce natural gas consumption and bring “green” jobs to Chicago.

But taxpayers might see red when they learn how the deal turned out. More than seven years later, the initiative has been quietly suspended amid problems with some of the equipment — and acknowledgements by city officials that taxpayers will probably lose money on the deal and never realize the energy savings that Daley touted, the Better Government Association has learned.

The arrangement centered on solar-powered hot water heating systems made by North Carolina-based Solargenix Energy LLC with technology designed at the University of Chicago.

The city agreed to spend up to $5 million on the eco-friendly systems, and install them on more than 100 public buildings, such as firehouses and police stations, yielding an estimated $7 million in energy savings over 30 years.

In exchange for that commitment — and an additional $1.7 million no-interest loan through the Daley administration — Solargenix agreed to open a factory in Chicago, employing at least 15 workers, and build the solar equipment there.

OK, let’s begin with the “back of the envelope math”.

$5 million dollars for the start up plus a $ 1.7 million NO INTEREST loan (to create 15 jobs) all to save the city $7 million over 30 YEARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s less than $250,000 of “savings” per year !!!!

Chump change for the city of Chicago !!!

BUT WAIT !!!!

There’s more !!!!!

But the deal never lived up to expectations. The city didn’t anticipate the high cost of installation, while Solargenix lost money and hasn’t seen its business flourish in Chicago as hoped. The company’s Bridgeport plant was eerily quiet on a recent weekday – no panels were being made and only two workers were seen on the factory floor.

In the end, the BGA found that one of the few beneficiaries of the deal appears to be a businessman with close ties to Daley: United Service Cos. President and CEO Rick Simon, the former chairman of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and a South Loop neighbor of the ex-mayor.

A venture led by Simon owns the building at 3622 S. Morgan St. where Solargenix opened its factory. Simon bought the structure in April 2003, three months before Solargenix signed a contract with the Daley administration, public records show. The factory was ready for business around the time of the March 2004 news conference with Daley, and Solargenix remains on a month-to-month lease with Simon.

So the only winner in this is a “friend” of da Mayor !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PRICELESS !!!

Global Warming Hysteria Story Du Jour

http://news.yahoo.com/canadian-arctic-nearly-loses-entire-ice-shelf-214311365.html

“Canadian Arctic nearly loses entire ice shelf”

“Two ice shelves that existed before Canada was settled by Europeans diminished significantly this summer, one nearly disappearing altogether, Canadian scientists say in newly published research.

The loss is important as a marker of global warming, returning the Canadian Arctic to conditions that date back thousands of years, scientists say. Floating icebergs that have broken free as a result pose a risk to offshore oil facilities and potentially to shipping lanes. The breaking apart of the ice shelves also reduces the environment that supports microbial life and changes the look of Canada’s coastline.

 

returning the Canadian Arctic to conditions that date back thousands of years”????

It melted before I ran my car??

 

This is priceless:

“Copland said their findings have not yet been peer reviewed since the research is new, but a number of scientists contacted by The Associated Press reviewed the findings, agreeing the loss in volume of ice shelves is significant.”

 

So, now the AP is a climate expert???