Thursday, June 23, 2016
By R. J. Del Vecchio
First, I am a trained and long-practicing scientist, and I look at data dispassionately. Just the facts, the data, the logic, please, and we try as much as humanly possible to push for objectivity and suppress any emotional reactions we might have.
When the subject of what is properly called Anthromorphic Global Warming (AGW), that is, planetary warming caused entirely by human activity, came up years ago, I was immediately interested. As a chemist I know that the CO2 molecule is excited by sunlight and generates heat, thus a rise in atmospheric CO2 concentration was a logical suspect for the possibility of warming.
However, the Romans had a saying about poisons, that dosage size is all important, and that's very true. You can kill yourself drinking too much water, or taking too much salt, both of which are essential to life. When it comes to CO2 and warming, it turns out that all the calculations show that you need a high concentration, like a few percent, of it in the air to really trap enough heat so that the planet can't reflect it back out to space fast enough and the temperature must rise over time.
However, the level of CO2 has gone from under 300 parts per million to just about 400 ppm in the last hundred years or so. Even at 400 ppm, that is actually 0.04%, and nobody, even the most fervent believers, will maintain that such a level of CO2 can, by itself, warm the planet.
So how do they all make the dire predictions we've seen? By the theory that a small rise in CO2 brings on a large rise in water vapor in the atmosphere, and the H2O molecule is the one, at actual percentage levels, that will trap all the heat. Only problem is that there is total ZERO data supporting this theory, and on a planet with 2/3 of its surface covered by water, hit by the sun, and whipped up by winds and waves, it would seem really more likely that other factors are what control planetary humidity.
Can the planet be warming? Sure it can, we're still coming out of the last ice age. But the best data we have on planetary temperature is from the millions of satellite readings, and they show no serious trend in temperature climb for the past 18 years. The believers call this "the pause" and have no explanation for it.
If indeed warming is underway, and that is possible, it is very slow, and related to things other than human produced CO2. Since India and China and other parts of the world aren't even really considering slowing down their use of coal and fuels, nothing we can do will make any difference, other than to raise the price of energy here, cost us all more money, make us less competitive internationally, and make the fat cats who want to run the "carbon exchanges" billionaires. The right answer to whatever warming there is will be breakwaters, dikes, levees, etc, which human beings have been able to make for a very long time already. Thinking we can somehow stop and reverse whatever warming is going on for the planet is like the ant running up the elephant's leg with intentions of rape..... way, way too ambitious!
Some references I recommend (out of a list of over 200 I've collected)
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Friday, June 17, 2016
In Free Fall. By Victor
Davis Hanson America
Excerpt: The contenders for president reflect the loss of confidence of the times. Bernie Sanders is an avowed socialist. Yet scan the record of big government redistributionism here and abroad—from Chicago and Detroit to the insolvent Mediterranean nations of the European Union and failed states like Venezuela—and there is no encouraging model of socialist success. Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination—if she is not the first nominee in American history to be indicted, on possible charges of violating federal intelligence laws, and perhaps perjury and obstruction of justice. Donald Trump has neither political experience nor a detailed agenda, but has charged ahead on the basis of his vague promise to “make
America great again”—a Jacksonian
version of Obama’s equally vacuous 2008 promise of “hope and change.” President
Obama, in response to attacks on his record by Trump—and by Bill Clinton, who
has spoken of “the awful legacy of the last eight years”—is entering the
campaign to brag about the current economy. But to do so, President Obama must
ignore a number of liabilities that are soon coming due.
Read this: "The West and the Tyranny of Public Debt"
I addressed this problem in my short book a few years back: The Coming Collapse of the
: And what you
can do to prevent it. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 American
All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans. For a free PDF of this 80-page book you can read on your computer, write me at: tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Forget gold--invest in canned goods and ammo. ~Bob Hall
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Pete Sessions and Bill Cassidy have titled their health care legislation "The World's Greatest Heathcare Plan." I can hardly object. It has just about everything I and my colleagues have been advocating for the last 15 years.
At our website you can find the 12 bold ideas (6 of them have never been proposed before in any bill or any Republican plan) and links to short white papers explaining each of them. Also you can find 25 Obamacare problems that the legislation will solve.
This is a BIG DEAL. Pete Sessions is Chairmen of the Rules Committee and is thought to be the second most powerful member of the House of Representatives. Bill Cassidy is probably the most knowledgeable person on health policy in the Senate.
Under the Sessions/Cassidy health reform legislation all of the broken promises of ObamaCare are kept with an approach that minimizes and streamlines the role of government. These include the promises of universal coverage, cost control and protection for patients with pre-existing conditions.
The Republican approach has no new taxes, no new spending and a massive amount of deregulation.
For details, see my post at Forbes.
Posted by TartanMarine at 5:06 PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
This is weird. When readers click on the links, they get page not found. When I copy and paste in my browser, it takes me to the page. More trouble, but they are worth it. ~Bob
The Coming War in the American Southwest
The Coming War in the American Southwest
The below articles by Tom Kratman are well worth reading. He expects there may well be an Hispanic insurgency, backed by the drug cartels, to detach the Southwest from the
United States, putting it nominally under ,
but actually under the cartels. Few will, alas, believe him. Humans have a
bias, despite overwhelming evidence over the centuries, to believe that the way
things have been is how they will always be. Many, perhaps most readers, even
those not of the Social Justice Warrior persuasion, will recoil. But if the
survival of the Republic is at stake, and the lives and freedoms of your
families.... ~Bob Mexico
Reconquista, Part 1. By Tom Kratman
Reconquista, Part 2. By Tom Kratman
Reconquista, Part 3: Detachment of the American Southwest from the
El Imperio Contraataque (The Empire Strikes Back). By Tom Kratman
El Imperio Contraataque, Part 2: Soldier’s Job, Cop’s Job. By Tom Kratman
El Imperio Contraataque Part 3: The Three Bad Roads to Victory. By Tom Kratman
El Imperio Contraataque Part 4: An Ounce of Prevention…By Tom Kratman
El Imperio Contraataque Part 5: Or Maybe More Than A Single Ounce of Prevention…By Tom Kratman
El Imperio Contraataque Part 6: Community Justice AKA “The Worm in the Wood.” By Tom Kratman
The Rise of Our Own
By Tom Kratman Shadow State
Tom Kratman is a retired infantry lieutenant colonel, recovering attorney, an occasional contributor to my blog, and an outstanding author of military and science fiction, including the A Desert Called Peace series. I expect that in 20 years they will move his novel Caliphate to the history section. His latest novel, The Rods and the Axe, is available from Amazon.com for $9.99 for the Kindle version, or $25 for the hardback. A political refugee and defector from the People’s Republic of
Massachusetts, he makes his home in .
He holds the non-exclusive military and foreign affairs portfolio for EveryJoe.
Tom’s books can be ordered through baen.com.
~Bob Blacksburg, Virginia
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Monday, June 13, 2016
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The day is fast coming when liberals will have to decide if they wish to defend gays from murder, apostates from execution, accused adulterers from stoning, little girls against having their genitals mutilated at four and being married to old men at nine, and women against a suffocating blanket of oppression and complete male dominance, or they wish to defend multiculturalism by defending these abominations against a supposed "Islamophobia."
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