November 29, 2009

Breaking: 4 Police Officers Shot Dead Near McChord AFB
— Dave in Texas

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman says they were targeted in an ambush at a coffee shop.

Troyer told The News Tribune in Tacoma that the officers were sitting in the coffee shop with their computers when the shooter came in Sunday morning.

He says investigators believe the officers were targeted, and it was not a robbery.

Troyer tells the newspaper "it was just a flat out ambush."

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NFL Open Thread
— DrewM

Bunch of meh games except for tomorrow night's showdown in NOLA.

The Steelers & Ravens would have been a good one but Big Ben is out, so it's lost some luster. more...

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Smart Power(tm) Breakthrough: Iran To Eliminate Expand Nuclear Program
— DrewM

I don't know about you but I'm starting to miss some of that old fashion Dumb Power right about now.

Iran’s Government today announced plans to build ten new uranium enrichment plants and said work would start within two months.

Each site will be the size of the existing Natanz plant with the aim of producing between 250-300 tonnes of uranium a year.

IRNA, Iran’s state news agency, says the Government ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to begin construction of five uranium enrichment sites that have already been studied and propose five other sites for future construction.

Iran's actions came after the IAEA voted to condemn to Iran's nuclear program and called for a halt to it's program. *

Seems they might as well have spiked that vote. On the other hand Vienna, home to the IAEA, is lovely this time of year and I'm sure many diplomats have Christmas shopping to do, so they'll probably at least hold a meeting in the next few weeks. I highly recommend the market at the Rathauspark.

I don't know about you but I'm starting to get the idea Iran wants nuclear weapons more than a chance to, "take its rightful place in the community of nations", which is what Obama keeps insisting they really should want.

Then again, the creases in my pants aren't always immaculate, so what do I know?


*I changed that paragraph because the IAEA had already voted it's resolution. Sorry, I've been out of the loop for a few days. Still, Vienna is lovely this time of year.

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ClimateGate gets real legs - London Times reports on CRU's thrown away raw data
— Purple Avenger

Hey, this bag is empty, where did that kitteh run off to?

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years...

Their data ditching is actually old, high profile coverage of it and its implications, not so old.

I've stated elsewhere, that we (the world) if its serious about pissing a few trillion bucks down a rathole over this AGW thing, needs to take out an insurance policy against doing that foolishly. I'm willing to spend a couple of billion dollars recollecting and reconstructing this "lost data" from scratch to make sure I'm not cratering the world economy for no reason.

Another billion or two in the context of possibly pissing away trillions is pretty cheap term insurance. Copenhagen should have only one outcome if the public is to get a warm fuzzy there is real science going on here -- resolve to darken the skies with planes full of data collection teams and resolve to get comprehensive raw data analyzed and regenerated within the next 6 months.

Here's your chance Barak -- let the public know you're serious about verifiable science. more...

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Swiss Voters Ban Minarets
— LauraW

This does not apply to existing minarets (there are only four in all of Switzerland). It blocks the building of new ones.

Supporters of a ban argued minarets are a symbol of an Islamic claim to power.

"The Islamic religion is intolerant, but we do not want to limit freedom of religion, we want to outlaw the political symbol," says Ulrich Schlüer, a member of the rightwing Swiss People's party and one of the leading promoters of the anti-minaret initiative.

The group says it is time to act now before Christian values are undermined and violence flares in Muslim ghettoes as in neighbouring European states.

Supporters claim there is public concern about the growing Muslim community in Switzerland, radical imams, the role of women, as well as head scarves and other dress codes.

Immigrants
The number of Muslim immigrants has increased to about 350,000 (up to 4.5 per cent of the Swiss population) since the 1990s. Most of them came from the former Yugoslavia and Turkey and are considered moderates.

There are an estimated 160 mosques and prayer rooms in Switzerland, mainly in disused factories and warehouses. Only four of them have a minaret, including the mosques in Geneva and Zurich.

In the wake of heated debates at a local level about requests to build more minarets, members of the People's Party and the Federal Democratic Union collected enough signatures to force a nationwide vote.

Apparently the Swiss are not so neutral about plopping a towering symbol of Islamic authority in their picturesque Alpine landscape.

Oh, no indeed. The anti-minaret propaganda is rather in-your-face.

The political class is aghast at their countrymen. Who knew there were so many NASCAR fans in Switzerland?
Polls not long before the vote registered about 37 percent support for the measure, but that ballooned to 59 percent at the exit poll.

Tell me where you fall on this issue. I'm torn.

On one hand, it's an unambiguous message from ordinary folks to their political elite (and to muslims). They see Islamist aggression not far beyond their borders and they will not allow it to metastasize within their own nation.

On the other, it was a public vote on what is acceptable religious symbolism, which is dangerous and gives me the willies.

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November 28, 2009

Google "explains" how images of Michelle Obama as a monkey come up in searches
— Purple Avenger

Of course, its all algorithms blah, blah, blah and they screen out offensive stuff ASAP blah, blah, blah. Trust the priesthood. Trust the priesthood. Trust the priesthood.

Curiously, no "explanation" is offered how an image search for "George Bush" has the second image showing Bush eating a kitten, or how the "related searches" feature "suggests" searching on "george bush monkey"

GoogleGate™ anyone? Right, the media will get right on that.


Don't subsidize evil. Give Bing a try. Bing may produce similar results, but they're not 99% in the bag for Obama wiping their chin off every 5 seconds, and I've found that Bing gives better results that Google. Less drivel, more on target.

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Overnight Open Thread - Caturday Edition (Mætenloch)
— Open Blog

Welcome to another edition of CatSaturday. It's been such a boring day that I decided to go ahead and put the ONT up early before the sub-morons got restless and started breaking blog furniture.

Super Cute Kitteh

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College Football Open Thread. [krakatoa]
— Open Blog

cheerleader 'splody

VT Cheer-fu is strong.

UPDATE: Now with improved tags!

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A Trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon we're talking about real money. [krakatoa]
— Open Blog

h/t Hussein the Plumber, Cato Institute's Michael Cannon estimates the cost of ObabamaCare to be 6.5 Trillion dollars.

He comes to this by dispensing with the largest of the gimmicks being employed to keep the true cost hidden:

Offsetting the spending:

“When all this new spending occurs” — i.e., from 2014 through 2023 — “this bill will cost $2.5 trillion over that ten-year period.”

And adding in the cost of individual mandates:

"When the bills force somebody to pay $10,000 to the government, the Congressional Budget Office treats that as a tax. When the government then hands that $10,000 to private insurers, the CBO counts that as government spending. But when the bills achieve the exact same outcome by forcing somebody to pay $10,000 directly to a private insurance company, it appears nowhere in the official CBO cost estimates — neither as federal revenues nor federal spending."

Slightly on-topic observation: I'm predicting huge profits for those specializing in Unicorn-horn/rectal impaction.

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Google joins ClimateGate (dis)information fray? [krakatoa]
— Open Blog

Kate at Small Dead Animals notices a peculiar thing when searching Google for things like "climategate", "climate hack", or "climate emails".

It used to be, up until yesterday, when beginning to type those queries the drop-down helper would show the list of most searched items. Yahoo has a similar feature. Go ahead and try both in Yahoo and Google, and you'll see the difference.

UPDATE: Google now shows "climategate" in response to typing "clim". 10.6 million responses, and for some reason Google's algorithms lost it.

It's not censorship, per se. This isn't quite Google China again. It does demonstrate though the occasional petty and intolerant actions of those who claim to trade in the free flow of information.

If the AGW activists truly believed "the science was settled" (the mere utterance of which, one would think, precludes the statement from the Scientific realm forever), one strains to find a credible reason for massaging data, deleting or otherwise losing key measurements, or manipulating the peer-review process to exclude dissenting Scientific studies from gaining broad readership.

Andy Revkin notes the growing cracks in the IPCC's armor. (Apologies in advance for the NYT link.) At the moment, the goal of the MSM and the AGW proponents is to try to minimalize the damage by framing the issue as a tempest in a teapot; a quibble over esoterica in code or data that has no impact on the larger findings. At worst, they hope to limit this to a few inconsequential lapses by a few bad apples.

We know, based on the works of the likes of Steve McIntyre & Anthony Watts that it is in those esoteric details that large trends can be bent to the results the "Scientist" wishes to achieve.

We suspect that these "bad apples" represent the poisoned fruit from which many of the supporting studies by non-IPCC affiliated Climate Scientists derived data for their own purposes.

I expect those independent scientists whose work was based on the now highly questionable datasets provided by the IPCC "scientists" are feeling more than a little discomfort about their own results.

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The "Chicago Machine Politics" of International Science
— Dave in Texas

Steyn on the nonsense of the "peer-review" claim.

The most amusing part of Ed Begley Jr's spat with Stuart Varney was his grey brow-forward, in your face insistence that "peer-review" is what makes it Science!™ and not mucky opinion-nonsense from all the deniers.

He yelled this at Varney while the world was reading the email exchanges from the "scientists" who for years have been doing their best to hide their work and selecting their peer reviewers. And selecting their willing media acolytes (NYT link, polar bear on slushy ice photo, no charge).

It ain't rocket science for me to take a cheap shot at an idiot celeb whose awareness of current events makes him sound like an idiot. And it ain't rocket science (but it is a cheap blog post) for me to mock it.

I'm just giving you an 81mm round to hand back to your second cousins this weekend when they claim "scientists" are checking all the facts ma'am. The "scientists" are in the bag. Feel free to express that point. It bears repeating to the claim of "the science is settled".

The "science" had owner obligations, and unethically cooked the books to maximize investor returns.

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November 27, 2009

Phil Jones: damn this cooling we need it to warm up!
— Purple Avenger

The whole email exchange at this link is worth a read. It starts out at the bottom with our illustrious "science czar" John Holdren being CC:'d on the Sulphur Dioxide "plume stacks" cooling scheme that has been floating around, then towards the top morphs into Phil Jones wishing the damn cooling would just quit. Good stuff.


> >From: Phil Jones [mailto:p.jones@xxxxxxxxx.xxx]
> >Sent: 05 January 2009 16:18
> >To: Johns, Tim; Folland, Chris
> >Cc: Smith, Doug; Johns, Tim
> >Subject: Re: FW: Temperatures in 2009
> >
> >
> > Tim, Chris,
> > I hope you're not right about the lack of warming lasting
> > till about 2020.
I'd rather hoped to see the earlier Met Office
> > press release with Doug's paper that said something like -
> > half the years to 2014 would exceed the warmest year currently on
> > record, 1998!
> > Still a way to go before 2014.
> >
> > I seem to be getting an email a week from skeptics saying
> > where's the warming gone. I know the warming is on the decadal
> > scale, but it would be nice to wear their smug grins away.
"Wear smug grins away" indeed ;->

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Overnight Open Thread - TGIF (Mætenloch)
— Open Blog

Welcome to turkey leftover Friday all.

RiffTrax Highlights for Twilight
RiffTrax are MP3 tracks that you play in-sync with your favorite movies. They're written and performed by the crew of Mystery Science Theater 3000 minus Joel. Here's some of their best snark on Twilight.

Oh and based on this clip Twilight is the suck.

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East Anglia climate scientist: emails displayed "tribalism", IPCC may have "run its course"
— Purple Avenger

Burn the witch!

...The tribalism that some of the leaked emails display is something more usually associated with social organization within primitive cultures; it is not attractive when we find it at work inside science. [ed: monkeys flinging poo]

It is also possible that the institutional innovation that has been the I.P.C.C. has run its course. Yes, there will be an AR5 but for what purpose? The I.P.C.C. itself, through its structural tendency to politicize climate change science, has perhaps helped to foster a more authoritarian and exclusive form of knowledge production

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Pelosi: we ballooned the deficit and you got nothing for it
— Purple Avenger

But she's confident American's will accept blowing it even higher if congress made some jobs.

..."The American people have an anger about the growth of the deficit because they're not getting anything for it .."
So naturally, they'll trust the same crew that just pissed hundreds of billions down a rat hole that "created or saved" net negative jobs to "do it right" this time.

I rather suspect the American people would be more amenable to investing money in lace wigs and earthworm farms than trust these imbeciles again.

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Candace Kita and Co's USO Thanksgiving. [dri]
— Open Blog

Photobucket
Candace Kita, Kathryn Le, Alana Curry, Lena Yada, and Blythe Matsui display their favorite blog.

On November 24th, 2009, actress, model, and AoSHQ friend Candace Kita helped organize a special Thanksgiving treat for our men and women in uniform at the Bob Hope USO Center in Los Angeles. Kita, along with a bevy of gorgeous ladies including: Lena Yada, Alana Curry, Kathryn Le, Christa Campbell, Blythe Matsui, and the LA Kings Dance Team, served up turkey, autographs, and smiles to the hundreds of service personnel who attended.

Special thanks to the Bob Hope USO Center at LAX, Candace Kita, the lovely ladies and to the talented photographers who captured this worthy event.

Many more photos after the break. All photos courtesy of WSImages (http://www.modelmayhem.com/WSImages27), Amy Ou, and Albert L. Ortega.

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Anti-prosperity "Progressive" Governance in New York
— Gabriel Malor

It leads to a California-style budget disaster:

Without a budget deal, New York will be left with just $36 million in the bank by the end of December, according to current projections. And the money will last that long, officials say, only if the state chooses to fully exhaust its emergency reserves by tapping several billion dollars’ worth of temporary loans from its rainy-day fund and short-term investments.

For weeks, Gov. David A. Paterson has invoked the shrinking amount of available cash in an effort to provoke the Legislature to deal with the state’s $3.2 billion budget deficit. So far, the specter of such dire fiscal outcomes has been greeted with what amount to legislative shrugs, chiefly in the recalcitrant State Senate.

The NYTimes author fatuously suggests that "New York is by no means California" before going on to describe New York's dropping credit rating, projected inability to make payments, education cuts, and tax hikes.

Uh huh. Not like California at all. By no means. Keep tellin' yourself that.

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Sweet Fancy Moses.
— LauraW

World's tallest model, 'Eve.'

She's nearly seven feet tall.
Lovely as she is, I wonder about her dating life. That cannot be so easy.
Reinforcing this concern, they like to photograph her with douchey-looking guys.


One more photo of her below the fold. Lots more at the original link.

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Top Headline Comments 11-27-09
— Gabriel Malor

Friday!!!

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November 26, 2009

Former Democratic Contender for President and DNC Chair Howard Dean: Kill ObamaCare, the "Republicans are Right"
— Ace

Was this covered? If so, sorry.

Dean attacks the bill mostly from the left -- he wants single-payer stuff from the jump -- but in his final analysis, he says this bill is worse than the status quo.

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