Sunday, August 29, 2010

What The Fuck Is Liberation Theology?

Every now and then I hear some shit about this "religion" when the good Rev. Wright (Obama's Pastor) opens his mouth to taste his foot. I'm basically lazy, so I went to Wiki to get the overview.

Liberation theology[1] is a movement in Christian theology which construes the teachings of Jesus Christ in terms of a liberation from unjust economic, political, or social conditions. It has been described by proponents as "an interpretation of Christian faith through the poor's suffering, their struggle and hope, and a critique of society and the Catholic faith and Christianity through the eyes of the poor",[2] and by detractors as Christianity perverted by Marxism and Communism.[3]

So the "critics" call it Marxism. So I looked at the rest of the liberation theology page at wiki. First thing that jumped out to me was the "Major Figures" section. Pretty much a bunch of Marxist thinkers and socialists. Mostly a bunch of assholes I have never heard of - or more accurately a bunch of Marxist assholes I never heard of. OK, I have heard of a few of them, but I was trying to be cool about it like the President.

More from one of those major figures at Wiki,

Gutierrez emphasized practice (or, more technically, "praxis") over doctrine. "Praxis" is a term borrowed from Marxist theory, particularly the work of Antonio Gramsci. (Praxis is a Greek term that is also the basis of praxeology, a study of "human action" in the world, which is the title of a book by Ludwig von Mises and used by Austrian School of economics). According to Gutierrez, praxis is as important as belief, if not more so.

Ummm. OK. I understood borrowed from Marxist theory, but what is the goal...beyond redistribution. After reading a couple of articles, I think the point is that Marxism resulted in utopia, where followers of this "religion" seek salvation through Marxist principles.

Ultimately, this sounds like the same delusional horseshit that leads parents to feed their kids cyanide kool aide. The fact that the President of the United States is a practicing liberation theologist explains a lot about the type of legislation we've been subjected to in the last two years.

Jeesh, I wish the President were "just" a Muslim.

Monday, August 23, 2010

It Was Already Too Late Before I Knew What I Know Now

The Lamed Vav says we only need a righteous 36 to justify the rest of us.

Universal Salvation says it only takes a few to damn the whole.

The only way to make sure we get saved is to kill all of those who can't be.


Thus if I determine the enemy's disposition of forces while I have no perceptible form, I can concentrate while the enemy is fragmented.


It was supposed that the pearl buyers were individuals acting alone, bidding against one another for the pearls the fisherman brought in. And once it had been so. But this was a wasteful method.


That few in public affairs act from a mere view of the good of their country, whatever they may pretend; and though their actings bring real good to their country, yet they primarily considered that their own and their country's interest was united and did not act from a principle of benevolence.


The flaring torch was burning in the place, and sent its red glare from face to face. The Chiefs in front, near to the flame, kept their eyes to the ground with an air that might have been mistaken for respect. The men in shadow were less reserved.


All things were made to be yours and you were made to prize them according to their value.


What ails thee, king's daughter? Thy tears would melt a heart of stone.

And when she looked to see where the voice came from, there was nothing but a frog stretching his thick ugly head out of the water.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Married Couple Reunite In The Skies Over Pakistan

This is really something.

A newly married couple, both Air Force pilots, had not seen each other much in the year since they were married. Why? Well, they are both serving their country on separate deployments. Here's the thing.

Christine pilots a KC 135 stratotanker and her husband Jeff is a F/A 18 pilot.

At the end of the mission in Afghanistan, Jeff was checking in with the refueling pilot at it turned out to be...wait for it...his wife.

Jeff McLean wrote in an e-mail Thursday that he and his wife had tried to coordinate their flight schedules but with more than 50 KC-135 tankers taking off every day to refuel both Navy and Air Force fighters, it was too difficult to connect in the air. On his last combat flight, Jeff McLean knew she would be flying in the same area at the same time but since they had never been able to meet on previous flights, he was merely hoping to hear his wife's voice on the radio.

I will occasionally get my wife flowers to show her how much I love her. Jeff sends his wife mach diamonds and the sweet glow of afterburners.

"After she gave me about 10,000 pounds of fuel, I flew right up next to her cockpit. She turned on the lights and waved, and I could see her, but it's pretty dark in my jet, so I'm not sure that she ever saw me waving . . .  We were able to fly together all the way out of country and back over the Arabian Sea at 500 knots, then I had to head back and land on the ship and she headed back to her base. As we broke apart, I lit my afterburner, which hopefully looked pretty cool in the dark. It was an absolutely perfect flight."

Jeff's wing man took a picture of the chance meeting.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Flotilla Diplomacy And Ideological Warfare

In the last month, confrontations between ships have dominated the international news.

Item One, North Korea. North Korea leader Kim Jung Il decides the sink a South Korean Navy vessel, the 1,500-ton Cheonan. Forty-seven sailors lost their lives and the world's reaction...a big yawn.

Item Two, the Eastern Med. Israeli defense forces enforce a common-sense blockage that looks for weapons and ammo while taking on the expense of moving thousands of tons of supplies a day. Turkey and Hamas, decide to create an international incident by sending a meaningless amount of supplies by ship and ignoring the open port miles away. Instead they challenge the blockage with the results they expected. Essentially a suicide bomb via ship. Nine people on board die in the ensuing skirmish. The reaction, OUTRAGE from all over the world. Rent-a-mobs show up outside media centers in New York and San Fran and the liberal media slobbers on themselves to catch the crazy, over the top, flagellating crowds chanting death to Israel.

The difference. Poor South Korea does not have the backing of the world's leftists since they are protesting George Bush several years ago. In fact, the attack on the South Korean Navy vessel is the much more serious issue. An act like that has started wars, big wars. And will probably result in a war on the Korean peninsula unless the South decides to concede - which appears possible.

North Korea feels emboldened by something...perhaps nuclear bombs?

What emboldened the Turks and Hamas? Their act was no less provocative and senseless. But they knew they have the backing of the major leftist organs, the UN and world media. Sprinkle in a little dose of anti-Semitism and presto, you have another fake incident that gets blamed on Israel.

To what end? Both of these acts have a similar purpose. To push modern civilized people into a corner and force them to react against thuggish dictatorships and theocracies who play by no rules. I think it is no mistake that the focus of these attacks are modern capitalistic democracies. I think it is also not a coincidence that the global leftists have sided with the forces of destruction and chaos in both cases.

Leftists long ago realized that they can not build a better example of the human condition than democratic capitalistic societies. Not in Russia, Cuba, North Korea. Not in Venezuela. Not in China, that current darling. Therefore leftists are left to either concede their philosophy leads to misery or sadly - attack democratic capitalist countries and try to make them look worse than the alternative.

The great flaw in this ideological battle is that capitalist democracies believe they can win with measured responses to these provocations. That there are moral equivalencies that can lead to common understanding. Both ideas are dangerous and will only lead to more violence.

The answer has always been to not pick fights, but when one is started finish it as quickly and humanely as possible. Leave no room for ambiguity or desire to continue the provocations. Win these fights when they are forced upon you or else suffer permanent hostilities.

I have heard many leftist TV analysts say that it doesn't make them anti-Semitic to disagree with the Israelis policy of interdicting weapons destined for Hamas. Maybe, maybe not. But it sure is a great place to start.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ol' Jim Crow Is Back

I am always amused how people can justify awful behavior. We all do it to one degree or another, but in the hands of powerful people self-delusionment leads to abuse. My thesis is that the convergence of political correctness and the racial preference bureaucracy have codified a new Jim Crow. The new version has many of the same trappings: Code Words, government backing, entrenched racism that even the racist proponents can't recognize.

Case in Point: Three stories, one in Michigan, one in California and the third in New York.

Dateline Ann Arbor:

An Ann Arbor elementary school principal used a letter home to parents tonight to defend a field trip for black students as part of his school’s efforts to close the achievement gap between white and black students.

“I also think it’s important that you know that I have talked to the children who did not go on the field trip, and I think they have a better understanding of the purpose of the AA Lunch Bunch now, as I hope you do. I’m sorry if any kids were upset by the field trip or my discussion afterwards with them, and I have let them know that.

“The intent of our field trip was not to segregate or exclude students as has been reported, but rather to address the societal issues, roadblocks and challenges that our African American children will face as they pursue a successful academic education here in our community.”

So he wants to address societal issues...byyyyyyyy segregating them from society. Oh, but Dicken Elementary School Principal Mike Madison was not done there.

District spokeswoman Liz Margolis said after the trip was over, those who went returned to their fifth-grade class and were greeted by boos by those who didn’t go on the trip. Margolis said Madison, who is black, heard the boos, and went to talk to the class. She said he and the class had a “discussion” about race issues.

“He wasn’t yelling at them. He was very passionate about it,” Margolis said.

Being "very passionate" is Jim Crow code talk for yelling at white students who were disappointed at being segregated. This whole thing was an offshoot of the "African American lunch bunch" program started by Mr. Madison.

Dateline Morgan Hill California.

Five students wearing t-shirts representing the US flag in one form or another were sent home on May 5th. Their crime? Wearing an "American" shirt on a Mexican holiday. In America. The school administrators deemed the American garb "incendiary" in an American school.

Administrators at a California high school sent five students home on Wednesday after they refused to remove their American flag T-shirts and bandannas -- garments the school officials deemed "incendiary" on Cinco de Mayo.

The five teens were sitting at a table outside Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., on Wednesday morning when Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez asked two of them to remove their American flag bandannas, one of their parents told The boys complied, but were asked to accompany Rodriguez to the principal's office.

The five students -- Daniel Galli, Austin Carvalho, Matt Dariano, Dominic Maciel and Clayton Howard -- were then told they must turn their T-shirts inside-out or be sent home, though it would not be considered a suspension. Rodriguez told the students he did not want any fights to break out between Mexican-American students celebrating their heritage and those wearing American flags.

Cinco used to be a cool holiday. Eat nachos, drink overpriced Mexican swill and puke that third shot of 1800 you shouldn't have done on the way home. For the longest time, I thought Cinco was just another "fun" holiday, just like St. Patricks day.

Then ol' Jim Crow came along and now the boss-man says we gots to shows our respects or a beatin' is sure to come. That is Jim Crow talk for having proper deference for your master.

Back to the story,

The boys told Assistant Principal Miguel Rodriguez and Principal Nick Boden that turning their shirts inside-out was disrespectful, so their parents decided to take them home.

In the end, the school district will dole out an "unnamed" level of discipline for the school administration, and untold numbers will be forced to watch a two hour re-education/sensitivity video.

Dateline New York City.

The situation: Within a day of the discovery of the truck bomb in Times Square, Mayor Bloomberg went on TV to discuss what he knew at that point. For sure much could have been suspected. New York. Car bomb. Terrorism...and on and on. Chief Wiggam of the Simpsons could have had a profile of the suspect in minutes.

But not today. After getting briefed by Homeland Security, Mayor Bloomberg had these prescient words with Katie Couric.

Bloomberg: If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Somebody….

Couric: A homegrown….

Bloomberg: A homegrown, maybe a mentally deranged person or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something. It could be anything.

Homegrown...upset about healthcare... Yup, code talking again. The conversation they were really having is, "find me a white man in his 40's, probably a Tea Party type, and I'll show you the scumbag that did this thing."

But wait. Bloomberg did not stop there. After he was forced to admid it was not Whitey McTeabagger, he had another warning about those damned Teabaggers:

“The fact that so many people are out and about in Times Square today, where I just came from, really shows that, and I want to make clear that we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers.”

Backlash. That's part of the new Jim Crow too. It takes the place of "don't let 'em 'round your womenfolk." Cause everybody knows you can't trust a whitey, but especially a teabaggin' whitey.

All taken together, these incidents this week exemplify the reinstitution of Jim Crow. Not the fire-hoses and attack dogs. Rather the insidious and institutional belittlement of a people who, by birth, are of the wrong color to enjoy a life free from instant accusation and simultaneous conviction. A people who are set-aside by race and barely tolerated by the same government that professes to be the gatekeeper of their rights and liberties.

But hey, I hear the president is now using the term "tea baggers." It has been a long time since ol' Jim Crow had a place at the table in the White House. Yes sir missr. Yes sir.

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Detroit Salt Mines

A lot of people in Southeast Michigan are not aware of the massive mines underneath their own feet. Under the Fisher Freeway near the River Rouge lies one of the best salt deposits in the world. The salt mine, in operation since the late 1800's, has over 50 miles of tunnels and could supply the earth with salt for millions of years. How deep is it? Try 1,200 feet. The salt deposit is about 40 feet thick and bone dry. Unlike the surface, there are not any rats or cockroaches.

I went down with a tour when I was a young geology student. That tour sold me on the idea of being a geologist. After seeing western geology, I always hated the area for being flat and geologically the surface anyway. I learned a valuable lesson that day; Sometimes really great geology is hidden just below the surface.

Detroit was covered by a hyper-saline sea during the early Devonian Period (still roughly 400 million years ago). The Devonian is known as the "Age of Fish," but you won't see any fossil fish here.

Nice little cross section from the Detroit News.

A picture of the "room and pillar" mine.

Some of the mineral halite from there is as clear as glass. By the way, crystals like the ones below can be had for about 7 bucks.

Monday, March 29, 2010


I was over at the Detroit Pistons page at Detroit News last night and a I thought there was some internet typo slang I had missed - like pwn and pron.

User Griz, expressing his dismay that the Pistons could let a former player abuse them so much after a terrible season.

Man, Flip Murray schooled Ben Gordon today .. for about 12% of BG's salary ..

UNRWAL and INSANE to keep Joe Dumars as GM .. Yeah .. it will take some work to get a good GM, but it wont be hard to find a better one ... this team is toast


It took me a second but UNRWAL must have meant unreal. Later, Griz explains his mistake.

I guess UNRWAL was suppose to be UNREAL .. but it still expresses my true emotions right now!

Sorry Griz, I am stealing your typo.

Dude, did you see that FBI raid on TV. Dude, that was unrwal!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

...AND Climate Change

With climate change hysteria unwinding, you would think there would be a memo to physical scientists to cut the crap. But alas, it appears funding trumps common sense and nearly every study concludes that "XXXX AND CLIMATE CHANGE are responsible for YYYYYYYY."

Take this sub-headline from

Climate change and damming the Nile threaten Egypt's agricultural oasis.

Hmmmm. Didn't I read a scientific study about a year ago that the Aswan High Dam and reservoir were rapidly filling up with sediment? I did.

The reduction of silt is causing serious downstream erosion (lack of seasonal deposition) and massive changes in the sediment chemistry. The dam is preventing the annual deposition of 12 million tons of silt on land.

NOTE TO HEADLINE WRITING GUY AT SCIENCE.COM - 12 million tons is a really big number. Forty years of that really big number has an incredible impact. No qualitative climate changey science needed.

So why add ...and climate change... to every science article? Easy. It's about funding. I am reminded of a famous (infamous) Mississippi lawyer who claims, "have a wreck, get a check!" For disaster chasing scientists its, "have a climate change, get a check!"

John Bohannon's article about the sinking delta also proves one of my favorite maxims about modern science philosophy. I call it the Allen Irwin Blind Spot Trap. To quote myself...

When we scientists observe and report something for the first time, like the ozone hole, there is a natural tendency to believe it must not have existed for long before we observed it. The other problem is that we are developing the ability to observe things at an amazing rate. Therefore we end up with some really good data over a very short periods of time...the Blind Spot.

The last part. Any good scientific study must have a disaster at the end. Just as Irwin Allen brought us Earthquake, the Towering Inferno - scientists seem compelled to run models that predict disaster. Otherwise, who would read that drudge.

Bohannon hauls out the old bogey-man global warming...

The dam, however, now blocks the sediments far upstream of Cairo. As a result, the delta is sinking. At the same time, the Mediterranean Sea is expected to rise as a result of global warming.

...when the simple answer is staring at him like the GEICO googly eyed money thing.

A quick review of some recent stories at found several other references:

Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People: Lots of people, overfishing, AND GLOBAL WARMING.

Radically Rethinking Agriculture for the 21st Century: Loss of arable land and increasing development of farming systems that use saline water and integrate nutrient flows, bla bla bla, AND GLOBAL WARMING!!!

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change: Talking about global warming PROVES global warming is real.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Welcome To The End Of The Holocene

The recent, or Holocene, epoch started at the end of the last ice age. It will end with the start of the next glacial period. The most recent interglacial, or warm, periods have lasted 10,000 years. Our little warm period is celebrating roughly 10,000 years...nowish.

Unfortuneately, there won't be any ice hurricanes like from the day after tomorrow to let us know the epoch (gig) is up. Hurry Jake, CLOSE THE DOOR!!!!!

This information has been known for a long while. In fact it was the basis for the snowball earth projections in the 1970's.

What is new are some studies showing the climate during the last interglacial, or warm, epoch called the Eemian. Russian and German scientists studying lake bed sediments from the Eemian discovered that the end of that epoch was characterized by wildly fluctuating warm/cold cycles. See the paper here.

Quoting from the study,
The current interglacial epoch – the Holocene – has already lasted more than 10,000 years and reached its highest point so far around 6000 years ago.

Don't forget, water levels rose about 100 feet or so at the start of the holocene and those levels are going to be reversed at nearly the same rate we will pay off the national debt.

Now for the good news.

...we are currently at the end of the Holocene and could therefore expect to see a cooling-down in a few thousand years if there had been no human influence on the atmosphere and the resulting global warming.

Global warming may save our rear ends. Like some diabolical plot device from a Bond movie, we are screwing our planet up in the nick of time. Phew!

Since I love a heavy dose of irony, I propose we call the next glacial period, The Gorian.

Now hear this Goldfinger, your luck has just changed.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Prius And Munchausen Syndrome

The Prius was the darling, a car that was talked about as if it were alive.

Then a funny thing happened. The US Government got in the car business, in a big way. Then all of those niggling issues became big ones at the same time Toyota's ambition to be the biggest, and the inevitable loss of quality, was exposed. A perfect storm perhaps but that isn't interesting or new.

What's new is the "my Toyota tried to KILL me" experience that many are having. Having your Toyota try to kill you makes you unique. Makes you special. Relieves you from making car payments.

And then came James Sikes. Joe Shmoe from El Cajon California. Victim.

On Monday James Sikes, 61 years old, called 911 and told the operator his blue 2008 Toyota Prius had sped up to more than 90 miles per hour on its own on Interstate 8 near San Diego. He eventually brought the vehicle to a stop after a California Highway patrolman pulled alongside Sikes and offered help.

During and after the incident, Sikes said he was using heavy pressure on his brake pedal at high speeds.

When I saw that on TV earlier in the week I turned to my wife and said he was faking it. With all of the press coverage I knew it was a matter of time before someone took the opportunity to become interesting. I said he was probably behind on the payments. Plus he had purchased a Prius in California. A blatant attempt to be noticed.

Munchausen: It's Not Just For Killing Babies Anymore.

And it never was. It was about getting sympathy. Having people see you as a victim. Being a sympathetic character makes you special. It means you have built-in excuses for not accomplishing anything. People like you. Not in a normal way, but hey at least they know you exist.

I've always felt that 30% of the country suffers form varying degrees of Munchausen. It's the only way to understand so much of what goes on. We've elevated victimhood to near saint like status in this country and wonder why people fake shit like this?

James Sikes: His Story Unravels

The funny thing about faking your victim status is this: The bigger victim you are the more "they" are going to look into the matter. In this case, some of the best engineers descended on this little Prius within hours. I'm sure that was a sinking feeling for James, who only wanted what was rightfully his after all of these years, and maybe a new Prius.

James Sikes Getting all of the attention he deserves.

And then the truth started coming out.

During and after the incident, Sikes said he was using heavy pressure on his brake pedal at high speeds.

But the investigation of the vehicle, carried out jointly by safety officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Toyota engineers, didn't find signs the brakes had been applied at full force at high speeds over a sustained period of time, the three people familiar with the investigation said.

The brakes were discolored and showed wear, but the pattern of friction suggested the driver had intermittently applied moderate pressure on the brakes, these people said, adding the investigation didn't find indicators of the heavy pressure described by Sikes.


We know what James is all about. But do we know what got this whole thing started is all about? Do we? When the NHTSA looked into the safety issues of Toyota, were they looking out for us or their vested interest in THEIR car company. When they rushed out to California, did they think they were burying a stake in the heart of Toyota or did they expect to find a sad little man whose story made not one bit of sense.

That's the problem our government has, now that they are a player and the referee in the same game.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

New Drone Revealed: We're Doomed

The Navy has unveiled the new X 47B unmanned combat air system (N-UCAS), via JaxAir News.

I could tell you that it looks like an early version of a Cylon raider, but...

Now let's deal with that acronym. N-UCAS. Or sounded out NUKE US. If this had been a reveal in the last season of Battlestar Gallactica, we would have been pissed off. No way! Too heavy handed!

I guarantee you that the dorks working on these drones not only watched every episode of Battlestar Galactica, they own costumes, dolls and build mock-ups of every craft from the show. Even the stupid presidential one.

Therefore, the design and name of this new drone is not only predicable but could be part of some sick self-fulfilling prophesy/fantasy straight from the Book of Pythia.

Anyway here's the ladies taking a sun bath. Thanks for destroying our planet you sick drone worker guys.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

What Ever Happened To: The Ozone Hole

This is the second look back at yesteryear's looming environmental disasters. I'll call it disaster science. You know, the disasters that were going to kill us before global warmi, er climate change. Last time it was What Ever Happened to Acid Rain?

Gen-Xers should well-remember the dire predictions about the rapidly disappearing Ozone layer in the 1970's and 1980's. We were warned of skin cancers, crop failures. Starvation. Diseases. Soylent Green snack bars.

Why did we care about ozone in the first place?

Ozone (O3) is the unstable, naturally occurring little oxygen allotrope that filters UV from the sun. Without ozone we would be dead or look something like George Hamilton (expect a lot of 1970's references here).

It concentrates in the ozone layer, up in the stratosphere, about 10 miles up. By 1978, we had a protocol, THE Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to phase out the man-made production of ozone depleting chemicals - the chlorofluorocarbons (AKA CFCs).

The iconic image I have from that era is my mom (all moms) spraying the hell out of their hair with AquaNet hairspray. That stuff had CFC as a propellant. It would burn. And would make a hair helmet that could stop a .32 special.

Disaster science was in a fever pitch in those days. The UVA and UVB rays that were cruising through the thinning ozone layer were giving Patagonian sheep back sores and would eventually destroy all food crops. The ozone hole was big. Really big. And getting bigger.

There were even some really cool cartoon graphics (these were the pre-CG days you know) depicting the size of the ozone hole by 2000. That's right, the hole covered all of the US (except San Francisco) and another hole engulfed western Europe.

Science Fiction Meets Science Fact

I have a little theory about modern science discoveries, its in three parts. I call it the Irwin Allen Blind Spot Trap.

When we scientists observe and report something for the first time, like the ozone hole, there is a natural tendency to believe it must not have existed for long before we observed it. This is the Blind Spot part.

The other problem is that we are developing the ability to observe things at an amazing rate. Therefore we end up with some really good data over a very short periods of time. I'll call this the Double Blind Spot part. In other words, we tend to love technology, and new data from new technology inspires scientists to make long term projections using data that represents a tiny fraction of earth's history. In other words, statistically significant wild ass guesses (or SWAGs).

The last part. Any good scientific SWAGs has a disaster at the end. Just as Irwin Allen brought us Earthquake, the Towering Inferno - scientists seem compelled to run models that predict disaster. Otherwise, who would read that drudge.

Back to the ozone hole. It "appeared" over Antarctica just about the time we could measure it. And the observation caused all manner of panic. The problem with the science in the 1970's was that the annual ozone hole was first measured in 1956, long before the ozone-destroying CFCs were in common use. The hole appears at the end of the dark, cold Antarctic winter, lasts about three to five weeks, and then disappears.

In a rush to write their scripts, scientists forgot to notice this natural phenomena.

The science was quickly settled and the science text books were produced. We, the evil developed nations were killing the planet.

After we settled the science...well, we did some more science. Turns out, that the actual "ozone layer" is not some delicate, static and fragile wrapping about the outer atmosphere. Rather it is a volatile component of the atmosphere that is both created and destroyed by solar radiation.

[Side snark: Science is like that. Things we think we know (i.e. settled) turn out to be quite unsettled after a second or third look.]

That's right. Ozone creation (and destruction) is a self-limiting process, so we can not "run out" of stratospheric ozone. The more ozone (O3) is destroyed, the more free oxygen radicals (O1) are available to bind with free oxygen (O2) to create ozone (O3), the same applies with free oxygen (O2). And on and on it goes.

The Science is Re-Settled

Like OJ Simpson pulling George C Scott from a burning building during an earthquake after a plane crash with an impending dam break - the earth was saved. Was it the Montreal Protocol or previously unknown natural compensating factors? Decades down the road, it looks like it was both. But mostly natural factors.

You see, the holes never engulfed those nasty industrialized nations. And the old science said it could take a decade to get those big ole CFC molecules fully circulated. Not to mention the CFCs that were still produced in third world countries. According to the settled science, the ozone layer could not be saved until 2050. Bad science. Bad

Either way. The hysteria cooled to a concern, eventually fading to a footnote. The new science books sheepishly navigate the topic and respectable scientists don't talk about the ozone anymore.

In the end, what did this crisis bring us? I could make an argument that the ozone hole killed Elvis and brought us frustrating pump bottle hair spray. I could also argue that the ozone hole is like an ex girlfriend. Remembered but left unspoken.

Want to know more? Here are my sources.
CFC Production Yes we still use a lot of that stuff

Steven Milloy at Junk Science


Spike TV for some palate cleansing videos after all of this sciency stuff

Sunday, December 20, 2009

File Under Unintended Consequences

The green movement has brought about so many unintended consequences so fast we hardly have time to count them. Here is another.

Cool traffic lights take heat on snowy risksTom Greenwood / The Detroit News
Some northern states are reporting a unique problem with light-emitting diode traffic lights: the cool burning LEDs don't generate enough heat to melt ice and snow that accumulates in front of the lenses on the signals.

Although there are no LED-related reports of crashes or deaths in Michigan, it has reportedly led to dozens of accidents in other states.

Seriously. I can imagine engineers and scientists of the past actually considering this before they let a product go out the door. Glass covered lights, 20 feet in the air...blowing snow...

"We are working on the problem," Dutta said. "We may put a longer shade on the light to shield it from ice and snow, but we're not sure about putting a heater into the light. A heater would cost us money to run the lights, which we don't want to do.

Are traffic engineers to real engineers, what political scientists are to real scientists? I mean, how in the Hell does this turn into a problem you "work on?" How do you miss this?

But don't worry... has reportedly led to dozens of accidents in other states. But we will come up with something down the line: in terms of energy and life cycle savings of LEDs, this is a tiny problem."

A tiny problem huh? Three people get a heart attach while taking Celebrex and the entire market is killed.

Anything for the Greening of...

I guess if we can sacrifice our economy for cap and trade and we can print 30 billion a year for that Copenhagen nonsense, then killing a few people and wrecking a bunch of cars is an easy long as it is done to "save the planet."

If "greening..." were a conservative idea, it would have been litigated, legislated, and perp walked to GITMO. If Greening were conservative, it would have been water boarded by the ACLU while Janeane Garofalo pulled out it's fingernails. But the media will always ignore these examples because they don't fit the Big Narrative.

Nothing to see here...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Greatest Fox News Slideshow...Evah

Seriously. Watch it all the way to the end, there is a treat waiting for you.



Saturday, November 21, 2009

Bowfishing Jumping Carp And Hot Chicks Noodling Catfish...Oh Hells Yeah!

With the recent news about Chinese Silver Carp making their way ever closer to the Great Lakes, I was looking for some video. Then I came across's called Aerial Bowfishing. Someone is going to get hurt.

The glowing arrow shots are the best.

It's Saturday night, so how about some hot chicks noodling catfish!!!