I’m praying to Xenu right now. I knew manmade solutions couldn’t prevent this global problem. And according to Paul Hellyer, I’m right. The former Canadian Defense Minister has suggested that we use technology garnered from alien crashes to stop Global Warming™.

According to the story:

They’re the cure, says Hellyer, 83. Here’s how he sees it:

When a UFO crashed in Roswell, N.M., in 1947 (oh, stop being such a cynic), it offered a techno treasure trove.

Awesome. Just Awesome. We’ve already learned that Global Warming™ broke my arm last week. This week, we learn that only space aliens can save us! Next, Tom Cruise will be considered the savior. Oh wait.

Over at Little Green Footballs there is a post about Digg and mob rule. The democratic nature of Digg gives everyone a vote about what stories appear on the front page and what does not. This system has previously been pointed to as flawed since a few select people can promote a story to the front page and also bury the story if they do not agree with it.

This has lead to a Digital Maoism ”that is part of the larger pattern of the appeal of a new online collectivism that is nothing less than a resurgence of the idea that the collective is all-wise, that it is desirable to have influence concentrated in a bottleneck that can channel the collective with the most verity and force.”

I took a screenshot of Digg today and I think it more than proves the point of the collective burying stories that the group does not agree with.

Mob rule at digg

As you can see, most of the stories being buried are from Little Green Footballs, most likely due to ideological differences. Of course, Little Green Footballs also get a lot of positive digs from its readers. So, this site is both fairly and unfairly affected by the democracy. The negative votes seem to have more impact than the positive votes, though.

This is true democracy in action – tyranny of the minority. How can this be changed?

I’d suggest turning Digg from a democracy, to a republic. How does this work?

Simply; as a user is registered they’d randomly be assigned an internal group id. No one would know what group they were a part of  and their group could not be changed. In order for stories to appear on Digg’s homepage  (or be buried) a supermajority of voting groups (66%) would have to positively Digg the story. 51% of a group Digging positive would be a net thumbs up for the group.

This system would prevent a small group of people from digging down (or digging up) articles. It’d give everyone on Digg an equal say as to what stories were promoted or demoted.

Related: Ace also has a post about this with a screen shot of posts from Michelle Malkin’s site being dugg down too. So the problem is a bit more rampant and more ideological based that I originally suspected.

Related: Meetings make you stupid.

This is a very interesting video about using water to run an engine. The report says he is already working on a model for the military and has shown it to the government as well. I’m not sure how it works, but it does, it seems like a great move forward for engine technology.

Just a rant. I hate living in Florida sometimes. This past weekend, it was like 37 degrees in the morning, warming up to maybe the mid 50′s or something. Today it’s almost 90 degrees outside. What kind of crazy state is this? On sunday, orange growers had to cover their crop with water (which hardens into ice, actually protecting the oranges) to prevent damage, and today it’s practically beach weather.

And, now, I’m sick because of the weather changes. They drive me nuts.

We knew it’d come to this. Global Warming has been just too subtle. I mean, melting ice caps, Al Gore, starving Polar Bears, and New York under 30 feet of water all aren’t scary enough. But, now, it’s gone too far! It’s after our children!

The two-year study at a major children’s hospital showed that for every five-degree rise in temperature two more children under six years old were admitted with fever to that hospital.

The University of Sydney research is the first to make a solid link between climate changes and childhood illness.

5 degree rise in temperature? Here I thought we were worried about a 1 degree change over a century or something? Man, those climate changes really occur quickly for kids don’t they?

Dr Lam said the results, collated from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead admissions, back up beliefs that children are less able to regulate their bodies against climate change than adults.

Again. Climate change is more quick to show results in kids than adults. I guess they can really feel that 1/1000th of a degree change faster than adults can.

Can’t we see, yet, how silly Global Warming is? This isn’t even science. This study is stupidity. Agenda driven science. How do I know? Why it’s in the story itself:

The study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Health Research, analysed several different climate factors, including UV index, rainfall and humidity, collected from the Bureau of Meteorology in 2001 and 2002.

So, what we are really saying is that weather affects childrens’ health. If the data is over a 2 year period. It is not climate change. It is weather.

Global Warming broke my arm yesterday. Global warming made my car crash last week. Anyone else have something fun to pin on Global Warming?

True story, I swear. Got it from someone on a forum with this guy’s sister:

This guy is a commercial saturation diver for Global Divers in Louisana, and works on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an e-mail he sent to his sister. She entered it in a contest for the “worst job experience”.

“Hi Sue, just another note from your “bottom dwelling” brother. Last week I had a bad day at the “office”. I know you’ve been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize that it’s not so bad after all.

Before I can tell you what happened to me, I must bore you with a few technicalities of my job, so you can understand why this happened. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I also wear a suit to work. It’s a wet suit.

This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to keep warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It then heats it to a delightful temperature. Then it pumps it down to the diver through a hose similar to a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan, and I’ve used it several times with no complaints. What I do, when I get to the bottom and start working, is take the hose and stuff it down the back of my wet suit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It’s like working in a Jacuzzi.

Well, everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse. Within a few seconds my butt started to burn. I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was already done. In agony I realized what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don’t have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn’t stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt. I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with 5 other divers were all laughing hysterically. Needless to say, I aborted the dive. I was instructed to make 3 agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling 35 minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry-decompression.

When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climbed out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got into the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn’t poop for two days because my butt was swelled shut.

So, the next time you think you’re having a bad day at work, think about how much worse it would be if you had a jellyfish shoved up your butt!!


Global warming is hot news this month! (Pun intended!)

A new report on climate over the world’s southernmost continent shows that temperatures during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models.

This comes soon after the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that strongly supports the conclusion that the Earth’s climate as a whole is warming, largely due to human activity.

As we’ve said before, climate models are flawed.

“It’s hard to see a global warming signal from the mainland of Antarctica right now,” he said. “Part of the reason is that there is a lot of variability there. It’s very hard in these polar latitudes to demonstrate a global warming signal. This is in marked contrast to the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula that is one of the most rapidly warming parts of the Earth.”

Bromwich says that the problem rises from several complications. The continent is vast, as large as the United States and Mexico combined. Only a small amount of detailed data is available – there are perhaps only 100 weather stations on that continent compared to the thousands spread across the U.S. and Europe. And the records that we have only date back a half-century.

Again, as we’ve said. 50 years of data is no way to judge if the planet is warming, cooling or about to explode. It simply is not enough data. You don’t judge a year’s worth of Stock data on the first hour of trading, do you? It’s almost comparable. 100 weather stations on the continent? Is that really enough to judge if a continent is warming or not. Antarctica is bigger than Europe, yet has about 10% of the weather stations that Europe does and you want to say global warming is definite? Puh-lease.

Here’s your junk science alert. Mixed with the “Is Antarctica getting cooler?” alert:

“The best we can say right now is that the climate models are somewhat inconsistent with the evidence that we have for the last 50 years from continental Antarctica.

We’re looking for a small signal that represents the impact of human activity and it is hard to find it at the moment,” he said.

Last year, Bromwich’s research group reported in the journal Science that Antarctic snowfall hadn’t increased in the last 50 years. “What we see now is that the temperature regime is broadly similar to what we saw before with snowfall. In the last decade or so, both have gone down,” he said.

We are “looking for a small signal”? *sniff sniff* Ah, yes, the thinly veiled aroma of an agenda. Nice. When you are looking for a conclusion to prove, you are not practicing science. You are praticing activism.

Snowfall and temperatures have both decreased over the past 50 years now? It’s getting colder in Antarctica? Is this what I’m being told here. As Al Gore visited Antarctica recently? He has a knack for causing the coldest days on record to occur.

What’s more, perhaps, is the breakup of the Antarctic shelf being caused by wind? Specifically, the westerlies?

“The westerlies have intensified over the last four decades of so, increasing in strength by as much as perhaps 10 to 20 percent,” he said. “This is a huge amount of ocean north of Antarctica and we’re only now understanding just how important the winds are for things like mixing in the Southern Ocean.” The ocean mixing both dissipates heat and absorbs carbon dioxide, one of the key greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

Some researchers are suggesting that the strengthening of the westerlies may be playing a role in the collapse of ice shelves along the Antarctic Peninsula.

“The peninsula is the most northern point of Antarctica and it sticks out into the westerlies,” Bromwich says. “If there is an increase in the westerly winds, it will have a warming impact on that part of the continent, thus helping to break up the ice shelves, he said.

So winds have intensified over the past 40 years and this may be causing the Antarctic breakup? Not SUVs and Americans? Why is this not in in IPCC report?

Finally, we end with this:

Bromwich said the disagreement between climate model predictions and the snowfall and temperature records doesn’t necessarily mean that the models are wrong.

Perhaps. But it certainly means that they are not right, doesn’t it – at least not globally? We are basing geopolitical decisions on flawed models.

 Update: As if on cue, Al Gore may be planning a rock concert on Antarctica! (hattip: HotAir)

Al Gore, the former vice president and now hit documentary maker, on Thursday added rock promoter to his résumé, announcing plans for a 24-hour concert series on all seven continents to highlight, you guessed it, the dangers of global warming.

That makes sense. In the coldest place on Earth, the place you already fear is warming and would flood the planet. Bring in a ton of people; lights, heat generating equipment to warm it up quicker. Love it. Love it.

For some reason, I spend time debating with Truthers about 9/11. One of their points of contention is the Pentagon and that it was not hit by a plane. One of the primary reasons they claim this is that there is no wing hole in the wall of the pentagon and only the fuselage seemed to make any damage to the wall.

I tell them, usually, their knowledge of physics should not be based off of cartoons. In a cartoon, if Wile E Coyote hit a wall, this happened:

Wile E Coyote Hole in Wall

But this is not reality. When a plane hits a wall, it will not look like this:

Plane Hitting Brickwall

Why you ask? Makes sense doesn’t it? There are wings, they should leave an impression right? Quite simply, planes are meant to travel through the air, not concrete. The mass of a plane is in the fuselage, so when it hit the pentagon you aren’t going to see holes in the wall where they hit.

But we saw them on the WTC towers. And? The WTC’s front face was a facade – very thin. When the plane hit the steel supports, the planes disintegrated, as you’d expect. Purdue University has a great series of pictures on what happened to Flight 77 when it hit the pentagon.

It makes for great reading. Unless you are Daffy Duck and want to believe the Looney Tunes are a true representation of reality. But, I have a feeling that the truth and the Truthers do not intersect too often, so this is the only image we’ll see of them:

cartoon hole in wall

For the second time this year (already), a vendor we buy products from is going into receivership. This time, it’s Pacific Rim Import Corporation. They carry many home and garden decorative items. While they were never a huge vendor for us, they did have a few of my personal favorite products. Some, sadly, I may never see again. The fish wind chime, the pinecone wind chime and some decorative plates – all, sadly, gone. My representative holds out hope that Pacific Rim will come out the other side, possibly under a new name. I guess its possible, as another company I deal with went under last August and came back in December. Similar products, but not identical.

Pacific Rim’s departure will leave a big open space at America’s Mart though. I think they had showrooms on at least 3 different floors. Probably very expensive to maintain those. I wonder who will take over those showrooms?

I always thought Pacific Rim’s prices were a little high for the quality and types of products, which is never why we carried more than about 100 to 150 of the available 3000 to 4000 products. I also thought their freight allowance system was too difficult (and done this way on purpose). But, we did manage to place a huge order with them today and swing a nice discount (in the 40% range) at the same time.

I’ll miss my representative there. She said she is taking a vacation (heh!) but I really thinked she liked it there and hopes that Pacific Rim will be back. So do I.